Sports

Winter playoffs leave local teams out in the cold

Winter has been cruel for Acorn high school sports teams in the playoffs. Calabasas High’s boys’ basketball team, the Marmonte League champions, lost to Crespi 75-63 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 first round last weekend. Boys’ basketball teams Oaks Christian (Division 2AA), Thousand Oaks (3AA) and Newbury Park Adventist (5AA) also faltered in the opening round. In girls’ basketball, […]

Love’s in the air

Local coaching couples share their stories of affection



There’s no game plan for the unpredictability of love. Defensive shift can’t put anyone in the right place to snare Cupid’s arrows. No trick play makes it easier to gather up the courage to ask out that special someone. Taking a knee won’t make butterflies stop flapping wildly before popping the big question. Only by chance does a coach find […]

Calling the shots

Bill Spooner, an Oak Park resident, has been an NBA ref for 30 seasons



Bill Spooner remembers his first day in the NBA like it was yesterday, or as he calls it, a hundred years ago. Naturally, he can’t recall every detail. “The first quarter, I didn’t even know where I was,” Spooner said. The referee was working the season opener between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 3, 1989. […]

All-CIF football stars honored

Even when football ends, it never ends. One day after Super Bowl LIII, the CIF-Southern Section released its All-CIF list. Many players from Acorn high schools are among the regional all-stars. Zach Charbonnet, Jonathan Batiste and Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oaks Christian are on the Division 1 team. Charbonnet, a running back, signed a scholarship with Michigan. Thibodeaux, the top prospect […]

Waves’ pumped up kicks

Head coach Lorenzo Romar’s nephew spins music at home games



Less than a year ago, Pepperdine University tweeted a photo of a young Lorenzo Romar with the words “Welcome Back.” Romar, who previously coached Pepperdine’s men’s basketball team from 1996 to 1999, had short hair and a neatly trimmed mustache in the photo, which was attached to the March 12 announcement of his return as Waves head coach. The 60-year-old […]

Bolts zing, zap, zoom

Agoura girls seize first league banner since 2006 season



In a tightly contested Coastal Canyon League, extra time was needed to decide a champion. It took an additional eight minutes for Agoura High’s girls’ soccer team, formerly of the Marmonte League, to beat rival Oak Park 1-0 on Jan. 30 to seize the Coastal Canyon title. Celeste Schreifels, an Agoura junior, scored the golden goal on an assist from […]

Lions feast on many foes

O.C. dominates on field, in classroom



The Lions stay busy when they’re not feasting on foes on the pitch. Oaks Christian High’s girls’ soccer players, who earned a trip to the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs with a 13-2-1 overall record, including 6-2 in the Marmonte League, also dazzle in the classroom. Thirteen of 17 players boast a GPA above 3.5. Oaks Christian head coach Sebastian […]

Sarkary, the underrated star

Senior captain dazzles for the Bolts, who want to earn a CIF playoff berth



Cyrus Sarkary is a star in a galaxy of transcendent supernovas. If Moorpark’s Drake London and Camarillo’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. are the John Coltrane and Miles Davis of the Coastal Canyon League high school boys’ basketball scene, then Agoura’s Sarkary is the brilliant but underrated Eric Dolphy. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound Sarkary doesn’t have the size to play above the rim […]

Patriot games: Will Rams defy the dynasty?

Kyle Jorrey, the Conejo Kid, takes his best shot at the Snot Otter in The Acorn’s Super Bowl Showdown

I know what you’re thinking. “Jorrey? What’s he doing on my sports page? Doesn’t he have some obscure land-use policy to be hate-tweeting about?” Lest we forget, I’m a battle-tested newsman who got my start in The Acorn’s sports section, back when my hairline still made the frame. Heck, I was reporting on Simi Valley- Royal football games when Appelbaum […]

The heart of a lion

Westlake MMA fighter triumphs over tragedy
By Jonathan Andrade

Ryan “The Lion” Lilley stepped barefoot onto the blood-red carpet and walked toward the cage in the center of the arena. He marched in like a Spartan, inching toward destiny as 7kingZ’s “My World Now” blared from the loudspeakers of The Forum in Inglewood. “They found winning a part of my anatomy Part fighter, survivor, parts of a titan Eyes […]


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