Darrell Handy-Johnson had a monster game with 24 points on 12-15 shooting and seven rebounds to lead the VC men's basketball team to a 79-62 victory over visiting Santa Barbara Saturday night at the Athletic Event Center. The victory secures outright the Western State Conference North Division championship for the Pirates (21-8, 9-1), their third straight title and the 22nd overall for the program.Terrell Handy-Johnson had 14 points and Isiah Reyes netted 11 while Jacob Alonzo handed out seven assists for Ventura.
The Pirates' women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a strong performance Saturday, defeating Santa Barbara 64-42 at the Athletic Event Center. Jasmyne Martin had 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack which saw all nine Pirates who played record a score. Davina Del Castillo totaled 13 points and Nikki Puga had nine. Melissa Ohmie pulled down 13 rebounds as Ventura won outright its 28th consecutive Western State Conference championship.
The Ventura College beach volleyball team opened its 2018 season with a split in a pair of matches at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina Friday. The Pirates (1-1) defeated Rio Hondo 3-2 in the opener before falling 5-0 to Grossmont College. The Pirates' No. 5 team of Danielle Garcia and Carina Cates had the biggest win of the day, sweeping their opponents from Rio Hondo 21-8, 21-12.
"It's a beautiful day for a ballgame..." as Ernie Banks said. "Let's play two!" It was a beautiful day in Monterey Friday as Ventura and Monterey Peninsula did play two, splitting the twin bill in what the teams coined as "The Battle for the Beach." The Lobos took game one 8-2 before the Pirates came back to win the nightcap 8-5 in 12 innings. Steele Ledford led the Pirates with six hits on the day and Shane Gipson had a home run in the 12th inning of game two to send VC to victory.
The VC men's tennis team maintained its undefeated record Friday with a 9-0 sweep against De Anza College at the Pierpont Racquet Club. Augustin Lestelle and Rafael Dunan each lost just one game in their straight sets victories while Alexander Martin won 6-1, 6-1.
The VC softball team exploded for 34 runs in two games Friday at the Mt. San Jacinto College President's Day Tournament. VC (8-3) defeated San Diego City 17-6 in the morning game before routing East Los Angeles 17-3 in the afternoon tilt. Angelina Flores knocked out six hits on the day with six runs scored and three RBI while Kayla Garcia, Samantha Gonzalez and Adriana Clemons all had four hits each in the two games. Anissa Padilla had a save and a complete game victory in the pitcher's circle for the Pirates (8-3).
The VC women's tennis team claimed two victories Friday on the first day of the VC North/South Challenge. The Pirates (4-2, 2-2) defeated College of the Sequoias 6-3 in the morning match before besting Fresno City College 5-4 in the evening contest. The doubles team of Alyssa Powell and Allie De Marco won two matches on the day and the two also each won their only singles competition.
The VC softball team traveled to the High Desert Thursday, dropping a difficult 3-2 decision to Antelope Valley College in Palmdale. Kaylee Neal was 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Arianna Rivas doubled and Kayla Garcia reached base twice, with a single and a walk. Anissa Padilla had a solid day in the circle, scattering six hits and striking out two, but she gave up two home runs which accounted for all three Marauder runs.
The VC men's basketball team scored the first eight points of the game and opened up quick leads of 14-2 and 23-8 en route to an easy 103-80 victory at Oxnard College Wednesday night. isiah Reyes led the way with 22 points in the game while Johns Williams and Jacob Alonzo contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively. The Pirate win coupled with Allan Hancock's loss at Cuesta drops the Bulldogs one game behind VC in the standings with one game remaining, clinching at least a share of the Western State Conference title for Ventura.
The Ventura College golf team traveled to the Inland Empire Wednesday to play in the Mt. San Jacinto Invitational hosted on the championship course at Tukwet Canyon Golf Clubin Riverside. The long van ride took its toll on the Pirates as they posted a team score of 406, placing them 12th in the 16-team field. Joey Herrera was the lone VC golfer in the 70's with a 5-over 77 on the day.
