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c spire Baseball News

CCC Athletics Scheduling Updates
Weather Changing MGCCC Athletic Schedules
JCJC’s Polles Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MACJC Baseball Players Of The Week - Week Four
No. 11 JCJC Baseball Games Canceled Today
Holmes Baseball
Tuesday Hinds CC Baseball DH Moved To Wednesday
EMCC Lions Split Baseball Twinbill At Shelton State In Advance Of Saturday’s MACJC Opener At Southwest Mississippi
Northeast's Tuesday Spring Sports Postponed
ECCC Diamond Warriors Split Weekend Contests
This Week In MGCCC Athletics: March 2-8, 2015
Indians Split On The Road
Polles’ Big Day Keys No. 11 Bobcats To Sweep
River Splits In Day Two At Pirate Invitational
Wildcats Drop Two In Day One At Pirate Invitational Tourney
Gulf Coast Baseball Splits Saturday To End 3-1 Weekend
Gulf Coast Baseball Gets Bats Going In Sweep Of Lincoln
Late Rallies Lift MGCCC To Softball Sweep Over Co-Lin
CCC Baseball Scheduling Update Feb 27
No. 11 Bobcats Defeat SMCC; Fall To Baton Rouge
CCC Athletics Scheduling Updates
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Coahoma Community College

Inclement weather has forced a number of reschedulings/cancellations for CCC Athletics. Here are some of our events that have been affected.

• Today's baseball games at Rhodes College have been cancelled. • Today's softball games at Holmes CC have once again been rescheduled.

They will now be played March 23rd at 2/4 pm.

• The open football tryout for high school seniors will now be held on March 17th at 3 pm on the campus of CCC. All interested should bring workout clothes, cleats, and an up-to-date physical.

c spire Men's Basketball News

EMCC Lions Advance To Seventh Straight Regional Hoops Semifinal With 78-60 Win Over Southern-Shreveport
MACJC State Champ Wildcats Nip Bears In Region 23 Opener
No. 16 Bobcats Fall To East Central In Region 23 Tournament
EC Warriors Defeat Jones To Advance To Region 23 Semifinals
Holmes-East Central To Battle In Region XXIII Semi-finals Friday
Holmes CC Advances With 78-68 Victory Over NEMCC
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Fifteen
MACJC Champ Pearl River Entering Region 23 Play
EMCC Lions Look To Begin Another Streak At This Week's NJCAA Region 23 Basketball Tournament In Clinton
Jackson Collects Third Statewide Distinction With More Clutch Play
REGION XXIII Preview: Bulldogs, Tigers To Battle For Fourth Time This Season
Bobcat Basketball Teams Head To Region 23 Tournament
Holmes CC To Battle Northeast MS CC In Region XXIII Opener
ECCC Squads Prepare For Region 23 Basketball Tourney
River Bombs Holmes 65-54 MACJC State Championship
Bulldogs Fall To Wildcats In State Championship Game, 65-54
River Wallops Perk For Berth In MACJC Championship Bout
Warriors Fall To Holmes In State Tournament
Holmes To Battle Pearl River Tonight In State Title Game
EMCC Lions Advance To Seventh Straight Regional Hoops Semifinal With 78-60 Win Over Southern-Shreveport
Release Date: 3/5/2015
East Mississippi Community College

CLINTON – The Lions of East Mississippi Community College scored a convincing 78-60 victory over Southern-Shreveport in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Basketball Tournament being held this week at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the Mississippi College campus.

Improving their composite NJCAA Region 23 Tournament record to 15-2 under head coach Mark White’s guidance, including four consecutive regional championships and subsequent NJCAA Tournament appearances between 2010 and 2013, the fourth-seeded EMCC Lions advance to meet MACJC State Champion Pearl River Community College in Friday’s 2 p.m. semifinals. PRCC, the region’s top seed, escaped Wednesday’s quarterfinals with a 68-67 come-from-behind win over No. 8 seed Baton Rouge Community College.

