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Warriors Take Byron Championship

December 30th, 2009
Evan Haines

Westmont Men’s Basketball claimed their twentieth Tom Byron Championship on Wednesday night with an 80-75 victory over Central (Iowa). For the fourth game in a row, the twenty-second ranked Warriors (9-2) had five players score in double figures.

Chris Jackson, Andrew Schmalbach and Dan Rasp each scored 14 points for the Warriors while Evan Haines and Matt LeDuc contributed another 11 points apiece. Bender notched nine points and had ten rebounds.

“That’s the nice thing about the team that we have,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. “We’ve had 11 games now and have had nine different players lead us in scoring. That is a sign of a balanced team that practices hard against one another so they are ready and confident.”

Haines added 13 rebounds to his point total to claim a double-double. In addition, Haines recorded five blocked shots for the second night in a row and led the team with six assists.

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Heglund Surpasses 1,000 Points in Warrior Win

December 30th, 2009
Alisha Heglund

Junior forward Angel Blanco recorded 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds as #14 Westmont Women’s Basketball defeated Trinity International (Ill.) by a score of 76-59 on Wednesday afternoon. Senior post player Alisha scored 16 points for the Warriors and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in her career (1,007). Playing in the GSAC Challenge at California Baptist, Westmont improved to 9-1 on the year.

After falling behind 3-0 to start the game, the Warriors scored the next five points on two free throws by Heglund and a three-pointer by Katie Kittle (11 points, 3 rebounds). The Trojans’ Chamissa Anderson tied the game at five all with two free throws before Blanco scored on a layup to give Westmont its second lead of the night.

A field goal by Melanie Duplessis tied the game at seven before a Jessica Case jumper gave Westmont a 9-7 lead. The Warriors did not surrender the lead the rest of the afternoon. By halftime, Westmont held a 15 points advantage (41-26). In the second half, the Warriors extended the lead to as much as 26 points (63-37).

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Westmont, Central Advance to Byron Championship

December 29th, 2009
Dan Rasp

Five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Blake Bender with 18, as #22 Westmont Men’s Basketball advanced to the finals of the Tom Byron Classic with an 86-66 victory over Concordia (Neb.). The Warriors will take on Central (Iowa) in the Championship game which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Murchison Gymnasium on the Westmont campus.

Central earned a title shot by virtue of a 99-75 win over the Titans of Westminster (Pa.). The Dutch also had five players in double figures, led by senior guard Miguel Ley with 19. Ley, who also tallied eight assists and three steals, was seven of 14 from the field. Justin Madsen, also a senior guard, scored 13 points while senior center Zach Cooper added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Westminster was led by senior forward Ryan Murray with 15 points, six rebounds and six assists. Sophomore forward Rob Briggs added another 14 points and five rebounds.

The Dutch took control of the game in the second half, turning a 46-40 halftime score into a 20-point advantage (68-48) in the first seven and one-half minutes of the second frame. A layup by Jack Burns with 4:51 remaining in the game gave Central their biggest lead at 91-59.

Women Cruise to Win over Michigan-Dearborn

December 29th, 2009

A twenty-four day hiatus didn’t seem to bother #14 Westmont Women’s Basketball as the Warriors cruised to an 89-48 win over Michigan Dearborn (1-11) in the first game of the GSAC Challenge. The win in the four-team tournament held at California Baptist gives the Warriors an 8-1 record. Their last game was an 87-74 win over Hope International on December 5.

Katie Kittle led the Warriors in scoring, recording 20 points while going seven of 14 from the field and making four of six from beyond the arc. Amber Stevens tallied 14 points, seven steals, six rebounds and five assists.

Westmont’s control of the game is evidenced in the 20 steals recorded by the team against just six turnovers. The Wolves, an NAIA Division II team, committed 31 turnovers while stealing the ball just twice.

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Branson, Jackson lead Warriors to Win

December 21st, 2009
Preston Branson

Freshman guard Preston Branson tallied 19 points while shooting 80 percent from the floor (8 of 10), including three of three from three-point range, as #22 Westmont Men’s basketball posted a 107-54 win over the Oaks of Menlo College (4-6). Senior point guard, Chris Jackson, playing in front of a hometown crowd, tallied a double-double of 10 points and 13 assists.

“For CJ to have 13 assists and only two turnovers in a game with this kind of fast pace is a good sign,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. “His high school coach was here and his community college coach was here as were assistant coaches from both programs. There were probably 50 fans in the stands that were pulling for him and he put on a show.”

“It was fun,” said Jackson of the hometown experience. “I had my last two coaches here and it was good to play in front of them. I had some friends here who don’t get to see me play very often. It was good for me to be around home again.”

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Warriors Defeat Cal Maritime to Give Moore 400th Win

December 19th, 2009
John Moore

Westmont Men’s Basketball (6-2) posted a 78-61 over the Keelhaulers of Cal State Maritime (7-8) to hand Warrior Head Coach John Moore the 400th win of his career. The milestone came in Moore’s 500th game as Westmont’s head coach.

“It is a privileged to come back and coach at my alma mater and coach in the footsteps of a hero of mine – Chet Kammerer,” said Moore. “Overall, it’s just a sign of having good teams over a long period of time. I think this is going to be one of those teams that I will remember for a good bit of time. I’m proud they were able to help me get this 400th win. It is really more about the players than it is about me, but it is good to be able to do that with Westmont and for Westmont.”

Andrew Schmalbach led #22 Westmont with 19 points while making four of six attempts from beyond the arc. Evan Haines and Matt LeDuc each scored 14 points while Chris Jackson and Blake Bender added another 10 points each.

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Westmont Athletics Offers Text Messaging Subscription

December 16th, 2009

Fans of Westmont Athletics can now receive text message alerts on their cell phones or by email.

The eScores service will allow subscribers to choose to receive text messages on any or all of the 12 Westmont Athletic Teams. Users can elect to receive scores, broadcast reminders and headlines and general information. With the new service, Westmont fans will receive information about their favorite teams and players faster than ever.

The eScores service will be offered free of charge, though standard text messaging fees from a users’ cell phone provider will apply.

To sign-up for text messaging, visit the Westmont Athletics Web Site and click on the eScores logo.

Kiely Named Women’s Soccer Head Coach

December 15th, 2009
Kristi Kiely

Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell has named Kristi Kiely as the new head coach of Westmont women’s soccer, effective immediately. Kiely, who was promoted to Associate Head Coach last August, has served on the Warrior coaching staff for the last two seasons.

“Kristi Kiely is the right person at the right time,” said Odell. “Her integrity, intelligence and ability to learn quickly made Coach Kiely our top choice to lead this storied program. She has been home grown here at Westmont through the mentoring of our most successful soccer coaches. Four years as a player under Mike Giuliano and two years under Dave Wolf’s leadership as a coach have given her the blue print for what it takes to build a successful program at this institution.”

“I am overwhelmingly excited to be a part of the community,” said Kiely, “Both my husband and I are excited about continuing our relationship with the Westmont community and about the opportunity to continue on with this particular group of young women. I am certainly excited to start implementing my vision and the things that I think I have to offer to the program that has given so much to me.”