(5/30/13) Men's Basketball to host Summer Academy.  The men's basketball team will host its annual summer basketball academy at the Bob Sechrest Field House on June 17th-June 20th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The camp cost is $120.  Cost includes includes lunch and a T-shirt.  Contact Corey Tate for more information 573-518-2229.

(5/7/13)  Former MAC basketball player signs with NFL team.  Demetrius Harris, a former All-Region and All-Conference basketball player while here at Mineral Area, has decided to play football for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Demetrius was a standout football player in high school but decided to play basketball in college instead. 

After finishing his basketball career at UW-Milwaukee, NFL teams swarmed him because of his rare athletic abilities.  During his workout for the Chiefs, Demetrius ran 40 yards in 4.52 seconds to go with a vertical jump of 36½ inches and a broad jump of 10-2.

John Dorsey, who is the Chiefs General Manager said this is protocol for many NFL teams " "I always (scout) five or six basketball guys a year," said Dorsey. "We went to Portsmouth, Va., one year to evaluate 50 basketball players. Mid-majors is where you make your money on stuff like that because they're not in the pool for basketball."

Harris will take part in a 3-day minicamp for the Chiefs which begins May 10th.

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(4/8/13)  Jay Raulston named 2nd Team All-American  MAC Sophomore forward Jay Raulston was named to the NJCAA All-American Team.  Jay was the Region 16 player of the year averaging 17.9 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game.  He helped lead the Cardinals to a Region XVI Title as well as a birth in the NJCAA National Tournament. 

Daily Journal Article

(3/18/13)  Season ends in NJCAA National Tournament.  MAC lost today by the score of 76-50 to North Platte.  The Cardinals lost their first game of the single-elimination tournament to conclude their season at 26-8.

Daily Journal Article

(3/12/13)  Cardinals to face North Platte out of Nebraska in first round.  MAC earned the #17 seed and will face #16 North Platte in the first round of the NJCAA National Tournament.  The game will take place in Hutchinson, Kansas at Hutchinson Community College on Monday, March 18th at 10:00 AM. 

The field consists of 24 teams and the top 8 seeds will receive a bye.  With a win, MAC would face the #1 ranked team in the country - the Iowa Western Reivers.

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$10 per ticket- Morning sessions (General Admission)

$12 per ticket- Evening session (Reserved Seating)

$50 pass for all 24 games of the tournament

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There will be no fan bus taken. The NJCAA national tournament will broadcast all tournament games on IHigh.  You can go to IHigh.com and find our site, or you can find our IHigh site on the link above.

(3/10/13) MAC advances to NJCAA National Tournament - MAC went on the road to Chicago, Illinois to defeat Malcolm X on Saturday by the score of 100-87.  Mineral Area had its typical balanced scoring attack, with five players scoring in double-figures. They were lead in scoring by Shaq Boga who scored a game-high 29 points.  Jay Raulston had a phenomenal game, scoring 21, to go with 16 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 blocks and 2 steals. Freshman Leon Watkins scored 19 and was aided by 13 from DeAngelo Tucker and 12 by Denzel Reed.

Mineral Area maintained control most of the game, but a furious rally by the Hawks closed the lead to within 5 late in the game.  MAC responded though, and was able to hit a couple of clutch 3-pointers along with some critical free-throws to punch their ticket to Kansas. 

The game was played in front of a raucous crowd which included many former Mineral Area basketball players.  MAC has had a long tradition of recruiting players from Chicago, started by Bob Sechrest and carried on by Tim Gray and now Corey Tate.  One of the fans in attendance was Sonny Parker.  Parker is MAC's all-time leading scorer and played six seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors.  His son, Jabari, is currently the #1 ranked High School basketball player in the country.

The win has added significance for MAC fans.  The Cardinals clinched their birth in the National Tournament on the same day former Cardinal Coach and Athletic Director Bob Sechrest would have celebrated his 85th birthday.  Coach Sechrest started the basketball program at MAC and coached at Mineral Area for 24 seasons. He compiled a mark of 465-273. Over his time with the Cardinals, he had seven nationally ranked teams and was named Region XVI coach of the year on three occasions. He spent 45 years with MAC and Flat River Junior College, MAC’s precursor. The 2,300-seat complex on MAC’s campus was named for him in 2002.

This is the 2nd time in school history that MAC has qualified for the National Tournament.  The 1st was in 1977, when they were coached by Sechrest. 

MAC is 26-7 on the year. With the win, Mineral Area will now participate in the NJCAA National Tournament held in Hutchinson, Kansas on March 18-23rd.

