Week in Sports Update

SB High, Dos Pueblos Host CIF Soccer Semifinals


Basketball fans can contribute to international relief efforts by attending a college game this weekend. Donations of shoes for the earthquake victims in Haiti will be accepted at the UCSB women’s game Saturday afternoon (Feb. 27), and Westmont College will be donating proceeds from its Monday night men’s game to the Not For Sale Campaign against human trafficking.

The Gaucho women will face the Cal Poly Mustangs in their home finale. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. There will be a bin at the front entrance of the Thunderdome for shoes that will be donated to Soles4Souls Inc. All types of shoes will be accepted – athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip-flops – just as long as they are new or gently worn.

The game is significant for UCSB’s women in the run-up to the Big West Tournament. A victory by the Gauchos will keep alive their faint hopes of finishing in fourth place, which would give them a bye in the first round of the tournament. The Gaucho men, meanwhile, are alone in first place and take a six-game winning streak against Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Saturday night.

Westmont’s men also have a six-game winning streak heading into their game at Vanguard on Saturday. They will finish the regular season at Murchison Gym on Monday night against 24th-ranked Azusa Pacific. Proceeds from the game will go to Free2Play, a program that raises awareness of the Not For Sale Campaign at athletic events.

SBCC will travel to face top-seeded Fullerton College in the Southern Cal Regional women’s basketball playoffs Saturday night. The Vaqueros advanced by defeating L.A. Southwest 88-72 on Wednesday. Giovanna Aplin and Jake Kelly each scored 20 points.

In high school sports, the CIF playoffs are getting down to the cream of the crop. Dos Pueblos High is one game away from a perfect season in girls water polo. The Chargers, 30-0, will face Newport Harbor in the Division 1 final at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Irvine. Dos Pueblos has already beaten the Sailors twice – 7-4 at the Newport Invitational and 6-5 at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions – but this one is for all the marbles.

Santa Barbara High and Dos Pueblos will host Division 2 boys soccer semifinal matches on Tuesday. Both teams came from behind to score 2-1 victories in the quarterfinals, the Dons overcoming Saddleback and the Chargers topping Corona in overtime. In girls soccer, Laguna Blanca and Cate are playing quarterfinal games on the road today (Feb. 26).

Friday, February 26

College softball – Gaucho Classic: Wisconsin at UCSB, 8:30 a.m.

High school girls soccer – CIF quarterfinals: Laguna Blanca at CAMS, Carson, 3 p.m.; Cate at Alverno, Sierra Madre, 3 p.m.

Saturday, February 27

College women’s tennis – UC Davis at UCSB, 10 a.m.

College baseball – Fresno Pacific at Westmont (postponed).

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

College softball – Gaucho Classic (postponed).

High school girls water polo – CIF Division 1 final: Dos Pueblos vs. Newport Harbor at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine, 6:30 p.m.

College women’s basketball – Cal Poly at UCSB, Thunderdome, 2 p.m.; Westmont at Vanguard, 5:30 p.m. Southern California Regionals: SBCC at Fullerton, 7 p.m.

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

Sunday, February 28

College softball – Gaucho Classic: Wisconsin at UCSB, 8 a.m.; Memphis at UCSB, 12:30 p.m.

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

Monday, March 1

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 2

College softball – Glendale at SBCC, Pershing Park, 2:30 p.m.

High school boys soccer – CIF semifinals: Katella at Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.; Bell Gardens at Dos Pueblos, 3 p.m.

High school girls soccer – CIF semifinals.

Wednesday, March 3

College baseball – California Baptist at Westmont, 2 p.m.

College softball – Ventura at SBCC, Pershing Park, 2:30 p.m.

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

College men’s volleyball – UC Irvine at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

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

Thursday, March 4

College baseball – California Baptist at Westmont, 2 p.m.

College women’s water polo – Fresno Pacific at UCSB, 6 p.m.

Friday, March 5

College men’s volleyball – UCSB at USC, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 6

Surfing – Rincon Classic.

Basketball – Santa Barbara Breakers “All(Most)” Pro Tournament, Westmont College, 10 a.m.

College women’s tennis – Pacific at UCSB, 11 a.m.

College women’s basketball – UCSB at Cal State Bakersfield, 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 7

Surfing – Rincon Classic.

College women’s water polo – Loyola Marymount at UCSB, 12 p.m.


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