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Senior reflection: Aaron Dewolf

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Senior Aaron Dewolf recounts the treasured memories of his 13 years spent at Fresno Christian.

August 2001, I walked into Linda Tapley’s kindergarten classroom that would spark a 13-year long journey through the halls of Fresno Christian Schools. It would be at this school that I would learn, grow in Christ, bond with classmates, and meet lifelong friends.

I do not remember my North East campus days very well, but there are a few fond memories I still hold to. I remember my first “time out” in kindergarten, running laps around the field for PE, playing kickball during recess, and Mrs. (Nancy) Keck’s scrumptious gummy bears as rewards for good behavior. Sunny days and smiles were a very common theme on that small little campus.

We then graduated from the simple establishment of the North East campus to the immensely large Peoples Church property. As a third grader in Mrs. Yantis’ class, I walked into Building 5 in pure awe; a two-story building was too large to comprehend! And a playground complete with basketball courts, foursquare, wall-ball, and full sized football field made me feel like a real big kid! By my sixth grade year I was comfortable on campus and felt like I owned the school as I walked around at recess midst the younger students. However, what lingered ahead of me I never saw coming.

Junior high, those wretched, intimidating years were full of awkward changes and uncomfortable situations. Two years of my life so many people regret and would love to do over, but not for me. Contrary to popular belief, I loved junior high. Why? I am not entirely sure. I do know however, I was surrounded by a great support cast of friends, teachers who cared for me, and a God who loved me. For it was in my junior years that I found out who I was, and how much God cared for me, and how loved I am. Through mentorship, chapels, and the love people showed my, I grew in my faith and made it my own.

It was here I realized this place was more than a school; it was a home. A home for students to always feel welcomed, a place for God to work into peoples’ lives, and a refuge for those to fall back on in times of trouble. For me, Fresno Christian has been all those things and more. It has been my home away from a home. A place I can go to for help, a place for learning, and a place for fun. This school has meant more to me than mere words can say and will always have a special place in my heart.

Specifically, these past four years of high school have molded and shaped me into the person I am today. Junior high was a place where I discovered Aaron Dewolf was, and high school was a place for me to grow and test that character. I have been through highs and lows, ups and downs, and can say, by the grace of God, I made it through. This school has placed people in my life and given me role models that have helped me get to where I am today. I cannot even imagine how different my life would have been had I not attended here.

Yet it was not only emotional and spiritual support that makes me love this school, I have had more fun at this school, especially these past four years than I could have ever had anywhere else.

The small school environment has allowed me to get involved and partake in all sorts of events and activities. I have been able to try my hand in almost everything, from three different varsity sports, to CSF President, to being in the drama production The Music Man.

On top of that, classes are small enough to get involved in ways that at a bigger school I would not have the opportunity to, such as float building for homecoming or filming our NOTS movie each year. Plus cheering at events, from football and volleyball games, to powderpuff and MCing rallies and chapels; this school has given me the opportunity to not only get involved, but to be myself while I’m doing it.

As my days come to a close at this beloved place, I find myself with mixed emotions. So much of my life, so many of my memories come from this one place. Thirteen years of laughing, crying, fun, and love are coming to a close. I will cherish these 13 years and take them with me forever. Yet at the same time, I know I am ready for a new challenge, ready to embark on a new adventure.

This school has equipped me with the skills needed to reach the next level, and now it is my turn to take those skills and put them to use. I know ahead of me lies many more memories, many more friends, and many new adventures, but I will never forget Fresno Christian, the people here, and the things I have learned.

In closing, I have too many people to thank individually, so I will say this. Thank you Fresno Christian. Thank you everyone who I have come in contact with over these past 13 years, each and every of you touched me in a unique way. Thank you to my parents, John and Kimberly DeWolf, who made the sacrifices in their lives to bless me with this opportunity. And lastly, thank you Jesus Christ everything. Absolutely everything. I love you, Fresno Christian. God bless you.

Aaron DeWolf will be attending California Baptist University in Riverside, CA, and majoring in mechanical engineering.

By |2015-05-14T11:23:26+00:00May 14th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Firebaugh

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For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 8-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

Disappointing loss for FC, March 24

Looking to extend their win streak, the Fresno Christian Eagles travelled to Firebaugh High School Tuesday to play the reigning West Sierra League Champions. With the wind howling that afternoon, defense was sure to be more difficult than normal.

The game started well for FC, loading the bases early in the first inning with only one out. However, after hitting into a double play to end the inning, momentum quickly swung the other way. Firebaugh carried over that momentum into their at-bats, as they drove in five runs on three hits in the bottom of the first. In the second, FC was forced to go to their bullpen after starter senior Dillon Owens’ arm was throbbing with pain.

As a result, the Firebaugh bats continued to roll, and the Eagle defense continued to struggle and get outs. In the top of the third, FC again loaded the bases but was unable to capitalize. Over the course of the game, FC left 7 runners on in scoring position and were unable to drive them in. The game was called after five innings, as Firebaugh took the 17-0 shutout win.

Senior John Dooman was disappointed with the result and said the team was just lacking focus during the game.

“The game was terrible,” Dooman said. “I dont know if we just expected to win because we were on such a big winning streak, or if we played timid because they were a better team then us, but we couldn’t make the routine plays or make solid plays on defense and we let the game get out of hand.”

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By |2015-03-26T00:00:00+00:00March 26th, 2015|Announcements, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Coast Union

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Freshman Roman Endicott defended the plate against a would-be Coast Union runner, March 21.

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For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 8-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

An easy win for the Eagles, March 21

Saturday, March 21 the Fresno Christian baseball team travelled to beautiful Cambria California to play a double header against Coast Union High School. The Eagles entered the weekend on a six game winning streak and looked to keep the hot streak going.

The game started just the way the Eagles wanted it to, scoring one run early in the top of the first. However, Coast Union came back with a run of their own to tie it early. After that, neither team was really able to pull away. Every other inning or so, each team would get a few hits to help get their team going, but both defenses shut things down before either team really gained momentum. Heading into the seventh, the Eagles led 6-3.

In the top of the seventh, FC got some runners on base but were unable to capitalize and bring them in. In the bottom of the inning, the Coast Union offense came alive, loading the bases with nobody out, and threating to end the game on a walk off hit. Senior Dillon Owens came into the game to try and hold CU from taking the lead. Union was able to tie the game and it was sent into extra innings.

Well past noon, the game dragged on for quite a while. Neither team was able to drive in a run, although there were many opportunities on each side. Clutch defensive plays by the Eagles kept their dreams of winning alive, including a double play that ended with a play at the plate to save the game. Finally, after their starter went 11 innings, Union finally went to their bullpen. As a result, the Eagles offense exploded, scoring seven runs and putting the game away in the top of the 12th. The final score listed FC the winner, 13-6.

After about a 25-minute intermission, the second game was underway. With players, coaches, and fans alike all drained of energy following the first game’s excitement, the second game was a struggle. However, the Eagles were able to keep focus and jumped out to an early lead. FC never looked back, as they remained in the lead for the rest of the game and came away with the 12-1 victory.

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By |2015-03-24T00:00:00+00:00March 24th, 2015|Announcements, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Baseball sport shorts: Mendota

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Coming off wins against Kings Christian and Mendota, FC will next take on Coast Union, March 21.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 7-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

FC pulls through to take the win, March 17

Coming off a victory against Kings Christian the Friday before, the Eagles of Fresno Christian looked to continue their hot streak and extend their winning streak. Sophomore Jorge Castro was set to take the ball for the Eagles and try to stop the Aztec offense.

The Eagles came out and fired early, scoring five runs in the top of the first and sent a message to the Aztec’s defense. Mendota came back with a force of their own, getting runners on early in the bottom of the inning and driving in three runs of their own.

After the first, both teams began to settle into their grove and slow down the offense. FC was able to score one more in the second before Mendota went to their bullpen and began to quiet the Eagles bats. Meanwhile, Castro was able to keep Mendota at check for the rest of the game, with the defense solid behind him.

Late in the game, the Eagles tacked on one more in the sixth, and another in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 5. Castro stayed in for the final inning to try to secure the win and a complete game. With only one out, the Aztecs were able to get a runner on second and put some pressure on the Eagle D. However, a great play in the outfield by Junior Tyler Breedlove led to a double play and secured the win for FC.

Junior Bailey Brogan said the game went well, and their execution showed the team they can compete with anyone.

“The game went well,” Brogan said, “We executed as a team and made the plays we needed to. Our hitting came through and once our defense settled down we were playing our best. The game showed we can play with the best in our division, and we can get hits off even the best pitchers teams have to offer. I look forward to many more games like this one.”

The Eagles are now 7-1 and play their next game Saturday, March 21 as the team takes a road trip to Cambria to play a double header against Coast Union.

For more sports, read the article Baseball sport shorts: Kings Christian.

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By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Kings Christian

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The Eagles traveled to Lemoore and defeated the Crusaders of Kings Christian, 9-3, March 13. Be sure to catch the Eagles in action against Mendota, March 17.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 6-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

Eagles win 9-3 over rival, March 13

Travelling to Lemoore Friday, the Fresno Christian baseball team was set to play the Crusaders of Kings Christian. The two schools had a bit of history between their football programs, being in the two previous 8-man championship football game, and much of that emotion was set to be shown on the diamond that afternoon.

Throwing their ace, the Crusaders were able to keep the eagles bats at check early in the game, leading to a scoreless top half of the inning. In the field, Senior Dillon Owens took the ball for the Eagles, and pitched a scoreless few innings. After scoring one run in the second, the Eagles’ offense exploded in the third for four runs during a two-out rally, and quickly jumped out to a five run lead. Kings was able to close the margin, bringing in one in the bottom of the inning, but struggled to bring in runs for the remainder of the game.

The Eagles picked up one more in the fourth, and three more in the top of fifth, increasing their lead. Meanwhile, Kings was able to bring in one more in the bottom of the sixth, which would be the last time they would see Owens. In the seventh Taylor Howard came in to relive Owens and struggled early on. Freshman Roman Endicott came in with one out and the bases loaded to try to put the game away. After striking out the first batter and forcing a ground ball for the next, the Eagles got out of the jam and came away with the 9-3 victory.

Tyler Sellers, ’16, was very excited about the outcome of the game and was really encouraged by how everyone played.

“The game was great,” Sellers said. “It showed us we were able to compete with and beat one of the better teams in our division. The guys played well and played hard until the end. we faced a good picture and proved to ourselves we cam hit off the best teams have to offer. Overall I’m very excited for what the rest of the season holds.”

The Eagles are now 6-1 and are currently on a five game winning streak. The Eagles next game will be on Tuesday, March 17 as the team travels to Mendota High School.

For most sport, read the article Baseball sport short: Stone Ridge Christian

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By |2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

World of Sports: Say our goodbyes

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With the retirement of NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, it’s appropriate to say our goodbyes.

A legend announced it would be his last season participating in his beloved sport, in Janurary. Starting his professional career in 1993, the 23-year veteran decided to give it one more go-around (literally) before calling it quits. 2015 marks the last time you will see Jeff Gordon driving the 24 car around the track.

Now I understand there are mixed opinions regarding the “sport” of NASCAR; how hard is it to turn left a couple hundred times and win a race, right? I’m not here to convince you how great NASCAR is, I’m here to pay respect to one of the all-time greatest of his sport.

It’s appropriate to say our goodbyes.

Over the years, everyone has had that one player to elevate his sport and his team to an elite level. And like all things in life, they eventually come to an end. Baseball and the Yankees had Derek Jeter, who retired this past season. Basketball and the Bulls had Michael Jordan. Football has two greats: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who are nearing the ends of their careers that helped transform the game to what it is today. And NASCAR has Jeff Gordon.

Gordon burst onto the scene in the mid 90s, where legend Richard Petty was wrapping up his career, and star Dale Earnhardt Sr. was in his prime. Both stars said this kid was going to be great one day, and he certainly was.

Starting in 764 consecutive races, Gordon has never missed a race. In those races, he has 79 poles, including two this season already, which leads all active drivers. He has a total of 92 wins, ranking third all-time in NASCAR, including three back-to-back seasons with 10 or more wins (1996-1998).

Gordon changed NASCAR and the racing world. His success and likeable personality not only set an example of winning, but how to win with character. His final season will be one that will certainly be cherished, and he will definitely be missed on the track in the years to come. –Senior Aaron DeWolf

Three time Daytona 500 winner (1997, 1999, 2005) and four time Sprint Cup Champion (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001), the numbers speak for themselves. There is no doubt his greatest, but now we are beginning to ask “How great”? In response to that, we can hear whispers of “The greatest of all-time.”

Gordon not only made a name for himself throughout his career, but he brought the sport of NASCAR from a recreational event to a full scale season. His popularity as a driver not only put NASCAR on the television sets of Americans, but captured the attention of those in Europe as well, where racing is much more popular.

Taking the sport to the big time, Gordon elevated not only his standards, but the standards of the entire racing world, making his contributions to the sport that much more valuable, and that is why his farewell season is so bitter-sweet.

Gordon changed NASCAR and the racing world. His success and likeable personality not only set an example of winning, but how to win with character. His final season will be one that will certainly be cherished, and he will definitely be missed on the track in the years to come.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @dewolf14.

For more sports, read the March 9 article, Senior shines on field, leaves legacy.

By |2015-03-12T00:00:00+00:00March 12th, 2015|Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport short: Stone Ridge Christian

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The Eagles defeated Stone Ridge Christian, 22-7, March 7, and now will travel to Lemoore to play Kings Christian, March 14.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 5-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

The Eagles take home another win, 22-9

For the Eagles second double-header of the season, Fresno Christian hosted the visiting Knights of Stone Ridge Christian, Sat., March 7. The Eagles were looking to keep their momentum coming off a big game against Laton earlier in the week.

In the first game, Junior Tyler Sellers took the ball and started off with a nine pitch, nine strikes inning and held the Knights scoreless. In the bottom of the inning, the Eagles bats made a statement early, driving in four runs. However, in the top of the second, Stone Ridge came back with six runs of their own to take the lead.

From then on neither team would let the other get hot. With both teams scoring a few runs here and there, by the sixth inning the Eagles led 11-9. However, after holding the Knights scoreless in the top of the inning, the Eagles were able to get their offense scoring again and were able to put the game away. The final score read 22-9.

