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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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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 prescription viagra No. 3-seeded and ex-USC star Eric Johnson


Shibahara rebounds to win back-to-back Open titles

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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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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 pfizer viagra cheap 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.

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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



York overcoming huge odds

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Nordhoff senior Joe York makes his mark during the recent Arcadia Invitational.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

The Nordhoff High School track and field program has had plenty to boast about this spring and one of the big reasons for its success has been senior sprinter Joe York who recently ran 49.86 for 400 meters at the Arcadia Invitational and is closing in on the school record.

What makes York’s journey so special is he suffered a devastating knee injury during a football game as a junior. The injury resulted


Four will go to tournament

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Soule Park Men’s Golf Club held its annual Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) qualifying tournament Saturday.

Scott Snowbarger and Robin Williams took the gross title, combining for a best-ball score of 7-under-par, 65. Matt Murphy and http://www.controlsys.org/purchase-cialis-next-day-delivery Bruce Leichtfuss were the net-division victors, posting a



Leaping ahead of the competition

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Gremlin Division competitor Brooke Flores takes off in the long jump in a recent Ojai Roadrunner track and field meet against Ventura. The Roadrunners will compete against the Newbury Park Panthers Saturday. Their next home meet will be the junior varsity finals April 30. The conference finals will take place May 7 in Moorpark.

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Mother-daughter team looking to rebuild ‘Nova softball program

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

The mother-daughter team of Dana and Jenny Hanson believe they can do what many recent coaches have failed to do, build a winning softball program at Villanova Prepartory School (VPS). For years, the program has been doomed by low player turnout and a lack of experience, but new head coach Dana Hanson is optimistic they can turn the program around.

“We got off to a 1-3 start, but I think we can finish strong in league and with the girls



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