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Hinds CC Monster Mash At Moss Has Another Great Turnout
Release Date:10/31/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College baseball and softball teams competed in the third annual Monster Mash at Moss on Thursday night as part of a fundraiser for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

The event, a major hit in the community as evidenced by another giant crowd in attendance, was a softball game with the college baseball and softball teams divided into co-ed teams for the competition.

The players from both teams got into the holiday spirit by competing in Halloween costumes, in turn providing comic relief for those who attended.

"This is an event we look forward to every year and the turnout from the community has been tremendous," said Hinds head baseball coach Sam Temple, who led his Eagles to the 2014 Region XXIII championship and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in Enid, Okla.

"The players love doing this event and it is just icing on the cake to know we are supporting a great cause like Batson.”

Mike Grzanich, head softball coach at Hinds, was very thankful of the fan support at this year’s third annual game.

"We are very appreciative of the fans from our college and our community coming out to support an event like this," said Grzanich.

"Once again, our student organizations on campus were a tremendous help to us, and it was very refreshing to see the players from our baseball and softball teams be able to give back to the community and have a blast in doing so.”

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


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TIGERS RELY ON SIX NEWCOMERS TO BOLSTER DEPTH
Release Date: 10/31/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program should benefit from a healthy mix of experience and youthfulness during the 2014-15 campaign.

Second-year head coach Cord Wright added six newcomers to his squad for the upcoming season that should bolster the Tigers in their quest to claim the seventh state championship in program history.

Five high schools from across the northern half of the Magnolia State were represented in this year’s signing class overall.

Chase Carroll starred for a very successful Madison Central High School program under the tutelage of former University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) standout Rahim Lockhart. Carroll led the Jaguars to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 6A State Tournament for two straight campaigns as an upperclassman.

He started for Madison Central in the MHSAA Class 6A championship game versus Murrah High School as a junior and scored six points in 17 minutes. One year later, Carroll returned to Mississippi Coliseum and tallied eight points in a semifinal matchup against Gulfport High School.

The 6-1, 175-pound guard appeared in 89 contests for the Jaguars and averaged 9.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per outing during an outstanding career.

“Chase should be a big contributor for us this year,” said Wright. “He’s a knock-down shooter and a pretty good athlete as well. He’s a tough kid that plays hard.”

Antonio Dodson helped Olive Branch High School and coach Eric Rombaugh qualify for the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs during the 2012-13 season. The Conquistadors fell to eventual state champion Murrah in the opening round after finishing as the runner up in their division.

Dodson recorded career-highs of 24 points and 10 made field goals against Lewisburg High School as a junior. It was one of five double-digit scoring games for the 6-0, 160-pounder during that campaign.

The guard compiled 5.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and one steals per outing for Olive Branch in three years on the varsity squad.

“Antonio is another kid that comes from a winning program,” Wright said. “He’s a good competitor that’s quick. He and Dimario (Jackson) going at it everyday has done nothing but improve both of them either way.”

Desmin Harris guided Corinth High School to the MHSAA Division 1, Class 4A Tournament title for two consecutive seasons from 2013-14. The Warriors compiled a 109-25 record in four seasons with Harris on the roster.

Corinth appeared in three straight state championship tilts starting in Harris’ freshman campaign. Harris earned the starting nod from coach Keith Greene as a junior in the title matchup against Amanda Elzy High School and tallied six points and one steal for the Warriors.

Harris participated in 27 games for Corinth as a senior and garnered 12 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals per contest.

“Desmin’s a combo type of player that can really score the basketball,” said Wright. “I’m hoping that Desmin’s that guy that can go kinda create some buckets and make some open shots. He’s had a good preseason and I’m looking for him to build off of that.”

Jack Nichols was one of the top scorers in the tradition-rich Hill Country area during his phenomenal prep career at Booneville High School. The Blue Devils captured the MHSAA Class 3A championship during Nichols’ freshman year.

Booneville played for state crowns in each of the next two seasons as well inside Mississippi Coliseum. Nichols topped coach Michael Smith’s squad with a game-high 18 points, four steals and three assists during the 2013 title matchup versus Velma Jackson High School.

Nichols averaged a team-best 19.7 points in 29 appearances during his senior campaign to lead the Blue Devils to the MHSAA Division 1, Class 3A championship.

“I’m really excited for Jack. He’s going to have an opportunity to really help us out this year,” Wright said. “He’s a good kid that plays hard and is tough. He’s improved his game from being more of a post player in high school to being a guard. He’s in the gym every morning and we expect him to have a good year.”

Raheem Sorrell was a difference maker in Corinth’s post during their successful run over the last several seasons. He averaged 11.3 points and six rebounds per game during an outstanding career with the Warriors.

Sorrell was tabbed as the statewide boys athlete of the week by The Clarion-Ledger on February 11, 2013 after accounting for 45 points and 15 rebounds in Corinth’s victories against Biggersville High School and Tupelo High School.

The 6-5 forward earned a spot in the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) All-Star Game at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College after a junior year in which he notched 14.4 points and seven boards each outing.

“Raheem has been really, really impressive,” said Wright. “He’s extremely strong and physical. He rebounds the ball well and I hope we can get him some easy looks around the basket.”

Chris Ward used his athleticism to lift Horn Lake High School to some of its best seasons on the court in recent memory. The Eagles won 19 contests in each of Ward’s three campaigns under the direction of coach Tori Harris.

The 6-7 forward directed Horn Lake to the MHSAA Division 1-6A Tournament championship as a senior with a pair of close victories over Southaven High School and DeSoto Central High School. The Eagles later advanced to the Class 6A North Half Tournament with a win against Tupelo.

Ward was named an All-Division 1-6A selection following the 2013-14 campaign. He also had four double-digit performances during his junior year.

“Chris has a huge upside,” Wright said. “He’s long and athletic. Right now, he’s just an athlete that’s running and jumping. Once we get his skill levels improved, I think that you’ll see him as the season progresses really, really mature.”


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ECCC Lady Warriors Focused On Winning
Release Date: 10/31/2014
East Central Community College

Expectations for success are high for this year’s East Central Community College women’s basketball team, which includes two returning starters and a talent-laden group of freshmen. Also in the mix are several transfers who bring impressive resumes to the squad.

The third year just might be the “charm” for head coach Crandal Porter, whose Lady Warriors finished 8-14 overall and 3-11 in the MACJC South Division last season.

East Central is expected to finish among the top four of the always tough MACJC South Division.

The first test of the new season comes Monday, November 3, when the Lady Warriors travel to Coahoma Community College. The non-division battle begins at 6 p.m. on the Clarksdale campus. The home opener is Thursday, Nov. 6 with Delgado Community College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

“I’m really excited about this year’s team,” said Porter. “Everyone is working hard to achieve one goal: winning! We return an All-State player and leading scorer in Jaleshia Jones, and our starting point guard, Tynika Bender. We have also added transfers Tashi-ana Thompson and Shakerya Morrison, and freshmen Samantha Duncan and Johna Hughes that we are excited about.”

Jones, a 5-9 forward, averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist last season. In addition to receiving MACJC All-State recognition, Jones was named the Lady Warriors’ best offensive player.

She is a product of Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, where she received best offensive player, most versatile player and charge awards

Bender, a 5-5 point guard, averaged 14 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds. She hails from Newton High School, where she received the Coach’s Award and was chosen best defensive player.

Other returnees are Keoceania Yarbrough, a 5-6 guard and product of Louisville High School, and Breona Foster, a 5-5 guard from Neshoba Central.

Foster was chosen the Lady Rockets’ most valuable player and was named All-District.

Thompson, a 5-8 shooting guard, comes to EC from Lithonia, GA, where she was selected “Miss Basketball” at Miller Grove High School. She also earned status in the 1000-Point Club and was a first team All-DeKalb County selection.

Morrison, a 5-11 forward, experienced a stellar career at East Wake High School in Wendell, N.C., where she received second team All-District and All-Conference honors. She also earned status in the 1000-Point Club.

