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EMCC To Host Elite Hitting And Defense Softball Clinics On Scooba Campus The Weekend Of Oct. 22-23
Release Date:9/26/2016
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to host a two-day fastpitch softball clinic the weekend of Oct. 22-23 at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus.

Hosted by EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White and assistant coach Alison Owen, former standout players at Auburn and Mississippi State, respectively, with assistance from current EMCC players, the upcoming clinic will feature hitting on Saturday (Oct. 22) followed by defense on Sunday (Oct. 23). Both basic and elite drills will be taught and demonstrated during the weekend, as well as a mental training session to be held by EMCC’s coaches and players.

Saturday’s hitting clinic will feature the 10U-14U group from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the 16U-18U age group from 1-3 p.m. The same times will apply for Sunday’s defense clinic.

Interested players are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced early registration cost of $35 for one clinic and $60 for both clinics. Early registration will close on Friday, Oct. 14. After that, registration costs will increase to $50 for one clinic and $75 for both clinics.

In addition, players should be prepared to bring a fielding glove, batting gloves (if needed), bat, cleats/tennis shoes, athletic clothing and a water bottle.

For additional information, please contact EMCC assistant softball coach Alison Owen via e-mail at aowen@eastms.edu.


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NORTHEAST TO INDUCT FOUR STANDOUTS IN NINTH SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS
Release Date: 9/22/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College has selected the ninth class of dignitaries to enter into its prestigious Sports Hall of Fame.

Anthony Anderson, John Cunningham, Ronnie Key and Maurice Stafford are set for enshrinement during a ceremony in the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

These four individuals will also be recognized prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff of the Tigers’ homecoming football game against league opponent Coahoma Community College.

This group of men together account for two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American awards, three Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State selections and multiple postseason appearances in their respective sports.

Tickets are on sale for the event and its accompanying meal at a cost of $15. For more information, contact athletic director Kent Farris at 662-720-7309 or by email at wkfarris@nemcc.edu.

Anthony Anderson (Men’s Basketball, 1981-82, 1982-83)

Anthony Anderson is still one of the top roundball athletes to ever suit up for the tradition-rich men’s basketball program at Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Anderson had several double-digit performances during his freshman campaign, including 20 points in a huge 107-69 win over Meridian Community College and 16 points in a triumph at rival Itawamba Community College.

The East Union High School graduate guided the Tigers to a 21-4 regular season mark during the 1981-82 campaign. That included two wins at the Tip Off Tournament hosted by Jefferson State (Ala.) Community College.

Anderson scored a team-high 14 points to lift Northeast to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division Tournament crown in a 42-39 triumph over Northwest Mississippi Community College inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

He followed that with 13 points three nights later in a tight 56-55 MACJC State Tournament semifinal victory over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on the campus of Utica Junior College, which is now part of the Hinds Community College system.

Anderson and the Tigers delivered once again the following evening against the host Bulldogs. He tallied 16 points to help Northeast secure its third state championship in program history with an 86-78 decision at Utica.

He was one of four sophomores that came back for the 1982-83 campaign. That team started on a slightly rocky note with a 5-5 record near the Christmas break, but the Tigers pulled together and compiled another 20-win season.

Northeast wrapped up Anderson’s final year in the City of Hospitality with a 21-12 mark and as the MACJC North Division runner-up. The Tigers eventually hosted the inaugural National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament.

Anderson was simply phenomenal in the regional opener against Delgado (La.) Community College. He amassed a game-best 45 points and was an incredible 20 of 22 from the free throw line for a Northeast squad that posted 112 total points.

But Mississippi Gulf Coast eliminated the Tigers in their following contest in a tight 88-80 contest. Anderson concluded his career with 26 points, which was more than any other player in the matchup.

Anderson finished as the leading scorer in NJCAA Region 23 and was recognized as the Babe McCarthy Junior College Player of the Year, which was awarded to the top athlete at the two-year level in the Magnolia State.

He also became the eighth NJCAA All-American in program history after ranking among the 10 best rebounders in the region. Anderson was voted by his peers and head coach Richard Mathis as Northeast’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) as well.

The Blue Springs native completed his Associate’s degree in business administration from Northeast and later wrapped up his education at Middle Tennessee State University beginning in the fall of 1983.

He has devoted his professional life to the field of criminal justice. Anderson worked with the Union County Sherriff’s Office for over a decade and was the Chief of Police in Verona for three years.

Anderson and his wife Connie have three children, Anna, Ebony and William, and are members of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He is presently employed by the Northeast Campus Police Department.

John O. Cunningham (Sports Supporter)

John O. Cunningham joins an elite group of supporters that have been elected to the Northeast Sports Hall of Fame. He joins Malcolm Kuykendall and Earline “Woodsie” Woods with this distinction.

Cunningham was an established businessman that was known as a tireless advocate for the Lady Tigers and Tigers. He remains as one of Northeast’s biggest backers even in retirement.

The Baldwyn native owned Cunningham’s Food Mart in his hometown for several years and was highly successful in that venture. His prosperity has seemingly gone hand-in-hand with the affluence of Northeast’s nine intercollegiate athletic programs.

He became a member of the Northeast Board of Trustees in 1995 and still serves in that capacity. Cunningham currently holds the position of secretary for the 15-member board.

Cunningham also fulfills duties as part of the Northeast Development Foundation Board of Directors. He is one of four representatives from Prentiss County on this 20-person committee.

He and others on the board helped assemble an athletic giving program through the Northeast Development Foundation that has generated over $1 million for the institution over the past 16 years.

Cunningham is a familiar sight at Northeast sporting events. He can usually be found at courtside inside Bonner Arnold Coliseum or in a folding chair during the spring at either baseball or softball doubleheaders chatting about his beloved Tigers.

Ronnie Key (Football, 1979, 1980, Baseball 1980, 1981, Baseball Coach 1986-1991)

Ronnie Key immediately became a popular student-athlete upon his enrollment in 1979. He was selected as Mr. Northeast Mississippi Junior College during his sophomore year while playing both baseball and football.

Key was a standout defensive end for the Tigers in one of the best two-year periods in program history. Northeast compiled 15 victories during his tenure on the gridiron.

The Tigers captured six wins during Key’s freshman season, which was tied for the most by any Northeast team in the previous 10 campaigns, and finished as runner-up in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division.

Among the victories that year were three consecutive matchups with Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College and Holmes Community College. Northeast eventually lost at Jones County Junior College in its second-ever state playoff contest.

Key and the Tigers bounced back with perhaps the best season in school history. Northeast captured nine victories in 1980, which is still the second most in a single year ever, and its inaugural MACJC North Division championship.

The Corinth native helped the Tigers compile a perfect 6-0 mark in league play. They clinched the MACJC North Division title with a 26-0 blanking of Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Northeast rose to as high as No. 2 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll and was the top ranked team in the entire country at one point according to JC Gridwire. Those remain as the highest rankings ever for the Tigers.

Key’s final outing on the gridiron was during a 19-3 setback to Jones County in the first postseason game hosted by Northeast inside the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium.

He made an even deeper impact on the baseball program at Northeast. Key was a MACJC All-State selection and was voted as the Tigers’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) during each of his two campaigns.

NJCAA Hall of Famer W.B. “Bill” Ward recognized Key with the Tiger Award for football following his freshman year while head coach William Southward gave him the same honor twice for his leadership and efforts on the diamond.

Key returned to the Booneville campus in 1984 and was named the ninth head baseball coach at Northeast since the program was reinstated in 1961. His squads were known to be consistently competitive on a yearly basis.

The Corinth High School alumnus set a new program record with 24 victories in 1989 on the way to third place in the MACJC North Division. That mark stood for 11 years when the Tigers posted 26 triumphs in 2000.

