50 years ago: Remembering Nordhoff High School’s historic CIF basketball championship

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Photo courtesy of Nordhoff High School 

The 1966-67 Nordhoff High School championship team includes (back row, from left) Stan Coburn, Mike Torres, Mark Mullenaux, Bruce Brubaker, Mike Probyn, Jim Sandefur, Gary Brown and head coach Fred Linkenhelt. Seated (from left) are Mike Terry, Mike Cook, Tom Spraggins and George Valle. The managers were Richard Conrad (front row left) and Rich Ingles.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Fifty years ago, Nordhoff embarked on a historical basketball season that stands alone in the annals of the Rangers athletic achievements. Coached by Fred Linkenhelt, they became the first Nordhoff team to win a CIF Southern Section championship. It remains Nordhoff’s only basketball CIF title.

The Rangers were 24-2 in the 1966-67 season and 11-1 in sharing the Tri-Valley League title

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