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2011-12 Athletics News Archive

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FB Commits Two, Transfers Up to 22

 FB  2-1-2012 (Updated 3-20-12) (Updated 8-2-12)  The Ventura College football team has committed four more players to four-year schools, in addition to the six players who signed national letters of intent earlier this spring and 12 mid-year transfers, bringing the total 22 Pirates who will be transferring for the 2012 football season.  Five have transferred to NCAA Division I - FBS (formerly NCAA Division I-A) schools, 13 to NCAA Division II institutions, one to an NAIA school and three to NCAA Division III institutions.  These 22 helped lead the Pirates to a 7-4 record in 2011, including a win in the Beach Bowl held at Ventura College.   In the past two years, VC has now signed 41 players to four-year schools under head coach Steve Mooshagian. READ MORE...

 

VC #9 on WBCA National Academic Honor Roll for 11-12

 WBB   7-30-2012  ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2011-12 season is the 17th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls. Led by perfect 4.0 GPA's from freshmen Hanna Burge and Eda Graham, the Ventura College Pirates placed ninth on the list in the JC/CC category with a 3.128 overall GPA for the 2011-12 academic year.  This is the ninth consecutive season the Pirates have been honored by the WBCA on their National Academic Honor Roll.  READ MORE...

 

VC Names New Volleyball Coach

 VB  7-5-2012  Ventura College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jon Roberts to lead the Pirate women’s volleyball program.  Roberts begins his first season as head women’s volleyball coach at VC, replacing Mandy Rodriguez, who resigned in May after seven years at the helm of the program.  "We're really happy to have Jon Roberts join our staff," said Pirate Athletic Director Will Cowen. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and our institution and players are looking forward to getting him into the gym and working with him."  Roberts, a former All-American player at UC Santa Barbara, brings a 25-year coaching resume with him to Ventura College.  READ MORE...   

 

VC's Bacelar Named the Star's Female College Athlete of the Spring

 WTen   6-24-2012  from the Ventura County Star Julianna Bacelar and her two Ventura College women's tennis teammates have already taken a flight and a drive. The third leg of their all-day Brazilian odyssey is a ferry. Morro de Sao Paulo, a beach paradise on Tinhare Island in Bahia, which has no paved roads or cars, is only reachable by boat. The ball is now in Bacelar's court. Having completely a historic freshman year in Ventura, the Goiana, Brazil, native is enjoying showing Layne Gallimore and Sonia Landeros her home. It has been six weeks since the unyielding Bacelar, The Star's Female College Athlete of the Spring, used her blur of a racket and two hyperkinetic legs to drive the Pirates to a perfect 19-0 season and their first state title.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Grad Hicks at Olympic Trials

 T&F   6-21-2012  Ventura College alumna Randi Hicks '09 will be attempting to  hit her mark this week. The former state champion in the javelin throw is competing at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., with hope of making the team for the 2012 Olympics next month in London. Preliminaries for the javelin will be held Friday June 29 with the finals on Sunday July 1. Hicks, a Rio Mesa HS alumna who came to VC to play basketball following one season at Cal Ploy Pomona, also played volleyball for the Pirates and picked up the javelin under VC throws coach Tom Lawrence on the track and field team.  The rest, as they say, is history, as Hicks had two successful seasons culminating in her state championship and school record in her signature event.  READ MORE... 

 

Four Pirates Named All-American

 WTen   6-19-2012  Coached by Nelson Emery, the Ventura College women’s tennis team recently completed one of its most successful seasons in school history. Four of the top six players on the team were recently recognized by the Interscholastic Tennis Association as California JUCO All-Americans.  Julianna Bacelar, Sonia Landeros and Jessica Worring were each tabbed for their play in singles and doubles and Layne Gallimore in doubles.  READ MORE... 

 

Kirkwood Named WSC Field MVP

 T&F   6-14-2012  Freshman high jumper Bennie Kirkwood has been named the Western State Conference Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the Year in a vote of conference coaches. The VC standout was undefeated in conference scoring meets in 2012, and won the event in the Santa Barbara Relays and at the WSC Championships. He earned All-SoCal and All-State honors, finishing fifth at the state meet clearing a height of 6-feet 8-inches. His career best jump places him seventh on VC's all-time list.   READ MORE... 

 

VC Finishes 6th in NATYCAA Cup

6-4-2012  The Ventura College athletic teams finished sixth in the state in the NATYCAA Cup, a competition recognizing overall athletic program excellence at the two-year college level.  The award is sponsored by the California Community College Athletic Association and the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators.  Fresno City College won the competition with 169.5 points, followed by Mt. San Antonio, Orange Coast, Santa Rosa, Riverside, and Ventura.  This represents the highest achievement for the Pirates in the nine-year history of the Cup.  READ MORE...

 

Five VC Cagers Sign Scholarships

 WBB   5-29-2012  Five members of the 2011-12 Ventura College women's basketball team have signed scholarship offers to continue their basketball and academic careers at four-year universities.  These five formed the backbone of the Pirates' 32-2 squad that won the program's 22nd consecutive Western State Conference championship and advanced to the State Final Four in 2012.  During coach Ned Mircetic's 22-year tenure at the helm of the Pirates, 104 players have now matriculated from VC to four-year universities, with many of them achieving bachelor's and master's degrees.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Win WSC Supremacy

5-25-2012  Winning eight Western State Conference championships, the Ventura College Pirates have captured their 14th consecutive WSC All-Sports Supremacy Award.  The title is given annually to the conference athletic department with the best overall combined program.  Ventura ran away with the competition, earning 116.0 points in their 17 eligible sports (football is hosted by the Southern California Football Association) with Canyons finishing second with 89.0.    READ MORE... 

 

Rodriguez Resigns as VB Coach

 VB  5-25-2012  After seven seasons at the helm, Mandy Rodriguez has resigned her position as the head coach for the Ventura College women's volleyball team.  "I am at a place in my life where I am excited about watching my daughters grow up and being actively involved in their lives and extra curricular endeavors," said Rodriguez.  " I have been very lucky to be a part of an amazing school and athletics program and for that I will always be thankful. I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all those who have supported our volleyball program during my tenure."  READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Place Four at State

 T&F   5-19-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's track and field teams sent four athletes to the state championships over the weekend, and all four placed in their respective events, bring the 2011-12 athletic seasons to a close at the college.  Amber Panapa earned All-American honors with a lifetime best throw in the discus (144-3) to claim third place in the competition.  Meanwhile Keshona Grier (javelin), Bennie Kirkwood (high jump) and Phillip Hanley (pole vault and high jump) all competed well, placing in each of their specialties.  "Those were good efforts," head coach Tony Veney told the Ventura County Star.   READ MORE... 

 

WBB Receives Team Awards

 WBB   5-16-2012  The Ventura College women's basketball team recently gathered for a team picnic to celebrate the 2011-12 season.  The season's team awards were announced with Destinee LaFountain and Rebecca Griffin earning team MVP honors for the Pirates, who posted a 32-2 record, won the Western State Conference North Division for the 22nd consecutive season, and advanced to the State Final Four in Sacramento.  Stephanie Ramirez was named Team Captain and Hanna Burge, Imani Dixon, Eda Graham, Carlotta Kloppenburg, and Rian Mew received Scholar Athlete Awards.    READ MORE...

 

VC's Stanfield Second in State

 Golf   5-14-2012  Pirate freshman Andy Stanfield  picked a great day to play great golf.  Stanfield, VC's lone entry in the state championship tournament held Monday in Santa Maria, placed second in the event which combined team and individual competition.  He opened the day with a championship-low 66 on the par-71 Santa Maria Country Club course, and came in with a 76 in the afternoon round, totaling a level-par 142 for the 36-hole event.  The individual medalist from College of the Desert shot a 139 and was the only player in red numbers for the day.  Desert edged Canyons in a tie-breaker for the team title.  READ MORE...

 

VC Baseball Honored by WSC

 Base  5-14-2012  The Ventura College Pirate baseball team was well represented this past week when the All Western State Conference honors were announced. One year after slumping to a 12-win season the Pirate baseball program rebounded by producing 19 wins in 2012, narrowly missing a spot in the Southern California Regional Playoffs.  VC finished as the No. 19-ranked 1RPI which is the formula used for playoff positioning, one place outside the 18-team field.  Ventura produced eight All-WSC honorees this season, up from five honored Pirates a year ago.  Also, five of the honored Pirate baseball players are freshmen, giving VC a strong nucleus for the 2013 season.   READ MORE... 

 

Bacelar Completes Rare Triple

 WTen   5-13-2012  from the Ventura County Star When her winning streak was snapped on her first match of the CCCAA state championships Thursday afternoon, Julianna Bacelar didn't know if she had enough energy to go on.  Turns out, she had enough to win another nine matches over three days and make history at the Balboa Tennis Center in San Diego.  The freshman from Goiana, Brazil, completed an incredible freshman season Saturday, when she added the state singles and doubles championships to the team title she won with her teammates on Thursday.  After three straight days of non-stop tennis, Bacelar became the fifth women's tennis player to sweep all three state titles in one season.  In a rematch of the All-Ventura College singles final at The Ojai, Bacelar beat teammate Jessica Worring, 6-2, 6-2 in an All-VC singles final.  Bacelar and her teammate, St. Bonaventure High product Layne Gallimore, then went on to top Sophie Angner and Talia Hudson of Santa Barbara City 6-4, 6-2 in the state doubles final.  READ MORE... 

 

Track & Field Sends Four to State

 T&F   5-12-2012  Four Ventura College Pirate Track and Field athletes advanced to the 2012 CCCAA State Championships Saturday at the SoCal Regional Championships at San Diego Mesa College. The women were lead by Amber Panapa's  third place finish in the discus, while Keshona Grier placed fourth in the javelin. (The top six in each filed event qualified for state.)  The men were headed by double qualifier, Phillip Hanley's fifth place finish in the pole vault and second place in the high jump. Hanley's high jump mark was a lifetime best and top-10 all-time performance. Meanwhile, Bennie Kirkwood also advanced in the high jump with the same height cleared as Hanley but was placed in a tie for fifth on misses.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Advance in Singles/Doubles

 WTen   5-12-2012  from the Ventura County Star One day after proving they were state champions, five members of the Ventura College women's tennis team continued to confirm it Friday by reaching state semifinals in individual play.  Teammates Julianna Bacelar and Jessica Worring reached the singles semifinals and the teams of Bacerlar-Layne Gallimore and Worring-Sonia Landeros reached the doubles semifinals at the CCCAA state championships at Balboa Tennis Center in San Diego.  READ MORE... 

 

Women's Tennis Wins State Title

 WTen   5-10-2012  In an epic final, the Ventura College women's tennis team has won the 2012 CCCAA State Championship.  The undefeated Pirates cap a perfect 19-0 season with a 5-4 win over previously unbeaten Sierra College, capped off in No. 1 doubles as Julianna Bacelar and Layne Gallimore prevailed 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.  READ MORE...  See Video from the Ventura County Star  See Photo Gallery from the Ventura County Star

 

Trio Leads VC to State Tennis Final

 WTen   5-10-2012  from the Ventura County Star The formula for an undefeated season has been as simple as a topspin lob, as effective as a forehand driven deep to the baseline and as conclusive as a cross-court winner.  The thus-far unbeatable trio of Julianna Bacelar, Jessica Worring and Sonia Landeros have the Ventura College women's tennis team in San Diego this week, competing for not one - but three - state championships.  The trio is a combined 54-0 in dual match play this spring entering this afternoon's state team final, which puts undefeated Ventura (18-0) against undefeated Sierra (15-0) at Balboa Tennis Club.  READ MORE...  See Ventura County Star Photo Gallery...

 

Doubles Help Bring VC to Brink of Tennis Title

 WTen   5-10-2012  from the Ventura County Star  Back in February, when it opened the season with two 9-0 victories in their first three matches, the Ventura College women's tennis team gave everyone a tiny hint of their promising potential.  In the 15 matches that followed, the Pirates continued that same kind of dominance and are now in the position to accomplish something no VC women's tennis team has done.  Today at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego, Southern California champion Ventura (18-0) will face NorCal champion Sierra College in the 2012 women's state championship match at 1 p.m. The unbeaten Wolverines, who have also registered quite a few 9-0 wins this season, will be looking to avenge a 5-1 loss to Santa Monica in last year's state final.  READ MORE...

 

SB Honored With Awards

 SB   5-8-2012  The Ventura College softball team added to its most successful season ever with numerous post-season awards at the conference and state levels.  The champions of the Western State Conference Gold Division claimed the Player of the Year, Clarissa Samaniego, Pitcher of the Year, Teresa Lemos, and the Coach of the Year, Susan Johnson, honors in balloting by the conference coaches.  Additionally, VC placed four other players on the  first-team All-WSC list.  Samaniego and Lemos also were named all state and Raelene Moreno was named to the All-SoCal region team.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Compete in SoCals

 Golf   5-7-2012  The Ventura College golf team competed at the Southern California Regional Tournament Monday at Glendora Country Club, with the Pirates placing fifth in the seven-team event.  Andy Stanfield used an even-par 72 in the afternoon round of the 36-hole tournament to card a four-over 148 for the tournament, qualifying for the state championships as an individual.  Ventura shot a combined 772 for their fifth place showing.  VC individual scores included Stanfield 76-72, 148; Timmy Snyder 75-76, 151; Jordan Thomas 76-80, 156; Taylor Stein 75-81, 156; Andrew Garcia 80-81, 161; and Roman Barnes 81-94, 175. READ MORE...

 

Its Hails to the Victors For VC Hall of Fame

 HoF   5-7-2012 from the Ventura County Star  The winningest multisport coach in school history, George Hails was a fitting inductee into the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame.  Just as he had been for previous inductions into the halls of Centralia, Ill. and the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association.  Hails, the Illinoisan who took the basketball passion kindled by a Hoosier, Elmer McCall, in 1952 and developed it over 15 years into the VC winter tradition that still continues, also guided the tennis and golf teams before dying of a heart attack on the west end of the VC track in 1967. He was only 50 years old.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Softball Season Ends

 SB   5-7-2012  from the Ventura County Star   Brandy Morin's riseball kept climbing.  Until it buried the Ventura College softball team.  Morin pitched a two-hit shutout and drove in the winning run with a single inside the first base bag in the top of the seventh inning as No. 10-seed Glendale edged No. 7 Ventura, 1-0, Sunday at Oxnard College.  Morin's performance completed a two-game sweep of the teams' Best-of-3 Southern California regional first-round series. Glendale (29-13) advances to a four-team SuperRegional at No. 2 Cypress.  Western State Conference North Division champion Ventura ended its season 32-9.  READ MORE...  

 

Duran Ready, Nervous for VC HoF

 HoF   5-6-2012 from the Ventura County Star Like most inductees into the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame, Tisha Duran '04 is naturally nervous about her induction speech.  "I want to say the right things and make sure I don't leave anybody out," said Duran.  She is joined in the six-member class, which will be inducted in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach tonight at 5 p.m., by Jeff Barrett (2003, swimming), Lex Byrd (1956, football, track), George Gibbs (1967, cross country, track), Paul Harvey (1956, basketball) and coach George Hails (basketball).  READ MORE... 

 

VC to State Singles/Doubles

 WTen  5-5-2012  On the heels of their team success, the Ventura College women's tennis team qualified three for the state championships in singles, and another pair of teams in doubles in Palm Desert.  VC dominated the individual competition with all of its participants advancing to at least the round of eight, all qualifying for the state championships to be held May 11-12 in San Diego.  Julianna Bacelar won the SoCal singles title over teammate Jessica Worring while the team of Worring and Sonia Landeros fell in the final match of the doubles competition.  Landeros also advanced to the round of eight in singles, qualifying her for state and the doubles pair of Bacelar and Layne Gallimore made it to the final four before bowing out, also qualifying to play next weekend.  READ MORE...

 

VC Ends Season at Regionals

 MTen  5-5-2012 The Ventura College men's tennis team had its season come to an end at the Southern California Reginal singles and doubles tournaments over the weekend at Irvine.  Dylan Cleary won his first match in singles while the doubles teams of Cleary and Cameron Lee, Paulo Fernandes and Eder Giotto, and Nick Bezzubchenko and Tyler Sperry also posted victories before bowing out of the competition.  Cleary lost in the round of 32 while Bezzubchenko and Sperry dropped their match in the same round.  Meanwhile  Clear and Lee, and Fernandes and Giotto advanced to the round of 16 before falling, just one win away from the state tournament.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Advance to SoCal Finals

 T&F   5-5-2012  The Ventura College track and field team took one more step toward the season ending State Championships later this month by competing in the Southern California Track Preliminaries Saturday. Twelve women and thirteen men made the trip to San Diego Mesa College and eleven Pirates advanced to the finals to be held next week with a trip to the state championships on the line.  VC qualified in many field events for both the men and women while also earning a trip to the SoCal Finals in the men's 4x100 meter relay. READ MORE... 

 

VC Drops Game 1 in Playoffs

 SB   5-6-2012  from the Ventura County Star Even before the final out nestled into the mitt of left fielder Julia Ruiz, the Ventura College softball team was already trying to forget the first home playoff game in program history.  A season-high five errors and six unearned runs transformed a memorable occasion into a Saturday afternoon to forget as seventh-seeded Ventura fell to No. 10 Glendale, 6-2, in the opener of the teams' best-of-3 first-round series.  "I don't know," said Ventura pitcher Teresa Lemos, who allowed six hits to fall to 26-7 as a sophomore. "We just didn't have our game.  READ MORE...  

 

VC Ready for Home SB Series

 SB   5-4-2012  from the Ventura County Star  After 23 years at Ventura College, Susan Johnson will finally coach her softball team in a home playoff game this weekend.  Which means there's only one word to describe No. 7 Ventura (32-7) and its best-of-three first-round series with No. 10 Glendale (27-13).  "Special," Johnson said.  Game 1 is Saturday at 2 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 11 a.m. with a decisive Game 3 to follow if necessary.  (Because of scheduling conflicts, Sunday’s games will be played at Oxnard College.) READ MORE...

 

Pirates Will Play Final Match

 WTen  5-1-2012 In a showdown of two unbeaten teams, the CCCAA SoCal Regional women's tennis finals lived up to its billing.  In a dramatic see-saw match, the No. 2-seeded Ventura College women's tennis team came from behind to defeated No. 1-seed Palomar 5-4 Tuesday afternoon in San Marcos to advance to the CCCAA Dual Team State Championship.  The No. 2 doubles team of Jessica Worring and Sonia Landeros won a close 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 match to close out the victory and send the Pirates (18-0) to the program's first ever state championship match to be held Thursday May 10 at the Balboa Tennis Club in San Diego. READ MORE... 

 

Golf Qualifies for Regionals

 Golf   4-30-2012  With the help of a strong 36-hole performance Monday at the Western State Conference Championships, the Pirates' golf team qualified for next week's CCCAA SoCal Regional Tournament.  VC posted a team score of 761, placing second behind conference champion Canyons (732), to solidify their third-place position in the overall WSC standings, qualifying the team for the post-season.  Glendale (765) finished third Monday and also qualified for the Regionals.  Andy Stanfield led VC with a 71-77, 148 at the par-72 Marshalia Ranch Golf Course at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  Andrew Garcia posted a 76-75, 151, followed by All-WSC performer Roman Barnes, 78-74, 152.  Timmy Snyder, 79-75, 154 and Jordan Thomas, 78-78, 156, rounded out the Pirates' scoring.   READ MORE...

 

Strong Showing in Ojai for VC

 M&WTen  4-29-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team dominated the 112th Ojai Tennis Tournament over the weekend, placing three of the four in the singles semifinals, winning the team title for the first time ever.  Julianna Bacelar defeated teammates Sonia Landeros in the semifinals and Jessica Worring 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.  Meanwhile Bacelar and doubles teammate Layne Gallimore advanced to the quarterfinals before falling.  Led by the doubles team of Cameron Lee and Eder Giotto, the VC men posted a 9-5 combined record in singles and doubles for a solid showing in the annual event. READ MORE... 

 

VC Finishes 3rd, 4th; Chung Shines

 Swim  4-29-2012  from the Ventura County Star  Three days. Three school records. Three state championships. VC freshman Henry Chung completed his triple crown Saturday, racing to victory in the 100-yard freestyle event by more than a full second at the state championships at East LA Swim Center. Chung's heroics helped the VC men finish fourth with 276 points, seven behind third-place Orange Coast. Santa Rosa (602 points) easily won the men's championship. The VC women used a state-title, school-record performance in the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, to edge Golden West for third place, 350-347.5.  The quartet of Gaby Romero, Taylor Amstutz, Jessie Ball and Abby Puczkowski swam the relay in 3:32.48, more than four seconds faster than their school-record performance in the morning's preliminaries.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Women 4th, Men 5th After Day 2 of 3 at State

 Swim  4-28-2012  From the Ventura County Star  Henry Chung somehow became faster overnight.  One day after setting the state record in the 100-yard backstroke during the leadoff leg of a relay, the Ventura College freshman shaved off nearly three-tenths of a second from his state record in winning the state championship in the event at the California Community College championships at the East Los Angeles Swim Center.  Behind Chung's heroics, the Ventura College men's swimming team sits in fifth place with 190 points, 258 behind leader Santa Rosa, after two days of the three-day meet.  The Ventura College women sit in fourth place after Day 2. The Pirates have 198.5 points, 123 behind leader Diablo Valley.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Has Solid Day at WSC

 T&F   4-27-2012  The Pirates' men's and women’s track and field teams had a solid final day at the Western State Conference track finals held at Moorpark Friday.  In all, 12 women and 13 men advanced to the SoCal Track & Field Prelims being held at Southwestern College Saturday, May 5. West LA claimed the women’s title with 119 points followed by Canyons (112), Glendale (108), Ventura (102.5). West LA made it a double winning the men’s title with 135 points, followed by Canyons (116), Bakersfield (103), and VC (77.5).  Keshona Grier and Jessica Johns claimed gold medals Friday for the women while Bennie Kirkwood and Tevin Jones won firsts for the VC men. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Make a Run in Finale

 Base  4-27-2012  The Ventura College baseball team dropped their final regular season game of the 2012 campaign, 10-8 to the fifth-ranked Cuesta Cougars. The game followed the pattern of the Pirates' 2012 season with the decision remaining in doubt until the late innings.  VC (19-17, 8-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning, fell behind 7-4, rallied to tie the game at 7-7 with the bases loaded and 2 outs in the seventh inning, allowed three runs in the 8th, and continued the fight, cutting the lead down to 10-8 with run in the bottom of the eighth, but they were unable to complete another rally in the final frame of the season.  The VC offense rapped out 14 hits with five Pirates smacking multi-hit games.  READ MORE... 

 

Chung Wins Title in 50 Free

 Swim  4-27-2012  from the Ventura County Star  (VC freshman Henry Chung) delivered a state championship and a state record, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 20 seconds and leading off the 400-yard medley relay with a 48.80-second, 100-yard backstroke.  Tied for third place after the first day with 97 points, 119 behind leader Santa Rosa, the VC men finished fifth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.06) and sixth in the 400 medley relay (3:28.49). Tyler Kaslik and Thomas Maires finished seventh (4:46.30) and ninth (4:45.57) in the 500 freestyle.  The VC women were also sixth after the first day with 73 points, 73 behind leader Orange Coast. In finishing second in the 400 medley relay (4:01.23), the quartet of Christina Robledo, Shyla Motely, Gaby Romero and Taylor Amstutz broke the school record.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Baseball Wins at Cuesta

 Base  4-26-2012  VC freshman Timmy Ginther hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and freshman Matt Burke followed with a two-run double as the Pirates' baseball team topped No. 5 Cuesta 6-3 in San Luis Obispo on Thursday afternoon.  Sophomore Dustin Babola made his final appearance for Ventura (19-16, 8-11), pitching seven innings and allowing three runs, two earned, while scattering five hits.  Babola allowed six walks, however, and had to pitch out of several jams.  The VC defense aided their pitcher with two key double plays in the win.  READ MORE... 

 

13 Pirates in Ojai Tournament

 M&WTen  4-26-2012 The Ventura College men's and women's tennis teams are sending 13 athletes to compete in the prestigious Ojai Tennis Championships being held today through Sunday. On the women's side, Julianna Bacelar, Jessica Worring and Sonia Landeros will be competing in the singles draw while the teams of Bacelar and Layne Gallimore, and Grace Hanamoto and Katie Power will compete in the doubles division.  Meanwhile,  the VC men will be represented by Jonathan Lin, Dylan Cleary, and Paulo Fernandes in singles, and Cameron Lee and Eder Giotto, and Tyler Sperry and Nick Bezzubchenko on the doubles draw.  Fans can long onto www.ojaitourney.org to get more information and to see results.    READ MORE...  

 

 MBB  4-25-2012  Austin Ramljak and Corey Hall both signed letters of intent to study and play, Ramljak with Rice University in Houston, Tex. and Hall with nearby Cal State Bakersfield, during the recent NCAA signing period.  Both players entrusted their futures with head coach Joey Ramirez and Ventura College basketball two years ago when the future of the embattled men’s program was still uncertain. They both were aware of the penalties the program faced. Yet, they trusted the system, the staff and the tradition of the VC men’s basketball program to help them reach their goals of a scholarship and chance to play at the highest of collegiate levels.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Volleyball Giving Back

 VB  4-25-2012  The Pirates' volleyball team has joined with the Channel islands Volleyball Club to raise money for the March of Dimes Foundation.  March for Babies is an annual walk held by the March of Dimes that raises money to fight the battle against premature births.  THe VC team is joining all of the various Channel Islands teams in holding a 10 minute serving contest at their upcoming practices and off-season classes. All participants will be taking donations until May 14.  READ MORE...  

 

WTennis Moves to Showdown

 WTen  4-24-2012 The No. 2 seed Ventura College women's tennis team advanced to the CCCAA SoCal Regional Finals with a 5-2 victory over Orange Coast on Tuesday at the VC Tennis Center.  The win sets up a showdown with the undefeated Pirates traveling to face the undefeated Palomar Comets Tuesday May 1 in a match for a state championship appearance.  Julianna Bacelar (No. 1), Jessica Worring (No. 2), and Sonia Landeros (No. 3) all dominated their singles competition, and Layne Gallimore (No. 4) produced a 6-4, 6-4 win.  The No. 1 doubles team of Bacelar and Gallimore also produced a 6-0, 6-0 win for the team victory.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Falls to MSJC in Playoffs

 MTen  4-24-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team saw its team season come to an end Tuesday at Mt. San Jacinto as VC dropped a CCCAA SoCal Regional Semifinal  match to the Eagles 5-1.  Eder Giotto was the lone victor at No. 5 singles, winning his match 6-3, 6-4.  Meanwhile the other Pirates, Jonathan Lin (No. 1), Dylan Cleary (No. 2), Cameron Lee (No. 4), and Tyler Sperry (No. 6), all played hard, but ultimately lost in straight sets.  The loss ends the team season with the Pirates posting a record of 17-5, including their seventh straight Western State Conference championship with an 8-0 mark.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Split Season With MC

 Base  4-24-2012  The Ventura College baseball team battled, but could not hold off Moorpark, dropping a 5-3 decision Tuesday at the VC Baseball Complex to split the season series with the Raiders, 2-2.  Jared Peterson smacked two hits and drew a walk, scoring a run and driving in another.  RJ Deitz had a hit and scored a run and Dewey Grattan had an RBI on a first inning single.  Reliever Michael Arias made a spot start, pitching four solid innings and giving up just one run.  Ventura (17-15, 7-11) held a 3-2 lead before Moorpark plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning to seal the win. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Split, Await Playoffs

 SB   4-23-2012  The Pirate softball team split a pair of non-conference games on Monday in their regular season finale Monday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.  VC dropped a hard-fought 4-2 decision to the host Mounties before defeating Riverside 4-2 in the nightcap.  Raelene Moreno had three hits, all doubles, and three RBI in the two games while Candice Garcia also had three hits, including a home run, knocking in a pair of runs.  Teresa Lemos pitched both games for the Pirates (32-7), picking up 12 strike outs for her efforts.  VC now awaits its playoff seeding, with the first post-season game scheduled for May 5.  READ MORE...  

 

Pirate Golf Moves Up in WSC

 Golf   4-23-2012  The Ventura College golf team moved into third place in the conference standings with their fourth place finish at the Western State Conference event hosted by Allan Hancock College at Santa Maria Country Club on Monday.  VC posted a team score of 378 to finish behind Glendale (365), Canyons (366) and Hancock (377).  Individually, Ventrua was led by Andrew Garcia, who shot an even-par 72, followed by Timmy Snyder (74), Taylor Stein (75), Roman Barnes (76) and Chad McLay (81).  The Pirates moved past Santa Barbara into third place in the WSC standings with a head-to-head record of 25-23, a game ahead of Hancock (24-24). READ MORE...

