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Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date:8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.

JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

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Tigers To Receive Region Championship Rings At Halftime Of Football Opener
Release Date: 8/29/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program is ready to collect the spoils of its victorious and highly successful 2015-16 campaign.

The Tigers will receive their National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 championship rings on Thursday, September 1 during a ceremony at halftime of Northeast’s football opener against Pearl River Community College.

“I’m extremely excited for this great group of guys that came together and finished,” said Tigers head coach Cord Wright. “This night is special not only for the team and staff, but to all that have been a part of Northeast basketball and its awesome tradition both in the community, in the classroom and on the floor.”

NJCAA Hall of Famer and Northeast president Ricky Ford will present the rings to coaches, student-athletes and managers before the traditional halftime performance by the Showband from Tigerland.

The bands were crafted by Balfour, which is the official ring supplier of the NJCAA. The shoulders include the NJCAA hoops logo along with customized locations for a last name and position on the squad while the head prominently features Northeast’s italicized “NE” logo and several diamonds.

The Tigers began their phenomenal season by claiming four of their initial five games prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Among those wins were Northeast’s inaugural triumphs over Baton Rouge (La.) Community College.

Northeast crossed the century mark in total points for the fourth time during their final matchup of November at Arkansas Baptist College. They became the first team to score 100 or more points in that many games during a single year since the Tigers’ 1999-2000 edition.

A six-game winning streak highlighted an undefeated December for the Tigers. Northeast picked up big victories versus East Mississippi Community College and Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College to conclude the fall semester.

The Tigers wrapped up the regular season with a 15-8 overall record and a third place finish in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division.

Northeast lost to Jones County Junior College in the first round of the MACJC State Tournament. However, greater things were just around the corner for the Tigers at the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.

Kendarius Smith scored a career-high 28 points to help Northeast defeat reigning region champion Holmes Community College in the quarterfinal round. Leroy Buchanan poured in 29 points one night later in a thrilling 75-73 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College.

The Tigers then captured the NJCAA Region 23 title with a dramatic 74-73 decision against East Mississippi at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum. It was the eighth region crown in program history and the first since 2000.

Northeast earned the No. 20 seed at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., and were matched with first-time opponent Salt Lake (Utah) Community College.

Double-double performances by Wesley Harris and Buchanan were not enough for Northeast in a 77-64 hard-fought loss to the eventual national champion Bruins on the opening afternoon of the competition.

Among the many awards that the Tigers received upon their return to the Magnolia State was a resolution created by the Mississippi House of Representatives that congratulated the team for its historical year on the hardwood.

Northeast’s sophomores were Chase Carroll of Madison Central High School, Olive Branch’s Antonio Dodson, Jack Nichols from Booneville plus Corinth natives Desmin Harris and Raheem Sorrell.

Freshmen for the Tigers were Dashiell Franklin of Monroe, La., Tray Lawson from Brandon, Frank Roberts of Augusta, Ga., Kendall Stafford from Corinth, Buchanan of Madison, Callaway High School’s Harris and Velma Jackson High School graduate Smith.

Fans can watch the ring presentation ceremony in its entirety and in high definition on as part of the halftime show featuring the Voices of the Tigers Jody Presley and Carter Smith.

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Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

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Bobcats Begin Buckley Era Vs. Top-ranked East Mississippi
Release Date: 8/31/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Steve Buckley has quite the challenge in his debut as head football coach at Jones County Junior College.

The Bobcats will host perennial power and top-ranked East Mississippi Community College at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The game will air on with Mark Easley and Chris Robinson on the call.

“Obviously, East Mississippi has set the bar for junior college football in the last five to seven years,” said Buckley. “To be the best, you’ve got to compete against the best and I’ve always said that.”

The game will have several intriguing aspects.

First, the Bobcats will have 44 new players – incoming freshmen and transfers – on its 55-man roster. Next, the Lions will be playing the game with an abbreviated roster because of the way their 2015 season ended.

EMCC was involved in a brawl against Mississippi Delta in last year’s final regular season game. EMCC players who went on the field during the fight in that game received a two-game suspension, the first of which was the playoffs last year. Those returning suspended players, along with several coaches, have to sit out the opening game this year vs. the Bobcats.

Reportedly, the Lions will bring only 31 players, head coach Buddy Stephens and five assistant coaches to Jones on Thursday.

Buckley said JCJC cannot worry about what is going with East Mississippi and its off the field issues.

