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TOP SPORTING EVENTS: JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 7

Want to see two basketball games featuring nationally ranked teams for the price of one? Westmont College is the place to go. The Warriors – ranked No. 4 in the NAIA Division 1 women’s poll and No. 12 in the men’s – will play back-to-back home games Saturday (Jan. 28) and Tuesday (Jan. 31) at Murchison Gym.

“It’s like the double features that movie theaters used to have,” said coach John Moore, whose men’s team improved to 15-3 with a 60-58 victory at Fresno Pacific on Tuesday. Point Loma Nazarene will be the Warriors’ opponent on Saturday, and Vanguard on Tuesday.

Women’s coach Kirsten Moore (no relation to John) said the Vanguard game will be “huge” for her team, which is 19-1 after beating Fresno Pacific, 80-68. Vanguard, ranked No. 10, has beaten the Warriors in their gym the last two years.

Westmont players have been putting up some big numbers. Guard Preston Branson scored 35 points (12-for-14 from the floor) in the men’s upset of Concordia. Tugce Canitez had 30 points and 19 rebounds for the Warrior women at Fresno Pacific.

At UCSB, the women will be holding the fort at the Thunderdome tonight (Thu., Jan. 26) against UC Davis and Saturday against Pacific.

UCSB is celebrating a baseball reunion this weekend. In conjunction with the Santa Barbara Foresters, several Gaucho alumni in the big leagues will participate in a “Hot Stove Night” on Friday (Jan. 27) at the Earl Warren Showgrounds. Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will be the keynote speaker.

On Sunday, the 2012 Gaucho baseball team will be introduced at an open house at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The event, including an intrasquad game, will take place at 1 p.m.

High school events include a girls basketball game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Santa Barbara High. The Dons will play the Rio Mesa Spartans in their annual “Think Pink” game. Last year, they raised $2,000 for breast cancer research.

Thursday, January 26

High school girls soccer – Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls water polo – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos 3:15 p.m.

High school boys soccer – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

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

College women’s basketball – UC Davis at UCSB, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

High school wrestling – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.

Friday, January 27

College women’s water polo – Arizona State at UCSB, 12 p.m.; Concordia at UCSB, 3:30 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Santa Ynez at San Marcos, 3:30 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 28

College women’s water polo – UCSB Winter Invite at Campus Pool: UCSB vs. Sonoma State, 8 a.m.; UCSB vs. Cal State Northridge, 3:35 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Laguna Blanca vs. Providence Hall at Westmont College, 9 a.m.

High school girls basketball – Laguna Blanca vs. Providence Hall at Westmont College, 10:30 a.m. “Think Pink Dons for a Cure” game, Rio Mesa at Santa Barbara, 4 p.m.

College men’s tennis – Westmont at UCSB, 1 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Midland at Laguna Blanca, 3 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Pacific at UCSB, 2 p.m.; Point Loma Nazarene at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, January 29

College women’s water polo – UCSB Winter Invite at Campus Pool: UCSB vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 12:20 p.m.; UCSB vs. Indiana, 4:40 p.m.

Monday, January 30

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

High school boys soccer – Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Ventura at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31

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

High school girls soccer – Ventura at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Vanguard at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.; UCSB at USC, 7 p.m.

High school wrestling – Ventura at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Vanguard at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 1

High school boys soccer – Ojai Valley at Cate, 3 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Thacher at Laguna Blanca, 3:30 p.m.; Providence Hall at Cate, 4:30 p.m.

High school boys basketball – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Grace Brethren at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

Thursday, February 2

High school boys soccer – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 5 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls soccer – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Cal State Northridge, 7 p.m.

High school girls basketball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; La Reina at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 3

College baseball – Cabrillo at SBCC, Pershing Park, 2 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

Saturday, February 4

High school wrestling – Channel League Championships at Santa Barbara, 10 a.m.

College baseball – Cabrillo at SBCC (2), Pershing Park, 11 a.m.

College swimming & diving – Cal Poly at UCSB, 11 a.m.

College women’s basketball – Cal Poly at UCSB, 2 p.m.; Ventura at SBCC, 5 p.m.

High school girls basketball – Providence Hall at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.

High school girls soccer – Thacher at Cate, 2 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Thacher at Cate, 3:30 p.m.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Cal State Fullerton, 6 p.m.; Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m.; Westmont at San Diego Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, February 6

National Women & Girls in Sports luncheon, Earl Warren Showgrounds, 11:30 a.m.

High school girls basketball – Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7

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

High school girls soccer – Santa Clara at Bishop Diego, 3:15 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school boys soccer – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 4 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara, 5 p.m.; Buena at San Marcos, 5 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Biola at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

High school boys basketball – Santa Barbara at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

College men’s basketball – Biola at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Sunday, February 5 – Super Bowl 4 Miler, Stow Grove Park, 9 a.m. sbactionpro.com.

Sunday, February 19 – Carpinteria Kiwanis Winter Warm Up 5K, Viola Field, 8 a.m. active.com.

Sunday, February 26 – Roses en la Playa 5K, Leadbetter Beach, 9 a.m. sbactionpro.com.

Saturday, March 10 – Solvang Century, 100- and 50-mile rides, Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Road, 6:30 a.m. bikescor.com

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