There were a trio of Athletes of the Week at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Press Luncheon as Santa Barbara High’s Gio Goggia was recognized along with Carpinteria tennis players Lesly Zapata and Erin Saito.
Goggia led the Dons’ water polo team to a pair of CIF victories last week defending the cage. Santa Barbara High’s senior goalkeeper limited opponents to eight goals in six quarters while totaling 16 saves. Goggia was up against two of the division’s top scorers in those two games. The Dons, ranked No. 2 in Division 2, have advanced to Wednesday’s CIF Division 2 Semifinals.
Zapata and Saito earned the award for leading Carpinteria’s girls tennis team to victory in the Division 6 CIF Championship match on Friday at The Claremont Club. The Warriors’ top doubles team won three sets without a loss, accounting for three points in a close 10-8 match. Zapata and Saito are the reigning Frontier League champions and will play in the CIF Individual Tournament beginning next Monday.
Honorable Mentions included Grace Woolf, Laguna Blanca Volleyball; Jenna Anderson, SBCC Volleyball, Mhiah Vickers, SBCC Basketball; Grant Schroeder, Dos Pueblos Water Polo; Bryan Fernandez, Dos Pueblos Cross Country; Troy Skinner, Bishop Diego Football.
The Athletes of the Week are selected each week by a panel of local sports media reporters. The candidates are identified by PresidioSports.com, Santa Barbara’s Community Sports News resource.