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Harrelson Brings Hitting Under The Lights Back For Second Year
Release Date:9/19/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College assistant baseball coach Richy Harrelson is offering area athletes a chance to knock some rust off their swing as the spring quickly approaches.

Harrelson will host his second annual Hitting Under the Lights camp at Harold T. White Field each Monday night during the month of October.

Players currently in the seventh-through-twelfth grades (classes of 2015-2020) are eligible to sign up for these specialized instruction sessions. Participation for this event is limited to the initial 25 applicants.

The four-night gathering begins each evening at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours at the venue that hosted the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament.

Boys will have time to work on their offensive skills with multiple drills as assigned by Harrelson all while participating in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Each participant is expected to bring their own gear, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, cleats and a bat.

Registration is available at a cost of $75. Please make checks payable to NEMCC Baseball, Attn: Coach Richy Harrelson/Hitting Camp and send by mail to 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.

Athletes have the opportunity to learn from a local legend that has over 15 years of experience at the prep and collegiate levels. Harrelson, who earned the nickname “The Bazooka from Iuka” for his prowess on the diamond, appears in the National High School Baseball Record Book with 236 hits, 226 RBIs and 55 pitching wins from 1989-92.

Harrelson starred at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after gradating from Tishomingo County High School. He led the Rebels to a second place finish at the 1995 NCAA Atlantic I Regional at Florida State University and to a pair of Mayor’s Trophy victories over rival Mississippi State University.

He has tutored 17 professional players since beginning his coaching career in 1999, including former Tiger and current Minor League Baseball (MiLB) pitcher Brandon Farley of the San Francisco Giants organization.

Harrelson’s teams have won a prep state title, claimed two Conference USA crowns and clinched a berth to the NCAA College World Series at historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

He has helped transform Northeast into a program that is highly respected countrywide. The Tigers won the 2013 MACJC North Division championship with Harrelson in the dugout and were ranked by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for four weeks as well during the most recent campaign.

For more information about the Hitting Under the Lights camp, contact Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu.


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Trio To Be Inducted Into Northwest Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 9/18/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Former Ranger greats Shantell Atkins-Brown, Detric Golden and Ben Evans will be inducted into the Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 20 during Homecoming weekend.

The induction ceremony will be held at noon at the David M. Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus and will be preceded by a meal at 11:30 a.m. One of the most decorated women's basketball players to ever put on a Lady Ranger uniform, Brown played the 1993-94 and 94-95 seasons in Senatobia and helped Northwest to a combined 44-13 record (18-6 in the MACJC) and a state and north division championship as a sophomore.

A native of Earle, Ark., Brown's name is scattered throughout the school record books. All told, her name ranks in the Top 10 at Northwest in 15 different statistical categories for a career.

Brown led the Lady Rangers in scoring in each of her two seasons at 12.0 and 16.7 points per game and ranks first all-time in career assists (491) and steals (328), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.367), third in field goal percentage (.529), fifth in free throw percentage (.648), sixth in field goals made (306) and seventh in career scoring with 820 points.

The most notable statistic on Brown was on Dec. 8, 1994 when she recorded the school's first-ever quadruple-double against Mississippi Delta in a 91-52 win. Brown scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made 10 steals and dished out 10 assists. She went on to collect several more quadruple-doubles during the 1994-95 season.

Golden will become the 16th men's basketball player to be inducted into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend.

Golden played for the Rangers during the 1995-97 seasons under head coach Marc Dukes and finished as the school's all-time leader in points scored (1,223), assists (642), assists/game (9.6), steals (192) and free throws made (315).

In 67 career games, Golden averaged 18.3 points, 9.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.9 rebounds-per-game while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. He scored a school-record 52 points against Pearl River on Feb. 25, 1997.

Golden helped lead the Rangers to a combined 58-10 record, two state championships, two division titles, a region championship and sixth place finish in 1995-96 at the NJCAA Tournament. He was a two-time all-state selection and 1997 NJCAA Second Team All-American.

Golden moved on to play his junior season at the University of Memphis, averaging 14.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds-per-game in 29 games, and his senior year at Troy University, averaging 18 points, 5.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds-per-game. He was an All C-USA selection for the Tigers and became the first player in the Division I era to earn both Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors as a senior at Troy.

Golden was selected by the Gulf Coast SunDogs in the USBL draft in 2000 and played briefly for Hamburg (Germany), Memphis HD (USA-ABA) and Brevard BD (USA-USBL). He gave up his professional overseas basketball career to devote his life to serving, mentoring and adopting the youth around the Greenlaw Community Center where he's worked closely with the North Memphis youth for the past decade.

Former two-time NJCAA All-American Ben Evans will become the 18th baseball player or coach to join the prestigious club.

A native of Holly Springs, Evans attended Northwest on both a baseball and football scholarship and graduated in 1977 with an associate's degree in business.

Evans played third base and outfield during the 1976-77 baseball seasons for hall of fame coach Jim Miles and helped the Rangers to a 33-25 record, two north division titles and two state championships.

