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The Show (2012-13): Ep. 13 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

The duo discuss Fresno Christian’s annual formal – Night of the Stars – and interview students about their plans, dates, and expectations.

Amidst all the NOTS craziness, we see John Dooman ask a special someone to be his date on the formal evening.

Grossman and Aaron move onto interviews of themselves conducted by Dooman about the basketball season and how the varsity squad is shaping up.

Also, the trio of sophomores introduce another member of the cast: Gaby Siqueros, who hosts while Grossman is working on the sports and weather segments.

For more information, see FC Underground 2012-13, No. 24 (VIDEO).

By |2013-02-10T00:00:00-07:00February 10th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

Goin Pro Ep. 14 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

The duo starts off their 14th podcast by discussing the playoff race in the NBA, recapping the Super Bowl, and analyzing the initial results of the NHL season. Just as in the last episode, journalism advisor Greg Stobbe bursts into the room once the National Hockey League is mentioned.

Grossman and Witters start off with talk of the NBA and how loaded some teams are compared to others, in terms of talent. In a league with awful teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks, the Washington Wizards, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Detroit Pistons, powerhouses such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat hold monopoly over the game. The two hosts discuss the fairness of this presence following years of serious competition among many teams.

Next, the co-hosts recap the Super Bowl, which the Baltimore Ravens won over the San Francisco 49ers. Debatable officiating and irregular performances by star players provide topic of discussion.

Finally, the two end with talk of the NHL. The Chicago Blackhawks have continued their dominant ways, only having one loss: an overtime contest against the Vancouver Canucks. Journalism advisor Greg Stobbe gives his take on the recent action and how things might play out.

PODCAST: Hockey, basketball, and Super Bowl provide discussion: Feb. 8 , 2013–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 13 (PODCAST).

By |2013-02-10T00:00:00-07:00February 10th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 13 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

In their “lucky 13th” episode, Grossman and Witters discuss the recent happenings in the NBA along with their predictions for the Super Bowl.

The two start off with talk of the NBA. They discuss the woes of the Los Angeles Lakers and the roster shuffling of the recently successful Memphis Grizzlies, who sent away their leading scorer: Rudy Gay.

Next, the two move onto the biggest sporting event in the nation – the Super Bowl. Both give their predictions and agree that the Ravens will defeat the 49ers in a close, defensive contest.

Finally, as the co-hosts wrap up, journalism advisor Greg Stobbe bursts in, attempting to persuade them to talk about the NHL. Grossman and Witters agree to discuss it in the next episode and end the podcast.

PODCAST: Duo presents lucky 13th episode: Feb. 1 , 2013–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 12 (PODCAST).

By |2013-02-01T00:00:00-07:00February 1st, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 12 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

In their second podcast of the semester, Grossman and Witters discuss the NFL postseason, the recent standings in the NBA, the possible team changes, and the beginning of the NHL season.

The two start off with talk of the NFL postseason – the Pro Bowl and the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The Super Bowl is the largest annual sporting event and will take place on Feb. 3.

The two also talk about the NBA season and how it’s played out. They discuss the postseason chances of the Los Angeles Lakers and how they stack up against other teams in the league.

The NHL Lockout has finally ended, so Grossman and Witters invite Journalism advisor and hockey fanatic Greg Stobbe to give his opinion on the surprising start to the new season.

Finally, the co-hosts offer their opinions on the changes occurring within a couple NBA franchises. The Sacramento Kings were recently bought out and are reportedly planning on moving to Seattle to replace the Super-Sonics – the now Oklahoma City Thunder. Also, the New Orleans Hornets have changed their team mascot to the Pelicans.

PODCAST: Co-hosts discuss recent events (Part 1): Jan. 25 , 2013–

PODCAST: Co-hosts discuss recent events (Part 2): Jan. 25 , 2013–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 11 (PODCAST).

By |2013-01-27T00:00:00-07:00January 27th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 12 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the first episode of the second semester, Grossman and DeWolf open by asking fellow students about their new year plans and resolutions. The new semester presents many opportunities for students to take advantage of such as grades, sports, and new friendships.

Next, the duo informs the audience of John Dooman’s contract extension with The Show, which will extend his segment to a time of 10 seconds or longer. In this installment, Dooman is caught playing with his knee brace.

The Show ends with yet another episode of EXTREME ATHLETES, as Chris and Aaron interview some Boys’ Soccer players.

This is also the first show with theme music made solely by Grossman and DeWolf.

For more information, see FC Underground 2012-13, No. 24 (VIDEO).

By |2013-01-24T00:00:00-07:00January 24th, 2013|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 11 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

In their first podcast of the semester, Grossman and Witters discuss the BCS National Championship, the MLB Hall of Fame Ballot, the end of the NHL Lockout and the ongoings of the NFL Playoffs.

The two start off with talk of the BCS National Championship between The University of Alabama and The University of Notre Dame. The Crimson Tide of Alabama easily beat Notre Dame, feeding the question of the BCS system’s legitimacy.

Grossman and Witters then discuss the passing of the latest Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot. No players were inducted this year, a rarity in a league of stars. Human growth hormones and cheating surround the players on the ballot, providing a topic for the duo to merge into.

The NHL Lockout has finally ended, so the two talk about how this might affect professional hockey in the US. The shortened season will be conducted at a much faster pace, opening doors for young players to make a move along their respective team’s depth chart.

The duo ends by talking about the NFL Playoffs and their predictions as to who will be crowned Super Bowl Champions. Close games, upsets, debatable calls, and upcoming match-ups all provide topic of discussion.

PODCAST: Duo returns from winter hiatus (Part 1): Jan. 11 , 2013–

PODCAST: Duo returns from winter hiatus (Part 2): Jan. 11, 2013–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 10 (PODCAST).

By |2013-01-15T00:00:00-07:00January 15th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 10 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

In their final podcast of the semester, Grossman and Witters discuss free agent signings in the MLB, the winner of the Heisman Trophy, and talk about recent action in the NBA.

The two start off with the high profile MLB signings of Zach Grienke to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Josh Hamilton to the Anaheim Angels. They talk about the deals and how they will affect the respective teams. This discussion paves a path for more talk about the extremely expensive contracts in pro sports.

Then they move into talk about the winner of the Heisman Trophy: Johnny Manziel. They argue over the legitimacy of his candidacy and marvel at the fact that Manziel is the first freshman to ever win it, even though he’s older than former winner Mark Ingram was at the time of his victory.

The duo ends with NBA talk. They discuss the Los Angeles Lakers’ recent losing binge, the New York Knicks success, and possible title contenders.

PODCAST: Duo wraps up first semester of show: Dec. 13 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, “Goin Pro Ep. 9 (PODCAST).

By |2012-12-15T00:00:00-07:00December 15th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 11 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the 11th installment of The Show this year, Grossman and DeWolf start off by wishing all viewers “Only the best of winter happy-times”. Whatever holiday you might celebrate, the co-hosts hope you enjoy it.

Next they present yet another fantastic addition to the 5 Seconds of Dooman portfolio. In this one, John finds an interesting way to satisfy his peckish-ness.

The Show ends with Grossman and DeWolf interviewing athletes about their upcoming seasons, notably soccer and basketball.

After the credits are some extra Dooman clips, the editors knew they were too good to waste.

For more information, see the Dec. 10 article, FC Underground 2012-13, No. 22 (VIDEO).

By |2012-12-15T00:00:00-07:00December 15th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 9 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week’s podcast covers recent happenings in the NCAA, NFL and NBA basketball.

The two kick things off with some BCS action, discussing the national title game between Notre Dame and Alabama, the Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Kansas State, and the Heisman Trophy candidates.

The co-hosts then invite Maury Turner in to talk about pro basketball, including the recent benching of many San Antonio Spurs’ starters, the decisions of commissioner David Stern, and the Chicago Bulls’ chances of turning around their season and making the playoffs.

