Girls soccer sport shorts: Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles

(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, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

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The Eagles hosted Frazier Mountain but were defeated by the Falcons, 2-0, losing the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 4-5 in the West Sequoia League and 11-9 overall as of Feb. 24.

Frazier Mountain defeats Eagles in Valley Championship game

The Frazier Mountain Falcons traveled to the FC field to play in the first Valley Championship game since 2004 and the first ever championship hosted at home for the Eagles. However, the home team could not contain the visitors and lost, 2-0, in the Valley Championship, Feb. 24.

Anticipation for the game had been building up all day at school and rolled over into the warm ups. The Eagles watched as the stands quickly filled up with familiar faces. The girls rallied together to pump each other up and remind one another to give their all as this would be their last game of the season, and some of their career.

After all the pre-game festivities the game finally began. The Eagles were the first to make an advance on the Falcon defense but were quickly reciprocated and pressured the Eagle defense. About halfway through the first half, the FC goalkeeper slid outside the box in order to block a goal resulting in a penalty kick. The kick went in allowing the Falcons a 1-0 lead which quickly turned into 2-0 when a forward broke through the Eagle defense and barely scored yet another goal.

As halftime came around the Eagles communicated with each other to improve the quality of the game and encourage the team to fight back. The defense did not allow the Falcons to score again, however the offense simply could not string any passes together to get past the defensive line and the final score remained 2-0.

I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about. As a team I think we just came in too confident and couln’t make any magic happen. — Senior Mikayla Miller

Freshmen Olivia Messer, one of the top scorers on the team is dissapointed in the way the team played and is under pressure to do well next year.

“Going to valleys my freshmen year was both exciting and nerve racking. I feel like now that the seniors are leaving we all need to step up our game and try to get there again,” Messer said. “I’m dissapointed in the way we played, we werent pumped up and we couldn’t seem to wok together.”

Senior Mikayla Miller, feels proud of the team for making it so far and is happy with her last season despite the tough loss.

“I was so excited, I couldn’t even sleep the night before the game. Im just so dissapointed that we didn’t play to our potential and show the crowd that came to support us what we’re really about,” Miller said. “As a team I think we just came in too confident and couldn’t make any magic happen.”

The game was recorded by the CIF Central Section Network.

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For more sports, read the Feb 25 article, World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: FC loses to Liberty in first round

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With a 11-15 overall record, the Fresno Christian Eagles landed as the fifth seed in CIF Central Section Division V playoff bracket and were defeated by Liberty Madera-Ranchos, 65-33, Feb. 27.

With a 11-15 overall record, the Fresno Christian Eagles landed as the fifth seed in CIF Central Section Division V playoff bracket. They were set to travel and play the four seed Liberty Madera-Ranchos for the first round of the playoffs and beat FC, 65-33, Feb. 27.

The game opened with the Eagles unable to make a shot, but along with the offensive inefficiency, their defense struggled to hold its own against the Hawks shooting. Only scoring seven points in the first quarter and nine in the second, FC managed only 16 points in the first half. Meanwhile, the Hawks annihilated the Eagles zone and went for 40 in the first half.

In the second half, FC’s scoring woes struggles continued, scoring only four points in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, they were finally able to get something going, scoring 13, but it was far too late as the Hawks coast by with a 65-33 victory. The Eagles’ 33 points was the lowest scoring game for FC since their season opener.

Coach Jonathan Penberthy was sad to see the season end so soon, but was proud of his team, how far they had come, and the effort they put forth against Liberty in first round.

“Obviously, no one wants to see their season end that way. especially for the seniors,” Penberthy said. “We had a great season and learned a lot, our seniors showed the underclassman what hard work it takes to be successful, and left our program in good hands. I wish them well in the future, but am also looking forward to next year and all the promise it holds.”

The Eagles season is over and many of the players are already gearing up for the baseball season.

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Girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for D-VI championship (Video)

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Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship, Feb. 24. Looks like one of the team’s players has her game face on.

The last time the girls soccer team won a Valley Championship was under coach George Freeman in 2001. Yet the 2015 team will face Frazier Mountain of Lebec, CA, (14-2-3 League 6-1-1) for the CIF Central Section Division VI Championship on Eagle Stadium field, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Over the last few years under coach Tony Martinez, the FC girls have compiled an 11-8-2 record but went 4-5-1 in West Sequoia League play.

In their last two games, the Eagles defeated Firebaugh, 3-0, Feb. 17, and then surprised Farmersville (15-5-1, 7-1-1) on the road, Feb. 19, to get to the championship game. The Falcons reached the finals after defeating Riverdale, 2-1, Feb. 21, after scoring the winning goal in overtime.

Come support to final game as girls soccer hosts Frazier Mountain for the D-VI championship.

Tickets for the game will only be available at the gate. No CIF passes will be honored. All spectators need tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for students.

Val Rivera has the pitch dry and ready for a championship match. Please consider passing along this information via word of mouth, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Let the Eagle community know that the girls are playing for bragging rights user the lights, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.

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Pack the stands

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No. 5 Jenna Bynum, ’18, takes the free kick against Riverdale.

No. 5 Jenna Bynum, ’18, takes the free kick against Riverdale.

The girls varsity soccer team beat No. 1 Farmersville in the semi-final playoff game, 2-0, Feb. 19. They will now advance to the Division six Valley Championship game. The Valley Championship game will be at 7 p.m. on the FC field, Feb. 24. They will be playing Frazier Mountain.

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BRIEF: Winter Sports Banquet welcomes athletes, Feb. 23

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FC will have it’s annual winter sports banquet, Feb. 23.

FC will have it’s annual winter sports banquet Monday, Feb. 23. Athletes who participate in basketball, cheer, and soccer will be celebrated and honored during the event.

These sport banquet are a time to recognize the hard work and achievements of the athletes throughout their season. Each team brings a variety of desserts and drinks and the coaches present awards to a select amount of players.

Coach for the varsity boys soccer team, Matthew Markarian, feels the banquet is a good way to honor the athletes.

“The banquet is great way to celebrate the effort and accomplishments of our student athletes,” Markarian said. “I feel it is also important for parents to attend the event. Parents also sacrifice for the student athlete, and for some it is a culmination of that sacrifice and effort. Parents enjoy seeing their student athlete excel and this is a night where it is all about the student athlete.”

Jonathan Penberthy, head coach of the boys varsity basketball team, sees the night as beneficial for the coaches and the players.

“This night is a great opportunity for the coaches to show their appreciation for the dedication of the players and parents,” Penberthy said. “I think it also encourages the players and shows them that we do see their efforts and hard work. I like that I have the opportunity to publicly tell my players how proud I am of them.”

This night is a great opportunity for the coaches to show their appreciation for the dedication of the players and parents. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-athletic Director

Head coach of the varsity girls basketball team, Tamika Thomas, feels it is especially important that the parents attend the event.

“Parents should definitely come,” Thomas said. “They are their student-athletes biggest fans and supporters. It’s important to make your parents proud and it’s important for them to know that they are proud of them.”

The banquet begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23. Parents are encouraged to come and support their children as well as the teams.

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By |2015-02-20T00:00:00-07:00February 20th, 2015|Announcements, News, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Caruthers

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

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Fight to the Finish, Feb. 13

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Senior Taylor Howard kicks the ball to get it out of FC territory.

The final game of league had finally arrived and it took place at the Caruthers Blue Raiders. The girls played earlier and lost 5-1, eager to make up for the girls, the boys jogged onto the field ready to take the win. After the Senior Night proceedings had finished, the game began with a senior squad on the field for Caruthers and the first string for FC.

In the first five minutes FC took control, startling the Blue Raider into subbing out the seniors and playing their first string. After this dramatic change things took more of an even path, possession changed constantly between these two evenly matched teams. Yet the rivalry between FC and Caruthers was tremendous, leading to numerous fouls on both sides of the pitch. Both teams attained several chances on goal, but all were just feet from achieving their purpose.

Within the last ten minutes of the first half the Blue Raiders scored. Despite this point, the game was just as capable of turning to a win for the Eagles. The half ended with both teams equally matched, yet the BlueRaiders were able to cash in one of their chances.

The teams came back onto the pitch, an interesting game was sure to come for the spectators, the Blue Raiders, previously believed that victory would be achieved with there subs, but they were finding it tough to take control of the ball with their first string.

The second half began and the Eagles started out eager for a goal, halfway through the half FC scored, tying it up bringing the game back to an even playing field. The Eagles defense remained strong till the end of regulation tie, giving a brief respite to the exhausted players.

The first ten minutes of overtime began, here, we would find out which teams were the fittest and able to push through their exhaustion. Five minutes in, the Blue Raiders scored, causing a little panic within the FC bench, but the Eagles often score within the second half of the two half system, with luck a point would come their way.

Second overtime came with the Blue Raiders ahead 2-1, and the Eagles given ten minutes to grab a tie or win. However their hopes were to be crushed, despite numerous attempts the Eagles remained scoreless, giving the win to Caruthers, and their playoff situation in a precarious place.

Junior Andrew Moore believed the team played well ad was happy with the end, despite the loss.

“Despite the result of the game, I thought that we had a great effort from the whole team,” Moore said. “Obviously it would have been great to go home with a win, but I’m content with the way that our team performed. It proved that we’re able to play with any team we come against.”

The Eagles will next play the Orange Cove Titans, a playoff game.

This writer can be reached via twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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Boys soccer sport short: Orange Cove

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

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Boys soccer playoff game, Feb. 18

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Captain Taylor Howard attempts to pass the last Parlier defender for a chance to score.

After a tough season the FC Eagles boys soccer team were able to sneak into a long awaited playoffs game. The Eagles drew cards against the Orange Cove Titans, who they had previously faced in the first game of the year. Eager to take the win, the game began and their hopes of making it to the championship game started.

The first half began, slow, the midfielders finding it difficult to maintain the ball for a length of time. However this soon changed within the next five to ten minutes where both teams began to amass several chances on goal. However due to the eagles type of formation on the field, FC remianed on defense for most of the game. And as was assumed the Titans scored. early in the game. The Eagles kept their heads up however and tried their best to grab a point, however luck semed to not be with them today. All shots were blocked or just barely off target. This ended the first half and pushed them farther away from making it to the championship game.

The second half began and the Eagles still had multiple chances on goal yet all were picked up by the Titans goalie. Once again the Titans scored increasing their lead 2-0. Five minutes left in the game, the Eagles brought the ball down the field. They amassed 5 shots on goal, a penalty gick just outside the box, several corners yet all were just inches from a gaol, and the chance of tyin ghte game back up. The game fianlly ended with the final score 2-0, and the Titans would be traveling on in the playoffs.

The final game was an ironic end to the Eagles season as they played them for their first game, and played them in their last game.

Head coach Matt Markarian was satisfied with the end result of the season but was sad with how the game went.

“For the first time in a long while, the team made it to playoffs,” Markarian said. “This year, however, was a great stepping stone for the next two years to come and I am eager to see what is to come. This game though, luck was just not on our side, none of our shots could go in, it just wasn’t our day.”

Senior Adam Khouzam was sad with the loss but was happy with where the team ended up by the end of season.

“It was too bad we lost, but it was a great season,” Khouzam said. “We had a fantastic time this year in soccer and I am glad I joined in on the fun, I wouldnt have missed it for the world. As I go off to college, the memories which I made will stay with me and remind me of what a big school sport can give to you.”

