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c spire Baseball News

Harrelson Brings Hitting Under The Lights Back For Second Year
Trio To Be Inducted Into Northwest Sports Hall Of Fame
ECCC Alumni Baseball Game Set Oct. 11
ECCC Baseball Team Sponsors Annual Golf Tournament
JCJC Names Creel Assistant Baseball Coach
JCJC Baseball, Softball Release Fall Schedules
Northwest Athletics Launches Ranger Rewards App
Bert Pickard Comes Home To Be New MGCCC Dean Of Athletics
JCJC Baseball Holds Fall League Camp
Co-Lin Hosting Fall Baseball League
ICC Announces Fall Baseball Schedule
NORTHEAST SCHEDULES ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
ECCC Hosts MVP Baseball Showcase August 23
ECCC Names New Baseball Assistants
Luke Reynolds Of Hinds CC Baseball Signs With Mississippi State
Ken Jackson Announced As New Head Baseball Coach At Southwest MS CC
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
All-State Standout Stanley Seeks More Success At Delta State
Former South Ala. Hurler Anthony Izzio Added To Chris Rose’s EMCC Coaching Staff
Harrelson Brings Hitting Under The Lights Back For Second Year
Release Date: 9/19/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College assistant baseball coach Richy Harrelson is offering area athletes a chance to knock some rust off their swing as the spring quickly approaches.

Harrelson will host his second annual Hitting Under the Lights camp at Harold T. White Field each Monday night during the month of October.

Players currently in the seventh-through-twelfth grades (classes of 2015-2020) are eligible to sign up for these specialized instruction sessions. Participation for this event is limited to the initial 25 applicants.

The four-night gathering begins each evening at 6 p.m. and lasts approximately two hours at the venue that hosted the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament.

Boys will have time to work on their offensive skills with multiple drills as assigned by Harrelson all while participating in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Each participant is expected to bring their own gear, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, cleats and a bat.

Registration is available at a cost of $75. Please make checks payable to NEMCC Baseball, Attn: Coach Richy Harrelson/Hitting Camp and send by mail to 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.

Athletes have the opportunity to learn from a local legend that has over 15 years of experience at the prep and collegiate levels. Harrelson, who earned the nickname “The Bazooka from Iuka” for his prowess on the diamond, appears in the National High School Baseball Record Book with 236 hits, 226 RBIs and 55 pitching wins from 1989-92.

Harrelson starred at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after gradating from Tishomingo County High School. He led the Rebels to a second place finish at the 1995 NCAA Atlantic I Regional at Florida State University and to a pair of Mayor’s Trophy victories over rival Mississippi State University.

He has tutored 17 professional players since beginning his coaching career in 1999, including former Tiger and current Minor League Baseball (MiLB) pitcher Brandon Farley of the San Francisco Giants organization.

Harrelson’s teams have won a prep state title, claimed two Conference USA crowns and clinched a berth to the NCAA College World Series at historic Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium.

He has helped transform Northeast into a program that is highly respected countrywide. The Tigers won the 2013 MACJC North Division championship with Harrelson in the dugout and were ranked by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for four weeks as well during the most recent campaign.

For more information about the Hitting Under the Lights camp, contact Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu.


c spire Men's Basketball News

SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
ICC To Participate In Battle Of The South Jamboree
Trio To Be Inducted Into Northwest Sports Hall Of Fame
Hinds CC Basketball Announces 2014-2015 Schedule
Northwest Athletics Launches Ranger Rewards App
Bert Pickard Comes Home To Be New MGCCC Dean Of Athletics
Skills Camp Concludes Successful Summer Break For Tigers
Hinds CC Men’s Basketball To Host Tryout
ECCC Basketball Players Assist Students During ‘Move-In Day’
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Shorty Signs With Bethel After Strong Finish As Tiger
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Former All-state Hoopsters Patterson And Ford Highlight EMCC’s Talent-laden Women’s Basketball In-state Signee Class
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Morris Excited To Join Old Friend On NEMCC Hoops Staff
Jackson, Seltzer Head West For Final Showcase
Edwards, Jackson Ready To Demonstrate Talents At Elite Showcase
Annual Tiger Pride Camp Draws Kids From Across Magnolia State
49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camps Coming To SMCC Campus
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest men’s basketball team will hold its 3rd Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament (a four-man scramble) on Friday, October 17, at the Fernwood Country Club. There will be an entry fee of $75 per person with hole sponsorships available at $100 per hole. The entry fee will cover lunch, cart/greens fee and beverages).

