The Ventura College Athletic Department has announced that Melody Axtell has been named the women's cross country head coach. Axtell, a 2013 VC graduate, has been the assistant coach for both the men's and women's cross country teams for two years, helping lead the VC women to two CCCAA state championship appearances ns helping the men back to the state championships in 2016.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to announce that Jimmy Walker has been named head baseball coach. Walker, who served as the Pirates’ pitching coach for the past two seasons, replaces longtime head coach Don Adams who retired in May after 37 years in the VC baseball program, 23 as the head coach.
The Ventura College Athletic Department finished in ninth 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 108.5 points during the 2016-17 year, its seventh To-10 finish in the 14-year history of the cup. The Pirates were the top finisher among Western State Conference schools.
The Ventura College baseball team had three players selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball that concluded Wednesday. VC alumnus Greg Minier '15 was selected in the 32nd round by the Chicago White Sox while current Pirates Austin Rubick and Andrew Nardi were taken by the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees in the 20th and 39th rounds, respectively. These are VC's first draft picks since 2014 when Ryan Jones '11 was taken by the White Sox.
Pirate starting pitcher Justin Friedman has been named All-Southern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. The transfer sophomore from Pittstown, NJ led Ventura with an overall record of 8-2 in 12 starts, with a 2.15 earned run average. He recorded 67 strikeouts against 28 walks over 79.2 innings of work.
Ventura College sophomore slugger Brittany Perez earned All-State honors as awarded by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association. The shortstop from Buena High School was in the Top-20 in the state in five individual offensive categories, including triples (7, 5th), home runs (11, 8th), runs batten in (49, 14th), runs scored (53, 19th) and hits (63, 20th). She led the Pirates to a 29-14 record and the program's first Western State Conference championship since 2012, earning WSC Most Valuable Player honors.
Ventura College's best athletes from 2016-17 were on hand on May 14 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ventura Beach to receive honors and witness the induction of the Pirates' 11th Athletics Hall of Fame class. Five new individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame, while over 50 current student athletes were recognized, before a sold-out banquet room.
Four additional members of the Pirate baseball team have signed scholarship offers this spring, the VC coaching staff has announced. Right-handed pitcher Dylan Francis (Thousand Oaks HS), left-handed pitcher Kodi Koorndyke (Oxnard HS), second baseman Brendan Griffin (Saugus HS) and outfielder T.J. Drufee all inked offers to continue their academic and athletic careers at the four-year level earlier this month.
Tristan Griffith saved his best for last. In his final race in Pirate orange and black, the sophomore sprinter from Camarillo High School ran a lifetime best 47.48, to capture third place in the 400 meters at the CCCAA State Track and Field Championships at American River College in Sacramento Saturday. Griffith improved on his previous PR of 47.82 to move into fourth place overall in Ventura College history, earning his first All-American award.
The Ventura College men's tennis team dominated the All-Western State Conference awards announced last month. VC No. 1 player Augustin Lestelle was named the conference Player of the Year in voting by the conference coaches for his play during the regular season, and Pirate head coach nelson Emery was named WSC Coach of the Year.
The Pirate baseball team had five players earn first-team All-Western State Conference North Division honors in voting by the conference coaches earlier this month. The list was headlined by sophomores Blake Chiaramonte, Kaden Betsch and Justin Friedman along with freshmen Elijah Alexander and Rodolfo Aguilar. Additionally, retiring head coach Don Adams was selected as the Co-Coach of the Year.
Sophomore shortstop Brittany Perez was named the Western State Conference Most Valuable Player and first-year head coach Sonia Ford was named Coach of the Year in voting by the conference softball coaches earlier this month. The awards headlined several All-WSC North Division accolades for the Pirates, who finished tied atop the conference for the first time since 2012. Sophomores Julianne Abeloe and Justine De La Rosa and freshmen Anissa Padilla and Celeste Ekman also earned first-team ALL-WSC honors.
The Ventura College golf team matched its best finish ever, and freshman Joey Herrera tied for second place overall in the 36-hole CCCAA State Championships at the par-72 Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande Monday. The Pirates put together team scores of 399 and 390, for a total score of 789, behind state champions Canyons (761), who ran away with the title, and Cypress (785). Herrera put together rounds of 73 and 76 to post a 5-over 149 which tied him for second place.
Tristan Griffith was a busy man on Saturday in Cerritos. The sophomore from Camarillo High School improved on his fourth place finish from a year ago, winning the 400m at the Southern California Track & Field Championships Saturday in Cerritos. He also finished in fifth place in the 200m race, earning a trip to the CCCAA State Championships in Sacramento next weekend.
For the first time in eight years, the Pirate golf team is headed to state. Led by Joey Herrera's 6-over 36-hole score of 148, the Pirates carded a team score of 774 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside to place fourth in the Southern California Regional Championships to punch the team ticket to the final event of the season.
For the first time in program history, the Ventura College beach volleyball team had a pair advance to the elite eight of the CCCAA State Championships. Unfortunately for Sariah Flores and Armonee Hunterm, thats where the journey ended Sunday. The Pirate duo fell in the state quarterfinals to a team from San Diego Mesa 21-10, 21-19 Sunday morning in play at West Valley College in Saratoga.