Friday’s other semifinal-round men’s matchup will have No. 7 seed East Central taking on MACJC North Division Champion Holmes at noon Friday. ECCC upset No. 2 seed and reigning NJCAA Division I National Champion Jones County, 67-64 during Wednesday’s quarterfinals, while third-seeded Holmes earned a 78-68 victory over No. 6 seed Northeast Mississippi.

Coming off their 78-74 quarterfinal-round setback to Mississippi Gulf Coast during last week’s MACJC State Tournament in Wesson, the 18-7 EMCC Lions quickly established dominance against Southern-Shreveport with 12 unanswered points that created a double-digit margin in the contest. The lead grew to 19 points a couple of times in the opening half before the MACJC North Division runners-up settled for a 46-32 halftime advantage.

The SUSLA Jaguars scored the first four points following the intermission, but East Mississippi quickly re-established command with a 10-1 spurt keyed by back-to-back 3-pointers from sophomore Chris Rhoney three minutes into the second stanza. From there the margin grew to as many as 23 points (66-43) by the 12:44 mark en route to the 18-point final outcome.

Scoring 13 of his team-high 18 points from the charity stripe on the night, Pascagoula freshman guard La’Datren Deas paced a quartet of double-figure EMCC scorers against Southern-Shreveport. Rhoney, a West Lauderdale High School product, finished with 15 points, followed by freshman forwards Jahyde Gardiner and Juan Davis Jr. with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Southern-Shreveport received a game-high 19 points from Patrick Smith, while Dangelo McClinton and Xairius Larry added 15 points apiece.

c spire Women's Basketball News

Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Wolves, 69-68
Lady Indians Advance To Round Two At Region 23
Allen Named MACJC Player Of The Week
ICC Looks To Rebound In Region 23 Tournament
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Fifteen
EMCC Lions Look To Begin Another Streak At This Week's NJCAA Region 23 Basketball Tournament In Clinton
Holmes To Battle Co-Lin In Region Opener
Bobcat Basketball Teams Head To Region 23 Tournament
ECCC Squads Prepare For Region 23 Basketball Tourney
Holmes Lady Bulldogs Head To Region XXIII Tournament
Co-Lin Claims MACJC Title
Lady Wolves Storm Back Past Jones
Collins Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Fourteen
Lady Warriors Defeat Holmes In First Round Of State Tourney
Lady Warriors Defeat Holmes In First Round Of State Tourney
Meridian Shocks Lady Indians In MACJC Opener, 76-74
Lady Warriors Defeat Holmes In First Round Of State Tourney
Unbeaten And Host Co-Lin Ends Lady Lions’ Season With 71-48 First-round Decision In MACJC Basketball Tournament
Jones County Eliminates Northwest From MACJC Tournament
Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Wolves, 69-68
Release Date: 3/5/2015
Holmes Community College

CLINTON --- After leading the majority of the second half here Thursday afternoon against the State Champion Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves, the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker in the final 1.1 seconds when the Lady Wolves hit a basket underneath for the win. With the loss, the Lady Bulldogs ended the season at 16-9 while Co-Lin advanced to the semi-finals Friday night versus Itawamba. Holmes led 31-30 at halftime after sophomore guard Carmesha Nalls hit a long three-pointer as the half ended. Holmes then held as much as a 16-point lead in the second half, but the Lady Wolves fought their way back into the game.

Holmes took a quick 2-0 lead on a bucket from Aja Williams. Co-Lin then went up 6-2 with 16:20 to play in the first half when Arnissayur Robinson scored for the Lady Wolves. Holmes tied it at six with 15:21 to go in the half on a bucket from Tiffany Jones and went up 9-6 on a bucket from LaShonda Wilson with 14:15 to play.

Co-Lin tied the game at 15 on a three-pointer from Jamilah Sanders with 10:15 to play in the first half and then went up 17-15 before the Lady Bulldogs retied the game at 17 with 8:35 to play in the half on a bucket from Jamieca Sheriff. The game went back and forth, and the Lady Wolves held a four-point lead with 5:45 to play before halftime and held the lead until Nalls’ three-pointer at the end of the half.

