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College trip to SoCal, explore universities

photo (17)Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

Campus juniors and seniors traveled for a college trip to SoCal to visit universities, March 3-4.

Juniors and seniors took their annual College Trip, March 3-4. Ten students attended along with Academic advisor Michelle Warkentin, Andrea and Scott Donaghe. The group visited four different universities in southern California along with a famous ice cream parlor for dinner.

The first college the group visited was the University of Southern California. The school first opened in 1880 to 53 students. The students were amazed by the architecture and the size of the campus.

While at USC, Morgan Miller, ’16, fell in love with the atmosphere.

“The campus was really beautiful,” Miller said. “It was very spacious and the buildings were outstanding. I also really liked the food they offered on campus. Everyone was very welcoming and nice.”

Andrew Moore, ’16, although a faithful USC fan, knows the price makes attending the school difficult.

“I grew up as a big fan of USC,” Moore said. “I thought the campus itself was awesome. However, the price makes attending the school unlikely for me. But I will still always be a fan of the university.”

The second college the group attended was Azusa Pacific University. The group was able to meet up with alumnus Elora Hargis, ’14, before touring the campus. APU was the first Christian campus the group visited.

The Christian atmosphere of Azusa Pacific, along with their gym, seemed important to Caleb Goodale, ’16.

“I liked how the school offered chapels and worship sessions,” Goodale said. “Also I wasn’t expecting their gym to be that big. It was probably one of the nicest gyms I’ve seen. However, I didn’t care for the fact that you were only allowed to miss 10 chapels.”

Junior Bailey Brogan did not like the way the campus was set up. He also did not care for the atmosphere the campus offered.

“I didn’t really like how the school was split up into a west campus and east campus. Although they offered a trolley ride, it still seemed inconvenient,” Brogan said. “Also, the west campus seemed sort of cramped. But we had just come from USC so Azusa didn’t really have a chance.”

My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner. It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share. –Junior Timothy Nyberg

That night, the group went to Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant for dinner. Majority of the group agreed that dinner was the best part of the trip. Many of the students had participated in Kids Day earlier that morning and were running on their last bit of energy, which made the night that much more enjoyable.

After waiting an hour, the group was seated and the waitress, DeAnna, set the tone for the evening with her animated and sassy personality. The group decided to celebrate Brogan’s belated birthday, which included him going to “boot camp” once he finished his meal.

Timothy Nyberg, ’16, found the night very enjoyable and a dinner he would not soon forget.

“My favorite part of the college trip would have to be going to Farrells for dinner,” Nyberg said. “It was like walking into an old diner and definitely made you feel like you were taken back to a different time period. It was a great bonding time with my fellow classmates and we left there with many memories to share.”

The next morning, although tired, the group woke up bright and early to visit the next two universities. First on the list was the University of California Riverside.

Senior Justin Porter enjoyed the tour and learning about the school’s different research projects.

“I liked how the tour guide spoke about the research that their science program does,” Porter said. “I thought their study on the mantis shrimp and that spider with the golden silk was interesting. Also, the way they mapped the citrus DNA was pretty neat.”

The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area. For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private. –Michelle Warkentin, academic advisor

While disappointed with one of the schools programs, Elise Winegarden, ’15, thought the campus was nice.

“I thought the campus was beautiful,” Winegarden said. “There were plenty of trees and open space outside. The orange trees smelled lovely too! However, their nursing program isn’t one of their stronger programs so this wasn’t the school for me.”

The final school the group visited was California Baptist University. There, they met up with alumnus Annalise Rosik who spoke about what she has enjoyed so far.

The first part of the campus that the group explored was the cafeteria, or the “caf”. CBU has the third best cafeteria in California and the students enjoyed its all-you-can-eat policy. Collin Winegarden, ’15, saw the “caf” as one of the schools best features.

“Obviously I loved the cafeteria and unlimited food!” Winegarden said. “The recreational center was pretty awesome too. I loved the variety of activities you could do there. But what I loved most was the campus itself. I thought it was the perfect size with plenty of trees.”

Although he enjoyed the cafeteria, Joshua Carter, ’16, feels like the university still needs to build a stronger reputation.

“As a school, CBU is great, however, it doesn?t have a reputation which is one of its problems,” Carter said. “It needs to build a stronger reputation and one way to do that is hiring better professors and create strength in its different fields. I think by doing that, they will be known as a great Christian college and just a great college in general.”

Academic advisor, Michelle Warkentin, has been in charge of the annual college trip since it first began. She sees it as beneficial for the students who take it and enjoys seeing the students experience college life.

“The college trip is important because it allows students the opportunity to visit college campuses outside of our local area,” Warkentin said. “For some students this is their first campus visit out of Fresno. I try to pick different types of schools so students are exposed to both large and small campuses, public and private.”

“In my opinion the best part of the trip was seeing students walk through the massive libraries, peek into the lecture halls, and eat lunch together on the campuses. It was neat to see them experiencing college campuses first hand and open their eyes to the possibilities of what lies ahead of them after high school.”

Overall, everyone who took the trip enjoyed it and felt it was worth its while. They will be taking the trip again next year for any juniors or seniors that are interested.

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This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_.

For more features, read the March 11 article, Heritage honors Music Department with Sweepstakes Award (PODCAST, SLIDESHOW).

By |2015-03-12T00:00:00-08:00March 12th, 2015|FC Events, Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get to Know: Andrew Guthrie

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Senior Andrew Guthrie gave his testimony during chapel, Jan. 22.

Senior Andrew Guthrie gave his testimony during chapel, Jan. 22. Guthrie shared about the trials he has endured throughout his life. He specifically spoke about his junior year when his mother and three of his grandparents passed away. Guthrie encouraged the crowd to lean on God’s strength during difficult times.

Quebe: Was this your first time sharing your testimony? If so, why have you not shared it before? What was going through your mind?

Guthrie: Yes, I have never actually given a testimony like that before, mainly because I never thought anyone would care to hear it or be affected by it. But while speaking, I realized that it was making an impact by the responses I got from others in the school, so that helped me keep talking.

Quebe: What was the one thing you wanted people to remember about your testimony?

