After two weeks of Spring Breaks, the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table reconvened at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt Monday afternoon.
There were no Athletes of the Week chosen the past two weeks and they will resume next week.
Assistant swim coach Ben Britten presented cousins Caija McNeil and Kaitlin McNeil. The team will compete in the Western State Conference finals Thursday through Saturday.
Caija will swim in the mile, the 500, the 400 IM and in four relays. Kaitlin will race in the 50, 100, 200 freestyle.
It was also Britten's birthday. That was not the only thing the Britten was celebrating. Athletic director Kim Ensing announced at the luncheon that the school will begin fielding a women's water polo team in September.
In a school press release received later in the afternoon, the school announced that practices will begin in August with the season beginning in September.
Britten was the lead age coach of the Clovis Swim Club, overseeing 400 athletes and 15 coaches. While earning a masters at Fresno State, he was a volunteer assistant coach for the Bulldogs.
Ensing also mentioned that the baseball team, that has struggled this season, had a big game Saturday against the first place team Oxnard. Hancock's Riley Joyce hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to give AHC a 4-3 win.
Former athletic director Dick Barrett introduced Isaiah Pico and Gabriel Alcantara from the tennis team. The pair is the No. 1 doubles team for the Braves and is 5-2 in the first round of league play. One team they lost to in the first round was Orcutt Academy. After a 9-9 tie, the Spartans won in games. The two teams will meet again this afternoon on the Lompoc High David Bickmore Courts.
Baseball was represented by pitcher/first baseman Jason Terrones and pitcher/outfielder David Jacinto. Barrett said Terrones is batting .441 and Jacinto is 2-0 on the mound and batting .330.
Barrett also congratulated senior discus thrower Chrisshnay Brown for her effort at the Arcadia Invitational over the weekend. Brown, the defending CIF champ in her division, placed in the top three in the discus with a career best throw just over 138 feet.
Tennis coach John Cartwright presented senior Tanner Villarete and junior Logan Serda. Villarete is 26-4 with his playing partner Kyle Wells and Serda is 19-11 at No. 2 singles.
Athletic director Chad McKenzie spoke for baseball and swimming.
Swim was represented by junior Madeline Callis and sophomore Jacob Allen. Callis finished first in the 50 freestyle a dual meet against Cabrillo, two weeks ago, with a CIF automatic time, then was second on the 100 butterfly with a consideration time.
Allen was fourth in the 50 free and the 100 fly.
From the baseball team, McKenzie brought two junior pitchers, Brad Mason and Jonah Arkinson. Mason is 3-2 with one save while Arkinson is 2-2 with a team low 2.96 ERA.
Tennis coach Dave Riley presented Cedric Kwon and Kush Patel, the No. 1 doubles team which is 7-2 in the last three matches.
Baseball coach Jon Osborne brought four senior captains, catcher Ozzy Medina, pitcher/infielder Brett Gregory, outfielder/relief pitcher Josh Miller and infielder Nicko Haas.
While the team did not have any success in the Righetti Spring Classic last week, Osborne complimented Righetti coach Brian Tomooka.
"It was an outstanding organized and run tournament," Osborne said. "It had great teams and it was a really nice tournament to be involved in."
Athletic director Dan Troup spoke for swim, introducing four year participants in both swim and water polo, seniors Amanda Stanton and Lili Talkin. Stanton swims in the 100 butterfly, relays, sprints and medley relay while Talkin competes in the 100 breaststroke and in the medley relay.
The girls team is 5-0.
Athletic director Greg Lanthier introduced junior Brandon Vea, a doubles player who has played some in singles and sophomore Isaiah Guerrero, the No. 1 singles player on the team.
Lanthier then spoke for baseball, presenting junior Jacob Limon, who plays at third, first and also pitches and freshman Isaac Baez.
"Isaac was on the freshman team a week ago, then they called him up for the Spring Classic last week," Lanthier said. "He pitched a complete game, one hit shutout against Cabrillo, so now he's a varsity player."
Baseball coach Cody Smith presented sophomore pitcher/third baseman Jacob Camarena and senior pitcher/first baseman/outfielder Walker Armstrong for his team. Smith said the team played in the Bellermine Prep Tournament in San Jose.
The Knights return to PAC 8 play Wednesday at Mission Prep.
Swimmer Jessi Van Der Laan spoke for her team. She introduced Devin Franklin who had her personal best in the 100 freestyle at the Royal Invitational, Ethan Ellickson, who continues to shave off time in his 100 backstroke, and sophomore Mario Sanchez, who continues to take time of his 100 and 50 free events.
Van der Laan said she finished third in the 200 free and was fourth in the 500 free at the meet last week.
Baseball coach Brian Tomooka introduced senior pitcher William Dowell, who pitched five outstanding innings in a tournament game against Calabasas, then freshman outfielder Jayden Lyburtus, who Tomooka said is improving in every game.
Tomooka then thanked Jon Osborne from Cabrillo, Ryan Rothford from Pioneer valley and Derek Stroud from Paso Robles for allowing tournament games to be played at their school fields after a Tuesday rainout delayed several games.
Tennis player Kyler Corrall spoke for his team, introducing the No. 3 doubles team of Omar Dominguez and Emilio Miezejewski who won two of three sets against Paso robles last week.