2001 sports year in review
· Nordhoff High School's girls' varsity soccer team
kept its three-year Frontier League unbeaten streak alive Wednesday
evening at Ojai Valley Community Stadium where they soundly defeated
the visitors from Santa Paula High School, 9-0.
· For the second time this season, the Thacher School
and Cate School girls' varsity soccer teams played to a scoreless
tie. Battling to defend their Condor League championship, the
Lady Toads were unable to score on the Rams Saturday in Carpinteria.
· Four Ojai Police Activities League wrestlers traveled
to San Jose for a Folkstyle Tournament at Overfelt High School
Saturday. Two came home with gold medals and another with a silver.
Ojai's Adam Oehmke took fourth in the 90-pound Schoolboy Division.
Schoolboy Heavyweight Ricky Beltran earned a silver medal with
the first pin of his career; 65-pounder Shaun Hastie earned a
gold. Ben Foley enjoyed a 14-1 win in the gold medal match.
· The boys' golf team from Nordhoff recorded an important
victory this week.
Nordhoff High's highly touted team served notice that they are
indeed for real, defeating perennial state contender Hart High
School, 382-383, in a nonleague match at Soule Park Tuesday.
· First year head coaches John Jenks and Denise Brenneke
learned that lesson the hard way Friday when their Lady Ranger
diamond squad - which has been none-too-shy about telling people
that "this is their year" -lost to visiting Santa Paula
High School 7-1 Friday.
· Ryan Fiore went three-for-four, drove in two runs and
scored twice, and starting pitcher David Valencia worked five
innings, allowing just four hits and no earned runs, as the Nordhoff
High School varsity baseball team defeated the visitors from
Malibu High School on the last day before Spring Break Friday
· The sun broke through the clouds just in time Saturday
afternoon to smile down upon Lori Stern as she became the first
Ojai native in the 101-year history of the Ojai Valley Tennis
Tournament to win the prestigious Girls' 16-and-Under Division
title. Approximately 2,500 tennis fans crowded around the court
in Libbey Park to watch Stern vie for her first Ojai title.
· Jason Burt and his Villanova Wildcats will hang another
Condor League championship banner for boys' varsity volleyball,
their seventh in the last nine years, after finishing the season
undefeated in league, at 8-0.
· Graduating Nordhoff High School seniors Dan Parziale
and Lacey Albrent received the highest athletic accolades extended
by NHS Wednesday night. Parziale was named this year's Mike Mikos
Award winner, and Albrent was named the Rudy Drewes Award winner.
· Ojai produced three excellent athletes, all earning
top California Interscholastic Federation honors. Nordhoff softball
team's senior shortstop Lacey Albrent earned All-CIF SS Division
IV first team honors. Thacher baseball team's senior pitcher
Matt Wilson earned All-CIF-SS Division VI first team accolades.
And Nordhoff baseball team's junior pitcher Travis Flowers was
named to the All-CIF-SS Division IV second team.
· Just Us Again secured its spot as the last undefeated
team in the Ojai Valley Women's Softball Association's 2001 summer
league, defeating previously undefeated Professional Auto, 8-6,
· Noah Lowry knows all about staying in the present and
accepting one challenge at a time. The son of Laurie and Stephen
Lowry of Meiners Oaks, Lowry fulfilled that prophesy Tuesday,
making his first professional start in Salem, Ore., where he
is playing for the San Francisco Giants' Class A Affiliate, the
· Everything went right -literally - for Rick Dowden
Tuesday. He sprayed balls into the rough to the right of the
green on holes one, two, four and five, seven and eight but aptly
scrambled for a par or bird each time. He scored four points
with an exciting birdie on seven, chipping in from 10 feet off
of the right of the green, judging speed and playing a big right-to-left
break perfectly, leaving the ball to dribble 20 feet before making
one last turn to drop gently into the cup.
· The Ojai Recreation Department crowned its Adult
Coed Softball League champions for the summer last week.
· Player-coach Doug Colbern directed the Boccali's/Brue's
Body Shop team to the Upper C Division title, finishing the season
a perfect 5-0.
· After dominating Lighthouse on the ground last week,
Villanova Preparatory School resurrected its passing attack Saturday
in Ojai and thumped Peace in the Valley High School of Fontana
31-8. Senior quarterback Cole Gibson led the Wildcats' attack,
completing 18 of 31 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns,
also finishing as the team's leading ground-gainer with 20 yards
and two touchdowns in five carries.
· Ken Reeves, Nordhoff High School's head boys' and girls'
cross country coach of 20 years, will resign at the end of the
2001 season. Current members of the team preparing to try to
reclaim CIF and state titles this month expressed "disappointment."
Colleagues and fellow members of the coaching fraternity expressed
· As predicted by coaches and players alike, Nordhoff's
varsity football team won 21-18 against the Calabasas Coyotes
Friday night. Nick Kaiser and Ian Campbell led the Rangers again
with the most yards, Campbell (74 yards) scoring two touchdowns
and Kaiser (121 yards) getting one.
· Nordhoff's 26th annual Girl's Varsity Basketball Tournament
turned out as many had predicted -- Saugus retained their first-place
title by beating out Channel Islands, 58-44, in the final championship
Ojai squads Nordhoff, Thacher and Villanova placed eighth, 15th
and 16th, respectively. Both Thacher and Villanova were knocked
out of the first-round games.
· Tuesday marked a fortuitous win for Nordhoff's Lady
Ranger soccer squad, as they prevailed over the Rio Mesa Spartans,
Nordhoff took charge of the game in the opening minutes, with
a goal by junior midfielder Jill Taylor. Joey Vega and Monica
Kenton scored a goal each, securing the win against the Spartans.
Senior goalkeeper Maureen Stovall was injured in the first half
and replaced by Taylor.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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