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Nordhoff Ridge tops rain totals

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An early-morning walker passes a puddle left by Wednesday's storm on Ojai Avenue. (photo by Tim Dewar)

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor

Most areas of the Ojai Valley got about a half-inch of rain in a storm that began Wednesday evening and lasted through Thursday morning. It was the second storm this fall, and brought the area's season total to around 0.78 inches. Nordhoff Ridge, at an elevation of about 4,000 feet, received the most rain in the tri-county area, with 3.07 inches.

Amidst scattered thunderstorms, a flash flood warning was issued Thursday afternoon for Nordhoff Ridge and the Maricopa Highway area; it was lifted at 4 p.m. Thursday.
No rain was forecast through the weekend, although Weathger.com predicted a small chance of rain on Thanksgiving.
Rain totals for Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District:
Ojai: 0.55 inches
Meiners Oaks: 0.45 inches
Oak View: 0.67 inches
Casitas Dam: 0.66 inches
Sulphur Mountain: 0.84 inches
Sisar Peak (Upper Ojai): 0.47 inches
Senior/Gridley Canyon: 0.75 inches
Nordhoff Ridge: 3.07 inches
Wheeler Gorge: 0.69 inches
Matilija Dam: 0.74 inches
Visit www.vcwatershed.net for updated rain totals.

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NHS more offensive than last year

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Junior running back Brayden Rogers (right) gets in the face of Nate Rhodes during the scrimmage.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School football team held its annual Blue and Gold scrimmage Aug. 11 and there was plenty of offensive firepower on display.
“It was fantastic,” exclaimed head coach Lance Wiggins. “I was pleased
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Fall isn’t just for football, other sports teams also preparing

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
The Nordhoff High School girls’ volleyball team, shown here last year against Villanova Preparatory School, will be a team to watch this fall.  
Ted Cotti,Ojai Valley News correspondent 
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Expectations depend upon diligence and the mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
While football draws the lion’s share of attention during the fall sports
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Callender Cup is up for grabs

The Sundowners golf league concluded its 16-week regular season Aug. 15 at Soule Park Golf Course and the eight-team field for the Aug. 19 playoff event was set.
Teams will compete over 18 holes in an attempt to take home the Callender Cup trophy.
There is a tie for first place between Weapons of Grass Destruction and Chiefs IE. 
The Weapons have hovered around the lead all season and sit primed to take home their first championship. They had 59 points on the day thanks to the play
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Nordhoff Ranger football season at a glance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Ethan Sunder (No. 4), in last year’s action against San Marcos High School, will be one of the top returning players for the Rangers this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team will open its 2017 season on the road Aug. 25 against the Hueneme Vikings. For Ranger fans, this year’s opponents
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Nearing the end of the season, Shut the Putt Up makes some noise

The team of Shut the Putt Up was able to score a massive 71 points during week 15 of Sundowners golf league play, jumping into a tie for first place on the season.
The 71-point total ties the season-high point total for any team.
With only one week remaining in the regular season, teams were
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Commentary: Ojai Valley sports loses a legend with the passing of Tim Tuttle

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Ojai Valley News lost a great friend last week when part-time sports writer Tim Tuttle passed away unexpectedly. The news of Tim’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks and I am still trying to gather my thoughts and emotions. Although we normally communicated from afar, I grew to really like and respect Tim, so his passing is a huge loss.
Tim emailed me out of the blue a few years ago and in his typical humble fashion informed me that he grew up in Ojai and had “done a little sports writing” in the past and would be
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Nordhoff Ranger football putting in summer work

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
The Nordhoff High School football program got its season under way July 31 with the linemen getting in some agility work. According to head coach Lance Wiggins, the bigs up front will be a strength of this year’s squad. NHS will put in work before opening the season Aug. 25 in Hueneme at 7 p.m. The program also will host its annual Casino Night Aug. 12 at the Ojai Valley Community Church. For more details, call Mike Dawkins at 340-1057.

Mang-Go!: Villanova QB looks for another year of running wild

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Raegan Mang runs away from defenders in a game against The Thacher School last season. Mang has rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his three seasons as a starting quarterback.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Catching up with Villanova Preparatory School quarterback Raegan Mang is no easy task, just ask the defensive players in the Condor League. However, the Ojai Valley News was able to get Mang to sit still long enough to answer a handful of questions before the senior begins his final season as a Wildcat.
Mang has been Villanova’s starting quarterback since his freshman year and while his stats
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League teams battle down the stretch

The Sundowner golf league is nearing the end of its regular season and the playoff picture is still showing no signs of clarity.
There are 12 teams jockeying for eight playoff spots. Players know that only two weeks remain in the regular season and it is more important than ever that they play their best golf.
The Weapons of Grass Destruction have taken over the season lead
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Start of high school football season is just days away

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Eduardo Perez (right) zeros in on a Santa Paula High School player last season. Perez, who will be a junior this season, is one of many players the Rangers will be counting on this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With the start of the 2017 football season just a few days away, the Nordhoff High School players and coaches are enjoying a week off before beginning their fall practice schedule July 31.
NHS players and coaches have been hard at work this summer with passing leagues and off-season workout regimens. According to head coach Lance
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Club competition should make area volleyball teams stronger

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Several 14U Ojai volleyball players participated in club volleyball this summer and will now transition into local high schools.
Things should be looking up for years to come for fans of Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ volleyball. As always, the fortunes of the team can swing on the graduation or arrival of one or two key talented players. This year something remarkable is coming into play, a battle-tested, pre-packaged
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Ojai hosts top tennis players

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Scout Mathews, a standout at Ojai’s Weil Tennis Academy, hammers a serve at this week’s New Balance High School National Championship, in Ojai. The 15-year-old Mathews entered as the No. 3 seed in the Girls’ 18 singles, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Madeline Almeida of El Dorado Hills, Calif. See next week’s Ojai Valley News for the final results of the national championship event. 

VPS football set for fall action

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Senior quarterback Raegan Mang (right) and the Villanova Wildcats football squad hope to make the playoffs again this year. This year’s schedule for the Wildcats will include Bright Star, Aug. 26 (home); Desert, Sept. 1 (away); Riverside Academy, Sept. 9 (home); Pinewood, Sept. 16 (home); Bloomington Christian, Sept. 22 (away); Price, Sept 29 (home); Cate, Oct. 14 (away); Thacher, Oct. 21 (away); and Orcutt Academy, Oct. 28 (home).

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