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Marshalltown Community College
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3700 S. Center Street
Marshalltown IA 50158

PH: 641-844-5670
FX: 641-844-5898
www.iavalley.cc.ia.us/mcc
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President
Dr. Robin Lilienthal

Athletic Director
Daniel Huntley

Athletic Trainer
Toby Nicholson

Sports Information Director
Ricky Webster

General email
dan.huntley@iavalley.edu

Region
11

FTE Enrollment
1810








College News
MCC baseball: Where are they now?
March 19, 2014

A multitude of former Marshalltown Community College baseball players are currently showcasing their skills at four-year NCAA Division I institutions across the country.

Former two-time All-Region XI selection Jordan McCoy, a senior at Houston Baptist University, has been a mainstay in the outfield for the Huskies over the last two seasons. McCoy has started all 76 games of his career at Houston Baptist, including the team's first 17 contests this year. The senior batted .330 in his first year during the 2013 campaign and has produced a .303 clip so far this year.

McCoy posted a .357 career batting average at MCC from 2011-2012. A native of Exline, IA, McCoy collected 121 hits, 13 home runs, and 90 RBI during his stint as a Tiger.

Jake Whaley has found a home in the Kansas State University bullpen where the junior has baffled hitters during his six appearances on the mound. Whaley, a 6-4 right handed pitcher, has limited opponents to a .130 batting average while registering a 1.35 earned run average in 6.2 innings of relief work. Against 31 total batters, the junior has allowed just eight base runners total.

Whaley racked up six wins over his two seasons at MCC, including a seven-inning no-hitter against conference foe Muscatine Community College.

A trio of formers Tigers from the 2013 graduating class ventured to Alabama A&M University together. Justen FolgerBenjamin Ryder, and Andrew Utterback have helped the Bulldogs to eight wins in the early part of the season.

Ryder has made four starts on the mound and has appeared in nine games overall for the Bulldogs. The 6-7 righty ranks second on the team with 29.1 innings pitched and has struck out 19 batters.

Former MCC slugger Utterback has carried his effective swing with him to Alabama as the outfielder ranks second on the team with a .368 batting average through 22 games. Utterback leads the Bulldogs with a .559 slugging percentage. Utterback has yet to record an error in 45 chances in the field.

Folger has started 16 games at second base for the Bulldogs and has collected 15 hits while scoring eight times and driving in seven more.

All three Bulldogs finished up their MCC career in 2013 and were named to the Academic All-Region squad.



Tigers spend time with Central Area Special Olympics
February 13, 2014

Six players from the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team spent time at the Central Area Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition, hosted by Marshalltown Parks and Recreation on Thursday. Jamal Gatali, Pierce Kelly, Merdic Green, Guilherme Verardo, Paul Little and Craig Moreland visited Miller Middle School for the day.

The group of Tigers ran a multitude of activities with high school-aged kids from all across central Iowa. The kids worked with the players on shooting drills, passing targets, running lanes, and a handful of other hands-on basketball events. Following the completion of the drills, the kids received awards for their accomplishments.

The Tigers took time at the end of the day to put on a show for all the participants. Little and Gatali displayed their jumping abilities with a dunk contest while Green and Kelly awed everyone with an array of trick shots. Verardo and Moreland finished up the day testing their luck with half court shots.

“This was my second year helping out,” said Gatali. “It was great that the kids actually remembered me. I’m glad I could give back to the community and work with such a great organization.”

Kelly is already looking forward to next year. “We’d like to thank Parks and Rec for having us. We’d be glad to come back again next year.”



From Canada to Iowa- Tigers came as a package deal
February 6, 2014

When the time came for Marshalltown Community College baseball players Ty Russell and Daryl Blaskovich to choose a college, it came as no surprise the two chose a school together. Furthermore, their success at MCC both on the field and in the classroom has not been a shock to anyone either.

"We knew we wanted to play baseball in the United States," said Russell.  "We felt it was a great opportunity for us to come to MCC together."

Blaskovich and Russell began their playing careers at a young age in British Columbia, Canada. The two started out as opponents, but quickly turned into successful teammates. The bond began with the two controlling the middle of the diamond, with Blaskovich owning shortstop and Russell holding down second base.

As the years progressed, the potential for both athletes came to light. The two claimed a national championship along with countless titles and accolades during their early years at the Bantam level. Blaskovich continued to tone his skills as an infielder, while Russell made the switch to catcher.

The careers of both players blossomed with the Victoria Mariners of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, while playing for head coach Mike Chewpoy. "Chewpoy played a big role for us during our years with the Mariners," said Blaskovich. "Playing for him helped take our game to another level."

Russell was regarded as one of the top left-handed hitters in not only the BCPBL, but throughout all of Canada, while Blaskovich was a feared leadoff hitter during his four years for the Mariners.

As the college decision loomed, both players began to receive looks from schools all across the United States. Ultimately, Russell and Blaskovich found their way to Marshalltown, Iowa to continue their playing career.

"Coach Grife had a strong connection with our coaches back home, so we had heard plenty of good things about Marshalltown," said Blaskovich. "Previous players from our hometown area came to play at MCC so we knew a little bit about the school. We were recruited as a package deal so it worked out for the both of us."

After one season on the diamond and nearly 2,000 miles from home, the deal has proven to be beneficial for all parties involved. Russell and Blaskovich were awarded the opportunity to reach their dream of playing baseball in the United States, head coach Rich Grife received two All-Region selections, and Marshalltown Community College added two Academic All-Region members.

Russell was named to the Division I All-Region First-Team as a freshman after catching a majority of the games and leading the Tigers with a .368 batting average. Blaskovich was named to the Second-Team after posting a .329 batting average while driving in a team-high 39 RBI, which also ranked third in the conference during his inaugural year.

