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  • Friday, Sep. 2

    • Volleyball at San Marcos Tourm.
        WC vs. Sonoma State, 2 pm
        WC vs. Ft. Lewis, 4 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 3

    • Cross Country hosts Nationaball Classic, 8:30 a.m.
    • Volleyball at San Marcos Tourm.
        WC vs. CSU San Marcos, 12 pm
        WC vs. Johnson & Wales, 4 pm
    • W. Soccer hosts Soka, 4 pm
    • M. Soccer at UC San Diego, 5 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 7

    • W. Soccer at Redlands, 3 pm

  • Friday, Sep. 9

    • Volleyball at Wm. Jessup, 7 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 10

    • Cross Country at Biola Inv., 8:30 a.m.
    • W. Soccer hosts Embry-Riddle, 12 pm
    • Volleyball at Menlo, 2 pm
    • M. Soccer hosts UC Merced, 3 pm

  • Monday, Sep. 12

    • M. Soccer hosts Marymount, 3 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 14

    • W. Soccer hosts Bethesda, 3 pm

  • Friday, Sep. 16

    • Volleyball hosts Arizona Chri., 7 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 17

    • M. Soccer at Pt. Loma, 11:30 am
    • Volleyball hosts San Diego Chr., 2 pm
    • W. Soccer at Azusa Pacific, 7 pm

  • Tuesday, Sep. 20

    • M. Soccer at Hope Int'l, 1 pm
    • Volleyball at Vanguard, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21

    • W. Soccer at Hope Int'l, 12 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 24

    • M. Soccer hosts San Diego Chr., 12 pm
    • Volleyball hosts Biola, 2 pm
    • W. Soccer hosts San Diego Chr., 2:30 pm

  • Tuesday, Sep. 27

    • W. Soccer at Vanguard, 4 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 28

    • M. Soccer at Vanguard, 4 pm

Canitez, Nwaba to Compete in Rio

August 1st, 2016
Barbara Nwaba (left) and Tugce Canitez

With the 2016 Summer Olympics about to get under way in Rio de Janeiro later this week, Westmont fans will be paying special attention to women’s basketball and track and field and cheering on two particular athletes in their quest for an Olympic medal.

Tugce Canitez, who graduated from Westmont in 2013, will compete in the Olympics for the second time as a member of the Turkish women’s basketball team. Canitez competed at the London Games in 2012, the summer between her junior and senior years at Westmont. After her return from London to Westmont, Canitez helped lead the Warriors to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Since her graduation, Canitez has played professionally in her home country for Fenerbahce in Istanbul. A perineal contender in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, Fenerbahce won the 2016 championship.

Turkey has been assigned to Group A at 2016 Olympics along with France, Australia, Japan, Belarus and the home country, Brazil. Pool play begins on Saturday, August 6 and continues through Monday, August 15. The single elimination brackets begin on Tuesday, August 16 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 and the medal games will be played on Saturday, August 20.

Competing in the women’s heptathlon will be Barbara Nwaba, the two-time USA champion in the event. Nwaba is a member of the Santa Barbara Track Club that trains at Westmont and is coached by Joshua Priester, a Westmont assistant track and field coach.

Warriors Form Professional Battery

July 18th, 2016
Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.

With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.

Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.

Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.

Collier Earns National Championship; Holding, Collier, and Asselin Earn All-American Honors

May 27th, 2016
Becky Collier: National Champion in the heptathlon (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 27, 2016

On day two of the 2016 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, Becky Collier became the fourteenth all-time Westmont Track and Field athlete to win an individual championship when she placed first in the heptathlon; senior Kristan Holding finished her track career on a high note with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon; and senior James Asselin clinched an eighth place finish in the decathlon to end his final season with a bang. Collier, Holding, and Asselin each earned All-American honors for their performances.

Today, Becky Collier not only became a three-time All-American in the outdoor heptathlon, she became a national champion when she finished in first place with 4,908 points.

Yesterday after the first four events of the heptathlon, Collier was in first place with 3,006 points. Today, after competing in long jump, javelin, and the 800 meter race, she maintained her first place standing. In long jump, Collier finished fifth with a mark of 5.15m (16-10.75); in javelin, she finished seventh with a mark of 32.79m (107-7.25); and in the 800 meter race, she finished sixth with a time of 2:23.91.

Warriors Named Top-Seed in NAIA Opening Round

May 14th, 2016
BaseballRGB

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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Warriors Fall to the Oaks

February 29th, 2016
Photo by Nate Kurtzman

By Kaci Mexico
February 27, 2016

In their final game of conference #24 Westmont Men’s Basketball (20-9, 9-7) fell to Menlo (10-19, 4-12) by a score of 79-93.

Westmont and Menlo were neck and neck for the first nine minutes of the first half, until Menlo pulled ahead after a 13-2 run that lasted four and a half minutes. This run gave Menlo an eight point lead (30-22) that they would work to hold on to and improve upon for the remainder of the game. The first half ended with the Warriors down 31-42.

In the second half, the Warriors attempted to chip away at the gap, while Menlo fought to keep their lead in the double figures.

With 4:46 left in the game, the Warriors closed the gap to only seven points when Sean Harmon hit a three-pointer (71-78). However, 30 seconds later, Menlo answered back with a three-pointer by Tyler Evens to recover their previous lead.

There was back-and-forth scoring for the majority of the second half and the Warriors could not seem to harness momentum.

Shellmire Named GSAC and NAIA Player of the Week

February 24th, 2016
Aysia Shellmire ( Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 23, 2016

Junior forward Aysia Shellmire was recognized at the conference and national levels when she received Golden State Athletic Conference and NAIA Player of the Week honors for her performance in last week’s games.

Last Thursday, Shellmire led second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (23-4, 13-2) to victory with a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds) in a match-up against then – tenth ranked The Master’s, 72-66. This win against The Master’s moved the Warriors up to first place in the GSAC standings.

Two days later, she earned another double-double (27 points and 10 rebounds) in a win over San Diego Christian.

On the week, Shellmire connected on 20-of-34 field goals and shot at 58 percent from the floor. She also shot at 80 percent (4-5) from the free throw line. Between the two games, Shellmire averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

At the conference level, Shellmire is ranked in the top ten in six statistical categories:

Williams Delivers Game Winner in OT

January 3rd, 2016
Britton Williams

A floater by Warrior senior guard Britton Williams with less the two seconds remaining in overtime gave #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (12-3) an 83-81 victory over host La Sierra (1-10) on Saturday night. Williams finished the game with nine points, four steals and a couple of rebounds.

“It is always nice to get a competitive win on the road,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We had several double-digit wins lately, but haven’t had a close win on the road yet. It is very meaningful and helps build confidence in our team.”

The Warriors led by 12 points with five minutes remaining in regulation, but a 14-2 run by the Golden Eagles resulted in a 72-72 tie at the end of the second frame. The game saw seven ties and 14 lead changes.

Westmont jumped out to an eight-point lead in the overtime period, with ‘and-one’ plays by both Williams and David Gunn (seven points, eight rebounds) and a two-pointer by Sean McDonnell. Once more, however, La Sierra found an answer, producing a 9-1 run that climaxed with a field goal by Keenan Braden with 6.6 seconds to go.

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Warriors Show Offensive Versatility in Win

December 9th, 2015
Sean McDonnell

The Warriors’ Cory Blau and Sean McDonnell each put up 24 points as #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (7-2, 1-0 GSAC) opened Golden State Athletic Conference play on Tuesday night with an 89-80 win over #21 Vanguard (7-1, 0-1).

McDonnell pulled down18 rebounds – the most by a Warrior since Evan Haines pulled down as many against Vanguard on February 27, 2010. McDonnell went seven of 10 from the floor and made 10 of 10 from the charity stripe.

“I thought Sean McDonnell was special all game long, but particularly in the first half,” noted Westmont head coach John Moore. “He put us on his back and carried us.”

Blau came into the game leading the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage, averaging .659 from long distance (27 of 41). But the junior showed his versatility by scoring 21 of his points from within the arc. Blau, who had four first half points, accounted for 14 of the Warriors’ 17 final points.

“Cory picked the right shots to take,” said Moore. “I thought he played with incredible concentration, focus and poise. His scoring started with a very nice pass in the second half. An unselfish play led to him scoring time and time again.”

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