Sports

Playoffs: Lightning round

Lightning struck twice for Agoura High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. The Chargers, however, couldn’t strike gold. Both Agoura teams reached CIF-Southern Section championship games in the same year for the first time in school history, but neither squad pulled out a victory. Agoura’s boys lost to Crean Lutheran 68-58 in the Division 2A final June 9 in Irvine. The […]

Let’s play two

Agoura girls and boys both reach CIF title games



Agoura is the hoops headquarters— at least in this 3-point nook of the known universe. Both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams at Agoura High reached CIF-Southern Section championship games in the same season. That’s never happened before. “It’s something we’ll remember,” said Tyler Humphries, a star senior forward for the Charger girls’ squad. “We had COVID our senior year […]

The Madhouse

Postseason action reaches fever pitch



A typical spring postseason is busy. These pandemic playoffs are more frenzied than a 24-hour telethon of 96 crocodiles gnashing, thrashing and mashing in a reincarnated Nirvana mosh pit during an earthquake under a blood wolf moon. Baseball and softball teams began chasing CIF-Southern Section glory this week, while girls’ and boys’ basketball, girls’ and boys’ golf, girls’ and boys’ […]

The tough get going

League champs at Westlake, Camarillo highlight locals bound for playoffs



One team won its first league title in 16 years. The last banner came before several current players were born. Another squad just steamrolled to a ninth straight league championship. Two high school girls’ basketball outfits historically on opposite ends of the hourglass are now perched on top of the beach, sipping Shirley Temples and lining the birdcages of Captain […]

THE X-MAN

Versatile sports broadcaster is voice of Los Angeles Kings, soccer’s LAFC



Mike Rivera owns a security company. Around 1 a.m. at the DoubleTree hotel in Pomona a few years ago, Rivera checked in on a guard. He caught a glimpse of a beach volleyball match humming quietly on a TV in the back of the office. The white noise sizzled into focus. He thought he recognized the broadcaster’s voice. “Is that […]

Lancers keep breaking records

NOTEBOOK


The Bronx Bombers, the Big Red Machine, the Bad News Bears and now the Thousand Oaks High baseball team belong in the pantheon of legends. At press time, the Lancers had tied a Ventura County record by winning 30 straight games dating back to last season. T.O. faced Newbury Park on Wednesday, but a final score was not available at […]

Hard rock superstars

Agoura, Oak Park on top of respective leagues



Basketball went from hopeless to humming within a few months. In January, nobody knew if there’d be a high school boys’ basketball season in California. Now local teams are trying to secure CIF-Southern Section playoff spots with roughly one week left in the regular season. “It hasn’t always been easy, it hasn’t always been smooth, but it has been a […]

Cowboy throws no-hitter

Justin Campbell is the king of the hill. Campbell, a Simi Valley High graduate and pitcher for the Oklahoma State baseball team, threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk in the Cowboys’ 19-0 win against Kansas on May 8. The second-year freshman was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing the third nine-inning no-hitter […]

Row, row, row your boat

Seven local teens will pick up their oars in college


Seven rowers walk into a boat. . . . Is that how it starts? Seven athletes from Acorn country, who train with Channel Islands Rowing Club, will continue participating in the sport in college. “We all come from different backgrounds and schools,” said Hudson Forster, an Oaks Christian High senior. “We all want our teammates to succeed.” Forster, a coxswain, […]

Agoura’s Jed Miller scores 62 points at Calabasas

Jed Miller really is the Steph Curry of Acorn country. Miller, a superstar senior point guard for the Agoura High boys’ basketball team, scored an area record 62 points in the Chargers’ 90-52 win against Calabasas on Tuesday on the road. Cameron Theus, a senior guard, added nine points for the Bolts in the win. Teammates Sam Klaasen and Zach […]


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