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No. 1 Bobcats Split At Mississippi Delta
Release Date:4/22/2017
Jones County Junior College

MOORHEAD – Top-ranked Jones County Junior College split a doubleheader vs. Mississippi Delta Community College here Friday afternoon at the Jimmy Bellipanni Baseball Complex.

In game one, JCJC scored 10 runs over the final four innings and won, 12-3. In game two, the Trojans posted a 3-0 decision.

JCJC, 36-2 overall and 18-2 in the MACJC, will play a 3 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at Pearl River. The games have been moved back from Tuesday because of an outbreak of mumps on the PRCC team.

MDCC, 24-14 overall and 11-9 in the league, visits Itawamba on Tuesday. Bobcats 12, Trojans 3

MDCC scored single runs in the first and second innings before Jones tied it up in the third. Tanner Huddleston (George County) reached on an error and Jonathan Parker (New Orleans, Louisiana) drew a walk. Jacob Hiatt (Petal) followed with a two-run double.

The Bobcats went ahead 3-2 in the sixth when Luther Woullard (D’Iberville) singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Caleb Ledet (Houma, Louisiana).

Jones added a run in the seventh when Erick Hoard (Brandon) singled, Huddleston walked and Parker walked to load the bases. Hiatt’s sacrifice fly to left scored Hoard.

JCJC took an 8-2 lead in the eighth.

Ledet singled and Fred Franklin (West Lauderdale) reached on an error. Ledet would score on an error and Franklin scored on a single by Shelton Wallace (Northwest Rankin). Hoard followed with a two-run home run. The Bobcats scored four runs in the ninth.

Hiatt singled, Woullard doubled and J.D. Polles (Presbyterian Christian School) walked to load the bases. Hiatt scored on a passed ball and Ledet walked. Wallace drove in Woullard with a sacrifice fly. Polles came home on a balk and Hoard’s single scored Ledet.

The Trojans scored a run in the bottom of the ninth. Ben Stiglets (Gulfport) got the win. He went seven innings, allowed two runs (none earned), five hits, walked none and struck out seven. He is now 9-0 on the year.

Brayden Hodge (South Jones) pitched an inning, allowed no runs, one hit, walked two and struck out one. Tristan Labove (Petal) pitched the ninth inning, allowed one run, two hits, walked none and struck out one. Hoard homered, singled three times and drove in three runs. Hiatt double, singled twice and drove in three runs. Woullard doubled and singled with Wallace and Ledet getting two singles each. Franklin and Huddleston added singles. Trey Jones, the first of five MDCC pitchers, took the loss. He lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowed five runs (two earned), nine hits, walked four and struck out two.

Wendell Rieves and Payton Lane each doubled and singled for the Trojans, while Jake Hartman singled twice. Tyler Jones, Kaleb Bell and Dawson Ivey added singles.

Trojans 3, Bobcats 0

JCJC limited MDCC to only three hits, but the Trojans made them count. The Trojans took a 2-0 lead in the second.

With nobody on base and two outs, Bell walked, Ivey singled and Will Godfrey walked to load the bases. Weber Herbison was hit by a pitch to score a run and Tyler Jones walked to plate another. JCJC got runners on second and third with one out in the third, but a pair of strikeouts ended the threat.

MDCC ended the scoring in the fifth when Jake Hartman reached on an error, Nathan Pilutti doubled and Rieves had an RBI single. The Bobcats had two on and one out in both the fifth and sixth innings, but could not score.

Reed Michel (West Lauderdale) started and took the loss. He went 1 2/3 innings, allowed two runs, one hit, walked three and struck out three. He is now 6-1 on the season.

Bryce Fagan (Petal) pitched two innings, allowed one run (unearned), two hits, walked one and struck out one. Will Freeman (Semmes, Alabama) pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs, no hits, walked none and struck out five. Franklin, Wallace, Hoard, Parker, Hiatt and Woullard singled for the Bobcats. Cole Marsh went all seven innings and got the win. He allowed no runs, six hits, walked one and struck out six.

Pilutti doubled for MDCC, while Ivey and Rieves had singles.


