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Northwest Alters Weekend Baseball Schedule
Release Date:2/26/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Due to ice and heavy snowfall over the past week in north Mississippi, Northwest has altered its weekend baseball schedule for Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1.

Northwest was slated to host Rend Lake for a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Jim Miles Field, but will instead travel to Wesson to play host Copiah-Lincoln at 11 a.m. and Delgado Community College at 2 p.m. Both will be scheduled 7-inning games at Sullivan Field.

Northwest will still try and play Southeastern Iowa for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Sunday, March 1. There is an outside chance that will be played at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson and not Senatobia.

For immediate updates about schedule/time changes, game cancellations, etc., sign up for Mobile Alerts at nwccrangers.com under the Multimedia tab.

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River Wallops Perk For Berth In MACJC Championship Bout
Release Date: 2/26/2015
Pearl River Community College

Wildcats face Holmes in quest of seventh state title

in Richard Mathis era; tip off at 7:45 p.m. at Co-Lin

The South Division champion Pearl River Wildcats will vie for a seventh state title under 23-year head coach Richard Mathis here Thursday in Graydon L. Mullen Coliseum when they tangle with the North champ Holmes Bulldogs in the men’s championship round of the MACJC State Tournament underway on the Copiah-Lincoln Community College campus.

The Wildcats, 22-3 overall and ranked No. 24 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, eliminated South No. 3 Mississippi Gulf Coast 69-54 in semi-final action Wednesday, while Holmes, 18-7, was a 69-59 victor over North No. 3 Northeast Mississippi.

The 7:45 p.m. men’s title bout will be preceded with the women’s championship game with No. 18-ranked and South No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln, 25-0, facing South No. 4 Meridian, 17-9, at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats proved dominate over Gulf Coast, but things stayed relatively close in the first half even though the Bulldogs never led.

Pearl River built seven-point leads twice in the opening seven minutes, going up 16-8 at the 8:10 mark off a three by Jeffery Spence of Richland High before the Bulldogs put together a 9-2 run to pull to within on --- 18-17 --- with at the 4:20 mark when Justin Coleman capped the comeback surge with a put back.

The River outscored Gulf Coast 14-6 the rest of the way, eventually building a 10-point lead off a pair of foul shots by Cortez Mitchell of Callaway High with 1:20 left before Michael Lewis sank a free throw with 30 seconds left to end the scoring with PRCC up 32-23 at the break.

Mitchell opened the second-half scoring to boost the lead to double digits and Wildcats never looked back. Just under three minutes later, Darral Willis of Madison Memorial (Wis.) High sank a pair of foul shots to build the advantage to 18 points before knocking down a basket at the 11:30 mark to give Pearl River its largest lead of the night at 53-33.

Gulf Coast answered with a 10-0 quick comeback run to pull to within 10 less than two minutes later, but The River retaliated with a 16-11 surge the rest of the way to ice the 15-point victory.

Anfernee Hampton paced the Bulldogs with a game-high 21 points (two treys), while Jamarri Johnson scored 10 (two treys), Lewis nine (five rebounds), Justin Coleman six (six rebounds, two blocked shots), Denarius Odell four, Deshawn Jones three, and Maurice Stevens one.

Willis led Pearl River with 19 points and a game-high 14 boards, while Mitchell added 15 (four assists), William Brown of Forest Hill High 13 (four assists), Spence eight (two treys), Malik Clements of Madison West (Wis.) High six, Kyarius Body of Provine High and John Cornish of Olive Branch High, three each, and Dontellius Ross of Callaway High two (seven assists).

PRCC hit 46.2 percent (24 of 52) from the field to MGCCC’s 42.2 percent (19 of 45) effort, while the Wildcats were six of 17 (35.3 percent) from three-point range to the Bulldogs five-of-11 (45.5 percent) effort. At the foul line, Pearl River was 15 of 19 (78.9 percent), while Gulf Coast was 11 of 23 (47.8 percent).

The River dominated the boards with 37 rebounds (11 offensive, 26 defensive) to Gulf Coast’s 26 (seven offensive, 19 defensive), while PRCC committed 15 turnovers to MGCCC’s 16.

The two teams split during the regular season with Gulf Coast taking an 80-79 overtime win in Perkinston Jan. 20 before Pearl River won 72-63 Feb. 12 in Poplarville.

Mathis, who arrived on the PRCC campus in 1991, has led the Wildcats to state titles in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010, and 2013 and boasts a total of eight MACJC championships with a men’s title at Northeast Mississippi in 1982 and a women’s title at his alma mater East Mississippi in 1978.

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Collins Named MACJC Player Of The Week
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln freshman guard point guard Alexis Collins has been named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) player of the week. The Forest Hill High alum averaged 20 points, five assists, four steals, and three rebounds per game for the 24-0 Lady Wolves.

