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Marshalltown Community College
3700 S. Center Street
Student Activity Center
Marshalltown IA 50158

PH: 641-844-5670
FX: 641-844-5898

Dr. Robin Lilienthal

Athletic Director
Daniel Huntley

Athletic Trainer
Toby Nicholson

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Ricky Webster

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Ty Russell joins three former Tigers at Alabama A&M
July 30, 2014

After posting back-to-back .300 seasons at the plate for the Marshalltown Community College baseball team, Ty Russell (Victoria, BC/Lambrick Park) has committed to play for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs. Russell will join three former Tiger teammates on the roster.

Russell posted a career .337 batting average for the Tigers, collecting 92 hits in his career. The former catcher-turned-first baseman recorded nine home runs over two years, including eight as a sophomore. Russell was named to the First Team All-Region XI as a freshman and was a second team pick during his final season. The Athletic Training major was also a two-time Academic All-Region First Team honoree and earned the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award after posting a 3.71 GPA as a sophomore.

Russell will join former Tiger standouts Justen FolgerBen Ryder, and Andrew Utterback on the Bulldogs' roster. Utterback, who played two seasons at MCC (2011-13), was voted as the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hitter of the Year along with the collegesportsmadness.com Field Player of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to its first 20-win season. Utterback posted a .406 batting average, the top mark in the conference and 16th best in the nation.

In his first season at A&M, Folger collected 31 hits as the team's primary second baseman, making 34 starts on the year. Ryder, a former right handed pitcher for the Tigers, tossed 54.1 innings as a junior for the Bulldogs while making a team-high 12 starts on the mound.

Utterback and Ryder carried their success to the New York Collegiate Baseball league over the summer with the Geneva Red Wings where each earned All-Star selections.

Russell, Folger, Ryder, and Utterback helped the Tigers reach the Region XI Division I Championship game in 2013, a feat the Tigers repeated in 2014. 

Tigers shine in Premier Development League
June 24, 2014

A pair of Marshalltown Community College soccer players, one former and one current, have excelled in the Premier Development League through the early stages of their respective seasons. Javier Lopez, a 2012 First-Team All-American selection at MCC is currently playing for the Des Moines Menace while current Tiger and 2013 Second-Team All-American selection Juan Carrillo is playing for the GPS Portland Phoenix.

Carrillo has come on as of late for the Phoenix, scoring two goals in a two game stretch last week, including a goal on a direct kick on June 15. Carrillo, who led the Tigers in scoring as a freshman in 2013, leads Portland in minutes played. The Phoenix are currently 2-6-0 in the Northeast Division.

Lopez, who transferred to NCAA Division II Lynn University after a standout career at MCC, has helped guide the Menace to the top of the Heartland divisional standings with a 5-1-0 record. A 2012 member of the Menace, Lopez, a defender, returned for the 2014 campaign and scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the Thunder Bay Chill on June 14.

Lopez and Carrillo became the fifth and sixth soccer players, respectively to earn All-American honors while at MCC.

The PDL is the professional development league of the United Soccer Leagues throughout the United States and Canada and is currently the top-level men's amateur soccer league, consisting of 64 teams across 10 divisions.

MCC baseball: Where are they now?
March 19, 2014

A multitude of former Marshalltown Community College baseball players are currently showcasing their skills at four-year NCAA Division I institutions across the country.

Former two-time All-Region XI selection Jordan McCoy, a senior at Houston Baptist University, has been a mainstay in the outfield for the Huskies over the last two seasons. McCoy has started all 76 games of his career at Houston Baptist, including the team's first 17 contests this year. The senior batted .330 in his first year during the 2013 campaign and has produced a .303 clip so far this year.

McCoy posted a .357 career batting average at MCC from 2011-2012. A native of Exline, IA, McCoy collected 121 hits, 13 home runs, and 90 RBI during his stint as a Tiger.

Jake Whaley has found a home in the Kansas State University bullpen where the junior has baffled hitters during his six appearances on the mound. Whaley, a 6-4 right handed pitcher, has limited opponents to a .130 batting average while registering a 1.35 earned run average in 6.2 innings of relief work. Against 31 total batters, the junior has allowed just eight base runners total.

Whaley racked up six wins over his two seasons at MCC, including a seven-inning no-hitter against conference foe Muscatine Community College.

A trio of formers Tigers from the 2013 graduating class ventured to Alabama A&M University together. Justen FolgerBenjamin Ryder, and Andrew Utterback have helped the Bulldogs to eight wins in the early part of the season.

Ryder has made four starts on the mound and has appeared in nine games overall for the Bulldogs. The 6-7 righty ranks second on the team with 29.1 innings pitched and has struck out 19 batters.

Former MCC slugger Utterback has carried his effective swing with him to Alabama as the outfielder ranks second on the team with a .368 batting average through 22 games. Utterback leads the Bulldogs with a .559 slugging percentage. Utterback has yet to record an error in 45 chances in the field.

Folger has started 16 games at second base for the Bulldogs and has collected 15 hits while scoring eight times and driving in seven more.

All three Bulldogs finished up their MCC career in 2013 and were named to the Academic All-Region squad.

