Player of the Week

Josh Henderson, RB/LB, Grace Brethren: The senior rumbled for 134 rushing yards and four touchdowns on offense. He added 14 tackles, two sacks and one interception on defense in big road win against Oaks Christian.

The Acorn Power Poll

1 Grace Brethren (2-0) Hate to say I told you so: Lancers stun everyone except the Acorn Power Poll committee in 54-28 win at Oaks Christian. Grace at Muir (2-0) this week. 2 Calabasas (2-0) Coyotes throttle Rancho Cucamonga on a Thursday, 45-26. Calabasas is home against Serra (1-0) this week. 3 Oaks Christian (1-1) Lions don’t tumble far in […]

The age of speed

Fourteen local girls’ and boys’ teams ranked in CIF-SS polls

Mike Smith understood the importance of racing against tough competition. When Camarillo High’s teams were leaving the Marmonte League for the Pacific View League in 1998, Smith, the former Scorpion cross country coach, voiced his disapproval. “He said it was a detriment to their program when they didn’t have to go out and have the hard-fought battles week after week,” […]

Patriot star wins FIBA basketball gold

ARMENIA CITY IN THE SKY—Kayla Keshmeshian, left, a sophomore guard for the Viewpoint High girls’ basketball team, helped Armenia win the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship, Division C title in Andorra. Keshmeshian scored a game-high 24 points in the 79-73 gold-medal win against Malta. Keshmeshian led the tournament in points and assists en route to earning MVP. She averaged 17.5 […]

Grace Brethren (1-0) vs. Oaks Christian (1-0)

— Friday, 7 p.m. at Oaks Christian High School —

The stage is set for Grace Brethren to make a statement. Grace Brethren, the top-ranked team in the Acorn Power Poll and CIF-Southern Section Division 3, marches into powerhouse Oaks Christian’s den. The Lions are No. 2 in the Acorn Power Poll and No. 5 in Division 1/2. The Lancers have been dreaming of this moment. “It’d be a really […]

Last week’s top performers

Dylan “Don’t Call Me Danny” Devito, LB, Oaks Christian: The senior registered 15 tackles and one sack in season-opening road win against Chaminade. Carson Kuhl, WR, Westlake: The junior hauled in nine receptions for 156 yards in loss to Sierra Canyon. Freshman RB Dane Reed scored his first high school touchdown. Nate Frederick, QB, Agoura: The senior threw for 304 […]

The Acorn Power Poll

1 Grace Brethren (1-0) State champs open season with 42-18 win against Aquinas on the road. Grace now preps for biggest regular season game in school history. 2 Oaks Christian (1-0) Lions hold on to defeat Chaminade, 13-7. Oaks Christian, Grace Brethren will tangle in the Lions’ den. 3 Calabasas (1-0) Coyotes defeat Bakersfield 29-14 in season opener. Calabasas travels […]

Golden anniversary

Thousand Oaks vs. Newbury Park rivalry enters its 50th year

George Hurley prowled the sideline with a hot cup of coffee and a letter in his back pocket at halftime of games. “Where did he get the coffee?” his son Ryan Hurley wondered. And those letters. Did Dad forget to go to the post office? Ryan Hurley doesn’t know, but there’s comfort in not knowing. That curiosity keeps Ryan Hurley […]

Legend in our time

Mike Scioscia, a World Series champ player and manager, gets back to basics with Conejo Oaks

Mike Scioscia leaned against the batting cage at Cal Lutheran University’s Sparky Anderson Field. The former Major League Baseball skipper, who managed the Los Angeles Angels for 19 seasons, critiqued swings during Conejo Oaks batting practice while a swarm of autograph-hungry Conejo Valley Little League all-stars begged the Oaks’ collegiate players for scribbles. TJ Fortier, a Wood Ranch Elementary School […]


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