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(9/13/07)  Men's Basketball Personal Development Program Getting Rave Reviews.  The MAC Men's Basketball Coaching staff implemented a Personal Development Program this year designed to help educate their student-athletes about a variety of topics.  "We believe that this program will help our players develop good life-long habits and help reflect our character standards here at MAC," stated Assistant Coach Chad Kish.  The student-athletes had 15-30 minute seminars daily over the first several weeks of the semester on topics such as: Planning for Academic Success, Injury Prevention and Nutrition Guidelines, NJCAA Regulations, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, College Life 101, Residence Hall Living, Financial Planning, Community Involvement, Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, Character Development, among others.  "This is a great way for students to start their college career, this information is valuable for their sucess as young men," commented Head Coach Corey Tate.

(5/8) Sharp-shooting Steve Kerr from Millington Central (Memphis, TN) Inks with Mineral Area College.  Kerr led Millington Central High School to a 15-15 record during his senior campaign, averaging 17.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals a game.  Steve was a true shooter shooting over 50% from the field, 37% from downtown, and 77% from the free-throw line.  He made 90 three-pointers last season, compared to 50 made threes for Cards leader Jerwin Callaway.  Kerr lit it up playing against a solid Memphis-area schedule, scoring over 30 points on four occasions last season. Steve grabbed many honors last season, earning an All-Region VII AAA selection, Runner-up District XIV AAA “Player of the Year," and “Best of the Preps”  for Large Schools in Memphis.  He was Millington Central’s MVP and joined the 1,000 Point Club, finishing with 1,181 points in his high school career.  Kerr Press Release

 

(4/29)  Korey McDaniel becomes the third transfer to Ink at Mineral Area College.  McDaniel, a 2006 graduate of Cuba High School (Cuba, MO), will transfer from Missouri Baptist University.  McDaniel spent last season in the varsity rotation for the Spartans, and in four games against JUCO competition he averaged 32.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.  He averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists a game during his senior season at Cuba High School, where he was named All-Conference and All-District.    McDaniel Press Release

(4/21)  Mineral Area College Announces Signing of DI transfer Kevin Johnson from UWM. 

Kevin “K.J.” Johnson is a strong and athletic 6’5” 240 lb. power forward has transfered from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He was a standout performer on back-to-back Illinois AA State Championship teams at Simeon High School.  Kevin averaged 16.6 points and 7.4 rebounds a game during his senior season, helping his team to a 30-2 record.  The Wolverines captured the Chicago City Title, a Conference Championship, a Regional Championship, the Sectional Championship, and Class AA State Championship under IHSA “Coach of the Year” Robert Smith.  Johnson’s play earned him All-Conference (Red South), All-City, and All-State honors. KJ Press Release

(4/16) Jerwin Callaway inks DI Letter of Intent at Northern Illinois University.  The Cardinals leading scorer (13.4 PPG) will take his hot shooting (50 made 3FG) to the Division I level next season.  Callaway was a MCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA Region XVI All-Region selection in his only season at Mineral Area College.  The Marshall HS (Chicago, IL) graduate will be moving back to Illinois for next season.  Northern Illinois University is a NCAA DI affiliate of the MAC (Mid-American Conference) located in DeKalb, IL.  "Jerwin Callaway is one of the best three-ball shooters that I saw ," NIU Head Coach Ricardo Patton said. "There were a lot of BCS programs recruiting him early on, but I think he saw an opportunity to come here and really have a great college career for the next two years."    NIU Press Release Link

(3/1)  Cardinals end season in Region XVI Tournament Semi-Finals with a 77-60 setback to the Grizzlies from MSU-West Plains. MAC trailed 40-25 at the half, mounted a furious second half comeback, but couldn't overcome the hot shooting Grizz.  Barry Wellington led the way in his final game with 15 points, 3 steals & 3 rebounds.  Kyle Hubbard added 9 and Sean Scott added 8.

(2/25)  Mineral Area led for 30 minutes at Sedalia, but let the Roadrunners snatch a win away from the Cards in final 10 minutes.  The Cardinals led 34-32 at the half and built a comfortable lead in the second half before State Fair mounted a furious comeback.  The Roadrunners ended the game on a 37-7 run to earn a 87-70 win behind Sanijay Watts' 26 points.

