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Warriors Corral a Win against Mustangs

February 7th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

Freshman forward Lauren McCoy dropped in 28 points and pulled down six rebounds as #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (19-5, 6-5 GSAC) defeated the #12 Mustangs of The Master’s (17-7, 7-4) by a score of 71-64 in the NAIA Game of the Week.

“Lauren was so aggressive,” noted Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “She was able to attack the rim all night long and she made big play after big play, especially when we were down.”

The win was the second in a row for the Warriors against a higher ranked opponent.

“After losing to Hope International and Vanguard, we looked at our schedule and saw we had to go on the road against the number one and number two teams in the conference,” said Moore of her team’s journey through the Golden State Athletic Conference schedule. “We definitely had our backs against the wall. But the fact that we went on the road and won both of those games shows what this team capable of.”

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Warriors Compete in Liquid Sunshine

February 7th, 2015
Distance Medley Relay Competitors

Westmont Track and Field hosted the Sunshine Indoor Open on a rainy day at the Warriors’ outdoor track. The soggy meet saw 359 athletes from 13 schools and three clubs compete in 44 events.

Westmont’s Becky Collier and Madison Herrera finished first and second in the indoor pentathlon, posting point totals of 3,330 and 3,108 respectively. While both marks exceed the minimum requirement to qualify for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, only the 16 athletes in the nation with the top pentathlon marks will be awarded a spot to compete at nationals.

Achieving an automatic qualifying mark was Taryn Phipps in 600 meters. Phipps won the race in a hand time of 1:35.8. Jessica Meyers took second in the mile, notching an automatic qualification time of 5:06.86.

Kelly Collins and Emily Williams each posted automatic qualification times in the 5,000 meters while finishing second and third. Collins completed the distance in a time of 17:42.95 and Williams finished in a time of 18:09.89. Heidi Nicholls took fourth in the event with a provisional qualifying time of 18:30.33.

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Harmening Throws Two-Hitter over Eight Innings

February 6th, 2015
Ryan Crowe

Junior right-hander Russell Harmening allowed just two hits in eight innings as Westmont Baseball (10-2, 5-2 GSAC) shut out William Jessup (2-5, 2-5) in a Golden State Athletic Conference game at Russ Carr Field.

After Jessup Anthony Santiago hit a bloop double in the first inning that fell between three Westmont defenders, Harmening retired the next 16 batters that he faced. William Jessup did not have another baserunner until the top of the sixth when Rory Peterson reached on an error.

The only other baserunner allowed by Harmening was in the top of the eighth inning when Fermin Beza knocked a ground ball between short and third. Harmening struck out five without allowing a walk.

While Harmening was taking care of business on the mound, Westmont bats went to work building a Warrior lead. The Warriors tallied 12 hits and benefited from six walks, four errors and a hit batsman.

With two away in the bottom of the first, Will Barring delivered a solo home run down the left field line. Home plate umpire Mike Bennett originally ruled the ball foul, but after conferring with field umpire David Shedlock, reversed his call and awarded the home run.

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Clutch Play at Concordia

February 4th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) #12 Westmont’s women’s tennis team opened conference play with a convincing 7-2 win against #10 Concordia yesterday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Courts.

Opening the day with singles play may not be a competitor’s favorite thing to do, but today it worked to the Warriors advantage. Since they went 5-1 during the singles competitions, the ladies won the match before doubles even started.

With three of their six players going into three sets, the Warriors battled for each of their singles wins. Lauren Stratman played in the number one spot, posting a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win against her opponent from Concordia. Inez Costamagna continued her undefeated winning streak with two 6-0 wins against the Eagles. Haley Strandness was the first to go into three sets, but pulled away with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win against Hahn.

Warriors Win Conference Opener

February 3rd, 2015
Joshua Barnard

(IRVINE, Calif.) The #9 Westmont men’s tennis team finished with a big 5-4 win in their conference opener against #11 Concordia this afternoon in Irvine, Calif.

The Warriors have had multiple weeks of practices, scrimmages and good competition, which have brought them to this point. The men were focused and determined to start conference play off well, and thankfully they did not disappoint.

The doubles matches of the day were all very tightly matched. Barnard and Lindqvist tag teamed for a 9-8 (3) win in the number one spot this afternoon. They were followed by Christian Mathis and Jan Sibbel who defeated Concordia’s Rafael Racy and Bernardo Bertolucci by a close score of 9-7. In the third position, Kimsey and Whalen were taken down 8-4 by the Eagles’ Pronath and Ko. At the conclusion of the doubles, the Warriors held a 2-1 lead.

Inconsistent in Irvine

February 1st, 2015
bball huddle

By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) It was an unusually rough night for the Westmont men’s basketball team (15-8, 7-3 GSAC) as they traveled down to Irvine, Calif. to play #13 Concordia (19-4, 8-2 GSAC). Despite a very solid first half, the men were not able to close the deal and ended up losing the game by a final score of 79-62.

Even though it was a packed gym tonight for the Eagle’s Homecoming basketball game, the Warriors took the court with confidence and determination. With a motto of “silence the crowd” the Westmont men went to work and were quite productive for the first twenty minutes of the matchup. Going into halftime, both teams were shooting at a 48 percent clip, which kept the score within two points at the end of the first (32-34).

“I thought we played really well in the first half. We executed well and looked like we were going to take a nice lead going into halftime. In the last two or three minutes of the first half we had have some slip ups, but overall we played well,” commented head coach John Moore.” Our whole mantra was ‘silence the crowd’. I thought we did a good job of that in the first, but in the second half they erupted on us.”


Warriors Upset Eighth-Ranked Eagles

February 1st, 2015
Aysia Shellmire

Four Warriors scored in double figures as #17 Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-5, 5-5 GSAC) did something no other Golden State Athletic Conference team has been able to do – beat #8 Concordia (16-4, 9-1). Westmont outscored Concordia 86-75 on the Eagles’ home court.

“We played with an attacking mentality tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I am proud of the way that my team battled for every loose ball and every rebound. I thought we played tough, gritty defense.”

The Warriors were able to hold Janis Peterson – the conference’s leading scorer at 23.1 points per game – to just eight points on the night.

Aysia Shellmire recorded a double-double consisting of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Shellmire, who made nine of 14 from the field, also tallied three blocks. Krissy Karr led the Warriors in scoring with 23 points.
She also pulled down seven rebounds and added four assists.

Cora Chan made five of eight from the field and six of eight from the charity stripe to tally 18 points along with four assists and three rebounds. Lauren McCoy was four of five from the floor while adding 15 points, five rebounds and four assists.

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Baseball Completes Sweep of Hawks

February 1st, 2015
Taylor Martin

Westmont Baseball (7-2, 4-2 GSAC) completed a three-game sweep of San Diego Christian (3-4, 2-4) on Saturday afternoon at Russ Carr Field as the Warriors took both ends of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader. Westmont claimed the first game by an 11-4 score, then notched a 3-2 victory in the second.

Taylor Martin (1-0) earned his first win of the year by pitching the final two and two-third innings and giving up just one hit. He struck out one and did not allow a walk. Daniel Butler started the game and pitched six innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked just one.

The Hawks started the scoring, picking up one run in the top of the third on an RBI single by Joseph Tellez that drove in Justin DiStefano.

Westmont took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. With two away, Blake Matthias singled to center field, then advanced to third when Michael Pollex double down the right field line. Graylin Derke then doubled to the gap in left center to drive in both Matthias and Pollex.

San Diego Christian tied it up in the top of the fifth when Austin Yoemen led off with a solo home run to left.

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