While their success on the field led the Tigers to the ICCAC Championship game in 2013, their hard work in the classroom was not overlooked.  Both Blaskovich and Russell joined the challenging Athletic Training degree program last year and were named to the Academic All-Region First-Team as freshmen for posting GPAs over 3.5.

The competitive nature of the two brings out the best in one another, whether it be the classroom or the ball field. "It's like a sibling rivalry at times," said Russell. "We help each other get in gear no matter what it is we're doing."

"Baseball season brings us together," Blaskovich stated. "Sometimes it can get a little cramped. We're roommates on campus, we have most classes together, we work out together. Sometimes you need a little break, but baseball is the one thing that brings us together."

"The hardest part of the year is practicing inside," Russell admitted. "It's so tight in the gym at times, from taking ground balls to batting practice. We're baseball players, obviously we're ready to get outside."

Looking ahead to the 2014 campaign, the final year for both players at MCC, Blaskovich sees an added depth to this year's roster. "We've got a very deep team this year. We have a lot of guys that will have an impact in a lot of games. We play in a tough conference but we know we can be competitive this year."  

With Blaskovich and Russell finishing up their career at MCC after this season, coach Grife knew he wanted to continue the British Columbia-Iowa pipeline pumping well into the future after seeing the success of his two sophomores. The Tigers added freshman outfielder Drayson Lum, a former Mariners' teammate of both Blaskovich and Russell.

"Drayson's a great player," said Russell. "He brings a lot of tools to our team and can contribute right away."

As for the futures of Blaskovich and Russell, the two remain uncertain. "We're both looking at our options for now, but one thing's for sure- we want to keep playing baseball," said Blaskovich.

Whichever route the two decide on for next year, the path may have to be doubled in size.

The Tigers open up the 2014 season in Harriman, TN this weekend with a four-game series against Roane State Community College.



MCC Tigers to host Down syndrome awareness night Jan. 25
January 17, 2014

On Saturday, January 25, the Marshalltown Community College men's basketball team will help raise awareness for Down syndrome as the Tigers host No. 5 Indian Hills Community College at 7:00 PM at the Student Activity Center.

Head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson and the Tigers will team up with Roger Brown, the owner of Iowa River Brewing Company to support GiGi's Playhouse of Des Moines. GiGi's Playhouse of Des Moines, a nationally known organization, supports families in developing high expectations for their children with Down syndrome. The organziation aims to work on specific skill development in several areas including speech and language, social development, and fine and gross motor skills.

The Tigers will promote Down syndrome awareness at the game by donating 50 percent of all ticket sales to the cause. Tickets for the game will be $10 at the door. Children 12 and under will be free. Promotions will be held throughout the duration of the game as well, including a raffle for an autographed team basketball. Tickets for the raffle are $1 per entry. Local families that are affected by Down syndrome are encouraged to come out to support the cause and enjoy the game.

The money donated will be used locally to help bring more information and parent support literature to the Marshalltown OB/GYN, PC as well as the Obstetrics Department at the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. The funds also plan to be used to help develop a satellite program for those families interested in literacy and math tutoring for their children with Down syndrome.

GiGi's Playhouse will be on hand at the game with many children from the organization. The children will have a photograph session with MCC players and cheerleaders 30 minutes prior to the start of the game (6:30 PM). Following the game, children will have the opportunity to meet the players and have an autograph session. Kids will also have the chance to come onto the court for a post-game shoot around.

Organizations or individuals wishing to become more involved can contact Roger Brown at 641-751-2848.

For more information regarding the game please contact the MCC Athletic Department at 641-844-5670.



MCC announces NJCAA Division I transition for women's athletics
November 20, 2013

The Marshalltown Community College Department of Athletics has announced its official transition to NJCAA Division I status for all women's athletics beginning in the fall of 2014. All three MCC women's athletics teams- volleyball, basketball, and softball will complete the 2013-14 season at the Division II level before making the switch.

The three women's athletic teams at MCC will join all three men's sports at the Division I level. The transition will provide more equitable opportunities for both the men's and women's teams at MCC. Currently, women's athletics at the Division II level may receive athletically related aid/scholarships for tuition, fees, and books. With the move to the Division I level, female student-athletes will now be able to receive athletically related aid/scholarships for room and board as well.

The shift to Division I will create stronger recruiting advantages throughout the state of Iowa for all three sports.

The volleyball team will leave the 11-team Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Division II conference and will join the Division I league that consists of Iowa Western and Indian Hills. The women's basketball team plays in an eight-team league but will shift to the Division I conference that currently consists of two teams- Northeast and Iowa Western. The softball program will finish its final season in the eight-team conference before joining Indian Hills, Iowa Western, Muscatine, and Southeastern in 2015.

The process for the transition began in January 2013. Every two years, the NJCAA allows its member institutions to choose their level of sponsorship. A decision was made throughout the MCC campus that all sports will compete at the Division I level starting in 2014.

MCC Director of Athletics and Student Life Dan Huntley announced the decision at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. "We are ready to face the challenges in front of us but feel that the positive results of this decision will stand tall for the future of Marshalltown Community College Athletics."

Huntley provided insight into the future participation in the ICCAC. "MCC is now only the third community college in Iowa to sponsor all of their athletic programs at the DI level, joining Iowa Western and Indian Hills. We look forward to enhancing our rivalry with these two institutions while building new rivalries with institutions in neighboring states."

"Today is a big day for our athletic department," Huntley continued. "We are making this decision to provide the best athletic and academic environment we can for all of our student-athletes." 



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