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Top-ranked Bobcats Improve To 10-0
Release Date:2/25/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Top-rated Jones County Junior College won its fifth doubleheader of the season here Friday at Community Bank Park.

The Bobcats scored four runs in the first inning and went on to an 8-3 win over Kaskaskia College (Illinois) in game one. JCJC then survived a three-run home run in the seventh inning and held on for a 4-3 victory over the Blue Devils in game two.

JCJC is now 10-0 on the season.

The Bobcats travel to Baton Rouge Community College (Louisiana) for a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. It will be JCJC’s first road trip of the season.

Kaskaskia is 2-4 and will play Dyersburg State (Tennessee) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Saturday in Perkinston.

Bobcats 8, Blue Devils 3

Fred Franklin (West Lauderdale) led off with a single and Shelton Wallace (Northwest Rankin) was hit by a pitch. Erick Hoard (Brandon) reached on a fielder’s choice. The ball was thrown away, allowing Franklin to score.

Tanner Huddleston (George County) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jonathan Parker (New Orleans, Louisiana) followed with a two-run single. The ball was booted in centerfield, allowing Huddleston to score all the way from first base and make it 4-0.

Kaskaskia cut the lead in half in the third

Brock Mette doubled to right-center and scored on a double by Nick Bates. Bates would later score on a passed ball.

JCJC added to the lead in the fourth.

Wallace singled and with two outs, Huddleston walked. Parker singled to left score Wallace and make it 5-2. Jacob Hiatt (Petal) walked to load the bases.

Luther Woullard (D’Ibervile) then hit a fly ball to the outfield that was dropped. That cleared the bases and gave the Bobcats an 8-2 lead.

The Blue Devils got a run in the seventh when Lucas Deimeke singled, Mette walked and Bates followed with an RBI single.

Mason Strickland (South Jones) got the win, upping his record to 3-0.

Strickland went six innings, allowed two runs (one earned), two hits, walked four and struck out seven. Zach Taylor (Brandon) pitched the seventh inning, allowed a run, two hits, walked one and struck out two.

Parker had three singles and three RBIs for the Bobcats. Franklin, Wallace and Huddleston added singles.

Ryan Scharf started and took the loss. He went 3 2/3 innings, allowed eight runs (five earned), five hits, walked four and struck out one. Christian Kimble went the final 3 1/3 innings, allowed no runs, one hit and struck out one.

Bates doubled and singled with Mette getting a double and Deimeke adding a single.

Bobcats 4, Blue Devils 3

Jones led 4-0 going into the final inning, but Kaskaskia made it interesting.

Christian Gonzalez got a one-out single and Nick Brunson followed with a walk. Bates then singled to right. Gonzalez tried to score from second base, but Woullard threw home to catcher Tate Pepper (Ocean Springs), who tagged Gonzalez out at the plate.

But Nick Frerichs then crushed a three-run home run over the left-center wall to cut the lead to one run.

Tristan Labove (Petal) then entered to pitch for the Bobcats. He walked Austin Blazevic, but then got Brad Fuhrhop to pop out to Hoard at first base to end the game.

JCJC started the scoring in the second inning when with two outs, Hiatt was hit by a pitch, Woullard singled and Pepper singled to center to drive in the run.

The Bobcats added three runs in the third.

Franklin and Wallace singled and Hoard reached on a fielder’s choice. Huddleston then lined a single to center to score Franklin and put runners at first and third. Parker’s sacrifice fly to center scored Hoard and Hiatt singled to center to score Huddleston.

Logan Robbins (George County) was sharp for the Bobcats on the mound. Robbins went five innings, allowed no runs, three hits, walked four and struck out 10 as he improved to 3-0. Bryce Fagan (Petal) went 1 2/3 innings, allowed three runs, three hits, walked one and struck out two. Labove got the final out.

Jared Timmerman went five innings and took the loss for Kaskaskia. He allowed four runs, eight hits, walked one and struck out five. Jean Ramos pitched the sixth inning and notched a strikeout.

Frerichs homered and John Plattner doubled for the Blue Devils. Gonzalez had two singles, while Bates and Julio Canales added singles.

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ECCC Warrior Basketball Wins Double Overtime Thriller Against Hinds
Release Date: 2/24/2017
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College men’s basketball team won a 122-119 double overtime thriller over Hinds Community College on “Sophomore Night” in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium Thursday, Feb. 23.

The Warrior basketball team earned an NJCAA Region 23 Tournament berth with the win over the Bulldogs.

ECCC started out slow in the first half, trailing Hinds 51-42 at the intermission.

The Warriors continued to trail most of the second half before taking the lead with six minutes left. The Bulldogs did not go down without a fight tying the game up several times, including on a last second shot to send the game into its first overtime tied 97-97.

