Tag Archives: Athletics

Athletics: Spring 2017

PLNU Student-Athletes Win Top Honor in Academics PLNU has won the 2016 President’s Award for Academic Excellence — claiming the top honor for the first time since joining the NCAA Division II three years ago. The Sea Lions have climbed through the university rankings over the past three years, from taking third place in 2014, to placing second in 2015, and now finishing first in 2016. The award is a direct reflection of the hard work of PLNU student-athletes, who increased their Academic Success Rate…

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Athletics: Fall 2016

Leveling the Playing Field—Literally This summer, PLNU made “America’s Most Scenic Ballpark” even better. The Carroll B. Land Stadium has long been lauded for its incredible view overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but recent improvements to the surface have garnered new pride for the field within the community—for professionalism and sustainability. Within just a week of the final game of 2016, the 40-year-old turf around home plate and the 60-year-old outfield grass were removed. More than 50 truckloads and 1,300 cubic yards of soil were brought…

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Athletics: Summer 2016

Q&A with New Head Coach for Women’s Basketball Lisa Faulkner exudes confidence when it comes to basketball and player development. Coming off her fourth season as Boston College’s assistant coach, PLNU’s new head coach for women’s basketball seems as enthused as ever about becoming part of the community, developing the team, and planning on winning the PacWest Championship. Below is an excerpt from a 30-minute question-and-answer session with the Viewpoint. Q: Tell me how you got started in coaching? A: When I was a senior…

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Athletics: A Season to Celebrate

The fall season brought plenty to celebrate for the PLNU Sea Lions. Between several teams making it to the NCAA championships, multiple athletes earning Player of the Year status for the PacWest Conference, and a number of new milestones etched into the PLNU record books, it was a season full of success. FALL TEAM WRAP-UPS Women’s Volleyball The PLNU women’s volleyball team made school history as it battled its way to the NCAA championships for the first time this fall. PLNU had a strong finish…

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Athletics: Work Ethic Propels Sharp-Shooter Sam Okhotin to the Top

As he sat on the bench in his first official college basketball game, Sam Okhotin tried not to let his emotions take over. It was 2012, and PLNU was taking on Loyola Marymount University. Okhotin’s name was called. As he jumped onto the court, he realized he’d worked his whole life for this moment. Bigger, faster, stronger players surrounded him. The speed of play was intense. Suddenly, the game he’d played his entire life seemed unfamiliar to him. Flash forward: Okhotin is now entering his…

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Athletics: First Active Year in NCAA–First NCAA Tournament Win

BY KAYLE FIELDS After spending 26 successful years in NAIA’s Golden State Athletic Conference, including earning 43 regular season championships and introducing eight players and coaches into the NAIA Hall of Fame, PLNU was ready to face a new challenge: the NCAA. PLNU decided to pursue candidacy for the highly competitive NCAA Division II in the summer of 2012. “We saw some schools in our conference making a move,” Athletic Director Ethan Hamilton noted. “We felt the NAIA was changing and we made a proactive…

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Athletics: Spring 2015

Tim Whetstone & the Green Sea BY DANNY BARNTS Among the sea of painted faces at the 2014 Homecoming basketball games—though hard to spot at first through all the green paint—was PLNU university chaplain Tim Whetstone. Whetstone’s familiar face caused quite a few double takes as attendees walked by the Green Sea, a designated student cheering area of the gym. “The students were just awesome to be with, especially with that amount of energy,” Whetstone said. “It was great to see the guys go away…

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Athletics: Fall 2014

Sea Lions from Around the World PLNU’s athletic teams host a multitude of talent when it comes to everything from rebounds and free throws to goals, aces, and record-breaking relays. In addition to sports savvy, the Sea Lions boast quite a bit of diversity, with players hailing from across the country and the globe to join their teammates. Here is a glimpse of PLNU’s student-athletes not native to the West Coast.   Luke Lance Marion, Ind. – Men’s Soccer – Sophomore Earn PacWest All-Academic honors in his first season with…

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Athletics: Summer 2014

PLNU Wins the NCCAA Men’s Basketball Title BY DANNY BARNTS At the end of every basketball season, there are only a handful of teams throughout the country that can call themselves national champions, and in 2014, PLNU is a member of that elite group, as the Sea Lions took down Grace College 75-73 in the NCCAA title game. This is the fourth NCCAA men’s basketball title for PLNU after winning three straight from 1984-87. The victory was the Sea Lions’ 20th of the season and…

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Athletics: Spring 2014

Sea Lions Win in OT to Thrill Sold-out Homecoming Crowd BY DANNY BARNTS Hayden Lescault catches the ball at the top of the key. He fakes right and drives left. Time is winding down and the clock is below three seconds. Lescault has beaten his man but there is another defender waiting for him in the paint. Lescault gathers the ball to go up for the layup but the defender meets him in the air. Still the clock is ticking away. Lescault manages to see…

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Athletics: Fall 2013

Hall of Fame Honors New Inductees BY DANNY BARNTS The PLNU Athletic Hall of Fame will open its doors for the first time in five years to induct Bill Young (56), Mathias Sundberg (97), Erin Kellar-Hill (03), Jessica Mercado (05), Ashley (Strimple) (07) Bowman, Joe Prince (07), Amanda (Addie) (08) Dyla, and the 1991 men’s cross country team as the ninth Hall of Fame class in school history. “Many athletes, coaches, and support people have helped shape the storied history of PLNU athletics,” said Ethan…

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Athletics: Summer 2013

Honea Sweeps the Heptathlon For some athletes, the thought of specializing in more than one athletic event can be daunting. But for junior Lindsay Honea, it’s just another day at the track. Honea competes in the heptathlon, which is comprised of seven events: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meter, long jump, javelin throw, and the 800 meter. “It puts together all aspects of: Can you control your body? Are you strong enough to throw? Can you jump? Are you fast? Do you…

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