Mark MacArthur was more than just another outstanding baseball player at The Master's College. He was one of several trailblazers on teams who turned the sport into a vibrant part of the athletic program, one of those rare four-year players who leave an indelible mark on a program.
That wasn't evident right away, however, as the first-year outfielder struggled with the transition from high school to college ball in 1987, hitting just .230. But, he did give a preview of big things to come with four home runs, 22 rbi, and 16 stolen bases on a club that won a school-record 24 games (24-20).
Thriving in his move to shortstop in his sophomore season, MacArthur showed the stuff of a major producer in 1988, hitting .325, driving in 47 runs (second on the team), and swiping a team-high 13 bases as the Mustangs equaled their win (24-26) total of the previous season on Coach Pat Harrison's first team.
A year later, the Mustangs plummeted to 15-31 and MacArthur grinded his way through a "junior slump" but still hit .300 and led the team with 54 hits and 20 stolen bases.
But, MacArthur and the Mustangs turned things around in 1990 as the senior saved his best for last and the team cranked out a program-record 26 wins. Hitting a career-best .351, MacArthur posted team-highs in home runs (8), rbi (44), total bases (94), and slugging percentage (.610).
When MacArthur hung up his collegiate spikes that spring, he had etched his name in the record books for a long time to come. Twenty years later, he's still No. 2 on the career lists for at bats, runs scored, triples, and assists, and No. 3 in rbi. In addition, he was a primary contributor to a school-record 62 double plays in 1990.
However, his playing career was not over. After graduating with a degree in Communication, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft. He spent two years in the Cardinal organization before moving on to Minnesota where he spent one season (1992) before "hanging them up" for good.
That same year he married TMC alum Erika Johnson and the couple moved to Chicago in 1993 where MacArthur started working in the investment management industry. During their decade-long stay in the Windy City, Mark and Erika served at Grace Church of DuPage where they taught a Sunday School fellowship group.
Desiring to be closer to family, the MacArthurs moved back to the Santa Clarita Valley in 2003 where they have raised their four children (Kylee, Andrew, Brooke, and Lizzie) ever since. A year later, he founded Criterion Wealth Management with TMC alum Bob Gravette. The firm caters to business owners and stewardship-minded investors.
A deacon at Grace Community Church, Mark and Erika currently minister to the Young Married Bible Study.
In a sport known for repetition and hard work, Brett Jaime was the epitome of both during one of the most productive four-year stints in the history of the program. Driven to succeed on every at-bat, Jaime developed into a line-drive hitting machine and a dedicated student of the game.
Starting behind the plate or at designated hitter, Jaime made a strong statement in a freshman campaign (2002) marked by power and poise at the plate. Crushing a team-high nine home runs, he finished second on the club with 41 rbi and a .552 slugging percentage. Just as impressive, though, was his eye that drew a team-high 41 walks and produced a .447 on-base percentage, an impressive mark for a power hitter.
There was no let-up or sophomore slump in 2003 when Jaime's career year propelled the Mustangs to their first-ever, regular-season GSAC championship. Starting all 47 games, he hit a sparkling .341 with club-highs of 10 home runs, 57 rbi, 20 doubles, and 38 walks. His outstanding performance earned him All-GSAC and NAIA honorable mention All-American honors.
Although his numbers took a dip a year later, he continued to be the club's "iron man" (starting all 46 games) and one of its primary run-producers. Hitting a solid .293, he belted nine more homers, drove in 31 runs, and earned 33 walks.
In 2005, he capped off a memorable career by leading the club in batting average (.333), home runs (6), doubles (12), slugging percentage (.542), and on-base percentage (.416).
Jaime's diamond accomplishments were so prolific that five years later he's still No. 1 on the career list for home runs (34), rbi (161), doubles (59), and total bases (360).
After earning his bachelor's degree in history in the summer of 2005, Jaime returned to his native Washington to pursue his teaching credential and a master's degree in education. Following a year as a sixth-grade teacher, he joined the faculty of Rainier Christian High School where he has been teaching history for the past two years.
In June of 2006, Jaime married Laura Beaty (TMC alumnus and former volleyball player) and the two currently serve at Taylor Creek Church in Maple Valley, Washington, where they teach the Word of God to 4-5 year olds.
With all of these commitments, Jaime has not forgotten about the game he loves as he runs the Jaime Baseball Academy and coaches an 18U (and under) summer team.
Rex Williams didn't look like a soccer player, at least at first glance. His tall, angular body evoked images of playing (which he did a little of) on the hardwood instead of on grass. But, Williams was first and foremost a soccer player and became one of the best to ever play the sport at the college.
Blessed with uncommon quickness for a big man, a cannon for a right leg, and a jaw-dropping throw-in, Williams made quite a first impression in an injury-plagued freshman campaign (1979). Thrust into a leading role because of injuries to teammates, Williams tied for the team lead with nine points and had a club-high three assists despite missing seven games with a foot ailment.
That served as a springboard for a breakout sophomore season filled with prolific scoring and capped by post-season honors. Forming a lethal one-two punch with teammate and Hall of Famer Don Menez, Williams booted in 23 goals and assisted on seven others en route to 53 points, still the fifth-highest, single-season mark in program history. Williams was recognized for his outstanding play by being named first-team NAIA District III All-Northern Conference and second-team NAIA All-District III.
The honors kept on coming for Williams in 1981 when the junior led the Mustangs to a school-record 11 victories. Along with being named team MVP for the second consecutive year, Williams was selected to the NAIA All-District III first team and was an NCCAA All-American second-team choice.
In 1982, he finished off a marvelous career by being named to the NAIA All-District III second team.
Almost three decades later, Williams is still the No. 2 scorer (163 points) in school history, and is No. 4 in both goals (57) and assists (49).
After earning his degree in Business Administration, Williams began his career in the electronics business field and has been there ever since. Currently, he is the President and CEO of Digital Display Consultants, LLC, where he concentrates his efforts on business opportunities primarily in the Las Vegas and New York markets.
He and his wife, Susan, have three daughters: Staci, Danielle, and Isabella. They attend Bethel Church in Lodi, California, where they are involved in various ministries.
While not an unknown position to some, the official scorer plays an obscure, yet integral, role in every basketball game. The scorer impacts each game, sometimes decisively, not with a basketball, clipboard, or a whistle, but with pencil and paper.
For example, the scoreboard may show a player with five fouls. Coaches, players, and referees may recall five fouls, fans may scream about the same but no player exits the game with five fouls until the official scorer says so. The game score, player and team fouls, timeouts, and possession indicator are his responsibilities. He must communicate the information to the scoreboard operator, statisticians, and announcer to make sure everyone has the correct information.
For the past 20 years at The Master's College, Phil Ross has handled his position as official scorer for the men's and women's basketball games with integrity, accuracy, and professionalism. Whether it's writing in the team line-ups, recording points, fouls, and timeouts or conversing with referees and coaches, Ross is always on the ball.
A numbers junkie from his youth, Ross was the varsity statistician for his first two years of high school before playing as a senior. He attended UCLA during the John Wooden and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) years and played intramural and church basketball. With a love for the game, Ross has also coached at various levels.
He became acquainted with Los Angeles Baptist College when he started dating Debi Thornton, a graduate of the college. Following their marriage in January of 1975, Debi worked as the athletic department secretary for Pete Reese and shared the responsibilities of basketball statistics and scorekeeping with her husband during 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons.
In December of 1989, Ross became the college's controller and resumed his responsibilities as official scorer the following season. In addition to being the official scorer at every home game, Ross has also traveled to many away games for both teams.