Week in Sports and Upcoming Events


Three South Coast prep football teams will try to stay on the top perch of their league standings tonight (Fri., Oct. 28). The Santa Barbara Dons (1-0 in the Channel League) travel to face Ventura, which is 2-0 in the league and 8-0 on the season; Bishop Diego (2-0 in the Frontier League) has a showdown with defending champion Grace Brethren at Moorpark College; and Carpinteria (2-0 in the Tri-Valley League) has a home game against Oak Park.

UCSB is striving to move into the top four of the Big West men’s soccer standings after a series of upsets dropped the Gauchos to sixth place. They took a step in the right direction Wednesday night with a 3-1 victory over coleader UC Davis. The match featured a pair of goals by UCSB defender Tim Pontius, including strike from beyond midfield (61 yards out) that sailed over the Davis goalkeeper, who had moved upfield to clear a ball.

Now tied for fifth place, the Gauchos have road games at Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. They will finish the regular season Friday, November 4, at Harder Stadium against Cal Poly. The Big West’s top four teams will play in the conference tournament the following week.

Westmont College’s home soccer games Saturday against Point Loma Nazarene will determine where the Warriors will be seeded in the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. The women could finish as high as second place, while the Warrior men are just trying to make the eight-team tournament.

SBCC’s soccer teams have another week of regular-season action. The Vaquero men, unbeaten in their last eight matches, host Hancock tonight. The Vaquero women are piling up the goals, led by sophomore Jessica Domenichelli, who has scored 11 times in their last three games. Their next home game will be Tuesday, November 1, against Ventura.

UCSB unveils its 2011-12 basketball teams with a pair of exhibition games next week, the women hosting Vanguard on Tuesday night and the men taking on San Francisco State on Saturday.

Friday, October 28

High school cross country — Santa Barbara County Championships at Lompoc River Park, 2 p.m.

High school girls volleyball — Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara, 11 a.m.-7:45 p.m., and Dos Pueblos, 6-7:45 p.m.; Laguna Blanca at Cate, 6:30 p.m.

High school football — Santa Barbara at Ventura, 7 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Buena, 7 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Grace Brethren, Moorpark College, 7:30 p.m.; Oak Park at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer — Cal Poly at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer — Hancock at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

High school girls volleyball — Tournament of Champions at Santa Barbara, 9 a.m.-6:15 p.m. (championship match), and Dos Pueblos, 9-10:45 a.m.

College women’s soccer — Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, noon.

High school 8-man football — Cate at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.

College men’s soccer — Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 2:30 p.m.; UCSB at Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.

College football — Glendale at SBCC, 6 p.m.

College women’s basketball — La Sierra at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Monday, October 31

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.

Tuesday, November 1

High school boys water polo — Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball — Buena at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

College women’s basketball — Vanguard at UCSB (exhibition), 7 p.m.

College men’s soccer — UCSB at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Fresno Pacific at Westmont, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer — GSAC Tournament, first round; Ventura at SBCC, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2

High school girls volleyball — Cornerstone Christian at Laguna Blanca, 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 3

High school boys water polo — Buena at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball — Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 6 p.m.

College men’s basketball — Alaska-Anchorage at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 4

College men’s soccer — Moorpark at SBCC, 2 p.m.; Cal Poly at UCSB, 7 p.m.

High school boys water polo — Royal at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

College women’s soccer — GSAC Tournament, semifinals; Moorpark at SBCC, 6 p.m.

High school football — Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Ventura at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Carpinteria at Nordhoff, 7:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.; UC Irvine at UCSB, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

College men’s water polo — California at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College football — SBCC at West L.A., 1 p.m.

High school 8-man football — Ojai Valley at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.; Cate at Dunn, 3 p.m.

College men’s basketball — UC Merced at Westmont, 4 p.m.; San Francisco State at UCSB (exhibition), 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball — Concordia at Westmont, 7 p.m.

High school football — Villanova Prep. at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 6

College men’s water polo — Pacific at UCSB, noon.

Monday, November 7

Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, noon.

Wednesday, November 9

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

College men’s soccer — Big West Tournament semifinals.

Thursday, November 10

High school football — San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Buena at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 11

High school football — Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball — Chapman at UCSB, 7 p.m.

College women’s basketball — UCSB at Seattle, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 12

College men’s water polo — UC Irvine at UCSB, noon.

College men’s soccer — Big West Tournament championship.


Saturday, November 5 — Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 9 a.m.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2 miles, East Beach, 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 12 — Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 7:15 a.m. Half Marathon, Page Youth Center to SBCC, 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, November 19UCSB Recreation Turkey Trot, 5K-10K walk/run, UCen lawn, 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 24 — Thanksgiving 4 Miler, Magnolia Shopping Center, 9 a.m.

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