The journey begins

Eleven Acorn locals get drafted into the big leagues

The Paciorek family legacy is alive on the baseball diamond. Nick Paciorek, a Northwestern University right-handed pitcher who prepped at Oaks Christian High, became the ninth member of his family to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft when he was chosen by the New York Yankees in the seventh round on June 4. “I always wanted […]

Bolting for Marist

India Alter will join her sister on Red Foxes’ roster

When triple-digit heat pounded the area earlier this week, a dozen tiny birds swarmed Agoura High’s pool. A frenzy of feathered friends swooped down, each stealing sips of water, their beaks creating a symphony of the world’s tiniest ripples across the pool’s once calm surface. As abruptly as the flock appeared, the birds fluttered away. The water calmed again. It’s […]

Where Rams graze

NFL squad calls Conejo Valley home, but how long will team stay here?

Alex Bachman leaned against the entryway of the Los Angeles Rams’ makeshift training room at Cal Lutheran University on June 3. The Oaks Christian High graduate and recently signed Ram had just received treatment on a nagging hamstring injury. The wide receiver watched his teammates from afar before making his way out onto the field, shoes in his hands. Bachman, […]

A noble cause

Kareem Maddox, the pride of Oak Park, will play for U.S. in World Cup of 3-on-3 basketball

Kareem Maddox and basketball go together like Prince and purple rain. The game is inextricably intertwined in Maddox’s soul like double helix strands of triple double velociraptor DNA embedded in a hunk of petrified amber. “I retired from basketball twice now,” Maddox said, “and yet I’m still playing.” As human victory cigar Jeff Goldblum postulated in “Jurassic Park,” life, uh, […]

They might be giants

Calabasas sprinter De’Anna Nowling remains fastest girl in California in memorable meet

Entering this year, no Newbury Park High athlete had ever won a CIF State Track and Field championship. On May 25 in Clovis, Gino Cruz, a senior discus thrower, became the first Panther to earn a state crown with a herculean toss of 191 feet, 11 inches. Four hours later, Nico Young, a Newbury Park junior, became the second Cat […]

Ready for the summer of love

Squad wants to defend CCL title

When the temperature heats up, the Conejo Oaks must be getting ready for opening day. The defending California Collegiate League wood-bat baseball champions open the summer season against the So Cal Cubs at 4:30 p.m. Wed., June 4 at Cal Lutheran. “There might not be a better league in the country for summer collegiate baseball,” said Zach Kaminkow, a Simi […]

Eagles soar to CIF championship

Oak Park captures first section title in school history

Donn James isn’t a speed demon on the freeway, but he just might have to put his pedal to the metal today. James is chauffeuring Oak Park High boys’ golfers Austin Liu and Darren Chiu to the CIF/SCGA SoCal Regional Championship at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena. For every other tournament this spring, James was able to take his time […]

Long may they reign

DA CHAMPS—Oak Park High’s boys’ volleyball team won the CIF SoCal Regional Division II championship for the first time in program history. The Eagles (30-13 overall) defeated Peninsula in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19) on May 18 at home for the title.

One more road to cross for local stars

Eighteen athletes from Acorn country qualify for state meet in Clovis

Victoria Plummer’s not used to having company during deep postseason runs. As a freshman two years ago, Plummer was the only Moorpark High athlete to reach the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis. Last spring, the Musketeer high jumper was the lone Musketeer at the Masters meet. Plummer’s lonesome streak ended this spring. The junior’s been accompanied by […]

Coyotes seize CIF

Calabasas wins first section title since 1994

Noah Jordan understood the magnitude of the situation. After an hour-and-a-half rain delay, Calabasas High’s boys’ tennis team was finally playing Poly of Pasadena for the CIFSouthern Section Division 2 championship on May 10 at the Claremont Club. A senior in his fourth season with the program, Jordan cheered every Calabasas point as if each one would decide the championship. […]

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