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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."

VC softball ready for "special" weekend

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After 23 years at Ventura College, Susan Johnson will finally coach her softball team in a home playoff game this weekend.

Which means there's only one word to describe No. 7 Ventura (32-7) and its best-of-three first-round series with No. 10 Glendale (27-13).

"Special," Johnson said.

Game 1 is Saturday at 2 p.m. Game 2 is Sunday at 10 a.m. with a decisive Game 3 to follow if necessary.

For decades the Pirates, which won their 10th Western State Conference title this season, have had to go on the road south or east to four-team regionals hosted by state powers.

"We've been a No. 5, we've been a No. 7," Johnson said. "We always had good teams."

Cost containment necessitated a new format in 2007, which introduced a first-round series to halve the field before regional play.

After being paired with top seed Riverside and defending state champion Mount San Antonio in recent years, VC has taken advantage of the new format this year with its winningest team since 2002.

Sophomore ace Teresa Lemos is 26-6 with a 1.30 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 199 innings. The Rio Mesa High product is also hitting .403 with a state-leading 11 triples. She's surrounded in the order with other weapons, like slugger Clarissa Samaniego, who's hitting .449 with eight doubles, four triples and four home runs in her past four games; shortstop Raelene Moreno, who's hitting .430 with 11 doubles and six home runs; and third baseman Candice Garcia, who's hitting .411 with seven doubles, nine triples and four home runs.

Ventura, which has won seven of its last eight games and built a 14-game winning streak in March, is hitting .339 as a team and averages 7.0 runs per game.

The hope is the sluggers will feel at home this weekend.

"This is huge for us," Johnson said. "We have good gap power. It's very significant playing here."

"We know how to play on our field," said Samaniego. "Our singles become doubles. Our doubles become triples. ... This is where we work hard every day."

It was pitching that lifted the Pirates over Glendale, 2-0, on Jan. 28, as Lemos threw a five-hit shutout.

"It was only our second game," said Johnson. "We were a different team. I'm sure they have improved as well."

Ventura has an opportunity for its first postseason wins since 2005, when it upset regional host Cerritos and played Fullerton for a berth in the state tournament.

"I just hope we have two good games," Johnson said. "We're proud of what we've done this year."

Moorpark men eliminated in state quarters

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In a meeting of the past two state champions, the Moorpark College men's volleyball team was eliminated in four games Tuesday night by host Irvine Valley in the CCCAA state quarterfinals.

"We took it on the chin out there," said Moorpark coach Steve Burkhart. "I thought we played well. Irvine just played a little better. That's all."

Sophomore outside hitter Tyler Peterson had 16 kills, freshman middle blocker Dustin Neary had 10 kills, setter Evan Litchfield had 34 assists and libero Dylan Shigekawa added 23 digs as Moorpark dropped its first postseason game since winning the 2010 state title.

Defending champ Irvine Valley (12-7) advances to face top-ranked Long Beach City in the state Final Four Thursday.

Moorpark (11-7) brought a three-match winning streak into the postseason, clinching the Western State Conference's third and final berth by sweeping its final three opponents, including No. 1 Long Beach.

But that streak ended when the Raiders dropped a sloppy first game, 25-18.

"They got out to a good start," said Burkhart. "We just didn't pass well. We just didn't do a lot of things real well (in the opening game)."

Moorpark dropping a tight second game 25-22, but responded by snatching the third game 25-18 and leading the fourth game, 14-13, before succumbing 25-19.

"We were in it to the end and just made a couple big errors," said Burkhart. "They just played a little bit better than we did."

Moorpark volleyball to face defending champs in playoffs

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The Moorpark College men's volleyball team will travel to Orange County Tuesday for the state quarterfinals.

Moorpark (11-6) will face Irvine Valley (11-7) at 6 p.m. in a matchup of the last two state champions. It is also a rematch of last year's state quarterfinal at Raider Pavilion, which Irvine Valley won on its way to the title.

