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

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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.

FOOTBALL SPORTS SHORTS, 2014
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 [email protected] 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.

By |2014-10-22T00:00:00-07:00October 22nd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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.”

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

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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.”

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

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|0 Comments

Dedicated athlete, last year on varsity (VIDEO)

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Whether it’s on the court, field or softball diamond, Senior Gabriela Siqueiros, delights in showing her skills. Nothing stops this busy athlete’s determination on the volleyball court. The fast paced and intense sport is what this varsity volleyball player thrives on.

Siqueiros first took interest in volleyball when she came to FC in the seventh grade. As a seventh grader and first year player, Gaby found it difficult to keep up with her other teammates.

“It was a little frustrating learning volleyball in the beginning,” Siquieros said. “I wasn’t quite confident in myself yet and I struggled to play like the older and more experienced players. Gradually over time, I became more sure about myself as I improved.”

Currently Gaby has played on the varsity team for all four years of high school. As a freshman, she idolized Senior Katelyn Miller as the perfect high school volleyball player.

“When I was a freshman I really looked up to Katelyn, I wanted to play with the drive and intensity that she played with on the court,” Siqueiros said. “I really liked that she came back after graduating and helped coach for the team.”

Retired Coach Jeff McNeil made a memorable impression upon Gabby’s life on the court, and also in her personal life, giving her insight which she will cherish in the years to come.

“When I had Jeff as a coach I really took in his teaching,” Siquieros said. “His coaching was very different and more meaningful. During practice, we not only worked on volleyball but he gave us a lot of life lessons as well that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Sophomore Hannah Nale, ’17, relies on Siquieros’ past years of volleyball to support the team and to help them push all the way to valleys.

“Gaby is an awesome teammate and a good leader,” Nale said. “Her silly personality and energy makes it pleasant to play with. Before the game, her excitement excites the team and gets us fired up to face our opponent with a tenacity which we would lack without her.”

Despite, previous years, Siquieros hopes the team will have the chance to go to valleys and prove that FC is still a team to be reckoned with.

“This year our team has a chance at valleys,” Siquieros said. “We are all strong in different areas. This team is really diverse in what we can do and that is really beneficial.”

Teammate Olivia Quebe, ’16, has played alongside Siqueiros for three years and will be sad to see her leave FC.

“She is one of those silent funny people,” Quebe said. “Her dedication towards volleyball shows through her work ethic. I have learned so much from Gaby just by watching her play. I am sad to see her go next year, but I am grateful for the chance I have had to play with her.”
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First year varsity coach, Jonathan Penberthy, admires her commitment on the court and during practice.

“Gaby is a fantastic athlete,” Penberthy said. “When she is excited and playing well, the team follows. Her attitude is key to how the team plays.”

Now that the season is just beginning the pressure is on for the varsity team. Siqueiros is excited to bring on a new year of volleyball and to play for one more year with the varsity.

“I want our team to be consistent together,” Siquieros said. “For myself, I want to be someone that the team can count on. I am excited to play one last time with this team.”

Aside from Siqueiros’ busy schedule as an athlete, on the weekends Siqueiros relaxes at home by watching movies on Netflix, playing board games and eating her favorite foods.

“During my free time I like to play board games,” Siquieros said. “My favorite is Sorry and Monopoly. But sometimes Monopoly gets a little intense. I also really like to beat my grandpa at Uno.”

Apart from board games, Siquieros has a passion for her work on the Feather. Much of her spare time is spent working on the Feather as Features Editor.

The Feather plays a large role in my free time as well,” Siquieros said. “Whenever I have free time, I catch myself editing articles and tweeting for the Feather. My time on the Feather has really improved my writing skills.”

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

By |2014-10-15T00:00:00-07:00October 15th, 2014|Fall, Features, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Senior brings tenacity to volleyball team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Football sport shorts: Kings Christian

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 3-3 overall and 0-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 17, as the Eagles play Faith Christian in Coalinga.

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Late Start for the Eagles, Oct. 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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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 12-7 overall and 0-2 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 9. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 9, as the Eagles play a home game against Minarets High School.

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The Eagles hosted their rivals, The Fowler Redcats, in their first league home game and faced defeat, Oct. 9.

FC loses 3-0, hopes for better, Oct. 9

The Eagles hosted their rivals, The Fowler Redcats, in their first league home game and faced defeat, Oct. 9.

The Eagles held their ground with a short lead throughout the whole first match until the last few points when the Redcats made a comeback and won, 23-25.

Head coach Jonathan Penberthy shares his thoughts about the first match.

“I think in the first match, we got off to a hot start, Penberthy said. “Yet once Fowler got a few points our energy and excitement started to deflate, and it was hard to pick up the energy once they caught up.”

