The Holmes Community College Men's Soccer Team was recognized on Monday, Nov. 27, with a postseason banquet in the D.P. "Pat" McGowan Workforce Training Center on the Ridgeland Campus. The players enjoyed a catered dinner with their friends and family as they reflected on the 2017 season.
Head Men and Women's Soccer Coach Matt Convertino recognized three Bulldogs for their inclusion on the MACJC All-Star Soccer Team: Jacob McNeely, sophomore forward from Jackson; Rolando Sanchez, sophomore midfielder rom Covington, Louisiana, and Skyler Schmidt, sophomore midfielder from Madison, Alabama. Holmes hosted the 2017 MACJC Men's and Women's Soccer All-Star Matches at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland on Saturday, Nov. 11, and the men's match ended in a 2-2 tie. Sanchez was chosen at the North Division MVP.
Associate Head Men's Soccer Coach Ousmane Coulibaly also presented a plaque to each sophomore player and gave out a few special awards. Sanchez was named Most Valuable Player, McNeely received the Golden Boot award and Schmidt was recognized with the Bulldog Leadership Award. Coach Coulibaly also presented the Defensive Player of the Year award to Steven Cruz, a sophomore defender from Southaven; the Sportsmanship Award to Dalton Mailman, a freshman midfielder from Mary Esther, Florida; the Most Improved Player award Yoel Bacallao, a freshman defender from Richland and the Playmaker award to Cristian Macias, a sophomore midfielder from Southaven. Additionally, Sanchez received the NJCAA All-Region award and Cruz the MACJC All-State award.
Coach Convertino also presented Keith Comish with a plaque recognizing his 10 plus years with the team and Joshua Hinkle with a gift as a token of appreciation for his help with the team's social media presence. In addition to the coaches sharing their appreciation for the players and another great season, Sanchez and Schmidt reflected on their favorite memories with the team and their time here at Holmes over the past two years.