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c spire Baseball News

Ten-run Inning Keys No. 1 Bobcats Past Hinds
ICC’s Watterson Signs With Delta State
MGCCC Baseball Sweeps Co-Lin
CCC Choir Members Record With Scandinavian Blues Artist
Holmes CC Baseball, Softball Report
ECCC To Host Free MLB Pitch, Hit And Run Competition
Top-ranked Bobcats Whip Southwest Mississippi Twice
GOFF COLLECTS FIRST WIN IN NEMCC’S NON-DIVISION FINALE
Baseball Bobcats Still Ranked No. 1
JCJC’s Dew, Hensley Named MACJC Players Of The Week
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Northeast Weather Postponements
No. 1 JCJC At Southwest Baseball Postponed Until Wednesday
MACJC Players Of The Week Selected
Rangers Earn Split With 16th-ranked Mississippi Delta
ICC Baseball Splits With Holmes To Stay In Chase For Playoffs
Hubbard, Wolfpack Sweep Southwest To Win The Coca-Cola/Powerade Challenge
River Splits With Northeast
Seventh-ranked EMCC Lions Maintain Division Lead With Road Baseball Sweep Over Coahoma
SMCC Standouts Katrina Littlepage And Twymond Howard
Ten-run Inning Keys No. 1 Bobcats Past Hinds
Release Date: 4/18/2014
Jones County Junior College

RAYMOND – A 10-run second inning keyed the top-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 13-2, seven-inning victory over Hinds Community College in game one here Friday afternoon.

The Eagles bounced back to win game two, 4-2, at Joe G. Moss Field. The Bobcats are now 36-6 overall and remain in first place in the MACJC South Division with a 16-4 record. Hinds is 25-14 and stays in second place at 15-5. JCJC will hold “Sophomore Day” when it hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday at Community Bank Park. The games will air on www.jcjc.tv. The Bobcats will end the regular season with a 2 p.m. twinbill at Copiah-Lincoln on April 26.

Hinds visits Pearl River on Wednesday.

Bobcats 13, Eagles 2

(7 innings)

JCJC led 2-0 going into the second inning.

That’s when they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs. Carter Polles capped the outburst with a three-run home run.

Jordan Stark doubled, singled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Bobcats, while Chris Morgan also doubled and singled twice. Tyler Graves doubled, singled and drove in three runs, while Alex Shermer singled twice and drove in two runs. Trent Giambrone and Stephen Stiglets each singled and Chase Hensley had two RBIs.

Hensley, 5-0, went the distance and got the win. He allowed two earned runs, six hits, walked two and struck out one.

Luke Reynolds singled twice for the Eagles, while Matt Jones, Toler Robinson, Marshall Boogs and Casey Echols added singles.

Randy Bell pitched 1 1/3 innings for Hinds, allowed seven earned runs and seven hits. Daniel Briner pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowed five earned runs, three hits and walked one. Tyler Cox pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out one. Wesley Wilkinson tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowed an unearned run, three hits, walked two and struck out five.

Eagles 4, Bobcats 2

The game was tied 2-2 after three innings, but the Eagles scored twice in the fourth and made it stand up.

Shermer, Stiglets, Giambrone, Graves, Polles and Hensley each singled for the Bobcats.

Lane Ratliff, 5-2, went the first four innings and took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned), six hits, walked none and struck out five. Will Simon pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs and one hit.

Robinson homered for the Eagles, while Echols doubled and singled. Brian Mills, Boogs, Caleb Upton and Jonathon Washam each singled.

Casey Sutton posted the victory. He went six innings, allowed two earned runs, six hits, walked one and struck out four. Austin Sanders pitched the final inning and got the save. He allowed no hits and struck out one.


