A full house occupied Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt on Monday for the latest Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table – with nine of the 10 area schools in attendance.
Lompoc Unified School District board member Dick Barrett took over the emcee duties for one day, as Barrett not only applauded the area athletes but also gave a quick shout of praise to the Cabrillo girls basketball team for making its CIF state playoff run, which ended on Saturday night against Fullerton's Sunny Hills.
This week’s Round Table winners were from the track and field realm. The male Athlete of the Week was a familiar face to winning the weekly nod: St. Joseph long distance runner Joseph Domingues.
The multiple winner shattered the Tri-County Invitational record in Moorpark with his time of 1 minute, 56.79 seconds in the 800-meter run and then followed that with his victory in the 1,600 with a time of 4:29.25.
“It feels good to know that you’re one of the best athletes in the area,” Domingues said. “I thank God for blessing me to achieve this and my coaches for believing in me.”
Perkins was a dual winner in the shot put and discus throws at the Atascadero Memorial meet last week. The future UC San Diego thrower is a first-time winner at the Round Table.
“It feels amazing,” Perkins said. “It’s such an honor. I’m very blessed. I have a wall of all my track awards – so it will definitely be up there.”
On Saturday, Perkins won the shot put with a mark of 37 feet, 10 inches, well ahead of second-place finisher Kimberly Buchanan, who hit a best of 36-7.
Perkins then won the discus with a mark of 112-2, a few feet better than Lompoc's Julie Shepherd, whose best was 108-3.
The Spartans had every spring sport represented at the Round Table with the exception of baseball.
Athletic director Chad McKenzie introduced what he called a bright freshman class of softball players in Arianna Contreras, Sierra Cragg and Jordan Heath. Boys golf coach Jim McManus then took the stage to introduce his golfer Robbie Birch. After McManus, boys volleyball head coach Leigh Stephenson got up front and went without the microphone, using her voice to introduce Dane Weeks, Lorenzo Papworth and James Tilley.
Lastly, track and field coach James Barr gave an update on his team and introduced his athletes Donovan Miller, Michael Lopez and Jaden Davis.
The Pirates returned to the Round Table for the first time since the fall season, as track and field head coach Ashley Coehlo brought out her team of athletes: Perkins, Jasper Kadlec, Alyanna Garza, Jenna Nelson, Anthony Gills, Mikayla Palmer and Giolio Giordani.
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Pete Fortier spoke on behalf of the Lions softball team, as the athletic director brought along his players Mayley DeBernardi and Shelbi Anderson.
Athletic director Brian Wallace made his return to the Round Table and had a track and field lineup in tow with four athletes joining him: Jovita Armenta, Sebastian Saiz, Elutero Eldralin and Robert Baisen.
Like Orcutt Academy, the Knights went with one of the deeper lineups at the Round Table – with softball, boys golf, boys volleyball and track and field flooding the Knights’ designated table.
Athletic director Tom Mott spoke on behalf of the boys volleyball team as he had Tim Noe and J.P Smith on hand. Corby Burress and Charlee Enos spoke on behalf of the track team. Golf coach Jim Fosdick was also on hand with his player Caleb Rodriguez. Lastly, softball head coach John Welch took the stage with his three players McKenzie Gomez, Seyenna Gomez and Ashley Anderson – citing all three of them for their strong leadership and play as seniors.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier had a softball, boys volleyball and track and field contingent at Giavanni’s.
Softball had Breanna Galaties and Ashley Guiterrez on hand. Track and field was represented by Brenna Anos and Sojey Montano. Marc Cabeliza represented the Panthers’ boys volleyball team at the luncheon.
Warriors track coach Tony Gayfield spoke on behalf of the RHS runners and athletes – praising them for their hard work and dedication to the classroom. Isaiah Gayfield, Anna Greene and Kailani Cabanting comprised of the RHS track lineup at Giavanni’s.
Then, Andrew White spoke for the RHS boys volleyball team while hearing loud praise from his teammate and captain Mason Passmore.
Bulldogs track and field was the big representative at the weekly luncheon, as coaches Nick Puckett and Louie Quintanilla had their trio of Eduardo Uribe, Ben Wulfestieg and Carina Rodriguez.
Barrett saved his school for last.
The former LHS athletic director and varsity football head coach shared his three athletes and their accomplishments during the previous week, starting with the tennis duo of Anthony Morales and Max Flores – both Barrett said are the Braves’ No. 3 team. Kylie Yanez of track and field was also in attendance.
Cabrillo was the lone school not present at the weekly luncheon.