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Holmes CC To Battle Northeast MS CC In Region XXIII Opener
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Holmes Community College

GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs and the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers will battle for the fourth time this season on Wednesday at noon in the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.

The Bulldogs, 20-6, are coming off a second place finish in the MACJC State Tournament on Thursday after falling to the Pearl River Wildcats, 65-54 while the Tigers, 17-8, fell to the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the State Tournament, 69-59. Holmes fell to Northeast in Booneville, 55-54, then defeated the Tigers, 71-67, in Goodman in the other two games.

Other tournament games include: Pearl River vs. Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.; East Miss. vs. Southern-Shreveport, 8 p.m.; and Jones vs. East Central, 2 p.m.

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ECCC Squads Prepare For Region 23 Basketball Tourney
Release Date: 2/27/2015
East Central Community College

East Central Community College basketball squads have qualified to compete in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament scheduled March 4-7, 2015, at Mississippi College in Clinton.

The East Central men quailed for the single elimination event as the number seven seed and begin first-round action by taking on number two seed Jones County Junior College at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4.

The Warriors hold a 13-12 overall mark under second-year head coach Robert Thompson. They were defeated 62-59 by Holmes Community College in first-round action of the MACJC State Tournament.

The Bobcats are 18-4 after falling to Northeast Mississippi Community College 67-62 in first-round action of the state tournament.

Other first round games on Wednesday will be Northeast Mississippi vs. Holmes at noon, Pearl River vs. Baton Rouge at 6 p.m. and East Mississippi vs. Southern-Shreveport (Louisiana) at 8 p.m.

The East Central/Jones winner plays the Holmes/Northeast winner at noon on Friday, while the Pearl River/Baton Rouge winner will face the East Mississippi/Southern-Shreveport winner at 2 p.m.

The championship game will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 7.

The Lady Warriors are the Mississippi number three seed and begin first-round action by taking on five seed Itawamba Community College at Noon Thursday, March 5.

The East Central women hold a 20-5 record under third-year head coach Crandal Porter after falling to Meridian Community College 79-77 in the semi-finals of the MACJC State Tourney.

Itawamba (20-4) was defeated by Meridian 76-74 in the opening round of the state tournament.Other matchups in first-round women’s action Thursday include Co-Lin and Holmes at 2 p.m., Meridian and Northwest at 6 p.m. and Baton Rouge (La.) and Jones at 8 p.m.

The East Central/Itawamba winner plays the Co-Lin/Holmes winner at 6 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the Meridian/Northwest match-up will face the Baton Rouge/Jones winner at 8 p.m.

The championship game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7

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JCJC Holds Football Tryouts On April 10
Release Date: 2/25/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College head football coach David Thornton has set April 10 for football tryouts.

Cost for the tryouts will be $10 for in-state players and $20 for out-of-state players. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. Prospective players should report to the fieldhouse at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. Players should bring cleats, tennis shoes, workout gear and must have proof of a physical within the last year.

For more information, call 601-477-4296 or 601-477-4091.

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Wolfpack Capture Second In MGCCC Tournament
Release Date: 2/11/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WIGGINS - The Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack finished in second place after the final round of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational held at Pine Burr Country Club in Wiggins. The Wolfpack shot a final round of 309 for a two-day total of 606. Mississippi Gulf Coast won the tournament with a 587.

Meridian finished in third place (610), followed by Mississippi Gulf Coast (B) (621), East Mississippi (624), Hinds (627), Northeast Mississippi (629), East Central (631), Northwest Mississippi (634), Itawamba (664), and Jones County (704).

For the Wolfpack, red-shirt freshman Jacob Ross of Brookhaven tied for second place with a two-day total of 143 (68-75) Sophomore Ryan Desormeaux of Broussard, Louisiana, finished in fourth place with a 147 (73-74). Will Lee of Brookhaven finished in a three-way tie for 26th at 157 (76-81), Gregory Causey finished tied for 31st at 159 (80-79), Cade Caughman of Mendenhall finished at 163 (87-76) competing as an individual, and Tyler Jelks 168 (82-86).