Lunch and registration will begin at 11:30 with a 1:00 shotgun start for the scramble. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Anyone interested in playing and/or sponsoring a hole can obtain an entry/sponsorship form on the men’s basketball page of the Southwest athletics website. Those needing additional information can contact head coach Thomas Gray at (601) 276-4843 or tgray@smcc.edu.

Click here for Golf Tournament details

c spire Women's Basketball News

Eddings Named NEMCC's New Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
ICC To Participate In Battle Of The South Jamboree
Trio To Be Inducted Into Northwest Sports Hall Of Fame
Highly Decorated Allen Continues Hoops Career In Brooklyn
Northwest Athletics Launches Ranger Rewards App
Bert Pickard Comes Home To Be New MGCCC Dean Of Athletics
All-Metro Selection Hughes Set To Make Impact With Northeast
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Webb Comes To NEMCC Ready To Grasp Role As Student-Athlete
Former All-state Hoopsters Patterson And Ford Highlight EMCC’s Talent-laden Women’s Basketball In-state Signee Class
Lady Tigers Close Productive Summer With Annual Hoops Camp
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Patterson Fulfills Lifelong Dream By Signing With NEMCC
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP PACKED WITH ELITE TALENT
49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camps Coming To SMCC Campus
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
Jones Upholds Longtime Belmont Connection To Lady Tigers
Eddings Named NEMCC's New Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Edwond Eddings is returning to his native state with the goal of helping Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tradition-rich women’s basketball program continue to thrive.

Eddings, who holds over one decade of playing and coaching experience at the collegiate level, was chosen as the Lady Tigers’ new assistant coach beginning with the quickly approaching 2014-15 campaign.

“He was literally the best assistant available in the country,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “As far as I’m concerned, I feel like I’ve hired a coach that’s a lot better than me and that’s what we wanted to do when we set out on this search.

“He fits what we’re trying to do here in that he’s a first class person. He’s somebody that you want your daughter to be around because he can mentor them and help them do better things with their lives. On the floor, he’s intense and knows the fundamentals of the game. He’s going to teach and coach hard.”

Eddings comes to the City of Hospitality from over 1,300 miles away at Colorado Northwestern Community College, where he served in the same capacity with the Lady Spartans for one season.

“It’s just a great opportunity for me,” Eddings said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach and he’s done a great job recruiting kids that are hard nosed and want to get after it. I think it’s going to be a really, really good year.”

He started his coaching career as part of the men’s basketball staff at Arkansas Tech University in the fall of 2007. The Wonder Boys compiled a winning record of 18-11 during his inaugural campaign on the bench and placed Jamar Flowers and Darren Tarver on the All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) team.

Arkansas Tech rose into the national spotlight over the next two seasons with the help of Eddings’ instruction. The Wonder Boys were victorious in three straight games during the 2009 Gulf South Tournament to claim its first league championship since winning the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC) title 14 years earlier.

Gulf South Tournament Most Valuable Player Renard Allen led Arkansas Tech into the NCAA Tournament in Lakeland, Fla., against nationally ranked Benedict (S.C.) College. Eddings and the Wonder Boys bested the Tigers before falling to No. 11 Florida Southern College in their second round contest.

Eddings led his squad to its best season in school history during the 2009-10 campaign. Arkansas Tech won 25 consecutive matchups to begin the year before losing its first matchup to instate rival the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

The defeat at the hands of the Boll Weevils did not deter the Wonder Boys’ efforts. They tallied a 13-1 mark versus league opponents to garner the GSC West Division crown and then edged the University of Alabama at Huntsville 64-63 at the DeSoto Civic Center to capture its second Gulf South Tournament title in a row.

Arkansas Tech earned the privilege of hosting the 2010 NCAA Tournament regional round. The Wonder Boys opened the event with a 34-point triumph against Tuskegee (Ala.) University at Tucker Coliseum, but fell to No. 6 Valdosta State (Ga.) University to end its record-breaking season.

Eddings’ group set a program record with 30 victories and had three student-athletes selected to the All-GSC team, including Brandon Friedel, Laithe Massey and Allen. Friedel, who connected on 98 three-pointers that year, was also named an NCAA Division II All-American for his efforts.

