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Dropped ID card trips up alleged burglar

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor

Ojai Police arrested an Oak View man last week, in connection to a burglary on Old Creek Road. Mark Pulido, 45, allegedly broke into a locked storage container and took tools and a generator; two all-terrain vehicles (ATV), located outside of the storage container, were also taken.

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Bailey helps Pepperdine to West Coast Conference title in beach volleyball

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Photo by Jeff Golden

Former Villanova Prep star Kaity Bailey (left) recently helped Pepperdine University win the first-ever West Coast Conference beach volleyball championship. The Waves faced St. Mary’s University in the title games where Bailey and her partner, Delaney Knudsen, defeated their opponents, 21-11 and 21-15. Next up for Bailey will be a trip to the NCAA Tournament where the Waves are the No.-3-seeded team and will face Arizona State University in the opening round. The tournament will be held Friday through Sunday and will be hosted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

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Hawks soar into first place in JTT

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Photo by Kirby Russell

Emma Russell of the Seals will be playing her final match Friday of her Junior Team Tennis career that has spanned 19 seasons.

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In the final regular-season match in Junior Team Tennis (JTT), the Hawks continued a long comeback to overtake Maybe, 19-7. to move into first place for the first time this season.

Danny Ortiz and Michaela Boydston opened with a 6-2 doubles win. Elias Simon added a 5-0 singles win

Borland claims Front Nine prize

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Soule Park Ladies Front Nine golf club celebrated Mitnee Duque's 81st birthday with a “Bingo, Bango, Bongo Bash.” The well-known scorekeeping game awards a point to the player first on the green, another for nearest to the pin, and one to first in the hole for each foursome. Additional skills rewards were counted for closest

Harrold named PEP Student of the Month

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The Rotary Club of Ojai recently honored Molly Harrold as their Physical Education Project Student of the Month. Harrold was presented a check for $200 and a certificate for her hard work and dedication to fitness. Teacher Brent Muth, explained that in the 21 years he has been teaching physical education at Matilija, and during those same 21 years when the award has been available, he has never had an easier decision as to whom to choose for the award. “Molly is smart, nice and funny and always gives her best effort,” he said. “Molly is an excellent student and great leader. She consistently works hard and leads not only with words, but by example. Molly is helpful and considerate to all the students in the class and is always willing to help those who need it. It is a pleasure to have Molly in class, and she is a person you will definitely hear from in the future,” explained Muth.

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Ramirez in Hall of Fame

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Former Nordhoff cross country star and current Matilija Junior High assistant principal Javier Ramirez will be inducted into the Ventura County Cross Country Hall of Fame Friday.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Javier Ramirez was one of the best high-school distance runners in California history. Tonight, the former Nordhoff High School (NHS) Ranger is being honored for his accomplishments with an induction into the Ventura County Cross Country Hall of Fame.

Ramirez was one of a handful of runners to place in the top 10 at the CIF State Cross Country Finals

Ojai youth takes a spin on pro course

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T.J. Delgado gives a thumbs-up before his recent race on the professional super-cross track at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ojai’s T.J. Delgado enjoyed the rare opportunity to race on a professional super-cross course as one of 15 7- and 8-year-olds invited to compete during intermission between the 250-cc and 450-cc professional events of the AMA Monster Super-cross event at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis April 9.

Having competed for four years, Delgado earned his invite by submitting his résumé and a

‘The Ojai’ closes its 116th year

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Cal-Berkeley junior Maegan Manaase defeated UCLA’s Catherine Harrison, 6-3, 6-2, to win the Pac-12 Women’s singles championship Sunday at Libbey Park in the 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

It was Manasse’s first title at “The Ojai.” She was runner-up in 2013 in Women’s Open doubles with Zoe Katz as a senior at Mira Costa High in Redondo Beach.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of Ojai’s 116-year history and to be able to be one of the champions

Sundowners wrap first week of play

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor

The Sundowner golf league began play Tuesday at the Soule Park Golf Course. This year's group of 70 golfers and 14 teams took to the course and played the nine-hole round.

The highest-point total of the day was scored by Luke Ackerman, who shot a gross round of 35 for 24 points. Ackerman had two birdies and one bogey on his way to the highest-point total on the day. His gross round was matched

Howe logs another victory on the mat

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Local wrestler Michaela Howe just keeps adding hardware to her collection of trophies. Howe recently won the top prize at the Beat the Street Tournament, that was held at South El Monte High School. Next year, Howe will wrestle for the Nordhoff Rangers.

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Tennis action top-notch

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Brandon Holt and Clay Thompson celebrate after a point in last week’s 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

No. 1-seed Deiton Baughman, a 20-year-old touring professional from Carson, defeated Brandon Holt, an 18-year-old senior at Palos Verdes High, 7-6, (7-4), 6-2, Sunday for the Men’s Open championship in “The Ojai” at Libbey Park.

Holt, headed to play at USC next season, upset No. 2-seeded and former UCLA star Clay Thompson, 6-3, 6-3, in the semifinals and No. 3-seeded and ex-USC star Eric Johnson

Shibahara rebounds to win back-to-back Open titles

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

UCLA-bound Ena Shibahara topped Catherine Sebov to win her second Ojai Tennis Tournament title.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ena Shibahara, an 18-year-old senior at Peninsula High in Rancho Palos Verdes, won her second straight Women’s Open championship Sunday in the 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament, rebounding from a first-set loss to defeat Catherine Sebov, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Shibahara won the final 10 games against Sebov, a 17-year-old from Canada who has spent the past winter

Runnin’ down the dream: NHS teams on track for good season

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The Nordhoff mile-relay team, comprised of Angie Ruiz, Tess Edwards, Sydney Eads and Olivia Adelman claimed first place at the Russell Cup in Carpinteria last weekend.

Late last week, the Nordhoff Ranger track and field team hosted the Foothill Technology High Shool (FTHS) Dragons at the second Tri-Valley League dual meet of the year. Despite strong performances in a number of events, the Rangers were unable to keep pace with the Dragons and their deep squad of competitors.

On the girls’ side of competition, Foothill Tech had strong performances from track athletes and field

Team UFO remains perfect

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Photo by Kirby Russell

Daniel Ortiz of the Hawks stretches for a volley in his singles match. Ortiz won 10-7 and his team squashed Smash 16-8. The Hawks face Maybe next week for the division title.

In recent Junior Team Tennis (JTT) action, the UFOs clinched first place in the Odd Division as they tamed the Bears, 17-10, and improved to a perfect 8-0. Xochil Zarate and Shawn Rothermel led with a 6-2 doubles win for the UFOs. Alan Baer and Dolly Tong came back with singles wins for the Bears. Claire Quackenbush and Shawn Rothermel closed out

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