The Fillmore High School Girls Water Polo Team has grown to 32 athletes this year. Coach Lindsey Cota has used her years as an aquatics coach to elevate the numbers and step up the level of play for this upcoming season.
The Fillmore High School Girls Water Polo Team has grown to 32 athletes this year. Coach Lindsey Cota has used her years as an aquatics coach to elevate the numbers and step up the level of play for this upcoming season.
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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


 
Varsity
Varsity
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Submitted By Coach Mark Blankenship

November 20, 2017 Boys Varity vs Providence Final score FHS 58, Providence 69. The Varsity boys were close throughout the game, only down 6 at halftime, but just couldn’t seem to get the victory. The boys played hard and fought the entire game, just could not seal the deal and win the game. Leading for FHS: Daniel Gonzales, 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist; Jordan Padilla, 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Junior Maldonado, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist; Jaysson carrillo, 6 points Roy Esquivel, 4 points,5 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 3 assists; Ian Morris, 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists; Gregory Kraft, 4 points, 2 rebounds; Andres Maldonado, 2 points, 2 rebounds; Noah Padilla, 2 points, 2 rebounds; Daniel Munoz, 2 points, 2 rebounds; Jake Saviers, 1 rebound, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 assist.

11/29/17 – 12/02/17
Fillmore will compete at the Nordhoff tournament Schedule is as follows.

11/29/17 7:00pm
Nordhoff VS FHS

11/30/17 7:00pm
FHS VS Rio Mesa

12/1/17 7:00pm
Cabrillo VS FHS

12/2/17 10:30 am
4th place pool A VS B

12/2/17 12:00 PM
3rd place pool A VS B

12/2/17 1:30 pm
2nd place pool A VS B

12/2/17 3:00 Pm
1st place pool A VS B

Flashes JV boys basketball have began their season at a Carpinteria tournament on 11/29/17 – 12/02/17, and the boys Frosh will be away at a Rio Mesa tournament starting 12/01/17.

 

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Submitted by Coach Javier

On Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 Fillmore high school boys soccer hosted Moorpark high for a scrimmage. All three levels played Final scores were: Frosh vs Moorpark 1-0, JV vs Moorpark 4-0, Varsity tied with Moorpark 2-2. Fillmore’s goals were shot by Enrique Gutierrez and were assisted by teammate Joe Garza.

On Monday Nov. 27, 2017 Fillmore high visited Royal high school. Final Scores: Frosh vs Royal 4-2, JV vs Royal 3-1, Varsity vs Royal 5-2, all games won by Royal High school. Varsity goals made by Joel Garza.

Upcoming game will be Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at Camarillo high school.

 


 
Kasey Crawford officially signed her letter of intent to continue her education as well as play softball Dixie State University. She has received an athletic scholarship as an outfielder. Congratulations Kasey!
Kasey Crawford officially signed her letter of intent to continue her education as well as play softball Dixie State University. She has received an athletic scholarship as an outfielder. Congratulations Kasey!
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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.


 
Fillmore High School wrestling room has made some upgrades which seem to be coming along nicely.
Fillmore High School wrestling room has made some upgrades which seem to be coming along nicely.
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Fillmore Flashes girls cross country team huddle together before their race begins.
Fillmore Flashes girls cross country team huddle together before their race begins.
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Flashes boys cross country team as they warm up before their race held in Riverside this past weekend.
Flashes boys cross country team as they warm up before their race held in Riverside this past weekend.
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On Saturday, November 10th the boys and girls cross country teams competed at the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Championships in Riverside California. Both races were run over a relatively flat dusty course, formerly home of the Riverside Golf Course. The team's goals was to qualify for next Saturday’s CIF Finals held on the same course. Two heats competed in each race with 20 teams in the boy’s heat and 23 teams in the girl’s heat. The Flashes goal was to finish among the top 12 teams in their respective race and move on to next week's final.