Guthrie: I wanted people to realize that although I’m not necessarily done with my struggles, I have seen how amazing God’s help had been over these past several years, even if they were small things at the time. The little helpful actions can drastically help later.

Quebe: Why do you feel that is something important to remember?

Guthrie: Sometimes we want a huge change, or are overlooking the small steps God has for us to reach a much better place. Overlooking these small steps will leave you stuck behind.

Quebe: What is your encouragement to someone going through similar struggles?

Guthrie: That there is some good in all the bad you may be facing. God has strengthened me through the struggles I have faced, and even though I have had a difficult 2014, I am stronger and better built in Christ.

Quebe: Do you think going to FCS helped you at all to get through life’s struggles? If so, how? Who is one person you feel had a major impact on your life? How?

Guthrie: Yes, I think FCS has helped me through my struggles and has strengthened me immensely by providing a place where there are people who want to connect and be together.

Sometimes we want a huge change, or are overlooking the small steps God has for us to reach a much better place. Overlooking these small steps will leave you stuck behind. –Senior Andrew Guthrie

Quebe: Who is one person you feel had a major impact on your life? How?

Guthrie: Someone who has greatly reached out to me and been like a brother is Jordan Castro, who always gave me a different view on my issues so that I can see them as God strengthening me, not hurting.

Quebe: Do you think you will ever share your testimony again? Why or why not?

Guthrie: Yes, I would share it over and over if it helped even one person. I don’t expect my story to be any more powerful than others, but it is sincere, and I think people need to hear true stories from those they can relate to.

Please feel free to comment about what you took away from Guthrie’s testimony.

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

For more features, read the Feb. 3 article, Where are they now? Todd Bennett.

By |2015-02-04T00:00:00-08:00February 4th, 2015|FC Arts, Features, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Beatriz Foth reflects on 13 years of service

Retired Spanish teacher shares her favorite memories

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Beatriz Foth and Greg Stobbe celebrate Cinco de Mayo, May 2014.

Half way through first semester, FC’s Spanish teacher of almost 13 years, Beatriz Foth, retired. She taught elementary and high school students everything from beginner’s Spanish to Spanish III. Foth did not only teach a new language, she taught her students about a different culture as well. We were recently able to have a Q&A with her where she reflected on her many years as a teacher.

Quebe: What was your favorite part of your job?

Foth: The interaction with the students, being able to pray and talk and share about God so openly. The smiles and expressions of joy on the students’ face when grasping and mastering grammatical concepts and vocabulary or as they just entered my classroom. Many of them were able to express themselves in Spanish not because they had to but because they wanted to.

The satisfaction that I had as a teacher as I realized that many of my students wanted to learn to speak Spanish and actually used every chance they had to apply it in real life situations, both inside and outside the classroom.

Along the years many of them continued their studies of the Spanish language and culture in university, even spending a semester or a whole year in a Spanish-speaking country. I was able to enjoy their visits afterwards and saw how much they have learned. Many of them came back totally bilingual. It is an indescribable feeling of satisfaction, reward and joy that I have been blessed to experience along those 13 years at FCS.

Quebe: What was the hardest part?

Foth: To teach to those students whose attitude towards learning a second language was very negative. Or the ones whose stereotypes and misconceptions about Spanish speakers and their varied cultures became a barrier for their learning.

Quebe: What were some of the funniest moments in your class?

Foth: They were so many! Students’ presentations, videos, comments, skits, etc. There was never a dull moment in my classroom with the students. There are so many that I cannot come up with just one!

Quebe: What will you miss the most?

Foth: Definitely, the students. I was blessed with so many years of getting to know so many wonderful teenagers and elementary children. Many of them probably will never realize how much they had blessed my life with their comments, smiles, hugs and all the love they poured on me. I will miss the many lunch times with so many students talking about life, God, their future goals, songs, movies and so many other topics. I will also miss sharing my knowledge and passion for the language and culture as well as their interest in learning and sharing about their learning experiences.

The satisfaction that I had as a teacher as I realized that many of my students wanted to learn to speak Spanish and actually used every chance they had to apply it in real life situations, both inside and outside the classroom. –Beatriz Foth

Quebe: Do you remember your first day at FC? If so, what was it like?

Foth: I was very overwhelmed with so many new things. I was excited but confused at the same time. To experience culture shock for the third time in my life was really hard. The expectations that I had about teaching in the U.S. was very different compared to what the reality was. I did not understand the learning culture of my new students. It took me a while to figure it out. It was really hard and very frustrating at times.

Quebe: What was your favorite class to teach? Spanish I, II, or III?

Foth: Every class has its favorite parts. Spanish I was the easiest to teach regarding vocabulary and grammar. There were so many new things they had to learn about culture and language. Spanish II was the hardest regarding grammar but it was always so nice to spend another year with the students.

Spanish III has always been my favorite for several reasons: the students and I had already developed a very friendly and deeper relationship; they were in my classroom for the third year because they wanted to learn more and we always enjoyed each other very much; they had a very solid foundation in both grammar and vocabulary and now they had to take it to the next level. I always looked forward to my Spanish III class. It was always so much fun! I will miss them so much.

After 13 years of teaching Spanish, Foth created many memories with her students. We encourage you to leave comments about moments that you enjoyed with her.

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

For more features, read the Jan. 28 article, Air quality affects campus, valley.

By |2015-01-29T00:00:00-08:00January 29th, 2015|Announcements, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Photosynthesis

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Nathan Mount, ’18, left, and Jaden Ventura, ’18, created a folder explaining how photosynthesis works, Jan. 28.

Sophomores Nathan Mount, left, and Jaden Ventura create a folder explaining how photosynthesis works, Jan. 28.

In Karen Walter’s 3rd period biology class, her students learned about how plants use photosynthesis by drawing pictures to describe how it works.

For more photos, visit Friday rally and Superbowl spirit day.

By |2015-01-28T00:00:00-08:00January 28th, 2015|Academics, Photos, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Publications enrich audience through social media

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The Feather continues to use social media to reach their audience.