The game then went into double overtime tied at 107, before the Warriors pulled away with victory.

East Central had several players step up after the Warriors got into foul trouble, including freshman guard Thurston McCarty of Quitman High School who put up a career-high of 28 points and scoring many late key baskets for the Warriors.

Other Warriors in double-digit scoring were sophomore Tonzell Handy of Lanier High School with 17 points, freshman Cayman Ruffin of Neshoba Central with 14, sophomore Shaquille Benson of Hahnville (La.) High School and Cameron Diggs of Blount (Ala.) High School with 13 each, and Jaquan Dotson, also from Neshoba Central, with 11 points.

The Warriors shot 60 percent from the field for the game.

ECCC ends the regular season 9-5 in MACJC South Division and 14-9 overall.

The Warriors now move on to face Northeast Mississippi Community College MACJC State Tournament as the No. 4 Seed from the South Division. Northeast is the No. 1 Seed from the North Division. The teams will meet Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.

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East Central Lady Warrior Basketball Loses Heartbreaker To Hinds
Release Date: 2/24/2017
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College Lady Warrior basketball team fell 81-78 in a heartbreaker against the Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs Thursday, Feb. 23, in a packed out Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium on “Sophomore Night” in Decatur.

ECCC jumped out to an early lead in the first half, going up by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but a Hinds’ rally gave the Lady Bulldogs a 43-42 lead at the intermission.

The game went back forth in the second half. The Lady Warriors actually had the lead at 78-77 with 1:08 left in the game. After Hinds went back up 81-78, East Central just missed a potential game tying three-pointer with seconds left on the clock.

Leading all scorers was ECCC freshman Autumn Taylor of Newton High School with 21 points and 10 rebounds, followed by freshman Curtisha Coleman of Wayne County High School with 19 points, and sophomore Laneisha Jeans of Pine Forest (Fla.) High School adding 15 points.

ECCC ends the regular season 12-11 overall and 6-8 in the MACJC South Division.

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David Boykin Joins Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Football Coaching Staff As Offensive Coordinator
Release Date: 2/22/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – With nearly two decades of coaching experience working with some of Mississippi’s most successful high school football programs, David Boykin has been hired as East Mississippi Community College’s offensive coordinator. The hiring was announced this week by 10th-year EMCC head football coach Buddy Stephens.

Boykin comes to the three-time NJCAA champion EMCC Lions after spending the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Starkville High School under the guidance of head coaches Jamie Mitchell and Ricky Woods. The Yellow Jackets compiled a three-year record of 34-6, including claiming the 2015 Class 6A state championship with a 14-1 mark after advancing to the state semifinals the year prior with a 13-1 record. In addition to ranking among the nation’s Top 20 teams during those back-to-back seasons as 6A District II champions, the Jackets averaged 37.8 and 34.3 points per game in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

“I am very excited about joining Coach (Buddy) Stephens’ staff here at EMCC,” Boykin said. “I’m blessed and proud to be associated with such a championship program, and I look forward to helping the Lions continue that success for years to come.”

Prior to Starkville, Boykin enjoyed previous success during a four-year stint as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for M.C. Miller at Louisville High School. Capped by an undefeated 2013 campaign in which the 16-0 Wildcats averaged nearly 40 points per contest en route to winning the Class 3A state title, Louisville went 46-12 between the 2010 and 2013 seasons.

Having gained valuable head coaching experience at Caledonia High School for three seasons (2006-07 & ’09), Boykin spent the 2008 campaign in the collegiate ranks coaching tight ends at the University of North Alabama under the direction of current Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth. The 12-2 UNA Lions advanced to the NCAA Division II national semifinals prior to Boykin returning to the high school coaching ranks at Caledonia the following year.

Boykin’s initial coaching experience within the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) took place under Miller’s direction at Noxubee County High School. Beginning in 2003, the Tigers posted a three-year composite mark of 28-10 and advanced to the Class 4A state playoffs all three seasons.

A native of Noxubee County, Boykin kicked off his coaching career at his alma mater, Macon’s Central Academy.

No stranger to the Scooba campus, Boykin pitched for the EMCC Lions during the 1990 and 1991 baseball seasons. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University before completing his master’s degree in educational leadership from the Mississippi University for Women.

Boykin is married to the former Nina Studdard, of Macon, and they have three children – daughters, Codye (Estes) and Connor, and son, Sy Hunter. They also have one grandson, Aubrey Estes.

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EMCC Lions Begin Spring Golf Slate With Ninth-place Team Finish At Faulkner State Invitational
Release Date: 2/21/2017
East Mississippi Community College

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – East Mississippi Community College opened its spring golf slate this past weekend by collecting ninth-place team honors in the Faulkner State Invitational played at Rock Creek Golf Club.