Freshmen include guards Samantha Duncan (5-10) of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg and Kalybriah Haskin (5-7) of Olympian High School in San Diego, CA; point guards Richenda Cruther (5-7), of H.W. Byers High School in Lamar, and Johnta’ Hughes (5-2), Hattiesburg High School; forwards Rolonda Washington (5-10) of Raymond High School and Jelisa Pearson (5-8), Quitman High School; guard/forward Alexia McDonald (5-10), Petal High School; and centers Courtney Harper (6-3) of Laurel High School and Breaushza Ragsdale (6-0) of Morton High School.

Duncan, a first team All-American selection, received most valuable player and most scoring award honors at Oak Grove.

Haskin’s honors include most valuable player, first team All-League and first team All-Tournament.

Crutcher helped lead H.W. Byers to four state titles.

Hughes received most valuable player honors and was named first team All-Tournament.

Washington was selected best rebounder in Class 4A.

Pearson was named to the Class 4A All-District Team and received team captain, heart and most improved awards.

McDonald was an All-Tournament Team selection.

Harper was chosen on the Class 5A All-District Team.

Ragsdale was selected on the All-Tournament Team.

Kiara Ruffin begins her second season as assistant coach.

Student assistants and their respective high schools are Warner Parkes of Nanih Waiya, Teelisa Kennedy and Haley Watkins, both of Scott Central; Tamia Cavett of Jackson Murrah and Jamylia McLemore of South Jones.

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GAME PREVIEW: Reigning National And State Champion EMCC Lions To Host No. 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast In MACJC State Semifinals
Release Date: 10/31/2014
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Set to make their seventh consecutive football playoff appearance under head coach Buddy Stephens, the second-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College will play host to the fifth-ranked Bulldogs of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College during Saturday’s semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ state playoffs. Kickoff for Saturday’s showdown of top-five MACJC gridiron powerhouses is slated for 2 p.m. at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field.

In Saturday’s other state semifinal-round matchup, 11th-ranked and MACJC South Division champion Copiah-Lincoln Community College will entertain MACJC North Division runner-up Northwest Mississippi Community College in Wesson. Saturday’s winners will then battle for the 2014 MACJC state football championship the following Saturday (Nov. 8) at a site to be determined. Based on the league’s rotational hosting policy, the highest-seeded MACJC South Division team remaining following this weekend’s semifinals will serve as the host site for the Nov. 8 state title game. Otherwise, the highest-seeded remaining team from the MACJC’s North Division will earn the hosting honor.

Sporting a current school-record, 21-game winning streak on the strength of five consecutive shutouts heading into postseason play, the 9-0 EMCC Lions are still ranked atop the JCGridiron.com and JCFootball.com national polls. Falling out of the No. 1 slot in the NJCAA’s Top 20 for the first time this season, East Mississippi now stands five voting points (205 to 200) behind top-ranked Iowa Western Community College following the Reivers’ 58-34 win over then-No. 4 Hutchinson [KS] CC this past Saturday. Including preseason rankings and final polls, EMCC has now been ranked first or second nationally by the NJCAA in 16 consecutive polls dating back to Week 7 of last season.

Saturday’s EMCC-Gulf Coast contest will feature a rematch of last year’s MACJC state semifinals, also played in Scooba, in which the host Lions claimed a 45-28 victory over the visiting Bulldogs before advancing to beat Jones County, 61-24, and claim their third MACJC/Region 23 football championship in five years. A season ago when they met in the state semifinals, EMCC and MGCCC were also ranked second and fifth, respectively, according to the NJCAA football poll, as they are this year.

This season, EMCC and Mississippi Gulf Coast presently rate as the only two teams among the NJCAA ranks to surrender an average of less than 10 points per contest on the year. Having collectively outscored their 2014 opposition 515-38 for the year and 269-0 during their current five-game shutout streak, the Lions are allowing a paltry 4.2 points an outing while scoring an average of 57.2 points a game. The Bulldogs, who average 36.8 points per game offensively for the season, rank second nationally in limiting their opponents to a per-game average of just 8.9 points.

