Yearly Archives: 2018

Melinda Lea William

Melinda Lea William Melinda William (born Mindy Sailors), 46, of Overland Park, Kansas passed away in her home of natural causes on Monday June 4, 2018 . She was born October 17, 1971 in Kansas City Missouri, the daughter of Richard and Carole Ann (Kit) Sailors. Mindy graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies. more

His late grandfather is young baseball star Jayden Lamberton’s inspiration

His late grandfather had been 10-year-old baseball star Jayden Lamberton’s No. 1 source of inspiration. He still is. Lamberton, who pitches in the Santa Ynez Valley PONY League’s 12-and-Under Bronco Division, had already made a mark for himself in youth baseball at a young age when his grandfather, David Flora Sr., died on Aug. 5, 2017, and Jayden was about to pitch in a game soon after. … Malissa Lamberton said that a baseball scout for the Chicago Cubs organization took a look at Jayden in action and recommended he register for a Team Nike youth camp that was taking place at Westmont College in Montecito. more

Soprano Nichole Dechaine Performs at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley

The public is invited to attend the next Santa Ynez Valley Classical Music Series concert featuring soprano Nichole Dechaine accompanied by pianist Beverly Staples at 7 p.m. Friday, June 22, at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos. … Dechaine teaches private voice and music courses, as well as conducting choirs at Westmont College and Santa Barbara City College. She has served as St. Mark’s-in-the Valley’s director of vocal music since 2015. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Younger Coffey deals for Foresters

Just weeks removed from his final game as a member of the Dos Pueblos High baseball team, Isaac Coffey was back on the mound in Santa Barbara, but this time as a member of the Santa Barbara Foresters. … The hurler’s older brother, Westmont outfielder Luke Coffey, had two hits and drove in two runs for Santa Barbara, while Michael Teobaldi capped a two-out, four-run fifth-inning rally with a two-run triple, scoring Connor Woods and Utah Jones. more

Up and Down: Former SB resident launches Yo-Yo Legacy Project, explores toy’s local connection

After retiring from careers as a minister and executive recruiter, Virgil Leih has been spending his time as a woodworker, turning tree logs into huge pieces of sculpture.

A more recent interest is taking the toys of his childhood and increasing their size to create sculptural art. They are around 18 inches in diameter. … That Mr. Flores lived in Santa Barbara caught Mr. Leih’s attention because he had lived here as a youth when his father, Cornelius Leih, was assistant to Roger Voskuyl, then president of Westmont College. more

A Big Opening Night: Foresters kick off 2018 campaign with home victory over Inland Valley at Pershing Park

It will be a few weeks before the Santa Barbara Foresters have their complete team.

A number of soon-to-be Foresters are still with their respective college teams, playing this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals with the hope of landing in the College World Series. It’s not anything new to Santa Barbara manager Bill Pintard. He deals with late arrivals every season. … Because Gaydos just graduated from Westmont and is out of college eligibility, he can’t, by rule, pitch for the Foresters in California Collegiate League play. more

Guided by faith, Valley Christian Academy graduates 13

Twelve students from Valley Christian Academy — and one from First Baptist Christian School’s independent study program — graduated Friday night, prepared for tests of faith and devotion by their Christ-centered education. … Structured similarly to other graduations, Friday night’s ceremonies included speeches by the class valedictorian and salutatorian — Christopher Bracero and Marcos Cardenas, respectively — and testimonies by Smith and Dominic Porpiglia. … Bracero, who will enroll at Westmont College this fall, told graduates to serve God — and others — with the talents and skills he has bestowed on them. more

Providence Valedictorian Awarded Cox, Koch Scholarships

Evan Boger, valedictorian of the Providence Class of 2018, is one of four Cox scholars named for Santa Barbara County.

Cox Charities awards college scholarships to students enrolling full-time in an accredited two- or four-year university, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate active involvement in extracurriculars, community service, or work experience. The average award is $1,000-$5,000.

Boger said he plans to study business and economics at Westmont College. He began at Providence in the seventh-grade and, at the private Christian school, said he has found a place where his hobbies and academic interests could flourish. more


Following on the heels of its performance of Handel’s “Samson” in April, the Santa Barbara Master Chorale returns on Sunday afternoon to its regular venue, the First United Methodist Church, to bring the choral music-hungry Santa Barbarans Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle (Little Solemn Mass).” Timed with the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death, in 1868, the Master Chorale’s programming casts light on a rarely performed, non-operatic work by Rossini, written towards the end of his life, and freely mixing solemnity with celebratory spirits. Stephen R. Hodson, also a music professor at Westmont College, directs the Chorale, with soloist spotlights going to soprano Christine Hollinger, and alto Elena White. more

Foresters to get their fill of Coffey this weekend

Local reinforcements will help the Santa Barbara Foresters open their summer collegiate baseball season at Pershing Park this weekend while players trickle in from colleges throughout the country.    

The situation will enable two Goleta brothers — Luke and Isaac Coffey — to play together for the first time since their youth. … Pintard noted that Coffey’s older brother Luke, a junior third baseman for Westmont College, will play both corner positions of the infield for the Foresters this summer. He batted .373 with 10 home runs and 59 RBIs for the Warriors. The Foresters have also picked up Westmont pitchers David Gaydos, Bailey Reid, and Lance Simpson. more