The group ends with more football – this time the NFL. They discuss the effect of steroids/HGH in pro sports and how prevalent it’s usage is among injured players. The topic of athletes’ physical enhancement sparks references to all major sports and ties in to the miraculous recoveries of running backs Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. They also publish their opinions on which teams will reach the playoffs and which teams will fall apart.

PODCAST: Sports duo invites guest for weekly discussion: Dec. 4 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, “Goin Pro Ep. 8 (PODCAST).

By |2012-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Maricopa

The Eagles traveled to Maricopa High School for a non-league contest against the Indians, Nov. 30. The Eagles were victorious with a score of 59-20 in their first game of the year, despite missing four players.

The Eagles maintained a lead for the majority of the game and held onto it due to the efforts of leading scorers Jordan Boudreau, ’13 and Trevor Beal, ’15 who had 14 and 12 points, respectively.

First year head coach Robert Hubbard was pleased with the team’s performance and looks forward to the opportunities this year will present.

“It was a great way for us to start the season” Said Hubbard “We have a lot of young players and everyone contributed to help us get the win. Overall, we need to continue to work hard in practice and continue to grow as a unit. I’m very excited to see the continued growth of this team.”

Beal thought that the team capitalized on their variety of skill sets and that they have a bright season ahead of them.

“This year we have a mixture of players” Beal said. “The Maricopa game demonstrated our ability to come together as a team and to represent our school to the best of our abilities. I look forward to our next game.”

The 1-0 Eagles will next take on Farmersville High School, Dec. 5.

For more information, see the Nov. 29 article Boys’ soccer sport shorts: Sierra.

By |2012-12-02T00:00:00-07:00December 2nd, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 8 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin’ Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week’s podcast is centered mainly on football, both NCAA and NFL. The two cover many sub-topics and even throw in a little bit of NBA basketball.

To start off the two talk about the BCS national rankings and how Notre Dame and Alabama found their way to the top two. The National Championship Game is thrown around a bit as they predict the competitors. They continue with the college football vibe by thoroughly talking through the hometown Fresno State Bulldogs’ successful year, their hopeful bowl victory, their new system, and their future. The candidates for the Heisman Trophy also provide a discussion topic.

The duo then switches gears to talk about professional basketball, namely the battle over who the best team in New York is: the classic New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets recently moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, so the two offer their opinions on the potential impact they’ll have on the basketball market in New York.

The two end with more football – the NFL. The San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens game, the New York Jets franchise, and Grossman presents a theory on how weather can affect a team’s performance.

PODCAST: Duo dives deep into the realm of sports: Nov. 27 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, “Goin Pro Ep. 7 (PODCAST).

By |2012-11-27T00:00:00-07:00November 27th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 7 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin’ Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week’s podcast covers topics such as recent action in the NCAA, NFL, and NHL

To open the show, Grossman and Witters discuss the losses of top ranked teams Oregon and Kansas State and how it will effect the national rankings.

They continue with the NFL, talking about the quarterback controversy on the San Francisco 49ers and the Thanksgiving week games between the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, and the New England Patriots and New York Jets.

The two continue with pro hockey, going over the NHL Lockout and how it will harm the popularity of pro hockey in the USA.

The two conclude by bringing in guest speaker Michael Altschuler to talk about the Los Angeles Lakers and how they think the postseason will shake out.

PODCAST: Duo brings in special guest: Nov. 20 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 6 (PODCAST).

By |2012-11-20T00:00:00-07:00November 20th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 10 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the tenth installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron present a beautiful montage of their best moments so far this year. They reminisce over the memories they’ve made and look forward to those they will make in the future.

As always, John Dooman takes part in his very own segment: 5 Seconds of Dooman. In this rendition a clip of his gym workout is captured.

The hosts decide to cut short the episode and end by taking a nap.

After the credits are some extra Dooman clips, the editors knew they were too good to waste.

For more information, see the Nov. 1 article, “FC Underground 2012-13 Ep. 18 (VIDEO)”.

By |2012-11-19T00:00:00-07:00November 19th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 6 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin’ Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week’s podcast covers topics such as recent action in the NBA, MLB NFL, and NCAA.

The duo opens with the Los Angeles Lakers and their new coach: Mike D’Antoni and how he will fit in with the team’s new roster. They discuss how the Lakers can turn around their losing season.

The two continue with pro baseball, discussing the announcement of the National League MVP and they predict the winner of the American League MVP. Grossman sides with Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera while Witters picks rookie star Mike Trout. They also talk about the moves made by the Miami Marlins and how it will effect their franchise.

The two end with football – both NFL and college. They discuss the controversy surrounding Michael Vick and other underperforming quarterbacks around the league before arguing over which NCAA team deserves to be ranked number 1.

PODCAST: Teacher and student join forces to talk sports: Nov. 16 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s last podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 5 (PODCAST).

By |2012-11-17T00:00:00-07:00November 17th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 9 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the ninth installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron open with the always amusing 5 Seconds of Dooman, a 5 second segment of randomness courtesy of John Dooman.

Following the 5 seconds is an inside look at Grossman and DeWolf’s undercover operation as spies in Callista Fries’ FC Underground.

To end The Show the two hosts demonstrate their verbal jousting powers in their parody of the recent presidential debates. Moderator Nick Fontes asks them questions and the two respond using song lyrics. The candidate with the most song references wins.

For more information, see the Nov. 5 article FC Underground, 2012-13, No 17 (VIDEO).

By |2012-11-09T00:00:00-07:00November 9th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 5 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Goin’ Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week’s podcast covers topics such as recent action in the NBA, NFL, and NCAA.

To start off the two talk about the Miami Heat and their recent acquisitions of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. They continue the NBA talk with discussion of the James Harden trade and how it effects the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets.

The duo then switches gears to talk about professional football, namely the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys, including the quarterback controversy surrounding Tony Romo and new coach possibilities. Then they move to the Green Bay Packers and their chances at a postseason run.

The two end with more football – the NCAA. They go over the Pac-12 and the recent shootout between USC and Oregon. Then they discuss the BCS system and Notre Dame’s monopoly over college football.

Finally, they finish with a predictions about who will reach the BCS National Championship Game.

PODCAST: Co-hosts dig into November madness: Nov. 7 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the duo’s Goin Pro Ep. 4 (PODCAST).

By |2012-11-07T00:00:00-07:00November 7th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 4 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Going Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week the two talk about the end of the MLB Postseason, the beginning of the NBA season and the ongoings in the NFL

They begin with a talk about the Los Angeles Lakers and how the new acquistions can blend together as a team to work together and develop chemistry. They also discuss the drop of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s/a> postseason chances after trading James Harden to the Houston Rockets.

The two continue with the San Francisco Giants’ postseason run and their overwhelming victory against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, despite the Tigers advantages.

The two move onto the NFL and how the New York Jets can improve their team. Grossman believes that the only chance they have is to start Tim Tebow at quarterback rather than Mark Sanchez.

PODCAST: Duo offer opinions on sports world: Nov. 2 , 2012–

For more sports podcasts, see the duo’s first podcast, Goin Pro Ep. 3 (PODCAST).

By |2012-11-02T00:00:00-07:00November 2nd, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 3 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Going Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week the two talk about the MLB Postseason, NFL, and NCAA football.

The two start off with the San Francisco Giants’ postseason run and how they will fare against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, including the pitching match ups and the pros and cons of each team.

They move onto NFL action, including the upcoming game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots, including their hatred of each other.

The two end with college football and the dominance of Alabama and the whole SEC. They discuss the monopoly the conference holds on the NCAA and few other teams can compete with them. The hometown Fresno State Bulldogs are also talked about, including their inconsistency.

PODCAST: Co-hosts examine the world of pro sports: Oct. 25 , 2012–

For more sports podcasts, see the duo’s Goin Pro Ep. 2.

By |2012-10-25T00:00:00-07:00October 25th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 8 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the eigth installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron open by asking students about the homecoming festivities and what they do to get involved. Freshman Marisa Jonigian, Sophomore Matthew Jones, Junior Bobby Christopher, and Senior Amy Savage.

