Grounded by mom

Cortez Espinoza knows who to thank for his success in athletics, academics

Jawanna Jefferson sat hunched over, her elbows glued to her lap, her hands propping up her head. The William Rolland Stadium crowd hushed. The mother gazed onto the field, focusing on her son, Cortez Espinoza, a then-freshman cornerback with Cal Lutheran’s football team. “I thought it was his shoulder again,” Jefferson said. She was no stranger to Espinoza’s injuries. From […]

Out of bounds

Contact sports in doubt this fall with coronavirus raging

We didn’t listen. All we had to do was continue to wear masks, wash our hands with warm water and soap, and maintain social distances in public. But we didn’t listen. Welcome to the second wave of the coronavirus, or technically the second surge of the first wave of the coronavirus. This infectious disease didn’t take a vacation while cacafuegos […]

A fresh start for Wolfgang

Cal Lutheran basketball star earns head coaching gig

No games. No problem. Acorn athletes and teams continue to make headlines during a global pandemic. Let’s do this: THE WOLF OF ST. BONNIE He’s back. Wolfgang Wood, who starred on the hardwood for the men’s basketball team at Cal Lutheran, was introduced as the new head coach of the St. Bonaventure boys’ basketball team on Zoom on Tuesday. This […]

Slap shot

Ethan Somoza is first captain from California in BSU program history

Ethan Somoza is living the California dream . . . playing ice hockey in Minnesota. The Simi Valley resident spends his winters in Bemidji, Minn., on the shore of one of the state’s 10,000 lakes, 30 miles from the spot where the Mississippi River begins. An incoming senior forward for the Bemidji State University men’s ice hockey team, Somoza was […]

General McCarthy will invade Maine

Owner of three school lacrosse records bound for Colby College

At the time, Douglas McCarthy didn’t know that he was about to play his last high school game. McCarthy, a senior attack for the Agoura High boys’ lacrosse team, injured his hamstring during a 13-10 home win against Harvard-Westlake on Feb. 25. Sierra Canyon loomed in three days. “We were not going to play him,” Chargers head coach Sean Lindsay […]

The Acorn’s senior salute

SUPER CHARGER—Agoura High senior wrestler Taylor Lazarus- Jaureguy will continue wrestling for Central College in Pella, Iowa.

The Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus

HORSEFEATHERS AND HORSEPLAY—Calabasas High boys’ volleyball seniors standing, from left, AJ Werner, Josh Baker, Borna Rafia, Jaden Pendola, Ethan Soumekh and Jonathan Kaslow carry 6-foot- 6 teammate Max Strehl. Max Somerfeld is sitting. Baker and Rafia will continue playing volleyball at Moorpark College. Strehl committed to play volleyball at Cal Lutheran. Werner (Pierce College/ journalism), Pendola (University of Michigan/economics), Soumekh […]

Agoura hires new boys’ water polo head coach

Horde of Moorpark College athletes bound for four-year schools

Peter Daland is the new head coach of the Agoura High boys’ water polo team. Daland most recently coached at Moorpark, a program he started. The newest Charger began his career guiding water polo and swim teams at Westlake in 1987. He’s also coached at Thousand Oaks and Highland high schools. He’d been running Moorpark’s aquatics program since 2000. Daland […]

Fight racism

Black athletes, coaches speak about protests, civil unrest

Shea Pitts pedaled his bicycle alongside his older brother, Lee, and their father, Ron. A fourth grader at the time, Shea Pitts happily cruised the suburbs of Agoura Hills near Liberty Canyon Road before the family passed a middle-aged woman standing in the street. “She yelled the N-word to my dad, with a hard ‘R,’” said Pitts, a 21-year-old redshirt […]


Local black athletes and coaches have spoken up about racism during protests that have formed in all 50 states of the union and throughout the world, from London to Tel Aviv. There have also been peaceful protests in Acorn country in Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Simi Valley and Camarillo. This is what some Acorn sports luminaries are saying: “The murder of […]

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