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Ziggy, the 7-year-old poodle, is one smart pooch. He knows where to find the best news, sports and more. Ziggy might even go to www.ojaivalleynews.com Friday night after the game to find out if Nordhoff's football squad beat Bishop Diego. (photo submitted)

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Nordhoff names Strben new varsity baseball coach

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Lifelong Ojai resident Sean Strben has been hired to be Nordhoff High School’s varsity baseball coach. Former head coach Glenn Pinkard will be his assistant this season, which begins Feb. 27 at San Marcos High.

Strben has been the junior varsity baseball coach since 2011 and his elevation and Pinkard’s decision to continue amounts to a seamless transition



Boyd, Yates lead Nordhoff over VPS

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Parker Johnsen (No.20), a sophomore at Nordhoff High School, hustled on defense and hit the boards with vengeance to help the Rangers to victory over Villanova Preparatory School Monday night. Nordhoff has won four of their last five games.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Luke Boyd scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while fellow senior Spencer Yates scored 13 points and added eight steals, to lead the visiting Nordhoff High School boys’ basketball team to a 59-37 win over Villanova Preparatory School. This was in a non-league contest before a raucous crowd at Clark Gymnasium Monday night.

“It was really nice to see the community come out and support the kids. It made for a fun atmosphere,” said first-year Villanova



Ford rules Front Nine

Perfect January weather greeted the Ladies Front Nine golfers at Soule Park Jan. 28. Twenty players participated in an '“Aces Wild” tournament including newest member, Jane Spiller. At the end of nine holes, players subtracted a stroke for each one-putt green and two strokes for a chip-in.

Marcia Ford shot a personal best to capture first place with a net score of 26. There was a two-way tie for second as Joyce Robinson and Carole Borland each had



Bergmann kicks off 26th annual Heart and Sole event

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Nordhoff High School teacher Kate Thomas (right) looks on as Grace Bergmann shows off the winning design she created for this year's 26th annual Ojai Heart and Sole 10K/5K T-shirts. This year's event will take place Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. and will begin at the First Baptist Church.

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Roddick using football for education

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Ojai’s Casey Roddick has grown into one of the best high school offensive linemen in the country while playing for the St. Bonaventure Seraphs. Roddick already has a scholarship offer from the University of Oregon with more offers on the way.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Casey Roddick has a bright future. The Ojai native is currently a junior at St. Bonaventure High School and is one of the nation’s hottest football prospects.

At 6 feet 5 inches and 325 pounds, Roddick has caught the attention of every Division One football coach in the country.

“I’m talking to a number of schools, it is a long



Road loss: Rangers drop a tough one to rival Cardinals

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Ezra Huffman, shown here in a game earlier this season against Carpinteria, scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a loss to Bishop Diego Friday night.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Any time the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals square off in an athletic event, you can count on plenty of action and drama. Friday night, that theory proved true again when NHS traveled to Santa Barbara to take on the Cardinals



New look Nordhoff football program releases 2016 schedule

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Nordhoff’s Park Johnsen (center) and Jake Perry (right) figure to play a big part in the program’s restoration under new head coach Lance Wiggins. Wiggins recently released the Rangers’ 2016 schedule, which has a number of new opponents on tap for next season. The team will open 2016 with an Aug. 19 scrimmage at Brentwood. The regular season schedule will be as follows: Aug. 26 at home versus Hueneme, Sept. 2 away



Carmona qualifies for championships

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Nordhoff senior Max Carmona ran last weekend at the Arcadia Winter State Qualifying meet where he qualified for the CIF Winter Championship meet. Carmona covered 300 meters in 37.35 seconds to earn a spot in the state meet. He will join teammates Cameron Kunde and Joe York at the meet, which will be held next month.

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Villanova  junior varsity team looking to challenge for Frontier League title

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

The Villanova Preparatory School's(VPS) boys’ junior varsity basketball team is in the midst of its Frontier League schedule and the Wildcats are enjoying a great deal of success under coaches Ray Pierson and Mike Donohue.

The team is tied for second place behind league-leading



Matilija Junior High girls’ basketball headed to the playoffs

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Matilija Junior High School’s Elsa Callahan slashes to the hoop in a recent game for the Lady Eagles. This season, the Lady Eagles have gone 7-5 which was good enough to qualify for the playoffs scheduled to begin next week.

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Team Tennis: Spring season on tap

Junior Team Tennis (JTT) returns to Libbey Park Feb. 5. The spring season of JTT will begin at 3:45 p.m. at the lower Libbey tennis courts.

This league will continue through mid-May, missing the weeks of spring break and "The Ojai" Tennis Tournament.

JTT features doubles and singles matches, with each junior playing



Winter fishing is good at Lake Casitas

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Ben and Rick McGomery, from Washington, recently hit Lake Casitas for some winter fishing with Ojai angler Marc Mitrany. For more information on guided fishing tours, visit www.ojaiangler.com or call 701-2835.


 

Front Nine golfers wrap third week

Greg Edge, Ojai Valley News contributor

Week two for the ladies of the Front Nine Golf Club was played on a cool, blustery, Ojai winter's day. The tournament theme was “fewest putts.”

Chris Malzone won with 17 putts. Mitnee Duque, Laura Denne, Ruth Hemming and Judy Duff all tied for second with 19 putts during their round. Denice Brennecke



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