Herrick, Thrasher headed to Division I Alabama A&M
December 9, 2014
Sophomores Kyle Herrick (Adel, IA/Adel-Desoto-Minburn) and Ryan Thrasher(Sherwood Park, AB/St. Francis Xavier) of the Marshalltown Community College baseball team signed their National Letter of Intent to play Division I baseball atAlabama A&M University on Tuesday.
Thrasher and Herrick become the sixth and seventh players from MCC to commit to the Bulldogs over the last three years. Ty Russell, who finished up his playing career at MCC in 2014, committed to the Bulldogs this past summer. Andrew Utterback, the 2014 conference Field Player of the Year at A&M, Ben Ryder, andJusten Folger completed their junior seasons for the Bulldogs in 2014 and will be relied upon heavily in their upcoming senior year. Ben Lott, a 2012 graduate of MCC, will compete in his first year at Alabama A&M in the spring of 2015.
The Bulldogs compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and finished with a 21-32 record in 2014, the team's highest win total in more than 11 years.
As freshmen, Herrick and Thrasher provided quality time on the diamond for the Tigers. Thrasher played in 42 games, as both a catcher and designated hitter, collecting 32 hits, including three home runs and drover in 19 runs. Herrick appeared in 21 games on the mound, the most of any reliever. Herrick struck out 14 batters in 35 innings while posting three wins out of the bullpen.
"Alabama A&M is getting two outstanding young men, both on and off the field," said MCC head coach Rich Grife. "Ryan came here to make himself a Division I caliber player, and that's exactly what he's done since stepping foot on campus. He's a versatile player and will be able to help them a lot. After seeing what he provided last year as a freshman, I believe his best three years are ahead of him."
"Kyle is a true testament to hard work. He's a great all-around kid. Since he's gotten here, he's jumped quite a bit, velocity wise. Kyle is a constant worker and is an outstanding student. You can't say enough good things about him."
"It's been a dream of mine since I was kid to reach the Division I level," Thrasher stated. "I'm extremely blessed to have the opportunity to continue my baseball career at such a high level."
Thrasher pointed to the abundance of former Tigers as a primary reason for committing to the Bulldogs. "Being able to play with Ty (Russell) again, and having Kyle sign as well made it a pretty easy decision. Having a handful of Marshalltown guys will make for a very smooth transition for both of us next year."
Herrick commended the MCC coaching staff for allowing him to get to the next level. "Having coach Grife as a pitching coach, helping me figure out my mechanics over the past year, has been a tremendous help. Overall, the school has been a huge help in bettering myself as both an athlete and as a student."
"I'm glad to have this opportunity to continue my baseball career, especially with Thrasher and the other MCC guys down there."
Marshalltown jerseys signed by Lauren Hill being auctioned off
November 4, 2014
Navy MCC Jersey Auction White MCC Jersey Auction
The Marshalltown Community College athletic department donated two retro No. 22 jerseys that have been put up for auction to benefit Lauren Hill and The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Hill, a member of the Mount St. Joseph’s women’s basketball team, has been diagnosed with a rare cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).
NCAA president Mark Emmert asked schools from around the nation to send No. 22 jerseys, Hill’s number, to the NCAA Division III institution in Cincinnati, OH. Hill has signed more than 300 jerseys that are currently being auctioned off.
Hill’s story has swept across the nation and has been seen throughout the media, including ESPN and ABC News. The Lions received permission from the NCAA to move up the team’s season-opener that allowed Hill to play in the team’s first game of the season, which saw the Lions defeat Hiram College 66-55 on Sunday.
To see the complete list of all jerseys being auctioned off, visit: www.32auctions.com/jerseysforlauren
MCC basketball teams volunteer at 2014 Oktemberfest
September 30, 2014
Marshalltown’s annual Oktemberfest celebration welcomes many new faces each year, and 2014 was no different as many members of the Marshalltown Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams attended their first festival volunteering at numerous events.
The men’s team helped kick off Oktemberfest on Thursday with the annual Kids Fun Run along with Little Miss and Mr. Oktemberfest. On Saturday, the team helped clean up after the local parade on Main St.
Every member of this year’s men’s basketball roster is from outside of the state of Iowa, meaning the incoming freshman experienced Oktemberfest for the first time.
Dajoun Davis, a freshman from Saint Paul, MN was impressed with the turnout of people at the festival. “It was a great experience to get to know the community. Being from out of state, it’s nice to meet the people that support our team throughout the year. I could tell they really appreciated our help, just like we appreciate their support.”
The women’s team spent Saturday morning at the annual Pancake Breakfast at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum serving up hot dishes to over 350 people.
“We didn’t realize how big of an event it was,” said Ilsie Calles, a sophomore from Van Nuys, CA. “It was great to meet so many people from the community and spend time with them. We didn’t just serve food, we got to socialize with everyone and they were really happy getting to know us.”
MCC baseball takes part in annual Day of Caring
September 26, 2014
The Marshalltown Community College baseball team took time on Wednesday afternoon to participate in MCC's annual United Way Day of Caring. Over 80 MCC students provided services to eight different agencies throughout Marshalltown along with more than 40 students performing multiple tasks on campus.
The baseball team spent the afternoon cleaning up the campus grounds, both inside and out. The services consisted of cleaning up the three campus dorms, pulling weeds, and beautifying the campus while others helped the Marshall County Child Care Services clear out the old Tiger Tots childcare area.
"For as much as MCC does for us as student-athletes," said sophomore Ryan Thrasher, "it's great that we can give back in some way. We spent the afternoon cleaning up the campus where we live. As both students and athletes, we take great pride in being Tigers and we're always glad to help make the school better any way we can."
Sophomore Kyle Herrick was one of the members that helped the Marshall County Child Care Services. "Since I've been at MCC, we've received great support from not only those on campus, but from people across the community. It's good to be able to help out those that support us. Day of Caring is a great way for everyone to support the campus and show how much we care about MCC."
Thrasher and Herrick were just two of the many sophomores on the baseball team that participated in their second straight Day of Caring.
Volunteers throughout the community take time on a specific day each year in the fall to give back to Marshalltown in a variety of ways at numerous organizations in Marshall County.
Tigers spend time at House of Compassion
September 16, 2014
The Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team recently spent time at the Marshalltown House of Compassion, helping serve dinner to local residents.
The Tigers travelled to the local organization, located in downtown Marshalltown, on Friday, Sept. 12. The House of Compassion serves nightly free meals to those in need and serves as a supply closet with household and personal items and as an overnight shelter.
“It was a humbling experience,” said Tyler Miller, a freshman from Kentucky. “As a team we were able to give back to others in need. Being from out of state, it was great to interact with local Marshalltown residents and get to know the area. It really is a nice community.”
“A majority of our team is from out of state,” said head coach Brynjar Brynjarsson, “so it’s good for these kids to get to know the area and get to know the people that support them throughout the community over the course of the season.”
One House of Compassion employee noted that the men’s basketball kitchen staff was not like any other they’ve had before. “I must say, for the most part, this is the tallest kitchen crew we have ever had.”
The men’s basketball season tips-off on Oct. 31 at home against Quakerdale Academy on Oct. 31 as part of the Emerson JUCO Classic.