Cross Country sport shorts: CIF Central Section Valley Championship

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The FC cross country team traveled to Woodward Park to participate in the CIF Central Section Valley Championship, Nov. 20.

The FC cross country team traveled to Woodward Park to participate in the CIF Central Section Valley Championship, Nov. 20.

Total of 86 schools from division one to division five compete on this most important meet of the year. Over thousand runners fighting for the top fifteen titles or top five teams for each division in order to get into CIF State Cross Country Championship.

In the boys division 5 meet, senior Soren Hoffman once again finished first for the Eagles with a time of 19:37. Finished five placed behind, sophomore Isaac Hoffman completed the meet with time 19:54. Coming in third placed, junior Michael Fu ran at time 22:13. Improved over minute from last meet, junior Glen Wang made his new personal record with time 23:38.

Despite the shin problem which kept him away from a few meets, Isaac has improved by almost two minutes on the last meet of the cross country season.

“I think I did my best,” Isaac said, “I would like to be a little faster. Obviously I always want to go faster, but I am also not disappointed.”

Running his last race with for the FC, Soren recalled what he learned from the cross country either physically or mentally.

“I think I did pretty well considering there were hills.” Soren said, “l learned a lot about pushing through to the end and training to do my best. Overall this was a good season.”

Coaching first year for FC, Doug Daniel was satisfied with the final meet at Woodward Park.

“I think they give their best and that’s all I could ask for,” Daniel said, “I think the guys work hard. They showed up to the practice everyday, they did the runs when I told them to run on their own and they did it. What a coach really wants from his runners is that they could do what he told them to do and they did that, and I am proud of them.”

Although FC cross country team didn’t make it thought the valley championship, CIF State Cross Country State Championship will be held at Woodward Park next Saturday, Nov. 29.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

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

Fall sports athletes awarded at sports banquet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All League:
Volleyball:
1st Team: Ivette Ibarra

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

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

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

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

Cross country sport shorts: West Sequoia League Championship

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he Eagles cross country team participated in the West Sequoia League Championship held by Minarets High School, Nov. 12.

The Eagles cross country team participated in the West Sequoia League Championship held by Minarets High School, Nov. 12. Six schools including FC joined this meet before the final challenge, the CIF Central Championship at Woodward Park.

Although it is the smallest meet the cross country team has ever competed in this year, runners have been working their best to finish the season with a bang.

In the boys varsity race, senior Soren Hoffman finished first for the Eagles with a time of 20:02. He was followed by sophomore Isaac Hoffman with a time of 21:23. Junior Michael Fu ran at 23:30. Lastly, Junior Glen Wang joined the team and ran 24:49 in his first meet of the season.

Hoffman who recently recovered from an injury noticed a difference between this meet and previous ones that made the WSL Championship harder than normal meets.

“I think I did my best out of all the meets I have, but the course it was a little bit difficult on the last mile.” Hoffman said, “First mile was good, pretty flat, the second mile had a little bit more of the hill, but the third mile took us out back away from the school. There are a lot of steep down hills where you have to slow down and then when you go up hill you have to speed up where it is hardest.”

Running in his first varsity meet with the team, Wang has overcome the anxiety and the hills to accomplish his first race.

“Before I ran I felt nervous, but after the meet I felt relaxed.” Wang said, “I think it is a good experience. On the last mile, there are many hills and I felt really tired when I finished. When I got to the end, it felt like I got to heaven.”

Coach Doug Daniel is grateful for all the hard work runners have put into this year. With only one week of the season left, Daniel encouraged his runners to put up their best effort for the next meet.

“I think they ran as hard as they could,” Daniel said. “It is difficult to evaluate how each runner will do with this course, but I think these guys did the best they could and I am proud of them. If they could run with a faster pace and it is possible to go to the state championship

The Eagles cross country team will next compete in the Central Section Valley Championship at the at Woodward park, Nov. 20.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

By |2014-11-19T00:00:00-07:00November 19th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Kings Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 18.

