In a game that was reminicent of past Valley Championships, FC met Central Valley Christian on Feb. 24 in Visalia for the 2005 version that proved every bit a nail-biter as previous championship matches against Templeton.
However the Eagles fell 2-1 to the Cavaliers to keep them without a Central Section Division V championship since the 2000 team defeated Templeton by the same score.
FC opened the scoring in the first half as junior Ashley Sherr scored her 64th goal of the season in the fourth minute (new Central Section record) and the Eagles led until 16 minutes left in the second half.
After CVC’s Chelsey Wilgenburg tied the game, the teams traded chances and Eagle keeper Christina Cabias made five spectacular saves to keep the game even (nine saves overall). Then a controversial penalty was called in the 68th minute and CVC’s Abby Vannette scored on the ensuing penalty kick.
However, the Eagles did not roll over and quit. The team pressed the Cavaliers and had numerous chances to score including junior Kim Bimat’s shot that just grazed the cross bar with four minutes left.
The game proved to be much different than a Dec. 6 preseason match when CVC defeated the Eagles, 7-3.
FC finished the WSL season with a 13-1 record and 21-8-1 overall.
Junior Ashley Sherr, scored twice in three minutes in the first half of the game against Fowler and the Eagles defeated the Redcats, 3-1, on Feb. 22. Her sister, Amanda Sherr, scored the third goal in the second half. Injured senior Melissa Jimenez played about 10 minutes in each half and was instrumental in the third Eagles goal.
FC Eagle, Ashley Sherr, scored two goals aginst Parlier to become the first soccer player -boys or girls- in Central Section history to score 60 or more goals in a season. The junior captain has scored 61 goals thus far heading into the Feb. 22 game against Fowler.
FC defeated Parlier, 4-1, with Ashley Sherr’s two goals followed by Kelsey Penner and Michelle Rose.
The Lady Eagles became the West Sierra League champions on Feb. 10 when they defeated the Caruthers Blue Raiders, 4-1. Ashley Sherr scored all four Eagle goals.
The Lady Eagles defeated the Fowler Redcats, 3-2, on Feb. 7 in the WSL first place tie-breaker. Junior Ashley Sherr, came away with a not-too-suprising hat trick.
FC defeated the Mendota Aztecs, 2-0, on Feb. 4. Ashley Sherr scored both Eagle goals.
FC defeated Tranquillity, 3-1, with AShley Sherr 2, Kelsea Penner 1.
The girls defeated Firebaugh, 7-1, on Jan. 25. Goal scorers are not available as of Jan. 26.
Ashley Sherr lead the Lady Eagles with 3 goals while Kristen Amerine, Christina Cabias, Jennifer Rose and Amanda Sherr added 1 goal each.
The team dominated their away game at Caruthers, winning 3-0 on Jan. 18.
Ashley Sherr and sister Amanda, along with Aliza Ford, scored the three FC goals.
Despite their perfect season in the West Sierra League, the Lady Eagles suffered their first league loss by Fowler, 5-3, in overtime on Jan. 14. Ashley Sherr scored all 3 goals for FC.
The girl’s defeated Firebaugh, 7-0, on Jan. 12. Ashley Sherr dominated the field, giving the Eagles 4 goals while her sister, Amanda, added 2. Co-captain, Melissa Jimenez made 1.
The Lady Eagles continue to dominate their field as defeated Mendota, 3-0, on Jan. 10. Co-captain, Ashley Sherr, scored 2 goals for FC and her sister, Amanda, scored 1.
The Sherr sisters dominated Tranquillity as FC defeated the Tigers, 6-0, on Jan. 6. Ashley netted three goals while sister, Amanda, added one in the shutout. Aliza Ford added two goals to pace the Eagles to a 3-0 W.S.L. record.
Ashely Sherr continued to dominate the pitch as she scored 4 goals to pace FC to a 5-2 win over Liberty-Madera Ranchos on Jan. 5. Michelle Rose added the other goal.
The Lady Eagles defeated Riverdale, 5-1, on Dec. 14. Ashley Sherr led the team to victory with all five goals for FC.
Garces Tournament: Dec. 17-18
FC was defeated by Sutter, 2-3, in their final game at Garces on Dec. 18.
FC lost to Morro Bay, 1-0, on Dec. 18.
The Lady Eagles dominated the field against Wasco and defeated their opponants, 3-0, on Dec. 17.
Despite their efforts, FC lost to Antelope Valley, 0-2, on Dec. 17.
FC won their first game by forfit against Foot Hill on Dec. 17.
The girls’ record at Garces: 2-3.
PEGGY RENBERG TOURNAMENT on Dec. 9-11
The girls continued play at the Peggy Renberg Tournament at Clovis West High defeating Granite Hills (Hanford), 3-2, on Dec. 11. Later the same morning, the girls battled Mt. Whitney to a 0-0 overtime draw but only were able to score 1 penalty kick and lost (3-1 in PK).
The girls went 1-2 on opening day of the Peggy Renberg Tournament at Clovis West High on Dec. 10. The girls lost 4-0 to Clovis in the first game but had numerous chances to score. A couple of defensive lapses in the second half blew the game wide open.
After only a half hour break, the Eagles overpowered Reedley High, 5-0, in their second match.
In their third game, three starters were unable to play due to staring roles in the school drama and the team dropped the match, 3-0, to Stockdale-Bakersfield. Key injuries to two other starters were also a factor in the game.
FC opened up the floodgates from the opening whistle scoring 5 times by half-time and beat Immanuel, 8-1, on Dec. 9. Ashley Sherr scored 4 goals, Kelsey Boogusch tallied twice, while Haley Tamberi and Brittany Warren each scored once.
FC lost to Central Valley Christian, 3-6, on Dec. 6 to open their season. Amanda Sherr scored twice while her sister, Ashley Sherr, scored the other.
Caruthers defeated FC, 4-1, on Feb. 11 to end their season. Ryan Taylor scored the lone Eagles’ goal.
Their overall record is 6-17-1 and are now 1-12-1 in the W.S.L. as of Feb. 11.
The Eagles were defeated by Madera Rancho’s Liberty Hawks, 0-1, on Feb. 9 in a make-up game.
The boys were defeated by the Fowler Redcats, 4-2, on Feb. 8. Robert Guerra, of Fowler, scored the final goal in the 73 minute to put the game away. Goals for the Eagles were scored by seniors Kyle Brewer and Tim Westra.
The team’s game versus the Liberty Hawks on Jan. 28 was cancelled due to a lack of placement coordination and has been rescheduled for Feb. 9 at 3:30.
The boys tied against the Mendota Aztecs, Feb. 4 after sophomore, Chris Ericson and Ryan Taylor both scored in the second half but the Aztecs pulled off a miracle goal in the 70th minute to force a tie.
The boys lost to Tranquillity, 0-4, on Feb. 1.
FC was defeated by the Mendota Aztecs, 2-1, despite leading 1-0 at half. Goalkeeper, junior Derek George, suffered a broken hand in the second half when an Aztec forward kicked George’s hand after he had possesion. The Eagle’s goal was scored by Ryan Taylor off a corner kick.
The boys were defeated by Firebaugh, 7-2, on Jan. 25. Tim Westra and Aaron Ortiz scored for the Eagles. Ortiz’s goal was by penalty kick.
The boys were defeated by Firebaugh, 7-2, on Jan. 25. Tim Westra and Aaron Ortiz scored for the Eagles. Ortiz’s goal was by penalty kick.
The team hosted Riverdale on Jan. 21 and was defeated, 7-2. Jeramy Ramos and Nate Weis scored the two FC goals.
Due to weather conditions, the boys’ game against Mendota was cancled for Jan. 11. It has been rescheduled for Jan. 26.
The Eagels lost to Caruthers, 1-0, on Jan. 18.
FC lost to Fowler, 4-1, in their match on Jan. 14. The Eagles goal was scored by Ryan Taylor.
Tranquillity defeated FC, 5-0, on Jan. 7. Raul Suarez scored two goals for the Tigers who improved to 3-0 in the West Sierra League.
Josh Powell led the Eagles to a 2-1 win over Liberty-Madera Ranchos on Jan. 4 for their first West Sierra League win of the season.
GARCES TOURNAMENT on Dec. 17-18:
In their final game of the tournament, FC defeated Wasco by forfit on Dec. 18.
FC lost to Tehachipi, 0-1, on Dec. 17.
FC played a close game against McFarland. But the Eagles defeated their opponant, 5-4, on Dec. 17. FC goals by Tim Westra, Josh Powell, Tyler Enns, Aaron Ortiz and Caleb Thiessen.
The Eagles were defeated against Woodlake, 0-7, on Dec. 17.
The boys’ lost to Shafter, 1-3, in their first game on Dec. 17. FC goal by Tim Westra.
The boys’ record in the Garces Tournament: 2-3
The Eagles lost to Firebaugh 0-1 on Dec. 16.
The boys lost to Riverdale, 0-6, on Dec. 14.
FC defeated Buena Vista 3-0 on Dec. 3. Josh Powell scored the opening two goals while Cory Maxey and Chris Erickson rounded out the scoring. The boys are now 1-0-1 for the season.
FC tied with Central Valley Christian 1-1 on Nov. 30. Tyler Enns scored the FC goal.
GIRLS’ BASKETBALL- last game
The Lady Eagles were defeated, 44-50, by Bakersfield Christian on Feb. 24 in the first round of the Cenral Section Division V playoffs to end their season. Kassy Batesole pulled out a half court overhand shot with seconds left before the end of the second quarter but it was not enough to rally the Eagles.
The girls’ overall record is 10-14 and are now 8-6 in the W.S.L. and finished in fourth place as of Feb. 25.
Caruthers outscored FC in the first three quarters and spoiled senior night as the Blue Raiders defeated the Eagles, 63-38, on Feb. 18 in the last home game of the year.
Caruthers led, 13-7, at the end of the first quarter and 36-14 at half and cruised to its 10th W.S.L. win of the year. Senior Katie Ettner led the Eagles with 9 points and junior Kassey Batesole added 7 in the loss.
FC defeated the Liberty Hawks of the Madera Ranchos, 44-37, with junior Kassy Batesole’s 25 points and senior Katie Ettner’s 11. Leading, 20-17, at the half, the Lady Eagles were able to pull of another 24 points by the end of the fourth resulting in an overall record of 8-5 in the WSL.
The girls fell behind 18-11 at the end of the first quarter and, despite matching Riverdale’s 12 points in the second, could not stop the Cowgirls from defeating them, 63-37, on Feb. 11.
FC was outscored 21-6 in the third and 12-9 in the fourth as Riverdale won going away. Hillary Kell, Katie Ettner, Bonnie Hansen and Kassey Batesole each had 8 points for the Eagles.
The Lady Eagles defeated the Tranquillity Tigers, 54-49, on Feb. 8, in their 11th W.S.L. match up of the season. Leading scorer, Katie Ettner, had a game-high of 17 points to lead the Eagles into the No. 5 slot in D-V.
The Lady Eagles routed Fowler, 51-28, on Feb. 4. Hillary Kell walked away with 21 points leading the Eagles into fifth place in D-V.
