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VC's turnaround has familiarity for Morris

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This isn't the first time a football coach has arrived at Ventura College and, inside three seasons, has the Pirates playing for the Southern California title.

Terry Morris arrived in 1996 with a disciplined, military upbringing and defensive background culled from his playing days at Texas-El Paso.

VC went from 1-9 in 1997 to 9-2 in 1998. In his third season as head coach, in 1999, the Pirates won nine games again and faced Hancock in the Southern California championship game at Nordhoff High.

"I think of how hard Travis Rogers always ran for us," Morris said. "I think of (fullback) Russell Farrar out in front. I think of how we had such a great, local offensive line that probably was undersized in a few positions that played their hearts out.

"It's about character. We were a take-your-lunch-pail to work team."

Thirteen years later, under third-year head coach Steve Mooshagian, the first 10-0 team in school history hosts a Southern California semifinals Saturday night.

The similarities are obvious to Morris.

"They bought in," Morris said. "That's one of the biggest things that we've got going on this year. The youngsters have bought into the package and the coaches that we have here. That's where I see similarities. The same character is out there."

Morris is the second-winningest head coach in school history, going 50-42 in nine seasons before being removed as head coach after the 2005 season.

He had settled into his second act at VC as the chair of the physical education department when Mooshagian drafted him back into the team after his first season.

"I'm very thankful for coach Mooshagian to look me up and ask me to come back and be a part of this staff," Morris said. "A lot of coaches won't do that when there's ex-coaches on the campus, but coach is trying to put the best product on the field. ... I'm having the time of my life again."

Mooshagian gives high marks to his second-year secondary coach.

"I'm a coach's kid," Mooshagian said. "I understand what it's like to be a head coach and have to go back and be an assistant. ... It's not an easy thing to do. You have to respect that. He's gotten back into it and he's done a great job since he's been back. His role has increased."

Morris has coached a secondary that is third in SoCal with 19 interceptions. Cornerbacks Drek Reid and Jordan Howard are both in the top 6 in the region in pass breakups. Safeties Lakeith Murray, Scotty Wong, Matt Arve and Melvin Tavares have all made game-winning plays to extend the winning streak. Reserves like Jalen Oats and Brandon Lockwood make the secondary the team's deepest position.

"It's one of the strongest positions on our team," Mooshagian said. "Terry's been a great teacher for our secondary guys. He's been through it, so he has a calming effect on the defense ... not just on the secondary, but the defense as a whole."

By the numbers

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Entering tonight's state semifinal against Foothill College, the Ventura College women's basketball team is...

-- 59-15 in the postseason
-- 26-7 in the state tournament
-- 8-4 in state semifinals
-- 2-1 against Foothill, including 2-0 in the state tournament

... in 22 years under coach Ned Mircetic.

MC volleyball playing for title, history

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The Moorpark College women's volleyball team will be playing for its fourth straight Western State Conference title tonight when Santa Barbara City visits Raider Pavilion.

But it will be playing for so much more.

After two straight seasons of splitting the title with Santa Barbara, the Raiders (19-3, 11-0) have a chance to clinch the title outright for the first time since 2008.

"Obviously, our kids are excited about it," said Moorpark coach Steve Burkhart. "Hopefully, they realize there's a difference between sharing a championship and winning it outright."

Santa Barbara (13-9, 10-1) is also Moorpark's final test before postseason brackets are unveiled Sunday and the Southern California regional playoffs begin Tuesday.

"As far as the timing of it, it couldn't come at a better time, as far as I'm concerned," said Burkhart. "It's a good team right before the playoffs. If you expect to do well in the playoffs, this is the caliber of team you expect to be beating."

There is also an element of perfection at stake. Moorpark has swept 40 straight games during its 14-match winning streak, including all 33 games in 11 WSC North matches.

Although 20 teams have gone unbeaten in WSC play since 1980, it is not confirmed whether another team has swept its conference slate. WSC sports information director Don Adams and state representative Robert Lewis couldn't immediately recall a similar situation and were hitting the books Wednesday.

Moorpark swept Santa Barbara 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 on the road Oct. 26. The past two seasons, the two teams split their WSC North meetings and the title.

"There's a lot riding on it," said Burkhart. "You're looking at the conference championship, playoff seeding, hosting a playoff game.

"I'm sure they're looking at it as a playoff game."

VC women's soccer takes SBCC showdown

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The Ventura College women's soccer team grabbed the advantage in the Western State Conference race with yet another key win over Santa Barbara City Thursday night.