The first race of the day featured 21 teams and 158 runners. In this race the girls were led by front running Carissa Rodriguez who finished in 7th place in a time of 18:16.6. She was followed by Diana Perez 19th in 19:02, Giselle Perez 72nd in 20:05.6, Vanessa Avila 76th in 20:12.4, Anahi Pascual 87th in 20:38.1, Nicole Gonzalez 92nd in 20:51.8, and Cecilia Cisneros 108th in 21:37.6. In the team competition, the girls finished in 10th place thereby earning a place in Saturday’s CIF Finals Meet.

The second race of the featured 20 teams and 141 runner. This week the team was led by Everardo Garcia Magana who finished in 7th place and posted an excellent time of 15:51.3. He was followed by Michael Sanchez 10th in 16:01.2, Jesse De La Cruz 49th in 16:46.6, Rey Laureano 61st in 17:00.7, Fabian Del Villar 66th in 17:06.8, and Juan Ramirez 74th in 17:18. In the team competition, the boys finished in 7th place earning a space on the starting line for this weekend’s CIF Finals competition.

Both boys and girls cross country teams will return to Riverside on Saturday, November 18 and race in the CIF Division 4 Southern Section Finals. To qualify for and advance to the State Final in Woodward Park in Fresno, on November 25th, they must finish among the top 7 teams in their respective race.

Fillmore Flashes girls gross country team huddle together before their race begins.

Flashes goys cross country team as they warm up before their race held in riverside this past weekend.

 


 
Constantly applying pressure, California United’s Tori Pina sprints up the field as her teammate Jadon Rodriguez (back left) keeps pace looking for a chance to score. Photo Courtesy of Evelia Hernandez.
Constantly applying pressure, California United’s Tori Pina sprints up the field as her teammate Jadon Rodriguez (back left) keeps pace looking for a chance to score. Photo Courtesy of Evelia Hernandez.
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Marlene Gonzales controls the ball at midfield and led the offense with 2 goals this past weekend against Barcelona. Photo courtesy of Evelia Hernandez.
Marlene Gonzales controls the ball at midfield and led the offense with 2 goals this past weekend against Barcelona. Photo courtesy of Evelia Hernandez.
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(l-r) Oscar Fuentes and Ivan Espino after a great game versus Atlas. Photo by Ivan Espino.
(l-r) Oscar Fuentes and Ivan Espino after a great game versus Atlas. Photo by Ivan Espino.
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Submitted by Coach Tony Hernandez

U-11 Girls – After a hard fought 2-0 win over Barcelona this past weekend, the California United team completed another 10-0-0 regular season and will begin the playoffs this upcoming weekend. Both goals were scored by Marlene Gonzales as the defense once again came through with a big shutout, as Gaby Martinez and Mikayla McKenzie shared time as goalkeepers. This has been a great season so far, but the girls are focused on a shot at the Championship.

U-12 Boys – The California United boys had another close game as they came out on top with a 3-2 victory over Atlas. Leading scorer for the game was Ivan Espino with 2, Oscar Fuentes had 1 goal, while Fernando Pastrana had an assist. Current record 8-0-1.

U-13 Girls – The U-13 girls also had a nail biter of a game that ended in a 2-2 tie versus Barcelona. Emily Garcia and Jennifer Abrego were the goal scorers this weekend with one a piece. Current record 6-2-1.

California United is growing!! The California United family would like to welcome our newest team, a U-10 Girls squad being coached by the husband and wife tandem of David and Nancy Vaca. They have begun their training and the team looks focused to start competing. Welcome!

 


 
On Friday, November 3rd Fillmore High School Varsity was away at Malibu. Fillmore fell short this week to the Sharks with a final score of 21-20. Fillmore Flashes Football photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
On Friday, November 3rd Fillmore High School Varsity was away at Malibu. Fillmore fell short this week to the Sharks with a final score of 21-20. Fillmore Flashes Football photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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FHS Cross Country’s Jorge Acevedo competing at the Lake Casitas Course in Ojai. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
FHS Cross Country’s Jorge Acevedo competing at the Lake Casitas Course in Ojai. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
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FHS teammates Isabella De La Cruz and Yakeline Magaña as they compete at the third league mini-meet to qualify for CIF
Section Division 4 Prelims. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
FHS teammates Isabella De La Cruz and Yakeline Magaña as they compete at the third league mini-meet to qualify for CIF Section Division 4 Prelims. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
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Cecilia Cisneros. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
Cecilia Cisneros. Photo courtesy Kim Tafoya.
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Submitted by Epi Torres

On Thursday, November 2nd, Fillmore Cross Country Teams competed at the third league mini meet to determine league standings, and which Varsity teams earned their way to compete at CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims. The Meet was held on the challenging Lake Casitas Course in Ojai. Eleven boys teams competed and ten girls team were represented.

