Larry Baratte is stepping down as men’s water polo coach at Ventura College after this season, his eighth, to spend more time with his family.
“It got to a certain point where the responsibilities I had in the athletic department were pretty consuming,” Baratte said. “I needed to get a better balance in my life.”
Baratte will continue to teach at Ventura and coach the school’s swimming teams.
The Pirates are 14-10 and seeded No. 3 for the conference tournament Friday and Saturday at Ventura.
* Jaime Barajas of Woodland Hills will face Laurent Hatchwell of Studio City in the final of the men’s 35 division at the Southern California Tennis Assn. Senior Championships today at noon at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.
Barajas defeated Alex Trosch of Tarzana, 6-1, 6-3, in the semifinals on Saturday. Hatchwell defeated Carlos Cruz-Aedo of Los Angeles, 7-5, 6-1.
Barajas and Brian Campbell of Woodland Hills defeated Hatchwell and Rene Lamart, 4-6, 7-5, 3-0 (retired) to win the men’s 35 doubles championship.
In other semifinals: Luis Cadiz of Sherman Oaks defeated Michael Vale of Corona del Mar, 6-1, 6-1, in men’s 40 and Andrew Stanley of Camarillo defeated Duane Hale, 6-2, 6-3, in men’s 45. Jerry Tarlow of Calabasas defeated Steve Kasner of Irvine, 6-1, 3-0 (retired), in men’s 50.
In a men’s 45 doubles, Stanley and Jeff Richards of Thousand Oaks defeated Bob Augur of La Crescenta and Greg Eisenbrand of La Canada, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2, and Jim Kanda and Jim Wilson of Calabasas defeated Hale and Phil Hubbard, 6-2, 6-2.
In a men’s 65 singles, Matts Lindmark of Thousand Oaks defeated John Bennett of West Hills, 1-6, 7-5, 4-2 (retired). Arnie Pompan of Encino defeated Burt Bruner, 6-3, 6-4, in men’s 70.