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  • Lamont Landers, Men's Basketball, Week of Jan. 7-13
    January 14, 2019
    Lamont Landers has been a steady veteran influence for the Pirates' men's basketball team this season. The 6-foot guard from Lancaster embraces various roles each game, and gives his best effort weather a starter or coming off the bench. In Friday's 86-81 VC victory at Canyons, Lamont came off the bench for 23 points, including five made 3-pointers and 8-9 shooting at the free throw line, while dropping seven assists. On the season, he is second on the team in scoring at 12.2 points per game and he leads the team with 30 made three's, shooting nearly 45 percent from behind the arc.
  • Talia Taufaasau, Women's Basketball, Week of Dec. 10-16
    December 17, 2018
    Despite an epidemic of season ending injuries to top personnel, the VC women's basketball team sits at 9-4 on the young season with a couple of solid victories over top-ranked competition on their resume. One of the standouts for the Pirates to date has been point guard Talia Taufaasau. The freshman from Canyon High School in Santa Clarita is averaging 13.5 points and 2.5 assists for VC, and has been named all-tournament in three of four tournaments this season. She had 22 points, including a 14-16 night at the free throw line, last Saturday in a Pirate victory against No. 13 San Francisco, and had a career-high 30 points Nov. 30 against Reedley College.
  • Brandon Jordan, Pirate Football, Week of Dec. 3-9
    December 10, 2018
    The Pirate football team ended an unprescedented run to the state championship game Saturday 13 yards away from the title in their 40-35 loss to Laney College. VC came back from a 23-point first quarter deficit with wide receiver Brandon Jordan leading the way. The sophomore from Carpinteria High School had six catches in the game for 106 yards and three touchdowns, giving VC a shot at the title at the end of the contest.
  • Timothy Turner, Men's Basketball, Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2
    December 03, 2018
    The VC men's basketball team strung together three straight come-from-behind victories over the weekend, including a win over No. 7 San Bernardino Valley and a defeat of Antelope Valley, avenging a setback earlier in the season. The play of freshman Timothy Turner has sparked the Pirates. The 6-foot guard from Chicago, IL netted 34 points in the three games to go along with 17 assists and 12 rebounds. He directed the Pirate attack offensively and anchored a VC defense that keyed each second half comeback.
  • Brock Domann, Pirate Football, Week of Nov. 19-25
    November 26, 2018
    The Pirate football team is headed to the CCCAA State Championship Game! The quarterback who has led VC to its first two playoff victories is Brock Domann. The freshman from Colorado Springs, CO completed 18 of 34 passes Saturday in the SCFA championship game for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Additionally, he ran for 60 yards and another score leading the No. 4-seeded Pirates past No. 2 Riverside 31-21.
  • Trennan Carlson, Pirate Football, Week of Nov. 12-18
    November 19, 2018
    For the first time in program history, the Pirate football team won a state playoff game on Saturday, defeating previously unbeaten College of the Canyons 21-13. The Pirate defense had a stellar performance, led by the efforts of sophomore linebacker Trennan Carlson. The Ventura native who prepped at Mission Viejo High School had a punt block and a forced fumble, both of which led directly to VC scores, and finished the night with five tackles, including a pair of quarterback sacks, He was in the Cougars' offensive backfield reeking havoc all night long as the Pirates dominated the state's No. 1-ranked team for the entire game.
  • Raylynn Lipsky, Women's Water Polo, Week of Nov. 5-11
    November 13, 2018
    The women's water polo team returned to the playoff last week after a runner-up finish in the Western State Conference Tournament. Freshman sprinter Raylynn Lipsky was a major player in the success of the team. The Moorpark High School product was the "glue" of the team, playing almost every possession of every game. She was a creator on offense and was a strong defender as well. She led the team in assists and steals for the season, and was second in goals scored.
