AYSO referees and youth referees showing their support for breast cancer awareness at Shields Park.
AYSO referees and youth referees showing their support for breast cancer awareness at Shields Park.
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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Concordia-St. Paul sophomore Corey Cole has been named the NSIC Special Teams Player of the Week, as announced by the league headquarters on Monday morning.

Cole tied an NCAA Division II record with a 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown in the first quarter of Concordia's 28-24 road win at Wayne State on Saturday. Cole's kickoff return score was also a big momentum play, as the Wildcats had previously tied the score at 7-7 before he housed the ensuing return. In the game, Cole had two returns for 123 yards (61.5 avg), and added one catch for a yard. He leads the NSIC and is third in the nation with a 34.5 kickoff return average on 11 returns (379 yards). He leads the team with 10 plays of 25-plus yards, with nine of those coming on kick returns.

Corey is a Fillmore High School Graduate, Class of 2011.

 


 
Senior Jesus Mendoza led the Fillmore Flashes at the Clovis Invitational.
Senior Jesus Mendoza led the Fillmore Flashes at the Clovis Invitational.
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Senior Kiana Hope led the Lady Flashes at Oak Canyon Park in their second league meet of the season.
Senior Kiana Hope led the Lady Flashes at Oak Canyon Park in their second league meet of the season.
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On a non-race day at 7am in the morning you can find the girls and boys of the Fillmore High School Cross Country team awake and training for their upcoming meet. The time and dedication that these young student athletes put forth each and every day, both in the classroom and in their running is truly inspiring. They train in the hot weather, in the cold weather and if it is raining, in the wet weather.

After a very successful season, the 2012 Division Boys Cross Country State Champs of Fillmore are now off to their collegiate careers. Behind they have helped create and mold a culture of runners that have filled their places for the 2013 Cross Country season. Senior runners, Justin Beach, Nicolas Frias and Frank Chavez return from the 2012 State Champion team. In addition, seniors, Omar Ponce, Mario Gaspar and newcomer Jesus Mendoza join the varsity team of which have been an integral part of scorers in the meets. A very impressive group of juniors has stepped up and join the varsity team. Leading the junior class, Jorge Hurtado has been a key runner, stepping up as the number one runner for the boys’ team this year. Returning juniors Francisco Erazo and Gerardo Rodriguez along with first time runner Dominick Gonzalez have added strength to the varsity team. Currently the Varsity Boys’ Cross Country team is ranked 12th in the CIF Southern Section rankings.

Ending the season last year with a goal successfully accomplished, to make it to the CIF Finals, the girls’ cross country team has emerged into the 2013 season with a strong group of female runners. Leading the varsity girls’ team this year is senior Kiana Hope. Kiana has been the top runner for the lady flashes since her freshman year. She finished in 4th place at the last league meet at Oak Canyon Park. In addition, senior Jordyn Vassaur returns to the girls’ varsity team as a third year runner and a key score. Jordyn continues to improve each and every race. The junior class includes Sofia Gallardo, a first time varsity runner and three-year varsity runner Alexis Tafoya. The sophomore class brings strength and promise to a strong team for the future. Leading the sophomore class, Maria “Lupita” Perez was a nice addition and surprise from the track season. Sophomore teammates, Briana Segoviano and Irma Torres, both return to the girls’ varsity team. Rounding out the varsity team is newbie, Marisol Martinez, a standout freshman. Currently the girls’ team is ranked 13th in the CIF Southern Section Cross Country rankings.

The team travels to Mt. San Antonio College this Friday to compete in the world’s largest cross country meet. This is one of the runner’s favorite meets and we are looking forward to the competition and to racing well.

 


 
Flashes vs Malibu

Fillmore bounced back after losing to Santa Clara with a big win over Malibu this past Friday night.

The Flashes scored their first of many touchdowns in the first quarter. Malibu dropped back for a pass and Fillmore scored on the pick 6. Down 7-0 Malibu got the ball back and were forced to punt it back to Fillmore. However on the very next play the Flashes fumbled it and Malibu recovered. The Sharks couldn’t do anything with the ball and punted it back to the Flashes.

Fillmore went up 14-0 after a 66 yard touchdown run by Justin Coert. On Fillmores next possession Coert ran the ball 50 yards, all the way down to the Flashes 35 yard line.

A few plays later the Flashes punched it in to extend the lead to 21-0. Malibu tried to get on the scoreboard but ended up punting the ball away to the Flashes. Fillmore scored on another touchdown by Chino to go up 28-0 with 8:23 left in the second quarter.