VC freshman Alaina Garcia made seven 3-pointers en route to a career 23 points as the VC women's basketball team defeated Oxnard 69-32 Wednesday night. Davina Del Castillo had 11 points and nine rebounds while Elissa Root netted 10 points with four assists. With the victory, the Pirates (22-7, 8-1) clinch at least a share of their 28th straight Western State Conference North Division championship, otherwise known as a 28-Peat.
It was one of those days at the ballpark for the Pirates. VC fell behind early against visiting Cerritos and could not make a comeback in their 20-7 defeat at the hands of the Falcons. Sam Langler had three hits with a run scored while Steele Ledford had two runs batted in for the Pirates (4-4). Rudy Aguilar, Eric Thrower and TJ Foreman each recorded two base hits in the game.
Angelina Flores, Brittney Banales and Kaylee Neal all had two hits as the Pirate softball team produced a 7-4 victory at LA Mission College Tuesday afternoon. Flores had two runs batted in with a run scored, Banales scored twice and Neal came across the plate once as Ventura (6-2) continued its strong start to the 2018 season. Megan best notched her fourth win of the season in the pitcher's circle, throwing 4.2 innings and striking out five batters.
The Ventura College women's tennis team dominated visiting College o fthe Canyons Tuesday, defeating the Cougars 9-0 in action at the VC Tennis center. Keressa Garland blanked her opponent at No. 5 singles, winning love and love, and she teamed up with Tricia McClain to win in No. 3 doubles, 8-2. Allie De Marco was victorious at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-1, while Lea Meschke prevailed at No. 1 singles, love and three.
The Pirates' men's gold team took third place Monday at the Western State Conference event hosted by Bakersfield College. Ventura posted a team score of 392, which tied the Pirates with Santa Barbara. The Vaqueros broke the tie with a better score for the sixth golfer, however, and VC ended in third place. Joey Herrera and Alex Millet each posted 4-over scores of 76 at the Rio Bravo Country Club to lead the way for the Pirates.
The VC men's basketball team trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, and faced a six point deficit with 5:26 remaining in the game before coming back to defeat Moorpark 70-65 on barbeque night at the Athletic Event Center. John Williams had a monster night with 19 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to lead the Pirates while Isiah Reyes came in with 16 points and four dimes. The win capped a night on which Ventura College honored the 1987 CCCAA State Champions, many of whom came back for a special pre-game ceremony.
The Pirates' women's basketball team dropped a difficult 56-55 decision to visiting Moorpark College on barbeque night at VC Saturday. Jasmyne Martin had 20 points to lead the Pirates while Nikki Puga totaled 12 points in the game. Davina Del Castillo pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Despite the loss, the Pirates (21-7, 7-1) remain alone in first place in the Western State Conference North Division, one game ahead of Moorpark with two games remaining.
The Ventura College baseball team just keeps the line moving. And moving. And moving...
The Pirates strung together 22 hits and scored 18 runs in defeating visiting Los Angeles Mission College Friday at Pirate Park. TJ Foreman was 4-4 at the plate with four runs scored and five runs batted in to lead the way while Steele Ledford and Shane Gipson also recorded four hits each. Chris McKee had five RBI. Blake Campbell picked up his second win of the year with six solid innings on the mound.
In the twilight of the evening sun at the VC Tennis Center, Priyank Soni outlasted his opponent in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6, allowing the Pirates' men's tennis team to post a hard-fought 5-4 victory over visiting Cypress College on Friday. Soni was a double-winner, teaming up woth Adrien Etiemble to win in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Etiemble was also a double winner, claiming the No. 3 singles slot by a 7-5, 6-3 score.
The Ventura College men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2018 season at the Western State Conference John Joseph Pentathlon Friday at the Ventura Aquatic Center. Raleigh Davis and David Peterson were the top performers for the Pirate men while Katie Heath and Mikala Cvijanovich had the best performances for the VC women.
