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As Pirates rest, SoCal regional football playoffs take shape

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Under usual circumstances, a bye week for the final week of the regular season would just mean the Ventura College football season ending seven days early.

But this has been no ordinary season for the Pirates, who have finished 10-0 for the first time in school history, won the SCFA Northern Conference and clinched a berth in next weekend's Southern California semifinals.

"It's a three-game season right now," Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said this week. "You're in the tournament. There's only six teams that get to do this throughout the state of California and we're one of them."

Mooshagian's team practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, spent Thursday in the gym and took the weekend off, ahead of Sunday's playoff pairings announcement.

"We should know who we're going to play at some point on Sunday," said the third-year Ventura head coach.

The SoCal playoff field will consist of the National Division's three conference champions, plus a wildcard team, and be seeded by the final regional poll.

No. 2 Ventura (10-0) has clinched the Northern Conference.

No. 1 Mount San Antonio (9-0) and No. 3 Riverside City (8-1) -- both 5-0 in conference play -- will determine the Central Conference champion Saturday at 6 p.m. with their showdown in Walnut, which will be broadcast by http://www.SoCalCollegeSports.com.

The Southern Conference is a mess. No. 6 Santa Ana (7-2), No. 7 Saddleback (5-4) and No. 9 Fullerton (5-4) are tied atop the standings at 4-1. Santa Ana, which owns the tiebreaker, can clinch the berth by beating Fullerton Saturday. Should Fullerton triumph, Saddleback can clinch the berth by beating Golden West. Fullerton will advance with a win and a Saddleback loss.

While much of the Pirates' coaching staff is schedule to scout the Mt. SAC-Riverside showdown Saturday, Mooshagian is planning on taking in Santa Ana-Fullerton in person.

"It'll be interesting to see how it plays out," Mooshagian said. "There are about six scenarios in play... We can't control it. I just hope there's no shenanigans involved."

The Mt. SAC-Riverside loser seems to have the inside track on the wild card berth, which is goes to the highest ranked non-champion in the final regional poll. But No. 4 Bakersfield (7-2) and No. 5 Citrus (7-2) could force their way into the discussion by beating Pasadena City (1-8) and No. 8 Los Angeles Harbor (5-4) Saturday.

An 8-2 Riverside and an 8-2 Bakersfield could make for a heck of a wild-card debate Sunday morning, considering, in that scenario, both teams would have lost to the same two teams -- Ventura and Mt. SAC.

Mooshagian is more concerned with what the bracket would look like if Mt. SAC loses to Riverside for the second straight year. Ventura would, most likely, ascend to the top seed, but might not get the benefit of facing the bottom seed.

SCFA bylaws say the seeding committee "may" reseed the field to avoid matching up two conference opponents. In that scenario, five-time defending SoCal champion Mt. SAC would visit VC next week, rather than a potential four-loss team.

"That's my only concern," Mooshagian said. "If we happen to be fortunate to make it through undefeated, then we should play the fourth seed. It shouldn't have to be manipulated so that Mt. Sac and Riverside don't play again."

Saturday's box scores

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Fullerton 31, Ventura 7
Ventura 0 0 7 0 -- 7
Fullerton 7 7 17 0 -- 31
First quarter
FC -- Mosley 6 pass from Goggans (Sandoval kick), 12:43.
Second quarter
FC -- Sterns 3 run (Sandoval kick), 14:55.
Third quarter
FC -- Lee 80 kickoff (Sandoval kick), 14:30.
FC -- FG Sandoval 37, 7:52.
FC -- Garrett 30 return of blocked punt (Sandoval kick), 7:23.
VC -- Newsome 52 pass from Smith (Luna kick), 0:49.
Team stats VC FC
First downs 18 8
Rushes-Yards 24-5 38-43
Passing Yards 287 115
Comp-Att-Int 24-62-2 9-20-0
Punts-avg. 7-33.3 9-31.6
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 13-123 17-202
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Ventura -- Craver 5-12, Caro 5-11, Smith 4-8, Nixon 1-6, Barnes 4-1, Koman 2-(--2), Reed 1-(--2), Kirkwood 1-(--3), Reynoso 1-(--26). Fullerton -- Sterns 7-41, Douglas 9-22, Colton 9-18, Goggans 4-10, Torres 3-9, Team 1-(--2), Coleman 3-(--4), Moran 1-(--6), Bednarski 1-(--45)
PASSING: Ventura -- Koman 13-41-2-127, Smith 11-21-0-160. Fullerton -- Bednarski 5-12-0-73, Goggans 4-8-0-42.
RECEIVING: Ventura -- Vizzi 11-124, Newsome 4-68, Burton 3-56, Johnson 2-18, Rice 1-9, Reyes 1-5, Rodarte 1-4, Kirkwood 1-3. Fullerton -- Turner 2-57, Walker 1-24, Taylor 1-7, Reid 1-7, Mosley 1-6, Weekes 1-6, Colton 1-5, Floyd 1-3.
RECORDS: Fullerton 2-0, Ventura 1-1.

