Facing a tough opponent Friday night at Huyck Stadium, the Lompoc football team was ready for a fight. The Braves pulled away in the second half and defeated the Righetti Warriors 42-22 and improved to 6-0.
Senior running back Derrick Portis was up for the challenge. Portis ran the ball 21 times for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead the way. Portis had TD runs of five, 73 and 12 yards.
For leading Lompoc to the win, Portis was named the male Athlete of the Week at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table luncheon, held Monday at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt.
On the season, Portis has 87 carries with a team leading 662 yards and eight touchdowns. He is averaging 7.6 yards per carry.
One of the worst rules in All-League volleyball voting is no first team honors for teams that do not make the playoffs. One of the top players in the Los Padres League for the past four years has been Lompoc's Chyanne Thomas.
The Lompoc senior has been a force to be reckoned with during her entire high school career and it looks like she may get the recognition she deserves with Lompoc in the playoff hunt.
Last week Thomas has a monster week, totaling 20 kills, 13 digs and three service aces in Thursday's four-game match against Morro Bay. That followed a huge game in the Braves four set win over crosstown rival Cabrillo on Tuesday night.
Leading the Braves to an emotional win 12-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21 over the Conquistadores, Thomas had 24 kills, 17 digs and three aces, keeping Lompoc in a playoff position.
For her efforts, Thomas was named the female Athlete of the Week.
Cross country coach Louie Quintana introduced Jessica Vyenielo from his girls team.
Quintana mentioned that he was trying to resurrect the men's team for next season.
Assistant women's soccer coach Alexis Lomeli spoke about his team.
"I brought Kaitlin Campbell with us and she plays forward," Lomeli said. "She is our lone forward and she does a great job of providing offense for us."
Football coach Don Willis introduced Steven French, who had an outstanding game against San Luis Obispo, a hard-fought 40-35 loss.
"Seven catches, 236 yards, two touchdowns, a long of 75," Willis said about French. "It was a phenomenal job on offense and he was in on several key plays on defense."
Willis mentioned that the team will begin Los Padres League play this Friday at home against Santa Ynez.
Athletic director Dan Troup spoke about cross country and presented junior Dakota Soderlund and senior Kade Hudluman from the boy's squad then junior Estefania Juarez and freshman Elena Estrada from the girl's.
"The teams have been doing really well this year," Troup said. "The boys and the girls won at the Brug Invitational in the small schools division last Saturday."
Football coach Andrew Jones was able to attend for the first time this season and brought senior Ruben Venegas, cornerback Mark Morales and quarterback Torey Sims. He also introduced Thomas as one of the team's student trainers.
"He's our free safety, linebacker, wide receiver and he's on every special team," Jones said about Venegas. "Torey, our quarterback had a couple of touchdowns for us and Mark he had three interceptions in the last two games and had two picks last week."
Thomas was present at the luncheon with her mother, assistant coach Ramona Thomas.
Football coach Tony Payne was excited about his team's performance Friday in the school's first-ever league game, which was also Homecoming for the school. Payne said the Spartans fell behind 8-6 for their first deficit of the year, but then scored 52 unanswered points in a 58-14 win.
Payne brought three standouts from the win over Laguna Blanca — defensive end Dylan Miller, running back Jordan Sutton and sophomore center Justin Zepeda.
Athletic director Chad McKenzie mentioned that the Spartans were ranked No. 5 in the state.
McKenzie had four cross county runners at the luncheon — senior sisters Kaetie Steller and Jacquie Steller from the girls team and juniors Brad Mason and Brance Sharp from the boys.
McKenzie mentioned that the boys team is now ranked No. 10 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 rankings.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier presented Tori Valdez, running cross country for the first time and senior Santos Peinado, in his third year, from the cross country team.
Lanthier said Valdez also will compete in soccer and track at PV, while Peinado is also a golfer.
Lanthier had two football players present — junior defensive lineman Daniel Perez and senior offensive lineman Jonathan Ponce.
The Panthers open Los Padres League play Friday at home against St. Joseph. The game will be webcast live on santmariatimes.com.
Football coach Ed Herrmann spoke about opening PAC 5 League play this Friday.
"As we are getting into our league, we are feeling pretty good and are optimistic," Herrmann said.
From the team, Herrmann introduced junior defensive lineman Zach Burg and senior tight end/defensive end Chris Graham.
Cross country coach John Coffee presented Cecilie Dahlfelt, a foreign exchange student from Denmark, who is competing on the girl's team, and junior Zack Pincin from the boys, who has reached a new personal best in each event.
"They are shining examples of great character, academics and in running," Coffee said.
Football coach Dustin Davis was able to make his first appearance of the season and introduced sophomore defensive end Fenton Will, receiver C.J. Cole and Charlie Ferini, who Davis named the lineman of the week.
Cross country coach Matt Wuchner brought Kiana Kawatachi, the No. 1 runner of the girl's team, and the only senior on the team, Sparky Shurer. He also introduced freshman Caleb Malto from the boys.
Athletic director Brian Wallace let his student-athletes speak for their teams.
From the boys cross country team Ezequiel Atilano and Youany Pineda spoke, while from the girl's team, Nancy Juarez, Leticia Perez and Maria Garcia talked.
Football was represented by Donaldo Lopez and Ignacio Valle.
Athletic director and football coach Josh Beeson mentioned that the volleyball team defeated Shandon in three straight sets then presented junior quarterback Christian Rohde, who threw for five touchdowns in the Lions' 46-26 win over Northwest Christian, and Jon Stone.