Westmont coach Kirsten Moore exposes her daughter Alexis to college dorm life

It was a back-to-the future moment for Westmont women’s basketball coach Kirsten Moore, when she and her team were evacuated from campus because of the Thomas Fire and spent a week in a dormitory at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita. Moore took her daughter, too. “Alexis and I got to live the dorm life,” Moore said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “I got to relive the dorm life of college and Alexis got to live it before her … [Read more...]

2018 Press Luncheon Schedule

Mondays at Noon - Harry’s Plaza Cafe Presenting Sponsor - Union Bank Platinum Sponsors - Maho & Prentice, Santa Barbara Injury Attorneys - Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital January 8, 2018 College & Girls Basketball, Mens Volleyball, Girls Water Polo Athlete of the Week, Scholar Athlete of the Year - SMHS, All City Football Team January 15, 2018 No Luncheon - MLK Day January 22, 2018 College & Boys Basketball, Swimming, Boys & Girls Soccer, Wrestling Athlete of … [Read more...]

Bishop Diego football coaches needed a happy dance after championship victory

When Bishop Diego defeated Golden Valley for its first CIF-SS football championship last Friday at Canyon High, the coaches found themselves in an awkward position. They didn’t know how to react. “I didn’t know what to do after the game,” assistant Steve Robles said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “Our whole staff have been coaching with Tom Crawford for 17-plus years and we don’t know what to do.  We didn’t know whether to cry, throw our … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]