MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards

  • Wednesday, 25 June 2014 03:08
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Athletes from every one of Mississippi Delta Community College’s five sports teams and three teams as a whole were recognized on either the state or national level for their academic excellence in the classroom this week, according to MDCC Athletic Director Domino Bellipanni.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recognized the Trojans’ baseball, basketball and softball teams for their cumulative grade point averages. The Baseball team, under Coach Michael Avalon, was ranked fifth in the nation with a 3.37 GPA and was first in the state among the seven Mississippi teams recognized.

The Lady Trojans basketball team, under Coach Burnadette McDonald, finished the year with a 3.12 GPA and was first in the state among the four Mississippi teams recognized. The Lady Trojans softball team, under Coach Chris Watford, was also recognized nationally and finished the year with a 3.14 GPA.

In all, 15 MDCC athletes were also honored by Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges (MACJC) for their achievements in the classroom. These All-State Academic Scholars had a GPA of 3.25 or better. Those with a GPA of 3.80 of better were also recognized as Distinguished Honors. They were Bill McRight of Vicksburg (football), Danny Springer of Houston (baseball) and Kelli Stevens of Rolling Fork (softball).

The MACJC All-State Academic Scholars from the baseball team were Nathaniel Dickens of Canton, John Lafever of Holly Springs, Colby Maner of Morton, Tyler Mize of Paris, and Conner Osborne of West Monroe, LA. All-State from the football team were John Marsh of Greenville, Payton Pearson of Isola, and Eric Snow of Yazoo City. Women’s basketball All-State were India Overstreet of Hernando and Ashanti Spencer of Bentonia and men’s basketball was Michael Sapp of Holcomb. Softball was Sara Gunter of Pensacola, FL.

Nationally, during the 2013-14 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,446 student-athletes compete on 3,705 teams in 28 different sports. Of those competitors, 3.08 percent – or 1,799 student-athletes – were recognized with academic awards for their achievements in the classroom.

Bill McRight, Danny Springer and Kelli Stevens received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Excellence for GPAs between 3.80 and 3.99. Sara Gunther, John Lefever, John Marsh, Colby Manor, Conner Osborne, and Michael Sapp received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement for GPA's between 3.60 and 3.79.

MDCC Baseball Player Named To All-State Team

  • Monday, 19 May 2014 11:21
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Mississippi Delta Community College third baseman Carson Crites was named this week to the Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges’ All-State Baseball Team for the North Division.

The freshman, from Amarillo, TX, was the Trojans’ second leading hitter this season with a .354 batting average. Crites had 52 hits including 11 doubles, two triples and four homeruns with 32 RBI’s and 29 runs. On offense, Crites ended the season with an .843 percentage.

He helped MDCC to a fifth place finish in the North Division with a 12-12 record (one game short of making the playoffs) and a 25-19 overall record.

MDCC Athletes Honored At Awards Day

  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 11:43
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Four Mississippi Delta Community College athletes were honored Wednesday during Awards Day ceremonies at the college. They are (l. to r.) India Overstreet – Lady Trojan Award, Danny Springer – Male Scholar Athlete Award, Bill McRight – Stonestreet Award, and Kelli Stevens – Female Scholar Athlete Award.

BILL MCRIGHT of Vicksburg, sophomore defensive back for the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans football team, was presented with the J.D. Stonestreet Award. The Stonestreet Award goes to the male athlete who best exemplifies the qualities of the student athletic at MDCC. These include leadership both on and off the field as well as success in the classroom and on the playing field. This award is the highest honor given to a male athlete by the college.

INDIA OVERSTREET of Hernando, a sophomore guard for the Mississippi Delta Community College Lady Trojans basketball team, was honored with the Lady Trojan Award. This award is the highest presented to a female athlete at MDCC. The award is given based on leadership qualities, work ethic, student performance and citizenship. She is headed to the University of West Georgia where she will major in Marine Biology and play for the Lady Wolves basketball team.

DANNY SPRINGER of Houston, a sophomore first baseman for the Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans baseball team, was presented with the Male Scholar Athlete Award. This award goes to the male athlete with the highest GPA.

KELLI STEVENS of Rolling Fork was honored by being named the Female Scholar Athlete at Mississippi Delta Community College during Awards Day. This award goes to the female athlete with the highest GPA for the year. She is a sophomore member of the Lady Trojans softball team.

Trojans Drop Two Games To Holmes

  • Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:12
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans hopes of post-season play were dashed Wednesday as they dropped both games of a double header to Holmes Community College losing game one 9-5 and game two 1-0 in eight innings.

The Trojans fell behind by nine runs in game one as the Bulldogs scored three runs in the first, five runs in the second, and one run in the fourth inning. Delta finally got on the board with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh (leaving a total of five runners stranded) before adding a single run in the eighth.

Holmes’ nine runs came off seven hits (and seven Trojans’ errors) while MDCC’s five runs came off nine hits. The Bulldogs left seven runners on base while the Trojans stranded 12 runners.

Game two was a pitching duel that saw MDCC sophomore lefthander Devontae Wilson go 6.2 innings without giving up a run. He gave up just two hits while striking out four and walking five before being relieved by Matt Ray who took the game into extra innings before Holmes scored on a fielder’s choice to win the game.

