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Hinds CC Baseball Ranked No. 2 In NJCAA Poll
Release Date:1/28/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The preseason accolades continued to pour in for the Hinds Community College baseball team on Tuesday, as the Eagles were ranked No. 2 in the country in the preseason poll released by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) office.

The Eagles, who captured the 2014 Region XXIII championship and finished runner-up in the NJCAA World Series in Enid, Okla., were also ranked second in the nation in the 2015 Collegiate Baseball poll that was released in December.

Hinds was 40-21 overall last season and won the Region XXIII tournament at Community Bank Park in Ellisville before playing for the 2014 national championship, where the Eagles dropped a 9-7 decision in 11 innings to Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

The NJCAA office, which has Hinds in the No. 1 slot in the South Region predictions, has also bestowed a host of individual honors on the Eagles, as both returning and incoming players have been selected to their preseason lists.

Randy Bell (Woodville), Houston Case (Brookhaven), Derek Martin (Flora), Austin Sanders (Madison) and Casey Sutton (Monroe, La.) were all named to the NJCAA Top Returning Pitchers list for their efforts as freshmen in 2014.

Marshall Boggs (Cleveland), Casey Echols (Braxton), Matt Jones (Madison), Chase Lunceford (Clinton) and Quade Smith (Brandon) were all named to the NJCAA Top Returning Position Players for their standout rookie campaigns a year ago.

Jordan Washam (Sterlington, La.) was also named to the NJCAA Top Four-Year Transfers list, as the sophomore infielder made the switch to Raymond via Southeastern Louisiana University.

The Eagles open the 2015 campaign on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Joe G. Moss Field in Raymond, welcoming Mineral Area (Mo.) College to town for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

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

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EMCC Lions Finish First Portion Of Division Hoops Slate With 77-70 Home Win Over Northwest; Lady Lions Fall 69-60
Release Date: 1/27/2015
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College closed out the first half of the MACJC North Division regular-season basketball slate by splitting with visiting Northwest Mississippi Community College Monday evening at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The EMCC Lions claimed a 77-70 nightcap victory over the Northwest men, while the Lady Rangers posted a 69-60 victory over the home-standing Lady Lions.

In the nightcap, EMCC’s Lions used a 9-2 run during the final four minutes of the opening half to build a 40-31 halftime advantage over the visiting Rangers. Aided by 3-pointers from freshman Daniel Simmons and sophomore backcourt mate Antonio Finley early in the second stanza, the home team increased the margin to 15 points (52-37) five minutes into the half.

The Northwest men did manage to cut the deficit to five points twice over the game’s final eight minutes, but a pull-up jumper by Shelvick Henry Jr. and a pair of free throws from Jahyde Gardiner put the Lions back on top, 63-54, with 5:48 remaining. The Rangers made another comeback attempt a few minutes later, but Chris Rhoney’s 3-pointer made it 66-58 with just under four minutes left. EMCC then used Finley’s fourth 3-pointer of the contest and seven made free throws over the final two minutes to lock down the seven-point triumph.

Improving his career record against Northwest to 14-2 overall and 8-0 in Scooba meetings, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions enter the second portion of their regular-season division slate with a 12-4 overall record and 5-1 division mark. Against Northwest, Gardiner notched his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points, including 13-of-18 free throws, and 14 rebounds. With four Lion players in double figures, Rhoney, Finley and Simmons followed with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the winners.

Falling to 8-7 overall and 2-4 within the division, the Northwest Rangers were led by Kieth Broome Jr. and De’Sean Dockery with 21 and 12 points, respectively.

In the women’s game, the visiting Lady Rangers initially took command of the contest with a 10-0 spurt late in the opening half. Those 10 unanswered points held up for a 41-31 halftime advantage in favor of the visitors.

Northwest maintained control of the game throughout the second stanza and built the advantage to as many as 18 points (59-41) with 7:14 remaining. Head coach Sharon Thompson’s reigning MACJC North Division champions battled back to cut the deficit to seven points (61-54) on a 3-pointer by Alecha Gibbs with three minutes left, but Aspriona Gilbert’s three-point play and Sara Lytle’s subsequent 3-pointer bumped the margin back up to double digits en route to the nine-point outcome.

