Courtesy FHS Boys Soccer Coach Javier Alcaraz
Tuesday, November 28, 2023, Fillmore vs. Foothill Tech
Varsity: Fillmore 1 - Foothill 1
Goal: Jesus Angel Avila
Assist: Leroy Medina
Overall Record: 2-0-2
JV: Fillmore 3 - Foothill 1
Goals: Christian Ramirez 2; Eduardo Caldero 1
Assist: Diego Magana 1; Emmanuel Hernandez 1

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023, Fillmore vs. Buena High School
Varsity: Fillmore 1 – Buena 1
Goal: Jared Ramos
Assist: Alejandro Ayala
Overall Record: 2-0-1
JV: Fillmore 2 – Buena 1
Goals: Diego Magana 1; Johnny Tapia 1
Overall Record: 1-2

 


 
Boys 12U team the Jr. Flashes from Fillmore's own AYSO 242 advanced to playoffs in Ventura this last weekend. During the season, they were the team to beat. Solid defense strategy paired with amazing strikers kept this team at the top. Blanca Benson was the head coach, and her passion to stay competitive was essential. During the season on Saturday, you could also catch her refereeing several games with her assistant coaches. Our community is built on volunteers like this. This weekend the boys were 2-1 but unfortunately not enough points to advance further. What an awesome season for boys soccer and I can’t wait to see what they do next! Photo/article credit Brandy Hollis.
Boys 12U team the Jr. Flashes from Fillmore's own AYSO 242 advanced to playoffs in Ventura this last weekend. During the season, they were the team to beat. Solid defense strategy paired with amazing strikers kept this team at the top. Blanca Benson was the head coach, and her passion to stay competitive was essential. During the season on Saturday, you could also catch her refereeing several games with her assistant coaches. Our community is built on volunteers like this. This weekend the boys were 2-1 but unfortunately not enough points to advance further. What an awesome season for boys soccer and I can’t wait to see what they do next! Photo/article credit Brandy Hollis.
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AYSO Girls Purple Besties rounded out the 2023 season with a stop in Ventura for the playoffs last weekend. The girls had an amazing season coached by Desiree Lopez and Andrea Perez. Players include: Genesis Arteaga, Layla Bernal, Alejandra Avila, Delilah Vargas, Elina Magaña, Penelope Soto, Sophia Ontiveros, Anahi Juarez and Laylah Alvarez. These girls are ready to come back with a vengeance and protect their title next year. Go Purple Besties! Photo credit Teresa Ontiveros. Courtesy Brandy Hollis.
AYSO Girls Purple Besties rounded out the 2023 season with a stop in Ventura for the playoffs last weekend. The girls had an amazing season coached by Desiree Lopez and Andrea Perez. Players include: Genesis Arteaga, Layla Bernal, Alejandra Avila, Delilah Vargas, Elina Magaña, Penelope Soto, Sophia Ontiveros, Anahi Juarez and Laylah Alvarez. These girls are ready to come back with a vengeance and protect their title next year. Go Purple Besties! Photo credit Teresa Ontiveros. Courtesy Brandy Hollis.
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Courtesy FHS Soccer Coach Javier Alcaraz

