Saturday, December 08, 2007

Oaks Christian Crushes Rangers, 52-7

The Nordhoff Rangers were beaten 52-7 Friday night in the Northwest Division CIF Final game played in Newbury Park. Read what Coach Farrar and some players had to say in Wednesday's Ojai Valley News.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Rangers Advance To CIF Finals

By Mike Miller
The Nordhoff Rangers continued their epic season Saturday night with a 35-21 victory over the St. Bernard Vikings in the CIF Northwest Division semi-final game. With the win, the Rangers have earned the right to take on their Tri-Valley League rivals, Oaks Christian next Friday night for the CIF championship. The Rangers were led by Damian Kaiser (three touchdowns) and Chris Gibson (two touchdowns) and their defense. The defense was able to force two early turnovers and the offense turned both into points which allowed NHS to jump out to a 21-0 first-half lead. See Wednesday's OVN for details on the Rangers incredible win and quotes from coach Farrar on his team's performance.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

NHS To Host Semi Final Game

The Ojai Valley will play host to the CIF-SS Northwest Division semi-final game as Nordhoff faces off against St. Bernard of the Del Ray League next Saturday night. The winner of the NHS versus St. Bernard games will face the winner of the Oak Park versus Oaks Christian match up on Dec. 7. Get out and support the Rangers next weekend as they look to advance to the finals.

Nordhoff Advances Again After Another OT Battle

Damian Kaiser was once again the hero for the Rangers in tonight's 42-41 victory. The Rangers played the Centennial Apaches in what turned out to be an epic double overtime victory for NHS. After a back and forth regulation period, the two teams continued to battle in OT until Cliff Farrar and his crew decided to go for the win. With the Rangers' season in his hands, Kaiser took the ball from Garrett Graham as he attempted to score the winning two point conversion, but the Centennial defense stuffed him short of the goal line. See Wednesday's OVN to see the exciting details of what Kaiser did to win the game and extend the Rangers' season.

Early indications are that Morro Bay was defeated by St. Bernard which would mean that Nordhoff would host the semi-final game next Saturday. Final play-off match ups will be posted when they are final.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Rangers Win OT Thriller

The Nordhoff Rangers lived on the edge all night long, but lived to see another day as they beat the Nipomo Titans in a thrilling 23-20 play-off game. The Rangers were leading the game 20-13 until the Titans tied the score when they scored with only 27 seconds to play. David Brown kicked the game winning 37 yard field goal in overtime. See Wednesday's OVN for the full story and quotes from star running back/linebacker Damian Kaiser and head coach Cliff Farrar. Also see who NHS will play in next week's play-off match up.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Rangers Draw Nipomo In First Round

The Nordhoff Rangers (6-3-1, 4-1) are the top seed in the Tri-Valley League which means that they earned the right to play a number three seed in the first round of the CIF-SS play-offs. They will face the Nipomo Titons (5-5, 4-3) of the Los Padres League. The game will be held at Nordhoff on Friday night.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Thacher Loses Close Play-off Contest

The Thacher Toads traveled to Catalina Island to play Avalon in the first round of the CIF-SS play-offs this afternoon, but lost 38-36. Avalon outscored Thacher 21-16 in the second half which was the difference in the game. See Wednesday's OVN for more details and stats on this game.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Rangers Are Tri-Valley League Champions!

The Nordhoff Rangers beat Grace Brethren 31-6 on the road tonight to claim the top spot in the Tri-Valley League. Damian Kaiser led the way with two touchdowns and the defense played well, holding the Lancers to only one score on the night. This is the Rangers' first league title since the 2003 season. The Rangers will host a play-off game next week. Stay tuned to the OVN Sports Blog to see who the Rangers' first round opponent will be.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Thacher Wins, 'Nova Falls In Close Game

Saturday was a big day in the Ojai Valley for high school football fans and both Thacher and Villanova were in action at home. The Thacher Toads hosted the Dunn Earwigs and the home team strolled to an easy 75-46 win. The Toads were able to get some of their freshmen and reserves some well deserved playing time in their victory.

Villanova was also in action tonight as they hosted the Malibu Sharks. The Wildcats had a chance to win the game with less that 30 seconds to play, but the Sharks forced a turnover to preserve the victory. See Wednesday's OVN for more details on both games.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Nordhoff Hammered

The Oaks Christian Lions came to town tonight and ran all over the Rangers in a key Tri-Valley League match up, 42-6. Chris Potter scored four touchdowns and Malcolm Jones added two for Oaks Christian. The lone highlight for the Rangers was a four yard score by running back Damian Kaiser. The Rangers are now 3-1 in league play and must win next week at Grace Brethren if they want a share of the Tri-Valley League title. See Wednesday's OVN for more on tonight's game.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Thacher Wins Easily

When the Thacher Toads needed a win, they were able to rise to the occasion as they rolled over Laguna Blanca 47-15 this afternoon. Thacher got a major boost from quarterback Griffin Tripplett, who scored five touchdowns on the ground. With the win, the Toads are virtually guaranteed of a spot in the playoffs. See Wednesday's OVN for stats and quotes from today's game.