On Malibu’s next possession they threatened to score but were again forced to punt it away. Fillmore took over on the 8 yard line. Fillmore scored on a 78 yard burst by Hayden Wright to extend the lead to 35-0.
Malibu fumbled the ball away on their next possession with 5:35 left before halftime. Chino scored his second touchdown of the game to add to the lead.

Malibu tried to get something together before halftime. However Nick Liu picked off the Malibu quarterback and scored Fillmore’s last touchdown of the half.

By halftime the game was practically over. Malibu did score their first and only points of the game on a touchdown pass in the 3rd quarter. Fillmore scored again on Chino’s 3rd touchdown with 1:30 left in the game. Fillmore dominated both sided of the ball as they demolished Malibu 56-7.

Malibu falls to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in league. Good luck to the Sharks on the rest of their season. They play at Santa Clara High School (Oxnard) next Friday. They play Fillmore again at Malibu High School in two weeks.
Meanwhile the Flashes pull themselves back in the race for a league title. The Flashes rise to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in league. Fillmore plays Grace Brethren on Friday at home. GO FLASHES!

 


 
 
 
 

Heritage Valley Blazers Track and Field season is quickly approaching and we are looking for coaches interested in joining our club. No experience necessary, just a fun, positive and motivating attitude ready to coach some ready to learn kids. We will be having a coaches meeting Thursday October 24, 2013 at the Memorial Building back room beginning at 7:30 pm. All are welcome! Any questions please contact Erika Arana vis email at: Erika_w_3@hotmail.com

 

Last Friday Fillmore traveled to Oxnard to play the Santa Clara Saints. The game started off well for the Flashes as they kicked the ball off, and the defense held the Saints on a quick 3 and out. Fillmore took over on the Saints 35 yard line. Fillmore drove all the way down field capped off on a touchdown run by Andrey Sanchez. Fillmore took a 7-0 lead with 9:44 left in the first quarter. Santa Clara got the ball back, but was forced to punt again. Fillmore took over on their own 45 yard line. The Flashes drove the ball into the end zone again on a touchdown by Justin Coert to push the lead to 14-0 with 5:25 left in the quarter. Both teams were forced to punt the ball away. Santa Clara got the ball back and got on the score board on a touchdown by Daniel Acosta to cut the lead to 14-7. Fillmore then scored on a field goal by Justin Coert to push the score to 17-7 in favor of Fillmore. Christian Zapada of Santa Clara scored another touchdown to pull the saints to within 4 points with 5:58 left in the half. Santa Clara then took the lead 20-17 with 50 seconds left before halftime.

Fillmore received the ball to start the second half and put it in the endzone on another touchdown by Justin Coert. Fillmore got the ball back off of a Santa Clara punt. However, the Flashes turned the ball over back to the Saints. The Saints capitalized and scored a touchdown to take the lead 26-24. Fillmore got the ball back looking to take the lead and win the game. However, quarterback Carson Mclain threw an interception in the redzone and Santa Clara put the game away thanks to a touchdown reception from Daniel Acosta. The Saints (4-2, 2-0) play at Grace Brethern next Friday. Meanwhile the Flashes (4-2, 1-1) finally return home as they play Malibu next Friday night. Good luck Fillmore.

 
 

Perce's Kenpo Karate Studio had its annual karate tournament October 5 at Fillmore Middle School. There were over 130 students competing from schools from Ventura county and Los Angeles county. They had a special guest featuring Hyper Pro Jacob Pinto. Jacob is one of the top martial artist in the naska tournament circuit.

Forms divisions 4-5 yrs. yellow-orange belt 2nd place Jaime Serna. 4-5 yrs. white-orange 3rd place Gabby Perce. 6-7 yrs. white-yellow 1st place Wendy Romero, 3rd place Omar Gamboa, participation Jachob Hernandez, Daniel Salazar. 7-9 yrs. yellow-orange participation Joey Shane, Manuel Valenzuela. 6-7 yrs. Orange 2nd place Brody Addison, participation Edward Sumaran. 10-12 yrs. orange 1st place Chris Anderson, 4th place David Dunham, Participation Andy DeArcos. 8-10 yrs. blue-green 2nd place Ty Morris. 10-12 yrs. purple-green 3rd place Aaron Carranza, participation Desirae Topete.