The Bulldogs one run came off just three hits. They had five errors and left five runners on base. The Trojans had six hits with one error and left five runners on the base paths.

The Trojans are now 23-19 overall and 12-12 in the North Division. The two losses drop MDCC from fourth place in the division and ends their chance for post-season play. MDCC has a double header scheduled with South Division foe Southwest Community College Saturday in Summit. Games are at 2:00 and 4:30.

Trojans Split with Itawamba

  • Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:55
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans split a pair of baseball games with the Itawamba Community College Indians at Moorhead Wednesday losing game one 10-7 and winning game two 7-1.

Itawamba scored first in game one with a run in the third inning but the Trojans answered with two runs in the third and took a 4-1 lead with two runs in the fourth inning. The Indians regained the lead in the fifth with five runs off three walks and a grand slam.

Delta regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning scoring two runs to make it a 7-6 affair, but Itawamba exploded for another four runs off six hits in the seventh to take the win. The Trojans used six pitchers in the game and Lane Williams earned the loss going two thirds of an inning and giving up four earned runs on six hits. Tre Hobbs started the game for Delta going four complete and giving up four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts.

Catcher Chase Palasini led the Trojans at the plate with three hits and an RBI while Carson Crites, Jacob Shempert, and Conner Osborne all had two hits and an RBI apiece. Tyler Mize and Brandon Cummins had RBI hits while Danny Springer added two hits and Jason Berry added one.

The Trojans turned things around in game two with one run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth inning while holding the Indians to just one run, this coming in the fourth inning.

Paul Carpenter took the win on the mound for Mississippi Delta going 5.2 innings and giving up just one run on four hits while striking out four and walking three batters. The Trojans’ seven runs came off six hits with no errors while the Indians’ one run came off five hits with six errors.

Brandon Cummins, Tyler Mize, Jacob Shempert, and Conner Osborne all had RBI hits while Carson Crites and Jason Berry had a hit each.

The split brings the Trojans’ record to 23-15 overall and their North Division record to 12-8 which leaves them in third place in the division race with division games remaining against Northeast CC on Friday, April 18th, at Booneville and Holmes CC on Wednesday, April 23 at home.

Trojans Sweep Coahoma CC

  • Monday, 07 April 2014 03:12
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans swept the Coahoma Community College Tigers Saturday taking the first game 13-0 and the second game 9-0.

Game one was a scheduled nine inning affair that only went eight innings due to the eight run rule. The game was close through the first seven innings with the Trojans getting one run in the first inning, two runs in the fifth and one in the seventh to take a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning.

Then, the Trojans blew the game wide open with a nine run eighth inning with four hits and four walks and two runs scored on passed balls. Sophomore lefthander had a sterling outing on the mound for Delta going the distance while giving up no runs and just three hits will striking out 10 batters and walking just two.

Carson Crites had three hits (including two doubles) and two RBI’s while Jacob Shempert drove in four runs on two hits. Conner Osborne had two doubles and two RBI’s while Tyler Mize and Peyton Callahan hit into two doubles each. Colby Manor had two hits (one double) and Jason Berry had one hit and one RBI.

Game two was a seven inning affair that saw the Trojans score one run in the second inning, three in the third, two in the fifth and three in the top of the seventh. The game was scheduled to be played at Coahoma but was moved to Moorhead due to rain but Coahoma retained the home field batting order.

Lance Williams went six complete innings and came close to pitching a no-hitter giving up just one hit while striking out six and walking just one batter. Jason Berry led the Trojans at the plate with three hits one double) and two RBI’s and was followed by Danny Springer with two hits (one double) and two RBI’s. Jacob Shempert had one hit and two RBI’s, while Peyton Callahan and Chase Palasini added a hit and an RBI each. Matt Ray, Tyler Mize and Demarcus Mahone also had hits.

The win improves the Trojans overall record to 20-11 and moves their North Division mark to 10-4. Their next game will be Wednesday at East Mississippi CC in Scooba. Game one begins at 4 p.m.

Trojans Drop Two To Northeast

  • Thursday, 27 March 2014 03:43
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans dropped a pair of North Division games to the Northeast Community College Tigers at Moorhead Wednesday losing the first game 10-4 and the second game 5-2.

The Tigers jumped out to a four run lead in game one by scoring two runs in the second and two runs in the third inning but the Trojans tied the game with a four-run fourth inning helped along by a two-run homer by sophomore Colby Manor.

Northeast answered with two runs in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth and then held the Trojans scoreless through the final three innings. Freshman Ben Bolden took the loss on the mound for Delta going four complete and giving up five runs on three hits while striking out four and walking three batters.

Northeast scored 10 runs on seven hits with one error and left seven runners stranded on base while the Trojans collected just four runs on eight hits with two errors and left four runners on base.

Colby Manor went 2-3 at the plate with a single and a two-run homer. Peyton Callahan had an RBI single while Brandon Cummins, Jacob Shempert, Carson Crites, Jason Berry and Michael Beloso all had a hit each.

