Fall sports are in full swing, but on Wednesday (Sept. 14), it will be all about baseball for friends and former teammates of pitcher Dylan Axelrod (Santa Barbara High and SBCC). They will be closely following the game between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers beginning at 11:10 a.m. PDT. Axelrod is slated to make his first major league start for the Chisox against Detroit’s Brad Penny.

Dos Pueblos High’s Elings Aquatic Center, home of the nation’s No. 1 girls water polo team the past several years, will be visited by the No. 1 boys team on Thursday. Orange County power Mater Dei will face DP’s Chargers at 5 p.m. The game is a prelude to a weekend tournament that will be hosted by Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara High. The SB Dons are ranked No. 7 in the CIF Division 1.

The Chargers and Dons have tough assignments in football Friday night, facing a pair of 2-0 teams from Lompoc. The Cabrillo Conquistadores will visit Dos Pueblos, while Santa Barbara travels to take on the Lompoc Braves, who will be playing their first home game since winning a CIF championship last year. “There’s going to be a packed stadium,” Dons coach Jaime Melgoza says.

Bishop Diego, which lost a 23-22 thriller at Santa Ynez last weekend, will play its home opener at La Playa Stadium against San Luis Obispo Mission Prep. It’s the game of the week on Radio 990 AM (7:30 p.m. kickoff). Carpinteria, coming off a 22-8 victory at Morro Bay, will be home against Nipomo.

Tuesday, September 13

Running / swimming – Reef & Run Summer Series (1k swim, 1-mile swim, 2-mile run, 4-mile run), East Beach Bath House, 6:25 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 6:15 p.m.; Thousand Oaks at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – San Bernardino Valley at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Cal Lutheran at Westmont, 7 p.m.

Thursday, September 15

High school boys water polo – Mater Dei at Dos Pueblos, 5 p.m.

High school girls volleyball –Villanova Prep at Bishop Diego, 6 p.m.

Friday, September 16

High school boys water polo – Central Coast Tournament at Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos.

High school girls volleyball – San Luis Obispo at San Marcos, 6:30 p.m.

High school football – Cabrillo at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.; Santa Barbara at Lompoc, 7 p.m.; San Marcos at Beverly Hills, 7 p.m.; S.L.O. Mission Prep at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7:30 p.m.; Nipomo at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UCLA, 7 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Pepperdine at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

High school boys water polo – Central Coast Tournament at Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos.

College cross country – Westmont Invitational, 10 a.m.

College women’s volleyball – Golden West at SBCC, 11 a.m.; Fullerton at SBCC, 3 p.m.

High school football (8-man) – Westmark at Laguna Blanca, 1 p.m.

College men’s soccer – Alumni at Westmont, 3 p.m.

College football – SBCC at Ventura, 6 p.m.

Sunday, September 18

College women’s soccer – Nevada at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, September 19

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


Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18 –Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, Chase Palm Park to Carpinteria State Beach.

Sunday, September 25 – Carpinteria Triathlon (1.5K swim/40K bike/10K run or 0.5K swim/15K bike/5K run) Carpinteria State Beach, 7:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 1 – Pacific Pride Foundation 10K AIDS Walk, Leadbetter Beach, 10 a.m.

Saturday, October 8 – Santa Barbara 5K Heart Walk, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, 10 a.m.

Sunday, October 9 – Carpinteria Kiwanis Big Avocado 5K Run, Carpinteria Bluffs, 8 a.m.

Environmental Defense Center “Ride on the Wild Side” (100K, 30-mile, 10-mile bike rides), Leadbetter Beach, 7:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 16 – Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m.

Saturday, October 22 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders.

Saturday, November 5 – Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, Santa Barbara Zoo, 9 a.m.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks, 2 miles, East Beach, 10 a.m.

Saturday, November 12 – Select Staffing Santa Barbara International Marathon, Dos Pueblos High School to SBCC, 7:15 a.m. Half Marathon, Page Youth Center to SBCC, 7:45 a.m.


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