Following the interviews is yet another 5 Seconds of Dooman with John Dooman showing off his latest dance move.

The hosts then encourage viewers to comment with any and all suggestions and ideas for them to use.

To end the show Aaron shows the audience a clip captured in the Fresno Christian hallways that was completely not by any means set up.

For more information, see the Oct. 25 article FC Underground, 2012-13, No 14 (VIDEO).

By |2012-10-25T00:00:00-07:00October 25th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 7 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the seventh installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron open by showcasing the result of weeks of hard work – their very lame music video of a self-recorded public domain song with a surprise ending.

The duo argue briefly over the length of 5 Seconds of Dooman, but soon make up and continue with the segment.

The hosts then run across the campus to ask high schoolers about the PSAT and how they felt about it. Sophomore Jordan Castro and Freshman Morgan Koop explain why they took it and the advantages of preparing one’s self for the SAT.

For more information, see the October 22 article FC Underground, 2012-13, No. 10 (VIDEO).

By |2012-10-24T00:00:00-07:00October 24th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

*******Grossman and Witters Podcast Info DONT PUBLISH

***PODCAST 2***

Title: Duo analyzes NFL, MLB, and NHL events

Author: Christopher Grossman and Eric Witters

Subtitle: Grossman and Witters are back for more in their second deliberation.

Summary: Grossman and Witters banter about the MLB postseason, NHL Lockout, NFL week 6; evaluate world of sports in “Going Pro”

Publish Date: Oct. 16, 2012

Duration: I don’t know

***PODCAST 3***

Title: Co-Hosts Examine the World of Pro Sports

Author: Christopher Grossman and Eric Witters

Subtitle: Grossman and Witters analyze NFL, MLB, and NCAA Football action

Summary: Grossman and Witters discuss the recent happenings in the NFL, MLB Postseason, and the latest College football on-goings

Publish Date: Oct. 24, 2012

Duration: I don’t know

***PODCAST 4***

Title: Duo probes recent action in the world of sports

Author: Christopher Grossman and Eric Witters

Subtitle: Grossman and Witters continue the series with their fourth installment.

Summary: Grossman and Witters use “Going Pro” as an outlet to publish their opinions on the beginning of the NBA Season, the end of the MLB’s, and the recent events of the NFL.

Publish Date: Nov. 2, 2012

Duration: I don’t know

***PODCAST 5***

Title: Co-hosts dig into November madness

Author: Christopher Grossman and Eric Witters

Subtitle: NFL, NBA, and NCAA action all on the docket

Summary: Grossman and Witters deliver their opinions on the recent activities in pro and collegiate sports; provide insight.

Publish Date: Nov. 7, 2012

Duration: I don’t know

By |2012-10-16T00:00:00-07:00October 16th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Goin Pro Ep. 2 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Going Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week the two talk about the MLB Playoffs, NHL Lockout, and notable games from week 6 of the NFL.

After analyzing the certain defeat of the San Francisco Giants’ postseason run last week, the two discuss how they shockingly pulled off a comeback, winning 3 straight elimination games to remain in the hunt. Also, the Oakland A’s and Detroit Tigers are included in the banter.

The recent NHL Lockout and it’s effect on the league is their next topic of conversation as they cover the impact on fans, teams, and the league as a business.

The two end with a discussion of the last week of NFL action, including games between the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and the Dallas Cowboys.

PODCAST: Duo analyzes NFL, MLB, and NHL events: Oct. 19 , 2012–

For more information, see the Oct. 8 article “Goin Pro Ep. 1 (PODCAST)”.

By |2012-10-16T00:00:00-07:00October 16th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Goin Pro Ep. 1 (PODCAST)

Every day something new happens in the world of sports. A game is played, a practice is run, a transaction is completed, etc. Whether pro, college, or high school sports, there is always something going on.

Sophomore Christopher Grossman and rookie teacher Eric Witters have joined forces to bring the patrons of The Feather Online a new podcast about all things sports dubbed “Going Pro”. The duo analyzes the ongoings of things in the sports world and then regurgitates them with their own opinions in an up-beat, conversational style.

This week the two start off talking about recentNFL action, including the game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots. They move into the hype surrounding rookie quarterbacks such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, discussing Luck’s initial results and Griffin’s recent injury. They also talk about the good fortune of the undefeated Atlanta Falcons.

Next they move into the MLB and discuss some postseason action between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics. The two focus on the Giants’ poor start and the Athletics’ recent loss.

The duo closes with NCAA Football. They talk about South Carolina University’s victory over the University of Georgia. The closing subject is the new Top 5 rankings and their predictions of how the season will play out.

PODCAST: Grossman and Witters’ first shot at history: Oct. 12 , 2012–

For more sports talk, see the Oct. 1 article Captain discusses mid-season focus (PODCAST).

By |2012-10-12T00:00:00-07:00October 12th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Woodland Poly (PODCAST)

The Eagles traveled north to Woodland Polytechnic High School to take on the Buffaloes in a non-league battle. FC defeated Woodland Poly, 30-13, for their second win of the season, Oct. 5.

Junior running back Hunter Bachman who led the team in rushing with 107 yards, enjoyed the game and looks forward to the opportunity to play again.

“It was really fun, the offensive line made a lot of good blocks,” Bachman said. “We had some good defensive plays. Caleb {Nale, ’14,} made some good passes, and we were able to run the ball pretty well. Overall, I think we played well, and I’m not just saying that because we won. Speaking for myself, I could have been more focused and played harder. We made some mistakes, especially me, and got a lot of penalties, but I had a lot of fun and look forward to getting better and winning games.”

Assistant coach Rob Foshee believes that the team played well and deserved the victory.

“I think they really came into their own.” Foshee said. “Our offensive line, led by John Dooman blocked well and executed their assignments to perfection. We had a huge game in terms of rushing, our backs did a great job of running downhill and fighting for every extra yard. The boys really went to work and earned this win.”

Senior wide receiver Brandon McCormick, who had 78 total offensive yards and 5 tackles, is glad the team captured a win and wants to capitalize on it.

“The game was a big morale booster for the team.” McCormick said. “We played well, not perfect, but pretty good. One thing we did a lot better was playing as a team. Our offense really clicked and we reaped the benefits. I’m looking forward to the bye week; our bodies really need the rest. That being said, we can’t let up at practice and have to work even harder to get ready for the Beach Trip.”

PODCAST: Grossman and Witters’ first shot at history: Oct. 12 , 2012–

After their bye week the Eagles will travel to Watsonville to play Watsonville High School, Oct. 19.

For more information, check the Oct. 1 article, Football sport shorts: Calvary Murrieta.

By |2012-10-08T00:00:00-07:00October 8th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 5 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the fifth installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron open with another addition to EXTREME ATHLETES, interviewing the Cross Country team about the season and the training they endure. Among those interviewed are Juniors Tyler Laird and Daniel Moore and Sophomore Ryan King.

After yet another 5 Seconds ofDooman, the two hosts wander around campus asking students random questions.

For more information, see the Sept. 17 article, FC Underground, 2012-13, No. 6 (VIDEO)

By |2012-09-29T00:00:00-07:00September 29th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Avenal

The Eagles lost on the road to the Avenal Buccaneers, 54-0, Sept. 21, in their fifth game of the season. The shorthanded FC squad was without senior wide receiver JP Caprioglio for the first half due to sickness. The Eagles also lost junior linebacker Bobby Christopher after he left the game in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms.

Quarterback Caleb Nale, ’14, who had 31 yards passing and 20 yards rushing, felt the team did not play well and said there’s still a lot of work that needs to be put into learning assignments.

“Even though we played poorly, and although the final score may not show it, the team is definitely making progress,” Nale said. “Our development as a squad is improving every game and we are getting better.”

Nale, who threw four interceptions against Avenal, also felt the Eagles need to improve their ability to take care of the ball.