  • Trevor Campbell, Men's Water Polo, Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4
    November 05, 2018
    The VC men's water polo team ended their season this past week at the Western State COnference Tournament. And although things did not turn out as planned for first-year head coach Jorge Perez, there is reason for optimism, including the play of Trevor Campbell. The freshman from Agoura High School worked hard to get back in shape after a nose injury he suffered during the opening weekend of play. He was a crucial player for the Pirates' tactical dynamic on both offensively and defensively and scored goals in every game he played. Trevor was a positive leader in the group.
  • Yamile Mondragon, Pirate Soccer, Week of Oct. 22-28
    October 29, 2018
    The VC women's soccer team had turned things around after a difficult early season schedule. The Pirates are winners of six of their past seven games and have positioned themselves solidly in the playoff chase, and with a shot at the Wester State Conference North Division title. A major part of the Pirate resurgence has been the play of freshman forward Yamile Mondragon. The Pacifica High School product has scored seven goals in five WSC games played, including the program's first hat trick at Moorpark on Oct. 19. This past week she had a goal and four assists against Cuesta on Oct. 23, then scored again on Friday at Hancock.
  • Adan Cruz, Men's Cross Country, Week of Oct. 15-21
    October 22, 2018
    Pirate sophomore Adan Cruz is making up for lost time. Unable to compete for the men's cross country team for the first half of the season, the Ventura High School product has quickly regained the form that made him on of the top runnrs in the state a year ago. This past week, Adan ran the 4-mile course at the Western State Conference Championships at Bonneli Park in San Dimas in 21:26, good for sixth place overall. He paced the Priates' team to a fifth place finish overall, qualifying them for the SoCal Regionals Nov. 3 in Cerritos.
  • Jaylen Watson, Pirate Football, Week of Oct. 8-14
    October 15, 2018
    When one looks at a stat sheet following the Pirate football team's game each week, Jaylen Watson's name does not pop out. He's been that good. The sophomore defensive back from Augusta, GA rarely gets thrown at, yet Saturday he made three huge plays in VC's 23-10 Northern Conference victory over Bakersfield at the Sportsplex. Watson had a pair of interceptions against the Renegades and recovered a fumble, all at key points in the game.
  • Brooklyn Wallet, Pirate Volleyball, Week of Oct. 1-7
    October 08, 2018
    The VC volleyball team is on a roll. Winners of four in a row, and eight of their last nine, the Pirate spikers are poised to be a force in the Western State Conference North Division in 2018. Significant of this fact was their five-set victory at Santa Barbara on Wednesday,VC's first win over the Vaqueros in 11 years. A strong force behind the charge is outside hitter Brooklyn Wallet. The Buena High School product has led Ventura in kills (36), hitting percentage (.324) and is second on the team in blocks (6) and aces (2) in the past two weeks, including the Pirates defeat of the six-time defending WSC champions this past Wednesday.
  • Audrey Castillo, Women's Soccer, Week of Sept. 24-30
    October 01, 2018
    The Ventura College women's soccer team had a difficult go of things in the month of September. But as the calendar turns, things are looking up for the young Pirates as they are beginning to show signs of life with a solid draw and a 3-0 victory this week. Leading the way is sophomore midfielder Audrey Catsillo. The midfielder from Pacifica High School in Onxard had a hat trick Friday evening against Bakersfield, giving her a team-high eight goals this season.
  • Morgan Gallagher, Pirate Volleyball, Week of Sept. 17-23
    September 24, 2018
    The Ventura College volleyball team has started its season 6-3, and confidence is high for a solid season on the court. The Pirates have been led by freshman outside hitter Morgan Gallagher, a Foothill Tech High School product. In three matches last week, two Pirate victories and a close loss, Morgan averaged 10 kills per outing with a hitting percentage of .225 for the week. She also had nine digs and five services aces in the three matches.
