The athletic departments at Bullard High School and The Brook Hill School will be well represented in the upcoming 2018 Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of a Champion All Star Event, as the event’s rosters filled with athletes from across the East Texas area were recently announced.
This year’s FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star event will mark the eighth year for the Northeast Texas FCA All-Star football game, as the Heart of a Champion All-Star Football Game will be held 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Longview High School’s Lobo Stadium.
Both Bullard and Brook Hill’s football program will send one player each to compete in the contest, as the Panthers’ Weston Roach and the Guard’s Campbell Fletcher were named to the event’s roster.
Roach, listed as a senior offensive lineman and defensive lineman on the Panthers’ 2017 season roster, helped the team’s defensive unit by contributing five tackles, two solo tackles, and two assists.
“It’s a big honor to know that I get to participate in this event and get to live my dream one last time as a high school football player,” said Roach. “I’ve been involved with FCA all throughout high school, and it’s played a big role in my sports career. It’s an honor to have been selected.”
Roach is the son of Penny Reedy and Kyle Roach. He plans to continue his football career at Tyler Junior College after having signed with the Apache football team during his senior year, while majoring in animal science.
As members of Class 4A’s District 9 during the 2017 season, the Bullard Panther varsity football team finished with an overall record of 3-7, 2-4 in district play, missing the cut for the UIL playoffs.
Likewise, Fletcher, identified as a senior tight end, linebacker, and punter, proved a strong leg for the Guard throughout the season, kicking a total of 32 punts traveling 1,192 yards, for an average of 37.25 yards per punt.
“I am super excited to participate in the FCA football game,” said Fletcher. “When I found out I had this opportunity to play, I asked my coach, Coach Ryle, if I should play, and he said that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in an All-Star game, and that I should compete and showcase my talents. It’s a good way to put a cap on my senior year and have one more opportunity to play.”
Fletcher is the son of Rod and Heather Fletcher. He will attend Blinn College and major in architecture, in hopes of transferring to Texas A&M University in College Station at a later date.
The Brook Hill Guard varsity football team ended its 2017 campaign with an overall record of 3-6, 1-4 in district play, missing the cut for the TAPPS playoffs.
In addition to the selections for Bullard and Brook Hill for the annual FCA football game, both schools will have players in the lineups for the Northeast Texas FCA All-Star softball game, slated for 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at the University of Texas at Tyler’s Suddenlink Field.
Bullard’s softball program was able to grab one of the top spots on the roster card for the All-Star softball game, as Lady Panther head coach Megan Dobrinski was selected as the FCA Blue team’s head coach.
In the 2018 season, Dobrinski and the Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team compiled a record of 25-6-1, 9-1 in district play, and were recognized as the District, Bi-District, and Area Champions. The team was defeated in the Regional Quarterfinal contest against Emory Rains.
In addition to Dobrinski, the Lady Panther softball team will also be represented by senior catcher Destinee Dixon, selected for the FCA Blue team.
“I was super excited especially because Coach Dobrinski was going to be my coach and it would be like one last ride together,” said Dixon. “That really made me excited to participate. It’s really a great way to finish my career as a Lady Panther. I never really expected this honor, but it’s a great opportunity. Coach D has been here since my freshman year, so it’s exciting to experience one last game together. She’s done a lot for me and has been like a second mom to me.”
During her senior campaign, Dixon proved to be a leader in the Lady Panther lineup, swinging for a total of 25 hits (15 singles, two doubles, and four triples), one home run, 30 runs batted in, and 27 runs, collecting a .368 batting average.
Dixon is the daughter of John and Nanci Dixon. She plans to attend Tyler Junior College and major in general studies and then pursue a degree in hopes of becoming a licensed nutritionist. Dixon will also play softball for the TJC Apache softball team, having signed with the program in November 2017.
Representing the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team also on the FCA Blue team will be senior catcher Maddie Anthony.
In the Lady Guard’s lineup for the 2018 season, Anthony was a pivotal player, collecting a total of 28 hits (17 singles, nine doubles), two home runs, 22 RBIs, and 30 runs, while amassing a .571 batting average.
Anthony is the daughter of Tim and Heather Anthony. She will attend the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and major in nursing.
The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team ended the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 13-5, 6-1 in district play, and was recognized as the Area and Regional Champions. The team was knocked out of the TAPPS State Semi-Finals by Fort Worth Christian.
Also chosen to represent their now alma mater at the 2018 FCA Heart of a Champion events will be three cheerleaders from BHS, including Megan Daugherty, Abbie Denman, and Mackenzie Pyle.
Daugherty has cheered at BHS for a total of three years, and was an early graduate, graduating with the Class of 2018 in May.
“It was really exciting to find out I was selected for the FCA games,” said Daughtery. “It’s definitely a big achievement for my senior year. I’ve put a lot into cheering for several years, and it’s nice that it’s finally being noticed by others. With FCA being a Christian organization, it really makes me happy that my hard work has led me here. I like that I get to end my senior year with a great Christian event.”
Daugherty is the daughter of Carolyn and Kenneth Daugherty. She plans to attend the University of North Texas at Dallas in the fall, majoring in biology.
Denman also participated with the BHS cheer program for a total of three years, and was selected as the squad’s captain during the 2017-2018 school year.
“I was really excited,” said Denman. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to incorporate my Christian beliefs with high school athletics and cheerleading. It’s exciting because it’s my senior year so it’s the last time I’ll get to cheer, which is something I love to do.”
Denman is the daughter of Angie and Keith Denman. She plans to attend Texas A&M University at College Station and study allied health.
Pyle also has been a longtime member of the BSH cheerleading program, and chose to leave school early, graduating a year ahead of schedule with the Class of 2018.
“I was really excited to be chosen for the FCA games,” said Pyle. “It’s my last chance to do what I love, and it incorporates my Christian morals; it’s definitely like the cherry on the sundae for my high school career, and with me graduating early, it makes it even sweeter.”
Pyle is the daughter of Shane and Jeannie Pyle. She plans to attend Texas State University in San Marcos and study in hopes to become an orthodontist.
In addition to the FCA football and softball games, the FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star baseball game will also be held this weekend, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 8, at UT Tyler’s Irwin Field.