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By Barry Faulkner | January 19, 2014
The scouting report on the Vanguard men's basketball team begins with the "arc enemy. " That's a trio of veteran Lions guards who pride themselves on inflicting pain from distance. And even though Golden State Athletic Conference visitor Biola knew it needed to focus on senior Preston Wynne, junior Chris Gorman and junior DeAngelo Jones on the perimeter, Vanguard's long-range arsenal made sure Eagles' hopes for victory didn't last, well, long. Wynne nailed five of his seven-three-point attempts in the first half and Jones was three for three from beyond the arc to help the hosts make nine of 12 from threesome in the opening 20 minutes.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 3, 2014
LA MIRADA - With what most believe is the best player in the NAIA and the top-ranked team in the nation surrounding him in every timeout huddle, Vanguard University Coach Russ Davis sometimes has to feign concern. Indeed, the Lions are trouncing opponents by an average of nearly 34 points per game and no one has gotten closer than 15, despite a string of minor injuries and performance lulls that have allowed him to start only three players in all 10 games. So there Davis was early in his team's Biola Winter Classic opener against Viterbo University of Wisconsin, mumbling misgivings to his assistants and triggering three timeouts in the first 10 minutes, at one point asking his squad, rhetorically "Can we play basketball?"
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By Barry Faulkner | December 12, 2013
"There's a symphony inside you, there's a thousand things for you to do. " - James Taylor - Nicole Ballestero plays basketball with an orchestral range that makes coaches, teammates and spectators hum approvingly along. But somewhere in the bleachers, her father, Carlos, is savoring every swish and shoe squeak of this specific full-court symphony with even greater toe-tapping delight. "If he had a choice, I think my Dad would have had a family band," Ballestero said.
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December 5, 2013
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Spring Hill def. Vanguard SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Charlotte Heerlyn had a team-best 18 kills and hit .390, but the Lions dropped a 20-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-13 decision in the second of three pool-play matches at the NAIA Tournament on Wednesday. Vanguard, 0-2 in pool play to go to 22-8 for the season, completes pool play on Thursday against Northwestern of Iowa (35-3) at 6 p.m. PST. Kelly Heenan, a Newport Harbor High product, had 32 kills for the Lions, who hit .125 as a team, 75 points worse than the opponents from Alabama.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 23, 2013
Though Liliana Ruiz had some trouble remembering the precise mechanics of her game-winning penalty kick Saturday, at least the Vanguard University sophomore didn't forget to breathe in the first round of the NAIA women's soccer championship against visiting Columbia College. Ruiz, who said she has a hard time with relaxation in pressure situations, calmed herself enough to bury her penalty kick, the sixth attempt of the post-match shootout for the Lions, to propel the hosts to the second round of the tournament that runs Dec. 2-7 in Orange Beach, Ala. The No. 6-seeded Lions (15-4-1)
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By Barry Faulkner | November 21, 2013
Jordan Davidson is a finisher. Whether on the business end of a cross, a through ball, a corner kick or a rebound, the speedy 5-foot-2 Vanguard University women's soccer forward has deposited 29 goals into the net in two years with the Lions. She scored 28 in two seasons at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona. A conference player of the year and a first-team junior college All-American, she has twice been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is a virtual lock to repeat the first-team All-American recognition this year that she received as a junior.
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November 20, 2013
The Vanguard University women's soccer team, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA, will play host to Columbia (Mo.) in the opening round of the NAIA Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The Lions (15-4) are making their second consecutive appearance in the NAIA Tournament, in which the 15 opening-round winners join host Mobile in the 16-team field that competes for the crown in Alabama from Dec. 2 through 7. Coach Randy Dodge's Vanguard squad is led by two-time Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year Jordan Davidson, as well as 2012 All-American goalkeeper Lauren Terry and 2013 All-GSAC performers Jen Martin and Kayla Arenas.
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November 19, 2013
MEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 90, Chapman 71 Senior guard Preston Wynne made four three-pointers on his way to a game-high 20 points to lead the host Lions in the nonconference game on Tuesday. Junior guard Chris Gorman added 14 points, while DeAngelo Jones chipped in 10 points and eight assists for the winners (5-1). Zach Allmon had nine rebounds and eight points, while Myles Smith added four points, two assists and four steals off the bench. Corona del Mar High and Orange Coast College product John Joyce had seven points for Chapman (1-1)
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