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Thursday

MCC Baseball Stays Hot With Sweep of Coahoma



From School Reports

CLARKSDALE, MS - The 20th ranked Meridian Community College Eagles closed out its current six-game road trip by traveling to Coahoma Community College on Wednesday afternoon for an MACJC doubleheader with the Tigers. MCC came away with a hard fought sweep of Coahoma by winning 10-7 and 3-2 to secure the sweep. The two victories also closed out a perfect road trip for the Eagles by going 6-0.

MCC has also won 12 of its last 14 conference games and are still in the hunt for the MACJC regular season title with four game remaining on the schedule. The Eagles improved to 30-11 overall for the 2015 season and 18-6 in conference action with the sweep of the Tigers.

The Eagles will return to action this Saturday afternoon for its final two regular season home games of the 2015 season by hosting Northwest Mississippi Community College at Scaggs Field. The first pitch of Game One on Saturday with the Rangers is scheduled for 2 p.m.

MCC had to fight back throughout much of Game One to escape with a 10-7 victory over the Tigers to begin the day on Wednesday. The Eagles trailed 7-6 going to the top of the ninth inning and scored four times to secure the three-run comeback victory over the Tigers. MCC also finished Game One by banging out 16 hits as a team.

Kyle Bayles gave MCC the lead for good in the ninth inning with a two-run triple off the wall in center field to make the score 8-7 in favor of the Eagles. Dalton Thomas and Goose Yates each followed with an RBI single apiece to account for the remaining runs in the final frame for MCC.

Bryant Johnston (6-1) picked up the pitching win in Game One for MCC in relief by working two innings and collecting one strikeout.

Dustin Smith also added an RBI double in the Game One win, while Bayles and Thomas each knocked in one run apiece earlier in the game.

MCC used solid relief pitching and timely hitting in Game Two to take a 3-2 victory over the Tigers to complete the sweep. Andrew Crook picked up with the pitching win in relief by working three innings and collecting three strikeouts. Goose Yates also earned the save by pitching a perfect ninth inning for MCC.

The Eagles got off to a hot start in Game Two by scoring two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead over CCC. Dalton Thomas knocked in the first run of the game on a double and Dustin Smith would follow moments later with a double of his own to give the road team a two-run edge. Coahoma would tie the game in the third inning, but MCC would come up with a big hit from the top of its lineup to secure the victory. Matt Berler would come up with an RBI single that would propel the Eagles to the 3-2 victory.

Wednesday

MCC Soccer Announces 2015 Signing Class



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College women’s soccer program announced its 2015 signing class on Tuesday afternoon that consists of some of the best players from all over the state of Mississippi.

“I am very pleased with this signing class,” said MCC head coach Mike Smith. “It is definitely my best as a head coach here at Meridian Community College. I expect us to be a much faster team than we were last year, and a more athletic team. I will have a lot of returning sophomores next year  that is one thing we didn’t have last year. We should have a lot more leadership and experience this season.”

New Hope High School standout Effie Morrison highlights the 2015 signing class for the Lady Eagles. Morrison was named to the MHSAA All-Star Game back in February and was also named to the Clarion Ledger’s Honorable Mention All-State Team. Morrison will bring a spark to the lineup next season for MCC after being one of the premiere offensive players in the state of Mississippi.

Madison Drummond from Southaven High School will also look to make an immediate impact in 2015 for the Lady Eagles. Drummond will bring a speed element to the field next season and might be one of the most aggressive players in the 2015 signing class for Coach Mike Smith. Warren Central High School standout Kylee Burke also joins the 2015 signing class and will bring a solid defensive game to the field. Burke will also bring speed and a strong leg should prove to make a difference in big game situations in 2015.

Other great additions are Lafayette High School star Abbey Pate who was a part of the Class 4A State Championship squad this past season, while Caledonia High School standout Emily Brewer will also join the 2015 class. Brewer is mostly noted for her tough play on the field and her speed as well.