Wednesday, November 15 - Fillmore vs. Camarillo

Varsity: Fillmore 3-0 Camarillo

Goals: Jesus Canchola 1, Jesus Angel Avila 1, Danny Medina 1

Assist: Hector Hernandez 1, Danny Medina 1

Shutout by Goalkeepers Elias Manzano & Julian Medina

JV: Fillmore 2-3 Camarillo

 
On Saturday, November 11, Fillmore Flashes Boys & Girls Cross Country teams competed in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College. Above are the Varsity Girls who ran at the CIF Prelims; (l-r) Miley Tello, Nataly Vigil, Joseline Orozco, Alexandra Martinez, Diana Santa Rosa, Jessica Orozco, Leah Barragan, and Niza Laureano. Inset, from the boys’ team is Eduardo Vigil who Qualified to also compete as an individual. Both will compete in the CIF Finals Meet to Qualify for State Finals. Photo credit Coach Anthony Chavez.
On Saturday, November 11, Fillmore Flashes Boys & Girls Cross Country teams competed in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College. Above are the Varsity Girls who ran at the CIF Prelims; (l-r) Miley Tello, Nataly Vigil, Joseline Orozco, Alexandra Martinez, Diana Santa Rosa, Jessica Orozco, Leah Barragan, and Niza Laureano. Inset, from the boys’ team is Eduardo Vigil who Qualified to also compete as an individual. Both will compete in the CIF Finals Meet to Qualify for State Finals. Photo credit Coach Anthony Chavez.
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Above is the Flashes Cross Country Boys Varsity at CIF Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College this past weekend. Pictured (l-r) are Diego Ramirez, Omar Heredia, Eduardo Vigil, Martin Manzo, Angel Laureano, Angel Garcia, and Vicente Lopez. Photo credit Coach Anthony Chavez.
Above is the Flashes Cross Country Boys Varsity at CIF Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College this past weekend. Pictured (l-r) are Diego Ramirez, Omar Heredia, Eduardo Vigil, Martin Manzo, Angel Laureano, Angel Garcia, and Vicente Lopez. Photo credit Coach Anthony Chavez.
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Written By Epi Torres

On Saturday, November 11, 2023, the Fillmore boys and girls varsity cross country teams traveled to Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut to compete in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims meet. This meet is held over a 2.93-mile challenging course with three major climbs.

The Varsity Boys were the first team to line up at the starting line for the Flashes. Eduardo Vigil was the lead runner for Fillmore as he has been all season with the exception of one meet. Eddie captured 3rd place with his front running. He crossed the finish line in a personal best time on the Mt. SAC course of 16:22.3. He was followed by Diego Ramirez 33rd in 17:26.4, Angel Laureano 42nd in 17:55.1, Martin Manzo 43rd in 17:57.9, Angel Garcia 51st in18:15.6, Vicente Lopez 67th in 19:06.8, and Omar Heredia 78th in 19:39.3. Unfortunately, the Varsity Boys missed qualifying by one place in their heat, and 17 seconds over team time. As a result of Eddie’s 3rd place finish, he has qualified to compete as an individual in the CIF Division 4 Southern Section Finals.

The Varsity Girls toed the line next. Nataly Vigil and Niza Laureano exchanged the lead for the first mile and a half. After the dust settled, Nataly finished in 4th place in a time of 19:29.8, Niza followed in 7th in a time of 19:29.8. Next to cross the finish was Diana Santa Rosa 21st in 21:12.4, followed by Leah Barragan 26th in 21:18.6, Jessica Orozco 28th in 21:20.6, Alexandra Martinez 56th in 23:44.6, and Joseline Orozco 78th in 26:36.3. In their heat, the Varsity Girls captured 2nd place and thus qualified for CIF Division 4 Southern Section Finals.

The Fillmore Cross Country athletes will now prepare for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Finals meet. This meet is also held at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Eddie will run his race at 9:45, and the girls team will run at 11:00. Eddie and the girls team will now attempt to qualify for the California State Finals.

 
Friday, November 10, the 126 Raiders Freshman took to the field at SoFi Stadium for the GCYFL National Conference Super Bowl for the 2nd year in a row. Going into the game the 126 Raiders were 6 – 2 on the regular season they played hard, but fell short to the Calabasas Rams 24 – 0. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Friday, November 10, the 126 Raiders Freshman took to the field at SoFi Stadium for the GCYFL National Conference Super Bowl for the 2nd year in a row. Going into the game the 126 Raiders were 6 – 2 on the regular season they played hard, but fell short to the Calabasas Rams 24 – 0. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Fillmore Girls Varsity wins Citrus Coast League. Pictured (l-r) are Niza Laureano, Jacqueline Olivares, Jessica Orozco, Leah Barragan, Alexandra Martinez, Diana Santa Rosa, and League Champion Nataly Vigil. Photo credit Nataly Vigil.
Fillmore Girls Varsity wins Citrus Coast League. Pictured (l-r) are Niza Laureano, Jacqueline Olivares, Jessica Orozco, Leah Barragan, Alexandra Martinez, Diana Santa Rosa, and League Champion Nataly Vigil. Photo credit Nataly Vigil.
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Written by Epi Torres

