Baseball Trojans sweep Southwest Tennessee with clutch performances

MEMPHIS – Mississippi Delta (6-0) took two from the Southwest Tennessee CC Saluqis on the baseball diamond Thursday with both ending in 2-1 scores.

The Trojans struck first in game one, scoring in the top of the first inning and again in the third on a groundout by Austin Burdine.

Southwest Tennessee would get one to cross the plate in the bottom of the fourth on a Trojan error.

Pitcher Lee Quates, a sophomore from Carthage, would shut the Saluqis down and in his six innings of work allowing only five hits, two walks recording four strikeouts, which is his season high. He would get the win and improve to 2-0 on the year.

In game two, the Trojans would look to its bats to get the win and thanks to freshmen Payton Lane Nathan Pilutti’s late game clutch hitting, the Trojans would score enough runs to claim a victory.

Pilutti would leg out a double in the top of the six setting the stage for Lane’s two-run homer to plate the pair. Lane went 1-for-2 with one homerun and two RBI during game two.

MDCC’s D.J. Stewart would give up only two hits on the mound to the Saluqis during his 3 2/3 innings of work. He got the win, which is his first of the season.

Southwest TN would score one run in the fourth inning, but could not get enough momentum to rally a comeback.

The Trojans host their first home game today, Saturday, Feb. 20 against Southeastern Iowa CC with doubleheader action starting at noon.

Basketball season comes to an end for both squads

MOORHEAD - Both the women and men’s squads played their last games of the seasons Thursday night against Coahoma CC at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

Coach Burnadette McDonald’s women caged the Lady Tigers the entire first half and took a commanding 35-16 lead into the locker room at the break.

The second half of the game slowly got away from MDCC as Coahoma made a comeback and outscored the Lady Trojans 50-31 in the half to tie the game at 66 and send it to overtime.

The extra period would be a back and forth affair with Coahoma sinking a short floater with under one second left to win it 76-75.

Sophomores TaKyla Dukes and Kenya Arnold each had a double double on the night. Dukes led in scoring with 22 points. She was 9 of 14 from the field and made 3 of 4 three pointers and was 100 percent from the stripe. She pulled down 11 rebounds. Arnold had 21 points making 8 of 15 from the field and 5 of 7 free throws. She tallied 11 rebounds as well.

On the night, the team made 44.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.

The men’s game was a physical contest that also consisted of a cat and mouse scoring game, but ended with MDCC recording the win by a score of 74-67.

The Trojans squeaked out of the first half of play with a 32-27 lead. They would carry that momentum through the second half with help from Sophomore Dantaveous Crawford, who had a season high night in scoring with 32 points.

Crawford made 10 of 15 shots from the field and hit 11 of 15 from the stripe. His teammate, sophomore Travon Harper, would also help in scoring earning 12 points with five rebounds.

Lady Trojans fall to Northwest, men get big win

MOORHEAD – Despite sophomore guard Racquel Harper’s double-double, including a career high 23 points, the Lady Trojans lost 90-73 to the Lady Rangers of Northwest Monday night.

MDCC held their own in the first half a play, going to the locker room down by seven. The Lady Trojans never led in the contest, but out scored the Lady Rangers 18-16 in the second period.

Northwest had a commanding 20-point lead in the second half that MDCC could not come back from.

Harper led the team with 23 points making 8 of 16 field goals and was 5 of 7 from the stripe. She also tallied 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold also had a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Sara Lytle had a double double for Northwest recording 26 points and 10 rebounds.

Head Coach Derrick Fears’ Trojan basketball team went on a 16-point scoring spree to start the game. They didn’t allow Northwest to score until four minutes into the first half.

The teams were evenly matched and highly physical from start to finish with each team having a player foul out.

For the Trojans, sophomore center Travon Harper led the team with 17 points making 7 of 12 front the field and was 100 percent from the free throw line. He racked up seven rebounds on the night. Sophomores Dantaveous Crawford and Willie Brunson weren’t far behind Harper with 14 and 13 points respectfully.

Both teams travel to Goodman today to take on Holmes Community College.

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.

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