He led the Tigers to five consecutive winning seasons and finished his tenure with 113 victories, which places him as the third winningest headman in program history. His Northeast teams missed the postseason by one game for three straight years from 1989-91.

Key was selected to coach the Athletes in Action international tour while with the Tigers in both 1985 and 1989. It was a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International that was formed to share life-changing faith with sports fans across the world.

His team trained in Reno, Nev., before visiting sites in northern California and Central America. Key’s crew also visited local hospitals and churches as a means of serving others during their summer tours.

He left his alma mater to take the same position at Montreat-Anderson (N.C.) College in 1991. Key quickly retreated to the Magnolia State in 1991 after accepting an opening at Lamar School in Meridian.

Key remained at Lamar for the next two decades and served in various roles such as head baseball and golf coach, assistant football instructor, athletic director and guidance counselor.

He is presently in his fifth season as the golf coach at Meridian Community College. Key was the 2014 MACJC and Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) Coach of the Year after guiding the Eagles to a state title on the links.

Key’s teams have captured 15 tournament crowns over the last four campaigns. Each of those squads were selected as Farmer’s Insurance All-Academic Teams as well.

He and his wife Leigh Ann have two children, Casey and Easton. Key is a board member for district five of Mississippi’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and attends worship at Meridian’s Northcrest Baptist Church.

Maurice Stafford (Men’s Basketball 1980-81, 1981-82, Assistant Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coach 2003-13)

Maurice Stafford started what turned into a blossoming career in the sport of basketball after signing with then-Northeast Mississippi Junior College as one of the highest touted prep athletes in the Magnolia State.

Stafford immediately showed amazing potential during his inaugural matchup in a black-and-gold uniform on November 10, 1980 at home against Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College. He nearly accounted for a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds during a decisive 103-84 victory by the Tigers.

The Biggersville High School graduate was frequently the leading scorer for Northeast during his freshman campaign in jersey No. 44 while under the watch of head coach Noel Akins.

His first such instance as top scorer for the Tigers was in a tight 92-89 triumph over Northwest Alabama Community College, which is now Northwest-Shoals Community College. Stafford was one of five Tigers to reach double figures that night with 26 points.

Stafford helped Northeast win its initial five contests that year with 25 points at Dyersburg State and 30 points during his first rivalry matchup with Itawamba Community College on December 2, 1980.

He and his teammates went on to win the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division Tournament crown with a 61-50 triumph versus Northwest Mississippi Community College. Stafford had 13 points in the Tigers’ title victory over the Rangers.

Northeast eventually lost in the state championship contest to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 7 Tournament that was held on the campus of Paducah (Ky.) Community College, which is currently known as West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Stafford, who was one of four returning sophomores, and the Tigers gained their revenge one season later by capturing the 1982 MACJC State Tournament title under the direction of first-year headman Richard Mathis.

Northeast edged past Mississippi Gulf Coast in the semifinals by a 56-55 margin thanks in part to 27 points from Stafford. The Tigers then bested host Utica Junior College 86-78 with Stafford notching 15 points before hoisting the championship trophy.

Stafford was selected to the MACJC All-State team and became the seventh NJCAA All-American in program history after leading both the state and region with approximately 23 points per game.

The Rienzi native was also the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 1981 Tip Off Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., where Northeast won the crown over Lurleen B. Wallace (Ala.) Community College.

He signed with the University of North Alabama after his tenure with the Tigers and found even more success on the hardwood. He led the Lions in scoring and field goal percentage both as a junior and senior.

Stafford was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) selection and was the 1984 GSC Player of the Year. That same season he led North Alabama to a 27-7 overall mark, a GSC and NCAA South Regional championship plus a berth to the NCAA Division II Final Four.

He shot 75 percent from the floor during his senior campaign, which at the time was a NCAA Division II record. That incredible feat was broken three years later, but still remains fourth all-time at that level.

