On a cool and breezy late summer nigh, the Pirates' women's soccer team played visiting East Los Angeles College to a 1-1 draw Tuesday at the Sportsplex. Despite having 23 shots in the game, 12 on goal, Ventura's lone score was by Paulina Aldrete in the 11th minute off the rebound of an Audrey Castillo corner kick. Goalie Aracely Castro had 2 saves for VC (1-4-3).
On an afternoon when things seemed to piling up against the Ventura College football team, the Pirates found a way to pull out the victory. Running back Thomas Duckett took a swing pass from quarterback Brock Domann, broke a pair of would-be tackles, and sprinted 62 yards down the sideline with 1:07 left in the game, and kicker Ian Henzi converted the extra point kick to give VC (3-0) a 29-28 victory over Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
The Ventura College men's water polo team earned their first victory of the young season Saturday, an 18-8 decision over Southwestern College at the 45th Annual Mt. SAC Tournament. Sophomore Tanner Islander and freshman Austin Brunk continue to standout for the Pirates offensively with positive contributions from Sophomore Frank Lopez, freshmen Jake Peters and Riley Doucette, and others.
The Ventura College women's soccer team came out on the short end of a 3-0 deficit Friday evening, falling at Rio Hondo College. The Pirates (1-3-2) managed 12 shots with seven on goal, but could not find the back of the net. VC goalie Maya Escobar had three saves while Aracely Castro recorded two stops.
Brooklyn Wallet had 10 kills while Morgan Gallagher and Kasie Spencer each hit six point-winners as the Ventura College volleyball team swept past the Cal Lutheran JV's Friday at the Athletic Event Center. Gabby Boado and Raphaella Rosales passed out 17 and 15 assists, respectively as the No. 22-ranked Pirates (4-2) captured their third straight triumph.
The Ventura College women's water polo team traveled to Riverside for two games Friday, a trip that proved to be a difficult one for the Pirates. VC ran into a buzz saw in the host Riverside Tigers in the first contest of the day, falling 16-3. Injuries took their toll in the nightcap as Ventura was unable to keep pace with Cerritos, falling 11-7.
The Ventura College women's cross country team continued its strong season Friday with a third place finish atthe SoCal Preview meet at Don Knabe Regional Park in Cerritos. Olivia Burton (2nd), Tatiana Garcia (6th) and Brieanna Tafoya (13th) led the Pirate charge in the 21-team event. The Pirate men, running shorthanded once again, came in 21st of the 28 competing teams. Everado Magana was the top finisher for the VC men.
The Ventura College volleyball team went on the road for the first time this season and outlasted host Pasadena City College in five sets to bring home the victory, 25-16, 18-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-10. Morgan Gallagher led the No. 22-ranked Pirates (3-2) with 21 kills while Faith Mackie led the defense with 16 digs. Brooklyn Wallet had nine kills and five aces and Kelly Rodriguez recorded seven winners with 14 digs defensively. Raphaella Rosales also put up 14 digs.
In a close, hard-fought battle at the Ventura Aquatic Center, the Pirates' women's water polo team came back from a three goal deficit midway through the third quarter to defeat visiting LA Valley College, 10-9. Chloe Golden scored the game-winner with 14 seconds remaining to send Ventura to its fourth straight victory to open the season under new interim head coach Linda Wright. Cali Iadevaia had six goals to lead VC in the victory.
A night that began with reflection and rememberence ended with celebration Saturday at the Ventura College Sportsplex. The Pirate football team honored the memory of alumnus and former assistant coach Brenden Daley who died in the off season before the game, then proceeded to rack up 246 rushing yards in their 34-19 victory over visiting Saddleback. Running back Thomas Duckett led the ground offensive with 152 rushing yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Jay Vanderjagt threw for 203 yards and two more scores in the Pirate victory.
It was not the opening that first-year head coach Jorge Perez was hoping for, but the Pirates' men's water polo team showed signs of improvement in four games at the difficult Golden West Tournament in Huntington Beach. VC (0-4) dropped contests to Long Beach and Saddleback Friday before falling to American River and Rio Hondo Saturday. Tanner Islander and Austin Brunk each netted eight goals over the weekend to lead Ventura.
The VC women's water polo team continued their hots start to the 2018 season with two wins Saturday at the Cuesta Tournament in games played in Morro Bay. The Pirates (3-0) defeated Diablo Valley 11-4 in the first game of the day before topping Foothill 14-6 in the nightcap. Cali Iadevaia led the way with nine goals in the two contests while Shayne Naylor scored five goals with three assists and five steals defensively.
At the end of an emotional week, the Pirate volleyball team split a pair of matches Friday, falling to Fullerton in five sets and sweeping Golden West at the Athletic Event Center. Prior to the nightcap against the Rustlers, VC honored volleyball alumna Kirra Drury '14, who was killed a week earlier in a boat accident on the Colorado River near Lake Havasu.
The Pirates' men's and women's cross country teams ran at the Oxnard Invitational with the women coming in with a runner up finish and the men placing fourth overall. Tatiana Garcia led the VC women, finishing in fourth place covering the 5k course in 20:11 while Everado Magana was seventh for the men, running the 4-mile course in 21:59.
