Men's Basketball Press Releases


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Mineral Area College will host the Corey Tate Basketball Camp June 19-22 (2006).  The Corey Tate Basketball Camp is open to boys and girls 2nd -12th grade. The cost of this individual camp is $70 per camper. Contact Corey Tate at 573-518-2229 to register.

The 2006 MAC Cardinals Basketball Academy for boys and girls is slated for July 17-20 (2006).  The camp is for boys and girls in 2nd-12th grade of all skill levels.  This is an all day camp focused on individual fundamental skill development and runs from 9:00am - 3:00pm.  The cost is $135 and lunch is provided daily.  For details contact Chad Kish (518-2104 or ckish@mineralarea.edu)   CBA Camp Flyer Link

(5/25)  Mata is the sixth sophomore from Mineral Area to sign a Letter of Intent.  Ralph Mata will continue his career at NCAA-DII Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO).  Mata led Region XVI in assist at 5.2 this season, and hit two clutch free-throws in the Region Championship game with 2.2 seconds on the clock.  Press Release

(5/15)  Tremaine Wilkerson makes his college decision, signing at Oklahoma City University.  Wilkerson will spend the next two seasons playing for Head Coach Ray Harper at OCU (Oklahoma City, OK) an NAIA DI affiliate.  The Stars were the 2006 National Tournament Runner-up, coming within two points of winning the National Championship. Press Release

(5/12)  MAC forward Darryl Butterfield signs with the University of Missouri.  Darryl Butterfield has had a winding journey since graduating from Carol High School in Miami, Florida.  This week, that winding road has found a destination, and that destination is in the high-major Big XII Conference at the University of Missouri.  Press Release

(4/17)  Tony Webb tabbed as All-American by NJCAA.  Webb, a 6'3" freshman guard from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was selected as Mineral Area College's 12th All-American and the 4th in last 5 seasons.  Press Release

(4/12) The Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League selected Lorenzo Gordon of Oklahoma City University in the first round with the seventh pick in the USBL Draft on Tuesday.  Gordon, a 6-foot-7 forward from St. Louis, averaged 23.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.30 steals a game for the NAIA Division I runner-up Stars.  Lorenzo was a NJCAA All-American at Mineral Area College in 2004.  Link

(3/15)  #13 Mineral Area College has streak come to an end in District XII Championship Game at #8 Southwestern Illinois.  The Cardinals 17 game winning streak was snapped by SWIC: extrodinary season comes to an end with an 83-65 set-back.  DeAlan Hicks led MAC with 11 and Tremaine Wilkerson scored 10.  DJ Article

(3/9)  #13 Mineral Area College uses late-game heroics to win Region XVI Tournament Championship Series.  The Cardinals (28-4) extend their winning streak to 17 games and complete a clean Region XVI sweep (8-0 regular season, 3-0 tournament) by defeating MSU-West Plains 76-75 on two free-throws by Ralph Mata in the final seconds of the game.  MAC won their first Region XVI Tournament Championship since 1997, and the fourth in program history behind Chad Henderson's 18 points (16 in the 2nd half).  Willie Hassell added 17 (5 3FG), Darryl Butterfield chipped in 13 & 8, while T. J. Britton added 8 & 7.  DJ Article

(3/7)  #13 Mineral Area College dominates MSU-West Plains 78-57 in the Region XVI Championship series.  The Cardinals led 43-24 at the half and used a potent inside attack to grab game one in the best of three series for the Region title.  The Birds were led by a trio of post players: Eric Stuckey had 13, Darryl Butterfield 12, and Curtis Muse added 11.  DJ

(3/5)  Cardinals advance to Region XVI Tournament Championship with 70-57 win over Moberly.  The Cards started slow, but made a late first half run to grab a 39-29 advantage at the half.  The Cards ended the game strong and advance to the Championship series vs. MSU-West Plains.  MAC was led by Rickey Claitt with 19 and Darryl Butterfield with 12.  DJ Article 

(2/28)  Cardinals earn top seed in Region XVI Tournament, 5 players honored.  Mineral Area has secured a HOME Region XVI Tournament game on Saturday, March 4 at 7:00pm by running the table undefeated (8-0) in Region XVI play.  The MAC "Team-concept" showed as five players were selected to the All-Region team.  Complete All-Region Team

(2/28)  Cardinals move to #13 in Final NJCAA National poll.  MAC spent most of the 2005-06 in the DI poll.  The Cards were ranked as high as #2 this season and finished the regular season at the #13 spot in the nation.  NJCAA Final Poll

