Drivin’ the Lane: Amber Melgoza Takes the Rock to the Hole

PLUS: UCSB’s Legendary Dream Team of 1990 and Presidio Sports Takes on March Madness (John Zant and Presidio Sports Staff)

ON THE COVER: Santa Barbara High School’s Amber Melgoza. Photo by Paul Wellman.

Pups and Players

The Santa Barbara Independent’s sports chieftain, John Zant, and Barry Punzal and John Dvorak, the gents of, have collectively logged just under a century of professionally watching basketball. Zant recalls turning in his copy fresh off his typewriter in the days when the women's game was played six-on-six: three forwards and three guards on each side of half-court, which they never crossed. For this week's cover story, they turn their attention to a high school player who's headed to the top and a memorable team from 1990. And March Madness approaches with a bracket contest!

In Print

Selected stories from our weekly newspaper.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Shows Some Love for Ike Jenkins

Swing Champs Talk Growing Up with S.B.’s Most Beloved Music Teacher

Two members of the big-band crossover phenomenon credit Ike Jenkins for their careers in music. Read story.

UCSB’s Legendary Basketball Squad Honored

Gauchos 1990 Team Remembered for Taking Down UNLV

It was 25 years ago when the Gauchos shocked the college basketball world, beating top-ranked and undefeated UNLV in an ESPN Big Monday nightcap. Read story.

The Dons’ Amber Melgoza’s Full-Court Press

The Ponytailed Practitioner of Hardwood Heroics

The ponytailed practitioner churns out hardwood heroics. Read story.

If This Dog’s a Rockin,’ Don’t Bother Knockin’

Reassessing Earthquake and Tsunamis Hazards at Diablo and Diablo Canyon Four Years After Fukushima

Reassessing earthquake and tsunamis hazards at Diablo and Diablo Canyon four years after Fukushima. Read story.

Sheriff, DA Rain on Prop 47 Parade

Caution Supervisors over Supposed Benefits of New Sentencing Law

Caution supervisors over supposed benefits of new sentencing law. Read story.

Garage Band Confidential: Watch The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard

Neil Norman’s Rockumentary Comes to Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater

Director Neil Norman’s documentary will screen at Carpinteria’s Plaza Playhouse Theater on March 7. Read story.

Girls in Justice

The Kids are Not Alright in Photographer Richard Ross's Latest Book

The kids are not alright in photographer Richard Ross's latest book. Read story.

Giraffage Stands Tall

San Fran Producer Brings the Party to EOS

The San Francisco electronic artist brings the party to EOS Lounge on February 27. Read story.

A Rain Dance for VADA

Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy Hosts Fundraiser

Santa Barbara High’s Visual Arts & Design Academy hosts a fundraiser on February 28. Read story.

2015 Wedding Issue

Getting Hitched Santa Barbara Style

Getting hitched Santa Barbara style. Read story.

Of Mega Dogs and Mega Droughts

How to Read the Mona Lisa Smile of Water Czar Joshua Haggmark

How to read the Mona Lisa smile of water czar Joshua Haggmark. Read story.

Interview: Kirk Knight

The Pro Era Rapper Hits Velvet Jones on February 26

The Pro Era rapper and producer will be at Velvet Jones on Thursday, February 26. Read story.

Inside the Tiny House Project

Artists Chris Silva and Karly Williams Plan a Permanent Honeymoon

Artists Chris Silva and Karly Williams plan a permanent honeymoon. Read story.

Game of Drones

The Reign of Fly-by-Night Business Is Coming to an End

The reign of fly-by-night business is coming to an end in Santa Barbara and beyond. Read story.

Lamentations of a Dog Denied

Water Wars III: Law & Order vs. Goleta Water District

Water Wars III: Law & Order vs. Goleta Water District Read story.

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