Overall the games went very well. The underclassman played really well in the first game and gained some valuable experience. The starters in the second game came through as well and hit the ball effectively. We still have to work defensively on simply ground balls and throwing errors, but the game was helpful for the team to get some confidence before some tougher games coming up. –Senior Dillon Owens

In the second game Senior Dillon Owens took the ball for the Eagles and kept the Knights in check. Offensively, the Eagles could not be stopped. Scoring five runs in the first and 11 in the second, they quickly put the game away. The Knights showed some life in the fifth, but by then it was too late. Owens pitch a complete game and got the win, as the Eagles easily came away with a 19-4 victory.

Owens was happy with the way the team played as a whole, but says they still have to work on the little things.

“Overall the games went very well.” Owens said. “The underclassman played really well in the first game and gained some valuable experience. The starters in the second game came through as well and hit the ball effectively. We still have to work defensively on simply ground balls and throwing errors, but the game was helpful for the team to get some confidence before some tougher games coming up.”

The Eagles next game will be on March 13, as the team travels to Lemoore to face Kings Christian.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @DeWolf14.

For more sports, read the March 9 article, Sports Center: March 6 – April 6.

By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: FC loses to Liberty in first round

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With a 11-15 overall record, the Fresno Christian Eagles landed as the fifth seed in CIF Central Section Division V playoff bracket and were defeated by Liberty Madera-Ranchos, 65-33, Feb. 27.

With a 11-15 overall record, the Fresno Christian Eagles landed as the fifth seed in CIF Central Section Division V playoff bracket. They were set to travel and play the four seed Liberty Madera-Ranchos for the first round of the playoffs and beat FC, 65-33, Feb. 27.

The game opened with the Eagles unable to make a shot, but along with the offensive inefficiency, their defense struggled to hold its own against the Hawks shooting. Only scoring seven points in the first quarter and nine in the second, FC managed only 16 points in the first half. Meanwhile, the Hawks annihilated the Eagles zone and went for 40 in the first half.

In the second half, FC’s scoring woes struggles continued, scoring only four points in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, they were finally able to get something going, scoring 13, but it was far too late as the Hawks coast by with a 65-33 victory. The Eagles’ 33 points was the lowest scoring game for FC since their season opener.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy was sad to see the season end so soon, but was proud of his team, how far they had come, and the effort they put forth against Liberty in first round.

“Obviously, no one wants to see their season end that way. especially for the seniors,” Penberthy said. “We had a great season and learned a lot, our seniors showed the underclassman what hard work it takes to be successful, and left our program in good hands. I wish them well in the future, but am also looking forward to next year and all the promise it holds.”

The Eagles season is over and many of the players are already gearing up for the baseball season.

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By |2015-03-02T00:00:00+00:00March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA

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National Basketball Association has some serious completion from the college game: NCAA.

The National Basketball Association, or NBA, is the world’s premier professional basketball league. As a sports fan, and a basketball player myself, I love the game of basketball. However, the NBA is a sad excuse to even carry the name of basketball in its name.

With little to no defense being played, vastly different rule changes, and very little team play involved, in this World of Sports spotlight, the NBA is not where the best basketball is being played.

Growing up playing basketball and falling in love with the game, basketball is a fantastic sport; both to be a part of as a player or to just watch for fun. The intensity, fast pace, and almost constant highlight reel plays keep everyone engaged. However, the NBA has become more focused on entertainment rather than the game itself.

Start with the clock; I have no beef with the four quarters rather than two halves, but with a shot clock that is one-third shorter than other leagues (24 seconds versus 35 seconds), it barely gives a team enough time to run an actual offense. The reason for this is to encourage a quick paced game with quick shots to keep the fans excited.

However, it takes away from the beauty of the game; executed a set offense to perfecting, even if it takes 34 of the 35 seconds is one of the most rewarding things to experience as a player. Essentially, the clock takes away from the team aspect and encourages whoever has the ball to show off their stuff.

Growing up playing basketball and falling in love with the game, basketball is a fantastic sport; both to be a part of as a player or to just watch for fun. The intensity, fast pace, and almost constant highlight reel plays keep everyone engaged. However, the NBA has become more focused on entertainment rather than the game itself. — Senior Aaron DeWolf

Besides just the clock, there are other subtle, but big differences in the rules that change the game. A jump ball, for instance, is normally granted to whoever has “possession” (or the team that did not get the ball last). However, in the NBA, it results in an actual jump ball, that more often that not features a 7-foot big man and a less-than-that guard or forward. Defensively, the NBA has a “Defensive three-in-the-key”, prohibiting defenders to camp in the zone and block shots (essentially to increase scoring).

When it comes to fouls, players are given six fouls, rather than five, and I have no idea why. Perhaps because the games are eight minutes longer (48 minutes rather than 40 in college) but I think it only allows players to stay on the court longer. Coaches are given seven timeouts rather than five, decreasing strategy of when to call timeouts and the drama when teams run out.

Lastly, for the most part, very few people actually try to play defense in the NBA, in large part because they are facing the best ballplayers in the world, but it leads to less effort and thus higher scoring games (which afterall that is what the NBA is geared towards).

Meanwhile, in collegiate basketball, while we may not see LeBron James score 30 a game, or a spectacular Chris Paul to Blake Griffin alley-oop, or see Stephen Curry break anyone’s ankles, you will see genuine, team basketball. Five players working together like a well-oiled machine, feeding off each others energy and key plays.

Fundamental defense, no cheap, offensive oriented rules, and an actual effort put in to every game is what you will find in NCAA competition. On top of that, every spring we witness the greatest tournament any sport has every managed to produce in March Madness, with Cinderella stories coming from no name schools year after year.

There is no doubt the best athletes play in the NBA, so if you are looking for entertainment and highlight reels plays, go ahead and watch it; but if you are looking for great basketball, close games that actually mean something, key strategies and an actual effort put into every game, look no further than the NCAA. Collegiate basketball is the essential, pure form of basketball at its finest, the way it should be played.

This wrier can be reached via Twitter: @ DeWolf14.

For more sports, read the Feb. 12 article, Boys soccer sport short: Minarets.

By |2015-02-25T00:00:00+00:00February 25th, 2015|Sports Column, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 27 as they take on Liberty High School.

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Disappointing final league game , Feb. 17

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Junior Tyler Breedlove attempts a free throw during the Fowler game.

For their final game of the regular season, the boys varsity basketball team traveled to Fowler High School to take on the Redcats. The two teams went into double overtime the first time they met, so both squads were looking to play their best for the win.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair; neither team able to pull ahead by more than five points. Bucket after bucket from both sides led to a good quarter, with Fowler holding a slight advantage 17-15. In the second quarter, FC began to fall apart. Multiple turnovers and little offensive efficiency led to the Eagles only scoring five points in the second quarter. going into half, they found themselves down 33-20.

After halftime, the Redcats came alive. With the majority of their points coming from behind the three point line, they quickly extended their lead. Meanwhile, the Eagles struggled on the offensive end, leading to missed opportunities and uncommon errors. The trend continued throughout the entirety of the second half, as the Eagles fell 69-42.

Senior Christopher Grossman was very disappointed after the game. The only words he had for the media were “I’m only here so I don’t get fined.”

With the loss, the Eagles finished the season 11-15 overall and a 3-7 record in West Sequoia League play. The team is waiting to hear back from the playoff committee to determine their playoff schedule.

For more sport articles read the World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA

By |2015-02-18T00:00:00+00:00February 18th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 17 as they take on the Fowler Redcats.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Disappointing loss for the Eagles, Feb. 13

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Senior Cole Nale attempts a Lay up in the game vs. the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

For their second to last game of the regular season, the boys varsity basketball team traveled to Caruthers High School to take on the Blue Raiders. Losing to them earlier in the season, the Eagles were looking to rebound and upset the Raiders on their home court.

The game started slow, with both teams struggling to find offensive success, leading to a low scoring first quarter. In the second, the Blue Raiders started to hit their outside shots and move the ball, jumping out to an early lead. Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to struggle, getting up shots but not having them fall, they found themselves down at half 24-14.

In the third quarter, Caruthers began to pull away. Getting hot from beyond the ark and pushing the ball, the Blue Raiders had momentum on their side. The Eagles began to be more successful and have their shots fall, but the could not contain the Raiders shooting. In the fourth, the Eagles were able to stop the bleeding, but it was too late. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 59, FC 37.

Senior Cole Nale was disappointed with the result, but says the team needs to stay focused on playoffs in the coming days.

“The game went terrible as most can tell by the score.” Nale said, “There were times that we struggled to break the press which led to a turnover and a score for Caruthers. We could have improved on many things, but it doesn’t affect playoffs though. We might be making changes to defense and adding plays but im just ready to win a playoff game!”

The Eagles fall to 11-14 and 3-6 in WSL.

The team’s next game will be on Tuesday, February 17 as FC travels to Fowler for their last regular season contest.

For more sports, read the article Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers

By |2015-02-17T00:00:00+00:00February 17th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale

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Tuesday, February 10, the Eagles of Fresno Christian travelled to Riverdale High School to take on the Cowboys.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 27 as they take on Liberty High School.

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Disappointing loss, Feb. 10

Tuesday, February 10, the Eagles of Fresno Christian travelled to Riverdale High School to take on the Cowboys. The Eagles were looking to keep momentum on their side coming off a close game against Parlier.

Out of the gate, the Cowboys came ready to play, scoring the games first eight points, six of which came on the team’s first three possessions. The Eagles struggled on the glass, stiff rims led to long rebounds that found the ball back in the cowboys hands time after time.

At the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys led 17-8. In the second, the Eagles continued to struggle, with their starts in early foul trouble and another out with injury the team found themselves short handed. However, in the final minutes of the half, the team was able to go on a quick run and keep the game close. At the intermission, Riverdale led 31-28.

After halftime, the Eagles defensive struggles continued. Despite their offensive efficiency, they could not keep the Cowboys from putting the ball in the basket. At the end third, the Cowboys led 49-41. In the fourth, much of the same trend continued. Despite their offense, the Eagles defense lacked. At the final buzzer, the score read 68-59.

Justin Houts, ’16, said the game was disappointing to lose and that the team needed to execute better.

“We should’ve beat them.” Houts said, “They made some shots but they out rebounded and out hustled us. We played decently offensively but couldn’t stop them on defense. We need to execute better by boxing out and not giving them more shots if we want to win our next few games and make playoffs.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 11-13 overall and a 3-5 record in WSL.

The Eagles next game will be Friday, February 13 as the team travels to Caruthers to take on the Blue Raiders.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

Following a loss on the team’s Senior Night, Fresno Christian looked to rebound as they travelled to Parlier High School Friday night. The Panthers, in their new gym, looked to upset the visiting Eagles and send them home with a loss.

The game started with good defense; both sides found it difficult to kind success against the team’s respective zones. In the second, the defensive trend continued and led to a very low scoring affair. At halftime, the Eagles held a slight advantage 19-18.

Coming out of the half, the Eagles came alive. Starting with solid defense leading to easy buckets in transition, they quickly jumped out to an early lead. They continued the trend for the remainder of the quarter, and found themselves up by as much as 13. However, Parlier would not go away without a fight.

Roaring back in the fourth quarter, the Panthers found themselves within two points of the lead with less than a minute left. The Eagles managed to execute in the closing seconds, make their free throws and rebound, and squeaked by with a 44-39 victory.

Sophomore Trevor Trevino said the game started well but the team lost fire late in the game, and that they need to keep that intensity up throughout the entire game.

“I thought we got off to a good start in the beginning,” Trevino said, “but we started to slack off in the fourth quarter and we should’ve started to make adjustments earlier. We could’ve pushed the ball more and had more helpside defense. We need to get better at staying aggressive, attacking the basket, and making good passes.”

The Eagles are now 11-12 overall and 3-4 of WSL.

The Eagles next game will be in Riverdale as the team travels to take on the Cowboys.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Minarets

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For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles were set to take on the Mustangs of Minarets.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 6 as they take on Parlier High School.

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Eagles are defeated by the Minaret’s Mustangs, Jan. 27

For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles were set to take on the Mustangs of Minarets. The Eagles lost to the ‘Stangs earlier in the year and were looking to redeem themselves on the team’s Senior Night.

Before the game, time was taken to honor the seven seniors on the Varsity team. Christopher Grossman, Daniel Cliff, Aaron DeWolf, Anthony Zhang, Toby Pan, Trevor Beal, and Cole Nale were all honored before the game for their efforts throughout their high school basketball career.

Both teams came out with energy. The Mustangs’ full court press quickly caught the eagles off guard and led to easy buckets. However, the Eagles’ shooting and deadly range from beyond the perimeter kept them in the game.

By the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 20. In the second quarter, the Eagles’ defense picked up, holding the Mustangs to only seven points in the quarter. Meanwhile, their offense remained hot, hitting their shots and jumped out to a quick lead heading into halftime, 35-27

In the second half, at the start of the third quarter, the Eagles scoring ceased to exist. Much like it has all season, the scoring woes in the second half continued, as the Eagles were unable to put the ball in the hoop, helping keep Minarets in the game.

In the fourth quarter, the game was close, with Minarets holding a slight three point lead with under three minutes to play. However, the ‘Stangs were able to get hot, score some three-point shots, and nurse the lead with free throws, as they pulled away with a 65-56 victory.

Senior Aaron DeWolf said it was disappointing to lose on senior night and the team has a lot of work to do.

“It was a disappointing loss,” DeWolf said. “Any lose is tough, but being senior night we all really wanted to come away with the win. We need to stay focused and get better as a team if we want to make a run in playoffs, and it is going to take a lot of hard work to get there.”

The Eagles fall to 10-12 on the year with the loss and a 2-4 record in WSL play.

The Eagles next game will be on Friday as the team travels to Parlier to take on the Panthers.

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60 seconds with Dooman returns (Video)

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The senior duo of Aaron DeWolf and Christopher Grossman do not currently create videos, a team has decided to resurrect a short segment those to did as freshmen: 5 seconds with Dooman with this longer segment.

