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Senior reflection: Trevor Beal

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Trevor Beal will be attending Fresno State for a degree in business.

I have been a part of The Feather staff for two years now, I have experienced countless benefits of Greg Stobbe‘s continued teaching and collaboration with my Feather colleagues. Before I joined The Feather I was below par writer, every writing assignment that I received before then was a battle. I didn’t know how to formulate the points that I wanted to make or how to present them to a reader. But that all changed in 2013, since then I have written articles well over 1000 words and have been a part of two national championship Feather seasons.

This year was my biggest and most recognizable contribution to the paper, I set out at the beginning of this season to write about larger and more high profile stories than in the past. Interviewing has always been a strong suit for me and I put it into effect by talking to Robert Edsel, writer of the movie Monuments Men, Norris Jernigan, pin pointer of the atomic bomb drops, and Robert Whitaker who was the head of security for the World Trade Center during September 2001.

Journalism is not for everyone, hard work and creativity are staples in the career at any level. I would like to thank The Feather staff and Greg Stobbe for continually pushing me and my work to the higher possible level we could reach. — Trevor Beal

These stories and people forced me to better my writing and interviewing skills because I wanted to do their stories justice, I wanted to be known as that high school journalist that exceeded their expectation. Journalism is not for everyone, hard work and creativity are staples in the career at any level. I would like to thank The Feather staff and Greg Stobbe for continually pushing me and my work to the higher possible level we could reach.

The feather is a great tool that should be utilized by all students at FC whether it be writing a guest article, just reading, or working full time, you will not regret it; I promise.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @beal_trevor.

For more opinions, read Senior Reflection: Ashely Garcia.

By |2015-05-07T08:21:57+00:00May 7th, 2015|Column, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FC hits NY: Day 5 (SLIDESHOW)

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Feather editors Ryan King, Chloe Mueller, Rees Roggenstein and Sara Peterson bask in the glow of a CSPA Digital Gold Crown while at Columbia University, March 20.

Since arriving in New York, the staff have awaited this moment with nausea. Hoping that they could once again grab the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Digital Gold Crown at the 91st annual convention and continue the winning streak. The team began the day with hope in their eyes.

Just like every other day, the team straggled into the lobby where the students met and then left to their various destination. Today their trip to Columbia University and find out their fate. Editors-in-Chiefs Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller led a class early in the morning, while the rest of team like previous days attended the other various lectures by prominent figures within the journalistic society.

After the first class, the team decided to rest and work on the ever needy Feather. Students took this opportunity to rest in the lounges around the college. Finally the moment arrived, the editors filed into the auditorium where their fate rested.

Because of the over 2,600 students and 299 schools in attendance, the names of the winners were rattled off in an alphabetical order. The team waited with faces tense and eyes glued to the screen, their time came and went, the Feather had not been called, all the editors turned in shock and confusion.

However, God has a since of humor known only to himself. The association misplaced The Feather in the line-up, and ten minutes later were called to the front of the auditorium.

The team headed outside to find snow piling upon itself, increasing the joy of their seven-month accomplishment. The entirely new team had pulled it off; they won a Gold Crown, proving that anybody with a heart can make it to the top. After taking numerous photos out in the snow of this terrific event for the school and the program, the team headed back for some rest.

After making it back to the hotel, students split off and took a rest in preparation for a celebratory dinner, all fees paid for. Joyful and excited, the team rested and headed off to dinner. The last day touring New York was over and their time to leave had come. For a final time, students will once again rise early, but this time to head back home.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @Josh_Carter.

For more news, read the March 19 article, FC hits NY: Day 4 (SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2015|Features, News, Photos 2014-15, Uncategorized|1 Comment

FC hits NY: Day 2 (SLIDESHOW, VIDEO)

GroupHotelDay2Greg Stobbe, adviser

While the group still needs to tighten up sessions for the CSPA convention, Feather editors gather in the lobby of Hotel Edison before they embark on a day of touring Manhattan, March 17.

The Feather editors started their first day of tourism in New York City on the holy day for the Irish: St. Patty’s Day, March 17. With a couple of days dedicated to checking out the Big Apple before attending and speaking at the 91st annual Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s (CSPA) convention, today FC hits NY.

Attempting to avoid a sea of green chaos, adviser Greg Stobbe suggested the team spend most of their day in Little Italy and Soho, eating and shopping. The staff departed Hotel Edison at 8:15 a.m. and made their way to the nearest subway station before the parades and celebrators crowded Times Square.

Not eating before their departure, the staff insisted that the first thing they do in Little Italy was get breakfast before treading onward to shopping. Heading the cries of his people, Stobbe led his staff to Ferrara: an Italian bakery and cafe with a wide range of different kinds of food options. Though breakfast meats were available, many of the students opted for the pastries.

After finishing breakfast the female staffers abandoned their male counterparts to get an early start on their shopping, leaving the men behind in the cafe in favor of rushing to Soho and all its stores had to offer. Their shopping spree was short lived, however, as a couple of the girls fell ill and left Soho early to get back to the comfort of their hotel rooms.

Though the women were down for the count, the men endured through the elements and their check balances. Before impending bankruptcy set itself upon them, Stobbe intervened and called the men to Il Palazzo where they enjoyed an authentic Italian lunch. The boys left for the hotel at 2 p.m. and arrived at around 2:30 p.m.

Having about five hours of rest time before the first play of the New York trip, students took full advantage of this opportunity to get much needed shut eye. Many of the students stayed awake from Monday morning to Tuesday afternoon without sleep, easily achieving an “all-nighter.”

After the five-hour nap, the students woke from their dens and began preparing for the first play of many on their trip. Upon departing the hotel 7:10 p.m. everyone soon felt the nose numbing wind that New York had to offer. Racing from the subways and the streets the team eventually made their way to the first play, The King and I, which began 8 p.m. and ended at 11 p.m.

Once the play ended, hunger soon plagued the students again. They left the theatre and moved to the subways to get back to Times Square. Upon arriving, the team immediately spotted an Applebees and moved like predatory animals towards this beacon. Once they finished their food everyone departed for the hotel and arrived at 12:30 a.m.

Most of the Feather staff went to their rooms and prepared the next day for the journalism conference at Columbia University.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @RRoggenstein.

For more about The Feather in NY, read the March 16 article, FC hits NY: Day 1 (Slideshow, Video).

FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 31 (VIDEO)

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This is the 31st episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 2-7, 2015.

This is the 31st episode of “FC Underground, 2014-15,” covering the week of March 2-7, 2015. Senior Callista Fries is a third-year host and broadcasts the video news alone normally. FC Underground is a weekly segment hosted by Fries, filmed and produced by junior videographer Tim Nyberg.

Lunch Schedule:
Monday: No Lunch
Tuesday: No Lunch
Wednesday: Pacifica Pizza
Thursday: Chik-Fil-a
Friday: Pacifica Pizza

Sports for the week:
Tuesday:
Softball has a home game starting at 3:30.
Baseball has a game at Laton HS, starting at 3:30.
Tennis has a match at Caruthers, beginning at 3:30.
Golf has a match at Riverside course, starting at 2:30.
Friday:
Softball has another home game, also beginning at 3:30.
Saturday:
Baseball has a double header at home, the first game is at 11 a.m.

Kids Day is March 3, be sure to buy a paper in support of Valley Children’s Hospital.

Wed. March 3 Sister to Sister has an off campus lunch.

Western Wednesday will be March 4, if you dress up, you will receive a free root beer float!

The annul Night Of The Stars is on March 28, tickets are being sold at lunch and in the office for $55.

For these and other events, read The Feather Online announcements at the Daily News on the right menu bar. The FC Underground segments consist of news, interviews, profiles and comments on campus life. Each episode is between two and three minutes in length.

“FC Underground” first ran in the fall of 1997 and continued until the spring of 2001. In the fall of 2009, editor-in-chief Suzanna Quiring , ’10, resumed the series, which was then produced by Paige Powell, ’10. After Quiring and Powell graduated, Brooke Stobbe and David Casuga took up the job until the end the 2011-’12 school year. Now, Fries and usually junior Tim Nyberg continue the segments.

By |2015-03-03T00:00:00+00:00March 3rd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for D-VI championship (Video)

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Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship, Feb. 24. Looks like one of the team’s players has her game face on.

The last time the girls soccer team won a Valley Championship was under coach George Freeman in 2001. Yet the 2015 team will face Frazier Mountain of Lebec, CA, (14-2-3 League 6-1-1) for the CIF Central Section Division VI Championship on Eagle Stadium field, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Over the last few years under coach Tony Martinez, the FC girls have compiled an 11-8-2 record but went 4-5-1 in West Sequoia League play.

In their last two games, the Eagles defeated Firebaugh, 3-0, Feb. 17, and then surprised Farmersville (15-5-1, 7-1-1) on the road, Feb. 19, to get to the championship game. The Falcons reached the finals after defeating Riverdale, 2-1, Feb. 21, after scoring the winning goal in overtime.

Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship.

Tickets for the game will only be available at the gate. No CIF passes will be honored. All spectators need tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for students.

Val Rivera has the pitch dry and ready for a championship match. Please consider passing along this information via word of mouth, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Let the Eagle community know that the girls are playing for bragging rights user the lights, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

For more videos, check out FC Underground 2014-’15, No. 30 (VIDEO).

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline.

By |2015-02-23T00:00:00+00:00February 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Fight to the Finish, Feb. 13

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Senior Taylor Howard kicks the ball to get it out of FC territory.

The final game of league had finally arrived and it took place at the Caruthers Blue Raiders. The girls played earlier and lost 5-1, eager to make up for the girls, the boys jogged onto the field ready to take the win. After the Senior Night proceedings had finished, the game began with a senior squad on the field for Caruthers and the first string for FC.

In the first five minutes FC took control, startling the Blue Raider into subbing out the seniors and playing their first string. After this dramatic change things took more of an even path, possession changed constantly between these two evenly matched teams. Yet the rivalry between FC and Caruthers was tremendous, leading to numerous fouls on both sides of the pitch. Both teams attained several chances on goal, but all were just feet from achieving their purpose.

Within the last ten minutes of the first half the Blue Raiders scored. Despite this point, the game was just as capable of turning to a win for the Eagles. The half ended with both teams equally matched, yet the BlueRaiders were able to cash in one of their chances.

The teams came back onto the pitch, an interesting game was sure to come for the spectators, the Blue Raiders, previously believed that victory would be achieved with there subs, but they were finding it tough to take control of the ball with their first string.

The second half began and the Eagles started out eager for a goal, halfway through the half FC scored, tying it up bringing the game back to an even playing field. The Eagles defense remained strong till the end of regulation tie, giving a brief respite to the exhausted players.

The first ten minutes of overtime began, here, we would find out which teams were the fittest and able to push through their exhaustion. Five minutes in, the Blue Raiders scored, causing a little panic within the FC bench, but the Eagles often score within the second half of the two half system, with luck a point would come their way.

Second overtime came with the Blue Raiders ahead 2-1, and the Eagles given ten minutes to grab a tie or win. However their hopes were to be crushed, despite numerous attempts the Eagles remained scoreless, giving the win to Caruthers, and their playoff situation in a precarious place.

Junior Andrew Moore believed the team played well ad was happy with the end, despite the loss.

“Despite the result of the game, I thought that we had a great effort from the whole team,” Moore said. “Obviously it would have been great to go home with a win, but I’m content with the way that our team performed. It proved that we’re able to play with any team we come against.”

The Eagles will next play the Orange Cove Titans, a playoff game.

This writer can be reached via twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00+00:00February 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Orange Cove

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Boys soccer playoff game, Feb. 18

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Captain Taylor Howard attempts to pass the last Parlier defender for a chance to score.

After a tough season the FC Eagles boys soccer team were able to sneak into a long awaited playoffs game. The Eagles drew cards against the Orange Cove Titans, who they had previously faced in the first game of the year. Eager to take the win, the game began and their hopes of making it to the championship game started.

The first half began, slow, the midfielders finding it difficult to maintain the ball for a length of time. However this soon changed within the next five to ten minutes where both teams began to amass several chances on goal. However due to the eagles type of formation on the field, FC remianed on defense for most of the game. And as was assumed the Titans scored. early in the game. The Eagles kept their heads up however and tried their best to grab a point, however luck semed to not be with them today. All shots were blocked or just barely off target. This ended the first half and pushed them farther away from making it to the championship game.

The second half began and the Eagles still had multiple chances on goal yet all were picked up by the Titans goalie. Once again the Titans scored increasing their lead 2-0. Five minutes left in the game, the Eagles brought the ball down the field. They amassed 5 shots on goal, a penalty gick just outside the box, several corners yet all were just inches from a gaol, and the chance of tyin ghte game back up. The game fianlly ended with the final score 2-0, and the Titans would be traveling on in the playoffs.

The final game was an ironic end to the Eagles season as they played them for their first game, and played them in their last game.

Head coach Matt Markarian was satisfied with the end result of the season but was sad with how the game went.

“For the first time in a long while, the team made it to playoffs,” Markarian said. “This year, however, was a great stepping stone for the next two years to come and I am eager to see what is to come. This game though, luck was just not on our side, none of our shots could go in, it just wasn’t our day.”

Senior Adam Khouzam was sad with the loss but was happy with where the team ended up by the end of season.

“It was too bad we lost, but it was a great season,” Khouzam said. “We had a fantastic time this year in soccer and I am glad I joined in on the fun, I wouldnt have missed it for the world. As I go off to college, the memories which I made will stay with me and remind me of what a big school sport can give to you.”

For more sports the article Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers.

Follow The Feather via Twitter @thefeather, Instagram @thefeatheronline and Facebook @thefeatheronline. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2015-02-20T00:00:00+00:00February 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Parlier

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Team suffers disappointing loss, Jan. 20

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Sophomore Jared Markarian takes a break before a corner kick.

As the FC boys soccer team warmed up on the field, the Parlier Panthers Senior Night ceremony began. Ten minutes later both teams were in place and fans were eager for the start of the game.

