BOCA RATON- Trinity Christian will look to highlight a breakout season on Tuesday as they try to bring home the school's first district championship in boys' cross country.
With just five runners on the roster, the Warriors three wins this season have been a total team effort. They will need that same consistent effort on Tuesday to win the newly restructured district 14. The field includes Berean Christian, Highlands Christian, Atlantic Christian, Boca Raton Christian, and St. John Paul II. TCA has defeated the first four teams in multiple races this fall. St. John Paul II has a deep roster, but the Warriors times this season appear to make them one of the favorites to claim the district title.
Eighth grader Chris Gunterman and freshman Logan Fyke have burst on to the scene this fall as the top runners for the Warriors. The two have battled for the top spot among TCA finishers this season with both runners posting sub-21:00 times. Junior Luke D'Orazio and senior Jaiden Santiago have clocked in at just under 22:00, and junior Xavier Jackson has consistently finished in the middle of the pack to propel the Warriors up the leader board.
On the girls' side, junior Eva Zelaya is the lone runner for the Warriors. She has dropped her time this season by eight minutes and will look to advance to the regional round as an at large competitor. The top four finishers that are not on a regional team will advance to the next round.
The top three teams will advance to the regional round. Race time is set for 11:00 am on Tuesday at South County Park.
BOCA RATON- Trinity Christian's volleyball season came to an end last night as the Warriors fell to Boca Raton Christian 15-25, 16-25, 18-25 in the regional semi-finals. The regional appearance was the first for TCA since 2015.
Starting six underclassmen, the young Warriors shocked Berean Christian in the district semi-finals to clinch a spot in the regional round. Despite the loss to BRCS, the future is bright for a team that will return 10 players next season and has a strong middle school program on the rise.
While the Warriors lost 10 games this season, their strength of schedule was very difficult. Those 10 losses came to teams with a combined record of 111-54. That difficult schedule, the continued improvement throughout the season, and the youth of the team bodes very well for another step forward in 2021.
BOYNTON BEACH- Exactly one month ago, Berean Christian rolled past the Trinity Christian volleyball team in straight sets without a challenge. The Warriors flipped the script on Thursday night in the district semifinals, however, as they stunned the Bulldogs 25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 26-24. With the win, TCA advances to Friday night's championship game against host Lake Worth Christian.
Trinity's improved net play was key in the victory over Berean. The Warriors put away points consistently throughout the night with freshman Gianna Basileo leading the way with seven kills and two blocks. TCA also had a good night serving the volleyball as they piled up 20 aces. Freshman Sammantha Monier led the team with five aces.
With the win, the Warriors have clinched a spot in the regional playoffs regardless of the outcome of Friday night's championship match. If TCA pulls off an upset of the Defenders, they will take on Highlands Christian in the regional round. If the Warriors lose to LWC, they will play District 14 champion Boca Christian in the regionals. Friday night's game is slated for 7:00 pm and will be streamed live on the NFHS Network.
LAKE WORTH- Trinity Christian Academy will host four district tournaments during the 2020-2021 school year, the school announced on Tuesday. After not hosting playoff games over the past year, TCA is excited to bring postseason action back to Lake Worth.
"It's important to us that we showcase our beautiful campus and top-notch facilities," said athletic director Derek Chirch. "We are looking forward to welcoming schools to TCA and to be the site of all the excitement the postseason brings."
The first event that Trinity will host will be the district cross country meet. That race will be held at South County Park with TCA coordinating the day. On campus playoff action will happen in February as Trinity hosts the district tournaments for varsity boys soccer and varsity girls basketball. Finally, playoff baseball returns to Santaluces in April as TCA hosts the district tournament.
"We want to continue to build on the great playoff history at TCA, and where better to do that than at our home facilities?" stated Chirch. "We hope to offer first class tournaments that reflect well on the Academy and our programs."
LAKE WORTH- Despite being shorthanded due to injury, Trinity Christian finished second of five teams on Monday night at TCA. Senior Jaiden Santiago went down with an apparent ankle injury during the second mile of the race leaving the Warriors with just four runners. Those four runners finished in the top 14 to place Trinity just behind Benjamin in the standings.
