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Rasp Receives All-GSAC Honors

March 11th, 2009
Dan Rasp

Westmont forward Dan Rasp has been named to the 2009 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team.

“Dan is a consummate Westmont basketball player because he makes things look easy,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “You get to the end of the day and are surprised to see he had 20 points, was 12 of 13 from the free throw line or seven of eight from the field.”

The sophomore led the Warriors with 480 points (16.0/game), shooting 56.1% from the floor and making 160 of 204 free throw attempts (78.4%). Rasp was second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.0 per game.

“He shot more free throws for me than any other player I have coached,” said Moore. “Thirty-five percent of the free throws taken by our team were taken by Dan.”

Rasp’s 2008-09 performance at the charity stripe ranks sixth in free throws attempted by a Warrior in a single season and seventh (tied with Santiago Aguirre) for free throws made. Rasp made more free throw attempts than any Warriors since John McAdams in the 1962-63 season.

Tigers Overcome Warriors

March 10th, 2009

Playing without their number one or two singles players who were out with the flu, Westmont Women’s Tennis (4-6) suffered a 6-3 loss to the Tigers of Occidental (3-7) on Tuesday afternoon at the Abbott Tennis Courts.

In doubles action, Kristen Lee and Christina Klein teamed up for an 8-2 win on the number one court over Krishnaveni Subbiah and Jennifer Wahba

“The doubles was very fun,” said Lee. “Christina and I actually haven’t played together for the last two matches. (Head coach) Kathy (LeSage) has been working different combinations. We call each other ‘Ying’ and ‘Yang’. Absence makes the heart grow fonder so we just had a lot of fun out there. We were working the points really well.”


Goodin Runs PR in Mile Finals

March 9th, 2009

Jacob Goodin took 1.85 seconds off his semifinal time and turned in the fastest time of his career in the finals of the men’s mile at the NAIA Indoor National Championships, but it was not quite enough to earn him All-American status. All-American honors are awarded to the top six finishers.

The sophomore, who had the fifteenth fastest qualifying time, finished in seventh place with a time of 4:18.07, the best mark of his collegiate career. The sixth place finisher, John Darmody of St. Ambrose, crossed the line in a time of 4:16.26.

“I knew that the top three of four guys were going to run 4:05 so I wasn’t so much worried about them as the guys going in fifth or sixth place,” said Goodin after the race. “I wasn’t quite as nervous as I was yesterday (in the prelims), which was good.

Point Loma Edges Out Warriors in Semifinals

March 6th, 2009

In a well contested game by both teams, #8 Point Loma Nazarene withstood the relentless attacks of #17 Westmont to claim a 62-54 semifinal win in the final Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. By virtue of the win, Point Loma Nazarene will advance to thechampionship game on Monday night at Vanguard which defeated Azusa Pacific 73-71 in the other semifinal.

“I thought we played with a lot of heart and a lot of effort tonight,” said head coach Kirsten Moore. “It was a tough, grind-out basketball game – a real defensive effort by both teams.”

Alisha Heglund (8 points, 3 rebounds) started the scoring in the game by making just her second three-pointer of the year. That started a back-and-forth battle between the two squads in which neither team gained more than a five point advantage. Heglund would also score from beyond the arc in the second half.


Kearin Earns All-American Honors

March 6th, 2009

Junior Kasey Kearin finished second in the women’s long jump at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, earning All-American honors.

“I was feeling good,” said Kearin. “I had a lot of adrenalin going and my shins weren’t hurting. In my first two jumps I didn’t scratch. That is what I was most worried about because at last nationals I scratched really good jumps.”

Kearin jumped 5.69 meters (18 feet 8 inches) on her first attempt and then reached 5.85 meters (19 feet 2.5 inches) on her second jump. The mark surpassed her personal best by two inches.

Tremendous Second Half Leaves Warriors Just Short

March 6th, 2009

The 2008-09 season came to an end for Westmont Men’s Basketball, despite a valiant effort at a second-half comeback at Azusa Pacific on Thursday night. Playing in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, the Warriors fell to the Cougars by a score of 85-76.

Azusa Pacific started the game with a 12-0 run in the first three minutes of play, but Dan Rasp nailed two free throws and Evan Haines and Chris Jackson each connected on jumpers to cut the Cougar’s lead in half (12-6) with 14:22 remaining in the first half.

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Case, Blanco Score 18 in GSAC Playoff Win

March 5th, 2009

Junior guard Jessica Case and sophomore forward Angel Blanco each scored 18 points as #17 Westmont (22-7) defeated The Master’s (16-14) on Wednesday night in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament. The third-seeded Warriors advance to a semifinal match-up with Point Loma Nazarene on Friday night in San Diego.

“I was really pleased with our effort tonight,” noted Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We have had a tough road the last couple of weeks having to play a lot of really good teams and having a lot of road games. It was nice to be back in our home gym and to be playing well.”

In addition to her 18 points, Case recorded four rebounds, three steals and three assists. With tonight’s totals, Case has gone over the 900-point mark, having scored a total of 917. She is currently the Warriors’ ninth all-time scorer.

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Track and Field Athletes Head to Indoor Nationals

March 4th, 2009

At 11:20 a.m. on Friday, Jacob Goodin will run in the semifinals of the men’s mile. It will be the first time Goodin competes as an individual at a collegiate national championship. At last season’s NAIA Outdoor Championships, Goodin competed as part of Westmont’s 4 x 800 meter relay team. Goodin notched an automatic qualification for this year’s championship by posting a time of 4:18.89 at the Gaucho Invitational. The finals will be held on Saturday at 9:35 a.m.

Junior Kasey Kearin will try to better her sixteenth place finish in the long jump at last year’s Indoor Championship beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Friday. Her qualifying mark of 17 feet 10.75 inches was four inches longer than last year’s performance at nationals.