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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.

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."

This week's CC football polls

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The Ventura College football team is ranked No. 2 in the region and No. 4 in the state in the CCCFBCA polls, but it rose one spot to No. 5 in JCFootball.com's national poll, leapfrogging five-time defending SoCal champ Mt. SAC.

CCCFCA Southern California poll
College Rec. Previous
1. Mt. San Antonio (7-0) 1
2. Ventura (7-0) 2
3. Riverside (6-1) 3
4. Citrus (5-1) 8
5. Bakersfield (4-2) 5
6. Grossmont (5-2) 4
7. Cerritos (4-2) 12
8. Santa Ana (5-2) 11
9. Hancock (4-2) 6
10. Palomar (3-3) 9
11. Mt. San Jacinto (6-0) 14
12. L.A. Harbor (4-2) 6
13. Southwestern (5-1) 15
14. Orange Coast (3-4) 10
15. Saddleback (2-4) 19
16. Antelope Valley (5-1) 17t
17. Fullerton (2-4) 13
18. Santa Monica (5-1) 20
19. El Camino (2-5) 17t
20. L.A. Pierce (5-1) NR
Others: Desert (2-4), Canyons (2-5), Golden West (2-5).

CCCFCA State poll
College Rec. Previous
1. City College San Francisco (6-0) 1
2. Mt. San Antonio (7-0) 2
3. Butte (6-0) 3
4. Ventura (7-0) 4
5. Riverside (6-1) 5
6. Fresno (5-1) 6
7. San Joaquin Delta (5-1) 8
8. San Mateo (5-1) 9
9. Citrus (5-1) 18
10. Grossmont (5-2) 10
11. Bakersfield (4-2) 16
12. Modesto (4-2) 14
13. American River (4-2) 11
14. Cerritos (4-2) 23
15. Hancock (4-2) 11
16. Mt. San Jacinto (6-0) 15
17. DeAnza (4-2) 13
18. Siskiyous (6-1) 20
19. Sequoias (4-2) 12
20. Santa Ana (5-2) 25
21. Palomar (3-3) 19
22. L.A. Harbor (3-4) 17
23. Antelope Valley (5-1) 22
24. Southwestern (5-1) NR
25. Diablo Valley (4-3) NR
Others: Foothill (3-3), Orange Coast (3-4), Saddleback (2-4), Santa Monica (5-1), L.A. Pierce (5-1), Santa Rosa (2-4), Sacramento (4-3), Feather River (3-3.

JC Grid-wire/JCFootball.com national poll
College Rec. Previous
1. East Mississippi (7-0) 1
2. Iowa Western (7-0) 2
3. Butler, Kan. (7-0) 5
4. C.C. San Francisco (6-0) 3
5. Ventura (7-0) 6
6. Mt. San Antonio (7-0) 4
7. Riverside (6-1) 7
8. Butte (6-0) 8
9. Arizona Western (5-0) 9
10. Hutchinson, Kan. (6-1) 10
11. N.W. Miss (6-0) 12
12. Navarro, Tex. (6-1) 13
13. Miss. Gulf Coast (6-1) 15
14. San Joaquin Delta (5-1) 16
15. Fresno (5-1) 17
16. Copiah-Lincoln (6-1) 18
17. College of San Mateo (5-1), 19
18. NE Oklahoma A&M (6-1) 23
19. Bakersfield (4-2) 21
20. Snow (6-1) 22
21. Kilgore, Tex. (6-1) 11
22. ASA (7-0) 25
23. DeAnza (4-2) 20
24. Nassau (7-0) NR
25. Cerritos (4-2) NR
Others: Citrus, Coffeyville, Glendale (Az.), Santa Ana, Siskiyous, Diablo Valley, American River.

Moving on up

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MOVING ON UP

Upsetting one of the biggest programs in the country had the anticipated affect on Ventura's rankings.

The Pirates (1-0) rocked up the polls this week, rising to No. 3 in Southern California, No. 8 in the state and No. 13 in the JC Grid-wire/JCFootball.com national poll, one spot ahead of Riverside.

