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Ranger soccer team makes history

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Nordhoff won its first-ever CIF-Southern Section championship in boys’ soccer last week. They have also claimed three consecutive Frontier League titles. (photo by Ashley Wilson)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After winning Nordhoff’s first-ever CIF-Southern Section title in boys’ soccer last Saturday, the Rangers were selected to take part in the CIF Southern California Division III tournament. In their first-round game, NHS faced a tough Sun Valley team and lost on penalty kicks.

The Rangers trailed 3-1 late in the game, but fought back to tie the game at 3-3. Head coach Robert Garcia said, “We thought we were the better team, but we had to play shorthanded after Conor Daly got his second yellow card. Our boys really played hard and fought back, but we lost a lot of steam late in the game because we were down a player.”
According to Garcia, the second call on Daly was a questionable one based on the physical style of play by both teams. “I have to stand up for my player and say that I thought the second call was not a good one. I felt bad for him and avodart generic walgreens really think we would have pulled it off with him in the game.”
Despite the loss against Sun Valley, Garcia and company are not losing sight of the fact they had an amazing season. He added, “I woke up this morning and just thanked God for allowing me to finally win a CIF title. I am so happy for the boys and the school and the boys did not want this to end. When we were getting off the bus after our last game, they asked if we could still practice the next day. I think that says a lot about those kids.”
This season got off to a rocky start for the Rangers, who lost two key starters during the season due to academic issues. Without them, it took NHS some time to find its groove. “Losing those early games was hard but we just kept our heads up and then once league rolled around, we started playing well,” added Garcia.
This season, Nordhoff faced the following schools during the regular season: Buena (loss), Carpinteria (loss), Ventura (loss), Oxnard (loss), Rio Mesa (loss), Pacifica (loss), Camarillo (loss), Fillmore (loss), Oaks Christian (loss), Rio Mesa (loss), Palmdale (loss), Cabrillo (loss), Santa Clara (win), Grace Brethren (win), Villanova Prep (win), St. Bonaventure (win), Bishop Diego (loss), Santa Clara (win), Grace Brethren (win), Villanova Prep (win), St. Bonaventure (win), and Bishop Diego (win). In the postseason, the Rangers caught fire and faced: AGBU (10-0 win), Saint Monica (5-1 win), Southlands Christian (9-1 win), Sierra Canyon (3-0 win), and Vistamar (3-0 win).
Nordhoff was so dominant during their championship run that they outscored their opponents 30-2 en route to their CIF-SS crown.

 NORDHOFF IN THE PLAYOFFS
 The Rangers outscored their opponents 30-2 en route to their first-ever CIF-SS title.
The final scores were: AGBU (10-0), Saint Monica (5-1), Southlands Christian (9-1), Sierra Canyon
(3-0), and Vistamar (3-0).


When asked what he wanted the Ojai community to know about this year’s championship team, Garcia said, “I want the Ojai Valley to remember this team and to realize how they went through ups-and-downs to get to the title. This team knew they could be good and generic cialis mexico they went out and earned the school’s first ever title. In my heart, I know this is one of the best, if not the best, soccer team to ever come out of the Ojai Valley and I want people to know that.“
The postseason accolades are sure pile up for the Rangers in the days to come, but Garcia noted that Oscar Ortiz was named the Frontier League’s Goalkeeper of the Year while Augie Andrade was the Frontier League Defensive MVP and Daly was the Frontier League Offensive Player of the Year.

Nordhoff High School soccer team roster

Augie Andrade
Conor Daly
Alex Torres
Dustin Boynton
Roberto Robles
Beto Carbajal
Oscar Ortiz
Diego Vasquez
Marcos Diaz
Ra'ad Abasi
Max BieLicki
Jules Pasco
Mike Robles
Finn Matte
Hudson Handel
Jay Inman
Garrett Woll
Coaches: Robert Garcia, Juan Maya and Cesar Gonzalez 


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New-look Rangers host Hueneme in season-opener

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Brendon Looker (right) has emerged as a full-time player for NHS and will see action on offense, defense and special teams this fall.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

After a long off-season, the new-look Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers will hit the gridiron Aug. 26 when they host the Hueneme Vikings in their season opener.

The Rangers’ first-year head coach Lance Wiggins understands that this year's team will be impacted by a diminished roster.

“We are going to have a number of players going

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Girls’ volleyball teams look to have higher net attendance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

The Nordhoff girls’ volleyball team, shown here in last season action, is primed and ready to have another successful season in 2016.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

During the fall sports season in the Ojai Valley, football garners most of the attention. However, girls’ volleyball is the most popular sport, in terms of the number of local schools who field varsity teams.

