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Thursday

MCC Basketball Falls to JCJC to Close Regular Season



From School Reports

The 2016-2017 Meridian Community College basketball season game to a close on Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium as both teams played host to Jones County Junior College on Sophomore Night. The night would be tough for MCC as both teams from JCJC came into action ranked in the top ten among all teams in the NJCAA with identical 22-1 overall records. The Lady Eagles dropped its final contest of the season to Jones by a final count of 85-64 and the MCC men lost to the Bobcats by a final of 86-68.

The Lady Eagles finished the regular season with a 9-14 overall record and 3-11 in conference play, while the MCC men closed out the season with a 3-19 mark and 1-3 in league play. MCC recognized its 2016-2017 sophomore class with a ceremony on Thursday night that took place before the start of the scheduled men’s contest. The sophomore class from the women’s team that was honored on Thursday night included: Kashari Gordon (Meridian), Jocelyn Peters (Petal), Trieshia Jackson (Kenner, LA), Rashonae Rice (Natchez), Takerri Cooks (Quitman), Halethe Jones (Laurel), and Andriel Moss (Kenner, LA). The sophomore players from the MCC men’s team that were honored on Thursday night included: Johnny Knox (Meridian), DJ Mitchell (Pearl), Mike Woodard (Hattiesburg), Kendall Moore (Montgomery, AL), Timothy Patton (Camden, NJ), and Ralphael Shaw (Biloxi).

The Lady Eagles finished the season by falling to Jones by a final count of 85-64. Former Meridian High star Kashari Gordon finished her MCC career by leading the way in scoring with 11 points, while sophomore Trieshia Jackson ended the game with 10 points. Freshman Qiayon Bailey also poured in 10 points in the loss and freshman Shannon Tate added eight points off the bench.

The MCC men also didn’t find much luck on Thursday night and fell to the Bobcats by a final of 86-68 to finish the 2016-2017 regular season. Johnny Knox led the way in scoring for the Eagles to close out his career with MCC with 18 points, while Timothy Patton ended the night with 13 points. Sophomore Ralphael Shaw finished out the season with 12 points for the Eagles and sophomore Kendall Moore chipped in with six points.

Tuesday

MCC Tennis Sweeps Past Gulf Coast



From School reports

The Meridian Community College tennis teams hosted Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in matches on Monday at Northeast Tennis Center. In men’s action, the duo of Jason Pimenta/Will Swindoll won 8-6 against Travis Bell/John Teague Murphy. At number two doubles, Meridian’s dynamic duo Breno Goncalves/Callan Shinall defeated Noah Tippen/Noah Rowell 8-1.

At three doubles, Noah James/John Taylor Champion won a close match 9-8((6) over Brett Bowen/Reid Cudd. Meridian’s men holding a 3-0 lead after doubles won the first five courts before Will Irvin fell at number six singles to Reid Cudd 6-2, 6-3. At number one singles, Jason Pimenta cruised past Travis Bell 2, 2. At number two singles, John Teague Murphy forfeited 0, 0 to Breno Goncalves. Will Swindoll pulled off a good win over Noah Rowell 6-4, 6-3. Callan Shinall breezed to any easy first set 6-2 over Noah Tippen but fought hard to pull off the second set 7-6 (0). At five singles, Noah James won easily against Brett Bowen 1, 1. The men are now 5-0 against JUCO play and 6-1 overall.

In ladies action it was an up and down day. Meridian’s women’s number one doubles Shelby Zachry/Jordyn Hull lost to the team of Paulina Estrada/Bianca Buie 8-0. The two doubles team of Rachel Sollie/Taylor Miller defeated Katie Burrall/Kaci Calhoun 8-3. Kyra Holway/Micah Gray pulled out a close win at three doubles 8-6. MCC’s women led 2-1 after doubles but singles play was going to determine the winner. Meridian lost at number one when Zachry fell to Estrada 0,1. Hull fell to Buie 0.0. With MGCCC up 3-2 at this point, the bottom half of MCC’s lineup went to work.

