It was a Hancock College sweep at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table on Monday – as the male and female winners represented Bulldog athletics at Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt.
Daniel Curiel earned the Male Athlete of the Week honor following his impressive hitting day last Tuesday against Oxnard – which saw him blast five hits and drive in six runners in the 14-9 baseball win.
“It feels great because it’s my first time winning,” Curiel said. “A lot of it (my hitting success) is having experience from my freshman year knowing how pitchers pitch, what pitch counts and being locked in on every pitch.”
Kailey Roux of the Bulldogs swimming and diving team is another first time winner, who clinched her award after winning the Western State Conference 3-meter diving title at El Camino College on Saturday, making her AHC’s first-ever conference title winner in the sport. Her win also qualifies her for the state meet next month.
“I don’t think I’ve ever won anything like that (NSBCART athlete of the week) before. I wasn’t ready for it but I was told late last night I won,” Roux said. “It’s a great surprise.”
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The Lions went first and also went without athletic director Pete Fortier – who is usually the spokesperson for Lions athletics at the Round Table.
But softball head coach Kasey Kussler spoke on behalf of her team and introduced her athlete Heather Knutson.
Before introducing his athletes, Saints athletic director Brian Wallace reminded the crowd that Monday was the Boston Marathon – as Wallace is an avid fan of the prestigious running event that attracts athletes worldwide.
He then proceeded to shine a light on his track and field athletes Doris Nogales, Jose Cruz and Alfredo Santana.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier once again took the stage for the Panthers and dished out updates on track and field and boys volleyball.
His track representatives were Charlotte Ionata and Juan Guzman – whom Lanthier says are throwers on the track. Representing the boys volleyball team were Craig Regan and Armando Tamayo.
The Spartans brought with them a boys volleyball and track and field lineup at Giavanni’s.
Eston Williams of the boys volleyball team introduced his teammates Nico Nitschmann, Kyle Zafiris and his head coach Leigh Stephenson.
Track and field head coach James Barr concluded things for the Spartans by having Max Daniels and Josiah DeBruno stand up and represent the track team.
Head boys golf coach Jim Fosdick unveiled his two freshmen golfers whom he called “the rocks for the next couple of years”: Caleb Rodriguez and Grant Cena.
Next up for the Knights was softball head coach John Welch, who always has his players stand next to him whenever he speaks at the Round Table. This time it was Halli Hunter and Briana Munoz, the former an infield standout and the latter a rising freshman for the Knights.
Boys volleyball took the microphone next as head coach Jessie Borchin had athletes Justin Wong and J.P Smith on hand. Last for the Knights was track and field, as coach Al Garcia brought two usual attendees of the luncheon: Joseph Domingues and Darren Langley.
Athletic director Dan Troup returned to Giavanni’s to share updates on the track and field and boys volleyball team at CHS.
Troup’s first athlete he introduced was junior Ty Hernandez, who Troup says is the “big point scorer for us” in the hurdles and long jump. Next was Kim Deming, who is a four-year letter winner and competes in the pole vault.
Troup then shifted the focus to the boys volleyball team who have had these three building blocks in the three years of the program’s existence: Chris Campos, Joey Brown and Curtis Rogers.
“They get better and better. They’re hanging in there,” Troup said of the CHS boys volleyball team.
Dick Barrett spoke about the solid spring season the Braves are having – especially in baseball, track and field and softball.
The latter two sports were representing the Braves at the luncheon, as thrower Jovanny Lucatero and softball players Lexi Porter and Sierra Preston were on hand.
The Bulldogs had a table filling lineup at Giavanni’s – as coaches, athletes and athletic director Kim Ensing took up 12 chairs in their designated area.
Track had half of the lineup for AHC: Jason Contreras, Eugene Choi, Louie Quintana, Cherry Inay, Edgar Barajas and Daniel Tyler.
Cordell Bowie helped comprise the baseball lineup with Curiel. Softball brought out Hannah Diaz and Crystal Gonzalez. Roux was swimming and diving’s lone representative.
Not present were Righetti and Santa Ynez.
Cabrillo officials also announced that the alumni baseball game is officially cancelled. Head coach Jon Osborne said that CHS cites the heavy number of makeup games due to weather as the reason why the alumni game will not be played.