Both teams came out ready for a fight, both fighting for possesion of the ball. While the Eagles playing style is to steal the ball and attack, the Panthers focus on retaining the ball and slowly moving up the field though passing. This mean that the Eagles tended to be on defense for the majority of the game. Both teams had an equal amount of chances on goal, yet the first half remained 0-0.

At the start of the second, again, both teams came out ready for a fight, wanting the win. Yet the Eagles defense was first to make their mistake, and the Panthers scored two points within ten minutes. But the the Eagles retaliated with two of their own, bringing the score one again to a tie. The showdown continued but once again the defense let a final shot slip by, giving the Panthers the lead within the final few minutes of the game. The Eagles lost with a finals score of 3-2.

Senior and outside mid Jordan Castro believed the team played well and with a passion and that the win was within the teams grasp

“We almost had that win,” Castro said. “We played hard, despite the final outcome and the defense just et one too many goals by them. Hopefully we can fix this and face the upcoming teams with renewed vigor.”

Junior and midfielder Davis Borrego thought he and the team played to the best of there ability and just got unlucky.

“We played a great game,” Borrego said. “We played hard and the Panthers just slipped in a final goal within the last few minutes of the game. We just need to continue on to the last game and not let this loss get into our heads.”

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2015-02-19T00:00:00+00:00February 19th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Riverdale NOT DONE (picture)

Recent loss attributed to on field injury

The Eagles soccer team traveled to the game knowing a win would be tough to grab, but they came out for a fight. The night was young, the lights were bright and the teams were on the field awaiting for the referees whistle.

The first half was a whirl wind of plays, the Eagles able to maintain the ball for a period of time along with the Cowboys. Considering Riverdale was one of the best in league FC had came out on fire and capable of giving the Cowboys a fight for there money. The first half ended with the score tied 1-1.

Within the first few minutes of the second half the Cowboys pulled a point out of the hat. Throughout the game FC started to accumulate several injuries but they came out slow and unwilling to fight for all of there work which they put into the game in the first half.

With 20 minutes left in the game the Cowboys had increased the score to 5-1. Defender and stopper Josh Carter was in a collision with marking back Amrit Paul Gill. Fearing a concussion the players were not taken off the field, both players had large amounts of blood flowing from their injuries. Ten minutes later play began and the Cowboys scored a final time, ending the game 6-1.

In the aftermath both players received relatively minor and short lasting injuries. The Feather sends their prayers to the players and hopes that they get better.

Junior Andrew Moore was shocked to see his teammates collide on the field, but was thankful there were no serious injuries.

“I turned around just in time to see Josh and Amrit run into each other,” Moore said. “Thankfully though neither one of them were injured to seriously and were back at school the next day. Hopefully this doesnt happen again and we can keep our team healthy.”

The Eagles will next play the Caruthers Blue Raiders on Feb. 10.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

Boys soccer sport short: Minarets (Senior Night)

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15

(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 3-1-7 as of Feb. 3.

First win in 5 years on Senior Night

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Senior boys pose with Head coach Matt Markarian after the senior night game against the Minaret Mustangs.

The last home game finally arrived with the usual and ever remembered Senior Night. This game commemorates the seniors on the team with a small ceremony and the wonderfully labeled twinkies. The team wore the home jerseys worn by the first FC team whose first colors were gold and maroon 15 years ago.

After the ceremonies had finished, the game began with a crowd eager to see an enjoyable game. Right off the bat the Eagles created multiple chances within the first five minutes. Finally senior and striker Taylor Howard scored, this celebration was short lived with a mistake by the defense and the Mustangs tying it up 1-1. For the rest of the first half, both teams created chances for goals but were shut down by the defense and goalies.

For first half the Eagles seemed to bot play to there full potential, but at the start of the second this thought perished with a goal by Junior Davis Borrego. Within the first ten minutes of play, FC had increased their lead by three and relaxed 4-1. As the game continued, the Mustangs settled into there fate leaving the win for the Eagles and giving the FC boys there first win in over 5 years.

Head coach Matt Markarian was happy with how the team played and was pleased with the effort Taylor Howard gave.

I was really happy with the way the team played, Markarian said. “Taylor Howard led us with his effort and goal scoring. It was nice to grab a win after being so close in so many of our games. Hopefully we can come off of this win with more confidence and chances of winning.”

Senior Adam Khouzam was grateful for the win and the fact that they officially won a game in league.

“It was great to be the first team to officially win a game,” Khouzam said. “Our defense played well and our offense finished at the net. Unlike the other games where we couldn’t finish, this game showed that by finishing we are capable of playing in this league and competing with league teams.”

“This great win for our team,” Howard said. “Being able to win on senior night against one of our rivals was the perfect way to play my last home game. I am proud of the way our team played and the battle in which they faced to take the win.”

The Eagles will be playing Caruthers High School, Feb. 13.

For more sports, read the article

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2015-02-12T00:00:00+00:00February 12th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

2015 FC Serve Day

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Fresno Christian’s second annual Serve Day is coming up. This year it will be Feb. 19. Staff and students will be going to The Poverello House, Community Food Bank, Kepler Neighborhood School, Ted C Wills Community Center and Neighborhood Thrift Store.

After chapel most of the student body will break up into groups and travel by bus to southwest Fresno to serve at these locations.

Students are encouraged to wear clothing that they can get dirty in or get paint on. This is not an event to look their best. Make-up is not required.

Activities will include painting and graffiti clean-up, reading and playing with youth, serving meals, cleaning up store and boxing materials for resale and working in wear houses.

Students will leave around or just before 10 a.m. and return to campus no later than 3 p.m. Only students who cannot participate are required to bring a “reverse permission slip.” Parents should sign this if their student will not participate in Serve Day 2015 and need to remain on campus.

Please check back with this paper to find out more about FC Serve Day 2015 and please use the #FCServes2015 in Instagram and Twitter posts.

For more Feather videos, check out Take the kindness challenge (Video) or visit The Feather’s Vimeo page.

By |2015-02-10T00:00:00+00:00February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos, Videos 2014-15|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport shorts: Fowler

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15

(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 3-1-7 as of Jan. 13.

Eagles experience a tough loss

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Junior and forward leaps forward in an attempt to take a shot on goal.

The Eagles began league facing off the Fowler Redcats and have currently reached the halfway point in their array of games. Teams will now play the same teams once again, now knowing where they stand in league teams hope to prove themselves to make it to the playoffs.

FC played the Redcats once again yet in Fowlers stadium, in the previous game the Eagles lost 1-2 in a close game. Yet this new game turned out a little different; the FC boys soccer team started out flat, causing Fowler to gain the upper hand. Within the first two minutes of the game the Redcats scored with senior and star player No. 5, Hugo Mendez.

This first goal was a sign of what was to come in the first half, the Eagles remained scoreless while the Redcats staked the scoreboard ending the first half 5-0.

In the second half the Eagles came out with their defense strong and ready for another fight. While the Eagles defense had worked out the kinks, the offense still remained unable to score. By the end of the game FC trailed 7-1.

Jordan Castro was disappointed with how the team played but knew that it was just one of those days.

“Our team just couldn’t pull it together,” Castro said. “While unlike us, the Redcats came out on fire and eager to pull a win for their home crowd. Let’s hope that we don’t have another one of these games in the weeks to come.”

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

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Varsity boys basketball gear up for playoffs (VIDEO)

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Eagle basketball fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m.

The Caruthers Blue Raiders (2-1 in WSL) and the FC Eagles basketball team(2-1 in WSL) took to the floor for the much anticipated rivalry game between the two schools, Jan. 27, 2015. The past two years, the Blue Raiders have been winless when traveling to Fresno, and they were looking to break that streak with a win.

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

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

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

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

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

Fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m. Additionally, please put the varsity boys’ Senior Night on your calendar as the Eagles will honor their seniors and host Minarets, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

By |2015-01-30T00:00:00+00:00January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized, Videos 2014-15, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Fowler

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2014-2015, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 3-1-7 as of Jan. 13

Boy’s fall short againt the Fowler Redcats

Taylor-soccer-picJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Captain Taylor Howard attempts to dribble past a Fowler defender in the second game of the season.

For the first league game of the year, the FC boys soccer team
played the Fowler Redcats at home on the North field. With fog overhead and the sun inching its way out, the game began, beginning the rivalry once again.

Both teams were slow to set themselves into the game yet within the first 10 minutes both teams were equally aggressive and matched. Chances on both sides were prevalent yet the Redcats were able to cash, leading 1-0. The Eagles were persistent though and with a long pass by sweeper Adam Khouzam, striker Joshua Carter scored off of a sprint, slotting the ball to the corner net..

At the beginning of the second half the Eagles came out asleep, while the Redcats started out strong and confident. Yet the Eagles managed to keep Fowler at bay, keeping the game tied 1-1. Halfway through the second half, the Redcats scored through the massive amount of players in the box, scoring off of accidental blocks and deflections, heading the ball in just out of goalie, Bailey Brogans reach. With fifteen minutes left in the half, forwards and mid’s attempted to tie it back up. Yet the goal was just out of reach and the Redcats won 2-1.

Head coach Matt Markarian was pleased with how the team played yet believes thatthe team lost because the team losing their composure in front of the goal.

“The team played well,” Markarian said. “We created chances and had a few near misses. I was proud of the effort of Josh Carter, he lead the team with his effort and presence on the field. For future games I am hoping to improve our composure and to finish in front of the net.”

Sophomore and first year soccer player Julian Castro was content with how he played yet knows that he and the defense have things to work on.

“I am a new player, but I am learning really quickly,” Castro said. “I was able to get some contacts and get the ball away from there offense most times. Yet as I am part of the defense, I am aware we need to really build our chemistry, since we have two first year layers as both marking backs. We really need to make sure we know what were doing and always be as physical as possible.”

The Eagles will next play the Minaret Mustangs on Jan. 16 at 5 o’clock.

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By |2015-01-16T00:00:00+00:00January 16th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Sports Center: Jan. 12 – Jan. 31

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In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays called Sports Center. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

Welcome back from Christmas break! Please take the time to add the following soccer and basketball games to your January calendar.

High school soccer starts West Sequoia League play this week with home games vs Fowler High School on Jan. 13-14 at 3:30 p.m. High school basketball starts their West Sequoia League play on Friday when high school soccer and basketball travel to O?Neals to take on the Minarets High School Mustangs, Jan. 16.

Soccer senior nights will be during the first week of February vs Minarets High School on the FC soccer field.

You can find the most up to date HS boys varsity basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS girls basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS boys JV basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS boys soccer schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS girls soccer schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

The department includes Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Co-Athletic Director Jon Penberthy, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

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Michelle Morse
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559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Upcoming FCS Sports Events:
1/13: HS boys soccer vs Fowler at 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/13: HS boys and girls basketball at Avenal High School
JV boys 4 p.m., varsity girls 5:30 pm, varsity boys 7 p.m.
1/16: HS boys and girls soccer @ Minarets High School
girls 3 p.m., boys 5 p.m.
1/16: HS boys and girls basketball @ Minarets High School
JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 8 p.m.
1/17: HS boys basketball @ Sierra Pacific High School Tournament

1/19: HS girls soccer vs Parlier HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/20: HS boys soccer vs Parlier HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/20: HS boys and girls basketball vs Parlier HS
JV boys 4:30 p.m., var girls 6 p.m., var boys 7:30 p.m.
1/22: HS girls soccer vs Riverdale HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/23: HS boys and girls basketball vs Riverdale HS
JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 7:30 p.m @ FC gym.

1/26: HS girls soccer vs Caruthers HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/27: HS boys soccer vs Caruthers HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/27: HS boys and girls soccer vs Caruthers HS @ FC Stadium
JV boys 4:30 pm, varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 7:30 p.m. @ FC gym
1/30: HS boys and girls soccer @ Fowler HS girls 3:45 p.m., boys 5:30 p.m.

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

This writer can be reached via Twitter @J0sh_carter.

By |2015-01-13T00:00:00+00:00January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Co-captain pushes her team with intensity, power

Captain Courtney Messer defends against the Sierra Chieftain offense.Kylie Bell

Captain Courtney Messer defends against the Sierra Chieftain offense.

Courtney Messer improves girls soccer through leadership skills

As winter sports get underway, teams start to rally around their strong and trustworthy players. These players provide morale, support and a strong glue between the teammates. One of these players in the girls soccer team is junior Courtney Messer, this co-captain pushes her team with intensity, power.

Messer began her career, under the tutelage of her father as a young girl. Despite being the second oldest sister of four, she brought her entire family into the sport.

Matthew Messer (Courtney’s father) lured her into the world of soccer because of his childhood memories and the hope of becoming a coach of his daughter’s team.

“I was first introduced to soccer in kindergarten by my dad,” Mathew said. “He played as a child and hoped that I would partake in the joy of the sport. Along with that, he wanted to coach and enjoyed watching me play.”

After Messer found the joy of playing on a soccer team, the rest of her sisters joined in with the fun, either gradually or with an instant love of the sport.

“My dad first persuaded me to play soccer,” Courtney said. “Yet once my sisters saw how much fun I was having, they joined in on the fun. Each one making soccer their primary sport. My oldest sister played on the Eagles team and lead them as captain. Hopefully I can do as well or better than her in my last two years of high school.”

Along with playing for the school soccer team, Courtney plays on an Alliance team. By doing this she has improved her soccer skills beyond what she thought was possible.

“By playing on a club team it has taught me numerous things which would have remained oblivious to me otherwise,” Messer said. “Along with learning these new skills there is just a different feel to club, it is more intense. This is because all who play are soccer fanatics, making games twice as fun and exhilarating.”

It’s nice that I can observe her every move. Just watching her be apart of the whole entire game rather than working along side her is great. Yet it’s really hard to watch her and not tell her what to do since I am now a spectator and not a player, participating alongside my sister. –Mikayla Messer, ’14, Courtney’s older sister

Olivia Messer , ’18, has enjoyed playing with her sister while being apart from the school soccer team and hopes that the team can achieve great things.

“Playing with your sister on the field is a different experience,” Olivia said. “I play rec in the summer and you don’t know anyone, but being apart of this school soccer team with Courtney is just filled with more trust. I know how Courtney will think and it plays to our advantage.”

