Men's Basketball Press Releases 2006-07



(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

(3/14)  Cardinals left one game short of National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, KS for second straight season.  Mineral Area and Three Rivers were tied at 1-1 in the three game Region XVI Championship Series, but missed opportunities at the free-throw line (21/37) cut the Cards season short as the Raiders cut down the nets.  Three Rivers outlasted MAC 85-82 for the game #3 win.  John Fowler led the Cards with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a gritty performance by the sophomore.  Willie Hassell had a solid all-around game with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.  Chad Henderson chipped in 11 points & 9 rebounds, while Tony Webb added 10.

(3/11)  Mineral Area sends Championship Series to a decisive Game #3 with runaway 82-56 win over Three Rivers.  The Cards took an early advantage, leading 36-26 at the half.  The solid defense (creating 28 points off turnovers) and advantage on the boards (42-28) were the difference as MAC balooned the lead to 32 points in the second half.  The Cards were led by Willie Hassell with 15 points and John Fowler with 15 & 7.  Tony Webb added 13, O'dell Eargle had a double-double with 11 points & 12 boards, and Chad Henderson chipped in 10.

(3/9)  Cardinals let a chance slip away, Raiders take Game 1 in best of three series with a 72-70 OT win.  Mineral Area had double-digit leads in each half, but found themself need in big shots down the stretch.  Willie Hassell hit two game tying three-pointers, and Tony Webb added a three late in regulation.  But, a Mantas Griskenas put-back with .8 seconds was the difference in the game.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 13, Barry Wellington added 11, while Rickey Claitt tallied 10 & 5 assists, and Tony Webb had 10 & 8 rebounds.

(3/5)  Cardinals earn a spot in the Region XVI Championship Series with 81-61 Semi-Final victory at Moberly.  MAC grabbed an early lead with their stiffling defense, led 37-27 at the half, and outscored the Greyhounds 44-34 in the second half to survive and advance in the play-offs.  Willie Hassell led the way with 22 points, Chad Henderson scored 15, Tony Webb and O'dell Eargle each chipped in 12, and John Fowler notched 11.  The cardinals advance to play Three Rivers in the best of three Region XVI Championship Series.

(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  

(2/26) Mineral Area caps off Homecoming Festivities with 79-60 win over State Fair.  The Cards led 35-29 at the half behind their stifiling defense, and outscored the Roadrunners 44-31 in the second half to earn their 21st win of the season.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 19, Chad Henderson added 16, and Tony Webb scored 10 in the win.

(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.

(2/22)  Cardinals light-up scoreboard by beating Bears 100-62.  Mineral Area jumped to a 19-1 lead with their smothering press, led 55-25 at the half, and cruised to their 20th victory of the season.  The Washington University (St. Louis, MO) JV Bears didn't match up to the Cards, as MAC had four double-digit scorers.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 17, O'dell Eargle added 15, Alika Snow scored 14, and John Fowler chipped in 12.  Every Cardinal got into the scoring action, and MAC regained their touch with 10 3FGs.

(2/19)  Mineral Area College drops 86-72 contest at Three Rivers.  The Raiders had a key run each half that was eventually the difference in the game.  After falling behind 23-6, the Cardinals faught back within 4 behind Willie Hassell's 18 points.  Rickey Claitt added 13 and 6 assists, Tony Webb chipped in 13, and John Fowler notched 10 points.

(2/15)  Cardinals stay on track for third straight MCCAC Conference Championship with win over Highlanders.  Mineral Area jumped out to a 56-30 lead and cruised in the second half to put away Forest Park CC (St. Louis, MO) 96-64.  Willie Hassell led the way with 18, Kyle Hubbard & Chad Henderson added 15 each, John Fowler scored 13, and Alika Snow chipped in 10 in the victory.

(2/11)  Mineral Area gets tripped up for the first time since early January on the road at Moberly.  Former MAC assistant coach Kyle Gerdeman had his Hounds primed and ready for the Cardinals, and earned a victory over one of his mentors 83-68.  The Cards tied the game at the half on a Tony Webb lay-up at 36-36.  MAC let a second-half lead slip away as foul troubble and poor shooting led to the demise.  Mineral was led by O'dell Eargle with 17 points and 10 rebounds, Willie Hassell added 12, and Rickey Claitt chipped in 10.

