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Bobcats Sweep Motlow College In Opening Doubleheader
Release Date:2/13/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College opened the Chris Kirtland era with a sweep of Motlow College (Tennessee) here Friday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

The Bobcats defeated the Bucks 11-4 in the opener and then rolled to a 17-0, five-inning win in the nightcap.

JCJC pitchers had 12 strikeouts in game one and six in game two. The Bobcats pounded out 32 total hits – 16 hits in each game.

Kirtland is beginning his first year as head coach after serving as a JCJC assistant coach for six seasons. He replaced Christian Ostrander, who resigned in November to become the pitching coach at Louisiana Tech. The Bobcats, 2-0, will go to Meridian to face Jefferson College (Missouri) in a noon doubleheader on Sunday. JCJC returns home on Wednesday for a 2 p.m. doubleheader vs. Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana).

Motlow College, 4-3, goes to Itawamba for a noon doubleheader on Saturday. JCJC 11, Motlow College 4

Newton County sophomore starting pitcher Will Brand set the tone for the Bobcats.

He went the first five innings, allowed one run, four hits, walked none and struck out seven as he recorded the victory.

Lafayette sophomore TJ Hollis followed with 1 2/3 innings where he allowed two runs, one hit and struck out two. South Jones freshman Brayden Hodge tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, one hit and recording two strikeouts. Greene County freshman Dalton Kittrell went 2/3 of an inning, allowed one run, one hit and struck out one and Petal freshman Anthony Williams got the final out of the game.

Offensively, the Bobcats pounded out 16 hits, led by George County freshman Tanner Huddleston. Huddleston went 4-for-5 with a home run, double and a pair of singles. He had three RBIs.

South Jones sophomore Clint Sasser had three singles, stole three bases and scored twice.

Southeast Lauderdale sophomore Mason Irby tripled, singled and scored twice. Northwest Rankin freshman Shelton Wallace and Olive Branch sophomore Dalton Skelton each doubled and singled.

Northwest Rankin sophomore John Alan Wall and Brookhaven Academy sophomore Landon Nettles both had doubles and West Lauderdale freshman Fred Franklin had a single.

Spencer Mossburg homered and doubled for the Bucks, while Hunter Nance singled twice. Carl Parker had a double and Peyton Meeker and Connor Greene had singles. Starting pitcher Camron Harper went 4 1/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up eight runs, 13 hits and struck out two. Shaq Thompson pitched 1 2/3 innings and J.R. Gilmer pitched two innings.

JCJC 17, Motlow College 0

(5 innings)

The Bobcats sent 17 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs in the third inning. Irby paced the attack with a home run, two singles and two RBIs. Huddleston and Wallace each tripled and singled and Wallace had two RBIs.

Simpson Academy sophomore Chris Richardson and Brandon freshman Erick Hoard both doubled and singled with Hoard getting two RBIs.

Sasser, Hattiesburg sophomore Marcus Hardy, New Orleans freshman Jonathan Parker, Skelton and Lafayette sophomore Josh Keel added singles. Gulfport freshman Ben Stiglets was the starter and winner. Stiglets went three innings, allowed two hits and struck out three. Presbyterian Christian School freshman Jay Simpson went the final two innings, allowed one hit and struck out four.

Nance doubled for the Bucks with Cameron Isley and Casey Werhhahn adding singles.

Charter Helton went two-plus innings and took the loss. He allowed 10 runs and eight hits. Ryan Jennings and Zach Hopkins finished up on the mound for Motlow College.

Friday’s game

Game 1

Ellisville Community Bank Park Jones County 11, Motlow College 4

Motlow College (4-2) 000 010 201 – 4 7 3

Jones County (1-0) 013 400 30x – 11 16 1

Camron Harper, Shaq Thompson (5), J.R. Gilmer (7) and Josh Bankston. Will Brand, TJ Hollis (6), Brayden Hodge (7), Dalton Kittrell (9), Anthony Williams (9) and Landon Nettles, Jonathan Parker (9). WP-Brand (1-0). LP-Harper. Motlow hitters: Spencer Mossburg HR, 1B; Hunter Nance 2 1B; Carl Parker 2B; Peyton Meeker 1B; Connor Greene 1B. JCJC hitters: Tanner Huddleston HR, 2B, 2 1B; Clint Sasser 3 1B; Mason Irby 3B, 1B; Shelton Wallace 2B, 1B; Dalton Skelton 2B, 1B; John Alan Wall 2B; Landon Nettles 2B; Fred Franklin 1B. LOB: Motlow-12; JCJC-6. T-2:41.

