Santa Barbara News Press

NAIA BASEBALL REGIONALS: HEARTBREAKER Warriors’ season ends one game shy of NAIA World Series with 12th-inning loss

After staving off elimination three times in the past two days, the Westmont Warriors baseball team’s season came to a heartbreaking end on Wednesday. After avenging their Monday loss against Antelope Valley with a 9-2 win on Wednesday morning, the Warriors lost against top-seeded Science and Arts (Okla.) 7-4 on a walk off, three-run home run in the twelfth inning Thursday afternoon. more

NAIA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: A Missed Chance Westmont’s first game as host of NAIA regional ends with wild, shocking loss to Antelope Valley

Westmont College got nothing out of the longest ball hit on the day. Antelope Valley got everything out of the day’s longest at-bat. The Pioneers rallied for the winning run in the ninth inning without the benefit of a hit, scoring a wild 9-8, baseball victory over the Warriors in the NAIA Opening Round Tournament at Russ Carr Field on Monday. The loss drops Westmont (34-15) into the losers’ bracket of the five-team, double-elimination national regional where it will play a 9 a.m. game agaist Jamestown, N.D. more

VISITING NURSE & HOSPICE CARE’S MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON: MOMS & SURVIVORS Audra Day, the Chordettes and others perform in musical celebration

Tears welled in the eyes of the 400-person audience Friday at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care’s Mother’s Day Luncheon. Lauren Cantin, a survivor of last year’s Montecito debris flow, and singer Andra Day had serenaded the gathering with the latter’s Grammy Awarded nominated song “Rise Up,” and did the emotions arise. … Ms. Siemens, a Boise native, came here to attend Westmont College, where she met her husband. After college, the pair moved to Shafter, where “My husband was farming, and I was having kids and teaching second grade,” she said. more

CIF BOYS VOLLEYBALL: OFF CRUISE CONTROL Santa Barbara wins first set and looked to have the second, but Mira Costa rebounds to take CIF semifinal

They stood in front of the net with scores of parents taking pictures with their cell phones and cameras.

It was hot and stuffy inside J.R. Richards Gym, but the players from the Mira Costa boys volleyball team could have cared less. They stood near the net that they dominated over the final two sets to beat Santa Barbara High, 3-1, in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 semifinal game on the Dons’ home court. … Former Westmont club volleyball player Avery Drost, who graduated in 2007, is Mira Costa’s coach. more

SANTA BARBARA ATHLETIC ROUNDTABLE ANNUAL AWARDS Celebrating a year of standout performances

One coach’s season is still up in the air as high as a Major League popup, while the other coach stepped down this year after having led his program to eight seasons of unprecedented success. …
Scholar-Athletes of the Year — Maggie Coffin, Providence; Angus Goodner, Dos Pueblos; Luke Nahooikaika-Anderson and Solomon Nahooikaika-Anderson, Carpinteria; Andrew Tolles, Laguna Blanca; Cristopher Mesipam, Bishop Diego; Yuka Perera, San Marcos; Andrew Tolles, Laguna Blanca; Mason Lender, Santa Barbara; Nick Foster, SBCC; Chena Underhill, Westmont; Emilia Petrachi, UCSB. more

Cardinals can’t hold onto late lead as they fight for a spot in the postseason

But heavy-hitting Grace tied the score with one out in the sixth on a home run to left field by Westmont commit Justin Rodriguez, Arteaga’s summer-ball teammate. … more

District’s abrupt change to Washington magnet model called ‘punch in the gut’

Psychologist and Westmont College psychology professor Andrea Gurney, who already has a fourth-grader in the Washington GATE program, was thrilled when her second-grader passed the test the most recent round, at the end of February and beginning of March. … more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: DP tops Channel softball race

The Warriors scored a non-league win over the Rams in a match halted from earlier this season by rain. … more

“OPEN/CLOSE:Westmont Graduate Exhibition”

Walking into the Westmont Museum of Art at present may cause a touch of dizziness, or giddy cognitive dissonance. In the long entryway gallery of the Museum’s spread, we are greeted by a small posse of mannequins, as if a surreal greeting party fashion show. more

LOCAL ROUNDUPav: County’s ranked teams stumble

The Warriors rallied after dropping their first two doubles matches to advance to the semifinals to face top-seeded Arizona Christian (16-1). Westmont, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, was spotted with a 2-0 lead before dropping doubles matchups. … more