(2/9)  Cardinals continue their winning ways with 90-68 victory at Florissant Valley.  Mineral Area grabbed a 43-27 half-time advantage behind Willie Hassell's 19 in the frame and cruised to another Conference win.  Hassell ended the game with a college career high 30 points.  Rickey Claitt added 16 points, and Josh Fogler chipped in a season high 10 points off the bench.  MAC connected on 36 2FGs, 12 3FGs and was 8/14 from the line.

(2/5)  Mineral Area travels to Quincy, IL, and earns a road win over John Wood CC.  The Cards had a 41-40 half-time lead and never looked back cruising to a 79-69 win.  John Fowler led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds.  Willie Hassell added 15 points and 5 boards, and Kyle Hubbard chipped in 11.  The Trail Blazers were led by Mitchell Wesphal with 23.

(2/1)  #11 Cardinals keep MCCAC Championship drive in gear with come-back win over Meramec at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.  Mineral Area trailed 35-26 at the half, but scored 49 second half points to pull out the 75-69.  MAC was led by Chad Henderson with 20 points, 12 rebounds (7/9 FT), Willie Hassell with 14, and Tony Webb added 12 (4 3FG).  Ricky Claitt scored 3, with 6 rebounds and 7 assists.  Marcus Seidel led the Magic with 15.

(1/31)  #11 Mineral Area leads buzzer to buzzer in 82-69 Region XVI win at MSU-West Plains.  The Cards dropped in the rankings with the off-the floor incident, but took care of business on the court by beating the Grizzlies.  Willie Hassell led MAC with 18, Tony Webb added 15, Chad Henderson chipped in 13, while Kyle Hubbard scored 11, and Ricky Claitt added 11 and 6 assists.  The Cards were 9/17 from three and 11/15 from the line, O'dell Eargle led the way on the glass with 8 rebounds.

(1/29)  #4 Mineral Area rebounds from tough week off the floor with 88-70 Region XVI win at State Fair (Sedalia, MO).  The Cardinals led 49-39 at the half, and contineud their strong play with an 18 point victory over the Road Runners.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 22, John Fowler also added 22, Ricky Claitt chipped in 14, and Alika Snow added 10 in the victory.

(1/29)  #4 Mineral Area rebounds from tough week off the floor with 88-70 Region XVI win at State Fair (Sedalia, MO).  The Cardinals led 49-39 at the half, and contineud their strong play with an 18 point victory over the Road Runners.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 22, John Fowler also added 22, Ricky Claitt chipped in 14, and Alika Snow added 10 in the victory.

(1/23)  Cardinals drop from 17-2 to 13-6 due to a self-reported eligibility violation discovered by Athletic Director Tim Gray.  Mineral Area unintentionally played ineligible players in four games this semester and discovered the mistake this past Monday.  The Cardinals will have to forfeit the four games, but remain eligible for post-season play.  Press Release

(1/21) #5 Mineral Area comes from behind to nip the Grehounds and keep home winning streak in tact at 34.  The Cards needed key free-throws by John Fowler (8 points), some deep threes by Tony Webb (11 points, 3 3FG) and some big shots from Willie Hassell (25 points, 5 rebounds) to earn a tough 73-65 victory over Moberly.  Jones and Allen had 16 each for the Greyhounds.  The win moves the Cardinals to 17-2, and 3-0 in Region XVI play.

(1/16)  #7 Cardinals extend home winning streak to 33 games with 77-65 win over MSU-West Plains.  Mineral Area College never trailed and pushed their record to 16-2 and 2-0 in Region XVI play with the victory over the Grizzlies.  The Cards were led by Willie Hassell with 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds.  Eric Stuckey added 12 & 6, Rickey Claitt tallied 11 and dished out 10 assists, and Tony Webb chipped in 11.

