PHOTOS OF THE YEAR: Our Top Sports Images of 2011

Race director Joe Coito, right, and staffer Jim Ryden gear up for the 2011 Santa Barbara Triathlon. The duo had one of the transport trucks conk out on them while setting up for this weekend's Santa Barbara Triathlon at East Beach. (Weiss)

Santa Barbara International Marathon

The 2011 Santa Barbara International Marathon was bigger than ever, with sunny blue skies at La Playa Stadium after a night of heavy rain and wind.. (Dvorak)

UCSB men's volleyball

UCSB's Cullen Irons blasts a shot past a USC defender. The Gauchos beat the Trojans twice in a season that saw them reach the NCAA title match. (Agapito)

New UCSB women's basketball coach Carlene Mitchell came to Santa Barbara from Rutgers to take over for Lindsay Gottlieb, who left UCSB to take over the head coaching position at Cal

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Santa Barbara Bears player Marcellus Gossett attempts to interfere with a pass from SB Chargers quarterback Kellen Roberts during the Santa Barbara YFL playoffs. (Dvorak)

The Foresters' Jeff McNeil leaps over the tag attempt by the Barons' catcher to score during their championship season. Santa Barbara's semi-pro summer-league team won its third national title in five years in August. (Agapito)

Tessa Emerson

2011 was a great year for the Emersons. Tessa Emerson, center, signed her letter of intent to play basketball at Pepperdine University. Holly Ford Emerson, left, Tessa's mother, had her Dons basketball jersey retired at the school. Holly was a two-time CIF large schools Player of the Year in 1983-84. Brad Emerson, right, and Dons head coach Andrew Butcher, standing, are also pictured. (Dvorak)

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