 

VC Swimmer Chung Breaking Records Early in First Season

 Swim  4-22-2012  From the Ventura County Star  Records are meant to be broken.  Just not until the end of the season, when swimmers are optimally tuned and ready to give their best performances.  Freshman Henry Chung, on the other hand, was challenging and breaking Ventura College school records in the middle of his debut season this spring.  The season wasn't a month old when Chung, on his fifth swim of the day at the Cuesta Invitational, broke the 100-yard backstroke mark. The 50-yard freestyle record fell two weeks later.  "It's been a long, long time since we've had a school record broken in the middle of the season," Ventura coach Larry Baratte said last month.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Sweep WSC Finals

 Swim  4-21-2012  With contributions from the Ventura County Star  The Pirates' men's and women's swimming teams swept the Western State Conference Championships for the eighth time in the past decade in the championship meet that was completed on Saturday in Bakersfield.  Henry Chung was awarded the male Athlete of the Year for his performance in the meet, which included a victory in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.  The VC men won their 10th straight WSC title with 778.5 points as compared to Cuesta's 701 in second place.  Abby Puczkowski swam on the WSC-record setting  400-yard freestyle relay, and won the 100-yard backstroke to lead the Pirate women to the title with 747 points.  Santa Monica was second at 529.  READ MORE... 

 

Ventura Wins at Moorpark

 Base  4-21-2012  The Pirates' baseball team fell behind early, but picked up three runs in the fifth inning, another in the seventh, and three more in the eighth to defeat rival Moorpark 7-2 on the road Saturday afternoon.  Freshman Joey Contreras pitched into the seventh inning to pick up his seventh victory of the season while freshman Jared Peterson had three hits with three RBI and scored a run to lead the Pirate offense.  VC (17-14, 7-10) will host the Raiders on Tuesday April 24 at 2:30 pm in possibly the final meeting between the rivals as Moorpark is suspending the program following the season due to budget concerns.. READ MORE... 

 

MTennis Qualifies 7 for SoCal

 MTen  4-20-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team qualified seven players for the Southern California Regionals at the recently completed Western State Conference Tournament.  The draw, completed on April 14 and 20 at the VC Tennis Center, narrowed down the conference to eight singles competitors and eight doubles teams to qualify for the individual regional tournament.  Jonathan Lin was the lone VC qualifier in the singles competition while the doubles teams of Tyler Sperry and Nick Bezzubchenko, Dylan Cleary and Cameron Lee, and Paulo Fernandes and Eder Giotto all qualified for future competition.  The SoCal regionals will be held May 3-5 at Irvine Valley College. READ MORE...

 

VC Swim Closing in on Sweep

 Swim  4-20-2012  From the Ventura County Star  The Ventura College men’s and women’s swimming teams are a day away from sweeping the WSC championships for the eighth time in the past 10 years.  A trio of VC women put together championship swims with personal best performances Friday at Bakersfield as the VC women built a near triple-digit cushion.  Abby Puczkowski won the 200-yard freestyle, Christina Robledo won the 50-yard backstroke, and sophomore Shyla Motley won the 50 breaststroke.  Looking to regain the title it let slip to LA Pierce last spring, the VC women lead second-place Cuesta 463-367  Meanwhile the Pirate men opened a 78-point lead over Cuesta, 528-450 as freshman Henry Chung and sophomore Tyler Kaslik both captured their second individual titles in as many days.  READ MORE... 

 

Tracksters Advance at Prelims

 T&F   4-20-2012  The Pirates' men's and women's track and field teams compete at the Western State Conference Preliminaries Friday at Santa Barbara, with numerous athletes qualifying for the conference finals or advancing to the SoCal Regionals.  Preliminary races were held on the track while finals were held in selected field events at the meet.  The qualifiers were headed by Jessica Johns in the shot put, whose throw of 41'3 1/4" won the event.  Meanwhile Melvin Tavares (10.95) and Lamar Gray (11.13) headed the men's qualifiers in the 100 meter dash.  The WSC finals will be held Friday April 27 at Moorpark College and the SoCal Regionals are Saturday May 5 at San Diego Mesa.    READ MORE... 

 

VC Swimming Leads After Day 1

 Swim  4-19-2012  The Pirates' men's and women's swimming teams took the early lead after day one of the three-day Western State Conference championships at Bakersfield College on Thursday.  The VC men amassed 251 points to 195 for Cuesta while the women totaled  188 points to 175 for second place Cuesta.  Henry Chung set WSC records in the 50-yard freestyle (20.23 seconds) and 100-yard backstroke (49.42) to lead the men while VC had a pair of women's relays set new conference marks, the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.57) and the 400-yard medley relay (4:01.18).  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Walk-Off Condors in 13

 Base  4-19-2012  The Ventura College Pirate baseball team picked up the victory on Thursday afternoon in thrilling fashion, winning 4-2 over Oxnard in 13 innings on the strength of freshman Eric Contreras' two-run walk off home run. The Pirates (16-14, 6-10) scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning and then went eight straight frames without another score, stranding several runners in scoring position before the game-winning blast that also scored sophomore Dewey Grattan, who had led off the inning with a single.  Sophomore Dustin Babola started for the final time at home, throwing 10 2/3 innings, scattering eight hits and allowing two runs, only one of which was earned. READ MORE... 

 

Softball Wins WSC Finale

 SB   4-19-2012  The Ventura College softball team completed its 2012 Western State Conference schedule with an 8-1 win at Cuesta College Thursday.   Clarissa Samaniego knocked the first pitch of the game over the fence, and she added a single and a double later in the game for a three-hit performance.  Jen Moreno had a pair of hits, including a double on the second pitch of the game, and Julie Cortez knocked a grand slam home run in the top of the seventh inning.  Teresa Lemos pitched the win while Danielle Saleh picked up the save. for VC (31-6, 16-2).  READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Win in Playoffs

 MTen  4-17-2012 The Ventura College men's tennis team swept through the first round of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs Tuesday, defeating Riverside 5-0.  Camreon Lee (No. 3) won his singles match 6-0, 6-1 while Eder Giotto (No. 5) won 6-1, 6-2.  Tyler Sperry (No. 6) was victorious 6-2, 6-2 and Dylan Cleary (No. 2) won his match 6-3, 4-0, retired.  Paulo Fernandes (No. 4) won a close one, 7-6, 6-3, and Jonathan Lin (No. 1) was still on the court when the match was clinched for the Pirates (17-4). READ MORE...

 

Pirates Dominate First Round

 WTen  4-17-2012 The No. 2 seed VC women's tennis team continued their unbeaten season with a 5-0 sweep of Rio Hondo in the first round of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs Tuesday at the VC Tennis Center.  Julianna Bacelar (No. 1) Jessica Worring (No. 2), Sonia Landeros (No. 3), and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) all posted 6-0, 6-0 victories while Layne Gallimore (No. 4) won her singles match 6-0, 6-1.  Meanwhile Carolyn Morris (No. 5) was ahead 6-0, 1-0 when the Pirates (16-0) clinched the match. READ MORE... 

 

VC Continues March to Playoffs

 SB   4-17-2012  The WSC champion Pirates' softball team continued their march to the post-season with a double-header sweep at Allan Hancock College Tuesday.  Ventura won game one 12-2 before edging the Bulldogs 8-7 in the nightcap.  The Pirate offense exploded for 28 hits in the two games, led by Clarissa Samaniego who hit for the cycle in the double header with two singles, a double, a triple, and a pair of home runs with four RBI.  Teresa Lemos pitched both wins, moving her season record to 24-5 for the Pirates (30-6, 15-2).  READ MORE...  

 

VC Drops Game at Oxnard

 Base  4-17-2012  The Ventura College baseball team got on the board first once again, but eight unanswered runs by the Oxnard Condors dashed their hopes as VC dropped a 9-2 decision to their intra-county rivals on the road Tuesday afternoon.  Dewey Grattan had an RBI base hit in the eighth inning for the Pirates (16-15, 5-10), whose defense let them down twice during OC's five-run second inning.  Ventura managed just six hits on the day on offense.  Joey Contreras started on the mound for VC, lasting three innings, and Jordan Yussman had an inning of scoreless relief. READ MORE...

 

VC in the Middle at WSC-Glendale

 Golf   4-16-2012  The Pirates' golf team finished in the middle of the pack at the Western State Conference event at Oakmont Country Club hosted by Glendale College.  VC (22-20) carded a team score of 404 to finish fourth, behind the hst Vaqueros (390), Canyons (395) and Hancock (399).  Timmy Snyder was the low Pirate with a 79 on the par-72 course, followed by Andy Stanfield (80), Chad McLay (81), Andrew Garcia and Taylor Stein (82) and Jordan Thomas (87).   READ MORE...

 

Pirates Compete in Final Tune-Up

 T&F   4-14-2012  A small group of the VC men's and women's track and field teams competed at the 54th annual Mt. SAC Relays as a final tune up before next week's Western State Conference prelims.  Tara Johnson was the lone track athlete to run well, as she place second in her heat of the 100 meters and fourth in the 200 meters (both performances were her second-best runs of the season).  The lone medalists for the Pirates were Jessica Johns in the shot put and Bennie Kirkwood in the high jump.  Kirkwood's performance was good for sole possession of first place in the event. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates' Slide Continues

 Base  4-14-2012  Despite a fast start with two runs in the top of the first inning, the Ventura College baseball team stranded 14 runners during the game, leading to a 3-2 defeat at Santa Barbara City College Saturday afternoon.  Sophomore Dennis Doherty was the hard-luck loser on the mound, pitching seven strong innings giving up three runs, two earned, scattering five hits with one strikeout.  Freshmen Timmy Ginther and Matt Burke had multi-hit days for VC (16-14, 5-9), but the Vaqueros prevailed to split the season series with the Pirates. READ MORE... 

 

VC's Chung Makes Long Trip for Olympic Trials

 Swim  4-13-2012 From the Ventura County Star  A swimmer's primary opponent is always the clock and his own body.  Ventura College freshman Henry Chung will be uniquely reminded of those confines this weekend, as he attempts to qualify for the Olympic team in his native Hong Kong.  For the opportunity, Chung will spend roughly the same amount of time aboard planes as he will on the ground in Hong Kong — 32 hours.  "I'll do a little bit of stretching and walk around the plane to keep my body ready for the race," said Chung, who left LAX late Thursday, will arrive in Asia on Saturday morning and will return Sunday. "I might have a little jet lag, but I still think I have an opportunity to quality."  READ MORE... 

 

VC Softball WSC Gold Champs!

 SB   4-12-2012  On a day the Pirates' honored their sophomore class of 2012, that class led the VC softball team to a 17-0 victory over visiting Los Angeles Pierce College, clinching the Western State Conference Gold Division championship.  The class of 2012, who was recognized as a CCCAA State Scholar Team for the 2010-11 academic year, now has produced 50 wins over two seasons, in addition to the conference title, the second in three years for VC and the program's 10th overall since 1980.  Sophomore Teresa Lemos led the way for VC (28-6, 13-2) pitching a two-hitter, striking out 10.  READ MORE...  

 

Baseball Falls to SBCC

 Base  4-12-2012  The Pirates' baseball team continued its conference slide with a 5-2 loss to Santa Barbara City College Thursday afternoon at the VC Baseball Complex.  The Ventura offense was limited to seven hits on the day with freshman Timmy Ginther producing two safeties while sophomore Dewey Grattan added a pair of hits, including a double, with an RBI.  Freshman RJ Dietz had an RBI double and freshman Jared Patterson had a hit and scored a run for VC (16-13, 5-8).  READ MORE... 

 

Golf Has Off Day at San Dimas

 Golf   4-11-2012  The Ventura College golf team played in soggy conditions Wednesday, producing an off-day for the team as they finished sixth at the 7-team Western State Conference event at San Dimas Golf Course, hosted by Citrus College.   Canyons won the event with a team score of 345, followed by Glendale (364) and Santa Barbara (371) while VC turned in a score of 383.  Taylor Stein was the low Pirate on the par-72 course with a 2-under 70, followed by Chad McLay (73), Andy Stanfield (78), Jordan Thomas (79) and Roman Barnes (81).  VC (19-17) now sits in fourth place in the conference standings, three matches behind Santa Barbara. READ MORE...

 

Softball Close to Gold Title

 SB   4-10-2012  The Pirate softball team got untracked Tuesday with a double-header sweep of second-place Santa Barbara, 4-1 and 8-0.  What had been reduced to a 1˝ game Western State Conference Gold Division lead last week for VC was extended to a 3˝ game cushion with four games left in conference action, all but assuring Ventura of their second title in three years, the 10th in program history.  Candice Garcia had four hits and two RBI on the day, and scored the game-ending run in the sixth inning of the nightcap.  VC (27-6, 12-2) will try to wrap up the conference title on Thursday at 2:30 pm at home against LA Pierce.  READ MORE...  

 

VC Drops Suspended Game, 7-3

 Base  3-31-2012  (Updated 4-10-12)  The Pirate baseball team was tied at Allan Hancock College 3-3 on March 31 in Santa Maria when the rains came.  The Western State Conference contest was suspended at that point, and resumed Tuesday, with the Pirates giving up four runs to the Bulldogs, falling 7-3.  Jared Patterson, Dewey Grattan, and Albert Squires all had two hits and all had scored a run for VC (16-12, 5-7) before the 10-day rain-delay. READ MORE... 

 

Juarez Shines at Lister Invite

 T&F   4-7-2012  Pirate sophomore Oscar Juarez was the lone bright spot for VC during the Tommy "Tiny" Lister track Invitational at Cal State Los Angeles University. Juarez competing in the hammer throw competition on Friday afternoon, won his flight and for good measure sent the school record packing. He tossed a life-time best and all-time Pirate best of 153-feet 6-inches to wipe Miguel Campos' 151-foot 9-inch record set in 2003 from the books. "(Throws) Coach (Tom) Lawrence has been telling me for two years that either Tevin Jones or Juarez had the potential to break the record, and that it was just a matter of time", said head coach Tony Veney.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Swimming Sweeps WSC

 Swim  4-6-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams completed yet another undefeated Western State Conference campaign on Friday, sweeping a triangular meet at LA Pierce College.  The VC men scored 147 points to defeat Canyons (68) and Pierce (56) while the women's total of 138 also defeated CoC (53) and LAPC (49).  The win marks 88 straight head-to-head conference victories for the men dating back through the 2003 season while the women have posted an 86-2 record during that same time span.  Coleman Goode was a double winner for the Pirate men while Abby Puczkowski and Taylor Amstutz were double winners for the women.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates First at Golf Quad

 Golf   4-6-2012  Battling tough weather conditions, the Pirates' golf team finished first in a non-conference quad meet Friday at Marshalia Ranch Golf Club outside of Lompoc.  VC defeated second place Glendale, and also finished ahead of Santa Barbara and Fresno.  Andrew Garcia posted the low score of 74 for the Pirates on the par-72 course, while Andy Stanfield scored a 77.  Chad McLay followed with an 80 while Roman Barnes carded an 82.  Timmy Snyder and Jordan Thomas followed with an 83 and 84, respectively.  READ MORE...

 

VC Sweeps Pair at Porterville

 Base  4-5-2012  In a a battle of Pirates, the Ventura College Pirates swept a double-header from the Porterville College Pirates 5-3 and 6-2 Thursday in the Central Valley.  VC aces Joey Contreras and Dustin Babola earned their sixth and fifth wins of the season, respectively, and Dewey Grattan pounded out six hits, four for extra bases, scoring three times with three RBI.  Eric Contreras added five hits at the plate for VC (16-11, 5-6), playing their final non-conference contest before the stretch run of the season.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate SB Falls in Walk-Off

 SB   4-5-2012  What was smooth sailing for the Ventura College softball team has suddenly become the doldrums of the middle of the season.  The Pirates lost their third game in four outings Thursday when their seventh inning comeback was thwarted by Moorpark's own comeback in the bottom of the frame, as the Raiders prevailed with a walk-off fashion, 6-5.  VC (25-6, 10-2) scored a run in the third and sixth innings, and plated three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-4 lead.  But the margin did not hold as Moorpark scored two in the bottom of the seventh for the win.  Clarissa Samaniego had a pair of hits with an RBI and Jennifer Moreno hit a homerun for Ventura.  READ MORE...

 

MTennis Posts Another "W"

 MTen  4-4-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team ended its regular season with a 9-0 non-conference sweep over visiting Victor Valley Wednesday at the VC Tennis Center.  VC (16-4, 8-0) dominated the match with Dylan Cleary, Eder Giotto, and Felipe De Paulo all winning their singles matches 6-0, 6-0.  Cameron Lee and Paulo Fernandes each lost but one game while De Paulo and Giotto won their No. 3 doubles match 8-0.   READ MORE...

 

Softball Splits Pair at Oxnard

 SB   4-3-2012  Two days after their 15-game winning streak came to an end, the Pirates' softball team saw their 10-game Western State Conference Gold Division winning streak end as well.  VC defeated the Condors 3-0 in the first game of a double header Tuesday in Oxnard, but fell 2-1 in the nightcap.  Candice Garcia led the offense with three hits and two RBI on the day and Teresa Lemos allowed but two runs in 14 innings of work on the mound.  Jennifer Moreno and Katrina Gutierrez also knocked in runs for VC (25-5, 10-1).     READ MORE...

 

Golfers Place 3rd at Saticoy

 Golf   4-2-2012  On a picture perfect day in the hills above the Oxnard plain, the Ventura College golf team placed third in their home Western State Conference match at Saticoy Country Club.  Conference-leading Canyons was first, posting a score of 379, followed by Glendale, 382, and VC, 391.  Taylor Stein finished as the top Ventura golfer, carding a 75 on the tough par-72 course, followed by Andrew Garcia and Roman Barnes at 76.  Chad McLay turned in an 80 while Andy Stanfield and Jordan Thomas each had an 84. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Win 3 at Spring Games

 SB   4-1-2012  The Ventura College softball team won their first three games of the annual VC Spring Games, stretching their winning streak to 15 games before falling to the No. 1-ranked team in the state in their final contest of the weekend.  VC (24-4, 9-0) defeated Santa Ana 3-1 and Antelope Valley 4-3 on Saturday before besting Mt. San Jacinto 4-3 on Sunday morning.  In the weekend's finale, the two-time defending state champion Cypress Chargers proved to be too much for the Pirates, leaving with a 10-0 victory.  Sophomore pitcher Teresa Lemos was outstanding, winning three games on the mound and was key with the bat, as well.  READ MORE...

 

Pirate M & W Win Track Meet

 T&F   3-30-2012  The Pirates' men's and women's track and field team both came away on top of the Western State Conference scoring meet on Friday in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College.  The men waited until the last two events to close out their first place finish, edging Santa Barbara 130 points to 117.  Cuesta was third with 111 followed by Moorpark, Santa Monica, and Hancock.  The VC women, meanwhile, dominated the team competition with 171 points, followed by Moorpark's 125 and 108 from Cuesta.  Santa Barbara, Hancock, and Santa Monica rounded out the meet standings.  Phillip Hanley led the Pirate men while Amber Panapa led the women. READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Swimming Wins Tri-Meet

 Swim  3-30-2012  Pirates' men's and women's swimming teams swept through a Western State Conference triangular meet at Bakersfield Friday.  The women earned 123 points to Bakersfield's 54 and LA Valley's 28.  Meanwhile the VC men scored 117 points compared to 48 for LA Valley and 45 for Bakersfield.  Henry Chung  and Coleman Goode were double winners for the men and Abigail Puczkowski and Gaby Romero won two events each for the women's team.  Both teams moved to 10-0 in head-to-head competition with their WSC rivals on the season.  READ MORE... 

 

Six Named to VC Hall of Fame

3-30-2012  From the Ventura County Star  A quintet of All-American and record-setting athletes are joined by its longest-serving men's basketball coach to form the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame's sixth class, unveiled earlier this month by the VC Athletic Association.  The class includes basketball coach George Hails and his guard Paul Harvey (1956), as well as football guard Lex Byrd (1956), runner George Gibb (1966), swimmer Jeff Barrett (2003) and softball shortstop Tisha Duran (2004).  "This class is probably the most diverse class inducted into the hall," VCAA president Ric Ruffinelli said.  READ MORE...  

 

Softball Hosts Spring Games

 SB   3-29-2012  The Pirates' softball team, ranked No. 15 in Southern California, will host 13 other teams from throughout the state in the 2012 Ventura College Spring Games Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1, at the VC Softball Complex.  The teams will participate in 22 contests on three different fields beginning at 8:30am on Saturday.  Seven of the teams are ranked in the northern and southern California coaches polls, respectively.  VC will open with Santa Ana College at 8:30 am on Saturday on field three and follow that up with a 2:30 pm contest against Antelope Valley on field one.  On Sunday the Pirates battle Mt. San Jacinto at 12:15 pm on field three, followed by a 2:30 pm game against Cypress, also on field three.  READ MORE...  

 

WTennis Remains Undefeated

 WTen  3-29-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team, ranked No. 1 in Southern California, remained undefeated with an easy 9-0 sweep at Bakersfield College Thursday.  The win completes dual play in the Western State Conference with the Pirates (15-0, 8-0) sitting atop the standings.  In singles play, Julianna Bacelar (No. 1) and Jessica Worring (No. 2) each won 6-0, 6-0, while Sonia Landeros (No. 3) and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) both won 6-1, 6-0.  Layne Gallimore (No. 4) and Carolyn Morris (No. 6) also won singles matches and VC swept the doubles competition as well. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Wrap Up WSC

 MTen  3-29-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team wrapped up their 2012 Western State Conference schedule with a 9-0 sweep of Bakersfield Thursday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center.  VC (15-4, 9-0) thoroughly dominated the match, with none of the singles players dropping more than two games in each match.  Cameron Lee (No. 3) led the way with a one and love win while Eder Giotto (No. 4) was victorious two and love.  Jonathan Lin (No. 1), Dylan Cleary (No. 2), Felipe De Paulo (No. 5) and Jonathan Malta (No. 6) all won matches by a 6-1, 6-1 score.  Ventura won all three doubles matches by an 8-2 margin. READ MORE...

 

VC Falls in Extra Innings

 Base  3-29-2012  Freshman Joey Contreras threw a heck of a game.  He pitched nine scoreless innings on Thursday as the Pirates hosted Allan Hancock College, but unfortunately, nine was not enough.  The VC offense could not score, and managed but three hits on the day, sending the 0-0 game into extra innings.  Contreras issued a lead-off walk in the top of the 10th, and the Ventura relievers could not keep the Bulldogs down as the Pirates fell 4-0 after one extra frame.  Joe Kelly's double and singles by Matt Burke and Jared Patterson were the only hits in the game for VC (14-11, 5-6).  READ MORE... 

 

WSC 7-Peat for Men's Tennis

 MTen  3-27-2012 The 2012 season has been a struggle at times for the Pirates' men's tennis team, but in the end, one thing will remain the same.  VC clinched their seventh consecutive Western State Conference championship with a hard-fought 5-4 win over visiting Los Angeles Pierce College Tuesday. Tyler Sperry won his No. 6 singles match 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) and partnered with Nick Bezzubchenko at No. 1 singles to win the decisive match of the contest, 8-6.  Dylan Cleary (No. 2) and Eder Giotto (No. 5) each won singles matches while Jonathan Lin and Paulo Fernandes won their No. 3 doubles contest.   READ MORE...

 

Women's Tennis: WSC Champs!

 WTen  3-27-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team has been on a roll all season long.  With heir No. 1 ranking in tow, the defeated defending state champion Santa Monica College 8-1 on Tuesday on the road to clinch the program's first Western State Conference championship since 2007.  VC (14-0, 7-0) maintained its unbeaten record by sweeping the singles competition and taking two of three doubles contests.  Layne Gallimore led the way at No. 4 singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win while Sonia Landeros and Jessica Worring won their No. 2 doubles contest 8-1. READ MORE... 

 

Softball Sits Atop WSC Gold

 SB   3-27-2012  Through one round of conference play, the Ventura College softball its atop the Gold Division of the Western State Conference with an undefeated record after a double-header sweep of visiting Cuesta College Tuesday afternoon, 6-1 and 10-2.  Raelene Moreno provided the big bat, hitting for the cycle in the double dip with five hits total.  She also had five RBI in the contest.  Katrina Gutierrez smacked out three hits with a pair of RBI.  Teresa Lemos, Danielle Saleh, and Gutierrez shared pitching duties for the Pirates (21-3, 9-0).   READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Push No. 2 Cuesta

 Base  3-27-2012  With the wind blowing out and the No. 2-ranked Cuesta Cougars in town, the Pirate baseball team gave it a run Tuesday afternoon.  After spotting the Cougars a three run cushion, VC bounced back to take a 5-4 lead.  Cuesta regained control 9-6, and finally outlasted Ventura 9-8 as both teams completed their first run through the Western State Conference North Division schedule.  Freshman Timmy Ginther, sophomore Dewey Grattan, and freshman Joe Kelly each had a pair of hits for VC (14-10, 5-5) as eight of the nine starters either scored or drove in a run in the game.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Golf 5th at WSC-Citrus

 Golf   3-26-2012  The Ventura College men's golf team managed a  fifth place finish at the Western State Conference event hosted by Citrus College.  At the par 72 Glendora Country Club course, Ventura posted a team score of 380, finishing behind Glendale (360), Canyons (369), Santa Barbara (370), and Hancock (379).  Andrew Garcia was the top individual for the Pirates once again with a one-over 73, followed by Jordan Thomas (74), Roman Barnes (76), Timmy Snyder (78), and Chad McLay (79).   READ MORE...

 

VC Splits at N/S Challenge

 MTen  3-24-2012 The Ventura College men's tennis team split four matches at the North/South Cahllenge in Fresno over the weekend.  Missing their No. 1 singles player, Jonathan Lin, due to injury, the Pirates had every player move up in singles competition.  They fell to Fresno City College, theNo. 1 ranked team No. 1 in Northern California, by a 9-0 margin and lost to No. 2 Foothill 6-3.  VC (13-4, 6-0) rebounded to defeat Sierra 6-0 and No. 5 American River 9-0 to salvage a split for the weekend.  The doubles team of Dylan Cleary and Cameron Lee won three matches over the weekend while Eder Giotto, Jonathan Malta and Tyler Sperry each won two singles matches.

 

Pirates Take Two at Home

 SB   3-24-2012  The Ventura College softball team stretched its winning streak to 10 games with a pair of non-conference victories at home Saturday.  They defeated San Diego City 6-1 in the first game of the day and exacted  a measure of redemption in the second, defeating Long Beach 8-1 in the second (Ventura lost to the Vikings 2-1 in the season opener).  Teresa Lemos started both games, collecting each victory  She had 14 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.  Meanwhile, Clarissa Samaniego had three hits on the day and Candice Garcia and Lemos each had a pair of safeties for the Pirates (19-3, 7-0).   READ MORE...  

 

Baseball Falls at Cuesta

 Base  3-24-2012  The Pirate baseball team dropped a 7-1 decision to conference frontrunning Cuesta College Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo.  After falling behind 2-0, the Pirates (14-9, 5-4) halved the Cougar lead, 2-1.  Cuesta then took control of the game with five more runs before the end of the sixth inning.  VC struggled offensively, managing just six hits on the day.  Freshman Eric Contreras was 3-4 with an RBI and freshman Timmy Ginther had a hit, a stolen base, and scored the Pirates' lone run.  Freshman Matt Burke also had a pair of hits for VC.   READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Compete at SBCC Relays

 T&F   3-23-2012  The Pirate track and field teams traveled to the Santa Barbara City College Easter Relays on Friday with Bennie Kirkwood and Tevin Jones Capturing gold, winning the high jump and hammer thorw, respectively.  Amber Panapa claimed the silver medal in the discus and Garrett Baker finished second in the 300m steeplechase.  VC also claimed second in the men's 4x200 meter and 4x400 meter relays. READ MORE... 

