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Apr 8, 2013 7:50 PM by Andrew Masuda

NSBCART honors two weeks worth of Athletes of the Week

The Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table reconvened on Monday afternoon at Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt after a one week absence for Spring Break. The Round Table made up for it by honoring two weeks worth of local athletes.

Pioneer Valley High wrestler Courtney Tompkins was named this week's Female Athlete of the Week, while Lompoc High track star Nikko Hayes earned the Male Athlete of the Week honor.

Recently, Tompkins finished third in the 172 pound weight class at the Girls Junior National Folkstyle Duals in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Courtney, who finished fourth last year at Nationals, secured All-American status for the second-straight year. Courtney is turning her attention over to free style wrestling now. "Hopefully I'm going to go next week to Las Vegas and there's one at the end of the month in Fresno. And if I place top 3 at either of those then I get to make it on the California National Team," said Tompkins.

Earlier in the season, she finished second at the CIF State Meet at 154 pounds.

Hayes, who last month signed a national letter of intent to play football at Idaho State, won the award for his efforts at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational over the week. Nikko finished fifth in his heat in the 110 meter high hurdles with a time of 15.39 seconds, despite the fact he said another runner accidentally hit him around the ninth hurdle and disrupted his balance. Hayes finished third in his heat in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.35 seconds, which actually ranked 6th best out of the 54 runners in the event. Just a few weeks ago he set a meet record at the Atascadero Invitational in the 300 with a time of 39.06 seconds.

"Once the gun goes off I don't feel anything like the first 50 meters really, it's all adrenaline and I just try to focus the rest of the race," said Hayes, when asked about why he enjoyed running the hurdle events.

St. Joseph baseball's James Fitzmaurice was named Male Athlete of the Week for April 1. The junior went a combined 3 for 7 with 4 runs scored, 1 home run and 6 stolen bases in two Pac 7 League games against Arroyo Grande. Fitzmaurice also pitched 5 innings in the Knights' 11-6 win over the Eagles. St. Joseph is 1-2 in league with Pac 7 play resuming on Tuesday. "We have Pioneer Valley this week and they've been pretty good in their non league. And we're just hoping to take the series, take 2 of 3, that's our goal for the season and try to get a playoff berth," said Fitzmaurice, who's hitting .286 with 8 stolen bases and 5 runs scored this season for the Knights.

Cabrillo High graduate and Allan Hancock softball star Nathalia Powell earned Female Athlete of the Week for April 1. The left-handed pitcher went 3-0 for the Bulldogs two weeks ago. She threw a one-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Ventura on March 26. She followed that wit ha combined 6 innings of shutout ball with 4 strikeouts and 1 hit allowed in a double-header sweep over Oxnard. She and another pitcher combined on a no-hitter in the second game of the twinbill. Powell was not present at the luncheon to receive her certificate. Powell is 15-7 on the season with a 3.26 ERA. The Bulldogs are 9-4 in Western State Conference play and just one game out of first place.

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