“With the suspension of some of their players, there is a lot of uncertainty on who is going to play for them,” he said. “What we’ve chosen to do is not get caught up in who we are playing and who is going to play on our opponents’ side. We’ve chosen to focus on Jones and compete against ourself to be the best football player and, collectively, the best football team we can be headed into the first game.”

Buckley has been pleased with the progress his Bobcats have made through the spring, summer and fall camp. But he knows there are plenty of questions still to be answered.

“From a standpoint of where we were to where we are now, as a staff, we are very pleased,” he said. “But at the same time, there is a list of unknowns that can reach from here to Scooba. No. 1 is dealing with our team. We don’t know how our kids are going to react to the game situation. No. 2, can 44 new kids that have never played a junior college snap react in a timely manner that can help you become successful on the field of play?

“From a standpoint of preparation, work ethic and accountability, I think all of those things are there and that’s great. When you build a program and you want to do it the way you think you should run a program, you lay the foundation, but you don’t know how they will respond until the bullets start flying.”

The Bobcats will be very inexperienced on offense.

Guard Josh Newcomb (West Jones) is the only returning lineman, while receivers Nate Cohen (East Central) and Barry Gibson (Petal) and tight end Logan Scott (Oak Grove) are the only skill players who played last year.

“The offense has been up and down,” Buckley said. “We have only three or four kids who have played on the offense before and several kids are new. A lot of our skill positions are new and we will start six or seven freshmen.

“But I think from a progression standpoint, we are where we want to be as far as installation and what we have wanted to get accomplished. Now, it’s a matter of executing as a quality rep.”

At quarterback, JCJC will have three freshmen, including Mason Blocker (Covington, Louisiana), Detric Hawthorn (Collins) and Alex Ward (Oak Grove). The same is true at running back where Scott Phillips (South Jones), DeShawn Smith (Brooksville, Florida) and Rashaud Green (Bassfield) will play.

Working at tight end will be Chancie Tidwell (Clinton), while receivers will be Trevor Terry (Long Beach), Jeriko Morris (Crystal Springs), Diondre Champaigne (Labson, South Carolina), Kendall Parham (Oak Grove), Daquan Smith (McComb), Kaleb Clark (St. Martin) and Barrett Barham (Seminary).

Along the offensive line, the Bobcats will go with Kelby Wickline (Morgantown, West Virginia) at left tackle, Newcomb at left guard, Andrew Smith (Prentiss) at center, Nick Vines (Oak Grove) at right guard and Khadedryck Todd (Hattiesburg) at right tackle. Depth is provided by Malik Cooley (Laurel) at left tackle, Jemar Nunley (Lake) at left guard, Melvin Hollins (Forest Hill) at center, Calton Bakker (Vancleave) at right guard, Dylan Desper (Madison Central) at right tackle and Jermaine Scott (Meridian).

On defense, the Bobcats are a bit more experienced with some returning sophomores and transfers.

“Spring training helped those guys,” Buckley said. “No. 1, from an installation standpoint, we were able to get everything in this past string with those guys here. We are an older team defensively and I think that helps. But again, it goes back to how they will react between the lines when the leather moves.

“We can’t hold their hand. The coaches will be off the field and will be on headsets and it will be up to them to make the plays. I tell them all the time coaches can’t rescue you in a ballgame.”

End Markel Winters (Tallahassee, Florida) and cornerback Javien Hamilton (Bay Springs) are back and both have committed to Ole Miss. Safety Jonathan Abram (East Marion) transferred in from Georgia.

Along the front with Winters will be sophomore Marques Ford (Riverview, Florida) at an end and Javon Kinlaw (Charleston, South Carolina) at a tackle. Sophomore Tony Adams (Northwest Rankin) plays along the interior, along with freshmen Jordan Beaton (Harrison Central) and De’Shondrick Foxworth (East Marion). At end slots will be freshmen Brandon Young (West Jones), Colby Ragland (Raymond) and Michael Boyce (Harrison Central), while Jimon Dixon (St. Martin) can play end or tackle.

Three sophomores – Ramon Patton (Pascagoula), Cannon Gibbs (Northwest Rankin) and Tramond Lofton (Wayne County) – lead the way at linebacker. Sophomore C.J. Johnson (Petal), along with freshmen Derric Hawthorn (Collins), Cameron Edgar (Madison Central) and Larry Keys (West Jones) will also play linebacker.

