Grand Rapids CC Edges MCC 63-61 in Women's Basketball Regional Tourney
Grand Rapids CC edged the MCC women's basketball squad 63-31 in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium on Tuesday, March 4, in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 12 tournament.
The Jayhawks, who end the season with a 16-12 overall record, had defeated GRCC, 82-65 and 71-64, in their two regular season meetings.
Men’s Bowling Team Takes Seventh in Nation; Women’s Team Places 10th Nationally
The MCC men’s bowling team finished seventh in the nation and the MCC women’s team placed tenth in the nation at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Championship which concluded on Saturday, March 1, at the AMF Thurway Lanes in Cheektowaga, NY.
In the men’s competition, Vincennes (Ind.) won its eight team title in the past 12 years. Rounding out the top 10 were Schenectady CCC, Iowa Central, Mohawk Valley CC, Highland CC, Hudson Valley CC, Muskegon CC, Cayuga CC, SUNY Adirondack and Erie CC.
Erie CC won the women’s national title, followed in the final team standings by Highland CC, Schenectady CCC, Iowa Central, Hudson Valley CC, Cayuga CC, Westmoreland CC, Herkimer CCC, Schoolcraft College and Muskegon CC.
In the men’s competition, the MCC doubles team of Jimmy Strysick and Kyle Essenberg finished 4th out of 40 teams. Individually, Strysick took 14th, Mitch Wybenga 17th and Essenberg 25th out of 104 bowlers.
"Strong doubles and team performances put us in the top 10 heading into baker play,” said MCC Coach Bill Bowen, noting the effort by his sophomores Strysick, Essenberg, Logan Holland, Dylan Lewis, Cameron Calkins . “The sophomores really stepped it up in baker play to make sure we did not lose any ground.”
In the women’s competition, the Jayhawks finished 10th out of 15 teams. Jill Klein took 18th out of 75 bowlers in singles.
“The women's team gained some experience for the style of play and type of environment that will we will hopefully take advantage of next season,” concluded Bowen.
Wrestlers Finish 9th in Nation; Zack Cooper, Tyler Stenberg and Donovan Fouchey Earn All-American Honors
The MCC wrestling team cracked into the Top 10 with its 9th place finish at the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Championships which concluded Saturday, March 1, at the Spokane (WA) Convention Center.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M won the overall team championship with 169 points, followed by Northwest College 149, Clackamas CC 139, Colby CC 84.5, Nesosha County CC 83, North Idaho 72, Iowa Central CC 66, Ellsworth CC 65.5, Muskegon CC 62, and North Iowa Area CC 60.
Freshman Zachary Cooper (Big Rapids, MI/Whitehall) at 133 pounds led the way for the Jayhawks. He wrestled back to finish third after suffering an upset in the quarterfinals.
“Zachary has been so impressive all year,” said MCC Coach Mark Brunger. “You see a lot of kids fold when their dreams of a championship are dashed. Zack just got more focused and challenged himself to take come back and finish third.”
Freshmen Donavan Fouchey (Oscoda, MI/Oscoda) at 197 pounds and Tyler Stenberg (Twin Lake, MI/Reeths-Puffer) at 149 pounds also garnered All-American honors, finishing 4th and 6th respectively.
“I’m very proud of this team,” said Brunger. “They are young, hard-working and tenacious. Great things are on the horizon for Muskegon Jayhawk wrestling.”
MCC also had four other wrestlers finish just one match away from becoming All-Americans: freshman Cody Stenberg (Twin Lake, MI/Reeths-Puffer) at 141 pounds; freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greensville, MI/Greenville) at 165 pounds; freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall) at 174 pounds; and sophomore Shawn Chamberlain (Dexter, MI/Dexter) at 285 pounds.
Full brackets can be viewed by going to www.trackwrestling.com and searching NJCAA.
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Saturday, March 15
1:30p.m. - MCC vs. Kellogg CC @ Sinclair CC, Dayton, OH
4:00p.m. - MCC vs. Sinclair CC @ Sinclair CC, Dayton, OH
Sunday, March 16
11:00a.m. - MCC @ Sinclair CC, Dayton, OH
Thursday, March 20
2:00p.m. - MCC @ Cornerstone University JV, Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, March 21
3:00p.m. - MCC VS. GRAND RAPIDS CC, MCC Softball Fields
Saturday, March 22
1:00p.m. - MCC VS. ST. JOSEPH'S JV, MCC Baseball Fields
1:00p.m. - MCC @ Jackson CC, Jackson, MI
Saturday, March 22 - Sunday, March 23
TBA - MCC @ Spring Trip - Boone Links, Florence, KY
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