The seniors are key members of multiple teams at the Ormond Beach school.
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Hope and Faith Hodges are excelling in academics and athletics at Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach.
The 17-year-old twins, both seniors at the school, are members of the National Honors Society. Faith boasts a 4.0 grade point average and Hope has a 3.6 GPA.
They are key members of the basketball, volleyball and softball teams.
“It’s been amazing! I really love the school. I like being at a small school where teachers really care about you and you can get help from them. Sports wise, we really came for basketball but everyone on every team is like a family,” Hope told the Daytona Times.
Faith echoed, “You can get a lot from small schools. You are closer with classmates and have more access to teachers’ assistance. All the students mostly hang out together after school, especially us teammates.”
Excited about season
The Hodges have helped the Lions’ volleyball team to a 5-3 overall record and 5-1 mark in district play.
Faith said, “It’s going well. I’m excited about this team. We have a good group of seniors that have been together for so long. We are pushing each other hard. Right now, we’re second in our district. We’re doing better than ever and maybe we can win the district this year.”
The Hodges sisters also are key members of the Lions girls’ basketball team, which finished as the Class 2A state runner-up last season.
“Last year was amazing just being on the court. We worked so hard to get there.
Hopefully we can get back there this year. I can’t wait for basketball to start back up,” commented Hope.
In the spring, they will play softball for Calvary.
Faith noted, “I enjoy softball too. We’ve played since we were little. We stop for a while.
We started playing again in high school, first through travel ball. I play catcher, first base and third base. I like being a utility player.”
Her favorite sport is volleyball while Hope’s is basketball.
“I love basketball. I can’t really see myself doing anything else. I am a facilitator on the court. I am team captain. I am captain in every sport that I play. I play other sports because they are fun, but I like playing basketball most,” Hope shared.
Faith related, “I like volleyball the most. I’ve been playing since I got to Calvary. I like how everybody has to be doing something at all times while they’re on the court for the team to be successful.”
They have both been playing basketball since age 5, softball since they were kids, and volleyball since they arrived at Calvary in the sixth grade.
People often take a double take when they see them on the same court or field.
“We’re fraternal twins but people still get us mixed up, even during games,” Hope said with a chuckle.
They may be twins but they have very different personalities.
“People say that Faith is the good one and that I am the bad one, but I think that we both have our good days and bad days. We have our moments, but for the most part we get along. We have a very interesting, intriguing and happy story or life,” said Hope, who is the more outspoken one and is a cheerleader for the boys teams.
Hope’s favorite subject is history, but she wants to be an athletic trainer. She already has a received a basketball scholarship offer from Presentation College in South Dakota.
Faith’s favorite subject is science and she wants to pursue a career in forensic science.
Hope already has a basketball scholarship offer from Presentation College in South Dakota.
‘Proud of them’
Tracey Hodges, the twins’ mother, is the assistant basketball coach at Calvary.
“I think they are amazing young women. I love the way they carry themselves on and off the court,” Tracy Hodges told the Times.
“They have really progressed in school and sports. They work hard at getting better at everything. They give it their all,” she added. “Faith has bloomed into a good volleyball but you can’t tell that during the other seasons. Hope really has a love for basketball. I’m proud of them.”