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Vacaville Christian High’s Kendall Allen turns weaknesses into strengths

By MATT SIEGER | | Vacaville Reporter June 2, 2020 at 12:43 p.m.

Kendall Allen could have let the coronavirus pandemic get him down.

The Vacaville Christian High School student-athlete, who will be a junior in the fall, was all set to compete in track and field for his school when COVID-19 shut down the schools and his season.

He received an invitation from 365 Sports on behalf of FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) to represent the United States as a member of Team California in a special international tournament this summer. Then the tournament was canceled because of the pandemic.

He would have been playing AAU basketball for his travel team this summer, journeying to Los Angeles, Arizona, Portland, Texas and Las Vegas. But the virus closed down that opportunity as well.

But the three-sport athlete, who also excels in football, refused to shut down his own personal goals in the midst of the virus. He practices three times a day, 90 minutes each session, in basketball, football and weight training. And he maintained his excellence in the classroom as well…

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Congratulations Spring Academic All-League Athletes

VCS is proud to announce the spring 2020 SDL Academic All-League student-athletes. These student-athletes have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA. We congratulate you and thank you for your hardwork and dedication, demonstrating academic and athletic success. GO FALCONS!


Albert Chi, Joshua Giracca, Joshua Gorton, Ruotong Hua, and Nani Tabura


Elaina Craig, Anthony Delgado, Jordan Holden, Nakaya Peters, Stephen Reed, Grace Richards, Jiayi “Sara” Ruan, Scotty Slater, Sean Stocksick, and Yiru “Ruby” Wang


Sanket “Sunny” Dadhwal, Max Kroll, Garrett Kuch, Dragon He, Sam Serrano, Sean Tracy, Dillon Webb, Paul Wei, Zexia “Jack” Shen


Houston Bradeson, Tanner Conyers, Will Harris, Joshua Holden, Jack Worthan, Isaiah Eads, Marcus Linton, John Elliott, Bryce Pazdel, Steven Dingman, Thomas Lane, Cole Robinson, Tanner Tripp


Lilya Gardner, Mirah Jackson, Jerrah Lopez, Emerson Meggers, Lillianna Ojeda, Samantha Salas, Macy Webb


Aaron Laxamana, Andrew Piehl, Joshua Shelby, Malia Abrenica, Laura Everett, Katrina Husby, Jolee Langill, Christine Llave, Katherine Stanek

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Congratulations to the Sierra Delta League Scholar Athlete Selections: Lilya Gardner & Houston Bradeson

The SDL selected Lilya Gardner and Houston Bradeson as SDL Scholar Athlete Scholarship recipients, awarding each of them with a $100 scholarship. The criteria, in addition to academic success, was based on athletic performance, sportsmanship, leadership, and excellence of character. VCS Falcons congratulate you – WE ARE SO PROUD!

Lilya spent her high school career dedicated to volleyball and softball.Her coaches spoke very highly of her and ability to be the spirit leader for her team. Coach Munar and Coach Borges continued to share how she could be counted on to ” shift the energy on the court to one of encouragement.”   

“[Lilya] played with heart and stepped up as a key defender for our team.  Her positive spirit radiated from the court.” Coach Munar

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Coach Barrows, Head Coach for the Women’s Softball program echoed the sentiments, “she’s there for her teammates, always ready to help out with encouraging words or to help them through drills.” 

“She’s a great kid, always willing to put in the work to get the job done, doesn’t need shortcuts.”Coach Barrows

Lilya plans to attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in the fall.  She will pursue a degree in Justice Studies.  We wish her the best as she plans to tryout for their softball, volleyball, and equestrian teams.

Houston could be found on the basketball court and the baseball field.  Coach Kuch commented that “Houston’s understanding of the game [of basketball] and awareness of his teammates enabled the team to play to its optimal level.”  Baseball Coach Motta described him as “a pleasure to coach and a true friend on and off the field.”  Houston’s teacher’s describe him as a young man with a great deal of integity and compassion for others.

“Houston Bradeson, a young man of few words, yet his actions are plentiful.”Coach Motta

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Houston plans to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, in the fall. He will be pursuing a degree in Sports Management and plans to stay involved in athletics.

“His dedication and selflessness improved his individual play and the performance of the team.”Coach Kuch

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