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Round Table: Santa Maria's Andrade, Santa Ynez' Luke named Athletes of the Week

Round Table: Santa Maria's Andrade, Santa Ynez' Luke named Athletes of the Week

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Ozzie Andrade's job is to make sure the ball doesn't find the back of the net.

Taye Luke's job is to make sure the ball does find it. 

Two different athletes playing similar sports with disparate duties. 

Both of them, though, earned Athlete of the Week awards at Monday's Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table. 

Andrade, the goal keeper on Santa Maria High's soccer team, was named the Male Athlete of the Week. 

Luke, a goal scorer on the Santa Ynez girls water polo team, earned the Female Athlete of the Week award. 

Andrade earned the honor after racking up 20 saves in his team's last three games, which includes a 1-0 shutout of Arroyo Grande last week in a critical Mountain League win for the Saints, who play at San Luis Obispo tonight in a matchup of two top CIF Central Section teams. 

"I feel really grateful for this award because I've been working really hard, especially trying to motivate my team," Andrade said. "(The team) knows what's at stake and we want to achieve a lot this year with these high expectations that we have."

The Saints are 10-1-1 overall and 3-0 in Mountain League play. They're ranked 39th in the state, according to MaxPreps. San Luis Obispo is 10-3-1 and also 3-0 in league and ranked 27th in the state. The teams each beat each other last year as SLO won the league title.

"I still feel that loss from last year and I want to give something back to SLO for that," Andrade said. 

Luke took home the Female Athlete of the Week honor after scoring seven goals apiece in two wins over Buena and Cabrillo. She also piled up three steals and six assists in those two games. Luke wasn't aware she was this week's winner until emcee Charles Sommer started reeling off her stats from last week.

"It was really scary, I didn't really expect it, it was really nice though," Luke said of winning the award. "I was definitely scared, I'm still shaking."

Luke said the win over Cabrillo last week was particularly important because the Conquistadores had beaten the Pirates earlier this year. Luke said the return of top player Ally Alderete has been key for the team taking a step forward. 

"Having one of our main players back, Ally, we could all work together as a team and it's really nice coming back from the loss a few weeks ago," Luke said. 

The Pirates and Conqs have played twice this year, but none of those games have been league contests, though they're both in the Channel League. 

"We'll play them again soon in the actual league game and that's going to be a really great game," Luke added.

Santa Ynez

Water polo coach Lisa Boyer brought Luke and teammates Alderete, Peyton Pratt and Hannah Allen, who had two goals, four steals and four assists and Buena last week and two goals, one assist and three steals against Cabrillo. Alderete, a senior and co-captain, returned from an injury and had three goals, three assist and one steal against Buena last Tuesday and two goals and an assist and a steal against Cabrillo. 

Pratt, the Pirates' goalie, had 15 blocks against Cabrillo.

Valley Christian Academy

VCA athletic director Pete Fortier and basketball coach Christopher Maples attended for the Lions, bringing players Levi Mason and Jay Shin. 

"We're young, we've got some talent and we're growing," Maples said of his team. The Lions are 4-6 on the season and 2-2 in Coast Valley League play. They are at Maricopa Tuesday night in a CVL game. The VCA girls basketball team is 6-6 on the year and 3-2 in CVL play and is at Maricopa at 5 p.m.

St. Joseph

The Knights featured basketball players Tim Noe and Sam Bazunga and soccer players Alyssa Eaker, Trinity Fuller and Brianna Flores. 

"Tim has done a great job this year playing the forward position for us," said Tom Mott, the Knights' AD and basketball coach. "He helps us get off to a great start. Sam's also done a great job, though staying out of foul trouble is one of his big goals this year."

The Knights face their big league tests this week: They are at Arroyo Grande Tuesday night at 6:30 and host Mission Prep on Friday. 

The St. Joseph girls soccer team is 5-7-1 overall and plays Arroyo Grande and Righetti in league matches this week. 

Lompoc

Dick Barrett, the former AD and football coach, presented the Braves, introducing basketball players Elijah Perkins and Ryan Morgan and girls soccer player Selena Garcia. 

The Lompoc girls soccer team is 6-0-4 overall and 1-0-1 in league. 

"Selena is a senior and a center back, she's a real important part of our team. She gets good grades and wants to be a social worker," Barrett said of Garcia. 

The Lompoc boys basketball team plays Dos Pueblos Tuesday.

Pioneer Valley

Athletic director Jeff Monteiro was on hand for the Panthers, along with boys basketball coach Ross Rivera, girls soccer players Katie Magni and Mia Santana and boys basketball players Ebba Tefera and Jomar Soriano. 

"We're doing well, we have three wins and we play Mission Prep on Tuesday," Magni said. "That's looking like a really nice game."

"Jomar is a great kid, he works so hard and is learning a lot about the game," Rivera said of Soriano. "Ebba is a junior and there's not a time that you see him on the bench because he plays the whole game in every game."

The Panthers play at Santa Maria in an Ocean League game Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m.

Hancock College

Assistant coach Kurt Dykema spoke for the Hancock men's basketball team.

The Bulldogs (13-5) play at home against Oxnard Wednesday and on Friday the Bulldogs play at Cuesta. 

Dykema noted that the Hancock men's players received their grades this week and the team averaged a 3.3 GPA.

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

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