MCC will also welcome some of the best local players to campus next season as seven players from the Lauderdale County area will be a part of the squad in 2015. Kedrianna Cole (Northeast Lauderdale), Abbie Pope (West Lauderdale), Taylor Gray (West Lauderdale), Lacy Billings (West Lauderdale), Jordyn Hull (West Lauderdale), Alisa Bullock (West Lauderdale), and Claire Miller (Southeast Lauderdale) will stay close to home next season to play for the Lady Eagles.

Other players that have signed to play at Meridian Community College next season include: Jessica Hurley (Warren Central), Kayla Smith (New Hope), Kira Morrell (Laurel), Reagan Evans (Laurel), and Nichole Keen (Florence).

Tuesday

MCC Track Announces First Wave of Signees



From School Reports

Meridian, MS – The MCC track and field team announced the signing of six  student-athletes that will be joining the roster for the 2015 season, Head Coach Chip Gayden announced, Tuesday.  The group consists of two distance runners, two sprinters and two hurdlers.

“We are excited about this first wave of signees and welcoming them in to our program,” Gayden said.  “This group of guys really helps push our men’s team in the right direction to being one of the best in the nation and contending for national championships.”

The two distance runners who will be joining the program are Rogelio Araiza of Liberty High School in Kissimmee, FL and Tim Hoodlebrink of Eastwood High School in Pemberville, OH.  Araiza comes to MCC with personal bests of 4:27.72 in the 1600 meters, 9:50.42 in the 3200 meters 16:06.00 in the 5,000 meters and 1:58.00 in the 800 meters.  Hoodlebrink will join the MCC program with personal bests of 4:34.74 in the 1600 meters and 1:53.88 in the 800 meters.

“Araiza and Hoodlebrink are two guys we see who can come right in and make an immediate impact for our program not only in cross country but on the track as well.  They both have great potential to be scorers for us at the national level in several events,” said Gayden.

In the sprint events, MCC will welcome Devarius Turner from Liberty High School in Kissimmee, FL and Delon Cauldwell from St. Andrew Technical High School in Kingston, Jamaica.  Turner will arrive to MCC and join an already star studded event area in the short sprints.  Turner comes in as one of the top short sprinters in the nation ranking 11th in the country in the 100 meters with a time of 10.51 and 3rd in the country in the 200 meters with a time of 21.17.  Cauldwell will join the MCC program as one of the top 400 meter runners in Jamaica coming in with a personal best 46.98 in the event.

“We are very excited about these two young men joining our program and continuing our tradition we have started in being at a high level in the sprint events.  I believe both of these young men can win individual national championships as well as help us try to win a team title,” said Gayden.
MCC will add to their hurdlers with the signing of Kristopher Butler of Memphis Central High School in Memphis, TN and Kenroy Williams of Donald Quarrie High School in St. Thomas, Jamaica.  Butler comes in as the top intermediate hurdler in the state of Tennessee with a personal best time of 38.88 in the 300 meter hurdles. Williams comes in as one of the bright up and coming intermediate hurdlers in Jamaica.  In only his second season, Williams holds a personal best 53.33 in the 400 hurdles.

“We are excited to add two quality hurdlers, who at the same time indoors can run the 600 meters or the 400 meters and be on our relays.  I think both of these young men can compete at the national stage, and I believe Williams will have a great chance to contend for a national championship individually as a freshman,” said Gayden.

MCC will look to add depth to their already star studded roster with the next wave of signees in the next few months along with a plethora of walk-on’s that will join the program in 2015.

MCC Tennis Qualifies For NJCAA National Tournament



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College tennis squads recently competed at the 2015 MACJC State/Regional Tournament in Tupelo, MS and came away with solid results. The Meridian Community College women came away with a third place finish in the field with a total team score of 20 which was good enough for a third place finish among the 10 teams that competed in the field. The third place finish has also qualified the Lady Eagles to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament that will be held May 3-7 in Tucson, AZ.

