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San Antonio students win Quickstart tennis event

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Willow Williams launches a forehand at “The Ojai” as part of the QuickStart Challenge last week. The event attracted 30 youth tennis players from local Ojai elementary schools. (photo by Holly Roberts)

The 114th Ojai Tennis Tournament was the perfect setting for the sixth annual Ojai Quickstart Tennis Challenge. The draw of 30 enthusiastic third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school students participated in the 10-and-under match play.

Participants in last week’s event  represented several local schools, including San Antonio Elementary School, Ojai Valley School, Montessori School and Topa Topa Elementary  School.
Challenge participants played 10-point doubles matches. Winners advanced to the main draw, while runners-up moved into the consolation draw with single elimination thereafter. Every Challenge player left with a tennis bag, wrist band and a T-shirt, compliments of Gina Havelka and the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA). The Ojai Valley Tennis Club provided trophies and two new Wilson tennis racquets for the winners of the main draw.
• Main draw winners: Roman and Belladora Moga (San Antonio)
• Main draw finalists: Kadin Mouderres and Jayden Winbury (Montessori School)
• Consolation draw winners: Ryan Farrell and Hayden Houseman (Ojai Valley School)
• Consolation draw finalists: Kevin McDonald and Matthew Bertin (Topa Topa School)
Funded through a grant received from the 2009 United States Tennis Association’s “Best Tennis Town” award, the Ojai Recreation Department now offers a free QuickStart Tennis program at schools across the Ojai Valley during the academic year. With additional financial support from the Ojai Valley Tennis Club — and help from volunteer coaches — the QuickStart program continues to encourage a love of the game by creating early success using age- and size-appropriate racquets, low-density balls, smaller courts and lower nets.
 “I want to thank the wonderful team of volunteers who helped organize this challenge including Kathleen Rogers, Jakob Vos and Leslie Gache and all the other volunteers who donate their time year round,” said Philippe Gache, Ojai’s QuickStart coordinator.
 For more information about the QuickStart Tennis Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 651-0405.
© Ojai Valley News, 2014


Saturday at Soule: Gridiron Club to host Casino Night

08192014 KB NHS-fb Blue Gold 2014The Nordhoff Rangers recently held their annual Blue and Gold scrimmage as they ramp up their preparation for the 2014 season. The Ranger Gridiron Club will be hosting its annual Casino Night this Saturday. The event will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Banquet Room at Soule Park Golf Course.

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Local swimmer claims five golds at World Masters Championship

08192014 wenke seiderOjai’s Wenke Seider displays the five gold medals she won recently. (photo submitted)
More than 6,000 swimmers competed in the seven-day FINA World Masters Championships held earlier this month. On the first day of competition, local swimmer Wenke Seider swam to a first place finish in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:15.95. On the second day of the meet, Seider swam to a first place win and a new United States Masters Swimming (USMS) record in the 50-meter butterfly, posting a time of 29.04.

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Chiefs claim Callender Cup

08192014 chiefs sundownersChiefs Bruce Leichtfuss (from left), Kenny Wiksell, R.J. Cutting, James Casey, and Troy Erickson claimed the 2014 Callender Cup in this summer’s Sundowner Golf League. (photo by Ted Cotti)
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
And then there was one.
After 16 weeks of nine-hole competition followed by an 18-hole playoff last Saturday, the Sundowners Golf League finally crowned its 2014 champion.

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Beckett sinks win in Soule Seniors golf league

Last Monday, the Soule Park Senior Men’s Golf Club held an individual net Nassau at Soule Park Golf Course.
When all of the scorecards were tallied, flight one was paced by Chris Beckett, who was the front nine winner with 29. Greg Stafford took the back nine with 33. The total score victory went to Barry Long with 65.

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Ojai Eagles hosting family barbecue

08142014 KB eagles fb 33The Ojai Eagles Youth Football League will be hosting its annual family barbecue Aug. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. The Eagles are also offering a family four-pack, which will serve two adults and two children, for $30.

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Nakao-Mauch to lead NHS athletic department

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
When Tony Henney resigned to take a position at Trabuco Hills High School last spring, Nordhoff High School had to not only find a new head football coach but also a new athletic director.

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Callender Cup up for grabs in Sundowner Golf League

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The regular season of the Sundowners Golf League came to a close on Tuesday as teams made a last-ditch effort to vault themselves into the postseason.

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1984 Olympic medalist returns to Lake Casitas for one more row

08122014 casitas rowersOlympic bronze medalist Lars Nielson, of Denmark, rowed at Lake Casitas during the Summer Olympic Games in 1984.

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Ranger gridders face difficult non-league schedule in 2014

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Former Nordhoff head coach Tony Henney used to schedule top level non-league teams to prepare the Rangers for Tri-Valley League action. Henney is now coaching at Trabuco Hills, but he leaves behind yet another challenging non-league schedule for the Rangers.

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Men's club shambles

08122014 andrew bon puttAndrew Bonsignori looks to sink a putt in a Soule Park Men’s Club event last Saturday. Bonsignori helped his team to a second-place finish. (photo by Ted Cotti)
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
The Soule Park Men’s Club played a four-man, two-best ball shamble Saturday at Soule Park.

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Duffers continue summer tourneys

The Double Duffers monthly golf tournament was held Aug. 7 at Soule Park Golf Course with the Duffers teeing off at 8 a.m. The tournament was followed by lunch in the clubhouse restaurant.

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Sundowner golf action heating up

08072014 ryan blatz golfRyan Blatz of the Weapons of Grass Destruction team tees off on the 10th hole in recent Sundowner golf action. Blatz has his team in prime position to challenge for the coveted Callender Cup. (photo submitted)
James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Sundowners Golf League once again took to the Soule Park Golf Course Tuesday for Week 15 action. Action is picking up as players jockey for playoff position with the season drawing to a close.

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Grinnell, Duff share a big day on the links in Front Nine Golf

08072014 ladies golf souleJudy Duff (left) and Mechas Grinnell played to a tie in last week’s Front Nine Golf League’s mini-tournament. (photo submitted)
Mechas Grinnell and Judy Duff both played their best golf rounds of the year to tie for the win in the Front Nine Women’s Golf mini-tournament last week. Grinnell carded a 49 while Duff pulled in a 42 (gross) final score.

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Local tennis squad makes sectionals

08072014 ladies tennisThe Ojai Women's 3.0 United States Tennis Association team is headed to the sectional finals in Orange County on Aug. 22. In order to qualify for the sectionals, the local ladies won their district tournament.

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AYSO recruiting soccer coaches for U-14 program

American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Region 147 is looking for volunteers that would be willing to spend time coaching one of two teams within their U14 Boys’ Division.
Interested candidates would need to be 18 years of age or older, sign up as a volunteer with AYSO and also pass a background check.

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