Moorpark finished the regular season with three straight three-game sweeps, including a second win over No. 1 Long Beach City, to clinch a postseason berth. Moorpark also swept Irvine Valley in February.

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.

A glimpse into the future

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It was just a practice exercise, but men's and women's coaches both produced a preliminary projection of next week's Southern California regional playoff seedings over the weekend.

The men's coaches association was asked to use the seeding criteria to rank the final regional poll of the season. The Ventura College men's basketball team (17-11) was ranked No. 13 with a quarterfinal visit to No. 4 San Bernardino Valley on tap. WSC North foes Cuesta (22-7) and Hancock (20-9) were No. 8 and No. 14, respectively. San Francisco (25-2) and Citrus (24-1), who contested last year's state final, were the top seeds in the North and South, respectively.

Click the jump for this week's men's polls.

When one local coach calculated the women's seeding, No. 1-ranked Ventura, which has been recently edged out for the top seed by Mount San Antonio (2009) and Fullerton (2010) despite overall record and head-to-head advantages, barely nipped No. 2 Mount SAC for the top seed on a tiebreaker, despite giving the No. 2 Mounties and No. 3 San Bernardino Valley four of their six combined losses this season.

Moorpark was No. 13, only two slots from hosting a first-round game Wednesday rather than earning a bye to the weekend's quarterfinals.

With plenty of jockeying for position to go with a week's worth of games to add to the database, it looks like Saturday's WSC North title-decider between Moorpark and host Ventura will have even more riding on it.

LIVE -- CCCAA, NCAA postseason

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We'll have live updates from around the county and Southern California today as three teams take the field locally in the CCCAA postseason. You can follow the games along with live updates on Twitter.

SCFA Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate
No. 10 Desert 0 13 3 0 -- 16
No. 7 Ventura 0 10 7 0 -- 17
First quarter
Second quarter
COD -- Calhoun 70 pass from Fortis (kick failed), 14:16.
VC -- FG 37 Luna, 12:08.
VC -- Burton 14 pass from Smith (Luna kick), 7:24.
COD -- Calhoun 10 pass from Foris (Symons kick), 6:37.
Third quarter
COD -- FG 21 Symonds, 11:41.
VC -- Burton 3 run (Luna kick), 6:00
Fourth quarter

NCAA Division III playoffs, first round
No. 8 Cal Lutheran 3 7 10 7 -- 27
No. 5 Linfield 6 14 10 0 -- 30
(The Kingsmen are eliminated by Linfield for the third straight postseason.)

Community college men's soccer
Southern California regional quarterfinal
No. 4 Oxnard 1, No. 13 Hancock 0 FT
(Oxnard advances to host either No. 5 East L.A. or No. 12 Long Beach in the Southern California regional semifinals Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Community college women's soccer
Southern California regional quarterfinal
No. 3 Ventura 2, No. 14 East Los Angeles 1 FT
(Ventura advances to host No. 11 Cypress in the Southern California regional semifinals Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. No. 1 Cerritos, No. 2 Santa Barbara City, No. 6 Los Angeles Pierce were eliminated, leaving the Pirates the top seed left in Southern California and knocking out the other Top 2 seeds in their bracket.)

Community college cross country
California Community College championships, Woodward Park, Fresno
Moorpark College women: Finished in sixth place. Freshman Megan McNally and sophomore Andrea Barrera finished 10th and 12th, respectively, to earn All-American status.