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Eagles suffer devastating loss, Nov. 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

By |2014-11-18T00:00:00-07:00November 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girl's basketball team returns after two-year absence

In 2010 the FC girl's basketball team won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Division V Valley Championship. Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

In 2010 the FC girl’s basketball team won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Division V Valley Championship.

Young team builds basic skills

In 2010 the FC girl’s basketball team won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Central Division V Valley Championship. The team won with a nine-point lead on Central Valley Christian winning 49-40. The game took place at Fresno’s Sellend Arena and left the Eagles with a large plaque for their achievements and the euphoria of the title: Valley Champions.

Unfortunately, 2012 was the last time FC successfully fielded a girl?s basketball team. In the following years, interest in the sport among the female population dwindled, in favor of other fall and winter teams.

There have been several attempts over the last two years to rekindle girl’s basketball at FC. However, due to a lack of devoted athletes, the teams all fizzled out before their first game.

Co-athletic director, Jonathan Penberthy says that gathering awareness, a devoted coaching staff and sufficient amounts of players were among some of the major difficulties encountered in establishing a team.

“Some of the difficulties of starting a basketball team were getting the news out that we were going to have a team,” Penberthy said. “We had multiple girls? wanting to play multiple sports in the same season. Other difficulties were getting a coach that wanted to develop the program. It most likely fell through in previous years because of a lack of girls.”

Fortunately, after a two-year absence, the team has recently been able to generate enough players for the 2014-15 season.

Currently, there are eight dedicated individuals who will make up the team along with several possible additions.

Tamika Thomas, mother of alumni N’Gai Jones has assumed the position of coach for the team this year. One of her main goals for the season is to teach each team member the fundamentals of basketball and encourage them to achieve personal goals.

“I think right now a major goal is just to get everybody fundamentally sound, and get everybody going in the right direction,” Thomas said. “It?s important to get their spirits up and get them to set personal goals. We?re a new team and we?re going to be starting up slow but we?ll get there.”

There are no try-outs for the girl?s basketball team this year and members are not required to have previous experience. On the contrary a significant number of players on the team joined the sport for the first time or have had very little prior experience.
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One of these new players is Korean foreign exchange student, Min Lee,’16. Lee was inspired to join the team after watching boys? basketball last year. She plans to continue working hard and is excited for the upcoming season.

“First I really wanted to learn basketball,” Lee said. “I also really liked to watch our school?s boy?s basketball team last year and they were really good, so it just made me want to try basketball. It is really fun so far. Usually I don?t like to exercise but this was fun and I am enjoying it a lot right now.”

Team mate Mariana Fikse is new to the FC student body this year. She had some experience with basketball at her previous school and anticipates aiding the Eagles in developing a strong team this season.

“I?m just looking to get closer together as a team and want to see our team build up,” Fikse said. “My goal this year is to just try my best. I like the competiveness of basketball and I think it?s one of the more exciting sports to play.”

The team?s first scrimmage will be Nov. 22 against Orange Cove, Mendota and Alpaugh, starting at 10 a.m.

For more information on girl?s basketball, contact coach Tamika Thomas at sistamikathomas@gmail.com or 559.554.8999.

For more features, read the Nov. 14 article, Broadway Studios displays local cultures, backgrounds.

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

By |2014-11-18T00:00:00-07:00November 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Immanuel

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

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

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

FC vs Immanuel Eagles, Nov. 13.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior utilizes natural talent, athletic finesse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

By |2014-11-14T00:00:00-07:00November 14th, 2014|Fall, Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport short: Alpaugh

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Nov. 7. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 14, as the Eagles play Kings Christian for the league Championship game.

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Another win for the Eagles, Nov. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head coach Mick Fuller was unavailable for comment.

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

By |2014-11-12T00:00:00-07:00November 12th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier Panthers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Football sport short: Northwest Christian

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 31. FC’s next game will be on Nov. 7, as the Eagles play Alpaugh High.

