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Women’s Soccer Celebrates Alumni Weekend

April 29th, 2013

The rich heritage of Westmont Women’s Soccer was on display on Saturday, April 20 as national champions, All-Americans, scholar-athletes, conference and national MVPs and Warriors from multiple classes gathered at Lovik Field for Alumni Weekend.

Festivities began with a five-on-five small sided tournament comprised of six teams, each of which included both alumni and current players. The tournament was organized by alumna Heather Brown Alcaraz (’08).

“It is rather competitive, but it is a great time to get together and bond over soccer and being a part of a rich program,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “The intensity is just a part of the culture of the Westmont soccer program.

“The small-sided tournament is great because it is played on a small field, which is good for us alumni. They also get to play with current players and get to know them in conversations that go on between the games.”

Warriors Sweep at Ojai Valley Tournament

April 28th, 2013

Playing in the 113th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, #4 Westmont Men’s Tennis claimed the team title while winning both the singles and doubles championships of the Independent College Division. Rodrigo Schaefer won the all-Westmont championship match in the singles bracket, defeating teammate Josh Barnard 6-1, 6-0.

Barnard and Schaefer then teamed up in the afternoon to win the doubles bracket, defeating Bo Brynteson and Sam Farmer of Whittier 6-3, 4-6, (10-7) in dramatic fashion.

Schaefer started the singles tournament by defeating Chris Evans of Biola 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16 and then went on to defeat Westmont teammate Nick Szyndlar in the quarterfinals by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Szyndlar had reached the quarterfinals by virtue of a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Tyler McDonald of Hope International.

In the semifinals, Schaefer lost the first set 6-3 to Chris Goetz of UC Santa Cruz but rebounded to take the second set 7-6 (6). Schaefer took control in the third set and won 6-1.


Men’s Track Captures first GSAC Championship

April 27th, 2013

Westmont Men’s Track and Field won its first GSAC Championship in program history, outscoring second place Concordia by 62 points (241.5- 179.5). Westmont Women’s Track and Field was edged out of the championship by Biola 181-180, despite placing first in 10 of 22 events.

The men’s team won just one running event, but claimed five first place finishes in field events and another in the decathlon.

“We knew that we could cover events and we had some remarkable sweeps in the long jump and triple jumps. We scored 18 points in the high jump and took first, second and sixth in the hammer. It was very remarkable, very exciting.”

Ben Kingsley recorded a team-high 34 points for the Warriors in individual events while Tyler Moore tallied 32 individual points and eight more as part of the 4 x 100 meter relay. Ben McCollum added another 28 points and Shane Rowan contributed 18 points plus eight as part of the 4 x 100 relay team.

“Ben Kingsley had three conference championships – shot put, discus and the hammer,” noted Smelley “He fought a lot of obstacles to be able to attend Westmont and it is very gratifying for him to have those wins.

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Hedges to Join Warriors

April 22nd, 2013

At Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table, 6-1 forward Sydney Hedges announced that she will attend Westmont College beginning this fall and play for the national champion Westmont Women’s Basketball team.

“I’ve heard very positive things about Westmont,” said Hedges when asked why she chose to become a Warrior. “My coach said that not only is Kirsten Moore an awesome basketball coach, but she is a great person and will be a life-long mentor. I really liked that. I hadn’t heard that about any other coaches. The teammates are awesome and I got along well with them. Also, it is a Christian school and as a Christian, I think that environment will help me.”

“We are really excited that Sydney has decided to join us at Westmont,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “She has great skills on the basketball court. She is able to play inside and able to play outside, she can shoot the ball and score with her back to the basket. She has worked very hard to develop her skills over her high school career. She is a winner and led Providence Hall to a CIF championship. We love all those things about her from a basketball perspective.

“As a person, she couldn’t be a better fit for (Westmont),” continue Moore. “She values academics and her faith is strong and is consistent in character. We think she is a great fit for everything that we are about here at Westmont.”

Hensley Honored as Scholar-Athlete of the Year

April 22nd, 2013

Alison Hensley, who hails from Huntington Beach, was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Athlete of the Year from Westmont on Monday at the SBART Press Luncheon held at Harry’s Plaza Cafe. Hensley, a junior defender on the women’s soccer team, holds a 3.97 GPA as a math and Spanish major.

The award, which is sponsored by the Human Performance Center, was presented by Bob Huhn. It is given annually to one student-athlete from each local high school and college.

Hensley’s academic success is reflected in twice being named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). As a sophomore, Hensley was named to the third team. This season, Hensley was a first team selection.

Firestorm Quenched by Warrior Sweep

April 20th, 2013

Westmont Baseball kept its postseason hopes alive by sweeping Arizona Christian (24-19, 17-19) on Saturday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors (24-23, 14-19), who tallied 27 hits on the day, won the first game 7-4 and the second 11-1.

Starter Russell Harmening (6-4) picked up the win in the first game. He pitched seven innings, giving up four runs, two of which were earned, on nine hits. Harmening struck out seven and allowed just one walk.

Michael Rishwain picked up his fifth save of the year by closing out the last two scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits.

The Warriors scored in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. With one away, David Pennington singled to right field and took second when David Gael singled to left. Pennington scored on a single to center by Will Barring.

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Warriors Burned by Firestorm

April 19th, 2013

Westmont Baseball (22-23, 12-19 GSAC) got off on the wrong foot in its three-game series with Arizona Christian (24-17, 17-17). The Warriors lost Friday afternoon’s Golden State Athletic Conference at Russ Carr Field game by a score of 9-1.

Torin Shaikh (4-5) took the loss for the Warriors. He pitched five innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out three and allowed one intentional walk.

Arizona Christian’s Tanner Tripp received the win after pitching seven scoreless innings in which he allowed seven hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

In the top of the first inning, Shaikh retired the first two batters before giving up a base hit to Seth Neely. Neely reached second on a wild pitch and then scored when Phil Creecy pounded the ball over the left-centerfield fence for a two-run home run.

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Murphy Throws One-Hitter in Warrior Win

April 13th, 2013

Brian Murphy allowed just one hit in a complete seven-inning game on Saturday as Westmont (22-22) defeated #11 Cal State San Marcos (28-7) by a score of 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cougars took the first game, defeating the Warriors 5-1.

In the nightcap, Murphy gave up a single to Cougar lead-off hitter Tyler Bernard. After a double play erased the base runner, Murphy walked Brandon Bentson. Those were the only two base runners that Murphy allowed. Murphy retired the next 19 batters in order – four struck out, 12 grounded out, one popped out to second, one lined out to short and one flew out to right field.

The Warriors put together two of their four hits in the second inning to account for the game’s only run. With one away, David Gabel single to right center and then stole second base. A single up the middle by Will Barring drove in Gabel.

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