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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.

Three Raiders named Academic All-State

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Three Moorpark College women's cross country runners earned places on the 2011 CCCAA Academic All-State cross-country team, which was released this week.

Hayley Moore, Clarissa Wentworth and Emily Kelly were honored. Nominees must have completed a minimum of 24 units with a minimum 3.2 GPA.

All three are sophomores on this year's team. Moore is a Simi Valley High product. Wentworth is a Newbury Park High product. Kelly is from Avon, Conn.

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."

All-Americans in the pool

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The Ventura College swimming teams finished with 14 swimmers on the two-year All-American team, seven men and seven women.

Freshman Henry Chung (100 backstroke, 50 and 100 freestyle) and sophomores Coleman Goode (400 individual medley), Tyler Kaslik (200 butterfly), Kevin Doria (100 butterfly) and Thomas Maires (1650 free) qualified as individuals, while sophomores Eric Donahoo and Spencer Lewis were also part of men's relays teams that made the lists.

Sophomore Shyla Motley (1650 free, 50 breaststroke, 100 breastroke) and freshmen Alicia Romero (50 breaststroke), Gaby Romero (50 fly, 100 fly), Christina Robledo (50 back, 100 back) and Abby Puczkowski (100 free, 200 free, 100 back) qualified as individuals, while freshmen Jessie Ball and Taylor Amstutz were also part of women's relay teams that made the lists.

The All-American teams consist of the Top 16 performances in the nation in each event. Chung finished with the second-best time in the country in the 100 backstroke (48.53 seconds) and the third-best time in the 50 freestyle (20.00) and 100 freestyle (44.44),
Of the 14, 11 of the student-athletes also carried a 3.2 GPA or better to earn Academic All-America honors.

Moorpark announces fifth Hall class

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These five were worth the wait.

The Moorpark College Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its first in four years June 24 at Moorpark County Club.

The five-person class includes two National Wrestling Hall of Famers, a two-time All-State selection, a multi-sport standout turned local business owner and a Rose Bowl participant turned pitchman and actor.

The Raiders' fifth class since the Hall was created in 2000 includes
wrestler Serge Mezheritsky '90, wrestling and track coach John Keever, volleyball outside hitter Toni-Ann (Merendino) Templeman '01, football running back and track decathlete Gil Carrillo '94 and football receiver Isaiah Mustafa '95.

"It's a phenomenal class," said Moorpark athletic director Howard Davis. "Their success at Moorpark and after Moorpark clearly show the value of athletics."

Mezheritsky was a two-time state runner-up at 142 pounds, who set the school record for takedowns in a season (140) and became an All-American at Fresno State.

In 37 years at Moorpark, John Keever coached football, wrestling and track and spent 14 years as athletic director. He guided the wrestling team to two state championships and 17 WSC titles. He coached 11 individual state champions and 53 All-Americans. As the throws coach for the track team, he coached five individual state champions.

Merendino, a two-time All-State outside hitter, led the women's volleyball team to an undefeated WSC North campaign. The Royal High product was named WSC Player of the Year and Moorpark Athlete of the Year before breaking the digs record at Cal State Hayward.

Carrillo was a WSC Offensive Player of the Year running back for football teams who went 17-4-1 and earned bowl berths in 1988-89. The Simi Valley High product was also the 1989 WSC and Southern California javelin champion and placed fifth in the state in the decathlon.

Mustafa set school records in two sports, leaving behind marks for single-season football receiving (66 receptions for 1,086 yards) and decathlon points (6,741), before winning the Pac-10 football title with Arizona State and playing in the 1997 Rose Bowl game.

He's earned recent fame in Emmy Award-winning Old Spice commercials, was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and has appeared on TV and in movies (Horrible Bosses, The Three Stooges and Madea's Big Happy Family).

The school will also honor its Athletes of the Year, scholar athletes and other award-winners from the 2011-12 school year. Tickets are available at www.moorparkcollegeathletics.com or by calling (805)378-1457.

Bacelar named Player of the Year

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Ventura College freshman Julianna Bacelar was named Western State Conference Player of the Year. A native of Goiania, Brazil, Bacelar, who won The Ojai tournament, is 30-0 in singles play entering today's state championship match against Sierra.

Ventura College coaches Nelson Emery and Brad McClain were named Western State Conference Coaches of the Year, having guided the VC women's tennis team to a 18-0 record, including 8-0 in WSC play.

Ventura freshmen Jessica Worring and Sonia Landeros were also named to the All-WSC first team. Sophomore Layne Gallimore was named to the second team.

Ventura hands out end-of-year awards

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Ventura College honored its student-athletes, coaches and staff with its end-of-year awards at its Hall of Fame banquet Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach.

