Christian Conaway takes 1st at Prince Edward County Gravity Fest. Conaway broke the track record with his qualifying time of 1:23.548 besting Louis Bouchard’s 2011 record by over 4 seconds. Photo credit Joey Marion.
Christian Conaway takes 1st at Prince Edward County Gravity Fest. Conaway broke the track record with his qualifying time of 1:23.548 besting Louis Bouchard’s 2011 record by over 4 seconds. Photo credit Joey Marion.
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Following his 2nd place finish in Calgary Canada two weeks ago, Christian Conaway flew to Eastern Canada to compete in the Prince Edward County Gravity Fest, which was held in Picton Canada on Sept 15 & 16. PEC was the 6th race in the IGSA NorAM Series. The race was promoted by Classic Luge Canadian Champion Kolby Parks. Parks and his entire family organized a wonderful race which was held in the middle of town. According to Conaway, “it seemed like the entire town came out to help set up the race course, move hay bales and help run the event”. It was great to see so many people watching and encouraging the racers on both days”.

Conaway broke the track record by over 4 seconds with his qualifying time of 1:23.548 besting Louis Bouchard’s 2011 record by over 4 seconds.

On race day most of the racers participated in a Flag Run, with each rider displaying their native flag.

“Part of the course was recently repaved which resulted in faster speeds over last year due to the smooth grippy road surface” said Christian.

On this course the start was critical due to a long flat roll-in prior to the first steep drop on the road. Conaway used his ability to gain advantage at the top of the run. Nick Kinnish said, “The man has the most insane push, he was miles in front of the pack”. Conaway advanced through the race heats to the Street Luge Finals. When asked how the race went he said “The race was fun, my runs felt smooth and clean from the beginning to the finish line”.

Christian will next complete in the IGSA NorAm Championship in San Dimas California on October 6 & 7. Last year Conaway won the event and claimed the title of US National Champion. He is also working to earn the IGSA North American Street Luge National Championship which will be award based on the top 5 finishes in the NorAm series. After the NorAm Championship Christian will take a two year leave from racing to serve an LDS Mission in Bogota Columbia beginning in November.

 

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Frank Chavez - JV Boys Runner of the Week. Frank had a break out race at the Ojai Invitational. He will be a key runner this year and we look forward to see what he will do at the future races.
Frank Chavez - JV Boys Runner of the Week. Frank had a break out race at the Ojai Invitational. He will be a key runner this year and we look forward to see what he will do at the future races.
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Amanda Vassaur - JV Girls Runner of the Week. Amanda had a 24 second improvement from her last race at the Seaside Invitational.
Amanda Vassaur - JV Girls Runner of the Week. Amanda had a 24 second improvement from her last race at the Seaside Invitational.
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Jordyn Vassaur - Varsity Girls Runner of the Week. Jordyn had proven to be one of our most consistent runners on the Varsity team.
Jordyn Vassaur - Varsity Girls Runner of the Week. Jordyn had proven to be one of our most consistent runners on the Varsity team.
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Nicolas Frias - Varsity Boys Runner of the week. Nico claimed the 7th spot on our Varsity Boys team this past week at the Ojai Invitational at Lake Casitas. He is the only Junior on the team.
Nicolas Frias - Varsity Boys Runner of the week. Nico claimed the 7th spot on our Varsity Boys team this past week at the Ojai Invitational at Lake Casitas. He is the only Junior on the team.
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(front l-r) Anthony Rivas, Alexander Frias and Jose Almaguer. (back l-r) Hugo Valdovinos and Isaac Gomez. All five boys placed in the top 40, each receiving a medal for their race.
(front l-r) Anthony Rivas, Alexander Frias and Jose Almaguer. (back l-r) Hugo Valdovinos and Isaac Gomez. All five boys placed in the top 40, each receiving a medal for their race.
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Irma Torres placed 7th in her race with a time of 18:57 becoming Fillmore High School's fastest freshman on the Seaside Invitational course.
Irma Torres placed 7th in her race with a time of 18:57 becoming Fillmore High School's fastest freshman on the Seaside Invitational course.
(l-r) Kimberly Vasquez and Briana Segoviano.
(l-r) Kimberly Vasquez and Briana Segoviano.
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In an amazing season opener at the Ventura State Beach on Friday the Cross Country team powered their way over the 3 mile course to earn high accolades. Several freshmen had break out first races while the old grizzled veterans strutted their stuff and bettered themselves on the blistering course to earn personal records (PR), medals, and placings.

