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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."

Double-digit rout for Condors

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team opened up a four-point lead atop the WSC standings with a 10-0 rout of visiting Glendale Tuesday afternoon.

"We've been threatening to have a blowout game for a while," Oxnard coach Ross Greaney said. "Our depth really hurt Glendale. As we subbed, we got stronger, not weaker.

"We have a lot of guys who are competing for playing time... The people who came off the bench tried even harder than the starters."

Rene Magana had a hat trick, Max Madrigal scored twice and Travis Bowen, Tommy Cruz, Roque Magana and Cory Vilchis also scored. Bowen added three assists.

"It's only one game, "Greaney said. "I hope we didn't score all our goals in one game."

Oxnard (7-2-1, 5-0-1), ranked No. 14 in the national coaches' poll, hosts Hancock Friday before completing the first half of WSC Tuesday at cross-county rival Moorpark.

VC softball ready for "special" weekend

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After 23 years at Ventura College, Susan Johnson will finally coach her softball team in a home playoff game this weekend.

Which means there's only one word to describe No. 7 Ventura (32-7) and its best-of-three first-round series with No. 10 Glendale (27-13).

"Special," Johnson said.

Game 1 is Saturday at 2 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 10 a.m. with a decisive Game 3 to follow if necessary.

For decades the Pirates, which won their 10th Western State Conference title this season, have had to go on the road south or east to four-team regionals hosted by state powers.

"We've been a No. 5, we've been a No. 7," Johnson said. "We always had good teams."

Cost containment necessitated a new format in 2007, which introduced a first-round series to halve the field before regional play.

After being paired with top seed Riverside and defending state champion Mount San Antonio in recent years, VC has taken advantage of the new format this year with its winningest team since 2002.

Sophomore ace Teresa Lemos is 26-6 with a 1.30 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 199 innings. The Rio Mesa High product is also hitting .403 with a state-leading 11 triples. She's surrounded in the order with other weapons, like slugger Clarissa Samaniego, who's hitting .449 with eight doubles, four triples and four home runs in her past four games; shortstop Raelene Moreno, who's hitting .430 with 11 doubles and six home runs; and third baseman Candice Garcia, who's hitting .411 with seven doubles, nine triples and four home runs.

Ventura, which has won seven of its last eight games and built a 14-game winning streak in March, is hitting .339 as a team and averages 7.0 runs per game.

The hope is the sluggers will feel at home this weekend.

"This is huge for us," Johnson said. "We have good gap power. It's very significant playing here."

"We know how to play on our field," said Samaniego. "Our singles become doubles. Our doubles become triples. ... This is where we work hard every day."

It was pitching that lifted the Pirates over Glendale, 2-0, on Jan. 28, as Lemos threw a five-hit shutout.

"It was only our second game," said Johnson. "We were a different team. I'm sure they have improved as well."

Ventura has an opportunity for its first postseason wins since 2005, when it upset regional host Cerritos and played Fullerton for a berth in the state tournament.

"I just hope we have two good games," Johnson said. "We're proud of what we've done this year."

Kloppenburg fires VC women to Glendale crown

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Sophomore guard Carlotta Kloppenburg made nine of 11 from 3-point land, scoring 30 points, to earn all-tournament honors as the Ventura College women's basketball team completed the first weekend of its season by winning the Vaquero Shootout at Glendale College.

Sophomore forward Destinee LaFountain had 18 points and 13 rebounds to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors and sophomore guard Rebecca Griffin added 11 points as Ventura routed Irvine Valley, 85-55, in the title game Sunday afternoon.

"We've played two really good teams and we played about as hard as we could play at this point in the season," said Ventura coach Ned Mircetic. "We can build on this."

Ventura (3-0), ranked No. 3 in the Southern California preseason coaches' poll, scored eight of the game's first 10 points as Kloppenburg buried her first two from long range. She followed with a third to ignite a 13-0 run that began the build toward a 54-24 halftime lead.

"After I hit a couple, I just started feeling it and my teammates found me in the right spots," said Kloppenburg. "Being in rhythm and having your teammates find you is the thing."

The sophomore from Susanville, Calif. made 9 of 11 3-pointers, including 8 of 10 in the first half.

"I've come out a lot more confident this year and ready to go," said Kloppenburg.

Her 9 3s fell one short of Erika Ward's three-year-old school record. Kloppenburg was already No. 2 on the list, having made 8 3s last February at Oxnard.

"On every shot she took, she got a really good look at the rim," said Mircetic. "Every shot she took was out of our offense, so everyone contributed to her shot going in."

Irvine Valley (3-3) was led by 27 points from freshman forward Amber Wharton.

Ventura shot 31 of 60 from the field, out-rebounded Irvine Valley 42 to 25 and had 20 assists as a team, including six by Griffin and four by freshman Rian Mew.

The Pirates host their annual VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions this weekend, beginning Friday. The field includes No. 1 Mount San Antonio and No. 6 Canyons.

"If we play this hard and this well as a team," said Mircetic, "we'll be tough to deal with."

Playing the spoiler

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With potential tournament semifinals against the host school, the Moorpark College men's and women's basketball teams find themselves in similar positions this week.

"We're the spoilers," said Moorpark women's head coach Lindsay Goldblatt.

The Moorpark men (5-5) will face host Glendale (8-3) tonight in the semifinals of the Vaquero Classic.

McCarthy expects Glendale to compete for the Western State Conference's South Division.

"They'll be right in there with Santa Monica and Citrus to win that league," said Moorpark men's head coach Remy McCarthy, "you mark my words."

