Get your brooms Trojan fans because your men’s and women’s basketball teams have pulled off their first sweep of the season.

Head Coach Burnadette McDonald and her Lady Trojans basketball team marked its first tally in the win column Thursday night by beating Pearl River CC 63-55 at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss.

MDCC won the opening tip and went on a 6-point scoring run before the Lady Wildcats were able to get a basket to fall.

The Lady Trojans would lead the entire first half and went to the break up 23-16. However, PRCC brought the heat in the second half and gained the lead for the first time with 2:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The Lady Wildcats would hold onto a 39-37 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

The second half of the game was filled with turnovers and fast breaks, but would play in the Lady Trojans favor at the end of the night.

Sophomore guard Racquel Harper was the lead scorer for MDCC with 22 points, 20 of those coming in the second half. Harper was 8 of 12 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

Sophomore forward Kenya Arnold pulled down eight rebounds on the night. As a team, the Lady Trojans were 21 of 42 from the field and 18 of 25 from the stripe.

In the men’s contest, Head Coach Derek Fears and the Trojans (4-0) also got a victory. MDCC won the tip but couldn’t covert and quickly turned it over to the Wildcats.

But it didn’t take long for the Trojans to get on the board with a drive to the left side of the basket by sophomore point guard Anthony Mabon who dished it back out to sophomore forward Travon Harper who nailed the short jumper for two.

The entire first half of play consisted of back-and-forth scoring and several lead changes, but MDCC would head to the locker room ahead 41-30 over PRCC.

Fears’ squad led the entire second half and finished strong with a 79-69 win. Harper led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with 17 making 4 of 5 from the field and 9 of 10 free throws.

He had help with sophomore’s Dantaveous Crawford and Octavius Stimage scoring 14 and 12 points respectfully. Both Crawford and Stimage were perfect from the stripe making 6 of 6 free throws. Sophomore forward Mark Johnson led the team in rebounds with nine.

Both teams travel to Utica Monday, Nov. 16 to take on Hinds Community College with action starting at 6 p.m. The next home game will be Thursday, Dec. 3 with the Lady Trojans and Trojans playing host to Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Men win nail-biter against Southwest

  • Wednesday, 11 November 2015 00:00

Keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats, MDCC men’s basketball escaped Summit with a close 56-53 win Monday night against the Southwest Bears.

The Bears took an early 4-0 lead in the first half, but the Trojans quickly responded by going up 17-7 with just under 12 minutes left to play until halftime.

MDCC finished the first half leading the Bears 36-22 with Travon Harper leading the team with 22 points scored.

The Bears started the second half with a more aggressive tempo. SMCC went on a 15-5 scoring spree with 13 minutes left in the game to cut MDCC’s lead to 48-42.

However, it would not be enough. The Trojans defeated the Bears 56-53 to improve to 3-0 on the season. SMCC falls to 2-1.

For the Trojans, Harper made 9 of 14 from the field and was 6 of 7 in free throws and led the team in scoring for the night with 24 total points. He also racked up nine rebounds.

Anthony Mabon was second on the team in scoring with nine points making 2 of 5 from the field and 4 of 7 from the stripe. He was also 100 percent from beyond the arc and tallied five assists.

In the women’s contest, the Lady Trojans (0-3) fell to the Lady Bears (2-0) 89-45.

At the half, SMCC took a 16-point lead to the locker room and continued to add to it after the break.

The Lady Trojans were led in scoring by O’Nesha Arnold who had 11 points. She was 3 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 in free throws. Arnold also led the team in rebounds with five.

MDCC basketball will play host to Pearl River CC on Thursday with doubleheader action starting at 6 p.m. at J.T. Hall Coliseum in Moorhead, Miss. Follow us on Twitter @mdccathletics for live in-game updates.

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Jessica Tedford of Drew, Miss. was crowned the winner of the Miss Mississippi Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant Nov. 10, 2014 at MDCC’s Moorhead, Miss. campus.

Tedford was crowned by outgoing Miss MDCC Hannah Leflore of Greenwood, Miss. Tedford was presented roses by Dr. Edward Rice, vice president of student services, and a title sash by Leflore.

Contestant Taylor Couey of Rosedale, Miss. was named first alternate. Kiviyon Jones of Greenville, Miss. was named second alternate. Nine MDCC students competed in the categories of talent, evening wear, interview, and swimsuit.

The pageant is directed by Ms. Stacy Upton and is sponsored by the college, the MDCC Development Foundation, Inc., and the MDCC Alumni Association. The college provides a tuition scholarship for students returning to MDCC the next academic year. The Alumni and Foundation provide a stipend for wardrobe and fees associated with the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

Miss Mississippi is a scholarship pageant and state preliminary of Miss America. Mississippi Delta Community College holds a local pageant each year as a preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant.