Forms 8-10 yrs. Jr. 3rd & 2nd brown 3rd place Austin Gunter, 4th place Zackary Addison. Jr. 3rd & 2nd brown participation Erasmo Salazar, Justice Rodriguez, Dave Bustos Jr.. Jr. 2nd & 1st brown 2nd place Faith Bustos, 4th place Emiliano Pinedo, participation Samantha Gunter. Teens 3rd & 2nd brown 4th place Crystal Pinedo. Teen purple-blue 4th place Ivan Zepeda.
Adult 1st brown & black 2nd place Andy Topete, 3rd place Samuel Hernandez.
Teen-adult 1st brown-black 3rd place Anthony Murray. Self defense division winners are jr. Self Defense 1st place Austin Gunter, 2nd place Justice Rodriguez, 3rd place Zackary Addison. Adult self defense 1st place Samuel Hernandez, 2nd place Samantha Gunter. Jr. Showmanship 3rd place Faith Bustos. Adult showmanship 1st place Anthony Murray, 2nd place Andy Topete.

Sparring division winners are 5-7 yrs. yellow-orange 3rd place Edward Sumaran. 9-11 yrs. blue-green participation Celeste Aguilera. 8-10 yrs. green-jr 3rd brown 3rd place Justice Rodriguez. 11-12 yrs. jr. 2nd brown 2nd place Emiliano Pinedo. Teens 1st place Angel Rodriguez, 4th place Crystal Pinedo. Adults 3rd place Javier Rodriguez. We are proud of all the students who participated in Perce's Kenpo Karate Annual Tournament.

 
 

Last Friday night Fillmore traveled to Moorpark College to take on the Grace Brethren Lancers. After suffering their first loss of the season against Santa Paula Fillmore looked to get back on track with a win.

It was another low scoring affair with no one scoring in the first quarter. Grace Brethren got the ball first. However they fumbled the ball away with 5:19 left in the first quarter. Fillmore took the ball and proceeded to take the lead thanks to a touchdown by Justin Coert with 10:52 left in the second quarter. The Lancers got the ball back. They were doing whatever they could to get in to the end zone. The Fillmore defense came through once again and intercepted the Lancers pass with 6:01 left in the second quarter. Fillmore couldn't score and they lead at halftime 6-0. The Flashes got the ball and scored again a touchdown run by Carson Mclain. The Lancers tried to stage a comeback after Fillmore fumbled he ball away with 7:59 left in the game. They turned that into a touchdown with 5:49 left. Fillmore lead 13-6 after Grace Brethren failed on a 2 point conversion. The Lancers then stopped Fillmore on their next possession and got the ball back. Fillmore's defense was able to snap any hope that the Lancers had of a come back as Fillmore took the win 13-6. Good luck to the Lancers on the rest of the season. They play at Malibu next Friday. With the win the Flashes move up to a 4-1 record over all and a 1-0 record in league. The Flashes travel to Santa Clara (Oxnard) next week. JV plays on thursday at 4 and Varsity plays Friday at 7. Good luck Flashes.

 
 
(l-r) Sophomore Briana Segoviano, Junior Sofia Gallardo, Sophomore Lupita Perez, Junior Alexis Tafoya, Freshman Marisol Martinez, Senior Kiana Hope and Senior Jordyn Vassaur.
(l-r) Sophomore Briana Segoviano, Junior Sofia Gallardo, Sophomore Lupita Perez, Junior Alexis Tafoya, Freshman Marisol Martinez, Senior Kiana Hope and Senior Jordyn Vassaur.
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The Girls' Varsity Cross Country team recently travelled to Stanford University to compete at the Stanford Invitational. The team had an outstanding performance led by Senior Kiana Hope. The team placed 12th overall to the 33 teams that participated. (5k times: Kiana Hope 20:06, Lupita Perez 20:12, Alexis Tafoya 20:24, Jordyn Vassaur 21:18, Sofia Gallardo 22:07, Marisol Martinez 22:34 and Briana Segoviano 22:34)

 
The Fillmore Boxing Club's Demily Amezcua recently competed in San Fernando, CA in the 100 lb. weight class. She was victorious in her debut match winning via decision vs. Kayline Marez of the Young Champions Boxing Club. The bout was three rounds of one and a half minute duration. Amezcua was able to establish a jab that was the difference maker in the first two rounds of the bout and was able to fight off her persistent opponent's attacks in the final round.
The Fillmore Boxing Club's Demily Amezcua recently competed in San Fernando, CA in the 100 lb. weight class. She was victorious in her debut match winning via decision vs. Kayline Marez of the Young Champions Boxing Club. The bout was three rounds of one and a half minute duration. Amezcua was able to establish a jab that was the difference maker in the first two rounds of the bout and was able to fight off her persistent opponent's attacks in the final round.
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Flashes vs Cardinals

