Students gear up for annual powder puff game

IMG_2191Christopher Grossman | The Feather Online Archive

The annual powder puff game, to be hosted on May 8, will promote friendly competition amongst classes.

Those dedicated to winning have already signed up and assigned coaches for the powderpuff season. It’s time for the HS girls to put on their game face and gather together to practice drills and set plays.  Powder puff will be at the North Field, May 8 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The roles are switched for powder puff, the girls act as the players while the boys are cheerleaders for each class. Parents and family are welcome to watch the girls compete against each other.

In previous years the senior class has dominated the lower classes with its determination and experience in the game. This year senior Madison Sieb hopes to continue the winning streak.

“This is my second year in powder puff,” Sieb said. “I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on Friday would end my senior year on a great note.”

Sophomore Marissa Parker believes her team will do better this year because of the experience from freshman year.

“Since this is our second year, we might have a better chance of winning,” Parker said. “We need to focus on moving the ball and putting our plays to the test. This year I hope we win at least one game and if not two; I am excited to play the juniors.”

This is my second year in Powderpuff. I think that my team needs to encourage each other and continue the winning streak. To win all of our games on friday would end my senior year on a great note. — Madison Sieb, ’15

Junior Gillian Rea competes for her third time in powder puff and is looking to have a good time while trying to win.

“I think that we should focus on encouraging each other within the team to achieve a win,” Rea said. “It’s about having fun together while competing to win at the same time. I think my team could have a chance at winning if we work together and carry out plays we’ve worked on.”

Freshman Erin Wilson looks forward to playing with her class in this year’s Powderpuff.

“I am really excited, my sister Amber Wilson played it last year and had a lot of fun,” Wilson said. “I don’t know that much about football but I think our coaches, Roman Endicott and Tyler Villines, will help us. We already got together for a meeting and we are ready to have practices.”

Come out to enjoy a fun night of football games and cheer stunts to wrap up the school year.

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By |2015-05-05T08:50:09+00:00May 5th, 2015|FC Events, News, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Mendota

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Coming off wins against Kings Christian and Mendota, FC will next take on Coast Union, March 21.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 7-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

FC pulls through to take the win, March 17

Coming off a victory against Kings Christian the Friday before, the Eagles of Fresno Christian looked to continue their hot streak and extend their winning streak. Sophomore Jorge Castro was set to take the ball for the Eagles and try to stop the Aztec offense.

The Eagles came out and fired early, scoring five runs in the top of the first and sent a message to the Aztec’s defense. Mendota came back with a force of their own, getting runners on early in the bottom of the inning and driving in three runs of their own.

After the first, both teams began to settle into their grove and slow down the offense. FC was able to score one more in the second before Mendota went to their bullpen and began to quiet the Eagles bats. Meanwhile, Castro was able to keep Mendota at check for the rest of the game, with the defense solid behind him.

Late in the game, the Eagles tacked on one more in the sixth, and another in the top of the seventh to stretch the lead to 5. Castro stayed in for the final inning to try to secure the win and a complete game. With only one out, the Aztecs were able to get a runner on second and put some pressure on the Eagle D. However, a great play in the outfield by Junior Tyler Breedlove led to a double play and secured the win for FC.

Junior Bailey Brogan said the game went well, and their execution showed the team they can compete with anyone.

“The game went well,” Brogan said, “We executed as a team and made the plays we needed to. Our hitting came through and once our defense settled down we were playing our best. The game showed we can play with the best in our division, and we can get hits off even the best pitchers teams have to offer. I look forward to many more games like this one.”

The Eagles are now 7-1 and play their next game Saturday, March 21 as the team takes a road trip to Cambria to play a double header against Coast Union.

For more sports, read the article Baseball sport shorts: Kings Christian.

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By |2015-03-18T00:00:00+00:00March 18th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Kings Christian

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The Eagles traveled to Lemoore and defeated the Crusaders of Kings Christian, 9-3, March 13. Be sure to catch the Eagles in action against Mendota, March 17.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 6-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

Eagles win 9-3 over rival, March 13

Travelling to Lemoore Friday, the Fresno Christian baseball team was set to play the Crusaders of Kings Christian. The two schools had a bit of history between their football programs, being in the two previous 8-man championship football game, and much of that emotion was set to be shown on the diamond that afternoon.

Throwing their ace, the Crusaders were able to keep the eagles bats at check early in the game, leading to a scoreless top half of the inning. In the field, Senior Dillon Owens took the ball for the Eagles, and pitched a scoreless few innings. After scoring one run in the second, the Eagles’ offense exploded in the third for four runs during a two-out rally, and quickly jumped out to a five run lead. Kings was able to close the margin, bringing in one in the bottom of the inning, but struggled to bring in runs for the remainder of the game.

The Eagles picked up one more in the fourth, and three more in the top of fifth, increasing their lead. Meanwhile, Kings was able to bring in one more in the bottom of the sixth, which would be the last time they would see Owens. In the seventh Taylor Howard came in to relive Owens and struggled early on. Freshman Roman Endicott came in with one out and the bases loaded to try to put the game away. After striking out the first batter and forcing a ground ball for the next, the Eagles got out of the jam and came away with the 9-3 victory.

Tyler Sellers, ’16, was very excited about the outcome of the game and was really encouraged by how everyone played.

“The game was great,” Sellers said. “It showed us we were able to compete with and beat one of the better teams in our division. The guys played well and played hard until the end. we faced a good picture and proved to ourselves we cam hit off the best teams have to offer. Overall I’m very excited for what the rest of the season holds.”

The Eagles are now 6-1 and are currently on a five game winning streak. The Eagles next game will be on Tuesday, March 17 as the team travels to Mendota High School.

For most sport, read the article Baseball sport short: Stone Ridge Christian

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By |2015-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

John Dooman: Diamond inspiration

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Senior John Dooman has played baseball since he was 6-years-old and all four years in high school. John says it’s important to treat each practice like it is game time.

John Dooman, ’15, has played baseball for 11 years ever since his parents signed him up for tee-ball when he was just six years old, he has loved it ever since.

This is his fourth season playing baseball for FC and feels this is the strongest team they have had by far.

“My favorite part of baseball is the camaraderie that comes along with it,” Dooman said. “I am really excited for how good our team is. I think we will have a good run in the playoffs. I have been on many different sports teams and none of them compare to experience you get with your baseball teammates.”

Fellow teammate, Taylor Cowger, ’17, enjoys playing alongside Dooman on the diamond and having him as a friend as well.

“John is a great friend because he’s very motivated and our diamond inspiration out on the baseball field,” Cowger said. “He is an excellent baseball player and one of the best hitters on our team. He always motivates us to do our best and never give up.”

Dooman is not all sports jock either. He often spends time with the video production team, creating short comic Feather videos called 5 minutes with Dooman. They were originally a part of a series called “The Show” with Christopher Grossman and other co-hosts. One of his latest was called 60 seconds with Dooman returns.

“They are just goofy stunts that a few of us dream up and I am dumb enough to do them with a couple of other guys,” Dooman said. “We’ve been doing them off and on all four years of high school.”

Dooman enjoys watching as well as playing football. He played football for FC for two years, but had to quit because of a torn ACL, a testament of how accident prone he is. Though he likes playing football, he enjoys watching it better.

“I am the least excited for how accident prone I am,” Dooman said. “Every sport I play I always manage to hurt myself in some way. I have missed three of our first four game this season already with a pulled hamstring.”

There are a variety of sports that people enjoy to watch and or play but for this individual baseball has beat them all.

“Baseball is by far my favorite sport,” Dooman said. “I enjoy every aspect of it, from hitting to fielding to watching it on tv. There is just something about being on the diamond that is relaxing to me. My favorite team will always be the Dodgers. I grew up watching them with my brother-in-laws, so I guess I joined the bandwagon somewhere along the way.”

I consider every teammate on my team to be my friend. If there is one thing about baseball that sets it apart from other sports, it is the friends you make and characters you meet. Baseball brings out the best in people and I think that is why it is so much fun. My team always has my back. If I mess up on a play, I know that one of my teammates is going to be right there to back me up. –Senior John Dooman

Last year Dooman played the whole season at the catcher, a position he had never played before.

“My greatest strength I would say is my willingness to play wherever I need to go,” Dooman said. My greatest weakness is probably how easily I can get distracted. When I get myself into a bad hitting slump, it is pretty hard to get myself out of it.”

Dooman acknowledges his coach for everything he knows about the sport and helping through tough times.

“My coach has helped me a lot throughout high school,” Dooman said. “My first season back after I hurt my knee; he helped me regain my skills and physical abilities on the field. I have him to owe for my knowledge I have gained these past four years.”

Dooman started playing baseball in the first grade, all throughout elementary, junior high, and now high school. He has also played with Yosemite Colts Travel Team in the eighth grade, but has not played on any club teams in high school. Dooman does not plan on playing college baseball.

“If I had taken it more seriously and played on club teams and went to camps, then I would have considered playing in college,” Dooman said. “I plan to focus on my academics in college.”

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When Dooman is not playing baseball, he can often be found with a few of the video productions crew as part of a funny video series he stars in: 5 minutes with Dooman.Feather video screenshot

When Dooman is not playing baseball, he can often be found with a few of the video productions crew as part of a funny video series he stars in: 5 minutes with Dooman.

Though Dooman is not going to pursue baseball in college, he stated that he wants to as best as he can while in high school.

“I hope to improve myself in every part of the sport,” Dooman said. “There is always room to improve in every department. I am constantly motivated to do better than the season before. If don’t perform better than the year before than I know what I need to work on and continue to try harder.”

Throughout the year of playing baseball at FC, Dooman has made good relationships with his teammates and coach. He has learned many things from not only his coach, but also his team members.

“I consider every teammate on my team to be my friend,” Dooman said. “If there is one thing about baseball that sets it apart from other sports, it is the friends you make and characters you meet. Baseball brings out the best in people and I think that is why it is so much fun. My team always has my back. If I mess up on a play, I know that one of my teammates is going to be right there to back me up.”

Baseball has created many memories for the player. One of his favorite memories in the sport was in junior high when his team made playoffs and they got to play a game at the Grizzly’s Stadium.

“My advice is to treat every practice like it’s a game. If you go hard on every play and put your best effort into it, then you will succeed in the game.”

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By |2015-03-12T00:00:00+00:00March 12th, 2015|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport short: Stone Ridge Christian

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The Eagles defeated Stone Ridge Christian, 22-7, March 7, and now will travel to Lemoore to play Kings Christian, March 14.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall score for FC is currently 5-1. The first league game will be played on April 7.

