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Sports Highlights: March 7-19

Westmont Basketball Teams Heading to NAIA Championships


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Saturday (March 9) is a multi-sports day at UCSB, but one ticket will be good for admission to all of the games that day. The Gaucho basketball teams will close out the regular season, the women taking on UC Irvine at 2 p.m., the men facing UC Riverside at 7 p.m. Both UCSB teams are trying to elevate their seedings in next week’s Big West Tournament.

Other Gaucho teams in action are men’s volleyball (vs. Pacific at 4 p.m.), women’s water polo (vs. UC Davis at noon) and men’s tennis (vs. San Diego State at noon). Admission to the tennis match is free as usual

Another attraction at UCSB is the first International Friendship Games, a women’s lacrosse tournament involving SBCC’s and UCSB’s club teams, as well as two teams from Japan, Colorado College, Cal State Fullerton and Chapman. Games will be played Friday through Sunday at the UCSB RecCen field.

Thirty Special Olympics basketball teams will compete Sunday in the 13th annual Regional Tournament at UCSB’s Thunderdome.

Santa Barbara High and Providence Hall have advanced to the second round of the State CIF girls basketball championships. Both will be on the road Saturday night, the Dons at Chaminade in West Hills and Providence Hall at Horizon Christian in San Diego.

Westmont College’s basketball teams received bids to the NAIA Division 1 national championship tournaments. The Warrior men are seeded No. 11 and will open against Marin Methodist (Tennessee) on Wednesday, March 13, at Kansas City. The Warrior women are seeded No. 4 (No. 1 in their bracket) and will face Cumberlands (Kentucky) on Thursday at Frankfort, Ky. Both tournaments continue with five games in seven days.

SCHEDULE OF GAMES

Thursday, March 7

COLLEGE

Softball – L.A. Pierce at SBCC (2), 1 p.m.

Women’s tennis – Furman at UCSB, 2 p.m.

Women’s basketball – Long Beach State at UCSB, 3 p.m.

Men’s basketball – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Softball – Carpinteria at Bishop Diego, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 8

COLLEGE

Women’s tennis – Eastern Michigan at UCSB, 12 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse – International Friendship Games, UCSB RecCen Field, 1-8 p.m.

Baseball – UCSB at Texas, 5 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – Stanford at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Swimming – Nordhoff at Carpinteria, 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 9

COLLEGE

Women’s lacrosse – International Friendship Games, UCSB RecCen Field, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Baseball – UCSB at Texas, 12 p.m.; Hancock at SBCC, 1 p.m.

Men’s tennis – San Diego State at UCSB, 12 p.m.

Women’s water polo – UC Davis at UCSB, 12 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse – UCLA at UCSB, RecCen Field, 1 p.m.

Women’s basketball – UC Irvine at UCSB, 2 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – Pacific at UCSB, Robertson Gym, 4 p.m.

Men’s basketball – UC Riverside at UCSB, 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Baseball – Nordhoff at San Marcos (2), 11 a.m.; Cabrillo at Carpinteria, 11 a.m.

Girls basketball – State playoffs, second round: (Division 3) Santa Barbara at Chaminade, 6 p.m. (Division 5) Providence Hall at San Diego Horizon Christian, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 10

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Regional basketball tournament, UCSB Events Center, 9 a.m.

COLLEGE

Baseball – UCSB at Texas, 10 a.m.

Women’s lacrosse – International Friendship Games, UCSB RecCen Field, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse – Texas at UCSB, Harder Stadium, 1 p.m.

Women’s tennis – Cal State Fullerton at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, March 11

SPORTS LUNCHEON

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

COLLEGE

Women’s tennis – Utah at UCSB, 1:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Softball – Pacifica at Dos Pueblos, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12

COLLEGE

Baseball – Notre Dame at UCSB, 3 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Boys volleyball – Valencia at San Marcos, 6 p.m.; West Ranch at Santa Barbara, 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball – State regional semifinals.

Wednesday, March 13

COLLEGE

Men’s basketball – NAIA tournament at Kansas City, Mo.: Westmont vs. Martin Methodist (Tenn.), 11:15 a.m.

Women’s tennis – SMU at UCSB, 1:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball – UCSB vs. Cal State Northridge in Big West tournament quarterfinals at UC Irvine Bren Center, 8:20 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – Cal State Northridge at UCSB, Rob Gym, 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Softball – Ventura at Dos Pueblos, 3:30 p.m.; Carpinteria at Santa Barbara, 3:30 p.m.; Camarillo at San Marcos, 3:30 p.m.; Hueneme at Bishop Diego, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 14

COLLEGE

Women’s basketball – NAIA tournament at Frankfort, Ky.: Westmont vs. Cumberlands (Ky.), 11:15 a.m.

