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February 7, 2014
Michael Beals was inaugurated as the 10th president of Vanguard University during a ceremony Friday afternoon. Beals, who had been the dean of spiritual formation at the Christian university in Costa Mesa, in August 2013 replaced Carol Taylor, who had served for four years as president. Since taking over as president, Beals has focused on building the strategic vision of the university to promote Christian higher education in a way that is "meaningful, relevant and impactful," according to a news release.
January 31, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team is off to a 5-0 start and second-year coach Rob Pegg said the Lions' willingness to play for each other is one big reason why. But the Lions' fifth victory, a 3-2 triumph over Arizona Christian in Vanguard's Golden State Athletic Conference opener on Friday, was due in large part to the visiting Firestorm's willingness to also play for the Lions. Arizona Christian (1-3 overall and in conference) committed three costly errors that led to three unearned runs to give Vanguard pitchers Eddie Rivera and Marshall McKinnon just enough to keep the Lions unbeaten.
By Barry Faulkner | January 22, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - The unbeaten streak and the confidence grew, while the checklist of potential stumbling blocks was significantly diminished for the No. 1-ranked Vanguard University women's basketball team Tuesday night. In a hostile Westmont gym in which they had lost two straight against the two-time defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion that claimed its first NAIA crown last season, the Lions pulled away for a 77-71 triumph that solidifies the Costa Mesa school's status as national championship contender.
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.
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)
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.
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.
By Barry Faulkner | November 7, 2013
Rhett Soliday came to Vanguard University to build a men's basketball program. But in his three previous seasons, particularly the last two, he has instead been saddled with nearly enough afflicted players to support a burgeoning medical practice. Despite the string of physical maladies, ranging from shoulders, to backs to knees to ankles, the Lions managed to post their first winning record (17-12) in five seasons in 2012-13. And if Soliday and his staff can limit the length of daily progress reports from the training room, this year's squad may continue the upward trend.
November 6, 2013
Vanguard University senior forward Jordan Davidson has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year to highlight four Lions named to the all-conference team in women's soccer. Davidson, the GSAC Player of the Year and a first-team NAIA All-American as a junior after transferring from a community college in Arizona, has 11 goals and seven assists for the No. 11-ranked Lions, who take a 15-3 record into Thursday's GSAC Tournament semifinal at Westmont. Senior Kayla Arenas, who leads the Lions with 14 goals and six assists, made the team as a forward, while junior midfielder Jen Martin and sophomore defender Ashley McCutcheon are the other Vanguard honorees.
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