(2/21)  Cardinals hit Century-mark with 100-63 MCCAC Conference win in St. Louis.  Mineral Area earned their third Conference Championship in four years with the win over Forest Park that moved them to 5-1 in MCCAC play.  Jeremy Felton had a game-high 24, Jerwin callaway added 19 (5 3FG), and Marquis Young added 12.  Byron Pickens and Marcus Scott hit double figures, scoring 11 & 10 respectively.  MAC grabbed a 49-30 half-time lead, and outscored the Highlanders 51-33 in the second half to earn the win.

(2/18)  Cardinals upend Region leading Three Rivers in a statement game with a 23 point thrashing in front of packed house at MAC Homecoming.  The Sechrest Fieldhouse was rocking as the Lady Cards and Cards both won big over their Conference & Region rivals from Poplar Bluff.  Mineral Area knocked off their third ranked opponent with the 68-45 win over the #19 Raiders.  MAC led 39-28 at the half behind Jerwin Callaway's strong performance (22 points & 7 rebounds).  Jeremy Felton added 11&6, while Gerald Fulton chipped in 8.

 

(2/14)  Mineral Area stays in MCCAC Conference Championship hunt with a 103-67 win over visiting Florissant Valley.  The Cards started the game with their pressure defense leading to easy buckets and ended the game knocking down their eleventh 3 pointer of the night.  Marcus Scott led the Birds with 19 points, with Kyle Hubbard and Barry Wellington chipping in 16 each.  Jerwin Callaway added 13 and Gerald Fulton finished with 12.

(2/11)  Cardinals struggle to find consistency with 8 players, fall in Region XVI contest at Moberly.  Mineral Area was without Jerwin Callaway and Byron Pickens (most of the game) leaving only 8 players to try and outrun the Greyhounds.  The Cards dropped a 85-73 decision to the home team, evening the Region record at 3-3.  Gerald Fulton was hot for the Cards with 23 (5 3 FG), Jeremy Felton added 16, Marcus Scott 13, and Barry Wellington chipped in 11.

(2/8)  Mineral Area plays tough for a half in Iowa, but falls 73-56 to BlackHawks.  The Cardinals forced 8 lead changes and 4 ties in the first half and found themselves trailing by 2 at the half.  But, Southeastern held MAC to 6 points in the first ten minutes of the second half to surge ahead and hold on for the win.  Jerwin Callaway suffered a sprained ankle early in the game, leaving the Cards without their leading scorer.  Jeremy Felton led the way with 12 points & 14 rebounds.  Marcus Scott, Kyle Hubbard, and Barry Wellington all chipped in 10.

(2/3)  Cards rain down 8 three-pointers, but get poured on 90-76 by BlueStorm.  Mineral Area traveled to #5 Southwestern Illinois in search of another road win over a nationally-ranked opponent.  But, SWIC jumped to an early lead and faught off every flurry the Cards threw at them.  Barry Wellington and Gerald Fulton (3 3FG) led the way for MAC with 14 each.  Kyle Hubbard added 12 and Sean Scott had 11 points (3 3FG).  SWIC was led by Chris Hines with 24 (18 in the first half) and Devron Bostick with 18.

(1/31)  Grizzlies defense and poor shooting end Cardinals 4 game winning streak.  Mineral Area's high-octane offense only could muster 23 second half points, after leading 28-26 at the half.  #14 MSU-West Plains outscored MAC by 18 in the second half to claim a 67-51 win in Park Hills.  The Cards were led by Jerwin Callaway with 17, Barry Wellington added 7, and Marcus Scott chipped in 7 points.  MAC hangs on to 2nd in the Region XVI standings with a 3-2 record and dropped to 16-7 on the season.

(1/28) Cardiac Cardinals play in eighth straight game decided by single digits, extend winning streak to four with 67-63 win over State Fair.  MAC survives eight ties, seven lead changes, and a missing Head Coach Corey Tate to move to 16-6 (3-1).  Mineral Area was led by Barry Wellington with 15 (8 in final 4 minutes), Kyle Hubbard 12, Marcus Scott 11, and Jerwin Callaway added 10.  "We needed everything to get this win, even some technology," commented Chad Kish.  He was referring to recieving a text message at half time from Coach Tate who was listening to the game on J98 while recovering from pnemonia.  The improved Roadrunners wouldn't go away as Nnaili scored 25 and Sanijay Watts poured in 22.

(1/24) Mineral Area nips Meramec (St. Louis, MO) in dramatic fashion with a 77-74 win in OT.  Kyle Hubbard hit a buzzer-beater 3 pointer (5 points) on a pass from Barry Wellington (6 points) at the end of regulation for the Cards.  Ryan Lawrence (5 points) grabbed an offensive rebound of Sean Scott's (5 points) shot with 1.8 seconds left in OT and finished a 3 point play with the stick-back and free-throw.  MAC was led by Jerwin Callaway (15 points), Marcus Scott (14 points & steal with 15 second left in OT), and Brandon Hall (8 points).  Meramec was led by Billy Brandenburg with 25 points.  The Cards are now 15-6 and 2-1 in MCCAC Conference play.

