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Students gear up for annual powder puff game

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The annual powder puff game, to be hosted on May 8, will promote friendly competition amongst classes.

Those dedicated to winning have already signed up and assigned coaches for the powderpuff season. It’s time for the HS girls to put on their game face and gather together to practice drills and set plays.  Powder puff will be at the North Field, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The roles are switched for powder puff, the girls act as the players while the boys are cheerleaders for each class. Parents and family are welcome to watch the girls compete against each other.

In previous years the senior class has dominated the lower classes with its determination and experience in the game. This year senior Madison Sieb hopes to continue the winning streak.

“This is my second year in powder puff,” Sieb said. “I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on Friday would end my senior year on a great note.”

Sophomore Marissa Parker believes her team will do better this year because of the experience from freshman year.

“Since this is our second year, we might have a better chance of winning,” Parker said. “We need to focus on moving the ball and putting our plays to the test. This year I hope we win at least one game and if not two; I am excited to play the juniors.”

This is my second year in Powderpuff. I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on friday would end my senior year on a great note. — Madison Sieb, ’15

Junior Gillian Rea competes for her third time in powder puff and is looking to have a good time while trying to win.

“I think that we should focus on encouraging each other within the team to achieve a win,” Rea said. “It’s about having fun together while competing to win at the same time. I think my team could have a chance at winning if we work together and carry out plays we’ve worked on.”

Freshman Erin Wilson looks forward to playing with her class in this year’s Powderpuff.

“I am really excited, my sister Amber Wilson played it last year and had a lot of fun,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that much about football but I think our coaches, Roman Endicott and Tyler Villines, will help us. We already got together for a meeting and we are ready to have practices.”

Come out to enjoy a fun night of football games and cheer stunts to wrap up the school year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter and email: @j0sh_carter and Joshua Carter’s email.

By |2015-05-05T08:50:09-07:00May 5th, 2015|FC Events, News, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual ‘Night of the Stars’ draws campus to elegant venue

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FC’s annual formal event, Night of the Stars, took place on the evening of March 28.

With the second semester well underway, FC’s most anticipated event, Night of the Stars (NOTS), took place March 28. The event took place at a new location, Wolf Lakes, in the flower garden venue. The venue overlooked the lake and was surrounded by various gardens.

Students were scheduled to arrive 5:30 p.m. for photos taken by Milne. While waiting for dinner to be served, students went on boat rides, took pictures with friends in the photo booth and enjoyed various drinks and snacks whilst mingling with their peers.

Steak, potatoes and various vegetables were served buffet style beginning at 7:00 p.m. The movies were shown at 8:00 and ended around 9:00. The award ceremony took place immediately after the movies and ended at 9:45.

The freshmen decided to film a quick 45 second trailer of the Karate Kid. The sophomores banned together to film Kicking and Screaming, while the juniors created a mashup of Jimmy Fallon and other comedic shows. The senior class worked tirelessly on their 45 minute film of Back to the Future, which won 7 of the 10 awards.

I think NOTS went exceptionally well. Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year. — Vickey Belmont

Sophomore Summer McGrew chose not to attend formal but looks forward to Sadies on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

“I didn’t go to NOTS because I didn’t want to and nobody asked me,” McGrew said. “I probably won’t go next year because I don’t think I’m going to Fresno Christian. Im going to Sadies because I’m asking someone next week and I’m really excited about the location.”

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont enjoyed to the venue and has already begun to plan for next years event.

“I think NOTS went exceptionally well,” Belmont said. “Wolf lakes was beautiful, everything went great, the weather was beautiful and everything turned out great. We are going to have NOTS again at wolf lakes, we would like to change from the garden to the lakeside. We will have to change the date to later in April. The only thing I would change is the date to later in April, which we will do next year.”

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In a break from tradition, the venue was changed to Wolfe Lakes. The new setup allowed for new additions, such as a boat ride around the lake.

Morgan Koop, ’16, enjoyed the venue change, but wished there was more seating space available.

“I went with my friends and I really enjoyed it,” Koop said. “I liked the new venue and my favorite part would have to be the boat ride. The only thing I would change for next year would be to do the lakeside spot because there was more seating space. I like Wolf Lakes better than the Grand because it felt more open. It was very spacious and had more places to walk around.”

Kayla Camini, a former FC student, now attending Clovis North, was grateful to be invited to attend NOTS.

“Since I transferred to Clovis North I was a little disappointed I couldn’t go to NOTS anymore,” Camini said. “I had waited since seventh grade to go; I was asked by Matthew Tanaka and I had a very fun time. The best part for me was the photo booth because the pictures were a nice take home item. The event was kind of different because we didn’t dance but the movies were a really cool alternative. Afterwards, the group I went with, went bowling and that was a fun thing to do to end the night.”

For more about NOTS, read Search BREAKING: Changes made to traditional NOTS event.

By |2015-04-02T11:37:23-07:00April 2nd, 2015|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW)

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With two days of touring behind them, Feather editors and adviser Greg Stobbe pose in from of the Freedom Tower in NYC before they visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum, March 19.

With two full days in New York under their belts, the editors prepared themselves for their third full day in the city. One more day and the team will spend the rest of the week at Columbia University for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 91st convention.

Warm clothes were strongly suggested and the group departed from the hotel at 9:30 a.m to take the subway as FC hits NY and visit the 9/11 Memorial.

The 9-11 Memorial has been in the stages of construction since 2007 and is still being added to. The highlight of the site was the museum dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives and their loved ones.

After the memorial, the editors made their way down Wall Street and popped in to the Trinity Church. Following the cathedral the group made their way to Battery Park where they watched street dancers perform and viewed the Statue of Liberty from afar.

From there, the girls made their way back to Times Square to shop freely and the boys took a trip to Grand Central Station before returning back to Times Square to shop.

The group met up at 7:45 p.m. to make their way to the 8 p.m. Broadway showing of An American in Paris and ate a late dinner at TGI Fridays.

First timer in New York City, Trevor Beal, shares his impressions of the city along with his favorite aspects of the trip.

“This is my first time ever being in NYC,” Beal said, “I have been to other big cities before but none compare to NYC, Grand Central Station and Wall Street have been my favorite parts of the trip so far, along with the Phantom of the Opera play and 911 Memorial Museum.”

Chloe Mueller, Editor-in-Chief, says she will enjoy giving a session at the 91st CSPA Journalism Convention at Columbia University.

“This year gave me a new look on the trip because we are teaching sessions at Columbia University,” Mueller said. “But the sightseeing is still fun. I loved the 9/11 Memorial.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueros.

For more news, read the March 18 article, FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO).

Career Fair: Professionals educate students

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Over 10 different speakers gave presentations on career choices and how to begin preparations for them in the 4th annual Career Fair, March 11.

In hopes of better educating campus students on different career paths, FC hosted the 4th annual career fair, March 11. Students attended three sessions throughout the afternoon followed by a meet and greet in the court yard.

The session included a variety of different speakers such as ABC 30 reporter Amanda Venegas, ultrasound technician Robyn Hill, superintendent Jeremy Brown, Engineering student Danielle St. Marie, NASA project manager Suzy Dodd, nurse Laura Sherfield, speech pathologist Christie Edmondson, Detective David Fries, CEO of High Tech Homes Jay Cobb, veterinarian Todd Conlan, occupational therapist Dorothy Siqueiros, and senior gas estimator Scott Belmont.