Community college men's basketball
Irvine Valley tournament, final
Cerritos 77, Ventura 76 FINAL (2OT)
East L.A. 78, Moorpark 63 FINAL

Community college women's basketball
Glendale tournament, semifinal
Ventura 72, Chaffey 67 FINAL
Sierra tournament, semifinal
Moorpark 80, Lassen 57

Beach Bowl preview capsule

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No. 10 College of the Desert (6-4) at No. 7 Ventura (6-4)
SCFA Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate
VC Sportsplex, 6:30 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Golden West 30, Desert 28; Ventura 31, El Camino 27.
SERIES HISTORY: First meeting.
INTERNET RADIO: http://www.HomefieldSports.com
GAME FACTS: Considering the heart-pounding, final-play conclusions to so many Ventura games this season, the season finale should be memorable. Behind QB Charles Fortis (182-for-327 passing, 2,502 yards, 20 TDs, 15 ints.) and RB Jai Steib (148 att., 815 yards, 17 TDs), Desert is scoring 39.1 points per game, the third-best average in Southern California, and is No. 7 in total offense (433.1 ypg). The Roadrunners' backs are averaging nearly five yards per carry and lead SoCal with 27 rushing TDs. Desert's massive offensive line has allowed just nine sacks all season. Ventura is No. 5 in scoring defense (22.9 ppg) and No. 3 against the run (86.1 ypg). LB P.J. Gremaud is averaging 7.8 tackles per game. DE Daniel Miller is No. 4 in SoCal in sacks (10.5) and No. 2 in forced fumbles (4). Pay attention on change of possess. Desert is No. 1 on punt returns (13.4 ypr) and No. 5 on kickoff returns (25.7 ypg). Ventura, behind Jordan Howard, is No. 4 on kickoff returns (25.7 ypr) and No. 5 on punt returns (11.3 ypr). Ventura QB Chase Smith (79-for-156 passing, 890 yards, 9 TDs, 8 ints.) has had his moments, but is still looking for consistency. WR Tim Vizzi (58 rec., 589 yards, 8 TDs) has been one of the top targets in the region. Victor Caro (93 att., 641 yards, 3 TDs) and Dezerick Reed (97 att., 467 yards, 4 TDs) have been a strong backfield combination, especially lately.

VC coach making breakthrough against familiar foes

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The final weeks of the football season have played out like a "This Is Your Life" episode for Ventura College defensive coordinator Tim Hyde.

The defensive line coach at El Camino during the national championship run of 2006 and the unbeaten Mission League sweep of 2007, Hyde's defense forced three of El Camino's five turnovers in Ventura's 31-27 win at Murdoch Stadium Saturday night.

"That was huge (Saturday)," said Hyde. "That team we beat, they may go all the way."
The win earned the No. 7-ranked Pirates a berth in the Beach Bowl, sponsored by Joe Kapp Real Estate, Saturday night at the VC Sportsplex against No. 10 College of the Desert, which Hyde served as defensive coordinator from 2002-05.

"Watching Desert, that's a good football team," said Hyde. "They're big, strong, fast with a big-time quarterback and a huge offensive line.

"It's going to be a great game and for us to have it at our place is special."

Along the way to jumping out to a 17-0 lead at El Camino, Ventura stopped a fourth and 1 on its 20. Linebacker Masi Tuitama's 35-yard interception return pushed the lead to 24-7 late in the second quarter. Safety Scotty Wong's interception with 2:56 to play helped slow the Warriors' fourth-quarter comeback.

Neither Tuitama nor Wong practiced last week while nursing injuries.

Ventura finished the regular season ranked No. 5 in Southern California in scoring defense (22.9 points per game) and No. 3 against the run (86.1 yards per game). It was the second-best performance against the run in school history.

Hyde spent a half hour on the field after the game Saturday catching up with members of the El Camino coaching staff and still keeps in touch with friends on the Desert staff.

"I've known those guys 20-something years," said Hyde of the El Camino staff. "I left both places on good terms."

VC water polo teams earn postseason berths

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The Ventura College water polo teams were both seeded in the Southern California championships Sunday. Both will open the tournament in Thursday's quarterfinals at Riverside College.

The Ventura women (17-10), which won their fourth straight Western State Conference title Saturday, were seeded in No. 9 and will face No. 8 Cypress (14-11).