Daisy Cardona's 13th-minute goal and a tremendous team defensive effort enabled Ventura to knock off previously unbeaten and national No. 5 Santa Barbara City, 1-0, at the VC Sportsplex.

"The kids did well," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "The players are stepping up to the plate right now."

Ventura took the lead in the 13th minute, when freshman striker Stephanie Hernandez flicked on a corner kick to set up fellow freshman Cardona.

The match was a meeting of two of the top teams in the country. Ventura (8-2) opened the season ranked No. 5 in the national coaches poll. Santa Barbara City (8-1) sat in that position this week.

High-scoring Santa Barbara had been averaging nearly four goals per game behind Jessica Domenchelli (nine goals, 24 points) and Katie Voss (seven goals, six assists) and hadn't scored less than two goals in each of its first eight matches.

But the Vaqueros have now lost nine straight to Ventura dating back to 2007, including seven straight shutout losses.

"We shut out their big guns," said Hoffman. "They hadn't been shut out all year, so we did well.

Santa Barbara has finished one place behind the Pirates in the WSC North for five years running.

"They're a good side," said Hoffman. "The pressure is now on them a little bit."

In opening 3-0 in WSC North play, Ventura has outscored its first three opponents 17-2. Santa Barbara City fell to 3-1.

VC women's soccer up to No. 3

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The Ventura College women's soccer team rose to the highest-water mark in the program's 16-year history this week when the Pirates (3-0) rose to No. 3 in the NSCAA national poll.

Ventura (3-0), the preseason No. 5-ranked team in the country, has done it by toppling the state's biggest programs.

From 1997 to 2005, the Long Beach City College and Cypress College women's soccer teams combined for nine straight state championships. Last week, the two powers combined for back-to-back losses at Ventura.

The Pirates topped Long Beach, 2-1, Thursday and Cypress, 1-0, Saturday in its annual B.K. Sports Community College Classic.

Ventura opened the season with a 7-0 win over two-time state champion DeAnza Aug. 27.

If the Pirates manage to win Friday afternoon at two-time state champion Santiago Canyon, they will have opened the season by defeating four programs who have combined to win 13 of the past 18 women's soccer state titles.

Click the jump for the full poll.

Moorpark College football bowl history

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Moorpark College football postseason history
1985 Brahma Bowl -- L.A. Pierce 27, Moorpark 14
1988 Pony Bowl -- Rancho Santiago 17, Moorpark 10
1989 Orange County Classic -- Rancho Santiago 31, Moorpark 28
1990 Western State Conference Bowl -- Moorpark 69, Santa Monica 34
1991 Western State Conference Bowl -- Moorpark 35, L.A. Pierce 16
1992 Shrine Potato Bowl -- Bakersfield 30, Moorpark 19
1993 Western State Conference Bowl -- L.A. Valley 21, Moorpark 19
1994 Strawberry Bowl -- Cerritos 55, Moorpark 9
1995 Western State Conference Bowl -- Moorpark 30, El Camino 19
1996 Strawberry Bowl -- Cerritos 16, Moorpark 15
1997 Western State Conference Bowl -- Moorpark 0, Santa Barbara 0*
1998 Southern California Bowl -- Chaffey 35, Moorpark 28
1999 WSC Classic -- L.A. Southwest 30, Moorpark 29
2002 Potato Bowl -- Moorpark 55, Pasadena 28
2004 Beach Bowl -- Moorpark 27, College of the Desert 23
2006 American Bowl -- El Camino 31, Moorpark 27
2007 American Bowl -- Moorpark 42, El Camino 41 (OT)
2007 Southern California semifinals -- Mount San Antonio 59, Moorpark 35
2010 Western State Bowl -- Moorpark at Chaffey, Saturday, 6 p.m.
* Game cancelled due to flooding.

Brennan's 33 a point shy of record

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Chanelle Brennan's 33-point performance in Sunday's 59-47 state championship win over Fullerton was a point shy of the Ventura College women's basketball team record for points in a state championship game.

Amirah Leonard, the school's all-time leading scorer, had 34 points in the 83-69 loss to San Jose in March 1998.

Here's the list of leading scorers in each of the school's eight state final appearances.

