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Nordhoff Ridge tops rain totals

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An early-morning walker passes a puddle left by Wednesday's storm on Ojai Avenue. (photo by Tim Dewar)

Misty Volaski, Ojai Valley News editor

Most areas of the Ojai Valley got about a half-inch of rain in a storm that began Wednesday evening and lasted through Thursday morning. It was the second storm this fall, and brought the area's season total to around 0.78 inches. Nordhoff Ridge, at an elevation of about 4,000 feet, received the most rain in the tri-county area, with 3.07 inches.

Amidst scattered thunderstorms, a flash flood warning was issued Thursday afternoon for Nordhoff Ridge and the Maricopa Highway area; it was lifted at 4 p.m. Thursday.
No rain was forecast through the weekend, although Weathger.com predicted a small chance of rain on Thanksgiving.
Rain totals for Wednesday and Thursday, according to the Ventura County Watershed Protection District:
Ojai: 0.55 inches
Meiners Oaks: 0.45 inches
Oak View: 0.67 inches
Casitas Dam: 0.66 inches
Sulphur Mountain: 0.84 inches
Sisar Peak (Upper Ojai): 0.47 inches
Senior/Gridley Canyon: 0.75 inches
Nordhoff Ridge: 3.07 inches
Wheeler Gorge: 0.69 inches
Matilija Dam: 0.74 inches
Visit www.vcwatershed.net for updated rain totals.

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Nordhoff High School coach Lance Wiggins (center) huddles with football players during a recent spring practice.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
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All Stars earn a trip to state tournament

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Ojai Valley Inn golfers honored

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Nordhoff, Villanova players garner all-league honors

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Villanova’s Rebecca Saucedo prepares to take a cut at a pitch against Nordhoff. Saucedo earned a spot on the All-Frontier League second team.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
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Doran continues his hot streak

James Casey, Ojai Valley News contributor
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U12 All-Stars make another championship game

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Weil Academy bids farewell to graduates

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Nordhoff’s Tanner Garnsey (left) hauls in a pass despite tight coverage from teammate Ethan Sunder in the team’s spring scrimmage.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
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Miles signs with Brewton Parker College

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Joining Nordhoff High School senior Mikayla Miles (from left) as she signs her letter of intent June 1 are her coach Robert Hastie and mom Brenda Miles. Mikayla established herself as one of the best high school female wrestlers in Ventura County history during her career at Nordhoff High School. For her efforts on the mat, Miles earned a scholarship to wrestle at Brewton Parker College in Georgia. "I am very excited to work with Mikayla for the next four years,” explained Brewton Parker head coach Brittney Gadd. “I believe she is another great addition to our team."

Williams comes through for Ojai All-Stars

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