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c spire Baseball News

Gulf Coast Returns To MGM Park
Hinds CC Baseball Splits DH To Open 2016 Season
Baseball Bobcats Optimistic About 2016 Season
CCC Baseball Earns First Win Of The Year
Dustin Allen Wins MACJC Pitcher Of The Week
Wolves Drop Doubleheader In Season Opener
EMCC’s Scheduled Home-opening Sunday Baseball Doubleheader Moved To University Of West Alabama
ECCC Diamond Warriors Open 2016 Season With Sweep Of Bishop State
Bears Open With Pair Of Victories
Gulf Coast Sweeps 2 At Baton Rouge
MACJC Baseball Players Of The Week Annonced
No. 9 Hinds CC Baseball Starts 2016 Campaign On Wednesday
CCC Baseball Opens Season Against Marion Military Institute
PRCC Baseball Scores 30 Runs In Doubleheader Sweep Of Mineral Area
MGCCC Rallies Late, Loses In Extra Innings
REVISION: ECCC Baseball Looks To Maximize Potential As 2016 Season Opens Feb. 9
PRCC Baseball Opens Season With Doubleheader Split Against Mineral Area
ECCC Baseball Looks To Maximize Potential As 2016 Season Opens Feb. 9
MGCCC Rallies To Beat Chattanooga State
Gulf Coast Wins Opener At MGM Park
Gulf Coast Returns To MGM Park
Release Date: 2/11/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast’s baseball coaching staff is learning about their team as they also learn their way around MGM Park in Biloxi.

The Bulldogs (3-1) return to action Friday when St. Louis Community College visits the Biloxi Shuckers stadium. The first game of the doubleheader starts at 4 p.m.

Purchase tickets at http://mgcccbulldogs.com/MGMtix.

“We’re still trying to figure some things out about our guys,” Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts said. “What our best lineup is, where guys fit best in the order, who our best position players are.”

It will be the Archers’ first game of the season, but they bring a strong pedigree. They won Region 16 championship before falling to Delgado in the South Central District Tournament finals.

“They were a win away from going to the World Series, so I know they’re going to be good,” Batts said. “They’re going to have some arms and they’re going to have some hitters. It’ll be a challenge for us.”

He is trying to get his pitching staff lined up for the MACJC schedule. They are evaluating bullpen roles, figuring out long and middle relievers, matchup guys and the closer.

Justin Nussbaum has swung a hot bat in the early going, hitting .400 in the first four games with a double and six RBI.

Marcus Buckley, his keystone combination cohort, is batting .333 with a double and four RBI. First baseman Michael Shubert is batting .356 with a 1.026 OPS.

“I think we’re getting better every time they play,” Batts said. “They’re getting more comfortable. The more pitches they see and the more at bats they get, the better I hope we are.”

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

c spire Men's Basketball News

Hinds CC Men’s Basketball Hosts East Central Tonight
Tigers Take Sole Possession Of First Place After Beating Rival Itawamba
Seth LeDay Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MGCCC Faces Critical Showdown With Rival PRCC
Rangers Fall Short At Mississippi Delta, 78-72
EMCC Lions Hold Off Coahoma 85-76 On The Road; Lady Lions Upset 80-70 In Women’s Action
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Announced
Wolves Fall Short In Overtime
Pearl River Edges Bobcats, 85-82
Wildcats Take Over Top Spot In South Division With Clutch Win At Jones
Bears Take Two From MGCCC
MGCCC Men Lose At Southwest
ICC Falls On The Road To Northeast, 71-61
East Central Basketball Teams Complete Season Sweep Of Copiah-Lincoln
ICC Bass Fishing Team Sends Two To National Championship
Rangers Maul Tigers, Force Three-Way Tie In North Division
Gulf Coast Finishes Sweep Of East Central
EMCC Sweeps Mississippi Delta In Scooba With 70-34 Women’s Win And 84-70 Men’s Victory
Wildcats Cruise Past Hinds To Stay Tied For Second Place In South Division
Holmes CC Falls To Itawamba CC
Hinds CC Men’s Basketball Hosts East Central Tonight
Release Date: 2/11/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men’s basketball team hosts East Central Community College at 7:30 p.m. tonight at J.D. Boyd Gym in Utica in the penultimate home game of the 2015-2016 season.

The Bulldogs of Hinds are coming off a 76-64 victory over Meridian Community College on Monday night, which moved the team’s overall record to 7-13 and 4-7 in the South division.

Trojuan White (Hazlehurst) was once again the go-to guy for the Bulldogs in the win, as he scored 25 points on 9-15 shooting, including 5-9 from behind the arc. He also grabbed six rebounds and stole a pass.

