Pigskin Preview arrives next week

MAD WORLD—Casey Webb of Oak Park High gets flipped after being tackled by Agoura’s Sean Tarnowski during the alumni football game between the rival schools in May 2015. Webb has bounced back: He’s the head coach of the Eagles’ football squad. Local prep football teams will be featured in the Pigskin Preview, a 24-page special section that hits driveways next […]

A team game

Behind the scenes staff delivers, just like the guys on the baseball field

Jonathan Rifkind called it: Angus Denton went with the slider. With two strikes, two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the ninth inning of the California Collegiate League baseball championship game on July 29 at Cal Lutheran University, Denton, the Conejo Oaks’ closer, chucked a filthy slider outside and away. Orange County Riptide’s Steven Curry […]

Watch the horns

Rams put on clinic for children

The tackling dummies were a hit. Nearly 100 football players, all between second and eighth grade, punched, kicked, dragged, hurdled, rodeo’d and, yes, tackled the padded equipment at a Los Angeles Rams youth football clinic on July 20 at Simi Valley High. “It’s fun,” said Giancarlo Leone, a 9-year-old Moorpark resident entering fourth grade at St. Rose of Lima in […]

Lacombe signs with Rams

Taking the biggest step in his football career, Aaron Lacombe won’t have to travel very far to realize his NFL dreams. Lacombe, a Westlake resident, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams on July 24. “It has been a long time coming,” Lacombe said in a press release. “I’ve been thinking about this since I was 15 years old. […]

Hiepler brothers make most of game

Oaks Christian products earned college basketball scholarships

Basketball has always been a treat for the Hiepler brothers. Home-schooled until 2009, Ryan and Paul Hiepler would count down the hours until they could burst out the door and into the backyard of their Camarillo home for recess. “All of our breaks were basically to go outside and play basketball,” said Paul, who recently turned 20. “That was the […]

Hoop stars have Georgia on their mind

NOTHING BUT NET—The BTI Select boys’ basketball team, which features players from Acorn country, won the Peach State Summer Showcase in Georgia. Pictured, from left, are coach Lee Garson, coach Mike Teller, Andre Henry, Dexter Akanno, Mason Hooks, Jordan Jones (Oaks Christian High grad), Ziaire Williams, Chigozie Achara, Neil Owens, Bryce Howard (Weslake student), Drake London (Moorpark student), Justyce Icart, […]

Rooke of the year

Agoura legend has traveled the globe while earning seat in hall of fame

Volleyball has taken Noelle Rooke around the world. She’s traveled to Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Prague, Austria and Germany to coach volleyball, but none of those trips compare to the experience she had while coaching Team USA’s U-23 women’s volleyball team during the 14th annual Global Challenge in Croatia last week. The international volleyball tournament was memorable, but the frenzy from […]

Charger brings thunder

BIG MAN STRENGTH—Sepehr Gharaei, an incoming Agoura High senior football player, competes in the tire-flip competition at the Los Angeles Rams big man tournament last month.

Softball star in Cuba for tournament

Catcher is expected to be one of top freshmen in region in 2019

Whether it’s hitting off a tee, taking grounders or playing a simple game of catch, Maddy Mekari never lets a day go by without some softball in her life. Not even when she’s on vacation. “I even brought my glove to New York,” Mekari said during a recent phone call from East Northport, Long Island. “We’ve been playing catch here.” […]

Prime time at the baseball field

ALL-STARS— The Prime All American Baseball team of Agoura has won two tournament championships this season. Blake Brewer, who played in the Miami Marlins minor league system, founded the team last year. There are teams for players between the ages of 9 and 13.

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