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2012 STATE CHAMPIONS

   The Family Christian Flames look to defend their State Championship from a year ago as a veteran team returns.  FCA faces its most challenging schedule ever in 2013.  The schedule includes home and away games with 2A powers Dunham and Episcopal.  FCA will also face 3A powers Brusly and E.D. White with home and away contests.  West Feliciana will also come to FCA in late March.  Check out our schedule to view the other fine programs the Flames will compete against this season. 
    As FCA rolls into 2013, they look to their very talented senior class for leadership:  Ben Chauvin, M.J. Frazier, J.J. Holmes, Trelyn Pitts, Tyler Randall, and Tre Steudlein have their sights set on returning to Sulphur. 



Monday, May 20
ALL STATE

Congratulations to the following young men for earning Class C All State honors for 2013 as voted upon by the sports writers of the state of Louisiana:

First Team:

Ben Chauvin, Mason Diaz, M.J. Frazier, Richard Hopkins, Tyler Randall

Honorable Mention:  J.J. Holmes

Player of the Year: Ben Chauvin (who also won this award last year!)



Monday, May 20
AGAIN!!!

   The FCA Flames successfully defended their 2012 State Championship on the weekend of May 10th and 11th in Sulphur, Louisiana at McMurry Field.  The Flames persevered a 5 hour rain delay in the semifinal by defeating district rival, Maurepas  in 5 innings. 
   The following day, the weather was a bit more cooperative!  FCA faced their old rival from State Tournaments' past--Claiborne Christian School.  The game was eerily similar to last year's title game between the 2 schools.  FCA called upon last year's starting pitcher, Ben Chauvin, to take the mound...CCS countered with the talented 6'6" right hander, Zack Osbon just as they had done a year earlier.  And like last year, Osbon, was operating on no days rest, this time having thrown 101 pitches against Elizabeth in the semifinal. 
   The CCS starter courageously toed the rubber in the bottom of the 1st inning and surrendered 1 run to the Flames.  He then was inserted into center field as the 2nd inning began where he remained for the rest of the game.  The lead the Flames took in the 1st inning held up throughout the contest.  Like last year, Chauvin didn't possess his most electric stuff...but like last year he did display the tenacity of a bull dog...and like last year that performances was rewarded: with another State Title and another MVP award for the Championship game!  And like last year, the "bomb squad" was not called upon...the powerful FCA lineup from top to bottom did not produce the proverbial 3 run homer like they had done so many times this season.  Instead, it was a total team effort in which the FCA runs were manufactured with timely hits and aggressive base running.  Even the score was nearly the same: the 2012 score was 7-1; this year the final was 7-2.
   The one difference may have been the sterling play of the Flames' defense.  Catcher Quincy Ellis, First Baseman Titus Rogers, and Third Baseman Mason Diaz flashed the leather like big leaguers supporting their pitcher's strategy of "pitching to contact."  For a full report of the game, logon to theadvocate.com/sports .  The report will remain in their archives for a considerable time.
   Congratulations to the FCA Flames for doing something that is difficult in the sports world: REPEATING!  To God be the Glory!!!    



Monday, May 20
ALL DISTRICT

Congratulations to the following young men for earning District 6-C honors:

         Pitcher: MJ Frazier;
         Infield:  Ben Chauvin,  Richard Hopkins, Tyler Randall, Titus Rogers; 
         Outfield:  J.J. Holmes, Trae Steudlein;
         DH: Mason Diaz

         Outstanding Defensive Player: Quincy Ellis

         Honorable Mention: Michael Hopkins

         District MVP: Ben Chauvin (who also won this award last year!)

         Coach of the Year: Rick Smith



Monday, April 29
Quarter Finals

Tuesday, April 30th we will play on the road at Calvin High School...despite being the 1 seed.  Calvin was a 9 seed and upset the 8 seed Ebarb.  That means, unfortunately, we will hit the road Tuesday.  Calvin is about 3.5 hours NW of B.R.  The physical address of the school is as follows:  223 2nd Street  Calvin, LA  71410

We will leave school at 9:00am.  We plan to take batting practice as well as dine in Alexandria.  From there we will proceed to Calvin...about an hour and 20 minute trip.  We hope to arrive before 3...first pitch is at 4pm.  Admission to the game will be $5.00



Tuesday, April 2
On a Roll

   The Flames have been on a roll as of late.  After winning the Doyle Tournament with a 3-0 mark, the boys enjoyed big victories against 2-A power Dunham and the number 1 team in 3-A, E. D. White.  Both times the Flames faced staff aces!  During the Easter holidays, the Flames also won games with Episcopal, Christian Life Academy, and Northside Christian.  In fact, in back to back games FCA saw two of our finest hit for the cycle.  Tyler Randall hit for the cycle against CLA...2 days later, Ben Chauvin duplicated the feat against NCS.  Hitting for the cycle is quite rare...to see it done in back to back games is almost unprecedented!  The guys next take on E. D. White Wednesday with a return game...this time in Thibadaux! 



Saturday, March 16
Sat. Game Moved to Holden

  ...sorry for the late notice...Holden High:  30120 Hwy 441  Holden, La.   Take I-12 east...one exit past last night's exit of Livingston/Frost Rd.  Take the Hwy 441 exit...go left and travel toward Hwy 190...school is a short distance north of interstate.