In the boys junior varsity race Fillmore finished in second place. They were led by Juan Ramirez in 8th place, posting a time of 17:32.13, followed by Rey Andres Laureano 10th in 17:45.05, Jesse De La Cruz 11th in 17:45.7, Davis Flores 17th in 18:01.43, Jesus Castro 18th in 18:06.87, Jesse Martinez 19th in 18:07.51, Matthew Munoz 26th in 18:33.95, Juan Carlos Laureano 29th in 18:39.69, David Bustos 37th in 19:18.25, Mario Hurtado 42nd in 19:24.53, Alexander Recancoj 43rd in 19:28.96, Jorge Acevedo 48th in 19:42.91, Eric Hernandez 51st in19:45.29, Antonio Villalobos 55th in 19:53.42, Alexander Manzo 59th in 20:02.91, Joseph Magdaleno 62nd in 20:15.82, Luis Leon 64th in 20:17.82, Gustavo Valdez 71st in 20:52.71, Daniel Cruz 79th in 21:18.91, and Andres Gonzalez 110th in 25:26.47.

In the boys varsity race Michael Sanchez led his team to a third place finish and a CIF team qualification capturing a 10th place finish in 16:39.29 , he was followed by Everardo Garcia Magana 13th in 16:50.08, Sergio Perez 20th in 17:15.37, Fabian Del Villar 24th in 17:46.83, Jonathan Ordaz 31st in 18:04.05, and Nick Villela 33rd in 18:05.38.

In the girls junior varsity race Allison Recancoj led the girls to a second place team finish by crossing the finish line in 9th in a time of 22:11.84, followed by Ebony Venegas 10th in 22:31.89, Jacqueline Ruiz 14th in 22:53.18, Jacqueline Chavez 15th in 22:53.76, Lorena Izarraras 16th in 22:53.99, Emma Orozco 18th in 23:10.47, Michelle Reyes 24th in 23:48.73, Isabela De La Cruz 25th in 23:49.47, Yakeline Magana 33rd in 24:59.96, Liliana Felix 40th in 25:22.91, Aliyah Heredia 26:20.07, Marisol Ramos 56th in 28:22.72, Emma Ortiz 59th in 29:35.37, and Eva Vieyra 60th in 29:42.48.

In the Varsity girls race Carissa Rodriguez finished in 6th place in 19:19.16, she was followed by Diana Perez 8th in 19:43.4, Vanessa Avila 14th in 20:27.21, Giselle Perez 26th in 21:34.59, Nicole Gonzalez 27th in 21:43.3, Anahi Pascual 28th in 21:43.46, and Cecilia Cisneros 31st in 22:02.12. Carissa was the top individual finisher for the Fillmore teams and the girls varsity captured a qualifying spot into CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims as well.

The Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Cross Country will travel to Riverside, California to compete in the CIF Southern Section Division 4 Prelims on Saturday, November 11th. The races will commence at approximately 7:45 AM.