“Again, we need to be a little better disciplined and really need to crack down on turnovers,” Nale said. “But above all, we need to know our assignments and be aware of what’s going on.”

Senior running back McKay Mohun, who had 39 yards rushing, said the game was a “wake up call” of sorts for the team.

“Well, it was a tough game. It was hard to go through and it was by no means fun, but we needed this experience,” Mohun. “It showed us what we need to work on and what improvements we need to make. This game was a big eye-opener to what we’ve been slacking on and will give us the motivation to make a positive change. We need to get back to playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played, to playing Eagle football.”

The Eagles’ will next drive to Murrieta in Souther California to play Calvary Murrieta, Sept. 28. FC is now 1-4 on the season and will take on the 4-0 Warriors.

For more information, read the Sept. 17 article, Football sport shorts: Tranquillity (PODCAST).

By |2012-09-24T00:00:00-07:00September 24th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 4 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Sophomores Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the fourth installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron go around campus telling lame jokes to other students. The victims of their cheesy humor include Senior Ashlyn Key, Junior Elora Hargis, Sophomore Nick Fontes, and Freshman Tyler Breedlove.

After yet another 5 Seconds of Dooman (Extended Edition), the two hosts introduce the audience to their clandestine operation behind the scenes of FC Underground.

For more information, see the Sept. 14 article, The Show (2012-13) with Grossman and DeWolf: Ep. 3 (VIDEO).

By |2012-09-22T00:00:00-07:00September 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Tranquillity (PODCAST)

The Eagles took on Tranquillity High School in their fourth game of the season, Sep. 16. Fresno Christian lost, 61-3, after losing several key players to injuries.

Seniors Dominic Mendoza and JP Caprioglio both missed time as well as Caleb Nale, 14, David Taylor, 14, Matt Ely, ’15 and freshman Jon Anguiano. Sophomore Cole Nale thinks that the inconsistent group of players on the field contributed to their struggles.

“It was definitely hard for us to find a rhythm when all the players are shuffled over and over.” Said Nale, who had one catch for 7 yards. “Once somebody has to go out, then we have to replace him with another guy who doesn’t necessarily know what he’s doing or what his assignment is. When this happens, the whole play is thrown out of whack, whether offensively or defensively.”

The Eagles struggled to accomplish much offensively, gaining only 108 total yards. Their only points came off of a 20 yard field goal by senior Brandon McCormick.

“Honestly, I was just glad to put some points on the board.” McCormick said. “It doesn’t seem like 3 points would make a difference in a game like this, but it looks a lot better when you can at least score.”

Head Coach Mick Fuller thought that the team played well despite the circumstances and that the team should take this as a learning experience.

PODCAST: Build you own story: Sept. 21 , 2012–

“I was pleased with the positive attitude the team maintained during the game.” Fuller said. “They gave their best effort. We have a long way to go in building strength, understanding, executing assignments, and taking advantage of opportunities to make plays, cause turnovers, and score.

The Eagles’ next game will be a homestand against Avenal High School where FC will attempt to defend it’s home turf, Sept. 21.

For more information, check out the Sept. 10 article Football sport shorts: Riverdale.

By |2012-09-17T00:00:00-07:00September 17th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Riverdale

The Eagles traveled to Riverdale High School on Sept. 7 to play the Cowboys in a non-league battle. FC claimed its first win of the season on a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles were led offensively by junior quarterback Caleb Nale, who had 169 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes, including two to senior Brandon McCormick and another to his younger brother Cole Nale, ’16.

“The Riverdale game was just exhilarating,” Caleb said. “In the fourth quarter we were down by 13 and had the ball on the eight. I snapped the ball and tossed it to my brother in the endzone to make it a single-possession game (26-20).”

Nale also was instrumental in the Eagles final drive of the game, which resulted in the game-winning touchdown pass to McCormick.

“On third down from the 20-yard line, I rolled to the right and saw B-Mac {McCormick} open in the corner of the end zone and fired it at him. Once he kicked the extra point there were still 40 seconds left, but thanks to great pressure on the quarterback our defense held them and sealed the win.”

Sophomore Matt Ely – who had 7 tackles, one of which was a sack, felt that although they came away with a win, the Eagles played poorly.

“We did not have a very good game,” Ely said. “I mean, yeah we got a win, but I think there are more negatives than positives to take away from it. We just played sloppy. We missed blocking assignments, defensive rotations, communicated poorly and it just was not our day. This being said, I’m proud of the way we battled it out and finished strong.”

Defensively, Junior Bobby Christopher had 12 tackles. Also, Junior David Taylor had an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Taylor felt the kick return was a huge swing in momentum for the Eagles, giving them the morale to stay focused for the rest of the game.

“Running the kickoff back for a touchdown was exciting and thouroughly nerve-racking,” Taylor said. “Right before the kick, JP [Caprioglio] (’13) told me that if I just followed him I’d make it. So, I did follow him and cut around a few people and eventually made it into the open field. The one thing I have to say is that we had a pretty weak student section. We need more fans at the game.”

The Eagles will next play Tranquillity High School, Sep. 14.

For more sports, read the Sept. 4 article,
Football Sport Shorts: Laton.

By |2012-09-10T00:00:00-07:00September 10th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

The Show (2012-13): Ep. 2 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia program during the 2012-2013 school year, two sophomores continue a video series started late last year.

Christopher Grossman and Aaron DeWolf bring a new twist to video entertainment that will present news to the students of FC in a fun and exciting way that will engage their peers and to encourage them to stay online longer.

In the second installment of The Show this year, Chris and Aaron take a few minutes to interview the science and journalism teachers about the newly remodeled labs. They also include their second round of Five Seconds of Dooman: Featuring John Dooman and encourage viewers to leave comments on what they would like Dooman to do.

Once more, the duo ends with their regular interviews with the question: What is a Stobbe?

For the most recent episode of The Show, check out The Show (2012-13) with Grossman and DeWolf: Ep. 1 (VIDEO)

By |2012-09-05T00:00:00-07:00September 5th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Laton

The varsity football team traveled to Laton High School to battle the Mustangs for their second game of the season, Aug. 31. The Eagles lost 54-6 in their first away game of the season.

Junior Bobby Christopher, who had 26 rushing yards and 7 tackles, feels that although it was a rough game, it was a good experience for the team and they can take it in stride.

“I think it was actually a pretty fun game,” said Christopher. “I got to run the ball a bit more than usual, which was a nice change. You know we really didn’t play that bad, we just had a couple bad breaks and a couple injuries. We need to step up our defense a bit and keep our focus on the game. It’s a bummer that Noah [Belmont] and Adam [Khouzam] got injured, and I think that threw us off our game a bit.”

The Eagles’ only touchdown was scored by Freshman Jon Anguiano, the first of his career, off of a pass from Junior Caleb Nale in the third quarter.

“It felt pretty good.” Anguiano said. “It was a beautiful play. The defense was in zone, so I split the defenders and ran for the back corner of the end zone. When I turned, I saw Caleb throwing the ball, giving it a bit more arc than usual. At this point I knew that I had to catch it, so I kept telling myself, ‘Just catch the ball. It doesn’t matter if you get hit as long as you catch the ball’. Then I just brought it in and felt a rush of sheer exhilaration.”

The Eagles next game will be at Riverdale High School against the Cowboys, Sept. 7.

For more football sport shorts, read the Aug. 30 article, Football sport shorts: FC faced Turlock for first time.

By |2012-09-04T00:00:00-07:00September 4th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Football sport shorts: FC faced Turlock for first time (VIDEO)

In their first game of the year, the FC Eagles took on the Turlock Christian Eagles at home, Aug. 24. It was the first ever contest between the two teams and although FC played very well, they lost 52-25.

Senior McKay Mohun feels that although they suffered a loss, the Eagles played well and have many positive things to take away from it.

“I thought that it was great to start the season with an awesome group of guys with a lot of new faces,” Mohun said. “But we still have much more work to do together as a unit. This is a very different team than last year, but I’m very hopeful to see how our teams grows in the future. I definitely think that we played well and we just need to straighten out a few problems.”