Senior and co-captain Gabriela Siqueiros is extremely thankful for the power and the skill which Courtney plays with as a mid-fielder and how she pushes the team to play their best.

“Well, so far I’ve had to rely quite a bit on Courtney due to our third captain {Ivette Ibarra} being injured,” Siqueiros said. “Courtney is a good captain, she inspires me and the team to push ourselves through the intensity with which she plays with. Along with her intensity her skill level and player awareness is superb, making her a perfect fit for the mid-fielder position.”

Alumna and jr. high yearbook teacher Mikayla Messer, ’14, has loved watching her sister play yet finds it to be a struggle to not coach her from the stands.

“It’s nice that I can observe her every move,” Mikayla said. “Just watching her be apart of the whole entire game rather than working along side her is great. Yet it’s really hard to watch her and not tell her what to do since I am now a spectator and not a player, participating alongside my sister.”

As season approaches for the Eagles, Messer is hopeful for a strong finish and maybe a first place ending in league.

“I am especially looking forward to our league games,” Messer said. “Hopefully with all of our pre-season games and conditioning we will be ready to take on Fowler and our other school rivals. This is going to be a great season and I want everyone reading this to come out and support us.”

For more sports, read the Dec. 12 article, Senior contributes leadership to campus athletics.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2015-01-07T00:00:00+00:00January 7th, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

BRIEF: Fresno churches host Christmas concerts

TheFeatherLogoJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

As we come ever close to Christmas time, concerts and events are becoming ever more prevalent. Fresno in particular holds several events which are a must attend opportunity to the citizens of this community.

The main event following Thanksgiving is called the Messiah Sing-Along. It was started by Sam Barkman 38 years ago who directed it for 20 years, where upon his retirement the new worship leader of The First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Julie Carter took his place. It is currently in its 38th annual event and is looked forward to by hundreds, the average attendance is between 600-700.

Director Julie Carter, has been directing this event for the past 18 years and every year she looks forward to directing and putting the event together.

“I love directing the orchestra because they are all professionals,” Carter said. “Along with the orchestra, our church is oblong, which creates a delay, making it quite a difficult task to keep everyone together. Unlike most performances of the Messiah, anyone in the community has the chance be apart of it. Along with just singing parts of it, the audience also has the chance to sing the solo’s. This is unheard of because of the level of difficulty which the piece is.”

The event is free yet the event planners request for people to bring canned goods for the needy. Gottschalks Music Store in Clovis sells Messiah scores at the door for $10 and following the sing-along is an event called soup-along. It is put on by the church worship ministry team and a small donation is collected at the door.

The event begins at 3 p.m., yet for good seating, it is advised to arrive an hour early. Along with the Messiah, Fresno is holding a multitude of events, each with a similar rich history. The Feather hopes that the students and readers will attend the Messiah or one of the following Christmas concerts.

Nov. 30: Messiah Sing-along, 3 p.m. First Presbyterian church
Dec. 5: Women?s and Men?s Choir from Fresno Pacific University present their concert at 7:30 p.m. at Butler Mennonite Church. Call the FPU Music dept. for more info.
Dec. 6: Fresno Philharmonic Christmas Concert.
Dec. 6: San Joaquin Chorale and Fresno Pacific Concert Choir present a Christmas concert at the Shagoian Hall, 7:30pm.
Dec. 8: Fresno Christian JH/HS program, 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: Bach Children?s Choirs Christmas Concert at First Presbyterian Church, performances at 4 and 6 p.m.
Dec. 13: Earl Meyer?s Christmas concert.
Dec. 24: First Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve services: 4 p.m. Children?s service, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. choir, orchestra, message.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more news, read the Nov. 24 article, Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet.

By |2014-11-24T00:00:00+00:00November 24th, 2014|Community Events, FC Events, Music, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Kings Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

For a preview to the Eagles football 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 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 18.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Eagles suffer devastating loss, Nov. 14

IMG_1439Kylie Bell

Wide Receiver Tyler Breedlove dives for a fifty yard pass by Richard Morrison. Resulting in a touchdown for the Eagles.

The Eagles football team began their practices at the end of May, practicing four times a week over summer. They trained hard, waiting and in anticipation for the moment which they would make it to the Central Sierra (8-man) championship game. However, the boys came up a point short and lost one of the most exciting games of the year, 57-56, Nov. 14.

After the previous year, in which FC was destroyed by Kings Christian, the Eagles wanted to pick themselves off the ground, and they did. The FC football team played the Crusaders once again for the championship game on Friday night, it was televised by ABC 30 at 7 p.m., Nov. 14.

At the start of the first quarter the Eagles were on fire. Putting up two touchdowns with ease. The first touchdown was lead with an amazing catch by Tyler Breedlove which was thrown by Senior QB Richard Morrison. After this touchdown FC was given a confidence like none other, taking risks and making plays throughout the first two quarters which was unlike their usual play making.

While the Eagles put two touchdowns on the scoreboard, the Crusaders made a touchdown and achieved the extra point. This ended the first quarter 14-8. The crowd was in for either a blowout or an interesting game.

Following the same type of play in the first, FC continued with their strong offense. Putting points up onto the scored board with regularity. By the end of the second half the Eagles had the confidence, passion and yearning to win the championship game. At the halfway point the score predicted a blowout, 43-15. The Eagles left the field excited for the half to come and the crowd ecstatically cheering them on.

After the 15 minute break, the Eagles came back on to the field, their adrenaline worn off, and almost lazy, assuming that because of their enormous lead, they were assured the win. Yet FC was about to find out they were in a false reality.

That was the best football game I’ve been a part of. It was the way championship games should be. Both teams played well. There were big hits and big plays form both teams. I hope the boys remember that game and what it meant to be a part of it. The central valley had a chance to see something unusual– two well matched small Christian schools playing with a passion at a high level of intensity and efficiency. -Mick Fuller

In the first half of the third quarter, FC played the now excited and confident Crusaders, yet the Eagles seemed to slowly fall apart after each passing minute. Halfway through the quarter, the Crusaders began their so called, “reign of fire.” They scored 21 points in the last 7 minutes of official play. This achievement left the Eagles afraid and weary. By the end of the quarter, the Eagles remained scoreless, ending the quarter 43-36 still ahead.

The Crusaders were decreasing the distance, making a chance for themselves to win the championship. The Eagles defense slightly pulled themselves together, managing to pull together 13 points in the first eight minutes of play. Meanwhile the Crusaders pulled ahead of the Eagles. For the first time in the game, the Crusaders were ahead, leading by a touchdown, 57-50.

With five minutes left in the game, FC were given the chance to pull themselves back to a tie. They scored a late TD but the extra point failed.

Two more drives were available to the Eagles after a supreme job on the defense in stopping the Crusaders. The first drive was wasted and the offense was unable to make more than ten yards of offense. In the drive for the Eagles, Richard threw a long ball for the third time to Breedlove. The pass was overthrown by a few feet, and Breedlove rolled on the ground with broken ribs. The drive for the Eagles had failed and possession was back with the Crusaders.

With less than a minute left, Kings Christian wasted time and ended the game 57-56.

Head coach Mick Fuller was glad to have been involved with the game, and is thankful that his players got the chance to be apart of such a game.

“That was the best football game I’ve been a part of,” Fuller said. “It was the way championship games should be. Both teams played well. There were big hits and big plays form both teams. I hope the boys remember that game and what it meant to be a part of it. The central valley had a chance to see something unusual– two well matched small Christian schools playing with a passion at a high level of intensity and efficiency.”

Wide receiver and defensive back Breedlove thought the game was the best one he had ever been apart of and wishes that the Eagles had come out of the second half differently. Breedlove achieved 141 yards receiving and proved to be a valuable player for starting FC drives. These achievements lead to Breedlove being nominated for the Week 11 Offensive Player of the Week. After the voting had finished, Tyler Beedlove lost in second place.

“That was the game of my life,” Breedlove said. “I made two amazing catches and I won’t ever forget them. Yet we seemed to come out after half rather lackadaisically. Both Rick {Morrison} and Chris {Kollenkark} played incredibly well and I am thankful for their presence on the field.”

Head coach Mick Fuller believed the reason for the great first half was due to some confusion on the Crusaders defense, and the breakdown of the Eagles in the second half were some accidental mistakes.

“Our team was able to start fast and take advantage of some confusion in the Kings defense,” Fuller said. “We also were aggressive defensively and made some stops in the first half. Yet in the second half Kings took advantage of some breakdowns and personnel changes in our passing defense. On offense, we had a few errant passes and dropped passes. We committed turn-over and a couple of penalties that gave Kings first downs and good field position that that they were able to capitalize on.”

Despite the loss, Chris Kollenkark was thankful for the season and the chance to meet the multi-schoolers. Kollenkark received 117 yds rushing for 4 td’s along with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery, this granted him to be the overall player of the game. Along with Tyler, he was nominated the defensive player for the Week 11 Defensive Player of the Week. Yet like Tyler, he placed second by about a 100 votes.

“It was nice to just get to know my teammates and the multi-school students, Kollenkark said. “When we came out of the second half we just needed to focus more. We were overconfident, and I hope that next year we wont ever make that same mistake again.”

FC had 587 all purpose yards, and 566 total yards. Rick Morrison was the offensive player of the game and made 13/30 passing with 258 yds and 68 yds rushing and whom led a potent offense that scored 56 points.

Meanwhile the defense achieved 56 tackles and one conversion. The Defensive player of the game was Junior Sawyer Bachman who had 10 tackles and gave the team inspiration and intensity throughout the whole game.

The Eagles finished their official season 4-1 and 7-4 overall. Congrats to the football team for making it all the way to the championship game from The Feather.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more sports, read the Nov. 14 article, Senior utilizes natural talent, athletic finesse.

By |2014-11-18T00:00:00+00:00November 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior utilizes natural talent, athletic finesse

Rick-and-Nick-picKylie Bell

Seniors Nick Morrison, Dillon Owens, Richard Morrison, and Austin Insco pose for a photo before a home game.

Richard Morrison, now a senior, came to FC during the middle of his sophomore year. He came due to the sports program and the Christian environment which is strong within the school.

Morrison and his twin brother, Nick, came from Acel Fresno Charter High School which like FC is small and intimate. After his arrival, he immediately joined the sports department. Becoming an avid athlete in the tennis program and the soon to be eight man football team.

Morrison came to FC from a small school and joined the Eagles tennis team. In the next year he made it to the playoffs, winning the first of several games.

“The first playoff game was difficult,” Morrison said. “But I had to be mentally strong and it was hard but I pulled through and won it in the last point. The team was a great support for me and encouraged me to play in other sports.”

With this accomplishment in his pocket, Morrison was ready and confident to become the quarter back for the Eagles football team. Along with the win, Morrison attained the determination to improve his athletic finesse.

“I was first introduced to football by my family at the start of my junior year,” Morrison said. “Due to my good arm they thought QB would be a good fit and encouraged me to tryout for football. I guess they were right because I ended up as the starting quarterback.”

Along with pushing Morrison to play football, his family wanted his twin Nicholas Morrison to take the challenge, this has resulted in a cooperation between the two like none other.

“Rick stared playing the same year I started,” Nicholas said. “After I joined, he saw how much I enjoyed it, and started coming out to practice, reveling all of what I had been around. It is nice to have my brother playing with me, especially because we have a deeper connection. I know how Rick will react to things and where he will be on the field. This makes it easier to anticipate his runs and make perfect catches as he is a wide receiver.”

As the years have progressed Morrison has faced several obstacles as the new, and at first inexperienced quarter back for FC.

“Over the past two years of football the main problem which I have faced is being confident of myself,” Morrison said. “This seems to be a common side effect which QB’s experience. Everything depends upon you and how you react to the situations, finally though, I have become confident mostly due to all of the hard work at practice which I have put in.

Head coach Mick Fuller has seen Morrison grow from a once inexperienced quarter back to becoming a leader and a calm and encouraging presence on the field.
My favorite memory from my football season was in the game versus Riverdale Christian. On the first play of the game I threw the ball to Nick for a 65 yard reception, ending in a touchdown. My whole family was their which made this memory especially nice due to all of their faces which we got to see, shining down on us with their proud faces alit. I hope I will never forget these moments which we have shared together, forgeting them would truly be sad. -Richard Morrison, ’15.
“Richard has sharpened his passing and has began to understand the nuances of the game,” Fuller said. “Richard has been a leader this season beyond what I had hoped for. He accepts responsibility for his actions and for his team. He encourages his teammates with positive exhortation and hopefully will show all of his qualities in the last football game of the year.”

With the end of Morrison’s time here with the Eagles football team, he hopes that at the end of the year he will think back to all the fun which he had and all of the experiences.

“My favorite memory from my football season was in the game versus Riverdale Christian,” Morrison said. “On the first play of the game I threw the ball to Nick for a 65 yard reception, ending in a touchdown. My whole family was their which made this memory especially nice due to all of their faces which we got to see, shining down on us with their proud faces alit. I hope I will never forget these moments which we have shared together, forgeting them would truly be sad.”

Lastly yet the most important is how God has made him anew during his time with the team.

“God has inserted himself into my life through football by how I teat my teammates and my fellow opponents on the field, Morrison said. “It has made me slow to anger when their are problems, making me calm myself and make me think how God would like me to treat them. Football has made me a better person, at every moment it pushes me to be the man of God which Jesus hopes for in me and every one of my brothers playing out on the field.”

Morrison’s best friend Tyler Breedlove plays alongside him on the field, but off the field, Breedlove is his faithful friend, always looking for a way help him.

“Over the past year I have helped Rick in many ways,” Breedlove said. “I have helped to improve him by giving him advice on reading the defense, working his arm out during summer, and just giving him the confidence to believe in his abilities.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more sports, read the Nov. 12 article, Football sport short: Alpaugh.

By |2014-11-14T00:00:00+00:00November 14th, 2014|Fall, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport short: Alpaugh

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles football 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 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 7. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 14, as the Eagles play Kings Christian for the league Championship game.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Another win for the Eagles, Nov. 7

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Sophomore Julian Castro attempts to sprint down the field evading the Alpaugh Buffalo defense.