Not only is The Feather a daily online newspaper, it is also an active user of social media. More and more often you will see newspapers actively posting to websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Feather uses all three to reach different people and ultimately bring more attention to the online publication.

On June 3, 2014, Mary Clare Fischer of the American Journalism Review wrote, “Newspapers across the country are paying more attention to how to motivate staff members to post articles to social media as a means to drive site traffic?”

Sean O’Leary, Director of Communications for the Newspaper Association of America said, “It revealed that The Washington Post was the most popular newspaper site on Twitter, with its content generating an average of more than 275,000 tweets per week. The New York Times slid into second, with just more than 260,000 tweets per week.”

Woody Lewis, writer for Mashable penned, “Social media gives any business an interactive channel to communicate with its current and future customers. For newspapers, that channel can increase the chances of survival in a market where commoditized information has diminished the value of individual brands.”

A poll at FC shows that 86% of students that took the poll are aware that The Feather has an Instagram page.

Elise Winegarden, ’15, says she checks The Feather’s Instagram page daily. She uses it to stay informed on a regular basis.

“I like being able to see The Feather’s Instagram posts in my feed every day,” Winegarden said. “My favorite thing about it is the variety of pictures from different events happening throughout the entire school.”

The same poll also showed that only 48% of FC students know about The Feather’s Facebook page. However, Facebook is used more to reach the parents and alumni of FC.

I like being able to see the The Feather‘s Instagram posts in my feed every day. My favorite thing about it is the variety of pictures from different events happening throughout the entire school. –Senior Elise Winegarden

Angie Fries, grandma to Callista Fries, ’15, enjoys the Facebook page because of the accessibility it offers.

“I love that The Feather has a Facebook page,” Fries said. “It allows me to access it often and conveniently when I am out and about. Plus, when I am using Facebook, it is easy for me to comment on The Feather articles that appear. My favorite part about having Facebook is the pictures that appear. When reading The Feather, the pictures always peak my interest.”

Finally, the poll revealed that about 73% of students are aware about The Feather’s twitter page. This type of social media is used more to talk about events as they happen. It is primarily for the students to stay informed and give them reminders.

Daniel Ayres, ’17, enjoys the twitter page because it keeps him up to date on sporting events.

“When I first came to FC, The Feather’s twitter really helped me stay informed about what was happening while it was happening,” Ayres said. “For me, the best thing about the twitter account is that it keeps you updated with sporting events. Even if you don’t go, you can still know what’s going on and how the game ends.”

The ultimate goal of having these social media accounts is to start conversation and draw people to visit The Feather’s official website. Whether it’s through posting articles, pictures or videos, our desire is to peak the interest of others. We want them to feel they are informed on school events whether they are students, alumni or parents.

This is not the end, as more social media comes about, we will add them to our portfolio. For now though, we will focus on the three that we have.

By |2015-01-22T00:00:00-08:00January 22nd, 2015|Features, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior contributes leadership to campus athletics

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Castro poses for homecoming king photos.Jorda

Student leads team through Example

Fall means it’s time for soccer season to start up again! One of the seniors on the team this year is Jordan Castro. As it is his last year on the FC team, Castro contributes leadership to his fellow teammates through encouragement and positivity.

Castro first began attending FC in Lynda Tapley’s kindergarten class. He is going to graduate this year as a “lifer” and has enjoyed every year.

“I love the community here,” Castro said. “People around here are genuine which is something you don’t find at many schools. It’s refreshing and motivates me.”

FC offers many sports and allows students to participate in as many as possible. Castro has definitely taken advantage of campus athletics.

“I feel it is important to be involved in extracurricular activities such as sports,” Castro said. “When you’re involved in sports, it shows that you want to amount to something. It also shows that you’re willing to put more effort into your life than the bare minimum.

“Over the years, I have participated in cross country, soccer and tennis, but I think soccer is my favorite,” Castro said. “I have to give props to Daniel Moore and Nick Fontes because they were the ones who first encouraged me to play.”

Soccer has been a favorite of Castro’s, as this will be his fourth year on the varsity. Not only does he enjoy the variety the sport offers, but the benefits as well.

“I would say soccer is my favorite because their are a lot of positions and roles to play,” Castro said. “The best part is the feeling that you did something correctly. Being able to watch it play out in front of you is the greatest feeling.”

I want to see our team accomplish a win during league this year. I know it may sound like a mediocre goal, but I think it would be a huge motivation for the team. I think if the team plays like we did in the Clovis Tournament, we will have quite the successful season. –Jordan Castro, ’15 

Another senior on the team, Adam Khouzam, has been a long time friend of Castro’s. This will be Khouzam’s second year on the team and he feels Castro brings necessary qualities to the team.

“I first met Jordan in Tapley’s kindergarten class but I didn’t start playing soccer with him until our junior year,” Khouzam said. “Jordan brings a lot of encouragement to the team and is a great leader. One of the best parts of being on the team with Jordan is that he is fun to talk to. He is a motivational person and always positive.”

Castro also has the opportunity to play with his younger brother, sophomore Julian Castro. Julian feels its a huge benefit having his brother on the team with him.

“The best part about playing with my brother is our relationship,” Julian said. “We are able to bond closer together through soccer. Also, since I am new to the sport, I enjoy having someone who is not afraid to call me out on my errors and help me learn.”

In past years, the boys soccer team has faced strong opponents in league and struggled to come out with a win. This year, Castro wants to see that change.

“I want to see our team accomplish a win during league this year,” Castro said. “I know it may sound like a mediocre goal, but I think it would be a huge motivation for the team. I think if the team plays like we did in the Clovis Tournament, we will have quite the successful season.

“In order to do this, we will all have to do our part on the field,” Castro said. “My role is to run a lot and put the ball in scoring range for our forwards. I also continually pray for us and am needed to keep a level head to serve as an example.”

The next game for boys soccer will be a home game against the Sierra Chieftains, Dec. 12. They are also scheduled to host Liberty Madera, Dec. 16. Be sure to support the Eagles during Christmas break.

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

For more sports, read the Dec. 11 article, Boys basketball continues season over Christmas break (VIDEO).

