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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...

Morge returns to mound after road trip of a lifetime

Senior back on the bump after season-ending injury last year
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Daniel Morge

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 put his hand behind his back.
He’d known he was hurt for a while, but there’s a difference between hurt and injured. And Morge knew it.
Even though the later part of his junior year would be a showcase for college coaches, Morge knew he would be no good to the Lancers. And no good to himself. So midway through last season, he shut it down.
Morge eventually learned the severity of his injury: a micro tear in his labrum and a shoulder impingement.
Morge was scared because his dream to play college baseball was in jeopardy.
“I tried to play through for as long as I could, and I tried to hold out because thought it was better for the team but realistically it was me being selfish,” Morge said.
Morge knew what was at stake by missing so much of his junior year and subsequent summer.
“Junior to senior year summer is a lot of summer ball tournaments in front of coaches and a lot of getting out in the college world and actually getting recognized,” he said. “At first, there was disappointment that I couldn’t play. Then I don’t want to say there was joy, but there was relief that I didn’t have to go do that and I could go and live that junior summer.”
With his pitching future on hold, Morge was free to focus on a summer trip with his best friends.
Since November of 2022, there had been talks about doing a big trip with his long-time friend group. With most of his friends and teammates graduating seniors, they would soon be off to college. It was their last time to do so. Morge and his friends decided to take a road trip to New York.
They started out in California on July 5, driving three days and 14 hours a day to Buffalo, New York, where they picked up another friend and promptly started the drive back.
After every state sign, Morge and his friends would stop and take a picture with the sign, not knowing after stopping at one state sign they would get their car stuck in a ditch. After about three hours they managed to push it out and start their journey back home.
“One of the best moments of the trip was definitely actually getting to New York,” Morge said. “Spending the day in New York with (my friend’s family) and seeing Niagara Falls was very cool. The day we spent on the lake in Michigan with family was very nice. But one of my personal favorite things of the trip that continued to happen was the family dinners with everyone’s families throughout the country and having a home-cooked meal and bed to stay in rather than a hotel and drive-thru food.”

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