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  • Pirates' Women's Basketball Honors 2019 Favorite Teachers
    January 20, 2019
    Each year, every member of the sophomore class of the Ventura College women's basketball team selects a "Favorite Teacher" based on their own personal criteria. 2018-19 is the 14th year in which the team has honored their favorite teachers, and 76 awards have been presented, including this year. On Saturday January 19, VCCCD Board member Josh Chancer, VC Interim President Dr. Damon Bell and VC Vice President Dr. Kim Hoffmans helped the team honor the latest class of Favorite Teachers. These instructors, through their skill, expertise, thoughtfulness, and humanity have earned the distinction of being named the team's 2019 "Favorite Teachers".
  • Pirate Men Dominate Santa Barbara in WSC Opener
    January 19, 2019
    It sure wasn't close for long. The Pirates' men's basketball team scored the first six points of the game and jumped out to a 19-2 advantage in just over seven minutes of play en route to their 86-51 defeat of visiting Santa Barbara in their Western State Conference opener at the Athletic Event Center. Jelani Bell led four Pirates in double figures with 16 points while Elijah McCloud scored 14 points with a team-high seven rebounds in the victory for the 3-time defending conference champions.
  • VC Rallies Past Vqueros to Open Conference Play
    January 19, 2019
    The Ventura College women's basketball team used a strong third quarter to rally past visiting Santa Barbara 64-51 Saturday at the Athletic Event Center in the Western State Conference opener for both teams. Talia Taufaasau had 24 points and five assists, playing all 40 minutes for Ventura while Victoria Maciel also played without a break contributing 18 points and five rebounds. LaDaesha Merriweather posted her second straight double-double with 13 points and 12 boards for the Pirates (16-7, 1-0).
  • Ventura Pulls Out Last-Second Victory in Crossover Finale
    January 12, 2019
    Cece Quintino hit a mid-range jumper with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the Pirates' women's basketball team to a hard-fought 70-69 victory over Palomar College Saturday night in the third place game of the SoCal Crossover Tournament at the Athletic Event Center. LaDaesha Merriweather had a double-double animal style with 12 points and 21 huge rebounds in the victory as VC closed out their non-conference schedule with a 15-7 record. Victoria Maciel had an efficient 14-point performance and Talia Taufaasau netted 12 points with six rebounds and four assists.
  • Bench Leads Pirates to Victory at Canyons
    January 11, 2019
    Timothy Turner and Lamont Landers came off the bench Friday for the VC men's basketball team, scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively, in leading the Pirates to an 86-81 victory at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita on Friday. The win closed Ventura's non-conference schedule with an even 9-9 record heading into Western State Conference North Division play next weekend.
  • Pirates Drop Tournament Semifinal at Pasadena
    January 09, 2019
    Early foul trouble and an anemic offensive performance in the second half doomed the Pirates' women's basketball team to a 62-41 defeat at Pasadena City College Wednesday night in the semifinals of the SoCal Crossover Tournament White Bracket. Talia Taufaasau was the lone Pirate in double figures with 18 points and seven rebounds while LaDaesha Merriweather had a game-high 12 boards. Ventura will host Palomar college on Saturday Jan. 12 at 6:00pm in the bracket's third-place game.
  • Second Half Surge Lifts Citrus Past Ventura
    January 08, 2019
    The Pirates' men's basketball team held a 38-31 halftime edge, but could not hold on as the fell to visiting Citrus College 81-75 Tuesday night at the Athletic Event Center. Tone Patton led a balanced VC scoring attack with 16 points and seven rebounds while Thomas Dangerfield totaled 14 points. Keron Bailey had 13 points with a team-high nine boards for the Pirates (8-9).
  • Ventura Drops Game vs. Fullerton on Quick Turnaround
    January 05, 2019
    On a quick turnaround,the Pirates' men's basketball team fell to Fullerton College 91-58 Saturday afternoon. Just 17 hours after tipping off against Riverside at the Athletic Event Center, VC took to the court in Riverside to complete the Crossover against the Hornets. Lamont Landers had 17 points to lead the way for the Pirates (8-8) while Timothy Turner netted 12 points in the game. Keron Bailey had nine points with a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • VC Escapes With Victory Against West LA to Open Tournament
    January 05, 2019
    The VC women's basketball team escaped with a 59-57 victory over visiting West Los Angeles College Saturday night in the opening round of the SoCal Crossover Tournament. Cece Quintino led the Pirates with 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Victoria Maciel totaled 14 points with seven boards. With the victory, Pirate head coach Ned Mircetic ties legendary Santa Clara High School boys coach Lou Cvijanovich with 829 wins as the winningest basketball coaches in Ventura County history.
  • Pirates on Short End of Score Against Riverside
    January 04, 2019
    The VC men's basketball team took to the hardwoods for the first time in 2019, coming up short against Riverside and former Pirate head coach Phil Mathews, 88-78. Keron Bailey led the balanced Ventura attack with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Jelani Bell had 16 points, four assists and four boards for coach Joey Ramirez's squad. Ramirez and VC assistant Lester Neal both played for Mathews when he directed the Pirates in the early 1990's.
