Frankfort Christian Academy to join KHSAA

Posted by Carrie Beth Tigges on OP4er @ 4:47 PM

Frankfort, KY February 1, 2018

The KHSAA redistricting looked set.

With the 2019 opening of Great Crossing High School in Georgetown, Great Crossing and Scott County would be joining the 41st District, part of the 11th Region, and Woodford County would be moving to the 30th District in the Eighth Region.

Then along came the Frankfort Christian Academy.

TFCA will be a full member of the KHSAA by the 2019-20 school year and have a varsity boys basketball team that will be in the 41st District with Frankfort, Franklin County, Western Hills and Great Crossing. Scott County will remain in the 42nd District, and Woodford will move to the 30th District.

It’s all part of the plan for growing the athletics program at the Frankfort Christian Academy.

“We applied (for KHSAA membership) last year and were accepted last spring,” said Robert Meacham, TFCA’s athletic director.

The school is currently serving a two-year probationary period with KHSAA. A member of a Christian school athletic organization, TFCA’s varsity boys basketball team has played a limited KHSAA schedule this season.

“They’ve loved the challenge,” TFCA coach Tim Marcum said about his team’s reaction to playing KHSAA opponents. “It’s a lot different. When we play in the Christian league we may play in a church fellowship hall or a church gym.

“In the KHSAA games we play in a high school gym, and there’s a home crowd. They’re enjoying that.”

While the boys basketball program is slated to have a varsity team when the redistricting takes place in 2019-20, TFCA may have other teams ready to go.

“If we have the sport then we’ll compete in the KHSAA,” Meacham said.

Girls basketball fields a middle school team this year, and that could change depending on how many students stay at TFCA for high school.

“We lose a lot of students in the transition from eighth grade to ninth grade,” Meacham said, “and what we’ve found is it’s usually because of extracurricular activities and other types of programs.”

“That’s one reason given, that they want to be able to play a tougher level of competition,” Marcum said. “This will take away that reason.”

In their games against KHSAA opponents this season, the Royals have defeated Walden, Eminence and Kentucky School for the Deaf. They lost by one point to Burgin and 10 points to Owen County, but they were within two points of the Rebels.

“They were all good games,” Marcum said, “but we’ve been selective. We know we’ll always be the small guy in that district. The Class A is our hope and dream, realistically.”

Marcum spent 27 years in the Owen County school system coaching a variety of sports. He’s now a middle school science teacher at TFCA.

Meacham, a Department of Education employee who works part-time as the Royals’ athletics director, also has a sports background.

Now in his second year at TFCA, Meacham spent the previous two years as the defensive coordinator at Adair County High School. Before that he served as an assistant football coach and head track coach at Anderson County.

Meacham and his family live in Lawrenceburg, and his two sons, Austin and Tyler, are in middle school at TFCA.

“Our parents have been very supportive,” he said about the move to the KHSAA. “They want their kids to have that high school experience, to go to rivalry games.”

Playing a KHSAA schedule should make that easier.

“With the Christian athletic association, schools are pretty spread out,” Meacham said. “Traveling to some of the schools, we were driving all over the place, and traveling became an issue.

“In the interest of growing and providing things students can get in public schools, this was the right move for us.”

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