 

M & W Swim Teams Win Quad

 Swim  3-23-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's swimming teams dominated their third Western State Conference meet of the season, winning both meets handily at the quad meet hosted by LA Valley.  The Pirate women (8-0) earned 115 points to Santa Monica's second-place total of 54.  Meanwhile the VC men (8-0) totaled 103 points, followed by Santa Monica (68).  Henry Chung set a new school record in the 50 yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 20.33 and he also won the 200 yard backstroke.  Tyler Kasik was also a double-winner in the 200 yard butterfly and 500 yard freestyle.  Jessie Ball (200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle) and Gabby Romero (50 yard freestyle and 100 yard freestyle) were double winners for the women.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Outlast Raiders, 9-8

 Base  3-22-2012  Using a six-run third inning, the Ventura College baseball team held off the Moorpark Raiders 9-8 in Western State Conference play at the VC Baseball Complex Thursday.  Freshman Joey Contreras started on the mound for VC (14-8, 5-3), battling through 5 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, four of which were earned, picking up the victory.  Freshman Jacob Murray picked up the save, getting out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning, and throwing the final three frames.  Freshman Matt Burke led the offense with two hits, including a double, and two walks with three RBI, one run scored, and a stolen base.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Clinch Tie With Win

 MTen  3-22-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team kept their streak going, defeating Glendale 7-2 on the road to clinch at least a tie for their seventh straight Western State Conference championship.  VC (11-2, 6-0) clinched the match in singles competition, winning five matches.  They were led by Eder Giotto (No. 4) who won 6-2, 6-1 while Cameron Lee (No. 2) posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory.  Felipe De Paulo (No. 6) won 6-1, 6-3 and Paulo Fernandes (No. 3) and Tyler Sperry (No. 5) also were victorious in singles.  Ventura also won two of the three doubles matches.  READ MORE...

 

Pirate Women Clinch WSC Tie

 WTen  3-22-2012 Continuing their season-long dominance, the Pirates' women's tennis team clinched at least a share of the Western State Conference crown with a 7-2 win over Glendale Thursday at the VC Tennis Center.  VC (13-0, 6-0) swept the three doubles matches and won four of the six singles contests to remain unbeaten on the season.  Julianna Bacelar (No. 1), Jessica Worring (No. 2), Sonia Landeros (No. 3) and Layne Gallimore (No. 4) all posted singles victories, with the four teaming up to win the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches, as well.  Carolyn Morris and Katie Power were also victorious in their No. 3 doubles match. READ MORE... 

 

SB Victorious Over Hancock

 SB   3-22-2012  Leaving little doubt from the outset, the Pirates' softball team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to a 15-1 victory over Allan Hancock College Thursday at the VC Softball Complex.  Teresa Lemos pitched the first three innings, recording her 13th win of the season against two defeats and Danielle Saleh pitched the final two frames for her fifth save.  Offensively, Jennifer Moreno led the way, going 2-3 with a triple and four RBI while Katrina Gutierrez was 1-2 with a triple. Lemos was 2-2 with an RBI for Ventura (17-3, 7-0).   READ MORE...  

 

VC Announces 2012 Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

3-21-2012 The Ventura College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce the 2012 class of inductees for the VC Pirate Athletic Hall of Fame, to be honored at a banquet on May 6.  The class includes six honorees:  Jeff Barrett '03 (Swimming), Lex Byrd '56 (Football and Track & Field), Tisha Duran '04 (Softball), George Gibbs '67 (Cross Country and Track & Field), George hails (Men's Basketball Coach 1952-1969), and Paul Harvey '56 (Basketball).  More details about the Hall of Fame Banquet on May 6 will be available online at www.VCweplayhard.com in the near future.  READ MORE...

 

VC Wins Make-Up Game Over OC

 Base  3-21-2012  The Ventura College baseball team bounced back from their walk-off loss Tuesday with a 7-4 victory over Oxnard on Wednesday afternoon at the VC Baseball Complex.  Ventura (13-8, 4-3) broke open a 2-1 game with five runs in the sixth inning in the victory.  Sophomore Dustin Babola pitched 7 2/3 solid innings to pick up the win, while Freshman Timmy Ginther was 1-2 on the day but had two walks, scored two runs, and had an RBI on a squeeze bunt with the bases loaded that ultimately resulted in three Pirate runs following a throwing error.  Sophomore Scott Zeman had three hits in the game.   READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Sweep Two From Pierce

 SB   3-20-2012  The Pirates' softball team swept a double header at Los Angeles Pierce College Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Brahmas 12-1 and 16-0.  Teresa Lemos and Danielle Saleh pitched complete game wins for Ventura (16-3, 6-0).  Candice Garcia had five hits in the two games, including a home run, while Raelene Moreno and Cheyenne Barrios also smacked home runs.  As a team Ventura had 15 hits in the first game and 13 hits in the second.    READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Edge Closer to Title

 WTen  3-20-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team, undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Southern California, took another step toward a Western State Conference title by defeating Santa Barbara City College 7-2 Tuesday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center.  The Pirates (12-0, 5-0) swept the singles competition and won No. 2 doubles in the victory, giving them a two-match lead over the Vaqueros with three WSC matches remaining.  Jessica Worring (No. 2) and Julianna Bacelar (No. 1 ) led the singles sweep with 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 wins, respectively.  READ MORE... 

 

Tennis Edges Santa Barbara

 MTen  3-20-2012 With the match going down to the final pairing in No. 3 doubles, the Pirate team of Jonathan Lin and Paulo Fernandes delivered.  The duo won their match 9-7, sealing a 5-4 Ventura victory over the Vaqueros in Santa Barbara beginning the second round of Western State Conference play.  Dylan Cleary and Cameron Lee were victorious in No. 2 doubles while Fernandes (No. 4), Eder Giotto (No. 5), and Tyler Sperry (No. 6) were all winners in singles matches.  The win gives the Pirates a two-match edge over SBCC with three WSC matches remaining.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Drop Walk-Off

 Base  3-20-2012  The Pirates' baseball team dropped a heartbreaker in walk-off fashion Tuesday afternoon, falling to Moorpark 4-3, surrendering a one run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning.  Freshman Jared Patterson led the VC offense with two hits and stole a base while freshman Eric Contreras knocked in a pair of runs with a hit.  Sophomore Dennis Doherty started on the mound for VC, scattered three hits over six innings, allowing two runs, one earned before exiting.  READ MORE... 

 

Golf Claims Third at N/S Cup

 Golf   3-19-2012  The Pirates' men's golf team claimed third place at the North / South Cup hosted by Santa Barbara City College at Hunter Ranch Golf Club.  Under very cold and intermittent rain the Pirates struggle to their third place finish of the eight participating teams on the par 72 course in Paso Robles.  In this two day tournament Chabot College of Hayward was first with a total score of 743, followed by Glendale with a 749.  Ventura claimed third place with a team score of 773.  Andrew Garcia led VC with a two-day score of 148 (77-71) followed by Chad McLay, (80-71 - 151), Jordan Thomas (74-81 - 155), Timmy Snyder (80-81 - 161), and Roman Barnes (80-80 - 163).  READ MORE...

 

Softball, W Swim Earn Academic Honors

3-19-2012 The California Community College Athletic Association announced its academic awards for the 2010-11 year last month, and the Ventura College Pirates were named the State Scholar team for both Women's Swimming and Softball.  The 2011 Women's Swimming and Diving team had 18 team members and posted an overall grade point average of 3.20.  Each student athlete averaged 15.1 units (12.0 units is considered full-time).  Meanwhile the Pirate Softball team achieved a team GPA of 3.11 and each of the 12 student athletes completed an average of 14.4 units.  READ MORE...

 

Record-Breaking Success for VC's Swimming Teams

 Swim  3-17-2012 From the Ventura County Star  With seven straight seasons in the top 3 at the state meet, including state championships in 2005 and 2010, competing for the ultimate honors has become an annual rite of spring for the Ventura College men's swimming team.  Although, this spring, it looks like it will have some company.  By winning the annual Cuesta Invitational last weekend, when it topped the teams that have won the past four state titles, the Ventura College women's swimming team also showed it can compete on the state level.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Battle Huskers

 MTen  3-15-2012 Taking advantage of a rare opportunity, the Ventura College men's tennis team battled the University of Nebraska on Friday at the VC Tennis Center, falling 9-0 to the Huskers after giving a solid effort.  In doubles, Dylan Cleary and Cameron Lee (No. 1) along with Jonathan Lin and Paulo Fernandes (No. 2) both fought hard before falling 8-5 to their NCAA Division I opponents.  Meanwhile Tyler Sperry and Nick Bezzubchenko fell victim of the depth of the Big 10 school, 8-2 in No. 3 doubles.  In singles competition,  Lee (No. 3) pushed his opponent to a tiebreaker in the first set and Fernandes (No. 4) won five games in the first set.   READ MORE...

 

LaFountain HM All-American

 WBB   3-16-2012  Pirate sophomore Destinee LaFountain has become the ninth player in team history to earn All-American honors, earning an honorable mention nod on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association list for 2011-12.  LaFountain, the California State co-Player of the Year, led VC (32-2) to their 22nd consecutive Western State Conference title and into the State Final Four.  She averaged 12.4 points and 11.0 rebounds, both team highs, becoming the first Pirate since 1992-93 to average a double-double for two years.  READ MORE...

 

WTennis Remains Unbeaten

 WTen  3-15-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team remained unbeaten on the season with a 7-2 win over Pima (AZ) College Thursday at the VC Tennis Center.  Julianna Bacelar led the way with a love, love sweep in No. 1 singles while Jessica Worring (No. 2) was also victorious 6-2, 6-1.  Sonia Landeros (No. 3), Layne Gallimore (No. 4) and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) also posted wins in singled competition.  Ventura (11-0, 4-0) also won the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches in the team win. READ MORE...

 

VC Wins, Preps for Nebraska

 MTen  3-15-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team swept visiting Pima (AZ) College Thursday at the VC Tennis Center, one day ahead of their match against NCAA Division I Nebraska.  Eder Giotto won his No. 5 singles match love and love  while Cameron Lee (No. 4) and Tyler Sperry (No. 6) both lost just one game.  Jonathan Lin (No. 1) and Paulo Fernandes (No. 4) both wion 6-3, 6-0 and Dylan Cleary (No. 2) was victorious 6-2, 6-4.  Ventura (9-1, 4-0) also swept the three doubles matches, 8-0, 8-1, and 8-1.  READ MORE...

 

VC Takes Advantage of SBCC

 SB   3-15-2012  The Ventura College softball team took advantage of walks and errors at the expense of the host Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros Thursday afternoon in their 4-1 Western State Conference Gold Division victory.  Jackie Dickson had a double and scored a run while Candice Garcia also had a two-base hit and scored once.  Raelene Moreno was 1-3 with an RBI and Teresa Lemos pitched her 11th win of the season for Ventura (14-3, 4-0).  READ MORE...

 

Baseball Comes From Behind

 Base  3-15-2012  Pitcher Joey Contreras threw his second complete game of the season and first baseman Dewey Grattan belted his fifth home run of the season as the Pirates overcame a 1-0 deficit to defeat Oxnard Thursday on the road.  Grattan was 2-4 on the day with a pair of RBI while Contreras scattered 10 hits through his nine-inning performance.  Jared Patterson also added two hits and a run scored for the Pirates (12-7, 3-2).   READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Sweep Raiders in SB

 SB   3-13-2012  The Pirates' softball team swept the visiting Moorpark Raiders in a double header, winning 10-1 and 8-5 Tuesday afternoon at the VC Softball Complex.  Teresa Lemos pitched both wins for the Pirates while hitting 3-4 with two triples and four RBI in the opener.  Danielle Saleh pitched the final inning of the first game for VC (12-3, 3-0).  As a team, the VC offense pounded out 14 hits against Raider pitching in game one.  Raelene Moreno led the Pirate attack in the nightcap with a pair of hits and two RBI.    READ MORE...

 

Babola Leads VC Past SB

 Base  3-13-2012  The wind was blowing out Tuesday at the VC Baseball Complex, but that did not prevent the Pirates and Vaqueros from matching up in a pitcher's duel.  The Ventura College baseball team used clutch two-out hitting and a stellar eight inning eight-strikeout performance from pitcher sophomore Dustin Babola to defeat Santa Barbara City College 4-2 in Western State Conference play.  Freshman Matt Burke was 2-4 with two RBI to lead the offense for VC (11-7, 2-2).   READ MORE... 

 

Swimmers 1st, 2nd at Cuesta

 Swim  3-10-2012  The Ventura College women's swim team accomplished something that has alluded them for 36 years - winning the annual Cuesta Invitational.  The Pirate women won the final race of the event, and runner-up Orange coast finished fourth as VC edged the Pirates of the South 550-549 to finish first in the 19-team field that included last year's state champions and state runner-up.  Gaby Romero turned in a record-setting performance to lead Ventura.  Meanwhile, the Pirate men finished a distant second to Santa Rosa in their 18-team field, but ahead of 2011 state champion Orange Coast.  Henry Chung also had a record setting performance in leading the Pirates.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Baseball Wins 5-4 at SBCC

 Base  3-10-2012The Pirates ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-4 victory at Santa Barbara City College Saturday afternoon in conference action.  VC jumped out to an early lead for the third straight contest, but this time made it stand up against the Vaqueros.   Sophomore Dennis Doherty allowed three runs over seven innings for his first victory of the season while Scott Zeman picked up his third save.  Dewey Grattan fell a double short of hitting for the cycle, batting 4-5 in the contest, leading Ventura (10-7, 1-2) on offense.   READ MORE... 

 

Offense Leaves VC at Final Four

 WBB  3-9-2012 The fates can be cruel.  The Ventura College women’s basketball team was a group who found a knack of winning close games.  With an outstanding defense and an offense that always found a way to get the job done, they had won all 11 contests this season that were close down the stretch, until Friday.  With their offense struggling, the Pirate defense was great again, giving VC a chance down the stretch in the State Final Four against Foothill, at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.  Rebecca Griffin hit a 3-pointer with 1:27 remaining in the game, bringing Ventura to within two points, 42-40, but they would get no closer, falling in the state semifinal 49-43.  Griffin netted a game-high 14 points and Destinee LaFountain pulled down 24 rebounds with seven points, as the Pirates closed their season with a stellar 32-2 record.   READ MORE...

 

VC 2nd, 3rd at WSC Home Meet

 T&F   3-9-2012  The VC track and field teams hosted five other Western State Conference schools in a six-way meet on Friday at the VC Sportsplex, with positive results for both the men's and women's teams.  The Pirate women scored 116.5 points, finishing in second behind Canyons (180 points) and ahead of third place Cuesta (99.5).  Meanwhile the men earned the bronze finish with 104.5 points, behind Canyons (147) and Bakersfield (134).  Tara Johnson and Kenosha Grier led the VC women and Phillip Hanley and LaKeith Murray turned in solid performances for the Ventura men.  READ MORE...

 

VC's Success a Byproduct of Their Practice, Passion

 WBB   3-9-2012  From the Ventura County Star  Stephanie Ramirez's shooting form is captured in silhouette, shrouded by the dark, empty gymnasium while a rounded blur hurtles toward the rim.  The Ventura College sophomore was in the middle of a marathon one-woman, three-hour shooting session last fall — following a two-hour practice, no less — when a friendly passerby snapped the photo that adorns her Twitter account.  In its tiny corner of cyberspace, the snapshot is a symbol of why the Ventura College women's basketball team is one of only four teams still playing this weekend, while 84 others have cleaned out their lockers.  READ MORE...

 

State Final Four a Predictable Bunch

 WBB   3-9-2012  From the Ventura County Star  If Brian Critchlow had taken the time to fill out a bracket, chances are he'd have a big lead in his CCCAA women's basketball office pool right now.  "These were the teams that I picked early on," said the Mount San Antonio head coach. "They all had what it takes to get to the Final Four and my predictions came true."  It will be tougher to forecast what will happen when the state Final Four tips off today at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, where No. 2-South Ventura (32-1) faces No. 1-North Foothill (29-4) in the 5 p.m. semifinal and No. 1-South Mount San Antonio (29-3) meets No. 3-North Fresno (28-5) in the 7 p.m. semifinal.  READ MORE...

 

VC Swimmers Dominate Quad

 Swim  3-8-2012  The Pirates' men's and women's swimming and diving teams both dominated a quad meet Thursday at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.  The VC men racked up 71 points, finishing well ahead of Cuesta (23), American River (22) and Bakersfield (11).  Meanwhile, the VC women had even a better day, with 88 points as compared to Cuesta (23), Bakersfield 911) and American River (7).  Gaby Romero posted a pair of first place finishes in the 50 yard butterfly and 50 yard freestyle, in addition to anchoring the victorious 200 yard medley relay.  Lai Yeong Chung led the men, winning the 50 yard backstroke and 50 yard freestyle, and opening the 200 yard medley relay.  READ MORE...  See VC Meet Results...

 

Pirates Fall at Hancock

 Base  3-8-2012 In an alarming trend, the Pirate baseball team lost another contest late, giving up eight runs in the final three innings thanks to poor defense, falling 9-3 to the Bulldogs.  Joey Contreras threw six great innings, allowing just one run, before the Pirate defense failed him in Hancock's five-run seventh frame.  VC (9-7, 0-2) also struggled offensively, managing only five hits in the game.  Scott Zeman hit a solo home run for Ventura. READ MORE... 

 

VC Sweeps Bakersfield, 9-0

 WTen  3-8-2012 The VC women's tennis team stretched their season-opening winning streak to 10 matches with their 9-0 sweep of Bakersfield College Thursday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center.  Julianna Bacelar won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-1, while Jessica Worring (No. 2) and Layne Gallimore (No. 4) only lost three games in their singles matches, respectively.  Sonia Landeros (No. 3) and Carolyn Morris (No. 5) each won 6-1, 6-1.  The Nos. 1 and 2 doubles teams each won 8-1 for VC (10-0, 4-0). READ MORE... 

 

Pirates' Men's Tennis Wins

 MTen  3-8-2012 The Ventura College men's tennis team continued its assault on the Western State Conference with a 9-0 victory at Bakersfield College Tuesday afternoon.  Eder Giotto (No. 4), Felipe De Paulo (No. 5), and Jonathan Malta (No. 6) all swept their singles matches, 6-0, 6-0, and Paulo Fernandes (No. 3) won 6-0, 6-1.  Dylan Cleary 9No. 2) won 6-0, 7-5, while Jonathan Lin (No. 1) was victorious 6-2, 6-0.  VC (8-1, 4-0) also swept all three doubles matches. READ MORE...

 

VC Opens WSC vs. Oxnard

 SB   3-8-2012  The Pirates' softball team opened Western State Conference play Thursday with a 3-1 win against Oxnard College at the VC softball complex.  The Pirates opened the game with a 1-0 lead before the Condors evened the score in the top of the sixth inning.  VC (11-3, 1-0) answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth frame for the victory.  Teresa Lemos pitched the win and Raelene Moreno provided the big hit with a two-run home run to right field providing the game-winning runs. READ MORE...  

 

Pirate Tennis Upends SMC

 WTen  3-6-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team continued its winning ways with an 8-1 home win over Santa Monica Tuesday afternoon.  Jessica Worring (No. 2) and Sonia Landeros (No. 3) each won their singles match love and love while Julianna Bacelar (No. 1) and Layne Gallimore (No. 6) each lost just one game in their singles matches.  Bacelar and Gallimore teamed up to win their No. 2 doubles match 8-1 for Ventura (9-0, 3-0).  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Move to 3-0 in WSC

 MTen  3-6-2012 The Pirates' men's tennis team moved to 3-0 in Western State Conference play with a 6-3 decision over Los Angeles Pierce College Tuesday afternoon in Woodland Hills.  Eder Giotto (No. 5) and Cameron Lee (No. 3) won their singles matches in straight sets while Dylan Cleary (No. 2) and Paulo Fernandes (No. 4) each won singles matches in three sets.  Meanwhile  VC won the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles matches, Nick Bezzubchenko and Cameron Lee, and Jonathan Lin and Giotto, respectively, to clinch the contest.  READ MORE...

 

Baseball Opens WSC Play

 Base  3-6-2012 The Ventura College baseball team opened Western State Conference North Division play at home Tuesday, falling to Allan Hancock College 6-4.  The Pirates (9-6, 0-1) took an early lead, but were not able to hold on as the Bulldogs rallied for the win.  Scott Zeman had a pair of hits for VC with an RBI and Matt Burke also belted two safeties on the day, including a double.

 

Pirates Win SBCC Invite

 Golf   3-5-2012  The Ventura College men's golf team earned its first won its first tournament of the season, finishing first of 10 competing teams at the two-day, 36-hole Santa Barbara Invitational Sunday and Monday.  Teams teed up at the par-72 Marshalia Ranch Golf Club on Sunday, finishing at the par-72 La Purisma Golf Club on Monday.  VC won the tournament with a team score of 768 followed by Glendale (780) and Santa Barbara (784).  Chad McLay and Andy Stanfield  were the low individuals, each posting two-day totals of 152 while Andrew Garcia carded a 153.  Tim Snyder (155), Roman Barnes (158), and Jordan Thomas (158) rounded out the Pirate scorers.  READ MORE...

 

LaFountain, Griffin Honored

 WBB   3-5-2012  Ventura College sophomores Destinee LaFountain and Rebecca Griffin have been honored by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association on its All-State Teams.  LaFountain, a 6-foot-1 forward was named the State Co-Player of the Year and Griffin was named second-team All-State by the Coaches at a meeting last month.  Both are anchors of the Pirate team that sits at 32-1 with a state Final Four game against Foothill College looming this Friday, March 9, at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.  Game time is scheduled for 5:00 pm and it can be heard live on www.HomeFieldSports.com.   READ MORE...

 

VC Women Shoot For State Title

 WBB   3-5-2012  From the Ventura County Star  The Ventura College women's basketball team began preparing for the California Community College Athletic Association championships Sunday, when the CCCAA released the schedule for this weekend's state Final Four at Consumnes River College in Sacramento.  No. 2-South Ventura (32-1) and No. 1-N Foothill (29-4) will contest Friday night's 5 p.m. state semifinal, with No. 1-S Mount San Antonio (29-3) and No. 3-N Fresno (28-5) following in the 7 p.m. nightcap.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Advance to Final Four

 WBB  3-3-2012 Behind one of the more dominating individual performances in program history, the Ventura College women's basketball team advanced to the State Final Four with a 64-47 SoCal Regional Final victory over San Bernardino Valley College Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center.  Rebecca Griffin scored 23 of her game-high 25 points in the second half, hitting three 3-pointers in the period in addition to a perfect 6-6 performance at the free throw line down the stretch to put the game on ice.  Destinee LaFountain had 14 points and 10 rebounds while Rian Mew hit for 10 points with four assists as Ventura (32-1) advanced to it's state record 13th state final four.   READ MORE...

 

VC Track Prepares For Home Meet

 T&F   3-3-2012  The Ventura College Men's and women's track and field teams prepped for their Western State Conference opener at home next week by traveling to Cerritos College over the weekend, participating in the Beach Invitational sponsored by Long beach State University.  Competing against both two and four-year colleges, Long Beach State, Cal State Los Angeles and USC to name a few, the Pirates fared well, bringing home many first place finishes in their respective heats and posting more seasonal and personal best marks. READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Win Streak Ends

 Base  3-3-2012  It is said that all good things must come to and end, and so it is with the Pirates' seven game winning streak, as they dropped a tough contest to Mt. San Antonio College 9-6 Saturday at the VC Baseball Complex.  The Pirates were undone by shaky defense, committing five errors on the day with four hit batters aiding the 11 hits for the Mounties used to collect their nine runs to knock off the Pirates.  Freshman Eric Contreras had three hits for the Pirates, driving in all six of VC's runs.    READ MORE... 

 

VC Looking For Final Four Berth

 WBB   3-3-2012  From the Ventura County Star  No tricks. No gimmicks. No joke.  Don't expect as much as a smile when the second-seeded Ventura College women's basketball team (31-1) hosts No. 3 San Bernardino Valley (28-3) tonight for a place in the state Final Four.  "This is serious," sophomore Carlotta Kloppenburg said. "We're not messing around."  The familiar foes expect nothing less than the physical grind of a 40-minute slugfest when the state's two top defensive teams tip off at 7 p.m.  READ MORE...

 

W Tennis Remains Undefeated

 WTen  3-2-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team won its eighth straight match, winning a non-conference contest against San Diego Mesa 8-1 Friday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center. Jessica Worring (No. 2) won her singles match love and love while Sonia Landeros (No. 3) and Layne Gallimore (No. 4) each were victorious 6-1, 6-0.  Carolyn Morris (No. 5) and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) each lost just one game per set and Julianna Bacelar (No. 1) continued her dominance with a 6-2, 6-1 win.  VC (8-0, 2-0) also won the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches. READ MORE... 

 

10 Pirates on Scholar-Athlete List

 FB  3-1-2012 Ten Pirates have been honored by the Southern California Football Association on its 2011 SCFA Scholar Athlete List Colin Cheatham and his 3.68 grade point average led VC's honorees on the list, which also included Tim Vizzi, Esa Johnwell, Kenjay Trueblood, Kordarius Rice, Joe Reynoso, Kalvin Cruz, Dezerick Reed, Earnest Hall, and Damien Taylor.  Honorees must have completed two years of eligibility and completed at least 36 units of coursework with a  minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  Ventura's list of 10 ranks the team tied for third in the number of honorees in Southern California.  Santa Ana had 14 players on the list, followed by Fullerton with 13.  VC and Saddleback each listed 10 honorees.  READ MORE...

 

VC Tops Glendale on Courts

 WTen  3-1-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team continued its undefeated run with an 8-1 victory at Glendale College on Thursday afternoon.  VC (7-0, 2-0) swept through all six singles matches and won two of three of the doubles contests.  Grace Hanamoto (No. 6 singles) led the way, winning love and love while Layne Gallimore (No. 4) won one and love.  Juliana Bacelar (No. 1), Jessica Worring (No. 2), Sonia Landeros (No. 3), and Carolyn Morris (no. 5) were also victorious in singles competition.   READ MORE... 

 

Men's Tennis Downs Glendale

 MTen  3-1-2012 The VC men's tennis team won its fifth straight match, its second in Western State Conference play, with an 8-1 victory over Glendale Thursday at the VC Tennis Center.  The Pirates swept the singles competition with Tyler Sperry (No. 5) leading the way with a 6-0, 6-2 win.  Eder Giotto (No. 4) won 6-1, 6-2.  Dylan Cleary (No. 2) and Cameron Lee (No. 3) also won in straight sets, while Jonathan Lin (No. 1) and Filepe De Paula (No. 6) each came from behind to win in three sets.  Sperry and Jonathan Malta (No. 2 doubles) and De Paula and Giotto (No. 3 doubles) also won their matches for the Pirates (6-1, 2-0).  READ MORE...

 

Softball Victorious at Mission

 SB   3-1-2012  The Ventura College softball team resumed action with an 11-5 win at Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar Thursday afternoon.  VC used five-run innings in the first two frames to take control of the game, while pitcher Teresa Lemos threw eight strikeouts to pace Ventura (10-3).  Offensively, Jennifer Moreno paced the Pirates with three hits, including two doubles, and four RBI.  Katrina Gutierrez was 2-2 with three RBI and Candice Garcia pounded three hits, including two doubles.  READ MORE...

 

VC Pounds LA Valley 15-6

 Base  3-1-2012  The juggernaut that is the Pirate baseball team continues to roll as VC racked up its seventh straight victory 15-6 over los Angels valley College Thursday at the VC Baseball Complex.  The Ventura offense racked up 15 hits on the day with five going for extra bases.  Eight of the nine Pirates in the line up collected hits and all nine reached base safely at least once.  Sophomore Collin Boys led the attack with four hits, scoring three times and driving in two runs, while  freshman Jared Patterson collected three hits, stole a base, scored two runs, and had two RBI.  Freshman Joey Contreras picked up his third win of the season on the mound for VC (9-4).  READ MORE... 

 

WBB Reaches Elite Status

 WBB  2-29-2012  If one thing doesn't work, try another.  With the Pirates' State Co-Player of the Year Destinee LaFountain limited on the offensive end with an arm injury, VC want a different route, the long distance way, as Carlotta Kloppenburg sank five 3-pointers en route to 20 points, leading No. 2 Ventura to a 59-48 SoCal regional semifinal win over No. 10 Cypress Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center.  Rian Mew had 12 points, including a 10-14 performance at the free throw line, and four assists as the Pirates (31-1) advanced to the state Elite Eight for a record 15th time.  They will host No. 3 San Bernardino Valley in the regional finals Saturday at 7:00 pm. READ MORE...

