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Ojai Tennis Team captures county title

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The Ojai Valley Athletic Club’s 4.5 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Doubles Team, including (bottom row, from left) Tyler Barrell, Jim Kasser, Julio Cabral, (top row, from left) Martin Lotz, David Gonzales, Mike Burke, Jeff Becker and Chris Goldie, completed a successful season after capturing the Ventura County title by participating in the Southern California Sectional Championships in San Diego March 4 and March 5.

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Snowbarger and Ridgway win Men's Club golf tournament

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Scott Snowbarger and Bob Ridgway teamed to shoot a 5-under, gross 67, to defeat Matt Murphy and Bruce Leichtfuss in a scorecard playoff to win the Soule Park Men's Club's October Fruit of the Loom Tournament.
"I don't know how we did it, but we did," said Ridgway. "We didn't play all that well other than putting."
The twosome benefited from an eagle chip-in from 105 yards out on the eighth hole by Snowbarger and a crucial birdie putt from 20 feet on the 14th hole, which eventually determined the tournament outcome.
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Pair of Ojai skaters take on world’s best

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Cash Kenton, practicing at the Ojai Skate Park, will skate in the biggest competition of the year, the Vans Pool Party. This event typically brings together the biggest names in the sport. The competition is by invitation only and skaters come from all over the world, including Brazil, Mexico, China, Germany. Kenton has made it to finals every year he has participated and hopes to get himself a place on the podium this year. Jordan Lee, also of Ojai, will be skating in this year’s contest. The Vans Pool Party will take place Oct. 14 and a live webcast can be seen by visiting www.vans.com.

Courting a victory

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Maria Schey, of the Nordhoff High School tennis team, serves up a ball in an Oct. 10 match against crosstown rival Villanova Preparatory School. Schey and the Lady Rangers dominated the day as they cruised to a 16-2 team win over Villanova.

Despite strong play NHS watches Eagles fly away with victory

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

Facing its toughest test of the season, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team responded by playing some of its best football of the season. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Rangers fell to the Oak Park Eagles, 22-18. The loss was the first of the season for the Rangers who are now 5-1 on the year.

Both defenses hit the field ready to play and set the tone early in the game. The first quarter was littered with three-and-out series and punts.

For Nordhoff, senior Ethane Sunder led the way early and had a key third-down sack to stop an Oak Park drive. Sophomore Korey Stevens also made some key defensive plays early in the game.

On the last play of the first quarter, the Eagles went to the air and connected for a big gain to get deep into Nordhoff territory. However, the Ranger defense started the second quarter by forcing a fumble and junior Brayden Rogers was there for the recovery. 

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Rangers eagle-eyed in advance of toughest contest yet

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The Nordhoff defense has been the strength of this year’s team.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team will face its stiffest test of the season Oct. 6 when it travels to take on the Oak Park Eagles (2-2). After years of playing with NHS in the Tri-Valley League, the Eagles now call the Canyon League home along with Agoura, Royal and Simi Valley.
This season, Oak Park has defeated Peninsula (21-16) and West Adams (26-7) while they have lost to El Segundo (35-3) and West Ranch (48-21). 
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Nordhoff volleyball defeats Villanova, St. Bonny in the same week

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff High School’s girls’ volleyball team members were road warriors this past week, defeating Villanova and then St. Bonaventure to improve to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in Tri-Valley League play.
The Lady Rangers overcame a tenuous start at both venues, winning in four at Villanova before taking five games to defeat St. Bonaventure for the second time this season.
The victories have Nordhoff in sole possession of fourth place, two games behind Grace Brethren and Foothill, who are tied for second behind undefeated La Reina.
Against Villanova, the Rangers rallied from an early deficit to win game one, 25-22, before dropping game two in ignominious fashion, 25-13.
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VPS wins big in homecoming game

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Villanova Preparatory School kicker Kate Anderson lays into an extra point in what became a win over the Price Knights.
Homecoming night was sweet for the Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) football team as the Wildcats thrashed the Price Knights, 65-5. VPS jumped all over the Knights and the game was never in doubt.
Raegan Mang continues to be a human highlight reel for the Wildcats as he scored four touchdowns on the night.
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Nordhoff proves to be a Royal pain for San Marcos

