Yearly Archives: 2016

The Foresters’ Fulfilling Formula: How Santa Barbara’s Semi-Pro Baseball Team Keeps on Winning Big

There is no question that the Santa Barbara Foresters have been the foremost summer-league baseball team in the western states for the past decade. Five times since 2006, they have brought home the championship trophy of the National Baseball Congress, dominating teams from Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Alaska, and Washington in the annual NBC World Series at Wichita, Kansas. … (photo caption) SHEEHAN THE MAN: Right-hander Sam Sheehan, who set a Westmont College record with 12 saves, pitches in an early Foresters game. Sheehan was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 31st round. more

Westmont Obersvatory to Turn Telescope to Jupiter, Mars for Public Viewing

Jupiter and Mars will be the focus of June’s free public viewing of the stars at theWestmont Observatory beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 17.

Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch f/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom in on Jupiter, which will be about 40 degrees above the horizon. more

Westmont telescope open to public

Jupiter and Mars will be featured during a free public viewing Friday at Westmont College’s Keck Telescope.

At 8:30 p.m. Friday, the 24-inch telescope will be able to focus on the planets despite a near-full moon. more

Retired English professor and his wife, who met on campus in 1936, celebrate 75 years together

“My one true love is looking at me,” said Hubert Pellman, 97, gazing across the table at his wife, Mildred, 98. The couple was sitting in a room at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community eating cookies and drinking coffee. Today, the pair celebrates their 75th wedding anniversary. … Hubert taught English at EMU for 39 years. He researched and wrote the university’s official 50-year history in the 1960s. He and his wife traveled to the West Coast for his first sabbatical at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The professor also taught in England for a semester abroad program as well as in Japan for another sabbatical. more

St. Mary’s grad Rishwain taken on third day of MLB draft

After a successful senior season for Westmont College of the NAIA, St. Mary’s alumnus Michael Rishwain is ready to take his pitching arm into the professional ranks.

And there’s an organization waiting for him — on Saturday, the Washington Nationals selected Rishwain in the 23rd round of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, the 694th overall pick. more


LOCAL ROUNDUP: Foresters extend road skid/MLB DRAFT

A glut of players with Santa Barbara ties were selected on the third and final day of the First-Year Draft, consisting of rounds 11-40. … Three Westmont players were selected, led by pitcher Michael Rishwain, a 23rd-round pick by the Nationals. The other two were picked by the Oakland A’s, with pitcher Sam Sheehan a 31st-round pick, and catcher Jarret Costa a 33rd-round selection. more

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Nats select former Ram
Michael Rishwain, a 2012 St. Mary’s High graduate, was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 23rd round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Rishwain, a 2016 graduate of Westmont College in Montecito, had a 4-1 record with a 1.51 ERA. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Foresters fall short in offensive battle

The Santa Barbara Foresters and Healdsburg Prune Packers combined for 19 hits in a California Collegiate League game at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field on Thursday. more

ART REVIEW: Art Full of Life, Tri-Countywide Community artists from the Tri-County area show their wares as part of a select group chosen for a prestigious juried exhibition

Up on the idyllic, nearly bucolic campus of Westmont College, students have left the buildings, in the main. The graduation/commencement ceremony a few weeks ago spelled the finale of the academic year’s completion, and the annual Senior art show – an impressive one – has come and gone on and off the walls of Westmont’s still-young-ish and luminous Art Museum. It must be time, by the cultural clock on campus and in Santa Barbara, for the long-standing community engagement project known as the “Tri-County Juried Exhibition.” more

Back-to-back homers revive Foresters for 5-3 victory

Back-to-back homeruns by Colby Barrick and Brett Boswell in the bottom of the first inning erased a 1-0 deficit and sparked the Santa Barbara Foresters to a 5-3 victory over Healdsburg Wednesday afternoon at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field. more