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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


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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First pitch for ORD softball set for August

07152014 ord adult softballThe Ojai Recreation Department’s Fall Adult Softball League will be starting the week of Aug. 3. Three leagues will be offered this fall: Monday Coed Upper Division, Friday Coed Lower Division, and Sunday Men’s Division.  League fees are $375 per team and each team will play at least 14 games.  Teams who are interested in joining a league should contact Matt Landon, Recreation Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 646-5581, Ext. 303. (photo submitted)
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Bryan brothers to host annual tennis event

Two-time Grand Slam singles champion and former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will reunite with winning 2008 French Open mixed doubles partner Bob Bryan this Saturday at the popular V-Grid Tennis Fest presented by Alexander Cadillac and Esurance and featuring Mike and Bob Bryan. The Bryan twins are multi-time champions of the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.

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Double Duffers announces plans for annual trip

The Double Duffers Golf Club played the monthly tournament a week late, July 10, due to Fourth of July holiday. The tournament, as always, was held at Soule Park Golf Course, and teed off at 8 a.m. The Duffers played a scramble format with 4-person teams and they concluded their event with lunch followed in the clubhouse.  

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Ranger gridders will play fast and will rely on ground game

07102014 KB nhs new coachFirst-year head coach Erik Monson and the Nordhoff Ranger football team finished their off-season activities this week. The Rangers will get back to work on Aug. 6. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff football program wrapped up its off-season activities this week and will now enter a three-week break. This summer the Rangers have been working hard to get acclimated to new head coach Erik Monson and his offensive scheme.

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Top Sundowner golf teams start flexing their muscle

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Sundowners group once again took to the front nine at Soule Park Golf Course and saw some of the best scores of the year. The course has rounded into shape after the greens were aerated two weeks ago, and the players took advantage of the favorable conditions.

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Thacher plays host to high-level soccer camps

07102014 HR Cal South soccerThe Thacher School is hosting multiple Cal South Olympic Development Player soccer camps this summer. Above, Luis Melgoza, a Ventura County resident, goes through an early morning warm-up before practice begins. Cal South also coordinated an elite girls' soccer camp and a goalkeeper and finishing specialty camp at the Thacher campus in recent weeks. (Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts)
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Former Ranger great taking charge for Gridiron Club

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
In a time when high school sports programs need as much fundraising help as possible, the Nordhoff Rangers are happy to have NHS legend Jessie Hawkins in their corner.

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Duff, Conrad top Front Nine event

Laura Reynolds, Ojai Valley News contributor
Judy Duff and Linda Conrad tied to win the Front Nine women’s Golf league mini-tournament recently. The first meeting of the summer league began with a nine-hole contest for fewest putts, with the unfortunate timing of Soule Park needing to aerate their greens the same week.

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Santino living childhood dream of becoming Nordhoff QB

07082014 KB NHS fb No8 qbNordhoff’s Austin Santino is finally getting his shot at being the starting quarterback for the Rangers, and he intends to take full advantage of his opportunity. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Last season as the Nordhoff Rangers were playing their way to back-to-back CIF Southern Section divisional titles, Austin Santino served as the team’s back-up quarterback, and no player wanted in the game more.

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