It’s rivalry week in Santa Barbara this week, and it all gets going with a bang today.
Among the marquee events happening today is in boys soccer, with Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos meeting at DP in a 5 p.m. kickoff.
The game pits two of the best boys soccer teams in the south county, with Santa Barbara sporting a 14-1-3 overall record and a 3-0-1 mark in the Channel League. Dos Pueblos enters with impressive records of its own, including a 12-3-1 overall mark and a 3-1-0 record in the Channel League. It’s a game that will have quite a bearing on first place.
“We’re only separated by one point in league, we have 10 and they have nine, so at the end of the first half of the season, the game is for first place,” Dons coach Todd Heil said. “They possess the ball really well and they’re confident on the ball.
“They remind me of some of the past teams we’ve had here at Santa Barbara the way they possess the ball.”
The Dons are currently ranked No. 48 nationally and No. 14 in California by MaxPreps.
Elsewhere today, Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara take center stage in girls basketball at JR Richards Gym at 7 p.m. The Dons, who played a very difficult non-league schedule, enter with a record of 11-8 overall and 4-0 in the Channel League. DP enters with a 2-2 mark.
In fact the Chargers are in a logjam for second with Santa Ynez, Cabrillo and Lompoc, all of which are 2-2.
“It’s a big game for us and a big game for DP,” Santa Barbara coach Andrew Butcher said. “If they win, it gets them right back in the hunt for the league title. We played our best basketball of the season last game against Lompoc, and we’re looking to keep that going.”
Not to be outdone today are Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos in girls soccer. It’s a match with great importance in the Channel League, as the Dons enter with a 2-1-1 record and the Chargers are right behind them at 2-2. It’s Santa Barbara’s home game, and without the services of Peabody Stadium, the contest will be played at San Marcos High’s Warkentin Stadium at 7 p.m.
Keeping in the spirit of rivalry week are the girls water polo teams from Santa Barbara and Dos Pueblos, as the two meet today at 3:15 p.m. at Dos Pueblos High.
On Wednesday, boys basketball takes the spotlight as first place Santa Barbara visits Dos Pueblos at 7 p.m.
The Dons enter with a 4-0 record in the Channel League, while the Chargers are 2-2.
On the college front, the UCSB men’s basketball team returns to the Thunderdome on Wednesday against Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. The Gauchos are also hoping to return to the win column after back-to-back Big West Conference losses to Long Beach State and Hawaii. UCSB fell to Hawaii in Honolulu on Saturday night, 70-63. It was a rough second half for the Gauchos (12-6, 1-2 Big West) that spelled doom.
“We’re just not a very good basketball team right now,” UCSB coach Joe Pasternack told News-Press Senior Writer Mark Patton following the loss to the Rainbow Warriors. “We’re just not. We’re going to shake some things up and get guys who want to defend on the court, and that’s my job.”
UCSB also has a home game against a good UC Riverside team on Saturday night at 7 p.m.
County rivals SBCC and Hancock also get together on the basketball court on Wednesday at the SBCC Pavilion. The women begin the night at 5 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at 7 p.m.
In girls wrestling, Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara have their own rivalry showdown on the mat at Santa Barbara High Wednesday at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, the Westmont men’s and women’s basketball teams return to their home court for the first time since both lost to The Master’s on Saturday night. The Westmont women host Hope International at 5 p.m., while the men tipoff against Hope International at 7:30 p.m. UCSB also has a women’s basketball game on Thursday, as the Gauchos host UC Davis at 7 p.m.
Also on Thursday, the Santa Barbara boys soccer team plays its other local rival, the San Marcos Royals at San Marcos at seven o’clock. The match will be preceded by the Santa Barbara-San Marcos girls game at 5 p.m. In girls basketball, Santa Barbara travels to San Marcos for a 7 p.m. contest, while in girls water polo, Dos Pueblos plays at first-place San Marcos at 3:15 p.m.
Friday marks the beginning of the college baseball season for the UCSB Gauchos. Well, sort of. It’s the team’s annual alumni game, and it will be the first game under the new lights at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium beginning at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the UCSB women’s basketball team is back in action at Cal State Fullerton. The men’s volleyball team will also get a supreme challenge on Saturday when it travels to Stanford. And in boys basketball, it’s the second meeting of the season between the Santa Barbara and San Marcos teams at SBCC. In the first game less than two weeks ago, the Dons won on a last-second shot by sophomore Jasper Johnson in front of an overflow crowd. Another capacity crowd is expected for Saturday’s game.