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Harrelson Brings Hitting Under The Lights Back For Second Year
Release Date:9/19/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College assistant baseball coach Richy Harrelson is offering area athletes a chance to knock some rust off their swing as the spring quickly approaches.

Harrelson will host his second annual Hitting Under the Lights camp at Harold T. White Field each Monday night during the month of October.

Players currently in the seventh-through-twelfth grades (classes of 2015-2020) are eligible to sign up for these specialized instruction sessions. Participation for this event is limited to the initial 25 applicants.

The four-night gathering begins each evening at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours at the venue that hosted the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament.

Boys will have time to work on their offensive skills with multiple drills as assigned by Harrelson all while participating in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Each participant is expected to bring their own gear, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, cleats and a bat.

Registration is available at a cost of $75. Please make checks payable to NEMCC Baseball, Attn: Coach Richy Harrelson/Hitting Camp and send by mail to 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.

Athletes have the opportunity to learn from a local legend that has over 15 years of experience at the prep and collegiate levels. Harrelson, who earned the nickname “The Bazooka from Iuka” for his prowess on the diamond, appears in the National High School Baseball Record Book with 236 hits, 226 RBIs and 55 pitching wins from 1989-92.

Harrelson starred at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after gradating from Tishomingo County High School. He led the Rebels to a second place finish at the 1995 NCAA Atlantic I Regional at Florida State University and to a pair of Mayor’s Trophy victories over rival Mississippi State University.

He has tutored 17 professional players since beginning his coaching career in 1999, including former Tiger and current Minor League Baseball (MiLB) pitcher Brandon Farley of the San Francisco Giants organization.

Harrelson’s teams have won a prep state title, claimed two Conference USA crowns and clinched a berth to the NCAA College World Series at historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

He has helped transform Northeast into a program that is highly respected countrywide. The Tigers won the 2013 MACJC North Division championship with Harrelson in the dugout and were ranked by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for four weeks as well during the most recent campaign.

For more information about the Hitting Under the Lights camp, contact Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu.

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SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest men’s basketball team will hold its 3rd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament (a four-man scramble) on Friday, October 17, at the Fernwood Country Club. There will be an entry fee of $75 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 per hole. The entry fee will cover lunch, cart/greens fee and beverages).

Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 with a 1:00 shotgun start for the scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Anyone interested in playing and/or sponsoring a hole can obtain an entry/sponsorship form on the men’s basketball page of the Southwest athletics website. Those needing additional information can contact head coach Thomas Gray at (601) 276-4843 or tgray@smcc.edu.

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Eddings Named NEMCC's New Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Edwond Eddings is returning to his native state with the goal of helping Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tradition-rich women’s basketball program continue to thrive.

Eddings, who holds over one decade of playing and coaching experience at the collegiate level, was chosen as the Lady Tigers’ new assistant coach beginning with the quickly approaching 2014-15 campaign.

“He was literally the best assistant available in the country,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “As far as I’m concerned, I feel like I’ve hired a coach that’s a lot better than me and that’s what we wanted to do when we set out on this search.

“He fits what we’re trying to do here in that he’s a first class person. He’s somebody that you want your daughter to be around because he can mentor them and help them do better things with their lives. On the floor, he’s intense and knows the fundamentals of the game. He’s going to teach and coach hard.”

Eddings comes to the City of Hospitality from over 1,300 miles away at Colorado Northwestern Community College, where he served in the same capacity with the Lady Spartans for one season.

“It’s just a great opportunity for me,” Eddings said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach and he’s done a great job recruiting kids that are hard nosed and want to get after it. I think it’s going to be a really, really good year.”

He started his coaching career as part of the men’s basketball staff at Arkansas Tech University in the fall of 2007. The Wonder Boys compiled a winning record of 18-11 during his inaugural campaign on the bench and placed Jamar Flowers and Darren Tarver on the All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) team.

Arkansas Tech rose into the national spotlight over the next two seasons with the help of Eddings’ instruction. The Wonder Boys were victorious in three straight games during the 2009 Gulf South Tournament to claim its first league championship since winning the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) title 14 years earlier.

