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Welcome to the Faith Christian Academy Athletic Program. It is our desire that we intentionally pursue athletics to further grow and mature our students, and in this glorify God.  Athletics are an integral part of our educational process here at Faith Christian Academy.  It is our belief that participation in athletics provides the opportunity for developing lifetime skills that will help students in becoming well-rounded individuals. We hope that all students will participate in some level of our athletic program. FCA encourages parents, guardians, friends and family to invest in FCA athletics in a positive way to help enhance the memories and experiences of each student athlete.    

Faith Christian Academy competes in and adheres to the rules of the Mid Hudson Christian Athletic League (M.H.C.A.L.) and the Hudson Valley Athletic League (H.V.A.L.)

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Faith Christian Academy’s Emily Santiago Signs Letter of Intent


FCA Basketball Standout to Play at Nyack College
By Terence Michos
July 3, 2017

Emily Santiago (pictured in the front row,center), with her parents, Mark and Brenda. In the back row (from left to right), Nyack Women;s Basketball Coach David Julien,  FCA Girls Basketball Co-Coach Melanie Nash, FCA Girls Head Basketball Coach Brianna DeCarmine,  Howard Miller FCA Athletics Liason for College Athletics


Poughkeepsie, New York – Faith Christian Academy in Poughkeepsie has announced that FCA Girls Basketball standout, Emily Santiago has signed a letter of intent to play woman’s basketball at Nyack College in Rockland County, New York. The East Fishkill resident was chosen all-league in both the Hudson Valley Athletic League and the Mid-Hudson Christian Athletic League and averaged ten points and six rebounds per game during the three years she played Varsity Basketball at FCA. Emily will redshirt during her freshman year in order to give her four years eligibility beginning in the fall of 2018. She is the first FCA student athlete to sign a letter of intent to play sports at the college level since the school expanded to an accredited High School in 2010.


“We are extremely proud of Emily”, said FCA Athletic Director, Roy Arnesen. “We realize it will be a challenge for her to compete at the Division II level but Emily is very athletic and a quick learner so we think it will be a good fit and a great experience for her.”


Arnesen added that he was grateful to FCA Athletic Liaison for College Athletics, Howard Miller who was instrumental in connecting Santiago with the Nyack College, Woman’s Basketball Program. Miller was the Athletic Director at The King’s College for over twenty years and then served as Director of Physical Education in the Hyde Park School District for fifteen years until his retirement.


Nyack College competes at the NCAA Division II level and plays in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).



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Kwame Maranga 
(Senior, Varsity Track & Field)

Elizabeth Tolkan
(Sophomore, Varsity Softball)

In only two seasons of competing, Kwame has achieved a high level of success in only a short period of time. He placed in the North-East Regional Meet for the second straight year, this year taking 2nd in the Long Jump event with a 19' 3.75" jump in cold and rainy conditions. Kwame placed 1st in several events at multiple dual  and tri meets versus public schools. Twofold, Kwame made his PR at meets against both FDR and Spackenkill High School. At Millbrook High School's dual meet, Kwame took 1st in the 100m, 200m, and Long Jump events.

Liz came into her Sophomore year as a third year Varsity starter playing 3rd base. Liz is intensely dedicated and puts her team's success before her own. Liz is in no small part the reason for the team's three-year undefeated record and two consecutive HVAL championships. Throughout the course of the season, Liz remained incredibly consistent while carrying a .750 batting average, hitting 11 home runs, scoring 31 runs and driving 32 RBI's.
Honorable Mentions:
Sydney Beck (Senior, Varsity Softball), Taylor Brandl (Sophomore, Varsity Softball), Jessica DeCarmine (Sophomore, Varsity Softball), Justin Drews (Freshman, Varsity Baseball), Lance Mackin (7th Grade, Varsity Baseball), Tony Fu (Junior, Varsity Tennis), Simon Maranga (Freshman, Varsity Track & Field), Justin Ruyack (Freshman, Varsity Track & Field), Lydia Butler (Sophomore, Varsity Track & Field)








Spring Wrap-Up:

Varsity Softball

The Falcons completed their third straight undefeated season with a record of 13 wins and 0 losses.

The team defeated the Oakwood Friends School in the HVAL League Championship Game on Friday, May 19 at FCA by a score of 25-7. The team has won every game they have played this year by 10 runs or more. Sophomore Liz Tolkan posted a batting average of .750 and hit 11 home runs. 

Pitchers Sydney Beck (Senior) and Jessica DeCarmine (Sophomore) carried the workload for pitching this year and combined for an undefeated season.  Sydney Beck threw 2 no hitters on the season.

Sophomore Taylor Brandl hit 4 home runs on the year. The team has won 33 straight games in the past three seasons.