A two-time batting champion, Evans led the Rangers in hitting both of his seasons, hitting .449 as a freshman and .435 as a sophomore. For his efforts, he earned all-state honors twice and was also an NJCAA All-Region and All-Eastern District selection as a sophomore.

On the gridiron, the Rangers won two north division titles and were a combined 15-5-1 under head coach A.J. Kilpatrick. Evans played tailback and was an all-star and all-state selection. He led the state in rushing (also second in the nation) and scoring his sophomore season.


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Trio To Be Inducted Into Northwest Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 9/18/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Former Ranger greats Shantell Atkins-Brown, Detric Golden and Ben Evans will be inducted into the Northwest Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 20 during Homecoming weekend.

The induction ceremony will be held at noon at the David M. Haraway Center on the Senatobia campus and will be preceded by a meal at 11:30 a.m.One of the most decorated women's basketball players to ever put on a Lady Ranger uniform, Brown played the 1993-94 and 94-95 seasons in Senatobia and helped Northwest to a combined 44-13 record (18-6 in the MACJC) and a state and north division championship as a sophomore.

A native of Earle, Ark., Brown's name is scattered throughout the school record books. All told, her name ranks in the Top 10 at Northwest in 15 different statistical categories for a career.

Brown led the Lady Rangers in scoring in each of her two seasons at 12.0 and 16.7 points per game and ranks first all-time in career assists (491) and steals (328), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.367), third in field goal percentage (.529), fifth in free throw percentage (.648), sixth in field goals made (306) and seventh in career scoring with 820 points.

The most notable statistic on Brown was on Dec. 8, 1994 when she recorded the school's first-ever quadruple-double against Mississippi Delta in a 91-52 win. Brown scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, made 10 steals and dished out 10 assists. She went on to collect several more quadruple-doubles during the 1994-95 season.

Golden will become the 16th men's basketball player to be inducted into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame during Homecoming weekend.

Golden played for the Rangers during the 1995-97 seasons under head coach Marc Dukes and finished as the school's all-time leader in points scored (1,223), assists (642), assists/game (9.6), steals (192) and free throws made (315).

In 67 career games, Golden averaged 18.3 points, 9.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.9 rebounds-per-game while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 39 percent from beyond the arc and 73 percent from the free throw line. He scored a school-record 52 points against Pearl River on Feb. 25, 1997.

Golden helped lead the Rangers to a combined 58-10 record, two state championships, two division titles, a region championship and sixth place finish in 1995-96 at the NJCAA Tournament. He was a two-time all-state selection and 1997 NJCAA Second Team All-American.

Golden moved on to play his junior season at the University of Memphis, averaging 14.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds-per-game in 29 games, and his senior year at Troy University, averaging 18 points, 5.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds-per-game. He was an All C-USA selection for the Tigers and became the first player in the Division I era to earn both Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors as a senior at Troy.

Golden was selected by the Gulf Coast SunDogs in the USBL draft in 2000 and played briefly for Hamburg (Germany), Memphis HD (USA-ABA) and Brevard BD (USA-USBL). He gave up his professional overseas basketball career to devote his life to serving, mentoring and adopting the youth around the Greenlaw Community Center where he's worked closely with the North Memphis youth for the past decade.

Former two-time NJCAA All-American Ben Evans will become the 18th baseball player or coach to join the prestigious club.

A native of Holly Springs, Evans attended Northwest on both a baseball and football scholarship and graduated in 1977 with an associate's degree in business.

Evans played third base and outfield during the 1976-77 baseball seasons for hall of fame coach Jim Miles and helped the Rangers to a 33-25 record, two north division titles and two state championships.

A two-time batting champion, Evans led the Rangers in hitting both of his seasons, hitting .449 as a freshman and .435 as a sophomore. For his efforts, he earned all-state honors twice and was also an NJCAA All-Region and All-Eastern District selection as a sophomore.

On the gridiron, the Rangers won two north division titles and were a combined 15-5-1 under head coach A.J. Kilpatrick. Evans played tailback and was an all-star and all-state selection. He led the state in rushing (also second in the nation) and scoring his sophomore season.


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Northwest Snaps Longest Losing Streak In 51 Years
Release Date: 9/21/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Treston DeCoud's 15-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter provided the go-ahead score as part of 28 unanswered points to help Northwest rally for a 45-31 victory over Itawamba on Homecoming Saturday.

Northwest picked up its first win of the season and first for head coach Jack Wright to improve to 1-3 overall (1-1 north). The win also snapped a 9-game losing skid dating back to last year, the longest streak in 51 years.

Itawamba (1-3, 1-1) led 14-3 after a quarter of play, using the legs of quarterback D'Andre Belton who scored a pair of rushing touchdowns from 15 and 1-yard out.

Northwest's first touchdown of the day was setup by Brandon Mack's interception in the second quarter when he stepped in front of a Belton pass and returned it 18 yards to the ICC 19-yard line. One play later, Karsten Miller hit Jacob McCrary for a 19-yard touchdown strike.

Itawamba stretched its lead back out to 21-10 with 6:37 to play in the half when Cartin McBride blocked a punt and Tre Bogan scooped and scored from 26 yards out.

