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Rangers hope to ground the Eagles

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Nordhoff senior Johnny Contreras (No. 6) took a big hit against Channel Islands but is primed and ready to take on Oak Park Friday night in a non-league contest. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)


Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
After losing their season opener to the Channel Islands Raiders, 36-12, the Nordhoff Rangers (0-1) will be hoping to claim their first win of the season Friday when they welcome the Oak Park Eagles (1-0) to town.



Junior varsity Rangers off and running

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The Nordhoff junior varsity team lost a close game to Channel Islands, 13-6. The JV squad will be back in action Friday at 4 p.m. in a home game against Oak Park. (photo submitted)

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Nordhoff volleyball ready to take on Tri-Valley League

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Nordhoff returning starters (from left) Emily Johnson, Odessa Runyan, Kloe Keeter and Elizabeth Clawson figure to play vital roles for the Lady Rangers this fall. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti)


Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Saturday afternoon the Villanova Prep Wildcats (1-0) will host Upland Christian Academy (0-0) out of Rancho Cucamonga in a week-two showdown. The Eagles will be Villanova’s first true test of the young season. Last week, the Wildcats steamrolled Immanuel Christian, 51-0.



Villanova will face its first tough test of 2015 schedule

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Saturday afternoon the Villanova Prep Wildcats (1-0) will host Upland Christian Academy (0-0) out of Rancho Cucamonga in a week-two showdown. The Eagles will be Villanova’s first true test of the young season. Last week, the Wildcats steamrolled Immanuel Christian, 51-0.


Rangers fall 36-12 in season opener

By Mike Miller

The start of the 2015 season did not go as well as the Nordhoff Rangers had hoped it would as they dropped their season opener 36-12 to the Channel Islands Raiders.

Nordhoff gridders to host Channel Islands Friday in 2015 opener

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Nordhoff senior Noah Osborn catches a ball in a scrimmage against Agoura last week. Tonight Osborn and the Rangers will host Channel Islands in their season opener. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)


Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Friday night the Nordhoff Rangers will welcome the Channel Islands Raiders to town for the opening game of the 2015 season. Both programs are anxious to get off to a fast start with a season opening victory, so fans can expect an intense contest.
Last year’s game was a defensive battle which was won by your Nordhoff Rangers, 17-12. The NHS defense was able to hold the Raiders



Wildcat grad Bailey makes All-American team after successful summer

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Kaity Bailey (left) earned All-American honors this summer for her play in beach volleyball. Bailey is now a freshman at Pepperdine. (photo submitted)


Former Villanova volleyball star Kaity Bailey has made the transition to college life at Pepperdine University — but before she did, Bailey learned she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association High School Beach All-American Team.
The highly selective All-American Team was comprised of four All-Americans and eight honorable mention positions, which is where Bailey



VPS to host Immanuel Christian Saturday

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The Villanova Preparatory School football program will host the Immanuel Christian Crusaders Saturday in its season opening game. The Crusaders call Ridgecrest home and will travel to the Ojai Valley to take on the Wildcats at noon on the VPS campus. Last season, Immanuel Christian went 1-8 overall and 1-3 in league play while VPS went 3-7 overall and 1-3 in Condor League action. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

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It’s a wrap: Sundowners end with Coultas memorial

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Sundowners golf league held their season ending scramble event this past Sunday at the Soule Park Golf Course. The event has been renamed The Jim Coultas Memorial Scramble in honor of the league founder who recently passed away. Coultas began the league over 25 years ago and represented everything that the league stands for today. League veterans agree



Former Ranger Murillo enjoys the year of a lifetime

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Ojai’s Christina Murillo played in the FIFA World Cup and the Pan American Games all in one summer. Now the former Nordhoff star is playing her senior season for the University of Michigan. (Photo courtesy of University of Michigan)


Tim Tuttle, OVN correspondent
Christina Murillo took a sabbatical from the University of Michigan a year ago to join the Mexican national soccer team.
“Obviously, it was very unique taking off a year and leaving my team,” the Nordhoff High graduate explained. “Going to a different country was very hard to adjust to, but it became an experience I’ll never forget. I learned so much as a player. I have no regrets.”
Murillo played 90 minutes at center back in the FIFA World Cup Group F qualifying round opener, a 1-1 tie with Colombia, in Canada



Wilson and company to host Raiders Friday

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Nordhoff senior Regin Wilson (No. 2) will be one of the Rangers’ go-to players this fall. Wilson and the rest of the NHS football team will take on the Channel Islands Raiders in the team’s season opener Friday night at the Ojai Valley Community Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

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Despite brutal non-league schedule, Nordhoff may still be a force in Tri-Valley

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The Nordhoff Rangers faced Agoura last Friday in their final tuneup before the regular season gets under way. NHS will face a brutal non-league schedule in 2015. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff High School football team is about to head into one of their toughest seasons in recent years. Hampered by low numbers and very few returning starters, the Rangers are likely to struggle in a number of games this fall due to a brutal schedule against a lot of much larger schools.
Despite their non-league challenges, the Rangers should be in the thick of the Tri-Valley League title race at the end



Team J.L’s Junkyard takes home Sundowner’s top prize

Team J.L.'s Junkyard came through this past Sunday to win the Sundowner golf league championship and take home the storied Callender Cup. Junkyard scored 114 points on the final day and won the league by an eight-point margin.
The top eight teams gathered at Soule Park Golf Course to play an 18-hole round to determine the league winner. Junkyard had a six-point lead over the field and



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