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  • Carina Cates & Danielle Garcia, Beach Volleyball, Week of Mar. 12-18
    March 19, 2018
    The VC beach volleyball team opened Western State Conference play this week, and the No. 5 pair of Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia was the only Pirate duo to win both of their matches. Cates, a sophomore from Pacifica High School, and Garcia, a freshman from Camarillo High School, have won their last six matches and have an 8-3 record on the season in their No. 5 slot. On Friday they defeated pairs from Bakersfield and Santa Monica as VC split its first two WSC matches.
  • Valexsia Droughn, Women's Track & Field, Week of Mar. 5-11
    March 12, 2018
    The Pirate track and field teams posted four all-time top-10 performances over the weekend at the Occidental Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. None were more impressive than Valexsia Droughn's 12.16 mark in the 100 meters to break the school record of 12.20 set two years ago by Alisha Greenlaw. The sophomore from Rio Mesa High School also had a wind-aided 11.93 earlier this season, and she currently has the second-fastest time in Southern California this year.
  • Taylor Goffena, Pirate baseball, Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 4
    March 05, 2018
    Freshman pitcher Taylor Goffena is finding his groove. The Prescott, Ariz. native has produced solid starts in each of his last three appearances for the Pirate baseball team, pitching a combined 19.1 innings and allowing just four earned runs over that span. With a record of 2-1 over his last three outings, he is quickly becoming the Pirates' No. 1 starting pitcher. This past week against Citrus, Taylor threw seven solid innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run in VC's 5-1 victory. On the season, he has a 1.59 earned run average in 22.1 innings of work.
  • Mikala Cvijanovich, Women's Swimming, Week of Feb. 19-25
    February 26, 2018
    Sophomore swimmer Mikala Cvijanovich came to VC specializing in the breast stroke. What has been discovered early in the season is that she is also pretty good in the individual medley. The Arbor View (Nev.) High School product excelled in both events Saturday at the Mt. SAC Invitational, and helped two relays score points, as well.
  • Kamar Wilson, Men's Track & Field, Week of Feb. 12-18
    February 20, 2018
    The Pirate track and field season is just beginning, and freshman Kamar Wilson is already making his mark. The Pacifica High School product claimed silver in the high jump at the Battle of the Regions in Bakersfield a week ago, then won gold Friday at the Western State Conference Relays, also in Bakersfield. He cleared 6'2 3/4" on Friday to win the event in just his second meet as a Pirate.
  • Rafael Dunan, Men's Tennis, Week of Feb. 5-11
    February 12, 2018
    A "golden set" may be one of the most rare occurrences in sports. Pirate freshman Rafael Dunan  pulled one off this week. In Thursday's match against Santa Barbara, the freshman from Nice, France scored 24 consecutive points in the first set of his No. 5 singles match-up, shutting out his opponent without giving up a single point. He won the match love and love, helping the Pirates to a 9-0 sweep of the Vaqueros.
  • Chris McKee, Pirate Baseball, Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4
    February 04, 2018
    The Ventura College baseball team is off to a 2-1 start to the 2018 season.  On Saturday they blasted 18 hits en route to an 8-2 victory at Pasadena. Leading the way was sophomore Chris McKee. The sophomore from Newbury Park High School was 4-5 with a double, two runs scored, two runs batted in and a stolen base in leading the offensive onslaught for the orange and black.
  • Megan Best, Pirate Softball, Week of Jan. 22-28
    January 29, 2018
    Th Pirate softball team got off to a great start over the weekend at the Glendale Tournament, winning three of four games. Sophomore pitcher Megan Best was a factor in all three victories with a save and a pair of wins in the circle. In 14 innings of work, she allowed just three runs and nine hits while striking out 14 batters. She picked up a pair of wins against Long Beach and Mt. San Jacinto, respectively, and recorded the save against Cerro Coso.
  • Nikki Puga, Women's Basketball, Week of Jan. 15-21
    January 22, 2018
    Ventura College's women's basketball team moved into first place alone in the Western State Conference North Division over the weekend with a 47-38 come-from-behind victory at Moorpark. Leading the way for the Pirates was freshman Nikki Puga. The Camarillo High School product had a career day, sinking five 3-pointers en route to a career-high 17 points. The 5-foot-4 guard also pulled in four rebounds with an assist and no turnovers in 35 minutes of play, leading the VC to the key road triumph.
