Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SBCC is second in WSC Supremacy

SBCC is second in the 2013-14 Western State Conference Supremacy standings after the fall sports season.

The Vaqueros won WSC titles in women’s golf and women’s volleyball as well as a state championship in women’s golf. They have 40 points, trailing only Canyons (46.5). L.A. Pierce is third with 28 points and Citrus is fourth with 26.5. Ventura, last year’s Supremacy winner, is tied for sixth with 23 points.

Santa Barbara’s football team, which competes in the Southern Cal Football Association, had its best record in 22 years (7-3) and finished third in the American Pacific Conference. Men’s soccer was second place in the WSC while women’s soccer and men’s cross country were third.

The Vaqueros had five WSC Players of the Year for the first time ever in a fall season. The winners were Fanny Johansson (women’s golf), Adam Colton (men’s soccer), Brandie Harris (women’s soccer), Ian Roberts (men’s cross country) and Eryn Young (women’s volleyball).

The Supremacy award is given annually to the athletic department with the best overall combined programs, with points awarded in 20 sports. Last year, the scoring format changed with each school’s point total being divided by the number of sports if offers for an average total score.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Johansson, Vaqueros capture State Golf titles

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013  --- SBCC wins State Women's Golf Championship

Fanny Johansson (4th from left) won the individual
title by 8 shots and SBCC held off Fullerton
for its 3rd State title in the last 8 years.
Fanny Johansson shot 77 on Tuesday and SBCC got a giant lift from its last two players that vaulted the Vaqueros to their third Women’s Golf State Championship in the last eight years.
Johansson, a freshman from Sweden, finished eight shots ahead of the field at 5-over 151 (74-77). Nea Bennett (80-79) of Fullerton and Meredith Laleaga (76-83) tied for second at 159.

“We struggled a little today but it was a tough course,” said Johansson, who had three birdies. “My long game was good but I had a hard time putting. It was great to see our final two players shoot under 85. They really came through.”

Jackie Ramirez, the Vaqueros’ No. 5 player, shot 84 and No. 6 Megan Herrera turned in an 82 as Santa Barbara shot 329 for a 646 total. The Southern Cal Regional champs beat Fullerton by four shots and Northern Cal champ Canada by 18. Modesto was fourth at 696.

“This feels really good,” said SBCC coach Chuck Melendez. “I’m very proud of this team. We worked extremely hard and got better and better as the year went on.”

It’s the ninth overall State title in SBCC history and the last three have all come in women’s golf (2006, 2008, 2013).

Ramirez and Herrera were the only Vaqueros who shot better than their first-round score, improving by three and six strokes, respectively. Vanesa Villa (77-86) and Saralisa Ortega (83-86) both totaled 169 for the second-best scores on the Vaqueros’ card.
State Championships
Final 36-hole scores
At par-73 Tracy Country Club
 Team -- 1, SBCC 317-329--646. 2, Fullerton 327-323--650. 3, Canada 333-331--664. 4, Modesto 342-354--696.
 Individual (par 73) – 1, Fanny Johansson, SBCC, 74-77--151. 2, Nea Bennett, Fullerton, 80-79--159

 SBCC scores -- 1, Johansson 74-77--151. Vanesa Villa 77-86--169, Saralisa Ortega 83-86--169, Maggie Daly 83-87--170, Jackie Ramirez 87-84--171, Megan Herrera 88-82--170.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vaqueros announce Food Drive and Halloween Bowling

By Dave Loveton,  Sports Information
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

SBCC student-athletes will hold a Food Drive called “Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat” over the next few weeks and then celebrate Halloween with a bowling competition.

 The Food Drive is sponsored by the Vaquero Student-Athletes Captains Council, led by cross country runner Ian Roberts, in conjunction with the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Melissa Howard of Foodbank will provide two large receptacles to be placed at entrances to home games for women’s volleyball and football.

 Anyone who donates food (canned fruits & veggies, bags of rice, pasta and cereal and jars of peanut butter) will get free admission to women’s volleyball matches on Oct. 23 and 30 and the next home football game vs. Santa Monica on Saturday, Nov. 2.

 “As a community college, part of our job is to give back to the community and we feel like this is a great opportunity to do so,” said SBCC athletic director Ryan Byrne. “We really try to show our student-athletes examples of how they can make their community a better place and they are always eager to step up and contribute.

 “It’s taking the team-player approach to another level. I'm really proud of our student-athletes and their awareness of problems that less fortunate people face and their desire to do something about it. It’s pretty special.”

 The first annual Vaquero All-Sports Halloween Bowl is a fun, safe and competitive event that will take place at Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond in Goleta on Halloween night , Oct. 31 from 9 to 11 p.m. SBCC teams will square off in a “friendly but fierce” glow bowling competition in pursuit of the Best Team Trophy.
There will also be prizes for the best costume for team members and coaches.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

6 Vaqueros are SBART College Athletes of the Year


Six Vaquero athletes were honored as College Athletes of the Year in their respective sports on Monday night during the 46th annual Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame Dinner at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort. The three pictured are, from left, Steven Reveles (baseball), Charlotte Skjonsby (women's golf) and Morgan Nevin (football). The other winners were Cecilia Instebo (women's cross country), Bruna Magalhaes (women's tennis) and Cliff Lekas (men's track & field). Keia Nobles (women's basketball) won the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for SBCC.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

8 Vaqueros get scholarships to 4-year universities

Reveles, Zehner to play baseball at Nebraska, Cal Poly

Eight SBCC athletes accepted scholarships to four-year universities on Wednesday during the Vaqueros’ Spring Signing Day in the Sports Pavilion.

From left, Jalani Davis, Zach Zehner, Steven Reveles
Kaytee Krivulka, Jasmine Johnson,
Sara Crane, Michelle Herrera
and Keia Nobles all recieved scholarships
Baseball players Steven Reveles and Zach Zehner both signed with NCAA Div. 1 schools. Reveles, a shortstop who was the WSC North Player of the Year, is going to Nebraska while Zehner, the Vaqueros’ top hitter at .358, will play for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“I visited Nebraska a few weeks ago and everywhere you go in Lincoln, the entire city and the entire atmosphere is all about the University of Nebraska,” said Reveles, who batted .305 and led the state with 30 stolen bases. “They get about 4,000 fans at their home games. It’s a real pro atmosphere with great facilities.

“The Achievement Zone (an SBCC program that helps student-athletes with their academics) really helped me out.”

Reveles will major in Nutrition Exercise and Health Science.

Zehner, one of the state leaders in RBIs with 38, will major in Economics with a minor in Business. The outfielder was SBCC’s male Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.65 GPA.

The Vaqueros went 20-17 this year and finished second in conference. The team qualified for the Southern Cal Regional for the third straight year, the first time that’s ever happened.

SBCC recently received the Aspen Award as the No. 1 Community College in the nation. SBCC athletes are twice as likely as non-student-athletes to be transfer-ready after two years and twice as likely to complete their AA degree.

Four women’s basketball players got scholarships. Sara Crane, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, is going to Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, Calif.; Keia Nobles is going will play at William Jessup in Rocklin, Calif.; and Michelle Herrera and Jasmine Johnson signed with Eastern Nazarene of Boston, Mass.
Crane was a first-team All-WSC North choice. Nobles was the female SBCC Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a 3.7 GPA.

“I am so proud of these four players,” said women’s basketball coach Sandrine Krul. “Not only did they do it for themselves, they also helped the underclassmen understand the importance of being a student-athlete and how they go together. I could not be happier for them.”

Earning a scholarship means a lot to Crane and her teammates.

“It means everything,” she said. “This is what we worked for and why we came to community college. That’s one of main thing’s that Sandrine always talks to us about -- getting into a four-year university.”

Krul noted that her players were getting academic as well as athletic scholarships. “That’s rare these days,” she said.
Kaytee Krivulka, the school record-holder in the hammer throw (146-3) for the women’s track team, accepted a scholarship to Humboldt State.

“I got a call from them and decided to go up and visit,” said Krivulka, who’s broken her school mark four times in the last two years. “I fell in love with the college community up there. It seemed like a great place for me to go.

“Academically, SBCC is the best school in the nation. I’ve had some of the greatest teachers in the best classes. They’re difficult but I definitely learned a lot. I have everybody pushing me in track and I get encouragement every day. They make me want to be a better person.”

Jalani Davis, a 6-4 forward on the men’s basketball team, is also going to Notre Dame de Namur.

“I think Notre Dame will fit me academically and as a basketball player,” said Davis, a two-year starter for the Vaqueros. “They like me, I enjoy the system over there and the players are great.

“Going to SBCC taught me a lot. I learned I have to work harder in all my classes. I learned to fight through all obstacles to get where I want to go.”

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Magalhaes captures first State tennis title in SBCC history

Brazilian wins 6-2, 7-6 at historic Ojai Tourney
By Dave Loveton, Sports Information

OJAI -- Bruna Magalhaes of SBCC rallied from a 6-5 second-set deficit to claim the Community College State women‘s tennis singles championship on a warm Sunday at the Ojai Tournament.

Magalhaes, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 2 Sarah Anderson of Fullerton 6-2, 7-6 (1) at historic Libbey Park. It’s the first state singles title for an SBCC tennis player. In 1982, the Vaquero team of Shannon Smith and Debbie Findeisen won a state doubles title.
Bruna Magalhaes
“I feel very proud,” said Magalhaes, a freshman from Brazil. “I’ve been working hard to win this tournament. I’m very happy right now. Exhausted, but happy.

“I was a little nervous in the first set. I just had to put my mind with my tennis. In the second set, she knew what she had to do when she was down 5-3.”

Anderson, who went on win the State doubles title with Victoria Vo, took three straight games in the second set to take a 6-5 lead.

Magalhaes won her serve to force a tiebreaker. She dominated in the tiebreaker, taking the first three points on her way to a 7-1 victory.

“I tried to put all the balls in (during the tiebreaker) and attack her,” said Magalhaes. “If I find a university that’s offering me a scholarship, I’ll go there. But I’d love to stay at Santa Barbara City College. They helped me a lot and my coach helped me so much.”

Magalhaes built a 4-2 lead in the first set and then broke Anderson’s serve at love with two forehand winners to make it 5-2.

“I feel very fortunate to have a player like Bruna,” said coach Ken Thomas. “There’s a lot of intangibles about her. She’s got a big heart and she does everything that I can’t coach. She works hard every point, she fights and she has guts.”

Magalhaes won six matches over four days at the State Tournament to complete a perfect 19-0 season. Going into Sunday’s match, she had won 61 games against California’s best players while losing just 11.

“She hung in there mentally,” said Thomas. “She didn’t give away a lot of easy points. Her forehand looked good as always, especially on the short balls. The best thing you can do in a tiebreak is to get a lead and that’s what she did.

“This is a good day, not only for Bru and the SBCC women’s tennis program but also for the Santa Barbara City College athletic department. It was a good day, all around.“

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Roth named SBCC Women's Swim coach

By Dave Loveton, SBCC Sports Information

Organizational meeting set for May 16

Brian “Chuckie” Roth has been selected as head coach of the SBCC women’s swim team, which will make its debut in the spring of 2014.

“I’ve been coaching swimming for 14 years and this is a great opportunity,” said Roth. “When I was contacted about the job, I felt like this is one of my true callings. I believe in the community college system and SBCC is a great school.”

Chuckie Roth has been
coaching swimming and
water polo for 14 years.
Roth, a former swimmer at Temple City High, Citrus College and UCSB, will continue coaching girls’ swimming and water polo at San Marcos High, which he’s been doing since 2004.

He’s also the Department Chair for Physical Education at San Marcos. Last year, he was voted Teacher of the Year for his school and received the Distinguished Educator of the Year for Santa Barbara County.

“Chuckie is a pretty phenomenal person and we’re so fortunate to have someone of his caliber in our own backyard,” said SBCC Athletic Director Ryan Byrne. “It’s pretty unique when you ask about a person and everyone you talk to says, ‘This person is amazing.’

“His references are glowing and he is of the highest caliber as a coach. As a former Educator of the Year for the entire district, he really gets the total package of what student-athletes are supposed to strive for. He’s an excellent fit for where we are going.”

An organizational meeting will be held for SBCC women’s swimming on Thursday, May 16 from 7-8 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion. It’s a chance for student-athletes and their families to learn about the swim program and also gauge the interest for women’s water polo.

“We’ve gotten a lot of responses so far and the organizational meeting will give us a chance to let any interested students know about the program,” said Byrne. “Part of the purpose for the meeting is to rally around and celebrate additional opportunities for young women in such a strong aquatics community.”

The new Vaquero team will practice at San Marcos High. SBCC will compete in the Western State Conference, which currently has eight women’s swimming programs, including Ventura and Cuesta. With the addition of SBCC and Hancock, there will 10 women’s swim teams in 2014.

SBCC recently won the Aspen Award as the nation’s No. 1 community college. Vaquero student-athletes are twice as likely s non student-athletes to be transfer-ready after two years. Nearly 33 percent of all student-athletes are on the Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Roth graduated from UCSB in 1997 with a BA in History and a minor in Exercise Health Science. In 2004, he received his Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific in Physical Education.

In his eight years at San Marcos, Roth has transformed the swim and water polo teams.

“We went from a swim team that was consistently fifth in Channel League and now, we have an opportunity in the next couple of years to win the league,” he stated. “We had no CIF qualifiers the first three years and this year, we’ve qualified in four events and three relays in Division 1, the most competitive division.

“When I took over San Marcos water polo, they had won two games the previous year. We’ve had four 20-win seasons now and were ranked No. 7 in the CIF Div. 1. We’ve had one All-American and we were second in Channel League, our best showing in 13 or 14 years.”

Roth was an assistant coach for UCSB water polo from 1997-2000. He was hired at his alma mater, Temple City High, to start a girls’ water polo team and coach the swimmers. In just a few years, he produced seven All-CIF water polo players and his teams won CIF titles in 2003 and ‘04.

“Chuckie Roth is an exceptional choice to lead the program at SBCC,” said Gregg Wilson, who‘s in his 37th season as UCSB‘s swimming and diving coach. “He is familiar with the community college structure, function and programming, and he is recognized in our community and in all of Southern California as an excellent coach, educator and colleague.

“He is held is the highest regard by everyone as a man of integrity and great character. I will not hesitate to send swimmers his way and they will benefit greatly from his coaching and instruction.”

Byrne is excited about Roth and the women’s swim program.

“By adding women’s swimming, it’s going to take us a step closer to being the best transfer institution in the country for intercollegiate athletics,” said Byrne.

“There’s a trend in this region for increasing competition in women’s aquatics and there’s definitely more than sufficient interest and ability in Santa Barbara County to offer that sport.

“Our goals are always academic first. We want to lay the groundwork for student-athletes to be the best they can be and to transfer to four-year institutions.”