Faith Chrisitan School is well known to fans of TAPPS as the school that won a state title in TAPPS D2 football in 2016. They defeated the Regents Knights 30-29 in double overtime to hand them their first loss of the year and win it all.
In the three years since that moment, the Lions have gone 25-9. Most recently, they lost to the eventual state champions in D2, Trinity Christian in the semifinals by a score of 52-14.
The football program has made a name for themselves in recent years as a dominant program within TAPPS. In 2020 however, the basketball team has caught on as well. Thanks in large part, to Tyler Lundblade.
Lundblade is a 6’4” guard who just finished his junior year at Faith Christian. As a junior, he led the Lions to a 25-10 record and a state semifinal appearance in the TAPPS 5A playoffs where they fell short to eventual champions, Frisco Legacy Christian.
“This was probably one of the tightest teams I have ever played on,” Lundblade said. “Meaning that everybody was close on and off the court so on the floor we clicked. We didn’t have any selfish guys on this team, and everybody was comfortable in their role.”
Lundblade’s role? Shoot the lights out of the gym.
Lundblade ever since his freshman year has been on another level, and he’s getting better every game. In his freshman year, Lundblade averaged an impressive 16 points a game with four rebounds and shot 45% from the field.
He’s now putting up a hair more than 28 points a game with eight rebounds, three assists, and shooting 40% from three-point range on over three makes a game.
“The amount of work I put in the offseason gives me confidence in my preparation and my competitive drive to not have an off night or be shut down,” Lundblade said.
Lundblade and the Faith Christian Lions are a good story, but the perfect ending to that story would be to win it all in Lundblades last season.
“We got a taste of it this year, next year it will take the same drive and hunger all year. We have a good group coming back so we should definitely be back there.”
More than 82% of all the Lions points scores this season came from juniors, sophomores, and freshmen. There’s no doubt that under Lundblade’s tutelage this team can make a run again.
“We have guys that care about each other and love to compete,” Lundblade said.
His career stats at Faith Christian are impressive, to say the least, but that’s not stopping Lundblade from improving even more next season.
“A great summer with Drive Nation on the EYBL, and much more improvement to my game and my body,” Lundblade said on what can be expected of him in the future.