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00-08:00December 12th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

BRIEF: Leadership brings season greetings with red and green day, Dec. 4

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Students dress up in red and green in preparation for Christmas break.

Thanksgiving break is over and the countdown to Christmas begins. The hallways are decorated with Christmas lights and Christmas trees while students are eager for Christmas break. To start off the festivities, the high school will be having a dress up day, Dec. 4, and the theme is anything red and green.

Most students are aware of the dress up day and plan to participate. Madelline Luginbill, ’16, is particularly excited for the celebration.

“I’m so ready for this dress up day, I have my outfit planned and everything,” Luginbill said. “I feel like it’s important for students to participate during the Christmas season because its the most wonderful time of the year!”

Sophomore Damien Boyce feels like the red and green dress up day is an opportunity for unity in the school.

“Not only is it important to participate in this event, but every event we have,” Boyce said. “I think it is a good chance for our classes to come together.”

Not only am I prepared to wear my awesome red shirt, but I’m happy because it makes me realize that our 3 week break is right around the corner. –Dillon Owens, ’15

Dillon Owens, ’15, is excited to participate because all the festivities remind him how close Christmas break is.

“Not only am I prepared to wear my awesome red shirt, but I’m happy because it makes me realize that our 3 week break is right around the corner,” Owens said.

FC teacher, Kyle Dodson, feels that majority of the students are already amped up for the holiday.

“Many of my students are already showing signs of having the Christmas spirit,” Dodson said. “One of my students have even made a Christmas countdown in my classroom. However, I think this dress up day will continue to help the Christmas cheer continue to grow.”

The Christmas activities continue as Leadership hosts a walk down Christmas Tree Lane, Dec. 10.

For more news, read the Dec. 3 article, Student leadership: Christmas is here.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_.

By |2014-12-04T00:00:00-08:00December 4th, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Roaring 20s theme provides float inspiration

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Juniors Bailey Brogan and Andrew Moore discuss construction for the float.

As FC’s annual homecoming approaches, the tradition of float building begins. The theme for the homecoming this year is Hollywood movie genres. This year’s junior class decided to take on the Roaring 20s.

Madelline Luginbill, ’16, is particularly excited for the genre the class had picked since it is her favorite time period.

“I absolutely love the 1920s!” Luginbill said. “I love everything about that era, especially the flapper girls! I hope to see everyone in our class participate and work together as a team to pull off this theme.”

The class had their first meeting to start making the basic parts of their float, Oct. 11. Macy Mascarenas, ’16, and her family generously provide the trailer for the third year in a row. Claire Kollenkark and Chris Kollenkark, ’16, opened up their home as a work place for the class.

In their last meeting the juniors, were able to get the majority of the painting done and the floor finished. The backdrop still needs some finishing touches, but the class made progress.

Being new to the leadership class, Claire Kollenkark, ’16, wants to see the class grow through the process. She wants everyone’s ideas to be heard so that it is more of a group effort.

“My vision is to have the whole class involved in some way, shape or form,” Kollenkark said. “I want this float to bring our class together. It is our junior year and we are here to dominate! Last year we were so close to winning, but this year I want there to be no question that the juniors are the clear champions.”

They were able to get the majority of the painting done and the floor finished. The backdrop still needs some finishing touches, but the class made progress.

Bailey Brogan, ’16, was pleased with their last meeting but still expects more from their class.

“I felt the first meeting went well. We had more people come out and participate than last year,” Brogan said. “However, I would still like to see even more come out to help. If we want to improve on how we did last year, then this really needs to be a team effort. For all future meetings, I would really like to see our class come focused with the mindset to win.”

To pull off a project as extravagant as a float, the juniors will really have to utilize these last few meetings to get all the finishing details done. To do that, it will require involvement from everyone in the class throughout the week of homecoming. The juniors are determined to go all out whether it’s dress up days, the blood drive or the rally; they are coming to win.

The next meeting for the junior class will start at 12 p.m., at the Kollenkark’s house, Oct. 25.

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

For more features, read the Oct. 22 article, International Student, Krit Metanopphakun chosen as student of the month.

By |2014-10-22T00:00:00-08:00October 22nd, 2014|FC Events, Features, Leadership, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport short: Minarets

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Ivette Ibarra, ’15, goes up for a block against Minarets.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 12-8 overall and 0-3 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 9. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 14, as the Eagles play a home game against Parlier High School.

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Eagles fall short all three matches, Oct. 14

The FC Eagles traveled to Oakhurst to face the Minarets High School Mustangs, Oct. 14. It was the second league game for the Eagles.

Going into the game, Senior Ivette Ibarra knew they would need to put up a fight.

“This wasn’t our first time playing Minarets and we know they are a very good team,” Ibarra said. “We knew we would need to step up our level of play and execute the things we have been working on in practice. It needed to be an all around team effort.”

The Mustangs took an early lead in the first match and defeated the Eagles, 25-13.

At the start of the second match, the Eagles were able to keep up with the Mustangs. However, it was not enough as the Eagles lost, 25-13.

As the third match approached, the Eagles refused to give up. However, Minarets fought back and came out victorious, 25-13.

Sophomore Jennifer King felt the team could have put up a better fight against the Mustangs. However, she still believes that they have some things to work on if they want to accomplish this.

“We need to come out prepared to win,” King said. “We need to play to the best of our abilities every single game. We can’t afford to start off slow against a really good team. We have to anticipate that every ball will come back over the net.”

Coach Jonathan Penberthy realized some aspects of the game that the girls need to work on before they face Minarets again.

“We didn’t do as good of a job on receiving serves which didn’t allow us to run an offense,” Penberthy said. “We were constantly on defense which put us in a bad place against a good team. If we do a better job on receiving serves, we will be on offense which will give us more chances to attack.”

Next, the Eagles will be hosting the Parlier Panthers, Oct. 16.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_

By |2014-10-17T00:00:00-08:00October 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Senior brings tenacity to volleyball team

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A new year means a new group of senior athletes. One in particular is Ivette Ibarra who began her journey at FC in Debi Zaremba’s first grade class. Over the past eleven years, Ibarra has become more and more in love with her school and sport.

