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McManigal Resigns, Finishing with a Solid Season

May 21st, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliott

By Kaci Mexico
May 21, 2016

After three years as the head coach of the Westmont Women’s Tennis Team, Kendyll McManigal has announced her resignation. McManigal posted a record of 37-30 and has taken the program to the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament in each of the three years she has been head coach.

“Under Kendyll’s leadership the Women’s Tennis Program has gained national prominence – as they have competed in the national tournament for each of the three years she has been head coach,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The program has also benefited from the tough schedule that Kendyll has had our teams play – a schedule consisting of matches against top caliber NCAA Division I, II, and III teams.”

McManigal’s involvement with Westmont began in 2001 when she played tennis for the Warriors from 2001-2004, under Coach Kathy LaSage. During her time as a player, McManigal played at number one singles for three out of her four years, advanced to the NAIA National Tournament three times and was named to the All-GSAC team three times.

Mustangs Claim World Series Berth

May 20th, 2016
Michael Rishwain

The NAIA Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket came to an end on Thursday when The Master’s defeated William Carey (Miss.) by a score of 5-4 to claim the championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. William Carey had reached the championship game by defeating Westmont by a 10-3 margin in the day’s first game.

Game Seven Recap
William Carey bats came alive early in the game as the Crusaders scored seven runs before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. The Crusaders started in the second inning with a two-run home run by James Land. William Carey added another run in the second on an RBI single by Mitch Little.

Land struck again with a solo home run in the third to give William Carey a 4-0 lead. Land tallied five home runs during the tournament to tie an Opening Round record.

The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning, two on a double by Tyler Odom and one on a sacrifice fly by Nick Lowe.

The top of the fifth saw the Warriors break into the scoring category when Alika McGuire singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in Michael Stefanic and Michael Valentin, Jr.

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Men’s Tennis Wins, then Stumbles

May 19th, 2016
Photo by Kaci Mexico

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

Fourteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (10-9) clinched a 5-4 victory over #19 Bethany (13-4) in the Opening Round of the Men’s Tennis NAIA National Tournament. Later that night, the Warriors were knocked out of the tournament when they were defeated in the second round by third ranked Xavier (15-7) by a score of 1-5.

The first and second round matches were played on the same day because the first rounds had to be rescheduled to day two of the tournament due to rain.

“It has been a long and crazy day,” noted head coach Mark Basham. “I was very happy to come all this way and get that win against Bethany – a team that we were ranked higher than, but a team that I was concerned about. We are a solid team but we can’t take anything for granted and I knew that they could beat us. So being down 2-1 after the doubles was a little worrisome.”

Women’s Tennis Falls in Second Round

May 19th, 2016
Lauren Stratman (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

After a highly successful season that included a GSAC regular season championship as well as a GSAC Tournament Championship, #7 Westmont Women’s Tennis (10-8) fell to #10 William Woods (19-2) in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament by a score of 3-5.

Today’s loss hurts,” said head coach Kendyll McManigal. “You always know in post season that it could be your last match but I was just hoping it wasn’t today. We were very close today and it was an emotional loss for me as this great season came to end sooner than I hoped, and for the seniors who were playing their last match.”

“William Woods came out with nothing to lose and it showed – they played well,” explained McManigal. “We went down 1-2 after doubles which is never ideal. The goal is always 2-1, but a big win at #1 doubles kept us from going down 0-3. Lauren and Isabel started setting each other up more and then Lauren took over at that the net which just shut the other team down.”

Day Two Brings Eliminations and Controversy

May 19th, 2016
Alika McGuire

Closely contested games were the theme of the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket, hosted by Westmont. The day started with College of Idaho rallying from a three-run deficit to win 11-8 and oust second-seeded Madonna from the competition.

The Master’s claimed a 1-0 win over top-seeded Westmont in a game delayed by half an hour due to controversy over an umpire’s call. In the final game, a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference in William Carey’s 7-6 win over College of Idaho in the second elimination game of the day.

Game Four Recap
The Yotes of the College of Idaho jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-single by Dalton Ridgway and a two-run error that allowed Ridgway and Bobby Wright to score.

After Madonna’s Ryan Lambrecht took one run back with an RBI-single to right field, the Yotes made it a 4-1 game in the top of the second off a sacrifice fly by Mitch Skaggs to center field.

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Warriors, Mustangs Advance with Wins

May 17th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

Golden State Athletic Conference teams remained undefeated after the first day of play at the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament – Santa Barbara Bracket. Third-seeded The Master’s (39-17), ranked at number 24 in the NAIA, posted a 7-1 win over #18 Madonna of Michigan (41-16 in the second game of the day before #7 Westmont (42-11) claimed a 14-1 win over #25 William Carey of Mississippi (38-20). In the tournament’s first game, William Carey defeated College of Idaho (37-21) by a score of 7-6.

Game One Recap
A two-out double to deep center field by William Casey third baseman Mitch Little drove in what would eventually prove to be the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Little was three for four at the plate with a pair of doubles – his first coming in the Crusaders’ one-run fourth inning.

College of Idaho had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI-single by Jake Hennessey and a bases-clearing single by Mitch Skaggs. The Yotes added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Hunter Hanson to take a 6-3 lead.

Prior to Little’s heroics in the seventh, William Casey made up two of the runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two away, a double by Tyler Graves drove in Adrian Brown and a single by Tyler Richardson brought home Wes Brown.

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Warriors Named Top-Seed in NAIA Opening Round

May 14th, 2016

Westmont Baseball, the seventh ranked team in the NAIA, has been named a number one seed in next week’s NAIA Opening Round Tournament to be held at Westmont’s Russ Carr Field. The Warriors will host three teams from out of state as well as a fellow Golden State Athletic Conference competitor – The Master’s College.

Travelling to Montecito for the five-team, double-elimination tournament will be fifth-seeded College of Idaho, fourth-seeded William Carey of Mississippi and second-seeded Madonna from Michigan. The Master’s will be the number three seed.

Madonna (41-15), ranked at number 20 in the NAIA, earned a place in the Opening Round by claiming both the regular season and tournament championships in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC). The Crusaders feature seven players with better than a .300 batting average led by senior outfielder Zack Byron and senior first baseman John Lauro, each of whom have recorded a .366 average.

On the mound, the Crusaders present a double threat with starter Johno Rodriguez (11-2) and Evan Piechota (7-3). Rodriguez boasts a 1.77 ERA while Piechota’s ERA is 2.21. Closer Bobby St. Pierre has tallied 13 saves and an ERA of 1.33

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Women’s Tennis Earns a Bye

May 12th, 2016

By Kaci Mexico

When #7 Westmont Women’s Tennis (10-7) won the championship match of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, they received an automatic bid into the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Warriors have received a bye for the first round of the National Tournament.

The Warriors will automatically advance to the second round of the tournament where they will play in a match against the winner of a first round match-up between unranked Asbury (9-6) and unranked William Woods (17-2).