A pair of Righetti High School seniors shared the spotlight at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table’s weekly luncheon at Giavanni’s Pizza in Orcutt.
Softball third baseman Delanie Wisz and baseball pitcher Mitchell Bagby were named the Athletes of the Week for their sparkling week on the diamond.
“I’ve never won this before. This is a real honor for me. I’ve been trying to win this award since my freshman year. So I’d like to thank the Round Table for this honor,” said Wisz. “We had a rough start to the PAC 8 season with a 7-5 loss to Arroyo Grande. We were really pumped up for our next game against Atascadero. I knew I had to pick my team up with my big stick.”
Wisz did just that, almost single-handedly powering the team to a 12-5 victory.
“Delanie had one of the biggest games I have ever seen,” said Righetti Athletic Director Kevin Barbarick. “She went 6-for-7 with three home runs in the two games. In the Atascadero game, Delanie had a grand slam home run, a two-run homer and an RBI double, knocking in seven runs. She had a pretty amazing game. It was a lot of fun to watch.”
“I’d like to thank coach (Brian) Tomooka for being such a good coach,” said Bagby. “I’ve been pitching well and our hitting is starting to come around.”
Bagby pitched a complete-game, six-hitter as the Warriors shut out Arroyo Grande in the second game of the teams’ three-game series last week that opened their PAC 8 League season. Bagby struck out four with no walks as the Warriors swept the series 9-2, 1-0 and 4-3.
“Mitchell pitched a gem,” said Tomooka, who introduced both Bagby and outfielder Jaden LyBurtus. “And Jaden hit a solo home run in that game that was the game-winner.”
Barbarick also brought softball player Sicili Brittingham and volleyball player Froilan Escalante.
“We won two volleyball matches last week – beating Mission Prep and St. Joseph – so it was a good week,” said Barbarick. “Froilan had 22 kills and 24 digs. He was all over the court and is instrumental in our team’s success. Sicili is our cleanup hitter. She had a home run and four runs batted in last week and is hitting .500. She’s going to continue playing softball for Biola University.”
Track & Field coach Russ French started things off, introducing Matt Taber, Ricardo Babb, Riley Perry and Haleigh Batty.
“Riley is a freshman and a new track athlete. She runs three 400s and a 200 for us every Saturday – her best 400 is 62-and-change,” said French. “Ricardo runs like the wind. He had to step up to take the place of an injured player. He’s a hero for filling that slot. Ricardo ran a 15.44 in the 100 hurdles and 41-seconds in the 300 hurdles. He’s pretty quick. Haleigh is a jumper. She high jumped 5-feet-4 and had a long jump of 18-feet-11. He’s a pretty impressive athlete, having a great season. “
Then Athletic Director Dan Troup introduced softball players Thea Regan and Katie Heath and volleyball players Devin Rosales and Josh Stewart.
“Katie had the game-tying hit when we tied Indians Springs last week, we then beat Norwalk 8-4. And Taylor is our starting left fielder,” said Troup. “Josh and Devin helped us get our first win of the season last week when we beat Dunn.”
Sharon Stevenson pitch hit for softball coach Randy Stanford, brining Ana Rohde and Mayley DiBernardi to the luncheon.
“Both of these girls are doing a fantastic job,” said Stevenson.
Athletic Director Brian Wallace brought four members of the Saints’ track team – Noelia Ayuso, Jessica Gill, Jovita Armenta and Sarah Barbosa.
“These girls runs out sprints and relays,” said Wallace. “The four of them have improved by a combined four seconds since the season began.”
Athletic Director Greg Lanthier brought five young women – three from the Panthers’ softball team and two from track.
“Cherry Way and Hannah Lacaste both run the 100 and 300 hurdles. They are both among the top hurdlers in the PAC 8 League,” said Lanthier. “Vanessa Gomez, Jocelyn Chesnas and Aaliyah Peinado are all key players on our softball team. Aaliyah is a clutch hitter, Jocelyn is a senior leader and the sparkplug of our team and Vanessa is batting a whopping .786. They are a big part of why our team is competitive this year.”
Athletic Director Don Cross filled in for the not-quite-retired former Athletic Director Dick Barrett.
“I’ve brought three of our track athletes,” said Cross. “Kylie Yanez runs the 100 and 300 hurdles. She ran a 16.87, setting a personal record at last weekend’s Easter Relays. Isaac Acosta won the two-mile in 9:46 at the Easter Relays. It was a fantastic run. Anthony Manahan runs sprints- the 100, 200 and relays. The boys are undefeated in (Los Padres) league duals so far this year.”
The Knights brought the biggest contingent to the luncheon with 10 athletes from golf, softball and track.
Golf coach Jim Fosdick led off, introducing Henry Adam and Grayson Arensdorf.
“As I told you last time, we are in a rebuilding year with four out of our six players basically rookies,” said Fosdick. “Our goal when we started the year was to break 500 as a team. We did that last week when the boys shot a 497. Now our new goal is 480.”
Softball coach Jon Valencia stepped up.
“I’d like you to meet catcher Madison Gamble, third baseman Paige Huguenard and center fielder Ally Dias,” said Valencia. “We lost two PAC 8 games last week – to Paso Robles and Pioneer Valley and we’re looking to halt that streak but we’ve got a tough stretch of games ahead.”
Track athlete Caleb Monette spoke for the Knights’ track team.
“We competed at the Easter Relays. I ran the 100 and 4x100,” said Monette. “Braidyn Cossa runs sprints, Corby Burress is a distance runner and Laurel Porter and Fenton Will are both throwers.”
Athlete department secretary Debbie Wegemer came for the pizza and to also chauffer the Knights to make sure they got to Giavanni’s and back to St. Joseph safely.
Like Wegemer, Orcutt Academy Athletic Director Chad McKenzie came for the pizza.
While he relaxed, track coach James Barr took the microphone to introduce Jonah Walmsley, Max Daniels and Dylan McIntire.
Dylan and Max both set school records last week. They’re both just sophomores so we’re looking forward to what they can do in the future,” said Barr. “Jonah runs the 110 and 300 hurdles. He took first in the 300 last week in a quad meet.”
Volleyball coach Jim Milton brought Dane Weeks and Senith Kaluthantrige.
“These two young men are both outside hitters. I also play these two guys in the back row for defense,” said Milton. “They both have stepped up to lead the team.”
While one track coach, Louie Quintana, made the rounds recruiting for the Bulldogs’ team, another, Nick Puckett addressed the luncheon.
“I brought Eduardo Uribe, Victor Usalde, Maria Uvalle and Brent Dionisio,” said Puckett. “Eduardo and Maria are distance runners – they run the 1,500 and 5,000. Victor is a thrower – javelin, shot, hammer and discus. Brent is a high jumper. He jumped 6-foot-9 to win the Cal Poly Invitational against Division 1 athlete. He also jumped 6-foot-8 to win at Antelope Valley. He is one of the top two high jumpers in the state.”
Santa Ynez High School was not at the luncheon.