Eden Hahn and Jordan Gibson started the Pirates' 2018 track and field season in fine style by dominating the short sprints in the Battle of the Regions track meet hosted by Bakersfield College on Friday. Both sprinters finished first in the 100 and 200 meters, achieving the SoCal auto qualifying standards in the process. As an added bonus, Gibson's 200-meter time of 21.72 also met the "B" standard needed for advancement to the state championships in May.
The VC women's tennis team claimed their first victory of the young season with a 6-3 triumph over visiting Cypress College Friday afternoon at the VC Tennis Center. The Pirates (1-2, 0-2) won three of four singles matches, including a love and love win by Alyssa Powell at No. 2, a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3 by Allie De Marco, and a love and one decision at No. 4 by Tricia McClain.
VC freshman Rafael Dunan was on. In his first set Thursday in his No. 5 singles match he won 24 consecutive points to defeat his opponent 6-0 in a "golden set." He also swept the second set,although not in golden fashion, to lead the Pirates to a 9-0 sweep of visiting Santa Barbara in Western State Conference action.Solal Cherqui (No. 1 singles) and Priyank Soni (No. 2 singles) both lost just four games in their straight set victories.
The Pirate softball team scored three runs in the first inning, and had a 5-0 lead at Conyons Thursday, making it hold up in their 6-4 victory over the Cougars. Angelina Flores was 3-4 at the plate, including a double, with two runs batted in and a run scored. Sophie Dahlstedt, Kayla Garcia and Ariana Rivas all had two hits each in the game. Anissa Padilla pitched four innings to pick up the win and Megan Best threw three frames for the save.
The Ventura College women's tennis team lost a 4-3 heart breaker Thursday afternoon at Santa Barbara's Pershing Park. Alyssa Powell won in No. 2 singles, and Allie De Marco won in No. 3 singles before the duo combined to take the No. 1 doubles match. Tricia McClain recorded the other point for the Pirates (0-2, 0-2) with a win at No. 6 singles.
The Ventura College football team had four players sign scholarship letters on National Signing Day in a small ceremony at the Athletic Event Center Wednesday morning. Head coach Steve Mooshagian expects more Pirates to sign in the coming days as the signing period moves through its course. Mooshagian also updated VC's mid-year transfers up to six, bringing the 3-Peat Northern Conference champions' transfer total to 10 for the year at this early stage.
Coming back from a difficult overtime loss, the Pirates' men's basketball team bounced back with a solid 84-70 victory over visiting Cuesta Wednesday night at the Athletic Event Center. VC's dynamic guard combo of Jacob Alonzo and Isiah Reyes lead the way, each scoring 22 ponts and each pulling in seven rebounds. Alonzo had four assists in the game and Reyes recorded three steals as Ventura remained atop the Western State Conference North Division, tied with Hancock. Terrell Handy-Johnson netted 15 in the victory.
Women's college basketball has been playing games with four quarters for almost three seasons, and for the first time Wednesday night, the Pirate defense held an opponent scoreless. Ventura's defense shut out the visiting Cuesta Cougars in the second period, leading VC to a 70-22 victory. Nikki Puga led the Pirates (21-6, 7-0) with her first career double-double, scoring 19 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Celeste Salazar had 12 points on four 3-pointers and pulled in six boards in the VC win.
There's nothing like JC baseball. The Ventura College baseball team put up 11 runs in the first four innings Tuesday afternoon at LA Mission, only to give up a seven-run sixth inning, falling to the Eagles 12-11. Steele ledford was 2-5 with a triple and five runs batted in and JT Heade had a pair of hits, two RBI, and scored twice to lead VC (2-2). Jackson Hokuf limited LA Mission to five runs, four earned in five complete innings in the start.
The Pirates' men's tennis team opened defense of its Western State Conference title with an easy 9-0 sweep at Glendale Tuesday afternoon. Adrien Etiemble teamed up with Priyank Soni to win No. 2 doubles, 8-1, then produced a love, love winner at No. 3 singles. Alexander Martin also shut out his opponent at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.