April 30, 2012

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. –The Master’s College women’s basketball squad has made two recent off-season additions that aim to build the school’s program with hopes of contending for a national title.

Shannon Kingery:

IMG_0044.JPGAmong the two newly-added Mustangs is Shannon Kingery, hailing from West Hills, CA.  Kingery, who will soon be a graduate from El Camino Real high school, will aid the Women’s Basketball program at the crucial wing position.

In her time at El Camino Real high school, located in Woodland Hills, California, Kingery was named the squad’s 2011-2012 co-captain, First Team All-City, and West Valley League Co-MVP.  In her senior year, Kingery accumulated 15.4 points per game, 1.4 assists per game, 1.7 blocks per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, 1.5 steals per game, and a season total of 447 points.

“Shannon is a hard, diligent, and disciplined worker in both academics and in her commitment to the game of basketball,” said 5th-year Mustang head basketball coach Dan Waldeck. “I’m most excited about is who she is as a person. She has a deep and abiding love for the Lord. Our goal is to continue the program in a path of obtaining people for the team that will challenge the others and cause each other to grow more in their faith. I’m thrilled who the Lord has brought to our team, and I couldn’t be more excited to have a group of ladies like Shannon who loves the Lord and who will love and challenge each other.”

Kingery’s excitement is on par with her future head coach.

In her visit to The Master’s College, Kingery was immediately impressed by the campus and its overwhelming and noticeable sense of Christ-centered community.

“TMC’s atmosphere was totally different from any other schools I visited,” Kingery states. “I noticed that everyone here was so friendly and so joyful all the time. I’m excited to be a part of place that emphasizes Christ into virtually everything- both in academics and athletics. I’m very blessed to be a Mustang.”

With plans to continue her studies in Biology with an emphasis on Genetics, the standout defensive forward looks forward to developing lifelong relationships with her teammates and bringing glory to God in the midst of competing in the classroom and on the basketball court.


Kelly Burns:

Coming from Yorba Linda, California, Kelly Burns brings an impressive skill set to the Lady Mustangs basketball program.

Burns excelled in the crucial center and forward positions during her high school career at Esperanza high, located in Anaheim, CA.  Boasting 14.9 pointsnewburn.jpgper game, 1.1 assists per game, 2.3 blocks per game, 8.9 rebounds per game, 1.4 steals per game, and accumulating 446 points in her senior year as an Esperanza Aztec, the 2011-2012 First Team All League and 2nd Team All CIF athlete also received the title of being the league's MVP during her senior year.

In addition, the new recruit also spent time in the California club circuit playing alongside fellow new Mustang recruit Olivia Thompson on the highly competitive Cal Swish club program.

While Burn’s repertoire stands out as one of the highest in the newly recruited 2012 class, her skill set isn’t the only attraction that caught TMC’s head coach Dan Waldeck’s eye.

“When you think about the type of person we want to recruit and coach, she’s (Burns) is exactly it,” Waldeck says of the new addition. “She’s someone who wants to grow, and will give her best on the floor and give her best in the class room, all the while understanding the purpose and  overall vision of the school which is to grow closer to the Lord…she gets it. And while she’ll be a great contributor on the court, I’m excited to see her grow off the court and how she will develop as a person. We’re blessed to have a girl like Kelly.”

With plans to study Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine in preparation to propel herself towards a career as a medical surgeon, Burns anticipates the many opportunities TMC has to offer that will strengthen her faith, learn more about the works of God, and challenge her walk with Christ all while doing so alongside other believers.

“I looked at a variety of other schools, but would always come back to the fact that the primary focus of TMC is to create authentic Christ followers with the hopes of drawing everyone closer to God,” says Burns. “I couldn’t find that anywhere else. I’m excited for the opportunity to both attend classes and play at The Master’s College.”

The Mustangs went 12-19 in 2011-12, finishing 5-13 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Losing four seniors to graduation, the Lady Mustangs will be showcasing a younger squad in the coming season.

The Lady Mustangs season will begin with a showing in the Westminster Classic held at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tournament dates, times and opponents are yet to be announced.

Two more signings for the Lady Mustangs will be announced later this week.