The Eagles faced the Alpaugh Buffaloes for the last game of the season, this final match-up featured Senior Night. The game was expected to be an easy win, and the coaches were not disappointed.

In the first play of the game, the Eagles had taken the ball, thrown a 65 yard pass to Senior Taylor Howard for a run, achieving the first of many touchdowns to come. As the game progressed, FC dominated all parts of play, refusing to give more than five yards of offensive gain at a time to the Buffaloes.

The second quarter went similar to the first except while the first ended with two touchdowns the second ended with three, starting halftime 35-0.

Throughout the game, the Eagles had a harder time of generating touchdowns due to the Eagles all senior squad. While the seniors are well versed at their particular assignments, the mix up of positions proved to set back the Eagles.

In the third quarter, this factor became notably apparent, where the Eagles were only able to gain a field goal, finalizing the quarter 38-0.

The Eagles were now comfortably sitting ahead and eager to increase their already enormous lead. After a slow third, the final quarter quickened its pace for the Eagles, adding another 14 points to the already daunting scoreboard, ending the game 52-0.

Similar to the previous game, FC experienced a somewhat manageable game. Hopefully despite these games, the Eagles will be capable of challenging a more experienced opponent and not fall prey to the jock mentality.
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Senior Dillon Owens enjoyed Senior Night and for the chance to play and learn a new position as the Eagles running back for the game.

“Running back is a hard position,” Owens said. “It was tough to find the gaps which the offense line would try and open. By doing this position though, it helped to show me the difficulties of other positions and remind me that all things aren’t as easy as they seem. Hopefully for the Kings game, we will be fast with the play making. If we huddle it needs to be fast, and preferably a no huddle offense, that would prove to be a deciding factor in the game.”

Senior and defensive end Austin Insco was thankful for Senior Night and the chance to appreciate all of what the seniors do for the team.

“I enjoyed the game a lot,” Insco said. ” Everyone fulfilled their positions, played hard, and in the end we came out with the win. I wish the senior offense would have been allowed to do some of the plays which we practiced, but in the end, it was still fun. Hopefully for the game against Kings Christian the defense will have learned the correct ways to tackle with the technique and everything.”

Head coach Mick Fuller was unavailable for comment.

The Eagles will next play the Kings Christian Crusaders for the championship game in Lemoore, Nov. 14.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more sports, read the Nov. 7 article, Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00+00:00November 12th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport short: Northwest Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles football 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 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 31. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 7, as the Eagles play Alpaugh High.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Drastic win on homecoming night, Oct. 31

IMG_8464Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

After a week of preparation for homecoming night, the game came with clouds blowing in, wind howling in the players ears, and the teams lifting their helmets up at the end of the national anthem. Off to the side of the field, floats ranged the street, swaying in the rhythm of the wind, all hoping for once that rain would not come to the San Joaquin valley.

The FC Eagles faced the Northwest Christian Guardians whom earlier in the year had lost to the Riverdale Christian Crusaders with a score of 22-60. The Eagles on the other hand beat the Crusaders 70-0, with this in mind the football coaches were ready to place the third and fourth string players in earl in the game to not humiliate their opponents.

The first quarter lasted for forty five minutes due to injuries on the field. The two players which were injured were apart of the Northwest Christian squad. If one more player was hurt from the Guardians, forfeit would be their only option. The final score of the first quarter was 23-0, leading to a hopeful and easy win.

While FC scored 23 points in the second, both teams struggled to pick the pace up and the Guardians remained scoreless. Both teams seemed laid back, not playing to the full use of the clock. With this in mind, the Eagles picked up their speed and ended the second with 19 more points.

This ended the half 42-0, meanwhile the feared rain had begun in the second quarter, leaving the unprepared fans soaked and ready for the main event of the week; the naming of the homecoming court. Check out the article Homecoming Recap by Editor in Chief’s Sara Peterson and Chloe Mueller which goes into detail of all things homecoming court and floats.

Personally it was fun to play in the rain. The defense played really well, yet their are always things to work on for future games. Overall everyone fulfilled their assignments and played to the best of their ability. -Christopher Kollenkark, ’16.

After the half, FC showed their true talent, unlike the first half, the Eagles used the clock to their full advantage. They played with an intensity and readiness despite the massive amounts of rain and wind pounding them from a 45 degree angle.

At the end of the third and fourth quarter the FC football team had annihilated their opponent. Ending the match 77-0, the Eagles had matched the crowds and coaches expectations of an easy and well played game.

Despite the win, Head coach Mick Fuller knew the team was error free in spite of the win, and hopes to fix the small errors which have pervaded the games ever since the start of season.

“The team played reasonably well but we were far from error free,” Fuller said. “We have a lot of work still to do as we finish out the season and hopefully earn a spot in the championship game.We need to continue improving our focus and attentiveness on the sideline. Some players are sadly still getting distracted and missing their substitution calls.”

Junior Chris Kollenkark won the defensive award for the game with 12 tackles and a blocked punt. He believed the defense played well and followed all of the duties assigned to them.

“Personally it was fun to play in the rain,” Kollenkark said. “The defense played really well, yet their are always things to work on for future games. Overall everyone fulfilled their assignments and played to the best of their ability.”

Senior and quarterback Rick Morrison won the offensive award for the game and was quote “ready and confident, making good decisions with the ball. His passes were on target and he ran with good vision,” head coach Mick Fuller said. Unlike Kollenkark, Morrison disliked the rain but was happy with how the team played.

“I was annoyed with the rain but overall I thought the team play well,” Morrison said. “The one thing we need to work on is for the safeties to hang back a little farther and then we will be ready for whatever Alpaugh has to throw at us.”

The Eagles had a sum of 248 total yards and 372 all purpose yards. They left the game with one sack, 166 passing yards and 41 tackles. The overall player of the game was Taylor Howard who played all facets of the game, kicking, receiving, and defense. Through these different responsibilities, he pushed the team to victory by playing to the best of his ability and acting as a role model to the rest of the team.

The FC football team will next play the Alpaugh Buffaloes at home on Nov. 7. Come out and support your Eagles for the last home football game of season play. Will they make it to the playoffs? Be here this Friday to find out.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00+00:00November 3rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Football sport short: Riverdale Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles football 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 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 25. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 31, as the Eagles play Northwest Christian.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Beyond easy for the Eagles, Oct. 25

The FC football team faced the Riverdale Christian Ambassadors in Riverdale, Oct. 25. Similar to the previous game, the Eagles dominated from the start. By the end of the game, the final score was 70-0, destroying the Ambassadors.

On Saturday at one o’clock these two teams met once again, last year the final score was 56-6, respectively, yet the Eagles surpassed last years score with a flourish.

In the first quarter, FC took off by the second play of the Eagles offense, already achieving a touchdown. By the end of the first quarter 36 points had made their way up onto the Eagles scoreboard, adding to the first set of 36 points. The Eagles increased the humiliation with 20 points, ending the second half with an easy 56 points.

After half, events quickened yet the pace of play diminished. Throughout the third quarter, both teams remained scoreless and struggled to achieve an offensive foothold. By the end of the fourth quarter the Eagles had kept their head high and still attained their positive thinking. On the other hand the Ambassadors had been stiff armed, having been the receivers of such a blowout and been unable to make much more than five yards while on offense.

Despite the easy win, Fuller was biased because of the fact that key players of Riverdale Christian were unable to play and knew that due to the speed of his offense helped to make the win.

“I am pleased that we won and proud of the boys for the way they conducted themselves during and after the game,” Fuller said. “Riverdale was missing a few key players, who, if they had played, would have made a big difference in the final score. The Ambassadors played hard, but we were able to capitalize on some of their errors and inexperience. Also, our team speed was a significant factor in our ability to make some big plays.”

Along with this win, Fuller hopes to improve certain aspects of the teams blocking and technique, but overall he was pleased of their performance.

“The team played reasonably well but we were far from error free,” Fuller said. “We have a lot of work to still do as we finish out the season and hopefully earn a spot in the championship game. The team still needs to improve in our basic blocking and running technique, as well as consistent execution of offensive and defensive assignments.”

Senior Dillon Owens was happy with how he played and content with the teams effort which they contributed.

“I played well, although their is always room for improvement, I was content with the effort which I gave,” Owens said. “As a team, we played extremely well; fulfilling all of our assignments and doing them to the best of our ability. For homecoming just need to hustle like usual and do our usual pre-week setup in preparation for our game on Friday.”

Wide Receiver Tyler Breedlove overall believed the team played exceptionally well and is hopeful for the homecoming game.

“I played rather well,” Breedlove said. “The team played abnormally well considering the Ambassadors only achieved 5 yards on offense. Next week will be a fun game, and will definitely be a fun competition.”

The Eagles next game will be on homecoming against the Northwest Christian Crusaders, come out and support, Oct. 31.

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By |2014-10-27T00:00:00+00:00October 27th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joni and Friends visits FC (VIDEO)

Tada speaks to the FC community about her personal challenges and her walk with God.Jarrod Markarian

Tada speaks to the FC community about her personal challenges and her walk with God.

As members of FC, students are given many unique opportunities on and off campus. As a school, FC offers its pupils as many exciting and educational extracurricular activities as it can. One of these upcoming events is a visit from world-renowned speaker Joni Eareckson Tada.

In 1967, as the result of a life-altering dive into the Chesapeake Bay, Tada was diagnosed as quadriplegic, or paralyzed from the neck down. While originally depressed with a negative outlook on life after the accident, Tada later changed her perspective and became one of the most influential women of our time.

So far, Tada has released several musical albums, written over forty books, stared in an autobiographical film of her life story and spoken to crowds around the world.

However, most believe Tada’s most noticeable achievement is the founding of her organization, Joni and Friends. Joni and Friends reaches out to those who have and have not been affected by disabilities alike. Built on a foundation of faith, the group helps spread the gospel message to those with disabilities.

By |2014-10-24T00:00:00+00:00October 24th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Faith Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

For a preview to the Eagles football 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 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 17. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 25, as the Eagles play Riverdale Christian.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Easy win for FC, Oct. 17

IMG_5995Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Unlike the previous week the the Eagles began this game in a way quite opposite to the slow start of the game against Kings Christian. On Oct. 17 the Eagles played the Faith Christian Warriors and left them shocked with the results.

FC started out the game with a brisk pace, setting the tone for the whole game. In the first quarter 20 points were up on the score board by the now confident and strident Eagles team. By the end of the half the score was 33-0.

With this massive lead the coaching staff decided to put in the second and third string players who usually never played and if they did, only for a few minutes of the 48 minutes of playing time. Even with these major changes the team still managed to easily keep the lead.

By the end of the second half, the Eagles defense had performed superbly by halting the Warriors defense and leaving the game without one point scored against them. Meanwhile the offense had managed another 13 points in the third. With 50 points on the board, the Eagles halted there own offense and by the end of the game the score remained 50-0.

Head Coach, Mick Fuller was pleased with the chance for the second and third string players to play and hopes that with this game they can fix their remaining problems.

“The team played quite well,” Fuller said. “Many of the younger and less experienced players were able to play and contribute to the game which was a definite plus. Despite the blowout, we just need to work out the kinks in the execution of our defensive and offensive plays. With that as one of our main goals we can hopefully play close to an error free game. ”

Freshmen running back Tyler Villines was grateful for the chance to participate in the game and was content with how he played.

“I believe I played really well,” Villines said. “I played to the best of my ability just like you are supposed to. With this game, it gave me the chance to show the coaches what I can do and help boost my confidence and the other 3rd and fourth string players who rarely get to play.”

Line backer Chris Kollenkark, ’16, was thankful for the game and how it helped the younger player on the team.

“Since the game was a blowout, the third and fourth string were allowed to play, Kollenkark said. It left the usual first string players on the side line, this in particular helped to teach us patience and to be humble in all situations.”

By coming off a total blowout the Eagles are ready and have the confidence to do whatever game comes next. This weeks game will be against Riverdale Christian on Saturday at one o’clock, Oct. 25.

For more sports articles read World of Sports: Why the Royals will win the MLB World Series.

By |2014-10-21T00:00:00+00:00October 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Sports Center: Oct. 17-Nov. 7

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10/17-11/7 upcoming events

In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

FC is proud to introduce our new Co-Athletic Director and P.E. teacher, Jonathan Penberthy. Penberthy will be leading our department alongside Mick Fuller.

The football team travels to Faith Christian to take on the Warriors at Coalinga High School, Oct. 17. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m. Address: 450 West Elm Ave., Coalinga, CA 93210.

Football and homecoming go hand in hand. Be sure to put Friday, Oct. 31 on your calendar. The Eagle football team will be taking on Northwest Christian HS at 7 p.m. However, homecoming festivities will begin pre-game with floats and the presentation of the princesses and queens.

The volleyball team will be taking on Riverdale on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Caruthers on Thursday, Oct. 23, both at home. JV games at 4:30 p.m., and varsity at 5:30 p.m..

Volleyball senior night will be Thursday, Oct. 30 vs Minarets High School and football senior night will be Friday, Nov. 7, vs Alpaugh High School.

Girls tennis will play their league tournament on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club, beginning at 8 a.m..

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Schedule

Upcoming FC Sports Events:
10/17 HS football @ Faith Christian (game at Coalinga High School) at 7 pm
10/18 HS girls tennis @ Sierra Sport and Racquet Club at 8 a.m.
10/21 HS volleyball vs Riverdale JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m. FC gym
10/23 HS volleyball vs Caruthers JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m. FC gym
10/25 HS football @ Riverdale Christian High School 1 p.m.
10/28 HS volleyball @ Fowler High School JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m.
10/30 SENIOR NIGHT: HS volleyball vs Minarets JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m. FC gym
10/31 HOMECOMING:
10/31 HS football vs Northwest High School at 7 p.m. FC football field
11/4 HS volleyball @ Parlier High School JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m.
11/6 HS volleyball @ Riverdale High School JV 4:30 p.m. & varsity 5:30 p.m.
11/7 SENIOR NIGHT: HS football vs Alpaugh High School at 7 p.m. FC football field

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

You can find the most up to date HS girls volleyball schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here

You can find the most up to date HS girls tennis schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS football schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

The department includes Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Co-Athletic Director Jon Penberthy, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

Mick Fuller

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Jon Penberthy

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Michelle Morse

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559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

 

By |2014-10-17T00:00:00+00:00October 17th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BRIEF: Local burger grill offers support to school, Oct. 16

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.06.23 AMThe Habit Burger Grill

The Habit Burger Grill will be donating 20 percent of their earnings to FC on Oct. 16.