(1/23)  Mineral Area College has announced the signing of Oregon State University transfer Mike Stovall.  The Marshall High School (Chicago, IL) standout decided to become a Cardinal after a semester in the High-Major Pac-10 Conference at the NCAA DI level.  Stovall, a 6’5” guard, was a key component in the Commandoes back-to-back 3rd Place finishes in the Illinois State Championships.  He led Marshall with over 20 points a game and added 8 plus rebounds and 4 assist a game during his senior season.  Stovall Press Release

(1/22) Mineral Area College grabs early lead and never let go with a 74-66 win over pesky Greyhounds.  The Cards trailed Moberly Area CC early on, but built a 36-25 half-time lead behind Marcus Scott's 8 points in the frame.  Moberly scratched within 3 points on a bucket from Chris Allen (game-high 20).  But, back-to-back 3 pointers from Barry Wellington (team-high 15 points) helped MAC stay on top for good.  Jerwin Callaway added 12 points (all in the second half) and Gerald Fulton continued to add another scoring threat with 12.

(1/14) Cards end 3 game road trip against nationally ranked teams with 79-76 win over #10 MSU-West Plains.  The Grizzlies entered the game 18-1, but dropped their Region XVI opener to the battle-tested Cardinals.  Mineral Area led 30-26 at the half, and scorched the nets in West Plains by shooting 83% in the second half.  MAC was led by Jeremy Felton with 20, Gerald Fulton added 16, Marcus Scott chipped in 14, and Barry Wellington hit double-figures with 10.

(1/10) Mineral Area drops 79-73 decision to #11 Vincennes (IN) University on the road.  The Cards and Trailblazers exchanged the blows of a heavyweight fighter, swapping runs throughout the game.  MAC was within striking distance, down 2 points with 30 seconds to go.  But, the Trailblazers excecuted down the stretch for the win.  Mineral Area was led in scoring by Marcus Scott with 19 (5 3 FG), Kyle Hubbard added 14, and Jerwin Callaway finished with 10.

(1/7) Cardinals late game heroics run a possession short with 93-88 loss to #6 Three Rivers.  Minerla Area starts off Region XVI play at 0-1 with feisty finish in Poplar Bluff.  The Cards took an early 8-2 lead, but trailed the rest of the game.  The Raiders took control and led 36-30 at the half.  A second frame surge had MAC down 16, but the "never say die" attitude kicked in as the Cards clawed to within 3 with 4 seconds left.  Mineral Area was led by Marcus Scott with 20 & 4 and Kyle Hubbard with 20 (2/4 3FG).  Jerwin Callaway added 16 & 8 and Ryan Lawrence chipped in 8 & 6.

(12/17)  Mineral Area goes 1-1 in Willie Little Memorial Classic in Chicago, IL.  The Cardinals led Malcolm X (Chicago, IL) 42-29 at the half and held off a feisty come-back attempt 82-75.  Jerwin Callaway led the way with 21, Marcus Scott added 14, Byron Pickens 9, and Kyle Hubbard 8.  Mineral Area trailed Kennedy King College (Chicago, IL) 67-59 with 3:20 left, but mounted a comeback to get within a point at 73-72 after a Barry Wellington steal.  The Cards had two scoring opportunities in the final 10 seconds, and dropped a tough loss to the Statesmen 75-72.  Marcus Scott led the way with 25, Jerwin Callaway added 11, and Jeremy Felton chipped in 10.  The Cards head to break at 11-4.

(12/10)  Cardinals use 17-0 run in first half to declaw the Cougars in Rawlings JUCO Classic at Meramec 79-57.  Mineral Area trailed 3-0, then used their trademark pressure defense to take a 17-3 lead over Highland (Freeport, IL).  The Cards led 41-22 at the half and the lead ballooned to 30 in the second half.  MAC used a balanced attack led by Jerwin Callaway and Kyle Hubbard with 13 points each.  Sean Scott chipped in 12, Byron Pickens added 8, and Marcus Scott netted 7.  The win pushes the Cards to 11-3 on the semester, winning five in a row and 8 of their last 9 with two games in Chicago on tap before the break.