Freshman Irma Torres started the day off right with her impressive 7th place finish to earn her the first medal of the day. There were 271 freshman athletes in the women’s race. In the women’s sophomore race Sofia Gallardo and Alexis Tafoya both set personal bests with a 1:15 second improvement from last year for Sofia and a 1:56 reduction for Alexis. In addition to the biggest female improvement on the day, Alexis also snagged some hardware in the form of a medal with her 28th place finish. There were 279 sophomores in the women’s race. In the women’s junior race Jordyn Vassaur ran a 53 second improvement narrowly missing a medal with her 52nd place finish. There were 236 junior women in the race. The top five women ran a respectable team time of 1:02:35.
On the men’s side of the gender divide, sophomore Isai “EZ” Bolanos had a breakout race with a 4:14 improvement from last year. He must have eaten his Wheaties. Also making an impression for the sophomore men was Jorge Hurtado. Jorge placed 49th out of 364 to earn a medal. Juniors Mario Gaspar and Nico Frias also hit big PR’s with Mario obtaining a 2:58 second bettering and Nico hitting a 2:28 improvement. Nico also finished 28th out of 320 to earn the right to a medal around his neck as well.

But it was the men’s seniors who distinguished themselves at the Seaside Invitational. They took 2nd place overall as a senior group out of 30 senior teams and 6th best overall as a team. The veteran and vastly experienced varsity team had all 5 scorers under 15:34 and a 5 man time spread of 6.79 seconds, virtually unheard of in a cross country race. 6 of the boys earned medals. Isaac Gomez was 19th. Hugo Valdovinos was 20th while Adrian Mejia was 21st. Alexander Frias was 25th and Anthony Rivas was 29th. Jose Almaguer placed 39th. Their combined efforts resulted in a 4:56 team time improvement over last year to finish in a combined 77:29. This places the team as tied for 14th on the all-time best boys list for the meet. In addition for the 2nd week in a row the boys are ranked #1 in CIF Division 4 Southern Section.

 

Varsity Flashes defeat Boscoe Tech 49, 6. According to Coach Matt Dollar, “It was a great team effort, the offensive line did a great job, our backups that got in the game played very well.” Collin Farrar had 23 carries for 192 yards, Andrey Sanchez had 15 carries for 125 yards and an interception, Carson McLain was 3 for 3 for 60 yards and one touchdown, Tyler Esquivel had a 25 yard touchdown reception, and an interception, Jeremy Martinez and Joseph De La Mora played tough defense. Fillmore vs. Santa Paula this Friday at home! JV 4:30 p.m. & Varsity 7:30 p.m.

JV Flashes defeat Bosco Tech 35, 0. Fillmore Flashes JV Held the Bosco Tech Scoreless for their second shutout in as many games. They held the Tigers to no 1st downs and negative yards from scrimmage for the entire game. The defense was led by Daniel Flores, Michael Castro, Chad Petouglu, Rafael Hernandez, and Carlos Briceno. On Offense the Flashes had touchdowns by Hayden Wright, Joseph Magana, Damien Gonzalez, Bryce Farrar, and Jorge Andrade.

 
Fillmore Raider Mighty Mites played Santa Clarita Wild Cats this past Saturday. Raiders lost 32-8. Photo’s courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
Fillmore Raider Mighty Mites played Santa Clarita Wild Cats this past Saturday. Raiders lost 32-8. Photo’s courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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Friday, September 14th will mark the 102nd meeting between both schools which will be hosted by Fillmore. In acticipating a large number in attendance, both schools will be selling “Pre-Sale” tickets from their Student Stores until 12PM (Noon) on Friday. Stadium Way and 2nd Street, near the stadium will be “closed” to traffic. Fillmore High School stadium parking will only be available for handicap guests (that display placards) and guests that have purchase VIP Parking ($10.00) through FHS. Additional parking will be available at Fillmore Middle School as well as Fillmore High School and all surrounding side streets. For questions or any additional information, please feel free to contact the Fillmore High School Athletic Department at (805) 524-8491.

