Weekend Calendar: Dons to honor Chavez at season opener

Simon Chavez was a coach and former player at Santa Barbara High. (James Crosby Photo)

Simon Chavez was a coach and former player at Santa Barbara High.

Santa Barbara High?s baseball team will honor Simon Chavez before its 2013 season opener on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Eddie Mathews Field.

Chavez, who played for the Dons and stayed in the baseball program after graduation as a coach for the freshman and junior varsity club teams and the regular season JV squad, died from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident on Hwy. 101 on Jan. 15. He was 22 years old.

?He was a really good kid,? Santa Barbara coach Fred Warrecker said.

Simon?s parents, Ana and Luis, will throw out the first pitch prior to the Dons? game against Pioneer Valley.

Read more about Simon and his passion for Santa Barbara High baseball HERE.



Women’s Basketball: Hawaii at UCSB, 7 p.m. ? The Gauchos try to regain momentum after last Saturday?s loss to Cal Poly.


MLS Soccer: L.A. Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m., Harder Stadium ? The two-time defending champions of Major League Soccer play their final tune-up before the start of the new season against Western Division rival Colorado. A 5:30 preliminary game features UCSB against the Rapids Reserves. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 4-13.

College Baseball: USF at UCSB, 2 p.m. ? The Gauchos open a four-game series against the Dons at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The teams play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.


Men?s Basketball: Sacramento State at UCSB, 7 p.m. ? Gauchos take a break from Big West play and face the Hornets in a mid-major BracketBusters game.

Water Polo: CIF Finals ? Santa Barbara could be playing for its ninth girls title at the Woolett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

Girls Basketball: CIF Semifinals ? Santa Barbara High and Providence Hall hope to be playing in their division final four.

Celebration: Santa Barbara Foresters 2012 National Championship – Join Santa Barbara’s champion semi-pro baseball team as they host a celebration fundraiser at Chuck’s Waterfront Grill. ?The event will raise funds to support Hugs for Cubs, the Foresters? program to help children and families struggling with cancer. Local breweries, including Firestone Walker, Telegraph, Island, Figueroa Mountain, and Surf, will offer selections of their finest beer; Chuck?s Waterfront Grill will provide tasty bites to pair with the beer.


Running: Roses en la Playa 5k, Leadbetter Beach, 9 a.m.?? This is an out-and-back Santa Barbara Athletic Association Grand Prix race at the beach. Post-race activities at Leadbetter Beach.

Surfing:?Rincon Classic is in its waiting period. If conditions cooperate, the Queen of the Coast will be contested on Saturday and Sunday. Check RinconClassic.com for confirmation.


College Baseball:??UCLA at UCSB, 2 p.m. ? The Gauchos play the No. 6 Bruins at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for last week but was postponed due to rain. UCLA has won two-straight Pac-12 titles.


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