Stafford’s career stat line for the Lions included 922 points, 382 rebounds, 95 assists, 70 steals and 32 blocks. He later returned to Florence, Ala., as an assistant coach for North Alabama’s women’s program. His playing career might have concluded with the Lions, but his passion for roundball continued through his time as a coach. His first position came at the University of Tennessee at Martin from 1989-95.

Stafford was heavily involved in recruiting, monitoring the academic status of players, game preparation and the development of post players while at UT Martin, North Alabama and the University of Memphis (Tenn.).

Some of the standout athletes he instructed were Tamika Whitmore, who went on to play for the Indiana Fever of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) after starring at Memphis, and North Alabama’s inaugural first-team All-American in Serita Gaulding.

Stafford returned to Booneville to conclude his coaching tenure at Northeast. He was the first ever assistant for the women’s basketball program and assisted the men as well over a decade starting in 2003.

He assisted the Lady Tigers in capturing a pair of state championships plus the 2006 NJCAA Region 23 title. Stafford tutored NJCAA All-Americans Jessica Hooker and Krystal Robinson during that special season that saw Northeast reach the NJCAA Division I National Tournament for the third time ever.

Stafford, who is also a member of North Alabama’s Hall of Fame, is married to the former Karyn Miller of Jumpertown. They have a daughter, Sascha, and one grandson, D’Kylin.


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2nd Annual Lady Bears Basketball Tip Off Dinner & Silent Auction Set For October 17
Release Date: 9/27/2016
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest Lady Bears basketball team will hold its second annual Tip Off Dinner and Silent Auction on Monday, October 17, beginning at 6:00.

Held at The Caboose restaurant in McComb, the dinner serves as a team fundraiser. As part of the night, a silent auction will held with several items up for bids.

Head coach Brent Harris said the team “is excited to continue this tradition that introduces our team and the season. Last year was a huge success. We had a great turnout and our team really appreciated the support from the Southwest family.”

“This year,” Harris continued, “we have more exciting auction items and believe this will be a great night to help support Southwest women’s basketball. We hope that the community will take this opportunity to meet our student-athletes.”

Tickets for the dinner cost $30 per person or $55 per couple and reservations must be made in advance.

Further information, including a reservation form, can be found on the women’s basketball page at www.southwestbearathletics.com (look under “Additional Links”).

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GAME RECAP: East Central Football Falls To Co-Lin After Fourth Quarter Surge
Release Date: 9/30/2016
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College football team held No. 18 Copiah-Lincoln Community College in check for three full quarters, before a fourth quarter surge by the Wolves resulted in a 34-23 win over the Warriors in Stone Stadium in Wesson Thursday, Sept. 29.

East Central led 23-7 in the fourth quarter before the Co-Lin Wolves scored the last 27 points of the game to pull out the win against the Warriors.

East Central was forced to punt its first possession of the ball game, but Aaron Garrett of Meridian High School pinned the Wolves back on their own eight-yard line.

The Warrior defense then forced a Co-Lin punt to allow ECCC to take over at the 47.

Quarterback Dom Marino of Venice (Fla.) High School then found tight end Kalen Meggs of Richton High School for a 37-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors the early 7-0 lead with 9:24 left in the first quarter.

Co-Lin would score on a 17-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 12:20 left in the first half.

East Central’s Dwayne Barnett of Harrison Central High School helped the Warriors regain the lead in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run.

After the Wolves missed on a 32-yard field goal attempt, East Central’s Garrett was good on a 36-yard field goal as the second quarter horn sounded, putting East Central up 17-7 at halftime.

Throughout the third quarter East Central and Co-Lin exchanged punts.

Then, with 13:21 to play in the game, Marino did it through the air again this time finding freshman wide receiver Antonio Gibson of Eagles Landing (Ga.) High School for a 30–yard touchdown pass. The extra point try was no good and the Warriors led 23-7. After that it was all Co-Lin.

The Wolves scored on the first play after the Warrior kickoff on a reverse pass play that covered 54 yards to close the deficit to 23-14 with 13:09 left to play.

