Pro Sports News

It’s been 20 years

20 years since Magic Johnson shocked the entire world by announcing that he is HIV-positive. 20 years since his announcement shed light on HIV, putting it at the forefront of science and medicine and creating hope for those afflicted with this ailment. It’s been 20 years since Magic Johnson went from being a basketball icon to a global symbol of inspiration and hope at the center of the efforts to inform the world about HIV and hopefully one day eliminate the disease many considered to be a death sentence.

What else has happened in those 20 years in the world of sports that has given us the hope that we need?

When things are at their worst, when nothing seems like it’s turning out right, we have to dig deep within ourselves to find whatever we can to overcome the negativity in our path and emerge victorious. In these situations in sports, teams can either crumble under the pressure, or come together as one team and continue to fight. After three games in the 2004 ALCS, the Boston Red Sox were down three games to none. All the New York Yankees had to do was win one of the next four games and they would be in the World Series. Truly, all seemed lost for this Boston postseason campaign. Instead of throwing in the towel and accepting that they had been outmatched, the Boston Red Sox continued to fight. By the time Game 7 came around, the Red Sox had come back and tied up the series three games apiece. Boston had a renowned sense of confidence; a swagger as the comeback kids, and Boston never let up. By the time the game was over, the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 10-3 to achieve what no team ever had in the history of Major League Baseball: Down 0-3 only to comeback and win the series.

In the World Series, the Red Sox had come too far; been through too much to not win. In four games, the Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals to win their first World Series Championship in 86 years. This Red Sox team finally lifted the curse, winning their first championship since selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees. A city deprived of baseball success for almost a century, Boston finally had a reason to celebrate. This Red Sox team gave hope to all of us out there. This team was able to do what no one ever had ever done before. This team achieved the seemingly impossible. They kept going, didn’t quit, and came out winning.

The 2004 Boston Red Sox gave us the hope that even when things are at their worst, if we keep working and don’t give up we will get through all of our hardships. No matter how bad things are for us, there is always hope.

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Thousands were displaced, homes were destroyed, and families were uprooted. There was looting, destruction, death. Hope was lost, it seemed; no one had a clear direction; no one knew if, when, or where help would come from. The Louisiana Superdome became a place of refuge, and many came there prior to and after Katrina hit to find a place where they could be safe. Not being political, as people the residents of New Orleans ultimately felt abandoned: they felt abandoned by President Bush, abandoned by FEMA. Hope was lost in The Big Easy.

By the 2009 NFL season, the city of New Orleans was still recovering from the effects of Katrina. The New Orleans Saints were also recovering, and like the city, were building momentum: they were both on their way up. Quarterback Drew Brees led the team to a 13-3 regular season record and first place in the NFC South. Drew Brees, the same guy who had washed out of San Diego, was now at the helm of a team that was headed to the postseason with force. After handling the Arizona Cardinals, and narrowly escaping the Minnesota Vikings, the Saints had booked a trip to the Super Bowl with swagger. The “Who Dat” Saints, once crowned the “Aints” for their poor play and years of being among the NFL’s bottom feeders, were now on their way to play for the Lombardi Trophy. After trailing early, coach Sean Payton made some very bold calls, including an onside kick call to begin the second half. The Saints kept fighting and didn’t look back. At the end of the night the Saints had beaten the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 to become the Super Bowl XLIV Champions. A city once in ruins, with its people displaced, felt hope again. When all else seemed to fail them, they found joy in the victory… if their team could work their way up, so could they.

What has happened since Magic Johnson made his announcement? Sports have continued to inspire us and give us hope, especially in the face of uncertainty. Sports have continued to be more than just games played on grass or wood. Our sports, our teams, our icons, have continued to transcend the limitations of our society to keep us going when we want to give up.

For the people of New Orleans, the people of Boston, and in so many other cases not just in our country but around the world, when nothing else can be our hope, sports can fill that role with grace.

 


 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore High School
555 Central Avenue Fillmore, CA 93015
Phone (805) 524- 6100 Fax (805) 524-6121
November 3, 2011

Dear Parents and Supporters of FHS Athletics:

I am writing to you to inform you of a very serious funding challenge that we are facing at Fillmore High School. As you may be aware, we are no longer able to require our athletes to pay fees for participation in sports. As a result we have had to rely on donations to fund our athletic programs. We calculated that if each athlete donated $75.00 per sport we would be able to maintain our current athletic program as it has been in the past. Unfortunately, as the fall athletic season comes to a close, we are behind in our anticipated donations by approximately $10,000.00. Our biggest concern is that if we don’t do something immediately to generate funding, we may run out of funds in the middle of the year, forcing us to cancel away games and the possible elimination of lower level (Frosh/JV) teams. This is something we do not want to have to do.

In order to avoid eliminating athletic programs and travel, we have taken immediate action by freezing all athletic supply budgets, and we have asked the Athletic Booster Club to assist us with organizing three major athletics-wide fundraisers. Our goal is to provide our athletes with an opportunity to raise money each season if they are unable to make a donation. We will be asking for your full support to make each fundraiser a success.

