Dear Flashes Baseball Supporters:

My name is Matt Suttle and I am once again the Head Baseball Coach at Fillmore High School. I am extremely honored and privileged to return to this program that has such a rich baseball tradition. Fillmore has won 22 league titles, four CIF titles and countless Junior Varsity championships. I understand what it means to wear a Flashes’ uniform having been a member of three league championship teams during the early 1980’s. I am looking forward to carrying on this proud tradition at my alma mater. The success of our program on the field throughout the years has been a joint effort with our local community; together we’ve been a great team!

Budget cuts in our schools make it difficult for our program to operate. I believe in providing our athletes with the best safety equipment and supplies. I want our athletes to feel good about who they are and where they come from. Therefore, I am extending this invitation for your organization to join our sponsorship program. The sponsorship program will help defray the costs of equipment for more than 30 athletes in our program as well as facility upgrades.

The Diamond Club sponsorship program will allow your organization to directly sponsor one of our student athletes. A full player or position sponsorship is $75. Sponsors may purchase the full sponsorship or a partial sponsorship ($25). Each player may have up to four sponsors. The sponsor’s name will appear in The Fillmore Gazette along with the name of the player and his position. Players of the week will be selected throughout the season. A picture of the player and their sponsors listed below them will appear in the local newspaper.

If you would like to participate in the Diamond Club sponsorship program please make your check payable to “Fillmore High School Baseball” and mail it to:

Matt Suttle
555 Central Ave
Fillmore, Ca 93015

For more information, please call me or leave a message at (805) 625-2639. On behalf of the entire Flashes Baseball program, I want to thank you for your time, your consideration and your generous support.

Thank you.

 


 

Flashes attend and participate in the CIF Southern Section Central Division Individual Wrestling Tournament this past weekend.

The host school was Colony High School in Ontario. The tournament was run extremely well with six mat of wrestling action taking place from 11 AM on Friday to 7 PM.
To advance to the Quarter, Semi and Finals on Saturday a wrestler would have to win three matches in the double elimination tournament. On average each weight bracket had about 30 wrestlers competing. By rough calculations that equates to 420 wrestlers participating in the tournament.

Flashes earning the right to represent their school were; Robert Bonilla, Mark Zavala, Kyle Castaneda, Jonathon Minero, Alex Rivera, Christian Conaway, Marco Vega and Sammy Orosco.

Wrestlers who had a bye the first round were; Minero, Rivera and Orosco.
Conaway won his first match by pin. The remainder of the Flashes lost their first match.

Zavala won his second match by injury forfeit. Orosco won his second round match by pin. Conaway wrestled the #1 seed and lost by pin, the remainder of the Flashes lost their second round matches.

Conaway won his third round match by pin in 25 seconds. Most of the other Flashes lost their third round matches and were eliminated from the competition.

Orosco and Conaway advanced to the 4th round. Conaway lost his fourth round match with less than 1 second remaining in the 1st period. Both Conaway and his opponent were wrestling like fighting snakes on the mat with each earning take down points, and back points and reversal points during the first period. The official questioned the timer to see if the pin call happened on the buzzer or after. It was ruled that the pin was at the buzzer which handed Conaway his fourth loss eliminating him from advancing further.
Orosco wrestled the #1 seed in his weight class for the fourth round. Sammy lost the match on points. Sammy went the full count with the #1 seed and wasn’t pinned, which was an amazing feat.

Orosco advanced to wrestle on Saturday but was handed his second loss by points.

Hats off to Flashes Wrestling and the Wrestlers for having a vision all season and staying focused on their goal. While the outcome wasn’t the dream finish some had hoped for they represented themselves with pride, wrestled full speed all year under a very aggressive 40 match season (not including League Finals or CIF ) and earned the respect of the Tri Valley League and beyond.
All of their success wouldn’t have been possible if it were not for Coach Bob Calderon who donates so much of his time, talent and resources. He’s coached Flashes Wrestling for 24 years and does so with passion for the sport and the kids. Coach Manual Ponce is the driving force for motivating and teaching the wrestlers. Coach Cal and Coach Manual work well together as can be verified by the number of dedicated wrestler who earned league championships.

Flashes CIF Video Match Highlights to be uploaded shortly.

Looking forward the Flashes will have their Wrestling Banquet and awards.

