Master’s team goes into turnaround

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Things couldn’t get much worse than they were a season ago for The Master’s College men’s basketball team, which endured its share of struggles and finished 10th out of 11 teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference. A new coaching staff was put into place over the summer, five players return with added experience and four promising additions to the team have the Mustangs thinking a turnaround is coming sooner rather than later. “We’re anxious to get things started,” first-year coach Chuck Martin said. “I like the potential this group has.” Martin comes to the NAIA program with plenty of experience, having coached at the high school level in Alaska for 14 years before moving on to Liberty University in Texas for the past five. Isaiak Kottke, Eric Durso, Matt Sowa and Aaron Dixon are back as well and will be expected to provide leadership for newcomers Lucian Graham, Kalief Washington, Thomas Millar and Josh Herman, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. According to Martin, The Master’s has one more scholarship available and Jeremy Haggerty, from Canyon High of Canyon Country, could be a potential candidate. “I think we’re all excited,” Herman said. “We’ve been working hard and are going to do whatever it takes to get a chance to play and contribute.” The first official practice is in early October and the season begins in mid-November. In the meantime, there is work to be done and some of the players are voluntarily working out in the Mustangs’ gym. “I like what I’ve seen so far this summer,” Martin said. “There`s some potential here. “There’s a real fine line between winning and losing in college basketball and things didn’t work out last season. We’re going to do our best to improve and I think we have some kids here to make that happen.” [email protected] (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Chris Connolly, also from Texas, is the lone assistant on Martin’s staff. “We expect the first year to be difficult at times but we also expect to make some big strides,” Martin said. “Our goal is to get into the upper half of the division and go from there.” If the Mustangs are to improve, the play of its returnees – Ryan Zamroz, in particular – will be key. The 6-foot-3 sophomore started at point guard last season and averaged 7.6 points and 2.3 assists per game. His primary role figures to be running the offense once again, though he might have to be more assertive considering the Mustangs lost their top three scorers from a season ago: Ryan Read, Giovanni St. Amant and Caleb Adcock, all of whom averaged more than 13 points per game. “(Zamroz) is capable of doing a lot of different things for us,” Martin said. “He’s very skilled.” last_img

‘Suck on that’ – Piers Morgan mocks Tottenham fans on talkSPORT

first_img GETTY 3 Arsenal players celebrate during their excellent north London derby win over Tottenham. Piers Morgan has mocked Tottenham supporters, saying north London has ‘ALWAYS been red’, following Arsenal’s dazzling derby victory on Sunday.The Gunners got one over their fierce rivals at the Emirates Stadium, coming from behind to win 4-2 with an impressive attacking display.It was a thrilling game which saw Arsenal reinstate their hold on north London. They may have finished below Spurs in the table for the past two Premier League seasons, but have now leapfrogged the Lilywhites into fourth place. The Gunners disciple was also full of praise for manager Unai Emery, and said his side’s performance against Spurs created the best atmosphere he has EVER experienced at the Emirates Stadium.He added: “The thing I loved most about yesterday was that we scrapped from the moment the game started to the moment it finished.“We were like a unit again, going to football war. It was fantastic to watch.“The energy, the commitment and the passion these players are giving Unai Emery is brilliant to watch.“I’ve not heard the Emirates like that since it was opened. So in 12 years we’ve not had an atmosphere like we had yesterday, it was absolutely rocking.”Listen back to Piers Morgan on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above And Morgan has hit back at the suggestions Spurs had eclipsed his beloved Gunners is recent years, saying this current Tottenham side lack the ‘hunger’ to compete at the top level.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Morgan said: “North London is, like it’s always been, red. So suck on that!“It’s never been white, I don’t know why anyone has even raised the subject of Tottenham ever, ever eclipsing us.“We’ve had all the chat for years about how they’re eclipsing Arsenal, but on yesterday’s performance I don’t see it.“I see a bunch of very well-paid guys running around who did not have the commitment and hunger than this Arsenal team now has.” 3 The Emirates was ‘rocking’ when Arsenal scored their fourth goal, says Piers Morgan Things got a bit feisty between the Arsenal and Tottenham players at the Emirates The arch-rivals will do battle again in two weeks’ time in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, and Morgan said it’s the only chance Spurs will get of winning a trophy this season.“Look at where their season is going, they’re fifth now,” he said.“For Tottenham, the EFL Cup is about the only thing they can possibly win, so I would image they would put their first team out, most of whom went missing yesterday.“I think the EFL Cup game is actually quite significant, because for Arsenal winning has actually become a mentality.” 3last_img read more