Men’s basketball – Big West tournament quarterfinals at Anaheim Honda Center: UCSB vs. Pacific, 12 p.m.

Men’s tennis – George Washington at UCSB, 1:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Baseball – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 3:15 p.m.

Swimming – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 2:30 p.m.

Boys volleyball – Buena at Dos Pueblos, 6 p.m.; San Luis Obispo at San Marcos, 6 p.m.

Track and field – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 2:45 p.m.

Friday, March 15

COLLEGE

Men’s basketball – NAIA tournament at Kansas City, Mo., 7 a.m.; Big West tournament semifinals at Anaheim Honda Center, 6:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball – NAIA tournament at Frankfort, Ky., 11:15 a.m.; Big West tournament semifinals at Anaehim Honda Center, 12 p.m.

Women’s tennis – George Washington at UCSB, 2 p.m.

Baseball – Sacramento State at UCSB, 3 p.m.

Men’s volleyball – Harvard at UCSB, Rob Gym, 7 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Swimming – Fountain Valley at Dos Pueblos, 2 p.m.; Channel Islands at Carpinteria, 3 p.m.

Baseball – Ventura at Santa Barbara, 3:15 p.m.; Villanova at Carpinteria, 3:30 p.m.

Softball –

Saturday, March 16

COLLEGE

Baseball – Sacramento State at UCSB, 2 p.m.

Men’s basketball – NAIA tournament quarterfinals at Kansas City, Mo., 12 p.m.; Big West tournament championship at Anaheim Honda Center, 7:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball – Big West tournament championship at Anaheim Honda Center, 1 p.m.; NAIA tournament quarterfinals at Frankfort, Ky., 1 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Boys volleyball – Dos Pueblos Invitational at UCSB, 8 a.m.; Laguna Blanca Invitational, 8:30 a.m.

Track and field – Tri-City Relays at Westmont College, 8 a.m.

Baseball – Salesian at Bishop Diego (2), 11 a.m.

Girls basketball – State regional finals at Ontario Colony HS.

Sunday, March 17

COLLEGE

Women’s water polo – St. Francis (N.Y.) at UCSB, 8 a.m.; Marist at UCSB, 10:30 a.m.; Iona at UCSB, 5 p.m.

Baseball – Sacramento State at UCSB, 1 p.m.

Monday, March 18

SPORTS LUNCHEON

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

COLLEGE

Men’s basketball – NAIA tournament quarterfinals at Kansas City, Mo., 4 p.m.

Women’s basketball – NAIA tournament semifinals at Frankfort, Ky., 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

COLLEGE

Women’s basketball –NAIA championship, 3:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball – NAIA championship, 5:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL

Baseball – Dos Pueblos at San Marcos, 3:15 p.m.

Softball – Santa Clara at Carpinteria, 3:30 p.m.

Boys volleyball – Nordhoff at Bishop Diego, 5 p.m.;Channel Islands at Laguna Blanca, 5 p.m.

FUND-RAISERS

Monday, March 11SBCC Golf Classic, La Cumbre Country Club. Four-person scramble. Information hotline: 805-730-4076.

Friday-Saturday, March 15-16 – March Madness 24-Hour Donny Yee 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Downtown Boys & Girls Club. Information: Kim Kjar, 805-962-2382 ext. 30.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, April 26 – Special Olympics School Games, La Playa Stadium, 9 a.m.

Wednesday-Thursday, May 15-16 – Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race. Stage 4 (May 15): Santa Clarita to Santa Barbara. Stage 5 (May 16): Santa Barbara to Avila Beach. 11 a.m. start at Cabrillo Boulevard and Calle Cesar Chavez.

RUNNING, WALKINGCYCLING

Information for most events: sbrunning.org.

MARCH: 9 – Orchard to Ocean 5K/10K/mile, Carpinteria Main School… . Solvang Century, 100- and 50-mile bike rides. bikescor.com. 16 – Barbara Ireland 10-Mile Walk/Run for the Cure of Breast Cancer, Chase Palm Park. 30 – Kendra’s Sprint Triathlon, UCSB Campus Point.

APRIL: 6 – Are You Tough Enough? 100K Run and Relay, Toro Canyon to Nojoqui Falls… . 5K Run/Mile Walk for Brain Injury, Leadbetter Beach. biacal.org. 20 – Chardonnay 10 Miler/5K, Leadbetter Beach. 27 – Gaucho Gallop, 1K dog dash, 5K run/walk, 10K run, UCSB Harder Stadium. 28 – 5K/10K Walk/Run for Mental Wellness, Lower Manning Park. mentalwellnesscenter.org .

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