Athletes of the Week: Roberto Nelson and Jeannette Mendoza

JEANNETTE MENDOZA - SAN MARCOS GIRLS BASKETBALL Mendoza scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 58-56 win over Camarillo. The school record is 32 points, set back in 1995. ROBERTO NELSON - SANTA BARBARA BASKETBALL Nelson, a senior headed to Oregon State next year, scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Dons over San Marcos in front of a big crowd at the SBCC Sports Pavilion. Seven of his points came in the fourth quarter, and he also buried some clutch free throws. … [Read more...]

Moore Encourages Everyone to “Think Pink”

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Kirsten Moore stepped out from behind the podium to do a little modeling of her pink pants at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon. Kind of an odd venue to show off pants, but it all came together when she explained why she was wearing them. Legendary women’s hoops coach Kay Yow passed away Saturday after a courageous 23-year battle with breast cancer, and Moore was wearing the color in support of raising breast cancer awareness. On … [Read more...]

Carpinteria Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nathan Saito

Nathan Saito has been chosen to be the Carpinteria High School Scholar Athlete of the Year.  Congratulations to Nathan. … [Read more...]

Dreams take center stage at luncheon

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Everybody's got dreams. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about his in front of 250,000 people in August of 1968, and Monday just so happened to be the day our nation celebrates Dr. King's legacy. Monday is also the day when Santa Barbara's athletic community gets together, and this week local coaches and a special-guest player stood at a a podium on a much smaller stage and shared some of their dreams. UCSB forward Jesse Byrd is dreaming about two … [Read more...]

Athletes of the Week: Peter Aguilar and Kiley Neushul

PETER AGUILAR, SANTA BARBARA HIGH SOCCER Aguilar scored all three of top-ranked Santa Barbara's goals in a 3-3 tie with No. 2 Ventura, then scored a pair of goals in the Dons' 6-0 win over Buena, which was coach Todd Heil's 200th career victory.   KILEY NEUSHUL, DOS PUEBLOS WATER POLO DP's super-sophomore scored five of the team's 12 goals on the final day of the prestigious Tournament of Champions, which the Chargers won by handing Corona del Mar its first loss of the season in the … [Read more...]

Westmont, Vaqs in midst of hot streaks

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM It's been hoops heaven for Westmont and Santa Barbara City College thus far in 2009. The Westmont men have won seven straight and are ranked 14th in the country, while the Warrior women have won five straight and are ranked 10th in the nation. Over at SBCC's Sports Pavilion, Morris Hodges' men's team has won five straight and Sandrine Krul's Lady Vaqs have taken six of seven. It's no wonder that athletes from these programs were honored as … [Read more...]

Basketball teams strive for simplicity

BY BLAKE DORFMAN- Sometimes it's best to keep things simple. With gas prices as high as they were this summer, longtime Santa Barbara High girls basketball coach Andrew Butcher did just that, opting to purchase a pair of Geo Metros — the lovable, pint-sized hatchbacks that get around 50 miles to the gallon. Sure, he sacrificed a few style points, but being simple and functional has its advantages. Butcher was inspired so much by the Suzuki engineering in his new hot … [Read more...]

Women in Sports Luncheon

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Earl Warren Showgrounds was oozing girl power on Monday. Just a few days after Barack Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure women equal pay for equal work, about 500 members of the community showed up for the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon. “I’m looking out at stars in high school and stars in college, but I’m also looking at CEOs. I’m looking at women elected officials, and women … [Read more...]

Athletes Regain Focus After Holidays

BY BLAKE DORFMAN - After nearly a month of tournaments, travels, triumphs and tribulations, the troops gathered back at home base Monday for the first Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Luncheon since before Santa came to town. The big guy in the sled gifted local coaches with gifted athletes and big-time performances during the break, and Carpinteria boys basketball coach John Ward is certainly appreciative. The Warriors are off to a 10-4 start, a mark which Ward … [Read more...]

Torres labors through quick luncheon speech

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM It’s a time of rebirth in Santa Barbara. Pretty soon vegetation will start to peek through in areas that were burned in the Tea Fire. It’s a time of rebirth for the Westmont community, as classes began again on the partially-burned campus Monday. It’s also a time for rebirth in the athletic community, with the last of fall sports seasons officially completed and the winter sports just starting up. Monday was also a time for, well, … [Read more...]