Lady Warriors Win Pacific League Championship for Track and Field!
In their second season of track and field, the Rock Academy Warriors won their first Pacific League Championship coming by means of the spikes of the Women’s Track and Field Team. The Pacific League of the Coastal Conference is composed of six schools, Escondido Charter, Horizon, Maranatha Christian, Pacific Ridge, and Tri-City Christian. The competition during the season was very close between all the schools, and the final decision for the league championship came down to the final League Meet of the season on April 26th at Calvin Christian High...
Join Varsity Cross Country!
Do you want to participate in a Varsity Sport? Have you ever been on a team and wondered if you would ever get to play? Don’t wonder anymore, because on the Rock Academy’s Varsity Cross Country Team there is “no sitting on the sidelines”, everyone “gets in the game”. You may be thinking to yourself, “Well, I would like to be a High School athlete, but I’m not a runner”. Well don’t worry yourself, because no one starts their cross country career as a runner. We train and produce runners. Now, you might be saying, “Well, I don’t have the time.” Cross Country is the least time demanding of any varsity sport. We practice five days a week for one hour and our competitions only last 30 minutes. If you want to train more, that’s on you and you get to decide that schedule. What more could you ask for: participation in a Varsity Sport, short practices, short competitions, great training, great coaching, and lots of fun. On Saturdays, we get together for beach runs (the most fun of the season), you’ll get to experience most of the beaches in San Diego County. Well maybe you’re worried about the cost; all it takes is a good pair of running shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. So now that you are out of excuses, sign-up to experience Rock Academy Cross Country. Email or text Coach Joe Fucella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-920-4298 or talk to Joy Fucella or Matt Wright at school. Our individual summer training season starts May 25th.
Track & Field Finishing Strong!
On Friday, April 26th The Rock Academy Track and Field team completed their quest for a league championship. When you consider the result you will be amazed. Eight school records and twenty personal records were set during the Meet.
The Rock Academy Track and Field Team was victorious on Friday, April 26th defeating Escondido Charter, Maranatha Christian and Pacific Ridge. The Men’s Team defeated their closest opponent Maranatha Christian High School by 20 points, and the Women’s Team beat Escondido Charter High School by 4 points.
There were many outstanding performances. Kayla Taylor led the day by scoring a perfect score in all her events: 1st Place in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay, and 4x400m Relay. She was the “high team scorer” with 12.5 points. David Fucella led the Men’s Team with one 1st Place and three 2nd Place finishes and 10.25 Team Points.
Six of our athletes set new School Records: Kayla Taylor (100m), Maya Thompson (800m), Anya Nordling (Long Jump, Triple Jump), David Fucella (1600m, 300m Hurdles), Michael Sills (Discus), Holden Haskett (High Jump).
Sixteen of our Rock Tracksters improved their Person Records (PRs): Natalie Driz (100m, 200m), Melissa Williams (200m), Sydney Daniels (200m), Aleana Monroe (200m), Kylie Dixon (Shot Put), Danielle Flake (Triple Jump), Holden Haskett (100m), Brandon Casey (100m, 200m), Dongwhi Kim (100m), Kary Rayner (200m), Max Pion-Kentel (200m), Brice VanLiefde (1600m, 3200m), Michael Sills (Shot Put), Patrick Frederick (Shot Put), Richard Cuthill (Discus), Marcus Correria (Long Jump), Khalil Jackson (Long Jump).
God has certainly blessed our students with amazing gifts. CIF Sectionals is coming up at the end of May.
Player Profile -
Junior, Hudson Pearson
Hudson Pearson, the 6’ 1’ 185 pound junior southpaw for the Warrior baseball team is one of the most fundamentally sound pitchers and hitters in San Diego according to Rock Academy Athletic Director, Rick White. “Hudson’s baseball career is just getting starting” Coach White says. “Once Hudson develops a secondary pitch to compliment his already outstanding fastball and gains the confidence necessary to throw that pitch at anytime in the count Hudson will become unstoppable.” He already dominates hitters when he is on his game and if the teams run production this year was not so dismal Hudson would be undefeated. As it is his ERA is just over 2 runs per game. He has 64 strikeouts as of this publication. In his last game he pitched a complete game shut-out against Kearney and went 2-2 at the plate with 1 RBI.
Hudson says, “We are going out and having fun and supporting each other right now. There was a lot of individualism during the season that was a distraction, but in our last game with Francis Parker the team came together.” Hudson believes that if the Warriors had shown that level of intensity during the season they could have contended for a league championship. His point is well taken as the baseball team has a significant amount of talent. They may close the regular season with three straight wins if they can defeat Mission Hills on May 15th.
CIF Prelim Selections
The San Diego Sectional CIF Committee has selected fifteen Rock Academy athletes for CIF Prelims to be held Saturday, May 18th.