Nordhoff High School, Villanova Preparatory School, The Thacher School, Besant Hill School, Oak Grove School and Ojai Valley School

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Chiefs I.E. capture Callender Cup

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti

Kenny Wiksell eyes his tee shot in the Sundowner Golf League's season finale at the Soule Park Golf Course.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Paced by 39 points from R.J. Cutting and czechswimming.cz 37 each from Kenny Wiksell and James Casey, Chiefs I.E. defended its Sundowners Golf League title and captured the 2016 Callender Cup, holding off Weapons of Grass Destruction by four points.

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Edwards emerging as top triathlon athlete

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Nordhoff High School student Tess Edwards hammers the run portion of the USA Triathlon 2016 Junior Regional Championship triathlon earlier this month in Santa Cruz.

Tess Edwards, from Ojai, competed in Santa Cruz at the USA Triathlon 2016 Junior Regional Championship sprint distance triathlon earlier this month and came home with a gold medal.

Edwards won the 13- to 15-year-old girls’ age group with a time of 1:19:19.9 for the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run.

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Brockman one-hops an ace at Soule

Ojai’s Bruce Brockman recorded his second career hole-in-one Aug. 21 at Soule Park Golf Course.

Brockman one-hopped a 9-iron into the third hole, which plays 135 yards. "We saw it bounce and then didn't see it," Brockman said.

His only other ace came in Wisconsin.

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Blue and Sold: Annual scrimmage shows young team is buying into changes

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Ojai Valley News photos by Ken Brown

Nordhoff High School sophomore Colby Stevens (left) goes low to tackle senior running back Scott Barron.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers football team got some live hitting action in during its annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage Aug. 13 under the lights of the Ojai Valley Community Stadium.

Overall, first-year head coach Lance Wiggins said he liked what he saw from his team despite having

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Nordhoff set to honor 2016 Hall of Fame class

Back on Jan. 16, 1987 the first 10 members of the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted.

Counting this year's class, 104 athletes and 10 administrators, teachers and coaches have become members of this elite group.

This year’s class will be honored at Nordhoff’s first home football game, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. against Hueneme

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Chiefs ride Wiksell to victory

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Scott Snowbarger hits a shot during Sundowner Golf League action recently.

James Casey, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Sundowner Golf League regular season came to a close Aug. 16 at Soule Park Golf Course. The team of Chiefs IE was able to hang on to the top spot after 16 weeks of play.

The Chiefs were once again led by the play of Ken Wiksell who shot a gross 37 for 20 points to pace his team. He scored 304


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Soule Park Men in a shamble

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In its final tuneup before next month's 2016 club championships, the Soule Park Men's Club competed in a two-best-ball shamble Saturday, Aug. 13.

The foursome of Scott Snowbarger, Bob Ridgway, John Obraza and Jim Doyle captured the gross flight title, firing a 17-under-par 127. They started the day with a pair of birdies on the first hole and finished with an eagle and a bird on 18.


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Casitas Rowing offering free trial

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Photo by Wendy Gillett

The Casitas Rowing Team will offer a free two-week trial for high school students beginning Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. Interested athletes can call 642-2288 to sign up.  


 

‘It is what it is’: Tough opponents await Nordhoff football program

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Nordhoff High School junior Parker Johnsen has earned the starting job at quarterback for the Rangers.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

With the start of the 2016 high school football season right around the corner, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers are gearing up for their home opener Aug. 28 against the Hueneme Vikings. After an ugly 2015 season, the Rangers are in rebuilding mode under new head coach Lance Wiggins. While he is optimistic about the team he’ll put on the field, things have not


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A lasting legacy

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Two longtime teachers and Hall of Fame coaches at Nordhoff High School (NHS) passed away this summer.

According to colleagues and www.thuvienthaibinh.vn former students at NHS, Warren Glaser and John Harnett were extraordinary men who left their mark on the school and the youth of the Ojai Valley.

Glaser (1937-2016) graduated from Nordhoff in 1954 and eventually came back to his alma mater


 

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Chiefs I.E. remain atop standings

Robin Williams and Bruce Leichtfuss fired the week's low-gross 1-under par 35 in the penultimate week of Sundowners Golf League play Tuesday at Soule Park.

Leichtfuss combined with Chiefs I.E. teammates Troy Erickson (36) and James Casey (36) to post the season's team-gross low 107. Chiefs I.E. remains in first place


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