The Lady Comets ended their soccer season yesterday to East Grand Forks, 5-0. A comment from an EGF fan to our office this morning was worth more than a trophy. Proud of the way our students are strengthening character in their athletic training. We're blessed with great coaches who teach resiliency and sportsmanship.
The Volleyball team boarded the bus after chapel Monday in mismatched clothes. Bringing homecoming to Morning Son Christian school the team was ready to deliver a message that gave many chills.
The Comets didn’t have their fourth win handed to them Thursday night in Ashby. The Arrows served well through five sets, hitting their mark on 92% of their serves. In the end it was Hillcrest’s scrappy play and relentless pursuit of the ball that tipped the win to their column.
Christian young people want to make a difference in their world. They are deep thinkers and observers of their culture. Polls have shown that today’s youth are more pro-life than their parents. They are not swallowing the lies that extremists are pushing in the name of Choice. Here at Hillcrest, we want to make room for discussions of what is right and wrong, and juxtapose truth with what is current and culturally relevant. We encourage them to ask the questions that are hard, wrestle with issues that seem uncertain, listen for the voice of God in matter that are, ultimately, not political but moral. Character is forged in clubs like these.
Weeks before the huddle groups were announced Hillcrest’s Local Missions class was outlining the program. The daily Bible class is learning how to organize and coordinate Bible studies. In their class they outlined the format for the study. Student body leaders helped to organize the format and structure, how the Bible study would be communicated to the individual groups. The class experienced their first exam of sorts in the huddle group meeting. Their assessment is how well they communicated the Gospel in their study on faith. They’re turning to surveys to learn what they can do better next time.
When Mr. Isaac finished closed out the meeting he reiterated the hope, that teachers would feel briefed on some of the things God is doing at the school. In dismissing the teachers a few started to applaud. It was an apt response to hearing inspiring things happening in classes that are equipping students for lives of eternal significance.
Mervin Makundi slid to kick the ball out of the box as the Comets were in a 2-2 tie with Pelican Rapids in the final minute of Tuesdays game. Pelican kept pressure on Makundi all day, and after some strong saves the Hillcrest keeper wasn’t going to let his squad down in the final seconds. Nearly the entire Pelican team was inside the box, keeping pressure on Makundi and looking for a window to kick the final goal and beat a friendly rival. Makundi’s sliding kick left the net open after the ball ping-ponged around before finding a Pelican offender. The game looked to be over.
The Lady Comets spread the ball around in their mid-season check-up against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (WHA). When the final whistle blew the Comets met near their bench to pray with their opponents, a staple in girls’ athletics at Hillcrest. The smiles on both team’s faces revealed a complete Comet victory over a WHA team they scored 4 goals on three games prior.
A round of applause follows Ryan Garvin’s introduction of Daryl Synstelien. Bashfully smiling he lays out what he brought for the class, who hold pencils in ready position as they prepare to take notes. “Know and understand what you’re going to do, that’s the first thing I want to bring to you today."
The first page of the packet read, “We want to give you a chance to take responsibility for your development both spiritually and emotionally. Please do this exercise with a heart of growing, knowing that your teachers, staff, and RAs are all praying for you as you look to grow during your time here.” Students moved to the first question in the packet that had them imagine what a person following them for a day would say the student loves. Students were asked to write down the things they want to love, the thoughts they want to have in their intimate and quiet times of thought and processing life. They were then asked what their action plan was to generate new loves during their time at Hillcrest. The packet was a four-week checkup on their Hillcrest experience. It called them to remember why they came to the Castle in the first place.
The Comets were perfect from the service line in their first match against Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal (NCE-UH). With more practice and more games the Comets may put the conference on notice, having won a set against ninth ranked Underwood last week and carrying their first sweep of the season against NCE-UH Tuesday night. The sweep was the first since 2010 for Hillcrest, and the Comets are looking to set their sights higher in the coming weeks.
In the pandemonium Clark called a time out. Apologizing to his coaching staff, he turned to his players. The shuffle of injuries hit his heart. Now he worked to right the team with his mind. He started calling off numbers. "You, go four. You're a three." The Comet huddle was filled with players ready to step up, understanding where their friends had been on the field and where their coach needed them to step in now.
