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Final CCC women's basketball state poll

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Woen's basketball
CCCWBCA Final State poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Mt. San Antonio (20) (27-0) 1
2. Ventura (26-3) 2
3. Fresno City (26-3) 3
4. Santa Rosa JC (23-5) 4
5. Mt. San Jacinto (24-2) 6
6. Foothill (23-5) 7
7. San Bernardino Valley (22-5) 5
8. Long Beach City (21-4) 8
9. Pasadena City (20-6) 9
10. Sierra (19-7) 12
11. Siskiyous (19-5) 11
12. L.A. Valley (20-8) 14
13. Chaffey (19-7) 10
14. Cypress (19-7) 13
15. San Francisco (89-9) 16
16. San Joaquin Delta (17-8) 15
17. Canyons (19-8) 17
18. Diablo Valley (16-10 18
19. Cuesta (19-9) NR
20. Mission (19-7) 19

The Final CCC basketball regional polls

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Men's basketball
CCCMBCA SoCal poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Saddleback (19-4)
2. Mt. San Antonio (18-2)
3. Riverside (15-6)
4. Chaffey (17-5)
5. L.A. Pierce (15-6)
6. East L.A. (15-5)
7. Antelope Valley (14-6)
8. Canyons (16-6)
9. Ventura (19-5)
10. Palomar (14-8)
11. San Bernardino Valley (15-6)
12. Cerritos (12-7)
13. Hancock (13-6)
14. MiraCosta (13-8)
15. Citrus (11-7)

Women's basketball
CCCWBCA SoCal poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Mt. San Antonio (6) (22-0) 1
2. Ventura (21-3) 2
3. Long Beach City (18-2) 3
4. San Bernardino Valley (18-4) 4
5. Mt. San Jacinto (17-2) 5
6. Chaffey (15-6) 6
7. Pasadena City (15-5) 7
8. Cypress (11-7) 8
9. Canyons (15-7) 9
10. L.A. Valley (15-8) 12
11. Santa Barbara City (16-7) 10
12. Irvine Valley (15-9) 11
13. Cuesta (15-8) 15
14. East L.A. (12-8) 13
15. Cerritos (11-9) 15

This week's CCC basketball regional polls

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Men's basketball
CCCMBCA SoCal poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Saddleback (19-4)
2. Mt. San Antonio (18-2)
3. Riverside (15-6)
4. Chaffey (17-5)
5. L.A. Pierce (15-6)
6. East L.A. (15-5)
7. Antelope Valley (14-6)
8. Canyons (16-6)
9. Ventura (19-5)
10. Palomar (14-8)
11. San Bernardino Valley (15-6)
12. Cerritos (12-7)
13. Hancock (13-6)
14. MiraCosta (13-8)
15. Citrus (11-7)

Women's basketball
CCCWBCA SoCal poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Mt. San Antonio (6) (22-0) 1
2. Ventura (21-3) 2
3. Long Beach City (18-2) 3
4. San Bernardino Valley (18-4) 4
5. Mt. San Jacinto (17-2) 5
6. Chaffey (15-6) 6
7. Pasadena City (15-5) 7
8. Cypress (11-7) 8
9. Canyons (15-7) 9
10. L.A. Valley (15-8) 12
11. Santa Barbara City (16-7) 10
12. Irvine Valley (15-9) 11
13. Cuesta (15-8) 15
14. East L.A. (12-8) 13
15. Cerritos (11-9) 15

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.

VC women striving for heights of VC men's swimming

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With seven straight seasons in the Top 3 at the state meet, including state championships in 2005 and 2010, competing for the ultimate honors has become an annual rite of spring for the Ventura College men's swimming team.

Although, this spring, it looks like it will have some company.

By winning the annual Cuesta Invitational last weekend, when it topped the teams that have won the past four state titles, the Ventura College women's swimming team also showed it can compete on the state level.

"We're in the right company," said coach Larry Baratte. "Our relays are very strong."

