Christian Faith HS adds four new teams to athletic department

There are plenty of new athletes walking around the halls at Christian Faith High School.

The private school in Federal Way has added four new sports for the 2011-12 school year, including a pair this fall. Christian Faith student-athletes now have the option of competing in boys soccer and girls swimming, as well as boys and girls golf and boys soccer during the spring sports season.

The school already has volleyball, boys and girls basketball, track and field and cross country teams. The Eagles compete as a Class 1A school in the SeaTac League.

“There is a lot of change at Christian Faith,” said new athletic director and volleyball coach, Stephanie Pond.

The brand new Christian Faith boys soccer team, coached by Matt Holmes, kicks of its regular season on Sept. 12 against the Bear Creek High junior varsity. The team will also take on opponents from the Class 1A/2A SeaTac League like Tacoma Baptist and Evergreen Lutheran.

“It could be a tough start for our boys, as our league has produced many of the top soccer teams in the state over the past few years,” Pond said.

The girls swim team is being coached by Kelley Puddy, who is a former Yelm High School swimmer.  The six-member team practicing at King County Aquatic Center and competing without a league affiliation. Its meet are by invitation only.

Should any of the Christian Faith swimmers qualify for postseason, they will compete at the Class 2A division.

“We hope to get the team into a league in 2012,” said Pond. “That will be the beginning of the next two-year cycle for leagues.”

But the crown jewel of the Christian Faith athletic programs is still volleyball. The Eagles finished as the runner up at last year’s Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament inside the Yakima SunDome and return a good portion of that roster this season.

“Every girl has a different posture and regard for the state championship and our eyes are set on that gold ball,” Pond said.

Despite graduating five seniors from last year’s squad, the Eagles bring back four senior starters, including two-time SeaTac League Most Valuable Player, Amanda Tofaeono. The setter is joined by two-time first-team, all-league selection Dena Green, along with 6-foot-1 Kendra Ireigbe and outside hitter Malia Cabiles.

Christian Faith has a pair of very capable replacements in freshmen Katrice Pond and Sarah Wingard. The Federal Way twosome competed together in June at the 2011 Junior National Championships in Atlanta for their under-14 select team. Pond is a 6-foot middle hitter and Wingard is a 5-7 setter.

The Eagles opened their season at the prestigious Emerald City Volleyball Invitational last week at Mercer Island High School. Christian Faith played against Seattle Prep, Stadium and Mercer Island in a jamboree style.

“We split games with each team and were pleased with what we saw in our girls as we began to knock some of the rough edges off and gel in a new lineup,” coach Pond said.


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