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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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Nordhoff suffers 52-0 loss

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Ethane Sunder (No. 4) tries to shed a St. Margaret’s horse collar tackle.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Going into its Oct. 15 matchup against top-ranked St. Margaret’s High School, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team felt as though they had a game plan that would allow then to compete against the Division 7 power. Things unraveled quickly for the Rangers, however, and they suffered a 52-0 beat down at the hands of the Tartans.
This loss drops the Rangers to 2-5 on the season.
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NHS to play rare Saturday game

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team will play a rare Saturday night game when it hosts St. Margaret’s Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The Tartans are a powerhouse program from San Juan Capistrano and will come to the Ojai Valley with a solid 6-1 record. It is also the

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Banking on a late charge!

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Photo by Tristan Jones

Former Nordhoff High School golf star Beth Allen celebrates after winning another event on the European Ladies Tour.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Nordhoff High School graduate Beth Allen played the final nine holes 4-under par to charge to victory Oct. 9 in the Lecoste Ladies Open de France at the Golf de Chantco in the seaside town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

It was the second win and first this year on the European Ladies Tour for the 34-year-old Allen, who earned 37,500 Euros ($41,335.98) and

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Peterson perfect in the polo pool

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) boys’ water polo team continues to excel this fall, improving to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in Tri-Valley League action.

The team continues to thrive under first-year head coach Tim Settem and looks poised to make a playoff run

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Thacher hands Villanova its first gridiron loss

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

The Thacher Toads handed Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) its first football loss of the season. Villanova came into the Oct. 8 showdown with a perfect 5-0 record, but it was obvious early on the Wildcats would be no match for the Toads, who jumped out to a large first quarter lead. Thacher cruised to a 48-18 victory, led by senior running back Zion Alcindor, who rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. VPS will look to rebound Oct. 14 when it travels to Santa Barbara to take on Laguna Blanca (3-3) while Thacher will get a week off before facing a tough Flintridge Prep (4-1) team Oct. 22 on the Thacher campus.

Vixons have all the answers for I Guess

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Photo by Kirby Russell

Maria Schey prepares to return serve while her partner, Fernando Aguirre, waits in the background.

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Vixons are now alone in first place as they crushed I Guess, 21-7, in week four of Junior Team Tennis (JTT).

Daniel Ortiz and Liz Spiller led with a 6-1 doubles win and Shawn Rothermel followed with a 5-2 singles win to give

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Three constants: Death, taxes and Snowbarger wins

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Scott Snowbarger teed it up with partner Bob Ridgway to win his eighth Soule Park Men's Club tournament in nine attempts this year. He posted a 64 to edge Rich Tharp and Kenny Morgan in a scorecard playoff in the club's annual two-man scramble Oct. 8.

Jay Ackerman and Todd Henard were the hottest golfers on the day though, just missing out

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Golfer edges out competition

The Women's Front Nine Golf League played its fourth mini-tournament of the pre-holiday session Oct. 6 at Soule Park Golf Course.
The theme was "Tee to Green" and putts were not included in the tournament standings.
Sarita Edge came in first while Joyce Robinson and Jane Spiller tied
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Thin Nordhoff roster shows heart despite 28-0 loss

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Nordhoff defenders Scott Barron (left) and Nick Cansler combine to bring down Oak Park quarterback Vincenzo Granatelli.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

When a football team loses 28-0, it is rarely considered a step in the right direction. However, for the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program, its Oct. 7 loss to the Oak Park Eagles displayed a level of toughness and resilience the Rangers haven’t shown in recent years.

The Rangers suited only 20 players against the bigger, faster Oak Park squad and according to NHS head coach Lance Wiggins, only 16 were healthy enough to see live action. Despite being outnumbered, the Rangers gave Oak Park fits and proved Wiggins and his coaching staff have the team headed in the right direction. 

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VPS downs Cate, remains unbeaten

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar
Villanova Prep quarterback Reagan Mang surveys the field for an open receiver against the Cate Rams in the Wildcats' Condor League opener.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
For the first time in recent memory, the Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) football program has started its season 5-0. The Wildcats faced their first true test of the season Sept. 30 when they hosted the Cate Rams, however, a huge
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Improving Nordhoff faces toughest test of the season

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Harrison Gregory (No. 52) and Michael Trejo (No. 50) take apart the San Marcos defensive line as they open up holes for the Nordhoff running game. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team is coming off a solid win against the San Marcos Royals last week and looks to keep the positive momentum Oct. 7 when it hosts the Oak Park
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Team Leftey showing it has all the right moves

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Photo by Kirby Russell
Mikel Elizalde rips a forehand for Team Power in Junior Team Tennis action.
Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Team Leftey has jumped out to a 3-0 record and already has a two-game lead over the rest of the field in adult World Team Tennis (WTT) action. They dropped Smash, 27-23. Luke Sommer, Guy Ring, Dee Thele and Heather Miller led with a sweep of the doubles for Leftey, giving it a 16-10 lead. Smash came back with two singles wins, but Sommer and Miller
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Lions Club delights football fans with new sound system

When local football fans settle into their seats Oct. 7 to watch the Nordhoff Rangers take on the Oak Park Eagles, they will be able to clearly hear the voice of announcer Dick Sebek thanks to a new sound system.
In late September, Ojai Valley Lions Club President Dave Hunt and Nordhoff alumnus Dan Higginbotham led a team of Lions Club members and other community volunteers as they installed a new sound system at the Ojai Valley
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