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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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Monster matchups: All three local teams facing tough opponents

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Senior lineman Spencer Bliss (No. 50) returned to action last Friday night against San Marcos and made an immediate impact. Friday, Bliss and the Rangers will host Sierra Canyon at 7 p.m.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Nordhoff High School, Villanova Preparatory and Thacher School all face tough matchups on the gridiron this week.

Nordhoff, who is coming off its first win of the 2015 season, will play host to the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers in its final nonleague game of the season.

Osborne is driving force behind Ranger’s recent golf success

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti

Nordhoff’s Bailey Osborne is averaging a round of 48 this fall for NHS. She is also a two-time, team MVP.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Bailey Osborne and the Nordhoff girls’ golf team continue to impress this fall. 

The Lady Rangers have won three matches in a row and are currently 5-2 in Tri-Valley League action. 

Their current winning streak started Sept. 24 when they hosted Foothill at the Soule Park Golf Course. NHS won, 283-293, thanks to final scores of 46 by Osborne and a 52 by Kayci Jakab.

Team Cream rises to the top

In last week’ Junior Team Tennis (JTT) action, Team Maroon handed the Green team its first loss of the season with a come-from-behind, 16-14, victory. Elizabeth Russell and Veronica Palmer led with a 6-5 doubles win for Green, but Fabio Lauretta came right back with a 5-1 singles win. Palmer and Russell added singles wins to give Green an 11-10 lead. Lauretta teamed with Hina Suzuki for a 6-3 doubles win to clinch the match.

Team Pink also rallied to overcome team Blue, 17-11. Claire Quackenbush and Michaela Boydston gave blue the early lead with a 6-4 doubles win.

Thacher earns big win, Villanova Prep falls to the Owls

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Over the years, the Thacher Toads (2-2) and Faith Baptist Contenders have engaged in some epic football games.

Last Saturday, the two programs locked horns once again with Thacher prevailing, 36-30.

Thacher got on the board first when junior running back Jacques Robles scored on a fourth-down play from 8 yards out to give the Toads the early 6-0 advantage.

A Royal beating: Nordhoff earns first victory of the season

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Nordhoff wide receiver Regin Wilson (right) has evolved into one of the most electrifying players in recent years for the Rangers. Wilson had two catches for two touchdowns in a win over the San Marcos Royals. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

The Nordhoff Rangers were looking for a win Friday night against the San Marcos Royals in hopes of turning their season around and they got one. With their 25-13 win over San Marcos, the Rangers improved to 1-5 on the season

Duque wins golf club’s toss two tournament

The first two tournaments of the Front Nine Golf Club’s pre-holiday session have been played under very warm conditions at Soule Park. Week one was played Sept. 17 with the tournament winner selected by least putts.

Jodi Martin and Debra Main tied with just 15 putts during their round. 

The longest drive for the white sheet went to Holly Mitchem at 187 yards and the blue sheet winner


Nordhoff tops San Marcos for first win of season

(Updated with 13 photos from the game)

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Nordhoff's Ryan Mahler stretches for additional yardage after a big play early in the first quarter. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)

By Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Nordhoff Rangers notched their first win of the season Friday night when they defeated the San Marcos Royals 25-13 in a non-league match up. NHS jumped out to a 25-0 lead but then the Royals closed the gap in the second quarter to make the score 25-13 at the half.

NHS netters off to fast start

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Kloe Keeter works on perfecting her digs as teammate Odessa Runyan looks on during a recent Nordhoff practice. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff girls’ volleyball program is poised to return to the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
The Lady Rangers have been one of the most successful high school sports programs in the Ojai Valley in recent years

Rangers ready: Team poised for win against San Marcos

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Jeff Beckham, also known as Ranger Jeff, has been patrolling the sidelines in an effort to fire up the NHS cheerleaders and fans at home football games. He hopes his cheers and fancy footwork will help motivate the Rangers to a win over San Marcos. Fans can cheer with Ranger Jeff Friday at 7 p.m. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Friday, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) varsity football team will return home after playing its last three games on the road.
NHS will welcome the San Marcos Royals (1-4) to the Ojai Valley Community Stadium and the Rangers are determined

Three teams perfect in Junior Tennis

Team Sapphire smoked team Ash, 17-7, in week two of the Junior Team Tennis (JTT) league. Sapphire, improving to 2-0, jumped into an early 11-4 lead with a doubles win from Shawn Rothermel and Robert Russell, and a singles win from Max Mendoza.
Pink dropped Gray, 20-8. Emma Russell, Danny Ortiz, and Avery Tallakson led 15-1 going into the last set. Elias Simon and

Wildcats shine bright under lights

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Villanova Prep defensive back Anthony Martinez (No. 28) leads a pack of VPS defenders to a Lone Pine ball carrier in last Friday night’s homecoming victory for the Wildcats. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
It was an electric atmosphere at Villanova Prep School Friday night. Literally.
The Wildcats played a night game at home for the first time in the program’s 91-year history. With the stands full, fans took to beach chairs and the hillside grass to take in the non-league, homecoming game against Lone Pine.
Villanova easily won, 60-25.

Oh no Ojai: NHS still winless

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Nordhoff senior Daniel Williams goes up for a catch against Oak Park earlier this season. Williams threw a 71-yard touchdown pass and caught a touchdown against the Paso Robles Friday. 
(Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Friday, the Nordhoff Rangers made a long drive north to face the Paso Robles Bearcats in a non-league matchup. The game served as Paso Robles’ homecoming and the stands were packed.
Although the Rangers gave the Bearcats a scare early, the host team would eventually pull away for a 52-21 victory, dropping the Rangers to 0-5 on the season.

NHS golfers off to 2-2 start in league

The Nordhoff girls’ golf team is off to a 2-2 start in Tri-Valley League action this fall. Earlier this month, the Lady Rangers opened their season against La Reina at Sunset Hills and fell, 235-321. NHS was paced by Bailey Osborne, who finished with a round of 53.
In week two, NHS took on St. Bonaventure at Buenaventura and came away with a close victory, 299-308. Osborne was once

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