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ECC Track & Field athlete JUSTIN ALEXANDER (Crenshaw) is set to represent the United States in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles at the IAAF U20 (World Junior) Championships July 19-23 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Justin qualified for Team USA's U20 Team by finishing 3rd in June 26th's USATF Junior National championships final in a personal best 51.74. The first round of the 400m IH is scheduled for July 21st at 10:35am followed by the semi-finals on July 22 (20:25), and finals on July 23 (19:20). Go Justin!!!
June 30-July 11. USATF Olympic Track & Field Trials
ECC Alumnus JASON HARRELL (Serra) 4th in the USATF Olympic Trials Discus Final narrowly missing a top 3 spot by 7 inches with his throw of 200-3. Jason's ECC teammate BENJAMIN WOODRUFF (Redondo Union)placed 19th in the Javelin qualifying.
Harrell, a two-time CCCAA State Championships qualifier in the discus while at ECC in 2010-11 and two-time All-Big West qualifier and 2014 Champion at CSULB, qualified for this summer's USATF Olympic Trials with his 203-10 performance. Currently training and competing with the Arete Track Club in San Diego, his 4th place in the trials was a big breakthrough for Jason in National competition. Jason currently ranks #2 on the El Camino College Top 10 performer list in the discus (166-8) and #9 in the shot (51-8 1/2).
Woodruff placed 5th in the CCCAA state championships his first year throwing the javelin at ECC in 2010. The former baseball player gave up the sport for track & field his sophomore year at ECC before transferring to Cal State Long Beach where he continued to excel. At CSULB, Benjamin won TWO Big West titles and set the current school-record of 243-2. His 2016 javelin mark of 265-3 puts him 6th on this year's U.S. perfomance list. Ben currently ranks #4 on the El Camino College Top 10 performer list in the javelin at 185-1.
After serving as Co-Defensive Coordinator for the Warriors during the 2008 season, Gifford Lindheim returns to El Camino College as the head coach, announced Monday.
Lindheim brings over two decades of coaching experience at different levels, boasting a 50-24 record as head coach in seven seasons. He has coached a number of NFL players, including names such as Steve Smith and Brandon Marshall.
Most recently he served as head coach at Santa Monica College, turning the struggling program around and leading the Corsairs to five consecutive American Pacific Championships, a 34-conference game win streak, and capped by an undefeated season in 2015. To add to his five conference titles, Lindheim is a five-time Coach of the Year and boasted the top offense and defense in Southern California last season.
He began his coaching career in 1995 at University High School, serving as quarterbacks, running backs, and defensive line coach for two seasons (1995-97), before moving to the NCAA Division III level at Whittier College. Lindheim spent four seasons with the Poets, holding multiple positions including defensive line coach, special teams coordinator, and recruiting coordinator.
His next stop was at Venice High School for four seasons as defensive coordinator, where he helped to develop 15 Division I student-athletes, while the team earned three-consecutive undefeated conference championships.
Lindheim spent one season at West Los Angeles College in 2006 as outside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator before accepting a position at the University of Nevada as graduate assistant as a pass rush specialist, working with the Wolfpack defensive line and linebacker corp.
Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from San Francisco State in 1995, Lindheim was a starting running back for the Gators. He was named team captain and earned three letters, receiving the Coaches Award and Val Sakovich Career Award.
Published six times in magazines and manuals, he also has two Master’s degrees in Education and Higher Administration in Education from Whittier College (1998) and the University of Nevada (2009), respectively.
May 4, 2016
Track and Field
Hinsch Earns SCC Meet Honors
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshman Hayden Hinsch was named the South Coast Conference Co-Male Running Athlete of the SCC Championships, announced Wednesday.
Hinsch captured the SCC titles in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters. Late in the 1,500 meters race, Hinsch kicked from behind in the final lap to take the title.
May 2, 2016
Camez and Antonelli Earn Additional Honors
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshman outfielder Raelani Camez was tabbed All-State, announced Monday.
Freshman catcher Brigid Antonelli joined Camez with All-SoCal honors.
