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(3/5) Three more Cardinals earn post-season awards as NJCAA All-Region XVI team is announced.  Gerald Fulton, a sophomore SG from St. Louis, made a run for "Region XVI Player of the Year" finishing third overall to Marquise Carter and Jeremy Marrs from Three Rivers.  Fulton averaged 14.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, and led the team with 50 made three pointers.  Jeremy Felton, a 6'7" sophomore PF, has been a force in the paint for the Cardinals fro two years.  Felton averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks this season.  Mike Stovall, a 6'5" versatile G/W that signed with NCAA DI DePaul University (Chicago, IL) averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assist in is sophomore season at MAC.

(2/27) Three Cardinals honored by MCCAC Coaches on the All-Conference team.  Sean Scott, a sophomore PG, has been a solid floor general for Mineral Area College for the past two seasons.  Scott is averaging 6 PPG (leads Region XVI), 5 APG & 3 RPG this season.  Byron Pickens, a 6'7" sophomore PF/C that made a verbal commitment to NCAA DI Univ. of Illinois-Chicago, was also voted to the first team.  Pickens is avereging 6 PPG, 6 RPG, and shooting 47% from the floor this season.  Eric McCrary, a 6'7" sophomore sharp-shooting PF, was also honored on the MCCAC first team.  McCrary is averaging 6 PPG, 5 RPG, 2 APG, and has made 35 3FG (2nd on team).  "We are very proud of these sophomores.  They have put in the hard work and deserve the recognition the MCCAC has given them," commented Corey Tate.

(2/23) Cardinals play Raiders even for first half, but Three Rivers snaps winning streak with 82-61 victory.  Mineral Area led most of the first half, but trailed at the half-time horn 33-32.  The Raiders dominated the second half and ran away with a Region XVI and MCCAC win in Poplar Bluff.  Tonye Smith led the Cardinals with 17 points and Eric McCrary added 8 points and 7 rebounds.  Jeremy Marrs led TRCC with 22 points and 12 rebounds.  Three Rivers secured the #1 seed and Mineral Area will be the #2 seed and face #3 State Fair in the Region XVI Tournament Semi-Finals on March 6 at Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO).

(2/20)  Mineral Area riding a seven-game winning streak with 73-70 win over #14 Southeastern (IA) CC.  The Cards and Blackhawks played a back-and-fourth first-half that ended with 38-37 on the scoreboard in favor of SCC.  Gerald Fulton (11 points) hit a three in the final minute to give the MAC the lead for good, as solid defense and clutch free-throws held off a late fury from Southeastern.  Jeremy Felton was solid scoring 19 points, Eric McCrary chipped in 11 points (3 3FG), and Byron Pickens added 10 to make four Cardinals finish in double-figures.

(2/19) Cardinals stay red hot with 88-77 win over visiting Forest Park CC.  Mineral Area grabbed a 50-35 half-time lead and held off the pesky Highlanders squad to earn a MCCAC Conference win.  Steve Kerr had his bast game in a MAC uniform connecting on six 3-pointers to lead the Cardinals with 20 points.  Byron Pickens finished with 11 points & 11 rebounds, while Sean Scott added 11 & 7 assists.  MAC connected on 13 3-pointers in the game.

(2/15)  Mineral Area extends winning streak to five with a 71-68 victory at Moberly.  The Cards started off red-hot grabbing a 37-21 advantage at the half.  But, the Greyhounds wouldn't go away and got within three as the buzzer sounded.  Gerald Fulton scored 24 and Mike Stovall added 12 in the Region win for MAC, pushing their record to 16-10 (5-1 in Region XVI play). 

(2/7) Cardinals stay red hot with a 80-70 win over visiting Trailblazers.  Mineral Area trailed by a dozen early, but showed some character to fight back to a 38-36 half-time lead.  Mike Stovall played his best basketball in a month scoring 18 (2 3FG) and Gerald Fulton continued his personal offensive onslaught with a game-high 19 points.  Jeremy Felton chipped in 11 & Carlton Guyton added 8 in the home win over Vinncennes (IN) University.