With a hard-working sophomores class joined by 2010 All-American Shyla Motley and a deep, talented freshman group that includes Jessica Ball (Oxnard High), Abigail Puczkowski (Westlake), Christina Robledo (Santa Clara), Alicia Romero (Pacifica) and Taylor Amstutz (Oaks Christian).

"It's come together very nicely," said Baratte. "It's as good of a core of freshmen that we've ever had. They trained hard in the fall. They're versatile. They've filled a lot of events and relays."

A native of Valencia, Venezuela like former Pirates Katherine and Cristina Fung, Rafael Aponte and Rafael Ingannamonte, freshman Gaby Romero broke a 22-year-old school record in the 100-yard butterfly in San Luis Obispo March 9, finishing second in 58.56 seconds.

It wasn't the only record-breaking swim of the weekend, as freshman Henry Chung set the school record in the 100 backstroke Saturday, winning in 50.48.

The performance was remarkable considering Chung, who also won the 50 freestyle in 20.72 seconds and 200 backstroke in 1:53.35, bettered the mark of last year's state champion (Steven Tennant) in midseason, outside in windy conditions, on his fifth swim of the day

"It was one of the best swims Ventura College has ever had," said Baratte.

Chances are there will be many more from Chung, a Hong Kong national who will be chasing state records as he strives to qualify for the Olympics this summer in London.

"He passes the eye test," said Baratte. "He's intimidating when he gets up on the blocks."
Chung and sophomore Eric Donahoo led a men's team that features eight sophomores from last year's state runner-up, including Tyler Kaslik, Spencer Lewis, Thomas Maires, Coleman Goode and Griffin Pool.

"When you put those two together with that solid core of sophomores," said Baratte, "the freshmen just need to move from high school to college quickly."

The VC men won the Mount San Antonio Invitational Feb. 25, beating defending state champion Orange Coast 657-579, and finished second to Santa Rosa last weekend at Cuesta, 816-539.

"Santa Rosa is very good," said Baratte. "They're ahead of us right now. We have a long way to go if we're going to get past them.

"It's going to be based on the freshmen stepping up and accepting their roles."

In winning Mt. SAC, the VC men dominated the relays, winning the 200 free (Chung, Dillon Cleavenger, Donahoo and Lewis) in 1:26.73, the 200 medley relay (Chung, Goode, Kaslik and Donahoo) in 1:37.76 and the 400 medley relay (Chung, Goode, Kaslik, Donahoo) in 3:33.84.

Tyler Kaslik won the 500 free (4:48.65) and 200 butterfly (1:56.24). Chung won the 50 free (20.83) and 100 butterfly (51.83).

For the women, freshmen Ball and Puczkowski were highlights at Mt. SAC. Ball won the 500 free (5:22.61), 200 free (1:59.70), mile (19:10.17) and anchored four winning relays. Puczkowski finished second in the 50 free (25.55), 100 free (55.46) and 200 free (2:01.74) and was part of three of the winning relays.

Just the two record-breaking swims themselves would have made it a memorable weekend at Cuesta.

"It's been a long, long time since we've had a school record broken in the middle of the season," said Baratte.

But the VC women also earned a valuable lesson by edging Orange Coast by one point, 550-549.

"We won the first event of the meet by .06 and that was the meet," said Baratte. "They're learning that every place from one to 16 crucial. That's a different kind of environment."

Southern California regional men's playoff update

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Southern California regional men's basketball playoffs
First round, Wednesday
No. 13 L.A. Valley 75, No. 20 Canyons 61
No. 19 Riverside 67, No. 14 L.A. Harbor 55
No. 15 El Camino 82, No. 18 Santa Monica 77
No. 17 Imperial Valley 79, No. 16 Hancock 72

Quarterfinals, Friday
No. 12 Ventura (18-11) at No. 5 L.A. Southwest (21-7)
No. 11 San Diego City (20-7) at No. 6 Saddleback (19-8)
No. 10 Irvine Valley (21-7) at No. 7 Antelope Valley (21-7)
No. 9 Cuesta (23-7) at No. 8 Chaffey (18-11)