(1/11)  #7 Mineral Area College runs past Missouri Baptist University JV in a 111-47 route.  The Cards jumped all over the Spartans, leading 50-21 at the half.  The dominance continued in the 61-26 second half as the home winning streak extended to 32 games.  The Cards were led by Willie Hassell with 23 (5 3FG), Barry Wellington added 20, and Alika Snow scored 15.

(1/8)  #6 Cards advance to 14-2 with 82-72 victory over Three Rivers (Poplar Bluff, MO).  Mineral Area led 34-28 at the half, and controlled most of the second half in the 10 point victory over the visiting Raiders.  MAC was led by Willie Hassell with 19 points, Tony Webb and Rickey Claitt each scored 11 in the Region XVI & MCCAC win.

(1/4)  #6 Mineral Area drops to 13-2 with road loss at Southwestern Illinois (Belleville, IL).  The Cards trailed 36-30 at the half and couldn't overcome a slow start dropping the game 87-73 despite a late flurry.  Chad Henderson led the way with 18, Willie Hassell added 15, and Eric Stuckey scored 12. MAC hit 21/27 free throws to SWIC's 29/40.

(12/11)  #7 Cardinals grab 69-57 win over Highland (Freeport, IL) in Rawlings JUCO Shootout at Meramec (St. Louis, MO).  Mineral Area was fresh after missing their Saturday game against Vincennes (IN) due to a power outage.  The Cards got to a slow start, but built a 36-29 half-time lead with solid defense.  MAC pulled away with two second half runs behind Chad Henderson's 19 points.  John Fowler added 13 & 8, Tony Webb chipped in 12, and Eric Stuckey added 12 rebounds to extend the winning streak to six at the end of the semester.  The Cardinals are 13-1 in the first half of the season and will take a two week holiday break.

(12/4)  #8 Mineral Area wins two in Warriors Classic at Wabash Valley College (Mt. Carmel, IL).  The Cards battled a variety of adversity in moving to 12-1 this week-end.  They started by battling the ice storm, power outage, and the travel nightmare to Wabash Valley.  But, the Cards came away with a 72-62 win over host Wabash Valley on Friday.  MAC was led by John Fowler with 15 & 6, Barry Wellington added 14, Eric Stuckey chipped in 13 & 9, and Chad Henderson netted 11 & 5.  Mineral Area grabbed a 78-56 win over Simmons College (Louisville, KY) in a run-away.  MAC was led by Rickey Claitt with 13, Barry Wellington added 11, while Tony Webb, Willie Hassell, and Chad Henderson all scored 10.

(11/30)  #8 Cardinals extend MCCAC Conference streak to 12 games over a three year period with 96-63 win over Lewis & Clark at Godfrey, IL.  Mineral Area surged to a 41-33 lead at the break after trailing most of the first half.  Barry Wellington played his best game as a Cardinal, scoring 18 (4/4 3FG) and adding 5 rebounds.  Eric Stucky had 16 second half points (18 total & 8 rebounds) leading the jail-break.  John Fowler turned in another solid performance with 17 points & 9 rebounds, while Tony Webb added 15 & 6.

(11/29) Former MAC Cardinal Darryl Butterfield helps lead undefeated Mizzou (7-0) this season.  The Tigers will get a tough test against the Razorbacks from Arkansas this week, and Butterfield is expected to continue his solid play.  Darryl is averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes a game so far this season.  Columbia Missourian Article

(11/25)  #7 Mineral Area shoots the lights out drilling 13 threes in 100-40 win over Dyersburg State (TN) in finale of the Spokes/Tradition Inn Classic.  Dontavis Jones led the Cards with 15 (3 3FG), Tony Webb added 14 (4 3FG), John Fowler chipped in 11, and O'dell Eargle added 10 points & 13 rebounds.  For the second night in a row, all 13 Cardinals scored.  DSCC was led by Denton with 9.  DJ Article

(11/24)  Cards bounce back with 98-66 win over visiting Crusaders in the Spokes/Tradition Inn Classic at MAC.  Mineral Area led 52-23 at the half and used a balanced attack, having everyone score, to grab their eighth win of the season.  Willie Hassell led the way over Spoon River (IL) with 17, Erick Stuckey added 13, and Shawn Romey chipped in 10.  SRCC was led by William's 15 points. DJ Article

(11/22)  #7 Mineral Area drops a tough road contest at Southeastern Illinois 79-86.  The Cards trailed at the half 42-33, and fell behind by 18, before Rickey Claitt (16 points) led a valliant come-back.  MAC got as close as one in the final minute, but couldn't pull the come back on the road.  Ricky Claitt hit 3 threes, Willie Hassell had 17, including two big threes down the stretch.  John Fowler added 13, while Chad Henderson and Eric Stuckey each chipped in 10.  DJ Article

(11/18)  #19 Cardinals defeat Lincoln Trail (IL) 79-56 in Rosener's Classic.  Mineral Area extended their home winning streak to 28 straight games with win over the Statesmen.  MAC was led by Eric Stuckey with 20 (7 rebounds), John Fowler added 17, Willie Hassel 9, and Tony Webb with 8.  The Cards led 35-27 at the half, and LTCC was led by McNeil with 15. 

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(11/17)  Mineral Area moves to 6-0 with 86-68 win over Clark (WA) in Rosener's Classic.  The Cards overcame a sluggish first half to outscore a pesky Clark team 49-32 in the second half.  John Fowler led the way with 19 (8 rebounds), Tony Webb added 17 (5 assists), Willie Hassell chipped in 12, and Rickey Claitt added 11.  Stucky and Eargle both contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds each.  The Penguins were paced by Westbrooks' 22 and Mitchell's 11.

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(11/14)  The Cards (5-0) escape the Blue Storm (4-1) in a rematch of the 2006 NJCAA District Play-off game.  The Cardinals trailed 40-37 in a physical back-and-fourth first half.  A balanced second half attack pushed the lead to seven, but two late three pointers made the final a 79-77 Mineral Area win over Southwestern Illinois.  Chad Henderson left the game in the middle of the second half with a cut above his eye, bud led all scorers with 18.  Willie Hassell added 16, John Fowler 15, Eric Stucky and Rickey Claitt 7.  SWIC was led by Josh Parker with 14 and Devron Bostick with 13.  DJ Article  

(11/11)  Mineral Area College moves to 4-0 with a win over Lindenwood JV. The #19 Cards led 48-22 at the half, and pulled away down the stretch to win 109-53. The Cardinals were led by O'dell Eargle with 20 points, Eric Stuckey added 18, John Fowler scored 16, Barry Wellington 15, Willie Hassell chipped in 13, and Tony Webb scored 10. Josh Fogler connected for 8, Dontavis Jones 3, Tommy Smith 2, Chad Henderson 2, and Shawn Romey had 2.  Sanchez paced the Lions with 12.

(11/8)  #19 Cardinals hold off late surge from #20 Wabash Valley (IL) in home opener.  Mineral Area came out firing on all cylinders, building a 52-19 half-time lead over the Warriors.  But, legendary coach Dan Sparks led his team back into the game, closing the lead to 7 late in the second half.  MAC held on for a 81-72 victory, led by Chad Henderson's 20, Eric Stuckey added 17, Willie Hassell chipped in 15, and John Fowler had 12.  The Warriors were led by Dexter Powell's 18 and Emmanuael Gaiter's 16.  DJ Article

(11/4)  Mineral Area moves to 2-0 with win over a talented Bevill State (Jasper, AL) team.  The Cards led 40-34 at the half and pulled away from the Bears late to capture a 91-77 win.  John Fowler led MAC with 23, Tony Webb added 22, and Chad Henderson chipped in 18, while   freshman phenom Barry Wellington scored 10.  MAC hit 10 three pointers and was 19/25 from the FT line.  Jared Allen led BSCC with 24.  DJ Article

(11/3)  Cardinals earn hard-faught season-opening win 107-93 over the Blue Devils.  Mineral Area trailed 43-41 at the half, but a strong run in the middle of the second half sparked by Chad Henderson helped the Cards defeat Kaskaskia College.  Henderson led the Cards with 22, Eric Stuckey chipped in 18 (15 rebounds), O'dell Eargle scored 17, Willie Hassell added 11, while Tony Webb and John Fowler each netted 10.  Guss Moss led KC with 26.

