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Preparing for the future, one T-shirt at a time

An employee at Chopticon High School is giving away free T-shirts to elementary students. It’s not just any shirt, they all have the name of a college plastered on it. Christine White, Chopticon’s college and career specialist, collected over 250 shirts from colleges around the world. Her plan is to talk to fifth-graders about higher education and hand out shirts to remind them they can attend. … A sophomore at WestmontCollege in California sent a postcard saying what she studied and hoped the fifth graders were learning. more

Tips for staying Catholic after college

A few years ago my sister graduated from college and was quickly introduced to the brave new world of “Catholic adulting.” Life after college brought her to a new city, parish, job … and far away from the comfort of her close-knit Catholic campus ministry community. … David, a graduate from Westmont College in California, said, “Taking on a leadership role in my parish has kept me committed to continuously grow in my faith because I know I’ll be asked to share it with others and be a witness.” more

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

Westmont wins two games to stay alive in NAIA Opening Round Tournament

Westmont College lives to play another day. The Warriors won two elimination games on day two of the NAIA Opening Round in the Santa Barbara Bracket. Westmont beat Jamestown of North Dakota 7-4 and they crushed Arizona Christian 9-0. 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

Mira Costa volleyball advances to semifinals with sweep of Huntington Beach

The Mira Costa boys volleyball team beat Huntington Beach 25-13, 25-22, 25-17 in a CIF SS quarterfinal match Saturday night at Huntington Beach High. The Mustangs (22-5) will make their first semifinal appearance under second-year coach Avery Drost and travel to Santa Barbara on Wednesday. … The trip to the semifinals will be a homecoming for Drost, who played his college volleyball at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. more

Zo’s Gold Mines: Channel League season ends with local schools dominating league, giving bright future

Most of the area sports teams endured their first set of struggles transitioning to the Channel League this season. Some missed the playoffs, others endured next-to-last place finishes. … One was a familiar name in CHS lore: Ty Hernandez, as the future Westmont College student-athlete snatched first in the 300 meter hurdles. more