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Buchanan Becomes Third Tiger To Receive NJCAA All-Star Game Invitation
Release Date: 4/20/2017
Northeast Mississippi Community College

LAS VEGAS - Leroy Buchanan’s phenomenal journey at Northeast Mississippi Community College will officially end with yet another historical moment and a 1,700-mile trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World.

Buchanan has been selected to participate in the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball All-Star Game on Saturday, April 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

“This is the result of everything that he’s done,” said Tigers headman Cord Wright. “This opportunity for him is awesome. A lot of hard work and time have gone into this. He’s done everything that we expected him to do as a player.

“When that game tips off, he’s going to be ready to roll. I expect him to do what he normally does which is score, be athletic, defend, rebound and probably do a dunk or two that excites some people. It should be a fun and exciting time for him.”

Buchanan is only the third Northeast student-athlete to ever compete in the annual meeting of the country’s top players. He is also the first Tiger to do so in over half a century.

The last Northeast standouts to earn this distinction were teammates Bobby McCarley and Vincent Del Negro, who were both chosen to play in what was then an East versus West, best two-out-of-three series format some 57 years ago following the 1959-60 campaign.

Del Negro, who signed with the University of Kentucky after the week-long all-star event in Coffeyville, Kan., led the nation that year with 1,022 total points while McCarley finished second for NJCAA Hall of Fame coach Bonner Arnold’s Tigers with 520 points.

Buchanan follows in their footsteps as the top scorer for Northeast this season with 18.4 points per game. He also paced the Tigers with team-high averages of seven rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.5 blocks and 32.1 minutes.

“It shows that I’ve put hard work in,” Buchanan said. “I couldn’t do it without my teammates. They pushed me to be the best that I could be. This just means so much. It’s going to be an emotional game.”

Buchanan was an integral part of Northeast’s NJCAA Region 23 championship in 2016 and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division title during his last campaign on the Booneville campus.

The Madison Central High School graduate collected MACJC All-State laurels as a freshman after averaging 14 points and 5.7 boards. He helped the Tigers secure their ninth trip to Hutchinson, Kan., for the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

He recently became the seventeenth NJCAA All-American in program history following his sensational sophomore season. Buchanan scored in double-digits during all but one outing this year.

Buchanan saved his best performance for last during the 2017 NJCAA Region 23 championship contest against Jones County Junior College with a career-high 34 points inside Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum.

The 6-3, 185-pound guard exceeded 30 points in a single matchup four times throughout his tenure in the City of Hospitality and surpassed 20 points in a game on 17 separate occasions as well.

He was a three-time MACJC Player of the Week winner throughout the 2016-17 campaign. His last such honor came after the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament where he averaged 22.3 points over three contests.

Buchanan accumulated six double-doubles over his two-year stint at Northeast, including two this season in matchups with Northwest Mississippi Community College and Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College.

He reached the prestigious 500-point plateau for his career during Northeast’s victory over West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Buchanan went on to compile 927 points, 361 rebounds, 169 assists, 104 steals and 58 blocks in a black-and-gold uniform.

Buchanan, who started in 57 consecutive games while with the Tigers, signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Murray State (Ky.) University prior to the beginning of his sophomore campaign.

The NJCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Association picks the rosters for the NJCAA All-Star Game, which features the 12 best players from Division I battling the 12 top prospects from Divisions II and III.

Buchanan is joined by fellow Mississippian Bruce Stevens of Jones County on the NJCAA Division I roster. Their teammates include James Batemon (North Dakota SCS), Shannon Bogues (McLennan, Texas), Jordan Brangers (South Plains, Texas), Kareem Brewton (Eastern Florida State), Milik Gantz (Harcum, Pa.), Jerry Hurt (Eastern Oklahoma), Shakur Juiston (Hutchinson, Kan.), Chris McNeal (Indian Hills, Iowa), Dallas Polk-Hilliard (Cochise, Ariz.) and Troy Simons (Polk State, Fla.).

The NJCAA Men’s Basketball All-Star Game is held in conjunction with the Nike Basketball Coaches Clinic. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT from the Orleans Arena, which is the home of the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference (WCC) Basketball Tournament on a yearly basis.