(2/27)  Mineral Area pushes winning streak to 14 games and runs the table undefeated in Region XVI with win.  The Cardinals end the regular season with a 76-59 win at State Fair to push their record to 25-4 (8-0).  DeAlan Hicks led the way with 13, Chad Henderson added 10, while T.J. Britton and Tony Webb each chipped in 9.  DJ Article

(2/24)  Mineral Area wins back-to-back MCCAC Conference Championships with undefeated run in 2006.  The Cardinals have won eleven straight conference games over the past two seasons, including a perfect 6-0 this season.  The conference honored the 2006 MCCAC All-Conference squads, which included MAC's: T. J. Britton, Curtis Muse, Willie Hassell, Rickey Claitt, and Chad Henderson.  Complete 2006 MCCAC All-Conference Teams

(2/23)  Cardinals finish off undefeated run in MCCAC Conference with 76-70 win at Meramec.  Mineral Area struggled to get going and to close the game out against the Magic.  But, the short-handed Cards ran their winning streak to 13 games behind a strong performance from Chad Henderson with 22.  Tremaine Wilkerson added 15 and Tony Webb chipped in 9.  DJ Article

(2/19)  Mineral Area extends winning streak to twelve with 91-77 win over arch-rival Three Rivers.  The Cardinals denied Raiders Coach Gene Bess his 1000th victory at the school, stayed perfect in the Region (7-0) and Conference (5-0) and undefeated at home (16-0) in front of thousands of screaming fans.  Chad Henderson led the way with 22, Willie Hassell added 20, and Ricky Claitt chipped in 15 in the Homecoming win for the birds.  DJ Article

(2/16)  Cardinals run past Florissant Valley in 114-79 win.  MAC moves to 4-0 in the MCCAC and 22-4 overall with the win over the Norsemen.  Chad Henderson led the way with 16, and Tony Webb, Willie Hassell, and Eric Stuckey all added 14.  DJ Article

(2/11)  #19 Mineral Area stays perfect in Region XVI with 71-60 win at Moberly.  The Cardinals moved to 21-4 on the season and have clinched the #1 seed and a home Region XVI Tournament game at 6-0 with two games to go.  The Cards advanced past the Greyhounds with a 24-5 run in the second half.  Darryl Butterfield led MAC with 12, T.J. Britton and Tony Webb added 10 each. DJ Article

(2/9)  Cards earn 20th win of the season with 94-64 win at Forest Park.  Mineral Area used a late first-half run and a strong second-half performance to move to 20-4 and 3-0 in the MCCAC with the win over the Highlanders.  MAC was led by Chad Henderson, Tony Webb, Willie Hassell, and Eric Stucky all scoring 11.  The balance continued for the Cards as Claitt, Hicks, Wilkerson, and Muse all added 8. DJ Article

(2/5) The Cards used a balanced attack to get past the Trailblazers 91-62.  Mineral Area held John Wood without a field goal for the first five plus minutes and led at the half 47-26.  MAC had four players in double-figures, led by Tony Webb with 14 points.  Dontavis Jones scored all 11 of his points in a four minute stretch in the second half. 

(2/2)  #18 Mineral Area uses 2OTs to move to 5-0 in Region XVI play with 108-104 win over MSU-West Plains.  The Cards and Grizzlies have spent 6 overtimes in two games this season sorting out who is the better team.  The Cards have edged the Grizzlies in both games.  Darryl Butterfield led MAC with 19 and Tony Webb added 18.  DJ Article

(1/30)  Cardinals move to 4-0 in Region XVI with 76-48 win over State Fair.  Mineral Area jumped to a 46-24 half-time lead and continued the onslaught of the RoadRunners in the second frame.  MAC was led by Tony Webb's 21 and T.J. Britton's 17 and 7.  The Cards move to 17-4 on the season and lead Region XVI at 4-0.

