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Bears Baseball To Host Miracle League Day On Saturday
Release Date:4/28/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest Bears baseball team will celebrate a special group of people Saturday afternoon, during their 1:00 MACJC doubleheader with visiting Northeast Mississippi, as they host Miracle League Day.

The Miracle League is an organization which pairs physically and mentally challenged individuals with able-bodied volunteer “buddies” who assist them in batting, catching, throwing and running. The individual’s self-esteem grows, he or she makes friends, becomes less isolated and becomes a “regular kid” playing baseball and not someone with a disability.

Dr. Addie Boone, Southwest’s Support Services Coordinator and CEO of the McComb Miracle League, said, “We’re really excited and thankful that Southwest baseball and (head) Coach (Ken) Jackson are doing this to help support our league.”

Players from the Miracle League will be on the field prior to the game and will throw out the first pitch before each game. The Bears will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the day with all proceeds being donated to the Miracle League.

Jackson said, “I think this is a special opportunity we have to host a group of individuals like the Miracle League. It’s a great opportunity for our players to interact with those guys and get the understanding of the privilege they (the Southwest players) have to play the game of baseball and enjoy it and how much those individuals enjoy the game also.”

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SMCC Trustee Reggie Jones Inducted Into MACJC Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/26/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Mr. Reggie Jones, president of the Southwest Board of Trustees, was one of 15 members inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday night. The ceremony was held at the Hinds Community College campus in Pearl.

Jones, a native of Liberty, MS, played basketball at Liberty High School until his senior year, when the school discontinued the program, and was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

A member of the Bears basketball team from 1970-1972, Jones was an All-State honoree his sophomore season and later inducted into the Southwest Sports Hall of Fame.

Following his time at Southwest, Jones attended Millsaps College and was a two-year member of the Majors’ basketball squad. He led the team in scoring both years and holds the record for most points in a season (610) and average points per season (24.4) He was also inducted into the Millsaps Sports Hall of Fame.

Jones has served on the Southwest Board of Trustees for the past 39 years and has served as president since 2011.

Commenting on his induction, Jones said he was “extremely honored to have been selected as Southwest’s representative” in the Hall of Fame.

He thanked those who played a part in his success saying, “In order to get there, a lot of people have to assist you. Dr. Oliver Young (his coach at Southwest), (former Southwest) President (Horace) Holmes and the members of my teams were all instrumental to my success.”

Concluding his remarks, Jones said “Southwest was good to me then and continues to be good to me. It’s one of the best deals going (in terms of getting an education).”

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Lady Bobcats Ink Six To Basketball Scholarships
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College women’s basketball coach Missy Bilderback has announced the signing of six players to scholarships.

Anna Evans (Leake Academy), Camryn London (Shades Valley High School, Irondale, Alabama), Breonca Ducksworth (West Jones), Mackenzie Thompson (East Rankin Academy), Maya Jones (Northwest Rankin) and Kyia Weathersby (Collins) are new members of the Lady Bobcat program.

“It is an exciting time to be part of JCJC women's basketball,” Bilderback said. “We are pleased to officially announce our 2017 signing class. We feel that we have added a very talented group of student-athletes to an already special group of returners. I know that these young ladies will represent Jones on and off the court in an exceptional way.”

JCJC is coming off a 30-2 season, which saw them win the MACJC and Region 23 Tournament titles. Jones made its first appearance ever in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament this season.

Anna Evans - 5'11 Forward, Leake Academy
* Averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds her senior season
* 1st Team All-MAIS
* MAIS All-Star game MVP
"Anna is a tough competitor that understands hard work,” Bilderback said. “She has played in a great high school program, winning three state titles at Leake. She has great touch around the rim, and is a natural scorer. She plays with a tough mindset and will rebound the ball relentlessly. We are very excited to have Anna as part of our program at Jones."

