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Harmening Pitches Complete Game Shutout

March 9th, 2014
Russell Harmening

Russell Harmening pitched a complete-game shutout in the opening game of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader at #12 The Master’s (23-5, 13-5 GSAC) to claim the first game of a doubleheader, winning by a score of 4-0. Harmening allowed five hits, struck out five and issued just one walk to help Westmont Baseball (13-10, 6-9) take two out of three games in the series.

The Warriors got all four of their runs in the third inning. The first came on single down the right field line by Joey Gonzales that drove in Chris Stroh. The rest of the runs came on a three-run, line-drive home run by Brandon Gildea that cleared the left field fence despite a raging headwind.

In the second game, which was originally scheduled for seven innings, Westmont came within a strike of sweeping the series. With the Warrior up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, two outs, a man on third and a 3-2 count, the Mustang’s Riddle singled up the middle to tie the game at two.

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Hodges Wins National Championship in Record Time

March 9th, 2014
Elysia Hodges - Women's 600 meter national champion

Competing at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, junior Elysia Hodges crossed the finish line of the women’s 600 meters in a record time of 1:30.49 to claim the NAIA National Championship.

Among the competitors in the race was Katie Bonnema of Dordt (Iowa) who won in the 2013 championship with a time of 1:31.52. Bonnema finished this year’s race in third, though she bettered her time by 0.36 second; finishing with a time of 1:31.16.

“Elisha ran an ideal, strategic race,” praised Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “She was under control, found her spot and kept out of the fray. When it was time to go she made her move and carried it to the finish line.”

“After my prelim yesterday, Coach (John) Larralde said, ‘You have to go out with the top runners. They are going to go out faster than you and you have to go with them’,” reported Hodges. “When I broke, I fell right in with Katie from Dordt and (Shani Adams) from Wayland Baptist (Texas).

“The first three were about 43.3 for the first 300. I felt good. We were bumping arms because we were so close together. It felt like we started going faster. I didn’t start feeling tired until about 100 meters left. Wayland Baptist and I had to go on the outside. I could tell that they were getting tired and I was getting tired, but I just went. I had no idea the OBU runner was anywhere near me. About five meters from the finish line I thought, “Oh, my gosh, I’m going to win.”

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Wynne and Vanguard Play Spoiler Again

March 8th, 2014

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) Riding the momentum of Thursday’s upset win over the fourth-seeded Eagles of Biola, fifth-seeded Westmont Men’s Basketball (18-12) ventured south to Costa Mesa for a semifinal battle in “The Pit” with ninth-ranked Vanguard (26-6) – the league’s top seed.

At stake for the two sides was a Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Game berth, which is to be played this upcoming Tuesday against third-seeded #23 Hope International (22-9) at a site to be determined. The Royals defeated seventh-seeded The Masters 61-56 in Fullerton to win their eighth straight game.

Coming into this season, Westmont has traditionally dominated the matchup. Dating back to 2009, the Warriors have boasted 10 consecutive victories over the Lions, holding a 56-21 record overall. This year, however, Vanguard has had the upper hand, defeating Westmont twice in regular-season competition.

The Lions bested the Warriors in Santa Barbara on January 21 by 11, 85-74, and handed the Warriors their worst loss of the season on February 11 in Costa Mesa, 80-58. Tonight, to the chagrin of the Westmont faithful, the Warriors fell again – 90-80.

Shaikh Halts Mustangs

March 8th, 2014
Alex Bush

Thirteen days since their last outing, Westmont Baseball (12-9, 5-8 GSAC) traveled to Santa Clarita to defeat #12 The Master’s (22-4, 12-4) in a Golden State Athletic Conference game. It was the Mustang’s first loss on their home field this season.

Starter Torin Shaikh claimed the win, his fourth of the season against two losses. Shaikh pitched six and two-third innings allowing two runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Devin Matson pitched a scoreless inning and one-third and allowing just one hit while facing five batters. Brandon Gildea pitched the ninth inning and picked up his second save of the season. He allowed one run and three hits.

