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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date:8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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GAME RECAP: Hinds CC Football Opens 2015 With 32-28 Victory Over Holmes
Release Date: 8/28/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Eagles picked up a 32-28 victory at home at friendly Joe Renfroe Stadium on Thursday evening, defeating Holmes Community College to open the 2015 football season.

Hinds is now 1-0 on the season, while the Bulldogs of Holmes now sit at 0-1.

Tonight’s contest proved to be a seesaw affair, complete with a 13-point lead for Hinds, a three-point lead for Holmes and finally a late touchdown for the Eagles of Hinds that led to the four-point victory.

Hinds got on the board first, as quarterback TR Page (Taylorsville) connected with wide receiver Javon Wims (Jacksonville, Fla.) on a six-yard TD pass to put Hinds ahead with 12:19 in the opening frame. The point after attempt was no good and Hinds now led, 6-0.

Defensive lineman Marcus Loud (Houston, Texas) would pick up a fumble recovery deep in Bulldog territory on the ensuing Holmes possession and just a few plays later, running back Brian King (Crystal Springs) would take full advantage of the Bulldogs mistake, as he scampered in from five yards out for the score.

This time the Mason Sollie (Raymond) PAT was good and the Eagles now led 13-0 with 6:44 in the first quarter.

Holmes would cut into the Hinds lead with just six seconds before the half when quarterback Dejerric Bryant connected with A’Darius Brown on a 47-yard touchdown pass. Like the first Eagles touchdown, the point after attempt for Holmes was no good, and Hinds moved into the locker room with a 13-6 lead.

The Eagles would strike first in the second half as well, but this time it was from quarterback Jaquez Parks, who found Wims on a 30-yard touchdown pass with 7:18 to go in the third quarter. The PAT was no good, however, and Hinds now led 19-6.

Page and Parks both split near equal reps at the QB position for Hinds and each was equally effective, as Page was 6-9 for 106 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Parks was 6-13 for 63 yards and one touchdown.

Dre Massey found the end zone from five yards out on the next Holmes possession to cut the Hinds lead to 19-13, but Page extended the lead back to 12 when he connected with Marquez McNair (Magee) on a 33-yard pass with just two seconds left in the third quarter to move the Eagles advantage to 25-13.

Holmes, however, would reel off 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to jump ahead 28-25 with just over eight minutes to go.

Bryant and Massey hooked up on a 63-yard touchdown strike with 14:50, while Bryant also scored on a one-yard TD run and then found Massey on the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs a three-point lead with 8:10.

Parks would give Hinds the lead for good with 3:26 left in the contest when he rumbled in from three yards out. The Sollie point after was perfect and the Eagles moved ahead 32-28, a lead that would hold up.

Wims finished with six catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead in the receiving department, while Tyus Raine (Petal) was the team’s leading rusher, as he had 12 carries for 69 yards.

Greg Taylor (East St. Louis, Ill.) was the co-leader in the unofficial tackles department for Hinds, finishing with eight tackles to go along with an interception.

Loud was a force in his Hinds opener as well, collecting eight tackles and a sack to go along with the aforementioned fumble recovery.

Hinds will return to Raymond next Thursday, hosting Northeast Community College at 6:30 p.m. in another non-conference matchup at Joe Renfroe Stadium in Raymond.

For more on Hinds athletics go to www.hindsccsports.com.

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


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ECCC Men’s And Women’s Soccer Teams Post Wins Over Southwest
Release Date: 8/28/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both posted wins over Southwest Mississippi Community College in matches played Aug. 27 at the ECCC Soccer Pitch in Decatur.

The East Central women posted a 3-0 shutout victory over the visiting Southwest Lady Bears to remain unbeaten on the young season.

The East Central men rolled past the Bears 4-1 in the nightcap.