Parents and community members wishing to make a donation may do so by mailing a check to Fillmore High School Athletics - Donation, P.O. Box 697, Fillmore, CA 93016. Your donation is 100% tax deductable. Any amount will be accepted. Please include the student name if you are making the donation to support a specific athlete.

With your help, we can raise the funds necessary to provide our students with a quality athletic program. Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
John Wilber
Principal, Fillmore High School

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Friday November 4, the Flashes took on Oak Park. Collin Farrar had 19 carries for 91 yards and Joseph De La Mora had 8 tackles. Fillmore lost 14-21. According to Coach Dollar
Friday November 4, the Flashes took on Oak Park. Collin Farrar had 19 carries for 91 yards and Joseph De La Mora had 8 tackles. Fillmore lost 14-21. According to Coach Dollar "Our defense played tough, our offense played well in the second half, we beat Oak Park in all stats categories except the most important one, scoring.” (Above) Sammy Orozco.
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J.P. Galvez and Daniel Cruz
J.P. Galvez and Daniel Cruz
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Jeremy Martinez, Brandon Pina and J.P. Galvez
Jeremy Martinez, Brandon Pina and J.P. Galvez
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The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 
Fillmore Raiders J2 ‘s played against Simi Valley Green last Saturday. Raiders went on to beat Simi Valley 25-6 in the Semi-Finals. They will advance to the next round this Saturday, November 12, and play against Saugus. The game will start at 1:00 p.m. at home.
Fillmore Raiders J2 ‘s played against Simi Valley Green last Saturday. Raiders went on to beat Simi Valley 25-6 in the Semi-Finals. They will advance to the next round this Saturday, November 12, and play against Saugus. The game will start at 1:00 p.m. at home.
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Fillmore Condors
Fillmore Condors
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Most of you know Nevaeh and Jordyn are runners; involved with Track and most recently Cross Country. The girls believe, “running is in my blood!” They have received several metals for Track and Cross County. Today Jordyn is ranked 3rd & Nevaeh 5th in their division for Southern California Track & Field Conference which covers most Ventura County & some LA Counties.

Besides the health benefit, running is a great way for kids to learn about their personal strengths and gain self esteem. Running will always be a part of their lives!

Here is how you can be part of Nevaeh and Jordyn’s Cross Country experience… Since the girls ranked in the top 5 runners in our conference, they are eligible to run at the AAU JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONALS in Orlando, Florida December 3rd 2011. We are raising funds to send Nevaeh and Jordyn to Florida to compete. Your donation to their team, the Fillmore Condors will not only help them get to Florida but it will also help 8 of their teammates who also qualified, go with them. Fillmore Condors is a non-profit organization training kids in the sport of Cross Country. The Fillmore Condor kids are learning sportsmanship, leadership and a love for running.

Please send your tax deductible donation of $10-$200 or whatever your budget will allow and help kids like Nevaeh and Jordyn achieve their dream in competing in the AAU Junior Olympic National Championships in Orlando, Florida. Our goal is to raise $4,000 to send 10 kids to AAU Junior Olympic National Championships. Kindly make check payable to F.Y.C.C.C.
(Tax ID available upon request.)

Sending hugs and running vibes…
Nevaeh, Jordyn & The Fillmore Condors Cross County Team!

 

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College Sports News

If you’re a USC Trojan fan please do me a favor: stop reading right now (no, seriously, I’m about to go in). The highlight of this weekend was not the Cardinals beating the Rangers for their 11th World Series Title, nor was it Philadelphia’s 34-7 beat down of the Dallas Cowboys (they really did get manhandled by a smaller, less physical team). Even then, the REAL highlight of this weekend was the Stanford Cardinal beating the USC Trojans 56-48 in a 3OT thriller in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This game culminated in Stanford’s Junior QB, Andrew Luck, running toward the Coliseum tunnel with both arms thrust skyward. There is no doubt that his heart must have still been pounding after all that happened Saturday night in Southern California—a season’s worth of drama compounded in one night.

Statistically, Andrew Luck went 29/40 for 330 yds, and finished with 3 TDs, and one interception with a rushing TD to boot. Stepfan Taylor carried the ball 23 times for 99 yds and two TDs, while both Luck and Tyler Gaffney added 36 yds each. On the Trojan side, Matt Barkley went 28/45 for 284 yds, 3 TDs and one interception. Curtis McNeal was the star for USC, carrying the ball 20 times for 145 yds and 2 TDs.

This was definitely not the prettiest Stanford victory, but at the end of the night, they emerged victorious, nonetheless. The backbone; the bread and butter of this offense has been the running game, even with Heisman favorite Andrew Luck at the helm. This offense is blessed with a stable of backs who can get in the open field and take off, including Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney. Coming into this game, the Cardinal offense was averaging over 215 rushing yards per game, and against the quick SC defense, they were able to rush for only 185 yds, which added pressure to Andrew Luck to perform and take over. In Stanford’s first 7 games this season, Luck was sacked only twice, and against SC he was sacked as many times. An offensive line heralded as one of the best in the country looked slow against the speedy Trojan front four. To add to the ugliness of this victory, late in the 4th quarter Luck threw a 30 yd interception return for a touchdown to SC defensive back Nickell Robey with only 3:08 left in the game. After the kick off, though, Luck gathered himself and was able to guide the Stanford offense down the field with the help of an unnecessary roughness flag against the SC defense. With 38 seconds left in the game, Stepfan Taylor ran from 2 yds out for the game-tying touchdown. After the Trojans failed to drive down the field and with time expiring, the two teams prepared themselves for overtime.

