Connor Floyd spends hours every day honing his craft. He hopes to play Division I college baseball. (photo by Kai Lin)
Kenton Shiffman, OVN correspondent
Ojai Valley School junior Connor Floyd has just received some of the most exciting news of his life: he was named an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American in baseball.
The Thacher Toads sent both their boys’ and girls’ cross-country squads to the 2013 CIF state finals last Saturday in Fresno. Both teams placed in the top 10 and both will be back in the hunt next season. Representing the Toads were: Bea Land (front row, from left), Sarah Voss, Isobel Hayne, Reade Rossman, Sophie McMillan, Arianna Finger and Georgie Becker; assistant coach Sarah DelVecchio (back row, from left), Kevin Griffee, Simon Novich, Jack Richardson, Spencer McCune, Ryan Jackson, Peter Callan, Jack Pierrepont and head coach Fred Coleman.
The Thacher School’s cross country teams both earned top ten finishes at the 2013 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno. The girls’ team, paced by senior Sophie McMillan, raced to a ninth place finish in girls’ Division 5 while the boys’ team, led by senior Simon Novich, placed eighth in boys’ Division 5.
The Troublemakers, from the Ojai AYSO U-10 Boys’ division, finished second in the regular season, which qualified them for the area playoffs in Camarillo. The Troublemakers went undefeated in pool play, beating Ventura’s A Team, 3-1, North Oxnard’s A Team, 1-0, and Carpinteria’s A Team, 2-0.
vs. El Segundo (10-3)
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Ojai Valley Community Stadium
• Gates open at 5 p.m.; blankets set out before then will be removed.
• Reserved seating will be honored.
• Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids and students (with student ID). Available at the gate Saturday at in the NHS administration office today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The parking lot will close once full; additional parking (paid) is available across the street.
• No RVs will be allowed in the NHS parking lot.
• Parents and fans are asking Ojai Valley fans to wear blue and gold in support of Nordhoff.
Nordhoff’s varsity football team salutes the crowd after beating Bishop Diego last week, which earned them a berth in the championship game for the second year in a row. (photo by Ken Brown)
Saturday night, the Nordhoff Rangers will host the El Segundo Eagles for all the marbles.
The Eagles and the Rangers will do battle here in the Ojai Valley for the CIF-SS Northwest Division title. The Eagles have earned their way to the finals by defeating three of Nordhoff’s Tri-Valley League rivals.
Junior defensive back Baylee Rogers (above photo) may have saved Nordhoff’s season with this tackle of B.J. Murillo in Friday night’s semifinal showdown. Rogers not only kept Murillo from scoring a touchdown — he also forced a fumble that was recovered by the Rangers. Nordhoff senior Austin Wolcott (below photo) goes for the strip against Bishop Diego’s Anthony Carter Friday night.(photos by Ken Brown)
When the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals took the field Friday night in the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals, you could cut the tension with a knife and it was obvious the game was going to an entertaining one. The two rivals did not disappoint and they went back-and-forth before NHS won 24-21 in a heart-stopping affair.
Tonight the Nordhoff Rangers and Bishop Diego Cardinals will go to battle, with the winner earning a spot in the CIF-SS Northwest Division finals. A Nordhoff defender pressures Bishop Diego quarterback Anthony Carter when the two teams met in Ojai in November. (photo by Tim Dewar)
Sun Tzu, philosopher and military general, once said, “Most battles are won before they are ever fought.” As the Nordhoff Rangers prepare to take on the Bishop Diego Cardinals in tonight’s CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinal showdown, their mind-set is that they are the better team and this is their game for the taking.
The Thacher boys’ cross-country team will compete in the state finals tomorrow in Fresno. Representing the Toads will be (left to right) Jack Richardson, Jack Pierrepont, Spencer McCune, Ryan Jackson, coach Fred Coleman, Simon Novich, Kevin Griffee, and Peter Callan.
The Thacher School’s cross-country teams exceeded expectations Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals at Mount San Antonio College. The boys’ team came in second to a strong Flintridge Prep team, while the girls’ team came in fourth. Both teams advanced to the state finals in Fresno.