Eighth grader Chris Gunterman continued his impressive showing this season as he took third with a season-best time of 20:57. Freshman Logan Fyke set a personal record of his own with a time of 21:31 which was good for sixth place. Junior Luke D'Orazio snuck in the top ten with a time of 22:32. Junior Xavier Jackson set a PR with a time of 23:31 and was 14th for the Warriors.
On the girls' side, the lone TCA runner Eva Zelaya finished ninth overall.
The boys finished with 64 points, ahead of Highlands Christian (70), Boca Christian (75), and Atlantic Christian (97). The Warriors next race will be Tuesday at Berean Christian.
LAKE WORTH- Trinity Christian picked up their fourth win of the season on Friday as they downed Sheridan Hills Christian 25-21, 25-23. With the victory, TCA improved to 3-2 over their last five games.
After struggling to be consistent in service all season, the Warriors had their best service match of the year against the Sharks. Trinity had a season-high 23 aces and just seven errors. Sofia de los Mozos led the charge with 10 aces. Kylie Sidaway added five aces for the Warriors.
Trinity had another strong match at the net, piling up 17 kills. Gianna Basileo and Camila Fundora had four kills each, and Sammantha Monier and de los Mozos each added three kills.
The Warriors will close out the regular season this week with matches against Cardinal Newman and Benjamin. The following week they will open district play against Berean Christian.
LAKE WORTH- Trinity Christian won their second straight match on Friday, overcoming Glades Day 30-28, 27-25, 25-20. With the win, the Warriors improved to 3-6 on the season.
The Warriors trailed game one 24-20 before storming back to stun the Gators and to take the momentum in the match. Game two was another back-and-forth contest with Katie Ruh finally closing out Glades with an ace. A confident TCA group cruised in game three as they led by as many as 10 points at various times.
Trinity had perhaps their best game of the season at the net with Camila Fundora and Sammantha Monier combining for 20 kills. Gianna Basileo added three kills and three blocks for TCA. Sofia de los Mozos added 30 assists and eight aces for the Warriors.
TCA will be back in action on Monday night as they host Boca Christian at 5:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network.
LAKE WORTH- Trinity Christian won their second race in as many weeks, edging Berean Christian 31-34. Lake Worth Christian finished third with 57 points.
The Warriors were without Chris Gunterman who was out with a sprained ankle. The eighth grader finished second last week. Freshman Logan Fyke stepped up to finish second overall, cutting his time by two minutes. Junior Luke D'Orazio finished fourth, senior Jaiden Santiago was fifth, and junior Xavier Jackson finished sixth. Despite being short a runner, the strong finishes from the Warriors were just enough to eke out a win.
In the girls race, junior Eva Zelaya finished second for the Warriors. She cut her time by nearly three minutes from last week and is down over eight minutes from the end of last season.
The Warriors next race will be tonight in Lakeland as they compete in the FLRunner.com Invitational.
POMPANO BEACH- Trinity Christian picked up a much-needed win on Monday as they defeated Highlands Christian 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 25-19 on the road. The win snaps a two-game losing streak for the Warriors.
TCA had a solid game at the net, racking up 23 kills to keep the Knights on their heels. Freshman Gianna Basileo led the charge with four kills and three blocks for Trinity.
Junior Kylie Sidaway and sophomore Sarah Richardson helped power the Warriors with seven aces a piece. The Warriors had 17 aces overall in the match.
Trinity travels to Boca Raton to take on St. John Paul II on Tuesday night.
POMPANO BEACH- Trinity Christian's middle school kept their winning streak rolling on Monday night as they eased past Highlands Christian 25-7, 25-19 on the road. The win was the fourth straight and clinches a winning record for the season.
The Warriors took advantage of the match early on with seventh grader Madelyn Gonzalez serving up eight straight service points to pace TCA. On the match, she had 12 service points, one kill and one assist for the Warriors.
TCA will put their winning streak on the line next Monday as they host Boca Christian at 4:00 pm.