Ranger sports squads look forward to fall
By Misty Volaski
Nordhoff Girls' Varsity Golf
The varsity girls' golf tees up their season tomorrow at Soule
Park Golf Course, where they'll play against Hueneme at 3 p.m.
Last year's squad, which graduated two of its key players, Jody
Peter and Kristin Johnson, placed second in the Frontier League.
Nordhoff Freshman Football
The freshman football squad will also be out in full force tomorrow
at home against Moorpark. Due to CIF-SS football regulations,
all freshman players will play on the frosh team for their first
year of high school football. Freshman wishing to compete on
the varsity squad must fill out a special CIF-SS-mandated form
and must get approval from their parents, coach, doctor and principal.
In the past, junior varsity and varsity squads brought skilled
younger players up to play with their older counterparts, only
to find those players sitting on the bench much of the time.
According to CIF-SS, this requirement, which became effective
last year, ensured freshman more playing time and a better chance
to develop their game.
Nordhoff Varsity and Junior Varsity Football
Again, graduation is an issue for the 2003-2004 varsity squad;
the past several years have found Ranger notables such as Nick
Kaiser, Jairus Rothermel and many more moving on to college squads,
leaving NHS to rebuild. Though this year's squad didn't make
it into the CIF-SS top 10 polls yet, this year's relatively young
team "has a lot of potential," coach Cliff Farrar said
of the squad at the end of last season.
The team already played a scrimmage against Rio Mesa last Friday,
but they kick off official Tri-Valley League play Friday night
at Moorpark High School, junior varsity at 4:30 and varsity at
Nordhoff Girls' Varsity, Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph Volleyball
The Nordhoff girls' volleyball squads will take on Rio Mesa tomorrow
at Rio Mesa, frosh/soph at 4 p.m., junior varsity at 5 p.m. and
varsity at 6 p.m.
The girls won the Frontier League last year, but got eliminated
in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. Many of last year's
key players, including Alison Bennett and Brittney Ferro, will
be back to lead the squad this year. However it may be difficult
to fill the shoes of outside setter Whitney Featherstone, a pillar
on the squad all four years she played for NHS. Also absent this
year due to graduation is Blair Waycasey.
Nordhoff Girls' Tennis
The Nordhoff girls' tennis squad will take on Ventura High School
Friday at 3 p.m. at VHS.
Nordhoff will serve up some key plays, especially from senior
Emily Johnston, who will be the team's top No. 1 singles player.
The team also has a new coach, Rebecca Cook.
Nordhoff Boys' Water Polo
The boys' water polo team will jump into Frontier League play
with a scrimmage against Cate today.
Varsity will play at 3:15, junior varsity at 4:15 and frosh/soph
will play at 5 p.m. They are coached in part by newcomer and
NHS graduate Peter Hickock, as well as Linda Swader and Geoff
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