No jive turkeys

Giving thanks for all Acorn athletes

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to take a break from carving flightless dinosaurs that warble: “Gobble, gobble, foil and trouble. Only jive turkeys watch Detroit Lions at 9 a.m.” Stop cranking open cans of glorious gelatinous cranberry sauce shimmying out of metal husks. Hit pause on mashing marbled mutton with mashed potatoes to “Mashin’ on the Motorway” by DJ Shadow. […]

Agoura star bound for San Jose State

RIDE THE LIGHTNING—Agoura High swimmer and scholar athlete Ellie Shorten signed a scholarship to continue swimming at San Jose State. A Coastal Canyon League champion in the girls’ 100- and 200-yard freestyle races, Shorten holds school records in both those events. As a freshman, she was part of a quartet that broke the school’s 200 freestyle relay record from 1980.

Around the world

NOTEBOOK /// Local report

Local athletes keep making headlines from around the world. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to celebrate another Acorn notebook, a great American tradition like Thanksgiving Day and making fun of the Detroit Lions. TACKLING FUEL Alex Singleton led the Philadelphia Eagles in tackles for a second straight week. He racked up a game-high 12 tackles in Philadelphia’s […]

When mutant groundhogs attack

We’ll do more harm than good if we don’t let high school athletes play

Friday the 13th—March 13, 2020—haunts us from the void, over and over again, like shambolically putrid Chicago Bears quarterbacks. Now it’s the middle of November, but we’re still reliving the horror of the first coronavirus shutdown. Welcome to Groundhog Day, but the groundhogs are mutant groundhogs, and they’re eating us alive. The global pandemic remains out of control. There are […]

Local athletes sign scholarships

HIGH SCHOOL /// Socially distant signing day

The longest yards

Second and final part of series on top special teams stars from Acorn country

Not everyone can emulate the warlock Adam Vinatieri hammering a game-winning kick in a blizzard to ignite a dynasty in New England. Few will trek paths blazed by Hall of Famer/Gnarly Norwegian Jan Stenerud from the football factory of Montana State . . . which also molded current Philadelphia Eagles linebacker/Conejo Valley legend Alex Singleton. All the players mentioned in […]

Runnin’ Rebel runs wild

NOTEBOOK /// Local report

Just call him the Runnin’ Rebel. While that nickname is traditionally reserved for UNLV basketball players, UNLV football quarterback Max Gilliam earned that moniker after sprinting for a spectacular 71-yard touchdown last weekend against Fresno State. Fans of Gilliam, a Thousand Oaks High graduate, watched his highlight over and over again on ESPN. Gilliam completed 15-of-31 passes for 160 yards, […]

Air mail

Top local kickers and punters bring the boom

“Punters are people, too.” Rich Eisen was onto something when he spoke those words almost a decade ago about Camarillo native Bryan Anger. Anger, a third-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012, continues booming punts for the Houston Texans. Johnny Hekker, a Thousand Oaks resident and punter for the Los Angeles Rams, is arguably the most dominating Ram […]

Ivy day in the committee room

Two local boys’ lacrosse stars announce college picks on same day

Jake East and Ryan Sullivan publicly announced their Ivy League commitments within hours of each other. East, a multisport standout at Agoura High, will continue playing lacrosse at Brown University in Rhode Island. Sullivan, a Westlake junior who lives in Moorpark, will suit up for the men’s lacrosse team at Penn. “It’s super cool,” Sullivan said. “We’d talk to each […]

Agoura seeks lacrosse coach

Agoura High is looking for a girls’ lacrosse head coach. Interested applicants should email athletic director Clint Cummings at

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