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Gremaud, Lester named Players of the Week

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Ventura linebacker P.J. Gremaud has earned SCFA Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks.

The sophomore from St. Bonaventure High had 15 tackles, including 10 unassisted, a half sack and also threw the key block on DeMaryae Williams' fourth-and-goal touchdown run for the game-winning points in the 31-24 win at Hancock.

Moorpark College earned the Special Teams Player of the Week award for the fourth time this season as Jeremy Lester joined kicker Derek Kirk and punter Alex Nelson.
The freshman from Simi Valley High blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in Moorpark's 21-20 loss to Canyons.

Pirates sweep honors

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It's been a dream season thus far for the Ventura College football team, which is 7-0 for the second time in school history and rose one spot to No. 5 this week in JCFootball.com's national poll.

The Pirates' performance in Saturday's 44-37 win at College of the Canyons swept the SCFA Northern Conference Players of the Week honors.

Quarterback Ebahn Feathers won the offensive award for completing 25 of 38 passes for 300 yards. He threw four touchdowns, no interceptions and ran for another score.

Linebacker P.J. Gremaud, a St. Bonaventure High product, earned the defensive award by piling up 10 tackles, a forced fumble and two interceptions.

Returner Jordan Howard won the special teams award for returning four kickoffs for an average of nearly 34 yards per return, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown. The sophomore also had five tackles and an interception at cornerback.

Nelson honored with special teams award

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Moorpark College punter Alex Nelson earned SCFA Northern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors this week.

The Moorpark High product averaged 47 yards for six punts in Saturday's 41-9 loss to Ventura, including a 62-yarder and three punts inside the 20-yard line.

Ventura cornerback Drek Reid, who tied a school record with three interceptions, surprisingly lost out to Bakersfield safety Chris Hannible for the defensive award.


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Going into Saturday's trip north, Moorpark knew it was facing a challenge with Hancock running back Curtis Artis-Payne. The state leader in rushing and touchdowns lived up to the hype with 235 yards rushing and four touchdowns

Thurston, who -- once upon a time -- was Jamal Anderson's running back coach, was impressed.

"He's pretty talented," Thurston said. "I love the guy's lean. He hits the hole and he's got his shoulders over his toes. He keeps his legs going. Not a lot of spinning, just really sharp cuts.

"He's a dream for most coaches going north and south the way he does."

Double dose

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Saturday's quadruple-overtime win earned the Ventura College football team two of the three SCFA Northern Conference Player of the Week awards.

Defensive end Tyshon Lee-Hodges -- a Bakersfield native, no less -- earned the defensive honors by piling up 11 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks in the win over Bakersfield.
Hours after tweeting that he would take a "return to the crib tonight," Ventura CB Jordan Howard earned special teams honors by returning three kickoffs for a 56.3-yard average, including a 92-yard touchdown.

"Jordan was huge," coach Steve Mooshagian said. "He really did change the momentum of the game twice."

Feathers shaking off the rust

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Ventura College quarterback Ebahn Feathers was named SCFA Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after completing 27 of 40 passes for 330 yards and two touchdowns, plus two rushing touchdowns, in Saturday's 39-35 win at Los Angeles Harbor.

Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian said the former Fresno State quarterback, who has sat out the last three years, is returning to form.

"He is improving," Mooshagian said. "You can see some of the rust is coming off."

Special team

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The Moorpark College football team might have suffered its first loss Saturday, 29-16 to visiting Citrus, but the Raiders appear to be special this year.

Moorpark players have earned the SCFA Northern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week award the first two weeks of the season.

Last week, it was former St. Bonaventure kicker Derek Kirk. This week, Moorpark punter Alex Nelson was honored.

"Those two guys are extremely valuable," Moorpark coach Will Thurston said.

The Moorpark High product averaged 46.5 yards per punt, including a 54-yard boot, pinned two punts inside the Citrus 20-yard line and also completed a pass on a fake punt for a fourth-down conversion.

"Alex had a heck of a week," Thurston said.

Impact players

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Local products dominate the SCFA Northern Conference honors this week.

Ventura safety Matt Arve was SCFA Defensive Player of the Week. The Buena High product, and transfer from Santa Barbara City, had nine tackles, a fumble recovery and the game-clinching interception in the Pirates' 28-27 win over Riverside.

"He's a great example of perseverance, Mooshagian said. "The guy never misses a day. ... He's undersized, but very smart and always where he's supposed to be."

Moorpark College placekicker Derek Kirk was named Special Teams Player of the Week. The St. Bonaventure High product converted field goals of 24, 25, 48 yards, including the overtime game-winner in the Raiders' 23-20 win at Orange Coast.

"We have an excellent placekicker," Thurston said. "Derek is very capable of keeping us in a ballgame."

Shaw is WSC Athlete of the Week

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Oxnard College softball player Janai Shaw is this week's Western State Conference Athlete of the Week.