For more sports the article Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers.

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Boys soccer sport short: Parlier

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

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 boys’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Maxpreps.com. FC is currently 1-8-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 2-15-1 as of Feb. 19.

Team suffers disappointing loss, Jan. 20

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Sophomore Jared Markarian takes a break before a corner kick.

As the FC boys soccer team warmed up on the field, the Parlier Panthers Senior Night ceremony began. Ten minutes later both teams were in place and fans were eager for the start of the game.

Both teams came out ready for a fight, both fighting for possesion of the ball. While the Eagles playing style is to steal the ball and attack, the Panthers focus on retaining the ball and slowly moving up the field though passing. This mean that the Eagles tended to be on defense for the majority of the game. Both teams had an equal amount of chances on goal, yet the first half remained 0-0.

At the start of the second, again, both teams came out ready for a fight, wanting the win. Yet the Eagles defense was first to make their mistake, and the Panthers scored two points within ten minutes. But the the Eagles retaliated with two of their own, bringing the score one again to a tie. The showdown continued but once again the defense let a final shot slip by, giving the Panthers the lead within the final few minutes of the game. The Eagles lost with a finals score of 3-2.

Senior and outside mid Jordan Castro believed the team played well and with a passion and that the win was within the teams grasp

“We almost had that win,” Castro said. “We played hard, despite the final outcome and the defense just et one too many goals by them. Hopefully we can fix this and face the upcoming teams with renewed vigor.”

Junior and midfielder Davis Borrego thought he and the team played to the best of there ability and just got unlucky.

“We played a great game,” Borrego said. “We played hard and the Panthers just slipped in a final goal within the last few minutes of the game. We just need to continue on to the last game and not let this loss get into our heads.”

For more sports read the Feb. 12 article, Boys soccer sport short: Minarets.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 27 as they take on Liberty High School.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Disappointing final league game , Feb. 17

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Junior Tyler Breedlove attempts a free throw during the Fowler game.

For their final game of the regular season, the boys varsity basketball team traveled to Fowler High School to take on the Redcats. The two teams went into double overtime the first time they met, so both squads were looking to play their best for the win.

The first quarter was a back and forth affair; neither team able to pull ahead by more than five points. Bucket after bucket from both sides led to a good quarter, with Fowler holding a slight advantage 17-15. In the second quarter, FC began to fall apart. Multiple turnovers and little offensive efficiency led to the Eagles only scoring five points in the second quarter. going into half, they found themselves down 33-20.

After halftime, the Redcats came alive. With the majority of their points coming from behind the three point line, they quickly extended their lead. Meanwhile, the Eagles struggled on the offensive end, leading to missed opportunities and uncommon errors. The trend continued throughout the entirety of the second half, as the Eagles fell 69-42.

Senior Christopher Grossman was very disappointed after the game. The only words he had for the media were “I’m only here so I don’t get fined.”

With the loss, the Eagles finished the season 11-15 overall and a 3-7 record in West Sequoia League play. The team is waiting to hear back from the playoff committee to determine their playoff schedule.

For more sport articles read the World of Sports: NBA vs NCAA

By |2015-02-18T00:00:00-07:00February 18th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Riverdale NOT DONE (picture)

Recent loss attributed to on field injury

The Eagles soccer team traveled to the game knowing a win would be tough to grab, but they came out for a fight. The night was young, the lights were bright and the teams were on the field awaiting for the referees whistle.

The first half was a whirl wind of plays, the Eagles able to maintain the ball for a period of time along with the Cowboys. Considering Riverdale was one of the best in league FC had came out on fire and capable of giving the Cowboys a fight for there money. The first half ended with the score tied 1-1.

Within the first few minutes of the second half the Cowboys pulled a point out of the hat. Throughout the game FC started to accumulate several injuries but they came out slow and unwilling to fight for all of there work which they put into the game in the first half.

With 20 minutes left in the game the Cowboys had increased the score to 5-1. Defender and stopper Josh Carter was in a collision with marking back Amrit Paul Gill. Fearing a concussion the players were not taken off the field, both players had large amounts of blood flowing from their injuries. Ten minutes later play began and the Cowboys scored a final time, ending the game 6-1.

In the aftermath both players received relatively minor and short lasting injuries. The Feather sends their prayers to the players and hopes that they get better.

Junior Andrew Moore was shocked to see his teammates collide on the field, but was thankful there were no serious injuries.

“I turned around just in time to see Josh and Amrit run into each other,” Moore said. “Thankfully though neither one of them were injured to seriously and were back at school the next day. Hopefully this doesnt happen again and we can keep our team healthy.”

The Eagles will next play the Caruthers Blue Raiders on Feb. 10.

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 17 as they take on the Fowler Redcats.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Disappointing loss for the Eagles, Feb. 13

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Senior Cole Nale attempts a Lay up in the game vs. the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

For their second to last game of the regular season, the boys varsity basketball team traveled to Caruthers High School to take on the Blue Raiders. Losing to them earlier in the season, the Eagles were looking to rebound and upset the Raiders on their home court.

The game started slow, with both teams struggling to find offensive success, leading to a low scoring first quarter. In the second, the Blue Raiders started to hit their outside shots and move the ball, jumping out to an early lead. Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to struggle, getting up shots but not having them fall, they found themselves down at half 24-14.

In the third quarter, Caruthers began to pull away. Getting hot from beyond the ark and pushing the ball, the Blue Raiders had momentum on their side. The Eagles began to be more successful and have their shots fall, but the could not contain the Raiders shooting. In the fourth, the Eagles were able to stop the bleeding, but it was too late. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 59, FC 37.

Senior Cole Nale was disappointed with the result, but says the team needs to stay focused on playoffs in the coming days.

“The game went terrible as most can tell by the score.” Nale said, “There were times that we struggled to break the press which led to a turnover and a score for Caruthers. We could have improved on many things, but it doesn’t affect playoffs though. We might be making changes to defense and adding plays but im just ready to win a playoff game!”

The Eagles fall to 11-14 and 3-6 in WSL.

The team’s next game will be on Tuesday, February 17 as FC travels to Fowler for their last regular season contest.

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

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale

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Tuesday, February 10, the Eagles of Fresno Christian travelled to Riverdale High School to take on the Cowboys.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 10-11 overall record and 2-3 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 27 as they take on Liberty High School.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Disappointing loss, Feb. 10

Tuesday, February 10, the Eagles of Fresno Christian travelled to Riverdale High School to take on the Cowboys. The Eagles were looking to keep momentum on their side coming off a close game against Parlier.

Out of the gate, the Cowboys came ready to play, scoring the games first eight points, six of which came on the team’s first three possessions. The Eagles struggled on the glass, stiff rims led to long rebounds that found the ball back in the cowboys hands time after time.

At the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys led 17-8. In the second, the Eagles continued to struggle, with their starts in early foul trouble and another out with injury the team found themselves short handed. However, in the final minutes of the half, the team was able to go on a quick run and keep the game close. At the intermission, Riverdale led 31-28.

After halftime, the Eagles defensive struggles continued. Despite their offensive efficiency, they could not keep the Cowboys from putting the ball in the basket. At the end third, the Cowboys led 49-41. In the fourth, much of the same trend continued. Despite their offense, the Eagles defense lacked. At the final buzzer, the score read 68-59.

Justin Houts, ’16, said the game was disappointing to lose and that the team needed to execute better.

“We should’ve beat them.” Houts said, “They made some shots but they out rebounded and out hustled us. We played decently offensively but couldn’t stop them on defense. We need to execute better by boxing out and not giving them more shots if we want to win our next few games and make playoffs.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 11-13 overall and a 3-5 record in WSL.

The Eagles next game will be Friday, February 13 as the team travels to Caruthers to take on the Blue Raiders.

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Eagle basketball: FC vs Fowler (Video)

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For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

Students support Eagle basketball: FC vs Fowler

While the Eagles are no longer playing at home, their last four games are on the road. This week, please consider supporting FC at Parlier (Feb. 6.), Riverdale (Feb. 10), Caruthers (Feb. 13) and in Fowler (Feb. 17). With the West Sequoia League regular season winding down, let’s cheer on the Eagles into the playoffs.

For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30. The Redcats entered the game with a 14-3 overall record and 4-0 in West Sequoia League.

In the first quarter both teams came out strong and competitive. Trading the lead back and forth and making key shots from both sides kept the game close. The same storyline continued in the second quarter. At the half, the Redcats held a slight lead, 19-18.

In the third quarter, momentum shifted to Fowler. Knocking down shots and keeping the Eagles from score helped them gain an advantage, heading into the fourth with an 11-point lead. In the fourth, the Eagles came fighting back; scoring seven straight points to quickly make it a four-point game with five minutes left in the final quarter. The Eagles had the ball and found themselves trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left. A clutch basket from senior Trevor Beal with two seconds left tied the game at 39 and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, the same game continued. The Redcats were able to gain a slight lead heading into the final minute of the four minute period. Down by three, senior Cole Nale was able to hit a game-tying three with eight seconds left to send it into the seconds overtime. In the second overtime, the Redcats were able to force a few key turnovers to take the lead, and with the Eagles forced to foul, were able to pull away with a 54-48 victory over the Eagles.

For the final Fresno Christian varsity boys’ home basketball game, the Eagles took on the Mustangs of Minarets during the team’s Senior Night, Jan. 27.

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

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Boys soccer sport short: Minarets (Senior Night)

BOYS’ SOCCER SPORT SHORTS, 2014-15

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

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

First win in 5 years on Senior Night

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Senior boys pose with Head coach Matt Markarian after the senior night game against the Minaret Mustangs.

The last home game finally arrived with the usual and ever remembered Senior Night. This game commemorates the seniors on the team with a small ceremony and the wonderfully labeled twinkies. The team wore the home jerseys worn by the first FC team whose first colors were gold and maroon 15 years ago.

After the ceremonies had finished, the game began with a crowd eager to see an enjoyable game. Right off the bat the Eagles created multiple chances within the first five minutes. Finally senior and striker Taylor Howard scored, this celebration was short lived with a mistake by the defense and the Mustangs tying it up 1-1. For the rest of the first half, both teams created chances for goals but were shut down by the defense and goalies.

For first half the Eagles seemed to bot play to there full potential, but at the start of the second this thought perished with a goal by Junior Davis Borrego. Within the first ten minutes of play, FC had increased their lead by three and relaxed 4-1. As the game continued, the Mustangs settled into there fate leaving the win for the Eagles and giving the FC boys there first win in over 5 years.

Head coach Matt Markarian was happy with how the team played and was pleased with the effort Taylor Howard gave.

I was really happy with the way the team played, Markarian said. “Taylor Howard led us with his effort and goal scoring. It was nice to grab a win after being so close in so many of our games. Hopefully we can come off of this win with more confidence and chances of winning.”

Senior Adam Khouzam was grateful for the win and the fact that they officially won a game in league.

“It was great to be the first team to officially win a game,” Khouzam said. “Our defense played well and our offense finished at the net. Unlike the other games where we couldn’t finish, this game showed that by finishing we are capable of playing in this league and competing with league teams.”

“This great win for our team,” Howard said. “Being able to win on senior night against one of our rivals was the perfect way to play my last home game. I am proud of the way our team played and the battle in which they faced to take the win.”

The Eagles will be playing Caruthers High School, Feb. 13.

