TOP SPORTING EVENTS: DECEMBER 7-20
Westmont College and UCSB will show their prowess in women’s basketball, both schools hosting games on Saturday, December 10.
Westmont has achieved a No. 6 ranking on the NAIA Division 1 coaches’ poll — the highest ever for the Warriors. Their previous high was No. 10 during the 2009-10 season. They have a 9-1 overall record, including 2-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, which they started off with a 68-64 victory over No. 3 Azusa Pacific, the defending national champion.
Westmont will face California Lutheran (2-3) in a non-league game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Murchison Gym.
UCSB (3-4) is not ranked on any polls, but the Gaucho women have earned a statistical distinction. Their defense ranks 19th in NCAA Division 1 in the fewest points allowed per game (51.0). Their last four opponents have failed to reach 50 points. They defeated the University of San Francisco 60-41 in their last outing.
UNLV will bring a 7-2 record into the Thunderdome for a 4 p.m. game against the Gauchos.
In men’s basketball, the 39th annual SBCC Classic starts Thursday with four games at the Sports Pavilion. The host Vaqueros (1-8) face Cypress at 7 p.m.
UCSB’s men played all their November games at home and went 4-2 — the losses to San Diego State and UNLV both coming in overtime — and during December, every Gaucho game will be on the road. The journey starts Tuesday, December 13, at the University of San Diego, followed by Washington (Dec. 16), California (Dec. 19), and BYU (Dec. 22).
Westmont’s men will host the 36th annual Tom Byron Classic December 29-30.
Wednesday, December 7
High school girls soccer — Pacifica at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 8
College men’s basketball — SBCC Classic, first round: Hancock vs. Victor Valley, 3 p.m. Oxnard vs. L.A. Valley, 5 p.m. SBCC vs. Cypress, 7 p.m. Pasadena vs. West L.A., 9 p.m.
High school girls soccer — Santa Paula at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Calabasas at San Marcos, 5 p.m.
Friday, December 9
High school boys soccer — Hueneme at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.; Pacifica at Cate, 3:15 p.m.
College men’s basketball — SBCC Classic: Consolation semifinals, West L.A. vs. Oxnard, 3 p.m.; Cypress vs. Victor Valley, 5 p.m. Championship semifinals, SBCC vs. Hancock, 7 p.m.; L.A. Valley vs. Pasadena, 9 p.m.
High school boys basketball — Kilpatrick at Cate, 5 p.m.
High school girls basketball — Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos: San Marcos vs. Santa Ynez, 5:30 p.m.; Dos Pueblos vs. St. Joseph, 7 p.m. Bishop Diego-Carpinteria Tournament: Semifinal games at Bishop Diego, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 10
High school boys soccer — St. Francis at Santa Barbara, 1 p.m.; JSerra at Cate, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls soccer — Capistrano Valley at San Marcos, 3 p.m.
College men’s basketball — SBCC Classic: Consolation final, 3 p.m. Third place, 5 p.m. Championship, 7 p.m.
College women’s basketball — UNLV at UCSB, 4 p.m.; Cal Lutheran at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.
High school boys basketball — St. Bonaventure at Cate, 5 p.m.
High school girls basketball — Gold Coast Tournament at San Marcos: Games at 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. (championship). Bishop Diego-Carpinteria Tournament: Games at Bishop Diego, 10 and 11:30 a.m., and 1, 2:30. and 4 p.m. (championship).
Monday, December 12
Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.
High school boys soccer — Rio Mesa at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls soccer — Bishop Diego at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.
High school boys basketball — Atascadero at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.; Hueneme at Laguna Blanca, 7 p.m.
High school girls basketball — Bishop Diego at Carpinteria, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13
High school girls soccer — Pacifica at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.
College men’s basketball — UCSB at San Diego, 6 p.m.
High school wrestling — Channel Islands at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14
High school boys soccer — San Marcos at Cate, 3:15 p.m.
High school girls basketball — Faith Baptist at Cate, 3:45 p.m.
High school boys basketball — Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 4:30 p.m.; San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.
Friday, December 16
High school girls water polo — Edison at Santa Barbara, 4 p.m.
High school boys basketball — Buena at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.
College men’s basketball — UCSB at Washington, 7 p.m.
College women’s basketball — Pepperdine at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 17
High school girls water polo — Edison at Dos Pueblos, 11 a.m.; Los Alamitos at Santa Barbara, 12 p.m.
High school boys soccer — Alumni Game at Santa Barbara, 2 p.m.
Monday, December 19
College women’s basketball — UCSB at New Mexico State, 6 p.m.
College men’s basketball — UCSB at California, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20
High school girls basketball — Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions.
Saturday, December 10 — Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation benefit: Jiu-Jitsu seminar and belt ceremony at Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu Academy, 1014 State Street, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
RUNNING, WALKING, CYCLING
Saturday, January 1 — Resolution Day 10K/5K Run, Leadbetter Beach, 8 a.m. active.com.