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...]

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...]

Grace MacNeil works hard at helping others at Laguna Blanca

Grace MacNeil kicks it on the soccer field, on the tennis court, in the classroom and on campus at Laguna Blanca School. This winter, she co-captained an Owls team that won a fourth straight Condor League title in soccer. In the fall, she was the No. 1 singles player on the tennis team. The sports don’t get in the way of her studies as she carries a 4.34 GPA while taking a number of advanced placement courses. MacNeil on Monday was honored at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table … [Read more...]

Harmony Reed does it all at Carpinteria High

Harmony Reed is a leading young woman at Carpinteria High. The junior is a standout three-sport athlete; she’s been recognized as an all-academic all-league selection in all three sports and, just recently, she was the lead actress in the school play. On Monday, Reed received the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. The award recognizes student-athletes who demonstrates the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship. The … [Read more...]

Dons soccer player receives Womble Award

Soccer player Alex Saucedo was honored as Santa Barbara High’s recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. The award is presented to a high school junior student-athlete who demonstrates high character, always does the right thing whether the coach is present or not, respects his teammates, the opposition and the game itself. “Alex is an incredible young man on and off the pitch,” Dons soccer coach Todd Heil said in … [Read more...]

Bentajado’s caring nature is a blessing at Bishop Diego

Whether it's on the basketball the court or in the community, Ann Bentajado is willing to lend a helping hand. The Bishop Diego junior on Wednesday was honored as the school's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. As a sophomore, Bentajado was a key contributor in Bishop Diego's run to the CIF girls basketball championship last season. "I can't think of a more deserving person than Ann," Bishop girls basketball … [Read more...]

Kaitlynn Miller receives Phil Womble Award for San Marcos

When the going gets tough during a basketball practice, San Marcos coach Chris Hantgin is glad to have a player like Kaitlynn Miller. Miller provides encouragement and support to keep her teammates going. Miller was honored Monday as the recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. “Kaitlyn has been there for (her teammates) as an example,” Hantgin said. “She’s really encouraging to a lot of the newcomers. She has a … [Read more...]

Jones honored as Womble Award winner from Providence

Caleb Jones, a junior on the Providence School basketball team, is already giving back to the sport. Jones was honored Monday as the school's recipient of the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award. He was presented the prestigious award at the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. Jones helps youth basketball players at the Providence basketball camp and at the YMCA. "He goes back to the YMCA and he watches those kids and stays in part of their life," Providence athletic … [Read more...]

Phil Womble Ethics Award: Kelsey Drain

Carpinteria girls soccer coach Lucy Carleton fondly remembered when junior defender Kelsey Drain was playing on her youth soccer team. “It’s been my pleasure to coach her since she’s this big,” Carleton said as she positioned her right hand about waist high, “and she used to give me hugs on my legs.” Now, Drain is considered a “beast” for her toughness and all-around solid play for the Warriors on the soccer pitch. “The girls mean this as a high compliment, that she is a force of … [Read more...]