Spanning back to the 2007 season, East Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast have combined to claim six of the last seven MACJC state football championships. With each school having earned three state titles apiece during that eight-year stretch, the home-standing Lions previously bested visiting Gulf Coast, 75-71, in the memorable 2009 state title game played at the old Sullivan-Windham Field location. Two years later in the state championship contested at EMCC’s current Sullivan-Windham Field site, the 2011 Lions claimed a 42-17 victory over the Bulldogs en route to capturing their first of two NJCAA national championships.

MGCCC most recently won state football crowns in 2010 (31-17 over Copiah-Lincoln), 2008 (52-7 over Pearl River) and 2007 (20-17 over Jones County). Copiah-Lincoln claimed the state title two years ago with a 41-37 road victory over the Bulldogs.

As further testimony to the significance of the recent EMCC-MGCCC gridiron rivalry, both schools rank among the NJCAA’s top-five winningest football programs over the past seven seasons. Dating back to the 2008 campaign, the Lions’ 65-10 (.867) composite record stands third nationally behind only Navarro [TX] College (68-12) and Butler [KS] Community College (67-12). With 64 wins since 2008, MGCCC is tied for fourth among NJCAA ranks with Rochester Tech during that span. Additionally, Mississippi Gulf Coast and East Mississippi own the longest current consecutive streaks of state football playoff appearances at eight and seven straight playoff berths, respectively. During that eight-year period (2007-2014), EMCC has collected six MACJC North Division titles while Gulf Coast has claimed five MACJC South Division crowns.

Having made just one previous state football playoff appearance (50-7 semifinal loss to Gulf Coast in 1984) in school history prior to Stephens’ arrival on the Scooba campus, East Mississippi is 6-4 all-time during state playoff competition through the years. Stephens owns a 6-3 EMCC head coaching mark in MACJC postseason contests, while making state championship runs during prior odd-numbered years (2013, 2011 & 2009) and incurring semifinal-round setbacks in previous even-numbered seasons (2012, 2010 & 2008).

Unbeaten in three Scooba meetings with Gulf Coast since the Lions’ new football facility opened in 2011, Stephens is 5-2 all-time versus the Bulldogs during his seven seasons at the EMCC football helm. Along with postseason victories over MGCCC last year as well as in 2011 and 2009, East Mississippi christened the new Sullivan-Windham-Field in 2011 by earning a 34-30 season-opening victory over the Bulldogs. Previously, Stephens’ first EMCC team upset then-No. 2 Gulf Coast, 27-23, at Perkinston in 2008. The following year, the Lions rebounded from an early-season home loss (43-26) to the Bulldogs with their historic 75-71 home triumph (in regulation) during the 2009 state title game.

Under the guidance of first-year head football coach Chad Huff, Mississippi Gulf Coast is 8-1 overall on the year and finished second in the MACJC’s South Division after dropping a 29-26 decision to Co-Lin two weeks ago during Homecoming festivities in Perkinston. Most recently, the Bulldogs rebounded to claim a 49-3 road decision over Itawamba this past Saturday in Fulton.

Saturday’s state playoff contest between EMCC and MGCCC will be broadcast live by WMOX-AM (1010) out of Meridian. Jonathan Holmes and Glen Beard are set to describe the play-by-play action with John Lyle Briggs serving as the Lions’ sideline reporter. An alternate audio stream of the radio broadcast will also be available at www.wfcafm108.com courtesy of WFCA-FM Radio out of French Camp.

In addition, EMCC’s weekly live video-streamed football broadcasts (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/emcc-football) will be available in HD by accessing EMCC’s athletics website, www.EMCCAthletics.com.

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JCJC Holds Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament On Oct. 17
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The annual Jones County Junior College Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held October 17 at Dixie Golf Club in Laurel.

This will be a 3-person select shot event with a $70 entry fee per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, cart and greens fees. Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by registration at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available on the course and prizes will be awarded after play. There will be a closest to the hole contest during play.