Corey McLaurin (Florence) had 16 points and DeAndre King added 11 points to aid the Bulldogs in the victory.

The Bulldogs traveled to Pearl River Community College on Thursday, Feb. 4 looking for their third consecutive victory, but it was not meant to be, as the Wildcats of PRCC won going away, 87-61.

Bobby Powell (Jackson) had 14 points to lead all Hinds scorers, while McLaurin added 11 points of his own.

For more on Hinds basketball go to www.hindsccsports.com

c spire Women's Basketball News

Hinds CC Women’s Basketball Wins Second Straight Over Meridian
Sara Lytle Named MACJC Player Of The Week
Tigers Take Sole Possession Of First Place After Beating Rival Itawamba
MGCCC Women Need Win Against PRCC
Lady Rangers Pick Up 90-73 Win At Mississippi Delta
EMCC Lions Hold Off Coahoma 85-76 On The Road; Lady Lions Upset 80-70 In Women’s Action
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Announced
Second Half Troubles Result In Lady Wolf Loss
Lady Bobcats Whip Pearl River, 93-71
Lady Tigers Score Upset Of East MS
Wildcats Take Over Top Spot In South Division With Clutch Win At Jones
Bears Take Two From MGCCC
ICC Picks Up Twelfth Straight Win Over Northeast
East Central Basketball Teams Complete Season Sweep Of Copiah-Lincoln
Lady Bulldogs Lose At Southwest
Lady Rangers Notch 83-81 OT Win Over Northeast
EMCC Sweeps Mississippi Delta In Scooba With 70-34 Women’s Win And 84-70 Men’s Victory
Lady Bulldogs Fall To South-leading East Central
Explosive Fourth Quarter Lifts Lady Wolves Over Jones County
Holmes CC Falls To Itawamba CC
Hinds CC Women’s Basketball Wins Second Straight Over Meridian
Release Date: 2/12/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Lady Bulldogs picked up their second consecutive victory on Monday night in Utica, defeating Meridian Community College in blowout fashion, 81-50.

The two wins moved the Lady Bulldogs overall record to 9-11 and 3-8 in the South division.

Kaletreon Baker (Magnolia) had a complete all-around game versus Meridian, as she finished with 18 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal.

Annessia Durham (Utica) had a big game as well, scoring 17 points and pulling down four boards.

The Lady Bulldogs also picked up a 61-55 victory on the road at Pearl River Community College on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Alexia Williams (McCalla, Ala.) had 13 points, five rebounds and three steals to key the narrow road win.

Areleatha Gipson (Montgomery, Ala.) had 10 points and three rebounds in the victory.

Hinds will now East Central Community College on Thursday night in Utica, with the opening tip set for 5:30 p.m.

For more on Hinds basketball go to www.hindsccsports.com

c spire Football News

Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
Co-Lin Adds 24 Players To 2016 Football Roster
Lindsey Selected In Inaugural Major League Football Draft
ICC Football Sets Tryout Dates
CCC Footbal To Hold Open Tryout Feb. 12
14 ECCC Football Players Sign With 4-Year Colleges And Universities
ECCC Football Welcomes 17 Players During National Signing Day
Co-Lin To Hold Football Tryouts
Holmes Signees
13 SMCC Bears Have Signed To Continue Their Collegiate Playing Careers
JCJC’s Moore Signs With North Alabama
Northwest MS CC Signees
Southwest MS CC 2016 Football Signees
2016 ICC Football Signing Class List
Northeast Adds 29 On National Signing Day
Buckley Excited About First Recruiting Class At JCJC
Hinds CC Football Welcomes 30 Newcomers To Class Of 2016
PRCC Signs 31 Players On National Signing Day
ICC Inks 31 On National Signing Day
CCC Football Inks 33 On Signing Day
Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
Release Date: 12/8/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

c spire Golf News

Spring Sports Teams Set To Begin Action At Northeast Over Next Two Weeks
JCJC Alumni Association Golf Tournament Set For April 1
Gulf Coast Looking To Finish Atop NJCAA
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
MGCCC Hands Out Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
MGCCC's Hickam Will Play In Patriot All-American
MGCCC Retains No. 2 Ranking In Golf Poll
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
MGCCC's Hickam Signs With UTC
East Central Golfers Finish Fifth In Final MACJC Event Of The Fall
Bulldogs Wins MGCCC Fall Invitational
East Mississippi Concludes Fall Golf Season Sixth Among Participating MACJC Teams At Grand Bear
East Central Golfers Ranked No. 5 In Latest NJCAA Division II Poll
Gulf Coast Finishes Second At The Buccaneer
Spring Sports Teams Set To Begin Action At Northeast Over Next Two Weeks
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s five spring sports are nearing the start of their respective 2016 schedules.