Moorpark 54, Los Angeles Pierce 7
Moorpark 0 19 14 21 -- 54
Pierce 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Second quarter
MC -- Townsley 8 fumble recovery (kick failed), 7:06.
MC -- Hutchins 21 pass from Owens (Ruhnke kick), 4:32.
MC -- Robinson 40 pass from Owens (Ruhnke kick), 4:10.
LAPC -- Washington 21 from Basmajian (Gutierrez kick), 2:28.
Third quarter
MC -- Mouton 35 interception return (Ruhnke kick), 13:27.
MC -- Elmore 2 pass from Owens (Ruhnke kick), 4:37.
Fourth quarter
MC -- Robinson 14 pass from Owens (Ruhnke kick), 9:27.
MC -- Hanover 19 pass from Choto (Stevens rush), 6:08.
MC -- Franklin 2 run (kick failed), 0:15.
Team stats MC LAPC
First downs 21 16
Rushes-Yards 37-122 44-30
Passing Yards 212 121
Comp-Att-Int 13-27-1 14-38-4
Punts-avg. 8-48.8 8-32.9
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-3
Penalties-Yards 10-82 12-123
Individual statistics
RUSHING: Moorpark -- Franklin 14-52, Robles 8-19, Jackson 7-16, Choto 1-13, Owens 5-13, Quals 1-9, Looney 1-0. Pierce --J. Johnson 17-62, Rasmussen 6-22, Childs 3-6, Washington 5-3, B. Smith 1-2, Benson 1-(--4), Basmajian 11-(--61).
PASSING: Moorpark -- Owens 12-25-1-193, Choto 1-2-0-19. Pierce -- Basmajian 7-21-3-80, Rasmussen 6-14-1-31, Carranza 1-3-0-10.
RECEIVING: Moorpark -- Robinson 4-103, Hutchins 3-59, Hanover 1-19, West 1-18, Looney 1-7, Moe 1-4, Elmore 1-2, Franklin 1-0, Pierce -- B. Smith 4-24, Morris 3-42, Hill 2-12, Washington 1-21, Bell 1-10, Everett 1-9, Benson 1-2, J. Johnson 1-(--1).
RECORDS: Moorpark 1-1, Pierce 0-2.

Solid start to Mooshagian era

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The final record is deceiving.

After three losses in its final four games, the Ventura College football team finished its season 5-5, tied for fourth place in the Northern Conference and will not be playing in a bowl this weekend.

Yet, considering the Pirates legitimately competed for a playoff berth against probably the toughest schedule in school history, it's difficult to nitpick Steve Mooshagian's first season as head coach.

"I thought it was s successful year because people didn't think we'd win two games," said Mooshagian. "I think we surprised almost everybody, including everyone in our league... We're two plays from being 7-3."

Eight of the 10 teams the Pirates played were ranked in the final coaches' poll Sunday and a ninth also received votes.

"A dozen kids are going to get scholarships out of those group," said Mooshagian. "I'm proud of what they accomplished."

Ventura performed well against two of the Southern California semifinalists, beating No. 3 Cerritos in Norwalk 28-21 on Oct. 16 and taking a two-touchdown lead into the fourth quarter at No. 4 Bakersfield Oct. 23, before falling in overtime 27-24.

"Our first two league games were against the two playoff teams and we should have won them both," said Mooshagian.

