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Lompoc High School's Halee Sager, left, and Nelson Maldonado were named Athletes of the Week at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table on Monday.

The Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table held its Athlete of the Week luncheon on Monday and those in attendance were feeling blue.

Both of the Athlete of the Week winners were from Lompoc High.

Lompoc golfer Halee Sager was named the Female Athlete of the Week while football player Nelson Maldonado won the Male Athlete of the Week honors.

Maldonado had a 43-yard touchdown run, seven catches for 89 yards and returned a kick 99 yards for a crucial touchdown in the second half of the Braves' 42-37 win over Arroyo Grande last Friday. Maldonado also recovered a fumble and recovered the game's final onside kick to seal the win over the Eagles, helping Lompoc improve to 4-0 on the season.

Sager, a sophomore, shot a 46 to lead Lompoc to a 270-289 win over Santa Barbara on Sept. 15. She shot a 47 to lead Lompoc to a win at a mini tournament at La Purisima on Sept. 12.

Lions lose on questionable call

Valley Christian Academy lost a non-league football game they thought they had won at Lancaster Baptist last week.

With VCA up 37-34, James Fakoury intercepted a pass on what seemed to be the last play of the game.

However, pass interference was called against Fakoury and Lancaster Baptist capitalized with a touchdown on its second chance, and the Eagles won 40-37 to remain unbeaten.

They moved to 4-0.

The Lions are 1-1. Video of what would have been the last play appeared to show no pass interference occurred with Fakoury leaping over the intended receiver for the interception.

Pass interference was indeed called however and, "They scored on a trick play," to win it, said VCA coach Pete Fortier.

The Lions had gone ahead on a field goal with 26 seconds left.

Jacob Sanders ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns for the Lions. Sanders also returned a fumble for a score.

Jordan Tittes rushed for 73 yards and a VCA score. He caught one pass for three yards.

Lions quarterback Sean Swain threw for 123 yards and a touchdown. Swain rushed for 41 yards.

The Lions will play at Monterey Trinity Christian at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in a non-league game.


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