The sophomore from Pacifica High was 3 for 4 with two home runs, three runs and two RBIs in a 11-8 loss March 27 at Hancock and pitched a shutout against Cuesta Thursday, when she tripled and scored the only run of the game.

Salaam, Griffin honored by WSC

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A pair of Ventura College basketball players earned Western State Conference North Division Players of the Week awards this week.

Freshman Najee Salaam earned men's honors by pouring in 30 points and 23 points in wins over Santa Barbara City and Oxnard, respectively. In the process, the 6-foot-5 freshman, who leads the WSC in field goal percentage (59.8 percent), was 22 of 28 from the field.

Sophomore point guard Rebecca Griffin earned the women's nod by scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and adding six assists in the Pirates 76-40 win over Oxnard Feb. 8.
The WSC South women's Player of the Week was also a familiar face. Former VC guard Jausecca Cockeral earned the award after scoring 27 and 19 points in wins last week for Bakersfield College.

Trio honored

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Moorpark sophomore Jamal McClerkin and Ventura sophomore Austin Ramljak shared WSC North men's Player of the Week honors as the Raiders and Pirates combined to go 4-0 last week. McClerkin had 18 points in a win over Pierce and Ramljak, an Oak Park High product, was 10 for 20 from 3-point range in wins over Santa Barbara and Oxnard.

Moorpark sophomore Ashley Samson earned women's Player of the Week honors by scoring 38 points combined in wins over Cuesta and Pierce.

Griffin named WSC North Player of the Week

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Ventura College sophomore Rebecca Griffin was named WSC North Player of the Week for her performance in the women's basketball teams' wins over Cuesta and Los Angeles Pierce last week.

From the WSC news release:

"Rebecca scored 22 points in two games with 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 3 steals. Rebecca was 7 of 14 from the field (4 of 7 from three) and 4 of 4 from the line. Rebecca scored 13 points versus Cuesta with 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Rebecca is a 5-2 sophomore guard from Santa Barbara High School."

Griffin is averaging 10.8 points and 3.9 assists, shooting 40 percent from 3-point land and 75.5 percent from the free throw line.

LaFountain honored

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Destinee LaFountain, a sophomore forward with the Ventura College women's basketball team, was honored as the Western State Conference Player of the Week this week after earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Russell Monarch Classic last weekend at Los Angeles Valley College.

LaFountain, from Royal High, averaged 13.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in wins over San Diego Mesa, San Bernardino Valley and L.A. Valley.

Vizzi, Caro earn plaudits, honors

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Along with quarterback Chase Smith's recovery from a four-interception night to execute the game-winning drive, the Ventura College football team Saturday night benefited from perhaps the best offensive performances it has seen from a receiver and a running back during the four-year Southern California Football Association era.

Receiver Tim Vizzi, the sophomore from Moorpark High, tied a school record with 12 receptions, which he turned into 149 yards and three touchdowns. All three are school's top marks during the SCFA era.

Freshman running back Victor Caro ran for 189 yards on just 19 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run and a 71-yard run to set up another.

"Those are big-time performances," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian.

Vizzi, who was named the SCFA Northern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, tied Bob Kimball (1976) and Charles Dillon (2005) for the single-game reception mark. Kimball holds the school record for receiving yards in a game (263), which came in the same record-setting performance against Hancock on Nov. 13, 1976.

Caro, a Brentwood, Tenn. native whose father played for VC and Channel Islands High, earned VC Student-Athletic of the Week for his performance.

"The run he made on the sprint draw right before halftime set us up," said Mooshagian of Caro's 71-yard run on third and 11 from the Ventura 4, which set up VC's third score right before halftime.

Sandler honored again

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Moorpark College punter David Sandler has been named SCFA Western Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The sophomore from Calabasas High had six punts for a 39.3-yard average in the Raiders' 31-24 win over visiting Antelope Valley Saturday, including two punts inside the opposing 20-yard line and one inside the 10.

Offseason study earns Mouton honors

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Physically, Marquise Mouton may have been one of Moorpark College top defensive backs a year ago.

But his unfamiliarity with the Raiders' system kept him off the field.

A year later, the sophomore cornerback knows the defense as well as any of his teammates.

It showed Saturday in Moorpark's 54-7 win over rival Los Angeles Pierce, when Mouton's pass coverage meant a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown, three pass deflections and a SCFA Western Conference Player of the Week honor.

"With Marquise, I think it's more the mental part of the game," said Moorpark defensive coordinator Mike Stuart. "In the spring, he was there every single day. He stayed after with me and (defensive back coach Mike) Argo. He learned all the different checks.

Usually, a safety has the knowledge and perspective to make sure the defense is making the right adjustments.

"Now you hear Marquise from the other side of the field checking everything," said Stuart. "He's normally not a big vocal guy, but he's definitely becoming more of a leader by showing his action on the field."

Graf volunteers to save Fusion

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Jochen Graf had imagined his debut for the Ventura County Fusion going differently.

But reality topped even the most vivid of imaginations when his opportunity finally arrived.

