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Westmont Women’s Soccer Scores 4-0 Win in Season Opener

Starting the regular season off on the right foot, NAIA 8th-ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer recorded a 4-0 blanking of Benedictine (Ariz.) on Thursday in Mesa … more

Susan Miles Gulbransen: Poetry in Santa Barbara — Putting Pen to Paper, and Local Happenings

Do you or have you thought of writing a poem? In this world of sound bites and texting, poetry offers a balance, a way to convey experiences and thoughts — broad and deep, big and small — through imagery with words used like music. Poetry allows us to focus on details in small poems like haiku to large matters in poems like epics. … Paul Willis, popular English professor at Westmont College and former poet laureate (2011-13), has two books out, both reflecting his love of the mountains and walking/hiking while the mind studies life, including the good and sometimes difficult. more

OHMAN, Carol Anne Bartel

Carol Anne Bartel Ohman, 80, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 in Fleming Island, FL, after a long struggle with the autoimmune disease Scleroderma.

Carol was born in Louisville, KY, February 14,1938 to missionary parents. At an early age she lived in China with her parents and attended the American Lutheran School in Kikungshan, which was later moved to Hong Kong in 1947 as Chinese communist forces moved south. Living in China as a child fostered her interest and love for Christian Missions as an adult. She attended the Hampden DuBose Academy in Zellwood, FL, and was a 1958 graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL with a B.A. degree (with Honor). Carol and her husband, Dr. Robert Ohman, moved to Santa Barbara in September 1977 so that Bob could be the Chaplain at Westmont College. more

Lodi Mile brings blazing times, community feel to Hutchins

Running fans who dropped in on Hutchins Street Square on Sunday weren’t treated to the 4-minute mile the organizers of the Lodi Mile were hoping for, but they were treated to a pair of exciting professional races on the streets of Lodi. … In the Open race, Westmont College runner Blake Fonda, a Lodi High grad, won at 4:34. more

Gauchos Offense Shines in Exhibition Opener Against Westmont

Since the 2014 season, the UCSB women’s soccer team has begun its season the same way: an exhibition match against Westmont College. Much like the past few years, the Gauchos defeated the Warriors but Saturday’s victory might have been the most dominant of them all.

UCSB took down Westmont by a final tally of 5-1 thanks to a strong first-half performance that saw the Gauchos score four goals to the Warriors one. more

Westmont Warriors Take Their Lumps in Exhibition Loss

It was a tough opening half for the Warriors at Harder Stadium on Saturday night as Westmont Women’s Soccer took on the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara in this year’s edition of the annual crosstown exhibition game.  The Warriors gave up four goals in the opening frame and fell by a final score of 5-1.

Westmont’s goal came in the 38th minute afterMaddi Berthoud drew a foul that resulted in a yellow card being issued to UC Santa Barbara’s Amaya Zabalza. Payton Wolf took the resulting free kick from 25 yards out on the right side directing, the ball to the front of the Gaucho net. more

Review: Reframing the Soul Our word choices frame the way we view our past. Jesus calls us to reframe with words of life.

I love words. I’ve always loved words. In first grade my school hosted a poetry contest. We all wrote poems and made artwork to go with them. My poem won first place. My art was woefully lacking. I didn’t care. … Spencer, professor of communication at Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts school in California, writes with rare and refreshing genuineness and approachability, allowing his own flaws to shine alongside his many moments of greatness. more

COLLEGE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Westmont, UCSB women will give local soccer a cross-town kickoff

The first touch to the local college sports season will come on Saturday at 7 p.m. when Westmont College travels across town to UCSB for a women’s exhibition soccer match at Harder Stadium.

The Warriors, who advanced to last year’s NAIA quarterfinals while finishing with a 16-4-2 record, gave the NCAA Division 1 Gauchos a scare in last year’s exhibition. Former Santa Barbara High star Jackie Lopez tied the match with a goal early in the second half, only to have UCSB score twice in the final 13 minutes for a 3-1 victory. more

Track leads Newberg with seven college signees

Newberg High School track and field has been producing college athletes pretty much on an annual basis even going back before current coach Brandon Ramey’s tenure. …  at the DIII level after opting to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

‘Hometown Hero’ fights cancer with community support Bothell firefighter, volunteer and “rad dad” Kirk Robinson is battling metastatic melanoma.

Kirk Robinson’s Facebook feed is full of uplifting content: photos of his firefighting career, videos of his two boys skateboarding and boating, inspirational news stories, family selfies and “throwback” memes. There is so much negativity in the world, he said, and he likes to share the good things. But at the beginning of the summer, he decided to post something more personal, and less positive: that he’s been fighting cancer for the past year and a half. … Robinson went to Westmont College and studied kinesiology and sports medicine. His decision to become a firefighter surprised almost no one, as Robinson was always known as a “problem solver and a helper.” He joined Mercer Island’s auxiliary firefighting force in 1999, and was hired full-time at the Bothell Fire Department in April 2001. He also served as an EMT in Mercer Island’s Marine Patrol. more