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Warriors were Set to Go in On Your Mark Meet

January 31st, 2015
Shane Rowan

Westmont Track and Field started off the 2015 season by hosting six other teams in the On Your Mark Track and Field Meet on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s teams took first place in the meet and several Warriors qualified for participation in the NAIA Indoor National Championships, which will be held March 5-7 in Geneva, Ohio.

The On Your Mark Meet included both indoor events and outdoor events. Athletes could not use the outdoor events to qualify for nationals, but they could be used to gain an entry into the GSAC Championships next April.

The Women’s team tallied 264 points to claim first place, outpacing second play California Lutheran who collected 119.5 points. Concordia finished third with 72 points, three more than Vanguard who claimed fourth. A handful of Biola runners tallied 50.5 points for fifth place while William Jessup scored 21 points and Marymount scored nine.

Becky Collier finished first in the high jump with an automatic qualifying mark of 1.70 meters (5-7). Collier also finished first in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.02 seconds.

Also earning an automatic qualification into nationals was Elysia Mitchell who won the 200 meter dash in time of 24.77 seconds. Mitchell also won the 100 meter dash, completing the race in a time of 12.25 seconds.

Freshman Jessica Erikson finished first in the 400 meter run in a time of 57.14 seconds, beating the automatic qualification time by over a second. Kelly Collins took third in the 3,000 meter run, but did so in an automatic qualification time of 10:18.56

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Warriors Fall to Matadors

January 31st, 2015
Stratman tennis

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (1-1) hosted their second competition of the season this afternoon at the Abbott Tennis Courts against Cal State University Northridge (1-0). Despite the eventual 2-7 loss to the Division I Matadors, the Warriors saw some great performances out of their players.

The doubles performances were a highlight of the day as Lauren Stratman and Inez Costamagna teamed up and defeated Vivian Lin and Kiryang Kim 8-2. “We won number one doubles very convincingly today,” opened second year coach Kendyll McManigal. “The girls played great tennis in that match. They were also mentally tough, on fire and positive. One of Northridge’s coaches even commented on their positive energy and demeanor, which made me really proud.”

Also in doubles, Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness dropped their matchup 8-2 against Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poel. The number three senior duo Emily Keach and Grace Davis fell to Northridge’s Criss Rodriguez and Jessica Warren with a score of 8-3.

Baseball Takes Series Opener against Hawks

January 31st, 2015
Russell Harmening

Warrior bats fired off 14 hits and Warrior pitchers limited runs to the sixth inning as Westmont Baseball (5-2, 2-2 GSAC) posted a 9-3 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Hawks of San Diego Christian (3-2, 2-2) on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field.

Starting pitcher Russell Harmening (2-0) allowed three runs on just five hits in six innings of work, he struck out three and walked one. Stephen Larson came on in relief and picked-up a save with three innings of one-hit work. Larson, who struck out four and walked two, did not surrender a run.

Westmont opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Right fielder Blake Matthias, who went two for five with two runs and three RBIs, scored when shortstop Rudy Leon singled to right field. Leon, then, scored from first on a double by catcher Ryan Crowe.

In the bottom of the third, Westmont took control of the game by putting six more runs on the board. Freshman second baseman Michael Stefanic, who went three for four with a run and one RBI in his collegiate debut, led off with a single up the middle. After designated hitter Alex Bush walked, center fielder Will Barring laid a bunt single down the third base line to fill the sacks with Warriors. With nobody out, Matthias stepped to the plate and ripped a triple down the right field line to drive in three runs.

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Welcome to the Grind

January 28th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “This is ‘Grit week’ around the Westmont campus. They are talking about it in chapel and it is a focus in some class discussions. It is a term that is not used often enough in our society,” opened head coach John Moore when talking about Westmont’s 56-52 win over Vanguard (13-9, 5-4 GSAC). “I love grit. Our team has a large amount of grit and they showed it tonight.”

