Sports

Track star signs with UCLA

Bailey Umans, a Calabasas resident, signed a scholarship with the UCLA women’s track and field team. Umans, a senior at Chaminade High in West Hills, is a standout sprinter in the 200- and 400-meter races. She’s an honors student with a GPA above 4.0. She placed seventh in the 400 at the state meet as a junior. The Eagle made […]

Victory lap

Oak Park’s Sarah Shulze seizes silver; Newbury Park boys winfirst state title



Panthers don’t get stage fright. Newbury Park High’s boys’ cross country team, in its fourth visit to the CIF State Cross Country Championships, made history in Fresno. The Black Cat Attack seized its first CIF State Division II title with a team time of 77 minutes, 51 seconds, the second-best collective performance of all time in that division. “It was […]

Dime-store thriller

Bryce Howard, the pride of the Tribe, is on pace to break school assists record



Bryce Howard has survived basketball purgatory. Howard, a senior point guard for the Westlake High boys’ basketball team, suffered a leg injury toward the end of his sophomore season. He missed seven months of action. One week after he was cleared to return, something still didn’t feel right. He was hurting, but he didn’t tell anyone—not his parents, not his […]

Banner day for local stars

Teams at Agoura, Westlake, Viewpoint qualify for state



Local high school girls’ and boys’ long-distance runners continue to make Ventura County proud. They broke records, claimed section crowns and established program firsts at last weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Cross Country Finals in Riverside. Many of them will continue the next leg of the journey at the CIF State Championships on Nov. 24 in Fresno. Newbury Park wunderkind Nico Young, […]

Lions, Coyotes fall in CIF playoff semifinals

Four local high school football teams entered the CIF-Southern Section semifinal round last weekend, but only one survived with a chance to play for a section title this weekend. Oaks Christian (12-1 overall) was overwhelmed by top-ranked St. John Bosco (13-0) in the Division 1 semifinals, 56-10. Calabasas (10-3) couldn’t keep up with Upland (11-2) in Division 2, falling 30-21. […]

Love wins the day

Tragedy, loss and devastation bring out the best in our local sports teams



The worst tragedies brought out the best in humankind. Twelve people were killed during a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks on the night of Wed., Nov. 7. The next day, the Hill and Woolsey fires ignited, ravaging the Acorn countryside and surrounding areas, burning homes, property and land, and taking the lives of at least […]

Lions press on after tragedy

BOYS’ WATER POLO /// Oaks Christian Lions


The effects of the recent tragedies have been felt all throughout Acorn country. The water polo community lost one of its own when former Cal Lutheran player Justin Meek was killed during the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting on Nov. 7. The horror unfolded mere hours after Oaks Christian High’s boys’ water polo team dropped their CIF-Southern Section Division 1 […]

Pick up the pieces

Local athletes and teams honor victims of fires, Borderline massacre


It’s been a hell of a week. After a shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill claimed 12 innocent lives and a pair of fires ravaged the area, locals have been left to pick up the proverbial pieces. From tragedy, loss and devastation, moments of heartwarming triumph have emerged. Here are some of those moments. A SAINT’S CAREER DAY Hillcrest Christian […]

The heart of Oak Park

Jacob Smith is beloved by fellow boys’ cross country teammates, coaches



Jacob Smith isn’t the fastest, strongest or most gifted athlete. There might not be a more indispensable runner, however, in the Oak Park High cross country program. “He’s the heart of the team,” said head coach Steve White. “Jacob embodies Oak Park cross country,” said Cade Creason, a senior. “Jacob gave his best every day at practice the past four […]

Do the right thing

Warriors, Camarillo display great sportsmanship in CIF playoff match



The stakes were high. The level of sportsmanship on display was even higher when girls’ tennis teams from Westlake and Camarillo high schools collided in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs on Nov. 2 at Westlake. “They’re all very sportsmanlike,” Westlake junior singles player Sam Noh said of the visiting Scorpions. “We didn’t have issues with […]


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