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MGCCC Baseball Games Moved To Sunday
Release Date:3/23/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — No. 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast’s games at Coahoma have been pushed back a day because of expected bad weather.

The teams will start the doubleheader Sunday at noon at Clarksdale.

The Bulldogs’ next home game is Tuesday when archrival Pearl River visits Ken “Curly” Farris Field. That doubleheader is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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Cole-Johnson, Parker Make All-Region 23 Team
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Davion Cole-Johnson and Zach Parker have been named to the All-Region 23 men’s basketball team, voted on by the coaches.

Cole-Johnson, who is from Glen Ellyn, Ill., and had never played organized basketball before coming to Perkinston, averaged 18.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

The 6-foot-4 slashing forward shot nearly 51 percent from the floor. It’s his second selection to the All-Region team.

“He’d never played a basketball game with officials until he played in our first scrimmage game last year,” Gulf Coast coach Wendell Weathers said. “He’s a tremendously talented kid with a great work ethic. He bought into everything we tried to get him to do. It’s a great success story for a guy who works hard and tried to do the best he could do.”

Parker, a 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore guard from Biloxi, averaged 17.0 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the 3-point line. He grabbed 3.9 rebounds and dished out 2.9 assists per game.

Parker broke a bone his foot as a true freshman, and averaged 7.2 points as a redshirt freshman. He took a huge leap thanks to a dedication to conditioning over the summer.

“When he came back this fall, he’d lost 25 pounds,” Weathers said. He looked like a complete different guy,” Weathers said. “It flipped everything he did. He ended up being one of the premier scorers in his league, if not country.”

Both players are being heavily recruited by four-year schools.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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No. 13 Lady Bobcats Rally To Surprise No. 4 Hutchinson (Kansas)
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Jones County Junior College

LUBBOCK, Texas – Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) scored a tournament-high 35 points, one off her season high, and No. 13 seed Jones County Junior College pulled off the biggest upset of the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament so far, ousting No. 4 seed Hutchinson Community College, 91-82, on Wednesday.

Tulane signee Tatyana Lofton (Madison-Ridgeland Academy) added a season-high 26 points for the Bobcats (30-1), who advance to face No. 5 Salt Lake City Community College (29-4) in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Rip Griffin Center on the campus of Lubbock Christian University.

Salt Lake eliminated Cochise (Arizona), 57-48.

Down nine early in the second quarter, the Bobcats went on a 19-4 run to get back into the game, then surged ahead for good early in the fourth quarter, bouncing one of the tournament favorites who had to sit and watch the first two days of action.

“It’s just a credit to our kids. They’re very resilient,” said Jones County head coach Missy Bilderback, who has led her team to the quarterfinals in the first national tournament appearance in school history. “There’s no quit in them and they’re very confident in themselves. I think we started off a little timid early just trying to get a feel for them and not sure what to expect. Just proud of the kids, they’ve never had any quit in them all year and they expect to win. I don’t think being out here we think any different.”

Myyah West (Prentiss) added 10 points for Jones County, which shot 16 for 27 in the middle periods and used its athleticism throughout the game to drive the ball inside. Jones County went to the free-throw line 41 times and made 33, compared to just 11 of 18 for the Blue Dragons (30-2).

Taylor Stahly led Hutchinson with a season-high 26 points and Bride Kennedy-Hopoate added 12. Inja Butina ad Brenna McClure chipped in 11 points apiece for the Blue Dragons (33-2), which had their 31-game winning streak snapped.

“We really had a difficult time of guarding Jones County,” Hutchinson coach John Ontjes said. “They were much more athletic than us and we struggled to keep the basketball in front of us and defend the basketball. We had 22 turnovers which led to a lot of easy baskets for them.”

Tied at 74, the Bobcats went ahead for good on a pair of free throws by Kyle Felton (Lithonia, Georgia) and a layup by Lofton with 4:49 to play. Jones County then iced the game on four free throws, turning an 80-77 lead into an 84-77 advantage.

Stahly’s last 3-pointer cut the lead to 84-80 with 2:01 to play, but Jones capped the game by scoring seven of the game’s final nine points.

“Just stay calm, knock down shots and do what we’ve been doing all year,” Tolefree said. “We’ve been down before and we always find a way to fight back and come back, and that’s what we’ve done all year.”

The Blue Dragons showed no detriments to having to sit for the first two days of the tournament, coming out of the gates firing. Kirea Rogers and Kyla Williams each drained 3-pointers as Hutchinson jumped out to a 10-2 lead and maintained that advantage through most of the first quarter.

Hutchinson shot a sizzling 69.2 percent (9 of 13) from the field in the first quarter and hit 59.3 percent (16 of 27) for the half. Taylor Stahly led the Blue Dragons with 17 first-half points, including a 5-for-5 mark from beyond the arc.

A layup by Brenna McClure pushed the lead to double-digits at 27-16 early in the second quarter before five straight points from Tatyana Lofton pulled Jones County to within six at 27-21. But it was only a sign of things to come.

Trailing 30-21 with just over seven minutes left in the first half, the Bobcats found their shooting touch, especially Tolefree, who had 10 of her 18 first-half points in the second period.

Tolefree converted the free throw on a 3-pointer from the right win then added a conventional three-point play 26 seconds later, and suddenly the Bobcats and Blue Dragons were tied at 30.

But the Jones County rally didn’t stop there. Down 34-31, Tolefree hit her third 3-pointer of the half to kickstart a 9-0 run that included consecutive layups from Juliet Esadah (Warri, Nigeria), pushing the Bobcats to a 40-34 lead with 2:56 to play in the half.

The Blue Dragons recovered to tie the game at 40 with 1:18 remaining, and the teams traded points from there to knot the score at 44 at halftime.

After shooting just 30.8 percent (4 of 13) in the first half, the Bobcats shot 64.3 percent (9 of 14) in the second half. Lofton added 11 points for Jones County.

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ICC Football Tryout Scheduled For March 22
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head football coach, Sean Cannon, announced the Indians have rescheduled their tryout for Wednesday March 22 at Eaton Field on the Fulton Campus that was rained out earlier this month.

The tryouts will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. at the Football Fieldhouse, and participants will engage in non-contact combine drills. Cost of tryouts is $20 (cash or check) and is open to any high school seniors or college student with remaining eligibility.

Participants are responsible for bringing an updated copy of their sports physical, cleats and workout clothes to participate in the tryout.

For more tryout information, contact Coach Cannon at

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

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Snell Named Instructor Of The Year
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College golf coach Tommy Snell has been named one of the school’s Instructors of the Year.

Snell, who won the award for the Perkinston Campus, has taught English and coached the MGCCC golf team since 2000. He had previously taught English and coached golf at St. John High School in Gulfport. During his teaching career, he has been named HEADWAE Instructor of the Year (2007) and Humanities Instructor of the Year (2014).

His golf teams have been NJCAA Region XXIII champions nine straight years, and he has coached 12 individual national qualifiers and three MACJC Hubert Tucker Award winners. He was named MACJC Coach of the Year seven times and NJCAA Region XXIII Coach of the Year nine times.

At St. John, he coached teams to an unprecedented five straight high school state championship and was named Coach of the Year five times by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

MGCCC will celebrate the 2017 Instructors of the Year at the annual Spring Reception held Thursday at the Hospitality and Resort Management Center in Biloxi.

The other winners are Tommie Broome from the Jackson County Campus and Andrea Clark from the Jefferson Davis Campus. Each of them received a $1,000 stipend from the MGCCC Foundation for use in teaching and classroom expenses.

MGCCC has honored outstanding instructors with the prestigious Instructor of the Year Award since 1971. The winners are selected based on their academic excellence, dedication and professionalism both inside and outside the classroom.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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Runner-up Men’s Team Finish Highlights EMCC-hosted Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
Release Date: 2/27/2017
East Mississippi Community College

MERIDIAN – The nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team collected runner-up honors this past weekend as hosts of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region spring season opener. The three-day college rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.

Coming off consecutive men’s team titles to close out regional competition last fall, the Lions collected 655 team points in their spring opener to finish behind only nationally top-ranked Missouri Valley College (1,105 points). The Southern Arkansas University men placed third with 615 points ahead of fourth-place Pearl River Community College (430).

MVC also claimed the women’s team title with 335 points over Tennessee-Martin (280). The EMCC women finished fifth with 35 points.

Reigning All-around collegiate national champion Marcus Theriot totaled 435 points for EMCC to claim the men’s All-around title in the Ozark Region spring opener.

He won the tie down roping title and finished as runner-up in both the steer wrestling and team roping events. The Poplarville native earned 175 points with winning times of 8.3 and 8.1 seconds in tie down roping along with adding 130 points apiece during his second-place finishes in steer wrestling and team roping with respective scores of 9.6 and 13.4 seconds.

EMCC’s Tristan Martin garnered 80 points for his fourth-place, tie down roping effort and fellow Lion sophomore Cooper Christensen added 30 points in steer wrestling. In team roping, Christensen and teammate Brandon Callen earned 40 points, while EMCC’s Jace Harris partnered with SAU’s Cooper Lee to garner 70 points.

For the EMCC women, Carli Hodges claimed the team’s 35 points in the barrel racing competition.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo teams will be back in action, March 30-April 1, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

Men's Soccer Headlines
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Leon Powell Chosen To Rekindle East Mississippi Community College’s Women’s Soccer Program
Release Date: 3/10/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Leon Powell has been hired to rekindle the women’s soccer program at East Mississippi Community College. The announcement was made Friday by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.

Charged with reviving an EMCC soccer program that was suspended following the 2009 season, Powell comes to EMCC on the heels of a successful two-year stint as both the boys and girls head soccer coach at Lamar School in Meridian.

“I have believed a women’s soccer program would be a boost to our Golden Triangle campus,” EMCC President Thomas M. Huebner Jr., said. “A soccer program has the potential for a very positive enrollment yield and I have no doubt it will help contribute to our sense of community.”

Hired at Lamar School prior to the 2015-16 academic year, Powell most recently guided the Lady Raiders to back-to-back Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAAA Division 2 state championships. He also directed the Raiders to consecutive boys state runner-up finishes the past two years. For his teams’ accomplishments, Powell was named the 2016 MAIS Division 2 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year and served as the head coach for the MAIS All-Star Game.

“We are very excited about competing within the MACJC once again in women’s soccer,” Bradberry added. “Soccer on our Golden Triangle campus has been a vision of Dr. Huebner’s since he arrived at EMCC. Now with the hiring of Coach Leon Powell, we believe we have put our best foot forward in laying the groundwork for a successful program.”

A familiar face around the Meridian community, Powell was an NJCAA All-American at Meridian Community College before completing his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati. Upon his return to the Magnolia State in 2013, Powell helped coach the Meridian-based Alliance Futbol Club within the competitive ranks of the Meridian Youth Soccer Organization.

“I am very happy to be a part of the EMCC family and I look forward to helping rebuild a soccer program that will bring success and pride to the community,” Powell said. “We’re also extremely excited about being able to offer quality collegiate soccer for the fans around the Golden Triangle region.”

Having twice earned All-Region 23 soccer honors while ranking among the NJCAA Division I Top 20 scoring leaders both years at Meridian Community College, Powell netted 39 career goals and assisted on 11 other scores for 89 total points. As a freshman forward in 2009, he ranked 10th nationally with 20 goals to garner Honorable Mention All-America laurels. Powell added 19 goals and eight assists during his sophomore year with the Eagles.

Powell took his soccer talents to Cincinnati in 2011 and earned two letters with the Bearcats. After playing in 17 matches his junior year as a top reserve forward, Powell totaled six points, 33 shots and 14 shots on goal to earn UC’s Offensive MVP postseason award following an injury-shortened senior season. Off the playing field, Powell earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Powell served as team captain for Excelsior High School’s 2008 Walker Cup championship team. He also was a member of Jamaica’s U17-U20 All-Star team that played against the United States. In addition to having competed for the Columbus, Ohio-based Santos Futbol Club, Powell also played semi-pro soccer with the Cincinnati Kings of the USL Premier Development League.

Powell is married to the former LaEbony Sutton, of Tallahassee, Florida, who played volleyball at Alcorn State University and Gulf Coast State College. They welcomed the arrival of their first child - daughter Ava Noel - earlier this week.

Women's Soccer Headlines
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East Mississippi Community College To Hold Three Women’s Soccer Tryouts During The Coming Week
Release Date: 3/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – First-year East Mississippi Community College women’s soccer coach Leon Powell is scheduled to conduct three tryout sessions on EMCC’s Scooba campus during the coming week. Tryouts are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of this week along with next Monday, March 27.

Slated for 1 p.m. starts all three dates, interested women’s soccer tryout participants are encouraged to meet Coach Powell behind EMCC’s baseball/softball fields in Scooba prior to the tryout sessions.

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

Softball Headlines
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ECCC Softball Picks Up Two Wins Against Hinds In MACJC Play
Release Date: 3/23/2017
East Central Community College

The No. 14 East Central Community College Lady Warrior softball team picked up a sweep Wednesday, March 22, over Hinds Community College in Raymond.

East Central won the opener of the doubleheader 5-0, and then took game two 9-6.

The Lady Warriors are now 24-4 on the season and 9-3 in MACJC league play. Hinds drops to 6-21 overall.

Freshman Kaitlyn Oswalt out of Heritage Academy in Columbus picked up her 14th win of the year in the circle in game one, pitching a shutout game in seven innings of work and surrendering six hits while striking out seven.

East Central got the only run it would need in the top of the first on an RBI single by freshman Cassie Obman from Caledonia High School for an early 1-0 lead. Obman also doubled in a run in the two-run top of the third for the Lady Warriors. ECCC added the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly.

The Lady Warriors added single runs in the top of the fifth and seventh on a sacrifice fly and a double off the bat of Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin High School.

In game two, ECCC scored seven runs in the top of the third for a lead they would not surrender.

The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the third when Walters singled driving in a run to give East Central the lead for good. The Lady Warriors also scored in the third inning off an Obman single, a single off the bat of Marlee Parkes of Nanih Waiya High School, a fielder's choice, and three-run RBI single from Kayla Beckham of Neshoba Central High School.

Parkes, Obman, Brittney McCray of Sumrall High School and Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya High School all had two hits each in game two, while Beckham had three RBI on three hits.

Freshman pitcher Mackenzie Rousseau out of Vanderbilt Catholic High School in Houma, La., picked up her 10th win of the year.

ECCC will travel to Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead Saturday, March 25, for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Lady Diamond Warriors return home Tuesday, March 28, to host Copiah-Lincoln Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Softball Park in Decatur.

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JCJC Tennis Teams Sweep Holmes
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Jones County Junior College

GOODMAN – The Jones County Junior College tennis teams rolled to a pair of 9-0 victories over Holmes Community College here Tuesday afternoon. JCJC travels to Hinds on Thursday and Itawamba on Saturday.

Holmes goes to Northeast on Thursday.

Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Bulldogs 0

JCJC did not lose a game in four of the six singles’ matches. Beth Owen (Stone) blanked Ashleigh Pope in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Anastasiia Bukhanova shut out Lucy Oakes, 6-0, 6-0, in No. 2 singles. In No. 3 singles, April Rudolph (Northeast Jones) beat Brittany Graham, 6-0, 6-0, and in No. 4 singles, Kaylee McLaurin (Laurel Christian School) defeated Jessica May, 6-0, 6-0. In No. 5 singles, Mattie Mills (South Pontotoc) downed Savanna Bell, 6-1, 6-3. August Parker (Northeast Jones) won No. 6 singles by forfeit.

In No. 1 doubles, Owen and Bukhanova beat Pope and Graham, 8-1, and in No. 2 doubles, McLaurin and Mills whipped Oakes and May, 8-1. Rudolph and Brooke Cran (Wayne County) won No. 3 doubles by forfeit.

The Lady Bobcats are now 3-3 on the season.

Bobcats 9, Bulldogs 0

In No. 1 doubles, Taqel Lewis (St. Lucia) and Diego Leal (Colombia) defeated Matthew Philley and Matthew Dubourg, 8-2. In No. 2 doubles, Chase Pennington (Madison-Ridgeland Academy) and Brandon McCary (Wayne County) beat Eric Menefee and Merritt Blackwell, 8-1, and in No. 3 doubles, Jacob Bozeman (Brookhaven) and Luke Armstrong (Hartfield Academy) downed Christopher Stuckey and Emanuel Brooks, 8-1.

Lewis beat Philley in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Leal downed Menefee in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Pennington whipped Blackwell in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-1, and in No. 4 singles, Bozeman beat Dubourg, 6-4, 6-2. Armstrong beat Hayden Switzer in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-1, and in No. 6 singles, McCary downed Rylee Artman, 6-4, 6-0.

JCJC also won two extra matches. Blake Taylor (Northwest Rankin) beat Brooks, 8-6, and Jed Slover (Northeast Jones) defeated Stuckey, 8-3.

The Bobcats improve to 4-2 on the year.

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Tiger Track Continues Ascent Toward National Qualifying Times In Memphis
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Coahoma Community College

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — CCC Track four athletes to Memphis Monday to represent the team at the Rhodes Invitational. Jauan Addison, Ian Thomas, Romario Marshall and Akeem Marshall all competed for the Tigers.

The foursome combined to take 2nd place in the 4x100 relay with a time of 42.13, just 0.21 seconds off of a national qualifying time. Addison would set his personal best time in the individual 100m dash with a time of 10.67, finishing 2nd in his heat behind Kentucky Wesleyan's James Glenn and 6th overall. The 10.67 was just 0.03 off a national qualifying time.

Both Marshalls competed in the 400m for Coahoma, with Akeem earning a 6th place overall finish with a time of 50.23. Romario Marshall came in at 11th overall with a time of 50.91.

CCC Track will next compete at the dual Hinds-Coahoma Outdoor Meet March 24th in Raymond. Full schedule for the team is available HERE.

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ICC To Host Cheer Clinics And Tryouts
Release Date: 3/21/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Cheer sponsor Emily Lamb has announce the dates for the 2017 Cheer Clinics and Tryouts.

Clinic dates will be March 27 and 29 along with April 3 and 5 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Intramural Gym located in the Fitness Center and will cost $40.00. Participants are require to attend all four clinics, be able to perform a back handspring, and have a current physical that cannot be more than a year old to be able to tryout.

Tryouts will be held on April 6, at 3:00 p.m. All clinics and tryouts are closed to the public. Only those participating in the clinics or tryouts are allowed in the facility.

A full list of requirements and mandatory waiver forms are available on the ICC Cheer page under the Traditions section on

For more information, contact Emily Lamb at or 662-862-8173.

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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
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