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2013-14 The Master's College Year in Review

Posted: June 30, 2014 10:25 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2014 10:25 p.m.

The Master's College volleyball player Sam Doughtery was named to the NAIA All-America second team. Photo courtesy of TMC Athletics

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It’s been an eventful year for The Master’s College with some coaching changes, a renovated gym, a conference title and nine NAIA All-Americans.

The men’s cross country team was the only program to win a conference title this year for TMC, winning their fourth consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference championship behind All-GSAC athletes Matthew Crichton, John Hurd, Joshua Sherfey and Tyler Tockstein.

The team went undefeated against conference competition and took the GSAC Championship with a team time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 55.26 seconds.

On top of the conference championship, head coach Zach Schroeder was named GSAC Coach of the Year and the team finished ranked No. 15 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Sherfey was also a force on the men’s track and field team, becoming the only athlete on the team to be named a NAIA All-American after finishing sixth in the 5,000 meter run at NAIA finals.

The men’s cross country team’s four All-GSAC athletes tied with the women’s team for most All-GSAC selections.

Karis Frankian, Katrina Graham, Rachael Ingoldsby and Hanna Kellerman were selected from the women’s team after they finished second in the conference championship. They were ranked as high as No. 7 nationally.

The women’s track and field team claimed five conference titles in the 4x800-meter relay, the 10,000, the 5,000, the 1,500, and the 100-meter hurdles.

Frankian won both the 10,000 and 5,000 conference titles and went on to earn All-American honors in the 10,000 with a fifth-place finish at NAIA Track and Field National Championships.

Hannah Kellerman was the conference 1,500 champion and Ayla Draper won the 100 hurdles conference title.

Last summer, TMC started renovations on the old Robert K. Bross Gymnasium. The makeover on the newly named MacArthur Center was finished in January around the midway point of the basketball season and just in time for the men’s and women’s basketball teams to begin conference play in January.

The Lady Mustangs finished 10-4 in conference play and made it to the GSAC championship before losing 64-59 to Hope International.

They were eliminated from the NAIA national tournament in the first round by Bethel University, but the play of seniors Jacquelyn Marshall and Zoe Scott earned them All-GSAC and All-American honors.

The men’s team finished 5-9 in conference play and made it to the GSAC quarterfinals before falling to Arizona Christian 84-72.

After the season, head coach Chuck Martin was dismissed after eight seasons in charge and he was replaced by Ken Sugarman on April 22. Sugarman was previously TMC’s women’s basketball head coach before stepping down in 2008.

Sugarman helped lead the Lady Mustangs to program best 28-win seasons twice and claimed two GSAC tournament titles during his time as the head coach from 1995 to 2008.

The other coaching change for TMC this year was on the volleyball team, where Bobby Blanken resigned after his team lost in the NAIA quarterfinals 3-1 to Wayland Baptist. It was the team’s second straight appearance in the NAIA National Tournament after never previously making it before that.

Blanken coached the team for four years. He was replaced in May by Allan Vince, a former California Baptist volleyball assistant coach.

TMC volleyball was led this past season by senior Sam Dougherty, who played her way onto the All-GSAC and All-American teams.

TMC’s baseball team had another solid year, but didn’t quite live up to the expectations created by last year’s record-breaking season.

The team was one win away from clinching its second straight GSAC regular-season championship but fell to Westmont 8-4 in the second game of a doubleheader.

The Mustangs were then swept out of the GSAC tournament and NAIA opening round when their offense went missing, getting outscored 13-3 in those four games.

Jonathan Popadics, Ryan Shackelford and Steve Karkenny earned All-GSAC honors and Karkenny was named a NAIA All-American.

Karkenny had a .373 batting average with six home runs, 45 runs scored, 28 stolen bases and a team-high 45 RBIs.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams had different levels of success in conference play, but both made it to the conference semifinals.

Though the men’s team saw its season come to a close after the GSAC Tournament, the Lady Mustangs were picked to host the opening round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Championships after receiving an at-large berth.

They fell in the opening round game to CSU San Marcos 1-0 but finished the year ranked as the No. 18 team by the NAIA.

Jasmine Benson and Katie Farris were named to the honorable mention list of the NAIA women’s soccer All-American team.

That makes a total of four TMC teams which made NAIA National Tournament appearances. Talk about eventful.

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