The Eagles take home another win, 22-9

For the Eagles second double-header of the season, Fresno Christian hosted the visiting Knights of Stone Ridge Christian, Sat., March 7. The Eagles were looking to keep their momentum coming off a big game against Laton earlier in the week.

In the first game, Junior Tyler Sellers took the ball and started off with a nine pitch, nine strikes inning and held the Knights scoreless. In the bottom of the inning, the Eagles bats made a statement early, driving in four runs. However, in the top of the second, Stone Ridge came back with six runs of their own to take the lead.

From then on neither team would let the other get hot. With both teams scoring a few runs here and there, by the sixth inning the Eagles led 11-9. However, after holding the Knights scoreless in the top of the inning, the Eagles were able to get their offense scoring again and were able to put the game away. The final score read 22-9.

Overall the games went very well. The underclassman played really well in the first game and gained some valuable experience. The starters in the second game came through as well and hit the ball effectively. We still have to work defensively on simply ground balls and throwing errors, but the game was helpful for the team to get some confidence before some tougher games coming up. –Senior Dillon Owens

In the second game Senior Dillon Owens took the ball for the Eagles and kept the Knights in check. Offensively, the Eagles could not be stopped. Scoring five runs in the first and 11 in the second, they quickly put the game away. The Knights showed some life in the fifth, but by then it was too late. Owens pitch a complete game and got the win, as the Eagles easily came away with a 19-4 victory.

Owens was happy with the way the team played as a whole, but says they still have to work on the little things.

“Overall the games went very well.” Owens said. “The underclassman played really well in the first game and gained some valuable experience. The starters in the second game came through as well and hit the ball effectively. We still have to work defensively on simply ground balls and throwing errors, but the game was helpful for the team to get some confidence before some tougher games coming up.”

The Eagles next game will be on March 13, as the team travels to Lemoore to face Kings Christian.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @DeWolf14.

For more sports, read the March 9 article, Sports Center: March 6 – April 6.

By |2015-03-10T00:00:00+00:00March 10th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Laton

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After defeating Laton, 21-3, on March 3, the Eagles host Stone Ridge Christian, March 7.

Boys Baseball Sport Shorts, 2015

For a preview to the Eagles baseball season and look at their scores so far, check out the score on Maxpreps, 2014-2015, for dates, times, and other winter sports.

Also check out the schedule for this year baseball season on Fresno Christian athletic website. The overall result fo the FC is currently 3-1. The first league game will be play on April 7.

The Eagles defeat Laton, 21-3

Winning two games in a row, the FC baseball team traveled to their first away game in Laton, March 3. Focusing on training new pitchers freshman Roman Endicott, finished the game with his first appearance on the mound.

Multi-schooler Jorge Castro took the mound in the first and all the way through the third inning. Giving out two strike outs in the first and second inning, Castro allowed Laton to gain no points but only two runners on the base. In the bottom of the third inning, FC lost a point due to a wild pitch. Castro quickly came back after walk and left the hill with three strike outs against Laton.

Scoring first for the Eagles is also Castro, with a strong hit to the centerfield, Castro was on second base and later sent home by senior Dillion Owens. Owens later stole home and gained the second point for the team.

The player receiving the most RBIs belongs to starting catcher Tyler Sellers, ’16. Although starting late in his batting, Sellers racked up four RBIs with one double and two triples between the fourth and fifth innings.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Roman Endicott started out on the mound for the first time. Though having trouble getting the ball to the strike zone, Endicott gave out two walks before he struck out the third batter. Followed by the strike out, Endicott got a ground ball to second base and multi-schooler Sam Janzen, took got the second out on first base.

Laton scored two points on a double, Endicott finished the next batter throwing only strikes and struck out the batter. Later the coach of Laton agreed to end the game in the top of the sixth inning.

The Eagles will play their next game against Stone Ridge High School, March 7 on the north field at FC at 10 a.m.

For more information check out GameChanger recorded the game stats of the game against Laton.

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For more sports, read the March 2 article, Baseball sport shorts: Avenal.

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Garcia shines on field, leaves legacy

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Senior Ashley Garcia attributes her softball successes to her high school and club coaches. She plans on attending Monterey Bay University in the fall.

Ashley Garcia, ’15, was the captain of the high school softball team for the 2014 as well as the 2015 season. Garcia has been playing for 10 years and throughout those years she has learned many things about the game and about becoming who she is today.

The student athlete started playing softball in the third grade and ever since then, she has loved the game and created many memories and great friends. When Garcia started playing her father, Theodore Garcia, has been her personal coach and pushed her to be the best player she could be.

Although she has had many other coaches, her father is the one she has learned the most from. He taught her the basics of the game and supported her through her years of playing.

Garcia started playing softball in the third grade and all throughout junior high, during her high school career, she started out playing at Clovis North where she was the junior varsity captain. After her freshman year, she had transferred to FC where she made the varsity team and was captain for her junior and senior year.

As far as playing on club teams, Garcia started playing when she was in the sixth grade. She started out playing on the Clovis Bullets where she found out that playing the game was much more fast played.

“I was very surprised on how different not only the environment was, but also how different the pace of the game was from playing school ball,” Garcia said. “It was a lot faster, and the girls were visibly more experienced, but they also shared the same passion I did, and had a strong love for the game.”

Softball is a team sport, and when you are surrounded by people who share the same love and passion as you do, you immediately become that much better of a softball team. I still keep in touch with those girls, and I have memories with them that will be with me forever. –Senior Ashley Garcia

After playing a few years on the Clovis Bullets Garcia had moved to the Clovis Rockets and played for the next four years. The athlete then noticed that softball was a huge part of her life and who she was. Garcia says that those four years were the best years of her life.

“My Rockets coach, Matt Meehan, had a tremendous impact on my career as a softball player,” Garcia said. “He was the one who taught me most of what I know, and was always there for me as a friend at the same time. I looked up to him as a person with integrity, and he succeeded in making those four years of my life something to remember.”

In playing a sport for so many years, you develop a lot of skill and meet a lot of people. Garcia states that she has met many of her closets friends and has not only met so many people and made relationships but made a connection as a family.

“Softball is a team sport, and when you are surrounded by people who share the same love and passion as you do, you immediately become that much better of a softball team,” Garcia said. “I still keep in touch with those girls, and I have memories with them that will be with me forever.”
Throughout the years of playing at FC, the player has learned patients, determination, hard work and leadership. Coming from so much experience and skill to a Division VI school requires all of those qualities.

“One thing that I am most thankful for is the fact that God has never ceased to be the main reason why our team plays,” Garcia said. “It is in His honor and in His name that we play, and I am so lucky to share that with my teammates. It just makes the game of softball that much more enjoyable.”

Coming to play at FC on the varsity team has created many memories for Garcia and the one she remembers the most is when the team beat the former league champions, Caruthers. During the game, Garcia ran into Breanna Jennings, ’15, while catching a fly ball.

“Ashley Garcia shines on field because she helps all of us be better,” Jennings said.

When the player was asked about anything she would change about playing the game she said it would be making the decision to play collegiate softball a lot sooner. She would want to start playing at that level earlier because recruiters look at sophomores and juniors to start training.

Garcia has decided to try to walk onto the Monterey Bay University team as a freshman but it will take a lot of determination and the player has faith that things will work out the way God has planned them to.

As the varsity softball team captain, Garcia would like to give her team and upcoming softball players some advice on the game and getting through tough situations as a team.

“Have fun and make the most of it, use softball as an outlet from everyday life, and enjoy every moment you have on the field because these years of playing will hold some of the best memories throughout life,” Garcia said. “Rely on each other to build up your self confidence, and know that we are a family, and we always have each other to lean on for support, as well as God’s love and faith for us.”

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For more features, read the March 6 article, Former campus teacher reflects on time spent at FC.

By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, Spring, Uncategorized|3 Comments

FC Sports Center: March 6 – April 6

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Every three to four weeks, the FC athletic department will publish an FC Sports Center article to keep the Eagle community aware of upcoming sports events.

3/6 – 4/6/15 upcoming events

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

The spring sports have started. Come out and cheer on the spring sports teams as they begin their seasons.

The Fresno Christian 32nd auction is March 14 at 5:30 p.m., in the FC gym.

The Fresno Christian golf tournament will be April 27 at Copper River Golf Course. Contact Jon Penberthy for more information.

Be sure to read the This Week In Sports email that goes out weekly from the athletic office.

You can find the high school baseball schedule here.

You can find the high school softball schedule here.

You can find the high school golf schedule here.

You can find the high school boys tennis schedule here.

You can find the high school track and field schedule here.

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

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559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events:

3/7 HS baseball vs Stoneridge HS 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.

3/10 HS boys tennis vs Dos Palos 4 p.m. at FC tennis courts
3/11 HS softball at Sierra HS 3:30 p.m.
3/12 HS boys tennis vs Fowler HS 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/13 HS softball at Kings Christian HS 3:30 p.m.
3/14 32nd Fresno Christian Auction at 5:30 p.m. in the FC gym

3/16 HS softball at Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
3/17 HS baseball at Mendota HS 3:45 p.m.
3/17 HS boys tennis vs Riverdale HS 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/17 HS golf vs SJMHS at Riverside Golf Course at 3 p.m.
3/18 FCHS Econ Fair in Ground Zero quad
3/19 HS softball vs Orange Cove HS at 3:30 pm varsity softball field
3/19 HS boys tennis at Firebaugh HS at 4 p.m.
3/20 HS golf at River Island at CVC Tournament 10 a.m.
3/21 HS baseball at Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
3/21 HS boys tennis at Coast Union HS 11 a.m.
3/21 HS track at Kingsburg HS 10 a.m.

3/23 HS softball vs Firebaugh HS 3:30 p.m. varsity softball
3/24 HS golf at Riverside vs Kingsburg HS at 3 p.m.
3/24 HS baseball at Firebaugh HS at 3:30 p.m.
3/24 HS boys tennis vs Coalinga HS @ 4 pm FC tennis courts
3/25 HS Track at Fowler HS vs WSL Schools at 4 p.m.
3/26 HS softball vs Alpaugh HS 3:30 p.m. varsity softball field
3/26 HS boys tennis vs Caruthers HS at 4 p.m. FC tennis courts
3/26 HS baseball at Parlier HS at 4 p.m.
4/6 HS softball at Caruthers at 4 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

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By |2015-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2015|Announcements, FC Events, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

California Boys Tennis Classic at FCC

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FC will be participating in the California Boys Tennis Classic, March 6-7. Over 100 high schools all around Central California will contend for first place.

Kicking off the tennis season, FC will be participating in the California Boys Tennis Classic. Boys will be coming from over 100 high schools all around Central California to contend for first place. The FC boys will be practicing with their team and  will take on the other high schools on Friday, March 6.

