Sports Highlights: Jan. 3-8

San Marcos and Santa Barbara High won Channel League basketball road games Wednesday to set up their first showdown of 2013 on Friday night, January 4, at SBHS. The Royals dominated Ventura, 59-40, while the Dons won at Buena, 69-64. Both teams are 1-1 in the league. Dos Pueblos (2-0) will be home Friday against Ventura.

UCSB faces UC Irvine tonight (Thurs., Jan. 3) and Long Beach State on Saturday in Big West men’s basketball games at the Thunderdome. The 4 p.m. game Saturday will be televised on Fox Sports Prime.

The Gaucho men’s volleyball team will host its the annual UCSB Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Among the participating teams is UCLA, coached by John Speraw, the successor to Al Scates, who retired after 50 years as the Bruins’ head coach.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table resumes its weekly press luncheons on Monday, January 7. Basketball and soccer coaches are scheduled to report on their teams.


Thursday, January 3


Men’s basketball – UC Irvine at UCSB, 7 p.m.; South Dakota Mines at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball – UCSB at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.


Girls basketball – Malibu at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.

Girls water polo – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 10 a.m.; Bishops at San Marcos, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, January 4


Men’s basketball – UC Merced at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball – Simpson at Westmont, 5:30 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – UCSB Invitational at Thunderdome and Rob Gym.


Boys basketball – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Santa Clara at Bishop Diego, 7 p.m.; Fillmore at Carpinteria, 7 p.m.

Girls soccer – La Reina at Carpinteria, 5 p.m.

Girls water polo – Bishops at Dos Pueblos, 12 p.m.

Saturday, January 5


Men’s basketball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 4 p.m.

Women’s basketball – UCSB at Long Beach State, 4 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – UCSB Invitational at Rob Gym.


Boys basketball – Mission Prep at Bishop Diego, 5 p.m.

Monday, January 7


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

Tuesday, January 8


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

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

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