Trojans edge out Wolves on the hardwood

Head Coach Derrick Fears and his MDCC Trojans (5-3) squeaked out a close 88-82 win over the Wolves of Co-Lin Monday night after a hard-fought game.
The Trojans relied on free throw shooting and getting balls to fall from three point range to outscore the Wolves. MDCC held a 12-point lead (42-30) at the break, but Co-Lin would not go away in the second half.

Freshman forward Darrian Wilson for the Wolves would sink several three pointers to spark a short-lived comeback for his team. MDCC drew several late fouls and took advantage of free throws to add to their lead and hold on for the win.

Sophomore guard Jabarie Escoffery and freshman guard Xa’Vavier Jones led the team in scoring with 22 a piece. Escoffery went 6-for-14 from the floor and went 7-for-9 from the stripe. Jones went 6-for-13 from the floor and went 6-for-8 from the free throw line and tallied six assists.

As a team, the Trojans shot 48 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the free throw line. MDCC took advantage under the rim by scoring 16 points on put backs and scoring 30 from beyond the arc.

The Trojans travel to Summit Thursday to compete against Southwest Mississippi Community College. Monday was the final home game of the semester from MDCC.

Lady Trojans fall to Co-Lin in hoops action

Mississippi Delta’s Lady Trojans (0-6) started strong against the Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College Monday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum outscoring them in the first quarter, but could not hold on in the end falling 68-48 on the hardwood.

MDCC forced Co-Lin’s hand in the first half causing them to turn the ball over 15 times, which combined with the Lady Trojan’s shooting only 25 percent (6-for-24) from the floor kept the game tight.

Co-Lin had a surge late in the second period to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room at the break. At the half, freshman guard Netanya Wilkerson led MDCC in scoring with nine points.

The ballgame was all Co-Lin in the second half as they outscored the Lady Trojans 37-21. On the night, MDCC shot 72 percent from the stripe (18-for-25) and 22 percent beyond the arc (2-for-9).

Monday’s game against Co-Lin was the Lady Trojans last home game before the Christmas break. The team will travel to Summit Thursday to play Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Mississippi Delta baseball to host spring showcase

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball program is set to host to a spring showcase camp on Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. The showcase will get underway at noon.

The showcase camp is designed for players in the 9th-12th grades to get exposure for college coaching staffs expected to be in attendance. The cost of the event is $75.

Each of the players will be seen at their respective position and pitchers, who are dual players, will be allowed to participate at both spots. Campers will be put through a pro-style workout.
Campers will run the 60-yard dash, be tested at their defensive positions, as well hit on the field at Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex. Lunch will not be provided and the camp will be limited to the first 100 applicants.

Pre-registration is highly recommended and the form is due by January 17. The pre-registration form can be found by going to www.msdelta.edu and going to “Baseball” and then “Camps.”

Please download the form and send the completed copy (information form and waiver form) to: Dan Rives, Head Baseball Coach, PO Box 668, Moorhead, MS 38761. Make sure to include your $75 in the mailed form and make checks payable to “MDCC Baseball.”

Check-in time and late registration for the showcase event is at 11 a.m. on Jan. 22.
For more information, contact coach Jarrod Parks at 601.502.5968 or via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Trojans drop season opener to Co-Lin

WESSON – Mississippi Delta Community College played hard Thursday night in its season opener against the No. 7 Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College (1-0, 0-0), but moved to 0-1 (0-0) on the year after a 44-0 loss.

Co-Lin received the first possession of the ballgame from an MDCC kickoff and quickly turned it into a scoring drive. Ladarious Galloway, an Indianola native, drove the ball up the middle to put six on the board for the Wolves. Griffin Sublett’s extra point was good to make it a 7-0 affair with 12:30 left in the first quarter.

The Trojans first two plays from scrimmage ended with an incomplete pass and a quarterback sack for a loss that pushed MDCC back to their own two-yard line. Their third down play ended with a Co-Lin safety improving their lead to 9-0 with 11:35 left in the first quarter.

MDCC could not get the ball in the end zone in the fist half and went to the locker room with Co-Lin leading 37-0 at halftime.

The Trojan defense made a loud stand with less than 13 minutes left to play in the third quarter with back-to-back quarterback sacks by freshman linebackers Kameria McClendon and Terrance Harris for a loss in yards.

Those back-to-back sacks and a third down play for no gain forced Co-Lin to punt near the 11 minute mark of the third quarter.

Freshman quarterback Austin Guy from Natchitoches, La. led the Trojans offensively going 6-for-19 for 41 passing yards.

Freshman punter LaDaveon Smith had a productive night unofficially averaging 25 yards a punt with a 53 yarder in the second quarter.

Mississippi Delta will host Jones County Junior College at Jim Randall Stadium Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. for its first home game of the season.

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.

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