"One of the things we hear when people come here is ‘Man, this is like really a school,' " Houma Christian's athletic director Chuck Battaglia said.
"I think a lot of people don't hear about it or we have some people come over and didn't realize that the school was this big as far as our setup.We have our own gym so it's kind of a shock to people.They think we have something like a little home-school thing but it's not."Houma Christian
offers grades kindergarten-12 and its enrollment tops off at about 350 students.About 100 of them comprise grades 9-12.
"What we try to teach here is sportsmanship," says Battaglia
, who coaches the flag football, girls' basketball and baseball teams."We value sportsmanship over winning and losing because it teaches character."
It's a different league but a familiar face has turned up on Valhi Blvd.
"It's not that anybody recruits them," Battaglia
said."I think it's more of the kids wanting a chance to play at the bigger schools so more people can see them."
has had some athletes receive offers from colleges.
"Some people have different ideas I guess," says Battaglia
."I don't know if some people think it's restricted to a certain type of religion, which we're not.We're opened to all of them.They understand when they come here that we go straight from what the Bible says.We don't try to force any doctrine on them.It's just here's what it says and go by it."