Spring training for the 2011 season has begun, but our thanks go out to the graduating Seniors who, guided by Coach Benkert & his coaching staff led the Warriors to an unprecedented 26-2 record over the past two years. That is winning percentage of 93% that included two Marmonte League Titles, appearance in back to back CIF SS Championship games and a CIF SS Championship Title in 2009. Get your own copies of the 2010 teams : Varsity, JV & Freshman including this special edition Senior only poster shown below. Each poster features each player on the team or group.
These posters were painstakingly created by Tony Panzica at Action Photos and will make great Graduation and Fathers Day gifts!
Click on the link below to bring you to Tony’s Action Photos Website for ordering information.
SUPPORT YOUR WARRIORS! … WARRIOR FOOTBALL CAR WASH: Please support our WHS Warrior Football CAR WASH on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00am – 1:00 pm. The players and coaches will wash your car at the WHS UPPER STADIUM LOT. The car wash price is $10.00. Please encourage friends and neighbors to come on Saturday. All proceeds from the car wash support the Administration and Coaching Staff for the Del Oro Trip.
#82 – VARSITY: Senior — TE/WR/DE — 6′ 4″ — 245 lbs
Returning 1st Team All-Marmonte League Defensive Line selection; had five receptions for 36 yards; 68 tackles, five sacks and one interception last year; was a 2nd Team All-Marmonte League Defensive Lineman selection as a sophomore in ‘09; received the Tomahawk Award last year; recorded 18 solos, 33 assists, had three sacks and six receptions for 50 yards and three touchdowns from his tight end position as a sophomore; received the Kevin Hames Memorial Award as a sophomore; received the Defensive Most Valuable Player Award while on the Freshman Team in ‘08; brothers Michael (’04) and Tommy (’06) both played for the Warriors; plays on the WHS basketball team; played youth football for the Westlake Braves.
#77 – VARSITY: Senior — OL — 6′ 3″ — 325 lbs
Returning All-Marmonte League Honorable Mention selection; received an Outstanding Junior Award last year; received the Co-Lineman of the Year Award while on the Sophomore Team in ‘09; goes by the nickname “Sugar Bear”; hobbies include working out and eating.
#74 – VARSITY: Senior — OL — 6′ 1″ — 255 lbs
Returning All-Marmonte League Honorable Mention selection; received All-Daily News 2nd Team recognition last year; received the Outstanding Lineman Award last year; received the received the Co-Lineman of the Year Award while on the Sophomore Team in ‘09; competes on the Warrior track team in shot and discus; played youth football for the Westlake Braves; Scholar-Athlete maintains a 4.0 GPA; favorite food is pizza.
#67 – VARSITY: Senior — C — 6′ 0″ — 260 lbs
Returning All-Marmonte League 2nd Team selection; Ventura County Scholar-Athlete; received an Outstanding Junior Award last year; received the Ironman Award while on the Sophomore Team in ‘09; received the Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award while on the freshman team in ’08; competes on the varsity track team in the shot and discus events; WHS three-year Scholar-Athlete; maintains a 4.0 GPA and scored a 2320 on his SAT.
#24 – VARSITY: Senior — WR — 5′ 11″ — 165 lbs
Returning Varsity Letterman; had three receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown last year; received the Coaches Award while on the freshman team in ’08; maintains a 3.3 GPA; brother, Steve, played football for the Warriors and now plays for the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; father, Steve, has coached the Warriors for nine years; favorite food is spaghetti; enjoys snow boarding and dirt biking; played youth football for the Westlake Braves.
#4 – VARSITY: Senior — WR — 6′ 1″ — 170 lbs
Returning Varsity Letterman; recorded one reception for 15 yards and six tackles last year; received the Tomahawk Award while starting at wide receiver on the Sophomore Team in ‘09; received the Outstanding Back Award while on the Freshman Team in ’08; competed on the varsity track team as a junior; played youth football for the Westlake Braves.
Westlake Warrior Varsity + JV Parents & Players, IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR !!
Wednesday, May 4th at 7pm in WHS Theatre
Doors will open starting at 6:00 pm for the following:
* Ad Packets/ Other distributions
Please have all players be prepared to return money for gold cards if all sold….($4 per card goes towards trip)
Thanks So much to All who attended!
The 12th Annual Warrior Golf Tournament on Monday May 9, 2011 raised funds for the Westlake Warrior Football Program. The Warrior Football Program depends on the annual Golf Tournament and Dinner Auction to help pay for the cost of equipment, uniforms, medical supplies, team traveling expenses, team meals, and stadium improvements. The WHS Warrior Football Boosters thanks everyone involved for your participation support. The Westlake High School Football community is awesome! Send us your best pictures from the event to post here!
Thanks to all who worked hard to make it happen and those who came out to energize the Westlake Warrior Nation in anticipation of the 2010 Marmonte League opener against perennial cross town rival, the Thousand Oaks Lancers. Pep Rally began roughly at 5:45 pm (right after Varsity Football practice) on Tuesday, September 14th on the baseball field adjacent to Warrior Stadium. Wearing Blue and Orange Warrior Nation colors, attendance was estimated at 250. Way to ignite some “burning desire” deep in collective hearts & minds of the Warrior Nation !
The Wake for A.J. Castro on Thursday, Sept. 9th, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Pierce Brothers and his Funeral on Friday, Sept. 10th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, both in Westlake Village, and his subsequent burial at Pierce Brothers Cemetery were widely attended by the local community at large – and some came from as far away as New York City.
The swell of support over the past two weeks were both appreciated and acknowledged by the Castro family at the Friday service. All cards, letters and donations to A.J.’s legacy can be sent to Hector Castro & Family c/o Westlake Football, Westlake High School, 100 Lakeview Canyon Road, Westlake Village, CA 91362
The vigil: Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil to honor and remember Andrew J. Castro on Wednesday, September 1st at 9:00PM at the Westlake Warrior Stadium. Thank you to all friends, family, the Westlake High School Warriors Band of Brothers and all members of the Westlake and Conejo Valley communities that came out to show their support. The Castro family is appreciative to see everyone there showing their support to help them through this very difficult times.
God Bless you A.J. !
On the day after Westlake High School hosted it’s first outdoor pep rally that drew a crowd of hundreds from the highly energized Warrior Nation, including a surprise visit from several notable Warrior Football Alumni from years past….
(click on the link above to take you to the story)
In the photo below from last weeks’ Hart game, a potential loss get turned into extra yardage as Tavior turns on the afterburners and squirts out to the left side of the field for a long gain. Nick Isham (#10) steps up to lend a shoulder to pound on the already weakened Hart defense.
In this blog post Coach Jim Benkert talks about his team: “They’re a really fun group of players to coach,” Benkert said. “I’m really enjoying being around them.” – to Joe Buttitta, Ventura County Star.
And last, but certainly not the least:
Some Warriors enjoying the Spirit of the moment.
Who is the Warrrior on the right hand side behind Tre? Anyone?
Attention All Westlake Warrior Students, Parents, Family, Fans, Sponsors, Cheerleaders, Band members, Boosters, Coaches, Players and Alumni that make up “The Tribe”, aka the “Warrior Nation” and the “Orange & Blue”. All are invited for a spirit filled evening including Food, Drink, Fun & Frivolity sponsored by Westlake High School School. Featuring entertainment provided by the award winning Westlake High School Marching Band and Cheerleading squad and a top notch array of BBQ chefs from right here in the center of the Conejo Valley. Come one, come all to show your Warrior Pride. This is no ordinary year, as 2009 marks the beginning of a new era of consolidated Warrior pride & unity marked by the opening week of the new Hall of Fame adjacent to the concession stand at the top of Warrior Stadium. There will be traditional Orange “Tribe” T-shirts handed out as supplies last to those in attendence. There is no charge for this event, so grab another tribe member and get over to the Westlake Softball field by 6:00 pm sharp on September 30, 2009 to have dinner courtesy of the Westlake High School Administration. Face paint not provided, but accepted. Get your Orange & Blue school colors / wardrobe out and displayed on your body, on your vehicle, on your house, on your businesses and your baby strollers. Be part of the magic and the energy of the tribe. Be bold. Be proud. Be a Warrior!
Former Westlake Warrior Linebacker Ryan Castro (2nd from top of stairs) returns to Iraq for 2nd tour of duty. Ryan Castro is a son of Hector Castro, Westlake High School Football Booster President.
Photo courtesy of the US Army.
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“As most of you know, Frankie played football at Westlake HS where I had the privilege to coach him. And let me tell you…it was a privilege. He was a coach’s dream, a real leader. He had that contagious smile that lit up the room when he entered and the biggest heart anyone could ever have. He would do anything for anyone.
We played a game in Hawaii a few seasons ago and there was Frankie standing on the sidelines, hugging the coaches, and players he didn’t even know. I didn’t even know he was stationed in Hawaii. He just found a way to be there. That was just Frankie.”
He came to a game this year with his beautiful wife. He was so proud of her. He hugged all the coaches again and introduced her to everyone. He was back on the sidelines feeling at home. That was just Frankie.
He was honored as the Outstanding Back during his senior year, but he was much more than that to our coaches and players. He was the heart and soul of the team, the emotional and spiritual leader, the rock and the support all on his broad shoulders.
During the spring of his senior year Frankie asked me to write a letter of recommendation for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. I was proud that he decided to go to the Academy and continue to play the game of football. The last few words of that recommendation were:
I have found him to be a responsible, enthusiastic, and competent young man, anxious to help, of high moral principles, and one of unique ability to stand up for what is right, even if he is standing alone. Perhaps it is an indication of his personality and proficiency that he is respected and popular with faculty and students alike.
I am happy to recommend Frankie for whatever endeavors he chooses because he is one of the best our society has to offer!
There is no greater sacrifice that one can give than to die for another.
The actions of patriots like Frankie are far more eloquent than any words I can offer. At places like Lexington and Leyte Gulf, from Iwa Jima and the Anbar Province, these courageous heroes wrote new chapters in the story of freedom.
When he dedicated the battlefield at Gettysburg in 1863, Lincoln spoke of the inadequacy of words on occasions such as these: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.”
And so it is with us today. The eloquence of words cannot match the power of the sacrifices made by so many. We honor one of them today. We praise him. We remember him.
And we do something else also: we acknowledge that his sacrifice—and the struggle to be free—goes on today. Like rivers flowing to the sea, so too all the battles in our history are connected to the larger struggle for freedom.
The troops in Afghanistan and Iraq today are the direct descendants of the troops at Yorktown and Normandy. The battlefronts may be different. The weapons may have changed. But the fight is the same. We know that to protect our freedom at home we must promote freedom throughout the world.
Of course, our greatest asset was and is our men and women in uniform. Like Frankie, many of them are on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq, serving as SEALS, SEABEES, intelligence officers or medics.
More than 20 years ago, in his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan told the story of a sailor on the U.S.S. Midway. The sailor was on the deck one day as a small boat filled with Indonesian refugees approached. One of the refugees shouted out in a loud voice: “Hello, American sailor! The sailor quickly responded “Hello, freedom man!”
May we never forget men like Frankie Toner who died for our freedom at home and abroad.
The greatest tribute we can offer to those who have died is to wave the banner of freedom proudly.
Westlake High School and the US Merchant Marine Academy football team will be wearing #46 on their helmets this year and the Toner Award will be awarded every year to one member of the football team that puts the team above himself. It will be for the player who embodies the true definition of team, someone who went above and beyond and sacrificed their own personal goals and ambitions for the success of the team. It is awarded to the player who exemplifies the character and spirit of Frank Toner.
May God bless you all. ” – Head Coach Jim Benkert, Westlake High School Football Team