The Columbus native moved closer to home and received his first taste of coaching in the rugged Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) when he accepted a position on the women’s hoops staff at East Mississippi Community College in 2010.

Eddings expected excellence in the classroom as well as in the gymnasium while at Scooba. His first two squads were recognized as All-Academic Teams by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

The veteran coach turned a MACJC North Division championship during the 2011 campaign into a pair of top notch recruiting classes over the next few years. Eddings landed two players that were ranked in the top 100 countrywide, including Jeraldine Campbell and Shukurah Washington, and a handful of others that were billed as the Magnolia State’s finest hoops standouts.

Eddings left the Lady Lions and made the 21-plus hour trip to Rangely, Colo., to assume the responsibilities of assistant coach at Colorado Northwestern. His duties included scouting, film breakdown and coordinating the Lady Spartans’ strength and conditioning program.

He was a standout basketball athlete himself. Eddings collected Columbus High School’s sportsmanship award in 2003 and was its team captain that same season.

Eddings signed a scholarship with East Mississippi following a phenomenal career with the Falcons in which he won the 2001 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A North Half Tournament. He was elected to participate in the annual MACJC All-Star Basketball Game at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building in Decatur following his sophomore campaign.

He completed an Associate’s degree at East Mississippi and a Bachelor’s degree through Arkansas Tech, where he wrapped up his playing days from 2005-07.

c spire Football News

GAME PREVIEW: No. 12 Bobcats Visit Top-ranked East Mississippi
GAME PREVIEW: Tigers, Trojans To Celebrate Golden Anniversary
GAME PREVIEW: Southqwest To Face One Of The Top Teams In The Country
Former SMCC Football Standout Heading To Southwest's Sports Hall Of Fame
Two Former Football Standouts To Join ECCC Athletic Hall
Smither Earns Historic Win In Near Record-Breaking Fashion
GAME PREVIEW: Co-Lin Travels To Pearl River
Gray Selected NJCAA POW
Numerous Activities Scheduled At ECCC Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 11
GAME PREVIEW: ICC Faces Coahoma In North Division Road Test
MGCCC Bulldogs Move Up In Poll, McCormick Earns MACJC Honor
Gray Named MACJC Special Teams POW
SMCC Kicker Receives Fred Mitchell Award
GAME PREVIEW: Hinds CC Football Hosts East Central On Thursday In Raymond
Keith Turner Of Hinds CC Football Named MACJC Defensive POW
Former SMCC Player Kenneth Marlon Miller Inducted To Hall Of Fame
EMCC To Honor 2014 Sports Hall Of Fame Inductees This Weekend During Homecoming Festivities On Scooba Campus
GAME RECAP: ICC Falls To East Mississippi, Looks To Rebound At Coahoma
Northeast/Coahoma Short Cap
BATTLE OF TIGERS WRAPS UP ANNUAL HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES
GAME PREVIEW: No. 12 Bobcats Visit Top-ranked East Mississippi
Release Date: 10/2/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – It does not get any easier for the 12th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats this week.

The Bobcats travel to Sullivan-Windham Field for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday vs. top-ranked East Mississippi Community College. The non-division, Homecoming tilt comes on the heels of a 42-3 loss by the Bobcats to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College last week.

JCJC head coach David Thornton said East Mississippi is as impressive as their 5-0 record indicates.

“They are a good football team on both sides of the ball and special teams, as well,” he said. “They throw the ball around quite a bit offensively. They have some balance with it, too, because the pass opens up the run so well.

“Defensively, they are solid. They don’t do a whole lot and they don’t get fancy. They just play good solid football. It will be a great game, a great challenge for us and one that we are looking forward to.”

JCJC dropped to 4-1 overall in last week’s defeat to MGCCC.

The Bobcats fell behind 21-0 early in the second quarter, got a 45-yard field goal from Cole Byrd, but saw the Bulldogs score three more touchdowns the rest of the way.

Thornton said it was a tough game, but he thinks the Bobcats will bounce back this week.

“We’ve talked about adversity and how you respond to adversity,” he said of the team’s preparation this week. “We had a lot of adversity last week. Gulf Coast is a good football team and they came in here, played a great game, got after us and beat us. That’s one of those things that happens every now and then – the fewer times, the better.

“But there were some positives we brought out of the game we can build on and get the momentum back in our favor. This would be a good week to swing it back around.”