On Thursday, November 2nd, the Fillmore High School Cross Country teams traveled to Ojai to compete in the Citrus Coast League Final. This meet will determine Citrus Coast Champions in 4 divisions and CIF Southern Section Prelim representatives in the Varsity races. Team competing were Carpinteria, Channel Islands, Fillmore, Hueneme, Malibu, Nordhoff, and Santa Paula.

The Junior Varsity Boys ran to a fourth place finish in their race. They were led by Vicente Lopez who finished in 6th place in a time of 19:40.66. He was followed by Juan Cumatz 11th in 19:52.27, Nicholas Cabrales 19th in 21:25.30, Juan Castro 38th in 23:04.46, Aaron Cordero 52nd in 25:03.37, Alexander Diaz 53rd in 25:35.86, and Philip Jimenez 56th in 26:01.84.

In the Varsity Girls race, Nataly Vigil once again led the Fillmore girls by running to a win, in a time of 19:50.50. Her teammates followed closely, capturing 7 of the top 9 places. Niza Laureano was second in 20:17.68, Leah Barragan 4th in 21:36.22, Diana Santa Rosa 6th in 21:46.66, Alexandra Martinez 7th in 21:47.38, Jessica Orozco 8th in 22:06.49, and Jacqueline Olivares 9th in 22:55.45. Nataly Vigil was undefeated this season, and was Citrus Coast League Champion.

The Varsity Boys finished in third place. Eddie Vigil led the Fillmore 7 with his 5th place finish in a time of 16:35.51. He was followed by Angel Garcia 7th in 16:58.64, Martin Manzo 11th in 17:39.68, Joshua Estrada 13th in 17:45.26, Diego Ramirez 14th in 17:48.29, Omar Heredia 23rd in 18:35.3, and Angel Laureano 32nd in 19:02.3.

The Junior Varsity girls were the most dominant Fillmore team to race on this day. They ran impressively, capturing the top 6 places and the Citrus Coast League Team Championship. Joseline Orozco ran to an individual league championship, posting a time of 24:42.68. She was followed by Miley Tello 2nd in 25:01.98, Luz Castaneda 3rd in 25:33.32, Michelle Setty 4th in 26:00.38, Natalie Perez 5th in 26:10.34, Jannet Vega 6th in 26:47.48, Cassandra Mendoza 8th in 27:51.47, and Xitlaly Guerrero 11th in 28:16.97.

This meet determined Citrus Coast final team standings, and individual all league selections. Both the Girls Junior Varsity and the Girls Varsity were undefeated in League competition, and thus captured Citrus Coast League Championships. The Junior Varsity Boys team finished in fourth for the season and the Varsity Boys finished in the 2nd.

The boys and girls Varsity team will prepare for postseason competition. All League qualifiers will head to Mt. San Antonio College and compete in their respective Divisional race with the goal of qualifying for the Southern Section Divisional Championship the follow weekend. Both of Fillmore’s Varsity teams will component November 11th. The boys will race at 11:10, and the girls will follow at 12:22.