In fact, the Pirates were in all five of their losses. They were tied 27-27 with Fullerton with three minutes left in the third quarter, leading Chaffey 10-6 with three minutes to play, leading Bakersfield 24-10 with 11 minutes to play, tied 24-24 with Canyons entering the fourth quarter and trailing El Camino 35-31 entering the fourth quarter.

"The No. 1 thing is we didn't protect the football down the stretch, late in the fourth quarter," said Mooshagian. "A lot of it was just crazy bounces."

The season came undone in the fourth quarter, when Ventura outscored 63-7 in its five losses, which included backbreaking defensive touchdowns in its final three losses.

Pool play this weekend

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The Ventura College women's water polo team will hold its annual VC tournament today and Saturday at Ventura Aquatic Center.

The nine-team tournament features No. 5 Fullerton and two visitors from Northern California, San Joaquin Delta and Merced.

The Pirates improved to 2-0 in Western State Conference play Wednesday with a 12-4 win over visiting Los Angeles Valley behind three goals by Courtney Thomas and two each by Lindsay Wolny, Loretta Zeller and Vanessa Magallanes.

VC football falls out of state poll, No. 16 in South

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Saturday's exciting 40-27 loss to Fullerton knocked the Ventura College football team (1-1) out of the state coaches' poll and dropped the Pirates three places to No. 16 in the regional poll.

The pollsters treated the Pirates harshly, considering they were tied with the No. 2-ranked team in the nation late in the third quarter.

"We will just have to work harder," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian.

As of this week, Ventura has the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 teams in SoCal on its schedule (Fullerton, Bakersfield, Cerritos and El Camino). Moorpark (2-0) hosts No. 10 Hancock (1-1) Saturday.

Defending state champion Mount San Antonio (2-0) is the No. 1 team in both the state and Southern California polls.

Click the jump for the full polls.

VC's Sims named Player of the Week

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Ventura College quarterback Antavius Sims was named SCFA Northern Conference offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Pirates' 40-27 loss to Fullerton Saturday night.

Sims, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore from Americus, Ga., piled up 390 yards of total offense by throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns and running for 140 yards.

He completed 23 of 33 passes and carried the ball 31 times.

Fullerton coach Tim Byrnes called Sims "an unbelievable football player."

After two games, Sims is now second in Southern California in total offense (670 ypg) -- seventh in rushing (215 yards) and fifth in passing (455 yards).

LIVE -- Fullerton at VC and Pierce at MC

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Live updates of tonight's two community college football games on our Twitter page.

Pierce 6 19 13 0 -- 38
Moorpark 14 0 14 8 -- 36

Fullerton 6 14 14 6 -- 40
Ventura 3 3 21 0 -- 27

Davis focused on continuing contribution

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A year ago, Mike Davis was given just 11 carries in 11 games. So the former Buena High running back focused on making a contribution on special teams.

But a strong offseason has earned him Ventura College's starting running back role and one week into his sophomore season, he leads Southern California in all-purpose yardage.

"It's incredible," said Davis. "It's the hard work that the whole team has put in."

Davis' teammates were as proud of Davis' offseason performance as they were of the job he did Saturday against Moorpark, when he earned conference Player of the Week honors by piling up 256 all-purpose yards.

"You've got to give it up to Mike Davis," said defensive tackle Taylor Ramsey. "He didn't have a starting role last year. He barely got in games. But he worked really hard. Every time he's working out, he's working to get better.

"I'm glad to see the work paid off for him and hope to see a whole lot more this season."

The big test comes today, when Davis and the Pirates face Fullerton, the No.2-ranked team in the nation according to JC Grid-Wire and JCFootball.com.

"I knew I had the ability to do it," said Davis. "Shaking off those first-game jitters, now we're able to play this week against a great team. We're going to have to rise to the occasion.

It's a great opportunity for us to not only showcase our abilities, but also earn some more respect and continue to climb up the ladder."

VC football readies for big test

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His team may be preparing for one of its toughest non-conference games in recent memory, but Ventura College football coach Steve Mooshagian has been able to keep his sense of humor this week.

The Pirates (1-0) welcome Fullerton College, the No. 2-ranked team in the nation according to JC Grid-Wire and JCFootball.com, to the VC Sportsplex Saturday night.