The FC tennis team will be competing at Fresno City College throughout the day, March 6-7.  FC will be hosting the tournament and will be versing three other teams that day.  FC will be playing against Atwater High School at 8:30 a.m.

Later on in the day at 11:30 a.m., they will take on West Bakersfield High School. Finishing off the day FC will go head to head against Kingsburg High School. The final outcome of the Friday games will be determining where the teams will be scheduled, March 7.

Each team will play five matches, Three matches on Friday and two on Saturday. The matches will consist of three singles and three doubles making a total of nine players. Times for Saturday will be available on the website by 7:30 p.m. on Friday night.

Tennis coach Robert Foshee, talks about his overall thoughts on the tennis tournament tomorrow.

“I think the tournament will be a good practice because a lot of our jv guys, our young guys, will get a chance to play so well know the first match,” Foshee said. “I’m really looking forward to a lot of good matches that well have the opportunity to play. Especially with our one and third players missing. never know but hopefully well as a team step up and I think well have a good chance.”

Senior, Jordan Castro, ’15, talks about his expectations on the tournament.

“I think it a great opportunity for us to practice as a team and get ready for league,” Castro said. “It takes a little bit more endurance since were going to be playing sets as opposed to an 8-game pro set so I expect our team to go out and play hard. I will be playing at the number two position which I’m not really used to but still I’m hoping to play well. As a team I hope we will be able to play well and go against these divisions two and three schools and putting up a fight against them. Its gonna be a lot of tough matches but I think FC will persevere.”

Sophomore, Julian Castro, ’17, shares his thoughts on his first tennis tournament.

“Since this will be my first time playing in a tennis tournament I don’t know but I think I’ve definitely improved from last year so im hoping for the best,” Julian said. “Since im playing in the six im hoping to improve overall as a player and see how I match up against the other more dominant players. As a team I think we will do great since we have such a great team this year.”

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By |2015-03-05T00:00:00+00:00March 5th, 2015|Community Events, Spring, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Baseball doubleheader

Austin Insco

After defeating Laton earlier in the week, baseball will host Stone Ridge Christian in a doubleheader, March 6-7.

The baseball team cheers on their teammates as they are up to bat last season.

The baseball doubleheader is against Stone Ridge Christian, March 6-7. The varsity team beat Laton High School, 21-3, March 4.

For more photos, visit Early morning and Tennis goes on the road.

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By |2015-03-04T00:00:00+00:00March 4th, 2015|Photos 2014-15, Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport short: Hanford West

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The girls have been practicing and preparing for their game against Hanford West which took place on Nov. 25.

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

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and overall 0-0 as of Nov. 25

Girls win first game of pre-season, Nov. 25

Another session of soccer has begun, for the Girls Varsity it means to prepare for the games to come. The girls have been practicing and preparing for their game against Hanford West which took place on Nov. 25.

When the day came, nerves and tensions were high for the first pre-season game. Hanford West is currently in division three, while the Eagles are in sixth.

Freshman and first year soccer player, Cayla Rivas, was excited to play with her friends in her first game.

“I am used to being in situations where I am under pressure,” Rivas said. “I wasn’t really that nervous; our coach prepared us well and gave us advice to play our best. Since this being the first game I could definitely improve in a lot of areas.”

The outcome of this game could determine where the Eagles stand in playoffs. Throughout the game, both teams battled in out with many shots on goal. Despite the division difference the Eagles played with determined minds.

Hanford’s aggressiveness forced the Eagles to step up and play their best. After countless corner kicks and shots on goal, the Eagles were able to earn a score from Jenny King in the late second half. The Eagles walked off the field with a win and a score of 1-0.

Second year returner, Jenny King, walks of the field with smiles and feeling proud of their win.

“That was my first goal that I’ve made while playing on varsity,” King said. “It was a hard battle against Hanford and to score and win the game made it so much better. I feel more confident in myself to play my best and I am excited for the rest of the season.”

Senior, Gabriela Siqueiros, is proud of how well the team played and is looking forward to winning many more games.

“With the limited time of practice we had we played well as a team,” Siqueiros said. “Coming out of that game there were a few little things we could fix but overall we did great. We could definitely use more communication on the field but I was content with the win we had.”

For More Sports read Cross Country sport shorts: CIF Central Section Valley Championship.

By |2014-12-01T00:00:00+00:00December 1st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Golf takes WSL league championship

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Daniel Cliff, Freshman, advances to the individual section tournament for the WSL Championship.

The 2013-2014 golf team finished second in the North Area Division II tournament. One player advanced to the individual section tournament: freshman Michael Cliff.

Cliff set a freshman 9-hole average record at FC shooting an average of 37.5 over the course of the season. His average is the second lowest all time at FC.

Daniel Cliff is the older brother of Michael Cliff. Daniel has watched Michael blossom over his golf career.

Daniel explained his brother’s journey.

“Michael puts in just as much work into his golfing abilities as I do,” Daniel said. “We always practice together and I like to think that some of my advice has helped him become as good of a player as he can be.”

Fresno Christian Golf takes WSL for the second consecutive year under the mentoring and leadership of coach their coach, Jeff Hopper.

The top six golfers in the league receive medals of recognition. This is similar to other sports all-league selections.

Last season the team took four of the top six medals. This season five of the medalists were from FC.

Medalists included, Michael Cliff, ’17, Davis Borego, 16′, Daniel Cliff, ’15, Christopher Grossman, ’15, and Trevor Beal, ’15.

The team demonstrated tremendous fight and heart during their league championship match. They had to compete against each other for the top five spots.

This year the Eagles lost three matches the entire year. One against division one powerhouse Bullard high school, and two others to top division two teams.

Even though I will not be a part of the team next year I expect big things from the team. If the returning players keep practicing and developing their skills they could be one of the best teams to ever play together at Fresno Christian. — Jason Kim

The team will lose one athlete to graduation: Jason Kim. Kim has played on the varsity golf team for three years. He was considered the team’s leader in practices and kept all of the members in line; his hard work ethic set the tone for the other players.

Kim was encouraging yet stern with his team mates. Michael Cliff, ’17, expounded upon Kim’s leadership.

“Jason was one of my favorite team mates this year,” Cliff said. “Being a freshman on the team meant that I had extra duties. Jason made me complete them but he encouraged me while I was doing them .”

With five returning players the team expects to go deeper into the section and eventually state playoff matches.

Senior Jason Kim vocalized his expectations for his team mates next season.

“Even though I will not be a part of the team next year I expect big things from the team,” Kim said. “If the returning players keep practicing and developing their skills they could be one of the best teams to ever play together at Fresno Christian.”

Michael, who qualified to participate in individual competition (as previously mentioned) will play on May 20 at Riverbend Golf Course in Madera for a chance to qualify for the next round.

The team will have five returning players next season, six players are needed for a full team. Athletic director, Mick Fuller, shared his hopes for the future golf team.

“The golf team is a great group of boys,” Fuller said. “They all play golf very well and for that I am proud of all of them. With nearly the whole team returning next year, I feel hopeful that they could be strong competitors for the division two championship.”

If you would like to become a member of a championship team contact the athletic office.

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For more sports read the May 15 softball sports shorts, Softball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-05-16T00:00:00+00:00May 16th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Riverdale

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 6-10-1 overall and 3-7 in the West Sequoia League as of May 8. The Eagles will next play the Laton Mustangsin their first playoff game, May 14.

RIVERDALE TAKES FC, 11-1
FC hosted the Riverdale Cowgirls in their tenth and final league game of the season, May 8.

Although the first inning remained scoreless for both teams, the Cowgirls managed to put one run across in their second ups and shut down the home team in the bottom of the second inning. After holding Riverdale scoreless in the third, FC put their first run on the board, tying up the game, 1-1. After a strong first three innings, the Eagles began to slip, allowing the visiting team to score four runs in their fourth at bats, and failing to answer in their half-inning.

The home team fared a bit better in the fifth inning, holding Riverdale to only one run, but once again their offensive effort proved futile. In the top of the sixth inning, the Cowgirls added six more runs to their total. Although the Eagle offense was shut down in the bottom of the sixth, they prevented their opponents from scoring in the seventh in hopes of maintaining a chance to come back. Despite their efforts, though, FC failed to improve the score, and Riverdale emerged victorious, 11-1.

Softball supporter Larry Sellers has been to many of the Eagles’ home games and, over the course of the season, he has noticed both some improvements the girls have made and still need to make.

“The girls’ attitudes and eagerness and motivation to win has changed,” Sellers said. “There are a few girls, though, who still need to learn how to hit, and all of them need to make sure they are using two hands to catch the ball.”

Throughout the season, Sellers has seen an unreadiness to hit the ball in many of the girls’ at bats, and he believes that the girls can take an example from the offensive job of this games’ opponent.

“When you’re going to swing, you have to swing hard,” Sellers said. ” The Riverdale girls would swing because they were ready to swing. If they missed it, they missed it, but if they hit it, they crushed it.”

As the Eagles are going into playoffs, Sellers knows that the lack of commitment this team has dealt with at various points in the season must stop, as each player regardless of position or playing time, is crucial to the team’s success.

“You’ve got to have commitment to the team,” Sellers said. “You can’t let other things get in the way. If you’re going to play ball, you have to be there.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Laton Mustangsin their first playoff game, May 14 at 4 pm.

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

For more information, read the May 12 article, Softball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-05-12T00:00:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring Sports Banquet, May 12

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At the Spring Sports Awards, three people were specifically nominated during the ceremony. Junior high cheer coach Hope Villines was nominated coach of the year and seniors Tyler Laird and Annalise Rosik were nominated athletes of the year.

Tyler Laird, ’14, male athlete of the year, was surprised to receive his award.

“I was surprised because I was in two sports in each of my high school years,” Laird said. “I would like to thank my parents, coaches and teammates for helping me improve.”

Athletic director Mick Fuller commends Laid for being the prime example for what an FC athlete should be.

“Tyler is the kind of student athlete that makes being a coach and athletic director worthwhile,” Fuller said. “He strives to honor Christ, he encourages his teammates, he gives his best effort every day.

Female Athlete of year, Annalise Rosik, ’14, feels honored to be awarded for her time and effort she has put into her athletics.

“I’m really honored to get this award, I’ve worked really hard for the past four years and it’s nice to be recognized with this,” Rosik said. “I’ve done track for three years and soccer for four and I’ve thought about playing soccer in college, but it’s a huge time commitment and I just decided I wanted to dedicate that time towards other things. I’m grateful for Mr. {Robert} Foshee for believing in me as an athlete and all the support and time my parents have spent at countless games and track meets.”