Aspiring engineer Breanna Jennings, ’15, says that she learned about the educational requirements and qualities an engineer should possess.

“I definitely went to the engineer session, they hardly ever have an engineer come and speak so I was really excited to learn about what it takes to be in that profession,” Jennings said. “It was awesome that she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Danielle St. Marie] is an alumni and was willing to come back and give us really helpful information.”

Venegas gave a session and Claire Kollenkark, ’16, looks forward to career day every year.

“Amanda’s session was really fun,” Kollenkark said. “She is like a local celebrity and she took time out of her day to teach us a thing or two about what she does. Now that I’m a junior, I realized how soon I’m going to be picking a career and it’s great that the school cares enough to put something like this on with so many different people to chose from.”

My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.  — Freshman Celeste Counts

Occupational Therapist Dorothy Siqueiros urges students to get a jump start on their career and connect with other people for the best educational and financial options available.

“I know that college has gotten really expensive over the years and I really hope kids out there know that there are people to talk to that have gone or are going through the whole process of earning their degrees,” Siqueiros said. “Talk to people and find out what process is going to work best for you. And I tell people all the time to go observe the job they wish to pursue while they’re still in high school, you can either rule it out or keep looking into it.”

Laura Sherfield, a nurse at Valley Children’s Hospital gives her advice to teens and insight on how her passion for nursing began.

“I first decided to pursue a career in nursing when I was really young,” Sherfield said. “My mom was a nurse also so I grew up around it and fell in love with it from the beginning. I tend to have more of a compassionate personality. I would advise you high school kids to get involved early in a hospital, job shadow, become an intern, and get a job as soon as possible to gain as much experience as possible.”

CEO of Forward Advantage Chris Roggenstein is happy with the diversity and serving opportunities the annual career day holds.

“I liked the diversity of the student service projects,” Roggenstein said. “It let students serve in a manner that they were gifted and hopefully with an attitude of serving God while serving their fellow man.”

Senior PG&E gas estimator Scott Belmont comments on the success that hard work and dedication could potentially bring to your career.

“I am a gas transition design engineer,” Belmont said. “I started working for PG&E 30 years ago on the end of a shovel and gradually worked my way up and took a lot of different positions and here I am now. When Michelle Warkentin called me to speak, I agreed because it’s great that people come in and give students a variety of different careers to look in to.”

Freshman Celeste Counts shared that she was drawn to the veterinarian in particular, due to her own interests in the trade.

“My favorite presentation was probably the veterinarian,” Counts said. “He was very friendly and not intimidating. He just laid all the information out and told us that this is what you choose to get into if you pursue this career. He helped me because I’ve been looking down the veterinarian path.”

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For another news article read Campus families gather to support 32nd FC Auction

By |2015-03-16T00:00:00-07:00March 16th, 2015|FC Events, Features, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles

(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

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The Eagles hosted Frazier Mountain but were defeated by the Falcons, 2-0, losing the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 4-5 in the West Sequoia League and 11-9 overall as of Feb. 24.

Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles in Valley Championship game

The Frazier Mountain Falcons traveled to the FC field to play in the first Valley Championship game since 2004 and the first ever championship hosted at home for the Eagles. However, the home team could not contain the visitors and lost, 2-0, in the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Anticipation for the game had been building up all day at school and rolled over into the warm ups. The Eagles watched as the stands quickly filled up with familiar faces. The girls rallied together to pump each other up and remind one another to give their all as this would be their last game of the season, and some of their career.

After all the pre-game festivities the game finally began. The Eagles were the first to make an advance on the Falcon defense but were quickly reciprocated and pressured the Eagle defense. About halfway through the first half, the FC goalkeeper slid outside the box in order to block a goal resulting in a penalty kick. The kick went in allowing the Falcons a 1-0 lead which quickly turned into 2-0 when a forward broke through the Eagle defense and barely scored yet another goal.

As halftime came around the Eagles communicated with each other to improve the quality of the game and encourage the team to fight back. The defense did not allow the Falcons to score again, however the offense simply could not string any passes together to get past the defensive line and the final score remained 2-0.

I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about. As a team I think we just came in too confident and couln’t make any magic happen. — Senior Mikayla Miller

Freshmen Olivia Messer, one of the top scorers on the team is dissapointed in the way the team played and is under pressure to do well next year.

“Going to valleys my freshmen year was both exciting and nerve racking. I feel like now that the seniors are leaving we all need to step up our game and try to get there again,” Messer said. “I’m dissapointed in the way we played, we werent pumped up and we couldn’t seem to wok together.”

Senior Mikayla Miller, feels proud of the team for making it so far and is happy with her last season despite the tough loss.

“I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about,” Miller said. “As a team I think we just came in too confident and couldn’t make any magic happen.”

The game was recorded by the CIF Central Section Network.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more sports, read the Feb 25 article, World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA.

By |2015-03-02T00:00:00-07:00March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Serve day unites student body, spreads joy (VIDEO)

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The second school-wide Serve Day rallies the whole campus to volunteer in multiple places across the city including painting over graffiti near railroad tracks, Feb. 19.

The second annual school-wide serve day took place, Feb. 19. Students signed up for their location of choice earlier in the week during chapel and prayed to leave a positive impact on the community.

The different service sites include: the Community Food Bank, Poverello House, park clean up, Neighborhood Thrift, two graffiti clean up sites, connecting with students at Kepler Elementary School and a yard work group.

The students were assigned their chaperones and buses after a rally like chapel and were encouraged to serve with a joyful heart and spread the love of Christ.

Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont gives insight into the second annual FC serve day.

“After last years first serve day and it being pretty successful, we were already planning on continuing the service,” Belmont said. “We work some of the kinks our from last year and improved in some areas. I think that this year was a great success and I am looking forward to the many more serve days to come.”

Freshman Erin Wilson found serve day to be much more rewarding than she had originally thought.

“I was expecting it to be a lot less fun than it actually was, I thought it was going to be boring but I had a really great time helping out at the Neighborhood Thrift Store,” Wilson said. “I think we were a big help to them we hung up two giant boxes of clothes and I’m really glad the school put this day on.”

Sophomore Julian Castro helped clean up an elderly man’s yard with his friends and enjoyed shining the light of Christ to him and others.

“We mowed his lawn, picked up piles of leaves, and picked up logs and branches from his property. To be honest I had a really great time, even though im not one to enjoy yardwork I found myself workng hard and having fun,” Castro said. “I do feel like we made an impact on his life because it makes him feel better when he looks out his window and sees a freshly cleaned yard. I think it’s the least we could do for him.

Junior Maddie Luginbill was in the graffiti clean up group and found that serving with friends makes the ward work fun and worth it.

“Last year I was at the food bank and this year I was with a lot of my friends and I was more interested in painting than I was about bagging food so I was more excited to help out this year,” Luginbill said. “The chaperone told us that by this time next week all the graffiti would be back up and it made me sad that people don’t respect the community but we poured ourselves into our work and it was worth it.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Feb. 24 article, Speaker educates on body language, power of communication.

Mystery Spot lives up to hype, expectations

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The Mystery Spot is a destination that has both puzzled and amazed its visitors for 75 years. The attraction is centered around a gravitational anomaly in the forest near Santa Cruz, California with tours beginning in 1940.

The Mystery Spot is something that has both puzzled and amazed its visitors for 75 years. The attraction is centered around a gravitational anomaly in the forest near Santa Cruz, California.

