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Bender, Branson Named to All-GSAC Team

February 28th, 2011

Westmont senior Blake Bender from Anaheim Hills and sophomore Preston Branson of Dallas, Texas have been named to the 2010-11 Golden State Athletic Conference All-Men’s Basketball team.

Bender led the GSAC in rebounding, averaging 9.52 boards per game (tenth in the NAIA). He also ranked tenth in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game and has more double-doubles (13) than anyone else in the GSAC. Bender ranks sixth in the GSAC in steals having pilfered the ball an average of 1.62 times per game.

“Blake has grown as much as any player in the 23 years I have been coaching,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Blake has become the heart and soul of our team. He is the guy who wants to help carry this team with his intensity and competitive spirit.

“Blake’s collegiate experience is why we do this thing called college athletics. It is intended to be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior year experience. So many of these NBA guys who choose to go to college for a year or two miss out on the growth that is caused in college. Blake is a perfect example. The maturity that he has is mostly because of his willingness to understand the growth piece.

Bender, Branson Score 25 Each in Warrior Loss

February 27th, 2011

Westmont senior Blake Bender tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds in his thirteenth double-double of the year and sophomore Preston Branson added another 25 points, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Warriors (20-9, 12-8) fell to #3 Concordia (27-3, 19-1 GSAC) by a score of 101-87 on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

Despite the loss, Westmont head coach John Moore was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I thought our guys were bold,” said Moore. “I thought they played with great effort. I thought we executed well. We played against a team that is a top-five team in the nation. (Concordia’s) Justin Johnson looked like one of the top-five players in the nation. But Blake Bender and Preston Branson are not too far behind.

Women’s Basketball Drops Regular Season Finale to Concordia

February 26th, 2011

It wasn’t they way head coach Kirsten Moore had scripted the final game of the regular season. Twenty-third ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-8, 12-8 GSAC) found itself playing catch-up to Concordia (15-11, 10-10) most of the night and when the final buzzer sounded, came up on the short side of a 66-64 score.

The Warriors had tied the score at 64-all on a jumper by Lisa Peterson (17 points) with 20 seconds remaining, However, the Eagle’s Nicole Fu (17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds) scored on a jumper with three seconds left in regulation to give Concordia the win.

The Warriors were led in scoring by Vanessa Farias who tallied 19 points while making seven of 11 attempts from the floor. From three-point range, Farias connected on four of eight attempts. Katie Kittle added 13 points and six rebounds for the Warriors while Angel Blanco totaled six points and eight rebounds.

Warriors Split GSAC Opener with Sunbirds

February 24th, 2011

Westmont Baseball opened the Golden State Athletic Conference season by splitting a doubleheader with #15 Fresno Pacific on Thursday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors’ Dan Cabuling pitched a complete game shutout as Westmont took the first game of the twin bill by a score of 3-0. Fresno Pacific (6-5) won the second game by a score of 6-5 achieving the final out on a play at the plate.

Cabuling allowed just five hits in his second win of the year. The left-hander struck out two and allowed just one walk.

“I’ve never had a nine-inning complete game before,” said Cabuling. “It felt pretty good. I focused on every single pitch one pitch at a time. I focused on things I can control. I have no control over the offense. I’ll take anything they can give me. As long as I keep my team in a position to win, that is the best I can do.”

“Dan carried us on his back today,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He stayed composed in tight situations and stuck to his plan. He showed today that he can compete and we can get a lengthy outing from him. He gave us a shot to win that first game against one of the best pitchers in the conference.”

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Blanco’s 20 Leads Warriors over Sunbirds

February 22nd, 2011

Angel Blanco poured in 20 points and pulled down seven boards as #23 Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-7, 12-7 GSAC) posted a 66-53 win against the Sunbirds of Fresno Pacific (8-21, 1-18) on Tuesday night. Blanco made six of ten attempts from the floor and eight of eight from the free throw line.

After leading by six at halftime (33-27), the Warriors pulled away in the second half, lead by as much as 20 points.

Lisa Peterson added 12 points and four rebounds to the Warrior totals while Elizabeth Evancoe contributed another 12 point.

The Warriors edged out Fresno Pacific on the board 35-32 but the big difference in the game was turnovers. The Warriors forced the Sunbirds into 19 turnovers while committing only 10.

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Warriors Can’t Stop Sunbirds

February 22nd, 2011

Fresno Pacific controlled the game from start to finish on Tuesday night and handed Westmont a 75-58 loss on senior night in Fresno. Dan Rasp was the only Warrior to score in double figures, tallying 12 points and four rebounds. Blake Bender contributed nine points and ten rebounds to the Warrior cause.

“They were very tough minded,” said Westmont head coach John Moore of the Sunbirds. “The way we shot around in practice yesterday, I thought we were well prepared. But it is hard to be prepared for athleticism. Tonight, they played like the most athletic team in our league.”

The Sunbirds jumped out to a 7-0 start before the Warriors scored the next six to make it a 7-6 game with 13:35 remaining in the first half. However, the Sunbirds scored the next nine points and Westmont would get no closer than four the rest of the game. With 1:44 to play in the opening frame, Casper Hesseldal (16 points, 7 rebounds) sank two free throws to give the Sunbirds a double-digit advantage (29-19). Westmont did not come within single digits the remainder of the game.

#8 Westmont Defeats #7 Vanguard

February 22nd, 2011

Eighth-ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (1-2, 1-1 GSAC) recorded its first win of the season on Tuesday, knocking off seventh-ranked Vanguard (2-1, 1-1 GSAC) in Costa Mesa by a score of 6-3. The Warriors demonstrated their strength at the top of their lineup, winning the top two doubles matches and the top four singles contests.

At number one singles, Westmont senior Carlos Lima defeated Lucas Pereira 6-3, 6-2 while at number two, junior Bryan Cox earned a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Robin Wagner. Freshman Tim Goranson won for the Warriors at number three, defeating Yahor Kryvaruchka 6-3, 6-1. On the number four court, Westmont sophomore Lukas Zielen earned a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Radek Rosiak.

The Lions picked up wins at number five and six. Sandro Bucher defeated freshman Seth Grotelueschen 6-1, 6-0 at number five and Alexandre Piccin won at number six by a score of 6-0, 6-2 over sophomore Brennan Patton.


Baseball Splits with Menlo

February 21st, 2011

Junior transfer Michael Kwan picked up his first win as a Warrior on Saturday in the first game of a twin-bill at Russ Carr Field. Westmont (7-3) defeated Menlo (6-4) by a score of 2-1 in the opener but lost the second game 11-5.

Kwan started for the Warriors and pitched six innings in Westmont’s 2-1 win over the Oaks of Menlo. Kwan gave up just one run on six hits.

Senior Jacob Regalado, who was awarded the save, came into the game in the seventh inning and did not allow a hit. Regalado faced just one over the minimum; allowing one walk while striking out three.

Menlo’s run came in the first inning on a double to left field by Chris Mazza that drove in Paul Oakley. Oakley had reached on a walk.

The Warriors evened the score in the bottom of the second inning after Coby Cress singled up the middle to lead off the inning. One out later, Colten Christianson walked, moving Cress up one base.

Mitch Petrack grounded to second, but avoided the double play when Menlo first baseman Will Pierce was pulled off the bag by the throw from Mazza. Cress moved over to third on the play, giving Westmont runners on the corners with two away.