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Warriors Go Cold against Biola

February 14th, 2016
Noah Blanton

Disappointment was the prevailing mood in Murchison Gymnasium on Saturday night as #16 Westmont (17-8, 6-6 GSAC) suffered a 69-50 Golden State Athletic Conference loss to #9 Biola (24-3, 11-2).

“Biola played really well, and we played really poorly,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “I don’t think I’ve ever had a game where we have gone down that margin at home. Biola is a great defensive team. I thought we had some good looks; we just couldn’t put the ball in. Once you start looking at the scoreboard and see zero up there, you start losing a little bit of confidence.

The Warriors struggled from the outset missing their first 11 shots and going down 16-0 in the first 10 minutes of play. By halftime, Westmont trailed 35-14.

“This is the best Biola team we’ve played against in years,” said Moore. “We have done well against them the last number of years. [Biola head coach] Dave [Holmquist] has created a team that plays well together and plays hard. Tonight we were two steps back most of the game. They won most of the loose balls in the first half, epitomized by a five rebound possession that indicated which team was certainly more assertive tonight.

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Warriors Take Game Two from British Columbia

February 14th, 2016
Matt Matlock

Westmont starter David Gaydos pitched seven innings for the 16th-ranked Warriors (7-1) without giving up a run to help lead the Warriors to a 5-1 win over British Columbia (9-3) at Russ Carr Field. Gaydos, who improved to 2-1 with an ERA of 0.00 over 18 innings of work, allowed just three hits, struck out three and walked two.

The Warriors faced British Columbia pitcher Curtis Taylor, considered one of the best pitchers in the NAIA and a significant prospect for the 2016 MLB Draft. The match-up lured 26 major league scouts to Westmont’s baseball diamond on a warm and clear Saturday afternoon.

Taylor allowed just one hit in his first four innings of work, before the Warriors broke through in the bottom half of the fifth for three runs. Westmont catcher Jarrett Costa was walked to lead off the fifth and was replaced at first with courtesy runner Michael Valentin. A wild pitch allowed Valentin to reach second base. One out later, designated hitter Luke Coffey delivered a single to right, advancing Valentin to third.

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Warriors Sweep Royals

February 14th, 2016
Christian Mathis ( Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 13, 2016

Fifteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (2-2, 2-0 GSAC) won their second consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference Match when they secured a 9-0 victory over Hope International (0-1, 0-1).

At number one doubles, seniors Carl Lindqvist and Travis Kimsey ignited the team’s momentum when they clinched a 9-7 win over Anthony Sena and Adrien Varienne. Sophomores Christian Mathis and Luke Whalen also contributed when they defeated the Royals’ Andres Rivas and Mauricio Mosqurena 8-3, playing at number two. At number three, freshmen David Akin and Jordan Strandness won by forfeit.

Lindqvist also led the way in singles play when he defeated Mosqurena 6-1, 6-0, playing at number one. Four Warriors followed with victories of their own: At number two Kimsey defeated Varienne 7-6 (5), 6-0, at number three Mathis triumphed over Sena 6-4, 6-2, at number four Whalen conquered Rivas 6-0, 6-0, and at number five junior Tommy Nightingale finished with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Michael Mainlo. At number six, Akin won by forfeit.

Warriors Persist Past Eagles

February 14th, 2016
Krissy Karr (Photo by Lydia Grenko).

By Kaci Mexico
February 13, 2016

It came down to free throws in tonight’s school rivalry matchup between #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (22-3, 11-1 GSAC) and the Eagles of Biola (13-14, 6-7). In the final minute and a half of the game, the Warriors made eight free throws to turn a three point lead into a 60-52 victory over the Eagles.

Even though the Eagles had both a higher overall shooting percentage (36.5) and three-point field goal percentage (42.9), the Warriors’ success from the free throw line proved to be vital in today’s victory. The Warriors shot at 94.4 percent from the free throw line making 17 of 18 attempts.

The Warriors started off strong when in the first minute of the game they embarked upon an 11-point run to take a 14 to three lead. The run consisted of a three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken, a layup by junior Aysia Shellmire, a three-pointer by Karr, and a layup and the subsequent free-throw by sophomore Lauren McCoy.

The Eagles held their own, however, when they answered with a ten-point run to pull within a point to finish out the quarter (13-14).

Warriors Rally to Defeat British Columbia

February 12th, 2016
Michael Valentin scoring winning run

In what started as a classic pitching duel but turned into a marathon eighth-inning scoring rally, #16 Westmont (6-1) defeated the Thunderbirds of British Columbia (9-2) by a score of 6-5 on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field.

Westmont starting pitcher Daniel Butler (2-0) allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out six and issued just one walk – an intentional walk in the sixth inning. Butler left the game with the Warriors up 3-1 and did not figure in the decision.

Sam Sheehan (1-0) picked up the win for the Warriors after facing four batters in the bottom of the eighth. Sheehan allowed neither a hit nor a run and struck out one.

British Columbia starter Alex Web (3-0), who entered the game with a 0.53 ERA, allowed two runs on four hits over six innings but was not charged with the loss. The loss was assigned to Christian Botnik who pitched the eighth inning for the Thunderbirds, giving up three runs on two hits while striking out two.

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Storkson Named to WBCA Good Works Team

February 11th, 2016
Karlie Storkson ( Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 11, 2016

Senior Karlie Storkson of Lynnwood, Washington was named to the 2016 Allstate WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Good Works Team.

Out of 103 nominations ten student-athletes were chosen for the team; five from NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Storkson was the sole NAIA student-athlete to receive this honor.

This distinguished award honors college basketball athletes for their off-the-court accomplishments as they spend their limited free time giving back to their communities and bettering the lives of others all over the world.

“I think honestly that this award is the best award that the WBCA gives,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore, “because it really honors something so much bigger than the game – teaching our student athletes how to be good citizens and how to have a positive impact on their communities. As a Christian college our mission is to serve and shine the love of God to other people so I am really grateful that Karly has led in that way for us for four years.”

“All of her off the court time has been spent giving back to others,” continued Moore, “between two mission trips to Africa in two of her past three summers and her service in the campus community as a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the past three years.”

Warriors Run into Firestorm in the Desert

February 9th, 2016
Team Huddle

The Warrior’s 57 second-half points weren’t enough for #16 Westmont Men’s Basketball (17-7, 6-5) to overcome a 19-point deficit at halftime as #19 Arizona Christian held on to earn a 97-88 Golden State Athletic Conference (19-5, 7-4) win. The Firestorm extended their home winning streak to 13 games.

“I think it was all about digging ourselves too big a hole,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We were really good in the second half. Anytime you shoot 60 percent from the field in the game and 50 percent from the three-point line, and shoot a lot of shots from both places, and you lose the game, it’s a sign your defense wasn’t what it needed to be.

“I thought we were fantastic in the second half,” said Moore. “We brought it back to within seven. I thought we might sneak one out after playing a stinker in the first half. We were trying hard and made a good effort.”

A three-pointer by Jerry Karczewski tied the score at 14 nine minutes into the game. A three-pointer and a layup by the Firestorm’s Chris Sterling made the score 19-14 before Noah Blanton drained a three to reduce the margin to two points (19-17) with 10 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

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Warriors Hold Off Firestorm

February 9th, 2016
Aimee Brakken ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
February 9, 2016

Junior Aimee Brakken lit up the three-point line to help earn #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (21-3, 10-1 GSAC) its 10th conference win of the season. The Warriors defeated the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (10-14, 2-9) by a score of 76-59.

Brakken was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points – all of which were off of three-pointers (7 of 14).

“Brakken has been shooting the ball great all year,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore. “She and Cora Chan are numbers one and two in the conference in three-point shooting percentage. I think it was great for us to make 14 threes tonight – Bracken lead the way with seven, Cora was two for three and Storkson off of the bench with three for four from the three-point line was huge for us as well.”

The game began with three three-pointers – a foreshadowing of the explosion of three-pointers that was to follow. Within the first ten seconds junior Cora Chan made a three-pointer, assisted by senior Krissy Karr; Arizona Christian’s Madison Austin answered back with a three-pointer of her own; and Brakken added her first three-pointer of the game, assisted by Chan.

After a well fought first quarter, Arizona Christian came out on top with a one-point lead (19-18).