MCC basketball teams volunteer at 2014 Oktemberfest
September 30, 2014
Marshalltown’s annual Oktemberfest celebration welcomes many new faces each year, and 2014 was no different as many members of the Marshalltown Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams attended their first festival volunteering at numerous events.
The men’s team helped kick off Oktemberfest on Thursday with the annual Kids Fun Run along with Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest. On Saturday, the team helped clean up after the local parade on Main St.
Every member of this year’s men’s basketball roster is from outside of the state of Iowa, meaning the incoming freshman experienced Oktemberfest for the first time.
Dajoun Davis, a freshman from Saint Paul, MN was impressed with the turnout of people at the festival. “It was a great experience to get to know the community. Being from out of state, it’s nice to meet the people that support our team throughout the year. I could tell they really appreciated our help, just like we appreciate their support.”
The women’s team spent Saturday morning at the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum serving up hot dishes to over 350 people.
“We didn’t realize how big of an event it was,” said Ilsie Calles, a sophomore from Van Nuys, CA. “It was great to meet so many people from the community and spend time with them. We didn’t just serve food, we got to socialize with everyone and they were really happy getting to know us.”
MCC baseball takes part in annual Day of Caring
September 26, 2014
The Marshalltown Community College baseball team took time on Wednesday afternoon to participate in MCC's annual United Way Day of Caring. Over 80 MCC students provided services to eight different agencies throughout Marshalltown along with more than 40 students performing multiple tasks on campus.
The baseball team spent the afternoon cleaning up the campus grounds, both inside and out. The services consisted of cleaning up the three campus dorms, pulling weeds, and beautifying the campus while others helped the Marshall County Child Care Services clear out the old Tiger Tots childcare area.
"For as much as MCC does for us as student-athletes," said sophomore Ryan Thrasher, "it's great that we can give back in some way. We spent the afternoon cleaning up the campus where we live. As both students and athletes, we take great pride in being Tigers and we're always glad to help make the school better any way we can."
Sophomore Kyle Herrick was one of the members that helped the Marshall County Child Care Services. "Since I've been at MCC, we've received great support from not only those on campus, but from people across the community. It's good to be able to help out those that support us. Day of Caring is a great way for everyone to support the campus and show how much we care about MCC."
Thrasher and Herrick were just two of the many sophomores on the baseball team that participated in their second straight Day of Caring.
Volunteers throughout the community take time on a specific day each year in the fall to give back to Marshalltown in a variety of ways at numerous organizations in Marshall County.
Tigers spend time at House of Compassion
September 16, 2014
The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team recently spent time at the Marshalltown House of Compassion, helping serve dinner to local residents.
The Tigers travelled to the local organization, located in downtown Marshalltown, on Friday, Sept. 12. The House of Compassion serves nightly free meals to those in need and serves as a supply closet with household and personal items and as an overnight shelter.
“It was a humbling experience,” said Tyler Miller, a freshman from Kentucky. “As a team we were able to give back to others in need. Being from out of state, it was great to interact with local Marshalltown residents and get to know the area. It really is a nice community.”
“A majority of our team is from out of state,” said head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson, “so it’s good for these kids to get to know the area and get to know the people that support them throughout the community over the course of the season.”
One House of Compassion employee noted that the men’s basketball kitchen staff was not like any other they’ve had before. “I must say, for the most part, this is the tallest kitchen crew we have ever had.”
The men’s basketball season tips-off on Oct. 31 at home against Quakerdale Academy on Oct. 31 as part of the Emerson JUCO Classic.
Ty Russell joins three former Tigers at Alabama A&M
July 30, 2014
After posting back-to-back .300 seasons at the plate for the Marshalltown Community College baseball team, Ty Russell (Victoria, BC/Lambrick Park) has committed to play for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs. Russell will join three former Tiger teammates on the roster.
Russell posted a career .337 batting average for the Tigers, collecting 92 hits in his career. The former catcher-turned-first baseman recorded nine home runs over two years, including eight as a sophomore. Russell was named to the First Team All-Region XI as a freshman and was a second team pick during his final season. The Athletic Training major was also a two-time Academic All-Region First Team honoree and earned the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award after posting a 3.71 GPA as a sophomore.
Russell will join former Tiger standouts Justen Folger, Ben Ryder, and Andrew Utterback on the Bulldogs' roster. Utterback, who played two seasons at MCC (2011-13), was voted as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hitter of the Year along with the collegesportsmadness.com Field Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to its first 20-win season. Utterback posted a .406 batting average, the top mark in the conference and 16th best in the nation.
In his first season at A&M, Folger collected 31 hits as the team's primary second baseman, making 34 starts on the year. Ryder, a former right handed pitcher for the Tigers, tossed 54.1 innings as a junior for the Bulldogs while making a team-high 12 starts on the mound.
Utterback and Ryder carried their success to the New York Collegiate Baseball league over the summer with the Geneva Red Wings where each earned All-Star selections.
Russell, Folger, Ryder, and Utterback helped the Tigers reach the Region XI Division I Championship game in 2013, a feat the Tigers repeated in 2014.
Tigers shine in Premier Development League
June 24, 2014
A pair of Marshalltown Community College soccer players, one former and one current, have excelled in the Premier Development League through the early stages of their respective seasons. Javier Lopez, a 2012 First-Team All-American selection at MCC is currently playing for the Des Moines Menace while current Tiger and 2013 Second-Team All-American selection Juan Carrillo is playing for the GPS Portland Phoenix.
Carrillo has come on as of late for the Phoenix, scoring two goals in a two game stretch last week, including a goal on a direct kick on June 15. Carrillo, who led the Tigers in scoring as a freshman in 2013, leads Portland in minutes played. The Phoenix are currently 2-6-0 in the Northeast Division.
Lopez, who transferred to NCAA Division II Lynn University after a standout career at MCC, has helped guide the Menace to the top of the Heartland divisional standings with a 5-1-0 record. A 2012 member of the Menace, Lopez, a defender, returned for the 2014 campaign and scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the Thunder Bay Chill on June 14.
Lopez and Carrillo became the fifth and sixth soccer players, respectively to earn All-American honors while at MCC.
The PDL is the professional development league of the United Soccer Leagues throughout the United States and Canada and is currently the top-level men's amateur soccer league, consisting of 64 teams across 10 divisions.