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Athletes of the Week: Anthony Firestone and Holland Woodhouse

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

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

Game of the Week: 81st Annual Easter Relays

High School Track & Field Showdown on March 23 at La Playa Stadium

The high school track & field showdown is on March 23 at La Playa Stadium.

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Pratima Sherpa’s Amazing Journey

19-Year-Old SBCC Student Aspires to Be First Female Pro Golfer from Nepal

This 19-Year-Old SBCC student aspires to be the first female pro golfer from Nepal.

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Athletes of the Week: Kenzi Snyder and Beau Allen

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors UCSB Water Polo Goalie and San Marcos High Jumper

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors UCSB water polo goalie and San Marcos high jumper.

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Tremendous Tennis at UCSB

Top-Ranked Players Welcome Plans for Arnhold Tennis Center on Campus

Top-ranked players welcome plans for Arnhold Tennis Center on campus.

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Ami Lakoju Aspires to Inspire

Meet the Harlem-Raised UCSB Basketball Player Who Nearly Died on the Court

Meet the Harlem-raised UCSB basketball player who nearly died on the court.

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Athletes of the Week: Maddy Leung and Brent Hyman

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors San Marcos High’s Softball Star and Ace Pitcher

The S.B. Athletic Round Table honors San Marcos High’s softball star and ace pitcher.

Game of the Week: Santa Barbara at San Marcos Baseball

Crosstown High Schools Battle on Backs of Ace Pitchers

Crosstown high schools battle on the backs of their ace pitchers.

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Joby Nuñez: 1948-2019

Coached at All Three High Schools

Athlete, coach, friend, and family man, Joby Nuñez was an outstanding mentor and second father to many.

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Athletes of the Week: Sydney Brown and Logan Hotchkiss

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Westmont Forward and UCSB Swimmer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Westmont forward and UCSB swimmer.

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Three Generations of Santa Barbara Baseball

Fred Warrecker Watches Grandson Bryce Play for Dons

Fred Warrecker watches grandson Bryce play for the Dons.

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Athletes of the Week: Danae Miller and Noah Nuño

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors UCSB Guard and Carpinteria Basketballer

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors UCSB guard and Carpinteria basketballer.

Game of the Week: Long Beach State at UCSB Basketball

Gauchos Aim for 20 Wins Against 49ers on February 28

The Gauchos aim for 20 wins against the 49ers on February 28.

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Gaucho Volleyballers Seek First National Crown

UCSB Coach Rick McLaughlin and Hitter Corey Chavers Rise Above UCLA

UCSB coach Rick McLaughlin and hitter Corey Chavers rise above UCLA.

Game of the Week: William Jessup at Westmont Baseball

Four-Game College Showdown This Weekend for Top 25 NAIA Teams

Four-game college showdown this weekend for top 25 NAIA teams.

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Athletes of the Week: Kate Gay and Kade Uyesaka

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Carpinteria Water Polo Goalie and Dos Pueblos Wrestler

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Carpinteria water polo goalie and Dos Pueblos wrestler.

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Women Rock at Wrestling, Water Polo, and More

Santa Barbara Celebrates the 33rd National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Santa Barbara celebrates the 33rd National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Game of the Week: The Master’s at Westmont Basketball

Mustangs Come to Battle Warrior Women on Saturday, February 16

The Mustangs come to battle the Warrior women on Saturday, February 16

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Super Bummer Bowl

But There’s Always High School Sports!

Santa Barbara Rams fans lament weak game, high school playoffs commence, and more.

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Athletes of the Week: Juan Carlos Torres and Sophie Leggett

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors S.B. High Soccer Forward and Dos Pueblos Water Polo Star

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors S.B. High soccer forward and Dos Pueblos water polo star.

Games of the Week: CIF Basketball Playoffs

Santa Barbara High Girls and Boys Teams Enter the Postseason

Santa Barbara High girls and boys teams enter the postseason.

Game of the Week: UC Irvine at UCSB Men’s College Basketball

Anteaters Take on Gauchos in Big-League Game

The Anteaters will take on the Gauchos in this big-league game.

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Athletes of the Week: Anna Cable and Tommy Condon

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors Dos Pueblos Water Polo Goalie and San Marcos Guard

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors Dos Pueblos water polo goalie and San Marcos guard.

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Santa Barbara Cheers Super Bowl–Bound L.A. Rams

Hard-Core and Newbie Fans Unite to Support Los Angeles Against New England

Hard-core and newbie fans unite to support Los Angeles against New England this Sunday.

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Athletes of the Week: Lauren Garnett and Matt Hislop

S.B. Athletic Round Table Honors S.B. High and San Marcos High Soccer Stars

S.B. Athletic Round Table honors S.B. High and San Marcos High soccer stars.

Game of the Week: High School Soccer: Santa Barbara at San Marcos

Crosstown Rivals Face Off in Channel League Double-Header on January 30

The crosstown rivals will face off in Channel League double-header on January 30.

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30-Minute Decathlon Honors Dave Thoreson

Athletes Speed Through 10 Events; Plus, Westmont’s Court of Champions and Foresters’ Hall of Fame

Athletes speed through 10 events; plus, Westmont’s Court of Champions and Foresters’ Hall of Fame.

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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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