Santa Barbara Independent

Sports Highlights: May 2-17 UCSB-UC Irvine Opener to be Broadcast on ESPN3

It’s a serious series time for Santa Barbara’s three college baseball teams. SBCC (23-13) will host a best-of-three series against San Bernardino Valley College (26-10) at Pershing Park.  … Westmont College strengthened its argument for a berth in the NAIA National Championships by eliminating No. 2 seed The Master’s from the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.more

Sports Highlights: April 24-May 11- Westmont Baseball Nationally Ranked

Westmont College’s baseball team (33-14) is ranked in the NAIANational Coaches’ Poll for the first time in 26 years. The No. 18 Warriors, winners of 12 straight games, close out the regular season with three home games against The Master’s, including a doubleheader Saturday. The third-place Warriors will try to lock up a berth in the four-team Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. more

The Voice of the Gauchos

REPEAT CHAMPIONS: What do Stanford, Cornell, and Virginia have in common, besides being well-heeled universities? In that order, their polo teams lost to the horsemen of Westmont College, which claimed its second consecutive U.S. Polo Association Intercollegiate Championship this month. The Warriors demolished Stanford, 22-3, in the Western Regional Finals. In the nationals in Brookshire, Texas, they edged Cornell in the semifinals, 15-14, and rode past Virginia in the title match, 16-13. more

An Album, Middle-Age, and Craft Ale

Buellton emerged out of the post-punk, prog-rock indie scene that ruled Santa Barbara in the mid- to late-1990s. Originally from Orange County, Nygren, who first came to Santa Barbara to study philosophy at Westmont in the early 1990s, sang and played guitar in a band called Brown, and their album eventually found its way to the ears of Eric Herzog, thanks to mutual friend Tad “Tbone” Wagner. A third-generation local who’d been playing drums in bars since before he was 21, Zog, as he’s known, was in a band called Wasted Tape with childhood friend John Askew and Bruce Winter, who’d just returned from years of touring with Toad the Wet Sprocket. Brown and Wasted Tape disintegrated at about the same time, so Zog called up Nygren on his mom’s landline and invited him to jam. more

UCSB Baseball Plays Hard Ball

WORLD’S GREATEST: Westmont College’s track-and-field facility has become a spring-training oasis for Olympic athletes, most notably decathlon champion Ashton Eaton. There will be a high-powered coaching clinic there Sunday, April 13, conducted by Eaton’s coach, Harry Marra, and sprinting guru Tom Tellez, known for his work with Carl Lewis. Josh Priester of the Santa Barbara Track Club will lead a clinic for high school and middle school athletes. more

Foodie Fest at Sama Sama Kitchen

With a mom who served tea every morning before school, Santa Barbara native Lauren Danson is a lifelong tea fanatic, even hosting weekly tea parties out of her Westmont College dorm room. “My friends would tell me every week, ‘This is what you need to do with your life,’” said Danson.  more

The Magic of Matcha

Lauren Danson, owner of Mizuba Tea Company, has been a tea fanatic for as long as she can remember. The Santa Barbara native said that her mother would give her a cup of tea before school every morning, and when Danson began attending college at Westmont, she hosted weekly tea parties out of her dorm room. more

Celebrate Freedom Event Act 1

A wide variety from authentic Caribbean Reggae, Centro-African Drum & Dance Troupe, to Classical presented by featured Young Soloists of the Santa Barbara Music& Arts Conservatory and the Westmont College Orchestra &Band. The Keynote speaker is the renowned Piper Dellums, a powerful and inspirational woman, writer, filmmaker, speaker, intercessor and survivor! more

Lit Moon Revisits Hamlet

After being invited to participate in the Globe’s project for the London Olympics in 2012, Blondell returned to teaching at Westmont College in 2013, only to be recognized yet again. When the Kennedy Center recently held its annual College Theater Festival, the Pirates of Penzance that Blondell created along with his wife and collaborator Victoria Finlayson earned three awards: Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Scenography for a Musical for Danila Korogodsky, and Distinguished Director of a Musical for Blondell himself. more

Sports Highlights: March 25-30

Westmont College made a quick exit from the NAIA Women’s Championships last week, losing to 20th-ranked Xavier, La., in the first round, 66-53. Senior forward Kelsie Sampson (26 points, 7 rebounds) went out in style. more