Santa Barbara News Press

User data abuse not limited to Facebook, experts say

After being grilled over mishandling personal information of as many as 87 million unsuspecting users, Facebook could be the first of many platforms to come under scrutiny for data heists, cyber security experts say. … Dr. Don Patterson, a cyber security professor at Westmont College, told the News-Press that although Google is collecting far more data, it is not as concerning to Congress because it isn’t in the arena of political speech. more

ON the TOWN: Westmont Women’s Leadership Council: ‘The Only Way Through is Together’

The third annual Westmont Women’s Leadership Council Luncheon had been postponed after the floods and was now taking place in a sunny room at Belmond El Encanto. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: WSC-leading Vaqueros win again

The SBCC baseball team is finding its groove at just the right time, as it remained in first place in the Western State Conference North Division standings with an 11-2 victory over Oxnard at Pershing Park on Saturday. …


The Warriors finished off a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference sweep of the Oaks with an offensive explosion at Carr Field. more 

Ridley-Tree to be deemed Rock Star for lifetime achievement

To recognize Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree’s decades-long career in business and philanthropy, the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation will present her the Rock Star: Life Achievement Award at a gala on May 4. … Locally, Lady Ridley-Tree works with many nonprofits and runs several scholarships. Organizations she’s involved with include UCSB, Santa Barbara City College, Westmont College, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the former Casa Esperanza homeless shelter (now PATH Santa Barbara). more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Royals edge Cougars in pitcher’s duel

Friday’s Channel League baseball matchup between host San Marcos and Ventura shaped up to be a pitcher’s duel between Royals starter Vincent Vogel, and Cougars starter Blake Corsentino. … Luke Coffey hit a solo shot in the third inning, his seventh homer of the season, to put Westmont up 3-1, and in the eighth, Michael Stefanic’s solo shot gave the Warriors an insurance run, going up 9-5. Stefanic and Nick Edgar also hit RBI doubles in the game. more

Moving On

Playing for a CIF Southern Section basketball championship may have been full-court pressure for Jackson Stormo, but dealing with the recruiting process was full-life pressure. … Other San Marcos athletes signing on Wednesday were Kaela Cleary (BYU track), Sam Fuller (Air Force water polo), Sean Hopkins (Grinnell swimming), Jennifer Nnoli (UCLA track), Sierra Palladino (Westmont soccer), Jason Peterson (Westmont track and field), and Kai Sanvictores (Colorado State-Pueblo lacrosse). more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: It’s Holton to the rescue again as Vaqueros win

For the second time in four days, Jake Holton hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning and then pitched the ninth for a record-setting save in an 11-9 baseball win over Cuesta at Pershing Park. … Luke Coffey led Westmont (26-14) at the plate, going 3-for-5 which included an RBI single in the first inning and a run-scoring double in the fifth. Michael Stefanic and Taylor Bush both went 2-for-4 against Bethesda (11-25-1). more

Carpinteria keeping the party going after titles

Carpinteria High School is still celebrating the CIF Sectional and Regional championships of its boys soccer team, and it’s no wonder to one of its coaches: … Westmont College (26-13, 19-11 GSAC) needed a turn-around pitching performance by senior captain David Gaydos to make an about-face in its three-game series against league-leading and eighth-ranked William Jessup on Saturday. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: No. 15 Warriors land GSAC home tennis rout

The Westmont College women’s tennis team, ranked 15th nationally in NAIA, swept 17th-ranked Arizona Christian 9-0 at home without the loss of a set. The Warriors raised their Golden State Athletic Conference record to 4-1 with the conference win. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Gauchos open Big West play in style

The UCSB men’s tennis team is starting to heat up on the court, and entered Friday’s Big West Conference opener against Hawaii looking to put together a three-match win streak. … Jessup hiters collected 11 hits off Westmont starter Grant Gardner in a Golden State Athletic Conference victory at Carr Field. Tyler Roper and Michael Stefanic had two hits each in the loss for Westmont (24-13, 17-11), while Taylor Bush drove in two runs. more