Uribe caps SBCC career with Player of Year award

SBCC quarterback John Uribe was honored as Offensive Player of the Year by the American Pacific Conference and five of his teammates were selected to the all-conference first team.

Uribe, a 6-foot sophomore from Santa Barbara High, led the APC in passing, completing 182 of 291 for 2,554 yards and 23 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He was ranked No. 2 in the state with a passer rating of 157.5.

His playoff of the year honors guarantees him a spot on the All-State Region IV team.

Uribe racked up a career-high 330 yards against L.A. Southwest. One week later, he threw for 290 yards and tied a school record with five TD passes in a 35-28 win at Santa Monica.

“I’ve enjoyed working with him because, accuracy-wise, he was one of the best I’ve been around,” said SBCC coach Craig Moropoulos.

The Vaqueros (4-6, 3-3) finished fourth in the APC. Their last seven games were decided by seven points or less and their three conference losses were by a total of 17 points.

Sophomore running back Michael Douglas, the leading rusher in the conference (662 yards; 83 per game), was a first-team offensive choice along with freshman Chad Toocheck, the No. 2 receiver in the APC with 60 catches for 851 yards and nine TDs, and sophomore tackle Chris Anderson (6-3, 270). Anderson has received a scholarship offer from New Mexico State.

Douglas had four straight 100-yard rushing games before suffering an injury.

Lineman Sean Hampshire (6-2, 290) and receiver Chris Kordakis (33 catches, 612 yards, 18.5 avg.) made the second team.

On defense, freshman Manny Hernandez was a first-team selection at two positions, making it as a linebacker and punter.

Hernandez tied for the state lead with 130 tackles and was the No. 1 punter in the conference with a 39.0-yard average and a long of 62.

Sophomore linebacker Sam Shipley also made the first team. A former San Marcos High standout like Hernandez, he was eighth in the state with 102 tackles.

Free safety Matt Arve earned second-team honors. He was second in the conference with five interceptions and his 27-yard kick return average was No. 1.


  1. Where is Uribe going next year? Any offers?

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