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CCCAA SoCal regional men's basketball playoff update

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Community College men's basketball
CCCAA Southern California regional playoffs
BRACKET 1
First round, Wednesday
No. 17 Citrus 84, No. 16 Cuesta 67.
No. 13 Irvine Valley 69, No. 20 Santa Ana 55.
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 9 East LA 76, No. 8 MiraCosta 62
No. 12 Palomar 73, No. 5 LA Pierce 55
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 17 Citrus (25-4) at No. 1 Saddleback (25-4)
No. 13 Irvine Valley (16-11) at No. 4 Chaffey (23-6)
BRACKET 2
First round, Wednesday
No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto 69, No. 18 Fullerton 67
No. 14 Antelope Valley 69, No. 19 Cerritos 54
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 10 San Bernardino Valley 66, No. 7 Riverside 56
No. 6 Canyons 71, No. 11 Hancock 68
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto (20-10) at No. 2 Ventura (24-6)
No. 14 Antelope Valley (20-8) at No. 3 Mt. San Antonio (24-3)
-- Winners advance to regional semifinals March 6 and regional finals March 9. Regional winners advance to CCCAA state Final Four March 15-17 in Sacramento.

CCCAA SoCal regional women's basketball playoff update

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Community College women's basketball
CCCAA Southern California regional playoffs
BRACKET 1
First round, Wednesday
No. 17 LA Pierce 63, No. 16 Riverside 55
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 8 Long Beach City 75, No. 9 Canyons 41
No. 4 LA Valley 65, No. 13 Chaffey 56
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 17 LA Pierce (16-12) at No. 1 Mt. San Antonio (29-0)
No. 12 Santa Barbara City (17-12) at No. 5 San Bernardino Valley (24-5)
BRACKET 2
First round, Wednesday
No. 15 Palomar 89, No. 18 Saddleback 73
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 10 Moorpark 48, No. 7 Cypress 41
No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto 72, No. 14 Cuesta 57
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 15 Palomar (17-10) at No. 2 Ventura (27-3)
No. 11 Irvine Valley (20-10) at No. 6 Pasadena City (22-6)
-- Winners advance to regional semifinals March 6 and regional finals March 9. Regional winners advance to CCCAA state Final Four March 15-17 in Sacramento.

CCCAA SoCal regional men's basketball playoff update

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Community College men's basketball
CCCAA Southern California regional playoffs
BRACKET 1
First round, Wednesday
No. 17 Citrus 84, No. 16 Cuesta 67.
No. 13 Irvine Valley 69, No. 20 Santa Ana 55.
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 9 East LA (20-7) at No. 8 MiraCosta (19-9)
No. 12 Palomar (20-9) at No. 5 LA Pierce (19-8)
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 17 Citrus (25-4) at No. 1 Saddleback (25-4)
No. 13 Irvine Valley (16-11) at No. 4 Chaffey (23-6)
BRACKET 2
First round, Wednesday
No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto 69, No. 18 Fullerton 67
No. 14 Antelope Valley 69, No. 19 Cerritos 54
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 10 San Bernardino Valley (20-8) at No. 7 Riverside (19-8)
No. 11 Hancock (20-9) at No. 6 Canyons (20-8)
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 15 Mt. San Jacinto (20-10) at No. 2 Ventura (24-6)
No. 14 Antelope Valley (20-8) at No. 3 Mt. San Antonio (24-3)
-- Winners advance to regional semifinals March 6 and regional finals March 9. Regional winners advance to CCCAA state Final Four March 15-17 in Sacramento.

