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Thursday

MCC Athletics Earns Top Academic Honors



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College athletic department received some of the highest marks in the nation on Wednesday as the NJCAA announced its Academic All-American winners for the 2014-2015 season. The MCC baseball received top honors with having a team GPA of 3.40 for the 2014-2015 season which was ranked first among all junior college baseball teams in the state of Mississippi. The team was also ranked sixth in the nation with the impressive GPA among all squads and four members of the team also earned individual honors on Wednesday.

Bryant Johnston, Chance McDonald, Baylor Obert, and Jared Savell all received individual academic accomplishments for their tremendous work in the classroom. McDonald, Obert, and Savell each reached the Superior Academic Achievement Award for compiling a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99 for the 2014-2015 season. Johnston was named a winner of the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award for earning a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79.

The MCC tennis also had two individual winners as Shane Trebisky and Taylor White each received the Superior Academic Achievement Award for their work in the classroom. The MCC tennis men’s tennis team was also named an Academic All-American for the season by finishing with a team GPA of 3.30 which was ranked among the top ten in the country. The MCC women were also ranked among the top ten in the country among tennis teams with a team GPA of 3.45 which earned them a spot as an Academic All-American Team.

The MCC women’s soccer team received high marks in the classroom as well by earning a team GPA of 3.48 which was among the top five in the country for the second consecutive year, while the MCC golf team earned a spot as an Academic All-American Team with a team GPA of 3.05 for 2014-2015.

Monday

MCC Soccer Hosts High School Soccer Camp



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College soccer program is currently in high gear during the month of June by hosting the annual MCC High School Girls Soccer Camp at C.D. Smith Field. The 2015 edition of the camp started on Monday morning at 9 a.m. with 60 campers participating in the three-day event. The camp will continue through Wednesday. The campers will receive high level technical and tactical training from the MCC coaching staff during the event. The staff will cover shooting, passing, receiving, defending, changing point of attack, attacking in the final 3rd, crossing, finishing, and defending in the final 3rd.

For more information about the camp or to register call MCC soccer coach Alex George at 601-484-8697.

Tuesday

MCC Baseball Lands Six Players on MACJC All-State Team



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College baseball team announced on Tuesday that six players have been named to the 2015 MACJC All-State team for their achievements during the season. Bryant Johnston and Dalton Thomas were named 1st Team All-State, while four other members of the MCC baseball team were named 2nd Team All-State.

Johnston was named to the MACJC 1st Team All-State squad after a marvelous season on the mound for the Eagles. Johnston finished the season with a 9-1 record on the mound and complied a 3.23 in 21 appearances during the 2015 season. Johnston is a native of Gulfport, MS and will continue his baseball career next season in the Gulf South Conference with Delta State University.

The second member representing MCC on the 1st Team was sophomore Dalton Thomas of Grenada, MS. Thomas finished the season with a .323 batting average and led the squad in three different offensive categories. Thomas led the team in home runs (8), doubles (15), and RBI’s (43). Thomas will continue his baseball career in 2016 by playing for former MCC head coach Chris Curry at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Goose Yates, Matt Berler, Austin Harrison, and Dustin Smith also received recognition on Tuesday by being named members of the 2015 MACJC 2nd Team. Yates is a native of Gulfport, MS and played most of his games at third base during the regular season for the Eagles. Yates finished the season with a .338 batting average, five home runs, and 15 doubles. Yates also saw some time on the mound for the Eagles as well by collecting a pair of saves out of the bullpen. Yates will play college baseball next season at the University of New Orleans after helping lead MCC to a postseason appearance in 2015.

Matt Berler finished his freshman season for the Eagles with very impressive offensive numbers to earn him a spot on the 2nd Team. Berler hit .364 in 2015 with 52 hits, and finished the season with a spectacular .981 fielding percentage at second base. Berler is a native of Birmingham, AL and played his high school baseball at Spain Park.

Austin Harrison also had a solid first season in an MCC uniform by totaling some impressive numbers on the mound. The former Neshoba Central star went 5-2 for the season with a 2.68 ERA. Harrison also tossed two complete games and one of those came in the postseason against East Central Community College.

Dustin Smith was the final member of the 2nd Team representing Meridian that was named by the league on Tuesday. Smith is a native of Richland, MS and completed the year by hitting .339 with 12 doubles, and three home runs. Smith also finished the season with a .989 fielding percentage at first base and also saw some action on the mound for the Eagles.

MCC finished the 2015 season with a 33-17 overall record and made an appearance in postseason play after finishing in the top four among all of the junior colleges in the state of Mississippi. The Eagles also finished the season on high marks in the classroom by compiling a team GPA of 3.56 and four of the players finished with High Honors. Dustin Smith, Chance McDonald, Bryant Johnston, and Jared Savell each finished the year with High Honors and all four were induced into the Circle of Excellence. Savell was also recognized by graduating from the prestigious MCC Honor’s College at the 2015 MCC Spring Graduation last Friday night.

Monday

MCC Track Posts Championship Run



Hutchinson, KS - MCC entered the 2015 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships in Hutchinson, KS with high aspirations after going in as the 15th ranked team in the country and it didn't disappoint.

MCC saw a 1-2 finish Saturday in the 100 meters with Kendrick Smith claiming his second National Championship this year with a time of 10.46, while Chris Lewis finished second in the event with a time of 10.57. Smith and Lewis entered the final after posting times of 10.25 and 10.29 in the prelims on Friday.

"What Kendrick and Chris did the last two days is extremely impressive to do as freshmen," said Head Coach Chip Gayden. "We had to deal with a weather delay right before the race today and they handled it like upper class men and didn't let it bother them."

MCC rounded out their first year back with two National Championships, nine school records and top 20 finishes at both the Indoor and Outdoor National Championship Meets.

Thursday

MCC Basketball Star Inks With William Carey



From School Reports

The Meridian Community College men’s basketball team held a special signing ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the Graham Gymnasium to wish one of its players the best in the future. Sophomore Brandon Daniels signed a scholarship on Thursday afternoon with William Carey University to play next season for the Crusaders in Hattiesburg, MS.

Daniels leaves MCC after a stellar 2014-2015 season that saw the Sontag, MS native put up impressive number for the Eagles. Daniels finished his sophomore season at MCC by leading the team with 19.1 points per game and was second on the team with 6.9 rebounds per contest. Daniels was named a member of the All-Region Team and was also recognized as a member of the 1st Team All-MACJC squad for the 2014-2015 season. Daniels was also invited to play in the 2015 MACJC All-Star Game that was held earlier this spring.

Daniels will look to boost the Crusaders next season who finished the 2014-2015 campaign with a 20-11 overall record. Daniels becomes the second player in the past two seasons to play basketball at William Carey University as Corey Brister signed to play with the Crusaders this past season.