Womble Ethics Award: Eli Wopat

Eli Wopat has been part of the Dos Pueblos High family his whole life. The youngest of four children of Kathy and Ron Wopat, he watched two sisters and brother excel on the volleyball court and in the classroom. Eli has continued that family tradition. On Monday, the junior was honored as the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award winner from Dos Pueblos. Wopat, a two-year varsity basketball and volleyball player and team captain, is a high-achieving student-athlete. He carries a 4.6 GPA, … [Read more...]

Dons’ Clay makes a positive impact on, off court

Santa Barbara High basketball player Ben Clay was named his school’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. Clay made huge strides in his game since his sophomore year and earned a spot in the starting lineup for the Dons this season. “This year, he’s just blossomed,” said SBHS coach David Bregante of the 6-3 center. “He’s not only a great player, he’s a tremendous leader. He's always positive. As a coach, that’s … [Read more...]

Hodson named Providence’s Womble winner

Katie Hodson, a junior at Providence High School and a middle blocker for the volleyball team, received the Phil Womble Ethic in Sports Award at the Athletic Round Table press luncheon on Monday. “Coaching Katie Hodson has been an absolute privilege," said volleyball coach Laura Newton. "She only started playing volleyball two years ago and has become an outstanding hitter, passer and server. This season, Katie leads our team in kills, blocks and digs." The Patriots finished second in the … [Read more...]

Bishop Diego makes Engel a Womble awardee

Whether it’s on the volleyball court, on the yearbook staff or in a challenging class like advanced placement calculus, the coaches, teachers and students at Bishop Diego can always count Francesca Engel to make a valuable contribution. Engel was honored Monday as recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award. She was presented the award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. The award is presented to a high school junior student-athlete who holds remarkable core … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Award: Bishop Diego’s Jordyn Lilly

Jordyn Lilly of Bishop Diego added the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award to her collection of honors this year. The junior basketball standout and team captain has previously earned All-CIF, All-Frontier League and Presidio Sports All-City team awards. Lilly not only makes things happen on the basketball court, she does it in the classroom and in the community. She carries a 4.3 grade-point average, serves as a school ambassador and volunteers her time in the classroom at Coastline … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Award: Scott Johnston

When Scott Johnston was named Laguna Blanca’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award, school athletic director Mike Biermann said he was the right person for the prestigious honor. “When I was reading the description of the award, I was struck by where it says: ‘The recipients demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship,’” he said. “Not high standards, but the highest. That’s Scott. That’s how he lives his life. He doesn’t have to be reminded or told about it. … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Award: Riley Heiduk

In the pool, in the classroom, or in the community, Riley Heiduk has made a name for herself as a student leader at San Marcos High School. At Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Heiduk was recognized as the Royals’ Phil Womble Award recipient for the 2013-14 school year. The Round Table presents the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award to student-athletes who demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship. Each school selects a junior on an annual … [Read more...]

Womble Ethics Award: SBHS’ Matthew Prado

Matthew Prado of Santa Barbara High was named winner of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award on Monday at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. When he’s not attending classes or playing football for the Dons, Prado spends much of his time volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. He’s logged more than 155 hours of community service at the Eastside club. Award present Dave Pintard read the remarks from club operation manager and program director Calvin Mass on … [Read more...]

Womble Ethics Award: Kelsie Bryant

Kelsie Bryant has a second address. It’s the same as Carpinteria High School. With all the activities she’s involved in, the junior student probably spends more time at school than at her family home. She is the captain and No. 1 singles player on the reigning two-time CIF-champion girls tennis team, co-captain of the soccer team, plays clarinet in the marching and concert bands and carries a course load that includes advanced placement courses in English, Spanish, pre-calculus and … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Award: Natalie Klapp

Natalie Klapp is an outstanding three-sport athlete at Dos Pueblos High. But there’s more to her than hitting and digging a volleyball, or scoring goals in soccer, or sprinting down the track. DP volleyball coach Todd Garrett explained as Klapp was being honored as the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award recipient at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. “As I was reading the criteria for selecting a junior student-athlete for the award, I can … [Read more...]