Quarterfinals, Saturday
No. 17 Imperial Valley (20-8) at No. 1 Citrus (25-1)
No. 15 El Camino (17-9) at No. 2 Mount San Antonio (22-5)
No. 19 Riverside (15-10) at No. 3 Mount San Jacinto (23-5)
No. 13 L.A. Valley (16-11) at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley (23-5)

Semifinals, Feb. 29 at higher seeds
Finals, March 3 at higher seeds
CCCAA Final Four, March 10-11 at Consumnes River College, Sacramento

Southern California regional men's playoff pairings

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Southern California regional men's basketball playoffs
First round, Wednesday
No. 20 Canyons (15-12) at No. 13 L.A. Valley (15-11)
No. 19 Riverside (14-10) at No. 14 L.A. Harbor (18-9)
No. 18 Santa Monica (15-12) at No. 15 El Camino (16-9)
No. 17 Imperial Valley (19-8) at No. 16 Hancock (20-9)

Quarterfinals, Friday
No. 12 Ventura (18-11) at No. 5 L.A. Southwest (21-7)
No. 11 San Diego City (20-7) at No. 6 Saddleback (19-8)
No. 10 Irvine Valley (21-7) at No. 7 Antelope Valley (21-7)
No. 9 Cuesta (23-7) at No. 8 Chaffey (18-11)

Quarterfinals, Saturday
Hancock-Imperial Valley winner at No. 1 Citrus (25-1)
El Camino-Santa Monica winner at No. 2 Mount San Antonio (22-5)
L.A. Harbor-Riverside winner at No. 3 Mount San Jacinto (23-5)
L.A. Valley-Canyons winner at No. 4 San Bernardino Valley (23-5)

Semifinals, Feb. 29 at higher seeds
Finals, March 3 at higher seeds
CCCAA Final Four, March 10-11 at Consumnes River College, Sacramento

VC men slip to No. 13, Cuesta into state poll

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Despite a two-win week that consolidated its second-place position in the WSC North, the Ventura College men's basketball team (15-11, 7-2) slipped one slot to No. 13 in the Southern California coaches' poll.

Four games over .500 for the first time this season, chasing Ventura is one game in the loss column behind first-place Cuesta (20-7, 9-1), who debuted at No. 16 in the state poll and rose to No. 8 in the regional poll.

Southern California Poll
1. Citrus
2. Mt. San Jacinto
3. San Bernardino Valley
4. Mt. San Antonio
5. Antelope Valley
6. San Diego City
7. Chaffey
8. Cuesta
9. Irvine Valley
10. Saddleback
11. Los Angeles Southwest
12. Imperial Valley
13. Ventura
14. Riverside City
15. Los Angles Valley/Santa Monica

VC looks to MC for help

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From the moment the final buzzer sounded, it was obvious that Saturday's 85-84 loss at Cuesta would put the Ventura College men's basketball team in a difficult position in the WSC North race

But how's this for awkward?

It's looking like the Pirates are going to have to root for rival Moorpark to upend the first-place Cougars for the second time this season Saturday in San Luis Obispo.

"I would hate to be dependant on us, if I was them," said Moorpark coach Remy McCarthy, jokingly. "But we'll give it the old college try."

Fourth-place Moorpark (7-15, 3-4) has lost three straight tough ones, but the Raiders, featuring the backcourt of Coltrane Powdrill and Jamal McClerkin, remain the only team to beat Cuesta (19-7, 7-1) in WSC North play.

Powdrill had 23 points and nine rebounds and Sahdi Odu had 16 points in Moorpark's 75-66 win over Cuesta Jan. 11 at Raider Pavilion.

Cuesta has taken command of the WSC North race in the past five days by coming from 10 points down with 3:55 to play against VC Saturday, then turning a 29-25 halftime deficit into a 60-53 win at third-place Hancock Wednesday.

