Tuesday, May 27, 2008

May 31 Skate for the Green Schedule

Park & Ride Lot
11:30 a.m.
Registration for skating lessons: MC Street, Ollie and mini-ramp and instructional area.
One Way Board Shop and Bones Skate Team demonstrations
1 p.m.
MC Street Session for 12-and-under
1:20 p.m.
MC Street Session for 13-and-up
1:50 p.m.
Ojai Skate Team Demonstration
2:10 p.m.
Ollie session for 12-and-under
2:40 p.m.
Ollie session for 13-and-up
3:20 p.m.
Mini ramp session for 12-and-under
3:40 p.m.
Mini ramp session for 13-and-up
4 p.m.
Grand prize raffle
Chaparral Auditorium
5:30 p.m.
Autograph session with Rodney Mullen
6 p.m.
“United By Fate” movies 1, 2 and 3
7 p.m.
7:15 to 7:45 p.m.
Autograph session with Rodney Mullen

Toads tennis play finals

Thacher takes on Cate today in quest to be CIF champions

By Mike Miller

The Thacher boys’ tennis team has earned a trip to the CIF finals for the second year in a row and they will face LaSalle of Pasadena this afternoon in the Division V title match. The Toads placed second in the Condor League behind powerhouse Cate with a league record of 4-2 and an overall record of 11-3.
Since losing to Cate in their Condor League finale, Thacher has caught fire in the play-offs. The Toads faced Don Bosco Tech in the opening round of the CIF-SS Division V play-offs and beat them 13-5. The Toads then disposed of San Dimas, 15-3, and Beaumont, 14-4, before facing Segerstrom in the semi-finals.
Thacher would eventually top Segerstrom by the score of 10-8. According to Thacher coach Peter Fagan, the Toads were led in the semifinals by McCoy Becker, who swept his singles matches. Also sweeping their matches were Thacher’s No. 2 doubles team of John Lehrkind and Sean O’Brien.
Both Thacher and LaSalle ended the regular season ranked in the top four in Division V. Thacher held the No. 2 ranking while LaSalle was fourth. LaSalle knocked off top-ranked Cate in the semifinals, 11-7. The finals are scheduled to be played today at 2:30 p.m. in Claremont at the Claremont Club.
See Friday’s OVN for final results of the Toads’ quest to be crowned CIF champions.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Skate Park benefit May 31

Local skateboarders celebrate the news that a longtime skate park supporter has contacted Skate Ojai to issue a $50,000 match challenge to the community. Every donation will now be doubled, helping to reach the $350,000 goal; $227,000 has already been raised, leaving $123,000 needed by June 30 in order to build the new 10,000-square-foot concrete skate park. Check out the web site at ojaiskatepark.com for updates and payment options or mail or take donations to Ojai Community Bank, 402 W. Ojai Ave. For more information, call 646-3774.

Skate Ojai and the City of Ojai Recreation Department presents a Skate for the Green benefit event May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. celebrating skateboarding, the environment and Ojai youth.
There will be skateboarding demonstrations, a raffle, local food and vendors, plus instructors on hand to give tips to those with boards and helmets.
A skate contest with prizes will take place for a suggested $2 donation. The first 100 contest participants will receive goodie bags. Disc jockey Skitz and KFYV Live 105.5 FM will broadcast the event.
After the skate event, the movie “United by Fate” will be shown at the Chaparral Auditorium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The video is a series of short films by Globe that features Mark Appleyard, Shane Cross, Jake Duncombe, David Gonzalez, Chris Haslam, Greg Lutzka, Rodney Mullen and Matt Mumford. Tickets cost $5 for kids and $10 for adults.
Mullen, a professional freestyle skateboarder, will be at the May 31 event to sign autographs and lend his support to helping to raise the $123,000 needed by June 30 in order to build the new 10,000 square-foot concrete skate park.
For more information, contact Dale Sumersille at 646-1872, Sunday Rylander at 766-1366 or go to ojaiskatepark.com.

Ojai Valley School wins track league title

Ojai Valley School junior John Kao, center, springs out of the blocks in the 100-meter dash. Kao would go on to win the event in 11.8 seconds, helping his team win the Condor League championship.

By Fred Alvarez

The boys’ track team at Ojai Valley School ran away with the Condor League championship last week, bringing home the league title for the first time in the 40 years OVS has participated in that sport.
Junior standouts John Kao and Parker Colborn helped lead the way, as each brought home three first-place medals. Kao took first in the high jump and 100-meter run, and anchored the winning 4x100-meter relay team. Colborn ran on the winning 4x100-meter and 4x1600-meter relay teams, and took first in the 400-meter run in a time of 52.7 seconds.
Overall, the boys’ squad racked up 78 points at the meet, which involved four other Condor League schools. The meet was held at Thacher School.
“The kids ran with a lot of heart,” said OVS co-track coach Gary Dinkins, who has helped pilot the squad for nearly 35 years.
“We have a lot of talent in a small group this year,” he added. “It’s great for them to see what they can do through a total team effort.”
Other notable performers included sophomore Jesse Holguin, who took second in the high jump and third in the 200- meter run. He also ran on both winning relay teams.
Sophomore Robert Lee took second in the 3200-meter run while junior Ronald Richard took fourth in the 1600-meter run. Sophomore Paul Graham earned fifth in the shot put, fourth in the high jump and was one of the fastest members of the winning 4x1600-meter relay team.