The first Round Table of 2019 honored a record-breaking girls basketball player and a freshman who rose up in his first taste of a city rivalry game.
Monday’s Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table recognized Santa Ynez’s Malia Loos and Cabrillo’s Reggie Orr as the first Athletes of the Week for the new year inside Giavanni’s in Orcutt.
Loos shattered the school record for 3-pointers made last week and has 131 for her career. Orr scored 21 points last Friday against Lompoc – during his first annual city rivalry round ball contest.
Loos, a junior captain, has helped the Pirates to a Channel League best 3-1 start in league play.
“Starting out when I was freshman and sophomore on varsity, we were pretty good in league but we were never the best,” Loos said. “So it’s feels great to be No. 1 for the first time in a very long time.”
Orr’s performance helped lift the Conquistadores to a 2-2 mark in the C.L, plus kept Cabrillo’s winning streak over Lompoc alive (seven in a row). Orr grew up watching the rivalry in the stands before getting his opportunity to play.
“For the most part, I was trying to stay calm and collected. But at the same time, there was a lot of noise. For the first time being there, it was a little nerve-wrecking but at the end of the day, you’re just playing basketball,” Orr said. “My coach just told me ‘Play like you play any other game.’”
Girls basketball head coach Mike Bloodworth kicked things off by describing the journey of the Panthers – going from three wins during his first season last year to PVHS sitting alone at the top of the Ocean League with a current 6-0 record.
His team spent last Friday edging previous league unbeaten Nipomo to keep the top of the O.L all to itself. Players Rayvynn Anielski and Aalyah Moreno represented the first-place Panthers.
Athletic director Jeff Monteiro, John Ruiz and Cody Smith were also present on the coaches’ side for the Panthers.
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Head coach of girls basketball Randy Stanford was next to share updates on the 9-5 Lions, who are 5-2 in Coast Valley League games and sitting at third place in the league standings.
Kassidy Heller and Savannah Trenkle were on hand for the Lions girls basketball team.
New girls basketball head coach Jason Finley spoke for the first time at the luncheon – talking about having the top spot in the Channel League and mentioning Loos breaking the school’s 3-point record.
Loos, Madison Holbrook and Grace Padilla joined Finley at the luncheon. Ashley Coelho, girls basketball assistant, was also in attendance.
Athletic director Dan Troup kept the theme at basketball, bringing with him girls and boys basketball players for the Conquistadores.
On the girls side, Troup spoke of highly of the three players in attendance: Morgan McIntyre, Jesse Jenkins and Alexa McCune – all three coming from coaching fathers. McIntyre scored 18 points and made two big steals to help lift CHS to the 32-31 comeback win over Lompoc last Friday.
Troup then introduced Orr, point guard Jeremy Hicks and key defender Eddy Little on the boys basketball side. All three helped lead CHS to the close 49-46 win over the Braves inside Paisola Pavilion at Bryan Ayer Court.
Boys soccer head coach Josh Bennett switched the theme and topics to his sport while introducing his players Alex Sutton and Micah Raucher. The Spartans are currently 4-8-1 overall and 1-5 in the Ocean League, plus in their first season as a CIF Central Section Division III representative.
Athletic director Chad McKenzie picked up the microphone next to share the trek of the Spartans’ girls basketball team; mentioning how the girls program had long struggled until posting a school-record 15 victories this season.
Giselle Calderon and Erynn Padhal were the honorees for OAHS girls basketball.
Knights boys soccer head coach Alex Spence was the first to speak on behalf of St. Joseph – coaching a team that’s 5-7-2 overall and slotted at fourth in the Ocean League at 3-3. Nathan Halsell and Edgar Vasquez were his athletes on hand.
Athletic director Tom Mott came next to speak on behalf of the girls basketball team, who have had to adjust to a new head coach during the season with Analise Riezebos taking over. Mott cited the Knights’ honorees – Maddie Miller and Zayda Altheide – as two hard-working players who have led this Knights team.
Dick Barrett was the chief speaker of all things Braves – and made mention of one former Brave who is back in the head coaching saddle for football.
Barrett introduced four athletes total from the LHS side: Alyssa Grossi (girls basketball), Alex Gonzalez (boys soccer), Lucero Bocanegra (girls wrestling) and Dechlan Sparrow (boys wrestling) – the latter athlete currently 26-0 on the mat this season, Barrett said.
He wrapped things up for LHS by mentioning his former player Rich Cornford now taking over the head coaching reins at Bakersfield Ridgeview, which became public last Friday. Barrett coached a young Cornford in 1986 and said he was a team captain under him.
Women’s basketball head coach Cary Nerelli was the last coach to speak – sharing his enthusiasm for watching the Cabrillo/Lompoc contest last Friday as he was one of many in attendance.
Kylie Mendez was his lone athlete honoree.
Righetti and Santa Maria were the only schools not present at the Round Table. The luncheon will take a week off on Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.