 
Joseph Wilmot #35 scored on a 35 yard reception during last Friday night’s homecoming football game against Village Christian. Fillmore Varsity defeated Village Christian 35-17. Collin Farrar ran for 165 yds and one touchdown. Andrey Sanchez ran for 80 yds. Josh Valenzuela returned a punt 44 yds for a touchdown. Joseph De La Mora caused a fumble that was recovered by Jeremy Martinez and returned 34 yards for a touchdown. According to Coach Matt Dollar, “ Both the offense and the defense played well against a tough and talented Village team.” Photo Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
Joseph Wilmot #35 scored on a 35 yard reception during last Friday night’s homecoming football game against Village Christian. Fillmore Varsity defeated Village Christian 35-17. Collin Farrar ran for 165 yds and one touchdown. Andrey Sanchez ran for 80 yds. Josh Valenzuela returned a punt 44 yds for a touchdown. Joseph De La Mora caused a fumble that was recovered by Jeremy Martinez and returned 34 yards for a touchdown. According to Coach Matt Dollar, “ Both the offense and the defense played well against a tough and talented Village team.” Photo Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
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FHS Flashman rings the bell after the Flashes scored a touchdown. Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
FHS Flashman rings the bell after the Flashes scored a touchdown. Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
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Fillmore JV defeats Village Christian 47-7. Fillmore Flashes JV went into their homecoming hoping to follow up last week’s strong performance with another home victory. The Flashes started the game off with a bang with a 75 yard touch down on opening kick-off by Daniel Flores (Pictured above). The Defense held Village to three first downs. The Defense was lead by Daniel Flores, Michael Castro, and Jorge Andrade, who had 2 interceptions. On Offense Hayden Wright scored two touchdowns for the Flashes. Also scoring were Michael Luna, Carlos Briseno, Damien Gonzalez, and Jorge Andrade. The Offensive line created many opportunities for the running backs all game. The Line was led by Chad Petouglu, Michael Townead, Steven Rodriguez, Nick Lui, Chad Hope, and Rafael Hernandez. Photo courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
Fillmore JV defeats Village Christian 47-7. Fillmore Flashes JV went into their homecoming hoping to follow up last week’s strong performance with another home victory. The Flashes started the game off with a bang with a 75 yard touch down on opening kick-off by Daniel Flores (Pictured above). The Defense held Village to three first downs. The Defense was lead by Daniel Flores, Michael Castro, and Jorge Andrade, who had 2 interceptions. On Offense Hayden Wright scored two touchdowns for the Flashes. Also scoring were Michael Luna, Carlos Briseno, Damien Gonzalez, and Jorge Andrade. The Offensive line created many opportunities for the running backs all game. The Line was led by Chad Petouglu, Michael Townead, Steven Rodriguez, Nick Lui, Chad Hope, and Rafael Hernandez. Photo courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
Courtesy KSSP Photographic Studio.
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Last Saturday the Fillmore Raiders played Moorpark. #28 from the Fillmore Raiders Mighty Mite team tries to avoid the tackle. Raiders Photo’s courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