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

IMG_8464Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00-07:00November 3rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

FC's 30th homecoming rally (VIDEO)

30thRallyJarrod Markarian

Student leadership organized the rally to celebrate the campus’ 30th homecoming week with a rally and festivities and pump the campus up, Oct. 31.

At the end of the day, campus students and teachers alike headed to the FC gym, to wrap up the week with a rally. With the the 30th annual homecoming game against Bakersfield’s Northwest Christian High School, student leadership organized the rally to celebrate the week’s festivities and pump the campus up, Oct. 31.

From ‘Merica Monday to Fly together Friday, throughout the entire week of homecoming, students participated in dress up days, to show their spirit, including FC’s 30th homecoming rally. Being Fly together Friday students and faculty dressed in spirit attire and FC colors during the rally.

Student leadership worked to improve and revamp this year’s homecoming game. Using this year’s rally, ASB encourages students to get pumped up for the game tonight with games and cheers. In the end, the seniors won this year’s homecoming rally.

Junior Juliana Rosik and member of student leadership was impressed by the motivation and participation in this year’s campus.

“I think that the class competition definitely motivated people to dress up this week,” Rosik said. “There’s a huge margin between people this year and last year who dressed up. Dress up day is mainly for the campus to have fun and get people ready for homecoming week. Dressing up on school days makes it extra special. This week is unique and extra special for all us.”

Varsity cheer started off by teaching individual cheers to students in each class, sectioned off on the bleachers. Cheers were meant pump students up and promote the game. Sophomore Michael Gibson enjoyed getting to know the cheers during the rally.

“I think everyone did really well at cheering,” Gibson said. “It sort of prepared us for homecoming. Even thought the sophomores lost, I still enjoyed the class competition and the rally as a whole.”

Junior Gillian Rea appreciated how the rally went and hopes to see more like today’s in the future.

“The rally was really exciting and it got everyone pumped up and enthusiastic about tonight,” Rea said. “It really makes me feel good that my entire class and this school are supporting each other and it’s real sense of family that comes through it.”

Classes will also show off their float correlating with the theme of homecoming, using Hollywood movie genres. The seniors will display a western-theme, while the juniors will present a Roaring 20s themed float. The sophomores will provide a 1940s mafia scene theme and the freshmen combined Star Wars and Star Trek idea creating a sci-fi theme for the night.

For more videos, watch FC Underground 2014-15, No. 15 (VIDEO) and/or visit The Feather Online’s

By |2014-11-03T00:00:00-07:00November 3rd, 2014|Fall, FC Events, Features, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Minarets

IMG_7933Kylie Bell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volleyball sport shorts: Fowler

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

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

Jenny-FowlerKylie Bell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Athletes dedication recognized at final home games

IMG_5662Jeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Senior athletes are recognized by coaches and family on Senior Night.

In remembrance of athletes on their last year competing, a traditional recognition is held for seniors at their last home game. All the hard work that athletes have put into their sports is recognized on Senior Night. Parents and family are welcome to watch and support their child play in their last home game.

Volleyball Senior Night is held on Oct. 30 and football is Nov. 7.

On the defensive line, Dillon Owens, ’15, looks forward to his friends and family to come and support him.

“It’s the last chance for the fans to watch us play a game before playoffs,” Owens said. “Its going to be a great game, I hope that the student section will be packed and loud. I’m also excited that my whole family will be coming to watch me play.”

Football coach Mick Fuller, is pleased with how far the players have come and anticipates the rest of the season.

“Preparation for Senior Recognition Night is no different from other games,” Fuller said. “For the players and their parents, it can be a little more emotionally stirring. Often, the event motivates the players to a higher level of performance as their final opportunity to play on the home field as FC athletes.”

Dorothy Siqueiros, mother of Gabriela Siqueiros, is proud of Gabriela and cannot wait to see how well she plays.
“We love her and are proud of how far she’s come,” Siqueiros said. “Its really fun watching Gaby play with her team, but it is also sad at the same time that is the last home game. Gaby’s grandparents and family are going to be there to support her. We’re looking forward to having a good rest of the season.”

