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Archive for February, 2014

Women’s Tennis Sweeps Biola

February 10th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Valuable experience stemming from three straight matches against NCAA opponents (Division I CSU Northridge, Division II #10 Fresno Pacific, and Division III California Lutheran) to open the 2014 campaign, catapulted 12th ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis into Golden State Athletic Conference play against longtime rival Biola.

“We had many small victories in each of our first three matches,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “Our women were able to learn what they each individually needed to work on – second serves, consistency, etc. We didn’t receive any free points, but we battled, and the hard work certainly paid off for us against Biola.”

In their fourth match of the season Saturday in La Mirada, the Warriors (2-2, 1-0 GSAC) earned a landslide 9-0 victory over the Eagles (0-3, 0-1 GSAC). It was a dominant performance for Westmont, as none of the team’s six singles participants dropped a set.

The Warriors, whose roster does not include a senior, were led by Westmont newcomer – and Columbia transfer – Lauren Stratman. Stratman, a sophomore native of nearby Goleta, set the tone for the team with a perfect pair of 6-0 sets in number one singles.

Defense Wins the Day

February 9th, 2014
Aysia Shellmire

It was a solid defensive effort that secured #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (15-6, 6-2 GSAC) a Golden State Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Christian (10-11, 1-7) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. While the Warriors only shot 34.6 percent (18-52) from the floor and scored just 50 points, they held San Diego Christian to a 29.1 percent (16-55) shooting percentage and just 38 points.

Kelsie Sampson tallied 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors while Esther Lee added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists. The Hawks were led by Briana Martinez with 13 points and four rebounds.

Westmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but San Diego Christian scored the next nine points to go ahead by five points, five minutes into the contest. A jumper by Lee not only stopped the run, but launched a 13-point run Warrior run to put Westmont up 17-9 with nine and one-half minutes left in regulation. The Warriors never trailed again.

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Track & Field Athletes Qualify for Nationals

February 9th, 2014
Shane Rowan

Competing in Saturday’s Westmont Sunshine Indoor Open, sixteen Westmont athletes earned qualification marks for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Among those who qualified is freshman Taryn Phipps who posted an automatic qualification time of 56.52 seconds in the 400 meter dash. Phipps surpassed that “A” (automatic) standard by almost two seconds.

Junior Elysia Hodges rewrote her own school record in the 600 meter run, posting a time of 1:32.34. The mark was 1.15 seconds faster than the time she ran 11 months ago to set the record and more than five seconds faster than the automatic qualifying standard.

In the men’s events, Nate Evans recorded a provisional qualification time of 2:31.78 in the men’s 1000 meter. Shane Rowan matched the automatic qualification time in the triple jump exactly with a mark of 14.30 meters (46-11).

Among relay teams, the women’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kylie Moore, Kaylin Koopmans, Phipps and Hodges bested the automatic qualification mark by more than six seconds, recording a time of 3:54:15. In addition, the women’s distance medley relay team of Terri Baker, Moore, Ceci Adams and Jessica Meyers recorded a provision qualification mark of 12:34.87.

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Fukushima Pounds Triple and Two Home Runs

February 9th, 2014
David Gabel applying a tag.

Westmont second baseman Brent Fukushima belted two solo home runs and added a two-RBI triple in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader against Vanguard (9-2, 4-2 GSAC) at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors (5-6, 3-6), won the front end of the twin bill 6-2 but couldn’t complete the three-game series sweep. Vanguard took the final game of the doubleheader by a score of 5-3.

Starter Russell Harmening picked-up his third win of the season in the early game allowing two runs on four hits in six innings so work. The right-handed sophomore struck out three and walked four. Tyler Karp, Hunter Christianson and Michael Rishwain each worked one inning on the mound, allowing just one hit in the combined effort. Richard Perry took the loss for the Lions after allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits.

The first run of the game came on Fukushima’s solo home run to left field in the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors added two more. Left fielder Steven Pollex led off with a single to right and then reached second on a sacrifice by David Gabel. When center fielder Will Barring came to the plate and singled to left field, the Warriors found themselves with runners on the corners and one away.

