The Master's College women's basketball team finished the regular season on a high note Monday night, but just barely.
After Fresno Pacific guard Bricali Cooley sent the game to overtime with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Mustangs regained control of the game and edged the Sunbirds 67-63 at Bross Gym.
You couldn't ask for more drama from The Master's College men's basketball team.
The Mustangs solidified their trip to the conference tournament Monday night, defeating the Golden State Athletic Conference's No. 1 ranked-Fresno Pacific 75-70 at Bross Gym.
The College of the Canyons' women's basketball team edged out Mt. San Jacinto Friday night at the Cougar Cage 81-77 in the Southern California South Region Semifinals.
Close throughout, the lead was never more than seven points as the Cougars (24-8) were able to keep the tempo up and knock their free throws down late in the game.
The thought of starting something new can be daunting.
For University of Oregon sophomore basketball player Tatianna Thomas, all it took was a first step.
Excitement. Reality. Confusion. Frustration.
Those were the four stages experienced by Canyon High graduate Matt Warr in one year.
Kris Rincon faced the realization that so many big-time high school athletes face once they reach college.
There are other big-time athletes and even more bigger-time athletes.
College of the Canyons women's basketball parlayed its defense into offense and won 109-42 Saturday at home against Los Angeles Valley College.
Los Angeles Valley College held off College of the Canyons in a back and forth battle 87-76 on the Cougars home court Saturday.
Athletics are great for teaching life lessons.
But perhaps the best lessons come when athletics are taken away.
On a night when the chant of "Defense!" echoed through Bross gym during every San Diego Christian possession, it was fitting that a pair of steals helped key a 60-58 for The Master's College mens basketball team.
But aggressiveness on offense helped, too. Thomas Millar hit the game-winning layup with 1.6 seconds left when the Mustangs pushed the ball up the court after a made 3-pointer.
The Master's College womens basketball team emphatically got back in the win column on Saturday night at Bross Gym, beating San Diego Christian College 76-41 and breaking its five-game losing streak.
The Mustangs (11-11, 6-7) did not allow the Hawks (4-17, 1-12) a basket for nearly 10 minutes, scoring 25 unanswered points at the end of the first half and into the second half.
Down the stretch they come.
College of the Canyons women's basketball remained perfect in Western State Conference play Wednesday night with a 91-30 win over Bakersfield College at home.
The Bakersfield College men's basketball team tries to lure opponents into its up-and-down game.
The transition from high school to college can be difficult for anyone.
Cody Anderson was no different.
The ill-timed slump continued for The Master's College baseball on Monday.
It is officially the postseason for The Master's College baseball team as the squad begins its pursuit for a national title today in the 2014 NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round.
College of the Canyons softball needed a big turnaround on Sunday in order to keep its playoff run alive.
The Master's College hired Allan Vince as the next women's volleyball head coach, while the men's baseball team faced a bittersweet week by being sent home early from the conference tournament, but earning a trove of All-conference honors along the way.
The College of the Canyons softball team dropped its first game against host College of the Desert 6-1 on Saturday.
The Master's College Mustangs baseball team was eliminated from the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday after losing its first game 1-0 in 11 innings to Vanguard and its second 6-3 to Westmont.
The College of the Canyons baseball team's postseason came to an abrupt end on Tuesday with its 6-5 loss at East Los Angeles College.
Last week was very eventful for The Master's College athletics as its men's and women's track and field teams posted quality marks at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships, the baseball team tried for a second consecutive conference championship title, and the men's basketball team gained a new head coach.
All they wanted to do was get into the playoffs.
Belief is a pretty big thing.
Sunday will be a memorable day for Valencia graduate Alison Lee for a lot of different reasons.
The Master's College baseball team spit its doubleheader against Westmont on Saturday, winning the first game 2-0 and then dropping the next 8-4.
This is a good time of year for College of the Canyons softball.