Smith has been the Saturday starter since the second week of the season, compiling a 3-5 record and 3.51 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .249 against the left-hander and he has struck out 38 batters over 48 innings.
High School – Smith posted an outstanding senior season under head coach Ollie Turner at Torrance High School in 2014, compiling a 13-1 record and 0.47 ERA en route to CIF-Southern Section Division IV most valuable player accolades … made 15 appearances on the mound and notched 10 complete games, striking out 115 batters and walking just 16 in 89 2/3 innings … struck out 12 in CIF-Southern Section Division IV championship playoff game against Pioneer League rival South Torrance, earning 11-0 victory with two-hit shutout … also struck out 11 in two other games and 10 in another … earned a pair of one-hitters and a pair of two-hitters … threw 24 shutout innings in the playoffs and recorded four wins — three as a starter and one in relief … also played in first base and in the outfield, hitting .345 with three doubles, 13 RBI and six steals … earned first-team All-Pioneer League (co-MVP) and All-CIF-Southern Section Division IV honors and second-team Cal-Hi Sports all-state accolades … Torrance was 27-8 in 2014, shared first place with South Torrance in the Pioneer League and claimed the CIF-SS Division IV title … as a junior in 2013, Smith posted a 4-2 record and 3.87 ERA in 11 appearances on the mound … struck out 30 batters in 34 1/3 innings and earned the team’s Cy Young Award … Torrance was 15-13 in 2013, finishing in a tie for first place in the Pioneer League with a 7-3 record and qualifying for the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs, winning a wild-card game before falling in the first round … also played football as a quarterback in his freshman year … played summer ball for the North County Indians, posting a 1-0 record and 0.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings … chose Cal Poly over UC Irvine because of its “great coaches and team.”
Personal – Son of Jon and Tina Smith … one brother, Konnor, and one sister, Kaitlyn … sister Kaitlyn and cousins Kyle Smith and Ryan Smith played sports in college … born November 11, 1995, in Torrance, Calif. … majors in kinesiology.
By Teri Bayus
Part of lineup for Wine, Waves and Beyond is a showing of the surf movie, “Attractive Distractions,” at the Fremont Theater in SLO. This feature film that was created by Albee Layer and will be shown Wednesday, April 29 with tickets at just $10 each.
There will also be a special presentation from Chris Burkard, who recently presented a TED talk called, “Surfing In The Ice.” Burkard is a local surf photographer who found himself burnt out on tropical locations.
“I began craving wild open spaces,” he said. “So I set out to find the places people had written off as too cold, too remote, too dangerous to surf.” Continue reading Dinner & A Movie: Wine, Waves & Beyond Delicious
By Teri Bayus
Are we all ready to take it back to the beach? Remember the reason we all moved here? Wine and Waves! Or was that just me?
The 6th Annual Wine, Waves and Beyond, the Central Coast Longboard Surfing Classic returns April 29-May 3 in Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, and San Luis Obispo. Wine, Waves & Beyond is a classic surf, wine and food event that celebrates the best of SLO County.
Combining the fun, laid-back atmosphere of the wine country and unique surf culture, guests enjoy five days of unforgettable events evoking the magic of wine and waves. These events take place at numerous scenic venues throughout the county.
We (the press and food writers) were invited to sample a bit of the winemaker’s dinner that will be held Saturday, May 2 at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort in Avila Beach.
We started in the garden with Bellini’s and passed appetizers of beet vegetable wrap. We toured the garden and learned of the benefactor, GleanSLO, an organization that strives to collect fresh, local produce for the San Luis Obispo Food Bank.
It was a warm day in the Avila sunshine, so we moved inside for an outstanding five-course, gourmet meal created by the culinary team lead by Chef Wangard. Continue reading Dinner & A Movie: Wine, Waves & Beyond Delicious
American roots music band, Patchy Sanders, brings its unique style to Coalesce Bookstore Chapel in Morro Bay at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8. Tickets are $20 a person and available at Coalesce, 845 Main St. Call 772-2880 to reserve tickets. Patchy Sanders’ sound is influenced by traditional Irish, and old-time Americana music genres, but the band has managed to weave a new musical tapestry from these roots.
Comedienne, Amy Ashton, will perform a benefit comedy show Saturday, May 2 at Lido Restaurant, 2727 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach. Tickets are $30 a person and available online at: www.jccslo.com or call Lauren Bandari, Jewish Community Center Federation of SLO executive director at: (805) 426-5465, email@example.com. Ashton is a stand-up turned executive producer for several TV shows that she wrote and created that air on E! Television. Chosen by Mitzi Shore to develop her standup act, she’s became a favorite at the Comedy Store opening for Chris Rock, Andrew Dice Clay, Joe Rogan, Caroline Rhea, and Carlos Mencia. There will be a Catskills-themed dinner at Lido for major donors. Limited seating available.