 
Congratulations to the Blue Tornado Sharks! Top row (l-r) Ryan king, Andrew Razo, Xavier Lara, Mauricio Ocegueda, Diego Tapia. Bottom row (l-r) Nathan Hernandez and Isaac Martinez. The team finished 2nd in the U10 Boys Division — this will qualify the Sharks for league playoffs. Playoffs will take place November 18th and 19th in Camarillo. Good luck boys! Submitted by Coach Omero Martinez.
Congratulations to the Blue Tornado Sharks! Top row (l-r) Ryan king, Andrew Razo, Xavier Lara, Mauricio Ocegueda, Diego Tapia. Bottom row (l-r) Nathan Hernandez and Isaac Martinez. The team finished 2nd in the U10 Boys Division — this will qualify the Sharks for league playoffs. Playoffs will take place November 18th and 19th in Camarillo. Good luck boys! Submitted by Coach Omero Martinez.
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Congratulations to the Fillmore Raiders Senior Youth Football team and Cheerleaders after winning the Gold Coast Youth Football League Championship against the Santa Clarita Warriors. Final score 28-29. Photo courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
Congratulations to the Fillmore Raiders Senior Youth Football team and Cheerleaders after winning the Gold Coast Youth Football League Championship against the Santa Clarita Warriors. Final score 28-29. Photo courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
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All Youth Raiders & SoCal Bears Football & Cheer photos courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
All Youth Raiders & SoCal Bears Football & Cheer photos courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
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Fillmore Flashes Junior Emma Orozco as she competes in the Ventura County Cross Country Championships.
Fillmore Flashes Junior Emma Orozco as she competes in the Ventura County Cross Country Championships.
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On Friday, 10/27, Fillmore Cross Country teams competed at the Ventura County Cross Country Championships. This meet was held in Ojai on the arduous Lake Casitas Course. There were two distances run, one a short course of 1.9 miles, and a longer 3 mile course.

Running the long course were the JV boys who finished in 10th place in the team competition. They were led by Juan Ramirez 51st in 19;32.5, followed by Antonio Villalobos 55th in 19:40.1, Alex Recancoj 65th in 20:00.6, Mario Hurtado 79th in 20:21.9, Joseph Magdaleno 109th in 21:00.8, Gustavo Valdez 146th in 22:08.6, Daniel Cruz 178th in 23:10.8, Luis Leon 187th in 23:50.8, and Jesus Cadena 202nd in 24:46.1.

The top finishing team for the Flashes was the freshman boy. They were led by the top individual finisher for the Fillmore teams, Fabian Del Villar who finished in 5th place in 10:53.4 and led the team to a third place overall team finish. He was supported by Rey Andres Laureano 16th in 11:15.7, Matthew Munoz 28th in 11:29, Dave Bustos 45th in 11:59.9, and Erick Gutierrez 87th in 12:t8.2.

The sophomore boys did not race a full team in the short race. They were led by Jesus Martinez 19th in 10:57.5, followed by Davis Flores 24th in 11:03.9, Juan Carlos Laureano 35th in 11:21.1, and Andrew Otineru 81st in 12:30,9.

The varsity boys also ran a team of four over the long course . They were led by Everardo Garcia Magana who finished in 40th place in 17:04.6, followed by Michael Sanchez 42nd in 17:07, Sergio Perez 70th in 17:45.1, and Jonathan Ordaz 89th in 18:10.4,

The junior varsity girls finish in 7th place in the team competition. This was the top team finish for the Fillmore girl teams. They were led over the short course by Cecilia Cisneros 16th place in 13:45.6, followed by Allison Recancoj 24th in 13:57.8, Emma Orozco 30th in 14:05.4, Yakeline Magana 73rd in 15:11.3, and Marisol Ramos 191st in 17:4t.3.
The Frosh/Soph girls team finished 10th in the team competition. They were led by Nicole Gonzalez who finished in 16th place in a time of 12:58.3 on the short course. She was followed by Giselle Perez 20th in 13:15.1, Lorena Izarraras 64th in 14:39.2, Isabela De la Cruz 77th in 15:16.5, Liliana Felix 88th in 15:26.3, and Aliyah Heredia 111th in 16:04.3.

The Varsity girls did not run a full squad over the long course. Their three competitors were led by Carissa Rodriguez who posted the fastest time and the highest finish over the long course finishing 9th in 19:00.5. She was followed by Diana Perez 21st in 19:42.8 and Vanessa Avila 54th in 21:23.2.

The Flashes will next compete on 10/5 on this same course. This will be the 3rd TCAA meet this season. This meet will determine 4 Division league champions and the boy and girl Varsity teams that will represent TCAA at the Division 4, Southern Section Prelims Meet on November 10th in Riverside.

