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  • Wednesday, Aug. 10

    • W. Soccer at Cal Poly SLO
      7 pm, Scrimmage

  • Saturday, Aug. 13

    • M. Soccer at Loyola Marymount
      7 pm, Scrimmage
    • W. Soccer at UC Santa Barbara
      7 pm, Exhibition

  • Thursday, Aug. 18

    • Volleyball at Biola Summer Slam
        WC vs. Eastern Oregon, 10 am
        WC vs. Great Falls, 4 pm

  • Friday, Aug. 19

    • Volleyball at Biola Summer Slam
        WC vs. Montana Tech, 8 am
        WC vs. Col. of Idaho, 12 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 20

    • W. Soccer at Marymount, 6 pm
    • M. Soccer at UC Santa Barbara
      7 pm, Exhibition

  • Wednesday, Aug. 24

    • Volleyball vs. So. Oregon
      5 pm at Hope Int'l

  • Friday, Aug. 26

    • Volleyball at Master's Classic
        WC vs. Oregon Tech, 10 am
        WC vs. Life Pacific, 12:30 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 27

    • M. Soccer hosts Antelope Vly., 3:30 pm
    • W. Soccer at Benedictine
        8 pm CDT/6 pm PDT

  • Sunday, Aug. 28

    • W. Soccer at Baker
        7 pm CDT/5 pm PDT

Warriors Form Professional Battery

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 18th, 2016
Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.

With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.

Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.

Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.

Women’s Soccer Signs Stellar Eight

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - July 1st, 2016
Sarah Newton (top left), Brooke Porter (top right), Isabelle Esber (second row), Madeleine Berthoud (second row), Haley Johnson (third row), Kira Nemeth (third row), Avalon Albright (fourth row), and Katelyn Merrell (fourth row).

By Kaci Mexico
July 1, 2016

After graduating six seniors this past season, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli is proud to fill the Westmont Women’s Soccer roster with eight well-rounded and impressive incoming freshmen – Sarah Newton from Anchorage, Alaska, Kira Nemeth from San Clemente, Calif., Brooke Porter from San Bernardino, Calif., Avalon Albright from Edmonds, Wash., Katelyn Merrell from Tustin, Calif., Madeleine Berthoud from Rowley, Mass., Haley Johnson from Fullerton, Calif., and Isabelle Esber from Columbus, Ohio.

Cappuccilli reflected on the addition of this incoming class and said, “Our 2016 class adds a diverse flavor to our program – four Southern California players, four from out-of-state (Wash., Mass., Ohio, Alaska), two Valedictorian’s, two worship leaders, a number having experienced international missions trips, a Division Player of the Year, multiple 1st Team All-Conference selections, a multi-sport champion, and highly held GPAs and extracurriculars. In my time at Westmont I’ve come to see the quality of person Westmont attracts in its athletic and academic arenas. I believe the 2016 class falls perfectly under Westmont’s astute reputation and character qualities; it’s safe to say this group is something unique and will enhance the overall mission of the college and our women’s soccer program.”

Sarah Newton, a 5’6 midfielder/forward played club soccer for the Alaska Rush. Her team finished second in the Alaska State Cup, was President Cup Quarterfinalists, and was Champions of the Far North Invitational. Newton also played for the Alaska ODP team for three years.

Off the field, Newton was a member of the highest honor roll for four years, a member of the National Honors Society for three years, and Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 for Grace Christian School.

“Sarah possesses a sweet sense of determination and desire,” reflected Cappuccilli. “She is determined to enhance whatever setting she is a part of and desires to be fully fervent in that environment as well. Sarah’s character, drive and passion for the game will greatly impact our program and I wholly look forward to having her within our women’s team and the Westmont community.”

Kira Nemeth, a 5’3 midfielder/forward was a three year varsity starter for San Clemente high school. Her sophomore year she earned the scholar athlete award; her junior year she was named to the second-team All-South Coast League, was named a scholar athlete, and earned Most-Improved; and her senior year she was named to the first-team All-South Coast League, named a scholar athlete, was her team’s leading goal scorer with nine goals, and was a team captain.

Westmont Connections to USA Track and Field Trials

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 30th, 2016
Barbara Nwaba, USA heptathlon champion, competing at Westmont where she trains.

With an opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a prize, the 2016 USA Track and Field Trials begin today in Oregon. Of local interest are several multi-event coaches and athletes with ties to Westmont.

The primary reason for these connections is Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) director and coach Josh Priester, who also serves as an assistant coach for Westmont Track and Field. In his role at Westmont, Priester coached Becky Collier to an NAIA Women’s Heptathlon national championship.

Under Preister’s leadership, the SBTC, which trains year round at the Westmont Track, has qualified four athletes for the USA Trials – one in the men’s decathlon and three in the women’s heptathlon.

Heading the list of SBTC athletes is Barbara Nwaba, the 2015 USA Champion in the women’s heptathlon. Nwaba leads the list of qualifiers with a mark of 6,500 points. Also competing in the heptathlon from the SBTC are Lindsay Lettow, the 10th qualifier at 6,023 points and Lindsay Schwarz, the 13th qualifier at 5,998 points.