With a small school environment, it is almost impossible to walk the halls of FC and not see somebody you know. Ibarra has loved that feeling ever since her arrival at FC.

“I love that FC is like one big family to me,” Ibarra said. “I feel comfortable to talk to any faculty member freely about faith, a struggle I’m dealing with or an experience I have had, and I know that they truly care.”

As a senior, this will be her last year representing the Eagles. However, she fully intends on using all the lessons she has learned throughout high school after her graduation.

“FC is my home and it saddens me that I will have to leave it,” Ibarra said. “But I intend on utilizing all of the life changing experiences and lessons my FC family has taught me and incorporate it out in the real world.”

Those who know Ivette say she is very outspoken and has an emanating joy that is hard to ignore. Sophomore Hannah Nale admires Ivette for her outgoing personality.

“I look up to Ivette for several reasons,” Nale said. “My number one reason is because she has such a free spirit and is willing to show herself so easily. She isn’t ashamed to be outgoing to everyone and tries to make him or her feel welcomed. I can see the joy she finds in just making one person happy which is awesome.”

Not only does Ibarra have a deep admiration for FC, but she is also avidly involved in the school. Along with being Student Chairman, Ibarra has also been involved in many sports at FC.

“Over the past several years soccer and volleyball have been my favorite sports,” Ibarra said. “My father has been my biggest support in my family. Although he is unable to make it to many of my games due to work, I know he is always cheering me on in spirit.”

Although Ibarra has a passion for both sports, she admits that volleyball is the one sport that she knows she will always enjoy.

“I absolutely love volleyball season,” Ibarra said. “I sometimes like it more than soccer season, but don’t tell my soccer coach that. I can always find joy in playing volleyball and I have my team to thank for that. I know going into practice or tournaments, or while waiting for our game, that I will always have a good time with them. My bond with them is unlike any other sports team I have been a part of. They are my sisters and I love them dearly.”
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Ibarra’s varsity coach, Jonathan Penberthy, believes she brings an excitement to the court, whether it?s during practice or in a game.

“Ivette brings a lot of passion and energy,” Penberthy said. “She is a player who gives one hundred percent of her energy one hundred percent of the time.”

One of Ibarra’s teammates who have been one of her best friends over the past seven years is Gabriela Siqueiros, ’15.

“I have known Ivette and played sports with her for the past six years,” Siqueiros said. “One thing that is unique about Ivette is that she is very charismatic on the court. She isn’t afraid to be loud and pump people up which is a quality I haven’t been able to find in anyone else. She’s my little Mexican firecracker! I couldn’t imagine playing volleyball without her. I will miss being able to celebrate all of our amazing plays together on the court and all of the embarrassing times we have shared.”

Ibarra feels the team has the chance to go far this year, she has high expectations not only for the team, but also for herself. However, she knows it won?t be easy and will require dedication and hard work from everyone one on the team.

“My ultimate goal is to go to Valleys and do the impossible and win,” Ibarra said. “This means mental toughness and high spirits and I know we are fully capable to do all these things. Many may underestimate us, but I know our full potential, and we are fighters, and we will go far this season.”

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For more sports, read the Oct. 8 article, Volleyball Sport Shorts: Caruthers

By |2014-10-13T00:00:00-08:00October 13th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball Sport Shorts: Caruthers

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 12-6 overall and 0-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 8. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 9, as the Eagles play a home game against Fowler High School.

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Eagles suffer loss, learning experience, Oct. 7

For their first league game, the FC Eagles traveled to Caruthers High School to face the Blue Raiders, Oct. 7.

For the past three games, the team has been without one of their starters. However, the Eagles were able to have all the starters for the game on Tues., Oct. 7.

Sophomore Hannah Nale, was excited to finally have the full team there for the first league game.

“I was very happy that the team was finally back together,” Nale said. “Having all our starters back because it definitely boosts our spirits. When we are all together, we do a really good job of pumping each other when we need it.”

The Eagles started off a little shaky in the first match as Caruthers defeated them, 25-9.

Senior Ivette Ibarra, feels like this game was a good wakeup call for the team.

“Lately we haven’t been playing teams that are at the same level as we are,” Ibarra said. “Now we are entering league and we are playing teams that are either at our level our higher. We need to start playing with passion and show that we deserve to make it to valleys.”

In the second match, the Eagles put up a fight and came out on top, 25-20.

As the third match approached, the Eagles did their best to keep fighting, but it wasn?t enough as they lost, 25-20.

The Eagles entered the third match with injuries and exhaustion, but weren?t going down without a battle. However, Caruthers still managed to come out victorious, 25-20.

Although Coach Jonathan Penberthy, was disappointed with the loss, he saw it as a lesson that they needed to learn.

“We are going to take away that we can’t start off games slowly,” Penberthy said. “We need to come out strong and aggressive rather than being down 6-1. We can’t expect to beat good teams like that.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, lead the team offensively with 11 kills followed by Olivia Quebe, ’16, with 8.

Next, the Eagles will be hosting the Fowler Redcats, Oct. 9.

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By |2014-10-08T00:00:00-08:00October 8th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volleyball Sport Short: Alpaugh

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 12-5 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 2. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 7, as the Eagles play Caruthers High School in Caruthers.

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Eagles take victory despite different game atmosphere, Oct. 2

The FC Eagles took a two-hour drive to face the Alpaugh High School Buffaloes. This was the last preseason game for the Eagles before they started league.

The atmosphere for this game was much different from the one they played earlier in the week. As they entered the gym, music was blasting and the echoes of screaming fans made it almost impossible to hear the person next to you.

Sophomore Jennifer King felt the atmosphere of this game was drastically different from their previous game against Summit Charter.

“I think the loudness of the gym made us panic a little bit,” King said. “It made us realize that we needed to refocus. We also had to make sure our voices were louder than all the other voices in the gym so that we wouldn’t lack communication.”

With this in mind, the Eagles started off the first match slow, however, they were able to overcome the intensity of the noise and beat the Buffaloes, 25-17.

By the second match, the Eagles seemed to no longer be phased by the commotion and defeated Alpaugh, 25-5.

