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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 buy kamagra two new Wilson tennis racquets for the winners of the main draw.
• Main draw winners: Roman and 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 only today canadian mail order viagra 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.
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New-look Rangers host Hueneme in season-opener

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Brendon Looker (right) has emerged as a full-time player for NHS and will see action on offense, defense and special teams this fall.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

After a long off-season, the new-look Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers will hit the gridiron Aug. 26 when they host the Hueneme Vikings in their season opener.

The Rangers’ first-year head coach Lance Wiggins understands that this year's team will be impacted by a diminished roster.

“We are going to have a number of players going

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Girls’ volleyball teams look to have higher net attendance

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

The Nordhoff girls’ volleyball team, shown here in last season action, is primed and ready to have another successful season in 2016.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

During the fall sports season in the Ojai Valley, football garners most of the attention. However, girls’ volleyball is the most popular sport, in terms of the number of local schools who field varsity teams.

Nordhoff High School, Villanova Preparatory School, The Thacher School, Besant Hill School, Oak Grove School and Ojai Valley School

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Chiefs I.E. capture Callender Cup

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ted Cotti

Kenny Wiksell eyes his tee shot in the Sundowner Golf League's season finale at the Soule Park Golf Course.

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

Paced by 39 points from R.J. Cutting and 37 each from Kenny Wiksell and James Casey, Chiefs I.E. defended its Sundowners Golf League title and captured the 2016 Callender Cup, holding off Weapons of Grass Destruction by four points.

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Edwards emerging as top triathlon athlete

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Nordhoff High School student Tess Edwards hammers the run portion of the USA Triathlon 2016 Junior Regional Championship triathlon earlier this month in Santa Cruz.

Tess Edwards, from Ojai, competed in Santa Cruz at the USA Triathlon 2016 Junior Regional Championship sprint distance triathlon earlier this month and came home with a gold medal.

Edwards won the 13- to 15-year-old girls’ age group with a time of 1:19:19.9 for the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5 mg levitra 5-kilometer run.

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Brockman one-hops an ace at Soule

Ojai’s Bruce Brockman recorded his second career hole-in-one Aug. 21 at Soule Park Golf Course.

Brockman one-hopped a 9-iron into the third hole, which plays 135 yards. "We saw it bounce and then didn't see it," Brockman said.

His only other ace came in Wisconsin.

Witnesses to his ace included Bridge, Bryan and Carly Brockman and Jessica Tsao.

Blue and Sold: Annual scrimmage shows young team is buying into changes

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Ojai Valley News photos by Ken Brown

Nordhoff High School sophomore Colby Stevens (left) goes low to tackle senior running back Scott Barron.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

The Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers football team got some live hitting action in during its annual Blue and Gold Scrimmage Aug. 13 under the lights of the Ojai Valley Community Stadium.

Overall, first-year head coach Lance Wiggins said he liked what he saw from his team despite having

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Nordhoff set to honor 2016 Hall of Fame class

Back on Jan. 16, 1987 the first 10 members of the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Athletic Hall of Fame were inducted.

Counting this year's class, 104 athletes and 10 administrators, teachers and coaches have become members of this elite group.

This year’s class will be honored at Nordhoff’s first home football game, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. against Hueneme

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Chiefs ride Wiksell to victory

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Scott Snowbarger hits a shot during Sundowner Golf League action recently.

James Casey, Ojai Valley News correspondent

The Sundowner Golf League regular season came to a close Aug. 16 at Soule Park Golf Course. The team of Chiefs IE was able to hang on to the top spot after 16 weeks of play.

The Chiefs were once again led by the play of Ken Wiksell who shot a gross 37 for 20 points to pace his team. He scored 304

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Soule Park Men in a shamble

Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In its final tuneup before next month's 2016 club championships, the Soule Park Men's Club competed in a two-best-ball shamble Saturday, Aug. 13.

The foursome of Scott Snowbarger, Bob Ridgway, John Obraza and www.akitafilm.com Jim Doyle captured the gross flight title, firing a 17-under-par 127. They started the day with a pair of birdies on the first hole and finished with an eagle and a bird on 18.

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Casitas Rowing offering free trial

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Photo by Wendy Gillett

The Casitas Rowing Team will offer a free two-week trial for high school students beginning Aug. 27 at 8:30 a.m. Interested athletes can call 642-2288 to sign up.  


‘It is what it is’: Tough opponents await Nordhoff football program

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Nordhoff High School junior Parker Johnsen has earned the starting job at quarterback for the Rangers.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor

With the start of the 2016 high school football season right around the corner, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) Rangers are gearing up for their home opener Aug. 28 against the Hueneme Vikings. After an ugly 2015 season, the Rangers are in rebuilding mode under new head coach Lance Wiggins. While he is optimistic about the team he’ll put on the field, things have not

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A lasting legacy

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Two longtime teachers and Hall of Fame coaches at Nordhoff High School (NHS) passed away this summer.

According to colleagues and former students at NHS, Warren Glaser and John Harnett were extraordinary men who left their mark on the school and the youth of the Ojai Valley.

Glaser (1937-2016) graduated from Nordhoff in 1954 and eventually came back to his alma mater


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Chiefs I.E. remain atop standings

Robin Williams and Bruce Leichtfuss fired the week's low-gross 1-under par 35 in the penultimate week of Sundowners Golf League play Tuesday at Soule Park.

Leichtfuss combined with Chiefs I.E. teammates Troy Erickson (36) and James Casey (36) to post the season's team-gross low 107. Chiefs I.E. remains in first place

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