(1/22)  # 19 Cardinals use second half surge to wear-down Moberly and grab key Region XVI win 87-69.  MAC trailed 40-39 at the half, but showed their trademark 40 minutes of intensity to run away with the game in the second half.  Tony Webb scored 22 and Chad Henderson added 11 in the win.  Benning scored 24 for the Greyhounds.  DJ Article

(1/19)  #19 Mineral Area moves winning streak to four with 90-59 victory over Washington University JV.  The Cards stand at 15-4 and remain undefeated in Region and Conference play.  Tony Webb and Tremaine Wilkerson led the way past the Bears with 16 each, Eric Stuckey added 14.  DJ Article

(1/16)  Cardinals earn road win in thrilling 4OT Instant Classic at West Plains.  MAC won their second straight Region XVI road contest and for the first time ever at West Plains with the 114-112 4OT victory.  Tony Webb scored 24, Darryl Butterfield added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Willie Hassell (14 points) hit the eventual game winner.  DJ Article

(1/12)  Mineral Area runs away with 106-52 win over JV Spartans from Missouri Baptist University.  The Cards led 53-24 at the half and continued to pull away behind Chad Henderson's 18.  Willie Hassell added 14, Eric Stuckey and DeAlan Hicks added 12 each, while Dontavis Jones and Tony Webb chipped in 11 a peice.  DJ Article

(1/9)  MAC grabs Region XVI victory and momentum with 80-72 OT win at Three Rivers.  The Cards earned a tough road victory, beating the Raiders at Poplar Bluff for the first time since 1998.  MAC led at the half 42-37, and was headed for a regulation win before a Terrance Smith buzzer-beatting three pointer sent the game to OT.  The Cards outlasted the Raiders with a 13-5 edge in OT.  MAC was led by Darryl Butterfield's 13 & 10.  Willie Hassel scored 12, T. J. Britton added 11 & 11, while Tony Webb chipped in 10 & 8.  DJ Article

(1/5)  Cardinals knock-down 14 three-pointers, but drop heart-breaker to Southwestern Illinois 85-84 at Belleville. The game was tied 36-36 at the half, and ended almost as close.  A 14-0 Blue-Storm run in the second half had MAC trailing, but a flurry of late threes made the finish a heart-stopper.  Tony Webb led MAC with 21, Tremaine Wilkerson added 16, and Chad Henderson scored 15.  DJ Article

(12/30&31)  Mineral Area earns split in New Year's Classic, finishes 2005 at 11-3. The Cards dropped a 71-66 contest to Wabash Valley (IL) in the opener.  Ricky Claitt led the way with 16 points and Tony Webb chipped in 12.  MAC rebounded with a 68-58 win over South Suburban (IL).  T.J. Britton led the Cards with 13 and DeAlan Hicks added 10.

(12/11)  #8 Mineral Area gets nipped 80-78 by #12 Highland.  The Cougars remained unbeaten with a win over MAC at the Rawlings JUCO Classic in St. Louis.  The Cards end the semester 10-2 with the setback.  Curtis Muse led all scorers with 21.  DJ Article

(12/10)  #8 Cardinals fly past #3 Indian Hills in rematch.  Mineral Area led 32-26 at the half before going on a strong second half run.  The Cards led by 20 with 10 minutes to play and held on for the 73-62 win over the visiting Warriors.  Ricky Claitt led the way with 16 points, Willie Hassell added 12, and Tremaine Wilkerson chipped in 11.  DJ Article

(12/5)  Warriors and weather stop Cards from winning at Indian Hills/Hy Vee Classic.  #2 Mineral Area dropped their first game of the season 74-54 to #5 Indian Hills on Friday.  Curtis Muse was the lone bright spot scoring 21 points.  Snow stopped DesMoines Area from traveling to Saturday's game, forcing the Cards to leave Iowa 0-1 on the trip.  DJ Article

(11/30)  #2 Cards stay perfect at 9-0 with 88-74 win over Lewis & Clark.  MAC used a balanced attack and solid defense to win their first MCCAC Conference game of the season over the TrailBlazers.  Curtis Muse scored 14 and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the way.  Willie Hassell added 14, while Darryl Butterfield & Tony Webb each scored 12.  DJ Article

(11/29)  Mineral Area College climbs to #2 in the NJCAA National poll.  The Cardinals are a perfect 8-0 and are led by Willie Hassell (12.5 ppg, 2.8 spg), TJ Britton (9.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Ralph Mata (5.2 apg) and Curtis Muse (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg). The MAC offense is averaging 84.7 ppg, (35th) and the defense is giving up 60.7 ppg, (11th nationally).  NJCAA Poll

(11/26)  Cardinals light up the scoreboard in Tradition Inn/Spokes Classic finale.  MAC used another dose of pressure defense and some lights-out shooting to move to 8-0 with a 112-74 win over Spoon River (IL).  Tony Webb connected on four 3's to lead the Cards with 22.  Ricky Claitt dailed long-distance four times, netting 19.  Hicks added 15 & Wilkerson 14. DJ Article