It is always a pleasure to have a local business from the Clovis or Fresno area support our school. The Habit Burger Grill will be donating 20 percent of their earnings to FC upon presentation of an official flyer, on Oct. 16 from 10:30-10 p.m.

Having a wide variety of food selections ranging from the classic burger to tri-tip sandwiches, The Habit is local favorite.

Junior Sierra Duffy, has been a long time fan of the restaurant and shared her thoughts on the quality of their food.

“I went to the Habit for the first time a few years ago,” Duffy said. “They have pretty good burgers and sandwiches. My favorite thing on the menu, though, is their milkshakes.”

Opening their doors for the first time in 1969 in Santa Barbara, The Habit was an instant hit. It has become a nationally recognized establishment with locations all over the country.

It is really cool that the Habit is giving some of their money to our school. By showing generosity like that, it will help improve their status among the community. In the end it is a win-win situation because our schools receives part of the proceeds and the Habit builds a stronger fan base. –Daniel Ayers, ’14.

Sophomore Daniel Ayers, showed interest in the Habit’s generosity and explained why he believed that it is important for local businesses to reach out and support their surrounding schools.

“It is really cool that the Habit is giving some of their money to our school,” Ayers said. “By showing generosity like that, it will help improve their status among the community. In the end it is a win-win situation because our schools receives part of the proceeds and the Habit builds a stronger fan base.”

If you would like to participate in helping support our school, pick up a flyer in front of the high school office and present it to the person at the counter when you order. Click, download and print The Habit flyer here. This offer is only valid Oct. 16, so hurry and pick up or print a flyer today.

For more news, read the Oct. 14 article, BRIEF: Career education night gives practice to prospective professionals.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-10-15T00:00:00+00:00October 15th, 2014|Announcements, FC Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Kings Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

For a preview to the Eagles football 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 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 17, as the Eagles play Faith Christian in Coalinga.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
Late Start for the Eagles, Oct. 10

footballJason Swain | The Feather Online Archive

Quarterback and senior Richard Morrison receives the hike in preparation to hand the ball off to running back Slater Wade.

FC faced our most infamous rival in football on Friday Oct. 10 against the Kings Christian Crusaders. They met on the North field at 7 o’clock to renew their annual competition.

Throughout the first and second quarters, FC remained scoreless, unable to stop the running game and the intelligent quarter back running the Crusader offense. While the crusaders racked up the points and displayed massive amounts of talent, the Eagles remained dumbstruck and flat footed, ending a depressing first half 23-0.

Chris Kollenkark was disappointed with how the team played during the first half and knows that those mistakes are things which they need to work on.

“We just couldn’t get our feet under ourselves,” said Kollenkark. “Our team just wasn’t determined to follow their roles and fulfill their required jobs. I hope that in the next games that this wont happen again and that we can come out ready and eager to win.”

The second half was like a new beginning. We came out with great intensity and courage. After our first half performance, we weren’t going to settle with half effort. The whole team came out with energy and enthusiasm for the second half and played amazingly well. We just need to work on our first half discipline. Coach Fuller said that if we play every game like the second half of the Kings’ game, then we could be one of the best teams. –Julian Castro, ’14.

During half time coach Fuller and the team captains inspired the team to come out on fire. Now ready to fight, the Eagles prepared themselves for the task at hand, coming back from a deficit. The FC offense earned 20 points in the 3rd quarter, a stark comparison between the earlier team, proving themselves a worthy opponent of a team ranked 5th in California State 8 man rankings. While the offense proved themselves, the defense were unable to do so and let 2 touchdowns by with their shaky coverage. Thus ending the 3rd quarter 20-37.

Again the Eagles offense showed off their capabilities with 8 more points on the scoreboard in the first couple minutes, likewise, the defense fixed their mistakes and managed to put a stop to the already exhausted Crusader offense who came to the competition with a total of 15 players.

With two minutes remaining on the clock, the Eagles offense started up the offensive machine once more, yet to their surprise, were met with stiff resistance. This proved to be a problem and stopped the Eagles in their own territory, leaving them at 4th and long. Hoping for a hail marry the crowd awaited in anticipation for the lucky pass, but to their disappointment the Eagles punted the ball. Returning possession to the Crusaders who kept it till the end. Ending the match 37-28.

Quarterback and senior Richard Morrison was disappointed with the end result, but knows the team can overcome the problems which occurred and fix them in order to be ready for the game against faith Christian.

“I believe I played descent,” Morrison said. “The line blocked really well, which allowed me to throw some touchdowns, putting some points on the board. Yet overall there is still more learning to do. Our wide receivers need to learn to come back, our running backs along with myself need to run lower. I am hopeful for the next game that we will fix these mistakes and come out on fire in the first half.”

Running and defensive back, Julian Castro, 17′, was ecstatic with how the team played in the second half, and hopes that the team will play in a similar manner in their games to come.

“The second half was like a new beginning,” Castro said. “We came out with great intensity and courage. After our first half performance, we weren’t going to settle with half effort. The whole team came out with energy and enthusiasm for the second half and played amazingly well. We just need to work on our first half discipline. Coach Fuller said that if we play every game like the second half of the Kings’ game, then we could be one of the best teams.”

With that in mind, the football team will next play Faith Christian in Coalinga on their home turf, Oct. 17. And their next home game will be homecoming against Northwest Christian, Oct. 31.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-10-13T00:00:00+00:00October 13th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Art students engage in chalk art competition

ChalkArt1Joshua Carter

Art teacher Scharon Sharf stands beside her students chalk art at the yearly Fresno Fair, (left to right), Scharon Sharf, Cayla Rivas, Sally Rudolfs, and Amber Wilson.

This is one of two installments featured informing the students body on the happenings at The Big Fresno Fair. This features the Fresno Fair art created by students, specializing in the annual chalk art contest as well as the junior exhibit. The next installment will review one of the many concerts featured in the previous segment via podcast.

Art students traveled from all parts of the valley to participate in the annual chalk art competition at 8 o’clock in the morning on Oct. 9. This year, 21 schools showed up to put their skills to the test in a pressurized environment and also to represent their schools, displaying their art to the rest of the community.

This year art teacher Sharon Scharf brought three girls, including Sally Rudolfs, ’18, Amber Wilson, ’17, and Cayla Rivas, ’18, who worked as a group to paint their chalk art. At the beginning of the day, the underclassmen classmen were biased for their chances of placing in the event, yet were unprepared for their end results.

Scharf has been bringing students to this competition for the last 20 years and welcomes the opportunity for her students to experience the event.

“It is important for us to come to represent our school and get our name out there,” Scharf said. “Along with a good advertisement for FC it blesses the community who come to the fair; showing what kids can do nowadays. Yet the main reason for my coming to this event is for my students. They are working under a stressful situation in which they have a certain amount of time to finish there drawing.”

I can’t believe we won! At the beginning of the day, I was not very hopeful with our chances, yet look where we ended up! With this win, maybe we might be able to pull off the win once again next year. Along with the win, it was nice to see that all of our work finally paid off after years of FC losing. — Cayla Rivas, ’17.

Wilson was thankful for the chance to make it to the fair and participate in this annual event in which FC has been a part of ever since its creation.

“I think this is a great experience and will help all three of us to become better art students overall,” Wilson said. “By the end of this I hope we are capable of finishing our piece in time and will be proud of what we have accomplished. It?s been great to work as a team because we all have different skills and it makes it a little easier to be able to rely on our teammates.”

Similar to Scharf, art advisor Tony Sharp from Sierra High School brought his students to the fair for a new experience and to show them the world of art.

“Art students need to be exposed to the world of art,” Sharp said. “During each of the nine years that I have come, my goal for my students is to have fun, have the satisfaction of completing an artwork in a short amount of time, and to enjoy the competition. We have not won for the past five years, and I hope we manage to pull off another win this year.”

Sierra high school student Daeja Bonette came to this event in order to get out of school and just because she liked art.

“Unlike my teacher, I mostly came just because I like to draw,” Bonette said. “I wanted to get out of school first of all, and along with that I just enjoy having the chance to draw with chalk. Yet I wouldn?t miss this for the world because of my partner who would have been left to do the project by herself. I can?t wait to do this again next year and maybe win!”

After all of the drawings were finished, the participants came back at two o?clock to see which teams would be awarded there trophies. To the Eagle’s surprise, FC art students received first place in the competition. The first time ever which the school has achieved an award in the chalk board competition.

Rivas was ecstatic with their placement and was already looking forward to next years competition.

“I can’t believe we won,” Rivas said. “At the beginning of the day, I was not very hopeful with our chances, yet look where we ended up! With this win, maybe we might be able to pull off the win once again next year. Along with the win, it was nice to see that all of our work finally paid off after years of FC losing.”

Editor’s Note: Along with winning the chalk art contest, several of Scharf’s students have entered into the junior exhibit contest. This year’s participants included: Sydney Belmont, ’17, Trevor Trevino, ’17, Michael Fu, ’16, Ryan King, ’15, Rudolfs and Rivas.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more features, read the Oct. 7 article, National Engagement Day: Join the discussion.

By |2014-10-08T00:00:00+00:00October 8th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Mojave

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

For a preview to the Eagles football 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 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 26, as the Eagles play Mojave High School in Mojave.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
EAGLES TAKE A BEATING, Sept. 26

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Junior Christopher Kollenkark carries the ball through a gap in the line, gaining 7 yards.

The Eagles headed down to Mojave California to face off the Mustangs on Sept. 26. While they came down ready to fight, events turned out a lot different than intended.

In the first few minutes Mojave set the tone of the game with 21 points on the scoreboard. These three touchdowns seemed to freeze the Eagles defense and make them somewhat afraid of the other team.

The Eagles managed to generate a touchdown through Junior and Multi-school attendee Caleb Goodale. They tried for the conversion but were unable gain the extra point, meanwhile the Mustangs had scored another three touchdowns and only missed the extra point.

At the beginning I was rather shaky. But as the game progressed I was under control and knew exactly what I was doing. Yet on the flip side the defense seemed to be scared and unable to read the running game. Mostly because of how fast they were, they just broke all of our tackles. — Richard Morrison, ’15.

In the second half the Eagles came out and scored, adding another six to the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the Mustangs doubled it with thirteen points ending the game 61-12.

Head Coach Mick Fuller believed that the game was helpful despite the loss.

“The players saw a team which executed their assignments efficiently and aggressively,” Fuller said. “We will be working to measure up to a similar standard as the pre, and official season progresses.

Along with a team to aspire to, and imitate, Fuller wants to return to a few basics which will help the defense and offense.

“We will be spending extra time working on basic skills, assignments and reading defensive keys,” Fuller said. “Along with working on the defense, the offense needs to work on recognizing defenses and executing blocking assignments quickly. This loss was mainly due to the speed with which they executed their plays and how quick and athletic their players were.”

Senior quarterback Rick Morrison thought he played well, yet recognizes the fact that him and his team need to work on a few things.

“At the beginning I was rather shaky,” Morrison said. “But as the game progressed I was under control and knew exactly what I was doing. Yet on the flip side the defense seemed to be scared and unable to read the running game. Mostly because of how fast they were, they just broke all of our tackles.”

Junior Caleb Goodale played a big part in the Eagles offense by scoring one of the two touchdowns. He also accepts the fact that their is more work to do, to be ready for season.

“I thought I played well considering how badly we lost,” Goodale said. “Yet we still need to work and improve our team work and skill. For me I need to improve my tackling and watching the ball on handoffs. I am excited for the games to come and how we can improve.

The Eagles will next face Kings Christian at Fresno Christian on the North field, Oct. 10.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-09-29T00:00:00+00:00September 29th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guy's gender chapel: Machismo (VIDEO)

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Dr. Trevor William Beal speaks to the FC male body about how to deal with women using the art of Marchismo.

Unlike many of the chapels at FC, the Fresno Christian boys were entertained before assembly by a clip made by the video productions class. While the girls spoke of dress code and how to dress well. The boys took a different view on their time in assembly, Sept, 25.

In this video, FC student Trevor Beal acted as a Dr. Trevor William Beal who has a “PhD” in Machismo. He was called by the president to help guys at Fresno Christian to become more manly. While the girls video was more serious and practical, the boys video pertained nothing to the actual chapel.

In the assembly, the FC boys were spoken to by preacher Chris Schultz, preacher a the Well Community Church. He addressed how men are to treat and respect women. He was especially fervent about this topic due to his role as the father of a family of girls.

Along with this Schultz emphasized sensitive issues which was appropriate to help curb common problems among high school guys. This was done, not in response to problems which have arisen in the beginning of the year, but instead as a daily proactive sermon. This should serve to instruct and direct incoming male students of the struggles which often young men around the world face.

Appearing in the video, in addition to Beal are Christopher Grossman, Aaron DeWolf, freshmen Mattheau Casey, and Daniel Chandler.

Be sure to read the article about the girls assembly, Chapel features modest fashion show, dress code.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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By |2014-09-26T00:00:00+00:00September 26th, 2014|Chapel, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Guest speaker tells story, delivers powerful message

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David White speaks to the FC high school student body about his past experiences with with journalism and God.

Sports columnist and preacher David White, visited FC to speak at chapel, Sept. 18. He spent his whole life aspiring to become a sports writer, which he finally achieved with his highlight being a writer covering the XLIV Super Bowl. After five years he left his NFL beat to become something that was not originally a part of his plan.

White grew up in Selma, CA, and attended Selma High School. There, he was a part of the Clarion newspaper. The two activities which he loved were writing and sports. This strange combination lead him into the field of sports writing for his high school newspaper.

While in high school he achieved a major award in the San Joaquin Valley for his skills as a sports writer. In 1991, White took first place in the San Joaquin Scholastic Press Association Sports Writing Competition. The SJVPA contest is the same competition The Feather competed in when it was a print edition.

