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Best of Ojai Valley contest voting starts next week

It is once again nearing the time when Ojai Valley residents get to vote for the businesses that were their favorites over the past year.
The Ojai Valley News will open voting in its 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley contest Aug. 1 at 12:01 a.m. Voting will end Sept. 15 at noon and the results will be published in the 2014 Best of the Ojai Valley supplement that will be included in the Oct. 17 edition of the Ojai Valley News.

Like last year, voting will be entirely electronic. Unlike years past, however, instead of going to a third party survey website, the survey will be hosted on www.ojaivalleynews.com, the Ojai Valley News and Ojai Valley Visitors Guide website.
“We work hard to find new and innovative ways to make the contest as fair as possible, but also keep the fun in it for our voters,” explained Ojai Valley News publisher Tim Dewar. “This year, everyone who wants to vote will register on our website first. Current subscribers will be able to vote without registering again as soon as the survey is posted. Non-subscribers will have to fill out a short form and verify their email address before voting. That way,” Dewar explained, “we can make sure people are only voting once and will be better able to administer the survey.”
Last year, according to Dewar, 41,307 votes were recorded from 1,413 voters answering 132 questions. This year, there are 134 questions and voters can skip any they wish. Each question will also allow voters to "write-in" an answer if their favorite is not included in the menu list.
“Businesses getting the highest percentage of votes are those that will be included in the following year's list,” Dewar added.  “So write-in votes are important not only in helping businesses win this year, but in having them included in that question’s list next year.”
To become a registered user, voters must go to www.ojaivalleynews.com and click on the “create an account” link inside the login box near the top left side of the page. After supplying a username and password that can be linked to a valid email address, voters will need to verify their registration by clicking the link contained in the email the system will send to them.  Dewar said this information will never be sold or given to a third party and will not be used for purposes other than the administration of the Best of the Ojai Valley survey.
To begin the survey, voters should log in to the site using the login box near the top of the home page and then follow the Best of Ojai Valley contest link in the menu bar at the top of the home page.
To help voters find the questions that most interest them, the survey is segregated into services, retail, food & drink, health & beauty and other sections. Voters can skip categories by scrolling to the bottom of each page and clicking the next button.

Click here to register to take the survey. It's free.

If you are a subscriber, simply log in to our site and then click the Best of Ojai Valley link in the main menu bar.
© Ojai Valley News, 2014

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Monster matchups: All three local teams facing tough opponents

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Senior lineman Spencer Bliss (No. 50) returned to action last Friday night against San Marcos and made an immediate impact. Friday, Bliss and the Rangers will host Sierra Canyon at 7 p.m.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Nordhoff High School, Villanova Preparatory and Thacher School all face tough matchups on the gridiron this week.

Nordhoff, who is coming off its first win of the 2015 season, will play host to the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers in its final nonleague game of the season.

Osborne is driving force behind Ranger’s recent golf success

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti

Nordhoff’s Bailey Osborne is averaging a round of 48 this fall for NHS. She is also a two-time, team MVP.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Bailey Osborne and the Nordhoff girls’ golf team continue to impress this fall. 

The Lady Rangers have won three matches in a row and are currently 5-2 in Tri-Valley League action. 

Their current winning streak started Sept. 24 when they hosted Foothill at the Soule Park Golf Course. NHS won, 283-293, thanks to final scores of 46 by Osborne and a 52 by Kayci Jakab.

Team Cream rises to the top

In last week’ Junior Team Tennis (JTT) action, Team Maroon handed the Green team its first loss of the season with a come-from-behind, 16-14, victory. Elizabeth Russell and Veronica Palmer led with a 6-5 doubles win for Green, but Fabio Lauretta came right back with a 5-1 singles win. Palmer and Russell added singles wins to give Green an 11-10 lead. Lauretta teamed with Hina Suzuki for a 6-3 doubles win to clinch the match.

Team Pink also rallied to overcome team Blue, 17-11. Claire Quackenbush and Michaela Boydston gave blue the early lead with a 6-4 doubles win.

Thacher earns big win, Villanova Prep falls to the Owls

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Over the years, the Thacher Toads (2-2) and Faith Baptist Contenders have engaged in some epic football games.
Last Saturday, the two programs locked horns once again with Thacher prevailing, 36-30.
Thacher got on the board first when junior running back Jacques Robles scored on a fourth-down play from 8 yards out to give the Toads the early 6-0 advantage.

