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

Dog Run Amok

Judge Carrozzo Takes on Mental Health System; It’s a Draw

Judge Carrozzo takes on the mental health system; it’s a draw. Read story.

Cheap Gas, but Pricey Futures

Can OPEC Shake Out Santa Barbara Oil Operators?

Can OPEC shake out Santa Barbara oil operators? Read story.

Barbareño Does Santa Barbara by the Book

Two Twentysomethings Open the Latest Culinary Hotspot

Two twentysomethings open the latest culinary hotspot on De la Vina and Canon Perdido streets. Read story.

White Arrows Get Free

L.A. Rockers Embrace the Space Between On In Bardo

For their sophomore effort, L.A.’s White Arrows embraced the space between. Read story.

Basketball Brothers from Other Mothers

Bolden Brace and Scott Everman Grew Up Playing Together but Are Now Rivals

Bolden Brace and Scott Everman grew up playing together; now they’re rivals. Read story.

Paul Nicklen's Wild Spirit

Talking with Nat Geo Photojournalist

The National Geographic photojournalist documents some of the planet’s most inhospitable areas. Read story.

Santa Barbara’s Many Paths to Becoming Clean & Sober

An Intimate Look at the Recovery Community in Our Party Town

Here’s an intimate look at the recovery community in our party town. Read story.

Bark Like a Dog, Walk Like a Man

Can Helene Schneider Survive Fracas over Freeway-Widening Fracas?

Can Helene Schneider survive the fracas over the freeway-widening fracas? Read story.

Our Year in Pictures 2014

The Santa Barbara Independent’s Annual Photographic Review

Here’s The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual photographic review. Read story.

Songs to Pop Bottles To

A Playlist to Ring in the New Year

Seven songs to help you conquer 2015. Read story.

TV Is the New Art House

Why You Probably Didn’t See the Best Films of 2014

The brave new world of VOD and why you probably didn’t see some of the best films of 2014. Read story.

In from the Cold

Former Foes Join Forces on Milpas Street to Help Chronically Homeless

Former foes join forces on Milpas to help the chronically homeless get off the streets. Read story.

Yule Dog or Yule Log?

Picking a Christmas Movie Ain’t As Simple As It Seems

Picking a Christmas movie ain’t as simple as it seems. Read story.

Branding the Presidio Neighborhood

Hugh Margerum’s Campaign to Connect Restaurants, Shopping, Sightseeing, and Wine

Hugh Margerum’s campaign to connect restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, and wine in old Santa Barbara. Read story.

Police Prejudiced Against 'Blacks and Browns'?

Church Leaders, City Residents Say Racial Profiling is Alive and Well in Santa Barbara

Church leaders and city residents say racial profiling is alive and well in Santa Barbara. Read story.

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