 
On Friday, October 27th Fillmore Flashes hosted Carpinteria. This past Friday was Fillmore’s last home game and as tradition goes Fillmore honored their Senior players. They also had a Mother Daughter half-time performance with the Flashes Cheerleaders. Unfortunately, Fillmore was defeated by Carpinteria 56-26. The Flashes JV will play Paramount on Thursday, November 2 and Varsity will be away at Malibu Friday, November 3rd. Fillmore Flashes Football Photos Courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
On Friday, October 27th Fillmore Flashes hosted Carpinteria. This past Friday was Fillmore’s last home game and as tradition goes Fillmore honored their Senior players. They also had a Mother Daughter half-time performance with the Flashes Cheerleaders. Unfortunately, Fillmore was defeated by Carpinteria 56-26. The Flashes JV will play Paramount on Thursday, November 2 and Varsity will be away at Malibu Friday, November 3rd. Fillmore Flashes Football Photos Courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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SoCal Fillmore Bears Midgets team who made the playoffs this year stop and pose for a photo after their game on Saturday. All Youth Raiders & SoCal Bears Football & Cheer photos courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
SoCal Fillmore Bears Midgets team who made the playoffs this year stop and pose for a photo after their game on Saturday. All Youth Raiders & SoCal Bears Football & Cheer photos courtesy of Crystal Gurrola.
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Fillmore Raiders Seniors Team who made the playoffs this year.
Fillmore Raiders Seniors Team who made the playoffs this year.
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Submitted by Coach Tanya Gonzales. Tuesday, October 17th Fillmore hosted their last home game against Santa Paula. Final Scores: Frosh won 25-21 and 25-13, JV won 25-14 and 25-15, and Varsity won in 5 sets: 21-25, 16-25, 25-10, 25-16, and 15-13. Standout players were Lindsey Brown with 16 digs and 4 serving aces, Tori Villegas had 7 serving aces, 2 digs and 4 kills, then Johana Garcia waled away with 9 serving aces 5 kills and 2 blocks, and our setter Tori Gonzales had 21 assists, 3 kills, and 2 serving aces. On Thursday, October 19th FHS played against Santa Clara. Final Scores; Frosh won 25-15 and 25-22, JV team also won 25-15, 25-18, and Varsity started out strong but didn't bring home the win 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, and 21-25. Standout players for the night were; Kasey Crawford with 20 digs and 5 kills, Lindsey Brown had 23 digs, 4 kills, and 1 serving ace, and tori Gonzales had 20 assists, 9 digs, 2 kills, and 1 serving ace.
Submitted by Coach Tanya Gonzales. Tuesday, October 17th Fillmore hosted their last home game against Santa Paula. Final Scores: Frosh won 25-21 and 25-13, JV won 25-14 and 25-15, and Varsity won in 5 sets: 21-25, 16-25, 25-10, 25-16, and 15-13. Standout players were Lindsey Brown with 16 digs and 4 serving aces, Tori Villegas had 7 serving aces, 2 digs and 4 kills, then Johana Garcia waled away with 9 serving aces 5 kills and 2 blocks, and our setter Tori Gonzales had 21 assists, 3 kills, and 2 serving aces. On Thursday, October 19th FHS played against Santa Clara. Final Scores; Frosh won 25-15 and 25-22, JV team also won 25-15, 25-18, and Varsity started out strong but didn't bring home the win 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, and 21-25. Standout players for the night were; Kasey Crawford with 20 digs and 5 kills, Lindsey Brown had 23 digs, 4 kills, and 1 serving ace, and tori Gonzales had 20 assists, 9 digs, 2 kills, and 1 serving ace.
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On Friday, October 10th Fillmore Flashes Varsity played at Santa Clara High School, however lost with a final score 50-14. Fillmore host their last Home game and Senior Night this Friday, October 27th against Carpinteria, JV begins 4:30pm and Varsity 7:30pm. Fillmore Flashes Football Photos Courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
On Friday, October 10th Fillmore Flashes Varsity played at Santa Clara High School, however lost with a final score 50-14. Fillmore host their last Home game and Senior Night this Friday, October 27th against Carpinteria, JV begins 4:30pm and Varsity 7:30pm. Fillmore Flashes Football Photos Courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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The Fillmore Raiders games this past weekend. Final Scores from Saturday, October 21st: Raiders Mighty Might Black vs Saugus, 16-8 (Saugus); Raiders Bantams vs LA City Ducks, 37-0, (Ducks); Raiders Freshman vs Oxnard Blue, 8-6 (Raiders); Raiders Sophomores vs Santa Barbara, 30-0 (Santa Barbara); Raiders Juniors vs Simi Valley Bulldogs, 42-14 (Bulldog); Raiders Seniors vs Camarillo Gold, 21-6 (Raiders). All Youth Raiders Football & Cheer photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
The Fillmore Raiders games this past weekend. Final Scores from Saturday, October 21st: Raiders Mighty Might Black vs Saugus, 16-8 (Saugus); Raiders Bantams vs LA City Ducks, 37-0, (Ducks); Raiders Freshman vs Oxnard Blue, 8-6 (Raiders); Raiders Sophomores vs Santa Barbara, 30-0 (Santa Barbara); Raiders Juniors vs Simi Valley Bulldogs, 42-14 (Bulldog); Raiders Seniors vs Camarillo Gold, 21-6 (Raiders). All Youth Raiders Football & Cheer photos courtesy Crystal Gurrola.
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Flashes Run Well Home Course
Michael Sanchez is the FHSXC captain. He has been a highly dedicated and determined runner for four years. This past Thursday he wins the TCAA Varsity Boys race. We are proud of his accomplishment and look forward to seeing him in the championship season. Way to race Mikey! Photo courtesy Coach Kim Tafoya.
Michael Sanchez is the FHSXC captain. He has been a highly dedicated and determined runner for four years. This past Thursday he wins the TCAA Varsity Boys race. We are proud of his accomplishment and look forward to seeing him in the championship season. Way to race Mikey! Photo courtesy Coach Kim Tafoya.

