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Warriors Down British Columbia in Byron Finale

December 31st, 2015
Hayden Anderson(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

The 40th Annual Tom Byron Classic concluded with a hard-fought, physical battle between two tough-minded and determined men’s basketball teams. In the end, however, #14 Westmont (11-3) prevailed over British Columbia (12-4) by an 83-70 margin.

Five Warriors finished in double figures led by Cory Blau with 16 points. Sean Harman and Hayden Anderson each added 15, Sean McDonnell tallied 14 and Jerry Karczewski contributed 13.

A couple of early three-pointers by Blau and Harmon, sandwiched around a layup by David Gunn, helped the Warriors get off to an 8-5 lead. However, the Thunderbirds scored the next 10 points – including back-to-back threes by Taylor Browne (18 points) – to produce a 15-8 advantage with 13:55 remaining in the opening frame.

Westmont responded with a 15-3 run over the next six minutes to claim a 23-18 advantage. Karczewski and Anderson each struck from beyond the arc in that stretch.

With 6:05 remaining before the sounding of the halftime buzzer, Britton Williams scored on a jumper to put Westmont up 27-23. At that point, both defenses took over the game with neither team recording a field goal before intermission.

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A Three-point Surge

December 31st, 2015
Cora Chan (Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

By Kaci Mexico
December 30 2015

Led by junior Cora Chan with 17 points, the # 2 Warriors’ (12-1) success from the three-point line along with their highly effective defensive pressure amounted to their second victory of the Westmont Women’s Basketball Holiday Classic Tournament. They defeated the Cascades of Fraser Valley of British Columbia (4-6) by a score of 71-46.

The game began with back and forth scoring for the first four and a half minutes (5-5) until Westmont went on a seven-point run to take their first substantial lead of the game (12-5). Senior Krissy Karr initiated the run with a jump shot, junior Aimee Brakken added a jump shot as well as the subsequent rebound, and junior Lauren McCoy topped it off with a layup.

By the end of the first period, six Warriors had scored to contribute to the team’s 24-13 lead.

In the second period the Warriors pulled even further ahead when they went on a 14 point run to finish out the half. The run consisted of four consecutive three-pointers – one by Brakken, two by Chan, and one by Karr. Junior Aysia Shellmire finished with a layup. The half ended with the Warriors leading 42-17

Westmont also excelled defensively as they held Fraser Valley to only four points in the second period.

Warriors Continue Winning Streak

December 29th, 2015
Lauren Sende

By Kaci Mexico
December 29 2015

In its first game of the Westmont Holiday Classic, #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (11-1, 2-0) added to their five game winning streak when they conquered the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 74-46.

The game began on a good note with a rebound by the Warrior’s leading rebounder, sophomore Lauren McCoy, that lead to a successful three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken.

The Wildcats answered back and went on a six-point run to take what would be their only lead of the game (7-5).

The Warriors responded with a six-point followed by a seven-point run 42 seconds apart to take a nine point lead. The second of these runs consisted of a jump shot by senior Krissy Karr, a layup by McCoy, and a three-pointer by senior Karlie Storkson. The first period ended with a score of 23-10.

In the second period, the Warriors pulled even further away when they went on an outstanding four and a half minute, 14-point run that lasted until the end of the half (46-22). Junior Aysia shellmire kicked off this run with consecutive jump shots and Karr tacked on a layup. Then Karr along with Storkson each added a three-pointer. Brakken topped off the run and closed the half with a jump shot.

Two and a half minutes, into the third period Westmont lead by 30 points, until the Wildcats initiated a notable 11-point run that helped to chip away at a large deficit (52-33). With this run, the Wildcats outscored the Warriors in the third period 16-14. The heart of this run was three consecutive three- pointers by Kristen Ward, Andromeda Sales, and Chantel Thomas. Chantal Thomas finished it off with a layup.

Warriors and Thunderbirds Win on Byron Opening Day

December 29th, 2015
Jerry Karczewski

The 40th edition of the Tom Byron Classic got underway on Tuesday in Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium with Westmont and British Columbia posting decisive victories over their opponents. The two teams will meet up tomorrow night at 7:30 in what has become an unofficial championship game.

British Columbia (12-3) won the first game of the Classic by defeating Antelope Valley (5-7) by a score of 93-71. The Thunderbirds were led in scoring by Conor Morgan with 23 points and Philip Jalalpoor with 20. British Columbia shot 51.5 percent from the floor and 52.4 percent from beyond the arc. Antelope Valley was led by Kadeem Minor who tallied 15 points.

In the evening game, #14 Westmont (10-3) posted a 104-72 victory over Life Pacific (1-17). All 16 Warriors contributed to the scoring. None played more than 14 minutes or less than eight.

Cory Blau led all scorers with 19 points, going seven of eight from the field including four of four from three-point range. Jerry Karczewski scored all 18 of his points on six-of-six shooting from beyond the arc to tie a team single-game three-point field goal percentage record held by Tyler Dutton. Dutton went six-for-six against Wisconsin-River Falls on November 26, 2005.

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Westmont to Close out 2015 with Basketball

December 28th, 2015
NAIABasketball

Everything is quiet on the Westmont College campus as faculty, staff and students enjoy the week off – all except those associated with the school’s highly ranked basketball teams. On Tuesday and Wednesday, both the second-ranked women’s program and the 14th ranked men’s program will host their respective classics.

Second-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (10-1) will host the Holiday Classic, now in its third year. The first game will tip off Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. with the Cascades of Fraser Valley in British Columbia (4-4) taking on the #19 Mustangs of The Master’s College (8-2). At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Westmont will open up against the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales from Colorado (8-8).

Also beginning on Tuesday, #14 Westmont (9-3) will host the 40th Annual Tom Byron Classic – one of the oldest continually running collegiate basketball tournaments in California. This year’s edition of the Byron will include two first-year programs from the University of Antelope Valley and Life Pacific College in San Dimas.

At 3:00 p.m., Antelope Valley (5-6) will take on the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (11-3). In a match-up of teams with Warriors as mascots, Westmont will host Life Pacific (1-16) in a 7:30 p.m. game.

Records Fall in Warrior Win

December 20th, 2015
Sean McDonnall

It was an old-fashioned shootout between the Warriors and Eagles of Northwest Indian College (Wash.) on a record setting night in Murchison Gymnasium as #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (9-3) produced a 126-82 win. The Warriors destroyed the previous single-game record for assists (31) by tallying 44. They also combined for 16 three-pointers, edging the previous record of 15.

“I think it is a good way to go into break,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Sean McDonnell set the tone early in the first half. By halftime he had 15 points and six rebounds and for the game he was 10 for 11 from the field.”

McDonnell finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of work. Jerry Karczewski tallied 20 points for the Warriors, making six of eight from three-point range.

“Tonight, was a substantial opportunity for guys like Nick Crankshaw to show what he was capable of doing – eight rebounds and six assists on his part. Max Hudgins had 12 points and was four for eight from the field. On Jonathan Harrell’s first time to put on a uniform, he goes five for five and scores 13 points. He had a really nice night and showed us what he was capable of doing. Ryan Brooks (four points, three rebounds, three assists) did some nice things as well and Steph Inouye (nine points, six assists, four rebounds) did a fantastic job playing with the group of guys he did. It is exciting to think about what those young guys are going to be able to do in our program.”

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Warriors Score 98 in “Finals” Game

December 18th, 2015
Britton Williams(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Despite a half dozen Warriors finishing off a week of final examinations just 30 minutes before tip-off, #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball posted a 98-87 win over Pacific Union 4-3 on Friday afternoon in Murchison Gymnasium.

All 14 available players took the floor and five scored in double figures. Sean McDonnell led the way in both scoring (16 points) and rebounding (7 points). Sean Harman tallied 14 points while Kyle Gordon contributed 13. Samuel Bentz notched 12 point and four boards and Hayden Anderson added 10 points and six boards.

Westmont shot 68 percent from the floor in the first half (17 of 25) but did not take the lead until Jerry Karczewski (5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) fed a pass to McDonnell in the paint, who put the Warriors up 21-20 with 10:41 to play. The lead seesawed back and forth over the next three minutes. Down 28-27 with 7:38 to play, McDonnell tipped in a missed shot that sparked a 15-0 Warrior run. At halftime, Westmont enjoyed a 50-39 advantage.

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All-American and Scholar-Athletes Honors for Warriors

December 14th, 2015
Kelsey Steck and Brooke Lillywhite

By Kaci Mexico
December 9 2015

Junior midfielder Brooke Lillywhite of Huntington Beach and senior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia have been named to the 2015 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team. Additionally, junior defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Steck was both the Warrior’s and the Golden State Athletic Conference’s leading goal scorer with 23 goals. She is currently tied for second, with Karin Sullivan (2003), for goals scored in a season. Additionally, Steck tied Lillywhite’s 2014 record for most goals scored in a game after she scored five goals for the Warriors in their 9-0 win against Arizona Christian. She was honored twice as GSAC Offensive Player of the Week – in the first and third weeks of October. Steck also received the high honor of being named the GSAC Player of the Year.

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