VC sophomore Thomas Dangerfield scored 19 points to lead the Pirates past Antelope Valley 62-55 in the semifinals of the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament Saturday in Lancaster. Dayveon Bates netted 14 points and Dayshone Henry had a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Ventura (6-4) will play Santa Monica in the tournament championship Sunday Dec. 8 at 5:00 pm.
In another tough, physical battle, the Ventura College women's basketball team remained the only undefeated team in the state with a 61-56 victory over Mt. San Antonio in the championship game of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia. Tournament MVP Talia Taufaasau had 18 points and three blocked shots to lead the way and all-tournament selection Cece Quintino totaled 13 points, two assists and three steals.
Behind Dayshone Henry's double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, the VC men's basketball team defeated MiraCosta 85-75 Friday evening at the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Shulton Tobin netted 12 points, Donavan Williams and Thomas Dangerfield each had 11, and Timothy Turner scored 10 points in the balanced team effort by the Pirates (5-4).
The Pirates women's basketball team trailed 38-27 with 5:41 remaining in the third quarter before staging a second half comeback, defeating College of the Sequoias 56-53 Friday night in the semifinals of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational in Visalia. Talia Taufaasau had nine second half points, and Alyssandra Lacanilao provided a spark off the bench with eight points in the fourth quarter to lead the charge. LaDaesha Merriweather owned the boards with 13 rebounds for the VC (8-0).
Buoyed by a 12-2 run early in the game, and a stout defensive effort throughout, the Pirates' women's basketball team posted a hard-fought 56-47 victory over Chabot in the opening round of the Tom Gilcrest Invitational at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia on Thursday. Kimora Pooler was outstanding in the paint with 16 points and nine rebounds while LaDaesha Merriweather was 5-6 from the floor leading to her double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Talia Taufaasau had 12 points for VC (7-0). Cece Quintino finished with 10 boards and six assists.
The Ventura College women's soccer team received four first team All-Western State Conference nods as voted on by conference coaches last month. Leading the awards was Aracely Castro who was named the WSC Goalkeeper of the Year. She was joined on the first team all-conference list by Yadi Raigoza, Sammy Zanini and Jacky Espinosa. Additionally, VC had a pair of second-team All-WSC nods and two Honorable Mention all-conference awards.
The VC men's basketball team made six 3-pointers on a decisive 18-2 run in the first half as they raced past visiting Mt. San Jacinto College 80-62 Saturday afternoon at the Athletic Event Center. Donavan Williams led Ventura (4-4) with 19 points, including four made three's, and Dayveon Bates netted 15 points with six rebounds in the Pirate victory. VC was 14-32 from behind the 3-point arc (45%) while shooting 52 percent overall from the floor (27-52). Shulton Tobin had 13 points, all coming in the final 4:34 of the first half.
Goalie Shayle Barrus, defender Raylynn Lipsky and attacker Drew Reyes led the Pirates' women's water polo list of All-Western State Conference honorees, as voted by conference coaches earlier this month. The trio each earned first team honors while Cali Iadevaia and Abby Coker each were named second team All-WSC. Chloe Golden, Lauren Mora, Leanna Ramirez and Shaeleigh Russell earned Honorable Mention accolades.
Austin Brunk, Ryan Reardon and Brandyn Robles headline the Pirates' men's water polo team's All-Western State Conference honorees for the 2019 season. The trio were all named first-team all-conference in voting by the WSC coaches earlier this month. Daniel Mcleans and Jake Peters received second-team All-WSC nods while Gabriel Ibarra, Brandon Bence and Julian Larios all earned Honorable Mention honors.
The Pirate football team fell into a 21-6 hole early in the second quarter of Saturday's Joe Kapp Real Estate Beach Bowl, and, despite a valiant attempt, could not climb out of it, falling to Cerritos 46-39 at the VC Sportsplex. VC (8-3) held an early 3-0 lead, but the Falcons scored 21 of the next 24 points to secure the advantage in the season finale. Alaka'I Yuen was 17-20 in the air for 310 yards and two scores while tight end Daniel Moraga caught eight passes for 119 yards and a score to earn team MVP honors for the game.
