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Athletes of the Week: Juju Martinez do Amaral and Levi Sheffey

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors S.B. High Water Polo Star and San Marcos Soccer Forward

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors S.B. High water polo star and San Marcos soccer forward.

Game of the Week: Long Beach State at UCSB in College Women’s B-Ball

49ers Come to Thunderdome to Battle Gauchos on January 19

The 49ers come to the Thunderdome on January 19 to battle the Gauchos.

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Athletes of the Week: Athena Saragoza and Beau Allen

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Santa Barbara and San Marcos High Basketballers

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Santa Barbara and San Marcos high basketballers.

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Santa Barbara Ice Skating Duo Heads to National Championships

Teenagers Sam Alen and Sage Kerst Train at Goleta’s Ice in Paradise

Teenagers Sam Alen and Sage Kerst train at Goleta’s Ice in Paradise.

Game of the Week: San Marcos at Santa Barbara Boys’ Basketball

Royals Take on Dons in January 16 Crosstown Showdown

The Royals will take on the Dons in a January 16 crosstown showdown.

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Athletic Insights for 2019

My Predictions for the First Six Months of the New Year

Our veteran sports columnist’s predictions for the first six months of the New Year.

Game of the Week: Men’s Volleyball: Asics Invitational

UCSB and Top-Ranked Long Beach State Square Off Against Same Trio of Opponents

UCSB and the top-ranked Long Beach State will square off against the same trio of opponents.

Game of the Week: Men’s Basketball: San Francisco at UCSB

Gauchos Aim to Stay Undefeated at Home Against the Dons

Gauchos aim to stay undefeated at home against the Dons.

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Adrenaline Junkie Dani Moreno Tackles Trail Running

Santa Barbara 26-Year-Old Defends World Championship in Hawai‘i

The Santa Barbara-based 26-year-old defends world championship in Hawai‘i.

Game of the Week: Women’s Basketball: Wayland Baptist at Westmont

College Basketball’s Winningest Team Comes to Play Warriors

College basketball’s winningest team comes to play the Warriors.

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Maryland Wins College Cup

Akron Zips Lose Their Zip in National Soccer Championships at UCSB’s Harder Stadium

Akron Zips lose their zip in national soccer championships at UCSB’s Harder Stadium.

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Athletes of the Week: Buba Fofanah and Ava Sommer

SB Athletic Round Table Honors Cate Soccer Star and Dos Pueblos Basketballer

SB Athletic Round Table honors Cate soccer star and Dos Pueblos basketballer.

Game of the Week: Dos Pueblos at Santa Barbara High School Basketball

Chargers Take on Dons on December 19, in Between Two Tournaments

Charges take on Dons on December 19, in between two tournaments.

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Gaucho Men’s Basketball Off to Impressive Start

Plus, Latest Lowdown on This Weekend’s College Cup at Harder Stadium

Plus, the latest lowdown on this weekend’s College Cup at Harder Stadium.

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Athletes of the Week: Lauren Tsuneishi and Jack Luckhurst

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Westmont Guard and Bishop Diego Soccer Star

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Westmont guard and Bishop Diego soccer star.

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Athletes of the Week: Mila Ladek and Ar’mond Davis

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors SBCC Soccer Midfielder and UCSB Grad Student

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors SBCC soccer midfielder and UCSB grad student.

Game of the Week: Cross-Country Running at Elings Terrain Festival

High School Runners Join Friends and Family on Hilly Course to Raise Money

High school runners join friends and family on hilly course to raise money.

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Akron Holds Off Stanford 3-2 for College Cup Berth

Wins spot at UCSB's Harder Stadium next weekend, depriving Stanford of fourth-in-a-row shot at soccer nationals.

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UCSB Prepares to Host Its Second College Cup

Harder Stadium Is 2018’s Stairway to Soccer Heaven

Harder Stadium is 2018’s stairway to soccer heaven.

Game of the Week: Sacramento State @ UCSB Basketball

Gaucho Men off to Best Start in 11 Years, Have Defeated Three Consecutive Big Sky Opponents

The Gaucho men are off to their best start (5-1) in 11 years and have defeated three consecutive Big Sky opponents.

Games of the Week: Mater Dei Basketball Plays Dos Pueblos and San Marcos

Legendary Coach Gary McKnight Brings Monarchs to Santa Barbara

Legendary high school coach Gary McKnight brings his Monarchs to Santa Barbara.

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Sports Are Central at Cate School

Stellar 8-Man Football Season Comes to End in Smoke-Interrupted Game

Private Carpinteria school’s stellar 8-man football season comes to an end in a smoke-interrupted game.

Game of the Week: Montana State @ UCSB Basketball

Saturday Matinee Features Max Heidegger Returning for Gauchos Against Bobcats

Saturday’s matinee features Max Heidegger returning for Gauchos against Bobcats.

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Postseason Problems for Many Santa Barbara Teams

Soccer, Football, and Water Polo Woes; College Basketball Heating Up; and More

Soccer, football, and water polo woes; college basketball heating up; and more.

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Athletes of the Week: Emma Fraser and Wyatt Pieretti

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors SBCC and S.B. High Water Polo Stars

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors SBCC and S.B. High water polo stars.

Game of the Week: Pasadena and SBCC Football

Vaqueros’ Last Game of the Season at La Playa Stadium on November 10

Vaqueros’ last game of the season at La Playa Stadium on November 10.

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Former UCSB Track Coach Sues for Wrongful Termination

Pete Dolan Is Alleging Age Discrimination, Retaliation, and Breach of Contract

Pete Dolan is alleging age discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract.

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Athletes of the Week: Ethan Parrish and Grace Hay

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Water Polo Player and Bishop Diego Golfer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos water polo player and Bishop Diego golfer.

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UCSB Women’s Soccer Makes Playoffs

First Time Since 2015; Plus Men’s Soccer Updates and Round Table’s Hall of Famers

Their first time since 2015; plus men’s soccer updates and Round Table’s hall of famers.

Game of the Week: Cate vs. Desert Christian Football

Playoffs Start for High School 8-Man Teams

Playoffs start for high school 8-man teams.

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Bill Bertka’s Beautiful Life

91 Years of Hard, Happy Work, from Santa Barbara City Hall to the L.A. Lakers

Celebrating 91 years of hard, happy work, from Santa Barbara City Hall to the L.A. Lakers.

Game of the Week: Cal Poly at UCSB Soccer

Gauchos Need Win in This Major Central Coast Rivalry

The Gauchos need to win in this major Central Coast rivalry match on October 27.  

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Athletes of the Week: Joseph Pearlman, Kelly Coulson, and Maura Mannix


S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Cross Country Star and San Marcos Tennis Duo

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos cross country star and San Marcos tennis duo.

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Dons Girl Golfers End Chargers’ Dominance

Santa Barbara High Drives Past Dos Pueblos’ 19-Year Title-Winning Streak

Santa Barbara High drives past Dos Pueblos’ 19-year title-winning streak.

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Athletes of the Week: David Leon and Avalon Gagnon

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Quarterback and S.B. High Volleyballer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos quarterback and S.B. High volleyballer.

Game of the Week: High School Girls’ Volleyball

Flintridge Sacred Heart Comes to Battle the San Marcos Royals on October 18

Flintridge Sacred Heart comes to battle the San Marcos Royals on October 18.

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Athletes of the Week: Claire Stotts and James Oriskovich

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors S.B. High Tennis and San Marcos Water Polo Stars

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors S.B. High tennis and San Marcos water polo stars.

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Lompoc Braves Out-Bruising Santa Barbara, Goleta Squads

High School Football Update; Plus, UCSB’s Joe Pasternack Connected to Federal Bribery Probe

High school football update; plus, UCSB’s Joe Pasternack connected to federal bribery probe.

Game of the Week: The Master’s at Westmont Women’s Volleyball

Battle Between Top Two Teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference

Battle between top two teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

Game of the Week: Lompoc vs. Dos Pueblos Football

Braves and Chargers Showdown at San Marcos Stadium on Friday, October 5

Braves and Chargers showdown at San Marcos Stadium on Friday, October 5.

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L.A. Dodgers Return to Playoffs

Do the Boys in Blue Have Any Chance of Winning the World Series This Year?

Do the Boys in Blue have any chance of winning the World Series this year?

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Athletes of the Week: Melia Haller and Frankie Gamberdella

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors S.B. High Golfer and Quarterback

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors S.B. High golfer and quarterback.

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The Gamberdellas’ Big Game Quandary

San Marcos High Alum Roots for Santa Barbara Don Son in 59th Crosstown Gridiron Battle

San Marcos High alum roots for Santa Barbara Don son in 59th crosstown gridiron battle.

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Athletes of the Week: Mikayla Butzke and Rodney Michael

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Volleyballer and UCSB Soccer Star

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos volleyballer and UCSB soccer star.

Game of the Week: San Marcos @ Santa Barbara Football

Royals Battle Dons in 59th Big Game on September 28

The Royals battle the Dons in the 59th Big Game on September 28.

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Athletes of the Week: Adrian Soracco and Brynn Sofro

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Bishop Diego Running Back/Linebacker and San Marcos Volleyballer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Bishop Diego running back/linebacker and San Marcos volleyballer.

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Santa Barbara Bodybuilder Wins Mr. Olympia Competition

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden Ties for Oldest Champ

At 43, Shawn “Flexatron” Rhoden ties for the oldest champ in the contest's history.

Game of the Week: UCLA @ UCSB Soccer

Bruins and Gauchos Battle This Saturday at Harder Stadium

The Bruins and Gauchos battle this Saturday at Harder Stadium.

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Lindsey Ruddins Serves, Spikes, and Digs for UCSB

Gaucho Volleyball Star Leads Team to Thunderdome Classic Championship

The Gaucho volleyball star leads her team to the Thunderdome Classic championship.

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Athletes of the Week: Jesse Mollkoy, Gabby Minier, Brady Sturdivan, and Madison Funk


Dos Pueblos Kicker and Golfer, Carp High Receiver, and San Marcos Runner Honored by S.B. Athletic Round Table

The Dos Pueblos kicker and golfer, Carp High receiver, and San Marcos runner were honored by the S.B. Athletic Round Table.

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