The Ventura College women's soccer team has qualified for the post season for the 23rd time n its 24-year existence. The Pirates (12-6-3) have been seeded No. 10 in the Southern California Regionals and will head to No. 7 Santa Barbara (12-6-3) to begin post-season play on Saturday Nov. 23. The Pirates and Vaqueros have already tangled twice this season with SBCC prevailing 2-1 both on Oct. 1 and Nov. 10.
Despite finishing fourth in the Southern California Football Association RPI rankings, the Ventura College football team will not be heading back to the playoffs to defend their SCFA title from a year ago. But fresh off their win at Long Beach on Saturday to clinch a share of the program's sixth conference title in eight seasons. the Pirates (8-2) will host the Joe Kapp Real Estate Beach Bowl on Saturday Nov. 23 at the VC Sportsplex against No. 8 Cerritos College (6-4).
Running back Jayden Vargas had another solid outing, and the bend-but-don't-break Pirate defense came up with big plays when they needed it the most as the Ventura College football team held on for a 30-26 victory Saturday night at Long Beach City College. With the victory, VC (8-2, 4-1) captured a share of the Northern Conference championship with LBCC and Canyons, the program's sixth conference title in the last eight seasons. Kicker Alberto Arroyo had three field goals and Travis Calloway had 13 tackles to lead Ventura to the triumph on the last day of the regular season.
The Pirates' men's basketball team held a 12-point lead midway through the second half, but succumbed to a late rally by College of the Canyons, falling to the Cougars 82-80 in the third place game of the Irvine Valley Classic on Friday. Dayshone Henry netted a season-high 34 points with 10 rebounds to lead VC (3-3) while Timothy Turner and Dayveon Bates each netted 13 points with five assists. Darius Butler also scored 13 points inthe game for Ventura.
The VC women's soccer team took out a week's worth of frustration on visiting Los Angeles Pierce Friday, placing a 5-0 smashing on the Brahmas in the regular season finale at the VC Sportsplex. Ventura, who had suffered consecutive losses to slide from first to third in the Western State Conference North Divsiion, received two goals and an assist by Jacqueline Rivera and Sammy Zanaini while Jasmine Ambriz also found the back of the net. Goalie Aracely Castro posted her ninth shutout of the season.
The Pirate volleyball team will be heading to the post-season on a high note. In the regular season finale at the Athletic Event Center, Ventura (13-9, 8-2) defeated visiting Santa Barbara 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 to finish in second place in the Western State Conference North Division. Morgan Gallagher had 14 kills and 10 digs while Brooklyn Wallet had 12 kills and a .524 hitting percentage, sending the Pirates into the post-season for the third straight year and the fifth time i the past six seasons under head coach Brad Lyans.
The Pirates men's basketball team had a rough go of it Thursday, falling to Cerritos 70-43 on the first day of the four-team Irvine Valley Classic. Timothy Turner had 13 points to lead VC (3-2) while Dayshone Henry netted 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds. Tomas Dangerfield scored six points with five boards in the setback.
A van carrying members of the Ventura College women's water polo team was involved in a traffic accident early Thursday morning. The team was traveling to the Southern California Regional Playoffs in Riverside when the accident occurred on a freeway in San Fernando. All players and coaches in the accident were checked out by medical personnel and no major injuries were reported. However, the team did not participate in its scheduled 11:30 am playoff game vs. Los Angeles Valley College in Riverside.
The VC volleyball team didn't mess around Wednesday night, easily disposing of visiting Los Angeles Pierce College 25-9, 25-17, 25-10 at the Athletic Event Center. In a make-up match originally scheduled for Oct. 11, the Pirates swept through the Brahmas behind eight kills from Victoria Whitney and a six-kill, nine-dig, five-ace performance from Raphaella Rosales. The Pirates (12-9, 7-2) are locked into the runner-up spot of the Western State Conference North Division and a playoff berth appears imminent.
The Ventura College women's water polo team is headed to the playoffs. The Pirates (16-13) received the No. 8 seed in the Southern California Regionals and will take on No. 9 Los Angels Valley (15-13) on Thursday Nov. 14 at 11:30 am in the opening round at Riverside City College. It will be the third meeting in 11 days between the Pirates and Monarchs, who played the regular season finale on Nov. 4 and in the Western State Conference tournament on Nov. 9.