In overtime, the intensity continued (really, this could have been in a movie). In the first overtime Jeremy Stewart ran the ball in for the Cardinal TD, to take the lead 41-34. The Trojans answered right back and after a Barkley to Robert Woods 15 yd TD, the game was tied 41-41. In the second overtime, Matt Barkley again connected with one of his receivers, this time from 12 yds out to take the lead 48-41. Andrew Luck answered right back connecting with 6’8’’ Tight End Levine Toilolo to tie the game up. According to NCAA rules, once the game reaches its 3rd OT, upon scoring a TD teams are no longer allowed to kick the extra point, they must attempt a two-point conversion each time they score. With the ball first, the Cardinal offense had no problem scoring, courtesy of a Stepfan Taylor 5 yd run. Forced to go for two, Andrew Luck took the snap from the shot gun spread formation, and with poise hit Coby Fleener in the back of the end zone to successfully convert and take the lead 56-48.

Now the game was in Matt Barkley’s hands (dum, dum, dum…). The Trojans drove on the Cardinal defense, and were about to get into the end zone. On first and goal from the Cardinal 4 yd line, Barkley handed the ball to running back Curtis McNeal. Up until this point, McNeal had been carrying the Trojan offense. (I put the team on my back though) McNeal ran towards the opening in the line, and solid contact and instincts by Stanford’s Terrence Stephens forced the ball from McNeal’s hands and into the end zone. Stanford line backer AJ Tarpley quickly leapt onto the ball to seal the game.

After such a long night of good football, and more heart-pounding moments than my cholesterol level could take (I was turning red, which is probably not a good sign), the game ended on a fumble recovery in the end zone. There was no Hail Mary; no Statue of Liberty followed by a proposal to the girlfriend (cheesy much?); no defensive stop on the one yd line on 4th and goal—no, none of these moments. Instead, there was an anticlimactic fumble recovered in the end zone. Perhaps it’s appropriate that a game like this ended the way it did. I mean, had some crazy ending taken place I may not have been able to survive that night (my heart may not have made it).

In the game of football, you live and die by fundamentals. Whether it be something as simple as the proper mechanics when taking a 5 step drop, or something as complicated as pulling as a guard and recognizing which defender is your blocking assignment, you win and lose by how well you do the little things, and how they come together as a whole. In this case, the running back who was not protecting the ball properly was beaten by the defensive lineman who recognized that and stuck his paw in to pop the ball out. Clearly, the better team won (take that Trojan fans!).

 

Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 
 


 
With a time of 18:19, Armando Vidal was a "true standout" on the team at the Mt. Sac Invitational.
With a time of 18:19, Armando Vidal was a "true standout" on the team at the Mt. Sac Invitational.
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Jordyn Vassaur, a sophomore has been out best newcomer to the Girls Varsity team.
Jordyn Vassaur, a sophomore has been out best newcomer to the Girls Varsity team.
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Jaime Vargas, a freshman ran an amazing time of 19:02 in his debut at Mt. Sac.
Jaime Vargas, a freshman ran an amazing time of 19:02 in his debut at Mt. Sac.
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Amber Wilmot, a junior proves her spot is on the varsity team.
Amber Wilmot, a junior proves her spot is on the varsity team.
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In an amazing race day at what is probably the world’s largest high school cross country meet, the team stepped up to the pressure and put on a show. The boys’ varsity was once again the highlight as they finished 9th in their invitational race to maintain the 5th ranking in Southern Section Division 4 and 9th in division 4 for the state. The girls were third in their race. The boys ‘junior varsity team was also in the front as they placed 5th in the junior varsity national championship race.

Finishing in 30th for the varsity boys was Jose Almaguer with a time of 16:30 on the 3 mile course. Alexander Gonzales was next in 42nd place with a time of 16:41. Anthony Rivas flew in at 16:48 for a finish place of 48th. Finishing just over seventeen minutes was Adrian Mejia at 17:01 to be the 57th boy through the chute in that race. Isaac Gomez, Hugo Valdovinos and Jaime Magdaleno ran as a pack with respective placings of 81, 82, and 83. Isaac finished in 17:23 while the other two boys both came in at 17:24. This was good enough to beat out 56 other competing teams for division 4 boys’ varsity.

For the girls varsity Kiana Hope once again resumed the lead as she finished 5th in her race with a time of 20:02. Laura Garnica wasn’t far behind as she crossed the line in 20:42 to place 13th in the race. In 23rd was Jordyn Vassaur who com-pleted the course in 21:22. This was also Jordyn’s first time running the course and competing against so many other schools. Maria Villalobos placed 34th with a clock reading of 22:03. Finishing just behind her was Lucia Diaz with a 36th chute finish at 22:08. Alexis Tafoya beat out 60 other girls to finish 70th overall with a time of 23:54 on her first attempt at the course. The seventh runner for Fillmore was Amanda Vassaur who finished 82nd with an electronic finish of 24:25.

