Legendary coach Dick Gould to be honored Thursday

04222014 dick gouldFormer Stanford tennis coach Dick Gould has taught some of the country’s best young tennis players. (photo submitted)
Legendary former Stanford University men’s tennis coach Dick Gould has been chosen as the honored guest at this year’s 114th annual Ojai Tennis Tournament welcome reception and barbecue, set for 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Libbey Park.

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Ojai baseball teams looking for key wins

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Several local high school baseball and softball teams are entering the stretch run of their seasons. Most are in need of key league wins if they hope to qualify for the postseason.

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Ranger volleyball team notches big win versus Carpinteria

04222014 NHS b vballThe Ranger volleyball team is making big strides this year, both inside and outside of the gym. (photo submitted)
The Nordhoff boys’ volleyball team played its best game of the year last week in a win over Carpinteria. The junior varsity squad won in three (25-11, 25-23 and 15-3), and the varsity team also made quick work of the Warriors (25-21, 25-9 and 25-21). The Rangers were led by Chris Colburn (11 kills and two blocks), Tiarnan Nelson (10 kills and four aces) and Rowan Gaddis (eight kills and two aces).
Head coach Travis Watkins said, “It’s been an incredible and fun season coaching such a large and dedicated group of boys … many play multiple sports. Most of varsity has now been playing three or four seasons with me, and it’s going to be sad seeing them leave after this year."
The Ranger spikers are also doing well in the classroom, added Watkins. "They have helped change the sport at Nordhoff," he said.
The 2014 Nordhoff program includes: Nelson (top row from left), Colborn, George Cole, Killian Foote, coach Watkins, coach Josh Bergmann, Edward Banuet, Daniel Colohan, Anthony Orin, Taylor Rowson-Moir and Gaddis; Remington Martin (middle row, from left), Austin Baker, Jarred Bergmann, Layne Bell Shaun Boynton and Dylan McEttrick; Brendon Looker (bottom row from left), Ciarian Nelson, Sikeli Jorgensen, Max Badger, Kristian Munnikuis and Kangchen Tsering. Not pictured are Noel Lupercio, Zackary Funk, Daniel Yanex, Marc-Luca Conley, Andre Ryder and Nick Sterling.
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Stray tennis balls will not get far at 'The Ojai'

For the first time in its history, “The Ojai” is introducing adult ball person teams, consisting of "old-looking fast people."
Two of the 12 squads will be made up of adults, with the remaining squads filled with juniors from age 9 to 19. According to event organizers, this may also be the first time in "The Ojai" history that the players will be asking the ball boys for autographs.

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Lady Ranger softball crew in the hunt for post-season berth

04172014 HR NHS Softball 2013 007Nordhoff head coach Don Rodarte (right) guides one of his players into third base last season. This year, the Lady Rangers are in third place in the Tri-Valley League standings and in the thick of the playoff race. (photo by Holly Roberts)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff Lady Ranger softball team is right in the mix for a post-season berth once again this spring. As NHS heads into crunch time, the girls are currently 6-8-1 overall and 3-2 in Tri-Valley League action.

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Golf event a big hit for local little league

04172014 ovll golfersOn April 5, the Ojai Valley Little League (OVLL) and Ojai Valley Girls’ Softball League (OVGSL) held their annual golf tournament fundraiser at the Soule Park Gold Course.

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Sanders earns MVP award in All-Star game

04172014 jamel sanders besant hillBesant Hill School’s Jamel Sanders recently took part in the CIF Division 6 All-Star basketball game. There, he earned the Most Valuable Player Award.

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Front Nine golfers focus on short game

Laura Loebe, Ojai Valley News contributor

The Front Nine Women’s Golf Group played its weekly Thursday game with an interesting twist. After scoring their normal round, golfers were given one point for each one putt and two points for that elusive no putt, or chip in.

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Nationals are the next goal for Lake Casitas Rowers

04172014 casitas rowersThe Casitas Rowing Team recently made the trip to San Diego for a day of racing, and made its first junior final in the International Race the San Diego Crew Classic. The team was comprised of Jimmy Byrne (from left), James Mcbride, Ojai resident Ben Cassidy, Ojai resident Spencer Solano, Cole Bindus, Ojai resident Mark Town, Jack Beguelin, Luc Landry and Emma Bangs. In two weeks, the rowers will head to Sacramento as they attempt to qualify for the national championships. (photo by Pascal Landry)
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Erik Monson to lead Nordhoff football

Mike Miller

Nordhoff High School announced today that they have hired Erik Monson to take over the Ranger football program.

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Ojai Valley School baseball crew has promising future

04102014 OVS baseball Connor FloydOjai Valley School junior Connor Floyd dives into third base after hitting a triple earlier this year. Floyd and the Spuds are currently 5-2 on the season as they head into their spring break. (photo by Kai Lin)
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
As the Ojai Valley School heads into its spring break, they have to be pleased with where their baseball team stands after seven games. The Spuds are currently 5-2 overall and 0-1 in Condor League play.

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Mataisz Memorial golf contest set for May 31

The 25th annual George Mataisz Memorial Golf Tournament and social event is scheduled for May 31. The Mataisz Memorial serves as the main fundraiser for the Nordhoff High School golf programs. NHS head coach and event organizer Dick Sebek recently announced that the field will be limited to 60 players, so interested participants should plan accordingly.  

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Youth basketball team recruiting new players

04102014 ojai lightning bballA team from the Ojai Lightning Youth Basketball Program poses after a 2013 tournament. The Lightning is recruiting players again this season. (photo submitted)

The Ojai Lightning Youth Basketball Program is looking for both boys and girls from third grade to high school to participate in their basketball program. The Lightning is a not-for-profit that helps local youth enhance not only their basketball skills but also their knowledge of the game.

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Rangers hosting St. Bonny Friday

04082014 NHS baseball shane hersh

Nordhoff junior Shane Hersh reaches a tag to Oaks Christian’s Brent Schatz in a recent Tri-Valley League game. Hersh is currently batting .261 with two home runs and six RBIs. The Rangers will host St. Bonaventure this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. They’ll conclude their season series on Friday at St. Bonaventure. Both programs are in need of league victories. Nordhoff is currently 3-6 overall and 0-2 in league while St. Bonaventure is 5-6 overall and 2-2 in league action. (photo by Ken Brown)
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Tennis clinic sharpens Ojai juniors' skills

Jakob Vos, Ojai Valley News contributor
Promising local youth tennis players of all ages were personally selected by area tennis coaches to participate in the ninth annual Ojai High Performance Tennis Clinic, a free event sponsored by the Ojai Valley Tennis Club (OVTC). The exclusive clinic was organized and managed by Craig Fugle and coached by some of the most skilled tennis professionals in the valley.

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