Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni penned an open letter to the editor that was sent to numerous media sources concerning the incident that unfolded at the East Mississippi - Mississippi Delta football game on Oct. 22.
I write this open letter to the editor to state the facts and correct the misinformation being dispersed after an in-game altercation occurred between Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College on Oct. 22.
Several media sources have reported inaccurate information over many news outlets, including but not limited to social media, television broadcasts and newspapers.
It has been reported that an EMCC receiver was tackled out of bounds and then shoved back to the ground after the hit was made. However, after reviewing game film multiple times with our coaching staff and administration to understand how the altercation occurred, the footage shows the EMCC player was tackled approximately nine yards inside the white line that marks the out of bounds territory – meaning he was in bounds.
The receiver ran a short pass play toward the Mississippi Delta sideline and the ball went through his hands for an incompletion. Contact was made toward the end of the play by an MDCC defender, which prompted the official to throw a flag. According to a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) official, the flag was thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact.
In the game film, you can see that no MDCC player shoved the EMCC receiver back to the ground, as has been reported. The footage shows both players involved with the play standing up and exchanging words, which led to the EMCC player hitting two different MDCC defenders in the facemask, which started the altercation.
It is a fact that football is a very physical sport and athletes sometimes lose their cool in the heat of a game. Incidents, such as this, happen when student-athletes play with passion and emotion and coaches can’t predict when something like this will happen. It takes a combined effort from officials, coaches and players to keep their actions in check and under control.
MDCC does not defend the unsportsmanlike behavior of some of its players and those players will serve the punishments assigned by the MACJC. The athletic department and college are satisfied with its findings and are ready to turn the page. The spreading of misinformation, as in this case, can shed a negative light on a very positive thing, such as MDCC Athletics, and I would suggest a little fact checking be conducted in the future.
Mississippi Delta Community College
MDCC's basketball season tips off Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum with the Lady Trojans hosting Hinds. The men's team is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.
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Harper is a physical education major and plans to continue his studies and college basketball career at a university after leaving MDCC.
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|On the women's side, sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen is ready to go head-to-head with her MACJC opponents.
Skeen is a math major from Cleveland, Miss. and plans to continue her education at a university after graduating from MDCC.
She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her favorite professional athlete is Steph Curry.
Mississippi Delta Community College had 13 student-athletes receive All-State Academic Honors for the 2014-15 school year by the MACJC. Students must maintain a 3.00 or better GPA to be eligible for this honor.
The Trojans’ baseball team had the most athletes awarded with six players receiving the honor. They include Michael Beloso (Pearl River, LA), Peyton Callahan (Houston, MS), Tyler Dowdy (New Albany), Tays Hardy (Batesville), Chandler Massengale (Hattiesburg), and Kyle Wilson (Houston, MS).
The Trojans’ football team had three honorees including Joshua Cooper (Yazoo City), Alex Johnson (Greenwood) and Demerrius Williams (Shaw). Women’s basketball and softball had two athletes each. Basketball players were Niya Head (Tchula) and Mary Washington (Charleston) and softball players were Amber Adams (Oxford) and Saragrace Gunter (Pensacola, FL).
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges
Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ sophomore hurler Tre Hobbs of Greenville has been named to the MACJC All-State Baseball Team for 2015.
The left-handed pitcher/outfielder pitched 63.1 innings in 13 games winning five and losing three while starting 13 games. He gave up 43 runs on 64 hits with 48 strikeouts and 26 walks and ended the season with a 3.979. ERA. He had a .286 batting average with two hits on seven appearances at the plate.
About 200 family, friends, and classmates were on hand Saturday night to honor the 2015 inductees of the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame during their induction ceremony and banquet. They are (l. to r.) Gail Mullen Sims and Michelle Mullen of Leland, Matthew Duff of Olive Branch, Chuck Edwards of Greenville, and Mac Sheffield of Moorhead.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team ended their run in the state playoff series Saturday with a 4-0 loss to East Mississippi Community College Saturday afternoon in Scooba. The loss follows Friday’s 10-1 series opening loss to the Lions.
Saturday’s game was a defensive struggle between the two teams through the first six innings with the Lions managing a 1-0 lead after scoring a single run in the bottom of the third inning. East Mississippi started the bottom of the seventh with a walk followed by a ground out and a flyout before the Lions’ home run leader David Pimentel stepped to the plate and lofted a shot high over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 game. EMCC added an insurance run in the eighth but it wasn’t needed as their pitchers held the Trojans in check all day.
East Mississippi scored four runs on seven hits with one error and left 11 runners stranded. The Trojans had four hits with no errors and left five runners on the base paths. Ty Dean, Jordan Lambert, Tays Hardy and DaShawn Lindsey all had a hit apiece for Mississippi Delta.
Matt Ray went 5.2 innings as the Trojans’ starter giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Kyle Wilson went 1.1 innings in relief giving up three runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks and Tyler Dowdy closed out the game going one inning and giving up one hit.
In Friday’s game the Lions scored 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors and left 11 runners stranded while the Trojans scored one run on six hits with four errors and left eight men on base. Jordan Lambert led the hitting with two hits and an RBI while Ty Dean, Hunter Durham, Will Costinett and Tays Hardy added one hit each.
Tre Hobbs started the game going 6.1 innings and giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and five walks. Tyler Milligan closed out the game giving up two hits on four runs with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Trojans end the 2015 season with a 20-27 overall record and a 14-16 conference mark. This is the third time in Coach Michael Avalon’s four year tenure at Mississippi Delta that the Trojans have advanced to post-season play.