After a pair of matches against 4-year schools, the Pirates' women's tennis team came away victorious in their first JC competition defeating Antelope Valley 9-0 in Palmdale on Tuesday. Alyssa McClain and Victoria Zegers had the most dominant wins in singles at Nos. 4 and 2, respectively, while McClain and Tanya Thompson shut out their opponents in No. 2 doubles.
The third time was the charm for the Pirates. Playing their third double-header of the season, the Ventura College baseball team bucked the trend of splitting a twin-bill by sweeping the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs 5-4 and 10-7 in Santa Maria on Saturday. Max Baldaccini had four hits, including a pair of doubles, with two runs scored and a run batted in during the opener while Elijah Maris hit a pair of doubles with three runs scored and two RBI and Nick Schnopp was 3-4 with three runs and an RBI in the nightcap for the Pirates (4-2).
Ventura College's men's and women's swimming and diving teams returned to competition on Saturday with a pair of dual wins against visiting Allan Hancock College. The Pirate women defeated the Bulldogs 160-60 while the men's team won over AHC 116-95. Caitlin Potter led the women with three individual wins and a pair of relay golds while Arturo Medina also posted a trio of gold medal individual finishes along with two firsts in relays.
For the second straight day and the third straight match, the Pirates' men's tennis team battled a 4-year school, falling at NCAA Division II Biola University in La Mirada, 7-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Yoya Koide and Ryan Lam earned a point with a 6-4 victory and Lam won his No. 4 singles match 6-2, ret.
The VC women's tennis team continued their warm-up for community college competition Friday traveling to NCAA Division II Biola University in La Mirada, falling 7-0. Both Sylvie Van Cott and Erin Gaynor were battling in Nos. 1 and 2 singles when the match was called in favor of the Eagles.
The VC baseball team lost a 3-2 heartbreaker in walk-off fashion in the first game at Moorpark Thursday before pounding the hosts 10-1 in the nightcap to split a twin-bill in non-conference action. JR Godinez had a pair of hits and scored a run in game 1 while Max Baldaccini had a pair of hits, including a grand slam home run, knocking in five runs in the second contest.
With few community college men's tennis programs playing this spring, the Pirates' have turned to a difficult road schedule mainly against 4-year programs. That road continued Thursday as VC (0-2) dropped a 9-0 decision at Azusa Pacific University. Regnar Madarang pushed his opponent in No. 3 singles before falling 7-5, 6-3 and the duo of Yuya Koide and Ryan Lam recorded a 6-3 loss at No. 2 doubles for Ventura.
The Pirates' women's tennis team returned to the court Wednesday after over a year away, falling 8-1 at Cal Lutheran University, and NCAA Division III school in Thousand Oaks. Sylvie Van Cott and Erin Gaynor won Ventura's lone point with an 8-7 win at No. 1 doubles. Van Cott also dropped a narrow decision at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, her first setback in the orange and black after posting an 11-0 singles mark a year ago in the Covid-shortened season.
It wasn't exactly a huge competition, but six VC golfers and two players from Allan Hancock College teed up on Monday at Santa Maria Country Club in the Pirate golf team's first competition in over a year. Evan Colborn shot a 5-over 77 to lead the way for Ventura and Ryan Gonzalez made his debut for the orange and black with a score of 79.
The Pirate baseball team ushered in Ventura College Athletics' return to action on Saturday in a double-header against Cuesta College at Pirate Park. VC went 394 days between competitions due to the Cobid-19 health emergency, and the teams tried to make up for lost time in Ventura's 5-3, 16-inning thriller in the opener. Anthony Chavez hit a 2-run bomb to left field for the walk-off victory. VC dropped the nightcap 3-0 in seven innings.
The Ventura College men's tennis team played their long-awaited 2021 season opener at Westmont College in Montecito on Saturday, falling 6-3 to the NAIA 4-year school. Yoya Koide won his No. 1 singles match to headline the Pirate competitors on the day.
It has been 392 days since the Pirates competed in an intercollegiate contest, but in two days they return. On Saturday April 10 the VC baseball team hosts Cuesta College for a double-header and the Pirates' men's tennis team travels to Westmont College to usher in Ventura College's post-Covid athletic schedule. All 10 of Ventura's spring sports are scheduled to return to competition in the coming weeks, although fans will not be allowed inside venues due to county and state health department restrictions.
For the 21st consecutive year, at least one Ventura College athletic team has been recognized for academic achievement by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The organization released its team and individual scholar awards for the 2019-20 this week, and the Pirates' women's cross country team has been named a CCCAA State Scholar Team. This is the 40th VC team to receive the highest academic team award given annually in each CCCAA sport since the program's inception in 1997-98.