Friday, October 26, 2007


The Nordhoff Rangers pulled off a huge Tri-Valley League upset tonight by defeating the Oak Park Eagles 24-21. The Rangers jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and then held on for dear life as the Eagles attempted a comeback. Chris Gibson scored all three touchdowns for the Rangers and David Brown kicked a 47-yard field goal. Check the OVN on Wednesday for stats, quotes and league standings. The Rangers host Oaks Christian next week.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Toads Stopped By Rams

On a perfect afternoon for football, the Thacher Toads traveled to take on the Cate Rams in a huge Condor League match up. Despite playing their best football of the season and a huge game by quarterback Griffin Triplett, the Toads lost 49-39. Triplett was stellar on the day, throwing for a touchdown and running for three more. See Wednesday's OVN for the whole story and quotes from coach Hooper.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Rangers Win Homecoming On Last Second FG

Nordhoff Ranger fans were treated to a wild Tri-Valley League contest tonight as the Rangers beat the upset minded Carpinteria Warriors on a last second David Brown field goal, 32-29. Garrett Graham threw for three touchdowns on the night and Damian Kaiser rushed for a score late in the game. With the win, the Rangers improve to 4-2-1, 2-0. See Wednesday's OVN for stats and quote from Coach Farrar, Graham and Mireles.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Rangers Win League Opener

The Nordhoff Rangers defeated the Santa Paula 38-0 in their Tri-Valley League opener tonight on a wet, sloppy Santa Paula field. The Rangers' defense was excellent and Damian Kaiser scored two touchdowns on the ground. See Wednesday's OVN for all the stats and details of the Rangers' big victory.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Rangers Play To 17-17 Tie

The Rangers traveled to San Luis Obispo for a non-league match up and over came the 14 point deficit to tie the Tigers 17-17. Both programs elected to settle for the tie rather than play the overtime with league play starting next week. The Rangers will travel to play a surprising Santa Paula team on Friday. See Wednesday's OVN for stats on quotes on the Ranger's performance.

Wildcats Blank Mariners

The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Santa Monica Mariners 35-0 on Friday night. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 2-4 as they head into Frontier League play next week when they host league power Bishop Diego. Cian Lenehan recovered from an injury suffered in last week's game to score three touchdowns in the Wildcat victory. See Wednesday's OVN for additional details of the Wildcats win.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Toads Fall 44-14

Thacher was defeated by Windward, 44-14 this afternoon. According to head coach Jeff Hooper, the Toads could not stop the Wildcats through the air. Windward quarterback John Manoogian threw four touchdown passes in the game. Harry Hoffman and Chris Thomas both scored for the Toads. See Wednesday's OVN for additional information and stats from today's game.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Rangers Drop Game To Rio Mesa

Jerrel Thomas ran all over the Nordhoff defense tonight as Rio Mesa beat the Rangers 33-20. Thomas scored four touchdowns and rushed for 275 yards in the game. NHS played well at times and saw a 48-yard field goal from David Brown, but Thomas proved to be too much. With the loss, the Rangers drop to 2-2 on the season. Nordhoff will travel to San Luis Obispo next week. See Wednesday's OVN for more information and stats on tonight's game.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Toads Even Record At 1-1

The Thacher Toads defeated Montclair Prep in a thrilling 22-16 game that was not decided until the final moments of the fourth quarter. Chris Thomas scored from 38 yards out to seal the win for Thacher. With the win, the Toads improve to 1-1 on the season. Thacher will play Windard next week. See Wednesday's OVN for more information on Thacher's big win.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Rangers Lose On Final Play Of Game

The Nordhoff Rangers appeared to be well on their way to a 3-0 start until the Pacifica Tritons scored on a last second Hail Mary play as time expired, giving them the 23-20 victory. The Rangers made several big plays on the night including a 96-yard run by Chris Gibson and two long field goals from David brown from 45 and 50 yards. The loss makes the Rangers 2-1 on the season. See Wednesday's edition of the OVN for the heart breaking details, stats and quotes.

'Nova Thumped

The Villanova football team lost their third consecutive game Thursday night when they were defeated by Viewpoint 49-13. Viewpoint was able to rack up 340 yards on the ground and had huge 21-point outbursts in the second and fourth quarters. The loss makes the Wildcats 1-3 on the season.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rangers Climbing Polls

The 2-0 Norhoff Rangers are the third Tri-Valley League team to claim a spot in the Top 10 Rankins this week (behind Oaks Christian and Oak Park): The Rangers will play Pacifica (1-1) on Friday night.

