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Warriors Down Concordia

January 30th, 2013

Despite trailing most of the first half, #5 Westmont Men’s Basketball posted its ninth win in a row with an 87-77 Golden State Athletic Conference win over reigning NAIA national champion Concordia (13-8, 2-5 GSAC). The Warriors improved to 19-3 overall and 7-0 in conference play and completed a historic night for Westmont men’s and women’s basketball.

With the women’s 84-51 win earlier in the evening, Westmont the two programs went undefeated in the month of January – a combined 17-0. Also, it is believed to be the first time in GSAC history that both the men’s and women’s teams from the same school were undefeated in conference games at the end of the first round of GSAC play.

“It is a momentum that is created by a lot of little things,” reflected Westmont head coach John Moore regarding the accomplishment. “It all starts with a college president who cares a lot about athletics. Dr. (Gayle) Beebe came and spoke to our team today and said that he appreciates how many of the parents come to the games. The Beebe’s celebrated their daughter Anna’s birthday and then came to the game to celebrate Westmont Basketball. It starts with a guy like Gayle Beebe who believes that athletics is transformative.

“Then there is (athletic director) Dave Odell,” continued Moore. “The kind of success we are having in our men’s and women’s basketball program is attributable to Dave’s passion about Westmont Athletics and his willingness to strive for excellence. He really wants our teams to go from good to great.

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Canitez Leads Warriors to Eighth Straight Win

January 30th, 2013

Westmont’s Tugce Canitez tallied 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead #8 Westmont Women’s Basketball (16-3, 7-0 GSAC) to a 84-51 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Eagles of Concordia (5-14, 3-4 GSAC) on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

Canitez made nine of 11 attempts from the floor and five of six from the free throw line. Jillian Wilber added 11 points to the Warriors totals, making three from beyond the arc. Celina Gougis added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists.

The win was the eighth in a row for the Warriors and part of a historic night for Westmont Basketball. The Westmont Men’s Basketball team also won tonight and as a result, both Warrior basketball teams went undefeated in January – a combined 17-0. Also, it is believed to be the first time in GSAC history that both the men’s and women’s teams from the same school were undefeated in conference games at the end of the first round of GSAC play.

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Warriors Split Doubleheader with Hawks

January 28th, 2013

A split of today’s doubleheader resulted in Westmont Baseball (4-1, 2-1 GSAC) taking two out of three from the Hawks of San Diego Christian (5-2, 1-2) in the Golden State Athletic Conference opening series for both teams.

In the morning game, San Diego Christian posted a 6-4 win over the Warriors. However, the Warriors rebounded in the second game with a 5-3 win.

Gabriel Hemmer (1-0) started for the Hawks in the first game and picked up the win after giving up just one run on six hits in seven innings of work. Westmont’s J.P Cohn (0-1) was charged with the loss. Cohn allowed three runs on four hits in five and two third innings of work.

San Diego Christian had a three to one lead going into the top of the ninth but added three runs on five hits to give the Hawks a five run advantage. As it turned out, the additional runs were just what the Hawks needed.

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Bertram Earns Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award

January 28th, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) John Bertram, the senior captain of Westmont Men’s Tennis, was bestowed with the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award (from Westmont) on Monday at the SBART Press Luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Café. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Bertram carries a 3.87 GPA as a chemical physics major.

Bertram was recognized as a NAIA and Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete in 2013, has earned dean’s list honors all semesters 2010 – present, and received Westmont’s Golden Eagle Award for men’s tennis in 2012. He also placed in the 98th and 99th percentile respectively for the American Chemical Society (ACS) General Chemistry 1 and 2 exams, and placed in the 100th percentile for ACS Physical Chemistry 1 Exam last semester.

On the court, Bertram has found tremendous success as well. He captained Westmont Men’s Tennis to the semifinals of the 2013 NAIA Men’s Tennis National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama, where he finished third in men’s doubles in both 2012 and 2013. He garnered the title of NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in 2013, and received Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American honors in doubles in 2012.