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By |2015-02-12T00:00:00-07:00February 12th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

Following a loss on the team’s Senior Night, Fresno Christian looked to rebound as they travelled to Parlier High School Friday night. The Panthers, in their new gym, looked to upset the visiting Eagles and send them home with a loss.

The game started with good defense; both sides found it difficult to kind success against the team’s respective zones. In the second, the defensive trend continued and led to a very low scoring affair. At halftime, the Eagles held a slight advantage 19-18.

Coming out of the half, the Eagles came alive. Starting with solid defense leading to easy buckets in transition, they quickly jumped out to an early lead. They continued the trend for the remainder of the quarter, and found themselves up by as much as 13. However, Parlier would not go away without a fight.

Roaring back in the fourth quarter, the Panthers found themselves within two points of the lead with less than a minute left. The Eagles managed to execute in the closing seconds, make their free throws and rebound, and squeaked by with a 44-39 victory.

Sophomore Trevor Trevino said the game started well but the team lost fire late in the game, and that they need to keep that intensity up throughout the entire game.

“I thought we got off to a good start in the beginning,” Trevino said, “but we started to slack off in the fourth quarter and we should’ve started to make adjustments earlier. We could’ve pushed the ball more and had more helpside defense. We need to get better at staying aggressive, attacking the basket, and making good passes.”

The Eagles are now 11-12 overall and 3-4 of WSL.

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

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By |2015-02-10T00:00:00-07:00February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport shorts: Fowler

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

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

Eagles experience a tough loss

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Junior and forward leaps forward in an attempt to take a shot on goal.

The Eagles began league facing off the Fowler Redcats and have currently reached the halfway point in their array of games. Teams will now play the same teams once again, now knowing where they stand in league teams hope to prove themselves to make it to the playoffs.

FC played the Redcats once again yet in Fowlers stadium, in the previous game the Eagles lost 1-2 in a close game. Yet this new game turned out a little different; the FC boys soccer team started out flat, causing Fowler to gain the upper hand. Within the first two minutes of the game the Redcats scored with senior and star player No. 5, Hugo Mendez.

This first goal was a sign of what was to come in the first half, the Eagles remained scoreless while the Redcats staked the scoreboard ending the first half 5-0.

In the second half the Eagles came out with their defense strong and ready for another fight. While the Eagles defense had worked out the kinks, the offense still remained unable to score. By the end of the game FC trailed 7-1.

Jordan Castro was disappointed with how the team played but knew that it was just one of those days.

“Our team just couldn’t pull it together,” Castro said. “While unlike us, the Redcats came out on fire and eager to pull a win for their home crowd. Let’s hope that we don’t have another one of these games in the weeks to come.”

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

Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler

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For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of Fresno Christian hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30.

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

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

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Eagle loose in overtime, Feb. 2

For their second to last home game of the season, the Eagles of FC hosted the Fowler Redcats, Jan. 30. The Redcats entered the game with a 14-3 overall record and 4-0 in West Sequoia League.

In the first quarter both teams came out strong and competitive. Trading the lead back and forth and making key shots from both sides kept the game close. The same storyline continued in the second quarter. At the half, the Redcats held a slight lead, 19-18.

In the third quarter, momentum shifted to Fowler. Knocking down shots and keeping the Eagles from score helped them gain an advantage, heading into the fourth with an 11-point lead. In the fourth, the Eagles came fighting back; scoring seven straight points to quickly make it a four point game with five minutes left in the final quarter.

It was a great game. We came back after being down big and competed for the entire game. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-Athletic Director

The Eagles had the ball and found themselves trailing by two with less than 30 seconds left. A clutch basket from senior Trevor Beal with two seconds left tied the game at 39 and sent the game into overtime.

In overtime, the same game continued. The Redcats were able to gain a slight lead heading into the final minute of the four minute period. Down by three, senior Cole Nale was able to hit a game-tying three with eight seconds left to send it into the seconds overtime.

In the second overtime, the Redcats were able to force a few key turnovers to take the lead, and with the Eagles forced to foul, were able to pull away with a 54-48 victory over the Eagles.

Head coach Jonathan Penberthy was pleased by how well the team played, as it proved how well they can compete, but it was a tough loss to swallow.

“It was a great game.” Penberthy said, “We came back after being down big and competed for the entire game. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. They were only a couple plays better than us but that’s all you need in a game like this. It should us that we can compete with anyone; Fowler is the fourth ranked team in D4, and we gave them a run for their money.”

The Eagles next game will be Senior Night as the team hosts the Minarets Mustangs.

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

Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers

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

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

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2014-2015
Eagles are defeated by the Blue Raiders , Jan. 27

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Senior Cole Nale goes for the three in the game versus the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

The Caruthers Blue Raiders (2-1 in WSL) and the FC Eagles (2-1 in WSL) took to the floor for the much anticipated rivalry game between the two schools. The past two years, the Blue Raiders have been winless when traveling to Fresno, and they were looking to break that streak with a win.

However, the Eagles came out strong and ready to play, scoring the game’s first points and pulling out to an early lead. Aided by the scoring of senior Christopher Grossman, the Eagles were able to have a ten point lead at the end of first quarter, 15-5. In the second, the Blue Raiders slowly began to find ways to score against FC’s zone, and were able to limit Grossman’s hot-hand. At halftime, the eagles held a slim 22-21 lead.

In the third quarter, despite scoring early and gaining the initial advantage, the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the third quarter and for the remainder of the game. Late in the third and early in the fourth, Caruthers was able to get hot and knock down their shots, allowing them to hold a healthy lead and force the eagles to play more aggressive than they were used to. Late in the fourth, the Eagles were forced to foul and allowed Caruthers to increase their lead, making the score closer than it was. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 57, FC 40.

Senior captain Trevor Beal said it was a disappointing loss after all of the hype, but Caruthers is a very beatable team and he looks forward to playing them again.

“Yesterday’s game was a tough test for us.” Beal said, “They are a good team and we need to continue to get better in order to best them and other good teams in the future. I believe that eventually we will be on their level and beat them.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 10-10 overall with a 2-2 record in West Sequoia League. Caruthers improves to 11-7 with a 3-1 record in WSL.

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By |2015-01-30T00:00:00-07:00January 30th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Varsity boys basketball gear up for playoffs (VIDEO)

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Eagle basketball fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m.

The Caruthers Blue Raiders (2-1 in WSL) and the FC Eagles basketball team(2-1 in WSL) took to the floor for the much anticipated rivalry game between the two schools, Jan. 27, 2015. The past two years, the Blue Raiders have been winless when traveling to Fresno, and they were looking to break that streak with a win.

However, the Eagles came out strong and ready to play, scoring the game’s first points and pulling out to an early lead. Aided by the scoring of senior Christopher Grossman, the Eagles were able to have a ten point lead at the end of first quarter, 15-5. In the second, the Blue Raiders slowly began to find ways to score against FC’s zone, and were able to limit Grossman’s hot-hand. At halftime, the Eagles held a slim 22-21 lead.

In the third quarter, despite scoring early and gaining the initial advantage, the Eagles struggled offensively throughout the third quarter and for the remainder of the game. Late in the third and early in the fourth, Caruthers was able to get hot and knock down their shots, allowing them to hold a healthy lead and force the Eagles to play more aggressive than they were used to. Late in the fourth, the Eagles were forced to foul and allowed Caruthers to increase their lead, making the score closer than it was. At the final buzzer, the score read Caruthers 57, FC 40.

Senior captain Trevor Beal said it was a disappointing loss after all of the hype, but Caruthers is a very beatable team and he looks forward to playing them again.

“Yesterday’s game was a tough test for us,” Beal said. “They are a good team and we need to continue to get better in order to best them and other good teams in the future. I believe that eventually we will be on their level and beat them.”

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 10-10 overall with a 2-2 record in West Sequoia League. Caruthers improves to 11-7 with a 3-1 record in WSL.

Fans are encouraged to attend the Big Game verses Fowler on Jan. 30 as the Eagles host the Redcats at 7 p.m. Additionally, please put the varsity boys’ Senior Night on your calendar as the Eagles will honor their seniors and host Minarets, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

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The FC girls soccer team travel to Parlier to face the Panthers to play what is supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game.

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, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22.

Parlier defeats Eagles in overtime

The Parlier Panthers traveled to the FC field to play what was supposed to be a ‘winnable’ game, however it did not go as planned.

With the Panthers starting the first half with ball, the Eagles were determined to gain possession quick and maintain it for the majority of the match. However the Eagles simply were unable to make any shots on goal and lacked manpower up top.

Even after the half time pep talk, the Eagles found themselves struggling against the Panthers. Both teams became frantic and desperate for a goal as the half continued to drag on. Neither team was able to score, thus leading in to overtime.

The Eagles managed to hold the Panthers off for the majority of the half, but were scored on by a kick just outside the 18. The second half of overtime was uneventful for both teams and the Panthers took home the win.

Junior captain and center mid fielder, Courtney Messer explains what she could have done better for her team.

“I could have talked a lot more during the game and told my teammates what to do and who to be. I was getting really frustrated so I was more focused on myself than the team for a whole,” Messer said. “I should have been more concerned with the whole team doing their best instead of focusing solely on myself.”

Senior defender Breanna Jennings is disappointed in the team and their performance against the Panthers.

“It was really frustrating to watch us miss all of our scoring opportunities and watch the defense work so hard only to be let down by their offense,” Jennings said. “Hopefully we can get ourselves together by Friday when we play the top team in our league.”

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For more sports, read the Jan. 16 article, Boys soccer sport short: Fowler.

By |2015-01-26T00:00:00-07:00January 26th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Riverdale

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The FC Eagles face the Riverdale Cowgirls and are ready to put up a fight.

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, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-2 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-5 as of Jan. 22

FC defeats number one team in league

The Riverdale Cowgirls stepped up their game this year defeating the once undefeated Caruthers Blue Raiders and dominating almost every match they’ve played this year. The Eagles were prepared to fight till the end no matter what the outcome.

Eagles started off the first half with ball, making a good run on the starting play. About ten minutes into the half the Cowgirls scored on a corner kick, only to be countered with a goal by FC (with the help of one of the Riverdale defenders) just a few minutes later. Both teams continued to play hard yet were unable to score for the rest of the half.

It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead. With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true. –Olivia Messer

The Cowgirls started the second half strong and managed a few good runs against FC. Defender Morgan Koop scored the second goal for the Eagles midway through the second half. The Cowgirls retaliated and began playing rougher now desperate for a goal, and they managed a goal in the last few minutes of the half.

The first half of overtime set the tone for the rest of the game, both teams were neck and neck with one another. Elbows were plying, players were shoving, and parents were screaming. Although neither team scored in the first half the behavior of the parents and players intensified and carried on to the second half of overtime.

With nerves running high and time running out the game quickened in pace and aggressiveness. About halfway through the half, Olivia Messer scored on the Cowgirls with the cross from Gabriela Siqueiros. Thus ending the game and silencing the Cowgirls.

Freshmen and striker Olivia Messer was excstatic with the win and part which she was able to play in the team.

“It was a tough game game but we managed to pull ahead,” Messer said. “With this game the team and I regained our confidence because we had two losses in a row. I still cant believe I got the final goal, it was dream come true.”