Tours began in 1940 and have remained successful since, the Mystery Spot is a circular area of 150 feet that questions the laws of physics and gravity. A small cabin was built to enhance the effects the Spot has on it’s visitors.

The short hike to the cabin proves to be about three times harder than one would expect. This is occurs because the closer one gets to the center, the harder gravity will push them out. Once the uphill climb is over you look down and realize you can see your feet much farther in front of you than usual.

The tour guide then goes on to place a wooden board on the window sill of the house, clearly slanted down. He placed a pool ball in the center and to everyone’s amazement rolled up instead of down. Once inside the cabin there is a lead ball that is much easier to push one way than the other and handles to hang from that display a slanted hang rather than straight up and down.

Once entering the cabin all sense of balance and depth perception were challenged. Merely walking from one room to the other proved to be quite the struggle especially considering the ease our tour guide displayed. There were multiple interactive displays built into the cabin to demonstrate the effects of gravity in the mystery spot on human bodies.

After touring the cabin, a final demonstration was performed. Volunteers stood on a log from shortest to tallest and then vice versa, and the effects were buzz worthy. Once the shortest and the tallest person switched positions the shorter person then appeared taller than the tallest man. Each patron received a free Mystery Spot bumper sticker.

From the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk it was a quick 13 minute drive. Admission is $6 per person, and $5 for vehicle parking. I was very happy with the pricing and experience I received. The tour guides were very experienced and capable of captivating an audience for the entirety of the tour.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @namoodnhoj.

For more reviews, read the Jan. 9 article, Featured app: Octagon.

By |2015-01-27T00:00:00-07:00January 27th, 2015|Destinations, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

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The FC girls soccer team travel to Parlier to face the Panthers to play what is supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game.

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(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22.

Parlier defeats Eagles in overtime

The Parlier Panthers traveled to the FC field to play what was supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game, however it did not go as planned.

With the Panthers starting the first half with ball, the Eagles were determined to gain possession quick and maintain it for the majority of the match. However the Eagles simply were unable to make any shots on goal and lacked manpower up top.

Even after the half time pep talk, the Eagles found themselves struggling against the Panthers. Both teams became frantic and desperate for a goal as the half continued to drag on. Neither team was able to score, thus leading in to overtime.

The Eagles managed to hold the Panthers off for the majority of the half, but were scored on by a kick just outside the 18. The second half of overtime was uneventful for both teams and the Panthers took home the win.

Junior captain and center mid fielder, Courtney Messer explains what she could have done better for her team.

“I could have talked a lot more during the game and told my teammates what to do and who to be. I was getting really frustrated so I was more focused on myself than the team for a whole,” Messer said. “I should have been more concerned with the whole team doing their best instead of focusing solely on myself.”

Senior defender Breanna Jennings is disappointed in the team and their performance against the Panthers.

“It was really frustrating to watch us miss all of our scoring opportunities and watch the defense work so hard only to be let down by their offense,” Jennings said. “Hopefully we can get ourselves together by Friday when we play the top team in our league.”

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For more sports, read the Jan. 16 article, Boys soccer sport short: Fowler.

By |2015-01-26T00:00:00-07:00January 26th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Riverdale

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The FC Eagles face the Riverdale Cowgirls and are ready to put up a fight.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22

FC defeats number one team in league

The Riverdale Cowgirls stepped up their game this year defeating the once undefeated Caruthers Blue Raiders and dominating almost every match they’ve played this year. The Eagles were prepared to fight till the end no matter what the outcome.

Eagles started off the first half with ball, making a good run on the starting play. About ten minutes into the half the Cowgirls scored on a corner kick, only to be countered with a goal by FC (with the help of one of the Riverdale defenders) just a few minutes later. Both teams continued to play hard yet were unable to score for the rest of the half.

It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead. With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true. –Olivia Messer

The Cowgirls started the second half strong and managed a few good runs against FC. Defender Morgan Koop scored the second goal for the Eagles midway through the second half. The Cowgirls retaliated and began playing rougher now desperate for a goal, and they managed a goal in the last few minutes of the half.

The first half of overtime set the tone for the rest of the game, both teams were neck and neck with one another. Elbows were plying, players were shoving, and parents were screaming. Although neither team scored in the first half the behavior of the parents and players intensified and carried on to the second half of overtime.

With nerves running high and time running out the game quickened in pace and aggressiveness. About halfway through the half, Olivia Messer scored on the Cowgirls with the cross from Gabriela Siqueiros. Thus ending the game and silencing the Cowgirls.

Freshmen and striker Olivia Messer was excstatic with the win and part which she was able to play in the team.

“It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead,” Messer said. “With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true.”

The Eagles will next play the Caruthers Blue Raiders on Jan. 26

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By |2015-01-25T00:00:00-07:00January 25th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Girls soccer sport short: Minarets

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Friday is a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team plays at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team has the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-3 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-6 as of Jan. 28.

Girls manage win against Mustangs

Friday was a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team played at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team had the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

The Eagles came out dry and seemingly unmotivated to play. Their level of intensity was low and the lack of focus was evident throughout the course of the game. The Eagles managed a few shots on goal, but none even remotely successful.

Even starting off with the ball in the second half, the Eagles started the second half with a lack of effort. It seemed as if the whole team was having a bad day in terms of skill. It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes of the game that the girls picked up their game and gained some momentum. Olivia Messer scored the first and only goal for the Eagles, and the Eagles just barely managed a win against the lady Mustangs.

Freshmen forward Olivia Messer is pleased with her goal but admits that the team played lazy and unfocused.

“As a team we really need to communicate more and pass because Minarets was passing around us a lot,” Messer said. “We weren’t focused and our heads weren’t in the game and we were all over the place.

Senior defender Mikayla Miller is disappointed in the performance of the team compared to years past.

“In the past we’ve always pretty much dominated Minarets and it was a bit frustrating that the game was so close and evenly matched for so long,” Miller said. “It’s great that we pulled out the win but I don’t think it was a win to be celebrated it was one to be thankful for.”

The Eagles wills will next play at home against the Parlier Panthers, Jan. 20 at 3:30 pm.

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By |2015-01-19T00:00:00-07:00January 19th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler

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Varsity girls soccer face off against the Fowler Redcats for their first home game of the season.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 6-4 as of Jan. 13

Girls fall to Redcats in overtime

The Eagles hosted the Fowler Redcats at home for the first league game of the season. Both teams have been equally matched in the past, and the game was one to be anticipated.

Both teams came out with the same level of intensity and determination. The Eagles were the first to take shots on goal, but were shut down soon after. As the half went on the Eagles dwindled down to a state of survival as the Wildcats amped up their game.

Starting off the second half, the Eagles came out ready to put up more of a fight and battle for the win. The Eagle defense was stronger than ever against the powerhouse Wildcats and held them off for the rest of regular time.

Overtime started with both teams feeling pressured and desperate for a goal. The Wildcats managed a shot which was accidentally kicked in by an FC defender due to lack of communication. As the second half commenced the Eagles fought hard and never gave up, yet despite their efforts were unable to score.

Recently injured senior and co-captain, Ivette Ibarra, expresses her mixed feelings about the game.

“Being my first home game of the season, I was very enthused to be back on the field with my team,” Ibarra said. “Physically I was out of shape and couldn’t preform to the best of my ability, however I thoroughly enjoyed my time out on the field. I wish that we had won the game, but all that means is that we need to work harder and pull out the win next time we play them.”

Head Coach Tony Martinez believes the girls did not play to their potential but stayed in the game no matter what.

