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Nordhoff girls claim league title

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Photo by Dave Hankins
Nordhoff girls’ varsity volleyball team celebrated Senior Night on Oct. 9 to honor the contributions of Malina Cate (top row, left) and Ava Drury (top, right). The team includes, from left, Ashley Johnson, Sasha Frazier, Lauren Dingman, Julia Hankins, Eliana Davis, Devin Clawson, Holly Neville and Kolbe Fink.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
As expected, the Nordhoff High School girls’ volleyball team continues to have a stellar season. The Lady Rangers recently capped their regular season with a 3-0 victory over Hueneme, making their final record 20-2 overall and they were perfect in the Citrus Coast League with a 10-0 record.
“The girls have had a really good season so far and it’s been a total team effort,” said Nordhoff head coach Rene Nakao-Mauch. “When we have had injuries or illness, someone else has stepped up to fill in where needed. Last year, we showed a lot of grit and went pretty far in the playoffs and with a number of returning players, I figured we’d be competitive again.” 
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Rangers outlast Hueneme

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff High School senior Manny Bautista (right) does all he can to help his running back Brayden Rogers (center) fight for more yards against the Hueneme Vikings.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School football team won its third consecutive Citrus Coast League game Oct. 12 with a 45-21 victory over a stubborn Hueneme Viking squad. With the win, the Rangers took sole possession of second place in the league standings and took a big step toward a playoff berth.
Nordhoff scored on its opening drive of the game, thanks to a fake punt conversion by junior Korey Stevens. From there, sophomore quarterback Leeram Stoneman showed some nifty footwork in the pocket and then found senior wide receiver Jesse Diaz for a 33-yard gain down to the Hueneme 3-yard line. 
On the very next play, Stoneman handed the ball to senior running back Brayden Rogers and he powered into the end zone to give NHS the early 7-0 advantage.
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Rangers aim to take a bite out of Sharks

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Nordhoff High School football team will travel to face the Malibu Sharks Oct. 19 in Malibu. The Sharks are having a solid season and are 6-2 overall and 2-2 in Citrus Coast League action. They have been in hotly contested and very close games in recent weeks. Malibu kicked off league play with a 41-17 loss to Hueneme, but then rebounded to defeat Santa Clara, 28-26. After that, they took down the Carpinteria Warriors, 14-10, and last week they narrowly lost to the undefeated Santa Paula Cardinals, 14-7.
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VPS volleyball celebrates Lenehan

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Photo by Holly Roberts

The Villanova Preparatory School volleyball team sent its lone senior, Kyla Lenehan, off with a special “Kyla Night.” The team created shirts with Lenehan’s photo on the front and each player and coach got to say something about their senior teammate. VPS won the match against Santa Clara to finish its season with a 10-5 record and they faced Holy Family in the opening round of the playoffs Oct. 18. 

NHS JV grinders 7-0

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Nordhoff JV football team is a perfect 7-0 and has already claimed the Citrus Coast League title. On a play against the Hueneme Vikings, freshman Eli Dvortcsak (left) clears the way for sophomore Kaden Monson who had a big game on offense. The Rangers have outscored opponents, 250-47, and stepped up the level of competition to face St. Bonaventure Oct. 18. Nordhoff will finish its season Oct. 25 against Carpinteria.

Rangers to host Hueneme Oct. 12

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With playoff berths on the line, the Nordhoff High School football team will play host to the Hueneme Vikings Oct. 12 at 7 p.m at the Ojai Valley Community Stadium. The Vikings are a dangerous team with a number of athletic players, but, according to NHS head coach Lance Wiggins, the Vikings are not deep this season. “They have only been suiting up about 23 players this season, so if we can play at our normal speed and physicality, I am hoping we can wear them down late in the game,” he said. 
Hueneme has been a bit of a mystery team this season. They defeated a tough Malibu team, 41-17, and topped Carpinteria, 27-20, but then lost to Fillmore, 28-14. They also gave Santa Paula, the league’s top season, all they could handle in a 17-14 loss. 
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O-Line carries Rangers to victory

