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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


Ex-Ranger Andrade playing for national soccer title

07242014 HR NHS Boys SocAfter graduating from Nordhoff last month, Augie Andrade has been helping the Santa Barbara FC White attempt to win a national championship. Andrade will soon take his talents to Seattle University. (Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Recent Nordhoff graduate and Seattle University bound Augie Andrade is having an eventful summer on the soccer field. Andrade is currently in Germantown, Maryland playing in the 2014 United States Youth Soccer National Championships.

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Rangers return to the gridiron Aug. 29

07242014 KB nhs fb 21This season the Nordhoff football team will face a rigorous schedule: Aug. 29 at Channel Islands, Sept. 5 at Oak Park, Sept. 12 home vs. Lompoc, Sept. 19 home vs. North Torrance, Sept. 26 home vs. Paso Robles, Oct. 2 at San Marcos, Oct. 10 at Sierra Canyon (Granada Hills), Oct. 17 bye, Oct. 24 at Carpinteria, Oct. 31 home vs. Fillmore and Nov. 7 at Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara City College). (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
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Williams continues to pace Sundowners Golf

07242014 Robin Williams soule golfLocal golfer Robin Williams has been one of the Sundowners' most consistent performers this season. During week 13, Williams tied for week's low gross score. (photo submitted)
James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Sundowners golf league tackled the front nine at Soule Park Golf Course this past Tuesday as part of their week 13 action. The local golfers were met with fairly calm conditions and scores were low on average as a result.

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Newest Ojai swimmers learn the basics

07222014 HR Villanova summer swimSeveral preschool swimmers prepare for swim classes offered by the Ojai Recreation Department (ORD) at the Villanova High School pool earlier this summer. The neophyte swimmers are introduced to water skills, learn stroke development and then stroke refinement and improvement under the watchful eye of trained ORD instructors.

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Gridirion Club golf event raises much-needed funding for Nordhoff

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff Ranger Gridiron Club played host to 72 golfers last Sunday at the club’s annual golf fundraising event. According to tournament organizer and assistant coach Don Rodarte, the team led by local business owners and Nordhoff supporters, Dave Skaggs and Steve Perry, won the tournament in a cart off. “We raised a good amount of money, which will really help our program,” said Rodarte.

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Ojai scooter riders show tricks in Simi

07222014 HR Skatelab scooter MishaOjai 12-year-old Misha Ahumada-Forester flies over a ramp doing a “tuck-no” in the outdoor half pipe sector at Skatelab in Simi Valley during a recent scooter camp. Ahumada-Forester joined Ojai scooter riders Dylan Jackson, Kadin Mouderres, Keenan Porter and Wyatt Sims at the popular Simi Valley camp. (Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts)
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McClung notches first Front Nine victory

07222014 ladies Shirley McClung Shirley McClung recently won the Front Nine mini-tournament at Soule Park. Ronnie Rodriguez came in second, and Mitnee Duque finished third. McClung’s new driver made the difference as she claimed her first Front Nine victory. For longest drive, Debra Main hit her shot 188 yards on the fourth hole, while Peggy Brown drove hers 167 yards. The fewest putts contest went to Carole Borland and Susan Edge with 16 each. The low gross of the day went to Duque with a 47. (photo submitted)
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Villanova offering volleyball camp

Villanova Prep will be hosting a Volleyball Camp from July 28 to July 31 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The camp is intended for girls, and for the first time, boys, entering sixth through eighth grades. The cost will be $80 per player and any additional siblings will only be $40.
Anyone with questions can email VPS head coach Loren Wiggins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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Tanner logs 1-under-par at Soule Park Senior Golf

Last Monday, the Soule Park Senior Men’s Golf Club held an individual low gross-low net event as part of their weekly competition schedule. As always, the competition was tight and several players carded low scores on the day.

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Jauregui and Hernandez to anchor Nordhoff varsity offensive line

07172014 KB NHS fb v Corona DelMarIvan Jauregui (No. 74) and Jesus Hernandez (No. 55) are returning starters on the Nordhoff offensive line this season. NHS has a proud tradition of producing some of Ventura County’s best high school linemen and the big guys up front will be a force for the Rangers in 2014. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Over the years, the Nordhoff football program has enjoyed a long line of great offensive linemen. With the 2014 season approaching, the Rangers will once again be powered by a solid group up front. This season, Nordhoff welcomes back two starters from last year’s unit in Ivan Jauregui and Jesus Hernandez.

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Chiefs IE remain on top of Sundowners

07172014 sundowners cutting yorkR.J. Cutting (left) and Troy York of Chiefs IE have their team atop the Sundowner Golf League standings. (photo submitted)
James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Sundowners’ season reached the three-quarter mark this past Tuesday at the Soule Park Golf Course. The back nine has proven to be much more difficult for the league this year, and the league as a whole put up lower point totals than average. The race to the playoffs and second half awards will heat up over the next four weeks and there figures to be quite a bit of movement among the top teams.

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Ranger Gridiron Club hosting golf tournament Sunday

07172014 KB nhs fb banner runThe Nordhoff Gridiron Club will be hosting their third annual Gridiron Club Golf Tournament Sunday at Soule Park Golf Course. The annual fundraiser is held to help raise funds for football equipment and transportation. Entry fees are $115 per golfer and all proceeds go to the Gridiron Club. For more information or to register for the event, call coach Don Rodarte at 797-2147. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
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Tanner tops Nassau tournament

The Soule Park Senior Men’s Club met July 7 at the Soule Park Golf Course and held an Individual low net Nassau event. In the Nassau tournament, the player winning the front nine takes top honors, the player winning the back nine is recognized, and then the player with the low 18-hole total is also honored.

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Ojai Valley youths catch the surfing bug

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Maya Mouderres gives a big thumbs up as she catches a wave during her first ever week of surf camp at Solimar Beach in Ventura. The surf camp is offered through the Ojai Recreation Department for four separate weeks this summer under the experienced tutelage of head instructor, Kip Atwater. Wetsuits, surf boards and boogie boards are provided if needed. Mouderres has caught the surfing bug and has been riding the waves nonstop since getting up for the first time. She plans on doing at least two more weeks of camp this summer. (Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts)
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Wildcats end summer with three wins in Carpinteria

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Villanova Prep boys’ basketball team (3-10) finished off their summer season on a high note by winning three games at the Carpinteria Summer Tournament. In their first game, the Wildcats lost to the Dos Pueblos Chargers, 30-21.

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