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Four Bulldogs in NFL camps

Four former Hancock College players are on NFL rosters as the 2018 NFL pre-season goes along.

Brice Price, a defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, tied for the team lead with five tackles in the Cowboys’' 24-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. Price missed most of the 2017 season because of an injury.

Cameron Artis-Payne is a fourth-year running back for the Carolina Panthers. He has 422 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his three seasons with the team.

Josh Thornton is a rookie cornerback with the Houston Texans. Thornton played at Hancock in 2012. He transferred to Southern Utah University, signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent last August then signed with Houston during the off-season.

Malik WIlliams plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Williams was an All-State kick returner at Hancock in 2015 before he transferred to Louisville.

Cabrillo looking for water polo coach

The Cabrillo Girls Water Polo program has coaching opportunities for anyone interested in coaching high school water polo.

High School level coaching experience is preferred but not required. All interested applicants can contact Athletic Director Daniel Troup at Cabrillo High School. Contact Troup via phone at (805) 742-2903 or email at for an application or for additional information.

Hancock looking for more soccer players

The Hancock College women's soccer team is looking for more players to fill out its roster.

Contact head coach Billy Vinnedge at (805) 458-3078 or

Practices start Aug. 15th, but players interested should contact Vinnedge immediately to complete necessary paper work to practice.

"We are looking for all levels of players who want a chance to play college soccer and get a college education," Vinnedge said.

Santa Ynez looking for water polo coach

Santa Ynez High School has an opening for a walk-on girls water polo coach. 

The position is to lead the girls water polo program.

Those interested in the position, can contact Santa Ynez athletic director Cris Avery at

17th annual Joe White Memorial Dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the 17th annual Joe White Memorial Dinner and Auction.

This year’s event takes place Saturday, Aug. 25 at the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, 1309 North Bradley Road.

Guests will be able to bid on dozens of live and silent auction items.

The list of items is growing weekly and already includes: gourmet dinners for up to 50 people; a three-day trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare; passes to The Jimmy Fallon Show; tickets to a Los Angeles Dodgers game or to catch the San Francisco 49ers host the Oakland Raiders; and rooms at luxury resorts.

Sponsored by the Hancock College Boosters, Inc., the event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Hancock College athletics department.

Since 2001, the event has raised nearly $900,000 to benefit Hancock athletics.

Donations have resulted in the renovation and naming of Joe White Gymnasium and John Osborne Field, upgrades to the softball field, renovations to the press box in the gym and the installation of a state-of-the-art scoreboard at the football field.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for a social hour and silent auction.

A New York strip dinner prepared by Cowboy Flavor will be served promptly at 7:07 p.m., with the dessert and live auctions to follow.

Admission is $60 per person.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $500 to $1,000.

For dinner reservations, donations and more information, call Jada Clark at (805) 720-7493 or visit to register online.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at


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