CCCAA SoCal regional women's basketball playoff update

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Community College women's basketball
CCCAA Southern California regional playoffs
BRACKET 1
First round, Wednesday
No. 17 LA Pierce 63, No. 16 Riverside 55
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 9 Canyons (20-8) at No. 8 Long Beach City (23-4)
No. 13 Chaffey (20-8) at No. 4 LA Valley (22-8)
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 17 LA Pierce (16-12) at No. 1 Mt. San Antonio (29-0)
No. 12 Santa Barbara City (17-12) at No. 5 San Bernardino Valley (24-5)
BRACKET 2
First round, Wednesday
No. 15 Palomar 89, No. 18 Saddleback 73
Friday's quarterfinals
No. 10 Moorpark (17-12) at No. 7 Cypress (21-8)
No. 14 Cuesta (19-10) at No. 3 Mt. San Jacinto (26-2)
Saturday's quarterfinals
No. 15 Palomar (17-10) at No. 2 Ventura (27-3)
No. 11 Irvine Valley (20-10) at No. 6 Pasadena City (22-6)
-- Winners advance to regional semifinals March 6 and regional finals March 9. Regional winners advance to CCCAA state Final Four March 15-17 in Sacramento.

McNally a frontrunner for Moorpark XC

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Megan McNally learned her role running behind Liberty Miller and Sarah Baxter at Simi Valley High.

So now that the sophomore has developed into the Moorpark College women's cross country team's frontrunner, she knows why it's so important for her to perform Saturday morning at the California Community College Athletic Association championships at Woodward Park in Fresno.

"You could always count on them being up there," said McNally of Miller and Baxter. "That's kind of what I feel like I have to do, always be there for my team."

McNally has been an ever-present for the Raiders this fall, repeatedly battling with Glendale's Grace Graham-Zamudio and Santa Barbara's Cecilia Instebo in the biggest races.

McNally, freshman Karla Vernola and sophomore Clarissa Wentworth have Moorpark, which finished second at WSCs and third at SoCals, in position to improve on last year's sixth-place state finish.

"We don't want to put too much pressure on ourselves," Vernola said, "but, at the same time, we know what needs to be done."

Orange Coast is the big favorite, but Moorpark will be competing with Glendale, DeAnza, Cerritos and others for a top-5 finish.

"It's always more fun to be the underdog," Vernola said.

"We just want to go in there and give it the best effort we can," McNally added. "Hopefully, it's second."

Ventura, which finished 12th at SoCals behind Danica Galvan's 26th-place finish, and Oxnard, which finished 20th behind Vannessa Martinez's 44th-place finish, will also be competing in Fresno.

"We all seem like we're ready to take on the challenge," Galvan said. "We're going to go up there and leave everything on the course."

VC women power through tough start

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When the California Community College Athletic Association released its initial state and regional women's soccer polls earlier this week, the Ventura College women's soccer team was conspicuous by its absence.

Perhaps at any other moment in its history, Ventura, which has won more than 80 percent of its matches since first kicking a ball in 1996, would belong among the ranked elite.

But, when the poll was released Tuesday, the Pirates were mired in the longest losing streak in school history.

"It's been a reality check," sophomore midfielder Shayna Pettersen said.

Although the four-match losing streak, which ended with a 4-1 win over Santa Monica on Tuesday night, didn't necessarily incite panic.

"We were in every one of those games," coach Steve Hoffman said. "We should have probably got a draw in several of them."

The competition has been of the highest caliber. Four of VC's five losses have come against unbeaten teams ranked in the top 10 of the NSCAA national coaches poll. No. 1 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Cerritos, No. 8 Cypress and No. 9 Canyons entered the week a combined 20-0-3.

"The kids have got to cut themselves a little bit of slack," Hoffman said. "It's not your normal schedule because of the quality of the teams we've played. It's been a good challenge and the kids have actually done quite well."

Which isn't to say there hasn't been issues. Problems at the back have meant Hoffman has yet to start the same lineup twice. Goalkeeper Katelyn White (Camarillo High) was out with a shoulder injury for most of the streak and the back four has been musical chairs.

Freshman Shayne Wells (Oxnard High) is the only settled member of the defense. Fullback Dakota Thompson (Ventura) is out with a broken hand and, recently, Hoffman has moved freshman forward Taylor C'debaca (Agoura) to fullback and sophomore midfielder Danielle Cook (Ventura) to central defender in an effort to stop the bleeding.

