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TMC notebook: TMC names its year’s best

Three athletes honored at annual awards ceremony

Posted: May 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 8, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

By Paul Putignano
Signal Staff Writer

It’s been an academic year full of achievements at The Master’s College.

And one Wednesday, a few of the athletes at the forefront of them were honored.

Senior golfer Kevin Anderson was named the Mustangs’ male athlete of the year, while basketball player Erica Inge and soccer player Emily Bruton were named the female co-athletes of the year at TMC’s third annual Sports Awards and Dessert Night.

Bruton led the Golden State Athletic Conference in goals scored with 18. The forward earned GSAC and National Christian College Athletic Association Player of the Year honors and was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics first-team All-American. All achievements were first for the women’s soccer program. Bruton was also was named an NCCAA Scholar Athlete, an Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete, and a CoSIDA ESPN Academic All American Third Team member.

Inge was a three-year starter and a 2010-2011 All-GSAC team member, NCCAA first-team All-American, third-team NAIA All-American and the NCCAA West Region Player of the Year. The senior captain battle through injuries all season and still led the conference in steals and free throws made. Inge helped the team win the 2010-11 NAIA Champion of Character Award and was selected by the Women’s Basketball hall of Fame to have her jersey hung in the “Ring of Honor” for one year.

Anderson’s senior campaign has included an NCCAA Championship, an individual NAIA Regional title, NCCAA Player of the Year recognition and a spot on the GSAC/Cal Pac/Cascade All-Region team. He could add to that list later this month at the NAIA Championships.

Men’s golf isn’t the only program with its eyes still set on a national title, though.

And another one is busy adding pieces.

Track and Field

On the heels of a landmark GSAC meet, TMC headed to Occidental College for the Occidental Invitational on Saturday, the last meet before the NAIA Championships at the end of May in Marion, Ind.

Results from the meet were not available at press time.

John Gilbertson earned the program’s first-ever individual GSAC title on April 30 in Fresno at the conference meet by winning the 5,000 meter run. Anthony Pizzo finished second in the event, and Matthew Crichton narrowly missed his own GSAC championship after losing the 3,000-meter steeplechase by .002 seconds.

The NAIA Championships will be held May 24-29.

Men’s Basketball

The Mustangs have signed University of Maine-transfer guard Mark Socoby and Hillcrest Christian of Granada Hills senior wing Britton Doerbecker for the 2011-12 basketball season, TMC announced Tuesday.

Socoby sat out last two seasons after averaging 12.3 points per game as a junior in 2008-09. He averaged 11.3 points during the course of his three-year career with the Black Bears.

TMC head coach Chuck Martin said he expects the 6-foot-5-inch Socoby to get immediate minutes at small forward after moving speedy guard Anthony Cammon to point guard and with return of Leif Karlberg, Devin Dyer and center Paul Brown. Additionally, 6-foo-7 forward Richard LaFleur is expected to come off his redshirt next season.

“We will finally be as deep and as good as we need to be to compete in this league,” Martin said. “We felt that Mark would be a good player that would add some size on the perimeter.”

Doerbecker will have a full four years with the Mustangs and is coming off a standout senior year in which he averaged 24.7 points and 13.3 rebounds. He earned Heritage League MVP and All-CIF Division 5A first-team honors as a junior and senior. The four-year varsity player finished his Eagles career with 2,072 total points.

“What we are trying to do with this class is obviously upgrade talent, but not just load up on older kids,” Martin said. “When all is said and done, we love the fact that we have kids we feel are good fits at Masters and have had prominent high school careers. They can play. They have put up some numbers.”

Martin said that he expects that more signings will be announced next week.

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