Volleyball Coach Jonathan Penberthy, has enjoyed coaching the seniors and hopes that they all play their best for senior night.

“Students should come to senior night so that they can see their seniors play their last home game,” Penberthy said. “These players have come a long way and their work has paid off. My advice to the seniors would be to come out swinging because it may be their last home game that they will be playing.”

Volleyball fan Kimberly Ward, ’15, is eager to watch her friends play, she hopes that a lot of students will come along and support.

“I’m excited to come out to senior night,” Ward said. “Its great to watch Ashley (Garcia), Gaby (Siqueiros) , Ivette (Ibarra) and Breanna (Jennings) play; I am really close to all of them, and to see them play on a team together is awesome. It is going to be a great game, hopefully a lot of students attend.”

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For more news, read the Oct. 27 article, STORIFY: Homecoming begins #FCgoesHollywood.

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

Cross country sport shorts: Roughrider Invitational

Cross-Country-oliverMichael Fu

On Friday afternoon, October 17, the Eagles cross country team traveled to Woodward park for the Roughrider Invitational.

On Friday afternoon, October 17, the Eagles cross country team traveled to Woodward park for the Roughrider Invitational. The meet was separated into five sections. Small school’s, large school’s, freshmen, sophomore boys, junior boys, small school varsity, and large school varsity.

A total of 1,490 runners participated in the meet. This was because of the fact Woodward park is the course for the Central Section Valley Championship, Numerous schools arrived to compete in this meet in order to be ready for the final meet.

Recovering from his injury, runner Soren Hoffman was unable to run in the even and is working hard to get back in shape for the championships. Junior Glen Wang also was not able to run because he is currently in China reuniting with his family. Sophomore Isaac Hoffman was unable to join the meet because he is working on his mileage and also rested this meet for the championship in November.

In the 5000 meter varsity small school meet, junior Michael Fu finished the meet with a new personal record 21:24.30.

“This is an important race,” Fu said, “I was so encouraged when I saw Isaac and Soren cheering on top of the hill. They do not have to be at the meet, but they drive all the way to Woodward anyway.”

By adding core workouts to the program and hill runs into the practices, Coach Daniel was happy with the results.

“Michael did a great job.” Coach said, “He has improved two minutes in his last race, and he improved another forty seconds in this meet.”

Even though Fu has improved a lot compared to his record from the beginning of the season, Coach is looking for more potential out of him.

“His first mile was a little bit fast,” Daniel said, “Along with the first mile he ran a great final mile with a pace of 6:06. Despite the exceptional time in these two sections the second mile prove to be a problem, this mile always proves to be the hardest part and he has to push through the pain here.”

The Eagles will next compete in Clovis North-Sancony Twilight Invitational, Oct. 24.

Michael Fu, Writer contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

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

Football sport short: Riverdale Christian

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 25. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 31, as the Eagles play Northwest Christian.

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Beyond easy for the Eagles, Oct. 25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cross country sport shorts: Clovis North-Saucony Twilight Invitational

CrossCountryGoldenEagleJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

The FC cross country team participated at the Clovis North campus in the Clovis North Twilight Invitational, Oct 24.

The FC cross country team participated at the Clovis North campus in the Clovis North Twilight Invitational, Oct 24.

Unlike most of the cross country events, this meet was separated into different sections. The top two runners of each team ran in the 2 mile varsity invitational which is the hardest one to qualify in. Two more groups were created for the third and fourth placed runners.

Clovis North creates their invitationals in this manner to make it easier and to keep the chaos at bay. Along with this it makes it easier to to track the hundreds of runners participating in these events. Along with a strange way of organization, the meet was held at night creating a few problems with visbility.

Recovering from his injury, senior Soren Hoffman was kept out of the meet in order to have the best performance for the West Sequoia League championship, Nov. 12. Still traveling in China, Glen Wang, who is still traveling in China will soon join the team, Nov. 1, for the West Sequoia Championship, Nov. 12.