The Eagles had 127 total passing yards and 89 total rushing yards. Junior Caleb Nale led the team with 3 total touchdowns and Senior JP Caprioligo returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Defensively, Junior Noah Belmont led the team with 8 total tackles.

The Eagles next game is at Laton High School starting at 7 p.m., Aug. 31.

For more information on football, read the Aug. 23 article,
FC to host first football game of season.

While FC football will not be a home for the next three weeks, be sure to carpool to games at Laton, Aug. 31; Riverdale, Sept. 7; and Tranquillity, Sept. 14. The Eagles will next host Avenal at home, Sept. 21. Kickoff for each game is 7 p.m.

By |2012-08-30T00:00:00-07:00August 30th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

***DO NOT ENTER Chris And Aaron's Thought Cloud***

~~~IDEAS~~~
Open in video lab, in front of green screen, wearing suits, very formal
Open like a news show
Wreak havoc on campus
Sports, weather, real news, funny stuff
guest stars
fake coming off of random stuff

~~~REAL SECTION~~~
2012, golf tennis baseball track softball, new students, while journalism is in New York, choir trip,

~~~RANDOM SECTION~~~
Twilight debate (fo realz)
butterfly being chased
science projects
essays, tests
banana being chased by gorilla
social media

~~~ACTUAL SHOW #1~~~
Opening scene,
cool intro with news music-y sound stuff.. ya know…..
INTRO TO DA SHOW bcuz ppl have no idea what the heck it is.

NOTS Recap:

klondike bar:

Boys Basketball:

~~~ACTUAL SHOW #2~~~

While Journalism is in New York:

banana being chased by gorilla:

POWEdRpuff:

~~~ACTUAL SHOW #3~~~

Interviews:

Canucks:

EXTREME ATHLETES: golf edition

~~~ACTUAL SHOW #4~~~

Graduation:

The GREAT Chair Race:

Summer:

~~~The Show Ideas #5~~~

EXTREME ATHLETES: Football

~~~The Show Ideas #6~~~

New Labs

Interviews…What is a Stobbe? 8th graders

5 sec. of Dooman

~~~The Show Ideas #7~~~

Hall monitors

EXTREME ATHLETES: volleyball

5 sec. of Dooman

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ALREADY USED THESE PEOPLE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Emily Daniel
Katelyn Miller
Grant Flammang
Lance Henderson
Ivette Ibarra
Sean Carter
Josh Hopper
Theresa Perez
Ashley Garcia
Jeff Roseth
Jason Kim
Colby Lee
Tyler Krigbaum
Lindsey Baker-Pauls
Celeste Camacho
Lexie Ellis
Annalise Rosik
Maddie Yee
Alexis Fenster
Ryan Stewart
Kevin Thao
Amanda Merzon
Johnathon Nyberg
John Angiano
Noah Belmont
Rachel Quiring
Josh Carter
Matt Ely
Roy Brown
Macy House
Kristen Rosenthal
Dustin Swain
Annaleah Madison
Olivia Quebe
Gaby Sequieros
Gianna Wood
Robbie Hill

By |2012-08-15T00:00:00-07:00August 15th, 2012|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|2 Comments

***Don't Publish***Golf safety backup

On April 24, Fresno Christian played their final WSL league match at Lemoore Golf Course – an 18 hole venture. The Eagles posted a team score of 453 for 18 holes, and because they had already clinched league, the other teams did not report scores.

In addition to winning the team championship, Seniors Jeff Roseth and Tyler Zaentz tied for the individual championship. Rather than playing extra holes, the teammates decided to keep the official record as a tie for first place, each getting crowned for the second time (Zaentz won in ’10, Roseth in ’11).

Coach Jeff Hopper felt that this joint victory was the perfect end to two outstanding high school careers.

“Tyler and Jeffrey each finished at a combined 145 for the 36-hole individual championship, sharing the league championship after Tyler had won in 2010 and Jeff in 2011.” Said Hopper. “What a great way for two good friends and outstanding competitors to complete their high school league careers! I was very pleased for both of them. The battle went back and forth all day at Lemoore, starting with poor play, then turning into a birdie war. Lots of fun to watch. Congratulations as well to sophomore Jason Kim, who finished fifth in the league as one of six medalists. Only one other medalist was not a senior, so this is a great accomplishment.”

The regular season now complete, the Eagles will next play in the North Area Tournament at Riverside Golf Course, May 7.

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The Eagles played their fourth WSL league match on April 23, at Sunnyside Country Club. Fresno Christian defeated the other teams with a score of FC: 228, Riverdale: 277, Fowler: 287, and Parlier did not post a team score. By winning this match, Fresno Christian clinched the WSL title for the fifth consecutive year.

Junior McKay Mohun cherished the opportunity to take league at the Eagles’ beautiful home course.

“It was one of my best games yet” Mohun said. “I was able to see how much I have improved. I enjoyed playing and competing with some of the different teams in our league. Sunnyside is one of my favorite courses, and it’s always a privilege to play there. Being able to clinch the league title at home was a great opportunity, and I’m glad we capitalized on it.”

Now halfway through the individual tournament, Fresno Christian will next play an 18 hole round to complete the competition at Lemoore Golf Course, April 24.

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The Eagles played their third WSL league match at Airways Municipal Golf Course, April 19. Back into the stroke play format, this match began the individual tournament between all players. The top six players after 36 holes are granted with All-League honors.

The Eagles won FC 220, Riverdale 245, Fowler 290, and Parlier did not post a team score.

Freshman Colby Lee enjoyed the individual competition and the obvious improvement of the team.

“It was a good match.” Said Lee. “I can tell that we are all getting better, and I think that it was weird that Chris [Grossman] and I tied, each shooting a 52. Although I wasn’t completely satisfied with my individual performance, I look forward to taking advantage of the next match.”

The Eagles will next play a WSL league match at Sunnyside Country Club, April 23.

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Fresno Christian played it’s second WSL match, April 17, at Lemoore Golf Course. The match was the second so far conducted under the Stableford format. The Eagles were again victorious, triumphant over the other teams by a score of FCS: 102, Riverdale: 50, Fowler: 48, Parlier: 28.

Senior Tyler Zaentz didn’t like the course or the competition, feeling that it isn’t as enjoyable when the scores aren’t close.

“The greens were awful.” Said Zaentz “I don’t like playing league matches because it’s not competitive. Any competition in our league is strictly between me and Jeff for the individual title. And considering that the match didn’t count for the individual championship, there wasn’t much at stake. I just kinda suffered through the round and tried not to let the condition of the course get to me.”

He thought that although the team’s performance wasn’t stellar, it didn’t matter much.

“We are so much better than the other teams.” Zaentz said “I mean everybody played pretty average. No one put on a clinic and we still dominated.”

The Eagles will next play their third WSL match at Airways Municipal Golf Course, April 19.

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On April 12, The Eagles played Kingsburg at Kings River Golf Course in a non-league match. The Eagles fell to the Vikings 232-246.

Coming off of a great score on April 10, the Eagles failed to rekindle the low numbers of the previous match. Kingsburg had a definite home course advantage, as none of FC’s players had played there previously.

Senior Jeff Roseth appreciated the opportunity to play a new course but was disappointed with the team’s performance.

“I really enjoyed playing the golf course because I had never played there before,” Roseth said. “and the guys that we played are great so I had really good time overall. The tough conditions made it tough to score, but even so I think that we could have played a bit better as a team.”

Despite the disheartening loss, the Eagles look forward to capitalizing on their lead in the WSL during their next match, a four team league match at Lemoore Golf Course, April 17.

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On April 10, the Eagles played their first WSL league match, at Airways Golf Course, against Fowler, Parlier, and Riverdale. The Eagles were victorious, winning 122-58 (Fowler)-55 (Riverdale)-50 (Parlier).

