It is officially the final home stretch for the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.
The weekly luncheon resumed its ceremony at Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt and is now on its final weeks for the 2017-18 athletics year. The luncheon wraps up in May with its annual Round Table banquet.
For this edition of the Round Table, nine of the 10 area schools from Northern Santa Barbara County converged after a week off last Monday due to spring break. The Round Table honored four athletes all together including ones from the week of April 2. Honored first were Santa Ynez High pitcher Armani Garcia as the Female Athlete of the Week and Righetti High boys swimmer Ean Weaver as the male winner.
Garcia, who also has a background as an infielder and outfielder, put up the following numbers during the last week of March: Three complete games in three days, 26 strikeouts, going 2-for-4 at the bat and winning two of three contests on the mound.
“I feel very accomplished and I’ve been trying hard since last year to win this award again,” Garcia said.
Weaver, who won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 56.30 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 1:04.05 on March 27 at Mission Prep, said that he was surprised to be honored.
“It’s pretty great – I didn’t expect to win this award. I kind of just showed up (at the Round Table) but it’s nice to win,” Weaver said.
Mendoza, who is one of the younger Braves on the varsity softball team as a freshman, worked her way into the lineup and responded with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning during Lompoc’s 7-6 victory over Sylmar on Friday – which occurred in the Braves’ second game of the Best of the West tournament at the Hagerman Softball Complex.
“I worked really hard last week. And I’ve worked for my hitting,” Mendoza said. “It’s relieving. Just coming out here and winning is really nice.”
Perez, a former St. Joseph baseball standout, drove in five runs off of four hits and added five runs last week for Hancock baseball. Like Weaver, Perez said he was shocked to hear his name announced as the Male Athlete of the Week.
“It feels pretty good. I was surprised,” Perez said. “I think I’ve not so much improved, but my mental side has gotten stronger – more so getting knowledge for the pitching counts when I’m hitting plus learning how each player plays individually. It’s more of the mental side than the physical aspect.”
Knights swimming went first at Giavanni’s as head coach Bianca McNeil took the stage. She introduced swimmers Emily Sebedra, Ryan Galanski and Luc Licoscos.
The Knights baseball team had Matt Salisbury speaking on behalf of the team, as Salisbury introduced teammate Joel Carlos. Athletic director Tom Mott wrapped things up for the Knights by introducing two boys tennis players Garrison Flick and Nick Malin.
Saints swimming was represented – as coach Stephanie Vargas introduced three of her swimmers: Madelyn Arguijo, Adamari Hernandez and Demi Ayala.
As usual, PVHS athletic director Greg Lanthier spoke on behalf of the Panthers and had five athletes on hand.
Lanthier first shined a light on swimmers Morgan Krause and Larry Daniel. He then had Ray Castillo and Gervish Wanalis stand in front of the crowd as Lanthier spoke about their achievements on the tennis court. Lastly, Lanthier concluded his speech by introducing three-sport athlete Mathew Garcia – who is currently starring for Panthers baseball.
It was a swimming and baseball lineup for the Warriors.
Baseball head coach Brian Toomoka had his players Daxton Miller and Bryce Trump on hand. Swimming was represented by Weaver, Ryan Lucas and coach Shafer. Lucas spoke on behalf of RHS swimming.
Dick Barrett returned to the Round Table after brief time off and had boys tennis, baseball and softball representatives sit with him.
Mendoza was the lone softball representative. Kevin Hernandez stood in front of the Round Table audience on behalf of the boys tennis team. Lastly, Devin Villalobos and Kalub Ramirez represented the Braves baseball team.
Valley Christian Academy
Athletic director Pete Fortier went with an all baseball lineup – bringing with him Richard Matias and Jarrett Smith.
Softball filled the left backhand corner at Giavanni’s – as assistant coach Ben Garcia had five players in tow: Garcia, Yesenia Vega, Maggie Usher, Lauren Swing and Sabrina Harridge.
David Riley of boys tennis and Jon Osborne of the baseball team were the two CHS coaches on hand to unveil their player representatives.
Riley spoke about the resiliency of his team and brought out players Brad Bleak, Eli Pellot and Dylan Hogan. Osborne not only had his players Ben Dixon, Cameron Binnebose, Matt Gonzalez and Mason Townes on hand, but congratulated RHS head coach Toomoka for running an efficient Righetti Easter Tournament last week as CHS took part in the tournament games.
Swimming and baseball comprised the Bulldogs’ contingent at Giavanni’s.
AHC swimmer Meagan Stevens spoke first – introducing fellow teammates Mackenzie Coker and Kailey Roux. Veteran baseball head coach Chris Stevens then took the microphone and also spoke about running tournaments – which was what his program did during the last week of March with the AHC tournament. Along with Perez, Zach Torra was also on hand.
Orcutt Academy was the lone area school that wasn’t in attendance.