“I am the Athletic Director that allowed that soccer tournament to take place last weekend,” said Cabrillo athletic director Bob Lawrence about the Cabrillo Central Coast Classic, while speaking Monday at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable luncheon at Giavanni’s Pizza in Orcutt. “Conditions were absolutely horrible and my groundsmen will never forgive me.”
The conditions were brutal with the rain, wind and mud, but the teams played on.
The Conquistadores were 1-0-3 in the tournament and finished second to Lompoc after the teams tied 1-1 in the Silver Pool, which went to the second tie-breaker.
Lawrence introduced Fernando Osua, “one of the finer defenders in the league,” and Alberto Garcia who scored the winning goal late in a 2-1 win over Morro Bay.
“We needed a pin, down by six points in our last bout against San Marcos to gain a tie,” Lawrence said about his wrestling team, “and we got it.”
Lawrence introduced Kyle Caputo, the returning third place finisher in the Los Padres League at 135 pounds and returning league champion, at 215, Jesus Mediano.
As the representative for the Braves’ Athletic Director Don Cross, assistant football and varsity boys golf coach Chris Adams presented Marcell Blow from the wrestling team and Drew Sapp from boys soccer.
The soccer team won the Silver Pool in the Central Coast Classic.
“Marcel won the Newbury Park Tournament and was tied for third in the Camarillo Tournament,” Adams said. “He is a three sport athlete and his record this year is 12-2.”
Adams also presented Drew Sapp from the soccer team. Sapp, also a three-sport athlete, is also getting it done in the classroom.
“Drew has a 4.5 GPA, number one in the junior class,” Adams said.
In soccer, scoring goals is not the easiest thing to do even under perfect conditions, let alone with the weather working against you.
But Santa Maria’s Nestor Alvarez showed he is good at scoring goals under any conditions.
Alvarez scored eight goals in a four game span at the Central Coast Classic as Santa Maria won three of their four matchups over the weekend, with the only loss a 1-0 heartbreaker to tourney champion San Marcos.
The senior captain of the Saints scored four goals in a game against Crean Lutheran and two each in wins over Morro Bay and Nipomo.
The Nipomo game came after the Saints fell to only 10 players due to injuries and illness.
“The kids really gave a great effort,” said Santa Maria coach Al Garcia. “They really showed a lot of guts.”
Alvarez scored the game-winner late in the second half on a 40-yard free kick.
For his efforts, Alvarez was named the male Athlete of the Week at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable luncheon held at Giavanni’s Pizza in Orcutt.
Athletic director Ralph Baldiviez introduced Debbie Huang from the girls wrestling team.
“She started wrestling as a sophomore and competed against the guys,” Baldeviez explained.
Huang and the girls team now compete in girls only tournaments.
Assistant Athletic Director Debbie Wegemer introduced Heather Madrigal, Tiffany Kinson, Aly Beebe and Analise Riezebos from the girls basketball team, reading notes from head coach Ed Torres.
The Knights are undefeated and ran the table going 4-0 in the Moriarty Enterprises Tournament last week at San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay High School.
St. Joseph won by an average score of 68-38 with four players scoring in double figures.
Sophomore Heather Madrigal was the most consistant of the St. Joseph scorers, averaging 17 points a game during the tournament.
Madrigal, took home the honors of female Athlete of the Week.
Athletic director Rhett Carter stood in for all of his coaches presenting girls wrestling, girls basketball and boys soccer.
From the basketball team, Carter had seniors Hannah Miller and Lauren Barnum.
Ashley Woods and Cynthia Sanchez represented the defending CIF champion girls wrestling team.
Rafael Mora, Edgar Paniaqua and Juan Rubio was introduced from the soccer team.
A late arriving Sheri Bates was able to report about an exciting weekend for her women’s basketball team.
The Bulldogs reached the finals of the Lady Bulldog tournament before falling to Oxnard in the championship game.
Bates introduced Cabrillo grad Ashley Bonenfant, who averaged 16 points a game in the tourney.
Santa Ynez and Righetti High Schools did not have anyone at the luncheon.