The match was played in a Stableford format, unlike the usual stroke play. In Stableford, each player gets a certain amount of points for each hole, pertaining to how many strokes he hits (Eagle-8 points, Birdie-6 points, Par-4 points, Bogey-2 points, Double Bogey- 1 point, worse-0 points). As in stroke play, 5 scores are counted for each team, and senior Jeff Roseth led FC with 42 points.

Freshman Christopher Grossman enjoyed the new format and felt that the team played excellently.

“Although Airways isn’t our home course, I think that the team played as good as we have all season.” Said Grossman “Playing Stableford rather than stroke play was a nice change and I look forward to playing in that format again. A round like this was a great way to kick off league play.”

The round was the first of five WSL league matches, but the Eagles will next play Kingsburg in a non league match at Kings River Golf Course, thursday April 12.

For more information on golf, check out the April 1 article, Golf sport shorts: Eagles place third in three team match.

By |2012-04-29T00:00:00-07:00April 29th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Show with Grossman and Fontes: Ep. 3 (VIDEO)

With The Feather Online expanding its multimedia offers during the 2011-12 school year, two freshmen have taken on a new video program.

Christopher Grossman and Nick Fontes propose to bring to light campus events but with a twist. They want an excuse to present crazy ideas so that their peers will go online and stay there longer. This is the first installment of The Show.

The dynamic duo opens up the third episode of The Show with a series of wacky interviews on random, unsuspecting victims. Taking a person from each class, they learn a little bit more about each.

Next, the team shows how they decorated the journalism lab to celebrate the Vancouver Canucks’ entrance to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just to let you know, they were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round.

Finally, The Show wraps up with the entrance of a new segment: EXTREME ATHLETES. The point of the segment is to get to know athletes and ask them about their respective sports. Grossman and Fontes interview the recently victorious golf team.

Look for future shows which will include personal anecdotes, personality profiles, sports commentary, skits and comedy routines.

For more information on The Show, check out The Show with Grossman and Fontes: Ep. 2 (VIDEO) or watch FC Underground, Ep. 52 (VIDEO).

By |2012-04-26T00:00:00-07:00April 26th, 2012|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Golf sport shorts: Cavaliers edge Eagles

GOLF SPORTS SHORTS 2012–
(Tournament matches do not count toward win/loss record. For the previous match, check out the Golf sport shorts: Yosemite defeats the Eagles. Visit the Sports Section for golf features.) For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores, 2012 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.)

For the Eagles schedule and statistics, check out their home page on linksplayers.com. The Eagles are currently 1-5 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 26. They will next play a tri-match against Yosemite and Bullard, March 29 at Sierra Meadows Golf Course.

GOLF 2012

EAGLES FALL SHOT AGAINST CVC–March 26
The Eagles held a home match against Central Valley Christan, at Sunnyside Country Club, March 26.

Despite a few low FC scores, they fell to the Cavaliers, 212-234.

Although the team posted a pretty good score, sophomore Jason Kim feels that no loss is a good one.

“I played pretty bad,” Kim said. “I did have a par when my game came out of hiding, but I was not hitting the ball well due to the inconsistency of my swing. As a team, I have to say that we played OK although Chris [Grossman], Colby [Lee] and I didn’t play our best. This team has the potential to be shooting 220 or less, and need to continue to do work.”

Kim wants to put in a lot of extra hours over spring break to bring his game up to where he’d like it.

“You will see 45 very soon,” said Kim. “I will continue to go hard, and am looking forward to having fun with my teammates and I also hope we can be championship contenders this year. Go Eagles!”

FC will next play a tri-match against Yosemite and Bullard, March 29 at Sierra Meadows Golf Course.

By |2012-03-30T00:00:00-07:00March 30th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Golf sport shorts: Yosemite defeats the Eagles

GOLF SPORTS SHORTS 2012–
(Tournament matches do not count toward win/loss record. For the previous match, check out Golf sport shorts: Madera High tops FC. Visit the Sports Section for golf features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores, 2012 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports).

For the Eagles schedule and statistics, check out their home page on linksplayers.com. The Eagles are currently 1-4 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 20. They will next play CVC at Sunnyside, March 26.

GOLF 2012

BADGERS TOP EAGLES–March 20
FC played Yosemite at Sunnyside Country Club without freshman Colby Lee, the Eagles lost 235-258, March 20.

Freshmen Christopher Grossman felt that despite the loss, the team played well.

“It was a tough match, especially because we were missing our #4 guy, Colby.” Grossman said. “Personally, I didn’t play my best. It’s a little frustrating to have three guys that are so close to breaking into that range of golfers that can consistently shoot under 50, and as a team we really need that. Once we achieve that level, our team will be miles ahead. Essentially, the only thing we need to do is eliminate the bad holes.”

The Eagles were led by seniors Jeff Roseth and Tyler Zaentz, who shot 40 and 38, respectively.

The Eagles will next play CVC at Sunnyside, March 26.

By |2012-03-22T00:00:00-07:00March 22nd, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Golf sport shorts: Opening day, Kerman

GOLF SPORTS SHORTS 2012–
(Tournament matches do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for golf features.)

For the Eagles schedule and statistics, check out their home page on linksplayers.com. The Eagles are currently 0-1 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 1. The Eagles will next participate in the Ironman Tournament at Eagle Springs Country Club, March 5.

GOLF 2012

EAGLES OPEN SEASON AGAINST KERMAN–March 1
Following the pattern of last year, the Eagles began the golf season by playing Kerman High School in a non-league match at Javier’s Fresno West Golf Course, March 1. Although seniors Jeff Roseth and Tyler Zaentz had low scores of 39 and 40, respectively, the Eagles lost 251-246.

Despite the loss, freshman Colby Lee enjoyed the experience and is looking forward to the upcoming Ironman Tournament at Eagle Springs Country Club, March 5.

“I liked the match yesterday, I had a good time getting to know the feel of competitive golf” Lee said. “I think I played pretty well, this being the first match of the season, but I know that I definitely could have played better. I can’t wait to start all over again on monday at the Ironman tournament, and altogether I feel like it’s going to be a great season.”

Although disappointed with the loss, Coach Jeff Hopper felt that overall the team played pretty good for the first match.

“Pretty much everybody came away looking for places where they could have saved shots?a typical day, really” Hopper said. “But since it was the first match of the year, this also allows the guys to see where they want to spend their upcoming practice time. Personally, I was pleased to see some good putting out there, as we have spent a lot of time working on improving that part of our game.”

The coach was mostly pleased with the performance of the new players, realizing that despite the trouble with the many areas they need to get better in, they held up well.

“We had four guys playing in their very first match today, the most we have had at one time since we restarted the program in 2007. That?s a lot of inexperience that can only get better, so we?ll be looking to see how these guys?Christopher Grossman, Lee, Jason Kim, and McKay Mohun?layer in new skills in the weeks to come.”

The Eagles will next participate in the Ironman Tournament at Eagle Springs Country Club, March 5.

By |2012-03-06T00:00:00-07:00March 6th, 2012|Athletics, Uncategorized|1 Comment

My first NOTS: A retrospective

I’ve always loved movies. Watching them, making them, you name it. So when I first heard about Night Of The Stars (NOTS), I thought it was a great idea. My excitement for this event could not be contained.

Most people take a date to NOTS, so first on my to-do list was asking a girl to go with me. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong. First you have to decide who, then come up with a clever way of asking, and on top of all that, you just straight up need courage.

The first person that popped into my mind was my good friend freshman Sabrina Henderson. I felt that that it would be more comfortable to go with a friend (it being my first NOTS and all). Check.

But what method of asking could I use that would render me a worthy date? This question stumped me for a while. Then, out of nowhere, I had an epiphany. Every morning I do the announcements, along with Principal Todd Bennet and English teacher Greg Stobbe. So I thought, why not announce it? Long story short: she said yes.

Next step was getting a tux. Because Sabrina planned to wear a black dress with pink accessories, I got a black tux with a “watermelon” tie and vest, and I gotta say, we looked pretty sharp.

