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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 12

A wintery chill is in the air, and that signals the start of a new season in high school sports. It’s time for basketball, soccer, girls water polo and wrestling.

The boys soccer teams of Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara High will host their season openers today (Tues, Nov. 30), the Chargers facing Oxnard and the Dons taking on Oaks Christian. A year ago, the crosstown rivals advanced to the CIF Division 2 championship match – Santa Barbara winning 3-0 before 8,000 spectators at UCSB – and also were state regional finalists in different divisions. The Dons suffered their only loss to Corona Del Mar in their last match to finish with a 31-1-1 record.

Dos Pueblos had a perfect record (31-0) in girls water polo in 2009-10, and the Chargers will try to pick up where they left off with games against Corona Del Mar and Santa Ana Foothill this weekend. Santa Barbara also will face those teams from Orange County.

San Marcos, the defending Channel League basketball champion, opens up on its home floor tonight against Oak Park, while Santa Barbara hosts Oxnard.

UCSB is five games into its basketball season. The Gaucho men dropped to 2-3 after losing at Portland last weekend. Orlando Johnson (24.6 points per game) and James Nunnally (18.0) have been lighting up the scoreboard. Coach Bob Williams will be looking for others to contribute on Wednesday night when the Gauchos host Loyola Marymount (3-4) at the Thunderdome.

The Gaucho women (1-4) got off the floor with a 63-54 victory over Northern Colorado last Sunday as Mekia Valentine registered the program’s first triple double (15 points, 12 rebounds, 10 blocked shots). Their next game at the Thunderdome will be December 11.

The NCAA men’s soccer quarterfinal matchups are set for this weekend: UCLA at Louisville, SMU at North Carolina, Cal at Akron, and Michigan at Maryland. The four winning teams will head to Santa Barbara for the 2010 College Cup at UCSB’s Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on December 10-12.

Tuesday, November 30

High school boys soccer – Oxnard at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.; Oaks Christian at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Oxnard at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Oak Park at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Hueneme at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1

High school girls soccer – Santa Ynez at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

High school wrestling – Hueneme at San Marcos, 6 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Loyola Marymount at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 2

High school girls basketball – Santa Maria Valley Christian at Laguna Blanca, 6 p.m.

Friday, December 3

High school girls water polo – Corona Del Mar at Dos Pueblos, 3 p.m.; Foothill at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.

College women’s basketball – UCSB at St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 4

High school girls water polo – Foothill at Dos Pueblos, 10 a.m.; Corona Del Mar at Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Sunny Hills at Dos Pueblos, 2 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Santa Clara, 7 p.m.; Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 5

College women’s basketball – UCSB at San Francisco, 2 p.m.

Monday, December 6

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Saugus at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7

High school girls water polo – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Moorpark at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Fillmore at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Cate at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.; Camarillo at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Carpinteria at Cate, 6 p.m.; Laguna Blanca Invitational.

Wednesday, December 8

High school boys soccer – Newbury Park at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos; Cardinal Cage Classic at Bishop Diego; Laguna Blanca Invitational.

Thursday, December 9

High school girls soccer – Rio Mesa at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.; Oak Park at San Marcos, 3:30 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos; Cardinal Cage Classic at Bishop Diego; Laguna Blanca Invitational.

College men’s basketball – SBCC Classic: Hancock vs. Cypress, 3 p.m.; Victor Valley vs. L.A. Valley, 5 p.m.; SBCC vs. West L.A., 7 p.m.; Oxnard vs. Barstow, 9 p.m.

Friday, December 10

High school boys soccer – Soccer Town Showcase: Taft at Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.; Golden Valley at San Marcos, 2 p.m.; Bellflower at Dos Pueblos, 2 p.m.; Segerstrom at Carpinteria, 2 p.m.; Clovis North at Bishop Diego, 2 p.m.; Ontario Christian at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.; San Luis Obispo at Cate, 2 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Moorpark at San Marcos, 5 p.m.; San Luis Obispo at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos; Cardinal Cage Classic at Bishop Diego; Laguna Blanca Invitational.

College men’s basketball – SBCC Classic semifinals, 3-9 p.m.

College men’s soccer – College Cup semifinals at UCSB, 5:30 and 8 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Mater Dei at Dos Pueblos, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 11

High school boys soccer – Soccer Town Showcase: Mission Prep at Bishop Diego, 8:30 a.m.; Cabrillo at Laguna Blanca, 8:30 a.m.; Harvard Westlake at Cate, 8:30 a.m.; Coachella Valley at Carpinteria, 10 a.m.; Mountain View at Santa Barbara, 11:30 a.m.; Buchanan at San Marcos, 11:30 a.m.; Bullard at Dos Pueblos, 11:30 a.m.; Nipomo at Bishop Diego, 1 p.m.; Calvary Murrieta at Laguna Blanca, 1 p.m.; Costa Mesa at Cate, 2:30 p.m.; San Clemente at Santa Barbara, 5:30 p.m.; Segerstrom at San Marcos, 5:30 p.m.; Cabrillo at Dos Pueblos, 5:30 p.m.; Central E. Fresno at Carpinteria, 5:30 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos; Cardinal Cage Classic at Bishop Diego; Laguna Blanca Invitational.

High school boys basketball – Thacher at Bishop Diego, 5 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Hope International at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.; UTEP at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball – SBCC Classic finals (Consolation, 3 p.m.; Third place, 5 p.m.; Championship, 7 p.m.); Hope International at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12

College men’s soccer – College Cup final at UCSB, 1 p.m.



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