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SOFTBALL:  The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats moved up to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball poll, which was released Wednesday morning. The Lady Bobcats, 38-2, were No. 4 in the previous poll. Itawamba ranks 17th & East Central received votes
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CCC Choir Members Record With Scandinavian Blues Artist
Release Date:4/17/2014
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE — Returning to the Delta for her fifth visit, Scandinavian blues diva Rita Engedalen expanded her Mississippi fan base here recording inspirational gospel music with the Coahoma Community College Choir and afterward raising the roof at Red’s as a guest with Big Jack Johnson’s Band, the Cornlickers.

Engedalen is a Grammy-winning artist and was presented with the International Notodden Blues Festival’s Most Outstanding Musician Award in 2013. She tours Europe, has recorded five albums, and has performed during the Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival.

Engedalen’s composition, Mississippi Prayers, was recorded at Gary Vincent’s Studio in Clarksdale and featured the voices of Chapel Hill Baptist Church’s legendary choir soloist Myra Turner and two members of Coahoma Community College’s concert choir: Kiare Robinson of Clarksdale and Shanekqua McAbee of Indianola. CCC choir director Kelvin Towers assisted with the recording that will be released in August.

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Bobcats’ Zuppardo Inks With Mississippi State University
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – For Jones County Junior College’s Johnny Zuppardo, it’s all about the Southeastern Conference.

“Even in high school, I’ve always dreamed of playing in the SEC,” said Zuppardo, a 6-foot-9 forward who signed Wednesday with Mississippi State University. “This is truly a blessing. In my past with the schools I’ve been to, it’s been a humbling experience and it taught me a lot. It got me to where I am today.”

It’s been quite a ride for Zuppardo.

He played high school basketball at St. Stanislaus College before signing with Arkansas State University, who was coached by ex-LSU head coach John Brady. After seeing limited time as a freshman with the Red Wolves, Zuppardo transferred to Southern Miss for the 2012-13 season, which was head coach Donnie Tyndall’s first-year with the Golden Eagles.

After sitting out that season, Zuppardo transferred to JCJC where was reunited with Jay Ladner, who was his head coach at St. Stanislaus.

The 2013-14 season turned out to be a magical one for the Bobcats, as they captured their first-ever NJCAA Division I men’s basketball championship, winning the tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., in March and finishing the year with a 28-5 record.

“I want to thank Jones for bringing me in and letting me play basketball. This is a great institution and they do expect greatness,” Zuppardo said. “I also want to thank Coach Ladner for giving me the opportunity to play here and I want to thank all of my teammates. I would not be signing this scholarship today if it wasn’t for my teammates.

“I want to thank my family and friends who supported me and believed in me the whole way.”

Zuppardo averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for the national champion Bobcats this season. He shot 62.7 percent from the floor, 43.1 percent from the 3-point line and 76.1 percent from the free throw line.

It was Zuppardo’s 3-pointer at the buzzer in the Region 23 Tournament semifinals that lifted the Bobcats to a stunning, 73-72 win over East Mississippi that propelled the team to the nationals.

Zuppardo shined in the national tournament where he was named to the All-Tournament Team and helped the Bobcats win five games in five days.

In the Bobcats’ 81-79 first round win over Highland Community College (Ill.), he had 15 points and seven rebounds. In a 91-82 victory over Hill College (Texas) in round two, he had 32 points and eight rebounds. In an 86-79 victory over Chipola College (Fla.) in the quarterfinals, he had 19 points and six rebounds. In a 76-63 win over Vincennes College (Ind.) in the semifinals, he had 21 points and six rebounds.

In the 87-77 championship victory over top-ranked Indian Hills Community College (Iowa), Zuppardo had 10 points and seven rebounds.

With each Bobcat victory in the tournament, more and more senior colleges became interested in Zuppardo.

“At the national tournament when I heard all of those schools were interested, I tried my absolute best to block it all off and stay focused on strictly winning the championship,” he said. “It was kind of hard because schools were coming in after every game and it was a distraction. But I stayed focused and Coach Ladner got me focused.

“We had a goal and we were not going to leave Hutchinson until we had won a national championship. We would have won eight games if we had to, but we were going to win it all.”

The Bobcats practiced one day at Wichita State University while at the national tournament. The Shockers would eventually offer Zuppardo a scholarship.

St. Bonaventure called Zuppardo and offered him as the Bobcat team was traveling to the State Capitol in Jackson to be honored by state government officials four days after winning the NJCAA title.

