Monthly Archives: February 2011

Guy Simmons pleased with baseball team's start to season

The Richland College baseball team opened Metro Athletic Conference play winning its three-game home series against Cedar Valley College over the weekend.

The T-Ducks opened the series with an 8-3 victory on Friday before splitting its games on Saturday, winning the opener 7-2 before losing, 6-5, in the series finale.

And although the season is still young, Richland College (5-4) baseball coach Guy Simmons is excited about his team’s start but admits that there is still a lot of season left.

“We are talented but we need a lot of practice time,” Simmons said before the Cedar Valley College series. “We are not where we should be but that understandable since we are very new together. It takes time. Baseball is not a sprint it’s a marathon. We have a long way to go.” 

As for T-Duck players who have started the season on a hot streak, “Right now the best hitter we have is John Gebhard,” Simmons expressed. “The best Pitcher is Myles Duvall and David Hays, Joey Robertson and Brett Hauser have been doing a good job.”

Richland College plays at home again at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 in the first game of a three-game series against North Lake College that concludes with a double header starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. 

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T-Ducks are winners of two of past five games as they enter conference tourney

The Richland College basketball team’s regular season came to an end on Saturday, Feb. 19 after a tough 51-49 defeat to Cedar Valley College. The loss marked the fifth time this season that the T-Ducks lost a game by less than five points.

Richland, however, will still participate in the conference tournament this week, according to T-Duck coach Jon Felmet.

“Just like every year around this time, the slogan is: ‘who knows what will happen,’ ” explained Felmet, who said prior to Saturday’s game that more than like his team will be the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament when it plays on Wednesday. “If a team can get hot right now … that’s a good thing for this team since they have been through so much adversity, and still stayed the course and continued to work.”

Despite the loss to Cedar Valley College, the T-Ducks’ play is evidence that their hard work has paid off as of late. Prior to Saturday’s loss, the T-Ducks proved they can compete in this league after they had a huge 64-57 win over North Lake College on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Making the win more impressive was the fact that Richland trailed 14-3 to start the game and 36-23 at halftime. However, a 14-0 run to begin the second half gave the T-Ducks a 37-36 lead and momentum in a game that went back and forth until Richland’s execution down the stretch sealed the victory.

The T-Ducks win over North Lake College at the time was their second in the past four games. The only loss during that stretch was in overtime (69-64) to Brookhaven.

“I’m proud to have these guys here, and I’m proud of what they have accomplished,” Felmet said, “not just on the floor, but the character they have shown throughout the year.”

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Baseball team opens season with a 3-2 record

Richland College’s baseball team has opened its 2011 season having won three of its first five games. After splitting two games against Murray State College to open season, the T-Ducks got the best of Frank Phillips College in a three game series.

Against Frank Phillips College, the T-Ducks lost the series opener, 5-3, before winning the final two games, 8-7 and 12-3.

The T-Ducks are scheduled to play a single game against Murray State College on Wednesday, Feb. 16 before hosting Cedar Valley College in a three game series. Richland and Cedar Valley College will play one game at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18 before hosting a double header beginning at 11 a.m.


Basketball team seeks revenge from overtime loss when it travels to play North Lake College

When the Richland College’s basketball team hits the road TO play North Lake College on Wednesday, Feb. 16, the T-Ducks will be looking avenge a 77-69 overtime loss on Jan. 26.

The T-Ducks enter tonight’s game having lost two of its last three games. Richland’s win during this span came against Eastfield on Feb. 5, when the T-Ducks won 81-79.

During conference action, the T-Ducks have either played in overtime or loss by less than five points in four of the eight games.

Richland closes out the regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 19, against Cedar Valley College.