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MCC Basketball Earns Road Sweep

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles were looking to bounce back into to the win column Monday night after dropping its first game of the season to Holmes Community College last Thursday evening. The Lady Eagles rebounded in a big way  with a convincing 71-50 road victory over Bishop State Community College Monday evening in Mobile. The win over Bishop State also secured the season sweep for MCC in the season series with the Lady Wildcats.

Freshman Tytiana Hall led the way in scoring for the Lady Eagles with 18 points, while sophomore sensation Miaya Crowder followed with 13 points.

The MCC women improved to 4-1 overall with the road victory and will travel to Itawamba Community College Thursday night at 5:30. 

The MCC men also continued its winning ways Monday night by defeating Bishop State 69-46 to also sweep its season series with the Wildcats.

Steven Brand led the way with 15 points for the Eagles, while Harold Cardwell followed with 13 points. Ken'Darrius Hamilton had another solid night down low for MCC with 12 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Brandon Daniels also scored in double figures for the Eagles with 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Eagles are now 3-1 overall for the season and will return to action Thursday night on the road at Itawamba Community College at 7:30.  


MCC Baseball Continues Tradition

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team has had a long standing tradition of sending its players to the next level and four more players can now say they are among the elite. The MCC baseball team held a special signing ceremony in the Castell Gallery Wednesday afternoon on campus to recognize the four young men that have officially signed national letters of intent with the university of their choice.

Jonathan Porter (University of West Alabama), Dalton Thomas (University of Arkansas-Little Rock), Bryant Johnston (Delta State University), and Jake Smith (Nicholls State University) made it official Wednesday afternoon during the ceremony with family, friends, and teammates in attendance.  

“Dalton, Jake, Bryant, and Jonathan signing to continue their baseball careers and education is not just a great day for our program, but also for Meridian Community College,” said MCC head coach Dillon Sudduth. “From the administration to professors, and everyone that has been involved in these young men’s two years at MCC should be proud.”

Porter will be taking his talents to the Gulf South Conference next season to be a part of the squad at the University of West Alabama. Porter, a former Clarkdale star, saw significant time on the mound last season for the Eagles. Porter finished 2014 with a 2-3 record and complied a 4.05 ERA for the Eagles who finished runner-up in the 2014 Region 23 Tournament. Porter collected 38 strikeouts in 40 innings, while earning one save out of the bullpen. Porter enjoyed a great high school career under the direction of head coach Scott Gibson at Clarkdale High School. Porter finished his senior year at Clarkdale with a 9-1 record and a 1.06 ERA for the Bulldogs, while collecting 92 strikeouts in just over 59 innings pitched. Porter ended his senior season for Clarkdale with eight complete games and four shutout wins, to go along with a no-hitter at one point in his career. Porter will look to help boost the pitching staff at UWA next season after the Tigers finished the 2014 campaign with a 27-18 overall record and 15-12 in GSC action.

Dalton Thomas also made his intentions known Wednesday afternoon by signing with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Thomas will be joining former MCC head coach Chris Curry next season to try and boost the lineup for the Trojans. Curry was named the head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock back during the summer after spending two seasons as the pitching coach at Northwestern State University. Thomas should bring plenty of pop to the lineup after having a superb 2014 season for the Eagles. Thomas finished the season with a .323 batting average, seven homers, and 34 RBI’s for MCC head coach Dillon Sudduth. Thomas primarily played in the outfield and at first base last season for MCC.

Sophomore Bryant Johnston also joined the signing class Wednesday afternoon and inked with in-state power Delta State University. Johnston was a key factor out of the bullpen for MCC in 2014 and should make an immediate impact for the Statesmen. Johnston finished the season with a 3-2 record and recorded four saves out of the pen. Johnston complied a 3.93 ERA and collected 49 strikeouts, to go along with 22 appearances out of pen for the green and white.

Sophomore Jake Smith was the final player to sign his national letter of intent Wednesday afternoon by inking with Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. Smith finished the 2014 season for MCC with a 3-4 record and a 4.85 ERA. Smith finished with 43 strikeouts and worked just over 42 innings on the mound in 2014 for the Eagles.