“Our girls came out ready for a fight against Fowler, we’ve been neck and neck for the past few years and it looks like it is going to continue,” Martinez said. “Our defense kept us in the game but our offense really needs to step up their game if we want to start winning.”

The Eagles wills will next play away versus the Minarets Mustangs, Jan. 16 at 3 pm.

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By |2015-01-14T00:00:00-07:00January 14th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys, girls Garces soccer tournament sport short (Needs Picture)

GIRLS AND BOYS SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports section for girls’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls and boys soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and overall 5-4 as of Dec. 19-20.

Boys, girls Garces soccer tournament sport short, Dec. 19-20

The Garces Holiday Soccer Festival is the largest high school soccer tournament in the world. Both the FC boys and girl’s teams participated in the tournament in the silver B division.

The girl’s first opponent was Delano high school, a team the Eagles had fallen to in the past. The Lady Eagles came out with fire and intensity as the first game was crucial if they wished to compete for a trophy. FC came out with the win 2-0 with goals scored by Olivia Messer and Gaby Siqueiros.

The second day of the tournament the girls faced Centennial JV, a Division I JV team. In order to qualify better than third the Eagles needed to win. Centennial scored the first goal only for the Eagles to counter it by a goal made by Siqueiros. The Eagles then went in to overtime and eventually penalty kicks, however the Eagles were unable to pull out the win.

The Eagles final competition was against Kennedy high school for the third place trophy. The Eagles were prepared for a battle, only to win the game with ease. FC won 3-0 with goals from Jenna Bynum, Olivia Messer and MorgMorgan Koopan Koop.

Similar to the girls, the boys came out ready and eager for a fight, facing a familiar opponent, the Kern Valley Broncs. The Eagles carried possesion of the ball for a majority of the game. Scoring with multi-schooler Davis Borrego, Nick Fontes, and strikers Taylor Howard and Joshua Carter, ending the game, 4-0.

On the second day of the tourney, FC faced a difficult opponent, the Nipomo Titans. The game started off even, yet the Titans pulled ahead because of a lapse within the defense. The Titans scored once again in the second, due to silly mistakes which cost the Eagles dearly. Ending the game with the Eagles now in the fight for third place and Nipomo fighting for first.

The third and final game was against the Gridley Bulldogs. Both teams were tired yet the Eagles had managed to accumulate a multitude of injuries, adding another obstacle to earning a win. The game remained scoreless for a majority of the first half yet the Bulldogs managed to score just before halftime. Due to numerous injuries, the Eagles were forced to sub out several starters and pull the remaining starters into defensive positions. Making a win far from their grasp and in the end, letting go another point and losing once again, 2-0. Placing the Eagles in 4th place, just out of reach of a trophy.

For all scores from the Garces Holiday soccer tournament check out the Garces tournament homepage.

By |2015-01-09T00:00:00-07:00January 9th, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Fall Festivus offers fellowship, camaraderie

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The purpose of the festivus was to add a social event for FC students during the first semester and allow students to fellowship openly in a different environment.

Seasonal Gathering draws Unity

The 2nd annual Fall Festivus took place at the Beal ranch, Nov. 25. The purpose of the festivus was to add a social event for FC students during the first semester and allow students to fellowship openly in a different environment.

With nearly 70 students attending there was a variety of activities to participate in. Various camp fires were set up for students to warm up by. There was a food bar with hot dogs, popcorn, s’mores, pie, coffee, candy and hot cocoa.

The highlight of the evening was the showing of Nacho Libre on a blow up screen and a viewing area for all those who wished to watch.

Senior Breanna Jennings enjoys the atmosphere the festivus provides the FC community.

“I liked that we all got to hang out with each other, other than being at school. I got to talk and hang out with people that I wouldn’t have if I was at school or hanging out with my friends,” Jennings said. “I didn’t go last year but I thought it was a fun and different experience. I’m glad we started this new tradition and I hope it stays around for a long time.”

I thought that it was really great way to get people together outside of school. My favorite part was just being able to sit around the fire, talking and laughing with my friends. I also really like that the festivus is during the first semester because I feel like everything goes on second semester so having a little something to amp up this year was neat.–Alyssa Oakley 

FC leadership was in charge of providing all the food, drinks, activities and supplies to make the night a success. Leadership advisor Vickey Belmont believes the class met the standard of the attending students.

“The preparations for the festivus were not stressful, I put the leadership students into groups and I think that they all followed through very well. We had everything that we needed, I think the biggest hit was the Starbucks coffee and hot chocolate,” Belmont said. “This year was different because we didn’t have line dancing. We didn’t really have any games prepared but I think from last year to this year that was a better choice because this way it was a big hangout instead of an organized setting.”

Freshmen Roman Endicott enjoyed his time at the festivus and is grateful for the memories he made at the event.

“I thought the whole experience was great and it was just really nice to be able to hang out with my friends right before the break and just have a ice kick off towards thanksgiving and end the last day on a good note,” Endicott said.

Alyssa Oakley, ’15, enjoyed the simplicity and quaintness the festivus provided. With no organized games, the festivus allowed students to do what they pleased create their own fun.

“I thought that it was really great way to get people together outside of school. My favorite part was just being able to sit around the fire, talking and laughing with my friends,” Oakley said. “I also really like that the festivus is during the first semester because I feel like everything goes on second semester so having a little something to amp up this year was neat.”

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A vetrans perspective

By |2014-12-01T00:00:00-07:00December 1st, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet

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Each coach recognized their players and summarized the season for the audience, then individual awards were handed out to athletes who played a special part on the team

To honor athletes for their hard work and achievements, the annual Winter Sports Banquet was held in the Student Ministry Center.

Attendees included girls tennis, volleyball, football, cross country and parents of the athletes. Winter sport coaches handed out participation certificates and varsity patch. In addition coaches also handed out individual awards to deserving athletes.

Co-Athletic Director Jonathan Penberthy started of the evening with a word of prayer and allowing everyone to serve themselves to the table of desserts and drinks. Following the food, the cross country team was asked on stage to begin the ceremony. After cross country the teams go as follows: cross country, girl’s tennis, JV volleyball, varsity volleyball and football.

Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, provides further insight on the event and it’s purpose.

“It’s a way to honor our athletes and to have a chance of fellowship and camaraderie among the families and athletes from various teams,” Fuller said. “We want to reinforce the idea that FC athletics is a way of glorifying God in everything that we do.”

It’s a way to honor our athletes and to have a chance of fellowship and camaraderie among the families and athletes from various teams. We want to reinforce the idea that FC athletics is a way of glorifying God in everything that we do. –Mick Fuller

Each coach recognized their players and summarized the season for the audience, then individual awards were handed out to athletes who played a special part on the team. The individual awards go as follows:

Cross Country:
Coaches Award: Michael Fu
MVP: Soren Hoffman

Girl’s Tennis:
Most Improved: Hanna Hong
MVP: Macy Mascarenas

J.V Volleyball:
Leadership Award: Celeste Counts
Coaches Award: Cathryn Vender Kooi
Most Improved: Amy Ren (Jingyi)
MVP: Brittany Bender

Varsity Volleyball:
Most Inspirational: Gabriela Siqueiros
Most improved: Breanna Jennings
MVP: Ashley Garcia

Football:
Defensive MVP: Christopher Kollenkark
Offensive MVP: Taylor Howard
Coaches Award: Richard Morrison
Leadership Award: Joshua Freeman

All League:
Volleyball:
1st Team: Ivette Ibarra

Football:
1st Team: Nicholas Morrison (Receiver)
1st Team: Tyler Vilines (Running back)
1st Team: Thomas Friesen (Linebacker)
1st Team: Caleb Goodale (Defensive back)
2nd Team: Nicholas Morrison (Special teams player)
2nd Team: Richard Morrison (Quarterback)
2nd Team: Sawyer Bachman (Defensive line)
2nd Team: Daniel Ayers (Defensive line)
CSL Offensive Player of the Year: Taylor Howard
CSL Defensive Player of the Year: Christopher Kollenkark

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For more features, read the Nov. 21 article, Jack Leonard: A veterans perspective (PODCAST).

