The Challenge

Unique tourney pitting top two local leagues is a success

The genesis of the Coastal Canyon/Marmonte Challenge began in 2001. Moorpark High boys’ basketball head coach Ryan Moore recalled his brother, Andrew, and Ryan Bradshaw, seniors at Crespi and Simi Valley at the time, talking about a tournament pitting all the teams in the Mission and Marmonte leagues against each other. It would be like the ACC/ Big Ten Challenge […]

The Eagle has landed

NOT GROUNDED YET—Oak Park High junior defensive back JD Bauman, left, is tackled after intercepting a Royal pass during the Eagle football team’s 31-28 Canyon League win against the Highlanders on Oct. 22. The Eagles (5-4 overall, 1-2 in league) wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Thousand Oaks. Bauman has 37 tackles and three […]

Agoura runner dazzles at Mt. SAC

Georgia McCorkle, a senior for the Agoura High girls’ cross country team, placed first in the Individual Sweepstakes at the Mt. SAC Invitational last weekend. The Charger star crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 37 seconds. McCorkle helped the Bolts place fifth overall among 16 teams, and third among Division 3 outfits in the race. Her time of 17:37 […]

Lions topple Warriors on gridiron

WHERE’S YOUR HEAD AT?—Westlake High football player Jaylan Green loses his helmet while running against Oaks Christian on Oct. 15 at WHS. The Lions notched a 17-2 road win. Oaks Christian, which has won three straight games, faces Calabasas on Friday at home. Westlake, which has lost three of four games, plays St. Bonaventure on the road this week.

New brigade

Postseason begins tonight

There’s a new champ in town. Oaks Christian High’s girls’ volleyball team seized the Marmonte League championship, ending Westlake’s seven-year reign from 2013 to 2019. No one earned a banner during the one-week soiree in the spring. The Lions dominated Marmonte foes, notching a 10-0 record in league matches. “We couldn’t be more excited,” said Julie Bennett, Oaks Christian’s head […]

Agoura quarterback close to breaking coach’s record

COMMENTARY /// Around the world

The symmetry is poetic. Ty Dieffenbach, a junior quarterback for Agoura High’s football team, has 30 touchdown passes with two games remaining in the regular season. He’s three scoring strikes away from tying the school record. Who owns Agoura’s record for touchdown passes? None other than Chargers head coach Dustin Croick, who zipped 33 touchdown passes in 2002 before playing […]

Double trouble

Agoura football team defeats rival twice in one year

The Chargers made history. They’re the first team ever to win two Kanan Bowls in one calendar year. Agoura High’s football team defeated rival Oak Park 23-7 on Oct. 9 at home to improve to 6-1 overall and fortify its spot at No. 2 in the Acorn Power Poll. Jackson Meehan was the player of the game. The versatile Agoura […]

Eagles seek softball coach

Oak Park High is looking to hire a junior varsity softball head coach. Interested applicants can email athletic director Tim Chevalier at

The Acorns Power Poll

1 Simi Valley (8-0) 2 Agoura (6-1) 3 Rio Mesa (5-2) T-4 Camarillo (4-3) T-4 Royal (4-3) T-4 Thousand Oaks (4-3) T-4 Westlake (4-3) T-4 Oak Park (4-4) T-4 Calabasas (3-4) T-4 Newbury Park (2-4) T-4 Oaks Christian (2-5) Outlook: Simi Valley and Agoura are the area’s top two high school football teams. It’s not a coincidence that they also […]

With Agoura rebuilding, door swings open for T.O.

AREA ROUNDUP/// Boys’ water polo

The boys’ water polo season has surfaced again and plenty of teams are already making a splash. That’s no surprise. This area is awash in talent. Last year’s season was cut adrift by COVID-19; local teams saw only a couple weeks of action in March. The current season already has gone longer and many teams are hoping to make reservations […]

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