1996 Ventura 69, Saddleback 62 -- Tori Anderson, 20
1997 Ventura 68, Canyons 59 -- Amirah Leonard, 19
1998 San Jose City 83, Ventura 69 -- Amirah Leonard, 34
1999 Sierra 62, Ventura 60 -- Jackie Rhetta, 17
2000 Ventura 71, Shasta 68 -- Renae Hofmann, 26
2001 Ventura 70, Contra Costa 66 -- Sarah Kolbeck, 20
2002 Ventura 63, Mount San Antonio 59 -- Monique Taylor and Monica Hang, 16
2010 Ventura 59, Fullerton 47 -- Chanelle Brennan 33

Mircetic on cusp of becoming state's winningest coach

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With a win tonight at Moorpark, Ventura College women's basketball coach Ned Mircetic can tie Cerritos coach Karen Welliver as the winningest coach in California Community College women's basketball history.

Mircetic is 583-86 in 20 years at Ventura. Welliver, in her 28th year with the Falcons, who are idle tonight, is 584-296.

It seems we may have a bit of a Paterno-Bowden horse race situation, as both coaches are active. Mircetic trailed Welliver by 22 wins entering last season, but has guided Ventura to a 54-2 record over the past two season with a sophomore class including Erika Ward, Chanelle Brennan, Amanda Padilla and Kris King.

California Community College women's basketball
All-Time Winningest Coaches
1. Karen Welliver* Cerritos 28 584-296 .664
2. Ned Mircetic* Ventura 20 583-86 .872
3. Tom Martinez San Mateo 21 563-103 .845
4. Caren Franci Santa Rosa 33 560-316 .639
5. Colleen Riley Fullerton 25 559-147 .792

Belated congrats to Wyers, Perrault

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Belated congratulations to former Ventura College assistant coaches Jeff Perrault and Jon Wyers, who picked up their first wins as varsity high school head coaches last week.

Wyers guided Villanova Prep to a 76-45 win over Laguna Blanca of Santa Barbara Dec. 2.

The next two nights, Perrault, who is also the assistant coach at Oxnard College this season, guided Newbury Park High to wins over Camarillo (56-47) and Rio Mesa (68-59).

The Newbury Park-Rio Mesa matchup actually pitted Perrault against Rio Mesa High coach Chris Ruffinelli, who also coached under Greg Winslow at VC.

Of course, Wyers took over for Perrault before the 2007-08 season.

VC women enjoy Visalia

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The Ventura College women's basketball team will play its 13th Gilcrest Invitational final in 15 years today.

The Pirates are 6-6 in the final of the top regular season tournament in the state.

Ventura defeated host Sequoias in 1995, Sacramento City in 1997 and 1999, San Jose City in 2000 and Mount San Antonio in 2001 and 2008 and fell to San Jose City in 1996 and 1998, Los Angeles Valley in 2002, Mount San Antonio in 2003 and 2007 and Riverside in 2004.

Ventura is also 7-0 against its opponent Sunday against Cerritos under coach Ned Mircetic.

UPDATE: Ventura College women's basketball team leads Cerritos 48-28 at the half, shooting 21 of 39.

Chanelle Brennan has 17 points and three rebounds. Kris King and Amanda Padilla have 10 points each. Padilla and Erika Ward have five assists each. Ventura also outrebounding Cerritos 24 to 11.

VC football bowl history

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Ventura College football
Postseason history (3-6)
1935 SoCal title playoff -- Riverside 16, Ventura 13
1965 Elks Bowl -- Santa Ana 18, Ventura 16
1980 Mission Bowl -- Saddleback 9, Ventura 3
1981 SoCal Bowl -- L.A. Harbor 50, Ventura 45
1984 Ventura Bowl -- Ventura 28, Grossmont 9
1989 Hall of Fame Bowl -- Palomar 21, Ventura 20
1998 WSC Bowl -- Ventura 23, West L.A. 14
1999 SoCal title game -- Hancock 20, Ventura 13
2007 Southern California Bowl -- Ventura 39, Palomar 35
2009 Orange County Rooster Bowl -- Ventura vs. Golden West at Orange Coast, Costa Mesa, 6 p.m.

