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AOTM: Carolina Esparza

Carolina Esparza is a senior at SBHS and is a standout player on the girls flag football team. She is in the AVID program at SBHS as well. Girls flag football is a new CIF sport and has gotten great recognition as such an exciting new sport. Since it is a fall sport she was able to play and not interfere with soccer season. She enjoyed the new environment that she was in and being able to play with different athletes other than her soccer teammates. She has been on varsity soccer since she was a freshman and on top of that is on a club team. 

Her favorite memory this season was when they ended Dos Pueblos undefeated season on our home turf at SBHS. They beat them 14-12 in a defensive battle. This secured the city championship as they took down Bishop Diego, San Marcos, and wrapped up with the win over the Chargers. Carolina Esparza finished the game with 6 catches for 45 yards and a one-point conversion catch.

Some of her games this season consisted of 80 yards and two touchdowns to start off the season vs Lompoc in a 12-19 loss. Then in a high scoring game vs Bishop Diego she had 3 touchdowns in a 34-13 blowout win. She then stood out against Rio Mesa with 10 catches and a touchdown in a 25-6 win. In the huge rivalry game she led the team with 6 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. She also started off the game with a pick six. They took down our biggest rivals 20-18. In a come from behind win against pacifica she had a touchdown and an interception. 

When asked what it meant to be this month’s athlete of the month she said, “It means to me that my hard work and talent was noticed. I appreciate that I was even taken into consideration.” She attributes much of her success to her teammates and her coaches who have made her super well prepared. They endured much confidence in her. On the football field she has led the team with 9 interceptions and 12 touchdowns. On top of being on the Flag football team she also is in the Student Athletic Training Program where she helps out where she can.

Carolina makes one of her 12 touchdown catches. Photo Credit: Miguel Unzueta 


  • Tobin Shyrock

    Tobin Shyrock is a junior at Santa Barbara High School and is a writer for The Forge. He enjoys writing for The Forge because it is a fun way to inform the community and see the whole process behind producing a newspaper. He enjoys hanging out with friends and family and spends most of his time playing basketball.

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