The Lady Eagles revived from their two game loosing streak with a win of 47-44 against Firebaugh. Katie Ettner left as the leading scorer for the Eagles with 19 points and Hillary Kell added another 13 to the score. Down by four at the half the ladies regained and added another 27 to their final score.
While the Lady Eagles began with a six-point deficit in the first quarter, by halftime they managed to tie the score at 16. In the second half, the ladies were only able to score 13 points. According to the team, the squad played the game with all five starters with the flu or other illness.
The Lady Eagles fell behind, 15-6, in the first quarter and were outscored, 22-0, in the fourth in their plight against Caruthers, 57-36, on Jan. 25.
While FC closed the gap to 25-18 at the half, and tied the game at 36 at the end of the third, the Blue Raiders dominated the fourth. Katie Ettner led the team with 14 points and Hillary Kell added 12 for the Eagles.
The Lady Eagles defeated Liberty-Madera, 50-47, on Jan. 20.
After being down by 3 points at the end of the first quarter, the girls reversed the score and took the lead, 18-11, at half time. Even though Liberty outscored the Eagles, 8-10, in the third, FC regained the lead in the fourth, 18-17, and won the game.
Kassy Batesole lead the team with 16 points, Brittnee Masiello added 13 and Katie Ettner made 11.
Unable to score double diget scores in any of the game quarters, FC lost to Riverdale, 71-28, on Jan. 18. Katie Ettner gave FC 9 points as the top scorer in the game.
The Lady Eagles dominated the court and defeated Tranquility, 55-50, on Jan. 13.
FC defeated Fowler, 32-25, in the Lady Eagles second home game of the season on Jan. 11.
Both teams finished the first period tied at 8 then FC snatched the lead at half-time, 6-4. The Eagles continued with the lead through the next half, 11-9 and 7-4.
Kassy Batsole made 12 points for the Lady Eagles, Hillary Kell added 5 points and Katie Ettner made 5.
In a game only decided in the final minutes, Firebaugh came from behind and defeated FC, 45-37, on Jan. 7. While FC’s Hillary Kell was pressed the entire game by Firebaugh’s defense, she still led the Eagles with 14 points including a 3-pointer and 7/12 at the free throw line.
FC matched Firebaugh’s defense but the nail-biter got away from them in the final minutes. Katie Ettner scored 11 points while Kassy Batesole added 9. FC will have an opportunity to avenge this loss when they host Firebaugh on Feb. 1.
After a two-week Christmas break, the girls’ basketball team won its opening W.S.L. match by defeating Mendota, 43-38, on Jan. 4.
With the game on the line in the last two-minutes, Hillary Kell stole the game. Kell hit a 3-point shot and made two free throws to lead the Eagles and finished with 13 points. Katie Ettner added 14 and Kassy Batesole scored 8 to pace FC to its second straight win.
CVC TOURNAMENT on Dec. 16-18
The team was awarded 7th place in the CVC Tournament on Dec. 18 after defeating Orosi, 66-44. The Lady Eagles out-scored their opponents, 17-11, in the first quarter and outscored them in the second, 20-8.
After the Cardinals turned tables in the third outscoring the Eagles, 13-9, FC came back and finished the game, scoring 21-12 in the fourth. Top scorers for the Eagles were Hillary Kell with 23 points, Brittnee Masiello with 19 and Kassey Batesole with 16.
In other games of the CVC Tournament, FC lost to Garces, 65-19, and Immanuel, 61-35, on Dec. 17.
After the girls’ bolted to a 15-4 first quarter lead, Parlier turned the tables and outscored FC, 17-7 in the opening game of the CVC Tournament on Dec. 17. The teams traded baskets in the second half and Parlier won, 45-43. Guard Hillary Kell lead the eagles with 22 points and Kassy Batesole added 14.
The girls’ lost to Immanuel, 23-59, on Dec. 15. Scores: 4-18, 6-13, 8-20, 5-8. Tara Albrechtson scored 6 points for the eagles, Hillary Kell scored 5 and Katie Ettner scored 4.
The Lady Eagles lost to CVC 21-48 on Dec. 14. Kassy Batesole made the most points for the team with 9 scores, Hillary Kell made 3 and Rose Walker, Tara Albrechtson, Brittnee Masiello and Katie Ettner followed up with 2 points each.
The girls defeated Laton, 42-31, on Dec. 7 for their first win of the year. Hillary Kell led the team with 16 points. The Eagles bolted to a 13-1 first quarter lead and led 26-11 at half. Their overall record is 1-3.
SANTA MARIA TOURNAMENT on Dec. 2-4.
Valley Christian Academy defeated FC, 68-43 in the opening game of the Santa Maria Tournament on Dec. 2. Hillary Kell had 18 points, Katie Ettner added 10 before she sprained her ankle in the 3rd quarter. The team was unable to recover.
BOYS’ BASKETBALL 2004-05
BOYS’ BASKETBALL- last game
Despite leading 21-13 at the end of the first quarter after hitting five three-pointers, the Eagles could not stop Central Valley Christian’s Anthony Luckey in the second and lost, 73-58, on Feb. 25 in the second round of the Central Section’s Division V playoffs. FC had a first round bye.
FC had trouble restarting their offense in the second quarter as CVC outscored them 17-5 to take a 30-26 half time lead. The teams traded baskets in a hotly contested third quarter even though FC had trouble scoring behind the three-point arc. Luckey scored 12 of his 28 points in the second period to lead CVC.
The fourth quarter belonged to the No. 3 team in Division V as CVC outscored No. 6 FC, 26-15, to blow open a close game. Senior Josh Wright led the Eagles with 21 points while team leading scorer senior Ross Charest was held to only 17 in the loss. Senior Layne Meadows rounded out the Eagles’ double-digit scoring with 12 points.
According to The Fresno Bee on Mar. 1, Ross Charest was bumped down to the second place slot as the Central Section Basketball scoring leader trailing behind Tre’Von Willis of Washington Union High School. Charest completed the season with an average of 24.0 points per game and a total of 648 points over 27 games. Willis completed the season with 727 points in 29 games with an average of 25.1.
Ross Charest broke Matt Rhines’ 1993 school record of 634 points with his 648.
Basketball’s overall record is 15-13 and 8-6 in the West Sierra League finished fourth as of Feb. 25.
FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME
The Eagles rebounded from a 15-point half time deficit and took a 4-point lead into the last three minutes of the game but lost a heart-breaker to the undefeated Blue Raiders of Caruthers, 75-80, on Feb. 18.
Senior Ross Charest scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Eagles who again played without two junior regulars. But senior Josh Wright played one of his best games of the season and added 17 points and senior Mark Bonnar was a force in the middle scoring 11 points.
FC led 18-17 after the first quarter with both teams trading baskets. The second quarter belonged to Caruthers as they bolted to a 39-24 half time lead. Caruthers led by as many as 17 points in the third but the Eagles closed the gap to 55-51 by quarter’s end.
The gym crowd was deafening as both teams made runs in the fourth in a hotly contested game. At times Caruthers looked as though they may be beaten for the first time this year as the Eagles led by four with three minutes left. But their well-balanced attack, defensive stand and clutch free throws in the last two minutes gave Caruthers its 14th straight W.S.L. win.
This was the last home game of the season and the seniors were honored.
FC defeated Madera-Liberty, 59-57, on Feb. 16 to now go 8-5 in the WSL. Ross Charest led with 22 points followed by Wess Wells,16. The boys were able to finish the game with a 19-2 run to overtake a large Hawk lead.
The Eagles traveled to Cowboy land and defeated Riverdale, 62-60, on Feb. 11. Senior Ross Charest rebounded from a poor shooting performance last game and scored a game-high 21 points as the Eagles squeaked out a win in a sea-saw battle in hostile territory. Wes Wells contributed 16 points as the Eagles played without two former starters.
The Eagles suffered their third loss in a row when they were defeated by the Tranquillity Tigers, 35-60, on Feb. 8. The boys fell victim to a poor shooting night and senior Ross Charest finished with a season-low 10 points.
The Eagles were defeated by the Fowler Redcats, 61-81, on Feb. 4. The Eagles led 38-36 at half time but were never able to regain their lead despite Ross Charest’s 26 points.
FC beat Mendota, 71-40, with Ross Charest’s game high 19 points. The Eagles soared past the Aztecs dominating them by only allowing five points in each of the second and fourth quarters.
FC lost to the Blue Raiders, 89-74, on Jan. 26 despite Ross Charest’s game high 32 points. Caruthers remains undefeated at 7-0.
Down by 12 in the first quarter, the Eagles fell further behind, 28-41, by the half. Despite Wes Well’s 11 points and Layne Medow’s 12 adn outscoring the Blue Raiders, 27-20, in the third, the Eagles were unable to recover from their deficit.
The Eagles dominated Liberty-Madera’s court on Jan. 21 and defeated their hosts, 82-38.
The boys’ began the first quarter strong, leading 21-2 by the second. FC continued their lead through halftime, 25-15, and outscored Liberty, 21-13, in the third quarter to put the game away.
Ross Charest lead the Eagles, scoring 32 points with fellow senior Layne Meadows making 18 and junior Matthew Brouwer adding 11 points.
After being down 13-3 at the end of the second quarter, FC turned tables against Riverdale at the half, 26-17, and defeated the visitors, 48-46, on Jan. 18.
Ross Charest lead the Eagles with 21 points and made 2 free throw shots for the win with 10 seconds left in the game. Lane Meadows and Josh Wright added 7 each.
After Tranquillity dominated the court at first half, 11-16, FC reversed the score board, 16-9, and defeated the Tigers, 56-46, on Jan. 14.
Ross Charest lead the Eagles with 24 points, Matthew Brouwer scored 11 and Seth Lane added 8.
The Eagles were defeated by Fowler, 63-66, on Jan. 11.
After being down at half, 12-10, the Eagles were unable to recover.
Ross Charest led the team with 28 points follwed by Wes Wells with 15 and Brandon Cain with 7.
The boys won their sixth straight game and remain unbeaten in the West Sierra League as they defeated Firebaugh on the road, 69-66, on Jan. 7. Ross Charest continued his leadership on the court and led the team with 25 points.
Despite being down by two points at half (39-37), FC led 53-51 at the end of the third but could not pull away from the hometown Eagles during the fourth. Wesley Wells stepped up and scored 17 points and played more than a supporting role as he added another threat to the oft-predictable FC offense.
The visiting Eagles however, still hit nine 3-point shots despite Firebaugh’s pressure to keep FC outside their range. Seth Lane added 11 points while his tenacious defense held Firebaugh’s top scorers Nick Gonzales (17 points) and Jake Elsdon (21 points) from taking over the game. Firebaugh fell to 0-2 in the W.S.L.
In an all too familiar scene this season, the Eagles fell behind early but got into a rythmn by half time and defeated Mendota going away, 75-55, on Jan. 5. The Aztecs could not defend the 3-point line and outside shooting as the Eagles scored on 10 shots from behind the arc despite being on the road.
Mendota jumped out to a 17-13 first quarter lead, but the boys’ basketball team rebounded in the second to overpower the Aztecs to a 37-26 lead by half time. Brandon Cain jump-started the Eagle offense with three 3-point shots by half to quiet the hometown crowd in his only points of the game.