Sophomore Destinee LaFountain was voted Female Athlete of the Year. The first Pirate to average a double-double for her career since 1993, the 6-foot-1 forward from Royal High was the foundation of the 32-2 state semifinalist women's basketball team, earning Western State Conference and state Player of the Year awards, as well as honorable mention All-American honors.

Sophomore Eric Donahoo was voted Male Athlete of the Year. The multi-port star was an All-SoCal selection in water polo as a freshman and, over two seasons with the men's swimming team, was a two-event state champion and a 10-event All-American.

Thomas Maires was voted Male Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Ventura High product, who earned a 3.73 GPA, won the WSC championship in the mile freestyle and was a three-time All-American.

Carlotta Kloppenburg was voted Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The All-WSC women's basketball guard, who earned a 3.73 GPA, made 77 3-pointers as a sophomore for the state semifinalist Pirates.

Nelson Emery, who coached the men's and women's tennis teams to WSC titles, was voted Head Coach of the Year. The undefeated women won The Ojai tournament and are competing for team, singles and doubles state championship.

Tom Lawrence, who coaches special teams for the football team and throws for the track and field team, was voted Assistant Coach of the Year. His athletes won five of the eight throwing events at the WSC Championships last month.

Duane Yeto and Steve Monka, longtime assistant coaches for women's volleyball and women's soccer, respectively, were honored with Meritorious Service Awards. Eligibility specialist Lori Kramer was voted Classified State Member of the Year.

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.

Maddog wins again

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Just two months after Oxnard College decided to suspend its basketball programs, a Condor led his team to the state championship.

Ed Madec, the Rio Mesa High and Oxnard College product, coached the Fresno City men's basketball team to the state title for the second time in five years.

The Rams beat Yuba 77-62 in the state final Sunday at Consumnes River in Sacramento.
Mount San Antonio beat Foothill, 68-58, in the women's final. Ventura College sophomore Rebecca Griffin, who scored a game-high 14 points in the Pirates' semifinal loss, was named to the all-tournament team.

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.

VC's Erskine, Cardona named to All-American soccer team

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For the first time in school history, the Ventura College women's soccer team has had two players named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-American team.

Sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine, named to the 11-player first team, became the fifth woman in school history to be honored as a first-team All-American. Freshman Daisy Cardona, named to the 11-player second team, is the program's 11th All-America selection in 16 seasons.

"They both are totally deserving," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "It's very exciting."

Erskine, a Buena High product, finished second in the state with 14 assists, including three in a win at rival Moorpark, and scored five goals.

Cardona, also a Buena High product, had 20 goals and 14 assists. She was fifth in the state in points and sixth in goalscoring.

"That's pretty impressive, to have two kids in those groups," said Hoffman. "Usually, you risk splitting the vote. The only other time I've ever put two people up, we didn't get one."
With a 3.39 team GPA, Ventura was also earned the NSCAA's Team Academic Award, alongside the likes of Stanford, Yale and Harvard.

VC's Caro, Howard on all-region football teams

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Ventura College freshman Victor Caro and Jordan Howard were both selected to the All-California Region IV offense when the California Community College Football Coaches' Association released its All-American teams this week.

Caro, a freshman from Nashville, Tenn., finished third in Southern California in yards per carry, averaging 6.7 yards per carry for the 7-4 Pirates. He ran for 675 yards and three touchdowns on just 101 carries.

Howard, a freshman from Pensacola, Fla., was fifth in kickoff returning (29.6 yards per return) and sixth in punt returning (11.7 ypr). He also played full-time at cornerback and is expected to play some receiver as a sophomore.

"Our region is the toughest in the whole state of California to make," said Ventura coach Steve Mooshagian. "In our region, we've got the Top 12 teams in Southern California. That's usually the top players. To have two players, two freshman, on this team is really outstanding."

Flack, Burkhart top All-WSC volleyball honors

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Moorpark College sophomore Karissa Flack and Moorpark College coach Steve Burkhart earned the top honors when the All-WSC North women's volleyball team was announced earlier this month.

Flack, a 6-foot middle blocker from Newbury Park High, was voted the Player of the Year after leading the WSC in kills (364), hitting (.463) and solo blocks (61).

Burkhart, who guided the 12-0 Raiders to their ninth WSC North championships, was named WSC Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Moorpark became the first WSC team in more than 30 years to sweep its division without dropping a game.

The All-WSC North first team also included Moorpark sophomore setter Jessica Soprano, sophomore libero Michelle Tanaka and freshman middle blocker Gabriella Luciani, as well as Ventura freshman outside hitter Dejiana Rubio.

