Meridian Star

April 27, 2014

MCC golf had magical comeback to win state

By Robby Atkinson \ Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — The spring semester at Meridian Community College is about to come to a close, and that also means that sports on campus are about to conclude for another school year.

I am proud to say that MCC has had some wonderful moments on the playing field this season, but what happened Wednesday afternoon was one of the more memorable moments in school history.

The MCC athletic program has always been filled with great championships moments and many great players, but I can’t remember one day in school history that was better than Wednesday. We have taken a real close look at the Meridian Community College golf program in the past and its great success, but what occurred this week was nothing short of amazing.

The Eagles entered the final round of the 2014 MACJC state championship 10 strokes back of the tournament title, and many would believe that there would be little chance of the team making a comeback.

The world of technology always keeps us updated on everything in the world, and golf fans had the chance to follow live scoring of the tournament online throughout the day on Wednesday. I kept up with tournament scores of the MACJC Tournament through much of the day, and I was amazed to see the tide start to turn in the direction of the MCC Eagles.

The dust finally settled, and MCC battled back to win the tournament over Mississippi Gulf Coast by one stroke to claim the state championship. I really couldn’t believe that the squad was able to overcome such obstacles to claim the championship, but that proved to me just how marvelous this team was on this give day in Wiggins.

I tip my cap to the golf team at MCC for finding a way to overcome the adversity and claim what many people would have deemed impossible.

The MACJC State Championship virtually started what would be a wonderful Wednesday on campus, but what happened next raised some eye brows. The MCC softball team has experienced some of its darkest days over the past couple of years, and the program hasn’t tasted postseason success since 2005. MCC softball is still the only Division I softball program in the state of Mississippi despite competing in the MACJC this season.

The Lady Eagles still had an opportunity to compete for a postseason berth despite its 5-36 record going into its Wednesday doubleheader with Baton Rouge Community College at Tommy McDonald Field. The Lady Eagles needed just one victory over the Lady Bears to claim the Division I Region 23 Championship and the dream came true for the green and white Wednesday afternoon in Highland Park.

MCC earned a doubleheader sweep (9-0, 7-3) over BRCC to earn a spot in the district playoffs which will be played next month in Oklahoma. I know that a lot of people would say that winning seven total games in a given season doesn’t qualify for a championship season, but that is the way things were set up this season for MCC. The Lady Eagles entered the season as a young team and have experienced a lot of speed bumps along the way, but the team did what it needed to do to claim glory.

This could be the spark the MCC softball program might need heading into the future, and this is an accomplishment that can never been taken away from these young women despite their dismal record. My hats off to the MCC softball team and for riding out the difficult storm in 2014 to claim the Division I Region 23 Championship.

This would seem like a story book ending to a successful school year for MCC sports, but we still have two more weeks left in the semester. There might be more magic to come for a couple more of the sports on campus, so stay tuned next week.

Robby Atkinson is the sports information director at MCC.