1. 1. Oaks Christian (Tri-Valley) 2-0 Bye @ St. Bonaventure
2. 2. Oak Park (Tri-Valley) 2-0 def. Royal, 35-0 Newbury Park
3. 3. Harvard/Westlake (Del Rey) 3-0 def. Burroughs/Burbank, 27-15 Bye
4. 4. Morro Bay (Los Padres) 2-0 Bye @ Wasco
5. 5. South Torrance (Pioneer) 2-0 def. Bishop Montgomery, 44-17 Warren
6. 6. Templeton (Los Padres) 3-0 def. Orosi (CS), 57-10 Bye
7. 7. Serra (Del Rey) 2-0 def. North Torrance, 35-0 @ Torrance
8. 8. Pioneer Valley (Los Padres) 2-1 def. Eastside, 35-8 Cabrillo/Lompoc
9. 9. San Dimas (Valle Vista) 3-0 def. Montclair, 42-9 Ontario
10. UR Nordhoff (Tri-Valley) 2-0 def. Santa Ynez, 10-6 @ Pacifica/OxnardOthers Receiving Votes: Cathedral (Del Rey), 1-1; St. Joseph/SM (Los Padres), 1-1.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Nordhoff Game Changed To Friday Night

The Nordhoff Rangers will take on the Pacifica Tritons on Friday night starting with the junior varsity at 4pm and then the 2-0 varsity squad will take the field at 7pm. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday night, but it was move to the traditional Friday night slot.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Thacher Falls, OVS Losing Late In Game

Saturday was a tough day of the eight-man football squads that make the Ojai Valley their home. Thacher fell to Hillcrest Christian 32-14. The Toads were outmatched in the game, however, they played hard as they always do. Late in the game, the Ojai Valley School Spuds were down 30-3, but they did score their first ever points as a football program. Check the OVN for details on both games.

Rangers Win Wild Contest

The Nordhoff Rangers defeated Santa Ynez 10-6 on Friday in what turned out to be wild, heart stopping contest that could have gone either way. The lone touchdown for the Rangers came on a fourth and goal from the six-inch line by Chris Gibson. David Brown added a field goal to conclude the scoring for the Rangers. The Pirates scored on a fake punt that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Senior Eric Banks blocked the extra point, which would turn out to be a huge play for the Rangers. Garrett Graham played well for the Rangers, as did Albert Mireles.
The story of the game was the Rangers defense, which played hard and stopped the Pirates all night long. The Rangers improve to 2-0 on the season. See Wednesday's edition for the exciting details and quotes from the Rangers.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Villanova Football Falls To 1-1

Villanova head coach John Muller warned that despite beating Desert Christian 23-0 last year, his team would need to play well to beat the Knights. Villanova Traveled to Lancaster to take on Desert Christian on Saturday night, and fell 20-6. See Wednesday's OVN for the highlights, stats and quotes. The Wildcats travel to Santa Paula next week and will look to get back to their winning ways.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Rangers Win Big In Opener

The Nordhoff Rangers kicked their 2007 season off in style with a huge 31-13 win over St. Joseph high school. The Rangers exploded for 14 first quarter points, and took the 14-13 lead into the half. The second half belonged to the Rangers as they outscored the Knights 17-0.

Touchdowns were scored by Tyler Wadsworth, Matt Smith, Damian Kaiser and Albert Mireles and kicker David Brown was perfect on extra points and added a field goal. The NHS defense lived up to the pre-season hype and shut down the Knights. See Wednesday’s OVN for the full story, stats, and quotes from Coach Farrar on the Rangers’ first win of the season.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

'Nova Wins Thriller

The Villanova Wildcats got their season going int style as they went on the road to play Western Christian. Western Christian came out throwing the football and accumulated 278 passing yards against the Wildcat defense. With the game tied at 20-20 and less that one minute to play, Cian Lenehan scored from 6-yards out to give the Wildcats the 27-20 win. See Wednesday's edition for more stats and quotes from the dramatic win.

NHS Impresses In Scrimmage

The Ranger football hosted Oxnard in their annual scrimmage on a sizzling Friday evening and the Rangers proved that good things are to come. The two teams exchanged 10 play series and then played one live quarter. NHS scored two touchdowns and held the Yellow Jackets scoreless. See Wednesday's edition for Coach Farrar's thoughts and see who stood out in the scrimmage.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's On! The High School Football Season Starts

Ojai Valley high school football fans can finally stop reading about their teams and go watch them as football teams across the state will get underway this weekend. The Villanova Wildcats will hit the road when they take on Western Christian of Covina on Sept. 1.
If you are not looking to drive this holiday weekend, the Nordhoff Rangers will hold their annual scrimmage on Friday night. The Rangers will host the Oxnard Yellow Jackets on Aug. 31. See the Friday edition of the OVN for additional details on both contests.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

In Depth Football Previews Are Coming

Are you wondering how your favorite Ojai Valley high school football team will do this year? Who are the returning lettermen? Who will step up from the junior varsity to earn playing time? What do the coaches have to say? What are the team's strengths and areas of concern? Check future editions of the OVN for Mike Miller's analysis of the Nordhoff Rangers, Thacher Toads and Villanova Wildcats.

