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  • Pirate Football Sweeps Top SCFA Northern Awards
    December 22, 2021
    The Ventura College football team swept the top post-season awards in the Northern Conference of the Southern California Football Association for the 2021 season. In voting by the conference coaches, quarterback Jordan Pachot was named the Offensive Player of the Year, cornerback Donyai Dixon earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor, and head coach Steve Mooshagian was named the conference Coach of the Year. VC won the Northern Conference for the seventh time since 2012, producing its second ever undefeated regular season.
  • Pirate Turnovers Costly in Playoff Loss
    November 27, 2021
    The top-ranked Ventura College football team turned the ball over three times in the first half of Saturday's Southern California Football Association semifinal at the VC Sportsplex resulting in 21 points for visiting Riverside. Ventura ultimately fell to the Tigers 41-21 ending what was otherwise a perfect season. Record-breaking wide receiver Terrell Vaughn had eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown and running back Julian Kelly ran for 106 yards and two scores on 14 carries to lead the VC effort.
  • No. 1 Pirates Earn Top Seed in SCFA Playoffs
    November 22, 2021
    After the second perfect regular season in school history, the No. 1-ranked Ventrua College football team has received top billing in the Southern California Football Association Playoffs. The Pirates (10-0) will open the post-season on Saturday Nov. 27 at the VC Sportsplex against No. 4-seed Riverside (8-2). Kickoff is slated for 6:00 pm with gates opening at 4:45 pm.
  • Pirate Football Completes Undefeated Regular Season
    November 13, 2021
    With the security of a clinched conference championship and playoff berth, the Pirate football team completed its second undefeated regular season in school history with a 44-23 defeat of East Los Angeles College at the Sportsplex Saturday night. The defense and special teams continued to shine with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by Travis Calloway and Donyai Dixon, and Daquan Benjamin returned a kickoff to the house to help secure the triumph for No. 1-ranked Ventura (10-0, 5-0).
  • VC Intercepts Canyons' Upset Bid, Claims Conference Title
    November 06, 2021
    After an early season in which the Pirate football team's offense seemed unstoppable, the defense has made stops lately to preserve the undefeated season. Facing another deficit late in the third quarter, the defense came through again on Donyai Dixon's interception and 90-yard return to the end zone to give Ventura (9-0, 4-0) the lead for good at Canyons Saturday. VC used two more interceptions late to seal the deal, clinching the Northern Conference title and becoming the first team to secure a berth in the state playoffs.
  • Reminders for Spectators at VC Athletics Events
    November 01, 2021
    With the fall seasons in full swing, and basketball getting ready to begin, the Ventura College Athletic Department would like to remind spectators about Covid policies and procedures if you are going to come support the Pirates in person. Please use the following guide when attending VC home athletics events.
  • Pirates Overcome Turnovers, Stage 4th Quarter Comeback
    October 30, 2021
    The Pirate football team, ranked No.1 in Southern California and No. 2 in the state, overcame the turnover bug and staged a dramatic fourth quarter comeback Saturday in Santa Maria, defeating Allan Hancock College 35-34 to remain undefeated on the season. VC trailed 34-21 after the first play of he final period before scoring two touchdowns to claim victory from the jaws of defeat. Julian Kelly totaled 114 yards rushing, including a 27 yard game-winning scamper with 5:03 remaining in the game.
  • Ventura Defense Plays Big in Close Victory
    October 23, 2021
    The VC football team's defense has been solid all season long, However, it is sometimes difficult to see when the team came into the contest against Bakersfield averaging 54 points per game. The "D" left little doubt after Saturday, stopping the Renegades on a number of key possessions down the stretch to preserve a 23-17 victory, moving No. 2-ranked Ventura to 7-0 on the season.
  • Pirates Run Over Vikings in Northern Conference Opener
    October 16, 2021
    The Pirate football team used its deep and strong group of running backs to run over Long Beach 66-21 Saturday in their Northern Conference opener at the Sportsplex. VC amassed 400 yards on the ground with five rushing touchdowns by five different runners in the victory. The VC defense also had a pair of touchdowns, including a 100 yard interception return by CJ Hodgdon and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Russell Henderson.
  • Pirate Football Spoils Saddleback's Stadium Opening
    October 02, 2021
    Saddleback planned a big party on Saturday to open their new football stadium in Mission Viejo. The Pirates spoiled the opening with a 31-17 victory over the Bobcats. Quarterback Jordan Pachot overcame a difficult start to pass for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns and the Ventura defense forced key turnovers that led to a pair of VC touchdowns in the victory.
  • Pirates Dominate Chaffey, Move to 4-0
    September 25, 2021
    The Pirate football team put on a show Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex, dominating visiting Chaffey College 60-0 in the program's largest margin of victory over a community college team in nearly a century of play. Quarterback Jordan Pachot threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns and Ventura gained 243 yards on the ground with four more scores. The Ventura defense held the Panthers to 147 yards of total offense posting its first shutout on the field since 2017.
  • Special Teams and Defense Come Up Big in Pirate Victory
    September 18, 2021
    The Pirates' special teams and defense came up big Saturday in the VC football team's 58-37 victory at El Camino College in Torrance. Chris Atkins opened the game with a 96-yard kickoff return to paydirt, and Donyal Dixon and Chris Lyons each scored defensive touchdowns via interception and fumble recovery, respectively as No. 3-ranked Ventura moved to 3-0 on the young season.
  • VC Makes Big Plays in 49-21 Win Over Mesa
    September 11, 2021
    The big play led the Pirate football team to a big victory Saturday in their 2021 home opener at the VC Sportsplex. Third-ranked Ventura scored five touchdowns on plays 20 yards or longer in their 49-21 defeat of No. 16 San Diego Mesa, while the sixth score was on a leaping catch in the back of the end zone and the seventh came one play following an interception. VC quarterback Jordan Pachot was an efficient 14-23 for 239 yards and four touchdowns and Terrell Vaughn found paydirt three times, including on a 91-yard punt return.
  • Pirates Dominate Raiders in 53rd Citrus Cup Match-Up
    September 04, 2021
    Saturday's 53rd edition of the Citrus Cup game between Ventura and Moorpark was over almost as soon as it began. Donyal Dixon stuffed MC's opening kickoff return behind the 20-yard line on the opening play of the game and Chuck Wick scampered 30 yards to the end zone on VC's opening possession, just over three minutes into the game, beginning a dominant performance by the Pirates in the in the season opening 62-5 victory at Griffin Stadium in Moorpark.
  • Pirate Athletics Ready to Welcome Fans Back to Campus
    September 01, 2021
    For the first time in 542 days, Ventura College Athletics is poised to welcome fans back on campus. On Thursday the Pirate soccer team hosts Golden West College at 8:00 pm at the VC Sportsplex, concluding three games in the 2021 new Balance Community College Showcase. Santa Barbara and Orange Coast will open the showcase at 1:00 pm, followed at 6:00 pm by Hartnell and Cypress. VC plays the marquee game of day one of the three-day event.
  • VC's Fall Sports Returns to Competition
    August 26, 2021
    Ventura College's fall sports return to competition on Friday August 27. When the Pirate volleyball team takes the court against Monterey Peninsula at 12:30 pm in the LA Mission Kickoff Classic it will mark the Pirates' first official fall sports contest in 21 months. The VC women's soccer team opens its 2021 season on Sunday Aug. 29 at Mt. San Antonio College beginning a full week of games in Pirate Athletics' return.
  • VC Athletics Transfers 36 Student Athletes to 4-Year Schools in '21
    August 11, 2021
    In a year like no other with online learning, season cancelations and COVID-shortened schedules, Ventura College Athletics still transferred 36 student athletes to four-year schools for the 2020-21 academic year, as of August 10. Of those transfers, 19 plan on continuing competing in their sport(s) across all divisions of intercollegiate competition. There were 15 transfers who received athletic scholarships while 20 received academic aid to their new school.
  • Pirates Excel Academically in 2021 Spring Semester
    June 08, 2021
    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.
  • VC Athletics Begins #HaveAHeart4VC Fundraising Campaign
    February 15, 2021
    Ventura College Athletics is achieving great success in the classroom and on the field!  Please consider participating in the #HaveAHeartforVC fundraising campaign for our student athletes February 14 - 22, 2021!  
