The dents and divots from long shot put and discus throws can be filled, but the marks Stamatia Scarvelis recorded at Dos Pueblos High figure to last for a long, long time.
Scarvelis capped a brilliant high school track and field career by winning the throws double at the CIF State Championships and three-peating as the girls shot put champion. She became the first prep girl to win three straight shot put titles in 30 years.
SPORTS FIGURE OF THE MONTH
Each Month, Presidio Sports recognizes a local sports figure
for their extraordinary contribution to the Santa Barbara
athletic community. It is our way to recognize those who
are making a lasting impact in our sports community,
whether it is an inspirational athletic performance,
a lifetime achievement award, or perhaps a great
example of leadership.
She rewrote the school record book several times in her career, and leaves DP as its most decorated track and field athlete of all-time. The records that others will be shooting for are 53-3.50 in the shot put and 172-7 in the discus. Both were set this year, during a season in which she won every competition.
DP track coach Chris Mollkoy called Scarvelis “the greatest athlete I have ever had the privilege of coaching or being associated with. Her work ethic, attitude and fierceness as a competitor put her in a category all by herself.”
Presidio Sports is pleased to recognize Scarvelis as the Sports Figure of the Month.
“I’m really happy with what I was able to do,” said Scarvelis about her high school accomplishments.
Now it’s on to national competition and a shot at making the U.S. team for the World Junior Championships before heading off to UCLA.
Scarvelis is preparing for the U.S. Track and Field Junior National Championships, July 5-6, at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The event serves as the qualifier for the IAAF World Junior Championships, which also will be held at Hayward Field, July 22-27.
At the junior nationals, she’ll be competing against the U.S. high school leader in the shot put, Raven Saunders of Burke, S.C., (56-8.25), No. 3-ranked Ashlie Blake of Liberty, Nevada (51-7.25) — Scarvelis is No. 2. — and the top collegiate freshmen.
“I definitely think some PRs are going to be made,” she said.
Leslie Wiggins Roth, the former Dos Pueblos track coach, said one of the many qualities that impresses her about Scarvelis is her grace under pressure.
“She is obviously one of the most talented athletes in the country, and competing at that level comes with tremendous amounts of stress and attention to detail,” Wiggins Roth said. “She deals with that stress incredibly well, always demonstrating grace, composure and a smile. I think it is her family that has given her the confidence to be so competitive and carefree at the same time. Brothers Steven and Nic push her harder than anyone to be the most competitive person she can; she is always trying to keep up with them. Her father, George, helps her to be disciplined and to realize how to set and achieve her goals. Her mom, Alexandra, is the one who shows her how to be genuine toward others, how to control her emotions and not get too caught up in the little things. Stamatia is blessed with an incredible support system that allows her to really shine.”
As she stood at the top of the podium following her third state shot put title, Scarvelis said she thought about all the support she’s received from her family and her personal coaches Ken and Ramona Pagel during her high school career.
“I was happy to do what I needed to do to win, realizing how much of my success goes to the people that surround me like my family and my coaches,” she said.
Her brothers provided a big inspiration to her success.
“I went to DP because my brothers were on the record board, so I wanted to be on the record board,” she said.
Her name will be up there for a long time.