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Mira Monte’s Velez honored by Rotary

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Ernesto Velez, a sixth-grader at Mira Monte Elementary School, was recently recognized by the Rotary Club of Ojai as the Physical Education Project Student of the Month for April. His teacher, Peter Cable, nominated Velez. “Ernesto has been a model student all year,” Cable said, “always setting an example for his fellow students when it comes to sportsmanship and hard work. His calm demeanor and strong sense of integrity have made him a quiet leader amongst his peers. I don't doubt that we will be seeing great things from Ernesto in the coming years, both on the field and in the classroom.” For his efforts, Velez was awarded a certificate and a $200 award from Rotarians Bill Hatch, Marc Whitman and Ren Adam. Velez said a few words of thanks to the Rotarians and urged them to get out of their chairs and be active on a regular basis.
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Nordhoff drops two key games

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Nordhoff’s Ian Perkins, No. 35, slices through the Santa Clara defense and gets off a one-handed runner in the lane in a recent Tri-Valley contest.
Ted Cotti, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Nordhoff High School’s (NHS) boys’ basketball team resumed Tri-Valley League play Tuesday in Ojai losing to Santa Clara, 58-48.
The lead changed hands six times in the first half but never again after Santa Clara’s Nick Pennington, who scored 12 points on the night, buried a three pointer just before the end of the first half.
The Rangers had the final possession of the half with a chance to draw even but committed its ninth turnover of the period and 14th of the half. They would commit another 14 turnovers in the second half, including five in what proved to be a crucial stretch at the start of the third quarter, allowing the Saints to build what would be its biggest lead of the game at 50-38.
Ian Perkins, who finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds, made a steal and went the length of the court for a lay up with 3:30 to play in the fourth to cut the lead to six. That was as close as the Rangers would get.
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Villanova girls start 1-1 in league hoop action

In what Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) girls’ head basketball coach Dan Mercer has called “the most unusual season ever,” the Lady Wildcats have still managed to open their league schedule with a 1-1 record.
Like most winter sports teams, the VPS girls have had to deal with the fallout of the Thomas Fire and the recent mudslides. 
On Jan. 11, VPS beat Malibu at home, 50-39, after breaking the game open in the fourth quarter.
Madison Fabbian scored 18 points, and had four assists to go along with four steals. Grace Wells added 16 points and five assists while Faith Cottam recorded seven points. Mackenzie Hicks led all VPS rebounders with nine.
“It is always great for your confidence to win the first league game,” said Mercer.
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OVAC makes a dream come true for local player

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The Ojai Valley Athletic Club Championship winners and other club members helped Thomas Hopkins (center) raise funds to help him purchase a custom wheelchair that will allow him to play the game he loves. 
Ojai Valley Athletic Club (OVAC) member Karen Mathews, and OVAC Tennis Director, Thomas Brinkhoff, recently organized a competitive tennis fundraiser to purchase a custom wheelchair for Thomas Hopkins, a local college student studying to work in the medical office management field.
Born with Spina Bifada, Hopkins loves to play tennis. Mathews recently began playing two bounce doubles tennis with Hopkins, who played during summer camps as a child, but who has never had the opportunity to own a tennis wheelchair.
OVAC recently sponsored a fundraising auction and a club championship tennis competition featuring a Calcutta format. Five doubles teams of women and eight doubles teams of men played a round-robin format for points, culminating in a final match in each division.
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Frazier earns Rotary Club PEP Award

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Summer Frazier, a sixth grader at Topa Topa Elementary School was recently presented with the Physical Education Project (PEP) student of the month award by Rotary Club of Ojai. Teacher Sarah Ferranti called Frazier an athlete with fabulous sportsmanship and said she is an amazing person in and out of the classroom. 

Nordhoff girls make it to championship game

Despite having not played any games and practicing only four times since the outbreak of the Thomas Fire Dec. 4, Nordhoff High School’s girls’ basketball team advanced to the championship game at the Avalon Holiday Classic on Catalina Island last week.
The Rangers opened the tourney with a 32-28 come-from-behind, overtime victory over Wildwood.
The Ojai girls trailed 28-16 with six minutes left in the fourth quarter before finishing on a 16-0 run.
Junior guard Stella Moore paced the rally, scoring all 10 of her points in those final minutes.
Senior Morgan Mays scored what proved to be the game winner on a put-back basket in overtime, and Moore iced it with a pair of free throws.
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Annual holiday tennis event helps Ojai Thomas Fire victims

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Local tennis players got 2018 off to a positive start by taking part in the Ojai Holiday Tennis Challenge and raised money to help families impacted by the Thomas Fire.
Although the recent Thomas Fire caused much upheaval and heartache in Ventura County — and was still fresh in the minds of many participants during the recent annual Ojai Holiday Tennis Challenge fundraiser — it also created a special atmosphere in which players could finally relax and enjoy some good family fun on the Libbey Park tennis courts.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Ojai Valley Tennis Club and more than 15 local volunteers, including Ojai Recreation Department tennis professional Scott Burton, organized the annual two-day Ojai Holiday Tennis Challenge.
Sixty-four players on 32 teams competed in either the "In to Win" or "In for Fun” division. Each division consisted of 16 teams of one adult and one youth player. 
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Ranger wrestlers continue to improve

