Fantastic four: Panthers run California

CROSS COUNTRY /// CIF State Championships

Newbury Park boys secure fourth straight state crown Put another exclamation point on the Panthers’ dynasty. They have enough exclamation points, giant slabs of titanium mined from the impenetrable crests of Arnheim, to build a fortress rivaling Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. Newbury Park High’s boys won their fourth consecutive title at the CIF State Cross Country Championships with a Division […]


The best high school soccer player in Acorn country has never played soccer for her high school . . . but she owns two school records. Yes, Savy King is that talented. “She’s one of a kind,” said Kim Parker-King, Savy’s mom. Savy King, an Agoura High senior, is a globetrotting superstar defender for the United States U-17 national soccer […]

Cross country teams prep for CIF State meet

The Panthers are going to state. Newbury Park High boys’ and girls’ cross country teams both won CIF-Southern Section Division 2 titles last weekend at Mt. SAC. The Panthers advanced to the CIF State Championships on Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Black Cat Attack won’t be alone in Fresno. Thousand Oaks boys (Division 3), Moorpark girls and boys […]

FOOTBALL /// Playoffs

Rocky road: Local teams struggle in CIF tourney

The Coyotes can howl at the harvest moon again. They rolled their way into the semis. Calabasas High’s football team was the last local squad remaining in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs after defeating Ramona 35-14 in the Division 6 quarterfinals on Nov. 11 on the road. Camarillo, Newbury Park and Oak Park dropped quarterfinal outings last week. Let’s ride: DOWNEY […]

History made

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL /// Simi Valley Pioneers

Simi Valley battles but falls short in Division 6 finals The Pioneers made history before they stepped on the court. Simi Valley, the most accomplished girls’ volleyball squad in the high school’s 102-year history, faced Arrowhead Christian of Redlands for the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 championship Nov. 5 at home. This was the Pioneers’ first title appearance in program history. […]

Playoff drill

Oaks Christian High’s girls’ volleyball team lost the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship in four sets to Alemany Nov. 5 at home. Nicole Zake, a Simi Valley resident, led the Lions (28-5 overall) with 19 kills and three aces in the setback. GOING TO THE SEMIS Jacob Young blocked a field goal with six seconds remaining in regulation to preserve […]

As big as it gets

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL /// Championship weekend

PIONEERS SEEK FIRST CIF CROWN TONIGHT AT HOME Simi Valley is a volleyball town. It wasn’t always like this. In 2017, during Samantha Crane’s second season as head coach of the Simi Valley High girls’ volleyball team, the Pioneers registered a 2-17 record. They did not win a Coastal Canyon League game that fall, languishing in the league’s cellar. Times […]

Raise the roof

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL /// Simi Valley Pioneers

Pioneers advance to CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoff semifinals This isn’t spooky season. It’s the magic hour. Simi Valley High’s girls’ volleyball team continued its run through the CIF-Southern Section Division 6 playoffs by clobbering Burroughs in a three-set sweep 25-18, 25-12, 25-18 during the quarterfinals Wednesday at home. The Pioneers (20-8 overall) will play at Santa Clarita Christian (23-2) […]

Too much good stuff

Coastal Canyon League champion Royal, Simi Valley opened CIF-Southern Section postseason this week

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