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Ventura County Fair photos

Enjoy a few of the sights from Saturday at the Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News Photos by Kelly Forrister)

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    Two of Camarillo’s Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohaokalani O Hilo hula dancers, show off their colorful costumes Saturday at the 2014 Ventura County Fair. (Ojai Valley News photos by Kelly Forrister)
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    Greyson Seguine, 2, cheers on the racing pigs at the Ventura County Fair Saturday. His mom, Shelley, works in Ojai for the David Allen Company.

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    Sliders zoom past a hat someone lost on the big slide at the 2014 Ventura County Fair Saturday.

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    Friends react to one of the midway rides Saturday at the 2014 Ventura County Fair.

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    Amanda Whitaker, (left) from Thousand Oaks, and Carli Olsen, from Simi Valley enjoy corn dogs at the 2014 Ventura County Fair Saturday.

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    Attendees flow through the entrance onto the grounds at the 2014 Ventura County Fair Saturday.

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    Leila Giannetti, a student at Ojai Valley School, flies into the air in a bungee jump ride Saturday at the 2014 Ventura County Fair.

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    Chloe Zazueta, 3, looks panicked as she heads down the kiddie slide, but was all smiles afterwards Saturday at the 2014 Ventura County Fair.

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No playoffs for Nordhoff

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Despite a solid season by Luke Boyd (right) and a late-season win streak, the Nordhoff Rangers are going to miss the postseason this year. The Rangers will play their final game Wednesday night in Carpinteria.

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley New sports editor

After winning four of their last five games, the Nordhoff boys’ basketball team dropped back-to-back Tri-Valley League games last week effectively ending their hopes of a postseason berth.

 Last Wednesday night NHS lost a heartbreaker to Santa Clara, 59-56. As they have several times this season, the Rangers got off to a good start and took a slim 31-29 lead into halftime, but they

Duffers give back: Two area golf programs benefit

The Ojai Duffers monthly golf tournament was held Feb. 4 at Soule Park Golf Course with the customary scramble format and 8 a.m. tee time.

First-place honors went to the team of Ken and Sue Lakes and Chuck Killingsworth.

Coming in second were Len Block, Don Swanson and Barbara

Pasco signs with UC Northridge

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Nordhoff High School soccer player Jules Pasco was joined by his parents and several friends last week when he signed his national letter of intent to play for California State University Northridge. Pasco has been a standout player for the Rangers for four seasons and was a key contributor on their 2013 CIF Championship team. He also suited up for the Santa Barbara Soccer Club where he helped his team to back-to-back national championships in 2012 and 2013. "You have brought a lot of pride to the school. It has been a pleasure watching you play," NHS principal Greg Bayless told Pasco.

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Ojai Recreation Department basketball action wrapping up

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

With Ojai Recreation Department basketball action hitting the final stretch of the winter season, the Honey Badgers and Sweet Tarts hit the hardwood in a hotly contested game. Cassidy Gaston (right) gears up to dribble to the basket while Serena Aparicio of the Sweet Tarts looks for the steal.

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Ojai Valley Little League set to begin the season

The Ojai Valley Little League (OVLL) is gearing up for the start of its 2016 season.

The league will be holding its annual opening day ceremonies March 5 at the OVLL fields in Oak View. The day will begin with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oak View Community Center and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

The league will host work parties to help preapre the fields Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

For more information, visit www.ojaivalleylittleleague.com.

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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.

© Ojai Valley News, 2016


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