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Ziggy, the 7-year-old poodle, is one smart pooch. He knows where to find the best news, sports and more. Ziggy might even go to www.ojaivalleynews.com Friday night after the game to find out if Nordhoff's football squad beat Bishop Diego. (photo submitted)

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Erik Monson to lead Nordhoff football

Mike Miller

Nordhoff High School announced today that they have hired Erik Monson to take over the Ranger football program.

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Ojai Valley School baseball crew has promising future

04102014 OVS baseball Connor FloydOjai Valley School junior Connor Floyd dives into third base after hitting a triple earlier this year. Floyd and the Spuds are currently 5-2 on the season as they head into their spring break. (photo by Kai Lin)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
As the Ojai Valley School heads into its spring break, they have to be pleased with where their baseball team stands after seven games. The Spuds are currently 5-2 overall and 0-1 in Condor League play.

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Mataisz Memorial golf contest set for May 31

The 25th annual George Mataisz Memorial Golf Tournament and social event is scheduled for May 31. The Mataisz Memorial serves as the main fundraiser for the Nordhoff High School golf programs. NHS head coach and event organizer Dick Sebek recently announced that the field will be limited to 60 players, so interested participants should plan accordingly.  

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Youth basketball team recruiting new players

04102014 ojai lightning bballA team from the Ojai Lightning Youth Basketball Program poses after a 2013 tournament. The Lightning is recruiting players again this season. (photo submitted)

The Ojai Lightning Youth Basketball Program is looking for both boys and girls from third grade to high school to participate in their basketball program. The Lightning is a not-for-profit that helps local youth enhance not only their basketball skills but also their knowledge of the game.

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Rangers hosting St. Bonny Friday

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Nordhoff junior Shane Hersh reaches a tag to Oaks Christian’s Brent Schatz in a recent Tri-Valley League game. Hersh is currently batting .261 with two home runs and six RBIs. The Rangers will host St. Bonaventure this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. They’ll conclude their season series on Friday at St. Bonaventure. Both programs are in need of league victories. Nordhoff is currently 3-6 overall and 0-2 in league while St. Bonaventure is 5-6 overall and 2-2 in league action. (photo by Ken Brown)
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Tennis clinic sharpens Ojai juniors' skills

Jakob Vos, Ojai Valley News contributor
Promising local youth tennis players of all ages were personally selected by area tennis coaches to participate in the ninth annual Ojai High Performance Tennis Clinic, a free event sponsored by the Ojai Valley Tennis Club (OVTC). The exclusive clinic was organized and managed by Craig Fugle and coached by some of the most skilled tennis professionals in the valley.

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Wunderlich wins Women's President's Cup

04082014 golf Wunderlich Ojai resident Claudia Wunderlich recently topped a group of accomplished golfers to win the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa’s Women’s Club President’s Cup Championship. The President’s Cup is one of the most competitive events held at the Ojai Valley Inn. (photo submitted)
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Familiar group wins Duffers

April 3 saw a small but enthusiastic group of Double Duffers Golf Club members turn out for the club’s monthly golf tournament. The format was the usual four-person scramble, but several of the fours had to be trimmed down to teams of threes.

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Ojai Tennis Tournament ball boys and ball girls tryouts Saturday

The final tryouts for the 2014 Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament will be held at the lower Libbey tennis courts Saturday at 11 a.m. Interested juniors that were not at the last tryouts need to attend this clinic to be placed on a team.

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Postseason awards roll in for Nordhoff's soccer teams

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After winning its first-ever CIF-Southern Section championship this season, the Nordhoff boys’ soccer program has earned a plethora of postseason awards to cap their historic season. The CIF-SS recently announced that senior midfielder Conor Daly was named the Division 7 Most Valuable Player. NHS head coach Robert Garcia was also recognized by his peers as he earned CIF-SS Division 7 Coach of the Year honors.

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Little League season, fundraising under way

04032014 oak view little leagueThe Ojai Valley Little League recently held its opening day celebration. League officials announced that they have more than 300 players registered this season to play baseball at one of Ventura County’s top Little League facilities. Highlights from this year’s celebration included a visit from Smokey the Bear, who threw out the first pitch, and the national anthem, which was performed by Tina Mahler. OVLL will also be teaming up with the Ojai Valley Girls’ Softball League to host their annual golf fundraiser. The 2014 event will be held tomorrow at the Soule Park Golf Course. Golfers will have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Malibu with a hole-in-one. Other prizes include airline tickets, a big screen television and much more. For the $125 entry fee, golfers get green fees, cart fee, range balls, 2014 T-shirt, tee package, lunch, awards, prizes, drawings and dinner at the inaugural extravaganza which includes a silent auction and live music. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and tee-off begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. Visit www.ojaivalleylittleleague.com for more information. (photo by Jooley Pena)
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Wolverines claim Ojai Recreation Department's top prize

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The Wolverines won the 2014 Ojai Recreation Department’s second-grade youth basketball championship earlier this month. The Wolverines were made up of coach Doug Jones (from left), Jeremy Weed, Jimmy Olsen, Conner Jones, Ava Fabbian, Jack Huggins, Mateo Bernardi, Matthew Bustamante and coach Aaron Fabbian. Not pictured is Annalea Moon. (photo submitted)
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Team tennis squads continue to battle for top positions

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Blue Moon and Pabst Blue Neptune both improved to 3-0, and lead the Adult World Team Tennis standing. Blue Moon, after winning their first two matches by a single game, hovered over Old Style Earth, 24-20. Rex Shrout and John Adair led with an 8-4 doubles win, and Danny Everett and Heather Miller took the mixed doubles 8-3 to clinch the match.

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Susanna Sinclair named P.E.P. student of the month

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Susanna Sinclair smiles at a recent Rotary Club of Ojai meeting after being named P.E.P. Student of the Month. (photo submitted)
The Rotary Club of Ojai recently presented the Physical Education Project (P.E.P.) Student of the Month award to Susanna Sinclair, who is an eighth-grader at Matilija Junior High School.

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Lady Rangers softball still findings its groove

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
As the Nordhoff High School softball team enters the spring break, the Lady Rangers are right where they want to be in the race for a post-season berth. Despite hitting a rough patch early this season, Nordhoff currently sits at 4-5-1 overall and 2-1 in Tri-Valley League play.

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