Retired UCSB volleyball coach Ken Preston to become Legend of the Dome

  UCSB men’s volleyball will pay tribute to retired coach Ken Preston during the Gauchos’ regular-season finale against BYU on Saturday, April 7 at the Thunderdome. Assistant coach Vince Devany announced at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table that Preston will become a “Legend of the Dome” that night and a banner ceremony will be held after the second set of the Gauchos’ Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match with the Cougars. “Kenny will go up among the greats of the … [Read more...]

SBCC baseball had tough time dealing with El Niño

The recent warm weather has been welcomed by SBCC baseball coach Jeff Walker. After a slow start, the Vaqueros have won 11 of their last 13 games and eight in row. “The main reason is because our biggest opponent at the beginning of the year was El Niño, which was actually ranked No. 1 in our preseason poll,” Walker cracked at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. The rain that’s associated with an El Niño weather pattern kept the Vaqueros off … [Read more...]

Westmont women’s basketball team in right frame of mind for postseason

Following its revenge victory against Biola in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals, the Westmont women’s basketball team set its sights on Vanguard, a team the Warriors lost twice against during the regular season. “We stayed to watch Vanguard play The Master’s College in the second semifinal,” Westmont coach Kirsten Moore said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “It was a one seed versus a four seed. Master’s was up at … [Read more...]

San Marcos water polo accomplished every team goal but one

"Our team impressed me so much this season," exclaimed San Marcos girls water polo head coach Chuckie Roth on Monday at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Press Luncheon at Harry's Plaza Cafe. Roth explained that the only goal his team didn't fulfill this year was winning the championship. The Royals came close, losing 6-2 to undefeated Laguna Beach in the finals on Saturday. Roth brought athletes Piper Smith, Brittany Prentice, and Paige Hauschild to the luncheon. Hauschild was … [Read more...]

Olympians Sami Hill, Barbara Nwaba inspire at Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon

By Rochelle Rose This week’s Women & Girls in Sports Luncheon, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, honored two local 2016 Olympians. The Celebration of Local Olympians honoring Sami Hill (Team USA for water polo) and Barbara Nwaba (Team USA for track and field) was part of SBART’s observance of the 45th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. The groundbreaking federal law states, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, … [Read more...]

Area’s girls water polo talent, success impresses Westmont basketball coach Kirsten Moore

Westmont women’s basketball coach Kirsten Moore marveled at the continued success of the local girls water polo teams during Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. “I feel like this is the power table here,” she said while looking to where prep coaches Mark Walsh, Chuckie Roth, Connor Levoff and UCSB’s Serela Kay were seated with their athletes. “This is my 12th year here and every year you have the best high school player in the country; the Gauchos now are in the top … [Read more...]

Round Table pays tribute to local legend Phil Womble

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table held a moment of silence for the legendary Phil Womble at its press luncheon on Monday at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Womble, whom Round Table president Cara Gamberdella called “a treasured, well-loved board member and community member,” passed away early Monday at the age of 80. He was an inspiration to anyone who met him. Born with cerebral palsy, Womble lived an active life in Santa Barbara and was a fixture in the sports community. He often attended the … [Read more...]

New year begins with Noozhawk introducing All-South Coast Football Team

Football kicked off the new year of Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheons at Harry’s Plaza Cafe on Monday. Noozhawk took over the program with the presentation of its All-South Coast Football Team. Twenty-four players from the five local high schools that play 11-man football were introduced and presented plaques. Kellen Roberts and Marcellous Gossett of Dos Pueblos, the offensive and defensive MVPs, and DP’s Nate Mendoza, the coach of the year, received trophies. GIRLS … [Read more...]

2017 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 August 28, 2017 Football, Womens & Girls Volleyball, College Soccer Athlete of the Week, Sports Persons of the Month – Athletic Directors Day September 11, 2017 Football, College Soccer, Mens and Boys Water Polo Athlete of the Week, Phil Womble Ethics Award – SMHS September 18, … [Read more...]

San Marcos wants to turn Thunderhut into stuffed animal house

It was the last Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon of the year, and San Marcos assistant girls basketball coach Aaron Solis wanted to get the word out about a couple of fun and exciting basketball events for the community. The first one is Friday at the San Marcos Thunderhut gym when the Royals girls host Carpinteria. The Associated Student Body at San Marcos is starting a new community-giving event called “The Teddy Bear Tip-Off Toss.” Solis said the students got the … [Read more...]