Mount San Antonio (1-0), San Francisco (1-0) and East Mississippi (1-0) top the three rankings, respectively. Mount SAC and CCSF, which met in last year's state title game, are No. 2 and No. 3 in the national poll. American River, coached by Ventura High and Ventura College alumni Jerry Haflich, is No. 3 in the North and No. 4 in the state.

With its overtime win, Moorpark (1-0) rose three spots to No. 16 in the regional poll ahead of Saturday's home opener against No. 15 Citrus (1-0).

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."

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.

VC football in final national poll

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The Ventura College football team was ranked No. 25 in the final JCFootball.com national poll released Monday.

The Pirates finished 7-4, tied for second in the SCFA Northern Conference and beat College of the Desert, 17-16, in the SCFA Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate.

There were five other Southern California teams in the poll, including SCFA champion Mount San Antonio at No. 4, 11-0 Riverside at No. 5 and Northern Conference champion Cerritos at No. 13.

City College of San Francisco, which held off defending champion Mount SAC 52-42 for the state title Saturday, earned the No. 1 ranking and mythical national title.

CCCFBCA bowl pairings announcement

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Print coverage: Ventura County Star, Palm Desert Patch, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Chico Enterprise-Record, Napa Valley Register

November 19

Southern California Football Association

Semifinals

National Bowl
No. 6-South El Camino (8-2) at No. 1t-S Mt. San Antonio (9-1), 1 p.m.

Southern California Football Association Bowl
No. 4-S Cerritos College (7-3) at No. 3-S Palomar (7-3), 5 p.m.

Division championship games

Central Championship Bowl
No. 8-S Golden West (6-4) vs. No. 18-S Long Beach City (5-5) at Orange Coast College, 6 p.m.

American Championship Bowl
No. 16-S East Los Angeles (7-3) at No. 15-S Santa Monica (8-2), 1 p.m.

Bowls

Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate
No. 10-S College of the Desert (6-4) at No. 7-S Ventura (6-4), 6:30 p.m.

Golden State Bowl
No. 5-S Saddleback (8-2) at No. 1t-S Riverside (10-0), 6 p.m.

Western State Bowl
No. 11-S Los Angeles Harbor (7-3) at No. 8-S Hancock (6-4), 4 p.m.

Northern California Football Association

Bowls

Bothman Bulldog Bowl
No. 8-North Diablo Valley College (8-2) at No. 7-North College of San Mateo (7-3), 1 p.m.

Capital City Bowl
No. 5-N Chabot (9-1) at No. 3-N American River (10-0), 1 p.m.

Graffiti Bowl
No. 4-N Butte (9-1) at No. 6-N Modesto JC (8-2) , 1 p.m.

Living Breath Foundation Bowl
No. 14-N Solano (6-4) vs. No. 11-N Hartnell (7-3) at Cabrillo College, 1 p.m.

Sierra Central Credit Union Bowl
No. 12-N Monterey Peninsula (7-3) at No. 14-N Yuba (6-4), 1 p.m.

Togo's Delta Bowl
No. 10-N De Anza (7-3) at No. 9-N San Joaquin Delta (6-4) , 1 p.m.

November 26:

Regional championship games

Northern California Football Association Championship at Hawaiian Punch Bowl
No. 2-N Fresno City (10-0) at No. 1-N City College of San Francisco (10-0)

Southern California Football Association Championship at TBD

December 10:

California Community College Athletic Association Football State Championship at TBD

Power-packed slate

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Oxnard College men's soccer coach Ross Greaney should also check out the NSCAA preseason rankings.

The defending Western State Conference champion Condors will welcome three members of the national preseason Top 20 to Oxnard this fall -- No. 13 Santa Ana Sept. 9, No. 14 Cerritos Sept. 13 and No. 17 Santa Barbara City Oct. 21.

Oxnard was eliminated from the Southern California regional playoffs last November by No. 3 Mount San Antonio.

