header image

[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Santa Clarita CA
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 26
1990 - "Duplicates" premieres at L.A. Phil; concerto by CalArts Music School dean Mel Powell wins Pulitzer Prize [story]
Mel Powell

| Thursday, Dec 19, 2019
Lady Mustangs Basketball
Masters senior Brooke Bailey puts up a shot in a matchup with La Sierra at TMU Tuesday afternoon. Cory Rubin/The SIgnal


The Master’s University women’s basketball team has gained momentum at the start of its 2019-20 season, mounting an undefeated record through its first 12 games.

The team is off to a hot start that includes a 3-0 record in the Golden State Athletic Conference, but the momentum has been building over the past few seasons with key players returning this season with plenty of experience under their belts.

“They’ve learned what it takes to win,” said Mustangs coach Dan Waldeck. “They know you’ve got to do the little things every day do the work necessary to be ready to win.”

Master’s returns its top three scorers from last season in Stephanie Soares (566 points), Anika Neuman (378) and Sabrina Thompson (243).

Soares, a sophomore, has already racked up 248 points this year and is also the team’s top rebounder with 142 total boards. She’s averaging a double-double with 20.7 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game.

Soares has improved her own game but is focused on the bigger picture. For her, that’s advancing farther than the quarterfinals of NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball National Championship, which is where the Mustangs ended their season last year.

“It’s been on my mind for quite a while now,” Soares said. “Ever since our first game, one of our goals is always to have a championship mentality. So whatever game we’re playing, we still have to have that championship mentality so once we get there we’re ready to play.”

Soares will have Hannah Ostrom by her side this season after the senior guard spent most of last season recovering from an ankle injury.

Ostrom is currently the second-leading scorer behind Soares with 144 points and the second-leading rebounder with 75. She’s averaging 11.8 points per game and has sunk 44.7% of her 3-pointers this season.

“I think just having time to play together, like with each game,” Ostrom said of the biggest difference in the team this year. “The longer you have together, obviously, like, the more you’re gonna learn about each other and about basketball. I think it shows and the experience gives you confidence with each game we get better.”

Sabrina Thompson, a Valencia High School product, also returns at point guard for her senior year with TMU. With 45 assists so far this season, Thompson has gained experience as a starter in all three seasons leading up to this one.

“I love playing with Sabrina. She’s a perfect point guard,” Ostrom said. “She brings an intensity that we definitely need. She has a fiery personality on the court, but she’s also super loving as well and she’s confident, and so that gives me confidence in the rest of the team, too, because she’s the one who’s handling the ball.”

The Mustangs bring four freshmen aboard, including former Santa Clarita Christian School and Hart High School guard Kaleigh Moss.

Caitlin Monten has been making an early impact on the team at forward. Monten is averaging 9.9 minutes per game ⁠— the most of any freshman ⁠— and is averaging 4.7 ppg.

“The freshman group as a whole has embraced that ‘I’m gonna get better every day so that when it’s my time, I’m ready,’” Waldeck said.

After the holiday break, Master’s returns to its home court for the Jersey Mike’s Classic. The Mustangs play Olivet Nazarene University, the No. 19 team in Division 2, on Saturday, Dec. 28 before taking on the University of Alberta on the following Monday.

GSAC play resumes on Saturday, Jan. 4 with a game against Hope International University.

Waldeck said that physical conditioning will be an emphasis after returning from the break. He already has confidence in the mental tenacity that his team has developed.

“Especially the last month since we’ve hit the season,” Waldeck said. “I think they’ve really embraced what it means to be left a legacy.”

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020
Many team sports competitions in both adult and youth leagues will not be allowed in California until at least Jan. 25, according to an announcement issued Monday by the California Department of Public Health.
Friday, Dec 11, 2020
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation concluded the first-ever Virtual LA Chargers Sports Drills this week with an interactive live-stream event with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Friday, Dec 4, 2020
Citing COVID-19 related health and safety concerns posed to student-athletes, coaches, and support staff, College of the Canyons teams will not participate in the upcoming California Community College Athletic Association Spring I 2021 season.
Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020
The California Interscholastic Federation or CIF has postponed youth sports competitions including championship events until at least Jan. 1, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases statewide.
Thursday, Nov 12, 2020
The accolades keep coming for Hart High School baseball alumni.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Five Point Holdings, LLC recently announced the sale of additional homesites at its Valencia community, previously known as Newhall Ranch, and the line-up of homebuilders for the first phase of the community.
Five Points Sells Nearly 500 New Homesites in Valencia
As COVID-19 vaccination continues for health care workers and those over 65, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday California is looking to prioritize the next phases of vaccination efforts by age, rather than occupation.
California May Switch to Age-Based COVID-19 Vaccination System
Tejon Ranch Co. declared victory for its 8,000-acre Grapevine mixed-use development after a Kern County Superior Court judge ruled against an Arizona-based environmental group that dubbed the project “damaging.”
Judge Rules Against Environmentalists Over Grapevine Development
In 2019, Valencia High School student, Pedro Roman, was diagnosed with Leukemia. After one long and hard-fought year, Roman is now in remission due to the success of his latest treatment.
Jan. 30: Community Blood Drive for Valencia High’s Pedro Roman
1990 - "Duplicates" premieres at L.A. Phil; concerto by CalArts Music School dean Mel Powell wins Pulitzer Prize [story]
Mel Powell
California Public Health officials lifted the regional Stay at Home Order statewide on Monday as Los Angeles County Public Health officials confirmed 43 new deaths and 6,642 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 countywide, and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia reported five new deaths on Saturday and Monday.
Monday COVID-19 Roundup; 5 New Deaths at Henry Mayo as State Lifts Stay-at-Home Order
Los Angeles County is set to align its health order with California's by the end of the week, as the state lifted its regional stay-at-home order statewide Monday, green-lighting the reopening of in-person outside dining and hair and nail salons, among other businesses.
L.A. County to Align with State, Lift ‘Safer at Home’ Order by End of Week
Officials with the California Department of Public Health on Monday ordered the Regional Stay at Home Order lifted for all regions statewide, including the three regions that had still been under the order – San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area, and Southern California.
California Stay At Home Order Lifted for All Regions Including SoCal
As another winter storm hit the Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding areas, Interstate 5 was shut down through the Grapevine in "Operation Snowflake" Monday morning, with some lanes reopened by Monday afternoon.
‘Operation Snowflake’: CHP, Caltrans Reopen Grapevine Amid Snowstorm
Because of the recent rainfall, Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, is cautioning residents about beach water use due to bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas that are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers.
L.A. County Urges Caution for Beach Water Use Through Wednesday
A series of projects brought forth by Santa Clarita Valley-based organizations and agencies to aid the local homeless population could soon receive thousands of dollars from the city of Santa Clarita.
Santa Clarita Could Grant $126K to 6 Projects to Aid SCV Homeless Population
Citing the case of a convicted child rapist, Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said Friday she’s concerned there is a growing trend that the rights of victims of some of the most violent crimes are not being protected under District Attorney George Gascón’s administration.
Barger Steps in to Deny Parole to Convicted Child Rapist
Medical examiners with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office identified Benjamin Marquez IV, 31, of Castaic, as the man killed in a solo-vehicle crash that left one dead and sent another to the hospital Saturday.
Benjamin Marquez of Castaic ID’d as Man Killed in Rollover Crash
1915 - Death of pre-Mentry oilman & San Francisquito vintner Ramon Perea [story]
Perea grave marker
1888 - Acton post office established; Richard E. Nickel, postmaster [story]
postal cover
1882 - Author Helen Hunt Jackson visits Rancho Camulos; inspiration for "Ramona" novel [story]
HH Jackson
The COVID-19 crisis has trashed recycling efforts and instead generated an increase in plastic waste, according to a recent study, but Los Angeles County restaurants could soon be required to make adjustments related to disposable food ware in an effort to reduce waste.
Jan. 26: Board of Supervisors to Consider Restaurant Requirement Aimed at Curbing Waste
Despite signs that California’s latest and most damaging wave of the pandemic is subsiding, the state nonetheless sets a one-day record of 764 deaths on Friday.
COVID Death Rate Soars to New Daily Record in California
Claims of excessive force, retaliation, and other misconduct by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be probed during a C, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday.
California Attorney General Launches Civil Rights Probe of L.A. Sheriff’s Department
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials on Friday confirmed 256 new deaths and 9,277 new cases of confirmed COVID-19 countywide, as Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia reported it's 107th death.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: 3 New Deaths at Henry Mayo; L.A. County Hospitalizations Decreased by 8%
When Dr. John Scaramella, a dental surgeon, moved to the Santa Clarita Valley in 1978, there were only 18 others in his field.
SCV Dental Surgeon Sells Practice After More than 40 Years
The Los Angeles County Library, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is set to host a series of free virtual workshops running every other week on Fridays from January through June.
L.A. County Library to Host Virtual Art Programs in Partnership with LACMA
The temporary residential green waste pick-up schedule will continue through Jan. 29 for customers in Santa Clarita after Waste Management requested an additional week for its modified schedule.
Waste Management Extends Modified Green Waste Pick-Up Schedule an Additional Week
The Santa Clarita City Council will hold a virtual regular meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, January 26, starting at 6 p.m.
Jan. 26: City Council Virtual Regular Meeting
%d bloggers like this: