Rives joins MDCC as new head baseball coach

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MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomes Dan Rives as its new head baseball coach. Rives was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its July 14 meeting.

Rives has been the assistant baseball coach at Hinds Community College since 2005 and also served as the college’s sports information director since 2007.

Rives is a Cleveland native and graduated from Cleveland High School. He started his college baseball career at MDCC and played infield for the Trojans.

He went on to play at Delta State University and Mississippi College (MC). He received a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a minor in health from MC in 2005 and a Masters of Arts with a major in social science from there in 2007.

At Hinds, he was the recruiting coordinator and in charge of strength and conditioning for the program. He also worked with the Eagles’ infielders and assisted with hitters and base runners.

“I’m very excited to come back home. This is home for me and my wife and to be offered the head coaching position at a college I played for is extra special to me,” says Rives.

Rives helped lead Hinds to three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

“It’s great to have Dan on board as our new head baseball coach,” says Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni. It’s always nice to have a former Trojan return as a part our college family and community.”

Rives is married to Andrea Atchley Rives and they have an eight-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and a four-year-old son, Luke.

Rives replaces former head coach Michael Avalon who accepted the head coaching position at Pearl River Community College.

Athletic programs spotlighted for academic success

MOORHEAD, MS – The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) released its 2015-16 Academic All-State Teams, and Mississippi Delta Community College took the top spot in two sports.

The Trojan baseball team earned Academic All-State status sporting a 3.40 grade point average (GPA), meaning they had the highest out of all the baseball programs in the conference. Women’s basketball also captured the Academic All-State award with a 3.23 GPA.

“I’m always proud of how our athletes perform in their respected sports, but I’m prouder of their performance in the classroom because it is most important,” says Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

The MACJC has also released its individual academic awards with MDCC having six honorees. Students receiving Exemplary Academic Achievement awards are Clay LaBeff (Baseball), Lee Quates (Baseball), Kenya Arnold (Women’s Basketball) and Taylor Latham (Softball). The two student-athletes earning Superior Academic Achievement awards are Jerry Johnson Jr. (Football) and McKinnon Skeen (Women’s Basketball).

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will release its national academic honors in the coming days.

2015-16 MACJC Academic All-State Teams

Men’s Overall Academic All-State Team of the Year
Golf: Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 3.62 GPA

Women’s Overall Academic All-State Team of the Year
Tennis: Itawamba Community College, 3.80 GPA

Men’s Athletics
Baseball: Mississippi Delta Community College, 3.40 GPA
Basketball: Southwest Mississippi Community College, 3.48 GPA
Football: Itawamba Community College, 2.90 GPA
Soccer: Itawamba Community College, 3.25 GPA
Tennis: Meridian Community College, 3.44 GPA

Women’s Athletics
Basketball: Mississippi Delta Community College, 3.23 GPA
Soccer: Itawamba Community College, 3.76 GPA
Softball: Itawamba Community College, 3.60 GPA

MDCC announces 2016 football schedule

MOORHEAD – Head Coach Jeff Tatum and the Mississippi Delta Community College football program will begin its 2016 nine-game regular season schedule with a road trip to Wesson as the Trojans battle the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.

Mississippi Delta will play host to Jones County Junior College on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. for the home opener.

The next three weeks of play for MDCC will alternate between away and home match ups starting with a road trip to Goodman (Holmes CC) on Sept. 15 then hosting Northwest CC on Sept. 22 and traveling to Scooba (East Mississippi CC) for the week five opponent.

Weeks six and seven will be back-to-back home contests for the gridiron Trojans. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will travel to Moorhead on Thursday, Oct. 6 for a 7 p.m. kickoff and Northeast Mississippi Community College will play at Jim Randall Stadium on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

Mississippi Delta’s final regular season road game will be on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Fulton (Itawamba CC) at 3:30 p.m., which is also ICC’s homecoming game. The Trojans homecoming game and final home contest of the season is Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.

The 2016 MACJC State Playoffs begin with the semifinal match up on November 5. Those games will be played on the campuses of the two colleges who win their division. The title game will be held on November 12.

The state champion earns the right to participate in the ninth annual Mississippi Bowl played in Biloxi.

DeJean inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame

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MOORHEAD – Former Mississippi Delta Community College baseball standout Mike DeJean was one of 15 individuals inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during its 10th annual induction banquet held April 26 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

DeJean was Mississippi Delta’s dynamics shortstop under Coach Terry Thompson during the 1989 and ‘90 seasons and helped lead the program to an MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship.

In 1991, he left MDCC and continued his college baseball career at Livingston State University (currently known as the University of West Alabama). In his senior year there, he helped the program reach the Division II College World Series. During the series, he faced two batters and retired both.

Although he played college baseball at the shortstop position, that year the standout was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Yankees and signed to a professional contract as a pitcher.

DeJean was traded to the Colorado Rockies in ’96 and made his professional debut on the mound on May 2, 1997 against the Philadelphia Phillies. During four seasons in Colorado, he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances, mostly as a mid-reliever.

He went also played for the Milwaukee Brewers for two years and achieved success as a closer during the ‘01 and ’02 seasons. In 2002, he recorded 27 saves in 30 appearances.

DeJean then played for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Baltimore Orioles then was traded to the New York Mets during the 2004 season. That season he made 16 appearances and recorded 24 strikeouts in 21 innings and tallied a 1.69 ERA.

In 2005, he went back to the Rockies and posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 relief showings. In October of the same year, Colorado resigned DeJean to a one-year contract, but he was injured before playing a game and spent that season rehabbing with the AAA Colorado Springs taking the mound 20 times.

DeJean is currently employed at Videolink Surveillance, LLC and conducts baseball and softball lessons. He also coaches a 13-year-old USSSA baseball team.

He joins the ranks of previously inducted MDCC student-athletes such as Terry Thompson (2015), John Benge (2014), Charles “Chuck” Thomas (2013), James “Wooky” Gray (2012), Benton White (2011), Sam Latham (2010), John Ray Ricks (2009), Jim Randall (2008), Carl Grubb (2008), Bob Clark (2007), Herbert Hargett (2007) and James E. “Jimmy” Bellipanni (2007).

The remaining 14 inductees included: James Washington Sr. (Coahoma CC); Troy C. Greer (Copiah-Lincoln CC); Marcus Thames (East Central CC); Minor Hines (Hinds CC); Mike Kinnison (Holmes CC); Billy Q. Caples (Itawamba CC); Deion Branch (Jones County JC); Sean Covich (Meridian CC); Dr. Thomas L “Tommy” Davis (East Mississippi CC); Connie Winstead-Mackay (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); Phyllis Stafford Dilworth (Northeast Mississippi CC); Fred Thomas (Northwest Mississippi CC); Jeffery Posey (Pearl River CC); and Charleen Newcomb (Southwest Mississippi CC).

Trojan Football visits Rosser Elementary

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Head Coach Jeff Tatum (back, left) and Assistant Coach Juran Bolden (back, center) along with some of the Trojan football team played a flag football game with the third, fourth and fifth grade boys at James C. Rosser Elementary School in Moorhead Tuesday afternoon. After the game, the players and coaches reminded the youngsters to obey their teachers and parents and have fun in everything they do.

 

Inductees announced for MDCC’s 2016 Sports Hall of Fame

The Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame is inducting five new members Saturday, April 9 during its annual banquet and induction ceremony in the J.T. Hall Coliseum. The event starts at 5 p.m.

This year’s athletes include; Douglas Schultz (1976-78) basketball, Candy Green Vickers (1986-88) basketball and softball, Anthony Felston (1993-95) baseball and Juran Bolden (1993-95) football. The Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan recipient is the former MDCC Sports Information Director Joe Wilson.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person ($5 for children 12 and under) and may be ordered by mail from the MDCC Athletic Department, P.O. Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (662) 246-6478. The deadline to order is April 4. Make checks payable to the MDCC Sports Hall of Fame.

Trojans win, tie with Blue Storm

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta (12-3-1) hosted Southwestern Illinois College (7-4-1) on the baseball diamond Saturday in what would end as an interesting doubleheader.

The Trojans would beat the Blue Storm 9-0 in game one. Playing small ball and precision would play a large roll in scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the tone for the game.

Redshirt freshman Austin Ashley would reach on a leadoff single then advance to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts by Clay LaBeff and Nathan Pilutti, which would bring Jake Hartman to the plate.

Hartman would knock a single up the middle to drive in Ashley and get MDCC on the scoreboard. Wendell Rieves and Ayreon Davis would reach on a single and walk respectfully to load the bases.

Freshman Payton Lane ripped a double to left field to rack up three ribbies and help move the Trojans to a 4-0 lead headed to the top of the third. Head Coach Michael Avalon’s squad would add on to that lead in the bottom of the fourth.

With two outs and no runners on base, Weber Herbison would reach on a walk then advance to second on a hit-by-pitch to Ashley. Both would advance to the next bag on a single to LaBeff, which brought Pilutti to plate with the bases jammed and two outs.

With a 1-1 count, Pilutti hit a tape-measure blast over the left center wall for a grand slam that put the game at 8-0 in the Trojans favor.

MDCC would one more run in the bottom of the six inning to take the 9-0 lead and the victory. Both games were seven innings long.

Peyton White got the start on the mound for the Trojans and went five innings and gave up two hits, two walks, no runs and tallied four strikeouts. Kenny Hinton and Skyler Lawson would each see one inning of relief work today. White improves to 3-0 on the season.

Game two would play out a little differently for both teams. The Blue Storm would strike first in the top of the third by scoring three runs on four hits and a walk. They would add to that lead in the top of the fifth when freshman Ray Adams hit a two-run homer to make it 5-0.

But MDCC would answer in the bottom of the sixth by scoring a pair of runs off a string of hits and a hit-by-pitch to make it a 5-2 ballgame.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pilutti would find a hole in left field to reach on a single and Hartman would follow him on the base path by reaching on a SWIC error. Rieves would smash a long ball over left center field near the scoreboard to tie the game 5-5 to send it to extra innings.

Both teams would struggle to score in the eight and ninth innings. The umpires were forced to call the ballgame after playing nine due to no field lighting and the sun was setting making it hard to play.

Tyler Dowdy started on the mound for MDCC and went 2 2/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs (all earned) and one walk. Tyler Milligan came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief giving up three hits, two runs and recording two strikeouts.

The bullpen was very active in game two, sending Cole Henson and D.J. Stewart in to help their teammates out. Henson threw one inning giving up two hits. Stewart hurled two innings giving up two hits, one walk and earning one strikeout.

The Trojans will play host to Arkansas Baptist on Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

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