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    An assistant at the livestock auction helps keep track of bids Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Phoebe Gaston, 12, from the Citrus Valley 4-H, gets a nudge from her pig, Humphrey, during Friday's livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Adrienne Kearney, 9, from the Citrus Valley 4-H, psoes with her pig at the livestock auction Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Logan Rutherford, 11, with the Mira Monte 4-H club, hugs her pig Friday at the livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Taylor Brown, with the Mira Monte 4-H club, walks his steer at Friday's livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    4-H members watch the livestock auction Friday at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Alexis Biggs, with the Ojai Valley Grange, shows off her lamb during the livestock auction Friday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)

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    Anna Galbraith, with the Mira Monte 4-H, with her lamb just after it sold Friday at the Livestosck auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    An auction assistant reacts Friday during the livestock auction at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    The crowd waits for the next animal to be brought to the arena Friday during the livestock auction. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kelly Forrister)
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    Riders and rodeo hands prepare for the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)

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    Anthony Estas ropes a calf during the 2014 Ventura County Fair Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    A three-man team attempts to get a bronco out of the chute during the team saddle riding competition at the Ventura County Fair P.R.C.A. Rodeo Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Fans cheer as a rider competes in the bronco saddle riding competition during the 2014 Ventura County Fair P.R.C.A. Rodeo Sunday. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Xtreme Bronc Riding team members watch as their teammate, T. C. Buntin, takes off on a bronco during the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)
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    Kid Banuelos wraps his wrists in preparation for the final night of the 2014 P.R.C.A. Rodeo at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photo by Garrett Combs)

Latest sports

Two local youth baseball leagues finally agree to merge

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sport editor
After years of discussion and negotiations, the Ojai Valley now has only one youth baseball program. In years past, local youth had the option of playing in the Ojai Valley Little League (OVLL) or the PONY league, but due to declining numbers the leagues have merged and families will no longer have to choose between the two programs.
“We are excited about combining the two leagues,” OVLL President Kim Maxwell said. “It makes a lot
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Nordhoff basketball teams off to slow start in league play

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s Luc Emmord (left) wrestles away a rebound from Santa Paula’s Jose Lizarraga in a recent Tri-Valley League rivalry game.
Nordhoff’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are both winless three games into league action.
The Nordhoff boys’ team opened Tri-Valley League play at home against St. Bonaventure, who came in carrying a 20-game TVL win streak. The Seraphs made it 21-in-a-row, downing the Rangers, 62-44. Jake Williams came out firing for the hosts
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Tourney participants play up a storm, and around one too

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Rick and Jules Thompson hug after winning the sixth annual Ojai Holiday Tennis Challenge.
A rare and spectacular thunder and lightning storm in Ojai Jan. 7 postponed — but did not stop — the sixth annual Ojai Holiday Tennis Challenge.
Organizers of the adult-youth-doubles tennis tournament fundraising event managed to fit all the matches into one day. With the help and support of many volunteers who rolled and squeegeed the steaming courts the morning of Jan. 8, the tournament kicked off play at Ojai’s Libbey Park by 10:30 a.m.
Twenty-one doubles teams of adult and youth players, somewhat fewer than previous years, participated. The sun broke free of the clouds in time to highlight the players in both the “In for Fun” (eight teams) and “In to Win” (13 teams) divisions.
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Local volleyball players earn all Tri-Valley League honors

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts
Villanova Prep’s Brenna Norris (left) goes for a block against Nordhoff’s Stella Moore in a match this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Despite difficult seasons in 2016, the volleyball programs at Nordhoff High School (NHS) and Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) still had some postseason awards to celebrate recently. 
Nordhoff’s Lady Rangers went 8-15 overall and 3-9 in Tri-Valley League (TVL) play, a step back from the success the team has had in recent years. After getting hit hard by graduation, the Lady Rangers relied on a core group of younger players
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Lady Rangers basketball team earns its first win of the season