Tonight's SoCal regional playoff capsule

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Community College women's basketball
No. 14 Moorpark (18-8) at No. 3 Mount San Antonio (26-3)
Southern California regional quarterfinal, Bracket II
Mt. SAC Gym, Walnut, 7 p.m.
Radio: KKZZ 1400 AM, HomefieldSports.com.
League finish: Moorpark, WSC North second; Mount San Antonio, South Coast champion
Head to head: Did not play this season.
Team Offense: Moorpark 67.3 ppg (24th), Mount San Antonio 73.7 (9th).
Team Defense: Moorpark 58.3 ppg (23rd); Mount San Antonio 51.7 (6th).
Vs. Playoff teams: Moorpark 5-8; Mount San Antonio, 11-3.
RPI: Moorpark, 24th; Mount San Antonio, 4th.
Leading scorer: Moorpark, Sidney Dobner 16.5 ppg; Mount San Antonio, Kimmie Hawkins 11.2.
Leading rebounder: Moorpark, Deepika Kapil 7.1 ppg; Mount San Antonio, Kimmie Hawkins 8.1.

HomefieldSports.com to broadcast CCCAA playoffs

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HomefieldSports.com will be broadcasting the locals three road Southern California regional playoff games this week.

Those interested can listen live to the No. 20 Oxnard College men's basketball team face No. 13 Antelope Valley tonight at 7 p.m., the No. 14 Moorpark College women's basketball team face No. 3 Mount SAC Friday at 7 p.m. and the No. 11 Ventura College women's basketball team face No. 6 Pasadena City Saturday at 7 p.m. on HomefieldSports.com and 1400 AM KKZZ Fillmore.

Eric Evelhoch will have the call.

VC men upset No. 1 Mount SAC

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Try as he might, Will Cowen could not brush off the satisfaction of knocking off the state's top-ranked team late Friday night.

Asked about the significance of the 74-73 win Friday over No. 1 and previously unbeaten Mount San Antonio, the Ventura College men's basketball coach initially responded glibly.

"It means we get to play tomorrow night at 7," said Cowen.

But the coach couldn't keep playing down perhaps the biggest win in his three years at Ventura.

"It's a huge win," said Cowen. "You feel very fortunate to come out with a win against a team like Mount SAC. It's a huge confidence builder for us."

James Ennis, Mike Melonas and Corey Hall scored 15 points apiece, Austin Ramljak added 14 and Eric Mitchell had 10 points and nine assists as the No. 6-ranked Pirates (9-2) relied on a balanced effort to upend the Mounties (9-1) in the first round of the power-packed Wells Fargo Tournament at Citrus College in Glendora.

Mount SAC scored 13 of the first 17 points along its way to a 45-32 halftime lead.

"They came out like gangbusters against us," said Cowen, "but our guys trusted themselves the whole game."

But Hall and Ramljak splashed 3-pointers to open the second half and spur a 17-2 VC run that pulled the Pirates even, 47-47, with 16:13 to play.

It was still tied when Hall and Melonas spurred an 8-2 run to give the Pirates its biggest lead of the game, 68-62, with 4:49 left. But the Mounties tied the game twice in the final 90 seconds via guard Antonio Bigelow (game-high 26 points).

Hall produced the game-winning point on a free throw with 24 seconds to play, then defended the slender lead by tapping the ball out to midcourt in the final seconds.
Ventura turned the ball over just five times as it made its charge in the second half.

"It's the only way to play against Mount SAC," said Cowen. "They feed off the turnover."

Ventura advances to a semifinal date with No. 3 Antelope Valley (7-2) Saturday night at 7. The Marauders needed double overtime to survive No. 8 Riverside, 78-69.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Citrus (10-0) beat Fullerton, 87-78, and No. 13 San Bernardino Valley beat No. 14 Los Angeles Trade-Tech, 86-79, in overtime.

Should Ventura and Citrus advance Saturday, the Pirates will face the No. 1, 2 and 3 teams in Southern California in the same weekend.