The Lady Wolves took a 33-31 lead on a three-pointer from Tyra Gibson with 19:05 to play in the game before Jones tied the game for Holmes with a bucket with 18:30 to play. A Williams’ bucket put Holmes up 35-33, and the Lady Bulldogs went on a tear from that point and led 52-36 with 12:15 to play on a bucket from Jones.

After Holmes was up 56-40 with 10 minutes to play, the Lady Wolves went on a 29-12 run to close out the game. Williams hit two free throws for the Lady Bulldogs to make the score 66-61 with 1:20 to play. Tenazhia Hinkeson then hit two free throws for Co-Lin with 49 seconds left to get the Lady Wolves within one point at 66-65. Co-Lin took a 67-66 lead with 30 seconds left when Robinson hit two free throws before Nalls hit a two-point bucket to give Holmes the lead with 6.8 seconds to play before Robinson scored a bucket with 1.1 seconds to give Co-Lin the win.

Williams and Nalls each led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points while Minyone Hill had 12 and Jones had 11. Jones led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 rebounds while Wilson had 12.

For the game, the Lady Bulldogs shot 38.2 percent from the floor, 23.1 percent from the three-point line and 53.8 percent from the free throw line. Collins led Co-Lin with 18 points while Kelly Allen had 12, Sanders had 11 and Hinkeson and Robinson each had 10.

For the game, the Lady Wolves shot 37.5 percent from the floor, 28.6 percent from the three-point line and 58.6 percent from the free throw line. Holmes outrebounded the Lady Wolves 55-39 in the game.

c spire Football News

NJCAA Football Champion EMCC Lions Honored At Capitol By Mississippi House Of Representatives Wednesday
CCC Athletics Scheduling Updates
Former Ranger Sam Small To Workout For CFL's Roughriders
ICC Reschedules Football Tryouts Due To Weather Concerns
MGCCC Football Camps Provide Top-flight Instruction
ECCC’s Pace Signs With UWA
JCJC Holds Football Tryouts On April 10
Hinds CC Alum Malcolm Butler Met With Rousing Celebration In Hometown
Wintry Weather Forecast Postpones EMCC’s Scheduled Wednesday Football Tryouts And Home Baseball Doubleheader
ICC Reschedules Football Tryouts Due To Weather Concerns
Path To The Draft: Former Indians Begin Journey To 2015 NFL Draft
Former Indian Shines In Final Day Of NFL Combine
CCC Football Tryout Notice
Welch Joins ECCC Football Staff
East Mississippi Community College Football Tryouts Slated For Wednesday, Feb. 25 On Scooba Campus
River Signs 27 Prospects On National Signing Day
SMCC Sets Tryout Dates
Coahoma Community College Football Signees
Tigers Ink 16 On Signing Day
NJCAA Football Champion EMCC Lions Honored At Capitol By Mississippi House Of Representatives Wednesday
Release Date: 3/4/2015
East Mississippi Community College

JACKSON, Miss.— Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives recognized the East Mississippi Community College football team with House Concurrent Resolution 69 at the Capitol. The football players and head coach Buddy Stephens were recognized for their outstanding 2014 season and winning the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.

East Mississippi Community College’s 2014 NJCAA National Championship football team was recognized Wednesday morning (March 4, 2015) at the Capitol by the Mississippi House of Representatives in Jackson with the presentation of House Concurrent Resolution 69.

Guided by head football coach Buddy Stephens, the 2014 EMCC Lions captured their third NJCAA National Championship in four seasons by claiming a 34-17 victory over Iowa Western Community College last December at the Mississippi Bowl played in Biloxi. The 2014 Lions also won their fourth MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship in six years as well as earning their sixth MACJC North Division regular-season title in seven seasons under Stephens’ guidance.

