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Miles takes sixth at nationals

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff High School’s Mikayla Miles capped off her senior wrestling campaign with a sixth-place finish at the U.S. High School Folkstyle Nationals at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City last week.
Miles, who won her second consecutive CIF-Southern Section title before placing fifth at State Championships earlier this month, was making her first appearance at Nationals. She traveled with the California
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Villanova sweeps Malibu

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Senior Rebecca Saucedo takes a cut at a pitch against the Malibu Sharks. The Villanova Wildcats currently are 3-1 on the season.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) softball team recently completed a sweep of the Malibu Sharks to improve to 3-1 on the season. VPS kicked off its season with a thrilling 2-1 extra-inning victory over Santa Clara.
According to head coach Dana Hanson, senior Tessa Bartholio was able to steal home
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Roadrunners post top marks

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Ojai Roadrunner Chanel Kenton, a fifth-grader at Ojai Valley School, wins her 100-meter heat against the Oxnard Stars March 18 at Nordhoff High School.
The Ojai Roadrunners Youth Track and Field Club continued its 2017 competition season March 18 against the Oxnard Stars at Nordhoff High School. Approximately 100 Roadrunners athletes competed in various sprints, and middle and distance races, in addition to high jump, long jump and shot put.
Several athletes earned a varsity standard against the Oxnard Stars.
Julian Champion came in second place in the 100-meter dash with a time
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Ojai’s Kimura earns Crossfit title

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Julian Kimura placed first in California and sixth in the nation in the Crossfit Open.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Fourteen-year-old Nordhoff High School freshman Julian Kimura placed first in his division of the Crossfit Open that concluded last week.
Competitors from across the United States completed five prescribed workouts between
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Wildcats give Malibu all they can handle

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Fabio Lauretta, Villanova Preparatory School’s top singles player this spring, smashes a shot against Malibu recently. Lauretta and his teammates played the Sharks to a 9-9 tie, but Malibu prevailed when the match went to total wins.

Thacher’s Lopez pushing the pace

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Rico Lopez, a junior at The Thacher School, recently ran 2:00.26 in the 800-meter run. Lopez’s time is the third fastest time in Ventura County this spring. The emerging star is currently training under Thacher head coach Sarah Del Vecchio and volunteer coach Ed Italo.

Roster spots going fast in Sundowner League

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The Sundowners Golf League, which features players including Troy York (above), will resume play in late April. The league plays nine holes every Tuesday afternoon between late April and August. Teams are filling fast and only limited spaces are available. Interested players can contact James Casey at 798-5252 for more information.

Nemo finds first place in JTT

In the battle of the last two undefeated teams, Nemo came from behind to drop Migos, 17-13, in week three of Junior Team Tennis (JTT).
Michaela Boydston and Xochil Zarate led with a 6-5 doubles win for Nemo. Daniel Ortiz came back with a 5-3 singles win to give Migos the lead. The teams split the next two singles matches, giving Migos a one-point lead going into the final
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Wimpee continues to shine on the mound for Nordhoff

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Nordhoff senior Mikyla McGhee makes contact in a game earlier this season against Villanova Prep.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports reporter
Nordhoff High School’s softball star Sydnie Wimpee has been on fire this spring. After throwing a perfect game against Villanova Preparatory School, Wimpee has logged three additional no-hitters.
Currrently, she has a 5-3 record with a 1.40 ERA and in 45 innings the sophomore has allowed only 18 hits while striking out 69 opposing batters.
In their March 9 game against Malibu, the Lady Rangers rolled to an 18-0 victory thanks to a strong pitching performance by Wimpee. In addition to throwing a no-hitter, she also recorded two hits and knocked home two runs.
Mayra Murillo had a three-hit game and added two RBIs. Vanessa Castagna also brought home two runs.
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Locals excel in Ventura County Tennis Tournament

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Arthur Becker is just one of Ojai’s youth tennis players taking part in Junior Team Tennis this spring.
Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Junior Team Tennis (JTT) invaded the Ventura County Tennis Tournament held at Libbey Park March 18 and March 19, dominating in many of the divisions.
Veronica Palmer, of the JTT team Champ, swept the girls’ 14-and-under novice division, and won with 18 games.
Maria Schey, from Team Migos, finished second with 13. Jules Thompson, from Nemo, dominated the largest draw of the tournament, the girls’ 14s open division. Thompson swept her round robin, winning 29 of 30 games, then defeated Justice Martin, from There, in the finals, 8-3.
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Dewing wins Senior Memorial event

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Charles Dewing, 90, captured the low-net score for the Soule Park Senior Men’s Golf Club’s annual Memorial Tournament. Dewing’s net 65 bested Bill Hatch and Joe Garcia, who both shot 66. The tournament honors all of the members who have belonged to the golf club who have passed away. The annual event was originally named for Doc Combs, the club’s first president.

Thacher’s Jackson earns postseason honors

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Thacher senior and varsity soccer team co-captain Ryan Jackson earned all-CIF Southern Section honors this season as presented by the LA84 Foundation. Jackson led the Frontier League in scoring and was second in assists. He and fellow co-captains Andrew Eaton and Homa Bakheit guided the Toads to a 12-6-1 record and made a successful run into the CIF playoffs. 

Still optimistic: Despite slow start NHS baseball remains hopeful

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Junior Parker Johnsen steps up to the plate in a game against Grace Brethren last season. Johnsen will be Nordhoff’s top pitcher this spring.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News soprts editor
As the old saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Nordhoff High School’s head baseball coach Sean Strben has been preaching that to his varsity squad this season. Through the team’s first seven games, the Rangers are winless and have been outscored 76-6, but they remain
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