After high school, White attended Fresno State where he met his future wife. In order for him to date her, she required him to be a Christian and attend church.

“It was definitely worth going to church in order to date her,” White said. “Yet God found me, even through my bad intentions and pushed upon my heart to drop out of Fresno State and in turn join the Fresno Bee for a full time position covering sports.”

During the next 12 years, David married his wife Maria, and continued on in his job writing for the Fresno Bee. Little did he know that things were about to drastically change.

I remember sitting next to the New York Times Judy Battista and the Legendary Miami Herald writer Edwin Pope up in the press box and I just realized how far God had brought me. I couldn’t have done this on my own even if I tried. In that moment I felt like I could quit tomorrow, go be a missionary in Nigeria, and we are square, I am satisfied with what I have been given. –David White.

“I got a call one day from a man from the San Francisco Chronicle,” White said. “He offered me a job writing as the sports writer. I could barely believe what he said. Instead of an immediate response, I asked to be allowed several days of prayer to see what God had to say about it.”

Much to White’s horror, he heard nothing from God, and to his even greater dislike, he declined the Chronicle’s offer. At the time it was one of the hardest things he had done, but he knew he made the right decision. About a month later he received another call from the Chronicle, asking if he would take the same job with an added salary and bonus. This time, God answered and White joyfully made his way up state to work his dream job, covering sports for the San Francisco Chronicle.

For the next five years, David covered Super Bowls, the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders, his favorite teams, baseball and other miscellaneous sports. By the time he covered the Superbowl, White was content with what God had blessed him with and was willing to do whatever God’s future demands might be.

“I remember sitting next to the New York Times Judy Battista and the Legendary Miami Herald writer Edwin Pope up in the press box and I just realized how far God had brought me,” White said. “I couldn’t have done this on my own even if I tried. In that moment I felt like I could quit tomorrow, go be a missionary in Nigeria, and we are square, I am satisfied with what I have been given.”

The environment in the stadium was extraordinary and the chance to be with so many famous people was life fulfilling to White.

“Covering the Super Bowl was a complete Zoo with so many reporters all over the place, ” White said. “I will always remember when I was walking around with Jerry Rice; just me and him, it was soon after he won the Hall of Fame. It was an incredible experience.”

By the end of those five years, God called White to be the Senior pastor at the Porterville Church of God. Like before, he prayed and God answered. White is currently the Senior pastor of the church in Porterville, the State Youth and Discipleship Director at California/Nevada Church of God State Office and lastly the Sunday sports columnist for the Fresno Bee.

White came to FC with his life story and the message from James 1:22: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Upon this passage he spoke of his life and how he endeavored to live at all times like this verse. He was a doer by listening to God, and waiting for what his commands were, listening and doing.

White has achieved a great deal, in the short years he has been on the earth. God fulfilled his desires of writing in a big time newspaper, and at the same time taught him to wait upon the Lord in all circumstances. Now God has lead him to be a Pastor and the director of discipleship in California and Nevada, all without finishing college, yet all the while following Gods narrow path.

White left the students with several Bible teachings to walk away with, but what was impressed upon the student body above all else was that, Gods path is something which we cannot even imagine, if only us as his doers and listeners would let him lead us. Then we can truly appreciate His infinite and inconceivable wisdom which he longs to guide us with.

For more features, read Sept. 19 article, Teacher seeks to fufill vision, recieves new job

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-09-23T00:00:00+00:00September 23rd, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Football sport shorts: Anzar

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a preview to the Eagles football 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 2-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 18. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 20, as the Eagles play Trinity High School in Monterey.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
ANOTHER HOME WIN FOR EAGLES, Sept. 12

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Junior Christopher Kollenkark sprints down the field after a kick return.

FC hosted the Anzar Knights on Sept. 12 for their third preseason game. The Eagles headed into the game looking for a win, and were not disappointed.

Within the first five minutes of the game, the Eagles achieved one, of the first of many touchdowns. By the end of the first quarter FC had scored 16.

Similar to the first, the Eagles kept up their progress and scored an additional 16 points. The Knights were able to add two points to the score board with a safety.

Both teams struggled to score in the third and the tally was still 32-2. Yet by the fourth, the Eagles ended with a bang and shut out the already flagging knights 45-2.

Head Coach Mick Fuller was content with how the game turned out, especially in the defense department.

“On defense, the boys are starting to execute their individual assignments with precision and tenacity,” Fuller said. “This fosters trust among them and has a self-perpetuating synergy that elevates the whole unit’s performance-the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”

However, Fuller reports that the boys have some work to do on their offensive skills. Once the boys master offense, Fuller believes they will become nearly unstoppable.

“Offensively, we are still a work in progress,” Fuller said. “We have athletes at every position that can impact the game, but we are still looking for the spark to ignite a fire of confidence in the offensive unit. When that happens, the boys as a unit, will be able to assert their will and dominate just about any team we will see this year.”

Sophomore, Thomas Friesen, thought the game went well, especially due to his favorable performance, with his two tackles for loss of Anzar yardage, 14 tackles, and a 25 yard interception return as an outside linebacker. Friesen believed that because of their strong defense the Eagles were able to win by a sizable amount.
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“This was one of my better games,” Friesen said. “I made key tackles and plays which really helped the team stop Anzar’s offense. As a team we played really well, in all aspects, particularly the defense we became a unit and fought hard. Yet as always there are small things which we need to improve upon such as our blocking on the offensive line, but overall, it was a great game.”

Christopher Kollenkark, ’16, was thankful for the effort and skill which the team played with and hopes for a tight bond between the players, and their relationship with God.

“I am extremely thankful for all of the line men,” Kollenkark said. “Because of them, I can do my job as the running back and help gain yardage for the team. Even though we won by a long shot, we still need to work on the teams unity. We just need to bond off the field and together as a team. We need to be Godly men, and set an example for the whole school, on and off the field.”

The Eagles offense had a total of 113.8 passing yards, and 234 all purpose yards. Chris Kollenkark had a total of 9 solo tackles and 10 overall.

FC will next play Trinity Christian at Monterey High School, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

For more sports, read the Sept. 15 article, Volleyball sport short: Stone Ridge

By |2014-09-18T00:00:00+00:00September 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Martens leaves IT, pursues worship position

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David Martins shows his replacement, Robert Hyatt, the technology of FCS.

For the past 18 years, Information Technology (IT) director David Martens has contributed to the school through several ways, a few including working with The Feather, where he helped with the former Webmaster David Casuga in transferring the newspaper online.

Along with his job working along side The Feather, Martens helped boost the wifi and supported the teachers as they changed into the new world of technology. He spent most of the summer creating a strong and capable net of wifi for the school. Not only has he worked in technology during his career at FC, but his last five years have been spent building up the ministry on campus as the Worship Band Director, reverting back to what he majored in college. Now, Martens is moving on from FC and is heading off into another world; the college life.

David Martens was working at Clovis Evangelical Free Church as the worship band leader when his friend gave him an invitation to come to the school.

“I first came here in May of 1998,” Martens said. “My best friend at the time was Tim Wilkins, who was the superintendent at Fresno Christian. He was the keyboard player of my worship band and he offered me a job, which I took, and that is where it all started.”

While here at FC, Martens has filled many of the positions which were needed for certain years, while still keeping his role as technology director.

“The main job which I have done is the Director of Technology,” Martens said. “I have taught computer classes, web design, graphic design, bible classes and in the last 5 years I started to teach Worship band. I have especially liked returning to my original passion at Tabor.”

When Martens was in college, he had no intentions of becoming a Technology Director, his main focus was to serve the Lord through music. Now, he gets to realize his old dream once more.

“I received an education in music, which is really where I love to serve,” Martens said. “Lately I have had the desire to get back into music ministry, especially in a church environment. A friend of mine who I graduated college and did my graduate studies with, contacted me this summer offering me a job at my Alma mater; Tabor college in Hillsborough, Kansas. I will be the Director of Contemporary Christian Music there, and I will be the Director of Music in a local community church.”

Alumna, and Fresno Pacific student Natalie Ruiz, has fond memories of Martens and her time here in worship team.

“I miss the close fellowship of our team,” Ruiz said. “Martens was our foundation and helped foster a very close-knit environment between all of us. His personality created a warm atmosphere and always made us feel welcome and excited about the next worship session. My time spent around Martens taught me how to approach the Lord in worship. I came before God knowing I was nothing but glorifying Him for being everything. I am incredibly thankful for Martens showing an amazing example of humility and respect in the worship environment.”

As Martens leaves to start anew he will miss his time here at FC and all of the people who have made memories with him including his office buddies.

“The biggest thing which I will miss here is the people,” Martens said. “People like Greg Stobbe, and the secretaries in the office will be who I miss the most. When I first came to FC I had no knowledge of web design, but by the end I knew all their was to know about it. Also by teaching and starting up the worship band, that experience will really help me as I start up another one, in the church, and on the campus at Tabor.”

With the transition of the new IT Director Robert Hyatt, Martens is excited to see the impact he will have on the campus in technology as well as ministry.

“I am excited for what is to come with this school, especially my replacement,” Martens said. “His name is Robert Hyatt and he is very knowledgeable in computers and in new systems. He also has a big heart for ministry, and will have a big effect on the school.”

Martens officially left his job as the technologies director, Sept. 5, and will head off to pursue his new worship position as Director of Contemporary Christian Music at Tabor College in Hillsborough, Kansas.

For more features, read the Sept. 5 article Madera Fair assimilates local cultures, fall season

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-09-08T00:00:00+00:00September 8th, 2014|Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country team in need of runners

FCRunnersInPackJarrod Markarian

Head coach of the cross country team, and former FCS athlete Doug Daniel, needs a few more players to complete a team.

The school has had a long history of sports, yet this year, the cross country team is in need of some help. The team needs at least two more runners to make up an official five-man team. Without another two players, the FCS team will not be able to compete in the “team” competitions which make it easier to advance to the CIF State Section Cross Country Championship.

Head coach of the cross country team, and former FCS athlete Doug Daniel, needs a few more players to complete a team.

“Cross country is the greatest sport in the world,” Daniel said. “To compete as a team we need five people, now we only have three; we need two more students to be eligible to win a championship. If we only run with three athletes, we will be ineligible. In doing cross country, you can get in great shape and also it prepares you for life. This sport is all about discipline and hard work, preparing you for the life of having a job.”

I joined to get in great shape. Similar to my brother, I like to run, but I mostly wanted get in better shape. This will discipline me and prepare me for college and my job.–Isaac Hoffman, multi-schooled athlete

Senior and multi-schooled student Soren Hoffman joined cross country for the love of running and for how it looks on a college application.

“I joined cross country because I enjoy running,” Soren said. “Also in doing this sport, it looks great on my college applications.”

Younger brother, Isaac Hoffman, joined for similar reasons, to get in better shape and also set him self up for the sports to come.

“I joined to get in great shape,” Isaac Hoffman said. “Similar to my brother, I like to run, but I mostly wanted get in better shape. This will discipline me and prepare me for college and my job.”

To all campus students, if you want to get in shape or ingrain discipline into your daily life, join the cross country team.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

By |2014-08-28T00:00:00+00:00August 28th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: Aug. 20-Sept. 12

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In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays.

8/20-9/12 upcoming events

In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

Fresno Christian Schools is proud to introduce our new Co-Athletic Director and P.E. teacher, Jonathan Penberthy. Jon will be leading our department alongside Mick Fuller.

The football team will be playing their first opponents on Aug. 23 at the Central Sierra League Preseason Scrimmage at West Hills College in Coalinga at 9 am.

The girls tennis team is making their season debut vs Coalinga on Aug. 26 at 4 pm on the FC tennis courts.

The volleyball team will be taking on Immanuel on Aug. 26 in the FC gym. JV at 5 and varsity at 6.

Schedule

Upcoming FCS Sports Events:
8/23 HS Football @ West Hills College-Central Sierra League Preseason Scrimmage 9 am
8/26 HS G Volleyball vs Immanuel JV 5/Var 6 FC Gym
8/26 HS G Tennis vs Coalinga 4 pm FC Tennis Courts
8/27 & 8/30 HS G Volleyball @ Caruthers Raisin Harvest Tournament – Times TBA Caruthers High School
8/29 HS Football @ Righetti HS, Santa Maria CA vs Orcutt Academy 7 pm

9/1 Labor Day NO SCHOOL Practices –
9/2 HS G Volleyball @ McLane JV 4:45/Var 6
9/2 JS G Tennis vs Caruthers 4 pm FC Tennis Courts
9/4 HS G Volleyball @ Paramount Academy, Delano, Ca JV 5/Var 6
9/4 HS G Tennis vs Avenal 4 pm FC Tennis Courts
9/5 HS Football vs Coast Union 7 pm FC Football Stadium
9/9 HS G Tennis @ Dos Palos High School 4 pm
9/9 HS G Volleyball vs Sierra High School JV5/Var6
9/11 HS G Tennis @ Fowler High School 4 pm
9/11 HS Volleyball @ Stoneridge Christian High School Jv 5/Var 6
9/12 Hs Football vs Anzar High School FC Stadium 7 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

You can find the most up to date HS girls volleyball schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here

You can find the most up to date HS girls tennis schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS football schedule at Fresnochristian.com or by clicking here.

The department includes Co-Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Co-Athletic Director Jon Penberthy, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

Mick Fuller
[email protected]
Follow on [email protected]

Jon Penberthy
[email protected]
Follow on [email protected]

Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

 

By |2014-08-22T00:00:00+00:00August 22nd, 2014|Athletics, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volleyball sport shorts: Laton

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The FC girls played their first preseason game of the West Sequoia League (WSL) and came out on top with a win.

The Eagles volleyball team hosted the Laton Mustangs, Aug. 19. The FC girls played their first preseason game of the West Sequoia League (WSL) and came out on top with a win.

In the first match, the Eagles struggled to keep a lead but still outscored the Mustangs, 25-14.

The Mustangs fought back in the second match and, despite the Eagles’ efforts, defeated FC, 25-22.

In the third match, the Eagles bounced back crushing the Mustangs, 25-6.