Abram and freshman Deontai Williams (Jacksonville, Florida) are the safeties, while Hamilton and freshman A.J. Bracey (Terry) are the cornerbacks.

Also in the secondary will be Travis Reed (Meridian), Tyrek Moody (Petal) and Jalon Scott (Perry Central).

Freshman Brady Farlow (Purvis) is the placekicker, freshman Taylor Wallace (Jackson Prep) is the punter and freshman Kody Hodge (Heidelberg Academy) is the long snapper.

For Buckley, it will be his first experience coaching on the junior college level.

He has served three separate stints at Southern Miss, coached at LSU for four years and was a head coach at George County and Petal. Last year, he was head coach at Olive Branch.

Buckley said no matter what, football is football.

“It does not feel any different,” he said. “Football is 11 guys playing on the field as one. I don’t care if you are talking about a Pee Wee level or a professional level – it all goes back to blocking, tackling and taking care of the football.

“It’s a new league for me and I’m going to have to learn fast about what this league is about. There is a lot of talent and great coaches in the league. Hopefully, it will be a quick learning curve for players and coaches at the same time.”

Buckley expects a large crowd to be on hand for the game at 5,500-seat Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

“I don’t think there is any question about our fans showing up for the game,” he said. “That was one of the things that intrigued me about this job is the fan support in the Pine Belt area for high school and junior college football. I think our fan base will turn out and we will have a lot of people here supporting the Bobcats on Thursday night.”

Tickets are all general admission. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students. JCJC students are admitted free with a student ID.

JCJC will be on the road next week, travelling to Moorhead to face Mississippi Delta at 7 p.m. on Sept. 8.

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MGCCC Golf Ranked Third In Nation
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast is ranked third in the first Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the nation last year, their third straight top four finish. They are ranked behind two-time defending champion South Mountain and Tyler.

Two other MACJC teams are in the rankings: No. 6 Meridian and No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln.

Coach Tommy Snell’s team starts its 2016-17 season on Sept. 12 at the Wallace State Fall Invitational. The two-day tournament is being played in Cullman, Ala.

The Bulldogs are hosting a pair of tournaments this year. The MGCCC Fall Invitational, which also serves as the fourth MACJC event of the season, is Oct. 17-18 at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier.

That course will also be the site of the District D Championship on April 24-25. Gulf Coast will be trying to win that tournament for the 10th straight time.

Complete poll:

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MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast star Brittney Reese wasted no time Tuesday night in the women’s long jump qualifying at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She was the first jumper to automatically qualify with a jump of 6.78 meters, or 22 feet, 3 inches. Competitors needed to leap 6.75 meters or better to advance.

Reese, who was inducted into the MGCCC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, will try to defend her gold medal Wednesday. The finals are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The event can be watched live online at

Reese played basketball at Gulf Coast, graduating in 2006. She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss and has won six world championships. A win in Rio would make her the first woman to ever repeat in the event and only second to win two gold medals in a career.

She was one of only three competitors to jump the qualifying distance Tuesday. She had the third-longest jump behind Serbia’s Ivan Španovic (6.87 meters) and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (6.82 meters).

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

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QUICKCAP: Kiser Hat Trick Powers ICC Men Past Co-Lin, 6-1
Release Date: 8/30/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Sophomore striker Michael Kiser (Olive Branch) picked up a hat trick to lead the Itawamba Community College men’s soccer to a 6-1 win over Co-Lin Community College Tuesday.

The Indians (2-1) started off sluggish, but found their stride as the game progressed to take a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute off a Kiser header. However, the lead would be short lived as the Wolves netted the equalizer on a header of their own six minutes later.

At halftime, the teams were knotted at one a piece, but the Indians regained the lead off the head of Kiser four minutes into the second half. Kiser scored his final goal of the game midway through the final half to make it 3-1 in favor of ICC.

After Kiser’s hat trick goal, Boston Hampton (Tupelo) found the back of the net less than two minutes later, and Chase Huddleston (Tupelo) added the Indians third goal in four minutes.

As time expired in the match, Josh Barlett (Chelsea, AL) beat the keeper to give the Indians the 6-1 victory.

