Meridian Star


January 18, 2014

ATKINSON: Eagles ready to spring into action

    The spring semester officially started earlier this week at Meridian Community College, and the world of sports on campus will start to get busy as well. I was sitting in my office this past week with a load of paperwork on my desk, most of it was sports related, and looking at the schedules this spring was a little overwhelming.

    The spring semester can be a very busy time of year at MCC, just like it would be on any other campus, but the excitement is building on what should be a very successful season for all of our teams at MCC.

    The MCC basketball season returned to action a couple of weeks ago and the race in the MACJC South Division is starting to heat up as the Lady Eagles are fighting for a postseason spot among several teams in the division.

    The MCC women played two very important games this past week and came away with two very different results.

    The Lady Eagles traveled to Ellisville last Monday and came away with a disappointing 92-64 loss, but MCC was able to rebound to take a 76-66 victory over Co-Lin Thursday night at the Graham Gymnasium.

    The Lady Eagles are now 11-2 overall for the season and 2-1 inside MACJC South Division play and the next stretch of games are vital for MCC. The Lady Eagles will host Pearl River Tuesday night and Mississippi Gulf Coast Thursday night at home in what should be key games to decide its postseason fate.

    The MCC men haven't had the same fortune this season with a 1-11 record heading into this week and a 0-4 record in the South Division. The record is not what many would want it to be of course, but I know we are all proud of our young group of Eagles. Second-year head coach Cedric Drake has done a phenomenal job with our young men and the work ethic of our team during games is wonderful.

    The mountain may seem impossible to climb right now for the men's team, but I believe things will turn around for the program in the future.

    Over the next few weeks I will start to look at all of sports that are getting set for the season this spring. The month of January will be dominated by basketball, but once the calendar turns to the month of February that will indeed change.

    The first two weeks of February will see all of our spring sports begin their seasons and that will make everyone busy on campus.

    I will begin to preview each one of our teams individually starting next Sunday and we will start with taking a look at the 2014 MCC baseball team. The Eagles will be looking to rebound from a difficult 2013 season and this will mark the end of a run in the Miss-Lou Conference as well for the baseball program.

    I hope you are looking forward to reading about all of our teams over the next few weeks and I hope to see you at some games very soon.

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