Phil Womble Ethics Award: Spencer Mikles

Spencer Mikles, Santa Barbara High Mikles was a member of the Dons' golf squad which won a State Championship last season and is also a starting guard on the basketball team. He carries a 4.3 GPA and is taking three AP classes. His golf coach, James Bedard, used an anecdote about Mikles and the award's namesake to illustrate his character. Womble, who has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair, was at a luncheon last year which the Dons golf team was attending. There are two large skylights in … [Read more...]

Womble Ethics Award: Josh Bartley

PHIL WOMBLE ETHICS AWARD Josh Bartley, Dos Pueblos — The award's namesake was on hand to see it given to Bartley, a junior running back and track star at Dos Pueblos. Barley, who won Athlete of the Week honors two weeks ago, was described as a quiet leader to his teammates who always sets a good example. He carries a GOA over 3.25. "We're very proud of Josh. He's not only a great athlete; he's a great kid," said Feldhaus. Bartley thanked his parents, Henry and Della, who were in … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Erin Ristig, Dos Pueblos

Dos Pueblos soccer and track star Erin Ristig is the recipient of the last Phil Womble Ethics Award of the year. Her parents, Dave and Eileen, were at the luncheon to see her honored. Ristig, a junior, carries a GPA over 4.0 and is a leader in both sports she plays even though she is not as vocal as many of her teammates. “I encourage my athletes to learn the definition of integrity and to live it. I look straight to Erin for this example,” said her soccer coach, Molly Imel. … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Lauren McAlister, Laguna Blanca

Lauren McAlister’s junior season with the Laguna Blanca girls soccer team ended in the quarterfinals over the weekend, but luckily for the Owls she’ll be back to lead next year. McAlister, who hopes to attend either USC or Stanford, has started all three years as a forward on the team and is also an avid equestrian. “There is no one who displays the character of the Phil Womble Award more than Lauren McAlister,” said Athletic Director Mike Biermann. Biermann specifically recalled a game … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Jackson Mauze, Cate School

Cate junior Jackson Mauze is an all-county and all-CIF third baseman as well as a standout on the Rams' 8-man football team and soccer squad. He is on pace to earn 12 varsity letters in his Cate career. He holds a 3.5 GPA and, most importantly, serves as a role model and mentor for younger students. "It was a no-brainer on who to give this award to today," said Athletic Director Wade Ransom. "He stands apart in the choices that he makes." Ransom said that on three separate occasions … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Cody Yokubaitis, Bishop Diego

Cody Yokubaitis is a standout pitcher in baseball, just like his UCSB Hall-of-Fame father Dan. But when the Bishop Diego junior was approached to play soccer by coach Jesus Landeros, the response went something like this: "Coach, you know that soccer is not my sport.  There's way too much running and it will take my time away from baseball.  But since I know we don't have enough guys and the team needs me to play, I will." He's now the starting goalie for the Cardinals, who are 3-0-2. He … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Shelby Dunlap, Carpinteria

Phil Womble Ethics Award winner Shelby Dunlap does it all at Carpinteria High. She plays volleyball, basketball, track and is also a varsity cheerleader. She carries a 4.0 GPA and is a member of numerous on-campus organizations, including Junior Statesmen of America. "She's not very big, but she buzzes around all over the place and makes everyone smile," said Ward, who is also the school's athletic director. Dunlap's mother was there to watch proudly. Unfortunately, Dunlap's father, who … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Johnny Manzo, San Marcos

There are lots of qualities that a Womble -award winner must possess — leadership, selflessness and dedication to name a few. According to San Marcos volleyball coach Roger Kuntz, Johnny Manzo is "the package." Manzo, a junior volleyball and basketball player for the Royals, received heaps of praise from Kuntz, hoops coach Jarrod Bradley and principal Norm Clevenger at the luncheon before stepping up to the podium himself. "It's important to treat others how you want to be treated, not … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Katy Villanueva, Santa Barbara High

Katy Villanueva, a junior middle blocker on the Santa Barbara High volleyball team, is involved with ASB and works with Direct Relief International on top of being exceptional in the classroom. She surely has a laundry list of accomplishments like so many of the other outstanding kids honored at the weekly luncheons. But Santa Barbara Athletic Director Nan Verkaik and coach Gannon kept their descriptions short and sweet when discussing Villanueva, who blushed as she stood waiting for her … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Rebecca Neilsen-Robbins, Santa Barbara High

WOMBLE ETHICS AWARD — REBECCA NEILSEN-ROBBINS Neilsen-Robbins, who pitches for the Santa Barbara Dons softball team, carries a 4.76 GPA and is the editor of SBHS's school paper, The Forge. On the side, the Junior Statesman of America wants to attend Stanford or Cal Berkeley and is also a board member for the organization Youth Making Change. … [Read more...]