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SOFTBALL:  The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats moved up to No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division II softball poll, which was released Wednesday morning. The Lady Bobcats, 38-2, were No. 4 in the previous poll. Itawamba ranks 17th & East Central received votes
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Top-ranked Bobcats Whip Southwest Mississippi Twice
Release Date:4/16/2014
Jones County Junior College

SUMMIT – Jordan Stark homered in each game to help the top-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats sweep Southwest Mississippi here Wednesday afternoon. In game one, Westin Stringer improved his record to 9-1 as the Bobcats whipped the Bears, 9-0. In game two, Daniel Goff did not allow an earned run in five innings as JCJC got the sweep, 11-4.

The top-ranked Bobcats are now 35-5 overall and lead the MACJC South Division at 15-3.

JCJC travels to Hinds for a huge 2 p.m. doubleheader on Friday. Hinds is currently 24-13 overall and is in second place in the division at 14-4. The Bobcats final home regular season doubleheader will be at 4 p.m. on April 23 vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Southwest, 13-23 overall and 7-13 in the division, travels to Pearl River on Friday.

Bobcats 9, Bears 0

Stringer was sharp once again on the hill for JCJC.

He pitched the first seven innings, allowed no runs, one hit, walked one and struck out seven. Kris Brown pitched an inning, allowing two hits. Perry Turner pitched an inning, allowing one hit and recording a strikeout.

Stark homered, doubled and drove in two runs, while Alex Shermer had a triple and two RBIs. Trent Giambrone singled twice, while Chase Hensley and Carter Polles each doubled. Tyler Graves added a single.

Andrew Hulbert singled twice for Southwest, while Payden Lynch and Logan Ferrell added singles.

Cliff Hurst started and took the loss. He went six innings, allowed nine runs (four earned), eight hits, walked none and struck out four. Caleb Crumpler went 2 2/3 innings, allowed no runs, no hits and walked three. Jordan McCaffrey pitched 1/3 of an inning.

JCJC led 1-0 after one inning and scored six runs in the third to take a 7-0 lead. They added two more runs in the sixth inning.

Bobcats 11, Bears 4

Stark continued his hot hitting in game two.

He homered, doubled twice, scored four runs and finished with eight total bases. Giambrone tripled and singled, while Polles doubled and singled. Chris Morgan had a double, while Graves and Josh Pankratz added singles.

Goff went the first five innings as he upped his record to 4-0. He allowed one run (unearned), four hits, walked three and struck out four. Avery Owens pitched an inning, allowed one earned run, one hit and walked two. Kyle East pitched an inning, allowed two runs (one earned), three hits and walked one. The Bobcats led 1-0 after one, but scored four runs each in the second and third innings to take a 9-0 lead. It was 10-1 after five. The Bobcats scored a run in the top of the seventh with the Bears scoring twice in their final at-bat.

Kendric Hodges doubled and singled twice for Southwest, while Trent Gordy doubled. Ferrell, Cole Guyton, Patric Devlin and Hulbert added singles. Shane McKinley started and took the loss. He went 2 2/3 innings, allowed nine runs (eight earned), six hits, walked five and struck out two. J.D. Stockstill pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowed a hit and notched a strikeout. Chase Ladd pitched four innings, gave up two earned runs, three hits, walked one and struck out two.


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MACJC Champion ICC Basketball Team To Hold Open Tryouts
Release Date: 4/16/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The 2014 MACJC Champion Itawamba Community College men's basketball team will hold open tryouts on Tuesday, April 22 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus.

Tryouts are open to graduating seniors and players with NJCAA eligibility that have not signed a National Letter of Intent with another MACJC or NJCAA program.

Individuals interested in trying out must have a valid physical or a signed note from their high school coach stating their physical is up-to-date with the current season standings.

For more information, contact Coach Adam Kirk at alkirk@iccms.edu.


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MACJC Champion ICC Basketball Team To Hold Open Tryouts
Release Date: 4/16/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The 2014 MACJC Champion Itawamba Community College men's basketball team will hold open tryouts on Tuesday, April 22 starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus.

Tryouts are open to graduating seniors and players with NJCAA eligibility that have not signed a National Letter of Intent with another MACJC or NJCAA program.

Individuals interested in trying out must have a valid physical or a signed note from their high school coach stating their physical is up-to-date with the current season standings.

For more information, contact Coach Adam Kirk at alkirk@iccms.edu.


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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.


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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.


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Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

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ECCC Warrior Soccer Signees
Release Date: 4/15/2014
East Central Community College

These standout high school soccer players plan to continue their careers at East Central Community College in Decatur. Joining the Warrior squad in 2014-15 are (seated from left) Jacob Johnson, a 5-7, 140-pound forward and product of Destrehan (La.) High School; Cesar Diaz, a 5-7, 130-pound forward from Newton County High School; Jackson Oliver, a 5-11, 163-pound midfielder/forward and Tyler Aaron, a 6-1, 150-pound forward, both products of Clinton High School; and (standing from left) John Mark Howell, a 6’, 225-pound keeper from Amory High School; Durham Norman, a 6’, 147-pound defender from Florence High School; Connor Brenham, a 6’1, 150-pound midfielder from Pearl High School; and Kellen Clark, a 6’, 150-pound defender from Newton County High School. Johnson is a first-team All-District selection. Diaz’s honors include All-District and Golden Boot Award. He helped lead Newton County to the 2013-14 District title and State 4A semifinals. The 2012-13 team also reached the State 4A semi-finals. Oliver was team captain of the 2013-14 squad, which won the District championship. He also helped lead Clinton to the State 6A championships in 2008-09 and 2011-12. Aaron helped lead Clinton to the 2014 District championship. Howell is a recipient of Amory’s Scholar Athlete award. Norman served as captain of the 2014 Florence squad, which finished State Class 4A runners-up. Brennan helped lead Pearl to the 2013-14 State 5A Championship. He was also a member of several recreation and travel soccer championship squads. Clark’s honors include 2011-12 All-District Keeper, 2012-13 Defender of the Year and 2012-13 first team All-District. He helped lead Newton County to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 State 4A semifinals. Also joining the Warrior soccer squad in 2014-15 but not pictured is Jamar Simms, a 5-9, 150-pound defender from Pascagoula High School. EC’s Warrior soccer program is led by head coach Kenneth Thompson. (EC Photo)

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Holmes Women's Soccer Participates In Racin' For The Cure
Release Date: 4/6/2014
Holmes Community College

Members and friends of the Holmes Community College Women ‘s Soccer program took part in the first Racin’ For the Seed Mustard Seed Duathlon and 5K on Saturday.

Participating on behalf of the Holmes Women’s Soccer Team were Alan Hannon, Juan Herrera, Liz Petro, Emily Chastain, Emma Warren, Sam Robinson, Brooke Lawrence, James Gledhill, Courtney Nolan and Becca Galloway.

Hannon got first overall in the men’s group and Chastain got first overall in the women’s age group. Warren got first in her age group and Nolan got second in the same age group. Gledhill got third in his age group.

Proceeds from the race went straight to the Mustard Seed ministry to help them to continue providing a loving Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with special needs, the Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities which allow the “Seedsters” to fulfill the potential God has created within them.

The Mustard Seed is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and by choice does not receive any government funding. In addition to the Seedsters’ monthly tuition and gift shop sales, support relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, churches and others who believe in their mission.

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MGCCC Softball Hammers Meridian
Release Date: 4/16/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

MERIDIAN---Elise Richardson tossed a no-hitter while her teammates put up 24 runs in two games as Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College swept past Meridian 8-0 and 16-0 Wednesday. The Lady Bulldogs (27-16, 16-10) are still fighting for a post-season berth with one more MACJC South Division doubleheader left vs. Southwest.

In game one, Emily Davis tossed a shutout in the circle and had two hits and three RBI at the plate. Ashley Hickman had three hits while Dani Craft and Brooke Gaston had two hits apiece.

Richardson's no-hitter came in the 16-0 nightcap. She walked two and struck out three and also contributed a couple of hits on offense. Brooke Gaston went 3-for-3 including a two run homer and four RBI. Ashley Hickman also had three hits while Richardson and Mallory Beaty each had two hits whith Beaty totaling three RBI.


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Lady Bobcat Netters Defeat Itawamba
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College women’s tennis team ended their home regular season schedule in fine fashion.

The Lady Bobcats defeated Itawamba Community College 6-3 on a cool, windy afternoon here at the Howard Sports Complex Tennis Courts. Itawamba won the men’s match, 8-1.

The JCJC women are now 11-1 on the season, while the men’s team falls to 8-4. The ICC men are 12-1, while the Lady Indians are 8-4.

The Bobcats travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast for a 1 p.m. match on Thursday. They close the regular season with a 2 p.m. Monday match at Copiah-Lincoln. The MACJC/Region 23 Tournament takes place April 24-26 at Perkinston.

Itawamba ends its regular season at home on Monday vs. Meridian Community College.

Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Indians 3

JCJC won two of the three doubles’ points.

Brenda Hegwood and Brooke Martin claimed No. 2 doubles over Anna Claire Griffin and Sabrina Holloway, 8-2. Krissy Stutts and Elizabeth Wright blanked Angela Hudson and Amber Frederick in No. 3 doubles, 8-0. ICC’s Kristen Eley and Taylor Patterson defeated Anna Ready and Jenna Hegwood in No. 1 doubles, 8-3.

Brenda Hegwood outlasted Griffin in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-8. Stutts beat Holloway in No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0, Wright defeated Hudson in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-2, and Martin whipped Frederick in No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-0.

Eley beat Ready in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-0, and Patterson downed Jenna Hegwood in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-4.

Indians 8, Bobcats 1

JCJC’s only victory came in No. 1 singles where Graham Lightsey outlasted Nathaniel Pinkney, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 11-9.

Itawamba won the remainder of the matches.

Austin McElwain beat Eric Swisher in No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-1. David McElwain defeated Josiah Lim in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-4. Cody Coins downed Ryan Young in No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Joseph Summers beat Robert Kiewit in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Drew Ballard downed Caleb Byrd in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-1.

Pinkney and Austin McElwain beat Lightsey and Harrison Thomas in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. David McElwain and Coins beat Swisher and Young in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Summers and Caleb Ballard defeated Lim and Kiewit in No. 3 doubles, 8-4.

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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.