The rest of the team has been steady. The attacking trident of Daisy Cardona (Buena), Breanna Naranjo (Pacifica), and Yasmin Lepez (Pacifica) has combined for 11 goals and six assists. Playmaker Lupita Magana (Santa Paula) already has three goals and four assists and the rest of midfield, wingers Stephanie Hernandez (Ventura) and A.J. Tewes (Buena) and organizer Pettersen (Oxnard), has been solid.

Knowing there is no more room for error, Ventura (4-5) hosts Bakersfield tonight before opening Western State Conference play Sept. 28 against Hancock.

The Pirates have never lost more than six matches in a season.

Four local scholar teams

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The VC softball team isn't just tearing it up on the field. It was one of four local programs to earn state scholar teams last month, when the California Community College Athletic Association announced its 2010-11 academic honors.

The Ventura College women's swimming (3.20 GPA) and softball (3.11 GPA) teams earned the award, which is given to the one program in the state in each sport that best balances athletic and academic success.

"It is indeed special to have Ventura College students excel both in athletic competition and in the classroom," said Ventura College president Robin Calote in a release. "It is to the credit of both (teams) that (they) have been so successful at emphasizing the importance of academic performance as well as team success."

Moorpark College was honored in both men's track (3.01 GPA) and women's track (3.17 GPA).

"That's awesome," said Moorpark track coach Traycie Kephart. "That's what they're here for."

The awards were fitting, considering the Moorpark track teams had nine members on last year's Academic All-State team, including Garrett Demerjian (decathlon), Nami Paghavi (sprints), Johan Karlsson,Tyler Regan (throws), Andrew Scott (throws) from the men and Jennifer Konish (throws), Nicole Rietveld (distance), Bailey Schentrup (sprints, jumps), Jessica Serrano (distance) from the women.

Rietveld and Schentrup are members of this year's team.

LIVE -- CCCAA state semifinals (pregame)

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The CCCAA state Final Four arrives tonight at Consumnes River College in Sacramento.

At 5 p.m. the Ventura College women's basketball team (32-1) faces deep, athletic and physical Foothill (29-4) in a meeting of the two teams who reigned over the Southern and Northern California regional coaches' polls for the last three months of the season.

Not up to date on the game? Click here for my Final Four preview. Click here for my feature on how the VC women have made themselves such a quality team. Click here, here and here for pregame coverage from Sacramento.

We'll have all the live updates here on Twitter.

The VC vs. Foothill women's semifinal will being broadcasted online by HomefieldSports.com.

Community College women's basketball
State semifinals, Consumnes River College, Sacramento
No. 2-South Ventura (32-1) vs. No. 1-North Foothill (29-4), 5 p.m.
No. 1-S Mount San Antonio (29-3) vs. No. 3-N Fresno (28-5), 7 p.m.

By the numbers

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Entering tonight's state semifinal against Foothill College, the Ventura College women's basketball team is...

-- 59-15 in the postseason
-- 26-7 in the state tournament
-- 8-4 in state semifinals
-- 2-1 against Foothill, including 2-0 in the state tournament

... in 22 years under coach Ned Mircetic.

LIVE -- CCCAA regional finals (finals)

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The playoff fields have been paired down to the Great Eight and every game tonight has a trip to the state Final Four next weekend at Consumnes River College in Sacramento riding on it.

Buoyed by playoff performances by shooter Carlotta Kloppenburg, young point guard Rian Mew and reserve forward Candace Sakuda, among others, the Ventura College women's basketball team (31-1) have survived difficult games with Pasadena City and Cypress.

The Pirates welcome Foothill Conference champion San Bernardino Valley (28-3) to the VC Athletic Event Center tonight having won 22 straight games, including two tight, physical, dramatic games against the Wolverines Dec. 10 (53-45) and Dec. 30 (49-46). The two top defensive teams in the state should stage another similar showdown tonight.

We'll have all the live updates here on Twitter.

The SBVC@VC women's game is being broadcasted online by HomefieldSports.com.