The Eagles will next play the Caruthers Blue Raiders on Jan. 26

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By |2015-01-25T00:00:00-07:00January 25th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

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FC boys basketball face the Parlier Panthers for their second league game of the season.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagles are currently 9-9 overall record and 1-1 in league play. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 23 as they take on Riverdale High School.
Eagles bring in yet another victory, Jan. 20

For their second West Sequoia League (WSL) game, the FC Eagles faced the visiting Parlier Panthers in what would kick off a five game home-stand for the Eagles. FC was looking to rebound after their league opener loss to Minarets.

The Eagles came out strong and starter the game fast, forcing turnovers and disrupting the Panther offense. Offensively, the Eagles were able to get their shooters going and hit their shots. At the end of the first, the Eagles led 17-2. In the second quarter, Parlier strategized and was able to find success against the Eagle defense. Closing the margin before half, the score read FC 27, Parlier 17.

In the third, the Eagles were able to extend their lead ever so slightly. Finding themselves up by fifteen or more for most of the third quarter, FC kept Parlier on their heels. However, the Panthers closed the quarter strong and made it a ten point game heading into the fourth. In the fourth, Parlier continued to keep the game close, but was never able to get the deficit under seven points. After impressive defense and making late-game free-throws, the Eagles were able to come away with the victory, 55-44.

Senior Christopher Grossman said that he was pleased to get back on track with the win, but need to be more consistent as a team.

“It was a competitive game throughout,” Grossman said, “we came out strong, but allowed them to stick around in the second half instead of putting them away. We need to come out stronger and the second half and continue to play as a team throughout the game rather than being content with the lead we have.”

The Eagles get back to .500 with a 9-9 overall record and 1-1 in WSL play. The Panthers fall to 3-16 and 0-2 in League.

The Eagles next game will be against Riverdale High School as they host the visiting Cowboys.

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By |2015-01-22T00:00:00-07:00January 22nd, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Minarets

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FC boys basketball compete against the Minarets Mustangs in their first league game of the season.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 20 as they take on Parlier.
Eagles fall to the Minaret Mustangs

To kick off League, the Eagles of Fresno Christian traveled to Minarets High School to take on the Mustangs. The Mustangs entered the game winless on the season and was hungry for the taste of victory.

The Eagles started out strong, forcing turnovers and scoring quickly, and jumped out to an early 11-3 lead. However, Minarets came back and finished to quarter strong to keep the margin at a minimum. They carried that momentum into the second quarter and took the lead. Heading into the half, Minarets led FC by five.

In the third quarter, the game remained tight. One team would go on a run, and w few minutes later the other would come right back. Minarets excelled on the offensive glass, getting multiple second and third chance opportunities that helped them stay in front. Late in the fourth, the Mustangs were able to force turnovers and extend their lead. By the final buzzer the score read Minarets 63, Fresno Christian 44.

Neither team submitted their scorebook following the game.

Junior Tyler Breedlove said it was a disappointing way to start League and they have a few things to work on in the weeks to come.

“I felt like we didn’t play to our full potential.” Breedlove said, “I feel like we played hard but they just played harder. Well first off we need to get all our guys back and healthy, but basketball wise we need to limit turnovers and just play the game and don’t get caught up with the fans and players. But the biggest thing would be rebounding. I feel like it will be a wakeup call like hey let’s step it up. If we played to our full potential against the bigger teams I don’t believe it will effect that bad.”

The Eagles next League game will be on Tuesday, January 20 as the Eagles host the visiting Parlier Panthers.

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By |2015-01-20T00:00:00-07:00January 20th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport short: Minarets

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Friday is a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team plays at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team has the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

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, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 1-3 in the West Sequoia League and overall 7-6 as of Jan. 28.

Girls manage win against Mustangs

Friday was a busy day in terms of athletics, every winter sports team played at Minarets High school and the girl’s soccer team had the pleasure of kicking off the evening.

The Eagles came out dry and seemingly unmotivated to play. Their level of intensity was low and the lack of focus was evident throughout the course of the game. The Eagles managed a few shots on goal, but none even remotely successful.

Even starting off with the ball in the second half, the Eagles started the second half with a lack of effort. It seemed as if the whole team was having a bad day in terms of skill. It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes of the game that the girls picked up their game and gained some momentum. Olivia Messer scored the first and only goal for the Eagles, and the Eagles just barely managed a win against the lady Mustangs.

Freshmen forward Olivia Messer is pleased with her goal but admits that the team played lazy and unfocused.

“As a team we really need to communicate more and pass because Minarets was passing around us a lot,” Messer said. “We weren’t focused and our heads weren’t in the game and we were all over the place.

Senior defender Mikayla Miller is disappointed in the performance of the team compared to years past.

“In the past we’ve always pretty much dominated Minarets and it was a bit frustrating that the game was so close and evenly matched for so long,” Miller said. “It’s great that we pulled out the win but I don’t think it was a win to be celebrated it was one to be thankful for.”

The Eagles wills will next play at home against the Parlier Panthers, Jan. 20 at 3:30 pm.

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By |2015-01-19T00:00:00-07:00January 19th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys soccer sport short: Fowler

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

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

Boy’s fall short againt the Fowler Redcats

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Captain Taylor Howard attempts to dribble past a Fowler defender in the second game of the season.

For the first league game of the year, the FC boys soccer team
played the Fowler Redcats at home on the North field. With fog overhead and the sun inching its way out, the game began, beginning the rivalry once again.

Both teams were slow to set themselves into the game yet within the first 10 minutes both teams were equally aggressive and matched. Chances on both sides were prevalent yet the Redcats were able to cash, leading 1-0. The Eagles were persistent though and with a long pass by sweeper Adam Khouzam, striker Joshua Carter scored off of a sprint, slotting the ball to the corner net..

At the beginning of the second half the Eagles came out asleep, while the Redcats started out strong and confident. Yet the Eagles managed to keep Fowler at bay, keeping the game tied 1-1. Halfway through the second half, the Redcats scored through the massive amount of players in the box, scoring off of accidental blocks and deflections, heading the ball in just out of goalie, Bailey Brogans reach. With fifteen minutes left in the half, forwards and mid’s attempted to tie it back up. Yet the goal was just out of reach and the Redcats won 2-1.

Head coach Matt Markarian was pleased with how the team played yet believes thatthe team lost because the team losing their composure in front of the goal.

“The team played well,” Markarian said. “We created chances and had a few near misses. I was proud of the effort of Josh Carter, he lead the team with his effort and presence on the field. For future games I am hoping to improve our composure and to finish in front of the net.”

Sophomore and first year soccer player Julian Castro was content with how he played yet knows that he and the defense have things to work on.

“I am a new player, but I am learning really quickly,” Castro said. “I was able to get some contacts and get the ball away from there offense most times. Yet as I am part of the defense, I am aware we need to really build our chemistry, since we have two first year layers as both marking backs. We really need to make sure we know what were doing and always be as physical as possible.”

The Eagles will next play the Minaret Mustangs on Jan. 16 at 5 o’clock.

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By |2015-01-16T00:00:00-07:00January 16th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Avenal

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The FC boys basketball faced the Avenal Buccaneers for their first league game of the season.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. The Eagle’s next game will be Jan. 17 as they take on Sierra High School.
Eagles defeat Avenal, 44-41

Traveling to Avenal before their first West Sequoia League (WSL) game, the Eagles of FC faced the Buccaneers of Avenal High School. Avenal entered the game undefeated at home and looked to keep that streak going.

The Eagles came out hot right from the tip, jumping out to an early 10-0 lead before a Buccaneers timeout. The continued their roll throughout the quarter and led after one, 23-7. In the second, all the Eagles momentum stalled, as the Bucs came roaring back in the second and kept the game close. Avenal outscored the Eagles 18-7 in the second quarter, but still trailed at half 25-30.

In the third, both teams struggled. Turning the ball over possession after possession, neither team was able to gain momentum. In the fourth, things only got worse. After Avenal came back and finally tied the game at 41 with six minutes left in the quarter, neither team scored until the final seconds. With 13 seconds left on the clock, the Eagles had possession of the ball.

After struggling to get the ball inbounds, the Eagles found Chris Grossman, ’15, on the left wing. After a hectic ten seconds, Grossman found himself with the ball dribbling to his right and launched a three from the top of the key as time expired. By the grace of God, like the touch of a feather, the ball bounced off the backboard and into the hoop to win the game for the Eagles, 44-41.

“It was a game that defies explanation,” Grossman said. “Despite our hot start, we played really poorly. Even the buzzer beater was off a broken play. We couldn’t help but laugh after the game, because it was just such a strange 32 minutes. As far as the game-winner goes, I guess God does care about basketball.”

The Eagles next game will be on Friday, Jan. 16 as FC travels to Minarets High School for their first league game of the season.

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For more sports, read the Jan. 12 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale Christian.

By |2015-01-16T00:00:00-07:00January 16th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Fowler

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Varsity girls soccer face off against the Fowler Redcats for their first home game of the season.

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, 2014-15, for dates, opponents and times for all Eagle sports.

Be sure to visit the 2014-15 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 0-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 6-4 as of Jan. 13

Girls fall to Redcats in overtime

The Eagles hosted the Fowler Redcats at home for the first league game of the season. Both teams have been equally matched in the past, and the game was one to be anticipated.

Both teams came out with the same level of intensity and determination. The Eagles were the first to take shots on goal, but were shut down soon after. As the half went on the Eagles dwindled down to a state of survival as the Wildcats amped up their game.

Starting off the second half, the Eagles came out ready to put up more of a fight and battle for the win. The Eagle defense was stronger than ever against the powerhouse Wildcats and held them off for the rest of regular time.

Overtime started with both teams feeling pressured and desperate for a goal. The Wildcats managed a shot which was accidentally kicked in by an FC defender due to lack of communication. As the second half commenced the Eagles fought hard and never gave up, yet despite their efforts were unable to score.

Recently injured senior and co-captain, Ivette Ibarra, expresses her mixed feelings about the game.

“Being my first home game of the season, I was very enthused to be back on the field with my team,” Ibarra said. “Physically I was out of shape and couldn’t preform to the best of my ability, however I thoroughly enjoyed my time out on the field. I wish that we had won the game, but all that means is that we need to work harder and pull out the win next time we play them.”

Head Coach Tony Martinez believes the girls did not play to their potential but stayed in the game no matter what.

“Our girls came out ready for a fight against Fowler, we’ve been neck and neck for the past few years and it looks like it is going to continue,” Martinez said. “Our defense kept us in the game but our offense really needs to step up their game if we want to start winning.”

The Eagles wills will next play away versus the Minarets Mustangs, Jan. 16 at 3 pm.

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By |2015-01-14T00:00:00-07:00January 14th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Soccer today at home

IMG_5563rAlexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive
The girls team lost 1-0 yesterday to Fowler High School, Jan. 12.

The boys team plays Fowler at the FC field, 3 p.m. Their last game ended up in a tied at Liberty 2-2, Jan. 9.

For more photos, visit Changing up chapel and Thanks for our technology.

 

By |2015-01-13T00:00:00-07:00January 13th, 2015|Photos, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Sports Center: Jan. 12 – Jan. 31

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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 called Sports Center. 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.

Welcome back from Christmas break! Please take the time to add the following soccer and basketball games to your January calendar.

High school soccer starts West Sequoia League play this week with home games vs Fowler High School on Jan. 13-14 at 3:30 p.m. High school basketball starts their West Sequoia League play on Friday when high school soccer and basketball travel to O?Neals to take on the Minarets High School Mustangs, Jan. 16.