Fuller recognizes the hard work and immense hours Rosik has out in throughout her high school career.

“Analise is a competitor. She pushes herself to achieve and challenges those around her to do the same,” Fuller said. ” She is an exemplary student athlete and strives to glorify God with the talents He has given her.”

Hope Villines, who won coach of the year, was astonished to find out she won an award. Since it was her first year coaching at FC, she loved coaching to her students.

“I am honored, humbled and blessed to receive this award, especially for being my first year coaching at FC,” Villines said. “I love coaching at FC and it’s nice to be able to talk to the Lord with the teams and to be able to pray for them and do devotions. Next year, some things I would like to improve would be to have my teamwork harder, be stronger and be better.”

Although Villines has various other tasks to complete, Fuller finds FC grateful to work with her.

“Hope is the kind of person who prayerfully hears God?s call on her and embraces the opportunities He gives to serve,” Fuller said. “She does it with passion and flair. She motivates her athletes to achieve and perform at a high level.”

The Spring Sports Awards Banquet will be held, May 12 at 7 p.m. All spring sports teams will be recognized along with awarding individual players in the Student Ministries Center (Ground Zero).

Athletic Director, Mick Fuller looks forward to an upbeat evening. He is excited to recognizing each of the teams and how much effort they put onto their sportsmanship.

“The purpose of the Sports Award Banquets is to have an opportunity to recognize and honor the spring sports athletes and dedication to their sports and team achievements,” Fuller said. “We will be recognizing the track and field, tennis, baseball, softball, and golf teams.”

Some students have never experienced sports before, including Hye Min Lee, ’16.

“This is my first time playing softball since I moved to America,” Lee said. “Since we don’t play sports in Korea, I wasn’t really an experienced player, but I feel like I’m involved when I moved to America.”

One of the baseball students, Tyler Sellers, ’16, is looking forward for a celebration and the baseball recognition.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating a great season,” Sellers said. “Since we’re being recognized to go to the playoffs, I’m expecting to go the whole way. We’re trying to focus on beating our opponents and moving up, even to the championship.”

In other news:

Sports physicals will be scheduled for mid-July. A notice will go out to all junior high and high school families when the date, time and location are finalized.

High school sports teams practicing during the summer will have their summer schedules ready in the next week or two. These will be sent to families of students who have expressed interest in participating in those sports.

Occasional sports updates will be sent throughout the summer. Check your email regularly to find out about upcoming events and sport related information.

High school football players will be meeting Monday, May 12 at 3:15 p.m. in Music Suite for all 8th-11th grade boys interested in playing football next year. High school Spring Sports Awards Dessert at 7 p.m. at Student Ministries Center (Ground Zero).

For more news articles, read May 12 article, BREAKING: Students earn ACSI awards

This writer can be reached via Twitter @mattgarza2017. Follow the Feather on Twitter @thefeather.

By |2014-05-12T00:00:00+00:00May 12th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Parlier

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 6-9-1 overall and 3-6 in the West Sequoia League as of May 5. The Eagles will next play against the Riverdale Cowgirls, May 8.

EAGLES POUND PANTHERS, 14-3
FC hosted the Parlier Panthers in their sixteenth overall and ninth league game of the season, May 5.

The Panthers kicked off the game with a run, answered by a score from FC. The second inning proved scoreless for both teams, but in their third ups, the visiting team added another run to their score, taking the lead until the Eagles put three runs on the board, making it a 4-2 game.

Although players, coaches and spectators anticipated a tight game as a result of the first couple of innings, the home team soon pulled ahead of Parlier, allowing one run in the top of the fourth inning but scoring four of their own in their ups. Shutting down the Panther offense and scoring six runs in the fifth inning, FC sealed the deal, securing their first home and third league win for the season.

Assistant coach Matt Weimer was excited about the win, but perhaps even more excited about the individual improvements he saw in many of the players which contributed to the outcome of the game.

“The girls who we count on to produce runs made the most of their at bats and drove in the runners who got on base for them,” Weimer said. “It was so fun watching Gaby come through in clutch situations. Maddie let go of fear, embraced her opportunities, and let herself do what her gut told her to do both in the field and at the plate, and our pitcher gave us a solid outing using just 61 pitches to retire 15 Panthers.”

Weimer was pleased with the overall performance of the girls, but he did notice a few things that the team needs to work on as they head into their last season game.

“The biggest thing that we need to work on is pitch selection,” Weimer said. “We need to choose to watch balls and hit strikes. It’s a simple game.”

The Eagles will next host the Riverdale Cowgirls at 4 p.m., May 8.

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

For more information, read the May 8 article, Softball sport shorts: Minarets.

By |2014-05-11T00:00:00+00:00May 11th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Minarets

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 5-9-1 overall and 2-6 in the West Sequoia League as of May 1. The Eagles will next play against the Parlier Panthers, May 5.

MUSTANGS DEFEAT EAGLES, 2-1
FC traveled to play the Minarets Mustangs in their fifteenth overall and eighth league game of the season, May 1.

For the first three innings, the game remained scoreless for both teams, but in the fourth inning, the Eagles put one run across. In their fourth ups, Minarets answered with a run of their own, tying up the game, 1-1. After preventing FC from scoring in the top of the fifth, the Mustangs took the lead, adding one more run to their total.

The visiting team was unable to score in the sixth inning, but shut down their opponent in the bottom of the inning, hoping to score in their last ups. As the Eagles failed to earn another run, the game ended and Minarets emerged victorious, giving Fresno Christian their sixth league loss for the 2013-14 season.

Returning shortstop Gaby Siqueiros, ’15, anticipated a tight game against the Mustangs, based on the results of the two teams’ previous battle, an 11-inning game which Minarets won 4-2.

“I knew it would be tough but we are evenly matched,” Siquieros said. “We played pretty good defense, but they also had a solid defense and we kept hitting right to all their players.”

As the team winds down the season and gears up for playoffs, Siquieros knows that, in order to be successful in post-league play, the Eagles will need to clean up the defensive job and take advantage of their opportunities up at bat.

“We need to work on hitting the open spots on the field and making less errors all around,” Siquieros said. “Playoffs should be interesting. I have no idea how we’re going to do or what our team is going to look like.”

The Eagles will next host the Parlier Panthers at 4 p.m., May 5.

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

For more information, read the May 5 article, Softball sport shorts: Fowler.

By |2014-05-08T00:00:00+00:00May 8th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Fowler

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 5-9-1 overall and 2-6 in the West Sequoia League as of May 1. The Eagles will next play against the Parlier Panthers, May 5.

FC FALLS TO FOWLER, 11-8
FC hosted the Fowler Redcats in their fourteenth overall and seventh league game of the season, April 28.

Shutting down the Fowler offense in the top of the first inning, FC kicked off the game with one run on the board in their first ups. Although the second inning remained scoreless, the visiting team tied the game up during the third inning and prevented the Eagles from answering.

The home team took the lead in the fourth inning by putting one run across, but in the next inning the Redcats tied the score again. The sixth inning yielded three runs for Fowler, but the home team was able to add three runs to their total, forcing the game into extra innings and bringing the score to 5-5 at the end of the seven innings of regulation.

Neither team was able to score in the eighth inning, but Fowler put three on the board in the top of the ninth, answered by three runs from the Eagles. As the tenth inning produced no runs for either team, the game continued into the eleventh inning, during which the visiting team took the lead by three runs. As FC was unable to answer, the Redcats emerged victorious in the Eagles’ second eleven inning game and fifth league loss for the 2013-14 season.

Head Coach Jeff Regan appreciated the intensity and concentration the team exhibited in this game, especially during the extra innings.

“The team played with confidence, desire and focus for the majority of the 11 innings, and displayed the belief that they can play with a Division 4 team,” Regan said. “They need to be able to finish the game on a positive note, for example, driving in the winning run. The team needs to come out victorious in these close games.”

With the playoff seeding meeting on Saturday and playoffs beginning a week from this Wednesday, Regan knows the team will have to work hard this week and keep improving steadily, but he has full confidence that success in post-league play is possible for the Eagles.

“At this point, I believe the team has earned the opportunity to enter the Division 6 playoffs,” Regan said. “With two games this week, we’ll see how the focus, effort and desire are. I believe this team can be successful, and the team must have the same belief.”

The Eagles will next host the Parlier Panthers at 4 p.m., May 5.

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

For more information, read the May 5 article, Softball sport shorts: Caruthers.

By |2014-05-07T00:00:00+00:00May 7th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Caruthers

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 5-9-1 overall and 2-6 in the West Sequoia League as of May 1. The Eagles will next play against the Parlier Panthers, May 5.

FC TRUMPS CARUTHERS, 6-2
FC traveled to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their thirteenth overall and sixth league game of the season, April 24.

Although neither team scored in the first inning, FC put two runs on the board during their second ups. The home team answered with a run of their own and held the Eagles scoreless in the top of the third. The Blue Raiders tied up the game in their third ups with another run added to their total.

The game remained at a score of 2-2 for the next three innings, but in the top of the seventh inning, the visiting team put four runs across. Shutting down Caruthers in their final ups, FC secured their second league and fifth overall victory, breaking a losing streak against the Blue Raiders lasting years.

Assistant coach Vic Breedlove was pleased with the team’s efforts and composure through the whole competition, even when the game was tight and the Eagles were under pressure.

“We hit the ball in clutch situations and strung hits together in the last inning to give us the lead by four,” Breedlove said. “Jenna pitched amazingly, the defense played strong and we hit the ball with confidence.”

Sophomore second baseman Maddie Luginbill was excited not only to have beaten Caruthers, but also because her team showed more mental toughness than ever before.

“I think that we really went in with a great mindset and had confidence in ourselves,” Luginbill said. “When things got tough in the game we were able to regroup and stay composed. It was really good for our team to be able to have a victory against a team that is a division above us because it shows not just everyone else but also ourselves that we are capable of beating a quality opponent.”

Luginbill is pleased with the progress the team has made not only in skill, but also in unity, composure and heart.

“We have come a long way since the beginning,” Luginbill said. “Our team has a really strong bond with each other which makes it a lot easier to play as one, not just for ourselves but to do well for the team because of how hard we have all worked to succeed this season.”

The Eagles will next host the Parlier Panthers at 4 p.m., May 5.

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

For more information, read the Apr. 24 article, Softball sport shorts: Riverdale.

By |2014-05-06T00:00:00+00:00May 6th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tennis participates in tournament, prepares for semi-finals

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Senior Jordan Castro smashes the ball back onto the opposing teams court, earning a point in doubles.

