Athletics - Mon, Aug. 22, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Big travel week ahead for Women's Soccer, currently 10th in the country, as they matchup against #2 Lindsey Wilson and #8 Martin Methodist. Likewise Volleyball, who sits at ninth in the nation, plays their second consecutive four match tournament this weekend in Montana.
Volleyball - Sat, Aug. 20, 2016
LA MIRADA, Calif. – Friday was the final day of competition at the Biola Summer Slam, where ninth ranked Vanguard was matched up against #4 Viterbo University and #18 Southern Oregon. The close set losses of the previous day once again showed themselves as the Lions fell 3-1 against Viterbo and 3-0 versus Southern Oregon.
Volleyball - Thu, Aug. 18, 2016
LA MIRADA, Calif. - Opening play at the Biola Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam, the Lions (1-2) - ranked ninth in the preseason Coaches' Top 25 Poll - were pitted against #6 Midland University (2-0) and #24 Northwestern College of Iowa (1-1). The Blue and Gold fought closely in both matches but ended up falling 0-3 in both competitions.
Volleyball - Sun, Aug. 14, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The emotions ran high as the Lions (1-0) hit the court for the first time since last year's historic run. They welcomed La Sierra (0-1), who brought a large contingent of fans, into The Pit for the opening match of the year for both squads. Vanguard finished the night with a 3-0 set win (25-20,25-20,25-21), but was pushed to the limit in the final set needing to come from behind to complete the sweep.
Athletics - Mon, Aug. 8, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. – On Sunday, the fall sport student-athletes of Vanguard University reported for their first official organized activities. The day kicked off with all 89 student-athletes proceeding through the yearly physical process before moving into individual team activities. The evening finalized with the nearly 90 student-athletes joining the coaching and administrative staff's at a kick-off dinner.
T&F & Cross Country - M&W - Thu, Aug. 4, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. - Gearing up for the 2016-2017 campaign, Vanguard University Cross Country and Track & Field has released their newest recruiting class to the Southern California campus. The 16 incoming athletes will join 14 returning members of the men's team and eight on the women's side.
The season begin in the Fall when the Cross Country squad heads up to running camp in Mammoth Lakes, CA from August 11th-18th before competing in their first official meet on Saturday, September 3rd at 8:00 a.m. They will take part in the Adidas U.C. Irvine Invitational on the UCI ARC Fields course.
Athletics - Wed, Jul. 20, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard University's athletics programs were recognized by the NAIA for their excellent work in the classroom, as the NAIA Scholar-Team distinctions were announced for the 2015-2016 academic year. The department had eight teams recognized for the award, which requires teams to have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in order to be considered.
Athletics - Tue, Jun. 28, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The summer of changes within Vanguard Athletics reaches its final stage as Elizabeth Sheplay is brought on board as the Senior Administrative Assistant. This move coincides with a reshuffling after the retirement of Bob Wilson and departure of Nolan Steputis who spent a combined 30 years in their respective roles, including the promotion of Rhett Soliday and hiring of Jeff Bussell, within the Athletic Department. Sheplay becomes the fifth member of the administrative team that supports the 11 intercollegiate sports sponsored by Vanguard University.
Photo's courtesy of Michael Bair and Kevin Sullivan
Baseball - Fri, Jun. 24, 2016
This spring, Vanguard Baseball had an electric season and the success did not stop with those currently in the Lions' uniform. Former Lion Michael Bair guided Laguna Beach High School to the State Championship in his fifth season as skipper. Bair was a center fielder for the Blue and Gold from 1999-2002 and batted lead off in the order. The CIF Southern Section title was the first for the program in 78 seasons and added a 42nd championship to the schools record books. The Breakers won their league for the fourth straight season, claiming a comeback victory over Calvary Chapel on Vanguard's very own field.
Adding to the bliss of capturing the crown, the team was honored at Angel Stadium on June 14th against the Minnesota Twins. Head Coach Bair was given the opportunity of a lifetime to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. During the seventh-inning stretch, the club was invited atop the dugout and led the chorus of fans in "Take Me Out To The Ball Game". Further highlights of the night included the CIF Championship celebration being played on the JumboTron in right field of the stadium. Laguna Beach High School finished the year with the 2016 CIF Southern Section Division IV championship, ending the year with a 20-12 record – which is made more impressive after a 0-6 start to the campaign.
Baseball - Wed, Jun. 15, 2016
COSTA MESA, Calif. – The 2016 Major League Baseball Draft began June 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey and ran through June 11. A total of seven locals were taken in the draft, including Vanguard University standouts, Sean Isaac (SR/Redondo Beach, CA) and Jose Rojas (SR/Anaheim, CA). The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Isaac and Rojas in the 35th and 36th rounds. Both players were also named NAIA All-Americans earlier last week after being named Golden State Athletic Conference Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, in May.