c spire Golf News

EMCC Places Sixth At MACJC’s Second Spring Golf Tournament Held Jointly At Eagle Ridge And Wolf Hollow
ECCC Golfer Joiner Makes All-Tourney Team
Wolfpack Capture Second In MACJC Tournament
Wilkinson Leads Northwest To Top 5 Finish In Second MACJC Golf Event
MGCCC Wins MACJC Golf Tourney Behind Motter's 1-under
JCJC Finishes 10th In Hinds/Co-Lin Golf Event
Bobcats In 10th Place After First Round Hinds/Co-Lin Invitational
Gulf Coast Leads After First Round At Wolf Hollow
Wolfpack Capture Second In MGCCC Tournament
MGCCC Golf Wins First MACJC Golf Tournament Of Season
East Mississippi Men’s Golf Team Places Fifth In Spring Season Debut For New Head Coach Benji Williams
Bobcats Finish 11th In MGCCC Invitational
Northeast Golf Day One Results At MACJC Event #1
Co-Lin Golf In Second After Day One.
Reid Paces JCJC Golfers In Round One Of MGCCC Tournament
JCJC To Host 2015 Region 23 Golf Tournament At Laurel CC
Hinds CC To Host Junior Clinics In June & July
MGCCC Golfer Signs With St Gregory's University
JCJC To Hold 16th Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
Three Outstanding Golfers Sign With MGCCC
EMCC Places Sixth At MACJC’s Second Spring Golf Tournament Held Jointly At Eagle Ridge And Wolf Hollow
Release Date: 3/3/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WESSON – The East Mississippi Community College men’s golf team finished sixth this past weekend at the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ second event of the spring season. The two-day MACJC tournament concluded Sunday at Wolf Hollow.

Coach Benji Williams’ EMCC Lions stood in fifth place following Saturday’s 316 team score at Eagle Ridge. They dropped a notch Sunday within the 10-team field after carding a collective 318 at Wolf Hollow.

For the second straight tournament to begin the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast bested runner-up Copiah-Lincoln and third-place Meridian to claim the team title. The Bulldogs carded a two-day total of 595 (299-296) to finish eight strokes ahead of Co-Lin (309-294—603).

Meridian came in at 619 (306-313), followed by East Central (314-309—623) and Northwest Mississippi (329-304—633) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually, Gulf Coast’s Grant Motter (72-71—143) claimed individual medalist honors for the second straight MACJC event by earning a 3-stroke victory over Jacob Ross (76-70—146) of Co-Lin. East Central’s Andrew Joiner (73-75—148) and Jordan Cole of Hinds (75-73—148) tied for third-place honors.

For East Mississippi, sophomore Hunter Harmon, from Vardaman, fired identical rounds of 76 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place to pace the Lions. A year ago, the Calhoun Academy product represented EMCC at the 2014 NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship.

Ridgeland’s Steven Eilders shaved three strokes off Saturday’s round with a 75 Sunday to tie three others at 153 for the weekend. Fellow EMCC sophomore Trent Humber, of Caledonia, also improved his score from Saturday’s 81 to 79 Sunday to complete the two-day tournament in a 27th-place tie.

Rounding out East Mississippi’s scorecard in the MACJC’s second golf event of the spring, sophomore Chase Chitwood (84-88—172) and freshman Daniel Schroder (81-93—174) struggled to finish the tournament in 52nd and 53rd place, respectively.

The EMCC men’s golf team is scheduled to next compete at the Ron Marshall Spring Fling Tournament, March 12-14, in an NJCAA preview event to be held at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.

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c spire Rodeo News

Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
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
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming
Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
East Mississippi Captures Third Men’s Team Rodeo Title In Four Years By Earning Top Honors At Northwest Mississippi Event
Results Of The MACJC Holmes CC Crappie Rodeo Tournament On Grenada Lake
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Places Third In EMCC-hosted Event Held At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
East Mississippi CC Set To Host Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Women Match Season-best Finish With Second-place Team Showing At Southern Arkansas University Rodeo
EMCC Men Place Third And EMCC Women Finish Fifth During Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo
East Mississippi Opens Spring Rodeo Campaign With Second-place Men’s Team Finish In Arkansas
Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Release Date: 3/2/2015
East Mississippi Community College

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College women’s rodeo team claimed its second title of the season by earning top team honors at this past weekend’s UA Cossatot 5th Annual College Rodeo. Hosted by Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, the three-day event concluded Saturday evening at the Four States Fairgrounds.