CC soccer playoff history

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Here's the playoff history this decade of the four county teams playing Southern California regional quarterfinals today around the county:

Oxnard College men's soccer team (1-2)
2008 L.A. Harbor L, 3-0
2007 Cerritos L, 2-1
Santa Barbara W, 3-2

Moorpark College men soccer (1-2)
2004 Santa Ana L, 3-1
Canyons W, 2-0
2003 Fullerton L, 4-0

Moorpark College women's soccer (2-7)
2008 L.A. Pierce L, 1-1 (PKs)
2007 Santa Barbara L, 3-0
2006 Santiago Canyon L, 6-0
Long Beach City W, 2-1
2005 Santiago Canyon L, 3-1
2004 Long Beach City L, 3-0
Rio Hondo W, 3-2
2003 Ventura L, 1-0
2002 Long Beach City L, 3-0

Ventura College women's soccer (6-9)
2008 San Diego Mesa L, 2-0
Southwestern W, 2-1
2007 Cerritos L, 3-1
2006 Orange Coast L, 1-0
2005 Grossmont L, 5-0
2004 Santiago Canyon L, 4-1
Mount SAC W, 4-0
2003 Cypress L, 2-0
Moorpark W, 1-0
2002 Cypress L, 2-0
Mount SAC, W 1-0
2001 Cuyamaca L, 2-1
Mount SAC W, 3-0
2000 Long Beach City L, 5-0
Grossmont W, 2-0

McEnroe on CLU playoff berth

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Cal Lutheran football coach Ben McEnroe, on his team's opening-round Division III playoff game at 9-0 Linfield College of McMinnville, Ore.:

"Linfield's a program with a lot of tradition and we're excited to have an opportunity to compete with those guys. They've played some common opponents, so we've seen them on film when they played Occidental. ... I think we're going to like what we see. Obviously, any time you can go through a schedule where you're 9-0, they're going to be solid and be all that we can handle.

"But I feel good. We're healthy and looking forward to the challenge."

The teams have three common opponents: Williamette, Occidental and Pacific Lutheran. CLU lost its opener at Willamette 20-13; Linfield won 30-27, also at Willamette. Both won at Occidental (24-14 for CLU, 31-27 for Linfield) and at home against Pacific Lutheran (49-7 for CLU and 62-44 for Linfield).

It will be the third time the teams have met, all in the postseason. The previous meetings were first-round NAIA playoff games, with CLU winning 29-28 at home in 1977, and Linfield winning 20-16 at home in 1982.

Citrus Cup series

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Click the jump for the year-by-year history of the Citrus Cup, which is about to kick off its 42nd game at Griffin Stadium in Moorpark.

Record-breaking day at the Coliseum

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Stanford just scored to take a 55-21 lead with two minutes to play at the Coliseum.

It's the most points the USC football team has ever allowed at home.

Toby Gerhart has 178 yards and three touchdowns rushing.

The biggest previous home loss in the Pete Carroll era was by 5 points.

Stanford has now won in consecutive trips to the Coliseum. It has been the visiting victor in USC's last three home losses.

Two games to glory

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No. 10-ranked Ventura's football season essentially comes down to the next two games against No. 7 Bakersfield (7-1, 4-0) and No. 8 Hancock (7-1, 3-1).

One win would probably mean a postseason berth. Two wins, barring a letdown in the
season finale against Moorpark, would mean the Northern Conference title.

"We have control of our destiny and we want to maintain control," said Mack.

A year ago, Ventura defeated Bakersfield for the first time in 22 years, 31-17, breaking a 15-game losing streak to the Renegades. The two schools first faced each other in 1932.

Searching for a streak breaker

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Following its 62-28 loss to Hancock Saturday, the Moorpark College football team (0-7, 0-3) has lost 12 of 13 games since Sept. 27, 2008.

Its lone win came in double overtime, 51-44, against Glendale on Nov. 8, 2008.

The good news is that quarterback Ian Shutlis, who threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns against Hancock, continues to play well, speedy receiver Justin Bradley returned from injury with a touchdown catch and the Raiders face a two-game stretch against the other two 0-3 teams in conference play.

Nobody in the state has caught more touchdown passes than Moorpark receiver Chris Gant, who has scored touchdowns on 10 of his 36 receptions.

Historic night for MC football?

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Warming up at Griffin Stadium, the Moorpark College football team is 0-4 for just the second time in school history.

The Raiders must beat College of the Canyons tonight to avoid the first 0-5 start in school history.

The 1983 Raiders started 0-4 before beating the Cal Lutheran JV. Moorpark really started 0-7 against community college opposition that season.

In its 42nd year of football, Moorpark College has never won less than two games in a season. The Raiders were 2-8 in 1981 and 1983, starting 1-4 both seasons.

Team of the decade

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The Ventura College football team is 5-1 for the first time since 1999, when the Pirates faced Hancock in the Southern California title game.

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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