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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."

Moorpark needs to regroup with road test ahead

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The Moorpark College football team may be standing at the crossroads of its season.

The Raiders are now 1-2 after Saturday's disappointing, 45-16 home loss to Santa Ana and, with a trip to No. 7 Hancock (2-1) followed by the Citrus Cup game against No. 2 Ventura (3-0), will open Northern Conference play with back-to-back games against two of the top teams in Southern California.

"We're hanging in there," defensive coordinator Mike Stuart said. "This team is going to break out soon. This isn't a bad team."

Moorpark struggled in all three phases Saturday.

The defense allowed Santa Ana to take the opening kickoff and put together a 10-play touchdown drive, which included a 14-yard pass on third-and-14.

After Moorpark took the lead, 10-6, on Ronny Camacho's 67-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, a special-teams blunder turned a rolling Santa Ana punt into a 78-yard boot to the Raiders' 1-yard line. Jordan Nunnery was stopped in the end zone for a safety on the next play.

Moorpark still would have reached the locker room with halftime lead had a blown coverage not gifted Santa Ana a 69-yard scoring strike with only 26 seconds left in the half.

"Really big mental mistakes," Stuart said. "Simple things."

The rest of the afternoon was no better. Moorpark received the second-half kickoff and lined up with 10 players, which forced an immediate timeout.

Even the lone bright spot of the second half, Victor Fermin's interception return for a touchdown, was spoiled by an unsportsmanlike-conduct flag on the talented cornerback as he approached the end zone.

"It was a frustrating game," Stuart said. "But they're back out there. Practice seemed a lot more alive (Tuesday)."

The Raiders have apparently shown some fight in practice this week with a couple skirmishes.

"That's what we need," Stuart said. "The intensity needs to build."

Today's CC football preview, capsules

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Here's the preview of today's community college football games, "VC faces another team climbing up the ranks," which looks at Ventura College's visit to Los Angeles Harbor and Moorpark's home game against Santa Ana.

And here are the preview capsules:

No. 2 Ventura (2-0) at No. 6 Los Angeles Harbor (2-0)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 6 p.m., Casey Field
LAST WEEK: Ventura 51, Long Beach City 14; Los Angeles Harbor 42, Golden West 7.
SERIES HISTORY: Harbor leads, 14-11, dating back to 1962. Harbor won the last meeting, 10-0, in 2007.
GAME FACTS: To continue its promising start, Ventura must contend with Harbor QB Max Baiz, who has completed 35 of 52 passes for 472 yards, four TDs and also run for 92 yards and a TD. Ranked No. 7 in total defense (292.0 ypg) and No. 12 in scoring defense (20.5 ppg), Ventura's defense has been its most consistent unit so far. LB P.J. Gremaud is No. 3 in SoCal in tackles (12 per game). QB Ebahn Feathers has completed 54 of 67 passes for 373 yards and six TDs for Ventura, which has also featured seven running backs so far.

No. 20 Santa Ana (1-1) at No. 19 Moorpark (1-1)
WHEN/WHERE: Today, 1 p.m., Griffin Stadium
LAST WEEK: Santa Ana 38, Desert 20; Citrus 29, Moorpark 16.
SERIES HISTORY: Santa Ana leads, 4-3. Santa Ana won the last meeting, 51-36, in 2009.
GAME FACTS: With both teams in the top six in the state in rushing attempts, this game figures to be won at the point of attack. Santa Ana's pro-style offense has been powered by RB Areseo Lakey (45 att., 181 yards, 2 TDs). He'll face a Moorpark defense that is No. 5 in SoCal against the run (70.5 ypg). Moorpark RB Jordan Nunnery (206 yards from scrimmage) has been the Raiders' top weapon offensively. Moorpark has been strongest on special teams. PK Derek Kirk is 4 for 4 on field goals and P Alex Nelson leads SoCal with a 42.1-yard average.

VC softball puts winning streak on line, host Spring Games

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It's time to pay some attention to the Ventura College softball team, who have pushed its winning steak to 12 games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Cuesta.

"We're doing all right.," said Ventura coach Sue Johnson.

The Pirates (19-3) haven't lost since Feb. 18 to build a three-game lead in the Western State Conference's Gold Division. Their three losses have come by a combined four runs.

"So far so good," said Johnson.

Sophomore Teresa Lemos, who earned VC and WSC Athlete of the Week honors last week, is 15-2 with a 0.78 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings on the mound. The Rio Mesa High product is also hitting .438 with four doubles, seven triples and a team-high 26 RBIs.

Three other Pirates are hitting in the .400s, including sophomore infielder Raelene Moreno, who is hitting .424 with five home runs and 26 RBIs.

The Pirates, who are seventh in Southern California in RPI, put their winning streak on the line this weekend by hosting the Ventura Spring Games. Six different conferences are represented in the field, including two-time state champion and state No. 2 Cypress (20-4), former No. 1-ranked Canyons (23-2) and all three county programs.

"We have some quality teams in the tournament," said Johnson. "It's good preparation for the end of the season. We're looking forward to some good games."

VC will host Santa Ana (16-9) and Antelope Valley (12-10) Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively, as well as Mount San Jacinto (8-17) and Cypress Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Led by slugger Janai Shaw, third baseman Dani Hernandez and pitcher Heather Bacon, Oxnard (9-13) faces Mount San Jacinto and Cypress Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Moorpark (8-17-1), paced by slugging catcher Heaven Silveira, who already has five home runs this season, and speedster Amanda Chatman, faces Santa Ana Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Raiders reach MC Classic semifinals

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The No. 15-ranked Moorpark College women's basketball team reached the semifinals of its Moorpark College Classic with a 74-46 bruising of Santa Ana Friday at Raider Pavilion.