April 29, 2016
Seven Named All-Conference
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshmen Raelani Camez and Brigid Antonelli both earned All-South Coast Conference First Team nods to lead seven total honors, announced Friday.
Freshmen Kammy Fisher, Natalie Francis, Haley Reed and Taylor Richter were all second team selections, while freshman Maleigha Quintero was named honorable mention.
April 29, 2016
Women’s Beach Volleyball
Williams/Shimamoto Lead Warriors to Four State Berths
TORRANCE, Calif. – Led by sophomores Nickeisha Williams and Michelle Shimamoto, four of the Warriors’ five beach volleyball pairs qualified for the state tournament in the individuals competition on Friday.
Williams and Shimamoto defeated sophomore Brooke Russell and freshman Taylor Brydon for the title. And sophomores Sadie Fraker and Laynie Thompson, along with sophomore Jewel Yandall and freshman Brooklyn Rubio advanced to at least the quarterfinals.
The Warriors will head to Grossmont College on Saturday, May 7 to begin the state pairs competition. Play is slated to begin at 10 a.m.
April 24, 2016
Eshillonu/Simpson Lead Warriors at State Championships
OJAI, Calif. – The doubles team of sophomore Rachael Eshillonu and freshman Violet Simpson led the way at the State Championships with the best finish, falling in the quarterfinals.
Sophomore Jade Shugars and partner Natsuki Hoshiko advanced to the round of 64, while individually, Eshillonu and Shugars both reached the round of 32, while Simpson fell in the round of 64.
On the men’s side, sophomore Seth Abram and freshman Louis Tanada finished in the round of 64, while freshmen Manigo and Miyazato bowed out in the round of 128.
April 23, 2016
Baseball Drops Series Finale in Extras to Cerritos
TORRANCE, Calif. – Despite scoring first and forcing the game into extras, the baseball team (23-10, 12-6) was unable to score with bases loaded with two outs in the 10th, falling 4-3 to Cerritos (22-11, 14-4) in the series finale on Saturday.
Freshman Noah Barba put the Warriors on the board first in the bottom of the third with a RBI-double to the gap in left field, scoring freshman Kyle Henmi, who led off the inning with a single through the right side.
Cerritos quickly tacked on a pair of runs in the top of the fourth before ECC knotted things up at two all on another RBI-double, this time from Jonathan Pasillas, in the bottom of the seventh. Pasillas recorded another RBI in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extras after Cerritos briefly took the lead with a run scored in the top half of the frame.
The Falcons were able to score the go-ahead run in the 10th, and despite loading the bases in the bottom half of the inning with a controversial call in the final at bat, the Warriors were unable to put up another run on the board.
Sophomore Nick Sablock (1-2) was charged with the loss, going 3.0 innings. Freshman Taylor Rashi started the game, throwing 7.0 innings, allowing only three hits and two runs, while fanning nine.
Baseball begins its final conference series against Long Beach City on Tuesday, Apr. 26 at 2:30 p.m. at Warrior Field.
April 23, 2016
Warriors Fall Short against Cypress
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshmen Haley Reed and Kammy Fisher both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, but the Warriors (25-13) fell 7-2 to Cypress (34-5) on Saturday.
Fisher and freshman Taylor Richter both earned doubles for ECC, while freshmen Kattya Calderon and Vanessa Gutierrez counted the team’s two RBI.
Freshman Natalie Francis (16-8) was charged with the loss after throwing one complete inning, allowing three hits and two runs.
Softball hosts Saddleback in a non-conference make-up matchup on Monday, Apr. 25 at 3 p.m.
April 20, 2016
Barba Named CCCBCA SoCal Player of the Week
TORRANCE, Calif. - Freshman Noah Barba was named the CCCBCA SoCal Player of the Week for April 10-16, announced on Wednesday.
Barba led the Warriors to the conference sweep of LA Harbor with an 11-for-16 (.688) performance over the three games. Barba opened competition against the Seahawks with a 4-for-6 performance, belting a grand slam in the top of the fifth - his third home run of the season - and counting five RBI, while scoring three runs in the 16-8 win. In game two, he went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs in the 8-2 victory. And he wrapped up his week going 4-for-5 with a double, triple, run, RBI, stolen base and drawing a walk.
