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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest men’s basketball team will hold its 3rd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament (a four-man scramble) on Friday, October 17, at the Fernwood Country Club. There will be an entry fee of $75 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 per hole. The entry fee will cover lunch, cart/greens fee and beverages).

Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 with a 1:00 shotgun start for the scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Anyone interested in playing and/or sponsoring a hole can obtain an entry/sponsorship form on the men’s basketball page of the Southwest athletics website. Those needing additional information can contact head coach Thomas Gray at (601) 276-4843 or tgray@smcc.edu.

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SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest men’s basketball team will hold its 3rd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament (a four-man scramble) on Friday, October 17, at the Fernwood Country Club. There will be an entry fee of $75 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 per hole. The entry fee will cover lunch, cart/greens fee and beverages).

Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 with a 1:00 shotgun start for the scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Anyone interested in playing and/or sponsoring a hole can obtain an entry/sponsorship form on the men’s basketball page of the Southwest athletics website. Those needing additional information can contact head coach Thomas Gray at (601) 276-4843 or tgray@smcc.edu.

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GAME PREVIEW: Hinds CC Football Hosts East Central On Thursday In Raymond
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College football team returns to Joe Renfroe Stadium on Thursday night for the second consecutive week, as the Eagles play host to East Central Community College in a South division matchup.

Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. on the Raymond Campus.

Hinds will enter week six with a 3-2 record and 1-1 mark in the South after stepping out-of-conference last week to defeat Northwest Community College at home, 31-17.

East Central enters Thursday with a 2-3 overall record and 0-2 mark in the South after the Warriors were soundly defeated by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 43-0, a week ago.

The Eagles of Hinds come into the sixth week as the fourth-ranked offense in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC), averaging 362.2 yards per game (225 rushing and 137.2 passing).

James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.) is currently second in the MACJC in rushing yardage, as the sophomore quarterback has carried the ball 93 times for 521 yards and seven touchdowns. He is also 59-110 for 679 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception in the passing department.

East Central is led offensively by running back Lamarcus Franks, who has rushed 77 times for 431 yards and one touchdown, and quarterback Ethan Hamilton, who is 49-105 for 565 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Eagles front line of defense has been led all season by sophomore defensive lineman Peter Bailey (Kissimmee, Fla.), who is the leader on the team in sacks (3.5) and is tied for second on the team with 28 total tackles (18 solo, 10 assists) and tackles for loss (4.5).

The Warriors are led on the defensive side by Austin Balthazor, who is tops on the team with 37 total tackles (28 solo, nine assists). He also has one sack, one tackle for loss, one interception and one pass breakup.

Russ Robinson and Doug Garland will be joined by sideline reporter Chris Wright on the live video webcast brought to you by the WiFi Sports Network. To view the contest live, go to the Hinds athletics homepage, www.hindsccsports.com and click on “Watch Eagles Live.”

If you are unable to attend or watch the game live, turn your radio dial to EZ 87.7 FM and listen to Thursday night’s game.


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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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EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
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EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
Release Date: 9/29/2014
East Mississippi Community College

MARSHALL, Mo. – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo program made school history this past weekend by claiming a first-ever women’s team title at the fall-opening MVC Viking Rodeo Stampede. Hosted by Missouri Valley College, the three-day Ozark Region event concluded Saturday evening at the Saline County Fairgrounds.

The women’s victory marked the EMCC rodeo program’s fourth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich, joining the three previous men’s rodeo team titles earned by the Lions since the program’s inception in 2010. With 230 team points this past weekend, the EMCC women edged out Southern Arkansas University (200 points) and host MVC (185).

For East Mississippi’s cowgirls in the season opener, sophomore Hayley Joh Knox led the way by claiming second-place honors in the breakaway roping event to earn 120 points. Newcomer Kelsey Kennemer, a transfer from Troy University, paired with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker to tie for third place in the team roping competition. Rounding out EMCC’s scoring on the women’s side, sophomore Katelyn Nicholson earned 30 points for her sixth-place showing in the barrel racing event.

On the men’s side, EMCC placed fifth in the season opener with 175 team points. Host Missouri Valley easily claimed the men’s title by totaling 865 points, followed by West Alabama and Tennessee-Martin with 465 and 445 points, respectively.

The Lions’ team roping tandem of Cooper Christensen and T.J. Coleman finished third, while the roping duo of Ivan Holliday and Dustin Egusquiza also collected team points. Individually, Christensen placed fifth in the calf roping event to garner 55 points for EMCC. Palmer White and Bailey Kinard also scored for the EMCC men in the steer wrestling and bareback riding events, respectively.

Perhaps highlighting EMCC men’s competition this past weekend, sophomore bull rider Justin Reeves bounced back from last year’s injury-shortened season to place second in his specialty event at MVC.

Heading back to the state of Missouri, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo team continues Ozark Region competition this week (Oct. 2-4) at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


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River Splits With Ranger
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Pearl River Community College

Lady Wildcats blast Lady Rangers 3-0, Wildcats tie 1-1 in women’s and men’s soccer action in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE, La. --- Pearl River Community College split with Ranger College (Tex.) in women’s and men’s NJCAA soccer action here Sunday with the Lady Wildcats taking a 3-0 shutout, while the Wildcat and Ranger squads battled to a 1-1 stalemate.

PRCC’s women improved to 6-2 overall, while its men are now 6-2-1. Ranger’s women dropped to 3-4, while its men are 4-2-2. The women’s game kicked off with a go-ahead goal by Morgan Saucier, a Southern Mississippi transfer who prepped at West Harrison High, in the first 45 seconds of action off an assist by Hailey Furlan of Bay High, while Amber Dye of West Harrison High padded the Lady Wildcats’ lead to 2-0 later in the half off an assist by Autumn St. Ann out of Acadiana High in Lafayette, La. Amanda Solome of Bay High ended the scoring in the second half with a goal off an assist by Ashlyn Fletcher of Pass Christian High.

In the men’s game, Romar Smith of Gulfport High gave the Wildcats a 1-0 edge with a first-half goal off an assist by Chance Bourdene of Northeast Lauderdale High, while the Rangers’ Oscar Chavez tied it up in the second half off an assist by Will Graham.

The two teams battled to 0-0 stalemates during the two overtime periods.

Pearl River returns to action after a brief layoff when it resumes MACJC South Division action against Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Perkinston with game times at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

Pearl River vs. Ranger College (Tex.) NJCAA Women’s & Men’s Soccer Games Played Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 @ Lafayette, La.

WOMEN

Pearl River 3, Ranger 0 Halftime: 2-0 (PRCC)

SCORERS

Ranger (3-4): None. Pearl River (6-2): Amber Dye 1, Morgan Saucier 1, Amanda Solome 1. Assists: Ashlyn Fletcher 1, Hailey Furlan 1, Autumn St. Ann 1.

MEN

Pearl River 1, Ranger 1 Halftime: 1-0 (PRCC) Regulation: 1-1 (Tie) First Overtime: 0-0 Second Overtime: 0-0

SCORERS

Ranger (4-2-2): Oscar Chavez 1. Assist: Will Graham 1. Pearl River (6-2-1): Romar Smith 1. Assist: Chance Bourdene.

UP NEXT: Pearl River eyes a brief layoff before resuming MACJC South Division action against Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Perkinston with game times at 5 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).


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Talented ECCC Soccer Warrior
Release Date: 9/29/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College soccer player Landry Lofton (2) demonstrates his athletic skills while maintaining possession during the Warriors 2-0 win over visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Friday, Sept. 26. Landry is a sophomore forward from Pascagoula. (EC Photo)

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SOFTBALL ALUMNI GAME TO CONCLUDE BUSY HOMECOMING WEEKEND
Release Date: 9/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Veteran coach Jody Long hopes that inclement weather does not intervene with his plans to reunite members of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s highly successful softball team for a second straight year.

The Tigers are set to host their fourth alumni game on Sunday, September 28. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. with a potluck meal immediately following the conclusion of the contest at Booneville High School’s Wayne Michael Memorial Field.

“Our program is a family and this gives us a chance to connect and expand,” said Long. “The kids and their families that come back catch up on old times and talk about memories. It also gives our current players an opportunity to interact with former players and their parents.”

The impending landfall of Tropical Storm Karen cancelled the event last fall after a string of three straight successful years since it was initiated by Long in 2010.

Past alumni games have featured former student-athletes that received multiple accolades while at Northeast, including National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans Staranna Frazier, Charity Graham Hogrefe, Shanika Randle, Jessica Spain Taylor and Brandi Vondenstein Dannelly.

The meeting of past and present Tigers signals the conclusion of a busy homecoming schedule on the Booneville campus. The weekend gets underway early Saturday with open tours of Northeast’s new football fieldhouse from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on the north side of Tiger Stadium.

All alumni are encouraged to attend a reception at 10 a.m. in the Haney Union’s Black and Gold Room. One hour later, Northeast will honor its newest additions to the Sports and Alumni Hall of Fame.

Tickets are available for the annual induction ceremony at a cost of $15, which includes a luncheon inside the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union.

The Tigers then take to the gridiron for a 3 p.m. Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division battle versus Coahoma Community College.

Homecoming queen Tatum Emmons, who is on Northeast’s cheerleading squad, and her court will be presented at halftime. Pregame festivities include recognition of the Sports and Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and the Showband from Tigerland.

Northeast has fielded one of the most prosperous softball programs in the country since its transition from slowpitch to fastpitch in 2001. The Tigers have qualified for the MACJC State Playoffs in 12 of the previous 13 years and have claimed seven MACJC North Division championships.

Nineteen players have garnered All-American honors from either the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) or the NFCA. Another 12 Northeast standouts were distinguished with NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. The 2003 edition of the Tigers under the direction of legendary headman David Carnell won the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament to secure a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament. Northeast has been regional runner-up on three other occasions as well.

For more information on the Tigers’ softball alumni contest, contact Long at 662-720-7305 or by email at jwlong@nemcc.edu or assistant coach Jaisa Emerson at 662-720-7218 or by email at jfemerson@nemcc.edu.


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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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