Leading scorer, Ross Charest, again led FC with 26 points including six 3-pointers as the Eagles won for the fifth time in a row. Wesley Wells and Seth Lane each added 11 points while Layne Meadows scored 10 in supporting roles.
FRESNO CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY CHAMPIONSHIPS, Dec. 28-30
The Eagles were defeated by Firebaugh, 43-50, bringing their league record to 6-3. Down by nine in the first quarter, the Eagles were never able to regain points leaving the half at 18-25 despite Ross Charest’s 19 points.
The Eagles will travel next to Fowler for their game on Feb. 4 at 7:00.
FC went 4-0 in the Fresno Christian Holiday Invitational Championships and defeated Orosi, 56-53, in the final using the 3-point line to erase an earlier double-digit deficit on Dec. 30.
Despite being down by 10 points to the Cardinals early in the second quarter, FC roared back to a brief tie (22) near the end of the first half under the 3-point shooting of senior Ross Charest.
Charest made seven of the Eagles’ 11 3-point shots, including the winner in the final minute, leading all players with 29 points. He also was named the tournament’s MVP.
While first-half turnovers and poor shooting set the Eagles behind early, they rebounded and stifled the Cardinal attack in the second quarter to close the deficit to 24-22.
The team’s traded baskets in a 14-14 draw in the third and the game was tied 53 with less than a minute remaining when Charest hit his final 3-pointer to send the home squad and the fans into a frenzy.
Juniors Seth Lane and Brandon Cain each added 9 points to Charest’s game-high total. But the team’s defense, which had bent all game, frustrated the Cardinals during the remaining seconds.
Lane also joined Charest as both were named to the all-tournament team along with Orosi’s Frankie Manquero, who scored 23 points in the final, and Tony Hernandez, who added 19 points.
In the third-place game of the tournament, Sierra defeated Caruthers, 69-66.
The host Eagles bolted to a perfect 3-0 in the Fresno Christian Holiday Invitational Championships on Dec. 29. FC defeated Sierra High, 57-47, despite a late charge by the Chieftains. FC led, 32-24, at half and seemed to run away with the game in the third, outscoring Sierra, 14-7. The stubborn visitors outscored the Eagles 16-11 in the final frame but could not overcome the 46-31 third quarter deficit.
Ross Charest led the Eagles with 17 points while Josh Wright scored 10 and Matt Brouwer added 8.
FC routed Tranquillity, 65-44, in the early game of the Fresno Christian Holiday Championships on Dec. 29. However, the Tigers played FC basket for basket in the first quarter and FC only led, 32-28, at half. The second half belonged to Ross Charest as the junior scored 21 points to lead the Eagles. Seth Lane added 10 while Brandon Cain and Josh Wright each scored 9 points.
FC jumped out to a 20-12 first quarter lead in the opening game of their Fresno Christian Holiday Championships and went on to defeat Farmersville, 79-44, on Dec. 28. Ross Charest continued to spark the team as he scored 14 points. FC led 39-24 by half-time and outscored the Aztecs each quarter. including 20-5 in the fourth. Layne Meadows added 12 points and Wesley Wells scored 10.
SAN DIEGO SMALL SCHOOL’S TOURNAMENT – Dec. 8-11
FC led 26-19 at half-time in a hotly contest but pulled away from San Ysidro in the third quarter and defeated them, 67-41, on Dec. 11 in the San Diego Small Schools Tournament. The Eagles outscored San Ysidro, 25-15, in the third quarter and matched baskets in the fourth. Ross Charest scored a game-high 27 points and Wesley Wells added 14 to lead the Eagles.
FC led 15-9 in the first quarter but were outscored 15-8 in the second as Calipatria battled FC in the San Diego Small Schools Tournament on Dec. 10. Ross Charest scored 24 points, but the Eagles came out flat after half-time and were down 39-32 after the third quarter. Seth Lane added 14 points and the Eagles picked up the pace in the fourth quarter but only traded baskets with Calientra and lost their second game in a row, 62-54.
FC fell behind 29-14 in the first quarter and were outscored in the first three quarters as Santa Fe Christian beat FC, 88-59 on Dec. 9 at the San Diego Small Schools Tournament. Despite scoring 31 points, Ross Charest was not enough for the Eagles in their second game of the tournament. Seth Lane was the only teammate to score in double figures with 13 points.
FC defeated Midway Baptist, 77-46 on Dec. 8. Beginning with a 20-8 lead, FC continued to dominate the court with a 23-17 advantage at half-time then rolled on a 21-9 score and finished off the game with a score of 11-12. FC had nine 3-pointers. Ross Charest scored 18 points for the Eagles followed by Wesley Wells and Brandon Cain with 13 each.
McLane led 28-13 by half-time and went on to defeat FC, 60-38, in the fifth place game of the Kerman Tournament, Dec. 4. McLane held top FC scorer, Ross Charest, to only 11 points. Wesley Wells added 10 points and Seth Lane scored 9 in the loss.
KERMAN TOURNAMENT – Dec. 1-3
Despite scoring over 30 points for the third consecutive game, FC lost to Exeter, 67-71, on Dec. 3 in the Kerman Tournament. Ross Charest scored 37 points while Brandon Cain added 9 and Wesley Wells scored 8 points in the loss.
FC lost to Selma 60-67 on Dec. 2. Ross Charest led the team with 30 points, Seth Lane added 10 while Layne Meadows scored 7.
FC defeated Kingsburg at the Kerman Tournament on Dec. 1 69-60. Ross Charest made 36 points for the team as the top scorer. Westley Wells scored 5 points, Lane Meadows, 5, Seth Lane, 5, Brandon Cain, 6, Aaron Gulack, 7, Mark Bonnar, 5.
Nervous choral groups wait backstage for their turn to perform. Lyrics tumble through their heads while they try to recall every harmony and key change. They step out on stage to perform, hoping their choir performs well enough to earn a Superior rating.
This year the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) High School Musicale will be held in Sacramento on March 3-5. During the course of the festival, the choirs will perform and be judged individually, and later join together for a mass choir performance with other participating students.
“Each participating choir will be adjudicated by Dr. Paul Smith of John Brown University in Arkansas,” Aaron Bryan, choir director, said. “He will invite the best groups to sing in the command performance on Friday night.”
Both the choir and ensemble have put extensive work into preparation for this festival.
“Students have shown their commitment by coming to two Saturday rehearsals this
semester,” Bryan said. “We have worked hard to memorize the six pieces for the mass choir as well as the two we will perform with Concert Choir and one extra for the Ensemble.”
While this excursion is small in comparison to the group’s journey to Hawaii in March ’04, they are still planning on having a good time.
“This trip is not as long or involved as some I have been on,” Brandon Cain, ’06, said, “But it will still be fun to go and be with the group. I’m also looking forward to the mass choir performance.”
After two days at the festival, the groups will journey to San Francisco for a day of touring and shopping as a reward for their hard work.
“I think San Francisco will be really fun,” Lorin Weskamp, ’08, said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”
The day in San Francisco will be a well-earned experience after the months of work that have gone into preparing for the festival. Bryan believes that their diligence will pay off and that the choir and ensemble will perform well.
“I think that both groups will do a great job,” Bryan said. “No matter what the outcome, I am extremely proud of their hard work and I know that they will be rewarded.”
For information about the choir or ensemble, contact Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the beginning of time, people of all nations have taken up arms against their neighbors. But, with the development of the modern family, the most terrifying warfare takes place amidst the battles of sibling rivalry.
There are 51 students on campus who have a sibling also on campus. For most students, difficulties between siblings begin with tension at home that develops and evolves once they are on campus. Siblings often find themselves in a constant competition over personal achievement at school.
One such sibling pair’s rivalry crosses from classrooms into actual competitions. Two campus siblings, both members of the campus Academic Decathlon [Acadec] team, took the frequent battles of siblinghood to a new, very real level.
“Anne [?05] and I compete in everything,” Will Hierholzer, ’07, said. “But, she always loses; in Acadec, she foolishly bet that I would win more medals than she did. As a result, I lowered my performance and won fewer medals that she did, so I could win a one dollar bet.”
Many sibling arguments find their source in conflict over sharing possessions. Fights can occur over the oddest things, varying from borrowing each other’s clothes to deciding who gets to choose the music on car rides.
“Having a sister is a challenge,” Victor Cabias, ’05, said. “Choosing music in the car is definitely an issue. But, it’s nice because I have met a lot of different people that I would never have met without her.”
Mutual friends can sometimes focus on one sibling and totally neglect the other. These types of relationships compose some of the disadvantages of siblings being together on campus.
“It’s annoying to have my brother on campus with me,” Kevin Bowen, ’07, said. “We are constantly being compared to one another. It makes me feel like I am being judged on my actions, as well as my brother’s.”
Despite conflicts that may have occurred in their growing-up years, some sibling pairs have discovered the positive aspects of having their siblings with them on campus.
“When my sister and I were younger we use to fight over anything and everything,” Garret Stipe, ’06, said. “Now, I think it’s fun to have my sister with me at school because I get to embarrass her.”
Having a class with a sibling can add a new dimension to the relationship.
“My sister and I fight a lot, but mostly in a teasing sort of way,” Tim Wilborn, ’06, said. “It’s cool to have a sister on campus. But, it was a little strange at first; we have a class together and also run track and field, so that took some getting used to.
Unlike the most common sibling relationships, often of the quarrelsome sort, some siblings choose to focus on the advantages of being at school together, using it as a common denominator that strengthens their relationship.
Some may think that swordplay is reserved only for The Mask of Zorro or The Princess Bride. Well, not anymore with students like Brianne Raymer, ’06, keeping the sport alive.
Raymer began fencing about seven months ago after being spotted for her potential.
“A man named Vladamir came to school,” Raymer said. “I was being my regular, sarcastic self, playing with swords, and found out that I was actually pretty good at playing with swords. Vladamir said, ?Why don’t you come play swords with me?'”
The uniqueness of the game intrigued Raymer enough to follow up on the sport and begin playing.
“I think it’s a really funny thing to do,” Raymer said. “It’s unique and weird and, seriously, who does it?”
As with any other sport, time to perfect skills is required.
“The thing I like the least about it is definitely the time commitment,” Raymer said. “But, I don’t do any other sports, so I have to stick with it.”
Although some are taken aback when they learn Raymer fences, the people she gets to meet make the jibes worthwhile.
“People usually laugh when I tell them I fence and that’s why I like it!” Raymer said. “I get to meet the most interesting people. I especially like being there [at the fencing center] on nights when I direct bouts [matches].”
Raymer even competes, and plans to continue through college.
“I compete locally at the Sierra Fencing Center,” Raymer said. “I like doing that. It challenges me and helps me improve.”
The sport of fencing requires a lot of footwork.
“I go back and forth on strips with a person,” Raymer paused here and sighed deeply. “It’s exhilarating.”
Along with fencing, Raymer enjoys other unusual sports as well.
“I like ping-pong and curling,” Raymer joked. “I’m not that athletic. I can pretty much fence, snowboard and run. So, if I want to say active, my options are pretty limited.”
Raymer desires to broaden her expertise of outlandish sports.
“Every morning, I get up and pose the question: what prestigious European sport am I going to conquer today?” Raymer mused. “Next stop, polo!”
Sierra Fencing Center is located at 3052 West Bullard in Fresno. Their phone number 265-7442.
As the clock ticks down to the last minute before lunch, students lick their lips from anticipation and prepare to sprint to the lunch tables, or John’s lunch truck.
But this can be deceiving, because although sack lunches and John’s truck offer nutritious treats, some students choose to eat unhealthy alternatives.
“My best selling product is the cheese and chicken quesadilla,” John Skaf, lunch truck owner, said. “I add an alternative to those who want to eat healthy; the chicken quesadilla has white meat and cheese for added calcium.”
Some students eat healthy foods to increase their physical appearance, or slim down to a more desired size.
“For lunch I have a chicken and cheese quesadilla and a Gatorade,” Derek George, ’06, said. “If I am watching my figure, I will eat a poppy seed muffin; and if I am going all out, I go for a sugar muffin.”
Others eat healthy foods to provide energy for sports practice or a game. They stay away from grease and compensate with protein.
“I usually bring my lunch to school,” Micaelah Aleman, ’08 [basketball player], said. “I eat a sandwich, chips and drink an ice tea, I never drink soda on a game day. I eat these kinds of foods to get the extra energy that I need.”
Many people neglect the nutritious value of food and instead just focus on the particular tastes that satisfy their appetites.
“I eat chips and drink a Dr. Pepper,” Stephanie Morrison, ’06, said. “I like eating crunchy things, and it tastes good too.”
Others are not concerned with a special diet and just eat whatever pleases them.
“If I bring my lunch I will eat a sandwich, but if I eat at school I eat a quesadilla or a grilled cheese sandwich and drink a Gatorade,” Kirzia Tovar, ’06, said. “I eat these kinds of food because it’s yummy and flavorful.”
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“I’m going to fail. I can’t write an essay in 25 minutes! Why did they have to change the test this year?” These thoughts spin around in juniors and sophomores heads as the first attempt at the new SAT draws closer.
However, Jon Endicott, vice-principal, has offered a stress free way to alleviate some of the worries. On Feb. 28, Endicott will hold a workshop on the reformatted SAT.
“I think it’s important for students to know what to expect on the test,” Endicott said. “The more they know about the test, the better they may feel. Hopefully it will make them feel less stressed about the changes.”
In the new SAT, changes include a student-written essay, analogies eliminated, shorter reading passages added, new content from third year preparatory math, but quantitative comparisons have been eliminated according to www.collegeboard.com, the website used to sign up for the SAT.
“I’m going to use some of the materials provided by collegeboard.com,” Endicott said. “I’ll probably talk mostly about the essay, but it will be an overview of the whole test.”
While some students could care less about the changes, many are worried about the essay portion and how it will affect their scores.
“The essay is very scary,” Kaley Hearnsberger, ’06, said. “I like to know what’s coming and to write a complete essay in 25 minutes is a hard thing to do.”
While Endicott does not think the workshop will boost student’s scores by a lot, he believes the meeting will be very informative.
“The meeting won’t increase their scores by 400 points, but it will give them an idea of what’s coming so the fear won’t be as great,” Endicott said.
The SAT informational meeting will be held in the JJ Room on campus from 7:45 to 9 P.M. This meeting immediately follows Greg Stobbe’s New York City 6:30 P.M. meeting.
For more information on the new SAT, go online at www.collegeboard.com or contact Endicott in the high school office at 559-299-1695, ext. 5 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
The campus student leadership team plans to relax and rejuvenate after the hectic weeks leading up to Night of the Stars amidst the snowy splendor of the Sierras.
Campus leadership coordinator Scott Falk will be taking the leadership class to his cabin in Shaver Lake for a retreat, Feb. 26-28. Advisers Josh Tosland and Ericlee Gilmore have activities planned to encourage team building.
This Sierra retreat was designed to prepare for the last of the year’s events and also to give the group a chance to create and focus on new goals.
“We would like to further build relationships between the members of leadership,” Tosland said. “Also, we want to reestablish our year-long goals and refocus the students on reaching these goals.”
Activities will include a hike in the mountains, night games, sharing and devotional time and the traditional campfire meal and worship.
“I’m excited about the retreat in Shaver and being in the snow,” Hillary Kell, ’05, said. “It will be fun just to get together and relax.”
This particular retreat will differ from previous retreats. Since it occurs relatively late in the year, the leadership class has a chance to reflect on their earlier goals. They will focus on how they can improve and better plan for the future, as they congratulate themselves on a job well done.
“This is will be a time of bonding,” Falk said. “It’s a chance for students to unwind after a stressful semester of planning and putting on the Night of the Stars formal.”
While the goals are clearly set for this retreat, the schedule will be unstructured, allowing students to have free time without being tied down to planned events.
The Shaver retreat will continue through Feb. 28 at noon.
Frank said it best when he sang, “It’s up to you ? New York, New York.” Soon, the campus journalism and drama students will be humming along with Old Blue Eyes as they take a weeklong hiatus in the Big Apple.
To avoid any confusion or misunderstandings on the March 13-19 trip, Greg Stobbe, journalism adviser, is holding a pre-trip meeting on Feb. 28 to discuss the conduct expected on the trip, itinerary and other general information.
Most of the journalism class will be attending workshops and seminars at Columbia University as the impetus for the trip. However, Stobbe wants to make sure everyone understands that out-of-state school trips are under the same conduct code as any campus day.
“The meeting is going to emphasize to the students and parents that this is a school-sponsored trip,” Stobbe said. “We’ll talk about the expectations and the rules to follow in New York whether on the plane, in the hotel, listening to a conference speaker or seeing a show. I’ll also give out room assignments and talk about what we can look forward to while we’re there.”
The drama class, along with the journalism class, will be attending workshops where Broadway actors will advise them on the skits they perform.
“I got an email from Vicki Shaghoian, who’s a teacher at the Yale School of Drama,” Tom McEntee, drama advisor, said. “She’s expecting a lot from our students; she’s intense.”
McEntee plans to follow Stobbe’s lead at the meeting and on the trip, but will speak to his students about the drama workshops at the meeting.
“I want to be a part of it ? New York, New York ?.. I wanna wake up in a city, that doesn’t sleep,” Sinatra crooned. Stobbe wants to ensure that all the participants know their roommates, so everyone is able to wake up in the right room.
“I can’t wait to go to New York because I’ve never been,” Kira Armbruster, ’06, said. “I think the meeting will get me even more excited because it reminds me that New York is coming soon.”
The meeting will be held at 6:30 P.M. in room 623 on Feb. 28. For more information on this or his upcoming Italy trip, contact Stobbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the turn of the century, American culture shifted from big and bulky media to smaller, more personalized entertainment. Students and teachers on this campus, and across the nation, can be seen carrying iPods and other variations of MP3 players throughout the day.
The advent of these tiny media players, which fit in the palm of your hand, has made music more portable and accessible for all.
An MP3 file is a compressed form of a digital media file, usually an audio song. These MP3 files are one-eleventh the size of a standard song file stored on a CD.
Apple’s flagship, the iPod, is a form of a MP3 player. The current craze for all things iPod has caused their popularity (and Apple’s stock) to skyrocket. People of all ages are caught up in this trend, as thousands compete for the newest versions of iPod.
“I use my iPod quite a bit; in fact I listen to it every night before I go to bed,” Brad Smittcamp, ’06, said. “I got a green iPod mini for Christmas, and it was the best gift I got. I have already spent over twenty dollars on songs.”
Alternatives exist for those individuals who do not wish to be caught up in the craze; companies like Creative Labs, Dell, Rio and Sony offer music entertainment systems, much like the ubiquitous iPod.
As other MP3 players continue to flood the market, Apple is losing their monopoly in the personal entertainment market. Apple’s major competition remains companies that keep producing MP3 players at competitive prices.
“I don’t see why some people feel that they have to pay an extra hundred dollars or more on an iPod when Creative Labs offers a better system at a cheaper cost,” Daniel Kessler, ’06, said. “I spend a lot of time with my Creative Labs Zen Touch. I think that anyone who buys an iPod is just a follower.”
Some students on campus feel that MP3 players in general should be banned from the public eye. They advocate a no tolerance stance towards personal entertainment systems.
“I hate Apples and iPods; in my opinion, they are a waste of time and money,” Paul Kinnear, ’06, said. ” I would much rather save my money and spend my time socializing with friends.”
A growing number of adults appear to be caught up in chasing the iPod fad, much like their teenage counterparts.
“This is no fad ? the iPod has changed my life, it is my precious,” Andrea Kozek, 29, said in a USA Today’s article, “In iPod America, legions in tune” [Feb. 1, 2005].
Currently, this campus bans all CD players, MP3 players and other multi-media entertainment systems on school property and at school-sponsored functions.
“We ban music on campus for two reasons,” Scott Falk, campus Bible teacher, said. “We don’t know what kids are listening to when the head set goes on. Also, people shut out others instead of communicating with their friends on campus.”
For some, the appreciation of music does not rely on the purchase of an iPod or other MP3 player.
Akiko Work, ’06, possess no MP3 or CD player. She believes that one learning to be content brings happiness.
“After a certain point, technology becomes superfluous,” Work said. “Essentially, it just ends up adding to the distractions of everyday life.”
For more information on school regulations regarding MP3 players, contact the high school office at 299-1695, ext. 5.
Try visiting www.apple.com, www.creativelabs.com or www.dell.com for more specifics on MP3 players.
Searchlights drew students to the glamorous, light-encrusted Copper River Country Club on the night of Feb. 12. This elegantly decorated building was the location of the annual Night of the Stars (NOTS) formal.
Students had the opportunity to dress in their finest and spend an evening with friends enjoying food, fellowship and movies made by their peers.
“I really enjoyed having formal at Copper River this year,” Karen Tolladay, ’05, said. “My favorite thing about formal was getting my nails done.”
This year, formal was held at a new location and featured previously unseen novelties like a chocolate fountain into which students could dip rice crispies, caramels, marshmallows and fruit.
Another new facet of NOTS was the addition of the Commercial category to the movie competition. This option was offered to give students who were not involved with their class movies a chance to participate in NOTS. Any students who were interested could submit a commercial to be played between the movies at NOTS.
“I liked the commercials,” Mikey Wills, ’06, said. “The best thing about formal was seeing Paul [Kinnear] in his commercial with no shirt on.”
Kinnear’s advertisement for the FCS gym won the award for best commercial.
As in past years, each class made a movie that premiered at NOTS. Awards were given in categories such as Best Actor/Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Costumes.
This year the Juniors won Best Picture, as well as Best Screenplay, Dance Scene and Costumes. The Seniors took the awards for Best Cinematography, Music, Editing and Romance Scene. The only award for the Freshman was Best Teacher Cameo.
Senior Damon O’Brien and sophomore Karen Reed won the awards for best actor and actress. Best supporting actor and actress went to sophomore Will Hierholzer and junior Alex Hart.
“The movies this year were as good as ever,” Scott Falk, video production teacher, said. “There were a few technical difficulties leading up to the evening, but we got them figured out in time.”
Falk was also pleased with the location selected for this year’s event.
“The venue was perfect,” Falk said. “The meal-and especially dessert-were yummy!”
Leadership advisor Josh Tosland was also pleased with the success of the evening.
“This year exceeded my expectations,” Tosland said. “This was our first year with a theme other than Hollywood, and it went really well.”
While Tosland is happy with the way things turned out, he remains hopeful that there will be room for improvement in the future.
“I tend to think that plenty of things could go better than they did because I am a perfectionist,” Tosland said. “But, mostly, it went very well.”
For more information about NOTS and other student activities, contact Tosland at email@example.com.
For information about the Video Production class, contact Falk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRING SPORTS CALENDAR
2/1-Boys BB vs. Firebaugh
Girls BB vs. Firebaugh
BS @ Tranquillity
GS @ Tranquility
2/4-Boys BB @ Fowler
Girls BB @ Fowler
BS @ Mendota
GS @ Mendota
2/7-GS vs. Fowler
2/8-Boys BB vs. Tranquillity
Girls BB vs. Tranquillity
BS vs. Fowler
2/10-GS vs. Caruthers
2/11-Boys BB @ Riverdale
Girls BB @ Riverdale
BS vs. Caruthers
2/15-Boys BB vs. Liberty
Girls BB vs. Liberty
2/16-18-BS CS Playoffs
2/16-25-GS CS Playoffs
2/18-Boys BB vs. Caruthers
Girls BB vs. Caruthers
2/25-BT @ Yosemite
3/1-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. @ home
3/3-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. @ Riverdale
3/3-5-GS @ Modesto Christian Tournament
3/4-5-BT @ Central Valley Tennis Classic
3/5-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. @ Chowchilla
3/8-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. @ Firebaugh
GS @ Laton
3/10-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. vs. Dos Palos
BT @ Liberty
GS @ CVC
3/11-BT vs. San Joaquin Memorial
3/12-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. vs. Mariposa
3/12-BB Chowchilla Preseason Inv. vs. Chowchilla
3/15-BT @ Firebaugh
3/16-BB vs. CVC
3/17-BT @ Fowler
GS @ Fowler
3/18-BB vs. Riverdale
3/19-22-BB @ Fowler Easter Classic
GS @ Fowler Easter Classic
3/29-BB @ Tranquillity
BT vs. Strathmore
GS vs. Mendota
3/31-BT @ Tranquillity
GS @ Tranquillity
4/1-BB vs. Liberty
4/5-BB @ Mendota
BT vs. Caruthers
GS vs. Caruthers
4/7-BT @ Riverdale
GS @ Riverdale
4/8-BB @ Caruthers
4/12-BB @ Firebaugh
BT vs. Liberty
GS vs. Liberty
4/14-BT vs. Firebaugh
GS vs. Firebaugh
4/15-BB @ Fowler
4/21-BT vs. Fowler
GS vs. Fowler
4/22-BB @ Riverdale
4/26-BB vs. Tranquillity
BT @ Strathmore
GS @ Mendota
4/28-BT vs. Tranquillity
GS vs. Tranquillity
4/29-BB @ Liberty
5/3-BB vs. Mendota
BT @ Caruthers
GS @ Caruthers
5/5-BT vs. Riverdale
GS vs. Caruthers
5/6-BB vs. Caruthers
5/7-BT @ WSL Playoffs
5/10-BB vs. Firebaugh
GS @ Liberty
5/11-18-BT CS Team Playoffs
5/12-GS @ Firebaugh
5/13-BB vs. Fowler
5/14-21-BT CS Valley Individual Finals
5/17-26-BB CS Div. 5 Playoffs
5/18-27-GS CS Div. 5 Playoffs
FALL SPORTS DATES
9/3-Football @ CVC
9/7-Tennis vs. Caruthers
9/8-Volleyball Caruthers Tourn. @ Caruthers
9/9-Tennis @ Fowler
9/10-Football vs. Immanuel @ Dinuba
9/11-Volleyball Caruthers Tourn. @ Caruthers
9/13-18-Volleyball Farmersville Tourn. @ Farmersville
9/14-Tennis vs. Firebaugh
9/15-Tennis vs. Memorial
9/16-Tennis vs. Riverdale
9/17-Football vs. Strathmore
9/21-Voleyball vs. Mendota
9/23-Tennis @ Tranquillity
Volleyball @ Tranquillity
9/24-Football vs. Coast Union
Tennis @ Coast Union
Volleyball @ Coast Union
9/25-Tennis @ Mission Prep
Volleyball @ Mission Prep cancelled, rescheduled for mid October
9/28-Tennis vs. Liberty
Volleyball vs. Liberty
9/30-Tennis @ Caruthers
Volleyball @ Caruthers
10/1-Football vs. Fowler
10/5-Tennis vs. Fowler
Volleyball vs. Fowler
10/7-Tennis @ Firebaugh
Volleyball @ Firebaugh
10/8-Football @ Farmersville
10/12-Tennis @ Riverdale
Volleyball @ Riverdale
10/14-Volleyball @ Mendota
10/15-Football @ Firebaugh
10/19-Tennis vs. Tranquillity
Volleyball vs. Tranquillity
10/21-Tennis @ Liberty
Volleyball @ Liberty
10/22-Football vs. Liberty (Homecoming)
10/23-Tennis League Tourn. TBA
10/26-Volleyball vs. Caruthers
10/26-11/5-Tennis CIF Playoffs TBA
10/28-Volleyball @ Fowler
10/29-Football vs. Mendota
11/2-Volleyball vs. Firebaugh
11/4-Volleyball vs. Riverdale
11/12-Football @ Tranquillity
12/1-5-Boys BB Kerman Tourn. @ Kerman
12/2-4-Girls BB Santa Maria Tourn. @ Santa Maria
12/6-GS vs. CVC
12/7-Girls BB vs. Laton
12/8-11-Boys BB San Diego Small Schools Tourn. @ San Diego
GS vs. Immanuel
12/10-11-GS Hoover Tourn.
12/14-Girls BB vs. CVC
BS @ Riverdale
GS @ Riverdale
12/16-18-Girls BB CVC Invitational @ CVC
12/16-BS vs. Firebaugh
12/17-18-BS @ Garces Inv.
GS @ Garces Inv.
12/28-30-Boys BB FC Small Schools Tourn.
1/3-GS vs. Liberty
1/4-Girls BB @ Mendota
BS vs. Liberty
1/5-Boys BB @ Mendota
1/6-Girls BB @ Firebaugh
GS vs. Tranquillity
1/7-Boys BB @ Firebaugh
BS vs. Tranquillity
1/10-GS vs. Mendota
1/11-Boys BB vs. Fowler
Girls BB vs. Fowler
BS vs. Mendota
1/13-Girls BB @ Tranquillity
1/14-Boys BB @ Tranquillity
BS @ Fowler
GS @ Fowler
1/18-Boys BB vs. Riverdale
Girls BB vs. Riverdale
BS @ Caruthers
GS @ Caruthers
1/20-Girls BB @ Liberty
GS vs. Riverdale
1/21-Boys BB @ Liberty
BS vs. Riverdale
1/25-Girls BB @ Caruthers
BS @ Firebaugh
GS @ Firebaugh
1/26- Boys BB @ Caruthers
1/28-Boys BB vs. Mendota
Girls BB vs. Mendota
BS @ Liberty
GS @ Liberty
Senior “Grad-Nights” have been a fun-filled tradition for years; they encapsulate the ending of a monumental achievement in every student’s life.
In order to fund this special event for the graduating class of ?05, the campus Parent Support Network [PSN] has joined forces with Baja Fresh on March 2. The Mexican Grill, located in the Universal Park shopping center at the corner of Blackstone and El Paso, is helping sponsor a fund-raiser for the senior class.
Fifteen percent of the price of all food purchased will be donated to Fresno Christian on March 2. In order to participate, customers must present the event flyer upon ordering [see bottom for more information]. All funds acquired will benefit Grad Night 2005.
Baja Fresh offers a wide array of Mexican cuisines; such as their Burrito Ultimo, filled with charbroiled chicken or steak, melted jack and cheddar cheese, grilled peppers, chili peppers, onions, rice, “Salsa Baja” and sour cream.
“I really enjoy going to Baja Fresh,” Whitney Ensom, ’05, said. “They have a fun atmosphere, being across the street from Riverpark, and their food is great.”
Their menu also includes many “heart healthy” choices for those on a more strict diet. The Bare Burrito, which boasts charbroiled chicken, grilled peppers, chili peppers, onions, rice, beans, Pico de Gallo and fat-free Salsa Verde, contains only 7grams of fat and 22grams of fiber.
Baja Fresh is the perfect place for those who want garden-fresh and mouth-watering dining at a fast-food price and wait. Be sure to mark your calendar for Mar. 2 and come support your Fresno Christian Eagles by visiting this fantastic restaurant.
Baja Fresh store hours will be 11AM ? 9PM on Mar. 2. For more information on Baja Fresh contact them at (559) 431-8811 or visit the their website. Event flyers are available to download on the Fresno Christian website.
A pause, a quick gasp, and a sudden pain doubles muscles into themselves as the student falls to their knees. Inside, airways constrict, and each breath presents a struggle as air slowly presses its way into inflamed windpipes.
“Quick, somebody find an inhaler!” A concerned crowd grows around the ailing student as a remedy is sought. Luckily, the first struggling gasp from the small tube brings instant relief.
Asthma runs rampant across the central Valley, and 3.9 million Americans have been diagnosed with the disease at some point. Over 90% of Valley residents are subjected to unhealthy air quality throughout the year, according to the Valley Air Resources Board. Yet, even as numerous groups work to increase awareness about the ill effects of pollution, air quality continues to worsen.
“I have asthma,” Josh Powell, ’05 [soccer captain], said. “But I’ve lived here so long that I’m used to not being able to breathe; the smog doesn’t really make that big of a difference to me.”
In the past 15 years, Fresno’s air quality has retrogressed so far that Fresno is now rated among the top five cities in California with the worst air quality.
Smog strikes with a passion throughout the summer months, creating a growing number of days when the Air Pollution Control District deems it unhealthy to be outside for periods longer than 30 minutes.
Physical exercise during these days is highly discouraged, and children are often kept inside for recess, physical education and sports practices.
“Sometimes we are told that the air quality is unhealthy during summer football practices,” Philip Unruh, ’07 [football player], said. “Most of the time we just practice anyways, and I don’t think that the air quality really affects my ability to play.”
Pollution from factories and farm related pesticides couple with smog blowing down the state from Sacramento and the Bay Area. This smog hovers over the Valley, trapped by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Coastal Ranges to the east and west.
Much like the legendary Los Angeles basin, summer months create an inversion layer in which smog builds to an extreme. A hazy sunlight filters through, but some residents of the Valley do not seem to even notice the disappearance of Fresno’s once bright blue skies.
“I’ve heard people talking about the bad air and smog in the Valley,” Damon O’Brien, ’05 [soccer player], said. “Honestly, I don’t even notice the smog, and it really doesn’t bother me at all.”
Smog’s negative effects on the Valley show no signs of abating. Until more advanced steps are taken to curb pollution, smog will continue to plague Valley residents with its harmful side effects.
For more information about the Air Pollution Control District, visit www.arb.ca.gov/research/health/health.htm. For more information about smog, visit http://www.lbl.gov/Education/ELSI/pollution-main.html.
She smiles across the room, and he smiles back; he makes a joke and she gives a girly giggle with a hair flip. Every day, in classrooms across the nation, teens everywhere engage in their favorite activity: flirting.
Among teens, flirting is a common means of communication. Recently, a campus poll was taken in order to gauge flirting frequency and techniques, in an effort to understand this most mystical form of communication.
Questions were asked regarding common flirtation methods and time spent flirting in an average week.
Out of 282 campus students, 181 responded to the poll; the most common methods of flirting were smiling (118) and laughing (112). Forty-nine students said that all of their friends flirt, but 14 students said that none of their friends flirt.
For some teens, flirting just comes naturally and is not given a second thought.
“When I flirt I don’t even mean to,” Ryan Brun, ’08, said. “When I’m with someone I like, I just start talking, and I guess it turns into flirting.”
While the techniques of flirting come easily for some, others struggle to find ways to express their feelings.
“When I’m with someone I like, I usually start getting nervous when I’m around them,” a sophomore, who wished to remain anonymous, said. “I start babbling and end up feeling really stupid afterwards.”
Some may wonder about the right time to start flirting and turn to their friends for advice.
“If I have a friend who likes someone, I usually try to encourage them by telling them it’s okay to flirt,” Ashley Hall, ’08, said.
The art of flirting just might be a mystery in itself, but for giggling girls and cute boys, the tradition is sure to continue for generations to come.
Some things just come in pairs; like Reese’s peanut butter cups, pop tarts, shoes, gloves and twins.
Michelle and Jennifer Rose, ’08, are the talk of the campus: freshman identical twins. Yet, even though everybody knows them, no one really knows what it is like to be a twin. In fact, most cannot even tell them apart.
“Many people are confused when trying to identify us,” Jennifer said. “That often results in them just giving up. In some cases, teachers have invented seating charts for the whole class; just to tell us apart.”
Born in Redondo Beach, CA, Michelle and Jennifer moved to Fresno a few years after their births. They started attending Fresno Christian their sixth grade year.
“At first, getting used to this campus was difficult,” Michelle said. “But, after awhile, we came to like the school, and now we appreciate what it has to offer.”
Like anything else, being a twin has as both advantages and disadvantages. Having to share a room, receiving the same presents at holidays and both getting into trouble when only one is responsible make life as a twin somewhat less than extraordinary at times.
“The worse thing about being a twin is being referred to as twin, as if we are one person,” Michelle said. “But, it is great to have someone in similar activities to be there for you and to do stuff with.”
From a young age, their leisure time was spent outdoors. Michelle and Jennifer are now on the varsity soccer team.
“We played soccer in kindergarten,” Jennifer said. “Ever since then we have been involved in sports; it is horrible to be cooped up in doors.”
In typical high school life things get around campus. This time the rumor mill involves Michelle and Jennifer because they went to the Night of the Stars [NOTS] with Coleton Hutchins, ’08.
“It started one fateful day at soccer practice,” Hutchins said. “We were going about our usual business, stretching and so forth. The coach asked the team who each person was taking to the Night of the Stars.”
Hutchins answered “no one”. Someone jokingly asked why he was not taking the twins; he shrugged it off. After that, they continued to prod and persuade him, until he came to the conclusion that perhaps, it would be fun.
From Michelle and Jennifer’s view, the story is basically the same.
“Similar to what Coleton went through, our teammates said we should go with him because it would be cool,” Michelle said. “We have known him since sixth grade, and he is one of our friends. So we decided ?why not go with him’.”
Life as a twin, with all its ups and downs, will forever be a mystery for most students but for the twins, having a constant counterpart brings security to life.
“Looking back over my past fourteen years of life, I would not change being a twin for anything this world has to offer,” Jennifer said. “My sister is a part of me. Even if only hard times are to come, it will be fine, because I have someone to be beside me.”
Historic halls resound as young voices, instrumental groups and actors join together for an unforgettable night celebrating the performing arts. This union of artistic talent will take place at the annual Veterans’ Memorial Performing Arts concert on Feb. 22.
Four years ago, performing arts teachers Paul McEntee, Marc Ferguson and Tom McEntee made the decision to combine the efforts of their classes to create a concert that would highlight the skills of each group. They chose the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium as the location for this event.
The Veterans’ Memorial building is the location of the Legion of Valor Veterans Museum. The Legion of Valor is a prestigious organization founded in 1890 to which service men and women who receive the Medal of Honor or any of the military crosses can apply.
Chuck Monges, a retired Major in the U.S. Army, founded the museum in 1991. Monges convinced the Fresno City Council to allow him to use an abandoned storeroom of the theater in the Fresno Memorial Auditorium. The Legion of Valor Museum is currently the only museum in the nation supported by the Legion of Valor and it has been called the most unique and inspiring military museum in the United States (http://thomas.loc.gov).
In order to continue holding the concert in this historic location, performing arts teachers were forced to move the concert to February rather than holding it in March, as in previous years. This change, however, may prove beneficial.
“I enjoy doing concerts early in the spring,” Paul McEntee, director of bands, said. “It prepares us for festivals that come later.”
The Veterans’ Memorial concert will be the first performing arts concert for choir teacher Aaron Bryan, who joined the staff in fall ’04.
“I am excited to see how we do,” Bryan said. “This is our first performance of the new year. I’m also excited because this is a collaborative effort to present our Fine Arts department. It should be a wonderful night.”
Students are also looking forward to the concert.
“I enjoy hearing and seeing the other groups perform,” Dori Richardson, ’05, said. “It’s also fun to perform some of my favorite [choir] songs.”
Many of the young musicians will take part in more than one performance. This can mean quick wardrobe changes or anxious moments while they try to figure out what to do with their instrument while they sing.
“I’m in both band and jazz band,” Matthew Shattuck, ’07, said. “But I’m lucky because we wear the same clothes and I play the same instrument in both, so I don’t have to change anything.”
In the past, it has been the drama group who has the greatest challenge as they struggle to move sets and props on and off the stage in a timely fashion. This year, however, they have chosen to perform the first act of The Inspector General, a comedy that utilizes very few props.
“We’ve only been working on this play for a couple of weeks,” Tom McEntee, drama instructor, said. “It still needs a bit of work before it will be ready to perform.”
All the groups see this concert as good preparation for future performances as they try out new things they have learned second semester.
The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost for admission.
Drama can next be seen performing selections from The Importance of Being Ernest and The Inspector General in chapel on April 7 and 14 respectively. Band is preparing for the ACSI festival in Modesto in February 25. The Ensemble and Choir will be heading to Sacramento March 2-5 for the ACSI HS Musicale.
For more information on the various performing arts programs contact Paul McEntee at email@example.com, Bryan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tom McEntee at email@example.com.
A man walks along the shore with a small child following him. The young boy wades in the frothing waves as his father shares a story about his son. While this may seem like just a relaxing scene, biblical principles are woven into the narrative. The result: a chapel Nooma video.
In order to add variety to the weekly chapel, which usually consists of music and a sermon, the campus student leadership team has added these spiritually educational videos to chapel’s schedule.
“I thought it would be good to have something different for chapel, outside of the regular worship,” Josh Tosland, student leadership adviser, said. “The way the messages are presented in the videos is great, and the presenter does a excellent job.”
The Nooma videos are based on a variety of themes, covering topics ranging from decision making to purity. The narrator usually opens his sermon with an illustrative story that he refers to throughout the video.
“The guy who speaks in the videos brings aspects of the Bible and actual experiences together in a way that people can easily understand,” Tosland said. “I really liked his message called ?Flame’, which talked about love and its different characteristics. Love is a strong word, and it gets misused often.”
The addition of the Nooma videos offers students a chance to apply biblical morals and teachings to their everyday circumstances.
“I think the student body can positively benefit from the Nooma videos,” Layne Meadows, ’05, said. “They can teach you to keep an open mind. On campus, people have preconceived judgments against the videos. If you talk to these people about the Noomas, they immediately say, ?Oh, Noomas! I hate those!'”
While the videos may be beneficial to some, others do not find them enjoyable or applicable.
“I think the Nooma videos take up too much time,” Phil Unruh, ’07, said. “They are sometimes okay, but most of the information covered is just unnecessary detail that takes up half of the movie. I think they are a waste of time.”
While some may have opposing opinions to the monthly viewings, other students find the videos enjoyable and educational.
“The Noomas are easy to relate to because they teach things that everyone needs to hear about, like love,” Kim Bimat, ’06, said. “As teens, we need something positive to help us grow in our everyday walk with Christ. The videos teach that God is there through all our troubles, and they put life into perspective.”
The Nooma videos not only seem to be educational, but are also encouraging to many of their viewers.
“I thought the best video shown in chapel so far was the one titled ?Rain’,” Bimat said. “It depicted how God is really there for us with open arms. Because I am going through hard times, I found the message comforting.
Rather than the typical sermon, the Noomas bring a different perspective to biblical principles and translates Scripture into simpler, everyday language.
“I think the Nooma videos are a different way of preaching and explaining the Bible,” David Bethea, ’08, said. “The narrator takes the Bible and puts it into modern language and stories that we as high schoolers can all relate to. It is better than having someone simply reading the Bible to us.”
For more information on the Nooma videos, e-mail Tosland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next video will be shown in chapel on March 17 at 11:40 A.M.
“~”Brianna Stobbe, Photographer”~”The Nooma video entitled “flame”, which discussed the importance of a three way view on love, was shown in the Jan. 27 chapel.
“Flame” illustrated how love requires three different parts to create a healthy emotion rather than a lustful passion.”~””~””~”Insert text here
For a student walking through the hallways, one quickly realizes that not all classrooms are taught the same. One of the many unique things about having a diverse schedule on campus is that students have the opportunity to experience various teachers and participate in different classroom traditions.
Traditions range from interesting class games to spending time reflecting on spiritual growth. No matter how simplistic or elaborate, each class creates its own unique and special customs.
In the Spanish classes, Beatriz Foth, Spanish teacher, begins each week with a student led prayer in English and then she repeats the prayer in Spanish. On Fridays, she leads the class in worship, singing songs of praise in Spanish.
“Along with the prayers and worship, I give devotionals and Bible verses to the students in both languages,” Foth said. “I like giving time for the students to take a break from their busy schedules and pause, taking time to reflect on their lives.”
A new group on campus, Peer Counseling, is creating its own legacy by establishing a new program called “Sister 2 Sister”. A junior or senior girl in Peer Counseling is paired with a junior high student on campus, in order to form a mentoring friendship.
“We take our girl out to lunch every other Friday,” Brianne Raymer, ’06, said. “At this age they really look up to us “older” girls. The purpose of this program is to help counsel and be a friend to others. Junior High was difficult for all of us, and people need a friend just to talk to.”
Three years ago, when Advanced Placement [AP] English finished the book Silence, by Shushako Endo, the class celebrated its accomplishment by taking a field trip to a sushi bar for lunch. Jon Endicott, vice principal and AP English instructor, has continued to take his class out to lunch, continuing the tradition to this day.
“Going to the sushi bar was a lot of fun,” Andrew Kaiser, ’05, said. “One of the reasons Mr. Endicott takes us there is to experience another culture. I had never had sushi before, and there were a lot of dishes I wished to try. And Chris White tricked me into having wasabi marinated over my sushi. Needless to say it burned a hole into my tongue.”