Soccer senior nights will be during the first week of February vs Minarets High School on the FC soccer field.

You can find the most up to date HS boys varsity basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

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

You can find the most up to date HS boys JV basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

You can find the most up to date HS boys soccer schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

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

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

Mick Fuller
[email protected]
Follow The Athletic Department via Twitter: @FCEaglesSports

Jon Penberthy
[email protected]
Follow The Athletic Department via Twitter: @FCEaglesSports

Michelle Morse
[email protected]fresnochristian.com
559.299.1695, ext. 123

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events:
1/13: HS boys soccer vs Fowler at 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/13: HS boys and girls basketball at Avenal High School
JV boys 4 p.m., varsity girls 5:30 pm, varsity boys 7 p.m.
1/16: HS boys and girls soccer @ Minarets High School
girls 3 p.m., boys 5 p.m.
1/16: HS boys and girls basketball @ Minarets High School
JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 8 p.m.
1/17: HS boys basketball @ Sierra Pacific High School Tournament

1/19: HS girls soccer vs Parlier HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/20: HS boys soccer vs Parlier HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/20: HS boys and girls basketball vs Parlier HS
JV boys 4:30 p.m., var girls 6 p.m., var boys 7:30 p.m.
1/22: HS girls soccer vs Riverdale HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/23: HS boys and girls basketball vs Riverdale HS
JV boys 4:30 p.m., varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 7:30 p.m @ FC gym.

1/26: HS girls soccer vs Caruthers HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/27: HS boys soccer vs Caruthers HS 3:30 p.m. @ FC Stadium
1/27: HS boys and girls soccer vs Caruthers HS @ FC Stadium
JV boys 4:30 pm, varsity girls 6 p.m. and varsity boys 7:30 p.m. @ FC gym
1/30: HS boys and girls soccer @ Fowler HS girls 3:45 p.m., boys 5:30 p.m.

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

This writer can be reached via Twitter @J0sh_carter.

By |2015-01-13T00:00:00-07:00January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Co-captain pushes her team with intensity, power

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

Captain Courtney Messer defends against the Sierra Chieftain offense.

Courtney Messer improves girls soccer through leadership skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This writer can be reached via Twitter: @J0sh_Carter.

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

Senior contributes leadership to campus athletics

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Castro poses for homecoming king photos.Jorda

Student leads team through Example

Fall means it’s time for soccer season to start up again! One of the seniors on the team this year is Jordan Castro. As it is his last year on the FC team, Castro contributes leadership to his fellow teammates through encouragement and positivity.

Castro first began attending FC in Lynda Tapley’s kindergarten class. He is going to graduate this year as a “lifer” and has enjoyed every year.

“I love the community here,” Castro said. “People around here are genuine which is something you don’t find at many schools. It’s refreshing and motivates me.”

FC offers many sports and allows students to participate in as many as possible. Castro has definitely taken advantage of campus athletics.

“I feel it is important to be involved in extracurricular activities such as sports,” Castro said. “When you’re involved in sports, it shows that you want to amount to something. It also shows that you’re willing to put more effort into your life than the bare minimum.

“Over the years, I have participated in cross country, soccer and tennis, but I think soccer is my favorite,” Castro said. “I have to give props to Daniel Moore and Nick Fontes because they were the ones who first encouraged me to play.”

Soccer has been a favorite of Castro’s, as this will be his fourth year on the varsity. Not only does he enjoy the variety the sport offers, but the benefits as well.

“I would say soccer is my favorite because their are a lot of positions and roles to play,” Castro said. “The best part is the feeling that you did something correctly. Being able to watch it play out in front of you is the greatest feeling.”

I want to see our team accomplish a win during league this year. I know it may sound like a mediocre goal, but I think it would be a huge motivation for the team. I think if the team plays like we did in the Clovis Tournament, we will have quite the successful season. –Jordan Castro, ’15 

Another senior on the team, Adam Khouzam, has been a long time friend of Castro’s. This will be Khouzam’s second year on the team and he feels Castro brings necessary qualities to the team.

“I first met Jordan in Tapley’s kindergarten class but I didn’t start playing soccer with him until our junior year,” Khouzam said. “Jordan brings a lot of encouragement to the team and is a great leader. One of the best parts of being on the team with Jordan is that he is fun to talk to. He is a motivational person and always positive.”

Castro also has the opportunity to play with his younger brother, sophomore Julian Castro. Julian feels its a huge benefit having his brother on the team with him.

“The best part about playing with my brother is our relationship,” Julian said. “We are able to bond closer together through soccer. Also, since I am new to the sport, I enjoy having someone who is not afraid to call me out on my errors and help me learn.”

In past years, the boys soccer team has faced strong opponents in league and struggled to come out with a win. This year, Castro wants to see that change.

“I want to see our team accomplish a win during league this year,” Castro said. “I know it may sound like a mediocre goal, but I think it would be a huge motivation for the team. I think if the team plays like we did in the Clovis Tournament, we will have quite the successful season.

“In order to do this, we will all have to do our part on the field,” Castro said. “My role is to run a lot and put the ball in scoring range for our forwards. I also continually pray for us and am needed to keep a level head to serve as an example.”

The next game for boys soccer will be a home game against the Sierra Chieftains, Dec. 12. They are also scheduled to host Liberty Madera, Dec. 16. Be sure to support the Eagles during Christmas break.

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

For more sports, read the Dec. 11 article, Boys basketball continues season over Christmas break (VIDEO).

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00-07:00December 12th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball sport shorts: Alpaugh

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The FC boys basketball team competes against the Alpaugh High School Buffalos.

Eagles defeat Alpaugh High School

For FC’s first home game following their spirit of tournament games and road games, the Eagles took on the Buffalos of Alpaugh High School. Both teams entered the game with losing records, so the game was a necessary win for both teams to jump start their seasons.

The Eagles struggling early offensively. Alpaugh came out in a 1-3-1 defense, distrupting the Eagles’ offensive efficiency. Forcing turnovers and rebounding allowed the Buffalos to take an early lead. About halfway through the quarter, the Eagles began to find their groove offensively, clawing back into the lead to win the first quarter, 18-11.

In the second, the Eagles disrupted the Buffalo defensively, Holding Alpaugh to only 5 points in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the Eagles continued to find success against the Buffalo zone and finished the second half with a 33-16 lead.

In the third, both teams began to shoot the ball well. While Alpaugh began to knock down shots, they could not stop the Eagles on defense. This lead to a high scoring second half, with the Eagles barely outscoring Alpaugh 34-31. But at the final buzzer, the Eagles could not be denied the victory, 67-47.

This writer can be reached at via Twitter @dewolf14 or via email: Aaron DeWolf

By |2014-12-12T00:00:00-07:00December 12th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Boys basketball continues season over Christmas break (VIDEO)

IMG_3853rJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

Tyler Breedlove prepares to take a free throw during game against Yosemite High.

Eagles Take Advantage of Break

The 2014-’15 boys basketball season is underway! The Eagles are six games into the season and stand at a record of 2-4. This year the Eagles return seven members of last year’s team, including five seniors: Aaron Dewolf, Trevor Beal, Chris Grossman, Cole Nale and Toby Pan.

The Eagles defeated Yosemite High in the tip off game and the team seemed to play together and gel with chemistry according to Phillip Christopher.

“Watching the varsity team gel and come together on offense and defense was really cool,” Christopher said. “Both teams are starting to gain confidence and chemistry and I believe it will lead to more success.”

The team played in their first tournament at Madera South High School last week, Dec. 3-6. FC was the only Division V team present at the tournament and was pitted against large schools like Madera and Madera South High School.

Trevor Beal was selected to the All Tournament team for his performance in all four games. Not coming away with any wins, the Eagles are hungry for the next one.

The Eagles traveled to Woodlake High School for a JV and varsity competition, Dec. 9. JV came up short agains the Tigers for their third loss of the year, but the varsity team on the other hand laid a thick 20-point win on their record, with Trevor Beal scoring 24 points, and Aaron Dewolf adding 13.

The Eagles will host back-to-back home games against Alpaugh High School on Dec. 11 and Kings Christian the arch nemesis of FC, Dec. 12.

Be sure to come see your Eagles tear up the competition before Christmas break!

The Eagles are also playing during the Christmas break. They will play in the Liberty Ranchos Hawk Classic Tournament, Dec. 19-23. They open with games against Firebaugh on Dec. 19 and Dos Palos on Dec. 20. Please check the FC Eagles MaxPreps site for up to date information.

Follow the Feather on Twitter and Instagram: @thefeather and @thefeatheronlineThe writer can be reached via Twitter: http://twitter/@Beal2015.

For more sports, read the Dec. 8 article, Boys basketball sport short: Madera South Tournament.

By |2014-12-11T00:00:00-07:00December 11th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Sports Center: Dec. 8 – Jan. 9

FCSEagleSportsLogoJeremy Brown | The Feather Online Archive

With the end of the semester approaching, winter sports have already begun pre-season games.

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, called Sports Center. 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.

With the end of the semester approaching, winter sports have already begun pre-season games.

Girls soccer will take on Sierra at 3:30 pm on the FC Stadium field, Dec. 8. The boys soccer will play McLane HS at 3 p.m. at McLane, Dec. 9.

Boys basketball will travel to Woodlake, JV plays at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m., Dec. 9.

Junior high and high school winter sports photos will be taken in the FC gym, Dec. 11.

Varsity boys and girls basketball will be playing Alpaugh, Dec. 11. The girls game will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m. in the FC gym.

Boys and girls basketball will play Kings Christian JV will play at 4 p.m., girls at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. in the FC Gym, Dec. 12.

The boys soccer plays Sierra at home at 3:30 pm, Dec. 12.

The campus will be taking concluding the first semester of the 2014-’15. Dec. 12. Despite not attending school, the sports teams will still be competing, the schedule is listed below.

The campus will resume on Jan. 5 and the boys basketball teams will be hosting Fireball High School, JV plays at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m.

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

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

You can find the most up to date HS boys JV basketball schedule at FresnoChristian.com or by clicking here.

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

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

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

Upcoming FCS Sports Events
12/8 HS girls soccer vs Sierra @ 3:30 p.m., FC Stadium
12/9 HS boys soccer @ McLane HS @ 3 p.m.
12/9 HS boys basketball @ Woodlake HS JV @ 4:30 p.m., varsity @ 6 p.m.
12/11 JH & HS Sports Pictures In FC Gym with Milne Photography
12/11 HS girls soccer vs Kerman [email protected] 3:30 p.m., FC Stadium
12/11 HS girls basketball vs Alpaugh @ 5:30 p.m., FC Gym
12/11 HS boys basketball vs Alpaugh varsity only @ 7 p.m.
12/12 HS boys soccer vs Sierra @ 3:30 p.m., FC Stadium
12/12 HS boys basketball vs Kings Christian JV @ 4 p.m., varsity @ 7 p.m. FC Gym
12/12 HS girls basketball vs Kings Christian @ 5:30 p.m. FC Gym
12/15 HS girls soccer @ Tranquillity HS @ 4 p.m.
12/16 HS boys soccer vs Liberty @ 3:30 p.m. FC Stadium
12/16 HS girls basketball vs Acel @ 5:30 p.m. FC Gym
12/16 HS boys basketball, varsity only, vs Acel @ 6:30 p.m. FC Gym
12/17 HS girls basketball @ McLane HS @ 6:30 p.m.
12/18-12/20 Fresno Christian HS JV Boys Basketball Tournament
12/19-12/20 HS boys & girls soccer @ Garces Tournament
12/19-12/23 HS varsity boys basketball @ Liberty Tournament
1/5 HS boys basketball vs Firebaugh JV @ 5:30 p.m. varsity @ 7 p.m. FC Gym
1/8/15 HS girls soccer @ Mendota HS @ 5 p.m.
1/8/15 HS girls basketball @ Dos Palos HS @ 5 p.m.
1/9 HS boys basketball vs Riverdale Christian varsity only @ 6 p.m.