Westmont scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth after Alex Bush led off with a double. Bush reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Will Barring and then scored on an infield single by Brent Fukushima deep in the hole between short and third.

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Warriors Fall in Semifinals

March 8th, 2014
Karlie Storkson

Seventh-ranked The Master’s (24-7) proved to be too much for Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-9) in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Mustangs posted a 73-52 win over the Warriors to advance to Tuesday night’s championship game.

The Mustangs will take on #17 Hope International (22-9) in the finals after the Royals upset previously undefeated and number one ranked Vanguard (26-1) by a score of 80-76.

“I thought our team played hard tonight,” said Westmont had coach Kirsten Moore. “Master’s was just very good and they deserved that win.”

With the score tied at 14 with 9:32 remaining in the first half, the Mustangs produced a 13-4 run and the Warriors never recovered. At the intermission, The Master’s held a 36-23 lead. After the break, the Mustangs outscored the Warriors 12-3 in the first four minutes to establish a 48-26 advantage. The Warriors got no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.

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Access to Westmont Athletics This Weekend

March 7th, 2014

Due to technical problems, we are currently unable to update schedules, results and calendars on the Westmont Athletics website. To gain access to information, please use the following links:

Track and Field at NAIA National Championships:
  Live Results
  Video Broadcast

Women’s Basketball at The Master’s, GSAC Tournament Semifinal, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
  Live Stats and Video Broadcast
  GSAC Website

Men’s Basketball at Vanguard, GSAC Tournament Semifinal, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  Live Stats and Video Broadcast
  GSAC Website

Baseball at The Masters, Friday, 2:00 p.m.; Saturday doubleheader 11:00 a.m.
  Live Stats and Video Broadcast
  GSAC Website

Collier and Holding are Pentathlon All-Americans

March 6th, 2014
All-American's Kristan Holding and Becky Collier with Multi-Events Coach Josh Priester

Westmont’s Becky Collier and Kristan Holding earned All-American honors competing in the pentathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

Collier, a freshman, tallied 3,395 points to claim fifth place. Holding, who is a sophomore, finished in eighth place with 3,338 points to take Indoor All-American honors for the second year in a row.

“I don’t know when we have had two all-Americans in one event,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “I can’t remember it happening.”

In the 60 meter hurdles, the first of the five events, Collier posted a time of 9.33 and finished eighth while Holding placed 12th in the field of 16 with a time of 9:57. The second event proved to be decisive for both athletes who tied for third with a jump of 1.65 meters (5-5). The high jumper performance moved Collier into third after two events and Holding into fifth.

In the shot put, Holding took eighth place with a throw of 9.66 meters (31-8.5) while Collier managed a 14th place finish with a mark of 8.90 meters (29-2.5). In the fourth event, which is the long jump, the Westmont athletes tied again, finishing sixth with a mark of 5.15 meters (16-10.75). At the end of four events, Holding was in sixth place and Collier in seventh.

Déjà Vu, Warriors Through to Round Two

March 6th, 2014

(LA MIRADA, Calif.) “I believe that we will win” was the home-side cry inside Chase Gymnasium in La Mirada, and “Whiteout Westmont” was the Biola prerogative Thursday evening, as Westmont Men’s Basketball (18-11) met the Eagles (16-15) on the hardwood for the second time in six days.

The Warriors took the first matchup 65-60 to wrap up regular-season play, earning John Moore’s squad the fifth-seed in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. With the loss, Biola garnered the fourth-seed and the first round encore was set in stone.

Tonight, in the 106th meeting between the two teams, Westmont prevailed again to notch their seventh win against their longtime rivals in the past eight matchups. In reminiscent form of last Saturday’s showdown, the Warriors won by a score of 70-66, and now leads the all-time series 56-49.

“(Biola head coach) Dave Holmquist is such a class act,” complimented Moore. “I truly believed that I was going to be outcoached tonight, and I knew I needed my players to compete with incredible heart and intensity. I think they certainly did a great job of that.”