The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans and Lady Trojans both dropped North Division games to Northwest Community College at Senatobia Monday night with the women falling 98-85 and the men losing 89-77.
The Lady Trojans fell behind in the early going and were down by five after just four minutes of play. But, a 17-4 run by the Delta women during the next six minutes put them up by eight points, 21-13. The Lady Rangers roared back with a trio of treys to take a one point lead and that’s just how the half ended, with Northwest up by one point, 38-37.
The Lady Rangers came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and opened up with a 13-0 run. They then pushed their lead to 20 points halfway through the second half. The Lady Trojans, with the help of three-pointers by McKinnon Skeen, Aqueshia Kimble, and Taraneisha Young cut that lead to just nine points, 87-78, at the 3:14 mark but were unable to close the gap any further.
Kimble led the Delta women with 23 points and scored a double-double with 10 rebounds while Niya Head notched another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tarameisha Young added 11 points while McKinnon Skeen went 3-4 from beyond the arc.
The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-13 overall and leaves them at 3-6 in North Division play.
The Trojans got off to slow start and were never able to get on track as the Rangers made the first bucket of the night and then proceeded to march out to an 18 point lead, 34-16, at the 9:22 mark of the first half. The Deltans managed to cut that lead to three points with 30 seconds left but ended the half down by six, 48-42.
The Rangers, like the Lady Rangers earlier in the night, opened the second half with a 21-5 run and that proved to be too big a lead for the Trojans to overcome as they were never able to get closer than 10 points.
Darius Dukes and Travon Harper led the Trojans with 20 points apiece and were then only MDCC players in double figures.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-11 overall and leaves them at 4-5 in the North Division race. They are still in fourth place and are still vying for a spot in the state tournament. Delta plays division leader Holmes (8-1) Thursday night in Moorhead and then host Itawamba next Monday before traveling to Coahoma next Thursday.
The Itawamba Indians are currently 3-7 in North Division play while the Coahoma Tigers are 0-9 in division.
Men lose in triple overtime
The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans sailed to an easy 72-47 win over the Lady Lions of East Mississippi Community College Thursday night at home while the men’s game went into triple overtime before the Lions prevailed 118-114.
The Lady Trojans were looking to avenge a 46-37 loss to the Lady Lions two weeks ago at Scooba and they did so in fine fashion. Delta made the first field goal of the game and never looked back, stretching their first half lead to as many as 13 points, 23-10, with 4:50 left in the half. They went to the locker room leading 30-19.
Mississippi Delta opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take a 20 point lead and pushed that lead to as many as 27 points, 70-43, with under a minute remaining.
Sophomore forward Niya Head had an outstanding game scoring a game-high 21 points and notching another double-double with 14 rebounds. Sophomore guard Mary Washington also hauled down 14 rebounds and scored six points while freshman guard Jasmine Jackson was the second high scorer for Delta with eight points.
The win brings the Lady Trojans’ overall record to 7-12 and their North Division slate to 3-5. They have four division games remaining.
It was raining treys in the first half of the men’s match and the vast majority were coming from the Lions who plunked in 10 three-pointers in the first half, to the Trojans three, and led by 15 points, 50-35, at the break after leading by 20 with 1:10 left in the half.
But the Lions cooled off in the second half while the Trojans cranked up their three-point machine hitting seven treys to East Mississippi’s two. It took a while, but Delta steadily chipped away at the Lions’ lead and finally to their first lead of the game, 67-66, on the strength of a three by sophomore guard Jaylon Ford.
East Mississippi pulled out to a six point lead with 5:35 left in the game, but treys by sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin, freshman center Travon Harper and sophomore guard Darius Dukes gave the Trojans a 76-75 lead with 3:35 remaining.
The Trojans pushed that lead out to four points with 50 seconds left, but were outscored 7-3 down the stretch to leave the game knotted at 88-all.
Delta’s Darius Dukes opened the first OT with a trey, one of seven for the night, but the Trojans could only manage six points during the five minute period. East Mississippi canned two treys to tie the game at 94-all.
The Trojans scored eight points in the second OT and lead by six points with 1:03 left in the period. But the Lions outscored the Trojans 8-2 in the final minute with sophomore Tyrone McNeese having to make one of two free throws to tie the game at 102.
In the third overtime the Trojans scored 12 points and led by two points with 36 seconds after sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin went one-for-one at the charity stripe. The Lions tied the game and then went up by a bucket and a missed three-pointer by MDCC with 12 seconds forced the Trojans to foul. The Lions made both free throws and the game ended 118-114 in favor of EMCC.
Darius Dukes had an outstanding game-high 34 points which included going 11/20 from the field, 7/13 from beyond the arc, and 5/8 from the charity stripe. Zarmarlus Griffin scored 22 points, Travon Harper had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, Tyrone McNeese had 15 points and DeCarlos Holmes added 10.
The loss drops Delta to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in division play and leaves them solidly in fourth place in the North Division. The Trojans have four division games remaining, one with division leader Holmes, plus games with Northwest, Itawamba and Coahoma – all of whom trail the Trojans in the standings.
Mississippi Delta will be on the road Monday night as they travel to Senatobia to take on Northwest Community College at 5 and 7 p.m.
Photo: Sandy Goodman, director of Career Pathways with the National College Transition Network in Boston, visits with Vanessa Smith, MDCC student mentor.
MDCC’s Career-Technical Education Department recently hosted national grant partners on the Moorhead campus. Mississippi Delta Community College is in its third year of funding as a recipient of a Department of Labor grant totaling $886,965.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Program (TAACCCT) grant was established to address job losses in trade-affected industries such as auto manufacturing, shipbuilding, and furniture building.