JV = Junior varsity
Var = Varsity

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.

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By |2014-12-10T00:00:00-07:00December 10th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

JV boys basketball Kerman Tournament

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After many victories, the FC JV team made it all the way to the Tournament Championship.

Tournament builds unity

After months of training and preparation, the JV basketball team competed in a shootout tournament held at Kerman High School. After many victories, the FC JV team made it all the way to the Tournament Championship.

Although the Eagles placed second in the tournament, the team has gained the experience that has helped the team to be able to achieve a sense of cooperation and communication skills.

Aside from best efforts from the FC JV team, The final score of the game was 50-28. Despite their loss into the tournament, they will have another tournament at home starting on coming up on December 18.

“As my first year year as head coach, I was very excited to see my team place second in the tournament,”  said Head JV basketball coach, Clifton Jackson.

“Although I have coached the JV team for 3 seasons, this year is my first season as head coach, and I know that if we work together with speed and aggressiveness along with a sense of basketball knowledge, we will undoubtedly have a good season.”

The Kerman tournament beside being a heartbreak, was a great experience that has showed our team that we can achieve anything that we put our minds to. The reason why we lost overall was because we were exhausted.

We played a total of five games in a matter of two days, which along with the fact that it took 5 hours to play the championship game really took a toll on us.?

?The tournament was very fulfilling and I was really surprised when we got there,? said JV basketball player Damien Boyce. ?We lost the first two games of the tournament but we just kept on pushing and eventually made it to the championship.

It was really hard on our team when we ended up losing but at least we had the experience in playing in the championship game. I think we lost because we weren’t rebounding very good along with working harder on our press brake.

My position in basketball is a Point Guard. I usually pass the ball around while seeing the floor and the court to see who is open and whos not while scoring only if necessary.?

?The championship game was pretty cool to experience,? said JV basketball player, Josh Olsen. ?It was intense and fun all at the same time and a total surprise since I didn’t think we were gonna make.

The competition was really tough and I think that the reason why we lost was because the opposing team had a really good full court press along with their amazing defense. We were also pretty tired from the previous games that we had played that day. My position on the team is a Center. As a center, I block shots, get rebounds, and takes the necessary shots.?

?This was my very first tournament as a freshman which was a really awesome feeling,? said JV basketball player, Devin Pitts. ?We played five games against four teams and headed all the way to the championship against Kerman.

Being the only freshmen helps me to push myself to show my older teammates that I can keep up and play along side them throughout the season. At first I did not think that we would place very far in the tournament because the competition played just as hard as us, but as the tournament progressed, I started realizing that we really did have a shot at winning!

I think the reason we lost was because we as a team got frustrated nearing the end of the game. Kerman just all together out played us as a result of the teams all together frustration. I?m a Shooting Guard in basketball and being a Shooting Guard means keeping tempo in our games and making sure that we can make the extra pass to our teammates. We are basically the ones that make the entire game run smoothly.?

?The Kerman Tournament was great because we gained confidence in our ability so we were able to perform at a higher level,? said JV basketball player, Tyler Vanderlinden.

Kerman had a lot of talent and we did not do the fundamentals abilities like rebounding and hitting free throws along with not being very aggressive. But we still played really hard and as a team.

“I think that we lost because we weren’t using any fundamentals that we learn at practice. I am a Power Forward which is a position that can do anything needed on the court and help as best as I can.”

By |2014-12-10T00:00:00-07:00December 10th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport short: Madera South Tournament

Tyler-shootingKylie Bell

The Eagles travel to Madera South to enter their first tournament of the season.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 0-0 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 8. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 3, as they take on the Madera South Stallions.
Eagles loose all four games of tourney, Dec. 3-6

The Eagles entered their first tournament of the season at Madera South just two days after their win over the Yosemite Badgers. The Eagles would play four different teams, ranging from division two schools all the way down to division five over the course of four days.

The Eagles first game was a primetime game against the host team Madera South. South had many key players return from their successful season last year to play for their senior year. The Stallions came out strong and fast, forcing turnovers and pushing the pace, outscoring the Eagles 16-6 in the first quarter. In the second and third quarters, the Eagles managed to keep the margin minimal. Despite their efforts, South came back strong in the fourth, and pulled away with the victory 65-30.

The Eagles were lead offensively by senior Trevor Beal, scoring 14. Meanwhile, South’s Josh Johnson lead all scores with 21.

Playing in the Madera South Tournament was a great opportunity for us to play division 2, 3, and 4 schools. It provided great competition that we would have had a hard time being able to schedule. I walked away encouraged, seeing the way we competed. –Jonathan Penberthy, Co-Athletic Director

For the second game of the tournament, the Eagles would take on Division II school Madera High Coyotes. Led by their 6’7″ center, the Eagles would have to stop the Coyotes post game. The Eagles came out strong, scoring first and taking an early lead. After a back and forth first half, Madera lead by six at intermission. In the second half, with the Eagles starters in foul trouble and unable to defend well in the post without fouling, the Coyotes began to pull away. At the final buzzer the score read Madera 60, Fresno Christian 40.

The Eagles were lead offensively by guard Trevor Trevino, scoring 11. Madera’s center Ethan Richardson led all scores with 28.

The Eagles would take on Corcoran High School for their third game of the tournament. After a close first half, the Eagles pulled away in the fourth, mounting a ten point lead going into the fourth. However, after hitting a couple of shots to start the quarter, Corcoran climbed their way back into the game. Taking a lead late in the fourth, the Eagles had the ball in the final seconds. However after a controversial final seconds, the Eagles fell short 55-53.

The Eagles were led by Sophomore guard Trevor Trevino, who scored 18 points. Corcoran did not submit their stats from the game.

For the fourth and final game of the tournament the Eagles would play the Chieftians of Chowchilla High School. Again, the Eagles came out strong in the early quarters, trailing at half 26-21. However, Chowchilla came out and hit two early threes in the third to pull away and they never looked back. The final score read Chowchilla 58, Fresno Christian 43.

Neither team submitted their scorebooks from the game. Individual player stats were unavailable.

Head Coach Jonathon Penberthy says despite the results, he liked what he saw, and with a healthy and full lineup, is optimistic the results could have been different.

“Playing in the Madera South Tournament was a great opportunity for us to play division 2, 3, and 4 schools.” Penberthy said, “It provided great competition that we would have had a hard time being able to schedule. I walked away encouraged, seeing the way we competed. If we were completely healthy, I believe the results would have been a little different. Overall, we need to continue to get better in practice and use that time to better prepare for games.”

The Eagles fall to 0-4 on the year after the tournament. The team’s next game will be Tuesday, December 9 as they travel south to Woodlake High School.

For more sports read the Boys Basketball sport short: Yosemite.

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00-07:00December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Woodlake

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The Eagles face the Woodlake High School Tigers and receive their first league win for the season.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 2-4 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 9. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 11, as they take on the Alpaugh Buffaloes.
Easy pre season win for the Eagles, Dec. 9

For the Eagles’ first official non-tournament game, the FC Varsity boys basketball team took the drive to Woodlake High School to play the Tigers. Neither team had won a game up to this point of their respective seasons, so tonight would be the night for the teams to kick start their seasons.

The Eagles came out strong and jumped out to an early 7-2 lead. However, after turning the ball over, the Tigers climbed their way back into to trail by only one at the end of the quarter, 13-12. In the second, the Eagles came out strong. Scoring early and often, they kicked the game into high gear and elevated their play, outscoring their opponent 23-7 in the second quarter to take a 36-19 lead at half.

In the second half, the Eagles continued their success on both sides of the ball. Knocking down shots from three point range and holding the Tigers to one shot defensively, the Eagles could not be shaken. In the fourth quarter, with most of the bench getting their minutes, the Eagles came away with the clean victory 62-42.

Senior Trevor Beal led the Eagles in scoring with a season high 24 points on the night. Woodlake was led by guard Jacob Uarela with 20.

Junoir Tyler Breedlove, who scored 12 points on the night, says the team played well and that it was an important game to win. But as always, the team could have done better.

“The game went well,” Breedlove said. “We got the W. We started off rocky, not knowing all the offensive game plan. Deffensively we didn’t do too bad, just missed a few assignments. As a team we learned we can all shoot the ball fairly well and that the more we pass the better we do. We started to click before the half and had a smooth ride from there. We still need to work harder in practice in order to get our teammates better, and we can always shoot the ball more consistently.”

With the win, the Eagles improve to 1-4 on the year, as the Tigers of Woodlake fall to 0-2.

The Eagles next game will be at home Alpaugh High School, Dec. 11.

For more sports, read the World of Sports: MLB Off-season proves comparable to league

This writer can be reached via Twitter @dewolf14 or via email: Aaron DeWolf

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00-07:00December 8th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Clovis High tourney results

IMG_3421 (1)Alexis Kalugin | The Feather Online Archive

The boys soccer team placed third in the Clovis High Tourney, Dec. 5-6.

The boys soccer team placed third in the Clovis High Tourney, Dec. 5-6.

Eagles vs. Sanger High 2-0, Eagles win
Eagles vs. Hanford West 3-0, Eagles win
Eagles vs. Madera 2-1, Eagles lose

The Eagles were placed in the Gold Division after the second day of competition. They made it to the semi-finals but lost to Madera High varsity team. Clovis West ended up getting first in the Gold Division.

For more photos, visit Are you in the word? and Finals week.

By |2014-12-08T00:00:00-07:00December 8th, 2014|Photos, Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Yosemite

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With a new head coach and a new season, the Eagles face the Yosemite Badgers and come out with a win.

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 0-4 overall and 0-0 in the West Sequoia League as of Dec. 6. The Eagle’s next game will be Dec. 9, as they take on the Woodlake Tigers.
Eagles win first game of 2014-2015 season, Dec. 3-6

After making it to the second round of the Division IV playoff last year, the FC Eagles basketball team looks for a similar, if not better result for the 2014-2015 season.

With an offseason full of excitement; getting moved back down to Division V, graduating four seniors, and having their head coach Robert Hubbard resigning, the Eagles received a makeover for the start of the season.

Newly hired Co-Athletic Director and head volleyball coach Jonathon Penberthy was put in charge of coaching the Varsity basketball tam. Bringing in his new coaching staff, he looks forward to a positive season and first year of coaching at FC.

The Eagles first game was a foundation game at home against the Yosemite Badgers. The Eagles beat the Badgers in the season opener last year, but with an almost entirely new lineup, the Eagles would have to dig deep to taste victory.

The game went very well especially for it being our first time out. We need to improve on our chemistry but that’ll come with time. We will get better as we play more games and learn each other’s tendencies. –Trevor Beal

Yosemite relied on their height advantage over the Eagles and looked to get the ball inside. Post entries and back cuts fed their offense, and the Eagles struggled early to find a way to stop the Badgers inside. After the first quarter, the Eagles held a slight lead, 12-11.