Gulf South Tournament Most Valuable Player Renard Allen led Arkansas Tech into the NCAA Tournament in Lakeland, Fla., against nationally ranked Benedict (S.C.) College. Eddings and the Wonder Boys bested the Tigers before falling to No. 11 Florida Southern College in their second round contest.

Eddings led his squad to its best season in school history during the 2009-10 campaign. Arkansas Tech won 25 consecutive matchups to begin the year before losing its first matchup to instate rival the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The defeat at the hands of the Boll Weevils did not deter the Wonder Boys’ efforts. They tallied a 13-1 mark versus league opponents to garner the GSC West Division crown and then edged the University of Alabama at Huntsville 64-63 at the DeSoto Civic Center to capture its second Gulf South Tournament title in a row.

Arkansas Tech earned the privilege of hosting the 2010 NCAA Tournament regional round. The Wonder Boys opened the event with a 34-point triumph against Tuskegee (Ala.) University at Tucker Coliseum, but fell to No. 6 Valdosta State (Ga.) University to end its record-breaking season.

Eddings’ group set a program record with 30 victories and had three student-athletes selected to the All-GSC team, including Brandon Friedel, Laithe Massey and Allen. Friedel, who connected on 98 three-pointers that year, was also named an NCAA Division II All-American for his efforts.

The Columbus native moved closer to home and received his first taste of coaching in the rugged Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) when he accepted a position on the women’s hoops staff at East Mississippi Community College in 2010.

Eddings expected excellence in the classroom as well as in the gymnasium while at Scooba. His first two squads were recognized as All-Academic Teams by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The veteran coach turned a MACJC North Division championship during the 2011 campaign into a pair of top notch recruiting classes over the next few years. Eddings landed two players that were ranked in the top 100 countrywide, including Jeraldine Campbell and Shukurah Washington, and a handful of others that were billed as the Magnolia State’s finest hoops standouts.

Eddings left the Lady Lions and made the 21-plus hour trip to Rangely, Colo., to assume the responsibilities of assistant coach at Colorado Northwestern. His duties included scouting, film breakdown and coordinating the Lady Spartans’ strength and conditioning program.

He was a standout basketball athlete himself. Eddings collected Columbus High School’s sportsmanship award in 2003 and was its team captain that same season.

Eddings signed a scholarship with East Mississippi following a phenomenal career with the Falcons in which he won the 2001 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North Half Tournament. He was elected to participate in the annual MACJC All-Star Basketball Game at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building in Decatur following his sophomore campaign.

He completed an Associate’s degree at East Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree through Arkansas Tech, where he wrapped up his playing days from 2005-07.

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Smither Earns Historic Win In Near Record-Breaking Fashion
Release Date: 10/1/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Ricky Smither carved his name into Northeast Mississippi Community College’s record book as one of the greatest coaches in its nearly six decades of football competition on Saturday.

Smither became the second winningest headman in program history following the Tigers’ 49-35 homecoming victory over Coahoma Community College at Tiger Stadium.

The seventh-year instructor collected his 23rd triumph at Northeast and in the process leaped Andy Greening, who was commander in chief of the Tigers from 2003-07, on the all-time wins list. Smither now trails only National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of Famer W.B. “Bill” Ward, who captured 56 victories during a solid career that spanned 15 seasons.

Northeast secured Smither’s milestone in a near record-breaking performance. The final total for the Tigers was tied for the fourth most points scored during a single game in school history.

It was the most points accounted for by Northeast since beating defending Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state champion East Mississippi Community College 49-42 on October 7, 2010. The program record was set in a 55-18 win over Coahoma during the 1981 campaign.

The Tigers (2-3, 2-1) compiled 368 passing yards against their guests, which is the most during one contest in over 10 years. Brett Thompson paced the effort with a personal best 227 yards and a 55.2 completion percentage.

“We had actually worked all week on running the ball,” said Smither. “We were blessed to be able to come out and make some things work as far as throwing the football.”

Coahoma used a Christian Williams three-yard run to complete a lengthy opening possession and take a 7-0 lead. However, the visiting Tigers’ advantage did not last for very long.

Thompson connected with Donta Armstrong, who then raced 47 yards and dived across the goal line to bring the game into a 7-7 deadlock just over two minutes after Williams’ touchdown.

Matthew Belue pushed Northeast ahead for the inaugural time in this contest midway through the second quarter with his third career touchdown run and first of the season. LaVontis Smith set up the score with a nice reception that was ruled down at the one-yard line.

Williams used a short scamper to tie the contest at 14-14. That score seemingly would last through halftime after the Tigers lined up in punt formation on their ensuing drive with less than 60 seconds remaining in the period.

But Northeast regained possession after Tadarious Clinton sprinted downfield on Jacob Meeks’ boot and recovered the muffed attempt deep inside Coahoma territory. It was the first of five turnovers on the afternoon for the guests.

“When I get it going on special teams, it kind of starts me off,” Clinton said. “I really just work hard in practice and you play how you practice.”

The Tigers turned the miscue into points only two plays later. Running back Chester Lewis took the snap from center Martize Mitchell and then tossed it to Smith, who found Joe Horn, Jr., wide open in the end zone as the clock expired to propel Northeast to a 21-14 lead at the intermission.

Horn, Jr., and the Tigers quickly expanded their advantage in the initial four minutes of the second half. The sophomore from Atlanta, Ga., caught his second touchdown pass of the contest to put Northeast ahead 28-14.

Brady Smith then capitalized on an errant throw by Mickey Ridley, Jr., and returned an interception 33 yards to give Northeast a comfortable 35-14 lead. The South Panola High School product's pick-six was the first for the Tigers since Miguel Graham raced 95 yards for a touchdown versus Mississippi Delta Community College in the final game of the 2013 campaign.

Ridley, Jr., got back on track for Coahoma (0-5, 0-3) and threw a pair of scoring passes to K’shun Evans and another to Demecio Ewing over the final 16 minutes of the matchup.

Northeast, however, was able to maintain control of the contest with touchdown catches by Armstrong and Horn, Jr., in the fourth. Both wideouts set new career highs with 120 and 105 receiving yards, respectively.

“We had to come out here with a sense of urgency,” said Armstrong. “Coach (Smither) told us to start out hot and once we did the defense would flow so that’s what we did.”

Armstrong’s two scores were his first as a Tiger while Horn, Jr., currently has a team-best five touchdowns.

“Brett put every ball in my hands perfectly,” Horn, Jr., said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better. All I had to do was run the right route. The credit goes to our line and Brett.”

Trace Lee also came off the bench at quarterback for Northeast and had eight completions for 116 yards and his first score while donning a black and gold uniform.

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) commitment Marcus Robinson tallied a game-high nine tackles to guide the Tigers’ defensive effort while Jalen Hadley had five stops and three tackles for a loss of 29 yards.

Jamel Dennis had a solid outing as well with six stops, one sack, one pass break up and a fumble recovery that sealed Northeast’s triumph with less than one minute left on the clock. Johnny Smith also had an interception and Clinton fell upon a second fumble.

Ridley, Jr., managed Coahoma’s offense with nearly 400 yards combined between passing and running. Ewing had 113 receiving yards as well and was Ridley, Jr.,’s top target with seven catches.

The Tigers look to maintain their solid position in the MACJC North Division on Thursday, October 2 when they visit Mississippi Delta. Kickoff between Northeast and the Trojans is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jim Randall Stadium.

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JCJC Holds Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament On Oct. 17
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The annual Jones County Junior College Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held October 17 at Dixie Golf Club in Laurel.

This will be a 3-person select shot event with a $70 entry fee per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, cart and greens fees. Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by registration at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available on the course and prizes will be awarded after play. There will be a closest to the hole contest during play.

The JCJC Lady Bobcat Hardwood Club sponsors the event.