The fourth match spelled victory for FC as they beat Laton 25-11.

We really worked well together as a team. I wasn’t expecting us to do as well as we did with new players and a new coach and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.–Hannah Nale, ’17

New head coach Jonathan Penberthy saw potential in his team.

“I think we didn’t play to our potential,” Penberthy said. “However, I thought we did really well for three-fourths of the game.”

As a veteran player, Senior Ivette Ibarra was pleased with the turnout of the game yet still felt the team had a few things to work on.

“One thing our team could work on is consistency,” Ibarra said. “We need to be more alert and always be aware of where the ball is going.”

Sophomore Hannah Nale felt excited as it was her first game as a starter and enjoyed how the team played.

“We really worked well together as a team,” says Nale. “I wasn’t expecting us to do as well as we did with new players and a new coach and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

The next match for the Eagles will be Aug. 26 against Immanuel at FC. They will enter the Caruthers Raisin Tournament, Aug. 27-30.

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter

For more sports, read the Aug. 18 article, Fall sport box scores, 2014

By |2014-08-21T00:00:00+00:00August 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis participates in tournament, prepares for semi-finals

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Senior Jordan Castro smashes the ball back onto the opposing teams court, earning a point in doubles.

As spring sports start heating up, teams are preparing to go playoffs or finish at the end of league. The varsity tennis team is playing for the chance to make their way towards semi-finals after they finished second in the West Sequoia League (WSL), just after their loss April 22 against Firebaugh.

A few of the team members travelled to Hanford to participate in a tournament deciding which players could play for the singles and doubles events on April 26, which is separate from the team event.

Junior Rick Morrison and Jordan Castro, ’15, lost in doubles in the first round along with Cole Nale, ’15 and Zach Passmore, ’18. Junior Andrew Hindes lost in the second round while Nick Morrison, ’15 achieved second in the tournament and is now eligible to participate in the singles events.

Junior Nick Morrison made it to valley in the singles event to fight for a podium position. He was pumped after he achieved second in the tournament and for the chance to go to valley.

“I was really happy with my results by the end of the tournament,” Nick said. “Also with this win, I will be able to go to the Valley Championship as a single, and hopefully play well. Considering I started playing in y Sophomore year, I am extremely happy with how well I have improved.”

We have a chance to win the match. Orosi is a challenging team which will test our abilities. However with all the growth the team has done, we will have an opportunity to win the match. –Andrew Moore, ’16.

Sophomore Andrew Moore is excited for the game against Orosi and is confident that they will win the match.

“We have a chance to win the match,” Moore said. “Orosi is a challenging team which will test our abilities. However with all the growth the team has done, we will have an opportunity to win the match.”

The teams next challenge is on Thursday, May 1 against Orosi. If won, the Eagles will prepare for semi-finals.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the April 30 article Sophomore gains baseball skill, report.

By |2014-05-02T00:00:00+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: April 1 through April 30

In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

The spring sports calendars are beginning to heat up with the start of track, tennis, golf, baseball and softball seasons.

Currently, the baseball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 7-0 overall. The tennis team is 6-2 in the West Sequoia League and 8-5 overall this season. The softball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 3-2-1 overall. The track team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 0-0 overall. The golf team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 4-2 overall.

Spring sport pics 4/8 are at 3:15 p.m. Once users are logged into their email account, click on Sports Pictures form to view photo packages.

Easter Break 4/14 – 4/21

There are two weeks of games, meets and matches to catch before we leave for Easter Break. Be sure and catch at least one of each high school spring sport. There will not be any games during spring break.

When we return to school on April 22, all spring sports will begin contests again.

The department includes Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

Mick Fuller
[email protected]
Follow on [email protected]

Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Upcoming FCS Sports Events

3/31 HS softball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)
4/1 HS baseball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/2 HS track @ Fowler HS WSL Meet @ 4 pm
4/3 HS golf @ Sierra Meadows @ 1 pm
4/3 HS softball @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
4/3 HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS @ 4 pm
4/4 HS track @ Clovis East @ 2:30 pm
4/4 HS baseball @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm

4/7 HS softball vs Minarets (FC varsity softball field)
4/8 JH & HS Spring Sport Pictures in FC Gym @ 3:15 pm
4/8 HS baseball vs Minarets @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/8 HS tennis @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
4/9 HS track @ Caruthers WSL Meet @ 4 pm
4/10 HS golf @ Sierra Meadows @ 1 pm
4/10 HS boys tennis @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/10 HS softball @ Parlier @ 4 pm
4/11 HS track @ Yosemite High School @ 3 pm
4/11 HS baseball @ Parlier @ 4 pm

4/14 – 4/21 Easter Break

4/22 HS golf @ Riverside @ 2:30 pm
4/22 HS softball @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/22 HS baseball @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/22 HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh @ 4 pm
4/24 HS golf @ Airways @ 2 pm
4/24 HS softball @ Caruthers @ 4 pm
4/25 HS baseball @ Caruthers @ 4 pm
4/26 HS track @ Corcoran @ 9:30 am

4/28 HS softball vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)
4/29 HS baseball vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/30 HS golf @ Lemoore @ 12 pm
4/30 HS track @ Fowler @ 4 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian
http://www.fresnochristian.com/

FCS Sports Schedules
http://www.fresnochristian.com/?division=page&pageid=39

By |2014-04-01T00:00:00+00:00April 1st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: March 12 through 31

In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays. We hope to publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

The spring sports calendars are beginning to heat up with the start of track, tennis, golf, baseball and softball seasons.

Currently, the baseball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 4-0 overall. The tennis team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 2-0 overall this season. The softball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 1-0-1 overall. The track team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 0-0 overall. The golf team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 2-2 overall.

All girls interested in high school and junior high cheer for the 2014-’15 season are invited to attend the open gyms and clinic dates before tryouts. Tryouts will be held in the FC gym beginning at 9:00a.m., March 29. Open gyms will be held on March 21 and 24. Tryout clinics will be from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., March 25, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m., March 26 and 5 p.m.-6 p.m., March 27. Clinics are mandatory to learn the material for tryouts. For more information please attend the mandatory parent/athlete meeting at 3:30 in room 521, March 14.

The department includes Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter @FCEaglesSports

Mick Fuller
[email protected]
Follow on [email protected]

Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Upcoming FCS Sports Events

3/12 HS softball vs Sierra High @ 2:30 pm (FC varsity softball field)
3/13 HS boys tennis vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/14 HS baseball vs Tranquillity @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
3/14 Cheer parent and athlete meeting in room 521 @ 3:30 pm
3/15 FCS Auction @ 5:30 pm

3/18 HS golf vs Kingsburg @ Riverside @ 3:30 pm
3/18 HS softball @ Tranquillity HS @ 3:30 pm
3/18 HS boys tennis vs Riverdale @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/20 HS boys tennis vs Firebaugh @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/21 Cheer clinic open gym @ 3:15 in FC gym
3/22 HS softball @ Avenal HS @ 11 am & 2 pm
3/22 HS baseball @ Avenal HS @ 11 am & 2 pm
3/22 HS track @ Rafer Johnson Invitational @ Kingsburg HS @ 10 am

3/24 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/25 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/25 HS baseball vs Firebaugh @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
3/25 HS golf vs Clovis West @ Riverside @ 3:30 pm
3/25 HS boys tennis @ Coalinga HS @ 4 pm
3/26 cheer clinic @ 3:15 pm
3/26 HS track @ WSL Meet @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
3/26 HS softball vs Alpaugh @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity softball field)
3/27 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/27 HS golf vs Bullard @ Eagle Springs @ 2 pm
3/27 HS boys tennis vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/28 HS softball @ Firebaugh HS @ 3:30 pm
3/28 HS track @ Frosh/Soph Showcase @ Clovis West HS @ 2:30 pm
3/29 cheer try outs @ 9 am in FC gym
3/29 HS baseball vs Mendota HS @ 10 am & 1 pm (FC varsity baseball field)

3/31 HS softball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian
http://www.fresnochristian.com/

FCS Sports Schedules
http://www.fresnochristian.com/?division=page&pageid=39

By |2014-03-13T00:00:00+00:00March 13th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis sport shorts: California Tennis Classic

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On March 7-8 the FC tennis team took part in the California Tennis Classic tournament.

BOYS TENNIS SPORT SHORTS, 2014
For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores, 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

There are no additional stats available online for tennis. FC is currently 3-3 overall and 0-0 in West Sequoia League as of Feb. 27. The Eagles will next play the Caruthers’s Blue Raiders, March 4.

EAGLES TAKE PART IN CALIFORNIA TENNIS CLASSIC, MARCH 7-8
On March 7-8 the FC tennis team took part in the California Tennis Classic tournament, a state-wide team tournament pitting teams of similar success against each other. The Eagles played in the eighth division of the tournament.

On Friday, the team defeated Hanford, tying with a match score of 3-3 and set count of 8-8 but winning the individual game count. The Eagles then lost 4-2 to Atwater and 5-1 to Wasco, ending the first day of the tournament.

The Eagles played only two matches Saturday, losing to Dinuba 6-0 first. The team then rallied to beat Kingsburg 3-3 (8-6 sets) by winning all of its doubles matches.

Coach Robert Foshee noted that the tournament helped the team prepare for the rest of the season.

“The tournament is a great opportunity,” Foshee said. “It lets us play a lot of matches against good teams. This should help prepare us for our upcoming league matches.”

Junior Jordan Castro was exhausted after the tournament, but enjoyed getting to play doubles.

“I’m really tired after all that tennis,” Castro said. “Still, it was fun to get to play second doubles. The tournament was fun overall, but I’m glad we’re done.”

Rick Morrison said that the experience of the tournament helped him improve his game.

“It was fun,” Morrison said. “I got to play first singles for one match. All of the playing time has helped me work on my game; the teams we played were really good, so playing them helped me to get better.”

The Eagles play next at home against Dos Palos, March 11.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @m00re_is_better. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. And follow the athletics department on Twitter: @FCSportsAD.

For more sports, read the March 7 Golf sport shorts: Reedley.

By |2014-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagles, Blue Raiders clash for WSL title (VIDEO)

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EAGLES KEEP CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES ALIVE WITH CLUTCH HOME WIN; 75-68, Feb. 18

The Eagles held their Senior Night against the rival Blue Raiders, Feb. 18, defeating Caruthers, 75-68. First place in WSL standings was on the line.

Continuing the storied tradition of close, physical, and intense games, the two teams have met twice so far this year. FC beat Caruthers on a neutral court in a tournament held in Selma, and the Blue Raiders beat the Eagles in a game held in Caruthers, Jan. 31.

The Eagles held their Senior Night ceremonies before the tip-off, honoring the team’s four seniors: Levi Browatzke, N’Gai Jones, Caleb Nale, and Brian Scott.

The home team looked to take advantage of the increased crowd size and make the night one to remember. With the cheerleaders, band and packed gym cheering on the home team, the level of excitement seemed to help the Eagles overcome.

Later Eagle Coach Robert Hubbard was ecstatic concerning the turnout of students and their energy in the bleachers.

“I also can’t say enough about our student section,” added Hubbard. “Their energy played a huge part in the team’s success. We have a good two days off in preparation for Fowler on Friday and our goal is to earn a league championship with the win.”

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For more on the game, read Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers and listen to the podcast.

By |2014-02-20T00:00:00+00:00February 20th, 2014|Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport shorts: Caruthers

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2012-13, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 0-6, West Sequoia League, and 2-10 overall as of Feb. 5.

EAGLES LOSE, 3-2, AGAINST BLUE RAIDERS, JAN. 31

The Eagles travelled to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders, Jan. 31. Although they were motivated the boys remained winless in league.

The Blue Raiders scored within the first five minutes, pulling out the early lead. Yet the fight was far from over, the Eagles soon returned with a shot by junior Taylor Howard which slotted right into the corner. With the score, even bystanders were almost sure to see an interesting game. By the end of the half, the Blue Raiders had scored once again.

At the beginning of the next half the Eagles defense let up and the Raiders achieved one more goal. With a whole half to go, the Eagles set forth to catch up once again. With numerous chances the Eagles remained down by two until Howard was fouled in the goal box. Sophomore Josh Carter took the penalty kick and made it into the corner with only minutes left of the game. Yet the Eagles did not have enough time to catch up to the lead, thus ending the game 3-2, Caruthers.

Head coach Matt Markarian was disappointed with the abate in the intensity in the defense which he believed to be the source of the loss.

“We played a good game,” Markarian said. “But since we do not score a lot we have to be unwavering in our defense which didn’t happen the full 80 minutes of playing time. With our defense solid in the next few games we will be able to put up a good fight.”

Captain David Taylor, ’14, was happy with how he played but disappointed with the outcome.

“We played a hard fought game,” Taylor said. “We just let a goal get passed us which shouldn’t have and remained unable to capitalize on any of our many chances. Im proud of how the team played overall though; ready to give a tremendous fight.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the Jan. 31 article, Boys soccer sport shorts: Riverdale.

By |2014-02-05T00:00:00+00:00February 5th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sports shorts: Parlier

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2012-13, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 0-3, West Sequoia League, and 2-7 overall as of Jan. 27.

EAGLES HOLD OWN, LOSE, 3-0

The Eagles headed to Parlier to play the Parlier Panthers, Jan. 24, where the Eagles lost after a tough battle, 3-0.

Both teams put up a good fight for the first 10 minutes of play, but the Panthers were not to be denied, with a skillful shot from outside the eighteen in the upper right hand side net. They scored once again soon after, thus lengthening their lead, 2-0.

After a talk from coach Matt Markarian, the Eagles came out to do a better job than the previous half. With another 40 minutes to play, the Eagles came out fighting, although the Panthers managed to score one more point, the Eagles managed to keep the ball in the Panthers side of the field, almost scoring but lost each chance.

At the end of the game the Panthers won 3-0 against the now 0-2 Eagles in the West Sequoia League.

Head coach Matt Markarian was pleased with how the Eagles played overall but hopes for this type of performance in every match up.

“The team played well,” Markarian said. “Especially in the second half, they came out fighting and didn’t hang their heads when the Panthers scored again. They dug in their heels and fought it out until the finish. The team just needs to play with this intensity in all their games and they will be able to pull out some more wins.”

