Lady Trojans fall to Northwest, men get big win

MOORHEAD – Despite sophomore guard Racquel Harper’s double-double, including a career high 23 points, the Lady Trojans lost 90-73 to the Lady Rangers of Northwest Monday night.

MDCC held their own in the first half a play, going to the locker room down by seven. The Lady Trojans never led in the contest, but out scored the Lady Rangers 18-16 in the second period.

Northwest had a commanding 20-point lead in the second half that MDCC could not come back from.

Harper led the team with 23 points making 8 of 16 field goals and was 5 of 7 from the stripe. She also tallied 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold also had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Sara Lytle had a double double for Northwest recording 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ Trojan basketball team went on a 16-point scoring spree to start the game. They didn’t allow Northwest to score until four minutes into the first half.

The teams were evenly matched and highly physical from start to finish with each team having a player foul out.

For the Trojans, sophomore center Travon Harper led the team with 17 points making 7 of 12 front the field and was 100 percent from the free throw line. He racked up seven rebounds on the night. Sophomores Dantaveous Crawford and Willie Brunson weren’t far behind Harper with 14 and 13 points respectfully.

Both teams travel to Goodman today to take on Holmes Community College.

Trojan football prepares for first tryout

Head Coach Jeff Tatum and his staff will hold its first football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Jim Randall Stadium. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and those trying out are asked to bring both cleats and tennis shoes.

Tryouts will be on the field, weather permitting, along with some indoor drills. Testing may include but not limited to height and weight measurements, 20-yard shuttle, 40-yard dash, standing broad jump, bench press, vertical jump and agilities and football positional drills.

MDCC gains 14 baseball signees

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomed 14 seniors to its 2017 baseball team during the NJCAA signing period.

“We are very excited to add these 14 young men to our program,” says Head Coach Michael Avalon.

“Coach Edmonson has a done tremendous job in the scouting and recruiting of these student-athletes. Not only is the largest group to join our program in January during the past 5 years, but we believe it is the most talented. We look forward to these young men representing our college, our program, themselves and their families during their time at Mississippi Delta Community College. Each of them understand the expectations and responsibilities that comes with being a student-athlete with Trojan Baseball.”

Take a look at the 2016 Trojan Signing Class:

Hunter Allen – LHP, Pearl High School
Clayton Gaines – RHP, Lake Cormorant High School
Will Godfrey – C, New Hope High School
Da’Tavious Hackler - IF, Greenville High School
Clay Hillhouse – IF, Houston High School
Hunter Hughes – LHP, Saltillo High School
Dawson Ivey – IF, Clarkdale Attendance Center
Trey Jones – Desoto Central High School
Blake McKinley – RHP, Ethel High School
Wesley Ross – RHP/IF, Bruce High School
Taylor Shaffer – OF, Yazoo County High School
Channing Tapley – IF/RHP, Hebron Christian
Dylan Usry – RHP, Lake High School
Mason Wilkerson – RHP/C, South Panola High School

The Trojans open its 2016 season with four road games before playing at home on Feb. 20 against Southeast Iowa CC starting at noon.

Trojan football welcomes 34 signees on National Signing Day

MOORHEAD – Head football coach Jeff Tatum and his staff announced Wednesday afternoon that 34 players joined the MDCC Trojan family on National Signing Day.

Those players furthering their playing career are:
Dondre Andrews, Kemper County HS, WR
DeKeenen Boyd, West Bolivar HS, DB
Antonio Brown, Vicksburg HS, RB
Malcolm D. Curry, Clarksdale, DE
Tommy Davis, Provine HS, DL
Aaron Ferguson, East Side HS, OL
Larry Ferguson, Warren Central HS, WR
Darius Gainwell, Yazoo County HS, S
Ravion Glasper, Humphreys County HS, OL
Terrance Grayer, Starkville HS, DB
Markel Haggard, Vicksburg HS, DB
D’Marcus Harris, Huffman HS, DB
Terrence Harris, Huffman HS, LB
Rod’Tavious Jefferson, Yazoo City HS, S
Marion Jones, Coahoma County HS, S
Jeremy Lewis, Warren Central HS, LB
Travez Lyles, Natchez HS, WR
Danny Nevels, Greenwood HS, WR
Torry Price, Vicksburg HS, OL
LaThomas Sharp, Wilkinson County HS, OL
Malcom Shirley, Washington School, RB
Caleb Dean Silas, East Side HS, LB
Dalvin Smith, Humphreys County HS, WR
Ladaveon Smith, Noxubee County HS, WR
Jalen Stanley, Greenwood HS, DB
Kerry Lamont Thigpen, O’Bannon HS, DL
Clarence Thomas, Provine HS, DL
Derontavious Travis, Huffman HS, S
Gerald Wiley, Natchez HS, Lineman
Antwoine Williams Jr., Greenwood HS, FB

