2014 Schedule more details

Day Time Opponent Location
Sat. 8/9/14 6:00 p.m. Alumni Game  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Sunday 8/17/14 5:00 p.m. William Jewell (scrimmage) Away - Liberty, Mo
Monday 8/18/14 7:00 p.m.  University of St. Mary (scrimmage) Neutral - 9th and Van Brunt, Kansas City, Mo

Friday 8/22/14

4:00 p.m.       Allen County CC Away - Iola, Ks
Saturday 8/23/14 4:00 p.m. Neosho CC Away - Chanute, Ks
Wednesday 8/27/14 7:00 p.m. Wentworth Military College Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Tuesday 9/2/14 4:00 p.m. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Away - Miami, Ok
Sunday 9/7/14 12:00 p.m. East Central College  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Tuesday 9/09/14 7:00 p.m. Jefferson College  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Sunday 9/14/14 2:00 p.m. Johnson County CC Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo
Friday 9/19/14 5:00 p.m.  Northern Oklahoma College  Away - Tonkawa, Ok
Tuesday 9/23/14 4:00 p.m. Crowder College Away -Neosho, Mo
Friday 9/26/14 7:00 p.m. Kansas City Kansas CC Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.
Wednesday 10/1/14 3:00 p.m. MCC-Maple Woods  Away - Happy Rock Park, Gladstone, Mo
Saturday 10/4/14 1:00 p.m. St. Charles CC Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo
Sunday 10/5/14 3:00 p.m.  Graceland J.V.  Home - MCC-Blue River Campus, Independence, Mo
Thursday 10/9/14 7:00 p.m. Coffeyville CC Away - Coffeyville, Mo 
Tuesday 10/14/14 3:45 pm St. Louis CC Away - St. Louis, Mo
Thursday 10/16/14 6:00 p.m. Away - Lexington, Mo Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo
Monday 10/20/14 2:30 pm  Avila J.V.  Home - MCC-Blue River Campus, Independence, Mo
Saturday 10/25/14 2 p.m. Region 16 Quarterfinal TBD - At highest seed
Tuesday 10/28/14 2 p.m. Region 16 Semifinal TBD - At highest seed
Saturday 11/1/14 2 p.m.   Region 16 Final  TBD - At highest seed 
Saturday 11/8/14 12 p.m.  District Final   TBD - At Region 24 in Illinois 
Tues.- Sat. 11/18 - 11/23 TBA National Tournament Yavapai College, Prescott, Az

Trail Blazers Spotlight

BR SoccerAs the newest academic advisor to the Trail Blazers men's soccer team, Tomislav Plecas is this month's Trail Blazer in the spotlight.

He grew up playing soccer competitively in Croatia before moving to the United States in 1991. Tomislav maintains a huge love of soccer, which becomes immediately clear to anyone that talks to him about the sport.  Furthermore, his academic achievements make him an excellent example to our athletes of the virtues of hard work. 

Upon arrival in the United States, Tomislav needed to master the English language before enrolling in college. He completed ESL courses in 1993 and enrolled at MCC-Blue River. He earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree from MCC and a bachelor's degree in Computer Management/CIS from Park University. Tomislav has worked at MCC-Blue River for 20 years and is the current graduation advisor for all MCC-Blue River students. He states that he is, "Very excited to be a part of our athletic program and am looking forward to helping our athletes reach their educational goals."  The Trail Blazers program is equally excited to have Tomislav join our team.  

Current and future student-athletes can reach Tomislav at 816.604.6537 or Tomislav.Plecas@mcckc.edu

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Men's News

 2013 Team

Trail Blazers bring in local talent for 2014! 

ForbisRichmond Forbis (pictured at right), Fort Osage High School – First Team All State and the Independence Examiner Player of the Year. Richmond scored 112 career goals for Fort Osage.  He is an impact player who will provide goals and assists as an attacking midfielder.  He is the fourth Independence Examiner Player of the Year to play at MCC-Blue River. The other three were Yacine Hamchaoui, Cody Braden and Julian Ramirez.

Clinton Boyles, Lee's Summit High School - Second Team All State, Kansas City Star All Metro Team and Suburban Gold Conference Defender of the Year.  Plays club soccer for Futura Football Club.  Clinton is a standout defender and natural leader.  He will help provide continued solidity and composure to the heart of the defense.

 Alex Cisneros, East High School– Alex plays club soccer for Legends Football Club.  He has excellent technical ability.  He can beat players off the dribble and make things happen on the offensive end.

Conner Case, Lee's Summit West High School - All Conference Second Team and three year varsity player for Lee's Summit West.  Plays club soccer for Billy Goat FC.  Conner is a well coached, solid outside defender.  He has a motor that doesn't stop.

Matt Summey, Fort Osage High School -  Suburban Middle Seven Goalkeeper of the Year.  Matt is a three year varsity keeper for Fort Osage High School.  A very good one on one shot stopper with tons of potential. 

MCC-Blue River players make the grade in the classroom

The Trail Blazer men's team know that success on the field means nothing without success in the classroom.  At the end of the Fall 2013 semester, the men's team posted a cumulative GPA average of 2.92.  They narrowly lost out to the women's team, who posted a 3.02 average.   Furthermore, 92% of the men meet NJCAA eligibility standards, 72% earned at least a 2.5 GPA, 52% earned at least a 3.0 GPA and 20% earned at least a 3.5 GPA. .  

The student-athletes success is a testament to their high character and seriousness about academics.  They not only bought into what the program demands of them on the field, but also in the classroom.  At MCC-Blue River, incoming players take part in a weekly college success class with an academic advisor.  The class involves information about time management, financial aid, study skills, Q&A session with former players, the creation of a two year plan, three one-on-one meetings with the advisor and three grade checks throughout the semester.  Free tutoring in the academic resource center is also available for all students.  The Trail Blazers student-athletes took advantage of their resources, studied hard and got the grades!  

Student-athletes honored in annual sports awards program

MCC-Blue River hosted their annual sports awards program on November 22, 2013.   The night was an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of all our student-athletes, recap the past season and look forward to 2014.  Additionally, individual awards were given to athletes for achievements on the field and in the classroom.  Trail Blazers receiving individual awards were:

Offensive MVP - Cameron Wallace

Defensive MVP - Blake Cook

Leadership Award - Kye Karim and Chase Carter

Most Improved Player - Josh Medina 

Trail Blazer Scholar Athlete Award - Amos Johnson

Special recognition was also given to Mike Hendershot, Jenny Steen, Cari Hustedde and Amy Wendleton. Each one provides support for the Trail Blazers program, making the success of the student-athletes possible!  

Trail Blazers selected to NJCAA Region 16 first and second team

Sophomore forward Cameron Wallace was selected to the NJCAA Region 16 first team.  He led the Trail Blazers with 10 goals, 7 assists and 27 points.  Cameron displayed a consistent high level of play, recording either a goal or an assist in 15 out of 17 games.

Christian Davenport, Kye Karim and Blake Cook were NJCAA Region 16 second team selections.  Christian, a freshman from Rockhurst High School, played both defense and midfield.  Coaches commented on his relentless motor, hard tackling and strength in the air.  Kye Karim, a freshman from England, battled through an injured ankle most of the season to contribute 7 goals and 2 assists in 12 games.  He finished the season strong by scoring a goal in each of the last four games.  Blake Cook, a freshman from St. Pius High School, registered 114 saves, 7 one goal games and 2 shutouts in 17 starts.  He often made the big saves that energized and kept the Trail Blazers in games.   Congratulations to all four players on their well earned NJCAA Region 16 honors!

Independence Examiner highlights local players on Trail Blazers soccer team!

The Independence Examiner ran a front page story on September 19th, 2013 highlighting the student-athletes from area high schools at MCC-Blue River. Check out their story here.