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Warriors Win One for Their Predecessors

February 8th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Fans on Saturday evening embraced many Warrior stars of the past as esteemed guests and honorees made the journey to Santa Barbara for Westmont Men’s Basketball Alumni Weekend.

Attendees included a portion of the 1984 NAIA National Tournament Final Four team that finished the season 31-4 on their way to a fourth place finish nationally. Their legendary head coach, Chet Kammerer (1975-92), a NAIA Hall of Fame inductee in 2000, and whom the court inside Murchison Gymnasium is named after, was also in attendance.

Those who attended the festivities also witnessed a bit of sporting redemption, as Westmont Men’s Basketball (15-7, 4-4 GSAC) defeated Golden State Athletic Conference foe San Diego Christian (7-10, 3-5) 73-61. The victory avenged the Warriors’ 98-95 loss to the Hawks on January 18 in El Cajon.

“Any time you have a reunion event, you just love when your guys play well in front of a group of guys that you have coached, or that Chet or Ron Mulder (Westmont’s head coach from 1972-74 who also sang the National Anthem Saturday evening) has coached,” reflected Westmont head coach John Moore.

Warriors Cage Lions

February 7th, 2014
Torin Shaikh

While senior right-hander Torin Shaikh held down the fort on the mound for Westmont (4-5, 2-5 GSAC), the Warriors bats unleashed their fury on Vanguard pitchers on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors posted four runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and three in the seventh to secure a 12-2 Golden State Athletic Conference victory and hand the Lions (8-1, 3-1) their first loss of the year.

Shaikh allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings to record his second win of the season against one loss. Devin Matson pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Taylor Martin finished up the ninth inning on the mound to preserve the 12-2 win.

Through three innings of work, Vanguard starter Eddie Rivera (1-1) allowed the Warriors just one hit. That all changed in the bottom of the fourth when right fielder Chris Stroh led off with a single through the right side. Shortstop Joey Gonzales then laid down a bunt, but Rivera slipped coming off the mound and by the time Lions’ first baseman Ian Sakry fielded the ball, he had to hurry the throw. Sarky’s throw was off the mark, allowing Stroh and Gonzales to advance to third and second respectively.

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Sampson Pours in 34 as Warriors Ground Eagles

February 4th, 2014
Kelsie Sampson

Senior forward Keslie Sampson tallied 34 points and 13 rebounds as #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (14-6, 5-2 GSAC) defeated Concordia (9-9, 2-5) by a score of 84-77 in Tuesday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference game. Sampson’s posted her third game of 30 points or more by making 12 of 26 from the field and 10 of 11 from the free throw line.

Celina Gougis recorded her first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The junior guard went five for 11 from the field and a perfect seven of seven from the charity stripe. As a team, Westmont made 23 of its 28 free throw attempts.

The Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead on a three-pointer by Esther Lee (12 points), a layup by Sampson, a jumper by Lauren Sende (8 points, 5 rebounds) and a layup by Gougis. The Warriors pressed their advantage until they took their largest lead of the game (35-19) on a layup by Sampson with six minutes remaining in the half. By halftime, however, the Eagles had cut the Warrior lead to 10 points (43-33).

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Westmont Suffers First Defeat of Season in Claremont

February 4th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Fifth-ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis and second-ranked (NCAA Division III) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps met Thursday afternoon in Claremont for a battle of the Goliaths. Three hours and 20 minutes after the match commenced, it was the Stags (1-0) who cast the last stone, besting the Warriors (5-1, 3-0 GSAC) 6-3.

The Warriors’ combination of Rodrigo Schaefer and Joshua Barnard continued their doubles’ success, defeating the Stags’ number one doubles tandem 8-6. The duo improved to 5-0 on the year, pushing Westmont number one doubles to 6-0 in 2014.

However, Westmont dropped their next two doubles matches, quickly falling into a one-two hole.

Mark Basham’s team fought intrepidly to retain the match, securing victories from Tim Goranson (number two) and John Bertram (number three) in singles competition. Goranson now moves to 6-0 in combined singles play on the season.