Yearly Archives: 2008

MARK PATTON : Sports are about more than games

Tis the season when UC Santa Barbara turns into UC Santa Claus. Each year this month, Gauchos from every sport turn into Christmas elves — 7-foot-3 basketball player Greg Somogyi included — in such guises as the “Holiday SWishes and Baskets of Fun” and “Adopt A Family” programs. And so a Westmont College alum decided that it would be a good time to jot out one of those letters to Santa and send it to UCSB baseball coach Bob Brontsema. His Christmas wish was for baseball equipment that might help the cross-town Warriors replace some of the things that were destroyed in the recent Tea Fire. more

Benefit Basketball Game Aims to Score Big for Tea Fire Recovery Fund

The Santa Barbara Breakers and the Montecito Fire Protection District are organizing a benefit basketball game to help raise funds for Tea Fire victims. Montecito firefighters are practicing for Sunday’s 4 p.m. contest, to be played at Westmont College‘s Murchison Gymnasium. more

THE POWER OF POETRY

Local poets raised nearly $17,000 for the Westmont Wildfire Relief Fund at a benefit poetry reading December 6. Organized by Enid Osborn and Lois Klein and hosted by David Starkey at Santa Barbara City College, the event was a show of support for Paul Willis, a poet and professor of English at Westmont, and others like him who lost their homes and libraries in the fire. more

Margaret Ames

Margaret Ames passed away peacefully, yet unexpectedly, in her sleep on Dec. 3, 2008, in Atascadero. Margaret, who celebrated her 90th birthday this year, was born in Riverside in 1918 and moved with her family to a ranch near Creston when she was about 5 years old. She resided the balance of her life in Creston, Paso Robles and Atascadero. She attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Rain, snow, cold hit Southern California

Rain and snow battered Southern California this morning, triggering evacuation orders in Orange County burn areas, collapsing the roof of an adult education center in Anhaeim and causing two fatal traffic accidents, including one involving a Californiia Highway Patrol officer on the Pomona Freeway. In Santa Barbara County, a mudslide was reported about 6 a.m. in the burn areas around Montecito near Westmont College, said Steven Van Horn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. But there were no known injuries or damage reported, Van Horn said. more

Lighter winds aid Tea Fire effort

An army of firefighters, aided by much lighter winds, made what was termed “significant progress” Friday battling a wildfire that destroyed about 150 homes in Montecito and eastern Santa Barbara. It has been dubbed the Tea Fire because it started near the remnants of a historic Montecito estate, known as the Tea Garden, built in the early 1900s. The area is north of Westmont College near the intersection of Mountain Drive and Cold Springs Road. more

ON STAGE : New date for 'Humbug!'

The Lit Moon Theatre Company has rescheduled its “Humbug! A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol” performances. Two free presentations of the play, which features actors and puppets, will now be presented at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Porter Theatre at Westmont College. After the Tea Fire, Lit Moon canceled the previously announced Center Stage Theater shows and decided the rescheduled productions should be free. more

Kammerer floored in ceremony

During his 17 years at Westmont, Chet Kammerer’s teams were almost unbeatable at home, compiling a 198-39 record on their court. The school’s most successful coach has long since graduated to the pro ranks, but Westmont is hoping that some of that home-court magic carries on for years to come, as the new hardwood court at Murchison Gymnasium was officially named Kammerer Court during a ceremony before Saturday night’s game. “There are a lot of names they could have put on this court, but they picked the right guy,” said Randy Pfund, who coached under Kammerer. “Nobody has a better understanding of what it takes to win than him.” more

Warriors pull out win in final seconds

Christoper Jackson picked the perfect time to hit his first shot of the night. The 5-9 junior finished the night with just two points, but they proved to be the difference in Westmont’s 63-61 victory over Cal State San Bernardino Saturday night. After a back-and-forth game, the Warriors (5-4) looked like they finally had things in hand, with a 61-56 lead in the final two minutes. Devin Montgomery nailed a straight-away three to cut the Westmont lead to two, and after the Warriors threw away the ensuing in-bounds pass, CSUSB (2-4) tied the game at 61 with 25 seconds remaining. more

Kammerer floored in ceremony

During his 17 years at Westmont, Chet Kammerer’s teams were almost unbeatable at home, compiling a 198-39 record on their court. The school’s most successful coach has long since graduated to the pro ranks, but Westmont is hoping that some of that home-court magic carries on for years to come, as the new hardwood court at Murchison Gymnasium was officially named Kammerer Court during a ceremony before Saturday night’s game. more