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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 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.

 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 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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Home sweet home game

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
The Villanova Prep football team celebrates after winning its homecoming game Sept. 23 against New Designs University Park. The Wildcats are 4-0 on the year. 
Wendy Thurston , Ojai Valley News contributor 
After a three-game win streak on the road, the Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) Wildcat football team played at home in front of a homecoming crowd Sept. 23.
VPS delivered on that opportunity with a 64-20 victory over New Designs
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Team tennis action heats up

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Robert Russell zeros in on the ball in Team Tennis action.
Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Fabio Lauretta, in his final season of Junior Team Tennis (JTT), won both his matches Sept. 23 to help his team dropped team Vanish, 19-7. Lauretta, playing in his 13th season, is the junior team captain for
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Nordhoff sweeps Nova in volleyball action

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Photo by Kaelyn Brown
Nordhoff's Elizabeth Clawson (No. 17) powers a shot through the block attempt of Villanova Maddy Bailey (left). 
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Villanova Preparatory Schoo, (VPS) junior hitter Maddy Bailey tallied a trio of match-highs with 14 kills, seven blocks and seven aces to go along with her five digs. It wasn’t enough, however, and the Wildcats fell to host Nordhoff High
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Nordhoff travels to take on San Marcos

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Brendon Looker (right) has shown big play ability this season and Nordhoff will look to get the football in his hands when they take on the San Marcos Royals in Santa Barbara Sept. 30.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The 1-3 Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers will travel to Santa Barbara Sept. 30 to take on the San Marcos Royals in a non-league match-up. With some difficult opponents lined up over the next several weeks, the Rangers are hoping
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Lady Rangers score two wins in TVL action

After the first round of play in the Tri-Valley League, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ golf team is 2-4. The Lady Rangers’ two victories came against St. Bonaventure (265 to 315) and Santa Paula (270 to 292).
In the win over St. Bonaventure, NHS was led by Stella Delgado and Melissa Avila who both
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Fall session underway for Front Nine Ladies

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News contributor 
The Soule Park Ladies Front Nine kicked off the pre-holiday session with a fewest-putts tournament Sept. 15. 
There was a three-way tie for first place with Carole Borland, Susan Edge and Margy Prentice each needing just 16 putts.
Edge and Judy Armstrong had the longest drives of the
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Nordhoff's hopes for a win dashed in a flash

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Two Nordhoff defenders combine to bring down a Fillmore ball carrier.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
For the second consecutive week, the Nordhoff High School football program saw a victory slip through its fingers due to turnovers, mental mistakes and penalties. To add insult to injury, the 20-7 loss, to the Fillmore Flashes, occurred on Nordhoff’s Homecoming night.
 “I thought we matched up well with them and I thought we were the better team,” said head coach Lance Wiggins after the game, “we just shot ourselves in the foot
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Kicker Cooper Garcia gets a leg up on his college competition

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Former Nordhoff High School football star Cooper Garcia has made a successful transition to the next level, earning the point-after, field goal and punting jobs at Ventura Community College (VCC).
Garcia, an All-CIF Northwest Division first-team selection in 2014, attended classes and practiced with the team last season at Ventura,
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Show me the ‘Money’

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Photo by Peter Day
Ojai’s Cash “Money” Kenton recently earned a big win at the 18th annual Tim Brauch Foundation Skateboard Benefit in San Jose. Kenton, shown here doing a trick called the “Saran-Wrap” is now ranked No. 3 in the world in his age group. Next up for the Ojai star will be the Vans Pool Party competition in Orange County, that will be held Oct. 14. 

Rangers face Fillmore Friday

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown 
The Nordhoff Rangers carry the American flag onto the field against Carpinteria Sept. 16. The Rangers will host Fillmore Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.  
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program will host the Fillmore Flashes in a non-league game that will serve as Nordhoff’s homecoming game Sept. 23. Kickoff is
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Night football, new track for VPS

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Ojai Valley News Photo by Holly Roberts
Villanova Preparatory School will host the Cardinals from New Designs Charter School for the second night game in the school’s history — also the school's homecoming celebration. The game is set for Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Before kickoff, the school will unveil its new, all-weather track. Local sports fans are invited to come cheer on the Wildcats and watch as Villanova’s homecoming court is crowned during halftime. Admission is free and tailgating will get under way at 5 p.m.

900 runners take on Lake Casitas course

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent 
Nearly 900 students from 24 high schools descended on the Lake Casitas Recreation Area Sept. 17 to compete in the annual Ojai Cross Country Invitational.
The largest race of the day saw 326 boys from 22 teams take on the challenging 3-mile Bill Wadlington Memorial course.
Callum Bolger, of San Luis Obispo, blitzed the field, winning by
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Fall Team Tennis action is under way

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Junior Team Tennis (JTT) and World Team Tennis (WTT) got under way last Friday with the final three matches of the day coming down to a single game.
The final JTT match between Power and Cap'n was tied at 11 games going into the final doubles. Fabio Lauretta and Chris Boydston, of Cap'n, prevailed, 6-5, with
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