In an effort to celebrate video goofiness, The Feather video staff has decided to return to a 2012 favorite video series. While the senior duo of Aaron DeWolf and Christopher Grossman do not currently create videos, a team has decided to resurrect a short segment those to did as freshmen: 5 seconds with Dooman.

Today the duo creates an extended version: 60 seconds with Dooman.

For those viewers who missed the series, they might check out the advanced search button at the top of the menu bar and search for John Dooman. However, another way to check out DeWolf and Grossman as freshmen and their novice ways, please look for The Show (2012-13) with Grossman and DeWolf. A reasonable place to begin might be with Episode No. 1 in August 2012.

At the end of each episode, the next video is promoted. Viewers may wish to comment on the youthful look of the two guest hosts but a not so different look of Dooman.

In this week’s episode, Dooman attempts a flip in the hall way (key word is attempts) and revisits the once popular sport of ghosting made famous by former P.E. and video teacher Scott Callisch. The Feather hopes views will leave comments and suggestions below for Dooman to try or be involved in.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler

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For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-10 overall record and 2-2 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 3 as they take on Minarets High School.

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Eagle loose in overtime, Feb. 2

For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of FC hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30. The Redcats entered the game with a 14-3 overall record and 4-0 in West Sequoia League.

In the first quarter both teams came out strong and competitive. Trading the lead back and forth and making key shots from both sides kept the game close. The same storyline continued in the second quarter. At the half, the Redcats held a slight lead, 19-18.

In the third quarter, momentum shifted to Fowler. Knocking down shots and keeping the Eagles from score helped them gain an advantage, heading into the fourth with an 11-point lead. In the fourth, the Eagles came fighting back; scoring seven straight points to quickly make it a four point game with five minutes left in the final quarter.

It was a great game. We came back after being down big and competed for the entire game. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-Athletic Director

The Eagles had the ball and found themselves trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left. A clutch basket from senior Trevor Beal with two seconds left tied the game at 39 and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, the same game continued. The Redcats were able to gain a slight lead heading into the final minute of the four minute period. Down by three, senior Cole Nale was able to hit a game-tying three with eight seconds left to send it into the seconds overtime.

In the second overtime, the Redcats were able to force a few key turnovers to take the lead, and with the Eagles forced to foul, were able to pull away with a 54-48 victory over the Eagles.

Head coach Jonathan Penberthy was pleased by how well the team played, as it proved how well they can compete, but it was a tough loss to swallow.

“It was a great game.” Penberthy said, “We came back after being down big and competed for the entire game. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. They were only a couple plays better than us but that’s all you need in a game like this. It should us that we can compete with anyone; Fowler is the fourth ranked team in D4, and we gave them a run for their money.”

The Eagles next game will be Senior Night as the team hosts the Minarets Mustangs.

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World of Sports: Super Bowl XLIX

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Super Bowl XLIX is expected to be home to one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, Feb. 1, and students are picking sides, ready to defend their team.

This Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, will see plenty of action. Greasy fingers grabbing TV remotes, soda spilling on the couch, loud cheering, unrestrained laughing and toilet-clogging flushing.

It’s Super Bowl Sunday.

Despite the popularity of the junk food on hand, the annually anticipated commercials, and always talked about Halftime Show, Super Bowl XLIX is expected to be home to possibly one of the greatest Super Bowls ever.

A few of you may remember back in fall; Week 9 of the NFL season. At the halfway point in the year, I picked the Arizona Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts to be playing Super Bowl XLIX. We all know how that turned out. At the time the 8-1 Cardinals were playing some of the best football in the league, but that went out the window when quarterback Carson Palmer suffered his season-ending injury a few weeks later and the team lost in the first round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Colts, lead by my boy Andrew Luck, managed to make it to the AFC Conference Championship game where they proceeded to lose in a very controversial 45-7 game against the New England Patriots. (Controversial because of Deflategate, but that’s another topic entirely). Nonetheless, here we are the week of the big game with the New England Patriots set to play the defending Champions Seattle Seahawks.

In a Super Bowl that the media has loved to cover, their have been plenty, perhaps too many headlines that both casual and hardcore fans have found themselves reading over the past two weeks. It all starts with the proven rumors that the Patriots deflated their footballs in the AFC Championship game against the Colts. While people have been focusing most of their attention to bitter remarks toward this storied franchise, they have forgotten some of the other headlines this Super Bowl offers.

First of all, we have to address the greatness of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Brady, already owner of three Super Bowl rings, looks to become only the third player in NFL history to bring home four rings in his career (the others being Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw). Meanwhile, Belichick finds himself in his sixth Super Bowl in fifteen seasons, an unheardof accomplishment around the league today.

Secondly, the Seahawks defense looks to prove itself against the future Hall of Famer Brady. “Legion of Boom”, led by superstar Richard Sherman , Boast numbers equivalent to, if not better, than some of the best team defenses in NFL History. The Steel Curtain of the 1970s, the ’85 Bears, and early 2000s Baltimore Ravens have sat by these past two years and watch their beloved records slowly fall to the ground. And when you consider how much more offensively oriented the NFL is nowadays compared to back then, it makes this Seahawks defense even more respected.

We also have the pleasure of watching one potential dynasty play a former dynasty. The Patriots of the 2000s, led by Brady back in his prime, was the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls in ’03 and ’04. They continued their success and have dominated the AFC for the past decade. If Rusell Wilson and company were to get the job Sunday, like it or not but the dynasty talk will begin. Wilson, in his third year as a starter, is already in his second Super Bowl.

Backed by arguably the best running back in the game (although his future is uncertain), and not only one of the best defenses in NFL history, but also one of the youngest. This team could be a powerhouse for years to come. As some of these players are continuing to get better or just now hitting their prime, win or lose Sunday, the Seahawks will be a force to be reckoned with for a while.

Lastly, this game will beyond a doubt be home to some gutsy play calling. Both coaches and their staff have been known to have quite a few trick plays up their sleeve. Pete Carroll and the Seahawks faked a kick that scored a touchdown in the NFC Championship game, that helped spark them on to victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Meanwhile, as of late, Belichick has developed some of the leagues oddest formations, including four down linemen to seven down linemen, to wide receiver throws and more, Belichick always seems to be one step ahead of the curve. So do not be surprised if you find yourself blinking at the television in awe on Sunday after an unbelievable play.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you who is going to win, because frankly I have no idea; it could go either way. Coaching, quarterback play, defensive match-ups and the running game will all be factors for both teams. I will tell you, however, that this will be one Super Bowl you will not want to miss, as it has the potential to be one of the best in the history of the game.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-10 overall record and 2-2 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 3 as they take on Minarets High School.

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Eagles are defeated by the Blue Raiders , Jan. 27

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Senior Cole Nale goes for the three in the game versus the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

The Caruthers Blue Raiders (2-1 in WSL) and the FC Eagles (2-1 in WSL) took to the floor for the much anticipated rivalry game between the two schools. The past two years, the Blue Raiders have been winless when traveling to Fresno, and they were looking to break that streak with a win.

However, the Eagles came out strong and ready to play, scoring the game’s first points and pulling out to an early lead. Aided by the scoring of senior Christopher Grossman, the Eagles were able to have a ten point lead at the end of first quarter, 15-5. In the second, the Blue Raiders slowly began to find ways to score against FC’s zone, and were able to limit Grossman’s hot-hand. At halftime, the eagles held a slim 22-21 lead.

In the third quarter, despite scoring early and gaining the initial advantage, the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the third quarter and for the remainder of the game. Late in the third and early in the fourth, Caruthers was able to get hot and knock down their shots, allowing them to hold a healthy lead and force the eagles to play more aggressive than they were used to. Late in the fourth, the Eagles were forced to foul and allowed Caruthers to increase their lead, making the score closer than it was. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 57, FC 40.

Senior captain Trevor Beal said it was a disappointing loss after all of the hype, but Caruthers is a very beatable team and he looks forward to playing them again.

“Yesterday’s game was a tough test for us.” Beal said, “They are a good team and we need to continue to get better in order to best them and other good teams in the future. I believe that eventually we will be on their level and beat them.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 10-10 overall with a 2-2 record in West Sequoia League. Caruthers improves to 11-7 with a 3-1 record in WSL.

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For more sports, read the Jan. 22 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

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FC boys basketball face the Parlier Panthers for their second league game of the season.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 9-9 overall record and 1-1 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 23 as they take on Riverdale High School.
Eagles bring in yet another victory, Jan. 20

For their second West Sequoia League (WSL) game, the FC Eagles faced the visiting Parlier Panthers in what would kick off a five game home-stand for the Eagles. FC was looking to rebound after their league opener loss to Minarets.

The Eagles came out strong and starter the game fast, forcing turnovers and disrupting the Panther offense. Offensively, the Eagles were able to get their shooters going and hit their shots. At the end of the first, the Eagles led 17-2. In the second quarter, Parlier strategized and was able to find success against the Eagle defense. Closing the margin before half, the score read FC 27, Parlier 17.

In the third, the Eagles were able to extend their lead ever so slightly. Finding themselves up by fifteen or more for most of the third quarter, FC kept Parlier on their heels. However, the Panthers closed the quarter strong and made it a ten point game heading into the fourth. In the fourth, Parlier continued to keep the game close, but was never able to get the deficit under seven points. After impressive defense and making late-game free-throws, the Eagles were able to come away with the victory, 55-44.

Senior Christopher Grossman said that he was pleased to get back on track with the win, but need to be more consistent as a team.

“It was a competitive game throughout,” Grossman said, “we came out strong, but allowed them to stick around in the second half instead of putting them away. We need to come out stronger and the second half and continue to play as a team throughout the game rather than being content with the lead we have.”

The Eagles get back to .500 with a 9-9 overall record and 1-1 in WSL play. The Panthers fall to 3-16 and 0-2 in League.

The Eagles next game will be against Riverdale High School as they host the visiting Cowboys.

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For more sports, read the Jan. 16 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Avenal.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Minarets

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FC boys basketball compete against the Minarets Mustangs in their first league game of the season.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 20 as they take on Parlier.
Eagles fall to the Minaret Mustangs

To kick off League, the Eagles of Fresno Christian traveled to Minarets High School to take on the Mustangs. The Mustangs entered the game winless on the season and was hungry for the taste of victory.

The Eagles started out strong, forcing turnovers and scoring quickly, and jumped out to an early 11-3 lead. However, Minarets came back and finished to quarter strong to keep the margin at a minimum. They carried that momentum into the second quarter and took the lead. Heading into the half, Minarets led FC by five.

In the third quarter, the game remained tight. One team would go on a run, and w few minutes later the other would come right back. Minarets excelled on the offensive glass, getting multiple second and third chance opportunities that helped them stay in front. Late in the fourth, the Mustangs were able to force turnovers and extend their lead. By the final buzzer the score read Minarets 63, Fresno Christian 44.

Neither team submitted their scorebook following the game.

Junior Tyler Breedlove said it was a disappointing way to start League and they have a few things to work on in the weeks to come.

“I felt like we didn’t play to our full potential.” Breedlove said, “I feel like we played hard but they just played harder. Well first off we need to get all our guys back and healthy, but basketball wise we need to limit turnovers and just play the game and don’t get caught up with the fans and players. But the biggest thing would be rebounding. I feel like it will be a wakeup call like hey let’s step it up. If we played to our full potential against the bigger teams I don’t believe it will effect that bad.”

The Eagles next League game will be on Tuesday, January 20 as the Eagles host the visiting Parlier Panthers.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Avenal

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The FC boys basketball faced the Avenal Buccaneers for their first league game of the season.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 17 as they take on Sierra High School.
Eagles defeat Avenal, 44-41

Traveling to Avenal before their first West Sequoia League (WSL) game, the Eagles of FC faced the Buccaneers of Avenal High School. Avenal entered the game undefeated at home and looked to keep that streak going.

The Eagles came out hot right from the tip, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead before a Buccaneers timeout. The continued their roll throughout the quarter and led after one, 23-7. In the second, all the Eagles momentum stalled, as the Bucs came roaring back in the second and kept the game close. Avenal outscored the Eagles 18-7 in the second quarter, but still trailed at half 25-30.

In the third, both teams struggled. Turning the ball over possession after possession, neither team was able to gain momentum. In the fourth, things only got worse. After Avenal came back and finally tied the game at 41 with six minutes left in the quarter, neither team scored until the final seconds. With 13 seconds left on the clock, the Eagles had possession of the ball.

After struggling to get the ball inbounds, the Eagles found Chris Grossman, ’15, on the left wing. After a hectic ten seconds, Grossman found himself with the ball dribbling to his right and launched a three from the top of the key as time expired. By the grace of God, like the touch of a feather, the ball bounced off the backboard and into the hoop to win the game for the Eagles, 44-41.

“It was a game that defies explanation,” Grossman said. “Despite our hot start, we played really poorly. Even the buzzer beater was off a broken play. We couldn’t help but laugh after the game, because it was just such a strange 32 minutes. As far as the game-winner goes, I guess God does care about basketball.”

The Eagles next game will be on Friday, Jan. 16 as FC travels to Minarets High School for their first league game of the season.

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For more sports, read the Jan. 12 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale Christian.

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World of Sports: College football transitions to playoffs

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For the first time in history, the college football world experienced a playoff. Not the typical multiple team, multiple division playoff, but a simple four team bracket; taking the top four teams in the nation and letting them play their hearts out.

After years of controversy and attempts to persuade minds to include a college playoff, the voices finally got through. Along with the new format came a new committee. No longer will the weekly AP polls tell the story of football power rankings.

Instead, a special selected playoff committee looks at each team week to week to see who are the best in the nation. While the top 25 teams still get a ranking, it is only the top 4 that get a chance in the playoff.

One reason collegiate football went away from the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was the chance for smaller, lower conferenced teams to have a shot at the big time. In the format’s first year, small private school Texas Christian University came out and proved its worth, floating inside the top ten all season long. Despite winning their final game by 52, the team failed to land in the nation’s top four and settled for a lowly bowl game.

The four teams that did make it, (4)Ohio State (3)Florida State (2)Oregon and top ranked Alabama had the chance to make history, and they did! Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota from Oregon proved his dominance over previous winner Jameis Winston of Florida State.