(11/1)  Two Cardinals chosen by JUCO Junction for National Recognition.  Every season Rivals.com (a National Sports Recruiting firm) has their panel of experts rank the top 125 JUCO sophomores in the Nation.  The results are released on JUCO Junction, and this season, two Cardinals made the list.  Rickey Claitt was tabbed as the #63 sophomore in the nation, while transfer John Fowler earned the #65 spot.  Top 125 List

(8/14)  DeAlan Hicks inks at NCAA DII Clark Atlanta University.  DeAlan Hicks, a 6'3" guard that spent two seasons at Mineral Area College makes it seven sophomores this season, and fifteen total players in the past two seasons (including every second-year player) to earn a four-year basketball scholarship.  Hicks was a mainstay in the Cards line-up scoring 8 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, and dishing out 2 assists in the balanced MAC offense.  The Panthers are a NCAA DII member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

(5/15) O'dell Eargle, a 6'7" combo forward from Youngstown, Ohio, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Mineral Area College.  Eargle averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists during his senior season playing for coach Steve Arnold at Warren G. Harding High School.  Eargle earned All-Conference honors while leading the Raiders to a 27-3 record, helping the school finish ranked #3 in the state of Ohio.  O'dell was listed as one of the top 50 players in the State of Ohio by Rick Bolus' High Potential Basketball Recruiting Service.  "O'dell is a long, athletic player that can play either forward position here at Mineral Area.  He is a prototype point-forward for our system, we should see some great things from him in a Cardinal uniform,"  commented assistant coach Chad Kish.  Eargle should help MAC fill the position vacated by the graduation of T.J. Britton (Missouri Southern) and Tremaine Wilkerson (Oklahoma City University).

(5/5) John Fowler, a 6'4" wing from Blytheville, Arkansas, has transferred from Bosier-Parrish in Louisiana.  Fowler averaged 21.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists a game during his senior season at Blytheville High School.  He helped lead his high school team to a 25-4 record and the Arkansas Final Four his senior season, while winning the Blytheville Tournament, the Sikeston Invitational, and the NEA Tournament.  John was a two time All-State and All-Conference performer, and as a senior he was the Courier News "Player of the Year," the NEA "Player of the Year," and was selected to play in the Arkansas All-Star Game.  John is currently 5th all-time on Blytheville High School's scoring list.  "John has the skill and ability to become a great player here at Mineral Area.  He can attack the basket off the dribble, or stretch the defense with his perimeter shooting," commented assistant coach Kyle Gerdeman.

(4/20) Irmantas "I.G." Griksas, a 6'7" 230 pound power forward/center from Silute, Lithuania will wear a Cardinals uniform next season.  Griksas played a key role in Roanoke Catholic High School's (Roanoke, VA) 2005 Class II State Championship run.  Griksas averaged 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists while earning the team's Unsung Hero Award.  "I.G. is a strong, versatile post player.  We will see some great things from him in the next couple of years," commented head coach Corey Tate.  He is expected to help fill the void in the post left by the graduation of Curtis Muse, Darryl Butterfield, and Johnathon Jackson.

(4/16) Barry Wellington, a 6'0" point guard, played last season at Treadwell High School in Memphis, Tennessee.  Wellington was the fourth leading scorer in the Memphis prep ranks in 2006 by poring in 25.4 points a game.  He is a solid all-around player averaging 6.0 assists, 5.6 rebounds, and 3.2 steals.  He recieved many accolades, including: Best of the Preps (04-05 & 05-06), All District Team, All Region Team, and was Treadwell's Best Offensive Player, Most Dedicated, and the school's Most Outstanding Male Athlete (04-05).  "Barry is a strong and explosive point guard that will add another dimention to our team both offensively and defensively," commented assistant coach Chad Kish.

(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

(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

(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