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A Remarkable Day

January 31st, 2010
Daniel Cabuling

Opening Day at the newly renovated Russ Carr Field proved to be a truly remarkable day as a standing room only crowd cheered on the 2010 Warriors to a doubleheader sweep of #10 Pomona-Pitzer.

“Our guys really appreciated that so many people came out so support us from the campus and from the community,” said Westmont Head Coach Robert Ruiz. “It meant so much to us to have students, faculty, families and alumni cheering us on. I think our returning guys were shocked at the amount of support we had in the stands today.”

The day began with a stirring rendition of the national anthem by Stephanie Garcia and a ceremonial first pitch by Westmont President Dr. Gayle Beebe. Then the two teams took the field for the first game ever played at the new park.

The early going did not look so good for the Warriors when James Kang hit a leadoff homerun to give the Sagehens an early lead. But it proved to be a minor blemish on a fine performance by Westmont starter Daniel Cabuling.

“Daniel did a great job,” said Ruiz. “He had great composure on the mound even though there was all kinds of excitement with the first game on the new field and a lot of people in the stands cheering and supporting. The third pitch of the ball game goes out over the right-center gap. It says a lot about his mental makeup and composer as a pitcher that he came right back and threw strikes and kept us in the game. He was positive in the dugout and had a great tempo on the mound. He hung in there and gave us a shot to come back and win that game. We were really excited about his first outing for us as a starter.”

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Miller Shines in Warrior Win

January 31st, 2010
John Miller

#22 Westmont Men’s Basketball turned in a dominating performance over San Diego Christian (5-16, 3-8 GSAC) on Saturday night at Murchison Gymnasium in a 79-62 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over the Hawks. San Diego was coming off an 80-75 win over #2 Concordia on Tuesday night.

Senior forward John Miller produced 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds in the win. The Warriors improved to 14-6 overall and 6-5 in GSAC play.

“I thought John Miller was special,” said the Warriors’ Head Coach John Moore. “He helped us create the kind of energy we wanted to create against a team that is playing very good basketball. They have won three of their last four games and they shoot very well from the three-point line. We held them to one-of-nine in the first half from three-point range.”

By halftime, the Warriors had put together a 24 point lead (43-19) and were in control of the game.

“We set the tone early,” said Moore. “Blake Bender’s defense was very special, especial in the first half. He held their leading scorer (Tyler Mutton) to five points in the first half. Blake led us defensively and John led us offensively, especially from an energy standpoint.

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Warriors Down Hawks

January 31st, 2010
Amber Stevens

Senior point guard Amber Stevens tallied 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals as Westmont Women’s Basketball cruised to an easy 72-47 win over San Diego Christian (4-16, 1-10 GSAC) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. Westmont improved to 12-7 overall and 5-6 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

It was a great team effort tonight and we really improved in the areas we have focused on in practice,” said Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “We set the tone from the tip, rebounding relentlessly, and we played with great confidence, attacking on the offensive end.”

Senior post player Alisha Heglund added another 14 points to the Warrior totals, snatched five rebounds and contributed five assists. Jessica Case and Elizabeth Evancoe added nine points each. Evancoe notched five rebounds and three assists while Case pulled down four boards. Katie Kittle put in eight points and retrieved six rebounds.

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New Field, New Process, New Start – 2010 Baseball Preview

January 30th, 2010

Fourteen months after the Tea Fire of Montecito, the hills above the picturesque campus of Westmont College have sprung to life in a brilliant shade of green. The scene offers the promise of new beginnings and the excitement of new life.

Nowhere is that excitement felt more than on the college’s baseball field where new head coach Robert Ruiz and the 2010 Warriors will launch the inaugural season of the completely renovated Russ Carr Field. The beautiful baseball-only facility includes two bull pens and two batting cages, new dugouts, a batter’s eye, a scoreboard, a covered press area and easy access for fans.

The season begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday with a double-header against Pomona-Pitzer.

