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Clay Casey Selected MACJC Baseball Player Of The Week
Release Date:3/27/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE – Northwest freshman outfielder Clay Casey has been tabbed the MACJC Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22 after a memorable six-game stretch.

The weekly accolade is the first of his career and first for a Ranger hitter this season. Freshman Colt Smith is a two-time MACJC Pitcher of the Week selection.

Casey was 9-for-21 (.429) with a double, three home runs (two game-winners), six RBIs and four runs scored in a 4-2 week for Northwest. His solo home run in the bottom of the 6th against Coahoma lifted the Rangers to a 1-0 win in Game 2 while his 3-run home run against No. 8 Jones County in the bottom of the 8th lifted the Rangers to a 3-2 win in Game 1.

The DeSoto Central product is currently riding a 10-game hit streak and has boosted his average almost 100 points since March 15. He's hitting .324 with four doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs.

Northwest is scheduled to return to the diamond on Saturday, March 28 against Copiah-Lincoln.

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Celebration Planned For March 30 For Men's Basketball Team
Release Date: 3/26/2015
Holmes Community College

On Monday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus, the 2014-15 Holmes Community College men’s basketball team will be recognized for their historical season.

The Bulldogs, who finished 25-7, accomplished a feat never done by the men’s program at Holmes as they participated in the NJCAA National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Even more impressive, they finished in the Elite Eight out of 24 teams.

Along with the national tournament appearance, the Bulldogs were the Region XXIII Champions allowing them to make the trip to the National Tournament. They also finished second in the MACJC and were the North Division Champions.

Please come out and cheer on the Bulldogs one more time and show them how much you appreciate their hard work during the season and postseason.


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JCJC Sets Women’s Basketball Tryouts
Release Date: 3/26/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College has set a date for women’s basketball tryouts.

Tryouts will be held at 3 p.m. on April 1 in A.B. Howard Gymnasium. For more information, contact 601-477-4090 or go www.jcjcathletics.com under the Women’s Basketball page.


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Taylor Becomes Third Tiger In Program History To Earn NJCAA Weekly Award
Release Date: 3/24/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Brittany Taylor accomplished something in the first two months of her career at Northeast Mississippi Community College that only two others have achieved previously in the rich history of the softball squad.

Taylor was selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Pitcher of the Week for games contested March 9-15.

“That’s a huge honor not only for our program, but absolutely for that young lady as well as the teammates that have played behind her,” Tigers head coach Jody Long said. “Brittany has done an outstanding job for us in the role as a starter. She competes and gives us the chance to win every ballgame.”

Taylor is the first Northeast hurler to attain this award in the past two years. Current Eckerd (Fla.) College standout Erin Dixson collected the accolade on February 27, 2013 while Jaisa Emerson became the inaugural Tiger to claim this distinction after tossing a perfect game on April 19, 2012.

“She displays hard work and determination constantly,” said Emerson, who now serves Northeast as an assistant coach. “This really glorifies how much time she puts in. Practice is when she gets better. When something’s not right, she’s always going to put in the extra effort to correct it.”

The right-hander helped the Tigers capture their initial sweep inside Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division play by keeping Mississippi Delta Community College off balance during a 4-1 victory in the nightcap.

Taylor shattered her previous career-high and recorded 10 strikeouts against the Trojans. She did not allow a walk or an earned run to notch her fourth victory of the campaign inside the circle.

The West Union High School product scattered five hits in the impressive complete game performance. Taylor had separate streaks of six and five consecutive batters sat down during the matchup.

She accounted for two three-up, three-down frames. Taylor punched out two batters in a harmless second inning while a flyout to centerfielder Mackenzie Riley wrapped up a perfect fifth for Northeast.

“It feels good to know that all my hard work is paying off,” Taylor said. “We’ve been working hard in practice. My defense gives me confidence because I know that they have my back and I can depend on them.”

Taylor paces a Tiger pitching staff that holds a solid earned run average (ERA) of 2.55. She has compiled a team-high 33.2 innings of action with a 4-1-1 overall record.

The Enterprise native tossed a shutout in her first ever appearance in a black-and-gold uniform during a scoreless tie at Calhoun (Ala.) Community College. She followed that with two straight one-run outings in victories versus East Mississippi Community College and Mississippi Delta.

