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East Central Diamond Warriors Drop 9-2 Decision To No. 1 LSU Eunice
Release Date:4/25/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College Diamond Warriors came up on the short end of a 9-2 score in a non-conference baseball game April 24 against the No. 1 ranked Louisiana State University Eunice Bengals in Eunice, La.

With the loss, East Central falls to 24-15 overall.

The Warriors had a hard time getting the bats going against three LSU Eunice pitchers in the nine-inning contest, producing only six hits and striking out nine times. Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale High School was 2-3 at the plate, with a double and a single. Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery High School (Semmes, Ala.) and Ben Cooley of South Jones High School also doubled in the game.

Matthew Little of Lake High School took the loss in relief, giving up three hits and three runs in three innings of work. Six Warrior pitchers struck out eight Bengal batters.

East Central closes out the regular season Monday, April 27, with a doubleheader in Decatur against Jones County Junior College on Sophomore Appreciation Day. Warrior sophomores will be honored before the first game, which begins at 4 p.m.

The Warriors are 17-9 in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges play and in position to claim a berth in the first round of the state tournament May 1-2.

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River’s Clements Signs With North Dakota State
Release Date: 4/24/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College basketball standout Malik Clements has signed with North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D.

Clements, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard out of Madison West High School in Madison, Wis., opted to forgo his sophomore season with the Wildcats to sign on with The Summit League champion squad under the leadership of second-year head coach Dave Richman.

Clements, the son of Kam and Emily Clements, averaged 10 points a game this past season for MACJC champ PRCC, boasting a 43.6 percent field goal percentage and a 73.9 percent mark at the free throw line.

Pearl River finished its state title campaign at 25-4 overall and 11-2 in South Division play under 22-year head coach Richard Mathis. Clements was instrumental in The River taking the coveted title --- Mathis’ seventh at the school --- as he scored 16 points in the Wildcats 65-54 victory over Holmes in the MACJC title bout Feb. 26.

“Malik's passion to get better and his selflessness are unique characteristics that will make him a great fit in our culture here at North Dakota State,” said Richman. “His scorer's mentality, feel for the game and experience put him in a position to make a significant impact. He is a versatile player with good range, and his strong frame and toughness allow him to get to the rim and finish in the paint.”

Richman, who served as an assistant coach for the Bison prior to being named head coach last August, guided his inaugural squad to a Summit League championship and a berth in the NCAA National Tournament only to suffer an 86-76 opening-round loss to Gonzaga to wrap their season at 23-10.

At Madison West High, Clements led the Big 8 Conference in scoring in his senior season at 21.8 points per game and was a first-team all-conference selection, as well as earning Associated Press honorable mention all-state recognition. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at NDSU.

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East Central Basketball Players Compete In All-Star Contests
Release Date: 4/13/2015
East Central Community College

Representing East Central Community College in the annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Basketball Games April 10 were (second from left) Kristian Clark, a 6-5 guard from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs; Ramone Tate, a 5-10 guard from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis; Tynika Bender, a 5-4 point guard from Newton High School in Newton; Tashi-ana Thompson, a 5-8 guard from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga.; and Jaleshia Jones, a 5-8 guard/forward from Wayne County High School in Waynesboro. Clark and Tate both scored six points in helping the South men to a 123-117 win over the North. Thompson scored seven points, Jones six and Bender three to lead the South women to an 85-69 victory over the North squad. Shown with the East Central players are Robert Thompson (far left), ECCC head men’s basketball coach, and Crandal Porter (far right), head women’s basketball coach.

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Former EMCC Football Coach And West Point Native Tom Goode Set To Join Mississippi Community And Junior College Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/24/2015
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Former East Mississippi Community College head football coach and West Point native Tom Goode has been selected as one of 15 individuals slated to be inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame in Pearl. The former Mississippi State and NFL standout is set to be formally enshrined during Tuesday’s induction banquet scheduled to be held at the Clyde Muse Center on Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus.

Goode will be honored, along with one individual from each of the state’s 14 other community colleges, following an illustrious athletic career that spanned nearly 50 years back to his playing days as an all-conference football and basketball performer at West Point High School.

An All-SEC selection at Mississippi State, Goode capped his collegiate career by garnering Kodak All-America honors as a senior in addition to playing in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic, Coaches All-America Game and Senior Bowl following the 1960 season. Drafted in the second round by the Houston Oilers of the old American Football League and in the 17th round by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, Goode played four seasons (1962-65) at center and linebacker for the Oilers before moving to the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 1966. His four-year (1966-69) playing career with the Dolphins was highlighted by his 1969 selection to the NFL’s All-Pro team.

Having played in 152 consecutive games during his nine-year professional career, Goode is probably most noted for his final pro appearance on the gridiron. As a member of the 1970 Baltimore Colts squad, the veteran center was the snapper for Jim O’Brien’s game-winning field goal against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V played in Miami’s Orange Bowl.

Following retirement from pro football, Goode primarily spent the next 20 years serving as an assistant college coach at Southeastern Conference schools Mississippi State (1972-75 & 1984-89), Vanderbilt (1977 & 1990-91), Ole Miss (1978-82) and Alabama (1983). His first head coaching opportunity came during a 12-year stint (1992-2003) as head coach and athletic director at East Mississippi Community College. In 1996, Goode was tabbed Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Coach of the Year after leading the EMCC Lions to an 8-2 record. He closed out his coaching career as an assistant at Oak Hill Academy in his hometown of West Point.

A recipient of both the Lifetime Achievement Award and Unsung Hero Award from the All-American Football Foundation, Goode is also a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in Jackson as well as Mississippi State University’s Sports Hall of Fame. This past fall, he was most recently inducted into East Mississippi Community College’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Goode has been married 19 years to the former Sonia Buffington Foster of Canton, and they are the parents of three boys, Tommy and Michael Goode, and Brin Foster, and two girls, Lessie (Goode) Belk and Sandi (Foster) May. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

This year marks the ninth class of the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame. Goode will join previously elected EMCC inductees Randall Bradberry (2014), Retha Hand Henderson (2013), Johnny Fisher (2012), Joe Rowell (2011), Tom Scarborough (2010), Elbert “Lum” Wright (2009), Ken Waddell Sr. (2008), Don Edwards (2008), Clyde “Baby Doll” Pierce (2007), Bill Buckner (2007), and Bob “Bull” Sullivan (2007).

Other newly elected members slated to be honored Tuesday by the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame include: Ramona McCastle (Coahoma CC); Cindy Hodges Williams (Copiah-Lincoln CC); Marcus Mann (East Central CC); John R. Gray (Hinds CC); Aubrey Rozell (Holmes CC); Tim Bowens (Itawamba CC); Elmer J. Higginbotham (Jones County JC); Coby Miller (Meridian CC); Terry Thompson (Mississippi Delta CC); Luther “Benny” Goff Jr. (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC); Brenda Mayes (Northeast Mississippi CC); G. Max Lee (Northwest Mississippi CC); J. Larry Ladner (Pearl River CC); and J.W. (John) Beck Jr. (Southwest Mississippi CC).

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JCJC Hosts Region 23 Golf Tournament At Laurel Country Club
Release Date: 4/24/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Region 23 Golf Tournament will take place Sunday/Monday at the Laurel Country Club.

Jones County Junior College will serve as the tournament host.

The top four teams in the MACJC Tournament, along with JCJC, will comprise the field, along with the top five individual finishers from the MACJC Tournament who are not members of the top four teams.

Mississippi Gulf Coast won the MACJC event, which was held last week at Lion Hills Country Club in Columbus, while East Mississippi finished second, followed by Meridian and Copiah-Lincoln. MGCCC’s Grant Motter was the MACJC medalist.

Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. off of No. 1 on Sunday at the LCC course.

JCJC golfers and their tee times will be Jacob Finley (8:30 a.m.), Josh Weatherford (8:38 a.m.), Blake Turner (8:46 a.m.), Garrett Garcia (8:54 a.m.) and Carlton Reid (9:02 a.m.).

The Region 23 Tournament winner, along with top individuals, will participate in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament May 19-22 at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Alabama.

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East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
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EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Release Date: 3/30/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WEST POINT – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team claimed runner-up honors on the women’s side and placed a season-best third in men’s competition this past weekend in NIRA Ozark Region action. The three-day, EMCC-hosted rodeo concluded Saturday night at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.

The EMCC women’s squad tallied 245 total points to finish behind top-ranked region foe and nationally 15th-ranked Missouri Valley College, which totaled 405 points. Arkansas-Monticello placed third on the women’s side with 230 points followed by Southern Arkansas (190) and Tennessee-Martin (180) at fourth and fifth, respectively.

In men’s competition, East Mississippi scored 255 total points en route to finishing behind a pair of teams currently ranked among the Top 10 within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. Defending national champion and current eighth-ranked Tennessee-Martin claimed the men’s team title with 975 points ahead of top-ranked region foe and nationally fourth-ranked Missouri Valley College (705). Arkansas-Monticello (210 points) and Cossatot Community College (180) followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually for EMCC’s cowgirls, sophomore transfer Kelsey Kennemer was responsible for all of the team’s 245 points with second-place finishes in the breakaway roping and team roping events to claim her third women’s all-around individual title of the current campaign. The Troy University transfer partnered with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello participant Martin Walker to collect 150 points apiece with a runner-up showing in team roping. While having also earned EMCC’s other 95 points on the women’s side with her second-place finish in breakaway roping this past weekend, Kennemer presently leads the NIRA Ozark Region women’s all-around individual standings with 830 total points for the season.

For the men individually in West Point, local product Palmer White, an Oak Hill Academy product, won the steer wrestling competition to earn 120 points. The Lions’ other 135 points came in the bull riding event where Newton Academy product Justin Reeves finished fourth in collecting 115 points and former Winston Academy standout Dale Chancellor added 20 points.

Competing individually for EMCC this past weekend, Kosciusko’s Winston Cheek captured the bull riding title, while Katelyn Nicholson placed in the goat tying event.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo squad will next compete at the University of Tennessee at Martin event, April 9-11, in Martin, Tenn.

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Hinds CC Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule
Release Date: 4/14/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women’s and men’s soccer programs have released their 2015 playing schedules. The women’s program is headed up by Marcille McLendon, while Doug Williams is in charge of the men’s team.

Hinds will open play together on Friday, Aug. 21, hosting Lewis and Clark (Ill.) Community College at 5 and 7 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field in Raymond.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles will begin North division play on Friday, Sept. 4, welcoming East Central Community College to Raymond for a 5 p.m. matchup. Both teams will wrap up the regular season at Northwest Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) play-in round and state tournament will follow regular season play.

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

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Co-Lin Holding Women’s Soccer Tryout
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College will hold a tryout for the women’s soccer team on Tuesday, April 21. The tryout begins at 6 p.m. at the soccer field on the Wesson campus. Participants should bring cleats, shin guards, workout attire, and a copy of their latest physical. For more information contact Coach Junior Noel at 601-938-8181.

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Hayes And Four Home Runs Lift No. 2 JCJC Past Holmes
Release Date: 4/25/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Rachel Hayes retired the first 20 batters she faced and No. 2 Jones County Junior College hit four home runs as the Lady Bobcats defeated Holmes Community College 6-0 in game one of the best-of-three MACJC playoff series here Friday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

JCJC, 38-2, will try to wrap up the series in game two at noon on Saturday. A third game, if necessary, would follow 30 minutes after game two.

Holmes falls to 21-15.

Hayes, 12-1, was never threatened.

She posted nine strikeouts and did not allow a baserunner until a two-out single in the seventh inning by Blair Little.

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Kalyn Watts led off with a bunt single, stole second and scored on Tori Dew’s single to right.

The Lady Bobcats made it 3-0 in the second when Rebecca Monceaux doubled and Hailee Kolwyck followed with a two-run home run to center.

In the third inning, Lauren Holifield led off with a home run and Brittany Seale followed with another home run to make it 5-0.

Holifield then blasted another home run in the fourth to end the scoring. Holifield now has 24 home runs on the season, which leads NJCAA Division II.

Holifield had two home runs, while Kolwyck homered and singled. Watts had two singles, Seale homered and Jay Harris tripled. Monceaux had a double and Dew singled.

Kassey Ard, 11-7, started and took the loss. She pitched two-plus innings, allowed five runs, seven hits, walked one and struck out two. Little pitched the final four innings, allowed one run, three hits, walked one and struck out two.

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Wolfpack Finish Fifth In State Tournament
Release Date: 4/21/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

TUPELO – The Co-Lin Wolfpack men’s tennis team finished fifth in the rain-delayed Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament held in Tupelo. The Wolves finished with 11 points. Itawamba took the men’s title with 30 points followed by Gulf Coast 23, Jones 20, and Meridian 15. East Central finished behind Co-Lin with 7 points followed by Northwest 3, Northeast 2 and Hinds and Holmes with 1 point.

Highlighting the Wolves state tournament run was in doubles as the No. 3 team of Brandon Nettles and Coleman Carraway defeated Peder Bethea and Jamarcus Burton of Hinds in the first round 6-1. 6-0. In the second round, they faced the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the team of Vo and Allen of Mississippi Gulf Coast, winning an exciting three-set tiebreaker 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) (12-10). After that long, grueling match, they had to play the No. 4 overall seed in Kiewtt/Hester falling 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals.

In other doubles action, Dwain Perkins and Will Pennington defeated Gray and Pevey of Hinds 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 then lost to eventual State Champion Lane and Blackburn of Gulf Coast 6-1, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Braxton Hinton and Will Pennington fell to Jones County’s Lim and Baskin in three sets 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.

In singles action, Dwain Perkins, the No. 4 overall seed, defeated Owen Taylor of Holmes 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the semifinals at No. 1. He then fell to the No. 1 overall seed and eventual State Champion Shane Terbisky of Meridian 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2, Will Pennington defeated Christian Scott of Northwest 6-2, 7-6. He lost to Itawamba’s Austin McElwain, the tournament’s No. 2 overall seed, 6-0, 6-1.

Braxton Hinton defeated Adam Holley of Northeast 6-1, 7-6 at No. 3 before falling to Itawamba’s Cody Coins, the tournament’s overall No. 2 seed, 6-2, 6-1.

Co-Lin’s Brandon Nettles lost his first round match to Northeast’s Reid Price 6-2, 6-1 at No 4 singles.

At No. 5 singles, Drake Nelson, the tournament’s overall No. 3 seed, defeated Walt Harrington of Meridian 6-1, 6-0. He lost to Bobby Vo of Gulf Coast, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Co-Lin’s Coleman Carraway, the tournament’s overall No. 4 seed, defeated Meridian’s D’Quante Evans 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. He fell to the eventual State Champion Joseph Summers of Itawamba 6-2, 6-3.

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Inds CC Men’s T&F Wins Three Events At MCC Relay Invitationals
Release Date: 4/13/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men’s track and field program competed in the Meridian Community College Relay Invitational in Meridian on Saturday, and the Eagles of Hinds came away with first place finishes in three separate events.

Hinds won the 200-meter dash, 4x400 meter relay and the high jump event. Adrian Kimmons (Coldwater) ran the 200-meter dash in 22 seconds flat, while the 4x400 relay team of Jordan Burks (Athens, Ala.), John Hightower (Landover, Md.), Ja’Darrius Perryman (Fayette) and Matthew Gibson (Clinton) won top honors in their respective event with a time of 3:13.96.

Jerin Allen (Gulfport) won the high jump event with a leap of six feet, eight inches.

The Eagles also had second place finishes in a number of different events, including the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay.

Perryman was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash with his time of 48.78 seconds, while Kyler Perrault (Carencro, La.) was the second place finisher in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:58.98.

Lane Ross (Woodville) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 57.68 seconds to come in the second place slot and the 4x100 relay team of Dontarian Evans (Gainesville, Fla.), Deante’ Early (Baton Rouge, La.), Matthew Gibson and Ray Gibson (Hollandale) came in the runner-up spot with their time of 41.13 seconds.

For more on Hinds men’s track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com.

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