Laguna Blanca’s Margaux Murphy shows selflessness on and off the field

One of the qualities Laguna Blanca athletic director and girls volleyball coach Jason Donnelly appreciates about Margaux Murphy is how she deeply cares about others. A great example of Murphy’s caring is the more than 200 hours she’s logged as a member of the National Charity League. A three-sport athlete at Laguna, Murphy was honored as the school’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza … [Read more...]

Carpinteria’s Isaac De Alba is a leader among his teammates and on campus

Carpinteria High's Isaac De Alba let's his actions do the talking. Whether it's on the field or in the classroom, De Alba gets things done and leaves a good impression. De Alba was recognized as Carpinteria's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry's Plaza Cafe. De Alba is a three-sport athlete for the Warriors, competing in football, basketball and track & field. "Isaac De Alba is a person of … [Read more...]

Cate three-sport athlete Sarah Polowczak carries a positive attitude wherever she goes

Whether she’s on the tennis court, basketball court or running around the track, Sarah Polowczak always carries a positive attitude. And that attitude rubs off on her teammates and classmates at Cate School. On Monday, Polowczak was recognized as Cate’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award. The award acknowledges those student-athletes that value and incorporate into their lives accountability, respect, honesty, positive attitude, reliability, loyalty, sportsmanship, … [Read more...]

Act of selflessness by San Marcos’ Fiona Kuesis Makes a difference in teammate’s career

The act of selflessness Fiona Kuesis showed a San Marcos teammate at the CIF Swimming Championships last spring is a perfect example of what the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award represents. Kuesis was presented the award for high character and sportsmanship at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. The junior student-athlete carries a 4.3 grade point average, plays water polo and swims for the Royals, is a member of the school’s Resource Family Association … [Read more...]

Jaymie Stryker played a key part in San Marcos’ success in water polo

Jaymie Stryker was rehabilitating a surgically repaired shoulder this past girls water polo season, but that wasn’t going to stop her from having a role in San Marcos’ successful season. The Royals went undefeated to win their fourth straight Channel League title and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final. “She only played three seconds in games this year but she came to practice every day,” San Marcos water polo and swim coach Chuckie Roth said. “Every player respects and … [Read more...]

Kara Murray excels above, beyond as student-athlete at Bishop Diego

It wouldn't surprise anyone at Bishop Diego if Kara Murray did a couple of back flips as she ran out to her position on the softball diamond. Murray comes from a gymnastics background and has used her skills as a member of Bishop Diego's cheer squad. She also plays softball and basketball for the Cardinals and carries a 4.0 grade-point average. Murray was honored Monday as Bishop Diego's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethic in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press … [Read more...]

Laguna Blanca’s Aidan O’Donnell possesses right stuff for Womble Award

The qualities Aidan O’Donnell brings to athletics, academics and student life at Laguna Blanca are what the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award represent. Strong work ethic, toughness, positive attitude, leadership on and off the athletic field, leading by example, not afraid to step out of his comfort zone to help his team are attributes coaches, teachers and peers get from O’Donnell. O’Donnell was honored Monday at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon as Laguna … [Read more...]

DP’s Erick Nisich gets it done in sports and school

Erick Nisich brings intensity to the sports he plays, his schoolwork and his involvement in campus activities at Dos Pueblos High. On Monday, the junior was recognized as DP's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table's weekly press luncheon at Harry's Plaza Cafe. Nisich is a standout offensive lineman and wrestler. He won a Channel League wrestling title last year as a sophomore and this fall helped the football team win a share of … [Read more...]

Isabella Montes de Oca respected for work ethic, fairness

The love and respect she has for the sports she plays, her teammates and her opponents make Isabella Montes de Oca a special student-athlete. “Even if she scored a game winner, she still gets high-fives and handshakes from all of her opponents, which in this day and age is absolutely amazing,” Cate athletic director Wade Ransom said of Montes de Oca. The Cate School junior was recognized on Monday as the school’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award. “She embodies … [Read more...]

Anais Jimenez a phenomenal athlete, student at SBHS

Anais Jimenez was named Santa Barbara High's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry's Plaza Cafe. Jimenez plays basketball, lacrosse and is a member of the Dons' cheer squad. She is also active in student government— she was the class president during her freshman and sophomore years. In the classroom, Jimenez carries a 3.86 grade point average. "I've known Anais since she was in the third grade and I … [Read more...]