The rains subsided overnight and the sun peaked through the clouds Friday, making for a nice day for volleyball at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The Pirate beach volleyball team, hosting a five-match Western State Conference schedule, split a pair of contests on the day. In the morning competition, VC (7-6, 2-2) lost a closely fought 3-2 decision to Moorpark before coming back in the afternoon match to sweep Victor Valley 5-0. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown at No. 3, and Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia at No. 5 both were double winners on the day.
The Pirate baseball team gave up seven runs over a two inning span, then scored nine runs over two frames, but it was the four runs they yielded in the final two innings that made the difference in their 11-10 loss to Allan Hancock College Tuesday at Pirate Park. Shane Gipson was 2-4 on the afternoon, including a three-run home run, with four RBI and Steele Ledford knocked out three hits with two runs scored but it was not enough to push Ventura (11-12, 4-3) over the top in the wild game.
The Ventura College men's tennis team clinched their fourth consecutive Western State Conference championship Tuesday with a weather-shortened 5-1 victory over visiting Los Angeles Pierce College. Augustin Lestelle, Rafael Dunan and Rodrigo Perdigao all won their matches love and love as the Pirates captured the WSC crown for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons and the 15th time since 2001.
The VC softball team won its fourth straight game, and its fifth in six Western State Conference contests, defeating visiting Moorpark 8-1 Tuesday afternoon. Megan Best pitched a complete game for the Pirates, allowing one run on three hits with four strike outs. Adriana Clemons was 3-4 at the plate with a double and four runs batted in to lead the attack for Ventura (15-5, 5-1).
The VC women's tennis team shut out host Antelope Valley 9-0 Tuesday afternoon in Lancaster. Alyssa Powell, Allie De Marco and Keressa Garland all had love, love matches in singles while Garland and Tricia McClain did not drop a game in doubles for the Pirates (9-7, 7-4).
VC sophomore Joey Herrera continued his strong play Monday, posting his third sub-par round in his past four outings. His 2-under par 69 won him medalist honors for the fourth time this year, and the Pirates came in second as a team at the Western State Conference event hosted by Glendale College at Oakmont Country Club. Herrera went low by five strokes over second place and Denis Kakimoto was tied for fifth with a 77.
The Pirate softball team defeated visiting Cuesta College 8-0 on Monday afternoon for the team's third win and second shutout in a row. Pitcher Anissa Padilla allowed just three hits and struck out six in earning the complete game victory in the circle. Kaylee Neal had a pair of hits, including a double, and one run batted for the Pirates offensively.
The Pirate baseball team completed their second straight 2-1 week in Western State Conference play with a come-from-behind 7-4 victory over Cuesta Saturday at Pirate Park. Fabian De La Barcena had a three-RBI triple and Shane Gipson also knocked in a run in VC's four-run seventh inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 7-4 advantage. Blake Campbell threw three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win for the Pirates (11-11, 4-2).
The Ventura College swim teams competed in the Western State Conference #2 meet in Bakersfield Saturday with the men finishing third of the eight competing teams and the women placing fourth of 10 teams. Cooper Fuchs led the charge on the men's side with three top-8 finishes, including first place in the 50-yard freestyle and two second place finishes. Adrianna Bese, Christina Jimenez, Kelsey Golden and Gracelyn De La Cruz all recorded a pair of top-8 finishes for the Pirate women.
The VC beach volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday at Cal State Bakersfield to open Western State Conference play. VC fell to host Bakersfield College in a tight 3-2 contest to open play before coming back to defeat Santa Monica 4-1. Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia were the only double winners for the Pirates (6-5, 1-1), winning twice at the No. 5 slot.
The Pirate baseball team returned to home Friday and beat the rain, but not visiting Moorpark, falling to the raiders 7-3. The loss splits the two-game series against the cross-county rivals as VC won at Moorpark last Saturday. Rudy Aguilar led VC at the plate with a pair of hits, one run scored and one RBI. Taylor Goffena pitched into the sixth inning in the start, giving up five runs in taking the loss.
The Pirate baseball team pulled back to .500 with an 11-9 victory at Cuesta Thursday afternoon, their third straight Western State Conference win. Steele Ledford opened up the game with a home run, and also had a single and triple and two more runs batted in and Fabian De La Barcena was 2-3 with a double and three RBI. Noah Proffitt pitched seven innings, giving up five runs and four hits while striking out three to pick up the win and Sal Delgado recorded the save.
Anissa Padilla had a very good day. The sophomore pitcher for the Pirate softball team did not allow a hit over five innings, striking out five as Ventura defeated Oxnard 9-0 on the road Thursday afternoon. Adriana Clemons was 4-4 at the plate with four runs batted in and Samantha Gonzalez was 2-4 with an RBI for VC (13-5, 3-1).
On a sunny and cool spring day, the Pirates' women's tennis team swept past a shorthanded Victor Valley team 9-0 Thursday at the VC Tennis Center. Ventura (8-7, 6-4) was able to play eight different players, four in singles and four in doubles, with all coming away with victories against the visiting Rams.
The Ventura College football team is proud to announce that it now has signed 13 student athletes form the 2017 3-Peat Northern Conference championship team to four-year commitments. Seven have signed during the late signing period, joining six who were mid-year transfers. Head coach Steve Mooshagian anticipates many more signings throughout the spring and summer.
Joey Herrera turned in an exceptional round of 3-under par 69 to tie for medalist honors at the Western State Conference event at Antelope Valley Country Club in Lancaster Monday, leading the Pirates to a third place finish in the conference competition. Ventura posted a team score of 381, their second-best team score of the year, to finish behind Santa Barbara (369) and Canyons (376).
