Pre-season Hoopla for the Lady Choctaws
The American Southwest Conference pre-season poll released October 19th picks the MC Lady Choctaws basketball team to finish second in the ASC East Division. The Lady Choctaws posted a 19-7 record last season, including a 14-6 mark in the ASC. Will the Lady Choctaws live up to the hype? Come to A.E. Wood Coliseum to find out.
Lady Choctaws volleyball Coach Peter Cosmiano posted his 200th career victory with a tournament win in September. In 2009, Cosmiano coached the Lady Choctaws to their first-ever appearance in the ASC tournament, where they finished third in the ASC East. The Lady Choctaws were still on the court when Coach Cosmiano left early during a tournament in Georgia this fall, but he had a good excuse. His wife was giving birth to the couple’s second child.
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A street on the MC campus has been christened Dick Hitt Drive in honor of the outstanding MC athlete, legendary coach, and top-notch sports administrator. Hitt was a four-sport letterman at MC in the 1920s who went on to coach at his alma mater, as well as at Mississippi State University, the University of Wyoming, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Tennessee. Hitt also served as manager of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium from 1961 until 1974. The MC graduate passed away in 1986 at the age of 80.
Dick Hitt Drive intersects with Capitol Street in front of the university’s A.E. Wood Coliseum. MC leaders joined Hitt’s family and friends to dedicate the street on September 11th.
Whether he’s kicking for the Choctaw soccer team or the football team, sophomore Chris Campbell is a winner either way. A midfielder in his second season with the men’s soccer team, Campbell has also put his feet to good use as the kicker for the Choctaws football squad, nailing two field goals by mid-season.
Mississippi College’s Lady Choctaws softball team is looking forward to a strong 2011 season after earning a trip to post-season regional NCAA play last spring. The Choctaws wrapped up the 2010 regular season with a 29-11 mark and a fourth place finish in the American Southwest Conference East Division. The MC squad is coached by former Mississippi State player Brooke O’Hair, now in her fifth season as head coach for the Lady Choctaws. With expectations high, fans are ready to shout, “Play ball!”