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July 6, 2000
Tony Altobelli Despite having no seniors, the Vanguard University women's basketball team still managed to reach the NAIA National Tournament and finish with a top-10 national ranking, capping the 1999-2000 men's and women's athletic year for the Lions. The Lions, using seven freshmen, three sophomores and three juniors, won the Golden State Athletic Conference regular season title and finished 28-7. Another national-tournament qualifier was the men's tennis team.
SPORTS
December 16, 2010
MEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 99, Pacific Union 64 COSTA MESA — Alex Chapman scored a game-high 25 ponits to lead the Lions in the nonconference game Thursday. The Lions (2-8) had six players in double figures, including Cameron Nettles (14 points), Drew Bruns (13), Ryan Andrews (13), Christopher Raybon (11) and Joshua Sandberg (10). Nettles led Vanguard with 12 rebounds. Pacific Union is 1-8.
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October 6, 2011
MEN'S WATER POLO Vanguard 8, Fordham 5 RIVERSIDE — Michael Cobarrubias scored three goals to pace the Lions in the nonconference game Thursday. David Buckalew, Joseph Sanders, Tim Sanders, Colt McKitrick and Jason Lee added goals for the winners (2-15). Christian Carillo made four saves for Vanguard.
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September 22, 2011
WOMEN'S SOCCER Vanguard 8, Marymount 0 COSTA MESA — Senior Gabriela Valles scored two goals and assisted on another in the Lions' nonconference match Thursday. Lauren Skachenko added a goal and an assist for Vanguard, which improved to 7-0 after recording a season-high eight goals. Vanguard did not allow a shot on goal.
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August 25, 2011
Lions stunned, 2-1 COSTA MESA — William Pellow scored to give Vanguard the lead in the fourth minute, but visiting La Sierra rallied to tie, then scored the game-winner in the 89th minute for a 2-1 nonconference victory in the men's soccer season opener for both on Wednesday. Sam Nichlson and Jack Plummer were each credited with an assist for No. 4-ranked Vanguard.
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March 6, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 80, San Diego Christian 71 DeAngelo Jones stepped up to score 22 points for the Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday at the Pit. Chris Gorman added 14 points, while Keith Mason and Zach Allmon finished with 12 points each for No. 9-ranked Vanguard (25-6), which plays host to Westmont Saturday in a semifinal game. San Diego Christian dropped to 8-16.
SPORTS
November 21, 2012
Vanguard University sophomores Jessica Neves and Kelly Heenan have been named All-Golden State Athletic Conference in women's volleyball. Neves, a 6-foot-2 opposite and setter, led the Lions with 305 kills, while adding 284 assists to help the Lions finish 17-15 and reach the NAIA Tournament. Heenan, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara and a Newport Harbor High product, had a team-best 562 digs from her libero position. Heenan also shared the team lead with 33 aces. Brooke Marino of Concordia was the Player of the Year and Robert Blanken of The Master's was named Coach of the Year.
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October 3, 2012
Vanguard University junior forward Jordan Davidson was named Offensive Player of the Week and Lions' sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Terry earned Defensive Player of the Week in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Davidson had both goals in a 2-0 GSAC road upset of then-No. 9-ranked Westmont on Sept. 25. She collected two assist in a 3-0 GSAC home win against Hope International on Saturday. Davidson has eight goals and four assists for the Lions (6-2, 2-0 in conference), ranked No. 11 in the NAIA.
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December 11, 2010
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Biola 76, Vanguard 49 LA MIRADA — The No. 6-ranked Lions were upset by the No. 12-ranked Eagles in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday at Biola. Vanguard (5-3, 3-1 in conference) shot just 27.1% from the field, including 16.1% from three-point range (five for 31). Allison Burns led the Lions with 13 points and five rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. She made five of seven field-goal tries. The Vanguard starters were a combined seven for 31 from the field (22.3%)
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May 1, 2014
BASEBALL Vanguard 1, The Master's 0 (11 innings) El CAJON — Thomas Mobley singled and John Schwer doubled with one out in the top of the 11th inning to break a scoreless tie, while Eddie Rivera (nine innings) and Roberto Johnson (two) combined on a three-hit shutout in the opening round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at Grossmont Community College. Schwer was two for three and Mobley was two for five to pace a seven-hit attack for the No. 22-ranked Lions (32-19)
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SPORTS
April 23, 2014
Vanguard University junior first baseman Brittney Boggs is a repeat honoree on the All-Golden State Athletic Conference softball team to lead five Lions selected by coaches. Boggs leads the Lions (30-20, 10-10 in conference) heading into the GSAC Tournament, in which they open Thursday against Hope International at Concordia University at 9:30 a.m., with six home runs, 33 runs batted in and 12 doubles. She is hitting .360. Breanne Gomez, a junior catcher, earned her second All-GSAC recognition, having been honored as a freshman in 2012.
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April 22, 2014
BASEBALL Vanguard 7, Bethesda 2 Senior catcher John Collins went four for four with two runs batted in and senior shortstop Nick Rodda was three for four with one RBI to lead the host Lions in the nonconference game Tuesday. Ian Sakry was two for four with one RBI for the winners (29-18), for whom Jordan Moak earned his first win of the season by allowing no earned runs in five innings. Vanguard plays host to Concordia in a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference series beginning Friday.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 17, 2014
LA MIRADA — When asked if Wednesday's come-from-ahead Golden State Athletic Conference loss at Biola may haunt him for a while, Vanguard University baseball coach Rob Pegg said he didn't believe in ghosts. But the 6-5 setback to the sixth-place Eagles helped make a 5-2 lead and a chance to gain sole possession of third place with just five regular-season conference games remaining, vanish like an apparition in a ninth inning that proved to be frightfully unfortunate for the visitors.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 9, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team that had won 13 of its previous 17 games, climbed to the No. 14 national ranking, and landed in second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, was largely missing in action on Wednesday. Coach Rob Pegg's Lions, who are two games behind San Diego Christian heading into a three-game road series with the No. 6-ranked Hawks beginning Friday, were hardly themselves in a 7-3 nonconference loss to the Cougars. Vanguard (26-14) ranks No. 2 in the GSAC in fielding (.974)
SPORTS
April 5, 2014
Vanguard University junior Shelby Kuryllo has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week in softball. She hit two three-run home runs, drove in seven runs and batted .364 in four games last week. In a doubleheader against Cal State San Marcos on March 27, she was two for two in the first game, in which the Lions managed just four hits in an 8-0 loss. In a doubleheader on March 29 against Golden State Athletic Conference rival San Diego Christian, the third baseman had a three-run home run in each game to help the Lions earn a split.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 2, 2014
One more time they packed The Pit on Wednesday to recognize a pair of noteworthy Vanguard University basketball teams. About 300 students, faculty, staff, fans and community members filed into the cozy campus gymnasium to pay tribute to the Vanguard men's team that won the program's first NAIA Division I national championship, as well as the Lions' women's team, which was ranked No. 1 all season. The men's program's most successful season ever included Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an unprecedented 32-6 record.
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March 27, 2014
Vanguard University senior Nicole Ballestero has been named NAIA Player of the Year in women's basketball. The 5-foot-8 guard was joined on the 11-player All-American first team by senior teammate Taylor Belmont. Ballestero averaged 23 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for the Lions, who were ranked No. 1 all season and won the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title. Vanguard was upset in the second round of the NAIA Tournament to finish 27-2. A two-time first-team All-American, Ballestero becomes the fifth Vanguard standout to be named National Player of the Year, joining former honorees Lisa Faulkner, Kelly Schmidt, Jessica Richter and Bridgette Reyes.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 27, 2014
For just about every student at Vanguard University, faith is important. But as the NAIA Division I champion Lions men's basketball team showed this season, perhaps no belief is more powerful than faith in one another. The Lions' players, coaches and support staff returned to Orange County Wednesday night, then took a bus to the Costa Mesa campus, where more than 100 students and supporters welcomed them home with applause, a human tunnel escort into the tiny gym and enough hugs and handshakes to energize even the most weary member of the championship program.
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March 27, 2014
Vanguard University's Rhett Soliday has been named NAIA Coach of the Year in men's basketball, while senior guard Preston Wynne (first team) and junior guard Chris Gorman (second team) earned All-American honors. Soliday, in his fourth season, guided Vanguard to the program's first NAIA Division I title, its third Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season crown and its first GSAC Tournament championship. The Lions won their final nine games to finish 32-6, capped by a 70-65 triumph over Emmanuel of Georgia in the NAIA title game on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Wynne, the GSAC Player of the Year, averaged 20.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game, in his second season after transferring from Spokane Community College.
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