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Collier to Represent Westmont at USA Junior Nationals

June 25th, 2014
Becky Collier

By Josh Priester

Becky Collier will become the first Track & Field athlete to represent Westmont at the USA Junior National Track & Field Championships.

Collier enjoyed a tremendous freshman season of competition in both indoor and outdoor track and field, which culminated in a national runner-up finish in the high jump, as well as a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon.

Her indoor season included a fifth-place finish in the pentathlon and a seventh-place finish in the high jump. In all, Collier earned four NAIA All-American awards and set two school records during her freshman campaign.

Chilin’ for Charity

June 24th, 2014

Coach Kirsten Moore was called out to “chill for charity” in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. She rose to the challenge by chillin’ at -220 degrees Fahrenheit for two minutes at The Lab’s cryo-sauna. She has challenged four other NAIA coaches to pay it forward and chill for charity.

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Coach John Moore’s Basketball Journey Started Early, In A Foreign Land

June 18th, 2014
USA U18 court coach John Moore shares a laugh with USA U18 National Team hopeful Tyus Jones. Photo courtesy USA Basketball.

By Craig Ellenport

Reprinted by Permission

For some people, being involved with USA Basketball creates an opportunity to travel the world and broaden horizons. For John Moore, the order was reversed.

In Moore’s case, spending his childhood years in another part of the world created an opportunity to become involved with USA Basketball and cement a love of the game that would shape his life forever.

Moore, the longtime and very successful head men’s basketball coach at Westmont College in Santa Barbara California, was in Colorado Springs, Colorado, earlier this week to serve as a court coach for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp. This was Moore’s second stint as a USA Basketball court coach (he worked previously with the 2002 USA Men’s U18 National Team). He’s been a college coach for more than 30 years, following his playing days at Westmont. And it all started when he was a kid growing up in Japan – and his family played host to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Gildea Drafted by Angels

June 7th, 2014
Brandon Gildea

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Westmont’s Brandon Gildea in MLB drafted conducted over the past three days. Gildea was selected in the 36th round.

“I am extremely proud of Brandon for this tremendous accomplishment,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “He has been a four year contributor in our program and has improved each year. His humility, work ethic and leadership should provide a great foundation for the next steps in his baseball career.

“Brandon was fortunate enough to draw attention from several MLB teams in this process. We are very thankful that the Angels organization took the time to follow Brandon’s development and give him an opportunity in their organization. I am confident that he will represent himself and Westmont College very well in this new phase of his career.”

Gildea, a two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection, posted a .387 batting average in his senior year and a .524 slugging percentage. He tallied five home runs, two triples and 12 doubles among his 87 hits – a program record. He also drove in 38 RBIs.

Multiple Awards for Women’s Tennis

June 2nd, 2014
Lauren Stratman and Kate Stratman (top row). Emily Keach and Alyson Meyer (bottom row).

Named to the NAIA Women’s Tennis All-American team, Lauren Stratman of Goleta heads the list of several postseason honorees from the Westmont Women’s Tennis team. The sophomore was one of 16 players named to the first team by the NAIA All-American Committee.

Stratman, who posted a record of 21-2 playing at number one singles and 16-8 at number one doubles, was also honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Collegiate Women’s Player of the Year.

In addition, Stratman, along with her sister Kate, were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American team. The ITA All-American selection is made by finishing in the ITA top-20 singles ranking at the end of the year or as a top-10 doubles player. Kate, a freshman, posted a doubles record of 14-8, playing mostly at number one doubles with her sister.

Men’s Tennis Honored

June 2nd, 2014
Tim Goranson and Rodrigo Schaefer (top row). John Bertram and Josh Barnard (bottom row).

Though its season has come to an end, Westmont Men’s Tennis continues to receive a number of awards. Senior Tim Goranson of Falkenberg, Sweden was named to the NAIA All-American first team. Goranson posted a singles record of 16-3 this season and a doubles record of 17-3.

Seniors Rodrigo Schaefer of Florianopolis, Brazil and John Bertram of Melbourne, Australia, along with junior Joshua Barnard of Glendora received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table also acknowledged Goranson, naming him the Collegiate Men’s Tennis Player of the Year at their annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Goranson, Schaefer and Barnard were also named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American’s. The ITA national honors are awarded to those who finish in ITA singles-players top-20 ranking or doubles-players top-10.

Baseball Honors

June 2nd, 2014
Russell Harmening and Eric Bateman (top row). Taylor Martin and Brandon Gildea (bottom row).

Sophomore pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside received NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors for his performance this year on the mound. Harmening posted a record of 12-3 during the 2014 campaign with an ERA of 2.47. In 113 innings he struck out 95 batters and walked just 23. His 12 wins on season ties for fourth in the NAIA this year, with three pitchers achieving 13 wins.

Harmening was also named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America® baseball second team for his performance both on the diamond and in the classroom. The prestigious and competitive award, which is given to just 22 athletes in the college division, is administered by College Sports Information of America (CoSIDA). Harmening holds a 3.69 GPA while majoring in mathematics.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table also honored Harmening, naming him the Baseball Collegiate Athlete of the Year.