The JCJC Lady Bobcat Hardwood Club sponsors the event.

For more information, contact Lady Bobcat coach Sandra Sumrall at 601-477-4090, 601-498-6524 or the Dixie pro shop at 601-649-3384.


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East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
Release Date: 10/27/2014
East Mississippi Community College

MURRAY, Ky. – Highlighted by sophomore Kelsey Kennemer earning All-Around women’s honors, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo teams placed fourth in both men’s and women’s competition this past weekend at the 39th Annual Murray State University Racer Roundup College Rodeo. The three-day event concluded Saturday night at the William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center.

In their third rodeo event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region schedule, the EMCC men scored a fall-best team showing by placing fourth at Murray State. The EMCC women posted a second straight fourth-place finish after opening the fall slate by claiming a program-first women’s team title at the Missouri Valley College event.

The University of Tennessee at Martin swept the Murray State team titles, totaling 610 points in men’s competition to beat Missouri Valley along with earning 340 points on the women’s side to edge runner-up Arkansas-Monticello. For the EMCC women, Kennemer tallied all 200 of the team’s points to garner All-Around women’s accolades. The Troy University transfer by way of Anderson, Ala., placed second in the barrel racing event with a composite time of 31.03 seconds in addition to finishing fifth in the goat tying competition with a combined clocking of 18.0 seconds.

In men’s competition for the Lions, sophomore Palmer White, of West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, collected 90 points for a third-place tie (12.9 seconds) in steer wrestling. Freshman Cooper Christensen, from North Pontotoc High School, also earned 90 points for his fourth-place effort (20.1 seconds) in the calf roping event. Fellow freshman cowboy Dustin Egusquiza also scored for the Lions in calf roping as well as in team roping with partner Ivan Holliday to round out the team’s 205-point performance.

In addition, the EMCC men also featured excellent showings from two other team roping tandems during the Murray State-hosted rodeo. Dale Chancellor (Winston Academy) and Tyler Spears (Neshoba Central HS) teamed to finish second in the event, followed close behind in third place by teammates Ty Holder (Bayou Academy) and Weston Pender (Poplarville HS).

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo teams resume action this week in nearby Livingston, Ala., by competing in the UWA Rodeo Showdown. The three-day event, hosted by the University of West Alabama, is set to begin Thursday night and run through Saturday evening at the Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex on the UWA campus.


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JCJC Hosts MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament Nov. 1-2
Release Date: 10/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will serve as the host site for the 2014 MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament this weekend.

There will be four games on Saturday at Bobcat Soccer Field, followed by the two championship games on Sunday afternoon.

The tournament host site this year is the MACJC South Division women’s champion – the JCJC Lady Bobcats.

Head coach Dolores Deasley’s 12th-ranked Lady Bobcats open the tournament with a 10 a.m. Saturday game vs. Pearl River, the South’s No. 3 team. PRCC defeated East Central 4-0 Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup.

Hinds, the North No. 1 team, will face Northwest Mississippi, the North No. 3 team, at 12:30 p.m. in the other women’s semifinal. Northwest beat Meridian 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.

On the men’s side, the Bobcats, the No. 3 team from the South, will battle South No. 1 Pearl River at 5:30 p.m. JCJC outlasted Itawamba 3-2 in double overtime in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

In the other men’s semifinal match, North No. 1 Hinds meets Mississippi Gulf Coast, the South’s No. 2 team, at 3 p.m. MGCCC blanked Holmes 2-0 in a quarterfinal match.

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The Lady Bobcats are 16-0-0 overall, while Pearl River is 10-4-1. The Lady Bobcats defeated Pearl River 2-0 and 4-0 during the regular season.

JCJC has posted 13 shutouts on the season and has outscored their opponents, 93-3.

The Lady Bobcats are led by several standouts on offense, including Shelby Gilliland (42 points – 15 goals, 12 assists), Lara Gunter (36 points – 15 goals, 6 assists), Kelsey Hannaford (35 points – 11 goals, 13 assists), Dallas McKinnon (32 points – 9 goals, 14 assists), Katie Johnson (32 points – 15 goals, 2 assists) and Ali Sullivan (24 points – 8 goals, 8 assists).

Abby Taylor, Ashtyn Rowell, Blythe Griffin, Macy Rogers, Traci Monroe, Regan Nicholson, Somer Anderson, Carolina Berryhill, Anna Mills, Carissa Lancaster, Logan Simpson and Savannah Raines have all been standouts for the Lady Bobcats this season.

Briahna Dickerson has been in goal for most of the games for the Lady Bobcats. Paine Williams and Savannah Bynum have served as backup keepers.

Northwest is 10-4-4 on the year, while Hinds is 10-3-2.

The women’s winner of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament will travel to face the Region 8 champion – 4th-ranked Eastern Florida State College – in the NJCAA District H playoff game next week. That game will take place at a time and date to be determined on the EFSC campus in Melbourne, Florida, which is also the host site of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be Nov. 17-22.

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Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats advanced to the semifinals with a dramatic win at Itawamba on Tuesday.

Jones took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Evan Buckley.

ICC rallied to take a 2-1 lead and appeared on their way to victory, until Buckley scored with just 9.8 seconds left on a free kick to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime session, the game went into a second overtime. The game was headed for a shootout until Jacob Billingsley scored from almost 40 yards out with just 23 seconds left to win the game for the Bobcats.

JCJC, 7-7-1, has been led by Buckley (31 points – 13 goals, 5 assists), Souleymane Diakite (29 points – 12 goals, 5 assists) and Michael Stringer (11 points – 4 goals, 3 assists).

Other key players have been Billingsley, Daylin Britt, Paul Johnson, Kolby Krohn, Nick Canner, Colby Krost, Jared Brister, Tylar Jackson, Cole Smith, Luke Sims, Pierce Weatherly, Reese Sloan, Blaine Gunther, Dung Vu, Nathan Farrell, Austin Herrington and Jake Holland.

Gabe Brown has been the goalkeeper with Cody Anderson serving as the backup.

Pearl River enters the game with a 9-4-1 record. The Wildcats swept the Bobcats in two close matches this season, 2-1 in overtime at Poplarville and 1-0 at home in the final regular season game of the year.

Mississippi Gulf Coast owns a 13-4-1 record, while Hinds is 9-5.

The top two teams from the men’s MACJC/Region 23 Tournament advance to the NJCAA South District Tournament vs. the top two teams from Region 14 in Texas. The winner of that district tournament – which will be played in Texas – advances to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be hosted by Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, on Nov. 18-23.

Tournament Notes

- Admission is $5 for everyone age 13 and older. Presidents, athletic directors and coaches will use MACJC passes to enter. MHSAA coach’s passes will be honored.

- There will be limited parking available behind the bleachers on the West side of Bobcat Soccer Field. Additional parking will be available at Jones Hall and in the men’s dormitory parking lot, near the field.

- Programs and t-shirts will be sold at the concession stand.

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ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Complete Historic Season
Release Date: 10/31/2014
East Central Community College

The most successful women’s soccer season in school history came to an end for the East Central Community College squad following a 4-0 loss to Pearl River Community College in playoff action held Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Bailey Stadium on Decatur campus.

The Lady Soccer Warriors qualified for the post-season after finishing second in the MACJC North Division with a 5-1-2 mark. Lady Wildcats were the third seed in the South at 6-3-1.

With the victory, Pearl River advanced to the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament scheduled Nov. 1-2 at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. The Lady Bobcats won the South Division with a 10-0-0 mark. Hinds (North # 1) and Northwest (North # 3) complete the field in the women’s bracket.

EC, which posted a 12-4-2 overall record under head coach Gray Massey, recorded its best campaign since the program’s inception in 2005.

“This year was a fantastic season for our program,” said Massey. “I am very proud of what these girls were able to accomplish. However, the bar has definitely been raised and we are already looking forward to having an even better season in 2015!”

The talented squad featured several players who finished among the scores in the league.

Allie Turner recorded 12 goals and five assists for a total 29 points. Turner is a freshman midfielder from Horn Lake.

Ashlan Cumberland registered nine goals, four assists and 22 points. Cumberland is a sophomore forward from Brandon.

Tamia Cavett posted six goals and 12 points. Cavett is a freshman forward from Murrah High School in Jackson.

The Lady Soccer Warriors will be recognized along with other student-athletes at the 2014 ECCC Fall Sports Award Banquet scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 2. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.


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Hinds CC Monster Mash At Moss Has Another Great Turnout
Release Date: 10/31/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College baseball and softball teams competed in the third annual Monster Mash at Moss on Thursday night as part of a fundraiser for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

The event, a major hit in the community as evidenced by another giant crowd in attendance, was a softball game with the college baseball and softball teams divided into co-ed teams for the competition.

The players from both teams got into the holiday spirit by competing in Halloween costumes, in turn providing comic relief for those who attended.

"This is an event we look forward to every year and the turnout from the community has been tremendous," said Hinds head baseball coach Sam Temple, who led his Eagles to the 2014 Region XXIII championship and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship game in Enid, Okla.

"The players love doing this event and it is just icing on the cake to know we are supporting a great cause like Batson.”

Mike Grzanich, head softball coach at Hinds, was very thankful of the fan support at this year’s third annual game.

"We are very appreciative of the fans from our college and our community coming out to support an event like this," said Grzanich.

"Once again, our student organizations on campus were a tremendous help to us, and it was very refreshing to see the players from our baseball and softball teams be able to give back to the community and have a blast in doing so.”

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


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MGCCC Tennis Plays Well At ITA Championships
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

MERIDIAN---Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis had a strong showing at the recent ITA Regional Tennis Championships in Meridian.

The women's team won the Consolation singles final and dropped a close, hard fought doubles Consolation final. In the Women’s singles consolation finals Lexi Johnson took down Angel Seals of Gulf Coast in a third set tie breaker. In the women’s doubles consolation finals, Lexi Johnson and Kara Younger were defeated by White/Hartley of Meridian.

On the Men’s side Gulf Coast dropped two semifinal matches and the finals in doubles. In men’s singles Skyler Flowers of Gulf Coast was defeated by the number one seed, Shane Trebisky of Meridian 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile in the other men’s singles semi finals, the number 6 seed Brandon Lane of Gulf Coast lost to the number two seed and the over all singles champion Kaiser Deleon of Marion Military Institute 6-4, 6-3.

The men's doubles championship match featured Flowers and Lane falling to the number one seeded team of Conway/Cespedes of Marion Military Institute 8-5. By finishing second in doubles the Gulf Coast team of Skyler Flowers and Branson Lane qualifies for the National Small College Championships in Sumter, South Carolina October 9-12.

I was really proud of our effort especially our young players who really handled the pressure well," said Gulf Coast tennis coach Gary Bourgeois. "The men’s effort was outstanding, and we came really close to winning the singles and doubles titles."


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Jerel Hill, Former Hinds CC Athlete, Pens E-book, Preps For 2016 Olympics
Release Date: 9/26/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Jerel Hill, a Vicksburg native and former All-American men’s track and field student-athlete and coach at Hinds Community College, has written an e-book, “Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Journey of Faith,” that is now available on his personal website, www.jerelhill.com, for $0.99.

The book provides an in-depth look at Hill's journey of faith and demonstrates how stepping out on faith can equal a dream realized. This is not a "rags-to-riches" story but is an example that never giving up is always the best option when one has nothing to lose.

The allocated funds from the autobiography about Hill’s journey of faith will go toward his training expenses in his aim to make Team USA and compete at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hill, who will now train in Baton Rouge, left Hinds and transferred to Louisiana State University, where he lettered for the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, setting personal bests of 10.22 in the 100-meter dash and 20.90 in the 200-meter dash during his senior season.

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



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