One of the bright spots in the loss was the play of Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth.

Ducksworth had five receptions for 81 yards vs. MGCCC and now has 27 catches for 432 yards and four touchdowns. That puts him second in the MACJC and 15th in the NJCAA in receiving.

“The thing about Rod is that he comes to work every day,” Thornton said. “I wish some of the other guys would watch him a little bit more and take after him. Whether he is on scout team or offense or whatever he’s doing, he’s full speed every play. It shows on game day because he’s the guy that makes the plays.

“He plays like he practices.”

East Mississippi, winners of 17 straight, has taken no prisoners this year.

The Lions have beaten Southwest Mississippi (52-14), Copiah-Lincoln (46-10), Coahoma (83-7), Northeast Mississippi (65-7) and Itawamba (51-0). They are averaging 59.4 points per game on offense and allowing 7.6 points per game on defense. In the win over Northeast, EMCC returned three interceptions for touchdowns.

Offensively, EMCC is led by quarterback Chad Kelly (6-3, 220), a transfer from Clemson and the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. He has completed 108-of-163 passes for 1,615 yards, 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He leads the MACJC and is third in the NJCAA in passing. He threw for a season-high 406 yards in last week’s win over Itawamba.

Lion wide receiver Kameron Myers (5-8, 175) tops the state and is seventh nationally with 30 catches for 520 yards and six touchdowns.

On defense, sophomore linebacker Lorenzo Phillips (6-3, 230) tops the Lions. The LSU transfer has 10 sacks on the year, which leads the state and is second in the nation. He had 10 tackles and three sacks in last week’s game vs. ICC.

EMCC nose guard D.J. Jones (6-2, 315) has committed to Florida State, defensive tackle Dante Sawyer (6-5, 285) has committed to South Carolina and offensive tackle Jamal Danley (6-5, 315) has committed to Oklahoma.

Last year, the Bobcats faced East Mississippi in the MACJC title game at Scooba with the Lions prevailing, 61-24.

Thornton knows JCJC must have a quick start to have a chance on Saturday.

“When we played them last year, we had some interceptions early in the game and got behind,” he said. “We ended up playing ‘catch up’ most of the game. We need to come out early and play well. If we can do that, we should be able to play with them.

“Anytime you limit your mistakes, protect the football and force a few turnovers early in the game, it can be a huge momentum swing in your favor. That’s something we definitely want to do. We want to play aggressive and get after those guys.”

Saturday’s game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Shawn Wansley on the call. Airtime is 1:45 p.m.

Next week, the Bobcats return to South Division play when they go to East Central for a 2:30 p.m. game on Oct. 11.

East Mississippi hosts Holmes on Oct. 9.

MACJC statistics

- JCJC is 12th in rushing offense (93.8 ypg), third in passing offense (235.0 ypg) and seventh in total offense (328.8 ypg). East Mississippi is fourth in rushing offense (197.6 ypg), first in passing offense (368.6 ypg) and first in total offense (566.2 ypg).

- JCJC is seventh in rushing defense (151.0 ypg), eighth in passing defense (183.0 ypg) and seventh in total defense (342.0 ypg). East Mississippi is first in rushing defense (67.0 ypg), sixth in passing defense (153.0 ypg) and second in total defense (220.0 ypg).

- JCJC’s D’Alex Rockingham is 29th in rushing (33.0 ypg). East Mississippi’s Preston Baker is ninth in rushing (61.8 ypg).

- JCJC’s Kenny Coleman is fourth in the MACJC and 19th in the NJCAA in passing. He has completed 87-of-143 for 992 yards (198.4 ypg), five touchdowns and two interceptions. EMCC’s Chad Kelly is first in the MACJC and third in the NJCAA. He has completed 108-of-163 for 1,615 yards (323.0 ypg), 19 touchdowns and three interceptions.

- JCJC’s Rodregus Ducksworth is second in the state and 15th nationally in receiving with 27 catches for 432 yards (86.4 ypg) and four touchdowns. Jervohnte Riles is sixth in the state with 21 catches for 246 yards (61.5 ypg) and one touchdown. EMCC’s Kameron Myers is first in the state and seventh in nation with 30 catches for 520 yards (104.0 ypg) and six touchdowns. EMCC’s Brandon Acker is 10th in the state with 19 catches for 258 yards (51.6 ypg) and three touchdowns.