Women’s Basketball Inks Talented Trio

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 30th, 2016
Krupa (top left), Ranger (top right), and Sears (bottom left).

By Kaci Mexico
June 30, 2016

Head Coach Kirsten Moore is pleased to announce the signing of three talented student-athletes, Ellie Sears from Portland, Ore., Maud Ranger from Anaheim, Calif., and Joy Krupa from Montclair, Calif.

Moore reflected on the signing of the 2016 recruiting class and said, “Anyone who has been around me on the basketball court knows that I am passionate about being a gritty, yet intelligent basketball team. As a top-tier academic institution, here at Westmont we can recruit highly intelligent student-athletes and this class brings not only smarts in the classroom but also a strong basketball IQ. This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships. Having been to two NAIA Fab Fours and winning a National Championship in the last four seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team and I am thrilled to add Ellie, Maud and Joy to our Warrior family.”

Johnson Named Women’s Tennis Head Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 28th, 2016
Ellie Johnson

Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell has announced the hiring of Ellie Johnson as the head coach of Westmont Women’s Tennis. Johnson takes over a program that has made 27 trips to the NAIA National Championships – winning the national title in 1982. The Warriors have also won 11 Golden State Athletic Conference Championships.

“We had a deep and diverse applicant pool,” said Odell, “but the committee feels strongly that Ellie is the right choice for the long term future of the women’s tennis program. Ellie’s experience as a GSAC player and as a coach in our region give her an understanding of the local tennis environment. She is well prepared with an MA in sports administration and a certificate in strength and conditioning. More importantly, she is committed to who we are from a missional point of view – both spiritually and academically.”

A graduate of Concordia (Calif.), Johnson was a four-year starter for the Eagles. In her senior year, the team won the GSAC Championship with Johnson playing at number two singles and number one doubles. Johnson, who was nationally ranked in doubles at number 13, served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons. Johnson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise sports science.

Since graduation, Johnson has pursued a master’s in coaching and athletic administration, which she expects to complete this summer. At the same time, she has served as the assistant women’s tennis coach at Concordia. She has also served as a tennis teaching pro at the Woodbridge Tennis Academy.

A Different Perspective

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 23rd, 2016

By Kaci Mexico
June 23, 2016

Right after the end of their highly successful season, the Westmont Women’s soccer team spent most of the spring not only gearing up for the 2016 season, but in preparation for their triennial team missions trip to Uganda, Africa.

This is the fourth mission’s trip that the Westmont Women’s Soccer Program has taken and each trip has been through a sports ministry organization called the Sports Outreach Institute.

The Warriors departed the United States on May 9th, and left Uganda to return home on May 22nd.

Upon arriving back in Santa Barbara, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the team’s experiences in Uganda.

“What we were told before the trip was to expect God to move, but I don’t think any of us were really anticipating the amount that would occur while we were there,” explained Cappuccilli. “I think that seeing Christianity on a global scale is crucial within the development of faith because it just gives one a different perspective and I think a new perspective is what we came away with.

Rea, Trimm Added to Volleyball Roster

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 21st, 2016
Cassidy Rea (left) and Payton Trimm

Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook has announced the signing of two recruits who will join the team for the 2016 season. Cassidy Rea, who hails from Ventura, played for the Bulldogs of Buena High School. Payton Trimm of Visalia played for Mt. Whitney High School.

“I am very excited to have these two outstanding individuals join our team,” said Cook. “They are both committed to excellence on the court and in the classroom and they understand what it looks like to represent a Christian college. The fact that they are both left-handed is very unique and it will be fun working with their style of play.”

A first team All-Channel League selection, Rea was a three-year varsity right-side hitter who served as team captain for two years. Rea, who was named to the All-Ventura County team, also played for the Ventura Volleyball Club for six years.

“It is always nice to have local players join our team,” said Cook. “Cassidy provides excellent height and presence at the net and will be a force to be reckoned with as she continues to develop her game. She is incredibly gifted in the classroom as well and has received the elite Augustinian scholarship.”

Three Warriors Drafted in MLB

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2016
Top (left to right): Michael Rishwain, Sam Sheehan. Bottom: Jarrett Costa.

Three Warriors were selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Michael Rishwain was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals and the Oakland A’s selected Sam Sheehan in the 31st round and Jarrett Costa in the 33rd round.

Over the past three years, seven Warriors have been selected in the drafted. Catcher Brandon Gildea was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2014 draft. Last season, Russell Harmening was taken by the Nationals while Andrew Vasquez and Hector Lujan were claimed by the Minnesota Twins. Additionally, Will Barring signed with the New York Mets a year ago.

“I am very proud of Michael, Sam and Jarrett,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “They each have worked incredibly hard to earn this opportunity. I am confident that they are prepared to compete at the next level and am glad that they can represent our college and our program in their organizations.”

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