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.
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 Folger, Benjamin 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.”