At this point in the game, Coach Jonathan Penberthy saw an opportunity for the nonstarters to get a chance to play.

“They benefit from having playing time because it allows them to feel like they are participating and being more a part of the team,” Penberthy said. “It gives them a chance to show what they have been working on in practice and starts to prepare them if they are under classmen for the varsity next year.”

Even with the change in the line-up, the Eagles came out victorious over the Buffaloes, 25-21.

Senior Ashley Garcia saw the team continue to make improvements, but still sees areas they need to work on if they want to go far this season.

“One thing I feel we improved upon from our previous game was that we played with more heart,” Garcia said. “I honestly think that the loudness in the gym pumped us up and really motivated us to work harder. Something that I think we need to still work on is our passing. It needs to be a lot more precise for us to be able to run an aggressive offensive play.”

Next, the Eagles will travel to Caruthers High School to face the Blue Raiders, Oct. 7.

For another news article read Football sport shorts: Mojave

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By |2014-10-06T00:00:00-08:00October 6th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball Sport Short: Summit Charter

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 11-5 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 30. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 2, as the Eagles play Alpaugh High School in Alpaugh.

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EASY WIN FOR THE EAGLES, Sept. 30

The FC Eagles traveled to Porterville to face the Summit Charter Academy Bears, Sept. 30.

As the Eagles entered the gym, there was complete silence. The stands were close to empty, which is not the normal atmosphere for the Eagles.

Sophomore Hannah Nale knew the team would have to work hard to get everyone’s spirits up to play to the best of their abilities.

“I think the team definitely stepped up to the plate,” Nale said. “Even though the gym was super quiet, as teammates, we really tried to pump each other up and it worked really well. Although we missed our Nuthouse, it was nice to at least have the people on the bench and the parents do their best to cheer us on.”

With this mindset, the Eagles entered the first match with intensity and defeated the Bears, 25-15.

As the second match approached, some of the non-starters were given the chance to play. Even with the different players, the Eagles still managed to beat Summit Charter, 25-20.

Before the third match began, the girls decided this was their chance to run some of the new plays they had been working on in practice. Senior Gabriela Siqueiros was excited to use her new offensive plays.

“It felt great to finally use the different plays that we had been working on,” Siqueiros said. “It gave us a chance to get more comfortable with the timing and it also forces our defense to work harder so that we have the opportunity to run these plays.”

In the third match, the Eagles continued to play hard and came out victorious over the Bears, 25-12.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy was happy to see the girls try some of the more difficult, tricky plays that they don’t usually use in games.

“It was great to see the girls run plays and it was awesome to see Breanna get her first kill!” Penberthy said. “It was also nice to see Ashley work on her jump serve and Gaby work on her cut serve. All in all it was good to have an opportunity to work on those things in a game-like atmosphere.”

Next, the Eagles travel to Alpaugh High School to face the Buffaloes, Oct. 2.

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For more sports, read the Sept. 29 article, Football sport shorts: Mojave.

By |2014-10-01T00:00:00-08:00October 1st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball Sport Short: Tranquillity

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The FC Eagles traveled to Tranquillity High School to face the Tigers, Sept. 25. After coming off two losses in a row, the Eagles managed to come out with a win.

In the first match, the Eagles had a slow start. However they were able to beat the Tigers, 25-20.

The second match started similar to the first, as both teams were neck and neck. The Eagles were able to pull ahead to defeat the Tigers, 25-21.

In the third match, the Tigers fought back and were able to beat the Eagles, 25-14, adding another match to the game.

In the fourth and final set the Eagles pulled ahead quickly and ended the match 25-19, ending the game with a final score of 3-1.

Sophomore Jennifer King felt the team started to slack after the first two matches which resulted in a win for the Tigers.

“I think since we won the first two, we started to lack energy and stopped playing as hard as we could have,” King said. “We started to lower our level of playing ability. We weren’t anticipating every ball and didn’t take the game as serious as we should have.”

The Eagles were determined to come out with a win at the end of the fourth match. They fought hard and were able to come out victorious over the Tigers, 25-19.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy felt it was good to come out with the win, but he still knows the girls can reach a higher potential.

“It was nice to have a win after losing a couple games, especially against a team with a strong defense,” Penberthy said. “We only have a few more games until we start league so I really want to see us reach our full potential.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros recognized that the team still has work to do.

“One problem that we still face is our lack of consistency,” Siqueiros said. “We need to be consistent no matter what team we play. Tranquility obviously wasn’t the hardest team we are going to face yet they still were able to win one match.”

Junior Olivia Quebe led the team offensively with 12 kills followed by Senior Gabriela Siqueiros with 8.

The next game for the Eagles will be against Summit Charter, Sept. 30.

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By |2014-09-26T00:00:00-08:00September 26th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Liberty

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The FC Eagles hosted the Liberty High School Hawks, Sept. 23. Again, the Eagles were short a starter and faced another defeat.

In the first match, the Eagles took a small lead against the Hawks. However, Liberty fought back to beat the Eagles, 25-12.

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, felt that the first match was the teams strongest and wish they would have played like that throughout the game.

“Out of the three matches we played, the first one was where we played the best,” Siqueiros said. “We came out with more confidence. However, once we were defeated, I think a lot of our confidence went down and we didn’t play to the level that we should have.”

The Hawks came out strong in the second match and defeated the Eagles, 25-9.

As the third match approached, the Eagles were able to improve on their performance in the second match. However, it was not enough as the Hawks were victorious, 25-14.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy, felt the team could have come out with a win against Liberty. He also realizes that the team was at a disadvantage.

“I think every team is beatable,” Penberthy said. “However, the way we played Tuesday night, we’re not going to beat many people. It is tough when you play a good team and you don’t have all your starters.”

Sophomore Hannah Nale, feels the team needs to work harder to play to their full potential.

“We definitely need to step our game up,” Nale said. “Tuesday night was not a fun game. Not all our players were there, but that’s no excuse. We need to stop being lackadaisical and play like the FC Eagles.”

