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Ernie Hall- Athlete
Ernie Hall began playing basketball at Ventura College in 1949. When he left VC two years later, he left an indelible mark on the Pirate Pirate men's basketball program. During his years with the orange and black, Ernie led the team in scoring his freshman year with a 19.5 ppg average and improved to 20.3 ppg during his sophomore year. After over fifty years of basketball history at Ventura College, Ernie Hall remains fourth on the VC all time scoring list with 1,518 total points.
During the 1949-50 season, Ernie earned All Southern California Junior College and All National Junior College honors. The most significant achievement of the 1949-50 team was that this team was the first in Pirate history to win the Western State Conference Championship. One of the significant Pirate victories that season was over the University of Southern California Trojan freshman team. For this outstanding performance during the year, Ernie Hall was voted by his teammates the team's Most Valuable Player.
At the end of the conference season, the Pirates played in the Western Regional Championship game against Los Angeles City College, at eam they had defeated twice during conference play. At stake was a trip to the National Junior College Playoffs in Hutchinson, Kansas. Unfortunately the Pirates lost that game by two points, ending their hopes of a national championship.
In 1950-51, the Pirate men's basketball team compiled an outstanding 36-5 regular season record and won the first ever California State Basketball Championship. As a result of Ernie's continuing outstanding play , he became the first VC basketball palyer to be named All State. Of note, during that season the Pirates defeated the much heralded UCLA freshman basketball team twice and by a total of 12 points each occasion.
Other honors Ernie Hall earned included being named to the All National Junior College Western Regional Team, Co-Outstanding Player of the Western Regional Playoffs, All Tournament in the Chaffey College tournament, 1st Team All WSC for a second consecutive year andt he 1950-51 Most Outstanding Athlete at Ventura College.
During his years at Ventura College, Ernie played for legendary coach Elmer Hall, himself a Pirate star in the 1930's and who was inducted last year into the Ventura College Athletic Hall of Fame. One of Ernie's teammates on the 1950-51 championship team was college and professional football great Don Burroughs, also inducted into the Hall of Fame a year ago.
After leaving Ventura Collge as one of the most decorated basketball athletes in Pirate history, Ernie played at Purdue University and later at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Ernie Hall retired from the United States Postal Service after 29 years and currently resides in Oxnard.