Coaches, players in all-star events by Fellowship of Christian Athletes


The Fellowship of Christian Athletics Heart of a Champion All Stars for the 2020 summer games have been announced with about 200 East Texas players and cheerleaders making the grade. The sports contests include soccer, football, softball and baseball. A cheer squad is also selected. The games fund the ministry of the NETX FACE in a 17-county area. Football and cheer are in their 10th year and softball and baseball are in their fifth and sixth years respectively. This is the inaugural games for soccer.

The all-star soccer games are scheduled for Friday, June 5 at Grace Community School’s Clyde-Perkins Stadium. The games are scheduled for 6 (girls) and 8 (boys) p.m. Tickets are $5.

The all-star softball and baseball games are also on Friday, June 5 on the UT Tyler campus. The softball game is scheduled for Suddenlink Field and the baseball game is set for Irwin Field. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

The Chick-fil-A Heart of a Champion football game will be played Saturday, June 6 on Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.

The players and families gathered to hear about the games and schedule from Bardin on Sunday. Individual and team photos were also taken.

The FCA staff supports coaches and athletes by providing leadership training to area campus ministries; camp participation and scholarships; coaches’ Bible studies; one on one discipleship with coaches and students; team chapels/character coaches; area outreach events (Fields of Faith); FCA materials and Bibles; coaches’ clinics; and providing a presence on the campus.

Sponsorships are available by contacting NETX FCA at 903-752-9339 or email at

Among local representatives are the following:


Red Team

Assistant Coach: Taelor Cheshier, Mineola; Players — Claudia Barriga, Mineola; Izzy Tresca, Mineola.


Blue Team

Players — Jon Chadwick, Alba-Golden; Brandon Noll, Winnsboro.

Red Team

Coaches — Head Coach: Luke Blackwell, Mineola; Assistant Coach: Offensive Coordinator, Aaron Slider, Mineola; Defensive Coordinator, Heath Ragle, Mineola; Bryan Oakes, Quitman.

Players — Landry Deaton, Winnsboro; Wylie Franks, Mineola; Chris Chabaud, Quitman.

Cheer All-Stars

Team -- Melea Bedford, Mineola.