She has an ERA of 2.51 with just 12 walks conceded so far as a freshman. Opponents have only amassed a .279 batting average against Taylor, which is tenth best in the NJCAA.

Taylor is reliable with her glove as well. She is flawless with 11 assists and four putouts in 15 total chances and is tied with Bailey Bogue for the top fielding percentage among Northeast’s athletes at 1.000.

She is the second Tiger to receive recognition for their effectiveness this season. Alyssa Vanlandingham obtained MACJC Pitcher of the Week laurels from February 23-March 1 after guiding Northeast to an extra inning triumph over rival Itawamba Community College.

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Warrior Linksters Finish Sixth
Release Date: 3/25/2015
East Central Community College

East Central Community College’s golf team finished sixth in its own invitational tournament held March 23-24 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw.

Golfers from Meridian Community College took top honors in the 36-hole competition by firing rounds of 294 and 299 (593) to capture the third event in the MACJC season.

Mississippi Gulf Coast finished second at 618 (314, 304) followed by Copiah-Lincoln 620 (313, 307), Northwest 624 (311, 313), Northeast 628 (314, 314), East Central 634 (324, 310), East Mississippi 636 (320, 316), Hinds 638 (324, 314), Itawamba 658 (329, 329) and Jones County 696 (348, 348).

Zack Hammons of Raleigh led EC by carding rounds of 75 and 78 for a 153 total, nine over par. Other scorers included Andrew Joiner of Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School, 158 (81, 77); Blake Miller of Ocean Springs, 159 (81, 78); Nathan Nance of Newton County, 161 (83, 78); Karlton Ginn of Franklinton (La.) High School, 161 (81, 80); Tristan Hernandez of Leake Academy, 165 (85, 80); Graham Winstead of Neshoba Central, 171 (94, 77); and Wes Brown of Leake Academy, 178 (94, 84).

The Warrior linksters are coached by Chris Clark.

The next MACJC golf event will be held April 6-7 and hosted by Northwest Mississippi Community College. The first day’s activities will be held at Wedgewood in Olive Branch and the second round will be held at Back Acres in Senatobia.


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EMCC Set To Host NIRA Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Release Date: 3/23/2015
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Exciting collegiate rodeo action returns to Mississippi’s Golden Triangle this week. For three days beginning Thursday, the city of West Point and Eagle Ranch will be the temporary home for 350 collegiate cowboys and cowgirls from four-year universities and two-year community colleges, including host East Mississippi Community College, traveling from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee.

Hosted by EMCC for the third consecutive year with assistance provided by Luke Lummus Rodeo Productions, the three-day (March 26-28) collegiate rodeo will mark the second event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2015 Ozark Region spring schedule. Performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. all three nights (Thursday-Saturday). Ticket prices each day will be $10 for adults and $5 for students with children aged five years and younger being admitted free of charge.

For the children, the three-day rodeo will feature a pig scramble for kids aged five and under, a calf scramble for those aged 6-10 as well as a chicken scramble for youngsters between the ages of 11-15.

Competing in long-go and short-go rounds throughout the three-day rodeo, men’s events will be held in bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie-down roping. Women’s competition will feature barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying.

Along with the EMCC men’s and women’s rodeo teams, the NIRA’s 11-member Ozark Region features the University of West Alabama, Murray State University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Tennessee at Martin, Southern Arkansas University, the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, Missouri Valley College, Three Rivers College, and Northwest Mississippi Community College. The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s rodeo teams currently lead the NIRA Ozark Region’s team standings and are nationally ranked second and 13th, respectively. On the men’s side, reigning national champion UT Martin is currently ranked sixth nationally and West Alabama is 23rd. The Southern Arkansas women presently rank 16th in the NIRA’s national standings.

Guided by fifth-year head coach Morgan Goodrich, the EMCC women’s rodeo team ranks 25th nationally and third within the NIRA’s Ozark Region team standings with 1,095 total points behind Missouri Valley College (1,645 points) and Southern Arkansas University (1,405). This rodeo season, East Mississippi has thus far claimed the first two women’s team titles in the program’s five-year rodeo history with first-place finishes coming at the season-opening Missouri Valley College-hosted Viking Rodeo Stampede back in September and most recently last month at the spring-opening UA Cossatot College Rodeo in Texarkana, Ark. The EMCC men’s rodeo team is currently in sixth place among the NIRA’s Ozark Region team standings with 925 total points.

Highlighting East Mississippi’s individual rodeo performances to date this season, sophomore transfer Kelsey Kennemer has claimed a pair of women’s All-Around championships during the current campaign. The Troy University transfer by way of Anderson, Ala., earned top women’s honors at last month’s UA Cossatot College Rodeo and previously during the fall’s Murray State Racer Roundup College Rodeo.


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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 1-5
Release Date: 3/24/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The highly-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 1-5 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 1-5
Release Date: 3/24/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The highly-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 1-5 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Lady Bulldogs Deliver Drama-filled Doubleheader
Release Date: 3/28/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast forced a lot of nail biting in its doubleheader sweep of Copiah-Lincoln on Friday at Ross-Smith Field. The Lady Bulldogs saw leads turn to deficits in both games, but rallied twice for late victories.

In Game 1, a three-run seventh-inning lead turned into a one-run hole before Alyssa Hardy’s walk-off single gave Gulf Coast a 7-6 victory. Kamryn Theriot was the hero in the nightcap, delivering a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth leading to a 4-3 victory.

Lady Bulldogs coach Kenneth Long was pleased with the destinations, but the journey was a bit painful for his tastes.

“We’ve got to play much better,” he said. “Next week will be huge for us.”

Gulf Coast (28-6, 13-3 MACJC South) plays at No. 1-ranked Jones County on Monday, then Wednesday at East Central, which is third in the division.

JCJC has split its last two doubleheaders, losing once Friday to East Central. The Lady Bulldogs trail by one game for the division lead.

Co-Lin falls to 11-13, 5-11.

In Game 1, Deborah Elmore had two home runs to erase a 2-0 deficit and stake Gulf Coast to a 3-2 lead. The second was a solo shot, her fifth homer of the season, in the fifth.

“It was that perfect height,” she said, “right above the waist.”

The Lady Bulldogs tacked on two more in the next inning. Catelyn Williams had a sacrifice fly and Hannah Melendrez hit a solo blast, her team-high seventh.

But Co-Lin rallied on Breanna McKenzie’s two-run single and RBI singles by Brittany Barbay and Kaitlyn Taylor.

That would set up the seventh-inning drama.

Kaitlin Lee singled to lead off the inning. With one out and Theriot on first after a fielder’s choice, the Lady Wolves intentionally walked Elmore.

“I was so excited,” Elmore said. “When I was standing on first base, I was looking at (Britany Butler) and I knew she was going to do it. Alyssa came up and I could feel it.”

Butler tied the game with a single to center, and Co-Lin intentionally walked Brittany Cooley to load the bases.

Hardy hit an outside pitch that flirted with the right-field line.

“I thought, Please stay fair, just stay fair, just stay fair,” Hardy said.

It did, and the first celebration of the day started.

Kaitlin Lee (11-2) picked up the victory.

Butler had a first-inning RBI sacrifice in Game 2, and Cooley had a third-inning RBI groundout for a 2-0 lead.

But again, Co-Lin fought back. McKenzie’s two-out pop fly in the sixth dropped in between two Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Wolves took advantage of the free out when Kaitlyn Taylor smashed a ball over the left-field wall to tie it up.

Co-Lin wasn’t done, and took a 3-2 lead on Julian Johnson’s double.

The Lady Bulldogs’ comeback recipe this time started with Catelyn Williams’ leadoff single, and Reagan Prentiss was hit by a pitch with one out.

After a groundout moved the runners up a base, Theriot lashed an inside pitch to center field to drive in two.

Kristen Gardner (3-0) finished off six-strikeout victory retiring the side in order in the seventh.

“It feels good, but we’ve got to work a little harder,” Theriot said. “We’ve got two big games coming up next week.”

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Bobcats Split Matches At Mississippi Gulf Coast
Release Date: 3/28/2015
Jones County Junior College

PERKINSTON – The Jones County Junior College women’s tennis team remained unbeaten with a 7-2 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast Thursday evening. Meanwhile, the MGCCC men’s team defeated the Bobcats, 6-3.

