Where the Buffalo roams

women’s soccer star embraces the motto ‘be kind’

When Hannah Sharts was a little girl, the family went over to her grandmother’s home for dinner. Everyone was spread out, eating, chatting and laughing. Hannah noticed her great-grandmother eating alone at the dining room table. Without anyone telling her what to do, she got up and sat next to her great-grandmother. “Hannah has an innate compassion for people,” said […]

Justin Campbell is Ace Ventura County

NOTEBOOK /// Around the world
Guardians select Simi Valley legend in MLB amateur draft

Justin Campbell wants to rock ’n’ roll in Cleveland. The Simi Valley High graduate, who dominated with Oklahoma State’s baseball team, is the No. 37 overall pick of the Cleveland Guardians in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft. “LETS GO!! Time to ride!” Campbell wrote on Twitter on July 17 after he was drafted. Rhylan Thomas, an Oaks Christian graduate who […]

Strike out cancer

Ventura County teen is a survivor, and now she’s an MVP and All-CIF star

Thomas Hunter was sitting in his living room with his wife, Pearl McClain, and their 5-year-old daughter, Nikki. The girl asked him a question he’ll never forget, he said. “I can just remember this one time, she’s sitting there playing on the floor, and she turns to my wife and I and just says out of nowhere, ‘Am I going to […]

Mad Max & Roc keep on rocking

NOTEBOOK /// Around the world
Baseball stars Muncy and Riggio, pro QB Cookus, and NBA hopefuls make headlines

Max Muncy is enjoying a great summer on the baseball diamond. Roc Riggio’s magical year keeps getting better. Muncy, a Camarillo native and 2021 first round draft pick of the Oakland Athletics, is mashing the ball for the Single-A Stockton Ports. Through his first 78 games with Stockton, Muncy had 15 home runs, 16 doubles, 50 RBI and 48 runs […]

Simi Valley all-stars are So Cal champs

CURTAIN CALL—The Simi Valley Baseball League U-12 All-Stars captured the Cal Ripken Southern California tournament championship. The squad advanced to the national tournament featuring 80 teams in Cooperstown, New York. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Kishan Mehta, Ray Johnson, Quinn Baumann, Joseph Dorantes, Tye Craven, David Aguilar and Jamison Dodd. Middle row: Landon Gonzalez, Adrian […]

Pave the way

WOMEN’S SOCCER /// Locals in the pros

On January 10, 2020, two National Women’s Soccer League teams located more than 500 miles apart exchanged players who both grew up minutes from each other in Ventura County. The NY/NJ Gotham FC traded Hailie Mace to the North Carolina Courage for McCall Zerboni in 2020. Zerboni, a midfielder who has earned caps for the U.S. national squad, was born […]

The song of summer

ACORN ALL-STAR—Drew Hall, a recent Royal High graduate, will continue playing baseball at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. Hall, a scholar athlete, helped the Highlanders win the 2021 CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship, the team’s first in school history.

Foxhoven commits to Duke Blue Devils


Madison Foxhoven announced her commitment to play for the Duke University women’s soccer team. “Duke has always been my dream school, and it is everything I’ve wanted both athletically and academically,” said Foxhoven, an incoming Viewpoint senior. “I am so excited for the opportunity to play on such a competitive team and learn from the best coaches in the country.” […]


a Royal grad, perseveres after his father’s death

Aaron Dawoodjee perseveres. That’s what he does. That’s what he’s about. When times are tough, he keeps grinding. In good times, he plows forward. But he still needs time to grieve. During Dawoodjee’s junior year with Royal High’s boys’ basketball team, his father died of complications from heart failure. Dawoodjee kept playing during an emotionally fatiguing senior season with the […]

Are you ready for the summer?

BASEBALL /// Conejo Oaks
College baseball team brings the fun at CLU’s Sparky Anderson Field

The Conejo Oaks college wood-bat baseball team features players from 25 schools and six states. The group is an eclectic mix of recent high school graduates and Division I veterans. Despite players’ differences, the Oaks have developed a brotherhood within a couple weeks. “I’ve never been a part of a team that’s gotten so close so soon,” catcher Colin Hynek […]

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