Dropping to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the division, EMCC’s Lady Lions were led by former Columbus High School All-American Ki-Ki Patterson with 21 points for her fifth 20-point outing of the season. Camry Jones followed with 13 points.

The East Mississippi basketball teams are set to conclude their week-long home stand by playing host to the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday evening on the Scooba campus. A 5:30 p.m. women’s game will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s contest at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Thursday’s home hoops doubleheader is slated to be video-streamed live on www.EMCCAthletics.com/live.


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Latest Women's Basketball Story

EMCC Lions Finish First Portion Of Division Hoops Slate With 77-70 Home Win Over Northwest; Lady Lions Fall 69-60
Release Date: 1/27/2015
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College closed out the first half of the MACJC North Division regular-season basketball slate by splitting with visiting Northwest Mississippi Community College Monday evening at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The EMCC Lions claimed a 77-70 nightcap victory over the Northwest men, while the Lady Rangers posted a 69-60 victory over the home-standing Lady Lions.

In the nightcap, EMCC’s Lions used a 9-2 run during the final four minutes of the opening half to build a 40-31 halftime advantage over the visiting Rangers. Aided by 3-pointers from freshman Daniel Simmons and sophomore backcourt mate Antonio Finley early in the second stanza, the home team increased the margin to 15 points (52-37) five minutes into the half.

The Northwest men did manage to cut the deficit to five points twice over the game’s final eight minutes, but a pull-up jumper by Shelvick Henry Jr. and a pair of free throws from Jahyde Gardiner put the Lions back on top, 63-54, with 5:48 remaining. The Rangers made another comeback attempt a few minutes later, but Chris Rhoney’s 3-pointer made it 66-58 with just under four minutes left. EMCC then used Finley’s fourth 3-pointer of the contest and seven made free throws over the final two minutes to lock down the seven-point triumph.

Improving his career record against Northwest to 14-2 overall and 8-0 in Scooba meetings, head coach Mark White’s EMCC Lions enter the second portion of their regular-season division slate with a 12-4 overall record and 5-1 division mark. Against Northwest, Gardiner notched his seventh double-double of the season with 19 points, including 13-of-18 free throws, and 14 rebounds. With four Lion players in double figures, Rhoney, Finley and Simmons followed with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the winners.

Falling to 8-7 overall and 2-4 within the division, the Northwest Rangers were led by Kieth Broome Jr. and De’Sean Dockery with 21 and 12 points, respectively.

In the women’s game, the visiting Lady Rangers initially took command of the contest with a 10-0 spurt late in the opening half. Those 10 unanswered points held up for a 41-31 halftime advantage in favor of the visitors.

Northwest maintained control of the game throughout the second stanza and built the advantage to as many as 18 points (59-41) with 7:14 remaining. Head coach Sharon Thompson’s reigning MACJC North Division champions battled back to cut the deficit to seven points (61-54) on a 3-pointer by Alecha Gibbs with three minutes left, but Aspriona Gilbert’s three-point play and Sara Lytle’s subsequent 3-pointer bumped the margin back up to double digits en route to the nine-point outcome.

Dropping to 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the division, EMCC’s Lady Lions were led by former Columbus High School All-American Ki-Ki Patterson with 21 points for her fifth 20-point outing of the season. Camry Jones followed with 13 points.

The East Mississippi basketball teams are set to conclude their week-long home stand by playing host to the Tigers of Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday evening on the Scooba campus. A 5:30 p.m. women’s game will be followed by a 7:30 p.m. men’s contest at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Thursday’s home hoops doubleheader is slated to be video-streamed live on www.EMCCAthletics.com/live.


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Latest Football Story

ICC Announces Dates For Football Tryouts
Release Date: 1/26/2015
Itawamba Community College

Fulton, MS – Itawamba Community College head football coach Sean Cannon has announced Thursday, February 19 and Thursday, February 26 as the dates for open tryouts for the 2015 Indian football team.

Registration will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the ICC Football Fieldhouse and will be open to unsigned players that meet Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility standards.

