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Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date:8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.



JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

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Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

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Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

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Bobcats Pleased With Young Running Backs
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will have four freshmen running backs to choose from this fall.

Scott Phillips (5-9, 199) of South Jones, DeShawn Smith (5-7, 173) of New Coast Tech High School in Brooksville, Florida, Rashaud Green (5-9, 184) of Bassfield and William Beverly (5-7, 162) of Gautier will be the ‘Cats in the backfield.

But JCJC quarterbacks/running backs coach Cole Weeks is not afraid to go to battle with any of them.

“We feel good about all four of those guys,” he said. “They have all done well in practice and made improvement. Running back is a good position for us.”

Phillips was a standout across town at South Jones and will see considerable playing time.

“Scottie is a consistent, reliable back,” Weeks said. “You have to be pleased with that. He runs hard, he is going to block hard and he is going to catch the football. He is going to do everything we ask him to do. He is such a reliable player and we feel good about him in any situation in any part of the ballgame. We are definitely glad we have Scottie on our team.”

Smith was named the 2015 Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football and was the Class 5A Player of the Year in the state. He scored 66 touchdowns last year, breaking the Florida state record of 55 held by former University of Alabama standout and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry.

“DeShawn may be one of the most explosive athletes on our team,” Weeks said. “I think he may have led the nation last year in high school in rushing touchdowns. He is a very special athlete. Whenever you put the ball in his hands, he may go the distance with one move. He may go 80 yards and you will never see him. He is a very impressive player and one we feel really good about.”

Green accounted for 33 touchdowns and had over 2,000-plus total yards in his final two seasons at Bassfield. He helped the Yellowjackets claim four consecutive MHSAA 2A state championships.

“Rashaud may be the most physical runner we have,” Weeks said. “He is really put together. He runs the football downhill, he’s going to make one cut downhill and he’s going to try to run you over. He is physical and he gets after it. We feel good about him in every situation. He has been consistent and he will get us that extra yard.”

Beverly, known as “Champ,” was a multi-sport athlete with the Gators, playing football and baseball and being a champion powerlifter.

“Champ is not the biggest kid, but he is savvy about how he gets his yardage,” Weeks said. “He makes people miss and he is always kind of falling forward for a small guy, which you like to see. He has been improving every day and we are glad he is on our team.”

JCJC opens the 2016 season at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at home in Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field against top-ranked East Mississippi.

The game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Chris Robinson on the call.

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MGCCC Golf Ranked Third In Nation
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast is ranked third in the first Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the nation last year, their third straight top four finish. They are ranked behind two-time defending champion South Mountain and Tyler.

Two other MACJC teams are in the rankings: No. 6 Meridian and No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln.

Coach Tommy Snell’s team starts its 2016-17 season on Sept. 12 at the Wallace State Fall Invitational. The two-day tournament is being played in Cullman, Ala.

The Bulldogs are hosting a pair of tournaments this year. The MGCCC Fall Invitational, which also serves as the fourth MACJC event of the season, is Oct. 17-18 at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier.

That course will also be the site of the District D Championship on April 24-25. Gulf Coast will be trying to win that tournament for the 10th straight time.

Complete poll: http://collegiategolf.com/polls-2016-17/august-26-2016-njcaa-dii-poll-2386.html

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast star Brittney Reese wasted no time Tuesday night in the women’s long jump qualifying at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She was the first jumper to automatically qualify with a jump of 6.78 meters, or 22 feet, 3 inches. Competitors needed to leap 6.75 meters or better to advance.

Reese, who was inducted into the MGCCC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, will try to defend her gold medal Wednesday. The finals are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The event can be watched live online at http://stream.nbcolympics.com/track-and-field-women-long-jump-final

Reese played basketball at Gulf Coast, graduating in 2006. She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss and has won six world championships. A win in Rio would make her the first woman to ever repeat in the event and only second to win two gold medals in a career.

She was one of only three competitors to jump the qualifying distance Tuesday. She had the third-longest jump behind Serbia’s Ivan Španovic (6.87 meters) and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (6.82 meters).

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.


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Gulf Coast Blanks ICC To Open Season
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast intends to send wave after wave against opponents in a high-pressure attack against opponents this year.

The Bulldogs showed sparks Friday in a 2-0 win over Itawamba in their first game at the new MGCCC Soccer Complex, but they all thought plenty was left on the table.

“We looked like we hadn’t played before,” coach Chris Handy said. “There was a lot of rust there, but I think we’ll come along. One of our goals was to make sure we had a shutout; we did that. We’d have liked to have more success on the offensive end, but I think that will come.”

Jordan Hall (5-9, 163, Fr., Royton and Crompton/Manchester, England) had a goal and assist for Gulf Coast. He scored 15 minutes in off a corner kick off an alert play by Tylor Davis (6-0, 164, Fr., West Harrison/Gulfport).

“I was running up to take the corner, but Tylor was already there,” Hall said. “He just laid it back to me and I turned and hit it. I didn’t really expect (the pass) at all.”

The Bulldogs immediately subbed eight players into the game, a pattern that repeated roughly every 15 minutes.

“That’s going to be us all year,” Handy said. “We have plenty of depth and guys who can play. We just have to see who can play together. I think as the year goes on, both teams will get better. The lineup will change here and there, and we’ll have a better flow.”

Hall helped close out the scoring with 11 minutes left. He was put through down the left side, but said he felt cramping starting in his left.