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Senior wide receiver Colby Stevens makes the catch of the night Oct. 5 against Santa Clara with this one-handed snag along the sideline.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
With nearly every Citrus Coast League football team jockeying for playoff position, the Nordhoff High School squad scored a much-needed 28-7 victory over the Santa Clara Saints Oct. 5 in Oxnard. Santa Clara entered the game winless, but they have not played like a winless team this season and put up a valiant fight against the Rangers.  
Nordhoff got on the scoreboard first thanks to a drive that was aided by a big third-down catch by senior Jesse Diaz and a fourth-down conversion run by quarterback Leeram Stoneman. The drive was capped by senior Brayden Rogers who scored from 1 yard out, giving NHS the early 7-0 advantage.
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Ojai boys' tennis defeats Camarillo in nail-biter

Lucy Martin,  Ojai Valley News contributor 
In Junior Team Tennis action Oct. 6 at Libbey Park, Team Ojai, playing in the boys 18-and-under division, battled it out against Camarillo in a very close match. Down 25 to 28 going into the last doubles set, Team Ojai players Shawn Rothermel and Zachary Anderson managed to turn things around by winning the set, 8 to 2, clinching the victory for Ojai with a final match score of 33-30.
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Lady Spuds too fast for league foes

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Ojai Valley School runners Bella Slosberg (from left), Caspian Ellis, Jolene Fan, Angela Qu, Stephany Nostrant, Paige Muller and Avery Colborn took their league opener against Besant Hill.
Ojai Valley School (OVS) opened its Condor League cross-country season on a high note Oct. 3, with the girls’ team winning the league opener with a dominating performance at Besant Hill School.
OVS took seven of the top 10 spots on the fast three-mile course, led by juniors Caspian Ellis and Avery Colborn, who placed second and third, running 23:25 and 23:27, respectively. Sophomore Bella Slosberg placed fourth, junior Jolene Fan seventh, and freshman Paige Muller eighth.
The Spuds return home Oct. 17 to host the third league meet of the season on the tough “Pi Course.”

Ranger girls on winning streak

Mike Miller,  Ojai Valley News sports editor
The wins just keep coming for the Nordhoff High School girls’ volleyball team.
The Lady Rangers recently defeated Carpinteria, Providence and Malibu to improve to an impressive 17-3 overall and they remain undefeated at 8-0 in Citrus Coast League action.
With their continued success gaining attention, the Lady Rangers are now No. 4 in the most recent Division 7 CIF Southern Section pollsbehind Linfield Christian, San Dimas and Ocean View.
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Villanova tennis crew sees success this fall

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Photo by Holly Roberts
Villanova Preparatory School junior Alzen Depakakibo makes a nice play on the ball in recent tennis action. So far this season, Depakakibo and her fellow Wildcats are 3-4-1 and 2-1 in Frontier League action. The team will host a home match against Providence Oct. 11 with the action getting under way at 3 p.m.

Nordhoff to face Santa Clara High

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff’s run game has been fueled by blocking from players like, from left, Cade Sauer, Michael Trejo and Chandler Pullen. They will be called on again when the Rangers face Santa Clara.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School football program will travel to take on the Santa Clara Saints on Oct. 5 with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Santa Clara will enter the game 0-6 overall and 0-2 in Citrus Coast League action.
“We expect them to run, run and then run some more,” said NHS head coach Lance Wiggins. “They have big guys up front and like to lean on you all night long. They have been in some very close games this season and they are hungry to get that first win, so we are not taking them lightly.” 
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Rangers football coach Wiggins keeps promise

Mike Miller,  Ojai Valley News sports editor
When Lance Wiggins took over as head football coach at Nordhoff High School, the program needed a reboot. Fortunately, there was a blueprint for success since Nordhoff has a history of winning under the guidance of coaching legends Cliff Farrar and Tony Henney.
Facing declining participation and an unsportsmanlike finish to the 2015 season, the Nordhoff administration started its search for a new head football coach. After interviewing several coaches and hearing from supporters in the Ojai community, then NHS principal Greg Bayless offered the job to Wiggins, who immediately went to work revamping the program.
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