Whether under the Friday night lights, cheering in the Nut House, or spitting seeds in the dugout, chances of students spotting Brandon Krueger, '18, at an FCS athletic event are high. From joining baseball his freshman year to trying out for football as a sophomore, homeschool student Krueger has filled his FCS letterman jacket with more than a couple patches.
Golf is one of the most recent official sports that Fresno Christian has started competing in. Many students who play outside of school were excited to compete with FC. This year Brent Deffenbacher is coaching. It is his first year coaching the team and he feels optimistic about the team this year.
Track and field is one of the oldest sport in the world. Consisting of running, jumping and throwing, athletes compete in different types of events from sprinting to long jump to shotput. For the past month, the FC track team practiced every day after school to prepare for this season. They have their second meet March 10 at the CVC Invitation.
The spring season brings around a feeling of new life. Nature that has died in the winter now comes back to life in an environment of green. For FCS, spring sport seasons are also starting up.
For the first time in 41 years, Fresno Christian welcomes an elementary baseball team. Although FC previously offered baseball to both junior high and high school, this year marks the beginning of 6th grade participation with the junior high team. After coaching baseball and softball at Cedarwood Elementary, Joe Gustafson now leads the junior high varsity team. He recognizes the benefits of allowing 6th graders to play and excitedly anticipates what this will mean for the team in the future.
The Eagles played their first game of the season against Coalinga High School in a league matchup, Feb. 28. The Eagles defeated the Horned Toads, 8-1, and are now 1-0 in league. With limited practices and the first game for the Eagles being a league game, they knew they had to come out strong and take a win. FC was still missing players due to basketball continuing through playoffs but still had enough players for a full ladder plus some.
Juniors Nick LeBlanc and Damien Boyce are multi-sport athletes at FC. Basketball has been a part of both of their lives since they were young, but last year, they chose a new endeavor, tennis. High school tennis consists of a relatively small team and LeBlanc and Boyce have managed to secure varsity placement on the team. Joining tennis sophomore year for both of these players as beginners, they have been on the varsity tennis team for two years and have been teammates on the basketball court for several years. With this in mind, tennis coach Robert Foshee immediately put LeBlanc and Boyce together to begin their tennis careers.
After a long season, Fresno Christian's boys tennis team wrapped up the regular season with a, 5-4 win at Firebaugh. With the thoughts of the postseason looming, the Eagles had one last chance to perfect their game before the playoffs hit. Over the past weekend, members of the team competed in the WSL tournament hosted by Madera South. Two players were asked to play singles and two teams of doubles were present for the tournament. For the Eagles, Andrew Moore, '16, and Zach Passmore, '17, played singles. Jarrod Markarian, '17, and Justin Houts, '16, played second doubles and Reese Brown, '19, and Nick LeBlanc, '17, played third doubles. All teams from the West Sequoia League were present and with a couple of wins, any player could qualify for the valley tournament.
Baseball season is back! The season is finally here after five long months of a crazy, talent-heavy offseason. Throughout the 2015-16 offseason, there have been record breaking free-agent signings and nonsensical front office trades. Let's discuss my top 10 offseason transactions of the 2016 offseason.
The week of April 4 - April 8, 2016, the Eagles tennis team played in only one league matchup against Dos Palos HS. This week on Tuesday, the Eagles had their second bye of the season which gave them a break and more time to prepare for their opponents on Thursday. FC faced Dos Palos in a league game, Thurs. April 7. The last competition between these teams, the Eagles took the victory 8-1 losing only their third doubles game by forfeit of not having enough players. This time the Eagles looked for redemption and sought to take a demanding 9-0 victory.