The tennis programs get the slate kicked off on Friday, February 5 when they entertain Holmes Community College. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Northeast Tennis Courts.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers last opened a new year at home on February 17, 2011 against Hinds Community College. It is also the earliest that Northeast has started a campaign while under the direction of head coach Ben Shappley.

“I’m excited about starting a bit early,” said Shappley. “It kind of spreads the season out a bit. It gives us a little more time to recuperate in between matches and hold some extra practices.”

Both squads conclude the initial month of the campaign with three straight road contests before returning to the Booneville campus on Friday, March 4 to welcome nationally ranked Meridian Community College.

Richy Harrelson gets a nice test during his inaugural games as headman of the baseball team. The Tigers welcome Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College, which is receiving votes in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 6 at noon.

“We’re ready to get out there and play a little catch and hit a little bit,” Harrelson said. “Our guys have worked very, very hard for us over the last semester. They’re just a great group so we’re looking forward to it.”

Northeast, which features a predominantly young squad with only 10 sophomores, also battles Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College, Calhoun (Ala.) Community College and Lake Land (Ill.) College at beautiful Harold T. White Field this month.

Veteran coach Jody Long takes his softball players on road trips to Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on Saturday, February 13 and Calhoun three days later to begin their year.

The TigerFest Tournament serves as the first games in the City of Hospitality for the Tigers. The annual event that runs from February 19-20 features clubs from as far north as Illinois and Missouri with 28 total contests.

“Our tournament field is probably one of the best we’ve had in the past 14 or 15 years,” said Long. “We’ve got some really talented teams and we’ve got some good matchups put together.”

The Northeast golf program carries a national ranking into its competitions this spring. The Tigers, who are under the watch of coach Mark Hatfield, appear at No. 27 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Alex Tull, who was recognized as a NJCAA All-American and PING All-Region selection as a freshman, also holds the No. 8 individual ranking in the country. He averaged 73.3 strokes per round during Northeast’s fall tour stops.

“This has given him all kinds of confidence,” Hatfield said. “He’s been a huge influence on the other guys. The maturity of his game is huge. You’ve got to tip your hat to him.”

Northeast participates in three more regular season events before hosting the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament from April 16-17 at the pristine Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club in Corinth.

c spire Rodeo News

East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
East Mississippi Enjoys Team And Individual Rodeo Success During Season-opening Event In Missouri
FIVE STANDOUTS COMPRISE EIGHTH NORTHEAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS
ICC Announces 2015 Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
Bull Rider Winston Cheek Paces East Mississippi To 25th-place Team Finish At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
Northeast Mourns The Loss Of Pearl River's Mitch Deaver
Weather Prompts Postponement Of Pearl River Summer Showcase
PRCC Summer Registration On-going
Will Tindall Signs Rodeo Scholarship With Northwest
EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Set To Host NIRA Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
Release Date: 11/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


c spire Men's Soccer News

Hinds CC Men’s Soccer To Hold Tryout On February 16
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
ECCC Men’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ECCC Men’s Soccer Team To Hold Open Tryouts
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Co-Lin Set To Host Soccer Tryouts
MGCCC Will Hold Men's Soccer Tryout
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
SMCC Sets Soccer Tryout Date
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
JCJC Holds Men’s Soccer Tryouts On Feb. 20
Zach Mills Introduced As Head Coach For The SMCC Soccer Programs
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
SMCC's Bill Ashleyannounces Hiring Of Zach Mills As Head Coach For The Men’s/women's Soccer Program
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer To Hold Tryout On February 16
Release Date: 2/10/2016
Hinds Community College

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

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

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

For more information please call asst. coach Brandon Mitchell at 601.857.3342 or email at brandon.mitchell@hindscc.edu

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

c spire Women's Soccer News

ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
ECCC Women’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ECCC Men’s Soccer Team To Hold Open Tryouts
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Co-Lin Set To Host Soccer Tryouts
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer To Host Tryout On February 18
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
Emily Homan Named New Head Coach Of Hinds CC Women’s Soccer
Zach Mills Introduced As Head Coach For The SMCC Soccer Programs
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
Jackie Rhodes Named Head Women’s Soccer Coach
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
ICC's Hester Named To All-Mississippi Academic Team
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
JCJC’s Stubbington Named NJCAA Third-team All-American
Pearl River’s Lee Named Third-team NJCAA All-America
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Itawamba Community College

