Ventura College Athletics

Pirates Ranked No. 7 in Nation on WBCA Honor Roll

Pirates Ranked No. 7 in Nation on WBCA Honor Roll

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On the strength of another impressive performance in the classroom, the Ventura College women's basketball team has earned the No. 7 ranking in the 2016-17 Women's Basketball Coaches Association Academic Honor Roll for junior and community colleges. The Pirates posted a team Grade Point Average of 3.325 for the academic year, placing the team on the national list for the 13th time in the past 14 years.

The WBCA Academic Top 25 recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2016-17 season is the 22nd in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.

"The WBCA family is committed to the student-athlete experience and celebrates these teams that have demonstrated excellence in the classroom," said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. "This year's WBCA Academic Top 25 is a powerful list of teams and their head coaches who have winning cultures that prepare their student-athletes for success in life."

Ventura College was the only school from California at any level of competition honored by the WBCA this year.

The No. 7-ranking this year is the Pirates' 10th Top-10 ranking.  They were No. 14 in 2015-16 after earning a No. 7 ranking in 2014-15. Ventura was ranked No. 6 on the national list in 2012-13 and came in at No. 9 in 2011-12. VC was No. 12 nationally in 2010-11 while earning Nos. 7 and 2 in 2009-10 and 2008-09, respectively. VC placed  No. 6 in 2007-08 and was also ranked No. 7 in 2006-07, No. 16 in 2005-06, No. 8 in 2004-05, and No. 10 in 2003-04. 

For the 2016-17 academic year, 10 of the 12 players on the team earned at least a 3.0 GPA, led by Avery Brunk and Katie Campbell. Mary Shirley, Celeste Salazar and Paige Larson also earned above a 3.5 GPA, qualifying them for Academic All-State Honors.

The complete 2016-17 WBCA Academic Top 25 for junior/community colleges is as follows:

Rank

Institution

Head Coach

GPA

1

Des Moines Area Community College

Steve Krafcisin

3.539

2

Snow College

Mike Russell

3.517

3

Northwest College

Janis Beal

3.510

4

Dawson Community College

Romeo Lagmay

3.402

5

Umpqua Community College

Dave Stricklin

3.335

6

Moberly Area Community College

Chad Killinger

3.329

7

Ventura College

Ned Mircetic

3.325

8

Illinois Central College

Karrie Redeker

3.321

9

McHenry County College

Karen Wiley

3.303

10

Minnesota West Community College

Rosalie Hayenga

3.261

11

Gulf Coast State College

Roonie Scovel

3.238

12

Northwest Mississippi Community College

Don Edwards

3.121

13

Indian Rver State College

Diana Couch

3.117

14

Northeast Mississippi Community College

Brenda Mayes

3.096

15

Frank Phillips College

Eric Rodewald

3.081

16

Tallahassee Community College

Franqua Bedell

3.070

17

Ellsworth Community College

Ed Geitz

3.043