Senior Christian Saylor was disappointed with the loss, but acknowledges that the Panthers were a good team.

“We played well,” Saylor said. “For being a man down, we gave a good fight. Although once they scored, we let up and they were able to score once again. We just need to leave everything out on the field when we play.”

Sophomore Andrew Moore was happy with how he played but also disappointed with the overall outcome.

“I thought I played a good game,” Moore said. “I used all of the things I learned at practice, which helped me play my position with better ease. We just could not finish which ended in a bigger loss for us.”

The Eagles will travel to play the Riverdale Cowboys, Jan. 28.

This author can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the Jan. 23 article, Sisters add dynamic to varsity team.

By |2014-01-28T00:00:00+00:00January 28th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys soccer sports shorts: Fowler

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2012-13, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently The Eagles 0-2, West Sequoia League, and 2-6 overall as of Jan. 21

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Forward Taylor Howard, ’15 scored two goals against Fowler, but the Eagles lost to the Redcats, 7-3, Jan. 18.

EAGLES DROP SEASON OPENER, 3-1, Dec. 3

The Eagles travelled to Fowler for their second league matchup, losing 7-3, Jan. 18. The game was slightly delayed due to air quality. FC played without starting goalkeeper Bailey Brogan, ’16, (concussion) and sweeper Josh Carter, ’16, (sick).

Fowler struck early, scoring three quick goals for a 3-0 lead, but the Eagles came back, with forward Taylor Howard, ’15 scoring two goals. Fowler scored once more before half, making the halftime score 4-2.

Fowler went on to score 3 more goals in the second half. For FC, Howard scored a third goal on a penalty kick to complete a hat trick. The game ended with a final score of 7-3.

The game got pretty physical, especially near the end, when people got tired. Hopefully next time we’ll be able to beat Fowler. It was a really competitive match. — Taylor Howard, ’15

Coach Matt Markarian noted that while the score was lopsided, the Eagles are set to improve in upcoming games.

“We showed today that we are able to score on teams in our league,” Markarian said. “We just need to stay in front on defense and work on transitioning in the middle. We need to play a complete game and finish our opportunities.”

According to Howard, the game was hard-fought and physical.

“The game got pretty physical, especially near the end, when people got tired,” Howard said. “Hopefully next time we?ll be able to beat Fowler. It was a really competitive match.”

Defender Andrew Moore, ’16, expects a better result next time the Eagles play Fowler.

“I think that this game showed that we’re able to keep up with the better teams in our league,” Moore said. “If our full team had been there, maybe we’d have come away with a win. Next time we play Fowler, I’d bet on a victory.”

The Eagles play next at home against Minarets, Jan. 21.

By |2014-01-21T00:00:00+00:00January 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Basketball sport shorts: Chowchilla

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The 8-5 Eagles were looking to redeem themselves after a heartbreaking loss to Tranquillity when they travelled to Chowchilla High School to play the Redskins, Jan. 15.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 8-6 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 11. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 21, as they host the Minarets Mustangs.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES DROP SECOND STRAIGHT, LOSE TO CHOWCHILLA, 69-58, Jan. 15

The 8-5 Eagles were looking to redeem themselves after a heartbreaking loss to Tranquillity when they travelled to Chowchilla High School to play the Redskins, Jan. 15.

However, the Redskins had a different plan in mind, as they came out strong right from the tip-off by outscoring the Eagles 10-2 in the opening minutes. Despite the run, FC was able to bring it within six points at the end of the first quarter, 9-15. In the second quarter, the Eagles started to get hot, but the redskins continued to put the ball through the net and managed to increase their lead to fifteen at the end of the half, 25-40.

Coming out of the break, Chowchilla refused to cool down, knocking down continuous three-pointers from long range. By the end of the third the Redskins held a nineteen point advantage over the Eagles. However in the fourth quarter FC came surging back, consistently slimming down the deficit with every possession. Despite the scoring run, they were not able to mount a full comeback and fell to Chowchilla 58-69.

Chowchilla’s guard Lorenzo Cuevas was lights out from downtown. He led all scorers with 37, scoring more than half of the Redskins points. Meanwhile, senior Brian Scott again lead the way for the Eagles, scoring 20.

Junior Trevor Beal says it is tough to defend a team with a player that shoots how Cuevas did, but nonetheless it was no excuse for a loss.

“The guy from Chowchilla was unconscious.” Beal said, ” We should have changed our defensive gameplan earlier and tried to shut him down. But that’s no excuse; we were the better team and needed to perform at a higher level”

The Eagles next game will be played at Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford for a one day showcase as the team will play Strathmore High School.

For more information, see the Winter sport box scores, 2013-14.

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

Sports Center: Jan. 15 through 31

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In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Thursdays. Sports Center will publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

The winter sports calendars are beginning to heat up and this month’s soccer and basketball beginning their seasons the first week of December. Both sports are also getting ready for tournaments by mid month.

Currently, the girls soccer team is 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and 8-4 overall. The boys soccer team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 1-4 overall this season. The boys basketball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 8-4 overall.

After playing in two tournaments over the Christmas break, the varsity boys will play Tranquillity at home, Jan. 14 (7 p.m.) and open league play at home against Minarets, Jan. 21 (7:30 p.m.).

Both boys soccer opens league at home against Caruthers, Jan. 14 (3:30 p.m.) with “Crazy Hat Night” as the theme. Wear your craziest hat and win a prize! Be a part of the contest at halftime of the varsity game to determine winner for HS and one winner for K-8. A snack bar will serve pulled pork sandwiches and brownies. Next week, the Eagles will host Minarets on Jan. 21 (3:30 p.m.) before playing on the road the rest of the month.

The department includes Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera.

Mick Fuller
[email protected]

Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

High School Office
559.299.1695, ext. 5

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Upcoming FCS Sports Events

1/13 HS girls soccer vs Caruthers @ 3:30 pm
1/14 HS boys soccer vs Caruthers @ 3:30 pm
1/14 HS boys basketball vs Tranquillity JV @ 5:30 pm Var @ 7 pm
1/15 HS boys basketball @ Chowchilla JV @ 5:30 pm Var @ 7 pm
1/17 HS girls soccer @ Fowler
1/17 HS boys soccer @ Fowler

1/18 HS boys basketball Varsity only @ Sierra Pacific Showcase Times TBA
1/21 HS boys soccer vs Minarets @ 3:30 pm
1/21 HS boys basketball vs Minarets JV 6 pm Var 7:30 pm
1/22 HS girls soccer vs Minarets @ 3:30 pm
1/24 HS boys soccer @ Parlier @ 3:45 pm
1/24 HS girls soccer @ Parlier @ 5:30 pm
1/24 HS boys basketball @ Parlier JV 5 pm Var 6:30 pm

1/28 HS boys soccer @ Riverdale @ 3:15 pm
1/28 HS girls soccer @ Riverdale @ 5:15 pm
1/28 HS boys basketball @ Riverdale JV 5 pm Var 6:30 pm
1/31 HS girls soccer @ Caruthers @ 3:45 pm
1/31 HS boys soccer @ Caruthers @ 5:30 pm
1/31 HS boys basketball @ Caruthers JV 5:30 pm Var 7 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian
http://www.fresnochristian.com/

FCS Sports Schedules
http://www.fresnochristian.com/?division=page&pageid=39

By |2014-01-14T00:00:00+00:00January 14th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys soccer sports shorts: Sierra

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for boys’ soccer features). For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Winter sport box scores, 2012-13, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 0-1 overall as of Dec. 4

EAGLES PICK UP FIRST WIN, 3-2, Dec. 13

The Eagles played up at Sierra High School against the Sierra Chieftains, Dec. 13. Both teams were fired up and ready for a good fight; shaking off the cold conditions, the game started and the fight began.

Through the first half, both teams remained scoreless; the Eagles had numerous shots but each were just inches away. The Chieftains had a few chances but were unable to capitalize on any of the attempts, thus ending the first half. At the start of the second, the Eagles came out tired but pumped for the conclusion, hopeful to win the game.

The Chieftains scored in the first few minutes after the half, but the Eagles returned with two terrific shots by homeschooler Taylor Howard. Yet the Chieftain scored once again, tying the two teams in the last ten minutes of the game, with both teams yearning for the win, the game intensified, but the Eagles were not to be denied, they scored in the last 5 minutes. Ending the game 3-2, and giving the Eagles their first win of the season.

Coach Matt Markarian was happy with the outcome of the game but says the Eagles could have done much better.

“The team played hard,” said Coach Markarian. “They played well and pulled out a win, they just need to work on finishing and we will be in perfect shape. I?m looking forward to the rest of the season to see the boys hard work pay off.”

Homeschooler and Junior Taylor Howard was happy with how the game went, but admits there were mistakes which set the team back in taking the lead.

“It was an intense game,” said Howard. ?Once we got to their goal we just couldn’t get a ball in, even after several attempts. We need to work on our shots and our positioning so we are in the perfect spot, to make an easy goal. With these corrections we will be able to play the more advanced teams and hopefully capitalize on our shots on goal.”

The Eagles will next play away at Liberty High school on Dec. 17.

For more information, see the Winter sport box scores.

By |2013-12-16T00:00:00+00:00December 16th, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Sports Center: Dec. 1 through 31

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In the hopes of better communication, the athletic department will offer a short sports news brief every three to four weeks that will be published on Mondays. Sports Center will publish dates, times and locations of upcoming contests as well as highlight crucial events that our parents, supporters and students might wish to attend.

The winter sports calendars are beginning to heat up and this month’s soccer and basketball beginning their seasons the first week of December. Both sports are also getting ready for tournaments by mid month.

While the football team lost the CIF Central Section 8-man division championship, they ended their season with a 4-1 record in the Central Sierra League and 7-4 overall record. The girls varsity volleyball team finished the season, losing in the semi-final round of the CIF Central Section Division 5 play-offs to Minarets High School, the eventual division champions. The girls finished the season with 13-12 overall record, going 5-5 in West Sequoia League play.

Finally, in cross country, seniors Daniel Moore and Tyler Laird finished 24th and 25th in the Central Section Valley Championships at Woodward Park, Nov. 21. Senior Aliciana Quintana also ran in the girls’ race and finished ninth, sending her to the CIF State Championships.

The department includes Athletic Director Mick Fuller, Athletic Secretary Michelle Morse and Facilities Supervisor Val Rivera. They can still be reached via email, phone and on Twitter: @FCEaglesSports

Mick Fuller
[email protected]

Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

As a reminder, all high school students must have their sports physicals completed before they will be allowed to practice. Athletes must also complete an athletic packet.

Athletes will receive their uniforms at practice from their coach within the first few weeks of practice.

Upcoming FC Sports Events

12/2: boys soccer @ Liberty Madera Ranchos HS at 6 p.m.
12/3: Winter Sport Pictures at 2 p.m. in the FC Gym
12/3: boys soccer @ Central Valley Christian at 5 p.m.
12/3: boys JV & Var basketball @ Yosemite at 5:30 & 7 p.m.

12/4 – 12/7: girls soccer @ Fowler Lions Club Girls Soccer Tournament
12/4: FC vs Fowler at 5:20 p.m.
12/4: FC vs Parlier at 7:40 p.m.
12/5: FC vs Immanuel at 3 p.m.
12/5: FC vs Kerman at 5:20 p.m.
12/7: TBA

12/5 – 12/7: boys JV basketball @ Hanford West Tournament
12/6: boys soccer @ Sierra Mountain Match-up Tournament
12/6: FC vs Kerman at 10 a.m.
12/6: FC vs Firebaugh at 2 p.m.
12/7: TBA

12/10: girls soccer @ Sierra High School at 3:30 p.m.
12/10: boys basketball JV & Var vs Woodlake HS 5:30/7 p.m.
12/12: girls soccer @ Kerman HS at 5:30 p.m.
12/13: boys soccer @ Sierra HS at 4 p.m.
12/13 – 12/14: boys JV basketball @ Sierra Pacific Tournament TBA
12/18 – 12/21: boys Var basketball @ Dinuba Tournament TBA
12/19 – 12/21: boys JV basketball @ Fresno Christian HS JV basketball tournament, times TBA

12/20: HS boys and girls soccer @ Garces Holiday Soccer Festival in Bakersfield (Bronze Division)
12/20: boys @ State Farm Sports Village at 4:45 p.m. vs Kern Valley (Field 8)
12/20: girls @ State Farm Sports Village at 3 p.m. vs Arvin (Field 6)
12/21: boys @ Kern County Soccer Park vs Orcutt at 12:45 p.m. (Field 6)
12/21: girls TBA
Click here for directions to the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival

By |2013-12-02T00:00:00+00:00December 2nd, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Minarets

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013
For a preview to the Eagles volleyball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Fall sport box scores, 2013, for dates, times and all fall sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season on Max Preps. FC is currently 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the West Sequoia League as of Oct. 31. FC’s next game will be at home on Nov. 5, as the Eagles play the Parlier Panthers.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2013
MUSTANGS CONTINUE HOT STREAK, NOV. 1

The Eagles played the Minarets Mustangs on Oct. 31.

In the first Set the Eagles came off to a slow start and lost the set to the Mustangs, 25-13.

In the second set the Eagles again could not gain there footing and lost it 25-13.

In the third and final match the Eagles came out fighting, they kept with the Mustangs all the way until the end where the Mustangs crept ahead by two, ending the game, 26-24.

Junior Ashley Garcia was disappointed with the loss but since the Mustangs are ranked number one in the division, she was not surprised.

“It was a tough game,” said Garcia. “We played alright in the first two sets and we played very well in the final contest. Considering there number one we played a great game. Also like everything else in life there is room for improvement which i hope the team will strive for for the last few games.”

Senior Annaleah Madison wished for better but they played a good game.

“I played my best along with the rest of the team,” said Madison. “We could have pulled it together but things happen and this was one of those days. But we will definitely play our best for the last two games of the year.”

The Eagles will next play the Panthers at home on Nov. 5.

By |2013-11-01T00:00:00+00:00November 1st, 2013|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments