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TMC notebook: Mustangs add five

Women’s hoops announces latest recruiting class

Posted: May 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Some teams at The Master's College are focused closing out their seasons with national championships.

The women's basketball team is focused on next season.

The Mustangs have signed five players, the program announced this week.

Guards Whitney Best and Julie Smith, forwards Kristin Huff and Tami Brown and wing Millie Rivera will join a team that only graduated two players off the 2010-11 roster.

"They've all competed at a high level," said TMC head women's basketball coach Dan Waldeck of the recruiting class. "They know how to win and are used to winning."
So are the men's track and field and golf teams.

Track and Field
The Mustangs are already sending Anthony Pizzo, John Gilbertson and Matthew Crichton to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championships in Marion, Ind. but wanted to add one more.

TMC was hoping that Nathan Seyler would qualify for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Westmont Warrior Qualifier meet last weekend, but Seyler was unable to finish the race. The junior fell three seconds short of a spot at the Occidental Invitational on May 7.

Gilbertson and Pizzo took first and second, respectively, in the 1,500 at Westmont.

The NAIA Championships begin Tuesday and run through next Sunday.

Men's Golf
The Mustangs will begin their run at an NAIA national title on Tuesday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. with high hopes at not just a team championship, but an individual one as well.

"We're going to have a chance to win the tournament, and (senior Kevin Anderson) believes the same thing individually," said TMC head coach Jason Semelsberger. "If we're going to go into a game, we might as well try to win it. That's always been our philosophy."

Anderson enters the event as the reigning National Christian Colleges Athletic Association and NAIA Regional champion.

The NAIA championship runs through Friday.

Women's Basketball
Entering the postseason, Waldeck said bolstering the point guard position was a top priority following the graduation of all-everything guard Erica Inge.

The addition of Best and Smith, combined with the expected return of Lena Rivera and Saugus graduate Kaylynn Martin at the position will certainly help.

Best, a 5-foot-6 true point guard out of Washington averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.5 steals per game in her senior season. Smith, also 5-foot-6, posted 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals in her final season in Maine.

"We really wanted to get more athletic, especially on the perimeter," Waldeck said, adding Millie Rivera's name into mix.

Rivera is a versatile wing player out of Allen, Texas that averaged 15.3 points per game.

"The next big glaring weakness was our inside play, just not having depth there," Waldeck added.

Huff and Brown will help that area.

Huff, a former teammate of current TMC forward Theresa Brown at Lane Community College in Oregon, stands 6 feet, 2 inches with a 17 point-, nine rebound- and two blocks-per game average.

Tami Brown, Theresa's sister, played basketball and volleyball at Oregon State University.

She is expected to be a two-sport athlete for the Mustangs as well.

Signal staff writer Dan Agnew contributed to this report.




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