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West wins All-Star Game 29-10

By Derry Eads Sunday, June 8, 2008

Photo By James Glover II/Staff Photographer

The East''s Langston Jackson makes his way around the West''s John Tuschka during the Ventura County East-West All-Star football game that took place at Ventura High School on June 7, 2008.

Nixon and Simi Valley's Langston Jackson were the West and East offensive players of the game, respectively.
Jackson scored the only touchdown for the East on a 32-yard run in the first half.
Loren Powers of St. Bonaventure and Newbury Park's Chance Flaaten were the West and East defensive players of the game, respectively. The sportsmanship awards went to Ron Tatham of Newbury Park and Calen Albert of Ventura.
The game was co-sponsored by the Ventura County Football Coaches Association and the Ventura Downtown Lions Club.
Special teams produced the biggest play of the game.
East coach Charlie Wegher of Agoura and West coach Todd Therrien of St. Bonaventure had agreed to change rules to allow teams to rush kickers.
With Westlake's Jordan Mannisto poised to kick a 22-yard field goal, St. Bonaventure's Christian Mohan broke through the center of the East offensive line and blocked the attempt. Rio Mesa's Jerell Thomas picked up the loose ball and returned it 95 yards for a touchdown to give the West a 7-3 margin.
"I have been doing that (blocking kicks) all year long," said Mohan. "I made a bull move to the inside. I'm 6-foot-4 and with my arms stretched out, it's like I am 7 feet."
Jackson, whose brother Lorne Jackson was the MVP of the Ventura County Boys' Basketball All-Star Game, scored on a 32-yard run with 8:40 left in the half to close the deficit to 15-10.
In what may have been the game's most controversial play, Serna threw deep to Hueneme's Travaun Nixon. Nixon caught the ball at the East 1-yard line. As he twisted, the ball appeared to come loose. Nixon dove for it and scored to give the West a 22-10 margin early in the third quarter.
"The ball fell close to the pylon and I just went for it," said Nixon. "Coach (Therrien) said that he was going to showcase my talents. I am thankful for that."
A 59-yard TD pass reception by Nixon was nullified in the second half because of a penalty. A trick play set up the game's first score. Ryan Murry of Moorpark threw a 33-yard halfback option to Cameron. Mannisto, the Ventura County career field-goal record holder, hit on a 26-yard field goal.
Cameron completed 7 of 11 passes for 58 yards.
"We didn't convert for touchdowns inside the red zone on our first two opportunities," said Wegher. "That and the blocked field goal did us in."
The West rushed for 95 yards in the half, 67 on two carries by Serna. Besides his blocked field goal, Mohan had two tackles for losses.

All-Star football game about more than winning or losing
By Stephen Dorman

This was one occasion where losing didn't sting so much.
For the final game of their high school careers, many of the area's most talented seniors gathered at Larrabee Stadium in Ventura on a scenic Saturday afternoon for the 35th Ventura County EastWest All-Star Football Game.
Although his East team was defeated by the West, 29-10, Agoura High quarterback Doug Shumway said the overall experience outweighed the final result.
"It was a lot of fun, especially practice," Shumway said. "The game didn't turn out how we wanted it to, but the practices were enjoyable and everyone had a really good time."
For three weeks Agoura head coach Charlie Wegher worked with an East squad composed of players from the Marmonte, TriValley and Prep leagues.
Oaks Christian, a five-time CIF-Southern Section champion, and Grace Brethren were the only local programs without a player representing East County at last weekend's showcase.
Wegher, who was coaching in his second All-Star game, said working with so many talented athletes was a rewarding experience that required a great deal of effort by the coaching staff.
"Getting to know the kids we competed against was a lot of fun," Wegher said. "There are some good athletes and some real good character guys."
The coach said players such as Newbury Park's Ron Tatham, Royal's Derek Morris and Oak Park's Dustin Geyer demonstrated a solid work ethic during practice.
While most players had the entire three weeks to sharpen their pigskin playing skills before the big game, others were still competing in spring sports and could only work out with the East team sporadically.
Take Simi Valley's Chance Cross, for example.
Eight days before Saturday's game, Cross was at Dodger Stadium playing in the CIFSS Division I baseball championship, helping Simi Valley defeat Long Beach Wilson, 4-1.
Cross said he began noncontact workouts with the East team during the baseball playoffs but had to miss more and more time as the Pioneers' postseason run progressed.
Still, the Princeton-bound safety was able to shake off his gridiron rust and produce a pair of tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, against the West All-Stars.
"In football you rely a lot on instincts," Cross said. "In baseball you have to focus much more on doing your own thing.
"Today I was able to come out here and just run after the ball. It was a lot of fun."
The game itself started out well for the East before a blocked field-goal attempt late in the first quarter led to an avalanche of points by the West.
A fumble recovery by Moorpark lineman Garrett Meadows gave the East the ball on the West's 46-yard line midway through the opening quarter.
On the ensuing play, Moorpark wide receiver Ryan Murry found Newbury Park quarterback Colby Cameron open down the sideline for a 33-yard pass play. Cameron had passed the ball to Murry before hauling in the flee-flicker reception.
The drive stalled shortly thereafter, and a 36-yard field goal by Westlake's Jordan Mannisto gave the East a 3-0 lead.
Viewpoint defensive back Jamie Wheeler-Silverman, who recently led the VHS boys' volleyball team to its record-tying fourth consecutive section title, intercepted a pass on the West's next possession, giving the East the ball back on the West's 36.
Eight plays got the East's offense within five yards of pay dirt, but the West defense once again held its ground on third down and forced a field-goal attempt by Mannisto.
This time things didn't go as smoothly for the East, as St. Bonaventure defensive lineman Christian Mohan penetrated the pile and blocked the kick.
Rio Mesa's Jerrell Thomas picked up the loose ball and sprinted 95 yards for the go-ahead score. Considering that Thomas also shined for the Rio Mesa boys' 4x100 relay team, which recently competed at the CIF state meet, it's easy to understand why no one was going to catch the speedster as he streaked down the sideline.
"I had my eye on the touchdown, and nothing could stop me," Thomas said.
With his team leading 7-3, St. Bonaventure quarterback Casey Serna displayed incredible athletic ability by rumbling from one side of the field to the other on a 43-yard scoring scamper.
A two-point conversion made it 15-3 West with 10:31 remaining in the second quarter.
Led by Cameron and Simi Valley running back Langston Jackson, the East drove 89 yards in less than two minutes to score its first and only touchdown of the contest. The drive was capped by Jackson's 32-yard run into the end zone.
The game remained 15-10 in favor of the West at halftime.
En route to earning Most Valuable Player honors, Serna led the West on two more scoring drives in the second half as a five-point cushion ballooned into a 29-10 victory.
Efficient in the first half by gaining 132 yards, the East's offense could only muster 88 total yards in the second half, while the West rolled up 197 yards after intermission.
"They turned it up and hit us before we even knew what happened," said Shumway, the Agoura quarterback, of the West's second-half surge.
Simi Valley's Jackson was honored as the East's Offensive Player of the Game. Newbury Park's Chance Flaaten logged a team-high eight tackles and was named Defensive Player of the Game for the East.
Tatham, the Newbury Park linebacker, earned the East's sportsmanship award.
During the East's final huddle after the game, Thousand Oaks' Evan Yabu was serenaded by his teammates with the "Happy Birthday" song.
Yabu, who also intercepted a pass and had his own fan club- complete with handmade Tshirts- at the game, was enjoying the moment, as were the rest of the guys.
"I appreciate it," Yabu said. "I appreciate the love."
East boys, West girls win All-Star games
By Rhiannon Potkey Saturday, May 31, 2008
Simi Valley's Lorne Jackson and Mike Meza continued the school's athletic bliss by leading the East to a 117-105 victory over the West at the Ventura County Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games.