- JCJC’s Jamal Lucas is second in the state and seventh in the nation in tackles with 56. Kendall Island is fourth in the state with 43 tackles. EMCC’s Justin Lucas is 16th in tackles with 32.

- JCJC’s Tevin Moore is tied for fourth in scoring (non-kickers) with 36 points. EMCC’s Todd Mays and Myers are tied for fourth with 36 points.

- JCJC’s Cole Byrd is tied for fifth in scoring (kickers) with 22 points. EMCC’s Drew White is first with 47 points.

- JCJC’s Patrick Ponder is eighth in punting (37.4 ypk). EMCC’s White is third (39.3 ypk).

c spire Golf News

JCJC Holds Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament On Oct. 17
Northeast Tabs Hatfield As Seventh Head Golf Coach
Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Scheduled For Oct. 4
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Winners
Win ECCC Golf Classic Course Prizes
ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Nets $10,000 In Student
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC Golfers Earn MACJC Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
JCJC Holds Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament On Oct. 17
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The annual Jones County Junior College Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held October 17 at Dixie Golf Club in Laurel.

This will be a 3-person select shot event with a $70 entry fee per player, which includes breakfast, lunch, cart and greens fees. Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by registration at 7:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Food and drinks will be available on the course and prizes will be awarded after play. There will be a closest to the hole contest during play.

The JCJC Lady Bobcat Hardwood Club sponsors the event.

For more information, contact Lady Bobcat coach Sandra Sumrall at 601-477-4090, 601-498-6524 or the Dixie pro shop at 601-649-3384.


c spire Rodeo News

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
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
EMCC’s Six MACJC-affiliated Athletic Teams Earn Academic All-State Team Honors For Third Straight Year; 17 EMCC Student-athletes Earn Individual Recognition
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
Release Date: 9/29/2014
East Mississippi Community College

MARSHALL, Mo. – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo program made school history this past weekend by claiming a first-ever women’s team title at the fall-opening MVC Viking Rodeo Stampede. Hosted by Missouri Valley College, the three-day Ozark Region event concluded Saturday evening at the Saline County Fairgrounds.

The women’s victory marked the EMCC rodeo program’s fourth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich, joining the three previous men’s rodeo team titles earned by the Lions since the program’s inception in 2010. With 230 team points this past weekend, the EMCC women edged out Southern Arkansas University (200 points) and host MVC (185).

For East Mississippi’s cowgirls in the season opener, sophomore Hayley Joh Knox led the way by claiming second-place honors in the breakaway roping event to earn 120 points. Newcomer Kelsey Kennemer, a transfer from Troy University, paired with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker to tie for third place in the team roping competition. Rounding out EMCC’s scoring on the women’s side, sophomore Katelyn Nicholson earned 30 points for her sixth-place showing in the barrel racing event.

On the men’s side, EMCC placed fifth in the season opener with 175 team points. Host Missouri Valley easily claimed the men’s title by totaling 865 points, followed by West Alabama and Tennessee-Martin with 465 and 445 points, respectively.

The Lions’ team roping tandem of Cooper Christensen and T.J. Coleman finished third, while the roping duo of Ivan Holliday and Dustin Egusquiza also collected team points. Individually, Christensen placed fifth in the calf roping event to garner 55 points for EMCC. Palmer White and Bailey Kinard also scored for the EMCC men in the steer wrestling and bareback riding events, respectively.

Perhaps highlighting EMCC men’s competition this past weekend, sophomore bull rider Justin Reeves bounced back from last year’s injury-shortened season to place second in his specialty event at MVC.

Heading back to the state of Missouri, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo team continues Ozark Region competition this week (Oct. 2-4) at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, Mo.