Ventura College's Jacob Alonzo has been named first team All-State by the California Community College Men's Basketball Coaches Association. The 5-foot-8 sophomore from Camarillo High School was named the Western State Conference Most Valuable Player in a vote of conference coaches last month. He led the state in free throw shooting, hitting a phenomenal 94.9 percent of his attempts, 93-98, missing just five free throws all season. Additionally he was fourth in the state in steals, averaging 3.0 thefts per game.
The Ventura College men's and women's swim teams traveled to San Luis Obispo over the weekend for the 40th Annual Cuesta College Swim Invitational. The Pirates battled cold, rainy weather and a bout with illness running through the team in competition with some of the top swim programs from Southern and Northern California. Anthony Amezcua turned in the top individual performance for the men while Adrianna Bese had thebest swim of the meet for the women.
The Pirates' beach volleyball team split a pair of matches in Huntington Beach Friday, defeating Fullerton 4-1 before narrowly falling to Golden West, 3-2. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Sha Mckeown posted two victories at the No. 3 slot, as did Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia at No. 5 to lead Ventura (5-4) on the day.
Pirate catcher Shane Gipson had three hits, including a triple, three runs batted in and also scored a run in Ventura's 10-3 victory at Moorpark College Friday. Rudy Aguilar also belted out three safeties with two runs scored and an RBI and four other Pirates had two hits each. Ryker Kennepohl pitched six solid innings, allowing two earned runs in picking up the victory for VC (9-10, 2-1).
The Pirates' men's tennis team did not fare well Friday taking on top-ranked Cerritos College on the road. The Pirates took their first loss of the year, falling to the Falcons 7-2. Priyank Soni and Augustin Lestelle produced VC's only victories of the day at Nos. 2 and 4 singles, respectively.
The Ventura College Pirate track teams weathered cold and, at times, torrential rain, producing one school record and three changes to the all-time lists at the Occidental Distance Carnival and Spring Break Classic on Friday in Eagle Rock. Valexsia Droughn set a new school record in the women's 100 meters while Jordan Gibson cracked VC's Top-10 list in the men's 100 meters. Marissa Gonzales also joined the top-10 party in the women's 5000 meters, as did Sandra Harness in the 100-meter hurdles.
The VC women's tennis team ran into a buzzsaw Friday, falling to host Cerritos College 9-0. The doubles teams of Alyssa Powell and Allie De Marco (No. 1), and Lea Meschke and Jule Lauinger (No. 2) each took a game in their respective match, while Meschke (No. 1) and Powell (No. 2), avoided shutouts in singles.
The Pirates baseball team rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, seven of which were scored with two outs, and the Pirates defeated Oxnard 10-6 Thursday afternoon at Pirate Park. Shane Gipson had three hits with two runs batted in and a run scored to lead the 13-hit Pirate offensive attack. Dayton Provost had a pair of hits with two RBI and a run scored for VC (8-10, 1-1). Taylor Goffena made the start, giving up three runs in four innings, and Jackson Hokuf pitched .2 of an inning and picked up the win.
The VC Men's tennis team made it six straight sweeping victories in conference play Thursday afternoon with a 9-0 triumph over Santa Barbara City College at Pershing Park. Alexander Martin posted a love love victory at No. 6 singles, and Augustin Lestelle and Rodrigo Perdigao blanked their opponents in No. 3 doubles.The victory maintains the Pirates' perfect mark at 9-0 and runs their Western State Conference mark to 6-0.
The Ventura College women's tennis team was tied 3-3 with Santa Barbara coming out of singles play, but faded down the stretch in the close 6-3 defeat to the Vaqueros at the VC Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon. The loss puts the Pirates firmly in third place in the Western State Conference behind SBCC and front-runner Glendale, taking a hit to the team's playoff hopes. Alyssa Powell, Allie De Marco and Tricia McClain all recorded singles wins for VC (7-6, 5-4).
Ventura College sophomore Davina Del Castillo has been named second team All-State by the California Community College Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The John Burroughs High School product becomes the 40th Pirate since 1986 to earn All-State honors. Del Castillo will be honored, along with the entire CCCWBCA All-State team, at Wednesday’s Banquet of Champions in Oxnard, held in conjunction with the CCCAA State Tournament being held at the VC Athletic Event Center beginning Thursday.
After trailing by scores of 5-1 and 6-2, the Pirate baseball team made a strong comeback, falling just short in their 6-5 loss at Oxnard on Tuesday afternoon to open Western State Conference North Division play. Steele Ledford was 3-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored, and Eric Thrower batted 3-4 with a run batted in for Ventura (7-10, 0-1). Jeff Thoben pitched five solid innings fo relief, giving up just one run, to give the Pirates a chance at the comeback.
The Ventura College men's tennis team posted their fifth straight sweep in Western State Conference play Tuesday afternoon, defeating Glendale 9-0 at the VC Tennis Center. The Prates (8-0, 5-0) remained undefeated on the season with the win. Solal Cherqui (No. 1), Augustin Lestelle (No. 4) and Rodrigo Perdigoa (No. 6) all won their singles matches love and love. Lestelle and Perdigao also teamed up for an 8-0 victory in No. 3 doubles.
The Pirate softball team had a three-run rally in the bottom f the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon to defeat the visiting Allan Hancock Bulldogs 4-1 at the VC Softball Complex. Anissa Padilla was dominant in all aspects of the game, going 2-3 at the plate, including a home run, with two runs batted in. In the pitcher's circle, she recorded 10 strikeouts while scattering five hits over seven complete innings of work for the victory. Arianna Rivas was 1-3 with a triple and two RBI for Ventura (12-5, 2-1).