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Bears Open With Pair Of Victories
Release Date:2/10/2016
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Bears baseball team got their season off to a good start Tuesday evening in Alexandria, LA, with a 10-9, 7-6 sweep of the LSU-Alexandria JV squad. Game two was decided in eight innings.

After seeing their hosts take a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Bears used five hits, three walks, and three errors to bat around and take a 9-1 lead in the top of the second. The Bears’ first run came when Kaleb Clarke reached on a lead-off walk and later scored on Tanner Whittington’s base hit to centerfield.

Clarke reached base on another LSU-A error to start the top of the fourth inning and later scored on another Whittington single to give the Bears a 10-1 lead. Whittington would later add a double.

LSU-A fought back to make a game of it, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth on four hits, an error, three walks and a hit batter to make the score 10-8. They then added the final run of the game in the sixth inning. LSU-A loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to score as the Bears held on for the win.

Tyler Pigott picked up the win on the mound. In 3.1 innings, he gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits while striking out four.

Clarke had a triple and single and scored three runs.

The Bears trailed 4-0 in the nightcap before tying things in the top of the third. Ross Buckley drove in three runs on a two-out, bases-loaded triple and scored himself on Clarke’s base hit. Buckley would later add a double.

In the top of the fourth, Alex Smith reached base via a lead-off walk and later scored on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice. Later in the inning, Dylan Spiers scored on Walt Aldridge’s line drive out to centerfield to put the Bears up 6-4. Two walks and a ground out led to an LSU-A run in the bottom of the fourth that made the score 6-5. Using a pair of hits and a sacrifice fly, the hosts then tied the score at 6-6 in their half of the seventh.

The Bears scored what would prove to bethe winning run in the top of the eighth when Smith led off with a double to right field and scored on L. D. Coney’s second hit of the game, a two-out double to left

LSU-A put a runner on base with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but, once again, the Bears were able to hang on to claim the win. Ryan Holland pitched an inning, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one, to get the win for the Bears. Spiers struck out three of the four batters he faced in the eighth to record the save.

Aldridge had two singles in the game and drove in a run for the Bears. The Bears will take a few days off before returning to the diamond. They travel to Pineville, LA, on February 16 to face the Louisiana College JV in a twin bill set for 4:00 first pitch.

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Rangers Fall Short At Mississippi Delta, 78-72
Release Date: 2/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

MOORHEAD – The homestanding Mississippi Delta Trojans jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first 5 minutes and managed to hold off several Northwest runs late to hold on for a 78-72 win Monday night at J.T. Hall Coliseum.

Delta improved to 11-9 overall and 3-6 in the division while Northwest dropped to 14-7 overall and 6-4 in the north. The teams split the season series, with both teams holding serve on their respective home courts.

The Trojans connected on seven of their first 13 shots and knocked the Rangers back on their heels with a 16-point deficit.

Chris Cooper's 3-pointer put the Rangers on the board at the 14:35-mark and the freshman would stay hot with 13 first-half points and game-high 18 on the night.

After Delta increased its lead to 17 points minutes later, Northwest would close the half outscoring the Trojans 28-18 to pull within 40-33 at the half.

Delta quickly stretched its lead back out to double figures to start the second half, getting the ball to the rim and scoring several contested baskets. The Trojans would end the night with a 44-20 edge in points in the paint.

Trailing 53-40 with 13:29 to play, Tyrin Jones' clutch 3-pointer started a 13-2 run that pulled the Rangers within 55-53. Jones had six points during the stretch and Lewis Freeman's two free throws capped the run.

Travon Harper then took over for Delta down the stretch with nine points in a three minute sequence. He finished with a team-high 17 on the night, 11 of them in the second half.

Northwest made its presence felt at the free throw line in the game's final 10 minutes, with Freeman's pair with 51 ticks left making it a 73-69 game. But the Rangers would get no closer as Willie Brunson helped close it out for Delta.

Cooper was one of three Rangers in double figures with 18, followed by Seth LeDay with 14 points and eight rebounds and 11 from Freeman in his second career start in place of Dre'Kalo Clayton (illness). Four Trojans finished in double figures.

Northwest will wrap up its regular season home slate on Thursday against Coahoma. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Lady Rangers Pick Up 90-73 Win At Mississippi Delta
Release Date: 2/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

MOORHEAD – Scoring points proved to be no problem for Northwest on Monday night, as four Lady Rangers finished in double figures to lead the team to a 90-73 road victory at Mississippi Delta.

Sophomore Sara Lytle led all scorers with her eighth double-double of the season (26 points, 10 rebounds). Kelsey Brown (18 points), Averyale Joy (13 points) and Brianna Williams (10 points) also reached double figures for the Lady Rangers.

With the win, Northwest improved to 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the MACJC North Division. Mississippi Delta fell to 1-18 and 0-9 in division play.

Northwest raced out to a fast start early, going up 11-1 en route to a season-high 29 points in the first quarter. The Lady Rangers scored eight points off the bench in the period, with six coming from Alyssia King.

Mississippi Delta began to chip away at the lead in the second period, cutting the deficit down to just four with roughly four and a half minutes remaining before halftime. However, a 3-pointer from Brown and a layup from Janesha Johnson set up a spark for the Lady Rangers before the halftime break. Northwest finished the first half with a seven-point advantage and led the Lady Trojans 45-38 at halftime.

After the Lady Trojans cut the lead down to three points early in the third period, Northwest caught fire once again and expanded its lead out to 14 points with just over three minutes remaining in the third. From that point, the Lady Rangers offense hit cruise control and pulled away for the division win against Mississippi Delta.

Northwest outscored the Lady Trojans 24-14 in bench points and led by as many as 20 on the night.

Mississippi Delta was paced by Racquel Harper's 23 points and 11 rebounds. Kenya Arnold and O'Neasha Hunt also contributed 10 points each for the Lady Trojans.

Northwest will wrap up its regular season home slate on Thursday against Coahoma. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
Release Date: 12/8/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

BILOXI – Winning the NJCAA Football Championship Game in dominant fashion, No. 1 Northwest Mississippi defeated No. 2 Rochester (Minn.) 66-13 in Sunday's Mississippi Bowl VIII.

Completing 23 of 30 passes on the day, freshman quarterback Gardner Minshew led the Northwest Mississippi offensive onslaught. The Brandon, Mississippi, product threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns in the victory, compiling 302 yards and three scores in the first half alone. Minshew's performance was recognized with the Mississippi Bowl Player of the Year award, an honor that current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly earned last year while playing at East Mississippi.

Complimenting Minshew's aerial assault was Rangers sophomore running back Justin Crawford who enjoyed a prolific day on the ground. Scoring a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, Crawford led all ball carriers with 144 yards rushing on 15 carries – averaging 9.6 yards per attempt. The Columbus, Georgia, native scored two rushing touchdowns and added two receptions for 46 yards in the victory.

Northwest Mississippi's receiving corps was led by sophomore Jacob McCrary who hauled in seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Rangers freshman wide receiver Alex Norwood caught two touchdown passes as well, totaling three receptions for 49 yards. Norwood's fellow freshman wideouts KyKy Austin and Titus Ivory each added a touchdown reception to the performance.

The Rangers accumulated 680 yards offensively – 486 passing and 194 rushing – and were forced into just one punt in the game. Their offensive efficiency was on display all afternoon as they racked up 27 first downs.

Defensively, Northwest Mississippi was led by a game-high seven tackles from sophomore linebacker Malik Hawkins. Freshman defensive lineman Quondarius Qualls tallied two tackles-for-loss, while freshman defensive back Wesley Bush forced Rochester's lone turnover with an interception in the fourth quarter.