Taking medalist honors was Grant Mottler of Mississippi Gulf Coast 142 (71-71). Joining Mottler on the All-Tournament Team was teammate Conner Entriken of Gulf Coast, Co-Lin’s Ross and Desormeaux, and Meridian’s Connor Cavin.

Co-Lin returns to action on Feb. 28-March in the Hinds-Co-Lin Invitational at Eagle Ridge Country Club and Wolf Hollow Golf Course.



ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM – Wolfpack golfers named to the MGCCC Invitational All-Tournament Team are Ryan Desormeaux (left) and Jacob Ross.

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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming

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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Release Date: 1/8/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College athletics department recently received a major facility upgrade with the addition of a new weight room that is usable for all sports teams on the Raymond Campus.

The new 90x50 weight room, located in the Mayo Field House gymnasium, is highlighted by 18 combination racks that can be the base for a number of different types of Olympic lifts, as well as bench press.

The workout facility also features the following items:

• Six sets of dumbbells ranging from 5-100 lbs.

• Four sets of kettle bells

• Four sets of medicine balls

• Two independent leg press machines

• Two row machines

• Two lat pulldown machines

• Two adjustable columns

• Two leg curl/extension machines

For more on Hinds athletics go to www.hindsccsports.com.

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A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A’Darius Steele, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Gulfport, has been selected to participate in the Health, Equity and Leadership Initiative Program (HELI) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Steele, a forward on the Bulldogs soccer team at the Perkinston Campus, was chosen for the program, which accepted just two applicants this year. The selection was based on his grade-point average, letters of recommendation and an interview.

As a participant, he is travelling to UMMC once a month to participate in various leadership development programs. He’ll complete required assignments and projects and will be mentored by medical professionals.

Steele has also been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

HELI selects minority male students from Mississippi’s community colleges for the program. Research shows men of color are significantly underrepresented in most health care professional programs. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was created to reinforce the institution’s commitment to improving health equity in the state of Mississippi. HELI is a five-month program, but the goal is to continue to follow the students and to give them insight into the steps they will need to take to enter a professional medical program after they complete undergraduate studies.

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ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
Release Date: 2/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson introduced David Strother as the new head coach of the Lady Indians’ soccer program at a press conference held at the David C. Cole Student Services Building on Friday.

“There is good soccer in the state and I look forward to working with Itawamba and the surrounding communities to help build that even more,” said Strother. “It’s been a month and a half since the semester started and the girls just want to train… and get it moving to see where we are with our returning class and getting the evaluation for our incoming class.”

Strother comes to ICC after spending the past three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Prior to his time at Co-Lin, he served as men’s head coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at ITT, Strother coached 12 All-Conference players, six All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, and two National Team members.

Strother started his collegiate coaching career as the men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College (2006-10), where he built the program from ground up and eventually produced eight MACJC All-State players, two All-Region 23 award winners, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American while being nominated for MACJC Coach of the Year three times.

In his final season at Southwest, the Bears earned the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes.

“My purpose as a coach is to help players win, help players succeed, and help players grow in everything they do,” said Strother.

He is the third coach in the history of the women’s program and replaces former head coach Mike Sullivan, who will focus solely on the men’s program.

“It’s nice for [Coach Sullivan and myself] to be able to focus one team each to be able to put the time and the energy into what it takes to build the relationships with the student-athletes,” said Strother.

The Lady Indians have made five playoff appearances in the past eight seasons under the direction of Sullivan.

“History and tradition is what we want to build off of,” said Strother. “It’s not that we want to live off that by any way, shape or form, but it’s pride about being where you are and taking pride in what you do.”

Strother received a BS degree in sports administration and marketing, with a minor in business, in 2004 from Belhaven University. He was also a member of the Blazers’ soccer team where he earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2003.

He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they are the parents of Sindey McCall and Liam Winfield.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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JCJC’s Holifield Named National Player Of The Week
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE - Lauren Holifield continues to impress early in the 2015 softball season.

For the second straight week, Holifield has been named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Week.

The New Hope sophomore was 8-of-13 for the week with two home runs, 13 RBIs, four doubles and seven runs scored as the top-ranked Lady Bobcats went 4-0 during the Gwen Magee Invitational.