 

VC Fights the Good Fight in Loss

 MBB  2-29-2012  Despite a valiant effort, the No. 12 Ventura College men's basketball team could not muster another playoff upset, falling 79-71 at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley College Wednesday night in the SoCal Regional Semifinals.  Sophomore Corey Hall played his heart out, as did all of the Pirates, grabbing 21 rebounds and scoring 18 points to lead a team effort in the contest.  Sophomore Austin Ramljak had 14 points while freshmen Joseph Soto and Zalmico Harmon netted 17 and 12 points, respectively.    READ MORE... 

 

Ramljak Has Made a Deep Impact at VC

 MBB  2-29-2012  from the Ventura County Star  Three years ago, Austin Ramljak could barely lift a basketball.  Now he's capable of lifting the Ventura College men's basketball team through the Southern California regional playoffs.  Robbed of nearly all of his first three seasons at Oak Park High by Sever's disease and chronic fatigue syndrome, the 20-year-old shooting guard's body has rebounded, allowing him to give the Pirates a unique, long-range weapon.  "Just like that," said forward Najee Salaam. "You never know when he's going to change the game."  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Tennis Stops SBCC

 WTen  2-28-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team began Western State Conference action by knocking off the previously undefeated Santa Barbara City College netters 6-3 Tuesday in Santa Barbara. The match was officially over when Carolyn Morris clinched her match with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 5 singles. Julianna Bacelar (No. 1) and Jessica Worring (No. 2) also swept their matches as VC (6-0, 1-0) claimed singles victories at the No. 1-5 spots in singes. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Open WSC With "W"

 MTen  2-28-2012  It came down to the final doubles match, but the Pirates' men's tennis team opened Western State Conference play with a 5-4 victory over Santa Barbara City College Tuesday at the VC Tennis Center. Jonathan Lin (No. 1), Eder Giotto (No. 5), and Tyler Sperry (No. 6) all posted wins in singles matches while Sperry and Dylan Cleary (No. 2) and Lin and Jonathan Malta (No. 3) each posted narrow 8-6 wins in doubles competition to tilt the match in favor of VC (5-1, 1-0).   READ MORE...

 

Pirates Hold Off Citrus, 5-4

 Base  2-28-2012  After jumping out to a 4-0 lead after two innings, the Ventura College baseball team held on to defeat the Citrus College Owls 5-4 Tuesday afternoon at the VC Baseball Complex.  Jared Patterson had three hits on the day and Collin Boys added a pair of hits.  Tyler Hawkins carried the big bat for VC (8-4) with a two-run home run.  Jacob Murray pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to collect the win and Scott Zeman retired three batters in the ninth to pick up the save.  He also batted in the game-winning run in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly scoring Dewey Grattan.  READ MORE... 

 

Mew Sisters Envelope Pirates Into Their Family

 WBB   2-28-2012  From the Ventura County Star  Circumstances dictated that this Ventura College women's basketball team would develop into a sisterhood.  And with Regan and Rian Mew, the Pirates' already had a younger and elder sister built into the dynamic of the team.  "They're as similar as sisters can be and as different as sisters can be," said Ventura coach Ned Mircetic.  Regan, the 5-foot-4 wing, is tough and vigilant, whether she's locking down the opposition's best guard or watching over her younger sisters, teammates or both.  Rian, the 5-foot-4 freshman point guard, can be as thoughtful and sprightly off the court as she is on it.  READ MORE...

 

Golf Finishes Second at WSC Event

 Golf   2-27-2012  The Pirates' men's golf team is on a roll, battling the elements to finish in second place at the Western State Conference event at Rio Bravo Country Club in Bakersfield.  It was a cold blustery day, and a light rain fell throughout play, but VC was able to put together a team score of 391, only finishing behind conference frontrunner canyons, who carded a 379.  Allan Hancock was third (396), followed by Glendale (396).  Roman Barnes posted the low score for Ventura at 74, followed by Timmy Snyder (78), Andrew Garcia (80), Chad McLay (82), and Jordan Thomas (84).  READ MORE...

 

VC Advances Over Pasadena

 WBB  2-25-2012  With the game tied in the final minute, Pirate sophomores Rebecca Griffin and Destinee LaFountain would not let their team lose.  Griffin hit a high-flying runner in the paint with 47 seconds remaining, and LaFountain grabbed a key rebound and was fouled, hitting a free throw with an injured shooting arm with 29.3 ticks left.  Griffin sealed the deal with a pair of charity tosses with nine seconds remaining as No. 2-seeded  Ventura (30-1) ended a six game losing streak to No. 15-seed Pasadena 55-50 in the SoCal Regional Playoffs Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center.  VC advances to the regional semifinals on Wednesday Feb. 29 against Cypress at 7:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates 1st, 2nd at Mt. SAC

 Swim  2-25-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both fared well at the Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut over the weekend.  the men's team finished first among the 17 participating teams, amassing 657 points to 579 for second place Orange Coast.  Western State Conference foe Cuesta was third with 416 and Palomar College finished fourth with 331 points.  Meanwhile, the VC women finished second of 18 teams with 627.5 points, trailing only Sierra College from Sacramento who totaled 649 points.  Orange Coast was third with 609.5 and San Diego Mesa finished fourth with 463.  Santa Monica was the next-closest WSC team, finishing sixth. READ MORE... 

 

VC Baseball Slams Compton

 Base  2-25-2012  The Pirates' baseball team won their fifth consecutive game Saturday afternoon, defeating Compton College 11-2 at the VC Baseball Complex on the strength of a Dewey Grattan grand slam home run in the fourth inning.  Freshman Michael Arias was the first of six pitchers, picking up the win for VC (7-4), who was playing their fourth game in five days.  The Pirate bullpen threw 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball in relief of the first-time starter.  Meanwhile Grattan was the hot bat for the third day in a row, accounting for seven runs with five RBI and two runs scored.   READ MORE... 

 

VC Women Ready For Pasadena

 WBB   2-25-2012  From the Ventura County Star  If there's one person who doesn't need a primer on the Ventura College women's basketball team's history against Pasadena City College, it's Ned Mircetic.  The Ventura head coach was in the coach's box when the Pirates handed Pasadena its worst postseason loss in history, 103-53, in 2002.  He also had a better-than-front-row vantage point in 2007, 2009, and 2011, as Joe Peron's team became the first to end three VC women's seasons.  "Facinating," Mircetic said, "but irrelevant to this game.  This game is going to be decided on the court."  the second-seeded Pirates (29-1) host No. 15 Pasadena (17-12) tonight at 7 in the Southern California regional quarterfinals at the VC Athletic Event Center.  "We're as ready as we can be," Mircetic said.  "We don't have any excuses."  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Advance With Upset

 MBB  2-24-2012  Pirate reserve guard Brock Taylor was ready.  When his number was called in the final moments Friday night in VC's SoCal Regional Playoff Quarterfinal, when guards Zalmico Harmon and Joe Soto had fouled out, he responded by breaking the press and assisting an easy lay-up and drawing a charge on the defensive end, helping preserve the No. 12-seeded Pirates' 80-75 upset win at the No. 5-seeded LA Southwest College.  Najee Salaam scored 34 points with seven rebounds and Corey Hall finished with 12 points and 20 boards to lead the Pirates (19-11) into the regional semifinals.  Austin Ramljak added 19 points, connecting on five 3-pointers.   READ MORE... 

 

Records Abound in WSC Relays

 T&F   2-24-2012  The Ventura College track and field record books came under assault Friday at the Western State Conference Relays held at Citrus College.  Both the men's and women's team set bests in numerous events in the season's second meet.  The men set a school record in the 800 meter sprint medley relay while the women set marks in the 1600 meter medley and 800 meter sprint medley relays.  Meanwhile Pirates also assaulted the record books in the women's hammer and pole vault and men's 4x200 meters and the hammer throw.  READ MORE... 

 

Tennis Defeats Grossmont

 MTen  2-24-2012  The Ventura College men's tennis team defeated visiting Grossmont College 8-1 Friday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center.  Dylan Cleary  and Eder Giotto both only gave up one game in their two sets at Nos. 2 and 5 singles, respectively to lead the way for VC while Paulo Fernandez (No. 3),Cameron Lee (No. 4), and Tyler Sperry (No. 6)  all won their singles matches by identical 6-0, 6-2 scores.  Jonathan Lin won his No. 1 singles match 6-2, 6-2 while the VC won in the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches, 8-3 and 8-0, while narrowly dropping the No. 1 doubles match.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Walk Off LA Mission

 Base  2-24-2012  The Ventura College baseball team defeated LA Mission College in thriling fashion with a 7-6 walk off victory Friday at the VC Baseball Complex.  Sophomore Dewey Gratton hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring freshman Timmy Ginther from third base completing a two run rally for VC (6-4).  Gratton led the Pirates with two RBI, a run scored and a triple.  Freshman Jared Patterson added a single with two RBI and a run scored while freshman Matt Burke had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run.  READ MORE... 

 

Soto Finds His Way at VC

 MBB  2-24-2012  from the Ventura County Star  Joseph Soto remembers being at a family barbecue and fielding the call from Virginia coach Tony Bennett, who wanted to officially invite the Rio Mesa High star to take an official visit to ACC basketball country.  "My hands were sweating, knowing the dream was right there," said Soto. "I was picturing everything. I had the feeling. It not becoming reality is something that eats at me."  Unable to academically qualify for a Division I scholarship, Soto has enrolled at coach Joey Ramirez's finishing school at Ventura College, where the electrifyingly talented 6-foot-2 guard is midway through his maturation process.  READ MORE... 

 

Ventura Sweeps LA Pierce

 Base  2-23-2012  The Pirates' baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Los Angeles Pierce College with a 5-0 shutout victory over the Brahmas Thursday at the VC Baseball Complex.  Freshman Joey Contreras pitched a complete-game six-hitter to pick up the win while sophomore Dewey Grattan led the Pirate offense producing three RBI and scoring another run.  Jared Patterson had three hits for the Pirates (5-4).  VC scored three runs in the first inning, added one in the second, and scored again in the fifth for the 5-0 margin.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Wins Match at FCC

 Golf   2-23-2012  The Ventura College men's golf team swept a duel tournament format at Fresno City College Thursday, playing at the spectacular par 72 Copper River Country Club.  The Pirates won all six individual matches, and also swept the three team matches.  Andy Stanfield led VC with an even par 72 followed Andrew Garcia, Jordan Thomas, Chad McLay and Roman Barnes, who all carded two-over 74's.  Timmy Snyder also had a nice day shooting a four-over 76.  The coaching staff was pleased to see the consistent production from every team member at the event.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Drop Duel at Reedley

 Golf   2-22-2012  Playing at the par 72 Sunnyside Country Club, the Ventura College men's golf team dropped a dual match against Reedley College Wednesday.  The Tigers posted a team score of 366 to the Pirates' 381 to win the match.  Jordan Thomas and Andy Stanfield both shot 74 to lead Ventura, followed by Andrew Garcia (76), Roman Barnes (77) and Timmy Snyder (80).  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Even the Slate

 Base  2-21-2012  The Ventura College baseball team evened their season record Tuesday with a 6-4 victory at Los Angeles Pierce College, their second victory over the Brahmas in four days.  Dustin Babola was the winning pitcher, posting his second victory of the season, throwing into the sixth inning and giving up three runs.  Meanwhile Jared Patterson maintained his torrid pace at the plate with four hits including a double, and Timmy Ginther and Matt Burke both had three hits for Ventura (4-4) in the win.  READ MORE... 

 

LaFountain Named WSC MVP

 WBB   2-20-2012  On the heels of a 21-point, seven-rebound, two-steal, two-block performance in the final and deciding game in Western State Conference play, Pirate sophomore Destinee LaFountain has been named the conference Most Valuable Player in voting by the conference coaches.  She is joined on the All-WSC first team by teammates Rebecca Griffin, Hanna Burge, and Rian Mew Stephanie Ramirez received an honorable mention nod and VC head coach Ned Mircetic was named the WSC Coach of the Year.  READ MORE...

 

Streaks Alive! Pirates Win WSC

 WBB  2-18-2012  Clinging to a six point lead at halftime, the Pirates turned to their strongest player in the season finale.  Destinee LaFountain obliged, scoring 16 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, leading Ventura to a 58-44 win over Moorpark in the season finale at the Athletic Event Center.  The win clinched outright VC's 22nd straight Western State Conference championship, relegating Moorpark to a second place finish for the second year in a row.  The win is also VC's (at least) 121st straight home win in conference play dating back to 1991, and clinched their fifth straight undefeated WSC campaign.  Additionally, Ventura has won 65 consecutive conference games dating back to 2007.  READ MORE...

 

MBB Holds On to Defeat Raiders

 MBB  2-18-2012  The Ventura College men's basketball team raced to a big lead midway through the first half before having to fight off the Moorpark Raiders 93-86 Saturday night in the regular season finale at the Athletic Event Center.   Zalmico Harmon led the Pirates with 24 points and 11 assists while Joe Soto added 21 points for the victors.  Najee Salaam netted 16 points while reserves Bennie Kirkwood and Stephen Plantenberg each scored 10 points for VC (18-11, 10-2).  Corey Hall led the glass attack with 10 rebounds.  READ MORE... 

 

W Tennis Sweeps Weekend

 WTen  2-18-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team swept three home matches over the weekend, pushing their season-opening winning streak to five matches without a loss.  No. 2 singles player Jessica Worring lost only one game in six sets of play while No. 1 Julianna Bacelar also won all three of her matches over the two days.  Layne Gallimore (No. 3), Sonia Landeros (No. 4) and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) also posted three victories while Carolyn Morris (No. 5) won two of her three matches for VC (5-0).  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Tennis Takes Two

 MTen  2-18-2012  The Pirates' men's tennis team won a pair of matches over the weekend, defeating Cypress 9-0 on Friday and besting Saddleback 7-1 on Saturday.  Cameron Lee dominated at No. 5 singles with 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-3 wins while Jonathan Lin won a pair of matches at No. 3 6-0, 6-1 and 6-4, 6-2.  While Paulo Fernandes had an easy time with his 6-1, 6-0 win on Friday at No. 2, he had to work for hist victory Saturday, outlasting his opponent from Saddleback 7-6 (4) 4-6 (10-5) on Saturday.  Eder Giotto (No. 4) and Tyler Sperry (No. 6) also won both of their matches, respectively, over the weekend. READ MORE... 

 

VC 1-1 on Day Two of SD Tourney

 SB   2-18-2012  The Pirate softball team split another pair of games on the second day of the San Diego City College Tournament Saturday, defeating Santa Barbara City College 3-2 before falling by the same score to Grossmont College.  Jackie Dickson scored three runs on the day, including two in the victory, and Teresa Lemos had a pair of RBI for Ventura (9-3) and pitched both games, picking up one win and one loss, moving her season record to 6-2.  Katrina Gutierrez singled in the final inning of the Grossmont game, scoring a run before VC's final rally fell short.  READ MORE...  

 

Baseball Ends Skid at Pierce

 Base  2-18-2012  The Pirates' baseball team ended a four-game losing streak with a 9-6 victory at Los Angeles Pierce College Saturday afternoon.  VC managed just seven hits on the day, but took advantage of six walks and seven Brahma errors to secure the win.  Jared Patterson led the offense with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base while Tyler Hawkins had a pair of safeties and a walk, scoring a run.  Sophomore Scott Zeman also belted out two hits including an RBI double for VC (3-4).   READ MORE... 

 

Throwers, Decathlete Highlight T&F Opener

 T&F   2-17-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's track and field teams opened the 2012 season with mixed results at Bakersfield College in a non-scoring meet Friday afternoon.  The women throwers were on top of their game, sweeping through three of the four disciplines with Jessica Johns, Keshona Grier and Amber Panapa all winning events.  Meanwhile, on the men's side Philip Hanley won the pole vault and Melvin Tavares finished first in his heat in the 100 meters, placing third overall. READ MORE... 

 

VC Swimmers Open '12 With Wins

 Swim  2-17-2012  The Ventura College men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept their first scoring opportunities of the 2012 season, with both teams finishing first of three teams at the first Western State Conference Triangular Meet at the Ventura Aquatic Center Friday afternoon.  The defending men's team scored 121 points on the day with Santa Monica (67) and Los Angeles Pierce (43) following in a distant second and third.  Meanwhile, the Pirate women won by a greater margin, racking up 126 points to Santa Monica's 50 and LA Pierce's 38.  READ MORE...  See Complete Meet Results...

 

VC Splits Two at SD Tourney

 SB   2-17-2012  The VC women's softball team split a pair of games on the first day of the San Diego City College Tournament on Friday, defeating College of the Desert 6-4 before falling to Saddleback 4-2.  Raelene Moreno smacked out three hits with an RBI and Candice Garcia had a pair of safeties with two RBI in the opener and Teresa Lemos pitched the win for VC.  In the nightcap, which broke an eight-game Pirate winning streak, Garcia and Katrina Gutierrez each batted runs in for VC (8-2).  READ MORE...  

 

Big Inning Defeats Pirates

 Base  2-16-2012  The Ventura College baseball team allowed a five-run fifth inning to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-2 deficit Thursday night at Glendale College, and the Pirates eventually were defeated by the Vaqueros 8-3.  VC (2-4) took a 2-1 lead on Tyler Hawkins' first collegiate home run in the second inning, but could not keep their advantage, giving up a grand slam home run in Glendale's big inning.  Hawkins, a freshman, finished with two hits and two RBI in the game while Joey Contreras took the loss on the mound for the Pirates.   READ MORE... 

 

VC Comes From Behind For Win

 MBB  2-15-2012  The Pirates' men's basketball team came back from a nine point halftime deficit to defeat Allan Hancock College 83-77 Wednesday night in Santa Maria.  Ventura (17-11, 9-2) took the lead for good with 12:30 remaining in the game en route to the six point victory.  Najee Salaam led VC with 26 points on 12-13 shooting from the field.  Corey Hall posted another double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds while Zalmico Harmon tallied 19 points with eight assists.  READ MORE...

 

VC Locks Up Big Win at AHC

 WBB  2-15-2012  The Ventura College women's basketball team locked up the Allan Hancock Bulldogs Wednesday night in Santa Maria, 78-48, and in the process, secured at least a tie for their 22nd consecutive Western State Conference North Division championship.  Destinee LaFountain led the way with 18 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals while Rebecca Griffin had 13 points and three assists.  Hanna Burge secured 10 rebounds to go along with two blocks and three steals and Stephanie Ramirez totaled nine points on the evening.  READ MORE...

 

Griffin Earns WSC PoW Again

 WBB  2-15-2012  VC point guard Rebecca Griffin has earned her second Western State Conference Player of the Week honor, for her performance the week of Feb. 6-12.  In VC's game against Oxnard College, Rebecca scored a team-high 16 points in VC's 76-40 win.  She was 7-10 from the floor, including shooting 2-4 from behind the 3-point stripe.  She dished out six assists and also added a steal.  Griffin is a 5-foot-2 sophomore from Santa Barbara High School.  READ MORE...

 

VC Rallies for 7-2 Victory

 SB   2-14-2012  The Pirates' softball team rallied with a six-run  sixth inning, defeating visiting Bakersfield 7-2 Tuesday afternoon at the VC Softball Complex.  Teresa Lemos broke the game open with a three-RBI triple during the rally, and had two hits on the afternoon.  She also pitched for Ventura (7-1), earning the victory.  Clarissa Samaniego and Julie Cortez also each smacked out a pair of hits with an RBI each.  The win was the seventh consecutive triumph for the Pirates.  READ MORE...

 

Salaam Earns WSC PoW Honors

 MBB  2-14-2012  Pirate freshman Najee Salaam has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week for his efforts Jan. 30 - Feb. 5.  Salaam scored 53 points in two games with 10 rebounds, four steals, and an assist, both Pirate wins.  He was 22-28 from the field and also hit nine free throws.  Against Santa Barbara on Feb. 4 he scored 30 points with five rebounds and an assist.  Salaam is a 6-foot-5 200-pound freshman from Passaic, New Jersey.  READ MORE...

 

Golf 3rd at Santa Barbara

 Golf   2-13-2012  The Pirates' men's golf team battled tough weather Monday, finishing in third place at the Western State Conference match at Alisal Ranch Country Club in Solvang.  Santa Barbara won the match with a team score of 394, one stroke ahead of Canyons.  Ventura shot a 399 to finish third in the seven-team event.  Jordan Thomas was the low man for VC, carding a 76,  followed by Andrew Garcia (78), Roman Barnes (81),Timmy Snyder (82), and Taylor Stein (82).  Canyons and Santa Barbara are tied after two weeks of conference play with identical records of 13-1 while Ventura is third at 9-5.  READ MORE...

 

Pirate Tennis Nets Win

 WTen  2-11-2012 The Pirates' women's tennis team won their second straight match with an 8-1 defeat of visiting Mt. San Jacinto College Saturday.  Ventura (2-0) swept through the singles matches, with Juliana Bacelar (No. 1) and Jessica Worring (No. 2) leading the way, each winning love and love.  Sonia Landeros (No. 4) won her match love and one, while Layne Gallimore (No. 3) was victorious 6-2, 6-3.  In doubles action, Elena Pacca and Katie Power won their No. 2 match, 8-1. READ MORE... 

 

Men's Tennis Falls to MSJC

 MTen  2-11-2012  The Ventura College men's tennis team fell 5-4 to Mt. San Jacinto College in non-conference action Saturday at the VC Tennis Complex.   The Pirates manages but two wins in singles competition, Jonathan Linn's 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 3 and Cameron Lee's 4-6,-6-4, 10-5 come-from-behind triumph at No. 5.  The doubles teams of Nick Bezzubchenko and Lee, and Eder Giotto and Lin managed victories in doubles matches, but it was not enough to claim the team win. READ MORE...

 

Pirate Softball Wins 6th Straight

 SB   2-11-2012  The Ventura College softball team won their sixth straight contest Saturday afternoon defeating Victor Valley 4-1 at the VC Softball Complex.  Pitcher Danielle Saleh earned the win for VC (6-1) while Teresa Lemos earned the save, in addition to pounding out  two hits on offense.  Katrina Gutierrez had a pair of hits and an RBI while Jackie Dickson produced an RBI triple.  Ventura fell behind 1-0 early, and came back with four unanswered runs for the victory.  READ MORE...  

 

Baseball Drops Another Close One

 Base  2-11-2012  Hopefully it is not becoming a habit, but the Ventura College baseball team dropped their third consecutive close game Saturday afternoon, falling 3-2 to Mt. San Antonio College at the VC Baseball Complex.  VC (2-3) led 1-0 and came back to tie the game at 2-2 before giving up the game-winning run to the Mounties on a two-out ninth inning triple.  Sophomore Dustin Babola turned in his second straight strong outing of the season pitching seven innings allowing just two runs on four hits in his second start, but did not factor in the decision.  Freshman Matt Burke led the offense with two hits.   READ MORE... 

 

VC, Lemos Shut Out Valley, 5-0

 SB   2-10-2012  The Pirates' softball and pitcher Teresa Lemos shut out the Los Angeles Valley College Monarch 5-0 Friday afternoon at the VC Softball Complex.  Lemos pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits while striking out 11 batters for the win.  Offensively, Lemos led at the plate batting 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI.  Candics Garcia was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Carissa Samaniego was 2 for 2 with an RBI for Ventura (5-1). READ MORE...  

 

VC Loses to No. 1, 8-6

 Base  2-10-2012  The Pirate baseball team continued their early season offensive success, reaching double-figures in hits for the fourth straight game, including five for extra bases, but could not hold the No. 1-ranked Santa Ana Dons back in their 8-6 loss Friday afternoon at the VC Baseball Complex.  Freshman Matt Burke had two hits, scored two runs, and batted in another two runs for the Ventura (2-2) and freshman Jared Patterson went 1-for-3 with a walk, scoring three runs with a stolen base.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Game in Ninth

 Base  2-9-2012  The Ventura College baseball team held a 4-2 advantage at Mt. San Antonio College Thursday night heading to the bottom of the ninth.  But the Mounties rallied for three runs in the final frame and VC dropped their first decision of the season 5-4.  Freshman Jared Patterson went 2-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base while sophomore Dewey Grattan recorded two hits and drove in two runs.  Freshman Matt Burke added two more hits and Freshmen Wesley Solomon drove in a run for the Pirates.    READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Outlast Condors 78-69

 MBB  2-8-2012  The Ventura College men's basketball team outlasted the Oxnard Condors Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center, turning a 36-33 halftime deficit into a 78-69 victory.  Point guard Zalmico Harmon finished with 20 points and 11 assists despite first half foul trouble, and Najee Salaam added 18 points with seven rebounds.  Joe Soto hit big shots down the stretch en route to his 14 points and Steven Plantenberg tallied 11 points off the bench.  Corey Hall was a beast on the glass with 15 rebounds for the Pirates (16-11, 8-2).  

 

Pirates Roll on Pink Night

 WBB  2-8-2012  The night began with five breast cancer survivors being introduced as honorary starters for the game.  It ended a short time later as the Ventura College women's basketball team jumped out to an 11-2 lead and never looked back in their 76-40 victory over Oxnard at the Athletic Event Center.  The Pirates and Condors celebrated breast cancer awareness in the annual "Play 4 Kay" Breast Cancer Game with pink warm-up shirts and a silent auction during the game benefitting Ribbons of Life Breast Cancer Foundation of Ventura.  Over $1,400 was raised on the evening for the local advocacy and support group.  READ MORE...

 

Baseball Offense Powers Win

 Base  2-7-2012  The Pirates' baseball team smacked out double-digit hits for the second straight game, defeating Los Angeles Mission College 9-3 Tuesday afternoon in San Fernando.    Five Pirates recorded two hits each, including Jared Patterson, Scott Zeman, Matt Burke, RJ Deitz, and Tyler Hawkins.  Timmy Ginther reached base safely five times without recording a hit, walking twice and being hit by the pitch three times, scoring two runs for VC (2-0).  Meanwhile, freshman Joey Contreras threw 5 2/3 innings in his collegiate debut, allowing two runs on six hits with a pair of strikeouts for the win. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Close at Canyons

 Golf   2-6-2012  The Ventura college men's golf team finished fourth in their first Western State Conference match of the season, carding a team total of 401 strokes at Valencia Country Club, a beautiful par 72 course, but they finished just three strokes from second place on the day.  Canyons ran away with the match on their home course with a 375 and Santa Barbara finished second at 399.  Hancock was third at 400 followed by the Pirates at 401.  Roman Barnes was the low man for VC with a score of 75, followed by Chad McLay (79), Timmy Snyder (80), Andrew Garcia (83), Taylor Stein (84) and Andy Stanfield (85).   READ MORE...

 

VC Comes Back for 88-74 Win

 MBB  2-4-2012  The Pirates' men's basketball team came back from a six-point deficit early in the second half to post an 88-74 Western State Conference victory at Santa Barbara City College Saturday night.  Najee Salaam led Ventura (15-11, 7-2) with a game-high 32 points while Corey Hall posted a double-double of 15 points and 19 rebounds.  Zalmico Harmon battled back from foul trouble ion the first half to post 18 points with nine assists. READ MORE... 

 

Griffin's Homecoming Good for VC

 WBB  2-4-2012  Playing her final game in her hometown of Santa Barbara, VC sophomore Rebecca Griffin made it count.  The former Santa Barbara High School star scored 20 points, including 10 of the Pirates' first 14 points, with four steals and two assists, all while battling illness.  She led the Pirates to a victory at Santa Barbara City College Saturday night while Destinee LaFountain had another double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four steals, three blocked shots, and a pair of assists.  The Pirates (26-1, 9-0) had a 38-point advantage midway through the second half before settling in for the 73-43 win over the Vaqueros (10-13, 4-4).  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Win Season Opener

 Base  2-4-2012  The Ventura College baseball team opened the 2012 season with a team effort in defeating the Palomar College Comets 12-8 Saturday afternoon at the VC Baseball Complex. The Comets came into the game as the No. 4-ranked team in Southern California.  The Pirates knocked out 18 hits on the day and battled back from 3-0 and 4-3 deficits in securing the season opening victory.  Pitcher Dustin Babola worked through a couple of rough innings to pick up the win while Wesley Solomon led the offense with  three hits, a walk, a stolen base, and four RBI.  Matt Burke and Jared Patterson each knocked out three hits in the contest.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Men Open '12 With Victory

 MTen  2-2-2012  On Thursday afternoon the Pirates' men's tennis team traveled to Cerritos to open the 2012 season, coming away with a 7-2 victory over the Falcons.  Eder Giotto won his No. 4 singles match one and love while Tyler Sperry equaled the feat at No. 6 singles, love and one.  Cameron Lee was victorious at No. 5, one and one, while Paulo Fernadez won his No. 2 match, 6-0, 6-4.  Meanwhile Jonathan Lin won at No. 3 singles 6-2, 6-3.  In doubles competition, Dylan Cleary and Fernandes won their No. 1 match 8-3 and Sperry and Bezzubchenko won at No. 3, 8-3.  READ MORE...