As spring sports start heating up, teams are preparing to go playoffs or finish at the end of league. The varsity tennis team is playing for the chance to make their way towards semi-finals after they finished second in the West Sequoia League (WSL), just after their loss April 22 against Firebaugh.

A few of the team members travelled to Hanford to participate in a tournament deciding which players could play for the singles and doubles events on April 26, which is separate from the team event.

Junior Rick Morrison and Jordan Castro, ’15, lost in doubles in the first round along with Cole Nale, ’15 and Zach Passmore, ’18. Junior Andrew Hindes lost in the second round while Nick Morrison, ’15 achieved second in the tournament and is now eligible to participate in the singles events.

Junior Nick Morrison made it to valley in the singles event to fight for a podium position. He was pumped after he achieved second in the tournament and for the chance to go to valley.

“I was really happy with my results by the end of the tournament,” Nick said. “Also with this win, I will be able to go to the Valley Championship as a single, and hopefully play well. Considering I started playing in y Sophomore year, I am extremely happy with how well I have improved.”

We have a chance to win the match. Orosi is a challenging team which will test our abilities. However with all the growth the team has done, we will have an opportunity to win the match. –Andrew Moore, ’16.

Sophomore Andrew Moore is excited for the game against Orosi and is confident that they will win the match.

“We have a chance to win the match,” Moore said. “Orosi is a challenging team which will test our abilities. However with all the growth the team has done, we will have an opportunity to win the match.”

The teams next challenge is on Thursday, May 1 against Orosi. If won, the Eagles will prepare for semi-finals.

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

For more sports, read the April 30 article Sophomore gains baseball skill, report.

By |2014-05-02T00:00:00+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sophomore gains baseball skill, report

Since Fresno Christian has began its collaborations with Tower Christian School, it has given many students in non traditional school settings the opportunity to participate in sports.

Now many of these athletic students are beginning to broaden their horizons, and take on multiple sports. One of these students is sophomore, Caleb Goodale.

Goodale has participated on the boys varsity soccer team at FC for both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He now has decided that he wishes to play baseball.

Goodale explained what it was exactly that made him decide that he wanted to play baseball.

“When I found out that a few other students were going to play, I thought it would be a pretty cool experience,” Goodale said. “I have played in the past, but I have never been as serious with it as soccer. Once soccer ended, I figured I might as well keep myself active, so I joined the team.”

Goodale played baseball when he was younger, but took a year off once he went into high school. Now that FC is allowing the Tower Christian students play on its sports teams, Caleb can play again.

Goodale elaborated on his baseball career and how he got started with it, in his younger years.

“I first played baseball when I was eight or so,” Goodale said. “I played for the People’s Church club team. I had some friends that attended People’s Church and they told me about the team.”

With so many aspects to the game of baseball, there are many things to love about the game. Goodale shared some of the things that he likes about baseball.

“I love the thrill of stepping up to the plate and challenging the pitcher,” Goodale said. “I also love the satisfaction you get from catching a fly ball. Baseball is great, because it is both a team sport and an individual sport at the same time.”

Goodale has acquired many new friends this year since joining baseball. Sophomore, Tyler Sellers, described his experience this year so far with Goodale.

“Caleb is a great kid,” Sellers said. “He makes practice and just the experience of being on the team, more fun. I have really enjoyed getting to know through baseball.”

With the season already coming to an end soon, there have been many opportunities for Goodale to shine. He shared what he thought was his highlight moment this season.

“My highlight moment this year is when I made a sliding catch in practice,” Goodale said. “It is also pretty exciting stealing the bases. It always a highlight when I get to steal a base.”

After seeing how it is playing multiple sports, Caleb explained his plans for next year.

“I usually run track, so I’m not sure if I’m going to play baseball or track next year,” Goodale said. “I am definitely going to play soccer, because that is my main sport. I also plan on playing football next year. A lot of the other homeschoolers play football so that will be awesome.”

For more information, see April 29 article, Baseball prepares for league rivals

By |2014-04-30T00:00:00+00:00April 30th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball prepares for league rivals (VIDEO, PODCAST)

The baseball team will host Fowler High School later today to play the Redcats in a WSL matchup. The rivalry between the two schools dates back many years and crosses multiple sports.

The Eagles currently stand at 8-7-1 overall, while the Redcats hold a 8-12 record. However, Caruthers holds the league advantage, boasting a 3-2 WSL record compared to FC’s 1-4 stand.

The two teams met earlier this year, with the Redcats taking the game 8-1, April 1.

The Eagles won their last game, a 9-7 victory over Riverdale, unlike Fowler, who lost a 8-2 contest to Caruthers High School. FC will need to mount a successful stretch in the coming games in order to make a run at playoffs.

Sophomore Tyler Breedlove looks forward to the competition and the Eagles’ chance to prove their merit.

“We really need this game,” said Breedlove. “With the losses that we’ve had over the past few weeks, a victory would be a huge turn for us mentally, and would help our dwindling league record. We need to come out sharp on defense and make solid contact at the plate. If we do that, we should have a great chance at taking home the W.”

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By |2014-04-29T00:00:00+00:00April 29th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Fowler (VIDEO)

BASEBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Coalinga High School, March 19.

FOWLER TAKES FC, 8-1

For their second West Sequoia League game of the season, the Fresno Christian baseball team traveled to Fowler High School to play the Redcats. The team was looking to bounce back after a loss in their league opener to Caruthers.

Fowler started their ace, senior Matt Morales and kept the Eagle hitters off-balance. After a one-two-three top half of the first, the Redcats were able to take an early lead in the bottom half of the inning, scoring three runs off Eagle pitcher Dillon Owens, ’15.

After a scoreless second inning, Fowler tacked on three more in the third, increasing their lead to 6-0. Following Owens, freshman George Castro came in and managed to keep the damage minimal. However, despite Castro’s pitching performance, FC made multiple errors in the field and were not able to keep the game close.

On the other side of the ball they struggled too, managing only one hit through seven innings. Fowler kept the game in check and went on to win 8-1.

Sophomore Tyler Breedlove says the team made some mistakes in the field that could have kept the game close and that they need to improve if the want to make a strong playoff run.

“He had some mental mistakes and some errors that shouldn’t have happened,” Breedlove said. “We just need to settle down and get our feet back under us again. If we want to make playoffs, we have to do the small things right and be able to compete against good teams with good pitchers.”

With the win, Fowler improves to 1-1 in WSL play while the Eagles fall 0-2 in WSL and 7-5 overall.

FC’s next game will be Tuesday, where the team plays the Minarets Mustangs at home at 4 p.m.

For more sport shorts, read the April 22 article, Softball sport shorts: Fowler

By |2014-04-28T00:00:00+00:00April 28th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Riverdale

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 8-7-1 overall and 1-4-1 in the West Sequoia League as of April 25. The Eagles will play their next game against Caruthers High School, April 30.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES FIGHT OFF WSL OPPONENT, April 22

Coming back after their spring break, the Eagle baseball team was looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing loss to Parlier in the previous game. However, both the Riverdale Cowboys and the Fresno Christian Eagles were winless in West Sequoia League up to this point, so both teams were hungry for victory.

After the Eagles were unable to score in the top of the first, Junior Taylor Howard took the ball for the Eagles and kept the cowboys scoreless in the first. In the top of the second, the Eagles loaded the bases with no one out. Yet they were unable to capitalize on the situation and came away without a run. However in the third the Eagles were able to strike first, scoring sophomore Tyler Breedlove for the game first run. The Cowboys would continue to fight back, as they hit a two-run home run over the center field fence to take the lead 2-1.

From that point on it was a neck-and-neck game, each team taking the lead then giving it up again. Until the Sixth inning when the Eagles were finally able to pull away, putting up three runs and increasing their lead 8-3. The Cowboys scored two in the bottom half of the inning and heading into the seventh and final inning the Eagles still held the advantage 8-5. After scoring one more insurance run the seventh, the Cowboys loaded the bases with only one out. After a two-RBI single, Riverdale came within two with runners in scoring position. The next ball was a shallow blooper to the second baseman Tyler Breedlove, who caught the ball and threw it to first base to turn the double play and secure the victory.

Breedlove says it was an exciting game that was beneficial for the team and he was happy they were able to come out on top.

“It was a good game,” Breedlove said, “The score kept going back and forth and that was good for us. We needed that experience. We could have prevented that by playing better defense and executing our bunts better, but it made for a good game. I’m happy I was able to make the final play to make up for the mistakes earlier in the game.”

The Eagles improve to 8-7 on the season and are now 1-4 in WSL play. Their next ame will be on the road as they travel to Caruthers on Friday April 25.

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By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball Sport Shorts: Minarets

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 4-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the West Sequoia League as of April 22. The Eagles will next play against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, April 24.

FC DEFEATED BY MINARETS, 4-2
FC hosted the Minarets Mustangs in their tenth overall and third league game of the season, April 7.

In the first two innings, neither team scored, promising a close rest of the game. The Eagles managed to hold Minarets scoreless in their third ups, and in the bottom of the third inning put the first run of the game across. The score remained 1-0, FC, for the fourth and fifth innings, as both teams were shut down offensively by the other.

The Mustangs took the lead during the sixth inning, putting their first two runs on the board during their ups and holding the home team to one run scored. After preventing Minarets from scoring in the top of the seventh inning, the Eagles scored one run in their at bat, tying the game and sending both teams into overtime.

Both teams held each other scoreless for three extra innings, keeping the score tied at 2-2 despite numerous runners on base throughout each inning for Minarets and FC. However, in the eleventh inning, the Mustangs scored two runs on a bases-loaded single, and as the Eagles were unable to meet the two-run challenge, the visiting team emerged victorious, 4-2, giving FC their fourth consecutive loss and bringing their league play record to 0-3.

Team captain Ashley Garcia, ’15, was pleased with the mental toughness displayed by the girls during this game, and glad to hear encouragement coming from the entire team.

“I think we kept our composure throughout the whole game well, and we played hard as a team,” Garcia said. “We brought each other up when we were down, and we were loud the whole game. I think we hit a little bit better, the pitching and catching were good, and we played really well as a team.”

Although this game showed major improvements in the Eagles’ mental game of softball, Garcia noticed some mental errors, especially in the area of base running. In addition to this, she believes that in order to succeed on offense, many players need to get out of an individual mentality and realize that the game is a team effort.

“We need to know what to do in situations when there are runners on base, we need to actually hit the ball and do it for the team instead of individually trying to hit it over the fences and smash it,” Garcia said. “Also, we need to execute the simple plays, and bunt or hit when we need to.

