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c spire Baseball News

ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Hellums To Lead Rebuilding Efforts At Union
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Farris Promoted To NEMCC's Assistant Athletic Director
Eighth Annual Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run/Walk Set For Sept. 6
MACJC Confirms Format Changes For 2015 Baseball Season
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Former ICC Baseball Player To Participate In MLB All-Star Weekend
Hinds CC Baseball’s Boggs Presented With Mayor’s Award
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ICC To Host July Baseball Camp
ICC First Baseman Signs With Memphis Tigers
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC Baseball Signs East Union Standout
Marlin Brings Sharp Defensive Skill Set To Tigers
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Release Date: 7/28/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College baseball coach Rick Collier announced the Indians’ Baseball Showcase for upcoming high school seniors and juniors will be Wednesday, July 30th at historic Roy Cresap Field on the Fulton Campus.

Registration is $20.00 and begins at 10:00 a.m. Individuals interested in participating in the in Showcase are responsible for bringing a valid physical form and their own practice gear. Catchers are responsible for bringing their own catching equipment.

For more information on the Showcase contact Coach Collier at 662-862-8118 or via email recollier@iccms.edu or Coach Justin Bryant at 662-862-8298 or via email jcbryant@iccms.edu.


c spire Men's Basketball News

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
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
Co-Lin Hires Former Player Jake Reed As Basketball Assistant
ICC Guard Signs With Harding University
ICC Athletes Lend Helping Hand With April’s Angels
ICC Basketball State Champ Earns MACJC Academic Honor
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
SMCC Introduces New Head Coach, Thomas Gray
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Morris Excited To Join Old Friend On NEMCC Hoops Staff
Release Date: 7/24/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Kyle Morris is enthusiastic about reunifying with a longtime companion and joining one of the most tradition-rich men’s basketball programs in the Magnolia State.

Morris, who brings an intense and dynamic attitude to the court, has been selected as the new assistant coach for Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

“It’s a big hire in a lot of different areas,” said Tigers headman Cord Wright. “First and foremost from the recruiting side of it, he’s really good. He’s active, stays on it and that’s one of the biggest things in recruiting is just being consistent and working at it. That’s one area that he’s going to bring a lot of help to with the state being opened up.

“Secondly, he does a really good job with individual workouts and making the players better. Recruiting them is huge, but making them better while they’re here is the next step. I’m very excited and I think that within a year or so once we get this thing rocking and rolling that everybody will see the excitement that I feel now.”

Morris enters his eighth season in the coaching profession at Northeast following successful stops at his collegiate alma mater, the University of Pikeville (Ky.), and the University of North Alabama.

“I’m very honored and humbled,” Morris said. “I’ve known coach Wright for the past six years. He helped me get in the business and kind of jump-start my career. I wanted to come over here, accept the challenge and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“My main duties are just making the players that we have here better by making sure they stay in the classroom and making sure they graduate. Also, recruiting is going to be huge, especially the next two years, and making sure we sign the right student-athletes.”

Morris landed his first position as an assistant coach at Pikeville during the 2007-08 season. He guided the Bears to a solid 22-9 record and fourth-place finish in the Mid-South Conference.

Pikeville compiled an impressive 14-game winning streak that spanned three months. The Bears defeated their opponents in that stretch by an average score of 77-53.

Under the tutelage of Morris, Jeff Ferguson was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention All-American while William Harris, Justin Hicks and Morris each earned all-conference honors.

After an outstanding campaign at Pikeville, Morris travelled further south and accepted a post at North Alabama. He served as an assistant coach for the next six years and aided in the Lions’ return to countrywide prominence.

Morris and Wright worked together in Florence, Ala., from 2008-10. The duo pushed the Lions to a pair of Gulf South Conference (GSC) Tournament appearances at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven and also instructed Kenny Johnson, who is one of only four men’s basketball players in North Alabama history to receive All-American status.

The 2010-11 edition of the Lions tallied a 13-16 mark, but still had two athletes in Ricky Davison and Marcus Landry tabbed to the All-Gulf South Team with Wes Long obtaining GSC East Division Freshman of the Year recognition.

North Alabama improved to 15-12 one season later with sweeps of league rivals Delta State University, Valdosta State (Ga.) University and the University of West Georgia. Beaumont Beasley and Theron Jenkins, which both averaged 16 points per outing, grabbed All-Gulf South Team prestige for their actions during that campaign.