c spire Men's Basketball News

East Mississippi Community College To Hold Men’s Basketball Tryouts Monday, April 28 On Scooba Campus
Bobcats’ Zuppardo Inks With Mississippi State University
Presented All-Star MVP Award
MACJC South Men All-Stars
MACJC North Men All-Stars
ICC All-American PG Signs With UT-Martin
MACJC Champion ICC Basketball Team To Hold Open Tryouts
Coahoma Big Man Graves Headed To Alcorn State
SMCC Assistan Gray Takes Job At UT-Martin
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Ex-JCJC Coach Jay Ladner Named NJCAA DI Coach Of The Year
ICC Players Shine In MACJC All-Star Games
ICC’s Anderson Named NJCAA All-American
South Men, North Women Claim JUCO All-Star Basketball Contests
Garrett, Hughes Represent JCJC In Juco All-Star Games
SMCC Standouts Katrina Littlepage And Twymond Howard
South Men, North Women Claim JUCO All-Star Basketball Contests
ICC’s Anderson Named NJCAA All-American
ECCC Hosts MACJC All-Star Basketball Games April 11
EMCC To Be Represented By Seven Players During Friday’s East Central-hosted MACJC All-Star Basketball Games
East Mississippi Community College To Hold Men’s Basketball Tryouts Monday, April 28 On Scooba Campus
Release Date: 4/18/2014
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball team will conduct open tryouts on Monday, April 28 on the Scooba campus.

Slated for a 5:30 p.m. start at EMCC’s Keyes T. Currie Coliseum, the Lions’ upcoming basketball tryout session is 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.

Interested tryout participants must provide a valid physical examination form or a signed note from their high school indicating their current, up-to-date physical exam status. A $20 registration/equipment fee will also be required.

For additional information, please contact EMCC assistant men’s basketball coaches Shelby Lindley (slindley@eastms.edu) or Drew Bernd (abernd@eastms.edu).


c spire Women's Basketball News

Receives All-Star MVP Award
MACJC South Women All-Stars
MACJC North Women All-Stars
ECCC Taps ‘Snoopy’ Bender For JUCO Sports Hall Of Fame
JCJC’s Spane Signs With University Of North Florida
MACJC Champion ICC Basketball Team To Hold Open Tryouts
Riddle Inks With Another Tradition Rich Program In Delta State
RIDDLE, SHORTY CONTRIBUTE IN PAIR OF CLOSE ALL-STAR GAMES
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
ICC Players Shine In MACJC All-Star Games
South Men, North Women Claim JUCO All-Star Basketball Contests
South Men, North Women Claim JUCO All-Star Basketball Contests
Garrett, Hughes Represent JCJC In Juco All-Star Games
SMCC Standouts Katrina Littlepage And Twymond Howard
ICC Women’s Basketball Team To Hold Open Tryouts
South Men, North Women Claim JUCO All-Star Basketball Contests
ICC’s Anderson Named NJCAA All-American
ECCC Hosts MACJC All-Star Basketball Games April 11
JCJC Holds Women’s Basketball Tryouts On Tuesday
Holmes CC Women's Basketball Tryouts
Receives All-Star MVP Award
Release Date: 4/16/2014
East Central Community College

Ashanti Spencer (left) of Mississippi Delta Community College received most valuable player honors after leading the North All-Stars to an 81-69 victory over the North in the annual MACJC All-Star Basketball Games held Friday, April 11, 2014, at East Central Community College in Decatur. Spencer led the North with 13 points. She is shown with Robert Thompson, men’s head basketball coach at ECCC, which hosts the annual competition in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. Event sponsors include the Pearl River Resort, JUCO Weekly, Judge Little and ECCC. (EC Photo)

c spire Football News

New Football Coaching Staff Gelling Together During Spring Practice
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
SUPERMAN RETURNS: Armstrong Finds New Home In AFL
Results Of The MACJC Holmes CC Crappie Rodeo Tournament On Grenada Lake
Coach Dungy Addresses ECCC Senior Day Crowd
SMCC 2014 Golf Fundraiser Set
JCJC Releases 2014 Football Schedule
Coach Dungy Addresses Sold-Out Crowd For ECCC Event
Spring Football Practice Under Way For Bobcats
ECCC Welcomes Coach Tony Dungy To Fundraising Event
Alexander Joins ECCC Football Staff
NJCAA Football Champion EMCC Lions Honored In Mississippi State Senate Wednesday
CCC To Sign Strategic Alliance Memorandum With SBA Next Week
New Orleans Saints Coach Payton Speaks At JCJC Fundraiser
Will Hall To Be Inducted Into MACJC Sports Hall Of Fame
ICC Football To Hold Open Tryouts
CCC Will Hold Open Football Tryout March 8
Holmes CC To Host Fishing Event
Three Aggie Tigers Become Newest CCC Tigers
ICC Football To Hold Open Tryouts For High School Seniors
New Football Coaching Staff Gelling Together During Spring Practice
Release Date: 4/17/2014
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE — Coahoma Community College’s new head football Coach Karl Morgan has solidified his coaching staff and the group has been busy in recent weeks during spring practices evaluating the talent currently on the CCC roster, and gauging what the next steps will be to add to that talent and move towards building a competitive program at the college.

Morgan was officially announced as Coahoma’s new football coach on Jan. 27th and replaced Freeman Horton who spent 12 years as the Tigers head coach and earned 35 wins during that time. Morgan is a former UCLA Bruins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman and NFL defensive tackle with 20-plus years of coaching experience — most recently as the head coach at Mississippi Valley State.

“I think we have a good mix of youth and experience — everyone is working well together and I think we’re off to a really good start,” said Morgan who will also act as the team’s defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. “We have some challenges ahead. We are going to have to add some depth in a few areas, especially the offensive line and at linebacker. But I think we’ve put together a good staff that can get that job done.

“We have no selfish individuals and no ego-driven coaches. Each one of them brings something to the table whether it’s recruiting, a high-level of energy or technical expertise, they each have something to offer.”

William Kirksey, linebacker’s coach and recruiting coordinator: Coach Kirksey has been with Coahoma Community College for the last 13 years as the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach. Before coming to CCC, he spent four years as the defensive line coach at Northwest Community College.

Before becoming a coach, Kirksey played his collegiate football at Southern Mississippi earning a nod on the All-Independence team at linebacker before the Eagles joined Conference USA. During his senior season he was the team’s captain and Defensive MVP.

After being undrafted out of college, Kirksey earned an NFL roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings (1900-92) and continued his career with the Falcons for one season and the Kansas City Chiefs for a year-and-a-half before a career-ending injury forced him out of the game. Kirksey also had a stint with the London Monarchs.

Chris Mattox, defensive backs: Coach Mattox will return for his second season with Coahoma Community College coaching in the defensive secondary. Before coming to CCC, he spent two years working in defensive quality control with Hinds Community College.

Prior to coming to Mississippi, Mattox was the Director of Football Operations at the United States Merchant marine Academy (2010) and began his coaching career in 2009 as an offensive intern with Liu-Post — a Division II football program in Long Island, NY.

Cedric Shell, offensive coordinator: Coach Shell began his coaching career in 2005 at McPherson College (McPherson, KS) as the wide receiver and tight end coach and video coordinator. He spent the next five seasons at McPherson coaching defensive backs, wide receivers and running backs.

In 2012, Shell took a position with Graceland University (Lamoni, IA) as the wide receiver’s coach and special teams coordinator where he stayed through the 2013-14 season before coming to Coahoma.

Devario Dorsey, offensive line: Coach Dorsey played college football for East Mississippi Community College (2005-06) where he earned 2nd Team All-Region honors and voted to play in the MACJC All-Star Game. He would continue his career at West Texas A&M University earning 2nd Team Lone Star Conference honors and receiving a spot in the Cactus Bowl — the Division II All-Star Game.

Dorsey stayed on at West Texas A&M as a graduate assistant (2009-11) working with the offensive line and tight ends. He then transferred to Southern Arkansas University as a graduate assistant coaching running backs and earning his master’s degree in Coaching and Kinesiology.

He spent the 2013-14 season at Mississippi Delta Community College as the Trojans offensive line coach before accepting the position at Coahoma.

Jason Morgan, wide receivers and kicking: Jason played collegiate football at Hampton University (2003-06) and the University of North Alabama (2007-08) as a wide receiver for the Pirates and the Lions. While playing football, Jason also earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and Coaching and his master’s degree in Health and Physical Education.

His coaching career began in 2008 as a graduate assistant at Austin Peay State University. Jason went on to work at the University of Louisville (Defensive Quality Control 2009), Mississippi Valley State University (defensive backs and video coordinator 2010-11), and as an offensive coach at the University of Akron (2012-13).

The staff will continue to work this spring and into the summer on recruiting and trying to bring some diamonds in rough to Coahoma for the 2014 season.

“Recruiting is going to be ongoing, and we will continue until we are unable to recruit any more,” said Morgan. “So far, I think the attitudes of our players have been really good, and they have been very receptive to what we are trying to do. I think with a few more additions at some key spots, and with the coaching staff that we’ve put together, that we will be a competitive football team next fall.”

c spire Golf News

Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Northeast Weather Postponements
SWINNEY LEADS NORTHEAST’S SECOND DAY CHARGE
Eagle Ridge Golf Course To Hold Junior Golf Clinics
Wolfpack To Host Big Wolf Fundraiser
JCJC Finishes Seventh In Northwest Invitational
ECCC Golfers Finish Fifth In Northwest Tourney
Seven-shot Improvement Earns EMCC Lions Fourth-place Team Finish At MACJC’s Fourth Spring Golf Event
Bobcats In Seventh Place After First Round Of Northwest Invitational
JCJC’s Annual Alumni Association Golf Tourney To Be Held April 9 At Dixie Golf Club
ECCC Golf Team Fundraiser
EMCC Men’s Golf Team Places Fifth At Weather-shortened MACJC Event Held At Meridian’s Northwood Country Club
ECCC Golfers Finish Seventh In Meridian Event
LITTLE STEADILY IMPROVING AS TIGERS REACH HALFWAY POINT
Three Bobcats Named To All-Tournament At Meridian Event
Bobcats Tied For Second After First Round Of Meridian CC Event
POTTS MAKES VAST STRIDES AT SECOND MACJC TOURNAMENT
Wolfpack Finish Sixth In Hinds Tournament
EC Golfers Make All-Tourney Team
EC Golfers Finish Fourth In Hinds Tourney
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.


c spire Rodeo News

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
East Mississippi CC Set To Host Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Women Match Season-best Finish With Second-place Team Showing At Southern Arkansas University Rodeo
EMCC Men Place Third And EMCC Women Finish Fifth During Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo
East Mississippi Opens Spring Rodeo Campaign With Second-place Men’s Team Finish In Arkansas
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
EMCC’s Six MACJC-affiliated Athletic Teams Earn Academic All-State Team Honors For Third Straight Year; 17 EMCC Student-athletes Earn Individual Recognition
Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

c spire Men's Soccer News

ECCC Warrior Soccer Signees
ECCC’s Vaughn Signs With Delta State
Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Gnande Zleh Inks With Faulkner University
JCJC Men’s Soccer Team Announces 2014 Recruiting Class
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
Tryouts Set For ECCC Men’s Soccer Team
ICC Soccer Tryouts Announced For Sunday
SMCC Men's Soccer Tryouts Set
ICC To Hold Soccer Tryouts In February
Join ECCC Men’s Soccer Team
JCJC To Hold Men’s Soccer Tryouts On Feb. 15
North Division Champion Indians Continue Winning Ways Off The Field
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
Justin Gordon Signs To Play Soccer At ICC
ECCC Soccer Players Judge NCES Robotics Competition
Bevill Joins The ICC Men’s Soccer Team
Presented ECCC Warrior Soccer Awards
Tupelo Keeper Signs With MACJC North Division Champs
ECCC Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ECCC Warrior Soccer Signees
Release Date: 4/15/2014
East Central Community College

