Recent Press

Two Operas Hit the Stage: ‘The Barber of Seville’ and ‘Die Fledermaus’

As one natural disaster has followed another, it has certainly been a rough start to the year. We could all use a little frivolity and a few laughs. … At The Granada Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara will stage Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; a few blocks away, at the New Vic, Westmont College will present Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Both are among the most often performed works of the musical theater repertoire, and for an obvious reason: They’re enormously entertaining. more

Round Table Press Luncheon: San Marcos Girls Water Polo Got Inspired by Olympic Champion

When it came to playing in a CIF water polo final, San Marcos girls coach Chuckie Roth figured it would be the usual scenario: a battle against one of the powerhouse teams from Orange County played in their backyard. … The foursome is looking to become the first Westmont group to go to the NAIA National Tournament four years in a row. more

SBART: Athletes’ influence has effect on future talent

If it takes a village to raise a child, as an old African proverb claims, then the village of San Marcos High School has become steep in athletic royalty. … Coach John Moore touted the four seniors who helped his Westmont College men (22-6, 11-3 GSAC) tie for second place in league and earn a No. 8 NAIA ranking. The Warriors will face William Jessup in Friday’s GSAC Tournament opener at Arizona Christian. more

ON STAGE: Modern twist for ‘Die Fledermaus’

Westmont College music and theater arts students will perform “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) at 7 p.m. Friday and Sunday at the New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. The college has given the 1874 Strauss comedy a modern makeover. more

Santa Barbara County Tells Utility Companies to Plan for Future Debris Flows

Santa Barbara County emergency officials developed new pre-storm evacuation procedures, and are telling utility companies to make contingency plans for future debris flows, including having repair crews in the Montecito area so they don’t get stuck on the wrong side of a Highway 101 closure. … The same warning goes for institutional customers, such as Casa Dorinda and Westmont College, she said. more

Westmont Men Drop Regular-Season Finale, Seeded 3rd for GSAC Tournament

Westmont Men’s Basketball was outscored 24-6 run by Hope International (25-4, 11-3 GSAC) in the last five minutes and suffered a 74-57 loss in the GSAC regular season finale on Saturday in Fullerton. more

Lauren McCoy Leads Westmont Past Hope; Warriors No. 1 for GSAC Tourney

Lauren McCoy tallied 20 points while Jae Ferrin and Lauren Tsuneishi added 15 apiece as No. 4 Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-6, 12-2 GSAC) posted a 64-58 win over Hope International (18-12, 5-9) in the final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the regular season. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Dons’ bid for CIF-SS water polo title falls short

The Santa Barbara High girls water polo team was mere seconds away from sending its CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship game against Newport Harbor into overtime. … Westmont finished tied with Hope for second place with matching 11-3 records. The Warriors finish the regular season with a 22-6 record overall. more

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Gauchos open Big West with victory

The UCSB men’s volleyball team took to the floor at Rob Gym on Friday night to face UC San Diego in the first Big West Conference match contested in men’s volleyball. … Westmont racked up 16 hits in the victory, including four homers, to help erase an early three-run Menlo lead with a four-run third inning. more

Westmont Escapes With Overtime Win at Vanguard

Westmont worked overtime to defeat Vanguard, 80-76, in a Golden State Athletic Conference men’s basketball game on Thursday in Costa Mesa. more