"They beat us in the second half on our own home floor, and that hasn't happened in more than a year," Hancock coach Ralph Gorton told the Santa Maria Times.

If Cuesta can get past Moorpark Saturday, the three remaining teams on its schedule are the bottom three teams in the standings, Oxnard, Los Angeles Pierce and Santa Barbara City, who are a combined 1-12 against the other four teams in the WSC North.

Pirates bouncing back

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Meanwhile, the Ventura College men's basketball team (14-11, 6-2) bounced back from Saturday's stunning loss by putting on an offensive show in Wednesday's 103-80 win over visiting Los Angeles Pierce, the first time this season the Pirates hit triple digits in regulation.

"We've kept (the loss) in our minds," said forward Najee Salaam, "and we bounced back."

"We've been regrouping mentally," said point guard Zalmico Harmon. "We know all the things we could have done to win that game."

Harmon, who missed a free throw with 1.9 seconds left that could have forced overtime at Cuesta, said he was in the gym to make 500 free throws both Sunday morning and afternoon.

"I know if I had made that free throw, we would have won that game," said Harmon. "But we're moving on."

Raiders on the chase

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Saturday's trip to San Luis Obispo also looms large for the second-place Moorpark women (14-8, 6-1), who can all but clinch a Top 2 finish by knocking off third-place Cuesta (13-10, 5-3) on the road.

That will go a long way towards ensuring the Raiders, ranked No. 13 in this week's Southern California poll, are a postseason team, although coach Lindsay Goldblatt doesn't share the perspective.

"Not necessarily," said Goldblatt. "It still think it's kind of early to look at it that way."

The Raiders, who also have the 13th best RPI in Southern California, are focused on staying a game behind first-place Ventura (25-1, 8-0), to make sure the there's something riding on the season finale at the VC Athletic Event Center Feb. 18.

"We want to give ourselves a chance to play for first place," said Goldblatt. "That means we have to win the rest of our games, assuming (Ventura) doesn't lose. Hopefully, we can take care of business and make sure that last game has some meaning."

VC men slip out of state poll

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Saturday's shocking 85-84 loss at Cuesta, in which it allowed 11 of the final 12 points of the game, didn't just cost the Ventura College men's basketball team first place in the WSC North.

The Pirates (13-11, 5-2) slipped out of the state poll Monday. They also slid two spots to No. 12 in the Southern California regional poll.

The WSC North populates the bottom half of the regional poll. Cuesta is No. 11, Ventura is No. 12 and Hancock is No. 14.


State Poll
1. San Francisco, 21-2
2. Citrus
3. Yuba
4. Mt. San Jacinto
5. Santa Rosa
6. San Bernardino Valley
7. Fresno
tie Mt. San Antonio
9. Diablo Valley
10. Antelope Valley
11. Imperial Valley
12. Cabrillo
13. Sierra
14. Saddleback
15. Los Angeles Southwest
16. Foothill
17. San Diego City
18. Ohlone
19. Chaffey
20. Las Positas

Northern California
1. San Francisco
2. Yuba
3. Santa Rosa
4. Fresno
5. Diablo Valley
6. Cabrillo
7. Sierra
8. Foothill
9. Ohlone
10. Las Positas
11. Mendocino
12. Cosumnes River
13. Sequoias
14. Chabot
15. Contra Costa

Southern California
1. Citrus
2. Mt. San Jacinto
3. San Bernardino Valley
4. Mt. San Antonio
5. Antelope Valley
6. Imperial Valley
7. Saddleback
8. Los Angeles Southwest
9. San Diego City
10. Chaffey
11. Cuesta
12. Ventura
13. Riverside City
14. Allan Hancock
15. Los Angeles Valley

Kramer in the crosshairs

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The Ventura College men's basketball team prepares for its own first-place showdown Saturday night against fellow WSC North co-leader Cuesta in San Luis Obispo, its focus is on slowing down Malte Kramer.

The 6-foot-7 German put on a long-distance display in the Cougars' 84-79 win at Ventura Jan. 4, scoring 31 points on 7-for-10 shooting from 3.

