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Lady Hawks Win Two on Final Day of Melee

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Tue., Aug. 30, 2011
Santa Clarita, CA--The San Diego Christian College volleyball team rebounded after a difficult first two days of The Master’s College Melee and salvaged the final two matches last weekend with wins over Simpson College and Cardinal Strich University (Wisconsin).

Thursday saw the Lady Hawks drop matches to Corbin University (Oregon) 25-18, 25-14, 25-15 and University of Great Falls (Montana) 25-20, 25-16, 25-22. In the match against Great Falls, SDCC was led by Senior Lauren Howard with 11 kills and six digs. In addition, Junior Rachel Allen and Sophomore Cassidy Mertens had 13 assists each. Stephanie Rice added nine digs to lead the Hawks.

In the match against Corbin, SDCC struggled to get going, and had a .037 attack percentage in the initial game. Things did not get much better for the Lady Hawks, as they registered 22 kills and 22 errors as a team.

“Thursday was a tough day for us; however, we got better throughout the day,” said Coach April Fisk. “When the day was over, we met as a team and realized that what each individual was giving was not their maximum effort. The girls decided that Friday was going to be a new day and that as a team they were going to give even more than what was expected of them.“

“It worked out pretty well for us.”

It certainly did. The Lady Hawks showed new life on Friday with five set wins in both matches. The first match against Simpson College saw the Lady Hawks win 25-15, 17-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-6. SDCC had three players in double figures in kills (Howard—16, Phillips—12, and Allen—10) while Allen also chipped in with 23 assists and Mertens added 15 assists. In a sign of the Lady Hawks determined focus, SDCC also had three players in double figures in digs (Rice—14, Jessica Brazynets—14, and Mertens—12).

Against Cardinal Stritch, SDCC dropped a tough first game 25-22. After winning the second game 25-18, the Lady Wolves took the third match 25-21. Determined not to let the game slip away, the Lady Hawks took the fourth game 25-20 and the fifth 15-11.

Howard led the SDCC attack with 25 kills while Freshman Lauren Phillips added 17 kills. Mertens contributed with 26 assists and Allen had 25 assists. Rice had 18 digs in the match.

Coach Fisk was elated with the performance on the final day of the tournament adding, “Friday was a successful day for us. We still didn’t play our best but we persevered through two tough matches in a very hot gym. The girls dug in deep and were not going to accept anything less than success. “

“As their coach I was excited to see them work to be patient throughout the matches and push point by point to finish the match. Winning any five game match is something to be proud of and we did it twice in one day. We are excited to build on what we started this next weekend at the Concordia Labor Day Tournament.”

The Lady Hawks will be at the Asics Crowne Plaza Labor Day tournament hosted by Concordia University this Friday and Saturday.

*Stats are forthcoming.

Hawks Fall Late

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Tue., Aug. 30, 2011[Box Score]
El Cajon, CA--The San Diego Christian College men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaker to GSAC-opponent Point Loma Nazarene Tuesday afternoon, 2-1, in a non-conference tilt. The Hawks (0-2-0) battled to a 1-0 lead in the first half, only to see the Sea Lions (2-0-0) score on a penalty kick in the 70th minute and again with less than seven minutes to play to pull out the victory.

SDC struck first, with beautiful ball movement and a final pass from Redshirt Freshman Juan Valdivia to Senior All-NCAA Region performer Jordan Abad for Abad’s first goal of the year. In the first stanza, the Hawks outshot the Sea Lions 6-2 and controlled the ball much of the first half.

As the second half began, things continued to go SDC’s way, as they kept pounding shots at PLNU’s goalkeeper, Carter Phillips. Phillips play was stellar, and kept the Hawks at bay all afternoon with seven saves, including four on shots from SDC’s Junior Captain Emmanuel Onywera.

Momentum shifted in the 70th minute when the Hawks lost a man due to a red card. Off a free kick, a foul was committed in the box, setting up a penalty kick. PLNU took advantage as Jeff Serbin placed the ball in the right side of the net, just out of the reach of goalkeeper Cameron Riley.