As a team, Northwest Mississippi conceded just 250 yards to the Yellowjackets – 100 of which came in the fourth quarter. The Rangers pass rush was in constant pursuit of Rochester sophomore quarterback Nick Rooney who was sacked four times and hit an additional six.

Despite the punishment, Rooney went 26 for 48 passing for 223 yards and added two touchdown passes to his NJCAA single-season record performance in 2015. The Minnetonka, Minnesota, native finished the year with 57 touchdowns through the air, shattering the previous record of 53 thrown by former Ole Miss and East Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace in 2011.

On the receiving end of both of Rooney's touchdown passes was Jalen Esters who finished with a game-high eight catches for 90 yards. Fellow sophomore wide receiver London Covington added six receptions for 39 yards for the Yellowjackets in the loss.

Following Crawford's opening touchdown, Northwest Mississippi pushed its lead to 14-0 in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to McCrary. Crawford scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on the opening play of the second quarter, carrying multiple Rochester defenders into the end zone on a 10-yard rush. Minshew would connect with Norwood from 39 yards out and Austin from 18 to push the Rangers' lead to 35-0 heading into the half.

In the third quarter, Rangers sophomore kicker Jim Speights made a 23-yard field goal to improve the advantage to 38-0. Minshew connected with McCrary for another touchdown before the end of the period as the 36-yard touchdown pass extended Northwest Mississippi's lead to 45-0.

Minshew notched his fifth touchdown pass in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to put the Rangers up 52-0. Following a fumbled punt return by Northwest Mississippi, the Yellowjackets finally got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rooney to Esters with 12:42 remaining – cutting the deficit to 52-7.

After putting in the second string offense, Northwest Mississippi responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Max Joseph. With 1:30 to go, Rangers freshman quarterback Shea Chism found Norwood in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 66-7. On the final play from scrimmage, Rooney threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Esters for the final score of 66-13.

Finishing the year with an 11-1 record, the Rangers claimed their program's third NJCAA championship and first since 1992. Northwest Mississippi is now 5-4-1 in NJCAA bowl games.

Rochester finished its season at 11-1 as well, having suffered its first defeat of 2015. The Yellowjackets' postseason struggles continued as their record in NJCAA bowl games dropped to 5-19.

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Spring Sports Teams Set To Begin Action At Northeast Over Next Two Weeks
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s five spring sports are nearing the start of their respective 2016 schedules.

The tennis programs get the slate kicked off on Friday, February 5 when they entertain Holmes Community College. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Northeast Tennis Courts.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers last opened a new year at home on February 17, 2011 against Hinds Community College. It is also the earliest that Northeast has started a campaign while under the direction of head coach Ben Shappley.

“I’m excited about starting a bit early,” said Shappley. “It kind of spreads the season out a bit. It gives us a little more time to recuperate in between matches and hold some extra practices.”

Both squads conclude the initial month of the campaign with three straight road contests before returning to the Booneville campus on Friday, March 4 to welcome nationally ranked Meridian Community College.

Richy Harrelson gets a nice test during his inaugural games as headman of the baseball team. The Tigers welcome Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College, which is receiving votes in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 6 at noon.

“We’re ready to get out there and play a little catch and hit a little bit,” Harrelson said. “Our guys have worked very, very hard for us over the last semester. They’re just a great group so we’re looking forward to it.”

Northeast, which features a predominantly young squad with only 10 sophomores, also battles Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College, Calhoun (Ala.) Community College and Lake Land (Ill.) College at beautiful Harold T. White Field this month.

Veteran coach Jody Long takes his softball players on road trips to Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on Saturday, February 13 and Calhoun three days later to begin their year.

The TigerFest Tournament serves as the first games in the City of Hospitality for the Tigers. The annual event that runs from February 19-20 features clubs from as far north as Illinois and Missouri with 28 total contests.

“Our tournament field is probably one of the best we’ve had in the past 14 or 15 years,” said Long. “We’ve got some really talented teams and we’ve got some good matchups put together.”