  • John Williams, Men's Basketball, Week of Jan. 8-14
    January 16, 2018
    The VC men's basketball team got off to a great start in defense of its Western State Conference North Division crown Saturday with a solid 77-67 victory over visiting Allan Hancock. John Williams was key in that victory with 24 points, 20 in the second half. The freshman from Augusta, GA also pulled down eight rebounds, grabbed four steals and recorded two blocked shots.
  • Jacob Alonzo, Men's Basketball, Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 3 2017
    December 04, 2017
    By any measure, Jacob Alonzo had a great weekend on the court forthe Pirates' men's basketball team. The sophomore guard from Camarillo High School averaged 16 points per game for VC in the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley College.  He made nine 3-pointers in the three games, including a clutch shot with three seconds remaining to give the Pirates the lead against No. 1-ranked San Bernardino Valley on Saturday.
  • Celeste Salazar, Basketball, Week of Nov. 20-26 2017
    November 27, 2017
    The Pirates' women's basketball team is off to a solid beginning to its 2017-18 season. The team's most steady and reliable performer has been sophomore guard Celeste Salazar. The Pacifica High School product is among the team leaders in almost every statistical category and has been a steady influence on the court with the most minutes played. She leads the team in 3-point shooting and has been the Pirates' best defender, often times drawing the opposition's best player.  Additionally, she has been versatile in the line-up, playing four of the five positions on the floor at one time or another. 
  • Fabiola Flores Gomez, Women's Cross Country, Week of Nov. 13-19 2017
    November 20, 2017
    This past weekend, the VC women's cross country team produced their best state finish in 34 years, placing third at the CCCAA State Championships in Fresno. The team had three runners in the Top-14 earning All-American honors including Fabiola Flores Gomez. The sophomore from Santa Paula High School covered the 5k course in a lifetime best 19:01 placing 12th out of the 161 competitors.
  • Gil Scott Jackson, Pirate Football, Week of Nov. 6-12 2017
    November 13, 2017
    The Pirate football team wrapped up their second straight undefeated conference campaign Saturday night with a 44-34 win over Cerritos. Leading the way offensively for VC was running back Gil Scott Jackson. The freshman from Oaks Christian High School totaled 118 yards from scrimmage, including 13 carries for 64 yards rushing and six catches for 54 yards receiving.
  • Carina Cardenas, Pirate Soccer, Week of Oct. 30-Nov. 5 2017
    November 06, 2017
    In soccer, like some other sports, there are positions that do not have statistical categories to judge worth, but whose play is vital to the success fo teh team. For the Pirates this season, freshman center back Carina Cardenas has filled that role. The Rio Mesa High School product plays as the last line of defense before the goalkeeper and played two excellent games this past week against Oxnard and Cuesta, both shutout victories for Ventura. She logged 90 minutes in each outing helping the Pirates preserve their post-season hopes for 2017.
  • Tyler Orsini, Pirate Football, Week of Oct. 23-29 2017
    October 30, 2017
    In the 50th meeting between Ventura and Moorpark on the grid iron, VC dominated offensively in posting a 49-27 victory over the Raiders, Ventura's series record-tying 10th straight win over MC. The Pirate offense racked up 555 yards of total offense, with much credit to the offensive line unit.  Leading the way Saturday was right guard Tyler Orsini. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound freshman from Royal High School in Simi Valley was the top grade earner on the line for the game, and has also been in the line's top-3 all season as VC has one of Southern California's top-ranked offensive units. 
  • Jacob Hernandez, Men's Cross Country, Week of Oct. 16-22 2017
    October 23, 2017
    The Ventura College men's cross country team finished in the runner-up spot at last week's Western State Conference Championships held in Bakersfield. Leading the pack for VC was Jacob Hernandez, who covered the 4-mile course in a season-best 20:35, nearly a full minute faster than her ran the same course a month earlier. The freshman from Ventura High School placed fourth of 101 finishers in the meet, and was the top Pirate for the first time all season. 
