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.”
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.
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.