The Eagles fought hard in the second match, however they were not able to pull through. Starting off the lead with 5-2, however loosing it yet again, 23-15.

“The first game we got out to a pretty good lead, which was nice, but the lack of communication really showed in the second and third game.” Penberthy said. “It was just the little things that we could have done better.”

The third match was a tough fight for the eagles as well, however the Redcats finished off the eagles, and beat FC 25-19, ending the overall game, 3-0.

“I thought that 90 percent of the game went awesome,” Penberthy said. “The other ten percent we just couldn’t finish out the game. We played very well, and It was our lowest amount of errors. We averaged less than 8 errors per set. We lost by a total of 10 points, which is a lot better than how we have been playing.”

Olivia Quebe, ’16, with nine total kills throughout the game, displays her excitement.

“I really do believe that was one of the best games we have had. I can’t wait to play them again, and show them what we are really made of.” Quebe said. “I think we can work a lot more on communicating, and just keeping up the intensity regardless of the score.”

The Eagles next home game is Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5:30 pm, against the Parlier Raiders.

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By |2014-10-11T00:00:00-07:00October 11th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball Sport Shorts: Caruthers

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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 12-6 overall and 0-1 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 8. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 9, as the Eagles play a home game against Fowler High School.

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Eagles suffer loss, learning experience, Oct. 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By |2014-10-08T00:00:00-07:00October 8th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Volleyball Sport Short: Alpaugh

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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 12-5 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Oct. 2. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 7, as the Eagles play Caruthers High School in Caruthers.

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Eagles take victory despite different game atmosphere, Oct. 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For another news article read Football sport shorts: Mojave

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Volleyball Sport Short: Summit Charter

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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 11-5 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 30. FC’s next game will be on Oct. 2, as the Eagles play Alpaugh High School in Alpaugh.

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EASY WIN FOR THE EAGLES, Sept. 30

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-10-01T00:00:00-07:00October 1st, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Mojave

FOOTBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 26, as the Eagles play Mojave High School in Mojave.

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EAGLES TAKE A BEATING, Sept. 26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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Cross country sport shorts: Eagle Fly-In Invitational

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The Eagles varsity cross country team competed at Firebaugh High School in Eagle Fly-in Invitational 3.1 mile course, Sept. 23.

The Eagles varsity cross country team competed at Firebaugh High School in Eagle Fly-in Invitational 3.1 mile course, Sept. 23.

The meet was smaller than the usual with only 10 schools and 47 male varsity runners participated in the race.

Senior Soren Hoffman, finished the meet with a time out of 21:07 followed by sophomore Isaac Hoffman, running first time in the 3.1 course with his personal record 21:25.

Junior Michael Fu, ran with time 24:16. He was followed by freshman Matthew Oliver, with time 25:07.

Junior Glen Wang, was not in the meet, he will participate in this first meet, Oct. 11.

Sophomore Isaac Hoffman, running 3.1 miles course first time recovered from the knee injury.

“I was happy with my race” Isaac said. “I think I did well on the first mile, the second (mile) was little less, but the last one could have been better.”

Still learning how to control race pace of the three miles course. Oliver comment on the Firebaugh Eagle Fly-In course

“It was a bad race,” Oliver said. “The first mile felt weird, it was kind of a rough start. The second mile was not good, it is getting down, and third mile I just felt slow”

Coach Doug Daniel discussed the meet after reviewed the result on the Athletic.net.

“We had a bad race, but the good news is we know what we can work on,” Daniel said. “First few week we have been working on the mileage and now the team needs to work and experience the race pace.”

The Eagles will next compete in Woodlake Invitational, Oct. 11

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

By |2014-09-27T00:00:00-07:00September 27th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball Sport Short: Tranquillity

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By |2014-09-26T00:00:00-07:00September 26th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport short: Trinity Christian

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 20. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 26, as the Eagles play Mojave High School in Mojave.

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Monterey High School hosted the game between the Trinity Christian Warriors and FC.

EAGLES CLAIM VICTORY OVER TRINITY HIGH, SEPT. 20

The Eagles football team crowded onto a bus and took a trip down to Monterey, Sept. 20. Monterey High School hosted the game between the Trinity Christian Warriors and FC.

Although many in the crowd thought that the game was off to a slow start, the Eagles scored a touchdown, bringing the score to 6-0 by the end of the first half.

Players began to heat up during the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the score was 6-12, with the Warriors in the lead.

Our defense did really well. Our offense could use a bit of work, but did well overall. I was happy with my personal performance, because I had 10 tackles and an interception.–Julian Castro, ’17

A mixture of excitement and fear in the audience rose as the Eagles began to make a comeback. During the fourth quarter, the scoreboard flipped, moving the score up to 20-18, with the Eagles in the lead. Within the last few minutes of the game, it appeared as if either team could snag the win.

