Every day is a big day during week of San Marcos-Santa Barbara Big Game

San Marcos plays Santa Barbara High in the 58th Big Game on Friday night at Warkentin Stadium. At Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe, San Marcos football coach Jason Fowle shared the message he gave to his team going into this week. “Before we can have a Big Game, we have to have a big Monday,” he said. “We have to have a big week of practice. That’s our goal for today.” The Royals (1-6, 0-1) will have starting quarterback Jacob Villarreal … [Read more...]

Girls volleyball action heating up in Channel League

The competition is heating up among local Channel League girls volleyball teams as rivalry season begins. Santa Barbara High took down rival San Marcos last Thursday in a five-set, upset victory,  and Dons coach Chad Arneson explained on Monday at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table at Harry's Plaza Cafe that Reesc Kelley served six straight points for the Dons, who eventually won the first set 29-27 and the match 3-2. "She hits harder than some of the boys on my boys team," … [Read more...]

Bishop Diego-Carpinteria football game would draw big crowd to a parking lot

It’s Bishop-Carp Rivalry Week, and Bishop Diego assistant football coach Steve Robles said during Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon that you can throw out the records when the teams meet and the game stirs up so much emotion on both sides you can “play the game in a parking lot.” Carpinteria head coach Rick Candaele gladly accepted the offer. “OK, we’ll play in the parking lot. People don’t agree to that every day,” he cracked. The game is Friday night at SBCC's … [Read more...]

Road home is smooth sailing for SBCC football team after blowout victory

The perils of taking a team on the road was a hot topic at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table media luncheon. The Santa Barbara City College football team dealt with the annoying gridlock traffic on the 405 Freeway as it headed to Los Angeles Southwest College southwest of Inglewood on Saturday. “We were just keeping our fingers crossed that we didn’t hit the 405 parking lot, but we did,” coach Craig Moropoulos said. “We got to the stadium on time, played a really good game and … [Read more...]

San Marcos coach Jason Fowle finally gets his chance to talk about a football victory

San Marcos football coach Jason Fowle must have felt like comedian Rodney Dangerfield two weeks ago. “I tell you I get no respect…” At Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe, Fowle finally got the chance to talk about a Royals victory. “I’ve been here 11 times and talked about a loss 11 times,” Fowle, a second-year coach, said as he began his presentation. “We won a game against Morro Bay two weeks ago and Round Table is cancelled. I didn't get … [Read more...]

Carpinteria’s Rick Candaele Still Going Strong After 49 Years of Coaching

  Rick Candaele is alive and kicking. The Carpinteria football coach made that perfectly clear at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s first press luncheon of the 2017-18 school year and the start of the non-profit organization’s 50th anniversary. “After taking this job, I got an email from one of the first guys I coached,” the exuberant Candaele shared with the luncheon audience at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. He said the former player congratulated him and went on to say. “ ‘I didn’t … [Read more...]

Past presidents pay tribute to outgoing leader Cara Gamberdella

It was President’s Day at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon as seven former presidents of the all-volunteer organization were on hand to congratulate out-going leader Cara Gamberdella, who was presiding over the final lunch meeting of her two-year term. Gamberdella also was given a nice send-off by president-elect Gene Deering. "She's elevated everything that we do and really put us on a great trajectory," he said. There also was a tribute to the late Larry … [Read more...]

SBCC baseball coach sends out a warning to regional playoff foe

SBCC baseball coach Jeff Walker noted at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon that Cypress College asked about possibly hosting the Southern California Regional playoff series with the Vaqueros despite being the lower seeded team. “Cypress wants nothing to do with our field,” Walker said. “They tried to get the home field even though we’re the higher seed, so that’s a win of us. We’re excited with that.” SBCC (23-16), champions of the Western State Conference North … [Read more...]

San Marcos softball looks for strong second half of Channel League play

The San Marcos girls softball team earned an emotional 8-4 win over Dos Pueblos last Tuesday and is a solid 5-1 in Channel League play heading into the second half of league matchups. Other than a 6-0 loss to undefeated Buena, the Royals have run the table in league competition, outscoring their opponents 34-8 over five games. "We're winning the games that we think we should and struggling but making it happen in games where we don't play our best," said San Marcos head coach Jeff Swann on … [Read more...]

San Marcos boys lacrosse has shot of making playoffs for first time

The San Marcos boys lacrosse team has its sights set on making the playoffs for the first time. The Royals enter the final week of the regular season with a 10-1 record and a No. 18 ranking in the latest L.A./Ventura area poll. Their only loss came in the season opener against Oaks Christian, which is ranked fourth. San Marcos plays Santa Barbara on Friday and competes the regular season with games against Cate and Thacher. “If we win out, you just may here about us playing in May,” … [Read more...]