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Shifting gears

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With the regular season behind them and postseason brackets set, the two local soccer participants are spending the week readying themselves for knockout-style competition.

The No. 4 Oxnard College men's soccer team (14-2-4) is expecting an athletic, physical and organized opponent when it hosts No. 13 Orange Coast (11-5-4) in Saturday's regional quarterfinals at 2 p.m.

"They won't be easy to break down," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "We'll have to be patient. We have to just manage the game well."

Until No. 10 Citrus (15-2-3) arrives at the VC Sportsplex on Saturday at 1 p.m., the No. 7 Ventura College women's soccer team (14-5-1) will bracing itself for striker Jasmine Williams, who has a school-record 17 goals and 10 assists for the Owls this fall.

"The playoffs is all about that one game," Ventura coach Steve Hoffman said. "Can we shut down their one star?"

When the fields were announced Tuesday, Oxnard avoided three-time defending state champion Mount San Antonio, who eliminated the Condors the last two seasons. Ventura's path to the Final Four, most likely, could include rematches with No. 2 Canyons, No. 3 Cerritos or No. 6 Cypress, three of the teams to beat the Pirates this season.

Signature win

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The Ventura College women's soccer team (7-5) remains unranked. But the Pirates knocked off Fresno, ranked No. 4 in Northern California and No. 8 in the state, 1-0 Saturday on Daisy Cardona's goal.

Cardona, an All-American selection as a freshman, leads the WSC in both goals (10) and points (27).

Ventura's five losses are to No. 1 Cerritos, No. 2 Santiago Canyon, No. 3 Cypress, No. 6 Los Angeles Pierce and No. 8 Canyons, who are a combined 41-2-4.

VC softball puts winning streak on line, host Spring Games

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It's time to pay some attention to the Ventura College softball team, who have pushed its winning steak to 12 games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Cuesta.

"We're doing all right.," said Ventura coach Sue Johnson.

The Pirates (19-3) haven't lost since Feb. 18 to build a three-game lead in the Western State Conference's Gold Division. Their three losses have come by a combined four runs.

"So far so good," said Johnson.

Sophomore Teresa Lemos, who earned VC and WSC Athlete of the Week honors last week, is 15-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings on the mound. The Rio Mesa High product is also hitting .438 with four doubles, seven triples and a team-high 26 RBIs.

Three other Pirates are hitting in the .400s, including sophomore infielder Raelene Moreno, who is hitting .424 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

The Pirates, who are seventh in Southern California in RPI, put their winning streak on the line this weekend by hosting the Ventura Spring Games. Six different conferences are represented in the field, including two-time state champion and state No. 2 Cypress (20-4), former No. 1-ranked Canyons (23-2) and all three county programs.

"We have some quality teams in the tournament," said Johnson. "It's good preparation for the end of the season. We're looking forward to some good games."

VC will host Santa Ana (16-9) and Antelope Valley (12-10) Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively, as well as Mount San Jacinto (8-17) and Cypress Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Led by slugger Janai Shaw, third baseman Dani Hernandez and pitcher Heather Bacon, Oxnard (9-13) faces Mount San Jacinto and Cypress Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Moorpark (8-17-1), paced by slugging catcher Heaven Silveira, who already has five home runs this season, and speedster Amanda Chatman, faces Santa Ana Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday's tournament scores

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Live in-game updates can be found here.

Men's basketball
Condor Classic championship
Oxnard 62, No. 5 Ventura 61 SECOND HALF 1:07
Third-place game
No. 10 San Bernardino Valley 77, Santa Barbara City 66
Consolation championship
Fullerton 74, LA Harbor 64

Women's basketball
Condor Classic championship
No. 9 Canyons 84, No. 8 Ventura 77 OT
Third-place game
No. 1 Mount San Antonio 76, Sequoias 41
Consolation championship
Santa Monica 77, Laney 70

Pirates bouncing back

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The Ventura College football team was 11 minutes from one of the biggest wins in school history Saturday when the roof caved in at No. 2-ranked Bakersfield, which scored the final 17 points of a 27-24 overtime win.

Canyons also beat Hancock in overtime, 30-27. If the two overtime games in the Northern Conference had gone the other way Saturday, Ventura (4-3, 1-1) would be atop the standings alone this week.

Back-to-back road wins at the No. 11 and No. 7-ranked teams in the nation might have been one of best two-game stretches in school history. Ventura has only beaten Bakersfield in there of 30 meetings all-time since 1932.

But perhaps the most heartening aspect of the postgame for Pirates fans wasn't how close the team had come to greatness. It was how sure the coaching staff was of eventually reaching it.

"We will bounce back," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian.

VC men's golf second through 18 holes

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Through 18 of 36 holes at the WSC Championships at Santa Maria Country Club, the Ventura College men's golf team is a strong second, shooting 377, eight strokes behind leaders Santa Barbara City College. Moorpark was fourth with 387.

Ventura's Russell Boring shot a team-best 70 in the first round, followed by Ryan Turner (73), Alton Anderson (76) and Zack Kanny (77).

Third-place Canyons finished the morning round in seventh place, which solidifies Ventura's second-place position.

Conference standings with 18 rounds to play -- Santa Barbara City 58-12, Ventura 54-16, Canyons 47-23, Citrus 44-26, Bakersfield 40-30, Moorpark 19-51, Hancock 16-54, Glendale 2-68.

Tightening grip

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The top three places in Monday's WSC golf match at Debell Golf Course in Glendale were separated by a single stroke, as Canyons (369) edged Ventura (370) and Santa Barbara City (371).

Ventura's Zack Kanny earned the match medal with a 69, which moved him into fourth in the WSC's individual standings at 72.75 per round.

Ventura (25-10) sits five matches behind co-leaders Canyons and Santa Barbara (30-5) entering Monday's home match at Saticoy Country Club.

Regional final coverage

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WOMEN

Southern California

No. 2 Ventura 77, No. 7 Canyons 51: Perfect balance puts VC in state tournament by Joe Curley and Cougars corralled by Pirates by Kevin Damore, Santa Clarita Signal.

No. 1 Mount SAC 62, No. 9 Fullerton 44: Fresno is next stop for Mounties by John Honell, San Gabriel Valley News.

No. 3 Antelope Valley 74, No. 11 Cypress 62: Antelope Valley Press story to come.

No. 4 Pasadena City 85, No. 12 San Bernardino Valley 68: Pasadena City puts away SBVC by Mario Aguirre, Pasadena Star News.

Northern California

No. 1 San Franciso 70, No. No. 9 Skyline 59

No. 2 San Joaquin Delta 87, No. 7 Ohlone 60: Delta earns twin trips to state by Mark Godi, Stockton Record.

No. 3 Foothill 64, No. 6 Santa Rosa 59: Owls return to Elite 8 by Greg Lydon, San Jose Mercury News.

No. 4 Fresno 65, No. 5 Sierra 52: Fresno City men have X on back by Ken Robison, Fresno Bee.

MEN

Southern California

No. 1 Saddleback 63, No. 8 Chaffey 61: Long shot sinks Chaffey men's season by Martin Henderson, Daily Bulletin, and Gauchos head to State Championship on the back of T.J. Lipold by John Franz, Saddleback Lariat.

No. 7 Riverside 72, No. 2 Citrus 71: Citrus unable to rally past RCC by Nathan Cambridge, San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

No. 3 San Bernardino Valley 98, No. 11 Miramar 88: SBVC punches ticket to state by Doug Padilla, San Bernardino Sun.

No. 4 San Diego City 69, No. 5 Mount San Jacinto 66: "Also, Melvin Goins' three-pointer at the buzzer did not fall as Mt. San Jacinto College lost to San Diego City, 69-66," by Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Northern California

No. 1 Fresno 98, No. 8 Cosumnes River 70: Fresno City men have X on back by Ken Robison, Fresno Bee.

No. 2 San Joaquin Delta 54, No. 7 San Jose City 50: Delta earns twin trips to state by Mark Godi, Stockton Record.

No. 3 San Francisco 98, No. 6 Yuba 87:
49ers ousted in San Francisco by Ryan Klocke, Yuba Appeal-Democrat.

No. 5 Reedley 58, No. 4 Ohlone 57: Fresno City men have X on back by Ken Robison, Fresno Bee.

A Classic Matchup

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Saturday's regional final at Ventura College should be quite a game.

Perhaps nobody has been better in transition this year than the 32-0 Ventura College women's basketball team. Certainly, no team in California has been tougher to stop on the break over the past decade than College of the Canyons.

The two teams, who have 10 players averaging in double figures combined, have also combined to win their last 46 games.

Ventura coach Ned Mircetic this week called the Cougars one of the Top 3 teams in Southern California.

It all adds up to the best of the eight regional final matchups across the state Saturday, a game that would have fit right in at next week's state championships in Fresno.

"I wish we were in another bracket," said Canyons coach Greg Herrick Thursday.
"When they're complaining about playing us, we're complaining about playing them."

It just may be the toughest game of the Pirates' season.

"I don't think we played very well (in Saturday's win over Citrus)," said Ventura guard Erika Ward. "We're going to have to play a lot better if we want to win Saturday.

"They like to run. We like to run. I think we're going to go back and forth until one team wears out."

Ward on Saturday's regional final

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Perhaps nobody has been better in transition this year than the 32-0 Ventura College women's basketball team. Certainly, no team in California has been tougher to stop on the break over the past decade than College of the Canyons.

Ventura guard Erika Ward summed up Saturday night's matchup.

"They like to run. We like to run. I think we're going to go back and forth until one team wears out."

"We're going to have to play a lot better if we want to win Saturday."

The Cougars are coming

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The beginning of the fallout from the 32-0 Ventura College women's basketball team failing to be seeded No. 1 in the Southern California regional playoffs arrived Friday, when College of the Canyons won its 14th straight game to advance to Saturday's regional final at Ventura.

"It's exciting to be in a regional final, never mind trying to beat a team that's undefeated," said Canyons coach Greg Herrick.

The fallout continued when the second-highest seeds in the other three brackets, No. 5 Palomar, No. 6 Los Angeles City and No. 8 Rio Hondo were all upset by a trio of teams the Pirates have beaten by an average of 19 points.

So Saturday just got interesting. Instead of a team it has already handled, the Pirates will face a showdown of the two dominant teams in the Western State Conference's two divisions.

"Of the top four seeds, we have the top remaining seed," said Ventura assistant Robin Hester. "So it is a tougher draw.

"Canyons is a very difficult team. They're going to be tough."

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