In the second, the Eagles adjusted their gameplan and fronted the post, forcing the Badgers to throw over the top into a double team. Offensively, FC was helped out by a few key baskets and offensive rebounds and stretched their lead to 29-21 going into the half.

In the second half, the Eagles began to get hot, knocking down three pointers left and right and extending their lead with each possession. Meanwhile their defense continued to perform at a high level and limit the Badgers offensively.

Heading into the fourth, the Eagles held a double digit lead, 43-32. In the Fourth, Yosemite made a comeback and got within 6 halfway through the quarter. However, the Eagles picked up the intensity and began to drive the ball offensively, leading to easy baskets and break away lay-ups. Coming on strong at the end, the Eagles came away with the victory 59-46.

The Badgers were lead offensively by big man Kade Cross, scoring 17 points to lead the team. Senior forward Trevor Beal led all scores with 22.

Beal was happy with the outcome of the game and is pleased with what he saw. Although not perfect, Beal is excited for the future and to see the players grows as a team.

“The game went very well especially for it being our first time out.” Beal said, “We need to improve on our chemistry but that’ll come with time. We will get better as we play more games and learn each other’s tendencies.”

For more articles, check out the World of Sports Column. This writer can be reached via Twitter @dewolf14.

By |2014-12-04T00:00:00-07:00December 4th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Bakersfield Christian

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC ended the season currently 19-8 overall and 9-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 27. The Eagles played their final game this season, Feb. 27, as they traveled to play Bakersfield Christian.

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BAKERSFIELD CHRISTIAN ENDS EAGLES’ SEASON, Feb. 27

After defeating Liberty (Madera-Ranchos), 63-53, in the first round of the Central Section Division IV playoffs, the Fresno Christian Eagle basketball team had to hit the road to play Bakersfield Christian in the second round, losing 51-38.

Although both teams held a 19-7 overall record, Bakersfield boasted an impressive 15-game win streak, including a 12-0 record in the South Sequoia League. Thus a win for FC would not be easy to come by.

Bakersfield came out quickly and set the tone for the game. Using their size to their advantage, they were able to play solid interior defense and were able to get the ball inside to the post. FC meanwhile was not able to find their groove offensively as they had trouble breaking BC’s press and finding gaps in their zone. By the end of the first quarter FC trailed, 17-9.

In the second quarter, the FC began to play more physical and found ways to close out on Bakersfield’s shooters by switching to a zone. Despite their improved defense, the team still struggled offensively, struggling to get any presenece inside and unable to knock down three pointers. By halftime, the gap held constant at eight, 30-22.

The FC Nuthouse and cheer squad provided plenty of encouragement from the sidelines. They seemed to lift the visitors throughout the last part of the second quarter and throughout the third with intense cheers that echoed across the gym.

In the third, Fresno came out with improve intensity and tenacity. Slowly but surely, FC chipped away at the lead by getting stops on defense. Bakersfield only managed to score five points in the quarter as FC was able to take the lead, 36-35, going into the fourth.

However, in the fourth quarter, BC did not give another inch. By stepping up on defense, they were able to force turnovers and turn them into points. As a result, they held Fresno to only two points in the final quarter and were able to come away with the victory, 51-38. In the loss, FC scored the least amount of points they had scored all season.

Bakersfield was lead by their hot three-point shooter senior Ryan Roodzant, who scored 22. Fresno was lead by senior Brian Scott who dropped 15.

Bakersfield Christian was able to knock Fresno Christian out of their first ever Division IV playoff appearance. FC finished the year 19-8 overall. Meanwhile, Bakersfield Christian improved to 20-7 and moves on to play the No. 1 seed Washington Union, March 4, 7 p.m. The D-IV championship game will be on March 7 at Selland Arena at 8 p.m.

Knowing that their season has come to a close, head coach Robert Hubbard reflected on the past months with the team and says it has been one of the greatest coaching experiences he has ever had in his many years as a coach.

“I feel very lucky to have been a part of a great group of young men,” Hubbard said. “They worked extremely hard all year and were very fun to be around. We won 19 games as well as a share of the league championship. That is a great accomplishment. The hard work and dedication to the team is the legacy that our seniors are leaving behind. Our returning players will have to embrace that as we continue to grow into the future.”

Of those seniors, captain Caleb Nale says that it is sad to have to let go of the team, but would not have spent his last year any differently.

“This basketball season was very exciting and incredibly fun as we won our league and made it to the second round of the Division IV playoffs,” Nale said. “I’d have to say my favorite part of the season was getting to know my teammates and hanging out with them everyday. On a personal level, this season meant everything to me. I’ve committed eight years of my life being a basketball player and to spend my last two years with this group of guys representing Fresno Christian has been absolutely amazing! I will miss it tremendously.”

There were four seniors on this years team: Brian Scott, Caleb Nale, N’Gai Jones, and homeschooler Levi Browatzki.

Fresno Christian’s next step will be starting back up right where they started as they will seek another West Sequoia League title and another entrance into the Division IV playoff bracket, starting in the fall. Be sure to check out more than 60 photos of the game and the Eagle faithful in the Bakersfield game photo gallery.

For more information, check out Boys basketball sport shorts: Liberty (PODCAST) as the Eagles won their first D-IV playoff game.

By |2014-02-28T00:00:00-07:00February 28th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Liberty (PODCAST)

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 19-7 overall and 9-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 27. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 27, as they travel to play Bakersfield Christian.

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EAGLES ADVANCE IN POSTSEASON PLAY; DEFEAT LIBERTY, 63-53, Feb. 25

The Eagles hosted the Liberty (Madera-Ranchos) Hawks in a Division IV playoff game, Feb. 25. The game would be the first contest between the two teams this year, with the Hawks coming into the game with a 15-10 overall record, compared to FC’s 18-7.

The Eagles got off to a hot start, taking an early lead. However, the Hawks refused to be shut down, fighting back with a run of their own. Liberty was led through the game by their center Stetson Woods, who came into the game averaging 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 8 blocks per game.

The tight play continued, and at halftime the scoreboard showed a score of 30-30. The home crowd played a big part in producing and maintaining momentum throughout the night.

In the third quarter, FC came out strong, and regained a solid lead. They were able to fend off a few Liberty runs in the last 16 minutes, winning the game 63-53.

Senior Brian Scott led the Eagles with 30 points. He felt that the game was a big win for the program and that the team is starting to really come together.

“Big win for us, especially in a huge playoff situation,” said Scott. “It’s win or go home at this point and we have a group of guys that just aren’t ready to to turn in our uniforms yet. In my opinion every aspect of the game was amazing; the fans were great, the bench was loud, and everyone who stepped on the court played with a high level of intensity. I think I speak for the whole team when I say we love playing together, we love all our supporters, we love the game of basketball, and we aren’t ready to end our season any time soon.”

Scott added that the game against Bakersfield South will be an interesting matchup, and that he looks forward to the challenge.

“This is definitely a tough program to be matched up against,” Scott mentioned. “They haven’t lost a game in league so I can imagine they’re confident in their play. We just got to stay calm, play our game, and go 1-0 each game we play. There’s no doubt in our minds that we can play, we just have to go out there and prove it to everyone else.”

The winner of the game at Bakersfield South will move onto the Division IV semifinals.

This writer can be reached via Twitter @Grossman_Chris.

For more information, see the Feb. 25 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler (PODCAST)

(PODCAST) Eagles travel to Bakersfield for playoffs: Feb. 27, 2014–

By |2014-02-27T00:00:00-07:00February 27th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Fowler (PODCAST)

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 18-7 overall and 9-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 24. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 25, as they host the Liberty Hawks.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES PULL OUT LEAGUE TITLE IN NAIL-BITER; 62-53, Feb. 21

After defeating Caruthers at home to tie the Blue Raiders for first place in West Sequoia League standings, the Eagles needed a victory against the Fowler Redcats to seal a 2014 WSL Championship. However, they would have to do it on the road in a hectic Fowler environment and defeat the Redcats on their Senior Night. The Eagles had beaten Fowler earlier in the season, but doing so on the road would be easier said than done.

The Redcats came out strong and on fire offensively, scoring quickly and taking an early lead. The teams effective zone also prevented the Eagles from scoring at their regular pace. As a result, Fowler dominated the first quarter and led 12-22. In the second quarter the Eagles continued their scoring struggles and only managed 26 points in the first half. By halftime, the Redcats extended the lead to ten, 26-36.

However, the Eagles were not going to give up a league championship that easily. Coming out of halftime, FC came out with a purpose and quickly fought back to get in the game. With a new offensive strategy and improved effort on defense, the Eagles managed to take the lead by the end of the quarter by holding Fowler to only six points. In the fourth, the Eagles kept up their intensity and refused to let the Redcats regain the lead. Thanks to some late-game free-throws, the Eagles were able to pull away and seal the victory, 62-53 over Fowler High School.

The Eagles were led offensively by senior Brian Scott, who had a season-high 32 points. Meanwhile, the Redcats’ Harvey Sahota led the way with 17.

With the win, the Eagles clinched their second WSL Championship in three years with a 18-7 (9-1) record for the year.

Head Coach Robert Hubbard is very happy and proud of all the team’s hard work and effort put into this season.

“Our number one goal this season was to win a league championship and our kids work extremely hard to accomplish that.” Hubbard said, “It is a wonderful feeling for our program and all of our supporters. Fowler had a great game plan and played terrific; our kids got down early but never quit.”

The team now sets their sights on playoffs and making it to the sacred Selland Arena as the seek a Division IV Valley Championship. The Eagles will play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 25 for their first playoff game as they play Liberty Madera-Ranchos High School to move on to the next round.

“Next up we face Liberty Madera Ranchos in the playoffs.” Hubbard said, ” I’m fired up because not only is it a home playoff game, but that it is against a school I used to coach at. I hope every Fresno Christian student makes it out to the game Tuesday to lead us to victory.”

(PODCAST) Eagles take on Fowler: Feb. 21, 2014–

For more information, see the Feb. 20 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers (VIDEO, PODCAST).

By |2014-02-24T00:00:00-07:00February 24th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Caruthers (VIDEO, PODCAST)

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 17-7 overall and 8-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 19. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 21, as they travel to play the Fowler Redcats.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES KEEP CHAMPIONSHIP HOPES ALIVE WITH CLUTCH HOME WIN; 75-68, Feb. 18

The Eagles held their Senior Night against the rival Blue Raiders, Feb. 18, defeating Caruthers, 75-68. First place in WSL standings was on the line and, going into the game, the Eagles were in second.

Continuing the storied tradition of close, physical, and intense games, the two teams have met twice so far this year. FC beat Caruthers on a neutral court in a tournament held in Selma, and the Blue Raiders beat the Eagles in a game held in Caruthers, Jan. 31.

The Eagles held their Senior Night ceremonies before the tip-off, honoring the team’s four seniors: Levi Browatzke, N’Gai Jones, Caleb Nale, and Brian Scott. The home team looked to take advantage of the increased crowd size and make the night one to remember.

From the tip, the Eagles dominated the floor, getting out to a 21-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. FC was playing strong offense and eliminating Caruthers’ threats on the other end of the court, two major aspects of their game plan that they needed to execute in order to play with confidence.

