Santa Barbara News Press

True accepts offer from Cal Poly


The 2017-18 athletic season was one of the best on record for Westmont College.

The Warriors finished sixth in the Learfield Director’s Cup, the highest performance in school history. Westmont women’s basketball reached the NAIA Championship game and finished as national runner-up and men’s outdoor track and field had its highest finish ever (eighth) at the national championships. more


Michael Stefanic, who graduated from Westmont College in May with a degree in economics and business, has signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.


Westmont College will offer women’s swimming and men’s and women’s golf beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, to bolster the school’s already successful collegiate athletic program. more

Mud and memories: 805 Conservation project restores treasures recovered from 1/9 debris flow

Christina Bean has mixed emotions about her work as head of the 805 Conservation project to salvage and preserve damaged items from the disastrous Thomas Fire and resulting Jan. 9 Montecito mudslides. … For the freezing process, Ms. Bean had access to a massive industrial freezer, which was stored on the Westmont College campus from March through May. more

ART REVIEW: Art About Town and County, Under One Official Roof Westmont Museum of Art’s annual juried show of regional artists, this year called “Night and Day,” is another strong affirmation of the power of Santa Barbara’s art scene.

“Night and Day”

When: through June 23

Where: Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, 955 La Paz Rd.,


LOCAL ROUNDUP: Younger Coffey deals for Foresters

Just weeks removed from his final game as a member of the Dos Pueblos High baseball team, Isaac Coffey was back on the mound in Santa Barbara, but this time as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters. … The hurler’s older brother, Westmont outfielder Luke Coffey, had two hits and drove in two runs for Santa Barbara, while Michael Teobaldi capped a two-out, four-run fifth-inning rally with a two-run triple, scoring Connor Woods and Utah Jones. more

Up and Down: Former SB resident launches Yo-Yo Legacy Project, explores toy’s local connection

After retiring from careers as a minister and executive recruiter, Virgil Leih has been spending his time as a woodworker, turning tree logs into huge pieces of sculpture.

A more recent interest is taking the toys of his childhood and increasing their size to create sculptural art. They are around 18 inches in diameter. … That Mr. Flores lived in Santa Barbara caught Mr. Leih’s attention because he had lived here as a youth when his father, Cornelius Leih, was assistant to Roger Voskuyl, then president of Westmont College. more

A Big Opening Night: Foresters kick off 2018 campaign with home victory over Inland Valley at Pershing Park

It will be a few weeks before the Santa Barbara Foresters have their complete team.

A number of soon-to-be Foresters are still with their respective college teams, playing this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals with the hope of landing in the College World Series. It’s not anything new to Santa Barbara manager Bill Pintard. He deals with late arrivals every season. … Because Gaydos just graduated from Westmont and is out of college eligibility, he can’t, by rule, pitch for the Foresters in California Collegiate League play. more


Following on the heels of its performance of Handel’s “Samson” in April, the Santa Barbara Master Chorale returns on Sunday afternoon to its regular venue, the First United Methodist Church, to bring the choral music-hungry Santa Barbarans Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass).” Timed with the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, in 1868, the Master Chorale’s programming casts light on a rarely performed, non-operatic work by Rossini, written towards the end of his life, and freely mixing solemnity with celebratory spirits. Stephen R. Hodson, also a music professor at Westmont College, directs the Chorale, with soloist spotlights going to soprano Christine Hollinger, and alto Elena White. more

Foresters to get their fill of Coffey this weekend

Local reinforcements will help the Santa Barbara Foresters open their summer collegiate baseball season at Pershing Park this weekend while players trickle in from colleges throughout the country.    

The situation will enable two Goleta brothers — Luke and Isaac Coffey — to play together for the first time since their youth. … Pintard noted that Coffey’s older brother Luke, a junior third baseman for Westmont College, will play both corner positions of the infield for the Foresters this summer. He batted .373 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs for the Warriors. The Foresters have also picked up Westmont pitchers David Gaydos, Bailey Reid, and Lance Simpson. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Hauschild, Neushul sisters lead USA Water Polo



Santa Barbara’s David Goss and Marcelo Duarte defeated Andrew Johnson and Sebastian Jung of San Luis Obispo in the finals of the California Beach Volleyball Association’s Men’s A Tournament at East Beach. … Former SBCC star Shannon Friend joined forces with Torrance’s Lexi Michaelsen to capture the women’s A event, beating former Westmont star Kayta Goyich, now the girls’ volleyball coach at Providence School, and Santa Barbara’s Kira Grebel in the final. more