38-0. State champions. A perfect season. The Ventura College Women's Basketball Team has just achieved all of these accomplishments. Not an easy task, mind you. They had to defeat some of the top teams in the state, both at the beginning of the season and at the end. They endured some ups and downs, but in the end, the goal of becoming state champion was realized.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend every single game and witness this magic first hand. I can't think of a better way to spend a Wednesday or Saturday night, looking on as the Lady Pirates conquered yet another foe. Again and again. Thirty-eight times without being conquered themselves even a single time. Quite an impressive feat!
The team motto says it all - "We Play Hard". Indeed, whichever five young ladies were on the court at any particular time played their hearts out, through sprains and bumps and bruises. No matter what the score was, a Pirate player could be seen diving for a loose ball or crashing into the bleachers after saving a ball from going out of bounds.
I would like to thank each and every member of the team for sharing all of those magical moments with their fans. Thank you Ned, Tara, Maria and David for keeping the players focused and motivated, even during the many lopsided games.
On behalf of your many adoring fans, thank you for taking us all with you on a thrilling ride through another magical season...
Click on the above link to view the 1999-2000 team roster