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00-07:00November 24th, 2014|Fall, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 14-12 overall and 8-2 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 13.

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FC hosted the Immanuel Eagles Nov. 13 in their first playoff game of the season.

FC vs Immanuel Eagles, Nov. 13.

FC hosted the Immanuel Eagles Nov. 13 in their first playoff game of the season.

In the first set, both teams came out loud and pumped hoping to start strong and confident. FC dig a small hole in the first rotation of serve receive, but managed to gain a momentum towards the middle of the set. It was then the senior Ivette Ibarra sprained her ankle which would keep her out of the game for the rest of the night. Immanuel won the first set, 25-13.

FC’s dynamic suffered greatly due to the confusion of the new players and lack of a strong middle hitter and passer. FC did the best they could in their predicament, however they could not manage to gain any runs or any momentum, thus losing the second set, 25-15.

With spirits low, FC came out for the third set hoping to pull it together and make something happen. Immanuel countered all the FC efforts and finished off the set and match, 25-16.

Senior Ashley Garcia bids volleyball goodbye and is thankful for the people that made it memorable.

“I thought the game was very bittersweet. We lost our momentum after Ivette got injured, but thats just how the game goes sometimes. Things happen, and we need to accept it and move on, trying our best no matter what happens,” Garcia said. “Although this does mark the end of my volleyball career, I am so very thankful I got to spend it with such amazing people.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra was disappointed to be injured during the game.

“It was extremely frustrating having been injured in the first set of the game. I had been anticipating this game vs. Immanuel for such a long time and right in the middle of the first set I was out,” Ibarra said. “There was noting I wanted more than to be out on the court with my team, and I couldn’t help but feel responsible for the outcome of the game. Although we lost, I’m proud of my team, and all we accomplished this season. I will never forget this season.”

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For more sports, read the Nov. 3 article, Football sport short: Northwest Christian.

By |2014-11-17T00:00:00-07:00November 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 14-13 overall and 8-2 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 6. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 10, in which the Eagles will host Immanuel once again.

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FC took a trip to play the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6, hoping for redemption from their last encounter.

FC loses 3-2 to the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6.

FC took a trip to play the Riverdale Cowgirls, Nov. 6, hoping for redemption from their last encounter.

In the first set, starting off with serve receive, the Eagles began shaky and trailing by several points. Unable to recover, the Eagles lost, 25-20.

Starting off with the serve, the Eagles started off with a comfortable lead and kept with it for the majority of the set, overpowering the Cowgirls, 25-17.

In the third set the Eagles came out with increased confidence and intensity pulling out another win, 26-24.

I think we played really well at times, our serving killed us, as a team we missed three in a row, so that’s something that needs to improve. The good news is we received the fourth seed in the playoffs and have a home game this Monday against Immanuel. –Jonathan Penberthy

With only one more game to win, the Eagles were intent on battling and finishing it off. However the Cowgirls were prepared to win the set and go to a fifth game. The Eagles held a slight lead for the majority of the game, but the Cowgirls pushed until both teams were tied and continued to battle until the Cowgirls finally won by two, 29-27.

The Eagles, fired up from the competition came out swinging, the Cowgirls responded with accurate defense. The Cowgirls managed a lead that they kept to finish off the match, 16-14.

Sophomore Hannah Nale is disappointed with the teams loss and looks forward to playing them next year.

“They’ve beat us twice now and we really should have won both times, so I look forward to plating them again next year and bringing our A game,” Nale said. “We tried our best but we couldn’t pull out the win.”

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy saw the game as a chance for improvement.

“I think we played really well at times, our serving killed us, as a team we missed three in a row, so that’s something that needs to improve,” Penberthy said. “The good news is we received the fourth seed in the playoffs and have a home game this Monday against Immanuel.”

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For more sports, read the Nov. 3 article, Football sport short: Northwest Christian.

By |2014-11-07T00:00:00-07:00November 7th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier Panthers

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FC volleyball competes against the Parlier Panthers for their second league game of the season.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 14-12 overall and 2-7 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 4. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 6, as the Eagles visit the Riverdale Cowgirls.
FC dominates the Parlier Panthers, 3-0, Nov. 4

FC visited the Parlier Panthers and clinched their second league game.

In the first set the Eagles came out confident and ready to have fun, as the set progressed, the Eagles began to lose focus however they still won, 25-19.

In the second set the Eagles continued to unwind, losing focus and intensity. The Panthers took the opportunity to run points off the Eagles who still managed to conquer 25-20.

Hoping to get a win on their senior night, the Panthers were fired up and ready to battle. Despite their efforts the Eagles focused in and silenced the Panthers, 25-12. Ending the game 3-0 Eagles.

Head coach John Penberthy believes the team needs to put forth more effort in the easy games.

“We played well enough to win,” Penberthy said. “We didn’t do anything bad but we didn’t do anything good either. We played with minimal effort.”

Sophomore Jennifer King finds that the team disspoints when they play easier teams.

“I don’t like when we play easy teams because we always seem to sink down to their level,” King said. “We always win, but its ever a feel good win, and that’s what Parlier felt like.”

The Eagles girls volleyball team will next face the Riverdale Cowgirls.

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By |2014-11-05T00:00:00-07:00November 5th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Minarets

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FC hosted the Minaret Mustangs for their senior night, Oct. 30, hoping play their hardest and compete with the powerhouse Mustangs.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 13-12 overall and 1-7 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 30. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 4, as the Eagles visit the Parlier Panthers.
FC loses 3-0 to the Minarets Mustangs, Oct. 30

FC hosted the Minaret Mustangs for their senior night, Oct. 30, hoping play their hardest and compete with the powerhouse Mustangs.

In the first set the Eagles came out hoping to find their rhythm and learn the player’s patterns, however, the Mustang momentum could not be stopped and the set was lost 25-16.

With patterns identified and one set behind them, the Eagles came out ready to fight hard. Despite the adjusted defense and dedication, the Mustang offense was clean and well executed, winning them the set ,25-11.

In the third set the Eagles came out with passion and intensity hoping to go out with a bang despite the misfortune of the previous two sets. The Eagles adjusted their defense to the Mustang offense and played their best set of the match. However, still losing to the back to back Valley Champions, 25-17.

Senior Ivette Ibarra, is disappointed in losing the match but is happy to have played with passion in her last home game.

“Obviously I would’ve loved to win on my senior night, but we weren’t able to come through,” Ibarra said. “All I can say is that I’m still proud of my team, and my fellow seniors, I will always remember this season and moments spent together.”

Senior Ashley Garcia, has mixed emotions about her final game in the FC gym.

