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Camp Chaffee Coyote Creek debris removal work complete

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Ojai Valley News photos by Perry Van Houten
The dry weather crossing on Camp Chaffee Road Sept. 12, prior to work on Coyote Creek (left) and the crossing Oct. 11, after vegetation and sediment removal downstream from Camp Chaffee Road.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Ahead of the rainy season, a $200,000 project to clear a section of creek in Foster Park has been completed.
The Coyote Creek debris removal effort began Sept. 21 in the tiny community of Camp Chaffee.
“We finished all the field work on Sept. 29,” said Karl Novak, operations and maintenance deputy director for the Ventura County Watershed Protection District (VCWPD).
The dry weather crossing on Camp Chaffee Road became impassable following heavy rains Feb. 17, when a torrent of water, mud and debris backed up the creek, inundating for several weeks 100 feet of the only public access into the neighborhood.
Residents said keeping the crossing open was a matter of safety in the event of an emergency.
A crew of five using an excavator and front-end loader worked to clear a section of creek downstream from the road crossing.
That portion of Coyote Creek runs through private property, although the road is the county's.
“We removed surrounding vegetation to a width of 10 to 20 feet, and removed 500 cubic yards of sediment, allowing the water to drain,” Novak said. “It should solve the problem for now, but it's not a permanent solution. Maintenance will be required in the future,” he added.
The work was funded by a grant from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, $80,000 of in-kind funding from the county and $24,000 in matching funds raised by Camp Chaffee residents.
“It's not easy to coordinate a neighborhood to come together to raise money, but the residents did a great job stepping forward,” said Ventura County District 1 Supervisor Steve Bennett, whose office obtained the funding and dispatched the work detail. “I think the neighbors who participated found out that life gets better when people get together.”

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Rangers varsity football will face elite teams in October

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff defenders (from left) Eduardo Perez, Brayden Rogers and Michael Trejo chase down a St. Margaret’s ball carrier in a loss last season. NHS lost to the Tartans again this season, 61-14. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
When the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers traveled south to Orange County to take on the highly ranked St. Margaret’s Tartans, they knew they would be fighting an uphill battle. That proved to be the case. 
The Tartans dominated the game as expected, 61-14.
“We got beat by a better team, sometimes you just have to accept that. They are a private school in Orange County where some of the nation’s best football teams come from, they were just bigger and faster,” said Nordhoff head coach Lance Wiggins.
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Villanova football improves to 7-0

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School football team scored a tough 55-50 victory over the Cate Rams to improve to 7-0 on the season. They are now 1-0 in the Mt. Piños League.
As has been the case all season, the Wildcats were led by senior Raegan Mang who ran all over the Rams on his way to a six-touchdown performance. The senior did damage on the ground as he rushed the ball 18 times for 101 yards and three touchdowns. Mang was also Villanova’s leading receiver with five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. He also got into the action on special teams with a kickoff return for a touchdown. In total, Mang accounted for 328 yards in total offense.
Villanova’s quarterback, Bobby Caron, threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and a score.
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Central Coast marathoners to descend on Ojai Valley

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
More than 2,200 runners are expected to take part Oct. 22 in the fifth annual Ventura Marathon and Half-Marathon, that start in Ojai and Oak View, respectively. 
This is a new course for Vendurance Events, that is promoting, organizing and orchestrating the race. This will not be the same course used by the Mountains to Beach Marathon, that starts at Nordhoff High School in Ojai each June.
Both races finish at the Ventura Pier. The 26.2-mile marathon will begin at San Antonio School at 6:30 a.m. Runners will be shuttled here on buses from the finish area. 
The first six miles has competitors running with traffic and making right-hand turns onto Grand, McNell, Reeves, Park and Grand again. They will do that loop twice before proceeding down Ojai Avenue to Bryant Street, where they will make their way to the Ojai Valley Trail.
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‘Nova tops Thacher in JV action

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
The Thacher School and Villanova Preparatory School met on the gridiron Oct. 10 in a battle of local junior varsity football teams. Villanova rolled to the victory, but Thacher will get an opportunity to avenge the loss when the two schools meet Oct. 21 in varsity action. Thacher is currently winless on the season, which is rare territory for the local eight-man football power. Across town, the VPS Wildcats are enjoying their best season in recent memory. They are 7-0 and looking to continue their winning ways when they lock horns with VPS. The game will be played on The Thacher School campus and will kick off at 2 p.m.

OVS equestrians get lesson with Belasik

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Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley School
Horse trainer Paul Belasik shares tips with freshman Angela Goñi Hernandez during a dressage clinic with Ojai Valley School equestrians Oct. 14 and 15. High school riders received instruction in position and advanced skill sets at the OVS Upper Campus arena. Up next for the OVS equestrians is a camping trip that will combine camping and horseback riding through the Los Padres National Forest, followed by a cross-country clinic before the December holiday break.

Marymount outcome not so merry for OVS

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Photo courtesy of Ojai Valley School
Ojai Valley School (OVS) seventh-grader Zachary Danino kicks against Marymount in middle school boys’ soccer action Oct. 17. The two teams traded goals throughout the game but OVS eventually came out on the losing end, 5-3. Coach Matt Inman said his team made some excellent plays. “It was a great game,” Inman said, “our best game of the season! The Soccer Spuds are off to a good start this season. We have a solid core of talented eighth-graders, and the upcoming seventh- and sixth-graders are training well and developing technical skills and tactical awareness quickly. Home games have been really well-attended, and our middle school athletes love to play in front of their home crowd."

Spuds mash Santa Barbara opponent

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Ojai Valley School (OVS) seventh-grader Sofia Valenzuela serves during girls’ volleyball, middle school sports action Oct. 11. OVS topped Santa Barbara Middle School, 2-1, in girls’ volleyball. OVS improved to 2-3 thanks to solid leadership, hustle and serving from captain Daisy Jones, say OVS coaches.

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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Photo by Peter Day
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. 


Rangers eagle-eyed in advance of toughest contest yet

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
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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