The Pirates dropped a tight 9-8 loss at Cypress on the opening day of the season, Aug. 27.

The Ventura men (13-13), which finished third in the WSC, earned the No. 10 and final seed and will take on No. 7 Cerritos (19-13).

Cypress, the South Coast Conference runner-up, is coached by former VC and Ventura High coach Joe Abing. Ventura and Cerritos have split eight meetings in Abing's six years with the Falcons.

"We're definitely the underdogs, but that should be fun," said Ventura coach Mark Schmidt.

Moorpark to honor bowl heroes

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The Moorpark College football team invites players and coaches from its 18 bowl teams to attend tonight's Citrus Cup game against rival Ventura at Griffin Stadium.

"Come and celebrate your contribution to a remarkable achievement of a sustained excellence in community college football," wrote the Moorpark athletic department in a release.

Alumni will enter through a special gate and be recognized at halftime. There is also a postgame celebration at The Dugout Sports Grill in Moorpark.

The Raiders 18 bowl teams are 1985 Brahma Bowl, 1988 Pony Bowl, 1989 Pony Bowl, 1990 K-Swiss Bowl, 1991 K-Swiss Bowl, 1992 Potato Bowl, 1993 K-Swiss Bowl, 1994 Strawberry Bowl, 1995 K-Swiss Bowl, 1996 Strawberry Bowl, 1997 Western State Bowl, 1998 Southern California Bowl, 1999 Western State Bowl, 2002 Potato Bowl, 2004 US Bank Beach Bowl, 2006 American Bowl, 2007 American Bowl and 2010 Western State Bowl.

Fusion look to sharpen the knife

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With a postseason place in hand for nearly a month and its focus turned to exhibitions against international opposition in recent weeks, the Ventura County Fusion may not be the sharpest it has been this season.

Which means it has one week, two training sessions and a four-hour drive north to shift into playoff mode for this weekend's Western Conference playoffs.

"The boys have been in a pretty relaxed mode because we qualified so early," said Fusion general manager Ranbir Shergill. "Now we're going to have to flip the switch and realize that the season is over if we lose."

The Fusion (10-0-6) face the Kitsap Pumas (12-1-3), the Northwest Division champion, in the conference semifinals Saturday morning at Chukchansi Park in Fresno.

Host Fresno Fuego (13-0-3) and Victoria Highlanders (9-4-3) follow at 12:30 p.m. The two winners meet Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for the Western Conference title and a place in the Premier Development League Final Four.

"I think that these guys are experienced enough and seasoned enough to realize what is at stake," said Fusion coach Ole Mikkelsen. "They realize that they're now in the playoffs... They understand that winning a championship really does set you apart

"The key is going to be getting them playing the way we were playing earlier in the year."

Similar experiences

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Despite the contrast in player compensation, Ventura County and Kitsap have plenty in common.

Both represented their division in the U.S. Open Cup. Ventura County fell 1-0 to the Los Angeles Blues and Kitsap lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders.

Both have played international opposition in recent weeks. While Ventura County fell to West Brom (4-2), Manchester City (2-0) and Independiente (3-0) and defeated the New Zealand Under-20s (2-1), Kitsap fell to Port Vale, who play in England's League Two.

Fusion looking to host

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The Premier Development League postseason may be coming back to Ventura.

The Ventura County Fusion, who hosted the 2009 PDL Final at Buena High and have already clinched its third straight postseason berth, confirmed Thursday that it has submitted a bid to host the Western Conference playoffs July 29-31 at Ventura College.

"We've already submitted something," said Fusion general manager Ranbir Shergill.

The potential host club submits a bid that outlines what it will provide the three visiting clubs, from hotels, transportation, stadium costs and referee costs.

"It gets relatively expensive," said Shergill. "I think we put a reasonable bid. It comes down to expenses at the end of the day. We'd certainly be covering a large part of different things... We'll wait and see what happens."

