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Ventura defends decision to sue Ojai water users

Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Last September, an environmental group filed suit against the city of Ventura for harming the Ventura River watershed, which includes lands in and around Ojai, by taking an excessive amount of water from the river.
The suit charges that the city diverted and pumped too much water from its century-old submerged dam and from pumps at Foster Park near Casitas Springs.  
The group, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, has long tasked itself with supporting the coastal waters such as the Ventura River, including the steelhead trout that once thronged it. It argues in its suit that the city harms the public trust by using so much water that the river dries in the summer.
This is a potential violation of the Article 10 of the California constitution, which requires that the water resources of the state be put to the fullest possible “beneficial use, of the people and for the public welfare.”

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Sunder proves heart beats size

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Ethane Sunder, who leads the Rangers in tackles this season, strong-arms a Carpinteria defender.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Take one look at Nordhoff High School (NHS) senior Ethane Sunder and you might think he is one of the top runners on this year’s cross-country team. Watch him play football and look at the stat sheet at the end of the night and that illusion goes out the window.
What you can’t infer from his size is that three games
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Rangers look to avenge 2016 homecoming loss to Fillmore

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Nordhoff’s Torrey Nicholson returns an interception for a touchdown against the Carpinteria Warriors. Nicholson scored two defensive touchdowns in the Sept. 15 game.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
When the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team hosted the Fillmore Flashes last season, Fillmore handed the Rangers a 20-7 loss. To add insult to injury, the defeat came on Nordhoff’s homecoming evening. 
Nordhoff will have an opportunity to repay the favor Sept. 22 when it travels
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Rangers teams both throttle Carpinteria Warrior rivals

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Nordhoff High School running back Brayden Rogers pulls away from Diego Perez, of Carpinteria High School, and manages to stretch the football across the goal line. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After losing the previous two times to the Carpinteria Warriors, the Nordhoff High School varsity football team had a lot to prove when it welcomed the Warriors to Ojai Sept. 15 for a nonleague game.
Nordhoff used a big first quarter to establish its dominance over the Warriors, rolling to a convincing 56-7 win and a 3-0 record on the season.
In their opening drive, the Rangers came up big with two fourth downs. Facing a fourth-and-one situation, quarterback Parker Johnsen handed
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OVS conquers Santa Cruz Island

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Ojai Valley School teacher Zach Byars (right) and student Jaclyn Sersland try to catch a wave in their kayak at Santa Cruz Island. Each fall, all OVS high schoolers go on week-long camping trips all over California, from the Eastern Sierras to the Channel Islands.

Brotherhood drives Nordhoff line

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The Nordhoff Ranger offensive line is being anchored by (from left) Trevor Stout, Manny Bautista, Cade Sauer, Michael Trejo and Jacob Aranda. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley news sports editor
This season is pivotal in the Nordhoff High School football team’s quest to turn around a program that has struggled recently. Those struggles are not something Ranger fans are used to.
Leading up to the season, head coach Lance Wiggins believed this year’s team
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Villanova football improves to 3-0

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Villanova running back Anthony Martinez finds a gap in the Riverside County Education Academy defense.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
For the third week in a row the Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) football team rolled to a dominating victory. VPS hosted the Riverside County Education Academy Wolf Pack Sept. 9 and won, 58-8.
Through three games, the Wildcats have outscored their
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Lady Rangers take down Seraphs in marathon match

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Nordhoff’s volleyball team, shown here last season, is young this year, but figures to make some noise in the Tri-Valley League. 
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff High School’s girls’ volleyball team used its superior depth and height to upset visiting St. Bonaventure three games to two in each team’s Tri-Valley League opener Sept. 7.
But the Lady Rangers were no match for defending CIF champion Grace Brethren, losing 3-0 Sept. 12 in Simi Valley putting them at .500 going into a Sept. 14 match against defending league champion La Reina.
“It was definitely a team effort,” said head coach Rene Nakao-Mauch of the
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Carpinteria invades Ojai to face Ranger gridders

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The Nordhoff High School defense swarms a Beverly Hills runner in their week-two game.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After last week’s bye, the Nordhoff High School football team will return to action Sept. 15 when it hosts the Carpinteria Warriors at 7 p.m. in a non-league contest.
The Rangers sit at 2-0 after victories over the Hueneme Vikings and
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Villanova volleyball off to an impressive start on the season

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The Villanova Prep volleyball team huddles before hitting the court in a recent home match. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) volleyball program is off to a solid start this fall. Through their first six matches, the Lady Wildcats have posted a 4-2 record.
After opening their season with a loss to Laguna Blanca (0-3), they rebounded to four consecutive matches against Santa Paula, Dunn, Providence and Thacher.
Despite the opening loss, VPS got solid performances from Maddy Bailey who
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Williams defends Soule Park golf title

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent 
Robin Williams captured his fourth consecutive Soule Park Golf Club Championship title last weekend, firing a two-day, 3-under-par gross total 141. Jay Ackerman captured the net title, carding a 9-under 135. The pair will represent the club at the annual Southern California Golf Association Championships later this year.
Williams jumped out to a five-shot lead on the first day, posting a 5-under 67 on the strength of six birdies.
“I was very consistent off the tee and hit greens, which made it feel like a
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Nordhoff snaps home losing streak with 35-0 victory

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Nordhoff High School junior Colby Stevens hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Parker Johnsen despite great coverage by a Beverly Hills defender.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
For the first time in nearly two years, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) varsity football team was able to celebrate a victory in front of its hometown fans. After a dominating 35-0 victory over the Beverly Hill
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VPS Wildcats off to a 2-0 start

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) football team is poised to have a big season and if its first two games are any indication, the VPS community should be in for an exciting fall. In their first game of the season, the Wildcats defeated Bright Star, 76-14.
They followed that with a dominating 64-8 victory over Desert High School.
“In eight-man football you never know what you are going to get,” said Villanova head coach
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Ojai riders place high in Gravel Worlds race

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Competitors in the 2017 Gravel Worlds prepare to fly down a slippery downhill slope along the 150-mile course.
Three local bike riders recently took part in the 2017 Gravel Worlds, a 150-mile race that winds through the gravel roads of the farmlands of southeastern Nebraska.
“Everyone thinks the course would be flat, but it actually had about 10,300 feet on climbing. You were either going up
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