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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
Frazier signs with BRCC
   M.J. Frazier, FCA's talented left-handed pitcher and center fielder signed earlier this month with Baton Rouge Community College.  This took place as the Flames were embarking upon their playoff run.  To properly commemorate this achievement, the FCA family recreated the moment with a mock signing ceremony at our recent Athletic Banquet of May 14th.  Congratulations to M.J. and his parents...We can't wait to cheer on the Bears!  He will join former FCA stand outs Chris White and Ricky Smith in the fall.  While his environment will surely change, two things will remain the same...He'll always be M.J. ....and he will continue to wear black and red!!!

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



Tuesday, March 5
Line Up for the Week

   The Flames will host Dunham Tues. March 5th in their home opener scheduled for 3:30pm.  The Marucci Tournament at U-High games will be played on the following dates:
      Friday: 3:00pm vs. Newman
      Saturday: 1:00pm vs. Albany
                     3:30pm vs. U-High

P.S.   The boys won the Crowley Round-Robin with a 3-0 mark...victories over Simpson, Westminster Christian, and Northside Christian!



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



Friday, March 1
NOLA.COM Player of the Week Nominee: M.J. Frazier
   FCA lefty M.J. Frazier has been nominated for nola.com's Player of the Week award for the Baton Rouge area.  NOLA is now covering Baton Rouge prep sports.  Frazier is very deserving having tossed a no-hitter, striking out 10 in his first appearance of the year against Ascension Catholic.  Good Luck M.J. !!!

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.



Sunday, February 17
We be Jammin'

   FCA started the 2013 season  by competing in the Dunham School Jamboree.  In the first 3-inning contest, the Flames downed the Saints of West Feliciana 7 - 1.  Richard Hopkins provided the fireworks with a 2-out, 2-run homerun in the first inning. His younger brother Michael collected his first high school base hit in the game. Ben Chauvin struck out 4 and yielded only 1 run. 
  In the nightcap, the Flames defeated Christian Life Academy 4 - 1.  Mason Diaz drove in Ben Chauvin for the first run of the game. Later, some niffty base running by Titus Rogers  landed him on third base. The next batter, Quincy Ellis, hit a sac fly to center field scoring Rogers for the go-ahead run. Richard Hopkins finished off the Crusaders with a double scoring M.J. Frazier and Tacovi Pecot...Pecot reached on a pinch-hit single!  M.J. Frazier pitched 2 innings, facing 9 batters, striking out 6!!!  
   The Flames next play Thursday when they play Brusly...the host team of this coming weekend's tournament.



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

Sunday, May 27
ALL STATE

   CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2012 LSWA AND LBCA ALL STATE TEAM MEMBERS FROM FCA. THE FOLLOWING ARE CONSENSUS ALL STATE TEAM MEMBERS...selected by both the LSWA and the LBCA:


      Ben Chauvin P (Also Outstanding Player in Class C for the LSWA Team & Player of the Year for LBCA)
      Richard Hopkins Util. (LSWA), Inf. (LBCA);
      Chris White  P (LSWA & LBCA) also District 6-C  Most Valuable Player;

Additional LBCA Team Members are as follows: (FIRST TEAM)
      Tyler Randall Inf.
       Mason Diaz Inf.
       M. J. Frazier O.F.
       J. J. Holmes O.F.
 

       Quincy Ellis C (Honorable Mention)



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!



Monday, May 14
Back to the State Tournament!!!
   With a trip to the state tournament on the line, FCA hosted Calvin High School in the Class C State Quarter Finals on Monday, May 7th.  Ben Chauvin pitched another gem...this time tossing a no-hitter!  The game was once again shortened as the Flames put 10 runs on the board, besting Calvin 10-0.  The victory sends FCA to its 5th straight state tournament...this time in Sulphur!

Monday, May 14
PERFECTION!
  Ben Chauvin returned from injury to toss a perfect game against Starks in the Regionals.  He got plenty of run support as the Flames scored 17 in a game that was shortened due to the mercy rule.  Tyler Randall and Rich Hopkins homered in the contest!

Monday, May 14
District Champs
   The FCA Flames claimed a share of the district title as April concluded.  The team now shifts its focus upon the rest of class C as the playoffs begin.  The Flames will host Starks in the Regionals on April 30th!!!

Tuesday, April 17
Rained Out!
   Today's game at Grand Isle has been rained out.  We will make it up Monday, April 23rd if necessary.  Our next big district contest will be Thursday at Maurepas @ 4:00pm.

Thursday, March 29
CONGRATULATIONS
   Congratulations go out from the FCA Baseball family to seniors Harry Wiggins and Trae Ray.  The duo signed national letters of intent today extending their athletic careers.  Harry will compete for Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond...He will run both cross country and track.  Trae will play basketball for the Wildcats of Louisiana College in Pineville.  Flame nation will now eagerly follow both the LIONS and WILDCATS!!!

