Meridian Star

February 2, 2014

Exciting spring sports roundup at MCC

By Robby Atkinson
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — I know that everyone is excited that today is Super Bowl Sunday and the game is finally here. I am a huge New Orleans Saints fan and I really don’t have a dog in the hunt today, so I will just sit back and enjoy the game. I probably will be pulling for the Denver Broncos because I truly admire Peyton Manning and everything that he has accomplished in his career. It should be a very interesting game with a ton of other stories included, but I hope you enjoy the day.

    We are getting geared up for a very exciting spring for all of our sports at Meridian Community College and it is time to take a look at another one of our sports this week. I took a very close look at the baseball team here at MCC last Sunday as it prepares for the 2014 season and this week I would like to take a look at softball and tennis.

    The MCC softball team has enjoyed a ton of success over the years and the program actually has one national championship to its credit. The softball program captured a slow-pitch national championship back in 1997 and has won numerous other championships over the years.

    The program went under a coaching change last season and the Lady Eagles are looking to build the team back to its original glory. Faith Robinson will enter her second season as the head coach at MCC and Robinson knows what it takes to be successful at the junior college level. Robinson came to MCC last season after the retirement of Robert Eakins and the second-year head coach once started for the Lady Eagles.

    Robinson played at MCC from 2000-2001 and played third base for the Lady Eagles, while helping the team to a pair of NJCAA National Tournament appearances. The program has struggled in the win column the last few years, but there is a new found energy with the team.

    I recently went out to Tommy McDonald Field a couple of weeks ago to complete team pictures and just being around these young women was a great joy. The energy and enthusiasm among the players is wonderful, and I have no doubts that will translate to victories on the field. The softball season will begin Feb. 11 with a road doubleheader against Shelton State and the first home games of the 2014 season will take place Feb. 18 against Shelton State beginning at 2 p.m.

    The softball team will not play in its first live games for another couple of weeks, but the tennis teams at MCC will take to the court for its first matches this week. MCC will open the 2014 season Tuesday afternoon with matches against East Central beginning at 2 p.m. The matches will be played at the Northeast Tennis Center and I know your support for the team will be greatly appreciated

    I have been here at MCC for almost three years and both of our tennis teams have enjoyed unbelievable success. Both teams have made numerous Region 23 Championships over the years and have completed at a very high level at the NJCAA National Tournament. The credit for this success starts with head coach Wanda McPhail for her leadership over the years. Coach McPhail works tireless hours to make sure our tennis program stays at the level it currently enjoys and my special thanks goes to her for that work.

    I know we all on campus hope for much success for our softball and tennis programs. I will complete our look at the 2014 spring season next Sunday with a preview of our golf team here at MCC. I wanted to wrap things up by picking my score of the Super Bowl and I am putting all of my chips on Denver defeating Seattle today 24-23. Enjoy the big game and thanks for your support of Meridian Community College sports.


    Robby Atkinson is Sports Information Director at Meridian Community College