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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 avodart generic walgreens 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 generic cialis mexico 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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Thacher track heading to state championships

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Sarah Voss (center) helped lead the Thacher girls cross country to the CIF State Meet in Clovis this weekend. Thacher continues their strong distance running tradition under head coach Fred Coleman.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News contributor

Thacher cross country head coach Fred Coleman has worked his magic once again. The Toads boys’ and girls’ cross country teams ran in the CIF-SS finals at Mt. SAC Saturday and both qualified for this Saturday’s CIF State Division V Championship Meet at Woodward Park in Clovis.

“It was really exciting,” said Coleman, who along with

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Nordhoff’s Cameron Kunde, shown here crossing the finish line at the Penn Relays, has his sights set on winning the 800-meter run at the 2016 California State Meet this spring.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

When Cameron Kunde went to the 2015 Penn Relays to take part in the 4-by-800-meter relay he knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but what he did not know was the impact the meet would have on his future as a runner and a person.

After seeing Kunde run against

Duffers wrap up the month

The November tournament of the Ojai Duffers was held Nov. 5 at Soule Park Golf Course and was followed by lunch in the clubhouse. Guests Ronnie and Roy Rodriguez were introduced to the Duffer faithful.

The format for the event was a scramble with an 8 a.m. start.

In first place was the team of Leonard

Eagles are Super Bowl bound

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The Ojai Eagles Division 3 Blue team (above) is on their way to the Tri-Valley Youth Football Conference Super Bowl Saturday afternoon in Santa Ynez. The Eagles’ program will also be sending their Division 4 team to the Super Bowl.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Two Ojai Eagles teams are headed to the Tri-Valley Youth Football Conference Super Bowl Saturday in Santa Ynez.

The Division 3 Blue team, coached by Justin Morris, went 6-3 during the regular season earning them second place and a playoff berth.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Blue squad

Bright spot: Wilson hopes to make college roster

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Regin Wilson (No. 2) had one of the most productive seasons by a Nordhoff receiver in recent
memory. Wilson hopes to play football at the collegiate level when he graduates from NHS.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

One of the bright spots for Nordhoff football this season was the play of senior wide receiver Regin Wilson. Despite missing four games due to injury, Wilson was dominant when he was

Besant Hill’s White signs with UC Santa Barbara

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Felix White, a 6-foot-9-inch senior from Besant Hill School, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of California at Santa Barbara. White’s commitment to play for the Gauchos is the fourth major signing for Besant Hill’s basketball program. It has been White’s dream since arriving at Besant Hill School

Free basketball clinic on tap at Ojai Recreation

A group of local coaches and former high school basketball players will host a free basketball clinic for boys and girls in third to sixth grade Nov. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ojai Recreation Department.

The free clinic is meant to teach the fundamentals of the game. For more information, call 646-5581, Ext. 306.

© Ojai Valley News, 2015



NHS volleyball ousted from playoffs by Alta Loma

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The Nordhoff volleyball team enjoyed another terrific season until losing in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs last week.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News contributor

Nordhoff High School’s girls’ varsity volleyball team was eliminated from the 2015 CIF-SS 4AA playoffs in the second round Thursday, falling in three games to defending CIF-SS champion Alta Loma.

The Braves took advantage of their size

School of fish: Bass academy coming to Ojai

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Local bass fishing guru Marc Mitrany has created a bass fishing academy for people looking to get into high school and collegiate fishing programs. The programs are three-, six- and 12-weeks long.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The sport of bass fishing is rapidly expanding and sport fishing programs are popping up in high schools and universities across the country. Bass fishing programs are currently offered at Auburn, LSU Shreveport, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State

Toads suffer second-round loss

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

Thacher’s 2015 football season came to an end last Saturday with a 28-20 playoff loss to rival Faith Baptist. The Toads finished second in the Condor League this season and finished 6-4 overall despite playing a difficult schedule.

Thacher and Faith Baptist played in Ojai earlier this season and the Toads fought their way to a 36-30 victory,

Schurmer honored by Ojai Rotary Club

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Benjamin Schurmer, a student at Topa Topa Elementary was recently named the Ojai Rotary’s Physical Education Project Student of the Month. Sixth grade teacher Tina Mahler said, “Benny Schurmer is an exemplary student and citizen of our school and community. He demonstrates a strong work ethic, sportsmanship inside the classroom and cheapest viagra prices out on the field during P.E. and recess. He is a kind student who is considerate to all those around him and a great friend to have.”

© Ojai Valley News, 2015


Rangers score playoff win

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Morgan Giove (No. 21), in recent action against Villanova, has been a major contributor for Nordhoff this season.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News contributor

Nordhoff’s girls’ volleyball team scored the final three points in the match’s fifth game to defeat Garden Grove, 3-2 (29-27, 25-21, 25-27, 15-25, 17-15), in a CIF 4AA, first-round playoff Tuesday on the Argonauts’ floor.

Garden Grove defeated Nordhoff, 3-1, a year ago in the CIF quarterfinals.

This year, the Rangers (10-11) faced match

Two Ojai teams looking for Super Bowl berths

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The Ojai Eagles D-3 Blue team, coached by Justin Morris, beat the Santa Barbara Raiders, 38-6, to advance to the semifinals of the Tri Valley Youth Football League. The D-3 Blue Eagles will take on Vandenberg at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ojai Valley Community Stadium. The Eagles beat Vandenberg, 26-20, earlier this season. The winner of this game will move on to the Super Bowl Nov. 28 in Santa Barbara. The Ojai Eagles D-4 team also advanced to the semifinals and will play Nipomo Saturday at Ojai Valley Community Stadium at noon with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

© Ojai Valley News, 2015



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