While 3rd string quarterback Cardale Jones and Ohio State shocked the world by upsetting Nick Saban and the University of Alabama. Ohio State, with Ezekiel Elliot in the backfield, ran over the Ducks and went on to surprise the nation for the College Playoff trophy.

I can honestly say I have never been a big college football fan. I never liked the idea of ranking teams and bowl games, they just seemed boring to me. However, with the new playoff system, I became a big fan. — Senior Aaron DeWolf

However, looking back on the season, was the playoff and all the hype worth it? The BCS National Championship would have been undefeated Florida State against top ranked Alabama with the old ranking system, and our college football playoff, Oregon v. Ohio State, likely would have been the Rose Bowl.

With the playoff, however, it provides for much more excitement (as any playoff does). Not only is there a literal playoff, but a subliminal one as well. In the weeks leading up the season’s conclusions, top ranked teams are playing for their lives, knowing anyone has a shot in the final weeks to jump up the standing and have a shot at the trophy.

With the BCS, we never saw that. So essentially, though the “playoff” only takes place in January, the playoff really takes place all December long as teams fight to get in.

In addition, in its first year, the playoff allowed for a third string QB and a fourth ranked team to shock the nation and win the National Championship, something that would have never happened before. Initially I wanted TCU to make it over Ohio State, because I did not think a 3rd string QB could compete against such prestigious defenses, but Jones and Urban Myer’s game plan and execution proved me wrong. It just proves the beauty of the playoff that we have never gleaned from past years.

I can honestly say I have never been a big college football fan. I never liked the idea of ranking teams and bowl games, they just seemed boring to me. However, with the new playoff system, I became a big fan. In this world of sports rant, I love it.

In the years to come, as they fine tune the system and people get used to the format, other people will be attracted to the sport outside of just rooting for their alma mater. And hopefully the college fan crowd will increase with every game.

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By |2015-01-15T00:00:00+00:00January 15th, 2015|Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale Christian

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During the home game against Riverdale Christian, Christopher Grossman drives toward the basket to make a point.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 13 as they take on Avenal High School.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Eagles loose to Firebaugh, Jan. 6

Concluding their final home game before the initiation of West Sequoia League (WSL) play, the Eagles of FC would host the Christ Ambassadors of Riverdale Christian. The Eagles were looking to rebound after a disappointing lost in their previous game against Firebaugh.

Initially, both teams started very slow. Missing easy lay-ups, free-throws and being off on their jump-shots, both teams struggled to put the ball in the hole. Despite both teams’ offensive woes, the Eagles defense at least stepped up in the low scoring affair.

Forcing turnover, steals and quick rebounds, they were able to get most of their points in transition. At the conclusion of the first quarter, the Eagles led 13-1. In the second, much of the same gameplay continued. Despite their struggles, Riverdale Christian managed to keep the gap the same as they trailed 22-10 at the half.

In the second half, the Eagles made an effort to get the ball inside since their outside shots were not falling. This combined with their continued success on defense helped increase the team’s lead. However, with their ability to get offensive rebounds and draw shooting fouls, the Christ Ambassadors would not go away without a fight. Nonetheless, by the fourth quarter, the Eagles had proved to be too much for RCHS, as they came away with the victory 49-25.

In the low scoring affair, the Eagles were led by Senior Aaron DeWolf with 11 points. Riverdale Christian did not submit their scorebook after the game.

DeWolf said the game was frustrating as shots were not falling, but was happy with the results and looks forward to next week.

“We could have, and maybe should have, won by a lot more,” DeWolf said. “Our shots were falling, and by the end [/fusion_builder_column]

[of the game] we were getting lazy on defense and rebounding. But I’m happy we came away with the won. Looking forward, League starts next week and we need to be at our best if we want to be successful.”

Aaron DeWolf, writer, also contributed to this article.

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By |2015-01-12T00:00:00+00:00January 12th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Firebaugh

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Aaron DeWolf, senior, dribbles the basketball with expertise.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 6-7 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Jan. 6. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 9, as they take on Riverdale Christian.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Eagles loose to Firebaugh, Jan. 6

During the three week Christmas break, the Fresno Christian boys basketball team played five games, going 3-2 over the course of those games. One of their two loses come to the Eagles of Firebaugh High School. Looking for a different outcome, the Eagles took on Firebaugh High School at home January 6.

Coming out, FC struggled early. Firebaugh forced turnovers early with their press and disrupted Fresno’s offense, allowing them to get out to an early lead. At the end of the first, the score read Firebaugh 22, FCS 13. In the second, Firebaugh’s size and depth began to take its toll. Getting offensive rebounds and subbing in fresh legs periodically allowed Firebaugh to keep up the tempo. By the half, Firebaugh led by a score of 42-23.

The second half was filled with more ups and downs for Fresno Christian. Initially, FC managed to chip away at the deficit and close the gap. However, at the end of the quarter, Firebaugh went on a run to go up by nearly 30. In the fourth, FC brought the score back down to a presentable margin, but nonetheless the score was nothing to be proud of. At the final final buzzer, Firebaugh came out victorious by a score of 76-52.

Fresno Christian was led by senior Cole Nale with 13 points on the night. Meanwhile, Firebaugh was led by star player Jason Allen, with 23.

Senior forward Trevor Beal says it was a dispointing loss, but the team has to get better and move forward.

“It was a tough game,” Beal said “We played them over the break and we knew their strengths coming in. We played hard but just couldn’t stop them. We need to move on and focus on the rest of season; learn from it and get better.”

The Eagles next game will be Friday, January 9th at home as Fresno will host Riverdale Christian High School.

For more sports read the Jan. 9 article, Boys and girls Garces tournament sport short.

By |2015-01-12T00:00:00+00:00January 12th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Alpaugh

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The FC boys basketball team competes against the Alpaugh High School Buffalos.

Eagles defeat Alpaugh High School

For FC’s first home game following their spirit of tournament games and road games, the Eagles took on the Buffalos of Alpaugh High School. Both teams entered the game with losing records, so the game was a necessary win for both teams to jump start their seasons.

The Eagles struggling early offensively. Alpaugh came out in a 1-3-1 defense, distrupting the Eagles’ offensive efficiency. Forcing turnovers and rebounding allowed the Buffalos to take an early lead. About halfway through the quarter, the Eagles began to find their groove offensively, clawing back into the lead to win the first quarter, 18-11.

In the second, the Eagles disrupted the Buffalo defensively, Holding Alpaugh to only 5 points in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to find success against the Buffalo zone and finished the second half with a 33-16 lead.

In the third, both teams began to shoot the ball well. While Alpaugh began to knock down shots, they could not stop the Eagles on defense. This lead to a high scoring second half, with the Eagles barely outscoring Alpaugh 34-31. But at the final buzzer, the Eagles could not be denied the victory, 67-47.

This writer can be reached at via Twitter @dewolf14 or via email: Aaron DeWolf

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00+00:00December 12th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport short: Madera South Tournament

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The Eagles travel to Madera South to enter their first tournament of the season.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 8. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 3, as they take on the Madera South Stallions.
Eagles loose all four games of tourney, Dec. 3-6

The Eagles entered their first tournament of the season at Madera South just two days after their win over the Yosemite Badgers. The Eagles would play four different teams, ranging from division two schools all the way down to division five over the course of four days.

The Eagles first game was a primetime game against the host team Madera South. South had many key players return from their successful season last year to play for their senior year. The Stallions came out strong and fast, forcing turnovers and pushing the pace, outscoring the Eagles 16-6 in the first quarter. In the second and third quarters, the Eagles managed to keep the margin minimal. Despite their efforts, South came back strong in the fourth, and pulled away with the victory 65-30.

The Eagles were lead offensively by senior Trevor Beal, scoring 14. Meanwhile, South’s Josh Johnson lead all scores with 21.

Playing in the Madera South Tournament was a great opportunity for us to play division 2, 3, and 4 schools. It provided great competition that we would have had a hard time being able to schedule. I walked away encouraged, seeing the way we competed. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-Athletic Director

For the second game of the tournament, the Eagles would take on Division II school Madera High Coyotes. Led by their 6’7″ center, the Eagles would have to stop the Coyotes post game. The Eagles came out strong, scoring first and taking an early lead. After a back and forth first half, Madera lead by six at intermission. In the second half, with the Eagles starters in foul trouble and unable to defend well in the post without fouling, the Coyotes began to pull away. At the final buzzer the score read Madera 60, Fresno Christian 40.

The Eagles were lead offensively by guard Trevor Trevino, scoring 11. Madera’s center Ethan Richardson led all scores with 28.

The Eagles would take on Corcoran High School for their third game of the tournament. After a close first half, the Eagles pulled away in the fourth, mounting a ten point lead going into the fourth. However, after hitting a couple of shots to start the quarter, Corcoran climbed their way back into the game. Taking a lead late in the fourth, the Eagles had the ball in the final seconds. However after a controversial final seconds, the Eagles fell short 55-53.

The Eagles were led by Sophomore guard Trevor Trevino, who scored 18 points. Corcoran did not submit their stats from the game.

For the fourth and final game of the tournament the Eagles would play the Chieftians of Chowchilla High School. Again, the Eagles came out strong in the early quarters, trailing at half 26-21. However, Chowchilla came out and hit two early threes in the third to pull away and they never looked back. The final score read Chowchilla 58, Fresno Christian 43.

Neither team submitted their scorebooks from the game. Individual player stats were unavailable.

Head Coach Jonathon Penberthy says despite the results, he liked what he saw, and with a healthy and full lineup, is optimistic the results could have been different.

“Playing in the Madera South Tournament was a great opportunity for us to play division 2, 3, and 4 schools.” Penberthy said, “It provided great competition that we would have had a hard time being able to schedule. I walked away encouraged, seeing the way we competed. If we were completely healthy, I believe the results would have been a little different. Overall, we need to continue to get better in practice and use that time to better prepare for games.”

The Eagles fall to 0-4 on the year after the tournament. The team’s next game will be Tuesday, December 9 as they travel south to Woodlake High School.

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By |2014-12-08T00:00:00+00:00December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Woodlake

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The Eagles face the Woodlake High School Tigers and receive their first league win for the season.

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 2-4 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 9. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 11, as they take on the Alpaugh Buffaloes.
Easy pre season win for the Eagles, Dec. 9

For the Eagles’ first official non-tournament game, the FC Varsity boys basketball team took the drive to Woodlake High School to play the Tigers. Neither team had won a game up to this point of their respective seasons, so tonight would be the night for the teams to kick start their seasons.

The Eagles came out strong and jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. However, after turning the ball over, the Tigers climbed their way back into to trail by only one at the end of the quarter, 13-12. In the second, the Eagles came out strong. Scoring early and often, they kicked the game into high gear and elevated their play, outscoring their opponent 23-7 in the second quarter to take a 36-19 lead at half.

In the second half, the Eagles continued their success on both sides of the ball. Knocking down shots from three point range and holding the Tigers to one shot defensively, the Eagles could not be shaken. In the fourth quarter, with most of the bench getting their minutes, the Eagles came away with the clean victory 62-42.

Senior Trevor Beal led the Eagles in scoring with a season high 24 points on the night. Woodlake was led by guard Jacob Uarela with 20.

Junoir Tyler Breedlove, who scored 12 points on the night, says the team played well and that it was an important game to win. But as always, the team could have done better.

“The game went well,” Breedlove said. “We got the W. We started off rocky, not knowing all the offensive game plan. Deffensively we didn’t do too bad, just missed a few assignments. As a team we learned we can all shoot the ball fairly well and that the more we pass the better we do. We started to click before the half and had a smooth ride from there. We still need to work harder in practice in order to get our teammates better, and we can always shoot the ball more consistently.”

With the win, the Eagles improve to 1-4 on the year, as the Tigers of Woodlake fall to 0-2.

The Eagles next game will be at home Alpaugh High School, Dec. 11.

For more sports, read the World of Sports: MLB Off-season proves comparable to league

This writer can be reached via Twitter @dewolf14 or via email: Aaron DeWolf

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00+00:00December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Yosemite

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With a new head coach and a new season, the Eagles face the Yosemite Badgers and come out with a win.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 0-4 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 6. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 9, as they take on the Woodlake Tigers.
Eagles win first game of 2014-2015 season, Dec. 3-6

After making it to the second round of the Division IV playoff last year, the FC Eagles basketball team looks for a similar, if not better result for the 2014-2015 season.

With an offseason full of excitement; getting moved back down to Division V, graduating four seniors, and having their head coach Robert Hubbard resigning, the Eagles received a makeover for the start of the season.

Newly hired Co-Athletic Director and head volleyball coach Jonathon Penberthy was put in charge of coaching the Varsity basketball tam. Bringing in his new coaching staff, he looks forward to a positive season and first year of coaching at FC.

The Eagles first game was a foundation game at home against the Yosemite Badgers. The Eagles beat the Badgers in the season opener last year, but with an almost entirely new lineup, the Eagles would have to dig deep to taste victory.

The game went very well especially for it being our first time out. We need to improve on our chemistry but that’ll come with time. We will get better as we play more games and learn each other’s tendencies. –Trevor Beal

Yosemite relied on their height advantage over the Eagles and looked to get the ball inside. Post entries and back cuts fed their offense, and the Eagles struggled early to find a way to stop the Badgers inside. After the first quarter, the Eagles held a slight lead, 12-11.

In the second, the Eagles adjusted their gameplan and fronted the post, forcing the Badgers to throw over the top into a double team. Offensively, FC was helped out by a few key baskets and offensive rebounds and stretched their lead to 29-21 going into the half.

In the second half, the Eagles began to get hot, knocking down three pointers left and right and extending their lead with each possession. Meanwhile their defense continued to perform at a high level and limit the Badgers offensively.

Heading into the fourth, the Eagles held a double digit lead, 43-32. In the Fourth, Yosemite made a comeback and got within 6 halfway through the quarter. However, the Eagles picked up the intensity and began to drive the ball offensively, leading to easy baskets and break away lay-ups. Coming on strong at the end, the Eagles came away with the victory 59-46.

The Badgers were lead offensively by big man Kade Cross, scoring 17 points to lead the team. Senior forward Trevor Beal led all scores with 22.

Beal was happy with the outcome of the game and is pleased with what he saw. Although not perfect, Beal is excited for the future and to see the players grows as a team.

