Trojan football prepares for first tryout

Head Coach Jeff Tatum and his staff will hold its first football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Jim Randall Stadium. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and those trying out are asked to bring both cleats and tennis shoes.

Tryouts will be on the field, weather permitting, along with some indoor drills. Testing may include but not limited to height and weight measurements, 20-yard shuttle, 40-yard dash, standing broad jump, bench press, vertical jump and agilities and football positional drills.

MDCC gains 14 baseball signees

MOORHEAD – Mississippi Delta Community College welcomed 14 seniors to its 2017 baseball team during the NJCAA signing period.

“We are very excited to add these 14 young men to our program,” says Head Coach Michael Avalon.

“Coach Edmonson has a done tremendous job in the scouting and recruiting of these student-athletes. Not only is the largest group to join our program in January during the past 5 years, but we believe it is the most talented. We look forward to these young men representing our college, our program, themselves and their families during their time at Mississippi Delta Community College. Each of them understand the expectations and responsibilities that comes with being a student-athlete with Trojan Baseball.”

Take a look at the 2016 Trojan Signing Class:

Hunter Allen – LHP, Pearl High School
Clayton Gaines – RHP, Lake Cormorant High School
Will Godfrey – C, New Hope High School
Da’Tavious Hackler - IF, Greenville High School
Clay Hillhouse – IF, Houston High School
Hunter Hughes – LHP, Saltillo High School
Dawson Ivey – IF, Clarkdale Attendance Center
Trey Jones – Desoto Central High School
Blake McKinley – RHP, Ethel High School
Wesley Ross – RHP/IF, Bruce High School
Taylor Shaffer – OF, Yazoo County High School
Channing Tapley – IF/RHP, Hebron Christian
Dylan Usry – RHP, Lake High School
Mason Wilkerson – RHP/C, South Panola High School

The Trojans open its 2016 season with four road games before playing at home on Feb. 20 against Southeast Iowa CC starting at noon.

Trojan football welcomes 34 signees on National Signing Day

MOORHEAD – Head football coach Jeff Tatum and his staff announced Wednesday afternoon that 34 players joined the MDCC Trojan family on National Signing Day.

Those players furthering their playing career are:
Dondre Andrews, Kemper County HS, WR
DeKeenen Boyd, West Bolivar HS, DB
Antonio Brown, Vicksburg HS, RB
Malcolm D. Curry, Clarksdale, DE
Tommy Davis, Provine HS, DL
Aaron Ferguson, East Side HS, OL
Larry Ferguson, Warren Central HS, WR
Darius Gainwell, Yazoo County HS, S
Ravion Glasper, Humphreys County HS, OL
Terrance Grayer, Starkville HS, DB
Markel Haggard, Vicksburg HS, DB
D’Marcus Harris, Huffman HS, DB
Terrence Harris, Huffman HS, LB
Rod’Tavious Jefferson, Yazoo City HS, S
Marion Jones, Coahoma County HS, S
Jeremy Lewis, Warren Central HS, LB
Travez Lyles, Natchez HS, WR
Danny Nevels, Greenwood HS, WR
Torry Price, Vicksburg HS, OL
LaThomas Sharp, Wilkinson County HS, OL
Malcom Shirley, Washington School, RB
Caleb Dean Silas, East Side HS, LB
Dalvin Smith, Humphreys County HS, WR
Ladaveon Smith, Noxubee County HS, WR
Jalen Stanley, Greenwood HS, DB
Kerry Lamont Thigpen, O’Bannon HS, DL
Clarence Thomas, Provine HS, DL
Derontavious Travis, Huffman HS, S
Gerald Wiley, Natchez HS, Lineman
Antwoine Williams Jr., Greenwood HS, FB

Mississippi Delta drops close games on the court

MOORHEAD – Both Mississippi Delta basketball teams fell to Northeast Mississippi CC Monday night in doubleheader action at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

For Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team, it lost by a score of 65-49 to the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Trojans won the tip and held a short lead until 6:49 left in the first period. Northeast took control and carried the lead to halftime by a score of 32-20. Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led MDCC at the break with six points and one rebound.

Both teams played a competitive second half of basketball, but the Lady Trojans couldn’t pull off the comeback. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold led MDCC in scoring with nine points and five rebounds. Harper totaled eight points and three rebounds on the night.

The Lady Trojans will travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lady Lions of East Mississippi CC. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to compete against the Northwest Mississippi CC Lady Rangers.

Coach Derrick Fears’ men’s squad (10-8, 2-5) clashed against a very physical Northeast team from start to finish Monday night. At the half, the Tigers held a one-point lead (31-30), which they added to in the second half. The margin was small, but Northeast held on to beat MDCC 72-68.

Sophomore center Travon Harper led the Trojans in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford had 14 points and nine rebounds.

Both teams travel to Scooba Thursday to battle against the Lions of East Mississippi CC. They will return home Monday, Feb. 8 to face Northwest Mississippi CC.

Mark your calendar for the MDCC Baseball Grand Slam Dinner

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This annual event is great way to meet the 2016 Trojan baseball team pictured above along with its coaches.

 

The Mississippi Delta Community College baseball team would like to invite you to its 5th Annual Grand Slam Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Herman Thigpen Cafeteria on the Moorhead Campus. The guest speaker is former Hinds Community College head baseball coach Rick Clarke.