Another interesting custom on campus occurs in the American history class. Jon Hall, American history teacher, has created his own game for students to play for learning purposes. It is a hybrid of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, producing an enjoyable and competitive experience.
“That tradition of playing Spin the Wheel in American History was introduced five years ago,” Hall said. “Some students of mine created the wheel to spin, and with different point values ranging from positive ten to negative numbers. It is called the ?Wheel of Torture’ and students are still faced with the challenge of learning.”
In either case, teachers and students alike contribute to each other’s learning and teaching experience. For some people, the participation in these traditions creates a growing appreciation for unique facets of the campus.
“The traditions on campus are really cool,” Rebecca Wilson, ’06, said. “I feel that, in our society, traditions as a whole seem to have died out. The unique customs on campus which certain teachers perform is what makes Fresno Christian what it is.”
For more information about these traditions, contact the high school office at 299-1695, ext. 5.
Melinda Davis, Senior editor, also contributed to this article.
Months of preparation and anxiety paid off for many diligent students at the Fresno County Academic Decathlon [Acadec] Award Ceremony on Feb. 5, held in Fresno State’s North Gym.
Among the big winners that night were Chris White and Anne Hierholzer, both ’05. They received recognition for placing first [Chris] and second [Anne] out of the entire Fresno County in the speech competition.
“It was nice to see all our hard work pay off,” Hierholzer said. “I especially enjoyed it because last year our team didn’t win anything. So, it was nice to finally win some awards.”
Although the excitement of the evening was overwhelming, apprehension was still a factor. The top three winners of the speech competition were required to restate their speeches during the awards ceremony.
“It was nerve racking giving my speech in front of hundreds of strangers,” White said. “But, it was fun getting a standing ovation once I’d finished.”
Among the campus students competing in the Academic Decathlon, Hierholzer came in first, followed by younger brother, Will Hierholzer, ’07, in second and Gary Darakjian, ’06, in third.
Each school fields one competition team of nine members who compete for awards. Overflow students are put onto a noncompetitive Team 2.
The campus Team 2 was made up of Darakjian and Brianna Stobbe, ’06, who both scored high enough to make them winners in numerous categories. Stobbe received the highest score overall in Interview for the team.
For the third time in campus history, the team won Division Two, triumphing over schools such as Clovis High and Buchanan.
“I’m very proud of them,” Molly Sargent, Academic Decathlon coach, said. “They were willing to take a risk and put out the effort that was needed, without any guarantee of success. I admire that.”
For more information on Academic Decathlon visit the following website
To view videos of the awards ceremony, visit http://www.fresnochristian.com and click on the Videos tab.
The morning sun arises as the goalie dives through the air to block the black and white sphere hurtling toward him. At the last instant, his hands brush the ball away from the net and he hears the joyous cheers of his teammates from afar.
Unfortunately, this was not the scene that played out for the boys’ soccer team at the Clovis West tournament on Dec.30-31. Their day was marked by defeat as they competed against teams from across the valley.
The team returned home with a disappointing score of 0-3 after playing Lemoore (2-4), Madera (1-5) and Clovis West (0-7). Ben Westra, ?07, Caleb Thiesen, ?05, and Joshua Powell, ’05, scored goals.
Even though the team took some hard losses, most team members look at the results with a positive outlook.
“It’s good to play better teams because it shows you where you need to improve,” Tim Westra, team captain [’05], said.
The team from Clovis West proved to be the campus team’s greatest obstacle in their pursuit of a victory.
“They were really fast and they played tough,” Caleb Thiesen, ’05, said. “They are the best team in the top division, which is way better than us.”
Even though the team has been suffering this season, they have shown improvement from previous years.
“I think we have a better team this year; we just can’t put the ball in the net,” Westra said.
Every year the team makes little improvements that build upon previous experience gleaned from previous years. The soccer program started in the ?80s when 16 players, some parents and the former vice principal got together to begin a new soccer program.
“Next year we are losing are team captains Josh Powell and Tim Westra,” Matt Markarian, soccer coach, said. “I’m going to miss their work ethic and leadership when they leave next year; they really helped the team.”
The boys soccer season ended with an at home loss to Caruthers on Feb.11. For more information on spring sports go to www.thefeather.com and look under sports shorts.
The spotlight beam swings to focus on the actor who leaps onto the stage. He swings his arms wide and opens his mouth to deliver his lines when . . .his mind goes suddenly blank! A drama new season may present challenges, but campus drama members see the future as an extremely promising opportunity.
“Vicky Shaghoian is a professional drama instructor at the Yale Institute of the Arts and is a native of Fresno,” Tom McEntee, drama instructor, said. “She teaches in a studio on 8th Avenue in New York. When we travel to New York this spring, all the students will perform their monologues for her and she will critique them.”
The idea of performing in front of a professional drama teacher and critic can be nerve- racking at best, and many view the meeting with mixed emotions.
“I’m expecting some good criticism from her,” Samantha Grizz, ’07, said. “I won’t be that nervous, I just plan to be myself.”
Newcomers to the drama team will be offered a chance to glean insight into the mind of a professional actress.
“I’ve never experienced this type of performance before,” Samantha Krikorian, ’08, said. “I’m not too sure what to expect, but I don’t think I’ll be that nervous because she’ll help me become a better actress.”
A thick, oppressive silence fills the theater. The audience sits hushed as they wait for the scene to begin. The actor’s palms grow sweaty; his legs begin to tremble as he frantically racks his brain for the fleeting lines. A woman in the back begins to chuckle.
“This season, we are doing the first acts of three plays,” McEntee said. “The first is called The Importance of Being Ernest [starring seniors Chris White and Damon O’Brien], the second, The Doctor in Spite of Himself, and last, The Inspector-General [starring Nic Westburg]. I expect all three of these acts will work out wonderfully to showcase our drama program.”
McEntee is not the only one who is looking forward to the new monologues and first acts. Sophomore Phillip Unruh believes anything can be a success, given that certain sacrifices are made.
“I believe our success hinges on our sacrifices to the ?drama god’,” Unruh said. “It also depends on whether or not we memorize our lines!”
Krikorian also has a positive attitude toward this season’s performances.
“The students performing in our plays are great actors and actresses,” Krikorian said. “They always do their best, so therefore the plays will be good and well liked.”
A few moments later, the light buzz of whispers is immediately silenced with a shout of, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Led me thy ears!” With a confident smile, the young actor finishes his soliloquy with gusto.
“One of the first acts takes place in a pre-revolution Russian village,” McEntee said. “The people of the village are scared out of their wits because the Inspector General is coming to their town. Now one knows why; it’s very dangerous for them.”
Physically, the play will be difficult for the actors to enact. Accents are a definite must and Russian folk dances will also be added to make the performance seem more authentic.
“I think it will be the best thing ever comprehended by man!” Unruh said. “We’ve had a lot of good ideas for the play and hopefully it will be funny. Besides, we’re sure our sacrifices to the drama god have not gone unnoticed.”
However, over dramatized seriousness and suspense usually give way to humorous reactions.
“The Russian play is a comedy,” McEntee said. “Since the inspector is incognito, he could be anyone. The people jump at everything that crosses their path. It will be entertaining to watch.”
The room explodes with whistles and wild applause as the curtain falls and the young actor takes his final bow.
“Drama makes me step out of my box and try new things,” Unruh said. “I can’t wait to see how everything plays out.”
For more information e-mail McEntee at email@example.com or contact the high school office at 299-1695.
Black, white and green colors blur as the girls’ soccer team races down the field in a shocking display of aggression and power. The timid were not born to play soccer; only those willing to brave concussions and injury are worthy of this sometime brutal sport.
The campus girls’ team boasts an impressive record13-1 this year. With no seniors currently playing, the team has had to utilize and rely on younger players as injuries to key players have taken their toll.
Christina Cabias, ’07, has been playing soccer for four years and admits that she started only out of boredom. She is one of the Eagles young starters.
“There’s not much else to do in Madera, except play sports,” Cabias said. “All my friends played soccer, so I decided to try it too.”
Aside from pure enjoyment of the sport, Cabias is also driven by the sports’ physical aspect.
“I like it [soccer] because it gets my aggression out,” Cabias said. “I play three sports in all, but softball is my favorite.”
Despite the team’s youth and relative lack of experience, Cabias feels that the year is going well.
“We’re kind of like a family,” Cabias said. “We’ve gotten to be close friends, and we all want to win league.”
Senior team captain Melissa Jimenez, ’05, recently ruptured a ligament in her knee during a game against Fowler and will be out for the rest of the season.
After her injury, Jimenez was forced to relinquish her captain position, as she, the only senior on the team, left for the sidelines.
“When I first was hurt, I thought, ?Oh, I can just play the next game’,” Jimenez said. “I am really upset that I can’t finish out the year, especially since it’s my last.”
Jimenez began playing soccer in kindergarten.
“I was so bad when I started soccer,” Jimenez said. “I was so horrible that I cried and the coach had to carry me off the field.”
Jimenez looks back on her past four years of high school soccer with fondness.
“It’s been really fun playing on the team here,” Jimenez said. “I’ve been able to improve my skill a lot.”
Since the team has played well with a lot of younger players, Jimenez believes the Eagles will be fine without her.
“I think they’ll do pretty well,” Jimenez said. “They’re strong, and we have extra players who are willing to do anything.”
Check the announcements in this paper for upcoming girls’ soccer playoff games. For more information on girls’ soccer, visit www.thefeather.com.
The perky and spirited campus cheer squad prepares for their third competition. It is scheduled to be held in Long Beach on Feb. 19. The girls eagerly prepare for what they hope will be a stellar performance.
As their time grows thin and the competion nears, the squad practices from 2:15 – 5 P.M. to perfect their routine. They focus on all aspects of their performance to ensure a high placing.
“Competitions are always so exciting,” Megan Alcorn, ’07, said. “Hopefully we’ll do better in this one than we have in the past; at our last competition we placed fourth.”
Alcorn also explained that the girls motivate each other to keep positive attitudes despite the stressful atmosphere.
“Even though we’re so tense before we compete, we always manage to stay optimistic,” Alcorn said. “We get so nervous because you get one quick chance to perform a perfect routine, and then you have to wait for the results.”
Some of the girls feel the squad is at a disadvantage due to the absence of a few team captains.
“We did really good at our first competition, because the entire squad was there,” Christie Belden, ’06, said. “This time things will be harder because Melissa Bump [?05] and Brittany Masiello [?06] will be out of town the day we perform.”
The majority of campus students fail to realize the significane of the cheer squad and hardly give them recognition.
“Sometimes we feel discouraged by the fact that other students don’t think our routines are very good and don’t appreciate our attempts to liven school spirit,” Alcorn said. “It puts extra pressure and stress on us that we don’t need, especially at times before a competition.”
Some of the girls feel that despite the common misconception, cheer is a tiring activity.
“Cheer is definitely a sport,” Belden said. “You have to be athletic and flexible as well as a fast paced thinker.”
Alcorn later explained that despite their discouragment, the girls generally use the doubts expressed by other students as motivation to push themselves to the end of their own limits.
Coaches also often make huge differences in the general moral and productivity of the team.
