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<h3>Sports</h3>

With John Zant batting clean-up for The Independent's sports department this year, we kept our eyes on all the bouncing balls in 2007. That included the championship run of Bishop Diego's football team, led by running back Aaron Skinner.

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Running back Aaron Skinner (pictured top against San Pedro's Mary Star of the Sea High School).

Published on December 19, 2007

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Andy Preston smacking a homerun for the Santa Barbara Foresters on their way to finishing fourth in the country.

Published on December 19, 2007

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UCSB's volleyball star Evan Patak, who led the nation in kills, aces, and points per game.

Published on December 19, 2007

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Toby Bailey, who played in the inaugural season of the Santa Barbara Breakers, a semi-pro team that called SBCC's gym home.

Published on December 19, 2007

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The sporting life was good for many a Santa Barbaran this year. That's especially true for surfers, such as those pictured above at Rincon, who relished in the early December Hanukkah Swell.

Published on December 19, 2007

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UCSB's track and field standout Amy Haapanen also made waves this year, setting the school record in the discus on the way to being named the university's Female Athlete of the Year.

Published on December 19, 2007

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It was a different sort of triumph this year for Brad Ebner, the Dos Pueblos football player who nearly died from a tackle, and then wasn't given much hope for recovery; today, he's walking, talking, and on the path back to a youthful teenage life.

Published on December 19, 2007

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