Last Saturday the Fillmore Raiders played Moorpark. #28 from the Fillmore Raiders Mighty Mite team tries to avoid the tackle. Raiders Photo’s courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
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#45 takes the runner down.
#45 takes the runner down.
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Juan Moreno #57 tackles a Mission Prep runner during last Friday night’s game. Varsity Football Highlights: FHS=7 Mission Prep=40. The Flashes held Mission to 7 points in the second half. Andrey Sanchez ran for 131 yards. Collin Farrar ran for 123 yards. According to Coach Dollar, “ We made too many mistakes in the first half, but we played well in the second half, This is one of the best teams we have faced in five years.” J.V. Football Highlights: FHS J.V. = 33 Mission Prep J.V. =7. Fillmore Flashes JV started off the season with a victory against visiting Mission Prep high school. The leading scorer for the Flashes was Daniel Flores who rushed for 2 touchdowns. Also scoring for the Flashes were Michael Luna, Damien Gonzalez, Joseph Magana, who also had 2 interceptions one of which was a defensive score. On defense the Flashes were led by Michael Castro and Andy Vasquez, who held the visiting team to less than 50 total yards. Next week the Flashes welcome Village Christian for their Homecoming game.
Juan Moreno #57 tackles a Mission Prep runner during last Friday night’s game. Varsity Football Highlights: FHS=7 Mission Prep=40. The Flashes held Mission to 7 points in the second half. Andrey Sanchez ran for 131 yards. Collin Farrar ran for 123 yards. According to Coach Dollar, “ We made too many mistakes in the first half, but we played well in the second half, This is one of the best teams we have faced in five years.” J.V. Football Highlights: FHS J.V. = 33 Mission Prep J.V. =7. Fillmore Flashes JV started off the season with a victory against visiting Mission Prep high school. The leading scorer for the Flashes was Daniel Flores who rushed for 2 touchdowns. Also scoring for the Flashes were Michael Luna, Damien Gonzalez, Joseph Magana, who also had 2 interceptions one of which was a defensive score. On defense the Flashes were led by Michael Castro and Andy Vasquez, who held the visiting team to less than 50 total yards. Next week the Flashes welcome Village Christian for their Homecoming game.
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Collin Farrar makes a move to run down the field. Farrar ran for 123 yards.
Collin Farrar makes a move to run down the field. Farrar ran for 123 yards.
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Fillmore Flashes JV players David Cadena #26 and Chad Petuoglu #77 tackle Mission Prep’s runner.
Fillmore Flashes JV players David Cadena #26 and Chad Petuoglu #77 tackle Mission Prep’s runner.
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Palo Alto, CA - The USA Water Polo 2012 Jr Olympics - On July 28 through August 1, 2012, Fillmore resident Kyle Popp participated with the Buena Club Water Polo team in capturing 2nd place in the Bronze Division of the 14U Boys. The team played 7 games with the outcome of 1 tie, 4 wins, 2 losses. San Diego Shores 13-13 tie, SoCal Gold 15-9 loss, Sleepy Hollow 6-7 win, 680 2-13 win, Santa Barbara 11-12 win, Sleepy Hollow 7-8 win, Shores Solana 15-11 loss.