Knowing that the Eagles have a tough schedule ahead of them for the next couple of weeks, Garcia is aware that wins will require even more mental toughness and discipline from the entire team. Beyond that, the biggest adjustment she knows the girls must make is in their confidence level, because success requires belief in themselves and in their teammates.

“I think we need to be disciplined and have faith in ourselves as a team and as individual players,” Garcia said. “A lot of the people on our team are not very confident, so we need to work on our confidence. We?ve got to execute the simple plays, be smart on the base paths, not make stupid mistakes, and give 110% the whole game no matter how tired we are or where we are.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders at 4 p.m., April 24.

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

For more information, read the Apr. 22 article, Softball sport shorts: Fowler.

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Parlier

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 4-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the West Sequoia League as of April 22. The Eagles will next play against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, April 24.

EAGLES TRUMP PARLIER, 13-4
FC traveled to play the Parlier Panthers in their eleventh overall and fourth league game of the season, April 10.

The Eagles kicked off the game with one run in the first inning, holding the Panthers scoreless in their ups. The second inning produced one run for each team, but FC increased their lead in the third, scoring nine runs and preventing Parlier from answering. For the first time in the game, the home team held the Eagles scoreless in the fourth inning, and managed to add one run to their score, bringing the score to 11-2.

Both teams put one run across in the fifth inning, keeping it a nine-run game, and in the sixth inning, Parlier again prevented FC from scoring and decreased their lead by one run. In the seventh inning, the visiting team put one more run on the board, shutting down the Panther offense in their final ups, securing for the Eagles their first league win of the season with a score of 13-4 and ending a five-game losing streak.

Head Coach Jeff Regan was encouraged by the performance of the team during this game, as both defense and offense were executing the plays and doing their jobs more consistently.

“We are gaining experience,” Regan said. “Players are growing, learning, and gaining confidence. Players are playing without fear, relying on their abilities and what they’ve been taught. My prayer is that the players will see the gains that they are making and build on them.”

Regan believes that each of the players have improved much, but he knows that in order to defeat the teams coming up in the Eagles’ schedule, they will need to continue this improvement, as the next few games will be tough.

“Tremendous encouragement can be gained as a result of this game,” Regan said. “However, we need to never be satisfied. There is always room for improvement, always areas to be fine-tuned. We need to build on a successful game such as this one.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders at 4 p.m., April 24.

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

For more information, read the Apr. 23 article, Softball sport shorts: Minarets.

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Riverdale

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 4-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the West Sequoia League as of April 22. The Eagles will next play against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, April 24.

EAGLES FALL TO RIVERDALE, 10-0
FC traveled to play the Riverdale Cowgirls in their twelfth overall and fifth league game of the season, April 22.

The first inning remained scoreless for both teams, but in the second inning, after preventing Fresno Christian from scoring, the Cowgirls managed to put one run on the board. The Eagles again were unable to score in their next ups and allowed Riverdale to add two more runs to their total, bringing the game to 3-0, Cowgirls, at the end of the third inning.

After the visiting team once again failed to put any runs across, the home team drove the nail in the coffin by scoring seven runs in their fourth ups. This productive half-inning, followed by a shut-out FC at bat, secured the Cowgirls’ win and ended the game at a score of 10-0, according to the ten-run rule, in the top of the fifth inning, giving the Eagles their fourth league loss and seventh overall loss.

Assistant coach Matt Weimer was pleased with the girls’ performance at the beginning of the game, as they came out strong against the top team in the league. However, toward the end of the game the Eagles began to lose focus, make errors, become discouraged and roll over,

“We played a really solid first three innings,” Weimer said. “We swung the bat against a strong pitcher. We needed a few more hits and a few less errors.”

Weimer believes that failing to execute the basic routine plays was what killed FC, especially during the Cowgirls’ fourth at bats. In that one inning, the Eagles made nine errors, giving Riverdale many more opportunities than they earned to score the seven runs they put across. He is hopeful, though, that if the girls continue to be aggressive at the plate, they will see those at bats turn into hits and eventually runs.

“We need to take the opportunities that are handed to us and get outs,” Weimer said. “Balls that are hit to girls need to be turned into outs. We need to continue to swing the bat and have the courage to swing the bat, to put the ball in play, to grow at the plate. Good things happen when you swing the bat.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders at 4 p.m., April 24.

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

For more information, read the Apr. 23 article, Softball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-04-23T00:00:00+00:00April 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Fowler

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 4-6-1 overall and 1-3 in the West Sequoia League as of April 10. The Eagles will next play against the Riverdale Cowgirls, April 22.

EAGLES FALL TO FOWLER, 10-1
FC traveled to play the Fowler Redcats in their ninth overall and second league game of the season, April 3.

In their first at bat, the Eagles put what would prove to be their one and only run across, holding Fowler scoreless in the bottom of the first inning. After shutting FC down in the second inning, the Redcats put five runs on the board, taking the lead over the visiting team.

Although the third inning remained scoreless for both teams, FC allowed the home team to add three runs to their score in the fourth inning. Neither team was able to score in their fifth ups, but in the bottom of the sixth inning, after again holding the Eagles scoreless, Fowler added two runs to their score. As FC was unable to produce any runs in the top of the seventh, the game was ended with a score of 10-1, Fowler, giving FC its second consecutive league loss.

Head Coach Jeff Regan recognized a confidence in many of the players during this game that had not been there in the past. He was encouraged, but he does know that the entire team needs to gain that confidence in order to be successful.

“Several players displayed increased composure as they made plays and had at-bats,” Regan said. “We need the entire team to play with increased composure. We are still displaying the inability to play without fear. That inability will prevent this team from continued growth and success.”

Regan believes that the ability to emerge victorious over any team does lie in the ability to execute the plays and drive in the runs, but perhaps even more it lies in the players’ belief that they can win.

“I believe Fowler is a team we can beat,” Regan said. “The players need to have that belief to take advantage of the opportunity to be successful.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Riverdale Cowgirls at 4 p.m., April 22.

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

For more sports, read the April. 11 article, Gilmore instates physical tests for 7-12.

By |2014-04-22T00:00:00+00:00April 22nd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Softball sport shorts: Caruthers

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ softball schedule, home page or check out Maxpreps.com. The Eagles are currently 4-7-1 overall and 1-4 in the West Sequoia League as of April 22. The Eagles will next play against the Caruthers Blue Raiders, April 24.

EAGLES DEFEATED BY CARUTHERS, 16-2
FC hosted the Caruthers Blue Raiders in their eighth overall and first league game of the season, March 31.

Caruthers started off the game by scoring two runs in their first ups and then shutting down FC in the bottom of the inning. The second and third innings produced six and five runs, respectively, for the Blue Raiders, and they were again able to hold the Eagles scoreless, bringing the game to a score of 13-0, Caruthers.

In the fourth inning, the home team shut down the opponent and drove in a run. After allowing three runs in the Blue Raiders’ fifth at bats, Fresno Christian faced the 13-run lead held by Caruthers. Despite their efforts, the Eagles put only one more run across the board, ending the game at five innings and giving them a first league game loss with a final score of 16-2.

Despite the skill that the opponent exhibited in this game, Head Coach Jeff Regan believes that victory is possible if the Eagles take the opportunities they are given to score and to make plays and execute them as well as he knows his players can.

“Caruthers is a good hitting team,” Regan said. “They swing their bats freely. They hit the ball well against us. They also had solid defense. I believe, though, that we have an opportunity to be successful heading into every game. The ability to take advantage of that opportunity is up to the players.”

Regan noticed the intimidation Caruthers created in each of the girls, and he knows that, in order to win, the girls have got to get rid of that fear.

“We need to play without fear, as a team and as individuals,” Regan said. “A solid team, such as Caruthers, elicits fear in an opposing team. We need to play with confidence, rather than doubt. I believe we are improving daily, though, as a team and as individuals. Growth, learning, and confidence-gaining are the goals for us.”

The Eagles will next travel to play the Caruthers Blue Raiders at 4 p.m., April 24.

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

For more information, read the Mar. 30 article, Softball sport shorts: Firebaugh.

By |2014-04-21T00:00:00+00:00April 21st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gilmore initiates physical tests for 7-12

Throughout the nation, physical education classes participate in Presidential Physical Fitness Testing, to test their physical abilities. Students showcase their physical abilities through a series of tests and receive a grade based on their scores.

The test includes activities such as: hands release push ups, sit-ups, squats, sit and reach and the mile. Each test has a certain number of repetitions in order to pass, receive a higher score.

Student who pass all of the five fitness test will receive a certificate. those who are in the 80 percent and higher percentile for all five events will receive a medal.

Ericlee Gilmore physical education teacher assess all of his student, junior high and high school, with the same test.

“Physical fitness testing is a national test, and I decided to it April 2-8 because it was right around the time of SAT-10 testing. So we can test the brain along with our bodies,” Gilmore said. “I test my junior high and high school students on the same things, there are just different standards for each.

Gilmore develops the test requirements by averaging the total skill level of each grade.

“To find the standards for push-ups, sit-ups and squat tests I averaged each of the classes scores and used some of my own knowledge,” Gilmore said. “I would like to do testing more often, but it just takes a lot of work, because I have to watch each student individually.”

Junior Alyssa Oakley, believes participating in fitness testing is important for students, but they should practice each of the tests before hand.

“I personally don’t mind fitness testing, I think that its a good idea for students to get tested on there abilities,” Oakley said. “I wish that we would have practiced each of the five tests more so we could have the chance to get a better score.”

Chloe Mueller, ’16, enjoys testing her physical abilities and setting goals for herself.

“I think its important because it gives students goals to work for, and it helps them test their physical abilities and improve them,” Mueller said. “Also we had a competition between classes to see which class was the most physically fit.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the April 2 article, Boys tennis sport shorts: Caruthers.

By |2014-04-11T00:00:00+00:00April 11th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys tennis sport shorts: Caruthers

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

There are no additional stats available online for tennis. FC is currently 6-2 overall and 0-0 in West Sequoia League as of April 1. The Eagles will next play at Dos Palos, April 3.

EAGLES WIN MATCHES, LOOK TO SECURE SECOND PLACE IN LEAGUE

On March 27 the Eagles tennis team played the Caruthers Blue Raiders for the second time this season, winning 8-1. FC swept singles, losing only in first doubles. The Eagles improved to 6-2 in league with the win.

Despite the lopsided score, the Eagles played it close in several matches, with tiebreaker victories in first and second singles. The Eagles’s lone loss in first doubles also went to tiebreaker. Thanks to the sweep of singles matches, the Eagles’ victory was assured by the time first and second doubles took the court.