Mississippi Delta drops close games on the court

MOORHEAD – Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams fell to Northeast Mississippi CC Monday night in doubleheader action at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

For Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team, it lost by a score of 65-49 to the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Trojans won the tip and held a short lead until 6:49 left in the first period. Northeast took control and carried the lead to halftime by a score of 32-20. Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led MDCC at the break with six points and one rebound.

Both teams played a competitive second half of basketball, but the Lady Trojans couldn’t pull off the comeback. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold led MDCC in scoring with nine points and five rebounds. Harper totaled eight points and three rebounds on the night.

The Lady Trojans will travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lady Lions of East Mississippi CC. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to compete against the Northwest Mississippi CC Lady Rangers.

Coach Derrick Fears’ men’s squad (10-8, 2-5) clashed against a very physical Northeast team from start to finish Monday night. At the half, the Tigers held a one-point lead (31-30), which they added to in the second half. The margin was small, but Northeast held on to beat MDCC 72-68.

Sophomore center Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lions of East Mississippi CC. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to face Northwest Mississippi CC.

Mark your calendar for the MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner

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This annual event is great way to meet the 2016 Trojan baseball team pictured above along with its coaches.

 

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its 5th Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. The guest speaker is former Hinds Community College head baseball coach Rick Clarke.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2016 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Feb. 9th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. 

Clarke is a Forest Hill High School graduate who was the head baseball coach at Magnolia Academy from 1976-82 before becoming the head baseball coach at Hinds CC in Raymond.

During his 22 seasons there, Clarke recorded 565 wins, four MACJC South Division Championships, two MACJC State Championships, four NJCAA Region 23 Championships, four NJCAA District Championships and four NJCAA World Series (1989, 1994, 1995, 1999). Clarke’s 1989 squad is the only MACJC team to ever win a division, state, regional, and district championship and play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. in the same season.

As of 2005, Clarke’s 22 seasons as head baseball coach marked the longest tenure of any head coach at Hinds and also the longest tenure of any Mississippi community college head baseball coach at that time. He was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame on September 26, 2010.

For more information on the Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested. 

Both MDCC hoops squads lose nail biters to Coahoma

CLARKSDALE – Monday’s matchups against Coahoma proved to be two physical and hard-fought games on the court for the Mississippi Delta basketball programs.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team held the lead through the entire first period until Coahoma pushed ahead late in the second period to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Racquel Harper led the Lady Trojans in scoring at the half with seven.

Coahoma would continue to lead the contest the rest of the game. MDCC rallied for a comeback late in the fourth quarter but dropped the decision 64-63.

In the men’s nightcap, Coach Derrick Fears’ squad (10-7, 2-4) would battle Coahoma through regulation play and into its first overtime appearance to decide the game’s outcome. In the end, the Trojans fell 93-86, but not before displaying an energetic two halves of play.

The game was tied 18 times during regulation play including being tied at 35 at the half. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points.

With .01 second remaining on the clock, sophomore Travon Harper drew a foul sending CCC to the free throw line, but they couldn’t convert, which sent the game into overtime.

MDCC took a brief two-point lead to start overtime play, but CCC quickly regained the lead and carried throughout the remainder of the ballgame.

For MDCC, sophomore Dantaveous Crawford had a double double and led the team in scoring with 24 points making 12 of 18 from the field and recording 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Travon Harper had 18 points making 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 12 free throws. Harper also had eight rebounds on the night.

Both squads will resume play at J.T. Hall Coliseum on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College.

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