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 Audition Workshop will be held on Monday, April 20 at 3:00 p.m. in the J.T. Hall Coliseum Dance Studio. Check-In begins at 2:30. The workshop is not required in order to audition, but individuals planning to try out are encouraged to attend. The audition routine, required technique, and scholarship information will be covered. The cost of the workshop is $25.00 and can be paid at Check-In. Individuals should dress in appropriate dance attire and wear jazz or tennis shoes.
Spring Tryouts will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 in the J.T. Hall Coliseum Dance Studio. Check-In begins at 2:30. There is no fee to try-out. Individuals should dress in appropriate dance attire and wear jazz or tennis shoes. A routine will be taught for tryouts, so it is not necessary to bring a prepared dance.
with State Sen. Willie Simmons at the Capitol earlier this month.
Mississippi Delta Community College sophomores in the Associate Degree Nursing Program recently attended a legislative event at the State Capitol.
MDCC students met many senators and representatives, toured the Capitol and represented the college and their new profession well.
Senator Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, visited with the students and provided insight into the state’s legislative process. Students also researched health care related bills and were encouraged to embrace the political process that often influences health care decisions.
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Mississippi Delta Community College is designed to provide educational opportunities to qualified students for a rewarding career that will help meet the expanding health care needs of the community. The program prepares individuals to practice as a registered nurse.
Graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as registered nurses. MDCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program (ADN) was established in 1964 and has an overall pass rate of 99 percent on the national licensure exam.
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.
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.
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