The Cardinals will wait to find out what seed they receive in the National Tournament.  Below is a list of the teams that have already qualified:

District 1 (Regions 1, 18): Central Arizona College (29-4)
District 2 (Region 2): Eastern Oklahoma State College (19-15)
District 3 (Regions 12, 15, 19, 20): Hagerstown CC, Md. (29-4)
District 4 (Regions 4,16): Mineral Area College, Mo. (26-7)
District 5 (Region 5): New Mexico JC (27-6)
District 6 (Region 6): Hutchinson CC, Kan. (31-3)
District 7 (Region 7): Motlow State CC, Tenn. (25-3)
District 8 (Region 8): College of Central Florida (30-3)
District 9 (Region 9): North Platte CC, Neb. (29-5) 
District 10 (Region 10): Spartanburg Methodist College, S.C. (32-0)
District 11 (Regions 11, 13): Iowa Western CC (31-2)
District 12 (Region 22): Shelton State CC, Ala. (25-8)
District 13 (Region 17): East Georgia College (30-2) 
District 14 (Region 14): Lee College, Texas (24-10)
District 15 (Region 23): East Mississippi CC (20-7)
District 16 (Region 24): Vincennes University, Ind. (31-2) 

ZONE B QUALIFIERS (Districts 2, 7, 10, 14)
Connors State College, Okla. (24-8)
Walters State CC, Tenn. (17-16) 
USC Salkehatchie (15-17) 
Kilgore College, Texas (26-4)

There will be 4 at-large teams named to the field on Monday. 

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(3/5/13)  MAC will play Malcolm X out of Chicago on Saturday.  The men's team will travel to Chicago, Illinois on Saturday to play a 5:00 game against Malcolm X Community College.  The Malcolm X Hawks are 22-11 and 10-2 at home.  They defeated Kankakee in the Region 4 championship game last night.  A win, would mean a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. 

(3/4/13)  Cardinals await winner of Region 4.  The men's

basketball team will compete in the first round of the NJCAA National Tournament this Saturday, March 9th when they travel to either Kankakee, IL or Chicago, IL.  If Kankakee wins the Region 4 title, the Cardinals will play at Kankakee on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  If Malcolm X out of Chicago wins the Region 4 title, MAC will play at Malcolm X at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The Region 4 title game between Malcolm X and Kankakee is to be played on Monday, March 4th.

(3/3/13)  MAC defeats Moberly to claim Region 16 title.  The men's basketball team defeated the Moberly Greyhounds 77-70 on Saturday night to claim the school's fifth Region 16 title.  MAC was lead by Region player of the year Jay Raulston who scored 23 points.  Shaquille Boga capped off a great tournament with 20 points in the championship game. 

MAC found itself in a twelve point deficit early, but rebounded to go on a 28-10 run to take a 37-31 halftime lead.  Moberly, who was lead by Mike Anderson's 31 points, was able to come back and lead 60-59 late in the 2nd half. However, Mineral Area would not be denied.   A 3-point basket by DeAngelo Tucker, followed by subsequent free throws from Raulston and another 3-pointer by Boga, put the Cardinals ahead for good. Mineral Area shot 12 of 16 from the free-throw line down the stretch to put the game out of reach. 

Corey Tate was named Region 16 Coach of the Year on Saturday.  Tate has won five MCCAC conference titles in nine years.  This is Coach Tate's second Region 16 title.  He now has an overall coaching record of 179-102. 

The Cardinals advanced to the championship game with a 75-58 semifinal win over State Fair on Friday night.  MAC (25-7) will now play against the Region 4 winner from Northern Illinois, on Saturday night in Illinois.  A win, would mean a trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. 


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Photo from Donn Adamson of The Daily Journal

(2/28/13)  Jay Raulston named Region XVI Player of the Year.  MAC sophomore Jay Raulston has been named Region XVI Player of the Year.  Raulston, along with Shaq Boga (McCluer) were both named First Team All-Region XVI.  DeAngelo Tucker (Ladue) and Leon Watkins (McCluer) were named to the honorable mention team. 

Raulston averaged 17.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. 

(2/25/13) Cardinals clinch MCCAC conference title.  Region XVI Tournament up next.  The men's basketball team won a thriller on Homecoming night at the Bob Sechrest Field House.  Jay Raulston (Poplar Bluff, MO) hit two free-throws with 5.4 seconds left to lift the Cards to a 74-73 win over visiting State Fair.  With the win, MAC clinches a share of the MCCAC conference regular season title. 

Up next for MAC is the Region XVI Tournament.  Mineral Area will earn an automatic place in the semifinals as the #2 seed.  The Cardinals (22-7) will play against State Fair on Friday, March 1st at Jefferson College at 8:00 pm.  The winner will go to the championship game on Saturday against the winner of the MSU-West Plains/ Three Rivers-Moberly winner.  