MDCC splits with Co-Lin on the court

  • Saturday, 07 November 2015 21:33

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.

Letter to the editor from Athletic Director

  • Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

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.

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Dear Editor,

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.

Sincerely,
Domino Bellipanni
Athletic Director
Mississippi Delta Community College

Lamplighters attend 2015 conference

  • Thursday, 05 November 2015 14:04

lamplighters2015wThree Mississippi Delta Community College instructors were among the state's best community and junior college faculty members honored at the prestigious Lamplighters Conference, on Oct. 20-22 co-hosted by Meridian Community College and East Central Community College in Meridian, Miss.

MDCC teachers Jorene Pettiet, Christie Kisner and Frankie Chandler attended the annual three-day conference for professional development, entertainment, fellowship and fun.

Representing MDCC's English department, Jorene Pettiet of Leland is currently in her 8th year at Mississippi Delta Community College. She earned her bachelor's degree from Delta State University and her master's degree from Mississippi State University. Pettiet was the co-recipient of the 2015 Steinreide Grant.

An MDCC employee for 14 years, honoree Christie Kisner serves as the college's radiology clinical coordinator. A native of Baird, she received her bachelor's degree from Florida College of Health Sciences and her master's degree from University of Phoenix. Kisner and her husband, Robert Dale, and children, Matt, Taylor and Reagan, attend Eastwood Baptist Church in Indianola, Miss.

Serving as a Career and Technical instructor for Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) for four years, honoree Frankie Chandler is an MDCC Alumni. He is a graduate of the HVAC Program and continued studies at Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University. He and his wife, Patrice, reside in Ruleville, and have two children, Jacope Re and Franklin Pierce Chandler III.

The first Lamplighter Conference was held in 1989 with the goal of bringing in outstanding instructors who could share ideas. "Lighting the lamp" of the participants was to provide them the opportunity to return to their own schools and light the lamps of their fellow instructors. The conference is designed to recharge and invigorate faculty who shine on their individual campuses, while also providing an opportunity to recognize faculty who go above and beyond what is required. The program also gives effective instructors an opportunity to share with one another those teaching techniques that best promote learning.

MDCC hosts its 2016 scholarship pageant

  • Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:24

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Mississippi Delta Community College will hold its 2016 Miss MS Delta Community College Scholarship Pageant, a Miss America Preliminary Pageant, on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Yeats Fine Arts Auditorium on the Moorhead campus.

Ten young ladies are competing for the title this year. An admission of $7 will be taken at the door and $3 for all MDCC students, faculty and staff with their valid school ID.

Pictured are this year’s contestants with the 2015 Miss MS Delta Community College winner Hannah Leflore (middle). From left, Alexis Austin, Greenville; Taylor Couey, Rosedale; Jessica Tedford, Drew; Keyairra Frison, Indianola; Briana Knox, Vicksburg; Hannah Leflore, Miss MS Delta Community College 2015, Greenwood; Kiviyon Jones, Greenville; Jasmine Towers, Pace; Amber McCollum, Cleveland; Shakira Birge, Cleveland; Caroline Bradley, Drew.

LETA graduates new cadets

  • Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:54

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The next generation of law enforcement professionals recently graduated from Mississippi Delta Community College's Law Enforcement Training Academy on the college's Moorhead, Miss., campus.

Graduates not only received their law enforcement certification, but also completed 22 college credit hours.

Mississippi Delta Community College is proud to host law enforcement training for the officers of the great state of Mississippi. Our Law Enforcement Training Academy, more commonly known as LETA, is accelerating by leaps and bounds.

In an effort to produce more efficient and safety conscious officers, we offer our cadets a twelve-week training regimen including physical fitness examinations, firearms certification and classroom training. In addition to the mandatory 12-week training course, LETA also offers advanced training to police officers.

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.

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McKinnon Skeen

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.

MDCC's Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members

  • Saturday, 31 October 2015 23:43
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The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Moorhead Campus of Mississippi Delta Community College recently held their induction ceremony.

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of PTK was chartered on the Sunflower Junior College campus is 1947. Since that time PTK has been an integral part of campus life, encouraging academic excellence.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa have opportunities to receive some of more than $37 million in scholarships provided exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa members. Members in the United States are also eligible to participate in the All-USA Academic Team program, co-sponsored by USA Today, and by extension their own statewide academic teams. Members also receive automatic nominations to the National Dean's List and job postings exclusively for Phi Theta Kappans.