In the junior varsity boys’ national championship race, Jordan Mendoza was 2nd overall in the race with a clocking of 17:19. Justin Beach was lucky number 13 as he hit ht e chute at 17:53. Jovani Oregon was 32nd in 18:16 and Sammy Martinez completed the course in 18:26 to finish 37th. Brothers Frank and Vincent Chavez finished within mere seconds of each other as Frank was 55th and Vincent was 59th. Frank had a time of 18:57 which just edged out Vincent’s time of 19:03. Christian Rodriguez recorded a 19:09 to finish 63rd to help the team to its 5th place accomplish-ment.

For the regular junior varsity race Armando Vidal was a true standout, he braved the switch backs, conquered poop out hill, and sped down reservoir hill to build to a kick along the airstrip and finish in 18:19 to finish in 32nd place. Julian Gar-cia was 39th with a recorded time of 18:31. David Enriquez thundered to a 54th place finish with a result of 18:49. In 59th was Tyler Hackworth at 18:54. Eddie Baez completed the course in 19:17 to earn the 73rd spot. Javier Rodriguez found himself in the 79th spot as he raced for a 19:23 mark. Rounding the 9th place in their race team was Robert Munoz as he rocketed to a 19:45 and placed 89th. There were 200 athletes in the race.

The junior varsity girls finished 8th in their race and 13th overall amongst division 4 competitors as Amber Wil-mot was 30th in her race with a time of 23:31. Carla Pizzano was 39th with a 24:00 chute finish. Dalila Ortiz was 56th as she powered through the course in 24:46. In 89th place was Ashley Morino who garnered a 26:13. The final scorer for the girls was Sarahi Pascual in 114th place with a result of 26:58. There were 199 people in the race.

The dynamic duo for the freshmen girls finished dead even with Sofia Gallardo finishing a scant few inches ahead of Justine De la Rosa. The girls were 75th and 76th with respective times of 25:05 in the 190 person race. Denise Hernandez was 146th in the division 4 sophomore girls’ race of 188 contestants with a time of 28:55
Three freshmen boys ran on the day for Fillmore with Jaime Vargas barreling in at 19:02, Francisco Erazo racing for 20:33 and Isai Bolanos charging in at 27:36. They finished in 15th, 39th and 143rd respectively.

A true highlight among the lower classmen however was the boys’ sophomore team which completed the course in 4th place for their heat and 7th place among all sophomore teams competing. Nico Frias led the pack with a 15th place finish in 18:54. Nicholas Johnson smiled his way to 29th with a 3 mile run of 19:25. Ricardo Gutierrez surged for a finish in 20:08 and placed 46th. Joey Orozco achieved a 56th place finish with a finish time of 20:24. In 58th, Mario Gaspar ran a 20:25. Completing the course in 20:28 and 60th place was Omar Ponce. 95th was Anthony Larin with a clocking of 21:18. In 107th was Jaime Valdovinos with a course conquering 21:35. Gilberto Acevedo rounded out the junior varsity with a 112th placing at 21:44. Up next for the team is the Tri-Valley League Championships on Thursday at Oak Canyon Park, race times begin at 3:30 pm.

