ORCUTT, Calif. - For the final time during the 2016-17 academic year, athletes, coaches, administrators, media members and other visitors gathered for the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.
Held at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt, a big crowd attended the nearly 90 minute luncheon. On hand for the event were representatives from baseball, softball, boys tennis and track and field.
The male athlete of the week award was given to a pair of Cabrillo tennis players. Seniors Chris Siefe and Josh Ogan each won the award for the first time ever after teaming up to capture the Los Padres League doubles championship.
Despite entering the tournament having played doubles only three times during the regular season, Siefe and Ogan rolled through the competition winning their last three sets without losing a single game. The title was the first for Cabrillo in doubles in many years.
"I'm really happy I got it," said Ogan. "The tournament we played was amazing. Playing with one of my best friends was a lot of fun."
"It's honoring and humbling to get it this time because it's against the backdrop of so much achievement," said Seife.
The female athlete of the week award went to Righetti swimmer Isabella Fraire. The junior earned the nod after a big performance at last week's Pac-8 League Finals at Sinsheimer Pool in San Luis Obispo.
Fraire won three races, including two individual performances. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.26, which is an automatic qualifying time for the CIF Southern Section Preliminaries. She also won the 200 individual medley in 2:12.0 and swam a leg for the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
"I feel really great and I feel honored," Fraire said. "The support my family and friends have been giving me is unbelievable."
Also during the luncheon, Round Table board member Dick Barrett acknowledged and honored Lompoc softball player Lauren Wade for her courage while battling a rare disease.
Since she was just 22-weeks-old, Wade has lived with a serious condition called Cavernous Hemangioma Malformation. The disease causes tiny blood vessels to rupture and seep blood into the open caverns of the brain.
Wade has endured eight brain surgeries, the last coming in November 2016. Despite many physical setbacks, Wade has been an active member of the Braves softball team, including playing on last year's CIF championship winning squad.
Wade is all set to graduate next month and her motto on her graduation announcement reads "Tomorrow is never promised to anyone....so go out and live life to its fullest potential today!"
The Round Table will hold its season-ending awards dinner and banquet on Wednesday, May 8.