Game 2

Jones 17, Motlow College 0

(5 innings)

Motlow College (4-3) 000 00 – 0 3 3

Jones County (2-0) 04(12) 1x – 17 16 0

Charter Helton, Ryan Jennings (3), Zach Hopkins (3) and Weston Burriss. Ben Stiglets, Jay Simpson (4) and Jonathan Parker. WP-Stiglets (1-0). LP-Helton. Motlow hitters: Hunter Nance 2B; Cameron Isley 1B; Casey Wehrhahn 1B. JCJC hitters: Mason Irby HR, 2 1B; Tanner Huddleston 3B, 1B; Shelton Wallace 3B, 1B; Chris Richardson 2B, 1B; Erick Hoard 2B, 1B; Clint Sasser 1B; Jonathan Parker 1B; Dalton Skelton 1B; Marcus Hardy 1B; Josh Keel 1B. LOB: Motlow-5; JCJC-4. T-1:30.

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Tiger Basketball Suffers Losses To East Mississippi, Northwest
Release Date: 2/13/2016
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE/SENATOBIA - CCC Tiger Basketball dropped 2 games this week, falling to East MS by a final of 85-76 on Monday at home and then to Northwest by a final of 85-73 Thursday in Senatobia. Dewuan Fowler scored 20 in the contest vs. East Monday, but the Lions used big games by Jahyde Gardiner and Juan Davis Jr. to notch their 16th win of the year. The visitors got off to a fast start, taking a 53-34 lead into the locker rooms.

A potent 3-point attack would help CCC back into the contest. The team finished with 14 made 3's and cut the East lead to 72-71 with just over 5 minutes to go. But a final run by the Lions put them over the top and sent CCC to its 8th MACJC North loss.

Gardiner led the way with 24 points for the Lions and Davis contributed 22. Fowler finished with 20 points for the 5th time this season. Cortavious Miller chipped in with 11.

At Northwest on Thursday, CCC roared out of the gate, using first half scoring contributions from Miller and Dontavius Self to open up a 37-33 lead at halftime. The lead would not hold, however, as Northwest recovered at intermission and opened up the 2nd hot behind stellar play from Tyrin Jones, who racked up a season-high 32 points. The Rangers kept CCC at arm's length down the stretch to move to 15-7 on the year.

CCC got a solid performance from Trevious Allen, who put up 14 points and 10 rebounds (6 offensive). Self finished with 9. Fowler and Da'Quan Forrest each added 8.

The Tigers (4-17, 1-9 MACJC North) return to The Pinnacle Monday for their final home game of the year. Tip vs. Northeast on Sophomore Night is slated for 8 pm.

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Lady Tigers Downed In Senatobia Despite Huge Game By Jenkins
Release Date: 2/13/2016
Coahoma Community College

SENATOBIA - Despite a strong game from power forward Melvinisha Jenkins, the Lady Tiger Basketball squad fell at Northwest 84-66 Thursday evening. Jenkins, a freshman from Friars Point, enjoyed her second straight double-double with 23 points and 13 boards, 5 of them on the offensive glass.

CCC started the game strong, riding 8 quick points from Tranika Echols to an early 12-8 lead. But behind a strong performance from reigning MACJC Player of the Week Sara Lytle, the Lady Rangers would seize the advantage and use a 17-1 run to build a 25-13 lead by the end of the first period. They would not look back on their way to their 15th overall victory of the season.

Northwest shot 45% from the field in the victory. Five Lady Rangers finished in double figures, including Lytle, who led the way with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Jenkins, who finished with 16 points and 10 boards vs. East MS on Monday, was stellar all game for the Lady Tigers. The freshman went 11 of 19 from the field and added 2 blocks and steal to her stat line. Her 23 points were a season-high.

Echols finished with 11 points, and Eugenia Gilliam narrowly missed out on her 10th double-double in the last 11 games with 13 points and 9 boards.

The Lady Tigers (4-17, 2-8 MACJC North) celebrate Sophomore Night Monday in The Pinnacle vs. Northeast. Tip against NEMCC is slated for 6 pm.

