Santa Barbara News Press

LOCAL SPORTS: McCoy leads Warriors in third GSAC win

EL CAJON — The Westmont women’s basketball team won its third straight Golden State Athletic Conference contest Thursday, 64-52 over San Diego Christian. Senior Forward Lauren McCoy led the Warriors with 17 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. more

A way around the closure

The mudslide that ravaged Montecito early Tuesday flowed onto Highway 101, causing the main thoroughfare between Santa Barbara and Ventura to shut down for more than 30 miles. And though Caltrans reopened the portion from State Route 126 in Ventura to State Route 150 at the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line Wednesday, the freeway remains closed in both directions between the 150 and Milpas Street, just north of the slide, through at least Monday afternoon. … Among the dozens of people lining up at Sea Landing for a 9 a.m. departure were Westmont College students Amber Nozzi and Susie Schmaeling, who decided to take an Island Packers vessel home to Ventura after their classes were canceled because of the mudslide. more

Local sports put on hold

Santa Barbara’s sports world, interrupted last month by the Thomas Fire, has been put on hold again by another natural disaster.

All of Tuesday’s events involving South Coast schools, except the cross-town high school soccer match between San Marcos and Dos Pueblos, were cancelled by the rainstorm and deadly mudslides that closed the 101 freeway between Santa Barbara and Ventura. … Westmont College, located near the mudslide area in Montecito, cancelled Tuesday’s classes as well as its nonleague men’s basketball game against Bethesda.

“If possible, the game will be made up later,” sports information director Ron Smith said. “The Westmont campus has not been adversely impacted, but many roads are impassible. Officials have asked residents to remain off the roads to keep them accessible for emergency vehicle use. more


Myrtle Vanderlip passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30th , 2017 at The Samarkand Retirement Community. Myrtle was born in Traverse City, Michigan on September 10th, 1918. She received a Bachelors of Arts from Houghton College in New York and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, both in Library Science. … While in Santa Barbara, Myrtle worked as a librarian at Westmont College and remained an avid reader for the rest of her life. They were both beloved as they served at Westmont bringing both knowledge in their craft and jubilance in their work. more

SBART: Local teams get back into a sense of normalcy

Home was any dorm in the firestorm for the basketball teams of Westmont College, which had to evacuate their campus in the hills of Montecito for nearly a month because of the Thomas Fire. Coach Kirsten Moore, speaking at Harry’s Plaza Café during Monday’s Athletic Round Table press luncheon, said her Warrior women even took up residence for a week in the dormitory of their rival, The Masters College of Santa Clarita. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Warriors ride Nwachie’s big night

Over the last 18 months, Olisa Nwachie has shown flashes of the talent that saw him start his collegiate career at St. John’s, before finding his way to Westmont’s roster. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Harman’s putback beats Jessup

For all the success that the Westmont men’s basketball program has enjoyed the last few seasons, Thursday’s Golden State Athletic Conference matchup with William Jessup was unusual in that the hosts entered the game unranked, while the visitors carried the No. 22 ranking into Murchison Gym. more

HAYES, Edward Lee

Edward Lee Hayes passed from this life to the next on November 20, 2017 at the age of 86. He was born on September 26, 1931, the fourth son of George Lester and Sylvia Hayes, and grew up on a peach farm near Modesto, California. … In 1949 he won a full scholarship to the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco, but chose instead to pursue a liberal arts education at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. While there, he met his future wife, Marilyn, and after his graduation they were married. more

THE 42nd ANNUAL TOM BYRON CLASSIC: Warriors stumble in own tournament finale Westmont suffers second loss to Antelope Valley

The Westmont men kept fighting back in a second half mostly dominated by Antelope Valley but came up short in a 75-68 loss to close out the 42nd annual Tom Byron Classic at Murchison Gym on Saturday. more

TRABUCCO, Henry Joseph

Henry Joseph Trabucco, known to most as Joe, passed away on Christmas Eve after two family filled nights of celebration. He was 83. … After the wedding, they moved to Santa Barbara where Joe continued his education at Westmont College and UCSB, getting his masters at Cal State Long Beach. more