MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner Set For February 1

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its third Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, February 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. Guest speaker will be head coach at Delta State University Mike Kinnison.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2014 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on February 8th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.

Mike Kinnison is in his 17th season as head coach of one of the most storied programs in collegiate baseball. In 2011 Coach Kinnison tied his former coach and mentor Dave “Boo” Ferriss for the school’s career wins mark at 639. In 26 seasons, Ferriss compiled a 639-387-8 record as head coach of the Statesmen. Kinnison accomplished the feat in 15 seasons as skipper.

In 2011, Kinnision joined the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame receiving the highest honor an athlete or coach can receive in Mississippi, Today, he is still hard at work.

Since 1997, Kinnison has accomplished an unbelievable career record of 747-227-2 (.765). He has averaged 44 wins per season as head coach. His all-time career record, including high school, is an astounding 995-297-1 (.768).

In 2004, he earned the ABCA “National Coach of the Year” award after leading the Statesmen to the program’s first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship. He has also been named the Gulf South Coach of the Year six times and appropriately named “Coach of the Decade” by the GSC in 2010.

In his 16 seasons as head coach, Kinnison has guided the Statesmen to the 2004 NCAA National title, five College World Series appearances (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2012), 10 NCAA South Regional appearances (1999-2005, 2007, 2008 & 2012), 11 GSC Western Division titles (1997-2005, 2007-2008), five NCAA South/South Central Regional championships and five Gulf South Conference titles.

Kinnison has also coached two American Baseball Coaches Association National Players of the Year in Dee Haynes (2000) and Jud Thigpen (2004).

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.

MDCC Sweeps East Mississippi In North Division Play

Mississippi Delta brought out the brooms Monday night against North Division rival East Mississippi Community College as the Lady Trojans defeated the Lady Lions 67-51 and the Trojans edged their counterpart 76-74 at Moorhead.

The Lady Trojans lead their game for the first 12 minutes, holding as much as a nine point lead at the 7:54 mark, but the Lady Lions responded with flurry of offense and good defense to end the half with a 16-4 run to take a 24-21 lead into the locker room at the break.

Five minutes into the second half the Lady Trojans took a one point lead on a three-point bucket by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer and never looked back as they went on a 27-7 scoring spree in the next 12 minutes. The Delta held as much as a 20 point lead with three minutes remaining in the game.

Spencer, from Bentonia, had the game of her life hitting 8-15 from the floor, 2-4 from three point land, and going 10-12 from the charity stripe for a game high total of 28 points. She was followed in double figures by sophomore forward with 16 points for the night. Sophomore guard Janay Townsel led East Mississippi with 17 points.

The win puts the Lady Trojans’ record at 7-5 overall and 2-0 in the North Division race which began in earnest this week.

The Trojans and Lions had a see-saw first half with both teams taking a small lead before the Deltans pushed out to a nine point lead, 26-17, at the seven minute mark. That lead slowly melted as the Lions chipped away and the half ended with the score knotted at 32-all.

It looked like the Lions would walk away with an easy win as they led the first 17-plus minutes and held a commanding 60-51 advantage with nine minutes left in the game. But, the Trojans fought back took a one point lead, 70-69, when freshman forward Kel’Drek Young canned two free throws with 2:42 on the clock.

Two buckets by sophomore center James Evans during the next two minutes gave Delta a five point lead but a three-point shot with 29 seconds remaining pulled East Mississippi to within two points. A free throw by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin made it a three point game with 21 seconds while the Lions could only answer with one free throw in the final seconds.

In the final two minutes the Lions missed four of six free throws while the Trojans went 2-4 from the charity stripe.

Sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie led the Trojans in scoring with 18 points (4-5 from three point range). He was followed by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker with 14 points and James Evans with 13 points. EMCC’s sophomore guard Jacolby Mobley led the game with 20 points (5-6 treys).

The win moves the Trojans to 7-6 overall and 1-1 in North Division play. Mississippi Delta will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Clarksdale to take on North foe Coahoma community College at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

MDCC Opens 2014 With Losses

Both Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams returned to action Tuesday night for the first time in 2014 and both teams suffered losses at the hands of South Division foe Southwest Community College of Summit with the Lady Trojans losing 69-57 and the Trojans falling 76-69.