On their longest road trip of the season on the heels of dropping a heartbreaking game on Sunday, the Pirates' women's soccer team could not get the offense moving Tuesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, falling to Cuesta College 2-0. The Pirates had 14 shots in the game with six on goal and Aracely Castro had four saves in the game for VC (11-6-3, 6-4-1). The Cougars scored goals in the 44th and 63rd minutes for the final margin.
Using a 26-point output in the opening quarter, the VC women's basketball team raced to a 15-point lead after 10 minutes of play en route to a 61-49 victory over previously unbeaten MiraCosta College Sunday in the Championship Game of the Wild West Shootout at West Los Angeles College in Culver City. Talia Taufaasau scored 16 points with four assists and a pair of steals to lead the Pirates (3-0) and earn Tournament MVP honors. Yasmine Ahllamara had 10 points in earning an all-tournament nod and Madison Kast netted nine with five boards for another all-tournament honor.
In a game that most likely decided the Western State Conference North Division title, the Pirates' soccer team could not overcome a two-goal deficit in their 2-1 setback against Santa Barbara at the Sportsplex on Sunday night. Jacky Espinosa netted the Pirates lone goal in a comeback bid that fell just short. Aracely Castro had four saves in goal.
The Pirate football team raced out to a 24-7 first half lead over visiting East Los Angels College Saturday night, then made it hold up in their 45-42 victory over the Huskies. Jayden Vargas rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Chuck Wick had two more rushing scores while Terrell Vaughn had 10 pass receptions for 110 yards and two trips to the end zone. Ventura's win, combined with Long Beach's defeat of Canyons, brings the Pirates (7-2, 3-1) back into the Northern Conference title hunt with one game left visiting LBCC next week.
The No.2-ranked VC women's basketball team held off No. 6 East Los Angeles Saturday evening for a 60-56 victory in the semifinals of the Wild West Shootout at West Los Angeles College in Culver City. Madison Kast had 15 points to lead Ventura (2-0) and Yasmine Ahllamara netted 10 points in the effort. VC opened up as much as a 12-point lead early in the second half before outlasting the Huskies in the end. The Pirates advance to the tournament finals on Sunday Nov. 10 against MiraCosta College.
The VC men's water polo team closed out the 2019 season with a third place finish in the Western State Conference Tournament Friday and Saturday at LA Valley. The No. 3-seeded Pirates dropped a 15-5 decision to No. 2 Cuesta in Friday's semifinal before coming back to defeat No. 4 Santa Monica 14-8 Saturday to claim third place in the draw. Jake Peters had four goals in the two games to lead the Pirates while Ryan Reardon and Austin Brunk scored three goals each for VC (11-15, 3-3).
The Pirates' women's basketball team used a strong third quarter run to defeat Compton College 63-42 Friday night in VC's season-opener. Playing in the first round of the Wild West Shootout at West Los Angeles College in Culver City, Ventura (1-0) outscored the Tartars 25-11 to pull away following halftime. Yasmine Ahllamara came off the bench to lead the PIrates with 18 points and five rebounds. Kimora Pooler recorded eight points and a team-high eight boards while Talia Taufaasau has nine points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Pirates' women's volleyball team had an outstanding effort Friday in sweeping visiting Cuesta 25-20, 25-21, 25-12 to move ever-closer to the program's third straight post-season appearance. Morgan Gallagher led the effort with 10 kills and 12 digs while Brooklyn Wallet had nine winners. Raphaella Rosales recorded eight kills, 11 digs and a pair of service aces for VC (11-9, 6-2) while Kassidy Wilson handed out 23 assists. Leslie Perez contributed 21 digs to lead the defense.
Fresh off a victory in the win-or-go-home play-in game at Cuesta on Wednesday, the Pirates' women's water polo team had strong efforts Friday and Saturday to claim third place in the Western State Conference Tournament at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen. VC pushed eventual champion Santa Barbara Friday in an 11-8 setback before defeating the hosts Saturday in a hard-fought 8-6 victory. Shayle Barrus once again anchored the VC defense from the cage with 25 saves over the two games.
Friday was Olivia Burton's day in San Diego. The Pirates' sophomore from Foothill Tech High School ran faster than anyone else in the Southern California Regional Championships at Mission Bay Park to bring home the gold. She covered the 5k course in a time of 19:21, holding off her rival from Moorpark by two seconds to capture the title. As a team, the VC women continued to recover from injury and illness to finish seventh overall, qualifying them for the CCCAA State Championships in two weeks.
