Ventura College Athletics

19-20 Athletes of the Week

  • Julian Gibson, Men's Track & Field, Week of February 17
    February 24, 2020
    The VC track and field season is getting into full swing, and one of the bright spots for Pirates' men's team last week was the performance of sprinter Julian Gibson. In his first individual competition of the season, the sophomore from Pacifica High School captured first place in the 400m with a time of 49.81, and he finished second in the 200m in 22.30, just .05 seconds out of first. He also anchored VC's second-place 4x400m relay team and ran on the 4x100m relay as well.
  • Lauren Saenz, Pirate Softball, Week of February 10
    February 18, 2020
    The Pirate softball team had an undefeated weekend at the Mt. San Jacinto Tournament in Menifee. Leading the way was freshman second baseman Lauren Saenz. The Foothill Tech product batted 5-9, including a triple and a walk, in the three games played over the weekend, all Pirate victories. She batted in six runs and scored twice. Her bases-loaded, bases clearing triple pushed VC over the top n their 8-0 mercy-rule victory Sunday over Desert. On the year she is batting .343/.361/.429 in 13 games played.
  • Lester Wright, Men's Swimming & Diving, Week of February 3
    February 10, 2020
    The VC swimming and diving teams hit the pool for the first time this season on Friday, and the Pirate men finished a strong runner-up in the Larry Baratte Invitational WSC Preview at the Ventura Aquatic Center. They were led by a pair of record-setting performances by sophomore Lester Wright. The Dos Pueblos High School product set new school marks in both the 1m and 3m diving competitions to claim two first place finishes.
  • Hunter Klingelhoffer, Pirate Baseball, Week of January 27
    February 03, 2020
    The Pirate baseball team is off to its best start in years, posting a 3-1 record with the lone setback coming in extra innings. At the plate, Sophomore center fielder Hunter Klingelhoffer has been on a tear, hitting .412/.421/.765 with seven hits in 17 at bats. He has three doubles an a home run to go with his four runs batted in and four runs scored. At Mt. San Jacinto he scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth after getting on board with a two-out single. He has recorded a hit and scored a run in each of the Pirates' first four games, logging an extra base knock in each of the past three outings.
  • Madison Kast, Women's Basketball, Week of January 20
    January 27, 2020
    The VC women's basketball team opened Western State Conference play with a pair of resounding victories last week. They put together back-to-back 90+ point games for the first time since 2014 in defeating Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Leading the balanced attack was sophomore forward Madison Kast. The graduate of Redwood High School in Visalia totaled 34 points in the two games, shooting 67 percent from the field (14-21) and 75 percent from the free throw line (6-8). She also pulled in 12 rebounds in the two games and had a pair of blocked shots for the Pirates.
  • Shulton Tobin, Men's Basketball, Week of January 13
    January 20, 2020
    The VC men's basketball team is on a roll, winning their first four Western State Conference North Division games claiming first place in the conference race. Leading the charge is freshman guard Shulton Tobin. The Rio Mesa High School product has battled his way into the starting line-up and is the Pirates' leading scorer in WSC play, averaging 15.3 points per outing. He has made a team-high 12 3-pointers and is shooting north of 50 percent overall and from behind the arc. Additionally he leads the team in steals.
  • Talia Taufaasau, Women's Basketball, Week of December 9
    December 19, 2019
    The Pirates' women's basketball team is off to its best start in a decade. Leading the charge is sophomore point guard Talia Taufaasau, who has earned Most Valuable Player honors in three of VC's four non-conference tournaments, and she was all-tournament in the fourth. This past week, the Canyon High School product averaged 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.3 blocks in three games at the LA Valley Tournament. She was 21-41 from the floor, including 7-14 from three, and 15-17 at the free throw line.
  • Dayshone Henry, Men's Basketball, Week of December 2
    December 10, 2019
    The VC men's basketball team had a great week, stringing together three wins to capture the Gregg Anderson Memorial Tournament at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Sophomore guard/forward Dayshone Henry was named the tournament MVP for his outstanding performance in leading Ventura to the title. The Los Angeles Fremont product averaged over 15 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game in earning the MVP award, and he is leading Ventura for the season in both of those statistics, as well.
  • Brieanna Tafoya, Women's Cross Country, Week of November 18
    November 25, 2019
    The Pirates' women's cross country team completed another outstanding season over the weekend, placing sixth overall in the state, their third straight Top-10 finish. Leading the way was the dynamic duo of Olivia Burton and Brieanna Tafoya, who finished second and third, respectively, in the 5k race. Tafoya, a sophomore from Foothill Tech, finished Saturday's state championships with a time of 18:39 in a bronze medal performance. This season she was the team's top finisher at the Bakersfield Invitational, where she won individual medalist honors, and at the SoCal Preview, and was the Pirates' No. 2 in every other race in which she entered.