 
Andre Sanchez #18 runs the ball for a few yards against Nordoff.
Andre Sanchez #18 runs the ball for a few yards against Nordoff.
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Mario Hernandez #29 intercepted the ball against Nordoff, but was unable to hold on to it. Fillmore lost 35-6. Collin Farrar had 16 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown. J.V. Football Highlights: Nordhoff 35 - Fillmore 18 - Fillmore Flashes suffered their first lost of the season against a tough Nordhoff Rangers football team. Fillmore was lead by Adam Jimenez, which rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Carson McLain helped the Offense with 2 rushing touchdowns of his own. Fillmore’s young Defense put up a tough battle to the end. Overall record 7-1 Tri-Valley League 1-1.
Mario Hernandez #29 intercepted the ball against Nordoff, but was unable to hold on to it. Fillmore lost 35-6. Collin Farrar had 16 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown. J.V. Football Highlights: Nordhoff 35 - Fillmore 18 - Fillmore Flashes suffered their first lost of the season against a tough Nordhoff Rangers football team. Fillmore was lead by Adam Jimenez, which rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries and 1 touchdown. Quarterback Carson McLain helped the Offense with 2 rushing touchdowns of his own. Fillmore’s young Defense put up a tough battle to the end. Overall record 7-1 Tri-Valley League 1-1.
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Fillmore Raiders J-2 Division went undefeated this season with a record of 8-0. First round of play-offs will start November 5th. Fillmore Raiders will play Simi Valley Vikings Green.
Fillmore Raiders J-2 Division went undefeated this season with a record of 8-0. First round of play-offs will start November 5th. Fillmore Raiders will play Simi Valley Vikings Green.
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Back Row (l-r) Coach Rafael Laureano, Eden Hahn, Marisol Ramirez, Irma Torres, Garrett Medley, Colin Richter, Andrew Strader, Alan Marquez, Coach Victor Rodriguez. Middle Row (l-r) Juan Carlos Laureano, John Chavez, Aidan Richter, Daisy Martinez, Carissa Rodriguez, Naveah Walla, Jordyn Walla, Niles Gerlach. Bottom Row (l-r) Mark Richter, Rey Laureano, Diego Rodriguez, Camilo Torres, Jessica Servin, Aleena Castaneda, Niza Laureano, Andrea Laureano, Coach Temo.
Back Row (l-r) Coach Rafael Laureano, Eden Hahn, Marisol Ramirez, Irma Torres, Garrett Medley, Colin Richter, Andrew Strader, Alan Marquez, Coach Victor Rodriguez. Middle Row (l-r) Juan Carlos Laureano, John Chavez, Aidan Richter, Daisy Martinez, Carissa Rodriguez, Naveah Walla, Jordyn Walla, Niles Gerlach. Bottom Row (l-r) Mark Richter, Rey Laureano, Diego Rodriguez, Camilo Torres, Jessica Servin, Aleena Castaneda, Niza Laureano, Andrea Laureano, Coach Temo.
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Pictured (l-r) Bantam Girls: Naveah Walla, Carissa Rodriguez, and Daisy Martinez.
Pictured (l-r) Bantam Girls: Naveah Walla, Carissa Rodriguez, and Daisy Martinez.
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Pictured (l-r) Sub Bantam Boys: Rey Laureno, Camilo Torres, and Richter.
Pictured (l-r) Sub Bantam Boys: Rey Laureno, Camilo Torres, and Richter.
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The Fillmore Youth Condors Cross Country team competed at Mt. SAC College. A tough and well recognized hilly course, but the Youth Condors did not have a problem running those hills, the sub-bantam division won 1st place. The team was lead by Mark Richter, Rey Laureano, Camilo Torres, and Diego Rodriguez. The bantam girls placed 3rd, lead by Nevaeh Walla, Carissa Rodriguez, and Daisy Martinez. The coaches were very happy by the results and proud of their team as they competed with about nine-hundred athletes from all over Southern California. Also, congratulations to all the athletes that competed in all the divisions and did very well. The Youth Condors are looking forward to do well in their conference finals on October 29th, in Central Park in the City of Santa Clarita and qualify for Nationals in Orlando, Florida on December 3rd. Condor’s favorite quote is “Pain is temporary and pride is forever”. If you would like to learn more about the Fillmore Youth Condors, please visit their website at www.fillmorecondors.org.

 
Perce’s Kenpo Karate Studio of Fillmore had its annual karate tournament October 8, 2011 at Fillmore Middle School.
Perce’s Kenpo Karate Studio of Fillmore had its annual karate tournament October 8, 2011 at Fillmore Middle School.
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Perce's Kenpo Karate Studio of Fillmore had its annual karate tournament October 8, 2011 at Fillmore Middle School. The Karate Tournament had over 125 students competing from Ventura County. The results from Perce's Kenpo Karate students are as follow: forms divisions: 7 to 8 yrs. white-yellow belt 1st place Joey Stewart, 1st place Austin Gunter. 7 to 8 yrs. white-yellow belt 1st place Karmendee Rodriguez, 2nd place Zack Addison, 5th place Aubrey Stewart. 8 to 11 yrs. white-yellow belt 2nd place Estevan Molina, 3rd place Gabriel Meza. 12 to 14 yrs. 3rd place Michael Morris, 4th place Samantha Gunter. 4 to 6 yrs. Orange-Purple belt 1st place Ty Morris, 3rd place Ty Weeks. 7 to 8 yrs. Orange-Purple belt 5th place Justice Rodriguez. 8 to 9 yrs. orange-purple belt 3rd place Erasmo Salazar. Jr. brown belt 5th place Blake Boren. 12 to 14 yrs. blue-jr. brown 5th place Israel Brooks 10 to 13 yrs. Jr. brown-black 1st place Andy Topete, 2nd place Samuel Hernandez, 4th place place Anthony Murray, Self-defense divisions: Teen-Adult self-defense 1st place Samuel Hernandez. Sparring Divisions: 6 to 7 yrs. white-yellow belt 5th place Karmendee Rodriguez. 12 to 16 yrs. white-yellow belt 3rd place Michael Morris. 8 to 10 yrs. purple- blue belt 2nd place Justice Rodriguez. 9 to 10 yrs. green-brown belt 3rd place Blake Boren. 10 to 12 yrs. white- yellow belt 1st place Estevan Molina. 12 to 13 yrs. green-brown belt 1st place Angel Rodriguez. Adult all ages: 2nd place Javier Rodriguez. For more information on training call Perce's Kenpo Karate at 524-6870.

 
College Sports News

Let’s turn our attention away from the National Football League this week, because quite honestly not much happened this weekend that was really all that interesting, except for maybe the Detroit Lions dropping their second straight game (should have knocked on wood, but oh well). It’s October! This month is coming to a close and that means that the world of college football is more than halfway through its regular season, and that can mean only one thing: upsets. Every season has its fair share of underdogs upsetting ranked teams and shaking up the BCS, changing the race for the national championship. This past weekend was loaded with upsets, and three in particular are very worth noting (even among so many great games).