The University of Washington, Tulane, Kent State and Iona were among schools that made offers to Zuppardo, but he elected to sign with Mississippi State after taking an official visit to Starkville this past weekend. He canceled an upcoming visit to Washington.

“It was a pretty tough decision,” Zuppardo said. “I prayed and made the most logical decision for me and I did the best thing for myself. I wanted my family to have a chance to see me play. I want to be able to come watch Jones play or just go home when I have a chance. It’s not too far away and it’s in the SEC. I’ll be able to play against great players and great teams and I cannot wait.”

There were other factors in Zuppardo’s decision.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 14-19 season and are looking for immediate help, especially on the inside.

Zuppardo, who can play with his back to the basket, as well as shoot the 3-point shot, is an excellent fit for the Bulldogs.

Zuppardo praised Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray and assistant coach Chris Hollender and how they handled the recruiting process.

“There are many reasons why I signed with Mississippi State,” he said. “First, I really appreciated how their coaches waited on getting me. I liked how they were honest with me. They were straight up with me. There was no confusion with anything. It was just a comfortable situation with the coaches and myself.

“I also picked the school because it was a place where I felt I could be successful. The players at the school are very talented and they have a lot of players coming back. Their guys seem ready and they want to win. It seemed like I could go in and help them.”

Zuppardo had a chance to meet with the returning Bulldog basketball players on his official visit.

“Seeing those players and how good they are – it’s one of the many reasons I’m going to State,” he said. “Their potential and what they can be gets me all fired up and so excited. I want to keep interacting with the team and see how everybody’s personalities on the floor come together.

“To get back on the Division I level – I just cannot wait for it. It’s a blessing to sign with Mississippi State and I thank Coach Ray and Coach Hollender for giving me this opportunity.”

Zuppardo, who was named All-Region 23, to the All-Region 23 Tournament team and to the All-MACJC South Division first-team, still has one more game to play in representing JCJC.

He will participate in the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game at 3:30 p.m. on May 10 at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

“That, too, is a blessing,” Zuppardo said. “Just to be picked to play among the best juco players in the nation is awesome. I am proud to represent Jones and my family and my coaches. I can’t wait to get out there and showcase my talents.”

For more on the All-Star game, go to www.jcbca.weebly.com.

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Receives All-Star MVP Award
Release Date: 4/16/2014
East Central Community College

Ashanti Spencer (left) of Mississippi Delta Community College received most valuable player honors after leading the North All-Stars to an 81-69 victory over the North in the annual MACJC All-Star Basketball Games held Friday, April 11, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Spencer led the North with 13 points. She is shown with Robert Thompson, men’s head basketball coach at ECCC, which hosts the annual competition in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. Event sponsors include the Pearl River Resort, JUCO Weekly, Judge Little and ECCC. (EC Photo)

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New Football Coaching Staff Gelling Together During Spring Practice
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Community College’s new head football Coach Karl Morgan has solidified his coaching staff and the group has been busy in recent weeks during spring practices evaluating the talent currently on the CCC roster, and gauging what the next steps will be to add to that talent and move towards building a competitive program at the college.

Morgan was officially announced as Coahoma’s new football coach on Jan. 27th and replaced Freeman Horton who spent 12 years as the Tigers head coach and earned 35 wins during that time. Morgan is a former UCLA Bruins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman and NFL defensive tackle with 20-plus years of coaching experience — most recently as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State.

“I think we have a good mix of youth and experience — everyone is working well together and I think we’re off to a really good start,” said Morgan who will also act as the team’s defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. “We have some challenges ahead. We are going to have to add some depth in a few areas, especially the offensive line and at linebacker. But I think we’ve put together a good staff that can get that job done.

“We have no selfish individuals and no ego-driven coaches. Each one of them brings something to the table whether it’s recruiting, a high-level of energy or technical expertise, they each have something to offer.”

William Kirksey, linebacker’s coach and recruiting coordinator: Coach Kirksey has been with Coahoma Community College for the last 13 years as the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. Before coming to CCC, he spent four years as the defensive line coach at Northwest Community College.

Before becoming a coach, Kirksey played his collegiate football at Southern Mississippi earning a nod on the All-Independence team at linebacker before the Eagles joined Conference USA. During his senior season he was the team’s captain and Defensive MVP.

After being undrafted out of college, Kirksey earned an NFL roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings (1900-92) and continued his career with the Falcons for one season and the Kansas City Chiefs for a year-and-a-half before a career-ending injury forced him out of the game. Kirksey also had a stint with the London Monarchs.