The Indians will open MACJC North Division play Friday as they travel to Decatur to take on East Central Community College at 4:00 p.m. For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit

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Lady Bobcats Whip Hinds 11-0 In Season Opener
Release Date: 8/31/2016
Jones County Junior College

RAYMOND – Jones County Junior College posted an impressive 11-0 victory over Hinds here Tuesday afternoon at Tom Shepherd Field in the season opener for the Lady Bobcats.

The Lady Bobcats received four goals from Shannon Durkin (Barnsley, England), three goals each from Ashleigh Lewis (London, England) and Kelly Stubbington (London, England) and one goal from Mary Kate Smith (South Jones).

Stubbington had three assists, while Rylee Sullivan (Florence) had two. Smith, Lewis, Sydney Brocksmith (New Hope), Rachel Martin (Oak Grove) and Rachel McConnell (Portadown, Ireland) had one assist each.

Caroline Runion (Madison Central) played the first half in goal and had three saves, while Mia Holmes (Brandon) played the second half in goal.

The Lady Bobcats led 6-0 at halftime.

JCJC, 1-0, will open MACJC South Division play at home at 5 p.m. on Friday vs. Southwest.

Hinds, 0-1, hosts Northwest on Saturday.

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MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Release Date: 8/15/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will open its new Athletic/Education Complex on Aug. 17.

The ribbon cutting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Perkinston Campus, will unveil the state-of-the-art facility. It’s the largest renovation of A.L. May Memorial Stadium since it was built in 1948.

“Our athletic department produces the finest student-athletes, and we think this will bring greater success in the classroom and on the field,” MGCCC President Dr. Mary S. Graham. “The college’s football program has a great history of success which we think will continue to new heights.”

Gulf Coast produced 35 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners last year, and 42 members of the Academic All-MACJC team. No other school in the state has as many honorees by the MACJC.

In the last 10 years, 169 football players have gone on to play at four-year schools. There are seven former Bulldogs who are on NFL rosters right now.

The three-story building includes classrooms, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, and team and position-group meeting rooms, plus a press box and suites. A new concession stand, bookstore outlet and fan restrooms have already opened. There were 60 new chairback seats added where the old press box was.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 5,000, was last renovated in 2000.

The program will include remarks by Perkinston Campus Vice President Dr. Ladd Taylor, MGCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jimmy Estes, Dr. Graham, and football coach Chad Huff. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.

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ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Release Date: 8/22/2016
East Central Community College

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and student-athlete introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin their fall action at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the ECCC campus.

The 2016 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 17-18 at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Event No. 1 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email

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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


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

Dance Cheer Headlines
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Northeast Cheerleaders Ready To Electrify Fans During Promising New Year
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College cheerleading program is ecstatic about another year of interacting and energizing its outstanding fan base.

A stellar group of 16 ladies are part of the unit for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign, which begins on Thursday, September 1 with the first football game of the season against Pearl River Community College at Tiger Stadium.

“I am extremely excited for the new year with this group of athletes,” said Tigers head coach Chasity Moore. “They worked hard during camp week to learn new skills and perfect routines to perform. I feel confident they will represent Northeast very well on and off the field.”

Six athletes return for their final season in a black-and-gold uniform, including McKayla Bradley and Madison Parks of Kossuth High School. Joining them from the same town is Madison Switcher.

Tishomingo County High School is the most represented institution on the roster this year. The tandem of Kaylee Davis, Ashley Flowers, Aswyn Floyd and Madison Harris will reunite in the City of Hospitality.

MaLeah Dalrymple is the lone addition to the Tigers from outside the Magnolia State. She was a talented cross country and track player during her tenure at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School.

Calin Holley is back in a cheer skirt after spending her spring with the Northeast women’s tennis team. Both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tabbed her as a scholar-athlete after producing a flawless 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

Ingomar High School graduate Addison Carter and hometown product Anna Claire Ivy of Booneville complete the list of sophomores that were members of the previous squad during the 2014-15 academic year.

The remaining newcomers originate from Northeast’s traditional five-county service area. Among those local products are Belmont’s Anna Leigh Witt and Katie Rowan of East Union High School.

A trio of Tigers will make their gridiron debuts after coming from locations that did not sponsor the sport. They are Alleigh Elder and Megan Mauney of Pine Grove plus Keeley Shelley from Wheeler.

From pep rallies on Thursday afternoons to the final whistle inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum, the Tigers have been charged with providing positive support for the athletic department since the 1940s.

For more information about the Northeast cheerleading team, contact Moore at 662-720-7189 or by email at

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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
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