(12/8)  Neither rain, sleat, nor the visiting Cyclones could deter the Cardinals in the St. Francois County Rotary Shootout.  Mineral Area jumped to an 8-0 lead, led 45-20 at the half, and cruised to a 93-44 win over Moraine Valley (IL).  Mineral Area was led by Ryan Lawrence with 16 points & 11 rebounds and Brandon Hall with 15 points (3 3FG).  Every Cardinal scored in the contest: Callaway 14, S. Scott 12, Wellington 11, Pickens 11 (6 blocks), Counts 6, Fulton 4, and Hubbard 4.

(12/3)  Counts has career-high as Cardinals light up the scoreboard against Missouri Baptist University JV.  North County HS graduate Nick Counts poured in 28 points (11 2FG, 1 3FG, 3/3 FT) to lead MAC to a 124-57 route over the visiting Spartans.  Gerald Fulton notched 23 for a career-high and Byron Pickens added 22 for the third Cardinal on the day with career numbers. Ryan Lawrence added 16, Brandon Hall 14, and Jeremy Felton chipped in 10 as six of the nine Cards dressed hit double-figures.

(11/29)  Mineral Area grabs fifth win in six outings, outlasts Lewis & Clark (IL) 69-59.  The Cards came out with a defensive midset, holding the Trailblazers scoreless for the first 6 minutes, leading 8-0.  But, the MAC offense didn't ignite all night.  The Cards stretched the lead to 20 in the second half.  But, the pesky Trailblazers faught back to single digits in the final few minutes.  Jerwin Callaway led the Cards with 17, Marquis Young added 17, and Sean Scott chipped in 9.  Floyd poured in 20 for the Blazers.  

(11/28)  Cardinals travel to Carterville to earn a tough 79-73 victory over John A. Logan (IL) College.  Mineral Area played a back-and-fourth first half with the Volunteers before grabbing a 41-35 lead at the intermission.  The Cards led by as many as 12 points late in the game and held on for their seventh win of the season.  MAC was led by Jerwin Callaway with 24 points (4 3FG), and Marcus Scott with 13 (7/9 FT).  Jeremy Felton chipped in 9 and Gerald Fulton added 7.  JAL was led by Matt Lander with 17. 

(11/26)  Mineral Area falls to #12 Southeastern Illinois in battle of the birds.  The Cardinals trailed 37-32 at the half, and rallied to get within a point at 51-50.  But, a strong finish by the Falcons handed Mineral Area their second home loss of the season 92-75.  The Cards were led by Jerwin Callaway with 18, while Sean & Marcus Scott each added 14.

(11/23) Cardinals knock off #1 Cincinnati State 82- 66 after trailing big early.  Mineral Area jumped on the Surge quick, leading 9-2.  But, the Cards offense went south and Cincy State controlled most of the first half, leading by as many as 17.  MAC cut into the lead with their trademark defense and cut the lead to 37-32 at the half.  Mineral Area finished the game strong outscoring the Surge 50-29 in the second half.  The Cards were led by Jerwin Callaway with 14, Kyle Hubbard tallied 11, Ryan Lawrence & Marcus Scott each added 9, and Jeremy Felton scored 8 in the balanced attack.    

(11/17)  Mineral Area College finishes 2-0 in Roseners' Classic with 79-41 victory over Wayne County (Detroit, MI).  Ryan Lawrence paced the Cardinals for the second game in a row with 15 points.  Sean Scott added 13 (3 3FG), and Barry Wellington added 12 in the win.  MAC jumped out to a 51-24 half-time lead and cruised to their 5th win of the young season.  Wayne County was led by Mitchell and Johnson with 7 each.

(11/16)  Cardinals run past Firebirds in Roseners' Classic 97-61.  Mineral Area College jumped out to a 55-32 first half lead on Kirtland (Roscommon, MI) and finished strong to move to 4-2 on the season.  The Cards were led by Ryan Lawrence with 19, Byron Pickens added 15, Jeremy Felton 13, and Marcus Scott 10.  The Firebirds (1-1) were paced by Brian Christian with 21.

(11/15)  #7 Southwestern Illinois outlasts Mineral Area's comeback 86-83.  The Cardinals trailed most of the game, but had their chances to grab a lead late in the game.  Jerwin Callaway led the Birds with 21 (4 3FG), Marcus Scott added 12, and Gerald Fulton chipped in 9.  MAC missed a late free throw with a chance to tie, and had a Sean Scott 3 pointer hit the back rim as time expired.  Devron Bostick led all scorers for SWIC with 37.