Running in 3rd and 4th place varsity team, junior Michael Fu and sophomore Isaac Hoffman both broke their personal records.

Junior Michael Fu finished the race with a time of 12:45. Sophomore Isaac Hoffman returned to the meet after missing a few races due to injury, despite this, he made his season record of 11:38

Holding the new title for the varsity runners in the FC cross country team, Isaac hopes he can better his pacing.

“I felt pretty good,” Isaac said. “I started out slow, yet I picked up my speed towards the end. It’s hard to balance the speed for the first and second mile. Hopefully I can be more consistent on my first mile and keep a better measure of time”

Running in the darkness, Fu found this invitational harder than the other meets.

“This is a very different race from the previous meets,” Fu said, “Our race starts at 7:40 and I finished the race without glasses. Even though the trail is well marked, it is still very difficult to find the course.”

Working on each runners pace is a difficult task, yet Coach Daniel believes that there is just a little more work to be done.

“Michael’s first mile was right on the pace, but his second mile should be faster.” Daniel said. “Isaac has improved a lot. Although he wasn’t able to practice a lot, his form is much better than he started in the season.”

The Eagles will next compete in the West Sequoia League Championship, Nov. 12.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

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

Student grows through new program

Macy-good-picAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

Junior Macy Mascarenas practices her serves during tennis practice.

Junior Macy Mascarenas has played tennis from the age of 9. This year she is a part of the newly formed FC tennis team, and through this, she hopes to become a better player through the coaching from her mom.

As she continues to play tennis for the 7th year, Mascarenas strives to improve her serves and to become more patient.

“I think what really helped my tennis game is just to be able to humble myself to accept advice from people who know better than you,” Mascarenas said. “I would go to lessons, listen to my mom, and just practice.”

Macy was first introduced to tennis by her uncles when she was ten. Her uncles used to frequently play tennis and thought that it looked fun, so she asked if she could join.

“Sometimes I would play tennis with my uncles but I really got into it when I was twelve,” Mascarenas said. “My mom joined a tennis club in 2010, a month later I joined too, creating the bond which we now have. I usually don’t win against my mom, but I have come pretty close. She’s more experienced and has better better strategies than me.”

Lori Mascarenas, Macy’s mother, is pleased that her daughter enjoys to play tennis.

“When I came home from winning the national title at Indian Wells Macy was so excited and happy for me that she wanted to immediately go to the courts and play,” Lori said. “I was exhausted from the long drive home but was so happy that she actually wanted to hit the ball that I went out and played.”

Lori was introduced to her favorite sport in high school. She played ping pong with her father frequently which may have triggered her love for tennis.

“I played tennis in high school and it was love at first sight,” Lori said. “There’s just something about the racquet and ball that appealed to me from the start.”

Mascarenas joined a club for youth tennis and with that experience she heightened her skills.

“I also played at a tennis club called Sierra Racket in elementary school,” Mascarenas said. “My teacher, Mike, was a really great teacher for me, because he is left handed, so it was easier to learn from him. The right handed people had to adjust to how I played but he knew exactly how to help me because I am left handed too. He understood the game better for me and that was very helpful.”

Although in previous years she has played other sports like volleyball and soccer. Yet, tennis is the only activity that she has been dedicated to and enjoyed, except football. Macy enjoys going with her father to see the USC Trojans play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

“Despite tennis being my favorite sport to play, football is my favorite sport to watch,” Macy said. “I like how tennis is a very quiet and calming sport. It’s really easy to concentrate because there are few distractions. Also it isn’t extremely loud or as hardcore compared to other sports like football and soccer.”

Macy feels that her strength is angling the ball. She is left handed which gives her an advantage and benefits her technique.

“Although I have a powerful serve, I hardly get it in,” Mascarenas said. “I need to improve accuracy on my serves, because I am left handed it?s difficult to get the ball in consecutively. I use to be really bad about hitting the ball way out into nowhere, I had a lot of problems trying to control it. I still sometimes struggle controlling the ball, but it?s not as bad as it use to be.”