Nordhoff High School's girls' basketball team put its first notch in the win column, defeating Providence, 43-29, in a consolation game on the final day of the Carpinteria Tournament Dec. 30.
"It felt good to finally win," said head coach Ted Cotti, whose Rangers start Frontier League play this week at 1-8 overall. "We really struggled in tournament play in December, partly because we played some tough opponents but primarily
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Nordhoff hoopsters enter league play

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown 
The Nordhoff High School boys’ basketball team and guard Trevor Solano (above) are in the midst of their Tri-Valley League schedule. Upcoming games include a Jan. 6 home game against Santa Paula, a Jan. 9 road game against Santa Clara and then NHS returns home Jan. 11 to face Malibu. All three games tip off at 7 p.m.

Registration under way for Ojai Roadrunners’ 41st season

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Photo by Rich Reid
Last season, Ojai Roadrunner athlete Ashlee Henderson (above) finished fifth in the Ventura County Youth Track Co-Conference Championships in the girls’ high hurdles. Interested families can go to www.ojairoadrunners.org to register for the upcoming season. Children ages 7 to 16, of any athletic ability, are encouraged to participate. The Roadrunners teach the fundamentals of track and field. Athletes get fit, improve their speed, endurance and strength, and learn teamwork while competing in various running, jumping and strength events. This year marks the club's 41st season. Practice starts the week of Feb. 6 at Nordhoff High School.

Gibson, Gluyas capture senior scramble event

Lonnie Gibson and Don Gluyas shot a gross score of 5-under-par (67) to win the Soule Park Seniors’ recent weekly tournament. Second-place finishers were Tom Spraggins and Greg Stafford who combined to shoot 68.
In the second flight, Mark Grant and Joe Garcia’s net score of 57.4 edged Ken Myers
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Youth baseball sign-ups under way

Pony Baseball and Ojai Valley Little League have merged to usher in the New Year. This partnership will offer youngsters in the Ojai Valley the opportunity to play baseball within one league.
Visit ojaivalleylittleleague.com to register for all levels.
Player rating days are scheduled at Oak Dell Park Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. Players 6 to 12 years will be rated between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and players ages 13 and 14 should attend from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Oak Dell Park is at 18 Valley Road in Oak View.
Several volunteer positions remain vacant. Contact Kim Maxwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Ten Rangers earn TVL honors

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Devon Page, who earned a number of awards this season for the Rangers, powers past a San Marcos defender in one of Nordhoff’s wins. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Ten Nordhoff High School (NHS) football players earned postseason honors from the Tri-Valley League for their efforts on the gridiron this fall. Headlining this year’s postseason honors were seniors Brendon Looker and Devon Page who both earned first-team all-TVL honors.
Looker was Nordhoff’s biggest offensive threat this season, breaking the school record for most receptions in a game. He hauled
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Mang among local eight-man All-CIF honorees

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Reagan Mang earned All-CIF honors after scoring 29 touchdowns this fall for the Villanova Preparatory Wildcats.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) junior Reagan Mang was named to the eight-man-football all-CIF team. Mang helped the Wildcats to their best season in recent memory with an 8-3 overall record. They went 2-2 in Condor League action.
On the season, Mang threw for 426 yards and six touchdowns, and did most of his damage on the ground. The junior
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Nordhoff basketball hosting gold fundraiser

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown 
The 20th annual Nordhoff High School two-person scramble, a fundraiser for the boys' and girls' basketball teams, will return to Soule Park Jan. 29 with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. The event will feature gross competition only, but as always lots of drawing prizes will be up for grabs. Participants may pay day-of but need to reserve a spot ahead of time by contacting coach Ted Cotti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">.
 

Allen regains LPGA card

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Photo courtesy of Golfweek.com
Ojai’s Beth Allen watches an iron shot at the LPGA qualifying tournament where she tied for sixth place and regained her tour card. 
Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Beth Allen’s most successful year as a professional golfer has positioned her exactly where she wants to be — to play the tournaments of her choice on the LPGA and Ladies European Tour.
The 35-year-old Nordhoff graduate regained her LPGA Tour card
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