Ventura College sophomore Denis Kakimoto carded a 3-over par 147 at the CCCAA State Golf Championships Monday at Sandpiper Golf Club in Goleta, claiming fifth place and earning All-State honors. He recorded rounds of even-par 72 and 3-over 75 in the 36-hole event at the picturesque ocean-side venue. Meanwhile, Joey Herrera tied for 23rd of the 60 participating golfers with a score of 153.
Five Pirate track and field athletes punched their tickets to the CCCAA State Championships with their performances at the Southern California Regional Finals Saturday at San Diego Mesa College. Darrell Handy-Johnson led the pack qualifying in three events while his brother Terrell Handy-Johnson qualified in two. Kamar Wilson rounded out the men's qualifiers. Valexsia Droughn will compete at state in two events for the VC women while Marissa Gonzales also qualified for state for the Pirates.
Pirate sophomores Joey Herrera and Denis Kakimoto each qualified as indiiduals for the CCCAA State Golf Championships in regional play Monday at Bakersfield Country Club. Herrera carded a 72-76, 148 and Kakimoto tied his teammate at 73-75, 148 as they tied for fifth place overall. Both earned All-Southern California Region honors. The Pirate team narrowly missed a repeat trip to the state championships with a score of 391-390, 781 to place fifth in the nine-team event, seven strokes behind fourth-place Orange Coast. The top four teams also qualified for state.
The Pirate softball team defeated Antelope Valley in game two of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs, 5-4 Saturday afternoon at the VC Softball Complex, forcing a winner-take-all game three match-up with the Marauders. Unfortunately, VC could not keep the momentum going, falling to the visitors 10-0 in the series finale. AVC moves on to the SoCal Super Regionals while the Pirates (29-11) have their season come to a close.
Ventura College freshmen swimmers Adrianna Bese and Cooper Fuchs both performed well at the CCCAA State Swimming Championships Thursday through Saturday at De Anza College in Cupertino. Bese set a new school record in the 200-yard breast stroke and placed in her only other event while Fuchs went three-for-three in events entered and events in which he scored points for the Pirates at the final competition of the season.
The VC men's and women's track and field teams traveled to the Southern California Preliminaries Saturday in San Diego. Nineteen athletes made the trip south with 14 Pirates earning a return trip for the SoCal Finals on Saturday May 12 at San Diego Mesa College. Leading the charge for Ventura was Valexsia Droughn on the women's side along with Darrell Handy-Johnson, Terrell Handy-Johnson and Kamar Wilson.
VC beach volleyball pair Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown finished the 2018 season just points away from qualifying for the CCCAA State Beach Volleyball Pairs Tournament in regional play in Irvine Friday. The duo won one match and lost two, the final one in three sets by just four points, bringing to a close the Pirates' 2018 beach volleyball season.
A pair of walks, an error, and a bloop single were all it took for the Pirates to drop the first game of their first round playoff series against Antelope Valley. VC dropped a 2-1 decision to the Marauders Friday at the VC Softball Complex in game 1 of the best-of-three first round series. Games 2, and game 3 (if necessary) will be Saturday May 5 beginning an noon in Ventura.
Pirate Joey Herrera claimed medalist honors Monday at the Western State Championships with an even par 70-74, 144 at the par-72 Crystalaire Country Club in Llano. The VC sophomore finished the day two shots ahead of the second place competitors to win the tournament as he finished second for the season in conference competition. The Pirates came in third as a team in the 36-hole event, claiming a second place finish in the WSC's final standings.
The Ventura College men's tennis season came to an end Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the CCCAA State Singles and Doubles Championships at The Ojai Tournament. Priyank Soni dropped his quarterfinal match against the No. 1 seed in the draw in the morning while Solal Cherqui and Rafael Dunan lsot their quarterfinal match in the afternoon.
The Ventura College softball team has matched its highest playoff seed in program history, earning the No. 7 seed in the upcoming CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Pirates (28-9) will host No. 9 Antelope Valley (28-11) in a best two-of-three series beginning on Friday May 4 and concluding with a double-header, if necessary, on Saturday May 5. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 2:00 pm at the VC Softball Complex.
Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown took third place at the Western State Conference Beach Volleyball Pairs Tournament Friday in Bakersfield. The duo won their elite eight match before falling in the semifinals in a heart-breaking three set match. Fanslow and Mckeown were able to rebound, however, to sweep the third-place match.
The Pirates' men's tennis team continued play in the CCCAA State singles and Doubles Championships Friday in The Ojai Tournament. Priyank Soni made it through to the quarterfinals to be held Saturday April 28 while the doubles team of Solal Cherqui and Rafael Dunan also moved through the draw to the quarterfinals.
The Ventura College men's and women's track teams hosted the Western State Conference Championships for the first time since the all-weather track was installed at the VC Sportsplex 13 years ago. The Pirate women took the silver team trophy placing second behind champion West Los Angeles while the men finished in fourth place overall in the highly contested meet. Valexsia Droughn led the VC women with a pair of individual gold medal performances and was part of a first place relay team. Darrell-Handy-Johnson won the lone gold medal for the Pirate men, taking first in the high jump, winning a tie-breaker against his twin brother Terrell Handy-Johnson, who claimed the silver.
Sophomore Alyssa Powell was the last person standing for the Ventura College women's tennis team. Playing in the Round of 32 in the CCCAA State Singles Championships at The Ojai, Powell was eliminated from the draw Friday morning by the No. 4 seed from College of the Desert, 6-1, 6-0. Her setback closed the 2018 season for the Pirates' women's tennis team.