The Lady Bobcats are now 9-0, while the men’s team falls to 7-2.

Lady Bobcats 7, Lady Bulldogs 2

JCJC took two of the doubles’ points. Jenna Hegwood and Shelby Gilliland beat Tori Rose and Katie Robinson in No. 1 doubles, 8-5, while Claire Rounsaville and Breanna Waller downed Hannah Wegner and Connie Watson in No. 2 doubles, 8-6. MGCCC’s Karah Younger and Lexie Johnson won No. 3 doubles over Krissy Stutts and Tymeka Hunter, 8-6.

Hegwood beat Wegner in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-4. Gilliland defeated Rose in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Rounsaville downed Robinson in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-1. Stutts whipped Johnson in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Hunter beat Watson in No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-3. Caitlin Taylor lost to Younger in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-0. Bulldogs 6, Bobcats 3

JCJC picked up wins in two doubles’ matches.

In No. 2 doubles, Josiah Lim and Austin Baskin beat Skyler Flowers and Brian Allen, 8-4. In No. 3 doubles, Robert Kiewit and Josh Hester whipped Bobby Vo and Chris Diep, 8-1. MGCCC’s Brandon Lane and Sam Blackburn defeated Graham Lightsey and Eric Swisher in No. 1 doubles, 8-2.

Baskin whipped Diep in No.4 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Flowers downed Lightsey in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Lim lost to Lane in No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Blackburn beat Swisher in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-3. Vo edged Kiewit in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 10-6. In No. 6 singles, MGCCC’s De’Angelo Vaxton outlasted Hester, 5-7, 6-1, 12-10.


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CCC Track Continues Success At Rhodes College
Release Date: 3/23/2015
Coahoma Community College

MEMPHIS— The CCC Track and Field team returned to work Saturday in Memphis, competing along with 33 other teams at the Rhodes College Invitational. Da'Mecio Ewing and Shu'Cori Hurst each shone in the sprints, and the CCC squad racked up 6 heat wins and 11 top-25 finishes on the day.

Ewing and Hurst, along with Dimitri Davis and Darius Coleman, helped get things started on the right foot by placing in the top 10 in the day's first event, the 4x100m relay. The squad won its heat and took 9th overall by finishing with a time of 43.42 seconds. It was the first relay event the CCC team has entered this season.

Jasmine Leonard and Ashley Smith ran on the women's side of the 400 for CCC. Leonard finished 25th overall with a time of 1:03.75. Anfernee Morgan ran the 400 for the men and captured the 1st of 3 top-12 individual finishes for the team on the day, clocking in at 50.38 to win heat #5.

Hurst, Ewing, and Malek Butler all were victorious in their 100m sprint heats. Hurst was the highest finisher, placing 12th overall 11.336. He was kept out of the top 10 by just .006 seconds. Ewing punched the ticket at 11.41, good enough for 13th place, and Butler came in 17th at 11.52. Darius Coleman and Dimitri Davis also participated in the event for CCC. Coleman ran an 11.54, combining with Hurst to ensure a top-2 CCC finish in heat #7.

JaQueese Wilson ran to 100m sprint for the women, finishing in 14.23 seconds.

Leonard and Smith both ran the 200m sprint. Leonard finished 3rd in her heat and 27th overall at 27.58.

Ewing took his heat and placed 12th overall in the 200m at 22.61. Hurst narrowly missed winning his heat in the event, clocking in at 23.04, just 4/100ths of a second behind group winner Chucky Haden of Millsaps. Hurst's finish put him 23rd overall.

Qasim Banks took on the 400m hurdle, coming in 2nd in his heat and placing 12th overall with a time of 59.34.

The team finished the day by running the 1600m relay. Ewing, Morgan, Deion Warren, and Octavis Taylor completed the grueling event in 3:37.16. The Track and Field team travels to Tuscaloosa to run at the University of Alabama this Saturday.

Full results from the meet in Memphis are available courtesy of Rhodes College at: http://www.rhodeslynx.com/documents/2015/3/21//rhodesinv2015_fullrez.pdf?id=3108

Photos from the event are available at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.540077842800102.1073742107.125672030907354&type=1



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