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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.
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Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team will play a rare Saturday night game when it hosts St. Margaret’s Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. The Tartans are a powerhouse program from San Juan Capistrano and will come to the Ojai Valley with a solid 6-1 record. It is also theRegister to Read More
Photo by Tristan Jones
Former Nordhoff High School golf star Beth Allen celebrates after winning another event on the European Ladies Tour.
Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff High School graduate Beth Allen played the final nine holes 4-under par to charge to victory Oct. 9 in the Lecoste Ladies Open de France at the Golf de Chantco in the seaside town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
It was the second win and first this year on the European Ladies Tour for the 34-year-old Allen, who earned 37,500 Euros ($41,335.98) andRegister to Read More
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) boys’ water polo team continues to excel this fall, improving to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in Tri-Valley League action.
The team continues to thrive under first-year head coach Tim Settem and looks poised to make a playoff runRegister to Read More
Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
The Thacher Toads handed Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) its first football loss of the season. Villanova came into the Oct. 8 showdown with a perfect 5-0 record, but it was obvious early on the Wildcats would be no match for the Toads, who jumped out to a large first quarter lead. Thacher cruised to a 48-18 victory, led by senior running back Zion Alcindor, who rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. VPS will look to rebound Oct. 14 when it travels to Santa Barbara to take on Laguna Blanca (3-3) while Thacher will get a week off before facing a tough Flintridge Prep (4-1) team Oct. 22 on the Thacher campus.
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