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  • Friday, Feb. 27



Warriors Win with Long Ball

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 26th, 2015
David Gabel

Five hits were all Westmont Baseball (15-5) needed to post a 5-2 win over Coban of Oregon (8-7) on Thursday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. It helped that all five hits went for extra bases – three doubles and two triples.

Corban took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-RBI single to left center by Vince Gonzalez.

The Warriors responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. With one away, Alex Bush doubled to left center and then reached third on a wild pitch. After Will Barring was walked, Graylin Derke struck out for the second out of the inning. Derek Rodrigo then tripled down the right field line to drive in both Bush and Barring.

Westmont’s other three runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Bush led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Barring then hit a bloop-double into right field to give the Warriors two men in scoring position with no outs.

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Cougars Take Down the Warriors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 25th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(AZUSA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (6-3, 4-1 GSAC) unearthed an old rivalry this afternoon as they headed down south to take on Azusa Pacific University (6-2).

The Warriors have only matched up against the Cougars a handful of times since Azusa transferred out of the NAIA two years ago. But it looks like Division II has treated them well, since the Cougars took down Westmont 7-2 this afternoon on the Bavougian Tennis Courts.

Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna held it down on the number one doubles court as they notched the first victory of the day with a 9-8 (4) win over the Cougars’ Johnson and Ingwaldson. The win was not only another notch in the dynamic duo’s undefeated record this season, but brought Azusa’s point streak of 39 consecutive singles and doubles matches won to an abrupt end. “Lauren and Ines had to fight to pull out their doubles win,” opened head coach Kendyll McManigal, “They dug deep and raised the intensity as the match wore on.”

Defeated, but Not Losing Hope

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 25th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Tonight, the #20 Westmont men’s basketball team (19-9,11-4 GSAC) dropped a tough game against #4 Hope International University (25-2, 13-2 GSAC) in Murchison Gymnasium. It was one of those games where the cards were stacked against them, yet everyone was hoping for the best upset of the season. Unfortunately, when push came to shove, the Royals played the better hand and came out with the 75-62 victory.

“It really came down to the experience that Hope has,” explained head coach John Moore. “We have not had many games this season where we looked inexperienced or seemed like a team that was a little out of sorts. But tonight, they got to us.” The Warriors came out with fire in their eyes as they took the court tonight. In the first half alone, there were nine times when the score was tied and seven lead changes. Westmont was putting up a much deserved fight, but once Hope got on a roll, there was no looking back.

Hope’s defensive pressure seemingly sent the Warriors into overdrive, so they were unable to slow down and gain control of their play. Westmont went 19-57 from the field tonight (4-23 from the three point line). While they were making some hustle plays, the natural rhythm and flow of their game was off. “Jeff Azain made a good point after the game when he said ‘It looked like our men had the weight of the world on your shoulders tonight.’ This game is supposed to be fun, but tonight it was tough,” reflected Moore.

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Get Ready for “Murch” Madness

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 25th, 2015
Celina Gougis

Behind 25 points and 12 rebounds from freshman forward Lauren McCoy, #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (23-5, 10-5 GSAC) had little trouble avenging a loss earlier this season to Hope International (16-13, 7-8). The Warriors posted an 83-52 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Royals on Tuesday and in the process, secured a home game at Murchison Gymnasium for the first round of next week’s GSAC Playoffs.

Aysia Shellmire also posted a double-double for the Warriors notching 13 points and 10 rebounds. Esther Lee added 12 points and Cora Chan put up 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

In the first five and one-half minutes, Westmont jumped out to an 18-6 lead with Lee recording 10 points and McCoy six during the initial Warrior drive. The Warriors led by as much as 22 points in the first half (40-18) and held a 45-26 advantage at halftime.

The second half saw more of the same with Westmont talking its biggest lead of the night (32 points) on a jumper by Krissy Karr that made the score 72-40 with just under eight minutes to play.

In other GSAC action tonight, #18 The Master’s (20-8, 10-5) defeated Biola (16-13, 8-7) by as score of 73-62 while William Jessup (3-23, 2-13) posted a 65-61 win over the visiting Firestorm of Arizona Christian (6-23, 2-14).

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2-0 on the Road

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 22nd, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) Westmont’s men’s basketball team (19-8, 11-3 GSAC) finished their longest road trip of the season with a 78-64 win against San Diego Christian (5-18, 0-15 GSAC) this evening. Earlier this week, the Warriors took down #11 Arizona Christian, so tonight’s win will cap off the second win of a very successful travel series.

