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FOOTBALL:  #12 Co-lin clinches South Crown with 40-28 win over JCJC. Northwest MS CC wins @ Coahoma 34-29 to secure #2 seed out of the North
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PRCC Roundup Up For Education
Release Date:10/22/2014
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Eighty-four Pearl River Community College students from throughout Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association’s 12-county service area are receiving scholarships of $1,000 to attend PRCC this year, thanks to the generous spirit and support of the Association’s member-consumers.

More than 170 students from throughout PRVEPA’s service area are receiving these scholarships to attend state community colleges.

This is the second year for the Round Up for Education scholar’s program, which is funded by members who round their bills up to the nearest dollar each month, an average of about 50 cents monthly.

Scholarships are available to members who do the round up, as well as for their spouses or dependent children who are enrolling for their first semester at a Mississippi community college this fall.

“Throughout our history, Pearl River Valley Electric has not only been providing electric service to rural areas, but working to improve the quality of life of our members and the communities where they live,” said General Manager Randy Wallace. “We believe that education is vital to improving the future for all of us in south Mississippi, and the Round Up program was designed to encourage more young people to further their education.

“Members working together to achieve a common goal is a unique hallmark of cooperative organizations, and I am proud of the positive response we’ve received on this effort. More than 90 percent of our members have remained enrolled in the program and we’re very thankful for their support.”

PRVEPA serves more than 47,000 meters. Since the Round Up program began in November 2012, more than $390,000 has been collected and deposited in an account overseen by the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. At least ten percent of each year’s funds are set aside in an endowed fund for future use. The remaining money is divided equally between the number of eligible applicants, resulting this year in 174 scholarships worth $1,000 per student (the maximum award per the program’s guidelines).

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for Pearl River Community College students,” said Dr. William Lewis, president of PRCC. “It is an accepted fact in today’s society that investment in higher education is one of the most significant investments a person will make in their lifetime. The opportunity that PRVEPA and its customer base is providing for students in its service area will provide untold dividends for generations to come. We are most grateful for the progressive leadership that PRVEPA has provided on this issue. It will make a difference in the lives of many students in the future and for our society in general.”

PRVEPA determined that helping community college students would enhance the program’s impact in its initial years.

“Because of the large numbers of potential college students living on our lines, we decided to start with those attending community colleges,” said Kurt Brautigam, manager of member services. “Community colleges are an ideal place to begin higher education for many of our members, and we think the money that will be available the first couple of years will have more impact for community college students.”

Round Up for Education funds collected after August 1 go toward next year’s scholarships. Applications for 2015 scholarships will be available beginning in February.

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EMCC To Preview New-look Basketball Teams With Monday’s “Meet The Lions” Preseason Event On Scooba Campus
Release Date: 10/23/2014
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – In anticipation of the upcoming basketball season, East Mississippi Community College will offer fans an early opportunity to preview the new-look 2014-15 Lion and Lady Lion teams during Monday’s “Meet the Lions” event on the Scooba campus. There will be no charge for admission for the 7 p.m. event to take place at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum.

Along with player introductions for head coach Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions and head coach Mark White’s Lions, Monday’s EMCC hoops preview is also slated to feature a dunk contest involving members of the men’s team as well as three-point shooting contests by both squads. The preseason event is scheduled to conclude with separate intra-squad scrimmages by both EMCC basketball teams.

Having concluded preseason action by participating in a pair of out-of-state jamborees earlier this month, the East Mississippi basketball teams are set to open the regular season on the road by taking on Alabama Southern Community College Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Monroeville. The EMCC teams will then tip off their home slate Thursday, Nov. 6, by playing host to nearby rival Meridian Community College in a 5:30/7:30 p.m. basketball doubleheader at Currie Coliseum on the Scooba campus.

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JCJC Holds “Lady Bobcat Basketball Media Day”
Release Date: 10/23/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are coming off a successful season.

The Lady Bobcats captured the 2013-14 MACJC State Tournament and finished the season with a 19-8 record.

But head coach Sandra Sumrall said the Lady Bobcats want to do what the men’s team did last season – make and win the NJCAA Division I Tournament.

“That’s a goal we’ve never reached,” she said during Lady Bobcat Basketball Media Day here Thursday afternoon at A.B. Howard Gymnasium. “That’s something we want to make happen. The men’s team set that path by winning the national tournament last year.”

JCJC returns five sophomores from last year’s team, including 5-foot-7 guard Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones, 5-foot-10 guard Starla Daggans of Bassfield, 5-foot-7 guard Alyson Johnson of Terry, 5-foot-10 forward Terrica Williams of Bay and 6-foot-1 center Crystal Clay of Southeast Lauderdale.

Ameonia House is a 5-foot-2 sophomore guard from Quitman, who is a transfer from Shelton State Community College (Alabama).

Incoming freshmen are 5-foot-6 guard Mallory Odom of Sylva-Bay Academy, 5-foot-8 forward Aliyah Bell of Pass Christian, 6-foot forward Taylor Baudion of New Hope, 5-foot-9 guard Roshanae Moore of Jackson Provine, 5-foot-11 forward Kristen Smith of Meridian, 5-foot-11 forward Hayley Pichon of Slidell, Louisiana, and 5-foot-9 forward Jayda Simmons of Northeast Jones.

Brooke Eccles is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Lady Bobcats, while former Wayne County, JCJC and William Carey standout Lauren Douglas is a graduate assistant and Devin Cooper serves as a student assistant.

The Lady Bobcats open regular season play on Nov. 4 at Wallace State (Alabama). Their home opener will be Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Alabama Southern Community College.

The JCJC men’s team will hold their Media Day at a time to be announced.

Fans will have a chance to see both teams up close during the annual “Meet the Bobcats” even at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 30. All of the players, staff members and coaches will be introduced and the teams will go through drills for the fans. There will be a shooting contest featuring players from both teams and a dunking contest by members of the men’s team will conclude the event.

“Meet the Bobcats” is free and open to the public.

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GAME RECAP: No. 12 Co-Lin Captures Division Title With 40-28 Win Over Jones
Release Date: 10/24/2014
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack are the MACJC South Division football champions for the first time since 2010. No. 12 Co-Lin wrapped up the division with a 40-28 win over Jones on Thursday night in Wesson. The division title is the third (‘06,’10,’14) for Co-Lin under the leadership of head coach Glenn Davis. Co-Lin will now host Northwest in the MACJC Semifinals on Nov. 1 in Wesson.

Co-Lin (7-2, 5-1) wins the south after beginning division play in a 0-1 hole. The Wolfpack closed the season with a five game winning streak that vaulted them into first place. No. 7 Gulf Coast (7-1, 5-1) finishes in second place in the south and will travel to the north division champion, No. 1 East Mississippi (9-0, 6-1), in the other semifinal game. Co-Lin has now won 10 consecutive home games.

Those fans who had a hard time finding a parking spot at the beginning of the game Thursday night probably missed a lot, as 21 points were scored in the opening 3:12 of the game. Jones (5-4, 3-3) got on the board first with a 6-yard James Milledge touchdown run with 13:48 remaining in the quarter. Just 69 seconds later Co-Lin would respond with their first score, a 1-yard TD run by De’Lance Turner. The score was set up by a 22-yard pass from Daniel Fitzwater to tight end Taylor Marini. Greg Nickles kicked the PAT to even the score at 7 -7 with 12:39 remaining in the first quarter.

That score would stand for a whopping 51 seconds as Jones scored on a 51-yard bomb from quarterback Kenny Coleman to receiver Rodregus Ducksworth. Cole Byrd notched the PAT and Jones held a 14-7 lead with 11:48 remaining in the first quarter.

The pace would slow from there as Co-Lin next scored with 3:45 remaining in the quarter when Nickles booted a 33-yard field goal. He also connected on a 23-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Nickels, a freshman from East Rankin Academy, was visibly stove-up after being involved in an automobile accident earlier in the week. He grittily sucked it up to go 4-for-4 on PAT attempts.

Co-Lin would take their first lead with 12 seconds remaining in the quarter on an electric 25-yard touchdown run by Lakedric Lee. Lee, a North Pike product, burst through the line of scrimmage and raced past the Bobcat secondary for the score.