Morris, whose hometown is Dayton, Ohio, left his imprint on North Alabama’s history books by guiding the Lions to back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Tournaments in his final two years on the sidelines inside Flowers Hall.

Following an eight-game winning streak to open the season, North Alabama drew an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament with a 19-9 record and 12-6 mark versus conference foes. The Lions were eliminated in the opening round by NCAA South Regional host Florida Southern College.

North Alabama eclipsed the 20-win plateau during the 2013-14 campaign with victories in nine of their final 10 league contests. The Lions used that momentum near the end of the year to capture the sixth Gulf South Tournament championship in program history.

Rashaun Claiborne nearly notched a double-double with 28 points and eight rebounds in North Alabama’s title matchup against Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University. Claiborne was designated as the Most Valuable Player of the event while teammate Bruce Adams garnered Gulf South All-Tournament Team accolades.

The Lions, with Morris on the bench, entered the NCAA South Regional in Lakeland, Fla., as the No. 4 seed. North Alabama outscored the University of Tampa (Fla.) 47-37 in the second half to claim a close triumph and advance past the first round for the initial time since 2008.

Former Northeast guard Tyler Pritchard started and Adams dropped in a team-high 21 points, but the Lions could not overcome Tuskegee (Ala.) University in their second round game and were eliminated from the tournament.

After the conclusion of the season, Claiborne was chosen to participate in the 2014 Reese’s NCAA Division II All-Star Game in Evansville, Ind. at the Ford Center. He is one of only four players ever from North Alabama to compete in this event.

Overall, North Alabama amassed a record of 101-70, or a winning percentage of 69 percent, during Morris’ tenure at that institution. His primary responsibilities with the Lions included developing exercise routines, individual skill development, recruiting and to monitor the academic progress of their student-athletes.

Morris lettered at Pikeville for three years and was named an Academic All-Mid-South Conference selection. Before his collegiate career began, he won three Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Ohio state championships for Dayton Salvation Army.

In his spare time, Morris works a variety of basketball camps across the nation, including at the University of Dayton (Ohio), the University of Tennessee, Wright State (Ohio) University and Capital (Ohio) University.

Morris’ background in community service is extensive. He organized a Red Cross blood drive while at North Alabama, volunteered at both the Salvation Army and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and spoken to junior high school students during Red Ribbon Week about the dangers involved with drugs and alcohol.

A graduate of Springboro (Ohio) High School, Morris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pikeville and a Master’s degree from North Alabama.

c spire Women's Basketball News

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
ECCC Girls’ Basketball Camp Participants
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC All-State, All-Star Guard Signs With West Alabama
ICC Basketball State Champ Earns MACJC Academic Honor
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
Northwest Announces 2014-15 Women’s Basketball Signing Class
Northwest Announces 2014-15 Women’s Basketball Signing Class
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
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP PACKED WITH ELITE TALENT
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Twelve squads representing nine high schools from across the Southeast descended upon the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus from June 23-24 to participate in the first ever Lady Tiger Team Camp.

Two of the three regulation sized courts inside historic Bonner Arnold Coliseum were in action throughout the duration of the two-day event.

Squads were split into two separate brackets following the opening afternoon of competition on Monday. Tupelo High School claimed the bracket one championship on Tuesday evening while Lewisburg High School captured the bracket two crown.

Overall, the tournament provided athletes with an opportunity to contend against some of the top clubs and talent during their crucial summer schedule. Six of the participating programs clinched postseason berths last year while three won regular season division titles.

“The whole purpose of this camp was to provide another opportunity for these high school coaches to bring their kids in and get better,” said Northeast head coach Brian Alexander. “We feel like we’ve done that and we’ve got a lot of local teams here that had a good time this week.”

The following is the list by institution of those who participated in the 2014 Lady Tiger Team Camp.

Alcorn Central: Madison Burnett, Haley Walker, Lexi Harrison, Jordan Whitten, Danielle Leatherwood, Brooke McCoy, Briley Talley, Olivia Wilson, Callie Buntin, Brianna Barnes, Lauren McCreless, Katelyn McKinney, Olivia Smith and Phoenix Clark.

Deshler (Ala.): Abbi Holley, Alexis Strickland, Brooke Patterson, Kelsey Clark, Kandice Ricks, December Owens, Annie Sparks, Brooke Harris, Nicole Shirley, Aliyah Peters, Layken Coman, Lauren Cantrell, Alex Terrell, Erica Hill, Karleigh Sledge, Baileigh Terry, