Boys basketball sport shorts: Minarets

IMG_6244cJarrod Markarian

For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles were set to take on the Mustangs of Minarets.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15
For a preview to the Eagles basketball season and a look at their scores so far, check out the Winter Sports Box Scores, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and all winter sports.

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 6 as they take on Parlier High School.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Eagles are defeated by the Minaret’s Mustangs, Jan. 27

For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles were set to take on the Mustangs of Minarets. The Eagles lost to the ‘Stangs earlier in the year and were looking to redeem themselves on the team’s Senior Night.

Before the game, time was taken to honor the seven seniors on the Varsity team. Christopher Grossman, Daniel Cliff, Aaron DeWolf, Anthony Zhang, Toby Pan, Trevor Beal, and Cole Nale were all honored before the game for their efforts throughout their high school basketball career.

Both teams came out with energy. The Mustangs’ full court press quickly caught the eagles off guard and led to easy buckets. However, the Eagles’ shooting and deadly range from beyond the perimeter kept them in the game.

By the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 20. In the second quarter, the Eagles’ defense picked up, holding the Mustangs to only seven points in the quarter. Meanwhile, their offense remained hot, hitting their shots and jumped out to a quick lead heading into halftime, 35-27

In the second half, at the start of the third quarter, the Eagles scoring ceased to exist. Much like it has all season, the scoring woes in the second half continued, as the Eagles were unable to put the ball in the hoop, helping keep Minarets in the game.

In the fourth quarter, the game was close, with Minarets holding a slight three point lead with under three minutes to play. However, the ‘Stangs were able to get hot, score some three-point shots, and nurse the lead with free throws, as they pulled away with a 65-56 victory.

Senior Aaron DeWolf said it was disappointing to lose on senior night and the team has a lot of work to do.

“It was a disappointing loss,” DeWolf said. “Any lose is tough, but being senior night we all really wanted to come away with the win. We need to stay focused and get better as a team if we want to make a run in playoffs, and it is going to take a lot of hard work to get there.”

The Eagles fall to 10-12 on the year with the loss and a 2-4 record in WSL play.

The Eagles next game will be on Friday as the team travels to Parlier to take on the Panthers.

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For more sports, read the Feb. 2 article, Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers.

By |2015-02-05T00:00:00-07:00February 5th, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers

caleb-sucking-hardJarrod Markarian

To finish their 3 home game streak, boys soccer hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their fifth league game of the season.

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

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

The Eagles break a league losing streak

To finish their 3 home game streak, boys soccer hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their fifth league game of the season. With beautiful sunshine covering the North field, the game was underway and the two teams went at it.

For the majority of the first half the Eagles had the upper hand creating plenty of chances between the forwards Caleb Goodale and captain Taylor Howard. The Eagles defense, anchored by senior Adam Khouzam, was able to hold strong through the half, shutting out the very aggressive Blue Raiders attack.

One of the Eagles chances finally fell towards the end of the first half in the form of a corner kick taken by midfielder Davis Borrego to striker Taylor Howard, who finished with a glancing header into the far side net.

The Eagles went into half time up a score and were eager to maintain their lead and hold on for their first win in league for over 6 years.

Midway through the second half the Eagles gave up a soft goal on a missed clearance that left for an easy finish by the forwards of the Blue Raiders.

We broke like a 7 year losing streak! This was a very exciting win for us and is a good step going forward into the season. We still need to win a game but this is a great start. –Jordan Castro

With the score tied, distress sounded through the ranks of the Eagles when a hand ball in their own goal box gave Caruthers a penalty kick and a chance to take the lead. However a brilliant save by captain goalkeeper, Bailey Brogan, prevented a lead usurpation by a frustrated Blue Raiders.

A second goal by Taylor Howard seemed to secure the victory for the Eagles until a second missed clearance led to an equalizing goal near the end of regulation for Caruthers. With heads still head high the Eagles prepared for an overtime showdown.

During the overtime, FC certainly held the upper hand, with the Blue Raiders settling for mostly wildly far away shots that were easily swooped up by Brogan. For a second it looked as if the Eagles would snatch up a victory when Goodale received a wide open pass from Howard, leaving him wide open on the six yard box. Goodale’s shot however was blocked by the Caruthers goalie and overtime ended with neither team gaining ground.

Thus the game ended with a tie as the result as it is a new policy that league games do not end in penalty kicks as was the norm in previous years.

The result was still important for both team as a tie puts Caruthers league title hopes in jeopardy and represents the first non-loss in league for FC boys soccer in several years.

The only 4 year varsity player on the team, senior Jordan Castro, reacted very positively to the non-loss result.

“We broke like a 7 year losing streak!” exclaimed Castro. “This was a very exciting win for us and is a good step going forward into the season. We still need to win a game but this is a great start”

The Eagles will next play the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

For more sports read the article World of Sports: Super Bowl XLIX

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00-07:00February 2nd, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Parlier

caleb-attempting-to-kickBree Castro

Caleb Goodale goes for the kick against the Parlier Panthers.

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

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 18.

Eagles lose by two, Feb. 6

Playing against one of the hardest in the league, the FC soccer team gave a good fight against the Parlier Panthers on the North field of FC. With the weather looking perfect for the players, the game began.

At the beginning of the game each team had opportunities to score but they both came short every time. At about 25 minutes in, FC came through and Taylor Howard took the shot scoring 1-0. The Eagles feeling reenergized with the goal, continued to play equally hard as the Parlier Panthers, holding the score until half.

While had a great first half they came out slow and were not prepared to keep trying as hard as they did in the first half. The Parlier Panthers came out trying way better than they did in the first half and the Eagles could not hold them off. They scored a goal, then two, then three, and then the Eagles still trying lost hope to be able to win but still had good attitude about it. The ending score was 5 goals for Parlier and 1 goal for FC.

Freshmen Tyler Villines thought that we played well but he and the rest of the team struggled

“I am new to the team and I definitely need a lot more work,” Villines said. “The guys I get to play with are great, and the coaches, and the game. I just need to keep working hard and improving. If we are able to keep possession of the ball more and finish it back in the net then we could win more.”

Senior Jordan Castro had high hopes of that game and thought that we could beat them if our defense was able to stop them.

“Our team just needed to keep their head in the game to be successful,” Castro said. “The team has improved since then against teams such as Riverdale and Caruthers hopefully we will continue to improve and hopefully win against the tougher teams.”

The team will next play the Riverdale Cowboys, Feb. 10.

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00-07:00February 2nd, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized|3 Comments

BRIEF: Senior night honors winter athletes

Senior1Jarrod Markarian

The beginning of the end begins tonight as we honor the seniors of winter sports of 2015.

The beginning of the end begins tonight as we honor the seniors of winter sports of 2015. To start off the senior nights of the winter season, the girls soccer team have a game against the Minaret Mustangs at 3:30 p.m. The honoring of the seniors will be taking place before the game. The girls team are dressing up by wearing skirts or dresses to show their excitement for the game and the evening. There are four seniors being honored.

The girl’s soccer team has had a bit of a downfall this season, compared to previous seasons, but they look forward to future games to seize opportunities to achieve more wins.

The boys soccer team is looking forward to future games to continue their uphill climb towards a great season. They will do so by playing the Mustangs as well at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony for the seniors will also take place before the game begins. There are four seniors being honored. To show excitement for the game, the boys will dress in their best dress for the school day.

The third ceremony, which will be honoring the senior basketball boys will be taking place shortly before their game against the Mustangs at 7:30 p.m. There are six seniors being honored. To keep the tradition of dressing nicely for each home game, the boys will be dressing in their best attire during the school day.

Basketball coach Jonathan Penberthy reminisces about the year so far and the memories to be made for seasons to come.

“This is my first basketball senior night,” Penberthy said, “They are extremely hard workers, fun to be around, enjoyable guys for the whole team. I believe they are setting a good standard for the upcoming seasons and for the years to come.”

There are only four more games after boy’s basketball senior night, so if you haven’t been to any games this year, be sure and support your Eagles.

Being the Physical Education teacher, Penberthy, enjoys being able to see students in a variety of different sports like volleyball and basketball.

“It’s always fun to honor our teams and our school,” Penberthy said. “I have had the privilege of having a handful of them in volleyball or in Physical Education classes.”

During each senior night game, seniors typically get to start in the games since it is their honored night, and the coaches like to give them as much playing time as they can for the fans that have come to support all of the seniors.

Senior Ivette Ibarra reflects on her past years on the soccer team, and the impact it has made on her life.

“I’ve been playing soccer for six years and have thoroughly enjoyed it,” Ibarra said. “I’m going to miss these girls a lot. It’s going to be hard to make the transition of living without it. These girls have played a big role in my life and been some of my role models for years. Any type of chance I have to keep playing in the future, I will absolutely take it. I’ll probably make a point to play for recreational purposes, because I’ve always loved it.”

Tomorrow is the last home league game for the girl’s and boy’s soccer teams. The boy’s basketball team have four more games after tomorrow night. Make sure to support your Eagles this afternoon for girl’s soccer senior night as well as the rest of the winter sport’s teams senior nights tomorrow.

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

For more sports, read the Feb. 2 article, Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers.

By |2015-02-02T00:00:00-07:00February 2nd, 2015|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Co-captain pushes her team with intensity, power

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

Captain Courtney Messer defends against the Sierra Chieftain offense.

Courtney Messer improves girls soccer through leadership skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

Alumnus Doug Daniel returns to coach, remembers past

Doug Daniels college photoJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

First year cross country coach at FC, Doug Daniel has returned to his alma mater after graduating from Fresno Pacific University in 2013.

First year cross country coach at FC, Doug Daniel has returned to his alma mater after graduating from Fresno Pacific University in 2013.

Daniel developed a great passion for running at an early age. Holding not only one but several school records, Daniel did not only placed 6th in the Central Section Cross Country Championships (CIF) in his senior year, but also represented FC for many track and field championship meets.

“I remember as a preschooler I looked forward to running after school. I would have run forever if I could,” Daniel said. “My mom has a story of me while I was an infant. Before I could walk, I would be running in circles in my walker.”

Dedicated to his running career, Daniel first began track at FC in 2006.

“The first time I ran track, was my 8th grade year in junior high,” Daniel said. “In my final meet, there were four guys trying to block me out. I got to pass them and they got to pass me, it was a close race. They caught me by the end, but I ran a minute faster than my previous personal record and I felt okay with it.”

Back in 2006 the cross country team was first introduced to FC by, Mr. Ericlee Gilmore, who passed away in Sept. 2014. Although having a hard time adjusting to the new program, Daniel made it through his sophomore year.

“The first time I ever did cross country was when I was a sophomore in high school. Because it was the first year we had a team,” Daniel said. “It is a tough thing to say, but my first year I ran competitively in my sophomore year.”

After graduation from FPU in 2013, Daniel returned to FC to coach for the first time for the junior high and varsity cross country team. Daniels says that his dedication to FC stemmed from the memories he made there as a student.

“I love FC,” Daniel said. “Honestly, I would rather coach here than in a big school. Not that a big school wouldn’t hire me, but because I experienced a major portion of my life at Fresno Christian.”

Inspired by Ericlee Gilmore, Daniel dreamed to go back to FC.

“Cross country here was something that helped shape me and I always wanted to come back. It was kind of my dream,” Daniel said. “I always wanted to come back here and coach and work with Gilmore, but that didn’t get to happen.”

Although Daniel’s dream of coaching alongside Gilmore did not get to come true, Daniel found new motivation for him to stay in FC.

“I love the kids here and love the school,” Daniel said. “It just seemed like a good fit for me. I received so much help here and I just have to go back and give back.”

Ever since Gilmore introduced Daniel to running at 4th grade, Daniel has looked up to him.
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“I did a track camp with Gilmore while I was in 4th grade and I had a lot of fun,” Daniel said. “Coach Gilmore put the team together. He rose funding and did a great job. The best coach in the world.”

As assistant coach, Daniel makes decisions and works back and forth between the junior and varsity teams.

“I felt that as far as running goes, I know exactly what to do. I have learned a lot mostly from my coaches who have been excellent,” Daniel said after the team?s third meet at Firebaugh High school. “What really has been a challenge has been just the logistics of the sport. I do not always know how I am goanna communicate with parents or how I handle discipline issues.”

At FPU Daniel joined the cross country and track team and met another inspiring coach, Eric Schwab.

“Eric Schwab is also a great coach,” Daniel said. “Eric Schwab wasn’t a strict discipline coach, but you always knew he care about the kids and that’s what kind of motivated us because you know that the coach cared about you and you didn’t want to let him down.”

With five cross country season meets left, Daniel is working towards not only bettering the team, but also learning from the team to become a better coach.

“Honestly I love coaching more than I have ever liked competing,” Daniel said. “I want to be a coach like that where the athletes would want to work for me. Because they know that I care about them and I want them to be the best they can be.”

With FC students and multi-scholars, the FC varsity team made up just enough runners to compete as a group. Coach Daniel shows his great passion in cross country running and practicing next to runners. Daniel sets his goal for this year to not only become a better coach, but also train him for longer distance races. Daniel will participate in Two Cities Marathon and Half as well as other meets in the next year.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

For more sports, read Oct. 17 article, Seasoned senior brings leadership, experience to team.

By |2014-10-20T00:00:00-07:00October 20th, 2014|Alumni, Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

New season, new lineup; Eagles prepare for first home game (VIDEO)

KickoffJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

FC Eagles gather together to support first home football game against Coast Union High School.

The football field is freshly cut and all ready to go. Football season is here for the FC Eagles, which means students are rallying up for the first big game of the season.

The Eagles will play Coast Union High School on the FC football field at 7 p.m., Sept. 5. The entrance gates will be posted by the front of the gym as well as on the Alluvial fence entrance off of the North Field. The game tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults. FC students get in free with their student IDs. Student leadership is sellling tri-tip sandwiches during the game from the Meat Market.

After the football game, studetns will celebrate with an after game Fifth Quarter and pizza pary hosted in the PC gym. It’s a opportunity for students to fellowship together after the game. There will be desserts, beverages and interactive games provided.

Junior Kylie Bell, enjoys hanging out after the game at fifth quarter with her friends and football team.

“Not only do I like cheering in the student section but I also look forward to after the game.” Bell said. “I like how students and football players can hang out after the game at 5th quarter. It’s a chance for students to enjoy each others company outside of school.”

Over the summer, the players have conditioned and practiced to prepare for the new season. Football coach Mick Fuller, says that this year will include building both maturity and trust.

“We have lost some pivotal players who led the team physically emotionally and spiritually, new players are stepping in to fill those roles,” Fuller said. “It is an ongoing process of growth throughout the season. Over the course of the season I expect to see the boys come together and trust each other to play at a high level of achievement that they can be proud of.”

Running back Slater Wade, ’17, is proud to play on Friday on the home field and has great hopes for the upcoming season.

“This year I strive to be the best running back I can be and for God,” Wade said. “I am not nervous to play our first game because I trust my team to do well for each other. I want my team to succeed and receive rings this year.”

For more information contact the athletic office at (559) 299-1695 ext.123

Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather. This writer can be reached via Twitter: @jennypenny8835.

For more news, read Aug. 27 article, Block schedule affects campus atmosphere.

By |2014-09-04T00:00:00-07:00September 4th, 2014|Athletics, Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: Aug. 20-Sept. 12

FCSEagleSportsLogoJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

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

8/20-9/12 upcoming events

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

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

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

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

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

Schedule

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

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

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

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

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

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

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

Mick Fuller
mfuller@fresnochristian.com
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Jon Penberthy
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Michelle Morse
mmorse@fresnochristian.com
559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

 

By |2014-08-22T00:00:00-07:00August 22nd, 2014|Athletics, News, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Softball sport shorts: Firebaugh

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 3-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the West Sequoia League as of March 31. The Eagles will next play against the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

EAGLES FALL TO FIREBAUGH, 11-1
FC traveled to play the Firebaugh Eagles in their seventh and final non-league game of the season, March 28.

FC led off the game with their one and only run in the first inning, answered by a Firebaugh run in their first ups. The visiting team was unable to score in the top of the second inning, giving the home team the chance to take the lead with four scored in the bottom of the inning, making the game 5-1.

Shutting the FC offense down in their ups, Firebaugh added another run to their total in both the third and fourth innings, extending their lead to six runs. After preventing the visiting team from scoring in the fifth inning, the home team put four more runs on the board, ending the game at five innings. With the addition of these scores, Firebaugh sealed their victory against FC, 11-1, and gave FC their third loss of the preseason.

Head Coach Jeff Regan was disappointed in the execution of basic plays during this game, recognizing that the team was a little scared of the opponent. Despite the loss, though, he appreciated the opportunity it provided the Eagles to see what competition in league games will be like and to prepare accordingly.

“Offensive and defensive execution were lacking,” Regan said. “This was the best team we’ve faced thus far this season and we were intimidated. This game was good preparation for the upcoming league schedule because it opened our eyes to what we will see in the near future.”

Although this result of the game was difficult to swallow, Regan knows that, in order to be successful in league, the team will have to take the loss, learn from it, and move on, preparing for the games ahead.

“Non-league is over, and league is beginning,” Regan said. “The level of competition has just jumped tremendously. The level of our focus and execution needs to be raised according to the level of our upcoming competition.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JennaWeimer42. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more information, read the Mar. 24 article, Softball sport shorts: Sierra.

By |2014-03-30T00:00:00-07:00March 30th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Golf sports shorts: Kingsburg

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

Be sure to visit the 2014 boys’ FC golf home page, for all matches, stats, and standings. The Eagles are currently 4-2 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League. Eagles will next play Clovis West at Riverside Golf Course, March 25.

TEAM BATTLES AGAINST KINGSBURG, MARCH 18
After losing to Kingsburg High School last season, Eagles seized their victory against them this season, winning two consecutive matches held at Kings River Golf and Country Club, March 11 and at Riverside Golf Course, March 18.

FIRST MATCH
Eagles pulled off a victory, (FC 225, Kingsburg 244), after having an unusual day for the bottom three men. Despite the high scores, the Eagles topped their opponents with nearly 20 strokes difference.

Golf coach Jeff Hopper, hopes to find more consistency and better rounds from the rest of the team despite their win.

“Our top three guys really got the job done today on a course that always invites disaster,” Hopper said. “Michael got off to a great start, with par-birdie, then played without major error the rest of the way to lead the way. This course, though, is unforgiving in many ways and our last three guys struggled.”

SECOND MATCH
The home course invited the Eagles with better scores (FC 214, Kingsburg 249), as a team although the last man, Trevor Beal, ’15, experienced an unusual day on the course.

Hopper is satisfied with most scores since many of the team members pulled off their consistent score.

“We played short-handed today in taking on Kingsburg, but with the top three going out very strong and Jason playing his best round at Riverside this season, we really looked good,” Hopper said. “Daniel’s game has been coming into form, with his driver in play much of the time. This is allowing him to put up increasingly consistent scores by being in position for pars and birdies all the time.”

According to Hopper, the scores are surely improving as players experience more rounds on the golf course.

“I was proud of the fight that Michael and Davis showed,” Hopper said. “These guys were a combined six-over through five holes and played the last four holes a combined one-under. That is exactly what we talk about when we insist on not giving up. And Jason finished strong, too, with two closing pars to seal that 43.”

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By |2014-03-27T00:00:00-07:00March 27th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Avenal

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 3-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the West Sequoia League as of March 31. The Eagles will next play against the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

EAGLES DEFEAT AVENAL 15-2
FC traveled to play the Avenal Buccaneers in their sixth non-league game of the season, March 22.

The Eagles led off the first inning with two runs, only allowing the Buccaneers to score once. In their second and third at bats, FC put one run across and prevented Avenal from scoring, bringing the game to 4-1, Eagles.

The fourth inning yielded two runs for the visiting team and one run for the Buccaneers, which would prove to be the home team’s final run scored in the game. The Eagles increased their lead to thirteen runs with three runs in the fifth inning, two runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh, securing their third win of the season and giving them a two-game winning streak, ending the game, 15-2.

Head Coach Jeff Regan feels privileged to have played Avenal, not only because of the scenery and location of the ball field, but also because he had a chance to get to know their coaches a bit. After finding out that the Avenal coaching staff were Christians as well, Regan and his assistants shared a BBQ lunch with the opposing coaches.

“We spent a good portion of Saturday in the sun-bathed, picturesque, rolling hills of Avenal,” Regan said. “We’ve been blessed with a dedicated and committed coaching staff picked by God’s own hand. The believers known as the Fresno Christian coaching staff bonded over hotdogs with the fellow brothers in Christ of Avenal High School.”

Assistant Coach Matt Weimer was pleased with the focus and execution exhibited by the team in this game, and especially appreciates the job done by his pitcher-catcher duo on the defense.

“We executed offensively,” Weimer said. “Defensively we kept our focus, specifically our pitcher. Over the year she has kept her focus and composure, and our catcher has done much to assist her in that.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

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For more information, read the Mar. 24 article, Softball sport shorts: Sierra.

By |2014-03-25T00:00:00-07:00March 25th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Sierra

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 3-2-1 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 22. The Eagles will next play against the Alpaugh Buffaloes, Mar. 26.

SIERRA DEFEATS FC, 5-3
FC hosted the Sierra High Chieftans in their fourth non-league game of the season, March 12.

The Eagles held the Chieftans scoreless in the first inning, but failed to produce any runs in their at bats. The second inning remained scoreless for Sierra, and FC was able to put one run across. After once again preventing the visiting team from scoring, the home team put one more point on the board, bringing the Eagles in the lead, 2-0.

Sierra produced a one-run lead in their fourth ups, scoring three runs, and then allowing FC to score only one run. The fifth inning yielded no runs for either team, although in the top of the sixth inning, the Chieftans added two runs to their score, which would be the last scores of the game. With the bottom of the sixth and the seventh innings remaining scoreless, Sierra claimed the victory, giving FC its second loss of the season and making their record 1-2-1.

Assistant Coach Dave Jennings noticed many little things that, if the Eagles had executed correctly, may have yielded different results at the end of the game.

“For the outfield, the girls need to keep the ball in front of them, rather than letting it over their heads, even if that means playing back and then moving forward,” Jennings said. “Also, if we can cut down on runners on base by our pitcher walking less batters, that can help us on runs at the end of the game. With our defense, if there are runners on the bags, we’re potentially going to give up some runs because our defense really isn’t the strongest.”

Jennings was pleased that the girls were able to score a few runs, even against the strongest pitcher the Eagles have seen all season. However, he knows that in order to win games this year, FC must score more than three runs, especially since their defense is not so strong.

“She was a good pitcher, and you’re going to have more strikeouts in those kinds of games, but we’ve got to put the ball in play,” Jennings said. “Even though she was a good pitcher, though, I was impressed that we were able to put people in scoring position. We were doing whatever we could to get on base. We didn’t always get on, but we were trying, with bunts for hits.”

Based on the errors occurring this game that eventually added up to a loss, Jennings hopes that the Eagles will make the necessary mental adjustments in order to emerge victorious in the coming games.

“I would like to see our infielders make good strong throws to whatever bag they’re going to for an out,” Jennings said. “We still need to work on making sure we have our signs. We’re a young outfield, so we’ve just got to make sure to keep the ball in front of us.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Alpaugh Buffaloes at 3:30 p.m., March 26.

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For more information, read the Mar. 20 article, Softball sport shorts: Immanuel.

By |2014-03-24T00:00:00-07:00March 24th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Tranquility

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 3-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the West Sequoia League as of March 31. The Eagles will next play against the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

FC TRUMPS TRANQUILITY, 18-1
FC traveled to play the Tranquility Tigers in their fifth non-league game of the season, March 18.

By the end of the first inning, Fresno Christian led the Tigers by 12 runs, having scored thirteen runs and allowing only one for Tranquility, which would prove to be their only run in the whole game. In their second ups, the visiting team scored three runs, preventing Tranquility from putting any across, and in the third inning, put two more runs on the board.

The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless for both teams, and as the time reached the two-hour limit before the beginning of the sixth inning, the game was called at the end of the fifth inning with a score of 18-1, Eagles.

Head Coach Jeff Regan was pleased with the majority of the girls’ at bats throughout the game, considering the fact that the Tigers’ pitching was a little rough for this game. However, despite the large margin of victory the Eagles ended the game with, there were some small mistakes in execution of basic softball skills that Regan would like to see become better.

“We were patient at the plate, given a struggling opposing pitcher,” Regan said. “Base running left something to be desired, though.”

Regan has noticed some improvements from the team as a whole since the beginning of the season, but he knows that there are things that the team can still work on as they head into league.

“In the next couple of games we need to improve our focus, learning from mistakes and not making the same mistakes,” Regan said. “We have had positive responses to coaching and players are doing well playing out of position.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Fowler Redcats at 4 p.m., April 3.

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For more information, read the Mar. 24 article, Softball sport shorts: Sierra.

By |2014-03-21T00:00:00-07:00March 21st, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Immanuel

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 1-1-1 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 10. The Eagles will next play against the Avenal Buccaneers, Mar. 22.

FC FALLS TO IMMANUEL, 7-2
FC traveled to play the Immanuel Eagles in their third non-league game of the season, March 10.

In the first inning, FC put one run across in the first inning, but then allowed Immanuel to score two runs in their ups. Both the second and third innings produced no runs for FC and another two scores for the home team, bringing the score to 6-1, Immanuel.

Although the fourth inning yielded no runs for either team, both sides managed to score one run in their fifth at bats. FC did not score in the sixth inning and managed to hold the home team scoreless as well. As the visiting team was unable to put any more runs on the board during their final ups, the game was called after the top of the seventh inning, and Immanuel clinched their first victory of the season, 7-2, giving FC its first loss.

Assistant coach Matt Weimer was pleased with the job done by FC’s pitcher, even in the midst of the total nine errors committed throughout the game by the defense. He believes that in order to win games, the defense must remain tight to secure the runs the offense scores.

“Our pitcher threw a very good game and kept her composure even when we made mistakes,” Weimer said. “The biggest weakness Immanuel exposed in our team was our need to execute defensively. We must catch and throw to win softball games.”

Although the game against Immanuel was rough, Weimer remains hopeful for improvement, both individually and as a team.

“This season, I am hoping that each of our girls grows as a player and conquers the fear that preys on their minds,” Weimer said. “I also hope that they grow as GOD’S children, understanding that His grace flows out onto the field, even over the white foul lines.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Avenal Buccaneers at 11 a.m.., March 22.

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For more sports, read the Mar. 12 article, Softball sport shorts: Orange Cove.

By |2014-03-20T00:00:00-07:00March 20th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Orange Cove

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 1-0-1 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 4. The Eagles will next play against the Immanuel High Eagles, Mar. 10.

FC DEFEATS ORANGE COVE, 8-3
FC traveled to play the Orange Cove Titans in their second non-league game of the season, March 4.

The Eagles were unable to score in the first, holding Orange Cove scoreless as well. In their second ups, FC took the lead with one run and again prevented the Titans from scoring. The third inning produced three runs for the visiting team, but Orange Cove responded with two runs, bringing the score to 4-2. During the fourth inning, the Eagles added three runs to their total score and shut out the home team’s offense, extending their lead to five runs.

Fresno Christian failed to put any runs across in their fifth at bat, and the Titans scored their third and final run for the game in the bottom of the inning. Although neither team scored in the sixth inning, FC was able to add one more run to their total, cinching the score of 8-3 and giving FC’s their first win of the season.

Assistant coach Vic Breedlove was satisfied with the Eagles’ job on defense and at the plate, but noticed that there are some gaps in the area of basic base running, offensively and defensively.

“We played sound defense behind great pitching, and put the ball in play on offense,” Breedlove said. “We do need to work on base running and on understanding game situations.”

Breedlove was impressed with the team’s improvement both in defense and at bat, minimizing even the small errors that often add up.

“There were a lot of big improvements in fielding, eliminating errors and making outs,” Breedlove said. “At bat, everyone from one hitter to the ninth spot put the ball in play and forced Orange Cove to make plays. We had much fewer strikeouts compared to game one.”

Returning shortstop Gaby Siqueiros, ’15, also recognized the team’s aggressiveness on offense. Although she did see areas in the Eagles’ game that need to be cleaned up, she was pleased with the overall focus of the team.

“I think we did really well at the plate,” Siqueiros said. “Everyone was swinging and making a lot of contact. I think defensively we could definitely improve, however, we kept our heads in it the whole game.”

Siqueiros is encouraged by the progress that the team is making, and expects the improvements to continue with every game played.

“Base running was much better in the second game and our mentality was much better with one game out of the way,” Siqueiros said. “I hope to see even more assertiveness and mental preparation from everyone. These past two games are quite the confidence booster and it looks like it’s going to be a pretty good season.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Immanuel High Eagles at 3:30 p.m., March 10.

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For more sports, read the Mar. 3 article, Softball sport shorts: Immanuel.

By |2014-03-12T00:00:00-07:00March 12th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis sport shorts: California Tennis Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-03-10T00:00:00-07:00March 10th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis develops twin’s brotherhood, balance

It is not often that you see siblings competing on the same field or court, however the Morrison twins, Juniors, Rick and Nick have risen to the top of the FC tennis ladder and have demonstrate brotherly support for each other during every match.

Having began tennis when they started highschool, the Morrison’s have only been playing for a few years. Nick explained how exactly they got involved in tennis.

“My mom had a lot to do with getting us involved with tennis,” Nick said. “She enrolled us in a tennis program at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club. That was during our freshman year so we are fairly new to the sport.”

Both holding positions in the top three players on the team, the Morrisons are constantly competing with eachother. Rick described what it is like having a sibling on the team to compete with.

“Having Nick on the team with me pushes me to become a better tennis player,” Rick said. “Currently Nick is the number one on the ladder, but I hope to challenge him for this spot before the season is over. Nick is a constant motivation for me to not mess around, and to work hard.”

Rick and Nick have continued to impress the coach, Robert Foshee, everyday. Foshee explained what Rick and Nick bring to the court that benefits the team.

“Rick and Nick really balance out the team,” Foshee said. “They are always full of energy and are ready to go the second they step on the court. Even though they are twins, it is not like it is the same person times two. They both contribute their own unique abilities to the team.”

While Nick competes in the singles division, Rick, along with his partner, Junior Andrew Hindes, compete in the doubles divison. Rick explained why he chose to do doubles instead of singles like his brother.

“I enjoy having Andrew on the court with me,” Rick said. “Having Andrew out there with me helps me to stay focused. We keep each other accountable for our mistakes and work to eliminate them.”

Though they are twins, they are not completely identical. Nick explained what he and his brother’s individual strengths and weaknesses are.

“Rick and I are both pretty good at different things,” Nick said. “Rick is more of an offensive player and I prefer to be more defensive. Ricks offensive abilities work well when he plays singles as well as doubles.”

While they work together and strive to make eachother better on the court, they also have a close relationship off the court. Rick explained how their relationship on the court compares to their home life.

“Tennis has helped me and my brother bond through competition,” Rick said. “Challenging each other at practice has made us more competitive. But at the same time we have come to appreciate each other more.”

The Morrisons team mates have seen their progress since their first year on the team and have been very impressed. Jordan Castro, ’15, talked about the brothers role on the team.

“Rick and Nick are both really fun guys to have on the team,” Castro said. “They have an energy about them that not a lot of people can match. At practice they are almost always focused and striving to get better. I love to watch them play and they always surprise me.”

If you would like to watch the Morrison brothers, and the rest of the FC tennis team compete, head out to Fresno City College this Friday and Saturday.

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For more features, read the March 5 article Orchestra aids drama department in first musical.

By |2014-03-06T00:00:00-07:00March 6th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Golf sport shorts: Opening rounds

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

Be sure to visit the 2014 boys’ FC golf home page, for all matches, stats and standings. The Eagles are currently 1-2 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League. Eagles will next play Reedley at Sherwood Forest Golf Course, March 6.

Eagles kicked off the spring season with three matches: Kerman (FC 203, Kerman 239 ), Feb. 20, Central (Central 203, FC 210 ), Feb. 25, and Yosemite (Yosemite 208, FC 212), March 4. While FC dominated Kerman, FC came very close with other competitors despite the loss due to early season adjustments.

Yosemite match

While the match against Yosemite was close throughout, the sixth man on Yosemite, Spencer (last lame unknown), played exceptionally well against his FC counterpart. However, the Eagles lost, 212-208, March 4.

Head coach Jeff Hopper realized the weaker part of the lineup is where the team lost their lead.

“We got victimized today right where it is so easy to lose a Division II match, at the back end of the lineup,” Hopper said. “Through the first five players, we had a comfortable lead, but their sixth man went very low (40) for a sixth man and gained 12 strokes on us. This is where we will need to keep practicing and get stronger. With Trevor {Beal} out for the first time this season, he was still a bit green. Soon he’ll be back in full form.”

According to coach Hopper, FC players slowly yet surely finding their pace in the game.

“Even with these leaders, at the D-II level victories often are won at the back end of the lineup,” Hopper said. “I like what I am seeing there. Jason is finding his game and Christian {Saylor}, Chris {Grossman} and Trevor {Beal} will soon be tuned up after their late starts coming in from soccer and basketball.”

Since his sophomore year, senior Jason Kim admits his shortfall after the match against Yosemite.

“Although I was previously playing well for a few rounds, I kept slicing the ball to the right and could not fix it during the match play,” Kim said. “I hope to remedy the situation with further practice and making less mistakes. It was more than just one bad hole that created the loss for us.”

Central match

FC traveled to their Riverside Golf Course to take on Central High School, Feb. 25. The Eagles lost their first match of the season to the Grizzlies, 210-203.

“This was another inquiry match,” Hopper said. “We found out about the quality of one of our top Division II North Area competitors. Central showed us that while they are good, we are in their range. Though we were short-handed, with Chris Grossman and Trevor Beal focusing on the basketball playoff game, we put up a quality score and were well within the range of any given day.”

While the two teams will not meet again until the Area Tournament, both will have an opportunity to improve until it matters the most.

“This was a loss, but in many ways it felt like a good day,” Hopper said. “Daniel {Cliff} and Michael {Cliff} led the way, which is what we will need all year, making plenty of pars and staying away from big trouble.”

Kerman match

The campus season began at the Madera Municipal Golf Course against Kerman, Feb. 20.

While they have not played for months, Christopher Grossman and Christian Saylor, joined the team with unexpected results. They both shot well with Grossman at 45, and Saylor shooting 44, providing stability and confidence to the team.

“This was an important opening inquiry against a team that has been a good match for us in the past,” Hopper said. “Early in the year, you’re trying to figure out which teams in the division have gained ground and which have lost ground. We found out today that we have gained ground, while Kerman’s graduate losses have left them in a rebuilding phase.”

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By |2014-03-06T00:00:00-07:00March 6th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis sport shorts: Coalinga

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The FC boys tennis team took on Coalinga High for their first match of the season, Feb. 27.

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

There are no additional stats available online for tennis. FC is currently 1-0 overall and 0-0 in West Sequoia League as of Feb. 27. The Eagles will next play the Caruthers’s Blue Raiders, March 4.

EAGLES DEFEAT COALINGA HIGH, 7-2
The FC boys tennis team took on Coalinga High for their first match of the season, Feb. 27. The Eagles won, 7-2, against a Horned Toad team that was missing several players.

FC won all five singles match-ups (Coalinga forfeited sixth singles), taking the top two games in tiebreakers, as juniors Garrett Hill, and Nick Morrison won. Since FC had already sealed the victory with a 5-game margin, Coach Will Gonzales allowed some lower ladder players to have their chance at first and second doubles, since third doubles was also a forfeit.

Placed sixth and seventh on the ladder respectively, sophomore Andrew Moore and junior Jordan Castro played first doubles, losing narrowly 8-6. Freshmen William Vander Kooi and Zach Passmore also lost a close match, 8-5, in second doubles.

Assistant Coach Will Gonzales was pleased with the result.

“It was good to get an opening win,” Gonzales said. “The match let me see where the everyone on the team is at, so I can know what we need to work on. I’m excited for league this year.”

Sophomore Nick Morrison was excited after winning a close match in second singles, 8-7, with a tiebreaker.

“It was cool to win our first match of the year, especially against Coalinga,” Morrison said. “It was an intense match, and I’m glad I could get the win. I think the whole team played well.”

Andrew Moore observed that the Eagles have great potential this year.

“Our whole ladder did pretty well,” Moore said. “Even though Jordan {Castro} and I lost, we put up a good fight. I think the team is strong all around this year, so hopefully we keep on winning.”

The Eagles will next travel to Caruthers High School to take on the Blue Raiders, March 4.

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For more sports, read the March 3 article, Freshman homeschooler adds passion, enthusiasm for sport.

By |2014-03-05T00:00:00-07:00March 5th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Freshman adds passion, enthusiasm for sport

It has become widely known that FC has partnered with both Tower Christian and Sierra View Christian Academy to allow the students enrolled in these two PSSP (private school satellite program) schools to participate in sports. For freshman Michael Cliff, this has been a very beneficial opportunity.

Coming from a family of extremely avid golfers, Cliff is prepared for any competition that will come his way. This year, Cliff will be starting his first season on the varsity golf team here at FC.

Cliff began golfing at a very early age. He was first introduced into the sport of golf by his father; he instantly fell in love with it.

“I first played golf when I was six years old,” Cliff said. “My dad had given me a golf set. I loved it. I played with that golf set everyday. It had an instant affect on me like no other sport. It just felt good to me. I have played basketball, baseball, and soccer, but this one was different, and I could tell right away.”

Christian Saylor ’14 has spent little time with Cliff but can already tell that he will be a large part of the teams success.

“Michael is a solid player,” Saylor said. “To come out and put up as low of scores as his older brother, Daniel, is amazing,” Saylor said. “He is going to go a long way with his career and influence any team that he plays on a lot.”

Cliff’s older brother, junior Daniel Cliff, also plays on the FC golf team. They have grown up golfing together and learned from each other’s mistakes.

“I like it {playing alongside my brother} a lot,” Cliff said. “We started at the same time and have always played together. Plus getting to be on the golf course with my brother is like an added bonus.”

Jeff Hopper, the Eagles golf coach, admires Cliff’s role on the team as well as his passion for the sport.

“Michael is the newest addition to our team, a freshman who comes to us via one of the homeschool charters,” Hopper said. “He loves the game and works hard at it. He is tournament proven, having played and won local junior tournaments, as well as being very involved in the First Tee. Still, as a freshman, he is getting his first taste of high school competitions and he has high expectations for himself.”

Hopper has great expectations for Cliff at FC. He believes that Cliff will grow stronger in his skills every year and be an even bigger contribution to the team later on.

“Over time, he’ll learn how to get better and better at meeting those expectations, but also at responding competitively rather than emotionally when the day is making it tough to reach the expectations,” Hopper said. “He’s already making us much stronger at pushing toward a D2 Area and Section title, but as he improves and encourages our other guys to improve along with him we should be able to give those titles a real run, even this year.”

Having followed the footsteps of his brother and joining the FC team, Cliff has enjoyed starting his high school golfing career.

“I have loved every second of it,” Cliff said. “I love the matches. I love the practice. I just love being apart of it all. It is very special to me.”

When you are as serious with golf as Cliff, then you may consider taking your career into college. Cliff explained what he hopes to accomplish when it comes time for him to graduate.

“I am really hoping to get a golf scholarship to a division one school,” Cliff said. “My ultimate dream is to eventually get good enough to join the PGA Tour. Right now though, I am just going to focus on getting better and receiving a scholarship.”

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

For more sports, read the Feb. 28 Boys basketball sport shorts: Bakersfield Christian article.

By |2014-03-03T00:00:00-07:00March 3rd, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Immanuel

GIRLS’ SOFTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14–
(Scrimmages do not count toward win/loss record. Visit the Sports Section for girls’ softball features. For a simple overview of scores and upcoming games, check the Spring sport box scores: 2014 for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.)

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 0-0-1 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 26. The Eagles will next play against Orange Cove Titans, Mar. 4.

IMMANUEL TIES FC, 10-10
FC hosted the Immanuel High Eagles in their first non-league game of the season, Feb. 26.

Neither team scored in the first inning, but in the second inning, FC was able to get one run across while holding Immanuel scoreless. The third inning produced no runs for Immanuel but four for FC, making the game 5-0 until the visiting team scored five runs in the fourth inning. The home team brought two runs across, bringing the score to 7-5.

In the fifth, Immanuel scored two runs and held the Eagles to a scoreless half-inning. Both teams brought two runs across in the sixth inning, keeping the game tied at 9-9. The home team went into the bottom of the seventh one run down after Immanuel scored in the top of the inning hoping to produce two runs and win the game. Despite the Eagles’ efforts, they were only able to produce one run in the final inning, tying the game, 10-10.

Head coach, Jeff Regan was pleased with the performance of the team, considering the amount of new players the team has received this year. Because of the overall inexperience of the team, however, there are some gaps in basic skills of the game, both physical and mental.

“For the first game, the team did well,” Regan said. “We had some nerves, but that is to be expected. We do need to improve, though, in our basic fundamentals at the plate and in the field, and also in execution of plays and at bats.”

Regan is excited for this season, but knows that success will take the team learning how to play together and those who have played before helping to coach those who are just now being introduced to the sport this year.

“Our team has great possibilities,” Regan said. “Team bonding and learning together will be a focus for this season. We need our returning players to do a lot of mentoring new players.”

Returning catcher Ashley Garcia, ’15, also noticed numerous errors that the Eagles made throughout the game. Although these mistakes were minor, they eventually added up and gave the opponent more runs than they earned.

“We need to improve on the little things, on the tiny mistakes in the field and at bat,” Garcia said. “We just need to grow in our confidence as a team and become one.”

Garcia was encouraged by the result of the Eagles’ first game, and she believes that the fight and heart displayed by the team will continue throughout the season.

“I was really surprised how well we did for our first game,” Garcia said. “I thought we did really well. I think our game showed what this season is going to look like. We fight hard, and I’m really proud of our team.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Orange Cove Titans, Mar. 4 at 4 p.m.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JennaWeimer42. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the Feb. 28 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Bakersfield Christian.

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Girls soccer sport shorts: Riverdale

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls? soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-4 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-7 as of Jan. 29.

EAGLES DEFEATED BY COWBOYS, 1-0

After tying against the Parlier Panthers, the Eagles traveled to Riverdale High School to face off against the Cowboys, Jan. 28. The Eagles expected a tough game, but were not prepared for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys came out strong, scoring within the first quarter of the first half, bringing the score to 1-0. The Eagles failed to score themselves, bringing the first half to an end with the Eagles down, 1-0.

Despite the Eagles holding their ground, they were unable to score on the Cowboys for the entirety of the game. Riverdale played a defensive game for most of the second half, keeping the Eagles out of the box.

Senior captain, Tynin Fries, No. 4, was disappointed with her team and expects that the Eagles will have to fight to make it into playoffs.

“This should have been an easy game for us,” Fries said. “Now that we’ve lost to everyone, except Fowler, in our league, we are really going to have to fight to make it into playoffs. Our team needs to pull itself together to make this season a success.”

Head coach Tony Martinez encourages the girls to keep fighting for a win, knowing that they have the skill to get one.

“The girls just really need to start playing as a team again,” Martinez said. “If they fail to play as a team, we won’t win. They have all the skill they need to win this league, but they are letting outside issues affect what happens on the field.”

For more sports, read the Jan. 28 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-01-30T00:00:00-07:00January 30th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 24. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 28, as they take on the Riverdale Cowboys.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES CONTINUE LEAGUE DOMINANCE; WIN 66-48, Jan. 24

For their second game in West Sequioa League play, the Eagles travelled to Parlier High School to take on the Panthers. The 10-6 (1-0) team looked to stay undefeated in WSL and improve upon an already impressive record.

The Eagles came out strong, scoring six points in the opening minute quickly leading to a Panthers timeout. After returning to the court, the Eagles continued to score consistently, however, Parlier began the flex their muscles. As a result, the teams combined to score over 40 points by the end of the first quarter. In the second, both teams cooled off a little as the defenses of both teams stepped up. Neither team was able to pull away as the Eagles lead the Panthers by eight at the half.

In the third, the Eagles heated up again and found a way to attack the Panther zone, resulting in an almost twenty point lead by the end of the third. In the fourth, both teams continued to play hard, but the game did not get any closer. When the final buzzer sounded, the Eagles were on top 66-48.

Senior Brian Scott led the way for the Eagles, scoring 23 points. Meanwhile, Parlier did not submit their scorers.

Head coach Robert Hubbard says that the team accomplished their goal of getting a win, but the game was way to close against a mediocre team.

“A win is a win,” Coach Hubbard said, “but we let a subpar team score too many points against us. We need to step up the intensity and effort on defense if we want to reach our ultimate goal: a West Sequioa League championship and a Central Section Division IV title.”

The Eagles next game will be held in Riverdale as the team travels to take on the Cowboys.

By |2014-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-1-3 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-6 as of Jan. 31.

EAGLES HOLD PANTHERS, END GAME IN TIE, 0-0

For their fourth league game of the season, the Eagles traveled to Parlier High School to face off against the Panthers, Jan 31.

Though the Eagles were predicted to win the match, the Eagles failed to put in a goal. The majority of shots were taken on the Panther’s goal, but FC could not place one in the net.

The Eagles and Panthers battled throughout the first half, both teams failing to score, bringing the first half to an end, 0-0. The second half proved little difference; ending the second half, 0-0, as well.

Due to WSL regulations, the two teams entered into two 10-minute overtimes directly after the game. Despite the extra time, the match still ended in a draw, putting a tie on the Eagle’s record.

Freshman Amber Wilson played goalie for the Eagles, stopping shots from the Panthers to keep the Eagles in the game.

“It was a hard game for us to tie,” Wilson said. “I had some good stops that kept them {Panthers} from scoring, but we also didn’t score. We really should have won that game, but I feel like we were distracted by so many other things that our heads weren’t in the game.”

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

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

By |2014-01-29T00:00:00-07:00January 29th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys soccer sports shorts: Parlier

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

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

EAGLES HOLD OWN, LOSE, 3-0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-01-28T00:00:00-07:00January 28th, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagles look forward to league play

The boys basketball team’s season is fully underway, and WSL league play is starting up. The Eagles play in the West Sequoia League alongside teams such as the Caruthers Blue Raiders, Fowler Redcats, Minarets Mustangs, Parlier Panthers, and the Riverdale Cowboys. After 17 games, FC stood at 11-6. Their losses came to teams ranging from Division II to Division V.

The Eagles had an opportunity to play in two different tournaments: the Dinuba Holiday tournament and the Jesse Lujan Memorial Tournament. Though playing against very talented teams from around the valley, the Eagles held strong, going 5-3 in the two tourneys combined; FC also managed to claim the consolation championship of the latter.

However, WSL play is the most important part of the season as it is the most crucial component in terms of weighing their chances to make the Division IV playoffs, the ultimate goal of the season.

Last year, the Eagles went 6-4 in league play, posting a 12-13 overall record. Unfortunately, this was not enough to qualify for D-IV playoffs, and the Eagles’ season ended abruptly.

Two of FC’s new students, Brian Scott, ’14 and N’Gai Jones, ’14, decided to play basketball and have ushered in a promising attack alongside fellow senior and Student Body President Caleb Nale.

Scott, a team captain and the Eagles’ leading scorer, is looking forward to the challenge league play presents and the opportunity to show off what the Eagles have worked for.

“I think league is going to be an exciting experience overall,” Scott said. “We had a decent preseason but I think as a team we want to take it and step further and leave our mark as WSL league champs! It’s not going to be easy, especially with facing a very good Caruthers team twice. But I think we have a pretty good feeling for the most part. We’re ready, and losing really isn’t an option anymore.”

Unfortunately, Jones sustained a fractured wrist in the game against Chowchilla High School, Jan. 15. This injury prevents him from playing at the current time, and the length of time until he returns to the court is up in the air.

Scott had a few words to say about how playing without his cousin (Jones) will effect the team.

“Playing without N’Gai is hard for our team as a whole. He is a great teammate, smart player, and gets everyone better with his energy and love for the game,” said Scott. “Personally, it’s hard because after playing every game together since 3rd grade it feels like half of me isn’t on the court. Without saying a word we know what the other is thinking and that has been a huge advantage for awhile now. We’re just hoping for a speedy recovery and hopefully he’ll be on the court again soon.”

Junior Aaron DeWolf feels that the team has a fresh, hungry feel compared to last year’s squad, and that it will help team morale.

“This year’s team plays really well together,” DeWolf said. “It was pretty tough to say goodbye to playing with the guys who graduated last year, but this year’s team has a very clear identity as to what defines it and how it operates. The on-court chemistry contributes to a certain unspeakable confidence that is very hard to find, and even harder to stop. Any team can run plays, but the ability to improvise on the fly as a unit is what really defines the special teams. League play should be a good chance for us to show that off.”

The Eagles are currently 2-0 in WSL play after a 66-48 win at home against Parlier. Their next game is in Riverdale, as they take on the Cowboys at 6:30, Jan. 28.

This writer can be reached via Twitter @Grossman_Chris.

For more information, see the Jan. 21 article, “Boys basketball sport shorts: Strathmore”

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Girls soccer sport shorts: Caruthers

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-5 as of Jan. 23.

EAGLES ARE DEFEATED BY CARUTHERS, FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON

The FC Eagles hosted their first home game of the season against Caruthers Blue Raiders, Jan. 13. The girls soccer had already played the Blue Raiders in the Fowler Lions Tournament, Dec. 7.

Previously having played the Blue Raiders, the Eagles knew the competition that would be expected from this team. Excited after the win against the Mendota Aztecs, the Eagles were confident about the game.

With the start of the game, the Eagles pressured the ball and for most of the first half, the Eagles appeared to be holding the advantage. Before the first half ended, the Blue Raiders managed to take the ball and score three goals ending the half (3-0) for the Blue Raiders.

“The game did not go as planned,” Ibarra said. “We played very timidly and it showed through our performance on the field. Hopefully the next time we see them we will be able to prove ourselves and show them and FC that we are capable of challenging them.”

After a pep talk from both the coaches during half time, the team came out strong and was able to score a goal within the first couple minutes of the second half. Towards the end of the game, a Blue Raider was fouled inside the box, resulting to a penalty kick and a goal. The game finished with another goal from Caruthers, ending the game (5-1).

“The Caruthers game was a learning experience for us,” Martinez said. “We learned what our weaknesses were as well as what we needed to improve on with our strengths. I think we will rebound and get back on track.”

This author can be reached via Twitter: @kaitie_king5. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sport shorts, read the Jan. 21 article Boys soccer sports shorts: Fowler.

By |2014-01-23T00:00:00-07:00January 23rd, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sisters add dynamic to varsity team

At times, getting along with siblings can be a challenging task, whether it be at home or at school, but can be even more arduous out on the soccer field. However, it can also be one of the best experiences of ones high school career.

For these sisters, soccer has been a great way for them to bond and strive for the same goal, which is winning the WSL Valley Championship.

Annalise, ’14, and Julianna Rosik, ’16, have been attending FC since kindergarten. These sisters have utilized their love for soccer, as a way to grow in further in their relationship with each other, and to improve in their skills for the game.

Both Julianna and Annalise have been a part of the varsity soccer team since they were freshmen. With a combined number of 22 years of experience behind them, they have well earned their starting position for the current season.

“I have never felt competitive with my sister on the soccer field,” Annalise said. “I think that is mostly because we play on completely separate parts of the field and we have different skill-sets.”

Along with the Rosiks, sisters Mikayla, ’14, and Courtney Messer, ’16, both hold a tremendous amount of passion for the game. Soccer comes naturally for this sisterly duo, using their skills and speed, adding a spark to the offensive side of the FC girls soccer team.

The Messer sisters have been attending FC since the seventh grade, they both have played soccer for 12 years and have high hopes of playing outside of high school.

“I enjoy playing with my sister, we understand each other,” Courtney said. “We find unity between each other because we both play in the center. I can always count on having my back when we play. We communicate very well, and when we have some of the hardest positions on the field, communication is crucial.”

Coach, Tony Martinez has utilized the bond between his players, and is excited to see what will come from the sisters.

“It’s enjoyable to see when all the sisters are on the field and the way they interact with each other (sister wise),” Martinez said. “Although the team feels like a family, it is special when sisters are on the same team and play at the same time.”

Soccer can be a fast-paced, intense, sport. Frustrations may develop throughout the season, and at times, conflict may appear between teammates. But for these sisters, conflict is something unknown for them.

According to others they work great with other on and off the field. Rounding out the sister aspect of the soccer team, sisters Katie, ’14, and Jennifer King, ’17, have a great passion for the game.

“Playing on the same team as my sister, I find a sense of unity,” Kaitie said. “We don?t necessarily feel competitive with each other. She?s my sister, and when she performs well or I perform well in a game, I?m not only happy for her but also for the team.”

Martinez appreciates the encouragement the sisters show to each other. He enjoys viewing the older sisters setting good examples for their younger siblings on and off the field.

“It is interesting and unique to have three pairs of sisters on the team,” Martinez said. “It is very nice to see the sister bond from a family side of view. I appreciate the older sisters showing the maturity, leadership and skills for the younger sisters to emulate as they flourish in not only soccer, but in life as well.

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

For more sports, read the Jan. 21 article, Boys soccer sports shorts: Fowler.

By |2014-01-23T00:00:00-07:00January 23rd, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 9-4 as of Jan. 21.

EAGLES DEFEAT REDCATS, WIN SECOND LEAGUE GAME

After losing their first league game against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, the Eagles traveled to Fowler High School to face off against the Redcats, Jan. 17.

Due to construction on the main stadium, the match took place in a back-lot practice field. The game was considered a rematch for the Eagles, after losing to the Redcats in the preseason Fowler Lions Tournament, Dec. 4.

The two teams were equally matched, neither scoring in the first 20 minutes of the game. But the Eagles continued to pressure the Redcats, finally scoring about 30 minutes into the game. Senior Annalise Rosik, No. 18, was able to score off a cross from fellow teammates.

Shortly after, the Eagles regrouped and set junior Ivette Ibarra, No. 6, up to score, bringing the Eagles on top at the end of the first half, 2-0. Ibarra was playing a new position, and scoring has only given her confidence for future games.

“Playing offense was a great experience; I had never played up top before, and it actually proved to be a great decision on my coaches part,” Ibarra said. “I scored a goal, and I was so excited and jittery once I saw the ball fly into the net. Hopefully I have more moments like that one throughout the season.”

Though the Eagles were ahead, the bad air quality (classified as orange-level on game day) affected many of the girls, causing a few to sit out of the game.

The team applied less pressure, and that’s when the Redcats were able to score, bringing them back into the game, 2-1. Despite their goal, the Redcats were unable to score again, leaving the Eagles with the win.

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

For more sport shorts, read the Jan. 8 article, Girls soccer sport shorts: Garces Tournament.

By |2014-01-21T00:00:00-07:00January 21st, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Basketball sport shorts: Strathmore

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 9-6 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 21. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 21, as they take on the Minarets Mustangs.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES SPEND WEEKEND WINNING, 63-37, Jan. 21

For the one-day Sierra Pacific Showcase, the Fresno Christian basketball team played Strathmore High School. The showcase feature a variety of teams across the valley as the Eagles were one of the many selected to participate.

Playing without senior guard N’Gai Jones due to injury, the Eagles needed to step up their game to fill the hole in the starting lineup. However the team answered the call and came out strong; not only offensively but defensively as well. Through the first quarter, the Eagles held Strathmore to only right points and held a six point advantage. In the second quarter they continued to play well and increased their lead and went into halftime with a 21-point lead, 35-14

In the third quarter, the eagles continued to play well and efficient. However, Strathmore came out strong and managed to score 20 points in the third quarter, cutting into the eagles lead. However, despite Strathmore outscoring the Eagles in the second half, they were not able to make the game close as FC won comfortably, 67-50.

For the Eagles, senior Brian Scott lead the way, scoring twenty one points. Strathmore on the other hand did not submit their stats.

Junior Chris Grossman says it was a quality team effort and was good for the team to regain some confidence after two tough losses.

“It was a great way to spend the weekend,” Grossman said, “The team really needed a game like this to boost morale after two straight losses; we fed off each other’s energy well and truly played as a unit. I look forward to our game against Minarets and can’t wait to continue this team play.”

The team’s next game will be at home for the West Sequoia League opener against the Minarets Mustangs.

For more information, find this writer on Twitter @dewolf14.

By |2014-01-21T00:00:00-07:00January 21st, 2014|Athletics, Uncategorized|0 Comments