from David Allen, MBS President and CEO
Dr. Edward Rice, Vice President of Student Services at Mississippi Delta Community College, was on hand to accept the award. "I'm very proud of our students, faculty and staff for their efforts in hosting blood drives each semester," states Rice. "MDCC's health sciences and students services departments, along with campus groups including the Beta Rho Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Society and the Trojan Football team, have each played a major role in hosting blood drives on our campuses."
According to a recent press announcement by Mississippi Blood Services, "The College encourages students, faculty and staff to donate, not just promoting blood donations with their words but with their sleeves rolled up. They have several organizations on campus that strive to get the message out and recruit donors-Mississippi Delta Community College is a true champion for Mississippi Blood Services. If there is a degree in charitable giving, MDCC offers an outstanding program and their students are masters in the discipline."
Maegan Applewhite of Sunflower was selected by her co-workers as Mississippi Delta Community College's Staff Member of the Month for February. Applewhite serves the college as an administrative assist ant in the allied health department.
"The most enjoyable part of my job at MDCC is my interaction with co-workers and students," says Applewhite. An MDCC employee for 4 years, her daily responsibilities includes processing health science applications and maintaining health information for clinical rotations.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a North Division matchup with Itawamba Community College Tuesday afternoon in Moorhead with the Trojans edging the Indians 75-74 and the Lady Indians defeating the MDCC women 70-60.
The Trojans jumped ahead early in their contest and were leading by 10 points, 22-12, with 7:35 remaining in the first half when the Indians went on a 14-4 tear and tied the game at 26-all with 48 second left. Delta’s Darius Dukes sent the Trojans into the locker room with a one point lead after draining three free throws to end the half 29-28.
The second half opened with seven lead changes in the first six minutes before the Trojans went on an 18-6 run during the next seven minutes to go up by 12 points, 57-45, with 8:01 remaining in the game.
Mississippi Delta still maintained a seven point lead, 73-66, with 1:02 left and seemed on their way to an easy victory. But, after a couple of turnovers and two free throws the Indians were only down one point with 22 seconds remaining. Then, a stolen inbounds pass and a bucket gave Itawamba a 74-73 lead with 19 ticks remaining.
Sophomore Zamarlus Griffin made the final two points of the game, two free throws, with 13 seconds remaining and the Indians failed to score with their last shot.
Darius Dukes (3-4 treys) and Zamarlus Griffin led the Trojans in scoring with 14 points each while Tyrone McNeese and DeCarlos Holmes added 12 points each and Travon Harper posted 11 points.
The win put the Trojans overall record at 9-12 and, more importantly, improves their North Division record to 5-6 and pretty much assures them a fourth place finish in the division and a berth in the state tournament even though they have a game remaining against Coahoma Thursday.
The Lady Trojans played the division leading Lady Indians (11-1, 20-3) one of the closest games of the year. After falling behind by nine points in the first three minutes, the Delta women fought back and tied the game at 34-all at the halftime buzzer.
MDCC stayed within striking distance for most of the second half and it wasn’t until the 3:50 mark that the Lady Indians finally took a double digit lead, 61-51.
Sophomore Niya Head led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 22 points (one point behind game leader Jayla Chills of Itawamba) and scored a double-double with an outstanding 24 rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Racquel Harper with 14 points.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-15 overall and 3-8 in the North Division.
Mississippi Delta will play its final regular season games of the year Thursday night on the road as they travel to Clarksdale to take on the Coahoma Community College Tigers and Lady Tigers at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans swept a three game series from the Motlow Community College Bucks this weekend winning Friday’s nine inning game 6-0 before posting 6-2 and 7-0 wins in Saturday’s double header.
In Friday’s game the Trojans scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third, and three in the fifth off 10 runs with two errors and five men left on base. The Bucks managed five hits with four errors and left seven runners stranded.
Sophomore left-hander Chandler Massengale was the winning pitcher going six complete innings and giving up three hits and no runs while striking out two batters and walking one. D.J. Stewart (two innings) and Kenny Hamilton (one inning) pitched in relief.
Ty Dean and Clay LaBeff led Mississippi Delta at the plate with two hits and an RBI each while DeShawn Lindsey also had two hits on the day.
Game one Saturday saw the Trojans score two runs in the first, three in the third, and one in the fifth while allowing the Bucks one run in the fourth and one in the fifth inning. Delta’s six runs came on six hits with 4 errors with four men left on base. Motlow’s two runs came on five hits with four errors and four runners stranded.
Freshman left-hander Austin Burdine took the win on the mound going four complete innings while giving up three hits and one run with two strikeouts and one walk. Kyle Colston (one inning), Caleb Brown (one inning), Skylar Lawson (,2) and Tyler Dowdy (.1) all pitched in relief.
Jordan Lambert led the Trojans with two hits and two RBI’s, while Matt Ray, Peyton Callahan and Will Costinett all added one hit and one RBI each.
The Trojans again dominated the Bucks in game two Saturday scoring three runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the third one a three run homer by sophomore Michael Beloso. The Bucks single hit came in the fifth off reliever Tyler Milligan. Right hand sophomore Matt Ray took the win going four complete while giving up no runs and no hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
Peyton Callahan, Will Costinett and Jordan Lambert all added a hit and an RBI each in the game.
The wins bring the Trojans overall record to 4-1 for the season. Their next action will be Wednesday, February 18 at Moorhead as they take on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves in a twin bill beginning at 1 p.m.
The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans were both defeated in division play Thursday night at home against Holmes Community College with the Lady Trojans losing 67-61 and the Trojans falling 68-66.
The Lady Trojans led the entire first half, with as much as a 10 point advantage at the 8:01 mark, before the Lady Bulldogs hit a three-pointer with their final shot to take a 33-32 lead into the dressing room at the break.
The Delta women regained the lead with their first shot of the second half and again maintained that lead until the two minute mark when Holmes went ahead 60-59. They pushed that lead to four points with a bucket and a foul and the Lady Trojans were forced to foul. The Lady Bulldogs 4-6 from the free throw line to take the win.
Niya Head led the game in scoring with 22 points and a whopping 19 rebounds and was the only Lady Trojan in double figures. The loss drops the MDCC women to 6-14 overall and 3-7 in North Division play.
The Trojans led the division-leading Bulldogs for all but a few seconds of the first half. The Bulldogs took a two point lead on a three-pointer which was answered by Delta’s Darius Dukes with a trey of his own. MDCC ended the half up 34-28.
Mississippi Delta led the second half until the 7:25 mark when Holmes went ahead 57-55. The game see-sawed back and forth and was tied at 66-all with 1:40 remaining. Both teams came up empty on several trips down the court before the Bulldogs hit a bucket with three seconds left. The Trojans last second shot attempt was blocked.
Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 15 points. He was followed by Darius Dukes with 11 points and Zarmarlus Griffin with 10 points. Holmes Daryl Macon led the game with 31 points including 5-10 from beyond the arc.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-12 overall and leaves them at 4-6 in North Division play. Both teams will be at home again Monday night as they play host to Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8 p.m.