  • Thomas Duckett, Pirate Football, Week of Sept. 10-16
    September 17, 2018
    Pacifica High School product Thomas Duckett is at it again. The Pirates' leading rusher a year ago, Duckett came into Saturday's contest at Allan Hancock College averaging 110 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving in VC's first two games. The Bulldogs held Ventura's leading offensive threat out of the backfield in check for most of the day, but Duckett provided the big play at the most opportune time. He took a swing pass from quarterback Brock Domann, broke a couple of tackles, and scampered 63 yards for the game-winning touchdown with 1:07 left in the game as Ventura topped Hancock 29-28 in Santa Maria.
  • Cali Iadevaia, Women's Water Polo, Week of Sept. 3-9
    September 10, 2018
    The Ventura College women's water polo team is off to a great start at 3-0. Pacing that solid play is freshman center Cali Iadevaia. The Ventura High School product has scored 13 goals in three games, with a pair of assists and six drawn exclusions. Defensively she had grabbed four steals. This past weekend, she was key in leading the Pirates to victories over Northern California foes Diablo Valley and Foothill at the Cuesta Tournament in Morro Bay.
  • Olivia Burton, Women's Cross Country, Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 2
    September 04, 2018
    Olivia Burton sure did make a stellar debut. The freshman from Foothill Tech High School, in her first collegiate cross country race, left the rest of the field in the dust, claiming gold medal honors at the Ventura Invitational Friday at Arroyo Verde Park. She covered the difficult 5k course in a time of 21:49, 18 seconds ahead of teammate and runner-up finished Tatiana Garcia, and 1:22 ahead of third place.
  • Valexsia Droughn & Joey Herrera, Athletes of the Year, 2017-18
    June 13, 2018
    Valexsia Droughn and Joey Herrera have been named the 2017-18 Ventura College Athletes of the Year. Droughn is a state champion sprinter on the women's track and field team while Herrera is an All-Western State Conference and All-State golfer.
  • Brian Hicks & Marissa Gonzales, Scholar Athletes of the Year, 2017-18
    May 23, 2018
    Brian Hicks from the men's swim team and Marissa Gonzales from the women's cross country and track & field teams have been named the Ventura College Scholar Athletes of the Year for 2017-18. The two have achieved the highest cumulative grade point averages among all graduating male and female student athletes at VC this year. Congratulations!
  • Darrell Handy-Johnson, Men's Track & Field, Week of May 7-13
    May 14, 2018
    Darrell Handy-Johnson had a great day Saturday at the Southern california Regional Track and Field Finals. The freshman two-sport standout from Maricopa, AZ qualified for the CCCAA State Championships in three events for VC, breaking a 20-year gold-medal drought in regional competition for the Pirate men. He won the high jump, clearing the bar at 6'8", and qualified for state with a sixth-place long jump of 22' 1". Finally, he placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 46' 8 1/4".
  • Adrianna Bese, Women's Swimming, Week of April 30-May 6
    May 07, 2018
    Swimmer Adrianna Bese saved her best for last. The freshman from Nordhoff High School set a new school record in the 200-yard breast stroke in the finals of the event Saturday evening at the CCCAA State Championships in Cupertino. She touched in 2:29.91 to place eighth in the event, establishing the new VC standard. Additionally, she also placed seventh in the 100-yard breast stroke on Friday in a time of 1:08.40, nearly a second faster than her qualifying time from the morning session.
  • Joey Herrera, Pirate Golf, Week of April 23-29
    April 30, 2018
    Pirate golfer Joey Herrera carded his second straight even par round on Monday, leading the Pirates to a second place finish at the Western State Conference event hosted by Citrus College. With the finish, the Pirates are in solid position for a SoCal Regional berth heading into the WSC Championships. The St. Bonaventure High School product had had three sub-par rounds this season, and another three even-par rounds, consistently leading the team in scoring
  • Anissa Padilla, Pirate Softball, Week of April 16-22
    April 23, 2018
    Sophomore Anissa Padilla has been one of the Pirate softball team's most outstanding performers all season.  In 29 appearances in the pitcher's circle, 23 of them starts, the Oxnard High School product has 19 complete games with a record of 15-7 with three saves. She has an earned run average of 2.37 and has 132 strikeouts in 150 innings pitched. At the plate, she has a .397/.500/.618 stat line with 22 runs batted in. On Thursday against rival Moorpark College, she batted 4-4 with three RBI while allowing just three hits while striking out five in the five-inning complete game shutout as VC defeated the Raiders 9-0.
