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Plenty of Sunshine at Indoor Event

February 8th, 2016
Tom Hamlin (left) and Blake Fonda

Ten collegiate teams and nine track and field clubs converged on Westmont Saturday to participate in the fourth annual Sunshine Indoor Open Track and Field Meet. The event, which serves as a national championships indoor qualification opportunity, was competed outdoors at the Westmont Track under a clear sky with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s.

The Westmont men’s distance medley relay team of Nathan Evans, Bryan Avendano, Thomas Hamlin and Evan Kramer earned an automatic qualification to the NAIA Indoor National Championships by posting a time of 10:16.18 in a second place finish. The time was more than five seconds faster than the automatic qualification standard.

Evans and Jacob Grant both posted provisional qualification marks in the men’s 1,000 meters. Evans finished first with a time of 2:31.80, missing automatic qualification by 0.5 seconds. Grant finished in third place with a time of 2:31.95.

Eric Wong of Westmont finished first in the men’s weight throw, recording a distance of 13.09 meters (42-11).

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Baseball Overthrows Kingsmen

February 7th, 2016
Daniel Butler(Photo by Nate Kurzman)

A five run first and six innings on the mound by Daniel Butler earned Westmont Baseball (5-1) an 8-3 victory at California Lutheran (0-2) on Saturday. Butler allowed three runs (one earned) and gave up four hits.

Lead-off man Michael Frigon was hit by a pitch to start the game and reached second when Alika McGuire singles to right. After Michael Stefanic walked to load the bases, Derek Rodigo singled on a ground ball through the left side to bring home Frigon and leave the sacks full of Warriors. Michael Pollex then did the same thing on the right side of the infield, scoring McGuire.

Jarrett Costa’s ground ball to third results in a Stefanic to score and an error on the play by the second baseman brought home Rodigo as well. Pollex was retired at first and Costa took second on the error. One out later, Graylin Derke doubled to right center to drive in Costa.

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Royals Edge Warriors

February 7th, 2016
Sean McDonnell(Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

“It was a great college basketball game,” said Warrior head coach John Moore after #16 Westmont Men’s Basketball (17-6, 6-4 GSAC0 loss to #8 Hope International (20-4, 8-2) by a score of 61-60 in Saturday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Murchison Gymnasium. “It just ended two points shy for the Warriors.”

Each of the last three games played between these two teams have been decided by two points or less. In last year’s NAIA National Championships semifinal match-up, Cory Blau hit a jumper with 10 seconds remaining to give Westmont a 70-69 win. In December, Hope International’s Dominique Lanier scored on a jumper in the paint with six seconds remaining to give the Royals a 66-64. Tonight’s game saw a potential buzzer beater bounce off the rim to preserve the narrow victory for Hope International.

“I really liked our defense in the second half,” reflected Moore. “Any time you hold a team to 18 points in the second half after giving up 43 in the first half, you are doing something right. We fought the way you want your team to fight.

“Sean Harman did a lot of things defensively. Some of them show up in the box score and some of them don’t. He was impressive. Cory rebounded well for us on the defensive boards. OlIsa played well in the first half and did some really nice things.”

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#9 Warriors Fall to #10 Firestorm

February 7th, 2016
Ines Costamagna  Photo by Angela Brown).

By Kaci Mexico
February 6, 2016

In a battle between the two top-ranked teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference, #9 Westmont Women’s Tennis (0-2, 0-1 GSAC) was narrowly defeated by #10 Arizona Christian 5-4 (2-0, 1-0 GSAC) – this was the first conference match of the season for both teams.

“Today’s match had highs and lows,” explained head coach Kendyll McManigal. “I think nerves got the best of us in a couple matches. It’s a frustrating loss because I truly believe we can beat them and in each match-up we can win. However, ACU is tough and we knew it would be a fight.”

Arizona Christian earned the first victory of the day in doubles play when Lauren Garcia and Tia Okano defeated Westmont’s Fernanda Rivera and Zarina Huber 8-0, playing at number three.

Westmont’s Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna responded with a decisive victory of their own when they conquered Desiree Jackson and Desiree Curiel 8-1, playing at number one doubles.

The third doubles encounter was at number two and was neck-and-neck until the Firestorm’s Mikayla Morgan and Julia Marceno clinched a 9-8 victory over Westmont’s Isabel Lee and Haley Strandness.

Warriors Start Strong

February 7th, 2016
Luke Whalen ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
February 6, 2016

Fifteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis was victorious in their first Golden State Athletic Conference game of the season when they overcame Arizona Christian 7-2.

The Warriors dominated doubles play and won all three match-ups: Travis Kimsey and Carl Lindqvist defeated Santiago Galeffi and Seth Moore 8-5 at number one; Christian Mathis and Luke Whalen defeated Ezequiel Suarez and Michael Munguia 8-4 at number two; and Jordan Strandness and Tommy Nightingale defeated Tyler Cawthorne and Macen Vargas 8-5 at numbere three.

“I was really happy with our three doubles team’s performances,” reflected head coach Mark Basham, “they really set the tone for the match. The men did a good job attacking the net, which is very important for us.”

The Warriors clinched the victory in singles play when they were triumphant in their first three matchups. At number four, Luke Whalen conquered Ezequiel Suarez 6-3, 6-1; at number one, Carl Lindqvist overcame Santiago Galeffi 6-1, 6-0; and at number three, Christian Mathis defeated Seth Moore 6-2, 6-2.

Warriors Down Hope to Earn 20th Win

February 7th, 2016
Aysia Shellmire (Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
February 6, 2016

Second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-3, 9-1 GSAC) clinched their 20th win when they defeated Hope International (10-9, 3-7) by score of 71-68. With this win, Westmont improves to 9-1 in GSAC play.

Aysia Shellmire led the Warriors with a double-double that consisted of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Krissy Karr led offensively as she had 26 points – almost half of which came from three-pointers; she shot at an outstanding 100 percent (4-4) from the three-point line and had an overall shooting percentage of 77.7 (7-9).

As a team, the Warriors shot at 84.6 percent from the three-point line and had an overall shooting percentage of 42.0. The Royals shot at 35.7 percent from the three-point line and shot at 33.8 percent overall.

After a tight first quarter that consisted of a pair of back-and-forth seven-point runs, the Warriors began the second quarter ahead by only four points (24-20).

With only three minutes left in the first half, the Warriors had built up a ten point lead (39-29). However, this lead was short-lived, as the Royals finished the half with a six-point run to close the gap back to only four points (39-35).

Gaydos Shuts Down Firebirds

February 5th, 2016
David Gaydos

David Gaydos picked up his first win of the season (1-0) as #16 Westmont Baseball (4-1) defeated Saint Katherine by a score of 5-0 on Friday afternoon at Russ Carr Field. Gaydos, who started for the Warriors, pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. The sophomore right-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Three Warrior hurlers provided an inning of work each to complete the game. Junior right-hander Stephen Larson pitched the seventh allowing one hit and striking out three. Sophomore left-hander Bay Buckley made his Warrior debut in the eighth, surrendering one hit. Senior right-hander Zach DeMarcus closed out the ninth, retiring the side in order and striking out one. Collective, Westmont pitchers struck out 11 and walked just one.

As for the offense, the Warriors’ scoring started in the second inning. Junior designated hitter Michael Pollex led off for the Warriors and took first when he was hit by a pitch. Senior catcher Jarrett Costa then singled through the right side, moving Pollex to second. Michael Frigon relieved Costa on the base pads as a courtesy runner before freshman third baseman Luke Coffee singled down the left field line to load the bases with Warriors.

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Baseball Scores Early and Often

February 5th, 2016
Derek Rodigo

The Warriors exploded for eight runs in the first two innings as #16 Westmont Baseball (3-1) picked up a 16-5 win over Providence Christian (0-6) on Saturday night. The game was called after seven innings due to the NAIA mercy rule.

“I was happy with our intent,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz, explaining ‘intent’ as “playing the game with a good level of focus, believing in a pitch and throwing it with conviction and taking good swings with good intent behind them. We did a good job with that throughout the game.”

Right-handed starter Brendon Shoemake picked up the win for the Warriors. The senior transfer pitched five innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits. Shoemake struck out eight and issued two walks.

“I was really happy with Brendon’s start on the mound,” said Ruiz. “I thought he did a really nice job. We were trying to get him some competitive innings and get him in rhythm. He handled some adversity early in the game when we lost a ball in the lights and committed an error that resulted in three runs. Brendon kept his composure and did a good job of staying in the strike zone and not giving into the situation.”

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