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Storm coverage Jan. 22, 2017

According to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District, from 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21 until 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Soule Park received 1.65 inches of rain, 2.87 inches fell at Matilija Dam, 1.98 inches fell in Oak View, 1.56 inches fell at Casitas Dam and 2.23 inches fell in Meiners Oaks.

The following photos are scenes from around the valley taken Jan. 22. Ojai Valley News photos by Tim Dewar.

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Hwy. 33 and Orchard Drive.

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Reeves Road

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McNell Road

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County Public Works truck at McNell Road.

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Oak tree on Grand Avenue.

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Oak tree on Grand Avenue.

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Hudson Cowen (left) takes a walk on Grand Avenue with his grandpa, Dave Gaddis.

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Creek Road

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Mudslide on Creek Road.

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Mudslide on Creek Road.

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League shuffle results in new, revived football rivalries for Nordhoff Rangers

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
The Nordhoff football program will face new league opponents starting in 2018. The shuffle is designed to improve competition for small schools in Ventura County.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Nordhoff High School (NHS) head football coach Lance Wiggins calls it “the league with no name,” but he and other coaches that will be part of the new football league are excited. Starting with the 2018 season, NHS will be in a league with Santa Paula, Fillmore, Carpinteria, Malibu, Hueneme and Santa Clara. The league has yet to be named,
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NHS baseball keeps rolling up the wins

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff High School senior Waite Tucker has been a big reason the Rangers have won three of their last four games.  
The Nordhoff High School baseball team scored a come-from-behind, 5-3 victory in its April 19 home game versus the Santa Paula Cardinals to notch back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
Expecting it to be a close contest, Nordhoff got out front 1-0 in the first inning as senior Garrett Woll tripled in senior Gaven Johnsen, who had walked and stolen second base.
This lead held until the third inning, when the Cardinals reached senior pitcher Waite Tucker
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Valley Strong flexes muscles

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The Valley Strong second- and seventh-grade basketball teams played their first games in the Swoosh Spring Showdown at UC Santa Barbara. Both teams played well. The seventh-grade team made it to the championship round, beating San Ynez, 44-28, and Santa Maria, 34-29, before losing to VC Swoosh, 32-28. According to coaches Andy Flores and Matt Murphy, the players represented the Ojai Valley well and will be in action April 29 and 30 in the Seaside Tournament in Ventura.

Front Nine play: Golfer shows she has the edge

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Susan Edge measures a tee shot on the third hole at the Soule Park Golf Course.
The Soule Park Ladies Front Nine Golf Club completed its odd-and-even mini-tournament last week. When the final scores were tallied, Sarita Edge claimed first place (net), while Sherry Doyle came in second and Judy Armstrong was third.
Scoring for this tournament allowed the players to count only odd- or even-numbered
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Rangers walk away with a walk-off win

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff senior Alex Freeman got a late-game, two-out rally going against the Carpinteria Warriors and helped propel his team to a 5-4 walk-off victory.
The Nordhoff High School Rangers were glad to be playing at home April 14, but even then, they found themselves in the bottom of the seventh and one strike away from losing a 4-2 heartbreaker.
On the Wednesday before, Nordhoff was beaten by the Carpinteria Warriors, 7-3, in an away game that was closer than the score indicated. Waite Tucker pitched five strong innings, only giving up two earned runs, and so the
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Weil Academy sending 70 to ‘The Ojai’

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Ojai resident Scout Matthews sharpens her skills in a recent practice session leading up to the 117th Ojai Tennis Tournament. Matthews will be one of the favorites in the girls’ 16’s this year.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports reporter
With 70 athletes competing in this year’s Ojai Tennis Tournament, the Weil Tennis Academy is hoping to make the 117th edition of the legendary tournament a memorable one.
“We have several players who should challenge for titles this year,” Weil Academy founder Mark
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Garcia and Grant capture senior best-ball tourney

Joe Garcia and Mark Grant shot a net 55 to edge the 56 shot by Bill Hatch and Lonnie Gibson in the most recent Soule Park Senior Men’s Club tournament. The best-ball tournament featured a Garcia shot that came within 9 inches of the 10th hole.
Hatch shot a gross score of 69 — three under par — to pace his team.
Hatch’s 69 is the lowest senior score recorded this year and represented
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Nordhoff spikers net a big win against Carpinteria

The Nordhoff High School (NHS) boy’s volleyball team went up against the third-place Carpinteria Warriors after losing to them in five a few weeks earlier.
“We knew going into this match that it’s probably the most important game of the season if we are going to make the playoffs,” explained NHS volleyball coach Travis Wood. “If we lost, we would have to beat
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Young volunteers help continue tennis traditions

Joy Maguire-Parsons, Ojai Valley News contributor
The annual Ojai Tennis Tournament will again afford many opportunities for area youth to develop an increased sense of social responsibility and to serve the community.
From the young women providing cookie service who are continuing a tradition that is more than 100 years old in the Ojai Tea Tent, to the ball boys and girls who provide on court support that helps speed up play, to the assistant tennis coaches who share their love for the game of tennis with 4- and 5-year-olds weekly through the Ojai Recreation
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Nemo finds first loss in JTT action

Rick Thompson, Ojai Valley News contributor
Team We Can began the day with a cheer screaming, "We can!" then followed it up with a 15-12 win over the previously unbeaten Nemo in week five of Junior Team Tennis (JTT). Liz Spiller and Dylan Files led with a 6-3 doubles win for We Can. Jules Thompson, of Nemo, came back with a 5-1 singles win. Christian Roe and Spiller
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Doyle walks away with Front Nine win

The Soule Park Front Nine golfers’ third mini-tournament of the spring session was a game of “Sand … Not!”  Each player was allowed to remove one beached shot with no penalty.
Coming in first place was Sherry Doyle with a 32 (net). Ruth Hemming was second
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Nordhoff baseball team earns a much-needed victory

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown
Nordhoff High School junior Cade Morrison fires a pitch in a game earlier this spring. Morrison had two hits in Nordhoff’s first win of the season against Foothill Tech.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
No team in the Ojai Valley needed a win more than the Nordhoff High School baseball team. Sitting at 0-10 and having gone through a situation where three players were dismissed from the team that led their head coach to voluntarily resign; scoring a victory was something at the forefront of the Rangers’ minds. 
The Rangers got that much-needed win when they shut out the Foothill Tech Dragons, 1-0, to improve to
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Winter sports players honored

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
This winter, the girls’ soccer teams from Nordhoff High School, The Thacher School and Villanova Preparatory School all played in the same league for the first time.
Nordhoff won the battle of Ojai, finishing with an overall record of 16-8-1. Against their Frontier League foes, the team was 9-3-1. At Thacher, the Lady Toads went 9-7-1 overall and were 7-6-1 in league play. VPS suffered a difficult year, going 0-18 overall and 0-13 in league.
The Frontier League recently announced its all-league selections
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