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Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
Release Date: 12/8/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

BILOXI – Winning the NJCAA Football Championship Game in dominant fashion, No. 1 Northwest Mississippi defeated No. 2 Rochester (Minn.) 66-13 in Sunday's Mississippi Bowl VIII.

Completing 23 of 30 passes on the day, freshman quarterback Gardner Minshew led the Northwest Mississippi offensive onslaught. The Brandon, Mississippi, product threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns in the victory, compiling 302 yards and three scores in the first half alone. Minshew's performance was recognized with the Mississippi Bowl Player of the Year award, an honor that current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly earned last year while playing at East Mississippi.

Complimenting Minshew's aerial assault was Rangers sophomore running back Justin Crawford who enjoyed a prolific day on the ground. Scoring a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, Crawford led all ball carriers with 144 yards rushing on 15 carries – averaging 9.6 yards per attempt. The Columbus, Georgia, native scored two rushing touchdowns and added two receptions for 46 yards in the victory.

Northwest Mississippi's receiving corps was led by sophomore Jacob McCrary who hauled in seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Rangers freshman wide receiver Alex Norwood caught two touchdown passes as well, totaling three receptions for 49 yards. Norwood's fellow freshman wideouts KyKy Austin and Titus Ivory each added a touchdown reception to the performance.

The Rangers accumulated 680 yards offensively – 486 passing and 194 rushing – and were forced into just one punt in the game. Their offensive efficiency was on display all afternoon as they racked up 27 first downs.

Defensively, Northwest Mississippi was led by a game-high seven tackles from sophomore linebacker Malik Hawkins. Freshman defensive lineman Quondarius Qualls tallied two tackles-for-loss, while freshman defensive back Wesley Bush forced Rochester's lone turnover with an interception in the fourth quarter.

As a team, Northwest Mississippi conceded just 250 yards to the Yellowjackets – 100 of which came in the fourth quarter. The Rangers pass rush was in constant pursuit of Rochester sophomore quarterback Nick Rooney who was sacked four times and hit an additional six.

Despite the punishment, Rooney went 26 for 48 passing for 223 yards and added two touchdown passes to his NJCAA single-season record performance in 2015. The Minnetonka, Minnesota, native finished the year with 57 touchdowns through the air, shattering the previous record of 53 thrown by former Ole Miss and East Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace in 2011.

On the receiving end of both of Rooney's touchdown passes was Jalen Esters who finished with a game-high eight catches for 90 yards. Fellow sophomore wide receiver London Covington added six receptions for 39 yards for the Yellowjackets in the loss.

Following Crawford's opening touchdown, Northwest Mississippi pushed its lead to 14-0 in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to McCrary. Crawford scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on the opening play of the second quarter, carrying multiple Rochester defenders into the end zone on a 10-yard rush. Minshew would connect with Norwood from 39 yards out and Austin from 18 to push the Rangers' lead to 35-0 heading into the half.

In the third quarter, Rangers sophomore kicker Jim Speights made a 23-yard field goal to improve the advantage to 38-0. Minshew connected with McCrary for another touchdown before the end of the period as the 36-yard touchdown pass extended Northwest Mississippi's lead to 45-0.

Minshew notched his fifth touchdown pass in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to put the Rangers up 52-0. Following a fumbled punt return by Northwest Mississippi, the Yellowjackets finally got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rooney to Esters with 12:42 remaining – cutting the deficit to 52-7.

After putting in the second string offense, Northwest Mississippi responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Max Joseph. With 1:30 to go, Rangers freshman quarterback Shea Chism found Norwood in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 66-7. On the final play from scrimmage, Rooney threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Esters for the final score of 66-13.

Finishing the year with an 11-1 record, the Rangers claimed their program's third NJCAA championship and first since 1992. Northwest Mississippi is now 5-4-1 in NJCAA bowl games.

Rochester finished its season at 11-1 as well, having suffered its first defeat of 2015. The Yellowjackets' postseason struggles continued as their record in NJCAA bowl games dropped to 5-19.

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Motter, Bulldogs Lead Tournament After 1st Round
Release Date: 2/13/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Grant Motter is tied for first after the first round of the Elizabeth Kling Memorial Invitational, helping lead the Bulldogs to a first-place tie in the team standings.

