TOP SPORTING EVENTS: MAY 18-25
UPDATE: San Marcos and Carpinteria advanced to Friday’s first round of the CIF baseball playoffs by winning their wild-card games Tuesday. The Royals blanked Nipomo 6-0 and will play at Mira Costa on Friday in Division 2. Carpinteria earned a Division 4 matchup at El Segundo by defeating Magnolia 5-1. Santa Barbara, seeded 10th in Division 2, will host Los Osos, which beat A.B. Miller 7-1 in the wild-card round. Dos Pueblos lost to Loyola 6-3.
Santa Barbara’s tennis team will host Corona del Mar on Tuesday, May 25, in the Division 1 semifinals.
Three local high school baseball teams will open the postseason playoffs on their home fields on Tuesday, May 18.
San Marcos will play host to Nipomo and Dos Pueblos will take on Loyola in the Division 2 wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Toyota Championships, while Carpinteria will entertain Magnolia in a Division 4 game. The winning teams will hit the road for the next round of the playoffs on Friday.
Santa Barbara High’s Dons, the Channel League champions, will play a home game Friday against the winner of a wild-card game between Los Osos (Rancho Cucamonga) and A.B. Miller (Fontana).
In college baseball action, UCSB plays a three-game series against UC Davis starting Friday at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium.
A variety of fitness activities will happen Saturday morning at Leadbetter Beach during the first Tour de Shore, presented by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The main event is four hours of spinning in which participants will raise funds for the CAF, which provides recreational opportunities for people with physical challenges. There also will be a 5K run and 2K walk and a family fun zone.
Serious cycling will take place Saturday afternoon during Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour of California. The 84-mile circuit race will start (12:30 p.m.) and finish in Thousand Oaks. It is the closest stage to Santa Barbara on this year’s tour. Lance Armstrong’s new Radio Shack team will be competing with three-time TOC winner Levi Leipheimer, but look for Britain’s Mark Cavendish to be pouring it on in the final sprint as he seeks to win the stage.
The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table will welcome nine new members to its Hall of Fame next Monday (May 24) at its 43rd annual banquet. Reservations (www.sbroundtable.org) are a must to the event, which also features high school and college athlete-of-the year awards.
Tuesday, May 18
High school baseball – CIF playoffs, wild card round: Nipomo at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.; Loyola at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.; Magnolia at Carpinteria, 3:15 p.m.
High school boys tennis – CIF quarterfinals: Santa Barbara at Irvine Woodbridge, 3 p.m.; Cate at Sage Hill, 3 p.m.
College baseball – UCSB at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Running / swimming – Reef & Run Summer Series (1k swim, 1-mile swim, 2-mile run, 4-mile run), Cabrillo Bath House, 6:25 p.m. Continues every Tuesday through September 7. Sign-up information.
Wednesday, May 19
Running / swimming – Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series (1k swim, 5k run), Leadbetter Beach, 6 p.m. Continues every Wednesday through September 1. Sign-up information.
Thursday, May 20
High school baseball – CIF playoffs, first round: Cate at Santa Maria Valley Christian, 3:15 p.m.
High school softball – CIF playoffs, first round: Dos Pueblos at Cabrillo, 3:15 p.m.
Friday, May 21
College baseball – UC Davis at UCSB, 2 p.m.
High school baseball – CIF playoffs, first round: Los Osos at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.; San Marcos at Mira Costa, 3:15 p.m.; Carpinteria at El Segundo, 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, May 22
Spinning-running-walking – Tour de Shore, Leadbetter Beach, 9 a.m. Sign-up information.
College baseball – UC Davis at UCSB, 1 p.m.
Basketball – Long Beach Lights Out at Santa Barbara Breakers, SBCC Sports Pavilion, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, May 23
College baseball – UC Davis at UCSB, 1 p.m.
Basketball – Ventura County Jets at Santa Barbara Breakers, SBCC Sports Pavilion, 1 p.m.
Monday, May 24
HALL OF FAME – 43rd Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame Banquet, Fess Parker’s Doubletree, 6 p.m. Inductees: Alan Everest, Ann Latham, Kevin Marsh, Kieran O’Leary-Roblee, Thor Schmidt, Ryan Spilborghs, Jim Ranta, Dan Cerda and Kevin Brown. Reservations: www.sbroundtable.org.
Tuesday, May 25
High school boys tennis – CIF semifinals: Corona del Mar at Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.
High school baseball – CIF playoffs, second round.
Saturday, May 29-Monday, May 31 – City Golf Championship, Santa Barbara Golf Club, 6:15 a.m.
Saturday, May 29 – San Marcos vs. Santa Barbara High Alumni Football Game, Peabody Stadium, 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 6 – Platinum Performance State Street Mile, Pedregosa and State, 8 a.m. Information: sbmile.com.
June 29-July 12 – Semana Nautica (“marine week”) began in the 1930s when Santa Barbara residents organized sporting activities with visiting Navy seamen. It evolved into an annual sports festival open to the public around the July 4 holiday. There is no charge for spectators at any event, but the festival’s primary objective is to encourage participation. Events in the 73rd Semana Nautica include age-group swimming, ocean swims, a 15-kilometer run, beach volleyball, the Santa Barbara Open tennis tournament and a tug-of-war. Information: semananautica.com.