The Hawks final chances came in the form of Onywera, who had two shots in the 73rd minute, including a breakaway in which Phillips got his fingertips on to knock away.

In the 83rd minute, PLNU set up for a corner kick from Niko Acosta. Acosta delivered a ball to the far side of the box that was headed in by Paul Malherbe for the game winning goal.

For the game, the Hawks outshot the Sea Lions 16-7, including 8-5 in shots on goal.

SDCC hosts Southern Nazarene University on Thursday, September 1 at 4:00pm.

Hawks Drop Opener

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Sat., Aug. 27, 2011[Box Score]
El Cajon, CA-- The San Diego Christian College men’s soccer team dropped their 2011 opener in a hard fought battle in the east San Diego heat to the Menlo College Oaks. “It was a tough, physical game and we just came up on the short end,” said head coach Carlos Calderson. “We got beat by a good team.”

The Hawks were not without opportunities. The first half saw the Hawks out-shoot the Oaks 18-7 (in addition to shots from Junior Justin Picou and Junior Emmanual Onywera that hit the crossbar), only to see SDCC trailing 1-0 at intermission after a goal from Menlo’s Dylan Crist in the 25th minute.

The second half saw both team continue the physical play, and neither team gaining ground until the 70th minute when SDCC got on the board. Junior forward Justin Picou delivered a beautiful cross to sophomore Fidias Monzon, who promptly placed the ball in the back of the net for the first goal of the season.

Late in the 2nd half, Menlo took advantage of a foul just outside the box in the 85th minute. Matheus Barbosa lofted the freekick into the top left corner, just over the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Cameron Riley for the game winner.

For the game, SDCC outshot Menlo 28-18. Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Riley played all 90 minutes for the Hawks and recorded six saves.

Despite the loss, Calderson remains encouraged. “I am really proud of the way the guys battled out there. We can take a lot of from this game and build for the rest of the season.”

The Hawks continue their season next Tuesday at home versus Point Loma Nazarene in a non-conference affair.

Lady Hawks Win Again

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lhSat., Aug. 27, 2011[Box Score]
El Cajon, CA--The San Diego Christian College Women’s soccer team has started the 2011 season with a different poise. The Lady Hawks kept their undefeated season (2-0-0) alive by taking out the Menlo College Oaks (0-2-0), but not without a battle. Both teams were very focused from start of the match, not letting heat affect their play.

The Lady Hawks jumped out to an early lead in the first half when Senior Mireya Flores (pictured left) kicked a long pass to All-GSAC Forward Hannah Waggoner for a leaping header over the Oaks goalie Alexia Martinez. Both teams continued to battle with the Hawks leading at halftime, 1-0.

In a scary moment midway through the second half, SDCC’s Ashley Jarosin and Menlo’s Kristin Henderson collided in a midair, head-on collision. The game was delayed for a little over five minutes as both Jarosin and Hernandez were shaken up. Both players were deemed able to return to action after sitting out a few plays.

The Hawks lead would last until late in the second half. In the 83rd minute, Menlo’s Elaini Vargas delivered a pass to Steffany Dudley who was able to sneak it by Hawks goalkeeper Katelyn Ogle to tie the game at 1-1.

The match ended in overtime after a few last chances to score in extra time. The two teams then sided for a break and hit the field for sudden death overtime. This intense battle didn’t take one, but two overtimes to crown a winner.

In the 103rd minute, Senior Captain Hannah Waggoner stayed aggressive and went in for a shot at the top of the box on a breakaway, when she was run down by an Oaks defender in the box, setting up a penalty kick. Waggoner sank the penalty kick on a low kick to the right corner, and her whole team burst into jubilation on the field ending in a dog pile in front of the visiting net. After the game, the Senior Captain was elated with her team's performance.

"We came out strong and I am so happy for our team to be undefeated to start the season." Waggoner said. “We tried to stay focused and not let the heat affect us.”

Coach Carlos Calderson added, “It was an evenly matched game and a hard fought win. I am proud of the way we battled and happy to get the win.”

