TOP SPORTING EVENTS: MARCH 1-8
Bishop Diego High will vie for the CIF Division 6AA boys basketball sectional championship after defeating Orangewood Academy 44-37 in the semifinals Monday night in Huntington Beach. The Cardinals (22-7) will face top-seeded Valley Torah (21-4) at 8:15 p.m. Saturday (March 5) at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana.
Junior guard Elias Munoz scored 15 points to lead Bishop to its 11th consecutive victory. In the final, the Cardinals will have to deal with Valley Torah’s 6’9” senior Aaron Liberman, who had 11 points, 21 rebounds and 13 blocks in the Wolfpack’s 44-30 victory over Rio Hondo.
Three area teams are still alive in the CIF soccer playoffs and will play semifinal matches today (Tuesday, March 1). The Santa Barbara Dons (Division 1) are home against West Torrance; the Carpinteria Warriors (Division 5) travel to Oaks Christian in Westlake; and undefeated Cate (Division 7) faces University Prep in Victorville.
The CIF girls water polo playoffs ended in triumph for Dos Pueblos High. The Chargers dominated Santa Ana Foothill 16-10 in the Division 1 final Saturday to win their fourth consecutive title and stretch their winning streak to 67 matches.
UCSB hosts a pair of men’s volleyball matches this week, and Westmont College’s basketball teams both earned home games in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament.
Tuesday, March 1
College baseball – El Camino at SBCC, Pershing Park, 2 p.m.
High school boys soccer – CIF semifinals: West Torrance at Santa Barbara, 3 p.m.; Carpinteria at Oaks Christian, 3 p.m.; Cate at University Prep (Victorville), 3 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2
College men’s volleyball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 7 p.m.
College women’s basketball – GSAC tournament, first round: Vanguard at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 3
College men’s basketball – GSAC tournament, first round: Fresno Pacific at Westmont, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 4
College baseball – Sacramento State at UCSB, 2 p.m.
High school baseball – Oxnard at San Marcos, 3:30 p.m.; Pioneer Valley at Santa Barbara, 3:30 p.m.
College men’s volleyball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5
College baseball – California Baptist at Westmont (2), 11 a.m.; Sacramento State at UCSB, 1 p.m.
College women’s basketball – UCSB at Cal Poly, 4 p.m.
College men’s basketball – Cal Poly at UCSB, 7:20 p.m. (TV: KCOY-12).
High school boys basketball – CIF Division 6AA final: Bishop Diego vs. Valley Torah at Mater Dei (Santa Ana), 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 6
College baseball – Sacramento State at UCSB, 1 p.m.
Monday, March 7
Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon, Harry’s Plaza Café, 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8
College baseball – USC at UCSB, 2 p.m.
College softball – Cuesta at SBCC, 2:30 p.m.
Women’s college basketball – Big West Tournament quarterfinals: TBA at UCSB, 7 p.m.
FOR RUNNERS AND BIKERS
Saturday, March 5 – Shamrock 5 Miler, UCSB West Campus, 9 a.m. ucsbruns.com.
Saturday, March 12 – Solvang Century, 100- and 50-mile rides, Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Road, 6:30 a.m. bikescor.com