Mississippi College Alumni Magazine | Winter 2012

Choctaw Sports Round-Up

Soccer season kicked of with the dedication of the new Robert G. W. Girling III field house

sports-roundup.jpgThirteen MC Soccer Players Named to All-Conference Teams

The MC soccer season kicked off with a bang with the dedicationof the new Robert G. W. Girling III Soccer Center and continued to soar with 13 players named to the American Southwest Conference (ASC) All-Conference Teams. Choctaws recognized as ASC stars included Brian Vasquez, who was named Offensive Freshman of the Year after leading the league with 35 points, and Hannah Langley, who was named ASC Soccer Sportsman Athlete of the Year. Congratulations to all 13 outstanding players who made the All-Conference Teams.

MC Unveils Circle of Champions

Major supporters of Choctaw athletics are immortalized in granite in the new Circle of Champions, a lasting memorial to the generous donors who funded a much-needed facelift for Robinson-Hale Stadium. Improvements to the stadium include a new entry driveway featuring decorative brickwork, a new ticket booth, iron fencing and an entrance gate.

The names of those who contributed are permanently engraved on the driveway near the football stands. Inaugural members of the Circle of Champions were also recognizedat halftime during the MC Homecoming game last October.

“I’m very proud to be part of the stadium renovations at Mississippi College,” said MC trustee and businessman Robert Watson, who co-chaired the Circle of Champions campaign with Don Phillips.

“The Circle of Champions project reflects the generosity of our alumni and friends in helping transform the entrance of Robinson-Hale Stadium to make it among the finest facilities in the American Southwest Conference and all of NCAA Division III sports,” says MC Athletic Director Mike Jones. “We appreciate the support from these major donors who’ve helped our program step up in a significant way in 2011.”

MC Says, “Roll Tide!”

The annual MC athletic department dinner featured former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings as the keynote speaker, attracting both Choctaw and Crimson Tide fans to the MC campus. Stallings led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992, the last national championship claimed by Alabama prior to the Nick Saban era.

Previously billed as the Billy Joe Cross Wild Game Dinner, the 2011 event was modified to feature a less exotic menu and was rechristened the MC athletic department dinner. Over the years, the annual fall event has raised more than $1 million for Choctaw athletic programs. Previous speakers have included Colorado Rockies player Seth Smith, former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeff Brantley.

Attracting more than 500 sports enthusiasts, this year’s MC athletics dinner raised more than $160,000.

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