 
 
Pictured is Raiders Sophomore #11 running past the Bulldogs defense for a touchdown in last Saturday’s game against Simi Valley Orange.
Pictured is Raiders Sophomore #11 running past the Bulldogs defense for a touchdown in last Saturday’s game against Simi Valley Orange.
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On Friday, October 20th, the Fillmore Flashes hosted their 2023 Homecoming game against Carpinteria and defeated them 31–14. This Friday, October 27th, the Flashes will host their Senior night against Port Hueneme High School, JV begins at 4pm, Varsity at 7pm. Above is Flashes Varsity taking down a Carpinteria player as he tries to advance down the field. Below, Flashes JV making the tackle to shut down the Carpinteria defense. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. More JV & Varsity photos online at www.FillmoreGazette.com. Fillmore is now 6 – 3 overall on the season. Info courtesy https://www.maxpreps.com/ca/fillmore/fillmore-flashes/football/schedule/.
On Friday, October 20th, the Fillmore Flashes hosted their 2023 Homecoming game against Carpinteria and defeated them 31–14. This Friday, October 27th, the Flashes will host their Senior night against Port Hueneme High School, JV begins at 4pm, Varsity at 7pm. Above is Flashes Varsity taking down a Carpinteria player as he tries to advance down the field. Below, Flashes JV making the tackle to shut down the Carpinteria defense. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. More JV & Varsity photos online at www.FillmoreGazette.com. Fillmore is now 6 – 3 overall on the season. Info courtesy https://www.maxpreps.com/ca/fillmore/fillmore-flashes/football/schedule/.
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By Epi Torres

On October 20th, the Flashes Cross Country teams traveled to Walnut, California to compete in the 75th running of the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational. This is the biggest cross country meet in the Nation, and is run over a challenging, 2.93 mile hilly course. This course is also the venue for Southern Section Division Prelims and Finals.

The sophomore’s girls were the first race of the day. This race was shortened to a distance of 1.8 miles due to excessive heat. Miley Tello led the girls with a 14th place finish in a time of 14:15. She was followed by Jannet Vega 38th in 15:31, Michelle Setty 39th in 15:31, Xitlali Guerrero 67th in 17:17, and Patzy Orozco 76th in 17:44. Miley Tello was a medal winner in this race. In the team competition the girls finished in 6th place.

The varsity boys followed. Eddie Vigil led this team with a second place finish in a time of 16:24. He was followed by Angel Garcia 5th in 17:01; Diego Ramirez 18th in 17:42; Joshua Estrada 27th in 18:04; Martin Manzo 52nd in 18:51; Omar Heredia 59th in 19:08; and Angel Laureano 70th in 19:25. Eddie Vigil and Angel Garcia were medal winners in this 2.93 mile race. In the team competition, the varsity boys finished in second, and were awarded a team plaque and 7 team medals.

In the sophomore boys race, Philip Jimenez was the lone competitor. Philip finished in 191st in 26:47.

Joseline Orozco was the first finisher for the Junior Varsity girls. Joseline finished in 36th place in a time of 23:44. She was followed by teammate Natalie Perez, who finished in 113th place in 27:10.

The junior varsity boys were led by Juan Cumatz. Juan finished in 50th place in a time of 19:34. He was followed by Vicente Lopez 66th in 19:57, Nick Cabrales 118th in 21:32; Damian Castaneda 154th in 22:50; Juan Castro 156th in 23:08; and Alex Diaz 182nd in 27:29. In the team competition, they finished in 15th place.

The Girls Varsity Sweepstake race, showcased a wealth of ranked teams from Divisions 3, 4, and 5. Nataly Vigil led the Fillmore girls with a 18th place finish in 19:25. She was followed by Niza Laureano 45th in 20:26; Leah Barragan 75th in 21:22; Diana Santa Rosa 77th in 21:29; Jessica Orozco 79th in 21:32; Alexandra Martinez 104th in 22:57; and Jacqueline Olivares 106th in 23:17. Nataly Vigil was a medal winner in this race. In the team competition, Fillmore was 14th.

The Fillmore Cross Country teams will now prepare for the Citrus Coast League Finals. Teams competing in this meet are Carpinteria, Channel Islands, Fillmore, Malibu, and Nordhoff. This meet is on November 2nd and is run over the challenging Lake Casitas course in Ojai. This meet will determine League Champions at all 4 levels, and also, who will represent the Citrus Coast League in the postseason Southern Section Division Prelims and Finals.