 


 

A select few Flashes Wrestlers will get an early start to their day Friday, February 18. Coach Bob will load up 8 Flashes that qualified to compete in the CIF Southern Section Central Division Individuals and will hit the road at 5:30 AM. The squad will travel to Colony High School in Ontario for the 8 AM sign ins, followed by the 9 AM weight check. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 11 AM.

To prepare for CIF Individuals the squad has practiced with other Tri-Valley League elite wrestlers who will be competing at the event. Fillmore, Nordoff and Santa Paula have been working out together and running drill after drill to fine tune their skills. The workouts have been good for many as the new routines have caused them to rethink their norms and try new skills.

Coach Bob provided some clarity to the wrestlers during a brief break on Tuesday. With his squad of wrestlers gathered around him he said, "It's up to you, if you want it you have to have heart and go out and get it. That doesn't apply just to wrestling that applies to life in general". Well said Coach.

For the 2010-2011 season Fillmore Flashes Wrestling has stood up to make a statement about who they are and what they are capable of. This coming weekend the Flashes will be tested. As with physically demanding sports, an athlete’s health can be a factor due to the length of the season, this may be the case this weekend. Win or lose, we know what is in the hearts of these young men.

Representing their League, their school and now themselves this weekend are:
Robert Bonilla
Mark Zavala
Kyle Castaneda
Jonathon Minero
Alex Rivera
Christian Conaway
Marco Vega
Sammy Orozco

Trivia. It's not uncommon to see military influence at large tournaments. Why would the Navy or Army have a presence at a wrestling tournament? During one conversation with an Armed Forces Representative it was gleaned that the members present were from elite sections of our military, Rangers and SEALS to reference a few. Sound strange? Their answer as to why they have a presence says it all. We know wrestlers are tough, they're physically fit, they are disciplined, they follow direction, they don't give up, they don't harbor ill will or linger on a loss, they get back up and try again and they do it over and over again. These are the same qualities that a successful Special Forces member must possess.

 


 
Congratulations to the Fillmore All-Star Boy’s U-14, for winning the Championship for league All-Star Playoffs. The boys will now go to Bakersfield to represent Ventura/Santa Barbara County in March. Pictured above top row: Assistant Coach Cipriano Martinez, players: Ricardo, Govani, Andy Jr., Miguel, Jason, Luis, Juan, and Coach Gonzalo Martinez. Bottom Row: Jose, Rigo, Emilio, Cristobal, and Arturo.  Good Luck!
Congratulations to the Fillmore All-Star Boy’s U-14, for winning the Championship for league All-Star Playoffs. The boys will now go to Bakersfield to represent Ventura/Santa Barbara County in March. Pictured above top row: Assistant Coach Cipriano Martinez, players: Ricardo, Govani, Andy Jr., Miguel, Jason, Luis, Juan, and Coach Gonzalo Martinez. Bottom Row: Jose, Rigo, Emilio, Cristobal, and Arturo. Good Luck!
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Lady Flashes control the mat

This week the focus is on our Lady Flashes Wrestlers. Female High School Wrestling is a sport recognized by CIF, in which female wrestlers can earn their Letter in. The sport is the great equalizer and the rules are the same for males as they are for females. Talent and ability is rewarded based upon the athletes performance. Today's video clips highlight some of the Lady Flashes at the Tri Valley League Finals. By all accounts female participating in the sport is on the upswing.

Alvarez vs Santa Paula Championship Match

F Zavala vs Santa Paula Championship Match

Rivera vs Nordoff Championship Match

 


 
Sweep Camarillo Tournament defeating Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula, North Oxnard, and Camarillo
The Fillmore 12&U All-Star team did a great job in Camarillo. They competed against Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula, North Oxnard, and Camarillo. They won each game. The girls will continue on to Bakersfield for a chance to win the Region Championship. Pictured above Top row: left Grace Topete, Reylene Martinez, Alicia Olvera, Ryan Nunez, Jada Avila, Calista Vaca, Yuliana Magana. BOTTOM: Jocelyn Munoz, Stephanie Magana, Salma Gomez, Luz Ruiz and Tori Villegas. Thank you to coaches Arnold Munoz, Jose Vaca (Bubba), Omero Martinez (Homer).
The Fillmore 12&U All-Star team did a great job in Camarillo. They competed against Ventura, Santa Barbara, Santa Paula, North Oxnard, and Camarillo. They won each game. The girls will continue on to Bakersfield for a chance to win the Region Championship. Pictured above Top row: left Grace Topete, Reylene Martinez, Alicia Olvera, Ryan Nunez, Jada Avila, Calista Vaca, Yuliana Magana. BOTTOM: Jocelyn Munoz, Stephanie Magana, Salma Gomez, Luz Ruiz and Tori Villegas. Thank you to coaches Arnold Munoz, Jose Vaca (Bubba), Omero Martinez (Homer).
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Christian Conaway wrestles against New Jewish Community School.
Christian Conaway wrestles against New Jewish Community School.
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The Flashes team wrestled well against New Jewish Community. Fillmore finished off with
a score of 60, Jaguars 24.
The Flashes team wrestled well against New Jewish Community. Fillmore finished off with a score of 60, Jaguars 24.
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Kyle Castaneda attempts to pin his opponent during Tuesday night’s match.
Kyle Castaneda attempts to pin his opponent during Tuesday night’s match.
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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.