The Hawks look to continue their hot streak on Friday, September 2nd when they host the Vulcans of Hilo Hawaii at 4:00 pm.

Volleyball Falls in Master’s Melee

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Wed. Aug. 24, 2011
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College Volleyball team lost a hard fought battle to Arizona Christian University on Wednesday night as both teams opened the season against one another as they did last year. The results were not as kind to the Lady Hawks as last season’s opener as the Firebirds took the match in five games.

After a difficult 26-24 victory in the first game, ACU fought back, taking the next two sets 19-25 and 27-29. The momentum appeared to shift back to SDCC with a dominating 25-13 win in game four, only to see the game slip away with a 12-15 loss in the fifth and deciding game.

Senior NCCAA All-American Lauren Howard led the Hawks with 15 kills and 12 digs. In addition, Junior Rachel Allen chipped in with 11 kills, 15 assists, and 7 digs. Freshman Lauren Phillips had 11 kills and block in her first game in a Hawks uniform while Stephanie Rice added 12 digs.

The Hawks continue play in the Master’s Melee with two games on both Thursday and Friday.

Lady Hawks Soccer Start Season Off With Win

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Thu., Aug. 25, 2011[Box Score]
El Cajon, Calif. -- The San Diego Christian College women’s soccer kicked off their season with a win over Point Park University on Thursday afternoon.

The Lady Hawks (1-0-0) battled back from a two goal deficit with three unanswered goals in the second half to gain a 3-2 victory of the visiting Pioneers. SDC started out strong, attacking the Point Park defense with eight first half shots; however, Point Park goalkeeper Liz Veles kept the Hawks scoreless through one stanza.

Point Park struck first, with an unassisted goal from Kileigh Williams. Just five minutes later, Destiny James scored off an assist from Lauren Evens and the first half ended with a 2-0 Point Park lead.

The Lady Hawks responded quickly in the second half when Senior All-Conference forward Hannah Waggoner scored on a penalty kick. Sophomore Kathlyn Reynoso scored the first goal of her SDCC career just five minutes later to tie the contest at 2-2. Finally, at the 68 minute mark, Senior Kelly Brakebill drilled the ball into the back of the net on a free kick to give the Lady Hawks the lead that they would not relinquish.

The Pioneers tried to gain back the momentum, but Senior goalkeeper Katelyn Ogle collected five saves for the game, including one as the game was winding down.

The Lady Hawks are 1-0-0 on the season and will play Menlo College on Saturday at 11am on the campus of SDCC.

Lady Hawks Soccer Trying to Take the Next Step in 2011

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Tue., Aug. 23, 2011  

El Cajon, CA--The 2010 SDCC Lady Hawks soccer season was a tale of two vastly different seasons: the non-conference and conference schedules. Against non-conference completion, the Lady Hawks went 4-3-1, including a 2-1 win over eventual GPAC Champion and National Championship runner-up Hastings College (Neb.) and a tie against the number 2 ranked Point Loma Nazarene in a non-conference affair. However, the GSAC schedule was not kind to SDCC, as the Lady Hawks posted a record of 0-8-2, with ties coming against Point Loma Nazarene and Biola.

The Lady Hawks will have a different look on the sideline, as former Head Coach Danny Salas resigned over the summer to take a position as Athletic Director at a local high school. Salas was replaced by Carlos Calderson, who jumped into the position in Late July, leaving little time to finish recruiting and implement any changes. Luckily for Calderson, Salas had recruited a strong class for the current year, in addition to developing current players to compete well against GSAC competition.

The Lady Hawks are paced by senior Hannah Waggoner. Waggoner is a two-time All-GSAC performer (2008 & 2010) and led SDCc in goals and points in 2008 and 2010. In addition to Waggoner, the Lady Hawks will look to seniors Katelyn Ogle (GK), Kellie Brakebill (D), Melissa Avalos (M/D), Mireya Flores (M), and Nicole Quintanilla (CM), to provide leadership to the squad.

