Santa Barbara News Press

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Chargers start TOC with victories

The Dos Pueblos girls opened with a win in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Friday, beating Cathedral Catholic — a team they’d just beaten on Thursday — 14-2. … In the first game, Westmont broke open a game tied at one in the fifth, with scores by Hayden Euper, on a sac fly, and a single by Isaiah Leach to score Taylor Bush. Three more runs in the sixth were enough to give Warrior starter David Gaydos the win. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Patriots dish out win over Lancers

The boys basketball team at Providence School had a history-making night of sorts on Thursday night in a non-league game against Grace Brethren. … Westmont’s Kyle Scalmanini finished the scoring by hitting one of two free throws with seven seconds left. more

SBART: Round Table reflects on tragedies of the winter

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table took a moment of silence — and Kirsten Moore eloquently overcame her own pause of having to choke back tears — while remembering those killed in the recent mudslides in Montecito. Moore, the women’s basketball coach at Montecito’s Westmont College, reflected upon her own personal loss while speaking to the young athletes and fellow coaches at Monday’s press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. more

SBART: Round Table reflects on tragedies of the winter

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table took a moment of silence — and Kirsten Moore eloquently overcame her own pause of having to choke back tears — while remembering those killed in the recent mudslides in Montecito. Moore, the women’s basketball coach at Montecito’s Westmont College, reflected upon her own personal loss while speaking to the young athletes and fellow coaches at Monday’s press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Vaqueros stumble in return home

In their first home game in more than two months, the Vaquero women found it hard to find the basket in a 52-39 basketball loss to Hancock College on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. … Warrior senior guard Gerald Karczewski narrowly missed a three-point attempt at the end to give Westmont a shot in overtime in a road loss at The Master’s. more

Seeking a light in the darkness

Anniversaries are meant to be warm and cuddly affairs. I’d just passed a career milestone when last week’s deadly mudslides in Montecito triggered the memory of my muddled start at the News-Press 40 years ago. … That includes the strength of courage. Dave Odell, the director of athletics at Westmont, became one of the rescuers after receiving a distress call from family friend Kathi King. She was forced to escape her car and climb a tree after getting caught in the torrent. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: SBCC wins WSC North opener

The SBCC women’s basketball team entered its Western State Conference North Division opener against Cuesta already facing an uphill battle. … A layup by the Firestorm’s Toni Davis with six seconds left doomed the Warriors to their first Golden State Athletic Conference defeat of the season. Lauren McCoy led Westmont (10-5, 3-1) with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, while Morgan Haskin added 15 points and Joy Krupa 12 points in the loss. more

LOCAL SPORTS: McCoy leads Warriors in third GSAC win

EL CAJON — The Westmont women’s basketball team won its third straight Golden State Athletic Conference contest Thursday, 64-52 over San Diego Christian. Senior Forward Lauren McCoy led the Warriors with 17 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. more

A way around the closure

The mudslide that ravaged Montecito early Tuesday flowed onto Highway 101, causing the main thoroughfare between Santa Barbara and Ventura to shut down for more than 30 miles. And though Caltrans reopened the portion from State Route 126 in Ventura to State Route 150 at the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line Wednesday, the freeway remains closed in both directions between the 150 and Milpas Street, just north of the slide, through at least Monday afternoon. … Among the dozens of people lining up at Sea Landing for a 9 a.m. departure were Westmont College students Amber Nozzi and Susie Schmaeling, who decided to take an Island Packers vessel home to Ventura after their classes were canceled because of the mudslide. more

Local sports put on hold

Santa Barbara’s sports world, interrupted last month by the Thomas Fire, has been put on hold again by another natural disaster.

All of Tuesday’s events involving South Coast schools, except the cross-town high school soccer match between San Marcos and Dos Pueblos, were cancelled by the rainstorm and deadly mudslides that closed the 101 freeway between Santa Barbara and Ventura. … Westmont College, located near the mudslide area in Montecito, cancelled Tuesday’s classes as well as its nonleague men’s basketball game against Bethesda.

“If possible, the game will be made up later,” sports information director Ron Smith said. “The Westmont campus has not been adversely impacted, but many roads are impassible. Officials have asked residents to remain off the roads to keep them accessible for emergency vehicle use. more

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