Also participating for Buena Club Polo were the Boys 18U and Girls 16U teams.

Congratulations to this outstanding group of young athletes!

 

Believe it or not it’s that time again “FILLMORE FLASHES FOOTBALL AND FALL SPORTS”. This is the time of year when we start to look to our community to help us make this a successful year for the Sports Program at Fillmore High School. The Fillmore High School Athletic Boosters is an organization run completely by unpaid volunteers, which include board members, parents, coaches and many other adults who donate their time. Everyone is dedicated to the advancement of Fillmore High School Sports at all levels of play.

We are starting early this year on the Football Program and that is why we need your help. We are seeking local businesses that would be interested in placing an “AD” in this years “FILLMORE FLASHES FALL SPORTS PROGRAM”.
If you are interested in advertising please contact Susan Golson at 805-216-4013.

 
All procedes support the team traveling to Spokane Washington to represent Fillmore at Nationals
Fillmore Softball 10U Girls will be having a drive-thru Chicken Dinner, Wednesday July 25, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner is $10 per plate and will include: Chicken, rice, beans, salad, dinner roll, salsa and a drink. Tickets may be purchased through one of the athlete's or simply drive on thru that night. All money raised will be going directly to those 12 young ladies who will be traveling to Spokane WA. the end of this month to represent Fillmore at Nationals. Thank you in advance!
Fillmore Softball 10U Girls will be having a drive-thru Chicken Dinner, Wednesday July 25, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner is $10 per plate and will include: Chicken, rice, beans, salad, dinner roll, salsa and a drink. Tickets may be purchased through one of the athlete's or simply drive on thru that night. All money raised will be going directly to those 12 young ladies who will be traveling to Spokane WA. the end of this month to represent Fillmore at Nationals. Thank you in advance!
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Christian Conaway (in blue and white leathers) and Kyle Castenada (black and green leathers) leading Chris Hicks, Kolby Parks, Will Myrvold and Frank Williams through Cowzers Corner.
Christian Conaway (in blue and white leathers) and Kyle Castenada (black and green leathers) leading Chris Hicks, Kolby Parks, Will Myrvold and Frank Williams through Cowzers Corner.
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John Rogers, Christian Conaway, of Fillmore, and Kolby Parks on the podium.
John Rogers, Christian Conaway, of Fillmore, and Kolby Parks on the podium.
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Jon Huey, Keith Henderson and Kyle Castenada, of Fillmore, on the podium for their Classic Luge results.
Jon Huey, Keith Henderson and Kyle Castenada, of Fillmore, on the podium for their Classic Luge results.
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Kyle Castenada qualifying on his Classic Luge.
Kyle Castenada qualifying on his Classic Luge.
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Fillmore natives, Christian Conaway (18) and Kyle Castenada (19) traveled to Goldendale Washington to compete in the International Gravity Sports Association sanctioned 2012 Maryhill Festival of Speed race. 240 gravity racing athletes from over 14 countries gather together for this much anticipated race. Racers traveled from as far away as Europe, Japan, Brazil and Peru to race on the famous Maryhill Loops Road course.

On June 29th Christian Conaway pulled off “The Double” by setting fastest qualifying times in both Street Luge and Classic Luge with a time of 3:03.060 minutes down the 2.25 mile long course on his Street Luge and broke the course record for Classic Luge with a time of 3:11.140 down the course. Castenada earned a time of 3:11.168 setting the second fastest time in the Classic Luge class on the first day of qualifying.

The second round of time qualifications was held the following day. Conaway’s time on his Classic Luge held throughout the day. Kolby Parks out of Canada set a blazing time of 3:03.010 and bested Conaway’s first Street luge qualifying time. On his second qualifying attempt Conaway ran a 3:03.067, which was .007 of a second slower the second day.

With Conaway and Castenada both earning one of the top six fastest times in Street Luge they both qualified for the King of the Hill race on Saturday evening. The race was held late in the afternoon under rapidly darkening skies. Racers were reporting rain at the top of the course and wet track conditions at the starting line. Conaway jumped out front for an early lead heading into the first left hand corner, but due to slippery conditions slid out but avoided going into the hay bales. At that point the King of the Hill Race became a survival event. At the finish line all the racers crossed with a few seconds of each other with John Rogers earning the title King of the Hill. Castenada crossed the finish line in 5th place, with Conaway crossing in 6th place.

The Street and Classic Luge Finals were run on Sunday July 1. Conaway and Castenada quickly advanced through the heat races to seed themselves in the Street Luge and Classic Luge Finals. In the Street Luge Final race Conaway was passed by John Rogers and Kolby Parks after he took a corner a little wide. Conaway, in third place, took advantage of the last corner prior to the finish line and cut in on Kolby Parks for an inside left hand pass to take over second place at the finish line. Parks said “I couldn’t see anything at the last corner as the sun was in my eyes when Conaway made the pass on me”. When Conaway was asked what he saw when he made the pass on Parks he simply said “I saw 2nd place”. After five days of practice and racing the 2.25 mile 17 corner and hairpin turns both Conaway and Castenada came home with trophies. Conaway took second place in Street Luge and came in 4th place in Classic Luge. Castenada took 3rd place in Classic Luge and 4th Street Luge.

Complete final results were as follows: Street Luge Classic Luge, 1st. John Rogers 1st Jon Huey, 2nd Christian Conaway 2nd Keith Henderson, 3rd Kolby Parks 3rd Kyle Castenada.