The 15 minute first quarter took 45 real time minutes to finish and had 292 yards of combined total offense.

The Co-Lin defense played their best football of the game in the second quarter, limiting Jones to negative two yards of total offense. The Wolfpack would make the score 24-14 with 8:21 remaining in the half when Fitzwater tossed a screen pass to Turner who then rumbled 21-yards to the end zone. Turner, a sophomore from Perry Central, finished with a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, 122 total yards of offense, and also handled kickoff duty in relief of Nickles.

Co-Lin led 27-14 at halftime and posted 378 yards of total offense in the first half.

Fitzwater would add two more passing scores in the second half, a 9-yard throw to Courtney Foy in the third quarter and a 13-yard pass to Donald Gray in the fourth quarter. Fitzwater finished 28-of-36 for 392 yards and three touchdowns. He has now thrown a touchdown in 15 consecutive games.

Gray was nearly unstoppable as he caught 13 passes for 167 yards. The Mississippi State commit has caught nine touchdowns in as many games this season. Foy also had one of his best games of the season, catching seven balls for 87 yards. Koy McFarland hauled in three passes for 44 yards.

The Co-Lin ground game was at its best late in the game as the Wolfpack salted away the clock with rushing attempt after rushing attempt. Joshua Bates led the ground attack with 102 yards on 18 carries.

Zachary Williams led the Co-Lin defense with eight tackles. Williams, Darrell Vanerson, and Justin Morgan all sacked Coleman.

Sophomore cornerback Arthur Maulet grabbed his fifth interception of the season, this one a spectacular one-handed grab of a Coleman pass in the second quarter.

Co-Lin punter Trent Furr had three of his four punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The sophomore pinned the Bobcats on their own 3-yard line with one punt and on their own 1-yard line with another.

Jones got the first of their two second half scores with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter on another deep pass from Coleman to Ducksworth, this one for 42 yards. The final Bobcat points came with 23 seconds remaining in the game when Milledge scored on a 3-yard TD plunge.

Co-Lin would recover the ensuing onside kick and Fitzwater finished the game in the victory formation with a knee down.

The win was especially sweet for a Wolfpack sophomore class that missed out on the playoffs last season despite a 7-2 record. The last playoff appearance for Co-Lin was in 2012 when they captured the MACJC State Championship.

Co-Lin hosts Northwest at 3 p.m. in Stone Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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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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East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
Release Date: 10/6/2014
East Mississippi Community College

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – In their second action of the fall rodeo season, East Mississippi Community College placed fourth in women’s team competition and finished seventh on the men’s side this past weekend at the Three Rivers Raider Rodeo. The three-day inaugural event, hosted by Three Rivers College, concluded Saturday evening at the Black River Coliseum.

On the heels of making school history by earning the program’s first women’s rodeo team title a week ago at Missouri Valley College, the EMCC Lady Lions collected 175 team points this past week to finish behind Southern Arkansas University (240 pts), host Three Rivers (270) and team champion Missouri Valley (480).

EMCC cowgirls Shay Atkins and Katelyn Nicholson both scored in the barrel racing competition. Atkins, a product of West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, placed second with a collective time of 24.45, while Nicholson garnered 60 team points (25.51 seconds) for her fifth-place effort. Also for the Lady Lions, Troy transfer Kelsey Kennemer finished fourth in the breakaway roping event with a composite score of 5.8 seconds. In team roping, the tandem of Destyn Ladner and Lee Shumaker rounded out the scoring for the EMCC women’s team.

On the men’s side, the Lions earned 85 team points with bull riders Blake Bell and Justin Reeves finishing third and fifth, respectively, in their specialty event.

With a comfortable 230-point team victory (1,010-780) over reigning national champion Tennessee-Martin, Missouri Valley completed the sweep by taking the men’s title as well.

The University of West Alabama men finished third with 480 points, as former EMCC cowboys Scooter Scarbrough and Shane Overby contributed 300 points for UWA. Overby was part of the Tigers’ winning team roping tandem, while Scarbrough claimed runner-up honors in the tie down roping competition.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo team continues fall competition, Oct. 23-25, at Murray State University.