Camryn London- 5'8 Guard Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Alabama
(Transfer from South Alabama)
* Averaged 18 points, 7 assists and 10 rebounds her senior season
* Helped lead her team to a AHSAA 6A state title her sophomore year at Shades Valley
"Cam is a high-energy guard that can score in multiple ways,” Bilderback said. “She is very skilled and fits perfectly in our style of play. Also, she understands how to work and the grind of college athletics. We are excited about the addition of Cam to this signing class. She comes from a very successful high school program and I feel the year of Division I basketball has prepared her to have an immediate impact on our team.”

Breonca Ducksworth- PG West Jones High School
*Co-MVP of District 5-5A
*Played Mississippi Alabama All-Star game
*Played in the MAC North/South All-Star game
"We are so excited about Duck,” Bilderback said. “Her toughness and grit will make her a special player in our league. She comes from one of the top programs in South Mississippi. She knows how to compete and win. She is an excellent on ball defender and can score. But what I absolutely love most is her motor and ability to push tempo. She is a big-time player and we are thrilled she is coming to JCJC."

Mackenzie Thompson - 5'7 Guard East Rankin
*Led ERA to back to back D2 AAAA Championships
*Voted Most Outstanding player in D2 AAAA
*Played in MAIS All-Star game
"I have watched Mack play since she was in junior high,” Bilderback said. “I have always been impressed with her ability to score, but her intangibles make her special. She is a coach’s kid, so she understands what it takes to be successful. She will be a hard-nose player, that can really shoot the basketball. But her best qualities may be her court vision and ability to elevate those around her."

Maya Jones - 6'2 Forward Northwest Rankin
*Played in the MAC North/South All-Star game
*Played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game
*Averaged 15.1 points and 9 rebounds per game
"We are really excited to have Maya at join our family at Jones,” Bilderback said. “Her length and athleticism makes her so versatile. She can step out and shoot the 3 or post a smaller defender. She runs the floor extremely well, is active on the boards and can score in so many different ways. Bottom line, she is very talented. She played in a tough 6A league and is ready to step in and have a big impact."

Kyia Weathersby- 6'2 Center, Collins High School
*Played in the MAC North/South All-star game
*Averaged 24 points and 16 rebounds her Junior year
* Missed senior season due to knee injury
"Kyia was an absolute steal for our program,” Bilderback said. “She is a true back to the basket post player that is tough, physical and can score. This position was a great need for this signing class. We are excited that it’s Kyia! She will be a big difference maker for our team. Not only is she a great player and person, but pretty smart, too. She was just named the Salutatorian at Collins High."

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MGCCC Wraps Up Spring Practices
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast wrapped up its spring football drills Thursday with about a 60-play scrimmage at historic A.L. May Memorial Stadium.

“Today was a clean scrimmage,” Bulldogs coach Chad Huff said. “Defensively, we created some turnovers. Offensively, we had some explosives in the pass game as well as the run game. There are mistakes that we’ve got to clean up if we were going to be playing a football game today.”

Surrounded by four crews of officials getting some of their spring work in, Huff and his staff evaluate the smaller roster typical of this time of year, working on cleaning up fundamentals while pushing the squad to develop leadership heading into their sophomore seasons.

He said they saw improvement on both sides of the ball beginning with the first day in the weight room all the way through the end.

“I’m real pleased where we’re at right now this time of year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting our freshmen in here this summer. I’m pleased with the overall team’s spirit and effort.”

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

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Co-Lin Wins NJCAA District D Championship
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

BILOXI – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves shot lights earlier this week to claim the NJCAA District D title at Grand Bear Golf Course in Biloxi, Miss. The Wolves led by 13 strokes after the first day of play, and won the tournament by 12 strokes. The stellar play qualifies the Wolves for the NJCAA DII Men’s Golf Championship at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz. May 23-26.

The Wolves were the only team to shoot under 300 on day one as Co-Lin carded a 299, and backed it up with a 289 on day two for a 588 two-day total. Mississippi Gulf Coast finished in second place with a 600 two-day total (317, 283) and Meridian finished in third with a 604 (312, 292).