c spire Men's Soccer News

ICC Duo Named MACJC Men’s Soccer Players Of The Week
River Splits With Ranger
ECCC Soccer Squads Blitz Southwest
MGCCC Tennis Plays Well At ITA Championships
ICC Sweeps Co-Lin With Pair Of Shutout Victories
River Sweeps Meridian
ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Beat Holmes 3-1; Warriors Fall 2-1
MGCCC Soccer Sweeps Co-Lin
Two Second Half Goals Lift No. 9 Lady Bobcats Past Pearl River
Ripley's Josh Delgado Named MACJC Goalie Of The Week
JCJC’s Diakite Named National Soccer Player Of The Week
Holmes Men's Soccer
ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Beat Hinds 3-1; Warriors Fall 2-1
Bobcat Soccer Teams Defeat Southwest Mississippi
JCJC’s Johnson, Diakite Receive MACJC Soccer Honors
Bobcat Soccer Teams Whip Co-Lin
ICC Soccer Splits Doubleheader With Holmes
EC Soccer Squads Blitz Itawamba
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Wins Fourth Straight On Tuesday
PRCC Sweeps SMCC
ICC Duo Named MACJC Men’s Soccer Players Of The Week
Release Date: 10/1/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College sophomore goalkeeper Ben Schaefer and sophomore striker Anthony Fernandez were named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Players of the Week when they league announced their awards on Wednesday.

Schaefer (Tupelo) set a new program record with his third-straight shutout in the Indians victories over Faulkner University and Copiah-Lincoln Community College last week. He had eight saves on eight shot-on-goals and an assist to earn his third MACJC Keeper of the Week honor of the season and is currently ranked 10th in the nation with his .889 save percentage along with being tied for third in the NJCAA with 5 shutouts.

Fernandez (New Albany) scored four goals and added an assist for a total of nine points to help the Indians go 2-0 in non-division play last week. He is currently tied for third in the nation with 15 goals on the season and earned his second MACJC Offensive Player of the Week honor with this week’s selection.

Both Schaefer and Fernandez are eligible for National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Player of the Week honors expected to be announced later this week.

The Indians (8-1, 2-1 MACJC North) will host Meridian Community College today following the Lady Indians’ (2-7, 0-3 MACJC North) match starting at 2:00 p.m. at the ICC Soccer Complex.

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 Women's Soccer News

No. 10 Lady Bobcats Blank Northwest, 2-0
Talented ECCC Soccer Warrior
ECCC Soccer Squads Blitz Southwest
ICC Sweeps Co-Lin With Pair Of Shutout Victories
Northwest Women's Soccer Program Earns First-Ever National Ranking
River Sweeps Meridian
JCJC’s Gilliland Named MACJC Soccer Player Of The Week
ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Beat Holmes 3-1; Warriors Fall 2-1
MGCCC Soccer Sweeps Co-Lin
Two Second Half Goals Lift No. 9 Lady Bobcats Past Pearl River
Nelson Tabbed MACJC, NJCAA Goalkeeper Of The Week
Holmes Women's Soccer
ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Beat Hinds 3-1; Warriors Fall 2-1
Bobcat Soccer Teams Defeat Southwest Mississippi
JCJC’s Johnson, Diakite Receive MACJC Soccer Honors
Bobcat Soccer Teams Whip Co-Lin
ICC Soccer Splits Doubleheader With Holmes
EC Soccer Squads Blitz Itawamba
Lady Bobcats Move Up To No. 7 In NJCAA Poll
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Ties Northwest On Tuesday In 2 OT
No. 10 Lady Bobcats Blank Northwest, 2-0
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The 10th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats continue to smother the opposition.

JCJC defeated 19th-ranked Northwest Mississippi 2-0 here Tuesday afternoon at Bobcat Soccer Field.

It was JCJC’s seventh straight shutout and the Lady Bobcats have now outscored the opposition, 61-2, during the season. They are now 10-0 overall.

In the men’s game, the Rangers thwarted the Bobcats, 4-1. The JCJC men’s team falls to 4-5.

The Bobcats return home Friday for another non-division matchup when they face Holmes. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7 p.m.

Northwest hosts Itawamba on Oct. 7.

Lady Bobcats 2, Lady Rangers 0

JCJC dominated on the field of play.

The Lady Bobcats had 40 shots – 17 on goal. Northwest was limited to three shots, two on goal. JCJC also had 12 corner kicks, compared to one for Northwest.

Shelby Gilliland got the Lady Bobcats on the board quickly at 2:58 when she scored on an assist by Kelsey Hannaford. It stayed that way until halftime.

JCJC’s second goal came just nine seconds into the second half when Carissa Lancaster scored on an assist by Gilliland.

Briahna Dickerson was in goal for the entire game for JCJC and recorded two saves.

Gilliland ended up taking eight shots, while Katie Johnson took seven and Lancaster had six.

Ashley Nelson was in goal for Northwest.

The Lady Rangers fall to 7-2-3.

Rangers 4, Bobcats 1

The Rangers led from the start in beating the Bobcats.

Mamadou Mbaye scored Northwest’s first goal at 25:04 on an assist by Karim Mueller. That was the only goal of the first half.

Mbaye then scored on an assist by Ubaldo Cruz at 51:13 to make it 2-0.

The Bobcats’ only goal came at 57:10 when Colby Krost scored on a Souleymane Diakite assist.

But the Rangers answered quickly at 61:57 when Armando Barron scored on a Mbaye assist.

Ryan Maniccia ended the scoring at 73:49 on an assist by Adam Stoeger.

The Rangers had 16 shots, including 12 on goal, while JCJC took 11 shots – five on goal.

Gabe Brown was in goal for the entire game for JCJC.

Josh Delgado played the first half in goal for Northwest and was credited with the win. Matthew Williams played the second half.

Northwest is now 5-6.

c spire Softball News

JCJC Names Herrington Softball Associate Head Coach
SOFTBALL ALUMNI GAME TO CONCLUDE BUSY HOMECOMING WEEKEND
CC Announces Dates Fall Softball Clinic
Northwest To Host Inaugural Alumni Softball Game Oct. 18
Carie Dever Boaz Named NFCA Assistant Coach Of The Year
JCJC Baseball, Softball Release Fall Schedules
Northwest Athletics Launches Ranger Rewards App
Bert Pickard Comes Home To Be New MGCCC Dean Of Athletics
Northeast Softball Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
JCJC Holds Annual Fall League Softball Camp
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Utility Athlete Szekely Overjoyed To Join Tigers
ICC Hires Former Ole Miss Rebel As New Assistant Softball Coach
Nunn Named Full-time Assistant Softball Coach
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
Northwest Inks Lafayette Standout Avery McCullough
All-State Softball Selection Gates Inks With Northeast
Nine ICC Softball Players Earn NFCA All-Academic Honors Adam
JCJC Names Herrington Softball Associate Head Coach
Release Date: 10/1/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Entering his sixth year as head coach of the Jones County Junior College softball team, Chris Robinson has guided the Lady Bobcats to tremendous success.

JCJC has posted a 191-75 record during Robinson’s tenure, captured three straight MACJC state championships and made three straight trips to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Bob Herrington has been at Robinson’s side for each of those years as an assistant coach.

Now, Robinson has made the decision to promote Herrington to associate head coach.

“We are so excited for this opportunity for him to be promoted to associate head coach,” Robinson said. “He is just as invaluable to this program as anybody. He has done a fantastic job with our recruiting and working with our pitchers and catchers. The overall wisdom he brings to this team is very impressive. We are so excited for him to get this promotion and we look forward to him being a Bobcat for several more years.”

Herrington is happy with this promotion, which took place last month. But he is quick to note everything will pretty much remain the same.

“Nothing has really changed,” Herrington said. “Since day one, we have approached it like being co-head coaches. The first conversation I had with Chris, we discussed the co-head coaching angle. He and I discuss everything on a daily basis and nothing has really changed. I pretty much have the same duties and responsibilities I’ve always had.

“Obviously, I’m honored for the recognition. Basically, it’s a result of a lot of hard work put in by the players and other coaches over the years. I’m thrilled to be a part of the program.”

Herrington, who served as head coach at South Jones from 2001-06 and compiled a 115-28 record, works mostly with the pitchers and catchers and the results speak for themselves.

In 2012, Ginger Lonergan was named as an NJCAA All-American and Lauren Candies was named All-Region 23. In 2013, Samantha Buller was named an NJCAA All-American and this past season, Buller went 31-3 and was named All-Region 23.

“I’ve been very fortunate over the last five-plus years,” Herrington said. “I get along great with Coach Robinson and we pretty much make joint decisions on everything. I think Coach Robinson, (school president) Dr. (Jesse) Smith and (athletic director) Katie (Herrington) just decided I needed a different title.”

On the field, the Lady Bobcats have gone 44-11, 44-10 and 52-6 over the past three years. This past season, JCJC finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Clinton.

Robinson said Herrington’s promotion was designed to stabilize the program.

“This solidifies our program and it lets our players and recruits know that he is going to be at Jones for a long, long time,” he said. “We are excited to see where our program is headed for the next several years.”

Herrington said the future looks good for Lady Bobcat softball.

