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VC, MC mbb starting strong

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The men's basketball teams started strong over the weekend at the We Play Hard tournament in Ventura.

No. 4-ranked Ventura College is 3-0 for the first time since 2003-04 after winning the tournament for the first time by topping Orange Coast, No. 3 Saddleback and No. 10 Antelope Valley.

And the Pirates did so without a key player. Forward Najee Salaam missed the weekend with a foot injury. Several newcomers picked up the slack, including 6-foot-3 guard Ivan Dooley, who averaged 19.3 points; 6-4 wing Jaylin Airington, who averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 rebounds; and 6-6 forward Anthony Mormon, who averaged 15.0 points and 7.7 rebounds.

Moorpark (2-1) showed promise by beating Los Angeles Valley and Pasadena City to win the consolation title.

Sophomore forward Sahdi Odu may be the Raiders' lone returner, but the Raiders have some outside shooting with guards Spencer Levy and D.J. Saul, a scorer in former Oxnard High star Matt Ramon and size with 6-8 Jordan Garrett and 6-6 Zach Davis.

Ventura opens the Irvine Valley tournament today at 4 p.m. against 2-0 Canyons. Moorpark hosts East Los Angeles (1-1) Saturday at 5 p.m.

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."

Today's CC football preview caps

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No. 19 Saddleback (1-3) at No. 2 Ventura (5-0)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 6 p.m., VC Sportsplex
LAST WEEK: Santa Ana 33, Saddleback 20; Ventura 41, Moorpark 9.
SERIES HISTORY: Saddleback leads, 7-0.
GAME FACTS: Ventura is a win from its best start in 23 years, but it has never beaten Saddleback. Ventura is No. 6 in scoring offense (37.8 ppg). QB Ebahn Feathers (96-of-167 passing, 1,050 yards, 11 TDs, 5 ints.) is carrying a foot injury but is expected to play. WR Dylan McDaniel has caught 26 passes for 402 yards and 4 TDs. After last week's eight-turnover, seven-interception performance against Moorpark, Ventura now leads Southern California in both interceptions (12) and fumble recoveries (9). It is now plus-10 in turnover margin. RB Anthony Cade is Saddleback's leading rusher (60 att., 381 yard, 2 TDs) and receiver (31 rec., 234 yards).

Moorpark (1-4) at Los Angeles Pierce (3-1)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 7 p.m., Sheppard Stadium, Woodland Hills
LAST WEEK: Ventura 41, Moorpark 9; L.A. Pierce 52, West L.A. 35
SERIES HISTORY: Moorpark leads, 16-11.
GAME FACTS: Moorpark hopes to go from licking its wounds after last week's loss to Ventura to licking its other regional rival. Yet Pierce, featuring St. Bonaventure product Nick Arbuckle, is the top passing offense in SoCal (454.7 ypg). The Fermin brothers, cornerbacks Victor (4) and Cesar (1), have combined for five interceptions. Ben Conlin (62-of-121 passing, 647 yards, 5 TDs) remains the Moorpark QB. Moorpark's four leading rushers are out injured and two defensive players have been moved into the backfield. WRs Cheldon West (16 rec., 166 yards, 2 TDs), Dominick Markham (15 rec., 195 yards) and Brent Stevens (15 rec., 225 yards, 4 TDs) are now the top offensive options.

VC, MC both in SoCal football poll

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Both local teams find themsevles in this week's Southern California coaches' poll.

Ventura (2-2) dropped one slot to No. 16 after last week's overtime loss to No. 12 Chaffey (3-1).

After one week out of the pool, Moorpark (2-2) returns at No. 18 after its 24-9 win over Santa Barbara City (0-4).

Saddleback (4-0) is the new top-ranked team after previous No. 1 Mount San Antonio lost to No. 2 Riverside.

Click the jump for the full polls.

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

Saddleback men gain redemption

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Sophomore guard Perry Webster had 19 points and seven rebounds to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors as the Saddleback College men's basketball team earned its second state championship in eight years with a 63-57 win over City College of San Francisco Sunday afternoon at Cal Lutheran's Gilbert Center.

Tyler McManaman added 12 points, including a game-clinching runner with 12 seconds to play, as the Gauchos (29-5) ended a season-long quest for redemption after falling in the state final in overtime last season to Orange Empire Conference rival Riverside.

"It's a monkey off your back," said Webster. "On the bus home last year, I looked at (fellow sophomore) T.J. (Lipold) and said, we've got to get back there."

Saddleback led 27-24 at the half and never trailed in the second half to become the second straight No. 4-South seed from the OEC to lift the trophy.

"Having the experience of being there with three of the guys here, we knew what to expect," said Saddleback coach Andy Ground. "The guys did a good job of executing the game plan."

Calvin Douglas had 16 points and Deend Parker had 13 points for San Francisco (28-5), which was searching for its first state title since 1962.

The Rams tied the game on Jonathan Williams' dunk with 2:49 to play, but could not take the lead.

Webster and McManaman were joined on the All-Tournament team by teammate Robert Curtis, Williams and Da'Ron Sims of San Francisco, Nate Roth of San Bernardino Valley and former Ventura College forward Randy Hunter, who played for Citrus.

Saddleback men suffocate Ohlone

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Tyler McManaman and Robert Curtis scored 12 points apiece and the Gauchos (27-5) held the North's top seed to 30.8 percent shooting to advance its second straight Final Four with a 57-43 win.

Saddleback scored the first six points and built an early 10-1 lead.

Robert Curtis' putback and De'Andrew Myles' buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Saddleback a 34-21 halftime lead.

Oxnard sweep the court Thursday

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The Oxnard College men's basketball team beat Los Angeles Valley, 82-72, in the quarterfinals of the Santa Barbara City tourney late Thursday night.

James Ennis had 25 points and 6 rebounds. Scooter Holmes had 23 points and 9 rebounds.
Ryan McLucas had 15 points and seven assists.

Attempting to defend its tournament title, Oxnard plays Victor Valley in tonight's semifinal at 9.

The Oxnard College women's basketball team improved to 7-3 by edging Saddleback, 63-61, at the Hancock tournament in Santa Maria.

Oxnard reached the finals of the Hartnell tournament in Salinas last weekend with wins over Cerros Coso and Hartnell, before dropping the final to Merced 53-43.

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