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October 24, 1987 | TIM BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Granada Hills High versus Thousand Oaks was supposed to be Highlander quarterback Jeremy Leach versus Lancer tailback Marc Monestime. Leach of the terrific arm and solid receiving corps against the moves of Monestime. What a game that might have been. Instead, on a field better suited for wrestling at the Hollywood Tropicana, it was the Lancers' defense that made Granada Hills cry uncle Friday night.
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January 17, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Through music, Joel Debus of Orange Lutheran tells stories of life as a teenager, its ups and downs, its triumphs and disappointments. He's a basketball player and rapper, and both skills make him feel energized, focused and unafraid to express himself. "You know it's funny, how nothing can turn to something, how people can rise up, take a step back, get back up. . . .We're just broken people living a day at a time. " His lyrics speak about the challenges he has encountered and how faith changed his life.
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November 7, 1987 | TIM BROWN, Times Staff Writer
Maybe Mike Moore should move to Seattle. Or take up swimming. The guy loves water. Mud? Even better. For two years, Moore has been trapped in the same backfield with Marc Monestime, the Thousand Oaks tailback who should break the Ventura County career rushing record in a few weeks. You would think the least Coach Bob Richards could do for this unheralded senior is hose down the field for the rest of the season. No such luck. "I won't," Richards said, "but Moore might."
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January 11, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
They take their basketball seriously at Thousand Oaks High, where the fan section is known as the Green Hole. And they were whipped into a frenzy in the second half Friday night, with the Lancers rallying for a 46-43 victory over Calabasas in a Marmonte League game. Dakota Pierce, who has a 4.77 grade-point average and is committed to MIT, made a basket with 1 minute 26 seconds left to give Thousand Oaks (16-3, 5-1) a 44-43 advantage. Calabasas (15-3, 5-1) never scored again.
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October 24, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Bishop Amat High School left little doubt which is the best team in the Angelus League Friday night, scoring a convincing 34-0 victory over Servite in front of a homecoming crowd of 5,500 in Kiefer Stadium at La Puente. The win was the Lancers' 28th straight in regular-season play and their seventh straight this year. Bishop Amat hasn't lost on its home field since the ninth week of the 1984 season. Bishop Amat scored in every quarter as quarterback J.R.
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March 26, 1986 | ED HAGEROTT, Times Staff Writer
Jim Hansen managed by the book Tuesday, but a gamble the day before paved his team's road to the championship of the Thousand Oaks High tournament. Hansen, coach at Thousand Oaks, neglected to follow the standard win-one-game-at-a-time theory against Oak Park in the first round Monday. He started sophomore pitcher Dan Chergy, who was moved up from junior varsity for the tournament, and the Lancers defeated the Eagles, 9-6.
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October 20, 1988 | MITCH POLIN, Times Staff Writer
Defensive back Loren Cannon shudders at the thought of being compared to former Bishop Amat High star Stephon Pace, a freshman at USC after playing in the secondary for the Lancers the last three years. It's not that the 17-year-old Cannon is not talented. It's just that Cannon and his coach, Mark Paredes, think that such a comparison may be a little premature. "He is not as highly sought after as Stephon Pace was but he's definitely in the picture," Paredes says.
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September 25, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Ventura St. Bonaventure's first foray into Division I football turned out to be less than successful. But for Lakewood, it may have been as sweet a moment as the program has ever experienced. In the aftermath of a convincing 24-7 victory, Lakewood Coach Mike Christensen told his players, "We beat a good football team. In fact, we dominated!" And with that, cheers went up. But Christensen went on. "Mark this day down," he said. "We have taken our program finally to the next level."
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April 21, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
With 20 consecutive victories, La Puente Bishop Amat has thrust itself into consideration as the No. 1 baseball team in Southern California. Even more impressive, the Lancers have pulled off their feat without a true ace. Eight pitchers have earned victories this season, with 11 players getting the chance to pitch. Their pitching-by-committee strategy was on display this week at the Hard 9 National Classic. On Thursday night, the Lancers (20-2) defeated Anaheim Esperanza, 12-1, in the championship game at Cal State Fullerton.
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January 11, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
They take their basketball seriously at Thousand Oaks High, where the fan section is known as the Green Hole. And they were whipped into a frenzy in the second half Friday night, with the Lancers rallying for a 46-43 victory over Calabasas in a Marmonte League game. Dakota Pierce, who has a 4.77 grade-point average and is committed to MIT, made a basket with 1 minute 26 seconds left to give Thousand Oaks (16-3, 5-1) a 44-43 advantage. Calabasas (15-3, 5-1) never scored again.
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October 13, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Can the high school football season produce any more excitement and drama than what transpired Friday night? From Orange County to the San Fernando Valley, there were upsets and amazing performances. There was Santa Ana Mater Dei knocking off No. 1 Santa Margarita, 24-7. There was Lake Forest El Toro upsetting No. 4 Tesoro, 41-31. There was Sherman Oaks Notre Dame stunning No. 12 Encino Crespi, 40-34, in four overtimes. There was No. 9 Bellflower St. John Bosco holding off JSerra, 44-41, in overtime.
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May 22, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Call it perfect timing in the era of BBCOR bats. Top-seeded Orange Lutheran has put together a baseball team that relies on pitching, defense, bunting and finding ways to score without the aid of a home run. It has led the Lancers (23-4) into the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 1 playoffs after a 7-2 win over Vista Murrieta in a second-round game Tuesday at Hart Park. Six of their 10 hits Tuesday were infield singles. Conner Sullivan, who had three singles, started the game sliding into first base to beat out a ball that pitcher Jeff Moberg couldn't handle.
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April 10, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Cody Nulph is having fun again. You can see it in his smile and sense it when he shares a high-five with teammates. The Orange Lutheran shortstop is experiencing an MVP-like senior season. On Tuesday, he had a triple and two singles and turned in his usual strong defensive performance in the Lancers' 8-2 Trinity League victory over Anaheim Servite. Lutheran is off to a 6-0 start in league play. "It's real big for us," Nulph said. Nulph is a four-year starter who began his high school career trying to overcome a gut-wrenching tragedy.
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February 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
The Rochester Lancers of the Major Indoor Soccer League announced they have offered a contract to former NBA star Allen Iverson. The Lancers have offered Iverson $20,000 per game,  with a bonus of $5,000 per goal scored, win bonuses and merchandise bonuses.  More than 12 goals are scored, on average, per game. One caveat: The Lancers have only two games left this season. "Allen Iverson is one of the premier athletes of our time," said Rich Randall, Lancers vice president.  "With his athleticism and competitive hunger, I think he can be a great fit with our team and fans as we make an important playoff push, while also driving interest to an exciting, growing sport.
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September 16, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
At a time when public schools are battling for relevancy in high school sports, there are always those special moments when a bunch of neighborhood kids get together and play their hearts out in a game that goes down to the final second with victory or defeat decided by a simple act of courage. It happened Friday night in a Marmonte League opener between Moorpark and Thousand Oaks. Kicker Jamie Sutcliffe, who had missed three field goals in the game, boomed a 40-yard field goal as time expired, giving Thousand Oaks a 27-24 victory and setting off a delirious victory celebration.
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September 3, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
As if the Trinity League wasn't tough enough in football with No. 1-ranked Anaheim Servite and No. 5-ranked Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran sent a message in its opener Saturday that it is ready to rejoin the elite. Playing a Bingham (Utah) team that had already played and won its first two games, Orange Lutheran received three touchdown passes from quarterback Conner Sullivan and outstanding defensive play from linebacker Deion Williams in a 42-7 victory at the Mission Viejo Football Classic.
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December 27, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
A year ago, the Thousand Oaks boys' basketball team sneaked up on opponents. The Lancers kept winning and winning but few thought they would end up as Southern Section champion. They went 30-3, won the Division II-AA title and eventually earned lots of respect. This season, the Lancers are off to a 10-1 start, led by 6-foot-8 senior Alex Tiffin, and Coach Richard Endres is gearing up for another playoff run, though this time it will have to be in the same division as Santa Ana Mater Dei. On Saturday, Thousand Oaks began play in the Oaks Christian tournament with a 73-46 victory over Reseda Cleveland.
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April 20, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
The ball kept going and going until it hit the middle of the black screen high above the fence in center field at Cal State Fullerton, 410 feet from the plate. It was a prodigious two-run home run by catcher Bernardo Zavala of La Puente Bishop Amat in the fourth inning and helped lift the Lancers to a 2-1 victory over Lakeside El Capitan on Wednesday in a semifinal game of the Hard 9 National Classic. "It was a two-strike at-bat, and I threw my hands out there and got it good," Zavala said.
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June 4, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
It's astounding that people have paid me for some 35 years to watch and report on high school sports. It's more privilege than job because there's nothing like chronicling the stories and accomplishments of teenage athletes in Southern California, where future college and professional icons are raised and tutored. I witnessed another moment of wonder Friday night at Dodger Stadium. There was Rio Ruiz, an extraordinary baseball-football standout at La Puente Bishop Amat, hitting a two-run home run into the seats down the right-field line in the third inning, then touching home plate and pointing his fingers toward the sky as a salute to Austin Lacy, his former football teammate who died earlier in the day at the age of 18 of an undisclosed illness.
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May 27, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Two weeks into the Southern Section Division 1 baseball playoffs, none of the top four seeded teams has survived, and the biggest surprise came Friday before hundreds of fans who squeezed into and around the Lakewood High diamond to watch the host Lancers stun No. 1-seeded Huntington Beach Edison and ace pitcher Henry Owens, 3-1, in a quarterfinal game. Getting a hit off the 6-foot-7 Owens in the playoffs has been difficult, let alone trying to inflict a defeat. He came in with a 12-0 record and stretched his streak of not allowing a hit during the playoffs to 11 innings when Lakewood's Jimmy Gosano lined a single to start the third inning.
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