Birds tower over foes

BOYS’ BASKETBALL /// Oak Park Eagles
Oak Park on track to win seventh CCL title in eight years

The Birds have dominated the Coastal Canyon League for so long it’s rare for opponents to whiff a vapor of celebratory nonalcoholic sparkling cider in their nostrils. Oak Park High’s boys’ basketball team has won six of seven Coastal Canyon titles. Only Jaime Jaquez Jr., a superstar who would go on to lead UCLA to a Final Four, and Camarillo […]

In the City of Brotherly Love

Brothers Clark and Wes Slajchert, who played basketball together at Oak Park High, reunited on the court for their respective Ivy League men’s basketball teams on Jan. 15 in Philadelphia. Clark, who plays for Penn, scored 11 points and dished out three assists in the Quakers’78-68 win. Wes, who suits up for Dartmouth, made his only field goal attempt, a […]

Locals star in NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs have a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell. Requests for more Alex Singleton, unfortunately, have been denied. Singleton, a record-breaking linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles via Thousand Oaks; Bozeman, Montana; and the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League, notched a game-high 16 tackles and a sack of quarterback Tom Brady in the Eagles’ 31-15 […]

Jumpin’ Jack Flash, the Tribe’s cookin’ with gas

GIRLS’ SOCCER /// Westlake Warriors
Westlake is 8-0, ranked No. 3 in CIF; Tatum Wynalda now up to 12 goals

The Warriors have seized the spotlight like the inscrutable Wienermobile, which has just run over Mayor McCheese at the Rose Bowl parade and declared Hot Dog Law in the land of the free and the home of the sausages. Only a microscopic virus could possibly derail this juggernaut of juggernauts. Westlake High’s girls’ soccer team has opened the season with […]

The last dance

GIRLS’ WATER POLO /// Agoura Chargers
Jason Rosenthal, who started program in 1996, will step down after this season

Agoura High boasts the deepest and most talented girls’ water polo team in Acorn country. Eleven seniors, including six players who have already committed to play in college, fortify the squad. The Chargers are ranked No. 9 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll. The top eight teams at the end of the season will play in the Open Division […]

Get back: Acorn Sports Year in Review

YEAR IN REVIEW /// The best of 2021
A curtain call for the best Acorn sports moments of the year

Satchel Paige said, “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” In sports, fans and writers are intoxicated by the promise of the future, of prospects on the verge of stardom, of teams on the precipice of historic runs, of underdogs who will “shock the world” or at least amuse Captain Ron of the USS Usain Boat 9.58. We […]

Agoura’s East is Player of the Year

FOOTBALL /// Acorn All-Stars

Once a year, the Snot Otter of Sports Island emerges from the wilderness to eat babka from Zabar’s and pass judgment on . . . drum roll, please . . . The Acorn All-Star High School Football Team. The finest players in the land just earned the most significant postseason honors of their young lives. Know this, loyal readers: It’s […]

Kick it up a notch

BOYS’ SOCCER /// Calabasas Coyotes
Coming off first Marmonte League title season, Coyotes seek CIF glory

Nick Waley was working at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center one day earlier this year. A guest noticed Waley’s Calabasas High boys’ soccer shirt. “ I told him we won the league,” Waley said. “He was completely shell-shocked.” Last season, first-year head coach Evan Reifsnyder directed the Coyotes to a stunning last-tofirst transformation: Calabasas captured the Marmonte League championship […]

Drake London declares for NFL draft

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux, an Oaks Christian grad, is potential No. 1 overall pick

The NFL won’t know what hit it. Drake London, a Moorpark High graduate who stars at wide receiver for USC’s football team, declared for the NFL draft on Dec. 8. “It’s been a true blessing to compete as a Trojan over the past three seasons. You welcomed me with open arms and I will forever be grateful for the love […]

Out of reach

FOOTBALL /// CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship
Valencia wins first section football title; Oaks Christian denied ninth crown

Oaks Christian High’s football team went to bed disappointed after a 28-14 loss to Valencia in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game Nov. 26 on the road. But the Lions can be thankful. Oaks Christian showed resilience in a season that started with one discouraging loss after another. The Lions dropped their first five games but roared back to […]

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