Stories of a lost spring from Faith Christian

Column by Nathan Mauldin
Posted 4/29/20

Spring is a beautiful season in Colorado as we transition to the beautiful blue skies of the Rocky Mountains and the awakening of the grass and flowers.  Spring can also bring the up and …

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Stories of a lost spring from Faith Christian

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Spring is a beautiful season in Colorado as we transition to the beautiful blue skies of the Rocky Mountains and the awakening of the grass and flowers.  Spring can also bring the up and downs of Colorado weather with snow one day and warm weather the next.  Spring athletes and coaches are quite possibly the most flexible group in our fair state as they constantly roll with the punches on practices and games.  No season gets moved around and rescheduled like Spring sports.  This Spring brought it all to a whole new level and one that was impossible to predict just a few weeks ago.  March 12th was the last day of competition in Spring sports and the athletes and coaches have been watching the sands in the hour glass slip by ever since.  I asked some of our Faith Christian Senior athletes and coaches about their thoughts as they realized that their Spring Season was cancelled officially by CHSAA on April 21st.

I remember my senior season, which was a long time ago, and all the major games I experienced that year.  My heart breaks for this group of 2020 Seniors and so this story will start with thoughts from some of our Faith Christian Seniors.  Tallen Christensen (Men's Volleyball) expressed the sentiment that not knowing what could have been accomplished by him and his teammates makes the season even tougher for him.  In 2019 the Faith Men's Volleyball took an undefeated record into the Championship game and then suffered their only loss of the season and fell one step short of a State Championship. 

Tallen expressed the hope that this group would finish the job and they had put the work in to see that dream become a reality.  Tallen also explained that he was hopeful of a Collegiate Sports experience but now has no senior season to showcase his talents.  Tallen will do the best he can with what was already accomplished but this sentiment is real for this year's seniors who had dreams of a college sports career. 

Caleb Ruter expressed another unique perspective as he was a key part of the Men's Basketball team who had their season suddenly cut short in the State Semi-Finals.  Caleb is also a pitcher on the Eagles Baseball squad and he was never given a chance to take the mound this year.  Caleb expressed the sadness to see a season that never was but the thing he has missed the most is the interaction with his teammates and coaches.  The annual Spring Break trip to Arizona was cancelled about a week before it was to happen, a trip that allows for non-stop baseball and bonding with teammates and coaches.  Caleb had a great perspective that things are not always in our control but how we respond to the adversity will make all the difference.

The coaches at Faith Christian are people who coach for the love of the sport but mostly for the chance to serve and impact the lives of kids.  No coach in Colorado High School athletics gets paid what they deserve but most would likely coach for free anyway.  Long days, bus rides and wild weather is all part of the gig and the anticipation of waiting all school season for the season to begin.  Coach Robert Schreiner (Head Track and Field Coach) knew that his squad was prepared to make an impact this season.  His and Coach Steve Urban's long distance squad was coming off an impressive cross country season in which the Girls finished 2nd place at State.  The girls were primed and ready to carry forward that confidence into this spring and a quickly maturing boys teams was also ready to step forward.  The throwers were also a fantastic group of seniors (Aaron Finch, Ashley Finch and Sam Neve) who were all looking to finally qualify for state after falling inches short last season.  He wants his coaches to know that their hard work was not in vain and that the impact they made with their athletes will continue. 

Coach Matt Cassell (Women's Soccer) is in a unique situation as he is brand new to coaching at Faith Christian this season.  Matt is an accomplished soccer coach and was thrilled to take on the women's team this spring.  The Eagles were struggling with numbers coming into this season but Coach Cassell was excited for what was ahead.  He preached to his girls in preseason that this was going to be a season to play for something bigger than yourself.  He knew his team was only going to get better and better as the season unfolded and he relished the opportunity to prove themselves in the ultra tough Metro Conference.  He prays that his girls get one opportunity to suit up under the lights and experience playing together. 

Coach Jim Polson heads up the Eagles Baseball program and saw the potential this group had for a deep run in 3A Baseball.  During his 20 years of coaching high school baseball, he fells blessed and have looked forward to coaching this great group of players with such promising success. The Seniors this year are a very special group and going into my 4th year at Faith Christian these seniors are the first to survive all 4 years (Aron Buchmann, Nathaniel Hegarty,  Blake Passamaneck and Caleb Ruter).   With all the work they put in to our baseball program, both on and off the field, I know they will overcome this adversity moving forward.

These are just a few stories of the coaches and players of all the athletes at Faith Christian this Spring.  One of the best parts of athletics are the lessons and memories that are made as you experience competition, failure and success.  Working hard toward a goal and challenging yourself to put it all out there even when success is not assured.  Coaches know from experience that what their athletes are learning will prepare them for them for their lives ahead.  They have traveled the path of the athlete and they look back and want to pass on all that they have learned and experienced.  We thank our coaches for all they have done and are doing each and every day and we want our spring coaches to especially know that though this season is unlike any other we still appreciate all you have done.  The wins may not have been accumulated this year but we know your impact is eternal.  Athletes I think words will not be sufficient right now and you have already been told sorry so many times these last few weeks.  It is not fair that you have missed out on so many things and only God knows why you were chosen for a time like this.  I have confidence that as you travel the path God has chosen for you this experience is preparing you for greatness and having confidence to know that you can face the next challenge that awaits you. 

Faith Christian Athletic Director Abram Ziemer offered a positive perspective on all these events. "I believe this has been an eye opening experience for many of us. We have all been so caught up in the lives we live today that we have forgotten that nothing is guaranteed and many things, such as sports, can be taken away in an instant. I believe the Lord is challenging us as a society to reach out towards Him and recognize what we prioritize in our lives. At Faith we preach to our kids that many of these things we do in this world are temporary so no matter what we do lets do it as if doing it for the Lord."

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