The first half of the women’s game was an evenly matched affair with neither team gaining moe than a three point advantage in a half with nine lead changes. The Lady Bears held a three point lead at the break, 32-29.

Southwest opened the second stanza with a pair of three point buckets and shot out to a nine point lead in the first two minutes. It took the Lady Trojans more than eight minutes to whittle that lead down to two, 48-46. The Lady Bears responded with four more treys and outscored Delta 16-7 in the following five minutes to push back out to an insurmountable 10 point lead.

Mississippi Delta’s freshman forward Niya Head lead the game in scoring with 16 points and was followed by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer with 14 points. The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play.

The Trojans opened their game with a three point lead but were quickly outscored by the Bears who pushed out to a 16 point lead, 38-22, in the first 16 minutes. During that time Delta’s sophomore center James Evans scored 14 of the Trojans’ points. Then point guard Zamarlus Griffin entered the game and reeled off five buckets in a row (including two treys) for 10 points. A three-pointer by freshman point guard Anthony Mabon gave the Trojans a 15-1 run and the half ended with the Bears up 39-37.

Mississippi Delta continued their run to open the second half and pushed out to a six point lead before the Bears finally regained the equilibrium and fought back to tie the game at 58-all at the 9:45 mark.

Southwest gained a five point lead during the next three minutes but a two point bucket by freshman forward Kel’Drek Young and a three-point shot by freshman guard Darius Duke tied the game again with 6:10 remaining.

The rest of the game belonged to Southwest who managed to outscore the Trojans 13-6 in the final five minutes on the strength of six free throws and a late three-pointer.

James Evans led the game in scoring with 17 points. He was followed in double figures by Zarmarlus Griffin with 12 points. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in North Division play.

The Deltans’ next action will be Thursday when they travel to Poplarville to take on Pearl River Community College at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.

MDCC Splits With East Central

In Mississippi Delta’s first matchup with East Central Community College two weeks ago the Lady Trojans won and the Trojans lost. That scenario was reversed Thursday night in Moorhead as the Delta women dropped a 76-70 decision to the Lady Warriors and the Trojans defeated the Warriors 73-57.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick three point lead and lead by one point, 9-8, at the 17:03 mark in the first half. That was the last time East Central would see the lead as the Trojans went on a scoring tear that saw sophomore center James Evans score 12 first half points and sophomore guard Marcus Boddie score 10. Mississippi Delta led 40-21 at the break.

The Warriors fought back in the second half and cut Delta’s lead to 13 points on four different occasions but each time the Trojans rebounded and pushed their lead into the upper teens leading by as much as 20 points, 51-31, at one point in the half.

Boddie lead the Trojans in scoring with 18 points while Evans followed closely with 16 points and earned another double-double with 12 rebounds. Sophomore forward D’ante Russell-Hall also scored in double figures with 10 points while sophomore guard Johnny Rucker just missed with nine points.

The win improves the Trojans’ overall record to 5-3. The Lady Trojans loss drops their overall record to 5-2.

In the women’s game the lead changed 10 times in the first half with the Lady Trojans coming out on top by three, 38-35, at the break.
Delta expanded that lead to five points in the early going of the second stanza before their shooting turned cold. The Lady Warriors quickly took advantage and pushed out to a double digit lead for most of the remainder of the game. 

The Lady Trojans finally broke the double digit strangle hold with 2:31 left in the game and cut East Central’s lead to three points, 73-70, with 42 seconds remaining. But, that was as close as they would get as the Lady Warriors hit several free throws in the final seconds to win by six points. 

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led the Delta women in scoring with 20 points for the night. She was followed in double digits by freshman guard Kalesha Williams with 13 points and sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer with 11 points while sophomore guard Alexus Ward added nine.

Both teams will take next week off for Fall Break and the Thanksgiving holiday and return to action on Monday, December 2, when they travel to Wesson to take on the Wolves and Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

MDCC Splits With Pearl River

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans pulled off a last-second win Thursday night beating the Pearl Rivers Lady Wildcats 66-64 while the Trojans lost to the Wildcats 66-52.

The first half of the women’s game was a see-saw affair that saw the lead change hands at least five times. The Lady Trojans pulled out to a six point lead, 30-24, with three minutes remaining and ended up with a 33-29 lead at the break.

Mississippi Delta maintained the lead for the first five minutes of the second stanza but the Lady Wildcats tied the game at that point and then pushed out to a nine point lead, 53-44, with nine minutes showing on the clock.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s Lady Trojans refused to give up and spent the next 15 minutes fighting to get the lead back. A three point shot by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer at the 55 second mark brought Delta to within one point and a basket by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer 30 seconds later put the Lady Trojans up 65-64.

That precarious lead seemed like it might be too slim to stand up when the Lady Wildcats were fouled with four ticks left on the clock. But somehow both free throws missed their mark and freshman Aqueshia Kimble hit one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining to give MDCC their fourth win of the young season.

Spencer led the Delta women in scoring with 17 points with 15 of those points coming off 5-7 treys. She was followed by Nailer with 14 and Niya Head with 10 points.

The Trojans led by a slim two-point margin for the first four minutes of their game before the hot shooting Wildcats took control and steadily pushed out to a 16 point, 34-18, halftime lead.

The Trojans spent the entire second half trying to battle back into contention but only managed to break the Cats’ double digit lead twice and then for only as long as it took Pearl River to drive the court and respond.

Sophomore guard Johnny Rucker led the Trojans in scoring with 11 points. He was followed by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie and sophomore center James Evans with 10 points each. Evans also recorded a double-double with 12 rebounds.

The win moves the Lady Trojans to 4-1 overall while the loss drops the Trojans to 3-2 overall. Both teams will be back in action Monday when they travel to Utica for a return engagement with Hinds Community College. Meanwhile, the Trojans will be on the road Saturday as they travel to Niceville, FL., to take on Northwest Florida State College in a 2 p.m. match-up.

Five Trojans Named All-State

Five Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football players were named to the MACJC All-State North Second Team last week according to Jim Southward, Director of Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.

Trojans selected on the offensive side of the ball were sophomore wide receiver Christian Stephney of Clarksdale and sophomore offensive lineman Josh Cooper of Yazoo City. Stephney ended the season with seven catches for an average of 27 yards per catch.

Defensive All-State players were sophomore linebacker Terrell Williams of Greenville, sophomore defensive back Jalen Jones of Greenwood, and sophomore defensive back Martavis Moore of Benoit. Williams ended the year with 49 solo tackles and 45 assists while Jones had 13 solo tackles, 11 assists and one interception, and Moore had 16 tackles, eight assists and one interception.

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

MDCC Sweeps Hinds

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans are both 2-0 for the season after the MDCC women trounced the Lady Bulldogs 76-41 while the Delta men pulled off a 71-61 victory.

The Lady Trojans had an easy night of it against their counterparts from Utica pulling out to a 12 point lead at the 17 minute mark and never looking back. MDCC led by as many as 20 points late in the first half and went to the dressing room with a 35-18 halftime lead.

The Delta women pushed their lead past the 20 point mark with 18 minutes remaining and the 30 point mark with over 12 minutes remaining in the second half. The maximum lead for the Lady Trojans was a 39 point advantage with three minutes left in the game.

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer of Shaw led the game in scoring with 14 points while sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer of Benton and freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble of Charleston both added 11 point apiece. Not a single Bulldog scored in double figures for the night.

The Trojans had a harder time of it in their game. The Bulldogs took the lead in the early going of the first half and led by as many as five points before back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie of Memphis and a bucket by sophomore guard Johnny Rucker of Yazoo County gave the Trojans a one point lead, 15-14, at the 13:25 mark. MDCC never trailed after that and lead 35-26 at the break.

The Trojans opened up a 15 point lead early in the second half and increased it to as much as 19 points, at the three minute mark, before the Bulldogs made a run that brought the score to 71-61 at the buzzer.

Boddie had an outstanding night scoring a game-high 23 points. He was followed by freshman point guard Zamarlus Griffin of Memphis with 13 points.

Both teams will take a day off before heading to Decatur Saturday for afternoon games against East Central Community College. Games are at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

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