SPOTLIGHT ON EVIE L. SANDERS

Grade?

12th

Parents Names/siblings?

Dan and Tami/ Dacie

Do you have a nickname?

No

What is your position?

Right Midfield

Sports you play and played?

Mainly soccer, but I have participated in basketball and swimming also.

How many years have you played soccer?

I have played soccer for 9 years.

What got you started playing soccer?

It was my father’s favorite sport and I liked the snacks.

Favorite part about soccer?

Working and playing together as a team.

Do you know any of your stats?

Not really other than I’ve had fun, met some great people, and made some nice friends.

Do you want to play soccer in college?

Yes.  That would be fun.

Do you play club Soccer (outside of NOAH):

No.

How do you set your goals?

Dream big.  Compare your dreams to your past actions.  Work harder than yesterday’s hardest.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?

Playing hard enough to be targeted.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Pray and persevere.

What would be your ultimate achievement?

Score and assist the most in a game.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Moving quickly for a long period of time.  Drink lots of water and never give up.

Do you have any “before game rituals?”

Pray that God will help me do my best and that my game will bring Him glory.

What is your game day diet like?

Pretty normal, but before a game I drink lots of water and a gatorade.

Do you have any recommended resources to  share (books, seminars, websites, coaches)?

Family is the greatest support. Ask your coaches for  pointers.

Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

Making a point to work harder with a desire to do better.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Do what you love. Never give up. Work hard.

Do you have a saying/Bible verse or motto that you live your life by?

Matt. 19:16 with god all things are possible.

People who influenced me the most/Why?

My family because they know me at my best and worst. They know how to tell me what I need to hear.

What does the team talk about before games?

We talk about how we can do this. Give 110%.

What is the team Chemistry like in the locker room?

We all care about each other and keep up on each other’s daily lives.

What do you think is the key to team success?

Everyone gives their best and wants everyone else to succeed.

What does being part of the team mean to you?

Having a support system that pushes you to better yourself.

Has playing sports helped you in school?

Yes. It has taught me to push myself.

How has soccer affected your life?

It has shown me that I am the only one who can set limits on myself.

What’s on your warm up playlist?

Final countdown.

How do you deal with a loss?

Talk through my frustration.

How do you celebrate a win?

Dinner of my choice with my family.

Sports drink of choice?

Blue Gatorade.

Favorite movie?

One Night with the King

Favorite TV show?

Survivor

Favorite type music?

Instrumental versions of modern songs.

Favorite food?

Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Favorite Bible Verse?

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tested me I will come forth as gold.

Post high-school plans?

Work as staff at Shepherd’s Fold Ranch during summers.  Finish gen eds at TCC next Fall.  Complete a Hospital Admin degree at OSU.

My pet peeve?

Probably smacking and passive aggressiveness in texting.

Favorite school subject?

Writing.

What you’ll miss least (or most) about high school?

Least = not being in control of my schedule.  Most = Having the same people and teachers.

BLUE VS WHITE SCRIMMAGE/FAMILY FUN DAY

Who:  All Noah Football Families ( Elementary through High school)

When:  Saturday, June 3
            10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Where:  East Tulsa Bible Chapel
            1215 S 135th E Ave  (11th and 135th)
             High school Football Practice Field

Come enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with our football family!!  We will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, watching a blue vs white scrimmage, and the coaches will be holding a Football 101 for all the moms still learning the ins and outs of the game.  All players (elementary through high school) will receive one free meal and families may purchase food. All proceeds go to pay for the event.  Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs!!

Cost:  Meal Deal $5 includes hamburger or hot dog, chips, and a drink

2nd Annual NOAH Basketball Golf Tourn.

1:00 PM Shotgun Start
Monday, June 5th

Forest Ridge Golf Club

7501 E. KENOSHA  BROKEN ARROW, OK 74014

Lunch included at 12:00

Registration Due May 26th

The Format: 4 Person Scramble, Mulligans $5 each

 

One of John Wooden’s 12 Lessons of Leadership states that “Little things make BIG things happen.” Golf is not a big thing, but merely a little thing when we look around us at the world. We hope that you will partner with NOAH in the little things, whether fielding a foursome or sponsoring a hole, to help BIG things happen in the Basketball arena. We want our athletes to not only learn how to play the game better, through practice and competition but also to learn life skills that will launch them into bigger arenas. Those larger platforms can then provide them the opportunity to impact those around them for Christ and for all He has created them to be.