There was a lot of hype behind Brian Kelly’s Notre Dame team coming into this season. Coming off of an 8-5 2010 campaign culminating in a win in the Sun Bowl over the Miami Hurricanes, Kelly’s team was expected to have a strong season in 2011 and compete for a spot in a BCS bowl game. After losses in their first two games, the Fighting Irish bounced back and won four games in a row including a convincing 31-13 win over the Michigan State Spartans. All this led up to this past Saturday’s meeting with the USC Trojans, led by junior QB Matt Barkley and head coach Lane Kiffin. The Trojans jumped out to an early 17-0 lead via passing touchdowns by Barkley in the first quarter and a field goal in the second; although the Fighting Irish would come back an bring the score to 17-10 by the half, the Irish never held a lead the whole game, an 80 yd fumble recovery and run by Jawanza Starling for a USC touchdown sealed the victory for the Trojans, with the final score being 31-17. Barkley finished 24/35 for 224 yds and 3 TDs, with no interceptions. With the Jeweled Shillelagh on its way back to Southern Cal, the Trojans have won 9 of the last 10 meeting between the two teams and have shut the door on Brian Kelly’s chances of cracking the BCS with three losses.

A picture perfect heave to the heavens, a mistimed jump, and a receiver being in the right place at the right time, along with the suspense of the review, all led to a Michigan State victory over the top ten ranked Wisconsin Badgers. With time expired, tied 31-31, rolling to his right, Kirk Cousins, the Spartan QB, threw a Hail Mary towards the end zone (it’s safe to say this Hail Mary was not full of grace), and after a tip, WR Keith Nichol must have been surprised that the ball was landing in his arms (“look what I found”), with a stretch, and a the right call after a review by the officials, Nichol had stretched just far enough for the game winning 44 yd touchdown. The favorite in the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers, now have one loss, and with that loss the Badgers may no longer be in the national picture title. Including going a perfect 4/4 on the game-winning drive, Michigan State senior QB, Kirk Cousins, finished the game 22/31 for 290 yds and 3 TDs, and most importantly no interceptions. Except for a stumble against Notre Dame, the Spartans of Michigan State now control their own destiny in the Big Ten and if they can win out, including winning the Big Ten Championship, they will be playing in their first ever BCS bowl game.

Beyond the theatrics, this past weekend’s most notable upset was the 41-38 win by the Texas Tech Red Raiders over the #3 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, a game played in Norman, OK, ending the Sooner’s 39-game home winning streak. It appears as though any national title dreams of head coach Bob Stoops, or seniors Ryan Broyles and Travis Lewis have been struck down. All night the Oklahoma defense had to answer for the Texas Tech offense, which scored in every quarter. Most notably, the Sooner defense could not stop the middle screens and all-around game of Red Raider junior WR Alex Torres, who finished the game with 4 receptions for 94 yds and 3 TDs for an average of 23.5 yds per reception. The Sooner defense looked confused, and reacted far too slowly as Texas Tech QB Seth Doege picked them apart, going 33/52 for 441 yds and 4 TDs, with no interceptions. Led by QB Landry Jones, the Sooners rallied in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead from 41-24 to 41-38, but were unable to recover an onside kick, which sealed the victory for the Red Raiders. Overall, Tommy Tuberville’s Texas Tech squad was way too much for Bob Stoops and the Sooners to handle. A team considered the national title favorites in the preseason, the Oklahoma Sooners now must win out and hope that another top 5 team can lose, giving them hope of achieving a high enough BCS rating to make the national title game.

Thank God it’s October, and frankly, I can’t wait to see what November has in store for college football. I expect there to be further upsets and monumental performances, and I can’t wait to see how the BCS unfolds. As a yearly bandwagon hopper (I have no shame), I can only hope that my Stanford Cardinal and QB Andrew Luck keep winning, and win the Pac 12 to compete for a national title, but who knows, maybe they will also be upset (crosses fingers, knocks on wood, puts a horseshoe in back pocket, quickly prays).

 

Registration forms available for Youth Basketball Monday, October 24, 2011 through Thursday, November 10, 2011. The program is open to boys and girls grades 1-9. Registration will be accepted at the City Hall, Recreation Department Monday – Thursday between 8:00AM-5:00PM.

League play is scheduled to begin Saturday, December 10, 2011 and continue through February 25,2012. Cost for registration is $85 per person (price includes t-shirt, picture package and trophy).

For additional information please contact the Recreation Department, 524-1500 X216.

