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The Master's College Year in Review

Posted: June 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College forward Emily Bruton (center) was a first-team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics selection and the school’s co-female athlete of the year. She led the Mustangs to their first-ever victory in the NAIA tournament.

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The road is never easy for The Master’s College when it comes to competition in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

While the baseball and basketball teams struggled to keep up in one of the toughest conferences in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this past year, a handful of athletes were busy rewriting the history books.

Sophomore runners Anthony Pizzo and John Gilbertson both set all-time best marks at TMC in both cross country and track and field. Pizzo and Gilbertson, along with Matthew Crichton, qualified for the NAIA Track and Field National Championships in various events.

The best overall team performance for the Mustangs may have come during the fall, when women’s soccer climbed all the way to No. 4 in the NAIA poll and ended up winning a game in the NAIA tournament for the first time in program history. Senior Emily Bruton played a big role for the team and earned Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors for doing so.

Another senior who put together a decorated season was golfer Kevin Anderson. In a breakout year, Anderson helped the men’s golf team win the National Christian College Athletic Association tournament early in the season and finish 12th overall in the NAIA National Championships. For his performance throughout the season, Anderson was later named the school’s male athlete of the year.
 
Sept. 11
Sophomore John Gilbertson runs a school-record time of 24 minutes, 40 seconds at UC Irvine’s 8K course in TMC’s first cross country meet of the season. As a team, the TMC men finish third in a competition that includes several NCAA Division I schools. Freshman Hannah Kellerman also breaks a school record in the 5K with a time of 18:59.

Sept. 18
The men’s cross country team breaks a school record at the UC Riverside Invitational with a team time of 2 hours, 7 minutes and 1 second. The Mustangs finish sixth overall and end up as the top NAIA finisher in the field. Canyon High graduate Anthony Pizzo leads the way with a school-record 24:28 time, good for 10th overall.

The women’s cross country team breaks a team school record, running the 5K in 1:38:27 overall. Canyon High graduate Hayley Parkinson beats the individual school record in 18:22.

Sept. 25
Behind a goal from senior Emily Bruton, the NAIA No. 15-ranked women’s soccer team beats No. 16 Pt. Loma Nazarene 1-0 in its Golden State Athletic Conference opener in San Diego. The Mustangs improve to 8-0-1 overall with the win.
The men’s soccer team beats Pt. Loma Nazarene 2-1 in overtime in its GSAC opener.

Sept. 26
Men’s cross country reaches its highest ranking in school history, No. 7 in the NAIA poll, the same week that Anthony Pizzo gains GSAC Runner of the Week honors.

Oct. 2
Senior Emily Bruton records a hat trick to lift TMC to a 5-1 win over NAIA No. 4 California Baptist, pushing the Mustangs’ record to 10-0-1 overall and 3-0-0 in conference.

Oct. 5
Women’s volleyball scores its first conference win of the season in dramatic fashion with a 3-2 win over Westmont College. After falling behind 2-0, the Mustangs rally to win three straight sets and win 17-25, 12-25, 25-17, 25-23 and 15-12 with the help of Tori Callihan’s team-high 18 kills. Teammate Sam Dougherty adds 13 kills.

Men’s golf finishes first at the Holy Names Fall Invitational led by senior Kevin Anderson’s second-place individual finish with a score of 2-under par.

Oct. 9
Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams finish the first half of GSAC play with 1-0 wins over San Diego Christian. The women remain undefeated at 12-0-1 overall and 5-0 in conference while carrying their highest ranking in school history at No. 5 in the NAIA poll. The men improve to 6-3-2 overall, 3-2 in the GSAC.

Oct. 12
After attaining a No. 4 ranking in the NAIA poll, the women’s soccer team suffers its first loss of the season, a 1-0 setback to No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific on the road. It drops the Mustangs’ record to 12-1-1 and 5-1 in conference.

Senior golfer Kevin Anderson secures a victory at the NCCAA Championship with a three-day score of 213, which is 3-under par. His score helps TMC win its second-ever team golf title at Hombre Golf Course in Panama City, Fla.

Oct. 23
Men’s cross country sweeps the top three spots at the Biola Invitational in Irvine. John Gilbertson leads the way with a time of 24 minutes, 54.2 second on the 8K course, followed by Jeff Jackson (24:54.9) and Anthony Pizzo (24:59.1).

Oct. 30
A 2-1 upset loss to Biola College means the women’s soccer finishes second in the GSAC. The Mustangs finish 15-2-1 overall, 8-2-0 in conference.

With a 4-2 loss to Biola, men’s soccer finishes ninth in conference, going 4-5-1 in GSAC play and 7-6-3 overall.

Nov. 1
Emily Bruton is named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women’s soccer after scoring 17 goals and adding two assists. Mustangs head coach Curtis Lewis earns conference Coach of the Year honors. Goalkeeper Amanda Durocher Diamond, forward Andie Reyes, defender Kristyn Richards and midfielder Bobbie Roberts are also named to the all-conference team.

Midfielder Doug Armstrong is the lone men’s soccer representative from TMC on the All-GSAC Team. He played in 58 straight games for the Mustangs.

Nov. 2
Men’s golf finishes second at the TMC Fall Invite at Robinson Ranch behind the University of British Columbia. Kevin Anderson is the Mustangs’ top finisher with a score of 6-under overall, putting him in third place.

Nov. 5
Women’s soccer bows out of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament in the second round, losing 1-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) to California Baptist.

Nov. 6
Men’s cross country wins its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference championship by posting a team time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 55 seconds on the 8K course at Woodward Park in Fresno. It marks just the third GSAC title overall for any TMC program. John Gilbertson (24:32, second overall), Anthony Pizzo (24:50, fifth) and Jeff Jackson (24:55, sixth) are the top performers for the Mustangs.

Freshmen runners Hannah Kellerman and Hayley Parkinson finished 16th and 25th, respectively, at the conference finals race. Both runners fall short of qualifying for the NAIA Championships.

Nov. 9
Men’s basketball wins its home opener against West Coast Baptist College 80-64 at Bross Gym. Leif Karlberg leads the Mustangs with 23 points.

Nov. 11
Women’s volleyball concludes its season with a 3-0 loss to Fresno Pacific in the final GSAC match. The Mustangs finish 7-22 overall and 2-18 in conference play.

Nov. 12
Women’s basketball begins the 2010-11 campaign with a 90-62 win over Bethany. Freshman Zoe Scott scores 17 points to lead the way.

Nov. 19
Twelve TMC athletes are named Golden State Athletic Conference Scholar Athletes in their respective sports. Those named are: Senior Jeff Jackson and junior Jordan Varak in men’s cross country; Fabrice Gautrat and Andrew Scheck in men’s soccer; Emily Bruton, Kayla Davis, Sierra Goff, Allyson Hall, Rachel Myers, Andrea Reyes and Nicole Richards in women’s soccer; and Sarah Oskam in women’s volleyball.

Nov. 20
Led by Anthony Pizzo, men’s cross country finishes 11th at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Wash. It marks the best finish in school history, topping the previous best of 16th place in 2006. Pizzo clocks a time of 25 minutes, 10 seconds for ninth individually. Fellow sophomore John Gilbertson finishes 12th in 25:12.

Three different players score goals in TMC’s 3-0 shutout of Maine-Fort Kent in the opening round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Tournament. It marks the first NAIA tournament victory for the Mustangs in program history. Emily Bruton, Alissa Adkins and Sierra Goff each score.

Nov. 23
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams start GSAC play with wins. The men’s team tops San Diego Christian 83-75 led by Joey Fuca’s 26 points.

The women’s team also beats San Diego Christian 103-100 as Erica Inge scores 31 points.

Nov. 30
In the second round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Tournament, the Mustangs fall 3-0 to California Baptist, allowing three second-half goals in a match that takes place in Decatur, Ala. The loss means the end to one of the most successful seasons in program history.

Dec. 3
Erica Inge’s 16 points lead TMC to a 72-54 win over Montana State Northern in women’s basketball, keeping the Mustangs undefeated at 5-0.

Dec. 6
Senior Emily Bruton is named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics first team for women’s soccer, while teammate Kristyn Richards is named to the NAIA second team.

Dec. 17
The men’s basketball team snaps a five-game losing streak with two straight wins to open up play in the NCCAA Tournament, including a 74-56 win over Southwestern College of Arizona.

Dec. 18

The women’s basketball team beats Simpson College 79-64 in the final regional game of the NCCAA tournament to improve to 8-2 on the year.

Jan. 8

Senior guard Erica Inge lifts women’s basketball to a 72-71 win over Pt. Loma Nazarene thanks to her layup with 4 seconds left in the game. The win moves TMC to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in conference.

Jan. 22
Vanguard sinks the TMC women’s basketball team 92-84 in triple overtime despite the Mustangs rallying back from a 20-point second-half deficit to tie it at the buzzer of regulation. Theresa Brown has a game-high 29 points to go with 19 rebounds.

The men’s team falls 77-74 in the first overtime period after a late Vanguard 3-pointer ties the game at 67-67 at the end of regulation. Anthony Cammon scores 24 points to lead the Mustangs.

Jan. 29
The baseball team sweeps a doubleheader against Patsen, earning its first two wins of the season to improve to 2-1. The Mustangs win 11-4 with West Ranch High graduate Charlie Gillies recording the pitching win in the first game. In the second game, they win 2-1 behind a complete-game pitching performance from A.J. Work. Junior transfer Tanner Leighton goes a combined 6-for-9 at the plate in the first three games of his career at TMC.

