Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 27th, 2015


John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Junior Krissy Karr from Irvine took home the award as the SBART Women’s Basketball Player of the Year. Named an NAIA All-American, Karr led her team to the semifinals of the NAIA National Championship in Independence, Missouri. Karr averaged a team high 13.9 points per game and dished off 3.6 assists per game this season. Karr was also honored by selection to the All-GSAC team.

Right-handed pitcher Russell Harmening of Oceanside was named the SBART Baseball Player of the Year. Harmening posted a record of 10-3 in 16 appearances this season. His ERA of 1.59 was the third best in Warrior history and the best since the 1966 season. Harmening, who was named the GSAC Pitcher of the year for the second time, led the Warriors to a second straight NAIA National Tournament Opening Round appearance.

Lauren Stratman of Goleta was honored as the SBART Women’s Tennis Player of the Year after posting a season record of 18-2 in singles and 22-1 in doubles. Stratman, a junior, was honored as the GSAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She led her team to the second round of the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama.

Elysia (Hodges) Mitchell of Santa Barbara was named the SBART Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The senior repeated as national champion by winning the 600 meters at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in March. Mitchell was unable to attend the awards ceremony because she was also competing at the Outdoor Track and Field Championship where she finished as national runner-up in the 400 meters and the 4 x 400 meter relay. Mitchell has earned 12 All-American titles in her four years at Westmont – more than any other athlete in Warrior history.

Moore enjoyed one of the most successful years in Westmont Men’s Basketball history. Picked in the preseason by the GSAC coaches to finish seventh in the conference, the Warriors tied for third and earned an at-large berth in the NAIA National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri. The underdog in every round in the national tournament, Westmont found a way to win, eventually advancing to the national championship game by defeating #1 Hope International in the semifinals. Moore, who reached 500 career wins in November, has a career record of 523-309 (.629).