 
Fillmore played at home against Carpinteria Warriors in the first league game. Unfortunately the Flashes lost to the Warriors 14-40. Collin Farrar had 11 carries for 95 yards. He also scored the two touchdowns. According to Coach Dollar, “They were a very good team, we made mistakes and it cost us”. J.V. Football Highlights: Fillmore Flashes JV 49 - Carpinteria Warriors 32. Fillmore Flashes played a tough opponent in their first league game. The Flashes offense exploded for 516 total rushing yards in the game. Adam Jimenez led all rushers with 20 carries for 199 yards, 4 TD and 1 two point conversion. Joseph Magana added 175 yards and 2 TD on only 5 carries. Eddie Cardenas added to the Flashes rushing yards with 120 yards of his own. The scoring was capped off by Carson McLain who scored on a 2 yard run. The Offensive line played a solid line to help give the runningbacks the opportunity to gain big yards. Hayden Wright also help create running lanes by the tremendous blocking as a runningback. On Defense the Flashes held the warriors to one touchdown in the second half. The Flashes stay undefeated at 7 - 0 and 1-0 in the Tri-Valley League. Next up is Friday at Nordhoff High School.
Fillmore played at home against Carpinteria Warriors in the first league game. Unfortunately the Flashes lost to the Warriors 14-40. Collin Farrar had 11 carries for 95 yards. He also scored the two touchdowns. According to Coach Dollar, “They were a very good team, we made mistakes and it cost us”. J.V. Football Highlights: Fillmore Flashes JV 49 - Carpinteria Warriors 32. Fillmore Flashes played a tough opponent in their first league game. The Flashes offense exploded for 516 total rushing yards in the game. Adam Jimenez led all rushers with 20 carries for 199 yards, 4 TD and 1 two point conversion. Joseph Magana added 175 yards and 2 TD on only 5 carries. Eddie Cardenas added to the Flashes rushing yards with 120 yards of his own. The scoring was capped off by Carson McLain who scored on a 2 yard run. The Offensive line played a solid line to help give the runningbacks the opportunity to gain big yards. Hayden Wright also help create running lanes by the tremendous blocking as a runningback. On Defense the Flashes held the warriors to one touchdown in the second half. The Flashes stay undefeated at 7 - 0 and 1-0 in the Tri-Valley League. Next up is Friday at Nordhoff High School.
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Fillmore’s defense stops their opponents, Robert Bonilla #2, Johnny Wilber #50, Daniel Cruz #19 Johnny Golson #20, and Joseph De La Mora #25. Golson had 16 tackles, 8 were solo and one sack.
Fillmore’s defense stops their opponents, Robert Bonilla #2, Johnny Wilber #50, Daniel Cruz #19 Johnny Golson #20, and Joseph De La Mora #25. Golson had 16 tackles, 8 were solo and one sack.
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Mario Hernandez #29 runs the ball for a few yards.
Mario Hernandez #29 runs the ball for a few yards.
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The Fillmore High School Marching Band performs during halftime.
The Fillmore High School Marching Band performs during halftime.
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Fillmore Flashes cheerleaders release pink balloons at the game’s halftime Friday night in honor is October Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Fillmore Flashes cheerleaders release pink balloons at the game’s halftime Friday night in honor is October Breast Cancer Awareness month.
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The team traveled to the very hilly La Reina High School campus course on Thursday October 13thfor the mid season TVL league meet. The boys maintained their position as number 2 behind Oak Park for both varsity and junior varsity. The girls had a rough meet falling to 4th in the varsity and 5th in the junior varsity. The girls however are rebounding quickly and are eager to regain their previous spot in the doubly weighted League Finals. In related news the boys team is now ranked 10th in the State for southern section division 4 after their performance at La Reina.

For the girls it was Laura Garnica in 22:45 and 10th place overall who spearheaded the team. Kiana Hope was the second scorer at 23:41 to finish 18th. In 24:40 was Maria Villalobos who snagged a 25th place finish. Alexis Tafoya was the 28th place finisher in 25:26 while Amanda Vassaur was 32nd in 26:04. Lucia Diaz clocked a 26:56 to complete the mountainous terrain in 35th place.

The boys varsity had many place changes throughout the race but finishing first for the flashes was Adrian Mejia stepping up to the front for the first time in competition. Adrian was 8th overall in 18:23. Alexander Gonzales was 9th in 18:25. Hugo Valdovinos finished in 18:23 for a 12th place. Anthony Rivas powered to a 14th place finish with a time of 18:39. In 18:48 was the fifth scorer Jose Almaguer who garnered a 16th place finish. That means for the first five the spread was 25 seconds. Only four runners managed to squeeze in between the first scorer and the last scorer. For sixth and seventh runners it was Juan Mariscal in 19th at 19:06 and Issac Gomez in 23rd for a time of 19:35. One cross country pundit commentated that it was terrific seeing a team that had the possibility of all seven runners being able to step up and earn the top scoring spot. The depth of the team is truly its strongest spot.

For the junior varsity girls Amber Wilmont finished in 26th place with a time of 26:03. In 39th place was Justine De La Rosa with a time of 27:22. Sofia Gallardo came barreling down the mountain in 27:34 for a 41st place finish. Teammate Deanna Lomeli was 46th with a time of 28:00. Carla Pizano was 57th with a time of 29:03. Rounding out the team of seven was Dalila Ortiz and Sarahi Pascual. Dalia finished in 59th with a time of 29:12 and Sarahi was 68th with a recorded time of 31:10. Ashley Morino was 71st with a time of 31:23. Denise Hernandez came in 72nd with a 32:58 and Alexandra Vasquez was 76th with a clocking of 35:25. There were 78 runners.

The boys’ junior varsity race had 107 runners. In 4th place overall was Jaime Magdaleno with a time of 19:18. Justin Beach was 11th with a time of 20:21. Jovani Oregon was 13th with a time of 21:21. The fifth Flash was Christian Rodriguez who was 14th through the chute in 20:31. Just behind him at 15th was Frank Chavez who recorded a 20:32. David Enriquez was 21st overall with a time of 20:54. Jordan Mendoza was 29th overall in 21:15. Due to space considerations the table below lists the remaining 19 jv boys runners.