Friday, July 13, 2007

2007 Nordhoff Football Schedule

2007 Schedule:

Sept. 7
St. Joseph

Sept. 14
at Santa Ynez

Sept. 20
at Pacifica

Sept. 28
Rio Mesa

Oct. 5
at San Luis Obispo

Oct. 12
at Santa Paula

Oct. 19

Oct. 26
at Oak Park

Nov. 2
Oaks Christian

Nov. 11
at Grace Brethren

Monday, July 09, 2007

Wondering Who Your Football Team Is Playing?

If you are a high school football fan and you are wondering who your favorite team will be playing and when and what the "can't miss" games of 2007 will be, check next week's OVN Sports Section for in depth analysis.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Upcoming NHS Ranger Football Profiles

The senior class is going to be pivotal in the upcoming 2007 season if the Rangers are going to challenge Oaks Christian for the Tri-Valley League title. You have already met wide out Albert Mireles, now watch for profiles on lineman Kacy Reed and star running back and linebacker Damian Kaiser in upcoming editions.

Monday, June 25, 2007

NHS Football Summer Practice Begins

The Ranger football squad is gearing up for the 2007 season which promises to be an exciting one for the Rangers and their fans. Check out the OVN in the coming weeks for profiles on some of the key returners from last year's team as well as quotes and analysis from head coach Cliff Farrar.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Shirck Places Sixth

Brandon Shirck represented Ojai and Nordhoff well as he placed sixth in the CIF 1600 meter finals tonight. See Wednesday's edition for more information and quotes from the NHS senior.

Finals 1 Hudson Andrews 12 Royal/ss 4:07.59 10 2 Mac Fleet 10 Univers C/Sd 4:08.09 8 3 Fawad Khan 12 Palos Verdes 4:11.38 6 4 Brian Cole 12 St Helena/nc 4:11.74 4 5 Austin Jett 12 Eastlake/sd 4:12.09 2 6 Brandon Shirck 12 Nordhoff/ss 4:12.50 1 7 Chad Hall 12 Big Bear/ss 4:13.16 8 Dylan Knight 12 La Sierra/ss 4:16.42 9 Spencer Knight 12 La Sierra/ss 4:20.62

Shirck Makes Finals

Brandon Shirck continued his quest for a CIF championship as he qualified for tonight's final in the 1600 meter run. Check back for results of the 1600 meter final.

Event 4 Boys 1600 Meter Run================================================================ Name Year School Prelims ================================================================Preliminaries 1 Mac Fleet 10 Univers C/Sd 4:10.35Q 2 Brandon Shirck 12 Nordhoff/ss 4:12.98Q 3 Hudson Andrews 12 Royal/ss 4:10.60Q 4 Chad Hall 12 Big Bear/ss 4:13.26Q 5 Dylan Knight 12 La Sierra/ss 4:10.67Q 6 Spencer Knight 12 La Sierra/ss 4:13.26Q 7 Austin Jett 12 Eastlake/sd 4:11.69q 8 Fawad Khan 12 Palos Verdes 4:13.52q 9 Brian Cole 12 St Helena/nc 4:14.00q 10 Adam Cunningham 11 Milken Community 4:14.07 11 Brad Surh 11 Carlmont/cc 4:15.27 12 Rylan Hunt 10 Aptos/cc 4:16.13 13 Jonathan Petersen 12 Clovis/ce 4:16.50 14 James Attarian 11 Dublin /nc 4:18.38 15 Matt Maldanado 11 Modesto/sj 4:18.76 16 Bret Hasvold 11 Fallbrook/sd 4:19.23 17 Andy Peabody 12 Cllg Prk/nc 4:20.68 18 Johnathan Shawel 11 Troy /ss 4:21.93 19 Josh Arrieta SR Oak Ridge/sj 4:22.18 20 Douglas Whichard 12 Grandaa/nc 4:22.22 21 Eric Battles Clovis W/Ce 4:22.67 22 Abdow Haji 12 El Toro /ss 4:22.68 23 Marcos Corona 12 Willow Glen 4:23.93 24 Jonathan 10 Buchanan/ce 4:24.07 25 Timothy Scott 12 Cr dl Mar/ss 4:25.44 26 Weir Walker 10 Lowell/sf 4:25.60 27 Steve Calise 12 San Pedro/la 4:27.72 28 Nick Rebol Sr Red Bluff/no 4:27.93 29 Jorge Rojas SR Garfield/la 4:30.06 30 Cameron Mitchell Jr Woodcreek/sj 4:34.65 31 Angel Peralta 12 Granada H/La 4:39.91

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Shirck Continues To Roll, Sacramento Next

