High School Girls
For 29 consecutive years, Santa Barbara High’s girls’ tennis team has been the champion or co-champion of the Channel League. “We feel the pressure every year,” Dons coach Steve Geremia said. He expects strong challenges from both San Marcos (Sept. 23 at SBHS; Oct. 12 at SMHS) and Dos Pueblos (Sept. 28 at SBHS; Oct. 13 at DPHS).
Dos Pueblos has Lauren Stratman, the league’s two-time defending singles champion. The junior has a shot at going four-for-four in her career. San Marcos coach Jarrod Bradley said he has his deepest team, with singles standout Caitlin Mannix, a junior, and seven returning seniors.
Although Santa Barbara lost five starters off last year’s team, the cupboard is not bare. Seniors Grace Flintermann and Hayley Hranicky-Galitzer are vying for number-one singles, and Geremia said several first-year players will contribute as the team seeks its 30th league title in a row.
High School Girls
Dos Pueblos is shooting for its 13th consecutive Channel League girls’ golf crown. Last year’s team went undefeated (13-0) in dual matches. The Chargers’ schedule includes home matches at the Glen Annie Golf Club against Santa Barbara (Oct. 14) and San Marcos (Oct. 22).
SBCC takes pride in its women’s golf team, the state champion in 2006 and 2008 and winners of four Western State Conference titles in the last six years.
Nicole Bullemer, last year’s Channel League individual champion for Dos Pueblos High, is the number-one player. She shot 74-76—150 to finish third in 115-degree heat at the Cactus Classic in Palm Springs last week. The Vaqueros will host a WSC match at the Santa Barbara Golf Club next Monday (Sept. 13). The Southern California Regionals will be November 8-9 at the River Course in Solvang.
Dos Pueblos High’s three-mile course will be the site of a Channel League meet on September 22, at 4 p.m. On October 1, at 2:45 p.m., the Dos Pueblos Invitational will take place at Shoreline Park.
SBCC also holds its annual Invitational for community colleges at Shoreline Park. This year’s is scheduled for October 15, at 3 p.m.
The 30th annual Westmont College Invitational is set for September 25, the men going off at 9:30 a.m., followed by the women’s race.
UCSB’s runners will travel to the remainder of their meets after hosting Cal Poly in a race around the campus lagoon last Saturday. Juan Paredes led the Gaucho men to a 24-31 victory, while the Mustangs edged UCSB’s women by a 27-30 score. The Gaucho women are favored to repeat as Big West champions at the conference meet in Riverside on October 30.