“Our coach, Katie, is awesome,” Belden said. “Everyone likes her because she’s really young so she can really relate to us and she’s a lot of fun. She encourages us all the time and she’s really patient.”
Katie Mendenhall, cheer coach, is a former campus cheerleader. She invests herself into the cheer squad with no regret.
“Once or twice some of the girls have got so caught up in competition stress that they started crying before our performance,” Alcorn said. “The atmosphere is invigorating because you’re so nervous and then all of the sudden you walk off the stage and you feel so relieved.”
The girls enjoy watching other routines and studying different stlyes for themselves.
For more information on the upcoming competition, contact the high school office at 299-1695.
A white and black-checkered ball zooms across the field as the players speed towards it. With chests heaving and the legs cramping, these athletes use their last ounce of energy to set up their next play, which may decide the outcome of the game.
But, their plans fail as Joshua Powell, ’05, blocks the ball and passes it off to his teammate, Timothy Westra, ’05. Westra then moves the ball up the field as the defending team swarms to protect their goal. Westra then drives the ball into the goal with a well-placed kick. The game ends with cheering on one side and shock on the other.
Powell and Westra, both varsity soccer captains, have played the sport all their lives.
“Josh and Tim provide leadership and set the standards for the soccer team,” Matt Markarian, soccer coach, said. “I am going to miss their leadership and their work ethic when they leave next year.”
Soccer affects the lives of Westra and Powell in numerous ways.
“I’ve made lots of friends on the soccer team that I probably wouldn’t have made if I wasn’t playing,” Westra said. “I really enjoy soccer because, in my opinion, it’s the best sport in the world.”
Westra plays mid-fielder for the team and plans to go to Fresno Pacific University next year.
“The hardest part about soccer is all the running,” Westra said. “But even with all the conditioning I have some good soccer memories, like the time I made a goal from halfway down the field when I was in 8th grade.”
So far, the boys’ record is 7-16-2. Their last game of the season will be played at home on Feb. 11 against Caruthers.
“I just love how soccer is so fast paced,” Powell said. “However, it does take a lot of concentration because you have to watch the ball and keep an eye on the other players at the same time.”
Powell played mid-field for most of the year, but is currently covering for injured goalie Derek George, ’06. He plans to enroll at Fresno State University.
“Soccer has really affected my life because I have made many friends on the team,” Powell said. “I keep on playing the soccer because it is just so fun.
For more information on the soccer schedule, visit www.fresnochristian.com
“~”Brianna Stobbe, Photographer”~”Leadership provides direction and motivation and is a vital component on every sports team. For the campus boys’ soccer team, seniors Joshua Powell and Tim Westra serve as team captains.
Here, Powell races down the field during a game against Riverdale.”~””~””~”Soccer Schedule
Bouquets of red roses, heart shaped candies and letters of love fill aisles of gift stores during February. As people prepare for this special day, much thought is put into buying gifts and ways to impress that special someone.
Yet, there are those who will not celebrate this Valentine’s Day with gifts, cards or even have a hope of being admired.
Some believe Valentine’s Day is not just another marketing campaign, but a good way to express feelings of interest or affection.
“It [Valentines Day] gives people who are shy a chance to show their true feelings,” Carson Belmont, ’05, said. “I’m excited to give Hillary a day of leisure and luxury; it is important to show how much I care about her.”
Yet in a Valentine’s Day poll during the first week of February, only 57 out of 164 students interviewed said they were going out on a date. Sixty-eight students revealed they would sit at home alone and do nothing or watch TV.
“Feb. 14 is a good day to dedicate to anyone to show them love, especially moms and dads,” Katelyn Aydelotte, ’08, said. “Early in the morning, my parents wake up my sister and I and exchange gifts, then we eat breakfast and spend the rest of the day together.”
Not everyone is solely focused on single dating as 26 students said they would spend time at home with their family. But most students do not care to think about this day; instead they prefer to treat Valentine’s Day as any regular day.
“I don’t bother to celebrate Valentine’s Day; it is just like any other day to me,” Rosie Walker, ’06, said. “It shouldn’t just be on Feb. 14th that you express how you feel.”
A large number of students believe Valentine’s Day to be ridiculous and that it is no special day. Many would rather ignore this day and spend it soaking in loneliness.
“It’s worthless, too commercialized and something that gives single people a reason to feel bad about themselves and more lonely,” William Hierholzer, ’07, said. “I’m going to stay at home and pretend it’s not Valentine’s Day.”
Although some may have a negative perspective, 81 out of 164 students shared they would enjoy the day by going out with their other single friends, and have fun in spite of Feb. 14 being devoted to lovers.
“My other girlfriends and I are planning on going out to dinner and a movie,” Bethany Morton, ’06, said. “We have just as much fun if not more, hanging out with each other than we would if we were out on dates.”
Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire, created to honor Juno, the queen of the Roman goddesses. For this day, the Romans feasted and drew names out of a jar to find their chosen partners for the evening. Some of the pairing continued throughout the year, and may even have led to marriage.
Juno, also known as Hera, Greek goddess of marriage, was the consort of Zeus. Juno is well known for her beauty and deception; she was the patron of marriage for both mortals and immortals.
Like other holidays, Valentine’s Day continues to build on ancient tradition while modern society adds its own flare.
“I like to joke about the fact that Valentine’s Day was invented by Hallmark as a way to sell cheesy cards,” David Akina, physical science teacher, said. “Regardless, I enjoy Valentine’s Day; it gives me another excuse to show my wife I love her.”
For more information on campus activities leading up to Valentine’s Day, contact the high school office at 299-1695 or contact Josh Tosland, student leadership adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With all eyes on him, the lone performer starts to play his piece. Mesmerized, the audience watches in silence as he sings and plays his instrument perfectly. When he finishes, the crowd erupts in a loud cheer. Judges look down at their score pads and jot down scores as he starts to walk off the stage.
The West Sierra League Talent Show begins on Feb. 2 with 14 students from seven different schools compete for cash prizes and a chance to exhibit their talents.
“The students come from Riverdale, Caruthers, Liberty, Fowler, Firebaugh, Mendota and Fresno Christian,” Josh Tosland, student leadership adviser, said. “The prizes for the talent show will be presented at Fresno Christian.”
Five students tried out for the talent show at the campus, but only Nic Westburg, ’05, and Christof Schnur, ’06, made it through the tryouts to represent our campus at the talent show.
“This is my first year trying out for the WSL Talent Show,” Westburg said. “I was very excited that I did well in the tryouts.”
Westburg plans to perform a guitar and vocal solo for the talent show. He has been playing the guitar for four years.
“The song I am going to play is by the greatest rock band of all time, Foo Fighters,” Westburg said. “I am very confident, but I don’t care if I win because I enjoy playing my guitar.”
Schnur will play “Preludium in C Major” by Bach on his accordion. He has been playing the accordion for nine years and seemed calm during the preliminary round.
“The tryouts were pretty easy, even though it was my first time trying out for a talent show,” Schnur said. “I just went and played in front of a group of teachers.”
“My friends made me try out for the talent show, so I hope I will do well in the talent show. But I am not really nervous because I am performing just for fun.”
Judges from each school give a score for each student, except for those who are from their own school. The 14 students will perform at Firebaugh and Mendota on Feb. 2, Riverdale and Carathurs on Feb. 9, Liberty and Fowler on Feb. 16 and at Fresno Christian on Feb. 24.
For more information on the talent show or other student events, contact Tosland at email@example.com.
As students prepare to take the SAT [Scholastic Aptitude Test] they sit nervously in their seats, biting their pencils. This year, the SAT has been changed and now students do not know what exactly what to expect.
The New SATs start in March of this year, the changes will not affect the senior class however.
“I wanted to take the new SATs,” Afshin Saffarzadeh, ’05, said. ” I tried to sign up, but it didn’t work.”
The SAT will now be comprised of three sections: verbal, math and writing. Each section is worth 800 points. The maximum score a student can get is 2,400 rather than the 1,600 possible now.
“I don’t like the additional point value,” Bonnie Hansen, ’07, said. “We shouldn’t have to be held responsible for trying to meet a higher standard.”
In the new SATs, analogies have been replaced by an essay section. Some do not like the idea of changing the SATs.
“I don’t like the change in the SATs,” Andrew King, ’06, said. “I don’t like to write essays because it’s hard to think and write your thoughts down in a certain amount of time.”
The essay section seems to provide an additional factor to stress over for many students.
“I am fond of the idea of taking the analogies off the SATs,” Krizia Tovar, ’06, said. “But I really don’t care for essays.”
Some students prefer the format of the old SATs over the new one.
“I like the old SAT’s,” Andrea Munoz, ’06, said. ” I hate writing essays and if we didn’t have them I wouldn’t have to think as hard.”
General discontent over the test changes seems to be the common view held by students planning to take the SAT this spring.
“I am not looking forward to the new SATs,” Ronald Balack, ’06, said. ” I haven’t heard good things about them.”
Teachers, however, are looking forward to the new SATs, enjoying the opportunity to help students to learn more about essays.
“I am glad I am not taking them, but I am looking forward to it,” Michael Fuller, English teacher, said. “These new SATs will give the students a chance to show off their writing ability.”
A SAT workshop will be held on campus for any sophomores, juniors and parents who have questions about the test in the Jackie Johnson room on Feb. 28.
For more information regarding the new SATs check out the College Board website.
Stereotypical visions of tutus and classical music are blasted away in the light of the Fresno Ballet’s new rock ballet, set to the music of Pink Floyd. In an effort to connect to a younger audience, the ballet company is showcasing their talents in this in-studio performance.
The show comprises of dances set to some of Pink Floyd’s most famous tunes. The Fresno Ballet’s artistic director, Christopher Doyle, created original choreography for the production.
Props are stark, but this only contributes to the raw feeling of the music. A single spotlight beams sharply onto the floor, and as the dancers leap and swirl, their shadows form graceful patterns on the wall.
The beats and angst of rock and roll find their perfect compliment in the graceful movement of ballet. This presents an interesting dichotomy, as the beauty of ballet makes a surprising compliment to Pink Floyd’s troubled lyrics. Dancers twist and writhe with the music, and when a dancer lifts free from the torment in a floating leap, the audience’s collective spirit leaps with them. The result leaves the audience longing for more.
The cozy setting of the dance studio makes the ballet that much more intimate. Sitting in the front row, I was close enough to reach out and touch the dancers. Being near enough to see their sweat and feel the vibrations of their jumps leaves the audience with a greater appreciation for the demands of dance.
In the grand tradition of Fresno’s Tower District, artists and patrons mingle freely. After the performance, the dancers were grouped in the lobby, laughing about their dance and greeting their audience members. The whole affair has a feeling of informality about it.
Unfortunately for the city, the Fresno Ballet is on the brink of closure. Unless more money is raised quickly, they will close at the end of the year. Donations are sorely needed.
Tickets are $12 each, with a special buy four, get one free sale. The ticket price includes free refreshments. Performances will be held at 7:30 on Feb. 10, 11 and 12 at the Fresno Ballet studio at 1401 N. Wishon. You may purchase tickets by calling 233-2363.
For more information on the ballet, visit www.fresnoballet.org.
I would encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity; it may be the last performance the Fresno Ballet ever has.