“It was bittersweet having our last home game. I’ve always looked up to the seniors and longed to have my own senior night for years, and finally having it felt great,” Garcia said. “It would’ve been nice to win, but I’m glad I had the opportunity to play on my favorite court with some of my best friends for the last time.”

Senior Breanna Jennings, is thankful for having the opportunity to play with her friends and will cherish the memories forever.

“It was fun to start and be recognized for being a senior, but it was sad that it was the last home game that I will have with the team,” Jennings said. “It has been a fun season with the team and I will forever have memories with them.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, is grateful for having the opportunity to play with her friends for so long and watching everyone grow in their skills and abilities.

“It’s been a great ride watching me and the other seniors go from bench buddies to starters,” Siqueiros said. “I’ll never forget how blessed I am to have been a part of this team.”

Gabriela Siqueiros, Features Editor, also contributed to this article.

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By |2014-10-31T00:00:00-07:00October 31st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Fowler

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 14-9 overall and 1-5 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 28. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 30, as the Eagles play at home against the Minarets Mustangs for senior night.

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FC traveled to Fowler High School, Oct. 28, hoping to gain their second league win.

FC loses 3-1 to the Fowler Redcats, Oct. 28

FC traveled to Fowler High School, Oct. 28, hoping to gain their second league win.

The Redcats played short a few of their starters in the first set, the Eagles took advantage and won the set, 25-19.

With their whole team playing, the Eagles faced a larger challenge than they had anticipated. The Redcats took the Eagles by surprise winning the set, 25-8.

The Eagles stepped it up and played with increased intensity and power in the third set, however still losing the match 25-23.

It was do or die for the Eagles in the fourth set, starting off behind, the Eagles came back and managed a lead. Soon after the Redcats responded with a few good runs and gained the lead late into the set. The Eagles were unable to come back, losing the set, 25-21 and the match ended 3-1.

Senior Ashley Garcia is disappointed that they lost, but believes they played hard and gave them a run for their money.

“Yeah it sucks that we lost but we competed with them and it was fun knowing we were neck and neck with them for the majority of the match.” Garcia said. “Hopefully in last few games we can be capable of taking the win and not making silly mistakes.”

Head coach John Penberthy believes the team could have cut down on their errors and capitalized on the runs they got.

“We just had errors at all the wrong times and we really could have improved on our serving,” Penberthy said. “They did well, but there is no doubt in my mind that we could have played much better than we did.”

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By |2014-10-29T00:00:00-07:00October 29th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pageant entertains audience, embarrasses candidates (VIDEO)

To kick off a week of pageants, the princesses participated in a game show event with the rest of the high school as their audience, Oct. 28.

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Macy Mascareñas, ’16, receives a pie to the face from Ashley Garcia, ’15.

The 30th annual homecoming candidates were introduced by means of slideshow with photos from their formal introductory shoot. The candidates form each class made their way to the tables on stage to begin the game. A Jeopardy board was displayed on screens for every one to see with several categories to choose from. The questions were intended to familiarize the audience with the candidates.

The object of the game was for the candidates to answer the question correctly and earning points for their team. However if the question was answered incorrectly the princesses were forced to pick from a hat of consequences to perform.

Senior and first time queen nominee Callista Fries helped out with the princess pageant and enjoyed being able to inflict the consequences on the princesses. Fries will be participating in the queen pageant, Oct. 29.

“I think it went really well, aside from a few bumps in the road. My personal favorite part was when I got to break the egg on Jenna’s {Bynum} face,” Fries said. “When we were originally planning it someone came up with a the idea of doing a gameshow and we rolled with it and decided on Jeopardy. The whole aspect came about because we just wanted them to do something gross.”

First time nominee Claire Kollenkark, ’16, is happy with the class participation and the overall atmosphere of the pageant. Kollenkark also felt more comfortable because she was surrounded by two close friends.

“It was really fun, and it was fun being a part of it and having two of my closest friends by my side made it even better,” Kollenkark said. “I felt like everybody was involved and all the classes were cheering for us.”

Freshmen princess nominee Erin Wilson anticipated much worse but was very happy with her very first princess pageant. Wilson looks forward to watch the upcoming pageants with the queen and king participants.

“It was really fun to be up there with all the other princess nominees,” Wilson said. “I didn’t really know what to expect, but to be honest I though we were going to have it a lot worse than just an egg cracked on my face.”

Senior and king nominee Jordan Castro is happy with the way the pageant was planned and believes there was more purpose behind it.

“In the past I kind of just remember the princesses going up on stage and getting humiliated with no specific objective,” Castro said. “But this year even though the questions were impossible and they still got humiliated, it looked like something was going on, I really enjoyed the whole thing.”

Sophomore Elizabeth Baker felt that the pageant built a sense of community amongst the members of the campus.

“I really liked when the princesses got the answer wrong and they had to grab a punishment out of the hat,” Baker said. “Because we didn’t really know what was going to happen. It brings all of the school together to enjoy homecoming. The pageants are pretty funny, so I like attending.”

The Queen Pageant will be held in the Student Ministries Center from 2:25-3 p.m., Oct. 29. The King Pageant will also be held in the Student Ministries Center from 9:35-10:10 a.m., Oct. 30.

The 30th annual homecoming game will take place on the North Field at 7 p.m. The pre-game events will start at 6:30 p.m. where the princess candidates will be introduced. At half-time of the varsity game, the winners will be announced for all the homecoming court nominees.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @gaby_siqueiros.

For more features, read the Oct. 24 article, Character counts week raises awareness to teens around the country.

By |2014-10-28T00:00:00-07:00October 28th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COLUMN: Homecoming attitude begins with you

Homecoming is considered by many to be the single most action-packed week in the FC school year. There are dress up days everyday, three pageants, a blood drive, a rally, football game and four floats. There is no way to avoid the mayhem; so why not be a part of it?

In the past few years FC has seen a drop in school spirit. Teachers and the leadership class have tried their best to get students involved by offering extra credit if students attend sporting events and by planning various events to spark student interest. Despite the efforts of the faculty and leadership class, the decision still lies with the student body.

The sole purpose for homecoming week festivities is to build up for the Friday football game. Now, I know football is not everybody’s thing, but as cliche as this is going to sound, you only experience high school once.

Now, I know some people are dying to finally get out of high school and get to actually living life. However, take a look; this is life, and later on when your kids ask about your time in high school do you want to be able to earn some cool mom/dad points by showing them super embarrassing pictures and having stories to go along with them?

Whether we like it or not, the time is now to start making those timeless memories about how ridiculous you dressed up, how you beat your rival class in a screaming match at the rally or how you completely lost your voice at the football game even though you have absolutely no idea what’s going on.

Don’t waste your time watching other people have fun. Join in, influence other people, create the memories you deserve to leave high school with. Do not put all your effort into abstaining from this week because you are afraid of what people will think. If you have already made it clear you think it’s all a waste of time but you’re having second thoughts, then who cares. It’s okay to change your mind; those who mind do not matter, and those who matter do not mind.

This week’s dress up days go as follows:

Monday, Oct. 27: ‘Merica Monday
Tuesday, Oct. 28: Tacky Tourist Tuesday
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Waking up Wednesday
Thursday, Oct. 30: Think A-like Thursday
Friday, Oct. 31: Fly Together Friday (spirit wear)

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For more opinions, read the Oct. 24, COLUMN: Invitation to homecoming.

By |2014-10-27T00:00:00-07:00October 27th, 2014|Opinions, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Caruthers

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 13-9 CHANGE overall and 1-4 CHANGE in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 23. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 28, as the Eagles play away against Fowler High School.

VOLLEYBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
FC loses 3-2 to the Caruthers Blue Raiders, Oct. 23

FC hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders at home, Oct. 23, seeking redemption after their previous loss to the Blue Raiders, Oct. 7.

In the first set the Eagles managed to keep a safe lead from the Blue Raiders for the entirety of the game, thus winning, 25-22.

In the second set, the Blue Raiders fought back with force and beat the Eagles 25-12.

With both teams equally matched and tied, the Eagles shaped up and blasted the Blue Raiders, winning 25-18.

In the fourth set, both teams played with high intensity in hopes of either winning the match or getting another chance in the fifth set. In a valiant effort, the Eagles lost 25-20.

In the fifth and final set both teams walked on to the court ready to do whatever it took to win the match and be named number one in division five. The Eagles got off to a slow start but began to step up their game quickly. However the Blue Raiders kept their lead and left the FC gym victorious, 15-11.

Sophomore Hannah Nale is disappointed that the Eagles lost, however believes they played very well.

“We played really well, we were right in it the whole time and it just sucks that we couldn’t pull through in that fifth game,” Nale said. “It was really encouraging to have such a big student section especially against one of our rivals.”

Head coach John Penberthy I proud of the way the girls played and happy with the student section.

“I thought they played really well. The girls played with a lot of energy and excitement and it showed,” Penberthy said. “They competed really well against the number one team in division five, it wa also fun to have a really big student section. We played well jut came out on the short end.”

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By |2014-10-23T00:00:00-07:00October 23rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 13-9 overall and 1-4 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 21. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 23, as the Eagles play a home game against Caruthers High School.

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FC hosted the Riverdale Cowgirls at home Oct. 21, hoping to win their second league game of the year.

FC looses 3-2 to the Riverdale Cowgirls, Oct. 21

FC hosted the Riverdale Cowgirls at home Oct. 21, hoping to win their second league game of the year.

With one league win under their belts the Eagles came out with confidence and fire in the first set, conquering 25-12.

In the second set, the Eagles lost some of their edge and focus yet still managed to maintain the lead, 28-26.

The Cowgirls gained tremendous amount of momentum in the third set and fought hard to beat the Eagles, 25-14.

Still ahead, the Eagles came out flat and were unable to find a foothold losing, 25-16.

In the fifth and final set, the Eagles were clearly ready to fight, both teams were neck and neck with each other for the majority of the set. However the Eagles still could not manage to stand their ground against the Cowgirls losing the set 15-13 and the match 3-2.

Senior Ashley Garcia is disappointed by the loss but hopes that the team learns from their mistakes.

It was really disappointing and frustrating to lose to them, especially coming in to it since we though we were going to win. So I think we just came in too confident.” Garcia said.

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy believes the team underestimated the Cowgirls.

“I think that this game sucked,” Penberthy said. “We underestimated them and they got the momentum, we just couldn’t get back on offense. We played defense for three games.”

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By |2014-10-21T00:00:00-07:00October 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier

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The Eagles played the Parlier Panthers at home, Oct. 13. FC was looking for forward to winning their first league match.

VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2014, for dates, scores, and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 13-8 overall and 1-3 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 16. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 9, as the Eagles play a home game against Riverdale High School.
FC wins 3-0, wins first league game, Oct. 13

The Eagles played the Parlier Panthers at home, Oct. 13. FC was looking for forward to winning their first league match.

In the first set the Eagles came out focused and confident, beating the Panthers 25-6.

The Panthers managed to get a run on the Eagles in the second set, however they were unable to muster the strength to beat the determined Eagles who kept the score at a modest 25-14.

With two victorious sets under their belt, the Eagles decided to switch up the line up and allow players to play foreign positions. Despite the numerous lie up mistakes, the Eagles managed to seal the deal, 25-16.

Senior Ivette Ibarra, admits to feeling immense pressure to becoming the teams’ setter in the third set.

“When coach told me that I was going to be setting I really hoped he was joking,” Ibarra said. “It was really hard to ignore my instincts to get the first ball but it was pretty fun playing a new position and doing something out of the ordinary.”

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy enjoyed watching the team have fun and play well to achieve their fist league victory.

“They played with energy and excitement, it was a lot of fun,’ Penberthy said. “We played hard and had fun even though we knew this wasn’t going to be a hard match. My goal was to win quick in three and that’s what we did.”

The Eagles next home game is Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 5:30 p.m., against the Riverdale Cowgirls.

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By |2014-10-18T00:00:00-07:00October 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Seasoned senior brings leadership, experience to team

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Ward recalls admiring the high school cheerleaders and hoping to someday be just like them.

With an abundance of extra curricular activities to participate in, some choose art, others enjoy music but senior Kimberly Ward, loves cheer. Since the young age of five, Ward has never wavered in her love for it.

Ward recalls admiring the high school cheerleaders and hoping to someday be just like them.

“I was five years old when I started cheering. I wanted to start cheering when I saw some high school cheerleaders and I really wanted to be one of them,” Ward said. “I decided to stick with it all these years because it was just something really fun and I knew I was pretty good at it, so gradually I just came to love it more and more.”

Not only does is Ward a member of the FC cheer team, but also a member of the CenCal All-Star competition cheer team. She is a member of their ‘Inferno’ team which consists of cheerleaders in level 4.2.

Balancing cheer and social life seems difficult, but in reality it isn’t all that hard. I know when cheer practices are and I know when the games are, so I base my social life around those times and do schoolwork sometime after everything else. I’d rather have fun with friends and make memories than have sleep.–Kim Ward, ’15

Ward began competition cheer at five years of age and continued with it for two or three years, however, she quit and re-joined last year in 2013. Ward identifies the differences between the FC team and CenCal.

“At CenCal they require more dancing and it’s much less conservative, here at FC we can’t even move our hips,” Ward says. “It’s much more fast paced, while with FC we take the time to really teach the girls how to do something, or we work on things other than stunting.”

Flyer for Ward’s stunt group at FC and best friend, Callista Fries, ’15, has immense trust in Ward and is unable to imagine cheer without her.

“I trust Kim so much because she is my best friend and she has been my base for the past two years and she has not dropped me once so I know she will be there if I fall,” Fries said. “I love cheering with Kim, being as close as we are it’s good for us and we’re the only seniors on our team so it’s easier to lead. I can’t imagine cheer without her because having to lead alone would be terrible and she just helps with absolutely everything.”

High school is the time to make unforgettable memories with friends, and participating in two cheer teams will not stop Ward from spending time with her friends.

“Balancing cheer and social life seems difficult, but in reality it isn’t all that hard,” Ward said. “I know when cheer practices are and I know when the games are, so I base my social life around those times and do schoolwork sometime after everything else. I’d rather have fun with friends and make memories than have sleep.”

Despite cheer being that most dangerous female sport and number two in catastrophic when compared to all spots, Ward has not suffered from any cheer related injuries. However, she is able to recall her scariest cheer moment.

“One time last year we were trying to do a back tuck x, it’s like she [/fusion_builder_column]

[Callista] does a back tuck and she x’s out and falls,” Ward said. “So we tried that and Callista almost fell on her face and I caught her by her neck hoping she wouldn’t smack her head into the ground.”

Ward also will never forget the memories and accomplishments that cheer has brought, including her top cheer moment to date at the Jamz Nationals.