(11/25)  Tenacious defense helps MAC extend winning streak to seven with win over Illinois Central.  The #6 Cards held the visiting Cougars scoreless for 12 minutes to break the game open at the end of the first half.  MAC led 35-22 at the half and cruised to a 71-44 victory.  Tony Webb led the Cards with 12, Britton and Hassell added 11 each.  DJ Article

(11/22)  Perfect start helps Cards climb 13 spots to reach #6 in the Nation.  Mineral Area College grabbed 3 impressive wins last week to move to 6-0, which helped the Cards earn the #6 ranking in the NJCAA National poll (11/22/05).  The #6 slot is the highest the Cards have soared in ten seasons, since MAC was ranked #5 in 1995.  NJCAA Poll

(11/19)  Cardinals move to perfect 6-0 with win over #28 Southeastern Iowa.  MAC trailed by one for the second night in a row at the half.  Willie Hassell and Tony Webb hit some key shots down the stretch as the Cards nipped the BlackHawks 72-69.  Webb led MAC with 14, and Hassell hit 9 of his 11 in the second half.  DJ Article

(11/18)  MAC uses stingy defense and timely shooting in second-half come-back.  The Cards (5-0) found themselves trailing at the half for the first time this season, 31-30.  But, Mineral remained undefeated, allowing only 16 second half points in a 64-47 win over Lincoln Trail.  Willie Hassell scored 15, Tony Webb added 13, and DeAlan Hicks chipped in 10.  DJ Article 

  (11/16)  Three Cards ink National Letters of Intent in the NCAA early signing period. 

  Curtis Muse and Johnathan "J.J." Jackson have signed NLIs to attend NCAA DI University

  of North Texas in Denton, TX.  Terry "T.J." Britton has autographed his NLI at DII 

  Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO.  Press Release

(11/16)  Mineral Area stays perfect with 20 point drumming of Southwestern Illinois.  The Cards used another dose of their tenacious full-court defense to move to 4-0 on the season with 94-74 win over SWIC.  MAC held a 42-26 half-time advantage and cruised to the win behind Willie Hassell's 14.  The Cards placed 5 players in double-figures, including: DeAlan Hicks with 12, Wilkerson & Butterfield added 11, Muse chipped in 10.  DJ Article 

(11/12)  Cards tame Lions 104-52.  Mineral Area used pressure defense to push to 3-0 with a route of Lindenwood University JV.  MAC was led by Rickey Claitt (6 Reb) & Steven Schauf with 15 each.  T.J. Britton (12 Reb) & Curtis Muse added 12 a peice, and the trio of Darryl Butterfield, DeAlan Hicks, and Willie Hassell scored 10 each.  DJ Article

(11/6)  Cards use swarming defense to hammer Forest Park.  # 19 Mineral Area (2-0) has shown in the first two games of their basketball season that defensive intensity and hustle will be the fuel that powers them to success.  MAC used suffocating full-court pressure to force an extraordinary 41 turnovers on Saturday night, and piled up several fast-break baskets in an easy 87-48 victory over Forest Park at the Black River Coliseum.  DJ Article

(11/5) Tenacious defense leads #19 MAC Cardinals to season-opening win over Kaskaskia.  A three-point jumper by Ralph Mata opened the scoring and began a 20-1 run by the Cardinals. MAC forced 28 turnovers in the contest, and converted early transition opportunities into points while holding the Blue Devils without a field goal in the opening 6:15 of action.  The Cards then cruised to a 87-74 victory to start the season 1-0.  DJ Article

(11/1)  Cardinals ranked #18 Nationally by Street & Smith's College Basketball Preview Mineral Area was tabbed as #19 by the NJCAA in their pre-season poll in October.  The Cards earned additional national recognition in the Street & Smith's poll.  Curtis Muse was also selected as a pre-season All-American by the basketball yearbook.  S&S Article

(10/19)  NJCAA Pre-Season National Poll slots MAC at #19.  The Cards are ranked #19 in the NJCAA Pre-season Poll after a 21-10 finish last season.  MAC will be tested throughout the season with the following games against ranked teams: #3 Indian Hills, #9 Three Rivers, #28 Southeastern Iowa, Highland (RV), MSU-West Plains (RV), Southwestern Illinois (RV), and 2005 National Runner-up Moberley (RV).  MAC also plays some DII heavy-weights, including: #4 DesMoines Area, #9 Meramec, and Florissant Valley (RV).  NJCAA Poll

  (10/7) Legendary University of Missouri Tiger's Coach Norm Stewart visits Mineral Area. 