(2/4)  MAC Cardinals grab a road Region XVI win with 88-62 win over the Grizzlies in West Plains.  Mineral Area got off to a fast start and led 47-36 at the half over MSU-West Plains.  The Cards improved to 14-10 (4-1) by running away in the second half with a 41-26 advantage.  Gerald Fulton scored 17 to lead all players and Eric McCrary added 13 points and 6 rebound (3 3FG).  Mike Stovall chipped in 12, and Sean Scott added 9 with 6 assists in a game that featured twelve Cardinals in the scoring column.  The Grizz were led by Anthony Allison with 13.

(2/2)  Mineral Area College overcomes 15-point defecit in final 8 minutes to earn a Region XVI road win over State Fair.  The Cardinals trailed 36-29 at the half and couldn't get a solid run ignited through the first 30 minutes.  But, a fast-paced final 8 minutes, including a 19-3 run helped the Cards grab a 74-72 win over the Roadrunners.  Gerald Fulton pumped in a game-high 24 points, Al Rapier chipped in 11, and Jeremy Felton played inspired basketball with 10 & 10.  

(1/24) Cardinals grab second place in Region XVI standings with a 77-57 win over Moberly Area CC.  Mineral Area started off fast and led 43-28 at the half behind a strong start from Gerald Fulton who scored 18 of his 20 in the first frame.  Jeremy Felton looked like a pre-season All-American selection with 17 & 12.  Carlton Guyton scored 11 in the second half to finish with 13, while floor general Sean Scott added 9 with 7 assist.  Sam Pearson led the visiting Greyhounds with 23.

(1/22)  Mineral Area College drops MCCAC contest at Meramec.  The Cardinals trailed 32-30 at the half and looked to make a solid run in the second frame.  But, poor perimeter shooting was a factor that thwarted the comeback. Drew Moore led the Magic to an 80-72 win, scoring 25 points.  Tonye Smith led the Cardinals with 15 points, all in the second half.  Sean Scott added 11, while Mike Stovall and Jeremy Felton chipped in 9 each.

(1/17)  Cardinals move into second place in Region XVI standings with an 89-78 win over visiting MSU-West Plains.  Mineral Area got off to a fast start scoring 22 points in the first 8 minutes with their trademark uptempo attack.  The Grizzlies clawed their way back into the game trailing 42-41 at the break.  An exciting game featuring 7 lead changes turned in favor of the Cardinals with about 8 minutes remaining, as Brandon Hall and Gerald Fulton each sank a pair of free-throws to claim the lead for good.  Gerald Fulton torched the nets for 29 (12/12 FT), Sean Scott added 11 & 8 assists, and Tonye Smith chipped in 9.  The Grizzlies were led by Devon Peltier with 18.

(1/10)  Mineral Area skid at four with 63-50 loss to Three Rivers.  The Cards trailed 35-32 at the half, but connected on only 4 field goals in the second frame.  The Raiders earned a Region XVI and MCCAC Conference win behind Marrs' 18 points.  The Cardinals were led by Jeremy Felton with 10.  MAC played solid defense allowing only 63 points and holding the Raiders to 28 points in the second half.  But, ice cold shooting was the problem as the Cards only connected on two 3 pointers.

(1/6)  Cardinals can't stop the Southwestern Illinois winning streak, drop 86-69 contest.  Mineral Area College played a solid defensive first half, trailing SWIC 41-38 at the intermission.  The Bue Storm used a run with six minutes left to end the Cards upset bid and earn a victory.  Gerald Fulton led MAC in scoring with 16, Eric McCrary added 12, and Brandon Hall chipped in 11.

(1/4)  Mineral Area College drops two close decisions in Three Rivers New Years Classic.  The Cardinals returned from break slow, trailing Seminole State College (OK) by 23 points in the first half.  The Cardinals closed the gap to 12 at the break, trailing 44-32.  MAC tied the game in the final 10 seconds with a deep three-pointer from Gerald Fulton, but let the game slip away giving up a bucket with 1 second remaining to drop opening round action 70-68 to the Trojans.  The Cardinals led most of the way over the defending NJCAA-III National Champions from North Lake College (TX).  Mineral led 25-23 at the half, but a late game fury from D. Williams (17 points) lifted NLC past the MAC 56-53.  Tonye Smith led the Cardinals with 12, Carlton Guyton added 11, and Byron Pickens chipped in 8.

(12/14)  MAC Cardinals grab a 67-57 win over John Wood CC at Rawlings Shootout in St. Louis.  Mineral Area College jumped out to an early double-figure lead over the Trailblazers.  But, John Wood (Quincy, IL) fought back to get within two at 29-27 at the half.  The Cards pulled away to end the 2008 portion of the season at 10-5 with the 67-57 victory.  Gerald Fulton led the way with 12 points, Korey McDaniel hit 3 three-pointers to end with 9, Al Rapier chipped in 9, and Jeremy Felton added 9.

(12/13) Mineral Area grabs big lead over Carl Sandburg, holds on to win 87-78 in Rotary Shootout feature game.  Mineral Area's swarming defense and transition offense built a 54-30 first-half lead.  The Cards were led by Jeremy Felton's 17, Gerald Fulton's 15, and Mike Stovall's 13 points.  Twelve Cardinals scored, as Steve Kerr drained 3 straight threes to end with 9, Korey McDaniel added 8, and Byron Pickens added 7 in the win.  Hopkins led CSC with 21.  

(12/8)  Cardinals only trail once early, grab road win at Lincoln Trail CC 68-60.  Mineral Area played solid defense grabbing a 35-28 half-time lead.  The offense sputtered late in the first and early in the second-half scoring only 2 points over a six-plus minute span.  But, a solid defensive effort helped the Cards hold the lead and leave Robinson, IL, with a 68-60 victory.  Gerald Fulton paced the Cards with 14 points, Sean Scott added 12 and 7 assists, and Carlton Guyton chipped in 8.  Aaron Weeden led the Statesmen with 22.

(12/5)  Mineral Area lights up the scoreboard in Memphis with 98, but drops exciting 104-98 game.  The Cards faught back from a first-half 14 point defecit and took a 5 point second-half lead over the host Saluqis.  But, Southwest Tennessee CC recovered to earn a home court win.  Gerald Fulton paced the Cardinals with 30 points.  Mike Stovall scored 21 and Eric McCrary added 12 in the loss.

(11/30)  Mineral Area College continues roller-coaster ride by running away with an 84-69 win over Redlands in MAC Thanksgiving Classic finale.  The Cards took a 33-30 lead over the visiting Cougars from El Reno, OK, and went on a "old-school" MAC scoring streak early in the second half with a swarming defense and plenty of transition offense.  Gerald Fulton scored 14 in the streak to lead the way with 27 points.  Jeremy Felton added 17 & 11 and Carlton Guyton finished with 13 in the win.  RCC was led by Marvin Roberts with 35.

(11/29)  Cardiac Cardinals can't win second straight thriller at the Sechrest Fieldhouse, drop a 73-72 decision.  Mineral Area College showed signs of running away with a big win, building a 14 point first-half lead over Malcolm X (Chicago, IL).  But, a strong performance from Phil Gary helped the Hawks earn a come-back win.  The Crads took a 72-71 lead on Jeremy Felton's two free-throws with 32 seconds left.  A back-door dunk by Archie Boyd gave the Hawks a lead with 7 seconds left.  A desperation shot by Eric McCrary fell off the rim as time expired.  Gerald Fulton led the Cards with 22 and Mike Stovall added 12.

(11/24)  Mike Stovall sinks a three pointer with 2.5 seconds left to erase a ten point deficit late in the second half to lead Mineral Area to a 68-67 win.  The Cradinals and Statesmen played a physical back-and-fourth game with multiple lead changes.  Kennedy-King grabbed a ten point lead late in the second half, but a swarming pressure defense and several critical stops on the defensive end led to a come-back win by the "Cardiac Cardinals."  Mike Stovall nailed the comeback capping three pointer from the left wing to finish with 10 points.  Byron Pickens led the way with his inspired performance including 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Tonye Smith scored 11, Jeremy Felton added 9 points and 11 rebounds, and Eric McCrary came up big in the final seconds with a critical block and two physical rebounds ending the night with 6 points and 8 rebounds.  Banks led KKC with 18, Tim Flowers added 17.    

(11/22)  Mineral Area College defeats Simmons College 76-58 in the Bob Sechrest Classic at Park Hills, MO.  The Cards only trailed once in the game and played inspired basketball for 40 minutes.  Tonye Smith led the way with 15 points (all in the first half) in a balanced attack.  MAC took an early lead and went to the locker-room with a 40-39 lead.  Mike Stovall scored 13 and Gerald Fulton added 10 (all in the second half) as the Cards pulled away from the Panthers.  Twelve of the fourteen Cards scored, including a late highlight dunk from frshman center Shamus Ferguson.  Simmons was led by Bell with 18.

(11/20) Lewis & Clark runs away from the Cardinals to claim 85-68 MCCAC Conference win.  Mineral Area had a roller-coaster effort in Godfrey, IL, finding out life on the road can be tough.  The Trailblazers took a 38-35 lead at the half and pulled away in the final five minutes for the victory.  William Cobb torched the Cards defense with 27 for L&C.  MAC was led by Jeremy Felton's 14 & 8 and Sean Scott's 11 points and 5 assists.

(11/17) Cardinals surge to big first half lead, hold off a pesky Blue Devils squad to earn road win.  Mineral Area showed flashes of the #10 ranking they currently have by building a 41-29 halftime lead over Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL.  But, the second half was a different story as KC clawed their way back to within a single point late in the game.  Sean Scott scored 8 points and may have hit the biggest shot in the 72-67 victory as he nailed a three pointer at the shot-clock buzzer after the Blue Devils closed the gap.  Jeremy Felton dominated KC's big line-up all night with 21 points in the paint.  Gerald Fulton's 13 and Eric McCrary's 11 added the perimiter firepower the Cards needed to move to 4-2.  Al Rapier chipped in 10, as four Cardinals hit double-figures.

(11/13) Mineral Area falls behind early, draws within six points, but drops a battle of top 25 teams to Southwestern Illinois.  The Cards slumped early, trailing 36-19 at the half. Southwestern Illinois scored in transition to open up a big first-half lead.  But, MAC's defense picked up and the Cards pulled within 6 triggered by Steve Kerr's two three pointers. In the end, the Cards dug too big of a hole, as the BlueStorm pulled away for a 70-55 win.  Gerald Fulton led all scorers with 16 and Mike Stovall added 10.  SWIC was led by Tommy Pelczynski with 13.  

(11/10) #10 Cardinals win season opener over Volunteers 83-72 at the Sechrest Fieldhouse.  Mineral Area capped off a four-event night at the Fieldhouse with a win over John A. Logan (Carterville, IL) to move to 3-1. MAC took an early lead and pulled away in the second half to beat JAL by 11 in their first visit to Park Hills since 1990.  The Cards led 37-33 at the half and showed their pressure defense could wear down a solid opponent by pulling away in the second frame behind Gerald Fulton's 13 second half points (15 total).  Jeremy Felton added a triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Freshman Tonye Smith had a coming-out party with 13 and Mike Stovall had several highlight-real plays scoring 11.  The Volunteers were led by Jesse Perry with 16.  

(11/5) #10 Moneral Area grabs MCCAC Conference win over Florissant Valley in St. Louis.  The Cards played an unispired first half after losing leading scorer Mike Stovall to a sprained ankle in the first 2 minutes of the game, leading a scrappy Florissant Valley team 33-32 at the half.  But, the Cards turned up the pressure in the second half and surged to a 20 point lead to earn a 78-58 win to move to 2-1 and 1-0 in the Conference.

(11/3)  Cardinals play solid defense in 84-65 victory over Bevill State (Jasper, AL) in Tournament of Champions at Three Rivers. Mineral Area couldn't have a let down after dropping their season opener to #2 Chipola against a solid Bears squad.  Mike Stovall showed why he is a DePaul University commitment with 25 points to lead all scorers.  Korey McDaniel added 16 points off the bench and Byron Pickens was solid all night chipping in 14.  Eleven Cardinals scored in the victory moving the team to 1-1 on the young season.  Jeremy Fason & Mike Campbell led BSCC with 14 each.