The Flashes played rival Santa Paula last Friday and came back with a loss. It wasn’t quite the game most expected it to be. Santa Paula won 14-7. With that being said both defenses played great. Santa Paula scored the games first touchdown in the first quarter to go up 7-0. The Flashes defense held strong only allowing only 1 first half touchdown. However the Flashes offence couldn’t get started as quarterback Carson McLain threw 1 interception in the first half. Santa Paula scored again in the 3rd quarter to go up 14-0. Carson McLain scored Fillmore’s only touchdown of the game on a quarterback sneak with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Fillmore appeared that they were going to force overtime though as they had the ball on the 20 with less than 1 minute left in the game. However, on 3rd down Carson McLain was sacked for a loss and on the next play McLain’s pass was batted down. The Flashes lost 14-7.

Hats off to the Cardinals. Great job on the win. Notable players for Santa Paula were Daniel Kohr and Noel Magana. Notable players for the Flashes were Andrey Sanchez and Daniel Flores. Good luck to Santa Paula on the rest of their season as they play Albert Einstein Academy (Santa Clarita). The Flashes travel to Santa Clara (Oxnard). JV plays on Thursday and Varsity Plays on Friday. Better luck next year Flashes.

 
 
Blake Boren and his dad take av motoplex by surprise on sunday at the motocross races. Blake raced kids support
and ran 3rd the first moto and 2nd in the second moto for 2nd overall. His dad raced 45yrs up. The first moto got 1st and 2nd moto got 2nd for 1st overall.
Blake Boren and his dad take av motoplex by surprise on sunday at the motocross races. Blake raced kids support and ran 3rd the first moto and 2nd in the second moto for 2nd overall. His dad raced 45yrs up. The first moto got 1st and 2nd moto got 2nd for 1st overall.
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Flashes vs Cardinals

Eighty-nine years ago a rivalry was born. Times have changed. Back in 1924 The Model-T was probably the hottest car you could own. Calvin Coolidge was president. Gas was 21-cents a gallon. A new car cost on average $398. A new house cost on average $7,720. Times have changed. One thing has stayed the same though. That one thing is the Fillmore vs. Santa Paula game.

Only twice during that time did Fillmore and Santa Paula not play. Those years were 1942 and 1969. This game means a lot to a lot of people.

“No matter where you are in the country you always want to know what happened in that game, its tradition,” said Joe Woods who experienced this rivalry from 1975-1978 along with his step-dad Robert Spitler (1936-39), brother-in-law Javier Aguilar (1970-74), Shane Woods (late 80’s/early 90’s), Robby Aguilar (late 90’s/ early 2000’s) and his nephew JD Smallwood (2008-2011). Joe even coached this rivalry. “It’s in our veins” Woods said.

When I asked Kameron Klein of Santa Paula what this rivalry means to him he said, “Two towns pitted against each other to play for bragging rights. It’s unbelievable. You can win CIF and [still] have a bad year because you lost against Fillmore.”

Eighty-nine years and 102 games. That’s a long time. As a matter of fact that’s longer than the UCLA vs. USC rivalry. I asked Joe and Kameron why this rivalry went on so long. Joe simply said, “There wouldn’t be a football season without playing Santa Paula”. He also stated, “Not playing Santa Paula would be like eating the ice cream cone without the ice cream.” Kameron said, “We’re so close that it would be wrong to not play each other,” adding, “Its tradition and some traditions shouldn’t be broken”.

What makes this rivalry so special is that it has been going on for generations. Some kids who recently played or are playing have had parents who played, grandparents who played, great-grandparents who played, and maybe even great-great-grandparents who played. Not only that but you grew up playing with some of the kids you played against whether you played for the Fillmore Raiders or the Santa Paula football league. And… we’re only 9 miles apart!

I even asked Joe and Kameron what their favorite game was playing for their respective teams. Joe said his was “Junior year in 1977 when I started against Santa Paula and we beat them 6-0 in Santa Paula and held them to 0 yards passing for 0 completions”. Kameron said his was the 101st game against Fillmore. “It was a game full of huge momentum shifts. I remember we were down 20-23 in the second overtime facing a 4th and 3 with the game on the line. Both crowds were going crazy. The Fillmore crowd was chanting DEFENSE! The Santa Paula crowd was chanting OFFENSE! It was defining. I remember the game was on my shoulders to get the first down and I did and we won the game 26-23.”

There is always a buzz around both schools and towns during rivalry week. Good luck Flashes and Cardinals. A lot is on the line this week. Live it up. It is expected that there is going to be a sell-out crowd and it’s going to be electric.