Having previously opened the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region fall slate last September by winning the women’s title at the Missouri Valley College-hosted event, the Lady Lions’ team victory this past weekend marked EMCC’s fifth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich. Prior to this season, the East Mississippi men’s rodeo squad had won three previous team crowns since the program’s inception in 2010.

With sophomore Kelsey Kennemer earning women’s all-around individual honors by accounting for 240 of EMCC’s 385 total team points, the Lady Lions were followed closely in the team standings by West Alabama and Southern Arkansas with 265 and 260 points, respectively.

The East Mississippi men’s team placed fifth with 175 points this past weekend to open spring rodeo competition. Reigning national champion Tennessee-Martin easily out-distanced the men’s field by totaling 995 team points. Missouri Valley and West Alabama followed with 585 and 320 points, respectively.

Along with claiming 150 points by winning the barrel racing competition with nearly identical clockings of 15.89 and 15.88, Kennemer also earned 70 points pairing with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker in the team roping event. Having previously collected women’s all-around honors last October at the Murray State University-hosted rodeo, Kennemer also secured 20 additional points in goat tying this past weekend. Sophomore Shay Atkins, from West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, secured 100 points for her third-place finish and 32.32 combined time in barrel racing, while Poplarville’s Destyn Ladner contributed 45 points in breakaway roping. EMCC sophomore Hayley Joh Knox also placed in the breakaway roping event.

For the EMCC men, freshman bull rider Blake Bell, of Kosciusko High School, earned 120 points in his specialty event. Poplarville’s Weston Pender tallied 45 points in the calf roping competition, while sophomore Justin Reeves, from Newton Academy, partnered with Arkansas-Monticello’s Dustin Jacobson in team roping to secure the Lions’ other 10 points.

East Mississippi will return to rodeo action, March 26-28, as the school host of the spring’s second NIRA Ozark Region event to be held at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.

c spire Men's Soccer News

A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
JCJC’s Diakite Signs With Faulkner University (Alabama)
NEJ's Taylor Signs To Play Soccer At JCJC
MGCCC’s Chris Handy Named NSCAA 2014 Men’s South Coach Of The Year
MGCCC’s Deonte Buckner Named To NSCAA Scholar All-America Team
SMCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
ICC Announces Date For Soccer Tryouts Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com
MGCCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
Tryouts Set For ECCC Men’s Soccer Team
Soccer Teams End Season With National, State Awards
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer To Hold Tryout On February 12
SMCC Soccer Coach Zach Mills Joins Estrella De Corgi Soccer Team
JCJC To Hold Men’s Soccer Tryouts On Feb. 8
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
ICC Men's Soccer Awards
ECCC Men’s Soccer Award Recipients
Large Crowd Attends ECCC Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ICC’s Fernandez Named NJCAA All-American
A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A’Darius Steele, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Gulfport, has been selected to participate in the Health, Equity and Leadership Initiative Program (HELI) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Steele, a forward on the Bulldogs soccer team at the Perkinston Campus, was chosen for the program, which accepted just two applicants this year. The selection was based on his grade-point average, letters of recommendation and an interview.

As a participant, he is travelling to UMMC once a month to participate in various leadership development programs. He’ll complete required assignments and projects and will be mentored by medical professionals.

Steele has also been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

HELI selects minority male students from Mississippi’s community colleges for the program. Research shows men of color are significantly underrepresented in most health care professional programs. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was created to reinforce the institution’s commitment to improving health equity in the state of Mississippi. HELI is a five-month program, but the goal is to continue to follow the students and to give them insight into the steps they will need to take to enter a professional medical program after they complete undergraduate studies.

c spire Women's Soccer News

ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
MGCCC’s Chris Handy Named NSCAA 2014 Men’s South Coach Of The Year
SMCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
South Jones' Show Signs With JCJC
ICC Announces Date For Soccer Tryouts Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com
MGCCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
Soccer Teams End Season With National, State Awards
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Adds First Two Signees
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Lady Bobcat Soccer Inks 11 To Scholarships
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
ICC Women's Soccer Awards
ECCC Women’s Soccer Award Winners
JCJC’s Gilliland Named NJCAA All-American
Itawamba CC Soccer Signings For This Week
Four Lady Rangers Earn Soccer Postseason Accolades
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Standouts Earn Postseason Honors
Reigning MACJC-Region 23 Soccer Champ Lady Wildcats Sign Southern Miss Transfer
PRCC Mourns Death Of Earlora Holden
ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
Release Date: 2/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson introduced David Strother as the new head coach of the Lady Indians’ soccer program at a press conference held at the David C. Cole Student Services Building on Friday.