(11/1)  #10 Mineral Area plays #2 Chipola (FL) even for 30 minutes, but falls down the stretch.  In the first game of top 10 ranked opponents of the year, the Cards and Indians gave the crowd in Poplar Bluff a great heavyweight performance.  MAC led 41-39 at the half, but couldn't hang on as Chipola pulled away in the final 6 minutes to earn a 87-69 victory.  Gerald Fulton led the Cardinals with 15, Mike Stovall added 10, and Jeremy Felton chipped in 9.  All-American canidate Casey Mitchell got red-hot in the in the stretch run to finish with 21 for Chipola.

(10/24)  Mineral Area College ranked #10 in NJCAA Pre-Season Men's Basketball Poll.  The NJCAA released the first poll for the 2008-09 season on October 22 and the Cardinals grabbed a top ten ranking for the first time since 2007.  The Cardinals schedule will put their ranking to the test early and often thhis season.  Mineral Area faces #2 Chipola (FL) in the season opener on 10/31 at the Tip-off Classic at Three Rivers.  MAC plays #24 Southwestern Illinois twice, at home on 11/12 and in Belleville, IL, on 1/5.  Kennedy-King (IL) will play in the Bob Sechrest Classic at MAC on 11/21 & 11/22.  The Cardinals also host #17 Vincennes Univesity (IN) on 2/7.  Mineral Area will play several schools that recieved votes in the initial poll of the season: hosting John A. Logan (IL) on 11/8, traveling to Southwest Tennessee CC on 12/3 and two games against Three Rivers 1/10 at home and 2/21 in Poplar Bluff. The schedule also includes defending DIII National Champion and #4 ranked North Lake (TX) at the New Years' Classic at Three Rivers on 1/3 and a game at DII Meramec on 1/21, who recieved votes. Link to NJCAA Poll

(10/24)  Cardinals PF Jeremy Felton tabbed as Pre-season All-American by NJCAA.  The NJCAA released their list of 40 Pre-season NJCAA DI All-Americans for the 2008-09 season.  6'7" sophomore PF Jeremy Felton was the only Region XVI player to make the list.  He was listed as an Honorable Mention selection by the NJCAA.  Felton averaged 8.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1 assist per game as a freshman.  He has commited to SIU-Carbondale, and will play for Chris Lowery's Salukis in 2009.  All-American Link

(10/9)  Midnight Madness changed it's format to "Wayback Wednesday" and had the Sechrest Fieldhouse rocking.  The "Meet the Cardinals" event had a retro theme this year, with a visit from Jackie Moon and Coffee Black from the movie Semi-Pro. MAC Volleyball opened the night with a competitive match with #9 Jefferson College.  The cheerleaders performed several routines and the men's and women's basketball teams were introduced to a packed house. Coach Koch's White team earned a win over the Red showcasing a talented women's team.  Jackie Moon's Tropics used a comeback win to defeat Coffee Black's Lakers in a game that featured the men's team.  Korey McDaniel won them men's 3-point contest and overall contest, making 20 in the 1 minute first round.  Briley Milfeld represented Farmington by winning the women's 3-point contest.  Mike Stovall defeated Byron Pickens in an entertaining Slam Dunk contest final to conclude action.  

(9/1) Mineral Area College has inked several players for the upcoming season, and announce 2008-09 roster and schedule.  The Cardinals are looking to reload in order to win back-to-back MCCAC Conference Championships, (MAC won three titles in the last four years).   Mineral Area College welcomes the addition of Mike Stovall (Marshall HS, IL - Oregon State University transfer), Korey McDaniel (Cuba HS, MO - Missouri Baptist University transfer), and Steve Kerr (Millington Central HS, TN) to the Cardinals family in the spring.  The Cardinals also added Carlton Guyton (Rich South HS, IL), Al Rapier (Perspectives Charter Academy, IL), Shamus Ferguson (Francis Liebermann, Canada), and Tonye Smith (Treadwell HS, TN) to National Letters of Intent in the summer.  See the links above for additional player signing information, current roster, and the complete 2008-09 schedule.

(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

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