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Kunde looking for CIF gold

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Cameron Kunde competes in the CIF-SS prelims last week in the 800-meter run.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

A handful of Nordhoff High School track-and-field athletes are heading to the CIF Southern Section Division Finals this weekend in Cerritos.

As expected, senior middle-distance runner Cameron Kunde is rounding into form and should challenge for a CIF State medal in the 800-meter run.

At last week’s CIF-SS prelims in Carpinteria, Kunde earned the No. 1 seed in D-4 after finishing


 

Snowbarger and Payne strike again at Soule Park tourney

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Scott Snowbarger (left) and Jason Payne won their third consecutive Soule Park Men’s Club Member-Guest Tournament last weekend.

Scott Snowbarger and Jason Payne recorded the first-ever three-peat at Soule Park Men’s Club Member-Guest Tournament last weekend.

Snowbarger, who is a Soule Park member, and Payne, a Ventura County native who now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, posted the lowest rounds each day. They grabbed the early lead with their 69 in Saturday’s best-ball



Hawks soar to title in spring Junior Team Tennis league

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Claire Quackenbush, of the UFOs, hits a shot during the finals of Junior Team Tennis.

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Hawks took down the previously unbeaten UFOs, 17-13, to become the champions of the spring 2016 Junior Team Tennis (JTT) season.

Danny Ortiz and Michaela Boydston led with a doubles win and Elias Simon followed that with a win in his singles match to give the Hawks an 11-6 lead. Shawn Rothermel and Xoxhil Zarate came back for the UFOs with singles wins



Scramblers still sitting on top

James Casey, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Sundowners golf league reached the quarter mark of the season Tuesday and players seem to be rounding into form as the season progresses. Scores overall were much improved and nacionesunidas.org.sv some teams took advantage to make a jump in the standings.

The top spot overall is still held by the Scramblers. They have a one-point lead after managing



Closing ceremonies await Ojai Little Leaguers

With the Ojai Valley Little League season coming to an end, the league will host its eighth annual Home Run Derby Friday at 4 p.m.

T-ball players will kick the derby off before handing things over the Farm Leaguers at 5 p.m. Minor B events will begin at 5:30 p.m., Minor A starts at 6:15 p.m., Intermediate players will take over at 6:45 p.m. and then the Juniors will take center stage at 7:15 p.m.

The events will continue Saturday with the closing day carnival and the championship games. The carnival will begin 3 p.m. According to event organizers, players can enjoy bounce houses, a rock wall, food trucks, a dunk tank and more.

After the closing ceremonies, a showing of “Angels in the Outfield” begins at 8 p.m.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

Spring practice under way for Nordhoff football crew

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The Nordhoff High School football team gears up for the 2016 season with the beginning of the annual spring practice.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Last week was the start of a new era for the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program. With spring sports winding down, new NHS head coach Lance Wiggins opened football practice.

“We will be starting our second week of spring practice this week,” said Wiggins. “So far we are coming along nicely.”

With just a few contributing players coming back from last year, Wiggins and the Nordhoff coaching staff



Virginia Tech says goodbye to former Villanova star

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Jon Woodcock, pitching for the Virginia Tech Hokies earlier this season, is winding down his college baseball career this week. Woodcock has been one of the Hokies’ most productive pitchers over the past three seasons.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

As the NCAA baseball season comes to an end for many teams, programs are taking the opportunity to say goodbye to their senior players.

Former Villanova Prep star Jon Woodcock was one of those celebrated players who was honored by the Virginia Tech Hokies last week.

The Hokies hosted Wake Forest University in their final home series of the season and Woodcock saw his final action in front of the Virginia Tech faithful. The season has not panned out the way Woodcock



No playoff baseball for Ojai

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Despite early-season enthusiasm and some key victories early in the year, the Ojai Valley will be without a high school baseball team in the postseason this year. At Nordhoff High School, the Rangers looked as though they might be able to sneak in the backdoor to qualify for the playoffs late in the year, but a difficult schedule down the homestretch proved to be too much for the Rangers.

NHS finished the season 6-19 overall and 4-8 in the Tri-Valley League. Just two weeks ago, the Rangers



Nordhoff freshman honored by Rotary Club of Ojai

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The Rotary Club of Ojai recently presented its Physical Education Project (P.E.P.) Student of the Month Award to Courtney Abraham, who is currently a freshman at Nordhoff High School. Abraham’s nomination is somewhat unique in that the P.E.P. student selected from NHS is normally a senior, but she was chosen as a first-year student. As a freshman, she is on varsity basketball and buy viagra without rx varsity swim teams as well as the freshman volleyball team.

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Ojai Roadrunners close to crossing the finish line for 2016

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The Ojai Roadrunners track and field team will soon wrap up another season. In a recent meet against Moorpark, (from left) Riley Reid, Paris Hope, Kate Seery, Ashlee Henderson and Alison Lyons race in the 80-meter hurdles. Henderson went on to win the event with Seery hot on her heals. The Roadrunners will conclude their 2016 season when they take part in the conference finals at Santa Barbara City College. See future editions of the Ojai Valley News for a recap of this track season, including the junior varsity finals, conference finals, as well as the many highlights the track program enjoyed as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

Ackerman on fire in Sundowners league

James Casey, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Sundowner golf league completed its third week of play Tuesday at Soule Park Golf Course. Scores improved in general as players got past the early-season jitters.

The Scramblers were able to retake the season lead by scoring a team-total 58 points. Luke Ackerman continued his hot start to the season by shooting a gross 37 for 21 points. Ackerman is tied for the highest average and most points of any player



Team tennis titles up for grabs

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Jules Thompson crushes a backhand volley in recent Junior Team Tennis action.

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The undefeated UFOs will face the 6-3 Hawks for the Junior Team Tennis Championship of the spring 2016 season Friday.

The season unraveled in a strange way. The same two teams met on opening day, and the teams left the court with the Hawks defeating the UFOs, 18-17. The match finished with a super tiebreaker with the Hawks winning the final four games



QuickStart Challenge nets positive results once again

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Topa Topa Elementary School student Katherine McArthur participates in the ninth annual Quickstart Tennis Challenge during 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in April. The event drew 60 students from five schools including Sunset School, Meiners Oak Elementary School, Mira Monte Elementary School, Ojai Valley School and Topa Topa Elementary School. The winners were Sweden Van Houten and Kevin McDonald, from Topa Topa. Second place went to McArthur and Morgan McArthur also from Topa Topa. Third-place honors went to Samantha Emanuele and Dane Emanuele from Ojai Valley School. Winners and finalists received a trophy and rackets from Wilson Sporting Goods Company.

 © Ojai Valley News, 2016


 

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