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  • Friday, Feb. 12

  • Thursday, Feb. 18

    • Women's Basketball
      • The Master's at WC, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • The Master's at WC, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Feb. 19

    • Baseball
      • Menlo at WC, 2 pm

  • Saturday, Feb. 20

    • Track & Field
      • WC hosts UCSB,
        Pepperdine, 10:00 am
    • Baseball
      • Menlo at WC
        Doubleheader, 11 am
    • Women's Tennis
      • Biola at WC, 11 am
    • Men's Tennis
      • Biola at WC, 1 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • The Master's at WC, 5:30 pm
    • Women's Basketball
      • The Master's at WC, 7:30 pm

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23

    • Baseball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 6 pm

  • Thursday, Feb. 25

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Wm. Jessup, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Wm. Jessup, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Feb. 26

    • Baseball
      • WC at Biola, 2 pm

  • Saturday, Feb. 27

    • Track & Field
      • WC at Rossi Relays, 12 pm
    • Men's Tennis
      • San Diego Chr. at WC, 1 pm
    • Women's Tennis
      • San Diego Chr. at WC, 1 pm
    • Baseball
      • WC at Biola
        Doubleheader, 2 pm
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Menlo, 2:00 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Menlo, 4:00 pm

Warriors Rally to Defeat British Columbia

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 12th, 2016
Michael Valentin scoring winning run

In what started as a classic pitching duel but turned into a marathon eighth-inning scoring rally, #16 Westmont (6-1) defeated the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (9-2) by a score of 6-5 on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field.

Westmont starting pitcher Daniel Butler (2-0) allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and issued just one walk – an intentional walk in the sixth inning. Butler left the game with the Warriors up 3-1 and did not figure in the decision.

Sam Sheehan (1-0) picked up the win for the Warriors after facing four batters in the bottom of the eighth. Sheehan allowed neither a hit nor a run and struck out one.

British Columbia starter Alex Web (3-0), who entered the game with a 0.53 ERA, allowed two runs on four hits over six innings but was not charged with the loss. The loss was assigned to Christian Botnik who pitched the eighth inning for the Thunderbirds, giving up three runs on two hits while striking out two.

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Storkson Named to WBCA Good Works Team

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - February 11th, 2016
Karlie Storkson ( Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 11, 2016

Senior Karlie Storkson of Lynnwood, Washington was named to the 2016 Allstate WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Good Works Team.

Out of 103 nominations ten student-athletes were chosen for the team; five from NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Storkson was the sole NAIA student-athlete to receive this honor.

This distinguished award honors college basketball athletes for their off-the-court accomplishments as they spend their limited free time giving back to their communities and bettering the lives of others all over the world.

“I think honestly that this award is the best award that the WBCA gives,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore, “because it really honors something so much bigger than the game – teaching our student athletes how to be good citizens and how to have a positive impact on their communities. As a Christian college our mission is to serve and shine the love of God to other people so I am really grateful that Karly has led in that way for us for four years.”

“All of her off the court time has been spent giving back to others,” continued Moore, “between two mission trips to Africa in two of her past three summers and her service in the campus community as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the past three years.”

Warriors Run into Firestorm in the Desert

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 9th, 2016
Team Huddle

The Warrior’s 57 second-half points weren’t enough for #16 Westmont Men’s Basketball (17-7, 6-5) to overcome a 19-point deficit at halftime as #19 Arizona Christian held on to earn a 97-88 Golden State Athletic Conference (19-5, 7-4) win. The Firestorm extended their home winning streak to 13 games.

“I think it was all about digging ourselves too big a hole,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We were really good in the second half. Anytime you shoot 60 percent from the field in the game and 50 percent from the three-point line, and shoot a lot of shots from both places, and you lose the game, it’s a sign your defense wasn’t what it needed to be.

“I thought we were fantastic in the second half,” said Moore. “We brought it back to within seven. I thought we might sneak one out after playing a stinker in the first half. We were trying hard and made a good effort.”

A three-pointer by Jerry Karczewski tied the score at 14 nine minutes into the game. A three-pointer and a layup by the Firestorm’s Chris Sterling made the score 19-14 before Noah Blanton drained a three to reduce the margin to two points (19-17) with 10 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

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Warriors Hold Off Firestorm

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - February 9th, 2016
Aimee Brakken ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
February 9, 2016

Junior Aimee Brakken lit up the three-point line to help earn #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (21-3, 10-1 GSAC) its 10th conference win of the season. The Warriors defeated the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (10-14, 2-9) by a score of 76-59.

Brakken was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points – all of which were off of three-pointers (7 of 14).

“Brakken has been shooting the ball great all year,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore. “She and Cora Chan are numbers one and two in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. I think it was great for us to make 14 threes tonight – Bracken lead the way with seven, Cora was two for three and Storkson off of the bench with three for four from the three-point line was huge for us as well.”

The game began with three three-pointers – a foreshadowing of the explosion of three-pointers that was to follow. Within the first ten seconds junior Cora Chan made a three-pointer, assisted by senior Krissy Karr; Arizona Christian’s Madison Austin answered back with a three-pointer of her own; and Brakken added her first three-pointer of the game, assisted by Chan.

After a well fought first quarter, Arizona Christian came out on top with a one-point lead (19-18).

Plenty of Sunshine at Indoor Event

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 8th, 2016
Tom Hamlin (left) and Blake Fonda

Ten collegiate teams and nine track and field clubs converged on Westmont Saturday to participate in the fourth annual Sunshine Indoor Open Track and Field Meet. The event, which serves as a national championships indoor qualification opportunity, was competed outdoors at the Westmont Track under a clear sky with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

The Westmont men’s distance medley relay team of Nathan Evans, Bryan Avendano, Thomas Hamlin and Evan Kramer earned an automatic qualification to the NAIA Indoor National Championships by posting a time of 10:16.18 in a second place finish. The time was more than five seconds faster than the automatic qualification standard.

Evans and Jacob Grant both posted provisional qualification marks in the men’s 1,000 meters. Evans finished first with a time of 2:31.80, missing automatic qualification by 0.5 seconds. Grant finished in third place with a time of 2:31.95.

Eric Wong of Westmont finished first in the men’s weight throw, recording a distance of 13.09 meters (42-11).

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Baseball Overthrows Kingsmen

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 7th, 2016
Daniel Butler(Photo by Nate Kurzman)

A five run first and six innings on the mound by Daniel Butler earned Westmont Baseball (5-1) an 8-3 victory at California Lutheran (0-2) on Saturday. Butler allowed three runs (one earned) and gave up four hits.

Lead-off man Michael Frigon was hit by a pitch to start the game and reached second when Alika McGuire singles to right. After Michael Stefanic walked to load the bases, Derek Rodigo singled on a ground ball through the left side to bring home Frigon and leave the sacks full of Warriors. Michael Pollex then did the same thing on the right side of the infield, scoring McGuire.

Jarrett Costa’s ground ball to third results in a Stefanic to score and an error on the play by the second baseman brought home Rodigo as well. Pollex was retired at first and Costa took second on the error. One out later, Graylin Derke doubled to right center to drive in Costa.

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Royals Edge Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - February 7th, 2016
Sean McDonnell(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

“It was a great college basketball game,” said Warrior head coach John Moore after #16 Westmont Men’s Basketball (17-6, 6-4 GSAC0 loss to #8 Hope International (20-4, 8-2) by a score of 61-60 in Saturday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Murchison Gymnasium. “It just ended two points shy for the Warriors.”

Each of the last three games played between these two teams have been decided by two points or less. In last year’s NAIA National Championships semifinal match-up, Cory Blau hit a jumper with 10 seconds remaining to give Westmont a 70-69 win. In December, Hope International’s Dominique Lanier scored on a jumper in the paint with six seconds remaining to give the Royals a 66-64. Tonight’s game saw a potential buzzer beater bounce off the rim to preserve the narrow victory for Hope International.

“I really liked our defense in the second half,” reflected Moore. “Any time you hold a team to 18 points in the second half after giving up 43 in the first half, you are doing something right. We fought the way you want your team to fight.

“Sean Harman did a lot of things defensively. Some of them show up in the box score and some of them don’t. He was impressive. Cory rebounded well for us on the defensive boards. OlIsa played well in the first half and did some really nice things.”

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#9 Warriors Fall to #10 Firestorm

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - February 7th, 2016
Ines Costamagna  Photo by Angela Brown).

By Kaci Mexico
February 6, 2016

In a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference, #9 Westmont Women’s Tennis (0-2, 0-1 GSAC) was narrowly defeated by #10 Arizona Christian 5-4 (2-0, 1-0 GSAC) – this was the first conference match of the season for both teams.

“Today’s match had highs and lows,” explained head coach Kendyll McManigal. “I think nerves got the best of us in a couple matches. It’s a frustrating loss because I truly believe we can beat them and in each match-up we can win. However, ACU is tough and we knew it would be a fight.”

Arizona Christian earned the first victory of the day in doubles play when Lauren Garcia and Tia Okano defeated Westmont’s Fernanda Rivera and Zarina Huber 8-0, playing at number three.

Westmont’s Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna responded with a decisive victory of their own when they conquered Desiree Jackson and Desiree Curiel 8-1, playing at number one doubles.

The third doubles encounter was at number two and was neck-and-neck until the Firestorm’s Mikayla Morgan and Julia Marceno clinched a 9-8 victory over Westmont’s Isabel Lee and Haley Strandness.

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