 
 
Above is Fillmore’s Mighty Mites Silver stopping Oxnard dead in their tracks in their game last Saturday. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. See more photos online.
Above is Fillmore’s Mighty Mites Silver stopping Oxnard dead in their tracks in their game last Saturday. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. See more photos online.
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Pictured is a group of Raiders Juniors taking down a Saints player during last Saturday’s game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. More photos online at www.FillmoreGazette.com.
Pictured is a group of Raiders Juniors taking down a Saints player during last Saturday’s game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola. More photos online at www.FillmoreGazette.com.
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On Friday, October 13th, 2023, Fillmore took on Nordhoff High School and defeated them 35 – 7. This week Fillmore will be hosting their 2023 Homecoming Game on Friday, October 20th, against Carpinteria High School. JV begins at 4pm; Varsity at 7pm. JV score not reported at press time. Info courtesy: https://www.maxpreps.com/ca/fillmore/fillmore-flashes/football/. Above are a couple of Flashes Varsity players tackling a Ranger player from last week’s game. The Flashes are 5 – 3 on the season overall. Inset, Flashes JV #35 knocking the ball out of the Nordhoff player’s hands. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
On Friday, October 13th, 2023, Fillmore took on Nordhoff High School and defeated them 35 – 7. This week Fillmore will be hosting their 2023 Homecoming Game on Friday, October 20th, against Carpinteria High School. JV begins at 4pm; Varsity at 7pm. JV score not reported at press time. Info courtesy: https://www.maxpreps.com/ca/fillmore/fillmore-flashes/football/. Above are a couple of Flashes Varsity players tackling a Ranger player from last week’s game. The Flashes are 5 – 3 on the season overall. Inset, Flashes JV #35 knocking the ball out of the Nordhoff player’s hands. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Raiders Juniors #43 & #7 team-up and make the tackle against a Simi Valley Black player in their game last Saturday. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Raiders Juniors #43 & #7 team-up and make the tackle against a Simi Valley Black player in their game last Saturday. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Pictured above is Raiders Bantams #8 taking down a Simi Valley Grey player to keep him form advancing up the field. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Pictured above is Raiders Bantams #8 taking down a Simi Valley Grey player to keep him form advancing up the field. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Raiders Mighty Mite’s Black #15 carrying the ball as he tries to make his way past a North Valley defense while Raiders #4 tries making the block. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Raiders Mighty Mite’s Black #15 carrying the ball as he tries to make his way past a North Valley defense while Raiders #4 tries making the block. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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On Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, Fillmore Flashes Cross Country competed at the Oxnard College Park for the Citrus Coast League Meet #2. Above is the Girls Pack Run: Leah Barragan, Jessica Orozco, Niza Laureano, Joseline Orozco, and Alexandra Martinez. Inset, Nataly Vigil, above is two-time winner of the Citrus Coast League races 1 and 2. Courtesy FHS Cross Country Coach Kim Tafoya.
On Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, Fillmore Flashes Cross Country competed at the Oxnard College Park for the Citrus Coast League Meet #2. Above is the Girls Pack Run: Leah Barragan, Jessica Orozco, Niza Laureano, Joseline Orozco, and Alexandra Martinez. Inset, Nataly Vigil, above is two-time winner of the Citrus Coast League races 1 and 2. Courtesy FHS Cross Country Coach Kim Tafoya.
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Flashes Cross Country Shine at League Meet #2

By Epi Torres,
On Tuesday, October 10th, the Fillmore Cross Country teams traveled to College Park in Oxnard and completed in the second of three Citrus Coast League meets. These meets will determine League Championships and the Varsity teams that will advance to postseason Championship competition. League teams that lined up today were: Carpinteria, Channel Islands, Fillmore, Malibu, Nordhoff, and Santa Paula. The College Park course measures 3 miles, is a relatively flat loop course over grass and pavement.