After opting out of Spring I season sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) will “opt-in” for the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Spring II season. The decision is based on CCCAA COVID-19 guidelines and input from the athletic directors, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges. The Spring II season includes men’s and women’s competitive sports and begins April 10. The length of the season varies by sport.
Ventura College Athletics is achieving great success in the classroom and on the field! Please consider participating in the #HaveAHeartforVC fundraising campaign for our student athletes February 14 - 22, 2021!
The VC women's basketball team continued to be the most recognized academic achieving community college women's basketball program in the country as a state-leading six members of the 2019-20 team were named Academic All-State by the California Community College women's Basketball Coaches Association in a press release Friday. The Pirates had three sophomores named to the state-wide list: Madison Kast, Cece Quintino and Emma Larson, while three freshmen also earned the honor: Yasmine Ahllamara, Alanna Jackson and Kimora Pooler.
Student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academic honors in the fall 2020 semester with 99 of them earning a spot on VC's Dean's List by posting a 3.5 or better grade point average in 12 or more units. Of those honores, 47 earned perfect 4.0 GPA's signifying all A's in their classes. Meanwhile, 13 of the Pirates' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
Ventura College baseball alumnus Marty Lamb '87 played an integral role in the Los Angeles Dodgers' return to the World Series championship this past fall. He was the signing scout for Walker Buehler, Will Smith, Matt Beaty and Caleb Ferguson from the 2020 title-winning club, but his off-the-field work is also garnering attention. The following article by Ken Gurnick appeared on MLB.com on December 22.
After careful consideration and in the best interest of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has decided to “opt out” of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season at this time, a decision that affects traditional fall and winter sports.
Despite no 2020 season for the Pirate football team, the Pirates signed two student athletes as early transfers on the NCAA signing day on Wedenesday. Offensive tackle Will Bonkavich and defensive back Mychal Victor signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the Division I FBS level at Marshall and Nevada Las Vegas, respectively. The pair of signees brings head coach Steve Mooshagian's total of transfers from Ventura College to 261 in his decade at the helm of the Pirates' ship.
The Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association have re-signed free agent forward and Ventura College alumnus James Ennis III '11, President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman announced Wednesday. Ennis, a Ventura High School product, played for the Pirates in 2010-11, averaging 20.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists leading VC to a 22-7 overall record and the best mark in the Western State Conference North Division at 10-2. He earned first team All-State and All-WSC honors his sophomore season with the Pirates.
After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the VC Athletic Department is hosting a Day of Giving on Tuesday Dec. 1. The fundraiser conducted through text messaging or online will benefit Pirate Athletics, or any of VC's 19 sports teams. The goal for the day is to have at least 50 individual donors and raise at least $1,000 combined.
Gary O’Brien joins the VC family as the men’s water polo head coach in 2020-21. He comes to Ventura with decades of coaching and playing experience around the world. Most recently, he was an assistant coach with Los Angeles Valley College from 2016-2019. The Monarchs earned WSC titles in ’16, ’17 and ’18 with O’Brien on staff, and advanced to the CCCAA State Championship game, earning a state runner-up finish in 2018.
Ventura College alumnus Jake Luton's '16 journey from Ventura College to the National Football League will reach a major milestone Sunday as the he is slated to make his NFL debut starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the Houston Texans. The 2016 National Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year will start in place of the Jags' injured starter Gardner Minshew II head coach Doug Marrone confirmed at a press conference on Monday.
Former Ventura College Athletic Director, head wrestling coach and assistant football coach Jerry Dunlap passed away on September 30, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. Dunlap worked at VC for 38 years, including nine years as a coach and 17 years directing the Pirates’ athletic programs.
Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20. All three sophomores finished two years of competition for the orange and black with perfect 4.0 grade point averages in the classroom.
Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
Aside from not celebrating a season-opening win this weekend due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ventura College football program had a pretty good weekend, celebrating the arrival of a pair of alumni into the National Football League. Pirate alumni Jake Luton '16 and Jessie Lemonier '17, are set to earn their paychecks playing football as the 2020 NFL season opens this week. Luton has been named the back-up quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars while Lemonier is officially on the practice squad for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Pirate head baseball coach Cole Mahoney-Bruer has had the "Interim" tag removed from his title. Mahoney-Bruer, who will enter his sixth season in the VC dugout in the spring, served as the interim head coach during last spring's covid-shortened campaign after four years as an assistant. He has played a role in helping 55 Pirate baseball players transfer to four-year schools, including 15 to NCAA Division I, during his time with the orange and black. He was the lead assistant for VC's 2019 Western State Conference championship team.