Grit is essentially ones work ethic and toughness of spirit when faced with obstacles and setbacks. It is keeping your nose to the grindstone when situations are hard and nothing is going your way. Ultimately, grit is the perseverance to continually work towards a long term goal, no matter how difficult circumstances become.

Anyone who watched this evening’s game, could see that it the first half was a bit scattered. As coach John Moore explained it, “The team came out of the gate great with Daniel (Carlin) scoring the first eight points and then they just sped up and played way too fast.” By this point in the season, the Westmont men know that in order to win games, they need to play at their level and find a consistent rhythm as a team on the court. The key to doing this is patience. Patience with each other, patience in regards to ball control and patience in knowing that if you take calm, collected shots, sooner or later they will begin to drop.


Lions Nip Warriors in Defensive Battle

January 28th, 2015
Celina Gougis

In a defensive struggle between two top-20 teams, #12 Vanguard (14-5, 6-3 GSAC) came out on top of a 53-50 score to defeat #17 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-5, 4-5) on Tuesday night in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

“I’ll go to battle with the team that showed up for us tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We were gritty; we gave ourselves a chance with our defense. It was just hard to get anything going offensively – credit Vanguard’s defense and their defensive game plan.

“Especially in the first half, we struggled to finish inside or finish outside. Obviously, we were able to figure some things out in the second half offensively and still played good defense. We gave ourselves a chance to be in the game if we had just had a few different opportunities down the stretch.”

The Warriors trailed 24-17 at intermission after making just 26.1 percent from the field (6 of 23). Esther Lee, who finished with a team high 14 points, tallied nine points of those points in the first half.

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Starting Off Strong

January 26th, 2015
Haley Strandness

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (1-0) opened their 2015 season off with a 9-0 sweep against UC Santa Cruz (0-1) last Saturday.

When the women matched up against Santa Cruz last season, they battled their hearts out, but ultimately lost 4-5. This season, they wanted to come out with a vengeance. Prior to the opener, second year coach Kendyll McManigal said, “Last year we lost to UCSC in a heart breaker. Even though we lost, the final match we lost was 5-7 in an intense third set. I think this year will show our improvement when we play them. The girls are looking forward to seeing how we compare and how this one turns out.”

Considering that the women walked away with a final score of 9-0, it’s safe to say that the Warriors certainly are not disappointed with this year’s results.

A Santa Barbara Showdown

January 26th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont men’s tennis team (0-1) officially kicked off their 2015 season last Saturday right down the road at UC Santa Barbara (1-2).

To open the season against a top Division I school is no easy feat, but the Warriors took the court and put up a fight. They started the day with the doubles competitions. In Division I play, whoever wins two out of the three matches, wins the one cumulative doubles point.

Upperclassmen duo Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist played in the number one doubles position and defeated Nathan Eshmade and Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 7-6 (8). On the number two court, Christian Mathis and Jan Sibbel (WC) took down UCSB team Morgan Mays and Andrew Riminton 7-6 (3). On the third court, UCSB tag-team Teague Hamilton and Chase Masciorini (UCSB) beat Luke Whalen and Travis Kimsey by a score of 6-1. Since Westmont won two of the three matches, they walked away with the one cumulative doubles point to start the day 1-0.

Heartbreaker in Fullerton

January 25th, 2015
Sean Harmon

“I feel like we gave this one away,” said Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore after the Warriors (17-4, 6-2 GSAC) lost a Golden State Athletic Conference game at #4 Hope International (18-1, 6-1) on Saturday night by a score of 72-68.

“Give them all the credit; they are a very good team,” continued Moore. “There is a reason they are a top-five team, but I think we have a chance to be a top-10 team and we needed to play like it. This is a game that we gave back to them and I am disappointed in that.”

The Warriors shot 57.7 percent in the first half (15 of 26) and built a 16-point lead (36-20) with two and one-half minutes to go before intermission. But a series of three Warrior turnovers and four missed shots let the Royals close out the half on an 8-0 run and narrow the deficit to eight points (36-28) before the horn sounded.

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