Due to a scheduling conflict, and not enough time for four separate races. The four divisions: JV boys, JV girls, Varsity boys, and Varsity girls were combined into two races. All boys were run together in one race, and the girls were also grouped into one race. At the conclusion of each race, the four divisions were separated out to determine results for each of the four divisions.

The Varsity boys finished second in the team competition. Eddie Vigil led his teammates with a 5th finish in 16:11.53. He was followed by Angel Garcia 8th in 16:51.04, Joshua Estrada 10th in 16:55.85, Martin Manzo 16th in 17:15.20, Angel Laureano 25th in 17:34.96, and Omar Heredia 34th in 18:15.48. The second place team finish for Fillmore puts the team in a tie for the League title with on League Meet remaining this season.

The Varsity Girls race was won by the Fillmore girls for the second League meet in a row. Leading the Fillmore team with a first place finish was senior Nataly Vigil. Nataly cruised the course in a personal best time of 18:45. She was followed by Niza Laureano 3rd in 19:20.58, Diana Santa Rosa 5th in 20:23.69, Jessica Orozco 6th in 20:29.62, Leah Barragan 8th in 20:34.53, Alexandra Martinez 9th in 21:02.11, and Joseline Orozco 14th in 22;01.5. This second place team finish puts the Fillmore girls in sole possession of first place in the team competition.

The Junior Varsity Boys’ race top finisher for the Flashes was Juan Cumatz. Juan finished in 4th place in a time of 18:23:52. He was followed by Vicente Lopez 9th in 18:36.67, Nicholas Cabrales 20th in 20:15.24, Juan Castro 35th in 21:39.60, Damian Castaneda 39th in 22:05.32, James Torres 51st. In 23:03.73, Aaron Cordero 54th in 23:38.34, Alexander Diaz 60th in 25:31.37, and Philip Jimenez 64th in 26:29.38. In the team competition the Fillmore Junior Varsity team finished in fourth place.

The Junior Varsity Girls were the only Fillmore team to put up a perfect score by taking the top five spots, and six out of the top seven places in their race. This team was led by Jacqueline Olivares, who finished in first in a time of 22:43.86. She was followed by Miley Tello 2nd in 22:20.48, Jannet Vega 3rd in 25:17.53, Michelle Setty 4th in 24:27.58, Luz Castaneda 5th in 24:34.24, Natalie Perez 7th in 24:53.14, Julissa Mendoza 10th in 25:33, Citlali Guerrero 13th in 26:20.75, Cassandra Mendoza 16th in 26:51.97, Patzy Orozco 26th in 29:14.47, Veronica Enamorado 27th in 30:09.15, and Shaelynn Martinez 31st in 31:57.59. In the team standings, the Junior Varsity Girls are in first place.

The Flashes will next travel to Ojai on Saturday, October 14th to compete in the Ventura County Cross Country Championships. This meet is held on a hilly three mile course. The racing begins at 7:30 a.m., with the F/S Girls.

 
 
Raiders Freshman #99 makes the tackle against Simi Valley Black to keep them from advancing up the field. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Raiders Freshman #99 makes the tackle against Simi Valley Black to keep them from advancing up the field. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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Above is Raiders Senior #17 making his way past the 101 Jag Teal defense, scoring a touchdown in last Saturday’s Homecoming Game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola
Above is Raiders Senior #17 making his way past the 101 Jag Teal defense, scoring a touchdown in last Saturday’s Homecoming Game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola
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Fillmore Raiders Junior #3 carrying the ball as he tries to push his way past the Rams defense in their homecoming game last weekend. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola
Fillmore Raiders Junior #3 carrying the ball as he tries to push his way past the Rams defense in their homecoming game last weekend. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola
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Above is Raiders Bantams #15 taking down a Spartans player is last Saturday’s game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
Above is Raiders Bantams #15 taking down a Spartans player is last Saturday’s game. Photo credit Crystal Gurrola.
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