Feb. 12

Devin Dyer’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer helps men’s basketball sink Pt. Loma Nazarene 73-72 in overtime. Anthony Cammon scores a game-high 15 points.

Feb. 22
Anthony Cammon knocks down three free throws with 4 seconds left to beat NAIA No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific 78-77. Leif Karlberg scores 25 points and grabs four rebounds and four steals in the contest.

Feb. 24
In a good start to Golden State Athletic Conference play, the baseball team sweeps San Diego Christian in a doubleheader to start 2-0 in conference. The games are won by scores of 7-4 and 4-2. Pitcher Tyler Bersano is the winner in the first game, picking up his third win of the season. In the second game, home runs by J.T. Adams and Tanner Leighton key the narrow victory, which pushes TMC to 11-4 overall.

Feb. 26
A 78-77 overtime victory over Vanguard puts men’s basketball into the GSAC Tournament. The Mustangs win four of their last five games to sneak in as the No. 8 seed. The men finish conference play 6-14.

Women’s basketball ends the regular season on a high note, beating Vanguard 71-70 to earn the No. 6 seed in the GSAC Tournament. The Mustangs cap the conference season with a 10-10 record.

March 2
Women’s basketball loses 69-46 in the first round of the GSAC Tournament on a cold-shooting night. Ella Joines scores a team-high seven points. The Mustangs finish 17-13.

March 3
A 70-60 loss to Concordia ends the season for men’s basketball in the first round of the GSAC Tournament. The team finishes with a 13-18 record.

March 5
Senior guard Erica Inge is named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference team.

Sophomore runner Anthony Pizzo qualifies for the NAIA Championship meet by running a time of 14 minutes, 18 seconds in the 5,000-meter race at the Ben Brown Invitational in Fullerton.

March 11

Freshmen runners Hayley Parkinson and Holly Kopp both qualify for the NAIA Championship meet in the 5,000-meter run, posting marks of 17 minutes, 45 seconds and 17 minutes, 48 seconds, respectively, at the Occidental Distance Carnival.

March 19

Baseball head coach Monte Brooks wins his 400th career game as the Mustangs beat Concordia 6-5.

March 23
Senior point guard Erica Inge earns 2011 NAIA third-team honors in women’s basketball.

April 9
Men’s golf takes first place out of 11 teams at the Grand View Spring Viking Classic in Ankeny, Iowa. The individual winner of the event is TMC’s Kevin Anderson, who finishes 1-over. Anderson is later named NCCAA golfer of the week for his efforts.

April 19

Led by Kevin Anderson’s second-place score of 3-under and freshman teammate Thane Ringler’s fourth-place finish at even par, men’s golf takes third place at the NAIA Regional Championships in San Jacinto.

April 30
The baseball team finishes the regular season with a 3-2, walk-off win over Biola University to earn a split of the day’s doubleheader. The win puts the Mustangs at 25-25 overall for the season and 16-20 in the GSAC. The seventh-place finish in conference prevents TMC from making the GSAC Tournament.

John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo come in at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run at the Golden State Athletic Conference meet in Fresno. Gilbertson runs the race in 14 minutes, 46.68 seconds and Pizzo finishes in 14:57.45. Both runners qualify for the NAIA National Championship meet.

May 4
TMC names senior golfer Kevin Anderson as 2010-11 male athlete of the year while splitting female athlete of the year honors between senior basketball player Erica Inge and senior soccer player Emily Bruton.

May 7
John Gilbertson breaks a school record with a time of 14 minutes, 12 seconds in the 5,000-meter run at the Occidental Invitational. Teammate Anthony Pizzo isn’t far behind, finishing in 14:15. Another TMC athlete, Matthew Crichton, qualifies for the NAIA National Championship meet in the 3,000 steeplechase.

May 19
The Mustangs reach the official end of the baseball season after finishing 2-2 in the NCCAA World Series. TMC beats Judson University Christian College of Illinois 11-0 and Mt. Vernon Nazarene of Ohio 13-3, but it loses to Kings College of Tennessee 4-3 and North Greenville of South Carolina 3-2. It is the first appearance in the world series in school history for TMC, but the finish isn’t good enough to advance to the finals. The Mustangs wind up 27-27 on the season.

May 27
A surprising season comes to a close for the men’s golf team after finishing 12th at the NAIA Championships. Sophomore John Lawson leads TMC with a four-day score of 301, which is 17-over par.

May 29
Anthony Pizzo ends up being TMC’s best finisher at the NAIA Track and Field Championships, finishing fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes, 18.46 seconds. Teammate John Gilbertson finishes 11th in 14:42.10.

June 27

After 10 years on the job, TMC Director of Athletics Paul Berry decides to retire. During his tenure, 20 TMC teams made appearances in NAIA national championship events, and six won NCCAA national championships.

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