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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date:8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





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

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





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

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





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

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Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Briana Gray were the top winners in the Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run here on a warm Saturday morning.

Mendoza repeated his title with a time of 17:41 to be the Male Overall Winner. Gray, age 11, was the Female Overall Winner with a time of 23:46.

The Male Masters Winner was Lee Mitchell with a 21:41. The Female Masters winner was Jackie Runnels with a 27:12.

The Male Grandmasters Male Winner was Phillip Wedgeworth with a 23:36. Pam Sumrall was the Female Grandmasters Winner with a 27:51.

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

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves said there were 110 participants in this year’s event, which started and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The race route went through the JCJC campus and downtown Ellisville.

Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run

Here are the results of Saturday’s Ninth annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

MALE OVERALL
George Mendoza, 17:41.
FEMALE OVERALL
Briana Gray, 23:46.
MALE MASTERS
Lee Mitchell, 21:41.
FEMALE MASTERS
Jackie Runnels, 27:12.
MALE GRANDMASTERS
Phillip Wedgeworth, 23:36.
FEMALE GRANDMASTERS
Pam Sumrall, 27:51.
MALE 12-AND-UNDER
Carter Tisdale, 33:56.
FEMALE 12-AND-UNDER
1) Addie Eddins, 27:17. 2) Maryanna Jefcoat, 29:19. 3) Brooklyn Gray, 29:30.
MALE 13-19
1) Josh Hester, 18:36. 2) Ben Robertson, 23:27. 3) Sam Houston, 24:37.
FEMALE 13-19
1) Victoria McLaurin, 28:07. 2) Britnay Gray, 36:19. 3) Kara Christian, 36:24.
FEMALE 20-29
1) Leighann Welborn, 31:35. 2) Katelyn Flowers, 31:43. 3) Lacey Manning, 32:42.
MALE 30-39
1) Josh Wooten, 21:23. 2) Phillip Buckley, 23:14. 3) Nick Roll, 27:15.
FEMALE 30-39
1) Jennifer Patterson, 24:45. 2) Kourtney Murphy, 28:47. 3) Kristen Murphy, 32:11.
MALE 40-49
1) Kevin Ray, 23:58. 2) Joe Holifield, 26:15. 3) Jonathan McRee, 31:53.
FEMALE 40-49
1) Serina Williamson, 28:49. 2) Mary Boleware, 29:40. 3) Jennifer Turner, 31:02.
MALE 50-59
1) David Dill, 24:39. 2) Jeff Priegnitz, 25:39. 3) Marcus Martin, 27:29.
FEMALE 50-59
1) Rhonda Gilbert, 28:11. 2) Becky Tew, 28:54. 3) Carmen Welborn, 45:47.
MALE 60 AND OVER
1) Tom Smith, 26:56; 2) Jim Murdock, 26:58. 3) Lanny Stutes, 31:01.
FEMALE 60 AND OVER
1) Beverly Swann, 30:23. 2) Diane Patterson, 31:56. 3) Peggy Wedgeworth, 34:01.

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Bulldogs Golf Team Ranked Third In Poll
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON - Led by a pair of returning first-team All-Americans. Mississippi Gulf Coast has been ranked third in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

Defending champs South Mountain, in Phoenix, Ariz., got seven first-place votes to take the top spot. Tyler (Texas) got the other first-place vote and is second.

The Bulldogs have Phillip Hickam and Grant Motter, who finished tied for second at last year's national championship in Scottsboro, Ala., finished third at that tournament.

The defending state champions play their first match of the fall Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in the Wallace State Invitational in Cullman, Ala. The Bulldogs open MACJC play Sept. 12 in a two-day tournament at Hinds' Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Gulf Coast teams overseen by coach Tommy Snell, who was named to the NJCAA Men's Golf Coaches Hall of Fame this year, have won eight straight Region 23 championships.

Meridian is the other MACJC team in the top 10 at seventh. Copiah-Lincoln was tops among other teams receiving votes.