Senior Nicole Quintanilla stated that team unity is an important piece to this year’s team. “I feel the team is more united this year. We are striving to grow closer to each other and closer to God. “ In addition to senior leadership, Calderson’s team includes five sophomores (Chelsie Lee, Kathlynn Reynoso, Chelsea Sewell, and transfer Kelley Boes) and a strong recruiting class of nine freshmen (Ashley Jarosin, Carmen Wheeler, Elya Jasper, Evelyn Navarro, Gabrielle Kelley, Leticia Morales, Zoar Gonzalez, Chelsie Nakasone, and Emily Wilson).

The Lady Hawks soccer team kicks off their season on Thursday, August 25th at home versus Point Park University (PA).

Lady Hawks Look to Improve in ‘11

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lhTue., Aug. 23, 2011
El Cajon, CA--Last season could be described as a roller coaster for the San Diego Christian College Volleyball team. A quick 8-3 start, including a top 10 rating in the initial NCCAA poll, was followed by a 1-17 stretch through a difficult GSAC schedule to end the season. Coach April Fisk and the 2011 Lady Hawks plan to use experience to start strong and maintain consistency through the conference season.

The Hawks are paced by Senior NCCAA All-American Lauren Howard (pictured left). Howard, a Phoenix native, is a three year starter and has led the team in kills each season. The Hawks look to Howard to lead an offensive attack that includes returning starters Stephanie Rice (L), Rachel Allen (RH), Jessica Brazynetz (DS/L) and Cassidy Mertens (S), who ranked 10th in conference in assists with 5.49 per game as a true freshman. Additional experience from seniors Kaitlen Laine (OH) and Lauren Hall (DS/L), plus New Mexico St. transfer Chelsea Rose (S) will help guide the Lady Hawks through the a difficult schedule that includes a total of 10 matches with five teams ranked among the top 12 in the NAIA. In addition to experience, unity is a key to improve the consistency. Junior Stephanie Rice added, “One special thing is this team has a drive and connection to each other. Not only motivated for the game of volleyball, but for the girl playing next to us.”

Coach Fisk has used a balanced recruiting strategy to build a team that includes two freshmen (Lauren Phillips and Terra Klem), four sophomores (Mariah Boelk, Aja Walker, Shelby Broberg, and Mertens), three juniors (Rose, Allen, and Rice), and four seniors (Laine, Howard, Brazynetz, and Hall).

“We need to be confident and not underestimate ourselves,” said Howard. “We are building a program and this team has a lot of potential.”

The Lady Hawks kick off their season on Wednesday, August 24th at The Master’s College Melee.

SDCC Volleyball Takes Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Trip Home! 

Well, we are getting ready to head out to the airport to begin our journey home. We will be departing Santiago around 2:50pm and will arrive in Miami, FL around 5:00pm. We then have about a two hour layover and take our last trip home. We will be arriving in LA around 9:50pm and then will head down to SDCC. Please keep us in your prayers today! 


It has been an amazing trip with lots of memories that we will never forget! Thank you all for your continued prayers throughout this week, they were definately felt. 



Coach Fisk 


One God, One Father Of All 

"Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any 

fellowship of the spirit, if any affection and mercy, fufill my joy by being 

like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others." ~ Philippians 2:1-4 


We didn't think it would be this hard to leave. The connections and relationships that we made with these girls in just one week are beyond what we though would be possible. The vulnerability these girls showed on the first day took us by surprise. We came on this trip expecting to touch their lives somehow, but what we didn't expect was that they would impact our lives as much as they did. 

It was so hard to say goodbye, but we can leave with the joy of knowing that this won't be the last time we'll see these girls. We pray that they will continue growing in their faith, and rise above the standards their culture has set for them. 

Its been an amazing week and we can speak for the entire team when we say that our outlook on life will never be the same. We thank God for this increbible opportunity, and we pray that we never forget our time in the Dominican Republic. 


"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptisim; one God and Father of all who is above all, and through all, and in you all." ~Ephesians 4:4-6 


Love, Lo and Terra 


Saturday, August 6, 2011


Last day of adventures in the DR

Hey everyone we are going to try and keep this short and sweet. Today was EPIC! We got the treat of sleeping in until 730 this morning then prepared ourselves for a day on the water. When we say water we mean RAPIDS, white water rapids! Our stomachs were in knots on the way but once we were in our boats nothing could stop us and there was no turning back. Our guide, Guerro, made the trip fun even though he had to save us a few times. The landscape was unlike anything we could ever see in the states with 30 foot cliffs on each side of the river. We took advantage of these cliffs and couragously jumped from the top. 
After all the excitement we returned to our villas to get ready for a night on the town. We visited each souvenior shop in search of the perfect gifts for our friends and family. It finally hit us that the end of this trip will be bitter sweet because we are going back to our real families and have to leave behind the new family we developed over the course of the week. Each of our girls, Esther and Rafe, from the Varsity Revolution team made a lasting impression on us and we are so grateful for their open hearts and willingness to embrace us on and off the court. This missions trip was in our opinion an absolute success and we never could have imagined the ways God would work through us.

With love,

Aja' Walker and Lauren Howard

Round 2: Success

Yesterday morning we went with the varisty girls over to La Vega to rematch the local teams. It was great and fun competition and although our Varisty buddies lost in two games against the team they played, we were successful and clenched the win. The dynamic on the court was amazing, and the flow of the game was something to be excited about for the season. The connections were there, along with the passion for the game.
Afterwards we headed down to the river with the girls and shared lunches. We took turns jumping into the river from various rocks and heights. The water was so refreshing and was a great experience for all of us as that was the last time we would see the buddies we had for the week. My buddy, Leslie, told me that she was inspired by the way we play volleyball as a team. She said it was never just a one person show, but that the whole team worked together well.

For dinner we went to a location by a different river and the scenery was beautiful. And of course we ate ALOT. Upon arriving back at base we were able to watch a recap video of the week and see the work that God had been doing in not only our area but in the other sites as well. Each of the Varsity girls had written us a letter on the back of our team pictures. Although some of us had to get a translator to tell us what they said, the sincerity behind each message really touched our hearts and our tear ducts.

Today is the last full day we have here in the Dominican and may be our biggest adventure together yet. We will be taking off from base in just a couple minutes to experience the river swells and go rafting. It will be an experience to remember.

~Rachel Friday, 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Our team/ Dinner in the community

Today we led team building drills for the girls and we also did them and learned many things about our own team. We learned that we all have different strengths and we had to listen to each others ideas in order to complete the drill. It was encouraging to see that the younger girls didn't want to give up in any of the tasks. We were able to set an example by not getting frustrated with each other. Later that day we went to Keysie's (one of the girls on the varsity team) house for dinner in the community. Even though there wasn't much room, they still enjoyed having us over. We had amazing rice, fried chicken, salad, potato salad, and fried plantunes(french fries). It was weird not being able to help with serving or doing any dishes. We've been blessed more than they know.

-Mo and Phil(Lauren)

P.s. The hurricane is gone.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Into the City

As we exited the can onto the streets of innercity Jarabacoa, they were paved with cracked tiles, dirt, and remenants of the people that had travled them before us. Sounds of motorcycles and honking horns, kids playing in the streets, and the occasional barking of dogs filled the air; sounds of life here in Jarabacoa. The air was clouded with a heavy, mixed combination of humidity, and smells..mainly fresh fruit and burning trash.

Our first stop was to drop off one of the girls we work with at her home. Nana, around 12 years old, happily lead us through the streets to where she lived. As we passed through tight dirt alleyways, littered in trash, we finally reached her home.
Quietly we approached a small structure, hidden by other small shack-like structures, from the main road. We realized we had reached our destination. As Nana entered, she smiled as she invited all 21 of us girls inside. With content, she pulled back curtains that divided a standard-US-bedroom-sized room...which revealed a kitchen, and three cots. Through the middle of the concrete room was a string, used for drying clothes.

With a heard filled with joy and greatfulness, Nana opened up her home to us. I could not help but fight to hold back my emotions; not only did the conditions break my heart, but even more so the complete love and content that was pouring into us through Nana's welcome.
As we traveled around the city to drop off more girls, the reactions of the families were the same. All greeted with a kiss and a hug, we were accepted happily and thankfully into their homes...they all offered what they had to us. Today I am filled with a overwelming feeling of thankfulness for the blessings God has given us. Surrounded by people that love me, and the comfort of having somewhere to sleep, food on the table, and my loving God are more than enough to quiet my heart. Looking forward to meeting more families and experiencing the mercy and grace of God as the week goes on.

-Kaitlen Laine

P.S. The storm passed, it barely rained last night and we are safe and sound!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Breaktaking and Aww are my words to describe Tuesday of this week. Yesterday we coached our varsity girls, jumping in and out of the shade. At the end, two of us shared our testimonies with the girls (which I pray God used). It would have been a good day to end there yet God had more planned for us. As a whole the ministry site gathered together for worship "Meet at the Cross". Where many nailed burdens and sin upon which were ready to remove with Christ's strength. It honestly was one of the most intimate times I've had with the Lord. He moved throughout our team and hearts were changed. Praise God for His Love and bringing us here. <3



Hurricane Emily

It is a rainy, humid morning this morning in Jarabacoa, but we are still looking forward to what God has in store for us today. Many of you have probably seen the reports of Hurricane Emily headed this direction so I wanted to let you know that we are safe. Students International is welled prepared for situations like this and will take good care of us. The base is in a location that has little chance of flooding. It's possible we won't be able to work at our ministry site this afternoon due to the rains, but we will find that out later today. Please continue to pray for our safety and our health! The girls are doing amazing - I feel blessed to be their coach and have this opportunity to see them grow throughout this trip.

We will continue to keep you posted on the weather!

Have a great day!
Coach Fisk


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day Two

Buenos Dias!

We are beginning day two of our adventure in Jarabacoa. The girls are doing amazing! I am so proud of the women they are and their ability to open up their hearts to the children of Jarabacoa. They are truly already making an amazing impact on these girls. I will have one of them write on the blog later today so that you can here directly from them, but I wanted to get you a little update to start the day.

One highlight from yesterday is one of the directors took us out for Dominican Republic ice cream last night - it was a fun experience! Ice cream is always good for the soul :)

Today we will be holding two practices, one for a JV team and one for the Varsity team that we worked with yesterday. It should be a great fun day today!

We miss you all! Please keep praying for continued health (no one has gotten sick yet!) Also, please continue to pray for continued energy throughout these long days of serving. We are having sooooo much fun!

Have an amazing day!
Coach Fisk


Monday, August 1, 2011

First Experiences

It is Monday morning and the girls are having their quiet time before our morning devotions as a group. Students International does an amazing job of taking great care of us. We have been fed very well and are prepared to start our ministry today. We actually get an opportunity to play in a match today against a team from a local town. We are excited to see what is before us today. Please pray for our safety as we play and pray that we will be able to overcome the language barrier to share the love of Christ with the Dominican people. Please also pray that they will see the our love of Christ just through our actions.

Thanks again for all of your support!
Coach Fisk


Sunday, July 31, 2011

FIrst Impressions

20 hours, three airports, plenty of naps, and TONS of food later, we have finally been able to come face to face with everything we have been working towards. And not surprisingly, it has been completely worth it.
Unfortunately, when we arrived it was dark and we were not able to see much. However, that just made waking up this morning even more incredible. Everything is lush, green, and so obviously alive. Although we haven't had too much interaction with the local people, just observing their way of life has left many of us awestruck. The zest for life is written on their faces and is completely apparent in the way they interact with others.

We attended a church service this morning and the passion for worship was enough to leave goosebumps. There wereno reservations. No boundaries. Simply the most incredible worship for the same God we worship. In a completely different way. Every word, every movement, every drumbeat and guitar-strum was from the heart.
The passion and love and deep appreciation without reservations is inspiring.



Saturday, July 30, 2011

We have arrived!

Our team departed the college campus this morning and have finally arrived after a day full of travel. We have traveled over 3,000 miles and are tired, but very excited to be here. We are looking forward to a great nights rest and anticipating our start tomorrow.

