As a young man, Yvan Kelly picked up basketball nearly due to convenience. He loved it, but did not have a passion for it. He used sports as a way to socialize with neighborhood kids. The few shots he took, however, led him to coaching, becoming an Associate Dean and eventually an NBA scout. It’s a journey that started playing on the team in high school. … His career began at Westmont College in California, where he led his team to the N.A.I.A (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) Final Four. Kelly used his success at Westmont to eventually become a volunteer assistant coach at powerhouse Auburn University in Alabama. more
Yearly Archives: 2014
Girls Soccer: Class 4A girls soccer all-state teams: Sarah Connelly of Valley Catholic is the player of the year
If Valley Catholic senior Sarah Connelly has played her last competitive soccer game, she at least picked a good one to go out on. Back on Nov. 15, Connelly — a senior on the Valiants girls team who has yet to decide on her future in soccer — scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the Class 4A state championship game, a goal that gave her team a3-2 victory over Cascade at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. … “I’m just super happy and excited,” Connelly said when alerted to the honor. “All the work really paid off, all the early-morning workouts. I really have to thank my teammates and (Valley Catholic coach Kayla Crandall).” … “Obviously, it’s not about individual honors — those just come with wins,” said Crandall, who played in high school at Jesuit, then for four years at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, serving as team captain her senior season. more
Westmont’s 87-69 victory over host Menlo in the Bud Presley Classic was more than just a first-round win.
It marked the 500th victory for John Moore as coach of the Warriors, a run that has spanned 22 seasons at the helm.
“It’s good to hit a milestone like that, as a sign of longevity,” Moore said. “The best part of it has been being able to coach at my alma mater, and work with the quality level of coaches I’ve been with.” …more
Westmont men’s basketball coach John Moore reached the 500-win mark in his career Friday night as his Warriors defeated Menlo 87-69 at the Bud Presley Classic in Atherton.
In his 27 years of coaching, Moore has earned an overall record of 500-301, with 421 of those wins coming in the last 22 years at Westmont. …more
At this altitude, the air thins … Yes, 500-wins is at a ‘stratospheric’ level of coaching achievement!And for Westmont College’s John Moore, who just attained the magical 500-win milestone with the Warriors’ 87-59 victory over Menlo last night, well, it’s when you call a quick timeout to take it all in, that you realize “the numbers” — though incredibly impressive — are not the true measure of success here. …more
Rachel LaCommare has been busy since winning the Teen Star singing competition in 2012. Having graduated San Marcos High School, she is now making her way through a liberal studies major at Westmont College, while performing in the choir, taking voice lessons, and playing in chapel band. more
Esther Lee made 4-of-5 three-point baskets, and Westmont roared to a 29-point halftime lead en route to a 79-54 women’s basketball win over visiting Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday at the Murchison Gym. …more
Westmont women’s basketball coach Kirsten Moore likes to create a theme for her team to focus on each season. This year’s theme is “grit and gratitude,” she told the crowd at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon. The origin of the theme comes from a chapter of Moore’s life. …more
Westmont women’s cross country team finished eighth out of 38 teams at the NAIA National Championship in Lawrence, Kansas. The Warriors scored 316 points and moved up three places from their number 11 ranking.
“It was a nice day with good weather for Kansas,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “The race temperature was 47 degrees.”
Sophomore Kelli Collins finished 21st in the field of 336 to earn All-American honors. Collins completed the 5,000 meter race in a time of 18:28. …more
The Westmont Department of Theatre’s production of John Cariani‘s Almost, Maine is friendly and unpretentious enough to resonate warmth with even the most cynical viewers. On a cold night in the unincorporated county of Almost, Maine, a town that isn’t quite a town because the denizens “never got organized,” a series of vignettes shows residents of this nowhere hamlet experiencing the purity and pain of love gained, unrequited, and lost; the slow fade of tenderness gone awry; and the sudden, stunning realization of affection. more