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Meridian Community College
Contact
910 Highway 19 North
Meridian MS 39307

PH: 601-484-8707
FX: 601-553-3436
www.mcc.cc.ms.us

President
Dr. Scott Elliott

Athletic Director
Mr. Sander Atkinson

Athletic Trainer
Christopher Haralson

Sports Information Director
Robby Atkinson

General email
satkinso@meridiancc.edu

Region
23

FTE Enrollment
4184








College News
MCC Golf Team Still Ranked Among Teams
April 9, 2014

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team is fresh off its appearance in the 2014 Red Wolf Classic hosted by Arkansas State University this week and the Eagles are still ranked among the top teams in the nation. MCC is currently ranked 19th among all junior college programs in the country according to the latest release of the Golfstat.com poll.

MCC has been ranked in the top 20 for most of the spring according to Golfstat.com and the Eagles finished 15th among 21 teams in the recent Red Wolf Classic that concluded Tuesday afternoon in Jonesboro, AR. The Eagles were the only junior college program represented among the 21 teams in the field.

MCC is now preparing for the District Tournament which will be played in Athens, GA at the Stonebridge Country Club which will be hosted by Darton College April 14-15. The Eagles will also take part in the MACJC Conference Championship Tournament which is scheduled for the end of the month in Pass Christian, MS which will be hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

MCC Golf Finishes Final Round of Red Wolf Classic
April 8, 2014

From School Reports

The Meridian Community College golf team completed the final round of the 2014 Red Wolf Classic Tuesday afternoon hosted by Arkansas State University by finishing in 15th place among the 21 teams entered in the field.

The Eagles were the only junior college program represented in the field for the two-day event in Jonesboro, AR. MCC finished with a two-day total score of 922 (312-310-300) to finish one stoke ahead of Southern Illinois University.

Dallas Shepard completed the tournament with the best overall score for the Eagles with two-day total of 225 (77-76-72) which was good enough to tie him for 25th overall in the field.

Austin Terrell finished with a total score of 228 (75-79-74), while Ty Medling checked with a two-day total of 237 (79-83-75). Luther Thompson checked in with a 239 (81-76-82), while Nathan Kirkland finished with a 241 (83-79-79).

Arkansas State University won the overall team championship by firing a total score of 862 to finish 12 strokes ahead of Belmont University.

Former MCC star Easton Key finished tied for third among the field representing Arkansas State University with a two-day total of 215 (70-71-74). Hudson Carpenter of South Dakota State won the overall championship by firing a 211 (76-67-68).

MCC will return to action to take part in the District Tournament, April 14-15, which will be hosted by Darton College at the Stonebridge Country Club in Athens, GA.


Former MCC Baseball Coach To Be Inducted Into HOF
April 8, 2014

PEARL – University of Southern Mississippi head baseball coach Scott Berry - one of the most successful junior college diamond coaches in the annals of the Magnolia State - will be inducted into the Mississippi Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on the evening of April 29 in ceremonies at the Muse Center. Berry served as head coach at Meridian Community College from 1997-2001 and compiled a gaudy 185-58 record while guiding the Eagles to multiple JUCO World Series appearances. He was nominated for the award by MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott.

“Scott Berry is richly deserving of this honor,” Elliott said. “His record at MCC speaks for itself, but there is so much more to Scott Berry than wins and losses. He is not only a top-flight baseball coach, but, more important, a man of impeccable character who serves as the consummate role model for his players. He represented MCC in outstanding fashion, on and off the field, during his tenure here as an assistant and head baseball coach. Unto this day, we are proud to claim Coach Berry as part of the MCC family. His continued success at the highest levels of college baseball has continued to bring honor not only to himself but also to MCC.”

Following a highly successful six-year tenure as an assistant coach at MCC under the legendary Corky Palmer, Berry took over the Eagle reins in 1997 and won 76 percent of his games. Two of his Eagle teams qualified for the NJCAA Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Co. Berry’s teams never finished out of the Top 10 NJCAA poll, as over 25 of his players earned NCAA Division I scholarships. Berry was named Region 23, District, and Louisville Slugger “Coach of the Year” three times and was also honored as the Diamond ABCA Region “Coach of the Year” on two occasions.

