Santa Barbara Independent

Gaucho Baseball Is Struggling

Since their exhilarating romp in the NCAA’s Big Dance Around the Bases two years ago, the UCSB Gauchos have not been favored by the baseball gods. Injuries to key players, compounded by the breaks of the game, have pushed their winning percentage under .500. … Defense carried Westmont College into the NAIA women’s tournament, but the Warriors also made shots when they needed them. more

January Sadness to March Madness

In the wake of destructive flames and deadly debris flows, the resiliency of the greater Santa Barbara community has been manifest in many ways. … Westmont College will be dancing with the stars in both NAIA national basketball tournaments next week: the women’s team at Billings, Montana, and the men’s at Kansas City. Coach Kirsten Moore’s Warrior women (22-6) assured themselves a high seeding among the 32 teams by winning the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament in Phoenix on Monday night, edging Vanguard 48-46. more

Virginia Marie Hayes

Virginia Marie Hayes passed away at her home in Ojai on February 21, 2018 after a brief illness. Virginia was born on October 4, 1950 in the Central Valley of California in the town of Modesto. … After graduating from high school and ready to leave small town life, Virginia enrolled in Westmont College in Santa Barbara where her older brother, Jerry, was a student. While at Westmont, Virginia met and married David Shelton. more

Two Operas Hit the Stage: ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Die Fledermaus’

As one natural disaster has followed another, it has certainly been a rough start to the year. We could all use a little frivolity and a few laughs. … At The Granada Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara will stage Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; a few blocks away, at the New Vic, Westmont College will present Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Both are among the most often performed works of the musical theater repertoire, and for an obvious reason: They’re enormously entertaining. more

Athletes of the Week

Anna Cable, Dos Pueblos water polo

The sophomore goalkeeper had 26 saves and allowed just six goals in DP’s last three wins. …

Olisa Nwachie, Westmont basketball

The 6′7″ senior forward helped the Warriors win two shootouts. He scored 23 points, making 9 of 11 free throws, in a 92-91 victory over Arizona Christian. more

Game of the Week: College Baseball, Vanguard at Westmont

2/9-2/10: If there is an upside to the sunny and dry weather conditions, it’s that they are perfect for baseball. Westmont had already played eight games through last week, winning seven of them. more

Game of the Week | College Basketball: Hope International and Vanguard at Westmont

The good fortune of being safe from the Montecito mudslides enables Westmont to host a significant slate of games Thursday and Saturday. more

Stories of Heroism, Heartbreak Emerge from Montecito Mudslides

Mere weeks after the largest wildfire in state history scorched the foothills of Montecito, disaster struck yet again Tuesday morning as devastating mudslides triggered by heavy rainfall reduced much of the coastal community to what officials described as a scene resembling a World War I battlefield. … Westmont College did not sustain significant flooding in the storm, but due to the compromised water service, canceled classes through Friday. more

Westmont’s Men’s Basketball Coach Hits 500th Win

Five hundred is a significant number in John Moore’s life. Until the age of 14, he lived in Japan, where his father was Far East manager for Goodyear Tires. … That early inspiration led to Moore’s taking up basketball with a passion after his family returned to the States. While playing, he absorbed the methods of his great coaches — Don Johnson, John Wooden’s first UCLA All-American, at Cypress Community College, and Chet Kammerer, an NAIA Hall of Fame coach, at Westmont College. more

The S.B. Questionnaire: Pat Burns

This time of year, you will undoubtedly stumble upon a viewing of Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s A Wonderful Life, which tells the story of George Bailey, who loves his town and is willing to do everything for its residents. … He came to Santa Barbara to study Christianity at Westmont College, and then traveled for five years through New Zealand, Fiji, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. more

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