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  • Antonio Rosales Michelle Ham & Raphaella Rosales, Scholar Athletes, 2019-20
    September 18, 2020
    The Ventura College Athletic Department is proud to announce that Antonio Rosales of the men's tennis team and Michelle Hamm and Raphaella Rosales of the women's cross country/track and field and volleyball/beach volleyball teams, respectively, have been named the Pirates' Scholar Athletes for the 2019-20.
  • Dayshone Henry & Olivia Burton, Athletes of the Year, 2019-20
    June 29, 2020
    Cross country star Olivia Burton has been awarded VC's Outstanding Female Sophomore Female Student Athlete and men's basketball standout Dayshone Henry was honored as the Pirates' Outstanding Male Sophomore Student Athlete for 2019-20.
  • Sylvie Van Cott, Women's Tennis, Week of April 27
    May 04, 2020
    Pirate freshman Sylvie Van Cott was having a spectacular season. The Oak Park High School product was a perfect 11-0 in her No. 1 singles slot for the VC women's tennis team, and 8-2 in doubles play, when the coronavirus stopped all sports within the CCCAA. She dominated her competition, winning 134 games in 22 sets, all victories, against just 24 lost games. Sylvie was on her way to one of the all-time great seasons in Pirate history when the competition abruptly shut down in March.
  • Lauren Hooyer, Women's Swimming & Diving, Week of April 13
    April 20, 2020
    Like all of Ventura College's spring sports, the VC Swimming and diving teams had their seasons cut short due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. However, before the seasons were cancelled, Lauren Hooyer turned in one of the best performances of the season for the Pirate women at the Western State Conference Preview meet in San Luis Obispo on Feb. 29. The freshman from El Diamonte High School in Visalia won the women's 50-yard freestyle, touching in 26.19, defeating 33 other competitors in the event.
  • Charles De La Laurencie, Men's Tennis, Week of March 23
    March 29, 2020
    The Ventura College tennis team was rolling in 2020, largely due to great team depth. Part of that depth was No. 2 singles and doubles player Charles De La Laurencie. The sophomore from Vaureal, France followed up his WSC semifinals appearance in 2019 with a perfect 8-0 in singles during the abbreviated season, including a 2-0 mark playing in the No. 1 slot. He also teamed up with Yuya Koide to post a 7-1 mark in No. 2 doubles on the season.
  • Leslie Perez & Kayla Hosch, Beach Volleyball, Week of March 16
    March 24, 2020
    The Ventura College beach volleyball team had an abbreviated season this year, but they still had some outstanding performances in amassing a 5-1 record. Leading the way was the No. 2 pair of Leslie Perez and Kayla Hosch. The duo, both sophomores, also posted a 5-1 record including a perfect 4-0 mark against community college teams. Their three-set victory over NCAA Division II Cal State Los Angeles on Feb. 28 was the clincher for the Pirate triumph over the Eagles.
  • Steen Zeman, Men's Golf, Week of March 9
    March 16, 2020
    The Pirates' men's golf team had their best outing of the season on Monday, shooting a collective 9-over par 369 at the Western State Conference No. 5 in Santa Maria, good for second place overall. Leading the way was freshman Steen Zeman who carded a season-best 2-under par 70 to bring home a third place individual finish. For the year, his average score of 76.67 also leads the Pirates. Zeman is an Oxnard High School product.
  • Cece Quintino, Women's Basketball, Week of March 2
    March 09, 2020
    The VC women's basketball team is back in the CCCAA State Elite Eight after a regional final victory on Saturday night. Leading the way for the Pirates was sophomore guard Cece Quintino. The Las Vegas-Liberty High School product shot 9-11 from the floor with one 3-pointer and a free throw, scoring 20 points with four rebounds, six assists and two steals. Her best game of the season came at the most opportune time, sending Ventura back to the state tournament for a record-setting 19th time in program history.
  • Aubrianna Smith, Women's Track & Field, Week of February 24
    March 02, 2020
    Pirate sprinter Aubrianna Smith had another good week for the VC women's track and field team. The freshman from Foothill Tech repeated her sweep of the 100m and 200m at the Western State Conference North meet a week ago with another sweep saturday at the Santa Monica Classic. She won the 100m with a season-best time of 12.42 and captured the 200m with a wind-aided mark of 26.53. She was also part of the runner-up 4x100m relay team with Gillian Serate,  Catalina Escobal, and Tajanae Mack. Smith's 100m time is currently ranked No. 7 in the state and the relay is ranked No. 11.
  • 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.
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