Over the last four days, the Warriors have traveled roughly 809 miles (thanks Google Maps) on a bus, to play two very important conference games. They began with an upset against Arizona on Thursday night and finished with a solid, confidence boosting game against San Diego Christian this evening. With only two games left in regular season conference play, every point, every repetition and every win matters. Thankfully, the men’s team has proven their ability to play well on the road and walked away with an undefeated record this weekend.

After a bit of a rough start this evening against the Hawks, the Warriors managed to work their way into the fifth tie score of the game and head into halftime with 37-37 on the scoreboard. From the moment the Warriors stepped onto the court in the second half, they played like a different team. The men were able to regain their footing and dominate for the final 20 minutes on the clock.

As the time wound down, the Warriors only got better. The men posted an impressive 66.7 field goal percentage in the final twenty, sinking 16 of their 24 total shots. Their locked in defense pulled down a grand total of 36 rebounds and held the Hawks to a 40 percent shooting average for the game. “That was a good win for the Warriors tonight,” remarked head coach John Moore. “Shooting 66 percent from the field in the second half certainly doesn’t hurt, and playing good defense with that kind of offense on the road makes for a good combination.”

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Records Fall in Triple-Dual Meet

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 22nd, 2015
Katheryn Mohrhoff

The Westmont Track was alive with the sights and sounds of a triple-dual track meet on Saturday as the Warriors hosted NCAA Division I UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine. School and stadium records were re-written and several Westmont athletes posted qualification marks for the upcoming NAIA Indoor National Championship.

John Nealon was the only Westmont man to record an automatic qualification mark. He posted a time of 1:54.72 in the 800 meter run while finishing a second place to UCSB’s Jordan Scott (1:54.15).

Bradford Ortlund came in first in the 100 meter dash in a time of 11.61. Josh Taylor claimed first in the 200 meter dash with a mark of 23.48.

The Gauchos claimed a 120 to 65 win over Westmont’s men and a 127 to 10 win over Pepperdine. The Westmont men defeated Pepperdine 130 to 12.

The women’s competition was capped at the end of the day with a blistering 4 x 400 meter race. Both UC Santa Barbara and Westmont’s “A” teams beat the previous stadium record. However, Westmont’s Elysia Mitchell pulled ahead down the final stretch for the win.

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Lee Passes Millennial Mark in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 21st, 2015
Lauren McCoy

Senior Esther Lee eclipsed the 1000 point mark as #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (22-5, 9-5 GSAC) posted a 73-52 Golden State Athletic Conference win at San Diego Christian (8-19, 4-11).

Lee scored 14 points while making four of seven shots from beyond the arc, giving her a total of 1002 points in a Warrior uniform. Since transferring to Westmont after her freshman year at Colorado-Boulder, Lee has averaged 11.5 points per game.

The Warriors were led in scoring by freshman forward Lauren McCoy who recorded a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. McCoy went 11 for 13 from the field. Junior forward Aysia Shellmire also scored in double figures, contributing 11 points and five rebounds.

Westmont led by just two points (35-33) with 18 minutes remaining in the second half before going on a 15-0 run. Back-to-back three’s by Lee ignited the run. After Karr followed with another three, Lee hit her fourth three of the night to reach the 1,000 point mark.

Vasquez Wins 1-0 Pitchers’ Duel

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 21st, 2015
Michael Frigon

Westmont Baseball (14-5, 9-4 GSAC) split a doubleheader with Vanguard (14-6, 11-4) on Saturday at Russ Carr Field with both games ending in dramatic fashion.

In the first game, Westmont led 5-2 going into the top of the ninth inning. However, with one run already in and two away, the Lions’ Justin Vega drilled three-run home run over the right field fence to give Vanguard a 6-5 lead. The Warriors were unable to score in the bottom half of the ninth.

The second game was a classic pitchers’ duel with starters Jordan Moak (3-1) for Vanguard and Andrew Vasquez (4-0) for Westmont allowing precious few base runners. In the end, Vasquez and the Warriors prevailed 1-0.

Moak, who would eventually be charged with the loss, gave up just three hits in five and one-third innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.

[game 1 box score] [game 2 box score] [photos]

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