In an 11-3 win over No. 5 Lincoln Land (Illinois) on Feb. 20, she was 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. In a 17-6 win over Lincoln Land on Feb. 21, she was 3-for-3 with a grand slam, two doubles and six RBIs. In a 5-3 win over No. 3 Illinois Central on Feb. 21, the Columbus native was 1-for-3 with a clutch 3-run home run and three RBIs.

For the season, Holifield is batting .636 with eight home runs, 27 RBIs and a 1.606 slugging percentage. She leads the nation in home runs and is second in RBIs.

The top-ranked Lady Bobcats are 10-0 and open MACJC South Division play at 3 p.m. on Friday at home at Community Bank Park. The doubleheader will air on www.jcjc.tv.

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Gulf Coast Sweeps Hinds In Tennis Action
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

RAYMOND, Miss. – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College waxed Hinds Community College 9-0 in men’s tennis action on the road Thursday, and slammed the women’s team 6-3.

The men (5-1) got off to a flying start in the winter conditions, with the No. 1 doubles team of Brandon Lane and Sam Blackburn defeating Aaron Gray and Austin Peavey 8-0. Also winning in doubles were the duos of Skyler Flowers-Travous Wilson and Bobby Vo-Chris Deep.

In singles, Flowers double-bageled Gray 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 match, and Lane mashed Pevey 6-1, 6-0. In the No. 3 match, Blackburn took down Robert Rhett 6-0, 6-1. Wilson, Vo and D’Angelo Vaxter also won.

On the women’s side, MGCCC (4-1) took two of three doubles matches. In the No. 1 match, Rachel Rhett and Kelly Carlson of Hinds defeated Hannah Wegner and Connie Watson 8-2. Gulf Coast’s Tori Rose and Katie Robinson won the No. 2 match 8-0, and Lexi Johnson and Angel Seals beat Hinds’ Aygul Brown and Kaitlyn Adcox 8-0.

Wegner needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Rachel Rhett of Hinds in a tough match, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10. Also winning for Gulf Coast in singles were Robinson over Adcox, 6-1, 6-1; Watson over Haley Hicks, 6-2, 6-3; and Seals over Brown, 6-0, 6-1.

“It was a tough day to play tennis with really cold and windy conditions, but we stayed focused and took care of business,” MGCCC coach Gary Bourgeois said. “I was really proud of the concentration we played with especially on the women’s side. With the match tied Hannah Wegner, Katie Robinson, Connie Watson and Angel Seals really played some of their best tennis to date.”

MGCCC returns to action March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Tennis Complex.

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CCC Track And Field Preps For Season Opener
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE—The CCC Track and Field team will end its 25-year hiatus next Saturday, March 7th with a meet at Mississippi College. The squad, which is being resurrected under the guidance of first-year head coach Reggy Hankerson, is continuing to prepare diligently for their first competition of the season.

"We're looking well," Hankerson said. "Being our first meet, some [of our athletes] are nervous. The main thing again is exposure and getting them out to see what it is like to run collegiately…We expect them to compete well."

Hankerson is confident that his athletes should be competing in most of the sprints and middle distance events as well as a good chunk of relays. Overall, the CCC squad will have a presence in at least eight events at the meet.

The track and field team features twelve male and four female athletes, all of whom have impressed Hankerson with their ability and determination during practices this fall and winter. The head coach cited freshmen Ashley Craig and Anfernee Morgan and sophomore Damecio Ewing as being particularly ready to make an impact at the first meet.

Craig, a runner from Friars Point, and Morgan, a native of Cleveland, are both expected to compete in middle distance events. Ewing, a sophomore from Memphis who also stars as a wide receiver on the CCC football team, will be doing sprints.

While Hankerson admits to some nerves for his athletes, he knows that they have prepared diligently and are ready to make the CCC program proud after 25 years of dormancy. A former all-SEC 200m runner at Mississippi State, Hankerson has competed and succeeded at the highest levels of the sport collegiately. He is most excited for his new pupils to have the same chance.

"I want it to be a good experience," he said. "How well you compete, whether or not you win your race is important, but the experience is what I really want them to have."

The March 7th meet will be the first held at Mississippi College this season. Field events will begin at 10 am, the 5000m will begin at 11 am, and all other running events will commence at 1:00 pm. A full itinerary for the meet is available HERE.

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