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

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

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

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


c spire Softball News

Softball Rivalry Action Set For Saturday In Decatur As EMCC Lions Travel To Preseason No. 2 East Central
Lady Bulldogs Look To Keep Hot Start Going
Hinds CC Softball Gets Off To 2-2 Start In 2016
Bears Split DH With Baton Rouge CC
ECCC Softball Gets Road Sweep Over Marion Military To Remain Undefeated
ICC Softball To Host Saturday Round Robin
Holmes Takes Two From MDCC
7th-ranked Lady Bobcats Open Season With Win Over Pensacola
Mathis, Lee Sweep MACJC Softball Awards
Co-Lin Softball Splits Series With Itawamba
No. 7 Lady Bobcats Eye Return To National Tournament
Big Inning Powers Indians In Game 2 Win Over Co-Lin
No. 6 Lady Bulldogs Get Dramatic Capper To Great Weekend
PRCC Softball Drops 8-5 Loss To East Mississippi At Wildcat Invitational
Gulf Coast Wins Two More At Tournament
Lady Bears Win A Pair To Open Season
ICC Takes #10 LSU-Eunice To The Limits, Falls 6-5
ICC Rallies To Beat Calhoun In Season Opener, 5-4
PRCC Softball Splits Two Games At Wildcat Invitational
MGCCC Opens Softball Season With A Win
Softball Rivalry Action Set For Saturday In Decatur As EMCC Lions Travel To Preseason No. 2 East Central
Release Date: 2/11/2016
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Riding the momentum gained during last weekend’s successful season-opening tournament showing at the Pearl River-hosted Wildcat Invitational, the East Mississippi Community College softball team will visit preseason second-ranked and reigning national runner-up East Central Community College Saturday afternoon in Decatur. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at the Softball Park on the ECCC campus.

A week ago in Poplarville, head coach Kyndall White’s 3-1 EMCC Lions bounced back from a 12-1 Friday setback to preseason No. 10 LSU Eunice to notch victories over Baton Rouge CC (8-3), Calhoun CC (12-1) and host Pearl River CC (8-5).

Batting .347 as a team last weekend, East Mississippi was led at the plate by freshman shortstop Averi Pender, who batted .667 (8-for-12) with two home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and six runs scored over the two days. The Union product hit a pair of three-run homers the same day to help lead the Lions to Saturday wins over Calhoun and PRCC.

Scooba native Blake Rigdon, a sophomore outfielder, also batted .667 for the weekend with six hits in nine at-bats, including a triple, two runs scored and two runs batted in. Sophomore Emily Patrick, of Senatobia, hit .417 (5-for-12) and knocked in a pair of runs.

In the circle during EMCC’s season-opening tournament action, sophomore right-hander Chandler Ellis, of Vicksburg, picked up a complete-game win and earned a save in compiling a 0.78 ERA during her two outings. Left-handers Zoie LaVergne and Ciara Stewart, a Bruce High School product, recorded the Lions’ other two pitching victories last weekend. Freshman Jordan Self also pitched well with a 2.33 ERA during her two relief appearances.

East Mississippi will be back in tournament action next weekend (Feb. 19-20) at the Rush Invitational hosted by Meridian Community College. With two-day tournament action set to be played at Tommy McDonald Field in Highland Park, EMCC is slated to meet host MCC at 3 p.m. and Shelton State CC at 5 p.m. on Friday. The next day in Meridian, the Lions are scheduled to take on preseason fourth-ranked NJCAA Division I power Chipola College (Fla.) at 9 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. contest against Copiah-Lincoln CC.


c spire Tennis News

Bobcats Fall In Season-opening Tennis Match
No. 23 Tennis Bobcats Excited About Upcoming Season
Lady Bulldogs Tennis Wants National Tourney Berth
Bulldogs Tennis Team Intent On Carrying On Legacy
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
Northeast Tennis Opens New Season At Home For First Time In Five Years
Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs Win NSCAA Awards
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
MGCCC Tennis Teams Will Hold Tryouts
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
Hinds CC Tennis Recognized In ITA Preseason Rankings
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Lady Bulldogs Duo Completes Play At Nationals
PRCC To Induct 5 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
Estrada, Robinson Head To National Tournament
Five Inducted Into Hinds CC Sports Hall Of Fame For 2015
Bobcats Fall In Season-opening Tennis Match
Release Date: 2/8/2016
Jones County Junior College

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

The Bobcats won two singles points.

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

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

OUE won the other matches.

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

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

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

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

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

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Release Date: 2/10/2016
Hinds Community College

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

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

Reginald Dillon serves as the head coach for both programs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on Hinds track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com