Student leadership freshmen, including myself, were up early the morning of NOTS, running the Parents’ Choice Award meeting. Once that was over, I returned home and chilled out until about 2 p.m. After I had gotten dressed and ready, it was time for pictures. I met a group of 15 others that took pictures at freshman Ivette Ibarra’s house, and traveled to The Grand 1401 in the same limo.

I loved the ride there — music blaring while we traversed Fresno. When we arrived, Sabrina and I waited in line to take pictures with Milne Photography, passing the time by striking up conversation with other waiting friends.

Once pictures were finished, we went upstairs and found our seats. After a half hour or so of socializing, we began dinner. Off and on throughout the night I emceed along with senior Austin Rurik, and juniors McKay Mohun and Kristen Rosenethal. Although it was tedious to have to leave my table near the back of the room and go all the way up to the stage repeatedly, I loved it.

After our fine dinner, the movies commenced. First the freshmen’s (The Blind Side), then the sophomores’ (The Parent Trap), followed by the juniors’ (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days). Once this movie was finished, we ate dessert, a buffet style serving of cheesecake and various fruits and treats accompanied by melted chocolate. The seniors’ movie (Crazy, Stupid Love) rounded out the films.

The last part of the evening was when awards were handed out. McKay and I handed out two, and six went to the juniors. The freshmen only came away with one, as did the sophomores. Although I was disappointed by our winning (or lack thereof), I couldn’t help but applaud for the juniors, who had an absolutely outstanding movie.

Lastly was the drive home. Once I finally arrived at my abode, I changed out of my tux and into pajamas. Although I felt exhausted, I refused to go to sleep. So I watched The Bourne Supremacy then called it a night.

I cannot remember a better day of my life. From beginning to end, it was just a perfect day. Even though it would have been great by itself, the fact that I got to do all that with my close friends just was icing on the cake.

My favorite part would have to be the overall excitement of the night. The hilarious conversations, the music blaring in the limo, almost going blind from all the camera flashes, the inside jokes, the memories.

I think that the evening went by without a hitch, thanks to the outstanding work put in by Student Leadership, advisers Robert Foshee and Jane Gillespie, the caterers and all the parents. I don’t know how it could get better for next year, but for some weird reason, I know it will.

Needless to say, I absolutely loved NOTS and look forward to attending it in the future.

For more columns, read the Feb. 27 article, GOP race stumbles into March, Super Tuesday.

By |2012-02-29T00:00:00-07:00February 29th, 2012|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mi4 provides fill of intensity, adrenaline (VIDEO)

There is nothing quite like a good action movie. The explosions, the gunfights, the hand to hand combat; just about every guy loves them. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Mi4), the fourth movie in the Mission: Impossible series, is an excellent addition to the long line of shoot-’em-up films. The film was released, Dec. 16.

Blockbuster movie star Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, a member of the Impossible Mission Force (IMF), an unofficial CIA branch designed to complete missions that would be illegal for the government to carry out.

The movie begins with IMF agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) breaking Hunt out of a Russian prison. Upon escaping, the three learn of a terrorist plot to steal the launch codes to Russian nuclear missiles to jumpstart what the terrorist believe is a “natural process;” the extinction of a dominant species to make way for another.

The head of this organization is known only as “Cobalt” and is determined to accomplish his goal, despite any obstacles that get in the way.

Agents Hunt and Dunn infiltrate the Russian Kremlin to obtain the launch codes before Cobalt can. However, Cobalt is in the building with them and after stealing the codes, sets off an enormous explosion. Russian officials — notably Agent Sidirov (Vladimir Mashkov) — peg the attack on Hunt, and after receiving medical treatment in a public hospital, Ethan escapes from Agent Sidirov.

He is extracted by the IMF, but after the Russian president declares the Kremlin attack an act of war, the US president initiates Ghost Protocol which disavows the entire IMF. “Analyst” William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) joins up with the group and the four remaining agents to go rouge in an attempt to stop World War III.

Their first course of action is to intercept nuclear launch codes being exchanged between a French mercenary named Sabine Moreau (Lea Seydoux) and Cobalt’s right hand man, known only as Wistrom (Samuli Edelmann). Disguising themselves as members of the meeting, they trick the two parties into handing over vital information, until Moreau discovers the true identity of Brandt. She tries to escape, but is caught by Carter. When Wistrom leaves, Hunt pursues him right into a sandstorm, where a chase scene ensues.

My overall perception of the movie was fantastic. I love action movies, and Mi4 does not disappoint in that category. The element that surprised me about this movie is that there is no down time. There is just one battle after another after another. Being a guy, I enjoyed this because let’s be honest, that’s what most guys like. This is not to say that girls wouldn’t like it — I’m sure that many would.

My absolute favorite scene was the one at the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, which is the tallest building in the world. If you’ve seen a commercial for this movie, you’ve probably seen this clip. It’s pretty awesome to see Cruise straight up scaling the exterior. That, combined with the interception of a nuclear launch code drop-off, provides an awesome mix of suspense, stunts, action and intensity that will not let the viewer down.

I was pleasantly surprised by the acting, in my opinion the only sub-par character was Agent Carter who just seemed bored. Although I am not much of a Tom Cruise fan, I still thought he did a quality job as the gritty hero, minus one disgustingly cliche line at the end — “Mission accomplished!”

Agent Dunn, who provided the comic relief, was very likable and at ease whereas Brandt acted more tense and stressed; these two different personalities complemented each other well as teammates.

Mi4 received sponsorship from BMW, who provided most of the vehicles. During the last scene, Hunt and Carter drive a BMW Vision EfficientDynamics electric concept car, whipping through turns and showcasing BMW’s ConnectedDrive technology.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is an excellent movie, jam-packed full of excitement and battles, never missing a beat. I would definitely recommend this movie to anybody who enjoys a good action film.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol runs for 133 minutes and is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence. For tickets and showtimes visit Fandango.

For more movie reviews, read the Jan. 10 article, Zoo flick radiates positive tone (VIDEO).

By |2012-01-11T00:00:00-07:00January 11th, 2012|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Zoo flick radiates positive tone (VIDEO)

In today’s real estate market, there are some obscure houses. Some are shaped like shoes, others are made from old airplanes, some are even upside down, but how about a house with a zoo for a backyard?

In the film, We Bought a Zoo, released Dec. 23, 2011, Benjamin Mee (Matt Damon) is a recently-widowed journalist at a struggling newspaper. His 14-year-old son Dylan (Colin Ford) is expelled from school for drawing a mural depicting an extremely violent scene, which the principal calls “his fourth strike.”

In an attempt to escape the surroundings, which remind him of his wife, Mee goes house hunting with his 7-year-old daughter, Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).

With his life savings and inheritance in his back pocket, he buys the zoo. Rosie instantly loves the house, the animals and the zoo staff. Unlike his sister, Dylan shrinks back to his artwork, despite meeting a 13-year-old girl named Lily Miska (Elle Fanning) who works at the zoo.

The lead zookeeper of Rosemoor Animal Park, Kelly Foster (Scarlett Johansson), fills Mee in on what needs to happen at Rosemoor in order for it to be approved for re-opening. Long story short, they need a lot of money. Against his brother Duncan’s (Thomas Haden Church) will, Mee spends all his family’s money on renovating the park.

When the zoo fails a surprise inspection by perfectionist Walter Ferris (John Michael Higgins), it becomes apparent that even more money would be needed than originally thought.

The zoo’s accountant Rhonda Blair (Carla Gallo) informs the rest of the crew that Mee is completely out of money and that it is only a matter of time until he abandons them. When all seems lost, a miracle happens, but I won’t spoil it for you.

I loved this movie; I would go back and see it again in an instant. Despite my love for high-octane, adrenaline filled action movies, I’m a sucker for a good old fashioned tear-jerker.

Transferring a true story into a movie can be a very difficult task, but I think that director Cameron Crowe did a great job of showing all aspects of the story, keeping all characters in the loop and staying true to the original tale.