Baseball Opens GSAC with 6-1 Win

January 27th, 2013

After two days of delays and a change of venue, Westmont Baseball (3-0, 1-0 GSAC) finally got to play their Golden State Athletic Conference opener against San Diego Christian (4-1, 0-1 GSAC). Westmont scored one run in the third and another in the fourth, then added four more in the bottom of the eighth to produce a 6-1 win in the first of three games against the Hawks.

“Fundamentally, I think our team did some things well today,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “Obviously we are pleased to come away with a win in our first GSAC game.”

Senior right-hander Torin Shaikh picked up the win, improving his record to 2-0 on the young season. Shaikh pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out two and walked two. Freshman right-hander Michael Rishwain earned his first collegiate save by pitching the final three innings and giving up one run on two hits. Rishwain struck out four and walked one.

“Torin did a really good job keeping the ball down in the zone,” assessed Ruiz. “His change-up was working well and he kept guys off balance. When he faced a little bit of adversity, he stuck to his plan and filled up the strike zone.”

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Warriors Quench Firestorm

January 26th, 2013

With the score tied at 62 and three and one-half minutes to play, #6 Westmont Men’s Basketball (18-3, 6-0 GSAC) produced a 16-8 run to defeat the host Arizona Christian Firestorm (13-5, 3-3) by a score of 78-70. It was only the Firestorm’s second loss at home this year and the first in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

“We played well in spurts and finished the game with important free throws,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “It was a hard fought game. They executed well and we couldn’t sustain it when we had a 51-37 lead. They came storming back and tied the game late (62-62). It looked like momentum had shifted their way, but we re-gathered and made some big shots, especially free throws.”

A three-pointer by Jordan Sachs (21 points, 9 rebounds) made the score 65-62 in favor of the Warriors before the Firestorms’ Daniel Cornelieus (7 points, 3 rebounds) answered with a two-point jumper. C.J. Miller (15 points, 8 rebounds) was fouled on Westmont’s next possession and drained both attempts from the charity stripe. That was the first of 11 free throws in a row the Warriors would make in the last three minutes of the game.

Two free throws by Arizona Christian’s Jackson Helms (15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks) were followed by two from Preston Branson (16 points), restoring a three-point cushion (69-66) to the Warriors with 1:27 to play. Forty seconds later, Cooper Damron (5 points) scored on a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw to put Westmont ahead 72-66.

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Warriors Win Seventh in a Row

January 26th, 2013

Senior guard Jillian Wilber knocked down six three-pointers to lead the Warriors with 22 points in #9 Westmont Women’s Basketball’s 95-58 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Arizona Christian (4-14, 0-6 GSAC) on Saturday. Wilber was six of 14 from beyond the arc and four of four from the charity stripe.

All ten available Warriors played, scored and rebounded in the game. Senior forward Tugce Canitez had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Dori Lansbach, who was three of six from three-point range, tallied 13 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Celina Gougis added another 11 points and five boards. Freshman forward Lauren Sende led the Warriors on the boards with nine rebounds.

The Warriors (15-3, 6-0) led throughout, posting a 20-6 advantage in the first five minutes of play. By halftime, Westmont had extended its lead to 57-28.

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Track and Field Begins 2013 Indoor Season

January 26th, 2013

Westmont Track and Field kicked off the 2013 indoor season by competing in the Azusa Pacific Indoor Events Qualifier on Saturday afternoon. Collectively, the Warriors met five automatic qualifying standards and two provisional standards for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

“We had a team effort today,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “The coaches travelled down early and the student-athletes got themselves on the bus and to the event. That set the tone. We had a lot of good national-caliber performances. It was also good to see the freshmen handle themselves very well the first time out.”

Senior Theresa Nealon took second place in the women’s 800 meter race, posting a time of 2:17.79 to claim Westmont first automatic qualifier of the day. Sophomore Elysia Hodges opened the 2013 season by taking first in the women’s 200 meter with an automatic qualifying time of 25.02.

“Theresa was at the back of the pack when she realized she could keep moving up,” noted Smelley. “She ran an even pace and came home in second with the fourth best time of her career. Elysia had a very strong, first place performance in the 200.”

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