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TMC notebook: Cross country runners earn national awards

Posted: November 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In the field of play, it was a quiet week in athletics on The Master’s College campus, as only the men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the court. The women returned from Thanksgiving festivities to notch a pair of victories this week. The men played just one game on Saturday, when they took on La Sierra in Riverside.

Outside of the competition itself though, the school did make some noise.

The biggest news once again came on the cross country front, as three TMC runners gained National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics honors for their performances this year.

Cross country

After both the men’s and women’s teams at TMC competed in the NAIA National Championships, the school garnered a trio of NAIA All-Americans.

From the women’s team, Holly Kopp earned the postseason honor to become the first women in the program’s history to earn the award. Kopp led the women’s team to its best finish ever at nationals, ending up in 10th place.

On the men’s side, John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo led the team to 10th place at nationals and each were named All Americans.

“I think that the spotlight is on Holly Kopp,” said head coach Zach Schroeder, “because she’s the first female All-American that the college has ever produced for cross country ... and those bench marks really are critical ingredients to be able to move the program forward.”

Men’s basketball

TMC played a Saturday night game against La Sierra University in Riverside.

The men’s team travels to play Claremont McKenna College on Saturday in Claremont before opening up Golden State Athletic Conference play at home against Biola on Dec. 6.

Women’s basketball

The Master’s College women’s basketball team hosted Ecclesia on Friday in a day-after Thanksgiving matchup at Bross Gym.

The Mustangs, led by Ella Joines’ 14 points and Whitney Best’s 13 points defeated Ecclesia 70-57.

TMC followed that up with a third straight victory, beating Southern Nazarene (Okla.) by a score of 49-43 in the second game of The Master’s Thanksgiving Classic at Bross Gym.

Best added another 17 points to lead all scorers in the contest and she also grabbed eight rebounds, while Joines tacked on 12.

Lena Rivera became TMC’s third players in double figures in the game, pouring in 11 points in addition to a game-high 12 rebounds.

Next up for the Mustangs (5-3) will be a Saturday matchup with San Diego Christian in the team’s Golden State Athletic Conference opener in El Cajon.


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