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It looks like a California teen diagnosed with a brain tumor who was denied access to his own prom now may get to attend not one, but two proms. …Belle Caffee — a former San Luis Obispo High School student who now attends Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., according to her Facebook profile — and Grace Gilmore invited Springer on Wednesday. more

Prep notes: Vander Molen will play baseball for 8-time NAIA champ

Ripon Christian High School senior Travis Vander Molen will play baseball at Westmont College, currently No. 7 in the NAIA rankings.

Vander Molen made his commitment official Monday with a Signing Day party attended by family, coaches and school administrators.

Vander Molen said he received a scholarship package based on his athletic and academic merits. more

Top seed bows out to leg cramps in Modesto Open championship match

The men’s title match at the 52nd annual Modesto Open had it all – two players piercing shots from baseline to baseline, swinging away for more than an hour in what was a treat for the fans at the Modesto Fitness and Racquet Club on Sunday afternoon. … The women’s final was never in doubt. Top seed Lauren Stratman overpowered 15-year-old Madeline Almeida 6-0, 6-0 to win a tournament she entered at the last minute. The Goleta resident planned to play in a tournament in Mexico when she checked her passport and saw that it had expired. “It was so last-minute, and I wanted to play a tournament so I found this one and came up here,” she said. Stratman played at Columbia University in New York and last spring at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where she was named to the NAIA All-America team. She’s taking this year off from school to focus on tennis. more

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Beyer christens Cornwell Field before Gregori takes over

The Modesto native played for legendary coach Dick Windemuth at Davis High School (Class of ’67) and then graduated from Westmont College four years later. Three years after that, he was running his own program at Beyer. more

Well-known musician to perform in Modesto concert, hymn sing

He later served on staff at Westmont College and was the church chairman and organist of Montecito Covenant Church under well-known hymnist Bryan Leech, for whom Talbott wrote several musical arrangements. more

Modestan Kristin Olsen facing Democratic challenger

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, faces a re-election challenge from Democrat Christopher Mateo, a Lathrop city councilman, in a district much changed from her present one. … KRISTIN OLSEN • Education: Westmont College, bachelor’s degree in communication studies more