Congratulations to the following students, is a very great accomplishment:
Women’s 100m: Sydney Daniel
Men’s Triple Jump: Kahlil Jackson
Women’s Triple Jump: Anya Nordling
Women’s 4x100m Relay Team: Danielle Flake, Valeria Newcomb, Melissa Williams, Sydney Daniel, Kayla Taylor
Women’s 4x400m Relay Team: Sara Marshall, Valeria Newcomb, Veronica Newcomb, Melissa Williams, Maya Thompson
Men’s 4x400m Relay Team: Marcus Correria, Richard Cuthill, Estefan Gamboa, David Fucella, Ski Pierce
As we Wrap up the school year, the girls varsity soccer team wants to recognize our players for all their hard work stand out performances. At our end of season banquet we named Melissa Williams - Most Inspirational, Jenee Fox - Coaches Choice, and Our Most Valuable Players were Valeria Newcomb & Alexis Gonzales. Also Madison Phillips was named the Pacific League Goalie of the year. We had 4 girls make the All Pacific League Team and had 2 get Honorable Mention. The girls did great on and off the field and as a coach I am extremely proud of them.
Heading into summer, the program has some events going on and if you have any questions about our team or our program please feel free to contact me. God Bless!
Coastal Conference Finals
Track and Field
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected by the Coastal Conference Committee to compete in the Coastal Conference Finals Track Meet
Cameron Ambrose: 100m, 4x100m
Marcus Correria: 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump
Taz Courmousis: Discus
Richard Cuthill: 4x400m, Shot Put, Discus
David Fucella: 4x400m, 300mH, 1600m
Estafan Gamboa: 4x100m, 4x400m
Hold Haskett: High Jump
Kahlil Jackson: Triple Jump
Yoshi Matsui: 4x100m
Jordan Perry: Shot Put
Ski Pierce: 4x400m
Kary Rayner: 4x100m
Michael Sills: Discus
Matthew Wright: 1600m
Sydney Daniel: 100m, 200m, 4x100m, High Jump
Danielle Flake: 4x100m
Sarah Marshall: 4x400m
Valeria Newcomb: 4x100m, 4x400m
Veronica Newcomb: 4x400m, 1600m
Anya Nordling: Long Jump, Triple Jump
Olivia Schouten: 300mH
Kayla Taylor: 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Maya Thompson: 800m, 4x400m
Melissa Williams: 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Varsity Football -
The Rock Academy Warriors are preparing for the summer strength and conditioning program. First workout begins June 17th!
Football Facebook Updates
Coach Scotty James recently sat down with his good friend, Vincent Brown of the San Diego Chargers, to talk about life, football and faith. Will Vincent be coaching at the Rock when his career is over, find out about that and more in this 3 part interview which is now posted on the Football Facebook page, be sure to "like" the page so that you don't miss out on this interview and many more to come!
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Varsity Baseball vs.
Track & Field
Individual Training Begins
Dr. Joseph Fucella
This month in Coaches’ Corner we are featuring our Head Varsity Men and Women’s Cross Country Coach, Joseph Fucella.
Coach Fucella founded the Rock Academy’s Cross Country program in 2011 because of the interest of two students. In its second season the Men’s team competed in the San Diego Section CIF Championship for Division 5 and our sole woman runner placed 4th in the Pacific League Championships and in the top 20 for the San Diego CIF Finals. The program has grown from 2 to 9 student/athletes in two seasons, and we look forward to fielding complete men and women’s teams for the 2013 Season.
Coach Fucella obtained a bachelor’s of science degree from the College of William and Mary where he ran varsity Cross Country and Track. Because of his love of the sport of running, at William and Mary he took classes in coaching track and field. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from ROTC and was commission as an US Army Second Lieutenant. Coach Fucella honed his leadership and master trainer skills in a long and decorated career as a United States Army Officer. He commanded at every level of leadership from Platoon Leader to Battalion Commander. His last command was of a 500-person combat battalion in Iraq during combat operations in 2003. He retired from the Army in 2004.
Coach Fucella’s military career was a mix of leadership and academics. In 1996 he earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. He used his degree to teach as an associate professor at the United States Military Academy (West Point). Dr. Fucella taught and mentored 100s of future army leaders both in and out of the classroom. In addition to his classroom duties teaching Environmental Engineering, he coached the Varsity Nordic Cross Country Ski team and felicitated small group Bible Studies for West Point Cadets.
As an athlete, while attending four different high schools Fucella earned varsity letters in 5 sports; football, soccer, wrestling, cross country and track and field. In his senior year he turned his attention to running. His focus resulted in placing first in the High School Cross Country Finals in Germany. In college, he was a walk-on to the cross country and track programs at William and Mary. His specialty was the 800 meter race for in-door and out-door track.
Dr. Fucella currently resides in Coronado with his lovely wife Rita. They have been married for 30 years and have 6 children, two of whom currently attend the Rock. Fucella directs a large environmental program as a contractor for the United States Navy in San Diego.