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Tuesday

MCC Track Travels West to NJCAA National Championships



From School Reports
Meridian, MS – The top junior college track and field athletes from across the country will travel to Albuquerque, NM this weekend for the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.
MCC will travel nine athletes to compete in the two day event in hopes of posting a top finish in the programs first year back competing.
The MCC men will enter the meet ranked 17th in the country in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll.
“This is what we practice for all fall and during the regular season,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “We have to go in to this meet focused and execute what we know how to do and worry about just ourselves and we will see a lot of success.”
MCC will be led by freshmen Chris Lewis and Kendrick Smith in the 60-meters.  Lewis and Kendrick are both ranked number two and number three in the country in the event after posting a one-two sweep at the LSU Twilight two weeks ago.  Freshman Cravorkian Carson will also join them in the event with the 15th fastest time in the country.
In the 200 –meters, MCC will look to Smith who currently ranks 12th in the event.  Smith will be joined by Terrance Johnson who has posted a time of 22.26.
Freshmen Bryson Penton and Eric Durham will look to lead MCC in the 400-meters.  Penton and Durham will also join K’lan Harris and Devontre Young in the 4x400 –meter relay which currently ranks 17th in the country.
Freshman Josh Austin will compete in the 600-meters for MCC.  Austin qualified two weeks ago with a time of 1:23.09 at the LSU Twilight.
In the high jump Devontre Young will enter the event ranked 12th in the country with a height of 2.05 meters (6’8.75).
The meet begins Friday afternoon at 10:30 a.m. and runs through Saturday evening.  Live results can be found at http://www.liverunningresults.com

MCC Sweeps Past Spring Hill



From School Reports

MOBILE, Ala.- The Meridian Community College Eagles returned to the field Monday afternoon by traveling to southern Alabama to take on Spring Hill College. The twin bill was originally scheduled to be played at Scaggs Field in Meridian, but due to wet field conditions, the game was moved to Mobile.

The Eagles got back in the win column on Monday by sweeping past (12-1, 2-0) Spring Hill College in impressive fashion. MCC improved to 8-5 overall for the 2015 season after the road doubleheader sweep of Spring Hill College on Monday. MCC was able to rebound with the sweep of Spring Hill after falling in extra innings to Alabama Southern Community College back on Sunday night in a game that was played at Thomasville High School in western Alabama by a final score of 9-8.

MCC will return to action on Wednesday with another trip in the state of Alabama as the Eagles will play a visit to Marion Military Institute which is located in Marion, AL. The doubleheader against Marion Military is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. MCC will then open MACJC play on Saturday by traveling to Ellisville, MS to take on Jones County Junior College in a doubleheader slated for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

The Eagles came out swinging the bats in Game One by rolling past Spring Hill by a final of 12-1. Jaylon Keys and Andrew Crook each had an RBI triple in the victory, while former Clarkdale standout Chance McDonald added a two-run homer. Michael Druhan and Dalton Thomas each had a double apiece, while Trace Hamby added an RBI on a fielder's choice.

Freshman Josh Rich picked up the pitching win in Game One by working two innings, allowing one run, allowing four hits, two walks, and tallied a pair of strikeouts.

MCC completed the sweep of Spring Hill in Game Two by a final score of 2-0 behind solid pitching from the entire pitching staff. Former Clarkdale star Jonathan Porter drew his first start of the season on the mound and collected his first win. Porter pitched 2 2/3 innings and finished the game with three strikeouts. Andrew Crook, Josh Curtis, and Goose Yates combined to finish the shutout in relief for the Eagles.

Trace Hamby paced the effort at the plate in Game Two for the Eagles with an RBI single to score Kyle Bayles and Dalton Smith also added an RBI single to score Daniel Hill to account for the scoring in Game Two for the Eagles.

Thursday

MCC Slips Past ECCC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles were looking to continue its miraculous postseason run on Wednesday afternoon at the 2015 MACJC State Tournament in Wesson, MS. The Lady Eagles opened the tournament Monday afternoon by upsetting Itawamba Community College who came into the field as one of the top two seeds, but the journey to the next round would not be easy for MCC.