Co-Lin would then score two more times in a matter of minutes, on a punt return and an interception return, to grab the lead at 28-23. The Wolves’ final score of the game came on the final play when they intercepted a desperation pass and returned it for the score.

For East Central, Marino was 9 for 19 through the air for 133 yards with four interceptions. Barnett was the leader in rushing yards with 118 total yards for the Warriors on 35 carries and one touchdown. Marino added 78 yards on the ground. Meggs was the top in receiving with three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. Freshman defensive back Xavier Williamson of Heidelberg High School was credited with six tackles, one for a loss.

With the loss, the Warriors fell to 2-3 on the season and 2-1 in the South Division.

ECCC is now tied with Co-Lin and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the top spot in the South.

The East Central Community College football team will host Jones County Junior College Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in Bailey Stadium in Decatur.

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No. 3 Gulf Coast Sets Sights On 3rd Straight Win
Release Date: 9/30/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast has won the first two MACJC events of the year, last weekend winning at Southaven despite not having its All-American in the lineup.

Colin Troxler (6-2, 137, so., Hahnville/Luling, La.) is battling an injury and will miss the third MACJC event of the year hosted by Hinds in Raymond. It didn’t hurt the third-ranked Bulldogs, who saw Wyatt Adkison (5-7, 210, so., East Central/Hurley) step up and tie for first after 36 holes.

“They played well last week, so I expect them to build on that,” Gulf Coast golf coach Tommy Snell said. “The whole team is playing well right now.”

One of the biggest challenges his roster of eight golfers face each tournament is just qualifying to make the five-man team. Adkison is guaranteed to make the trip, but has to earn his way on to the team or play as an individual.

That’s what happens when all five golfers finish in the top 13 of a 60-player field.

The next two-day, 36-hole tournament starts Saturday. The Eagle Ridge Golf Club the teams will be playing this weekend isn’t a long course, but it’s not without its challenges.

“It’s short, only about 6,500 yards,” Snell said. “The greens are really small, so we’re focusing on wedges this week.”

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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PRCC Rodeo Team Enjoys Successful Debut At Missouri Event
Release Date: 9/26/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College made its college rodeo debut a successful one, as the Wildcats competed this past weekend at the Missouri Valley College Rodeo at Marshall, Mo.

Freshman Raegan Lee of Picayune earned a first-place finish in barrel racing, and freshman Andrew Burks of Kiln was fourth in calf roping.

“Everyone on the team was real excited to finally be competing,” said Robbie Shaw, PRCC coach. “There were a lot of butterflies, a lot of nerves from getting through that first rodeo. I think everyone will be more relaxed after this.”

Lee qualified into the championship round Saturday in fifth position after two days of preliminary competition.

She was fifth after the first round of rides in the finals, with a time of 15.12 seconds, earning her 20 points, then she had the second-fastest run in the second and final round, with a time of 15.04, good for 50 points.

Lee’s combined time of 30.16 was the best of the 10 finalists, giving her another 60 points and a total of 130 points. That puts her in the lead in the Ozark Region after the first event of the season. Her point total helped PRCC to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.

“She put together two good, consistent runs in the finals,” Shaw said. “She had a little wobble on the third barrel in her last run, but it stayed up and she was able to finish strong.”

Burks also qualified fifth in the preliminaries, then posted a time of 11.4 in the first round of the finals, good for a fourth-place tie and 25 points. His second run of 13.9 seconds was sixth-best in the second round, but his combined score of 25.3 allowed him to finish fourth overall.

Burks will carry a total of 65 points into this weekend’s rodeo at Livingston, Ala., the second of five rodeos the team will compete in this fall.

Also, Alex Nobles of Bogalusa, La., and Tyler Ladner of Poplarville qualified for the finals in team roping, but did not place.

Preliminaries for this weekend’s event, hosted by the University of West Alabama, begin Thursday and continue on Friday, with the championship rounds scheduled for Saturday.

