Sports

Eagles flock to San Diego

TAKE IT TO THE HOLE—Oak Park High boys’ basketball forward Makai Richards, left, drives to the hoop on head coach Aaron Shaw at a recent practice. The Eagles (7-6 overall at press time) are in San Diego this week for the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.

A standing ovation

Locals athletes and teams dazzled in a memorable year



The Grinch might be knocking, but we won’t let him in. The troll might be trolling, and we must ignore the bait. In this space, we celebrate champions, serenade the mighty and revel in the athletic achievements of local teams and athletes. As another year rolls to an end, let’s honor the best sports moments of 2018 in Acorn country. […]

A work in progress

Coyotes must square off against juggernauts in Marmonte League



It’s not a rebuilding year. It’s just a building year for Calabasas High’s girls’ soccer team, which has struggled to compete in a Marmonte League featuring juggernauts at Westlake, Oaks Christian and Newbury Park. “Each year’s the same,” said Coyote head coach Brian Collins, now in his fifth season at the helm. “We still have a lot of players that […]

Remember these titans

Great players, teams, moments made this season special for fans



Another high school football season has gone with the Santa Ana winds, and it isn’t even snowing . . . yet. A campaign that kicked off early in August officially ended last weekend, in the middle of December. Grace Brethren of Simi Valley captured the CIF State Division 2-AA crown by defeating Del Oro 21-14 on Dec. 14 at Cerritos […]

She’s a rainbow

No matter her hair color, Agoura’s Tyler Humphries is a star for the Chargers



Many basketball legends have their own unique hairstyle. Sue Bird rocks the ponytail. Allen Iverson executed killer crossovers in cornrows. Michael Jordan alleviated drag while levitating through the Milky Way with a bald dome. Tyler Humphries has blue hair. Humphries, a 6-foot-1 sophomore forward with the Agoura High girls’ basketball team, ignited her own personal hair revolution in fifth grade […]

Next man up

Richards, Postmus filling big sneakers for basketball squad



It’s almost impossible to replace two big men who earned Division I scholarships. Mason Postmus and Makai Richards, junior forwards for the Oak Park High boys’ basketball team, will certainly try. “They’re very crucial,” junior guard Clark Slajchert said. “We’re going to need them on their A-game every game.” Postmus and Richards are filling in for Riley Battin, a 6-foot-9 […]

Westlake football QB commits to Louisville

RED BIRD MAN—Westlake High football quarterback Patrick Roberg throws against Grace Brethren on Sept. 21. Roberg, a junior, verbally committed to play football at the University of Louisville. In related news, Calabasas senior cornerback Keithan Gooden Jr. committed to Idaho State last weekend.

Who will rule?

Calabasas, Agoura, Westlake gear up for long winter on the mat



Newbury Park High’s wrestling team is still riding high from last year’s magical Marmonte League championship. The Black Cat Attack pulled off a dramatic comeback victory against rival Thousand Oaks to claim the Panthers’ first league crown since 1995. Newbury Park will try to remain atop the league standings, but T.O. Lancer head coach Dennis Ritterbush and his team plan […]

The Garden State Gecko

Taylor Donaldson is a scoring machine for Lion girls’ basketball squad



Taylor Donaldson can sink baskets from any spot on the court. Just don’t ask her to cradle her pet leopard gecko, “T,” which she welcomed into her home this summer. “We spent an hour trying to pick up the gecko,” said teammate Savannah Faalevao. “Neither of us wanted to touch it. We got it out of the tank by picking […]

Creating a work of art

Max Cheylov, a league MVP, keeps chiseling his game on the hardwood



Max Cheylov grew up in a home of artists. He doesn’t always use a brush, pen or rasp to create masterpieces. Cheylov just needs a basketball and a hoop. The Calabasas High senior stars at point guard for the school’s basketball team. The squad’s only fourth-year varsity player has started for three seasons while helping the Coyotes capture three straight […]


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