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Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date:8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.

JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

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Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

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Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

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Release Date: 8/28/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Greg Davis has a much different feel about the Northeast Mississippi Community College football team, which enters its 57th season of competition in the fall of 2016.

The second-year headman of the Tigers believes that the core nucleus of this unit is tighter than that of other teams he has instructed during his now five seasons overall in the City of Hospitality.

“They’re a group of kids that have worked extremely hard,” said Davis. “They’ve put a lot of work into team building and bonding. They want to be successful and win. It’s been a pleasure to coach them all through the spring and then through summer school.”

Davis maintained his entire staff and made one addition plus one slight change. Ryan Trevathan, Kenny Jackson and Kareem Moore remain in their roles as offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach, respectively, while Dustin Jones switches sides of the pigskin to guide Northeast’s linebackers.

Chaz Scales is the lone newcomer in Northeast’s coaching ranks. The Tigers’ new running backs instructor once held positions at NCAA Division II powerhouses Valdosta State (Ga.) University and the University of West Georgia.

Trevathan, whose offense averaged over 300 yards per game during the previous campaign, has several options to utilize this year starting at quarterback with the duo of Bailey Walker and Mason Cunningham.

Walker, who hails from Lake Cormorant, saw action behind center in every game for Northeast in 2015. He passed for 336 yards with five touchdowns and is actually the Tigers’ best returning rusher as well with 313 yards plus one score.

Cunningham was a two-star prospect according to that originally committed to Tennessee Tech University. He ranks among the top 10 athletes in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) record book with 89 total touchdowns to go with 7,933 all-purpose yards during his four years at Shelbyville Central (Tenn.) High School.

“Bailey is a big, physical kid that plays with a lot of passion,” Davis said. “His role is honestly not going to change at all. He’s going to be dynamic as dynamic can be and put everything out there on the field.

“I would consider Mason as good of a thrower as you could find in this league. He’s got an unbelievable touch on the football and he is an extremely intelligent person. We signed him in February and he knew the offense by the first of March.

“It’s gonna be a good battle at quarterback, but they’re gonna balance each other out I think quite a bit. We’re looking forward to having both of those guys conduct the offense. They’re both right on target.”

Accompanying the combo of Cunningham and Walker in the backfield will be another talented product of the Volunteer State in running back Dorian Banks of Sevier County (Tenn.) High School.

Banks was tabbed as a three-star prospect according to all major recruiting services after committing at one point to the University of Tennessee. He also held offers from schools such as the University of Kentucky and was considered by 247Sports to be the No. 87 athlete in the entire country after rushing for 1,338 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior for the TSSAA Class 5A runner-up Smoky Bears.

Joining Banks in the rotation will be Kenzie Phillips, who was a Clarion-Ledger All-State selection following his junior campaign after leading Oxford to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A championship contest, and Kyoshi Agnew from Corinth.

“We feel like we have a set of backs that are as good as any we’ve had in the past,” Davis said. “Dorian is extremely fast and quick. Kenzie is going to be a great football player when it’s all said and done.”

Two experienced wide receivers in L.J. Hawkins of Water Valley and Cameron Montgomery out of Shannon High School are back to pace what is traditionally a very reliable unit.

Hawkins was third on the team one season ago with 18 catches and 255 yards. He had four touchdowns, including three during Northeast’s road victory at Pearl River Community College.

Montgomery recorded at least one catch in six of the Tigers’ nine matchups last year. He had 126 yards overall and hauled in a touchdown during a win at Coahoma Community College.

“L.J. and Cameron are both guys that played a lot last year,” said Davis. “Both of them had very productive springs and summers. They’re both leaders in that group and talented young men.”

A promising rookie that should bolster Northeast’s depth at wideout is Toreano Miner. He lifted McDonogh 35 (La.) High School to the third round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) Class 4A playoffs during his senior campaign.

Perhaps the brightest spot offensively for Northeast is on the offensive line. The Tigers return three starters there, including two that are already receiving offers from NCAA Division I institutions.

Jo’Quarius Savage directs that group after starting every game last season at left tackle. The Monroe, La., product was named as one of the top 100 players in the nation at the junior college level by 247Sports and is drawing attention from programs at Middle Tennessee State University and Troy (Ala.) University among others.

DeSoto Central High School alumnus Ethan Smart, who stands at 6-6 and carries offers from places like Ohio University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, lines up opposite of Savage at right tackle while Ryan Baysinger from Union High School is a catalyst for Northeast at center.

Among the freshmen that will see time in the trenches are the Hernando pairing of Kelton Edwards and Jake Wilcox, Philadelphia’s Trey Hunt and Micheal Cameron plus sophomore Kris Kent of Eupora.

The Tigers will look for some fresh faces to step up at tight end. Among the potential candidates there are Bo Canton and Ross Painter, who both come to the Booneville campus from Hernando High School.

“I think we’re a little more veteran and seasoned on the offensive side of the ball so to speak,” Davis said. “We’re a little more sound as far as chemistry and balance as well.”

Northeast’s defensive line might be the strongest point on the field across the board with three student-athletes that could very well move on to schools in NCAA Division I power-five leagues next fall.

Anthony Rush heads that unit with offers already from Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of New Mexico among others. Recruiting service 247Sports has him listed as the No. 55 prospect in the country and the third best tackle.

“Anthony has progressed in many ways,” said Davis. “He has no idea how good he can be. He’s getting to where he needs to be fundamentally. I just hope that he continues to play well here.”

Blake McClain, who originally signed with the University of South Carolina out of his native Jacksonville, Fla., has joined the Tigers. He continues to receive interest from Southeastern Conference (SEC) members such as Kentucky.

Returner Colton Meadows of Liberty Tech Magnet (Tenn.) High School recently picked up an offer from Kansas State University of the Big 12 Conference. Ladarius Townsend of Forest also saw plenty of time on the field during his inaugural campaign at Northeast.

Kemper County High School’s Antwon McCoy is moving over to the defensive trenches after helping to anchor the offensive line as a freshman while Darrion Abston from Olive Branch is back after taking a redshirt in 2015.

Demarcus Rogers out of Tupelo High School was the lone Tiger freshman to capture Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State honors last season. He tallied a team-high 59 tackles, including six of them for loss, with one forced fumble as well.

“That dude is just getting better and better as time goes along,” said Davis. “He’s a kid that’s going to be able to make plays in the box, but he also makes plays in open space. The scheme helps him.”

Aligning with Rogers at linebacker is Brenden Williams, who was awarded three stars by out of Restoration (Ala.) Academy, Kendrick Lofton from Forest, J.T. Loving of Shannon, Eupora’s Corson Gunn and Peyton McMahon from DeSoto Central High School.

Brandon Tillman had the third most tackles of any athlete coming back this campaign for Northeast. The Grenada High School graduate had 34 stops and finished in a stalemate for the most pass break ups on the squad with six from his slot at safety.

“Brandon is going to be somebody that puts us in the right spot,” Davis said. “He is a kid that has great fundamentals and plays with passion. He’s also very smart and intelligent.”

Takari Brooks of Southeast Lauderdale High School and Tupelo’s Demaris Wise also return for a second year in the defensive backfield. Davis describes Keawvis Cummings of Shannon and Johnathon Edwards from Philadelphia as extremely skilled arrivals as well.

The Tigers do bring back two of their three primary special teams athletes in Austin Holloway and Walker. Walker averaged 33.8 yards per punt with a long of 59 yards and four that landed inside the 20-yard line as a frosh.

Booneville’s Holloway handled place kicking for Northeast and racked up 27 points. He made a pair of field goals during the Tigers’ homecoming affair with Mississippi Delta Community College and was 21 of 25 on extra point attempts overall.

Andrew Rackley is the new comrade for both Holloway and Walker as their long snapper. He was very successful in that role during his time at South Pontotoc High School.

Fans can keep up with Northeast football this year with live in-game updates through the Twitter account @NEMCCTigers. Game stories, previews and other featured stories will be available all year on the award winning athletic website of the Tigers,

All nine games will be available for followers to watch from anywhere in the world and for the first time in high definition on the revamped Northeast also returns to the air waves through a partnership with WBIP, which holds signals at 99.7 FM and AM 1400 on your radio dial.

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MGCCC Golf Ranked Third In Nation
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast is ranked third in the first Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

The Bulldogs finished fourth in the nation last year, their third straight top four finish. They are ranked behind two-time defending champion South Mountain and Tyler.

Two other MACJC teams are in the rankings: No. 6 Meridian and No. 9 Copiah-Lincoln.

Coach Tommy Snell’s team starts its 2016-17 season on Sept. 12 at the Wallace State Fall Invitational. The two-day tournament is being played in Cullman, Ala.

The Bulldogs are hosting a pair of tournaments this year. The MGCCC Fall Invitational, which also serves as the fourth MACJC event of the season, is Oct. 17-18 at Grand Bear Golf Course in Saucier.

That course will also be the site of the District D Championship on April 24-25. Gulf Coast will be trying to win that tournament for the 10th straight time.

Complete poll:

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MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast star Brittney Reese wasted no time Tuesday night in the women’s long jump qualifying at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She was the first jumper to automatically qualify with a jump of 6.78 meters, or 22 feet, 3 inches. Competitors needed to leap 6.75 meters or better to advance.

Reese, who was inducted into the MGCCC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, will try to defend her gold medal Wednesday. The finals are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The event can be watched live online at

Reese played basketball at Gulf Coast, graduating in 2006. She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss and has won six world championships. A win in Rio would make her the first woman to ever repeat in the event and only second to win two gold medals in a career.

She was one of only three competitors to jump the qualifying distance Tuesday. She had the third-longest jump behind Serbia’s Ivan Španovic (6.87 meters) and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (6.82 meters).

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MGCCC Falls To San Jacinto, 5-3
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast men’s soccer coach Chris Handy scheduled a tough weekend to open the regular season.

The Bulldogs played the second half back-to-back games Saturday at the new MGCCC Soccer Complex and took a two-goal lead before falling to San Jacinto-South 5-3. The Ravens had knocked off No. 3-ranked Eastern Florida in overtime at Perkinston on Friday.

“The reason we play these games is to see where we’re at nationally,” Handy said. “I thought we met the challenge early on, but in the end they’re a good team and they showed it in the second half.”

Gulf Coast, which opened the season with a 2-0 win over Itawamba, jumped in front in the first three minutes. A James Beattie (5-7, 155, So., Williamwood/Glasgow, Scotland) corner kick deflected in off a San Jacinto player for an own goal.

Liam Eadsforth (5-11, 145, Fr., The Radclyffe School/Manchester, England) made it 2-0 in the 35th minute after being put in behind the Ravens defense. His shot went between the keeper’s legs.

Bryce Yelverton (6-3, 205, So., Gulfport/Gulfport) made two huge saves with a minute to play in the first half. He dove to his left to stop one drive, then smothered a rebound attempt to help the Bulldogs maintain the advantage.

San Jacinto rebounded in the second half, though. The Ravens scored twice in a two-minute span to tie it in the 52nd minute, then took the lead with 31 minutes to play.

Gulf Coast went down to 10 men after a second yellow card, and San Jacinto made it 4-2 with 10 minutes to play.

Ian Story (6-2, 185, So., Pass Christian/Gulfport), who had jostled the defender on the first Gulf Coast goal, scored one legitimately with two minutes left to make it 4-3.

The Ravens (2-0) put it away with 26 seconds left, but the Bulldogs came away with the experience of playing two days in a row and a good early season yardstick.

“In tournament play, you have to do it.” Handy said. “That’s why we schedule it during the year. If we have any expectations of winning state, we’re going to have to play back to back. It’s important to see what that feels like.

“I thought, for the most part, our guys responded well. The guys get to see where they’re at and have something to work toward.”

The Bulldogs return to action Friday when they travel to Pearl River for the first MACJC contest of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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PRCC Splits With Itawamba In Regular-season Openers
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College opened its 2016 soccer season by splitting a pair of games with Itawamba Saturday at the PRCC Sports Complex.

The Lady Wildcats took a hard-fought 2-0 victory over the Lady Indians in their game, but the Pearl River men suffered a 5-2 setback in their game.

Despite owning a 13-4 advantage in shots, and a 5-0 edge in shots-on-goal, the two teams finished the first half in a scoreless deadlock.

“Itawamba defended well, but they also tried to counter us, and on a couple of occasions nearly scored on us,” said PRCC coach Jack Byrd. “However, I liked our possession (percentage) in the first 45 minutes.”

Pearl River finally got on the scoreboard at 69:39 when sophomore defender Alycia Schwartz headed in a corner kick from freshman Mellie Snyder. It was Schwartz’ first career goal.

“It was a good cross, a good corner,” said Schwartz. “We’ve been working on set-pieces all week, and we finally finished it and put it away.”

Snyder gave PRCC an insurance goal at 78:41, when she completed a breakaway run down the left sideline and put a shot just inside the right post from a sharp angle.

In all, the Lady Wildcats finished with 33 shots, 18 on goal, to just six for Itawamba (0-1-1), and the Lady Indians did not have a shot on goal the entire game.

In the men’s game, the Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead at 26:18, when freshman midfielder Jackson Turner headed in a corner kick from Junior Sanchez.

It was a costly score, however, as Turner and Itawamba defender Bryce Hunt collided on the play. Both players had to leave the game to receive stitches and did not return.

“With low numbers that we’ll have this year, Jackson dropping out of there really hurt us,” said Wildcat coach Drew Gallant. “That was obvious in our play, losing his athleticism in the midfield. We really didn’t have an answer for it at the time.”

Itawamba (1-1) tied it up at 30:21 on a goal by Chase Huddleston, assisted by Luis Garcia, and the Indians took the lead for good with 3:25 to play in the first half as Boston Hampton scored on a pass from Huddleston.

The Indians scored three goals in the second half, two by Michael Kiser, one on a pass from Huddleston and the other from John Gonzales, and Logan Little added an unassisted goal midway through the period.

Anthony Hertzke scored on a pass from West Zimmerman with 7:05 left in the game to give PRCC its second goal of the game. Itawamba had a decided advantage in shots, 23-11, including nine on goal for the Indians.

The Wildcats will return to action Tuesday against William Carey at Hattiesburg, then both PRCC teams will host Mississippi Gulf Coast next Friday in their South Division opener. Kickoff for the women’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m., with the men starting at 7 p.m.

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MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Release Date: 8/15/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will open its new Athletic/Education Complex on Aug. 17.

The ribbon cutting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Perkinston Campus, will unveil the state-of-the-art facility. It’s the largest renovation of A.L. May Memorial Stadium since it was built in 1948.

“Our athletic department produces the finest student-athletes, and we think this will bring greater success in the classroom and on the field,” MGCCC President Dr. Mary S. Graham. “The college’s football program has a great history of success which we think will continue to new heights.”

Gulf Coast produced 35 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners last year, and 42 members of the Academic All-MACJC team. No other school in the state has as many honorees by the MACJC.

In the last 10 years, 169 football players have gone on to play at four-year schools. There are seven former Bulldogs who are on NFL rosters right now.

The three-story building includes classrooms, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, and team and position-group meeting rooms, plus a press box and suites. A new concession stand, bookstore outlet and fan restrooms have already opened. There were 60 new chairback seats added where the old press box was.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 5,000, was last renovated in 2000.

The program will include remarks by Perkinston Campus Vice President Dr. Ladd Taylor, MGCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jimmy Estes, Dr. Graham, and football coach Chad Huff. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.

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ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Release Date: 8/22/2016
East Central Community College

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and student-athlete introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin their fall action at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the ECCC campus.

The 2016 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 17-18 at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Event No. 1 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email

Track & Field Headlines
Latest Track & Field Story

Mendoza, Lewis Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Release Date: 8/27/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – George Mendoza and Hannah Lewis, both of Laurel, captured the 10th annual Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K Run titles here Saturday morning.

It was Mendoza’s third straight time to win the event. The overall men’s winner finished in a time of 18:36.

Lewis was the overall women’s winner with a time of 24:20.

The run began and ended at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. The course was set up through the Jones County Junior College campus and downtown Ellisville.

Proceeds from this year’s event went to the Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Bobcat 5K Run results

August 27


Overall Male Winner

George Mendoza, 18:36

Overall Female Winner

Hannah Lewis, 24:20

Male Masters Winner

Ray Henderson, 23:15

Female Masters Winner

Rhonda Gilbert, 27:47

Male GrandMasters Winner

Kenneth Hall, 23:25

Female GrandMasters Winner

Tammy Fowler, 29:44

Male 12 and Under

Payne McDonald, 42:39

Female 12 and Under

Christine Danford, 28:08

Male 13-19

1. Bo Henderson, 21:49; 2. Sam Houston, 24:53; 3. Creed Broom, 31:22

Female 13-19

1. Kara Christian, 33:36; 2. April Rudolph, 35:44; 3. Haile Kate, 36:36

Male 20-29

Kaleb Smith, 22:05

Female 20-29

Alison Rudolph, 41:11

Male 30-39

1. Richard Walley, 22:12; 2. Matthew Lowe, 33:59

Female 30-39

1. Brook Gatlin, 28:35; Kimberly Eavenson, 30:26; 3. Wendy Staples, 38:28; 4. Kandi Evans, 44:15.

Male 40-49

1. Joe Holifield, 26:56; 2. Mark Harris, 29:36

Female 40-49

1. Ginger McLemore, 30:24; 2. Mary Boleware, 30:46; 3. Adriana Tarver, 32:09. 4. Beverly Shows, 35:50; 5. Katie Shepherd, 44:26.

Male 50-59

1. Joe Danford, 30:31; 2. David McGowin, 31:43.

Female 50-59

Julia Sumrall, 34:46

Male 60 and over

1. Tom Smith, 27:55; 2. Jim Murdock, 27:59; 3. Bud Herring, 31:12; 4. Roger Swann, 48:22.

Female 60 and over

1. Beverly Swann, 32:38; 2. Brenda Burge, 42:48

Dance Cheer Headlines
Latest Dance/Cheer Story

Northeast Cheerleaders Ready To Electrify Fans During Promising New Year
Release Date: 8/26/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College cheerleading program is ecstatic about another year of interacting and energizing its outstanding fan base.

A stellar group of 16 ladies are part of the unit for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign, which begins on Thursday, September 1 with the first football game of the season against Pearl River Community College at Tiger Stadium.

“I am extremely excited for the new year with this group of athletes,” said Tigers head coach Chasity Moore. “They worked hard during camp week to learn new skills and perfect routines to perform. I feel confident they will represent Northeast very well on and off the field.”

Six athletes return for their final season in a black-and-gold uniform, including McKayla Bradley and Madison Parks of Kossuth High School. Joining them from the same town is Madison Switcher.

Tishomingo County High School is the most represented institution on the roster this year. The tandem of Kaylee Davis, Ashley Flowers, Aswyn Floyd and Madison Harris will reunite in the City of Hospitality.

MaLeah Dalrymple is the lone addition to the Tigers from outside the Magnolia State. She was a talented cross country and track player during her tenure at Colbert Heights (Ala.) High School.

Calin Holley is back in a cheer skirt after spending her spring with the Northeast women’s tennis team. Both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tabbed her as a scholar-athlete after producing a flawless 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

Ingomar High School graduate Addison Carter and hometown product Anna Claire Ivy of Booneville complete the list of sophomores that were members of the previous squad during the 2014-15 academic year.

The remaining newcomers originate from Northeast’s traditional five-county service area. Among those local products are Belmont’s Anna Leigh Witt and Katie Rowan of East Union High School.

A trio of Tigers will make their gridiron debuts after coming from locations that did not sponsor the sport. They are Alleigh Elder and Megan Mauney of Pine Grove plus Keeley Shelley from Wheeler.

From pep rallies on Thursday afternoons to the final whistle inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum, the Tigers have been charged with providing positive support for the athletic department since the 1940s.

For more information about the Northeast cheerleading team, contact Moore at 662-720-7189 or by email at

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    MACJC Baseball
    East Central vs.

    Game Date: 5/14/2016
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    MACJC Baseball
    Northwest vs.

    Game Date: 5/14/2016
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    MACJC Baseball
    Northwest vs.

    Game Date: 5/13/2016
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    MACJC Baseball
    Jones vs.
    East Central

    Game Date: 5/13/2016

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: 887-249

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 170-69-5

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

Bobby Franklin
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