President Wilson makes his final stand at Harry’s

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM The Rick Wilson era came to a close at Monday's final Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Luncheon, the last of the year. For two years Wilson has dutifully served as the SBART's President, which is a job that takes up huge chunks of one's time, with of course no pay. If Wilson is anything, he is dedicated. Earlier this year he emceed a luncheon despite suffering from a horrendous two-week flu, and thoughtfully replaced his traditional handshake … [Read more...]

These twins really tie the room together at Harry’s


UCSB tennis coach Davis makes good on prediction

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Marty Davis stood at the podium at last week's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon and boldly proclaimed that his UCSB men's tennis team would win the Big West tournament despite being seeded fourth. Lesson: Don't doubt Marty Davis. The Gauchos won the tourney with a 4-2 win over No. 2 seed UC Irvine Sunday morning, becoming back-to-back-to-back-to-back conference champs and earn another NCAA bid. The Gauchos had lost to Irvine 6-1 earlier in … [Read more...]

Harwin stops by Harry’s for luncheon

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Jerry Harwin has accomplished a lot in his 97 years on earth, and he fittingly received a standing ovation at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. He is, after all, one of the Round Table’s original knights. Harwin, Bill Bertka and the late Caesar Uyesaka founded the SBART in 1968, and Harwin’s list of accomplishments and good deeds in the local athletic community took current president Rick Wilson a full two minutes to rattle … [Read more...]

SBAA’s generosity helps local track programs flourish

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Three special awards, nine checks to hand out and 21 teams to catch up on. There wasn’t a partridge in a pear tree at Harry’s for Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, but after missing a week due to Spring Break, it seemed like everything else was there. The checks were doled out by Jim Sloan of the Santa Barbara Athletic Association, a longtime local running organization which puts on races and helps support local scholastic … [Read more...]

Trainers and a pitcher’s inspirational story highlight luncheon

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Like a car without a mechanic, an athlete just can't keep going without the help of an athletic trainer every now and then. Trainers sit on the sidelines dutifully in anticipation of an injury, major or minor, and they're always there before and after games and practices to ice, tape and stretch. Local trainers just don't get the recognition they deserve, so the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table did its part to support this deserving bunch by inviting … [Read more...]

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Luncheon crowd feels the connection

BY BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Sometimes we forget what a small town we live in. Monday's Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon was a reminder, because it seemed like nearly everyone in the Ranchero Room crowd was connected in some way. Carpinteria boys basketball coach John Ward brought along his son Johnny, a former Bishop Diego hoopster who now serves as his dad's assistant coach. UCSB swimming coachGregg Wilson, who was sitting at the next table over, was Johnny's T-Ball … [Read more...]

Women in Sports Luncheon: Natalie Golda

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Earl Warren Showgrounds was oozing girl power on Monday. Just a few days after Barack Obama signed the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure women equal pay for equal work, about 500 members of the community showed up for the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table's National Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon. "I'm looking out at stars in high school and stars in college, but I'm also looking at CEOs. I'm looking at women elected officials, and women … [Read more...]

Moore Encourages Everyone to “Think Pink”

By BLAKE DORFMAN, PRESIDIOSPORTS.COM Kirsten Moore stepped out from behind the podium to do a little modeling of her pink pants at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table luncheon. Kind of an odd venue to show off pants, but it all came together when she explained why she was wearing them. Legendary women’s hoops coach Kay Yow passed away Saturday after a courageous 23-year battle with breast cancer, and Moore was wearing the color in support of raising breast cancer awareness. On … [Read more...]