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Grace Brethren hands NHS tough loss in key game

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Nordhoff senior Luke Boyd has been stellar on the mound this season for the Rangers. Last Wednesday, Boyd struck out 10 Grace Brethren batters, but NHS still lost, 4-1.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Last Wednesday, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers hosted Grace Brethren in a key Tri-Valley League baseball game and the Lancers left Ojai with a 4-1 victory. Nordhoff sent their ace, Luke Boyd, to the mound for the key showdown, but even that was not enough as the Lancers improved to 19-3 overall and 9-2 in league play this season. The Rangers dropped to 6-15, and 4-5 in league after the loss.

“It was a frustrating loss, we gave up a couple of runs we shouldn’t have,” said NHS head coach



Nelson makes All-Conference Team for Pace University

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Former Nordhoff softball standout Kaitlynn Nelson continues to thrive at Pace University in New York. The junior was recently named to the 2016 Northeast Softball All-Conference Team after helping her team to a 28-14 season. So far this year, Nelson has gone 11-5 and has posted a stellar 1.96 ERA. Additionally, the 2013 NHS graduate is averaging 6.5 strikeouts per game and has pitched three one-hitters and 13 complete games on the year. Nelson was the team’s most effective pitcher this season and will be back for one more season in 2017.

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Girls are rebels with a cause

The Ojai Rebels girls’ all-star basketball team participated in the Ventura Optimist Seaside Tournament recently. The Rebels posted a 2-2 record during the event despite facing teams with several more bench players.

According to head coach Mike Sedlak, the Rebels won their first game of the day on both days of the tournament, but dropped the second games. “The girls tired each day battling the relentless full court press and unbelievable amount of fouls



J.L.’s Junkyard regains form in Sundowner golf league

James Casey, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The defending champions J.L.'s Junkyard moved to the top of the Sundowner golf league standings Tuesday. They finished last season on a tear and seem to be picking up right where they left off through two weeks of league play.

Junkyard posted the highest point total of any team this past week, scoring 59 points to pull into a one-point lead over the rest of the field. Team Junkyard's team captain Matt Johnson and Dave Jones each scored 20 points to lead the way. Johnson had three



Bailey helps Pepperdine to West Coast Conference title in beach volleyball

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Photo by Jeff Golden

Former Villanova Prep star Kaity Bailey (left) recently helped Pepperdine University win the first-ever West Coast Conference beach volleyball championship. The Waves faced St. Mary’s University in the title games where Bailey and her partner, Delaney Knudsen, defeated their opponents, 21-11 and 21-15. Next up for Bailey will be a trip to the NCAA Tournament where the Waves are the No.-3-seeded team and will face Arizona State University in the opening round. The tournament will be held Friday through Sunday and will be hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

 © Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

Hawks soar into first place in JTT

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Photo by Kirby Russell

Emma Russell of the Seals will be playing her final match Friday of her Junior Team Tennis career that has spanned 19 seasons.

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In the final regular-season match in Junior Team Tennis (JTT), the Hawks continued a long comeback to overtake Maybe, 19-7. to move into first place for the first time this season.

Danny Ortiz and Michaela Boydston opened with a 6-2 doubles win. Elias Simon added a 5-0 singles win


Borland claims Front Nine prize

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Soule Park Ladies Front Nine golf club celebrated Mitnee Duque's 81st birthday with a “Bingo, Bango, Bongo Bash.” The well-known scorekeeping game awards a point to the player first on the green, another for nearest to the pin, and one to first in the hole for each foursome. Additional skills rewards were counted for closest


Harrold named PEP Student of the Month

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The Rotary Club of Ojai recently honored Molly Harrold as their Physical Education Project Student of the Month. Harrold was presented a check for $200 and a certificate for her hard work and dedication to fitness. Teacher Brent Muth, explained that in the 21 years he has been teaching physical education at Matilija, and during those same 21 years when the award has been available, he has never had an easier decision as to whom to choose for the award. “Molly is smart, nice and funny and always gives her best effort,” he said. “Molly is an excellent student and great leader. She consistently works hard and leads not only with words, but by example. Molly is helpful and considerate to all the students in the class and is always willing to help those who need it. It is a pleasure to have Molly in class, and she is a person you will definitely hear from in the future,” explained Muth.

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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 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.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

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