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NHS linebacker Torrey Nicholson (center) defends against a pass intended for Royals receiver Luis Mesino (left).
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After defeating the San Marcos Royals, 35-13, Sept. 29, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team is just one of three Ventura County football teams to remain undefeated. The others yet to lose a game this season are Calabasas (5-0) and Rio Mesa (6-0).
Nordhoff wasted little time getting on the board against the Royals. In the opening drive of the game, NHS quarterback Parker Johnsen connected with Colby Stevens on back-to-back plays for big gains. Junior running back Brayden Rogers also was picking up chunks of yards behind Nordhoff’s big offensive line.
Facing a fourth-and-four play, Johnsen threw to Rogers who plowed his way to the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. Jesse Kuehn kicked the point after and the Rangers took an early 7-0 lead.
When San Marcos took possession of the football, the Nordhoff defense got into the act when sophomore Korey Stevens intercepted a pass and zipped 25 yards for a touchdown. Before San Marcos knew what hit them, they trailed 14-0 and it looked like NHS was on its way to a blowout.
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NHS cheer squad keeping fans fired up

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
The 2017 Nordhoff High School cheer squad has been busy energizing Ranger fans this fall. The Rangers have hosted three home games this season and have had big, energetic crowds. This year’s squad is comprised of Hallie Albertson, Cheyenne Atherton, Lesly Bernabe, Lily Curtis, Cori De Fisher, Camryn Deason, Jennah Karlsen, Katie Koester, Tayler Looker, Angeliese Maggio, Rebecca Mahler, Brianna Masel, Emily Masel and Amber Whitney. Nordhoff has two remaining home games this season including Oct. 27 against powerhouse Bishop Diego and Nov. 3 against Santa Paula. Both are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Olympic gold medalist coming to Lake Casitas

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Reigning Olympic gold medalist Martin Sinkovic (right) is coming from Croatia to visit the Casitas Rowing team and share his knowledge and experience from the Rio Olympic Games. For more information, call Wendy Gillett at 258-8622.

Rotary Club of Ojai honors Schneider

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The Rotary Club of Ojai recently honored Riley Schneider (left), an eighth-grader at Sunset School in Oak View, as the Physical Education Project Student of the Month. Schneider, according to school officials, is known as a person who reaches out to her peers to help them and always has a very positive attitude. She recently finished second out of 180 runners in a Ventura County Cross Country meet. Schneider also is on the U.S. Soccer Association team that meets in Camarillo four days a week and competes on the weekend year-round. “I want to first of all say thank you to the Rotary Club for this award and to all the people who have shaped me into who I am today. Thank you to my friends, family, teachers and coaches for teaching me life lessons that I will treasure forever. I especially want to thank my teachers, Ms. Paniagua, Mrs. Guzik and Mrs. McCullough, for supporting me in everything I do. But most of all I want to thank my mom, dad, grandma, and brother for pushing me,” said Schneider upon receiving the award. 

Difficult stretch ahead for Rangers

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Despite being 1-4 on the season, the San Marcos Royals are a dangerous team and when the Nordhoff High School (NHS) varsity football team welcomes the Royals to town Sept. 29, fans should expect a close game. 
“They have a lot of size on their line and they have a quarterback (Jacob Villarreal) who is a dangerous player. He has missed the last couple of games with an injury, but we expect him to be back. We’ll need to contain him if we want to win,” said NHS head coach Lance Wiggins.
This season, the Royals have played Santa Ynez (65-22 loss), Morro Bay (35-19 win), Lompoc (72-14 loss), Hueneme (27-21 loss) and Channel Islands (28-10 loss). The one common opponent Nordhoff and San Marcos share is Hueneme.
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Third-ranked Thacher harriers debut at Ojai Invitational

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Get off the line at the Ojai Inside Track Cross Country Invitational held at Lake Casitas are (from left) Sarah Avdeeff, Yami Herrera, Maria Ruvalcaba, Grace McHale and Carla Rodas from Nordhoff High School,
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
More than 800 runners descended on the shores of Lake Casitas for the annual Ojai Inside Track Cross Country Invitational Sept. 23.
Mayfield’s Audrey Suarez won the girls’ race, in 18:54, while St. Joseph Santa Maria’s Joseph Domingues captured the boys’ event in 16 minutes.
Among the more than two dozen teams represented was The Thacher School boys’ squad, which starts the 2017 campaign ranked third in the CIF Southern Section and fifth in the state in Division V.
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