Chris Mattox, defensive backs: Coach Mattox will return for his second season with Coahoma Community College coaching in the defensive secondary. Before coming to CCC, he spent two years working in defensive quality control with Hinds Community College.

Prior to coming to Mississippi, Mattox was the Director of Football Operations at the United States Merchant marine Academy (2010) and began his coaching career in 2009 as an offensive intern with Liu-Post — a Division II football program in Long Island, NY.

Cedric Shell, offensive coordinator: Coach Shell began his coaching career in 2005 at McPherson College (McPherson, KS) as the wide receiver and tight end coach and video coordinator. He spent the next five seasons at McPherson coaching defensive backs, wide receivers and running backs.

In 2012, Shell took a position with Graceland University (Lamoni, IA) as the wide receiver’s coach and special teams coordinator where he stayed through the 2013-14 season before coming to Coahoma.

Devario Dorsey, offensive line: Coach Dorsey played college football for East Mississippi Community College (2005-06) where he earned 2nd Team All-Region honors and voted to play in the MACJC All-Star Game. He would continue his career at West Texas A&M University earning 2nd Team Lone Star Conference honors and receiving a spot in the Cactus Bowl — the Division II All-Star Game.

Dorsey stayed on at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant (2009-11) working with the offensive line and tight ends. He then transferred to Southern Arkansas University as a graduate assistant coaching running backs and earning his master’s degree in Coaching and Kinesiology.

He spent the 2013-14 season at Mississippi Delta Community College as the Trojans offensive line coach before accepting the position at Coahoma.

Jason Morgan, wide receivers and kicking: Jason played collegiate football at Hampton University (2003-06) and the University of North Alabama (2007-08) as a wide receiver for the Pirates and the Lions. While playing football, Jason also earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Coaching and his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education.

His coaching career began in 2008 as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay State University. Jason went on to work at the University of Louisville (Defensive Quality Control 2009), Mississippi Valley State University (defensive backs and video coordinator 2010-11), and as an offensive coach at the University of Akron (2012-13).

The staff will continue to work this spring and into the summer on recruiting and trying to bring some diamonds in rough to Coahoma for the 2014 season.

“Recruiting is going to be ongoing, and we will continue until we are unable to recruit any more,” said Morgan. “So far, I think the attitudes of our players have been really good, and they have been very receptive to what we are trying to do. I think with a few more additions at some key spots, and with the coaching staff that we’ve put together, that we will be a competitive football team next fall.”

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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.


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Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

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ECCC Warrior Soccer Signees
Release Date: 4/15/2014
East Central Community College

These standout high school soccer players plan to continue their careers at East Central Community College in Decatur. Joining the Warrior squad in 2014-15 are (seated from left) Jacob Johnson, a 5-7, 140-pound forward and product of Destrehan (La.) High School; Cesar Diaz, a 5-7, 130-pound forward from Newton County High School; Jackson Oliver, a 5-11, 163-pound midfielder/forward and Tyler Aaron, a 6-1, 150-pound forward, both products of Clinton High School; and (standing from left) John Mark Howell, a 6’, 225-pound keeper from Amory High School; Durham Norman, a 6’, 147-pound defender from Florence High School; Connor Brenham, a 6’1, 150-pound midfielder from Pearl High School; and Kellen Clark, a 6’, 150-pound defender from Newton County High School. Johnson is a first-team All-District selection. Diaz’s honors include All-District and Golden Boot Award. He helped lead Newton County to the 2013-14 District title and State 4A semifinals. The 2012-13 team also reached the State 4A semi-finals. Oliver was team captain of the 2013-14 squad, which won the District championship. He also helped lead Clinton to the State 6A championships in 2008-09 and 2011-12. Aaron helped lead Clinton to the 2014 District championship. Howell is a recipient of Amory’s Scholar Athlete award. Norman served as captain of the 2014 Florence squad, which finished State Class 4A runners-up. Brennan helped lead Pearl to the 2013-14 State 5A Championship. He was also a member of several recreation and travel soccer championship squads. Clark’s honors include 2011-12 All-District Keeper, 2012-13 Defender of the Year and 2012-13 first team All-District. He helped lead Newton County to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 State 4A semifinals. Also joining the Warrior soccer squad in 2014-15 but not pictured is Jamar Simms, a 5-9, 150-pound defender from Pascagoula High School. EC’s Warrior soccer program is led by head coach Kenneth Thompson. (EC Photo)

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Holmes Women's Soccer Participates In Racin' For The Cure
Release Date: 4/6/2014
Holmes Community College

Members and friends of the Holmes Community College Women ‘s Soccer program took part in the first Racin’ For the Seed Mustard Seed Duathlon and 5K on Saturday.