For more information, contact Lady Bobcat coach Sandra Sumrall at 601-477-4090, 601-498-6524 or the Dixie pro shop at 601-649-3384.

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EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
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ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming
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EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
Release Date: 9/29/2014
East Mississippi Community College

MARSHALL, Mo. – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo program made school history this past weekend by claiming a first-ever women’s team title at the fall-opening MVC Viking Rodeo Stampede. Hosted by Missouri Valley College, the three-day Ozark Region event concluded Saturday evening at the Saline County Fairgrounds.

The women’s victory marked the EMCC rodeo program’s fourth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich, joining the three previous men’s rodeo team titles earned by the Lions since the program’s inception in 2010. With 230 team points this past weekend, the EMCC women edged out Southern Arkansas University (200 points) and host MVC (185).

For East Mississippi’s cowgirls in the season opener, sophomore Hayley Joh Knox led the way by claiming second-place honors in the breakaway roping event to earn 120 points. Newcomer Kelsey Kennemer, a transfer from Troy University, paired with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker to tie for third place in the team roping competition. Rounding out EMCC’s scoring on the women’s side, sophomore Katelyn Nicholson earned 30 points for her sixth-place showing in the barrel racing event.

On the men’s side, EMCC placed fifth in the season opener with 175 team points. Host Missouri Valley easily claimed the men’s title by totaling 865 points, followed by West Alabama and Tennessee-Martin with 465 and 445 points, respectively.

The Lions’ team roping tandem of Cooper Christensen and T.J. Coleman finished third, while the roping duo of Ivan Holliday and Dustin Egusquiza also collected team points. Individually, Christensen placed fifth in the calf roping event to garner 55 points for EMCC. Palmer White and Bailey Kinard also scored for the EMCC men in the steer wrestling and bareback riding events, respectively.

Perhaps highlighting EMCC men’s competition this past weekend, sophomore bull rider Justin Reeves bounced back from last year’s injury-shortened season to place second in his specialty event at MVC.

Heading back to the state of Missouri, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo team continues Ozark Region competition this week (Oct. 2-4) at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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River Splits With Ranger
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Pearl River Community College

Lady Wildcats blast Lady Rangers 3-0, Wildcats tie 1-1 in women’s and men’s soccer action in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE, La. --- Pearl River Community College split with Ranger College (Tex.) in women’s and men’s NJCAA soccer action here Sunday with the Lady Wildcats taking a 3-0 shutout, while the Wildcat and Ranger squads battled to a 1-1 stalemate.

PRCC’s women improved to 6-2 overall, while its men are now 6-2-1. Ranger’s women dropped to 3-4, while its men are 4-2-2. The women’s game kicked off with a go-ahead goal by Morgan Saucier, a Southern Mississippi transfer who prepped at West Harrison High, in the first 45 seconds of action off an assist by Hailey Furlan of Bay High, while Amber Dye of West Harrison High padded the Lady Wildcats’ lead to 2-0 later in the half off an assist by Autumn St. Ann out of Acadiana High in Lafayette, La. Amanda Solome of Bay High ended the scoring in the second half with a goal off an assist by Ashlyn Fletcher of Pass Christian High.

In the men’s game, Romar Smith of Gulfport High gave the Wildcats a 1-0 edge with a first-half goal off an assist by Chance Bourdene of Northeast Lauderdale High, while the Rangers’ Oscar Chavez tied it up in the second half off an assist by Will Graham.

The two teams battled to 0-0 stalemates during the two overtime periods.

Pearl River returns to action after a brief layoff when it resumes MACJC South Division action against Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Perkinston with game times at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

Pearl River vs. Ranger College (Tex.) NJCAA Women’s & Men’s Soccer Games Played Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 @ Lafayette, La.


Pearl River 3, Ranger 0 Halftime: 2-0 (PRCC)


Ranger (3-4): None. Pearl River (6-2): Amber Dye 1, Morgan Saucier 1, Amanda Solome 1. Assists: Ashlyn Fletcher 1, Hailey Furlan 1, Autumn St. Ann 1.


Pearl River 1, Ranger 1 Halftime: 1-0 (PRCC) Regulation: 1-1 (Tie) First Overtime: 0-0 Second Overtime: 0-0


Ranger (4-2-2): Oscar Chavez 1. Assist: Will Graham 1. Pearl River (6-2-1): Romar Smith 1. Assist: Chance Bourdene.

UP NEXT: Pearl River eyes a brief layoff before resuming MACJC South Division action against Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Perkinston with game times at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

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No. 10 Lady Bobcats Blank Northwest, 2-0
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats continue to smother the opposition.

JCJC defeated 19th-ranked Northwest Mississippi 2-0 here Tuesday afternoon at Bobcat Soccer Field.

It was JCJC’s seventh straight shutout and the Lady Bobcats have now outscored the opposition, 61-2, during the season. They are now 10-0 overall.

In the men’s game, the Rangers thwarted the Bobcats, 4-1. The JCJC men’s team falls to 4-5.

The Bobcats return home Friday for another non-division matchup when they face Holmes. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

Northwest hosts Itawamba on Oct. 7.

Lady Bobcats 2, Lady Rangers 0

JCJC dominated on the field of play.

The Lady Bobcats had 40 shots – 17 on goal. Northwest was limited to three shots, two on goal. JCJC also had 12 corner kicks, compared to one for Northwest.

Shelby Gilliland got the Lady Bobcats on the board quickly at 2:58 when she scored on an assist by Kelsey Hannaford. It stayed that way until halftime.

JCJC’s second goal came just nine seconds into the second half when Carissa Lancaster scored on an assist by Gilliland.

Briahna Dickerson was in goal for the entire game for JCJC and recorded two saves.

Gilliland ended up taking eight shots, while Katie Johnson took seven and Lancaster had six.

Ashley Nelson was in goal for Northwest.

The Lady Rangers fall to 7-2-3.

Rangers 4, Bobcats 1

The Rangers led from the start in beating the Bobcats.

Mamadou Mbaye scored Northwest’s first goal at 25:04 on an assist by Karim Mueller. That was the only goal of the first half.

Mbaye then scored on an assist by Ubaldo Cruz at 51:13 to make it 2-0.

The Bobcats’ only goal came at 57:10 when Colby Krost scored on a Souleymane Diakite assist.

But the Rangers answered quickly at 61:57 when Armando Barron scored on a Mbaye assist.

Ryan Maniccia ended the scoring at 73:49 on an assist by Adam Stoeger.

The Rangers had 16 shots, including 12 on goal, while JCJC took 11 shots – five on goal.

Gabe Brown was in goal for the entire game for JCJC.

Josh Delgado played the first half in goal for Northwest and was credited with the win. Matthew Williams played the second half.

Northwest is now 5-6.

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JCJC Names Herrington Softball Associate Head Coach
Release Date: 10/1/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Entering his sixth year as head coach of the Jones County Junior College softball team, Chris Robinson has guided the Lady Bobcats to tremendous success.

JCJC has posted a 191-75 record during Robinson’s tenure, captured three straight MACJC state championships and made three straight trips to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Bob Herrington has been at Robinson’s side for each of those years as an assistant coach.

Now, Robinson has made the decision to promote Herrington to associate head coach.

“We are so excited for this opportunity for him to be promoted to associate head coach,” Robinson said. “He is just as invaluable to this program as anybody. He has done a fantastic job with our recruiting and working with our pitchers and catchers. The overall wisdom he brings to this team is very impressive. We are so excited for him to get this promotion and we look forward to him being a Bobcat for several more years.”

Herrington is happy with this promotion, which took place last month. But he is quick to note everything will pretty much remain the same.

“Nothing has really changed,” Herrington said. “Since day one, we have approached it like being co-head coaches. The first conversation I had with Chris, we discussed the co-head coaching angle. He and I discuss everything on a daily basis and nothing has really changed. I pretty much have the same duties and responsibilities I’ve always had.

“Obviously, I’m honored for the recognition. Basically, it’s a result of a lot of hard work put in by the players and other coaches over the years. I’m thrilled to be a part of the program.”

Herrington, who served as head coach at South Jones from 2001-06 and compiled a 115-28 record, works mostly with the pitchers and catchers and the results speak for themselves.

In 2012, Ginger Lonergan was named as an NJCAA All-American and Lauren Candies was named All-Region 23. In 2013, Samantha Buller was named an NJCAA All-American and this past season, Buller went 31-3 and was named All-Region 23.

“I’ve been very fortunate over the last five-plus years,” Herrington said. “I get along great with Coach Robinson and we pretty much make joint decisions on everything. I think Coach Robinson, (school president) Dr. (Jesse) Smith and (athletic director) Katie (Herrington) just decided I needed a different title.”

On the field, the Lady Bobcats have gone 44-11, 44-10 and 52-6 over the past three years. This past season, JCJC finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Clinton.

Robinson said Herrington’s promotion was designed to stabilize the program.

“This solidifies our program and it lets our players and recruits know that he is going to be at Jones for a long, long time,” he said. “We are excited to see where our program is headed for the next several years.”

Herrington said the future looks good for Lady Bobcat softball.

“Our program is in a good situation and we’ve built it to the level where people recognize our success,” he said. “Hopefully, we can continue this type of success into the future. Our ultimate goal is the national championship and we were one step away from that last season.”

The Lady Bobcats are currently playing their fall schedule.

JCJC goes to Hattiesburg on Oct. 4 for games vs. William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi. They visit Ole Miss on Oct. 11 for games vs. Tennessee Tech and Ole Miss and will play on Oct. 15 in Hammond, Louisiana, vs. Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College.

They close fall play with an intrasquad scrimmage on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Community Bank Park.

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MGCCC Tennis Plays Well At ITA Championships
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

MERIDIAN---Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis had a strong showing at the recent ITA Regional Tennis Championships in Meridian.

The women's team won the Consolation singles final and dropped a close, hard fought doubles Consolation final. In the Women’s singles consolation finals Lexi Johnson took down Angel Seals of Gulf Coast in a third set tie breaker. In the women’s doubles consolation finals, Lexi Johnson and Kara Younger were defeated by White/Hartley of Meridian.

On the Men’s side Gulf Coast dropped two semifinal matches and the finals in doubles. In men’s singles Skyler Flowers of Gulf Coast was defeated by the number one seed, Shane Trebisky of Meridian 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile in the other men’s singles semi finals, the number 6 seed Brandon Lane of Gulf Coast lost to the number two seed and the over all singles champion Kaiser Deleon of Marion Military Institute 6-4, 6-3.

The men's doubles championship match featured Flowers and Lane falling to the number one seeded team of Conway/Cespedes of Marion Military Institute 8-5. By finishing second in doubles the Gulf Coast team of Skyler Flowers and Branson Lane qualifies for the National Small College Championships in Sumter, South Carolina October 9-12.

I was really proud of our effort especially our young players who really handled the pressure well," said Gulf Coast tennis coach Gary Bourgeois. "The men’s effort was outstanding, and we came really close to winning the singles and doubles titles."

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Jerel Hill, Former Hinds CC Athlete, Pens E-book, Preps For 2016 Olympics
Release Date: 9/26/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Jerel Hill, a Vicksburg native and former All-American men’s track and field student-athlete and coach at Hinds Community College, has written an e-book, “Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Journey of Faith,” that is now available on his personal website, www.jerelhill.com, for $0.99.

The book provides an in-depth look at Hill's journey of faith and demonstrates how stepping out on faith can equal a dream realized. This is not a "rags-to-riches" story but is an example that never giving up is always the best option when one has nothing to lose.

The allocated funds from the autobiography about Hill’s journey of faith will go toward his training expenses in his aim to make Team USA and compete at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hill, who will now train in Baton Rouge, left Hinds and transferred to Louisiana State University, where he lettered for the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, setting personal bests of 10.22 in the 100-meter dash and 20.90 in the 200-meter dash during his senior season.

For more on Hinds track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com.

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