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Indian Rocks Christian School
Golden Eagles (Girls Basketball)
The eagle -- a symbol of focus, achievement, and power -- is certainly a fitting mascot for this month’s Joto’s top team, the Golden Eagles girls basketball team of Indian Rocks Christian School.
According to Head Coach Phil Farver, the theme for this season was “U.P.: urgent with purpose.” The Golden Eagles’ sense of urgent purpose was evident as they competed on the court; however, the real urgency began long before the season did. The Golden Eagles have been practicing since last summer, when they participated in the Keswick summer league, competed in the Seffner shootout, and sharpened their skills at the University of Tampa team camp. Preparation continued into the school year, with conditioning practices in September, followed by regular practices in October. By the time their pre-season schedule began in mid-November, the Golden Eagles had been preparing for several months. With regular 2-hour weeknight practices and even some Saturday morning practices, the Eagles have remained focused on their purpose all season.
The months of preparation have definitely paid off. The Golden Eagles finished the regular season with an impressive overall record of 21 wins and 6 losses, and a league record of 8 wins and 2 losses. The Eagles enjoyed victories over some of the top teams in the state, including 2 decisive victories over two-time defending Class 3A state champion Tampa Catholic, as well as a victory over 2011 Class 1A state semifinalist Seffner Christian Academy. This year’s Eagles also defeated Boca Ciega for the first time in school history, and they were the first team to beat Plant High School this season. Other highlights of the season included winning the Bay Conference Championship as well as the Winter Slam Tournament hosted by Indian Rocks Christian School.
The Golden Eagles had an outstanding regular season; however, there are greater post-season goals yet to be achieved. Coach Farver has his sights set on winning the district championship, getting into the Final Four, and ultimately winning the state championship. The post-season schedule begins for the Golden Eagles in early February, when they enter the FHSAA Class 3A District 9 Tournament as the second seed. Coach Farver knows that the post-season will have its challenges, especially since one of his senior leaders may have to sit out because of an ACL tear. However, the Golden Eagles have risen to challenges all season, and Coach Farver anticipates that the rest of the team will “step up and produce.”
The Golden Eagles are led by several powerful district stand-outs, including 3 seniors (Tori Trador, Jessica Logemann, and Kristen Scholl) who have each scored more than 1,300 career points.
Senior Tori Trador (guard) leads the district in 3-point field goals and has averaged 12.4 points per game this season. She also ranks among the top 5 players in the district for steals, blocks, and points per game.
Senior Jessica Logemann (guard) leads the district in assists. She also ranks 2nd in the district for 3-pointers and ranks among the top 5 players for rebounds and steals.
Senior Kristen Scholl (power forward/center) ranks among the top 5 in the district for points per game, free throws made, rebounds, and steals.
Senior Amber Frounfelter (forward) ranks among the top 5 district leaders in assists and charges taken.
Junior Rachel Boyette (center) leads the district in blocks. She also ranks 2nd in rebounds and ranks among the top 5 in charges taken.
The Golden Eagles’ exceptional coaching staff is led by Head Coach Phil Farver, a 34-year veteran coach who has accumulated over 500 wins. He has coached the Indian Rocks girls team for 20 years. In fact, he is the only girls coach the school has ever had. He is assisted by defensive specialist Dean Soles, a coach who has taken various teams to the Final Four six times. Assistant Coach Cary Frounfelter, an Amateur Athletic Union coach, has also helped with scouting, game preparation, and player development.
The players, coaches, and assistants of the Indian Rocks Christian School girls basketball team have worked together to build an excellent season. Congratulations to the Golden Eagles, a team that has truly lived up to its name!
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