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Warriors Show Their Mettle in First Round Win

March 19th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Westmont Women’s Basketball (25-6) has moved on to the second round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a 74-63 first round win over The Scots of Arkansas’ Lyon College (27-7). Junior guard Krissy Karr scored 18 points while posting six assists and four steals. Senior guard Esther Lee added 17 points to help lead the Warriors to the win.

Sophomore post Aysia Shellmire tallied 12 points and six rebounds while freshman post Lauren McCoy notched a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocks. Sophomore guard Cora Chan collected seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors struggled in the first half, shooting just 30.3 percent (10 off 33) from the field. Lyon, on the other hand, made 14 of 29 from the floor (48.3 percent). The Scots led by as much as 10 points in the first half (29-19) and claimed a six-point advantage 36-30 at intermission.

“The first half was a bit of a struggle because they were hedging our guards hard,” noted Lee. “We couldn’t seem to get good looks.”

“We played a very good Lyon team and we had our backs against the wall for a majority of the game,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I’m so proud of how we stuck with it, kept fighting and kept believing.

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Warriors Win Doubleheader to Sweep Series

March 14th, 2015
Daniel Butler

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field, the Warriors’ bullpen was treated to great seats for a doubleheader against Arizona Christian (8-18, 8-16 GSAC) and allowed to sit back and enjoy the Golden State Athletic Conference games as spectators – except for one of the 16 innings.

Westmont starter Daniel Butler (3-0) pitched eight innings in the opening game, giving up just one run on seven hits as the #21 Warriors (22-7, 16-6) posted a 3-1 victory over the Firestorm. Butler struck out five and allowed just one walk. Closer Hector Lujan made the only appearance from the pen, facing just three batters in the ninth to record his fourth save of the year.

In the second of the twin bill, Andrew Vasquez threw a complete seven-inning game shutout, allowing just two hits while striking out 13 of the Firestorm’s batters. Vasquez improved his record to 5-1 as the Warriors posted a 5-0 win. Saturday’s wins completed a three-game sweep of the Firestorm.

Westmont first baseman Alex Bush produced a one-out double in the opening inning of the first game and then advanced to third when Will Barring flied out to deep right field. Bush later scored on a wild pitch.

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Warriors Give New Meaning to ‘Survive and Advance’

March 14th, 2015

Westmont Men’s Basketball is making their second trip to the NAIA National Championship in three years. The experience of gathering with 31 other elite teams from across the nation to battle it out over seven days is filled with drama and excitement. Moments of anxiety, tension, praying for the best and dreading the worst are all part of the postseason experience.

All those emotions, however, are supposed to come after the opening tip-off – not after take-off.

The Warriors’ trip to Kansas City began at two o’clock in the morning when they boarded a shuttle bus headed for Los Angeles International Airport. Their first flight to Denver went off without a hitch – it was Flight 4870 from Denver to Kansas City that brought the unexpected.

“Just after take-off, we heard a loud noise,” explained Westmont head coach John Moore. “It got everyone’s attention but the plane kept going so we thought everything was going to be fine.”

Warriors Take Series Opener from Firestorm

March 13th, 2015
Russell Harmening

Westmont bats unloaded at Russ Carr Field as #21 Westmont (20-7, 14-6 GSAC) posted an 11-3 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Arizona Christian (8-16, 8-14). The Warriors exploded for 14 hits including four for extra bases while Russell Harmening picked up his league-leading seventh win of the season.

Harmening pitched a scoreless six innings, allowing six hits while striking out seven. He did not allow a walk. On the season, Harmening (7-1) has tallied 54 strikeouts against just 10 walks. His season ERA is now 1.30.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Michael Stefanic hit a ball to left field that took one hop and jumped the outfield fence for a ground-rule double. Steven Pollex, who led off the inning with a single to right, scored from second on the play.

In the third inning, designated hitter Derek Rodigo connected for his first home run of the year – a two run shot that hit the top of the second fence in left field.

