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Finding good news in sports

The news in sports is supposed to be good half the time. You’ve got a winner and you’ve got a loser … although soccer and hockey do like to sneak in the occasional tie. … But then you have a place like Westmont College, the small Christian campus in the scarred but scenic hills of Montecito, where you don’t have to sell your soul to win a trophy. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: UCSB out of Big West Tourney

The season came to an end for the UCSB Gauchos at the Big West Conference Tournament in Long Beach on Thursday night. … John T. Joens three-set victory in singles clinched a 5-3 win for Westmont over San Diego Christian in a semifinal match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Joens defeated David Samardzija, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, which was the Warriors’ fifth point of the match. Jordan Strandness and Corey Stephens also recorded straight-sets wins in singles for Westmont. more

Dos Pueblos Sending 17 Student Athletes to College Programs

Seventeen Dos Pueblos student athletes moving on to play at the collegiate level were recognized during the school’s annual signing ceremony on Thursday at Sovine Gym. … Oscar Ferreira (UCSB), Wyatt Babineau (Westmont) and Matthew Carlson (Pomona Pitzer) are the boys soccer teammates moving on, while Adria Jamieson from the girls soccer team is headed to Cal State San Marcos. more

Corona del Mar Leads Power-Packed Field in Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions

A potent Corona del Mar team, led by high-flying opposite hitter and UCLA-bound Tyler Kobrine, is the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s Santa Barbara High / Karch Kiraly Tournament of Champions. … Palisades is led by brothers Marcus and Miles Partain. Their father, Peter, was a star basketball player for Westmont College from 1987-1990. more

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: O’Connor leads Gauchos to win over USC

McClain O’Connor drove in four runs with two singles and a walk to lead UCSB to an 8-5 nonconference baseball win at USC on Tuesday night. …

WESTMONT 14, MARYMOUNT 5

 Hendry Hedeen’s three-run home run keyed an eight-run fourth inning for the Warriors. Hedeen also had an RBI single in a five-run third. more

Westmont to honor sheriff, KEYT team

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown and KEYT Channel 3 will receive the Westmont Medal during the school’s commencement 9:30 a.m. May 5 at Russell Carr Field. more

ON STAGE: Westmont to host ‘Fringe’ fest

The annual Westmont College Fringe Festival will feature 11 original plays Thursday through Sunday at the college’s Porter Theatre, 955 La Paz Road, Montecito, and the Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St. more

Westmont Downs Marymount, 14-5

Westmont Baseball (30-14) eased past Marymount of California (16-25-1) this afternoon by a score of 14-5. Henry Hedeen continued to stay hot at the plate for the Warriors as he went 2 for 3 on the afternoon with a home run and four RBIs. more

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

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU grads help Yuba win series over Contra Costa

Andrew Schnitzius, a 2016 Nevada Union graduate, helped the Yuba College baseball team win two out of three against conference foe Contra Costa College last week. … Dalton Maxwell, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, and the Menlo College Oaks were eliminated from playoff contention this past week after dropping all three of their games to Westmont College. more