 

Wms Tennis Opens With 9-0 Win

 WTen  2-2-2012 The Ventura College women's tennis team opened 2012 with a 9-0 victory at Cerritos College Thursday. Julianna Bacelar (No. 1), Jessica Worring (No. 2) and Sonia Landerso (No. 4) all won their singles matches love and love while Layne Gallimore (No. 3) won love and one.  Carolyn Morris (No. 5) won her first set 6-0, but needed a tie breaker to win the second 7-6, and Grace Hanamoto (No. 6) defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-1.  In doubles action, Worring and Morris won their No. 1 match 6-3, 6-1; Hanamoto and Katie Power were victorious 6-3, 6-1; and Helena Pacca and Sierra Lepine won their No. 3 doubles match 6-2, 6-1.   READ MORE... 

 

SB Victorious in Home Opener

 SB   2-2-2012  The Ventura College softball team opened its home schedule with a 7-2 victory over Pasadena City College at the VC Softball Complex Thursday afternoon.  Teresa Lemos picked up the win, taking her record to 2-1 on the year, with 10 strikeouts while Raelene Moreno was 2-3 at the plate with a pair of RBI.  Jackie Dickson tripled in the game, knocking in two runs as well for the Pirates (4-1).  Candice Garcia and Lemos each had a pair of safeties and one RBI.  READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Hang C-Note on Pierce

 MBB  2-1-2012  The Ventura College men's basketball team was firing on all cylinders Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center, racing to a 103-80 victory over Los Angeles Pierce.  Najee Salaam led the way with 23 points while Austin Ramljak sank five 3-pointers leading to his 23 points.  Brandon Edwards came off the bench splashing four triples, scoring 16 points, and Zalmico Harmon had nine points with 12 assists.  As a team, VC (14-11, 6-2) hit 13 of 21 long-rangers. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Find Offense in Win

 WBB  2-1-2012  The Pirates found their offensive stride on Wednesday night, defeating Los Angeles Pierce College 93-61 in Western State Conference action at the Athletic Event Center.  Carlotta Kloppenburg hit six 3-pointers en route to 20 points to go along with four assists and three steals and Rebecca Griffin netted 14 in the win, as all 15 Pirates entered the scoring column.  Destinee LaFountain continued her solid play with another In-N-Out special, a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, adding five blocked shots for good measure.  The 93 points for VC (25-1, 8-0) is their highest offensive output of the season.  READ MORE...

 

Golf Opens In Middle at BC

 Golf  1-31-2012  The Ventura College men's golf team opened the 2012 season Monday and Tuesday at the Bakersfield Invitational, placing in sixth place as a team in the 11-team field.  The Pirates carded a team score of 786 in the two-day event, held Monday at Seven Oaks Country Club, and Tuesday at Rio Bravo Country Club.  Chad McLay produced VC's low total of 153 (77-76) followed by Andy Stanfield, 157 (78-79), and Timmy Snyder, 158 (78-80).  Canyons won the tournament with a score of 739 followed by Santa Barbara in second with 769 and Bakersfield in third at 782.  READ MORE...

 

LaFountain 3-Time WSC PoW

 WBB  1-31-2012  Pirate sophomore Destinee LaFountain has earned the hat trick.  For the third time this season, she has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week.  In a pair of narrow VC wins, LaFountain scored 25 points with 24 rebounds and four blocked shots.  She had 16 points with 12 boards, two blocks and a steal in Saturday's 47-44 victory at Cuesta.  LaFountain is a 6-foot-2-inch forward from Royal High School in Simi Valley.   READ MORE...

 

Veney Returns as Head Track Coach

 T&F   1-30-2012  The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the return of head track coach Tony Veney in 2012.  He was an assistant with the track and field program in 2010 before directing the program in 2011.  He also coached the men's cross country team in 2010.  He left VC briefly last fall to direct the cross country and track programs at NCAA Division I North Carolina A & T before returning this month.  He brings over 35 years of extensive track and field coaching and teaching experience from all levels of competition, and is a nationally certified instructor and lecturer.   READ MORE... 

 

Cagers Drop Heartbreaker

 MBB  1-28-2012  Despite a balanced scoring attack with five Pirates in double-figures, the Ventura College men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 85-84 decision at Cuesta College Saturday night in a showdown for the top spot in the Western State Conference.  VC (13-11, 5-2) held an 83-73 advantage with 3:55 remaining in the contest, but the Cougars (18-7, 6-1) managed an 11-0 run to take the lead before the Pirates made but one of two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to set the final margin at a single point.  READ MORE... 

 

WBB Cuts It Close Again

 WBB  1-28-2012  They say winning ugly beats losing.  For the Pirates, it barely beats losing.  Saturday night in San Luis Obispo, Cuesta turned a 39 point defeat at VC earlier this month into a two point game in the final 15 seconds.  The Pirates narrowly escaped a road contest for the second game in a row, winning 47-44.  Destinee LaFountain had  a double-double, scoring 16 points on 6-9 shooting (4-6 at the free throw line) and 12 rebounds, and Makayla Morrison had her best game as a Pirate with six points, five rebounds and outstanding play on the defensive end of the floor, as Ventura (24-1, 7-0), despite the win, continued to search for solutions for their poor play with five games remaining in the regular season.  READ MORE...

 

Z's Buzzer Beater Lifts VC

 MBB  1-25-2012  Pirate freshman Zalmico Harmon made the difficult look easy, made the exciting look calm, made the shot that won the game.  Harmon drove into the paint, spinning into a 7-footer that went through the hoop at the buzzer, lifting the Ventura college men's basketball team to an 82-80 victory over cross-county rival Moorpark College Wednesday at Raider Pavilion.  Joe Soto led the Pirates with 31 points on the night as Ventura ended the first round of Western State Conference play tied with Cuesta atop the standings.  VC will travel to play the Cougars on Saturday Jan. 28.  READ MORE...

 

VC Escapes Moorpark With Win

 WBB  1-25-2012  The Pirates' women's basketball team went cold at the most inopportune time.  They failed to score a field goal in the final 12:24 of Wednesday's game at Moorpark, but solid defense, and timely free throw shooting in the final minutes allowed VC to escape the first-place showdown against the Raiders with a 52-48 victory.  The Pirates (23-1, 6-0) were led by 11 points each from Rebecca Griffin and Rian Mew, and 10 points from Stephanie Ramirez to finish the first round of Western State Conference with a one-game lead over Moorpark (13-8, 5-1).   READ MORE...

 

FB Announces 12 Mid-Year Transfers

 FB  1-23-2012  Pirate head football coach Steve Mooshagian has announced the transfer of 12 members of the 2011 VC football team to four-year universities.  Three have transferred to NCAA Division I - FBS (formerly NCAA Division I-A) schools, seven to NCAA Division II institutions, one to an NAIA school and one to an NCAA Division III institution.  These 12 helped lead the Pirates to a 7-4 record in 2011, including a win in the Beach Bowl held at Ventura College.   The coaching staff expects 10-12 more transfers at the end of the spring to be announced with the late signing period in February.  READ MORE...

 

Baseball Adds Alumni Coaches

 Base  1-23-2012 The Ventura College baseball program is proud to announce the addition of two new coaches to the Pirate coaching staff for 2012.  Former Pirates Mike Yingling '09 and Jacob Regalado '08 will begin the coaching careers at VC with head coach Don Adams and the Pirates.  Yingling, who recently graduated from Bethany College in Kansas, will serve as the Pirates catching coach, while assisting in other areas of the program. Meanwhile, Regalado, an alumnus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, will serve as the Pirates pitching coach for 2012 and also assist in other areas of the program.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Honor Favorite Teachers

 WBB  1-21-2012  Each year, every member of the sophomore class of the Ventura College Women's Basketball Team selects a "Favorite Teacher" based on their own personal criteria. This is the seventh year in which the team has honored their favorite teachers, and to date, 28 awards have been presented.  On Saturday January 21, seven more instructors at Ventura College were added to that list.  These instructors, through their skill, expertise, thoughtfulness, and humanity have earned the distinction of being named the team's 2012 “Favorite Teachers”    READ MORE...

 

MBB Rides Momentum to Win

 MBB  1-21-2012  Riding the momentum of a fast 19-2 start, the Pirates' men's basketball team defeated Allan Hancock College 77-70 Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center.  VC was paced by Austin Ramljak's 29 points, with five 3-pointers in the first half of play.  Zalmico Harmon had 19 points and eight assists, including three scores on three straight possessions down the stretch, and Najee Salaam had 11 points.  Corey Hall had 17 rebounds on the night as Ventura (12-10, 4-1) won its fourth consecutive game.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Turnover Hancock

 WBB  1-21-2012  The Ventura College women's basketball team used another strong defensive effort, forcing 29 turnovers in their 89-46 victory over Allan Hancock College at the Athletic Event Center Saturday night.  Destinee LaFountain had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots, and Carlotta Kloppenburg hit four 3-pointers en route to 14 points to augment four steals on defense.  Rebecca Griffin had 11 points and six assists for the Pirates on a night they honored their Favorite Teachers during halftime of the men's game.  READ MORE...

 

Kloppenburgs Make Most of Time Together at VC

 WBB  1-11-2012  From the Ventura County Star  Square up to the goal. Shoot from your shot pocket. Use your legs.  Whether he's under the rim rebounding or thousands of miles away scouting, the coach is never far from his daughter.  "He's always in the back of my head," said Carlotta Kloppenburg.  For much of the season, whenever his schedule has allowed, Gary Kloppenburg, the top assistant in the WNBA last season with the Indiana Fever, has been in Ventura.  As a father, he's cooked spaghetti for his daughter and picked up the occasion check.  As a coach, he's served the No. 1-ranked Ventura College women's basketball team as a "professional expert," a vetted volunteer contributing to the coaching staff.  READ MORE...

 

Ramljak Named WSC North PoW

 MBB  1-16-2012  Pirate sophomore Austin Ramljak has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 15.  In two Pirate victories last week, 96-84 over Santa Barbara and 83-63 at Oxnard, he scored 29 points with nine rebounds and a steal.  He hit 10 3-pointers in 20 attempts from beyond the stripe, and shot 5-7 at the free throw line.  Against SBCC, Ramljak scored 23 points with four rebounds.  Ramljak is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Oak Park High School.  READ MORE...

 

Solid Game Leads VC to Win

 MBB  1-14-2012  For the first time all season, the Ventura College men's basketball team won its third consecutive game, using a solid all-around performance to defeat Oxnard 83-63 Saturday night at the Condor Center.  The Pirates (11-10, 3-1) moved one half game ahead of Moorpark and Cuesta into first place in the Western State Conference race with the win.  Najee Salaam had 27 points and 11 rebounds while Zalmico Harmon just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 14 assists, and nine boards.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Defense Leads Charge

 WBB  1-14-2012  VC sophomore Carlotta Kloppenburg was on fire in the first half of Saturday's 60-32 Pirate win at Oxnard College.  She nailed five 3-pointers in the game's first eight minutes, leading the Pirates (21-1, 4-0) to an early 28-10 advantage.  But the rest of the VC offense did not follow, as the Pirates made just 17 percent of its shots from the field in the second half in the victory.  Ventura's defense was excellent all night, limiting the Condors (5-9, 0-3) to a 25 percent shooting night, holding their opponents' to 17 and 15 points in each half, respectively.  READ MORE...

 

Ventura Defeats SBCC 96-84

 MBB  1-11-2012  The VC men's basketball team overcame a slow start to nab their second Western State Conference North Division victory, 96-84 over visiting Santa Barbara City College Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center.  Austin Ramljak and Zalmico Harmon paced the offensive effort while Corey Hall dominated the glass.  Ventura (10-10, 2-1) hit seven 3-pointers in the first half.  Ventura started sluggish to the tune of a 7-0 Vaquero lead.  However, once the Pirate offense got going, there was no slowing it down. "Our defense triggers our offense." were coach Joey Ramirez's thoughts regarding the VC turnaround Wednesday night.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Down Santa Barbara

 WBB  1-11-2012  The Pirates' women's basketball team battled.  In a rough and physical game that sent VC to the free throw line a season-high 37 times, the Pirates used a slow and stead ascent to top visiting Santa Barbara City College 68-44 Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center.  While the Vaqueros loaded up on Ventura's outside shooters, point guard Rian Mew, and forwards Destinee LaFountain and Hanna Burge took advantage, all scoring in  double figures to lead the way.  The Pirates (20-1, 3-0) shot 50 percent from the floor for the contest in posting their 23rd consecutive 20-win campaign. READ MORE...

 

Griffin Earns Conference Honor

 WBB  1-10-2012  Sophomore point guard Rebecca Griffin has been named the first Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week of 2012.  She opened the WSC season with 22 points, 11 assists, six rebounds, and three steals, leading the Pirates to a pair of victories, 73-34 over Cuesta and 67-52 at Los Angeles Pierce College.  She hit four 3-poionters and was a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line.  This is the second Player of the Week honor this season for Griffin, who prepped at Santa Barbara High School.  READ MORE...

 

Bike Accident Claims Pirate Water Polo Player Galbawy

 WPolo  1-8-2011  From the Ventura County Star A 19-year-old Newbury Park woman killed by a mountain biking accident on New Year's Eve was an avid water polo player who helped coach young women.  Sarah Galbawy was a student at Ventura College who played water polo in high school and college. She also was helping coach the girls water polo team at Newbury Park High School, from which she graduated in 2010.  "She was a great kid. It is such a tragedy to lose her," said Mary Giles, head coach of the Ventura College women's water polo team that included Galbawy. "I don't know if our team next year will feel totally complete without her. She was really a joy to be around and was an excellent player who worked hard."  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Earn First WSC Win

 MBB  1-7-2012  The Pirates' men's basketball team notched it's first conference victory of the season, 73-65 at Los Angeles Pierce College in Woodland Hills Saturday night on an all-around team effort on both ends of the floor.  Najee Salaam led Ventura (9-10, 1-1) with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Joe Soto added 17 points and five steals.  Corey Hall contributed 14 points while Austin Ramljak added 10 points and eight defensive boards. READ MORE... 

 

VC Wins on the Road, 67-52

 WBB  1-7-2012  The Ventura College women's basketball team started fast, scoring the first 14 points of the game, and maintained that advantage throughout the contest in their 67-52 win at Los Angeles Pierce College Saturday night.  Stephanie Ramirez had her best offensive outing of the season sinking four 3-pointers for a team-high 12 points while Destinee La Fountain produced another solid effort of 10 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocked shots despite first half foul trouble.  Rian Mew also had 10 points for Ventura (19-1, 2-0) and Rebecca Griffin had nine points with five assists.  READ MORE...

 

Caro, Howard Named All-State

 FB  1-6-2012  Pirate running back Victor Caro and return specialist Jordan Howard have been named to the Region IV All-California First-Team Offense in awards released by the JC Athletic Bureau this week.  Caro, led the Beach Bowl Champion Pirates with 675 net rushing yards on the season on 101 carries for a team-high 6.7 yards per carry.   Howard, a 5-foot-9, meanwhile, led VC with a 29.6 yard average on 18 kickoff returns, and brought back 29 punts for an 11.7 yard average.  READ MORE...

 

VC Falls to Cuesta in WSC Opener

 MBB  1-4-2012  The Ventura College men's basketball team fought hard, but ultimately dropped their Western State Conference opener 84-79 to Cuesta at the Athletic Event Center Wednesday night.  Zalmico Harmon paced the Pirates (8-10, 0-1) with 24 points and Joe Soto netted 19 points.  Najee Salaam scored 17 points while pulling down nine rebounds and Corey Hall had 11 boards for VC.  The Pirates battled back from a nine-point deficit in the first half to take a 42-39 advantage into halftime, but could not make it last.  READ MORE...

 

Pirate Express Drops Cuesta

 WBB  1-4-2012  The Pirate Express made its first stop of the 2012 Western State Conference season Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center, riding a smothering defense and balanced offense to a 73-34 victory over visiting Cuesta College.  VC limited Cuesta to three field goals the entire first half, with the Cougars posting but 14 points in the period, and 13 Pirates found the scoring column in the win.  Rebecca Griffin led Ventura (18-1, 1-0) with 13 points on just four field goal attempts, along with six assists and Destinee LaFountain had nine points and nine rebounds.  Rian Mew also netted10 points.  READ MORE...

 

Kloppenburg Named Shock Coach

 WBB  1-3-2012  Gary Kloppenburg's connection to Ventura College goes back 19 years.  In 1993 his Lassen College team defeated the Pirates and Coach Ned Mircetic in the state semifinals, held at the VC Athletic Event Center, before defeating Hancock  the following night to win the second of his back-to-back state titles.  In the fall of 2010, his youngest daughter Carlotta Kloppenburg came to VC to play for the Pirates, and he began moonlighting from his regular coaching job as an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA, helping VC as a professional expert.  Today, Kloppenburg was named the head coach of the WNBA's Tulsa Shock.  The entire VC women's basketball community wishes to congratulate Coach Kloppenburg, and wish him well in his new job, of course after the Pirates' 2011-12 season. 

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Strong Finish Lifts VC in Final

 WBB  12-30-2011  It was like watching Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed beating each other in the Philadelphia Spectrum in Superfight Il, the feature bout of Rocky II.  The No. 1-ranked Ventura Pirates and No. 4-ranked San Bernardino Valley Wolverines went toe-to-toe for 40 minutes Friday night in the finals of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament at the Athletic Event Center, and in the end, both teams had been knocked down, but it was the Pirates who managed to rise before the bell, completing a 12-1 run in the final 5:29 of the game to post a 49-46 victory.  Tournament MVP Rian Mew scored 10 points, including six in the final nine minutes, and All-Tournament selection Regan Mew netted 10 points as well, seven in the Pirate comeback.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Defense Strong in Victory

 WBB  12-29-2011  A night after the VC offense made a cameo appearance, the Pirate defense stepped up in a big way, allowing but seven Riverside points in the second half in Ventura's 57-33 win over the Tigers in the semifinals of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament at the Athletic Event Center.  The defense turned a three-point Pirate lead at halftime into the 24-point victory on a night when the Pirates struggled to find offensive consistency against an inspired Riverside team.  Regan Mew led the balanced offense with 10 points, as she was the only Pirate to score in double-figures on the evening.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Tourney Finale

 MBB  12-29-2011  Basketball can be a game of runs.  The Ventura College Pirates and Chaffey College Panthers proved that Thursday afternoon, with the Panthers getting the final and decisive one as the VC men's basketball team fell to Chaffey 70-63 in the consolation final of the Cougar Holiday Classic at College of the Canyons.  Corey Hall posted his third consecutive double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while the guard duo of Zalmico Harmon and Joe Soto also marked 14 points each.  Austin Ramljak added 13 points for Ventura (8-9), who will begin Western State Conference play on Wednesday Jan. 4 at home against Cuesta.  READ MORE... 

 

VC's Miller Named Star Male Athlete of the Fall

 FB  12-29-2011  from the Ventura County Star  Known as the daredevil of his family, Daniel Miller enjoys surfing and bungee jumping. He's hiked the half dome at Yosemite National Park four times.  "I do things for that adrenaline buzz," said Miller.  That includes playing football, where the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end may seem big enough to excel at his sport. Until he's lined up against a tackle that has 100 pounds on him...Miller, however, spent his Saturday nights this past fall overcoming such extreme matchups. The Star's Male Athlete of the Fall created mayhem in opposing backfields as both a defensive end and outside linebacker, finishing second in Southern California with 12 sacks READ MORE...

 

Hot Shooting Propels Pirates

 WBB  12-28-2011  It was only a matter of time.  The Pirate offense was hitting on all cylinders Wednesday night as VC made a season-high 57 percent of their field goal attempts (30-53) in their 86-66 victory over El Camino College in the opening round of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament at the Athletic Event Center.  Carlotta Kloppenburg shot a perfect 5-5 from behind the 3-point arc, leading the way with 16 points while Destinee LaFountain posted yet another double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Rebecca Griffin handed out a career-high 11 assists in the game, as well.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Tops Mira Costa at Tourney

 MBB  12-28-2011  Behind a balanced scoring output with four Pirates in double figures, the Ventura College men's basketball team rebounded to defeat Mira Costa 72-67 in the consolation semifinal of the Cougar Holiday Classic at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita Wednesday afternoon.  Austin Ramljak led the charge with 17 points and Corey Hall contributed 13 points.  Zalmico Harmon and Joe Soto kicked in 12 and 11 points, respectively.  The Pirates (8-8) complete their non-conference schedule on Thursday with a match-up against Chaffey College in the tournament's consolation final at 1:00 pm.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Lose to Antelope at CoC

 MBB  12-27-2011  It was a tale of two halves for the Pirate men Tuesday afternoon against the Antelope Valley Marauders in the Cougar Holiday Classic at College of the Canyons. The first half was characterized by high field goal percentages and solid work on the defensive glass by Ventura, allowing the bigger AVC team only four offensive rebounds.  The Pirates only trailed by the No. 8 Marauders 44-39 at intermission.  In the final period, however, VC struggled wit their shooting touch and allowed 10 Antelope offensive rebounds, falling to the Marauders by a final score of 84-66.  Corey Hall led the Pirates with 21 points and 17 rebounds.  READ MORE... 

 

LaFountain WSC PoW Again

 WBB  12-27-2011  For the second time in three weeks, Destinee LaFountain has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week.  In the week before Christmas, she scored 33 points, 31 rebounds and five blocked shots in a pair of Pirate victories, 71-34 over Taft and 68-58 at College of the Canyons.   At the No. 16-ranked Cougars, Destinee scored 18 points with 16 boards, four blocks, and a pair of assists.  Destinee is a 6-foot 1-inch forward from Royal High School in Simi Valley.  READ MORE... 

 

Erskine, Cardona Named All-American

 WSoc  12-22-2011   For the first time ever, a pair of Pirates have been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American teams.  Sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine was named first-team All-American and freshman forward Daisy Cardona earned a second-team All-American nod by the NSCAA and sponsored by Continental Tire.  Erskine controlled the middle of the field for the Pirates this season, handing out 14 assists and scoring five goals.  Meanwhile Cardona led VC with 20 goals and 14 assists.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Defeats Canyons on the Road

 WBB  12-21-2011  The Ventura College women's basketball team reached the halfway point of their 2011-12 season with a resounding 68-58 road win at No. 16 College of the Canyons Wednesday in Santa Clarita.  Hanna Burge had a career-best 17 points and eight rebounds to lead the way and Destinee LaFountain posted another double-double with 18 points and 16 boards.  Rebecca Griffin had 17 points and handed out five assists while Rian Mew tallied 10 points and handed out four dimes.  The No. 1-ranked Pirates break for the Christmas holiday with a 14-1 record. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Control Boards in Win

 WBB  12-20-2011  There were certainly many missed shots at the Athletic Event Center Tuesday night.  Fortunately for the Pirates, they rebounded most of them, and made more as well as Ventura College's women's basketball team defeated Taft College 71-34 in a non-conference contest.  Along the way, VC picked up a school record 74 rebounds, 28 offensive and 46 defensive, and their 13th win in 14 tries this season.  Destinee LaFountain led the No. 1-ranked Pirates with 15 points and 15 boards in the game while Rian Mew had 10 points with eight caroms.  READ MORE... 

 

Ventura College Women's Soccer Team Supports Mammogram Program at CMH

 WSoc  12-19-2011   From the Ventura County Star  Ventura women's soccer coach Steve Hoffman said he started the Score for the Cure program in 1999 because of people he knows who have been affected by a loved one's breast cancer.  At the team's recent awards banquet Hoffman and representatives from CSU Channel Islands presented checks to Community Memorial Health Systems Centers for Family Health to pay for mammograms for women without health insurance.  A $2,514.86 check from CSUCI Student Leadership programs and the Student Programming Board and a $5,100 check — from the efforts of female soccer players at Ventura College and Concordia College in Irvine and Buena, Pacifica and Camarillo high schools — were presented to the hospital. Mary Nishimura of the hospital said the money will be used to help local women get early diagnosis and treatment.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Routs Riverside for Third

 MBB  12-18-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team rebounded in stellar fashion Sunday afternoon, defeating Riverside Community College 92-63 in the third-place game at the Pepsi-Holiday Inn Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.  Joe Soto earned all-tournament honors with his 26 point performance and Najee Salaam notched another double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Austin Ramljak scored 15 points, hitting 5-9 from behind the 3-point arc despite limited minutes due to flu-like symptoms.  Zalmico Harmon and Steven Plantenberg also scored 10 points each.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Fall in COS Semifinals

 MBB  12-17-2011  It was a tale of two halves for the VC men's basketball team Saturday night at the Pepsi-Holiday Inn Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.  The Pirates (6-7) came out and took an early lead against No. 5 Fresno City College, keeping it for most of the first period.  After halftime, however, the Rams (13-2) took control while VC reverted back to tendencies that had held them back early in the season, sloppy play on offense and a sluggish defense.  The result was a 75-57 defeat to Fresno.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Runs Wild on Reedley, 89-61

 MBB  12-16-2011  The Ventura College men's basketball team ran wild on the Reedley Tigers Friday at the Pepsi-Holiday Inn Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, 89-61.  Austin Ramljak lead Pirate scorers with 25 points on 5-10 shooting from three point land.  Joe Soto finished with 20 points with seven assists and Zalmico Harmon also handed out seven dimes for the Pirates.  Reserve guard Steven Plantenberg had his best offensive game of the season on 5-8 shooting from the field, finishing with 14 points.  READ MORE...

 

LaFountain Earns WSC PoW

 WBB  12-14-2011  Pirate sophomore Destinee LaFountain has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week for her efforts last weekend at the LA Valley Russell-Monarch Classic.  In the three games against San Diego Mesa, No. 5 San Bernardino Valley, and host Los Angeles Valley, Destinee scored 41 points while pulling down 41 rebounds and blocking 12 shots.  She helped lead the Pirates to three wins and was awarded the tournament MVP Award.  Destinee is a 6-foot 1-inch forward from Royal High School in Simi Valley. READ MORE... 

 

VC Soccer Receives National Attention

 WSoc  12-14-2011   The Ventura College women's soccer team continues to receive accolades for its 2011 season, and national attention has also been given for the 2010 team as well.  The 2011 Pirates were ranked No. 11 in the final national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.  Additionally, the 2010 team was recognized by the NSCAA as an Academic All-American team with their 3.39 combined grade point average.  To top off the accolades, VC alumna Yadira Toraya '11 has been recognized as an NSCAA second-team All-American at Kansas Wesleyan University, an NAIA school.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Women Show Maturity In Regaining Top Billing

 WBB  12-14-2011  From the Ventura County Star They arrived as freshman, nearly alone, and were entrusted with the defense of their predecessors' state championship.  "With all those freshman," said guard Carlotta Kloppenburg, "it was never going to happen."  But a year later, with a diligent respect for the daily grind, the Ventura College women's basketball team has built itself back into the No. 1-ranked team in California. It has taken a year of growth, but the current Pirates are threatening to live up the standard created by the teams they have followed.  READ MORE... 

 

WPolo Recognized With Awards

 WPolo  12-12-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team winners of their fourth consecutive Western State Conference title, was well represented in All-WSC balloting by the conference coaches following the 2011 season.  Sophomore Samantha Ebberson was named the Co-Most Valuable Player and five other Pirates, sophomore Andrea Mallul and freshmen Jenna Cutino, Olivia Barry, Sarah Galbawy and Anais Geysmonion all earned first-team All-WSC distinction.  Sophomores Vanessa Magallanes and Reylene Morales and freshman Emily Pinsky were named second-team All-WSC and sophomore Jenny Paulsen and freshman Jessica Ball received honorable mention nods.  READ MORE... 

 

Griffin, LaFountain Lead VC to Title

 WBB  12-11-2011  For much of the early season, the Pirates' women's basketball team has been looking for their collective shooting touch.  All the while, the VC defense has been racking up tournament titles.  The Pirate defense was solid once again Sunday, holding the host LA Valley to 34 percent shooting and a total of 46 points, claiming a 52-46 victory in the final of the Russell-Monarch Classic Rebecca Griffin scored 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and Destinee LaFountain had 13 points and 18 rebounds to lead No. 1-ranked Ventura (12-1) to the title game win. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Saddleback Final to Citrus

 MBB  12-10-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team were even with No. 1 Citrus with 2:31 left in the game, but could not finish, dropping the Saddleback Tournament final to the Owls 87-79 on Saturday.  Freshman Najee Salaam had 30 points with 10 rebounds to lead VC (5-6) while freshmen Joesph Soto and Zalmico Harmon each added 13 points. The Pirates trailed the undefeated Owls (11-0) 49-48 at halftime, keeping the contest close for the entire contest.  READ MORE... 

 

WBB Advances to Monarch Final

 WBB  12-10-2011  The top-ranked Ventura College women's basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat No. 5 San Bernardino Valley College 53-45 in the semifinals of the LA Valley College Monarch Classic in Van Nuys Saturday night.  Rebecca Griffin led VC (11-1) with 14 points while Destinee LaFountain had a double-dozen of 12 points and 12 rebounds.  Carlotta Kloppenburg nailed three 3-pointers for nine points for the Pirates, who advance to the tournament finals against the hosts LA Valley on Sunday at 4:00 pm.  The Monarchs are coached by Ventura College alumna Monica Hang '02. READ MORE... 

 

Young Pirates Get Another Big Win

 MBB  12-9-2011  The young Pirates (5-5) continued to grow, become one cohesive team, in a big game against Northern California power Santa Rosa (8-3).  VC came away with an 84-71 win over the Bear Cubs advancing to the Gaucho Classic final at Saddleback College on Saturday against No. 1 Citrus.  Joseph Soto led the Pirates with 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and only one turnover in the game and Austin Ramljak totaled 21 points.  Zalmico Harmon also scored in double figures with 15 points. READ MORE...

 

VC Defeats Mesa 58-37 at LAVC

 WBB  12-9-2011  Coming off their first loss of the season, the Pirates' women's basketball team responded with a sound 58-37 win over San Diego Mesa College in the first round of the Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Classic Friday night.  Destinee LaFountain led VC with 16 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks while Rebecca Griffin had 10 points  with seven boards and three assists.  Ventura (10-1), who remains the No. 1-ranked team in the state,  advances to the tournament semifinals on Saturday against No. 5 San Bernardino Valley College at 5:00 pm in Van Nuys. READ MORE...

 

Harmon's Bucket Gives VC Upset

 MBB  12-8-2011  Zalmico Harmon hit a jumper with three seconds remaining lifting the Pirates' men's basketball team to a 68-67 upset of host and No. 4-ranked Saddleback at the Gaucho Classic Tournament on Thursday night.  The basket completed a 17-5 run by Ventura (4-5) who rallied from an 11 point deficit in the contest's final 5:50.  Austin Ramljak led VC with 25 points on 9-12 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and Harmon added 14.  Joseph Soto scored nine points for the Pirates, who will play No. 3 Santa Rosa on Friday at 7:00 pm in a tournament semifinal game.  It will complete a stretch for VC where they play three of the top four ranked teams in the state in seven days.  READ MORE...

 

11 Pirates All-WSC in Soccer

 WSoc  12-8-2011   Freshman forward Daisy Cardona and sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine led a contingent of 11 Pirates on the Western State Conference North Division All-Conference teams, selected by the conference coaches following the season and released this week.  Cardona led VC with 20 goals and 14 assists on the season while Erskine also assisted in 14 goals while scoring five of her own.  They were joined on the first-team by sophomore fullback Evelyn Medina and freshman forward Stephanie Hernandez and freshman midfielder Yasmin Lepez READ MORE... 

 

VC Men's Basketball Working On Defensive Adjustment

 MBB  12-8-2011  From the Ventura County Star  It's an irony that stings Joey Ramirez.  As a point guard, Ramirez made his name at Santa Paula High, Ventura College, Pepperdine and UC Riverside by taking care of all the details, especially on the defensive end.  Now in his first season as head coach of his beloved alma mater, Ramirez is shaping an entertaining, promising group that, through eight games, would forget to cross the "t" in Ventura or dot the "i" in Pirates.  "It's hard," said Ramirez. "I've always approached the defensive end with a whole different attitude, because I wasn't so gifted offensively.  I had to be good at all the details if I wanted to play at the next level and that's what we're trying to do here."  READ MORE...

 

Seven Pirates All-WSC in MPolo

 MPolo  12-6-2011  Seven members of the Ventura College men's water polo team have received All-Western State Conference awards in post-season voting by the conference coaches.  Sophomores Darin Weltsch and Cody Womack aliong with freshman Zach Graper earned first-team All-WSC nods while sophomores Jacob Smith and Cole Swaffar and freshman Antonio Barrios received second-team All-WSC awards.  Freshman Cole Baratte was named honorable mention All-WSC.  READ MORE... 

 

Rubio 1st Team All-WSC in VB

 VB  12-5-2011  Pirate freshman Dejiana Rubio was VC's lone first-team All-Western State Conference first-team selection when the honors were announced Monday.  Rubio, who came to VC from Oxnard High School, led the team with 101 kills in conference play and was second with 119 digs.  Meanwhile sophomores Leandra Romero and Alexandra Joyce earned second-team All-WSC honors and freshman Jeanette Gonzales and sophomore Krissy Koziel were named honorable mention.  READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Fall in Gilcrest Final

 WBB  12-4-2011  What could have been a day to remember quickly turned into a night to forget for the Ventura College women's basketball team Sunday.  With their state No. 1-ranking in tow, the Pirates were soundly defeated in every aspect of the game by the soon-not-to-be-unranked Cerritos College Falcons 76-62 in the championship game of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.  VC led 16-14 halfway through the first half when the wheels fell off, and Cerritos went on a 27-5 run to close the half and post an insurmountable advantage. READ MORE... 

 

VC Defense Holds Mt. SAC Again

 WBB  12-3-2011  For the second time in six days, the Pirate defense has done a number on Mt. San Antonio College.  The No. 1-ranked Ventura College women's basketball team used superior defensive effort to come back from a six point second half deficit in defeating the No. 4 Mounties 59-52 in the semifinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia Saturday night.  VC also defeated Mt. SAC 60-55 last Sunday in the finals of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions Destinee LaFountain led the effort once again with 14 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, and two steals while Rebecca Griffin had 13 points with three assists.  Rian Mew also tallied 10 points. READ MORE... 

 

 MBB  12-3-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team hosted No.1-ranked Citrus College Saturday at the Athletic Event Center, giving the Owls quite a game.  VC, however, did not have enough in the tank for a strong finish, and Citrus came away with a hard-fought 103-93 win over the Pirates.  Zalmico Harmon finished with 27 points and eight assists to lead Ventura and Joesph Soto contributed 21.  Austin Ramljak scored 16 points and Brandon Edwards came off the bench to score 11 points on a perfect night from the field READ MORE...

 

LaFountain Beats Buzzer for VC

 WBB  12-2-2011  Destinee LaFountain had a career game, in the second half.  The Pirate sophomore scored 16 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in the final 20 minutes and capped it off with an offensive rebound and game-winning putback at the buzzer to lead the No. 1 Ventura College women's basketball team to a 62-60 win over No. 10 Fresno in the quarterfinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia Friday night.  Rian Mew came off the bench to score 13 points with six rebounds for VC, who will play No. 4 Mt. San Antonio Saturday at 8:00 pm in the tournament semifinals.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Win at Gilcrest

 WBB  12-1-2011 The newly minted No. 1-ranked Ventura College women's basketball team defeated an overmatched Sacramento City College team 69-33 Thursday in the opening round of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational Tournament at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.  Destinee LaFountain had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pirates (7-0) and Carlotta Kloppenburg hit for 12 points.  Rebecca Griffin had eight points with four assists and Elise Munoz-Albanez was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, for her career-high eight points.  VC will play No. 10 Fresno City College in a tournament quarterfinal on Friday at 8:00 pm. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop OT Game at LAVC

 MBB  11-30-2011  The Ventura College men's basketball team played its third consecutive overtime game on Wednesday, dropping an 88-85 decision at Los Angeles Valley College.  The Pirates (3-4) found themselves in an early hole once again, despite 15 first half points from sophomore Austin Ramljak.  They worked their way back into the contest in the second half on the defensive end of the floor, allowing just 31 points in the final period, opposed the the Monarch's 49 first half points.  VC managed a six point lead late in the contest, but ran out of steam.  They made but one shot from the floor in the extra time.  Ramljak led the Pirates with 32 points, including eight 3-pointers.  Zalmico Harmon finished with 16 points and seven assists. READ MORE...

 

Griffin WSC Player of the Week

 WBB  11-29-2011  Pirate sophomore Rebecca Griffin has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week.  She led the Pirates to a 3-0 record at the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions, earning tournament MVP honors.  In the three games she scored 29 points with seven rebounds and 12 assists.  She shot 9-16 from the field and hit a pair of 3-pointers.  Against No. 1 Mt. San Antonio in the finals, she scored 15 points, hitting 6-7 from the floor.  Rebecca is a 5-foot 2-inch guard from Santa Barbara.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Victorious in ToC Final

 WBB  11-27-2011 In a classic late November bout, the Ventura College women's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in Southern California, outlasted No. 1 Mt. San Antonio 60-55 in the championship game of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions at the Athletic Event Center Sunday afternoon.  Tournament MVP Rebecca Griffin hit six of seven shots from the floor en route to 15 points to lead the Pirates.  All-Tournament selection Destinee LaFountain had nine points and 11 rebounds and Hanna Burge scored a career-high 10 points as VC outscored the Mounties 12-1 in the final five minutes for the win. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates to Play in ToC Final

 WBB  11-26-2011  It certainly was not a work of art, but by virtue of their 77-55 victory over Taft College Saturday night, the Pirates' women's basketball team, ranked No.2 in Southern California, advanced to the championship game of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions and a showdown with No. 1 Mt. San Antonio College.  Ventura shot just 36 percent from the floor and committed 25 turnovers against the Cougars, but used a strong start to the second half to break the game open for the win.  Carlotta Kloppenburg was the high scorer once again for VC with 16 points and Rebecca Griffin and Rian Mew hit for 12 and 10 points, respectively.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Advances in Kiwanis ToC

 WBB  11-25-2011  The Pirates played all 15 players at least 10 minutes each, with none playing more than 17 minutes, and 14 Pirates reached the scoring column in VC's 90-51 victory over Imperial Valley College in the opening round of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions at the Athletic Event Center Friday night.  Sophomores Regan Mew and Carlotta Kloppenburg were the only Pirates in double-figures on the night, scoring 17 and 13 points, respectively, while sophomores Destinee LaFountain, Candace Sakuda, and Stephanie Ramirez led a 56-27 VC rebounding advantage with six boards each.  The Pirates will host Taft College in a tournament semifinal game at 7:00 pm on Saturday Nov. 26. READ MORE... 

 

Top Teams to Square Off at Ventura Women's Tournament

 WBB  11-25-2011  From the Ventura County Star It's called the Tournament of Champions for a reason.  The annual Thanksgiving weekend event, presented by the Ventura Kiwanis, can be a showcase of the two most successful California community college women's basketball teams.  This year, it opens with an extra measure of holiday cheer because Mount San Antonio and host Ventura College occupy the top two positions in this week's Southern California coaches' poll, respectively.  Although Ventura coach Ned Mircetic said it's a couple weeks early to give the poll his full attention.  "It's still too early to divide things up so clearly right now," said Mircetic. "That's just a preliminary snapshot. A big part of it has to do with tradition."  READ MORE... 

 

Kloppenburg Named WSC PoW

 WBB  11-23-2011  Pirate sophomore Carlotta Kloppenburg has been named the Western State Conference North Division Player of the Week for Nov. 14-20.  In three games last weekend at the Vaquero Shootout in Glendale, Kloppenburg scored 48 points on 14-33 shooting.  She also hit six of eight free throws and connected for 14 3-pointers.  In the championship game she scored 30 points, leading the Pirates to an 85-55 win over Irvine Valley.  Kloppenburg, who prepped at Lassen High School in Susanville, was named to the All-Tournament team.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Season Ends in Playoffs

 WSoc  11-22-2011   It was a spectacular sunset Tuesday evening at the VC Sportsplex.  Unfortunately, it was also the sunset of the Pirates' women's soccer season as Ventura fell 4-0 to Cypress College in the second round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs.  The Chargers, who lost to VC 1-0 on September 3, will advance to the Regional Finals, hosting San Bernardino Valley College on Saturday.  Meanwhile, Ventura (18-4) will take time to reflect on the season, which included their 14th Western State Conference championship in the past 16 seasons.  READ MORE... 

 

Kloppenburg, Pirates Roll in Final

 WBB  11-20-2011  It seems what is old is new again for the Pirates' women's basketball team.  Using a five-in, five-out substitution pattern, tenacious defense, and precision offense, VC rolled to an 85-55 victory over Irvine Valley in the finals of the Vaquero Shootout at Glendale College Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore Carlotta Kloppenburg paced VC hitting for 30 points on nine 3-pointers on the night, earning all-tournament honors.  Meanwhile sophomore Destinee LaFountain posted her first In-n-Out special of the season with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors.  READ MORE... 

 

VC FB Beach Bowl Champions!

 FB  11-19-2011  It was appropriate after all the last-second plays in the Pirates' season that their final game would come down to the end, as well.  College of the Desert threw an unsuccessful Hail Mary pass on the game's final play as the Ventura College football team came back from a halftime deficit to defeat College of the Desert 17-16 in the Beach Bowl sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate at the VC Sportsplex Saturday night.  Defensive end Daniel Miller was named the game's Most Valuable Player with two sacks and an interception for the Pirates.  READ MORE...

 

Soccer Advances in Playoffs

 WSoc  11-19-2011   There is an old saying that says, "Winning ugly beats losing."  Nothing could be more true in the playoffs, and more appropriate for the Ventura College women's soccer team following their 2-1 first round Southern California Regional Playoff victory over East Los Angeles College Saturday at the VC Sportsplex.  Daisy Cardona slotted Merissa Campos' free kick past the goalie for the game winner in the 77th minute to lead the No. 3 Pirates to the second round of the Playoff.  They will host No. 11 Cypress College on Tuesday Nov. 22 at the Sportsplex.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Harriers Compete at State

 XC  11-19-2011  The Pirates' men's cross country team ended the 2011 campaign Saturday at Fresno's Woodward Park in the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships. Ventura was led all season by two runners, sophomore Luis Guevara and freshman Garrett Baker.  This proved to be the case again Saturday at the state's premier meet.  Guevera finished in 34th place while Baker managed a 45th place finish.  As a team VC placed 18 of the 28 competing teams.  READ MORE...

 

VC Drops Two-OT Final at Irvine

 MBB  11-19-2011  One night after winning an overtime thriller in the semifinals of the Irvine Valley College Classic, the VC' men's basketball team followed up with an even more exciting, yet disappointing championship game loss to Cerritos, 77-76 in double-overtime.  Zamilco Harmon led Ventura (3-3) with 25 points and Corey Hall had another In-n-Out Double-Double special with 19 points and 13 rebounds.  The Pirate defense kept them in the game despite struggling to 38 percent shooting from the floor and 52 percent from the free throw line.

 

Cagers Win Thriller Over Chaffey

 WBB  11-19-2011  It had all the makings of a playoff game in November.  Chaffey came into the game with a 4-0 record fresh off of consecutive wins over traditional powers Pasadena and Fullerton while the sophomore led Pirates were looking to regain their position among Southern California's elite teams.  And the game lived up to its billing with Ventura pulling out a hard-fought 72-67 come-from-behind win over the Panthers in the semifinals of the Vaquero Shootout at Glendale College Saturday night.  Sophomore Rebecca Griffin led VC with 24 points as the Pirates advanced to the tournament finals Sunday at 4:00 pm against Irvine Valley College. READ MORE... 

 

Caro Rushes to Head of Line for VC

 FB  11-19-2011  from the Ventura County Star  Victor Caro's triumphant return home didn't exactly begin with a hero's welcome.  One unimpressed coach chucked his high school highlight DVD in the trash. He went unrecognized by teammates who had once played with him as 8-year-olds on the Port Hueneme Rhinos youth team. Buried in an eight-deep backfield, he was a strong candidate to redshirt.  But the Oxnard native, who had spent the previous decade in the Nashville suburbs, somehow has emerged as the breakout story of the Ventura College football team's season.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Sail Into Tourney Final

 MBB  11-18-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team sailed into the finals of the Irvine Valley College Classic Friday on the winds of a thrilling 125-120 overtime victory over Santa Monica College in the tournament semifinals.  Zamilco Harmon hit a shot with three seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to extra time and he and Najee Salaam nailed clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.  Salaam netted a team-high 31 points with 18 rebounds and Austin Ramljak went for 29 for VC, who will play Cerritos at 4:00 pm Saturday in the final. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Post Team Win in Opener

 WBB  11-18-2011  All 15 players saw action during key times of the game.  Ten team members played at least 10 minutes in the game.  Nine Pirates reached the scoring column and 13 grabbed at least one rebound.  Friday's season opener was truly a total team victory as the Pirates defeated West Los Angeles College 63-42 in the opening game of the Vaquero Shootout at Glendale College.  Destinee LaFountain scored 12 points with eight rebounds, both team high's, and Rebecca Griffin added 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists as VC opened its 2011-12 season.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Sophomores Lead Charge

 MBB  11-17-2011  The sophomore class of the Ventura College men's basketball team took charge Thursday, leading the Pirates to a 95-83 victory over Long Beach City College in the opening round of the Irvine Valley College Classic Austin Ramljak netted 31 points on 10-17 shooting and Corey Hall posted a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds for VC.  Meanwhile Eric Mitchell, in his first action of the season after recovering from injury, came off the bench to grab 11 rebounds in limited time, providing a spark to the Pirates.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates No. 3 Seed in Playoffs

 WSoc  11-15-2011  The Ventura College women’s soccer team, fresh off their 14th Western State Conference championship in the past 16 years, have earned the no. 3 seed in the Southern California Regional Playoffs, set to begin Saturday Nov. 19.  The Pirates  (17-3) will host 14-seed East Los Angeles College at 3:00 pm at the VC Sportsplex on Saturday.  The Huskies (12-6-3) finished in third place in the 9-team South Coast Conference.  Ticket prices, set by the California Community College Athletic Association, are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.  READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Drops Season Finale

 VB  11-15-2011  The effort and intensity were there, but unfortunately the result did not follow.  The Ventura College women's volleyball team dropped its season finale to Cuesta in four sets, 25-18, 19-25, 17-25, 13-25 Tuesday night at the Athletic Event Center.  Freshman Laura Acosta led VC with nine kills while freshman Heather Rilling recorded eight kills and three blocks.  Sophomore Kryssy Koziel finished her career in the orange and black with 24 assists and 13 digs and sophomore Leandra Romero had 21 digs and two aces.  Freshman Dejiana Rubio had five kills and 16 digs and freshman Jaustina Santos produced 11 digs.  Sophomores Alexandra Joyce and Holli Dougan also completed their Ventura College volleyball careers.  READ MORE... 

 

20 Pirates Named All-Conference

 FB  11-15-2011  The Ventura College football season is not yet complete, and accolades are already coming in.  The National Division Northern Conference All-Conference selections have been released and 20 Pirates have earned distinction.  Leading the way for VC are four first-team selections, Tim Vizzi (wide receiver), Victor Caro (running back) and Kensten Redfern (offensive tackle) on offense and PJ Gremaud (inside linebacker) on defense.  The Pirates (6-4, 3-2) finished tied for second in the Northern Conference and will host College of the Desert on Saturday Nov. 19 in the SCFA Beach Bowl sponsored by Joe Kapp Realty.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates to Host Beach Bowl

 FB  11-13-2011  The Ventura College football team will host the second annual Beach Bowl sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate on Saturday Nov. 19 at the VC Sportsplex.  The Pirates (6-4), who tied for second in the National Northern Conference, will take on College of the Desert (6-4) of the Central East Conference.  Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 pm.  Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors, college students and children ages 5-18.  Gates will open at 5:00 pm.  See More Information...  See Story from the Ventura County Star...

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Pirates Bowl Eligible After Win

 FB  11-12-2011  The Pirates certainly are giving fans their money's worth.  For the third week in a row, the game was in doubt until the final play, and for the second time in those games, VC has triumphed following their 31-27 win at El Camino College in Torrance Saturday night.  Jordan Howard knocked down a a pass that would have likely been a Warrior touchdown on the game's final play to preserve the win and Dezerick Reed rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Pirate offense.  At 6-4 (3-2), Ventura will play in a a post-season bowl, and still has hopes to qualify for the Southern California playoffs.  READ MORE... 

 

 MBB  11-12-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team finished the We Play Hard Tournament with another gut wrenching loss, 83-78 to Western State Conference rival Oxnard College in the tournament's third-place game Saturday at the Athletic Event Center.  Sophomore Austin Ramljak scored a team-high 22 points and freshman Najee Salaam netted 16 with nine rebounds in the game. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Capture WSC Crown!

 WSoc  11-11-2011   There is a fine line between triumph and tragedy.  In soccer that line narrows as one great play can end in triumph while one mistake can result in tragedy for a team.  The Pirates walked that line for 83 minutes Friday night, needing a win to clinch a tie for their 14th Western State Conference championship in the last 16 years.  When Daisy Cardona found the back of the net late in the second half, the Pirates could exhale, turn their back on tragedy, and relish in the triumph of their success with a 2-0 victory over rival Oxnard closing out the regular season.  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Win Second Straight

 VB  11-11-2011  The Ventura College volleyball team recorded its second straight victory with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-22 victory at Oxnard College Friday night.  Dejiana Rubio led the Pirate attack with eight kills while Laura Acosta recorded seven.  Alexandra Joyce finished with six kills and four aces.  Kryssy Koziel had 20 assists and Leandra Romero led the defense with 17 digs.  READ MORE...  

 

VC Eliminated by No. 1 RCC

 WPolo  11-11-2011  The Pirates' women's water polo team saw its 2011 season come to an end Friday in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs in a 10-3 loss to host and No. 1-seed Riverside Community College.  Jenna Cutino led VC with a pair of scores and six steals while goalie Andrea Mallul recorded 10 saves for the Pirates.  VC ends the season with an 18-11 record and with their fourth consecutive Western State Conference championship.  READ MORE... 

 

 MBB  11-11-2011  The Ventura College men's basketball came out of the block quick for the second night in-a-row taking a quick double digit lead against Antelope Valley, but foul trouble and inopportune cold shooting would cause the Pirates' downfall in a hard-fought 83-78 loss to the Marauders Friday night.  Zamilco Harmon scored 27 in the game to lead VC, but it was not enough.  Ventura (1-1) will take on Oxnard at 3:00 pm in the third-place game of the We Play hard Tip-Off Tournament Saturday, Nov. 12.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Win Playoff Match

 WPolo  11-10-2011  Avenging a loss in the first game of the season, the Ventura College women's water polo team advanced in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs with an 11-7 victory over Cypress in Riverside Thursday afternoon.  The No. 9-seeded Pirates received four goals from Anais Geysmonion and and outstanding effort in goal by Andrea Mallul to defeat the No. 8 Chargers.  VC advances to play No. 1 Riverside tomorrow, Friday Nov. 11 at 3:15pm.  READ MORE... 

 

 MBB  11-10-2011  The Pirates’ men’s basketball team tipped off the 2011-12 season with an 82-69 victory Thursday night against the Miramar Jets in the first round of the We Play Hard Tip-Off Tournament. The victory required a complete group effort on the offensive end with five Pirates scoring in double figures.  Freshman Zalmico Harmon led the way for VC with 17 points and eight assists in the contest.  VC returns to action tomorrow, Friday Nov. 11 at 7:00 pm in the tournament semifinals against Antelope Valley at the Athletic Event Center.  READ MORE...

 

MPolo Drops Close Playoff Match

 MPolo  11-10-2011  Despite five goals from Zach Graper and 18 saves from Cody Womack, the No. 10-seed Ventura College men's water polo team dropped a 10-8 decision to No. 7 Cerritos Thursday afternoon in Riverside in the opening round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs Darin Weltsch scored a pair of goals for the Pirates and Spencer Lewis found the back of the net once as Ventura (12-13) has its season come to a close. READ MORE... 

 

VB Fights Back for Five-Set Win

 VB  11-9-2011  At the end of a long season and on the road, the Pirates' volleyball team could have packed it in down two sets to one Wednesday night at Allan Hancock College.  Instead, they chose to fight, coming from behind to post a 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 25-21, 15-5 Western State Conference victory in Santa Maria.  Dejiana Rubio led VC with 18 kills and 17 digs while Kryssy Koziel recorded 38 assists and 12 digs.  Jeanette Gonzales finished with eight kills and three blocks and Heather Rilling recorded five kills and three blocks.  Delaney Fautt contributed 10 digs on defense.  READ MORE...   

 

Wong Named Defensive PoW

 FB  11-8-2011  Pirate freshman Scotty Wong has been names the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday against College of the Canyons.  Wong recorded nine tackles in the contest, including one for a loss, and broke up one pass.  Additionally, he had one interception, and returned the ball 22 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, putting the Pirates ahead 34-33.  Wong is a 6-foot 190-pound outside linebacker from Hilo, Hawaii. READ MORE... 

 

Cardona's Hat Trick Leads VC

 WSoc  11-8-2011   Pirate freshman Daisy Cardona continued her offensive prowess Tuesday night, scoring three goals and assisting on a fourth in VC's 4-1 victory over Cuesta at the VC Sportsplex.  For Ventura (16-3, 10-1), the win sets up a season finale at home Friday in which a victory over Oxnard will cement a share of the Western State Conference North Division championship, the program's 14th such achievement in the past 16 years.  Yasmin Lepez scored the Pirates' other goal against the Cougars Tuesday night.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Polo Headed to Playoffs

 M&W Polo  11-7-2011  Both the men's and women's water polo teams from Ventura College have qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs.  The women won their fourth consecutive Western State Conference championship on Saturday, earning the conference's automatic berth while the VC men used a last-second score to win third place at the WSC Tournament, earning an at-large bid to the post-season party.  Both teams will play opening round games on Thursday Nov. 10 in Riverside. READ MORE... 

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WPolo Four-Peat WSC Champs!

 WPolo  11-5-2011  In dramatic fashion, the Ventura College women's water polo team came back from an early 3-0 deficit to win their fourth consecutive Western State Conference championship with a 9-7 overtime thriller over Cuesta College Saturday afternoon in Glendora.  The Cougars scored a goal in the final minute to send the match to overtime, but Jenna Cutino got VC off to a great start in extra time with a long distance goal.  Goalie Andrea Mallul had several key saves down the stretch for the Pirates, who will now await their pairings in the upcoming SoCal Regional Playoffs.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Drops Heartbreaker to CoC

 FB  11-5-2011  It began as a defensive struggle.  It turned into a shootout.  It had more twists and turns than a mountain road, and ended in heartbreak for the Pirates.  Saturday's contest between Ventura and Canyons at the VC Sportsplex came to a dramatic end when the Cougars kicked a 23-yard field goal on the final play of the game, claiming a 36-34 victory out of the hands of the Pirates.  The lead changed hands six times in the final 15:31, as VC saw its hopes for a Northern Conference title fade into the night along with the Cougars game winning kick. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Defeat Citrus for 3rd in WSC

 MPolo  11-5-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo used a flair for the dramatic in their 10-9 win over Citrus College to claim third place in the Western State Conference Tournament in Glendora Saturday.  Zach Graper hit a penalty shot with three seconds remaining to provide the margin of victory.  It was Graper's seventh goal of the match to go along with three steals on defense.  Darin Weltsch had two goals and two steals while Spencer Lewis added the other Pirate score.  Goalie Cody Womack recorded 11 saves.  Tyler Jones finished with three assists while Jacob Smith and Antonio Barrios each added a pair of assists.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Advance to Title Match

 WPolo  11-4-2011  They may have lost their first Western State Conference match in four years last week, but the champs are not out.  The Ventura College women's water polo team kept their hopes of a four-peat championship alive Friday with a convincing 9-1 win over Los Angeles Valley College in the WSC Tournament semifinals at Citrus College in Glendora.    Olivia Barry led VC with three goals and three blocks in the field and Samantha Ebberson scored twice and recorded three blocks on defense.  Andrea Mallul did not yield a goal with seven saves in the net.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Weathers Storm at Hancock

 WSoc  11-4-2011   The Pirates' women's soccer team battled two opponents Friday, and defeated them both.  In a match marred by driving rain, wind, and hail, VC held on to defeat Allan Hancock College 1-0 in a Western State Conference match in Santa Maria.  Megan Erskine scored the lone goal of the contest in the 27th minute from 35 yards away for the final margin of victory.  Later in the first half, the match was suspended due to the poor weather conditions.  When play resumed, the Pirates continued to keep the pressure on the Bulldogs despite not finding the back of the net again.  Marissa Haro and Diandra Clay came off the bench to provide superior effort in the Pirate victory. 