Wednesday, March 28
SCHEDULING CHANGE
   The game scheduled for Thursday, March 29th against Northside Christian in Crowley has been pushed back from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.  The boys will depart campus at 2:45 as a result.  You may want to pack them a snack and give them meal money for a fast-food stop on the way home. 

Tuesday, March 13
CHAMPS...Again!
  The FCA Flames played a rare Sunday game in Reserve, Louisiana, to conclude the Fatty's Tournament.  The boys won their pool for the second time in as many weeks by defeating Hanson Memorial 11-5.  M.J. Frazier turned in another good performance surrendering 2 earned runs while scattering 3 hits in 4 innings.  Chris White has proven to be a reliable source of relief finishing the last 3 innings surrendering only 1 earned run to nail down the Flame victory.
  The pitching was supported by an offensive barrage led by Ben Chauvin and Richard Hopkins who both homered in the contest.  Tyler Randall also drove in a run with a sac. liner to left and Trae Steudlein continued his clutch hitting with another 2-out, 2 RBI single.  Congratulations go out to Michael Daus for lacing his first career Flame hit...a hot shot to left field!
   The Flames hope to play their season HOME opener Tuesday, March 13th against French Settlement...weather permitting!!!


Sunday, March 11
SOLID PITCHING

   What the FCA pitching staff began in Crowley continues on in the Reserve Academy (Fatty's) Tournament this weekend. Ben Chauvin pitched lights out under the lights at Thibadaux Friday while Mason Diaz gave a strong effort yesterday morning in Reserve against 5-A Slidell. The victory Friday was the school's first over a 5-A opponent...15 hours later the Flames duplicated that feat!  
   While the pitching has indeed been strong, the Flame pitchers have benefited from some very timely hits. Richard Hopkins, Ben Chauvin, Mason Diaz, Trae Steudlein, and Quincy Ellis have swung hot bats of late. M.J. Frazier drove in a key insurance run late yesterday as well. One more victory and the boys will win their 2nd Pool Championship in as many weeks...Bless you boys as you compete today!



Tuesday, March 6
CHAMPS

   FCA left Crowley having won their pool in the round-robin format.  The Flames swept through Friday and Saturday undefeated having faced Class B power house Simpson, Iota, and host Crowley (3-A).  Three very solid pitching performances were handed in by M.J. Frazier, Mason Diaz, and Ben Chauvin (1-hitter).  The boys broke out the bats in support of the fine pitching scoring 21 runs over the 3 games.  FCA next plays on Tuesday, March 
6th at Port Allen...direction are on the calendar! 



Sunday, June 5
LBCA All State Team

   Congratulations to the following players for being named to the Louisiana Coaches' Association All State team for 2011:
    FIRST TEAM: 
Michael Glasper      P
Ricky Smith            Inf
Tyler Randall          Inf
J.J. Holmes             OF
Ryan Gorman           Util.
     HONORABLE MENTION:
Seth Dickey, Sr.
Hosey Rogers, Fr.
Mason Diaz, 8th Gr.



Saturday, June 4
ALL STATE TEAM ANNOUNCED
   Congratulations to Michael Glasper, Tyler Randall, and Ricky Smith for being named to the Louisiana Sports Writers' Class C All State First Team.  Both Glasper and Randall were named to the team last year in Class C.  Smith was a member of the Class B team last season for Bethany Christian.  Quite a feat for these young men to repeat...Congrats!!!
   Further cudos to Ricky Smith as he was named Most Outstanding Player by the sports writers of our state!!!
   As soon as the coaches' association (LBCA) releases its All State Team, we will post the results here.


Wednesday, May 25
ALL STAR GAME
  Michael Glasper has been selected by the LBCA Coaches' Committee as a member of the East Squad for the Louisiana All Star Team.  The prestigious event, honoring LHSAA Baseball players from 5-A to C, showcases the finest talent in the state of Louisiana.  Come support Michael this weekend as he travels back to Bringhurst Field for a weekend of fun.  Two games are scheduled...the first Friday night (5/27/11) @ 7:30pm and the second the following day (Sat. @ 12:30pm). 

Wednesday, May 25
All District

  District 8-C recently released the members of its All District Team to the Advocate on Sunday, May 22nd.  The following made the 1st Team:
           P  Micheal Glasper
           C  Ryan Gorman
          1B  Hosey Rogers
          2B Ricky Smith
          SS Tyler Randall
          3B  Mason Diaz
          OF Brandon Butcher
          OF J.J. Holmes
          OF Seth Dickey
          Coach of the Year: Robin Herd
          District MVP: Ricky Smith