Congratulations to the team and to Coaches Dave Petfield, Dave Robin and Brianna DeCarmine.

Varsity Baseball

FCA played a strong game against the Marvelwood School in the Semi-Final game of the Hudson Valley Athletic League at FCA. The team kept the game close most of the way and battled back twice. The team lost 16-6 in a game that was closer than the final score. With a very young core, the team has a record of 6-2 and finished second in the HVAL Regular Season. The team has one more game on Tuesday, May 23 against Upton Lake Christian School. Congrats to the team and to Coach Rich Wasvary.

Track & Field

FCA's Track & Field has had a busy last two weeks, but a very successful season. The team competed at the ACSI Northeastern Christian Track and Field Regional Meet in Bangor, PA. It was a cold, dismal and rainy day. Nevertheless, Kwami Maranga posted a very strong 19’3.75”, in tough conditions, in the long jump to place second overall in the meet.

Following this performance, Kwami won three events at a meet with both Millbrook and Coleman High School. Kwami won the long jump (19’3.5”), the 100 meter dash (11.9)m and the 200 meter dash (24.4).

Simon Maranga also won the 400 meter intermediate hurdles in the meet.

Lastly, FCA competed this past Saturday in the Putnam/Dutchess County Championship Meet for the first time in our school's history, at Arlington High School. Virtually all team members posted personal bests. Freshman Simon Maranga ran very well in the 400 and 800 meter run, placing in the top of his heat in both events.

Freshman Justin Ruyack placed second in his heat of the 400 meter dash with a personal best time. Jesse Villegas posted a big personal best in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.50. 

In the Women's division, both Lydia Butler and Starsea Penna ran well in the 200 meter dash.

Varsity Volleyball

FCA had their best ever Spring season, with a record of 10-1. The team also won their first ever Mid-Hudson Athletic League regular season title. The team placed second in the MHCAL Tournament in a hard fought 5 game match that was decided by 2 points. Congratulations to the team and to Coach Christine Wasvary.

JV Volleyball

FCA's JV Volleyball team completed their first ever Spring season with a promising team.  They played only 2 games in a trial season, and won both. Congrats to the team and to Coach Andrew Leman.

Varsity Tennis

FCA completed their first season in school history, and were coached by Andrew Michos.  The team is young and is improving continually. Many team members won several individual matches this Spring. We are looking forward to having our tennis courts resurfaced this summer which will greatly help our tennis program.


Winter Wrap-Up:

Faith Christian Academy's Athletic Program found great success this Winter season, on all fronts. 

The Boy's Varsity Basketball team finished the year with a 17-10 record, while capturing both the MHCAL regular season and tournament titles. Also, the team finished 3rd overall in the Hudson Valley Athletic League (best finish in school history) which poses very tough competition.

The Girl's Varsity Basketball team ended the season with a 16-10 overall record, taking 2nd place in both the MHCAL regular season and tournament. They also finished 3rd overall in the Hudson Valley Athletic League (best finish in school history) and advanced to the Semi-Final game in the HVAL playoffs.

The Boy's Middle School Basketball team finished the year undefeated with a 15-0 record. The team owned both small margin, and lopsided victories on their resume, making for a very memorable season to say the least (note: the team went head-to-head with Spackenkill Middle School's basketball team in an unofficial, non-league game). The Boys were also named the MHCAL regular season and tournament champions. The team has a bright future with many of its players expected to return next Winter.

The Girl's Middle School Basketball team played its inaugural season and finished with a 6-0 record. The team will be expanding its schedule and focus next season in the MHCAL and HVAL, with Coach Ron Devincenzi at the reins, stepping in as the new head coach. FCA's Athletic Program is very pleased with the results from the first year, and strongly believes that next year the team will be even more efficacious.

The Varsity Bowling team, also a new addition to the Athletic Program, found success throughout the Winter. Four of its Bowlers consistently placed in the top five at each match - a match consists of three schools and around 45 athletes. Also, three of FCA's Bowlers (Brandon Chen, Michael Millan and Elijah Smalls) placed in the top six in the HVAL Friendship tournament, which consisted of four schools and 60 athletes.

Congratulations to all of our Coaches, Parents and Athletes for making a commitment to the Program and allowing our students to experience a different scope of success being outside of the classroom.

We look forward to a very bright future as Faith Christian Academy's Athletic Program continues to "grow, mature and glorify God through participation in athletics." FCA is also very grateful for the countless hours of sacrifice that its Athletic Director, Mr. Arnesen, dedicates to the school. Mr. Arnesen continues to visualize the future for the Program, while striving to keep Christ first, Education second and the rest succeeding.