They never gave up, fighting to the end. The Pirates' baseball team , trailing by two runs, were able to load the bases in the top of the ninth inning Thursday at Santa Barbara, just could not get one more hit to overcome the Vaqueros in the season finale. VC dropped the 7-5 decision at Pershing Park, finishing the season at an even .500 overall and in Western State Conference North Division play.
The Pirates' men's tennis team began its final weekend of the season Thursday with five singles players and three doubles teams moving on to day two of the CCCAA State Singles and Doubles Championships at The Ojai. Victories included upset victoies by Rafael Dunan, Augustin Lestelle and Priyank Soni in singles play while Alexander Martin and Jakob Runschen had an upset win in doubles.
Alyssa Powell came from behind in a three-set thriller to advance to day two of the CCCAA State Singles Tournament at The Ojai in play at the VC Tennis Center Thursday. Lea Meschke also won her first match of the day before falling in the round of 32, and the doubles pair of Allie De Marco and Powell also won their first match at state before bowing out.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team had one of its five entrants advance to the Elite Eight of the Western State Conference Pairs Tournament played Wednesday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. In an unfotunate quirk of the brackets, Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown defeated teammates Janessa Simental and Braxton Jessie in the round of 16 to advance to Friday's final rounds of the draw in Bakersfield.
Dayton Provost had the kind of day that every young baseball player dreams about. With the Pirates' backs against the proverbial wall, he came through in a big way, batting 5-5, including a two-out, bases-clearing triple and an eighth inning home run, and batted in six runs as VC defeated Santa Barbara 9-7 Tuesday. The victory kept the Pirates' post-season hopes alive, pulling them into a three-way tie for second place with SBCC and Hancock with one game left on the schedule.
The Pirate softball team completed its regular season i fine fashion Tuesday afternoon, shutting out host Santa Barbara 8-0 in a five-inning contest. Anissa Padilla recorded her second straight 5-inning shutout, allowing just three hits to the Vaqueros while striking out three. Sophie Dahlstedt and Kaylee Neal both had two hits and each scored a run in the victory for Ventura (28-9, 12-2). The Pirates finishe the season in second place in the Western State Conference North Division and await their playoff seeding.
Joey Herrera shot an even par round of 72, tied for fifth place individually, as the Pirate golf team carded a season-best 387 Monday to take second place at the Western State Conference event hosted by Citrus College at San Dimas Country Club. College of the Canyons ran away with the meet with a team score of 352, followed by VC (287) and Santa Barbara (388). The Pirates and Vaqueros are now tied for second place in the standings heading into the WSC Championships next week.
The Pirate baseball team struggled to keep the Hancock off the bases Saturday, dropping their second straight game to the Bulldogs 14-10 in Santa Maria. Ventura (19-19, 9-9) pounded out 17 hits in the game, including three each from TJ Foreman, Fabian De La Barcena and Tommy Gibbons-Matsuyama, but they gave up 16 hits defensively. The loss drops the Pirates two games out of first place with two games remaining in the regular season.
The Pirates' men's tennis team had its playoff run come to a halt Saturday afternoon as the No. 2-seeded Pirates were swept by No. 1 Cerritos, 5-0. Although the Pirates won more games against the Falcons than they did in their March 9 meeting, The Falcons proved once again to be too much for the Pirates (14-2) one step shy of the state championship match.
Both the Ventura College men's and women's swim teams finished fourth in the Western State Conference Championships that were completed Saturday in Bakersfield. Adrianna Bese and Sarah Rundle each had medal-winning performances for the women on the final day of the three-day meet while David Peterson, Cooper Fuchs and Hunter Massey turned in medal-worthy performances for the men.
The VC beach volleyball team traveled to Bakersfield on Friday for the final day of the regular season, splitting a pair of Western State Conference matches. The Pirates (12-7, 7-3) defeated Antelope Valley 4-1 in the early contest before falling to Moorpark 3-2 in the second match. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown in the No. 3 slot were the only Pirates to post two wins on the day.
The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams continued competition on day two of the three-day Western State Conference Championships on Friday in Bakersfield with both teams maintaining a fourth place standing. Adrianna Bese provided the best finish of the meet to this point for the women with her silver medal in the 100-yard breast stroke while Cooper Fuchs continued his strong meet with a second place finish in the 100-yard backstroke to lead the men.
The Ventura College men's track and field team sits in second place, one-half point out of first, and the VC women are in fifth, just six points from the top spot, following the Western State Conference Preliminaries held Friday at Santa Monica College. The men's team qualified 15 athletes for the WSC Finals ,and the women advanced 11 to the championship meet that will be held Friday April 27 at the Ventura College Sportsplex.
The Pirate baseball team dropped to third place, a game out of first, with an 8-3 loss to visiting Allan Hancock College Thursday at Pirate Park. Dayton Provost had a pair of hits with two RBI while Chris McKee also recorded two singles and scored twice. Fabian De La Barcena had the only extra base it for VC (19-18, 9-8), a fourth-inning triple.
Anissa Padilla was unstoppable Thursday afternoon at Moorpark. The VC sophomore was 4-4 at the plate with three RBI offensively while pitching a five-inning shutout, allowing just three hits with five strikeouts in Ventura's 9-0 victory over the Raiders. Celeste Ekman was 2-3 with a double and three runs batted in for VC (27-9, 11-2) in the victory. The Pirates totaled 15 hits as a team in the game.