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ICC Earns No. 2 Playoff Spot With 4-0 Win Over Hinds
Release Date: 10/24/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Neither Hinds or Mother Nature could stop ICC from locking up the No. 2 seed in next week’s MACJC playoffs on a Friday night in Fulton.

“It’s a relief,” Coach Mike Sullivan said after the Indians (13-3, 5-3 MACJC North) picked up a 4-0 win over the Eagles. “It’s never a good feeling knowing you have to beat a really good team to get a home playoff match, but to have to keep looking over your shoulder to see the sun setting and feeling like the clock was barely moving just adds a whole new level of stress to your day.”

The start of the match was delayed nearly two hours after Hinds had bus issues on the way to Fulton and according to MACJC rules the match had to eclipse the 70-minute mark before it could be counted as an official match.

If not, then the two teams would have to start from scratch at some point over the weekend due to the Indians not having lights on the field.

Blake Lashlee (Olive Branch) wasted little time getting things going for the Indians.

The freshman got things rolling early scoring off an assist from Anthony Fernandez (New Albany) to give the Indians a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes of the match.

“We needed to come out and set the tone early and I felt like we were able to establish our game plan and control the match from the start,” said Sullivan.

Fernandez extended the lead to 2-0 off an assist from Kit Huddleston (Tupelo) before goals by Huddleston and Evan Thomas (Amory) put the match away as ICC cruised to the 4-0 victory after the match was called due to darkness in the 71st minute.

“This was a big win for us,” commented Sullivan. “We let the match get away from us at their place, but I was happy to see how the guys bounced back with a lot of determination to take care of business here at home.”

The Indians (13-3, 5-3 MACJC North) enter next week’s playoffs as the No. 2 seed out of the North Division and will host Jones County Junior College on Tuesday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. in MACJC Quarterfinals.

“It’s a whole new season for us now,” said Sullivan. “It’s win or go home. Hopefully the guys will play with the same level of urgency as they played with tonight and see if we can’t make a run at the state championship.”

The Lady Indians (2-12-1, 0-7-1 MACJC North) closed the season with a 4-0 loss to the North Division champion Lady Eagles in the first match of the afternoon.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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Hlmes Women's Soccer Report
Release Date: 10/22/2014
Holmes Community College

RIDGELAND --- The Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs took the Lady Warriors of East Central to two overtimes here Wednesday, but neither team scored and the match ended in a tie.

The Lady Bulldogs ended the season with a 7-7-2 overall record and 2-5-1 record in the North Division.

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ICC Softball Coaches Reflect On Former Lady Indian Cyndal Cleveland
Release Date: 10/24/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - “She simply made everybody’s life better that knew her.”

The words of former ICC softball coach Chad Case perfectly echoed the feelings of many in the news of the passing of former Lady Indian and Hickory Flat softball coach Cyndal Cleveland, who was killed in a car accident on Thursday.

“Cyndal was a tremendous athlete with a larger than life personality,” said Case. “She was a great softball player, but to think after two years of not picking up a basketball she gets a scholarship to play on the next level tells you what kind of an athlete she truly was.”

Cleveland was a member of the ICC softball team during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons and had a career batting average of .301 at ICC. She went on to continue her career as a student-athlete as a member of the Blue Mountain basketball team.

“There was never a bad day in Cyndal’s world,” commented Case. “Everyone that knew her, knew that there was never a bad day for her because no matter the situation she always had a joke to lighten the mood.”

Cleveland was a key member of the Lady Indians softball team that won the program’s first-ever MACJC North Division championship and etched her name in ICC history with an eight-inning single to drive in the winning run in the Lady Indians’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Northeast to help ICC punch their ticket to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament and capture the program’s first-ever 30-win season.

“I remember her from her high school days at Mantachie,” said ICC softball coach Andy Kirk. “She was a great athlete and you could tell she made everyone around her better. Her love for the game and everyone around her showed throughout her career here at ICC and as a head coach at Hickory Flat.”

The ICC softball team will honor the memory of Cleveland and her family with a moment of silence before the Lady Indians’ Homecoming scrimmage on Saturday.

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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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