Jennifer Smith was the highlight individually for the Lady Eagles in the tournament by winning the no. 3 singles bracket. Smith was named the Region 23 and All-State winner with a 7-6, (7-2), 7-6 (7-4) victory over Claire Rounsaville of Jones County Junior College.  The doubles' teams of Caroline Terry/Paige Gibson were the runner up at the number one doubles line.  They won a tough three-setter against Itawamba Community College.  Jennifer Smith/Alden Hartley lost in two sets to East Central Community College at number two doubles to earn the runner - up in the tournament.  "This match was the 17th set of the tournament for Smith in three days.  She played with an Achilles strain, which is probably going to knock her out at nationals.  She played the best tennis of her JUCO career this weekend," stated MCC coach Wanda McPhail.

The Meridian Community College men also found success at the tournament by having two of its players advance to the National Tournament. Shane Trebisky qualified at the number one singles position after capturing the tournament title. Trebisky was of course named All-Region and All-State with his 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Skyler Flowers of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

" This was the match of the tournament.  Players and parents from almost every team was there to cheer for Shane.  He has become a crowd favorite.  He is so much fun to watch,"  according to Coach McPhail. The duo of Trebisky and Chris Mallette will also qualify for the National Tournament as well for the Eagles after reaching the finals of the men’s doubles championship round. Mallette has also qualified to play at the national tournament for MCC as well at the no. 2 singles positon. The NJCAA National Tournament that will be held May 11-15 in Plano, TX. Meridian's men's team fell short of qualifying as a team earning 14 points; Jones finished with 20 to take the third place spot.  

Trebisky also finished the 2015 season for the Eagles with an undefeated conference record and a total record of 14-3 for the season.  

Monday

Former MCC Track Star To Be Inducted Into Hall of Fame



From School Reports

Olympic silver medalist and former Meridian Community College track and field standout Coby Miller will be inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies Tuesday, April 28 at the Muse Center in Pearl.

A native of Ackerman, Miller was a high school state champion in the 100 and 200 meter events, and was named All-American in football.  He starred on the MCC track team in 1997, leading the Eagles to the NJCAA Indoor National Championship, placing second in the 100 meters among other strong finishes in sprints and relays.

Miller went on to earn his silver medal as a member of the United States’ 4 X 100-meter relay team in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.  Miller was also a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in Sydney, Australia.  In the 2000 Olympic Games, Miller made the finals of the 200 meters and set a personal best of 19.96. 

He was a standout at Auburn University in 1999-2000, where he claimed the 1999 NCAA indoor championship in the 200 meter, and won the same event in the World University Games.  He was also national runner-up in both the 100 and 200 meters in the NCAA outdoor championships.  

In 2001, Miller took the U.S. Indoor championship title in the 200 meter, and was a member of the gold medal U.S. 4 X 100 relay team in the IAAF World Cup Games.  Miller’s best career times in his specialty events are 9.98 in the 100, achieved in both the years 2000 and 2002, and 19.96 in the 200, recorded in 2000.

“We’ve enjoyed a strong tradition in track and field at MCC with a couple of national championships to our credit, and Coby has been a big part of that tradition,” said Dr. Scott Elliott, MCC president. “In becoming a member of the Mississippi JUCO Sports Hall of Fame, Coby joins a list of exceptional high achievers who made their mark at MCC and beyond.”

That list includes former major league Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies; former NBA standout Ronald “Flip” Murray; and Lou Weddington Hart, the most prolific female amateur golfer in Mississippi history with nine state amateur and five senior state amateur titles on her resume. Other MCCers in the Hall include Billy Harold Smith, Jason Smith, Paul Phillips, Corky Palmer and Scott Berry (baseball); Robert Dreyfus (golf); Wanda McPhail (tennis); and Jim Redgate (basketball and golf).