"It looks like our game last year against Cerritos," said Mooshagian. "It seems like everybody is asking me, 'You're not going to go for two, are you?"

The Falcons, who reached the Southern California semifinals, escaped Ventura dramatically, 36-35, on Sept. 26 after former Ventura coach Jon Mack elected to attempt a two-point conversion with nine seconds left rather than send the game into overtime, despite a huge advantage in the kicking game.

Kicker Tyler Stampler, who is now at New Mexico State, kicked a school-record five field goals that night and had set the school record for longest field goal the previous week.

"That's last year," said Mooshagian. "We'll see what happens this year.

"It feels like we're playing ourselves... The team that makes the fewest mistakes, the team that competes for four quarters, the team that makes the fewest turnovers is going to win. It may come down to a special teams play."

VC football plays national No. 2 Saturday

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The Ventura College football team (1-0) hosts Fullerton (1-0) Saturday night at the Sportsplex.

The Hornets, who beat rival Santa Ana Saturday 41-10, are ranked No. 2 in the JC Gridwire/JCFootball.com Top 30.

The Pirates also play No. 11 Cerritos, No. 13 Bakersfield and No. 14 El Camino in Northern Conference play.

Click the jump for the full poll.

Today's State Championship coverage (video)

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Women's state final
Sunday, Cal Lutheran
No. 2-S Ventura 59, No. 1-S Fullerton 47
Ventura County Star: VC owns title again
Ventura County Star: Brennan takes her game to higher level
Ventura County Star: Mircetic recognized need to evolve
Ventura County Star: Video Highlights
Ventura County Star: Photo Gallery
The Student Voice: We are the champions... Of California

Men's state final
Sunday, Cal Lutheran
No. 4-S Saddleback 63, No. 2-N San Francisco 57
Ventura County Star: Saddleback takes the title this time
San Francisco Chronicle: CCSF falls short of state title
The Bakersfield Californian: Saddleback wins men's state basketball title

Today's Great Eight coverage, schedule (video)

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Women's state final
Sunday, Cal Lutheran
1 p.m.: No. 1-South Fullerton (32-1) vs. No. 2-S Ventura (33-1)

Men's state final
Sunday, Cal Lutheran
3:30 p.m.: No. 2-North San Francisco (28-4) vs. No. 4-S Saddleback (28-5)

Women's state semifinals
Saturday, Cal Lutheran
No. 2-S Ventura 60, No. 1-N San Francisco 56
Ventura County Star: VC earns a final say
Ventura County Star: Ventura does better overcoming mistakes
Ventura County Star: Photo gallery
Ventura County Star: Highlight video
The Student Voice: Pirates defeat City College of San Francisco, advance to State Final
No. 1-South Fullerton 66. No. 2-North Santa Rosa 58
Ventura County Star: Woelke returns Fullerton to final

Men's state semifinals
Saturday, Cal Lutheran
No. 2-North San Francisco 72, No. 1-S San Bernardino Valley 68
Riverside Press-Enterprise: SBVC men bounced in semifinals
Ventura County Star: CCSF to play for Bay Area's first title in 48 years

No. 4-S Saddleback 55, No. 2-S Citrus 54
Ventura County Star: Citrus upended by Saddleback

Mircetic on Fullerton title tilt

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In his 20th season as the Ventura College women's basketball head coach, Ned Mircetic will coach in his eight state championship game Sunday afternoon at Cal Lutheran.

We asked him for some thoughts as he prepared the game plan Saturday night:

"I just hope we play exceptionally well tomorrow, play our best game of the year.

"It's that time of year now when you just throw your whole playbook out there and don't hold anything back.... Whatever you think is going to work, you have to do it in this game."

(On the sensational play of Chanelle Brennan, who is averaging 21 points and 10.5 rebounds per game through the first two rounds of the state tournament)

"Hopefully, she has one more game left in her. I think she does. I think the best thing Chanelle does is compete. She's a fierce competitor. And she's a good sport, she gets hit pretty hard out there and she just gets up and does it again."

(General thoughts on Fullerton)

"Fullerton is a finesse, athletic team. Well-disciplined and well coached. Definitely the deepest team we've played all year.

"They don't really have any weaknesses that we can probe and try to take advantage of. We're going to have to play a complete game.

