Top 10 Mustang Moments of 2012

December 27, 2012

Santa Clarita, Calif. -- 2012 proved to be another exciting year for The Master’s College Athletics Department.  Across the board, the student-athletes of TMC produced some of the most memorable moments in school history.

The Master’s College Sports Information staff recently gathered together and assembled the complete list of the best moments in Mustang Athletics for 2012. Over the past ten days, we've highlighted an exciting moment that defined TMC Athletics in 2012.


#1 - John Gilbertson completed an undefeated season, winning NAIA Cross Country National Championships, while also winning at Stanford and Santa Clara: gilbertson NAIA champ.JPG

After running what Coach Zach Schroeder called "a tactically perfect race", John Gilbertson won the 2012 NAIA Men's National Cross Country individual championship on November 17 in a time of 23:56.  It completed a perfect fall campaign for the senior, who won all seven races he participated in.

Previously, Gilbertson stole the show at the 2012 Stanford Invitational as the senior crossed the line in first place with a time of 24 minutes and seven seconds.

Earlier in the season, Gilbertson stole the show at both the Stanford Invitational and Bronco (Santa Clara University) Invitational, defeating NCAA Division I competition in each race.  At Stanford, he crossed the finish line in 24:07 and two weeks later, he set both a personal and course record in 23:40. (Full article found here.)


#2 - Sam Dougherty earns NAIA 2nd team All-American, as she led volleyball to their best season in program history and their first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament:

After leading TMC's women volleyball squad during a historic season, Samantha Dougherty was named to the 2012 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Team.

The Madera, California, native landed a spot on the second team following a campaign in which she led the Mustangs on a resilient run at the national tournament. Dougherty finished the year with 452 kills, 372 digs, 56 service aces, and 22 assists. The Mustangs' outside hitter also finished the year first in the Golden State Athletic Conference in service aces and third in kills.

This accolade came on the heels of Dougherty's All-GSAC selection, the earning of two GSAC Player of the Week awards, and the naming as the NAIA's Volleyball National Player of the Week for the week of October 29-November 4.

TMC went 27-8 in 2012, finishing 10-4 and in third place in the GSAC. For the first time ever, the Lady Mustangs qualified for the NAIA National Tournament, making it as far as the first round of single-elimination play before being ousted by Oklahoma Baptist.


gilliespitch.jpg#3 – Defense is Nation’s best and Gillies selected in MLB draft:

TMC’s ace pitcher Charlie Gillies was drafted in the tenth round of June’s 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Gillies was the 334th overall pick in the annual draft.

The senior from Castaic, California, went 8-6 in 2012 with a 2.17 ERA and notched 118 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings, leading the GSAC in both categories.

In his final season as a Mustang, Gillies was named the NCCAA Pitcher of the Year, GSAC Pitcher of the Year, selected to the All-GSAC team, and earned a spot on both the NCCAA first-team 2012 All-American squad and the NCCAA All-West Region Baseball Team.

Backing up Gillies was a sure-handed defense that led the country with a .978 fielding percentage.





#4 – Thane Ringler places 13th at the NAIA Championships; Named First Team All-American:

Matching par at 72 and tying for 13th place at the 2012 NAIA Golf National Championships held at the Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Oregon, Thane Ringler finished in the top 15 with an overall final score of 7-over 295.

Ringler’s stellar 2011-12 campaign also earned him national recognition as the then-sophomore golfer earned first team honors on the 2012 NAIA Men’s Golf All-American list. (Full recap here)



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#5 - Kellerman and Frankian earn All-American honors:

After finishing in the top 30 at the NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship, junior Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) and freshman Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) earned All-American honors.  Kellerman finished eighth in the 5K race while Frankian broke the tape in 26th place. (Article here.)


blanken2.jpg#6 - Bobby Blanken earns GSAC Volleyball Coach of the year & AVCA/NAIA West Region Coach of the Year:

After guiding The Master's College women's volleyball team to its finest season in program history, Bobby Blanken was named GSAC Coach of the Year by the conference coaches.

In November, Blanken also received the American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the year award.

Under the tutelage of the third-year head coach, the Mustangs posted a 26-5 regular-season record (27-8 including national tournament play), finished third in the GSAC, earned a No. 6 spot in the NAIA's final regular-season Top 25 Poll, and qualified for their first-ever appearance at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship.


#7 - Gilbertson, Pizzo earn All-American honors:

For the third consecutive year, seniors John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo were named NAIA Cross Country All-Americans after leading the Mustang men to an eighth-place finish at the national championships.  Gilbertson made program history by winning the 8k event while Pizzo finished 15th.


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#8 – For the third consecutive year Zach Schroeder earns GSAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year & Men’s GSAC Cross Country Secure 3-Peat Conference Title:

Following the men's cross-country team's third consecutive GSAC championship, Coach Zach Schroeder was named the GSAC's "Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.” Schroeder also won the award in 2010 & 2011.

The Master's College men’s cross country team won its third consecutive GSAC Championship on November 3rd, naming three Mustangs as All-GSAC athletes along the way.  Winning the meet for the second year in a row was TMC’s John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA), breaking the 8K course record in a time of 24:22.

As conference champions, the Mustangs received an automatic berth to the national meet, where they eventually placed 8th out of a field of SamAubrey.jpg31 teams. (Full article here.)


#9 - Aubrey Bekendam:  AVCA/NAIA National Freshman of the Year:

Aubrey Bekendam finished her freshman campaign with 349 assists, 120 kills, 174 digs, and 11 service aces. The freshman setter also placed 10th in the Golden State Athletic Conference in both digs (91) and hitting percentage (.277).

The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) bestowed this honor on Bekendam who finished her freshman campaign with 349 assists, 120 kills, 174 digs, and 11 service aces. The freshman setter also placed 10th in the conference in both digs (91) and hitting percentage (.277). (Complete article found here.)


AnthonyCammon.jpg#10 - Anthony Cammon earns NAIA All American Honorable Mention Honors:

Capping off a two-year stay at The Master’s College, Anthony Cammon was named an NAIA Division I Men's Basketball All-American.

The senior guard from Moreno Valley, California, earned an honorable mention spot after leading the Mustangs to a 20-16 record, a No. 10 national ranking on January 23rd, and an appearance in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) national tournament.

During the 2011-12 campaign, Cammon led the Mustangs in five different categories, including scoring (15.2ppg), assists (130), and free throw percentage (88%). He scored 20 or more points 10 times, highlighted by a season-high 27 vs. Academy of Art on December 30.

Cammon is the first Mustang named to an NAIA All-American squad since Ryan Zamroz (honorable mention) in 2009.