2002 Year in Review;
January - June
· Thacher's varsity lacrosse team slams 15 goals on Windward
The Toads scored goal after goal on their league rivals. At the
end of the first quarter, Thacher was up 5-0, and never looked
back, taking it to the Los Angeles team, 15-1. The win improved
Thacher's overall record to 4-0, and 3-0 in league play.
· Nordhoff's junior varsity boys' soccer team goes undefeated
Nordhoff's boys' junior varsity soccer team is currently undefeated
- and coach Alejandro Garcia couldn't be prouder. "I am
really proud of how they're playing. They're really into the
game." The boys are currently 4-0. The boys' recent 11-0
win over Santa Clara was deemed by players Peter Deneen and Carlos
Gomec to be "a joke" and "a bloodbath."
· Lady Ranger kickers top league - again
For the fourth year in a row, the Lady Rangers took the Frontier
League title. The title was confirmed after Wednesday's win against
Malibu, 5-0. It was Nordhoff's eighth shutout in the past 21
· Villanova's boys' basketball crew bests Laguna for title
As the buzzer rang, signaling the end of the Villanova/Laguna
Blanca boys' basketball game, the Ojai Valley gained yet another
league champion. The Wildcats and the Owls duked it out in an
extremely close game, with Villanova netting one more basket
than Laguna Blanca.
Though the Owls were never able to pull ahead of Villanova, they
were never far behind, always within three points of the undefeated
'Cats. The win guaranteed VPS a berth in the playoffs.
· Ranger Hawkins sets discus record
The Nordhoff High School track and field team, under the leadership
of new coach Danny Everett, ran to a second-place finish in the
Carpinteria-sponsored Rincon Races and Field meet on Saturday,
March 2. Leading the charge and setting a new Nordhoff school
record in the discus was senior Jordan Hawkins, with a throw
of 161 feet, 8 inches, beating Jeff Parish's 1988 record of 159
feet, 2 inches.
·55 Ojai youths to play in "The Ojai"
The 102nd Ojai Tennis Tournament welcomes 55 youths from all
over the world to compete in the Ojai Valley.
However, many of these youths are from Ojai itself, and hope
to follow in the footsteps of people like Lori Stern, the only
Ojai youth ever to win her age division.
· NHS tennis players to compete in The Ojai
Nordhoff's boys' tennis team is full of fresh new faces, some
of which, like Tyson Barker, Andrew Nelson and Rhett Walker,
are beginning to stand out.
Top doubles team Barker and Walker, and top singles player Andrew
Nelson, all of whom are buddies, are planning to play in the
102nd Ojai Tennis Tournament. Each of the three enthused that
they were very honored to play in "The Ojai."
· Grilli tops the Ojai Tennis Tournament
Rodrigo Grilli of UCLA defeated Alex Vlaski, 6-3, 6-4
for the Pac-10 singles men's championship. Gabriela Lastra
of Stanford defeated Jewel Peterson of USC, 6-3, 6-3 for the
Women's Pac-10 singles title. The Men's Open Singles title went
to Peter Jeschke of Montecito, who defeated Mark Ellis
of Ventura, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. The Women's Open Singles
championship went to Dina McBride of Woodland Hills, who
defeated Stacy Margolin Potter of Ojai, 6-4, 3-2.
· NHS golfers finish 5th in CIF match
The Nordhoff High School golf team finished in fifth place out
of 20 teams that advanced to the CIF playoffs in a tournament
held last week at Soule Park Golf Course.
The Rangers shot a team score of 387, paced by junior Mike Bensley
who shot an even par 72. Other notable rounds included Andrew
Bonsignori and Alex Dwire, each posting 77s, Tyler Brown, who
shot a 78 and Nathan VanEtten who had an 83.
· VPS spikers fall in second round CIF
The Villanova finished first in the Condor League with a 14-4
overall record, they fell in the second round after a bye.
Against St. Margret's, Villanova was the underdog. The Wildcats'
loss was exacerbated by the combination of playing on an unfamiliar
court and a five-hour bus ride, said Burt. "They just had
good ball control. They knew our weaknesses," Burt added.
·Thacher spears Avalon Lancers in final at-bat
The Toad's winning run against Avalon came off the bat of Dan
Bartlett, who hit a single which allowed Caldwell to cross home
plate for the win. The final score was Thacher, 4, Avalon, 3.
The win improved Thacher's record to 19-3 and advanced them to
the Division VI finals against Grace Brethren, a team the Toads
beat 5-4 in regular season play, but lost to Grace Brethren in
the finals for second place.
·Anaheim Angels draft Weedon in 37th round
Nordhoff senior Trevor Weedon was picked by the Anaheim Angels
in the 37th round of the draft.
As the Rangers' catcher, Weedon and his team made it to the CIF
playoffs each year.
·Thacher announces addition of football team to school
The Thacher School will join the growing Condor League trend
of adding an eight-man football team to the school's fall sports
They follow competitors such as Laguna Blanca and Villanova Preparatory
in adding the team to the school's already-large array of extracurricular
Thacher's faculty and students considered several other sports
like water polo, but finally decided to add football.
© 2003 The Ojai Valley News
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JIMMY MADIGAN led the Toads to a record-breaking second place
in CIF playoffs - a feat never before accomplished by Thacher.