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BASKETBALL:  REGION XXIII CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT. 6PM WBB - JONES COUNTY JC VS ITAWAMBA CC - MBB- 8PM HOLMES CC VS PEARL RIVER CC
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ICC Baseball Adjust Schedule Due To Inclement Weather
Release Date:3/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College Indians have altered their schedule for next week as Mother Nature continues to be the thorn in the side of Coach Rick Collier's baseball program.

ICC vs Hinds - March 8 2/4 p.m.

ICC vs Calhoun (AL) at USA Stadium in Millington, TN - March 11 12:00 p.m.

ICC vs Southwest Tenn. at USA Stadium in Millington, TN - March 11 5:00 p.m.

ICC DH at Calhoun (AL) - March 12 Cancelled

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


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Holmes To Face Pearl River Tomorrow Night For Region XXIII Championship
Release Date: 3/6/2015
Holmes Community College

GOODMAN --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs look to avenge a 65-54 loss last week in the MACJC State Championship game to the Pearl River Community College tomorrow night in the finals of the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.

The Bulldogs, 22-6, got to the region championship with a 73-64 win over the East Central Community College Warriors Friday afternoon while the Wildcats, 25-3, defeated East Mississippi, 67-62, Friday afternoon to move into the finals. Saturday night’s 8 p.m. Region Championship can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com or heard live at 101.1 FM, breezynews.com or by adding the Breezy app to your smart phone.

In the state title game, the Bulldogs shot a dismal 31.9 percent from the floor and 18.8 percent from behind the three-point line. Free throws kept the Bulldogs close at times as Holmes shot 87.5 percent (21-24). Pearl River shot 45.8 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the free throw line.

Holmes is averaging 72.9 points per game and is giving up 52.6 points per game. Holmes is led by Daryl Macon (6-3, guard, freshman, Little Rock, Ark.), Marcus Washington (6-1, guard, sophomore, Clinton), Cedric Harper (6-6, forward, freshman, Tallahassee, Fla.), Jarvis Williams (5-8, guard, sophomore, Jackson) and Dietrich Taylor (6-5, forward/center, freshman, Jackson).

Macon is averaging 22.9 points per game and is in the top 10 in scoring in the NJCAA. Marcus Washington is next with a 9.5 points per game average while Harper gets 8.6 points per game, Williams scores 6.7 points per game and Taylor scores six points per game. Harper brings in 5.3 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 4.9 rebounds per game. Macon is the leading three-point shooter with a 39 percent average with Williams having a 37.2 percent average. Harper gets 2.3 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.

As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 35.5 percent from the three-point line and 73 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 87.8 percent. Holmes brings in 29.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.3 assists.

Pearl River is averaging 74.9 points per game and is giving up 49.3 points per game. Pearl River is led by Cortez Mitchell (6-2, guard, freshman, Jackson), Darral Willis (6-8, center/forward, freshman, Madison, Wis.), Malik Clements (6-3, guard/forward, freshman, Madison, Wis.) and John Cornish (6-4, guard, freshman, Olive Branch). Willis is allegedly unable to play Saturday after an ejection Friday afternoon versus East Mississippi.

Mitchell is averaging 14.1 points per game. Willis is averaging 13.9 points per game while Clements is averaging 9.8 points per game and Cornish is averaging 7.4 points per game. Willis brings in 7.3 rebounds per game. Cornish leads in three-point shooting with a 50.6 percent average while Mitchell has a 35.4 percent average.

As a team, the Wildcats are shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from the three-point line and 68.9 percent from the free throw line with Cornish shooting free throws at 76.3 percent. Pearl River brings in 49.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 15.8 assists.


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Lady Indians Hand No. 16 Co-Lin First Loss To Advance To Region 23 Finals
Release Date: 3/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

CLINTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College Lady Indians handed the No. 16 Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves their first loss of the season 82-75 in the Region 23 semi-finals Friday night.

Sophomore guard Jayla Chills (Ripley) scored a career and game-high 34 points, but none bigger than her lay up with just over three minutes remaining to give the Lady Indians the lead, propelling them to the upset win.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair and even though the Lady Indians (22-4) led by as much as seven, the previously unbeaten MACJC State Champion Lady Wolves held a two point advantage, 36-34, at the break.

The Lady Wolves (27-1) had momentum on their side in the second half allowing them hold onto the lead for the majority of the final frame. However, Alontra Tucker (Lamar), Kaelin Kneeland (Olive Branch) and Chills led a charge to kill the Lady Wolves momentum. The trio accounted for 31 of the Lady Indians second half points including several late free throws to finish off the nationally ranked Lady Wolves and advance to the Region 23 Finals.

Kneeland scored 18 points, followed by Tucker with 17.

Alexis Collins led the Lady Wolves with 17.

The Lady Indians will face the winner of Northwest and Jones County Saturday night at 6 p.m.

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


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NJCAA Football Champion EMCC Lions Honored At Capitol By Mississippi House Of Representatives Wednesday
Release Date: 3/4/2015
East Mississippi Community College

JACKSON, Miss.— Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives recognized the East Mississippi Community College football team with House Concurrent Resolution 69 at the Capitol. The football players and head coach Buddy Stephens were recognized for their outstanding 2014 season and winning the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.

East Mississippi Community College’s 2014 NJCAA National Championship football team was recognized Wednesday morning (March 4, 2015) at the Capitol by the Mississippi House of Representatives in Jackson with the presentation of House Concurrent Resolution 69.

Guided by head football coach Buddy Stephens, the 2014 EMCC Lions captured their third NJCAA National Championship in four seasons by claiming a 34-17 victory over Iowa Western Community College last December at the Mississippi Bowl played in Biloxi. The 2014 Lions also won their fourth MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship in six years as well as earning their sixth MACJC North Division regular-season title in seven seasons under Stephens’ guidance.

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EMCC Places Sixth At MACJC’s Second Spring Golf Tournament Held Jointly At Eagle Ridge And Wolf Hollow
Release Date: 3/3/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WESSON – The East Mississippi Community College men’s golf team finished sixth this past weekend at the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ second event of the spring season. The two-day MACJC tournament concluded Sunday at Wolf Hollow.

Coach Benji Williams’ EMCC Lions stood in fifth place following Saturday’s 316 team score at Eagle Ridge. They dropped a notch Sunday within the 10-team field after carding a collective 318 at Wolf Hollow.

For the second straight tournament to begin the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast bested runner-up Copiah-Lincoln and third-place Meridian to claim the team title. The Bulldogs carded a two-day total of 595 (299-296) to finish eight strokes ahead of Co-Lin (309-294—603).

Meridian came in at 619 (306-313), followed by East Central (314-309—623) and Northwest Mississippi (329-304—633) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually, Gulf Coast’s Grant Motter (72-71—143) claimed individual medalist honors for the second straight MACJC event by earning a 3-stroke victory over Jacob Ross (76-70—146) of Co-Lin. East Central’s Andrew Joiner (73-75—148) and Jordan Cole of Hinds (75-73—148) tied for third-place honors.

For East Mississippi, sophomore Hunter Harmon, from Vardaman, fired identical rounds of 76 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place to pace the Lions. A year ago, the Calhoun Academy product represented EMCC at the 2014 NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship.

Ridgeland’s Steven Eilders shaved three strokes off Saturday’s round with a 75 Sunday to tie three others at 153 for the weekend. Fellow EMCC sophomore Trent Humber, of Caledonia, also improved his score from Saturday’s 81 to 79 Sunday to complete the two-day tournament in a 27th-place tie.

Rounding out East Mississippi’s scorecard in the MACJC’s second golf event of the spring, sophomore Chase Chitwood (84-88—172) and freshman Daniel Schroder (81-93—174) struggled to finish the tournament in 52nd and 53rd place, respectively.

The EMCC men’s golf team is scheduled to next compete at the Ron Marshall Spring Fling Tournament, March 12-14, in an NJCAA preview event to be held at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.

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Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
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Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Release Date: 3/2/2015
East Mississippi Community College

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College women’s rodeo team claimed its second title of the season by earning top team honors at this past weekend’s UA Cossatot 5th Annual College Rodeo. Hosted by Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, the three-day event concluded Saturday evening at the Four States Fairgrounds.

Having previously opened the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region fall slate last September by winning the women’s title at the Missouri Valley College-hosted event, the Lady Lions’ team victory this past weekend marked EMCC’s fifth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich. Prior to this season, the East Mississippi men’s rodeo squad had won three previous team crowns since the program’s inception in 2010.

With sophomore Kelsey Kennemer earning women’s all-around individual honors by accounting for 240 of EMCC’s 385 total team points, the Lady Lions were followed closely in the team standings by West Alabama and Southern Arkansas with 265 and 260 points, respectively.

The East Mississippi men’s team placed fifth with 175 points this past weekend to open spring rodeo competition. Reigning national champion Tennessee-Martin easily out-distanced the men’s field by totaling 995 team points. Missouri Valley and West Alabama followed with 585 and 320 points, respectively.

Along with claiming 150 points by winning the barrel racing competition with nearly identical clockings of 15.89 and 15.88, Kennemer also earned 70 points pairing with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker in the team roping event. Having previously collected women’s all-around honors last October at the Murray State University-hosted rodeo, Kennemer also secured 20 additional points in goat tying this past weekend. Sophomore Shay Atkins, from West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, secured 100 points for her third-place finish and 32.32 combined time in barrel racing, while Poplarville’s Destyn Ladner contributed 45 points in breakaway roping. EMCC sophomore Hayley Joh Knox also placed in the breakaway roping event.

For the EMCC men, freshman bull rider Blake Bell, of Kosciusko High School, earned 120 points in his specialty event. Poplarville’s Weston Pender tallied 45 points in the calf roping competition, while sophomore Justin Reeves, from Newton Academy, partnered with Arkansas-Monticello’s Dustin Jacobson in team roping to secure the Lions’ other 10 points.

East Mississippi will return to rodeo action, March 26-28, as the school host of the spring’s second NIRA Ozark Region event to be held at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.


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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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MGCCC-PRCC Softball Games Rescheduled
Release Date: 3/6/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Monday's games between Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College have been rescheduled to beat expected bad weather. The teams will play a Sunday doubleheader in Poplarville starting at 1 p.m.


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East Central Slips By Lady Wolves
Release Date: 3/5/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

DECATUR - The East Central Community College Lady Warriors slipped by the Co-Lin Lady Wolves 5-4 in tennis recent action.

Sophomore Carlianne Alderman of Brookhaven and freshman Brandi McInnis of Wesson picked up a win for the Lady Wolves. The pair defeated East Central’s Mackie Smith/Katlyn Patrick 8-0 in #3 doubles.

In singles action, the Lady Wolves won three matches. McInnis defeated Patrick in #3 singles 6-2, 6-0. Alderman disposed of Brooke Payne 6-1, 6-4 at #5 and Carly Riley took care of Kristine Jenkins 3-6, 6-1 (10-7) at #6.

At #1, Shannon St. Clair defeated Co-Lin freshman Madison Warren of Brookhaven 6-4, 6-1. Hannah Peoples defeated Allie Dear of Terry 6-1, 6-1 at #2. Sophomore Caroleah Brister of Brookhaven fell to Kaley Bufkin 6-2, 6-4 at #4.

East Central took wins at #1 and #2 doubles. St. Clair/Bufkin defeated Warren/Riley 8-6 at #1 and Peoples/Payne defeated Co-Lin’s Dear/Brister 8-6.

Co-Lin hosts Jones on March 20 beginning at 1 p.m.

Singles:
1. Shannon St. Clair (ECCC) def. Madison Warren (CL) 6-4, 6-1
2. Hannah Peoples (ECCC) def. Allie Dear (CL) 6-1, 6-1
3. Brandi McInnis (CL) def. Mackie Smith 6-2, 6-0
4. Kaley Bufkin (ECCC) def. Caroleah Brister 6-2, 6-4
5. Carlianne Alderman (CL) def. Brooke Payne 6-1), 6-4
6. Carly Riley (CL) def. Kristine Jenkins (ECCC) def. 3-6, 6-1 (10-7)

Doubles
1. St. Clair/Bufkin (ECCC) def. Warren/Riley (CL) 8-6
2. Peoples/Payne (ECCC) def. Dear/Brister (CL) 8-6
3. McInnis/Alderman def. Smith/Patrick (ECCC) 8-0

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Top Louisiana Hurdler Signs With Hinds CC Men’s Track & Field
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Christian Boyd, a standout hurdler from North DeSoto High School in Stonewall, La., recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hinds Community College men’s track and field program.

Boyd is considered one of the top hurdlers in the Southeast region after winning three state championships (110-meter hurdles twice and 300-meter hurdles once) up to this point in his high school career.

He currently holds the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic record in the 300-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 38.02 seconds.

Boyd has claimed three district and regional championships in numerous hurdle events and was named as the District 1-4A MVP as a junior in 2014.

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



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