Spring approaches and athletes prepare for their upcoming seasons playing baseball, tennis and track. Coaches and players anticipate upcoming games and practices. After the last year’s baseball team won the first baseball valley championship in campus history, head varsity coach Noah Heinz seeks to repeat last year’s success. The team only lost two players last season, Connor Martin, ‘19, who transferred to Clovis North High and multi schooler Jorge Castro, ‘17, who graduated high school.
2018 has begun! A new year brings new a season and expectations for FCS sport teams. For the boys varsity soccer team, a new season brings a new challenge to be conquered. After losing four seniors last season, the team must rebuild with younger players. Previous coach Matt Markarian is now this seasons FCS high school girls coach. The girls have had a successful preseason and are now entering their season as well.
Returning from three weeks off of school, the boys basketball program competed against Parlier in the league opener, Jan. 9, winning 45-43. Both varsity and junior varsity aim to do well in the league portion of the season.
The most competitive time of the year for varsity girls basketball is finally underway. Girls basketball transitions from preseason games to league play. The Eagles hosted their first game against Parlier on Tuesday, January 9, in the FC Gym at 5:30 P.M. Despite being ahead for the first three quarters, the Lady Eagles lost 47-43 in a hard fought game.
As teams in conference rarely change, Markarian (who has coached both boys and girls for FCS) expects competition to stiffen. Parlier has played FCS for decades, and Markarian says both teams understand each other's strategies.
The boys’ soccer team hits the field with vigor, beginning with pre-season training, games and even a tournament. Under new coach Garrett Markarian, the boys are determined to improve their league record.
Soccer can be a time consuming and brutal sport, occupying the schedules of high school players. As seniors Nathan Mount and Jaden Ventura enter their fourth year of playing soccer at Fresno Christian, they experience the pressure of maintaining a balanced schedule and using their time wisely.
While the halls of Fresno Christian were quite for three weeks over Christmas break, many Eagle athletes were busy with practices, games and tournaments. Both the boys and girls basketball teams had several games over break. The girls varsity basketball team continued their impressive pre-season over break. The Lady Eagles began Christmas break by taking on the Alpaugh High School, Dec. 21. The Eagles easily won the game with a final score of 68-9.
Each year the FC high school soccer teams travel to Bakersfield to compete in the Garces Holiday Soccer Festival tournament. This year, both the girls and boys teams felt optimistic about their chances going in an excited to play after heavy rains forced the tournament to be canceled last year. Kicking off the tournament, both soccer teams left the campus at 11 a.m., Dec. 15, for the annual tournament. Both teams arrived at Wonderful College Prep Academy (WCPA) for the first game. The girls won WCPA 9-1 with five goals from freshman Rylee Schwab while the other four came from Bekah Micu, ‘20, Deborah Ingerson, ‘20, and Lilian Fuller, ‘19.
Boys basketball is wrapping up the last week of school with a basketball tournament at Madera Ranchos. The tournament will last two days of the week, Dec. 15, and Dec. 16. The first game of the tournament is against Liberty at 8 p.m. This tournament is for Varsity basketball, JV will have a separate tournament the same days but at home. Both of the players and coaches are very excited to redeem themselves after coming off of a three game losing streak. Wyatt Koop, ‘18, Varsity Captain is excited to play this weekend hoping to win some games. He hopes that this will break their losing streak and they can show others the team that they want to be.