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ICC Announces Fall Baseball Schedule
Release Date:9/1/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the Indians 2014 fall baseball schedule on Monday.

“I feel like we’ve got a good group of guys that want to get out there to compete and play hard every pitch,” said ICC baseball coach Rick Collier Hopefully these fall games will help some of these young guys will see what it takes to be successful on this level and that will carry over for all of us when the regular season gets here.

The Indians will open their fall schedule on Friday, September 5 with a doubleheader against Three Rivers Community College (MO) at the University of Memphis at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. before concluding the season at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS against Southwest Tennessee Community College at 1:00 p.m. and Holmes Community College at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

“We’ve got some pretty tough fall games, but that’s what we want because it will be the same type of competition we’ll see week in and week out during the regular season,” Collier said.

ICC will also face Northeast Mississippi Community College and Dyersburg State (TN) on Friday, September 26 at Delta State University and will host Southwest Tennessee at historic Roy Cresap Field on Thursday, October 2.

The Indians will host their annual Red and Blue Series from Monday, September 15 through Sunday, September 21.

“The guys always get fired up for our Red and Blue Series,” commented Collier. “We hold a draft before we start the series and play a best-of-five type series where the winners eat steaks with the losers serving them.”

To see the complete schedule for the Indians fall ball schedule visit the baseball team page on LetsGoICC.com.

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


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Skills Camp Concludes Successful Summer Break For Tigers
Release Date: 8/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program wrapped up another summer full of activities with its annual Skills Camp from July 21-24 inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

The four-day event was open to any boy in the fifth-through-twelfth grades. Several experienced area coaches aided Northeast head coach Cord Wright in providing instruction during the camp.

Multiple players from the 2013-14 Tiger hoops team as well as new members of the 2014-15 squad were also in attendance to help direct the different daily drills and tasks.

Athletes learned the fundamentals of basketball while establishing the mental aspect of the game through sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.

Boys also had the opportunity to work on ball handling, dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and other essential techniques while participating in a fun and relaxing environment.

Campers concluded each afternoon with a set of scrimmage games that put routines and capabilities that were refined during practice sessions to the test in a competitive manner.

Children from three separate southeastern states attended the Tigers' function that is dedicated to helping players further develop their abilities inside the gymnasium.

The following is the list by county of those who participated in the 2014 Northeast Skills Camp.

Alcorn: Kenner Mills of Kossuth, Hayden Barnett of Corinth, Eli Ferrell of Corinth, Tanner Childs of Kossuth, Blain Suitor of Kossuth and Tanner Garcia of Kossuth.

Hardin (Tenn.): Cameron Witt of Pickwick.

Itawamba: Gabriel Inghram of Mantachie and Bartlett Powell of Mantachie.

Lee: Caleb Agnew of Saltillo and Zach Turba of Saltillo.

Leon (Fla.): Bryton Smith of Tallahassee.

McNairy (Tenn.): Cade Harvell of Michie.

Oktibbeha: Brandon Lane of Starkville.

Prentiss: Walker Moreland of Marietta, Skyler Johnson of Jumpertown, Chandler Johnson of Booneville, Jalon Beene of Wheeler, Glenn Laird of Wheeler, Hayden Horton of Wheeler, Rob Richey of Baldwyn, Jordan White of Jumpertown, Dalton Hanna of Jumpertown, Landon Elliott of Jumpertown, Paden Brumley of Jumpertown, Dylan Herring of Wheeler, Justin Jackson of Wheeler and Tryston Pharr of Booneville.

Tippah: Riley Glissen of Falkner and Cole Rodgers of Ripley.

Tishomingo: Riley Floyd of Iuka, Bryson Cass of Paden, Harrison Fancher of Belmont and Brady Anglin of Tishomingo.

Union: Eli Reed of Ingomar and Aaron Pilcher of Enterprise.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Wright at 662-720-7241 or by email at cdwright@nemcc.edu.

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All-Metro Selection Hughes Set To Make Impact With Northeast
Release Date: 8/15/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Alivia Hughes, who was one of the Magnolia State’s most highly decorated athletes on the court last season, is prepared to help the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team in any manner that she possibly can.

Hughes became the newest member of the Lady Tigers 2014-15 signing class after she inked her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the ten-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship program.

“From a talent perspective, she’s one of the top guards in the state,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “She’s extremely quick with great ball skills. She is just a tremendous mentally tough individual and we’re happy she’s here with us.

“The character of this specific kid is tremendous. She’s going to be really good here and is very committed to hanging another championship banner in Bonner Arnold Coliseum.”

Hughes recorded a solid senior season at Clinton High School while under the tutelage of head coach Felicia Burton and assistant Kunshinge Sorrell Howard, who led the Lady Tigers to the 1986 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title game and was a 2011 inductee into the MACJC Hall of Fame.

“It feels amazing because I’m about to play with a great team,” Hughes said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach so I know he’s going to amazing things with us. I want to win a championship this year and help my teammates out every game.”

The 5-6 guard was named as one of 40 seniors to watch in the state during the 2013-14 campaign by The Clarion-Ledger. She lived up to the hype by guiding the Lady Arrows to an incredible 24-4 record in her final season at the prep level.

Hughes and fellow Northeast signee Harper Newell both averaged three steals per game to direct a stingy Clinton defense that held its initial eight opponents to only 43 points each contest.

The Lady Arrows outscored their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 4, Class 6A rivals by an average of 65-43 to claim the regular season and tournament region crowns.

Hughes had a phenomenal performance during Clinton’s MHSAA Class 6A postseason opener against Starkville High School. She scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with five steals and four rebounds in a 76-52 victory by the Lady Arrows.

She appeared in each of Clinton’s 28 games as a senior and finished tied Newell with a team-best 12.6 points per game. Hughes also had 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds each outing.

For her leadership and hard work throughout the 2014 campaign with the Lady Arrows, Hughes was named to The Clarion-Ledger’s prestigious All-Metro team.

Hughes was a part of the varsity squad at Clinton for four seasons. During her outstanding career, she averaged 13.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per contest.

Her teams qualified for the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs three times and won division titles twice. The Lady Arrows held a solid 8-4 mark in postseason matchups with Hughes on their roster.

Hughes scored a personal best 30 points as a sophomore in a loss to North Pontotoc High School and tallied the only double-double of her career one year later with 18 points and 10 boards in a victory versus Terry High School.

She shot 33 percent from the floor and 27 percent from three-point range at Clinton with a total of 1,187 points.

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Ex-Ranger Donald Hawkins Signed By Dallas Cowboys
Release Date: 9/1/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

DALLAS – What a whirlwind week it has been for former Ranger and NJCAA First Team All-American left tackle Donald Hawkins. It's one that could change his life forever.

Hawkins, who played the 2010-11 seasons at Northwest Community College and the 2012-13 seasons for the Texas Longhorns, was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, picked up and waived by the Cleveland Browns and then received the news he was headed to play for the Dallas Cowboys – all in a week.

"All I ever wanted was an opportunity," Hawkins said. "Yes, it's been a whirlwind week. Going from Philadelphia to Cleveland, my head definitely was spinning, and I was just hoping I could land somewhere and start my career. I'm praying Dallas is a place I could start my career."

Hawkins signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent and played in three preseason games with the Eagles before being cut last week and being picked up by the Cleveland Browns for the final preseason game.

On Sunday, Hawkins received the news from his agent that he had been claimed by the Dallas Cowboys and on the 53-man roster. The 6-foot-5, 310-pound tackle from Tunica (Rosa Fort HS) will wear No. 62 for Jerry Jones' Boys.

"I have been playing with a chip on my shoulder since high school," Hawkins said. "Not being able to play Division I out of high school and having to go to junior college and making that transition at Texas and then making the transition to the NFL after being undrafted was definitely a chip. And after being cut twice, it just makes the chip even bigger, play harder and thank God for being in the position I’m in right now.”

Hawkins is the 41st player from Northwest to play in the NFL.

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Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming
Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
East Mississippi Captures Third Men’s Team Rodeo Title In Four Years By Earning Top Honors At Northwest Mississippi Event
Results Of The MACJC Holmes CC Crappie Rodeo Tournament On Grenada Lake
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Places Third In EMCC-hosted Event Held At West Point’s Eagle Ranch


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ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Release Date: 7/9/2014
East Central Community College

DECATUR – Seven East Central Community College athletic teams were recognized for academic excellence in 2013-14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors reflect the type of athletic program the College strives to achieve each year.

“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way - Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”

The Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team achieved a 3.54 grade point average and finished second in the nation.

Kristin Chaney serves as head coach.

The Lady Warrior soccer team had a 3.51 GPA and finished second nationally.Gray Massey serves as head coach.

The Warrior soccer team achieved a 3.16 GPA and was ranked fourth nationally.Kenneth Thompson is head coach.

The Lady Warrior tennis team earned a 3.58 grade point average and finished fourth in the nation.

The Warrior tennis squad posted a 3.25 GPA and was ranked 14th nationally.Both programs are led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.

The Warrior baseball team finished 13th nationally with a 3.23 GPA.Neal Holliman serves as head coach.

EC’s golfers posted a 3.14 GPA and placed 17th nationally.

Chris Clark is head coach.

For more information on ECCC’s athletic programs, contact Chris Harris, Dean of Personnel Services and Athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


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ICC Men Stay Unbeaten After Record-breaking Night Against Southwest
Release Date: 9/2/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Records are made to be broken and that’s exactly what Anthony Fernandez and the ICC Indians did Tuesday night to remain the state’s only unbeaten men’s soccer team with an 11-0 win over Southwest Mississippi.

Fernandez (New Albany) scored 6 goals and accumulated 12 points to break the record for most goals and most points in match, previously set by Dylan McCord (Tupelo) against Northwest during the 2007 season.

Justin Gordon (Starkville) added a pair of goals for the Indians while Karter Porter (Olive Branch), Brayden Timmons (Pontotoc), and Blake Lashlee (Olive Branch) added a goal each in the victory.

Dylan Howard (Starkville), Michael Wathen (Amory), and Evan Thomas (Amory) each had two assists with Timmons, Alx Little (Tupelo) and Drew Williams (Tupelo) each dishing out an assist to help the Indians improve to 5-0 on the season.

The Indians’ (5-0, 0-0 MACJC North) 11-goal effort also set a new mark for goals in match, previously set at 9 goals against East Central in 2008 and East Mississippi in 2007 while tying the record for most assists in a match with 9, previously set in 2008 against East Central.

Lady Indians fall to Southwest, 2-0

Hampered by injuries, the ICC women’s soccer team dropped their third-straight match after a 2-0 loss to Southwest Mississippi after only having one substitution available.

ICC will open MACJC North Division play against Northwest Mississippi Community College on Friday with the Lady Indians kicking things off at 2:00 p.m. and the Indians scheduled to follow at 4:00 p.m.

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


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EC’s Walker Receives NJCAA Honor
Release Date: 9/2/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College soccer standout Alana Walker was selected National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women’s Goalkeeper of the Week for August 22-24, 2014.

Walker earlier received MACJC Women’s Goalkeeper of the Week for the same time period.

The sophomore from Pascagoula posted two shutouts during the Lady Warriors’ victories over Southwest (6-0) on August 22 and Meridian (1-0) on August 23. She was credited with six saves on 10 shots at the goal.

She is a product of Pascagoula High School.

The Lady Warriors improved to 4-0 after posting blanking Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 1-0 Friday, August 29 on the Decatur campus.

Gray Massey serves as Lady Warrior head coach.

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Northeast Softball Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Release Date: 8/20/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s softball program took part in a popular sensation that is sweeping its way across the nation to help bring more attention to a dreadful illness.

The Tigers completed the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Monday afternoon at David Carnell Memorial Field.

The rules of the competition are simple. Each person must have a cooler filled with ice water poured over their heads within 24 hours of obtaining the challenge or make a financial donation to the ALS Association.

Nine players, two coaches and one manager received a frozen bath in the outfield of Northeast’s home stadium. The remainder of the team held the containers and doused those who participated in this worthy cause.

Performing the Ice Bucket Challenge was a sentimental moment for one member of the Tigers’ staff. Northeast assistant coach Jaisa Emerson’s mother, Liza Fox, passed away nearly five years ago following a lengthy battle with ALS.

“I’m kind of emotional,” said Emerson. “It meant a lot to me and I really appreciate it. Raising money and awareness for ALS is all I’m really wanting to do.”

Emerson was grateful that each representative of the Tigers’ ball club embraced the event and willingly performed a role to make it a success.

“It’s just exciting that these girls care this much about me as a coach,” Emerson said. “It shows me how much they actually care about not only softball, but about life in general and supporting others when they’re going through such a hard time.”

Sophomore Haley Christian noted that endeavors like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge help unite the squad as preparations for the 2015 season get underway in the City of Hospitality.

“It’s really good because we’re focusing on coming together as a team and sticking together,” Christian said. “With us doing these activities early on, it’ll make us closer.”

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. It’s mission includes providing services to assist those with ALS and eventually finding a cure for the ailment.

The institution has accepted over $31 million in contributions this year thanks partially to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Hard Work Helps Frazier Earn Spot On NEMCC Tennis Team
Release Date: 8/14/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Beth Ann Frazier has earned a chance to further her playing career at Northeast Mississippi Community College following multiple years of toil and dedication on the tennis court.

Frazier became the newest Lady Tiger after signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the Northeast women’s tennis team.

“We’re happy to have Beth Ann with us next season,” Northeast head coach Ben Shappley said. “We have high expectations for her both in the classroom as well as on the courts.”

Frazier helped Kossuth High School begin their tennis program during her sophomore campaign in 2012. She started each season for coach Ginger Mattox since then.

“I feel like I worked all three years of high school for an opportunity like this,” said Frazier. “I’m really excited to see what it has in store.”

Frazier obtained female Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors for the Aggies after leading her squad to the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A championship.

She also acquired the MHSAA Division 1-3A girls singles crown after defeating rival Abbey Hollowell of Alcorn Central High School 6-2, 6-3. Frazier proceeded to the title match by besting Booneville High School’s Adrianna Jackson 6-3, 6-3.

Kossuth opened the MHSAA Class 3A postseason with a 5-2 victory over North Pontotoc High School to advance to the quarterfinal round versus Cleveland East Side High School at Corinth’s Crossroads Regional Park.

Frazier had no issues against the Trojans and lost only two games to her opponent Keisha Jackson. She claimed a straight sets decision over Jackson to guide the Aggies to the state semifinals with a 5-2 win.

She extended her success with a 6-1, 6-3 sweep of Hannah Garrison in the MHSAA Class 3A North Half championship contest at South Pontotoc High School. However, Kossuth was not as fortunate and lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cougars.

Frazier qualified for the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament as an individual and was ranked as the No. 6 overall seed. She met North Pontotoc’s Katelyn Gordon to begin the event at the Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1.

She also held an 11-1 record during the 2014 regular season that included a hard fought 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Belmont High School’s Alma Manzano and a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Tishomingo County High School’s Emily Long.

“I feel like I have a lot to bring,” Frazier said. “I have a very good forehand, both flat and low, and I usually have a lot of aces with my serve. I’m just really excited.”

Frazier takes the court in the summer months as well. She and her partner Taylor Heavener recently won the 35th annual Candy Classic Memorial Tournament 18-under girls double event with an 8-0 decision against Brooke McCoy and Meredith Murphy.

She fits perfectly into Northeast’s scholastic squad, which was named a 2014 All-Academic Team by both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Frazier was a member of Kossuth’s honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade and received a state scholarship from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Frazier also collected Kossuth’s English Award as a junior and was a member of the National Honor Society.

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Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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