Local Rowing Team Pulls Together in Nationals

A Team, A Crew: (left to right) Coach Jake Coert, Lauren Peters, Camden Coburn, Robbie Mills, Alex Dutka, and Danial Robbins after their finals race that ranked them nationally. Peters was ranked 22nd in the nation for single women’s and the men’s quad was ranked 23rd in the nation. This team was the youngest team at nationals this year. Rowing ranks among the most grueling sports, testing the limits of an athlete’s grit, maximum physical output and mental strength. While many would shy away from such demands, something about it…

Countering COVID with Sports

Some people have seen this pandemic as limiting and problematic. But it can also be an opportunity.  Some athletes have used this year to develop their fitness to its highest potential. Zach McClain (“Zmac”) is the owner and head coach of a fitness training group called WideOutU.  Zmac says he tried to create something for young athletes that he didn’t have growing up—an affordable, fun, family environment that offered speed training, strength training and conditioning, and coaching in specific sports.   He attended college on a football scholarship and had a…

Chasing the Dream of College Sports

Steven Shin

By Steven Shin, Northwestern Oklahoma State University football player Many high school athletes dream of competing at the college level, but for some this will always remain a dream. My name is Steven Shin. I want to share how I earned an athletic scholarship to play college football. As a kid, I loved playing football with my father. Weekends of watching football along with playing little league football inspired me to play at the next level. I woke up every weekend at around 7 AM to practice with my dad.…

The Tragic Loss of a Legend, Kobe Bryant

It was a sad day for Conejo Valley and sports fans all over the world when news broke that basketball legend, Kobe Bryant, died in a tragic helicopter crash on the morning of January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California. The accident also took the life of his thirteen year old daughter, Gianna, and seven others as they flew to Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California. Kobe Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard for twenty years until his retirement four years ago. At the time of…

More College Offers for Westlake Defensive Tackle Victory Vaka

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – Westlake High School junior defensive tackle Victory Vaka continues to add to his collection of college football offers. At 6’3″ and over 300 lbs, Victory is currently ranked 14th best defensive tackle nationally in the class of 2021. With arguably the best name ever for a football player, Victory Vaka has more than 40 tackles in each of his three high school seasons so far. He is reported to have had at least 13 offers to play college ball, including Tennessee, LSU, Michigan, Arizona, Arizona State,…