  • Ventura Claims Optimist Tournament Championship
    December 30, 2018
    Behind a dominant 17-point fourth quarter performance from freshman Talia Taufaasau, the Ventura College women's basketball team battled back from a 10-point first half deficit to claim a 73-62 victory over Mt. San Jacinto in the championship game of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament Sunday at the Athletic Event Center. VC (13-6) trailed the defending state champions 50-46 heading into the final period before Taufaasau earned MVP honors by leading the comeback for Ventura.
  • Pirates Advance to Optimist Tournament Final
    December 29, 2018
    Victoria Maciel ahd 20 points while Talia Taufaasau and Cece Quintino each netted 18 as the Pirates' women's basketball team defeated Rio Hondo 64-49 Saturday evening to advance to the championship game o fhte VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament. Taufaasau added eight assists, Quintino had nine rebounds, and LaDaesha Merriweather hauled i 18 boards for VC (12-6). Ventura advances to the tournament final against Mt. San Jacinto Sunday Dec. 30 at 4:00 pm at the Athletic Event Center.
  • Quintino, Cvijanovich Pace Pirates Past Antelope Valley
    December 28, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team came back from Christmas break looking merry and bright on Friday, running past Antelope Valley 79-47 in the first round of the VC-Optimist Club Holiday Tournament at the Athletic Event Center. Cece Quintino nearly recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while Madison Cvijanovich netted a career high 19 points, including five made 3-pointers, in pacing the Pirates (11-6) into the tournament semifinals on Saturday against Rio Hondo.
  • Mackie Named All-SoCal Region by CCCWVCA
    December 27, 2018
    The accolades continue to come in for the Ventura College volleyball team as libero Faith Mackie has been named to the All-Southern California Regional team by the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association. The Foothill Tech product led the Western State Conference and was fourth in the state in digs per set as she led the Pirates to their best season in 15 years.
  • Breslin, Duckett and Watson Named CCCFCA All-Americans
    December 25, 2018
    The post season awards continue to roll in for the Pirate football team as offensive lineman Scott Breslin, running back Thomas Duckett and defensive back Jaylen Watson were all named California Community College Football Coaches Association First Team All-Americans as released by the JC Athletic Bureau on Tuesday. The three led the Pirates to the best finish in the 94-year history of Ventura College football, an 11-2 overall record, the Southern California Football Association championship, and a state runner-up finish.
  • VC Falls to Riverside at Glendale Tourney Finale
    December 21, 2018
    The Pirates'women's basketball team dropped a 75-60 decision to Riverside City College Friday in the third place game of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. Victoria Maciel earned All-Tournament honors with her 17-point performance and Cece Quintino led Ventura offensively with 20 points. Talia Taufaasau also netted 17 points and LaDaesha Merriweather pulled in 13 rebounds for VC (10-6).
  • Landers' Career Night Sparks Pirates to Victory
    December 20, 2018
    Lamont Landers had a career night on Thursday, sparking the Pirates' men's basketball team to a 93-86 victory at Los Angeles Valley College. Landers scored 32 points on 8-15 shooting, including 6-10 from three, and 10-11 at the free throw line. He added a game-high seven assists for good measure as VC turned around an 80-70 home loss to the Monarchs in the season opener on Nov. 1. Keron Bailey had 15 points and six rebounds while Thomas Dangerfield netted 13 in the victory for the Pirates (8-6).
  • Ventura Falls in Tournament Semifinals
    December 20, 2018
    The Pirates' women's basketball team showed improvement, but still left too much room for error Thursday afternoon, battling No. 3-ranked Los Angeles Trade Tech to a 65-58 loss in the semifinals of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. Ventura (10-5) held a 29-27 halftime advantage, but a rough third quarter lifted the Beavers to the win. Talia Taufaasau led VC with 20 points and a pair of assists while Cece Quintino netted 13 points with six rebounds, three dimes and three steals.
  • Mooshagian Selected as 2018 National Coach of the Year
    December 19, 2018
    Ventura College Head Coach Steve Mooshagian has been named the 2018 American Community College Football Coaches Association (ACCFCA) Coach of the Year. The award will be presented to Mooshagian during the American Football Coaches Awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 8, at the 2019 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas.
  • Late Rally Leads Pirates to Victory Over Canyons
    December 19, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team used a late rally Wednesday afternoon to come back and defeat College of the Canyons 68-64 in the opening round of the Glendale College Holiday Tournament. VC (10-4) trailed 62-54 with 3:00 remaining before making the come back. Robin Prince rallied the Pirates with a pair of late buckets inside, Emma Larson had a big three, while Talia Taufaasau and Cece Quintino closed things out at the free throw line. Ventura plays LA Trade Tech in the tournament semifinals Thursday Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm.
