Santa Barbara News Press

Westmont sends off Class of 2017

Even at an early May graduation ceremony in normally sunny Santa Barbara, a little rain is going to come sometimes.

So it came to pass Saturday morning at Westmont College held its annual commencement on its vast track field.

Somehow, the weather conditions at the respected 79-year-old Christian college in Montecito seemed to intensify the dedication to the occasion and the pomp, circumstance and due respect from those involved, as the precipitation morphed from mist to actual rain and back. more

Bill Macfadyen: Paddleboarder’s Death Leaves Heartbreak Throughout Santa Barbara

Davies Kabogoza, a popular and ebullient Westmont College graduate, died the afternoon of April 29 after he disappeared while stand-up paddleboarding at the Santa Barbara Harbor. Authorities say Kabogoza fell off his rented board and went under about 4 p.m. He never resurfaced. more

Young Westmont Musicians Play for Top Honors

Westmont student musicians swept the top three instrumental honors April 30 at the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation finals. Junior Erik Fauss, on viola, won first place ($5,000); senior Lalia Mangione, on violin, won second; and junior Tim Beccue, on cello, won third place. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Chargers send big group to colleges

Luke Barnard’s 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Seth Moore clinched the 12th-ranked Westmont men a 5-4 victory over No. 7 Arizona Christian in the tournament championship round, giving the Warriors their first conference title since 1997. more

KAGAY, Dorothy Rae

Dorothy Rae Kagay was born May 14,1927 in Aurora, Ill. She went to heaven March 24, 2017 just short of her 90th birthday…  She was the secretary to 5 different presidents over her 30 year career at Westmont. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: No. 2 Pirates sink Vaqueros late

The SBCC baseball team found itself down four runs to second-ranked Orange Coast early at Pershing Park on Friday… Luke Whalen, Philipp Sibbel, Christian Mathis and John T. Joens claimed wins in singles for Westmont (11-7); Mathis and Sibbel won their doubles match, as did Whalen and Joens. more

805 BOUND: Friday 14, 2017

Crime novelist Ann Simas once worked in Santa Barbara for two years as a probation officer before turning to writing… Crime novelist Ann Simas once worked in Santa Barbara for two years as a probation officer before turning to writing. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Chargers hand Royals first league loss

Thursday’s Channel League boys tennis match between host Dos Pueblos and San Marcos had a big-fight feel to it almost from the outset… The Royals (24-11, 15-9)scored eight runs in its final two innings in the first game of the Golden State Athletic Conference opener, then scored four runs in the sixth inning of the nightcap to secure the doubleheader sweep over the Warriors (24-17, 10-13). more

New superintendent named for Carp schools

Diana Rigby, a special education teacher turned administrator, will become the Carpinteria Unified School District’s new superintendent July 1…  She also taught education courses at Westmont College. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Wade strikes out 10 to lead SBCC

he Warriors erupted for three runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie and held on for their 4-2 win in the seven-inning nightcap. A sacrifice fly by Travis Vander Molen broke the tie, while Taylor Bush and Kyle Soria added RBI singles for Westmont (21-12). Soria went 2-for-2 in the game, as did Matt Matlock. more

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