We're going to have to get back in transition and defend their break. We're going to have to deal with their pressure in a variety of ways. We're going to do have to deal with the way they play their motion offense, how they place people in the best position to be successful.

"They're not the physically opposing team that SF or Laney was, but they are the best team in the state. It's that depth of talent that they have."

(on handing Fullerton its only loss of the season in November)

"I know we beat them and all of that stuff early, but I don't understand how we did that, even though I watched it on tape four or five times now.

"We'll find out tomorrow."

Thornton on Ventura-Fullerton matchup

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Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton had to compete against Fullerton juggernaut in the Orange Empire Conference this season.

He's also had to face Ventura in the state tournament, having snapped the Pirates' streak of seven straight state final appearances with a semifinal win in 2003.

We asked him to break down the matchup ahead of Sunday's state final:

"They probably wouldn't admit this, but Fullerton was probably rooting for San Francisco today.

"I think that the defense that Ventura plays is the one that Fullerton has the most difficulty with. Shooting from the perimeter is not their strength, so they're going to need to make some shots.

"Fullerton is going to have to use its athleticism and get to the basket. Fullerton will probably try to speed the game up and get some transition going.

(Ventura point guard Amanda) Padilla is the key, if she can shoot it. No. 20 (Fullerton guard Ashley Jsames) is their top perimeter defender. If that's the matchup that occurs, then it's a key one."

Woelke coaches Fullerton to state final

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The first California Community College women's basketball state champion will be playing for another Sunday afternoon.

Orange Empire Conference Player of the Year Taiyande Huskey had 21 points and five rebounds as the Fullerton College women's basketball team advanced to Sunday's state championship game with a 66-58 win over Santa Rosa in Saturday's first state semifinal.

With Debi Woelke playing guard, the Hornets won the 1978 state championship under Hall-of-Fame coach Colleen Riley. Thirty three years later, Woelke will coach Southern California's top seed in the title game Sunday against No. 2-S Ventura.

"I've waited for this moment," said Woelke.

Santa Rosa held an early 16-12 lead as both teams struggled offensively. Fullerton, the best free throw shooting team in the tournament, only made four of 10 from the stripe in the first half.

"I think both teams came out really nervous," said Woelke. "We even shot the ball poorly at the free throw line, and we never do that. Nerves got the better part of us."

But the Hornets made 18-of-21 free throws in the second half and outrebounded a Bearcats team featuring twin towers Charlene Popoff and Jeanette DeWitt by 13.

Popoff led Santa Rosa with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

"We knew that they were a really good rebounding team," said Fullerton forward Danielle Ekno. "Rebounding was key.

The deep Fullerton frontcourt of Ekno, Nicole Martin, Destainee Hollis-Rudison and Ashley Adams combined for 23 points and 24 rebounds.

AV Press reports Horton resigns from AVC

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Antelope Valley College men's basketball head coach Dieter Horton, who guided the Marauders team to the state final in 2007, has resigned his position, according to the Antelope Valley press.

Horton also led Fullerton College to a perfect 37-0 state championship season in 2005-06.

Fullerton stinging Cinderella Chabot at the half

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The Fullerton College women's basketball team, the top seed from Southern California, is working to make sure the host region has a semifinalist.

Eight different Hornets scored as 30-1 Fullerton lead Chabot, the lowest seeded quarterfinalist in six years, 36-20 at the half.

Ashleigh Adams had a game-high nine points as Fullerton had amassed a 22-0 advantage in bench scoring.

Great Eight preview capsules

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Fullerton (30-1)
No. 1 South
Nickname: Hornets
Head coach: Debi Woelke (13th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 1 in regional, def. No. 16 Santa Barbara City 82-64, def. No. 8 Grossmont 54-45.
Conference finish: Orange Empire, champion (12-0)
Winning streak (Last loss): 25 (Nov. 22 vs. Ventura, 64-47)
RPI: First
Vs. Great Eight: 3-1
Team offense: 12th, 70.5
Team defense: Seventh, 53.9
Leading scorers: G Taiyande Husky 13.2 ppg, G Jhakia McDonald 10.5
Leading rebounders: F Ashleigh Adams 5.4 rpg, F Danielle Ekno 4.5.
Great Eight history: Eighth appearance. State champs in 1978 and SoCal champs in 1980 and 1983.
Note: Ten different Hornets have scored in double figures.
Woelke says: "We're deep and we're doing the best job we can with what we've got. We'll see what happens."