Finally, the clock stopped ticking and the score was finalized. The Eagles claimed yet another league victory, with an overall score of 20-18.

Julian Castro, ’17, was impressed with the teamwork the Eagles demonstrated.

“I think our game was great,” Castro said. “We played well even when it got intense. We really had to pull through for our win at the end, and our results were amazing.”

Castro was named the defensive player of the game. Throughout the game, Castro had 10 tackles, an interception and defended two passes.

“Our defense did really well,” Castro said. “Our offense could use a bit of work, but did well overall. I was happy with my personal performance, because I had 10 tackles and an interception.”

Taylor Howard, ’16, was given the title of offensive player of the game. Howard earned three catches, all for first downs and a total of 44 yards.

Head football coach, Mick Fuller, believes that the boys showed off their expertise on the field. He was also impressed that they did not waver, even when the competition stepped up.

“The boys played well on defense and executed their assignments with discipline,” Fuller said. “They played aggressively and tackled well. The boys didn’t let the offensive miscues bring them down, so even though we gave up the ball inside our own 25 yard-line in our last three possessions, they maintained composure.”

FC will head down to Mojave for their next game against the Mojave Mustangs, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.

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For more sports, read the Sept. 18 article, Football sport shorts: Anzar

By |2014-09-24T00:00:00-07:00September 24th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Liberty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-09-24T00:00:00-07:00September 24th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross Country sport shorts: Sanger Invitational

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The Eagles’ varsity cross country team recently participated in the Sanger Invitational at Avocado Lake, Sept. 19.

The Eagles’ varsity cross country team recently participated in the Sanger Invitational at Avocado Lake, Sept. 19.

Unlike the Kingsburg meet on Sept. 6, the meet had a regular five kilometer course. Sophomore Issac Hoffman unfortunately suffered a knee injury and was kept out of the meet. Glen Wang, ’17, joined late and was unable to participate in the event.

Cross country senior co-captain, Soren Hoffman, finished the meet, and set his seasonal record of 19:09.24. He was followed by freshman Matthew Oliver, who finished the meet with a time of 22:29.61. Junior co-captain Michael Fu ran with a time of 24:09.79.

After his first time running the full meet, Oliver set his personal record and discussed his strategy for the race.

“I did good on the first mile, I kept at a good pace and it was easy to do,” Oliver said. “The second mile was a little bit harder. The track was a bit bumpier and I was tired, but it didn’t slow me down. The last mile was pretty good overall.”

Hoffman joined cross country training for triathlons, and also set his new personal best record.

“I feel like I could have gone faster on the second mile,” Hoffman said. “But other than that I felt pretty good.”

Coach Doug Daniel was pleased with hard work of the team.

“I think the guys ran hard,” Daniel said. “I think they give me their best effort. I was really grateful that they didn’t go out too fast this time. Or at the very least, they went out at the time I instructed them to.”

The Eagles will compete in the Firebaugh High School, Sept. 23.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @fmichael_0501.

For more sports, read the Sept. 18 article, Football sport shorts: Anzar.

By |2014-09-23T00:00:00-07:00September 23rd, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Football sport shorts: Anzar

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagles’ schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 2-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 18. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 20, as the Eagles play Trinity High School in Monterey.

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ANOTHER HOME WIN FOR EAGLES, Sept. 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

By |2014-09-18T00:00:00-07:00September 18th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Mendota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-09-17T00:00:00-07:00September 17th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport short: Stone Ridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-09-15T00:00:00-07:00September 15th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cross country sport shorts: Kingsburg Two-Mile Race

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The Eagles’ varsity cross country team traveled to the Kingsburg High School, Sept. 6.

The Eagles’ varsity cross country team traveled to the Kingsburg High School, Sept. 6.

The meet was separated into four sections: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior. Instead of the typical three miles or five kilometers, the course was two miles. Lead by the new cross country coach, Doug Daniel, a brand new cross country season had just begun.

Freshman Matthew Oliver completed his first cross country meet and placed 60th, creating his personal record of 14:03.36.

Multi-schooled senior Soren Hoffman and sophomore Isaac Hoffman also completed their first meet of the cross country season. Senior Soren finished the course with a placement of 50th and a time of 11:52.11. Sophomore Isaac ran with 81 sophomores and placed 33th, with a finishing time of 12:01.03.

Junior Michael Fu ran with seniors and placed 84th with a time of 14:16.32.

Since the season just started, lots of improvements could be made. Oliver, who is new to cross country, was satisfied with his results, and is prepared to improve.

