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Forester of the Week: John Jensen

Hometown Hero Hits Grand Slam and Two-Run Dinger

Hometown hero hits grand slam and two-run dinger.

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Game of the Week: U.S. Polo Association Intra-Circuit

Santa Barbara Polo Club Hosts Final Tournament of 12-Goal Season

S.B. Polo Club hosts final tournament of 12-goal season.

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Foresters Fire Up the Summer Ball

Santa Barbara Semi-Pro Team Starts Undefeated; Plus, Mexico’s Big World Cup Win

Santa Barbara semi-pro team starts undefeated; plus, Mexico’s big World Cup win.

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Foresters Player of the Week: Chase Illig

Switch-Hitting Catcher Hits Homer, Tallies Five RBIs over Weekend

Switch-hitting catcher hits homer, tallies five RBIs over weekend.

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Where to Watch the World Cup

How to Have Fun Watching Soccer in Santa Barbara Even Without Team USA

How to have fun watching soccer in Santa Barbara even without Team USA

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Game of the Week: San Luis Obispo Blues at S.B. Foresters

Central Coast Rivals Come to Pershing Park to Take On Undefeated Home Team

Central Coast rivals come to Pershing Park to take on undefeated home team.

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Game of the Week: Three Games for Santa Barbara Foresters

Inland Empire Pirates and Healdsburg Packers Play Baseball at Pershing Park

Inland Empire Pirates and Healdsburg Packers play baseball at Pershing Park this weekend.

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Drew Edelman Earns Second Golden Eagle Ring

UCSB Basketballer Achieves Top Athlete GPA; Plus, Track & Field and the State Street Mile

UCSB basketballer achieves top athlete GPA; plus, track & field and the State Street Mile

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Game of the Week: State Street Mile

Sunday Races Begin with Eight Age Groupings and a Family Fun Mile

The Sunday races begin with eight age groupings and a family fun mile.

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Santa Barbara’s Comeback Kids

Three High School Teams Make Miraculous, Late-Inning Wins

Three high school teams make miraculous, late-inning wins.

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Legalized Gambling, Triple Crowns, and Sure Things

On Sports Wagers, Sentimental Horses, and Why to Bet on Justify

On sports wagers, sentimental horses, and why to bet on Justify.

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Game of the Week: Hawai‘i @ UCSB Baseball

Rainbow Warriors Take on Gauchos in Both Teams’ Last Hurrah for 2018

Rainbow Warriors take on Gauchos in both teams’ last hurrah for 2018.

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Egan Bernal Conquers Gibraltar Road

Colombian Kid Riding for Team Sky Wins Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour

Colombian kid riding for Team Sky wins Santa Barbara’s Stage 2 of the Amgen Tour.

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Game of the Week: Newbury Park at Dos Pueblos Baseball

Single Elimination Playoffs Start for Chargers on Friday, May 18, 3:15 p.m.

Single elimination playoffs start for Chargers on Friday, May 18, 3:15 p.m.

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Athletes of the Week: Matt Mills and Jenny Nnoli

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors San Marcos High Sprinter and Swimmer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors San Marcos High sprinter and swimmer.

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Game of the Week: San Marcos at Dos Pueblos Baseball

Chargers Face Royals in Bid for Sixth Title in Seven Years

Chargers face Royals in bid for sixth title in seven years.

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Amgen Tour Tackles Gibraltar Road 


Pro Cyclists to End Stage 2 with Seven-Mile, 3,100-Foot Climb on May 14

Pro cyclists to end Stage 2 with seven-mile, 3,100-foot climb on May 14.

Athletes of the Week: Parker Crossland and Shaya Alexander

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors D.P. Volleyballer and Carp Long Jumper

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos volleyballer and Carpinteria long jumper.

Game of the Week: Buena @ Dos Pueblos in Softball

Chargers Take on Bulldogs in High School Showdown

Chargers take on Bulldogs in high school showdown.

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Clean Baseball Between Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara High

Report from Great Series Last Week; Plus College Baseball, Tennis, Track, and More

Report from great series last week; plus college baseball, tennis, track, and more.

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Athletes of the Week: Kelee Shimizu and Isaac Coffey

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors SBCC Swimmer and Dos Pueblos Pitcher

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors SBCC swimmer and Dos Pueblos pitcher.

Game of the Week: College Track & Field

Cal Poly Takes On UCSB on April 28

Cal Poly takes on UCSB on April 28.

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Chia the Corolla

Francisco ‘Chia’ Santana Goes from Primo Boxing to Fighting Against the World’s Best

Francisco “Chia” Santana goes from Primo Boxing to fighting against the world’s best.

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Four Runners Break Four-Minute Mile

Plus, Marathon Record Broken, Special Olympics Coming, and Hoop Star Moves

Plus, marathon record broken, Special Olympics coming, and Hoop Star moves

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Game of the Week: Dos Pueblos vs. S.B. High Baseball

Chargers Take On Dons in Games at Both Home Fields

Chargers take on Dons in three-game series games at both home fields.

