Monthly Archives: November 2014

Warriors’ pitching duo sign letters of intent

Liberty Christian pitchers Tyler Duck and Grant Gardner signed national letters of intent to continue their baseball careers at the collegiate level. Duck will play for Texas Tech while Gardner is heading to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. more

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. more

Comet Trip Called Gutsy

Westmont College Professor Ken Kihlstrom will be telling his physics students all about the rendezvous with a comet.Kihlstrom called the probe landing a gutsy attempt.  He believes it will lead to the discovery of things that could not be learned in other ways.The 10-year journey is also a lesson in patience that he will be sharing with his Westmont College Students in Montecito.He is looking forward to learning more about the solar system from the probe’s landing on the comet more than 300 million miles from Earth. more

Eastside Catholic basketball trio signs NLIs

Early signing day was a team affair at Eastside Catholic.

Three members of the Crusaders basketball team signed national letters of intent Wednesday at a party hosted by the school.

The most notable of the three, Matisse Thybulle, will stay close to home and play for Lorenzo Romar at the University of Washington. Teammates Mandrell Worthy and Max Hudgins signed with Montana State and Westmont College, respectively. more

WVB: Westmont takes set from No. 3 Concordia

IRVINE – In a high energy match, the Westmont women’s volleyball team took a game off of #3 Concordia tonight in Irvine. Despite the eventual loss (25-16, 14-25, 23-25, 23-25), the Warriors put up a fight against a nationally ranked team who has a history of beating down teams in three quick games.

When you are taking the court against a team like Concordia, everything comes down to one thing: defense. It is crucial that the front row puts up a strong, solid block and touches more ball than not. Tonight, the Warriors did just that. With a high block count, they were able to slow down the heavy hitting offense that was continually coming at them. In the second to last match of her collegiate career, senior Ciena Colburn lead the team with six block touches and was closely followed by pin hitter Sydney Striff who earned five. more

AppFolio Cofounder Talks Startup Weekend

Santa Barbara’s brightest and most ambitious entrepreneurs are gathering for 54 straight hours this weekend to see whose business idea can be best executed essentially overnight to win the coveted Startup Weekend crown…“Our big idea was to do business software for small- to medium-sized companies,” said Walker, a Westmont grad whose past two companies were acquired by bigger corporations. more

WBK: Oregon handles Westmont with ease

For the second Sunday in a row, Westmont Women’s Basketball (2-0) played an exhibition game against a PAC-12 opponent. Today, the Warriors played at Oregon (0-0) and fell 81-44.

The Warriors’ Kristin Karr opened the scoring with a three-point bucket and later added two free throws to give Westmont a 5-2 lead just over two minutes into the opening frame. The Ducks responded with a layup by Jillian Alleyne and a three-pointer by Lexi Bando to take a 7-5 advantage. more

Ducks change tone

The Kelly Graves era at Oregon is officially off to the races with a new defensive tone.

Behind five double-digit scorers, Oregon cruised to a season-opening 81-44 victory over Westmont College in a women’s exhibition game on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. more

XC: Westmont women win first GSAC title in 15 years

The Westmont women won their first GSAC Cross Country Championship since 1999 on Saturday at Central Park in Santa Clarita.

It’s the 12th conference title in school history. Russell Smelley was honored as the 2014 GSAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, his fifth such conference honor, including men’s cross country and track & field. The Warriors, which placed seven runners in the top 20, scored 41 points followed by The Master’s with 54 and Biola with 78. more


After a recent string of success that had the team knocking on the conference tournament championship door, the Westmont women’s soccer team appears ready to bust it down.

Friday’s 4-0 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Christian at Thorrington Field gives the fifth-ranked Warriors a shot at their first tournament championship. Better yet, Westmont gets to do it on home turf, kicking off at 1 p.m. on Friday against a No. 10 Vanguard squad with which it shared its first GSAC regular-season title since 2003. more