The second team included Moorpark sophomore setter Taylor Frederick and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Mataele; Ventura sophomore middle blocker Alexandra Joyce and sophomore libero Leandra Romero; and Oxnard sophomore middle blocker Brooke Reed.

Honorable mention included Moorpark sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Del Sesto and sophomore libero Jasmine Sagisi; Ventura freshman middle blocker Jeanette Gonzales and sophomore setter Kryssy Koziel; and Oxnard freshman outside hitter Mirella Esparza and sophomore middle blocker Mary Grace Edrada.

Ebberson, Giles top All-WSC women's water polo honors

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Ventura College sophomore Samantha Ebberson and Ventura College coach Mary Giles
earned the top honors when the All-WSC North women's water polo team was announced earlier this month.

Ebberson, a 5-foot-8 sophomore driver from Pacifica High, was voted co-Player of the
Year for the second straight season after piling up 37 goals, 19 assists and 47 steals.
Giles, who guided the Pirates to their unprecedented fourth straight WSC title, was named WSC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season and sixth overall since 2001.

The All-WSC first team also included freshman Olivia Barry, who had a team-high 65 steals and 18 field blocks; freshman Jenna Cutino, who had a team-high 36 assists, freshman Anais Geysmonion, who had a team-high 67 goals; freshman Susan Galbawy and sophomore goalie Andrea Mallul, who made 259 saves

The second team included Ventura sophomore Vanessa Magallanes, sophomore Raylene Morales and freshman Emily Pinsky.

Ventura freshman Jessica Ball and sophomore Jenny Paulsen were among the honorable mention.

Greaney honored as WSC co-Coach of the Year

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Oxnard College coach Ross Greaney was honored as co-Coach of the Year when the WSC men's soccer

The first team included Oxnard sophomore defender Dagoberto Gonzalez, sophomore defender Salvador Mendoza, sophomore holding midfielder Ivan Mirkovic and sophomore attacker Jesus Landeros, as well as Moorpark sophomore midfielder Juan Herrera.

The second team included Oxnard sophomore attacker Javier Marquez, sophomore fullback David Torres and sophomore winger Sigifredo Torres; as well as Moorpark sophomore holding midfielder Edwin Rivas and Moorpark freshman midfielder Nicholas Sabbatella.

Sophomore midfielder Tomas Araujo and sophomore goalkeeper Osvaldo Vallodolid of Oxnard and freshman defender Theerawat Chanoroiet and freshman goalkeeper Jose Miguel Gomez of Moorpark were among the honorable mention.

Santa Barbara City defender Roberto Santana was voted Player of the Year.

Nine locals on All-WSC North women's soccer team

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Nine local products were included in the first team when the All-WSC North team was unveiled earlier this month.

The Ventura quintet of sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine, sophomore defender Evelyn Medina, freshman striker Daisy Cardona, freshman attacker Stephanie Hernandez and freshman attacker Yasmin Lepez were joined by the Moorpark trio of sophomore striker Marilyn Alvarez, sophomore forward Lynnae Davis and sophomore defender Samantha Gavirati; as well as Oxnard sophomore defender Jessica Martinez were first-team selections.

The second team included Ventura sophomore goalkeeper Raelene Moreno, freshman attacker Breanna Naranjo, freshman midfielder Shayna Petterson, sophomore midfielder Hannah Richie; Moorpark sophomore defender Mariiana Linares; Oxnard sophomore midfielder Alma Izquierdo and freshman striker Brittany Dubin.

Sophomore defender Kylee Haughton and freshman defender Rachel Jonas of Ventura; freshman midfielder Ryann Appell and freshman midfielder Taylor Hennings of Moorpark; and freshman goalkeeper Maria Lazano and freshman forward Megan Williams of Oxnard were among the honorable mention.

Pirates honored again

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The Ventura College women's soccer team was one spot away from finishing Top 10 in the nation for the third straight year.

The Pirates (18-4) followed up No. 7 and No. 9 finishes of 2009 and 2010 with a No. 11 ranking when the final NSCAA national coaches' poll was released this week.

"We would have liked to have been in the Top 10 for the third straight year, but 11th is pretty good when you look at the number of schools there are out there," said Ventura coach Steve Hoffman. "It's great for the kids."

Hoffman was even more pleased that the 2010 team, with a 3.39 GPA, was honored by the NSCAA as the first Academic All-American team in program history.

Sophomore midfielder Megan Erskine and freshman forward Daisy Cardona, both Buena High products, have been nominated for the All-American team.

Pacifica High product Yadira Toraya, a VC forward from 2009-10, was named NSCAA second-team All-American for her play this fall at Kansas Wesleyan.

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