“The game went very well especially for it being our first time out.” Beal said, “We need to improve on our chemistry but that’ll come with time. We will get better as we play more games and learn each other’s tendencies.”

For more articles, check out the World of Sports Column. This writer can be reached via Twitter @dewolf14.

By |2014-12-04T00:00:00+00:00December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

World of Sports: MLB Off-season proves comparable to league

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This year, not even two months after the conclusion of the postseason, teams are at it again.

The MLB off-season is always full of excitement. Blockbuster trades, high-rolling free agents, and big money signings have all been trends over the MLB’s past off-seasons. This year has been no exception.

Thanks to the MLB, being one of the only sports without a salary cap, the off-season can sometimes be just as fun to follow as the regular season. Watching your team cash in on an up-and-coming young star, or seeing them trade away their best player for pocket change is both rewarding and stressful. This year, not even two months after the conclusion of the postseason, teams are at it again.

When choosing a topic to discuss, I was reluctant to cover a sport which I’ve already focused on, but with all the moves and money being tossed around in the MLB, I had to come back to baseball.

It all started in early November, when the below average Miami Marlins extended the contract of their beloved outfielder and power hitter Giancarlo Stanton, signing the 26 year old for an unheard of 13 year, $325 million dollar contract. Is the slugger really worth the money? No. Or more importantly, why would the Marlins spend all this money on one player? They need to be spending it on other players who can come in and support him so Stanton will not have to carry the offense.

Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox, my arch nemesis, now has one of the most powerful lineups in all of baseball. Signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. The heart of their lineup is now stacked. Plus, considering their trade with the Oakland Athletics mid season to acquire Yoenis Cespedes, the team now boasts some of the leagues most feared hitters.

However, as all baseball fans know, hitting can only get you so far. In order to get Cepedes, the Sox traded away their ace and only consistent pitcher Jon Lester, and as he floats around the free agent mill, fans can’t help but wonder who will pitch for Boston come spring.

Other big names have been tossed around the league as if they were rag dolls. The Atlanta Braves best power hitter and star defender Jason Heyward was traded to the St. Luis Cardinals, for in my opinion, the less than spectacular Shelby Miller. Josh Donaldson, the Oakland Athletics overall best player, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie and a few young prospects.

The overused catcher Russell Martin is heading to Toronto on a five year, $82 million contract. While last years breakout hitter Nelson Cruz is heading to the Seattle Mariners to help my old pal Robinson Cano carry the load. Lastly, the highly talented Cuban prospect Yasmany Tomas signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks in order to hopefully bring some power back to the desert.

With many more months still to come in the off-season, rumors are floating around the league like never before. My beloved Yankees, usually the leaders in free agent signings this time of year, have not acquired one player. Rumors are they are looking to Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres in order to replace the washed up Alex Rodriguez, but nothing is for sure.

Big name pitchers, such as Jared Samardziji, Max Scherzer, David Robertson, and Jon Lester are awaiting their destinies. Other big bats have been tossed around the mill, rumored to be looking to be traded, such names include Matt Kemp, Evan Gattis, Jordan Zimmerman, Justin Upton, and Brandon Moss, just to name a few. This off-season is shaping up to be a blockbuster to say the least.

As a Yankee fan, I am sitting here waiting for us to land one of those big name players to improve our chances come spring. While every baseball fan at home is wishing for the same thing. Some are in fear of losing their best player to such trades, like the A’s with Donaldson. Some cellar dwellers are hoping to bring some people in to reignite their teams. But fans everywhere can only sit and wait, earnestly watching, hoping, and praying for a beneficial off-season.

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For more sports, read the Nov. 24 article, Cross Country sport shorts: CIF Central Section Valley Championship.

By |2014-12-03T00:00:00+00:00December 3rd, 2014|Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

World of Sports: Formula 1 season comes down to final race

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Formula One features the fastest cars in the world.

The Feather would like to introduce the start of our new sports column section, with a transition into sports outside of FC. Columnist Aaron DeWolf provides a bi-weekly look into the field of professional sports. From MLB to NBA, DeWolf discusses what is happening in the world of sports.

Many people, when they think of racing, think only of NASCAR and drivers whizzing in circles lap after lap. Little do they know that racing expands beyond the world of stock cars, it goes beyond United States borders, and presents to audiences with some of the most breathtaking excitement known to man. This racing is called Formula One.

Formula One features the fastest cars in the world. Powered by 1.6 liter turbocharged V6s producing a total output of over 750 horsepower, in a car that weighs between 1,300-1,500 pounds (depending on the driver’s weight), these open-wheeled rockets have been known to shoot off from zero to sixty in as low as 2 seconds, with top speeds reaching well over 200 miles per hour.

With these cars engineered and designed for maximum downforce, drivers can experience up to 5 Gravitational forces (G) around corners, and with the cars’ massive brakes, can go from zero to one hundred miles per hour, and back to zero again in seven seconds. Take what you know of racing and elevate beyond what you thought was possible in a car, and that’s called Formula One Racing.

This year, as the racing calendar draws to a close, the Driver’s Championship comes down to two drivers. British native Lewis Hamilton leads his teammate Nico Rosberg by a mere 17 points heading into the final race of the year. The way the Formula One points system work is like this:

1st : 25 points
2nd : 18 points
3rd : 15 points
4th : 12 points
5th : 10 points
6th : 8 points
7th : 6 points
8th : 4 points
9th : 2 points
10th : 1 point

However, despite the closeness of the points margin, here is why Hamilton will come away with the championship this weekend…

First, regardless of how Hamilton does, Rosberg needs to either finish first or second. If Rosberg finishes second or above and Hamilton finishes outside the top ten, Rosberg will win the championship. If Rosberg wins and Hamilton finishes outside the top six, Rosberg will come away with the championship. Otherwise, it is Hamilton’s race to lose.

Second, if the task wasn’t hard enough already, Rosberg has to beat Hamilton, who is his teammate. This means the two drivers will be driving practically the same car under practically the same set-up. Mercedes cars’ (the constructors of Hamilton’s and Rosberg’s cars) have been faster than every other competitor this season, and have had countless one-two finishes. All Hamilton has to do is run a clean race, not crash, and the Driver’s Championship should be his.

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For more sports, read the Nov. 19 article, Cross country sport shorts: West Sequoia League Championship.

By |2014-11-19T00:00:00+00:00November 19th, 2014|Sports Column, Uncategorized|2 Comments

World of Sports: Cardinals, Colts predicted for Super Bowl

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The Feather would like to introduce the start of our new sports column section, with a transition into sports outside of FC. Columnist Aaron DeWolf provides a bi-weekly look into the field of professional sports. From MLB to NBA, DeWolf discusses what is happening in the world of sports.

Halfway through the NFL’s 17-week season, we have seen plenty of action. Records have been broken, young stars have emerged, the “no names” have become household names, and drama with the law have been a few of the things that have already happened through week nine of the season.

At the halfway point, we have a good feel for what teams are true playoff contenders, which teams are fluffs, and which teams could get lucky. Likewise, we see the same thing happen with the individual players. Who has become a threat, who has become a leader, who will challenge the record books and who will arise as a contender for MVP.

At this point of the season, a few teams have rose above the rest, including the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and even the Cleveland Browns have strung together a few wins.

At the same time, some preseason favorites have fell off the radar. The Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, and Chicago Bears have all been disappointing for fans as they have watched their teams struggle to stay in the playoff picture.

While the team does not boast the big names or mighty numbers like others have, the Cardinals have consistently come away with wins and made fools out of there opponents. It’s teams like these that squeak through the season underrated and surprise everyone in the playoffs, so I’m telling you now to keep your eye on Arizona. –Aaron DeWolf

So here we are, football season halfway over, and everyone is beginning to put there predictions for the playoffs and the Super Bowl together. Here’s mine, bold and surprising, the Colts vs. Cardinals, with Andrew Luck and company bringing home another championship to the city of Indianapolis.

Although the Colts record of 5-3 is may not seem that impressive on paper, the wins that they have have strung together have been impressive; as the team is averaging over 32 points per game. Meanwhile, the squad is lead by the rising star Andrew Luck, who leads the NFL in passing yards (2,731) and is second only to Peyton Manning in touchdowns (22) through week nine.

Luck is a born winner, natural competitor, and has been said to have wisdom and intelligence beyond his years even before arriving in the NFL. He has a young talent at wide receiver in T.Y Hilton, and the always reliable veteran Reggie Wayne in the red-zone. Expect to see Luck’s leadership shine through this postseason and prove himself to the football world and become an elite quarterback by the season’s end.

Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals have shocked the football world to not only lead one of the toughest divisions in football, but have the best record in football with a (7-1) season. Perhaps even more impressive, the team has done so without their starting quarterback through the first few weeks of the season, as Carson Palmer was injured in the first game of the season.

While the team does not boast the big names or mighty numbers like others have, the Cardinals have consistently come away with wins and made fools out of there opponents. It’s teams like these that squeak through the season underrated and surprise everyone in the playoffs, so I’m telling you now to keep your eye on Arizona.

The big names of the 2000s are dwindling away. Players and dynasties, including Brady and Manning, aren’t as strong as they used to be. A new era of young stars and great talent is on the way, and Andrew Luck leads the charge of the next generation of football and elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

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For more opinions, read the Oct. 28 article, COLUMN: Be a spirited participant at homecoming. For more on World of Sports, read the Oct. 20, World of Sports: Why the Royals will win the MLB World Series.

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By |2014-11-05T00:00:00+00:00November 5th, 2014|Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

World of Sports: Why the Royals will win MLB World Series

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One of the biggest stories comes out of the Midwest: The Kansas City Royals earning their first playoff birth since 1985.

The Feather would like to introduce the start of our new sports column section, with a transition into sports outside of FC. Columnist Aaron DeWolf provides a bi-weekly look into the field of professional sports. From MLB to NBA, DeWolf discusses what is happening in the world of sports.

October. It’s a time of fresh cut grass, loud stadiums, proud fans, under the lights-prime time action. It’s postseason baseball.

The 2014 season provided fans with incredible drama through all 162 games. Division and wild card races coming down to the wire as teams pushed their way into fall ball. One of the biggest stories comes out of the Midwest: The Kansas City Royals earning their first playoff birth since 1985.

After a dramatic first week of postseason baseball, the drama has only become better. And after seeing all the teams fight through the first rounds of postseason ball, it is only clear that the Kansas City Royals will win the World Series.

The young team has overcome all odds just to make into a one game playoff with the Oakland Athletics. Despite the slow start, the young team came back in the late innings to stun Oakland and the rest of the baseball world in extra innings and advance on to challenge the powerful Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS.

The Angels, with possibly the best player in the game Mike Trout and other big names such as Josh Hamilton and Future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols looked like a tough team to beat. However, the Royals pitching staff and bullpen were able to keep the Angels’ bats quiet as they steamrolled the best team in baseball in a three game sweep.

In the ALCS, the young bunch stood the tall task of taking on the Baltimore Orioles, possibly one of the best all-around teams in the game today. It was Led offensively by big names like Adam Jones, Manny Machado, JJ Hardy, and more, the Orioles have a reputation for making balls leave the yard. However, not only was the Royals pitching staff able to keep their stars in check, but their bats came through in the clutch and their defense was the best it has been all year. The young team carried on their momentum and swept Baltimore in 4 to advance to their first World Series since 1985.

The young Royals, many of whose current players were not even born the last time the team made a playoff run, will win the World Series, plain and simple. The team has too much momentum, too much adrenaline, too much confidence to have it come to nothing.

Hot bats like ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain (.533 BA in ALCS), Eric Hosmer (.400 BA this postseason), and Mike Moustakas (4 HR this postseason) will lead the charge offensively, while key players such as Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, and Omar Infante make clutch plays defensively. Meanwhile, their bullpen, lead by James Shields, has put up better postseason numbers than that of their World Series opponent San Francisco Giants.

On the other hand, the Giants have been consistently clipping along throughout the postseason as well. Offensively lead by Pablo Sandoval and Buster Posey, and held together defensively by Hunter Pence’s hustle. However, they do not have enough depth at the plate; not enough of their players on hot streaks.

One night Posey will come through with a late game homer, and the other night will forget how to hit the ball. While the Royals have consistently been delivering throughout the postseason. Likewise, their pitching has been equally inconsistent. They team does not have bullpen strength they had when they won the series two years ago. Besides Bumgarner, they lack a quality, high performance starter.

When a baseball team gets hot, like the Royals are now, they simply cannot be beat. I’m not saying they will sweep their National League challenger, but they will nonetheless defeat the Giants to cap off their remarkable run. They are simply too hot, too fired up to be stop. And they will not rest until they are World Series Champs.

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For more sports, read the Oct. 18 article, Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-10-20T00:00:00+00:00October 20th, 2014|Sports Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Fowler (VIDEO)

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For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Coalinga High School, March 19.

FOWLER TAKES FC, 8-1

For their second West Sequoia League game of the season, the Fresno Christian baseball team traveled to Fowler High School to play the Redcats. The team was looking to bounce back after a loss in their league opener to Caruthers.

Fowler started their ace, senior Matt Morales and kept the Eagle hitters off-balance. After a one-two-three top half of the first, the Redcats were able to take an early lead in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs off Eagle pitcher Dillon Owens, ’15.

After a scoreless second inning, Fowler tacked on three more in the third, increasing their lead to 6-0. Following Owens, freshman George Castro came in and managed to keep the damage minimal. However, despite Castro’s pitching performance, FC made multiple errors in the field and were not able to keep the game close.

On the other side of the ball they struggled too, managing only one hit through seven innings. Fowler kept the game in check and went on to win 8-1.

Sophomore Tyler Breedlove says the team made some mistakes in the field that could have kept the game close and that they need to improve if the want to make a strong playoff run.

“He had some mental mistakes and some errors that shouldn’t have happened,” Breedlove said. “We just need to settle down and get our feet back under us again. If we want to make playoffs, we have to do the small things right and be able to compete against good teams with good pitchers.”

With the win, Fowler improves to 1-1 in WSL play while the Eagles fall 0-2 in WSL and 7-5 overall.

FC’s next game will be Tuesday, where the team plays the Minarets Mustangs at home at 4 p.m.