MDCC is one of nine colleges from Mississippi and Louisiana benefitting from this grant. Together, the consortium received a total of $14.7 million.
During their visit, TAACCCT grant partners from across the nation were on hand to answer questions, share insight, and meet the group of MDCC mentors that are supported by the Mississippi Women’s Fund, a braided funding partner of the grant.
According to Martha Claire Drysdale, MDCC’s director of career-technical education, nine individuals from across the nation made the trip to MDCC. “Having the opportunity to be coached by our partners is an invaluable experience,” says Drysdale. “This nearly $1 million grant has provided individuals the opportunity to pursue co-enrollment in GED and career technical programs.”
MDCC students participating in the grant have access to support services such as career counseling, advising, and case management. MDCC’s team teachers and mentors guide students towards successful completion of both their GED and a career-technical program simultaneously.
Photo: MDCC C-4 program directors Emily Phillips (far left) and Jamie Hargett (far right) are pictured with student mentors (l. to r.) Latonya Warren, Melissa Selman, Renee Johnson, Caroline Bradley, Emily Woodward, Jennifer Boyd, and Nikendria Dotson
Several Mississippi Delta Community College students traveled to the state capitol recently to participate in the Legislative Appreciation Luncheon. The annual event is a collaborative effort of Mississippi’s community and junior colleges.
Culinary arts technology students representing Mississippi Delta Community College cooked and served tableside as state leaders filled their plates with sautéed potato gnocchi with charred cherry tomato Fra Diavolo. Students representing culinary programs throughout the state prepared all food at the luncheon.
MDCC’s Culinary Arts Technology program, located on the college’s Greenwood campus, provides a solid foundation in the methods and science of cooking through exposure to classical, American, and international cuisine, as well as the art of baking. The heart of the Culinary Arts Technology program is hands-on lab instruction in a commercial kitchen with Chef Instructor David Crews.
Also traveling to the state capitol were members of the colleges’ Student VOICES groups, a student-led advocacy that encourages students to be civically engaged. Ultimately, the goal of Student VOICES is to produce a desire for students to understand, be involved, and support the political process of lawmaking. While in Jackson, the MDCC students met with Delta-area legislators and toured the Capitol.
For more information about MDCC, please visit www.msdelta.edu, or call 662-246-6322.
Both the Trojans and Lady Trojans went down to defeat at Booneville Monday night as the Northeast Community College Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Trojans 60-45 while the Tigers beat the Trojans 87-78 in North Division play.
MDCC sophomore guard Mary Washington scored the first two buckets of the game and gave the Lady Trojans a 4-0 lead. This would be Delta’s only lead of the game. The Lady Tigers answered with two treys and never looked back. Northeast pulled out to a 10 point lead with five minutes left in the first half.
The Deltans cut the lead to four points at the half, 27-23, but that was as close as they would come as the Lady Tigers opened up a double digit lead and pretty much kept it there for the majority of the second half.
Sophomore forward Niya Head led the game in scoring with 14 points and nine rebounds. She was followed in double figures by Mary Washington with 10 points and Aqueshia Kimble with eight points and nine rebounds.
The loss drops the MDCC women to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in North Division play.
The Trojans also lead just once in their game, at the 15:40 mark of the first half, when sophomore guard Zarmarlus Griffin hit a three-pointer to put Delta up by one. The Tigers answered with a three of their own (one of eight on the night) and steadily pulled away for the Trojans to lead by 16 points, 48-32, at the break.
Mississippi Delta cut the lead to eight points twice in the second half but could come no closer as they were forced to foul down the stretch. The Tigers responded by going 7-12 at the charity stripe while the Trojans were only able to score eight points during the same time frame.
Freshman center Travon Harper led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 17 points going 6-9 from the field with five of those being either tip-ins or put backs. Sophomore guards Darius Dukes and Zarmarlus Griffin scored 14 points each, while sophomore forward Ondarious Hamlin scored 13 points and sophomore guard Tyrone McNeese added 12 points.
The loss drops the Trojans to 8-10 overall and 4-3 and fourth place in the North Division while Northeast moves into third place with a 5-3 North slate. Holmes is in first place at 7-1 while East Mississippi holds down second place with a 6-1 record.
The Trojans and Lady Trojans will be at home Thursday night to take on their East Mississippi Community College rivals with games beginning at 6 and 8 p.m.
Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball fans are invited to the fourth Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, February 7th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. This year’s guest speaker will be Mike DeJean, former Major League pitcher and MDCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee.
The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2015 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the February 10th season opener against Southwest TN CC at Moorhead. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under.
Mike DeJean was the Trojans outstanding shortstop in 1989 and 1990 under Hall of Fame Coach Terry Thompson helping the Trojans to a MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship. He went on to Livingston State University (now West Alabama) where he helped the Tigers advance to the Division II College World Series.
Following his senior year he was drafted by the New York Yankees as a pitcher. He was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1996 for Joe Girardi and made his professional debut on May 2, 1997 pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies. During his four seasons he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances, mostly as a mid-reliever.
He then played two years for the Milwaukee Brewers and achieved success as a closer during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he had 27 saves out of 30 appearances. He went on to play for the both the St. Louis Cardinals and Baltimore Orioles and was named Player of the Week for May 26 – June 1, 2003.
DeJean was traded to the New York Mets in 2004 and recorded 24 strikeouts during 21 innings in 16 games - good enough for a 1.69 ERA. In 2005 he rejoined the Rockies where he posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 games, all in relief. Injuries ended his career that year.
For additional information on this year’s Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested.