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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: OCTOBER 14-27

High-intensity action in water polo, football and soccer will be going on Friday (Oct. 15) at Santa Barbara High and UCSB.

Los Angeles Loyola, the top-ranked boys water polo team in CIF Division I, will visit the eighth-ranked Santa Barbara Dons at 3:15 p.m. Following that game, the Dons football team will open Channel League play against San Marcos at 6 p.m. The gates at Peabody Stadium will open at 4:30 p.m. for the 51st Big Game between the crosstown rivals. Santa Barbara leads the series, 27-23. Friday’s game appears to be a toss-up. Both teams went 1-5 in non-league action.

Cox Cable will tape the game for a week of replays on Channel 8 starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The midday showings will continue through next Friday. In addition, the game will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. Future games to be televised by Cox included Santa Barbara-Dos Pueblos (Oct. 29), Dos Pueblos-San Marcos (Nov, 5) and Carpinteria-Bishop Diego (Nov. 12).

The big show at UCSB on Friday starts with the women’s soccer match between the Gauchos and UC Davis at 5 p.m. at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. The Gaucho men will take on nationally ranked Duke at 8 p.m. in a game to be televised live on the Fox Soccer Channel. The Gauchos (6-3-2) defeated Cal Poly 2-1 on Luis Silva’s goal in the final minute Tuesday. It was their third consecutive victory. Duke (5-2-4) is ranked 14th in the nation by Soccer America.

Fans that are really into Gaucho sports can trek over to the Thunderdome for a season-opening practice by the men’s and women’s basketball teams at 10 p.m.

Stanford jumped ahead of UCSB in the NCAA water polo rankings this week. The Cardinal, now No. 4, will take on the sixth-ranked Gauchos at noon Sunday in Campus Pool.

In high school girls volleyball, Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos meet again Tuesday night at the DP gym. The Chargers beat the Dons 3-1 in their first league encounter.

For walkers, runners and bike riders, there are events this weekend that will benefit organizations dealing with the environment, autism, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Thursday, October 14

High school girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 15

High school boys water polo – Loyola at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

College cross country – SBCC Invitational, Shoreline Park. Women’s 5K, 3 p.m. Men’s 4-mile, 4 p.m.

High school football – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Fillmore at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Malibu, 7:30 p.m. Eight-man – Cate at Lancaster Baptist, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – UC Davis at UCSB, 5 p.m.; Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Duke at UCSB, 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 16

College men’s water polo – Alumni at UCSB, 12 p.m.

High school football (8-man) – Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.

College football – L.A. Pierce at SBCC, La Playa Stadium, 6 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – California Baptist at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 17

College men’s water polo – Stanford at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Pacific at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UC Riverside, 6 p.m.

Monday, October 18

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

Tuesday, October 19

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

High school girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.; Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.; Hancock at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20

High school girls tennis – Palos Verdes at Santa Barbara, 2:30 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Azusa Pacific at Westmont, 3 p.m.

High school boys water polo – Ventura at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca at Cate, 4:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UC Davis, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 21

High school girls tennis – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 2:30 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca at San Marcos, 5:30 p.m.; Oak Park at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.; Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Seattle at UCSB, 7 p.m.; Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 22

High school girls golf – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, Glen Annie GC, 2:30 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Fillmore at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

High school football – Ventura at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Buena at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Santa Clara at Bishop Diego, SBCC La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Carpinteria at Santa Paula, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – UC Irvine at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 23

College men’s water polo – Long Beach State at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Hope International at Westmont, 12 p.m.; Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Hope International at Westmont, 2:30 p.m.

High school football (8-man) –Laguna Blanca at Cate, 2 p.m.

College football – SBCC at L.A. Valley, 6 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 24

College men’s water polo – UCSB at USC, 12 p.m.

College women’s soccer – UCSB at Cal State Fullerton, 5 p.m.

Monday, October 25

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

Tuesday, October 26

High school boys water polo – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.; Cabrillo at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Oxnard at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27

High school girls volleyball – Santa Ynez at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at Cal Poly, 8 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Saturday, October 16 – Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side,’ 10-mile or 39-mile bike rides, EDC office (906 Garden Street), 7 a.m. EnvironmentalDefenseCenter.org.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2.4 miles, East Beach, 8 a.m. walknowforautismspeaks.org.

Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 10 a.m. alz.org.

Sunday, October 17 – Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m. ccsb.org.

Saturday, October 23 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders. santabarbaracentury.org.

California Arborists Association Tree Climbing Invitational, Chase Palm Park, 9 a.m. cal-arb-association.com.

Sunday, October 24 – California Arborists Association Tree Climbing Invitational, Chase Palm Park, 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 6 – Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. Half Marathon, Tuckers Grove to SBCC, 6:30 a.m. sbimarathon.com.

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