FCA Heart of Champion All-Star Baseball

By Carla Bass – City Editor

For those not familiar with FCA, it stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, it is an international non-profit Christian sports min­istry based in Kansas City, Missouri. FCA was founded in 1954.

The FCA Vision Is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coach­es and athletes. The FCA Mission presents to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influ­ence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

High school athletes who have recently graduated from the class of 2017 will be mov­ing on to play their respective sport in college, but this weekend was special to these young men and women as it was their last opportu­nity to represent their sport and teams on the high school level.

Former teammates and rivals suited up one last time in the FCA Heart of a Champion All- Star games. Nearly 200 graduates have been chosen to participate both as cheerleaders and as players in the softball, baseball, and football games.

This was the seventh year for competition to take place. It is the third year for softball, and the second year for baseball having the Blue vs. Red to match up for this final senior event.

Chosen from the Jefferson Bulldogs was pitcher Nate Gibbons for the FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star baseball game’s Blue Team. Nate will be continuing his education and baseball participation at Southern Arkansas University.

The report on the game from ETFinalScore. com described the competition like this:

“The combination of Blue team hurlers Patrick Miner (Whitehouse), Kade Clemens (Gilmer), Jarret Whorff (Winnsboro), Cristian Netro (Pittsburg), Nathan Gibbons (Jefferson) and Taylor Meaux (White Oak) had held the Red team to two singles in six scoreless in­nings.

Meanwhile, the Blue strung together six runs with Lanson Simmons (son of former Jefferson baseball coach, Sonny Simmons of Henderson) and Kade Keener (Robert E. Lee) scoring two runs apiece with Whitehouse’s Patrick Miner delivering a leadoff single in the second and scoring on a bases-loaded walk by White Oak’s Taylor Meaux.

The contest was a full nine innings, but…

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