A Royal beating: Nordhoff earns first victory of the season

100615 kb nhs san marcosNordhoff wide receiver Regin Wilson (right) has evolved into one of the most electrifying players in recent years for the Rangers. Wilson had two catches for two touchdowns in a win over the San Marcos Royals. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff Rangers were looking for a win Friday night against the San Marcos Royals in hopes of turning their season around and they got one. With their 25-13 win over San Marcos, the Rangers improved to 1-5 on the season

Duque wins golf club’s toss two tournament

The first two tournaments of the Front Nine Golf Club’s pre-holiday session have been played under very warm conditions at Soule Park. Week one was played Sept. 17 with the tournament winner selected by least putts.
Jodi Martin and Debra Main tied with just 15 putts during their round. 
The longest drive for the white sheet went to Holly Mitchem at 187 yards and the blue sheet winner

Nordhoff tops San Marcos for first win of season

(Updated with 13 photos from the game)

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Nordhoff's Ryan Mahler stretches for additional yardage after a big play early in the first quarter. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)

By Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Nordhoff Rangers notched their first win of the season Friday night when they defeated the San Marcos Royals 25-13 in a non-league match up. NHS jumped out to a 25-0 lead but then the Royals closed the gap in the second quarter to make the score 25-13 at the half.

NHS netters off to fast start

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Kloe Keeter works on perfecting her digs as teammate Odessa Runyan looks on during a recent Nordhoff practice. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
The Nordhoff girls’ volleyball program is poised to return to the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
The Lady Rangers have been one of the most successful high school sports programs in the Ojai Valley in recent years

Rangers ready: Team poised for win against San Marcos

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Jeff Beckham, also known as Ranger Jeff, has been patrolling the sidelines in an effort to fire up the NHS cheerleaders and fans at home football games. He hopes his cheers and fancy footwork will help motivate the Rangers to a win over San Marcos. Fans can cheer with Ranger Jeff Friday at 7 p.m. (Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Friday, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) varsity football team will return home after playing its last three games on the road.
NHS will welcome the San Marcos Royals (1-4) to the Ojai Valley Community Stadium and the Rangers are determined

Three teams perfect in Junior Tennis

Team Sapphire smoked team Ash, 17-7, in week two of the Junior Team Tennis (JTT) league. Sapphire, improving to 2-0, jumped into an early 11-4 lead with a doubles win from Shawn Rothermel and Robert Russell, and a singles win from Max Mendoza.
Pink dropped Gray, 20-8. Emma Russell, Danny Ortiz, and Avery Tallakson led 15-1 going into the last set. Elias Simon and

Wildcats shine bright under lights

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Villanova Prep defensive back Anthony Martinez (No. 28) leads a pack of VPS defenders to a Lone Pine ball carrier in last Friday night’s homecoming victory for the Wildcats. (Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar)
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
It was an electric atmosphere at Villanova Prep School Friday night. Literally.
The Wildcats played a night game at home for the first time in the program’s 91-year history. With the stands full, fans took to beach chairs and the hillside grass to take in the non-league, homecoming game against Lone Pine.
Villanova easily won, 60-25.

Oh no Ojai: NHS still winless

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Nordhoff senior Daniel Williams goes up for a catch against Oak Park earlier this season. Williams threw a 71-yard touchdown pass and caught a touchdown against the Paso Robles Friday. 
(Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor
Friday, the Nordhoff Rangers made a long drive north to face the Paso Robles Bearcats in a non-league matchup. The game served as Paso Robles’ homecoming and the stands were packed.
Although the Rangers gave the Bearcats a scare early, the host team would eventually pull away for a 52-21 victory, dropping the Rangers to 0-5 on the season.

NHS golfers off to 2-2 start in league

The Nordhoff girls’ golf team is off to a 2-2 start in Tri-Valley League action this fall. Earlier this month, the Lady Rangers opened their season against La Reina at Sunset Hills and fell, 235-321. NHS was paced by Bailey Osborne, who finished with a round of 53.
In week two, NHS took on St. Bonaventure at Buenaventura and came away with a close victory, 299-308. Osborne was once

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