So Close

January 26th, 2010

It took an extra five minutes of play to settle that matter between two long-term rivals but in the end, Azusa Pacific defended their home court with an 86-83 overtime win against #22 Westmont Men’s Basketball. Matt LeDuc led the Warriors in scoring for the second game in a row, tallying 20 points to go with eight rebounds. Dan Rasp posted a double-double for the Warriors consisting of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

“What an effort our guys gave tonight,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. “A great indicator of effort is how we rebound the ball and we almost got 50 rebounds tonight. Danny led us with 11, John Miller (6 points, 7 rebounds) had a great rebounding game. Blake Bender (9 points, 11 rebounds) was outstanding. Matt LeDuc and John Miller played superb basketball in what was a homecoming for them. All the way across the board the guys who stepped on the floor for us were very, very good.

Cougars Outlast Warriors

January 26th, 2010
Jessica Case

Jessica Case recorded a career-high 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field, but Westmont Women’s Basketball suffered its sixth loss in seven games, falling to #11 Azusa Pacific 73-60. With the road loss, Westmont falls to 11-7 overall and 4-6 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

The Warriors held a one-point lead (26-25) with 3:48 to play in the first half but the Cougars produced a 7-0 run to close out the first frame and enter the locker room with a 32-26 advantage. After the resumption of play, Azusa pushed their lead to nine points, but Westmont continued to nibble at the Cougar’s lead.

A trey by Case just before the midway point of the second half tied the score at 50. One minute later, Case struck again from beyond the arc to give the Warriors a 53-50 advantage. Azusa recaptured the lead with a 6-0 run but Katie Kittle (11 points, 9 rebounds) tied it again at 56 on a three-point bucket with 7:16 to play in regulation.

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Lions Too Much for Warriors

January 25th, 2010

Westmont Women’s Basketball faced a tough challenge in #5 Vanguard (11-2, 7-2 GSAC) on Saturday night and despite a valiant second-half effort, came up on the short side of an 88-68 score. Sophomore guard Katie Kittle posted a career-high 22 points to lead the Warriors offensively.

“Katie is an incredible scorer,” said Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “She can score off the dribble, in transition or on a three-point shot. She has struggled putting the ball in the basket lately, but I love the fact that she continued to believe in herself. Tonight the cover came off that basket for her. I think that happened because of her focus and intensity on rebounding and on our defense. Her eight rebounds, four steals, 22 points and no turnovers was an incredible effort out there tonight.”

The Warriors (11-6, 4-5 GSAC) kept it close for the first eight minutes of the game. Down by four, Kittle drained one of her five three-point buckets to make the score 22-21 with 11:49 left to play in the opening frame. But the Lions outscored the Warriors 25-7 in the remaining 12 minutes to post a 47-28 lead at halftime.

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Captains’ Call Hits Home

January 24th, 2010

After a tough road loss at Fresno Pacific last Tuesday night, Westmont Men’s Basketball demonstrated a new resolve in an 86-77 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over Vanguard (4-11, 3-6 GSAC) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The twenty-first ranked Warriors (13-5, 5-4 GSAC) were led in scoring by senior guard Matt LeDuc who tallied a career-high 23 points while making 10 of 12 attempts from the floor. He also pulled down seven rebounds.

“It was a great victory,” said LeDuc. “Guys got me the ball quickly in a position where I could get 23 points. It was a blast out there and a good team win.”

LeDuc, who moved into a starting role for tonight’s game, was clearly inspired.

“Tuesday night we had a tough night against Fresno (Pacific),” acknowledged LeDuc. “We had a meeting right after the game and the four captains spoke of what we wanted from this season and what we want for each other. CJ’s (Chris Jackson’s) words really hit it deep for us. He cares so much he was almost tearing up. All of us were felling it. It was such an emotional moment. I think something changed at that point. It showed tonight – we went on a lot of runs and we were back scoring high points again. I think we are hitting our stride now.

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