  • Priyank Soni, Men's Tennis, Week of April 9-15
    April 16, 2018
    It was a banner week for Pirate freshman Priyank Soni. On Tuesday, he and doubles partner Adrien Etiemble swept their opponents from Saddleback in the No. 1 doubles slot as Ventura posted a 5-0 SoCal Regional Playoff quarterfinal victory. Then on Friday, the Mumbai, India native defeated his doubles partner in the Western State Conference singles semifinals before upsetting teammate and No. 1-seeded Solal Cherqui to claim the WSC singles championship. Finally, in doubles, Soni and Etiemble played a marathon match in the WSC final, earning a runner-up finish in the draw.
  • Cooper Fuchs, Men's Swimming, Week of April 2-8
    April 09, 2018
    Cooper Fuchs continues to have an amazing freshman season for the VC men's swimming team. The Westlake High School product placed in three individual events Friday in the Pirates' only day at the Pasadena City College Invitational against 12 of the top programs in the state. In the 50-yard freestyle he touched in 21.06, just .16 off the pace for a second place finish. He also finished fourth in the 200-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle. 
  • Tricia McClain, Women's Tennis, Week of Mar. 19-25
    March 26, 2018
    The Ventura College women's tennis team has returned to the upper half of the Western State Conference.  One of the keys to the success of the Pirates in 2018 has been its depth, including at the No. 6 spot, which is usually occupied by Tricia McClain. The sophomore from Ventura is undefeated in six WSC matches at No. 6, and has posted the second-most singles wins on the team.  On the year, she is 9-4 in singles play, seeing action at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 slots.
  • Carina Cates & Danielle Garcia, Beach Volleyball, Week of Mar. 12-18
    March 19, 2018
    The VC beach volleyball team opened Western State Conference play this week, and the No. 5 pair of Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia was the only Pirate duo to win both of their matches. Cates, a sophomore from Pacifica High School, and Garcia, a freshman from Camarillo High School, have won their last six matches and have an 8-3 record on the season in their No. 5 slot. On Friday they defeated pairs from Bakersfield and Santa Monica as VC split its first two WSC matches.
  • Valexsia Droughn, Women's Track & Field, Week of Mar. 5-11
    March 12, 2018
    The Pirate track and field teams posted four all-time top-10 performances over the weekend at the Occidental Distance Carnival Spring Break Classic. None were more impressive than Valexsia Droughn's 12.16 mark in the 100 meters to break the school record of 12.20 set two years ago by Alisha Greenlaw. The sophomore from Rio Mesa High School also had a wind-aided 11.93 earlier this season, and she currently has the second-fastest time in Southern California this year.
  • Taylor Goffena, Pirate baseball, Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 4
    March 05, 2018
    Freshman pitcher Taylor Goffena is finding his groove. The Prescott, Ariz. native has produced solid starts in each of his last three appearances for the Pirate baseball team, pitching a combined 19.1 innings and allowing just four earned runs over that span. With a record of 2-1 over his last three outings, he is quickly becoming the Pirates' No. 1 starting pitcher. This past week against Citrus, Taylor threw seven solid innings, scattering eight hits and allowing just one run in VC's 5-1 victory. On the season, he has a 1.59 earned run average in 22.1 innings of work.
  • Mikala Cvijanovich, Women's Swimming, Week of Feb. 19-25
    February 26, 2018
    Sophomore swimmer Mikala Cvijanovich came to VC specializing in the breast stroke. What has been discovered early in the season is that she is also pretty good in the individual medley. The Arbor View (Nev.) High School product excelled in both events Saturday at the Mt. SAC Invitational, and helped two relays score points, as well.
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