Gulf Coast shot a 12-over 300 on a tough Rock Creek Golf Course made tougher by windy conditions, putting the team in a tie with NCAA Division III Spring Hill. Wallace State and Central Alabama are tied for third, four shots back at Fairhope, Ala.

Motter shot 1-under 71, tying with Wallace State’s Walker Gordon.

Gulf Coast’s Jonathon Newman shot a 74, with Colin Troxler three more shots back. George Kawell shot 78.

The tournament concludes Sunday.

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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
East Mississippi Enjoys Team And Individual Rodeo Success During Season-opening Event In Missouri
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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
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East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
Release Date: 11/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team closed out the fall portion of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region schedule in winning fashion by collecting first-place team honors this past weekend at Southern Arkansas University. The three-day rodeo event concluded Saturday night at Story Arena on the SAU campus.

Now ranked 18th nationally with 1,850 total team points, head coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC men’s squad edged out host Southern Arkansas by 10 points, 435-425, in the fall finale, while also out-distancing Top 10 nationally ranked foes Tennessee-Martin (370 points) and Missouri Valley College (275).

The victory marked East Mississippi’s sixth overall team win since the program’s inception in 2010. The EMCC men previously claimed first-place team honors in the 2014 Northwest Mississippi Community College event as well as in 2012 at Troy University and in 2010 at the University of West Alabama. The EMCC women captured a pair of team titles during last year’s rodeo campaign at Missouri Valley College and Cossatot Community College.

At Southern Arkansas this past week, East Mississippi benefitted from a 1-2 finish in the tie down roping competition as 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot and Cooper Christensen, from North Pontotoc High School, each earned 130 points in the event. The reigning Mississippi High School Rodeo Association Boys All-Around Champion, Theriot also collected 135 points for his second-place finish in the steer wrestling event at SAU. While winning his second men’s all-around individual title of the fall season, the Poplarville native also advanced to Saturday’s team roping finals with partner Lane Mitchell from UT Martin.

Former Kossuth High School product Kody Rinehart also contributed to EMCC’s winning team effort by securing 40 points in the saddle bronc riding competition.

Midway through the 2015-16 rodeo season, the East Mississippi men’s team stands 18th among the NIRA’s national standings and third in the Ozark Region behind second-ranked Tennessee-Martin and No. 5 Missouri Valley College. On the women’s side, EMCC ranks sixth as a team within the Ozark Region with 620 total points. Just 45 points behind fifth-place Three Rivers College in the region, the EMCC women did not score this past week at Southern Arkansas.

Individually for EMCC, Theriot ranks second nationally in the men’s all-around competition with 985 total points. Along with rating as the NIRA’s No. 7 team roping header, Theriot stands eighth nationally in steer wrestling and 14th in tie down roping.

For the East Mississippi women, Katelyn Nicholson, from Lawrence, leads the Ozark Region standings in barrel racing at the midyear mark with 500 points to rank eighth nationally.

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Hinds CC Men’s Soccer To Hold Tryout On February 16
Release Date: 2/10/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men's soccer program will hold a tryout for all interested players on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The tryout will begin at 6 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field on the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus.

All participants must bring a valid current physical form with them to the workout, as well as cleats, shin guards, water and for those under the age of 18, a legal guardian.

For more information please call asst. coach Brandon Mitchell at 601.857.3342 or email at

All participants are urged to register online by going to and heading to the men’s soccer page. The form is listed as “2016 Tryout Form” under the Additional Links tab at the top of the page.

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ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College soccer teams will hold open tryouts for the 2016 season on Sunday, February 21 at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

The men’s tryout will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with the women’s tryouts to follow from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tryouts are open to current ICC students and current unsigned seniors that meet National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility requirements.

Participants will need to bring an up-to-date physical, cleats, shin guards, and regular athletic shoes in the event of the tryouts being moved indoors due to inclement weather.

For more information on the men’s tryout contact Coach Mike Sullivan at 662-862-8124 or via email at For more information on the women’s tryout contact Coach David Strother at 662-862-8125 or via email at

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Preseason No. 2 East Central Registers 9-0, 9-1 Run-rule Home Sweep Over Rival EMCC
Release Date: 2/13/2016
East Mississippi Community College

DECATUR – The visiting East Mississippi Community College softball team was limited to five total hits along with committing 10 errors in the field en route to dropping a pair of run-rule decisions (9-0, 9-1) to preseason second-ranked East Central Community College Saturday afternoon on the ECCC campus. In the opening contest, ECCC’s Lacey Hill worked out of a first-inning jam to strand runners on second and third after walking West Lauderdale product Mallory Vance to begin the game and later hitting Emily Patrick with a pitch. The reigning NJCAA national runners-up then scored eight unearned runs off starter Zoie LaVergne and reliever Jordan Self in the bottom half of the opening frame with the aid of four EMCC errors. Big hits for the Lady Warriors in the first included a two-run triple by Elizabeth Frey and a run-scoring double by Summer Lavender.

That was all the offense Hill needed as she faced the minimum nine batters through the middle three innings. The only hit she allowed over the five innings was a one-out single by Clarkdale High School’s Molly McLeod in the fifth. The Southeastern Louisiana University signee struck out six and walked only one to pick up the shutout victory.

East Central again struck early in the nightcap on a two-run homer by Lavender off EMCC starting pitcher Ciara Steward. But, the Lions’ freshman left-hander was able to minimize the first-inning damage to just the two runs by getting out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam.

Mistakes defensively again proved costly for the visitors the following frame as a pair of dropped fly balls in the outfield let in two more ECCC runs on the heels of Mahalia Gibson’s three-run homer off Steward.

The Lady Warriors extended their lead to 9-0 in the third with a pair of two-out tallies off EMCC reliever Chandler Ellis. Andi Hannaford had an RBI single in the frame, while courtesy runner Abby Winstead then moved to second on Katlyn Duke’s double and later scored on a wild pitch.

EMCC’s only back-to-back hits on the afternoon came in the fourth inning. After being stranded at second following a lead-off double two innings prior, sophomore third baseman Marissa Landrum singled in front of Kendall Wilkinson’s triple that landed on the right-field foul line to account for the Lions’ lone score of the day.

East Central’s Chloe Thaggard picked up the complete-game victory in the nightcap. The Leake Academy product fanned six and walked only one in her five innings of work. The Lady Warriors improved to 8-0 on the year with Saturday’s sweep.

Coach Kyndall White’s 3-3 EMCC Lions will participate in next weekend’s (Feb. 19-20) Rush Invitational hosted by Meridian Community College at Tommy McDonald Field in Highland Park. East Mississippi will take on the host MCC Lady Eagles and Shelton State CC in back-to-back Friday games at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively. On Saturday, the Lions will face preseason fourth-ranked Chipola College (Fla.) at 9 a.m. before capping the two-day tournament against Copiah-Lincoln CC at 3 p.m.

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Bobcats Fall In Season-opening Tennis Match
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Jones County Junior College

MERIDIAN – The Jones County Junior College men’s tennis team dropped a 6-3 decision to defending NJCAA Division III champion Oxford University of Emory (Georgia) here Saturday afternoon in their season opener.

The Bobcats won two singles points.

JCJC’s Taqel Lewis outlasted Peter Higgins in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 5-7, 10-5. Diego Leal beat Cullin McDonough 6-2, 6-1 in No. 2 singles.

Lewis and Leal teamed to win the No. 1 doubles match over Higgins/McDonough, 8-3.

OUE won the other matches.

Adib Zaida beat Chase Pennington in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (7), Michael Pioso downed John Leggett in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1, Shams Sohani defeated Taylor Tamberg in No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-0 and Andrew Chow beat Josh Hester in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-4.

Zaida and Pioso downed Pennington and Luke Armstrong in No. 2 doubles, 8-3. Sohani and Akshay Raghuvam won over Hester and Brandon McCary in No. 3 doubles, 8-1.

In extra singles matches, JCJC’s McCary beat Vignesh Sandaran, 8-1, and Blake Taylor beat Sandaran, 8-0. Armstrong lost to Chase Mahrlig, 8-0, and Peyton Ramsey lost to Mahrlig, 8-3.

In an extra doubles match, Tamberg and Leggett dropped an 8-5 decision to Sandaran and Mahrlig, 8-5.

The Bobcats will host Hinds in their next match at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18.

