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Sports Highlights: Nov. 15-26

SBCC Hosts Women’s Hoop Tournament; Gaucho Men in Home Opener


Santa Barbara High will seek its sixth CIF boys water polo championship on Saturday, November 17, when the Dons (22-8) face top-seeded Agoura (25-4) at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. The Division 2 final is set for 2:45 p.m.

Coach Mark Walsh’s Dons held off Laguna Beach, 9-7, in the semifinals Wednesday. Previously, they swamped Great Oak, 18-7, and Royal, 12-6.

Between 1997 and 2006, the Dons won five CIF titles in 10 years. It has been six years since their last appearance in the final.

In other CIF playoff action, Bishop Diego will take an 11-game winning streak into the Northwestern Division football quarterfinals. The top-ranked Cardinals will face Village Christian at 7 p.m. Friday at Occidental College.

In town this weekend, SBCC is staging its fifth annual MTXE Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Vaqueros open up against San Diego Mesa tonight (Thurs., Nov. 15). The tournament field includes San Bernardino Valley, the two-time defending champion; Cerritos, Grossmont , Santa Ana, Riverside City and Solano. The title of the tournament stands for “Mental Toughness, Extra Effort.”

UCSB’s men, 0-2 after a pair of tough road games against LSU and Illinois State, will face The Master’s College in their home basketball opener Saturday night at the Thunderdome. For the Gaucho water polo team, it’s the home finale against Long Beach State at noon.

Three soccer teams – Westmont’s women, and SBCC’s men and women – will be on the road in postseason playoffs.

SCHEDULE OF GAMES

Thursday, November 15

College women’s basketball – MTXE Tournament: San Diego Mesa at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 16

College women’s basketball – MTXE Tournament at SBCC: Semifinals, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Westmont at Montana Tech, 6 p.m.

High school football – CIF playoffs, second round: Bishop Diego vs. Village Christian at Occidental College, 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, November 17

High school cross country – Dos Pueblos at CIF SS Boys Division 2 Finals, Mt. San Antonio College, 9:05 a.m.

College women’s soccer – NAIA Championships, first round: Westmont at Northwood (Fla.), 11 a.m. Southern Cal Regional, first round: SBCC at Cerritos, 12 p.m.

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

College men’s soccer – Southern Cal Regional, first round: SBCC at Chaffey, 2 p.m.

High school boys water polo – CIF Division 2 final at Irvine: Santa Barbara vs. Agoura, 2:45 p.m.

College women’s basketball – MTXE Tournament at SBCC: Consolation final, 1 p.m. Third place, 3 p.m. Championship, 5 p.m.

College men’s basketball – The Master’s at UCSB, 7 p.m.; Westmont at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

College women’s basketball – Westmont at Carroll (Montana), 3 p.m.

Monday, November 19

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

Tuesday, November 20

College women’s basketball – UCSB vs. Oregon State at Puerto Vallarta Tourney, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21

College women’s basketball – UCSB at Puerto Vallarta Tourney.

College men’s basketball – San Diego at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Thursday, November 22

College women’s basketball – UCSB at Puerto Vallarta Tourney.

Friday, November 23

College men’s water polo – UCSB at MPSF Championships, USC.

College women’s volleyball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 7 p.m.

High school football – CIF semifinals.

Saturday, November 24

College men’s water polo – UCSB at MPSF Championships, USC.

College men’s basketball – UCSB at Boise State, 1 p.m.

College women’s basketball – CSU San Marcos at Westmont, 3 p.m.

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

Sunday, November 25

College men’s water polo – UCSB at MPSF Championships, USC.

Monday, November 26

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

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Saturday, November 17 – American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bicycle rides (8, 37 and 67 miles), Leadbetter Beach, 8 a.m. diabetes.org.

Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving 4 Miler, Magnolia Shopping Center, 9 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

Sunday, November 25 – Red Rock Marathon and 50-Mile Trail Run, Rancho Oso Guest Ranch, 6 a.m. allwedoisrun.com.

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