Brandon Blakney and Zachary Smith earned All-Tournament honors as both players carded 145 two-day totals, second best in the tournament. Blakney opened with a 75 in the first round and a 70 in the second. Smith shot a 74 on the first day and backed it with a 71 in the second round. Cole Areseneault posted a 151 for the Wolves (73, 78). Joseph Dendy and Matthew Scoville both finished with a 152. Dendy posted a 77 and 75, while Scoville shot a 79, 73.

Head coach Ronny Ross also earned accolades as he was named the NJCAA District D Coach of the Year.

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PRCC’s Burks Closing In On Spot In National Finals Rodeo
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College freshman Andrew Burks is in good position to qualify for a spot in the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.

With one event remaining in the Wildcats’ inaugural season in rodeo, Burks, a Hancock High graduate, is in second place in the tie-down roping event in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Burks was the tops in total points in calf roping at the Northwest Mississippi event held April 20-22 at Senatobia. Burks finished with 155 points after a second-place finish in the championship round of the event.

Burks was tied for first after his first run in the finals, with a score of 9.6, good for 55 points, and was second in his final run with a score of 10.8 and a total 20.4, each good for 50 points.

Through the first nine events of the 2016-17 season, Burks has accumulated 530 points, trailing the top rider in the tie-down competition by 65 points. He leads the third-place rider by 105 points.

The top two teams, plus the top three individuals in each event from each region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 9-17 at Casper, Wyo.

In team roping at the NWCC event, freshmen Nick Gonzales and Kelton Carr finished fourth, each totaling 75 points.

Their first run in the championship round produced a sixth-place standing after a score of 7.7, but they finished their second run with a score of 6.9, for a total of 14.6.

Pearl River will conclude its first season of rodeo this weekend at Texarkana, Ark., hosted by Arkansas-Cossatot Community College.

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.


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Lady Bobcat Soccer Players Sign With Senior Colleges
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Two Jones County Junior College women’s soccer players have signed with senior colleges.

Forward Kelly Stubbington (London, England) is headed to William Carey University and defender Ashleigh Lewis (London, England) signed with the University of Indianapolis on Thursday in the McClellan Hall Media Room.

Stubbington looks forward to continuing her career with the Lady Crusaders.

“Ever since I’ve been out here, my coach has always kind of drummed into my head, ‘William Carey, William Carey,” she said. “She kind of knew it was the place for me and I’m excited to actually do that now.

“There are a few girls there now I already know and I’ve spoken to them and they helped me make my decision. I’m excited to be back with them.”

Stubbington enjoyed two excellent seasons at Jones, helping the Lady Bobcats to a 28-6 record during that time.

This past season, she was named an NJCAA second-team All-American. She had 24 goals, 17 assists and 65 points, which led the MACJC and Region 23 and ranked 11th in the nation. Stubbington was named a third-team All-American in 2015 and was one of seven players to be named two-time All-Americans.

She helped JCJC to a 15-2 record in 2016, the MACJC/Region 23 title and a berth in the NJCAA playoffs.

“It was probably the greatest achievement I’ve had being here and playing soccer in general,” she said of winning the state and region championships. “I’m proud of all of the girls and I’m glad we were able to get that.”

Lewis scored 22 goals, had three assists and accounted for 47 points in 2016. She was named All-Region 23.

She is excited about going to Indianapolis.

“I’ve always wanted to be in a place that’s more of a city and it has similar weather to England,” she said. “I’ve talked with the coach and she seems like a great person.”

Both Stubbington and Lewis had to make the adjustment moving from England to south Mississippi.

They said have enjoyed their time at JCJC.

“It’s different,” Stubbington said. “Ellisville is not London, I can tell you that. To be honest, I think I prefer it. I like the area and I love being over here. I don’t really see myself going back.”

“Jones has been amazing,” Lewis added. “This is the true, American soccer experience. It’s been really good.”

Lady Bobcat head Dolores Deasley expects both players to excel at their respective senior colleges.

“Both girls have been brilliant for us,” Deasley said. “They have both come across the sea from England and played well. Ashleigh was a transfer from Southern Miss and had a stellar year for us. We probably would have struggled without her, to be honest with you. She stepped up in the big games when we needed somebody to put the ball in the back of the net. She has speed, strength and athleticism and there is nobody beating that in our league. She has been outstanding.

“Kelly has been the top goal scorer in the league for the last two years. That speaks for itself. She’s been All-American two years running. We are delighted for both of them to go on and play at the next level. Kelly will do well at William Carey and Ashleigh will do well at the

University of Indianapolis, which is an up and coming DII school.”

William Carey assistant coach Ryan Weir expects Stubbington to contribute quickly to the Lady Crusader program.

“We always have good success with Jones’ players,” he said. “We know what kind of players Coach Dolores produces – hard-working and disciplined. You look at Kelly’s stats and what she has done here at Jones, goal scoring-wise, and it speaks for itself. We are lucky and excited to have her join us and, hopefully, she can bring some success to William Carey.”

This past season, former Lady Bobcats Abby Taylor, Shelby Gilliland and Macy Rogers were on the WCU roster.

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NEMCC Softball Playoff Broadcast Information
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Northeast Mississippi Community College

We're excited to announce that Northeast's first round playoff series against Mississippi Gulf Coast this weekend will be broadcast at two different locations.

1. Live and in high definition on NEMCCTV.com

2. Live audio on WBIP radio (FM 99.7, AM 1400 or wbipam.com)

Game times for this series are the following. Note that all games will be played on the campus of Biloxi High School.

Game One: Friday, 6 p.m.

Game Two: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Game Three: Saturday, 4 p.m. (if necessary)


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MGCCC’s Tippen, Burrall Sign With West Alabama
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Two Mississippi Gulf Coast tennis players signed scholarships Thursday to continue their playing careers at NCAA Division II University of West Alabama.

Noah Tippen (So, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville) and Katie Burrall (So, Hernando/Hernando) each won state and region championships during their time at Gulf Coast.

Tippen won the No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles titles last year and has helped lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in each MACJC/Region 23 Tournament. Gulf Coast heads to the national tournament for the second straight season next month.

“We’ve learned a lot of strategy,” he said. “The stuff that Coach Bourgeois teaches us, we’re able to implement that in matches. It’s helped to improve my game.”

Tippen went 8-8 in singles and 14-5 in doubles and this spring. He chose West Alabama, which is located in Livingston, because of familiarity.

“It’s close to home. It’s a two-hour drive instead of a four-and-a-half hour drive,” he said. “I know some of the people in the program, so it’s a good opportunity to get back home.”

Burrall won No. 3 singles and No. 2 double championships in her only season at Perkinston. She went 18-3 in singles and 17-4 in doubles this fall while helping Gulf Coast win its first women’s team state championship since 1987.

“Mentally I learned a lot,” she said. “I got more practice, so my strokes started coming together.”

She’s headed to Livingston to play, in part thanks to Tippen.

“I heard the coach was good and the program was good,” she said. “Noah had the coach come and he watched me. That sealed the deal.”

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

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.



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Mountain Dew Tournament To Benefit ICC Bass Club
Release Date: 4/10/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Mountain Dew is sponsoring a bass tournament benefiting the ICC Bass Club.

The tournament will be held Saturday, April 15 at Beaver Lake (Lock D) on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Entry fee is $100 per boat and includes big fish with an 80% pay back to the anglers.

Blastoff will be at daylight with weigh in starting at 3:00 p.m.

Please contact Jason Campbell at 662-862-8357 or jwcampbell@iccms.edu for more information




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All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 907-254

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 172-76-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
Northwest
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5