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Tiger Baseball Plans Annual Open Tryout Date For Mid-May
Release Date:4/17/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - With the close of one campaign rapidly approaching, the Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball program is looking to get a jump-start on building a championship caliber roster for next season.

The Tigers will aid in that process by holding their annual open tryout date on Monday, May 18 with a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. at Harold T. White Field.

Registration begins at noon at the entrance to the stadium. All athletes that register must bring an up-to-date physical form in order to partake in the session.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, baseball pants, cleats, a glove and a helmet. Baseballs and DeMarini brand bats are provided at the ballpark.

Players should expect a professional tryout format. Those that enroll have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and show off their skills at a variety of positions across the diamond.

Outfielders get the chance to exhibit their arm strength by throwing to the different bases from right field while infielders take multiple ground balls from shortstop.

Catchers will have their pop times measured from behind home plate to second base. Pitchers are slated to demonstrate their mechanics and form from the bullpen.

All entries will run a 60-yard dash to have their speed measured. In addition, each registered individual also gets to take a round of live batting practice in order to advertise their offensive prowess.

This tryout is for any high school senior in the class of 2015 who has not signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with an institution of higher learning and whose season is complete.

Northeast boasts one of the most successful squads in the Magnolia State since the turn of the century. The Tigers have qualified for the postseason nine times in that span and is one year removed from hosting the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament.

For more information about open tryouts for the Northeast baseball team, contact assistant coaches Richy Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu or Jon Andy Scott at 662-720-7223 or by email at jascott@nemcc.edu.

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Austin Timms Signs With UNA
Release Date: 4/17/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba community college sophomore guard Austin Timms signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at the University of North Alabama on Wednesday.

“It feels great,” said Timms. “It’s an honor to continue playing basketball, something I love. I’m blessed to be able to keep playing.”

Timms was named to the MACJC All-Star squad and earned second team MACJC All-State honors after he averaged 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game and started all 23 games in his final season with Coach Grant Pate and Coach Adam Kirk.

“It’s been a blessing to play under them,” said Timms, who shot 52-percent from the floor and was a 71.4-percent free throw shooter. “They have really taught me a lot and I really enjoyed playing here (ICC). It’s been a great two years.”

The Mooreville native helped lead the Indians to a MACJC Championship and to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in his freshman campaign.

“He has been a tremendous asset to our program,” said Pate. “As a student-athlete, he’s been great in the classroom, keeping a high grade point average, and he’s been a leader on and off the court. We are excited about him moving on the North Alabama and we look forward to following his career there.”

Timms is the second Indians to continue his career joining Tyrone Wooten (Memphis) who signed with Louisiana-Lafayette during the season.

For more information on ICC men’s basketball or the other nine intercollegiate sports, visit LetsGoICC.com or follow the ICC Athletics on Twitter


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East Central Basketball Players Compete In All-Star Contests
Release Date: 4/13/2015
East Central Community College

Representing East Central Community College in the annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Basketball Games April 10 were (second from left) Kristian Clark, a 6-5 guard from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs; Ramone Tate, a 5-10 guard from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis; Tynika Bender, a 5-4 point guard from Newton High School in Newton; Tashi-ana Thompson, a 5-8 guard from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga.; and Jaleshia Jones, a 5-8 guard/forward from Wayne County High School in Waynesboro. Clark and Tate both scored six points in helping the South men to a 123-117 win over the North. Thompson scored seven points, Jones six and Bender three to lead the South women to an 85-69 victory over the North squad. Shown with the East Central players are Robert Thompson (far left), ECCC head men’s basketball coach, and Crandal Porter (far right), head women’s basketball coach.

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East Central Alumnus Marcus Mann To Be Inducted Into Mississippi Community College Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/18/2015
East Central Community College

Marcus Mann of Carthage, a 1994 graduate of East Central Community College, will be inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies April 28 on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

A native of Carthage and a graduate of South Leake High School, Mann helped lead East Central to its first state championship in men’s basketball in 40 years in 1993. He was a First Team All-American selection and was twice named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region 23 and All-State teams.

Mann was inducted into the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. He is also a member of the East Central Academic Hall of Fame.

Mann went on to star for Mississippi Valley State University, leading the Delta Devils to the Southwest Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament against Georgetown University his senior season. He was selected SWAC “Player of the Year” and led NCAA Division I in rebounding.

After graduation from Mississippi Valley State University, he was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 1996 National Basketball Association draft as the 11th pick in the second round and the 40th selection overall.

