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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."

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.

In a pinch

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Thurston singled out sophomore Brent Stevens, who took over the quarterback role Thursday after starter Ben Conlin felt the affects of a concussion sustained in the season-opening win at Orange Coast.

"That was tough for him coming in on a Thursday and discover he was going to be the starting quarterback," Thurston said. "He's got to get a nod of appreciation there."

Conlin said Tuesday that he felt close to "being cleared," but Thurston isn't expecting him back until next week's trip to Hancock. Which means Stevens will get a chance Saturday to show his capabilities after a full week of preparation.

"Brent's had a full week under his bel, so now it's a little bit different," Thurston said.

MC men's volleyball sweeps to state title

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One year after being upset in the playoffs by Orange Coast, the Moorpark College men's volleyball team won the state championship in the sweetest of sweeps, 30-24, 30-24, 30-25, over the Pirates before a raucous crowd of 850 on Saturday night at Orange Coast's Peterson Gymnasium.

Here's my game story from Sunday's Star.

Middle blocker Kyle Auge had 13 kills and four blocks and right-side Josh Howley had 12 kills to each earn all-tournament honors and Quinn locked up the Most Valuable Player award with 41 assists.

Outside hitters Tyler Peterson and Trevor Willenberg had 12 and 10 kills, respectively, and liberos Erik Varney and Brendan Keane combined for 24 digs as Moorpark (16-4) improved to 2-0 in state finals in 11 years of existence.

MC men's volleyball focused on postseason success

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With a two-match lead with two to play, the Moorpark College men's volleyball team has all but wrapped up a runner-up finish in the Western State Conference.

But the Raiders are focused on loftier goals this month.


One year after the winningest team in school history was upset at home in the state quarterfinals by Orange Coast, Moorpark is focused on postseason success.

"We were really disappointed with how that season ended last year," said Moorpark coach Steve Burkhart. "If we're fortunate to get ourselves in that position again, we're going to be playing awfully hard.

"They've been talking about getting to the state tournament all year... Having that experience can to pay off for us."

Sophomore-laded Moorpark (10-4, 5-2) is led setter Adam Quinn, who leads the state in assists (13.88 per game) for the second straight season;

"Adam is really a unique player," said Burkhart. "He's a special kid."

Right-side Josh Howley and outside hitter Trevor Willenburg are ninth (4.02) and 15th (3.37) in kills per game, respectively.

"He's an incredible little athlete," said Burkhart of the 6-foot Howley. "He's a dynamic player... He's worth the price of admission himself."

Middle blocker Kyle Auge, the former Marmonte League Player of the Year at Royal High, is fourth in the state in hitting percentage (.424) and libero Brendan Keane is 10th in the state in digs (2.46 per game).

Coming off a win a rival Los Angeles Pierce Wednesday, the Raiders have only had trouble this year with defending state champion Long Beach City, which is 14-1 and is unbeaten in eight WSC matches.

"We're on that same track this year," said Burkhart, "but it really all comes down to how you finish this year."

Raiders faced giants

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The silver lining to the strong fall season is the topic of conversation at Raider Pavilion.

The Moorpark College men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams not only all tasted success in the Southern California regional playoffs, they all lost to the eventual state champions.

"Could have had three state championships," said Moorpark athletic director Howard Davis, jokingly. "What kind of fall would that have been?"

All three coaches enjoyed the success of their eliminators.

"I'd rather lose to the state champion than a team who loses the next match," said women's soccer coach Eric Privat.

"You don't feel as bad as you would if you were beaten by a team that lost the next match," said men's soccer coach Sean Roche.

Both soccer teams actually pushed the eventual state and National Soccer Coaches Association of America national champions all the way in 1-0 losses.

"And to think they went all the way and they only narrowly beat us," said Roche.

The Moorpark men fell in a regional semifinal at top seed Mount San Antonio, while the Moorpark women fell in a regional final at top seed Santiago Canyon.

"I felt that our players, for one of the first times, really pushed themselves to the limit and beyond," said Privat. "That's how you keep on building a program."

Instead of a moral victory away to a top seed, the women's volleyball team was the higher seed in the tight five-game regional final at Raider Pavilion.

"It certainly shows how close we were this year," said Moorpark coach Steve Burkhart.

The No. 4 Raiders actually scored more points that night, but No. 5 Orange Coast went on to win a series of close matches to claim its third state championship of the decade.

"After I looked at our team and how close we were to beating Orange Coast," said Burkhart, "I thought, 'Oh gosh,' after they went all the way. But they won a lot of really close games through the state tournament, so maybe they were a bit mentally tougher than everybody else."

Coast grabs tight game with late spurt

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After 10 ties in Game 3, including 19-19, Orange Coast reels off six of the last eight points to win 25-21 and take a 2-1 lead in games.

Update: Kills by Siljegovic, Balkhi (twice) and Olinyk (thrice) sparks a 10-0 Moorpark run to build a 16-5 lead in Game 4.

VC men's basketball falls to 1-3

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The Ventura College men's basketball team falls to No. 3 Antelope Valley 69-59 in the consolation final of the "We Play Hard" tournament.

The Oxnard College men's basketball team currently trails 41-39 to Orange Coast at halftime of the third-place game.

Pirates scoreless through nine innings

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The Ventura College and Orange Coast College baseball teams are scoreless through regulation in Game 2 of their Best-of-3 second-round Southern California regional playoff series in Costa Mesa.

In perhaps his Ventura swansong, pitcher Garrett Rau has been spectacular, allowing just six hits. He in on the mound in the 10th inning, reminiscent of his high school finale, in which he spun 10 shutout innings in the CIF final at Dodger Stadium for Camarillo High.

Having lost the series opener 15-1 Friday, No. 15 Ventura has to win to force an immediate and decisive Game 3.

VC baseball pounded in Costa Mesa

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The No. 15 Ventura College baseball team opened the scoring in the first game of its Best-of-3 second round series at No. 2 Orange Coast Friday in Costa Mesa.

A.J. Gallardo singled home Garrett Rau in the top of the first to put the visiting Pirates up 1-0.

But the Orange Empire Conference champion responded with 15 unanswered runs to take Game 1, 15-1.

Here's the full story from Orange Coast sports information

Playoff time

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The Moorpark College men's volleyball team (14-2) will open the Southern California regional playoffs against Orange Coast, the third-place finisher from the Pacific Coast Conference, Tuesday night at 6 at Raider Pavilion.

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