These standout high school soccer players plan to continue their careers at East Central Community College in Decatur. Joining the Warrior squad in 2014-15 are (seated from left) Jacob Johnson, a 5-7, 140-pound forward and product of Destrehan (La.) High School; Cesar Diaz, a 5-7, 130-pound forward from Newton County High School; Jackson Oliver, a 5-11, 163-pound midfielder/forward and Tyler Aaron, a 6-1, 150-pound forward, both products of Clinton High School; and (standing from left) John Mark Howell, a 6’, 225-pound keeper from Amory High School; Durham Norman, a 6’, 147-pound defender from Florence High School; Connor Brenham, a 6’1, 150-pound midfielder from Pearl High School; and Kellen Clark, a 6’, 150-pound defender from Newton County High School. Johnson is a first-team All-District selection. Diaz’s honors include All-District and Golden Boot Award. He helped lead Newton County to the 2013-14 District title and State 4A semifinals. The 2012-13 team also reached the State 4A semi-finals. Oliver was team captain of the 2013-14 squad, which won the District championship. He also helped lead Clinton to the State 6A championships in 2008-09 and 2011-12. Aaron helped lead Clinton to the 2014 District championship. Howell is a recipient of Amory’s Scholar Athlete award. Norman served as captain of the 2014 Florence squad, which finished State Class 4A runners-up. Brennan helped lead Pearl to the 2013-14 State 5A Championship. He was also a member of several recreation and travel soccer championship squads. Clark’s honors include 2011-12 All-District Keeper, 2012-13 Defender of the Year and 2012-13 first team All-District. He helped lead Newton County to the 2012-13 and 2013-14 State 4A semifinals. Also joining the Warrior soccer squad in 2014-15 but not pictured is Jamar Simms, a 5-9, 150-pound defender from Pascagoula High School. EC’s Warrior soccer program is led by head coach Kenneth Thompson. (EC Photo)

c spire Women's Soccer News

Holmes Women's Soccer Participates In Racin' For The Cure
Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Signs Six For 2014
JCJC Men’s Soccer Team Announces 2014 Recruiting Class
JCJC Soccer Standouts Sign With William Carey University
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
Tryouts Set For ECCC Women’s Soccer Team
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Tryout Set For Feb. 25
ICC Soccer Tryouts Announced For Sunday
SMCC Womens Soccer Tryouts Set
ICC To Hold Soccer Tryouts In February
New ECCC Women’s Soccer Team Members
Lady Indian Soccer Team Shines In The Classroom
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
ECCC Soccer Players Judge NCES Robotics Competition
ECCC Women’s Soccer Award Winners
ECCC Lady Soccer Warrior Sophomores
Pontotoc Duo Sign To Play Soccer At ICC
PRCC Offering Free Computer Courses
ECCC Fall Sports Awards Banquet
Holmes Women's Soccer Participates In Racin' For The Cure
Release Date: 4/6/2014
Holmes Community College

Members and friends of the Holmes Community College Women ‘s Soccer program took part in the first Racin’ For the Seed Mustard Seed Duathlon and 5K on Saturday.

Participating on behalf of the Holmes Women’s Soccer Team were Alan Hannon, Juan Herrera, Liz Petro, Emily Chastain, Emma Warren, Sam Robinson, Brooke Lawrence, James Gledhill, Courtney Nolan and Becca Galloway.

Hannon got first overall in the men’s group and Chastain got first overall in the women’s age group. Warren got first in her age group and Nolan got second in the same age group. Gledhill got third in his age group.

Proceeds from the race went straight to the Mustard Seed ministry to help them to continue providing a loving Christian community for adults with developmental disabilities. Founded in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with special needs, the Mustard Seed provides a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities which allow the “Seedsters” to fulfill the potential God has created within them.

The Mustard Seed is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and by choice does not receive any government funding. In addition to the Seedsters’ monthly tuition and gift shop sales, support relies on individuals, corporations, foundations, churches and others who believe in their mission.

c spire Softball News

MGCCC Softball Sweeps Southwest
EMCC Lady Lions Swept On The Road, 7-2 And 6-5, By MACJC North Division Softball Champion Itawamba
Holmes CC Baseball, Softball Report
MGCCC Softball Hammers Meridian
No. 17 ICC Sweeps Coahoma To Capture Third-straight North Title
No. 3 Lady Bobcats Improve To 40-2 With Wins Of SMCC
Co-Lin Sweeps River
ICC Softball Moves To No. 17 In Latest NJCAA Poll
Lady Bobcats Move Up To No. 3 In Latest Poll
AGNEW’S PERFECT DAY HELPS TIGERS CLAIM PAIR OF SHUTOUTS
ICC’s Johnson Name MACJC Pitcher Of The Week
JCJC’s Dew, Hensley Named MACJC Players Of The Week
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Northeast Weather Postponements
MACJC Players Of The Week Selected
Sophomore Lady Diamond Warriors Honored
ECCC/Co-Lin Softball Teams Split Twin Bill
Lady Wolves And Lady Warriors Split High Scoring Doubleheader
No. 4 Lady Bobcats Crush Meridian Twice
Top-ranked Bobcats Improve To 33-5 With Sweep Of ECCC
MGCCC Softball Sweeps Southwest
Release Date: 4/18/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON---Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College swept Southwest Thursday and clinched a spot in the MACJC Playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs (31-16, 18-10) will play one of the top four teams from the North Division in a best 2-out-of-3 doubleheader next weekend in the post-season.

