Tag archives: sports

Seventh Annual American Riviera Classic Pickleball Tournament: A Community Triumph
By Zach Rosen   |   May 28, 2024

Santa Barbara recently hosted the 7th annual American Riviera Classic Pickleball tournament, an event that has grown from a small gathering to a prominent community affair. Coordinated by USAPA Pickleball Ambassadors Richard Salzberg and Barb Kloos, the tournament had 275 participants this year, reflecting the sport’s exponential growth in the region. Pickleball – a sport […]

Donors Equip Warriors for NCAA DII Success 
By Scott Craig   |   March 12, 2024

This spring, several of Westmont’s athletic facilities have seen dramatic upgrades to accompany the Warriors’ move to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II in hopes of attracting exceptional student-athletes who will thrive with a rigorous Christian liberal arts education. The Westmont community and supporters have stepped up to provide vital resources for the challenge. Westmont […]

An Ace on the Courts
By Richard Mineards   |   February 27, 2024

Racketeers were out in force when the 50-year-old Las Positas Tennis Center at Elings Park reopened after 16 months of major improvements and renovations costing $3.2 million. The tennis center project is part of a larger $10 million Elings Park infrastructure campaign of improvements for the 230-acre park, the largest privately funded public recreation area […]

Super Bowl Party Pile Up
By Richard Mineards   |   February 20, 2024

Sports fans galore descended on the George Washington Smith Montecito estate of technology executive Howard Cannon, just a tiara’s toss from the home of singer Katy Perry and her British actor fiancé Orlando Bloom, for Cannon’s popular seventh annual Super Bowl party. With commercial time during the CBS broadcast of the matchup between the Kansas […]

Beach Volleyball Star to Preach
By Scott Craig   |   February 20, 2024

One of the best American beach volleyball players will speak in Westmont chapel on Friday, Feb. 16, at 10:30 am in Murchison Gym. Alumnus Avery Drost (’07) led the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) with 350 digs and was second with 551 kills last season. He coaches boys’ volleyball at Mira Costa High School in […]

Opening Day of Baseball 
By Scott Craig   |   February 6, 2024

Westmont baseball, last year’s winners of the NAIA World Series, are set to make the first pitch of the NCAA Division II season on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 2 pm. The Warriors will play Regis (Colo.) in four games over the weekend. Members of last year’s national champions will receive their World Series rings at […]

Golf Coach Wins Tourney
By Tim Buckley   |   January 2, 2024

Congratulations to Westmont men’s and women’s golf head coach Joshua Ault, who won his first mid-amateur tournament in the AmateurGolf.com Winter Invitational December16-17 at Corica Park Golf Course in Alameda. Ault finished at 2-over with rounds of 72-74. He led by one stroke heading into the challenging final two holes. Facing wind and rain, he […]

Men’s Soccer Wins National Championship
By Scott Craig   |   December 12, 2023

Westmont men’s soccer beat Campbellsville (Kentucky) 3-1 on December 2 in Kissimmee, Florida, to claim the 2023 National Championship of the National Christian College Athletic Association. This is the second time Westmont Men’s Soccer has claimed a national title. The first was by the 1972 team that won the NAIA National Championship.  “There is nothing […]

A Sole-ful Intention
By Richard Mineards   |   November 28, 2023

There was a lot of sole searching going on when Bob and Holly Murphy, co-owners of Coast 2 Coast Collection in La Arcada, hosted a “jock hop” at La Cumbre Club to raise funds for the men’s baseball and basketball teams at UCSB. Forty-five items of sports memorabilia were up for grabs in the sports […]

Summerland Elementary School’s New Sports Court Opens
By Joanne A Calitri   |   October 31, 2023

Summerland Elementary School and the Summerland community have a new sports court area thanks to the generosity and legacy building by Summerland residents Nora McNeely Hurley and husband Michael Hurley through Nora’s family Manitou Foundation, who donated the $1.3 million needed to make it happen. Superintendent of the Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) Diana Rigby […]

Third Time’s a Charm for Sokhela
By Scott Craig   |   October 17, 2023

For the third time in as many opportunities, Westmont’s Zola Sokhela has been deemed the PacWest Runner of the Week after winning the men’s cross country race at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. He beat the second-place finisher by half a second (24:58.6), giving him his second consecutive individual win.  Sokhela now prepares for the PacWest Championships […]

Zola Legs Out More Honors
By Scott Craig   |   October 3, 2023

Westmont’s Zola Sokhela picked up the pace at the end and ran to victory in The Master’s Invitational September 23, finishing the 8K cross country race in a season-best: 24:08.2. As a result, Sokhela earned PacWest Runner of the Week honors for the second time this season.  The junior from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, will next […]

Sokhela Races to College’s First PacWest Honor
By Scott Craig   |   September 19, 2023

Zola Sokhela, Westmont’s 14-time NAIA All-American, ran to a second-place finish in the men’s cross country 8K at the Biola Invitational September 8. The performance earned him the title of PacWest Runner of the Week, the first NCAA Division II honor given to a Westmont athlete. Sokhela and the Warriors return to action September 23 […]

Warriors Host Home Soccer Action
By Scott Craig   |   August 29, 2023

Men’s and women’s soccer play their first exhibition games on Thorrington Field. Fresh off an exhibition against UC Santa Barbara at Harder Stadium, the men will battle CSU San Bernardino on Thursday, August 24, at noon. The Warriors’ junior goalie Brady Highfill of Bakersfield tallied 10 saves in the game against the Gauchos, impressing the […]

Women’s Soccer Season Kicking Off
By Scott Craig   |   August 15, 2023

Westmont women’s soccer added seven recruits to its roster ahead of its first season in the NCAA Division II PacWest Conference. The newcomers include Angelina Garcia of Chicago; Kennah Shaffer of Buellton; Ellie Ludwig of Temecula; Katie Lannon of San Pedro; Sydney Reese of Campbell; Lauren Schwarz of Murrieta; and Mia Stuart from Newport Beach.  […]

Hansen Named Sports Performance Coach
By Scott Craig   |   August 1, 2023

Erik Hansen, a former student-athlete at UC Santa Barbara where he was a member of the men’s swim program, has been tabbed as Westmont’s new sports performance coach. He will also serve as the assistant women’s swimming coach and will teach kinesiology and physical activity courses. “As we look to the future of Westmont athletics, […]

El Presidente: The Story of David Bolton
By Paul Vercammen   |   August 1, 2023

by Paul Vercammen Long before David Bolton ascended to 2023 El Presidente of Santa Barbara’s Old Spanish Days, just another lofty position and title for him, he slept in his Honda Accord. For four and a half weeks in 1992, he crashed on a futon that replaced the removed passenger seat. David needed to be […]

Warriors to Compete in NCAA DII PacWest Conference 
By Scott Craig   |   July 25, 2023

It’s official: Westmont launches into a new era of athletic competition to play in the NCAA Division II this fall. The NCAA formally notified the college that it is approved to move on to the second year of provisional status, which allows them to compete in the PacWest Conference beginning this coming year.  “The move […]

Baseball Heads to World Series
By Scott Craig   |   May 30, 2023

Westmont baseball (43-8), the sixth ranked team in the NAIA, returns this week to the Avista NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. The Warriors earned a berth in the 10-team, double-elimination tournament by defeating No. 13 Benedictine Mesa of Arizona (44-14) 10-1 in the final game of the Santa Barbara Opening Round Tournament on May […]

Warriors Swing a Series Sweep
By Scott Craig   |   March 28, 2023

Westmont Baseball (21-5, 10-2 GSAC), ranked 18th in the NAIA, completed a three-game series sweep of No. 9 Vanguard (17-11, 5-7) at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors won the first game 8-7 in 12 innings on March 17 thanks to the strong starting pitching from sophomore right-hander Bryan Peck who only allowed two earned runs […]