Ramblin’ rose

Westlake, Oaks Christian, Viewpoint moving

Newbury Park High’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams dominated the Woodbridge Invitational last weekend. The Panthers delivered epic performances. Both teams won, and the boys’ set a new national record for fastest combined 3-mile time in U.S. history. Other local teams, including Westlake, Oaks Christian and Viewpoint, will continue chasing the Black Cat Attack. This is the second part […]

The Acorn’s POWER POLL

Outlook: The first big high school football rivalry week is here. Calabasas and Agoura, which jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in the Power Poll, play at AHS for the Las Virgenes Cup (see page 16); Rio Mesa travels to Camarillo in the Black and Blue Bowl; and Thousand Oaks battles Newbury Park for the Conejo Valley Championship in […]

‘Who’s coming in second?’

Everyone’s chasing U.S. superpower Newbury Park

Before the 3-point shooting contest at the 1988 NBA All-Star Game, Larry Bird looked at his competition and announced: “Who’s coming in second?” Bird won the 3-point contest in his warmups. Every Acorn high school cross country team is playing for second place behind national juggernaut Newbury Park, the Larry Legends of the Conejo. The Panthers don’t talk trash like […]

The Acorn’s Power Poll

1 Simi Valley (4-0) Simi Valley High’s football team defeats previously undefeated Saugus 21-10 on Sept. 10. Next: Pioneers vs. Golden Valley. 2 Oak Park (4-0) Eagles smother rival Nordhoff, 33-14. Next: Oak Park vs. Fillmore. 3 Camarillo (2-1) Scorpions devour Oxnard, 43-7. Next: Camarillo vs. Righetti 4 Newbury Park (2-1) Panthers fall to Ventura, 48-35. Next: Newbury Park vs. […]

Up the Power Poll Oak Park Eagles soar

Oaks Christian off to worst start in school history

In football, there’s the forward pass, the backward pass, the parallel lateral and the transcontinental interdenominational Hail Mary. In The Acorn’s High School Football Rewind, the ball travels in all directions at once. Yellow laundry will likely be involved. Newbury Park, still emotionally spinning from the death of Panthers softball head coach and former NPHS football player Mike Dagan on […]


Jake East, WR/S, Agoura: Charger had 11 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns, adding 14 tackles and one interception. Louis Brown, LB, Oak Park: The senior had two more sacks, bringing his total to 7.5, which ranks No. 1 in California and No. 4 in the U.S. among all players. Jackson Meehan, WR/DB, Agoura: Senior registered a career-high 18 […]

The Acorn’s POWER POLL

1 Simi Valley (3-0) The area’s most complete football team devoured future Marmonte League foe Calabasas 51-7 last week. Next: Pioneers vs. Saugus (3-0). 2 Newbury Park (2-0) Panthers started season out of Power Poll. Now they’re 2-0 after 40-7 home win against Atascadero. Next: Newbury Park at Ventura (1-1). 3 Oak Park (3-0) Eagles’ defense is legit, and the […]

Volleyball is back after short spring

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL /// Local report

No local high school sport was adversely affected by the global pandemic quite like girls’ volleyball. The girls’ season lasted one week in March. That’s it. Volleyball is back this fall, and the enthusiasm is palpable. “Everybody is extremely pumped, coaches and players alike,” said Julie Bennett, Oaks Christian’s head coach. New head coaches at Westlake, Calabasas, Oak Park and […]

Local squads earn signature wins on opening night

Oak Park shows late game grit in comeback win

The first weekend of traditional fall high school football since 2019 resulted in delightful, and sometimes discouraging, chaos. Thousand Oaks and Royal opened with signature wins against traditional powerhouses. Oak Park staged a fourth-quarter comeback in the final five minutes. Agoura, Camarillo and Simi Valley rolled in routs. Moorpark, Westlake and Oaks Christian will try to regroup after setbacks, while […]

Acorn’s Power Poll

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