Considering the conference includes three of the four unbeaten teams remaining in the 64-team PDL, the Western foursome will feature Final Four-level quality.

Ventura County (10-0-5), Fresno (11-0-3) and Kitsap (12-0-3) have already clinched berths and the fourth will be from the British Columbian duo of Vancouver (7-5-3) and Victoria (7-4-3).

"It'll be fantastic to have it locally," said Shergill.

The Fusion's bid may be boosted by circumstance. Kitsap hosted last year's conference tournament and Fresno's Chukchansi Park is already hosting minor league baseball next weekend.

But Shergill added that there would be an upside to spending the postseason on the road.

"We've been hosting all these other games and hosting another tournament is a lot of work," said Shergill. "If we don't get it, at least you don't have to worry about the work. You can focus on the (soccer)."

The Fusion staff has already been hard at work hosting West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League, Independiente of Argentina and the New Zealand Under-20 team.

Shergill did add that, if the Fusion missed out on the conference tournament but advanced, the Fusion would pursue hosting the Final Four.

"If we win two games," said Shergill, "we'll have another opportunity to try and host."

Saturday's tournament scores

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Live in-game updates can be found here.

Women's soccer
Southern California regional finals
No. 3 San Bernardino Valley 4, No. 2 Ventura 2
No. 4 Cerritos 2, No. 1 Los Angeles Pierce 1
Northern California regional finals
No. 1 Santa Rosa JC 3, No. 5 Consumnes River 0
No. 2 Fresno 1, No. 3 American River 0

Men's soccer
Southern California regional finals
No. 1 Mount San Antonio 3, No. 4 San Diego City 0
No. 6 Canyons 3, No. 2 Santa Ana 1
Northern California regional finals
No. 1 Fresno 4, No. 4 Santa Rosa 3
No. 2 West Valley 3, No. 3 Evergreen Valley 2

Regional title games
SoCal: Mount San Antonio 51, Cerritos 0
NorCal: San Francisco 52, Fresno City 15

Men's basketball
Condor Classic semifinals
No. 5 Ventura 75, No. 10 San Bernardino Valley 71
Oxnard 93, Santa Barbara City 63
Consolation semifinals
LA Harbor 70, Stoneridge Prep 56
Fullerton 82, Point Mugu Naval Base 74

Women's basketball
VC-Kiwanis Tournament of Champions semifinals
No. 9 Canyons 73, No. 1 Mount San Antonio 67
No. 8 Ventura 81, Sequoias 40
Consolation semifinals
No. 7-N Laney 76, Taft 65
Santa Monica 78, Imperial Valley 73

Western State Bowl box

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Moorpark 21, Chaffey 14
Western State Bowl
Moorpark 0 7 0 14 -- 21
Chaffey 7 0 7 0 -- 14
First quarter
CC -- Madden 1 run (Layne kick), 7:26.
Second quarter
MC -- Garcia 27 pass from Shulits (Shultis kick), 1:00.
Third quarter
CC -- Beck 15 pass from King (Layne kick), 6:09.
Fourth quarter
MC -- Gentle 1 run (Shultis kick), 13:16.
MC -- Markham 58 pass from Shultis (Shultis kick), 0:38.
First downs 13 21
Rushes-yards 34-10 47-195
Passing yards 299 151
Comp-Att-Int 22-37-3 12-34-1
Sacked-yards lost 0-0 2-26
Punts-avg. 4-42.0 4-32.0
Fumbles-lost 4-2 5-2
Penalties-yards 6-70 7-40
RUSHING -- Moorpark: Morris 7-32, Franklin 5-14, Gentle 8-9, Walston 2-0, Botts 2-(--1), Team 3-(--18), Shultis 7-(--26). Chaffey: Lopez 12-71, Adams 7-53, Madden 9-50, Ginolfi 10-13, King 10-13, Lilly 1-13, Team 3-(--29).
PASSING -- Moorpark: Shultis 21-35-2-296, Botts 1-2-1-3. Chaffey: Ginolfi 6-24-1-109, King 6-10-0-42.
RECEIVING -- Moorpark: Gentle 6-28, Markham 5-178, Franklin 3-20, Morris 3-14, Garcia 2-33, Bruce 1-10, Valenzuela 1-9, Gant 1-7. Chaffey: Caldwell 6-94, Beck 3-50, Brantley 1-4, Madden 1-2, Adams 1-1.
MISSED FIELD GOALS -- Chaffey: Layne 25, 31, 31.
TEAM RECORDS -- Moorpark 7-4, Chaffey 6-5.