Coach Benji Williams’ EMCC Lions improved a dozen strokes from Saturday’s opening round by carding a 307 on Sunday. The team’s two-day total of 626 was just 11 strokes behind second-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast (307-308—615). Fellow MACJC foes Copiah-Lincoln (301-298—599) and Meridian (302-301—603) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 13-team field.

Eastern Florida State (296-278—574) breezed to the 24-stroke victory over runner-up Spring Hill College (302-296—598). EFSC’s Brad Bawden (72-69—141) claimed individual medalist honors with a 2-shot win over teammate Mathieu Echlard and Spring Hill’s David Kirkman.

Freshman Joey Partin again led EMCC by tying for 10th place individually with a composite score of 150. The Prairieville, Louisiana native entered Sunday’s final round just two shots off the lead after firing an opening-round 73.

Lion sophomores Michael McGill and Kent Vaughn both shot 78 on Sunday to complete the weekend tied for 36th and 39th, respectively, with two-day totals of 158 and 159. Freshman Conner Stevens cut 12 strokes off his opening round with a 74 on Sunday to tie for 42nd place at 160.

Rounding out EMCC’s spring-opening scorecard was freshman Eli Hemphill in 63rd place (85-88—173).

The East Mississippi men’s golf team returns to MACJC action March 6-7 at Northwood Country Club in Meridian. Hosted by Meridian Community College, the upcoming two-day tournament will mark the fifth MACJC golf event of the 2016-17 season and first of the spring slate.


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EMCC Set To Host Intercollegiate Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
Release Date: 2/20/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA — More than 200 college cowboys and cowgirls will compete this week at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center in Meridian during a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association-sanctioned event hosted by East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team.

Gates will open nightly at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the three-day event are $10 at the door and $5 for students. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger. The rodeo will also feature a calf scramble for children ages 6-10 and a pig scramble for children 5 and younger.

This is the first year the EMCC-hosted rodeo event will take place at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center. The rodeo was previously held at The Ranch in West Point the past four years.

“We are excited about the move to Meridian,” EMCC head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich said. “It is a nice facility and has plenty of horse stalls and hookups. Also, there are a lot of hotels and places to eat available to those who are coming from out of town.”

Collegiate participants within the 10-team Ozark Region will compete in bareback riding, tie-down roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Contestants hail from four-year universities and two-year junior colleges located in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.

This week’s NIRA Ozark Region event in Meridian begins the spring rodeo season and is the sixth regional event of the 10 slated for the 2016-17 college season. The contestants compete for points during each event in hopes of making it to the College National Finals Rodeo to be held in June in Casper, Wyoming. Presently ranked 11th nationally and second regionally behind nationally top-ranked Missouri Valley College, the EMCC men’s rodeo team closed out a successful fall campaign by claiming back-to-back titles at Murray State University and Southern Arkansas University.

Headlining EMCC’s rodeo program again this year is Poplarville native Marcus Theriot, who claimed the All-Around national championship and individual tie-down roping title during last year’s College National Finals Rodeo.


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MGCCC Schedules Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 2/12/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will hold soccer tryouts on Feb. 18.

The women’s tryout will begin at 2 p.m., with the women’s tryout beginning at 4 p.m. Both will take place at the MGCCC Soccer Complex.

Players should bring cleats and shin guards. They also should wear white shirts.

For more information, contact women’s coach Jackie Rhodes at jacqueline.rhodes@mgccc.edu or men’s coach Chris Handy at chris.handy@mgccc.edu.

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


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Lady Eagles Set To Host Tryouts
Release Date: 2/19/2017
Hinds Community College

The Hinds Community College women's soccer program will have tryouts Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 pm. The tryouts will take place at Tom Shepherd Field on the Raymond campus.

All participants must bring a current physical.

For more information, contact Head Coach Emily Homan at emily.homan@hindscc.edu. Print Friendly Version


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EMCC Enters Win Column With 9-0 Softball Victory Over Spoon River In Meridian’s Rush Invitational
Release Date: 2/25/2017
East Mississippi Community College

MERIDIAN – The East Mississippi Community College softball team got into the win column Saturday afternoon with a 9-0 run-rule victory over Spoon River College during the Rush Invitational played at the Northeast Park softball complex.

EMCC’s first softball win of the season was sandwiched between a 17-7 loss to Heartland Community College and a 6-1 setback to preseason 10th-ranked Shelton State Community College during the second day of the two-day tournament hosted by Meridian Community College.

Ciara Steward’s two-hit shutout pitching performance and Kendall Wilkinson’s 3-for-4 effort at the plate keyed the Lions in their victory over SRC. EMCC also had two-hit outings from Mallory Vance, Sydney Olander and Magnolia Keller in the contest.

