Santa Barbara News Press

Looking to make the smart play

Russell Harmening is so adept at problem-solving that he’s even gotten published for it. His solutions to a pair of complicated questions — one in geometry and the other in numbers theory — can be found in The College Mathematics Journal. But there is one question that’s been stumping the Westmont College junior so far: Should he leave behind the bucolic campus in the hills of Montecito to play professional baseball? more

Moore, Burich revel in their wild rides

Two coaches who took their teams through roller-coaster seasons to the top of their divisions were honored during the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table’s “An Evening with the Athletes” on Wednesday at the Lobero Theater. John Moore of Westmont men’s basketball was chosen College Coach of the Year while Jeff Burich of Bishop Diego girls basketball was picked as High School Coach of the Year. more

Keeping an eagle’s eye on what is golden

Whenever my opinion of athletes gets as deflated as a New England Patriots football, I know where to get my spirits pumped back up. The Golden Eagles banquets that honor the top scholar-athletes at Westmont College and UCSB can put wind under the most wounded of wings. Local philanthropists Pete and Gerd Jordano started the Golden Eagles 28 years ago to convince a new UCSB chancellor that Gaucho athletes were a credit to the university and worthy of her support. more

CORRECTIONS: May 15, 2015

Sunday’s News-Press story about the Westmont College graduation misidentified two award-winning faculty members. Andrea Gurney was named one of the outstanding teachers of the year, and Edd Noell was named faculty researcher of the year. more

Barry was ripe for a big spring

Autumn was the season of Sean Barry’s big fall. The sophomore pitcher had given up a sure thing at North Carolina’s High Point University, only to give up a bunch of home runs for his new baseball team at SBCC. “The absolute rock bottom came in a fall game at Westmont,” Barry recalled. “I think I threw 70 pitches in two innings. They left me out there to rot. more

Westmont stays alive in NAIAs

The Westmont baseball teamed stayed alive in the NAIA Tournament’s Lawrenceville Regional on Wednesday with a pair of victories, opening the day with a 13-10 win over Spring Arbor (Mich.) in one elimination game, followed by a 6-2 win over St. Catherine (Ky.) in another. The Warriors advanced to face host Georgia Gwinnett today at 8 a.m. PDT in a consolation-bracket semifinal, with the winner to face St. Thomas (Fla.) later today at 11 a.m. PDT. more

Warriors lose NAIA Regional opener

The first game of the NAIA Baseball Regionals was a far-from-auspicious debut for Westmont on Tuesday, as it was held to six hits in a 5-0 loss to Miami-based St. Thomas at Georgia Gwinnett College. The Warriors (39-16) were limited to six singles, three of them coming from catcher Ryan Crowe, who also drew a walk in the defeat. more

A day of commitment: Westmont graduation features David Brooks

More than 300 member of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas Saturday at Westmont College’s commencement at Russ Carr field.

A small cadre of students and instructors were furthered honored for excellence in their field before the main ceremony, which featured hymns and a commencement speech from New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose new book, “The Road to Character,” is a summation of the course he taught on humility at Yale University (and makes for good advice to grads.) more

A day of commitment

More than 300 member of the Class of 2015 received their diplomas Saturday at Westmont College’s commencement at Russ Carr field. more

Westmont earns NAIA baseball berth

The Westmont baseball teamed earned a berth to the NAIA National Championship tournament on Friday, and will open tournament play on Tuesday. The Warriors (39-15) are the No. 2 seed in the Lawrenceville Region, just behind host Georgia Gwinnett College (47-12). Westmont will open the double-elimination regional on Tuesday against Miami based St. Thomas (41-13) at approximately 11 a.m. PDT. more