The Raiders (6-1) face No. 7 Antelope Valley Saturday at 6 p.m. for a place in Sunday's final.

2010 Moorpark College Classic

Friday's quarterfinal
No. 11 Santa Barbara City 74, Imperial Valley 58
No. 14 Los Angeles Valley 84, No. 5-North Laney 61
No. 7 Antelope Valley 61, Citrus 57
No. 15 Moorpark 74, Santa Ana 46

Saturday's schedule
Consolation semifinals
Imperial Valley vs. Laney, 12 p.m.
Citrus vs. Santa Ana, 2 p.m.
Championship semifinals
No. 11 Santa Barbara City vs. No. 14 Los Angeles Valley, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Antelope Valley at No. 15 Moorpark, 6 p.m.

OC baseball on HFS

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Today's big community college baseball game between No. 6 Oxnard College and No. 1 Santa Ana is currently being broadcasted by HomefieldSports.com.

Top to bottom

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Last week's baseball results underscore the strength and depth of the WSC North this season.

The two bottom teams, who had combined to win just one of their first 13 WSC North teams, beat the division leader (Oxnard) and powerhouse (Cuesta) that has won 12 of the past 14 division titles.

"That tells you how good our conference is," said Moorpark coach Mario Porto. "It really does."

The RPI figures show that the WSC North is on the Orange Empire's heels as SoCal's top conference. And Ventura and Oxnard still have games remaining against OEC leader Santa Ana.

OC baseball up to No. 3 in RPI

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The Oxnard College baseball team is 14-5, riding an eight-game winning streak and has built a two-game lead in the Western State Conference's North Division.

The Condors are making some noise regionally, moving up this week to No. 3 in the RPI index that shapes the postseason field.

And they will have a chance to climb even higher in the coming weeks as Oxnard hosts No. 1 Citrus (13-6) Wednesday, March 31 and No. 2 Santa Ana (13-5) Tuesday, April 6.

OC men's soccer faced SoCal's Final 5

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The Oxnard College men's soccer team played quite a schedule this fall.

It turns out that the Condors faced the final five teams left in the Southern California regional playoffs.

"They beat us up a little, but it was a great eye opener on how college teams should function," said Oxnard coach Ross Greaney.

Oxnard opened its season with losses to No. 3 Cerritos and No. 2 Mount San Antonio, who played each other a year ago in the state final. Saturday, they play for a state Final Four berth.

Oxnard drew with No. 1 Rio Hondo 4-4 on Sept. 8 -- meaning the Condors opened their season against what would become the Top 3 seeds in the Southern California regional playoffs -- and beat No. 4 Santa Ana 5-1 on Sept. 22.

The regional semifinal between Rio Hondo and No. 8 Canyons, which swept Oxnard in WSC play, was postponed until Wednesday, when COC beat the top seed 4-2 to earn a regional final trip to Santa Ana.

MC-Santa Ana unofficial box score

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Click the jump for the box score from Moorpark's 51-36 loss at Santa Ana.

Wild final quarter in Santa Ana

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The fourth quarter has gotten wild, with six touchdowns and a defensive conversion (by Santa Ana) which leads 51-29 with four minutes remaining.

Unofficially, Moorpark quarterback Ian Shultis is 22 of 33 for 398 yards and four touchdowns, which according to the Moorpark website would be a school record for passing yardage.

Santa Ana leads 28-9 after three quarters

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Santa Ana -- now hammering away with its ground game -- opened the second half with an 80-yard, 14-play scoring drive ending in Eric Pesante's 3-yard TD run with 7:51 remaining, and is on another extended march, facing third and goal at the Moorpark 3, as the quarter ends. Moorpark had the ball for just six plays in the quarter.

Santa Ana takes a 21-9 halftime lead

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Down 9-7 to Moorpark, Santa Ana took a 21-9 halftime lead on two Jordan Thomas TD passes -- 7 yards to Andrew Zamora and 15 yards to Johnny Privitelli.

The first came two plays after Moorpark lost a fumble on its own 7-yard line and the second came with 31.1 seconds left in the first half.

Moorpark has been wholly unable to establish a ground game (18 rushes, minus 8 yards) but has 136 yards from QB Ian Shultis, who is 9 of 16 with a touchdown pass to WR Justin Bradley.

For Santa Ana, Thomas is 11 of 20 for 149 yards. Eric Pesanta (eight carries, 43 yards) leads the rushing game.

Today's preview

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Here's my preview of today's Cerritos-Ventura and Moorpark-Santa Ana football games.

Soaring Condors

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After a 5-1 win over six-time state champion Santa Ana Tuesday, the Oxnard College men's soccer team has now scored 19 goals in four matches.

Oxnard (4-2-1) is 4-0-1 since opened the season with consecutive losses to last year's state finalists, Cerritos and Mount San Antonio, which are ranked No. 2 and No. 4 in the national coaches poll.

Western State Conference play begins next week.

Regrouping Raiders

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The Moorpark College football team will make its second straight trip to Orange County Saturday for an afternoon game at Santa Ana College.

The Raiders hope this trip is less painful than Saturday's 70-14 loss at No. 4 Fullerton, which saw the Hornets break their 42-year-old record for points in a game.

Fullerton's 70 points were the most by a Moorpark opponent since a 73-40 to West Los Angeles in Sept. 1984.

"Their coach actually apologized to me," said Bittner. "I said, 'Hey, it's not your fault. You have to play the game.' "

Bittner continues to be optimistic despite the 0-3 start.

"I know that we can play," said Bittner. "We play for a while and then we stop playing.

"We're not being pushed around physically. We're just making small mistakes."

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