Westmont College shoots for its sixth consecutive victory tonight (Sat., Dec. 7) in a men’s basketball game against UC Merced at Murchison Gym. The Warriors defeated Bethesda University 90-61 on Friday night.

UCSB, which scored a historic victory over the Cal Golden Bears on Friday at the Thunderdome, will return to action Sunday, Dec. 15, at the University of San Diego. The Gauchos’ 72-65 victory, powered by Alan Williams’ 24 points and 12 rebounds, was their first over Cal in 11 meetings.

City College hosts Bakersfield in men’s basketball today. The 41st SBCC Classic will take place at the Sports Pavilion Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 12-14).

Westmont’s women end a three-week hiatus on Friday, Dec. 13, against Montana Western. The UCSB women’s next basketball game will be Sunday, Dec. 15, at Kansas State.

In college soccer, Westmont has returned to the NAIA women’s championship match for the first time since 2003. The Warriors (17-1-5) advanced by winning a penalty-kick shootout by a 7-6 score against Northwood (Fla.). They rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second half of regulation time to tie the score 2-2, and it stayed that way through the overtime periods. Westmont’s opponent in the final today at Orange Beach, Alabama, is Concordia of Oregon (21-1-1).

Several holiday running events are coming up this month. On Sunday, Dec. 8, red will be the attire of the morning at the Santa Claus 5K & Mile Fun Run. It starts at 8 am at La Cumbre Plaza, and race-day registration will be offered from 6:30-7:30 am. The race will benefit Kidz for a Cure, a children’s cancer charity.


Information for most events: sbrunning.org.

DECEMBER: 8 – Santa Claus 5K & Mile Fun Run, La Cumbre Plaza. sbactionpro.com.14 – Elings Park Terrain Festival. ElingsTerrain.com. 21 – Santa Barbara Running Co. Ugly Holiday Sweater Fun Run, 110 Anacapa St. SBRunningCo.com.


Saturday, 12/7: Men’s basketball – Bakersfield at SBCC, 5 pm. UC Merced at Westmont, 7:30 pm. Women’s soccer – NAIA Championship: Westmont vs. Concordia (Ore.) at Orange Beach, Alabama, 2 pm.

Thursday, 12/12: Men’s basketball – SBCC Classic, 3-9 pm. SBCC vs. Cypress, 7 pm.

Friday, 12/13: Men’s basketball – SBCC Classic semifinals, 3-9 pm. Women’s basketball – Montana Western at Westmont, 7:30 pm.

Saturday, 12/14: Men’s basketball – Simpson at Westmont, 7 pm. SBCC Classic: Consolation, 3 pm; Third place, 5 pm; Championship, 7 pm.

Sunday, 12/15: Women’s basketball – UCSB at Kansas State, 11 am. Men’s basketball – UCSB at San Diego, 2 pm.


Monday, 12/9: Boys basketball – Fillmore at Santa Barbara, 7 pm. Girls soccer – Laguna Blanca at Carpinteria, 3 pm.

Tuesday, 12/10: Girls water polo – Agoura at Santa Barbara, 3 pm. Boys soccer – Laguna Blanca at Bishop Diego, 3 pm. Girls soccer – Santa Paula at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm; Santa Clarita at San Marcos, 5 pm. Boys basketball – Carpinteria at Cate, 5:30 pm; Santa Ynez at Laguna Blanca, 6:30 pm; Pacifica at Santa Barbara, 7 pm.

Wednesday, 12/11: Girls basketball –Gold Coast Classic at San Marcos; Bird Cage Classic at Bishop Diego. Boys soccer – Hueneme at San Marcos, 3:15 pm; Carpinteria at Cate, 3:15 pm. Girls soccer – Cate at Bishop Diego, 3:15 pm; Oxnard at Santa Barbara, 5 pm.

Thursday, 12/12: Girls basketball –Gold Coast Classic at San Marcos; Bird Cage Classic at Bishop Diego. Boys soccer – Oxnard at San Marcos, 3:15 pm; Dos Pueblos at Carpinteria, 3:15 pm; Santa Clara at Laguna Blanca, 3 pm. Girls soccer – Santa Maria at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 pm. Santa Clara at Cate, 3:15 pm.

Friday, 12/13: Girls basketball –Gold Coast Classic at San Marcos; Bird Cage Classic at Bishop Diego. Boys soccer – Channel Islands at Cate, 3:15 pm.

Saturday, 12/14: Girls basketball –Gold Coast Classic at San Marcos; Bird Cage Classic at Bishop Diego. Girls water polo – Mater Dei at Dos Pueblos, 11 am.


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