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Thursday

MCC Lady Eagles Clinch Home Field; MCC Men Win Finale



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles needed a victory Wednesday night over Southwest Mississippi Community College and a little help in the process to clinch home field next week in the quarterfinal round of the MACJC playoffs.

MCC did get the help it was looking for as Jones County Junior College defeated Pearl River Tuesday night 4-0 to help pave the way for a potential home game in the playoffs for the Lady Eagles. The final portion of the formula became a reality nearly 24 hours later as MCC defeated Southwest 4-0 to help the Lady Eagles lock down the second seed in the MACJC South Division race heading into the postseason next week.

MCC will now host Northwest Mississippi Community College next Tuesday (October 28) in the quarterfinal round of the MACJC State Playoffs with the match set to begin at 6 p.m.

MCC got on the board with just under five minutes remaining in the first half on a goal by Danielle Shows to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Former Clarkdale standout Kayla Phillips also collected the assist on the opening goal for MCC.

The Lady Eagles quickly put the game away for good with a scoring spree in the second half to take the 4-0 victory over Southwest. Shows scored her second goal of the match in the first ten minutes of the second half and Tori Becerra added a goal in the 70th minute to give the Lady Eagles a 3-0 leads. Shows added to her already impressive night by collecting an assist on the goal by Becerra.

Freshman Angela Manley added the final goal of the match by MCC in the 78th minute on assist by Phillips to give the green and white a four-goal victory.

The MCC men were also in action Wednesday night against Southwest and concluded the 2014 season with a little magic from a trio of former West Lauderdale products. MCC fought through a tough match to end the regular season, but came away with a 2-1 victory over the Bears.

The Eagles erased a 1-0 deficit in the 73rd minute as a couple of former West Lauderdale stars combined for the first goal of the match for MCC. Chris Mallette scored an amazing goal to tie the match with a great assist on the play by Lyle Daughtry for the Eagles.

MCC took the lead with just under nine minutes to go in the match on another solid play to make the score 2-1. Daughtry was in the mix again for the Eagles by scoring the goal on an assist by another former West Lauderdale star, Tyler Germany, to give the Eagles a slim lead. 

MCC was able to hold off Southwest in the final minutes to end the season on a high note with a 2-1 victory.

Wednesday

MCC Golf Captures Lou Hart Invitational



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team completed its first championship victory of the fall season by winning the Lou Hart Invitational Tournament by three strokes Tuesday afternoon at Northwood Country Club.

Meridian Community College  golfer Ty Medling won his first individual collegiate medalist and led the Eagles to the tournament victory. The Eagles shot 294 and 292 for the two-day tournament over runner-up Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by three strokes. Faulkner State Community College came in third followed by East Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, and the MCC White squad.

Sophomore Ty Medling led the way with a one under 141 (72, 69) to win his first collegiate individual title. Connor Cavin, also a sophomore, made the All-Tournament team by shooting a four over 146 (74, 72). Austin Terrell finished with a 149 (74, 75), Grant Renegar shot 151 (75, 76) and Clayton Gray shot 156 (74, 82) to round out the MCC Green team.

Meridian native Beau McMullen, playing for MCC White, had a hole in one on number 17. Beau shot 78, 81 for the tournament. Other members of the MCC White team were Luther Thompson ( 74, 80), Colby Evans (84, 77), Will Zizmann ( 82, 82) and Aaron Ricks ( 88, 84).

The Eagles return to action at Goosepond Golf Course in Scottsboro, Al  on November 1-2.


Tuesday

Pickering Named MACJC POTW



From School Reports

Meridian Community College goalkeeper Chanler Pickering received a distinguished honor Monday afternoon by being named the MACJC Goalkeeper of the week as voted by the sports information directors inside the conference. 


Pickering will also be eligible for the National Goalkeeper of the week after helping pace the MCC Lady Eagles to a pair of conference victories last week. 


Pickering collected 20 saves total in the two wins and finished with a high of 14 saves in a 2-1 victory over Pearl River Community College at home last Wednesday. 


MCC will conclude the 2014 regular season Wednesday night at 5 p.m. against Southwest Mississippi Community College. The Lady Eagles need a victory combined with a loss by Pearl River to clinch the second seed inside the MACJC South Division standings. The team that finishes with the second seed will host the MACJC Quarterfinal round of the playoffs at home October 28. 

