The Ventura College women's basketball team continues to be the most-recognized academic achieving community college women's basketball program in the country. Earlier this month, the 2020-21 Pirates earned "Special Mention" from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association for academic excellence during the difficult covid-affected year. VC posted an overall grade point average of 3.405 to garner the recognition on the association's national Academic Honor Roll.
The Ventura College men's tennis team has been named an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association while five team members have been named Junior College Men's Scholar Athletes by the ITA in a release last week. The Pirates posted a 3.35 overall grade point average in the spring 2021 semester to be one of nine programs to be recognized nationally while Bledar Gashi, Lucas Gazic, Yuya Koide, Brodie Soderstein and Ethan Wang were among 57 student athletes to earn the individual honors from the national organization.
The Pirates' women's tennis team has been recognized as an All-Academic Team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. VC was one of 13 programs recognized nationallly for academic excellence in the spring 2021 semester, posting an incredible 3.810 team grade point average. Meanwhile, six individuals were named as Junior College Women's Scholar-Athletes by the ITA, including Isabella DeRosa, Ava Gallo, Erin Gaynor, Alyssa McClain, Sylvie Van Cott and Victoria Zegers.
Pirate baseball designated hitter Chase McBean has been named to the Southern California All-State team for the 2021 season as designated by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. The second-year freshman from Boca Raton, FL was also a first team All-Western State Conference selection.
Former Ventura College Athletic Director Will Cowen was honored Wednesday by the California Community College Athletic Directors Association with their Honor and Service Award at the association's annual convention at Lake Tahoe. Cowen, who served as the Pirates' AD 2009-2018, in the fourth former VC Athletic Director to receive the honor in its 47-year history, joining Jim Moore (1982), Bob Long (1992) and Jerry Dunlap (1996).
Isabel Gallegos and Kat Tafoya each earned All-Southern California post-season honors as named by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association this month. Gallegos earned the distinction as an outfielder while Tafoya was named all-SoCal as a pitcher.
Pirate outfielders JR Godinez and Elijah Maris and designated hitter Chase McBean all earned first team All-Western State Conference honors for the 2021 season in voting by the conference coaches earlier this month. Godinez also received a Gold Glove award for his defensive prowess along with catcher Max Baldaccini. Baldaccini, Anthony Chavez, Garrick Levesque and Casey Turturici all were named second team All-WSC.
VC sophomore pitcher Kat Tafoya was named Western State Conference Pitcher of the Year in voting by the conference coaches earlier this month. Meanwhile outfielders Isabel Gallegos and Celeste Pacheco along with infielder Jalen Barron all earned first team All-WSC selections. Leanna De La Cruz, Abby Strong and Morgan Albertsen all were named second team all-conference.
Ventura College student athletes excelled once again in the classroom in the spring semester, achieving an overall 3.22 grade point average. A total of 106 Pirates earned Dean's List honors by posting at least a 3.5 GPA in 12 or more units of study, with 49 of them recording a perfect 4.0 GPA of all A's. Of VC's 19 intercollegiate athletic teams, 17 earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
The Ventura College baseball team kept its offense humming on Saturday, defeating Antelope valley 10-3 and 10-8 to close the 2021 Covid-shortened season at Pirate Park. Catcher Max Baldaccini had three hist on the day, including a double and a home run, while scoring three times with six runs batted in to lead the offense. Joseph Wiersma pitched four innings in starting Game 1, giving up one run with four strikeouts while Robby Keister picked up the win in Game 2, throwing five complete allowing two hits and one run while punching out five.
The Ventura College softball team won a pair of one-run games against Antelope Valley Saturday to close their 2021 Covid-shortened season, 2-1 and 3-1, at the VC Softball Complex. Jalen Barron had the big hit in the opener, a two-RBI double in the fifth inning, while Abygail Hall delivered the go-ahead two-RBI single in the fifth inning of the nightcap. Kat Tafoya and Morgan Albertsen each had solid games in the circle, respectively, for the Pirates (12-6, 11-5), who won eight of their final 10 games.
The lifetime bests kept pouring in on a hot day in Bakersfield for the Ventura College track and field teams at the Western State Conference Championships on Friday. Charlotte Allison claimed first place in the triple jump on Friday to go along with her high jump gold from a week ago, and she teamed up with Gillian Serate, Andrianna Vera and Aubriana Smith to win the 4x100m relay. Pierson Reynolds won the men's 800m run while Jaedon Rodgers triumphed in the triple jump for the Pirates at the championships.
Scoring runs was not a problem for the Pirate baseball team Thursday as they put up four touchdowns in taking two games from Antelope Valley, 14-11 and 14-3 in Lancaster. VC banged out 29 hits in the two games, led by John Oleson who had five hits while scoring five runs with three runs batted in on the day. Max Flame scattered eight hits over six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, with eight strikeouts to pick up the win in the nightcap.
The Pirates' softball team split a double-header Thursday at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, dropping the opener to the Marauders 5-0 before coming back with a 10-2 six-inning victory in the nightcap. Jalen Barron had the big hit for Ventura (10-6, 9-5), a grand slam home run in the top of the sixth in Game 2 to push the Pirates to the run-rule triumph. Serena Carmona was 3-3, including a double, with a run scored and two runs batted in in the second game.