Ventura (31-1)
No. 2 South
Nickname: Pirates
Head coach: Ned Mircetic (20th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 2 in regional, def. No. 18 Cypress 83-63, def. No. 7 San Bernardino Valley 61-53.
Conference finish: Western State North, champion (12-0)
Winning streak (Last loss): 19 (Dec. 12 at Pasadena City, 81-72)
RPI: Third
Vs. Great Eight: 3-1
Team offense: 16th, 69.3
Team defense: First, 47.7
Leading scorers: F Chanelle Brennan 18.9 ppg, C Kris King 13.2.
Leading rebounders: F Gabrielle Conn 6.1 rpg, King 5.7.
Great Eight history: Record 14th appearance. Holds the record for state titles (five), finalists (seven), and Final Fours (10).
Note: Second in the state in field goal shooting at 47 percent.
Mircetic says: "This has been a very difficult team for me to understand. When we're good, we've very good, but we can't depend on raw talent. We are dependant on one another."

Mount San Antonio (24-6)
No. 3 South
Location: Walnut
Nickname: Mounties
Head coach: Laura Beeman (15th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 3 in regional, def. No. 14 Mount San Jacinto 76-65, def. No. 6 Los Angeles Trade-Tech 60-47.
Conference finish: South Coast North, champion (7-1)
Winning streak (Last loss): 3 (Feb. 17 at Pasadena City, 64-62)
RPI: Second
Vs. Great Eight: 1-3
Team offense: 11th, 70.6
Team defense: 10th, 54.7
Leading scorers: G Brittney Lewis 11.7 ppg, F Ashley Adams 10.2.
Leading rebounders: Adams 6.6 rpg, F Kimiere Hawkins 5.5.
Great Eight history: Ninth appearance in 10 years. Four state titles in last six years,
Beeman says: "Our freshmen are starting to play a little bit better and sophomores have been there before."

Pasadena City (24-4)
No. 4 South
Nickname: Lancers
Head coach: Joe Peron (14th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 4 in regional, def. No. 13 Irvine Valley 76-55, def. No. 5 Riverside 65-56.
Conference finish: South Coast North, runner-up (6-2)
Winning streak (Last loss): 4 (Feb. 10 vs. Los Angeles Trade-Tech, 80-73)
RPI: Fourth
Vs. Great Eight: 3-2
Team offense: Eighth, 72.4
Team defense: 20th, 57.2
Leading scorers: G Kim Smith 17.6 ppg, C Danielle Scott 14.8
Leading rebounders: Scott 11.0 rpg, C Cherisa Sellers 6.8.
Great Eight history: Seventh straight appearance. Defending state champion and finalists in '04, '05.
Note: Pasadena has handed Ventura its only two losses of the past two seasons.
Peron says: "I guess I have to defend it... I wasn't trying to defend it all year."

San Francisco (27-3)
No. 1 North
Nickname: Rams
Head coach: Jamie Wong (9th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 1 in regional, def. No. 16 American River 87-55, def. No. 8 Ohlone 74-63.
Conference finish: Coast North champion (10-0)
Winning streak (Last loss): 13 (Dec. 30 vs. Solano, 64-57)
RPI: Sixth
Vs. Great Eight: 4-2
Team offense: Fifth, 74.2
Team defense: 16th, 56.6
Leading scorers: G Brittney Allen 15.0 ppg, Mone Peoples 14.9.
Leading rebounders: C Ciera Foster 10.0 rpg, F Shawnte Taylor 9.7.
Great Eight history: Third trip in five years.
Wong says: "It's a relatively new team... and they've been doing a really good job."

