Athletes of the Week: Briggs Deardorff and Kailey Snyder

Male Athlete of the Week Briggs Deardorff has been a star distance runner for Santa Barbara High for a few years now, and he had a big day last week at the Don Green Invitational in Moorpark with wins in the one-mile and two-mile races. Deardorff completed the 1600 in just under four minutes and 28 seconds while beating the field in the 3200 in 9:52.71.

“Briggs Deardorff encompasses what it truly means to be a great student-athlete. He without hesitation accepts challenges, both in the classroom and on the field,” said first-year SBHS distance coach Ricardo Epps. “He is grateful, gracious and humble.”

Female Athlete of the Week Kailey Snyder of the SBCC softball team is having a fantastic year at the plate, hitting .414 in Western State Conference play, but her pitching performance last week outdoes anything she’s accomplished with the bat. The freshman from St. Joseph High threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts in a 12-0, five-inning shutout at L.A. Pierce on Tuesday. Two days later, she tossed a one-hitter with a season-high 13 strikeouts in five innings of relief in a 9-2 win at Hancock. In 10 innings, she allowed one hit with 20 strikeouts and no walks.

Coach Paula Congleton also introduced Jeana Carrillo, a freshman pitcher from Lompoc High who is 5-3 in the pitcher’s circle while batting .286 in the WSC play.

“We have 14 freshmen this year and three sophomores, so we’re going to have a great year next year and we’re looking forward to some great recruits,” said Congleton.

The Vaqueros (23-14, 9-7) play their final two home games of the year on Tuesday, with a doubleheader against Cuesta scheduled for 1 p.m.

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