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Gulf Coast Baseball Splits Saturday To End 3-1 Weekend
Release Date:2/28/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Winston Wilson twirled a 3-0 shutout in the opener of a Saturday doubleheader against Lincoln Trail College at Ken “Curly” Farris Field.

The Statesmen (4-6) won 10-0 in the finale of the four-game series with the Bulldogs (5-5). Gulf Coast swept a Friday doubleheader.

“Anytime you play four games on the weekend and win three, you feel good about it,” MGCCC coach Rodney Batts said. “You don’t feel as good when the last game you lose 10-0.”

Wilson (1-2) allowed three hits in his 91-pitch shutout, striking out three and walking one. He rebounded from a bad start last weekend with a strong outing.

“He was keeping it down in the zone and his curveball was really working,” catcher Brian Lane said. “He stepped up big, and when he got in holes he finished strong.”

Midweek work focused on locating pitches low, and the practice sunk in.

“That was the plan. Last week I left it up and gave up a bunch of runs and hits,” Wilson said. “Today I had to work on that a little bit more.”

Lane helped his batterymate by getting the Bulldogs’ first hit of the game. He lashed a double off the top of the wall just to the right of the batter’s eye.

After a sacrifice bunt, Patrick McMahon scored him from third with a single off Statesmen starter Pete O’Neal, a tough-luck losing pitcher who allowed just that run in five innings of work.

Gulf Coast added two runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Richie Clark and Lane.

Weston Rivers was too much in the second game, though. He blanked the Bulldogs on one hit, striking out six and walking 2.

“He just handled us,” Batts said. “He’s big, He’s physical, got a good arm. He threw really well and we didn’t have an answer for him.”

Dalton Sears (0-1) took the loss for Gulf Coast.

Gulf Coast opens MACJC action March 7 with a doubleheader at Northeast Mississippi in Booneville. First pitch Saturday is at noon.

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REGION XXIII Preview: Bulldogs, Tigers To Battle For Fourth Time This Season
Release Date: 2/28/2015
Holmes Community College

GOODMAN - The Holmes Community College Bulldogs and the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tigers will battle for the fourth time this season on Wednesday at noon in the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.

The Bulldogs, 20-6, are coming off a second place finish in the MACJC State Tournament on Thursday after falling to the Pearl River Wildcats, 65-54 while the Tigers, 17-8, fell to the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the State Tournament, 69-59. Holmes fell to Northeast in Booneville, 55-54, then defeated the Tigers, 71-67, in Goodman in the other two games.

Other tournament games include: Pearl River vs. Baton Rouge, 6 p.m.; East Miss. vs. Southern-Shreveport, 8 p.m.; and Jones vs. East Central, 2 p.m.

Holmes is averaging 72.7 points per game and is giving up 51.7 points per game. Holmes is led by Daryl Macon (6-3, guard, freshman, Little Rock, Ark.), Marcus Washington (6-1, guard, sophomore, Clinton), Cedric Harper (6-6, forward, freshman, Tallahassee, Fla.), Jarvis Williams (5-8, guard, sophomore, Jackson) and Dietrich Taylor (6-5, forward/center, freshman, Jackson).

Macon is averaging 23.3 points per game and is in the top five in scoring in the NJCAA. Marcus Washington is next with a 9.4 points per game average while Harper gets 8 points per game, Williams scores 6.9 points per game and Taylor scores 5.8 points per game. Harper brings in 5.1 rebounds per game with Washington right behind him at 4.9 rebounds per game. Williams is the leading three-point shooter with a 40 percent average with Macon having a 39.8 percent average. Harper gets 2.3 blocks per game for the Bulldogs.

As a team, the Bulldogs are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor, 36 percent from the three-point line and 72.7 percent from the free throw line with Macon shooting free throws at 86.3 percent. Holmes brings in 29.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.4 assists.

Northeast is averaging 73.4 points per game and is giving up 71.2 points per game. Northeast is led by Dimario Jackson (6, guard, sophomore, Brusly, La.), Raheem Sorrell (6-5, forward, freshman, Corinth), Desmin Harris (6-2, guard, freshman, Corinth), Cannon Edwards (6-3, guard, sophomore) and Dexter Stafford (6-4, forward, sophomore, Corinth).

Jackson is averaging 19 points per game. Sorrell is averaging 11.1 points per game while Harris is averaging 9.4 points per game, Edwards is averaging 6.3 points per game and Stafford is averaging 6.0 points per game. Stafford brings in 6.3 rebounds per game while Sorrell brings in 4.9 rebounds per game. Edwards leads in three-point shooting with a 33.7 percent average.

