Monthly Archives: October 2014

PHOTOS: Friday Night Lights Flag Football League


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lutching a football, with red flags flapping from his waist, Calvin Chait-Walter runs up the side of a small football field a scores a touchdown. It’s only flag football, but that doesn’t squash Chait-Walter’s enthusiasm as he jumps in the air with his teammates.

His mom, Andrea Chait, of Seal Beach loves the flag football league. “It’s one of the big social events of the week,” she said. “It’s a great way to see everybody, be part of the community and play a sport in a safe way.”

Every fall Friday evening in Los Alamitos, about 700 young players gather on the grass behind McAuliffe Middle School. The area is transformed in to a flag football zone with 13 fields measuring 50 by 30 yards.

The league, dubbed FNL, or Friday Night Lights, was created by parents Mark Broersma and Chris Ketcham and claims to be the largest non-profit flag football organization in the country. The pair wanted a place for their growing boys to play football.

They started nine years ago with 300 players – today they have 15,000 in 10 leagues from Los Alamitos to Palm Springs to San Diego and one in Florida.

The action on the field isn’t limited to football. The FNL Cheer program matches girls with a professional coach and cheerleaders from Los Alamitos High School. Ketcham said adding the cheer program was a great way to get the whole family involved.

PHOTO: Mobster’s Story, “G-d the Father”

Michael Franzese, a former New York mobster, and his daughter, Julia Franzese, at Baci di Firenze restaurant in Anaheim Hills on Friday. Michael Franzese's just finished "G-d the Father" a movie about how he left the mob and became a Christian. His daughter plays a young version of his wife in the film. The movie will be released on Oct. 31.

Michael Franzese, a former New York mobster, and his daughter, Julia Franzese, at Baci di Firenze restaurant in Anaheim Hills on Friday. Michael Franzese’s just finished “G-d the Father” a movie about how he left the mob and became a Christian. His daughter plays a young version of his wife in the film. The movie will be released on Oct. 31.

PHOTO: Sonora High Running Back Jacob Fimbre

Sonora High running back Jacob Fimbre in La Habra. Fimbres is having a great season. He’s number three in the county for rushing yards and had his best game of the season last week with 310 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns Ds against Sunny Hills. He's helped Sonora to its best start - 6-0 overall, 1-0 in league - in a long time.

Sonora High running back Jacob Fimbre in La Habra. Fimbres is having a great season. He’s number three in the county for rushing yards and had his best game of the season last week with 310 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns against Sunny Hills. He’s helped Sonora to its best start – 6-0 overall, 1-0 in league – in a long time.

PHOTOS: Orange County Fire Chief’s Fire Service Memorial

Firefighters gather in Santa Ana for the Orange County Fire Chief’s Fire Service Memorial in on Monday. Twenty nine firefighters and lifeguards who died after retirement and during the line of duty were honored.