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Bulldogs Face Texas Team This Weekend
Release Date: 9/30/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast has spent its midseason break from MACJC South play trying to gauge where it stands beyond the division.

The Bulldogs (8-1) finished off a perfect September by beating North No. 1 Hinds 4-0 and an out-of-state Andrew College 4-1. They’ll face Jacksonville College (3-4-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the new MGCCC Soccer Complex.

“They’ve had a better year than they had the last year,” Gulf Coast coach Chris Handy said. “They’ve got three wins. They tied San Jac. They’re right in the mix over there, and Texas is tough.”

That’s the same San Jacinto team that handed the Bulldogs their only loss of the season. Gulf Coast lost 5-3 in its second game of the season.

Handy put his squad through a tough week of training ahead to get ready for Saturday, and beyond. They head back into division play next week after getting one last opportunity to see where they stand in the NJCAA South District.

“It’s going to be the challenge we wanted out of Andrew but didn’t necessarily get,” Handy said. “It lets us know where we are. We can compare scores against the other Texas teams and give us an idea of how far we need to go.”

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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Gulf Coast Entertains Jacksonville On Friday
Release Date: 9/29/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast tinkered with its formation this week on a trip to Holmes.

The Lady Bulldogs got shut out 3-0 and return to the new MGCCC Soccer Complex rethinking that idea heading into a contest against Jacksonville College. The teams kick off at 4 p.m.

“We know little tactical things they are going to do, but I’m more concerned about what we’re going to do,” Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. “I’m concerned to see if we can create opportunities for ourselves. We didn’t have those opportunities on Tuesday.”

Gulf Coast (5-2-1) will face a tougher opponent than the record makes it appear. The Texas squad is 0-6-1 but is playing against tougher opposition out there.

The Lady Bulldogs had a four-game win streak snapped against Holmes and need to get back on track in the last non-division game of the regular season.

Gulf Coast, which is in second place in the MACJC South, will entertain a Pearl River team it upset in the first meeting of the year, then head to Jones County. PRCC is third in the division, with Jones atop the pack.

The top three teams advance to the state playoffs.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to on Friday,” Rhodes said, “finding what works for us again, especially going into a big week next week.”

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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EMCC To Host Elite Hitting And Defense Softball Clinics On Scooba Campus The Weekend Of Oct. 22-23
Release Date: 9/26/2016
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College is scheduled to host a two-day fastpitch softball clinic the weekend of Oct. 22-23 at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus.

Hosted by EMCC head softball coach Kyndall White and assistant coach Alison Owen, former standout players at Auburn and Mississippi State, respectively, with assistance from current EMCC players, the upcoming clinic will feature hitting on Saturday (Oct. 22) followed by defense on Sunday (Oct. 23). Both basic and elite drills will be taught and demonstrated during the weekend, as well as a mental training session to be held by EMCC’s coaches and players.

Saturday’s hitting clinic will feature the 10U-14U group from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by the 16U-18U age group from 1-3 p.m. The same times will apply for Sunday’s defense clinic.

Interested players are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced early registration cost of $35 for one clinic and $60 for both clinics. Early registration will close on Friday, Oct. 14. After that, registration costs will increase to $50 for one clinic and $75 for both clinics.

In addition, players should be prepared to bring a fielding glove, batting gloves (if needed), bat, cleats/tennis shoes, athletic clothing and a water bottle.

For additional information, please contact EMCC assistant softball coach Alison Owen via e-mail at aowen@eastms.edu.


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MGCCC Plays Well At ITA Regionals
Release Date: 9/26/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast tennis coach Gary Bourgeois said both his teams had good results at the ITA Regional Championships held last week in Meridian.

In women’s doubles, the Lady Bulldogs’ Paulina Estrada and Katie Burrall were runners-up, losing in the finals to Marion Military Institute’s Paola Bou and Alana Larcombe 6-1, 6-3. Jasmine Sartin and Kaci Calhoun advanced to the consolation finals, losing 8-3 to Meridian’s Jordyn Hull and Taylor Miller.

