Making a run for No. 1

Defending champ Agoura must fend off Oak Park, other talented squads

No pushovers are allowed. The Coastal Canyon League for high school girls’ soccer is the class of Acorn country. Defending champ Agoura tussles with Camarillo, which entered the week undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 poll; Kanan Bowl rival Oak Park, ranked No. 6 in Division 3; Moorpark, which as recently as last week was […]

Coyotes seek one for the thumb

Calabasas in hunt for fifth straight Marmonte League championship

While Calabasas High boys’ basketball players ran drills, a worker on a hydraulic lift bolted the team’s league championship banner to the gym wall above the visiting bleachers. The Coyotes were practicing at the exact moment their new banner went up above the cheap seats. This squad looks different from the 2018-19 edition, but there’s something familiar, too. “The group […]

Calabasas, T.O. football teams hire coaches

FOOTBALL /// Coaching carousel

The Acorn high school coaching carousel made two more stops. Calabasas, the defending Marmonte League champions, welcomed Cary Harris to Coyote country. Thousand Oaks, which has lost 25 straight games, tabbed former Lancer Evan Yabu to lead the struggling program. Harris takes over for Chris Claiborne, who went 7-3 last year and 17-6 overall in two seasons at the helm. […]

Make ’em say uhh!

Chargers pin Master P’s son with loss before he treks to frozen wasteland of Minnesota

The Chargers tamed the Lions, forcing Hercy Miller to make ’em say, uhh, I’m getting outta California. Agoura High’s boys’ basketball team defeated Oaks Christian 64-60 on Nov. 29 during the West Valley Tip-Off Classic. “It felt good to beat them,” said Jed Miller, the Chargers’ junior point guard. Not long after Agoura’s signature victory, star junior guard Hercy Miller, […]

Beasts on the mat

Local prep grapplers seek league, CIF glory

Royal High is synonymous with wrestling royalty, and the Highlanders will try to rack up pins to maintain their dominion on the mat this winter. Fresh off winning the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 dual meet championships last year, the Highlanders field another powerful lineup. Royal is gunning for its fourth straight Coastal Canyon League title. Royal will face a stiff […]

Lion girls’ soccer action heats up on pitch

HEAD IN THE GAME—Oaks Christian High’s Nicole Zake, front, battles for the ball during a 1-0 win against Moorpark earlier this season. The Lions play Westlake at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13 at home.

Celebrate the kids

Football stars rule the All-Acorn Team, including star QB Ben Gulbranson

All-league teams have afflicted this great nation like scurvy whelming, but not quite overwhelming, Judge Smails’ Flying Wasp. Anybody with a pulse these days gets named to a first team, second team, third team, honorable mention, auxiliary team, the Faber double secret probation second team or postmodern galactic funk of the moon Europa supernova team. Naturally, I decided to assemble […]


Take a stroll down memory lane for the Acorn’s top sports moments of 2019

In 1978, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson crooned “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys.” Nineteen years later, Paula Cole wondered “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” In 2002, mclusky answered with the song of the century, “Alan Is A Cowboy Killer.” As we reflect on 2019, we know that Alan killed the Dallas Cowboys but not […]

By the bolt of Zeus! Smith stars behind scenes

From growing up in Acorn country to celebrating 30 years with NFL’s Chargers

Chris Smith always thought he’d be a teacher. He planned to develop the minds of high school students while sharing his love of sports as a prep football coach. That was the plan, at least. But plans change. The 53-year-old’s career path was forever altered more than three decades ago when he accepted a part-time gig as student equipment manager […]

Agoura’s DeMattia bound for Cal

GOLDEN BEAR—Agoura High girls’ water polo star Maddie DeMattia signed a National Letter of Intent to continue playing the sport for Cal. The Chargers have started strong this season, winning the Villa Park Classic and clobbering Royal 20-3 in their Coastal Canyon League opener last week.

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