In the women’s action, East Central got goals from freshman midfielder Kenzie Jenkins of McLaurin High School in the fifth minute of the match, with an assist by sophomore forward Tamia Cavett out of Murrah High School; from freshman forward Presley McLemore of Brandon High School in the 26th minute; and from sophomore forward Carrissa Stevenson from Harrison Central High School in the 75th minute, with an assist from Jenkins.

With the win, the Lady Warriors move to 3-0 on the season.

The East Central men scored three second-half goals, two on free kicks, to take a 4-1 win over the Bears. Four different players scored for East Central, including the lone first-half goal by freshman midfielder Devon Pitts of George County High School, with an assist by freshman midfielder Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc High School.

In the second half, freshman forward Blake Bonds scored in the 75th minute on an assist by freshman midfielder Chase Hughes of Southeast Lauderdale High School. Sophomore forward Jacob Johnson, a product of Destrehan (La.) High School, and sophomore midfielder Connor Brennan of Pearl High School, both scored on free kicks to push the final margin to 4-1.

With the win, the Warriors move to 2-1 on the season.

The East Central men’s and women’s soccer squads hit the road next week to face Gulf Coast in Perkinston on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The women’s teams play at 5 p.m. and the men’s teams at 7 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 4, East Central travels to Raymond to square off against Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division opponent Hinds. Women’s action is at 5 p.m. and men’s action is at 7 p.m.

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ECCC Men’s And Women’s Soccer Teams Post Wins Over Southwest
Release Date: 8/28/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams both posted wins over Southwest Mississippi Community College in matches played Aug. 27 at the ECCC Soccer Pitch in Decatur.

The East Central women posted a 3-0 shutout victory over the visiting Southwest Lady Bears to remain unbeaten on the young season.

The East Central men rolled past the Bears 4-1 in the nightcap.

In the women’s action, East Central got goals from freshman midfielder Kenzie Jenkins of McLaurin High School in the fifth minute of the match, with an assist by sophomore forward Tamia Cavett out of Murrah High School; from freshman forward Presley McLemore of Brandon High School in the 26th minute; and from sophomore forward Carrissa Stevenson from Harrison Central High School in the 75th minute, with an assist from Jenkins.

With the win, the Lady Warriors move to 3-0 on the season.

The East Central men scored three second-half goals, two on free kicks, to take a 4-1 win over the Bears. Four different players scored for East Central, including the lone first-half goal by freshman midfielder Devon Pitts of George County High School, with an assist by freshman midfielder Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc High School.

In the second half, freshman forward Blake Bonds scored in the 75th minute on an assist by freshman midfielder Chase Hughes of Southeast Lauderdale High School. Sophomore forward Jacob Johnson, a product of Destrehan (La.) High School, and sophomore midfielder Connor Brennan of Pearl High School, both scored on free kicks to push the final margin to 4-1.

With the win, the Warriors move to 2-1 on the season.

The East Central men’s and women’s soccer squads hit the road next week to face Gulf Coast in Perkinston on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The women’s teams play at 5 p.m. and the men’s teams at 7 p.m. On Friday, Sept. 4, East Central travels to Raymond to square off against Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division opponent Hinds. Women’s action is at 5 p.m. and men’s action is at 7 p.m.

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Release Date: 8/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”



Dance Cheer Headlines
Latest Dance/Cheer Story

MGCCC Will Hold Cheerleading Camp
Release Date: 8/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Kids attending the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Cheerleading Clinic will learn routines and get to perform at the first Bulldogs home football game.

The clinic at MGCCC’s Weathers-Wentzell Center is for children in kindergarten through fifth grad. It will be held Aug. 29, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction beginning at 9. The $30 fee includes a picture with Mac the Mascot, a T-shirt and pizza for lunch.

Parents will attend a 1 p.m. performance. The participants will be admitted free to perform the cheer, chant and dance they’ve learned at the Sept. 10 game at A.L. May Memorial Stadium when Gulf Coast entertains East Central at 7 p.m.

For more information, download the clinic brochure at mgcccbulldogs.com/cheer-camp or contact MGCCC Cheerleader Sponsor Christy Bowman at 601-928-6319.


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