Tigers spend time with Central Area Special Olympics
February 13, 2014

Six players from the Marshalltown Community College men’s basketball team spent time at the Central Area Special Olympics Basketball Skills Competition, hosted by Marshalltown Parks and Recreation on Thursday. Jamal Gatali, Pierce Kelly, Merdic Green, Guilherme Verardo, Paul Little and Craig Moreland visited Miller Middle School for the day.

The group of Tigers ran a multitude of activities with high school-aged kids from all across central Iowa. The kids worked with the players on shooting drills, passing targets, running lanes, and a handful of other hands-on basketball events. Following the completion of the drills, the kids received awards for their accomplishments.

The Tigers took time at the end of the day to put on a show for all the participants. Little and Gatali displayed their jumping abilities with a dunk contest while Green and Kelly awed everyone with an array of trick shots. Verardo and Moreland finished up the day testing their luck with half court shots.

“This was my second year helping out,” said Gatali. “It was great that the kids actually remembered me. I’m glad I could give back to the community and work with such a great organization.”

Kelly is already looking forward to next year. “We’d like to thank Parks and Rec for having us. We’d be glad to come back again next year.”

From Canada to Iowa- Tigers came as a package deal
February 6, 2014

When the time came for Marshalltown Community College baseball players Ty Russell and Daryl Blaskovich to choose a college, it came as no surprise the two chose a school together. Furthermore, their success at MCC both on the field and in the classroom has not been a shock to anyone either.

"We knew we wanted to play baseball in the United States," said Russell.  "We felt it was a great opportunity for us to come to MCC together."

Blaskovich and Russell began their playing careers at a young age in British Columbia, Canada. The two started out as opponents, but quickly turned into successful teammates. The bond began with the two controlling the middle of the diamond, with Blaskovich owning shortstop and Russell holding down second base.

As the years progressed, the potential for both athletes came to light. The two claimed a national championship along with countless titles and accolades during their early years at the Bantam level. Blaskovich continued to tone his skills as an infielder, while Russell made the switch to catcher.

The careers of both players blossomed with the Victoria Mariners of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, while playing for head coach Mike Chewpoy. "Chewpoy played a big role for us during our years with the Mariners," said Blaskovich. "Playing for him helped take our game to another level."

Russell was regarded as one of the top left-handed hitters in not only the BCPBL, but throughout all of Canada, while Blaskovich was a feared leadoff hitter during his four years for the Mariners.

As the college decision loomed, both players began to receive looks from schools all across the United States. Ultimately, Russell and Blaskovich found their way to Marshalltown, Iowa to continue their playing career.

"Coach Grife had a strong connection with our coaches back home, so we had heard plenty of good things about Marshalltown," said Blaskovich. "Previous players from our hometown area came to play at MCC so we knew a little bit about the school. We were recruited as a package deal so it worked out for the both of us."

After one season on the diamond and nearly 2,000 miles from home, the deal has proven to be beneficial for all parties involved. Russell and Blaskovich were awarded the opportunity to reach their dream of playing baseball in the United States, head coach Rich Grife received two All-Region selections, and Marshalltown Community College added two Academic All-Region members.

Russell was named to the Division I All-Region First-Team as a freshman after catching a majority of the games and leading the Tigers with a .368 batting average. Blaskovich was named to the Second-Team after posting a .329 batting average while driving in a team-high 39 RBI, which also ranked third in the conference during his inaugural year.

While their success on the field led the Tigers to the ICCAC Championship game in 2013, their hard work in the classroom was not overlooked.  Both Blaskovich and Russell joined the challenging Athletic Training degree program last year and were named to the Academic All-Region First-Team as freshmen for posting GPAs over 3.5.

The competitive nature of the two brings out the best in one another, whether it be the classroom or the ball field. "It's like a sibling rivalry at times," said Russell. "We help each other get in gear no matter what it is we're doing."

"Baseball season brings us together," Blaskovich stated. "Sometimes it can get a little cramped. We're roommates on campus, we have most classes together, we work out together. Sometimes you need a little break, but baseball is the one thing that brings us together."

"The hardest part of the year is practicing inside," Russell admitted. "It's so tight in the gym at times, from taking ground balls to batting practice. We're baseball players, obviously we're ready to get outside."

Looking ahead to the 2014 campaign, the final year for both players at MCC, Blaskovich sees an added depth to this year's roster. "We've got a very deep team this year. We have a lot of guys that will have an impact in a lot of games. We play in a tough conference but we know we can be competitive this year."  

With Blaskovich and Russell finishing up their career at MCC after this season, coach Grife knew he wanted to continue the British Columbia-Iowa pipeline pumping well into the future after seeing the success of his two sophomores. The Tigers added freshman outfielder Drayson Lum, a former Mariners' teammate of both Blaskovich and Russell.

"Drayson's a great player," said Russell. "He brings a lot of tools to our team and can contribute right away."

As for the futures of Blaskovich and Russell, the two remain uncertain. "We're both looking at our options for now, but one thing's for sure- we want to keep playing baseball," said Blaskovich.

Whichever route the two decide on for next year, the path may have to be doubled in size.

The Tigers open up the 2014 season in Harriman, TN this weekend with a four-game series against Roane State Community College.

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