 
Coach Calderon with his team.
Coach Calderon with his team.
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Numerous Flashes earn league Championships at the 2010-2011 Tri Valley League Individual Championship Tournament
On Thursday, 2/3/11, The Flashes Wrestlers traveled to New Jewish Community Center in West Hills for the Tri Valley League Individual Championships hosted by New Jewish Community High School. The Jaguars are year two into their wrestling program. Based upon the physical conditioning and team growth rate since last year their future looks bright. They did an outstanding job hosting the League Finals by all measurements.
Several of the Flashes wrestlers had their game face on early in the day. Some teams can be described as “mat rats”, always on the mat and moving. The Flashes have been called “mat possums” by Coach Cal. By all outward appearances they look dead then come to life at the Officials starting whistle. The Flashes are introverted and almost silent while waiting for the action to begin. They walk slow, but with purpose, heading to the score table. Yep, mat possums says it all.
Prior to each wrestler taking to the mat the team “sends out” their wrestler. It’s the equivalent of a lying on of hands sort of thing accompanied by a team shout of the wrestlers name or nickname and the team motto. Early in the season the team came up with the motto “DO WORK”. Fitting for a team who had their eyes on the prize and knew what it’d take to get there. And get there they did. Their effort can be seen by the Individual league results below.
First and Second Place in each weight category advance to CIF Individuals, for the rest their season is over. Expectations ran high amongst the Flashes Coaching Staff and the Team. Parents and Fans also had high expectations for a lengthened season. And the results are in:
105 Girls: Felicity Zavala 1st
160 Girls: Alexis Ramirez 1st
119: Robert Bonilla 2nd
130: Mark Zavala. 1st
135: Kyle Castenada 1st
140: Johnny Minero 1st
145: Alex Rivera 1st
152: Christian Conaway 1st
215: Sammy Orosco 1st
Additionally the League awards two wrestlers with MVP status based upon their record and effort throughout the season. Flashes Co-Captain Christian Conaway, 33-7, was awarded the Upper Weight Tri Valley League MVP by unanimous vote. The Flashes took home a Team tournament 2nd Place and 2nd Place in Team League Standing for the season.
The Individual CIF Southern Section Division Individual Tournament will be held February 19 and 20th. The location is TBA. “DO WORK” and Go Flashes!

 


 
Flashes finish the regular season where the season begins, in the wrestling room.

Tuesday night The Flashes hosted New Jewish Community for their final regular season match for the 2010-2011season. Due to scheduling issues the match was held in the Flashes Wrestling Room. Spectator space was limited but everyone was accommodated who wanted watch the match. The match begun in timely fashion right at 6:00 PM. Each team gave up 3 forfeits in various weight classes due to vacancies which meant this match was going to come down to a head to head match up. The match started at the 103 weight class. Due to injury of Flashes Wrestler Felicity Zavala the 112 match ended in a Fillmore forfeit. Credit goes out to Felicity for showing Flashes spirit. From then on the Flashes began to roll over New Jewish Community. The Flashes racked up pin after pin and in the end all matches were won by pin. The final score was Flashes 60, Jaguars 24.

Tonight’s Highlight video is of Cameron Riley’s match, who wrestled in the heavyweight class. He did a great job of staying with his opponent and taking advantage and getting the job done. See video below of his performance.

Next up: Thursday, 2/3/11, The Flashes compete in League Finals at New Jewish Community. Wrestling action begins at 2:00 PM.