(11/11)  Cardinals sweep South Georgia Tech Classic (Americus, GA) with a 87-68 win over the host Jets.  Mineral Area College (3-1) grabbed a 20-4 lead early behing Jerwin Callaway's hot hand (20 points & 6 rebounds).  But, the feisty Jets (2-2) wouldn't go away, closing the gap to 5 in the second half.  Jeremy Felton had a break-out game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Eric McCrary (5/6 3FG) added 17 & 5, and Kyle Hubbard chipped in 13 & 5.

(11/11)  #26 Mineral Area knocks off (RV) Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in opening round of South Georgia Tech Jets Classic.  The Cards (2-1) overcame a 14 hour charter bus trip and a solid ABAC (1-2) Stallions club with a 84-80 victory on Friday.  Mineral Area was led by Marcus Scott with 18 & 7, Jerwin Callaway added 14 & 4, Eric McCrary added 14 & 4, and Jeremy Felton scored 4, grabbed 7 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots.

(11/3)  The Cardinals rebound to claim 95-82 victory over Arkansas Baptist (Little Rock, AR) in Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic.  Mineral Area once again came out of the gate strong opening up a 20 point half-time lead.  But, they learned from the previous night, holding on for their first victory of the season.  Jerwin Callaway led MAC with 19, Barry Wellington added 15 and 7 assists, while Marcus Scott scored 13 (8/10 FT), Jeremy Felton, Marquis Young, and Ryan Lawrence each grabbed 7 rebounds, and Sean Scott chipped in 5 assists.

(11/2)  MAC drops season opener to Bevill State (Fayette, AL) after leading for 37 minutes.  The Cards came out firing on all cylinders opening a 15 point first half lead.  But, BSCC closed the gap to 44-40.  The inexperienced Cards couldn't hold on dropping the opening game in the Three Rivers Tip-Off Classic in the final minutes 88-83.  Kyle Hubbard led the way with 17 points, Gerald Fulton added 13, Jerwin Callaway chipped in 9 & 6, Ryan Lawrence led with 7 rebounds.

(10/17)  Cardinals are recognized in NJCAA Pre-Season poll at #26 Nationally.  Mineral Area starts another season in the pre-season poll, looks to climb as season opens.  The #26 Cardinals recieved the second highest ranking in Region XVI behind #6 Three Rivers and ahead of MSU-West Plains (RV).  The Mineral Area schedule includes a heavy-weight battle with #7 Southwestern Illinois on Wednesday, November 14 at MAC.  The Cards will be facing a tough national non-Region schedule including: #2 Cincinnati State (OH), #9 STLCC-Meramec, #12 Highland (IL), #18 Vincennes (IN), Abraham Baldwin College (GA) RV, Bevill State (AL) RV, John A. Logan (IL) RV, Southeastern Illinois RV, Lewis & Clark (IL) RV, and Southeastern (IA) RV.

(10/20) Mineral Area College Assistant Coach Chad Kish has Article Published in Winning Hoops Chad Kish is no stranger to writing headlines and stories as the Sports Information Director at MAC.  He has several articles published in on-line journals, an article published in the Missouri Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (2005) "The Impact of Positive Motivational Techniques by Coaches on the Achievement Levels of Men's Junior College Basketball Players," and now is featured in Winning Hoops.  His article "Quick Hitters Shred Zone Defenses" will appear in the November/December 2007 issue of the Basketball Coaching Journal.  

(9/13)  Men's Basketball Personal Development Program Getting Rave Reviews.  The MAC Men's Basketball Coaching staff implemented a Personal Development Program this year designed to help educate their student-athletes about a variety of topics.  "We believe that this program will help our players develop good life-long habits and help reflect our character standards here at MAC," stated Assistant Coach Chad Kish.  The student-athletes had 15-30 minute seminars daily over the first several weeks of the semester on topics such as: Planning for Academic Success, Injury Prevention and Nutrition Guidelines, NJCAA Regulations, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, College Life 101, Residence Hall Living, Financial Planning, Community Involvement, Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, Character Development, among others.  "This is a great way for students to start their college career, this information is valuable for their sucess as young men," commented Head Coach Corey Tate. 