“I thought we played really well,” Bourgeois said. “Getting to the finals of the women’s doubles and the consolation bracket shows we can compete with everybody there.”

John Murphy advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s singles before losing to Meridian’s Jason Pimenta, the eventual champion. Brett Bowen made it to the semifinals of the consolation singles draw.

Murphy teamed with Noah Rowell to make it to the men’s doubles semifinals, falling 8-4 to Marion’s Daniel Boussom and Andrew Carey.

“We played one of the toughest teams there,” Bourgeois said. “The caliber of the play there was incredible.”

Bourgeois said the infusion of internationals to MACJC has elevated the play.

“I think we can definitely make some noise on both the men’s and women’s side,” he said. “It’s going to come down to the depth of the team. The 1’s and 2’s at each MACJC team are really solid, so it’s going to come down to the 3 through 6.”

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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Mendoza, Lewis Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Hannah Lewis, both of Laurel, captured the 10th annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run titles here Saturday morning.

It was Mendoza’s third straight time to win the event. The overall men’s winner finished in a time of 18:36.

Lewis was the overall women’s winner with a time of 24:20.

The run began and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The course was set up through the Jones County Junior College campus and downtown Ellisville.

Proceeds from this year’s event went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.



Bobcat 5K Run results

August 27

Ellisville



Overall Male Winner

George Mendoza, 18:36

Overall Female Winner

Hannah Lewis, 24:20

Male Masters Winner

Ray Henderson, 23:15

Female Masters Winner

Rhonda Gilbert, 27:47

Male GrandMasters Winner

Kenneth Hall, 23:25

Female GrandMasters Winner

Tammy Fowler, 29:44

Male 12 and Under

Payne McDonald, 42:39

Female 12 and Under

Christine Danford, 28:08

Male 13-19

1. Bo Henderson, 21:49; 2. Sam Houston, 24:53; 3. Creed Broom, 31:22

Female 13-19

1. Kara Christian, 33:36; 2. April Rudolph, 35:44; 3. Haile Kate, 36:36

Male 20-29

Kaleb Smith, 22:05

Female 20-29

Alison Rudolph, 41:11

Male 30-39

1. Richard Walley, 22:12; 2. Matthew Lowe, 33:59

Female 30-39

1. Brook Gatlin, 28:35; Kimberly Eavenson, 30:26; 3. Wendy Staples, 38:28; 4. Kandi Evans, 44:15.

Male 40-49

1. Joe Holifield, 26:56; 2. Mark Harris, 29:36

Female 40-49

1. Ginger McLemore, 30:24; 2. Mary Boleware, 30:46; 3. Adriana Tarver, 32:09. 4. Beverly Shows, 35:50; 5. Katie Shepherd, 44:26.

Male 50-59

1. Joe Danford, 30:31; 2. David McGowin, 31:43.

Female 50-59

Julia Sumrall, 34:46

Male 60 and over

1. Tom Smith, 27:55; 2. Jim Murdock, 27:59; 3. Bud Herring, 31:12; 4. Roger Swann, 48:22.

Female 60 and over

1. Beverly Swann, 32:38; 2. Brenda Burge, 42:48


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ICC To Host Mini Cheer Camp In October
Release Date: 9/19/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Area students ages 3 years of age through sixth grade will have an opportunity to participate in a Mini Cheer Camp from 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 8, at the Itawamba Community College Fitness Center intramural gym on the Fulton Campus.

Cost of the camp, which is sponsored by ICC's cheerleaders, is $25 for those who preregister through Sept. 25 or $35 for those who register from Sept. 26-Oct. 8. Included in the fee is a t-shirt which will be worn during the group's halftime performance at ICC's football game on Oct. 13.

For a registration form or for more information, contact Emily Lamb at (662) 862-8173 or email eglamb@iccms.edu.

Registration forms and registration fees can be mailed to:




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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: 887-249

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 170-69-5

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