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Rothermel and fellow hoopsters prepare for spring sports

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Mason Rothermel, an 8-year-old from Summit Elementary School, lines up for a free throw during a recent game at the Ojai Recreation Department. With spring right around the corner, basketball will give way to baseball, softball, and track and field.

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Miles ahead: Nordhoff has CIF’s top-ranked wrestler

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

For the Nordhoff Lady Rangers wrestling team, Jan. 30 was the last girls’ tournament of the regular season before the CIF postseason schedule gets under way. There were 42 teams that attended the Birmingham Tournament so the local ladies had plenty of competition to navigate.

At 111 pounds, Lucy Zamora finished her season with a strong performance going 3-2 and placing seventh with three pins



U12 stars punch ticket to Section 10 championships

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Photo by Paul Del Signore

The Ojai AYSO under-12-girls All-Star team placed second in the Area 10W All-Star tournament in Camarillo Jan. 28. In the quest for a championship, the U-12 girls beat Carpinteria, 3-1, South Oxnard, 5-0, and Santa Barbara, 4-3, before finishing in a tie and losing to North Oxnard on penalty kicks in the final. By placing second, the team



Heart and Sole Race aims to raise $25,000 to fight heart disease

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Emma Faulkner struts her stuff along the course during the 2015 Heart and Sole fundraising event. The 26th annual Heart and Sole 10K/5K will be held Feb. 20. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the starting gun will be fired



Reception will raise funds for local tennis

The Ojai Valley Tennis Club will be host a wine-and-beer fundraising reception Feb. 20 at the Porch Gallery in Ojai.

The reception will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and $75 donations will be accepted.

Proceeds from the event will be used to provide and expand youth tennis programs and tournaments, enhance Libbey Park


No playoffs for Nordhoff

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Despite a solid season by Luke Boyd (right) and a late-season win streak, the Nordhoff Rangers are going to miss the postseason this year. The Rangers will play their final game Wednesday night in Carpinteria.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

After winning four of their last five games, the Nordhoff boys’ basketball team dropped back-to-back Tri-Valley League games last week effectively ending their hopes of a postseason berth.

 Last Wednesday night NHS lost a heartbreaker to Santa Clara, 59-56. As they have several times this season, the Rangers got off to a good start and took a slim 31-29 lead into halftime, but they


Duffers give back: Two area golf programs benefit

The Ojai Duffers monthly golf tournament was held Feb. 4 at Soule Park Golf Course with the customary scramble format and 8 a.m. tee time.

First-place honors went to the team of Ken and Sue Lakes and Chuck Killingsworth.

Coming in second were Len Block, Don Swanson and Barbara


Pasco signs with Cal State Northridge

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Nordhoff High School soccer player Jules Pasco was joined by his parents and several friends last week when he signed his national letter of intent to play for California State University Northridge. Pasco has been a standout player for the Rangers for four seasons and was a key contributor on their 2013 CIF Championship team. He also suited up for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club where he helped his team to back-to-back national championships in 2012 and 2013. "You have brought a lot of pride to the school. It has been a pleasure watching you play," NHS principal Greg Bayless told Pasco.

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Ojai Recreation Department basketball action wrapping up

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

With Ojai Recreation Department basketball action hitting the final stretch of the winter season, the Honey Badgers and Sweet Tarts hit the hardwood in a hotly contested game. Cassidy Gaston (right) gears up to dribble to the basket while Serena Aparicio of the Sweet Tarts looks for the steal.

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Ojai Valley Little League set to begin the season

The Ojai Valley Little League (OVLL) is gearing up for the start of its 2016 season.

The league will be holding its annual opening day ceremonies March 5 at the OVLL fields in Oak View. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oak View Community Center and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

The league will host work parties to help preapre the fields Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

For more information, visit www.ojaivalleylittleleague.com.

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Nordhoff names Strben new varsity baseball coach

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Lifelong Ojai resident Sean Strben has been hired to be Nordhoff High School’s varsity baseball coach. Former head coach Glenn Pinkard will be his assistant this season, which begins Feb. 27 at San Marcos High.

Strben has been the junior varsity baseball coach since 2011 and his elevation and Pinkard’s decision to continue amounts to a seamless transition



Boyd, Yates lead Nordhoff over VPS

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Parker Johnsen (No.20), a sophomore at Nordhoff High School, hustled on defense and hit the boards with vengeance to help the Rangers to victory over Villanova Preparatory School Monday night. Nordhoff has won four of their last five games.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Luke Boyd scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while fellow senior Spencer Yates scored 13 points and added eight steals, to lead the visiting Nordhoff High School boys’ basketball team to a 59-37 win over Villanova Preparatory School. This was in a non-league contest before a raucous crowd at Clark Gymnasium Monday night.

“It was really nice to see the community come out and support the kids. It made for a fun atmosphere,” said first-year Villanova



Ford rules Front Nine

Perfect January weather greeted the Ladies Front Nine golfers at Soule Park Jan. 28. Twenty players participated in an '“Aces Wild” tournament including newest member, Jane Spiller. At the end of nine holes, players subtracted a stroke for each one-putt green and two strokes for a chip-in.

Marcia Ford shot a personal best to capture first place with a net score of 26. There was a two-way tie for second as Joyce Robinson and Carole Borland each had



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