The dinner provides alumni, fans, family and friends a chance to meet the 2016 Trojans baseball team and coaches before the season opener at Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Feb. 9th. Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under. 

Clarke is a Forest Hill High School graduate who was the head baseball coach at Magnolia Academy from 1976-82 before becoming the head baseball coach at Hinds CC in Raymond.

During his 22 seasons there, Clarke recorded 565 wins, four MACJC South Division Championships, two MACJC State Championships, four NJCAA Region 23 Championships, four NJCAA District Championships and four NJCAA World Series (1989, 1994, 1995, 1999). Clarke’s 1989 squad is the only MACJC team to ever win a division, state, regional, and district championship and play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. in the same season.

As of 2005, Clarke’s 22 seasons as head baseball coach marked the longest tenure of any head coach at Hinds and also the longest tenure of any Mississippi community college head baseball coach at that time. He was inducted into the Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame on September 26, 2010.

For more information on the Grand Slam Dinner please contact MDCC Head Baseball Coach Michael Avalon at (601) 497-4300. Space is limited so reservations are requested. 

Both MDCC hoops squads lose nail biters to Coahoma

CLARKSDALE – Monday’s matchups against Coahoma proved to be two physical and hard-fought games on the court for the Mississippi Delta basketball programs.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women’s team held the lead through the entire first period until Coahoma pushed ahead late in the second period to take a 32-23 lead at the break. Racquel Harper led the Lady Trojans in scoring at the half with seven.

Coahoma would continue to lead the contest the rest of the game. MDCC rallied for a comeback late in the fourth quarter but dropped the decision 64-63.

In the men’s nightcap, Coach Derrick Fears’ squad (10-7, 2-4) would battle Coahoma through regulation play and into its first overtime appearance to decide the game’s outcome. In the end, the Trojans fell 93-86, but not before displaying an energetic two halves of play.

The game was tied 18 times during regulation play including being tied at 35 at the half. The largest lead by either team in the second half was four points.

With .01 second remaining on the clock, sophomore Travon Harper drew a foul sending CCC to the free throw line, but they couldn’t convert, which sent the game into overtime.

MDCC took a brief two-point lead to start overtime play, but CCC quickly regained the lead and carried throughout the remainder of the ballgame.

For MDCC, sophomore Dantaveous Crawford had a double double and led the team in scoring with 24 points making 12 of 18 from the field and recording 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Travon Harper had 18 points making 5 of 11 from the field and 8 of 12 free throws. Harper also had eight rebounds on the night.

Both squads will resume play at J.T. Hall Coliseum on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Trojans lose division opener in hoops

On Monday, MDCC’s men’s and women’s basketball programs traveled to Booneville to battle against the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi CC at Bonner Arnold Coliseum in their opening north division games. Both teams journeyed home with their first division loses.

In the women’s game, NEMCC struck first by putting four unanswered points on the board before MDCC sophomore forward Kenya Arnold would get a shot to fall from underneath.

First period play consisted of back and forth scoring from both squads with NEMCC leading 22-16 at the end of it.

With four minutes left in the second period, the Lady Trojans took the lead, but wouldn’t be able to hold on to it going into halftime. The Lady Tigers lead 39-38 at the break.

At the half, sophomore guards Racquel Harper and McKinnon Skeen led the team with 11 and seven points respectfully. First half stats show MDCC making 50 percent from the field and NEMCC making 56.7 percent from the field.

In the third period, the Lady Trojans kept the score close and tied it at 43 with 5:25 left on the clock. MDCC would go on a six-point scoring run to take a 49-43 lead with 3:00 left in third period and carry the lead well into the final period of play.

The squads would share the lead in the final period of play, but NEMCC would take the win by a score of 69-61. The Lady Trojans fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in the north division.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team with 18 points making 6 of 13 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws. Harper also racked up four rebounds, three assists and three steals on the night. Freshman forward O’Nesha Hunt scored 10 points making 3 of 7 from the field and 4 of 6 free throws. Hunt accumulated three rebounds and two steals.

In the men’s matchup, the Trojans won the tip but couldn’t convert on their first possession. Sophomore forward Dantaveous Crawford answered NEMCC’s five-point scoring run with a two-handed slam for two early in the first half.

NEMCC led until 14:33 left in the first half when Crawford sank a three to put MDCC ahead 10-7. Sophomore forward Travon Harper’s two-handed slam would extend the lead to 12-7 after the Trojans rebounded a missed Tiger shot with 13:36 left in the half.

Crawford and Harper put on a nice dunking contest for the crowd in the first half with three between the two of them, but the Tigers would take a 39-35 lead to the locker room at the half.

Halftime leaders for MDCC were sophomores Jaylen Ford and Crawford with nine and seven points respectfully. Ford made 3 of 7 from the field all of which were three- pointers.

NEMCC came out lighting up the scoreboard with threes in the second half and the Trojans found themselves trailing 71-63 with 5:06 left to play.

With 2:00 minutes left in the game, MDCC faced its largest deficit of the game down 83-68. NEMCC would go on to win by a score of 87-68. The Trojans fall to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in division play.

Monday’s game was the final competition for the fall semester. Both teams will resume play on Jan. 4, 2016 playing host to Southwest Mississippi CC with doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

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