After a trying 10 days for everyone in the Ventura community due to the Thomas Fire, the Pirates' men's basketball team returned to the court on Friday, holding on to defeat Pasadena City College 54-49 in the opening round of the Kirby Manon Pepsi / Wyndham Hotel Tournament at the College of the Sequoais in Visalia. Jacob Alonzo scored 15 points with six steals and three assists while Darrell Handy-Johnson and Malcolm Ruff each netted 10 points in the win.
Sophomore defensive end Jesse Lemonaire was named the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and head coach Steve Mooshagian was named the Coach of the Year, leading a score of Pirates honored by the Northern Conference in post-season awards. Lemonaire, the Hialeah, Fla. product, was a dominant force for the VC defense with 78 tackles, including 18.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, and 8.5 quarterback sacks this year while Mooshagian mentored the Pirates to their fourth straight conference title.
After 923 games since the 1990-91 season, the Pirates were able to make a little history Sunday with a 56-39 win over San Bernardino Valley at the LA Valley Buddy's All-Star Classic. Davina Del Castillo had yet another double-double "animal style" with 15 points and 16 rebounds while Nikki Puga and Jasmyne Martin totaled 14 and 11 points, respectively, as Ventura posted head coach Ned Mircetic's 800th career victory, making him the 18th collegiate women's basketball coach in the nation, the fifth at the community college level, to achieve the milestone.
The Pirates' women's basketball team struggled with offensive cohesiveness Saturday night, falling to Los Angeles Trade Tech 55-45 at the LA Valley Buddy's All-Star Classic. VC shot just 28 percent from the floor during the game, and committed 21 turnovers, many unforced, in falling to the Beavers. Davina Del Castillo led Ventura with 10 points and 11 rebounds while Kylie Vint totaled eight points with five boards.
A day after pushing the state's No. 1-ranked team to the brink before falling on a last second shot, the Pirates' men's basketball team had a difficult time regrouping, falling 83-54 to tournament host Antelope Valley in the third place game of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament in Lancaster Sunday. Jacob Alonzo was the lone Pirate in double figures with 18 points, earning all-tournament honors.
Behind solid performances by sophomores Davina Del Castillo and Celeste Salazar, the Pirates' women's basketball team claimed third place at the Tom Gilcrest Invitational with a 65-55 victory over Los Angeles Valley Sunday afternoon in Visalia. Del Castillo scored 19 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, with 12 rebounds and Salazar continued her stellar defensive play and handed out four assists with three boards. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.
Jacob Alonzo was the hero. With three seconds left he cashed in a John Williams assist for three, giving the Pirates' men's basketball team an 83-82 lead over top-ranked and undefeated San Bernardino Valley. But in the ensuing chaos, the Wolverines connected on a home run pass 90 feet down the floor for a lay-up, breaking the Pirates' collective hearts in a difficult 84-83 loss in the semifinals of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley College. Alonzo and Isiah Reyes each finished with 17 points to lead the Pirates.
For three quarters the VC women's basketball team gave undefeated Sequoias all it could handle. The Pirates held a one point advantage late in the third period before fading to a 69-58 loss in the semifinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational in Visalia. Davina Del Castillo led Ventura (6-3) with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four steals while Elissa Root and Celeste Salazar each totaled 10 points.
It was something different but more of the same for the VC men's basketball team Friday as they rolled into the semifinals of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley with a 104-81 victory over Los Angeles Harbor. The different was Ventura's leading scorer, John Williams with 22 points against the Seahawks, leading the same balanced attack with seven players with seven points or more. Also the same was the win, the Pirates' seventh in a row and ninth in the last 10 games.
Pirate sophomore Davina Del Castillo turned in her best offensive performance of the season with 20 points, and freshman Alaina Garcia made three key 3-pointers to lead VC's women's basketball team to a 64-48 victory over Antelope Valley in the quarterfinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational Friday in Visalia. Jasmyne Martin totaled 17 points and Nikki Puga hit for nine as the Pirates (6-2) moved to the semifinals of the toughest tournament in the state.
The VC women's basketball team opened up a big lead in the second quarter, and cruised to a 75-60 victory over Reedley College Thursday afternoon at the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Jasmyne Martin led four Pirates in double figures with 18 points while Davina Del Castillo and Nikki Puga each netted 13. Talitha Draper contributed 12 in the victory for Ventura (5-2).
The VC men's basketball team returned home Tuesday and moved their winning streak to six games with a 102-77 win over Santa Monica at the Athletic Event Center. Lamont Landers and Dondre Watson each scored 12 points, leading seven players who scored eight or more points in the victory over the Corsairs.Isiah Reyes and John Williams each totaled 11 points and Malcolm Ruff had 10 for Ventura (8-2).
VC freshmen Kayla Wallace and Haley Hall headlined the Pirates' women's water polo All-Western State Conference honorees, both earning first-team accolades. Wallace, a Rio Mesa High School product, ledthe WSC in steals, was fourth in assists and fifth in exclusions drawn. Hall, who hails from Royal high School, was third in the conference in saves.
Ventura freshman Ryan Reardon headlined the Pirates' honorees on the men's wtar polo All-Western State Conference team for 2017. Reardon, an Agoura High School graduate, was VC's lone first-team all-conference selection after placing among the WSC leaders in goals, assists, steals and exclusions drawn. Meanwhile, sophomore Kyle Goodrich and freshman Cole Morter each garnered second-team ALL-WSC accolades.
The Ventura College women's basketball team spotted visiting Mt. San Antonio the first nine points of the game, eventually falling 65-58 in the championship game of the 20th VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions Sunday at the Athletic Event Center. Nikki Puga led VC (4-2) with 14 points while all-tournament selections Jasmyne Martin and Davina Del Castillo each netted 12. Celeste Salazar pulled in 10 rebounds for the Pirates.
The Pirates' women's basketball team used a strong third quarter to outlast a game Canyons team 71-56 Saturday night in the semifinals of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions at the Athletic Event Center. Jasmyne Martin had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Nikki Puga posted 14 points with four assists in the victory. Ventura (4-1) advances to the tournament's championship game for the 16th time in 20 years, the 11th year in a row.
In their first appearance in the Athletic Event Center this season, the Pirates' women's basketball team overcame a sluggish second quarter to easily defeat Taft College 81-52 in the opening round of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions.The Pirates had a balanced attack with six players scoring seven points or more, led by Jasmyne Martin's 20 point performance.
It is with sadness that we learned late yesterday that VC alumnus Brenden Daley '10 has passed away. After graduating from Moorpark High School, Brenden was a member of the VC Football program in 2009 and 2010. Upon graduation from VC, he transferred to the University of Hawaii and played professionally for several seasons, including a stint with the Atlanta Falcons. He also appeared on The School of Hard Knocks television series. In the summer of 2016, he returned to Ventura College to assist the football program and was one of our original student success coaches in the VC Pirates Cove.
The Pirate's women's basketball team returns home for "Black Friday," hosting the 20th Annual VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions in their home opener for the 2017-18 season. The Pirates will take the floor at 6:00 pm on Friday Nov. 24 against Taft College. All Ventura College fans are encouraged to wear black to the game.
The Pirate football team got off to a great start in Saturday's Southern California Football Association semifinal at Riverside. They forced a 3-and-out on the opening possession, had a strong opening drive, and forced the Tigers into two turnovers. Unfortunately, third-seeded VC (8-3) scored field goals instead of touchdowns and No. 2 Riverside took advantage in posting a 49-33 playoff victory.
VC sophomore Jacob Alonzo had 25 points, seven rebounds, five steals and a pair of assists to lead the Pirates' men's basketball team to a 74-66 victory over previously unbeaten Cerritos to tak ethe championship of the Irvine Valley Classic. Isiah Reyes netted 17 points with four assists and John WIlliams had 15 in the Ventura win.
The third time was not the charm. Playing in the playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons, the Pirate volleyball team fell at Pasadena Saturday night, 25-13, 25-19, 28-26. Bryanna Lovingood led VC (12-13) with eight kills and three blocks while Caryssa Castrejon recorded 13 digs and five kills. Seeing her first action in nearly a month, Taylor Benitez-Fanslow had six kills.
The Ventura College women's and men's cross country teams produced historic performances Saturday at the CCCAA State Championships in Fresno. The women's team finished third overall, the program's best finish in a state-wide championship since 1977, and the best finish since they won the state small-school championship in 1983. The men, meanwhile, came in 10th overall, their best team achievement since coming in fifth in 2004.
Darrell Handy-Johnson had 17 points and six rebounds while Jacob Alonzo came off the bench for 14 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals as the Pirates' men's basketball team won their fourth straight game, 74-69 over host Irvine Valley in the semifinals of the IVC Classic Friday night. Isiah Reyes netted 14 points with three assists and three steals and Malcolm Ruff had 11 points and six boards in the victory. John Williams contributed 12 points. The Pirates advance to the tournament final at 4:00 pm on Saturday Nov. 18 against Cerritos.
The VC men's basketball team defeated Long Beach City College 65-54 Thursday night to advance into the semifinals of the Irvine Valley Classic in Irvine. Darrell Handy-Johnson and Isiah Reyes each scored 12 points to lead the Pirates (5-2) and Jacob Alonzo scored eight points with 10 rebounds and three assists. John Williams netted nine points while Malcolm Ruff scored eight with five blocked shots. The Pirates will play the host Irvine Valley Lasers Friday in the tournament semifinals at 7:00 pm.
Playing in the post-season for the 21st time in 22 years, the VC women's soccer team dropped a 3-0 result at Fullerton Thursday afternoon in the Play-In Round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. VC did get off 11 shots in the game, with five on goal, but could not find the back of the net. Goalie Maya Escobar recorded two saves in the match.
For the third time in the past four years, the Pirates' volleyball team will be playing in the post-season. Ventura (12-12) earned the No. 18-seed in the 18-team Southern California Regional playoffs and will travel to No. 15 Pasadena (17-9) on Saturday Nov. 18 for a 7:30 pm match against the Lancers. If Ventura can pull out the upset victory, they will travel to No. 1 Irvine Valley on Tuesday Nov. 21.
The Southern California Football Association's Northern Conference Players of the Week include not one, but two Pirate defensive players for the final week of the regular season. The performances by outside linebacker Trennan Carlson and defensive end jesse Lemonaire stood out so much that the SCFA decided to award both the Defensiove PoW honors for VC's 44-34 win over Cerritos Saturday.
For the 21st time in the 22-year history of Ventura College women's soccer, the Pirates are headed to the playoffs. Based on the strength of a schedule that featured matches against eight teams ranked among the Top-20 in the nation, VC (9-11-2) received the No. 19-seed in the 19-team Southern California Regionals, and will travel to No. 14 Fullerton (11-6-3) on Thursday Nov. 16 for a 2:00 pm Play-In round match.
Fresh off its second consecutive sweep through the Southern California Football Association Northern Conference, the Ventura College football team has received the No. 3 seed in the SCFA Playoffs. The Pirates (8-2) will travel to No. 2 Riverside (9-1) on Saturday Nov. 18 for a 6:00 pm kickoff against the Tigers in the Southern California Bowl. No. 1 Fullerton (10-0) will host No. 4 Saddleback (8-2) in the other SCFA semifinal.