Santa Barbara News Press

COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Coffey stirs Westmont win

Westmont College scored eight runs in the final two innings to put the exclamation point on a 20-8 baseball win and remain undefeated on the young season after five games. more

SBART: Things turning around for Gauchos hoopsters

One of the black clouds from Hurricane Harvey followed Louis Reynaud all the way to UCSB from his last job as an assistant basketball coach at Houston’s Rice University. … Westmont basketball coach John Moore took note of Reynaud’s brush with disaster and nicknamed him “Mr. Jinx.” more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors freeze out No. 2 Royals in GSAC win

The No. 2 team in the NAIA’s women’s basketball polls entered Westmont’s Murchison Gym, as Vanguard made the trek north for a Golden State Athletic Confernce game. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Chargers start TOC with victories

The Dos Pueblos girls opened with a win in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Friday, beating Cathedral Catholic — a team they’d just beaten on Thursday — 14-2. … In the first game, Westmont broke open a game tied at one in the fifth, with scores by Hayden Euper, on a sac fly, and a single by Isaiah Leach to score Taylor Bush. Three more runs in the sixth were enough to give Warrior starter David Gaydos the win. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Patriots dish out win over Lancers

The boys basketball team at Providence School had a history-making night of sorts on Thursday night in a non-league game against Grace Brethren. … Westmont’s Kyle Scalmanini finished the scoring by hitting one of two free throws with seven seconds left. more

SBART: Round Table reflects on tragedies of the winter

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table took a moment of silence — and Kirsten Moore eloquently overcame her own pause of having to choke back tears — while remembering those killed in the recent mudslides in Montecito. Moore, the women’s basketball coach at Montecito’s Westmont College, reflected upon her own personal loss while speaking to the young athletes and fellow coaches at Monday’s press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. more

SBART: Round Table reflects on tragedies of the winter

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table took a moment of silence — and Kirsten Moore eloquently overcame her own pause of having to choke back tears — while remembering those killed in the recent mudslides in Montecito. Moore, the women’s basketball coach at Montecito’s Westmont College, reflected upon her own personal loss while speaking to the young athletes and fellow coaches at Monday’s press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Vaqueros stumble in return home

In their first home game in more than two months, the Vaquero women found it hard to find the basket in a 52-39 basketball loss to Hancock College on Saturday at the Sports Pavilion. … Warrior senior guard Gerald Karczewski narrowly missed a three-point attempt at the end to give Westmont a shot in overtime in a road loss at The Master’s. more

Seeking a light in the darkness

Anniversaries are meant to be warm and cuddly affairs. I’d just passed a career milestone when last week’s deadly mudslides in Montecito triggered the memory of my muddled start at the News-Press 40 years ago. … That includes the strength of courage. Dave Odell, the director of athletics at Westmont, became one of the rescuers after receiving a distress call from family friend Kathi King. She was forced to escape her car and climb a tree after getting caught in the torrent. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: SBCC wins WSC North opener

The SBCC women’s basketball team entered its Western State Conference North Division opener against Cuesta already facing an uphill battle. … A layup by the Firestorm’s Toni Davis with six seconds left doomed the Warriors to their first Golden State Athletic Conference defeat of the season. Lauren McCoy led Westmont (10-5, 3-1) with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, while Morgan Haskin added 15 points and Joy Krupa 12 points in the loss. more