Gulf Coast took game one 5-2 behind another duel effort from sophomore Emily Davis, who was the game's winning pitcher and also had two hits at the plate. Dani Craft went 3-for-3 while Brooke Ladner and Cocoa Bender each had two hits.

The Lady Bulldogs rolled to a 9-0 rout in game two. This time it was Elise Richardson turning in double duty, as she tossed a four-hit shutout and helped her cause at the plate with a two-run homer. Craft had two more hits and drove in three while Britney Butler went 2-for-3 with a two run double. Cocoa Bender also had two more hits and stole two bases.

The 10 Gulf Coast sophomores celebrated Sophomore Day with family and friends in between games one and two.


c spire Tennis News

Bobcat Netters Defeat Mississippi Gulf Coast
Release Date: 4/18/2014
Jones County Junior College

PERKINSTON – The Jones County Junior College tennis won a pair of close matches here Thursday afternoon vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The Lady Bobcats improved to 12-1 with a 6-3 win, while the JCJC men’s team is now 9-4 after edging the Bulldogs, 5-4.

JCJC concludes regular season play with a 2 p.m. match Monday at Copiah-Lincoln. The MACJC/Region 23 Tournament will be April 24-26 at MGCCC. Mississippi Gulf Coast hosts Hinds on Monday. The MGCCC women are now 11-3, while the men are 7-7.

Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Bulldogs 3

JCJC took four of the six singles’ points.

Jenna Hegwood beat Kit Chowdhary in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Brenda Hegwood rallied past Torri Rose in No. 3 singles, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7. Elizabeth Wright edged Annishia Johnson in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 10-5. Brooke Martin whipped Aliesha Barlow in No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2.

MGCCC’s Christa Owen defeated Anna Ready in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3. Brittney Buker downed Krissy Stutts in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3.

Brenda Hegwood and Martin downed Rose and Buker in No. 2 doubles, 8-2. Stutts and Wright defeated Johnson and Barlow in No. 3 doubles, 8-5. MGCCC’s Owen and Chowdhary beat Ready and Jenna Hegwood in No. 1 doubles, 8-4. Bobcats 5, Bulldogs 4

JCJC won two of the three doubles’ points and split the six singles’ points. JCJC’s Graham Lightsey and Harrison Thomas beat Travous Wilson and Josh Johnson in No. 1 doubles, 8-5. Josiah Lim and Robert Kiewit defeated Tyler Youngblood and Bobby Vo in No. 3 doubles, 8-2. MGCCC’s Matt Barlow and D’Angelo Vaxter edged Caleb Byrd and Ryan Young in No. 2 doubles, 8-6.

Lightsey whipped Barlow in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Lim downed Vaxter in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (3) and Kiewit beat Youngblood in No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-2. Wilson defeated Thomas in No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-5. Vo edged Young in No. 4 singles, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Johnson downed Byrd in No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-0.


c spire Track News

Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Has Impressive Showing In Oxford
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Competes At Ole Miss Open
Hinds CC Men's 4x400 Relay Wins National Championship
Former Hinds CC Track And Field Stars Make The World Team
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Gets High Marks At LSU Twilight
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Has Successful Showing At LSU Twilight
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
Hinds CC Men’s Track Wins 4x400 Meter Relay At USM Cupid Classic
Jones County FCA Sponsors 5K/10K Run On March 29
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Qualifies For Nationals
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Posts Impressive Showing At Samford Multi Invite
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Competes In Opening Meet
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Announces 2014 Schedule
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Assists Salvation Army
Hinds CC Women’s Track And Field Announces 2014 Schedule
Hartfield, Ward Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.