Monday, March 11
Week of March 11th

Tues: @ French Settlement 4:00pm
Thur: HOME vs. Scotlandville 4:00pm
Fri: @ Doyle High 7:30pm...no bus service!
Sat. @ French Settlement 11:15am

Directions to French Settlement...Take I-12 East to Walker; exit @ Hwy 447 (South Walker Rd.); From exit ramp, take right turn onto 447 and travel 5 to 6 miles South to Hwy 16/42...turn left and travel 3 miles East...take right on Hwy 16 and travel South to Hwy 444; take left on 444 and travel N.E. 1 mile to King George Rd.  Take a right on King George and travel 0.6 miles...park is on the left!

Directions to Doyle...Take I-12 East to the Livingston/Frost exit...take a left and set GPS for 20480 Circle Dr.
Livingston, La.  70754



Friday, March 1
Crowley Tournament Info

  We will be staying at the Best Western in Rayne Friday night.  The hotel phone number is 337-334-0060.  We will play a short distance away in Crowley at historic Miller Field: 713 West Mill St.  Crowley, La. 70527.  Bundle up if you're making the trip...temps should be in the low 40's to upper 30's by game time.
  Schedule:  Friday--FCA vs Simpson @ 8:30pm
                  Saturday--FCA vs Westminster Christian @ 2:00pm
                                  FCA vs Northside Christian @ 7:00pm



Thursday, February 21
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY...

   Today's game against Brusly in rained out.  We plan on returning tomorrow to play Ascension Catholic at Brusly for the same game time...3:00pm.  If that game is also rained out, we will play 2 on Saturday...the games would be moved to Dunham.  Times are TBA for now.  If we play tomorrow, we should stay on schedule and play Karr High at 11:15am on Saturday at Brusly.
   Today's game with Brusly will now be rescheduled for Saturday, April 6th...our single game will become a double header...times tba.



Tuesday, January 29
Chauvin to sign early with LSUE

   Senior Ben Chauvin will sign early with the defending JUCO National Champions, LSU-Eunice.  Ben will enjoy a signing party this Thursday, Jan. 31st at 9:45 am in the athletic department.  He will join Megan Smith who will also sign at that time with BRCC...Congratulations to both of you!!!

Thursday, September 6
Rings are in!

   Brandon Jenkins of Herff Jones delivered our championship rings Tuesday afternoon.  Although I tried to keep it on the down-low, word got out quickly...before I could even generate invoices for each player.  Several players actually paid for their rings that afternoon once I figured out the balance owed.  By Wednesday morning, each player was given an invoice to bring home.  Players will be given their rings upon receipt of payment.  
   The cost is lower than I anticipated...$146.70.  Once again, these rings retail at over $400.oo.  Brandon offered these custom rings at his cost...he made no profit.  Furthermore, no taxes were assessed on the purchase.  Many thanks for the administration's support...the school/church blessed us with a $3,800 subsidy greatly reducing our obligation!!!  We are asking that you finalize payment by Oct. 1st.  If you have any questions regarding this matter feel free to contact me.    Coach Smith



Friday, August 10
Championship Rings

   Herff Jones has informed me that our rings are due to arrive in his office Thur.  Aug. 16th.  We may not receive them until the following day...or perhaps until the beginning of the following week: Aug. 20th.  With that timeline, we are going to extend the ring balance deadline to Aug. 31st.  I'll have a hard number for you soon as to what we each owe after I speak to our rep, Brandon.  Hopefully this will give you a little more breathing room.  By the way, I have seen a picture of the rings...really nice!  Our custom FC logo is atop the ring encrusted with CZ.  The top obviously is labelded STATE at the top and CHAMPIONS at the bottom.  On the side, the date is presented: 20 on the left and 12 on the right.  By the grace of God we were able to, for no extra charge, get a personalized right shank...It has the state of louisiana with our record on it.  On the other shank, there is a ball and crossed bats...NAME above and UNIFORM NUMBER below.  Very few teams get to have a ring with this much custom detail at such a low price.  This ring looks nicer than my LSU national championship ring from 1993.      Coach Smith

Monday, May 14
To GOD be the Glory!!! STATE CHAMPIONS!!!

    FCA made their 5th straight trip to the LHSAA Class C State Tournament...this time in Sulphur...leaving behind venerable Bringhurst Park in Alexandria.  The new venue agreed with the Flames as they were victorious in the semi final game Friday, May 11th.  FCA got a stellar performance from Chris White on the bump.  He ran his record to 8-0 on the season and was supported by 9 Flames runs! That set the stage for a Saturday final against rival Claiborne Christian of Monroe.
   FCA, having advanced to their 3rd state final in 4 years, looked to get over the hump in 2012!  Early in the game things didn't go as planned as the Crusaders scored a very costly run...a run that came at the expense of Richard Hopkins.  Richard, the FCA clean-up hitter was injured on the RBI single that led to Claiborne's lone run. With a run in, CCS loaded the bases with 2 outs before senior Chris White turned an inning-ending double play. With Hopkins out, the Flames turned to senior Brandon Butcher in the 4 hole.  He did what seniors do...stepped up!  Butcher laid down a bunt base hit that set off the Flames first scoring drive.  Late the game, Butcher also doubled adding insurance runs for FCA. 
   In the end, FCA locked up its first state championship by the score of 7-1.  Ben Chauvin scattered only 4 hits and struck out 6 in 7 innings...He was named the tournament's most valuable player!