   Coach Stewart made a visit to the Cardinals practice to see his former player (MAC Head

   Coach) Corey Tate and address the team.  Coach Stewart spoke to the team about the

   importance of education, playing with intensity, and techniques on defending screens.  He spent

   the evening on-campus for a special dinner engagement and was the keynote speaker in the

  Cozean Lecture Series at Mineral Area College.

(9/29)  Cardinals add three late important pieces of the puzzle.  MAC announces additions of 6'1" PG - Ralph Mata (transfer from San Diego City College), 5'10" PG - Willie Hassell (All-State selection from Portageville HS), and 6'6" PF - Eric Stuckey (All-State selection from West Memphis [AR] HS).  Press Release

(9/17)  Three more Cardinals make commitments for upcoming season.  Kenny Burke has committed to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, an NCAA DII institution in Weatherford, Oklahoma.  Burke was an All-Conference selection last season while averaging 12 PPG, 3 APG, 2RPG, and 2 SPG.  Ray Peterson has decided to continue his career at the University of the Incarnate Word, a NCAA-II affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.  Branko Veljovic will play basketball at Hannibal-LaGrange College, an NAIA affiliate located in Hannibal, Missouri.

   (8/22)  Ryan Byrne named Academic All-American by NJCAA.  Byrne, who will be attending Missouri

    Baptist University, adds Academic All-American to his list of many awards last season, including: All-

    Region XVI and MCCAC All-Conference.


(8/15)  Southeast Missouri area transfer will bolster MAC roster.  6'3" SG Tony Webb (Poplar Bluff HS) will join the Cardinals program for the 2005-06 season after transferring from Three Rivers CC.  Press Release

(7/21) Henderson signs Letter to attend Mineral Area College.  Chad Henderson, a 6'2" shooting guard, from Sheffield High School (Memphis, TN) commits to MAC.  Henderson was an All-State Selection last season while averaging 16 PPG, 7 RPG, and 5 APG for the Knights (23-9).  Press Release  

(6/27) Mineral Area inks shooting guard from Florida power-house.  Rickey Claitt, a 6'2" SG from Edgewater (Orlando, FL) will join a solid back-court at MAC in 2005-06.  Claitt was an All-Metro selection last season while averaging 14 PPG, 4 APG, 4 RPG.  Press Release

  (6/10) Dantwan Chillers signs at Lindenwood University.  A year ago Dantwan Chillers didn't even plan on  

   playing basketball at Mineral Area, he had his sights set on returning to the grid-iron.  But, what a difference

   a year makes.  Chillers spent most of last season starting at the point and was the best defender in a MAC

   uniform.  He has moved on to NAIA Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) to play for new head coach

   Ryan Cherepkai.  He will be joined at Lindenwood University by MAC swingman Matt Foster. 

(5/10)  MAC announces three more committments for the upcoming basketball season.  The Cards have added Darryl Butterfield, a 6'6" power forward transferring from State Fair.  Delano Robinson, a 6'3" heady point guard, joins the Cards from University High (Bloomington, IL).  West County's John Barnett, a 6'2" guard that averaged 17 ppg, will add some local talent to the roster in 2005-06.  Press Release

(5/4)  The Cardinals have inked two big pieces of the 2005-06 version of the defending MCCAC Conference Championship Men's Basketball squad. Jerrell Houston, a 6'8" swingman originally from Memphis, TN, is transferring from Mississippi State University after a red-shirt season. Steven Schauf, a 5'11" combo guard from Murphysboro, IL, has also committed to Mineral Area College.  Press Release

   (4/19)  Rob Kennedy and Ryan Byrne announce their committments for next season.  Rob Kennedy has

    signed a NLI to play at NCAA DI Murray State University after a successful freshman campaign.  Rob 

    will have three years to play for the Racers of the Ohio Valley Conference.  Ryan Byrne will wear a

    Spartans uniform at Missouri Baptist University next season.  Byrne was an All-Region and All-

    Conference selection while leading the Cardinals in scoring this past season.  Press Release

(4/5)  Final Stats released for 2004-05 Season.  Link to 2004-05 Individual Stats

Link to 2004-05 Press Releases