Thursday

MCC Soccer Clinches Playoff Spot



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles entered its match with Pearl River Community College Wednesday night at C.D. Smith Field knowing it had an opportunity to clinch a spot in the MACJC State Playoffs. The Lady Eagles not only clinched a spot in the postseason, but did it in dramatic fashion.

MCC scored a second half goal and held on despite a furious effort by PRCC to earn a hard fought 2-1 victory.

The win for MCC moved its overall record to 7-7-1 and 5-3 in South Division play. The Lady Eagles still have their sights set on earning home field for the quarterfinals of the MACJC State Playoffs. MCC will need a pair of wins to conclude the season to earn home field for the quarterfinal round of the playoffs which is set for October 28.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast Friday afternoon for a 4:30 match and will finish the 2014 regular season against Southwest Mississippi next Wednesday (October 22) at 5 p.m.

MCC defeated Mississippi Gulf Coast earlier this season 4-0 and also earned a shutout over Southwest by a final of 3-0.

Pearl River took a very early 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, but the Lady Eagles would bounce back to tie the game later in the half. Former Clarkdale standout Kayla Phillips would score the goal on a assist by Tori Riebock to tie the game at 1-1.

MCC would the score the go-ahead goal in the 55th minute to secure the 2-1 win. Ashley Watts would do the honors for the Lady Eagles by scoring the eventual game winner on an assist by Danielle Shows.

The MCC men were also action Wednesday night against Pearl River and dropped a tough 4-1 decision at the hands of the Wildcats. The Eagles will also return to action Friday on the road at Mississippi Gulf Coast at 6:30 p.m. and conclude the 2014 regular season next Wednesday (October 22) against Southwest Mississippi at 7 p.m. 

Tuesday

MCC Track Announces 2015 Schedule




From School Reports

Meridian, MS – The Meridian Community College track and field team announced its 2015 indoor and outdoor schedule.  MCC’s program returns this spring with trips to some of the top collegiate meets in the country, along with hosting a home meet.

“I am excited about this team and what this schedule allows us to accomplish,” said Head Coach Chip Gayden.  “I wanted to give this team the opportunity to showcase their abilities each week against quality competition, but at the same time prepare us for our National Championships.”

MCC will kick off the 2015 indoor track season on Dec. 5 at the Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, AL.

“The Birmingham Southern Ice Breaker meet, is a great meet for our team to get their feet wet, and to really get comfortable at competing against college programs, and see where we are in our training from the fall,” Gayden said.

After the holiday break, MCC will begin the heart of their indoor schedule with three trips to the state of Alabama starting with the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 17 at the Birmingham CrossPlex followed by the UAB Invitational Jan. 23-24 at the Birmingham CrossPlex and the Samford Invitational Feb. 14 at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

“Having the Birmingham CrossPlex only two hours away is a great benefit for our program.  It is one of the premier indoor facilities in the country,” said Gayden.  “When we come back from the break we immediately compete against six teams that finished in the Top 25 at the NCAA Championships last season.”

MCC will wrap up the indoor regular season with a trip to LSU for the LSU Twilight on Feb. 20.  MCC will then compete at the NJCAA National Championships on Mar. 5-7 in Albuquerque, NM.

“Our indoor schedule sets us up to have a good deal of success,” said Gayden.  “If we can progress each week, we will be very competitive, and prepared come time for Nationals in Albuquerque.”

MCC will open their outdoor season at the Alabama Relays Mar. 19-21.  The team will then travel to Mississippi College on April 3 for the MC Twilight Invitational.  On April 11, MCC will host Coahoma Community College and Hinds Community College for the MCC Relay Invitational.

“The MCC Relay Invitational will be really exciting,” said Gayden.  “We will bring in the three other community colleges in Mississippi who compete in track and field and it really gives us an opportunity to showcase not only our program and school, but JUCO track and field in Mississippi.”

Following the home meet, MCC will travel to one of the top meets in the country at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 18.  MCC will then travel to the Southern Miss Invitational on April 25.  MCC wraps up the regular season with a trip to Starkville for the Jace Lacoste Invitational hosted by Mississippi State on May 3.  Following the regular season MCC will compete at the NJCAA National Championships in Hutchinson, KS on May 14-16.

“This schedule really provides us with great competition, both indoors and outdoors,” said Gayden.  “Anytime you can go to places like Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Auburn, it really speaks volumes about what those programs think of you.  I believe going to venues like that will help us prepare at a very high level for the championship parts of our season.”