Daily Journal Article


(2/11/13)  MAC completes season sweep of Three Rivers.  The men's basketball team won a road game against Three Rivers on Saturday.  The Cardinals defeated the Raiders by the score of 67-55.  Mineral Area (21-5) improves to 4-2 in the Region XVI and 3-1 in the MCCAC.  MAC is in the running for both the MCCAC conference championship and the #1 seed in the Region XVI Tournament.

The Cardinals will play Moberly on Wednesday night at the Bob Sechrest Field House. 

(1/24/13) Cardinals get big road win against Moberly.  MAC earned its biggest win of the year last night, traveling to Moberly, Missouri, to defeat the Moberly Greyhounds 85-84.  Mineral Area added a put-back basket in the final seconds by Jay Raulston (Poplar Bluff, MO) to pull ahead for good.  DeAngelo Tucker (St. Louis, MO) hit seven 3-pointers for the Cardinals who take over sole possession of 1st place in the Region XVI standings. 

Moberly (17-3) was able to erase a 14-4 deficit early on to take a 23-21 lead.  But the Cardinals showed their usual toughness, battling the Greyhounds until the very end, before Raulston's basket with 6.2 seconds to play to preserve the one point victory. 

MAC (18-3) now faces another tough road test when they take on the State Fair Roadrunners in Sedalia, MO on Saturday night at 7:00. 

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(1/7/13)  MAC defeats Three Rivers in front of packed house.  The Mineral Area men's basketball team defeated rival Three Rivers on Saturday at the Bob Sechrest Field House.  The Cardinals used a 39-26 half-time edge to spurt the 79-69 victory. 

Mineral  Area had a balanced scoring attack paced by Jay Raulston who had 19 points.  Leon Watkins had 18, including a 65 foot last second three-pointer right before the half.  DeAngelo Tucker had 18 points on six three-pointers and Bryce Weibrecht had 16.  MAC (16-3) will play at home on Saturday night against West Plains at 7:00.

Cardinal Freshman Bryce Weibrecht scores 2 of his 16 in the Cardinals 10 point win on Saturday night.  Photo is from Matt King of The Daily Journal.


(1/5/13) Cardinals open up Region XVI play with Three Rivers tonight.  MAC plays rival Three Rivers tonight at the Bob Sechrest Field House.  Game time is set for 7:00pm.  Mineral Area is currently ranked 28th in the latest NJCAA national poll.  Three Rivers (12-4) is the defending Region XVI Champion.

Mineral Area (15-3) just recently got back from a two game tournament down in Port Arthur, Texas.  MAC defeated Seward County out of Kansas and Lone Star State-Cy Fair Community College on consecutive nights. 

The Cardinals will play again next Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Bob Sechrest Field House against West Plains. 

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(12/17/12)  MAC goes 1-1 in Indian Hills Classic.  Mineral Area is now 13-3 after splitting a pair of games up in Ottumwa, Iowa over the weekend.  All three of the Cardinals losses this year are road game to teams from the state of Iowa. 

The Cardinals won the first game on Friday over Kingdom Prep by the score of 106-97 before falling to 11th ranked Indian Hills 97-82. 

MAC now travels south to the state of Texas to participate in the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Classic. Mineral Area will play against Seward County Community College out of Kansas on New Year's Eve, before turning around and playing Lone Star-Cy Fair on New Year's Day. 

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(11/26/12)  Cardinals split in Southeastern Iowa Classic.  The Mineral Area men's basketball team traveled to Southeastern Iowa to play in the Southeastern Iowa Thanksgiving Classic.  MAC won the first game of the classic, defeating Black Hawk East 86-60.  The Cardinals lost the host school, Southeastern Iowa the next night by the score of 86-75.  MAC is now 9-2 on the season, and are ranked 30th in the nation.


The men will host Maryville University JV on Tuesday, November 27th.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  MAC will then host the Rotary Shootout on Saturday, December 1st.  MAC’s opponent in the Shootout will be Christian Life Center Academy Prep School.  Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.


Rotary Shootout Schedule


9:30 a.m.           West County vs. Central (8th Grade)       Boys

11:00 a.m.         Arcadia Valley vs. Clearwater                  Boys

12:30 p.m.         Valle Catholic vs. Crystal City                  Boys

2:00 p.m.           West County vs. Central (JV Game)         Boys

3:30 p.m.           West County vs. Central                        Boys

5:00 p.m.           Ste. Genevieve vs. Hillsboro                    Boys

7:00 p.m.           MAC vs. Missouri Baptist JV                    Men


(11/21/12)  MAC defeats SWIC in home contest.  Freshman Leon Watkins (McLuer) buried a 3-point basket with 2.5 seconds to go to give Mineral Area a 65-64 victory over the Southwestern Illinois Blue Storm.  The Cardinals complete the home and home series with a two-game sweep over SWIC. 

