Grinstead named new MDCC softball skipper

  • Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:00

Brad GrinsteadMississippi Delta Community College welcomes Brad Grinstead as its new head softball coach. Grinstead was approved by the MDCC Board of Trustees during its August 10 meeting.

He has been the assistant softball coach at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas since 2014. Under his leadership, the program set single season win records during the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. Lyon is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). During the 2015 season, the team finished second in the American Midwest Conference.

From 2010 to 2013, Grinstead was the assistant softball coach at Hendrix College, which is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III school in Conway, Arkansas.

At Lyon and Hendrix, he was responsible for developing daily practice schedules and game plans along with recruiting and implementing strength and conditioning workouts.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the program,” says Grinstead. I’m looking forward to our first game and bringing a championship program to Mississippi Delta.”

Grinstead is a Colorado native and graduated from Moffat County High School in Craig, Colorado. He played college baseball at Hendrix College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2011.

“It’s great to have Brad here as the new head softball coach,” says Athletic Director Jeff Tatum. He has hit the ground running from day one, and we’re excited to add him to the athletic department.”

Grinstead replaces former head coach Chris Watford who accepted the head softball coaching position at Washington School.

Lady Trojans Are Undefeated In Division Play

  • Wednesday, 22 January 2014 08:58

The Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans defeated the Northwest Community College Lady Rangers 88-73 Tuesday night in Moorhead while the Trojans fell 86-78 to the Northwest Rangers.

The Lady Trojans’ win brings their North Division record to 4-0 and gives them sole possession of first place in the division. They are also 9-5 overall at this point in the season.

The early going was a back and forth affair with the Delta women taking a five point lead in the early going only to fall to a three point deficit less than three minutes later. But, the Lady Trojans took control of the game at the 11:44 mark with a go-ahead basket by sophomore forward Ashanti Spencer and never looked back. Delta led by 10 points, 39-29, at the break.

The score stayed within a four point range of the spread at the break nine minutes of the second half. At that point the Lady Trojans went on an 8-0 run, starting with a three point shot by freshman guard Aqueshia Kimble, that gave the Delta women a 19 point lead and a comfortable cushion and what proved to be an insurmountable lead for the remainder of the game.

The Lady Rangers did make a run in the final minutes that cut the lead to 11 points, 76-65, with four minutes remaining. But the Lady Trojans soon pushed that back out to 16 points before winning by 15.

Sophomore guard Krystal Nailer led Mississippi Delta in scoring with 18 points (going 8-10 from the charity stripe). She was followed in double figures by Kimble (who was perfect going 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line) with 16 points, freshman forward Niya Head with 15 points and freshman guard Kalesha Williams with 10 points. Northwest freshman forward Tekevanna Young led the game with 25 points.

The Trojans scored the first basket of the men’s game and then played from behind the rest of the night after the Rangers pushed out to a 15 point lead, 25-10, at the 10:53 mark. Delta was down by 18 points at the break, 54-36.

Mississippi Delta went on an 18-8 run late in the game but could only pull to within 10 points, 84-74, at the 2:21 mark before ending the game down 86-78.

Sophomore center James Evans led the Trojans in scoring with 15 points and was followed in double figures by sophomore guard Marquarius Boddie with 14 points, freshman guard Darius Duke with 12 points and sophomore forward Nathaniel Watkins with 10 points. The difference in the game was Northwest’s 8-17 three pointers compared with 4-17 for the Trojans and the Rangers’ 16-25 free throws compared to Delta’s 10-19 free throws.

The loss drops the Trojans overall record to 7-8 and 1-3 in the North Division. Mississippi Delta will be at home again Thursday night to take on North Division foe Itawamba Community College at 6 and 8.

MDCC Opens 2014 With Losses

  • Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:57

Both Mississippi Delta Community College basketball teams returned to action Tuesday night for the first time in 2014 and both teams suffered losses at the hands of South Division foe Southwest Community College of Summit with the Lady Trojans losing 69-57 and the Trojans falling 76-69.

The first half of the women’s game was an evenly matched affair with neither team gaining moe than a three point advantage in a half with nine lead changes. The Lady Bears held a three point lead at the break, 32-29.

Southwest opened the second stanza with a pair of three point buckets and shot out to a nine point lead in the first two minutes. It took the Lady Trojans more than eight minutes to whittle that lead down to two, 48-46. The Lady Bears responded with four more treys and outscored Delta 16-7 in the following five minutes to push back out to an insurmountable 10 point lead.

Mississippi Delta’s freshman forward Niya Head lead the game in scoring with 16 points and was followed by sophomore guard Krystal Nailer with 14 points. The loss drops the Lady Trojans to 6-4 overall and 1-0 in North Division play.

The Trojans opened their game with a three point lead but were quickly outscored by the Bears who pushed out to a 16 point lead, 38-22, in the first 16 minutes. During that time Delta’s sophomore center James Evans scored 14 of the Trojans’ points. Then point guard Zamarlus Griffin entered the game and reeled off five buckets in a row (including two treys) for 10 points. A three-pointer by freshman point guard Anthony Mabon gave the Trojans a 15-1 run and the half ended with the Bears up 39-37.

Mississippi Delta continued their run to open the second half and pushed out to a six point lead before the Bears finally regained the equilibrium and fought back to tie the game at 58-all at the 9:45 mark.

Southwest gained a five point lead during the next three minutes but a two point bucket by freshman forward Kel’Drek Young and a three-point shot by freshman guard Darius Duke tied the game again with 6:10 remaining.

The rest of the game belonged to Southwest who managed to outscore the Trojans 13-6 in the final five minutes on the strength of six free throws and a late three-pointer.

James Evans led the game in scoring with 17 points. He was followed in double figures by Zarmarlus Griffin with 12 points. The loss drops the Trojans’ record to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in North Division play.

The Deltans’ next action will be Thursday when they travel to Poplarville to take on Pearl River Community College at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.