On the first day of the CCCAA State Beach Volleyball Championships, the Pirate team of Janessa Simental and Madison Wright won their first match of the day to advance to the Sweet 16 while Sariah Flores and Armonee Hunter won two matches, moving into the state quarterfinals to be held Sunday. VC also had two more pairs compete Saturday at West Valley College in Saratoga on day one of the championships.
The Pirate softball team went down swinging Saturday in the SoCal Regional Playoffs, falling in the second game of the best-of-three series at Mt. San Antonio College 11-7. The Mounties earned the series sweep and advance to the Super Regional while the Pirates (29-14) end their season, but not without a fight. Ventura, the No. 16 seed, took a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth inning on Celeste Ekman's tape-measure 3-run home run, but could not hold off the bracket's No. 2 seed.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished strong on the final day of the CCCAA State Championships at East Los Angeles College Saturday. Buoyed by their seventh place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, their highest finish of the meet, the Pirate men came in 11th place overall. Meanwhile, Maria Petraitis had her third individual finals appearance of the championships to help the VC women to a 15th place finish overall.
The Pirates' men's and women's track and field teams sent 22 tracksters to Cerritos Saturday to compete in the SoCal Regional Prelims, with 11 qualifying for the regional Finals on Saturday May 13. Tristan Griffith led the way qualifying in two individual events. Other individual qualifiers included Terrance Nunnery, Daniel Alejandre for the Pirate men and Alyssa Carrillo for the women. Additionally, both the men's and women's 4x400 relay teams will run at the regionals.
In the first game of a best two-of-three series, the Pirate softball team fell 8-0 Friday evening at Mt. San Antonio College in five innings. The Pirates, seeded No. 16 in Southern California, could not get on base against the No. 2-seeded Mounties, as Mt. SAC retired all 15 batters the Pirates sent to the plate. Anissa Padilla took to the circle for VC (29-13), yielding eight runs, six earned, over the five innings with two strikeouts.
On the strength of a 10th place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, and a ninth place finish for David Peterson in the 200-yard freestyle, the Pirates' men's swimming and diving team was 12th Friday with one day remaining at the CCCAA State Championships at East Los Angeles College. The VC women stood in 17th place with Maria Petraitis earning the team's lone individual points on the day, to go along with the 800-yard freestyle relay team.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams had a solid outing on day one of the three-day CCCAA State Championships at East Los Angeles College Thursday. The Pirate men were in ninth place overall and the women were in 13th out of 28 and 27 scoring teams, respectively. Combined, the teams scored in nine of the 12 events on the day. The women's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kaitlyn Peters, Sabrina Cherfane, Kelsey Golden and Paige Treloar-Ballard posted the best finish, touching the wall in seventh in the first finals race of the evening session.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team gave it a good run but fell just short Tuesday in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina Tuesday. The Pirates (14-5) fell to Long Beach 5-0 with three matches going three sets before defeating Cypress 4-1 in the triangular contest. Long Beach also defeated Cypress 4-1 to advance to the State Final Four while VC had to settle for a strong second place regional finish for the second straight year.
Sophomore catcher Julianne Abeloe went 4-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and three runs batted in, and threw out three would-be base stealers at second base to lead the Pirate softball team to an 8-2 victory over Grossmont in the play-in round of the CCCAA SoCal Regional Playoffs Tuesday at the VC Softball Complex. Pitcher Anissa Padilla struck out eight Griffins to pickup the complete-game win as VC advanced to the best two-of-three round of the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Ventura College golf team had an outstanding day Monday at the Western State Conference Championships, shooting a combined 377, 378-755 to finish two strokes behind conference champion Canyons to easily claim second place on the day and for the season. Joey Herrera posted a 74, 71-145 to place second in the 36-hole tournament, and was also named the WSC Co-Most Valuable Player for his efforts during the season. Brandon Resnick and Denis Kakimoto earned all-conference honors for VC.
Fresh off the program's first conference championship, the Ventura College beach volleyball team will host one of four CCCAA Regional Finals Tuesday May 2 at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. VC (13-4) will host Long Beach and Cypress in the triangular match to decide one of four participants in the CCCAA State Final Four to be held Friday May 5 at West Valley College in Saratoga. The Pirates will play matches at 12:00 and 2:00 pm.
The Western State Conference champion Pirate softball team will host its playoff opener on Tuesday May 2 at the VC Softball Complex at 2:30 pm against Grossmont College. The Pirates (28-12) host the Griffons (21-17) in the one-game play-in game, with an opportunity to advance to the best two-of-three first round series on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 at No. 1 Cypress or No. 2 Mt. San Antonio.
VC Sophomores Tori Hiott and Paris Dosch defeated teammates Mikayla Spears and Brianna Finch to win the Western State Conference Beach Volleyball championship Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. Additionally, Janessa Simental and Madison Wright finished fourth in the tournament while Sariah Flores and Armonee Hunter came in fifth. As a result of the results of the WSC draw, the four teams qualify for the state championships to be held May 6-7 at West Valley College in Saratoga.
The 2017 Ventura College men's tennis season came to an end Friday when the doubles team of Bill Whitaker and Cruz Thayne fell in the Round of 16 at the CCCAA State Championships at The Ojai Tournament. Whitaker also bowed out of the tournament in the Sweet 16 of singles competition earlier in the day. Meanwhile the doubles pair of Augustin Lestelle and Damon Mitchell fell Friday in the Round of 32. Lestelle fell in singles play in the Round of 32, as well.