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c spire Baseball News

JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
JCJC Baseball Holds Fall League Camp
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Former Hinds CC Baseball Player Jordan Washam Named As Top SS In Alaska Baseball League
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
East Mississippi Baseball Alumnus LeDarious Clark Selected To Northwest League All-Star Team Roster
Hinds CC Softball To Receive New Facility
MGCCC Will Hold Baseball Showcase
Bulldogs Will Host Fall Instructional League
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Former ICC Pitcher Named GLSCL All-Star
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
Former Indian Named To SCBL All-Star Roster
Tickets On Sale For JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame Banquet
Former Collegiate Shortstop Graham Odom Named Assistant Baseball Coach For East Mississippi Lions
Murphree Twins To Remain Together On The Diamond At Northeast
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
Former Ranger James Lear Named TCL All-Star
Casey Echols And Matt Jones Of Hinds CC Baseball Advance To Miss. College & Tennessee Tech
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

c spire Men's Basketball News

JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Cornish Leaves PRCC For Delta State
LaJustin Anderson Joins DSU As Invited Walk-On
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Top Offensive Threats For Tigers Earn All-State Honors
Ripley Native Pete Story Hired To Complete Billy Begley’s EMCC Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Ceremony Honors Dixie Basketball Camp's 50th Anniversary
Dixie Basketball Camp Celebrates 50 Years
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
Campers And Coaches Head To SMCC Dixie Basketball Camp
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Tiger Pride Camp Draws Both Boys And Girls To Booneville
PRCC Hancock County Students Receive Scholarships
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Kids From Across Mississippi Flock To NEMCC For First Basketball Camp Of Summer
MACJC Honors 23 PRCC Athletes For Academics
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

c spire Women's Basketball News

JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Ivy Receives All-State Accolade For Second Straight Season
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Northwest's Bethany Lytle Signs With Union University
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Ceremony Honors Dixie Basketball Camp's 50th Anniversary
Dixie Basketball Camp Celebrates 50 Years
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
JCJC Names Pittman Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Northwest Named To WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll
Campers And Coaches Head To SMCC Dixie Basketball Camp
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
PRCC Hancock County Students Receive Scholarships
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Kids From Across Mississippi Flock To NEMCC For First Basketball Camp Of Summer
MACJC Honors 23 PRCC Athletes For Academics
Nine Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

c spire Football News

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GAME PREVIEW: The Southwest Bears Face A Daunting Task To Open The 2015 Season
Miller Gets Quarterback Nod For No. 19 Bobcats
GAME PREVIEW: SMCC Vs EMCC Game Preview
GAME PREVIEW: NEMCC OPENS SEASON AT HOME FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS
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GAME PREVIEW: PRCC Opens 2015 Grid Season At Coahoma
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Wildcats Open Season With Convincing 32-6 Victory Over Coahoma
Release Date: 8/28/2015
Pearl River Community College

CLARKSDALE – It wasn’t always the prettiest of season openers, but it will certainly do for the Pearl River Wildcats.

PRCC jumped out to a quick start and never looked back Thursday night, as the Wildcats rolled over Coahoma 32-6 in the MACJC season opener for both teams at James E. Miller Stadium.

“Obviously, we didn’t play a perfect game, and we’ve got a lot to clean up,” said PRCC head coach William Jones, who opened his third season at the Wildcat helm. “But I saw some bright spots in a lot of places.”

No question, there were a lot of first-game jitters, reflected by the fact that the Wildcats were called for 15 penalties, mostly things like encroachment and delay of game.

But that couldn’t overshadow a strong effort, especially on defense, where the Wildcats held the Tigers to just a net of 42 rushing yards.

“We came out aggressive,” said sophomore cornerback Tarvarious Moore. “We wanted to jump on them early and not let up on them. At times, we were a little too aggressive, and gave up some plays. But I think we corrected that in the second half.”

But it was the offense that got things going for the Wildcats in the first quarter, as they scored on each of their first four possessions of the game.

On Pearl River’s second play from scrimmage, after forcing a Coahoma punt on the opening series of the game, freshman Darious Leggett burst through the middle, broke a couple of tackles at the point of attack and rambled 85 yards for a touchdown.

The PAT kick failed, but PRCC was on the board with a 6-0 lead.

“It was very overwhelming,” said Leggett, who prepped at Forrest County AHS. “This was my first college touchdown, and it was a great experience. We just had to play with a lot of heart and get it done.”

Leggett led Pearl River with 121 yards on 12 carries

The Wildcats’ second score was set up by the first of four turnovers forced by the PRCC defense, a fumble by Coahoma quarterback Dominic Marino near midfield.

The touchdown came on a 35-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Mack Lowrie to freshman wide receiver Cameron Bolton.

Lowrie also added an 18-yard scoring pass to freshman Joronnie Hinton in the first quarter, and had an 11-yard TD run in the third period to cap the scoring.

