Santa Barbara News Press

JAUCHEN, Joanna C.

On January 1, Joanna Cochran Jauchen passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…That spiritual relationship became the driving force in her life, in her marriage to Herb Jauchen, and in her family of five children…In 1961, when Herb became vice-president of development at Westmont College, Joanna quickly became known to the women of Santa Barbara for her practical and life-giving Bible studies. more

Coming Up Big : Westmont men stay on a roll to win seventh straight

When Cal Baptist received the No. 1 NAIA ranking in the nation, the Lancers became the hunted rather than the hunters. Two consecutive GSAC losses later, Cal Baptist’s weaknesses were exposed, and the now 20th-ranked Lancers had a chink in their armor. Unranked Westmont looked to expose Cal Baptist’s weaknesses further Tuesday night, and did so with a 74-68 win at Kammerer Court. more

ON STAGE : Music Club to hear Westmont students

Westmont College students will perform during the Santa Barbara Music Club’s free concert at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Central Library, 40 E. Anapamu. The program includes string quartets by Smetana and Ravel, performed by the Siloam String Quartet; “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, sung by the Westmont Chamber Singers. more

When a dying coach brought his team back to life

Sports are supposed to be a metaphor for life. Sometimes it’s easy to embrace that notion, but often it’s best just to strangle it. When a basketball player makes a game-winning shot, should he be defined as courageous? Shouldn’t that laurel be reserved for soldiers who dive onto hand grenades, or those who wade into danger for rescue? Or maybe for a coach who gave his players peace of mind during his most difficult hours. Every year at this time, I am reminded of such a man. Tom Byron. He coached basketball at Westmont College for only six seasons, but the school has wisely kept his memory alive with an annual basketball tournament. more

SIGNUPS

Breakers Holiday Hoops Du Jour Camp for boys and girls age 4-14 will take place Dec. 22-24 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Westmont College Gymnasium. Games, contests, fundamentals taught, and prizes and camp gift to each camper. $95 membership fee. Call Curt Pickering at 252-7669 or Jeff Azain at 565-6107. more

MARK PATTON : Sports are about more than games

Tis the season when UC Santa Barbara turns into UC Santa Claus. Each year this month, Gauchos from every sport turn into Christmas elves — 7-foot-3 basketball player Greg Somogyi included — in such guises as the “Holiday SWishes and Baskets of Fun” and “Adopt A Family” programs. And so a Westmont College alum decided that it would be a good time to jot out one of those letters to Santa and send it to UCSB baseball coach Bob Brontsema. His Christmas wish was for baseball equipment that might help the cross-town Warriors replace some of the things that were destroyed in the recent Tea Fire. more

ON STAGE : New date for 'Humbug!'

The Lit Moon Theatre Company has rescheduled its “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol” performances. Two free presentations of the play, which features actors and puppets, will now be presented at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Porter Theatre at Westmont College. After the Tea Fire, Lit Moon canceled the previously announced Center Stage Theater shows and decided the rescheduled productions should be free. more

Kammerer floored in ceremony

During his 17 years at Westmont, Chet Kammerer’s teams were almost unbeatable at home, compiling a 198-39 record on their court. The school’s most successful coach has long since graduated to the pro ranks, but Westmont is hoping that some of that home-court magic carries on for years to come, as the new hardwood court at Murchison Gymnasium was officially named Kammerer Court during a ceremony before Saturday night’s game. “There are a lot of names they could have put on this court, but they picked the right guy,” said Randy Pfund, who coached under Kammerer. “Nobody has a better understanding of what it takes to win than him.” more

Warriors pull out win in final seconds

Christoper Jackson picked the perfect time to hit his first shot of the night. The 5-9 junior finished the night with just two points, but they proved to be the difference in Westmont’s 63-61 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night. After a back-and-forth game, the Warriors (5-4) looked like they finally had things in hand, with a 61-56 lead in the final two minutes. Devin Montgomery nailed a straight-away three to cut the Westmont lead to two, and after the Warriors threw away the ensuing in-bounds pass, CSUSB (2-4) tied the game at 61 with 25 seconds remaining. more

Kammerer floored in ceremony

During his 17 years at Westmont, Chet Kammerer’s teams were almost unbeatable at home, compiling a 198-39 record on their court. The school’s most successful coach has long since graduated to the pro ranks, but Westmont is hoping that some of that home-court magic carries on for years to come, as the new hardwood court at Murchison Gymnasium was officially named Kammerer Court during a ceremony before Saturday night’s game. more

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