For more sport shorts, read the April 22 article, Softball sport shorts: Fowler

By |2014-04-28T00:00:00+00:00April 28th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Riverdale

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 8-7-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the West Sequoia League as of April 25. The Eagles will play their next game against Caruthers High School, April 30.

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EAGLES FIGHT OFF WSL OPPONENT, April 22

Coming back after their spring break, the Eagle baseball team was looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing loss to Parlier in the previous game. However, both the Riverdale Cowboys and the Fresno Christian Eagles were winless in West Sequoia League up to this point, so both teams were hungry for victory.

After the Eagles were unable to score in the top of the first, Junior Taylor Howard took the ball for the Eagles and kept the cowboys scoreless in the first. In the top of the second, the Eagles loaded the bases with no one out. Yet they were unable to capitalize on the situation and came away without a run. However in the third the Eagles were able to strike first, scoring sophomore Tyler Breedlove for the game first run. The Cowboys would continue to fight back, as they hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to take the lead 2-1.

From that point on it was a neck-and-neck game, each team taking the lead then giving it up again. Until the Sixth inning when the Eagles were finally able to pull away, putting up three runs and increasing their lead 8-3. The Cowboys scored two in the bottom half of the inning and heading into the seventh and final inning the Eagles still held the advantage 8-5. After scoring one more insurance run the seventh, the Cowboys loaded the bases with only one out. After a two-RBI single, Riverdale came within two with runners in scoring position. The next ball was a shallow blooper to the second baseman Tyler Breedlove, who caught the ball and threw it to first base to turn the double play and secure the victory.

Breedlove says it was an exciting game that was beneficial for the team and he was happy they were able to come out on top.

“It was a good game,” Breedlove said, “The score kept going back and forth and that was good for us. We needed that experience. We could have prevented that by playing better defense and executing our bunts better, but it made for a good game. I’m happy I was able to make the final play to make up for the mistakes earlier in the game.”

The Eagles improve to 8-7 on the season and are now 1-4 in WSL play. Their next ame will be on the road as they travel to Caruthers on Friday April 25.

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By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys baseball sport shorts: Avenal

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 7-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 22. The Eagles will play their next game against Avenal High School, March 25.

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EAGLES TAKE BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLE HEADER, March 22

For their second double header of the season, the Fresno Christian baseball team travelled to the town of Avenal to play the Buccaneers. The Eagles sought to remain undefeated and improve to 7-0 by the end of the day.

Senior David Ryu took the mound for the Eagles in the first game for his first start of the season. Avenal meanwhile threw their ace right hander Jamie Ramos. Ramos fastball-slider combination had many of the Eagles batters off-balance at the plate. After a few scoreless innings the Buccaneers were able to drive across the games first run.

However, the Eagles struck back with two runs of their own. After that, it was a back-and-forth battle. Sophomore Tyler Breedlove came in to relieve Ryu in the third, and later in that same inning Junior Aaron DeWolf came in to finish the inning. By the end of the third Avenal was in control 4-2.

But at the top of the fourth inning, the Eagles came alive at the plate. Driving in run after run, not only to tie the game but to take the lead. They scored five runs in the fourth inning making the score 7-4. But the Buccaneers would not go away, driving home two more in the fifth making it a one run game. After a scoreless sixth inning the Eagles were able to pull away in the top of the seventh, driving home four more runs and putting the game away. Junior Taylor Howard came in to close the game as the Eagles took game one 11-6.

After a twenty five minute break the second game was under way. Avenal was forced to throw their number two pitcher as Ramos pitched 6 2/3 innings in the first game. The Eagles on the other hand sat some of their starters to rest for later in the day.

Nonetheless, the Eagles were able to take an early lead by driving home two quick runs in the top of the first. Junior Taylor Howard started the second game and was absolutely brilliant. He pitched 3 scoreless innings with 7Ks before he was replaced by Sophomore Tyler Sellers in the fourth.

By this time, the Eagles had taken control of the game 5-0, but they weren’t finished yet. They tacked on two more in the fourth and four more in the fifth, increasing their lead to 11. Avenal managed to drive in three runs of their own in the fifth, but it was too late. After the fifth inning came to a close the game was called due to time restrictions and FC took game two, 11-3.

Senior Lucas Lopez said the two games were great for the team to experience as they approach the start of league.

“The games went very well considering we didn’t have two of our pitchers (senior Caleb Nale and Fresnman George Castro).” Lopez said, “It shows that other people on the team are willing to step up when the team needs them. The games gave us the confidence to go against teams like Firebaugh on Tuesday.”

The Eagles next game will be at home against defending Division V champion Firebaugh High School.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys baseball sport shorts: Coalinga

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 5-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Avenal High School, March 22.

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EAGLES HOLD OFF HORNED FROGS, March 19

Seeking to remain undefeated, the Fresno Christian baseball team hosted the Coalinga Horned Frogs, Wednesday afternoon. The teams were predicted to match up pretty evenly, and the outcome did not disappoint.

Freshman George Castro took the hill for the Eagles and got them off to a great start, throwing a one-two-three inning. The Eagles were held in check offensively and were not able to capitalize on Coalinga’s inability to score.

However in the third inning the Eagles were able to bring home Michael Fu for the game’s first run. Again in the fourth inning FC was able to drive in another run, making the score 2-0. But in the fourth inning Coalinga struck back, taking the lead 3-2. But the Eagles would not back dawn as they managed to come back with two more runs and regained the lead 4-3.

In the fifth, senior Caleb Nale came in to finish the game on the mound, but in doing so gave the up tying run later in the top of the sixth inning, making the score 4-4.

However, he made up it by leading off the sixth inning with a triple, rallying the hitters behind him. With one out and a runner on second and third, sophomore Tyler Breedlove poked a hit into shallow right field, scoring both runs and giving the Eagles the lead once more. After the inning drew to a close, the game was called to due time and the Eagles reman undefeated through five games with the 6-4 victory.

Sophomore Tyler Sellers says that the win was a great booster for the team and that they should be competitive throughout the rest of the year.

“The game against coalinga was really good.” Sellers said, “We did all our routine stuff and were very competitive for the entire length of the game. We still have some things to work on for the games against Firebaugh and Caruthers but it definitely prepared us for the rest of the season.”

The Eagles will next play on Saturday as the team travels to Avenal High School for a double header.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-21T00:00:00+00:00March 21st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys baseball sport shorts: Tranquility

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Coalinga High School, March 19.

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EAGLES DOMINATE IN WIN, March 14

For the Eagles fourth game of the season, they hosted the Tranquility Tigers at home in a non-league matchup. It would be the second time the two teams have played each other this season; the first match was won by the Eagles and they were looking for a similar result this time around.

Junior Dillon Owens again took the mound for the Eagles in his third start of the season. After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, the Eagles came up to bat. The Tigers were without their ace right-hander and a few other key players due to the school’s Sadie Hawkins dance later that evening, so many Tranquility players were forced to play new roles throughout the game. As a result, the Eagles were able to get on base quickly and easily with the inexperienced pitcher on the mound. They were walked multiple times and was able to bring home runs. FC led after the first inning 7-0.

Owens stayed on the mound until the fourth inning when he was replaced by homeschooler George Castro, ’17. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles continued to bring across runs in steady chunks even with most of their second string in the game. Senior David Ryu replaced Castro in the seventh inning to close the game as the Eagles won comfortably 15-1.

Senior Caleb Nale said it was a fun game, but would have liked it more had the game been closer.

“It’s always fun to win,” Nale said, “but when you face a team that’s not very good it can sometimes get boring. Regardless we have to stay focused on the rest of the season ahead of us because we still have a long way to go if we want to reach our goals as a team.”

The Eagles are now 4-0 overall including a 3-0 record at home. They look to improve on that record as they play agian on Wednesday, March 19 against Coalinga High School on the FC field.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Stoneridge Christian

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 3-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 9. The Eagles will play their next game against Tranquillity High School, March 14.

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EAGLES SWEEP DOUBLE HEADER, March 8

The Eagle baseball team had their first home game this last Saturday as they hosted a double-header against the Knights of Stoneridge Christian.The Eagles looked to improve to their great start to the season after beating tranquility by ten runs in their first game of the season earlier in the week.

For the first game, senior Caleb Nale took the hill for the Eagles in his first start of the season. After a quick one-teo-three top half of the inning, FC got the bats rolling right away, taking a 4-0 lead heading into the second inning.

However, the Eagles found themselves in trouble deffensively as they walked several batters which allowed Stoneridge to stay in the game. Freshman George Castro came in to relieve Nale in the second and got the Eagles out of the jam. FC still held the lead 4-3 as they came up for their second round of at-bats.

The Eagles continued to pile up the runs and managed to keep the Knights off the basepaths. The game was called after the fourth inning due to the ten run “mercy rule”. The Eagles took game one 19-3.

After about a thirty minute break for lunch, the second game began with junior Dillon Owens taking the mound for the Eagles. Many of the Eagle starters were benched for the second game to give other players same game experience. Owens gave up one run before being replaced by senior David Ryu and later sophomore Tyler Sellers.

Offensively, FC was walked early and often which lead to most of their runs. The game was capped off by a solo homerun by sophomore Bailey Brogan in the bottom of the fifth inning which resulted in the mercy rule later that same inning. FC won game two 12-1.

Brogan led the eagles offensively once more, going 2 for 2 in three at-bats with a double and solo homerun over the course of the two games. He has gone 6 for 6 with four RBIs over the first three games of the season.

Junior John Dooman says that the two games were great for the team to get some experience under their belt, but they still have a lingnnoegged way to go and can’t get ahead of themselves.

“The two games taught us that we still have a long way to go.” Dooman said, Even though we won both of the games pretty easily, we still have a lot of things to work on, especially pitching. The only reason they scored was due to pitching errors. Even though they weren’t major mistakes, we have to cut down on those and can’t get ahead of ourselves if we want to be some of the better teams in our league.”

The Eagles next game will be on Friday, March 14 as FC will host the visiting Tranquility Tigers in a rematch of the March 5th game.

By |2014-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Bakersfield Christian

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 19-8 overall and 9-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 27. The Eagles played their final game this season, Feb. 27, as they traveled to play Bakersfield Christian.

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BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN ENDS EAGLES’ SEASON, Feb. 27

After defeating Liberty (Madera-Ranchos), 63-53, in the first round of the Central Section Division IV playoffs, the Fresno Christian Eagle basketball team had to hit the road to play Bakersfield Christian in the second round, losing 51-38.

Although both teams held a 19-7 overall record, Bakersfield boasted an impressive 15-game win streak, including a 12-0 record in the South Sequoia League. Thus a win for FC would not be easy to come by.

Bakersfield came out quickly and set the tone for the game. Using their size to their advantage, they were able to play solid interior defense and were able to get the ball inside to the post. FC meanwhile was not able to find their groove offensively as they had trouble breaking BC’s press and finding gaps in their zone. By the end of the first quarter FC trailed, 17-9.

In the second quarter, the FC began to play more physical and found ways to close out on Bakersfield’s shooters by switching to a zone. Despite their improved defense, the team still struggled offensively, struggling to get any presenece inside and unable to knock down three pointers. By halftime, the gap held constant at eight, 30-22.

The FC Nuthouse and cheer squad provided plenty of encouragement from the sidelines. They seemed to lift the visitors throughout the last part of the second quarter and throughout the third with intense cheers that echoed across the gym.

In the third, Fresno came out with improve intensity and tenacity. Slowly but surely, FC chipped away at the lead by getting stops on defense. Bakersfield only managed to score five points in the quarter as FC was able to take the lead, 36-35, going into the fourth.

However, in the fourth quarter, BC did not give another inch. By stepping up on defense, they were able to force turnovers and turn them into points. As a result, they held Fresno to only two points in the final quarter and were able to come away with the victory, 51-38. In the loss, FC scored the least amount of points they had scored all season.

Bakersfield was lead by their hot three-point shooter senior Ryan Roodzant, who scored 22. Fresno was lead by senior Brian Scott who dropped 15.

Bakersfield Christian was able to knock Fresno Christian out of their first ever Division IV playoff appearance. FC finished the year 19-8 overall. Meanwhile, Bakersfield Christian improved to 20-7 and moves on to play the No. 1 seed Washington Union, March 4, 7 p.m. The D-IV championship game will be on March 7 at Selland Arena at 8 p.m.

Knowing that their season has come to a close, head coach Robert Hubbard reflected on the past months with the team and says it has been one of the greatest coaching experiences he has ever had in his many years as a coach.

“I feel very lucky to have been a part of a great group of young men,” Hubbard said. “They worked extremely hard all year and were very fun to be around. We won 19 games as well as a share of the league championship. That is a great accomplishment. The hard work and dedication to the team is the legacy that our seniors are leaving behind. Our returning players will have to embrace that as we continue to grow into the future.”

Of those seniors, captain Caleb Nale says that it is sad to have to let go of the team, but would not have spent his last year any differently.

“This basketball season was very exciting and incredibly fun as we won our league and made it to the second round of the Division IV playoffs,” Nale said. “I’d have to say my favorite part of the season was getting to know my teammates and hanging out with them everyday. On a personal level, this season meant everything to me. I’ve committed eight years of my life being a basketball player and to spend my last two years with this group of guys representing Fresno Christian has been absolutely amazing! I will miss it tremendously.”

There were four seniors on this years team: Brian Scott, Caleb Nale, N’Gai Jones, and homeschooler Levi Browatzki.

Fresno Christian’s next step will be starting back up right where they started as they will seek another West Sequoia League title and another entrance into the Division IV playoff bracket, starting in the fall. Be sure to check out more than 60 photos of the game and the Eagle faithful in the Bakersfield game photo gallery.

For more information, check out Boys basketball sport shorts: Liberty (PODCAST) as the Eagles won their first D-IV playoff game.

By |2014-02-28T00:00:00+00:00February 28th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler (PODCAST)

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 18-7 overall and 9-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 24. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 25, as they host the Liberty Hawks.

