Author: Kaylee Paffrath


Defeat Pearl River but lose to #1 Salt Lake CC 83-86

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team was one of 24 teams that qualified to play in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.  The #16 seeded Greyhounds defeated #17 seed Pearl River 95-89 in overtime due to a memorable 60 foot shot MACC guard Tyren Moore at the buzzer in regulation in the opening round of the tourney.  In the Sweet 16 round, Moberly overcame a 23 point deficit to trim the lead to 1 point in the last seconds before losing to #1 seeded Salt Lake City CC 83-86.  

                                                                MOBERLY 95, PEARL RIVER 89 OT

Moberly controlled the first half and eventually lead 36-31 at the half.  After stretching the lead to 48-39, Moberly saw Pearl River come back and gain a 67-61 lead. With the score tied at 74-74, Pearl River took a 77-74 lead with 1.8 seconds left on a made three pointer by Carlous Williams.  That set up the final heroics by 6’0” freshman guard Tyren Moore as he took the inbounds pass, took one dribble and banked in a 60 foot shot to send the game to overtime as the crowd erupted.  Moberly gained control in OT behind consecutive made three pointers by Frosh. James Dent and winning the opening game at Hutch 95-89 for their 12th consecutive victory.   Moberly was lead in scoring by Moore with a game high 25 points(5-8 three pointers) and 7 assists,  Sincere Parker scored 21 points while Michael Thomas added 11 points.  Pearl River was lead in scoring by Ankerion Gross with 23 points(7-8 made three pointers), Williams scored 18 points with Jarron Wilkens scoring 10 points.  Moberly improved to 28-6 on the season while Region 22 winner Pearl River ended their season 28-5.

                                                                SALT LAKE CITY CC 86, MOBERLY 83

Moberly faced #1 seeded  Salt Lake City CC in the round of 16 on Tuesday afternoon and the Greyhounds found themselves down 36-54 at the half to Salt Lake.  After falling behind 23 points to start the second half, Moberly  started utilizing their defensive pressure to slice into the lead and was down 71-80 with :54 left.  However, Moberly twice cut the lead to 1 point and after a made trey by 6’8” Dorian Staples, was down 83-84.  After forcing a 5 second count, Moberly had a chance to take the lead with :11 left but Salt Lake got the stop, hit 2 free throws and the Greyhounds missed a last second three pointer in an attempt to the contest.  Moberly was lead in scoring by Parker with  24 points(4-7 on made treys), Dorion Stapes had 13 points while Michael Thomas and James Dent scored 12 points each.  Salt Lake was lead in scoring by Jordan Brinson with 25 points, Quincy McGriff scored 20 points and Chase Adams added 13 points and 8 assists. Moberly ended their season with a 28-7 record while Salt Lake improved to 32-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals where they defeated Odessa College 68-66 on Tuesday.

                                                                COACH SMITH’S COMMENTS

“What a journey this team rode throughout the end of the season to get us to this point,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “To beat three teams in the play-offs the caliber of Three Rivers, Mineral Area and Triton to reach Hutch was memorable by itself.  Then to hang tough throughout against Pearl River to have Tyren make a shot that will be forever remembered by both Hutch and Greyhound traditions just reinforced our never quit mentality.  After a below par first half vs. Salt Lake, how our team recovered and found themselves to compete at the high level we did the second half just displayed how tough mentally this team was.  I’ll always remember two things about this team; how much they improved throughout the season and the competitive greatness they demonstrated consistently at the end of the season to put themselves in positions to win.  Just a team I’m proud to have coached and been associated with.  Salt Lake City was the best team we had seen this season in our very tough schedule and we were so close to pulling this one out.  We went to Hutch to try to win it one game at a time and although we didn’t get that done, I’ll always have so much pride in this team and we now have to reload and get ready for next season.”

