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May 7, 1989 | JOHN ORTEGA
Mike Stewart has resigned as cross-country coach at Newbury Park High after 16 seasons. Stewart, 41, will continue to teach at Newbury Park. He will also continue to coach the Moorpark College track and field teams with Manny Trevino. Newbury Park won 10 Marmonte League titles--seven girls' and three boys'--under Stewart.
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April 10, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writers
Students at Newbury Park High School had been preparing to stage a dramatic mock car crash as a cautionary tale about the hazards of drinking and driving as prom and graduation season approaches. Then real life intervened. Late Tuesday, a popular 17-year-old football player was killed and three classmates were seriously injured in a car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu after a night of partying that authorities said involved alcohol. A fourth passenger suffered minor injuries.
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November 4, 2000
Jay Merrill, who coached Newbury Park High to a Southern Section baseball championship the year the school opened, has died, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 67. Merrill was coach at Thousand Oaks High in the 1960s before starting the program at Newbury Park in 1968, where he coached until 1979. He also coached softball and football, and officiated basketball before retiring as a teacher five years ago.
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June 24, 2004 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
A Jewish student at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks contends in a lawsuit that an athletic coach verbally abused him with anti-Semitic slurs for more than a year while district officials did little to stop him. The lawsuit filed in U.S.
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October 4, 1995 | LISA M. BOWMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Move over, Advanced Placement classes. There is a growing trend in educating college-bound students, and Newbury Park High School could be the first school in Ventura County to pursue it. Begun 30 years ago to provide a standard curriculum for students enrolled in international schools, the New York-Based International Baccalaureate program requires students to take a series of six advanced classes over two years in exchange for college credit at schools from Harvard to Berkeley.
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November 20, 1993 | JASON H. REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A long-awaited chance at playoff redemption was presented to the Newbury Park High defense Friday night. This time, the Panthers' defenders came to play. Newbury Park dominated Leuzinger during the Panthers' 39-6 victory in the opening round of the Southern Section Division III playoffs. The Marmonte League champion Panthers limited Leuzinger (5-6) to 199 total yards in a performance considerably better than last season's 50-36 first-round playoff loss to Nogales.
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March 18, 1995 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Outside Newbury Park High School, a billboard facing Reino Road announces that the Panthers are going to the state championship. Inside, articles about the girls' team virtually wallpaper the school office. And Friday, in the school's main courtyard, the Panthers themselves basked in the glory of a final pep rally before jetting off to Oakland for today's big basketball game.
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January 22, 1999 | TRIS WYKES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Casey Schmidt hopes to become a diplomat some day. The Newbury Park High senior already possesses the requisite charm. On the soccer field, however, Schmidt's skills have made life uncomfortable for traditional powers of the Marmonte League. Royal, Thousand Oaks and Westlake, the last teams to win the league championship, all find themselves looking up at Newbury Park, which has never won the title and hasn't reached the playoffs since 1994.
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November 13, 1994 | TRACY WILSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It started as a high school skit but turned into a hazing spectacle, with seniors smearing syrup and mustard over freshman girls and parading others--some wearing dog collars and leashes--in front of the entire student body. The incident during a homecoming rally at Newbury Park High School in Thousand Oaks last month led to disciplinary action against 10 seniors, one of whom was suspended while others were stripped of their privileges as student leaders.
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July 13, 1998 | JOEL P. ENGARDIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Newbury Park High School teacher Marcine Solarez put a batch of exams in the mail for grading in Jakarta in May, she was worried more about postage than Indonesian civil unrest. "The day after I mailed them, I turned on the news and thought, 'Oh, no!' " Solarez said. "But we got the scores back just fine." The English teacher has sent her students' work to educators from Denmark to Hong Kong for grading.
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May 16, 2001 | DAVE DESMOND
Tyler Johnson, a left-handed pitcher from Newbury Park High, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday. Johnson was a 34th-round draft pick in June and the Cardinals had until a week before this year's draft to sign him. He will be assigned to Johnson City, Tenn., of the Class-A Appalachian League. "Tyler has a wicked slider and great movement on his fastball," said Chuck Fick, a scouting supervisor for the Cardinals. "He has a lot of potential."
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May 2, 2001 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the Marmonte League race looking more and more like a stampede to the finish line, Newbury Park High kept it interesting Tuesday by beating second-place Moorpark, 1-0, at Borchard Park. Katie Stokx pitched a one-hitter, struck out nine and escaped a few jams to keep the Panthers in the playoff hunt. With Moorpark's loss, Thousand Oaks (17-4, 8-1 in league play) clinched the league title. Nothing is certain beyond that.
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January 27, 2001 | DAVE DESMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A student production of South Pacific is drawing raves this week at Newbury Park High, but it's an ensemble cast a few yards away from the performing arts theater that continues to upstage everyone. The girls' basketball team continued its two-year run Friday night, routing Moorpark, 65-24, to extend its Marmonte League winning streak to 22 games. The Panthers (16-7, 8-0 in league play) have stars. They have depth. They have their second consecutive league title virtually wrapped up.
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January 23, 2001 | JOHN ORTEGA
Aaron Bobik, the leading scorer for Newbury Park High, did not play in Friday's Marmonte League game against Thousand Oaks after he allegedly directed a racial epithet at Agoura guard Johnny Gray during a game last Wednesday, The Times has learned. Gray, who is black, said Bobik, who is white, used the epithet "three or four times" during Agoura's 81-73 double-overtime victory at Newbury Park.
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January 10, 2001 | STEVE HENSON
Anybody remember John Martens? How about Monte Harrick? The 1981 Newbury Park High basketball team, which was 25-1 and lost in the Southern Section semifinals to San Marcos at the Sports Arena, will celebrate its 20-year reunion Friday night at halftime of the Panthers' Marmonte League home game against Westlake. Ken Barone, who coached the team before becoming coach at Ventura College and an assistant at UCLA, is retiring as a teacher and will be presented with a gift by the team.
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January 8, 2001 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six years ago, Leodes Van Buren was a rising star, chasing football dreams like so many spiraling passes. A senior at Newbury Park High, he was the state's all-time leading pass receiver, a kid who escaped South-Central Los Angeles' gritty streets to earn a football scholarship at the University of Colorado. But two months shy of graduation, he threatened his girlfriend with a gun, ending his promising athletic career.
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May 26, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After professing his innocence for 2 1/2 years, a former Newbury Park High School student admitted Tuesday to raping a woman at knifepoint in a campus bathroom and attacking four other victims near the school in late 1996. Chad Lawrence Schmidt was 17 at the time, but was to be prosecuted as an adult because of the seriousness of the crimes. He had previously pleaded not guilty to 22 felony and misdemeanor charges.
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June 15, 1995 | BILL LOCEY
Newbury Park High graduate Richard Sears, a 25-year-old filmmaker now living in the San Francisco Bay Area, got Hollywood's attention recently when his entry won best short film at the Cannes Film Festival. Based on a short story by the late Charles Bukowski, "An Evil Town" is about a drifter who has a violent, disturbing encounter with a hotel clerk. "It was my first film after [college]," Sears said. "I met an aspiring producer who liked the story and put up the money, about $30,000.
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November 4, 2000
Jay Merrill, who coached Newbury Park High to a Southern Section baseball championship the year the school opened, has died, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 67. Merrill was coach at Thousand Oaks High in the 1960s before starting the program at Newbury Park in 1968, where he coached until 1979. He also coached softball and football, and officiated basketball before retiring as a teacher five years ago.
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October 15, 2000 | TOM HAMILTON
Ryan Lombardo's two-point conversion pass fell untouched in the end zone with 1:32 remaining and Newbury Park High lost to Bend, Ore., 21-20, Saturday in a nonleague football game in Bend, Ore. Newbury Park (2-4) drove 39 yards in five plays, culminating in Matt Butcher's one-yard touchdown run. Butcher was injured on the touchdown and Newbury Park Coach George Hurley said going for a tie was not an option. 'We had no choice," Hurley said.
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