Fillmore Cross Country hosted TCAA Meet 2 on Thursday, October 12th at Elkins Golf Course. This race is run on grass and pavement with two major climbs. Eleven boy teams and twelve girl teams competed in this highly competitive league meet.

Nick Villela was Fillmore’s top finisher in the first race of the day. He led the JV boys by placing 3rd in a time of 17:26.12, he was followed by Rey Andres Laureano 5th in 17:29.70, Fabian Del Villar 6th in 17:32.15, Davis Flores 10th 17:44.37, Jesus Martinez 15th in 18:22.49, Juan Carlos Laureano 17th in 18:43.46, Alex Manzo 18th in 18:49.20, Matthew Munoz 21st in 19:01.99, Antonio Villalobos 23rd in 19:16.37, Jorge Acevedo 26th in 19:37.85, Eric Hernandez 27th in 19:43.41, Joseph Magdaleno 28th in 19:46.68, Mario Hurtado 30th in 19:50.48, Alexander Recancoj r32nd in 19:50.88, Andrew Otineru 38th in 20:00.39, David Bustos 45th in 20:15.78, Luis Leon 50th in 20:38.11, Gustavo Valdez 51st in 20:42.16, Erick Gutierrez 55th in 21:06.9, Jesus Cadena 58th in 21:13.36, Daniel Cruz 73rd in 22:10.52, and Samuel Kafka 81st in 22:32.95 . This race came down to the wire with Fillmore and Foothill Technology tying with a score of 39 points apiece. Foothill Technology was declared the winning team due to their 6th runner non scoring finishing in front of Fillmore’s 6th runner. Eric Hernandez improved on last year’s time on this course by about 2 minutes 32 seconds.

The Varsity girls race was won by Claudia Lane, top runner in the Nation, from Malibu. Her time of 16:20.81 would have placed her 4th in the Varsity boys race. Carissa Rodriguez led the Flashes finishing 2nd in a time of 18:39.19. She was followed by Diana Perez 7th in 19:19.15, Vanessa Avila 9th in 19:30.85, Giselle Perez 13th in 20:23.01, Nicole Gonzalez 21st in 21:05.55, Anahi Pascual 23rd in 21:18.72, and Cecilia Cisneros 31st in 21:50.84. In the team competition, the girls finished in second. Gisele Perez had the biggest performance improvement for the girls bettering last year’s time by about 5 minutes 5 seconds.