Junior Olivia Quebe led the team offensively with 7 kills followed by Senior Gabriela Siqueiros with 5.

The next game for the Eagles will be at Tranquility High School, Sept. 25.

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For more sport shorts, read the Sept. 24 article, Football sport short: Trinity Christian.

By |2014-09-24T00:00:00-08:00September 24th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Mendota

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The FC Eagles hosted the Mendota High School Aztecs, Sept. 16. Despite missing one of their starters, Ivette Ibarra, ’15, the Eagles were able to come out with a win.

In the first match, the Eagles came out a little shaky due to the new rotations. However, they still managed to defeat the Aztecs, 25-19.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy, knew the new line up would be difficult to adjust to, but felt the girls did fairly well.

“I feel like the new change affected how well we could have played,” Penberthy said. “But at the same time, I thought they played really well. It was good to see Olivia Quebe get more hits on the outside and it was good to see Hannah Nale play all the way around. Overall, the team did very well.”

Sophomore Jennifer King, was one of the players that had to adapt to a new position.

“The hardest thing about adjusting to the new position was remembering the rotations,” King said. “However, I still wanted to play my hardest while accommodating to the new position.”

The Eagles felt more comfortable in the new line up during the second match. Their confidence showed as they beat Mendota, 25-13.

The third match gave all the FC players an opportunity to play during the game. The Eagles came out victorious against the Aztecs, 25-21.

Senior Breanna Jennings, was excited to have more playing time since it gave her an opportunity to improve her skills.

“Playing yesterday was so much fun because I got to contribute to the team,” Jennings said. “Also, I like having the opportunity to serve and get more points for the team.”

Even in a new position, Olivia Quebe, ’16, was able to lead the team in kills, with 12, followed by Gabriela Siqueiros, ’15, with 9.

For the next game, the Eagles will be hosting Liberty High School, Sept. 23.

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

By |2014-09-17T00:00:00-08:00September 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport short: Stone Ridge

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The FC Eagles traveled to Merced to face the Stone Ridge Christian Knights, Sept. 11.

In the first set, the Knights took the lead from the start, and easily won the match. Stone Ridge defeated FC, 25-9.

The Eagles were determined to put up more of a fight in the second match. However, the Knights still came out with a win, 25-18.

As the third match approached, the Eagles gave it everything they had and managed to beat the Knights, 25-19.

In the fourth match, both teams fought hard to stay in the game. However, it was the Knights who were victorious over the Eagles, 25-21.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy was happy to see his girls still fight back after being defeated in the first two matches.

“As a team, we got off to a slow start,” Penberthy said. “But as usual, we fought back and played really hard in the third and fourth set. Also, the other coach was very complimentary and told us we improved a lot from last year.”

Senior Ivette Ibarra accomplished some of the goals set during practice.

“We worked hard and that was something we wanted to establish as a team from the previous days conversation,” Ibarra said. “I think yesterday we proved that we can work hard against a good team. Overall there also wasn’t as much negativity as there has been in the past.”

Senior Breanna Jennings saw the game as a learning experience for future games.

“I felt like it was a learning experience because in the first set, we got crushed,” Jennings said. “However, we overcame our errors and it taught us what we need to do in future games like that.”

Ivette Ibarra, ’15, and Olivia Quebe, ’16, led the team offensively. They finished the game with 10 kills each.

The Eagles will be hosting the Mendota Aztecs, Sept. 16.

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For more sport shorts, read Sept. 11 article, Cross country sport shorts: Kingsburg Two-Mile Race.

By |2014-09-15T00:00:00-08:00September 15th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Sierra

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The FC Eagles hosted the Sierra High School Chieftains, Sept. 9.

The Eagles struggled to keep up in the first set, and Sierra set a dominant tone for the day. The Chieftains defeated FC, 25-15.

In the second set, the Eagles tried to fight back but Sierra held their lead, 25-18.

The Eagles were determined to fight back in the third set. However, despite their efforts, the Chieftains came out on top, 25-22.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy saw this loss as an opportunity for the girls to see the level they have the potential of playing at.

“We faced a good team; they were well coached and well executed,” Penberthy said. “It showed what we need to work and where we need to improve. Hopefully we will have the chance to face them again in playoffs.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros knew Sierra was going to be a tough team to face. However, she saw that as no excuse for them to lose.

“Our team is fully capable of playing to the level that Sierra is at,” Siqueiros said. “You could see it in the third game that we had the skill to beat them. Unfortunately, our errors over-shadowed our highlights.”

Sophomore Hannah Nale felt that although the team lost, she saw improvements.

“We are slowly but surely making small improvements on how we play as a team,” Nale said. “We are starting to have better communication on the court and are going for more balls.”

The American Volleyball Coaches Association also recognized Ashley Garia for her outstanding performance for the week of Aug. 18. She was given Player of the Week honors.

The next game for the Eagles will be playing against Stone Ridge Christian, Sept. 11.

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By |2014-09-10T00:00:00-08:00September 10th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Paramount

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The Paramount Academy Wolves hosted the FC Eagles, Sept. 4. This was the fourth pre-season game for the Eagles and after the long drive, the Eagle’s came out on top.

The first match showed the Eagles that this game was a chance to start running some more challenging plays. FC was able to take a significant lead and beat the Wolves, 25-11.

In the second match, the Eagles continued to hold a strong lead against Paramount Academy and defeated them, 25-14.

As the third match approached, some of the second string were given the opportunity to play and secured the win for the Eagles.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy is proud of his girls for keeping their winning streak, but still feels they have so much more potential.

“I was happy to see the girls play more aggressive even when the team wasn’t quite at our level,” Penberthy said. “But if they want to make it to Valleys, they’re going to have to play hard every game no matter the team.”

Senior Ashley Garcia wants to see the team play hard no matter what team they face.

“I would like to see us play to the best of our ability whether it’s an easy team or a hard team,” Garcia said. “I want us to also use these games as an opportunity to work on harder plays that we only do during practice such as X’s, ones and shoots.”

At the end of the three matches, Junior Olivia Quebe took the lead in kills with a total of 10 followed by Senior Gabriela Siqueiros with 7.

