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Warriors Race to First in Opening Meet

January 31st, 2016
Becky Collier(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Westmont Track and Field opened the 2016 season by hosting the On Your Marks Invitational on Saturday. The Warriors claimed both the men’s and women’s team competitions, winning each by more than 100 points.

The Westmont women scored 276 points with Concordia (Calif.) taking second with 92 points. Vanguard (63 points) edged William Jessup (62 points) to claim third place. In the men’s competition, Westmont scored 291.5 points while Vanguard claimed second with 101 points.

Westmont’s Becky Collier won the women’s high jump while earning an automatic qualification for the NAIA Indoor National Championships. Collier cleared 1.65 meters (5-5). Ali Johnson claimed a win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:26.73 while Jessica Meyers won the women’s mile in a time of 5:17.54. Olivia Wood crossed the finish line of the women’s 3,000 meter in a time of 11:12.48 to claim first place.

Westmont entered four teams in the women’s 4 x 400 meters and the Warriors finished first through fourth. Melissa McCormick, Brianna Stoppa, Abigail White and Taryn Phipps came in first with a time of 4:12.47.

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Warriors Move Game Inside

January 30th, 2016
Sean Harman

Westmont Men’s Basketball (16-5, 5-3 GSAC) went big when they needed to and it paid off with a 94-88 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Christian (9-9, 2-6). Without the services of the NAIA’s top two three-point shooter – Cory Blau and Hayden Anderson – Westmont looked to accentuate its inside game and did so to the tune of 60 points in the paint.

“Sean McDonnell and Olisa Nwachie shot a combined 80 percent (16 of 20),” noted Westmont head coach John Moore. “Our big guys took advantage of the inside and made their free throws too. Olisa had his best game as a Warrior and is coming into his own. We needed both of them to play up to the level they must with Cory Blau and Hayden Anderson out of the lineup today.”

McDonnell finished the game with 23 points on 10 of 13 shooting while Nwachie made six of seven shots on his way 16 points and four assists.

The game was tightly contested throughout with 16 ties and 14 lead changes.

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Warriors Bounce Back

January 30th, 2016
Aimee Brakken ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 30, 2016

Second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-3, 7-1 GSAC) revealed their resilience when they defeated San Diego Christian (5-11, 0-8) by a score of 64 to 37 in their second away game in a week.

“I am really proud of our team effort tonight,” expressed head coach Kirsten Moore. “With our floor leader Krissy on the bench with an injury, everyone else stepped up and secured an important win on the road.”

The Warriors dominated the first half, outscoring the Hawks 34-16. Junior Aimee Brakken earned a six-point run when she scored back-to-back three-pointers to end the first quarter. Then she ignited another six-point run in the middle of the second quarter with a three-pointer. Senior Karlie Storkson followed with a three-pointer of her own.

Warriors Split with Owls

January 30th, 2016
Michael Rishwain

Westmont Baseball, ranked 16th in the NAIA, split a doubleheader with Oregon Tech on Saturday to take two out of three in the opening weekend series. The Warriors won the first game 5-4 by scoring a single run in five consecutive innings. The Owls prevailed in the series finale 2-1.

Senior Alex Bush started the first game for the Warriors and pitched four innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Bush struck out three and walked two. Senior Michael Rishwain relieved Bush in the fifth inning and picked up the win while allowing two runs (one earned) over three innings of work. Zach DeMarcus and Sam Sheehan pitched the eighth and ninth respectively, each retiring the side in order. Sheehan was awarded a save.

Bush, who also served as the designated hitter, led the charge for the Warriors’ offense, producing four hits in five at bats,

Michael Frigon led off the bottom of the third inning with a double down the right field line. Bush singled up the middle, advancing Frigon to third. Derrick Rodigo singled through the right side to score Frigon and initiate the run-an-inning sequence for the next five innings.

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Warriors Deliver Win in Season Opener

January 29th, 2016
Michael Stefanic

Michael Stefanic went four for five at the plate and drove in five runs to help #16 Westmont Baseball claim a 12-4 win in its season opener against Oregon Tech (0-1). The sophomore second baseman produced two RBI doubles, an RBI triple and a single. He also scored twice and was credited with a stolen base.

The Warriors fell behind early, giving up two runs in the top of the first, but Westmont roared back in the bottom of the third with six runs on five hits.

“I was really excited to see the way the guys came out with good energy, competed well and stayed pretty even throughout all nine innings,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “I wasn’t excited about giving up two runs in the first inning, but I was really happy to see how our team kept their composure, stayed even and continued to play the game the right way.”

Catcher Jarrett Costa led off the bottom of the third with a single to center and was relieved on the base pads by courtesy runner Alika McGuire. After shortstop Austin McGilvra reached on an error, advancing McGuire to first, Michael Frigon beat out a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. That brought up Stefanic who deposited the ball in left field for an RBI double that scored McGuire and McGilvra and advanced Frigon to third.

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Lions Prevail Despite Warrior Comeback

January 27th, 2016
Olisa Nwachie

Westmont Men’s Basketball (15-5, 4-3 GSAC) fought its way back from a 17-point second half deficit, but the 15th ranked Warriors couldn’t hold on in Costa Mesa and suffered a 73-69 Golden State Athletic Conference loss to the Lions of Vanguard (13-6, 2-5).

The Warriors found shooting in The Pit a challenge in the first half, making just 38.5 percent of their field goal attempts. Vanguard took advantage by shooting 46.9 percent, including 51.1 percent from three-point range, to claim an 11-point halftime lead (38-27).

Cory Blau led the Warriors with 23 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“Cory played great, especially in the second half when he put us on his back and carried us,” said Westmont head coach Johns Moore. “I was so proud of our guys for battling hard in the second half. I thought we were going to win the game when we took the lead. I thought we scrapped and played the game with a lot of Warrior pride.”

Less than two minutes into the second half, Malachi Hoosein (nine points, five assists) struck from beyond the arc to give Vanguard a 17-point advantage (46-29), the Lions’ largest margin of the night. Five minutes into the second half, Vanguard still had a 17-point lead (51-34), when the Warriors began to rally.

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Warriors Avenged by Lions

January 26th, 2016
Lauren McCoy ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 26, 2016

In a battle between the top two ranked teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference, #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-3, 6-1 GSAC) could not hold off #8 Vanguard (14-3, 6-1) and were defeated by a score of 57-67. After tonight, the Lions and Warriors’ 2015-16 series record is 1-1.

The Warriors immediately set the tone when they began the game with a ten-point scoring streak that lasted four minutes and 35 seconds (10-0). However, the Lions snapped back with an equalizing ten-point run of their own that lasted the next four minutes and 19 seconds (10-10). The Lions ended up outscoring the Warriors 15-13 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Warriors earned back their lead when they outscored the Lions 18-10. This was due in part, to a nine-point run that lasted until the final minute and a half of the half. The run was triggered by a three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken. Sophomore Lauren McCoy added on a free-throw, senior Krissy Karr notched on two free-throws, and junior Cora Chan finished it off with a three-pointer. The half ended with a score of 30-25, favoring the Warriors.

The third quarter consisted of back-and-forth scoring and ended with the Warriors in the lead by four points (47-43).

High Hopes for Men’s Tennis

January 26th, 2016
head coach Mark Basham (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
January 25, 2016

Westmont Men’s Tennis had a tough 2015 season (10-15) that was riddled with injury. Even with set-backs their season still included a semifinal round appearance in the Men’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament and a first round appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.

With five new players and eight out of nine players returning from last season, Westmont Men’s Tennis looks forward to a healthy and resilient upcoming season.

Last Season:

Head coach Mark Basham shared his perspective on last season and how the current team will build off of it.

“My perspective on last season was a mix of positive memories along with some frustrating ones,” explained Basham. “In my six seasons as Coach we had the most injuries than we had in any other season – some of which were fluky injuries and some of which were not.

“We lost freshman Luke Whalen (now a sophomore) to a stress fracture in his labrum midway through, which definitely hurt our team since Luke had been playing mostly #1.

“We beat Concordia and San Diego Christian early on in the season but lost to them later in the season. We lost a very tough match to Concordia 5-4 at home which was a huge match for us. We then had further injuries and a very tough schedule to follow.”

The Warriors made it to the semifinal round of the GSAC Tournament where they lost to Vanguard 5-0.

“At Nationals we lost in the first round to a tough Reinhardt 5-4, with the match coming down to #6 singles where we lost 7-6 in the 3rd set.”