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Westmont Draws Lyon in NAIA First Round

March 11th, 2015

The official brackets have been released and 16th-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-6) will take on the 17th-ranked Scots of Lyon College (27-6) from Batesville, Arkansas in the first round of the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, Presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City. Westmont is the number four seed in their quadrant of the 32-team bracket while Lyon is the number five seed.

The Warriors and Scots are scheduled to tip off at 10:45 a.m. CDT (8:45 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, March 19, the second day of first round games. The Championship Tournament will be held at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri.

Westmont and Lyon have met up once before – ironically in the first round of the 2012 NAIA National Championship. The Warriors edged the Scots 59-57 to advance to the second round. Westmont senior guard Celina Gougis is the only player on either current team who was on the roster three years ago, though she did not play in the previous game.

The Scots are making their fourth trip in a row to the National Tournament under head coach Tracy Stewart-Lange (188-129 at Lyon), who is in her 10th season. Lyon will be looking to earn their first NAIA Tournament win in next Thursday’s game.

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First Round Clash of the Warriors

March 11th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) This evening, the Westmont men’s basketball teamed earned their official golden ticket to the 2015 Buffalo Funds – NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. As coaches, players and Westmont employees gathered around to watch the selection show online, the moment of truth revealed that the men will take on the #12 seed Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Thursday March 19 at 9:45 p.m. CDT (7:45 p.m. for you folks at home). It will be a duel Warrior matchup as the Westmont Warriors (21-10) take on the Lewis-Clark Warriors (25-7) in Kansas City, Mo.

The LCSC Warriors recently closed out their regular season play with a record of 23-7 and went on to win the Frontier Conference Championship last week against Montana Western – a team who will also be making an appearance in the NAIA Tournament.

The opposing Warriors come in with a roster stacked full of new talent. This season they brought in three true freshmen and seven transfers, all of which have seen court time. In his first season at LCSC, sophomore, Montana State transfer Jacob Wiley has made quite an impression on the team and in the NAIA. The 6-6 forward ranks as #6 in the NAIA in field goal percentage (60.6 percent) and #9 in total blocks (58 on the season). He averages 14.5 points per game and pulls down an average of 7.4 rebounds each time on the court.

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Harmening, Serrano Honored with Hamlow Award

March 9th, 2015
Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening

Madison Serrano and Russell Harmening have been named as Westmont’s recipients of the inaugural Cliff Hamlow Champions of Character Awards presented by the Golden State Athletic Conference.

The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete on each GSAC campus who demonstrates outstanding athletic achievement, campus and community leadership and future ambition and who embraces the five core character values of the NAIA Champions of Character program (Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Servant Leadership). Student-athletes must be at least a junior academically and carry a 3.0 GPA.

The award is named after former Commissioner Cliff Hamlow who served the conference from its inception in 1986 to 2012. Dr. Hamlow was also a key leader in the creation of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program.

Serrano is a four-year volleyball player who twice earned all-conference honors during her career. A political science major, Serrano was a member of the 2015 Mock United Nations Conference and helped Westmont earn honorable mention honors. She was also a 2014 recipient of the Westmont Athletics Golden Eagle Award.

Concordia Advances Past Westmont

March 7th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team dropped the GSAC Tournament Semifinal game tonight against #7 Concordia with a final score of 58-78.

“Concordia is good. They are very, very good and sometimes quickness wins out. They are a team that is fast all the way around and that is going to hurt you in the end” opened head coach John Moore.

The Warrior men came out of the gate with a really impressive first half. They were pushing the ball down the court, playing tenacious defense and slowing down the key shooters on the Eagles roster. It was neck and neck for most of the first twenty minutes, and when the buzzer sounded Concordia held a mere three point lead.

The Eagles really turned it on with an 8-2 burst in the second half. They worked for a nine point lead and kept coming like a tidal wave over the last 20 minutes. While the Eagles have a tall roster of many players over 6’6”, it was the guards who energized them in the second half. “Our execution was good in the first half, but we got away from it in the second,” explained Moore.

“Concordia got confident. Anytime you have a guy like Soto out there, he’s going to make some big threes. They are very good, very deep and well coached. And on top of that, they are on their home court. Our players came in feeling very confident, but our execution in the second half was lacking.”