Muskegon Community College Intercollegiate Athletics
MCC offers its student-athletes the opportunity to compete in 13 men's and women's intercollegiate sports - the most of any community college in the State of Michigan. The Jayhawks compete in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAA) and in Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Jayhawk Wrestler Lucas Gilmore Crowned Champion at Niagara Open
The 9th ranked Muskegon CC Wrestlers traveled to Sanborn, NY Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Thunder Wolves Open which featured a many four year schools including: NCAA Division I University of Buffalo and Penn State University, and Division II Mercyhurst College. Leading the charge for the Jayhawks was freshman Lukas Gilmore (Greenville, MI/Greenville HS) who won the championship at 165 pounds.
Four wrestlers finished in the top 4 of their respective weight classes. Gilmore finished 4-0 on the day and defeated very tough opponents including NCAA division I wrestler Ryan Therrian of Buffalo in the semi-finals and Chris Nevinger of Niagara CC who is a 3x New York State Champion and is ranked 10th in the country at 165 pounds. “Lukas was great all day, he is an extremely smart kid and just might be the hardest working wrestler in a room.” exclaimed Coach Brunger. “He is a great pleasure to coach.” Also having excellent days were 125 pound freshman Devane Dodgens (Remus, MI/Chippewa Hills) who finished 3rd and only loss was to a NCAA Div. II All-American from Mercyhurst, 174 pound freshman Joe Sika (Whitehall, MI/Whitehall HS) who finished 4th and 184 pound freshman Mason Courtright (Shelby, MI/Shelby HS).
The MCC wrestlers are back in action next Saturday, Dec. 14 at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois.
Men’s Basketball in a Nail Bitter
The Jayhawks Men’s Basketball played at home Saturday, Dec. 7 in Bartels-Rode Gymnasium against Mid-Michigan College Lakers. The Jayhawks came up just short in a nail bitter 74-77.
MCC was down at half 44-33, but came back to tie the game late. The Jayhawks were lead with a balanced attack. Top scores were sophomore Tyiwan Jones (Chicago, IL/Lansing Eastern, MI) and sophomore Rashard Donely (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon HS) each with 17 points. Freshman Chase Casebolt (Montague, MI/Montague HS) finished with 14 points and Sophomore Marquise Hatter (Holland, MI/West Ottawa HS) followed 13 points. The Lakers were led by guard Erick Layton with 28 points and Trevor Gernaat with 21 points.
The Jayhawks out rebounded the Lakers 40-29 and both teams struggled from the free throw line. MCC shot 56% from the line, just below the Lakers 59%. The Jayhawks will be in action Friday, Dec. 13 in Alpena, Mich. against Alpena CC.
Women’s Hoops Wins Thanksgiving Tourney
The Jayhawks finished their First Annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 30 at Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium by beating Schoolcraft 80-45. MCC improved to 3-1 on the season.
The Jayhawks used a strong defensive effort to hold the Ocelots to 26% FG shooting and 17-64 on field goals. Sophomore Krystal Geers (Grant, MI/Grant HS) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds in the first half and finished with a 25 point 10 rebound double-double. Sophomore Sonnie Kurnat (Kent City, MI/Kent City HS) had 19 pooints, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and five 3 point field goals. Freshman Katie McKinnon (Jenison, MI/Jenison HS) sparked the Jayhawks with 11 points and 8 rebounds off the bench.
The Jayhawks led 25-5 early in the game and carried the momentum through for a victory. The Jayhawks will be in action next at Alpena CC in Alpena, Mich. on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6pm.
Schoolcraft Edges Men’s Basketball for Tournament Championship
The Jayhawks were at home Nov. 30 playing in Bartels-Rodes Gymnasium against Schoolcraft in the finals of their First Annual Thanksgiving Tournament. MCC lost a close hard fought game 86-84.
The Jayhawks were led by Sophomore Tyiwan Jones (Chicago, IL/Lansing Eastern HS) with 31 points. Sophomore Marquise Hatter shot 50% and 19 points and sophomore Rashard Donely (Muskegon, MI/Muskegon HS) followed Hatter with 18 points.
MCC got out rebounded 52-38 and lead at half time with a score of 45-34, but were unable to hold the lead. Schoolcraft was led by Terrence Coles with 43 points and 18 rebounds. The Jayhawks will be in action again at home Friday, Dec. 6 against Aquinas College JV.