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EAGLES PULL OUT LEAGUE TITLE IN NAIL-BITER; 62-53, Feb. 21

After defeating Caruthers at home to tie the Blue Raiders for first place in West Sequoia League standings, the Eagles needed a victory against the Fowler Redcats to seal a 2014 WSL Championship. However, they would have to do it on the road in a hectic Fowler environment and defeat the Redcats on their Senior Night. The Eagles had beaten Fowler earlier in the season, but doing so on the road would be easier said than done.

The Redcats came out strong and on fire offensively, scoring quickly and taking an early lead. The teams effective zone also prevented the Eagles from scoring at their regular pace. As a result, Fowler dominated the first quarter and led 12-22. In the second quarter the Eagles continued their scoring struggles and only managed 26 points in the first half. By halftime, the Redcats extended the lead to ten, 26-36.

However, the Eagles were not going to give up a league championship that easily. Coming out of halftime, FC came out with a purpose and quickly fought back to get in the game. With a new offensive strategy and improved effort on defense, the Eagles managed to take the lead by the end of the quarter by holding Fowler to only six points. In the fourth, the Eagles kept up their intensity and refused to let the Redcats regain the lead. Thanks to some late-game free-throws, the Eagles were able to pull away and seal the victory, 62-53 over Fowler High School.

The Eagles were led offensively by senior Brian Scott, who had a season-high 32 points. Meanwhile, the Redcats’ Harvey Sahota led the way with 17.

With the win, the Eagles clinched their second WSL Championship in three years with a 18-7 (9-1) record for the year.

Head Coach Robert Hubbard is very happy and proud of all the team’s hard work and effort put into this season.

“Our number one goal this season was to win a league championship and our kids work extremely hard to accomplish that.” Hubbard said, “It is a wonderful feeling for our program and all of our supporters. Fowler had a great game plan and played terrific; our kids got down early but never quit.”

The team now sets their sights on playoffs and making it to the sacred Selland Arena as the seek a Division IV Valley Championship. The Eagles will play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 25 for their first playoff game as they play Liberty Madera-Ranchos High School to move on to the next round.

“Next up we face Liberty Madera Ranchos in the playoffs.” Hubbard said, ” I’m fired up because not only is it a home playoff game, but that it is against a school I used to coach at. I hope every Fresno Christian student makes it out to the game Tuesday to lead us to victory.”

(PODCAST) Eagles take on Fowler: Feb. 21, 2014–

For more information, see the Feb. 20 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers (VIDEO, PODCAST).

By |2014-02-24T00:00:00+00:00February 24th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale (PODCAST)

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 16-7 overall and 7-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 15. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 18, as they host the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

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EAGLES PROTECT HOME COURT ON VALENTINE’S DAY; 81-60, Feb. 14

To enjoy their Valentine’s Day the Eagles hosted the visiting Riverdale Cowboys as the fans and others supporting got to participate in the “white-out” game. The Eagles had beat the Cowboys earlier in the season in Riverdale and were looking for a similar result at home.

The Eagles came out with their regualar up-tempo offense, but the Cowboys managed to keep up with the pace and kept the game close for most of the first quarter. Near the end of the first FC began to pull away, but a last second three-pointer by Riverdale made the score closer than it seemed. FC led 19-13 at the end of one. In the second quarter the high-powered Eagles offense kept putting the ball in the basket and increased their lead, getting up by almost twenty points. But the Cowboys kept fighting and managed to claw their way back into the game to keep it reasonable. By halftime the Eagles lead 47-34.

In the third quarter the Eagles came out to put the Cowboys away for good. By finding ways to move the ball and playing solid defense, FC increased their lead to 21 by the end of third quarter. In the fourth, Riverdale held their ground and consistently kept the game competitive, but it was not enough to over the deficit as the Eagles were victorious 81-60.

The Eagles were lead offensively by a variety of players. Junior Chris Grossman and Senior N’Gai Jones led the way, both scoring 19 points, followed by Junior Trevor Beal and Senior Brian Scott who both scored 12 of their own. Meanwhile Riverdale had three different players in double figures, including Lupe Gonzalez, who lead all scores with 20.

Grossman felt that the Eagles were able to take advantage of their physical advantages and worked well as a team in the win.

“We played smart basketball,” Grossman said. “Not necessarily as well defensively, but when the ball was in our hands, we were able to find their weak spots and capitalize on them. N’Gai [Jones] had an outstanding night in terms of creating plays, and we passed the ball well, especially in transition.”

He added that the Eagles need to improve their defensive effort if they are to move forward in league play.

“We can’t really be happy with giving up 60 points to any team, but to allow Riverdale to rack that many up is a bit embarassing, especially on our home floor. That defense won’t hold against Caruthers next tuesday. We have to step it up.”

(PODCAST) Senior Night: Feb. 17, 2014–

Head Coach Robert Hubbard of the Eagles says it is always good to get a win, but now the team needs to turn their attention to their next game against Caruthers.

“We could have played a little better on the defensive end,” Hubbard said, “but it was still a good win. The big challenge is going to be tuesday night when we compete against a competitive Caruthers team for a piece of the West Sequoia League Championship. It’s going to be a hard battle but I believe the team is ready for it.”

The Eagles next game will be their Senior Night, tuesday, Feb. 18. The Seniors will be honored prior to the tip-off against Caruthers High School.

For more information, see the Feb. 12 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-02-17T00:00:00+00:00February 17th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 12-7 overall and 3-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 2. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 4, as they take on the Fowler Redcats.

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EAGLES LOSE RIVALRY GAME; 97-74, Jan. 31

For their fourth WSL game and third straight road game, the Eagles traveled to Caruthers High School to take on the Blue Raiders. Both teams were undefeated in league play going into the game, but at the end of the night only one team could remain that way.

Both teams came out with great intensity knowing the importance of this game. The Eagles came out and held an early advantage, but after a Blue Raider time out, their opposition came storming back, hitting multiple long shots from three-point land. At the end of the first quarter Caruthers had the advantage on Fresno Christian 20-30. In the second quarter, the Eagles kept their composure and started to chip away at the lead. By hitting their free-throws and playing solid defense, FC was able to bring it to within four points at halftime.

Coming out of halftime, the game became more physical and even more intense than the first half. Both teams stepped up their games and came out with a purpose. However, with Caruthers being the home team, once they stretched their lead they had momentum on their side that the Eagles had a hard time dismantling. Caruthers was able to extend their lead to over fifteen points by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Caruthers continued to hit threes and keep momentum on their side as they managed to extend their lead even more. When the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles had lost 97-74.

For Caruthers, Kush Thind lead the way scoring 33 points for the Blue Raiders. Brandon Waltrip also contributed with 25 points of his own. On the other side of the court, the Eagles were lead by Trevor Beal and Brian Scott, scoring 20 and 16 points repectively.

Head coach Robbert Hubbard was please with the effort of the team, and looks forward to playing the team again on senior night.

“Although we lost, it was a great high school basketball game.” Hubbard said. “Both teams played extremely hard and it was very exciting to be a part of. We beat them once and now they’ve gotten us. We have some work to before we play them again, but hopefully when we play them next it’ll be to clinch a league championship. We have to clean up some things in our half-court offense, but I’m confident that we’ll be ready.”

The Eagles next game will be at home in Feb. 4 as the team will play the Fowler Redacts.

For more information, see the Jan. 28 article, “Eagles look forward to league play”.

By |2014-02-01T00:00:00+00:00February 1st, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 24. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 28, as they take on the Riverdale Cowboys.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES CONTINUE LEAGUE DOMINANCE; WIN 66-48, Jan. 24

For their second game in West Sequioa League play, the Eagles travelled to Parlier High School to take on the Panthers. The 10-6 (1-0) team looked to stay undefeated in WSL and improve upon an already impressive record.

The Eagles came out strong, scoring six points in the opening minute quickly leading to a Panthers timeout. After returning to the court, the Eagles continued to score consistently, however, Parlier began the flex their muscles. As a result, the teams combined to score over 40 points by the end of the first quarter. In the second, both teams cooled off a little as the defenses of both teams stepped up. Neither team was able to pull away as the Eagles lead the Panthers by eight at the half.

In the third, the Eagles heated up again and found a way to attack the Panther zone, resulting in an almost twenty point lead by the end of the third. In the fourth, both teams continued to play hard, but the game did not get any closer. When the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles were on top 66-48.

Senior Brian Scott led the way for the Eagles, scoring 23 points. Meanwhile, Parlier did not submit their scorers.

Head coach Robert Hubbard says that the team accomplished their goal of getting a win, but the game was way to close against a mediocre team.

“A win is a win,” Coach Hubbard said, “but we let a subpar team score too many points against us. We need to step up the intensity and effort on defense if we want to reach our ultimate goal: a West Sequioa League championship and a Central Section Division IV title.”

The Eagles next game will be held in Riverdale as the team travels to take on the Cowboys.

By |2014-01-29T00:00:00+00:00January 29th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Basketball sport shorts: Strathmore

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2013-2014, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 9-6 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 21. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 21, as they take on the Minarets Mustangs.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES SPEND WEEKEND WINNING, 63-37, Jan. 21

For the one-day Sierra Pacific Showcase, the Fresno Christian basketball team played Strathmore High School. The showcase feature a variety of teams across the valley as the Eagles were one of the many selected to participate.

Playing without senior guard N’Gai Jones due to injury, the Eagles needed to step up their game to fill the hole in the starting lineup. However the team answered the call and came out strong; not only offensively but defensively as well. Through the first quarter, the Eagles held Strathmore to only right points and held a six point advantage. In the second quarter they continued to play well and increased their lead and went into halftime with a 21-point lead, 35-14

In the third quarter, the eagles continued to play well and efficient. However, Strathmore came out strong and managed to score 20 points in the third quarter, cutting into the eagles lead. However, despite Strathmore outscoring the Eagles in the second half, they were not able to make the game close as FC won comfortably, 67-50.

For the Eagles, senior Brian Scott lead the way, scoring twenty one points. Strathmore on the other hand did not submit their stats.

Junior Chris Grossman says it was a quality team effort and was good for the team to regain some confidence after two tough losses.

“It was a great way to spend the weekend,” Grossman said, “The team really needed a game like this to boost morale after two straight losses; we fed off each other’s energy well and truly played as a unit. I look forward to our game against Minarets and can’t wait to continue this team play.”

The team’s next game will be at home for the West Sequoia League opener against the Minarets Mustangs.

For more information, find this writer on Twitter @dewolf14.

By |2014-01-21T00:00:00+00:00January 21st, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys varsity basketball seeks third championship title (VIDEO)

The Fresno Christian boys basketball team won back-to-back Division V Valley championships in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Then, after graduating seven seniors, losing head coach Josh Justin and getting moved up into Division IV play, the Eagles found themselves in an uphill battle the following season.

After finishing third in West Sequoia League (WSL) and posting an overall record of 12-13, the team fell a few games short of the playoffs and missed the chance of a three-peat. Now, with the team hungry for revenge, the boys set out to storm Selland Arena again and take home their third Valley title in only four years.

In his second year as the Eagles head coach, Robert Hubbard is very excited for what the upcoming season will hold and determined to make it to the championship at Selland Arena in March.

“Our goal at Fresno Christian is always to win a Valley championship,” Hubbard said. “This year’s group has a little more athleticism which allows us to play at a quicker pace. I think the biggest difference for this years team is the cohesiveness. The guys really get along and work hard for each other. It’s a very special group to be around.”

Senior captain Caleb Nale says that winning is not the only thing important when it comes to creating a championship-caliber team, but that team camaraderie and and fellowship are needed as well.

“It takes hard work in practice, and it’s the little things that count,” Nale said. “We can’t take any shortcuts if we want to reach our goal of the Division IV Valley Championship. What I think is necessary if we want to win is that we need to become a close-knit family by playing together and not being selfish.”

Only one player from the 2012 championship team still remains. In the 2012 playoff run junior Trevor Beal was called up to practice with the team. He saw the hard work that needs to take place to win a championship.

“I plan on making sure the team knows we have to take it one game at a time,” Beal said. “We can’t look ahead to other games because if you’re focused on games ahead of you, you won’t execute because you leave opportunity for error.”

The Eagles received two transfer students from Clovis East: seniors Brian Scott and N’Gai Jones. The two cousins are excited to put on an Eagle uniform and play on their new team. Scott’s goal is to make it to the Division IV Championship at Selland, and nothing less.

“I visited Fresno Christian two years prior, and I was always interested in attending but the opportunity never arose until this year,” Scott said. “Then I heard that the Nales transferred, and I got the chance to play basketball with the team once over summer and liked the comradeship of the team and coaches. The primary goal this season is valley and, for me personally, hopefully be a city/county selection.”

As the youngest player on the team, freshman Trevor Trevino knows he has the chance to be a part of something great, and wants to contribute in any way that he can.

“I want to contribute and be a part of the intensity of the team,” Trevino said. “I believe passion ignites intensity. When I’m out on the court I just go all out, give it 100 percent, and try not to let anyone take the ball from me.”

The team consists of 12 members, all of which are excited and looking forward to the promising season.

The Eagles are set to play about 25 games throughout the season (depending on tournament victories). Of those 25 games, 7 of them are scheduled to take place at home in the FC gym.

The boys next game will be the team’s home opener on Tuesday, as the team plays Woodlake High School starting at 7 p.m., Dec. 10.

Follow Eagle sports via Twitter: @FCEagleSports. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

for more sports, read the Dec. 6 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler Lions Tournament.

By |2013-12-09T00:00:00+00:00December 9th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Junior visits CBU, gains college experience

As upperclassmen struggle to decide where to attend college, college trips and visits can rapidly pile up. However, it is a necessity if you desire to get the full experience of how life will be in the next chapter of your life journey. Scheduling visits can be difficult and stressful themselves, but are extremely beneficial to the student as they get a better feel for how their lives will be for the next few years of their lives.

For me, this past weekend I took a trip to California Baptist University (CBU) down in Riverside, California. It was not my first college visit, but CBU is one of my top choices for colleges so I was very excited about this visit. With engineering being my major of interest, CBU fits in perfectly with the type of college I am looking for.

Compared to other colleges I have looked at (i.e California Polytechnic State University and Fresno State University), CBU is a private Christian university, so the atmosphere is very different. This was noticed upon my arrival at the university, as I attend one of the weekly chapel services. It was similar to a Sunday church service, but much more down to earth for the college students and the college lifestyle.

