2016 was not a good season for the Oaks Christian defense. The Lions gave up 55 points to Chaminade, 62 points to Alemany and 70 points to Murrieta Valley.
Coach Jim Benkert starts practice this week with a new defensive coordinator, former Hamilton Coach Kelvin Moore. The Lions are expected to switch to a 3-4 alignment.
But the biggest change could occur when Oaks Christian decides to rush Bo Calvert on one side at defensive end and Kayvon Thibodeaux from the other side. Calvert is a USC commit moving from safety to defensive end/outside linebacker. Thibodeaux is a junior transfer from Dorsey who also will play defensive end/outside linebacker.
Beach volleyball is bringing success and attention to the Partain brothers, Marcus and Miles, of Palisades High.
Both were All-City players last season in helping Palisades win the City Section Division I championship. Now Marcus, a junior, and Miles, a sophomore, have combined for success on the summer beach volleyball circuit.
This past month, they qualified for an AVP tournament and were in China representing the USA at the FIVB Under-21 Beach World Championships. They won two matches before losing to a team from Russia.