A Warrior’s spirit

Westlake senior captain, bound for UC Davis, finds ways to contribute while nursing an injury

Claire Moats doesn’t have to be here. It’s cold, dark and getting late. Donning a black hoodie, Moats is happy to attend practice—even under bittersweet circumstances. Moats, a senior midfielder for the Westlake High girls’ lacrosse team who will continue playing the sport at UC Davis, suffered a season-ending injury against Newbury Park on March 22. “I love the team,” […]

Birds bring the noise

Coastal Canyon League champs defend home turf against the Tribe

Friendly foes clashed in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 boys’ volleyball playoffs. “We know all the guys on the other side,” Oak Park High head coach Eric Varney said. While the opponents are generally cordial off the court, the claws were out for this postseason showdown. During the Warriors’ warmups, Westlake head coach Eric Taylor asked […]

Agoura earns CIF bid but falls to Quartz Hill

PLAYOFFS /// Local report

Agoura High’s boys’ volleyball team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. It was a short-lived excursion, however, as the Chargers lost in three sets at Quartz Hill on Tuesday in a CIF-Southern Section Division 3 first-round match. Other than Oak Park, Thousand Oaks is the only volleyball squad in Acorn country still alive. The Division 2 […]

Locals dazzle at county meet

TRACK & FIELD /// Ventura County Championships

Jenna Krostag etched her name into the La Reina High track and field record book. The junior 400-meter runner clocked a personal best time of 57.84 seconds at the Ventura County Track and Field Championships on April 18 at Moorpark High. “When I finished my race, my teammate (Macy Rose Lee) came up to me really excited to tell me […]

Warriors form mighty tandem

Trephan, Baklenko will likely share league MVP honors

Lil Wayne once crooned, “Life’s a beach, I’m just playing in the sand.” The rapper isn’t literally building sand castles near the volleyball courts at Zuma Beach, but the thought of Wayne covered in neon green Zinka sunblock holding a fire truck red bucket is downright hilarious. Even in this metaphorical world—where Lil Wayne embraces his inner child—Westlake High girls’ […]

Coyote star catapults to higher ground

Justin White has broken school’s long jump record three times this spring

Mike Powell, an Olympic medalist who owns the world record in the long jump, started a clap for Justin White. A senior long jumper for the Calabasas High boys’ track and field team, White prepared to get some serious hang time at the Maurice Greene Invitational on March 16 at Oaks Christian. The Coyote, fueled by pure adrenaline, sprinted toward […]

Long live the King

Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller talks with area students

Bob Miller hasn’t finished unpacking boxes in his new Simi Valley home. The legendary broadcaster for the Los Angeles Kings still made time to speak to students at Royal High earlier this week. Miller, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, was the 153rd speaker of Royal’s Brown Bag Lunch speaker series on April 15 on […]

Another dominating run

Oaks Christian will make playoffs for 19th straight year

Oaks Christian High’s softball team relishes the big moments. The Lions, who have never missed the postseason in 19 years of existence, will battle powerhouse programs of Orange and Riverside counties in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. “We’re up for the challenge,” said Peter Ackermann, the only head coach in the team’s history. The Lions, who celebrated their 500th […]

Crunch time for juggernauts

BOYS’ LACROSSE /// Local report

League races are heating up in the local prep boys’ lacrosse circuit. Westlake High is putting its finishing touches on a Marmonte League championship, but Oaks Christian hopes to spoil the Warriors’ undefeated run. Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park are also jostling for position in the league standings. Agoura and Oak Park will play for the inaugural Coastal Canyon League […]

Life in the fast lane

Swim squads gear up for league finals next week

The talent pool of swimmers is deep in Acorn country. Oaks Christian High’s boys’ swim squad, which shared a Marmonte League title last spring with Thousand Oaks, is loaded with standouts. “There’s a bunch of guys contributing,” said Steve Reardon, the Lions’ fourth-year head coach. “We’re not really overwhelming people with stars. It’s a team effort.” Westlake’s girls, the defending […]

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