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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.

 NORDHOFF IN THE PLAYOFFS
 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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NHS more offensive than last year

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Junior running back Brayden Rogers (right) gets in the face of Nate Rhodes during the scrimmage.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School football team held its annual Blue and Gold scrimmage Aug. 11 and there was plenty of offensive firepower on display.
“It was fantastic,” exclaimed head coach Lance Wiggins. “I was pleased
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Fall isn’t just for football, other sports teams also preparing

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
The Nordhoff High School girls’ volleyball team, shown here last year against Villanova Preparatory School, will be a team to watch this fall.  
Ted Cotti,Ojai Valley News correspondent 
The Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Expectations depend upon diligence and the mechanic who would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
While football draws the lion’s share of attention during the fall sports
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Callender Cup is up for grabs

The Sundowners golf league concluded its 16-week regular season Aug. 15 at Soule Park Golf Course and the eight-team field for the Aug. 19 playoff event was set.
Teams will compete over 18 holes in an attempt to take home the Callender Cup trophy.
There is a tie for first place between Weapons of Grass Destruction and Chiefs IE. 
The Weapons have hovered around the lead all season and sit primed to take home their first championship. They had 59 points on the day thanks to the play
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Nordhoff Ranger football season at a glance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Ethan Sunder (No. 4), in last year’s action against San Marcos High School, will be one of the top returning players for the Rangers this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team will open its 2017 season on the road Aug. 25 against the Hueneme Vikings. For Ranger fans, this year’s opponents
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Nearing the end of the season, Shut the Putt Up makes some noise

The team of Shut the Putt Up was able to score a massive 71 points during week 15 of Sundowners golf league play, jumping into a tie for first place on the season.
The 71-point total ties the season-high point total for any team.
With only one week remaining in the regular season, teams were
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Commentary: Ojai Valley sports loses a legend with the passing of Tim Tuttle

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Ojai Valley News lost a great friend last week when part-time sports writer Tim Tuttle passed away unexpectedly. The news of Tim’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks and I am still trying to gather my thoughts and emotions. Although we normally communicated from afar, I grew to really like and respect Tim, so his passing is a huge loss.
Tim emailed me out of the blue a few years ago and in his typical humble fashion informed me that he grew up in Ojai and had “done a little sports writing” in the past and would be
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Nordhoff Ranger football putting in summer work

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
The Nordhoff High School football program got its season under way July 31 with the linemen getting in some agility work. According to head coach Lance Wiggins, the bigs up front will be a strength of this year’s squad. NHS will put in work before opening the season Aug. 25 in Hueneme at 7 p.m. The program also will host its annual Casino Night Aug. 12 at the Ojai Valley Community Church. For more details, call Mike Dawkins at 340-1057.

Mang-Go!: Villanova QB looks for another year of running wild

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Raegan Mang runs away from defenders in a game against The Thacher School last season. Mang has rushed for more than 3,000 yards in his three seasons as a starting quarterback.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Catching up with Villanova Preparatory School quarterback Raegan Mang is no easy task, just ask the defensive players in the Condor League. However, the Ojai Valley News was able to get Mang to sit still long enough to answer a handful of questions before the senior begins his final season as a Wildcat.
Mang has been Villanova’s starting quarterback since his freshman year and while his stats
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League teams battle down the stretch

The Sundowner golf league is nearing the end of its regular season and the playoff picture is still showing no signs of clarity.
There are 12 teams jockeying for eight playoff spots. Players know that only two weeks remain in the regular season and it is more important than ever that they play their best golf.
The Weapons of Grass Destruction have taken over the season lead
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Start of high school football season is just days away

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Eduardo Perez (right) zeros in on a Santa Paula High School player last season. Perez, who will be a junior this season, is one of many players the Rangers will be counting on this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With the start of the 2017 football season just a few days away, the Nordhoff High School players and coaches are enjoying a week off before beginning their fall practice schedule July 31.
NHS players and coaches have been hard at work this summer with passing leagues and off-season workout regimens. According to head coach Lance
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Club competition should make area volleyball teams stronger

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Several 14U Ojai volleyball players participated in club volleyball this summer and will now transition into local high schools.
Things should be looking up for years to come for fans of Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ volleyball. As always, the fortunes of the team can swing on the graduation or arrival of one or two key talented players. This year something remarkable is coming into play, a battle-tested, pre-packaged
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Ojai hosts top tennis players

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Scout Mathews, a standout at Ojai’s Weil Tennis Academy, hammers a serve at this week’s New Balance High School National Championship, in Ojai. The 15-year-old Mathews entered as the No. 3 seed in the Girls’ 18 singles, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Madeline Almeida of El Dorado Hills, Calif. See next week’s Ojai Valley News for the final results of the national championship event. 

VPS football set for fall action

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Senior quarterback Raegan Mang (right) and the Villanova Wildcats football squad hope to make the playoffs again this year. This year’s schedule for the Wildcats will include Bright Star, Aug. 26 (home); Desert, Sept. 1 (away); Riverside Academy, Sept. 9 (home); Pinewood, Sept. 16 (home); Bloomington Christian, Sept. 22 (away); Price, Sept 29 (home); Cate, Oct. 14 (away); Thacher, Oct. 21 (away); and Orcutt Academy, Oct. 28 (home).

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