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TMC notebook: Mustang hoops receives award

Women’s team honored for character; golf on rise

Posted: April 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 17, 2011 1:55 a.m.

In October 2010, The Master's College was recognized with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character Five Star Award for integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

Since then, the women's basketball team has also been singled out.

Mustangs head women's basketball coach Dan Waldeck accepted his team's Five Star Champions of Character Team Award at the national tournament on March 17 in Jackson, Tenn.

Only one women's basketball team received the award.

"I just think it puts us on the map as a team that not only has success on the court, but continues to pursue success off the court in the type of kids we recruit and the type of kids we continue to shepherd and mentor in our program," Waldeck said. "I think people look will look at our program as more than just winning."

The team's evangelical outreaches, work with local high schools and general conduct all factored into the award, Waldeck said.

"It's just been a phenomenal group of kids," he said. "It was fun to see them rewarded even though that's not what they are trying to get."

Women's hoops isn't the only program to receive a recognition recently.

Men's Golf
Fresh off its team win at the Grandview Spring Viking Classic at Briarwood Golf Club in Ankeny, Iowa, the Mustangs have moved up four spots to No. 14 in the most recent NAIA Coaches Poll.

On Thursday, senior Kevin Anderson was named the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association golfer of the week for his individual win in Iowa.

Among the teams TMC bested at the event was NAIA No. 4 Grandview College.

Anderson took the individual title with a two-day 1-over par 145. He also won the NCCAA championship on Oct. 12, 2010.

The Mustangs compete Monday at the NAIA Regional Tournament in San Jacinto.

TMC gave its postseason hopes a strong boost during its series with Azusa Pacific.

After losing 8-7 to APU on Wednesday, the Mustangs rattled off three straight wins - 8-3 on Thursday and 12-4 and 2-0 on Saturday.

TMC (23-20, 14-16) is currently seventh behind APU in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings and are nine games out of first place.

"There's so many people in the middle," said Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks. "These guys play well, concentrate, relax, they can do it."

TMC opens the week with a doubleheader at San Diego Christian on Monday.

Women's Tennis
TMC suffered a pair of losses this week.

The Mustangs (6-13, 4-11) were shut out 9-0 by NAIA No. 7 Concordia on Tuesday in Irvine, then dropped an 8-1 match to NAIA No. 3 Pt. Loma Nazarene on Saturday at Cal State Northridge.

Three other GSAC teams are currently ranked in the NAIA top 10 - Fresno Pacific (No. 1), Azusa Pacific (No. 5) and Vanguard (No. 10), while TMC and Westmont both received votes.

Track and Field
Anthony Pizzo and Jeff Jackson both competed at the 53rd annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays on Thursday and Friday at Mt. SAC.

Pizzo finished 10th in the open division-D heat 5,000-meter run with a time of 14 minutes, 17.45 seconds. His time was just over 2 seconds faster than top challenger Magut Abednego from Azusa Pacific. Pizzo finished higher than any other NAIA competitor in a race filled with NCAA Division I and international entrants.

Jackson, who is no longer eligible to run for the collegiate program, competed for The Master's Distance Project post-graduate elite team. He took 38th in the 10,000 with a time of 30:22.91.



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