Get to know Coach Fletcher

Get to know Coach Fletcher

While the first pitch of Greyhound baseball won’t be thrown until 2023, MACC’s Head Coach Chris Fletcher is already on the job. Using both personal and professional connections, Fletcher is recruiting around the state. Starting a team from scratch is a unique opportunity, and Fletcher is excited to assemble the inaugural Greyhound baseball team.

As much as possible, he plans to recruit local graduates to give them an opportunity to use their A+ scholarship, though there will be scholarship money available for those who are not qualified for A+. MACC enters the world of collegiate baseball playing at the NJCAA Division II level, a designation mostly about financing. Division II colleges are limited to awarding tuition, fees, course-related books, and up to $250 in course-required supplies, leaving the student athletes to pay for housing.

Although baseball is a spring sport, next fall the newlyformed team will play non-sanctioned games. Their season officially begins in late January 2023 with a 50- 56 game schedule. Home field will be at the Moberly Howard Hils Athletic Complex, through a partnership with the City of Moberly.

Coach Fletcher was excited to share that The Dugout Club, a Greyhound Baseball Booster, will be starting soon to get a jump on community involvement. While they will fundraise for the team to help cover food, travel, and training upgrades, the primary purpose of the Dugout Club will be to support the team through relationships. Be sure to stay in touch to find out how to get involved.

Growing up a few blocks from campus, Fletcher says taking the helm of MACC’s new program was a “nobrainer. Dr. Lashley presented a great opportunity, and I hopped on board.” After playing baseball at Moberly High School, Fletcher continued his education at North Central Community College in Trenton, then at William Woods University in Fulton, playing baseball along the way. Fletcher then turned his baseball passion into a career, serving as an assistant baseball coach at William Woods for six years, at Truman State for one year, and back to William Woods as head coach for two years. He has now moved back to Moberly with his wife Rachael (Schmidt, also a Moberly native), and their sons Brooks (3) and Baylor (5 months).

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Get to know Coach Bauer

Get to know Coach Bauer

MACC softball lays the groundwork for a strong inaugural season with the hiring of new head coach Matt Bauer. The Frazee, Minnesota native has coached softball for more than 13 years, most recently as the head coach at Frazee High School, whose program achieved Gold Academic Team status for three straight years, tied for most wins in program history, back-to back third-place finishes in the section, and second place in the conference. In addition to coaching the high school team, Bauer also coached a club team that had back-to-back state runner-up finishes in its category out of Frazee, MN.

Coach Bauer noticed the Lady Greyhound job posting as he finished his MA in Sport Management from Concordia University, and he jumped at the opportunity. “Softball is really my passion, my purpose in life. For a coach to be able to start a program from the ground up is an absolute dream come true.” As a child, he travelled to watch his father play fast-pitch softball competitively, making softball a part of his life. He played different sports himself, but kept being drawn back to softball as a coach.

Bauer says the Moberly community has been welcoming and is excited about the program coming. He and his wife of 25 years, Joyce, are getting settled in town and learning the area. Their 3 daughters, Desiree (23, in South Dakota), Savanna (20, at North Dakota State University), and Alexis (19, at Southwest Minnesota State University) are all still within driving distance. They have a dog and a cat at home, just to keep the empty nest from being too quiet. This academic year is dedicated to getting a strong program established. Coach Bauer is getting to know MACC and its people, as well as developing relationships with local coaches and players. Equipment needs to be ordered and uniforms designed. As for recruiting players, Bauer says that local excitement has already brought a lot of attention to the program, and he’s had high school players reach out to him. A full roster is 20-24 players, and the pieces of that are starting to come together.

The fall of 2022 will bring up to 10 preseason games, and regular season competition begins early spring of 2023 with 30 games. Home games will be played at Moberly’s Howard Hils Athletic Complex, which Bauer calls “a great joint effort between the city and the college, which will benefit both.” Watch for updates come spring for scheduling and ticket information. Apparel will be available soon for those ready to support the softball team, and we hope to see a lot of Lady Greyhound softball gear being worn!

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