Hall managed to pull the ball back from the end line, then found Austin Miller (5-11, 175, Fr., St. Stanislaus/Bay St. Louis) inside the six-yard box. Miller beat the keeper for the insurance goal.

“There’s definitely more there for us,” Hall said. “We got the win and we got the clean sheet, but there’s definitely more to come from us.”

Gulf Coast turns right back around Saturday and plays San Jacinto-South at Perkinston. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. The Bulldogs open MACJC South Division play Sept. 2 when they travel to archrival Pearl River.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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Lady Bulldogs Get 2-2 Tie In Regular-season Opener
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast expected more offense from the women’s soccer team, and there were certainly more chances in the Lady Bulldogs’ regular-season opener Friday night.

But Gulf Coast didn’t get enough shots on target and settled for a 2-2 tie against Itawamba after regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.

“We got better tonight,” Gulf Coast coach Jackie Rhodes said. “It went longer than we expected. We got fitter tonight, which is a positive.”

Erin Longsden (5-5, Fr., Droylsden Academy/Manchester, England) had a goal and an assist for the Lady Bulldogs, and clanged one off the crossbar in the final minutes of regular time that nearly meant victory in the first game at the new MGCCC Soccer Complex.

“It was a real tough game, but it went well,” she said. “We put a lot of pressure on them, but it didn’t pay off.”

Longsden pounced on a poor Itawamba goal kick in the 31st minute, heading it forward into the path of Jess Shepherd (5-6, Fr., Parrswood/Manchester, England). Shepherd made it 1-0 past a diving Lady Indians goalkeeper.

The lead evaporated with just 13 seconds left in the half, though, when a bouncing ball at the top of the penalty box came into the path of Brooke Younger, who looped a shot over the keeper into goal.

Longsden scored in the 48th minute to make it 2-1, but an ICC free kick 12 minutes later ended the scoring.

“I said we were going to be a more attacking team this year, but we just couldn’t find the net,” Rhodes said. “We got a couple in, but we’ll learn from it and have more target practice.”

The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sept. 2 when they open MACJC South Division play at archrival Pearl River. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. in Poplarville.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Release Date: 8/15/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will open its new Athletic/Education Complex on Aug. 17.

The ribbon cutting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Perkinston Campus, will unveil the state-of-the-art facility. It’s the largest renovation of A.L. May Memorial Stadium since it was built in 1948.

“Our athletic department produces the finest student-athletes, and we think this will bring greater success in the classroom and on the field,” MGCCC President Dr. Mary S. Graham. “The college’s football program has a great history of success which we think will continue to new heights.”

Gulf Coast produced 35 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners last year, and 42 members of the Academic All-MACJC team. No other school in the state has as many honorees by the MACJC.

In the last 10 years, 169 football players have gone on to play at four-year schools. There are seven former Bulldogs who are on NFL rosters right now.

The three-story building includes classrooms, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, and team and position-group meeting rooms, plus a press box and suites. A new concession stand, bookstore outlet and fan restrooms have already opened. There were 60 new chairback seats added where the old press box was.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 5,000, was last renovated in 2000.

The program will include remarks by Perkinston Campus Vice President Dr. Ladd Taylor, MGCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jimmy Estes, Dr. Graham, and football coach Chad Huff. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Release Date: 8/22/2016
East Central Community College

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and student-athlete introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin their fall action at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the ECCC campus.

The 2016 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 17-18 at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Event No. 1 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


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Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.



JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick


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Northeast Cheerleaders Ready To Electrify Fans During Promising New Year
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College cheerleading program is ecstatic about another year of interacting and energizing its outstanding fan base.

A stellar group of 16 ladies are part of the unit for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign, which begins on Thursday, September 1 with the first football game of the season against Pearl River Community College at Tiger Stadium.

“I am extremely excited for the new year with this group of athletes,” said Tigers head coach Chasity Moore. “They worked hard during camp week to learn new skills and perfect routines to perform. I feel confident they will represent Northeast very well on and off the field.”

Six athletes return for their final season in a black-and-gold uniform, including McKayla Bradley and Madison Parks of Kossuth High School. Joining them from the same town is Madison Switcher.

Tishomingo County High School is the most represented institution on the roster this year. The tandem of Kaylee Davis, Ashley Flowers, Aswyn Floyd and Madison Harris will reunite in the City of Hospitality.

MaLeah Dalrymple is the lone addition to the Tigers from outside the Magnolia State. She was a talented cross country and track player during her tenure at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School.

Calin Holley is back in a cheer skirt after spending her spring with the Northeast women’s tennis team. Both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tabbed her as a scholar-athlete after producing a flawless 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

Ingomar High School graduate Addison Carter and hometown product Anna Claire Ivy of Booneville complete the list of sophomores that were members of the previous squad during the 2014-15 academic year.

The remaining newcomers originate from Northeast’s traditional five-county service area. Among those local products are Belmont’s Anna Leigh Witt and Katie Rowan of East Union High School.

A trio of Tigers will make their gridiron debuts after coming from locations that did not sponsor the sport. They are Alleigh Elder and Megan Mauney of Pine Grove plus Keeley Shelley from Wheeler.

From pep rallies on Thursday afternoons to the final whistle inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum, the Tigers have been charged with providing positive support for the athletic department since the 1940s.

For more information about the Northeast cheerleading team, contact Moore at 662-720-7189 or by email at cgmoore@nemcc.edu



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All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 887-249

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 170-69-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
Northwest
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5