Sports

Canyon quartet

Four lifelong friends excel for high school teams at Agoura, Oak Park and Simi Valley



Jake East, Alex Jones, Travis Throckmorton and Cooper Wallace all grew up within five minutes of each other. Jones, Throckmorton and Wallace went to preschool together at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake. East met the crew about a year later. Around age 5, they played on their first team together. They won every single game with the YMCA […]

A Bolt to the heart

Agoura completes emotional season


The Chargers spent seven months training for a season they didn’t know would materialize. It all worked out in the end: Agoura High’s girls’ water polo team played eight games in three weeks. “Even if I got an hour to swim or an hour to pass, if we had one game or eight games in three weeks, I’d take that […]

Sommers vaults to record

If Paige Sommers vaults any higher, NASA will want to hire her to explore deep space. Sommers, a superstar for Westlake High’s girls’ track and field team, set a national record in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet, 8.5 inches on April 3 in Sun City. That’s the top outdoor mark for any American woman in the U-20 category. […]

Legends of the spring

Charger shatters NCAA long jump record; UCLA basketball advances to the Final Four



A local legend is now a national rock star. Tara Davis, an Agoura High graduate, shattered an NCAA record held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the world’s great athletes. Davis, a junior on the University of Texas women’s track and field team, broke Joyner-Kersee’s 36-year-old national record in the long jump by catapulting 7.14 meters/ 23 feet-5.25 inches on March […]

Hiepler steals the show

Oaks Christian grad goes viral during NCAA men’s basketball tourney



In a world beleaguered by the COVID-19 virus, social unrest, 550,000 dead Americans, mass shootings and the general malaise of modern life, Paul Hiepler is a light. Hiepler reminds us there’s still joy in this world. Sports can still be fun. Sports should be fun. Sports is fun. A 4.0 GPA student who averages 0.7 points per game for the […]

No more Dodger blues for this power trio

MEDIA /// Los Angeles Dodgers


Kevin Klein’s passion project began in a closet. He had to start somewhere. Klein, a 2010 Rio Mesa High grad who spent time growing up in Camarillo, started “The Incline: Dodgers” podcast before the 2019 Major League Baseball season in a closet at his girlfriend and now fiancee Leah Perry’s Los Angeles apartment. “I just love baseball, especially the Dodgers,” […]

Chargers win on last-minute TD

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL /// Kanan Bowl

A new star etched his name in Kanan Bowl folklore. Colin Campbell, a starting senior quarterback for Agoura High’s football team was benched after throwing a first-quarter interception. He returned to action late in the second half, leading the Chargers on a 57-yard drive, which culminated with his 2-yard touchdown run with less than 30 seconds remaining in the fourth […]

No snakes alive

Football foes seize spotlight in biggest week of year in local sports scene



Let the strange times roll . . . There will be no Pigskin Preview during this condensed spring football season. The infamous Acorn Power Poll remains in a frosty hibernation along with Kurt Russell teaching The Thing to fetch a stick. And how can we pick just one Acorn High School Football Game of the Week during rivalry week? We […]

Time to dance

MEN’S BASKETBALL /// NCAA Tournament


Let’s dance. David Bowie, after all, is never wrong. Stars with Acorn roots will grace the dance floor of the 68-team NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, which tips off this week in the Indianapolis super bubble. The San Diego State (23-4 overall) and Syracuse (16-9) opener in the Midwest Region features locals in both huddles. Derek Morhar, a Calabasas […]

Owen’s odyssey

Warrior captain earned spot at state meet in 2019; he will run for Division III champions



Owen Kobett was falling behind. With one mile left in the 2019 CIF-Southern Section Division 2 boys’ cross country finals race in Riverside, Kobett was not in position to qualify for the state meet. Time was running out for the Westlake High star. Chad Scott, the Warriors’ co-head coach with Troy Burns, yelled instructions from the sidelines to Kobett. In […]


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