  • Difficult First Half Leads to VC Defeat
    December 16, 2018
    The Ventura College men's basketball team had a difficult first half against Fresno City College Sunday on the final day ofthe College of the Sequoias Wyndham Classic in Visalia. The Pirates committed 15 turnovers against the Rams in the first 20 minutes, digging a 21 point deficit from which they could not recover in the 76-57 loss. Dayveon Bates had 13 points and nine rebounds, Jelani Bell netted 11 points and Lamont Landers had 10 for VC (7-6).
  • Cold Shooting Halts VC Win Streak at Four
    December 15, 2018
    It was a tale of two halves for the Pirates' men's basketball team Saturday night against Sequoias in the COS Wyndham Classic in Visalia. VC had a solid first 20 minutes, shooting nearly 40 percent from the floor in jumping out to a 36-27 halftime lead over the host Giants, before going cold in the second period, hitting on just 29 percent of their shot attempts. COS also heated up in the second, hitting on 59 percent of their shots in Ventura's 69-55 loss to Sequoias, ending VC's four-game winning streak. Tone Patton had 15 points and five rebounds to lead Ventura (7-5).
  • Bates Goes For 19 and 19 as Pirates Cruise Past Shasta
    December 14, 2018
    Dayveon Bates was everywhere Friday night, scoring 19 points and pulling down 19 rebounds in the Pirates' 66-45 victory on the first day of the College of the Sequoias Wyndham Classic in Visalia. Thomas Dangerfield almost posted a double-double with 12 points and nine boards while Timothy Turner netted 11 points and six assists for Ventura (7-4) in their fourth straight victory.
  • Campbell First Team All-WSC For Men's Water Polo
    December 14, 2018
    VC freshman Trevor Campbell earned first team All-Western State Conference in voting by the conference coaches following the season last month. The Agoura High School product missed a quarter of the season due to a nose injury, but worked hard to get back in shape upon his return to the pool, and was a crucial player for the Pirates. He was joined by second team All-WSC honorees, sophomores Tanner Islander and Frank Lopez.
  • Lipsky Leads Four Pirates as First Team All-WSC
    December 13, 2018
    Women's water polo utility player Raylynn Lipsky leads four Pirates on the first team All-Western State Conference team for the 2018 season. Lipsky, who also earned second team All-Southern California honors, is joined on the first team All-WSC list by goalie Shayle Barrus, center Cali Iadevaia and attacker Drew Reyes. Five other Pirates earned second team or honorable mention all-conference awards.
  • Mistakes Costly in Pirate Loss in All-Star Classic Final
    December 09, 2018
    If the Pirates' women's basketball team has shown one thing over the past few weeks, it is that they can play with the best teams in the state. They have also shown that too many mistakes can lead to losses. VC committed 13 first half turnovers and shot 26 percent (6-23) in the opening 20 minutes as they fell behind Los Angeles Trade Tech 34-20 at intermission in the championship game of the LAVC-Buddy's All-Star Classic Sunday, eventually falling to the Beavers 66-50. Talia Taufaasau earned all-tournament honors leading VC (9-4) with 14 points and five assists.
  • Pirate Comeback Just Short in CCCAA Championship Game
    December 08, 2018
    The Ventura College football team ended the greatest season in school history just short, 13 yards short. Driving for a potential championship-winning score, time ran out on the Pirates 13 yards shy of the end zone Saturday as they fell in the CCCAA State Championship game in Sacramento 40-35 to Laney College.
  • Ventura Holds Off San Francisco in LAVC Tourney Semifinals
    December 08, 2018
    The VC women's basketball team held off hard charging San Francisco Saturday night, posting a 70-67 victory over the Rams in the semifinals of the LAVC-Buddy's All-Star classic at Los Angeles Valley College. Ventura (9-3) led CCSF 62-51 with 4:52 remining before the Rams came all the way back to take a 67-66 advantage. A lay-up by Cece Quintino with 32 seconds left, and two free throws by LaDaesha Merriweather with 14 seconds on the clock set the final margin for VC.
  • VC Football Set to Take State's Biggest Stage
    December 07, 2018
    It does't get any bigger than this. In the 90-plus years of Ventura College football, the Pirates have never played for a state title, until Saturday. The 2018 California Community College Athletic Association football season will reach its conclusion when the Southern California champion Ventura Pirates (11-1) will take on Northern California champion Laney College (10-2) at 1:00 pm at Sacramento's historic Hughes Stadium. Fans can watch the game live on Eleven Sports USA and online at
  • Pirate Cagers Pull Away From In Buddy's All-Star Opener
    December 07, 2018
    The Ventura College women's basketball tem pulled away from San Bernardino Valley in the second half of Friday's game, posting a 77-47 victory over the Wolverines in the opening round of the Buddy's All-Star Classic at Los Angeles Valley College. Cece Quintino had a economical output with 28 points on just 19 shots while handing out 10 assists to lead VC (8-3). Talia Taufaasau followed with 23 points in the victory. Ventura advances to Saturday's semifinal against San Francisco at 5:00 pm in Valley Glen.
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