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Warriors to Play NAIA Baseball in Georgia

May 8th, 2015
NAIA Baseball Opening Round

Westmont Baseball (39-15) will make a return trip to Lawrenceville, Georgia to participate in the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round Tournament. The 15th-ranked Warriors will enter the five-team double-elimination tournament as the number two seed. Georgia Gwinnett (47-12), the tournament host, is the number one seed. The Grizzlies are the fourth-ranked team in the NAIA.

Westmont’s first game will be against third-seeded and 20th-ranked St. Thomas of Florida (41-15) on Tuesday, May 12. The Warriors’ game will be preceded by a match-up between fourth-seeded St. Catharine of Kentucky (37-15) and fifth-seeded Spring Arbor of Michigan (30-16).

The Bobcats of St. Thomas tied #16 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) for second place in the Sun Conference, but fell to the Eagles 2-1 in the conference tournament championship game. St. Thomas posted a record of 8-7 against teams in the National Championship field and a record of 4-6 against teams ranked in the top 25.

The Bobcats have posted a team ERA of 4.40 this season. Marcos Barrios leads the team in pitching with a 7-2 record. He has started 12 games for St. Thomas and has an ERA of 4.04.

At the plate, the Bobcats boast a .334 team batting average. Eric Santamaria leads the team in hitting with a batting average of .371. Fourteen players have a batting average over .300. St. Thomas has outscored their opponents 493 to 280.

Gold Gloves for Bush, Stefanic and Crowe

May 1st, 2015
Gold Glove recipients Alex Bush, Michael Stefanic, Ryan Crowe

First baseman Alex Bush, second baseman Michael Stefanic and catcher Ryan Crowe have each been honored for their defensive prowess on the baseball diamond by being named to the Golden State Athletic Conference Gold Glove Team. Nine individuals are chose to receive the award, one for each defensive position.

Out of 349 defensive opportunities, Bush was credited with 325 putouts, 23 assists and just one error for a fielding percentage of .997.

At second base, Stefanic turned 156 defensive chances into 67 putouts and 85 assists with only four errors for a .974 fielding percentage.

Crowe completed an errorless season, tallying 183 putouts and 26 assists. Crowe also was credited with throwing out nine base runners attempting to steal on 20 attempts.

Cappuccilli Named as Women’s Soccer Coach

April 30th, 2015
Chantel Cappucilli has been named the 11th head coach for Westmont Women's Soccer

Westmont athletic director Dave Odell has announced that Chantel Cappuccilli will take over as the head coach of Westmont women’s soccer. Cappuccilli, who has served as an assistant coach under Kristi Kiely for the past two seasons, becomes the program’s 11th coach in what will be it is 34th season. Kiely announced her resignation last month in order to take an assistant coach position at the University of Arkansas.

“We had a very large applicant pool as our program is considered a top tier opportunity for many,” said Odell. “In the process of considering other applicants, I became more and more certain that the right choice for Westmont was right under our noses.”

“Truly, I am speechless,” said Cappuccilli. “I abound in thankfulness and could not be more excited to lead the women’s program. Thank you to our athletic director, Dave Odell, and Westmont faculty and staff who were a part of the selection process. Also, thank you to Kristi Kiely for showing me what it means to be a woman of faith, integrity and grace while leading a group of women on and off the soccer field.”

Cappuccilli attended Saint Mary’s (Calif.) where she played NCAA Division I soccer for two seasons. After her sophomore year, Cappuccilli transferred to California Baptist. Sidelined with an injury for the 2010 season, Cappuccilli finished out her career at California Baptist in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Cappuccilli holds a master’s degree in kinesiology and sports management from California Baptist.

Westmont Finishes Second in GSAC Standings

April 25th, 2015
Alika McGuire slides into second.

On the final day of the regular season, #11 Westmont Baseball (37-13, 31-11) split a doubleheader with #19 Concordia (40-14, 29-13), capturing two games out of the three-game series. Westmont won the first game 2-0 behind a complete game effort by sophomore Daniel Butler (9-0) before dropping the second game 4-3.

Butler gave up just three hits while facing 31 batters over nine innings, striking out two and walking one. Butler has recorded a win in each of his last eight starts and has thrown complete games in his last three outings.

Offensively, the Warriors scored a single run in the third and fourth innings. With one away in the third, Michael Stefanic was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second when Alex Bush singled through the right side. A single by Will Barring drove in Stefanic.

A one-out single by Rudy Leon in the fourth inning gave the Warriors a base runner. Ryan Crowe doubled down the right field line resulting in two runners in scoring position. After Stefanic grounded out to third, Bush was intentionally walked. That brought up Barring who was unintentionally walked, giving the senior center fielder his second RBI of the game.

The second game saw Concordia take a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. With two outs and runners at second and third, John Bornhop singled to center to drive in both runners.

Before Westmont recorded an out in their half of the fourth, the Warriors had both runs back. They would add one more before the inning was over.

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Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

Kiely Resigns, Headed to Arkansas

March 26th, 2015

After five years at the helm of Westmont Women’s Soccer, head coach Kristi Kiely has announced her resignation. Kiely posted a record of 65-26-10 (.693) at Westmont and took the program to the NAIA National Championship the last four years. In 2014, the Warriors finished as NAIA national runner-up under Kiely’s guidance.

“Coach Kiely’s accomplishments on the field in her five years are considerable, but she will be remembered more by me for what she accomplished relationally in the lives of our student-athletes and how she created an amazing culture,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The young women she recruited to our institution are leaders and fit nicely into the overall mission of the school. Her team consistently led our athletic program in team GPA and also found the time to give back to our community.”

Kiely’s association with Westmont began in the fall of 2001 when then Kristi Peich wore number five as a freshman and started all 19 games. During her four years as a player, Kiely was a part of three National Championship team (2001, 2002, 2003).

As coach, Kiely was named the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Warriors claimed a share of the GSAC regular season championship and won the GSAC Tournament. Under Kiely’s watch, 12 Warriors have been named NAIA All-Americans and 20 have earned All-GSAC honors.

Warriors Sweep the Hawks

February 20th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont’s women’s tennis team (6-2, 4-1 GSAC) swept San Diego Christian (2-3, 2-3 GSAC) 9-0 on Friday afternoon at home on the Abbott Tennis Courts.

The lady Warriors have sparked a bit of a winning streak over the last two matches, only dropping one match to go a total of 17-1 between the two competitions. In doubles play, Inez Costamagna and Lauren Stratman continue to light up the court with their consistent and high level play. The duo has yet to lose a doubles match this season and continued their streak today with a 8-0 win over Viktoria Galitsyna and Heather Borsos.

One court number two, doubles partners Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness took down San Diego Christian’s Daneshjoo and Riabykh by a score of 8-2. To cap off doubles play, Keach and Rivera defeated Boeta and Hicker 8-2.

All-American Honors for Warriors

December 17th, 2014
Top: Tiffany Dimaculangan, Sophie Judd. Bottom: Sophie Fuller, Kelsey Steck.

Three Westmont players have been named to the 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team and a fourth was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Senior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora and senior defender Sophie Judd of Edmonds, Washington were the first team selections. Sophomore defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda received third team honors while junior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia was tabbed as honorable mention.

Dimaculangan tallied six goals and four assists for the Warriors in 2014 while serving as a key component in the Warrior midfield. Dimaculangan scored game-winning goals against Northwest (Wash.), Hope International and Concordia (Calif.).

Judd, who recorded an assist against William Jessup, started all 20 games for the Warriors. Judd started 82 games of the 83 games during her four-year career, helping to anchor a stingy Warrior defense.

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