The FC Eagles will be hosting the Sierra Chieftains, Sept. 9.

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For more sports, read Sept. 3 article, Volleyball sport shorts: Mclane.

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

Volleyball sport shorts: Mclane

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The FC Eagles traveled to the McLane Highlanders gym, Sept. 2. This was the third preseason game for the Eagles and they managed to come out with another win.

In the first match, the Eagles had a rough start, but still defeated the Highlanders, 25-15.

The second match started off with both teams neck and neck. However, FC took the lead beating McLane, 25-17.

As the entered the third match, the Eagles finished off McLane winning the game, 25-16.

Varsity coach Jonathan Penberthy sees these games as opportunities for the girls to improve on simple skills.

“Games like the one against McLane give the players an opportunity to work on simple things like free balls and serve receive,” coach Penberthy said. “It also gives them an opportunity to improve their stats.”

Senior Gabriela Siqueiros felt that the team played okay, but still was not satisfied.

“I think that when we play teams who aren’t up to our level, we tend to not play to our fullest potential,” Siqueiros said. “We need to do better at putting all our focus into every play and every point. That’s what will help us win games.”

Junior Brittany Bender felt the team is beginning to improve on some of the goals the girls set for themselves.

“We still could work on our communication on the court,” Bender said. “But I still feel that we did really good at being on our toes and being encouraging to one another.”

The Eagles next game is against the Paramount Academy Wolves Sept. 4.

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By |2014-09-03T00:00:00-08:00September 3rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel

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The Immanuel Eagles hit the road to take on the FC Eagles, Aug. 26. This was the second pre-season game for FC in the West Sequoia League (WSL) and they managed to continue their winning streak.

In match one, Immanuel came out on fire and beat the Eagles, 25-16.

The Eagles still struggled to fight back, in match two, and Immanuel defeated the girls, 25-15.

Senior Ashley Garcia was very proud of the team, yet she still sees areas that they can improve on.

“What I think we need to improve on is communication,” Garcia said. “We also need to be on our toes more and make smarter plays during those sticky situations.”

As match three approached, the Eagles refused to give up and fought hard to beat Immanuel, 25-21.

Head coach Jonathan Penberthy saw a significant difference in his players from the first two matches to the last three.

“The first two games, we were playing hard,” said Penberthy. “However, we weren’t playing focused. The last three games we played with purpose and with intent.”

Match four brought intensity and aggression from both teams, however, the Eagles managed to come out on top, 27-25.

Sophomore Jennifer King loved the excitement from the crowd and feels that plays a big factor in how the team played.

“I think the crowd sets the stage for the game and how we play,” says King. “When the crowd is pumped up, so is the team especially during that fifth match. We love our Nuthouse!”

In match five, both teams began to show signs of exhaustion. However, the Eagles found the extra strength to defeat Immanuel, 15-7.

Senior Trevor Beal enjoyed watching the game because of the great turn around in the last three games.

“It was a well deserved victory,” Beal said. “I thought we were going to lose at first when we were down by two games, but the tide turned. We came back to win three games in a row, it was very exciting to watch.”

The Eagles go at it again, as they enter the Raisin Tournament in Mendota, Aug. 27.

For more sports, read the Aug. 21 Volleyball sport shorts: Laton.

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

Paris architecture captivates junior's wanderlust

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Six campus students and Feather adviser Greg Stobbe traveled to Paris during the summer of 2014 on a ‘just for fun trip.’

This past summer, I traveled with Greg Stobbe and five other students from FC to the iconic destination of Paris, France. We stayed there for a total of nine days and resided at the Hotel des Arenes.

As we stepped off our 11-hour flight, it did not hit us that we landed in a foreign country. Besides hearing the new language, everything seemed very Americanized.

We exited the airport and hopped in the van for an hour drive to our hotel. As the highways and modern buildings began to disappear, we started to see my favorite aspect of Paris. Something nonexistent in the United States is the architecture in France that often dates back thousands of years.

Even the hotel we lived in for the duration of our stay stood in front of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater from 285 A.D. The style and design of these buildings rivaled anything from the states and left a distinct impression on me.

One of the first iconic churches we visited was the Sacre-Coeur. The front steps gave an overview of the city below as copper statues of King Saint Louis IX and Saint Joan of Arc guard the entrance.

As we entered the church, the inside became even more breath taking than the outside. The largest mosaic in France of Jesus with angels at his side covers the ceiling while an organ built by Aristide Cavaille-Coll sits in the back. The Sacre-Coeur remains a symbol of Roman Catholicism ever since 1885 and through time transformed into an iconic tourist destination.

The first day set the bar high for Paris’ unique architecture; however, the Palace of Versailles lived up to its spectacular reputation. With a golden gate entrance, over 700 rooms, and an extravagant garden, the palace possesses something new around every corner. We saw the kings? and queens? rooms along with the dining room and my personal favorite, the Hall of Mirrors.

The space filled with natural light that reflected off the mirrors as some of the original chandeliers sparkled from the suns rays. The amount of detail and thought that went into building this palace blew my mind and the garden looked like something from a movie. Flowers covered the ground in beautiful arrangements with fountains left and right. These days, the Palace serves as a museum and tourist attraction along with holding occasional political functions.

Although the palaces and churches left us speechless by their beauty, nothing compares to the Eiffel Tower. Completed in March of 1889 and standing at 1,063 feet tall, the Eiffel Tower stands as the number one tourist destination in Paris. I stood in awe at the bottom of the tower, amazed by its intricate detail and significant height.

We had the benefit of traveling all the way to the top of the tower where a once in a lifetime view awaited us. All four sides gave a new, magnificent view. As night fell in Paris, the tower lit up with thousands of small lights like a blanket of stars. Although we all shivered from the strong, freezing wind, it became a moment we will not soon forget.

My trip to Paris held so much to offer from the food, to the art museums, and to the shopping. Still, the distinctive architecture kept me captivated for weeks and holds some of my favorite photographs. This trip left me with a desire to visit other parts of the world to see what unique aspect each holds for me to discover.

For more opinions, read Aug. 25 article COLUMN: Time for action.

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