Mississippi Delta Community College’s basketball teams split with visiting opponent Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum. The Lady Trojans slipped to 0-2 after falling 51-99 to the Lady Wolves, but the men ended the night with their second win of the season after a nail-biting finish of 69-65.
In the woman’s game, sophomore forward McKinnon Skeen led the team in scoring with 16 points. The Cleveland, Miss. native was 5-of-10 from the field, with all five being three-point shots.
Sophomore guard Racquel Harper led the team in free throws making 3-of-4 and recorded four assists on the night. Clarksdale native Jasmine Jackson tallied the top number of rebounds on the night with five. The Lady Trojans ended the game making 38 percent of shots.
In the men’s competition, the Trojans went to half-time with a 12-point lead, but allowed the Wolves to make a run at an unsuccessful comeback late in the second half.
Travon Harper led the Trojans with 21 points, making 8-of-9 from the field. Harper was 100 percent on free throws and led the team with five rebounds. Collectively the team made 49 percent from the field and made 75 percent of free throws.
Jaylen Ford and Dantaveous Crawford both were 3-of-6 from the field scoring 11 and 10 points respectfully.
Both teams are slated to play at Southwest Community College on Monday with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. The next home double header will by Thursday, Nov. 12 starting at 5 p.m. Follow us on Twitter at MDCCATHLETICS for live updates during both competitions.
Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni penned an open letter to the editor that was sent to numerous media sources concerning the incident that unfolded at the East Mississippi - Mississippi Delta football game on Oct. 22.
I write this open letter to the editor to state the facts and correct the misinformation being dispersed after an in-game altercation occurred between Mississippi Delta Community College and East Mississippi Community College on Oct. 22.
Several media sources have reported inaccurate information over many news outlets, including but not limited to social media, television broadcasts and newspapers.
It has been reported that an EMCC receiver was tackled out of bounds and then shoved back to the ground after the hit was made. However, after reviewing game film multiple times with our coaching staff and administration to understand how the altercation occurred, the footage shows the EMCC player was tackled approximately nine yards inside the white line that marks the out of bounds territory – meaning he was in bounds.
The receiver ran a short pass play toward the Mississippi Delta sideline and the ball went through his hands for an incompletion. Contact was made toward the end of the play by an MDCC defender, which prompted the official to throw a flag. According to a Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) official, the flag was thrown for helmet-to-helmet contact.
In the game film, you can see that no MDCC player shoved the EMCC receiver back to the ground, as has been reported. The footage shows both players involved with the play standing up and exchanging words, which led to the EMCC player hitting two different MDCC defenders in the facemask, which started the altercation.
It is a fact that football is a very physical sport and athletes sometimes lose their cool in the heat of a game. Incidents, such as this, happen when student-athletes play with passion and emotion and coaches can’t predict when something like this will happen. It takes a combined effort from officials, coaches and players to keep their actions in check and under control.
MDCC does not defend the unsportsmanlike behavior of some of its players and those players will serve the punishments assigned by the MACJC. The athletic department and college are satisfied with its findings and are ready to turn the page. The spreading of misinformation, as in this case, can shed a negative light on a very positive thing, such as MDCC Athletics, and I would suggest a little fact checking be conducted in the future.
Mississippi Delta Community College
MDCC's basketball season tips off Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum with the Lady Trojans hosting Hinds. The men's team is scheduled to play at 8 p.m.
|Featured Trojan Athletes|
|A native of McNeil, Ark., sophomore forward Travon Harper is looking forward to the start of basketball season Nov. 2.
Harper is a physical education major and plans to continue his studies and college basketball career at a university after leaving MDCC.
His favorite professional athlete is Kobe Bryant and enjoys hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers when he isn't on the court
|On the women's side, sophomore guard McKinnon Skeen is ready to go head-to-head with her MACJC opponents.
Skeen is a math major from Cleveland, Miss. and plans to continue her education at a university after graduating from MDCC.
She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Her favorite professional athlete is Steph Curry.
Mississippi Delta Community College had 13 student-athletes receive All-State Academic Honors for the 2014-15 school year by the MACJC. Students must maintain a 3.00 or better GPA to be eligible for this honor.
The Trojans’ baseball team had the most athletes awarded with six players receiving the honor. They include Michael Beloso (Pearl River, LA), Peyton Callahan (Houston, MS), Tyler Dowdy (New Albany), Tays Hardy (Batesville), Chandler Massengale (Hattiesburg), and Kyle Wilson (Houston, MS).
The Trojans’ football team had three honorees including Joshua Cooper (Yazoo City), Alex Johnson (Greenwood) and Demerrius Williams (Shaw). Women’s basketball and softball had two athletes each. Basketball players were Niya Head (Tchula) and Mary Washington (Charleston) and softball players were Amber Adams (Oxford) and Saragrace Gunter (Pensacola, FL).
MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges
Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans’ sophomore hurler Tre Hobbs of Greenville has been named to the MACJC All-State Baseball Team for 2015.
The left-handed pitcher/outfielder pitched 63.1 innings in 13 games winning five and losing three while starting 13 games. He gave up 43 runs on 64 hits with 48 strikeouts and 26 walks and ended the season with a 3.979. ERA. He had a .286 batting average with two hits on seven appearances at the plate.
About 200 family, friends, and classmates were on hand Saturday night to honor the 2015 inductees of the Mississippi Delta Community College Sports Hall of Fame during their induction ceremony and banquet. They are (l. to r.) Gail Mullen Sims and Michelle Mullen of Leland, Matthew Duff of Olive Branch, Chuck Edwards of Greenville, and Mac Sheffield of Moorhead.