Regional finals/State quarterfinals, Saturday

Community College women's basketball
Southern California
No. 2 Ventura 64, No. 3 San Bernardino Valley 47 FINAL
No. 1 Mount San Antonio 62, No. 4 East Los Angeles 60 FINAL
Northern California
No. 1 Foothill 57, No. 5 Santa Rosa 49 FINAL
No. 3 Fresno City 82, No. 2 San Francisco 75 FINAL

Community College men's basketball
Southern California
No. 1 Citrus 94, No. 4 San Bernardino Valley 88 FINAL
No. 7 Antelope Valley 87, No. 19 Riverside 73 FINAL
Northern California
No. 5 Fresno City 70, No. 8 Cabrillo 64 FINAL
No. 2 Yuba 73, No. 3 Santa Rosa 70 FINAL

LIVE -- CCCAA regional playoffs (final scores)

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The road warriors known as the Ventura College men's basketball team are set for a regional semifinal at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley, the Foothill Conference champion.

At the VC Athletic Event Center, the biggest question will be the health of the state co-Player of the Year, Ventura center Destinee LaFountain, who has not practiced this week after sustaining an arm injury in the Pirates' win Saturday over Pasadena City College.

Former LaReina High legend Margaret Mohr brings her No. 10 Cypress College women's basketball team to Ventura for the third straight season to visit the second-seeded Pirates.

We'll have all the live updates here on Twitter.

The Cypress@VC women's game is being broadcasted online by HomefieldSports.com.

Regional semifinals, Wednesday

Community College men's basketball
Southern California
No. 4 San Bernardino Valley 77, No. 12 Ventura 71 FINAL
No. 1 Citrus 81, No. 9 Cuesta 77 FINAL
No. 19 Riverside 50, No. 6 Saddleback 41 FINAL
No. 7 Antelope Valley 67, No. 15 El Camino 64 FINAL
Northern California
No. 8 Cabrillo 76, No. 1 San Francisco 70 OT FINAL
No. 5 Fresno City 67, No. 4 Diablo Valley 49 FINAL
No. 2 Yuba 86, No. 7 Las Positas 83 FINAL
No. 3 Santa Rosa 74, No. 11 Consumnes River 52 FINAL

Community College women's basketball
Southern California
No. 2 Ventura 59, No. 10 Cypress 48 FINAL
No. 3 San Bernardino Valley 66, No. 11 Mount San Jacinto 61 FINAL
No. 1 Mount SAC 78, No. 8 Chaffey 51 FINAL
No. 4 East L.A 72, No. 5 Cerritos 62 FINAL
Northern California
No. 1 Foothill 60, No. 8 Consumnes River 39 FINAL
No. 5 Santa Rosa 65, No. 4 Ohlone 51 FINAL
No. 2 San Francisco 63, No. 7 Siskiyous 55 FINAL
No. 3 Fresno City 90, No. 6 Sierra 82 FINAL

Three local teams in the SoCal regional playoffs

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The Road to Ventura begins this week and three Ventura County teams were placed at the starting line when the pairings for the Southern California regional playoffs were announced Monday.

The Oxnard College men's basketball team (16-10) earned the 20th and final seed of the men's field. The Condors will make their first postseason appearance in eight years Wednesday at No. 13 Antelope Valley (19-9).

With the No. 14 seed in the women's field, the Moorpark College women's basketball team (18-8) earned its first postseason berth in five years and will visit four-time state champion Mount San Antonio (26-3) in a regional quarterfinal Friday.

The WSC North champion and defending state champion Ventura College women's basketball team (23-6), in the postseason for the 21st straight year, was seeded No. 11 and will visit a familiar face, No. 6 Pasadena (23-4), in a regional quarterfinal Saturday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers have beaten Ventura in each of the past five seasons, knocking the Pirates out of the playoffs in 2007 and 2009 and handing the Pirates their only losses in the 34-1 seasons of 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Since a 72-53 loss at Pasadena in the final of the Rose City Classic Dec. 19, Ventura has won 15 of 16 games, including the state's longest current winning streak at 13 games

The pairings introduce a potentially memorable matchup in the Bracket C semifinals, which could see archrivals Ventura and Moorpark or Mount San Antonio and Pasadena meeting March 2.

