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Casitas Vista Fire

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    A helicopter makes a water drop  on the fire. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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    A fire crew makes its way through the burn area. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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    A Los Angeles County helicopter supported the effort. (Photo by Mike Montano)

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    Fire retardant is dropped to help slow the spread of the fire. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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    Flames reach up as a helicopter comes in for another water drop. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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    Steep terrain and power lines made for difficult approaches to some areas of the fire. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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Ramirez in Hall of Fame

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Former Nordhoff cross country star and current Matilija Junior High assistant principal Javier Ramirez will be inducted into the Ventura County Cross Country Hall of Fame Friday.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Javier Ramirez was one of the best high-school distance runners in California history. Tonight, the former Nordhoff High School (NHS) Ranger is being honored for his accomplishments with an induction into the Ventura County Cross Country Hall of Fame.

Ramirez was one of a handful of runners to place in the top 10 at the CIF State Cross Country Finals



Ojai youth takes a spin on pro course

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T.J. Delgado gives a thumbs-up before his recent race on the professional super-cross track at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ojai’s T.J. Delgado enjoyed the rare opportunity to race on a professional super-cross course as one of 15 7- and 8-year-olds invited to compete during intermission between the 250-cc and http://mismates.sanrod.org/levitra-5mg 450-cc professional events of the AMA Monster Super-cross event at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis April 9.

Having competed for four years, Delgado earned his invite by submitting his résumé and a



‘The Ojai’ closes its 116th year

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Cal-Berkeley junior Maegan Manaase defeated UCLA’s Catherine Harrison, 6-3, 6-2, to win the Pac-12 Women’s singles championship Sunday at Libbey Park in the 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

It was Manasse’s first title at “The Ojai.” She was runner-up in 2013 in Women’s Open doubles with Zoe Katz as a senior at Mira Costa High in Redondo Beach.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of Ojai’s 116-year history and to be able to be one of the champions



Sundowners wrap first week of play

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor

The Sundowner golf league began play Tuesday at the Soule Park Golf Course. This year's group of 70 golfers and 14 teams took to the course and played the nine-hole round.

The highest-point total of the day was scored by Luke Ackerman, who shot a gross round of 35 for 24 points. Ackerman had two birdies and one bogey on his way to the highest-point total on the day. His gross round was matched



Howe logs another victory on the mat

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Local wrestler Michaela Howe just keeps adding hardware to her collection of trophies. Howe recently won the top prize at the Beat the Street Tournament, that was held at South El Monte High School. Next year, Howe will wrestle for the Nordhoff Rangers.

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Tennis action top-notch

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Brandon Holt and Clay Thompson celebrate after a point in last week’s 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

No. 1-seed Deiton Baughman, a 20-year-old touring professional from Carson, defeated Brandon Holt, an 18-year-old senior at Palos Verdes High, 7-6, (7-4), 6-2, Sunday for the Men’s Open championship in “The Ojai” at Libbey Park.

Holt, headed to play at USC next season, upset No. 2-seeded and former UCLA star Clay Thompson, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals and No. 3-seeded and ex-USC star Eric Johnson


Shibahara rebounds to win back-to-back Open titles

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

UCLA-bound Ena Shibahara topped Catherine Sebov to win her second Ojai Tennis Tournament title.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ena Shibahara, an 18-year-old senior at Peninsula High in Rancho Palos Verdes, won her second straight Women’s Open championship Sunday in the 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament, rebounding from a first-set loss to defeat Catherine Sebov, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Shibahara won the final 10 games against Sebov, a 17-year-old from Canada who has spent the past winter


Runnin’ down the dream: NHS teams on track for good season

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The Nordhoff mile-relay team, comprised of Angie Ruiz, Tess Edwards, Sydney Eads and Olivia Adelman claimed first place at the Russell Cup in Carpinteria last weekend.

Late last week, the Nordhoff Ranger track and field team hosted the Foothill Technology High Shool (FTHS) Dragons at the second Tri-Valley League dual meet of the year. Despite strong performances in a number of events, the Rangers were unable to keep pace with the Dragons and their deep squad of competitors.

On the girls’ side of competition, Foothill Tech had strong performances from track athletes and field



Team UFO remains perfect

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Photo by Kirby Russell

Daniel Ortiz of the Hawks stretches for a volley in his singles match. Ortiz won 10-7 and his team squashed Smash 16-8. The Hawks face Maybe next week for the division title.

In recent Junior Team Tennis (JTT) action, the UFOs clinched first place in the Odd Division as they tamed the Bears, 17-10, and improved to a perfect 8-0. Xochil Zarate and Shawn Rothermel led with a 6-2 doubles win for the UFOs. Alan Baer and Dolly Tong came back with singles wins for the Bears. Claire Quackenbush and Shawn Rothermel closed out



Welborn wins Sea Otter Classic

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Ojai resident Katya Welborn recently came in first place in the women's cross country mountain bike race (CAT 3 Division) for riders ages 19 to 29. The race was part of the Subaru Sea Otter Classic held April 17 in Monterey. Welborn rides for Team Trek Bikes of Ventura. Welborn crossed the finish line 27 seconds faster than second-place finisher Megan Pearce, and 40 seconds faster than Sarah Rockwood who claimed third-place honors in the 14.8-mile ride. The Sea Otter Classic is cycling’s North American season-opening cycling celebration. Hundreds of professional cyclists, including national, world and Olympic champions attend the Sea Otter event. The event hosts more than 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

VPS falls in extra innings

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Villanova freshman Marcus Braun gears up to apply the out tag on a Trinity Academy runner in a game earlier this season. Braun and the Wildcats lost a close game to the Cate Rams last week.

The Villanova Preparatory School baseball team suffered a tough loss last week in its home league opener against Cate. The extra-inning game was decided when Cate was able to score an unearned run in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory. It was the first league


Holt follows in mother’s footwork

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Brandon Holt, son of tennis legend Tracy Austin, is entered in this year’s open singles and doubles competition in the 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Brandon Holt has one championship in the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, teaming with Kent Mukai to win the Boys’ Interscholastic doubles in 2014 during his sophomore season at Palos Verdes High. The 18-year-old has raised the bar for the 116th Ojai, entering the Men’s Open singles and doubles seeded into the main draw that begins play Thursday at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Holt has championship lineage at “The Ojai.” His mother, Tracy Austin, was the tournament’s Women’s


‘The Ojai’ to feature extensive women’s tennis action

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ena Shibahara will attempt to win her second straight championship in Women’s Open singles and her third straight with partner Jada Hart in doubles in the 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament, which begins play in the main draws today and continues through Sunday.

The 18-year-old Shibahara, a senior at Peninsula High in Rancho Palos Verdes, is seeded fourth in singles behind No. 1-seed Lauren Embree of Marco Island, Fla., second-seed Olga Puchkova, a Russian-born player who lives in Miami, and third-seed



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