“Our program is in a good situation and we’ve built it to the level where people recognize our success,” he said. “Hopefully, we can continue this type of success into the future. Our ultimate goal is the national championship and we were one step away from that last season.”

The Lady Bobcats are currently playing their fall schedule.

JCJC goes to Hattiesburg on Oct. 4 for games vs. William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi. They visit Ole Miss on Oct. 11 for games vs. Tennessee Tech and Ole Miss and will play on Oct. 15 in Hammond, Louisiana, vs. Southeastern Louisiana University and Baton Rouge Community College.

They close fall play with an intrasquad scrimmage on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at Community Bank Park.

c spire Tennis News

MGCCC Tennis Plays Well At ITA Championships
NORTHEAST TENNIS PROGRAMS ARRANGE OPEN TRYOUT
Hard Work Helps Frazier Earn Spot On NEMCC Tennis Team
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Inconceivable Dream For Tennis Star Pearce Comes To Fruition At NEMCC
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Doubles Standout Rencher Inks With Lady Tigers
NORTHEAST TENNIS ATHLETES, TEAMS RECEIVE ITA ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
10 ICC Student-athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
JCJC Student-athletes, Teams Receive Academic Recognition
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
MGCCC Tennis Plays Well At ITA Championships
Release Date: 9/29/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

MERIDIAN---Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis had a strong showing at the recent ITA Regional Tennis Championships in Meridian.

The women's team won the Consolation singles final and dropped a close, hard fought doubles Consolation final. In the Women’s singles consolation finals Lexi Johnson took down Angel Seals of Gulf Coast in a third set tie breaker. In the women’s doubles consolation finals, Lexi Johnson and Kara Younger were defeated by White/Hartley of Meridian.

On the Men’s side Gulf Coast dropped two semifinal matches and the finals in doubles. In men’s singles Skyler Flowers of Gulf Coast was defeated by the number one seed, Shane Trebisky of Meridian 6-4, 6-3. Meanwhile in the other men’s singles semi finals, the number 6 seed Brandon Lane of Gulf Coast lost to the number two seed and the over all singles champion Kaiser Deleon of Marion Military Institute 6-4, 6-3.

The men's doubles championship match featured Flowers and Lane falling to the number one seeded team of Conway/Cespedes of Marion Military Institute 8-5. By finishing second in doubles the Gulf Coast team of Skyler Flowers and Branson Lane qualifies for the National Small College Championships in Sumter, South Carolina October 9-12.

I was really proud of our effort especially our young players who really handled the pressure well," said Gulf Coast tennis coach Gary Bourgeois. "The men’s effort was outstanding, and we came really close to winning the singles and doubles titles."


c spire Track News

Jerel Hill, Former Hinds CC Athlete, Pens E-book, Preps For 2016 Olympics
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Track Champion Newell Eager For "New Chapter" At NEMCC
Hinds CC Hires Willie Calvin As Assistant Men’s T&F Coach
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Program Announces Signing Class
Coahoma Re-instates Track Program, Hires New Coach
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Finishes 15th In The Nation At Outdoor Nationals
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Ends 2014 Season In 23rd Place
Kimari Martin Of Hinds CC T&F Inks With Mississippi State University
Hinds CC T&F Has Seven Top Finishes At Black & Gold Invite
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Has Impressive Showing In Oxford
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Competes At Ole Miss Open
Hinds CC Men's 4x400 Relay Wins National Championship
Former Hinds CC Track And Field Stars Make The World Team
Jerel Hill, Former Hinds CC Athlete, Pens E-book, Preps For 2016 Olympics
Release Date: 9/26/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Jerel Hill, a Vicksburg native and former All-American men’s track and field student-athlete and coach at Hinds Community College, has written an e-book, “Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Journey of Faith,” that is now available on his personal website, www.jerelhill.com, for $0.99.

The book provides an in-depth look at Hill's journey of faith and demonstrates how stepping out on faith can equal a dream realized. This is not a "rags-to-riches" story but is an example that never giving up is always the best option when one has nothing to lose.

The allocated funds from the autobiography about Hill’s journey of faith will go toward his training expenses in his aim to make Team USA and compete at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Hill, who will now train in Baton Rouge, left Hinds and transferred to Louisiana State University, where he lettered for the Tigers in 2009 and 2010, setting personal bests of 10.22 in the 100-meter dash and 20.90 in the 200-meter dash during his senior season.

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