For the first time in decades, Ventura College will host the California Community College basketball championships March 11-13 in its new Final Four format. The school last hosted the women's tournament in 1993 and the men's tournament in 1972 and 1973.

Site visit at VC

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Nearly six weeks before Ventura College hosts the California Community College basketball championships, a few CCCAA administrators were in town Jan. 27 for a site visit.

"We wanted to come by and see how an actual game is run, said George Mategakis, the Commission on Athletic's Director of Championships.

Between games of the Oxnard-Ventura doubleheader, Mategaskis and Jim Stephens, the championships' event manager, could be seen measuring the "VC" center-court logo.

"We want to dress up the place," said Mategaskis.

A Common Opponent

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As the men's basketball representative to the CCCAA management council, Moorpark College athletic director Howard Davis is helping to organize a joint cancer awareness effort by the men's and women's basketball coaches' associations.

The goal is to present a check for $50,000 to the American Cancer Society during the state Final Four at Ventura College in March.

Forty schools, including all seven in the WSC North, have already pledged to join the effort, which is being mirrored on the "Coaches vs. Cancer" and "Pink Zone" efforts on the NCAA level.

Some programs will pledge their gate, others will organize an anti-cancer themed event similar to those hosted recently by the Ventura College women's basketball and women's soccer and Moorpark College women's volleyball teams.

VC, MC dotting the i's

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For the first time in 12 years, cross-county rivals Moorpark College and Ventura College will began the community college football season against each other Saturday.

So much is at stake, like county bragging rights, the series lead and a good start to the season.

It will be the first rivalry game in the new VC Sportsplex. The Citrus Cup rivalry is tied, 21-21, since 1968. A win would give the Pirates their first three-game winning streak over the Raiders since 1985, the year Moorpark won its first of 11 conference titles under Jim Bittner.

"Everyone is just too excited," said Ventura defensive tackle Taylor Ramsey last week. "I'm pumped. Ventura College on (Sept. 4) is going to be a madhouse."

And yet, for the coaches, rivalry has taken a backseat to the administrative minutia this week, when there is so much eligibility paperwork to be completed before the season kicks off.

"Is there a football game on Saturday?" joked Ventura's first-year coach Steve Mooshagian, four days before his debut on the sidelines.

For a student-athlete to gain eligibility, they must have a high school transcript on file. Transfers must have their college transcripts verified by tracer. It all must be documented on the California Community College Athletic Association's online system.

Every returner, who needed to complete 24 units with a 2.0 GPA in the offseason to maintain their eligibility, must have a student education plan on file with the counseling department. The whole team will attend a two-hour eligibility seminar.

"It's a very extensive process," said Ventura athletic director Will Cowen.

So this week, for the Pirates and Raiders, may be more about dotting the i's and crossing the t's than X's and O's

Moorpark coach Jim Bittner wrapped up practice last week by waving a folded sheet of paper, reminding those that still had outstanding forms.

"There's such a sense of urgency," said Mooshagian. "It always seems like you're waiting on those last-minute transcripts and tracers.

"I've been on top of them and on top of them, but sometimes you're at the mercy of other schools."

As a result, Mooshagian said, the Pirates' lineup may shift between the first two games, as a smattering of players become eligible.

"I've been telling these guys since June 21 that they have to have their transcripts in," said Mooshagian. "We may have three or four guys that won't play in Game 1 that will in Game 2."

Basketball championships to be held at VC

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Despite a new direction and a new format, the California Community College basketball championships will remain local this season.

For the first time in decades, Ventura College will host the 2010-11 championships in March.

The school last hosted the tournament women's tournament in 1993 and the men's tournament in 1972 and 1973.

In the interest of "cost containment," the California Community College Athletic Association decided to reduce the tournament to a Final Four format and hold the event on a community college campus this season.