This being said, the whole movie stayed on a nice, even pace, unlike many books-turned-movies that seem to drag on and on. It deviated from this boring strategy by keeping the plot up and running.

The characters were well-casted, especially Matt Damon as the lead. It was nice to see him in a movie like this after the Bourne trilogy, which was almost as far from this movie as possible. Emotional scenes can sometimes destroy a movie, but in this case, they made the movie; thanks to the actors.

I really liked the overall family feel. There are multiple scenes in which the zoo staff is presented as a united team, always looking out for each other. They’re all in the adventure together, and nobody gets left behind. Except for one person, who kind of stabs everyone in the back.

Oddly enough, I don’t really have anything negative to say about the film other than the overall sad atmosphere. The viewer is constantly nagged by the loss of Mee’s wife thanks to reminders popping up in the form of pictures, old articles of clothing and just when characters would talk about it.

Despite the sadness, the movie is enjoyable to say the least and might even bring a few tears.

We Bought A Zoo runs at 116 minutes and is rated PG for language and some thematic elements. For tickets and times visit Fandango.com.

For more movie reviews, read the Jan. 9 article, ‘Game of Shadows’ continues quirky detective’s tale (VIDEO).

By |2012-01-10T00:00:00-07:00January 10th, 2012|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Modern Warfare 3 improves on Call of Duty legacy

In 2007, the gaming world was forever changed by the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The graphics were unbelievable, the campaign plot captivated the hearts of millions and many people just got plain addicted. Never before had a person been able to run off of the hood of a car, spin four times, randomly shoot into a wall and kill somebody.

In 2009, records were broken by the release of Modern Warfare 2. More copies were sold in the first week than of any other game in history. Players could now jump off the top of a four-story-building, throw a knife at the sky, spin five times, wave their 20-pound rifle around like an idiot, shoot from the hip, have the bullet go through two walls and kill three people all in the process.

But then, on Nov. 8, records were mended and then re-broken with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The game continues the tradition of offering three different game modes (Campaign, Multiplayer and Special Operations), but an improvement was made in each feature.

The Campaign picks up right where Modern Warfare 2 left off: with Captain John Price and informant “Nikolai” rushing Captain John “Soap” MacTavish to medical attention after being stabbed at the end of the previous game. They reach a safe house and Soap receives medical attention.

After a mission in New York, the game snaps back to India, where Russian Ultranationalist leader Vladamir Makarov is leading an attack on the fleeing Task Force 141 members. The player must fight his way out, leading Price, Nikolai and the injured Soap to an escape helicopter. This level is pretty unrealistic, as is the entire campaign.

The game flashes back to Price, Yuri and the now-healthy Soap tracking Makarov’s chemical weapons to Somalia, where they fight through villages to a church where the weapons are being picked up. As they arrive, a helicopter is taking off, carrying an enormous shipment of chemical weapons — used to jumpstart World War 3.

The next level is a bit random, as the player is FSO agent Andrei Harkov, on the same plane as the Russian President Boris Vorshevsky. The plane is hijacked by Russian Ultranationalists, and, after a brief fight, the plane is crashed and attacked by ground forces. After this skirmish, the president and his daughter are kidnapped by Makarov.

Though I’ve only glanced over a few of the many missions Modern Warfare 3 has to offer, I can tell you this: the Campaign was just awesome. The story was well thought out, the graphics were great and it was just thoroughly enjoyable. The main critiques I have are that it was not very realistic and it was really short; I finished it in about four hours of playing. Despite this, I still thought it was pretty cool.

The Special Ops Mode, returning from the prior games, is completely revamped. Now, instead of just having single missions, there’s a new game style called Survival Mode.

The best way to describe it is the Zombies mode from Call of Duty 5 and 7, but with normal people instead of zombies. Also, there’s different kinds of enemies like juggernauts, helicopters, suicide bombers and more. It’s the perfect blend of Call of Duty fun, especially when playing alongside a friend. This is my favorite feature, as it requires a player to use a level of strategy and teamwork that is unlike anything Call of Duty has required before.

Along with Survival Mode, there are Special Op missions, a staple in the Modern Warfare series. The missions include a mix of objectives, from rescuing hostages to defusing bombs. Despite the overall idea being used in previous games, there is a new twist that makes playing quite refreshing.

Once again, the Multiplayer Mode returns as the most popular aspect of the game. Equipped with completely new class customizations, this mode is the most changed of all. With completely new class customization, the Multiplayer Mode is a whole new aspect of the game.

Although I may be slightly biased towards the Call of Duty franchise, I can say in all honesty that this is the best video game I’ve ever played in terms of graphics, the reality that it doesn’t get boring and its overall fun factor.

I still think that Modern Warfare 2 has the most fun Multiplayer Mode, but its successor is definitely more realistic. From perks to maps, the entire experience capitalizes on strategy and teamwork.

I would suggest this game to any player who doesn’t mind violence. Modern Warfare 3 is rated M for Mature, so be sure to check with a parent or guardian before purchasing.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC and Nintendo DS.

For more game reviews, read the Dec. 9 article, Simulated driving in Fresno: RaceRoom (VIDEO).

By |2011-12-13T00:00:00-07:00December 13th, 2011|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Seven Days In Utopia Fails to Amaze

Missing something. These two words sum up Seven Days in Utopia. Missing something…like the last 5 minutes of the movie. It’s just kind of important that movies wrap up. I hold a personal vendetta against movies with cliffhangers, and this is by far the worst ending to a movie I have ever endured. Seven Days in Utopia was released Sept. 2.

What kind of a world do we live in when in order to properly finish a movie, we have to go to a website and watch a video. All 7 minutes and 49 seconds. There is a reason we go to the movie. To watch the movie. This being said, I still enjoyed it. The beginning was good, the middle was great, but the ending does not exist. Literally. Where the end would be is simply a url address and a goodbye.

The movie starts with the frustration of young golfer Luke Chisolm (Lucas Black) after he loses a golf tournament on the last hole. Due to the bad advice of his caddy (his father) he blows his lead and is the brunt of jokes at the water cooler. He drives by the small town of Utopia and crashes his car after being distracted by a man taking care of a golf course.

He then meets Uncle Johnny Crawford (Robert DuVall) and is introduced to the townspeople. He finds that Johnny is a very well respected man in the small Christian community, and he also meets his love interest, Sarah Hawkins (Melissa Leo). Johnny challenges him to a seven day experience that he will never forget, which Luke accepts. The erratic week teaches Luke about golf, life, and faith and he adopts the mantra “See it, feel it, trust it”.

The acting was very hit and miss. Black’s performance was not bad, but lacked real emotion. Thankfully, he actually plays the sport he plays in the movie, unlike many sport movies ( see Dwayne Johnson in The Game Plan and Dennis Quaid in The Rookie). Being an athlete, myself, it’s frustrating to see actors waddle around a field trying to look genuine, when they just look flat out stupid.

Leo delivered a performance that could be called mediocre at best. Filled with cliche lines, her lines make her character extremely boring. She practically throws herself at Luke, much to the chagrin of her admirer — an all-american cowboy played by Brian Geraghty.

The camera work was good, completing the challenge of filming from obscure angles while not making it look awkward. The score is well balanced, keeping the feel of the movie light and enjoyable. This, however is slightly annoying because nothing bad happens. The movie is just a lot of fluff.

The main problem is that nothing happens. I kept on waiting for something to happen, but the only thing I found was a rainy scene peaking with the most cliche line of all time: “You don’t know anything about my father!”

Despite all of this, I was glad to find a nice, Christian movie among the loads of trashy media out there today. This movie is perfect if you want a clean, heartwarming hour and 40 minutes on a rough day. So I leave you with this: did he make the putt?

Running for 105 minutes, Seven Days in Utopia is rated G. It is currently playing at most local theaters. For tickets and showtimes, visit Fandango.

By |2011-09-02T00:00:00-07:00September 2nd, 2011|Arts & Entertainment, Uncategorized|0 Comments