Options for Partnership:
Play!

Individual Player $125
Foursome $500

Sponsor!

Hole Sponsorship  $100
Title Sponsor $1000

Donate!

Raffle Prizes, Door Prizes

 

In The News – Matt Merrill

BY MIKE BROWN • Tulsa World, APr. 5TH 2017

TULSA WORLD STORY LINK

NOAH ace shines

In a marquee matchup, NOAH’s Matt Merrill outdueled 3A No. 3 Metro Christian and Brody Gibson 1-0 in the final of the Inola Invitational.

Merrill, a 6-foot-3 right-hander with draft potential, allowed only three hits with five strikeouts and permitted only one man to reach third.

Merrill throws consistently at 88-89 mph in games and is at 91-92 in the bullpen, coach Darron Replogle said. He has signed with NCAA Division II’s Pittsburg State and has sparked the interest of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners.

“They like his arm. He’s pretty fluid,” Replogle said. “I think he’s a Division I pitcher and his pitching coach (former big leaguer George Frazier) does, too.”

Saturday’s win gave the Jaguars (8-6) five in a row. They’re hoping to peak for their May return to Auburndale, Florida, to defend their 2016 title in the Homeschool World Series. Seniors Ben Replogle and Nano Moss batted .500 and .430 in the winning streak.

NEW GIRLS VARSITY HEAD COACH

NOAH Basketball Family,

As most of you know with the decision of Coach Williams to lay down the whistle for awhile (for ministry and family focus), it has left us with a vacancy in Varsity Girls Coaching position with big shoes to fill.  As with any decision, prayer is paramount, and this decision was no different.  Prayers were for people to step forward and assume all responsibilities that are associated with the job, be a Godly example, have clear direction and vision for the program and experience to enable that to happen.  The good news is God is good and we received multiple inquiry’s into the position.  All of the inquiry’s were from solid candidates that would serve our girls and NOAH well. It is always exciting when God provides in His way with both the candidates and the new Coach.

The new Varsity Girls Head Coach will be Mr. Stephen Bell.  I have attached a brief biography below:

Coach Bell started his coaching career in 1993 as a Student Assistant Coach for the Men’s Basketball Program at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, AR.  In 1996, he was hired on as full time Men’s Assistant Basketball Coach in addition to being named Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer Program, which he led for 4 seasons. Coach Bell spent a total of seven years (1993-2000) at Williams serving 6 years as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach and 1 year as Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

In 2000, Coach Bell made the transition from the collegiate level to the high school level. He was hired as Head Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at SBEC Christian School in Southaven, MS where he led the program for 5 years. He also served as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director from 2003-2005.

As his family began to grow in 2005, God moved Coach Bell away from education and coaching. However, three years later God’s plans allowed him to step back into his passion of coaching through his own children’s teams.  Starting in 2008, he began coaching basketball in the greater Tulsa area through various Christian organizations where he had the opportunity to teach the skills of the game while ministering to many families along the way.  Coach Bell has been serving as a coach with NOAH at the Elementary and Junior High level for the last 5 years.

When he is not coaching basketball, Coach Bell serves as a Senior Regional Director at Shire Pharmaceuticals where he has worked for the last 12 years.  He and his wife, Lorie, live in Broken Arrow and have five children, 3 of which participate in NOAH basketball.

Please join me in welcoming him to this endeavor.

As we move through this transition, my request is that we handle it with prayer.

Some thoughts on specific prayer:

  • for Coach Bell and his family as they make this adjustment
  • the team as they focus on the future
  • the decisions that have to be made pertaining to Coach Bell’s staff
  • unity
  • and ultimately that all Glory will be directed towards God as we represent Him on and off the court.

Thank you for your time, patience and prayer during this time.  And as a reminder, summer practices begin at the first of May.

Brian Babcock
Basketball AD | NOAH JAGUARS

SPOTLIGHT ON LAUREN & RACHEL McCORKLE

Lauren McCorkle

Grade?

12th

Parents Names/siblings?

Eddie and Jennifer McCorkle, brother Nathan

How many years have you played tennis?

10 years

What got you started playing tennis?

My Aunt gave my sister and I our first rackets and our start in tennis. We enjoyed our lessons with her at LaFortune when we were 5 and 8.

Favorite part about tennis?

It is a social sport.  You meet so many cool people and make some great friendships.

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Conditioning and stretching are important in being able to perform your best.

What does the team talk about before matches/tounaments?

We emphasize our desire to honor God in the character that we display on the court and we talk about strategy.

What’s on your warm up playlist?

Toby Mac is one of my favorites. His music has a great beat and inspirational lyrics.

Favorite type music?

Anything by Coldplay

Rachel McCorkle

Grade?

9th

Parents Names/siblings?

Eddie and Jennifer McCorkle, brother Nathan

How many years have you played tennis?

10 years

Favorite part about tennis?

Tennis can be a challenging sport to play due to the focus on the individual players performance.  When I get the opportunity to play as part of a team such as NOAH or USTA Team Tennis, it allows me to enjoy playing in a different aspect than singles.  Doubles is also a chance to share the court with a partner, working together to achieve the win. This is usually a fun part of the USTA tournaments for me and a great way to get to know other players.

Do you know any of your stats?

I am currently ranked 36th in the Missouri Valley

Do you want to play tennis in college?

Yes

How do you set your goals?

Small goals that all lead up to bigger goals

What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Conditioning, mental preparation

What would be your ultimate achievement?

I really haven’t looked past my goal of college tennis yet.

What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

It is very hard for  me to get in a mental state of mind where i can block out the score, all the distractions around me and believe in my stroke. Sometimes before a match i just need someone to tell me to forget about winning or losing, enjoy the game of tennis, and just HIT THE BALL.

Do you have any “before match rituals?”

I need to get to a quiet place to quiet my mind and get mentally ready for the match ahead.

Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

I’ve come the the realization that the right strokes, technique and conditioning are important pieces of the equation for success in tennis, but if you do not have the mental part of the game conquered, success will be hard to achieve.

What was the best advice you were ever given?

Enjoy what you do.

Do you have a saying/Bible verse or motto that you live your life by?

There are so many important verses that are relevant in shaping my daily choices, I would have a hard time picking just one.

People who influenced me the most/Why?

I have a wonderful group of coaches who support me in my development.  Without them, I would not have achieved much of anything.  My Uncle is the biggest influence, however.  He understands when I get stuck in a rut with my game and always seems to be able to help me through it.

What do you think is the key to team success?

Each person on the team giving it their best and working together for the good of the group.

How do you deal with a loss?

Learn what I did wrong and what I could do better, then put the loss behind me and have a good meal.

How do you celebrate a win?

Again, usually with a good meal. The wins and losses cannot be emphasized more that development. But winning sure does feel better than a loss.

My sports hero when I was younger?

My sister

Favorite school subject?

Science (not counting tennis)

SPOTLIGHT ON TAYLOR HILL

What is your parents names

Russell and Jennifer

Do you have any brothers or sisters

Connor

Grade:

10th

What is your position?

Midfield for NOAH, center-back for NEOFC

Sports you play and have played:

Currently soccer, basketball 2nd-9th grade

How many years have you played soccer?

7 years

Do you play for a club?

Yes, NEOFC

How do you set your goals?

By looking up to my role models

What are some things that you do in your training that are keys to your success?

I strive to give 100% and show good work ethics

Do you have a saying, Bible verse, or motto that you live your life by?

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

What do you think is the key to team success?

Strong leadership, unity, trust, and communication on the field

What is your ultimate achievement?

To give God the glory in everything I do

What does being part of a team mean to you?

Having support and friendships

How do you deal with a loss?

Don’t get too discouraged, work hard, and bounce back for the next game

How do you celebrate a win?

Grow in confidence and build team morale

Favorite Team and Player:

Manchester City, David Silva

NOAH SOCCER HOME OPENER

Our first HOME game will be March 2nd against Hilldale.  We play @ Rogers State University.

Game times are:

Girls JV – 4:00

Boys JV – 4:45

Girls Varsity – 5:30

Boys Varsity – 7:30

A few things to remember:

1. NOAH fans will enter the stadium on the WEST side. There is plenty of parking for you.

2. Admission will be $5 for adults, $2 for children, $20 max per family.

3. We will have lots of concession goodies on hand, so save your appetite and have dinner at the game!!

4. Wear your JAG colors to show support for our teams.

5. If you have not reached out to your team manager to help volunteer for our home games, please do so. We need your help to make this a great experience for our kids.

2016-17 Cheer Photos

2017 Board Elections

MARCH 7th  (TUESDAY)

Polls Open:  5:30pm to 7pm

ONE VOTE PER FAMILY

Location-  World Baseball Outreach  (WBO)–upstairs Conference room
6217 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa Oklahoma 74133

 

NOAH Board Candidate Bios  2017

 

ROD MERRILL 

Question 1. How many children, their ages, and current sports, do you currently have participating in NOAH?

I have 2 sons and 2 daughters, Matt (18) and Dan (16) currently participate in the NOAH baseball program and were a part of the HWSA National Championship team last year. My daughter Anna (14) currently is not participating in any NOAH sports and my daughter Lily (13) participates in NOAH Volleyball.

Question 2. What are your beliefs about allowing publicly-funded (K12, Epic) students to play for Noah – both on an exception basis for purposes of filling a team and as a regular practice?

My stance would be in opposition to allowing publicly-funded students to participate in our NOAH athletic programs. With that said…..there have been times where this issue has come up when NOAH may not have the roster to assemble a team and a request has been made to grant an exception in order to allow a team to compete. These situations or requests should be reviewed on an individual basis by the board to insure that all other options have been exhausted. My position would be very unlikely in granting exceptions for the JH, JV and Varsity levels than perhaps the elementary levels where our young student athletes need to learn the sport.

Question 3. If you could change one aspect of the current NOAH practices, guidelines or policies, what would it be and why?

I do believe the current policies and guidelines that NOAH has in place to be adequate. I believe there to be opportunities within our NOAH organization to improve the unity across all the different sports.

Question 4. How would the board benefit from you becoming (or remaining) a NOAH board member?

I am a proponent of seeing our NOAH organization continuing to grow and be an avenue for our young student athletes to compete in an environment that promotes Christian values. I will hold true to these values while working with our NOAH leadership team to identify and implement ways to improve and better serve our NOAH families.

 

GREG PITTMAN: 

Question 1. How many children, their ages, and current sports, do you currently have participating in NOAH? 

5 children:

Ryan (17) – basketball
Kyle (15) – basketball
Jacob (13) – basketball
Ben (11) – basketball & baseball
Brooke (7) – none

Question 2. What are your beliefs about allowing publicly-funded (K12, Epic) students to play for Noah – both on an exception basis for purposes of filling a team and as a regular practice? 

As an attorney, I am unaware of any legal reason why allowing these students to play for NOAH would subject NOAH to oversight by the “government.” I understand that the HSLDA provided an opinion to NOAH on this matter several years ago. I contacted the HSLDA to discuss this issue and they indicated that they had made no such recommendation and confirmed my belief that there is no such danger of governmental oversight. Practically, I see no appreciable difference between homeschooling at an organization such as CEA and Epic, K12.

Question 3. If you could change one aspect of the current NOAH practices, guidelines or policies, what would it be and why? 

I believe we presently operate in an effective manner.

Question 4. How would the board benefit from you becoming (or remaining) a NOAH board member? 

As a current Board member and Treasurer, I would continue to serve in my present capacity.

 

Collin N. Adams

Question 1. How many children, their ages, and current sports, do you currently have participating in NOAH? 

I am proud to have both of my children in NOAH sports programs, and am fortunate to be able to be part of the program by participating as one of the elementary football coaches for the last two (2) seasons under Head Coach James Ballinger. My two children are:

– Leah Adams, age 15, NOAH Volleyball
– CJ Adams, age 13, NOAH Football

Question 2. What are your beliefs about allowing publicly-funded (K12, Epic) students to play for Noah – both on an exception basis for purposes of filling a team and as a regular practice? 

Homeschooling is a family decision that involves commitment, sacrifice, and flexibility with from all family members, and allows the parents the opportunity to instill a God-centered world view. The families of NOAH have made the choice to take on the responsibility and burden to procure and administer a curriculum that provides the educational foundation their children need to succeed in life and be free of the constraints and inappropriate views that our politically correct society tries to dictate.

Publicly-funded homeschool or online programs are state regulated, seek state accreditation, and/or meet state standards. In addition, it was a free and conscious choice by a family to participate in this education format with the convenience and/or flexibility of being able to teach in an unconventional method. In addition, the publicly-funded curriculum used by homeschool families means they have accepted the government and state mandated teaching model, and utilize tax-payer funded guidelines to teach their children.

In reflecting on these points, when a family is using publicly-funded education methods, the families and students are essentially attending public school, participating in lessons that are dictated and full of constraints and inappropriate views that we as Christian homeschoolers try to eliminate or instead teach in a manner that is based on an age, maturity, faith, values, and/or personal readiness. In contrast, NOAH families, have all made a commitment to be God centered, where faith and values play a key role in our decisions, and we freely accept those responsibilities. We choose to be responsible for our children’s education, and choose what curriculum and resources our children need to succeed.

In addition, NOAH sports allows all of our families with similar backgrounds, of like mind, like mission, and like sacrifice, to come together and build teams, with kids

benefitting from physical activity, social interaction, and team dynamics. Accordingly, NOAH sports is a benefit to our children and to our NOAH families. Keeping the NOAH teams from allowing publicly-funded education keeps our homeschool community intact and keeps the opportunities for government entities from enforcing any mandates on our programs. We should NOT, as a general rule or regular practice, allow any publicly-funded education students to participate.

Publicly-funded education families can choose one of the other programs typically catered to by Public Schools and specific town organizations that provide various sports programs that are intended as feeder programs for public schools sports.

However, in the event that a team would not be able to be formed or participate due to low participation or injury, the first option would be to combine teams if allowed to overlap age groups, if possible and if parents approve of their child playing up or down. If combining teams was not possible, then we could look at a publicly-funded home-school child to participate on a case-by-case basis, but with priority for participation and opportunity given to the NOAH family that is not publicly-funded. This should happen only happen with approval of the head coach and respective NOAH sports program director, and with the consent of a majority of the NOAH Board.

At NO TIME, should any opportunity be offered to publicly-funded students just because of athletic skill or because they didn’t make another team.

Question 3. If you could change one aspect of the current NOAH practices, guidelines or policies, what would it be and why? 

I have two (2) items about NOAH practices that I would change if possible.

First, more continuity and communications between teams and between the different programs offered by NOAH, specifically in regards to seasonal planning and schedule publication, a common calendar that details the calendar for all programs, and mass communications so the other programs, parents, and players can be better informed of the all the organization is doing. This would be especially beneficial to better plan dates for one-off events and minimize the conflicts where a player or parent misses out due to program overlaps on the same days.

The next item I would change is a policy that addresses coaches when it concerns their child as a player. In particular coaching decisions favoring or not-favoring their child. For example, making their child a key player/position when other players are better suited to that position or role. Or, eliminating their child from a position just because they are the coach’s child. All decisions on player positions and playing time should be based on skills and abilities, age (if having a child play down), attitude, and needs of the team. When making key decisions that will affect everyone else based on a choice a coach makes for their child, they should be required to have the input of an assistant coach(es) or the program director if no assistants are on that team.

Question 4. How would the board benefit from you becoming (or remaining) a NOAH board member? 

On a professional level, my background includes multiple board and leadership positions, each of which contributes to a well-rounded approach to decision making, what is required of a board of leaders, and how they lead and interact to produce a successful program. My experience has included military active duty, a civilian supporting military programs as a Program Manager, Board Member of a Christian school, Board Member and Chairman of a civic board that dealt with infrastructure of newly developed areas, Board Member of a Homeowners Association, Boy Scout committee member, and IT Manager for a large worldwide Christian ministry. Each of the positions has built-on the other positions to instill lessons, dynamic approaches, and methods to work as cohesive unit where everyone has a role to fulfill.

This experience has included direct oversight and administration, as well as supporting roles, for a wide-variety of responsibilities including financial planning and budget administration, strategic planning, policy development, tax-exempt status (501(c)(3), conflict resolution, contract negotiations, and a range of other leadership tasks. Most importantly, I am driven by a strict set of ethics and values that are based on my faith, and honed by experience.

On a personal level, I feel the NOAH organization offers an incredible opportunity to the Christian homeschoolers in our area. NOAH gives families the opportunity to participate in both recreational and competitive sports, providing much needed and value added experiences and interactions for the players and parents. As a parent who has seen first-hand the positive impact that playing the sports has provided my children, I have also seen a positive experience in their lives from the adult leaders of the sports who constantly emphasize the role of faith and provide both leadership and encouragement.

That is why I want to be involved with the NOAH board, helping to ensure that our programs continue to be the top sports offering for homeschool parents who want a Christian influence. To encourage children and help them push through to their fullest potential. To help the programs evolve and expand what they offer. To help attract and retain the best coaches. To provide parents a safe environment for their kids, and to encourage the parents to participate. Most of all, I want to help make sure that NOAH endures for future children.