Participants are responsible for bringing cleats, athletic shoes, shorts, shirt, gloves, and proof of a current physical. The tryouts will feature combine type drills such as 40-yard dash, individual position drills, and weight room max.

Cost of the non-contact tryouts is $20.00.

A separate tryout will be held for current ICC students at a later date.

For more information on the tryouts contact Coach Cannon at jscannon@iccms.edu.


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Latest Golf Story

JCJC To Hold 16th Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
Release Date: 1/26/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The 16th annual Jones County Junior College Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held March 27 at Laurel Country Club.

The tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry fee is $100 per player. Deadline for entry is March 20. Tournament sponsorships are available for $250 (social sponsor) and $500 (corporate sponsor).

The proceeds from the tournament are used to sponsor scholarships at JCJC. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the day of the tournament. A pancake breakfast will be served for participants. Ribeye sandwiches, shrimp on a stick, sausage dogs, along with other food and beverages will be available on the course. On-course, flight prizes and door prizes will be awarded.

Cart assignment and instructions from the club pro will be at 8:15 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 8:45 a.m.

For more information, contact JCJC Alumni Coordinator JoAnna Newcomb at 601-477-4049 or by email at Joanna.newcomb@jcjc.edu. Golfers can also go to the JCJC Foundation website at www.jcjc.edu/foundation click on “Support Jones” and click on “2015 Alumni Golf Tournament” and sign up for the event.


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Latest Rodeo Story

Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming


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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Release Date: 1/8/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College athletics department recently received a major facility upgrade with the addition of a new weight room that is usable for all sports teams on the Raymond Campus.

The new 90x50 weight room, located in the Mayo Field House gymnasium, is highlighted by 18 combination racks that can be the base for a number of different types of Olympic lifts, as well as bench press.

The workout facility also features the following items:

• Six sets of dumbbells ranging from 5-100 lbs.

• Four sets of kettle bells

• Four sets of medicine balls

• Two independent leg press machines

• Two row machines

• Two lat pulldown machines

• Two adjustable columns

• Two leg curl/extension machines

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


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Latest Men's Soccer Story

Soccer Teams End Season With National, State Awards
Release Date: 1/27/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Bulldog soccer wraps up its 2014 season with awards that include Deonte Buckner named an NSCAA Scholar All-American, Nick Bracey named NSCAA All-South and Coach Chris Handy named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year.

In men's soccer, Mitchell Cecatiello and Nick Bracey were chosen NJCAA Region XXIII players; and Stewart Mena, John Goliday and Jordan Parron were named MACJC All-State.

In women's soccer, Abigail Smith was named MACJC All-State. The 2013-2014 team won the Team Academic Award, with team members Elishea Cunningham, Jenny Stapel, Lauren Henn, Carina Villanueva, Kelly Sambenedetto, Morgan Naramore, Raven Lawrence, Brianna Medina, TeAnna Culberson, Tarryn Wade, Nicole Fisher, Dani Craft, Ale Camara, Lilly Henry, Shannon Blailock, Ashley King and Paige Miller.

Buckner is the fourth NSCAA Scholar All-American from MGCCC selected in the past three years. He joins Dani Craft and Ethan Paschal from 2013 and Blair Guice from 2012 for the honor.

Photo: Deonte Buckner (#14) during the match against Northwest CC in October. Buckner was named NSCAA Scholar All-American for the 2014 season, making him the fourth MGCCC player selected for the honor.

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Latest Women's Soccer Story

Soccer Teams End Season With National, State Awards
Release Date: 1/27/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Bulldog soccer wraps up its 2014 season with awards that include Deonte Buckner named an NSCAA Scholar All-American, Nick Bracey named NSCAA All-South and Coach Chris Handy named NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year.

In men's soccer, Mitchell Cecatiello and Nick Bracey were chosen NJCAA Region XXIII players; and Stewart Mena, John Goliday and Jordan Parron were named MACJC All-State.

In women's soccer, Abigail Smith was named MACJC All-State. The 2013-2014 team won the Team Academic Award, with team members Elishea Cunningham, Jenny Stapel, Lauren Henn, Carina Villanueva, Kelly Sambenedetto, Morgan Naramore, Raven Lawrence, Brianna Medina, TeAnna Culberson, Tarryn Wade, Nicole Fisher, Dani Craft, Ale Camara, Lilly Henry, Shannon Blailock, Ashley King and Paige Miller.