The Varsity boys race was won by Fillmore’s Michael Sanchez who cruised the course in a fine 16:06.62. Michael’s time catapulted him to the top of the best Fillmore Senior times on this course by almost a minute. He was followed by Everardo Garcia Magana who finished in 5th in 16:29.69, Jonathan Ordaz 11th in 16:52.41, Sergio Perez 14th 16:59.31, Jesse De La Cruz 24th in 17:42.41, and Juan Ramirez 36th in 18:19.22. In the team battle, Fillmore finished second to Foothill Technology by a mere 7 points.

In the final race of the day, Jacqueline Chavez led the Fillmore JV girls finishing in 7th in 21:23.44. She was followed by Allison Recancoj 10th in 22:29.41, Jacqueline Ruiz 11th in 22:44.29, Ebony Venegas 12th in 22:45.03, Emma Orozco 13th in 22:48.3, Lorena Izarraras 14th in 23:05.08, Michelle Reyes 17th in 23:49.93, Yakeline Magana 26th in 24:41.24, Isabela De La Cruz 35th in 25:40.54, Liliana Felix 39th in 25:52,69, Aliyah Heredia 43rd in 26:40.65, Marisol Ramos 51st in 27:27.73, and Emma Ortiz 53rd in 27:56.81. The JV girls finished second in the team competition.

The Flashes will next compete at the Ventura County Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 27th at Lake Casitas in Ojai.

 
Fillmore’s girls tennis player as she warms up before the match against Santa Paula.
Fillmore’s girls tennis player as she warms up before the match against Santa Paula.
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A note from coach Bowman
As of today, the Fillmore high school girls tennis team has rounded up their season. We played our final matches against St. Bonaventure, Nordoff, and Santa Paula high schools. Thank you to all of our opponent’s coaches. They were all great, hospitable hosts as all of our matches were “away.” Of course a big thanks to Fillmore high school for supporting the team especially Principal Tom Ito and Athletic Director Kim Tafoya. Hopefully Fillmore high school will have enough courts in the future to have home matches as parents love to watch their teenagers play a sport. Tennis courts would benefit the team as well as an additional sport for students in P.E. classes at the high school. As the season progressed this year, I saw more confidence in Fillmore’s players as they began to have trust in their backhands, and were serving powerful serves. Instilling confidence in the team members, as you know, is important to me as a coach. Learning to play this technical game of tennis has been no easy task for the team. It is a challenge to learn, and will help them to face other difficulties in the future. Maybe down the road, one of the girls will say, “I’m up for the challenge of medical school...after all, I learned how to play tennis!” Specifically this year, serving the ball “in the court,” was a priority as they practiced this part of the game on a daily basis. Once the serve is in, the game begins. Also, learning the tactical game of tennis was trickled in as the basic strokes were the first priority. A tactical skill is standing in the correct position on the court. Learning to stay out of “no man’s land,” is a challenge as it is tempting to stand in the center of the court when one is learning the game. An example of the wrong position might be a few feet in front of the baseline; tennis balls will most likely land at your feet with no time to return the ball. Especially for a beginner, standing further behind the baseline may give ample time to take a backswing to hit the tennis ball. Timing is everything. Standing too far away from the net in a volleying position may also be a bad position on the court. A volley may be more of a success if the player is standing closer to the net, as most volleys are hit from a high to low angle position. Getting back to the players, returning from last year, players Briana Lopez and Karime Renteria excelled in all of the strokes of the game and were a pleasure to watch on the tennis court. The new girls Jessica Lopez, Maria Gonzalez, Amairani Aragon, Ashley Tamayo, and Marisa Herrera picked up the game quickly, were competitive, and became better players by the day. Thank you to all of the parents, especially for raising such a great group of girls. The girls were kind and respectful all around.