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Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Controversy Brews Over Barred Owl Removal to Save Spotted Owl
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ May 2, 2024

Wildlife officials are in a bitter dispute over the removal of the invasive Barred Owl from forests along the West Coast to save the Northern...

TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
TOHS Springs to Europe over the Break
Alyssa Kiszczak, Managing Editor ♦ April 22, 2024

The scary sight of the most monstrous cheese you can imagine was sitting in the display case, calling their names. The stench was wretched, like...

Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime
Lilah Swaving, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

It finally became unbearable for Daniel Morge when the Thousand Oaks High baseball team went to go sing the national anthem, and he couldn’t...

Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO
Riley Brown, The Lancer Staff ♦ April 16, 2024

Junior Claire Kirby leads the TO softball team as not only an elite pitcher but also as an elite hitter. But she plays a third role that is...

The Great Outdoors
The Great Outdoors
Alan Ko, Guest Writer ♦ April 16, 2024

Outdoor school counseling might not sound like the best thing to do with a packed schedule but it is arguably one of the best experiences that...

Off-Campus Pass
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief ♦ April 16, 2024

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Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

With our current understanding of the climate crisis, it’s safe to say that everyone is trying to be more sustainable for the sake of the environment,...

Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Lancer-to-Los Robles volunteer system stays strong
Kimberly Jerez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Los Robles Regional Medical Center benefits from the varied talents and experiences that volunteers offer, ranging from high school students...

Time T.O. Vote
Time T.O. Vote
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Senior Maya Campo turns 18 in April, and she is ready to make her voice heard this November. As the presidential primary election nears, seniors...

Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Going Digital: The SAT’s New Normal
Kailah Spencer, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

Many Lancers students are familiar with the SAT; a paper test with over a hundred questions of varying difficulty. Now, CVUSD is introducing...

Around the Business Table
Around the Business Table
Julia Pineda-Dominguez, The Lancer Staff ♦ March 27, 2024

The Majors program provides students with the opportunity to speak with mentors in many different careers. The program consists of monthly meetings...

Moreno heads to Washington
Moreno heads to Washington
Aandrea Pineda-Dominguez, News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

It was finally over. The bell gave its shrieking cry and off went hundreds of students to enjoy their freedom, at least for a moment. For...

TO Acorn With Permission
Lancers lose a forever friend
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

Bill Gemberling has worn many hats at Thousand Oaks High: student, teacher, coach, sports announcer. But taxi driver? “I was one of (Brett...

Unexpected La Reina closure leads to transfers
Abigail Kerns, Assistant News Editor ♦ March 27, 2024

escribing how La Reina families felt upon receiving the news that their school, which opened its doors in 1964, will be closing at the end of...

New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor ♦ February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

Kirby pulls off rare double play for TO

Lancer junior stars in various roles, including leadership
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Junior Claire Kirby leads the TO softball team as not only an elite pitcher but also as an elite hitter.
But she plays a third role that is pivotal to the team, as well, long-time teammate and friend Morgan Casillas said.
Kirby also takes on a big role as one of the team’s top leaders.
“Claire is definitely one of the people that hypes everyone up,” Casillas said. “She always cheers and is always trying to pick up the teammates that are always down. She probably has her moments when she is in her head herself but she is definitely able to realize all of that in the moment and become the better teammate.”
Even though Kirby is an elite pitcher and hitter, Kirby prefers pitching over hitting because of the control she has of the ball.
“I like pitching better because I feel like I put way more effort into my pitching,” she said. “I still put a lot of work and effort into the hitting. Just not as much as pitching, and I feel like when I’m the pitcher, I’m more in control than when I am hitting,” Kirby said.
Kirby’s pitching career started when she was new to softball. She liked how she gets to touch the ball every play.
And even though Kirby plays two important positions, she is able to improve at both positions at the same time.
“I have lessons for pitching and hitting and I do a lot of snaps on my own,” she said. “Pitching, I’m usually with my dad, and for hitting, I usually go to the cages every day.”
Everything clicked for Kirby during her freshman year. Right before she started high school, she was on a high level travel team. When Kirby started her freshman year, she put a lot more work into softball.
“She has been pretty decent at both and when she got to middle school and high school, she definitely improved well on both accounts,” Casillas said.
Who would win in a match-up between Claire the hitter and Claire the pitcher?
Both Kirby and Casillas said Claire would strike Claire out.

 

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