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VC Men Qualify for State

  XC  11-4-2011  The Ventura College men's cross country team qualified for the state championships with a 17th place finish of the 28 competing teams at the SoCal Regional meet at Guasti Park in Ontario Friday.  Luis Guevara and Garratt Baker led the Pirates with strong finishes of 28th and 41st, respectively to lead VC.  The Pirate women, meanwhile, saw their season come to an end at the regional championships. Vicky Oliaz and Maria Robles just missed out on qualifying for the state meet as individuals despite running their season-best times.  READ MORE...

 

LA Mission Trips Pirates

 VB  11-4-2011  The Pirates' volleyball team fell to LA Mission College Friday 6-25, 21-25, 23-25 at the VC Athletic Event Center.  Pirate libero Leandra Romero led VC with 12 digs while Delaney Fautt recorded eight digs.  Dejiana Rubio had nine kills and nine digs.  Jasmin Perez and Kryssy Koziel each recorded nine assists for Ventura.  The Pirates travel for two matches next week before returning home on Tuesday Nov. 15 for the season finale against Cuesta College at 7:00 pm.  READ MORE... 

 

LA Valley Drops Pirates

 MPolo  11-4-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team was eliminated from contention for the Western State Conference title with a 11-7 loss to Los Angeles Valley College in the semifinals of the WSC Tournament at Citrus College Friday.  Zach Graper had three goals and two steals for the Pirates while Darin Weltsch netted a pair of scores with an assist.  Jacob Smith scored once with two assists and Spencer Lewis recorded a goal and a steal.  Cole Swaffar also assisted on a score.  Cody Womack had seven saves in goal. READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Short With SBCC

 VB  11-2-2011  The Ventura College women's volleyball team came up short on Wednesday night, falling in three sets to Santa Barbara at the Athletic Event Center, 21-25, 15-25, 15-25 in Western State Conference play.  Alyssa Carillo led the Pirates with seven kills while Dejiana Rubio scored six kills.  Kryssy Koziel recorded 19 assists.  The VC defense was paced by Delaney Fautt and Leandra Romero, each with nine digs.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Soccer Falls at SBCC

 WSoc  11-1-2011   Soccer is a game of inches, literally.  In the 57th minute of the Pirates' women's soccer 2-1 loss  at Santa Barbara, the Pirates were called for a handball just inside the right edge of the penalty box, resulting in a Vaquero penalty kick.  SBCC converted, giving them a 2-0 lead on Ventura at the time, a score that would be the game-winner.  If the handball were called a few inches outside the mark, there would not have been a penalty kick, and - soccer is a game of inches.  The result puts Santa Barbara and Ventura in a virtual tie atop the Western State Conference standings as the season quickly draws to a close.  READ MORE... 

 

Vizzi Earns SCFA Offensive PoW

 FB  11-1-2011  The Pirates came from behind on Saturday to defeat No. 5 and Northern Conference frontrunner Allan Hancock College 29-28 on Saturday.  A big part of the VC attack that got the job done was Pirate wide receiver Tim Vizzi.  Following his 12-catch, 149-yard night which included three touchdowns, he has been named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Week.  Vizzi, a 5-foot 10 180-pouind sophomore from Moorpark high School was instrumental in the Pirate victory, including leading Ventura down the field on a 63-yard drive in the final 1:40 of play.  READ MORE... 

 

Creating Excitement:  Erskine Returns to Home to Star for VC Women's Soccer

 WSoc  11-1-2011   From the Ventura County Star  While other sports have their quarterbacks, their point guards, and their centers, the creative influence on a soccer pitch doesn't always come from the same position.  Depending on the system, the inspiration may flow from the back, through a defender; the center, through a midfielder; or up front, through an attacker.  Or, as the Ventura College women's soccer team has learned this fall, through Megan Erskine.  "The quality she has shines through at any position," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "She's a complete player."  READ MORE...

 

Late Heroics Propel Pirates

 FB  10-29-2011 The Pirates built a 21-0 halftime lead, but as the movie had played out before, mistakes and turnovers allowed their opponents, this time the Allan Hancock Bulldogs, back into the game.  Hancock came back to take a 28-21 lead with 1:40 remaining when the Pirates changed the script.  Behind quarterback Chase Smith, running back Victor Caro, and receiver Tim Vizzi, VC scored a touchdown with two seconds remaining, and in dramatic fashion, converted the two-point conversion for a 29-28 upset of the conference leading Bulldogs. READ MORE... 

 

VC Soccer Gets Big Win

 WSoc  10-29-2011   The Ventura College women's soccer team produced a big non-conference win on Saturday afternoon, defeating Fresno City College, the sixth-ranked team in Northern California, 2-1 at the VC Sportsplex.  The Pirates received goals from Megan Erskine and Shayna Pettersen, and Evelyn Medina had a game-changing defensive save as the Pirates avenged a 4-1 loss to the Rams from last season with their 11th consecutive victory.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Bounces Back With Wins

 WPolo  10-28-2011  The  Ventura College women's water polo team bounced back from its first conference loss in four years with a pair of lopsided wins at the Pasadena Mini Tournament Friday afternoon.  VC defeated the host Lancers 14-5 in their first match before handing Citrus a 17-8 defeat in the second contest.   Samantha Ebberson scored six times on the day and Anais Geysmonion found the back of the net five times with a pair of assists.  Emily Pinsky had four goals and four assists.  READ MORE... 

 

Raiders Trip VC Spikers

 VB  10-28-2011  The Pirates' women's volleyball team began the second round of Western State Conference play with a 12-25, 22-25, 18-25 loss at Moorpark Friday evening at the Raider Pavilion.  Dejiana Rubio led the VC offense with nine kills and Heather Rilling followed up with five.  Kryssy Koziel finished with 16 assists.  Meanwhile Leandra Romero led the defense with 12 digs and Jasmin Perez recorded nine digs for Ventura (2-16, 2-5). READ MORE... 

 

MPolo Falls to Cuesta

 MPolo  10-28-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team lost their regular season finale against Cuesta College 12-5 Friday at the Ventura Aquatic Center.  Jacob Smith had two assists and three steals for the Pirates while Spencer Lewis and Zach Graper each scored a pair of goals.  Tyler Jones recorded one goal and two assists and Cody Womack had seven saves as the Pirates' goalie.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop WSC Match

 WPolo  10-26-2011  The Pirates' women's water polo team could not hang on to a 4-2 halftime lead against Cuesta, losing 5-4 at the Ventura Aquatic Center on Wednesday.  The loss ends a 19-match Western State Conference winning streak for VC, and will make the Pirates the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WSC Tournament.  Anais Geysmonion scored twice, and Samantha Ebberson had a goal and six steals to lead Ventura (13-10, 3-1) while Kayla Haas had seven saves in goal.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Shutout Moorpark, 4-0

 WSoc  10-25-2011   The Pirate women's soccer team kept moving forward with a convincing 4-0 win over rival Moorpark College Tuesday at the VC Sportsplex.  Stephanie Hernandez, Breanna Naranjo, Yasmin Lepez and Brieanna Poteracke all scored goals in VC's balanced attack as they moved closer to a showdown with Santa Barbara next Tuesday that could decide the Western State Conference North Division championship.  Ventura (14-2, 8-0), who is now ranked No. 11 in the latest national poll, is in the driver's seat in the WSC race, three points ahead of the rival Vaqueros.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Run Two Top-10's

 XC  10-25-2011  The Ventura College men's cross country team placed two runners in the top-10, finishing fourth overall at the Western State Conference Championships hosted by Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo Tuesday.  Sophomore Luis Guevera finished fourth overall in the event while freshman Garrett Baker finished eighth.  Both earned first-team All-WSC honors for their performance.  Meanwhile the VC women, led by second-team All-WSC honoree Maria Robles, placed seventh overall.  Both teams qualify for the SoCal Regionals on Nov. 4 in Ontario.  READ MORE...

 

Two Pirates Earn SCFA PoW

 FB  10-25-2011 A pair of Pirates have earned Player of the Week honors for the Northern Conference of the Southern California Football Association following VC's 13-0 win over Bakersfield Saturday.  Defensive end Kalvin Cruz was named the Defensive Player of the Week while kicker Carlos Luna was named the Special Teams/All-Purpose Player of the Week.  Cruz and Luna are the sixth and seventh players, respectively, to earn the weekly honor this season for the Pirates.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Blank Bakersfield

 FB  10-22-2011 Just before kickoff, a thick fog enveloped the VC Sportsplex Saturday night.  It had black jerseys and helmets and was relentless, lifting only after the final horn ended the Pirates' contest against Bakersfield College.  The VC defense had six takeaways and shutout the Renegades for the first time since 1940, and the Pirate offense controlled the ball with a hard-nosed team rushing attack in Ventura's 13-0 victory in Northern Conference play.  LaKeith Murray had two interceptions and Mike Campbell had a pair of fumble recoveries for the black fog defense while Victor Caro and Dezerick Reed had 54 and 49 yards rushing, respectively, to lead the Pirate offense. 

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Pirates Lose Two at Tourney

 MPolo  10-22-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team saw its six-match winning streak come to an end Saturday with a pair of losses to conclude the Golden West Tournament in Huntington Beach.  VC fell in a close match to Palomar 10-8 before running into highly-ranked Orange Coast, falling 15-5.  Cole Swaffar, Antonio Barrios, and Zach Graper all scored three times on the day and Cody Womack had 18 saves in net for Ventura (10-10, 2-1).  READ MORE... 

 

WPolo Drops Two Matches

 WPolo  10-21-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team limped away from the Battle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College, dropping its final two games Saturday, following a split on Friday.  The Pirates fell to Chaffey 10-4 in the day's first match before losing a close one to Fullerton, 8-5.  Anais Geysmonion led the VC offense once again, posting three goals on the day and Andrea Mallul recorded 23 saves in goal.  Jenna Cutino and Olivia Barry each had five steals on defense. READ MORE... 

 

MPolo Stretches Win Streak to Six

 MPolo  10-21-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team stretched their season-high winning streak to six games on Friday with a pair of wins at the Golden West Tournament in Huntington Beach.  VC defeated Saddleback College of Mission Viejo 13-7 before handling San Diego Mesa 12-10 in a close match.   Zach Graper continued his offensive explosion with eight goals and five assists on the day and Antonio Barrios recorded five scores.  Cody Womack had 18 saves in goal for Ventura (10-8, 2-1).   READ MORE... 

 

VC Soccer Continues Roll

 WSoc  10-21-2011   Looking to build experience in his Pirates through the second round of Western Satte Conference play, head coach Steve Hoffman made six changes to the starting line-up Friday at West Los Angeles College.  Those changes resulted in a lackluster 1-0 Pirate advantage at halftime, but with more changes at halftime, the Pirates returned to form in their 7-0 win over the Wildcats.  Stephenie Hernandez scored a pair of goals and Breanna Naranjo added a goal and an assist to lead VC while Rachael Jonas and Marisa Haro each scored their first collegiate goal in the match.READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Falls at Cuesta

 VB  10-21-2011  The Ventura College volleyball team had a rough trip to San Luis Obispo Friday, falling to the Cuesta Cougars in straight sets, 25-10, 26-24, 25-11, to complete the first round of Western State Conference North Division play.  Dejiana Rubio led VC with five kills, eight digs, and a pair of blocks while Laura Acosta recorded five kills.  Kryssy Koziel assisted 15 points and had seven digs and Leandra Romero had 13 digs for Ventura (2-15, 2-4).  READ MORE...  

 

VC Splits Pair at Beach

 WPolo  10-21-2011  The Pirates' women's water polo team split a pair of matches Friday at the Battle at the Beach hosted by Long Beach City College.  VC edged Grossmont College 5-4 in the first match of the day before dropping a contest to Orange Coast 16-5.  Anais Geysmonion with three goals on the day and Samantha Ebberson recorded one goal, two assists and three steals for Ventura (13-7, 3-0).  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Record Consecutive Wins

 VB  10-19-2011  After  a rough beginning, the Pirate volleyball team seems to have found its stride.  They won their second straight match on Wednesday, defeating Oxnard College 25-23, 28-26, 25-20 at the VC Athletic Event Center.  Dejiana Rubio led the offense with six kills and Kryssy Koziel handed out 18 assists.  Laura Acosta recorded five kills.  Defensively Leandra Romero and Jasmin Perez recorded 16  and 10 digs, respectively.  Jeanette Gonzales and Alexandra Joyce each had three blocks while Koziel and Romero served up three and two aces, respectively. READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Defeat Oxnard 3-1

 WSoc  10-18-2011  The Pirates' women's soccer team ran into more than they expected Tuesday, but still came away with a 3-1 victory at Oxnard College in Western State Conference action.  The Condors became just the second team to score against VC in six conference matches, but a pair of early scores and a goal in the closing minutes provided the margin.  Stephanie Hernandez had a goal and an assist and Breanna Naranjo had a pair of assists to lead Ventura (11-2, 6-0) as they completed the first round of WSC play.  READ MORE...

 

XC Conquers Mt. SAC Course

 XC  10-14-2011  On Friday, the VC Men's and Women's Country team traveled to the annual Mt. SAC Invitational in Walnut.  Many of the Pirate harriers looked forward to returning and racing the historic course.  The women's race hosted 17 complete teams with the Pirates finishing 11th.  Maria Robles was once again the first to finish for the Ventura, finishing in 36th place.  The Pirates men finished 7th out of 16 teams ahead of several conference rivals.  Sophomore Luis Guevara led the charge for the Pirates earning a medal at the 13th spot.  

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VC Builds Momentum at Tourney

 MPolo  10-15-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team seems to have hit its stride, with two more wins on Saturday in the conclusion of the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo.  VC defeated Ohlone 18-8 and Santa Rosa 17-4, building a four-game winning streak at the two-day event.  Zach Graper once again led Ventura (8-8, 2-1) with nine goals, four assists, and three steals, giving him a two-day, four-match total of 29 goals, the most in at least a decade for the Pirates.  Darin Weltsch scored six goals on the day with three assists and two steals while Cody Womack had 16 saves in the net for the Pirates. READ MORE... 

 

VC Can't Hold Off Cerritos

 FB  10-15-2011 The Pirate football team raced out to a fast start, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, and held a 24-16 advantage heading into the final stanza, but they could not hold on as Cerritos came from behind to defeat VC 31-24 Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex.  Quarterback Chase Smith, making his first start for the Pirates, rushed for a team-high 55 yards and a touchdown, and threw for another 164 yards and two scores, but it was not enough for VC.  The Pirate defense yielded a season-high 512 yards in Northern Conference opener for both teams.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Volleyball Victorious

 VB  10-14-2011  After several close calls, through persistence and hard work, the Ventura College volleyball team finally broke through with a victory.  VC defeated Allan Hancock College 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, 25-18 on Friday night at the Athletic Event Center, posting their first victory of the season.  Kryssy Koziel led the way with 32 assists and six digs while Dejiana Rubio had 12 kills, 12 digs, and three aces.  Jeanette Gonzales recorded four kills.  Leandra Romero anchored the Pirate defense with 22 digs and Delaney Fautt and Jaustina Santos each recorded 12 digs apiece.   READ MORE...  

 

MPolo Wins Pair at Tourney

 MPolo  10-14-2011  Pirate freshman Zach Graper has led the offense for the Ventura College men's water polo team all season.  On Friday he was flat out dominating.  Graper scored a 20 goals in two matches, and assisted on three more VC scores as the Pirates defeated Sierra 15-12 and Cabrillo 16-14 Friday at the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo.  Darin Weltsch contributed five goals, eight assists, and four steals while goalie Cody Womack recorded 12 saves in the two matches for Ventura (6-8, 2-1).   READ MORE... 

 

Soccer Wins at Cuesta

 WSoc  10-14-2011  For the fourth time in five Western State Conference games, the Pirate offense dominated with six or more goals.  Friday at Cuesta seven different Pirates scored one goal each in VC's 7-0 win over the Cougars.  Megan Erskine, Daisy Cardona and Janelle Martinez  all scored a goal with two assists in the victory.  Goal keeper Raelene Moreno had five saves for Ventura (10-2, 5-0), who has outscored opponents 32-2 in WSC play.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Continue Winning Ways

 WPolo  10-12-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team continued their dominance of the Western State Conference with an 11-4 win at Los Angeles Valley College Wednesday afternoon.  Jenna Cutino had an all-around game with a goal, three assists, and four steals and Anais Geysmonion led the offense with five scores.  Samantha Ebberson scored a pair of goals and recorded four steals while Olivia Barry also scored twice.  Alicia Romero scored VC's other goal and Andrea Mallul dominated the net with 17 saves.  READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Drops Close Match

 VB  10-12-2011  The Pirates' volleyball team won the first set at Los Angeles Mission College on Wednesday, but could not maintain their momentum in the 3-1 loss in Western State Conference play.  VC took the lead with a 25-21 win in the opening set before falling in the next three, 20-25, 17-25, and 22-25.  Alexandra Joyce had four kills, three aces, and four blocks while Dejiana Rubio recorded five kills, four aces, and 12 digs.  Jasmin Perez had nine assists and Laura Acosta had seven kills. READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Fall at LA Valley

 MPolo  10-12-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team dropped an 11-6 decision at Los Angeles Valley College Wednesday afternoon in a Western State Conference contest.  Cole Baratte led the offense with a pair of goals and four assists and Zach Graper also scored twice.  Darin Weltsch found the back of the net once and recorded two steals on defense while Tyler Jones scored VC's other goal.  Cole Swaffar had one assist and one steal and Cody Womack had 12 saves in goal for the Pirates. READ MORE... 

 

Pirate Soccer Routs Hancock

 WSoc  10-11-2011  It did not take the Pirates long to assert control of the match on Tuesday at the VC Sportsplex.  In one of the fastest goals in program history, Daisy Cardona converted an assist from Racheal Jonas 21 seconds into the match, launching the Pirates to an 8-0 victory over visiting Allan Hancock College.  Cardona and Janelle Martinez scored two goals each, and Megan Erskine and Brieanna Potracke each scored their first goals of the 2011 season to lead Ventura (9-2, 4-0).  READ MORE...

 

VC Salvages Final Tourney Match

 WPolo  10-8-2011  Following a disappointing loss on Friday night, the Pirates' women's water polo team returned to the pool for the second day of the Ventura Tournament.  They started the morning with a hard-fought 10-8 loss to 6th-ranked Fullerton College.  That was followed with an 11-5 victory over El Camino College in the tournament finale.  Anais Geysmonion was the offensive leader once again with four goals on the day and Samantha Ebberson scored three times.  Andrea Mallul and Kayla Haas shared time in goal for Ventura (11-6, 2-0) in the two matches.  READ MORE... 

 

MPolo Splits Final Day at RCC
 
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-8-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team split their final two games of Riverside Tournament, defeating Palomar 13-9 before falling to Los Angeles Valley 14-4 in the tournament finale.  Zach Graper found the back of the net five times on the day while Cole Baratte had three scores.  Cody Womack and Jake Connelly split time in goal for VC with six and four saves, respectively. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Run at WSC Preview

 XC  10-7-2011 The Ventura College cross country teams faced their first Western State Conference competition on Friday at the WSC Preview meet hosted by Santa Barbara City College.  The course began on the sands of Ledbetter Beach, finishing on the pavement of of Shoreline Park with a combination of sand, hills and grass combining to produce times on the slower side.  Medal winner Garrett Baker finished seventh to lead the VC men to their solid fourth place finish of the 12 teams participating while Maria Robles led the Pirate women in 21st place, helping VC to a seventh place finish as a team in the 11-team field.  READ MORE...

 

VC Splits First Day of Tourney

 WPolo  10-7-2011  The Pirates split the first day of their Ventura Tournament, with an 14-5 opening victory over Miramar College before dropping a 14-10 decision to the state's No. 8 Merced Blue Devils.  Anais Geysmonion led Ventura (10-5, 2-0) with six goals on the day and Andrea Mallul had 21 saves in the net.  Jenna Cutino also added four scores for the 10th-ranked Pirates.  VC will continue action in the tournament with matches at 8:30 am and 1:20 pm at the Kimball Road Pool.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Two at Tourney

 MPolo  10-7-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team dropped a pair of matches to highly ranked opponents at the Riverside Tournament on Friday.  In their opener they fell to the state's No. 2-ranked Long Beach City College Vikings 19-9.  In their second contest, VC fell to No. 7 Grossmont College 16-8.  Zach Graper led VC with eight goals on the day and goalie Cody Womack recorded 10 saves.  The Pirates will continue play in the Inland Empire Saturday with two more matches.  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Downed by SBCC

 VB  10-5-2011  The Ventura College women's volleyball team dropped a Western State Conference match at Santa Barbara City College Friday night, 16-25, 13-25, 11-25.  Kryssy Koziel had 10 assists, two aces, and three digs to lead VC and Dejiana Rubio scored three kills and three digs.  Alexandra Joyce had three kills while Jasmin Perez had three digs for the Pirates.  READ MORE...   

 

VC Moves to Driver's Seat

 WSoc  10-6-2011 In a match-up of the top two teams in the Western State Conference, the defending champions prevailed.  On the strength of Daisy Cardona's goal in the 13th minute, the Ventura College women's soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory over No. 5-ranked and previously undefeated Santa Barbara City College Thursday night at the VC Sportsplex.  Beginning on a corner kick, Cardona's goal was set up by an assist from Stephanie Hernandez, and the VC defense made the score hold up for the final margin.  READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Drops Match to Raiders

 VB  10-5-2011  The Pirate women's volleyball team dropped a match to cross-county rival Moorpark College 17-25, 11-25, 20-25 on Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center.  VC remained competitive in the match, with scores of 10-10 and 9-9 in the first and third sets, respectively.  The Pirates also ended the match with a nine point run before Moorpark closed the match with a sideout.  Alexandra Joyce led VC with four kills and three blocks while Leandra Romero had 13 digs.  Delaney Fautt and Jasmin Perez scored eight and seven digs, respectively.  READ MORE...    See Ventura County Star photos...

 

Pirates Pound Santa Monica

 WPolo  10-5-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team continued their winning ways with a 21-6 win over Santa Monica Wednesday at the Ventura Aquatic Center.  Jenna Cutino led the Pirate offense with six goals and Anais Geysmonion had three scores and five assists.  Emily Pinsky had four goals while Jenny Paulsen and Samantha Ebberson each found the back of the net twice.  Alicia Romero led the defense with five steals and Andrea Mallul and Kayla Haas split time in goal with five and four saves, respectively.  READ MORE... 

 

MPolo Victorious at Home

 MPolo  10-4-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team won their third consecutive match, defeating Santa Monica College, 15-4 Tuesday at the Ventura Aquatic Center on Kimball Road.  Zach Graper continued his offensive leadership, scoring five goals against the Corsairs while Spencer Lewis netted three scores.  Cole Baratte and Cole Swaffar had a pair of scores each and Tyler Payton, Darin Weltsch, Antonio Barrios, and Cody Womack all netted one goal.  Womack had four saves in goal before being relieved by Jake Connelly, who produced three saves. READ MORE... 

 

Gremaud Earns Northern Conf. Honor

 FB  10-4-2011 For the fifth week in a row, the Pirates' have been recognized by the Southern California Football Association with a Northern Conference Player of the Week honor.  This week, the Pirates' third defensive selection of the season is VC linebacker P.J. Gremaud.  In Ventura's 31-19 win over Pasadena, he collected 11 tackles, including seven unassisted, with 2.5 tackles for a loss, including a quarterback sack.  Additionally, Gremaud intercepted a Lancer pass in the third quarter, returning it 43 yards for a touchdown, giving the Pirates a two-score lead at 24-13.  Gremaud is a 6-foot-1 235-pound redshirt-freshman from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura. READ MORE... 

 

VC Finds Groove In Win

 FB  10-1-2011 For weeks the Pirates have relied on the defense to make plays for them.  On Saturday, that trend continued, but a curious thing happened in the fourth quarter.  Following a huge interception with the Pirates ahead of Pasadena City College 24-19, the Pirate offense clicked.  Behind back-up quarterback Chase Smith, VC proceeded to drive the ball 47 yards in 10 plays, culminating in Victor Caro's 3-yard touchdown run to seal Ventura's 31-19 victory over the Lancers.  READ MORE... 

 

 MBB  10-1-2011  The Pirates' men's basketball team tipped-off the 2011-12 season late Friday night/early Saturday morning with their annual Midnight Madness at the Athletic Event Center.  VC took to the floor for an intrasquad scrimmage at the stroke of midnight on October 1st, the earliest possible time to officially begin practice for the upcoming season.  The night's activities also included high school boys' basketball scrimmages featuring Ventura and Oak Park high schools in one contest and Buena and Santa Clara high schools in the other match-up.  Other activities that thrilled the crowd of over 350 fans included a dunk contest won by VC's Corey Hall and a 3-point shooting contest won by Pirate sophomore Austin Ramljak. READ MORE...

 

Pirates Defeat Raiders 6-2

 WSoc  9-30-2011  In a contest that featured not only intra-county rivals, but also the only Western State Conference North Division champions from the past 15 years, the Ventura College women's soccer team prevailed in an intense, physical match 6-2 Friday in Moorpark.  Daisy Cardona and Stephanie Hernandez each scored a pair of goals while Yasmin Lepez scored a goal with two assists and Megan Erskine had three assists in the offensive explosion for Ventura (7-2, 2-0).  READ MORE...

 

XC Runs at Crystal Springs Invite

 XC  9-30-2011 The Pirates traveled north on Friday to run in the Crystal Springs Invitational in Belmont, just south of San Francisco.  The VC men finished sixth overall out of 13 participating teams while the Pirate women placed seventh of the 10 teams at the meet hosted by the College of San Mateo.   Freshman Garrett Baker and sophomore Luis Guevera returned to the line-up for VC, placing 10th and 11th in the men's race while Maria Robles once again led the women's team, placing 27th.  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Fight Hard vs. Glendale

 VB  9-30-2011  The Ventura College women's volleyball certainly is not giving up without a fight.  Despite the rough start to the season and a key injury in the past week, the Pirates fought bravely on Friday night at the Athletic Event Center, falling in four sets to Glendale College, 16-25, 25-22, 11-25, 24-26.  Dejiana Rubio led the Pirates with eight kills and 12 digs while Kryssy Koziel had six kills, 29 assists, and 11 digs.  Leandra Romero produced 12 digs for the match for VC and Alyssa Carillo had six kills.  READ MORE...  

 

Volleyball Drops Match to Citrus

 VB  9-28-2011  The Pirates' women's volleyball team was defeated at Citrus College Wednesday night, 25-10, 25-11, 25-14 in non-conference action.  Jasmin Perez led VC with seven assists and four digs while Alyssa Carillo had four kills and four blocks at the net.  Jeanette Gonzalez and Jaustina Santos also had four digs each for the Pirates. READ MORE...   

 

VC Downs Citrus in WSC Opener

 WPolo  9-28-2011  The Pirates' women's water polo team, the three-year defending champions of the Western State Conference, opened defense of their title with a convincing 16-6 win at Citrus College Wednesday.  Anais Geysmonion led the offense with five goals while Emily Pinsky and Olivia Barry each scored four times.  Vanessa Magallanes found the back of the net twice and Jessie Ball scored one goal.  Goalie Andrea Mallul had 10 saves while Kayla Haas contributed five.   READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Win at Citrus

 MPolo  9-28-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team opened Western State Conference play with a 13-8 victory at Citrus College in Glendora Wednesday afternoon.  Zach Graper led Ventura (2-4, 1-0) with six goals while Darin Weltsch and Cole Baratte added two goals each to go along with three and two assists, respectively.  Antonio Barrios, Jacob Smith, and Tyler Jones also found the back of the net for the Pirates while Cody Womack anchored the defense with 12 saves.   READ MORE... 