33 Armando Vidal 21:23.8 69 Nick Johnson 23:39.2
35 Sammy Martinez 21:33.4 75 Roberto Munoz 23:59.8
36 Julian Garcia 21:33.6 77 Omar Ponce 24:17.6
37 Nicolas Frias 21:40.8 78 Francisco Erazo 24:20.1
38 Javier Rodriguez 21:42.6 86 Gilberto Acevedo 25:08.7
40 Jaime Vargas 21:45.4 87 Tyler Hackworth 25:12.7
45 Mario Gaspar 21:58.8 90 Jaime Valdovinos 25:22.4
47 Vincent Chavez 22:17.8 103 Anthony Larin 26:39.8
64 Andre Alvarez 23:13.9 104 Joseph Orozco 27:01.4
67 Ricardo Gutierrez 23:28.6

Up next the team travels to Mt. SAC for what is most likely the largest cross country meet in the world. They will take on thousands of teams in two day long staggered race competition. The action begins on Friday October 21st!

 
Pro Sports News

After obsessing with the Midwest for the past three weeks, I feel it is only appropriate that I finally show some love to California, and one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers. (Not the Raiders, sorry Fillmore) First year coach Jim Harbaugh has guided the 49ers to an impressive 5-1 record in the NFC West, a division won by a sub .500 team last season. (Why do we have divisional play again?) Sunday, the 49ers added another impressive win against the undefeated Detroit Lions, a team that I’ve been praising as of late. (Please stay off my back, I’m writing this one for Cali) More impressive is probably the fact that the 49ers are being led by a first year coach, and are just one win away from matching their win total for the 2010 season. Aside from the post-game shoving match between Harbaugh and Lions coach Jim Schwartz, this game was an impressive statement for San Francisco.

There was both hype and doubt when Jim Harbaugh made the decision to leave Stanford University and Heisman candidate Andrew Luck to coach in San Francisco. There was no doubt that Harbaugh’s no BS, no prima donna system worked at Stanford, where student athletes depended on their athletic scholarships to stay in school and were willing to do anything for the possibility of entering the draft. Many, however, doubted that this system would transfer to the NFL, where the players sometimes are paid more than the coaches, and salty multi year veterans may not have much of a tolerance for a first year coach. Whatever Harbaugh is doing, he needs to continue doing so. At their current rate, the 49ers will run away with the division and earn their first playoff berth since 2002. (knocks on wood)

San Francisco is playing great football in what was supposed to be a rebuilding and reassessing year. With a new coach, new system, and a multitude of new players, no one saw the 49ers having a 5-1 record. Bringing his run first, I formation system from Stanford, Harbaugh decided to use one of his strongest offensive weapons, Frank Gore to get the running game going. With a productive running game, (Gore is averaging close to 100 yds per game) the 49ers have been able to get the passing game going. Alex Smith has a QB rating of 104.1, and has been able to spread the ball out to his many offensive weapons, including TE Vernon Davis and WR Michael Crabtree.

Defensively, the 49ers have done more than keep their offense in the game; they have been cruel to opposing offenses, punishing their running game. This defense has one of the best linebacker corps in the NFL, led by arguably the best linebacker in the NFL, Patrick Willis. (I would argue that along with Troy Polamalu, Willis is one of the best defensive players in the league, bar none)

In a division dominated in recent years by Seattle and Arizona, the 49ers are reasserting themselves as a dominant player in the West. The 49ers are also blessed with a favorable schedule, with 5 of their last 10 regular seasons games against NFC West teams, none of whom are above .500. Probably their toughest games left are at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, and on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.

Since the departure of such names as Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Rich Gannon, professional football has been somewhat silent in our great state. The Chargers have provided some recent playoff appearances, but those postseason berths have been disappointing, at best. With the Chargers and Raiders at 1 and 2 in the AFC West, respectively, and the 49ers in first in the NFC West, it’s safe to say that NFL football in the Golden State is on the rise. (Now if only we could take care of the NFL team situation in LA, or lack thereof)

 
Varsity Volleyball Highlights: The Fillmore Flashes Varsity Volleyball Team played against Santa Paula Tuesday, October 11. This was their third league game. Santa Paula beat Fillmore in three games. Fillmore travels to Carpinteria Thursday. (Above) Tatiana Gonzales jumps to hit the ball over the net, Gonzales had 8 kills, 2 blocks and 1 serving ace.
Varsity Volleyball Highlights: The Fillmore Flashes Varsity Volleyball Team played against Santa Paula Tuesday, October 11. This was their third league game. Santa Paula beat Fillmore in three games. Fillmore travels to Carpinteria Thursday. (Above) Tatiana Gonzales jumps to hit the ball over the net, Gonzales had 8 kills, 2 blocks and 1 serving ace.
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Ashley Coert #5 sets the the ball for her teammates, Coert also had 5 kills, 1 block and 1 serving ace.
Ashley Coert #5 sets the the ball for her teammates, Coert also had 5 kills, 1 block and 1 serving ace.
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