ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: Janelle Wong and Sanford Spivey

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Janelle Wong, SBCC Basketball — Wong, a 5-10 sophomore from Dos Pueblos, scored 34 points and canned nine 3-pointers in wins over Hancock and Cuesta. She made four triples in the first eight minutes of a 70-51 win at Cuesta on Saturday and finished with a career-high 19 points. SBCC (20-10) was seeded 15th in the 18-team Southern Cal Regional and will play host to No. 18 L.A. Trade Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sanford Spivey, SBHS Soccer — Spivey scored all three … [Read more...]

Special Olympian is a dominator on the court

A coach at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon said that Special Olympian Tim Jones "can flat out play" basketball. It wasn't a Special Olympics coach, but rather UCSB men's assistant coach Dave Campbell. "I've seen this guy play at our camps over the years... In fact, Timmy, if you want to suit up this weekend we might be able to use you on the Gauchos," joked Campbell. Jones, a point guard, averaged 15 points per game last season as his team, coached by award sponsor … [Read more...]

Special Olympics Athlete of the Month: Tim Jones

A coach at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon said that Special Olympian Tim Jones "can flat out play" basketball. It wasn't a Special Olympics coach, but rather UCSB men's assistant coach Dave Campbell. "I've seen this guy play at our camps over the years... In fact, Timmy, if you want to suit up this weekend we might be able to use you on the Gauchos," joked Campbell. Jones, a point guard, averaged 15 points per game last season as his team, coached by award sponsor … [Read more...]

Cate’s ‘Dream Season’ still perfect

Cate School's boys soccer team currently sits at 13-0, having outscored opponents 70-4. They are the top-ranked team in Division VII, and recently found out that they are ranked 41st in the nation. "In truly the season of Santa Barbara being 'Soccer Heaven,' we're trying to do our little part," said Athletic Director Wade Ransom at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Press luncheon. One of the team's young stars, Teddy Mauze, was at Harry's to be honored at Male Athlete of the … [Read more...]

Royston becomes first Lion to win AOW

They probably won't build a statue of him just yet, but JT Royston made a little history for Providence Hall's young athletic program on Monday. The basketball star became the Lions' first-ever Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Week after putting up big numbers in a 3-0 week for Providence Hall. The first was a triple-double in a blowout win, followed by a 26-point performance in a one-point decision and 24 more points in the week's third showdown. Providence Hall Athletic … [Read more...]

NAIA tourney about more than hoops for Warriors

Westmont's women's basketball is in the hunt for an NAIA National Tournament berth as always, and on Martin Luther King Day coach Kirsten Moore talked about how the trip to Tennessee is about much more than basketball. "If we make Nationals, every year we go into Memphis and we go visit the National Civil Rights Museum that's at the Lorraine Motel, which is where Dr. King was assassinated," she said at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon. Moore has her players write … [Read more...]

Coaches watch their athletes grow, succeed

Growing up before our eyes. It was a day of reminiscing for a few coaches who were paying tribute to current and former athletes and other coaches present at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Press Luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Carpinteria girls soccer coach Lucy Carleton fondly remembered when junior defender Kelsey Drain was playing on her youth soccer team. “It’s been my pleasure to coach her since she’s this big,” Carleton said as she positioned her right hand about … [Read more...]

Big matchups on tap to start 2011

The New Year isn't wasting any time when it comes to big local games, as evidenced by the handful of coaches who reported at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Luncheon, the first of 2011. Westmont basketball, which had two Athlete of the Week honorees in Preston Branson and Angel Blanco, hosts a huge women's and men's doubleheader on Tuesday night as Golden State Athletic Conference foe Vanguard pays a visit to Murchison Gym. The Vanguard women are ranked ninth in the nation, and … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara to overflow with soccer matches

If you're allergic to soccer, leave town immediately. There will be so much soccer played this weekend that nearly every field in town will be occupied with the world's most popular sport. UCSB's Harder Stadium will be the biggest stage, as an NCAA National Champion will be crowned at the College Cup. But at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Luncheon, San Marcos High administrator Aaron Solis reminded everyone that the high school ranks will also invade Santa Barbara this … [Read more...]

Basketball faces mark a new hoops season

Turkey Day approaches, and college hoops fans are thankful for the fact that basketball season is in full gear. "We're off to our usual slow start," said UCSB men's assistant coach Dave Campbell at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon. It hasn't been too slow, however, as the defending Big West champion Gauchos are 2-2 and have already received a brilliant performance from star junior Orlando Johnson. In a home win against Fresno State on Saturday, Johnson scored 35 points … [Read more...]