Tennis coach Lori Mascarenas, also Macy’s mother, regards Mascarenas as a hard worker and who has appreciable sportsmanship. Although Macy?s mother is her coach, she has no problem with it.

“Skills that Macy has improved in this season is playing at the net, being more aggressive, and serving the ball. She is always one of the first ones on the court, and one of the last ones off,” Mascarenas said. “She always has a positive attitude on and off of the court. Macy likes to compete, but also has fun. I encourage my daughter to be aggressive but also smile, have fun, and relax because if she doesn’t she will never want to pick up a racket again.”

Lori, being a professional tennis player, still encounters trials of teaching and playing a left-handed player.

“Lefty’s are really difficult to play against, in any sport, because the ball comes at you at such a different angle,” Mascarenas said. “They are a rare breed so when you have to play against them it’s always a challenge. Macy really makes me have to think because she’s got such a great advantage being left-handed. We have fun with it but it’s been hard coaching her because I don’t understand the left-handed game like I do the right-handed game.”

Fellow teammate Mariana Fikse, ’18 enjoys being on the team with Macy and sees her as a good example for others. According to Fikse, Mascarenas is always friendly and an astounding tennis player.

“Macy is really nice and encouraging,” Fikse said. “She always encourages us to do our best and to strive to become a better player, even if we mess up.”

Kylie Bell ’16, doubles partner and friend of Macy, enjoys playing with her and views her as a leader.

“Macy and I communicate well and I feel like we make a good doubles team,” Bell said. “I only played four games with her this season because I wasn’t allowed to play as a result of my transfer situation. Macy stepped up and fulfilled the goal of the number one player. When I was gone she had to play doubles with different player and carried the team very well.”

Lori cant wait to play tennis with her daughter in the future if she has the chance.

“I absolutely want to play with Macy as she grows older,” Lori said. “Tennis is a sport that can be played well into our later years, which is something I continue to drill into my players. Learn as a youngster and someday you will come back to it.”

Due to her love of the sport, Macy plans to continue to play tennis as long as she is able to.

“I’m excited to keep playing tennis and see myself grow throughout the year,” Mascarenas said. “I will definitely play on our team next year and as long as I can after.”

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For more sports, read the Oct. 13 article, Senior brings tenacity to volleyball team.

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

Volleyball sport shorts: Caruthers

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

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

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FC loses 3-2 to the Caruthers Blue Raiders, Oct. 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Positive leadership encourages strong team moral

All students have different interests that drive them through high school. Dillon Owens, ’15, has a particularly strong drive for football. His history in the sport has developed him throughout his high school career.

Even though his favorite aspect of football now is hitting someone, Owens began his football career at the age of five, and immediately knew he had found his passion. He started off throwing a football around with his dad who always encouraged him to pursue his athletic career.

“My dad always wanted me to play football,” Owens said. “Ever since I was a kid he would throw the football around with me. He used to play when he was younger and wanted me to follow in his footsteps.”

Since Owens is a senior, younger team members see him as an example for the rest of the team. Junior team member Chris Kollenkark looks up to Owens for leadership.

“I think Dillon is an awesome guy to play with,” Kollenkark said. “I haven’t always gotten along with every player on the team, but that’s never been the case with Dillon. Next year I will be a senior and it is helpful to have a role model like Dillon to set an example for the rest of the players. This year Dillon has set a great example, and I am looking forward to next year where I will follow in his footsteps. He always boosts the team’s moral.”

Dillon first played for a team at Roeding Elementary. He loved playing primarily because it meant he could hang out and practice with friends and family. Dillon treasured the support and love his family gave him, this motivated him towards greater goals.

“My favorite part about playing when I was younger was that I knew everyone there,” Owens said. “When I would look out into the stands and see my family and friends I could feel the love and support. This encouraged me to play with an even greater tenacity.”