(5/15) Mineral Area College releases 2007-08 Men's Basketball schedule.  The Coaching staff got a good start on recruiting this spring, and it's a good thing.  The schedule for the upcoming season includes: 5 National Tournament participants, 6 Region Champions, 10 opponents that played in a Regional Championship game, and only 5 opponents that finished with a losing record.  The Cardinals will play 22 NJCAA DI opponents, 7 DII opponents, and one JV during the upcoming season.  Mineral Area will open the season on November 2 & 3 at the Three Rivers Tip-off Classic (Bevill State & Arkansas Baptist). The Cards home opener is November 14 against Southwestern Illinois, and home finale is against Three Rivers (Homecoming) on February 16.  Non-League higlights include: Vincennes (IN), Southeastern (IA), John A. Logan (IL), Southeastern Illinois, Kennedy-King (IL), Highland (IL), Cincinnati State (OH), and Abraham Baldwin College (GA).  Schedule Link  

(7/27) Byron Pickens passes on UIC and signs with Mineral Area  Pickens, a 6'7" power forward from Senn (Chicago, IL) High School was a spring commitment to University of Illinois – Chicago, but decided to spend his freshman season at Mineral Area College.  He was an Illinois Class AA All-State selection, as well as an All-City and All-Conference (Red North) selection as a senior.  Pickens was named the Conference MVP in 2007 while leading his team to a 21-11 record and a second place finish in the Conference.  He averaged 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks while leading the Bulldogs to the Stagg High School Thanksgiving Tournament Championship and a 3rd Place finish in the Centralia Holiday Tournament (led tournament in rebounds and blocks).  He had standout AAU summers helping him to land as the #30 ranked player in Illinois by Mid-States Hoops.com.  “Pickens ranks as one of the most athletic post prospects in the state and is quick off the floor, and is dominant as both a rebounder, and as a shot-blocker,” added Brian Stinnette from ChicagoHoops.com.  He also netted the #34 slot in Illinois High School Basketball’s Top 2007 Seniors and was named the “Top Up and Coming Power Forward” by Michael O’Brien of the Chicago Sun Times

(7/20) Gerald Fulton, a 6'2" guard from Hazelwood East (St. Louis, MO) High School inks with MAC.  Fulton was a 2006 graduate of Hazelwood East High school and was widely known as one of the best football players in the St. Louis Metro area.  He was listed as a Top 2006 senior by MO Sports Online and finished in the Top 20 in receiving in St. Louis with 34 catches for 753 yards (22.15 YPC).  He was a solid basketball player at Hazelwood East averaging 15.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists a game his senior season.  Fulton gained most of his attention on the gridiron, but wasn’t overlooked on the hardwood by ranking 13th in scoring in the Suburban North Conference.  “He is an exciting player to watch, he is very athletic and is super-explosive in transition.  He has loads of potential and we expect great things from him in the future,” commented Head Coach Corey Tate.

(5/15) Mineral Area College releases 2007-08 Men's Basketball schedule.  The Coaching staff got a good start on recruiting this spring, and it's a good thing.  The schedule for the upcoming season includes: 5 National Tournament participants, 6 Region Champions, 10 opponents that played in a Regional Championship game, and only 5 opponents that finished with a losing record.  The Cardinals will play 22 NJCAA DI opponents, 7 DII opponents, and one JV during the upcoming season.  Mineral Area will open the season on November 2 & 3 at the Three Rivers Tip-off Classic (Bevill State & Arkansas Baptist). The Cards home opener is November 14 against Southwestern Illinois, and home finale is against Three Rivers (Homecoming) on February 16.  Non-League higlights include: Vincennes (IN), Southeastern (IA), John A. Logan (IL), Southeastern Illinois, Kennedy-King (IL), Highland (IL), Cincinnati State (OH), and Abraham Baldwin College (GA).  Schedule Link  

(5/9)  Mineral Area College announces signing of Sean Scott, a 5'11" PG from Farragut HS (Chicago, IL).  Scott was an All-City and All-Conference (Red West) selection this past season.  He helped lead Farragut High School to a #5 National ranking in the USA Today poll, ending the season with a 19-8 record.  The Admirals were ranked in the Illinois Class AA top ten all season, winning the Red West Conference, and playing in the Regional Finals.  He averaged 14.7 points, 5.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 4.2 steals, while shooting 35% from three and 77% from the line.  He was selected to play in the Chicago Public League Luther Bedford All-Star Classic and the Chicago City/Suburban All-Star Game.  Sean was also noted on the ChicagoHoops.com Top 100 seniors-to-be in Illinois list at #72.  "Sean brings a Tim Hardaway type toughness to the point guard position and displays great passing skills.  He was one of the best guards in a guard-heavy conference, and should be a great player in a Cardinals uniform," stated Mineral Area College Assistant Coach Sean Pryor. 

(5/7)  Brandon Hall, a sharp-shooting 6'1" guard from Simeon (Chicago, IL) High School signs on to be a Cardinal.  Hall played an important role on the back-to-back Illinois Class AA State Championship team this season.  He was back-court mates with Derrick Rose (Univ. of Memphis), and team-mates with Tim Flowers and Kevin Johnson (Univ. of Wisconsin - Milwaukee).  Hall helped lead the Wolverines to a 30-2 record this season winning the Chicago City Title, a Regional Championship, Sectional Championship, and Illinois Class AA State Championship under IHSA “Coach of the Year” Robert Smith.  Hall averaged 5 points, 2 assists, and 2 rebounds a game during the 2007 campaign.  Hall made the Chicago Hoops.com Top 100 seniors-to-be in Illinois list at #40, and was selected to play in the Chicago Public League Luther Bedford All-Star Classic.  Brian Stinette (Chicago Hoops.com) stated, “Hall can flat out play! The 6’1” guard, who plays for MeanStreets Express AAU, dropped shots from beyond the arc all weekend. He has one of the smoothest shooting strokes in the state of Illinois.”  

(5/4) Future Cardinal selected to play in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association/ Missouri Sports Hall of Fame All-Star Game.  Ryan Lawrence, a 6'4" wing from DeSoto High School, has ben selected as one of the participants in the most prestigious All-Star game in Missouri.  The game will start at 8:15 pm and is a part of a four game format hosted by Drury College (Springfield, MO) on June 1, 2007.

(5/2)  2006 All-American Tony Webb Inks NLI to play at Missouri Southern State University.  Tony Webb had a solid two year career in a Mineral Area Cardinal uniform, gaining All-American (Honorable Mention) and All-Region XVI honors doring the 2006 campaign.  Tony, originally from Poplar Bluff, MO, was a key part of MAC's two year run, helping the Cardinals win 51 games over that span.  He averaged 9.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.7 SPG, while shooting 38.6% 3FG this season and 12.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 3.2 APG in 2006.  He will join his cousin and former Mineral Area Cardinal T. J. Britton in a Lions uniform next season and play for Head Coach Robert Corn.  MSSU is an NCAA DII affiliate (Joplin, MO) that competes in the MIAA Conference.

(4/30)  MAC All-American Willie Hassell signs to play at Canisius College.  Hassell, a 5'10" shooting guard from Portageville, has decided to take his scoring ability east.  He signed to play at NCAA DI Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, this past week.  Hassell led the Cardinals in scoring at 15.1 PPG, while averaging 2.4 APG, 2 SPG, and shooting 39.1 3FG%, and 72.0 FT%.  He was selected as 3rd Team All-American, an NJCAA All-Region XVI performer, and honored as a MCCAC All-Conference 1st Team award-winner during his sophomore campaign.  He had a career high 30 points and 8 rebounds this season in a MCCAC game against Florissant Valley.  Canisius finished 11-19 last season and competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

(4/23)  Mineral Area College announces signing of 6'7" Jeremy Felton from Belleville West (IL) High School.  Corey Tate and the Cardinals don't play a game until November, but they tallied a win in the recruiting battle with several other "Top 10" JUCO programs on Felton's decision to play at MAC.  Jeremy was one of the best players in the St. Louis Metro Area leading the Southwestern Conference in scoring at 19.4 points, rebounding at 13.1 a game, and finishing second in blocks at 2.8 swats a game.  He only played in 16 games this season after transferring into BWHS, and his team was 7-9 when he played after a 1-7 start.  Felton earned All-Southwesten Conference (First Team), Illinois All-State (Honorable Mention), St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro (Honorable Mention), and Belleville News Democrat All-Area (Second Team).  The Maroons finished Second at the Southwestern vs. South Seven Conference Challenge after Jeremy's arrival.  "Felton is a very athletic player that has the ability to dominate a game on both ends of the floor," stated BWHS Head Coach Joe Muniz.

(4/20)  Cardinals add sharp-shooting 6'7" forward Eric McCrary via transfer from Southwestern Illinois College.  McCrary played for his father, Doug McCrary, at Belleville East (IL) High School, leading the team to a 21-9 record during his senior campaign (2006).  Eric averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, leading the team in all 3 categories, and setting a single season assist record.  He set the school career 3 point record, and was named All-Southwesten Conference (First Team), Illinois All-State (Honorable Mention), St. Louis Post-Dispatch All-Metro (Honorable Mention), Belleville News Democrat All-Area (First Team), and was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Team.  McCrary was named to several All-Tournament teams and helped lead the Lancers to a Illinois State Regional Championship, the Pattonville Tournament Championship, and the Collinsville Holiday Tournament Championship.  "Eric is a versatile swing player that can stretch the defense with his range, rebound with the big boys, and sees the floor very well as a passer," commented MAC Assistant Coach Chad Kish.