 
(l-r)(top row) Alyiah Golson, Isabella Ayalah, Lexi Garza, April Lizarraga, Nevaeh Walla, (bottom row) Alyssa Ibarra, Olivia Robledo, Addison Weeks, Jessi Fontes, Heaven Aparicio, Alexis Johnston and Julissa Montes.
(l-r)(top row) Alyiah Golson, Isabella Ayalah, Lexi Garza, April Lizarraga, Nevaeh Walla, (bottom row) Alyssa Ibarra, Olivia Robledo, Addison Weeks, Jessi Fontes, Heaven Aparicio, Alexis Johnston and Julissa Montes.
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Car Wash Fundraiser Saturday, July 14, Balden Plaza (next to Verizon) 9am-2pm

BIG Congratulations to our Fast Pitch Softball 10U Fillmore Girls All-Stars for their berth to Nationals in Spokane, Washington July 30 through August 5, 2012.

Our girls qualified in the DIstrict Tournament in El Rio June 25-27, leading them to a State Tournament July 6-8 in Lancaster where they lost their first game Friday and battled through the loser bracket in 90 degree plus weather. We faced off Sylmar in the final game for Nationals. Winner advances to Washington and losers to end their All-Star season. In the top of the second inning, the first run scores giving Fillmore the lead by 1-0. Sylmar comes back to score 2 runs in the third inning to take the lead by 1-2. In the sixth inning Fillmore scores to tie the game 2-2. We went into international tie-breaker in the top of the eight inning where Sylmar scores again to reclaim the lead 3-2. Fillmore scores a run in the bottom of the eight to tie it back up, 3-3. Our defense holds Sylmar from scoring in the top of the ninth inning. During bottom of the ninth, Nevaeh Walla sacrifice bunt moves Alyssa Ibarra our runner to third bases and Ollie Robledo hits to left field and Alyssa scores our winning run. Jessie Fontes picks up the win pitching the entire nine innings.

This is the first time in Fillmore history that a "B" Gold League has qualified for National Tournament to represent the City of Fillmore at the highest level of ASA Softball.

Please come out and support our Car Wash this Saturday July 14 at Balden Plaza, 502 W. Ventura St. next to Verizon in Fillmore from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Baldwin Plaza will be matching our fundraising earnings during this car wash.

We will also be having a Chicken dinner drive thru at the Fillmore Fire Station on Wednesday July 25, 2012 between 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Phone orders will also be available, contact Mario at (805) 766-2122 or Vanessa at (805) 824-7015 and our girls will deliver.

We are proud of these young ladies and their commitment. Good Luck girls and play your hearts out at Nationals!

Thank you Fillmore Girls Softball and to our City of Fillmore!

 
(l-r) The participants of the weightlifting competition held last Saturday, June 23. Tony Hernandez (Body Image owner), Jose Perez, Juan Chavez, Domonique Jasso, Chepe Lira (Overall Grand Champion), Jose Herrera, Beka Herrera, Miguel Herrera, and Marcos Zuniga (Head Judge).
(l-r) The participants of the weightlifting competition held last Saturday, June 23. Tony Hernandez (Body Image owner), Jose Perez, Juan Chavez, Domonique Jasso, Chepe Lira (Overall Grand Champion), Jose Herrera, Beka Herrera, Miguel Herrera, and Marcos Zuniga (Head Judge).
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Beka Herrara, winner Ladies Division, Dead Lift of 245 lbs. Photos by Bob Crum.
Beka Herrara, winner Ladies Division, Dead Lift of 245 lbs. Photos by Bob Crum.
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Juan Chavez, Middleweight Division (165-184 lbs.) 1st Place in the Dead Lift, lifting 405 lbs.
Juan Chavez, Middleweight Division (165-184 lbs.) 1st Place in the Dead Lift, lifting 405 lbs.
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Jose Prez, Lightweight Division (140-164 lbs.) 1st Place in the Dead lift of 425 lbs.
Jose Prez, Lightweight Division (140-164 lbs.) 1st Place in the Dead lift of 425 lbs.
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Chepe Lira, 1st Place in Dead Lift with 635 lbs. lifted. Overall winner with a grand total of 2,130 lbs. pushed and lifted.
Chepe Lira, 1st Place in Dead Lift with 635 lbs. lifted. Overall winner with a grand total of 2,130 lbs. pushed and lifted.
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