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Royals Upset Warriors

January 24th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Despite a season-high 32 points from junior guard Krissy Karr, #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-4, 4-4 GSAC) suffered a 70-63 loss at Hope International (12-9, 3-4) on Saturday night in Golden State Athletic Conference action.

The Warriors struggled to score in the first half, making just seven of 26 attempts from the floor for 26.9 percent shooting. The Royals, on the other hand, made 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) on their way to a 34-20 halftime lead.

Westmont found itself down by 17 when Brittany Bauman (11 points) nailed a three-pointer shortly after play resumed in the second half. That proved to be the largest lead of the game.

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Warriors Split Doubleheader with Firestorm

January 24th, 2015
Graylin Derke

After dropping the opening game of a Golden State Athletic Conference header 6-4 to the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-1, 2-1 GSAC), Westmont Baseball (4-2, 1-2) exploded for 11 runs and claimed the nightcap by a score of 11-3.

In the first game, Arizona Christian took the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Anthony Balderama that drove in Jake Wakamatsu from second base. The Warriors responded in the top of the first when Andrew Devian drove a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Michael Pollex to score. Pollex had reached on a single to lead off the inning.

However, things began to unravel for the Warriors as Arizona Christian scored three runs in the second and two in the third. Westmont starting pitcher Sam Sheehan did not last through the third inning, having given up six runs on five hits. Sheehan, who struck out one but walked six, was charged with the loss and fell to 1-1.

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Warriors Drop GSAC Opener in 10 innings

January 23rd, 2015
Russell Harmening

In what started out as an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, Westmont Baseball (3-1) lost its Golden State Athletic Conference opener to Arizona Christian (1-0) as the Firestorm rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the tenth inning to win 4-3.

Russell Harmening started on the mound for the Warriors and gave up just one run on four hits in seven and two-third innings. He struck out six and did not surrender a walk.

However, the Warriors were unable to put runs on the board until the top of the ninth inning. Firestorm starting left-hander Tommy Lay pitched the first eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out 12 with one walk.

Neither starter would figure in the decision.

In the bottom of the eighth, Arizona Christian scored on a RBI single by Tata Erickson that drove in Matthew Mara from second base. Mara had previously reached on a single and advanced to second on a ground out by Kyle Robbins.

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Men’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

January 23rd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It looks to be a season of change as the Westmont men’s tennis team takes the court this weekend in their first official match of the season against UC Santa Barbara this Saturday. For many years, the Warriors have had veteran- heavy rosters, but their 2015 lineup holds four freshman, one sophomore, two juniors and one lone senior.

“This year’s team is very new. We have five new men-one is a walk on and four that I recruited. Total it makes four incoming freshman, one junior transfer and three returners,” opened fifth year head coach Mark Basham. “They are a hardworking team both on and off the court. They are all good students who did a great job in school during the fall semester, which is encouraging to see. They are also pretty steady and consistent in practice. Where last year’s team had a little more power, this year’s team is more consistent in regards to keeping the ball in play. Our matches may be little longer because of longer points.

“The 2014 team was a very experienced group with a good record of wins and losses (14-7 overall, 8-2 GSAC). At Nationals I felt like it just did not go our way. We lost in the Sweet Sixteen and I felt like we should have won our games against Bethany Kansas to keep us in the running,” recollected Basham. Since the end of that season, the focus has been on bringing in new talent to help build and grow the program even more.

Women’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

January 23rd, 2015

By Christy Cain

The Westmont women’s tennis team will kick off their 2015 season this weekend against UC Santa Cruz at home on the Abbott Tennis Courts. The Warriors are in their second season under head coach Kendyll McManigal. With seven players who have significant experience under their belts, it looks to be a very exciting season.

“Last year was my first year as head coach so I think that I did not quite know what to expect about how we would do or all the responsibilities that come with being a head coach” opened Westmont alumna and head coach Kendyll McManigal. “All of that being said, I think last year was a great year for us– it was just a building year. We finished 11th in the NAIA and second in the Golden State Athletic Conference which are really good end results, but our record was 12-13 after Nationals. A lot of this had to do with the fact that I scheduled many hard matches as a first year coach. We played University of the Pacific, CSU Northridge twice, Lynn (one of the best Division II teams), Middlebury, Azusa Pacific and Point Loma. I have this belief that we need to play great teams in order to be prepared for our harder competition, but with that came some highs and lows. We gained a lot of experience and in turn, we gained confidence in our ability to overcome difficulties.”

This season, the women still have a highly competitive schedule of play, but not such an overwhelming number of non-conference match ups. “We had a great summer and a really productive fall season, so we are ready to hit the ground running. I made a good effort to not schedule as many back-to-back difficult matches. I think our schedule is a bit more even with matches we can definitely win, compared to the ones that will give us a challenge” explained McManigal.

Daniel Carlin Named GSAC Player of the Week

January 21st, 2015

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Senior captain Daniel Carlin is the first Warrior to earn a title of Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week so far this season. This is an award that is voted on by the conference and given to a competitor who has had an exceptional week of play. Daniel’s achievements over the last seven days, coupled with his steady and consistent play over the whole season made him the perfect candidate and recipient for the award.

In last Thursday’s match-up against San Diego Christian, Carlin worked hard to establish himself on the inside. He was continually working the key, getting solid positioning on his defender and making plays happen. Daniel was 9-17 from the field and ended up as the lead scorer of the game with 19 points on the evening. Along with that, the 6-9 245 pound veteran pulled down a team high of eight rebounds and had two blocked shots while leading his team to a 75-49 victory.

Running Up the Rankings

January 21st, 2015

By Christy Cain

(LA MIRADA, Calif.) Tonight the Westmont men’s basketball team officially moved in to a tie for first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference. If you were to take a look at the GSAC website, you would see that the conference currently has two teams (Concordia and Westmont) holding a record of 6-1, while Hope International and Arizona Christian each hold a 5-1 conference record. What does four teams only tallying one loss each mean?

Every. Single. Game. Matters.

Westmont certainly took care of business when they stepped on to the court against rival Biola University (13-8, 1-6 GSAC) tonight. Despite a little bit of a slow start, the Warriors had an excellent performance tonight on the basketball court as they took home an 83-65 win on the road.

“I don’t even want to talk about it because I don’t want to go away,” joked head Coach John Moore. “I feel like I will wake up and this will all be a dream. I think when you shoot as exceptionally well as we did tonight, everything on the court looks good. We have great shooters who hold some of the best three point shooting records in the country. When you go 15-24 from outside the arc, your team is going to do well.”


Warriors’ Streak Past Biola

January 20th, 2015
Esther Lee

Junior guard Krissy Karr poured in 25 points as #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-3, 4-3 GSAC) posted a 67-49 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Eagles of Biola (12-9, 4-3) on Tuesday night in La Mirada. Karr made six of 12 attempts from three points range. She also tallied four rebounds and three assists.

Westmont came into Chase Gymnasium with guns blazing and put up a quick 11-0 lead in less than three minutes. On each of its first three possessions, the Warriors scorched the net from long distance with Karr, Celina Gougis (3 points, 10 rebounds) and Esther Lee (11 points, 5 assists) hitting threes in succession.

Aysia Shellmire (8 points, 7 rebounds) scored a layup on the Warriors’ next possession before Biola’s Chelsea Hill (9 points, 3 rebounds) point the Eagles’ first points on the board. A layup by Lauren McCoy (14 points, 8 rebounds) made it five straight scoring possessions to start the game and gave Westmont a 13-2 advantage.

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