 

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


 
Flashes Wrestler Cameron Riley gets it done


 

Flashes Wrestling: Alex vs Santa Paula

Flashes Wrestling: Christian vs Santa Paula

Flashes Wrestling: Jonathon vs Santa Paula

Flashes Wrestling: Kyle vs Santa Paula

Flashes Wrestling: Robert vs Santa Paula

 
Flashes fail to overtake the Cardinals

The Flashes traveled to Santa Paula Wednesday night for a schedule Tri-Valley League Wrestling Match. To prepare for the match Coach Cal pulled up several JV Flashes wrestlers to fill holes in the roster in the hopes that they could add to the team points. This was the first time this season the two teams lined up across the mat from each other. The wrestling action was fast paced and action packed. Fans from both schools made their presence known early on by the thunderous cheers during each match. Alex Rivera and Jonathon Minero both showed good control of their opponents. Kyle Castaneda and Christian Conaway all won their matches by points after each going 3 full rounds. Both wrestlers had been fighting colds all week and reported for duty in the best shape possible. Robert Bonilla, Team Co-Captain started his match off in an aggressive manner which resulted in a fast pin. Sammy Orozco won by forfeit. The final team score was Santa Paula 48, Fillmore 30. Individual match videos can be viewed below.

Upcoming Flashes Wrestling Schedule
2/1/11 New Jewish Community will travel to Fillmore for a 6 PM match.
2/3/11 Flashes travel to New Jewish Community for League Finals.
2/5/11 Flashes travel to Chaminade. This is a double elimination tournament.
Date unknown CIF Team Finals
Date unknown CIF Individual Finals

 
Monday, January 24, Fillmore played at home against Malibu and won 3-2. Above Juan Valdovinoa #18 doesn’t give up and fights for the ball.
Monday, January 24, Fillmore played at home against Malibu and won 3-2. Above Juan Valdovinoa #18 doesn’t give up and fights for the ball.
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Bryan Ayala #14 and Jose Garcia #8 work together to keep the ball away from Malibu.
Bryan Ayala #14 and Jose Garcia #8 work together to keep the ball away from Malibu.
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Emmanuel Magana #21 kicks the ball to keep away from Malibu. Jose Mariscal scored 2 goals and Christian Magana scored the game winning goal.
Emmanuel Magana #21 kicks the ball to keep away from Malibu. Jose Mariscal scored 2 goals and Christian Magana scored the game winning goal.
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Fillmore fights for the ball against Malibu.
Fillmore fights for the ball against Malibu.
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We still have positions available for our Raiders board we are looking to fill. (2) Snack bar Managers (1) Equipment Manager & Members at Large. Our next board meeting will be held February 8th at 6:30 P.M. at Mountain Vista Elementary School. All applications must be submitted to our Secretary or delivered to PO Box 34 Fillmore, Ca 93016 no later than 48 hours prior to meeting date and time. Information and applications can be found on our website at fillmoreyouthfootball.net or you may contact our President John Holladay at 7976804 or our Secretary Kristen Dollar at 216-9027 for further information.

 

The Flashes Varsity Wrestling Team was idle this past week due to the rescheduled league match with New Jewish Community. Wrestling resumes this Wednesday, 1/26/11, when the Flashes travel to Santa Paula for the schedule Tri-Valley League match against the Cardinals. This is an important match for the Flashes as they work to place themselves in position for the League Championship.
The match will take place in the Santa Paula gym and is set to begin at 6:00 PM. JV will take to the mat first followed by the Varsity.

 

The Flashes Wrestling Match scheduled for 1/20/11 at 6:00 PM has been canceled. Stay tuned for more information.

 
Tuesday, January 18, Fillmore played Bishop Diego. Above Ashley Coert #5 rebounds the ball. Also pictured Kayla Grove #4.
Tuesday, January 18, Fillmore played Bishop Diego. Above Ashley Coert #5 rebounds the ball. Also pictured Kayla Grove #4.
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Ana Morino #10 takes a shot. Fillmore beat Bishop Diego 46-40.
Ana Morino #10 takes a shot. Fillmore beat Bishop Diego 46-40.
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Jaynessa Lopez #25 shoots for two points.
Jaynessa Lopez #25 shoots for two points.
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Ashley Coert #5 jumps above Bishop Diego’s defense for a three point shot.
Ashley Coert #5 jumps above Bishop Diego’s defense for a three point shot.
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