Kyra Holway, who is just returning from gall bladder surgery, played a nearly three-hour match to defeat Katie Burrall in three sets by a score of 6-2, 6-7 (0), 10-8. Taylor Miller took control of her court from the start and won 2, 1 by defeating Jasmine Sartin. Rachel Sollie also took care of business early defeating Sara McMillan 6-4, 6-1. With the match, still undecided as Holway and the number six singles player for MCC, Micah Gray, were still on the court, Micah Gray staged the biggest comeback of the day. Micah lost her first set 6-7. Down 4-1 in the second, the freshman settled in and went to work. Micah came back from down 4-1 to win the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6. Micah won the third set tiebreak 10-5 to give Meridian a 6-3 decision.

The Lady Eagles are now  4-0 in JUCO play and 4-2 overall. Both teams will be on the road Thursday for a double match with Northeast CC at 9:00 a.m. at New Albany; they will then travel to Fulton, MS, to take on Itawamba. On Friday, both teams travel to Perkinston to play Eastern Florida men and women at 11:00 a.m.

MCC Baseball Games Cancelled Due to Weather



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team announced Tuesday morning that its upcoming doubleheader on Wednesday (February 22) with Shelton State Community College has been cancelled due to very wet playing conditions at Scaggs Field. The doubleheader between the two schools will be rescheduled for a later date during the 2017 regular season.

MCC baseball is currently 5-1 overall after a doubleheader split (3-8, 2-1) back on Sunday against Jefferson College as a part of the 2017 Rush Invitational Tournament. The Eagles will return to action on Saturday (February 25) to open a six-game road trip that starts at Wallace Selma in doubleheader action beginning at noon. The next scheduled home games for the MCC baseball team at Scaggs Field will be on March 7 against Southwest Tennessee in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

MCC Softball Games Cancelled Due to Weather



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College softball team announced Tuesday morning that its scheduled road doubleheader today at Shelton State Community College has been cancelled due to wet conditions. The games have been rescheduled for next Tuesday (February 28) at Shelton State Community College beginning at 1 p.m.

The MCC softball team  is currently 1-2 after participating in the Faulkner State Tournament in Gulf Shores, AL a few days ago. MCC got its first win of the 2017 season by defeating Wallace-Dothan Community College by a final of 9-6. The Lady Eagles will return to action this weekend by hosting the annual Rush Invitational Tournament at Northeast Park.

Sunday

MCC Baseball Splits Rush Tournament Set



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team concluded play in the 2017 Rush Invitational Tournament by hosting NJCAA Division I powerhouse Jefferson College out of Missouri on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles came away with a doubleheader split against the Vikings by falling in Game One by a final count of 8-3 and bouncing back to take Game Two by a final of 2-1. MCC moved its overall record to 5-1 overall for the 2017 season, while Jefferson College is now 4-4 overall after the split. MCC will return to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Scaggs Field against Shelton State Community College out of Tuscaloosa. The doubleheader is set for a first pitch on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m.

MCC bounced right back after a sluggish performance in Game One to take a thrilling 2-1 decision over the Vikings in the second game of the twin bill. Sophomore JD Gann got the scoring started for the Eagles in the bottom of the second inning on a solo homer to give MCC the early 1-0 lead. Freshman Zack Carter followed with a solo homer of his own moments later over the wall in right field to extend the MCC lead to 2-0. Jefferson College managed to scratch for its only run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Ryan Fish. The big moment of Game Two came in the top of the sixth inning as MCC was able to work out of a bases loaded jam to hang on to its 2-1 lead heading to the bottom of the frame. Freshman Briar Russell drew the start on the mound for the Eagles and worked five solid innings and handed the ball to Logan McDowell in the sixth inning out of the bullpen. McDowell was able to work out of the bases loaded jam with a strikeout of Hunter Swift to keep the game at 2-1. McDowell worked a scoreless top of the seventh inning to earn his first save of his collegiate career for MCC. Russell also picked up his first collegiate win on the mound for the Eagles and finished with eight strikeouts.

MCC finished Game Two with six total hits and Gann led the way with two, while four different players finished with one hit apiece for the home team. Hunter Stanley, Chase Coker, and Luke Craig each had one single. Carter had the other hit in the game for MCC on his solo homer in the second inning of Game Two.

MCC fell into a 7-0 hole after three innings of Game One against Jefferson College on Sunday and ultimately lost by a final of 8-3. JD Gann, Milton Smith, Chase Coker, Trace Jordan, and Zack Carter each had one single in the loss. Hunter Stanley finished with an RBI and a triple in the five-run defeat in Game One. Sophomore Caleb Yarborough suffered the loss on the mound for the Eagles in Game One by working only two innings.