Santa Rosa (25-6)
No. 2 North
Nickname: Bearcats
Head coach: Lacey Campbell (4th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 3 in regional, def. No. 14 Foothill 75-58, def. No. 6 Solano 70-60.
Conference finish: Big 8 champion (13-1)
Winning streak (Last loss): 11 (Jan. 19 at San Joaquin Delta, 71-53)
RPI: Ninth
Vs. Great Eight: 1-2
Team offense: 26th, 67.2
Team defense: 24th, 58.2
Leading scorers: C Charlene Popoff 13.7 ppg, F Jeanette DeWitt 13.0.
Leading rebounders: Popoff 8.5 rpg, DeWitt 7.5.
Great Eight history: Second trip in four years. NorCal champ in 1982 and state champion in 1988.
Note: Nine of the 13 players on the roster are sophomores.
Campbell says: "We have a great group of sophomores who have made this year a lot of fun. They really committed to each other."

Laney (25-6)
No. 3 North
Location: Oakland
Nickname: Eagles
Head coach: Ron Williams (2nd year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 4 in regional, def. No. 13 San Jose City 52-49, def. No. 5 San Joaquin Delta 56-54.
Conference finish: Bay Valley co-champion (15-1)
Winning streak (Last loss): 20 (Dec. 18 vs. Solano 66-56)
RPI: 17th
Vs. Great Eight: 1-2
Team offense: 24th, 67.5
Team defense: Eighth, 54.0
Leading scorers: F Shonetta Crain-Williams 14.4 ppg.
Leading rebounders: Williams 9.5 rpg
Great Eight history: First trip in just the program's second year.
Note: The school did not have a program two years ago.
Williams says: "My kids don't really have the sense enough to know where they're not supposed to be."

Chabot (17-11)
No. 4 North
Location: Hayward
Nickname: Gladiators
Head coach: Don Queyrel (13th year)
How it got here: Seeded No. 10 in regional, def. No. 7 Shasta 45-40, def. No. 18 Sierra 77-71.
Conference finish: Coast North, tied for third place (5-5)
Winning streak (Last loss): 3 (Feb. 17 at Foothill, 66-63)
RPI: 28th
Vs. Great Eight: 0-3
Team offense: 49th, 61.4
Team defense: 27th, 58.5
Leading scorers: G Monica Garcia 17.3 ppg, G Charney Bell 14.3.
Leading rebounders: F Jarita Riley 9.1 rpg, C Rebecca Taylor 8.3
Great Eight history: First trip.
Note: Chabot is the lowest seed to reach the state quarterfinals since No. 10 Cypress in 2004.

Longest active winning streaks

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Perhaps the state championship favorite, the Fullerton College women's basketball team has won 25 straight games since losing to Ventura in the final of the Vaquero Invitational at Glendale College on Nov. 22.

The Hornets bring the state's longest active winning streak into this week's California Community College women's basketball championship at Cal Lutheran.

Longest active winning streaks
25: No. 1S Fullerton
20: No. 3N Laney
19: No. 2S Ventura
13: No. 1N San Francisco
11: No. 2N Santa Rosa
4: No. 4S Pasadena City
3: No. 4N Chabot, No. 3S Mount San Antonio

Two of the teams, Ventura (Dec. 12, 81-72) and Mount San Antonio (Feb. 17, 64-62), actually suffered their last losses at Pasadena City.

Another regional finalist, Solano, actually handed two of the Great Eight teams their last losses, beating Laney Dec. 18 (66-56) and San Francisco Dec. 30 (64-57). Solano fell at Santa Rosa Saturday, 70-60.

Can the glimpse be repeated?

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The Ventura College women's basketball team's surprising 64-47 win over No. 4 Fullerton Sunday in the final of the Vaquero Invitational at Glendale College changed the way the Pirates look at themselves.

"I thought we were going to get killed," said sophomore Erika Ward. "I was kind of shocked with how well we played.

"I think we can repeat that and play like that consistently, it's just a matter of doing it."

Coach Ned Mircetic has watched the video several times this week trying to figure out what happened.

It showed the coach just how good his team can play this season.

"We did it with good passes, we did it with good cutting... good floor spacing... good rebounding... good defense," said Mircetic. "We did it with everything we work on in practice every day, so it can be repeated."

The Pirates may called on for a repeat performance Sunday in a potential No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown with Mount San Antonio College.

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Ventura County Star sports writer and columnist Joe Curley covers college sports and soccer for this Star. This is the place to click for local college football and basketball coverage, including USC, UCLA, Moorpark College, Ventura College and Cal Lutheran.

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