Overall, Barba posted a 1.063 slugging percentage, with a double, triple, home run, six RBI, six runs, a walk and a stolen base. Defensively, he was errorless in centerfield with seven putouts.
April 19, 2016
Warriors Take Series from Pasadena City with 7-2 Win
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshman Natalie Francis earned her second-straight complete-game victory in the Warriors’ (24-12, 13-6) 7-2 win over Pasadena City (20-17, 9-10) to take the series on Tuesday.
Francis scattered seven hits, allowing only one earned run.
Offensively, freshman Raelani Camez and Taylor Richter both posted multi-hit games with Richter also adding two runs and two RBI with a home run.
Softball returns to action at Mt. San Antonio on Thursday, Apr. 21 at 3 p.m.
April 19, 2016
Late Rally Drops Warriors in Series Opener against Cerritos
TORRANCE, Calif. – Sophomore Jake Sahagian went yard for the second time this season, but a late rally by Cerritos (20-11, 12-4) in the top of the ninth handed the Warriors (23-8, 12-4) an 8-5 loss on Tuesday.
The Warriors, Falcons, and Long Beach City all now are in a three-way tie for first place in the South Coast Conference with 12-4 records.
Sahagian went 2-for-4 with two runs, while sophomore Zack Ferreira and freshmen Noah Barba and Jacob Carr both recorded two hits, as well. Ferreira and freshman Brady Dorn both earned two RBI each.
Freshman Cassius Hamm started the game for the Warriors, throwing 6.0 innings and fanning seven. Sophomore Nick Sablock (1-1) was charged with the loss after 1.1 innings of work and allowing the go-ahead run on board.
Baseball looks to rebound in game two of the series against the Falcons at Cerritos on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
April 16, 2016
Warriors Sweep Seahawks with 10-3 Win in Series Finale
WILMINGTON, Calif. – Freshman Noah Barba recorded a 4-for-5 performance in the Warriors’ (23-7, 12-3) 10-3 series finale victory at LA Harbor (11-19, 7-8) on Saturday.
Barba knocked a double and triple in his four hits, while adding a run, RBI, and drew a walk. Overall in the series, Barba went 11-for-16 with a cycle (over the three games), a grand slam, and six RBI.
Sophomore Jonathan Pasillas also posted a four-hit game going 4-for-6 with a home run, two runs, and three RBI.
Freshman Taylor Rashi (4-1) earned the win after throwing eight innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs, while fanning four.
Baseball begins its series against Cerritos on Tuesday, Apr. 19 at home. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.
April 14, 2016
Baseball Takes Series over LA Harbor with 8-2 Win
TORRANCE, Calif. – Sophomore Sebastian Sanchez (8-1) earned his eighth win of the season, fifth complete-game win, as the Warriors (22-7, 11-3) took the conference series over LA Harbor (11-18, 7-7) with a 8-2 victory on Thursday.
Sanchez’s five complete games marks the most in the state by any pitcher. He allowed only one earned run, while fanning six.
Four Warriors counted three-hit games, led by freshman Kyle Henmi’s 3-for-4 performance with a run and two RBI. Sophomores Nick Sablock and Zack Ferreira and freshman Noah Barba were the other players to count three hits. Two other players earned two hits each.
Baseball wraps up the series at LA Harbor on Saturday, Apr. 16 at 12 p.m.
April 14, 2016
Big Sixth Inning Lifts Warriors over Vikings, 7-3
TORRANCE, Calif. – A pair of RBI doubles to score three started the five-run sixth inning to lift the Warriors (23-12, 12-6) to a 7-3 victory over Long Beach City (19-17, 9-8) on Thursday.
Freshmen Kammy Fisher and Kassandra Hernandez counted the RBI-doubles, while freshman Brigid Antonelli earned her second hit of the game in the sixth on a RBI-single through the left side.
In the circle, freshman Natalie Francis earned her 13th win of the season (13-6), throwing the complete game and facing 31 batters.
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 19, hosting Pasadena City at 3 p.m.
April 6, 2016
Hamm Named CCCBCA SoCal Pitcher of the Week
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshman Cassius Hamm was named the CCCBCA Pitcher of the Week for March 27-April 2, 2016, announced Wednesday.
Hamm guided the Warriors to a 7-0 series-opening victory over conference opponent, El Camino College-Compton Center on Tuesday. The righty threw 8.0 innings, fanning nine and allowing only three total base runners in 94 total pitches. Hamm nearly pitched a hitless outing with a runner beating out a ground ball to the short stop in the sixth inning for an infield single to break it up. The win marked Hamm's fifth of the season, and he also recorded an assist in the win.
April 5, 2016
Sablock Extends to 10-Straight in Win at Mt. SAC
WALNUT, Calif. – Sophomore Nick Sablock extended his hitting streak to 10-straight at bats in the Warriors’ (19-6, 8-2) 4-2 win at Mt. San Antonio (9-16, 2-8) in the conference series opener.
Sablock went a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base, and a RBI, and has reached safely in his last 12 plate appearances.
Sophomores Zack Ferreira and Jake Sahagian both earned a pair of hits and one RBI each. Sahagian also counted a run, stolen base, and a triple.
Freshman Cassius Hamm picked up his sixth win of the season (6-2) after throwing 6.2 innings with four strikeouts. Sophomore Reece Buska earned his second save of the season, holding the Mounties hitless for 2.1 innings, while fanning three.
Baseball faces Mt. San Antonio in the second game of the conference series on Thursday, Apr. 7 at Warrior Field. First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.
April 5, 2016
Warriors Earn 20th Win of Season over Conference Leader, Cerritos
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshman Raelani Camez went 3-for-4 with an in-the-park home run in the Warriors’ (20-11, 10-5) 7-5 victory over SCC-leading Cerritos (23-9, 11-4) on Tuesday afternoon.
Camez counted two runs and two RBI with three stolen bases. Freshman Haley Reed tallied a triple in her 2-for-3 performance with a run and two RBI.
Freshman Natalie Francis earned her 11th win of the season, throwing 6.0 innings, while freshman Brooke Sarro tallied her first save of the season.
Softball heads to LA Pierce for a mid-week non-conference matchup on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 3 p.m.
April 2, 2016
Sablock with Record Day in Series Finale against Compton
TORRANCE, Calif. – Sophomore Nick Sablock hit for the cycle with a perfect day at the plate in the Warriors’ (18-6, 7-2) 22-2 win over El Camino College-Compton Center (2-22, 1-8) in the series finale on Saturday.
The Warriors earned their first conference series sweep behind the bat of Sablock, who went 6-for-6 with three doubles, a triple, and a home run. The southpaw also counted nine RBI, four runs, and two stolen bases.
Freshman shortstop Jacob Carr backed up Sablock with a 4-for-6 performance with two runs and two RBI.
Freshman Taylor Rashi tallied his third win of the season behind a seven-inning, five-strikeout performance.
Baseball begins its next conference series at Mt. San Antonio on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 6 p.m.
April 1, 2016
Warriors Run Rule Roadrunners in Non-Conference Matchup
TORRANCE, Calif. – Freshmen Raelani Camez, Kammy Fisher, and Haley Reed both tallied three hits each in the softball team’s (19-11) 9-1 victory in six innings over Rio Hondo (11-19) on Friday.
Camez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, while Fisher earned a run and a RBI. Reed added a RBI.
Freshman Natalie Francis earned her 10th win of the season, throwing the complete game with two strikeouts and scattering five hits.
The softball team resumes conference play against Cerritos on Tuesday, Apr. 5 at 3 p.m.
April 1, 2016
Men’s Volleyball Sweeps LA Trade Tech
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sophomore Michael Otazu counted five kills and eight assists in the Warriors’ (9-7, 6-3) sweep of LA Trade Tech (0-11, 0-9) on Friday evening. The Beavers had to count a forfeit after the 17-12 mark in the second set.
Set scores were 25-4, 25-12, 25-0.
Men’s volleyball returns home to host Long Beach on Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 6 p.m.