"It was a crazy weekend," said Graf.

The 21-year-old Dallas, Tex. native and Bradley University junior, who had never put on goalkeeping gloves before, picked up the win as the emergency goalkeeper in the Fusion's 2-1 win Thursday at the BYU Cougars. Two days later, back in his natural striker position, Graf scored twice in the 4-1 win at the Ogden Outlaws Saturday.

"It's something that I'll never forget," said Graf. "When you're a reserve, all you want to do is help the team win. The important thing is that we got the three points."

Graf's heroic weekend, which earned him Premier Development League Player of the Week honors Thursday, enabled the Fusion (8-0-4) to sweep its annual Utah road trip for the first time and move back atop the Southwest Division.

"That's got to be the most unusual one they've had in a while," said Graf Thursday of his Player of the Week award.

Graf was expected to make his debut up front in the second half Thursday. But those plans changed when Sam Hayden, the Fusion's only goalkeeper on the road trip, was injured in an early collision.

"Sam usually pops right back up," said Graf. "When he stayed down, everyone started talking (on the bench), 'Has anyone played keeper?' " Attacker Danny Barrera encouraged Graf to "just go for it."

"So I went for it," said Graf. "It was a little nerve wracking at first, but it worked out OK. Your instincts kick in and you just play."

Graf said he performed his best "goalkeeper impersonation."

"I've literally never put gloves on before," said Graf. "It feels like you're playing a different game. It's the complete opposite of what you're used to doing... My job was to not let anything past me."

After a childhood spent studying goalkeepers, in order to defeat them, it was a strange sensation.

"You take on the persona of your enemy," said Graf. "You have to go be the thing that you try to beat."

BYU was credited with 11 shots and seven corner kicks, but Graf wasn't troubled much until he conceded an equalizer with 10 minutes to play.

Despite making the initial save on the rebound goal, Graf felt he let the team down. Until defender Daniel Steres, a Calabasas High product who now plays for San Diego State, headed home a Fusion winner in second half stoppage time.

"That was a different feeling," said Graf. "When you're a striker, you're always looking to score goals. Winning a game when you're in goal is a different feeling entirely."

That said, when he saw his name in the starting lineup in his preferred position Saturday, Graf was happy to be home.

"I was thinking, 'Jeez, I never want to put on the gloves again," said Graf. "Time to get back to what I'm supposed to do."

He credited his poached goals Saturday to his teammate. He finished the first off a flick by midfielder Jake Hustedt and converted the second from strike partner Gyasi Zardes' rebounded shot.

"I was minding the ball off of great work from the other forwards and the midfield," said Graf, 21, who has been training with the Fusion off-and-on for about a year. "When that first goal went in, that was a moment for me. I've been waiting for it all last summer, building up to that moment."

Melonas honored

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Ventura College sophomore Mike Melonas was honored as this week's WSC North men's basketball Player of the Week.

Melonas, the 6-foot-7 sophomore center from Ventura High, had 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three blocks and two steals in the Pirates 78-68 win over rival Moorpark on Jan. 12.

Melonas shared the honor with Hancock forward Ali Langford, who entered this week leading the WSC North in scoring at 21.9 points per game and had 23 points and 15 rebounds the Bulldogs 83-64 win at Moorpark Wednesday.

Comeback player of the week

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Tim Vizzi ended up being worth the wait for the Ventura College football team.

Playing in his first action of the season after suffering a preseason back injury, the Moopark High product earned SCFA Northern Division offensive player of the week honors by catching eight passes for 128 yards and a touchdown at College of the Canyons.

"It's definitely something I've been waiting for," said Vizzi. "I didn't want to come back too early and mess things up. I've been waiting it out, riding it out."

On the week leading up to the Pirates' opener against Moorpark, Vizzi, a receiver who transferred to Ventura from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, awoke with a bulging disc.

While players like Renwick Scissom and Jordan Anderson stepped forward to give quarterback Antavius Sims some receiving options, Vizzi could only wait to heal.

"I just woke up one day and couldn't really move," said Vizzi. "It was definitely a mind battle, to be sitting out there knowing that you could be contributing. Patience is a virtue that you have to have in this game."

Vizzi arrived Saturday, when five of his receptions converted Ventura third downs. And Mooshagian expects even more this week.

"He'll be better this week because it takes you about two weeks to get yourself back in playing shape," said coach Steve Mooshagian.

Sims, Miller honored as PotWs

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Ventura College quarterback Antavius Sims and defensive end Daniel Miller were honored as Northern Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week Monday.

Sims, a sophomore from Americus, Ga., was responsible for six VC touchdowns in Saturday's 48-19 win over Hancock, throwing for four and running for two.

He ran for a 54-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and the Pirates never looked back.

"It was his read and he darted through the defense and the secondary," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian. "It was a nice play by him."

Miller, a freshman from Thousand Oaks, had 12 tackles, four tackles for losses, two sacks and a forced fumble.

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