In perfect weather conditions in the High Desert, the Ventura College men's golf team shot a team score of 389 to finish fourth at the Western State Conference No. 6 event hosted by Antelope Valley College at the par 72 Antelope Valley Country Club. Michael Ray tied for seventh overall with a 2-over 74 while Nick Burns and Justin Perich carded a 76 and 77, respectively. Canyons won the event with a team score of 367 followed by Santa Barbara (380) and Glendale (382).
The Ventura College baseball team had its four game winning streak come to an end Saturday with a 7-3 defeat at Moorpark College. Gabe Baldovino was 4-4 in the game, including a double and a triple, with a run scored while Zane Chittenden and Junior Sandoval each had two hits. Ventura (12-9, 4-2) falls into a second place tie with Allan Hancock College in the Western State Conference race, one half game behind the Raiders.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams hit the pool Saturday in the Western State Conference meet No. 2 at College of the Canyons Saturday with the men finishing second and the women earning fourth place among eight and 10 teams, respectively. Deon Crilly and Hunter Massey both earned first place finishes to lead the men while Alli Hopkins captured a gold for the Pirate women.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team was on the road Friday on their home beach, taking on Bakersfield and host Moorpark in their Western State Conference openers at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The Pirates (6-4, 2-0) swept the Renegades 5-0 before edging the Raiders 3-2. Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie had the match-winner at No. 4 against Moorpark, winning in three sets while Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer also had two victories on the day.
The Ventura College softball team traveled to San Diego for the weekend, dropping a 2-1 decision Friday at San Diego City College in eight innings before falling twice at San Diego Mesa College on Saturday, 8-0 in six innings and 8-6. Marisa Felix had three hits in the three games and Jessica Mendoza and Kayla Garcia shared pitching duties.
Battling high winds and competition from three conference schools and a handful of unattached athletes, the Pirates' men's and women's track and field teams claimed six gold medals at the Moorpark Open on Friday. Adan Cruz and Isaiah Batis each claimed individual track wins for the men and Jacob Guzman won the discus throw. For the women, Cynthia Tuzak won the discus while Lilly Christenson and Kimora Pooler won the long jump and shot put events, respectively. VC's 4x400m relay team also claimed a first place finish.
The Pirates' season came to a heartbreaking conclusion Friday with a 59-57 loss to Diablo Valley College in the CCCAA State Quarterfinals at the VC Athletic Event Center. The Pirates, seeded No. 4 from Southern California, went toe-to-toe with Northern California's top-seed in a game that featured 12 lead changes and five ties, and the margin stayed primarily within five points. Cece Quintino led the Pirates (25-10) with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds while Victoria Maciel and Madison Cvijanovich each totaled 11 points.
For the second game in a row, the Pirate baseball team used a big inningg to break up a pitcher's dual, propeling the team to victory. Thursday, VC (12-8, 4-1) used a six-run seventh inning to break open a 1-1 tie with visiting Moorpark, coasting to the 7-3 win, Ventura's fourth straight triumph. Zane Chittenden delivered the big blow, a 2-RBI double in the seventh as he finished the game with two hits, three runs batted in and a run scored. Brent Dickey picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief in support of Jackson Hickert, who pitched six complete, giving up one run on five hits.
The Ventura College men's tennis team swept visiting Bakersfield 9-0 Thursday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center. The bottom half of the line-up shut out the Renegades as Alexandre Campolina, Thiago Batista and James Moulton swept the Nos. 4, 5, and 6 singles matches, respectively, with identical 6-0, 6-0 scores. Batista and doubles partner Charles De La Laurencie also shut out their opponents in No. 2 doubles, 8-0.
The Pirate softball team continued their winning ways Thursday with a 10-2 5-inning victory over visiting Oxnard. Kayla Garcia led a balanced VC attack with three hits and two runs batted in while Jessica Mendoza was 2-2 with an RBI. The Pirates (10-7, 5-1) pounded out 15 hits on the day. Garcia and Jessica Mendoza shared duties in the circle to pick up the victory.