Two of Berry’s Eagle teams won more than 50 games, including his 1997 squad which was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the regular season and ultimately finished with a 50-8 record. Nine of Berry’s Eagles played professionally, including 2008 Cy Young Award winning pitcher Cliff Lee. Berry’s jersey number (40) was retired by MCC in 2010. Following his stellar stint in Meridian, Berry went on to become Palmer’s top assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi and helped lead the Golden Eagles to their first-ever Super Regional title and appearance in the NCAA College World Series. Heading into the 2014 season, Berry has served as head coach at USM for five years, amassing a 137-94 record, including two regular season Conference USA championships and one conference tournament title. In 2011, Berry was named Conference USA “Coach of the Year.”

He and his wife, Laura, are the proud parents of a son, Garren, and a daughter, Kathryn. Past MCC honorees in the Hall are Lou Weddington Hart and Robert Dreyfus (golf); Billy Harold Smith, Cliff Lee, Jason Smith, Paul Phillips and Corky Palmer (baseball); Ronald “Flip” Murray (basketball), Jim Redgate (basketball and golf); and Wanda McPhail (tennis).



MCC Splits Conference Doubleheader With Delgado
April 5, 2014

By Robby Atkinson

Meridian Community College Sports Information

The Meridian Community College Eagles entered its second weekend of Miss-Lou Conference play Saturday afternoon at Scaggs Field looking to capture a pair of wins to stay in the driver's seat at the top of the standings. The Eagles came away with a doubleheader split (1-7, 7-6) against its arch nemesis, the Delgado Community College Dolphins, on the baseball diamond Saturday afternoon in front of the largest crowd of the season.

Delgado also came into the weekend ranked second nationally according to the latest NJCAA Division I Baseball poll.

MCC (20-16) sits in control of the lead in Miss-Lou Conference standings after the split with a 3-2 record, while Delgado is one game back at 2-3. Baton Rouge defeated Delgado twice in its three-game series last weekend and currently holds a 3-3 mark.

The third game of the series between MCC and Delgado is schedule for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., but the threat of very heavy rain in the area for the remainder of the weekend could cause the game to be postponed.

MCC didn't have an answer for the Dolphins in Game One of the twin bill as Chase Hymel pitched a complete game in the 7-1 victory. Hymel allowed one earned run over seven innings of work, to go along with five strikeouts.

Delgado (27-7) scratched for its first run in Game One in the top of the first inning on an RBI ground out by Austin Barrios and the Dolphins never looked back. Delgado put the game away for good with a four-run top of the third inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead over the Eagles. Josh Watkins knocked in the second run of the game for the Dolphins on an RBI double and Chris Eades gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead moments later on a sacrifice fly to right field.

Delgado continued to pour on the runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Cody Ducote to give the Dolphins a 5-0 lead. Delgado added two more runs in the contest with one run coming in the fifth inning on a single by Ducote and on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to secure the six-run victory.

The lone run of Game One for MCC came in the sixth inning on a solo home run by Ben Gann. Goose Yates (3-2) took the pitching loss on the mound for MCC by working 2 2/3 innings.

MCC rebounded in Game Two and held off a furious rally in the final inning of play to escape with a 7-6 victory. MCC carried a 7-1 lead into the seventh inning and Delgado scored five runs, but the Eagles were able to finally close the door shut as MCC relief pitcher Kellon Hibbard finished the game off by getting the last batter out on a fly out to right field.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by first baseman Scott Votaw and started the run away with the game in the middle innings. MCC scored six runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 7-1 lead over Delgado. Former West Lauderdale star Grant Hill provided the spark in the fourth inning on a two-out double to right field that plate a pair of runs to give MCC a 3-0 lead.

Delgado answered the Eagles with a run in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI double by Lewis to cut the MCC lead to 3-1, but the Eagles would answer in a big way in the bottom half of the frame.

The Eagles continued its impressive offensive showcase in the fifth inning with four more runs to take a 7-1 lead. Garrett Larosa got things started with an RBI double and Kevin Hall followed with an RBI single to make the score 5-1 in favor of the green and white. Mac Seibert drove the next run on a bunt and Michael Druhan finished off the inning with an RBI single to give the Eagles a six-run lead heading into the late stages of the game.

Delgado would come to the plate in the final inning down six runs and narrowly completed a miraculous comeback over MCC. Lewis led the inning off with a double and Bryce Adams followed with a strikeout to give the Dolphins two more outs to work with in the frame. Cole Freeman followed with an infield single to out runners at first and second with one out. Frankie Watts came to the plate and blasted a single to center field that plated the first run of the seventh inning for the Fish to make it 7-2. Josh Watkins followed a hard hit single to first base that plated the next run and Barrios smashed a double to score another run to make the score 7-5.

Eades would reach base safely moments later on an infield error by the Eagles to put runners at the corners with still one out in the seventh inning. MCC elected to go to its bullpen and bring in sophomore Kellon Hibbard to try and put the fire out and get the home team a victory. Hibbard collected the second out of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Ducote to center field that made the score 7-6. Jordan Caillouet would walk to put a pair of runners on base for Delgado, but Hibbard would finish the game for the Eagles by getting Lewis to fly out to right field, and give MCC a hard earned one-run win.

Jake Smith picked up the pitching win for MCC by working four innings and collecting a pair of strikeouts. Bryant Johnston worked 2 1/3 innings out of the pen for the Eagles and allowed four earned runs and picked up a strikeout in his appearance. 

MCC finished Game Two with nine hits and two players in the lineup had a pair of hits. Hill and Hall each had two hits for the Eagles, while five other players had one hit apiece.

Lewis led the Dolphins in Game Two with two hits and an RBI, while Barrios finished the game with a pair of RBI's on a base hit.



Meridian Baseball Sweeps Past Arkansas Baptist
March 29, 2014

By Robby Atkinson

Meridian Community College Sports Information

The Meridian Community College Eagles bounced back in a big way Saturday afternoon at Scaggs Field by taking a convincing doubleheader sweep (13-3, 10-4) over visiting Arkansas Baptist College.

MCC moved its overall record to 18-14 with the sweep, while Arkansas Baptist is now 20-11 for the 2014 season.

The final game of the three-game series between the two schools will take place Sunday afternoon at Scaggs Field beginning at 1 p.m. The game will also conclude a nine-game home stand for the Eagles.

MCC exploded for 16 hits in Game One to take a 13-3 run-rule victory over Arkansas Baptist. Dalton Thomas led the charge in the run-rule win with three hits and four RBI’s. Thomas ended the game one hit shy of the cycle and collected his sixth home run in the game for the Eagles. Brooks Balisterri and Ben Gann each had two hits apiece, while Mac Seibert added two hits and an RBI.

Former West Lauderdale star Grant Hill had another solid day at the plate for the green and white with three hits and an RBI. Goose Yates picked up the pitching win on the mound for Meridian by working 4 1/3 innings and collecting four strikeouts.

MCC continued its impressive performance at the plate in Game Two by taking a 10-4 win over Arkansas Baptist to complete the sweep. The Eagles finished the game with 12 hits and jumped on top of Arkansas Baptist 8-0 after three innings.

Garrett Larosa led the way at the plate in Game Two with three hits, while Seibert added a pair of hits and one RBI. Scott Votaw joined the hit parade in Game Two with two hits and an RBI, while Kevin Hall had a two-run single. Gann had two hits and an RBI in the victory and Hill picked up a pair of RBI’s as well.

Jake Smith picked up the pitching win for the Eagles in Game Two by working four innings and collecting six strikeouts. 



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Mascot
Eagles

Participating sports
Men's Baseball I - Stats Archive
Men's Basketball I - Stats Archive
Men's Cross Country I
Men's Golf I
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Men's Outdoor Track and Field I
Men's Soccer I - Stats Archive
Men's Tennis I
Women's Basketball I - Stats Archive
Women's Cross Country I
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Women's Outdoor Track and Field I
Women's Soccer I - Stats Archive
Women's Softball I - Stats Archive
Women's Tennis I


Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 5

Men's Championships: 4
Women's Championships: 1

Breakdown by Sport:

  • Men's Division I Cross Country: 1995
  • Men's Division I Soccer: 2000
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field: 1996, 1997
  • Women's Slow Pitch Softball: *1997

*Invitational Tournament









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