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Sports Highlights: Oct. 11-22

UCSB Has Big Week in Soccer, Water Polo


Like golfers teeing off from a bunker, the runners in the SBCC Invitational cross country meet will start on the sand Friday (Oct. 12) at Leadbetter Beach. They will finish the races on the grass at Shoreline Park. The women’s race, covering 5 kilometers, starts at 3 p.m., and the men’s 4-miler starts at 4 p.m. Almost 20 community college teams will compete.

In Friday night football, SBCC’s defense will try to stop a high-powered Antelope Valley offense at La Playa Stadium. The host Vaqueros have allowed two touchdowns in their last three games, while the visiting Marauders scored 61 points last week – and lost to Canyons 62-61 in overtime. Santa Barbara has won three straight games and is 2-0 in the American Pacific Conference.

In high school action, Dos Pueblos tries to go to 2-0 in the Channel League at Ventura, while Buena seeks to do the same at San Marcos. Bishop Diego goes for its seventh straight win Saturday night against Santa Paula at La Playa Stadium.

UCSB’s nationally ranked (No. 8) men’s soccer team finds itself in third place in the North Division of the Big West after losing to Cal State Northridge last week. The Gauchos, 2-1-1 in the conference, are heading into two crucial games – Saturday at UC Davis (3-1-0), and Tuesday night at home against division leader Sacramento State (4-0-0).

The Gaucho water polo team puts its No. 2 ranking on the line at the Campus Pool against No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, and No. 3 UCLA on the following Saturday (Oct. 20).

SCHEDULE OF GAMES

Thursday, October 11

High school girls volleyball – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

College women’s soccer – Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Friday, October 12

College cross country – SBCC Invitational, Leadbetter Beach-Shoreline Park, 3 p.m.

High school football – Buena at San Marcos, 7 p.m.; Dos Pueblos at Ventura, 7 p.m.

High school boys water polo – Esperanza at Dos Pueblos, 7 p.m.

College football – Antelope Valley at SBCC, 7 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 13

High school cross country – Lagoon Meet at UCSB, 9 a.m.

College men’s water polo – Stanford at UCSB, 12 p.m.

High school football (8 man) – Coast Union at Laguna Blanca, 2 p.m.

College men’s soccer – UCSB at UC Davis, 3 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Cate at Laguna Blanca, 4 p.m.

High school football – Santa Paula at Bishop Diego, La Playa Stadium, 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 14

College women’s soccer – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, October 15

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

Tuesday, October 16

College women’s soccer – Hancock at SBCC, 1 p.m.; The Master’s at Westmont, 3 p.m.

High school boys water polo – San Marcos at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Laguna Blanca vs. Providence Hall at Westmont, 5 p.m.; Buena at Santa Barbara, 6 p.m.; Ventura at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; Santa Ynez at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 17

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

College women’s volleyball – Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

High school boys water polo – Ventura at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

High school girls volleyball – Santa Barbara at San Marcos, 6 p.m.

Friday, October 19

High school football – San Marcos at Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Nordhoff at Carpinteria, 7:30 p.m.; Bishop Diego at Oak Park, 7:30 p.m.

College football – L.A. Pierce at SBCC, 7 p.m.

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

College women’s volleyball – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

College men’s water polo – UCLA at UCSB, 12 p.m.

College men’s soccer – San Diego Christian at Westmont, 12 p.m.

College women’s soccer – San Diego Christian at Westmont, 2:30 p.m.

College women’s volleyball – Arizona Christian at Westmont, 3 p.m.; UC Riverside at UCSB, 7 p.m.

Monday, October 22

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

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Saturday, October 13 – Fall 5-Mile Cross Country Classic and Kids’ Mile, Lake Los Carneros, 8 a.m. foxfallxc.com.

Sunday, October 14 – Cancer Center 10K Run and 5K Walk/Run, Montecito Union School, 8 a.m. ccsb.org.

Saturday, October 20 – Santa Barbara Century bicycle ride, Leadbetter Beach, 7 a.m. For experienced riders: 100 miles, 100K, and 34-mile Foothill Course. santabarbaracentury.org.

Saturday, November 10 – 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. sbimarathon.com.

Saturday, November 17 – American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure bicycle rides (8, 37 and 67 miles), Leadbetter Beach, 8 a.m. diabetes.org.

Thursday, November 22 – Thanksgiving 4 Miler, Magnolia Shopping Center, 9 a.m. runsantabarbara.com.

Sunday, November 25 – Red Rock Marathon and 50-Mile Trail Run, Rancho Oso Guest Ranch, 6 a.m. allwedoisrun.com.

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