It was student against teacher Wednesday in Riverside as the VC men's basketball team and head coach Joey Ramirez took on Riverside and former VC head coach Phil Matthews. Behind a 32-point performance by Timothy Turner, the Pirates, and Ramirez, got the best of the Tigers and coach Matthews 83-80. It was the 150th career win at VC for Ramirez, who played for Matthews in Ventura in the early 90's. Shulton Tobin had 14 points for VC (3-1) and Dayveon Bates totaled nine points with 14 boards in the victory.
The VC volleyball team traveled to Woodland Hills Wednesday to take on LA Pierce, defeating the Brahmas in four sets, 25-19, 25-17, 20-25, 25-12. Brooklyn Wallet had 14 kills with a hitting percentage of .407, and Morgan Gallagher also recorded 14 winners with 13 digs and five service aces in the Pirate victory, their sixth in the past seven outings. Kassidy Wilson handed out 25 assists and Leslie Perez had 28 digs and a 2.43 passer rating to lead Ventura (9-8, 5-2).
The Ventura College women's water polo team had a stellar defensive effort Wednesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo in the opening round of the Western State Conference Tournament. Shayle Barrus had 12 saves and three steals in goal and Lauren Mora grabbed five thefts as the No. 5-seeded Pirates (15-12, 2-4) upset No. 4 Cuesta 5-1 to advance to the WSC Final Four this coming weekend at LA Valley. Cali Iadevaia and Leanna Ramirez each scored two goals in the victory.
The VC women's soccer team racked up its best offensive night of the season with a 5-1 victory over visiting Oxnard at the VC Sportsplex on Tuesday night. Jacky Espinosa continued her hot streak with two goals and two assists while Sammy Zanini also notched a pair of scores on the night. Karen Martinez also had a goal as the Pirates (11-4-3, 6-2-1) pulled into a first place tie with Cuesta, two points ahead of Santa Barbara in the Western State Conference North Division race.
The VC women's water polo team dropped their regular season finale 9-7 Monday afternoon at Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen. Cali Iadevaia, Raylynn Lipsky and Lauren Mora each scored twice for the Pirates in the game that was a make-up of a contest postponed from Oct. 30. With the loss, VC receives the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Western State Conference Tournament.
On the opening drive of the third quarter, VC quarterback Dino Maldonado hit Mark Ferrell for a 25 yard touchdown giving the Pirates a 35-21 lead. Unfortunately it was all Canyons from that point as CoC scored 27 of the final 30 points of the game in defeating Ventura 48-38 in a pivotal Northern Conference battle. Maldonado was 21-33 for 257 yards and two scores and running back Jayden Vargas had 19 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead VC (6-2, 2-1) in the contest.
Dayshone Henry scored 32 points with 14 rebounds and Dayveon Bates had 28 points with 11 boards as the Pirates' men's basketball team came back from a 10 point deficit in the second half to claim a 106-94 victory over Antelope Valley in overtime in the finale of the We Play Hard Tournament. Thomas Dangerfield netted 15 points as Ventura (2-1) outscored the Marauders 18-6 in the extra period for the win.
The VC men's basketball team's comeback bid fell short Friday night as the Pirates dropped a 76-73 decision to Palomar on day two of the We Play Hard Tournament at the Athletic Event Center. Dayveon Bates netted 23 points with five rebounds to lead VC (1-1) while Thomas Dangerfield scored 14 points. The Pirates trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half before cutting the deficit to one point in the final two minutes of play.
The VC men's water polo team traveled to Chula Vista on Friday and Saturday to play in the 1st Annual Dia De Los Muertos Tournament at Southwestern College. The Pirates went 1-3 over the two days, including a 19-14 win over Fullerton on Friday and a close setback against Cypress Saturday morning. Austin Brunk had 14 goals, five assists, 13 field blocks and seven steals over the weekend while Ryan Reardon netted 15 goals with nine steals in the four games for Ventura (10-14, 2-2).
The Ventura College women's soccer team kept pace in the Western State Conference North Division race with a 2-0 victory at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria Friday afternoon. Jacky Espinosa scored both goals for the Pirates (10-4-3, 5-2-1), who recorded their ninth shutout of the season.