Thomas, Chen finish strong seasons at state tourney

Oxnard High School Logo.

After shooting a career-best 5-under-par 67 in her practice round at Poppy Hills, Oxnard High senior Drew Thomas was excited about her chances of going low at Tuesday’s Girls State Golf Championship. But fighting a case of the butterflies caused by some self-induced pressure, Thomas struggled from start to finish. The senior opened her round […]

Oxnard, Thousand Oaks reach CIF girls golf finals

During Wednesday’s CIF Northern Team Golf Divisional at Soule Park, three players — including La Reina High’s Divya Manthena and Shannon Holden of Royal — were forced to withdraw because of injury.There were times when Thousand Oaks junior Sophia Chen may have also contemplated pulling out due to a painful elbow injury, but she managed […]

Talented duos lead Oxnard, La Reina

A powerful 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup and a strong group of supporting players.  If you look at the blueprint used by Oxnard and La Reina, two of the top high school girls golf teams in the area this season, you will discover an abundance of similarities. Oxnard’s success starts with seniors […]

Camarillo’s Johnny Ruiz is the Star’s boys golfer of the year

Johnny Ruiz is playing golf.

Throughout most of his life, Johnny Ruiz was a baseball player, one who had little interest in taking up the game of golf. But just before eighth grade, his paternal grandfather, Richard Ruiz Sr., bought him a set of golf clubs. Wanting to spend time with his grandfather and his father, Richard Ruiz Jr., Ruiz […]

Scorpions, Spartans feel the love from Pacific View coaches

The Pacific View League announced its all-league selections for high school spring sports. Multiple Camarillo and Rio Mesa student-athletes were honored by PVL coaches. They are listed below: SOFTBALL Shelbie Franc of Camarillo is the Player of the Year in softball. Franc helped the Scorpions win a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship this spring. Teammate […]

Big things ahead for local trio

Three local high school athletes advanced to state tournaments. Camarillo senior Heyden Wooff will run in the boys’ 3,200-meter race today at the CIF State Track & Field Championships at Buchanan High in Clovis. Raegan Nizdil, a Rio Mesa sophomore, qualified for state in the girls’ high jump. Johnny Ruiz, a Scorpion junior, earned a […]

Johnny Ruiz of Camarillo advances in CIF golf postseason

Johnny Ruiz, headshot.

After struggling with his putting in two straight CIF-SS postseason tournaments, Camarillo High junior Johnny Ruiz spent the eight days between the CIF-SS finals and Tuesday’s CIF/SCGA High School Championship at Brookside Golf Club focused on improving his ability to roll the rock. Ruiz worked on putting drills for hours each day, and even went […]

Ex-Spartan golfer named as college golf coach of the year

Former Rio Mesa High School standout Stephanie Martin Barker was recently voted the coach of the year of the Ohio Valley Conference after her Morehead State University women’s golf team won the 54-hole Ohio Valley Conference Championship by 14 strokes over Murray State. Martin Barker, a former professional golfer and experienced collegiate coach, is in […]

Star Athlete of the Week: Johnny Ruiz

Had two big rounds last week to continue his solid season. He shot a 3-under-69 with four birdies and one eagle in a victory over Channel Islands at River Ridge. He followed with another 3-under-69 featuring five birdies in a win over Hueneme.

Ruiz paces Chargers at tourney

Johnny Ruiz led the Camarillo High golf team to a 375-522 victory over Channel Islands. Ruiz, shot a 3-under-par 72, including four birdies and an eagle at the Vineyard Course of the River Ridge Golf Course. Joe Ahn shot a 71 including five birdies for the Chargers (17-1, 7-1 Pacific View League). Channel Islands (9-9-1, […]