MAC (8-1) will now play on the road in the Southeastern Iowa Classic.  Their first opponent is Black Hawk East College out of Iowa which takes place tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, in Burlington, Iowa.

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(11/19/12) Cardinals go 2-0 in Bob Sechrest Classic.  The MAC basketball team continued its great play this weekend defeating Eastern Oklahoma and Kennedy King in the Bob Sechrest Classic.  On Friday, Mineral Area jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 93-59 victory.  Eastern finished last season 4th in nation.

On Saturday, MAC won 75-56 over Kennedy King out of Chicago. 

The Cardinals (7-1) will travel to Iowa this weekend to play in the Southeastern Iowa Classic.

Daily Journal Article vs. Eastern Oklahoma

Daily Journal Article vs. Kennedy King

(11/13/12)  Mineral Area gets another big road win over SWIC.  The Mineral Area men's basketball team scored another big win on the road last night defeating Southwestern Illinois College last night winning the game by the score of 63-62.  MAC got a late basket by Mississippi State commit Quantel Denson to pull ahead for good. 

MAC (5-1) now gets their first opportunity to play at home this weekend in the annual Bob Sechrest Classic at the Bob Sechrest Field House.  The Cardinals will take on Eastern Oklahoma on Friday at 7:00 before turning around to play Kennedy King on Saturday at 7:00.

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(11/12/12) MAC splits two games in Iowa Western Classic.  MAC lost the first game on Friday evening to #20 Iowa Western by the score of 81-66.  The Cardinals (4-1) got off to a good start, leading by 9 early, but the Reivers went on a sustained run to pull away and get the home win.  On Saturday, MAC defeated Des Moines Area College 61-56. 

MAC is off to a solid start winning 4 of 5.  They have a quick turnaround traveling to Belleville, Illinois tonight taking on Southwestern Illinois at 7:30.

(11/8/12)  Cardinals improve to 3-0 with big road win over John A. Logan.  The men's basketball team went on the road and got a big win against the John A. Logan Volunteers last night.  MAC won the game by the score of 75-70 marking their first road win in Carterville since the 2007-2008 season. 

The Cards will face a difficult test this weekend traveling to the Iowa Western Classic.  They will face #20 Iowa Western on Friday at 7:00, before taking on Des Moines Area on Saturday at 3:00.  You can listen to the game tonight on Iowa Western Radio, 89.7 FM The River by clicking below.

Radio link to game.

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(11/5/12)  MAC goes 2-0 in Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic.  The Mineral Area men's basketball team got the season off to a good start by getting two wins this weekend down in Poplar Bluff.  MAC won the first game over Arkansas Baptist by the score of 100-83 before turning around and defeating Missouri Baptist JV on Saturday 103-66.  The Cardinals will now play against John A. Logan on Wednesday at 7:30 in Carterville, IL.

Daily Journal Article vs. Arkansas Baptist

Daily Journal Article vs Missouri Baptist JV

(10/31/12)  Cardinals start season this weekend.  The Mineral Area men's basketball team will start their season this weekend down in Poplar Bluff as part of the Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic.  MAC will play on Friday at 5:00 against Arkansas Baptist.  They will then play against Missouri Baptist JV on Saturday at 5:00.

(10/11/12) Quantel Denson chooses Mississippi State.  The Cardinals have their first big commitment of the year with Sophomore Quantel Denson (Grandview, MO) agreeing to become a Mississippi State Bulldog.  Mississippi State is lead by first year head coach Rick Ray and competes in the SEC. 

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(10/8/12)  Midnight Madness - Wednesday October 10th

 Midnight Madness will be in the Bob Sechrest Field House directly following the MAC/Jefferson College volleyball game on Wednesday, October 10th.  There will be free popcorn before the volleyball game.  After the game, the cheerleaders, dance team, women’s basketball team, and men’s basketball team will be introduced.  There will be a three point shootout and a slam dunk contest.  At 10:00 p.m. there will be pizza and soda served.

(10/2/12)  Head Coach Corey Tate releases 2012-2013 roster.  The Mineral Area basketball team has released its roster for the upcoming season.  MAC has signed an impressive recruiting class including Jay Raulston (Poplar Bluff), Quantel Denson (Kansas City, MO), Shaquille Boga and Denzel Reed from St. Louis, MO.  For the entire roster click here. 

MAC opens up a month from now in the Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic in Poplar Bluff, MO.