As Owens graduated from junior high into Central High School, he became the starting quarterback. This proved to be Owens’ favorite position in football. However, when he transferred to Fresno Christian, a school with an 8 man football squad, he began with a height and weight advantage compared to the rest of the players, thus he began playing tied end and defensive end.
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Michael Fuller, head coach of the varsity football team at FC has watched Owens grow as a player and a person over the years. He believes his ability to lead drives the team towards success.

“My favorite part about having Dillon on the team is that he is exuberant,” Fuller said. “He usually has a funny remark to lighten the tone of practice. Sometimes it is even helpful. Dillon works hard and has a positive attitude. He encourages his team mates and tries to get better every day.”

As a defensive end, energy on the field and playing with strength is a necessity. Playing strong every down of the game is the only way to insure the other team doesn’t score. One of Owens’ teammates, Austin Insco, 15′, says that he loves taking the field alongside Owens because of his energy.

“Dillon always holds his head high,” Insco said. “His energy inspires teammates and motivates us. He constantly displays love for the game regardless of the outcome. It’s always a privilege to get to play with him.”

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @JustinHFeather.

For more sports, read the Oct. 21 article, Cross country sport shorts: Woodlake Invitational.

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Cross country sport shorts: Woodlake Invitational

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The Eagles varsity cross country team participated in Woodlake Invitational at Lake Kaweah, Oct. 11.

The Eagles varsity cross country team participated in Woodlake Invitational at Lake Kaweah, Oct. 11.

Despite not being able to attempt the Clovis Invitational at Woodward Park, Coach Doug Daniel felt that being a part of the other meet allowed the team to practice. The course was 3.1 miles long and surrounds parts of Lake Kaweah.

While the Cross Country team is usually made up of 5 players, Michael Fu represented the team because of injuries and previous engagements. Freshman Matthew Oliver was unable to participate in this meet due to his injury. Sophomore Isaac Hoffman is working towards his academics while also recovering from previous injury. Junior Glen Wang played percussion in the Reedley Fiesta Parade. Senior Soren Hoffman was busy taking the SAT and was not able to attend the invitational.

Junior Michael Fu was the lone runner for the Eagles in the varsity race. He finished the course with a time of 21:47.3. Improving his previous record by two minutes, Fu made his fastest season record.

“I am really happy with how I improved,” Fu said. “This is the most improvement I ever made and the fastest race I ever had.”

Cross country coach Doug Daniel was pleased about the race and is looking forward to the next race at Woodward park.

“I?m glad that Michael was able to participate in all these meets.” Daniel said. “I hope others will be able to participate in more meets soon.”

The FC cross country team has been practicing in Woodward park everyday, and now they will meet their first challenge. Since the CIF State Cross Country Championships will also be held at Woodward park, the Roughrider Invitational will be a very large meet for all competing high schools.

The Eagles will next compete in Roughrider Invitational, Oct. 17.

Michael Fu, Writer, contributed to this article.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

By |2014-10-21T00:00:00-07:00October 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volleyball sport shorts: Riverdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head coach Johnathan Penberthy believes the team underestimated the Cowgirls.

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

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

Football sport shorts: Faith Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 17. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 25, as the Eagles play Riverdale Christian.

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Easy win for FC, Oct. 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-10-21T00:00:00-07:00October 21st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volleyball sport shorts: Parlier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seasoned senior brings leadership, experience to team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Volleyball sport short: Minarets

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

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

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

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Eagles fall short all three matches, Oct. 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @_olivialoren_

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

Lets go Eagles

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FC girls volleyball get a warm up in before their match against Caruthers HS.

Left to right, Jenny King, ’17, Gaby Siqueiros , ’15, and Ivette Ibarra, ’15, get ready for Caruthers HS’s next serve, Oct. 14.

The volleyball team will play at home against Parlier HS, be sure to come out and support your eagles at 6 in the FC gym. Currently 0-2 the Eagles are working hard to seize their first win.

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By |2014-10-16T00:00:00-07:00October 16th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized