Two first-time winners highlighted Monday’s gathering of the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.
The weekly luncheon was held at Giavanni’s Pizza and featured local athletes from football, golf, tennis and volleyball.
The female athlete of the week award went to Katelynn Haskell of St. Joseph tennis.
“It feels incredible actually,” said Haskell. “I’ve put four years of work into this, playing tennis and doing the best that I can for my team and for St. Joe’s and a lot of the girls have put in a lot of work and I’m really proud of everybody. I’m glad that I could be here to represent them and the work that we’ve done.”
On Tuesday, the senior helped lead the Knights to a big victory over first-place San Luis Obispo.
In her singles match, Haskell rallied back to pick up a crucial point. She also added a doubles win with teammate Emily Watson.
St. Joseph earned a hard-fought 5-4 victory to hand the Tigers its first Mountain League loss of the season.
“I’m really proud of everyone,” said Haskell, describing the win. “All the feelings of how proud I am of everybody is so strong. We ran out to our number two doubles teams and were cheering and hugging them and it was really exciting.”
Bryan Gomez of Allan Hancock College soccer was named male athlete of the week.
“It feels really good,”said Gomez. “I’ve been working hard in practice, training hard to my fullest, not giving up, especially when you have teammates that push you to your limit. During the game, they don’t give up. They keep going until the last minute and to the last whistle.”
The Santa Maria graduate and first-year player for the Bulldogs scored a pair of goals in an impressive 2-0 win over College of the Canyons.
Last season, the Bulldogs lost to the Cougars 5-1.
“Talking to the guys that played last year, beating them, it feels good,” said Gomez. “To surprise them with two good goals, hopefully that happens throughout the season where we keep surprising other teams and get those wins.”