The Tigers again took a big lead in game two scoring two runs in the first and two runs in the second inning. The Trojans answered with a single run in the bottom of the second another run in the third but were unable to produce any more runs despite loading the bases in sixth with two outs. Northeast added an insurance run in the seventh.

Freshman Paul Carpenter took the loss for MDCC going four complete giving up four runs on six hits while striking out five batters and walking just one. Jason Berry led the Trojans at the plate with a solo homerun while Danny Springer had an RBI double. The other Delta hits came from Michael Beloso and Tyler Mize.

The losses drop the Trojans overall record to 16-10 and their North Division record to 7-3 which is still good enough for first place in the division.

In other baseball news, freshman third baseman Carson Crites, who was named the Baseball Player of the Week in Mississippi last week, also received Baseball Player of the Week honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association Wednesday. Crites, a freshman from Amarillo, TX, led the Trojans to a 4-0 week vs No. 13 Northwest MS CC and Itawamba CC. He hit .667 on the week during 12 at-bats with eight hits, two doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, six runs scored, two walks and one stolen base.

The Trojans will be on the road Saturday for a double header with North Division foe Holmes Community College in Goodman. Game one begins at 1 p.m.

Trojans Break Into Top 10 In National Rankings!

  • Sunday, 23 March 2014 02:50
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans' recent string of wins over ranked teams has earned them national recognition and a No. 10 ranking in this week’s NJCAA Division II national polls.

The Trojans are 16-8 overall and 7-1 in North Division play after last Saturday’s sweep of north foe Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Earlier the Trojans split a pair of games with north foe East Mississippi Community College, losing 4-2 and winning 5-4. The Lions were ranked sixth in the nation at the time. They then swept the 13th ranked Northwest Community College Rangers, 8-7 and 11-2.

This week’s rankings have South Division leader Jones Junior College ranked No.1 in the nation with a 24-2 record. East Mississippi Community College has moved up to fifth nationally with an 18-6 record. The Trojans are the only other team from Mississippi in the top 10.

The Trojans will be at home Wednesday as they face North Division foe Northeast Mississippi Community College with game one beginning at 1 p.m.

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MDCC – Crites Named Player Of The Week

  • Monday, 24 March 2014 10:58
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Mississippi Delta Community College freshman third baseman Carson Crites has been named the MACJC Baseball Player of the week for the week of March 17th.

Crites, a 6’0” right-hander from Amarillo, TX, led the Trojans to a 4-0 week vs No. 13 Northwest MS Community College and Itawamba Community College. Crites hit .667 on the week. He had 12 AB’s with eight hits, two doubles, one homerun, six RBIs, six runs scored, two walks and one stolen base.

The MDCC Trojans are currently 16-8 overall and 7-1 and in first place in the North Division of the MACJC.

MACJC – Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.

Trojans Take Sole Possession Of First Place

  • Monday, 24 March 2014 06:00
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The Mississippi Delta Community College Trojans claimed sole possession of first place in the North Division this weekend with a sweep of Itawamba Community College at Fulton. The Trojans defeated the Indians 6-5 in game on and 11-6 in game two.

The wins move Mississippi Delta’s division record to 7-1 and their overall record to 16-8. North Division foes East Mississippi are 5-1, Northeast Community College is 4-2, Northwest Community College is 4-4, Itawamba Community College drops to 2-4, Holmes Community College is 2-6, and Coahoma is 0-6.

Game one saw the Indians take a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Trojans tied the game in the third and then added three runs in the fourth inning. Itawamba added one run in the fourth and one in the fifth and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with two additional runs.

The game went into extra innings after being tied at the end of the seventh. Delta won in the eighth when a sacrifice fly by Michael Beloso scored Carson Crites. Winning pitcher Matt Ray held Itawamba scoreless in the bottom of the frame. Ray went three innings giving up five hits and two runs while striking out three and walking one. Starter Devontae Wilson went five innings giving up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Carson Crites went 3-4 at the plate while Danny Springer batted in two runs on two hits and Peyton Callahan had two hits and one RBI. Jason Berry had one hit and two RBI’s while Tyler Mize added two hits and Brandon Cummins added one.

In game two the Trojans scored two runs in the second inning and three runs in the third while the Indians answered with four runs in the bottom of the third and then tied the game with a single run in the fourth. The game remained tied after five innings as both teams added a run each but the Trojans broke things open with four runs in the sixth and one run in the seventh for a convincing 11-6 win.

Drew Pellum took the win on the mound for Delta going one-and-two-thirds innings and allowing one run while striking out two batters.

Eight Trojans got hits in the game with Brandon Cummins going 3-5 at the plate. Colby Manor and Jason Berry had two hits and two RBI’s while Danny Springer had two hits and one RBI and Tays Hardy had two hits. Jacob Shempert and Michael Beloso had one hit and two RBI’s each and Carson Crites had an RBI hit.

The Trojans have two games remaining in the first round of North Division play. They will host Northeast Community College Wednesday at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex in Moorhead. First pitch is 1 p.m. Then they will travel to Goodman Saturday to take on Holmes Community College. Game one begins at 1 p.m.

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