Santa Barbara News Press

Nelson leads at Westmont event

A field of world-class field of athletes – headlined by Olympic decathlon champion and world record holder Ashton Eaton – went head-to-head at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational at the Westmont Track on Friday.

UCSB’s Tyler Nelson took the lead in the decathlon after the first day of competition, while Nia Ali held a slight edge in the heptathlon over Santa Barbara Track Club teammates Chari Hawkins and Lindsay Schwartz heading into today’s final day of competition, which begins at 10:30 a.m. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Butler, Warriors shut down Flames

Friday might have been April Fool’s Day, but there was no fooling around on the mound for Westmont pitcher Daniel Butler.

The junior righty led the seventh-ranked Warriors to a 6-1 non-conference victory over Bethesda at Russ Carr Field.

Butler improved to 7-1 on the season for the Warriors (26-6) by allowing one earned run on five hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking none. It marked Butler’s 18th career win for Westmont, and lowered his season earned-run average to 1.53. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors get rough at home

The Westmont baseball team didn’t waste any time in establishing itself in Tuesday’s non-conference game against St. Katharine’s.

The Warriors scored eight runs in the first two innings to pick up an 11-1 victory over the Firebirds at Russ Carr Field. more

ON THE TOWN: Good Friday Breakfast brings good news of Easter

Douglas Clegg’s violin filled the room with a melody we recognized as “Lord of all hopefulness, give us we pray, your bliss in our hearts at the break of the day.” The YMCA Good Friday Breakfast was started in Santa Barbara in 1978 as a way for community members to come together to celebrate their Christian heritage. … Westmont professor Jeff Schloss shared his journey of questioning life and God. The child of Jewish holocaust survivors, he was a college dropout and surf-bum. He shared that he was amazed to learn that a personal relationship with God was possible, yet he felt unworthy as he struggled with a lifestyle of bad choices. more

ADAMS, Eleanor Elaine (Collett)

Eleanor Elaine Adams peacefully passed into heaven Tuesday, March 15, 2016 after an eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 79. … While she had always dreamed of being a missionary, God led her on a different path. She raised a family while teaching elementary school in Glendora, California, for 18 years before moving to Santa Barbara, where her husband served as vice president for advancement at Westmont College. more

CALDWELL, Ruth E .

Ruth E Caldwell, noted Santa Barbara American Red Cross volunteer for many years in Water Safety Services and Aquatics specialist at Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College, passed away peacefully Feb 28, 2016. She will be much missed and remembered by family, colleagues and many swimming and Lifeguard Training students from local camps and schools. She mentored many, some of whom still teach in the area, love her dearly and will carry on her education tradition. more

NAIA honors Warriors’ ace

Daniel Butler, who pitched only the second no-hitter in Westmont College history, has been named as both the NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Butler (6-1) faced the minimum 27 batters during Friday’s 6-0 win over Arizona Christian. The junior right-hander has compiled a win-loss record of 6-0 with an earned run average of 1.45 in 62 innings of work this season. more

OUT & ABOUT: Ekeler elected to foundation board

Heather Ekeler has been elected to the board of the Foundation for Santa Barbara High School. …A native of Santa Barbara and an alumna of Santa Barbara High School, she is also an active volunteer in the community. Ms. Ekeler earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Westmont College and completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. more

Warriors take over GSAC

When Westmont guard Cora Chan launched a high-arcing jumper just a few steps in front of the Warriors’ bench with 39 seconds remaining in Thursday’s game, her coach, Kirsten Moore — slightly bent at the knees with fists clenched — was right behind her. more

Shooting threat made at local schools

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a shooting threat made in a blog post Tuesday, directed at a school within the Santa Barbara Unified School District, authorities said. …Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College and UCSB also were made aware of the threat. more

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