In its 23rd season, the Ventura College women's soccer team played its 500th game Thursday night in Livermore, a 2-2 draw at Las Positas College in the Las Positas Showcase. Audrey Castillo netted an unassisted score in the fifth minute and Sirena Romero also had an unassisted score for the Pirates (1-1-2). Goalie Aracely Castro had nine saves. and the VC offense managed nine shots, six on goal.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is mourning the loss of volleyball alumna Kirra Durry. The 24-year-old who prepped at St. Bonaventure High School and played on the 2013 and 2014 Pirate volleyball teams was killed in a boat accident on the Colorado River near Lake Havasu on Saturday. She will be honored prior to the Pirates’ volleyball game Friday at 6:00 pm against Golden West College at the Athletic Event Center.
Longtime Ventura College women’s water polo head coach and current men’s and women’s swimming head coach Mary (McDonough) Giles has been named Interim Athletic Director for the Pirates’ Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, division Dean Tim Harrison announced on Friday. Giles has been a coach at Ventura College for 18 years, guiding three different teams to 14 Western State Conference titles and five CCCAA State Scholar Team Awards. Additionally she has been a faculty member for nearly two decades, the past two years as a full-time instructor in health education and kinesiology.
The Ventura College baseball team is pleased to announce 10 players from the 2018 team have committed to transfer to four-year schools for 2018-19. Of those, eight plan on continuing their baseball careers at the next level, including two at NCAA Division I, three at NCAA Division II, two at NAIA and one at NCAA Division III schools.
The Ventura College Athletics program was named the 2017-18 Western State Conference Athletics Supremacy Award winner for overall athletic achievement for the academic year. The award is the school's 20th overall title, the highest total in conference history. It is the first since 2012-13, and the program's first since the conference changed the criteria to average achievement among all sports as opposed to an overall point total. The Pirates, with an average of 6.58 points, held off second place Santa Barbara City College, who had an average score of 6.47. Moorpark was third at 6.07 and Canyons was fourth at 6.06 in the 18-school conference competition.
The Ventura College women's basketball team has been honored yet again for academic excellence, earning a place on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll for the 14th time in the past 15 years. The Pirates' 3.182 overall grade point average for the 2017-18 academic year placed the team 14th in the country for two-year colleges. Ventura is one of two schools from California to be honored, the other being Solano Community College who was ranked No. 17 on the list.
The American Baseball Coaches Association is proud to honor nearly 300 member college and high school programs with the 2018 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized with this year's award, which highlights programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2017-18 academic year. Included among the honored teams are the Ventura College Pirates who posted a team grade point average of 3.21 for the fall and spring semesters.
Ventura College football and head coach Steve Mooshagian are proud to update that 30 Pirates from the 2017 4-peat Northern Conference champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools in the fall. In the Pirates' class of 2017, 14 transfers will play football at the NCAA Division I level, with eight playing in the Football Bowl Series with six in the Football Championship series. 11 former Pirates will play at the NCAA Division II level while three will play at NAIA schools.
Pirate tennis freshman Solal Cherqui has signed a scholarship to continue his academic and athletic careers at NCAA Division II St. Leo University in Florida. Cherqui, who hails from Paris, France, was VC's No. 1 singles player in 2018, posting an overall record of 16-5, 10-3 in dual competition. He also was 14-5 in double play with partner Rafael Dunan.
By Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star. Will Cowen is returning to the basketball court. And going coast to coast to join one of the biggest athletic departments in the country. The Ventura College athletic director was hired on Monday as the Director of Player Development for Florida State University women’s basketball.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to introduce Jorge Perez as the new head coach of the Pirates' men's water polo team. He comes to VC after a successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at Los Angeles Valley College where he helped direct the Monarchs to three consecutive Western State Conference championships. During his time in Valley Glen, LAVC was 53-33 overall and 16-3 in WSC play.
Ventura College Athletics finished in 11th place state-wide in the California Community College Athletic Association standings for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators all-sports competition. VC finished with 98.5 points during the 2017-18 academic year. This is the Pirates' ninth finish in 11th place or better in the 15-year history of the NATYCAA Cup.
Ventura College football and head coach Steve Mooshagian are proud to update that 23 Pirates from the 2017 4-peat Northern Conference champions have inked scholarships or committed to play at four-year schools. In the Pirates' class of 2017, 14 transfers will play football at the NCAA Division I level, with eight playing in the Football Bowl Series with six in the Football Championship series. Six former Pirates will play at the NCAA Division II level while three play at NAIA schools.
VC freshman outfielder Steele Ledford, sophomore shortstop Rudy Aguilar and freshman outfielder TJ Foreman led 10 Pirates on the All-Western State Conference North Division team as voted upon by conference coaches last month. Ledford was named first team All-WSC and won the Gold Glove Award for his defense while Aguilar was also named first team All-WSC. Foreman, meanwhile, was second team All-WSC and also earned a Gold Glove Award.
The Ventura College Softball team was well represented on the Western State Conference North Division all-conference list voted upon by the league coaches earlier this month. Pitcher Anissa Padilla and and outfielder Arianna Rivas, both sophomores highlighted Pirates on the first team along with freshman second baseman Kaylee Neal and first-year outfielder/catcher Adriana Clemons.
Ventura College sophomores Tricia McClain and Allie De Marco were named 2018 women's tennis All-Western State Conference in a ceremony held last month at the VC Tennis Center. McClain earned the first team nod at the No. 6 singles position while De Marco was named second-team All-WSC at No. 3 singles.