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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


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Wildcats Open Season With 4-0 Win Over Holmes
Release Date: 8/28/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Tyler Polderman had a goal and an assist as Pearl River’s men opened their 2015 soccer season with a 4-0 victory over Holmes Thursday at Ridgeland.

“It was a good result for us,” said Wildcat coach Paul Martin. “We were a little slow to get started, but that’s predictable for the first game.”

Freshman Suleiman Carr of Mobile, Ala., opened the scoring in the 17th minute taking a pass from Polderman, a freshman from Picayune, and burying the shot for the first goal of the season.

The Wildcats padded their lead in the 37th minute on a goal by freshman Mack Ladner of Gulfport from an assist by sophomore Johnny Longo of Waveland. PRCC led 2-0 at halftime.

Pearl River made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, when freshman Kyle Estess of Laurel forced the Bulldog keeper into a mistake that resulted in an own goal. Polderman completed the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute. In all, PRCC had 17 shots on goal to just four for Holmes.

“It’s nice to have a lot of new faces on the scoresheet,” Martin said. “We’ve stressed through the summer being quicker and more efficient, and I felt like we were. We have a lot of room for improvement, but we’re pleased with where we are as a team.”

Sophomore Grant Adam was in goal for the Wildcats, and he didn’t have a lot to do, making a pair of saves. Martin credited the back line, led by freshman Anthony Hertzke of Lucedale on the right side for keeping Adam’s sheet clean.

PRCC plays at Hinds next Tuesday, then opens its home schedule – and its South Division slate – on Sept. 4 against Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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Lady Wildcats Cruise Past Holmes 6-0 In Soccer Season Opener
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River’s women opened their 2015 season on a successful note Friday afternoon, scoring a 6-0 victory over Holmes in soccer action at Freedom Ridge Park in Ridgeland.

Freshman Kira Morrell of Laurel had two second-half goals as the Lady Wildcats pulled away from the punchless Lady Bulldogs (1-1).

PRCC started slow, but picked it up late in the first half with a pair of goals two minutes apart. Sarah Fortenberry got the first goal of the season by knocking in the rebound on a shot off the crossbar by Hailey Furlan.

Two minutes later, the roles were reversed, as Furlan tapped in a shot off the bar by Fortenberry. Pearl River led 2-0 at halftime.

“We started slow the first 30 minutes,” said Lady Wildcats coach Jack Byrd. “We had possession most of the time, but we couldn’t put the ball on point. Overall, I was pleased, especially with our defense. We pretty much denied (Holmes) any opportunities.”

Katelyn Williams made the score 3-0 in the second half, sending a 20-yard rocket into the upper corner of the goal off a pass from Delaney Gustafson. Morrell had the first of her two goals on an unassisted shot, then Williams fed Morrell for another goal.

Taylor Hunt closed the scoring late in the game on a crossing pass from Jordan Ahlgren.

The Lady Wildcats will return to action on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader at Hinds. Kickoff for the women’s game is at 5 p.m., with the men scheduled for 7 p.m. PRCC makes its home debut next Friday in its South Division opener against Mississippi Gulf Coast.


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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





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

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





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

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MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Release Date: 8/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”



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MGCCC Will Hold Cheerleading Camp
Release Date: 8/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Kids attending the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Cheerleading Clinic will learn routines and get to perform at the first Bulldogs home football game.

The clinic at MGCCC’s Weathers-Wentzell Center is for children in kindergarten through fifth grad. It will be held Aug. 29, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction beginning at 9. The $30 fee includes a picture with Mac the Mascot, a T-shirt and pizza for lunch.

Parents will attend a 1 p.m. performance. The participants will be admitted free to perform the cheer, chant and dance they’ve learned at the Sept. 10 game at A.L. May Memorial Stadium when Gulf Coast entertains East Central at 7 p.m.

For more information, download the clinic brochure at mgcccbulldogs.com/cheer-camp or contact MGCCC Cheerleader Sponsor Christy Bowman at 601-928-6319.


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