Luke Bowman, HLA class of 2017, was recently admitted into the U.S. Naval Academy’s Men’s Glee Club in Annapolis Maryland. As the academy’s most prestigious musical organization, members have the high honor of performing for presidents and royalty around the world. This Saturday, The Men’s Glee Club will be singing at the funeral of Senator John McCain which will be broadcast by all major television networks and live-streamed on Senator McCain’s website.
It took ten minutes for Hillcrest to strike. After a Marcus Fluge pass up the middle of the field, Eirik Primavera juked defenders to place a strike in the right corner of the net. Eighteen minutes later Primavera attacked the right goal line, dropping a perfect pass to Iver Honningdal who touched the ball past the Johnnie defender to put the Comets up 2-0. Honnindgal put more force behind his second goal, scored at the 32nd minute. A rocket from the top of the box sailed into the net off a pass from Primavera. The Comets went into halftime with their 3-0 lead, having kept the Johnnies on their heels for the first part of the afternoon.
It took 25 minutes for the Lady Comets to fill the net after MacKenzie Foss drilled an unassisted shot past the Crookston defender Friday. Foss would round out a hat trick over the next twenty minutes of play, leading the Lady Comets in scoring. Their six goal shutout is a strong step for the Comets this year as they embark on a new season with new faces filling the field.
Practice Makes Purpose is plastered on a ten foot banner in Hillcrest's chapel. With music instruments in the foreground, students peer over a drum ses to see the theme logo on the wall that is also on hallway display signs and student orientation packets. Each class at Hillcrest goes through an orientation schedule that has them meeting in the chapel to unpack the school theme and receive a series of messages that bring unity to the school.
The Hillcrest golf team set the bar high as the school reopened their golf program this year. After a nearly two decade hiatus from the sport, Hillcrest dusted off the clubs and practiced on the links, working their way into a strong place as they sent two golfers to State and hope to send two teams next year.
The red polos and white capped team from Hillcrest definitely improved this year. Some students sliced over thirty strokes from their score sheet from the first meet to the section finale. John and Mikey Vall vied for the top place in nearly every meet, walking home with more gold than bronze as they led the Comets to the state competition.
At the State banquet the entire Comet team sat around the tables. Other teams had one or two players present, but Hillcrest received a full team award that reveals more skill than their practice time on the putting green. The Comets were the top academic team in their division in the State. Their academic scores and grade point average revealed that golf is a fun priority, but the Comet golfers are shooting for success beyond the 18th green.
Brent Ferenczy is the lone senior on the Comet team. He was the Co-Salutatorian for his class. His counter part in academic success, Eric Konynenbelt, was nearly a State competitor in track, missing the cut by one-tenth of a second. Ferenczy's academic success led the Comet team consisting of junior John Vall, sophomore Mikey Vall, and freshman Joel Quam.
John and Mikey made the cut to play in the state competition. John finished in the top 20 and earned honors in being selected to the All-state golf team. Mikey wrapped up his sophomore season finishing in the top 50 in the state. The brothers are looking forward to adding a new fourth competitor to their team, as Brent graduates, eyeing another trip to state and hoping to do it as a full team next year while repeating their title as academic all-state champions.
Ihrke then called students to consider the reality of the redemption and restoration offered to students through the finished work of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection. In closing out the final moments of the chapel program, Ihrke called students to consider their life and the reality they've engaged in at Hillcrest. His message was a call to all to find themselves living in line with the reality of what they've engaged at Hillcrest Academy.
When John Vall approached his shot on hole one after swinging through holes 16, 17, and 18, there were voices echoing in the trees. His drive landed him 15 feet ahead of his golfing party, and his second stroke was smooth and confident as his party tried to engage him in conversation while he lined up his shot. His second shot landed his ball 20 feet from the pin, and as he walked up the slight incline for his third stroke on the par four, John conservatively played for an eight foot put that tapped in the cup while his party marked down another par for the meets top scorer.
Mikey played a tough front 9 on Tuesday at Tipsinah Moungs in Elbow Lake, MN. His golf partner, Noah Chase, was leading the pace through the first four holes. After a tough par four, where Chase shot two over and Mikey stroke for par, Mikey settled in and finished the front nine with steady pace, shooting par or one over to finish the front nine four over par, tied with perennial state golfer Noah Chase.