Nordhoff High School senior Brandon Shirck continued what he defined as an "amazing pace" at Friday night's CIF-Southern Section Masters Track and Field competition at Norwalk Cerritos College.
The Tri Valley League 1600-meter champion finished with a time of 4:12.24, good for fifth place overall out of the entire 564-school Southern Section, but more importantly, good enough to advance to Friday's prelims in Sacramento.
"I was so nervous out there I could hear my heart beat," Shirck said. "This is the best feeling ever. I could hear people around me dying and I just started to push harder."
Shirck either needed to hit the state qualifying mark of 4:16.62 or finish in the top five. The senior also set a personal record.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Ojai's Lowry Becoming Giants' Ace

By Mike Miller
The Ojai Valley’s favorite major league baseball player is quietly in the midst of putting together the finest season of his young professional career. Noah Lowry is currently 5-4 with an impressive 2.69 ERA over nine starts this season. Lowry has recovered after a tumultuous season last year that saw him battle through injury after injury to become one of the leaders on the San Francisco Giants pitching staff early in the 2007 season. Last season Lowry went 7-10 with a 4.74 ERA after spending a month on the disabled list. He focused on a new and improved strength and conditioning program in the off-season and by the looks of his first nine starts, it is paying dividends.
When asked about the injuries last year, Lowry told the OVN Tuesday, “When you get hurt and battle through injuries, your mechanics are out of whack because you are overcompensating. I was forced to change my pitching motion which made me to use muscles that I typically did not use, and that resulted in some injuries. My strength program addressed those weak areas and my body is feeling really good right now. I am confident that I will be ready to go every fifth day now.” Lowry is best known for his wicked off-speed pitches and according to his peers, has one of the best breaking balls in all of the major leagues. “Consistency has been the key (to his fast start), I have had a mix of good control and I have been able to throw my off-speed stuff at any point in the count with a lot of confidence. When I have command of my breaking ball and I can pinpoint my fastball, I will be effective,” said Lowry. The word is getting out that the Giants hurler is becoming a force in the National League. The Houston Astro’s team leader and future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio was recently quoted by CBS as saying, “He (Lowry) doesn’t miss. He’s put it together. He pitches us tough.”
The 2005 Roberto Clemente Award recipient has also undergone a change in managers this season with the arrival of Bruce Bochy in San Francisco. “Bochy is a great manager. He is a good communicator and he really does a great job with the pitching staff,” added Lowry. A key moment between pitcher and manager occurred on May 16, when the Giants were playing the Astros. “It was late in the game and I had just walked Brad Ausmus. Bochy came out and could have pulled me, but he stuck with me. That means a lot to me and shows that he has confidence in me. He wants us all to be successful as players and guys like that,” said Lowry.
The Giants will return to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers July 31 for a three-game set. Check the OVN Sports Section to get a weekly update on Lowry’s progress.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Thacher Beat In Opening Round Of CIF

The Thacher baseball team knew that Daniel Campos was going to be a tough nut to crack in their first round CIF-SS match-up against Maricopa yesterday. They were right as Campos limited the Toads to only two hits over seven innings. To add to Thacher's troubles, Campos struck out 16 batters. Maricopa went on to win the game 4-0 when they scored four runs in the bottom of the second. See Wednesday's edition for more information on the game.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Highland Retains Soule Park Golf Course

By Daryl Kelley
Operators of the county-owned Soule Park golf course in east Ojai will continue to manage the facility for at least another 10 years under an agreement the Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday.

“We think this is an excellent agreement for the county, and we’ve gotten an excellent response from golfer representatives,” said Rebecca Arnold, deputy director of the county General Services Agency.

Highlands Golf, the current operator, prevailed over four other bidders, because of its performance in helping to reconstruct the flood-damaged Ojai links and its acclaim as operator of the county’s Rustic Canyon course in Moorpark.

“We liked their proven track record at Rustic Canyon,” Arnold said. “They’ve received kudos and acclaim for Rustic.” That links-style public course is consistently ranked among the best in Southern California.

Soule Park head professional Tyson York “has also done an excellent job” of bringing golf tournaments back to Soule Park this year after it recovered from reconstruction, Arnold said.

York said tournament days now stand at 133 for 2007, compared with about 130 before the floods and 30 in the reconstruction year.

A recent poll by the Los Angeles Times ranked Ojai’s picturesque Soule Park links as one of the top bargains in the region. Rounds cost at little as $18 after 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Since the devastating floods of 2005, a $4.1-million reconstruction has replaced all of the course’s tees and greens and added more than 60 sand traps – plus adding about 1,000 yards to the 18 holes.

Highlands Golf was chosen to continue operations because revenues over the next 10 years were expected to reach $4 million, a $400,000 annual average similar to that in decades past, Arnold said.

The annual guarantee is only $180,000 by Highlands, but the county’s share of other revenue is expected to bring in about $138,000 next year, or $318,000 overall, with county revenues expected to scale upward after that, she said.

All revenues from course operations are expected to be $2.6 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, she said. And next fiscal year’s anticipated revenue is $2.7 million.

Highlands Golf prevailed over bidders Bill Casper Golf, Touchstone Golf, Bellows Golf Management and Evergreen Alliance Golf. A committee evaluated the highly varied proposals and determined that Highlands “offered the best value to the county,” said Arnold in her letter to supervisors.

The agreement also required Highlands to spend $100,000 for capital improvements initially and 4 percent of its green fees annually after that, or at least $60,000 a year.

Arnold said the deal is good for the county because golf’s popularity has fallen in recent years: in the last year alone, rounds played are off 3.7 percent in Los Angeles County and 3.5 percent in Orange County, she said.

Just what Highlands will do with Soule Park’s restaurant, near the clubhouse, is still being discussed, Arnold said. Highlands recently changed restaurant management after a campaign to bring in more dinner customers failed. Arnold said dinners still may not be served because restaurants in Ojai are having a hard time, but the patio area may be expanded and the d├ęcor updated.

“This is a subject we’ve been talking about a lot in the last two months,” York said. “It’s a great venue for a restaurant. It’s a spectacular view. But people think of it as a golf course, not a restaurant.”

The county Parks Commission approved the contract Monday, and supervisors’ approval followed on Tuesday.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Thacher To Face Maricopa In Playoffs

The Thacher Toads' baseball team will take on the Maricopa Indians in the first round of the CIF-SS Division VII playoffs this Friday in Maricopa. The Indians are 14-3 overall and 10-1 in the Coast Valley League. Thacher heads into the playoffs on a two-game winning streak and they are 9-5 on the season. See Friday's edition for a statistical breakdown of this match up.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Oaks Christian Beats NHS Baseball Squad

The Oaks Christian Lions defeated Nordhoff 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon. The Rangers sent Trevor Lawry to the mound and he was later replaced by Keegan Rose. Casey Barker and David Brown both had two hits on the day. The star of the game for Oaks was Sean McCarthy who went 4-4 with 2 RBIs.

With the win, Oaks improves to 10-12 overall, but they are 8-3 in league. The Rangers have dropped four in-a-row and are now 4-14-1, 3-8.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Holy Cross 5K, 10K Results

Final results for the race held April 28:

5K Results
1 Zach Deneen 18:31
2 Rick Thompson 19:21
3 Jason Womack 20:15
4 Matthew Haffner 21:53
5 Glenn Fout 22:37
6 Steve Mercer 23:13
7 Sarah Couffman 24:21
8 Ralph Coolman 24:22
9 Cicily Mouloney-Sterling 25:21
10 Laurna Bernhoft 26:01
11 Maria Haverson 27:12
12 Erika Coolman 27:17
13 Jessie Wayne 28:27
14 Amy Burgold 28:44
15 Brenda Hill 28:44
16 Amy Gilmore 29:45
17 Rose Ann Hager 31:48
18 Kathy Caro 31:48
19 Molly Oakland 32:07
20 Larry Weaverling 32:50
21 Carol Pilkington 32:57
22 John Wilson 32:57
23 David Lantor 33:06
24 Denise Liebrse 33:07
25 Trish Lanter 33:09
26 Sue Mercer 34:04
27 Alexandra Merjia 34:42
28 Cecilia McBurnie 35:17
29 Emily Oakland 36:33
30 Ed Mercer 36:38
31 Don Weaverling 37:39
32 Judy Mercer 40:09
33 Cathy Deen 43:12
34 Nancy Stewart 43:12
35 Deborah Weber 46:12
36 Linda Gibbons 47:10
37 Richard Griffith 53:12
38 Cindy Griffith 53:13
39 Amy Grubb 53:14

10K Results
1 Aaron Sharp 34:23
2 Sal Plaza 40:27
3 Debra Sharp 41:23
4 Annissa P Seguin 41:44
5 Cesar Ocampo 42:17
6 Noe Soria 43:28
7 Arnie Moser 44:23
8 Nigel Faulkner 45:25
9 Jason Womack 46:06
10 Becerra Gaspar 46:44
11 Brad Larson 50:06
12 Elaine Reasor 50:25
13 Ken Clencl 50:26
14 Cindy Moore 51:46
15 Nancy Eiemba 52:16
16 Salvador Gonzalez 52:34
17 Joe Rivas 52:47
18 Robin Bernhoft 53:30
19 Victor Thasiah 53:46
20 Isabelle Turpin-Balbrey 53:47
21 Bob Bates 54:02
22 Lisa Magualeno 55:00
23 Shaun Velasquez 55:48
24 Paul Lozano 57:42
25 Vennica Roberts 58:27
26 Robert Hamming 58:38
27 Kim Lozano 59:13
28 Sarah Coyhla 1:00:48
29 Michelle Allen 1:04:47
30 Jake Austin 1:08:14
31 Aaron Walsh 1:08:14
32 Tom Rooney 1:08:15
35 Camille Ellis 1:38:20
36 Tamara Laine 1:40:29
37 Laura Schembri 1:52:26
38 Donna Ellis 1:52:26
39 Josse Verdia 1:54:24
40 Tina Verdia 1:54:24
41 Meghan O’Brien 1:54:24
42 Jason Schembri 1:54:24
43 Patricia Peggs 1:54:24
44 Deborah Fielder 1:54:24
45 Ginger Mirza 1:54:25