If the Raider women (7-2) were able to get past Cypress Thursday's quarterfinals, they looked set to face No. 11 Antelope Valley (6-4) for the second time in a week tonight in the semifinals of the AVC Holiday tournament.

MC-Glendale football box score

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Click the jump for the box score from the Moorpark College football team's 41-27 loss at Glendale Saturday night.

Tonight's live CC football coverage

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Keep it right here for live coverage of the Ventura College football team's bid for a playoff berth against second-place Hancock and the Moorpark College football team's bid for its first win of the season at Glendale.

Both games kick off at 7 p.m. I'll be at the VC Sportsplex. Loren Ledin is in Glendale.

We will have updates both here on the blog and on our Twitter page, which you can access by either clicking the link or using the Twitter feed down the right hand side of this page.

This week's CC football capsules

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No. 6 Hancock (8-1, 4-1) at No. 11 Ventura (6-2, 3-1)
VC Sportsplex, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Hancock 55, Glendale 27; Bakersfield 44, Ventura 14.
SERIES HISTORY: Hancock leads, 15-14, dating back to 1954. Hancock won 30-12 last year.
GAME FACTS: Second place in the Northern Division and a playoff berth is on the line. Hancock leads Southern California in rushing (240.0 ypg, 28 TDs) behind RB Ryan Anglin (125 att., 777 yards, 6 TDs) and Thomas Sua (87 att., 435 yards, 10 TDs), as well as quarterback Gunner Jespersen (52 att., 229 yards, 3 TDs). Ventura remains the No. 5 rush defense (70.5 ypg). Jespersen (93-of-161 passing, 1,529 yards, 16 TDs) has also been very efficient passing. WR Marquelo Suel (41 rec., 692 yards, 10 TDs) is the big-play target. If QB Antavius Sims (50-of-105 passing, 800 yards, 4 TDs) can't play, QB Greg Jimenez (52-of-94 passing, 435 yards, 2 TDs) will deputize. RB Dominic Morris (90 att., 431 yards, 3 TDs) and Gabriel Bostic (68 att., 278 yards, 1 TDs) support Sims (92 att., 376 yards, 9 TD) in the running game. WR Brandon Gunther (14 rec., 145 yards, 1 TD) is coming on strong alongside Nick Karam (28 rec., 379 yards, 2 TDs) and Patrick Herbert (21 rec., 214 yards).

Moorpark (0-8, 0-4) at No. 19 Glendale (3-5, 0-4)
Sartoris Field, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Pasadena 27, Moorpark 20; Hancock 55, Glendale 27.
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads the series, 18-17, dating back to 1968. Moorpark won 51-44 in double overtime last year.
GAME FACTS: Following its closest loss of the season, on a fumble recovery in the end zone by Pasadena's Reuben Thomas no less, Moorpark is ready for its best chance for that elusive first win. Moorpark welcomes back WR Justin Bradley and OT Eddy McGilvra. QB Ian Shultis (143-of-278 passing, 1,587 yards, 16 TDs) has thrown for 76 percent of the Raiders TDs. Most have gone to WR Chris Gant (42 rec., 558 yards), who leads the state with 11 TD receptions. Glendale's offense revolves around RBs Jorge Chaidez (98 att., 463 yards, 2 TDs) and Willie Youngblood (124 att., 460 yards, 5 TDs).

Today's print coverage

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SCFA Northern Conference

Ventura 20, Glendale 13: VC opens conference with solid win by Joe Curley in Ventura and Defense not enough for Glendale by Gabriel Rizk, Glendale News Press.
Hancock 19, Canyons 16 (OT): Defense carries AHC past Canyons by Santa Maria Times and Bulldogs outmuscle COC by Santa Clarita Signal.
Bakersfield 34, Pasadena City 13: BC motivated in win over Pasadena by Jeff Evans, Bakersfield Californian and Bakersfield sacks PCC by Pasadena Star-News.

This week's CC football capsule

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE

No. 15 Glendale (3-1) at No. 16 Ventura (3-1)
VC Sportsplex, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Orange Coast 10, Glendale 6; Cerritos 36, Ventura 35.
LAST YEAR: Glendale won, 17-14.
SERIES HISTORY: Glendale leads, 36-27-4, in a series that dates back to 1933.
INTERNET RADIO: http://www.HomefieldSports.com.
GAME FACTS: With both old foes coming off their first losses of the season, the SCFA Northern Conference opener takes on added significance. This one has all the makings of a bruising defensive battle, as Ventura has allowed 16.8 points per game and Glendale 18.5. VC has allowed just 209.5 yards of total offense per game (No. 4 in state) and 42.2 yards rushing per game (No. 5 in state). Glendale has allowed just 246.2 yards of total offense per game (No. 10 in state) and 139.3 yards passing per game (No. 7 in state).
The teams are No. 3 (Glendale, 84.0) and No. 5 (VC, 89.4) in passing rating against. CB Travaun Nixon leads the state with six interceptions. VC has had 20 ball carriers and 18 receivers, but the Pirates' offense has quickly become focused on QB Antavius Sims (32-of-59 passing, 426 yards, 2 TDs), who has rushed for 6 TDs. Sims also found WR Nick Karam (16 rec., 241 yards, 2 TDs) in the end zone with 9 seconds to play Saturday. PK Tyler Stampler, who is second in the state in kick scoring (36 points), has set school records for longest field goal and field goals in a game. P Joe Reynoso is second in the state with nine punts inside the 20-yard line. Glendale's powerful ground game is lead by RB Jorge Chaidez (79 att., 437 yards, 2 TDs), who is No. 6 in the state in rushing.

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