Though the Eagles were playing well, fouls were a problem for multiple players, who played less minutes than normal in an effort to stay away from fouling out.

In the second, FC continued their hard play but the Blue Raiders started to claw back. The score was 42-35 going into the half after Caruthers scored 27 points – one of the higher numbers scored in one period the Eagles had seen all year.

The Blue Raiders continued to fight back against the home court advantage, driving to the hoop and taking high-percentage shots. However, the Eagles maintained their hot shooting. When the third quarter ended, the score was 62-48.

Caruthers came out strong in the fourth quarter, chipping away at the FC lead. With around 3 minutes left to play, the Blue Raiders tied it up and then took their first lead of the game, 65-62.

The Eagles responded with clutch “and-ones” on back-to-back possessions by Nale and Scott to take back the lead.

FC would hold onto this lead for the last 90 seconds, winning 75-68 and tying for the lead of the WSL.

The student section stormed the court following the final buzzer, celebrating alongside family, players, and coaches alike.

Scott felt that the Eagles played confidently, taking charge of their abilities and proving their worth in the WSL.

“We knew coming in this would be a game we had to win in order to leave our legacy,” Scott said. “Being league champs has been the first goal since day one. During the game we got off to a great start, got a little shaky, but when it came down to a minute left we did what champions do and pulled away.”

He also added that the home court and crowd played a big role in the Eagles’ confidence and momentum.

“And not to mention the crowd support was amazing!” Scott said. “Definitely one of those games you dream about playing in as a kid and when it actually happens it’s very overwhelming and exciting!”

Coach Robert Hubbard was pleased with the team’s ability to dominate the pace and physicality, especially in such a big game.

“This was a great win for our program against a really good and well coached Caruthers team,” Hubbard said. “I was really proud of the way our guys responded to adversity.”

Hubbard was also ecstatic concerning the turnout of students and their energy in the bleachers.

“I also can’t say enough about our student section,” added Hubbard. “Their energy played a huge part in the team’s success. We have a good two days off in preparation for Fowler on Friday and our goal is to earn a league championship with the win.”

(PODCAST) Eagles take on Fowler: Feb. 21, 2014–

Basketball : FC beats Caruthers (VIDEO) from The Feather Online on Vimeo.

This writer can be reached via Twitter @Grossman_Chris.

By |2014-02-20T00:00:00-07:00February 20th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|1 Comment

Senior dedicates time to basketball, improves skills

Senior year, for almost every athlete, is the year to truly impress those around you. For Senior, Brian Scott, that is exactly what he has done.This is Scott’s first year at FC. He previously played his freshman and sophomore years at Clovis East and spent his junior year on Clovis Online, playing for a club team.

Scott began his basketball career at a very young age at a local YMCA. He explained how he got involved in basketball and who influenced him.

“The first time I played basketball was probably in the first or second grade,” Scott said. “I played at the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). I got to play with the fifth and sixth graders which was pretty cool. My dad was the coach of the team so he obviously got me involved.”

Having grown up playing basketball, Scott has had many great in-game moments. Scott explained what his greatest highlight moment of his career was.

“We had a game at Clovis East that was televised,” Scott said. “At halftime they were talking about the top players. They mentioned my name with all my highlights as a sophomore which was awesome.”

While there has been plenty of good moments for Scott in his career, he has also had his fair share of bad moments. Scott shared his worst basketball memory of his career.

“The worst moment I’ve had was probably a few years ago,” Scott said. “We were the league champions and going undefeated. Our very last game of that season, I missed a two-point shot that would have won us the game. When I missed a half court shot against Tranquillity was another bad memory.”

Many people have been very supportive of Scott pursuing a career in basketball. Among these supporters is Scott’s mother.

“Ever since Brian was born, his father put a ball in his hands,” Scott’s mother said. “He used to play at the YMCA and wherever he went he would always have a ball with him. I am hoping that Brian uses whatever gift the Lord has blessed him with, whether it is basketball or somthing else, to go out and spread the news about the Lord. If he pursues a career beyong high school, I pray that he can use it as a ministry.”

As one of the key leaders of the basketball team, Scott has developed a few goals he has hoped to accomplish with his team and for himself. Scott explained what his hopes are this season.

“My goal for the team this year is to make it to Valley ,” Scott said. “We have a really good shot. I am also hoping to get a City-County selection.”

This being his last year in high school, Scott has had to decide whether or not he will continue his career. Scott shared his plans for college.

“I’m planning on continuing my basketball career,” Scott said. “I am hoping to walk on to GCU’s (Grand Canyon University) basketball team. They are in division one so that would be a great honor.”

Brian has grown up playing with many people, but one person who has always been there with him is his cousin, Senior N’gai Jones, who also plays at FC. Jones talked about what it has been like growing playing alongside his cousin.

“It has been great getting to play basketball with Brian,” Jones said. “After so many years playing together, we have really developed a strong chemistry. Our playing styles really work well together.”

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For more Sports, read the Feb. 11 article Girls soccer sport shorts: Minarets .

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Boys basketball sport shorts: Riverdale (PODCAST)

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 16-7 overall and 7-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 15. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 18, as they host the Caruthers Blue Raiders.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES PROTECT HOME COURT ON VALENTINE’S DAY; 81-60, Feb. 14

To enjoy their Valentine’s Day the Eagles hosted the visiting Riverdale Cowboys as the fans and others supporting got to participate in the “white-out” game. The Eagles had beat the Cowboys earlier in the season in Riverdale and were looking for a similar result at home.

The Eagles came out with their regualar up-tempo offense, but the Cowboys managed to keep up with the pace and kept the game close for most of the first quarter. Near the end of the first FC began to pull away, but a last second three-pointer by Riverdale made the score closer than it seemed. FC led 19-13 at the end of one. In the second quarter the high-powered Eagles offense kept putting the ball in the basket and increased their lead, getting up by almost twenty points. But the Cowboys kept fighting and managed to claw their way back into the game to keep it reasonable. By halftime the Eagles lead 47-34.

In the third quarter the Eagles came out to put the Cowboys away for good. By finding ways to move the ball and playing solid defense, FC increased their lead to 21 by the end of third quarter. In the fourth, Riverdale held their ground and consistently kept the game competitive, but it was not enough to over the deficit as the Eagles were victorious 81-60.

The Eagles were lead offensively by a variety of players. Junior Chris Grossman and Senior N’Gai Jones led the way, both scoring 19 points, followed by Junior Trevor Beal and Senior Brian Scott who both scored 12 of their own. Meanwhile Riverdale had three different players in double figures, including Lupe Gonzalez, who lead all scores with 20.

Grossman felt that the Eagles were able to take advantage of their physical advantages and worked well as a team in the win.

“We played smart basketball,” Grossman said. “Not necessarily as well defensively, but when the ball was in our hands, we were able to find their weak spots and capitalize on them. N’Gai [Jones] had an outstanding night in terms of creating plays, and we passed the ball well, especially in transition.”

He added that the Eagles need to improve their defensive effort if they are to move forward in league play.

“We can’t really be happy with giving up 60 points to any team, but to allow Riverdale to rack that many up is a bit embarassing, especially on our home floor. That defense won’t hold against Caruthers next tuesday. We have to step it up.”

(PODCAST) Senior Night: Feb. 17, 2014–

Head Coach Robert Hubbard of the Eagles says it is always good to get a win, but now the team needs to turn their attention to their next game against Caruthers.

“We could have played a little better on the defensive end,” Hubbard said, “but it was still a good win. The big challenge is going to be tuesday night when we compete against a competitive Caruthers team for a piece of the West Sequoia League Championship. It’s going to be a hard battle but I believe the team is ready for it.”

The Eagles next game will be their Senior Night, tuesday, Feb. 18. The Seniors will be honored prior to the tip-off against Caruthers High School.

For more information, see the Feb. 12 article, Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier.

By |2014-02-17T00:00:00-07:00February 17th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Girls soccer sport shorts: Parlier

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

Be sure to visit the 2013-14 girls’ soccer schedule, home page, or check out Mapreps.com. FC is currently 3-5-1 in the West Sequoia League and overall 11-8-1 as of Jan. 13.

EAGLES BEAT THE PANTHERS 2-1
With a home advantage, the Eagles faces against the Parlier Panthers, Feb. 12. The outcome of this game would determine whether or not the Eagles could advance into playoffs.

Feeling the weight of importance this game held, the girls came out determined to win. Starting with the ball, the Eagles carried it up the field, pressuring the opponents’ defense.

After countless corner kicks and shots on the goal, the Eagles were able to earn a score from Gabriela Siqueiros. Before the end of the first half, the Panthers slid past the defense and scored, finishing the half tied 1-1.

“It was awesome being able to finally make a goal after the team had so many shots on goal,” Siqueiros said. “You could really feel the pressure of the importance of this game from the girls. It was a relief to win the game and advance to playoffs.”

As halftime ended, the Eagles came back out determined to win and remain strong for the last 40 minutes of the game. Seeing the pressure, the other team frantically pushed back to defense, trying to hold off the Eagles.

With less than 10 minutes of the game, senior captain Tynin Fries takes a shot from inside the box, shooting past the goalie. As the clock ticks down, the Eagles remained composed and were able to stop the Panthers from scoring, finishing the game 2-1.

“The Parlier game was a must win for us,” Martinez said. “Knowing this, we made some position adjustments that worked to our benefit. The girls came out, played well and we came out with the win.”

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For more sports, read the Feb. 18 article Senior dedicates time to basketball, improves skills.

By |2014-02-13T00:00:00-07:00February 13th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments

Boys basketball sport shorts: Parlier

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

Also, please be sure to check out the Eagle’s schedule for the upcoming season at Max Preps. FC is currently 15-7 overall and 6-1 in the West Sequoia League as of Feb. 12. The Eagle’s next game will be Feb. 14, as they host the Riverdale Cowboys.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL SPORT SHORTS, 2013-14
EAGLES DEFEND HOME COURT WITH EASY WIN; 77-53, Feb. 11

The Parlier Panthers travelled to FC to play the Eagles, Feb. 11. This would be a game counting towards both their league and overall records, as both squads are in the WSL. The two teams faced each other in Parlier earlier in the season, and the Eagles were able to pull out the win.

The Eagles came out of the locker room ready to play, building a strong lead that they would hang on to for the rest of the game. Though the Panthers did their best to keep up with the Eagles, FC was able to put them away.

Junior Cole Nale felt that the Eagles played well and that it was a good stepping stone towards their postseason hopes.

“It was nice to beat (Parlier Coach and former personal trainer) Jared [Kaiser],” said Nale. “We went out there and fought hard and it paid off for us. But this is just one game, and when you think about all the things we didn’t do to our best abilities, we get serious again. Especially with that game against Caruthers next week.”

Freshman Trevor Trevino felt that the Eagles played well but still need to improve on weak areas.

“A win is a win,” Trevino said. “But we really need to stay hungry. When we get complacent, that’s when we are at our worst, and I’m starting to get that feeling a little bit.

“If we take some games and practices for granted, we aren’t getting better,” Trevino added. “When we’re not getting better, we’re getting worse. Now that’s a problem.”

FC is now 2-0 against Parlier this year, and will look forward to continuing their strong league play with a home “White Out” game against Riverdale.

By |2014-02-12T00:00:00-07:00February 12th, 2014|Uncategorized, Winter|0 Comments