Buckner is the fourth NSCAA Scholar All-American from MGCCC selected in the past three years. He joins Dani Craft and Ethan Paschal from 2013 and Blair Guice from 2012 for the honor.

Photo: Deonte Buckner (#14) during the match against Northwest CC in October. Buckner was named NSCAA Scholar All-American for the 2014 season, making him the fourth MGCCC player selected for the honor.

c spire Softball Headlines
Latest Softball Story

6 ICC Softball Players Named NJCAA Top Returning Players
Release Date: 1/27/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) continued their preseason softball preview by naming the nation’s top returning pitchers and positions players heading into the 2015 season.

Hannah Johnson (Branson, MO) earned national recognition as a top returning pitcher.

The Harding University signee finished her first season in the red and blue with a 17-5 record and a 2.00 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 129.2 innings of work.

Cara Hopper (Caledonia) got the nod as a top returning pitcher and top returning outfielder.

As a freshman, she led the NJCAA with six saves and finished the season with a 5-2 record and a 1.50 ERA to go along with 45 strikeouts in 24 appearances while batting .367 with 15 doubles, one triple, four home runs, and 35 RBI on the season.

Haley Moore (Fulton), Laken Shankle (Bruce), Arriann Henry (Ecru), and Autumn Bonner (Fayette, AL) were also named to the list of the nation’s top returning position players.

Moore, a shortstop, batted .391 with nine doubles, five triples, four homers, and 40 RBI in 169 at-bats in the leadoff position. She also led the nation by successfully stealing on 36-of-37 attempts as a freshman.

Shankle, an outfielder and catcher, hit for .369 with six doubles and three triples with 9 RBI while stealing 8 bases in her first season with the Lady Indians.

Henry, a first baseman, batted .311 with six double, a triple, and four home runs to drive in 21 RBI in 74 at-bats last season.

Bonner, a catcher, hit .262 with four doubles and a triple with 15 RBI in 103 at-bats as a freshman.

ICC will open its season on Tuesday, February 3 with a home doubleheader against Co-Lin with a 2:00 p.m. opening pitch.

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

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Latest Tennis Story

Hinds CC Women’s Tennis Ranked No. 18 In Preseason Poll
Release Date: 1/20/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women’s tennis program recently received a slew of preseason accolades, both team and individually, before the 2015 season gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The Lady Eagles are ranked No. 18 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll.

Hinds is also ranked fourth in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) preseason rankings.

The early rankings also feature three individual players, who earned high marks in both singles and doubles play.

Rachel Rhett (Vicksburg) is ranked No. 10 in the Region XXIII singles ranking and is followed in the No. 11 slot by teammate Brittany DeCamp (Flowood).

Kelly Carlson (Destrehan, La.) earned a No. 24 ranking in the Region XXIII singles list as well.

DeCamp and Rhett also earned a No. 7 mark in the Region XXIII doubles ranking.

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


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Latest Track & Field Story

Hinds CC Women’s Track Competes In UAB Blazer Invitational
Release Date: 1/26/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women's track and field program opened the 2015 season on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Blazer Invitational and had two student-athletes qualify for the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M.

Desire McHenry (Bastrop, La.) and Pamala Byrd (Jackson) each qualified for nationals after finishing in the top five in their respective events.

McHenry notched a third place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.47 seconds, while Byrd came in fourth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.78 seconds.

Byrd also came in seventh place in the 200-meter dash with a finish of 25.97 seconds.

Elizabeth Lee (Utica) was a second place finisher in the triple jump event with a leap of 32’ 10 1/2.”

The 4x400 meter relay quartet of McHenry, Byrd, E’Keisha Hollins (Mendenhall) and Jamira Boykins (Mobile, Ala.) finished in sixth place overall with a time of 4:15.37.

The Lady Eagles will return to the indoor track on Valentine’s Day, heading to the Louisiana State University (LSU) High Performance Indoor meet in Baton Rouge, La.

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



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