The event was held in Thousand Oaks, at Cal Lutheran University's Gilbert Center, last March. Ventura College and Saddleback College won the women's and men's state titles, respectively.

"We are pleased to announce that the 2011 CCCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Championships will be held at Ventura College Athletics Event Center (AEC)," wrote Carlyle Carter, the CCCAA president, in an e-mail announcing the decision Monday. "Less than 30 miles west of the site of the 2010 Championships, Ventura College is very accessible and the Ventura administration is enthusiastic and looking forward in assisting us in planning for a spectacular event for the participating student-athletes.

"In addition, the willingness of the Ventura County Visitors & Convention Bureau to assist us in securing competitive bids from various hotel properties to house the participating teams, CCCAA, and the CCCWBCA/MBCA was a huge selling point. Our site visit allowed us to see the venue and the necessary auxiliary facilities as well as the proximity of multiple lodging and restaurant establishments within minutes of the campus.

"The seating capacity at the AEC is also slightly larger than the 2010 facility which was primarily bolstered by the attendance of fans from nearby Ventura. In addition, the venue features items such as a scrolling matrix board, enhanced scoreboard and double tier seating creating an arena type atmosphere. We believe these added enhancements will allow for a true state championship environment for the student-athletes and fans."

We'll have more on the decision later in the weekend.

Future WSC to be shaped

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The Commission on Athletics' state executive board was expected to vote Friday morning on a series of controversial reconferencing proposals which could see the Western State Conference shrink from 15 to 10 schools next year.

Proposed in the name of cost cutting, the new structure would see Bakersfield, Cuesta and Hancock shift regions to Northern California's Central Valley Conference.

All three schools adamantly oppose the changes, which would force the two Central Coast schools to traverse the dangerous routes 41, 46 and 166 rather than Highway 101.

"Our concerns, along with Hancock's concerns, are the travel commitments to be made on those types of roadways," said Cuesta athletic director Bob Mariucci Thursday. "The 41, 46 and 166 are some of the most dangerous roads in the entire state."

Along with its official response to the proposals, Cuesta submitted supporting CHP statistics which showed CVC highways as two to three times more dangerous as WSC highways.

The "Blood Alley" junction of Route 46 and 41 was the scene of the fatal collision that killed 24-year-old actor James Dean in 1955, but the Cuesta community was rocked by a more recently fatal crash in 2003, when Cuesta women's water polo player Casey Goodwin was killed on Route 41.

"Our institutional perspective is that we need to stay south for several reasons," said Hancock athletic director Kim Ensing, "primarily geography and the safety of the roads."

The proposal would also shift Santa Monica to the South Coast Conference, Citrus and Glendale to a new conference along the 210 freeway and Antelope Valley would join the WSC, which would no longer need a division structure in sports like baseball, basketball and soccer.

To make things even more confusing, Bakersfield and Hancock would remain in Southern California for football.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune and Bakersfield Californian published articles about the issue this week.

On March 17, the WSC voted unanimously to oppose reconferencing. Four of the five SoCal conference voted against the proposals. The only supporting conference, the Pacific Coast, is unaffected.

This morning's vote took place at the COA's annual convention in Ontario.

Carter, COA, coaches pleased with venue

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Carlyle Carter, the executive director of the California Community College's Commission on Athletics, seems pretty pleased with Cal Lutheran as a venue for its basketball championships.

"It's everything we need to have," Carter said Saturday. "Everything that we want our student athletes to experience."

And Sunday's title game, with the legions of Ventura fans and Fullerton's pep band, promise to provide the "championship atmosphere" Carter was talking about last week.

"It will be just like the games you see on TV," said Carter.

"For that kind of event at the two-year level, we really can't ask for anything more."

The California Community College Women's Basketball Coaches Association voted Saturday to support future championships in the CLU-like, gymnasium environment, according to several coaches.

"That's what we've decided as a body," said Orange Coast coach Mike Thornton. "We just need a site like this and one like this in Northern California.

"This atmophere is so great. This is the type of experience that makes the players feel like they're playing for something."

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