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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
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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
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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
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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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Women’s Soccer to Host Embry-Riddle

November 16th, 2015
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NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament
  
Opening Round
  
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Eagels at Westmont Warriors
  
Thorrington Field, 12:00 p.m.

Volleyball Left Out

November 16th, 2015
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Westmont Volleyball (20-7, 11-5 GSAC) was left out of the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament following its Golden State Athletic Conference loss on Saturday night to The Master’s College (20-10, 11-5).

The unexpected exclusion was a direct result of the Warriors falling from number 12 to number 20 in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Top-25 Final Poll released this morning. The last at-large berth was taken by Southern Oregon (24-4), which was ranked at number 19.

On Saturday evening, the Warrior had an opportunity to not only secure a national tournament bid, but also to receive a first round bye. The top 11 ranked teams receive first round byes and Westmont, ranked at number 12, was aware that the ninth, 10th and 11th ranked teams had already lost in conference tournaments going on throughout the country. A win against The Master’s would likely have moved the Warriors into the top 11.

The loss, however, brought an end to the Warriors’ season.

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