  • Sabrina Cherfane, Women's Water Polo, Week of Oct. 2-8 2017
    October 09, 2017
    The VC women's water polo team completed an undefeated weekend at the Ventura Tournament, posting four straight victories, the first three each by a single goal. Leading the way for the Pirates was attacker Sabrina Cherfane. The sophomore Westlake High School product scored a team-high 11 goals over the four games, with five steals as Ventura defeated El Camino, Cypress, Palomar and San Diego Miramar at the Ventura Aquatic Center.
  • Kendric Mallory, Pirate Football, Week of Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 2017
    October 02, 2017
    VC sophomore wide receiver Kendric Mallory is having  great season.  The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dayton, OH product has amassed 40 receptions for 469 yards and six touchdowns halfway through the 2017 season for the Pirate football team. In last week's game against No. 3-ranked Saddleback, Mallory pulled in 12 catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns in leading No. 9 Ventura to the 44-34 upset victory over the visiting Gauchos.
  • Marissa Gonzales, Women's Corss Country, Week of Sept. 18-24 2017
    September 25, 2017
    The Ventura College women's cross country team is off to its best start in years and leading the way is sophomore Marissa Gonzales. The Camarillo High School product has been the Pirates' top finisher in each of the three races she has entered, placing 10th in the SoCal Preview in Santa Clarita on September 15 where VC placed fourth out of 24 teams. Last Friday, Marissa ran the 5k course at the Bakersfield Invitational in 19:29, good for fourth place individually.  She helped the Pirates claim the team title at the event, as well.
  • Taylor Benitez-Fanslow, Pirate Volleyball, Week of Sept. 11-17 2017
    September 18, 2017
    Taylor Benitez-Fanslow is making the most of her opportunities at Ventura College. The transfer sophomore from Thousand Oaks high school is leading the Pirate volleyball team in hitting and is second in digs.
  • Kelsey Golden, Women's Water Polo, Week of Sept. 4-10 2017
    September 11, 2017
    The Ventura College women's water polo team got on the board with their first two victories of the young season Saturday at the Central Coast Invitational at Cuesta College. Leading the way for the Pirates was sophomore utility player Kelsey Golden.  The Oxnard High School product had five goals, four assists and eight steals in the two games in San Luis Obispo.
  • Jesse Lemonaire, Pirate Football, Week of Aug. 28-Sept. 3 2017
    September 04, 2017
    The Pirate football team got off to a strong start Saturday with a 44-6 victory at Santa Barbara in the "Big Game". Anchoring the defense for Ventura was third-year sophomore defensive end Jesse Lemonaire. The Miami Hialeah product led the Pirates with 13 tackles in the game, including four for a loss.
  • Jake Luton & Paige Trealor-Ballard, Athletes of the Year, 2016-17
    June 06, 2017
    Jake Luton and Paige Treloar-Ballard have been named the 2016-17 Ventura College Pirate Athletes of the Year. Luton was an All-American quarterback on the football team while Treloar-Ballard earned All-American status in both water polo and swimming.
  • Dre Jackson & Tiara Litonjua, Scholar Athletes, 2016-17
    May 16, 2017
    Dre Jackson from the football team and Tiara Litonjua from the women's track & field team have been named the Ventura College Scholar Athletes of the Year for 2016-17.
  • Sariah Flores & Armonee Hunter, Beach Volleyball, Week of May 1-7 2017
    May 08, 2017
    Ventura's beach volleyball team wrapped up their season over the weekend at West Valley College in Saratoga. Leading the Pirates' efforts at the CCCAA State Championships was the team of Sariah Flores and Armonee Hunter. The duo won their first two matches in the championships, advancing to the state quarterfinals, the first pair from VC to advance that far in state competition.
  • Alyssa Carillo, Women's Track & Field, Week of Apr. 24-30 2017
    May 01, 2017
    The Pirate track and field teams competed in the Western State Conference Championships on Friday, with several athletes qualifying for the SoCal Prelims in Cerritos. Sophomore Alyssa Carrillo led the way qualifying for three individual events.
  • Brittany Perez, Pirate Softball, Week of Apr. 17-23 2017
    April 24, 2017
    When the VC men's swimming and diving takes to the pool on Thursday in Santa Maria at the Western State Conference Championships, they will have a sizable head start, thanks in large part to diver Deonn Crilly. The freshman from Rio Mesa claimed the WSC 3m diving title and was second in the 1m competition at the SoCal Regional and WSC Diving Championships at El Camino College last weekend.
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