“There is good soccer in the state and I look forward to working with Itawamba and the surrounding communities to help build that even more,” said Strother. “It’s been a month and a half since the semester started and the girls just want to train… and get it moving to see where we are with our returning class and getting the evaluation for our incoming class.”

Strother comes to ICC after spending the past three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Prior to his time at Co-Lin, he served as men’s head coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at ITT, Strother coached 12 All-Conference players, six All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, and two National Team members.

Strother started his collegiate coaching career as the men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College (2006-10), where he built the program from ground up and eventually produced eight MACJC All-State players, two All-Region 23 award winners, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American while being nominated for MACJC Coach of the Year three times.

In his final season at Southwest, the Bears earned the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes.

“My purpose as a coach is to help players win, help players succeed, and help players grow in everything they do,” said Strother.

He is the third coach in the history of the women’s program and replaces former head coach Mike Sullivan, who will focus solely on the men’s program.

“It’s nice for [Coach Sullivan and myself] to be able to focus one team each to be able to put the time and the energy into what it takes to build the relationships with the student-athletes,” said Strother.

The Lady Indians have made five playoff appearances in the past eight seasons under the direction of Sullivan.

“History and tradition is what we want to build off of,” said Strother. “It’s not that we want to live off that by any way, shape or form, but it’s pride about being where you are and taking pride in what you do.”

Strother received a BS degree in sports administration and marketing, with a minor in business, in 2004 from Belhaven University. He was also a member of the Blazers’ soccer team where he earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2003.

He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they are the parents of Sindey McCall and Liam Winfield.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

c spire Softball News

No. 1 JCJC To Host Co-Lin In Softball On Friday
Lady ‘Cats 4-0 In Division After Sweep Over Hinds
ICC Softball Doubleheader Rescheduled For Sunday
CCC Softball Scheduling Updates
Soggy Gulf Coast Entertains East Central
No. 1 JCJC, Miss. Gulf Coast Postponed Again
CCC Athletics Scheduling Updates
ECCC Softball Sweeps Division Rival MCC
SCHEDULE CHANGE: ICC Softball DH At Northwest Rescheduled
No. 1 JCJC, Miss. Gulf Coast Postponed Until Wednesday
MGCCC's Deborah Elmore Wins MACJC Player Of The Week
ICC Softball Falls To 0-10 Vs Mother Nature This Season
MACJC Spftball Player/Pitcher Of The Week Announced
Holmes Softball
Hinds CC Softball Splits Conference Opener With Meridian
Northeast's Tuesday Spring Sports Postponed
Mother Nature Alters ICC Softball Schedule… Again
ECCC Softball Squad Drops Twin Bill At Jones
Rangers Sweep At EMCC To Open North Division Softball Play
EMCC Lady Lions Swept At Home By Northwest Mississippi In MACJC North Division Softball Opener
No. 1 JCJC To Host Co-Lin In Softball On Friday
Release Date: 3/5/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Friday’s softball games between No. 1 Jones County Junior College and Copiah-Lincoln will be played at 2/4 p.m. at Community Bank Park on the JCJC campus.

The games were originally scheduled for Wesson, but were moved to JCJC because of wet grounds. The April 1 doubleheader between the two teams will now played at Co-Lin.

