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MCC Golf Captures Tournament Title

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team captured the MACJC Event #4 on Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Bear Golf Club in Saucier, MS by finishing three strokes ahead of Spring Hill College. MCC finished the two-day tournament with a final team score of 589 (13-over par), while Spring Hill fired a final team score of 593 (17-over par). Former Lamar star Lance Strickland led the way for the Eagles by finishing in a tie for second place with a two-day score of 144 after shooting a second round score of 75.

Isaiah Jackson also had a solid tournament for the Eagles by firing a final round score of 72 to finish in a tie for ninth, while Jacob Berry finished 13th overall after shooting a 79 to finish the second round. Malachi Spiers finished in 14th position with a second round score of 75 and Porshe Kitipongpatana in 53rd position with a final round score of 77. Brady Stevens played as an individual for the Eagles and placed in a tied for 68th with a final round score of 83.

The tournament victory for the Eagles also concluded the fall potion of the schedule for the Meridian Community College golf team. MCC will carry a top ten ranking into the 2017 spring season according to the latest release of the 2017 spring ranking among all Division II golf teams in the nation.


MCC Soccer Sweeps Past Northwest

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer squads returned to action on Friday afternoon with a pair of non-conference games against Northwest Mississippi Community College at C.D. Smith Field. MCC enjoyed a ton of success on Friday by sweeping past Northwest by final scores of 7-1 (women) and 2-0 (men).

The MCC women improved to 4-6 overall, while the MCC men moved its overall record to 8-3 for the season. MCC will return to conference action on Tuesday at home against Co-Lin Community College. The Lady Eagles will take to the field at 5 p.m. and the men will follow at 7 p.m.

The Lady Eagles got the day started off on the right note by blowing past the Lady Rangers by a final count of 7-1. MCC held a slim 2-1 lead at the end of the first half, but the home team would cruise to the victory with five goals in the second half.

Kee Cole scored a pair of goals in the second half, while Effie Morrison added a goal in the period. Morrison also scored a goal in the first half for the Lady Eagles, while Kylee Burke added a goal in the first half off of a penalty kick. Alandria Smith and Gabby Joyce also joined the big offensive game for the Lady Eagles with a one goal apiece in the second half.

The MCC men used a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes of action on Friday to secure a 2-0 victory over the Rangers. Elijah Wheat scored the first goal of the game for MCC in the 12th minutes on an assist by Pedro Dutra, while Thallison Alex added the final goal of the match for the Eagles in the 15th minute of play.


MCC soccer star named MACJC Player of the Week

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles are navigating through a very difficult 2016 soccer schedule in the rugged MACJC South Division, but one player has been awarded for her superb play. Sophomore striker Kedrianna Cole was named this week’s MACJC women’s offensive player of the week as voted on by members of the conference. Cole helped guide the Lady Eagles to a non-conference victory over Itawamba Community College last week at C.D. Smith Field by a final count of 5-1. Cole scored a pair of goals in the four-goal victory over the Lady Indians which was good enough for her to earn the offensive honor from the MACJC.

Cole is a native of Meridian, MS and attended high school at Northeast Lauderdale where she was a star on the Lady Trojan soccer team. Cole and the Lady Eagles will return to action on Wednesday with a non-conference road game at East Central Community College in Decatur at 5 p.m. The next scheduled home contest at C.D. Smith Field for the Lady Eagles will be Friday at 1 p.m. against non-conference foe Northwest Mississippi Community College. The MCC men will also be in the action this week with a road game at ECCC on Wednesday night at  7 p.m. and will return to C.D. Smith Field against Northwest on Friday at 3 p.m.


MCC Tennis earns a pair of tourney championships

From School Reports

Meridian Community College finished day four of the Oracle/ITA Southern JUCO Regional Tennis Championships with two champions on the men’s side. Jason Pimenta, a returning sophomore, won the Men’s Single’s Title with a win over Juan Sebastian Osorio from Copiah Lincoln Community College 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Pimenta, the number-two seed, had a bye on Wednesday during the round of 64.  
In the round of 32, which began Thursday at 8:00 a.m., Pimenta defeated Roberto Valadez from Itawamba Community College 0, 3. In the round of 16, which was played at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Pimenta took a 6-0, 6-1 win over Isaiah Polk from Marion Military Institute. In the quarterfinals played on Friday, Pimenta defeated John Teague Murphy from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 6-0, 6-3. In the semifinals, which were also played on Friday, Pimenta continued to dominate with a from 6-0, 6-1 win over Daniel Yepez from Hinds Community College 6-0, 6-1.

Pimenta is the 2015 USTA/ITA Southern JUCO Regional Champion and currently holds a #19 ranking in the ITA National Rankings. Meridian’s Breno Goncalves made it to the quarterfinals.  

He, too, had a bye for the first round. He then played and defeated Ezra Blissard from ICC 6-1, 6-0. In the round of 16, Goncalves defeated MMI’s Andrew Carey 6-2, 6-1. In a long match with the regional finalist, Juan Sebastian Osorio, Goncalves lost a long and tough three setter 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. Osorio advanced to the finals with a win over his teammate, Juan Pablo Pinilla 6-1, 6-0.  

Osorio took wins earlier in the tournament over MGCCC’s Noah Tippen and Meridian’s Will Swindoll. In other action, Meridian’s John Taylor Champion and Callan Shinall lost in the consolation quarterfinals. Meridian claimed its second championship of the tournament with a win at number one doubles.  
MCC’s Jason Pimenta/Breno Goncalves, who played doubles together as freshmen, defeated MMI’s Andrew Carey/Daniel Boussom in another long third setter by a score of 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-4. The route to the finals was not an easy one. After a rain delay on Thursday, Goncalves/Pimenta hit the courts for their third doubles match of the tournament with a matchup with CoLin’s Osorio/Juan Pinilla. 

The MCC dynamic duo pulled out a close match 8-6. Earlier in the day, the duo defeated Jaboer/Lanelarra from East Central CC 8-2. Corey/Boussom of MMI reached the finals with a 8-4 win over John Teague Murphy/Noah Rowell from MGCCC. Boussom/Carey defeated Brendon Jobe/Chris Shands 8-1 in the quarterfinals to advance. In consolation action, ECCC’s Tom Langelaar defeated Hinds’ Chris Crapps 8-6. In the doubles consolation, Cory Alderman/Tripp Case from CoLin defeated ICC’s Edson Marchant/Michael Crotts 8-6 to win the consolation bracket.  

Marion Military Institute also had double champions on the women’s side. The women’s championship match pitted Mariana Alvarez of Hinds against MMI’s Paola Bou. Alvarez, currently ranked #15 in the ITA National Rankings, lost 6-4, 6-3. Bou, who comes to Alabama from Puerto Rico, defeated teammate Makenzie Ralston in the semifinals 0, 0. Alvarez advanced to the finals with a 7-6 (4),  3-6, 10-7 win over MMI’s Alana Larcombe. Meridian’s Hayden Hill had a great tournament. She lost in the quarterfinals to Makenzie Ralston from MMI 2-6, 6-3, 10-3. Meridian’s Rachel Sollie won the consolation singles with an 8-4 win over teammate Jordyn Hull.    

In women’s doubles, Bou/Alana Larcombe breezed to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Paulina Estrada/Katie Burrall of MGCCC. Bou/Larcombe defeated the No. 1 seed from Hinds, Mariana Alvarez/Stefy Varon, 8-3 to advance to the finals. Burrall/Estrada advanced to the finals with a 9-7 win over Gyselle Daza/Laura Vargas from Copiah Lincoln. Hull/Taylor Miller of MCC won the consolation doubles with an 8-3 score over Kacie Calhoune/Jasmine Sartin of MGCCC.  

The winners of this tournament qualified to advance to the Oracle Cup (formerly known as the National Small College Championships) which will be held in Surprise, Ariz., at the Surprise Tennis Center and Racket Club October 13-16. The overall winners of the Oracle Cup receive an invite to the DI National Indoor


MCC Soccer Sweeps Past ICC

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer squads returned to action Tuesday night with a non-conference doubleheader against Itawamaba Community College at C.D. Smith Field. The two teams found a ton of offense  earn a doubleheader sweep of ICC by final scores of 5-1 (women) and 4-0 (men). 

The MCC women improved to 3-4 overall for the season and also snapped a three-game losing streak with the win over the Lady Indians, while the MCC men moved to 6-2 overall. The two teams will return to action on Friday with a non-conference road doubleheader at Holmes Community College. The women will play at 1 p.m. and the men will follow at 3 p.m. 

The MCC women built an early 3-0 lead in the first half on Tuesday night and never looked back in taking the 5-1 victory over ICC. Kee Cole got the Lady Eagles on the board first with a goal in the 9th minute of the match and Lacy Billings would add a pair of goals later in the half to give MCC a 3-1 lead at the end of the half. 

Cole added her second goal of the match in the 55th minute and Jessica Clark would conclude the scoring for the Lady Eagles with a goal in the 78th minute to give the home team a four-goal victory. 

The MCC men finished off the sweep of ICC behind a superb performance from Donja Smith. The match was scoreless after one half of play and MCC grabbed its first goal of the night in the 52nd minute from Elijah Wheat to make the score 1-0. Smith would score his first goal in the 55th minute and his second goal in the 83rd minute, while Pedro Dutra also picked up a goal in the match to help pace the shutout win for the MCC men.