“We were up and down, but the best part is we got the win,” said Lowrie, a transfer from Boston College. “We’re going to watch the film and see the areas we need to correct. But it was a good first win for us.”

In his Wildcat debut, Lowrie completed 6 of 14 passes for 129 yards.

Coahoma got what proved to be its only score of the night on a brisk four-play, 78-yard scoring drive midway through the first quarter, as Marino found Devonta Jones open for a 39-yard touchdown pass.

The Tigers also had two good scoring chances late in the second quarter, as the Tigers as far as the Wildcat 14-yard line, before Moore picked off a pass near the sideline.

Coahoma also got to the Wildcat 1 on another possession in the second quarter, but missed a chip-shot field goal, and ended the first half at the PRCC 5 after taking advantage of the Wildcats’ only turnover, a fumbled snap with 25 seconds remaining in the half.

“I think we were anxious to play somebody besides ourselves,” Jones said. “It’s just understanding to play with poise, with character, and play within the scheme of the defense.”

The defense even got into the scoring column early in the third period when sophomore defensive tackle Kendrick Hair sacked Marino in the end zone for a safety. Sophomore Brennan O'Keefe also added a 29-yard field goal for the Wildcats early in the second quarter.

PRCC will be back on the road next week to battle Holmes before hosting Hinds on Sept. 10 in its South Division opener.

In other MACJC season-opening action Thursday night, Mississippi Gulf Coast pulled away to defeat Northeast 40-23, defending MACJC and national champion East Mississippi blew past Southwest 69-20, Hinds rallied to edge Holmes 32-28, Copiah-Lincoln downed Itawamba 26-14 and East Central blanked Mississippi Delta 34-0. Jones County is scheduled to host Northwest on Saturday.

Next week’s schedule of MACJC games includes East Mississippi at Co-Lin in a clash NJCAA Top 10-ranked teams, Hinds hosts Northeast, East Central is at Coahoma, Jones travels to Itawamba, Gulf Coast will play at Northwest and Mississippi Delta entertains Southwest. All games next week are on Thursday.

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Nineteen Co-Lin Student-athletes Receive NJCAA Recognition
Four East Mississippi Community College Teams And Nine Student-athletes Recognized By NJCAA For Academic Achievement
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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Bulldogs Golf Team Ranked Third In Poll
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON - Led by a pair of returning first-team All-Americans. Mississippi Gulf Coast has been ranked third in the Bushnell Golfweek Preseason NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll.

Defending champs South Mountain, in Phoenix, Ariz., got seven first-place votes to take the top spot. Tyler (Texas) got the other first-place vote and is second.

The Bulldogs have Phillip Hickam and Grant Motter, who finished tied for second at last year's national championship in Scottsboro, Ala., finished third at that tournament.

The defending state champions play their first match of the fall Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in the Wallace State Invitational in Cullman, Ala. The Bulldogs open MACJC play Sept. 12 in a two-day tournament at Hinds' Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Gulf Coast teams overseen by coach Tommy Snell, who was named to the NJCAA Men's Golf Coaches Hall of Fame this year, have won eight straight Region 23 championships.

Meridian is the other MACJC team in the top 10 at seventh. Copiah-Lincoln was tops among other teams receiving votes.

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East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
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PRCC Summer Registration On-going
Will Tindall Signs Rodeo Scholarship With Northwest
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Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


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Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Opens 2015 Campaign On Friday
ECCC Men’s Soccer Team
PRCC Soccer Teams Open 2015 Season At Itawamba
PRCC Men's Soccer Vs. Carey
Wildcats Open Season With 4-0 Win Over Holmes
Release Date: 8/28/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Tyler Polderman had a goal and an assist as Pearl River’s men opened their 2015 soccer season with a 4-0 victory over Holmes Thursday at Ridgeland.

“It was a good result for us,” said Wildcat coach Paul Martin. “We were a little slow to get started, but that’s predictable for the first game.”

Freshman Suleiman Carr of Mobile, Ala., opened the scoring in the 17th minute taking a pass from Polderman, a freshman from Picayune, and burying the shot for the first goal of the season.

The Wildcats padded their lead in the 37th minute on a goal by freshman Mack Ladner of Gulfport from an assist by sophomore Johnny Longo of Waveland. PRCC led 2-0 at halftime.

Pearl River made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, when freshman Kyle Estess of Laurel forced the Bulldog keeper into a mistake that resulted in an own goal. Polderman completed the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 75th minute. In all, PRCC had 17 shots on goal to just four for Holmes.

“It’s nice to have a lot of new faces on the scoresheet,” Martin said. “We’ve stressed through the summer being quicker and more efficient, and I felt like we were. We have a lot of room for improvement, but we’re pleased with where we are as a team.”