Another interception, this one by Tino Thomas Jr., led to the Rangers' second TD score. Northwest proceeded to drive 70 yards over four plays, capped by Justin Crawford's 56-yard touchdown run, to pull within 21-17.

Northwest was in great shape to go into the half down just one score, but ICC strung together a gutsy drive to take an 11-point lead into the half. Facing 4th-and-2 from its own 33-yard line, the Indians went for it and got it and then traveled 75 yards on 11 plays, capped by Belton's third rushing score.

After giving up a Tyler Jackson 34-yard field goal minutes into the second half to fall behind 31-17, it was all Northwest after that. Both sides of the football were dominated by the Rangers.

Northwest held ICC to 99 total yards in the 2nd half, didn't allow them to cross midfield and outscored the Indians 28-3 the final 27 minutes of regulation.

Crawford and McCrary, both freshmen, provided the spark offensively, with Crawford rushing for 161 of his career-high 240 yards in the second half and McCrary finishing with five catches for 80 yards and two scores.

Miller capped the big comeback with a 5-yard rushing touchdown with 2:21 to play.

Northwest's defense forced five ICC turnovers on the day and had six tackles-for-loss, four quarterback hurries, three breakups and two sacks. Terry Caldwell (14 tackles) and Malik Hawkins (13 tackles) led the way with a pair of double digit tackle performances.

Northwest travels to Hinds (2-2) next Thursday, Sept. 25 for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

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Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Release Date: 7/9/2014
East Central Community College

DECATUR – Seven East Central Community College athletic teams were recognized for academic excellence in 2013-14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors reflect the type of athletic program the College strives to achieve each year.

“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way - Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”

The Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team achieved a 3.54 grade point average and finished second in the nation.

Kristin Chaney serves as head coach.

The Lady Warrior soccer team had a 3.51 GPA and finished second nationally.Gray Massey serves as head coach.

The Warrior soccer team achieved a 3.16 GPA and was ranked fourth nationally.Kenneth Thompson is head coach.

The Lady Warrior tennis team earned a 3.58 grade point average and finished fourth in the nation.

The Warrior tennis squad posted a 3.25 GPA and was ranked 14th nationally.Both programs are led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.

The Warrior baseball team finished 13th nationally with a 3.23 GPA.Neal Holliman serves as head coach.

EC’s golfers posted a 3.14 GPA and placed 17th nationally.

Chris Clark is head coach.

For more information on ECCC’s athletic programs, contact Chris Harris, Dean of Personnel Services and Athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


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MGCCC Soccer Sweeps Co-Lin
Release Date: 9/28/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON---A goal by sophomore Deonte Buckner helped Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College earn a sweep over Co-lin Saturday, Sept. 19. The Bulldogs (4-3-1, 3-1-1) have now won four out of their last six games.

The Lady Bulldogs (2-5, 2-3) exploded to a 7-0 win over Co-Lin in ther earlier game. Abbey Smith had a hat trick while Teanna Culbertson netted two goals. Ale Camara and Erin Dawe also scored for Gulf Coast.


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MGCCC Soccer Sweeps Co-Lin
Release Date: 9/28/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON---A goal by sophomore Deonte Buckner helped Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College earn a sweep over Co-lin Saturday, Sept. 19. The Bulldogs (4-3-1, 3-1-1) have now won four out of their last six games.

The Lady Bulldogs (2-5, 2-3) exploded to a 7-0 win over Co-Lin in ther earlier game. Abbey Smith had a hat trick while Teanna Culbertson netted two goals. Ale Camara and Erin Dawe also scored for Gulf Coast.


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CC Announces Dates Fall Softball Clinic
Release Date: 9/22/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Coach Andy Kirk has announced the dates for the upcoming Lady Indians Fall Softball Clinic.

The annual clinic will include a pitching session from 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. and hitting session from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on October 27, November 3, 10 and 17 at the ICC Indoor Practice Facility.

For prices and more information contact Assistant Coach Londen Ladner at lbladner@iccms.edu or 662-862-8170.

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


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NORTHEAST TENNIS PROGRAMS ARRANGE OPEN TRYOUT
Release Date: 9/8/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tennis programs are giving local athletes one more shot to join its ranks for the upcoming 2015 season.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers will hold an open tryout on Tuesday, September 9 with a scheduled start of 3:30 p.m. at the Northeast Tennis Courts.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. and players must fill out a liability release form in order to partake in the session.

Auditions for the men’s and women’s squads will be held at the same time and are open to any student that is currently enrolled at Northeast for the fall semester.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel and a racquet. Tennis balls will be provided at the courts.

Players should expect a professional tryout format. Those in attendance have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and showcase their skills by practicing in both a singles and doubles format.

Contestants get the chance to exhibit their backhand and forehand techniques as well as their serve and volley during a hitting session.

Returning sophomores are also set to assist in the rehearsal by leading an assortment of drills that will put each netter’s expertise to the test.

For more information about tryouts for the Lady Tigers and Tigers tennis teams, contact head coach Ben Shappley at 662-720-7242 or by email at bshappley@nemcc.edu.


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Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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