(4/19) Mineral Area College’s Dontavis Jones Commits to Henderson State University.  Reserve guard Dontavis Jones will continue his education and playing career at NCAA D-II in Arkadelphia, AR.  Jones will reunite with his Kennett High School Coach Sam Weaver, who is now the front-man for the Reddies.  Jones was an important part of the Cardinals 51 victories over the past two seasons averaging 2.6 points, 1.3 assists, shot 33.3% from 3-point range and 100% from the free throw line.  Jones had a career high against John Wood with 11 points as a freshman and career high 6 assists in a Conference win over Meramec.  “I am happy to be playing for coach Weaver again.  I enjoyed playing for him in high school, and am eager to be a part of the HSU program,” stated Jones.  “We will miss Dontavis next season, although he didn’t play big minutes, he was a big part of the program.  He was like the third assistant coach, he’s got a high basketball IQ,” stated Corey Tate.

(4/17)  Mineral Area College Inks Ryan Lawrence of DeSoto (MO) High School.  The Cardinals didn't have to go very far to sign their first player for the upcoming basketball season.  Ryan Lawrence, a 6'4" versatile wing from DeSoto High School (DeSoto, MO) should help fill some of the holes left by the departing back-court of the Cardinals.  Lawrence averaged 13 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 6 assists in his only season for Coach Allen Davis and the Dragons (23-5).  "Ryan plays very hard, he can do alot of things well, he is a great rebounder, defender, and is an unselfish teammate,"  commented assistant coach Chad Kish.  Lawrence was a First Team Missouri All-State selection, a First Team All-Conference selection, was selected as the Jefferson County Conference MVP, and was a St. Louis All-Metro Honorable Mention selection. The Dragons won the Hillsboro Tournament, finished second at the Park Hills Central Holiday Tournament, finished second at The Ameritime Classic at Parkway West, and won the Jefferson County Conference Championship. 

(4/16)  Oregon State University announces signing of Mineral Area College PG Rickey Claitt.  “I’m excited to get a mature player who’s got the skill level to perform in the Pac-10,” Head Coach Jay John stated.  Claitt earned MCCAC first team honors and was an all-Region XVI selection in 2006-07. He averaged 8.1 points, 5.2 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals his sophomore year, while shooting 47% from the field, 46% on three-pointers.  "He gave a lot up so he could make sure that everyone else was satisfied. Don’t be fooled by the numbers, he can really shoot it. He can do anything a coach asks of him,” stated MAC Head Coach Corey Tate.  OSU Link

(4/12)  John Fowler becomes the first Cardinal sophomore to ink a Letter of Intent by signing at the University of Arkansas Little Rock.  Fowler averaged 11.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, shot 84.7% from the FT line, and 35.3% from 3 this season at MAC.  "John is more than a blue-collar guy. He’s a flannel-collar guy," stated assistant coach Chad Kish.  "Toughness is the first thing that comes to mind. He’s proven his desire to do whatever it takes to help his team win,” UALR Head Coach Shields said. “He played out of position this year and was extremely selfless.”  Fowler was ranked the 65th best junior college player available by JUCO Junction.com in the pre-season.  ADG Link

(3/2)  Mineral Area College places three on the All-Region XVI Men's Basketball team.  Willie Hassell (15.1 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2 SPG) finished second in the voting to Three Rivers' Mantas Griskenas for "Region Player of the Year."  Cardinal PG Rickey Claitt (8 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2 SPG) and forward John Fowler (12 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 85.3 FT%) were also voted to the All-Region Team by the Region XVI Coaches.  Complete All-Region XVI Team  

(2/23)  Four Cardinals honored by Conference Coaches: Claitt and Hassell named First Team All-MCCAC.  Mineral Area had two players make the MCCAC All-Conference Men's Basketball team, and two more tabbed as Honorable Mention All-Conference performers.  Rickey Claitt is the MAC catalyst at the PG position (8 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2 SPG) and Willie Hassell, a 5'10" SG is the team's leading scorer (15.1 PPG, 2.4 APG, 2 SPG).  Both Claitt and Hassell were named to the first team.  Versatile forward John Fowler (12 PPG, 7.1 RPG,  85.3 FT%) and guard Chad Henderson (11PPG) made the Honorable Mention list.

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