Following their 10-hit team effort against Heartland in Saturday’s opener, the Lions banged out a dozen more hits in their middle contest of the day. After scoring a run in the second inning on Keller’s RBI single, EMCC batted around in the fifth to score six runs on five hits while also taking advantage of three SRC errors in the frame.

The Lions added two more runs in the sixth on Rachel Rooney’s sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single by Wilkinson. Wilkinson, a product of East Webster High School, had two RBIs and two runs scored in the victory after going 2-for-3 with a pair of two-out, RBI singles in the day’s opening game against Heartland. In the circle after retiring the first 10 Spoon River batters, Steward only allowed singles in the fourth and sixth innings. The Oxford native struck out four and walked just one en route to her third career pitching victory for the Lions.

During their nightcap setback to Shelton State, the Lions fell victim to two-out, three-run homers by Courtney Richardson and Haley Britt in the third and fifth innings, respectively. EMCC was held to just three hits by SSCC’s Lauren O’Dell – two by Olander, who had five hits on the day. Wilkinson also had five total hits during the three games.

The Lions had four players with multiple hits in their Saturday opener as well. In addition to Wilkinson’s two hits and four RBIs, Vance, Treasure Lynch and Layton Sills each had two hits versus Heartland.

Coach Kyndall White’s 1-12 EMCC Lions are scheduled to play host to Marion Military Institute in a 2 p.m. Monday makeup doubleheader on the Scooba campus. The following day they are slated to take on Wallace State Community College in a 1 p.m. Tuesday twin bill in Hanceville, Alabama.


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MGCCC Women Thrash Hinds
Release Date: 2/23/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast crushed Hinds 8-1 in a women’s tennis match Thursday at the MGCCC Tennis Complex.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the MACJC.

They dropped only eight games in sweeping the doubles matches. Gulf Coast’s only loss in singles came in a tiebreaker.

MGCCC returns to action Saturday when Eastern Florida State visits Perkinston. Matches start at 9 a.m.

Results
Team: MGCCC 8, Hinds 1
Doubles
No. 1: Paulina Estrada-Bianca Buie (MGCCC) def. Mariana Alvarez-Stefy Varon-Diaz 8-3
No. 2: Katie Burrall-Jenna Lyons (MGCCC) def. Mary Neely Meyers-Chen Elizar 8-1
No. 3: Jasmine Sartin-Kaci Calhoun def. Jordan Warren-Brooke Myers 8-4
Singles
No. 1: Alvarez (Hinds) def. Estrada 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10-4
No. 2: Buie (MGCCC) def. Varon-Diaz 6-2, 6-0
No. 3: Burrall (MGCCC) def. M. Meyers 6-0, 6-2
No. 4: Sarah McMillan (MGCCC) def. Elizar 6-4, 6-1
No. 5: Lyons (MGCCC) def. Warren 6-0, 6-0
No. 6: Jillianne Craft (MGCCC) def. B. Meyers 6-2, 6-2

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Eagles Look To Bring Home Hardware Next Week At Indoor Nationals
Release Date: 2/24/2017
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men's and women's track teams have experienced a great deal of success during the 2017 Indoor Track season. During the entire season, Hinds has been competing in meets that have featured four-year programs. Both teams have multiple members that have qualified for the NJCAA Indoor Nationals in Pittsburg, Ks.

Women:

400 meter dash- Lakeia Hill and Gatashyka Lyons 4x400 meter relay- Jade Hayes, Lakeia Hill, A'Dreama Johnson and Gatashyka Lyons Long Jump- Jade Hayes

Men:

60 meter dash- Keitavious Walter, John Jones, Correion Mosby

200 meter dash- Correion Mosby, Keitavious Walter and DeMicheal Harris

400 meter dash- Tyler Terry and Kaderius Rogers

60 meter hurdles- Christian Boyd

4x400 meter relay pool: Tyler Terry, Christian Boyd, Alfred Thomas, Keshun Reed, Correion Mosby, Kaderius Rogers, Keitavious Walter, John Jones and DeMicheal Harris

High Jump- Eric Richards

Long Jump- Freddie Singleton and Deshaven Flowers

"This group has definitely been a pleasure to coach this season. I am confident that we will go on the road next week and compete well in each event. Our kids have trusted the process tremendously and understand the importance of getting better each week. It is always fun to see where our stands against the other top talent in the country."-Head Coach Reginald Dillon

The meet will be March 3-4 and can be seen live on flotrack.com.



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ICC To Host Cheer Clinics And Tryouts
Release Date: 2/14/2017
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 and be able to perform a back handspring 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.

For more information, contact Emily Lamb at eglamb@iccms.edu or 662-862-8173.




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The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 887-249

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Winningest Active
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Record: 172-76-5

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