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Hinds CC Track & Field Continues Trend Of High Rankings
Release Date: 2/10/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll was released on Wednesday morning, and once again, the men’s and women’s track and field programs at Hinds Community College were highly ranked.

The men’s program came in at No. 8 in the rankings, while the Lady Eagles were listed at No. 25 in the country.

Reginald Dillon serves as the head coach for both programs.

Each program also had high rankings in the individual categories, with the Eagles continuing to hold top honors in two different categories.

The women’s program had top-10 rankings in two different categories as well.

The top-10 listing as of February 10 are as follows:

Men’s 60-meter dash
1st place - Keitavious Walter (Ruston, La.) - 6.70 seconds

Men’s 200-meter dash
6th place – Correion Mosby (Natchitoches, La.) – 21.46 seconds

Men’s 400-meter dash
5th place – Kaderius Rogers (Canton_ - 48.22 seconds
8th place – Deante’ Early (Baton Rouge, La.) – 48.45 seconds

Men’s 60-meter hurdles
3rd place – Christian Boyd (Stonewall, La.) – 8.06 seconds

Men’s 4x400 meter relay
5th place – Early/Mosby/Rogers/Rock – 3:14.90

Men’s High jump
1st place - Jerin Allen – 7’1”

Women’s 400-meter dash
6th place – Alexis Luckett (Pisgah) – 57.05 seconds

Women’s 4x400 meter relay
8th place –Gatashyka Lyons (Southaven)/Luckett/A’Dreama Johnson (Clinton)/E’Keisha Hollins (Mendenhall) – 3:54.45

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MGCCC Cheer Flipping To The Competitive Arena
Release Date: 1/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is taking its cheerleading team to the next step, entering the world of competition.

And it is competitive.

“This is like all other competitive sports,” Gulf Coast cheer coach Christy Bowman. “There’s a national championship of cheerleading.”

The school is moving the team into the athletic department to support the squad.

In addition, it is hiring Karlee Nobles as an assistant coach. She will be helping Bowman, who has been the coach of the team for two years.

“I’m extremely excited about this opportunity,” said Nobles, who has been cheer coach at Stone High school and also cheered at Gulf Coast. “I think it’s going to be great for Gulf Coast to make the change to a competitive cheer team. I think Mississippi needs it.”

They will be accelerating the training program beyond the usually two practices per week. There will also be training over the school’s breaks and holidays to stay sharp.

“In the past we didn’t get ready for full competition routines,” Bowman said. “We cheered at football and basketball games and performed at other events on campus. Now we’ll spend the summer and fall getting ready to compete in January at nationals.”

Bowman said she’s seen increased interest in joining the squad since word started spreading of the team’s move to become competitive. Bowman and the team welcome challenges associated with competing, and team members can transition into four-year cheer programs easily with this change since most are competitive squads. The number of Gulf Coast cheerleaders moving on to cheer at four-year universities is expected to increase exponentially due to the requirements associated with a competitive cheer team.

““Making the move to a competitive cheerleading team is a positive for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and our district as a whole,” said Dr. Ladd Taylor, vice president of MGCCC’s Perkinston Campus. “We constantly seek ways to raise the bar and making this change with our cheerleading team does just that.”

For instance, tumbling will be a requirement for the first time at Gulf Coast.

A single tryout date is schedule for April 16, starting at 8 a.m. Tryouts will continue until completion, with a scheduled lunch break. Attire for tryouts should consist of White fitted top (girls), white fitted tees (guys), navy shorts, and preferably cheerleading shoes. No loose-fitting or baggy tops. Game-day ready make-up and hair should be worn, with hair all up with a ribbon/bow and pearl earrings only. No additional jewelry is accepted. Additional information on tryouts can be found at or email the coach at

There are four stunt clinics scheduled, and candidates must attend at least two of them. The clinics will be held at South Elite Cheer Gym (329 First Street N., Wiggins). Each clinic costs $5, payable by cash or check made out to South Elite Cheer.

Potential cheerleaders must print and fill out the release form from South Elite Cheer before the first clinic they attend.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Shoulder Stand
Walk in liberty/pop off/full down
An advanced stunt (to show flexibility)

Shoulder stand
Toss hands/press extension/pencil down
An advanced stunt

Tumbling requirement
Standing back handspring or tuck

Tumbling recommended
Running tumbling (minimum round-off back handspring or anything advanced)

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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