Sports Talk with Jeff Tatum - Sept 18

 

Announcing the 2014 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the newly elected 2014 MDCC Homecoming Court!  The 2014 Homecoming Queen will be announced at the Homecoming Assembly on Wednesday, October 15.

The Freshman Maids are
Shakira Birge
Kenjayla Dixon
Jazmin Jennings
Gabrielle Smith

The Sophomore Maids are
Meagan Bole
Melanie Carroll
Amber Jackson
Latrina Wright

18 Sep 2014

Trojans Open North Division Play Against Coahoma Community College

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans will kick off North Division play Thursday night as they host rival Coahoma Community College at 7 p.m. in Jim Randall Stadium.

The Trojans enter the game with a 1-1 overall record after losing 50-0 to Copiah-Lincoln Community College last week at Wesson. The Coahoma Tigers are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in North Division play after losing 83-7 to No.1 ranked East Mississippi Community College in their division opener at home.

The Tigers also have losses to Pearl River Community College, 36-6, and East Central Community College, 35-14. Mississippi Delta has a 21-12 win over East Central Community College and the loss to Co-Lin. The game with Southwest Community College was declared “No Contest” due to the weather and will not be played unless necessary.

Thus far, Coahoma has made its living through the air with the Tigers’ share of their offense coming via the pass. They are averaging 233 yards per game in offense with 194 of those yards coming from passing and just 39 yards coming from rushing. The Trojans present a balanced offensive attack averaging 87 yards per game on the ground and 86 yards through the air. Defensively the Tigers are allowing 521 yards per game while the Trojans have limited their opponents to 377 yards a contest.

Coahoma is led by sophomore quarterback Anthony Mitchell Jr. (6-0, 210) of Moss Point who is averaging 156 yards per game passing (six yards per pass). His favorite receivers are sophomore wide receivers Kshun Evans (6-3, 190) of Flowood who is averaging 58 yards per game (9.8/catch) and Damecio Ewing (6-0, 180) of Memphis who is averaging 25 yards per game and 8.3 yards per catch.

The Tigers leading rusher is sophomore running back Christian Williams (5-10, 220) of Gulfport who is averaging 31 yards per game and 2.7 per carry.

One of the bright spots for the Trojans thus far this season has been the kicking of freshman punter Cody Lloyd of Winona. Lloyd is currently the No. 2 punter in the state averaging 42.2 yards per punt. His longest punt has been 50 yards.

The Trojans are currently ranked fourth in the seven-team North Division. East Mississippi is first at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the North, Itawamba is second at 1-2 and 1-0, Northeast is third at 1-2 and 1-0, MDCC is fourth at 1-1, 0-0, Holmes is fifth at 1-2, 0-1, and Northeast and Coahoma are tied for last at 0-3, and 0-1.

Trojans Drop 50-0 Decision To Copiah-Lincoln Community College

The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans were outmanned by the Co-Lin Community College Wolves 50-0 Thursday night in Wesson.

The game started on an ominous note for Mississippi Delta when Co-Lin, who is ranked 11th in the nation, took the opening kickoff and raced over 80 yards for their first of seven touchdowns for the night. The PAT kick failed and the Wolves were up 6-0 with only six seconds having run off the game clock.

The next score came midway through the first quarter when Delta was forced to punt from its own end zone. The punt was returned to the Delta 39 and nine plays later Co-Lin connected on a 23 yard field goal to go up 9-0. The Wolves forced MDCC to punt again and this time drove 62 yards in just four plays scoring on a 45 yard pass. Another missed PAT kick made it 15-0 with 5:14 left in the first.

The final score of the first quarter came when a Cody Lloyd punt attempt from Delta’s 11 yard line was blocked into the end zone and covered by the Wolves. This time the PAT kick was good and the quarter ended with Co-Lin up 22-0.

The Wolves opened the second quarter with a 32 yard drive that five plays and ended with a one yard TD run and PAT kick. The scoring drive was set up by a Delta fumble and gave Co-Lin a 29-0 lead.

Co-Lin scored two more times in the second half. The first was an 83 yard drive in nine plays that culminated with a one yard pass. The second was a 66 yard drive in 11 plays that ended with a one yard run. Both PAT kicks were good and the Wolves led 43-0 at halftime.

Co-Lin added their final touchdown with 6:41 left in the third quarter with a six yard run that ended an 80 yard drive which took seven plays. The final PAT kick made it 50-0.

Unofficial stats show the Trojans rushed 23 times for minus eight yards and hit 6 of 18 passes for 98 yards for 90 yards of total offense. Delta’s rushing stats included eight carries that netted minus 48 yards mostly due to bad snaps. The Wolves rushed 31 times for 176 yards and hit 11 of 16 passes for 165 yards for a 341 yard total.

Individual stat leaders for Mississippi Delta:  Running back Quadre Butler with four carries for 19 yards. Quarterback Devin Adams completed 3-12 for 49 yards while quarterback Jaylon Daniels completed 3-6 passes for 49 yards.

The 1-1 Trojans will be at home next Thursday to face the 0-3 Tigers of Coahoma Community College at Jim Randall Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m.

Ammons Elected to National Board

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Dr. John Ammons was recently elected to the Board of Directors of The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Ammons is a 27 year veteran of the MDCC biological science faculty where he has taught Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Biology, and Zoology.Ammons. Elected by NSTA’s membership, the new board and council members began serving their three-year term June 1.

“The new board and council members bring a vast amount of experience and diverse perspectives to the table,” said NSTA President Juliana Texley. “They will use their expertise in the field of science education to bring about positive change and effective solutions to pressing issues facing the association and its members.”

The new board members join a 13-member board that oversees NSTA’s finances, policies and procedures, and strategic planning.

John Ammons is a member of the biological science faculty at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Prior to joining the NSTA council, he served on the NSTA board and was a member of the 2011 planning committee for the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans. He also sits on the NSTA Awards and Recognition Committee and was selected to be on the NSTA science lab safety advisory board.

Ammons served for two years as president of the Mississippi Science Teachers Association (2008-2010) and continues to be a member of the MSTA board of directors. He has received a number of awards in Mississippi, including the 2004 Headware Teacher Award from the state legislature; the 2003 MSTA College Science Teacher of the Year; and the 2000 Lamplighter award selected by MDCC faculty for teaching excellence.

Ammons holds a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, a M.S. from University of Southern Mississippi, and a B.S. from Mississippi State University. In addition, he has completed additional graduate work at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Boston University and Oxford University, Oxford England.

 

15 Sep 2014

Veteran Making a Presence at MDCC

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After serving in the Air National Guard with tours in Iraq and Korea, one Mississippi Delta Community College student is finding a new home and a new career path on the Moorhead, Miss., campus.

McLane Milner of Greenwood, Miss., is currently a welding student at MDCC.

A 2004 graduate of Pillow Academy, Milner considered joining the U.S. Army immediately afMcClane_Milner_Uniform_Pic.jpgter high school, but changed his mind at the last minute. Instead, he began his college career at MDCC, but discovered that he was lacking the direction and motivation necessary for college success.

Milner notes, “You are not going to learn what you don’t want to know. Some people learn the hard way, and some people figure it out.”

He quit college after a year to join the workforce, and soon joined the Alabama Air National Guard’s 187th fighter wing as an F16 crew chief. During his service, he served a three and one-half month tour in Iraq in 2009 and a month and one-half tour in Korea in 2010. After being honorable discharged in 2012, Milner returned home to Greenwood, Miss.

“I didn’t really have a sense of direction coming out of high school, but I learned the advantages of what the military could provide,” Milner says. “I joined the military to help pay for school, and it’s paying off now.”

For those struggling to find their path after high school, he says, “The military is the perfect place to find the discipline and the gumption to want to do better for yourself. The biggest thing I learned in the military is discipline.” That discipline is paying off in the classroom, where Milner is currently enrolled in the school’s welding program.

MDCC’s welding program is a career course designed to develop skills in various methods of welding. Throughout the program, the student is taught arc welding, oxyacetylene torch, plasma arc cutting, mig welding, and tungsten inert gas techniques on both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Classroom instruction also is received in blueprint reading, welding metallurgy, welding theory, types of welding machines, and manual inert gas techniques. At the end of the second semester, students are prepared to take the American Welding Society Code Test for arc welders and seek employment.

Leading MDCC’s program is instructor Roger Wright. Milner says, “He’s a splendid teacher. He doesn’t tell you anything you don’t need to know. It’s all about safety.”

Milner previously worked for Wright in Wright’s private business, and the instructor was convinced his young employee could accomplish more through MDCC’s welding program.

The Milner family is not new to MDCC, as the younger Milner’s grandfather was instrumental in developing the college’s dental hygienist program.

The late Dr. Arthur Hugo Richter, Greenwood’s first dentist and an Air Force veteran himself, also got his start in the military. A Greenwood native, Milner says, “My grandfather saw that dental hygiene wasn’t a very big factor here in the Delta, and wanted to do something to correct that. He wanted people to take better care of their mouths.”

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