  • 99 Students Athletes on Dean's List; 13 Teams Above 3.0
    January 07, 2021
    Student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academic honors in the fall 2020 semester with 99 of them earning a spot on VC's Dean's List by posting a 3.5 or better grade point average in 12 or more units.  Of those honores, 47 earned perfect 4.0 GPA's signifying all A's in their classes. Meanwhile, 13 of the Pirates' 19 intercollegiate athletic teams achieved an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Covid-19 Update, VCCCD "Opts Out" of CCCAA Spring I Seasons
    December 17, 2020
    After careful consideration and in the best interest of our student athletes, coaches and athletic staff of Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has decided to “opt out” of competition for the upcoming California Community College Association (CCCAA) Spring I season at this time, a decision that affects traditional fall and winter sports.
  • Pirate Football Signs Two Mid-Year Transfers
    December 17, 2020
    Despite no 2020 season for the Pirate football team, the Pirates signed two student athletes as early transfers on the NCAA signing day on Wedenesday. Offensive tackle Will Bonkavich and defensive back Mychal Victor signed national letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the Division I FBS level at Marshall and Nevada Las Vegas, respectively. The pair of signees brings head coach Steve Mooshagian's total of transfers from Ventura College to 261 in his decade at the helm of the Pirates' ship.
  • Day of Giving Comes to VC Athletics Tuesday Dec. 1
    November 23, 2020
    After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the VC Athletic Department is hosting a Day of Giving on Tuesday Dec. 1. The fundraiser conducted through text messaging or online will benefit Pirate Athletics, or any of VC's 19 sports teams. The goal for the day is to have at least 50 individual donors and raise at least $1,000 combined. 
  • VC Alumnus Luton to Start for Jaguars Sunday
    November 06, 2020
    Ventura College alumnus Jake Luton's '16 journey from Ventura College to the National Football League will reach a major milestone Sunday as the he is slated to make his NFL debut starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars as they host the Houston Texans. The 2016 National Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Year will start in place of the Jags' injured starter Gardner Minshew II head coach Doug Marrone confirmed at a press conference on Monday.
  • VC Athletics Partners With ASVC in Voter Registration Drive
    September 25, 2020
    Tuesday September 22 was National Voter Registration Day. In conjunction with that day, the Ventura College Athletic Department has paired with the Associated Students of Ventura College to encourage 100 percent voter registration among eligible student athletes and 100 percent registration among VC students. The effort is also encouraging all students to become educated voters and participate in this fall's election.
  • Student Athlete Academic Achievement Honored on Dean's Lists
    September 14, 2020
    Despite the movement of classes online and the cancellation of most of the spring season, student athletes at Ventura College continued to achieve academically in 2019-20. In the fall, 99 student athletes made the Dean's list, signifying a grade point average of 3.5 or above, while 107 student athletes were honored on the Dean's list in the spring 2020 semester.
  • Pirates Set to Make Their Mark in the National Football League
    September 07, 2020
    Aside from not celebrating a season-opening win this weekend due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Ventura College football program had a pretty good weekend, celebrating the arrival of a pair of alumni into the National Football League. Pirate alumni Jake Luton '16 and Jessie Lemonier '17, are set to earn their paychecks playing football as the 2020 NFL season opens this week. Luton has been named the back-up quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars while Lemonier is officially on the practice squad for the Los Angeles Chargers.
  • Pirate Athletics Lists 83 4-Year Transfers for 2019-20
    August 31, 2020
    The Ventura College Athletic Department is pleased to report that they list 83 student athletes from 2019-20 who are slated to transfer to four-year institutions in the fall, as of August 31. Of those transfers, 60 plan on continuing their athletic careers at their new school, most of them with an athletic scholarship. The transferring student athletes will attend 58 different schools in 26 states around the country. 
  • Pirate Football Up to 25 Transfers from 2019 Team
    August 07, 2020
    Ventura College football coach Steve Mooshagian has announced 24 transfers from the 2019 Northern Conference champion Pirates, five of whom were mid-year transfers. Among the transfers and signees, 12 are moving on to NCAA Division I, eight to NCAA Division II, one to NAIA and three to the NCAA Division III level. Many of these transfers were part of VC's 2018 Southern California Football Association championship team, and they helped lead a relatively young Pirate team in 2019 to a share of the Northern Conference title.
  • VC Athletics Mourns Passing of Hall of Famer Dennis Downey '73
    May 01, 2020
    Dennis Downey, a 1973 Ventura College alumnus and a member of the VC Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 20, 2020. A graduate of Ventura High School, he was a standout for the Pirates in football and baseball before transferring to Oregon State.
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