Sometimes progress has to come in baby steps.
There's nothing like a few conference losses to bring a team back down to earth.
This was College of the Canyons women's basketball being College of the Canyons women's basketball.
Finally, after two months of early season tournaments and long road trips, the College of the Canyons men's and women's basketball teams have an idea of what competition in the Western State Conference, South Division will look like this season.
Korey Anderson poured in a career-high 25 points and The Master's College men's basketball team posted a season-best shooting performance in a 92-83 victory over Simpson University last Monday at Bross Court.
If nothing else, College of the Canyons men's basketball just got a taste of what life will be like in conference play this season.
The Master's College men's basketball team could hardly miss from three-point range Wednesday night.
College of the Canyons should have won by 10 points on Wednesday night in its Western State Conference opener against Antelope Valley College at College of the Canyons, according to its head coach Greg Herrick.
The Master's College men's and women's basketball teams ended 2014 and began 2015 by tasting the sweetness of victory and feeling the sting of defeat.
The Master's College women's basketball team is the same team it was when it left us on Dec. 13.
Nothing about Collin Keoshian's college career has been conventional.
It was another exciting year for The Master's College Athletic Department. Across the board, the student-athletes of TMC produced some of the most memorable moments in school history.
The College of the Canyons men's basketball team departed for Santa Rosa on a weekend business trip as a .500 team without a defining victory.
At the conclusion of the 2014 fall sports season, The Master's College Mustangs rank ninth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the list of the nation's best NAIA athletic programs.
College of the Canyons was the most successful community college cross country program in California this year.
Last week, four members of the College of the Canyons women's volleyball program signed their National Letters of Intent, with sophomores Serena LeDuff, Kaitlyn Reiner, Keirstyn Anderson and Lauren Underwood each receiving scholarships to continue their playing careers at four-year schools.
Last week, The Master's College men's golf team won the CAL PAC/GSAC Conference Championship and punched its ticket to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Mustang baseball dropped its series against Westmont College over the weekend, but was awarded the chance to host next month's NAIA Opening Round Tournament. And finally, TMC's men's and women's track and field teams prepare for this weekend's Golden State Athletic Conference Championships at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Despite a great pitching performance by freshman Cy Scott, the College of the Canyons baseball team wasn't able to hang on to a late two-run lead on Saturday afternoon.
The College of the Canyons track and field team had several strong performances at the annual Mt. SAC Relays this past weekend in Walnut, with the Cougars using the event as a final tune up before the start of the crucial Western State Conference, SoCal Regional and State Championship meets.
The Master's College men's track and field team traveled down the coast for the Mangrum Invitational in San Marcos this past weekend, resulting in a new school record, a freshman record and an individual title.
The College of the Canyons baseball team picked up a much-needed victory on Thursday afternoon.
Things are going well for the College of the Canyons softball team right now.
The Master's College baseball team has won 14 of its last 15 games - running out to a 27-6 Golden State Athletic Conference record and a first place lead.
The College of the Canyons men's & women's track & field teams ran, jumped, threw and hurdled their way to victory on Friday, as the Cougars swept the Western State Conference Inland Meet with both squads taking first place honors.
Roy Verdejo cherishes every day he gets to keep playing baseball.
Both the men's and women's track and field teams at The Master's College competed in San Diego this past weekend and multiple athletes left with NAIA national qualifying marks.
College of the Canyons saw its men's golf team win a conference match, its softball team picked up three victories and its swim team also enjoyed a week of success.
TMC's Russell Byrd scored 14 points to help lead the NAIA Division I All-Stars to a 100-96 win over the NAIA Division II All-Stars Saturday evening in the 2nd annual NABC-NAIA All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo.
Everything seemed to be going as planned for the College of the Canyons baseball team, but a huge seven-run third inning from Antelope Valley College proved to be too much for the Cougars down the stretch.