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Fourth of July 2018 - photo album

From the warmup of the youth run to the last snap, crackle and pop of the fireworks show, the Ojai Valley News photographers captured it all.
Check out the more than 70 photos in our Fourth of July 2018 photo album (subscription not required). Digital copies of all photos are available for $5 by calling (805) 646-1476.
Race and parade photos by Tim Dewar
Fireworks photos by Holly Roberts
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Nordhoff football wrapping up off-season activities

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

With the start of the 2018 football season right around the corner, the Nordhoff High School (NHS) football program will host a Family Festival and Lift-a-Thon so family and fans can see the progress this year’s players have made in the weight room this summer. The activities will be held July 13 and will begin at 5 p.m. in the NHS parking lot. Nordhoff will open its season Aug. 17 at home versus West Ranch. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Bogeymen looking scary in second half

The Bogeymen put together another solid week despite being down one player and remain in first place in the second half of the Sundowner season.
Jethro Todd led the team with a season-best round of a gross-45, for 22 points. Todd said he has seen the team struggle in recent years and is happy to see they are serious contenders for the Callender Cup this year.
Sean Frakes continued his good play by shooting a gross-40, for 19 points. He has seen his handicap drop by three shots since the season began and is now behind only Mike Doran, of Gary's Foreplayers, for the highest average score by any player this year.

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Team Knight tops softball standings

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Ryan Cuthbert, former Nordhoff High School football Hall of Famer, pitches during a recent Ojai Recreation Department co-ed softball game. Cuthbert plays for Team Knight which currently sits atop the summer standings with a 5-1 record. In second place is Zephyr Marines who are 4-1-1. The Bears are in third with a record of 4-2, Mas Cerveza is 3-2-1, the Warriors are 1-5 and the Basic Pitches are still looking for the first win of the season. The summer league will continue into August.

Campers participate in diverse activities

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Photo by Misty Hall

Sixth-grader and Ojai resident Charlotte Sittig enjoys an afternoon ride on Layla at the OVS Equestrian Summer Camp.

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Photo by Misty Hall

Third-grader Taylor McClung, of Ojai, takes a turn on the tetherball court.

Kids of all ages are spending their summer break at the Ojai Valley School (OVS) for the annual Summer Camp, a six-week day and sleep-away camp. The camp runs through Aug. 4 and goes in two-week sessions for kids ages 3 to 16.

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Nordhoff names Scott Hannah new basketball coach

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
The Nordhoff High School (NHS) boys’ basketball program has a new leader. The NHS athletic department recently announced the hiring of Scott Hannah who will take over as head varsity coach.
Hannah will replace Matt Murphy who recently resigned as head coach.
“We are excited Scott is joining the Ranger program. We are sorry to see Matt go, but wish him well,” said Nordhoff athletic director Rene Nakao-Mauch.

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Deason makes pro baseball pitching debut

Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News sports editor
After getting drafted in the fifth round by the Houston Astros in this year’s major league baseball draft, former Nordhoff Ranger Cody Deason made his professional debut June 29.
Deason, who was assigned to the Tri-City ValleyCats after the draft, faced the Hudson Valley Renegades in his debut and pitched two innings of scoreless baseball. He surrendered one hit but left the game with the lead. The Renegades managed to rally late in the game and won, 4-3.

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ORD helps local youth survive summer heat

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Photos by Holly Roberts

This summer the Ojai Recreation Department (ORD) is offering swim classes on the Villanova Preparatory School campus for swimmers of all levels. Above, Paige Chisholm (above photo, center) hits the pool with Violeta Velez (left) and Valentina Oliphant to learn the trick of floating on their backs. This summer’s swim faculty (below photo from left) Renee Rapp, Andrew Rapp, Bob Loughman, Abby Coker, Cecilia Elizalde, Paige Chisholm and Derek Kaiser sport their favorite towels poolside.

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Melton claims Women’s Club title

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Peggy Melton recently earned the title as the new Women’s Club golf champion at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. In a close competition Melton defeated Claudia Wunderlich on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Adult softballers showcase their skills

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Ojai Valley News photo by Ken Brown

Adult co-ed softball is in full-swing this summer at the Ojai Recreation Department (ORD). In June 26 action, former Nordhoff High School athlete Brook Marquez (left) stretches to make a catch at first base, but opponent Jeremiah Claxton beat the throw and was safe on the play. The slo-pitch games are played Tuesday nights and teams are guaranteed 14 games during the season. This year’s summer league is comprised of six teams and play will continue into August. Marquez, Claxton and the rest of the league are eyeing the league championship that will be determined Aug. 14 when the playoffs are held. Visit http://ojairec.com for more information about ORD offerings.

Hundreds ride Ojai Century

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Participants of the Ojai Century Ride enjoy some shade and cold ice cream during this year’s bike ride.
Mike Miller, Ojai Valley News reporter
More than 400 bike riders converged on Ojai to take part in the 2018 Ojai Century Ride June 2. The event featured a number of  rides ranging from 31 miles to 134 miles.
According to ride director Tren Morris, all proceeds from the event will go to support Boy Scouts Troops 103, 128 and 179.
Valerie Salazar, race board member, explained the group is still paying expenses and calculating registration fees to figure this year’s contribution, but during past events $12,000 has been raised and divided equally among the troops.

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Dawkins, Frakes lead team surge

The Bogeymen put together their best round to date to take over the second-half standings in the Sundowner golf league after June 26 play.
They were again led by the stellar play of Mike Dawkins and Sean Frakes.
Dawkins fired a gross-42 for 23 points.
Frakes matched his 23-point total by shooting a gross-37. Their 23-point days represented the highest score by any player on the day.
Dawkins now has 193 points on the year and is only two points behind points leader Mike Doran.
Frakes entered the league as an injury replacement and has helped The Bogeymen steadily climb the standings. He is averaging 19.4 points per round and only narrowly trails Doran's 19.5-point average.

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Soccer injury fuels passion for learning

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Former Villanova Preparatory School athlete Asia Feiss celebrates her recent graduation from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
During her years at Villanova Preparatory School (VPS), Asia Feiss was a standout student-athlete who excelled in the classroom and on the soccer field.
Feiss recently signed a letter of commitment to the University of California at San Diego’s doctoral program in communications involving science, technology and society.
Feiss was one of eight selected from approximately 450 candidates and was the sole applicant accepted by early decision.

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Summer campers sharpen tennis skills at OVAC

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Ojai Valley News photo by Holly Roberts

Tennis students Mary Moses (left) and Cassidy Gaston collect balls at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club’s (OVAC) Futures tennis camp. Campers were taught the fundamentals of tennis and got to compete against others throughout the week. The OVAC will continue offering camps throughout the summer. Visit www.ovac.caclubs.com for more information about the camps.

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