“Last year at the Jamz Nationals we were in a level five stunt group competition, which is crazy hard. We were supposed to be placed in level three but we ended up getting second place out of five or six teams.”

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For more sports, read the Oct. 17 article, Volleyball sport short: Minarets.

By |2014-10-17T00:00:00-07:00October 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Annual event encourages students to pray, worship as one

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The worship team gathers together to lead worship at SYATP.

On Sept. 24, students around the nation gather in prayer for their communities, schools, teachers, friends and families. FC students met in the quad at 7 a.m. for prayer and worship at the annual See You At The Pole (SYATP) event.

The SYATP event started in 1990 by a small group of students in Texas, and gradually increased in popularity. Currently there are more than three million students that participate in SYATP. The event was created with the intent that students would organize, plan and lead it.

The 2014 theme verse for the event which speaks about the armor of Christ, to stand tall and share the love of Christ. The SYATP hash tag was #neverstoppraying, encouraging students all over the world that no matter what day it is, to continuously pray, based on Ephesians 6:18.

The early morning time prevented some students from attending; however those that did participated in a unified worship time, then split up into small groups to pray for various things.

Sophomore Sydney Belmont has participated in SYATP for two years and enjoys that the school is able to come together and pray about everything.

“I went to See You At The Pole last year so I knew what to expect, it was pretty much the same this year too because we all prayed about the same things,” Belmont said. “I like that we get the chance to get with other people and pray about things that we all know something about.”

Senior Collin Winegarden led worship during SYATP and admits to being nervous beforehand.

“It was fun to lead worship, I felt that we got a pretty good response from everyone there. Not going to lie though it was a little uncomfortable because there was a giant circle around me,” Winegarden said. “I was pretty nervous because I don’t play or sing in front of people very often so that was different.”

Freshmen and first time attendant, Celeste Counts enjoyed watching the school unify and pray together.

“This was my first year attending See You At The Pole, and I really liked it. It was good to see everyone praying and worshiping together,” Counts said. “I would say that it was pretty much what I expected it to be, I had hoped more people would show up to pray over the school, but otherwise it was good.”

Leadership Adviser Vickey Belmont recently lost her father-in-law and found that SYATP was a very healing experience.

“I think this year went great. There was a big turn out and lots of kids and staff,” said Belmont. “My father-in-law had just passed away, I was very emotional. I felt like I was surrounded with a lot of love and a lot of prayer.”

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For more features, read Sept. 23 article Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00-07:00September 29th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Student Leadership: Prepares for homecoming

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With homecoming on the way, Oct. 31, the class has begun planning out the various pageants that the homecoming court will participate in.

Student leadership is taking a more active role in promoting student involvement this school year. Please return to read about how FC students are actively learning, serving and promoting teen events on and off campus in this weekly article series.

The leadership class has invested in The Anatomy of a Disciple by Dr. Rick Taylor. Students continue to learn about what it means to be a disciple and how they can be true disciples of Christ in the modern world.

With homecoming on the way, Oct. 31, the class has begun planning out the various pageants that the homecoming court will participate in. Dress up days have already been established and will be revealed to the student body within the next two weeks.

Both volleyball games will be away this week, on Tues. the team will travel to play Summit Charter Collegiate Academy in Portervile and only the varsity team will travel to Alpaugh to play Alpaugh high school, Oct. 2.

The next leadership class meeting will be held on Tues., Sept. 30 to continue to plan the festivities of homecoming week and preparation for Grandparent’s Day, Oct.3 from 8 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.

Grandparents are welcome to sit in on their grandchild’s classes and a luncheon will be held to celebrate the grandparents that attend. Shuttle services will be available in parking lots ‘A’ and ‘F’.

Leadership students will also help in setting up and serving dinner for Isabel Anderson’s masquerade dinner, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. in the FC gym. Anderson was diagnosed with a rare case of brain cancer and has gone through six weeks of radiation treatment. The purpose of the dinner is to raise money for the Anderson family. Anyone is welcome to attend and those who cannot are free to donate to the organization.

The next home football game will be next Friday, Oct. 10 against Kings Christain. Make sure to come out and support your Eagles!

For more news, read the Sept. 24 article, Leadership attends monthly WSL meeting, improves events

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By |2014-09-29T00:00:00-07:00September 29th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: It's rally time!

IMG_9624Kylie Bell

Student leadership will host a rally in the FC gym at 2:30 p.m. to raise school spirit in honor of the football game, Sept.

Student leadership will host a rally in the FC gym at 2:30 p.m. to raise school spirit in honor of the football game, Sept. 5. The theme will be The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). Class colors are as follows: seniors wear red, juniors wear blue, sophomores wear purple, freshmen wear orange.

In order to celebrate the result of the first home football game of the season against Coast Union High School, student leadership will hold a 5th quarter in the PC gym.

Admission is $4 for students, $8 for non-students and free for the football players. This includes pizza, candy, drinks and volleyball.

Freshmen Erin Wilson anticipates her first high school rally as a high school student.

“I’m excited and I think it will be really fun,” Wilson said. “The junior high rallies people didn’t get very involved, we just played a bunch of games.”

Morgan Miller, ’16, likes the new location of 5th quarter because of the proximity.

“I’m excited for 5th quarter in the PC gym because you don’t have to drive anywhere or leave campus, its super convenient,” Miller said. “I’m really looking forward to hanging out with all of my friends like we did at last year’s 5th quarters.”

Leadership advisor, Vickey Belmont, shares the new features 5th quarter has to offer.

“We are having 5th quarter in the PC gym this week because we though we would try something new in order to get everyone there,” Belmont said. “There is going to be music, food and some volleyball so its going to be lot so fun because its going to be something we haven’t done before.”

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For more new, read Aug. 29 article, Student Leadership: Speaks out.

By |2014-09-05T00:00:00-07:00September 5th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls tennis returns after years of absence

IMG_8925Kylie Bell

The girl’s team is made up of six players. The top four players on the tennis play singles, and fifth and sixth play doubles.

With the absence of the girls tennis team for the past few years, girls were either forced to abstain from the sport altogether or play on the boy’s team in the spring.

The girl’s team is made up of six players. The top four players on the tennis play singles, and fifth and sixth play doubles. Their first game took place at FC against Coalinga, Aug, 28. They lost the match as a whole losing both singles and doubles.

Being able to bring back tennis provides our students with more athletic and competitive opportunities then they’ve had in the last few years. It gives come girls a chance to play a sport they haven’t played before and have new experiences. It broadens the scope of what we are able to provide our students as a school.–Mick Fuller, Co-athletic Director

The Lady Eagles are scheduled to play their next game against the Caruthers Blue Raiders at home, Sept. 2. And will play against Avenal at home as well, Sept. 4.

Sophomore Karagin Udall played junior high tennis and has kept up her skills through various camps and is excited to be a member of the new tennis team.

“I’ve been playing tennis for about three years, I started at FC in the seventh grade and just went to different camps to keep me in the sport,” Udall said. “I was really excited that we got a tennis team this year because I know last year was a bummer that we didn’t have one.”

Athletic Director Michael Fuller looks forward to the wider variety of athletics that girl’s tennis will provide.

“Being able to bring back tennis provides our students with more athletic and competitive opportunities then they’ve had in the last few years,” Fuller said. “It gives come girls a chance to play a sport they haven’t played before and have new experiences. It broadens the scope of what we are able to provide our students as a school.”

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For more sports, read the Aug.28, Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel.

By |2014-08-29T00:00:00-07:00August 29th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments