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TMC notebook: TMC makes the grades

Five soccer players named scholar athletes

Posted: December 3, 2011 10:27 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2011 10:27 p.m.

Soccer season ended earlier than The Master’s College may have liked for both the men’s and women’s teams, which didn’t make it to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournaments.

The 2011 season won’t go without some kind of recognition though, and for TMC, that recognition comes in academic form.

A total of five athletes at the school were honored as 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes during the fall season, all from the soccer teams.

Seniors Kayla Davis and Rachel Myers along with junior Janelle Sullivan were the three women’s soccer players to gain the honor for TMC.

From the men’s team, senior Fabrice Gautrat and junior Andrew Bussell were named to the team.

It’s the second straight year both Davis and Gautrat are being honored as NAIA scholar athletes, which is only given to athletes who have been nominated by their respective head coaches and carry at least a 3.5 GPA.

As for the sports going on this week, men’s and women’s basketball were the only teams in action as the women’s team opened conference play.


Cross Country

Strong performances by the men’s and women’s cross country teams places the Mustangs in fourth place as an overall NAIA athletic program in the current Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings, which were released on Thursday.

Both teams finished 10th overall at the NAIA National Championships two weeks ago, which gave TMC a total of 120 points in the Cup standings behind leader Cal State San Marcos’ 190 points.

TMC is the highest-ranked program among Golden State Athletic Conference teams.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was created as a ranking system for the overall athletic achievements in NCAA’s Division I, II and III as well as NAIA. Thursday’s standings reflect only the results of cross country teams.

By the end of the year, schools will be ranked based on finishes in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s.


Men’s Basketball

In its only game of the week, TMC lost 71-65 to Claremont McKenna College on Saturday
in Claremont.

It was the team’s first loss of the season.

The Mustangs (6-1) were led by Anthony Cammon’s 20 points and Leif Karlberg followed with 17.

Next up for TMC is Tuesday’s GSAC opener against Biola at Bross Gym.


Women’s Basketball

Also playing just one game this week, the TMC women were taken down 67-62 by San Diego Christian in the GSAC season opener on Saturday in El Cajon.

Ella Joines led the Mustangs (5-4, 0-1) with 14 points and both Zoe Scott and Whitney Best ended up with 13 apiece.

TMC hosts Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday in a non-conference matchup.


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