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Athletes of the Week: Hunter May and Aliyah Huerta-Leipner

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors San Marcos Swimmer, San Marcos Softballer

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors San Marcos Swimmer, San Marcos Softballer

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Game of the Week: Women’s Water Polo @ UCSB

Hawai‘i and UC Davis Both Come to Battle Gauchos on April 14 and 15

Hawai‘i and UC Davis both come to battle Gauchos on April 14 and 15.

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Athletes of the Week: Sierra Laughner and Jake Holton

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Softballer and SBCC Baseballer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos softballer and SBCC baseballer.

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Breaking the Four-Minute Mile

SBCC’s La Playa Stadium Hosts Four Elite Running Races Friday Night

SBCC’s La Playa Stadium hosts four elite running races Friday night.

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Runners Rule at The Red Piano Bar

Guest Bartenders Serve Up Fundraiser; Plus Basketball Awards and Gaucho Hall of Fame

Guest bartenders serve up fundraiser; plus basketball awards and Gaucho Hall of Fame.

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Game of the Week: Hawai‘i @ UCSB Men’s Volleyball


Rainbow Warriors Take On Gauchos April 6-7


Rainbow Warriors take on Gauchos April 6-7.

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Athletes of the Week: Elle Smith and Dylan Kelley

Cate Track Star and Dos Pueblos Pitcher Honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table

Cate track star and Dos Pueblos pitcher honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table.

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Santa Barbara Grunion Rugby Turns 40

Plus the Joy of Hustling, 10 Best Dodgers, Coach James Ranta’s Legacy, and Triathlon Hiatus

Plus the joy of hustling, the 10 best Dodgers, Coach James Ranta’s legacy, and the triathlon on hiatus.

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Game of the Week: Cal State Fullerton at UCSB

College Baseball Showdown from March 29-31

The college baseball showdown will take place March 29-31.

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Athletes of the Week: Allie Jones and Matt Mills

San Marcos Track Star and San Marcos Swimmer Honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table

San Marcos track star and San Marcos swimmer honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table.

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Athletes of the Week: Lauren McCoy and Beau Allen


Westmont Basketball Senior and San Marcos High High Jumper

Westmont basketball senior and San Marcos High high jumper.

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Gaucho Baseball Is Struggling

Plus March Madness Report, Exodus of UCSB Women’s Basketballers, Surfing, and Rugby

Plus March Madness report, exodus of UCSB women’s basketballers, surfing, and rugby.

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Game of the Week: Santa Barbara Easter Relays

High School Track & Field at La Playa Stadium on March 24

High school track & field at La Playa Stadium on March 24.

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Athletes of the Week: Luis Garcia and Isabel Studt

Carpinteria High Soccer and Softball Stars Honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table

Carpinteria High’s soccer and softball stars honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table.

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Wild Winter of Winning Ends Mostly in Losses

High School and College Sports Teams Did Better Than Ever, But Struggled at Very End

Santa Barbara’s high school and college teams did better than ever, but struggled at very end.

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Game of the Week: College Men’s Volleyball

Long Beach State at UCSB on Friday, March 16

Long Beach State at UCSB on Friday, March 16

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January Sadness to March Madness

How Santa Barbara Teams Progressed with Poise and Purpose This Season

How Santa Barbara teams progressed with poise and purpose this season.

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Athletes of the Week: Ben Roach and Joy Krupa

Santa Barbara High Soccer Goalkeeper and Westmont Basketball Forward

Santa Barbara High soccer goalkeeper and Westmont basketball forward.

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Game of the Week: UCSB Baseball vs. Texas State

Gauchos Take on Bobcats in Second of Six Consecutive Weekend Home Stands

Gauchos take on Bobcats in second of six consecutive weekend home stands.

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S.B. Athletic Round Table Athletes of the Week

Piper Smith, Will Yamasaki, Sophie Trumbull, and Jackson Stormo

Piper Smith, Will Yamasaki, Sophie Trumbull, and Jackson Stormo honored Feb. 11 and 18.

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Game of the Week | College Men’s Basketball: Cal Poly @ UCSB

Blue-Green Rivalry Comes to Thunderdome on Saturday, March 3

The Blue-Green Rivalry comes to the Thunderdome on Saturday, March 3.

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Royals Win Water Polo Championship

San Marcos High Girls’ Team Defeats Dos Pueblos; Boys’ Basketball Team Aims for Title Too

San Marcos High girls’ team defeats Dos Pueblos; boys’ basketball team aims for title too.

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San Marcos Girls Beat Dos Pueblos in Water Polo

Royals Pull Out Victory Over Chargers to Win CIF Title

Royals pull out victory over Chargers to win CIF title Saturday night.

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Soccer Stars Converge at Harder Stadium

Former Gauchos, Now Pros on L.A. Galaxy, Energize UCSB’s College Cup Hopes

Former Gauchos, now pros on L.A. Galaxy, energize UCSB’s College Cup hopes.

Game of the Week: College Women’s Basketball: UC Riverside @ UCSB

Final Gaucho Home Game on Saturday Night for Four Seniors

It’s the final Gaucho home game on Saturday night for four seniors.

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