LIVE -- Western State Bowl

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Game previews is here. Live in-game updates can be found here.

Moorpark 0 7 0 14 -- 21
L.A. Harbor 7 0 7 0 -- 14

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.

Full CCCAA bowl lineup

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November 20
Southern California semifinals
National Bowl, Mt. San Antonio College, 6pm.
Bakersfield College (8-2, #4S) vs. Mt. San Antonio College (10-0, #1S, National Southern Conference champ)
Southern California Bowl, host Saddleback College, TBA.
Cerritos College (8-2, #3S, National Northern Conference champ) vs. Saddleback College (8-2, #2S)
Lower tier championship games
Central Division Bowl, host Riverside Community College, 6pm.
Los Angeles Harbor College (8-2, #8S, Central West Conference champ) vs. Riverside Community College (9-1, #5S, Central East Conference champ)
American Division Bowl, host Los Angeles Pierce College, 6pm.
San Bernardino Valley College (7-3, #15S, American Mountain Conference champ) vs. LA Pierce College(7-3, #12S, American Pacific Conference champ)
Other bowls
Western State Bowl, host Chaffey College, 6pm.
Moorpark College (6-4, #16S) vs. Chaffey College (6-4, #13S)
Beach Bowl, host Santa Ana College, 6pm.
Grossmont College (6-4, #10S) vs. Santa Ana College (8-2, #7S)
Golden Empire Bowl, host Bakersfield College, 3pm.
College of the Canyons (6-4, #9S) vs. Fullerton College (6-4, #6S)
Northern California bowls
ASBG Bowl, host San Joaquin Delta College, 1pm.
Butte College (8-2, #5N) vs. San Joaquin Delta College (7-3, #6N)
Bulldog Bowl, host College of San Mateo, 12pm.
College of the Sequoias (6-4, #13N) vs. College of San Mateo (7-3, #7N)
Graffiti Bowl, host Modesto Junior College, 1pm.
Diablo Valley College (8-2, #9N) vs. Modesto Jr. College (7-3, #8N)
Living Breath Foundation Bowl, host Monterey Peninsula College, 1pm.
Solano College (9-1, #10N, Bay Valley Conference champ) vs. San Jose City College (5-5, #18N, Coast
Conference champ)
Silicon Valley Bowl, host Foothill College, 1pm.
Sacramento City College (6-4, #13N) vs. Foothill College (8-2, #2N)

November 27

Southern California Football Association Championship at TBD

Northern California Football Association Championship
San Francisco Hawaiian Punch Community College Bowl, host CC of San Francisco, 1pm.
Fresno City College (8-2, #4N, Valley Conference champ) vs. San Francisco City College (10-0, #1N, NorCal Conference champ)

December 11
California Community College Athletic Association Football State Championship at TBD

Moorpark going bowling

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After missing out on the Western Conference title Saturday night in Wilmington, the Moorpark College football team can console itself with the program's 18th bowl berth.

The Raiders (6-4) will visit conference foe Chaffey (6-4) Saturday night in the Western State Bowl, the Southern California Football Association announced Sunday.

One year after the school's first winless season, reaching the postseason stands as a significant achievement.

"It's nice to be back in the bowl business," said Moorpark coach Jim Bittner.

Click here for the full story.

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