After reaching his goal of being a player in the NBA, Mann decided to follow a call to become an ordained minister. He currently serves as pastor of First Baptist M.B. Church, Carthage, Miss., and is a full-time chaplain for Tyson Foods, Inc., in Forest.

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Results: Day 1 Of The MACJC Golf Tournament
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Itawamba Community College

MACJC Golf Tournament Day 1 Results

Team Totals

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 281 (-7)

East Mississippi Community College 287 (-1)

East Central Community College 293 (+5) Copiah-Lincoln Community College 295 (+7)

Itawamba Community College 298 (+10)

Meridian Community College 298 (+10)

Hinds Community College 304 (+16)

Northeast Mississippi Community College 310 (+22)

Northwest Mississippi Community College 310 (+22)

Jones C

ounty Junior College 343 (+53) Itawamba Community College individual scores with Day 1 individual rankings

2 Wilson Reeder 68 (-3)

T14 JR Wright 74 (+2)

T27 Will Moore 76 (+4)

T37 Jacob Dixon 79 (+7)

45 Luke Hatcher 83 (+11)

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EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
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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

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EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Release Date: 3/30/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WEST POINT – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team claimed runner-up honors on the women’s side and placed a season-best third in men’s competition this past weekend in NIRA Ozark Region action. The three-day, EMCC-hosted rodeo concluded Saturday night at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.

The EMCC women’s squad tallied 245 total points to finish behind top-ranked region foe and nationally 15th-ranked Missouri Valley College, which totaled 405 points. Arkansas-Monticello placed third on the women’s side with 230 points followed by Southern Arkansas (190) and Tennessee-Martin (180) at fourth and fifth, respectively.

In men’s competition, East Mississippi scored 255 total points en route to finishing behind a pair of teams currently ranked among the Top 10 within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. Defending national champion and current eighth-ranked Tennessee-Martin claimed the men’s team title with 975 points ahead of top-ranked region foe and nationally fourth-ranked Missouri Valley College (705). Arkansas-Monticello (210 points) and Cossatot Community College (180) followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually for EMCC’s cowgirls, sophomore transfer Kelsey Kennemer was responsible for all of the team’s 245 points with second-place finishes in the breakaway roping and team roping events to claim her third women’s all-around individual title of the current campaign. The Troy University transfer partnered with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello participant Martin Walker to collect 150 points apiece with a runner-up showing in team roping. While having also earned EMCC’s other 95 points on the women’s side with her second-place finish in breakaway roping this past weekend, Kennemer presently leads the NIRA Ozark Region women’s all-around individual standings with 830 total points for the season.

For the men individually in West Point, local product Palmer White, an Oak Hill Academy product, won the steer wrestling competition to earn 120 points. The Lions’ other 135 points came in the bull riding event where Newton Academy product Justin Reeves finished fourth in collecting 115 points and former Winston Academy standout Dale Chancellor added 20 points.

Competing individually for EMCC this past weekend, Kosciusko’s Winston Cheek captured the bull riding title, while Katelyn Nicholson placed in the goat tying event.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo squad will next compete at the University of Tennessee at Martin event, April 9-11, in Martin, Tenn.

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Hinds CC Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule
Release Date: 4/14/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women’s and men’s soccer programs have released their 2015 playing schedules. The women’s program is headed up by Marcille McLendon, while Doug Williams is in charge of the men’s team.

Hinds will open play together on Friday, Aug. 21, hosting Lewis and Clark (Ill.) Community College at 5 and 7 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field in Raymond.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles will begin North division play on Friday, Sept. 4, welcoming East Central Community College to Raymond for a 5 p.m. matchup. Both teams will wrap up the regular season at Northwest Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) play-in round and state tournament will follow regular season play.

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

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Co-Lin Holding Women’s Soccer Tryout
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College will hold a tryout for the women’s soccer team on Tuesday, April 21. The tryout begins at 6 p.m. at the soccer field on the Wesson campus. Participants should bring cleats, shin guards, workout attire, and a copy of their latest physical. For more information contact Coach Junior Noel at 601-938-8181.

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Hayes Tosses One-hitter As No. 2 JCJC Blanks Southwest, 8-0
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Rachel Hayes allowed a leadoff bunt single and then retired the final 18 batters she faced to lead 2nd-ranked Jones County Junior College to an 8-0, six-inning victory over Southwest Mississippi in game one here Friday evening at Community Bank Park.

A heavy rainstorm immediately after game one forced game two to be postponed because of unplayable field conditions. That game could be played on Wednesday.

The Lady Bobcats, 35-2 overall and 25-2 in MACJC South Division play, are scheduled to travel to Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana) for a 5 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday.

JCJC, the MACJC South Division champion, will host the No. 4 team from the North Division in a best-of-three playoff series on April 24-25. Game 1 is set for 4 p.m. on April 24. Game 2 will be played at a time to be determined on April 25 with Game 3, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game 2.

Southwest hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday.

Lady Bobcats 8, Lady Bears 0 (6 innings)

Hayes, 10-1, allowed a leadoff bunt single to Shaden Miller and that was it. She ended the game with nine strikeouts, including seven in a row at one point.

JCJC took a 3-0 lead in the second when Lauren Holifield led off with her 21st home run of the season, a line drive just over the leftfield wall. Kimberly Nilsson had a one-out single and Rebecca Monceaux followed with a two-run shot over the right-center field wall.

The Lady Bobcats made it 5-0 in the third.

Tori Dew led off with a single and Holifield followed with an RBI double. Nilsson then singled Holifield home.

JCJC made it 7-0 in the fourth.

Kalyn Watts led off with a bunt single, followed by singles by Savannah Lyon and Dew to load the bases. Brittany Seale then delivered a two-run single.

The Lady Bobcats ended it in the sixth.

Dew led off with a walk. Southwest then committed two throwing errors, allowing Dew to advance to third. Holifield and Seale walked to load the bases and Nilsson ended the game with a single.

Holifield homered and doubled, while Nilsson had three singles for JCJC. Monceaux homered, while Watts, Dew and Hailee Kolwyck had two singles each. Lyon and Seale added singles.

Keely Fortenberry started and took the loss. She went three-plus innings, allowed seven runs, 11 hits, walked none and struck out one. Maddy Teague pitched two innings, allowed one run, three hits, walked four and struck out one.

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ICC Sweeps MACJC And NJCAA Region Tennis Championships
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – In an event featuring eight nationally-ranked programs, the Itawamba Community College tennis teams swept the 2015 Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 championships in Tupelo on Saturday.

The Lady Indians won four title with Taylor Patterson (Munford, TN) winning the No. 1 singles, Aleisha Hudson (Yazoo City) winning the No. 5 singles, Kacey Byrd (Mooreville) winning the No. 6 singles, and Madison Scott (Mooreville) and Andria Barnes (Mooreville) winning the No. 3 doubles championship.

ICC won the women’s MACJC championship via the conference tiebreaker rules and finished NJCAA Region 23 co-champions with Jones County Junior College.

The Indians won five champions with Joseph Summers (Amory) winning the No. 6 singles, Mark Robbins (New Albany) won the No. 5, David McElwain (West Point) won the No. 4 singles while partnering up with Austin McElwain (Corinth) to win the No. 2 doubles after Summers and Robbins earned the No. 3 doubles title.

ICC held off Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Jones County Junior College to earn both titles.

Coach Paul Johnson was named NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year.

Both the programs will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament later this month.

For more information on ICC tennis and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, visit LetsGoICC.com.

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Inds CC Men’s T&F Wins Three Events At MCC Relay Invitationals
Release Date: 4/13/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men’s track and field program competed in the Meridian Community College Relay Invitational in Meridian on Saturday, and the Eagles of Hinds came away with first place finishes in three separate events.

Hinds won the 200-meter dash, 4x400 meter relay and the high jump event. Adrian Kimmons (Coldwater) ran the 200-meter dash in 22 seconds flat, while the 4x400 relay team of Jordan Burks (Athens, Ala.), John Hightower (Landover, Md.), Ja’Darrius Perryman (Fayette) and Matthew Gibson (Clinton) won top honors in their respective event with a time of 3:13.96.

Jerin Allen (Gulfport) won the high jump event with a leap of six feet, eight inches.

The Eagles also had second place finishes in a number of different events, including the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay.

Perryman was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash with his time of 48.78 seconds, while Kyler Perrault (Carencro, La.) was the second place finisher in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:58.98.

Lane Ross (Woodville) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 57.68 seconds to come in the second place slot and the 4x100 relay team of Dontarian Evans (Gainesville, Fla.), Deante’ Early (Baton Rouge, La.), Matthew Gibson and Ray Gibson (Hollandale) came in the runner-up spot with their time of 41.13 seconds.

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

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