There were several schools missing at the weekly Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table luncheon Monday afternoon at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt, but there was still plenty to talk about.
One of the big topics over the past several months has been the play of the Hancock College softball team.
At 33-2-1 and with a 31 game winning streak, the Bulldogs clinched the Western State Conference Gold Division weeks ago and finished up the regular season with a sweep over Oxnard Tuesday.
And the talk Monday was about first baseman Jessica Rothahnzl. She drove in a total of five runs during an 11-0, 11-2 sweep at Oxnard Tuesday, setting the school single season RBI record of 58. She has compiled a school record 111 RBI for her Hancock career and was also named the WSC Gold Division Player of the Year last week.
Rothanzl leads the team in average (.538), on-base percentage (.577), slugging percentage (.942) and hits 56.
For a great conclusion to her regular season, Rothanzl was named the female Athlete of the Week.
Also on Monday Rothanzl also was named to the All-Southern California team with teammates Katie Chenault, Teanna Silveria and Judith Salazar. Rothanzl and Chenault were also named to the All-State team.
Hancock (15-0 WSC Gold) finished the regular season with a 31-game winning streak, earning the second seed in the Southern California Regionals and will host San Diego Mesa Saturday at 2 p.m. in the first of a best of three series.
And the Righetti baseball team made a big move last week in the PAC 8 League, sweeping a two-game series from St. Joseph then scoring a huge come-from-behind win over Mission Prep Friday.
A big part of the week was Matt Sauer, who pitched a big game Tuesday. Playing at St. Joseph High, Sauer went the distance in a 6-0 win, allowing just two hits while striking out 11.
Sauer also helped with his bat. He added three hits as Righetti finished 3-0 for the week and moved into third place with a big series this week against second place Paso Robles. He hit a home run, drove in two runs and scored three times.
For his efforts, Sauer was named the male Athlete of the Week at the luncheon.
Assistant coach Caitlin Voss presented five players from the softball team. Along with Rothanzl, Voss introduced Elysha Cortez, Schuyler Gooley, Ashley Ruiz and Shana Kealoha.
Tennis coach Dave Riley introduced Keenan Murray and Josh Ogan. Riley said the versatile Murray has played doubles with several different players but has been able to adapt to each one.
Ogan, primarily a singles player, played doubles against Lompoc last week
"It was a tough set against Lompoc's No. 1 team," Riley said. "It was perhaps the best doubles match I've ever seen in my life. It was a blast to watch."
Baseball coach Jon Osborne brought his four senior captains — infielder Nicko Haas, catcher Ozzy Medina, outfielder Josh Miller and pitcher/outfielder Brett Gregory.
Osborne said his team had a tough week, but is still in the middle of the LPL race at 5-3.
"I told our guys at the beginning of the year that the team that will win the LPL will have two or three league losses," Osborne said. "Because of the parity of our league, we are still right there in the race."
Athletic director Dan Troup spoke for swim and had senior Abigail Stangl, a breaststroke specialist who also competes in the relay medley, and Stephanie Estrada, who competes in the butterfly, breaststroke, freestyle and in the medley relay.
Troup said after winning against Morro Bay last week, the girls swim team is 7-0, heading into the league prelims, which will be held Saturday at Santa Ynez High.
Swim coach Deanna Ayers had one male, junior Zach Kinman, a backstroker who also races in the 400 freestyle relay and the medley relay, along with two senior female swimmers, Alexandria Kwong and Emily Ayers.
Kwong has three CIF automatic times and also has three consideration times while Ayers has one automatic and five consideration times. Ayers is also undefeated in the LPL in her individual races.
Former athletic director Dick Barrett talked about baseball, tennis and softball before introducing tennis players.
Barrett brought doubles partners Oscar Ramirez and Juan Baez. The pair swept all six of their sets last week in two Lompoc wins and has won over 90-percent of their sets.
From swim, Barrett had junior Alejandro Rodriguez and sophomore Daniela Garza.
Against Nipomo, Rodriguez competed in the 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 breast and the medley relay. Garza won the 200 medley relay, the 100 fly, 200 free relay and was second in the 100 breast.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier introduced the No. 1 singles player, sophomore Isaiah Guerrero, and senior doubles player Oscar Perez from the tennis team.
"The coach selected them for thier leadership on the team and their great sense of sportsmanship," Lanthier said.
Swimming was represented by junior Madison Skaufet, who swims the 100 free, and senior Jorge Soto-Enriguez a breaststroke specialist.
Lanthier had pitcher/catcher Anthony Garcia and first baseman/catcher Anthony Lopez from baseball. Lanthier said Garcia had a no-hitter against San Luis Obispo, but lost 1-0.
Baseball coach Brian Tomooka talked about the big week the Warriors had and spoke about the week ahead.
Tomooka presented sophomore Sauer and junior catcher Logan Ernst.
"Logan has done an outstanding job for us behind the plate," Tomooka said. "Matt pitches and plays in the infield — he can play any position out there — so we're glad to have these two guys on our team."
Tennis co-captain Kyler Corral spoke for his team and introduced his brother Kalin Corral, who had a big win last week to clinch a match.
"Kalin started out on the junior varsity, going for a 7-2 record before getting called up for our match against Atascadero," Corral explained. "He then clinched our 10th point which won us the match."
Swim coach Kyle Shaffer had four freshmen swimmers who have made big contributions to the varsity team. Shaffer introduced Andrew Strecker, Ryan Trenev, Cyril Cabanas and Noah Wasylychyn.
"We're a little bit low with seniors on the team and even on the junior side," Shaffer said. "It's really been the younger guys who have carried us this year.
Athletic director Brian Wallace had two tennis players in attendance, freshman Gabriel Ramiro and John Angkahan, the No. 1 doubles team.
Wallace mentioned that the boys swim team has shown a lot of improvement and the baseball team is in the race for a playoff spot in the CIF.
Assistant principal Pete Flores was at the luncheon as a guest of Wallace.