On the final day of competition in the Covid-shortened 2021 season, the Ventura College golf team battled Antelope Valley in a two-man best ball format at the "Western State Conference Championships" held at Ventura's Olivas Links Golf Course. The Pirate duo of Steen Zeman and Kaden Santos won the event with a 3-under 69 followed by Evan Colborn and Joshua Calderon who carded a 1-under 71.
The VC golf team traveled to Orange County Monday to compete in the Saddleback Invitational at the par-72 Tijeras Creek Golf Club. Steen Zeman was the low man for the Pirates with a 2-over 74, good for a tie for fourth place overall as Ventura posted a team score of 406, placing sixth of the eight participating teams.
On the strength of a five-run first inning, the Pirates' softball team defeated visiting Oxnard 9-1 Saturday afternoon in a five-inning run-rule game. Jalen Barron smacked a pair of doubles with two runs scored and two runs batted in and Courtney Terrazas was 2-3 with a double and three RBI to lead Ventura *905, 7-4). Morgan Albertsen pitched a complete game, scattering three hits and allowing one run to the cross-county rivals.
In their final competition of the season, the Ventura College swim and dive teams competed at the Western State Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Caitlin Potter led the effort for the women with three individual golds while Arturo Medina won two golds for the men on Saturday. In Friday's diving competition, Roman Becher also brought home a pair of golds.
The Pirate beach volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Harbor Cove Courts Friday, completing the team competition portion of their Covid-shortened schedule. VC dropped a 4-1 decision to Moorpark before defeating Bakersfield 4-1 in the finale. With the win, Ventura finished 7-1 on the year, the best record among Western State Conference teams competing, although there is no official championship this season.
The Ventura College baseball team split a pair of games against Oxnard College Friday at Pirate Park. VC dropped the opening 7-inning game 12-2 to the Condors before coming back in the nightcap to claim an 8-5 victory. Centerfielder JR Godinez was one of four Pirates with two hits in the second game, along with Anthony Chavez, Elijah Maris and Ramon Torres. Robby Keister pitched five innings and gave up two runs to pick up the victory in the nightcap.
It was a cold and very windy day at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster as the Pirate track and field teams competed in the Western State Conference Preliminaries on Friday. In total, 19 athletes qualified to compete in next week's conference finals at Bakersfield. Meanwhile, there were five events of finals competition, with VC well-represented in the place-winners.
The Ventura College baseball team swept a double-header at Oxnard on Wednesday, defeating the Condors 6-1 and 7-1. Jake Read pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout in the opener while the Pirate bullpen hurled five scoreless innings in relief in the nightcap. Anthony Chavez carried the big bat for VC with four hits, including two doubles and a home run, and five runs batted in on the day. Chase McBean scored four runs from his lead-off position in the two games.
The Ventura College golf team shot a season-best 373, defeating Antelope Valley in the Western State Conference No. 5 event at Olivas Links Golf Course in Ventura on Wednesday. Steen Zeman and Eric Burschinger were the low Pirates, each carding a 1-over 73.
VC pitcher Kat Tafoya pitched a complete game 2-hit shutout at Oxnard College on Wednesday, leading the Pirate softball team to a 7-0 win over the Condors. Isabel Gallegos was 3-4 at the plate, including a home run and a triple, scoring three runs with four runs batted in to lead Ventura (8-5, 7-4) to their third straight win and their fourth triumph in the last five games.
With limited competition in the Western State Conference in this Covid-shortened 2021 season, the VC golf team traveled to Riverside on Monday to play in the Riverside Invitational featuring Eight Orange Empire Conference teams. The Pirates posted a score of 398, good for sixth place overall in the event. Evan Colburn shot a 2-over 74 at Canyon Crest Country Club to place in a tie for ninth place overall.
The Ventura College baseball team traveled to Bakersfield Saturday and dropped a pair of games to the Renegades, 7-4 and 11-4. Anthony Chavez had three hits, including a pair of doubles, while scoring four runs with a run batted in to lead VC.
The Pirate softball team swept a double header in Bakersfield Saturday, winning by scores of 10-6 and 15-10, respectively. The two victories gave VC three wins in the last four games, all against the Renegades. Morgan Albertsen pitched a complete game in Game 1 and threw five innings in relief in Game 2 to pick up both wins on the day. Leanna De La Cruz had six hits on the day while Isabel Gallegos and Courtney Terrazas each hit a home run for the Pirates (7-5).
The VC beach volleyball team claimed a pair of wins Friday at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina, defeating Bakersfield 4-1 before edging Mt. San Antonio 3-2. The Nos. 1 and 5 pairs of Alexis Baloyo and Amelie Zubia, and Savannah Marchese and Tatum Teel, respectively, each had a pair of strong victories on the day for Ventura (6-0).
The VC baseball team was on the short end and on the long end of a pair of blow-outs Thursday afternoon with visiting Bakersfield College at Pirate Park. Ventura dropped Game 1 of the twin-bill 8-1 in seven innings before coming back to defeat the Renegades 11-2 in the nightcap. Lead-off man Chase McBean had three hits and scored four runs with a run batted in on the day.
The VC softball team sent 17 batters to the plate scoring 11 runs on 10 hits in the fourth inning alone in Game 1 of Thursday's double-header with Bakersfield College en route to a 14-3 run-rule win in five innings. They could not duplicate that success in Game 2, however, falling 7-3 to the Renegades at the VC Softball Complex. Celeste Pacheco and Jalen Barron each had four hits on the day to lead the Pirates (5-5, 4-4).