Over the years, CBU has grown to be known as one of the top Christian schools when it comes to engineering. Knowing this, I was able to schedule a meeting with the Dean of Engineering Dr. Anthony Donaldson and was blown away by his knowledge and sheer brilliance on the subject of engineering. I was also able to sit in on a computer and electrical engineering freshman class. It was the first college class I have ever sat in on, so I have nothing to compare it to, but nonetheless, the classroom was very organized and surprising very comfortable.

Chemical engineering professor Mark Anklam says CBU is a special place and the engineering program is one of the best aspects about the school.

“It has great faculty and is a great Christ-centered learning environment that has a lot of wonderful students.” Anklam said, “I would recommend CBU to anyone and everyone because the learning opportunities are some of the best. It is very much a undergraduate focus school so this is definitely a thing to consider.”

By taking a tour if the campus, I was able to find out much of what the students’ lives are like while in campus and get a general feel for where things are on campus. As a result, it gave me very clear picture that the campus is very relaxed and has a “chill” atmosphere. I noticed that while most of the students have cars, the campus is small enough that many students have enough time to casually walk from class-to-class. However, even more students ride skateboards and longboards, so much that in front of every building they have skateboard racks for students to place and pick up their skateboards when they are in class. It gave the campus a very down-to-earth feel and non-stressful atmosphere.

Fresno Christian alumni and freshman at CBU Brandon McCormick is very aware of the atomosphere the school presents and feels very at home while on campus.

“One of the things I like abut CBU is how friendly everyone is, how family oriented the school is, and the athletics and intramural that the school offers.” McCormick said, “Leaving home I was a little nervous, but upon arrival everyone was so friendly introducing themselves and just going out of their way to welcome everyone. I would encourage students to check out CBU because it is a great step up and way to continue to grow in your relationship with Christ.”

Another student who also joined me in this experience was former FC student Nick Fontes. Fontes said he very much enjoyed the trip and was impressed by both the the academic prestige of the college and the family atmosphere.

“I like the family feel of the college and everyone seems very friendly.” Fontes said, “It’s great academically as well. I like the fact that if you go here you get a college education without the heavy prevalence of drinking or partying and you can still have fun in many ways.”

Of course, you can’t get a full feel of what the college life will be like unless you stay overnight in one of the student dorms to experience for yourself what students’ downtime is like. Through connections of FC alumni, I was able to stay in a dorm and my expectations were thoroughly blown away. The family-like atmosphere was very present in the dorms, everyone was friendly and very excited to have visiting high school students in their dorm. Everyone was welcoming and I instantly felt like I was loved and wanted. It was definitely not what I was expecting.

Lastly, the weekend that I visited was also CBU’s homecoming weekend, so there were many special activities and unique opportunities, such as the anticipated flag football intramural finals held on Saturday night. The night was full of carnival games and educational booths in the afternoon, followed by the most intense flag football game I have ever seen. There is no football team at CBU, which means that flag football is as close as they get, and the school goes all out because of it.

Over the two days I was at CBU, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. I felt at home, comfortable, and welcomed by both students, faculty, and people in the athletic department. I encourage fellow high school students, no matter what age, to visit as many colleges as possible before graduating because it can really change what you think of a school. For me, California Baptist University is definitely high on my list.

For more opinions, read the Oct. 29 article, ASB president thankful for small school experience.

By |2013-11-06T00:00:00+00:00November 6th, 2013|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hurley continues woodshop program

Some students can go to the same school for their entire high school career and still not meet everyone. In a small school like Fresno Christian, most have at least met one another a few times. However, many people have never heard or seen of FC’s woodshop teacher Randy Hurley, and have never had the opportunity of getting to know him.

Hurley has been teaching woodshop for about six years, ever since his son and his friends wanted to learn how to work with wood. Originally, the class was a night class held at Clovis Adult School, as they allowed Hurley and his students to use their shop and equipment. At about the same time, Hurley began working with People’s Church, where a group of men would meet at Hurley’s shop at his house to help construct the sets that the church needed.

Hurley’s interest with woodworking began at a young age when his father had introduced him to wood and he never looked back.

“I grew up on a ranch and had a lot of open space,” Hurley said. “There were a lot of places to build forts and stuff, so I just enjoyed making different things and using my hands. There were no Legos back then so I used wood.”

Hurley has enjoyed teaching woodshop and has seen God’s hand work through his situations and provide when needed.

“After we started meeting at my house, People’s Church began to build the shop here on campus so we can start meeting here and have the class here on campus,” Hurly said. “The shop was donated and the equipment was loaned and everything just fell into place. God really had his hand over it.”

First-year woodshop student Breanna Jennings, ’15, says that Hurley is a good teacher and a fun person to be around.

“I’ve only had him as a teacher for a few months,” Jennings said. “But I really like Mr. {Randy} Hurley. He is nice, helpful and has a fun attitude. I joined woodshop because I’ve always enjoyed building things, but he has taught me the safety that is required when working with the tools, which is very important.”

Returning woodshop student Joshua Oakley, ’18, thinks that Hurley is a very fun and unique guy; it is hard to compare him to anyone else, he said.

“He is very nice,” Oakley said. “He teaches us in a way of I’ll-show-you-how-to-do-it-then-you-can-do-it type of manner. It’s hard to describe it. He is really funny and good at telling stories, which keeps the class interesting.”

However, when working with wood, safety is always a top priority. Hurley has been working with wood for many years and has encountered his fair share of injuries and scary moments.

“I’ve never been injured before until this past summer,” Hurley said. “I was just lazy and a blade caught my finger, and I had to have surgery. Another time I almost cut my thumb off on my table saw. To this day, I still don’t have any feeling in those fingers.”

Hurley knew working with kids was special after giving a special woodworking lesson to a fifth grade class.

“When Mrs. {Debbie} Siebert taught fifth grade, she asked me to do a project when the students were studying pioneers,” Hurley said. “So I was going to teach them how to built a little stool. There was one little boy who I watched complete his stool. Once he did, he turned and sat on it and looked around and he made eye contact with me and gave me the biggest smile. That’s when I knew that what I was doing was really cool.”

This year, woodshop is offered zero and first period, but is not offered on Fridays as Hurley attends to his personal life.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @dewolf14. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more features, read the Oct. 10 article, Civics classes learn reality of courts on field trip.

By |2013-10-14T00:00:00+00:00October 14th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First-year teachers reflect on school year

As their first year of teaching at FC concludes, teachers Jennifer Oren and Eric Witters look back and reflect on their first year. Oren came in mid-first semester as a part-time teacher to relieve science and Chinese teacher Dan Harris of the stress of being a new father. Meanwhile, junior high teacher Witters replaced former English and history teacher Natalie Douty and took on the role of leading the annual seventh grade LA Trip.

Witters has learned a lot from his first year of teaching, and has had many ups and downs.

“The hardest part has been having to deal with the students’ expectations of what they think they can learn, and my expectations of how I want them to learn,” Witters said. “On the flip side, the Funnest part is spending time with the kids and seeing them grow. Not just educationally, but watching them grow and mature through life. There’s a lot of growth in junior high that can be seen outside of academics.”

At the high-school level, Oren has said that the biggest difference between her former teaching years and teaching here at FC has been the ability to openly express her faith.

“Being able to pray with the students before class and big events to help us focus on what Christ would do, rather than what the world would do has been the biggest difference,” Oren said. “Knowing that we can stop and reflect on his {God’s} hope has in any challenge has been a great privilege.”

Students throughout the school are very grateful and appreciative of these new teachers. Both high school and junior high students have benefited immensely from the teachers’ presentation of the information and appreciate all their hard work. Specifically, chemistry student Nick Fontes, ’15.

“She {Oren} has done a good job because she has taken pressure off of Mr. Harris to be the whole science department,” Fontes said. “I really think that she has helped me learn chemistry by making herself available for questions that I or other students may have.”

Witters has impacted the junior high in similar ways as well. Eighth grader Noah Madison says Witters has helped him learn the criteria in a unique way. Witters’ passion for teaching and for the kids has rolled over into a great teaching success and has helped the kids prepare for the high school level.

“He’s {Witters} more of a fun person,” Madison said. “His personality and his energy makes us excited to learn everyday. When he’s teaching he gives us the standards for high school and the essays we write he grades appropriately for the high school level.”

As the teachers dive into their second year of teaching, both Witters and Oren are excited of what the new year will bring. Witters will use his knowledge from the first year to change how he will present the material.

“Acedmeically I’d teach most of the same content,” Witters said. “But in terms of classroom interactions, it would be different. Obviously there’s new kids every year, and finding ways to interact and reach the kids is very different.”

Meanwhile, Oren is excited to expand her schedule, as she anticipates teaching new classes and teaching method.

“I am excited about teaching Zoology and AP {Advanced Placement} Biology,” Oren said. “Zoology is very fun with a lot of labs and dissection of organisms. AP Biology is a great class because its students are highly motivated to learn and includes lots of labs that are interesting and enlightening. For all my classes students will do journals so they can keep their work to review for tests and finals as well as see their progress through the year.”

For more features, read the May 17 article, Little-known instrument makes appearance in video game.

By |2013-05-20T00:00:00+00:00May 20th, 2013|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Spring sports honored with banquet (UPDATE)

UPDATE: MAY 14. The spring sport coaches handed out awards during The Spring Sports Awards Dessert Potluck for the golf, baseball, softball, tennis and track teams. The coaches granted all of their athletes with a participation certificate and a varsity patch. In addition the coaches also gave out individual awards to the athletes whom they believe deserved it.

Athletic Director Mick Fuller set the evening in motion with a prayer before allowing everyone to serve themselves to dessert. Following his introduction, the baseball team received their awards, then golf, tennis, track, and lastly softball.

Each coach summed their season up in a few sentences and went on to recognize each player, and finished up by awarding the individuals that played a special part on the team. The following are the coaches awards for each sport.

Baseball:
Offensive MVP: Benjamin Callahan
Pitching MVP: John-Paul Capriolgio
Screaming Eagle Award: Bailey Brogan
Most Improved: Matthew Ely

Softball:
Coaches Award: Ashley Garcia
Coaches Award: Jenna Weimer
Most Improved Award: Skyler Lee
Most Inspirational Award: Maddie Luginbill

Tennis
Most Outstanding Player: Brandon Porter
Best Young Player: Andrew Hindes
Coaches Award: Daniel Moore

Track
Team MVP: Tyler Laird
Rookie of the Year: Brittany Bender
Coaches Award: Ashley Erickson
Coaches Award: Jonathon Agao

Golf
Lowest Scoring Average: Daniel Cliff
Most Improved: Christopher Grossman
Most Improved: Trevor Beal

All League
Softball:
2nd Team: Ashley Garcia
2nd Team: Jenna Weimer
Honorable Mention: Gabriela Siqueiros

Golf:
Christian Saylor
Alec Culver
Christopher Grossman
Davis Borrego
Daniel Cliff

In addition to all the individual awards presented, the FC Athletic Department presented volleyball and tennis player Kristen Rosenthal, ’13, with female athlete of the year, and football and basketball player Brandon McCormick, ’13, with male athlete of the year.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

As spring sports conclude for the 2012-’13 season, the annual Spring Sports Awards Dessert Potluck will be held in the Student Ministries Center (Ground Zero main), May 13. Athletes from the softball, baseball, track, golf and tennis will be honored and given awards for their accomplishments for the spring sports season.

All coaches are invited to the event to speak on the team’s behalf and present and honor the players with awards for their season. Parents are also encouraged to attend to witness their sons’ and daughters’ accomplishments for the year.

First year tennis player Jordan Castro, ’15, is looking forward to attending the Sports Banquet and says he feels it is a good time for the athletes to be reward for their hard work.

“Its a fun time where student-athletes can stand out, both individually and as a team, Castro said. “Atheletes can be rewarded for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year.”

Athletic Director Mick Fuller says the banquet is a great opportunity for parents and thletes to come together, and builds on the school’s motto: ‘We Are One: Standing Firm.’

“It’s an opportunity for us to gather and honor the efforts and accomplishments of the athletes and the teams,” Fuller said. “It allows us to share in fellowship and helps build the Fresno Christian community.”

The Potluck began at 7 p.m. and was held in the Student Ministries Center at Peoples Church (former Ground Zero building).

For more news, read the May 8 article, BRIEF: 9-11 finals schedule.

By |2013-05-14T00:00:00+00:00May 14th, 2013|News, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Riverdale

BOYS’ BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013
For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Spring Sports Box Scores, 2013, for dates, times, and all spring sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 3-14 overall and 2-8 in the West Sequoia League as of May 13. FC’s next game will be on April 30, as the Eagles play the Fowler Redcats.

BOYS’ BASEBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2013
EAGLES TRIUMPH OVER COWBOYS 14-6, May 10

To close out their season, the FC baseball team travelled to Riverdale High School to take on the Cowboy, May 10. It was the last game for this year’s seniors, with the team striving to end the season on a positive note.

Senior JP Caprioglio started on the mound for the Eagles. He received help early on after the Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after freshman Bailey Brogan stole home. Caprioglio only gave up one run in four innings, giving the Eagles the advantage.

The pitching however, was not the only advantage the Eagles’ held, because for the first time in a long while, the offense held strong. Production erupted in the fourth when FC mounted a two-out rally that began after sophomore Matt Ely crushed a 2 RBI double to right-center. The Eagles held the momentum for the rest of the game and never looked back. They continued to score for the remainder of the game. Riverdale closed the margin late in the game, but the Eagles held on to win 14-6.

With the win, FC finished with a 3-14 record and a 2-8 in West Sequoia League. With their record, the Eagles failed to make playoffs. However, freshman Bailey Brogan is happy that the team ended the season on a gvood note. Brogan says he thinks the team can definitely make playoffs next year.

“We finally won,” Brogan said, “It didn’t suck. We hit well and it felt good to finally pull out a “W”. I understand why we didn’t make playoffs this year, but next year we should be able to. We had a young team, made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores, and they will come back bigger and stronger next year. We should be able to do really well.”

For more sports, read the May 8 article, Rubgy serves as social outlet for campus students.

By |2013-05-13T00:00:00+00:00May 13th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments