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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 !


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….

The Acorn names Westlake Warrior vs Thousand Oaks Lancers High School Football Game of the week

(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.

Mowrey (#5) finds an opening

Mowrey (#5) finds an opening

Also..

VCS Preps Plus – A Ventura County Star blog by Joe Buttita

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.

Coach Jim Benkert having some fun with his players

Coach Jim Benkert having some fun with his players at the Warrior Nation Pep Rally 9-30-09

And last, but certainly not the least:

Eric Sondheimers’ LA Times blog – on Nelson Spruce

Some Warriors enjoying the Spirit of the moment.

Dalls Clayton (DE, RB), Nick Isham (QB), Bradley Cotner (C), Tre Wilson (WR), ?

Dalls Clayton (DE, RB), Nick Isham (QB), Bradley Cotner (C), Tre Wilson (WR), ?

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! 

Be part of a Warrior Nation that Rocks the Southland.

Be part of a Warrior Nation that Rocks the Southland.

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...

The Tribe 2009 - a new beginning...


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.
Ryan Castro goes to Iraq

To read the full article, go to:

http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/08/06/25588-14th-mi-bn-deploys-to-iraq/

 

Full excerpt cheap mlb jerseys of How Jim cheap nba jerseys Benkert’s cover Speech cheap nfl jerseys at Frankie Toner of Memorial Service: 

“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

 

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