The sentiment ‘There’s a second time for everything’ applied well at Monday’s Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table at Giavanni’s Pizzeria in Orcutt.
For the second consecutive week, a St. Joseph athlete was the recipient of the Male Athlete of the Week honor: Brock Marcois of Knights football. The freshman broke his own school record of point-after-tries after he went 11-for-11 on PAT attempts in the Knights’ 77-10 rout of Cabrillo last Friday.
Sierra Hohimer of Cabrillo girls tennis won her second Female Athlete of the Week nod during this school year. The senior and No. 1 singles option for CHS went a combined 6-0 in her sets last week.
“It feels really crazy because I broke my own record two weeks ago (nailed all 10 attempts versus San Luis Obispo) and then I broke it again,” Marcois said.
Added Hohimer: “I wasn’t expecting it. There are a lot of great players here and a lot of matches with accomplishments.”
Warriors football head coach Ed Herrmann was first up on the microphone to talk about his team’s win over San Luis Obispo last Friday – which got RHS starting PAC 5 play at 1-0.
“We had some rust coming off our bye week, but we got the job done and got the win there,” Herrmann said of the 27-7 victory. “We’re happy to be in league now and this is where the money is at. We’re now looking forward to the big three coming up.”
That trio Herrmann referred to is the traditional three-headed monster in the PAC 5: Atascadero, Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande – with the Greyhounds coming first this Friday.
Herrmann brought his players Elijah Burns, Anthony Rodriguez and Zach Gardner.
Spartans assistant football coach Ben Alberry kept the topic on football, as his team improved to 6-1 overall after their 57-10 trouncing of Academy of Careers and Exploration last Friday.
“We had another great win,” Alberry said. “It was our last non-league game. Now, we can win league for the first time in school history.”
The scenario for OAHS to win league, Alberry explained, was to win the next two contests to finish at 3-0 in the Mt. Pinos League. He brought out three players whom he thought were instrumental in the 47-point win: Eddie Lundberg, Bryce Coefield and Alex Sutton.
Then, girls tennis head coach Art Lopez came up next to share his enthusiasm for the Los Padres League-leading Spartans.
“I can’t lie…I’m pretty excited about this year. Right now, we’re sitting alone at 9-0 (in league games) with a big target on our backs,” Lopez said. “Our success has been right here – our two seniors.”
Those two seniors he pointed his finger at were round table attendees Keona Pablo and Jana Andrade.
CHS girls tennis head coach David Riley came next to talk about football and his program. He started with Conquistadore football first by introducing players Patrick Durham and Jackson Anderson.
“As a bystander, I don’t know much about football. But I enjoy watching it and I enjoy watching these guys play this year,” Riley said. “This team is special. They’re not getting the wins, but the wins will come.”
He then introduced his trio of Hohimer, Alyssa Murray and Karly Kovach – the latter two stepping up as the top doubles team throughout the year. And they were a pair that almost wasn’t assembled by Riley.
“These ladies are improving every single week and are a huge reason for our success. It’s funny because I almost didn’t want to put them together. But I said, 'OK, I’ll give you a shot and prove me wrong.’ And they’ve proved me wrong. Nice job, ladies,” Riley said.
Head football coach Jim Chvala was next to share two school records that fell against Cabrillo.
Marcois shattered his school record in the 67-point trouncing. Chvala shared his journey from freshman kicker to record breaker.
“He was sharing kicking time on the junior varsity team. But after an injury to our varsity kicker, the opportunity presented itself for him. He’s a very gracious young man who has said thank you to his teammates and coaches after kicks,” Chavala said.
The other school record breaker was also present at the round table: Quarterback Dino Maldonado, who tossed six touchdown passes in the victory over CHS.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Chvala said.
Valley Christian Academy
Athletic director Pete Fortier talked about the football win over Maricopa to start Coast Valley League play
“We had them down 30-0 after the first quarter and cruised from there. Just a solid performance from our guys,” Fortier said.
He brought out his players Jarrett Smith and Matthew Holihan, who is emerging as a rising freshman blocker.
Fortier reminded the round table crowd that not only is it VCA’s homecoming week, but the school plans to honor its 1997 CIF Southern Section 8-man championship team on its 20-year anniversary during the game against Shandon.
“It’s going to be a busy night for us, but we’re looking forward to this week’s spirit week. So come on out and enjoy,” Fortier said.
Dick Barrett kept the focus on football and lauded the Braves for responding to an early miscue in the 49-10 trouncing of Pioneer Valley.
“Second play of the game, we fumble. They (PVHS) turn around and throw a play-action pass and throws a bomb down the field…and now we’re down 7-0,” Barrett said. “But I was on the sidelines…and there was no panic or anything. It kind of woke up a sleeping giant.”
The Panther lead quickly evaporated, as the Braves scored 49 unanswered points after the Toa Taua fumble.
“Our guys are really experienced and they came back hard to make that happen,” Barrett said.
He brought along Taua, Jelani Henderson and Jacob Hunt from the football program to the round table.
Women’s water polo assistant Lukas Sheckherd was last on stage to talk about the progress of his program, which has won five of its last seven games.
He introduced two players he says have been working really hard throughout the whole season: Maddison Stangl (Cabrillo) and Ambria Edison (Nipomo).
“Maddie is out there and doesn’t get a break the whole game. She’s out there playing really well,” Sheckherd said.
He echoed the same sentiment for Edison, who has become a fixture on defense.
“She was actually not a starter at the beginning of the year but has been working really hard. She’s in there playing really good defense and getting a lot of assists – which has been really helpful,” Sheckherd said.
Santa Ynez, Santa Maria and Pioneer Valley were not present at Monday’s round table.