The Northeast golf program carries a national ranking into its competitions this spring. The Tigers, who are under the watch of coach Mark Hatfield, appear at No. 27 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Alex Tull, who was recognized as a NJCAA All-American and PING All-Region selection as a freshman, also holds the No. 8 individual ranking in the country. He averaged 73.3 strokes per round during Northeast’s fall tour stops.

“This has given him all kinds of confidence,” Hatfield said. “He’s been a huge influence on the other guys. The maturity of his game is huge. You’ve got to tip your hat to him.”

Northeast participates in three more regular season events before hosting the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament from April 16-17 at the pristine Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club in Corinth.

Rodeo Headlines
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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
East Mississippi Enjoys Team And Individual Rodeo Success During Season-opening Event In Missouri
ICC Announces 2015 Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
Bull Rider Winston Cheek Paces East Mississippi To 25th-place Team Finish At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
Northeast Mourns The Loss Of Pearl River's Mitch Deaver

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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
Release Date: 11/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team closed out the fall portion of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region schedule in winning fashion by collecting first-place team honors this past weekend at Southern Arkansas University. The three-day rodeo event concluded Saturday night at Story Arena on the SAU campus.

Now ranked 18th nationally with 1,850 total team points, head coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC men’s squad edged out host Southern Arkansas by 10 points, 435-425, in the fall finale, while also out-distancing Top 10 nationally ranked foes Tennessee-Martin (370 points) and Missouri Valley College (275).

The victory marked East Mississippi’s sixth overall team win since the program’s inception in 2010. The EMCC men previously claimed first-place team honors in the 2014 Northwest Mississippi Community College event as well as in 2012 at Troy University and in 2010 at the University of West Alabama. The EMCC women captured a pair of team titles during last year’s rodeo campaign at Missouri Valley College and Cossatot Community College.

At Southern Arkansas this past week, East Mississippi benefitted from a 1-2 finish in the tie down roping competition as 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot and Cooper Christensen, from North Pontotoc High School, each earned 130 points in the event. The reigning Mississippi High School Rodeo Association Boys All-Around Champion, Theriot also collected 135 points for his second-place finish in the steer wrestling event at SAU. While winning his second men’s all-around individual title of the fall season, the Poplarville native also advanced to Saturday’s team roping finals with partner Lane Mitchell from UT Martin.

Former Kossuth High School product Kody Rinehart also contributed to EMCC’s winning team effort by securing 40 points in the saddle bronc riding competition.

Midway through the 2015-16 rodeo season, the East Mississippi men’s team stands 18th among the NIRA’s national standings and third in the Ozark Region behind second-ranked Tennessee-Martin and No. 5 Missouri Valley College. On the women’s side, EMCC ranks sixth as a team within the Ozark Region with 620 total points. Just 45 points behind fifth-place Three Rivers College in the region, the EMCC women did not score this past week at Southern Arkansas.

Individually for EMCC, Theriot ranks second nationally in the men’s all-around competition with 985 total points. Along with rating as the NIRA’s No. 7 team roping header, Theriot stands eighth nationally in steer wrestling and 14th in tie down roping.

For the East Mississippi women, Katelyn Nicholson, from Lawrence, leads the Ozark Region standings in barrel racing at the midyear mark with 500 points to rank eighth nationally.

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Hinds CC Men’s Soccer To Hold Tryout On February 16
Release Date: 2/10/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men's soccer program will hold a tryout for all interested players on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The tryout will begin at 6 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field on the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus.

All participants must bring a valid current physical form with them to the workout, as well as cleats, shin guards, water and for those under the age of 18, a legal guardian.

For more information please call asst. coach Brandon Mitchell at 601.857.3342 or email at

All participants are urged to register online by going to and heading to the men’s soccer page. The form is listed as “2016 Tryout Form” under the Additional Links tab at the top of the page.

