Community sends good-luck wishes to Bishop Diego, Dos Pueblos football teams

It was a day filled with congratulations and good-luck wishes for the Bishop Diego, Dos Pueblos and Laguna Blanca football teams at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Bishop Diego and Dos Pueblos both advanced to their CIF-Southern Section divisional championship games this weekend, while Laguna Blanca finished as a CIF-SS runner-up in its first 8-man football division final last Saturday night. Bishop plays Golden Valley for the Division 6 … [Read more...]

Numbers add up to a great season for Westmont women’s volleyball team

Westmont College women’s volleyball coach Patti Cook had her head full of numbers at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. She started with the No. 35, signifying the number of matches the Warriors have played, and then 32 for the number of victories. She continued with No. 5 for the number of players who received All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors. Libby Dahlberg was named the Player of the Year, Brooklynn Cheney received  Freshman of … [Read more...]

JT Stone encourages community to come out to Santa Barbara-DP Showdown

  JT Stone remembers the days when fans packed the stadiums to see the crosstown high school football games in Santa Barbara. The Santa Barbara High football coach said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon that Saturday night’s game between his Dons and Dos Pueblos is a community event and the community should check it out at La Playa Stadium. “We excited this community gets to see a (great) football game,” he said. “We’re trying to bring football back … [Read more...]

Short bus ride could make a big difference for Westmont men’s soccer team

Westmont hosts the Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament this week, and coach Dave Wolf has a plan to get his team to play better at home. “We’ve actually struggled a little bit at home this year,” Wolf explained at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press conference at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “We were much better on the road, so I’m going to trick my team into believing they’re playing an away game on Thursday. I’m going to rent a Santa Barbara Air Bus and they’re … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara begins push for postseason with showdown against Ventura

There will be no holding back this week at practice for the Santa Barbara High football team. The Dons are playing at Ventura on Friday night in battle between teams that shared the league title last season. “We have a big one this week,” Santa Barbara coach JT Stone declared at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “The one school we haven’t beaten in Channel League (in his three years as coach) is Ventura High School. “From Day 1, I told you … [Read more...]

Laguna Blanca’s Sophia Fay is whiz kid as volleyball defender, student

On the volleyball court, Sophia Fay is an outstanding back-row defender, digging practically everything that gets past the blockers. Like the hard-driven spikes she handles as the team’s libero, Fay takes academics head on and scores high marks. The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table recognized Fay for her scholastic achievements by naming her Laguna Blanca’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at Monday’s press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Fay is a three-sport athlete and carries a 4.72 … [Read more...]

Michael Elbert makes huge play for DP; Samantha De Alba-Kelly Coulson unbeaten for San Marcos

Michael Elbert of the Dos Pueblos football team made the play of the game in the Channel League-opening win against Ventura. The San Marcos tennis doubles team of Kelly Coulson and Samantha De Alba swept their opponents from Dos Pueblos, Ventura and Cate to remain undefeated on the season. Their performances earned them Athlete of the Week honors at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Elbert recovered a fumble at the 12-yard line … [Read more...]

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...]

Jake Ramirez plays big part in DP’s 5th straight win; Erika Foreman leads Dons’ upset of Royals

Dos Pueblos quarterback Jake Ramirez and Santa Barbara High volleyball standout Erika Foreman were named the Athletes of the Week during Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press conference at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Ramirez led Dos Pueblos to its fifth straight football win, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for a pair in a 42-7 victory over Hueneme. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 184 yards, with no interceptions, and rushed for 66 yards on 7 carries. Foreman sparked … [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...]