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San Antonio students win Quickstart tennis event

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Willow Williams launches a forehand at “The Ojai” as part of the QuickStart Challenge last week. The event attracted 30 youth tennis players from local Ojai elementary schools. (photo by Holly Roberts)

The 114th Ojai Tennis Tournament was the perfect setting for the sixth annual Ojai Quickstart Tennis Challenge. The draw of 30 enthusiastic third-, fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school students participated in the 10-and-under match play.

Participants in last week’s event  represented several local schools, including San Antonio Elementary School, Ojai Valley School, Montessori School and Topa Topa Elementary  School.
Challenge participants played 10-point doubles matches. Winners advanced to the main draw, while runners-up moved into the consolation draw with single elimination thereafter. Every Challenge player left with a tennis bag, wrist band and a T-shirt, compliments of Gina Havelka and the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA). The Ojai Valley Tennis Club provided trophies and two new Wilson tennis racquets for the winners of the main draw.
• Main draw winners: Roman and buy kamagra Belladora Moga (San Antonio)
• Main draw finalists: Kadin Mouderres and Jayden Winbury (Montessori School)
• Consolation draw winners: Ryan Farrell and Hayden Houseman (Ojai Valley School)
• Consolation draw finalists: Kevin McDonald and Matthew Bertin (Topa Topa School)
Funded through a grant received from the 2009 United States Tennis Association’s “Best Tennis Town” award, the Ojai Recreation Department now offers a free QuickStart Tennis program at schools across the Ojai Valley during the academic year. With additional financial support from the Ojai Valley Tennis Club — and help from volunteer coaches — the QuickStart program continues to encourage a love of the game by creating early success using age- and size-appropriate racquets, low-density balls, smaller courts and lower nets.
 “I want to thank the wonderful team of volunteers who helped organize this challenge including Kathleen Rogers, Jakob Vos and Leslie Gache and all the other volunteers who donate their time year round,” said Philippe Gache, Ojai’s QuickStart coordinator.
 For more information about the QuickStart Tennis Program, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (310) 651-0405.
© Ojai Valley News, 2014

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Thacher track heading to state championships

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Sarah Voss (center) helped lead the Thacher girls cross country to the CIF State Meet in Clovis this weekend. Thacher continues their strong distance running tradition under head coach Fred Coleman.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News contributor

Thacher cross country head coach Fred Coleman has worked his magic once again. The Toads boys’ and girls’ cross country teams ran in the CIF-SS finals at Mt. SAC Saturday and only today canadian mail order viagra both qualified for this Saturday’s CIF State Division V Championship Meet at Woodward Park in Clovis.

“It was really exciting,” said Coleman, who along with

Kunde commits to Northeastern University Mike Miller

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Nordhoff’s Cameron Kunde, shown here crossing the finish line at the Penn Relays, has his sights set on winning the 800-meter run at the 2016 California State Meet this spring.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

When Cameron Kunde went to the 2015 Penn Relays to take part in the 4-by-800-meter relay he knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but what he did not know was the impact the meet would have on his future as a runner and a person.

After seeing Kunde run against

Duffers wrap up the month

The November tournament of the Ojai Duffers was held Nov. 5 at Soule Park Golf Course and was followed by lunch in the clubhouse. Guests Ronnie and Roy Rodriguez were introduced to the Duffer faithful.

The format for the event was a scramble with an 8 a.m. start.

In first place was the team of Leonard

Eagles are Super Bowl bound

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The Ojai Eagles Division 3 Blue team (above) is on their way to the Tri-Valley Youth Football Conference Super Bowl Saturday afternoon in Santa Ynez. The Eagles’ program will also be sending their Division 4 team to the Super Bowl.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

Two Ojai Eagles teams are headed to the Tri-Valley Youth Football Conference Super Bowl Saturday in Santa Ynez.