The Lady Eagles would meet one of its long time rivals, East Central Community College, in the semi-final round of the tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Mullen Gymnasium on the campus of Co-Lin Community College. The Lady Warriors had won the two previous meetings over the Lady Eagles during the regular season and was also seeded second in the tournament, so the third time would need to be the charm for MCC.

MCC (17-9) fought its way through a wild game to defeat East Central by a final score of 79-77 to advance to the MACJC State Championship game. The title game will be played Thursday night at 6 p.m. between MCC and Co-Lin. The Lady Wolves defeated Jones County Junior College by a final of 76-68 to advance to the title game against Meridian. The Lady Wolves finished the game against JCJC on a 16-0 run. Co-Lin will enter the game against MCC Thursday night with a perfect 25-0 record and the Lady Wolves are also currently ranked 18th according to the latest NJCAA Division I poll.

The game ultimately belonged to sophomore Miaya Crowder, who arguably had her biggest game of the 2014-2015 season for the Lady Eagles. Crowder finished the game with a team-high 30 points, 20 rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots in the semi-final victory for the Lady Eagles. Freshman Tytianna Hall also turned in a solid game for Meridian with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Londyn Thomas chipped in with 11 points.

MCC would finish the game by shooting 46 percent from the floor, while ECCC finished by shooting 39 percent. The Lady Eagles were also able to win the rebounding battle by a 48-44 edge, but the struggles would come at the charity stripe for both teams. MCC finished the game by shooting 64 percent from the free throw line, while ECCC had its struggles at the line by shooting 42 percent.

Tashi-ana Thompson also had a great day in the loss for East Central with 26 points and finished the game by shooting 5-for-12 from three-point range. Kalybriah Haskin also had a great day for the Lady Warriors with 18 points and Shakerya Morrison chipped in with 16 points.

Tuesday

MCC Softball Postpones Road Doubleheader



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College softball team has announced that its scheduled road doubleheader for Tuesday at Baton Rouge Community College has been postponed due to weather and poor road conditions. The team hasn’t announced a date for the games to be rescheduled as of this time.

The Lady Eagles will return to action this Friday to open up MACJC play for the 2015 season against Hinds Community College at Tommy McDonald Field. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.

MCC Baseball Postpones Road Doubleheader



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team has announced that is scheduled doubleheader for Tuesday on the road at Alabama Southern Community College has been postponed due to weather and poor road conditions. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday afternoon in Monroeville, AL, but was rescheduled to be played in Thomasville, AL on Tuesday due to more winter weather forecasted for Wednesday in the area. The games could possibly be rescheduled for a later date in the season.

MCC will now return to action March 2 at home against Spring Hill College in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. The Eagles are currently 6-4 overall for the 2015 season after a doubleheader split (0-8, 2-0) last Friday against Baton Rouge Community College at Scaggs Field.

MCC Upsets ICC



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles opened play Monday afternoon in the first round of the MACJC State Tournament in Wesson, MS with a huge task of taking on Itawamba Community College. The Lady Eagles made the tournament as the fourth seed after defeating Pearl River Community College last Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium and the Lady Indians were a heavy favorite to potentially make a run to the final round of the tournament after winning the MACJC North Division crown.

MCC had other plans on Monday and pulled an enormous upset in the opening game of the tournament by defeating ICC by a final score of 76-74. The Lady Eagles had previously lost two games during the regular season at the hands of Itawmaba before Monday's game at the Mullen Gymnasium. The two teams swapped the lead down the stretch, but a pair of missed free throws in the final seconds by the Lady Indians would prove to be the difference.

MCC finished the game by shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and was able to out rebound the Lady Indians by a 39-38 margin. The Lady Eagles were able to dominate in the paint once again as Miaya Crowder secured another double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Tytianna Hall had one of her biggest games of the season by leading the way in the scoring department for the Lady Eagles with 22. Sophomore Londyn Thomas also had another solid performance for the green and white with 15 points.

MCC will now advance to the semi-final round of the MACJC State Tournament on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against East Central Community College. The Lady Eagles were swept during the regular season by the Lady Warriors in two meetings. East Central opened the tournament Wednesday afternoon by defeating Holmes Community College in convincing fashion by a final score of 90-69. East Central made the tournament as the number two seed from the MACJC South Division.