As a team, the Tigers are shooting 42.9 percent from the floor, 32.3 percent from the three-point line and 70.7 percent from the free throw line with Jackson shooting free throws at 87.4 percent. Northeast brings in 39.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 13.9 assists.

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Holmes To Battle Co-Lin In Region Opener
Release Date: 2/28/2015
Holmes Community College

GOODMAN - After finishing the record season at 16-7 in Region XXIII games, Coaches Jamilah Andrews and LaTaryl Williams have led the 2015 Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs to next week's Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton.

Holmes, now 16-8, will play state champion Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves, 26-0, in the opening round of the region tournament on Thursday at 2 p.m. The game can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com.

Other tournament games include: Itawamba vs. East Central, noon; Meridian vs. Northwest, 6 p.m.; and Baton Rouge vs. Jones, 8 p.m.

Holmes played Co-Lin in the season opener and fell 75-69.

Holmes is averaging 73.8 points per game and is giving up 47.8 points per game. Holmes is led by Aja Williams (5-9, guard, freshman, Jackson), Carmesha Nalls (5-5, guard, sophomore, Lexington) and Tiffany Jones (6-0, forward, freshman, Memphis, Tenn.).

Williams is averaging 18.1 points per game while Nalls is averaging 13.5 points per game and Jones is averaging 11.4 points per game. Leading rebounder for the Lady Bulldogs is Jones with 8.7 rebounds per game. Nalls leads the Lady Bulldogs from behind the three-point arc with a 32.5 percent average.

As a team, the Lady Bulldogs are shooting 37.6 percent from the floor, 29.1 percent from three-point range and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs bring in 43.2 rebounds per game and dish out 15 assists.

The Lady Wolves are averaging 80.9 points per game and are giving up 46.6 points per game. They are led Claresa Banks (5-9, guard, sophomore, Jackson), Alexis Collins (5-6, guard, freshman, Jackson), Kelley Allen (5-11, forward, freshman, Brandon), Jamilah Sanders (5-8, guard, freshman, Canton), Tyra Gibson (5-9, guard, sophomore, Sunset, La.) and Arnissayur Robinson (5-9, guard, sophomore, Raymond). Banks did not play in the MACJC State Tournament after getting injured in the regular season. Her last game before the State Tournament was Nov. 16 in a 98-85 win over Meridian.

Banks is the leading scorer for the Lady Wolves with 12.8 points per game followed by Collins with 12.2, Allen with 10.5, Sanders with 8.5, Gibson with 8.4 and Robinson with 7.2. The leading rebounder for the Lady Wolves is Allen with 6.7 rebounds per game. Collins is the leading three-point shooter with a 39.6 percent average from behind the arc.

As a team, the Lady Wolves are shooting 45.4 percent from the floor, 29.8 percent from the three-point line and 63.8 percent from the free throw line with Collins shooting 74.2 percent. Co-Lin brings in 43.4 rebounds and dishes out 16 assists.

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ECCC’s Pace Signs With UWA
Release Date: 2/27/2015
East Central Community College

East Central Community College Warrior defensive lineman Tyler Pace (seated, center) of Newton signs a letter of intent to continue his football career at the University of West Alabama. Pace, a 6-2, 276-pound former Newton High School standout, accumulated 18 solo stops, 13 assists and led the Warriors with five quarterback sacks this season. He is shown with his mother Alysia Pace (seated, left) and grandmother Gladis Pace. Also pictured are assistant football coach Mickey Mays and head football coach Ken Karcher. (EC Photo)

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Gulf Coast Leads After First Round At Wolf Hollow
Release Date: 2/28/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s golf team leads by seven shots Saturday after the first round of the second MACJC event of the season at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson. The Bulldogs’ Grant Motter had the round’s low score, an even-par 72.

Teammate George Kawell is two strokes back in third place, with all five MGCCC golfers in the top 16.

East Central’s Andrew Joiner is sandwiched between Motter and Kawell.

The second round is set for Sunday at Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Hinds Community College in Raymond.

MGCCC scores: Grant Motter, 72, 1st; George Kawell, 74, 3rd; Danny De Los Santos, 76, T-8th; Phillip Hickam, 77, T-13; Conner Enriken, 77, T-13.

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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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A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A’Darius Steele, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Gulfport, has been selected to participate in the Health, Equity and Leadership Initiative Program (HELI) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Steele, a forward on the Bulldogs soccer team at the Perkinston Campus, was chosen for the program, which accepted just two applicants this year. The selection was based on his grade-point average, letters of recommendation and an interview.

As a participant, he is travelling to UMMC once a month to participate in various leadership development programs. He’ll complete required assignments and projects and will be mentored by medical professionals.

Steele has also been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

HELI selects minority male students from Mississippi’s community colleges for the program. Research shows men of color are significantly underrepresented in most health care professional programs. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was created to reinforce the institution’s commitment to improving health equity in the state of Mississippi. HELI is a five-month program, but the goal is to continue to follow the students and to give them insight into the steps they will need to take to enter a professional medical program after they complete undergraduate studies.

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ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
Release Date: 2/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson introduced David Strother as the new head coach of the Lady Indians’ soccer program at a press conference held at the David C. Cole Student Services Building on Friday.

“There is good soccer in the state and I look forward to working with Itawamba and the surrounding communities to help build that even more,” said Strother. “It’s been a month and a half since the semester started and the girls just want to train… and get it moving to see where we are with our returning class and getting the evaluation for our incoming class.”

Strother comes to ICC after spending the past three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Prior to his time at Co-Lin, he served as men’s head coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at ITT, Strother coached 12 All-Conference players, six All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, and two National Team members.

Strother started his collegiate coaching career as the men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College (2006-10), where he built the program from ground up and eventually produced eight MACJC All-State players, two All-Region 23 award winners, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American while being nominated for MACJC Coach of the Year three times.

In his final season at Southwest, the Bears earned the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes.

“My purpose as a coach is to help players win, help players succeed, and help players grow in everything they do,” said Strother.

He is the third coach in the history of the women’s program and replaces former head coach Mike Sullivan, who will focus solely on the men’s program.

“It’s nice for [Coach Sullivan and myself] to be able to focus one team each to be able to put the time and the energy into what it takes to build the relationships with the student-athletes,” said Strother.

The Lady Indians have made five playoff appearances in the past eight seasons under the direction of Sullivan.

“History and tradition is what we want to build off of,” said Strother. “It’s not that we want to live off that by any way, shape or form, but it’s pride about being where you are and taking pride in what you do.”

Strother received a BS degree in sports administration and marketing, with a minor in business, in 2004 from Belhaven University. He was also a member of the Blazers’ soccer team where he earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2003.

He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they are the parents of Sindey McCall and Liam Winfield.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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Lady Wildcats Open South Division Play With Sweep Over Southwest
Release Date: 2/28/2015
Pearl River Community College

Pearl River takes 8-0, 4-2 wins over Lady Bears

POPLARVILLE -
Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats opened their MACJC South Division softball schedule in grand style here Friday, sweeping the rival Southwest Mississippi Lady Bears 8-0 (five innings) and 4-2 to improve to 12-5 overall and 2-0 in division play.

SMCC, which eyes a rematch with PRCC March 27 in McComb, dropped to 6-6 and 0-2.

In the first game, starting pitcher Rachel Hickman of Poplarville High (3-2) hurled a two-hit shutout, striking out eight and walking one in getting the win.

Shaden Miller and Jessie Penton both singled for the Lady Bears, while the Lady Wildcats finished with nine hits.

The first three-and-a-half innings were scoreless, but Pearl River managed its first run in the bottom of the fourth when Brooke Roberts of St. Amant (La.) High cracked a one-out double and scored off Hickman’s ensuing base hit. An out later, Branda Northrop of Poplarville singled to left, but she and Hickman were left stranded at first and third when Danielle Barton of Harrison Central High popped out to end the inning.

After a scoreless fifth, the Lady Wildcats pounded in a whopping seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Lead off Hickman reached after getting hit by a pitch and Katie Davis of D’Iberville High reached on a fielder’s choice before Northrop outran a bunt for a base hit and Barton’s single loaded the bases. Alyssa Croncich of D’Iberville High singled in Davis, pinch hitter Jazmin Thomas of Lawrence County High singled in Northrop, and Mary Grace Key of Leake Academy belted a two-run double to make it 5-0.

That prompted the exit of starter Macy Fulton for Keely Fortenberry, who immediately gave up an RBI sacrifice to Hannah Holloway of Petal High, an RBI single to Roberts, and an RBI double to Hickman in her second plate appearance of the inning to end the contest via the eight-run rule.

Hickman (two RBIs) and Roberts (one RBI) paced the Lady Wildcats with a double and a single each, while Northrop had two base hits and Croncich (one RBI), Key (two RBIs), and Thomas (one RBI) all singled. Holloway also had an RBI.

Fulton (3-2) got the loss in her five-and-a-third innings of action, giving up seven hits, striking out four, walking two, and hitting a batter, while Fortenberry pitched an out in the sixth, giving up two hits.

SMCC committed three errors in the game to PRCC’s none.

In the nightcap, The River went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Northrop drew a one-out walk and scored off Holloway’s base hit before Southwest took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third off four singles and a walk.

The Lady Wildcats tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when lead off batter Skylar Cook of St. Amant (La.) High belted a double to left and scored two outs later off Thomas’ base hit. Croncich followed with a single before pitcher Maddy Teague ended the inning with a strikeout.

PRCC iced the game in the fifth with two runs off singles by Davis, Holloway, and Northrop and walks by Roberts and Thomas. SMCC managed one hit the rest of the way.

Cook (6-1) got the win in pitching the distance, giving up six hits, striking out seven, and walking one, while Teague (1-3) got the loss. She also went the distance, giving up 10 hits, striking out one, and walking three.

Payton Lewis and Jessica Pipkins (two RBIs) led the Lady Bears at the plate with two singles each, while Leyton Terrell and Austin Pruitt both had base hits.

Holloway (one RBI) led The River with three singles, while Croncich had two base hits, Cook doubled (one RBI) and Davis (two RBIs), Northrop, and Thomas (one RBI) all singled.

Pearl River played error free, while Southwest had one defensive miscue.

The Lady Wildcats resume action when it travels to MACJC South Division rival Hinds in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Tuesday in Raymond before taking on division foe Meridian at Meridian next Friday for a 1 p.m. twin bill.

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Gulf Coast Sweeps Hinds In Tennis Action
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

RAYMOND, Miss. – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College waxed Hinds Community College 9-0 in men’s tennis action on the road Thursday, and slammed the women’s team 6-3.

The men (5-1) got off to a flying start in the winter conditions, with the No. 1 doubles team of Brandon Lane and Sam Blackburn defeating Aaron Gray and Austin Peavey 8-0. Also winning in doubles were the duos of Skyler Flowers-Travous Wilson and Bobby Vo-Chris Deep.

In singles, Flowers double-bageled Gray 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 match, and Lane mashed Pevey 6-1, 6-0. In the No. 3 match, Blackburn took down Robert Rhett 6-0, 6-1. Wilson, Vo and D’Angelo Vaxter also won.

On the women’s side, MGCCC (4-1) took two of three doubles matches. In the No. 1 match, Rachel Rhett and Kelly Carlson of Hinds defeated Hannah Wegner and Connie Watson 8-2. Gulf Coast’s Tori Rose and Katie Robinson won the No. 2 match 8-0, and Lexi Johnson and Angel Seals beat Hinds’ Aygul Brown and Kaitlyn Adcox 8-0.

Wegner needed a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Rachel Rhett of Hinds in a tough match, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10. Also winning for Gulf Coast in singles were Robinson over Adcox, 6-1, 6-1; Watson over Haley Hicks, 6-2, 6-3; and Seals over Brown, 6-0, 6-1.

“It was a tough day to play tennis with really cold and windy conditions, but we stayed focused and took care of business,” MGCCC coach Gary Bourgeois said. “I was really proud of the concentration we played with especially on the women’s side. With the match tied Hannah Wegner, Katie Robinson, Connie Watson and Angel Seals really played some of their best tennis to date.”

MGCCC returns to action March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Gulf Coast Tennis Complex.


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CCC Track And Field Preps For Season Opener
Release Date: 2/27/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE—The CCC Track and Field team will end its 25-year hiatus next Saturday, March 7th with a meet at Mississippi College. The squad, which is being resurrected under the guidance of first-year head coach Reggy Hankerson, is continuing to prepare diligently for their first competition of the season.

"We're looking well," Hankerson said. "Being our first meet, some [of our athletes] are nervous. The main thing again is exposure and getting them out to see what it is like to run collegiately…We expect them to compete well."

Hankerson is confident that his athletes should be competing in most of the sprints and middle distance events as well as a good chunk of relays. Overall, the CCC squad will have a presence in at least eight events at the meet.

The track and field team features twelve male and four female athletes, all of whom have impressed Hankerson with their ability and determination during practices this fall and winter. The head coach cited freshmen Ashley Craig and Anfernee Morgan and sophomore Damecio Ewing as being particularly ready to make an impact at the first meet.

Craig, a runner from Friars Point, and Morgan, a native of Cleveland, are both expected to compete in middle distance events. Ewing, a sophomore from Memphis who also stars as a wide receiver on the CCC football team, will be doing sprints.

While Hankerson admits to some nerves for his athletes, he knows that they have prepared diligently and are ready to make the CCC program proud after 25 years of dormancy. A former all-SEC 200m runner at Mississippi State, Hankerson has competed and succeeded at the highest levels of the sport collegiately. He is most excited for his new pupils to have the same chance.

"I want it to be a good experience," he said. "How well you compete, whether or not you win your race is important, but the experience is what I really want them to have."

The March 7th meet will be the first held at Mississippi College this season. Field events will begin at 10 am, the 5000m will begin at 11 am, and all other running events will commence at 1:00 pm. A full itinerary for the meet is available HERE.



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