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The weight is almost over: Lift-a-thon kicks off NHS football season

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Returning letterman and lineman Manny Bautista shows off his strength in the dead lift.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program hosted the Friday Night Lights Family Festival July 13 on the school campus and according to head coach Lance Wiggins, the purpose of the event was to connect the Ojai Valley community to this year’s team and help fundraise for the upcoming season.
“We didn’t raise as much money as we’d hoped, but I thought the work we were able to do around building relationships with the community was well worth the effort,” said Wiggins. “There were a lot of families and lots of kids, which I thought was great. Also, a lot of the parents of our players got the opportunity to get up close while the kids were working out.”

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Daniel McGrew bench-presses 225 pounds during the Friday Night Lights Family Festival lift-a-thon.

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