Forced to step up her scoring load after leading scorer Claresa Banks went down with an injury against Meridian, Collins responded with a career high tying 22 points (9-14 from the floor) in an 80-45 win over Gulf Coast. Collins grabbed six steals and was a major force in causing 28 Lady Bulldog turnovers. Earlier in the week against Meridian Collins scored 18 points in 39 minutes of action in a tough 98-85 Lady Wolves win. She was also outstanding as a distributor in that game, handing out seven assists without a turnover. Co-Lin is currently ranked No. 20 in the NJCAA Top 25 poll.

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JCJC Holds Football Tryouts On April 10
Release Date: 2/25/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College head football coach David Thornton has set April 10 for football tryouts.

Cost for the tryouts will be $10 for in-state players and $20 for out-of-state players. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Prospective players should report to the fieldhouse at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. Players should bring cleats, tennis shoes, workout gear and must have proof of a physical within the last year.

For more information, call 601-477-4296 or 601-477-4091.

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Wolfpack Capture Second In MGCCC Tournament
Release Date: 2/11/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WIGGINS - The Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack finished in second place after the final round of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational held at Pine Burr Country Club in Wiggins. The Wolfpack shot a final round of 309 for a two-day total of 606. Mississippi Gulf Coast won the tournament with a 587.

Meridian finished in third place (610), followed by Mississippi Gulf Coast (B) (621), East Mississippi (624), Hinds (627), Northeast Mississippi (629), East Central (631), Northwest Mississippi (634), Itawamba (664), and Jones County (704).

For the Wolfpack, red-shirt freshman Jacob Ross of Brookhaven tied for second place with a two-day total of 143 (68-75) Sophomore Ryan Desormeaux of Broussard, Louisiana, finished in fourth place with a 147 (73-74). Will Lee of Brookhaven finished in a three-way tie for 26th at 157 (76-81), Gregory Causey finished tied for 31st at 159 (80-79), Cade Caughman of Mendenhall finished at 163 (87-76) competing as an individual, and Tyler Jelks 168 (82-86).

Taking medalist honors was Grant Mottler of Mississippi Gulf Coast 142 (71-71). Joining Mottler on the All-Tournament Team was teammate Conner Entriken of Gulf Coast, Co-Lin’s Ross and Desormeaux, and Meridian’s Connor Cavin.

Co-Lin returns to action on Feb. 28-March in the Hinds-Co-Lin Invitational at Eagle Ridge Country Club and Wolf Hollow Golf Course.



ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM – Wolfpack golfers named to the MGCCC Invitational All-Tournament Team are Ryan Desormeaux (left) and Jacob Ross.

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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Release Date: 1/8/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College athletics department recently received a major facility upgrade with the addition of a new weight room that is usable for all sports teams on the Raymond Campus.

The new 90x50 weight room, located in the Mayo Field House gymnasium, is highlighted by 18 combination racks that can be the base for a number of different types of Olympic lifts, as well as bench press.

The workout facility also features the following items:

• Six sets of dumbbells ranging from 5-100 lbs.

• Four sets of kettle bells

• Four sets of medicine balls

• Two independent leg press machines

• Two row machines

• Two lat pulldown machines

• Two adjustable columns

• Two leg curl/extension machines

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

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A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A’Darius Steele, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Gulfport, has been selected to participate in the Health, Equity and Leadership Initiative Program (HELI) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Steele, a forward on the Bulldogs soccer team at the Perkinston Campus, was chosen for the program, which accepted just two applicants this year. The selection was based on his grade-point average, letters of recommendation and an interview.

As a participant, he is travelling to UMMC once a month to participate in various leadership development programs. He’ll complete required assignments and projects and will be mentored by medical professionals.

Steele has also been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

HELI selects minority male students from Mississippi’s community colleges for the program. Research shows men of color are significantly underrepresented in most health care professional programs. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was created to reinforce the institution’s commitment to improving health equity in the state of Mississippi. HELI is a five-month program, but the goal is to continue to follow the students and to give them insight into the steps they will need to take to enter a professional medical program after they complete undergraduate studies.

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ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
Release Date: 2/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson introduced David Strother as the new head coach of the Lady Indians’ soccer program at a press conference held at the David C. Cole Student Services Building on Friday.

“There is good soccer in the state and I look forward to working with Itawamba and the surrounding communities to help build that even more,” said Strother. “It’s been a month and a half since the semester started and the girls just want to train… and get it moving to see where we are with our returning class and getting the evaluation for our incoming class.”

Strother comes to ICC after spending the past three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Prior to his time at Co-Lin, he served as men’s head coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at ITT, Strother coached 12 All-Conference players, six All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, and two National Team members.

Strother started his collegiate coaching career as the men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College (2006-10), where he built the program from ground up and eventually produced eight MACJC All-State players, two All-Region 23 award winners, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American while being nominated for MACJC Coach of the Year three times.

In his final season at Southwest, the Bears earned the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes.

“My purpose as a coach is to help players win, help players succeed, and help players grow in everything they do,” said Strother.

He is the third coach in the history of the women’s program and replaces former head coach Mike Sullivan, who will focus solely on the men’s program.

“It’s nice for [Coach Sullivan and myself] to be able to focus one team each to be able to put the time and the energy into what it takes to build the relationships with the student-athletes,” said Strother.

