The Western State Conference champion Ventura College baseball team placed four players on the first-team All-WSC list while head coach Jimmy Walker was named co-Coach of the Year in voting by the conference coaches late last month. Outfielders TJ Foreman and Jacob Harris made the conference's top list along with shortstop Gabe Baldovino and starting pitcher Travis Weston.
Four Pirate softball players earned All-Western State Conference accolades for the 2019 season, as selected by conference coaches last month. Sophomores Adriana Clemons and Kaylee Neal both earned their second consecutive first-team nods while freshmen Serrina Cabral and Kali Brown also were named first team all-conference. The Pirates finished the season with a 13-3 WSC North Division mark, good for second place in the standings, and were 22-17 overall, qualifying for the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
Longtime Ventura College baseball coach Don Adams is headed to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Adams, who was head coach of the Pirates from 1995-2017 amassed 738 wins during his tenure and led VC to the Western State Conference championships in 2006. He was also an assistant coach with Hall of Famer Gary Anglin for 15 seasons, helping the Pirates to the 1989 WSC crown. He, along with other Hall of Fame inductees, will be honored at the state association meetings in Fresno on Friday May 24.
Pirate Athletics' past and present intermingled Sunday evening at the 13th Annual Hall of Fame Induction and Student Athlete Recognition Banquet at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. (Photos Coming Soon) All 19 Pirate sports were represented in the evening's activities, and three alumni and two former coaches were introduced as the newest class of the VC Athletics Hall of Fame punctuating Ventura College's 2018-19 athletic year.
The Ventura College track and field teams put an exclamation point on the 2019 season taking five Pirates to the CCCAA State Track and Field Championships in San Mateo Friday and Saturday with three coming home after earning All-American status. Adan Cruz began the awards in the 10k run on Friday, followed by Cynthia Tuzak in the discus and Brieanna Tafoya in the 800 meters on Saturday.
Pirate golfers Michael Ray and Nick Burns both competed at the CCCAA State Championships Monday at the picturesque Silverado Country Club in Napa. Ray shot a 71-81--158 to finish in 41st position while Burns carded an 84-78--162 to come in 51st of the 60 individuals competing.
The remaining Ventura College tracksters with a chance to advance to the CCCAA State Championships competed at Riverside City College on Saturday with three Pirates punching their tickets to the final weekend of the season. Cynthia Tuzak highlighted the regionals for VC with an upset win in the women's discus while Brieanna Tafoya and Olivia Burton also moved on to state. They join Kimora Pooler and Adan Cruz who had qualified for state a week ago.
Despite a solid effort at the CCCAA Beach Volleyball Pairs Championships, Ventura's No. 1 duo of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke had their season come to an end in Chula Vista on Friday. The pair went 1-2 in pool play at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center outside of San Diego.
The Ventura College golfers Michael Ray and Nick Burns both qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in play at the Southern California Regionals on Monday at Los Serranos Country Club in Chino Hills. The Pirates shot a team score of 781 to place seventh of the nine teams to complete their team season.
Jackson Hickert saved his best for last. The Ventura College sophomore pitched a masterpiece in Game 2 of the Pirates CCCAA Southern California Regional against Long Beach, throwing an eight-hit complete game shutout over the Vikings to propel Ventura (26-17) into a third and decisive game in the series. Unfortunately, the Pirates broke down at the end of Game 3, giving up seven runs over the final two innings to drop a 12-3 decision, sending the Vikings into the next round of the playoffs.
Adrianna Bese set a new school record in the 200-yard breast stroke on Saturday, highlighting the final day of competition at the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino. The sophomore touched in 2:28.23, good for eighth place and the new school mark. Gracelyn De La Cruz also earned individual points for the VC women, who finished 11th overall, and Cooper Fuchs led the Pirate men with his third top performance o fthe three-day meet. The Ventura men came in ninth place in the championships.
Adan Cruz and Kimora Pooler punched their tickets to the state championships with top 3 finishes at the Southern California Regionals hosted by Riverside City College Saturday. Pooler claimed second place in the shot put finals to earn her way to state while Cruz claimed the bronze in the 10,000m run. Brieanna Tafoya moved past her preliminary round in the 800 meters on Saturday, as well,and ahost of other Pirates are scheduled to compete in Regioinal Championships on Saturday May 11 back in Riverside.
Ventura College's No. 1 beach volleyball duo of Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke became just the fifth Pirate beach volleyball team to reach the state tournament Friday with a pair of wins at the CCCAA Southern California Regional pairs tournament at Irvine Valley College. They are the first to advance under the current format of regional play before state. The duo will be SoCal's No. 6-seeded pair heading into the CCCAA State Pairs Championships on Friday May 10 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center outside of San Diego.
When the playoffs begin, the margin of error shrinks. The Pirate baseball team found that out the hard way Friday afternoon, as a pair of VC fielding errors led to three unanswered runs for visiting Long Beach in Ventura's 3-1 loss to the Vikings in Game 1 of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoff Series. Travis Weston took the hard-luck loss on the mound despite pitching 8.2 innings and allowing just five hits and no earned runs. Zane Chittenden had a pair of hist for VC (25-16) including a home run.
VC sophomore swimmer Cooper Fuchs claimed the silver medal in the 100-yard backstroke Friday, highlighting the second day of competition for the Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams at the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino. Fuchs touched in 51.03, less than half a second off the gold medal pace. Meanwhile Marcel Hurtubise also earned individual points for the Pirate men while Adrianna Bese, Alli Hopkins and Gracelyn De La Cruz earned individual points for the VC women.
The VC Men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed on Day 1 of the CCCAA State Championships at De Anza College in Cupertino with the Pirate women totaling 51 points, good for a tie for ninth place overall, and the Ventura men earning 42 points for 12th place in the standings. Alli Hopkins and Cooper Fuchs led the Women and men, respectively, on the first day of state competition.
The No. 9-seeded Ventura College beach volleyball team traveled to El Cajon Tuesday to take on No. 1 Grossmont and No. 8 Mt. San Antonio in the CCCAA Southern California Regionals. Unfortunately, the Pirates' season came to an end with a pair of 5-0 losses to the Griffins and Mounties, respectively.
The Ventura College softball team's 2019 season came to an end on Thursday with a 5-1 loss at Southwestern College in Chula Vista in the play-in round of the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. Kali Brown had a pair of hits for the Pirates (22-17) and Kayla Garcia had a hit and an RBI. Serrina Cabral, Marisa Felix and Adriana Clemons also recorded hits in the season finale for VC.
On the strength of their first Western State Conference North Division title in 13 years, the Ventura College baseball team has received the No. 5 seed in the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs and will be hosting a playoff series at Pirate Park for the first time ever. Ventura will host No. 12 Long Beach City College in a best-of-three set beginning at 2:00 pm Friday May 3. Game 2 with the Vikings will be at 11:00 am on Saturday May 4, with Game 3, if necessary, following Game 2.
The Ventura College golf team struggled through the 36-hole Western State Conference Championships Monday at Ojai's Soule Park Golf Course. The Pirates shot a 397 in the morning round, coming in fifth place among the nine conference teams, and carded a 386 in the afternoon, placing fourth. Overall, Ventura shot a 783 to come in fifth place for the day. Mason Teron led VC with a 3-over 147, placing in a tie for eighth place overall, earning All-WSC honors.
The Western State Conference champion Ventura College beach volleyball team is headed to the post season. The Pirates (16-4) have received the No. 9 seed in the region, and will head to No. 1 Grossmont (19-2) in a triangular contest that will also feature No. 8 Mt. San Antonio (10-9). This marks the third post-season appearance for the Pirates in the four-year history of the program.
Its no easy task to play on Santurday at The Ojai Tournament. That is exactly what VC men's tennis doubles team of Antonio Rosales and Kyle Spiegelman did Saturday as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the CCCAA State Doubles Championships. The Pirates' No. 1 duo made a strong showing at the Ojai Athletic Club, ultimately coming up short against Northern California's No. 1 seed from Foothill College, falling 6-3, 6-4.
The Ventura College softball team is headed to the CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs. The Pirates (22-16) received the No. 18 seed and will head to No. 15 Southwestern College (25-14) on Tuesday for the play-in round. This is the fourth straight season Ventura has qualified for postseason play.
The Pirate beach volleyball team sent three pairs to the Southern California Regional pairs Tournament Friday on the final day of the Western State Conference Championships in Santa Monica. VC's Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie advanced to the final match before falling in a three-set thriller. Meanwhile, Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke claimed third place and Jordan Neria and Morgan Gallagher finished in fifth for the Pirates.
One day after clinching their first conference title in 13 years, the Pirate basebal team traveled to Cerritos for a non-conference tilt making up a rained out game from February. TJ Foreman and Zane Chittenden each had a pair of hits ad Baylor Tovar had an RBI but Ventura fell to the Falcons, 4-1. Chittenden also started on the mound, giving up three runs, one earned, over four innings of work.
The Pirates' doubles team of Antonio Rosales and Kyle Spiegelman advanced to the quarterfinals of CCCAA State Championships at The Ojai Tournament Friday with a pair of victories. The No. 3-seed from Southern California, the VC duo defeated a team from Mt. San Antonio College, 6-1, 6-2 before downing the SoCal No. 8-seeds from San Diego City, 6-4, 6-2. The pair will take the court in the state quarterfinals on Saturday April 27 at 2:30 pm at the Ojai Athletic Club.
The Pirates' men's and women's track and field teams sent 19 athletes to the Western State Conference Championships Friday at Moorpark College. At the end of the day, 15 qualified for the Southern California Regionals with the women placing third in the conference and the men taking eighth place. The performances were highlighted by Leslie Valoaga who become the first VC thrower in 10 years to advance to SoCal's in all four throwing disciplines.
A swing and a miss on a ball in the dirt, a wide throw to first, a great catch and a spin to tag the bag. And with that the celebration began. The Ventura College baseball team ended a 13-year title drought Thursday by defeating Allan Hancock College 3-1 at Pirate Park, capturing a share of the Western State Conference North Division championship for the first time since 2006. Jackson Hickert pitched into the seventh inning, giving up one run while striking out six, while AJ Medrano, Gabe Baldovino and Junior Sandoval all knocked in a run to power the victory for the Pirates (25-14, 13-7).
The VC men's tennis team had a solid showing in the opening rounds of the CCCAA State Singles and Doubles Championships hosted by The Ojai Tournament. Antonio Rosales, Charles De La Laurencie and Kyle Spiegelman all moved into the round of 32 in singles while the doubles pair of Rosales and Spiegelman also moved into the top-32.
Ventura College sophomore Keressa Garland and doubles partner Tanya Thompson won their first round match in the CCCAA State Singles and Doubles Championships at The Ojai Tournament on Thursday before falling in the round of 64. The duo, VC's only women's entrants in the state championships, defeated a team from College of the Desert 7-5, 6-3, before falling to the No. 1 seed in the draw from American River, 6-0, 6-1.