Continue reading Entertainment: April 30–May 13, 2015
Photo and story by www.PhotoByVivian.com
The Snowy Egret population, protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, has been rebounding on the Central Coast. Almost hunted to extinction because of the demand of their showy plumes, which were once more valuable than the price of gold, they have made a comeback, however they are still threatened by loss of habitat. Luckily, today you’ll see groups on our shoreline feeding on small fish and crabs, roosting in trees in our local orchards and even along the side of our freeways feeding on insects. They have beautiful bright yellow feet and yellow marking in front of their eyes. During mating season the yellow in front of their eyes turns red, their feet orange and their feathers look “shaggy.”
The Snowy Egret pictured above was soaring over Avila Beach.
See more photos at www.PhotoByVivian.com.
Coastal Youth Theater debuts at the Clark Center Studio Theater with Alice in Wonderland.
Coastal Youth Theater proudly presents their production of Alice in Wonderland Jr., running two weekends May 8th-10th and May 15th-17th at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts Studio Theater, 487 Fair Oaks Avenue in Arroyo Grande.
Lewis Carroll’s famous inquisitive heroine comes to life in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr., a delightful adaptation of the classic Disney film. An adventurous, clever little girl discovers everything about her inner conscience when she falls down a rabbit hole and experiences a multitude of curious characters including the White Rabbit, Dodo Bird, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and of course the notorious Queen of Hearts! Continue reading Alice in Wonderland
The Goddess of Groove
By Mad Royal
Sultry-voiced and soft-spoken, with big, brown eyes, Irene Cathaway’s appearance hides her inner diva songstress. Her singing voice is both sweet, and a little rough, just like life. Muscian Dorian Michael calls her “the best female vocalist I have ever worked with.” That’s why, when I asked if he had a band for a new club three years ago, I hired the band he put together for the event sight unseen and music unheard. When you work with people whose opinion you trust, that’s what you do. If Dorian says it’s good, it’s good. He went down to L.A. with Ken Hustad to rehearse with Irene and her drummer, Bill Severance (something they were going to do for fun, anyway), and the band Just for the Night was born. The evening in question ended up being the best night that venue ever had, and a lot of people and their dancing feet left happy. Continue reading Crooning for a Cause: Irene Cathaway
By Michele S Jang, PT
Can you bend over and touch your toes without bending your knees? Did you know that the inability to do so can indicate your risk of developing back pain? If you can’t, you probably have tight hamstrings, which increases your risk of injury. Many of our daily duties that are sedentary, can precipitate tight muscles; such as, sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day. A flexible core is critical to perform any recreational activity while reducing back strain. Many muscles that encourage a flexible back are actually in the hip and lower extremities. Here are a few stretches that you can perform daily to reduce your risk of developing back pain. Continue reading Keep your Back in Action
Story by Gareth Kelly
Photos Courtesy of Anet Carlin
Anet Carlin, herself a Buddhist, received a phone call more than a year ago asking if she would be willing to host a group of monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India as they spent four weeks touring the Central Coast sharing their culture, their traditions and their sand mandalas. She was delighted to be asked, said yes and today is enjoying their tour and their presence. Continue reading Drepung Gomang Monks Visit Central Coast
The Grover Beach Community Library will hold their annual Community Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May at 5 p.m., at the library, 240 N 9th Street. The highlight of the event include presenting the Mary Lee Clark Award recognizing a person, persons, organization, agency or entity that has significantly contributed to the goals, enhancement, promotion, success and continued growth of the library. According to Nan Fowler, the president of the Library Board of Directors, the library was the brainchild of Mary Lee Clark who convinced her husband, Cliff Clark, to give up space in his law office for the library. Fowler said, “We invite you to attend, share some snacks and Champagne with us, see our cozy little library and meet this year’s award recipient”.
The Grover Beach Parks, Recreation & Beautification Commission will present a Water Conservation & Drought Tolerant Landscaping workshop, featuring Tami Reece, UCCE Master Gardener. The presentation will provide tips and strategies to help you conserve, capture and use water wisely for your home and yard. This free event takes place at the Ramona Garden Park Center, 993 Ramona Avenue on Saturday, May 2. There will also be a free prize drawing of items related to water conservation. Anyone wishing to attend is requested to RSVP to the Grover Beach Parks & Recreation Department, so that sufficient materials can be made available. For more information, please contact the Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department at (805) 473-4580.
Continue reading Community Calendar: April 30–May 13, 2015