Former Trojan Comes Close To Record

  • Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:07

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Former Mississippi Delta Community College basketball player Anthony McDonald fell just five three-pointers short of breaking the all-time season record for treys at North Carolina Central University in their 75-71 loss to the University of Miami last Tuesday in the National Invitational Tournament.

McDonald ended the season with the NCCU Eagles with 105 three-pointers. The record is 109 treys in a season. The senior guard hit 105 of 277 shots from beyond the arc for a .379 percent completion rate. He hit 134 of 330 attempts for 426 points from the field for a .406 percent shooting rate.

The Eagles finished the season 25-8 after their first ever trip to the NIT. The 2014 MEAC Champs ended the season 17-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference after falling 63-57 in the Conference Championship.

The Aberdeen native played under Coach Derrick Fears at Mississippi Delta Community College during the 2013 season where he averaged 22.3 points per game for the Trojans. His best game was a 36 point effort against Northeast Community College. He played one year at Itawamba Community College before coming to MDCC and then played his junior year at Mississippi Valley State (11.9 points per game) before finishing at NCCU.

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Meridian Community College Tuesday at Meridian losing game one 9-8 in 10 innings and winning game two 6-5 in eight innings.

Both games were extra inning affairs. This year’s new format in baseball no longer divides the state into North and South divisions. Instead, every team in the state plays one designated date with every other team in the state and the eight teams with the best records advance to the state tournament. Every doubleheader date consist of a nine inning game followed by a seven inning game.

In game one, Meridian held an 8-3 lead after six innings after they scored two runs each in the first, second and third innings and one each in the fifth and sixth while the Trojans scored three runs in the first inning. Delta tied the game with two runs in the seventh inning and three runs in the eighth and the game remained knotted until the Eagles ended it with a run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The Trojans’ eight runs came on 16 hits with five errors and they left 11 runners stranded on base. The Eagles’ nine runs came on 11 hits with no errors while nine runners were left stranded. Jordan Lambert and Will Costinett had three hits apiece for the Trojans. Peyton Callahan had one hit and three RBI’s while Matt Ray had two hits with one RBI and Michael Beloso and Clay LaBeff had one hit and one RBI each. Tays Hardy and Ty Dean added two hits apiece.

In game two the Trojans held a 4-3 lead through five innings after scoring one run in the first and third innings and two in the fourth. The Eagles responded with one run in the first and two in the second. Meridian tied the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the game stayed knotted until Delta scored two runs in the top of the eighth. Meridian scored one run in the bottom of the frame and took the loss.

MDCC’s six runs came on five hits with one error with six men left on base. Meridian’s five runs came on eight hits and five errors with eight runners left stranded. Tays Hardy had one hit and an RBI while Clay LaBeff, Matt Ray, Jordan Lambert, and Peyton Callahan all had one hit apiece.

The Trojans’ overall record now stands at 9-12 while their conference record improves to 3-1 which puts MDCC in fifth place in the state behind East Mississippi at 6-0 in conference (12-6 overall), Hinds CC 5-1 (17-1), East Central CC 5-1 (12-6) and Northwest CC 5-1 (10-4).

The next scheduled game is a conference matchup Saturday at Moorhead against the Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears. First pitch is set for 1p.m.

MDCC 2015 Sports Hall of Fame Set

  • Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:20

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members Saturday, April 25th, with a banquet and induction ceremony beginning with a reception at 5 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum.

This year’s athletes include; Hal Bridges - football (1966-1968), Chuck Edwards – basketball (1976-1978), Michelle Mullen - softball (1990-1992), Gail Mullen Sims - Softball (1990-1992), and Matthew Duff - baseball (1993-1995). This year’s Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient will be long-time MDCC maintenance technician and Moorhead native Mac Sheffield.

Tickets for the banquet and induction ceremony are $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Director, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations may be made by calling 662-246-6478 or 246-6471 or 662-207-0266. The deadline for ordering is April 17th and reservations are required to attend. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

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Two Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players, Niya Head and Darrius Dukes, have received honors following the 2014-2015 basketball season.

The Lady Trojans’ Niya Head of Tchula was one of five players recently named to the 2015 MACJC All-State Basketball North Division First Team and one of ten players named to the NJCAA Region XXIII First team. The 5’10” sophomore forward scored 356 points in 23 games (15.5 points per game) with 23 assists and 15 steals for the season. Head scored 20 points or more in seven games this season. Her best game was a 27 point effort against Hinds Community College.

MDCC Trojans’ Darrius Dukes of Ashland was named to the MACJC All-State Basketball North Division Second Team. The 6’0” sophomore guard scored 280 points in 19 games (14.7 points per game) and 22 assists this season. Dukes scored 20 points or more in six games this season. His best effort was 34 points against East Mississippi.

 

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
NJCAA – National Junior College Athletic Association

North Division Members:
Mississippi Delta Community College
Holmes Community College
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Northeast Mississippi Community College
Itawamba Community College
Coahoma Community College
East Mississippi Community College

South Division Members:
Hinds Community College
East Central Community College
Meridian Community College
Copiah-Lincoln Community College
Southwest Mississippi Community College
Pearl River Community College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Jones Junior College

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team won its first two conference games of the season Saturday on the road at Wesson demolishing Copiah-Lincoln Community College 12-3 in game one and 12-2 in game two.

The Co-Lin Wolves took a one run lead in the bottom of the first in game one and held that lead through four scoreless Trojans inning in the nine inning affair. The MDCC bats woke up in the fifth when the Trojans took a 2-1 lead. They then exploded for four runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth while the Wolves could only muster two additional runs in the sixth.

Sophomore lefty Tre Hobbs was the winning pitcher going seven complete giving up three runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Tyler Milligan went two innings with no runs on one hit and one strikeout. The Trojans scored 12 runs on 13 hits with five errors while the Wolves scored three runs on eight hits with five errors.

Matt Ray led the Trojans at the plate with four RBI’s on three hits and three runs. He was followed by Jordan Lambert with three hits, one RBI, and three runs. Peyton Callahan added two hits and one RBI.

Game two ended after just five innings as the Trojans scored two runs in the first inning, four in the second, two in the fourth and four in the fifth while allowing the Wolves just two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Right-handed freshman Lee Quates kept Co-Lin in check for four complete innings giving up no runs and just two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Reliever Kerry Hinton went one inning giving up two runs on one hit with two walks.

Matt Ray had two hits and one RBI and scored two runs while Jordan Lambert had two hits and an RBI and one run. Ty Dean also had two hits and scored two runs, while DeShawn Lindsey and Clay LaBeff had one hit and two runs each.

The Trojans scored their 12 runs on 12 hits with one error while the Wolves’ two runs came on three hits with three errors.

During the week the Trojans split a pair of games with the Southwest Bears at Summit with Delta winning the first game 8-7 and losing game two 6-5. In game one the Trojans scored their eight runs on 15 hits with three errors while the Bears’ seven runs came on 10 hits with two errors. In game two the Trojans scored five runs on nine hits with no errors while the Bears scored six runs on six hits with one error.

After Saturday the Trojans are 8-9 overall and 2-0 in conference play. In a new system this year, all fifteen teams in the state will play each other just once in two nine inning double headers with the top eight teams going to the state tournament. There is no North and South Division in baseball.

Trojans Lose To Hinds

  • Monday, 02 March 2015 08:09

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team took on the No.2 team in the nation today, the Hinds Community College Eagles, and was defeated 8-3 in game one and 7-2 in game two.

In game one the Eagles scored three runs in the first, one in the fifth, and four in the sixth while the Trojans could only manage one run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth innings. Delta’s three runs came on five hits with five errors and five men left on base. The Eagles eight runs came on just four hits with two errors and five men left on base.

Kyle Wilson took the loss on the mound for the Trojans giving up three runs and no hits with two walks. Ayreon Davis led MDCC at the plate with one hit and one RBI. Ty Dean and Peyton Callahan got one hit each and scored one run apiece while Jordan Lambert and Clay LaBeff added a hit each.

Game two was a scoreless battle until the bottom of the fourth when the Eagles scored four runs. They added three more in the sixth inning while the Trojans scored their two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Delta’s two runs came on four hits with one error and six men left on base. Hinds seven runs came on 14 hits with one error and four men left stranded.

Ty Dean had two hits and an RBI while Jordan Lambert had one hit and scored one run and Matt Ray added a hit. Austin Burdine took the loss going four complete innings while giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out two batters.

The Trojans finished the day with a 5-6 overall record. The next regularly scheduled game is set for Wednesday against Southwest Mississippi Community College at Summit. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Trojans Fall To Pearl River In State Tourney

  • Wednesday, 25 February 2015 08:39

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans made an early exit from the State Basketball Championship Tournament losing 70-61 to the No.1 South seed Pearl River Community College Wildcats Tuesday night at Wesson.

The Trojans led during the early going of the first half but the Wildcats tied the game at 22-all at the 10:15 mark and led the remainder of the way. The score was 39-34 Pearl River at the break.

The Cats pushed out to an 11 point lead at several points during the second half but the Trojans kept fighting and closed the gap to just five points four different times before Pearl River ended the game with another push out to 11.

Sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin made the final bucket of the game and was the game’s high scorer with 18 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Darius Dukes with 13 points (4-7 treys) and freshman center Travon Harper with 10 points. Tyrone McNeese and Ondarious Hamlin added eight points apiece.

The Trojans end their MACJC season with a 10-13 overall record and a 6-6 North Division mark. Teams for the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament (Mississippi and Louisiana) have not been set so it is not known if the Trojans will seeded in that tournament this year.

Trojans Split With Co-Lin CC

  • Monday, 23 February 2015 08:55

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team faced the defending State Champions Friday at Ellisville and came away with two losses, 14-4 and 4-1.

In game one the Bobcats scored their 14 runs on 13 hits with three errors and five men left on base. They scored five runs in the first, three in the second, one each in the fourth and fifth and four in the sixth inning. The Trojans four runs came off five hits with two errors. They left six runners stranded. Delta scored two runs in the first and two in the second.

Ty Dean led the Trojans at the plate with two hits and an RBI. DeShawn Lindsay also had two hits while Austin Burdine had one. Chandler Massengale was the losing pitcher going one inning and giving up seven runs on four hits and walking three batters. Caleb Brown pitched 3.1 innings in relief and Kenny Hilton went one inning.

In game two the Trojans scored one run (in the top of the seventh) on seven hits with four errors and eight runners left on base while the Bobcats scored four runs on seven hits with two errors and eight men left on base.

Tays Hardy had two hits in the game while Ty Dean had one and an RBI. Jordan Lambert, Matt Ray, Michael Beloso, and Ayreon Davis also had one hit each. Matt Ray took the loss on the mound going 1.2 innings and giving up three runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Relievers included Skylar Lawson, Austin Burdine, Lee Quates, and Tyler Dowdy.

The losses leave the Trojans with a 5-4 overall record. MDCC’s next games are scheduled for Tuesday at Livingston, AL. where they will play a doubleheader against the University of West Alabama (JV). First pitch is set for 1 p.m.

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans earned a berth in the MACJC State Tournament after defeating the Coahoma Community College Tigers 74-63 Thursday night in Clarksdale.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 11 point lead in the first five minutes of the game but the Tigers charged back and tied the game at 15-all with 11:30 left in the first half. The game stayed close for the remainder of the half with the Tigers taking a 29-28 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

Coahoma opened up a four point lead in the first two minutes of the second half but it was all Trojans after that as Delta gained the advantage and never trailed again pushing out to a 10 point lead, 57-47, at the 8:30 mark. MDCC’s largest lead was 13 points with under 30 seconds remaining in the game.

Sophomore Darius Dukes lead the game in scoring with 23 points going 5-7 from beyond the arc and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Ondarius Hamlin was the game’s second highest scorer with 18 points. He scored a double-double with 11 rebounds while freshman Travon Harper added 11 points.

The win puts the Trojans overall record at 10-12 overall and 6-6 in the North Division. That’s good enough for fourth place and a spot in the state playoffs which begin Monday at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. The men’s part of the tournament gets underway on Tuesday. The time for MDCC’s game has not been set but they will face the No.1 seed from the South Division. This will be either Pearl River Community College or Jones Junior College.

The Lady Trojans ended their season with a 6-16 overall record and a 3-9 division mark after a disappointing 64-60 loss the Coahoma Lady Tigers.

For some reason the Lady Trojans just couldn’t seem to hit the hole as they quickly fell behind by 10 points, 23-13, at the 10 minute mark. They were down by 21 points, 46-25, at the break.

But, the MDCC women didn’t give up. They were down by 20 points at the 12:20 mark in the second half when they made a 19-2 run to cut the deficit to 58-55 with just over five minutes left in the game.

The Lady Trojans held the Lady Tigers scoreless for three trips down the court but were unable to capitalize and ended up being outscored 64-60 in the end.

Sophomore Niya Head led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 17 points and notched a double-double with 11 rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Racquel Harper with 13 points and Mary Washington with 11 points.

Trojans Split With Co-Lin CC

  • Thursday, 19 February 2015 10:27

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team traveled to Wesson Wednesday and split a double header with the Copiah-Lincolns Community College Wolves losing the first game 11-0 and winning game two 10-9.

The Wolves jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the first inning of game one and then added a run in the second inning and two in the fourth while holding the Trojans scoreless one just three hits. Co-Lin’s 11 runs came on 10 hits and both teams stranded five runners on base.

Freshman left-hander Tre Hobbs was the losing pitcher in the contest giving up eight runs on four hits with one strikeout and four walks in two innings of work. Right-hander Tyler Milligan pitched one-and-a-third innings in relief giving up one run and one hit with one walk. D.J. Stewart (two innings) finished the game giving up two runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk each. Demarcus Mahone, Matt Ray and Clay LaBeff all had one hit apiece in the game.

Game two was a different affair. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning while the Wolves answered with single runs in the first, second and third to take a 3-1 lead. Delta added three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth but the Wolves tied the game at 8-all with three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth inning.

In the top of the seventh Peyton Callahan singled and scored Jordan Lambert and Matt Ray to give the Trojans a 10-8 lead. Co-Lin could only manage one run in the bottom of the seventh as the leadoff batter tripled and scored on a single by the next batter. Freshman lefty Tyler Dowdy then struck out the next two batters. The game ended on a line-out to second baseman Clay LaBeff.

Dowdy was the winning pitcher going two-and-a-third innings and giving up one run on three hits with three strikeouts. Starter Kyle Wilson went three innings giving up four runs on four hits with three strikeouts and one walk while Lee Quates (1.2 innings) gave up four runs on four hits.

Jordan Lambert led the Trojans at the plate with four hits, three RBI’s, and three runs. Matt Ray had two hits and two RBI’s while Peyton Callahan had one hit and two RBI’s. Demarcus Mahone, Ty Dean and Tays Hardy had two hits each while Michael Beloso and Clay LaBeff had one hit each.

The Trojans are currently 5-2 overall. Their next scheduled games will be Friday at Ellisville against the Bobcats of Jones Junior College. The 7-1 Bobcats are the defending State Champions and ended the 2014 regular season ranked sixth in the nation. First pitch is 2 p.m.

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