It may very well be that the Westmont baseball team, which hosted a postseason regional for the first time in program history, is out of the four-team event and done for the season for something that occurred on Wednesday. The Warriors were officially eliminated on Thursday with a 10-3 loss to William Carey, but it was an apparent blown call by the home plate umpire during Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to The Master’s that seemed to have a lasting affect throughout Thursday’s game. more
Surrounded by inspiring athletes and volunteers, Bill Shumard, CEO and president of Special Olympics Southern California, told a Santa Barbara audience on Thursday that last summer’s World Games were recognized as “the most memorable moment in Southern California” during the 2015 L.A. Sports Awards. …Santa Barbara served as a host town for 100 of the Special Olympians from four foreign countries that competed at the 2015 World Games, with Westmont College donating lodging and meals for the athletes. more
Ben Hibbert stood at the podium in front of about 500 Frontier students, coaches, faculty members and family and took one look at his grandparents. That’s when the tears showed up. Hibbert, joining four other Frontier senior student-athletes signing with college athletic programs, signed a letter of intent to Cal State Northridge on Thursday in the Frontier gym. …Kevin Verdujo signed to swim at Niagara University in New York, Jared Harris signed to run track at Westmont College in Santa Barbara and Lindsey Relerford will cheer for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix on scholarship. more
AmeriFlex Financial Services has announced the appointment of Hannah Buschbom, CFP, CDFATM, as partner. …Buschbom received a bachelor’s degree from Westmont College in economics and business with a focus in accounting. Her additional accomplishments include the designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst Designation (CDFATM) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). more
Two college baseball coaches who have elevated their teams into the national rankings, and a prep basketball coach who took Santa Barbara High to a CIF-Southern Section championship, were honored on Wednesday as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s Coaches of the Year.
UCSB’s Andrew Checketts and Westmont’s Robert Ruiz received the collegiate award, while Dave Bregante of Santa Barbara High took home the prep honor in a ceremony held at the Lobero Theater. more
Westmont College’s Michael Frigon leaped has high as he could, but an umpire’s call left the Warriors high and dry in Wednesday’s winner’s bracket semifinals of the NAIA National Opening Round Baseball Tournament at Russ Carr Field.
Frigon was called out at home plate on Jarrett Costa’s double despite apparently leaping over The Master’s catcher in the eighth inning of a controversial 1-0 loss to the Mustangs. more
Dave Bregante was named Coach of the Year and senior forward Bolden Brace was honored as the High School Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
Baseball coaches Robert Ruiz of Westmont and UCSB’s Andrew Checketts shared the College Coach of the Year honor. Ruiz guided Westmont to the GSAC regular season and tournament and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, which it is hosting for the first time. The Warriors have won a school-record 42 wins this season, beating last year’s mark of 41. more
A week after its biggest stumble of the year, Westmont College got a clean re-start to its baseball postseason on Tuesday.
Pitcher Daniel Butler retired William Carey University’s first 16 batters and the Warriors scored four runs before making their first out en route to a 14-1 victory over the Crusaders in an NAIA National Championship Tournament opener at Russ Carr Field. more
DP is more than just the oft-used acronym for Dos Pueblos High. It’s also the baseball play that the school has been getting straight from the DNA of brothers Dustin and Davey Demeter. …They haven’t played much Whiffle Ball since their oldest cousin, Luke Coffey, graduated from DP last year to continue his baseball career at Westmont College. He’s busy with the playoffs this week, as well, with the Warriors playing host to one of NAIA’s regional tournaments. more
Conner Menez hurled a complete-game five-hitter and Pearson Good slugged a three-run homer to lead The Master’s College past Madonna of Michigan, 7-1, on the opening day of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. …Now, the Mustangs turn their attention to Westmont, the Opening Round’s host and top-seeded team. The Warriors won the GSAC’s regular-season championship but were eliminated in the conference tournament, won by the Mustangs. more