Ventura College redshirt freshman Cece Quintino has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. The 5-foot-8 guard from Liberty High School in Las Vegas leads the Prates in scoring at 16.8 points per game and assists with 3.7 dimes per contest. She is also second in rebounding with 5.6 boards per game. Cece becomes the 12th player in program history to earn All-American recognition.
It only took one inning, one big inning. The Pirate baseball team scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to post a 6-2 victory at Oxnard College on Tuesday. AJ Medrano and Junior Sandoval continued their clutch hitting with two runs batted in each while Medrano, Ethan Balolong and Gabe Baldovino all recorded two hits in the win. Travis Weston pitched six scoreless innings and was credited with the win for the Pirates (11-8, 3-1), who have now won three straight.
After multiple re-schedulings, the Pirates' men's tennis team finally faced Santa Babrara City College, coming away with an 8-1 victory at Pershing Park on Tuesday. Thiago Batista highlighted the day with a golden set, producing 24 straight winners in his 6-0, 6-0 victory in No. 5 singles. He then teamed up with Jacob Boucher for an 8-0 win in No. 3 doubles for the Pirates (6-3, 2-2).
The Pirate softball team rebounded from its first Western State Conference loss of the season on Monday with a big win on the road at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Kayla Garcia had three hits, including a pair of doubles,scored two runs and batted in two more to lead the Ventura to a 10-1 victory over the Cougars. Marisa Felix knocked out three singles and a double while driving in two scores and crossing the plate once and Jessica Mendoza recorded two RBI for Ventura (9-7, 4-1).
The California Community College Athletic Association has announced its state academic awards for 2017-18, and the 2017 Ventura College football, women's cross country and women's soccer teams were all awarded the Scholar Team Award, the highest academic team achievement given annually by the CCCAA. These are Ventura's 35th, 36th and 37th Scholar team awards since the program's inception in 1997-98. At least one VC team has earned Scholar Team distinction for 19 consecutive years.
The Pirates' golf team battled difficult windy conditions at the par-72 Santa Maria Country Club course on Monday, placing third at the Western State Conference No. 5 hosted by Allan Hancock College. The Pirates carded a team score of 398, behind Canyons at 387 and Santa Barbara at 389. Freshman Nick Burns tied for fourth place overall with a 2-over 74 while Mason Teron and Jake Yasutake each shot 79.
Zane Chittenden and Jacob Martinez combined to allow two runs, one earned, on six Oxnard hits as the Pirates edged the Condors 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Pirate Park. Chittenden started on the mound, giving up two runs, one earned and scattering four hits over five complete innings of work, before Martinez came in to pitch four scoreless frames for the win. Sam Langler and AJ Medrano each had runs batten in, and Junior Sandoval scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a wild pitch.
The Pirates' women's basketball team has proven itself to be elite once again, defeating Irvine Valley 73-53 Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center to advance to the CCCAA State Elite Eight for a state record 18th time, the 17th time in 29 years under head coach Ned Mircetic. Talia Taufaasau had 24 points, including 19 in the second half, to lead the way while Emma Larson set her second-season high in as many games with 16 points. Cece Quintino netted 13 points with six rebounds and six assists for the Pirates (25-9).
The Ventura College beach volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches Friday at El Camino College. The Pirates (4-4) were swept by the host Warriors before losing a tight 3-2 decision to Mt. San Antonio. Jordan neria and Morgan Gallagher, and Faith Mackie and Brooklyn Wallet posted victories for VC in the match with the Mounties.
The Pirate baseball team rebounded to end a three game skid with a 10-4 victory over visiting Santa Barbara City College on Friday at Pirate Park. Aj Medrano had three runs batted in and Gabe Baldovino recorded three hits to lead Ventura (9-8, 1-1) while Travis Weston was a stabilizing force out of the bullpen, pitching four scoreless innings, limiting the Vaqueros to two hits and striking out five to pick up the victory.