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Former National Champion Covington To Be Enshrined In MACJC Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/21/2017
Northeast Mississippi Community College

PEARL, Miss. – For a third consecutive year, a former Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball player will officially gain recognition as one of the greatest all-time athletes in the rich history of the Magnolia State.

Audrey Covington has been selected as Northeast’s representative to enter the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony for the class of 2017 is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College.

“I congratulate Audrey for this selection,” said Northeast president Ricky Ford. “Audrey was always a coaches dream. She was ready to play at every opportunity we presented to her. Audrey not only was a great athlete, but she is a great individual that I admire and respect.”

Covington becomes the fifth representative of the Lady Tigers in the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. She joins Brenda Mayes and Kunshinge Sorrell-Howard, who both currently coach the Northeast ladies, Phyllis Stafford Dilworth plus her mentor in Ford.

“I’ve just been overwhelmed,” Covington said. “To follow in their footsteps is just absolutely great. My years at Northeast were the best. If it had been a four-year college, that would have been my choice from the beginning.”

Her inaugural campaign with the Lady Tigers happens to still be the best in program history. She played an integral role during Northeast’s perfect run to the 1987 national championship.

Covington earned the starting job at point guard as a freshman and led the Lady Tigers on a 13-game winning streak, which included the Tyler (Texas) Junior College Tournament championship, by the Christmas break.

Northeast vaulted into the top spot in the Associated Press (AP) national rankings prior to the MACJC North Division Tournament after compiling a 23-0 record during the regular season.

The Lady Tigers continued their impressive stretch by defeating Northwest Mississippi Community College and Utica Junior College for the state and region titles, respectively, to punch their ticket to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament.

Covington helped Northeast dispatch of Casper (Wyo.) College, Kilgore (Texas) College and Moberly Area (Mo.) Community College by an average margin of victory of 25 points to reach the title contest.

The Lady Tigers then knocked off St. Gregory’s (Okla.) College in the finals of the tournament, which was held at Northwest’s Howard Coliseum, by a 68-64 score to capture the first and only national championship in school history.

Covington had the most assists for Northeast during her inaugural year on the Booneville campus. She was also decorated with the Tiger Award, which is presented annually to a student-athlete in each sport that portrays a positive attitude on-and-off the field or court of competition.

The Brownsville, Tenn., native was just as good during her sophomore season at Northeast. Covington averaged 14 points on the strength of a 56-percent mark from the floor and 75-percent ledger from the free throw line with 4.2 rebounds per game as well. Covington had several stellar performances in a 5-0 start by the Lady Tigers, including 20 points against Mississippi County (Ark.) Community College (now Arkansas Northeastern College) and a game-high 16 points versus Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College.

She remained hot during the opening of conference play in January and had 23 points in a 110-39 victory over Holmes Community College and 21 points in a 105-57 triumph versus Mississippi Delta Community College.

Covington and her crew moved into the postseason with a sensational overall record of 24-2 plus another high ranking to their credit at No. 11 in the entire country.

Northeast first defeated Coahoma Community College for the MACJC North Division Tournament title and then, behind 22 points from Covington, bested those same Lady Tigers for its fourth consecutive state championship.

She was named to the MACJC All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 teams during her tenure in the City of Hospitality. Covington lost a combined three games throughout her pair of seasons with the Lady Tigers.

“It was a very successful two years,” said Covington. “I don’t think it really hit me until after it was all over with. Coach Ford and his family took me in as family since I wasn’t able to travel back home. Him choosing me and giving me an opportunity to come to Northeast is something I’ve never forgotten.”

Covington returned to her home state upon the completion of her career at Northeast by signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the University of Memphis (Tenn.).

She still appears in the Lady Tigers’ record book multiple times. Covington tied the school record for field goal percentage in one contest among juniors with a flawless six-of-six performance against Fairfield (Conn.) University on November 24, 1989.

Covington also had the sixth most assists in a single game among seniors with 11 versus the University of Missouri on December 1, 1990. She is also one of only a handful of Memphis players to score more than 20 points in a season-opener with 22 against Lamar (Texas) University in the 1990-91 lid-lifter.

She came to Northeast as the all-time leading scorer at Haywood (Tenn.) High School, where she received Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) All-State honors.

Covington was inducted into the Northeast Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. She is currently an instructor at East (Tenn.) High School in Memphis where her duties have included coaching the sports of basketball, softball and volleyball.

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Wildcats Complete Quiet Spring In Football
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College took a low-key approach to spring football this year, conducting 20 practice sessions without a lot of fanfare.

The Wildcats are looking to improve significantly in 2017 after consecutive 2-7 seasons. However, there is a quiet optimism in the PRCC camp as David Saunders prepares for his second season as head coach.

“We’ve got about 40 players, including some kids who redshirted for us last fall,” said Saunders. “We’re stressing our conditioning and making sure we’re ready for the summer.”

Although the Wildcats did not improve their overall record from the previous year, both wins were in the South Division, and PRCC was competitive in all of its defeats. A larger class of returning sophomores has also buoyed the team's confidence.

The top priority for the Wildcats in the spring was getting a good look at the prospective starter at quarterback, Kent State transfer Justin Agner, who will be a redshirt freshman this fall after appearing in just one game for the Flashes in 2016.

Agner is a 6-foot, 200-pounder from Woodstock, Ga. He sat out the 2015 season while attending Air Force Prep in Colorado, then transferred to Kent State and was the team’s starter for the 2016 opener against Penn State.

“We needed to see if Justin can run the offense, and we think he’s shown he can,” said Saunders.

“We lost our quarterback in the first game last year, and we had to retool with Timothy Arnold, and he did a fine job. But we’ve moved him back to the position he came here to play, at wide receiver.”

Arnold will bolster the depth of a receiving corps that returns talented sophomore Jay Banks Jr., but not much else. Banks is PRCC’s top returning wideout, with eight catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns last season.

The Wildcats also must replace the departed Darious Leggett, who rushed for 1,022 yard and eight touchdowns last season. At present, the leading candidate to replace Leggett is sophomore Dalton Bradfield, who played sparingly in 2016.

Pearl River will look to build on its strengths coming into the summer workout season, leading to the beginning of preseason practice.

The Wildcats return a strong nucleus of talent on the offensive line, led by redshirt sophomore center Tremaine Chatman.

They also have a large group of returnees in the defensive secondary, led by sophomore Zhaunte McElroy, who had 42 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

PRCC has a large class of signees scheduled to come in and compete for all positions once the summer session begins in June.

“There will be some young guys who will have a chance to come in and contribute,” Saunders said.

One big advantage the Wildcats have this year that they did not have a year ago is continuity in the coaching staff. All of the assistants from last season are currently in the fold for the 2017 season.

“That is very important for our program,” Saunders said. “They must believe in what we’re doing.”

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ICC Golf Punches Ticket To NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
Release Date: 4/17/2017
Itawamba Community College

The Itawamba Community College golf team earned its best finish of the season to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 tournament at Grand Bear Golf Club in Saucier.

ICC finished fifth in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson with a 618 team total. Meridian Community College took home to state title with a 576 two-day total.

Kirk Reeder (Tupelo) and Brandon Walker (Vardaman) led the Indians and finished tied for 13th with a 150 (+6). Reeder carded a 77 (+5) on the opening day of the tournament and a 73 (+1) on the final day of play. Walker fired an opening round 76 (+4) before closing the tournament with a 74 (+2).

Nick Brown (Mooreville) rebounded from an opening round 81 (+9) with a 78 (+6) to finish the tournament finished tied for 27th at 159 (+15). Andrew McDonald (Fulton) totaled a 160 (+16) to finish tied for 29th after carding an 82 (+10) to start the tournament and closing with a 78 (+6).

Todd Harrell (Vardaman) slipped four spots on the final day of play to finish tied for 36th with a 164 (+20) two-day total. He fired an opening round 81 (+9) before carding an 83 (+11) to close the tournament.

The NJCAA Region 23 tournament will be hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on April 24-25.

For more information on ICC golf, follow the Indians on Twitter (@LetsGoICC).


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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Finishes Fourth At UT Martin-hosted Event
PRCC Freshman Finishes Second At Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo
East Mississippi Men Place Fourth At Regional Rodeo Event Hosted By Arkansas-Monticello
Runner-up Men’s Team Finish Highlights EMCC-hosted Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
EMCC Set To Host Intercollegiate Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
PRCC Rodeo Hosts Fundraiser
EMCC Lions Earn Hoops Split At Rival East Central With 76-62 Men’s Win And Narrow 66-65 Women’s Setback
EMCC Men’s Rodeo Team Wins Second Straight Regional Event To Climb To Second In NIRA Ozark Region Standings
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships


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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.


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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.


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EMCC To Hold Women’s Soccer Tryouts April 25 And 27 At Columbus Soccer Complex
Release Date: 4/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – First-year East Mississippi Community College women’s soccer coach Leon Powell is scheduled to conduct tryouts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon (April 25 & 27) at the Columbus Soccer Complex.

Slated to begin at 1 p.m. both days, the EMCC women’s soccer tryouts are open to graduating high school seniors with NJCAA eligibility remaining and who have not previously signed a National Letter of Intent with another NJCAA or MACJC member school.

For additional information, please contact Coach Powell at 601-481-5282 or via email at lpowell@eastms.edu.


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EMCC Earns Softball Split At Northwest; Lions To Host No. 7 Gulf Coast During Sunday’s Sophomore Day
Release Date: 4/21/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – In a pair of two-run softball decisions that both came down to the final inning, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College earned a conference doubleheader split at Northwest Mississippi Community College by claiming a 6-4 nightcap win Thursday afternoon at Ranger Field. EMCC’s comeback attempt in the first game came up just short with the Rangers holding on for the 7-5 victory.

After the Lions scored three seventh-inning runs in the opener to cut into a 7-2 deficit with the potential tying run at the plate before falling short, the visitors then followed with three more runs in the final frame of the nightcap to break a 3-3 tie and gain a doubleheader split with the Rangers.

EMCC got things rolling in the seventh inning of the second contest beginning with Mallory Vance’s third hit of the game. The West Lauderdale High School product then stole her third base of the contest and came around to score the tiebreaking run on Averi Pender’s sacrifice fly to right field. Later in the inning, D’Iberville’s Magnolia Keller capped her 4-for-4 nightcap effort at the plate with a clutch two-out, two-run single off Northwest’s Harley Smith to give EMCC some needed insurance runs.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Rangers loaded the bases with one out and managed to trim the margin to 6-4 on Sallie Rose Carver run-scoring ground out. With the potential tying runs in scoring position for Northwest, EMCC’s Carly Thompson got cleanup hitter Tori Luke to pop up to second to seal the victory and earn the split for the Lions.

Out-hitting Northwest, 14-5, in the nightcap, EMCC also had multiple-hit efforts from sophomores Sydney Olander and Kaitlyn Brannon.

Thompson, a freshman right-hander from Germantown High School, scattered five hits and allowed only one earned run to go along with three strikeouts and three walks to improve to 8-9 on the year with her eighth complete-game decision. In the opener, the home-standing Rangers reached EMCC starting pitcher Jordan Self for a run in the first and three more in the second to take an early 4-0 lead. Heading into the final frame, Northwest had increased the margin to 7-2. The seventh inning began harmlessly enough for the home team with two quick ground outs. Treasure Lynch then ignited a string of four successive singles that made things very interesting. Add in an outfield error and a wild pitch that brought home the third run of the inning, and the Lions suddenly found themselves with the potential tying run at the plate. But, Luke entered the game for Smith to strike out Kendall Wilkinson looking on a 3-2 pitch to close out the Northwest victory.

EMCC also out-hit the Rangers, 10-9, in the opening game. Vance, Pender and Brannon each had two hits for the Lions.

Coach Kyndall White’s 18-23 EMCC Lions enter their regular-season finale this weekend against nationally seventh-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast in fifth place among the MACJC standings with a 15-11 conference record. The EMCC-MGCCC doubleheader has been pushed back a day and will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the EMCC Softball Field on the Scooba campus. Prior to Sunday’s twin bill against Gulf Coast, 11 Lion softball sophomores will be recognized for their contributions to the program.

With the top eight teams advancing to next week’s (April 28-29) MACJC’s best-of-three softball playoff series, East Mississippi looks to be in good shape to qualify for postseason softball play for the eighth time in the last nine years. The conference’s top four seeds will host the upcoming best-of-three playoff series beginning Friday.


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Lady Bobcats Clinch National Berth; Men’s Team On The Cusp Of A Bid
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Jones County Junior College

PERKINSTON – The Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats have clinched a berth in the NJCAA Division I National Tennis Tournament.

The Lady Bobcats will finish in the top three when the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament concludes Saturday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Tennis Complex.

Host MGCCC is first with 25 points, followed by Meridian with 21 and JCJC with 20.

The Bobcat men’s team is currently in third place with 15 points. Itawamba is fourth with 13 points. The worse JCJC can do is finish tied for third. If JCJC wins one of its two finals matches or if ICC loses one of its finals matches, the Bobcats will clinch third place.

Meridian tops the men’s standings with 24 points and MGCCC is second with 19.

The top three women’s teams qualify for the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Tournament May 7-12 in Tucson, Arizona. The top three men’s teams qualify for the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Tournament May 15-19 in Plano, Texas.

Championship matches in singles begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and doubles’ championship matches will follow.

Lady Bobcats

Two Lady Bobcats will play for singles’ titles.

Anastasiia Bukhanova (Russia) beat Stefy Varon of Hinds in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals on Friday. She will play Bianca Buie of MGCCC for the title.

Mattie Mills (South Pontotoc) defeated Jenna Lyons of Mississippi Gulf Coast in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-2. She will play Meridian’s Rachel Sollie for the title.

In No. 1 singles, Beth Owen (Stone) lost to Mariana Alvarez (Hinds), 6-4, 6-0. In No. 3 singles, April Rudolph (Northeast Jones) lost to Katie Burrall of MGCCC, 6-4, 6-1. In No. 4 singles, Brooke Cran (Wayne County) lost to Taylor Miller of MGCCC, 6-1, 6-2. In No. 6 singles, August Parker (Northeast Jones) lost to Jill Craft of MGCCC, 6-1, 6-2.

In No. 1 doubles, Owen and Bukhanova lost 6-1, 6-2, to Buie and Paulina Estrada of MGCCC.

Points

MGCCC 25, Meridian 21, JCJC 20, Hinds 12, Copiah-Lincoln 10, East Central 10, Itawamba 4, Northwest 3, Northeast 1, Holmes 0.

Bobcats

Two Bobcats will play for singles’ titles.

Diego Leal (Colombia) defeated John Jimenez of East Central in No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-2. He faces Juan Pablo Pinillia of Copiah-Lincoln for the title.

Chase Penningtson beat Ezra Blissard of Itawamba, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-1 in No. 3 singles. He meets Dalton Young of Northwest for the title.

Taqel Lewis (St. Lucia) lost to Jason Pimenta of Meridian in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Jacob Bozeman (Brookhaven) lost to Callen Shinall of MGCCC in No. 4 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

In No. 1 doubles, Lewis and Leal lost to Juan Sebastian Osorio and Pinilla, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Points

Meridian 24, MGCCC 19, JCJC 15, Itawamba 13, Copiah-Lincoln 12, East Central 11, Hinds 7, Northwest 3, Holmes 2, Northeast 1.

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.



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Mountain Dew Tournament To Benefit ICC Bass Club
Release Date: 4/10/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Mountain Dew is sponsoring a bass tournament benefiting the ICC Bass Club.

The tournament will be held Saturday, April 15 at Beaver Lake (Lock D) on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Entry fee is $100 per boat and includes big fish with an 80% pay back to the anglers.

Blastoff will be at daylight with weigh in starting at 3:00 p.m.

Please contact Jason Campbell at 662-862-8357 or jwcampbell@iccms.edu for more information




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All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 907-254

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 172-76-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
Northwest
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5