Author: Marlena Wisdom


Freshman Alonzo Verge, Jr. sets single game scoring record with 51 points

The Moberly Area Comm. College Greyhounds defeated host Highland CC(Ill.) 93-90 in overtime to win it’s third straight William Baer Tournament in Freeport, Illinois on Saturday evening. Moberly fell behind 22-8 to start the championship game but eventually claimed a 35-34 halftime lead. The game featured an unbelievable 17 ties and 30 lead changes as the entire second half was back and forth. After Shareef Smith hit a three pointer to put Highland up 85-82, Moberly PG Alonzo Verge, Jr. came back and hit a three pointer with 12 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Moberly grabbed the early lead in OT and survived a last second three point miss by Highland to gain the championship. Verge lead Moberly with an unbelievable performance as he scored a Moberly single game record 51 points along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds while sophomore guard Randy Miller added 17 points. JJ Matthews and Sean Miller-Moore had 12 rebounds each for the Greyhounds. Highland was lead in scoring by Luka Barisic with 25 points(4 made threes), Josh Carter scored 19 points, JayQuan McCloud had 17 while Smith added 16 points.

Moberly won it’s third game in 26 hours in the tournament and improved to 13-1 on the season.




When the first regular season Top 25 Poll was released by the NJCAA for Division I Women’s Basketball it was expected that the Lady Greyhounds from Moberly Area Community College would appear somewhere in the Top 25. However, not only did they appear in the first poll they jumped from not being ranked in the preseason poll all the way to the 11th spot.

“I’m really happy for our girls to receive this kind of recognition,” said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. “We have some quality wins against some good opponents and they have worked extremely hard, since last spring for our returners, to put themselves in a position to be considered in the rankings.”

The Lady Greyhounds have now been ranked in the Top 25 or receiving votes for the poll in four of Killinger’s seven season as the head coach at MACC and were last ranked as high as 11th on January 7th of 2009 under head coach Katie Vaughn. During the 2012-2013 season the Lady Greyhounds were ranked as high as 17th, while appearing in the Top 25 or receiving votes in eight of the 14 regular season polls. That season marked the first time in 46 months that the program had appeared in the Top 25. The following season MACC received votes in four of the 11 regular season polls, but were unable to crack the Top 25.

Last season, the Lady Greyhounds were ranked 25th heading into Christmas Break, with a 13-1 record, and had received votes in the previous two polls, however a 10-7 mark during the second half of the season prevented them from remaining in the rankings.

“While it is an honor for other people to notice and recognize your success it also puts a bigger target on your back,” said Killinger. “We are going to do everything we can to keep taking things one day at a time and one game at a time. We have some very tough opponents on our schedule for next semester and the region schedule is always difficult to navigate, but we’ll do our best and keep working on the things we need to do in order to improve.”

MACC will face Missouri Baptist J.V. in their final home game of the semester on Thursday and then travel to St. Louis on Sunday where they will face Southeastern Illinois College as part of the St. Louis C.C. Shootout.



#12 ranked Greyhounds play Iowa Central

The Moberly Area Community College Men’s Basketball Team will play in Highland CC(Freeport, IL) William Baer Invitational Tournament on Dec. 8-9. In the opening round on Friday, Moberly will play against Division II #13 ranked Iowa Central (10-1) at 5:00 pm. Saturday, MACC will play Marshalltown CC at 3:00 PM and then finish the tournament against host Highland CC at 7:00 pm. The event will be composed of six teams and the Greyhounds have won back-to-back titles in the tourney.

“The Highland Tourney is one of my favorite events I’ve ever participated in,” said Coach Patrick Smith, “maybe because we’ve won the last two events, but Pete Norman and Highlands simply do a great job putting this on.

We play three very good teams and we’ve got to approach it with the attitude of playing well and winning one game at a time. I’m always interested in how we finish the first semester off, on and off the court. We have the opportunity at this time to be as good as we’ve been all season, we are a work in progress and must be improving mentally and physically every day. We are looking forward to the competition this weekend.”

The Moberly Men’s Team was ranked #12 in the first NJCAA National Poll and currently are 10-1 on the season.