Player of the Game honors
Jackson was given the award for the boys after scoring 29 points and grabbing six rebounds to outduel Ventura High's James Staniland (27 points).
Jackson skipped Simi Valley's CIF-SS Division I baseball game at Dodger Stadium to participate, and capped the night with an alley-oop pass to Meza (14 points) for a dunk.
"We wanted to play together one last time," Jackson said. "It was a whole lot of fun to get to do it with a lot of other talented guys from our league. I wouldn't have missed it."

Photo By Joseph A. Garcia/Staff

Simi Valley High basketball player Lorne Jackson, left, and Oaks Christian High basketball player Chelsea Carlisle are the Ventura County Star''s boys'' and girls'' basketball players of the year for 2007-08.

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No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins."

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"It will always be the ball and me.
I want to be what I've always wanted to be: dominant.
I'm aware if I'm playing at my best I'm tough to beat. And I enjoy that."

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some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their
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- Sam Ewing

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First and foremost
By Derry Eads Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Ventura County had never had a 30-game softball winner.
Not until Simi Valley High reach that standard this spring, it won them consecutively.
Three years after its 16th straight losing season, the Santa Clara football team not only repeated as the Frontier League champion, but won the Mid-Valley Division crown for the program's first section title in 42 years.

Area schools combined to win two state and 13 CIF-Southern Section team championships as well as 17 individual, one doubles and nine relay titles.
The final weekend of the spring season was historic for Simi Valley.
Not only did the school's baseball team become only the second Ventura County school to win a Division I championship, its softball team reached the Division I final, losing to Valencia.

Simi Valley, behind Marmonte League co-MVPs Lorne Jackson and Michael Meza, shot up the state rankings with impressive December tournament wins and finished the year with a 26-2 record.

Marmonte's finest athletes honored for wintertime work
Call it a clean sweep for the Simi Valley High boys' basketball team.
Simi Valley seniors Lorne Jackson and Michael Meza have been named co-Players of the Year in the Marmonte League. Jackson was also honored as Ventura County Most Valuable Player by

Hall of Fame welcomes five
Five members enshrined

By Loren Ledin Monday, June 9, 2008

More than winning trophies or games or championships, Steve Hoffman says athletes should treasure one intangible above all else.
"Opportunity," says the Ventura College women's soccer coach. "When you get the opportunity, you need to take it and see what you can do. Some fail. Some succeed. But everything good starts with opportunity."

On Sunday, he was part of a five-member Class of 2008 officially inducted into the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame during a dinner ceremony at the Marriott Ventura Beach.
Joining Hoffman are Jim Bittner, the 29-year head football coach at Moorpark College; Willie Ruiz, the former Simi Valley and Cal Lutheran soccer standout; Kevin Smith, the esteemed cross country and track and field coach from Oak Park High; and Ernie Carrasco, the former football and baseball standout from Channel Islands High"I was always taught to train hard in order to be successful," he said. "There's no other way to do it."
The hall of fame also selects Players of the Year for high school and college.
The boys' high school choice announced Sunday was Lorne Jackson, Simi Valley High's basketball standout, who led the Pioneers to a 27-2 mark last winter and the Marmonte League championship.
The 6-foot-2 senior point guard, who will attend Pepperdine, topped the county in scoring at 22.9 points, was second in assists with 190 and also averaged 6.7 rebounds per game.
He was also the program's all-time leader in steals.

At the CIF State Track and Field Championships, Royal's Phillip Burks became the third Ventura County triple jump to leap past 48 feet. The county record is 48-1034 by Moorpark's Christopher Merriweather in 2003.

Monday, May 05, 2008


By Gerry Gittelson, Staff Writer Inside SOCAL
Article Last Updated:05/04/2008 12:00:55 AM PDT

Player of the year
Sometimes you can say a player "did it all," and in Holiday's case, it's really true.
A terrific all-around player who averaged 23.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 4.2 steals, the 6-foot-3 guard led Campbell Hall to a section title and a state championship for the third time in his four-year career.
Holiday finished as the Valley area's second-leading all-time scorer, but he probably could have scored a lot more points if he did not often sit out during the fourth quarter with Campbell ahead by a large margin.
And as for style points, there was no one more exciting on the break - a great dunker whose spectacular moves and tenacious defense made Holiday the area's most fun player to watch.
Holiday was the Olympic League Player of the Year, the Southern Section Div. III Player of the Year, Cal-Hi Sports' Mr. Basketball and the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
So yes, he did it all.
First team
Renaissance Academy, senior
Cook averaged 18.7 points to help carry Wildcats to CIF State Div. V final.
Taft, senior
Drew averaged 17.7 points and came on strong in playoffs, scoring 35 in final game.
Knight, senior
George was a dominant force inside and averaged 23.2 points and 11.2 rebounds to carry Knight to Div. III final.
Simi Valley, senior
The Marmonte League MVP did it all: 22.9 points, 6.8 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 steals
Taft, senior
With his high-flying dunks, no one was more exciting on the break than Phelps. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Harvard-Westlake, senior
The son of former NBA journeyman and Lakers fan-favorite Orlando Woolridge averaged 19.2 points and 8.0 rebounds.
Coach of the year

Campbell Hall
Yes, he had a superstar in Jrue Holiday, but Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly deserves plenty of credit for building a dynasty, as the Vikings won a section title and a state championship for the third time in four seasons. Kelly broke in a freshman point guard, Austin McBroom, who consistently improved and excelled during the playoffs. And Kelly also did a fine job developing Holiday's supporting cast, as Dallas Rutherford, James Johnson and Keegan Hornbuckle all performed better than the previous season. Kelly is a tough coach - he has no problem openly criticizing one of his players for taking a bad shot even when the Vikings are leading by 30 in the final minutes - and he has always stressed defense first.
Second team
Cody Anderson, Canyon, Sr.
Shara Babakanians, Hoover, Sr.
Joe Fauria, Crespi, Sr.
Justin Hawkins, Taft, Jr.
James Johnson, Campbell Hall, So.
Michael Meza, Simi Valley, Sr.
Dallas Rutherford, Campbell Hall, Sr.
Newcomer of the year
Campbell Hall, freshman
With rare poise and skills for such a young talent, McBroom scored 30 points in the CIF State Div. IV championship victory in Sacramento. "This is his team now," teammate Jrue Holiday said.
Honorable mention
Will Baldwin, La Canada, Sr
David Buchanan, Moorpark, Sr
Damiene Cain, Harvard-Westlake, Fr
Terran Carter, Taft, Jr
Daymond Cowlah, MontclairPrep, Jr
Mat Hankins, Van Nuys, Sr
Bobby Hillard, Oak Park, Sr
Matt Johnson, Oaks Christian, Sr
Austin Kelly, Harvard-Westlake, So
Jerramy King, Crespi, Sr
Mark Lewis, Canyon, Sr
Oscar Martinez, Verdugo Hills, Sr
Tyler McGrath, Oaks Christian, Jr
Prince Obasi, Cleveland, Jr
John Otavka, Valencia, Sr
Kyisean Reed, Highland, Sr
Gary Ricks, Sylmar, Jr
Victor Rudd, Van Nuys, Jr
Chris Smith, Burroughs, Sr.; Anthony Stover, Renaissance Academy, Jr
Jesse Zarate, North Hollywood, Sr.
1. Campbell Hall (31-5)
2. Taft (27-4)
3. Knight (24-9)
4. Renaissance Acad. (27-4)

5. Simi Valley (26-2)

California High School Basketball - Simi Valley edges Knight (December 1, 2007: Simi Valley, CA 93063) The Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA) basketball nipped the visiting Knight Hawks (Palmdale, CA), 79-76 in Saturday's non-league test.

California High School Basketball - Renaissance Academy thwarted by Simi Valley (December 15, 2007: La Canada, CA 91011) The Renaissance Academy Wildcats basketball team (La Canada, CA), dropped 81-68 in Saturday's non-league battle with the visiting Simi Valley Pioneers (Simi Valley, CA)
6. Harvard-Westlake (21-8)
7. La Canada (23-9)
8. Valencia (21-8)
9. Bell-Jeff (25-6)
10. Westlake (18-10)
Saugus 22-6, Thousand Oaks 20-8, Highland 21-9, Oaks Christian 21-7, Cleveland 20-8, Sylmar 17-9, Van Nuys 13-16.
Frontier: Malibu
Foothill: Saugus
Golden: Knight
Marmonte: Simi Valley
Mission: Harvard-Westlake
Olympic: Campbell Hall
Pacific: Pasadena
Prep: Flintridge Prep
Rio Hondo: La Canada
Tri-Valley: Santa Clara
Northern: Eagle Rock
Sunset Six:
North Hollywood
Valley Mission: Sylmar
Valley: Arleta
West Valley: Taft
Copyright ©2007 Los Angeles Newspaper Group. 2007-08 All-Ventura County Teams

MVP Lorne Jackson Ventura County Most Valuable Player

Lorne JacksonSeniorSimi Valley: Leading scorer in the County; leader in steals; second in assists; among the Marmonte leaders in 3-pt goals. Jackson led his team to a 26-2 record (14-0 in league) and a national ranking. Lorne is also an outstanding student and citizen who will have his choice from among many top-quality Div-I schools to attend next year.

35th Ventura County East-West All-Star Football Game

All-Star Game has special changes
By Derry Eads Saturday, June 7, 2008

For the game-winning field goal on the final play of the 2006 Ventura County East-West All-Star Football Game, Agoura High kicker J.T. Wright did not have to worry about a blocked kick.
All-Star rules barred defenses from applying any pressure on kickers.
Wright converted to give the East a 27-24 victory.
For the 35th East-West All-Star game today at 6 p.m. at Ventura High's Larrabee Stadium, the gloves are off.
An agreement between East coach Charlie Wegher of Agoura and West coach Todd Therrien of St. Bonaventure has brought a point of emphasis on special teams back into the game.
"We're going to allow a full rush on the kicker and five guys to rush the punter," said Wegher.

In another departure from past All-Star Games, the coaches will allow blitzes if defenses are showing man-to-man coverage, said Therrien.
Most of the area's football teams will be represented in the All-Star Game that is sponsored by the Ventura Downtown Lions Club.
Notably absent are St. Bonventure running back Darrell Scott, the county's No. 2 career rushing leader, and Moorpark quarterback Adam Barry.
Therrien will have the rare experience of participating in the All-Star Game as a player and a head coach.
In the 1997 game, Therrien was a member of the West team that was "smoked" by the East.
Having a chance to be a member of the St. Bonaventure's coaching staff in the game "has been fun.
"We've had great attendance at practice. They have come to work."
One of the players that has impressed Therrien is defensive end Randi Vines of Santa Clara. Vines was converted from tight end to quarterback during the 2007 season and helped lead the Saints to the Mid-Valley Division title.
"There are a bunch of Pac-10 schools that missed on him," said Therrien.
Wide receivers Albert Mireles and Trevaun Nixon of Hueneme have played well.
"Trevaun may be the best athlete out there," said Therrien. "He comes up with one or two wild plays per practice."
Blake Kreutz of Ventura, Camarillo's Marcus Sanchez and Casey Serna of St. Bonaventure will rotate at quarterback for the West.
Although, with a core of offensive linemen that include St. Bonaventure's Vaughn Dotsy and Chris Perham of St. Bonaventure, Oxnard's Victor Singh and Nordhoff's Kacy Reed, "we're going to get behind them and go downhill," said Therrien.
The East will have the services of quarterbacks Doug Shumway of Agoura and Newbury Park's Colby Cameron.
"I'll leave it up to them whether they want to play quarters or halves," said Wegher.
Simi Valley's Langston Jackson and Royal's Derek Morris figure to get most of the East's rushing attempts. The receiving corps include David Gru of Newbury Park, Moorpark's Ryan Murry, Oak Park's Brett Zeolla and Patrick Rohn of Agoura.
Kicker Jordan Mannisto of Westlake is the county's career field goal leader. The Ventura Downtown Lions Club will used proceeds for student scholarships and charity causes.