Tuesday, May 17
STATE TOURNAMENT: Heart Breaker at Bringhurst
  The #1 seeded FCA Flames marched into Alexandria and promptly unloaded on #5 Elizabeth in the State Semi-Final.  In the first inning, the Flames first five batters chased the starting pitcher with back to back to back to back to back hits...Including triples from lead-off man Michael Glasper and 2 hole Tyler Randall...Second Baseman Ricky Smith followed with a double to center field!!!  Ryan Gorman and Seth Dickey combined on the "bump" to hold off the Bull Dog offense.  Final Score: FCA 9 - EHS 6.
   On the other side of the bracket, Hicks High defeated FCA rival Claiborne Christian setting up a Saturday show down for the Class C State Title at 3:00pm.  
   Unfortunately, the Flames fell behind early to Hicks in the title game giving up 7 runs in the top of the 2nd inning.  Hicks appeared to be pulling away  from FCA as the game progressed at one point enjoying a 9 run lead with a score of 10 - 1.  Refusing to give in, the Flames began to chip away...Going into the 7th inning, the score was 10 - 4.  With their backs against the wall, the Flames began an incredible rally scoring 5 runs in the 7th...3 off of the bat of Tyler Randall as his near Grand Slam plated 3 runs.  Sadly, Tyler was stranded at 3rd when the final out of the game was recorded by Hicks...Ohh so close.  The heroic come-back exemplified FCA's character and never-say-die attitude!  While the loss stung, as time passes, the boys will be proud of their achievement and look back on 2011 with fond memories.  The folks in Alex are sure to be talking about the 2011 Class C Championship game for years to come.


Wednesday, May 11
BACK 2 BRINGHURST: Flames defeat Raiders 12-2 in 5 innings!
   FCA hit the road Monday, May 9th to play in a Class C Quarter Final Match-up against rival Reeves High School.  The Flames scored early and often in the contest with 1 run in the 1st inning, 4 in the 2nd, and 7 in the 4th inning.  Michael Glasper yielded only 2 runs on the day--both scored in the bottom of the 4th inning.  With the score 12-2 going into the bottom half of the 5th inning, Reeves was unable to score...the mercy rule was thus employed ending the game early.  
   With the victory, the Flames advance to the Class C State Tournament at Bringhurst Field in Alexandria for the 4th consecutive year!  For the first time in school history, FCA enters the tournament as the state's # 1 seed.  We will face 5 seed Elizabeth in the semi-final on Friday, May 13th at 1:00pm.  Should we advance, we will face either 2 seed Claiborne Christian or 3 seed Hicks High School Saturday at 3:00pm. 
   The team will depart after practice Thursday from the Tucker Complex and travel to Alexandria.  An itenerary and hotel info will be sent home soon.


Wednesday, May 4
QUARTER FINALS
   The Flames will travel to Reeves for the State Quarter Finals.  The game is now set for Monday, May 9th @ either 3:30 or 4:00pm.  The gate price will be $6.00.  Travel plans will be announced soon...We will also post directions (Reeves is about 2  1/2 hours from B.R.).
   NOTE: Sorry for the stripped down, generic appearance of our website.  We had a free
upgrade to eteamz plus when we created our new site...That upgrade lasted only a month.  With it we had our own customized  FC logo with a baseball diamond background--Cool stuff!  Unfortunately, "cool" costs.  SOooo, for now, it's back to the generic look of the free eteamz account.


Wednesday, May 4
Channel 9
   Channel 9's Jacques Doucet was at the yard for the Regional round of the playoffs.  Check out his story and video footage Friday night on "Sportsline Friday Night" at 10:30!!!

Wednesday, May 4
Regional Romp

   Class C's #1 seed FCA quickly dispensed of the Plainview Hornets in the Regional round of the State Playoffs.  Michael Glasper, Tyler Randall, and Ricky Smith led the Flames' offensive barrage: FINAL SCORE from SonLife Field...FCA 15 - PHS 0. 
   Because this could possibly be the last home game for our 5 seniors, they were honored following the ball game...We will miss you guys...Let's finish strong!!!



Wednesday, April 13
EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT
   FCA has enjoyed unprecedented media coverage this year.  The positive stories that were generated by the recent success of our basketball team continues...Channel 33's news segment was very much welcomed and appreciated...now the Advocate is riding this wave having produced 2 features recently--ALL BEFORE THE PLAY OFFS!!!  That's a first for our school.  Check out the  article in today's sport's page that chronicles our latest game with Brusly.  2theadvocate.com archives the "prep" stories so it's not too late to read up on the Flames. 

Friday, April 29
SECOND SEASON

  After defeating the Holden Rockets 18-11 on Monday, April 25th, the FCA Flames concluded the regular season with a 21-5 record...Good enough to hold on to the #1 seed in Class C.  Being a 1 seed, the Flames will enjoy a bye in the first round...the second round will be a home game played early next week against Plainview High or Pleasant Hill.  On that day we will honor our senior players and their families prior to the game.  
   As FCA marches into the play-offs, we hope to advance to the state tournament in Alexandria for a 4th consecutive year.  We will take today off and travel to Sulphur to support our girls who have already advanced to the state softball tourney!!!  Go Flames!!!