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TMC Insider: Big competitions and big honors

Posted: March 30, 2014 5:59 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2014 5:59 p.m.
 

The Master’s College women’s basketball team continues to earn national recognition after is successful 2013-14 season, while Mustang golf, track and field and baseball spent the week competing in important competitions.


Women’s Basketball

One week after the conclusion of a superb 2013-14 campaign, the women’s basketball team has been honored with the selections of seniors Jacquelyn Marshall and Zoe Scott to the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America teams.

Marshall was honored for the second year in a row, this time as a first-team choice, while Scott was a first-time honorable mention choice. The two were also selected All-Golden State Athletic Conference earlier in March.

Marshall, a forward from San Clemente, made her second and final season in the Mustang frontcourt a memorable one, posting team-highs of 16.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Her 343 total rebounds shattered a 27-year old TMC single-season mark. She also paced the squad in field goal percentage, free throws made, steals and blocked shots.

She notched 18 double-doubles (sixth in the NAIA), scoring in double figures a team-best 29 times and pulling down 10 or more rebounds on 19 occasions.

Marshall is the program’s first player to be named first-team All-American since Tiffany Webb (2004-05) and only the third in school history. Marshall was a second-team All-American last season.

Meanwhile, Scott capped a stellar four-year career with her first All-America honor. Starting all 33 games, Scott led the Mustangs with 70 3-pointers and became the program’s all-time leading shooter from behind the arc, finishing with 239 career triples. She also became the 12th player in program history to reach the 1000-point career plateau.


Men’s Golf

On Tuesday, The Master’s College golf team finished its time at the Battle at Primm tournament in Primm, Nev.

At the end of three rounds, the Mustangs carded an overall score of 888 (293-298-297), tying for an 11th place finish.

Thane Ringler led TMC’s efforts by tying for ninth overall with a score of 214 (71-73-70).

Newcomer Josh Gardella ended the tournament with a 222 (72-73-78) finish.

Now, the Mustangs look to finish the 2013-14 season on April 5-6 with a trip to Florida to compete at the Bash at the Beach tournament on the greens of the LPGA International in Daytona, Fla.


Men’s Track and Field

TMC  dominated at the Westmont Classic, including individual wins and records.

The 5,000 meters was the highlight of the meet where Josh Sherfey made it into the record book in his debut, not far behind John Gilbertson’s freshman 5K record with a blistering time of 14:57. The time resulted in a “B” standard for nationals and a win to top it off. Tyler Tockstein and John Hurd ran commendable efforts clocking in at 15:54 and 16:03, respectively.

The meet kicked off with Jason Logan jumping a respectable height of 6 feet, 8 inches in the high jump.

The 1,500 meters had a competitive field with Matt Crichton grabbing second place and a personal-best of 3 minutes, 54.25 seconds, which resulted in an “A” standard for nationals. Crichton was closely followed by the duo of sophomore Daniel Eller and freshman Taylor Koh, finishing in 4:16.55 and 4:23, respectively. Not long after, both Eller and Koh were back at it in the 800 meters, running a tactical race together that resulted in personal bests of 2:03 and 2:07, respectively.


Women’s Track and Field

The Mustangs showed the effects of quality training at the Westmont Classic in warm and sunny conditions.

Senior Hannah Kellerman led the way in the 1,500 meters, running just strides behind her personal best in a time of 4:36 and hitting the “A” standard in the process. The pack of Rachael Ingoldsby, Karis Frankian, Katrina Graham and Morgan Pedrick ran strong races only seconds behind each other, running 4:43.76, 4:47, 5:01 and 5:01, respectively. Ayla Draper ran the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best of 14.92 seconds, bagging the “B” standard.

Kellerman, Ingoldsby, Frankian, Pedrick and Graham were back at it in the 800 meters, posting respectable times of 2:18, 2:23, 2:27, 2:27 and 2:27, respectively. Draper also competed in the 400-meter hurdles, hitting her second “B” standard in 1:04.04. Micayla Frankian ran a personal best in the 5,000 meters, placing second with a time of 18:52. Charity Schroeder, Hollie Larsen and Jessica Hawley trailed Frankian with times of 19:09, 20:00, and 22:20, respectively.

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in two weeks on April 12.


Baseball

On Friday, Sam Robison’s one-out, bases-loaded single in the 11th inning scored Jon Popadics and The Master’s College squeaked by Concordia 3-2 in the first game of a pivotal GSAC weekend series on Reese Field.

Less than 24 hours later, Concordia answered back by using a six-run inning in the opener and a five-run frame in the nightcap, dealing the seventh-ranked Mustangs their first doubleheader sweep of the season and leapfrogging TMC into first place in the GSAC with 8-3 and 6-0 wins Saturday afternoon on Reese Field.

The Mustangs, who have enjoyed four sweeps so far this season, felt the sting of this one, dropping out of first place in conference play for the first time in 2014. TMC fell to 17-10 in the GSAC and 27-10 overall. The club now trails both Concordia and San Diego Christian by half a game in conference.

Now, the Mustangs, who have lost two series in a row and four of their past six games, will play La Sierra University on Tuesday at Reese Field. This weekend, the squad will hit the road to Costa Mesa where it will face a very hot Vanguard club that has won six of its past seven to draw within one game of first place in the GSAC.

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