 

Tough Schedule Benefits VC Team

 WPolo  9-28-2011  from the Ventura County Star  With eight returning sophomores and a promising incoming class, the Ventura College women's water polo team entered this fall in a position of strength.  So head coach Mary Giles decided to challenge her team with early trips to tournaments at Cypress, Saddleback and Chaffey.  "We really got out there this year, playing games against tough teams," said Giles. "No one else (in the Western State Conference) has done that. It makes a difference."  As a result, the three-time defending WSC champion finds itself ready to open conference play today in Glendora at Citrus College.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Opens WSC With Big Win

 WSoc  9-27-2011  The Ventura College women's soccer team began defense of their 2010 Western State Conference title with a huge 10-0 win over West LA Tuesday night at the VC Sportsplex.  Yasmin Lepez scored four goals and Daisy Cardona added a goal and an assist as the Pirates easily produced their highest offensive output of the season.  Aubrey Armenta added her first collegiate goal, and four other Pirates also hit the back of the net in the victory.  READ MORE...  

 

Jordan Howard SCFA PoW

 FB  9-26-2011 Pirate kick returner Jordan Howard has been named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Special Teams/All-Purpose Player of the Week.  In Saturday's game at Chaffey, Howard had four kickoff returns for 153 yards including an 88 yarder to set up the Pirates' first touchdown.  He also had a 92 yard return for a touchdown called back due to a penalty.  He also returned a pair of punts for 22 yards.  Howard is a 5-foot-9 170-pound freshman from Pensacola, Fla.  READ MORE... 

 

More VC Baseball Transfers

 Base  9-25-2011 The Ventura College Pirates are proud to announce the destinations of members of the 2011 Pirate baseball team, including another freshmen who earned a scholarship after just one year in the Pirate baseball program.  Allen Gwynn has turned down several scholarship opportunities to accept an academic scholarship to UC Santa Barbara, where he will be a walk-on with the Gaucho's baseball program.  Sophomore Trevor Nathanson will play at NCAA Division II Missouri-St. Louis while Trevor Duffy will head to NAIA Mount Mercy College in Iowa in the spring.  Meanwhile freshman Jesse Bristow earned a scholarship to NCAA Division I Southern Utah after one season with the Pirates.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Contest in OT

 FB  9-24-2011 In a back-and-forth affair, the Pirate football team dropped a 31-25 decision at Chaffey College in overtime on Saturday.  The game featured five lead changes, with the Panthers claiming the final one with a game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion  with 1:28 remaining in regulation time and an interception returned to paydirt in the first overtime to down the Pirates.  VC quarterback Matt Komen passed for two touchdowns, and ran for another, while the Pirate defense scored twice with two safeties, but it was not enough to hold off a persistent Chaffey team.  READ MORE... 

 

VC Downs Alumni Team

 MPolo  9-24-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team defeated a team of Pirate Alumni 10-9 Saturday at the Ventura Aquatic Center on Kimball Road.  Zach Graper played outstanding for VC on offense, scoring six goals in the match while Darin Weltsch, Cole Baratte, and Spencer Lewis all added scores, as well.  Goalies Cody Womack and Jake Connelly combined for 12 saves for the Pirates.  Mike Crowley and Josh Ball each scored twice for the alumni team.  READ MORE... 

 

Women's Polo Defeats Alumni

 WPolo  9-24-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo defeated an alumni team Saturday 13-10 at the Ventura Aquatic Center.  Anais Geysmonion led Ventura (7-4) with six goals while Margaret Mehrali and Vanessa Magallanes each scored twice.  The Pirates split time in goal, with Kayla Haas and Andrea Mallul each stopping five shots.  Meanwhile Jessie Ball won three of four sprints in the contest.  For the alumni, Lauren Willis (O'Brein) had five goals and Sandra Rios and Courtney Thomas scored two gaols apiece.  Brandy Creek had 17 goals in the net.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Place 3rd at Bakersfield

 XC  9-23-2011 The Ventura College men's and women's cross country teams both placed third at the Bakersfield Invitational on Friday.  The women battled temperatures in the upper 90's at race time, placing five runners in the top 20.  Freshman Maria Robles led the way placing fourth with a time of 22:00 on the 5k course.  Temperatures moderated for the men, and VC placed third as well, led by sophomore Dominick Allen, who finished ninth with a time of 23:19 on the 4-mile trek.  READ MORE...

 

VC Scores Late For Win

 WSoc  9-23-2011  It took the full 90 minutes, and then some, but the Ventura College women's soccer team kept attacking and broke through in the end.  VC scored a pair of goals in extra time to defeat Bakersfield College 3-1 Friday afternoon in the Central Valley.  The Pirates battled 90-degree temperatures on the road and an early deficit to the Renegades, however, freshman Daisy Cardona assisted on a pair of goals, and scored the third to help lead Ventura (5-2) to the win.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Back on Winning Track

 WSoc  9-20-2011  The Pirates' women's soccer team got back on the right track Tuesday,  with a 2-1 victory at Santa Monica College.  Daisy Cardona scored a goal and assisted on the other as Ventura (4-2) ended a two-game losing streak.  After a scoreless first half, Cardona converted an assist from Megan Erskine to put VC ahead 1-0 in the 56th minute.  Later in the half, Janelle Martinez hit the back of the net following a pass by Cardona.  The Corsairs scored five minutes later, but the two Pirate goals were enough to hang on for the victory. 

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Torres Earns SCFA Honor

 FB  9-20-2011 For the second week in a row, the Pirate defense has been recognized for outstanding play.  Adrian Torres, VC's 6-foot, 240-pound freshman defensive end has been honored as the Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Week by the Southern California Football Association.  In the Pirates' 48-0 shutout of Santa Barbara on Saturday, Torres had six tackles, two tackles for a loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks, and a quarterback hurry.  He anchored a defensive line that helped to allow the Vaqueros 107 yards of total offense, including two net yards rushing.  READ MORE... 

 

DeFratus Makes MLB Debut

 Base  9-18-2011  Former Pirate Justin DeFratus '07 made his Major League debut Sunday for the Philadelphia Phillies, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the team's 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.  On Friday, DeFratus fulfilled a lifelong dream with his call up to the majors from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.  The reliever will join the Phillies' bullpen as they close out the season and head to the playoffs, searching for their third national League Pennant in the past four years.  Philadelphia has already clinched the National League East title.   READ MORE... 

 

VC Wins "Big Game" Big

 FB  9-17-2011 It was back to basics for the Pirates Saturday night in their 2011 home opener in the "Big Game" against Santa Barbara City College.  And the basics worked, as VC piled up 302 yards rushing the football in their 48-0 win, with three backs surpassing 75 yards on the evening.  Victor Caro had 87 yards on five carries, Jalen Craver was the Pirates' workhorse with 76 yards on 13 carries, and Cleavon Barnes carried the ball five times for 73 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.  Meanwhile, the Pirate defense continued their strong early-season roll holding the Vaqueros to 107 net yards of offense.  READ MORE... 

 

Harriers Show Well at Westmont

 XC  9-17-2011 The Pirates' men's and women's cross country teams traveled up the 101-freeway on Saturday to compete at the Westmont Invitational in Santa Barbara.  The race consisted of four four-year NAIA teams, unattached runners and the Pirates. VC performed well against the university programs on the beautiful Westmont campus course. The VC women finished in the middle of the pack, third of five teams, and were led once again by freshman Maria Robles. Meanwhile, the Pirate men finished third of three teams, but fared well on the 8k (5 mile) course, up form the usual 4-mile run.  Freshman Garrett Baker had a stellar performance of 28:09 on the hilly course. 

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VC Rebounds to Win Two

 WPolo  9-17-2011  The Pirates rebounded from a pair of losses on Friday to Win their final two matches of the Chaffey Tournament in Rancho Cucamonga Saturday.  They defeated Sierra College 10-4 in the first contest of the day before routing Fresno 12-4 in the tournament finale.  Emily Pinsky had three goals on the day  while a host of Pirates all netted a pair of scores.  Andrea Mallul had 17 saves for Ventura (6-4).  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Drop Pair of Matches

 MPolo  9-17-2011  The Pirates' men's water polo team showed improvement Saturday, but was still unable to notch a win on the second day of the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo.  Ventura (0-4) dropped an 11-6 decision to American River College before closing the weekend with a 16-11 loss against four-year Concordia University (Irvine).   Zach Graper scored nine goals in the two games to lead the Pirates, while Antonio Barros netted three scores.  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Host Fullerton

 VB  9-16-2011  The Ventura College volleyball team hosted Fullerton College at the Athletic Event Center Friday night, falling to the Hornets in three sets, 20-25, 11-25, 19-25.  Kryssy Koziel handed out 18 assists while Leandra Romero had 18 digs for Ventura (0-9).  Dejianna Rubio had eight kills and seven digs and Holli Dougan contributed five kills.  Alexandra Joyce served three aces for the Pirates. 

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Men's Polo Opens Season

 MPolo  9-16-2011  The Ventura College men's water polo team opened their season Friday at the Cuesta Tournament in San Luis Obispo by dropping a pair of matches.  The Pirates fell to Golden West College in the opener 20-5 before losing 14-5 to Diablo Valley College.  Darin Weltsch, Cole Baratte and Zach Graper all has two goals on the day for Ventura (0-2) while Cody Womack had 12 saves.  READ MORE...

 

Pirates Drop Pair at Chaffey

 WPolo  9-16-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team dropped its first two matches at the Chaffey Tournament in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.  They opened with a hard-fought 4-3 loss against American River College from Sacramento before losing 12-5 to Riverside in the nightcap.  Vanessa Magallanes, Anais Geysmonion, and Alicia Romero all scored two goals on the day and Andrea Mallul had 16 saves in the two games for Ventura (4-4).   READ MORE... 

 

VC Women's Soccer Team Aims High

 WSoc  9-16-2011  from the Ventura County Star  It may only be September, but the Ventura College women's soccer team has already touched heights the program had never seen before.  After opening its season with three straight wins over tradition-laden teams, the Pirates rose to No. 3 in the national coaches' poll, the highest position in the program's 16-year history.  Now the trick is returning to its former perch.  Ventura (3-2) slipped to No. 9 this week after dropping back-to-back games to No. 5 Santiago Canyon and No. 11 Los Angeles Pierce on Friday and Monday, respectively.   READ MORE...  

 

Pirate VB Battles Long Beach

 VB  9-14-2011  The Pirate volleyball team battled Long Beach City College Wednesday night, eventually dropping a four-set match to the Vikings 22-25, 25-27, 25-19, 17-25 at the Athletic Event Center.  Ventura rallied from a 24-16 deficit in the first set before falling, and had a similar comeback in the second.  The Pirates eventually broke through for a win in the third set, but could not keep the momentum in the deciding set.  Holli Dougan had 10 kills and seven digs to lead VC while Kryssy Koziel had 23 assists and nine digs.  Jasmine Perez had eight digs and three aces and Jeanette Gonzalez had five blocks.  READ MORE...   

 

Theysen Named Northern PoW

 FB  9-14-2011 Despite the 31-7 loss at Fullerton College last weekend, the Pirate defense had another outstanding effort against the Hornets.  As recognition of that, Bennie Theysen, VC's 6-foot 285-pound sophomore defensive tackle has been named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference defensive player of the week.  Theysen, who prepped at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in Florida, had six tackles, including two for a loss at Fullerton Saturday night, helping limit the Hornets to 43 net yards rushing.

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LA Pierce Tops VC, 2-1

 WSoc  9-12-2011  The Ventura College women's soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to LA Pierce College on Monday at the VC Sportsplex.  Merissa Campos tied the game in the 31st minute with a score with an assist by Megan Erskine, but the Pirate defense could not stop the Brahmas from netting the game-winner two minutes later.  Throughout the second half VC had numerous offensive chances, but could not find the equalizer.  READ MORE... 

 

WPolo Wins 3 at Saddleback

 WPolo  9-10-2011  The Pirates' women's water polo team won three matches over the weekend at the Saddleback Tournament in Mission Viejo.  They defeated Palomar 7-5, and lost to Fullerton 8-6 on Friday.  VC rebounded to defeat Chaffey, 8-6, and Grossmont 5-2 on Saturday to close the tournament.  Goalie Andrea Mallul had 50 saves in the four games, turning back over 70 percent of the opponents' shots.  Freshman Jenna Cutino scored eight times in the four games for Ventura (4-2).  READ MORE...  

 

Pirates Fall at Fullerton 31-7

 FB  9-10-2011 In the fourth quarter of Saturday night's game, Ventura College quarterback Chase Smith connected with Kendall Newsome for a 52-yard touchdown pass.  Unfortunately for the Pirates, it was too little, too late, as they fell on the road at Fullerton College 31-7.  Ventura (1-1) outgained the Hornets, 292-158, but gave up too many big plays in the loss.  Smith came in for the final quarter, hitting for 160 yards passing, and wide receiver Tim Vizzi grabbed 11 catches for 124 yards while Newsome had four catches for 68 yards.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Run at Fresno Meet

 XC  9-10-2011  The Pirate men’s cross country team placed eighth of 21 teams at the Fresno City College Invitational Saturday at Fresno's Woodward Park, the site of the CCCAA State Championships in November.  Meanwhile the Pirate women battled injuries to key runners and placed 17th in the 19-team event.  Once again freshman Garrett Baker led the Pirates,  finishing 22nd overall, while Maria Robles led the VC women.  READ MORE...

 

VC Ready for Week 2

 FB  9-9-2011  from the Ventura County Star  Jalen Craver has only been in Ventura a few months, but he's already made himself at home.  He took his first touch in Ventura College football's black and orange to "the house" last Saturday night by returning the opening kickoff of the season 99 yards for a touchdown at rival Moorpark.  "It felt good," said Craver. "It was exciting. I was really pumped."  Tonight, the freshman from Irvine's Woodbridge High really returns home, as the No. 14-ranked Pirates (1-0) visit No. 6 Fullerton (1-0) at Fullerton District Stadium.  READ MORE... 

 

Spikers Drop Pair at Quad

 VB  9-9-2011  Ventura College women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches Friday at the Los Angeles Pierce Quad Tournament in Woodland Hills.  They lost 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 10-25, 9-25) to San Diego Mesa in the opening match before falling to San Bernardino Valley College 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 17-25) in their second contest.  Alexandra Joyce and Dejiana Rubio each had four kills against the Olympians while Jasmine Perez had five digs and six assists.  In the final match of the day, Holli Dugan hit for 11 kills and had three blocks.  Jaustina Santos had 12 digs and three aces while Kryssy Koziel had 23 assists.  READ MORE...  

 

VC Suffers First Loss of Season

  WSoc  9-9-2011  As the old saying goes, "When it rains, it pours."  For the Ventura College women's soccer team, ranked No. 3 in the latest NSCAA poll, on Friday it was a hurricane.  Visiting the No. 7 Santiago Canyon College, the Pirates fell 6-0, suffering their first loss of the young season.  The Hawks scored in the sixth and 30th minutes of the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime.  Any designs Ventura (3-1) had of a comeback were dashed when Santiago Canyon put two more balls into the back of the net early in the second half. 

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Pirates Fall to Cal Lutheran

 VB  9-7-2011  The Pirates' slow start continued on Wednesday, as the women's volleyball team lost to Cal Lutheran JV's 3-0 (17-25, 17-25, 20-25) at the Athletic Event Center Wednesday evening.  Heather Rilling led VC with seven kills while Leandra Romero had 13 digs defensively.  Kryssy Koziel distributed 16 assists and Alexandra Joyce had three blocks for Ventura (0-5).  READ MORE...  

 

Craver Selected for Conference Honor

 FB  9-6-2011 The first time Jalen Craver touched the football as a Pirate Saturday night at Moorpark, the freshman from Woodbridge High School in Irvine was unstoppable.  He took the Raiders' opening kick and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for VC's 31-26 Citrus Cup victory Saturday night.  Craver ended the night with 180 all-purpose yards and has been named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Special Teams/All-Purpose Player of the Week for the first week of the 2011 season.  READ MORE... 

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VC Protects Citrus Cup 31-26

 FB  9-3-2011  It did not unfold as planned, but the 2011 version of the Citrus Cup game between Ventura and Moorpark certainly lived up to its rivalry billing.  The Pirates rode the momentum of big plays on defense and special teams building a 26-7 lead late in the third quarter, and withstood a furious Raider charge in the final stanza to preserve a 31-26 victory, VC's fourth straight win in the series.  Ventura (1-0), who leads the overall game count 23-21 against their cross-county rival, led from the opening kickoff as Jalen Craver returned the Raiders' kick 99 yards to paydirt.  VC followed with 42-yard and 45-yard fumble recoveries for touchdowns, and turned another Moorpark (0-1) turnover into six points, but were forced to use a quarterback sack on the game's final play to seal the victory.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Blank No. 12 Cypress 1-0

 WSoc  9-3-2011  The No. 5-ranked Ventura College women's soccer team began a tough three-game stretch against ranked opponents with a 1-0 victory in the finale of the BK Sports Classic against No. 12 Cypress College at the Sportsplex Saturday evening.  Merissa Campos scored the match's lone goal on a 35-yard rocket from a Danielle Cook assist in the 33rd minute to provide the margin of victory.  Goalkeeper Raelene Moreno posted her second shutout in three games, turning back five Chargers shots in the contest.  READ MORE...  

 

Spikers Drop Two in Five Sets

 VB  9-3-2011  The Ventura College Volleyball team traveled to the Santa Monica Tournament over the weekend, dropping three matches.  After falling to American River College from Sacramento 14-25, 12-25, 15-25 on Friday night, the Pirates narrowly missed victories twice on Saturday, dropping a pair of five-set matches by a combined total of five points.  VC fell to host Santa Monica 25-23, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25, 15-17 in their first match of the day before losing to Imperial Valley 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 12-15.  READ MORE...   

 

VC Harriers Host Ventura Invite

 XC  9-2-2011  The Pirate cross country team hosted the Ventura Invitational on Friday afternoon at Arroyo Verde Park, with both the men's and women's teams finding positive notes in the season-opening race.  The men finished fourth overall led by freshmen Garret Baker and Alex Martinez, who placed ninth and 14th, respectively.   The Pirate women were led by freshmen Yvonne Solis and Maria Robles who finished 26th and 29th. VC placed sixth in the women's race.  READ MORE...  See Meet Results...

 

VC Pulls Out Tough 2-1 Victory

 WSoc  9-1-2011  In a tough, physical, early-season match, the Ventura College women's soccer team pulled through with a 2-1 victory over Long Beach City College on the opening day of the BK Sports Classic at the VC Sportsplex Thursday evening.  Yasmin Lepez scored the game winner in the 52nd minute from an assist by Daisy Cardona just two minutes after the Vikings had struck with the equalizer.  Stephenie Hernandez scored VC's first goal from Breanna Naranjo's assist in the 35th minute to give VC (2-0) its initial advantage.. READ MORE... 

 

VC Has Huge Hopes for Football Season

 FB  9-1-2011  from the Ventura County Star  The Ventura College football team is looking to have a ton of fun this fall.  A mammoth offensive line, featuring a starting six-man rotation that weighs nearly 1,900 pounds combined, may be the biggest sign that Pirates can make an impact on the Northern Conference elite this fall.  The group's lone sophomore — 6-foot-4, 305-pound Kenston Redfearn — is used to being the biggest member of his team.  "I thought I'd always be the biggest," said the returning first-team all-conference tackle. "I didn't know I'd be the fourth biggest.  READ MORE... 

 

Nixon a Force at LB From His First Down of VC Career

 FB  9-1-2011  from the Ventura County Star  It didn't take Trashaun Nixon long to prove he could play community college football.  On the first play of his first season, the outside linebacker began his Ventura College career with a big play in the annual cross-county Citrus Cup game, blowing up a Moorpark College reverse for an 8-yard loss.  "That was a great football play," said Ventura defensive coordinator Tim Hyde.  And the freshman didn't stop there, making a big impact in the Ventura's sophomore-oriented defense.  READ MORE... 

 

Volleyball Falls in Opener

 VB  8-31-2011  The Pirates' women's volleyball team opened their 2011 season before an enthusiastic crowd Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center, but came up short against Bakersfield College, falling 25-13, 25-13, 25-16. Krissy Koziel led Ventura (0-1) with 15 assists and Jaustina Santos had 10 digs defensively.  Holli Dugan has seven digs and five kills on the night while Dejiana Rubio knocked home six kills. READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Score Lucky 7 in Opener

 WSoc  8-27-2011  Seven was indeed a lucky number for the Pirates' women's soccer team Saturday, as they racked up seven goals while preserving the shutout on defense to win their season opener at DeAnza College.  Freshman Daisy Cardona scored a pair of goals and had three assists to lead the offensive barrage in which six Pirates netted a goal.  Meanwhile the VC defense played a stingy game, allowing but two shots for the opponents, both of which were saved by sophomore goal keeper Raelene Moreno READ MORE...

 

Women's Water Polo Splits Opener

 WPolo  8-27-2011  The Ventura College women's water polo team split a pair of matches to open the s2011 season Saturday at the Cypress Mini Tournament.  VC (1-1) lost a tight contest 9-8 to the host Cypress Chargers before coming back to easily defeat Santa Ana College 19-4.  In the opener, Anais Greysmomian scored three times and Andrea Mallul had nine saves in goal.  Against Santa Ana, Olivia Barry and Samantha Ebberson each netted four goals for the Pirates.   READ MORE... 

 

VC, Moorpark Prepping For Opening Showdown

 FB  8-26-2011  from the Ventura County Star  They will open the season against each other with the Citrus Cup at Griffin Stadium a week from tonight.  But, before then, the Ventura College and Moorpark College football teams will wrap up their preseasons this weekend with their third and final intrasquad scrimmages.  Ventura held a "mock game" Friday night at the VC Sportsplex to prepare itself for the Saturday night experience.  The Pirates, who were not ranked in the preseason state coaches or preseason JC Gridwire national polls after being ranked No. 13 in Rivals.com's national "Dirty 30" preseason poll, have been slowly building up toward the season opener Sept. 3. 

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VC Ranked No. 5 in Pre-Season Poll

 WSoc  8-24-2011  The Ventura College Pirates women's soccer team opens the 2011 season ranked No. 5 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America pre-season poll for Division III (non-scholarship) junior colleges.  The Pirates, who finished 2010 with the No. 9 national ranking, open with their highest pre-season ranking in the program's history.  VC has a tough road as the season begins, with No. 12 Cypress, No. 10 Santiago Canyon, and No. 18 Los Angeles Pierce all on the schedule in the first two weeks of the season. 

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2011 JC Football Profiles:  Ventura College

 FB  11-17-2010  from Rivals.com  The 2011 Ventura College Pirates, who went 5-5 last year, are looking to turn near-misses into wins this season. Eight of Ventura's opponents were ranked in the Southern California Football Association top-20 final poll.  The Pirates, who were outscored 63-7 in the fourth quarter of their losses, were within at least seven points heading to the fourth quarter in three of those losses. Ventura's other two losses were by a combined five points.  Ventura, which finished the season ranked 14th in the SCFA , held a 14-point lead over Bakersfield heading into the fourth quarter.  READ MORE... 

 

Pirates Feature Intrasquad Scrimmage

 WSoc  8-15-2011  The Ventura College women's soccer team, looking to defend their 13th Western State Conference title in the past 15 years from 2010, began practice today.  The public can get their first look at the new squad at the team's White-Orange Intrasquad Scrimmage on Wednesday August 17.  The practice will begin at 7:00 pm at the VC Sportsplex.  Admission is free. READ MORE...

 

Soccer Student Athletes Move On

 WSoc  8-13-2011  Six players off of the 2010 Western State Conference champion Pirates' women's soccer team will continue their academic and soccer careers at four-year universities this fall.  The list is headed by NSCAA All-American and WSC MVP Moinique Orocio, who will be transferring to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan.  She will be joined on the NAIA Coyote team by VC teammates Yadira Toraya and Sabrina Munoz.  Meanwhile, Lindsey Armenta will be transferring across the county to  NCAA Division III Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and Taylor Benton is headed to Irvine's Concordia University, an NAIA school.  Taylor Steele is transferring to NCAA Division I Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. READ MORE...

 

CC Football Teams Start Preparing For Season

 FB  8-13-2011  from the Ventura County Star  A few new, albeit familiar faces were on the fields Thursday when fall practice kicked off for the county's two community college football programs.  Entering his second year at the helm, Ventura College head coach Steve Mooshagian has added former Ventura head coach Terry Morris to his staff.  The Pirates were 50-42 from 1997 to 2005 under Morris, the second winningest coach in school history.  Morris goes directly to his area of on-field expertise, the secondary, to coach cornerbacks. Also the chair of the physical education department, Morris will also become the program's academic and placement coordinator. READ MORE...

 

Two Pirates Sign Scholarships

 Base  8-13-2011  Two members of the 2011 Ventura College Baseball program have signed scholarship offers to attend four-year programs.  Sophomore Ryan Jones who was an All-WSC North first team member as an outfielder and selected to the All-Southern California team as an outfielder as well has signed a letter of intent to play for Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, an NAIA school in the Golden State Athletic Conference.   Meanwhile, freshman All-WSC first baseman Andy Yingling received the largest scholarship offer in school history from CSU-Stanislaus an NCAA Division II program participating in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.  Yingling will have three seasons of eligibility for the Warriors. READ MORE... 

 

Men's Basketball Completes Staff

 MBB  8-9-2011  First-year men’s basketball coach Joey Ramirez has completed his coaching staff, adding a pair of professional experts familiar to Ventura College Pirate basketball.  Hakeem Ward ’96, a recent inductee into the VC Hall of Fame, and Chris Wade, a 2003 Buena High School graduate.  Ward returns “home” to Ventura College where he was known for his intense hardworking mentality. He brings that mentality and drive along with many other great attributes to the sidelines now as a coach.  Wade joins the Pirate staff following six years of coaching at the high school level.  Most recently, Wade served as a varsity assistant and the head freshmen coach at Buena High School.  He was named the 2010-211 Ventura County Freshman Coach of the Year.  READ MORE...

 

VC Alumni Thrive In Pro Baseball

 Base  7-30-2011  Ventura College has produced several products who have gone on to pursue their dream of becoming major league baseball players in the past six years and two of those products are just one step away from realizing their dream of becoming major league baseball players and the others are rapidly working their way up their organizations ranks.  Justin DeFratus '07 (Phillies), Jeremy Berg '07 (Angels), Zac Thornton '08 (Athletics), Garrett Rau '09 (Red Sox), and Blair Walters '09 (White Sox) are spending time in Major League organizations while Jake Renshaw '06 and Jose vargas '08 are working in the Independent Frontier League this summer.    READ MORE... 

 

2010-11 Pirates #12 on WBCA National Academic Honor Roll

 WBB   7-29-2011  ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Honor Roll annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and jc/cc teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point averages (GPAs) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season.  The Ventura College Pirates placed 12th on the list in the Junior College/Community College category with a 3.037 overall GPA for the 2010-11 academic year.  VC is the only California Community College on this year's national list, and is the only program in the country to appear on the rankings in each of the past eight years. 

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18 Pirates Sign Scholarships

 FB  2-2-2011  (Updated 2-15-11, 3-21-11, 4-13-11, 6-8-11, 7-20-11, 7-29-11) Eighteen (18) members of the 2010 Ventura College football team have signed scholarship offers and/or declared their plans for the next few years of their academic and athletic careers.  Thirteen (13) players are transferring to NCAA Division I schools (seven in the Football Bowl Series, formerly Division I-A, and six in the Football Championship Series, formerly Division I-AA team).  Additionally, head coach Steve Mooshagian expects more sophomores to announce their plans in the upcoming weeks.  READ MORE...  

 

Micek Named Basketball Assistant

 MBB  6-17-2011  Ventura College is pleased to announce that Matt Micek has been selected as the next assistant men’s basketball coach.   Micek brings a variety of coaching experiences to VC and is known to be a hard working coach.  “I am grateful for the opportunity Coach Ramirez and Mr. Cowen have given me.  I look forward to assisting the Pirates in their return to the premier community college program on the West Coast,” Micek said.  Matt has been an assistant coach at Concordia, Cal Poly Pomona, and Biola universities as well as the head coach at San Jose Christian.   Prior to becoming a college coach, Micek also played overseas in the Philippines (AIA 1990).  READ MORE...

 

Pirate Alumnus Selected in MLB Draft

 Base  6-16-2011  Ventura College is proud to announce that former Pirate baseball player Blair Walters '09 was selected in the 12th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Chicago White Sox as a left handed pitcher.  Walters was a member of the Pirates' 2008 and 2009 teams, both of which both qualified for the Southern California Regional Playoffs.  Those two teams hold a school record for 55 wins over two seasons.  Walters was a standout for the Pirates on the mound both a reliever and a starter during his career, as well at first base for VC.  Following his freshman season, Walters earned 2nd team All-Western State Conference North Division honors at first base and the following year he was named 1st team All-WSC North  on the right corner of the infield.   READ MORE... 

 

 

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