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ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College soccer teams will hold open tryouts for the 2016 season on Sunday, February 21 at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

The men’s tryout will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with the women’s tryouts to follow from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tryouts are open to current ICC students and current unsigned seniors that meet National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility requirements.

Participants will need to bring an up-to-date physical, cleats, shin guards, and regular athletic shoes in the event of the tryouts being moved indoors due to inclement weather.

For more information on the men’s tryout contact Coach Mike Sullivan at 662-862-8124 or via email at For more information on the women’s tryout contact Coach David Strother at 662-862-8125 or via email at

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7th-ranked Lady Bobcats Open Season With Win Over Pensacola
Release Date: 2/9/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Rachel Hayes struck out seven and Kelly Byrd scored three runs to lead 7th-ranked Jones County to a six-inning, 10-2 victory over Pensacola State (Florida) here on a blustery Tuesday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Hayes did not allow a hit until the sixth inning as the Lady Bobcats won their season opener.

JCJC took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jessie Bumpous reached on an infield single and Byrd was hit by a pitch. Bumpous scored when Tylesha Davis reached on an error and Byrd later scored on a wild pitch.

It stayed that way until the fifth when Bumpous led off by reaching on an error. Byrd then scorched a double to left to score Bumpous. Byrd would score to make it 4-0 when Autumn Frost hit a hot shot that was misplayed.

Jenna Bobbitt of the Pirates broke up the no-hitter with a single in the single. That followed a walk to Melissa Luis. After Kacie Cahill sacrificed the runners, Hayley Pelkey delivered a two-run single to right.

JCJC ended the game with a six-run, bottom of the sixth inning.

Cori McCrary led off with a bunt single and Jay Harris reached on an error at third base. The ball was thrown away, allowing McCrary to score on the play. Kalyn Watts drove in a run with a bunt single and Byrd drew a walk. Frost reached on an error, which allowed Watts score.

Tylesha Davis reached on an error, which allowed Byrd to score. Natalie Hogue’s groundout scored Frost and Hayes had an infield single to score pinch-runner Brittany Hagwood with the game-ending run.

Hayes (1-0) allowed just two hits and walked one.

Byrd doubled and reached base in all four of her at-bats. Bumpous, Watts, Hayes and McCrary added singles.

Erika Greek went the distance and took the loss for the Pirates. She allowed five hits, hit three and walked four. Bobbitt and Pelkey singled.

The Lady Bobcats were to play William Carey University Tuesday night in a game officially classified as an exhibition contest.

JCJC travels to Eunice, Louisiana, for a pair of games on Saturday. The Lady Bobcats meet Cowley County College (Kansas) at noon and 10th-rated LSU-Eunice at 2 p.m.

Pensacola State, 2-4, travels to Jefferson Davis Community College (Alabama) on Friday.

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Bobcats Fall In Season-opening Tennis Match
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Jones County Junior College

MERIDIAN – The Jones County Junior College men’s tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to defending NJCAA Division III champion Oxford University of Emory (Georgia) here Saturday afternoon in their season opener.

The Bobcats won two singles points.

JCJC’s Taqel Lewis outlasted Peter Higgins in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5. Diego Leal beat Cullin McDonough 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles.

Lewis and Leal teamed to win the No. 1 doubles match over Higgins/McDonough, 8-3.

OUE won the other matches.

Adib Zaida beat Chase Pennington in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (7), Michael Pioso downed John Leggett in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1, Shams Sohani defeated Taylor Tamberg in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0 and Andrew Chow beat Josh Hester in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-4.

Zaida and Pioso downed Pennington and Luke Armstrong in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Sohani and Akshay Raghuvam won over Hester and Brandon McCary in No. 3 doubles, 8-1.

In extra singles matches, JCJC’s McCary beat Vignesh Sandaran, 8-1, and Blake Taylor beat Sandaran, 8-0. Armstrong lost to Chase Mahrlig, 8-0, and Peyton Ramsey lost to Mahrlig, 8-3.

In an extra doubles match, Tamberg and Leggett dropped an 8-5 decision to Sandaran and Mahrlig, 8-5.

The Bobcats will host Hinds in their next match at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18.

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Hinds CC Track And Field Announces Early Signing Class
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Reginald Dillon, head coach of the Hinds Community College men's and women's track and field programs, announced his early signing classes for the 2017 season on Friday.

Both program will welcome four new signees each to Raymond in August and will continue to add signees to the list throughout the 2016 spring semester.

The initial list includes the following student-athletes:


Zenovia Harris - McComb High School
100 & 200-meter dashes
TyMesha Nabors - Vicksburg High School
400-meter hurdles
Jamira Patterson - Killeen (Texas) High School
400-meter dash
Shan Thames - Louisville High School
100 & 200-meter dashes


DeMicheal Harris - St. Aloysius High School
100, 200 & 400-meter dashes (dual signee with the Hinds football program)
Cruz Magee - McComb High School
400-meter dash
Leon Miles III - Vicksburg High School
400-meter hurdles
Eric Richards - Raymond High School
High jump
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MGCCC Cheer Flipping To The Competitive Arena
Release Date: 1/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is taking its cheerleading team to the next step, entering the world of competition.

And it is competitive.

“This is like all other competitive sports,” Gulf Coast cheer coach Christy Bowman. “There’s a national championship of cheerleading.”

The school is moving the team into the athletic department to support the squad.

In addition, it is hiring Karlee Nobles as an assistant coach. She will be helping Bowman, who has been the coach of the team for two years.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Nobles, who has been cheer coach at Stone High school and also cheered at Gulf Coast. “I think it’s going to be great for Gulf Coast to make the change to a competitive cheer team. I think Mississippi needs it.”

They will be accelerating the training program beyond the usually two practices per week. There will also be training over the school’s breaks and holidays to stay sharp.

“In the past we didn’t get ready for full competition routines,” Bowman said. “We cheered at football and basketball games and performed at other events on campus. Now we’ll spend the summer and fall getting ready to compete in January at nationals.”

Bowman said she’s seen increased interest in joining the squad since word started spreading of the team’s move to become competitive. Bowman and the team welcome challenges associated with competing, and team members can transition into four-year cheer programs easily with this change since most are competitive squads. The number of Gulf Coast cheerleaders moving on to cheer at four-year universities is expected to increase exponentially due to the requirements associated with a competitive cheer team.

““Making the move to a competitive cheerleading team is a positive for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and our district as a whole,” said Dr. Ladd Taylor, vice president of MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. “We constantly seek ways to raise the bar and making this change with our cheerleading team does just that.”

For instance, tumbling will be a requirement for the first time at Gulf Coast.

A single tryout date is schedule for April 16, starting at 8 a.m. Tryouts will continue until completion, with a scheduled lunch break. Attire for tryouts should consist of White fitted top (girls), white fitted tees (guys), navy shorts, and preferably cheerleading shoes. No loose-fitting or baggy tops. Game-day ready make-up and hair should be worn, with hair all up with a ribbon/bow and pearl earrings only. No additional jewelry is accepted. Additional information on tryouts can be found at or email the coach at

There are four stunt clinics scheduled, and candidates must attend at least two of them. The clinics will be held at South Elite Cheer Gym (329 First Street N., Wiggins). Each clinic costs $5, payable by cash or check made out to South Elite Cheer.

Potential cheerleaders must print and fill out the release form from South Elite Cheer before the first clinic they attend.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Shoulder Stand
Walk in liberty/pop off/full down
An advanced stunt (to show flexibility)

Shoulder stand
Toss hands/press extension/pencil down
An advanced stunt

Tumbling requirement
Standing back handspring or tuck

Tumbling recommended
Running tumbling (minimum round-off back handspring or anything advanced)

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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