In a knock-down, drag-out physical contest, the Pirates' women's basketball team earned a passing grade Saturday, defeating Mt. San Antonio 44-40 to capture the title of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions. Madison Kast earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors with 19 points and six rebounds while All-Tournament selection Talia Taufaasau netted seven points with three assists. Kimora Pooler contributed eight points and six boards and LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 10 rebounds for the Pirates (6-0).
The Pirates' women's soccer team had an outstanding effort Saturday night, playing Santa Barbara even for 120 minutes before falling 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first round of the SoCal Regional Playoffs. Anna Escobar scored the lone goal for the Pirates (12-6-4) in the 65th minute of play, leveling the score at 1-1, setting up the extra time. VC goalie Aracely Castro had eight saves in the game.
For two years, Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya have been as dominant a duo as Ventura College cross country has even had. They capped off their careers Saturday with another stellar performance finishing second and third, respectively, at the CCCAA State Cross Country Championships in Fresno. Both earned All-American honors as Burton completed the 5k course at Woodward Park in 18:33 and Tafoya crossed the finish line six seconds later. The Pirates finished sixth as a team, the program's third straight Top-10 finish.
The Pirates' men's basketball team dropped a 66-52 decision at Los Angeles Valley College Friday night in Valley Glen. Timothy Turner scored 15 points while pulling down 10 rebounds to lead VC (3-4) and Dayshone Henry totaled 16 points. Dayveon Bates netted 10 points with eight boards for the Pirates.
Showing the resilience of a mature basketball team, the Pirates outlasted a tenacious Cypress College squad 68-53 Friday in the semifinals of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions at the Athletic Event Center. In a game that was much closer than the final score would indicate, VC handled the Chargers all-out defensive pressure for the full 40 minutes to move to their 13th straight ToC finals appearance. Talia Taufaasau filled the stat sheet with 19 points, six assists, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal while Cece Quintino did the same with 11 points, eight dimes, six boards, three steals and two blocks.
It was not pretty, but was certainly effective. The VC women's basketball team over-matched visiting Laney College 67-21 Thursday in the first round of the VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions. Cece Quintino made her season debut with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists while Madison Kast chipped in 13 points with seven boards. Kimora Pooler led the glass attack with nine rebounds and Alyssandra Lacanilao handed out four dimes for the Pirates (4-0).
The Ventura College women's soccer team has qualified for the post season for the 23rd time n its 24-year existence. The Pirates (12-6-3) have been seeded No. 10 in the Southern California Regionals and will head to No. 7 Santa Barbara (12-6-3) to begin post-season play on Saturday Nov. 23. The Pirates and Vaqueros have already tangled twice this season with SBCC prevailing 2-1 both on Oct. 1 and Nov. 10.
Despite finishing fourth in the Southern California Football Association RPI rankings, the Ventura College football team will not be heading back to the playoffs to defend their SCFA title from a year ago. But fresh off their win at Long Beach on Saturday to clinch a share of the program's sixth conference title in eight seasons. the Pirates (8-2) will host the Joe Kapp Real Estate Beach Bowl on Saturday Nov. 23 at the VC Sportsplex against No. 8 Cerritos College (6-4).
Running back Jayden Vargas had another solid outing, and the bend-but-don't-break Pirate defense came up with big plays when they needed it the most as the Ventura College football team held on for a 30-26 victory Saturday night at Long Beach City College. With the victory, VC (8-2, 4-1) captured a share of the Northern Conference championship with LBCC and Canyons, the program's sixth conference title in the last eight seasons. Kicker Alberto Arroyo had three field goals and Travis Calloway had 13 tackles to lead Ventura to the triumph on the last day of the regular season.
The Pirates' men's basketball team held a 12-point lead midway through the second half, but succumbed to a late rally by College of the Canyons, falling to the Cougars 82-80 in the third place game of the Irvine Valley Classic on Friday. Dayshone Henry netted a season-high 34 points with 10 rebounds to lead VC (3-3) while Timothy Turner and Dayveon Bates each netted 13 points with five assists. Darius Butler also scored 13 points inthe game for Ventura.
