Past presidents pay tribute to outgoing leader Cara Gamberdella

It was President’s Day at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon as seven former presidents of the all-volunteer organization were on hand to congratulate out-going leader Cara Gamberdella, who was presiding over the final lunch meeting of her two-year term. Gamberdella also was given a nice send-off by president-elect Gene Deering. "She's elevated everything that we do and really put us on a great trajectory," he said. There also was a tribute to the late Larry … [Read more...]

SBCC baseball had tough time dealing with El Niño

The recent warm weather has been welcomed by SBCC baseball coach Jeff Walker. After a slow start, the Vaqueros have won 11 of their last 13 games and eight in row. “The main reason is because our biggest opponent at the beginning of the year was El Niño, which was actually ranked No. 1 in our preseason poll,” Walker cracked at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. The rain that’s associated with an El Niño weather pattern kept the Vaqueros off … [Read more...]

Westmont women’s basketball team in right frame of mind for postseason

Following its revenge victory against Biola in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals, the Westmont women’s basketball team set its sights on Vanguard, a team the Warriors lost twice against during the regular season. “We stayed to watch Vanguard play The Master’s College in the second semifinal,” Westmont coach Kirsten Moore said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. “It was a one seed versus a four seed. Master’s was up at … [Read more...]

San Marcos wants to turn Thunderhut into stuffed animal house

It was the last Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon of the year, and San Marcos assistant girls basketball coach Aaron Solis wanted to get the word out about a couple of fun and exciting basketball events for the community. The first one is Friday at the San Marcos Thunderhut gym when the Royals girls host Carpinteria. The Associated Student Body at San Marcos is starting a new community-giving event called “The Teddy Bear Tip-Off Toss.” Solis said the students got the … [Read more...]

SBHS coach Andrew Butcher Remembers Larry Crandell

In his first Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table media luncheon appearance of the winter season, Santa Barbara High girls basketball coach Andrew Butcher recalled his very first luncheon more than 30 years ago and the coaching he received from the late Larry Crandell. Crandell, who died in August at the age of 93, was Round Table president at the time and his daughter, Leslie, played for Butcher’s Dons. “I was really nervous,” Butcher said. “Larry came over and I told him I didn’t know what … [Read more...]

High School winter sports season is in full swing

You could tell winter sports were in season by the coaches in attendance at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. Boys basketball, girls soccer, girls water polo and men’s basketball were on the agenda for the final luncheon of November. Santa Barbara High boys basketball coach Dave Bregante has only one starter back from last year’s CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA championship team, so he’s not really sure yet how things are going to play out … [Read more...]

Dos Pueblos football keeps checking off team goals

Dos Pueblos checked another goal off its list after beating Mission Prep in last Friday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 10 first-round football playoff game. The 29-16 win was DP’s first postseason win since 2001. “We’re proud to get that first victory, it’s been a goal of mine since I took the job,” said fourth-year coach Nate Mendoza at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. The next goal on DP’s list is have a practice on Thanksgiving Day. … [Read more...]

Laguna Blanca volleyball invites voters to semifinal match

  The crazy election season comes to an end on Tuesday, and Laguna Blanca volleyball coach Jason Donnelly believes that will work in his team’s favor when it hosts Riverside-Woodcrest Christian in a CIF-Southern Section Division 6 semifinal match at Merovick Gym. “It doesn’t get much better than that for us,” he said at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. “There’s some sort of big national event going on all day and I’m pretty sure the … [Read more...]

It’s same story for Westmont volleyball: all wins, no losses

The beat goes on for Patti Cook’s Westmont College women’s volleyball team. Two more wins last week improved the team’s record to 29-0. “Same story, different week,” she said in her opening remarks at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. “We’re still undefeated.” The Warriors swept Biola and Vanguard to clinch their first Golden State Athletic Conference championship since 1993. “That was goal No. 1 all along,” Cook said. She noted the win … [Read more...]

Westmont’s Dave Wolf pumped up about Warriors, Cubs

It was exciting weekend for Westmont men’s soccer coach Dave Wolf and a not-so-happy one for SBCC football coach Craig Moropoulos. And the reactions weren’t just about the results from their respective teams on the field. They had more to do about Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, in which the Chicago Cubs eliminated the L.A. Dodgers and advanced to the World Series. “If you know me very well, you know I’m a big Dodgers fans,” Moropoulos said at Monday’s Santa Barbara … [Read more...]