The Lady Bobcats enter Friday’s games at 12-0 overall, 2-0 in the MACJC South Division. Co-Lin is 8-4 overall, 2-2 in division play.

c spire Tennis News

East Central Slips By Lady Wolves
Wolfpack Netters Defeat East Central 7-2
New Flagpole Flies Old Glory Over Tennis Complex
MGCCC Tennis Sweeps East Central
JCJC Reschedules Tennis Matches
JCJC At Itawamba Tennis Match Postponed
Gulf Coast Sweeps Hinds In Tennis Action
Bobcat Tennis Teams Defeat Meridian
EC Tennis Squads Fall To Jones
Bobcat Tennis Teams Defeat East Central
Bobcat Tennis Teams Whip Northeast
EC/Co-Lin Tennis Squads Split Decisions
Co-Lin Lady Wolves Tennis
Windom Era Begins At Co-Lin
Excitement Surrounds Wolfpack Tennis
Northeast At Holmes Tennis Results
Bulldog Tennis Defeats Hinds CC
MGCCC Tennis Signs Three Players For Next Season
MGCCC Tennis Splits Season Openers With Faulkner State Men Win 8-1, Women Lose 4-5
Lady Bobcats Win Tennis Opener; Men Fall To Oxford-Emory
East Central Slips By Lady Wolves
Release Date: 3/5/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

DECATUR - The East Central Community College Lady Warriors slipped by the Co-Lin Lady Wolves 5-4 in tennis recent action.

Sophomore Carlianne Alderman of Brookhaven and freshman Brandi McInnis of Wesson picked up a win for the Lady Wolves. The pair defeated East Central’s Mackie Smith/Katlyn Patrick 8-0 in #3 doubles.

In singles action, the Lady Wolves won three matches. McInnis defeated Patrick in #3 singles 6-2, 6-0. Alderman disposed of Brooke Payne 6-1, 6-4 at #5 and Carly Riley took care of Kristine Jenkins 3-6, 6-1 (10-7) at #6.

At #1, Shannon St. Clair defeated Co-Lin freshman Madison Warren of Brookhaven 6-4, 6-1. Hannah Peoples defeated Allie Dear of Terry 6-1, 6-1 at #2. Sophomore Caroleah Brister of Brookhaven fell to Kaley Bufkin 6-2, 6-4 at #4.

East Central took wins at #1 and #2 doubles. St. Clair/Bufkin defeated Warren/Riley 8-6 at #1 and Peoples/Payne defeated Co-Lin’s Dear/Brister 8-6.

Co-Lin hosts Jones on March 20 beginning at 1 p.m.

1. Shannon St. Clair (ECCC) def. Madison Warren (CL) 6-4, 6-1
2. Hannah Peoples (ECCC) def. Allie Dear (CL) 6-1, 6-1
3. Brandi McInnis (CL) def. Mackie Smith 6-2, 6-0
4. Kaley Bufkin (ECCC) def. Caroleah Brister 6-2, 6-4
5. Carlianne Alderman (CL) def. Brooke Payne 6-1), 6-4
6. Carly Riley (CL) def. Kristine Jenkins (ECCC) def. 3-6, 6-1 (10-7)

1. St. Clair/Bufkin (ECCC) def. Warren/Riley (CL) 8-6
2. Peoples/Payne (ECCC) def. Dear/Brister (CL) 8-6
3. McInnis/Alderman def. Smith/Patrick (ECCC) 8-0

c spire Track News

Top Louisiana Hurdler Signs With Hinds CC Men’s Track & Field
CCC Track And Field Preps For Season Opener
Pearl River’s Tuesday Twin Bill With Baton Rouge Rescheduled
Hinds CC Women’s Track Competes In LSU Twilight
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Dominates At LSU Twilight
Hinds CC Men’s 4x400 Wins First Place At Samford Multi & Invitational
Hinds CC Women’s Track Has Top Finishes In LSU High Performance
Hinds CC Women’s Track Competes In UAB Blazer Invitational
Hinds CC Men’s Track And Field Earns High Marks At UAB Invite
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Release Date: 3/4/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Christian Boyd, a standout hurdler from North DeSoto High School in Stonewall, La., recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hinds Community College men’s track and field program.

Boyd is considered one of the top hurdlers in the Southeast region after winning three state championships (110-meter hurdles twice and 300-meter hurdles once) up to this point in his high school career.

He currently holds the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic record in the 300-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 38.02 seconds.

Boyd has claimed three district and regional championships in numerous hurdle events and was named as the District 1-4A MVP as a junior in 2014.

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