Please continue to pray for our health and safety, our growth as a team, growth as individuals, and most importantly the impact we will be able to have on this community over the next few days.

Coach Fisk

Today is the Day!

We are getting ready to leave the college to head to LAX. We are all lacking sleep, but know that we will survive on adrenaline until we arrive back home on the 7th. A big thank you to Teresa Demchak and Ryan Dillon for being the drivers!!!!!

Please pray for safe travels!

Until next time......
Coach Fisk

Friday, July 29, 2011


19 hours until take off from LA to Miami.. 3 hour lay-over while in Miami.. 2 hour flight to Santiago, Dominican Republic.. and finally a 40 mile bus ride into the town of Jarabacoa. Excitement and anticipation arise as our destination approaches. I have yet to pack, my Spanish is rough, and so much seems like it needs to be taken care of before we leave. It is only by the grace of God that I have an extreme since of calmness for all of the unknown.


All I can think about is what God is going to do and the radical experiences we are going to have. Ecclesiastes 3 talks about a time to gather stones. The first thing that comes to mind, was when something really profound happened in the Old Testament, the Israelites memorialized events by gathering stones. They called them the “stones of remembrance”, a reminder of the greatness of an extraordinary event. The point of these stones was to commemorate what God has done- rescued them from impending destruction, mounting stupidity, wrong turns, and other general lapses in judgment. I assume this practice was necessary because they, like me, were quick to forget what was really important. In one mind blowing example, God altered the flow of the Jordan River so His people could cross safely. Joshua ordered twelve men to each gather one stone from the riverbed and place all of them together to serve as a sign, a memorial, that God had intervened yet again in their lives. These stones were reminders to wake up and see what is possible, to notice the miracles, to even participate in a miraculous event now and then – to stop worrying and making excuses and “should of” –ing and instead simply believing.


Through this trip I hope we are more able to step out into the current and see what happens. That when we come back we can get our feet wet more often instead of paralytically wondering how cold the water might feel or how strong the current might be or even how on earth we are going to explain the miraculous occasions God allowed us to be apart of. I pray that as we find ourselves in the midst of the unknown in Jarabacoa and when we return home that we can gather stones and remember how God moved us, because I know that He will.





Calderson Hired to Lead Men's and Women's Soccer Programs

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Mon., July 18th, 2011
El Cajon, Calif. -- San Diego Christian College in pleased to announce the hiring of Carlos Calderson as Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach.

“I’m extremely grateful to our Lord for providing Coach Calderson to lead our soccer programs,” said Athletic Director Chris Bando. “He has a wealth of professional and college experience as a player and coach both nationally and internationally. He is a graduate of SDCC who has a passion for Christ, mentoring players, soccer, and our institution. He is the perfect fit.”

Calderson grew up in Cadiz, Spain playing for the 2nd Div. R.C. Portuense Academy program. At 17, Calderson was promoted the first team and played with the first team for two years until he was loaned to a 3rd division team, U.D. Rotenia. While playing there, they gained promotion to the Spanish 2nd division.

Calderson continued his playing in college at San Diego Christian College (then Christian Heritage College) where he received NAIA All-American honors and graduated with a degree in kinesiology.

After his college career, Calderson played professionally in the USL for the San Diego Flash, Charlotte Eagles, and Cascade Surge. In addition, he competed in the MISL with the San Diego Sockers and Monterey Fury. During the American offseason, Calderson played for teams in Thailand, South Africa and Lebanon. Calderson’s career also included a brief stint with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Altogether, Calderson’s professional career spanned 12 years.

As a coach, Calderson has a USSF "A" License and has coached the San Diego Crusaders, Del Mar Sharks, and San Diego Nomads. He has also coached the USL1 Cleveland City Stars Reserves team, as well as San Diego Christian College and Ohio Christian University. Currently, Calderson is a coach for San Diego Soccer Club and Santa Fe Christian High School. This past season, Calderson led the Santa Fe Christian High School Boys to a CIF Championship.

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