  • Morgan Gallagher, Pirate Volleyball, Week of November 11
    November 18, 2019
    The Pirate volleyball team has bounced back nicely after a tough start against difficult opposition. One of the mainstays of the team has been the play of sophomore outside hitter Morgan Gallagher. The Foothill Tech product is a multi-dimensional threat who leads the team in kills at 3.4 per set, third in the Western State Conference North Division, and is third on the team in digs at 2.2 per set, 10th in the WSC North. On Friday against Santa Barbara in the regular season finale, she led the team with 14 kills and 10 digs, her seventh double-double of the season.
  • Olivia Burton, Women's Cross Country, Week of November 4
    November 12, 2019
    Olivia Burton ran a race like no other in VC history on Friday. The sophomore from Foothill Tech High School ran the 5k course at San Diego's Mission Bay Park in 19:21, two seconds better than the competition to capture the individual gold at the Southern California Regional Championships. She finished first out of 183 runners in the event, a first for VC women's cross country.
  • Jacky Espinosa, Women's Soccer, Week of October 28
    November 04, 2019
    The VC women's soccer team remains in the hunt for the program's 17th Western State Conference title with a win and a draw this week. Freshman midfielder Jacky Espinosa has been hot as of late, scoring two goals in VC's win at Hancock on Friday, totaling three scores and two assists in her last three outings to help keep the Pirates on pace.
  • Michael Sanchez, Men's Cross Country, Week of October 21
    October 28, 2019
    Although it has not been a banner year for the VC men's cross country team, it does not mean that there haven't been small victories on the course in 2019 for he Pirates. One standout has been freshman Michael Sanchez. The Buena High School product has shown steady improvement all season for the orange and black, running his best in the biggest races. He ran a season-best 25:08 4-mile in the SoCal Preview on Sept. 13 and ran the team's No. 1 spot again this past week at the Western State Conference Championships in San Luis Obispo.
  • Sammy Zanini, Women's Soccer, Week of October 14
    October 21, 2019
    With a 2-1 victory over first place Cuesta on Friday, the Pirates' women's soccer team climbed back into the race for the conference crown. A driving force behind VC's success is sophomore defender Sammy Zanini. The Ventura High School product has made the shift to the front line, and has become one of Ventura's strongest scoring threats. This past week, she scored three goals in VC's two victories, a 3-0 triumph at Oxnard and the previously mention win over Cuesta.
  • Brandyn Robles, Men's Water Polo, Week of October 7
    October 13, 2019
    The Ventura College men's water polo team has found it way back to relevence this season, posting a 7-5 mark to this point and a 2-0 record in Western State Conference play. Helping lead the charge is freshman attacker Brandyn Robles. The Rio Mesa High School product scored five goals this past week in VC's 19-8 defeat of Santa Monica, helping set up the Pirates' date with No. 3-ranked Los Angeles Valley on Oct. 16. On the season he leads the team in assists with 30 and is third on the team in scoring with 30 goals. 
  • Alaka'I Yuen, Pirate Football, Week of September 30
    October 07, 2019
    It was a record-setting night at the VC Sportsplex on Saturday as the Pirate football team prevailed in a wild 48-47 overtime shootout with Fullerton College. Setting the pace for VC was quarterback Alaka'I Yuen. The redshirt freshman from Moanalua High School in Honolulu set school records for total offense (493 yards) and passing completions (41) in throwing for 481 yards and three touchdowns in the game. His 58 passing attempts also tied the school record in that category.
  • Juan Gaytan, Pirate Football, Week of September 23
    September 30, 2019
    Pirate sophomore Juan Gaytan has been an all-everything player for the VC football team this season. The Burna High School product is a wide receiver by trade, but has been filling in at running back and also plays special teams. On Saturday at Palomar, Juan carried the ball 11 times for 170 yards, including touchdown runs of two and 60 yards, respectively. He also had a 65-yard run to set up another score. And as if that was not enough, he recorded five tackles on special teams as the Pirates defeated the Comets 45-38.
  • Travis Calloway, Pirate Football, Week of September 16
    September 23, 2019
    The VC football team got back on track Saturday with a solid 35-14 victory over Allan Hancock College. The Pirate defense held fast throughout the game against one of the best running teams i the state, led by Travis Calloway. The freshman from Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. led the team with 13 tackles, helping force the Bulldogs into four field goal attempts, many times with a short field to defend, allowing Ventura to pull away late. On the season, he leads the team averaging nine stops per outing.
  • Shayle Barrus, Women's Water Polo, Week of September 9
    September 16, 2019
    The VC women's water polo team is off to another strong start, anchored defensively by sophomore goalie Shayle Barrus. The Moorpark High School product leads the state in goalie saves with 67 in the Pirates' six games, and she is yielding just 2.2 goals per quarter over that span. Shayle has turned back of over 61 percent of the shots against her. Last week, she had 24 saves in two games against Fresno and Merced at the Cuesta Tournament, both Pirate victories.
  • Jasmin Ambriz, Women's Soccer, Week of September 2
    September 09, 2019
    Unbeaten through four games, the VC women's soccer team is off to its best start in five seasons. The Pirates' driving force offensively is sophomore forward Jasmin Ambriz. The Santa Paula High School product has two goals and two assists in VC's first four games, providing the margin of victory in VC's opener against San Francisco with an unassisted goal in the 87th minute.
  • Olivia Burton, Women's Cross Country, Week of August 26
    September 03, 2019
    Olivia Burton has picket up right where she left off. The sophomore from Foothill Tech won the Ventura Invitational cross country meet for the second year in a row on Friday, covering the challenging 5k course in 21:47, two seconds faster than her race-winning pace of a year ago. Her efforts led the VC women to the overall team title in the event.
  • Thomas Duckett & Audrey Castillo, Athletes of the Year, 2018-19
    June 20, 2019
    Thomas Duckett of the Pirate football team and VC soccer's Audrey Castillo have been named Ventura College's Athletes of the Year for 2018-19. Duckett earned All-American, All-State and Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in leading the Pirates to their most successful year in program history. Castillo led the VC women's soccer team to its 22nd playoff appearance in the program's 23-year history. She led the conference in scoring in earning WSC Co-Player of the Year honors.
  • Thomas Duckett & Audrey Castillo, Athletes of the Year, 2018-19
    June 20, 2019
    Thomas Duckett of the Pirate football team and VC soccer's Audrey Castillo have been named Ventura College's Athletes of the Year for 2018-19. Duckett earned All-American, All-State and Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in leading the Pirates to their most successful year in program history. Castillo led the VC women's soccer team to its 22nd playoff appearance in the program's 23-year history. She led the conference in scoring in earning WSC Co-Player of the Year honors.
  • TJ Foreman & Tatiana Garcia, Scholar Athletes of the Year, 2018-19
    May 19, 2019
    TJ Foreman of the Pirate baseball team and Tatiana Garcia, a standout in cross country and track and field, have been named Ventura College's Scholar Athletes of the Year for 2018-19. Foreman, a Moorpark High School product, earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the classroom while racking up multiple awards in leading the Pirates to their first Western State Conference title in 13 years. Garcia, a Ventura high School graduate, was a two-sport standout at VC for two years while also earning a perfect 4.0 GPA.
  • Cece Tuzak, Women's Track & Field, Week of May 6-14
    May 13, 2019
    Pirate freshman Cynthia "Cece" Tuzak has been dominant in the discus throw all season. The Ventura High School product has won nine of 10 competitions this season, and eight in a row after taking the gold at Saturday's Southern California Regionals in Riverside. Cece had a strong first throw that put her in good position to qualify for the CCCAA State Championships May 17-18 in San Mateo, allowing her to go for it. And Cece most certainly did, unloading the discus for 129'8" on her second throw, putting her well ahead of the pack.
  • Kimora Pooler, Women's Track & Field, Week of Apr. 29-May 5
    May 06, 2019
    Pirate freshman Kimora Pooler has been a steadily improving competitor for VC's women's track and field team throughout the spring. The Pacifica High School product has been a force in the shot put and discus, and at Saturday's Southern California Regionals she saved her best for last. On her final throw, Kimora cleared 39-feet to claim second place in the regional finals, advancing to the CCCAA State Championships on May 17-18. She still has the discus competition at the regionals in the coming week, but for her silver medal performance in the shot put, Kimora has been named this week's VC Pirate Student Athlete of the Week.
  • Travis Weston Brooklyn Wallet & Faith Mackie, Baseball & Beach Volleyball, Week of Apr. 22-28
    April 29, 2019
    An exciting week with Ventura College Athletics warrants our first ever Co-VC Pirate Student Athletes of the Week! Sharing the award are pitcher Travis Weston of the WSC Champion baseball team and the duo of Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie of the WSC champion beach volleyball team.
  • Cooper Fuchs, Men's Swimming & Diving, Week of Apr. 15-21
    April 22, 2019
    The Pirates' men's swimming and diving team had a strong runner-up finish at the Western State Conference Championships over the weekend, led by sophomore Cooper Fuchs. The Westlake High School product earned individual gold medals in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke events, and he finished a close second in the 100-yard freestyle. Additionally, he helped the 400-yard medley relay to a third place finish, the 200-yard medley relay to second, and the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay to gold medals.
  • Isaiah Batis, Men's Track & Field, Week of Apr. 8-14
    April 15, 2019
    The track and field season is coming to is long-awaited five-week push to the state championships, and VC sophomore Isaiah Batis is peaking at just the right time. This past week at the Santa Barbara Easter Open, the Rio Mesa High School product axed over two seconds off his time from earlier in the season in the 400 meters, winning the race with a personal-best time of 50.41. With that result he jumped into the Western State Conference's top-5, just in time for the WSC preliminaries next week. He has also been a standout this season in the 800 meters and as part of the Pirates' 4x400m relay team.
  • Gracelyn De La Cruz, Women's Swimming, Week of Apr. 1-7
    April 08, 2019
    The VC swimming and diving teams made their way to the Pasadena Invitational Saturday, and sophomore Gracelyn De La Cruz had a good day. The Foothill Technology High School product earned points in three events in the 16-team meet, placing 10th of 65 competitors in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:05.12 before coming in 11th of 98 entrants in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.77. Finally, she swam the first and fastest leg of the Pirates' 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished eighth of 22 teams competing in 4:01.39.
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