“I am really happy with how the meet went,” Oliver said. “With a lot of time and practice, I can improve my skills and boost my endurance.”

Senior Soren says that while he is content with the results of the match, he felt his did not perform to the best of his abilities. He is planning to work on his pacing for the future.

“I think I could improve my pace,” Soren said. “I think I started too fast and, in turn, did not finish the race as strongly as I could have.”

As a first-year coach for FC, Daniel congratulated his team on their effort. He later reported that he is very proud of his team’s performance.

We just did incredible today,” Daniel said. “I am extremely happy. Michael and Matthew each broke their times by two minutes. Soren broke his time by fourteen seconds, but he had the toughest time, and Isaac broke his time about a minute. I am proud of these kids.”

The Eagles run at Avocado Lake in the Sanger Invitational, Sept. 19.

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For more sports, read the Sept. 8 article, Volleyball sport shorts: Paramount.

By |2014-09-11T00:00:00-07:00September 11th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Sierra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By |2014-09-10T00:00:00-07:00September 10th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Football sport shorts: Coast Union (PODCAST)

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 1-1 overall and 0-0 in the Central Sierra League as of Sept. 8. FC’s next game will be on Sept. 12, as the Eagles play Anzar High School.

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EAGLES HOME OPENER A STRONG DISPLAY OF POISE, Sept. 8

The Coast Union High School Broncos visited Eagle Field to take on FC, Sept. 8.

This non-league matchup would be the second game of the year for the Eagles, but would be the opener for the Broncos. Though FC went into the battle winless, they sought revenge for the loss they sustained last year at Coast Union High School.

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The game would be an uphill battle for the Eagles, who dropped to a deficit of 14-8 at the end of the first quarter, due in large part to the explosive passing game of the Broncos, particularly quarterback Alexis Mireles, who completed multiple passes over 20 yards in the opening minutes, and ended with 219 yards through the air.

FC shot into the lead behind the legs of junior Chris Kollenkark, who finished the game with 138 yards on the ground, and three touchdowns to boot. He averaged over 10 yards per carry on the night.

The night wrapped up under the glimmering lights of a scoreboard. The Eagles won their home opener: 40-26.

Sophomore Matthew Tanaka, who plays center on offense and nose guard on defense savors the excitement and mystique of the Friday night lights, and feels that the game was a good venture for the Eagles.

“So being a linemen is fun, but it also kinda stinks,” Tanaka said. “Being able to help and be part of the foundation of the team is awesome. When the runner or receiver score, it makes us all feel like we are doing our job.”

Some other bright spots for FC included senior Taylor Howard’s performance, as he gathered 178 all-purpose yards on his way to both a rushing and a receiving touchdown. The other touchdown came from a 22-yard run by Julian Castro, ’17.

The Cambrian newspaper of San Luis Obispo published a sports article, Sept. 11, about the Coast Union game.

The Eagles improved to 1-1 on the season, and will next play Anzar High School on Eagle Field, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

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For more sports, read the Sept. 8 article Volleyball sport shorts: Paramount.

By |2014-09-09T00:00:00-07:00September 9th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|3 Comments

Volleyball sport shorts: Paramount

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By |2014-09-08T00:00:00-07:00September 8th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fall and FC football: Times are a 'changin' (VIDEO)

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FC Friday night football is this week, Sept. 5. The Eagles host Coast Union at 7 p.m.

The 2014-15 school year has begun, and the FC community gathering tonight (Sept. 5) for FC Friday night football.

While Convocation last month brought the community together on the first day of school, students, teachers, families, alumni and FC supporters will again gather for the first home football game of the year against Coast Union. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

It’s fall and FC football is just ahead.

New superintendent Jeremy Brown will welcome the community back home while jazz band will open with the national anthem. Student leadership will man the concession stands, selling try-tip sandwiches and other snack items for dinner.

Additionally, this is an opportunity to meet many of the 10 new staff members and those returning to celebrate all-Eagle Day!

Entrance gates will be posted by the front of the gym as well as on the Alluvial fence entrance off the North Field. Game tickets are $4 for children and $6 for adults. FC students get in free with their student ID. During the game, student leadership with be selling tri-trip sandwiches from the Meat Market.

After the football game, the student body will celebrate with an after game Fifth Quarter and pizza hosted in the PC gym. It’s an opportunity for students to fellowship together after the game. Students will cool off with beverages, dessert and interactive games as well.

Coach Mick Fuller returns to lead his team on the gridiron for game two of the season and is upbeat despite some early season injuries.

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

For more information, contact the athletic office at (559) 299-1695, ext. 123, or visit www.fresnochristian.com.

By |2014-09-05T00:00:00-07:00September 5th, 2014|Fall, Uncategorized, Videos|1 Comment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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