Participating on behalf of the Holmes Women’s Soccer Team were Alan Hannon, Juan Herrera, Liz Petro, Emily Chastain, Emma Warren, Sam Robinson, Brooke Lawrence, James Gledhill, Courtney Nolan and Becca Galloway.

Hannon got first overall in the men’s group and Chastain got first overall in the women’s age group. Warren got first in her age group and Nolan got second in the same age group. Gledhill got third in his age group.

Proceeds from the race went straight to the Mustard Seed ministry to help them to continue providing a loving Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with special needs, the Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities which allow the “Seedsters” to fulfill the potential God has created within them.

The Mustard Seed is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and by choice does not receive any government funding. In addition to the Seedsters’ monthly tuition and gift shop sales, support relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, churches and others who believe in their mission.

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Holmes CC Baseball, Softball Report
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Holmes Community College

BOONEVILLE --- The Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs fell twice here Wednesday to the Northeast Mississippi Community College Lady Tigers, 3-2 and 10-2.

The Lady Bulldogs fell to 14-25 overall and 9-13 in the North Division. Holmes ends the regular season today versus Mississippi Delta at 2/4 p.m. at home. The games can be watched live at holmesathletics.ihigh.com.

Katie Johnston suffered the loss. She went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits striking out three. Michelle Gregory and Charneissa Gordon each had two hits with Gregory adding a double. Keana Wash added a double.

In game two, Brett Whitlock suffered the loss. She pitched 4 2/3 inning and gave up 10 runs on 17 hits with one strikeout. Taylor Jordan led the Lady Bulldogs with two hits with Wash adding a double.

GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs fell here twice Wednesday to the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers, 6-4 and 15-4, to go to 26-14 and 7-11 in the North Division.

Holmes hosts Northeast today at 1/4 p.m. in a division doubleheader. They then travel to Mississippi Delta on Wednesday and Coahoma on Saturday to end the regular season.

In game one, Chad McNeil pitched in his first game of the season and suffered the loss. He went four innings and gave up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Jared Bailey went the rest of the way pitching five innings. He gave up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and one walk. McNeil had two hits including a double while Terrell Hodges had a two-run homer.

In game two, Clyde Kendrick suffered the loss. He went 4 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on one hit with five strikeouts and three walks. Hunter Bull and Chase Chancellor also pitched in the game. LaDerik Williams had a double.


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Lady Bobcat Netters Defeat Itawamba
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College women’s tennis team ended their home regular season schedule in fine fashion.

The Lady Bobcats defeated Itawamba Community College 6-3 on a cool, windy afternoon here at the Howard Sports Complex Tennis Courts. Itawamba won the men’s match, 8-1.

The JCJC women are now 11-1 on the season, while the men’s team falls to 8-4. The ICC men are 12-1, while the Lady Indians are 8-4.

The Bobcats travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast for a 1 p.m. match on Thursday. They close the regular season with a 2 p.m. Monday match at Copiah-Lincoln. The MACJC/Region 23 Tournament takes place April 24-26 at Perkinston.

Itawamba ends its regular season at home on Monday vs. Meridian Community College.

Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Indians 3

JCJC won two of the three doubles’ points.

Brenda Hegwood and Brooke Martin claimed No. 2 doubles over Anna Claire Griffin and Sabrina Holloway, 8-2. Krissy Stutts and Elizabeth Wright blanked Angela Hudson and Amber Frederick in No. 3 doubles, 8-0. ICC’s Kristen Eley and Taylor Patterson defeated Anna Ready and Jenna Hegwood in No. 1 doubles, 8-3.

Brenda Hegwood outlasted Griffin in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-8. Stutts beat Holloway in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0, Wright defeated Hudson in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-2, and Martin whipped Frederick in No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Eley beat Ready in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-0, and Patterson downed Jenna Hegwood in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-4.

Indians 8, Bobcats 1

JCJC’s only victory came in No. 1 singles where Graham Lightsey outlasted Nathaniel Pinkney, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 11-9.

Itawamba won the remainder of the matches.

Austin McElwain beat Eric Swisher in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-1. David McElwain defeated Josiah Lim in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-4. Cody Coins downed Ryan Young in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Joseph Summers beat Robert Kiewit in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Drew Ballard downed Caleb Byrd in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

Pinkney and Austin McElwain beat Lightsey and Harrison Thomas in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. David McElwain and Coins beat Swisher and Young in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Summers and Caleb Ballard defeated Lim and Kiewit in No. 3 doubles, 8-4.

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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.