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) boys’ wrestling team may not be strong in numbers, but so far this season they have been plenty strong on the mat.
The Rangers recently traveled to Santa Barbara to take on the San Marcos Royals and wrestled their way to a 42-24 victory. 
“We don’t have wrestlers in every weight class, but we are getting better as a team. We have guys who are new to wrestling but who are really improving,” said NHS coach Paul Clementi. 
When the Rangers met San Marcos, six wrestlers came away with wins by pinning their opponents despite moving up in weight categories in some cases. Earning wins for the Rangers were Nick Stringer, Armondo Gomez, Nick Cansler, Ben Joseph, Harrisson Gregory and Mike Trejo.
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Golf tourney to benefit NHS basketball

The 21st annual Nordhoff Two-Man Scramble will return to Soule Park Golf Course Jan. 28.
Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Nordhoff High School's boys' and girls' basketball programs.
"This year's fundraiser is especially important," said girls' varsity head coach Ted Cotti, "because our programs lost the $4,000 to $5,000 of revenue we usually make from our December tournaments when we had to cancel them because of the Thomas Fire."
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Ojai Sports: 2017 in review, July to December

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Villanova Prep senior Raegan Mang (left) had one of the best statistical seasons of any football player in the Ojai Valley. Mang scored 55 touchdowns on the season which was tops in the nation for eight-man football. 
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports reporter
The Ojai Valley News continues its review of 2017’s major local sports stories. Here are the highlights from July to December:
July:
• For the first time in recent memory, the Ojai Valley sent a girls’ softball team to the national championship tournament. The U12 all-stars advanced to the district tournament after a solid regular season and did well enough there to qualify for the state tournament. At state, the Ojai all-stars traveled to Lancaster and braved heat that stayed well over 100 degrees much of the weekend managing to place fifth which was enough to advance to nationals.
• Nordhoff High School alumna Beth Allen returned to the LPGA, the world’s top women’s golf tour, this season with far superior shot-making ability, a high degree of confidence, maturity and a greater sense of financial stability developed in eight seasons on the Ladies European Tour. 
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Edwards earns coveted MVP award for Nordhoff water polo

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Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player, Finn Edwards (right), sizes up a goalkeeper before scoring one of many goals this season.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Finn Edwards recently capped his stellar high school water polo career at Nordhoff High School (NHS) by being named the Tri-Valley League’s most valuable player for his work in the pool this fall. 
Edwards helped lead the Rangers to a 12-6 record this season. They were 7-5 in Tri-Valley League contests.
 NHS qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Beaumont. 
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Tri-Valley League volleyball players named to All-League

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Nordhoff High School’s Sasha Frazier (left) and teammate Leslie Perez earned postseason honors for their volleyball skills this fall.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) girls’ volleyball team enjoyed another successful season in 2017. NHS finished its season with a 12-11 record overall going 5-7 in a very competitive Tri-Valley League.
The Lady Rangers managed to sneak into the playoffs and made some noise once they got there. NHS defeated Coast Union and Providence before finally losing to eventual champion Buckley.
NHS fans have a lot to look forward to as the Lady Rangers bring along a young roster despite losing some key players from this year’s roster.
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Valley athletes earn fall postseason awards

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
Several tennis and cross-country athletes from the Ojai Valley earned all-league honors after terrific fall performances.
On the tennis courts, Nordhoff High School was represented by senior Allegra Lambert and junior Claudia Adelman who both earned second-team All Frontier League honors.
Villanova Preparatory School junior Grace Moses also made the second team.
Frontier League honorable-mention honorees include Veronica Palmer, Lily Johnson and Taylor Gonzalez from Nordhoff High School and Analiese Terrazas, Sophie Rasura and Bella Colmenar from Villanova.
In cross-country action, The Thacher School had three runners make the All Tri-Valley League first team. Colin Kirkpatrick, Ford Sharper and Rico Lopez added to the trophy display after a season that saw them place second at the state championships. 
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Three from Villanova Prep earn All-CIF football honors

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Raegan Mang splits defenders to haul in a 2017 playoff game against the Orcutt Academy.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After a season that saw them go 11-1 and make it to the CIF Southern Section Eight-Man Division I football semifinals, the Villanova Preparatory School (VPS) Wildcats had three members of this year’s team earn All-CIF Team.
Senior Raegan Mang finished his season with video-game statistics. Mang rushed for 1,424 yards and 30 touchdowns. As a receiver, he was equally as deadly as he caught 44 passes for 983 yards and 19 touchdowns. In total, Mang scored 55 touchdowns on the season and was one of Villanova’s best players on defense and special teams.
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Villanova junior Anthony Martinez makes a cut to the outside for a big gain against Orcutt.
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