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ranger Baseball Wins Again

The Rangers defeated Santa Paula 15-3 yesterday. NHS racked up a season high 27 hits on the day and got a solid pitching performance from Ryan Lagos. Lagos went seven innings, giving up six hits and struck out eight. David Brown, Chad Michener, Trevor Lawry, Garrett Ochoa, Keegan Rose, and Lagos all had at least three hits in the game. The Rangers will host Santa Paula on Friday at 3:30pm.

Monday, April 23, 2007

NHS Baseball Stops Eight Game Slide

The Nordhoff baseball team defeated the Malibu Sharks 6-4 in a game that went into extra innings tonight. The Rangers took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but the Sharks rallied to tie the game, sending the game to extra innings. NHS answered right back and scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take the 6-3 lead. Malibu could only score once in the bottom of the inning and the Rangers went home victorious. See Wednesday's edition for more information on this game.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thacher's Triplett Throws No No

No hitters are rare, but Thacher junior Griffin Triplett treated the Thacher faithful to one yesterday in Santa Barbara. Triplett blanked Laguna Blanca en route to a 14-1 victory. See Friday's edition for head coach Rich Mazzola's comments on this impressive feat.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Nordhoff Softball Wins Back-To-Back Games

The Lady Ranger Softball team won two much needed games to improve their record to 7-7 on the season, snapping a five game losing streak in the process. Monday's victim was a very solid Oxnard team that sported a 10-7 record on the season. The Rangers won 2-1 in a very tight contest. This afternoon, NHS traveled to take on Grace Brethren and shut out the Lancers 7-0. The Rangers squad will host rival Oaks Christian on Thursday at 3:30pm. See Friday's edition for more details on the Lady Ranger's win streak.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thacher Loses Thriller To Faith Baptist

Thacher and Faith Baptist locked horns in yet another epic athletic event, this time it was baseball. Faith Baptist jumped all over the Toads in the top of the first inning; the score was 4-0 before Thacher was able to record an out. Thacher would battle back to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth, and took the lead 7-6 in the sixth inning when Griffin Triplett scored the go-ahead run. The celebration was short lived, however. The Contenders capitalized on a couple of Thacher miscues and took a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Thacher was unable to rally and the Contenders skipped town with the win. See Wednesday's edition to read more about this exciting game.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Cate Scores Two In Bottom Of Sixth To Beat Toads In Boys' Baseball

Thacher traveled to Carpinteria to take on the Cate Rams in a key Condor League match up. The Toads jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, but Cate clawed their way back into the game and tied the game at 3-3 after four innings. Thacher once again took the lead in the fifth before eventually falling to the Rams 5-4. Quinn Hacker had a gutty performance on the mound for the Toads. For more information on this game, check out the Wednesday edition of the OVN.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rangers Get All Tri-Valley Honors

Five Nordhoff Ranger basketball players were recently recognized by the Tri-Valley League for their outstanding play this season. The players were:

Logan Vogt: First Team
Jon Bower: Second Team
John Espinoza: Second Team
Dan Smith: Honorable Mention
Eric Banks: Honorable Mention

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Carney Awarded Coach of the Year Honor

Thacher boys' basketball coach Jason Carney was awarded the CIF-SS Division VA Coach of the Year award this week. The Toads were 14-5 this season. For a run-down of players receiving All-CIF awards, see Wednesday's edition.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

NHS Defeats Hueneme 5-1

Brittany Puildo pitched a two-hitter and hit a homerun as the Lady Rangers' softball team beat Hueneme 5-1. Freshman Brook Marquez and Shelbi Stallings also hit homers in the winning effort.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

NHS Softball Wins First Game

The Lady Rangers traveled to Santa Barbara to play San Marcos and won 6-0. The Rangers scored six runs on seven hits and did not commit any errors. The Royals committed five errors and the Lady Rangers were able to capitalize on those mistakes en route to their first win of the season. See Friday's edition for additional information.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

Local area baseball and softball teams are kicking off their long awaited seasons starting this week. To see previews of each team and who to watch, check the coming editions of the Ojai Valley News. Results and stats will be posted here as they become available.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Poor Third Quarter Does In 'Nova

The Villanova girls' basketball team fell to Village Christian tonight in the CIF-SS Division V semi-final game, 52-31. The Lady Wildcats were within striking range after the first half, but Village Christian outscored VPS 18-2 in the third quarter. See Wednesday's edition for additional stats and information.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Thacher's Championship Run Ends

