Sports

The Acorn’s academic all-stars

CIF-Southern Section announces top local teams, athletes by GPA



The first word in “student-athlete” is “student” for a reason. If an athlete has poor grades, that athlete doesn’t play—it’s as simple as that. Teams and individuals who excel academically deserve extra ink. The CIF-Southern Section recently announced its academic awards for teams and individuals. Teams needed at least five student-athletes registering a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to […]

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Virtual insanity

Local first-year coaches lead teams remotely



Coaching in quarantine isn’t exactly like riding a bicycle. If it were, then new high school football head coaches would be pedaling a squirrelly unicycle while balancing Stevie Wonder’s baby grand piano on their nose. Pedal faster, fellas. Stevland Hardaway Morris will find you . . . or run you over. How do I know? While shopping at Costco in […]

No-hit naturals

Adam Kerner (Oaks Christian) and Jake Miller (Newbury Park) dazzle on diamond



On Feb. 28, the University of San Diego baseball battery of pitcher Jake Miller and catcher Adam Kerner celebrated Miller’s no-hitter against Monmouth. This week, Miller and Kerner were quarantined at their family homes in Newbury Park and Agoura, respectively. Instead of preparing for the regular season finale against Cal Baptist on Tuesday, Kerner drove south to San Diego to […]

For the record

Julia Dinerman, a senior midfielder with the Westlake High girls’ lacrosse team, was misidentified in a photo that was published in last week’s sports section. We regret the error.

SENIORS STRIKE BACK /// The Acorn Senior Sports Stimulus

Wetnight passes away after battle with cancer



Ryan Wetnight, a Grace Brethren High football assistant coach and former NFL player, lost his battle with stomach cancer on May 1. He was 49 years old. Wetnight is survived by his wife, Stacey, and middle-school-aged sons Scott and Zach. An undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Wetnight spent seven of his eight NFL seasons playing tight end for the […]

Juice World: Stokes is on fire

Former Calabasas star scoops up Ivy League offers



Julien “Juice” Stokes didn’t stop when the world stopped for the coronavirus. The Grace Brethren High junior football star dusted off the weights in his garage and started pumping iron like the Governator. He sprints up the hill in his Newbury Park backyard like Walter Payton chugging up a knoll in Arlington Heights, Ill. Stokes keeps pushing himself. He visualizes […]

Oaks Christian represents California at NFL draft



In 2013, Michael Pittman Jr., Colby Parkinson and Darnay Holmes played on the same Oaks Christian High football team. All three were selected during the NFL draft last weekend. Break out the rye bread and mustard, Grandma: The Lions are throwing a Zoom dance party during quarantine. Pittman, a wide receiver for USC, was the first California player off the […]

The mock draft to end all mocks

COMMENTARY /// The 2020 Acorn NFL Mock Draft 49.0


Welcome to the 2020 NFL Draft presented by soap—don’t leave home without it, or better yet, don’t leave home. If fans boo commissioner Roger “Judge Smails’ Evil Nephew” Goodell and he can’t hear any of the jeers, is it still a draft? Yes. If the Cincinnati Bengals blame “technical difficulties” or “we trusted Harry Houdini with the selection and he […]


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