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Westmont Fire Brigade Activated for Thomas Fire

Members of the Westmont Fire Brigade, created after the 2008 Tea Fire, have remained on campus in case the Thomas Fire reaches the college. The Westmont volunteers, most of whom work at the college’s Physical Plant, will not be involved in battling structural fires but may be activated to extinguish spot fires on campus. more

Direct Relief Purchases 100,000 N-95 Masks for Distribution in Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties

As the Thomas Fire continues to diminish air quality along the Central Coast, Direct Relief has purchased another 100,000 N-95 masks for distribution throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. … Westmont College, Santa Barbara. more

Westmont College Serves as Thomas Fire Headquarters; Campus Evacuated Campus was evacuated and all activities shut down as flames move west toward Montecito

A new Thomas Fire headquarters has been established at Westmont College in Santa Barbara this week to accommodate the increased resources and personnel near Santa Barbara County communities.

Some 500 firefighters and 100 engines are housed at the campus as crews tackle the fire moving farther west, toward Montecito and Santa Barbara, according to Westmont spokesman Scott Craig. more

Santa Barbara County School Closure Updates Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has food distribution sites on South Coast for families, children missing out on meals

The growing Thomas Fire burning in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties has prompted mass school closures this week, and some districts decided to start winter break early while others are planning to hold classes. … Westmont College is within the mandatory evacuation zone and has closed its campus. Hundreds of firefighters were staging there on Monday, according to college officials. more

This Week in Local Sports

The high school football season just got a week longer as Bishop Diego was selected to play in the CIF State Playoffs after winning the Southern Section Division 6 title last Friday. … Bethesda at Westmont, 7:30 p.m. more

Round Table Press Luncheon: Bishop Coaches Needed a Happy Dance After Winning CIF Title

When Bishop Diego defeated Golden Valley for its first CIF-SS football championship last Friday at Canyon High, the coaches found themselves in an awkward position. They didn’t know how to react. …

Westmont Men

Coach John Moore described the play of teams captains Jerry Karczewski and Sean Harman in the last two games as falling off a bike and then getting back on it. more

Westmont Squeaks by Pomona Pitzer With 70-69 Win

(POMONA, Calif.) Westmont Men’s Basketball (9-2) was able to squeak out a victory tonight against Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 70-69. Olisa Nwachie forced a jump ball and Kyle Scalmanini hit the game winning free throw for the Warriors. more

Strong Team Effort Powers Westmont Past Bethesda

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Senior center Morgan Haskin and freshman guard Lauren Tsuneishi each scored 20 points and senior forward Lauren McCoy produced a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds as #7 Westmont Women’s Basketball (5-3) posted an 81-59 win over the Flames of Bethesda (0-14). McCoy also tallied four assists while Haskin collected nine rebounds. more

Westmont Men Lose on Last-Second Shot at Home

Westmont dropped a 77-74 basketball decision against Antelope Valley as the Pioneers’Hayden Hall hit a three-pointer with three seconds left on the clock at Murchison Gym on Friday night.  more

Westmont Volleyball Falls in NAIA Quarterfinals

The Westmont Volleyball season came to an end in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship, as the sixth-ranked Warriors fell to the Defenders of Dordt College in three sets,  25-18, 25-19, 27-25. more

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