Freshman Zach Passmore won at third doubles with Cole Nale. He said he enjoyed the competition.

“We did pretty well,” Passmore said. “I hadn’t played doubles with Cole before, but we won. It was a lot of fun.”

Coach Robert Foshee focused on key matches coming up in the season.

“We played well this match,” Foshee said. “We need to look forward to our next two matches, which should be competitive. Dos Palos and Fowler are next, and if we win both, we should secure second place in league.”

Junior Jordan Castro won in sixth singles, playing in that position for only the second time this year. He observed that doubles is his preferred game, but he was pleased with the result in singles.

“The team as a whole did well,” Castro said. “I’m not sure how I feel about playing singles instead of doubles. Singles is fun, but doubles is what I am best at and what I enjoy most. Still, it was good to get the win for the team.”

The Eagles play next at Dos Palos, April 3.

For more sports, read the March 27 article, Golf sports shorts: Kingsburg.

By |2014-04-02T00:00:00+00:00April 2nd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: April 1 through April 30

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

The spring sports calendars are beginning to heat up with the start of track, tennis, golf, baseball and softball seasons.

Currently, the baseball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 7-0 overall. The tennis team is 6-2 in the West Sequoia League and 8-5 overall this season. The softball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 3-2-1 overall. The track team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 0-0 overall. The golf team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 4-2 overall.

Spring sport pics 4/8 are at 3:15 p.m. Once users are logged into their email account, click on Sports Pictures form to view photo packages.

Easter Break 4/14 – 4/21

There are two weeks of games, meets and matches to catch before we leave for Easter Break. Be sure and catch at least one of each high school spring sport. There will not be any games during spring break.

When we return to school on April 22, all spring sports will begin contests again.

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

Mick Fuller
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Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events

3/31 HS softball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)
4/1 HS baseball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/2 HS track @ Fowler HS WSL Meet @ 4 pm
4/3 HS golf @ Sierra Meadows @ 1 pm
4/3 HS softball @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
4/3 HS boys tennis @ Dos Palos HS @ 4 pm
4/4 HS track @ Clovis East @ 2:30 pm
4/4 HS baseball @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm

4/7 HS softball vs Minarets (FC varsity softball field)
4/8 JH & HS Spring Sport Pictures in FC Gym @ 3:15 pm
4/8 HS baseball vs Minarets @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/8 HS tennis @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
4/9 HS track @ Caruthers WSL Meet @ 4 pm
4/10 HS golf @ Sierra Meadows @ 1 pm
4/10 HS boys tennis @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/10 HS softball @ Parlier @ 4 pm
4/11 HS track @ Yosemite High School @ 3 pm
4/11 HS baseball @ Parlier @ 4 pm

4/14 – 4/21 Easter Break

4/22 HS golf @ Riverside @ 2:30 pm
4/22 HS softball @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/22 HS baseball @ Riverdale @ 4 pm
4/22 HS boys tennis @ Firebaugh @ 4 pm
4/24 HS golf @ Airways @ 2 pm
4/24 HS softball @ Caruthers @ 4 pm
4/25 HS baseball @ Caruthers @ 4 pm
4/26 HS track @ Corcoran @ 9:30 am

4/28 HS softball vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)
4/29 HS baseball vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
4/30 HS golf @ Lemoore @ 12 pm
4/30 HS track @ Fowler @ 4 pm

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian
http://www.fresnochristian.com/

FCS Sports Schedules
http://www.fresnochristian.com/?division=page&pageid=39

By |2014-04-01T00:00:00+00:00April 1st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eagle Madness aims to create fellowship, March 25

Leadership students create basketball tournament

In honor of the annul National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball tournament, March Madness, FC students have decided to create an event of their own.Skyler Lee

In honor of the annul National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball tournament, March Madness, FC students have decided to create an event of their own.

In honor of the annul National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball tournament, March Madness, FC students have decided to create an event of their own. A group of freshmen leadership students first conceived the idea of a basketball tournament involving the FC high school many weeks in advance.

However, in order to put their plan into action the underclassmen relied upon the guidance of ASB President Caleb Nale,’14, as well as other upperclassmen. At long last their idea was approved and admitted to the FC calendar. It has since been dubbed, quite appropriately,Eagle Madness.

One of the cofounders in the creation of Eagle Madness is Trevor Trevino,’17. The idea first came from a passion for basketball and a desire to unite the student body through the sport. Trevino is impressed with the schools response.

“Eagle Madness is a basketball tournament organized for students to go out and have fun,” Trevino said. “We (freshmen founders) were just so into basketball and loved the idea of creating our own mini version of the tournament. The school has responded well considering twenty teams have sinned up so far. We really appreciate everyone including the girl?s participation in this event.”

The guidelines for Eagle Madness are simple. Each team must consist of three players with at least one female teammate. All points scored will count as two points. Four teams will be able to play simultaneously. The games will be featured during lunch in the FC gym on March 25, 27, and 28.

Eagle Madness is a basketball tournament organized for students to go out and have fun. We were just so into basketball and loved the idea of creating our own mini version of the tournament. The school has responded well considering twenty teams have sinned up so far. We really appreciate everyone including the girl’s participation in this event–Trevor Trevino

Throughout the tournament losing teams will be eliminated whereas winners will advance to the next round. The championship game will take place and the winner will be announced, March 28. Prizes are yet to be determined.

Student participants such as Claire Kollenkark,’16, are excited to form closer bonds with their teammates. Kollenkark mildly nervous to play basketball but anticipates that her experience with Eagle Madness will be a positive one.
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“I signed up because Chris (Kollenkark) and Justin Houts wanted me to and it sounded fun,” Kollenkark said. “I hope to gain some hoops and a closer relationship with Justin and Chris. I?m more nervous than excited about it because I have no idea how to play basketball. I plan on just trying my hardest and having fun with it because that is all that really matters.”

In preparation for this event leadership arranged time for teams to practice together, March 24. In addition to honing in on their basketball skills, the additional time allowed for participants to gain an even closer bond with their team as well as connect with the other teams.

Nale believes this unique opportunity will allow students the time to express themselves over a common cause and participate in the basketball season. He hopes that students will not be afraid to be outgoing and try their hardest despite any lack of previous knowledge about the sport.

“March is time for basketball and I thought this opportunity would be interesting,” Nale said. “It?s just something fun to be involved in. It?s another opportunity to get involved in school activities and a lot of people like basketball so it?s a good way to do it. I hope people aren?t afraid to dress up funny and embarrass themselves a little.”

One of leadership?s goals in establishing this event was to create an opportunity for fellowship in both upper and underclassmen, and encourage them to mingle in a positive atmosphere. Leadership advisor Robert Foshee hopes this event inspires friendly competition and highlights the uniqueness of each individual.

“The purpose of Eagle Madness is to have a great time to enjoy athletics and get a team together,” Foshee said. “Not every team is going to win but some will dress up together or make a cool name for themselves. It’s just something fun to get together and compete but to have a good time doing it.”

Eagle Madness champions will be unveiled on March 28 and will receive a prize yet to be determined. The games are open to spectator viewing.

For more news, read the March 25 article, BRIEF: Cheer tryouts approach, March 29.

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

Boys baseball sport shorts: Avenal

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 7-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 22. The Eagles will play their next game against Avenal High School, March 25.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES TAKE BOTH GAMES OF DOUBLE HEADER, March 22

For their second double header of the season, the Fresno Christian baseball team travelled to the town of Avenal to play the Buccaneers. The Eagles sought to remain undefeated and improve to 7-0 by the end of the day.

Senior David Ryu took the mound for the Eagles in the first game for his first start of the season. Avenal meanwhile threw their ace right hander Jamie Ramos. Ramos fastball-slider combination had many of the Eagles batters off-balance at the plate. After a few scoreless innings the Buccaneers were able to drive across the games first run.

However, the Eagles struck back with two runs of their own. After that, it was a back-and-forth battle. Sophomore Tyler Breedlove came in to relieve Ryu in the third, and later in that same inning Junior Aaron DeWolf came in to finish the inning. By the end of the third Avenal was in control 4-2.

But at the top of the fourth inning, the Eagles came alive at the plate. Driving in run after run, not only to tie the game but to take the lead. They scored five runs in the fourth inning making the score 7-4. But the Buccaneers would not go away, driving home two more in the fifth making it a one run game. After a scoreless sixth inning the Eagles were able to pull away in the top of the seventh, driving home four more runs and putting the game away. Junior Taylor Howard came in to close the game as the Eagles took game one 11-6.

After a twenty five minute break the second game was under way. Avenal was forced to throw their number two pitcher as Ramos pitched 6 2/3 innings in the first game. The Eagles on the other hand sat some of their starters to rest for later in the day.

Nonetheless, the Eagles were able to take an early lead by driving home two quick runs in the top of the first. Junior Taylor Howard started the second game and was absolutely brilliant. He pitched 3 scoreless innings with 7Ks before he was replaced by Sophomore Tyler Sellers in the fourth.

By this time, the Eagles had taken control of the game 5-0, but they weren’t finished yet. They tacked on two more in the fourth and four more in the fifth, increasing their lead to 11. Avenal managed to drive in three runs of their own in the fifth, but it was too late. After the fifth inning came to a close the game was called due to time restrictions and FC took game two, 11-3.

Senior Lucas Lopez said the two games were great for the team to experience as they approach the start of league.

“The games went very well considering we didn’t have two of our pitchers (senior Caleb Nale and Fresnman George Castro).” Lopez said, “It shows that other people on the team are willing to step up when the team needs them. The games gave us the confidence to go against teams like Firebaugh on Tuesday.”

The Eagles next game will be at home against defending Division V champion Firebaugh High School.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-23T00:00:00+00:00March 23rd, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys baseball sport shorts: Coalinga

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 5-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Avenal High School, March 22.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES HOLD OFF HORNED FROGS, March 19

Seeking to remain undefeated, the Fresno Christian baseball team hosted the Coalinga Horned Frogs, Wednesday afternoon. The teams were predicted to match up pretty evenly, and the outcome did not disappoint.

Freshman George Castro took the hill for the Eagles and got them off to a great start, throwing a one-two-three inning. The Eagles were held in check offensively and were not able to capitalize on Coalinga’s inability to score.

However in the third inning the Eagles were able to bring home Michael Fu for the game’s first run. Again in the fourth inning FC was able to drive in another run, making the score 2-0. But in the fourth inning Coalinga struck back, taking the lead 3-2. But the Eagles would not back dawn as they managed to come back with two more runs and regained the lead 4-3.

In the fifth, senior Caleb Nale came in to finish the game on the mound, but in doing so gave the up tying run later in the top of the sixth inning, making the score 4-4.

However, he made up it by leading off the sixth inning with a triple, rallying the hitters behind him. With one out and a runner on second and third, sophomore Tyler Breedlove poked a hit into shallow right field, scoring both runs and giving the Eagles the lead once more. After the inning drew to a close, the game was called to due time and the Eagles reman undefeated through five games with the 6-4 victory.

Sophomore Tyler Sellers says that the win was a great booster for the team and that they should be competitive throughout the rest of the year.

“The game against coalinga was really good.” Sellers said, “We did all our routine stuff and were very competitive for the entire length of the game. We still have some things to work on for the games against Firebaugh and Caruthers but it definitely prepared us for the rest of the season.”

The Eagles will next play on Saturday as the team travels to Avenal High School for a double header.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-21T00:00:00+00:00March 21st, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Boys baseball sport shorts: Tranquility

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 16. The Eagles will play their next game against Coalinga High School, March 19.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES DOMINATE IN WIN, March 14

For the Eagles fourth game of the season, they hosted the Tranquility Tigers at home in a non-league matchup. It would be the second time the two teams have played each other this season; the first match was won by the Eagles and they were looking for a similar result this time around.

Junior Dillon Owens again took the mound for the Eagles in his third start of the season. After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, the Eagles came up to bat. The Tigers were without their ace right-hander and a few other key players due to the school’s Sadie Hawkins dance later that evening, so many Tranquility players were forced to play new roles throughout the game. As a result, the Eagles were able to get on base quickly and easily with the inexperienced pitcher on the mound. They were walked multiple times and was able to bring home runs. FC led after the first inning 7-0.

Owens stayed on the mound until the fourth inning when he was replaced by homeschooler George Castro, ’17. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles continued to bring across runs in steady chunks even with most of their second string in the game. Senior David Ryu replaced Castro in the seventh inning to close the game as the Eagles won comfortably 15-1.

Senior Caleb Nale said it was a fun game, but would have liked it more had the game been closer.

“It’s always fun to win,” Nale said, “but when you face a team that’s not very good it can sometimes get boring. Regardless we have to stay focused on the rest of the season ahead of us because we still have a long way to go if we want to reach our goals as a team.”

The Eagles are now 4-0 overall including a 3-0 record at home. They look to improve on that record as they play agian on Wednesday, March 19 against Coalinga High School on the FC field.

For more information, see the March 14 article, Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball.

By |2014-03-16T00:00:00+00:00March 16th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Owens takes leadership position in varsity baseball

Often in life high school students find themselves searching for a place to belong, and in a small school like FC, sports are a constructive and fun way to find themselves.

Junior Dillon Owens discovered his love for baseball early on in life and has continued playing throughout all of middle school and high school. His determination to be the best he can be has driven him to great lengths in the sport.

“I’ve been playing baseball since I was about three, just playing tee-ball with my dad,” Owens said. “I love baseball because it’s a rush; if you mess up there is always the next play to recover from and keep going. The most difficult thing about pitching is when you have a full count and if you walk the batter, your team hates you, but when you strike him out, they love you.”

In his many years in the sport, Owens remembers some of the greatest and most embarrassing moments in his baseball career.

“The most embarrassing thing that happened to me was when I was walking up to bat and I swung too hard and hit myself in the back of my head,” Owens said. “The greatest play I’ve ever made was a triple play. I caught a fly ball and threw it two second and then to first base.”

Unlike many high school students Owens gets the privilege of being able to play alongside his cousin Tyler Sellers, ’16.

“I’ve played baseball at Bullard and a little bit at Central and it’s a lot different because its all politics, but here at FC its more like a family and everyone gets a chance to play,” Owens said. “It helps a lot to have my cousin Tyler {Sellers} on the team because I can rely on him, and if I get mad and yell at him, there won’t be any hard feelings. We’ve played together since we were really young.”

Sellers also enjoys being able to count on his cousin out on the field, knowing from experience the two play well together.

“Dillon {Owens} is a great player, and he does a great job at what he does on the field,” Sellers said. “He is very reliable, when we throw him the ball he picks it; he is a great first basemen. We have played together for 10 years, I know exactly how he plays, and it’s great knowing what he’s going to do before he does it.”

This year, Owens has set goals for himself personally as well as for the team, ultimately hopeing to advance the team to playoffs.

“My goals personally are to go to valley, but it’s going to be tough to move forward from past years,” Owens said. “As a team I want to have a winning record, rather than a loosing record. Our record now is 4-0. The longest gave I’ve ever played was 11 innings because we had to go into over time. Right now I’m the highest pitcher in division five for strike out.”

Head baseball coach Noah Heinz admires Owens’s passion for the game and has high hopes for the team this year under his leadership.

“I would say that Dillon {Owens} has acclimated very well, and taken on leadership roles as pitcher and first basemen,” Hinds said. “Dillon and Tyler {Sellers} together both bring some really good energy to the team; their passion for the game really pushes the other players to excel. I have high hopes and expectations for this season. I think we have a really good chance at league and we can even make a run at valley championships.”

These writers can be reached via Twitter: @_sarapeterson and @gaby_siqueiros. Follow The Feather via Twitter: @thefeather.

For more sports, read the March 14 article, Softball sport shorts: Orange Cove.

By |2014-03-14T00:00:00+00:00March 14th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sports Center: March 12 through 31

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

The spring sports calendars are beginning to heat up with the start of track, tennis, golf, baseball and softball seasons.

Currently, the baseball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 4-0 overall. The tennis team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 2-0 overall this season. The softball team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 1-0-1 overall. The track team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 0-0 overall. The golf team is 0-0 in the West Sequoia League and 2-2 overall.

All girls interested in high school and junior high cheer for the 2014-’15 season are invited to attend the open gyms and clinic dates before tryouts. Tryouts will be held in the FC gym beginning at 9:00a.m., March 29. Open gyms will be held on March 21 and 24. Tryout clinics will be from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., March 25, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m., March 26 and 5 p.m.-6 p.m., March 27. Clinics are mandatory to learn the material for tryouts. For more information please attend the mandatory parent/athlete meeting at 3:30 in room 521, March 14.

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

Mick Fuller
[email protected]
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Michelle Morse
[email protected]
559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events

3/12 HS softball vs Sierra High @ 2:30 pm (FC varsity softball field)
3/13 HS boys tennis vs Fowler @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/14 HS baseball vs Tranquillity @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
3/14 Cheer parent and athlete meeting in room 521 @ 3:30 pm
3/15 FCS Auction @ 5:30 pm

3/18 HS golf vs Kingsburg @ Riverside @ 3:30 pm
3/18 HS softball @ Tranquillity HS @ 3:30 pm
3/18 HS boys tennis vs Riverdale @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/20 HS boys tennis vs Firebaugh @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/21 Cheer clinic open gym @ 3:15 in FC gym
3/22 HS softball @ Avenal HS @ 11 am & 2 pm
3/22 HS baseball @ Avenal HS @ 11 am & 2 pm
3/22 HS track @ Rafer Johnson Invitational @ Kingsburg HS @ 10 am

3/24 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/25 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/25 HS baseball vs Firebaugh @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity baseball field)
3/25 HS golf vs Clovis West @ Riverside @ 3:30 pm
3/25 HS boys tennis @ Coalinga HS @ 4 pm
3/26 cheer clinic @ 3:15 pm
3/26 HS track @ WSL Meet @ Fowler HS @ 4 pm
3/26 HS softball vs Alpaugh @ 3:30 pm (FC varsity softball field)
3/27 cheer clinic @ 5 pm in FC gym
3/27 HS golf vs Bullard @ Eagle Springs @ 2 pm
3/27 HS boys tennis vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC tennis courts)
3/28 HS softball @ Firebaugh HS @ 3:30 pm
3/28 HS track @ Frosh/Soph Showcase @ Clovis West HS @ 2:30 pm
3/29 cheer try outs @ 9 am in FC gym
3/29 HS baseball vs Mendota HS @ 10 am & 1 pm (FC varsity baseball field)

3/31 HS softball vs Caruthers @ 4 pm (FC varsity softball field)

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

Fresno Christian
http://www.fresnochristian.com/

FCS Sports Schedules
http://www.fresnochristian.com/?division=page&pageid=39

By |2014-03-13T00:00:00+00:00March 13th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baseball sport shorts: Stoneridge Christian

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 3-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of March 9. The Eagles will play their next game against Tranquillity High School, March 14.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES SWEEP DOUBLE HEADER, March 8

The Eagle baseball team had their first home game this last Saturday as they hosted a double-header against the Knights of Stoneridge Christian.The Eagles looked to improve to their great start to the season after beating tranquility by ten runs in their first game of the season earlier in the week.

For the first game, senior Caleb Nale took the hill for the Eagles in his first start of the season. After a quick one-teo-three top half of the inning, FC got the bats rolling right away, taking a 4-0 lead heading into the second inning.

However, the Eagles found themselves in trouble deffensively as they walked several batters which allowed Stoneridge to stay in the game. Freshman George Castro came in to relieve Nale in the second and got the Eagles out of the jam. FC still held the lead 4-3 as they came up for their second round of at-bats.

The Eagles continued to pile up the runs and managed to keep the Knights off the basepaths. The game was called after the fourth inning due to the ten run “mercy rule”. The Eagles took game one 19-3.

After about a thirty minute break for lunch, the second game began with junior Dillon Owens taking the mound for the Eagles. Many of the Eagle starters were benched for the second game to give other players same game experience. Owens gave up one run before being replaced by senior David Ryu and later sophomore Tyler Sellers.

Offensively, FC was walked early and often which lead to most of their runs. The game was capped off by a solo homerun by sophomore Bailey Brogan in the bottom of the fifth inning which resulted in the mercy rule later that same inning. FC won game two 12-1.

Brogan led the eagles offensively once more, going 2 for 2 in three at-bats with a double and solo homerun over the course of the two games. He has gone 6 for 6 with four RBIs over the first three games of the season.

Junior John Dooman says that the two games were great for the team to get some experience under their belt, but they still have a lingnnoegged way to go and can’t get ahead of themselves.

“The two games taught us that we still have a long way to go.” Dooman said, Even though we won both of the games pretty easily, we still have a lot of things to work on, especially pitching. The only reason they scored was due to pitching errors. Even though they weren’t major mistakes, we have to cut down on those and can’t get ahead of ourselves if we want to be some of the better teams in our league.”

The Eagles next game will be on Friday, March 14 as FC will host the visiting Tranquility Tigers in a rematch of the March 5th game.

By |2014-03-09T00:00:00+00:00March 9th, 2014|Spring, Uncategorized|0 Comments