For nearly 20 years, Mustang soccer has enjoyed extraordinary success, highlighted by annual playoff appearances, memorable games, All-American athletes, and national championships. But few people remember the young and lean years of the program in the late '60s and early '70s when a young man named Ron Inscho led a fledgling sport to initial success and etched his name in the record books along the way.
Soccer was barely on the radar in 1969 when Inscho arrived on campus and it wasn't until the following season that the first statistics for the program were recorded. What they revealed in the fall of 1970 was the only undefeated squad (7-0-1) in school history and Inscho leading the attack with 21 goals and 49 points, single-season standards that stood for 10 years. The highlight of the campaign was a seven-goal performance against Pacific Christian, a single-game record that wasn't broken until 1987.
When he concluded his career a year later, he had established himself as the school's all-time leading scorer with 107 points (42 goals, 23 assists). Although his career and single-season records have been eclipsed over the years, he is still No. 9 on the all-time scoring list and his 3.57 points per game average is still tops in school annals.
After graduating with a degree in music in the spring of 1972, Ron immediately began ministering in the local church, initiating a lifetime of service for the kingdom. Following his marriage to Diane in 1973, the couple moved to Santa Maria, California, where Ron served as the Minister of Music at Grace Baptist Church for the next 30 years. While there, Ron was instrumental in developing Sunday morning worship, high school and college-age tours, Easter musical dramas, patriotic musicals, youth musicals, handbell choirs, orchestras, a summer music internship program, and the spectacular Living Christmas Tree.
Relocating from Santa Maria in late 2003, Ron began a new period of ministry in his life, moving to Upland, California, where he became the Minister of Music at Foothill Bible Church. Ron and Diane have two grown children, both TMC alums, who are married and serving the Lord in churches in Northern California.
The link between a forgettable past and what we now know as modern Lady Mustang basketball may have been Kim (DeVries) Gorauskas who experienced profound lows and exhilarating highs in her four years at the college. When she arrived on campus in 1993, she found a program that was in disarray, plagued by annual coaching changes and dismal records. Four years later, she graduated as the pioneer of a new brand of basketball that was just becoming acquainted with postseason play and national prominence.
The change was not immediately evident on the court as the Mustangs went a combined 9-32 in her first two years but DeVries was starting to gain a reputation as one of the premier post players in the NAIA Far West Region. In her freshman season, she averaged 11.8ppg and 8.7rpg, and a year later those numbers moved up to 12.6ppg and 9.3rpg.
But, it was in the turnaround 1995-96 campaign that her play went up several levels, coinciding with the hiring of her third coach in three years, Ken Sugarman. Pushed by a new, up-tempo philosophy, DeVries thrived, setting personal highs in nearly all of the major offensive categories and establishing new school standards. Her 505 points were a new single-season record at the time while her 306 rebounds (3rd all-time) and 15.3 scoring average were personal bests. She was rewarded with an honorable mention spot on the NAIA's All-Pacific Northwest Region Team. Even more satisfying was the club's success as the Mustangs qualified for the postseason for the first time in school history and won the NAIA Far West Region championship.
A year later, DeVries was joined by transfers Elizabeth Hansell and Laura Fralich, forming one of the most dynamic trios in the region. Together they pushed the Mustangs to their first winning season in history and a second straight NAIA region playoff appearance. It was a great send-off for the senior center who capped her prolific career by averaging a team-high 14.8ppg and and a career-best 10.2rpg. Earning postseason honors for the second consecutive season, she was named to the NAIA All-Southwest Region Team. DeVries completed her four years as the top scorer (1,475 points) and rebounder (999, a mark she still owns) in college history, and was also No. 1 in field goals made and free throws made.
After graduating in the spring of 1997 with a degree in Home Economics and completing student teaching that fall, DeVries moved to Marysville, Washington, where she taught half a year at Grace Academy. Sensing God's calling to return to Santa Rosa, California, she accepted a position at Rincon Valley Christian School and taught and coached for a year before marrying fellow 1997 grad and former Mustang basketball standout Leo Gorauskas.
With Leo playing professional basketball overseas, Kim spent the next 2½ years traveling to Brazil, Portugal, and France. She even played some pro ball herself in Portugal and France before a shoulder injury forced her to the sidelines. The Gorauskas' returned to the United States in early 2002 and found a place in Santa Rosa where Kim is busy with their daughter, Katrina, and a bookkeeping and tax business that enables her to stay at home. They attend Santa Rosa Bible Church where they enjoy the teaching of the Word of God and their fellowship group.
Elizabeth Hansell's entrance to The Master's College in the fall of 1996 coincided directly with the dramatic emergence of the women's basketball program on the national scene. In Coach Ken Sugarman's second year at the helm, Hansell stepped onto the hardwood of Bross Gym and over the next three years proceeded to take the Lady Mustangs to unprecedented heights.
Her impact was immediate as she teamed with fellow front court mate Kim DeVries to lead the Mustangs to the first winning season (18-12) in school history and a second consecutive NAIA Far West Region playoff berth. A year later, despite the team's disappointing 10-20 finish, Hansell took her game to another level, posting All-American numbers without the honors. She set single-season records with 564 points, an 18.8ppg scoring average, 140 free throws, and 205 field goals.
But, Hansell saved her best for last as she put Lady Mustang basketball and herself on the map with a memorable 1998-99 campaign. Fueled by a school-record 16-game winning streak, the Mustangs posted the finest season in college history with a 28-6 record and made their first-ever appearances in the NAIA Top 25 and the NAIA National Tournament. Smashing her year-old standards, Hansell scored 658 points, averaged 19.9ppg, made 180 free throws, and sank 235 field goals, single-season marks that still stand. This time there would be no All-American snub as Hansell became the first female in school history to achieve this honor, earning NAIA third-team kudos.
She graduated from the college as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,639 points (a standing that was eclipsed by Lesley DuBois four years later) and is still the career leader in scoring average (17.6ppg), free throws attempted (597), and free throws made (399).
Following graduation in the spring of 1999 with a degree in Communication, she traveled to Australia where she played professionally for a year, served with the high school youth group at Marion First Baptist Church, and was part of Athletes in Action's Olympic outreach. Returning to the United States, she played with AIA's touring team and was able to share the gospel through halftime presentations.
In the fall of 2001 she began work on a master's degree in Political Science and finished it two years later at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation in 2003, she worked on Tom McClintock's gubernatorial campaign during the Gray Davis recall and then settled into her current job at Meridian Pacific, a political consulting firm in Sacramento. She is the Coalitions Director and works mostly on organizing the grassroots campaigns of clients.
Elizabeth lives in Sacramento and attends First Baptist Church in Stockton.
Possessing all the ingredients of a championship squad, the 1994-95 Mustangs may have been the greatest team in school history. Buying into second-year Head Coach Bill Oates' offensive and defensive philosophies, the Mustangs dominated in such a way that no team before or since has been able to match.
The 13-man roster was liberally sprinkled with dynamic youth and seasoned veterans, shooters and passers, rebounders and defenders, All-Americans and role players. Setting individual aspirations aside, they pooled their talents and developed into the consummate team with the goal of winning a national championship.
Following a 2-2 start, the Mustangs gave a modest preview of what was to come by winning five games in a row in early December. After a loss to Westmont, the momentum picked up again with a six-game skein that ran their record to 13-3 in early January. The season turned dramatically, however, on January 10 when the Mustangs lost to NCAA Division II power Cal State Bakersfield. It was the last time they would lose again for over two months as they reeled off a school-record, 18-game winning streak.
Along the way, the Mustangs overpowered their opponents, outscoring them by an average of 20ppg, and captured their second straight Far West Region title. From there it was on to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the NAIA National Tournament, their second of what would eventually be seven consecutive appearances. Ripping through the initial two rounds, the Mustangs reached the Elite Eight for the first time in college history before their winning streak and season came to an end against top-ranked Belmont.
The success of the 31-5 club reaped obvious team benefits but several individuals earned postseason honors, as well. Junior forward James Mosley was named the Far West Region MVP and was a third-team NAIA All-America selection. Sophomore guard Mike Penberthy, just starting to whet the appetite of Mustang fans, led the nation in free throw percentage and was an All-Far West Region choice. Capping it off, Oates was named region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.
John Mosley Jon Ordonio
Doug Leaman Tim Gaydos
Ike Ejinduaka Rogerio Soares
James Mosley Mike Penberthy
Leo Gorauskas Colin Lubsey
Matt Kordik Matt Ratzlaff