The VC women's soccer team took out a week's worth of frustration on visiting Los Angeles Pierce Friday, placing a 5-0 smashing on the Brahmas in the regular season finale at the VC Sportsplex. Ventura, who had suffered consecutive losses to slide from first to third in the Western State Conference North Divsiion, received two goals and an assist by Jacqueline Rivera and Sammy Zanaini while Jasmine Ambriz also found the back of the net. Goalie Aracely Castro posted her ninth shutout of the season.
The Pirate volleyball team will be heading to the post-season on a high note. In the regular season finale at the Athletic Event Center, Ventura (13-9, 8-2) defeated visiting Santa Barbara 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 to finish in second place in the Western State Conference North Division. Morgan Gallagher had 14 kills and 10 digs while Brooklyn Wallet had 12 kills and a .524 hitting percentage, sending the Pirates into the post-season for the third straight year and the fifth time i the past six seasons under head coach Brad Lyans.
The Pirates men's basketball team had a rough go of it Thursday, falling to Cerritos 70-43 on the first day of the four-team Irvine Valley Classic. Timothy Turner had 13 points to lead VC (3-2) while Dayshone Henry netted 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds. Tomas Dangerfield scored six points with five boards in the setback.
A van carrying members of the Ventura College women's water polo team was involved in a traffic accident early Thursday morning. The team was traveling to the Southern California Regional Playoffs in Riverside when the accident occurred on a freeway in San Fernando. All players and coaches in the accident were checked out by medical personnel and no major injuries were reported. However, the team did not participate in its scheduled 11:30 am playoff game vs. Los Angeles Valley College in Riverside.
The VC volleyball team didn't mess around Wednesday night, easily disposing of visiting Los Angeles Pierce College 25-9, 25-17, 25-10 at the Athletic Event Center. In a make-up match originally scheduled for Oct. 11, the Pirates swept through the Brahmas behind eight kills from Victoria Whitney and a six-kill, nine-dig, five-ace performance from Raphaella Rosales. The Pirates (12-9, 7-2) are locked into the runner-up spot of the Western State Conference North Division and a playoff berth appears imminent.
The Ventura College women's water polo team is headed to the playoffs. The Pirates (16-13) received the No. 8 seed in the Southern California Regionals and will take on No. 9 Los Angels Valley (15-13) on Thursday Nov. 14 at 11:30 am in the opening round at Riverside City College. It will be the third meeting in 11 days between the Pirates and Monarchs, who played the regular season finale on Nov. 4 and in the Western State Conference tournament on Nov. 9.
On their longest road trip of the season on the heels of dropping a heartbreaking game on Sunday, the Pirates' women's soccer team could not get the offense moving Tuesday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, falling to Cuesta College 2-0. The Pirates had 14 shots in the game with six on goal and Aracely Castro had four saves in the game for VC (11-6-3, 6-4-1). The Cougars scored goals in the 44th and 63rd minutes for the final margin.
Using a 26-point output in the opening quarter, the VC women's basketball team raced to a 15-point lead after 10 minutes of play en route to a 61-49 victory over previously unbeaten MiraCosta College Sunday in the Championship Game of the Wild West Shootout at West Los Angeles College in Culver City. Talia Taufaasau scored 16 points with four assists and a pair of steals to lead the Pirates (3-0) and earn Tournament MVP honors. Yasmine Ahllamara had 10 points in earning an all-tournament nod and Madison Kast netted nine with five boards for another all-tournament honor.
In a game that most likely decided the Western State Conference North Division title, the Pirates' soccer team could not overcome a two-goal deficit in their 2-1 setback against Santa Barbara at the Sportsplex on Sunday night. Jacky Espinosa netted the Pirates lone goal in a comeback bid that fell just short. Aracely Castro had four saves in goal.
The Pirate football team raced out to a 24-7 first half lead over visiting East Los Angels College Saturday night, then made it hold up in their 45-42 victory over the Huskies. Jayden Vargas rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and Chuck Wick had two more rushing scores while Terrell Vaughn had 10 pass receptions for 110 yards and two trips to the end zone. Ventura's win, combined with Long Beach's defeat of Canyons, brings the Pirates (7-2, 3-1) back into the Northern Conference title hunt with one game left visiting LBCC next week.