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Casitas Vista Fire

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    A helicopter makes a water drop  on the fire. (Photo courtesy of Mike Montano)

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    A Los Angeles County helicopter supported the effort. (Photo by Mike Montano)

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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 avodart generic walgreens 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 generic cialis mexico 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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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 czechswimming.cz 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 cheapest viagra prices 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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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

Welborn wins Sea Otter Classic

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Ojai resident Katya Welborn recently came in first place in the women's cross country mountain bike race (CAT 3 Division) for riders ages 19 to 29. The race was part of the Subaru Sea Otter Classic held April 17 in Monterey. Welborn rides for Team Trek Bikes of Ventura. Welborn crossed the finish line 27 seconds faster than second-place finisher Megan Pearce, and 40 seconds faster than Sarah Rockwood who claimed third-place honors in the 14.8-mile ride. The Sea Otter Classic is cycling’s North American season-opening cycling celebration. Hundreds of professional cyclists, including national, world and www.thuvienthaibinh.vn Olympic champions attend the Sea Otter event. The event hosts more than 10,000 athletes and 65,000 fans.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


VPS falls in extra innings

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Villanova freshman Marcus Braun gears up to apply the out tag on a Trinity Academy runner in a game earlier this season. Braun and the Wildcats lost a close game to the Cate Rams last week.

The Villanova Preparatory School baseball team suffered a tough loss last week in its home league opener against Cate. The extra-inning game was decided when Cate was able to score an unearned run in the eighth inning for a 3-2 victory. It was the first league

Holt follows in mother’s footwork

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Brandon Holt, son of tennis legend Tracy Austin, is entered in this year’s open singles and doubles competition in the 116th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Brandon Holt has one championship in the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, teaming with Kent Mukai to win the Boys’ Interscholastic doubles in 2014 during his sophomore season at Palos Verdes High. The 18-year-old has raised the bar for the 116th Ojai, entering the Men’s Open singles and doubles seeded into the main draw that begins play Thursday at the Ojai Valley Inn.

Holt has championship lineage at “The Ojai.” His mother, Tracy Austin, was the tournament’s Women’s

‘The Ojai’ to feature extensive women’s tennis action

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Ena Shibahara will attempt to win her second straight championship in Women’s Open singles and her third straight with partner Jada Hart in doubles in the 116th Ojai Tennis Tournament, which begins play in the main draws today and continues through Sunday.

The 18-year-old Shibahara, a senior at Peninsula High in Rancho Palos Verdes, is seeded fourth in singles behind No. 1-seed Lauren Embree of Marco Island, Fla., second-seed Olga Puchkova, a Russian-born player who lives in Miami, and third-seed

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