The Division 3 Blue team, coached by Justin Morris, went 6-3 during the regular season earning them second place and a playoff berth.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Blue squad

Bright spot: Wilson hopes to make college roster

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Regin Wilson (No. 2) had one of the most productive seasons by a Nordhoff receiver in recent
memory. Wilson hopes to play football at the collegiate level when he graduates from NHS.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

One of the bright spots for Nordhoff football this season was the play of senior wide receiver Regin Wilson. Despite missing four games due to injury, Wilson was dominant when he was

Besant Hill’s White signs with UC Santa Barbara

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Felix White, a 6-foot-9-inch senior from Besant Hill School, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of California at Santa Barbara. White’s commitment to play for the Gauchos is the fourth major signing for Besant Hill’s basketball program. It has been White’s dream since arriving at Besant Hill School

Free basketball clinic on tap at Ojai Recreation

A group of local coaches and former high school basketball players will host a free basketball clinic for boys and girls in third to sixth grade Nov. 29 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ojai Recreation Department.

The free clinic is meant to teach the fundamentals of the game. For more information, call 646-5581, Ext. 306.

© Ojai Valley News, 2015



NHS volleyball ousted from playoffs by Alta Loma

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The Nordhoff volleyball team enjoyed another terrific season until losing in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs last week.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News contributor

Nordhoff High School’s girls’ varsity volleyball team was eliminated from the 2015 CIF-SS 4AA playoffs in the second round Thursday, falling in three games to defending CIF-SS champion Alta Loma.

The Braves took advantage of their size

School of fish: Bass academy coming to Ojai

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Local bass fishing guru Marc Mitrany has created a bass fishing academy for people looking to get into high school and 5 mg levitra collegiate fishing programs. The programs are three-, six- and 12-weeks long.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The sport of bass fishing is rapidly expanding and sport fishing programs are popping up in high schools and universities across the country. Bass fishing programs are currently offered at Auburn, LSU Shreveport, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State

Toads suffer second-round loss

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

Thacher’s 2015 football season came to an end last Saturday with a 28-20 playoff loss to rival Faith Baptist. The Toads finished second in the Condor League this season and finished 6-4 overall despite playing a difficult schedule.

Thacher and Faith Baptist played in Ojai earlier this season and the Toads fought their way to a 36-30 victory,

Schurmer honored by Ojai Rotary Club

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Benjamin Schurmer, a student at Topa Topa Elementary was recently named the Ojai Rotary’s Physical Education Project Student of the Month. Sixth grade teacher Tina Mahler said, “Benny Schurmer is an exemplary student and citizen of our school and community. He demonstrates a strong work ethic, sportsmanship inside the classroom and out on the field during P.E. and recess. He is a kind student who is considerate to all those around him and a great friend to have.”

© Ojai Valley News, 2015


Rangers score playoff win

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Morgan Giove (No. 21), in recent action against Villanova, has been a major contributor for Nordhoff this season.

Tim Tuttle, Ojai Valley News contributor

Nordhoff’s girls’ volleyball team scored the final three points in the match’s fifth game to defeat Garden Grove, 3-2 (29-27, 25-21, 25-27, 15-25, 17-15), in a CIF 4AA, first-round playoff Tuesday on the Argonauts’ floor.

Garden Grove defeated Nordhoff, 3-1, a year ago in the CIF quarterfinals.

This year, the Rangers (10-11) faced match

Two Ojai teams looking for Super Bowl berths

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The Ojai Eagles D-3 Blue team, coached by Justin Morris, beat the Santa Barbara Raiders, 38-6, to advance to the semifinals of the Tri Valley Youth Football League. The D-3 Blue Eagles will take on Vandenberg at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ojai Valley Community Stadium. The Eagles beat Vandenberg, 26-20, earlier this season. The winner of this game will move on to the Super Bowl Nov. 28 in Santa Barbara. The Ojai Eagles D-4 team also advanced to the semifinals and will play Nipomo Saturday at Ojai Valley Community Stadium at noon with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake.

© Ojai Valley News, 2015



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