2010 Wells Fargo Tournament hosted by Citrus College

Friday's quarterfinals:
No. 2 Citrus 87, Fullerton 78
No. 13 San Bernardino Valley 86, No. 14 LA Trade Tech 79 (OT)
No. 3 Antelope Valley 78, No. 8 Riverside 69 2OT
No. 6 Ventura 74, No. 2 Mt. SAC 73

Saturday's schedule
Consolation semifinals
Fullerton vs LA Trade Tech, 1 p.m.
Riverside vs Mt. SAC, 3 p.m.
Championship semifinals
Citrus vs San Bernardino Valley, 5 p.m.
Antelope Valley vs Ventura, 7 p.m.

VC football back in state poll

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After a one-week hiatus, the Ventura College football team returned to the state coaches' poll this week after Saturday's 45-34 win at Santa Barbara City.

The Pirates (2-1) are ranked No. 20 in the state and No. 13 in Southern California, its exact position in the preseason regional poll.

Defending champion Mount San Antonio (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in both polls. Bakersfield (3-0), Cerritos (3-0), El Camino (3-0), Pasadena City (3-0) and Fullerton (2-1), all of which face Ventura on the field this season, follow the Mounties in the SoCal poll from No. 2 to No. 6.

Having just snapped its 13-game losing streak, Moorpark actually received votes in the SoCal poll after becoming the first Central Division team to upset National Division opposition with its 22-21 win over Hancock.

Click the jump for the full polls.

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.

MC, VC softball eliminated by top seeds

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Ventura County's two entries into the Southern California regional softball playoffs were eliminated Sunday, but not before pushing two of the Top 4 seeds.

Moorpark pitcher Kelly Eder pitched a one-hitter, but No. 2 Cypress still managed to oust the No. 15 Raiders, 2-0, in Game 2 of the teams' Best-of-3 first-round series.

No. 13 Ventura found itself in a one-run game with defending state champion Mount San Antonio, the No. 4 seed, for the second straight day, before the Mounties used another late flourish to eliminate the Pirates, 9-3, at Mazmanian Field in Walnut.

Moorpark's Laura Perry had two hits for the second straight game. The sophomore left fielder was 4 for 7 in the series.

Jamie Yaller, Bryanne Schwartz, and Cayla Nelson also singled for the Raiders (21-18), who outhit 36-6 Cypress 6-1.

Cypress mustered an unearned run in the first inning on Roni Alvarado's sacrifice fly.

Eder retired the Chargers in order the next four innings, but the Raiders couldn't capitalize at the plate, stranding seven, including five in scoring position.

Moorpark was 0 for 15 with runners on base.

Eder had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the sixth, when Nicole Nobbe drew a one-out walk and Vanessa Alvarado followed with an RBI double.

Marisa Hannemann leadoff the top of the seventh with a single to right field, bringing the tying run to the plate, but Moorpark could not muster a rally.

Mount SAC jumped out to a 4-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second and third innings, but Ventura pulled within 4-3 with a rally that included a two-run double by shortstop Alina Flowers.

The Pirates were in a one-run game in the fifth inning for the second straight game before the Mounties pushed across one in the fifth and three in the sixth, spurred by Tara Smith's bases-loaded single.

MC, VC softball drop playoff openers

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WALNUT -- Korinne Randazzo doubled twice and Alexa Limon pitched seven solid innings as No. 4 Mount San Antonio handed the No. 13 Ventura a 7-2 loss in the first game of the teams' Best-of-3 first round Southern California regional playoff series at Mazmanian Field.

Click here to read the story from today's Star.

Ventura (27-13) must sweep a doubleheader today at Mount SAC (31-10) to advance to the second round.

With pitcher Jen Juarez keeping the defending state champions silent at the plate for the first three innings, Ventura was unable to score, despite getting the leadoff batter on base in the top of the third and fourth.

But Randazzo led off the fourth inning with a double to left-center field that fell between two Pirates. Two batters later, Heather Harrison followed with an RBI single.

The Mounties took control with four runs on five straight hits in the bottom of the fifth, which included another Randazzo double.

