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TMC Notebook: eyes NAIA titles

Mustangs set for runs in men’s XC, women’s socce

Posted: November 13, 2010 10:58 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2010 10:58 p.m.

With the fall sports winding down and men’s and women’s basketball just getting started, transition is taking hold at The Master’s College.

But don’t turn the page just yet, because what is left for women’s soccer and men’s cross country could be history in the making.

Both teams will be looking for the school’s first NAIA Championship beginning next Saturday.

A title is in their sights, whereas it remains the early motivation for both hoops teams as they begin their seasons.

Time may be running out for some of the sports at TMC, but there is a lot left to be decided.

Cross Country

Fresh off the program’s first Golden State Athletic Conference title, and the school’s third overall, the men’s cross country team is embroiled in preparations for the NAIA Championships next Saturday in Vancouver, Wash.

“We are in our final peaking stages of training and at this point in the year, you as a coach want to get to the point where you’ve done all the work throughout the year and don’t have major changes at the end,” said Mustangs head coach Zach Schroeder. “That is where we are. The guys look sharper and better than they ever have.”

Once again, 11-the ranked TMC will be led by the 1-2-3 punch of sophomores Anthony Pizzo and John Gilbertson and senior Jeff Jackson, all of whom finished in the top 10 last week at the GSAC Championships.

Last weekend, it was the effort from Nathan Seyler and Josiah Downer as the Nos. 4 and 5 runners that keyed the title.

With Downer suffering from some leg pain following the race, Schroeder said he has seen freshman Matt Crichton step up to fill the void, praising his focus and desire to win.

Women’s Soccer

TMC’s run in the GSAC Tournament may have ended earlier than it may have wanted, but a positive has been gleamed.
Time for recuperation.

Mustangs forward and GSAC Player of the Emily Bruton is one such beneficiary.

“Emily Bruton has been able to take more time off than she has the entire season,” said TMC head coach Curtis Lewis. “We are getting her healthy. She’s about 85 percent, which is her highest all season.”

The Mustangs (16-2-2) lost on penalty kicks to California Baptist on Nov. 5 in the first round of the tournament.

Lewis expects that they will host an NAIA Tournament opening-round match next Saturday. The team will be notified of its match later tonight.

Women’s Volleyball

TMC concluded the 2010 regular season with two GSAC losses on the road to Westmont and Fresno Pacific.

Once again, the Mustangs (7-22, 2-18) took a match to five sets, but couldn’t close it out on Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to Westmont.

Middle blocker Tori Callihan led the team in both matches with 18 kills against Westmont and another eight in a 3-0 loss to No. 3-ranked Fresno Pacific on Thursday.

The Mustangs finished 10th place in the GSAC.

Men’s Basketball

The TMC men are off to a 2-0 start to the 2010-2011 season with two decisive wins.

The Mustangs beat Bethany 88-63 on the road last Saturday and returned home to defeat West Coast Baptist on Tuesday.

Leif Karlberg led the way against Bethany with 25 points and also dropped a team-high 23 points against West Coast Baptist. Most of his points have come from outside, as he’s already made 14 3-pointers this season.

TMC travels to Portland to face Lewis and Clark State on Monday in its only game next week.

Women’s Basketball

The Mustangs opened their season with back-to-back home wins on Friday and Saturday against Bethany and Corban.

Starting Friday with  Bethany, TMC won 90-62, led by 17 points from Zoe Scott. Morgan Schwegler and Theresa Brown had 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

In an 81-67 win over Corban, Inge led the Mustangs with 24 points while Schwegler and Brown each had 10 boards.

TMC returns to the hardwood Tuesday in a GSAC matchup against San Diego Christian at El Cajon.


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