Sophomore Grant Adam was in goal for the Wildcats, and he didn’t have a lot to do, making a pair of saves. Martin credited the back line, led by freshman Anthony Hertzke of Lucedale on the right side for keeping Adam’s sheet clean.

PRCC plays at Hinds next Tuesday, then opens its home schedule – and its South Division slate – on Sept. 4 against Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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ECCC Freshman Is Named MACJC Women’s Goalkeeper Of The Week
Abigail Morales Named MACJC Player Of The Week
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
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Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Opens 2015 Campaign On Friday
ECCC Women’s Soccer Team
PRCC Soccer Teams Open 2015 Season At Itawamba
ICC Soccer To Open Season Friday Against Pearl River
Lady Bobcats Play Soccer Scrimmage On Saturday
Lady Bobcats Blitz Hinds, 11-0
Release Date: 8/29/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College played two senior colleges and a quality junior college in scrimmages to toughen their team for the upcoming regular season.

It worked like a charm.

JCJC scored four goals in the first 17 minutes and went on to crush Hinds Community College 11-0 here Friday night at Bobcat Soccer Field in their season opener.

Kelly Stubbington, a freshman from London, England, and Traci Monroe, a sophomore from Stone County, each had a ‘hat trick’ for JCJC. Stubbington added a pair of assists. Laurel Christian School freshman Marcie Napier had two goals and two assists, while Florence sophomore Ali Sullivan had three assists.

Napier got the Lady Bobcats on the board first at the 2:33 mark and Stubbington followed with a goal off an assist by Napier at 5:30 to make it 2-0. A Stubbington goal at 12:13 made it 3-0 and Monroe’s first goal at 16:15 gave JCJC a 4-0 lead. Mattie Mills scored at 44:05 to put the Lady Bobcats up 5-0 at halftime.

Monroe then scored at 45:50 and gave Jones a 6-0 lead and Stubbington’s second goal off an assist by Florence sophomore Lindy Tabor at 48:40 made it 7-0. Monroe’s third goal at 49:00 gave the Lady Bobcats an 8-0 lead.

Stubbington found the net again at 60:55 to make it 9-0 and South Jones sophomore Dallas McKinnon scored at 68:30 to make it 10-0. Kelsey Hannaford ended the scoring at 84:20.

West Jones freshman Abbey Graham and South Pontotoc freshman Mattie Mills also had assists for JCJC.

Oak Grove freshman Holly Pike was in goal in the first half for JCJC, while South Jones freshman Mackenzie Shows played the second half.

JCJC, 1-0, will host the University of West Alabama in a 5 p.m. scrimmage on Sunday. Their next regular season match is at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 vs. Meridian.

Hinds, 1-2, hosts Pearl River at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Co-Lin Student-athletes Pile Up MACJC Academic Honors
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Nineteen Co-Lin Student-athletes Receive NJCAA Recognition
Co-Lin Men’s Tennis Repeats As Top Academic Team
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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
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Release Date: 8/23/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Five former Jones County Junior College athletic standouts have been chosen for the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Donald H. Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson and Tommy D. Parker, Sr., will be inducted into the special group on Saturday, Aug. 29, during a banquet in A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. and the inductees will then be recognized during halftime of the 19th-ranked Bobcats’ season-opening football game vs. No. 16 Northwest Mississippi, which begins at 7 p.m. at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

Darty played basketball from 1979-81, while Jackson was a football player in 1993-94. Parker played football and ran track in 1963-65 and served as an assistant coach from 1967-85. Pennington played football and ran track in 1964-65 and Robertson played football and baseball in 1971-72.

LINDA DARTY

Darty played at New Augusta High School before coming to JCJC.

She was a first-team All-State selection, an All-Region 7 player and All-Region 7 Tournament choice at JCJC. She was named the Outstanding Offensive Player during both of her years at Jones, averaging around 22 points per game. She was named a Mississippi Junior College All-Star as a sophomore and led the Lady Bobcats to the South Division finals and Region 7 finals.

Darty then attended Lemoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee. She was named to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Tournament team. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring with 20 points per game.

Darty, who now resides in Petal, is an active member of Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Church where she serves with the Women’s Ministry to do community outreach. She is a member of the Praise and Worship Ministry and a young women’s mentor.

KEVIN JACKSON

Jackson played at Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama, before coming to play linebacker at Jones under head coach Parker Dykes.

He was All-State as a freshman, named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. As a sophomore, he was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-American. Again, he was named the team’s Outstanding Linebacker and led the team in interceptions. He played in the MACJC All-Star Game.

During his career at JCJC, Jackson had 105 tackles, five interceptions and blocked two kicks. He also had a 3.1 GPA at JCJC.

After leaving JCJC, Jackson went to the University of Alabama, where he starred in 1995-96.

As a junior, he was named first-team All-SEC and All-American as a safety. As a senior, he was first-team All-SEC and All-American, a Walter Camp All-American, Birmingham News All-SEC and UPI Coaches Poll All-American.

Against Georgia in 1995, Jackson had three interceptions – a school record – and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for that performance.

He was named a preseason All-American prior to the 1996 season and was runnerup player of the year in the league. He led the SEC in interceptions for two years and was the second alltime leader in interceptions at Alabama.

Jackson played in the Senior Bowl and was a member of the All-Decade Team at Alabama. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Alabama and had a 3.2 GPA.

Jackson played in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm and Buffalo Destroyers.

He is a member of the Red Elephant Club and A-Club at Alabama and has a foundation called Kids for Life.

Jackson was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2013 and currently lives in Dothan, Alabama.

TOMMY PARKER, SR.

Parker played at Bay Springs High School before coming to JCJC to play for head coach Sim Cooley.

He was an All-State defensive back and led the state in interceptions. He helped the Bobcats win the state championship in 1964.

Parker then went to Delta State where he started on defense and was a member of the M Club.

He served as defensive coordinator under Cooley from 1967-85.

The Bobcats were state and JC Gridwire national champions in 1968 and won state titles in 1972, 1978, 1979 and 1983. The Bobcats played for the state championship in 1977, 1980, 1981 and 1984.

JCJC played in the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977, the Garland Bowl in Texas in 1978, the East Bowl in 1981 and 1983 and the Ranger Bowl in Texas in 1984.

Parker also served as track coach and coached the only JCJC athlete to ever place first in a national track and field event.

Parker coached high school football and track in Georgia after leaving JCJC. He led Harrison County to the state playoffs for the first time in school history and his staff was selected Coaching Staff of the Year.

He was a member of the J Club at Jones and was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club, while coaching at JCJC. He is currently a member of the Bobcat Club and has officiated youth sports for many years in Jones County.

Parker and his wife, Eva, have three children and are members of Lake Congregational Methodist Church. They currently reside in Jones County.

He is beginning his first year as head football coach at Heidelberg Academy this fall.

DONALD H. PENNINGTON

Pennington played at Morton High School before coming to JCJC.

He played fullback and linebacker at Morton, leading the Panthers to four North Division and two Little Dixie Conference championships. He was named All-Conference as a junior and a senior.

He helped Coach Sim Cooley’s Bobcats win the state championship in 1964 and was an All-State linebacker and JC Gridwire Honorable Mention All-American in 1965. He also ran track for the Bobcats.

After leaving Jones, he went to Mississippi College where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Choctaws.

Pennington was a graduate assistant at Hinds Junior College in 1968 before becoming a teacher and coach at Tallulah High School in Louisiana in 1969.

He served as assistant football coach until 1973 and as head coach from 1973-82. He was selected District Coach of the Year in 1978.

Pennington was promoted to assistant principal from 1976-82. He then became principal from 1982-85 at Newellton High School in Louisiana. He then served as Tensas Parish Superintendent of Schools from 1985-2003 when he retired.

He then returned to the education profession and became principal at Tallulah Academy in 2006, a position he still holds today.

He is a member of several education associations, as well as the JCJC Alumni Association and Bobcat Club. He is a member of the Newellton First Baptist Church, where he serves on the Usher Committee.

Pennington was reared in the Polkville, Mississippi, area and is married to the former Karen Eubanks. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

MIKE “SKEETER” ROBERTSON

Robertson came to JCJC from South Jones.

He was a two-year letterman in football and a one-year letterman in baseball.

He played on the 1972 South Division championship team under head coach Sim Cooley. He was named first-team All-State and Honorable Mention All-American in 1972. He participated in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game as a member of the South team.

He had several offers to play Division I football, but chose to run the family dairy farm after the death of his father.

Robertson would later serve as baseball coach and assistant football coach at South Jones High School and head softball coach at Taylorsville High School. He is currently a Physical Education teacher at South Jones and East Jones Elementary schools.

He coached baseball for 27 years in the Dixie Youth, Dixie Boys, Dixie Majors, Dizzy Dean and American Legion leagues. He is a past president of the South Jones Football Booster Club and the South Jones Baseball Diamond Club.

Robertson received numerous Ellisville Jaycee Awards, including Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1977, Outstanding Young Farmer in 1976, “SPOKE” of the Year in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Outstanding Project Chairman in 1975 and 1977.

He worked for the United States Postal Service for 27 years and received the USPS Special Achievement Award for Notable Performance.

He is an active member of Ellisville’s First Baptist Church, the Mississippi High School Activities Association and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

Robertson is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association and the Bobcat Club.

He and his wife, Teresa, have three sons – Joe-Michael, Chuck and Jonathan – who all played football and baseball at JCJC. Joe-Michael is a member of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame and Chuck currently serves as the Bobcats’ offensive line coach.





JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007


Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

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Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”