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The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

The Student News Site of Ventura High School

The Cougar Press

Boys JV and Varsity interacting at practice with each other. Photo by: Halle Gentry

Varsity basketball coach Felix Cortez

Halle Gentry October 8, 2021

Felix Cortez new position as varsity basketball coach Felix Cortez is the head Varsity Basketball coach at Ventura High School. He started his basketball career at VHS playing on varsity for three years....

Ventura Highs football team practices in preparation for their 1st home game of 2021. Picture by: Isabella Fierros

The return of cougar football

Isabella Fierros September 29, 2021

After being tackled by COVID-19, Ventura High School’s Football team is getting back up The pandemic has drastically changed sports, and football is no exception. Head  football coach, Tim Garcia,...

According to FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), soccer all around the globe has approximately lost about 14.4 billion dollars due to COVID-19. Photo by: Alexis Mendoza

The ongoing battle between soccer and COVID-19

Alexis Mendoza March 26, 2021

How much more can soccer players handle?  At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, many soccer leagues postponed games for a long period of time for the safety of the players and the people who attended...

Let Ventura play is a movement created by the athletic students of Ventura. Graphic by: Greta Pankratz

Let Ventura Play: For and Against

Let ventura play... seriously let us play (For: by Savanna Nustad-Franzen) A movement started by students at Ventura High School, “Let Ventura Play” is a movement much needed and the voices should...

Sophomore Olivia Roman (pictured) said, This year Ive gone [snowboarding] three times. This differs a lot from past seasons because I probably would have already gone at least six times if it wasnt covid. Photo from: Olivia Roman

Masks protect from more than just the cold this season

Greta Pankratz February 5, 2021

Now that the slopes are open, students share whether or not they believe it is COVID-19 safe. After COVID-19 cut the ski/snowboard season short in the spring of 2020, the slopes are back up and running...

Students and parents attending the livestream expressed frustration in the chat bar provided, many with the slogan #letusplay. Photo from: Live press conference on Jan. 19, 2021

Seeking long-awaited answers about high school sports

Livia Vertucci February 5, 2021

What the spring season might look like. Ten months into staying at home due to the Coronavirus pandemic, VHS student-athletes, coaches and supporters are anxious about getting back to their sports. The...

The Let Ventura Play supporters rallying for their cause. Photo from: VHS Cougar Football Instagram

‘Let Ventura Play’ takes it to the streets

Alex Hernandez January 8, 2021

Despite there being some objection to restarting games, it’s clear Ventura athletes want sports to reopen fully again. COVID has halted sports across the county and beyond since March 2020. ‘Let Ventura...

I dont think well have a season because of the pandemic. But I and all the other girls would love to play, stated Bella Moga. Photo by: Jocelyn Wood

Serving back into practices

Jocelyn Wood December 19, 2020

Boys and girls tennis practices are starting up. Though quarantine has kept the majority of sports unable to practice, the Ventura High School boys and girls tennis teams were given the ‘ok’ to start...

Senior Nevada Knowles is opting to take the path of an academic scholarship now that athletics have become unreliable. Photo by: Ashlynn Velarde

Sports skills, but nowhere to show them

Greta Pankratz December 7, 2020

High school athletes are forced to pave a new path to obtain sports scholarships. COVID-19 has overall complicated the college admission process for high schoolers around the country, but one particular...

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

Will this year’s athletics fall short?

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...

 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.

VHS sophomores put the fire in Phoenix

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...

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

The Cougars are back and ready to attack

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...

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