Junior Olympian lifts Oaks Christian hopes

first_img “She’s doing exceptionally,” Oaks Christian coach Laura Reardon said. “She’s turned the team’s morale around and got the team motivated.” Last year, in the program’s fifth season, Oaks Christian went 5-16, setting a school record for victories. Just eight games into the current campaign, the Lions already have matched that mark as Farrar has scored 29 goals and assisted on 27 more. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Senior Kelly Motley has added 27 goals and 15 assists for Oaks Christian, which is showing the rest of the Frontier League that it finally has a competitive team. Reardon initially didn’t believe a player of Farrar’s caliber wanted to play for the Lions. She received a call from Thousand Oaks coach Mike Giles, who also is a top club coach, informing her a Junior Olympian was joining her program. “I thought, ‘Yeah right,’ ” Reardon said. “We were 5-16 – there’s no way a national-zone player is going to play with us.” Farrar’s interest wasn’t necessarily in Oaks Christian’s water polo program. She previously had been home-schooled and wanted to be challenged academically. The reward for Oaks Christian is an opportunity to challenge Malibu, Carpinteria and Cate of Carpinteria in the Frontier League and perhaps claim its first Southern Section playoff berth. “We’re excited about winning,” Reardon said. Gatekeepers: As if the area’s No. 1 team needed help, Agoura eases out of the winter break with Marmonte League games against Moorpark and Calabasas, hardly the Chargers’ stiffest challengers. Both teams are competitive, but they are not the caliber of Royal of Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. “It’s nice that we don’t have to come out of the gate and play (T.O. and Royal) right away,” Agoura coach Jason Rosenthal said. “This will help us get our focus back.” Record no indication: Like a lawyer in a leisure suit, Newbury Park’s 4-3 record doesn’t represent the Panthers well. Sometimes overshadowed by Marmonte powers Agoura, Thousand Oaks and Royal, Newbury Park could provide a stiff challenge in the area’s best league – and in the playoffs. Newbury Park is led by top scorer Bridget McKee and Jessie bon den Stemmen. “(Bon den Stemmen has) really been a surprise,” coach Casey Graham said. “She’s been really focused and has done things in the offseason. She’s right there.” Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It is rare that one player can make a big difference for a girls’ water polo program, but freshman Kelsey Farrar is having that kind of impact for Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. Farrar, a Junior Olympian, has brought tremendous knowledge and work ethic to the Lions (5-3), and it’s paying off nicely. last_img read more

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