Liana Tacconelli leads on volleyball court, in classroom at Santa Barbara High

Liana Tacconelli shined as a leader for the Santa Barbara High girls volleyball team. She’s been the team captain as a freshman, sophomore and senior, and three times received the Coach’s Award. Tacconelli is a leader in the classroom, too. She was honored as Santa Barbara’s Scholar Athlete of the Year Award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. The daughter of Carolene and Dr. Victor Tacconelli carries a 4.94 grade-point average while … [Read more...]

UCSB softball standout Kristen Clark is an aspiring doctor

Kristen Clark has been a star on the softball field and in the classroom at UCSB. The senior team captain holds program hitting records and boasts an impressive 3.81 grade point average while majoring in microbiology. It’s no surprise then that UCSB recognized Clark as recipient of the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. She was presented the award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s  Plaza Cafe. Clark holds several Gaucho batting records, … [Read more...]

Westmont’s Kelly Collins excels as distance runner, creative writer

Kelly Collins has been named Westmont College's Scholar Athlete of the Year for her participation on the women's cross country and track and field teams as well as her strong academic success. Collins is an eight-time NAIA national qualifier and was named an NAIA All-American in cross country in 2014. Collins' academic credentials are impressive as well. An English major and philosophy minor, Collins has earned a 4.0 during her time at Westmont and owns the top GPA of the 2017 … [Read more...]

Kento Perera’s tennis, academic prowess gets him into Stanford

Kento Perera is standout tennis player and student at San Marcos High. On the court, he’s won three straight Channel League singles championships and is a top-20 player in Southern California. In the classroom, he carries a 4.8 GPA. Perera’s tennis and academic prowess has earned him acceptance into Stanford University, where he plans to study engineering and play for the Cardinal men’s tennis team. On Monday, the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table honored Perera as the Scholar-Athlete … [Read more...]

Henry Farrell plays five sports, carries 4.5 GPA at Laguna Blanca

Henry Farrell has been fortunate enough to play in two CIF-Southern Section finals during his high school athletic career at Laguna Blanca School. Farrell is a rare five-sport athlete and an outstanding student as well. On Monday, he was honored as Laguna Blanca’s Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Farrell runs cross country, plays soccer, tennis, beach volleyball and indoor volleyball for the Owls. He played … [Read more...]

DP soccer player Calvin Schipper leads on field and in classroom

Calvin Schipper is the leader of the defense for the Dos Pueblos boys soccer team. So, it seems almost fitting he is pursuing acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Schipper was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Dos Pueblos at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. Schipper commands the Charger back line as the center back. He was an all-Channel League second-team selection last season and as a sophomore in 2015, helping Dos Pueblos … [Read more...]

Sam Truax does it all at Carpinteria High

Sam Truax isn’t shy about getting involved in student life at Carpinteria High. From playing on the tennis team and running cross country to doing musical theater, improvisation, choir and mock trial, Truax gets after it and has a good time doing it all. On Monday, Truax was honored as Carpinteria’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. The son of Thomas and Pamela Truax leads an active life on campus. e’s been … [Read more...]

Austin Bohnett excels in multiple areas at Bishop Diego

Austin Bohnett is the definition of a go-getter. Whether it’s in athletics or academics, he goes after it with gusto. Bohnett was honored as Bishop Diego’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. His resumé is quite impressive. Award sponsor and presenter Marc Gamberdella called Bohnett  “a Renaissance Man” in this day of athletic specialization. He’s played five sports at Bishop: football, volleyball, soccer, … [Read more...]

Tennis, Lacrosse Player Summer Christensen Carries 4.54 GPA at Cate

Summer Christensen was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year from Cate School at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. Christensen is a two-sport athlete at Cate, competing in lacrosse and tennis. She was the Most Improved Player on the tennis team in 2014, reached the Tri-Valley League doubles final in 2015 and was named first-team all league that season. She is part of this year’s team that is 8-1 and ranked in the top 10 in Division 2 of the … [Read more...]

Ricky Beebe Named Scholar-Athlete of Year at Providence

Senior Ricky Beebe was honored as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Providence School at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. Beebe was an All-CIF basketball honoree for the Patriots last season and the team captain. He was named the Male Athlete of the Year at the school and the basketball team’s MVP as a junior. In the classroom, he holds a 4.5 grade-point average carrying Advanced-Placement classes in Calculus, Chemistry, Economics and … [Read more...]