May 22, 2013
Vanguard University sophomore Roger Muri and freshman Stefan Kilchofer earned first-team All-American status in men's tennis. They helped lead the Lions to the NAIA National Championship semifinals and a 24-1 record. Muri was 22-1 in singles, while Kilchofer was 23-1. Senior Chris Freeman, a Costa Mesa native, earned first-team All-American status for the second straight for NAIA national champion Embry-Riddle. Vanguard senior Lucas Larsson, who was 11-8 in singles, earned second-team All-American status.
May 17, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. - A trip to the NAIA National Championship title match appeared so promising for the Vanguard University men's tennis team. The No. 3-seeded Lions, who entered the semifinals with a 24-0 record, built a 2-1 lead in doubles. However, No. 2 seed Auburn Montgomery dominated in singles to earn a 5-2 victory and a spot in Saturday's NAIA National Championship final. Auburn Montgomery will be looking for its 10th national championship when they face Embry-Riddle (Fla.)
May 16, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. - The Vanguard University men's tennis team is the only undefeated team in the nation. The Lions want to end the season with that distinction because it will mean an NAIA national championship. Vanguard, the No. 3 seed, took one step closer to that goal with a 5-2 victory over Xavier (La.) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship Thursday. The Lions (24-0) advance to the NAIA semifinals for the first time since 2004. They have not reached the final as they have not placed higher than third.
May 3, 2013
WESTMINSTER - A burgeoning relationship between a small Christian college in Costa Mesa and a public university in Iraq could help shape the Middle Eastern country's response to gender-based violence in its northern region. Over the span of 15 days, a small team of Iraqi government officials and academics are touring Orange County and studying the local justice system's procedures for crimes against women. Wednesday, the group of about half a dozen Iraqis gathered at Westminster's police headquarters.
May 1, 2013
Vanguard University sophomore Rachel Stalford was named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week in softball on April 22. Stalford threw a three-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Hope International on April 20 and also held No. 3-ranked Cal State San Marcos to one run in six innings of a 1-0 loss on April 16. Stalford finished the season Thursday with a 9-12 record and a 2.06 earned-run average. She allowed 104 hits in 112 1/3 innings with 72 strikeouts and 20 walks. - From staff reports
April 24, 2013
The Vanguard University softball team is the No. 3 seed in a six-team double-elimination tournament that will advance one team into the four-team NAIA softball championship opening-round tournament. The Lions (34-22) will meet William Jessup on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. at Concordia University in Irvine. Vanguard finished second in the Golden State Athletic Conference, which has four teams in the event that runs through Saturday. Concordia, ranked No. 1 nationally, is the top seed. Simpson, representing the California Pacific Conference, is the No. 2 seed.
April 12, 2013
MEN'S TENNIS Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament INDIAN WELLS - Top-seeded Vanguard University dispatched Hope International, 5-0, in the semifinals Thursday at Indian Wells Tennis Center. The Lions (20-0), ranked No. 3 in the NAIA, will face Westmont in the title match on Friday at 10 a.m. Vanguard freshman Stefan Kilchhofer posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles, then teamed with sophomore Roger Muri to earn an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles. Freshman Dayman Johnson won 12 of 13 games at No. 6 singles for the Lions.
March 7, 2013
Projecting mental illness on stage is about as difficult a task as any director or troupe of actors may face, but when done effectively, it can produce a mesmerizing evening of theater. In "Development," Vanguard University's world premiere of a new drama by Warren Doody, an English professor at the Costa Mesa college, schizophrenia is an inherited condition, passed down from a woman to her son and on to his son. It's a truly frightening premise, triggering a pair of unforgettable portrayals.
March 5, 2013
IRVINE - When it came time to tally the titles, Vanguard University women's basketball coach Russ Davis was suddenly at a loss for details. It was attention to detail, however, that helped the No. 8-ranked Lions upset the No. 3-ranked Warriors, 63-57, in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament final on Tuesday at Concordia University. It was the 11th GSAC crown of Davis' 17-season tenure, but the first in three years, as the Lions (23-3) earned the conference's guaranteed berth in the NAIA Division I tournament field, with action in Frankfort, Ky., from March 13-19.
February 1, 2013
Vanguard University basketball standouts Chris Gorman (men's) and Nicole Ballestero (women's) were named Golden State Athletic Conference Players of the Week on Monday. Gorman, a sophomore point guard, scored a combined 62 points in an 82-81 conference loss at Concordia on Jan. 22 and an 80-78 GSAC road setback against No 15-ranked Hope International on Saturday. Gorman made 24 of 30 field-goal attempts for the week (80%), including 10 of 11 from three-point range (90.9%). Ballestero, a junior guard, helped the No. 3-ranked Lions earn road wins against Concordia (Jan.