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Sports Highlights: Dec. 27-31


The action will be nonstop at the Santa Barbara Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament, as 16 teams each play four games in five days starting Friday, Dec. 27 (Sunday is a day off) at SB High’s J.R. Richards Gym. There will be eight games a day from 9 am to 9 pm.

The host Dons, 8-1 so far this season, have a shot at being the last team standing on New Year’s Eve. They open up against Laguna Hills at 7:30 pm Friday. Bishop Diego faces Flintridge Prep at 6 pm, and Carpinteria gets the tournament underway against Hueneme at 9 am. Chatsworth and Camarillo, two of the stronger teams, have a first-round showdown at 4:30 pm.

UCSB will host a women’s basketball game against Seattle University at the Thunderdome on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 28. The Gauchos are trying to stem a four-game losing streak. Clair Watkins, a 6’4” graduate student who previously played at Vanderbilt, should help. She just became eligible to play for the Gauchos a week ago.

Westmont College is staging two basketball tournaments on Monday and Tuesday – the women’s Holiday Classic alternating with the men’s 38th annual Tom Byron Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, 12/27: Boys basketball – Holiday Classic at Santa Barbara High, 9 am-9 pm.

Saturday, 12/28: Boys basketball – Holiday Classic at Santa Barbara High, 9 am-9 pm.

Monday, 12/30: Boys basketball – Holiday Classic at Santa Barbara High, 9 am-9 pm.

Tuesday, 12/31: Boys basketball – Holiday Classic at Santa Barbara High, 9 am-9 pm.

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday, 12/28: Women’s basketball – Seattle at UCSB, 2 pm; Rio Hondo at SBCC, 5 pm.

Monday, 12/30: Women’s basketball – Holiday Classic at Westmont: Dordt (Iowa) vs. San Diego Christian, 1 pm; Westmont vs. UC Merced, 5:30 pm. UCSB at Utah, 6 pm. Men’s basketball –Tom Byron Classic at Westmont: Marygrove (Mich.) vs. Saskatchewan, 3 pm; Westmont vs. British Columbia, 7:30 pm. UCSB at Seattle, 7 pm.

Tuesday, 12/31: Women’s basketball – Holiday Classic at Westmont: UC Merced vs. San Diego Christian, 1 pm; Westmont vs. Dordt (Iowa), 5:30 pm. Men’s basketball –Tom Byron Classic at Westmont: Consolation game, 3 pm; Championship game, 7:30 pm.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Information for most events: sbrunning.org.

JANUARY: 1 – Resolution Day 10K/5K Run, bike path at Calle Caesar Chavez and Cabrillo, 8 a.m.

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