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Barring Selected as Player of the Week

April 21st, 2014
Will Barring

Westmont junior center fielder Will Barring has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week. Barring is a junior kinesiology major who hails from Tustin.

In three games last week against Arizona Christian, Barring went seven of 10 at the plate for a .700 batting average. He also scored seven runs and posted two RBIs. Barring also walked three times and was hit by a pitch to post an on base percentage of .786.

In Friday’s 4-2 Warrior victory, Barring went three for four with two runs scored. In the first game on Saturday – which the Warriors won 11-2, Barring went three for three and walked twice. He also recorded two runs and one RBI. In the second game on Saturday, Barring went one for three with a double, a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. The final game went 17-8 in the Warriors’ favor.

Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Award

April 21st, 2014
Westmont President Gayle Beebe; Golden Eagle recipients David Donner, Taylor Frantom,  Jack Rogan, Breean Collier; Track and field head coach Russell Smelley, Award sponsor Pete Jordano

Westmont Athletics honored 13 student-athletes at the 20th Annual Golden Eagles Award Banquet. The awards have been sponsored by Pete and Gerd Jordano and the Pacific Beverage Company since their inception in 1995.

An athlete from each intercollegiate team is presented with the Golden Eagle Award. The honor is given to an athlete for their accomplishments athletically, academically, spiritually and socially. Each recipient must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess a minimum 3.25 GPA and have the nomination and support of their coach.

Warriors Complete Season Sweep, Eye Playoffs

April 17th, 2014
Chris Stroh

Westmont Baseball (33-14, 20-13 GSAC) completed a season sweep of Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Arizona Christian (13-33, 5-31) by taking both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday at Firestorm Field. The Warriors won the opening game 11-2 and rallied to win the second game 17-8.

The Warriors are now one win away from tying the program record for most wins in a single season. The 1989 team, coached by John Kirkgard, posted a record of 34-16.

Russell Harmening earned his 11th win of the season, which is tied for most in the NAIA. In seven innings of work, he allowed two runs on four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Daniel Butler pitched the final two innings, retiring all six batters that he faced.

In the seven-inning second game, starter Alex Bush pitched four innings allowing five runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked four. Devin Matson entered the game in the fifth inning with the Warriors trailing 5-3. He allowed one run on no hits and was the pitcher of record when the Warriors produced eight runs in the top of the sixth. As a result, Matson was credited with the win and improved to 2-1 on the year.

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Lady Warriors Finish Second in GSAC Tournament

April 17th, 2014

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) There will be no Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship repeat for No. 2-seeded (#11) Westmont Women’s Tennis (11-12), as the Warriors fell 5-3 to top-seeded and eighth-ranked Vanguard (16-8) in Thursday’s final.

Despite the loss, the Warriors are expected to receive an at-large invitation to the 34th Annual NAIA National Women’s Tennis Tournament that will be held May 13-17 in Mobile, Alabama.

“Even though we lost, it was clear that our team came prepared with the confidence and belief that they could win,” articulated Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “Losing is never what we intended, so it makes you churn, but our team fought until the very end and played the entire match as if we were going to pull it out.”

The Lady Warriors claimed two of three doubles contests to assert a 2-1 advantage before heading into singles play. Victories were picked up on the No. 1 and 3 courts, as sixth-ranked* Lauren and Kate Stratman thumped (#17) Juliet Labarthe and Michaele Sullivan 8-1, and Emily Keach and Grace Davis knocked off Ashley Wao-Udin and Brooke Ferslov 8-6 to register their first triumph against the tandem in their final attempt of three this season.

Warrior Win 10th in a Row

April 16th, 2014
Steven Pollex

Torin Shaikh picked up his seventh win of the season against three losses as Westmont Baseball posted a 4-2 win against Arizona Christian (13-31, 5-29 GSAC) at Firestorm Field on Wednesday. The Warriors improved to 31-14 overall and 18-13 in Golden State Athletic Conference play and stretched their winning streak to 10 in a row.

As a result of the win, Westmont has moved into a three-way tie for third place in the GSAC standings with #16 Concordia (31-15) and #24 Vanguard (27-17). Westmont is two games behind second-place The Master’s (35-13, 21-12) which is ranked at number 12. San Diego Christian (35-13, 22-9) sits atop the conference, four games ahead of the Warriors.

Shaikh allowed just one run on four hits in six innings of work. Sam Sheehan pitched one and two-third innings without allowing a run or a hit. He struck out four of the six batters he faced. Hunter Christenson earned the save by pitching the ninth inning and allowing just one run.

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Concordia Retires Westmont in Indian Wells

April 16th, 2014

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) A six-match winning streak to culminate the 2014 regular season, as well as a span of six-straight victories over the Eagles of Concordia (dating back to April 21, 2012) has come to an end for Westmont Men’s Tennis.

The No. 3-seeded (#12) Eagles (11-8) succeeded in dismounting the No. 2-seeded, fifth-ranked Warriors (14-6) 5-4 in a thrilling Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Semifinal match Wednesday afternoon in Indian Wells. With the victory, Concordia moves on to face fourth-ranked Vanguard (17-4), the tourney’s top seed, in the finals on Thursday at 9 a.m.

The day looked promising for the Warriors as the team squeaked out a 2-1 edge upon the finalization of doubles action.

At No. 1, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) second-ranked* pair of Rodrigo Schaefer and Josh Barnard handled their opponents, (#11) Chris Wickenhauser and Jan Guler, 8-5. However, Concordia’s Moritz Pronath and Hayden Hensley bested Westmont’s Travis Kimsey and Nick Szyndlar 8-4 on the No. 3 court to even the match at 1-1.

Women’s Tennis is Championship Bound

April 16th, 2014

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) On a sizzling day in Indian Wells, No. 2-seeded (#11) Westmont Women’s Tennis (11-11) had their racquets a blaze en route to a resolute 5-0 Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Tournament Semifinals victory over no. 3-seeded (#14) Concordia (8-11).

With the win, the Lady Warriors are now poised to face the conference’s top seed, ninth-ranked Vanguard (15-8), in tomorrow’s championship match, starting at 9 a.m.

The day began with a maroon and white sweep of doubles competition. To commence the action, Westmont’s No. 3 pair, composed of Emily Keach and Grace Davis, made quick work of Caitlyn Uzzi and Kristin Lampe, winning 8-2.

Next, the Stratman sisters, eighth-ranked* Lauren and Kate, defeated the Eagles’ ninth-ranked duo of Mona Piller and Ulrike Hahn 8-5 on the No. 1 court. Lastly, 16th-ranked Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandness wrapped up team play by dropping 18th-ranked Summer Beaird and Ellie Johnson 8-6 at No. 2.

Women’s Tennis Weathers the Storm, Earns Second Seed

April 13th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Lady Warriors of #11 Westmont Women’s Tennis (10-11, 8-2 GSAC) have concluded their vigorous and challenging 2014 regular-season slate in winning fashion by knocking off four of their last five opponents.

From their initial match to their last, the squad’s schedule was riddled with competitive contests. In total, Westmont faced off with nine ranked sides and participated in matches with three teams from each division of the NCAA (I, II and III).

First-year Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal does not discourage the strenuous nature of the team’s schedule, declaring that it galvanizes her squad by creating new enthusiasm for each match.

“We welcome the competition and the pressure,” avowed McManigal. “Our win-loss record has not been as solid as we may have wanted it to be, but we’ve played really hard teams.”