MCC Basketball Splits Home Set With Holmes

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Eagles were looking to rebound after dropping a tough road loss at East Mississippi a week ago by hosting the Bulldogs of Holmes Community College Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium. The Eagles built a 15-point lead in the second half and were able to hold off a rally from Holmes to secure a 64-61 victory over the Bulldogs.

The MCC men improved to 2-1 overall for the season, while Holmes dropped to 3-1 after the road loss. Sophomore Brandon Daniels had a solid night for the home squad by scoring 25 points to lead the way, while Ken’Darrius Hamilton chipped in with 12 second half points. Frankie Collins added eight points and Phillip Walker collected five points for the Eagles.

Daryl Macon led the way for Holmes with 26 points, while Marcus Washington had 12 points for the Bulldogs. MCC will return to action Monday (November 17) with a road contest at Bishop State and Holmes will take to the floor Saturday at home against Southern University-Shreveport.

The MCC Lady Eagles saw its three-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Holmes by a final count of 80-71. Sophomore Miaya Crowder led the way in scoring for the green and white with 24 points, while Londyn Thomas had 21 points in the home loss. Freshman Tytianna Hall also checked into double figures for the Lady Eagles with 12 points. Minyone Hill and Carmesha Nalls each led Holmes with 19 points apiece. The MCC women  dropped its overall to 3-1 and Holmes improved its overall record for the season to 3-1.

The Lady Eagles will also return to action Monday (November 17) on the road at Bishop State, while the Lady Bulldogs will host Southern University-Shreveport Saturday.  


MCC Lady Eagles Contiune Winning Streak

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles extended its current winning streak Monday night with a 72-61 victory over Pensacola Junior College. The Lady Eagles have now won three straight games to open the 2014-2015 season after defeating Bishop State and East Mississippi last week. Both the MCC women and men will return to action Thursday night at home against Holmes Community College. The Lady Eagles will take to the floor at 5:30 followed by the men’s contest at 7:30.

The MCC women were led in scoring by freshman Tytianna Hall who had a career night on offense for the green and white. Hall finished the game with 26 points, while sophomore Miaya Crowder continued her superb play on the inside for MCC with 14 points. Freshman guard Maia McCullum also turn in a great performance with 14 points and Londyn Thomas chipped in with 10 points in the home victory.

Pensacola (2-3) was led in scoring by Alaysia Mitchell with 17 points and Tyisha Moore followed with 15 points for the Lady Pirates.


MCC Soccer Stars To Play In All-Star Event

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer program will be well represented next weekend in a huge All-Star event showcasing the best soccer talent in the state of Mississippi. Holmes Community College, the Mississippi Army National Guard and Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center are teaming up to present the 2nd Annual MACJC Men's and Women's All-Star Soccer Game.  The All-Star games have been set for Saturday, November 15 at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland. The women's game is set for 2 p.m. with the men to follow at 4:30 p.m.

Kayla Phillips and Jordan Davidson of MCC have been selected to play in the women’s game, while Lyle Daugherty and Tyler Germany will participate in the men’s contest for the Eagles.

Phillips, a former Clarkdale standout, was one of the driving forces behind the success of the women’s team at MCC during the 2014 season. Phillips finished second on the team in both scoring (12 goals) and assists (seven) during her sophomore season where the Lady Eagles finished 9-8-1. Davidson played in 13 games this season for the Lady Eagles and drew seven starts during her sophomore campaign under the direction of head coach Mike Smith. The MCC women advances to the quarterfinal round of the MACJC Playoffs, but were eliminated by Northwest Mississippi Community College by a final count of 2-1.

The MCC men will be represented in the All-Star event by a couple of former West Lauderdale products. Daugherty led the Eagles in goals scored with eight and added two assists during the regular season for head coach Alex George. Germany scored three goals during his final season with MCC and had a team-high 10 assists.

In the event an MACJC institution qualifies for the NJCAA national tournament, the MACJC all-star game will be postponed to the Saturday following the NJCAA national tournament.