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Baseball Offers Fall Prospect Camps

August 21st, 2015

Westmont Baseball head coach Robert Ruiz has announced three dates for Fall 2015 single day prospect camps. These camps provide an opportunity for prospective student athletes to experience Westmont Baseball and Westmont College.

The Saturday dates are, October 3, November 21 and December 12.

For more information please visit: Follow the registration link to sign-up.

Warriors Fusing Old Traditions with New

August 20th, 2015

By Kaci Mexico

Coming off of a 2014 GSAC championship and a second round NAIA National Tournament appearance, #7 Westmont Women’s Soccer will embark upon this season under the new leadership of first year head coach, Chantel Cappuccilli.

The team’s previous head coach, Kristi Kiely, who posted a record of 65-26-10 (.693) at Westmont and took the program to the NAIA National Championship the last four years, announced her resignation last spring. Cappuccilli, though new to the head coaching position is not new to the program. She was the team’s assistant coach for the past two seasons, and as such has already significantly contributed to the program’s success.

On the brink of her first season, Cappuccilli is driven to uphold, yet passionate to enhance the long standing and highly regarded Westmont Women’s Soccer tradition; a tradition that is characterized by a commitment to pursue excellence in the athletic, academic, and spiritual realms.

“In all, this program is very traditional and I think coming into it I understand what is innately important to the program,” said Cappuccilli. “So, I want to keep those traditions alive within Westmont Women’s Soccer. I think that is important to do. It is important to the players, it is important to the community, and it is important to the people who have been supporting this program for a number of years.”

Volleyball Shifts Focus to the Front Row

August 20th, 2015
Westmont Volleyball ready to leap into 2015 season

Westmont Volleyball ready to leap into 2015 season[/caption]The adage, “the best defense is a strong offense,” seems to be the theme song for the 2015 Westmont Women’s Volleyball team. Head coach Patti Cook has embraced the notion and has been in the process of building a team to represent that philosophy.

“We have been a more defensive team in the past in that we have relied on being able to keep balls in play,” explained Cook. “With the recruiting classes that have come in the last few years, we have focused on building our offense. What we are looking to rely on is being able to put the first ball down, so that we don’t have to keep balls in play on our side.”

That doesn’t mean Cook isn’t concerned about defense.

“Good offense goes hand-in-hand with good defense. With strong offensive players comes defense as well because they are tall and provide a good block, which is a lot easier to defend around.”

That philosophical adjustment should make for exciting volleyball for anyone who appreciates the sound of a volleyball pounded by an attacker and the resulting slap against the hardwood.

In order to achieve a more attack minded team, Cook has emphasized height and power in her front row players. With this year’s returning players and incoming freshman, the coach has assembled a team she believes is ready to compete at a higher level.

Headed Home

August 17th, 2015
Westmont Women's Basketball cruising the Nile

By Karlie Storkson

Day eight and nine and the beginning of 10 have been an absolute whirlwind.

Day eight was our last day of service with the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI) Gulu team. It was bittersweet as we were exhausted and ready for a break but extremely sad to say goodbye to our dear Ugandan friends.

Day nine was a travel day to the Murchison Falls Game Park. We had a boat ride down the Nile planned followed by a hike to the top of the falls. We were delayed for a bit when a thunder and lightning storm hit after we had gotten on the boat but before we had set sail. We prayed and sang and waited the storm out. And then got to go on the boat ride and see the falls. Unfortunately it was too wet and dangerous to hike to the top of the falls. At the end of the day we were able to hear Sam’s (our guide’s) testimony and have some more debriefing time.

On Day ten we went on a sunrise safari and saw elephants, giraffes and lions. Wow. We all can’t wait to share our pictures.

Immersed in Gulu

August 15th, 2015

Westmont Women’s Basketball is in the midst of a mission trip to Uganda. The team is currently in the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, an area which was ravaged by civil war until 2007. Gulu has a population of just over 150,000.

What follows is a travel log by senior Karlie Storkeson, outlining their activities on August 14 (day six) and August 15 (day seven).

Wow, wow, wow. I’m going to attempt to go over what has taken place the last two days. But as a disclaimer, my words are going to barely even scratch the surface of all that we were able to pack into the last two days.

Exhibition Match Prepares Warriors for the Road Ahead

August 14th, 2015
Sophie Fuller in last year's game against Biola

By Kaci Mexico

With only 17 healthy players, the Westmont Women’s Soccer team stepped onto Harder field to play in an exhibition match against the 34-player strong UCSB Gauchos. Ample personnel, a home game, and a pair of gaucho goals in the first half secured the 2-0 UCSB win over the Westmont Warriors.

The Warrior defense was immediately tested with two quick UCSB shots fired in the first two minutes of the game. Lead by junior captain Sophie Fuller, the Warrior defense thwarted all but two of the Gauchos offensive schemes by cutting off passes, by winning the ball in the air, and by staying organized as a defensive unit.

“I am very happy with how she lead the defense tonight,” said Westmont head coach, Chantel Cappuccilli while reflecting on an outstanding performance by Fuller. “She was all over the place tonight and also had a calm and collected poise about her. I am really proud of how she handled herself.”

After a solid initial defensive effort by the Warriors, the Gauchos scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute off of a corner kick. Westmont goalkeeper Lauren Dorr made a fantastic initial save by punching out a corner kick taken by UCSB defender, Malanna Wheat. Unfortunately Dorr’s save bounced off of a Westmont defender and crossed the Warrior goal line for a Gaucho goal.

Arriving in Uganda

August 13th, 2015

Editors Note: The following report from Uganda was received several days after it was written.

By Karlie Storkson

Hey everyone! We are alive and in Uganda! It has been a crazy whirlwind of travel and beginning to experience Africa! We spent too many hours to count in airplanes and airports. We flew from LAX to New York. New York to Amsterdam. Amsterdam to Rwanda. And then finally to Uganda. We left at 5:00 a.m. from Santa Barbara on Thursday the 6th and arrived in Kampala, Uganda at our hotel at 11pm on the 7th. Needless to say, we were exhausted. But in Warrior Basketball fashion, we were up at 7:15 am the next morning for conditioning. We wanted to run off the jet lag and ensure we were in shape to play the Ugandan National Team..

After our conditioning on day one, we visited a slum called Bwaise where we were able to put on a basketball clinic. This was our first interaction with a large amount of Ugandans and it was memorable. We taught kids on a large dirt field how to dribble and pass, from the age of five up through high school. After, Morgan Haskin, Aimee Brakken and I shared our testimonies with different age groups of the kids we were with. Sixteen kids came to Christ in Aimee’s group. Praise God! After sharing smiles and photos and hugs we had to leave in order to get to our second slum visit of the day.

Our second stop was the Katwe slum in Kampala. Here we visited the Sport Outreach International’s (SOI) chess academy started by Robert Katende. It was inspiring to hear from the chess students about how chess had made an impact on them to be able to have the confidence in their day to day lives and challenges. We responded by sharing what basketball has done in our lives.

Reporting from Uganda – Part Two

August 13th, 2015
Westmont Women's Basketball on the banks of the Nile

By Karlie Storkson

Day five was exciting because we were off to a new place! Our seven hour bus ride started off with the seniors grilling our Ugandan guide and all-around helper from Sports Outreach Institute (SOI), Sam (or ‘Swag-ticious Sam’ as his colleagues call him because he gets to hang out with the Americans on these types of trips). We learned some about the tribe system and that dating culture is different in Uganda. The ride progressed with some singing, bracelet making and deep conversations.

We also stopped and saw the Nile River on our long drive! It was breathtaking and we took millions of pictures.

When we were about 30 minutes away from our first stop in Gulu, our radiator broke down. We were stuck chilling on the side of the road. But we made the most of that time playing with some kids and sharing our reflections on the trip so far. Another bus came to the rescue and we then went to SOI’s farm.