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Houck, senators take on car makers

Kit Stolz, Ojai Valley News correspondent
It’s been almost 10 years since Cally Houck lost her daughters, Jacqueline and Raechel Houck, in a horrific fire and crash caused by a safety defect in a rented Chrysler PT Cruiser. Tuesday, the Ojai mom appeared at a press conference in Sacramento in support of a bill by State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson that would require car dealers to inspect and repair used cars for safety defects before sale or loan.

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Nordhoff represented at U.S. Youth Soccer Nationals

07292014 Augie Andrade teamFormer Nordhoff Ranger Augie Andrade — pictured here celebrating with his teammates — helped lead his Santa Barbara club team to a national championship last week. Another Ranger, Jules Pasco, also played in the national tournament, but his team fell in the semifinals. (photos submitted)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Former Nordhoff standout Augie Andrade and the Santa Barbara FC White soccer team claimed the Under-18 Boys National Championship at the 2014 US Youth Soccer National Championships Sunday. The national championship was the first of Andrade’s young soccer career. “Last year my team made it to the semifinals of the first tournament, so this is by far the furthest I’ve gone,” he said.

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Ojai's Woodcock serves up a loss to Conejo Oaks

07292014 jon woodcock baseballOjai pitcher Jon Woodcock lets one fly for the Santa Barbara Foresters during a recent game. (photo submitted)
Ojai Valley’s Jon Woodcock has been one of the Santa Barbara Foresters’ most productive pitchers this summer.
Woodcock helped lead the Foresters to a 36-9 regular season record and they claimed the California Collegiate League regular season title with a 2-1 victory over Conejo Oaks on Monday afternoon.

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Reserved tickets for Nordhoff football games to go on sale

07292014 KB nhs fb baylee rogersThe Nordhoff High School football squad is back in action next month! Members of the Nordhoff Parent Association (NPA) have an opportunity to purchase up to four reserved football seats per family at $20 per seat to see players like Baylee Rogers (No. 26).

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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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