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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

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Talent pool: Water polo rivalry goes to Villanova Prep

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Nordhoff’s Jay Inman (left) looks for an open teammate while Villanova Prep’s Luke Peterson plays defense in a hotly contested rivalry game.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd that was equally split between the crosstown rivals, host Villanova Preparatory School’s (VPS) boys’ water polo squad used its superior conditioning and balanced scoring to post a 20-14 victory over Nordhoff High School Oct. 14.
Seniors Jeffrey Wright, Ben Launius and junior Luke Peterson each scored three goals for the Wildcats, who improved to 11-3 overall and
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Lady Wildcats looking for first win

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The Villanova Preparatory School volleyball team is winless this season but they have fought hard and played with passion, according to head coach Kim Machnic. VPS will face Nordhoff High School Oct. 20 in its final game of the season. This year’s team consists of (from left) Machnic, Kate McAtee, Riley Ambrose, Taylor Johnson, Kyla Lenehan, Maddy Bailey, Brenna Norris, Margaux Sullivan, Ciara Lenehan and Kelly Valdez.

Nordhoff to face another tough test in Bishop Diego

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
A week after facing a tough St. Margaret’s High School team, the Nordhoff High School football program, and sophomore running back Brayden Rogers (above) will travel to Santa Barbara to face the Bishop Diego Cardinals in their Tri-Valley League opener. The Rangers enter the Oct. 22 game 2-5 on the season, while Bishop Diego is currently 5-2 and continues to be one of the best teams on the Central Coast. After dominating Bishop Diego in recent years, the Rangers had a rough time against their Tri-Valley League rivals last year after they came to Ojai and defeated NHS, 41-14. The game will be held at Santa Barbara City College with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Wildcats rebound from loss

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) football team rebounded from a lopsided 48-18 loss to The Thacher School with a solid 64-34 win over the Laguna Blanca Owls Oct. 14 in Santa Barbara.
The Condor League win pushes Villanova’s record to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. They are in line to host a first-round CIF Southern
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October Classic set for Oct. 29

Ojai Valley Community Hospital Foundation will present its 15th annual October Classic & Wellness Fair Oct. 29.
The Classic, which includes a 1K for youngsters, and both a 5K and 10K Run/Walk/Wheel, will begin registration at 7 a.m., with the races getting under way at 8 a.m. The 1K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wheelchair participants in the Classic will begin their race at 9 a.m.
Registration fees for entrants between 13 and 17 years, who register prior to Oct. 26, are $10, and increase to $20 for registrations
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New rowers club launched at Casitas

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Casitas Rowing has started a new group of rowers on Lake Casitas. The Casitas Crew-zers will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. allowing adults who cannot make the usual early morning workouts a chance to get out on a sculling boat. Visit www.casitasrowing.org for more information.

A Power struggle to the top of JTT

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Dolly Tong (right), from team In N Out, awaits a serve from her partner, Joe Hidley.
Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Power lost its first match by a single game, but has since won four straight and has now moved to the top of Junior Team Tennis (JTT) standings. Team Power overcame the previously unbeaten Vixons, 17-13. Vixons won the first doubles, 6-2, but Power came back with a sweep of the singles. Mikel Elizalde
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Armstrong leads Front Nine golf crew in magic putts

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News contributor
The Soule Park Ladies Front Nine week-five mini-tournament theme was “Magic Putt.”
Players were allowed to pick up one putt during their round and card one stroke for the putt.
First place went to Judy Armstrong and there was a second-place tie between Mitnee Duque and Sherry Doyle. Doyle also shared longest-drive honors with Joan Logan in their respective flights. Armstrong carded a personal-best 49 on the day while Duque had the fewest putts with 14 — along with lowest gross at 43.
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Nordhoff suffers 52-0 loss

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Ethane Sunder (No. 4) tries to shed a St. Margaret’s horse collar tackle.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Going into its Oct. 15 matchup against top-ranked St. Margaret’s High School, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football team felt as though they had a game plan that would allow then to compete against the Division 7 power. Things unraveled quickly for the Rangers, however, and they suffered a 52-0 beat down at the hands of the Tartans.
This loss drops the Rangers to 2-5 on the season.
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NHS to play rare Saturday game

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 the

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Banking on a late charge!

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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) and

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Peterson perfect in the polo pool

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 run

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Thacher hands Villanova its first gridiron loss

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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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