Ventura cut it to 5-2 in the top of the six as Shianne Sharp doubled, Alina Flowers walked and Julie Cortez drove them in with a two-RBI double.

Cypress 7, Moorpark 1: No. 2 Cypress used a six-run fifth inning to come from behind for a 7-1 win over the No. 15 Moorpark College women's softball team Saturday in the first game of the teams' Best-of-3 first-round playoff series.

Cayla Nelson reached on an error, stole second and scored on a fielders choice to give the Raiders the lead in the third inning.

Laura Perry was 2 for 3 and Taylor Neumann was 1 for 3 for the Raiders.

Moorpark pitcher Kelly Eder (17-12) shut out Cypress through four innings, striking out six.

Marilyn Toriz two-RBI double and Brianne Webster's bases clearing triple spurred the big inning.

Moorpark (21-17) must sweep a doubleheader today at Cypress (35-6) to progress to next week's second round.

Community College softball box scores
Mount San Antonio 7, Ventura 2
Southern California regional playoffs, first round
Game 1
VENTURA 000 002 0 -- 2 7 1
MOUNT SAC 000 142 x -- 7 14 1
Juarez, Pulido (5) and Smith; Limon and Randazzo. 2B -- Mount SAC: Randazzo 2, Sloniker; Ventura: Sharp, Cortez.
Records -- Mount SAC 31-10, Ventura 27-13.

Cypress 7, Moorpark 1
Southern California regional playoffs, first round
Game 1
MOORPARK 001 000 0 -- 1 4 3
CYPRESS 000 061 x - 7 7 3
Eder and Neumann; Pinkowski, Magalona (7) and Gottfried. 2B -- Cypress: Fama, Toriz. 3B -- Cypress: Webster.
Records -- Cypress 35-6, Moorpark 21-17.

VC, Moorpark seeded in SoCal regional softball playoffs

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The Ventura College and Moorpark College softball team both were seeded in the Southern California regional playoffs over the weekend.

Ventura (27-12) was seeded No. 13 and will visit No. 4 Mount San Antonio (30-10) in a Best-of-3 first-round series in Walnut. No. 15 Moorpark (21-16) will visit No. 2 Cypress (34-6).

Ventura finished with the four top pitchers in the WSC in Angela Ayala (6-3, 0.67 ERA), Jennifer Juarez (6-3, 0.89), Janessa Pulido (5-3, 0.94), and Crystal Bingham (10-3, 1.19). The Pirates are No. 4 in the state in staff ERA at 0.94.

In position in the pool

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Larry Baratte won't know if his Ventura College men's swimming team will be the favorite in this weekend's California Community College championships until today.

But it looks pretty close.

The Pirates look like they qualified a school-record 15 men and five women for the three-day meet at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.

"I don't know for sure," said Baratte Sunday. "I'll know when I see the psych sheets.

"We'll see. I think we're in the conversation."

Nine men were unshaven when the Pirates won the WSC Championship Saturday by a record margin in Santa Claritate.

"I think that's pretty big," said Baratte. "That's a pretty good thing."

Santa Rosa shocks Mount SAC (video added)

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Mia Greco and Charlene Popoff had 16 points apiece as the Santa Rosa Junior College women's basketball team knocked off four-time state champion Mount San Antonio, 68-64, in the second state quarterfinal.

"That's huge," said Santa Rosa coach Lacey Campbell. "This team has worked so hard this year...

"We talked all week about not just being happy to be here."

A tight game that featured 14 ties and eight lead changes was decided by Greco's layup with 1:49 to play and the Bearcats' eight straight free throws to close the game.

Afternoon wins by San Francisco and Santa Rosa (26-6) eliminated the two South Coast Conference powers who combined to win five of the past six state championships, Pasadena City and Mount SAC.

A Northern California hasn't won a state title since 1999.

Santa Rosa twin towers Popoff and Jeanette Dewitt combined for 14 points and eight rebounds as the Bearcats stayed even, 31-31, at the half.

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.

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