The Lady Indians have made five playoff appearances in the past eight seasons under the direction of Sullivan.

“History and tradition is what we want to build off of,” said Strother. “It’s not that we want to live off that by any way, shape or form, but it’s pride about being where you are and taking pride in what you do.”

Strother received a BS degree in sports administration and marketing, with a minor in business, in 2004 from Belhaven University. He was also a member of the Blazers’ soccer team where he earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2003.

He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they are the parents of Sindey McCall and Liam Winfield.

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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Lady Warrior Softball Sweeps East MS
Release Date: 2/26/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team improved their record to 10-2 with a sweep of East Mississippi Community College Tuesday, Feb. 24 on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Warriors had 11 hits in a 10-1 victory over East MS in game one. Hitters for ECCC were Summer Lavender of Canton Academy and Karoline Holsonback, a product of South Lamar High School in Kennedy, Ala., each with a double and a single; Andi Hannaford of Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, two singles; Katlyn Duke of Neshoba Central, triple; Anna Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy and Caitlyn Aldous of Petal, each with a double; and Cayla Myers of Magee and Maegen Ellis, a product of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, singles each.

Hannaford led in RBIs with three. Others collecting RBIs were Aldous (2), Lavender (2), Ellis and Nowell.

Scoring runs were Hannaford (2), Ellis, Mahalia Gibson of Oak Grove, Aldous, Duke, Christen Benson of Brookhaven, Holsonback, Nowell and Lavender. Lacey Hill, a product of Kilbourne (La.) High School, got the win. She allowed one earned run on three hits in five innings. She fanned eight batters and walked two.

In game two, Gibson went 3-3, including a Grand Slam and two doubles, to help lead the Lady Warriors to a 10-2 victory. She also tallied five RBIs. Additional hitters were Duke and Hannaford, each with a double and single; and Benson and Lavender, each with a double.

Also recording RBIs were Benson, Duke, Hannaford and Rachel Davis of Petal. Runs were scored by Mallory Tuner of Southeast Lauderdale (2), Ellis (2), Gibson (2), Benson, Duke, Hannaford and Lavender.

ECCC travels to Ellisville Friday, Feb. 27 to take on the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats in games beginning at 3 and 5 p.m. The Lady Warriors will host Meridian Community College in doubleheader action Tuesday, March 3 at 3 and 5 p.m.

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EC Tennis Squads Fall To Jones
Release Date: 2/26/2015
East Central Community College

ECCC Tennis teams dropped a pair of decisions to Jones County Junior College Tuesday, Feb. 24 in Decatur.

In women’s competition, results were as follows:

Doubles – EC’s Shannon St. Claire and Kristine Jenkins fell to Jenna Hegwood and Shelby Gilliland (8-0); and EC’s Hannah Peoples and Brooke Payne were defeated by Claire Rounsaville and Beanna Waller (8-1).

Singles – St. Claire defeated Hegwood (3-6, 6-4, 10-8); Peoples was defeated by Gilliland (5-7, 7-6, 10-3); Jenkins fell to Rounsaville (6-0, 6-0); Katlyn Patrick lost to Krissy Stutts (6-2, 6-0); and Brooke Payne fell to Tymeka Hunter (6-1, 6-2).

In men’s competition, results were as follows:

Doubles – EC’s Juan Miranda and Robert Strong fell to Graham Lightsey and Eric Swisher (8-3), EC’s Javon Yarbrough and Devin Skinner fell to Josiah Lim and Austin Baskin (8-4) and EC’s Cole Duty and Alex Chapman were defeated by Robert Kiewit and Josh Hester (8-3)

Singles – Miranda fell to Lightsey (6-3, 7-5); Yarbrough fell to Lim (6-1, 6-0); Duty fell to Swisher (7-5, 6-3); Strong fell to Baskin (6-3, 6-1); Skinner was defeated by Kiewit (6-3, 6-2); and Chapman fell to Hester (6-0, 6-0). The Warriors and Lady Warriors travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Tuesday, March 3 for matches beginning at 2 p.m. ECCC hosts Co-Lin teams at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

Dianne O’Neill serves as tennis coach.

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Pearl River’s Tuesday Twin Bill With Baton Rouge Rescheduled
Release Date: 2/23/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College’s Tuesday baseball doubleheader with Baton Rouge CC has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 21 here in Wildcat Stadium due to projected wet weather conditions.

The twin bill was originally set for a 4 p.m. start, but will be played at the same starting time in April.

The rescheduled contests mark a rematch between the home standing Wildcats and the Bears, as BRCC defeated PRCC 15-5 Feb. 14 in Baton Rouge, La. Pearl River returns to action Saturday in the Pensacola State Pirate Invitational Tournament in Pensacola, Fla. with Saturday games against Abraham Lincoln (Ga.) at 12:30 p.m. and Wabash Valley (Ill.) at 3 p.m, while on Sunday, host Pensacola State takes on the Wildcats at 10 a.m. PRCC will conclude its Sunday play with a Wabash Valley rematch set for 3 p.m.

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