A standing ovation

Today, we enact the Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus package of 2020

These are strange days to be a sports fan. All games are postponed or canceled. Practices—forbidden. Bleachers, arenas, snack shacks, grandstands and water cooler estuaries—all empty. Spring seasons are unlikely to resume for local high school athletes. Careers are over for most of the seniors. That’s heartbreaking. There will be no hunts for league titles, no runs of playoff glory, […]

Unknown legends

Bolts favored to seize first league title since 2004

Wait till next year. Wait, there is no next year for the five seniors on the Agoura High boys’ golf team. The Chargers, who were favorites to capture a Coastal Canyon League championship this spring, potentially their first banner since securing a Marmonte League crown in 2004, witnessed their season end prematurely to the coronavirus pandemic. “This team was so […]

From anger, to understanding

Harvard’s Juzang among local stars feeling impact of global pandemic

Christian Juzang waded in a Harvard University pool on March 10. He couldn’t believe the news. The senior guard for the men’s basketball team was rehabbing an ankle injury that sidelined him for three games, including senior night, in hopes of being back on the court for the Ivy League Championship opener against Princeton on March 14. The league had […]

Sports vs. coronavirus: Who’s ready to rumble?

COMMENTARY /// From the cheap seats

What just happened? Is this real life? Do I have to throw fisticuffs with a purple-mohawk sporting, six-string-bass slapping nihilist in the Thunderdome for a roll of toilet paper? Unless you’ve been living in a cave—or maybe you’re holed up in a man cave right now, cracking open your 99th bottle of Sioux City sarsaparilla and watching Keanu Reeves’ cameo […]

Hit the deck

In 2019, Oak Park seized CIF regional hardware; Agoura reached playoffs for first time in 10 years

Coastal Canyon League boys’ volleyball teams are feasting on foes during the non-league portion of their respective schedules. Agoura, Camarillo and Oak Park high schools are undefeated entering their league openers tonight. Simi Valley and Royal are playing well early this spring. Moorpark, a program that welcomed its fourth new head coach in as many seasons, is the only team […]

Warriors seek elusive postseason berth

The Tribe has one playoff appearance since 2014

A pair of plastic owls perched behind the mound at Westlake High’s baseball field. Second-year skipper Wally Barnett said the decoys are supposed to ward off a gaggle of geese that continue to mistake the baseball team’s blue tarps for tiny ponds, but the owls haven’t done their jobs. “I drove by earlier and saw a goose standing right next […]

Teams ready to deliver their best pitch

Oak Park, Agoura hunt for glory

Softball squads at Simi Valley and Royal high schools shared the Coastal Canyon League title last season, but Camarillo’s been tabbed as the favorite to claim the crown this spring. “Camarillo is the team with the target on their backs,” Agoura head coach Chance Redmond said. The Scorpions claimed league titles in 2017 and 2018 before finishing third in the […]

Swedish Fish win big, Zlatan approves

THE FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH—The Westlake Village Swedish Fish captured the AYSO Region 4 U-10 boys’ soccer championship. The Swedish Fish earned a 19-3-3 overall record during a six-month season, taking bronze at the Section 10 tournament in Bakersfield. Players are Jacob Cole, Jake Graves, Cameron Hakimi, Luke Helin, Mateo Garcia-Jensen, Lucas Kincheloe, Tyler Oh, Corbin Ohm, Michah Brodie and […]

Vote for DeMattia

Top player in Acorn country is No. 1 all-time in goals for Bolts

The journey started with a daughter following her dad. Maddie DeMattia, a senior star for the Agoura High girls’ water polo team, drew inspiration to play the sport from her father, Mike, who once roamed the pool deck at Newbury Park. Maddie DeMattia, 18, started playing water polo almost a decade ago when she was 9 for the now-defunct Mavericks […]

Grand slam rush

Agoura will try to defend league title; Oak Park soars with new skipper

Who will win the Coastal Canyon League baseball title this spring? Camarillo High, armed with a formidable pitching staff, earned rave reviews from opposing coaches. Moorpark, a cerebral outfit with a team GPA in the 3.5 ballpark, will be in the mix for league glory under veteran head coach Scott Fullerton. The Scorpions and Musketeers open league against each other […]

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