The Cougar Press

Will this year’s athletics fall short?

First football game of the fall 2019 season against Santa Barbara High. Photo by: Logan Wilkov

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez

September 24, 2020

Fall sports will have a whole new look for the 20/21 season The Ventura Unified School District fall closure cancelled classes all over the county, but also tainted the seasons of many upcoming and returning athletes of fall and spring sports. With the closure came many common questions as to if fall spo...

VHS sophomores put the fire in Phoenix

 At the end of the race, win or loose, all competitors are awarded a medal for their participation and are recognized for raising money for a good cause. Photo from: James Locher.

Bella Young

March 12, 2020

 Annual Phoenix Triathlon proceeds go towards former VHS teacher’s scholarship fund Sunday, March 1 was the 13th annual Phoenix Triathlon that took place at the YMCA at 8 a.m. The event was put on by 10th grade Honors English teachers James Locher and Mary Dietz and involves teams of three who pa...

The Cougars are back and ready to attack

Junior Dylan Nicodemus (number 8) hard-hitting the ball to opposing side, Port Hueneme High. Photo by: Jocelyn Lee

Jocelyn Lee and Peyton Redmond

March 11, 2020

On Feb. 27, the boys varsity volleyball team played their first home game against Port Hueneme High in the Bob Tuttle gym. The boys came out strong with senior Nathan Johnston (number 9) scoring the majority of the points. Hueneme matched the same offensive energy as Ventura, but the Cougars came out on top...

Ventura shoots, they score!

Freshman Maddy Dannenberg (number 8) fights for the ball against Rio Mesa. Photo by: Jocelyn Lee

Jack Schatzman and Jocelyn Lee

February 12, 2020

Varsity girls soccer defeats Rio Mesa At 5:00 p.m. on a cold January evening, Ventura High School’s girls varsity soccer team put on their game faces as they played against Rio Mesa. The first half of the game started off strong with a goal from sophomore Kalaiyah Brown. Playing on the field for a t...

Opinion: Leave the running to runners, not your mouth

(Pictured left to right) Seniors Sammie Prehn, Rita Soriano-Flores, and Julianna Garcia racing hard in their sport, cross country. Photo by: Bill Tokar

Peyton Redmond

January 16, 2020

Think that track and cross country are fake? Take a look in the mirror, poser. I am so sick and tired of hearing all you haters saying that track and cross country aren’t “real” sports. Have you ever done it? Chances are, probably not. You are probably a football or baseball player who uses the ...

Opinion: We get it, you have a letterman jacket

Junior Grant Lawler said,

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez

January 10, 2020

Letterman jackets aren’t that cool, stop showing it off [dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]o all the Ventura High students that wear letterman jackets every day, this one goes out to you. We are sick and tired of seeing the same old bland jackets on all these students. Please for the love of god get your ow...

Anderson sprints his way to coach of the year

Anderson sprints his way to coach of the year

Anna Guerra

October 26, 2019

After coaching track and field for over a decade, Ventura teacher is recognized for his hard work On top of being department chair for health with college and career seminar, Kory Anderson has been coaching track and field for twenty years. Just recently, Anderson has earned the award of 2018-19 Boys Tra...

Powderpuff: It’s grind time

Pictured above is the Varsity team at the scrimmage. Regarding the scrimmage, Conboy stated, “We still got some things to work on of course, but I’m very confident in our team going forward.”
Photo from: Gage Gregorchuk

Sarah Clench

April 26, 2019

It’s that time of the year again for powderpuff to start up at Ventura High School, and the team is already prepping for their game against Buena High School on May 24. The official practices for powderpuff football started in March and are every Tuesday and Thursday after school in accordance w...

It’s over 7,000: Derek Pekar breaks decathlon record

Jezel Mercado

April 25, 2019

On April 5 and 6, senior Derek Pekar attended the Arcadia Invitational Track Meet in Arcadia, CA, and made history. Pekar was invited to this event, so he could participate in the decathlon. A decathlon is a series of ten track and field events over two days. On the first day, decathletes compete ...

Spring break wasn’t much of a break from baseball for the Cougars.

The varsity Cougars went three and two in the tournament and received a trophy for earning second place. Photo by: Juan Jaquez

Gavin Cross

April 12, 2019

Over the break, the Ventura varsity baseball team traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the Bishop Gorman Desert Classic. The Cougars played in five games over the five days they were in Vegas. They played teams from all over the country, including Durango from Las Vegas, Legacy out of North Las Vegas, Vauxhall Academy from Alberta, Canada, Bis...

A look at Cougar Water Polo through the ages: part four

Senior Jackson Ellis going to block a goal. Photo by Julie Ellis 2019.

Garrett Jaffe

March 29, 2019

This is the fourth of four articles interviewing four different generations of  Ventura Water Polo players ranging from 1980 to present. Thirty years since Mark Schmidt played his last Buena ventura water polo game, the Cougar team has grown more popular and more competitive but continues the tradi...

A look at Cougar Water Polo through the ages: part three

Tyler Grey going for the goal. Photo by Bill Grey circa 2009.

Garrett Jaffe

March 28, 2019

This is the third of four articles interviewing four different generations of  Ventura Water Polo players ranging from 1980 to present. Me: Ok, I have a few questions: When and where did you play water polo in high school? Mason: I played Water Polo at Ventura High School from 2008-2012.Me: So what made you want...

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