The Ventura College golf team fell to Northern California powerhouse reedley College Friday afternoon in a dual match played at the par-72 Hunter ranch Golf Club in Paso Robles. The Pirates carded a team score of 399 compared to the 369 posted by the Tigers. Michael Ray led Ventura with a 3-over 75 and Nick Burns shot a 4-over 77.
The Ventura College men's and women's track and field teams participated in the annual Occidental College Distance Carnival and Spring Break Competition Saturday in Eagle Rock, producing changes in the state rankings and on VC's all-time track lists. One thrower and three distance runners made statewide impacts highlighted by Brieanna Tayfoya's 800-meter run. Olivia Burton and Adan Cruz had strong runs in the women's and men's 500 meters, respectively, and Cynthia Tuzak had a strong performance in the discus.
Pirate guards Cece Quintino and Talia Taufaasau have been named to the All-State team by the California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association in meetings held last week. Quintino, a redshirt freshman from Liberty High School in Las Vegas was named second-team All-State while Taufaasau, a freshman from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita was named third-team. This is the 14th time in program history that the Pirates have had two or more players named to the all-state team.
Ventura College sophomore forward Audrey Castillo has signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic careers at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA. The 2018 Western State Conference Co-Player of the Year led the Pirates this past season with 22 goals and 11 assists, helping VC to a 10-7-5 overall record and to the program's 22nd CCCAA Southern California Regional Playoffs appearance. Ventura finished WSC North Division play at 8-1-1 and in second place.
Ventura College women's water polo coach Linda Wright has been named to the coaching staff for USA Water Polo for the 30th Summer World University Games to be held July 3-14 in Naples, Italy. Wright, who served as the Pirates' Interim Head Coach this past season, will be a Team Manager for both the men's and women's teams participating in the bi-annual games.
The Ventura College softball team continued Western State Conference play with a walk-off 8-0 run-rule win over visiting Allan Hancock College in six innings Tuesday. Kaylee Neal was 4-4 with a double and an RBI and Kali Brown was also 4-4 while scoring four runs for the PIrates (6-6, 2-0). Jessica Mendoza had a bases-loaded triple in the first inning to get VC off on a positive note.
The Pirate baseball team hit a rough patch Monday afternoon, falling to Santa Barbara City College 11-2 in the Western State Conference opener for both teams. The game was played at Pirate Park with the Vaqueros as the home team due to unplayable conditions in Pershing Park in Santa Barbara. The Pirates (8-8, 0-1) were limited to five hits in the game with Junior Sandoval claiming a single and a double. Hunter Klingelhoffer had a two-RBI single in the eighth inning for VC.
On an ideal day for golf in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Pirate golf team placed third at the Western State Conference event hosted by College of the Canyons at the par-72 Valencia Country Club. Kaden Santos went low for Ventura with a 5-over 77, good for sixth place overall. Mason Teron posted a 79 for the Pirates. VC had a team score of 405, which was good for third place. Canyons won the event with a 381 followed by Santa Barbara at 392.
For the third year in a row, and for the fourth time in the past five years, the Pirate football team has topped the Southern California Football Association's Scholar-Athlete team. VC has placed a program-best 20 players on the honor roll, led by offensive lineman Dane Nelson with a 3.95 Grade Point Average and by tight ends Trennan Carlson and Jared Thomsen at 3.58 and 3.54, respectively. All of these honorees have also been nominated for Academic All-State. The Pirates achieved a 3.01 GPA as a team in the fall, posting an 11-2 record while capturing the school's first ever SCFA Championship, advancing to the CCCAA state championship game in December.
In a rare double header, the Ventura college beach volleyball team swept start-up Pasadena City College club team 5-0 and 5-0 Friday morning at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The pairs of Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer, and BrooklynWallet and Faith Mackie both posted two 2-0 sweeps over their oppoennts in their two matches.