"You've got to limit his touches," said Ventura coach Joey Ramirez. "You have to guard him. You have to guard him high. You can't have any slip ups in transition... Five of his 7 3s last game were uncontested."

It comes down to the types of details which the Pirates have taken care during their subsequent five-game winning streak.

"Mentally, we should be better," said Ramirez. "Obviously, they've seen the tape a few times. It's not a secret, although I'm not going to tell you what we're going to do."

VC men break into state poll

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The Ventura College men's basketball team, which is on a season-best four-game winning streak to tie for first place in the WSC North, broke back into the state poll this week at No. 20.

The Pirates (12-10) also rose one spot to No. 10 in the Southern California regional coaches poll.

The bottom half of the regional poll also includes No. 13 Cuesta and No. 14 Hancock.

Click the link for the full polls.

VC men return to SoCal poll

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The Ventura College men's basketball team is back into the Southern California regional coaches' poll this week at No. 11, after taking sole possession of first place in the WSC North with a 83-63 win over Oxnard Saturday.

The WSC North populates the bottom half of the regional poll as Hancock is No. 13 and Cuesta sits No. 14.

Cuesta men return to state poll

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The Cuesta College men's basketball team hasn't just taken control of the WSC North, it's also given the WSC North a Top 20 men's basketball team this week

The Cougars (14-6), who debuted in the state coaches' poll at No. 18, opened 2-0 in WSC North play by knocking off defending champion Hancock and Ventura, which had the division's best record last year.

Despite being separated by nine points Saturday in San Luis Obispo, No. 10 Cuesta and No. 11 Hancock sit next to each other in the Southern California coaches' poll.

The Top 9 teams in the state poll, from No. 1 Diablo Valley to No. 9 Santa Rosa, went unbeaten last week.

Click the jump for the full poll.

Locking it down

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Despite a dynasty built on defense, the No. 1-ranked Ventura College women's basketball team has emphasized NBA-style offensive principles over the past five years.

But VC (18-1, 1-0) looks to have returned to their defensive roots this year. Especially Wednesday, when the Pirates held Cuesta to 3-for-26 shooting in the first half of a 73-34 win.

Ventura is No. 4 in the state in scoring defense, allowing just 49.7 points per game.

Ofer Wednesday

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It doesn't happen very often, but the county took a beating Wednesday night, when the three men's basketball teams were swept to begin WSC North play.

Hancock (14-4, 1-0), Cuesta (13-6, 1-0) and Los Angeles Pierce (4-8, 1-0) broke out on top of the WSC North standings with wins.

Moorpark (4-12, 0-1) was actually within one possession down the stretch at Hancock, before the Bulldogs survived, 78-70. Hancock was only WSC North team in the Southern California regional coaches' poll this week at No. 12.

Meanwhile, both Ventura and Oxnard squandered halftime leads in key home games.

Ventura led 42-36 prior to a halftime buzzer-beater from Cuesta's Malte Kramer. Oxnard led Los Angees Pierce at the intermission, 33-25, and missed a potential game-winning buzzer beater.

Moorpark coach Remy McCarthy's words proved prophetic earlier in the week.

"Pierce has really good talent," said McCarthy on Tuesday. "They're capable of beating anybody even thought their record might not show it."

Raiders slowed

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The Moorpark College softball team saw its fast start in the Western State Conference's Gold Division halted Tuesday with a 3-0 loss at Santa Barbara City.

The early first-place showdown left Santa Barbara (13-2) atop the Gold Division at 4-0 with Moorpark and Cuesta both a game back at 3-1.

VC regains edge

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Ventura College, which has captured the WSC all-sports Supremacy Award for 12 straight years, has regained the lead for this year's award after the winter season.

Ventura trailed Cuesta by four points after the fall campaign. Behind the women's basketball conference title, Ventura has regained the lead entering the spring season, 49-46.

Moorpark sits in fifth place with 37 points.

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