The Thacher boys' basketball team had their sights set on the CIF-SS Division VA Championship, but that dream came to an end tonight as Rosamond defeated the Toads 47-26. Thacher was unable to get into a rhythm on offense and the Roadrunners' pressure defense forced the Toads into too many turnovers. Rosamond outscored Thacher 16-5 in the second quarter and built on their lead from there. Thacher was paced by Drew Cole and Bennett Kissel with nine points each. See next Wednesday's edition for the full story and additional stats and quotes.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Friday Night Playoff Basketball

The Thacher Toads will take on the Rosamond Roadrunners Friday night at Nordhoff High School in the CIF-SS Division VA semi-finals. Tip off is scheduled to 7:30pm. Come out and support the Toads as they attempt to qualify for the championship game.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Thacher Advances In Style!!

Those that decided to take a drive to Malibu tonight to catch the Thacher Toads take on the Malibu Sharks were treated to a good old fashion high school basketball game. The Thacher boys' team pulled out a thrilling road win, 46-38. Malibu got out to a quick 11-3 lead, but the Toads caught up and went into halftime with a three point lead. The game was in doubt right up to the finals seconds, but Thacher was able to advance on to the semi-finals. Drew Cole was the hero for Thacher as he scored 17 points, and really kept his team in the game early on.

Thacher will advance to take on the winner of Villanova and Rosamond. The semi-finals will take place on Friday night. Check Friday's edition for the exciting recount of Thacher's win and more information on their semi-final opponent.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Lady Rangers Fall To Notre Dame

The NHS girls' basketball squad fell short in their bid to advance in the CIF-SS playoffs tonight when they lost to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks 51-40. The Rangers played hard and cut the Knights' lead to single digits a couple of times, but the outside shooting of Notre Dame ultimately did in the Rangers. The Knights were led by Alexis Glassman who scored 20 points. Chloe Bunker continued her terrific play as she scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards. See Wednesday's edition for more stats and quotes from head coach Ted Cotti.

Toads Advance To Quarterfinals

Call them the Road Warriors. The Thacher boys' basketball team traveled to Kern County to take on Kern Valley and left with a 49-36 win." We spent four hours on a bus and it showed in our play early," said head coach Jason Carney. With the score 16-12 at half time, the Toads opened up on offense and began to pull away. "Chris Thomas and Drew Cole were huge for us tonight," said Carney. Thomas finished with 18 points and Cole added 15. Carney added, "Our half court defense was stellar, as it has been all season."

The Toads will hit the road once again on Tuesday to take on Malibu in a quarterfinal match up. Thacher defeated Malibu earlier this year in an intense game.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Thacher Whips San Fernando Valley Academy

The Thacher boys' basketball team defeated San Fernando Valley Academy 62-34 tonight in their first round playoff game. The Toads jumped all over the Huskies early and the game was over by the half. Chris Thomas led the Toads with 17 points. See the Wednesday edition for the full story and more stats as well as Thacher's second round opponent.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Rangers Are Champs!

The NHS girls' basketball team earned the title of 2007 Tri-Valley League Co-Champions tonight with a 45-31 win over Bishop Diego. The Lady Rangers will share the title with Oaks Christian because both teams were 10-2 in league play.

The Rangers were slow out of the gate tonight, but rallied behind junior Allie Clifford and her 23 points. Clifford also added 10 rebounds. Senior Megan Swann had 10 assists and nine steals in her final regular season home game. Swann eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark late in the third quarter tonight as well. Nicole Bergmann added 14 points.

The drawing for the CIF playoffs will take place this weekend. Nordhoff's opponent will be reported late Sunday afternoon.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Rangers Win Thriller

The Nordhoff boys' basketball team won a hotly contested game against Tri-Valley League rival Bishop Diego 56-54 tonight. The game was in doubt right up to the final buzzer. The Rangers had the 56-54 lead when the Cardinals' Jeremy Kjar was fouled with :01 remaining in the game. Kjar missed the first of two free throws putting an end to Bishop Diego's comeback attempt.

The Rangers were led in scoring by Logan Vogt (15 points), Garrett Graham (13 points), Dan Smith (10 points), and Eric Banks (nine points). Ian Kretzer added 10 rebounds and guard John Espinoza dished out eight assists.
The Rangers will play their final home game of the season Monday night against a very good Oak Park team

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Remembering The Steamer

You are invited to leave a recollection of our late legend and friend, Bud Furillo.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pulido Student Of Month

Danielle Pulido, a sixth-grader at Meiners Oaks Elementary School, was honored as the Physical Education Project Student of the Month. She was given a $50 savings bond and was recognized at the Rotary Club of Ojai meeting. Pulido's principal, Rotarian Marty Babayco, introduced her. Both parents — Joe Pulido, a police officer, and Dana, an elementary school teacher — were there.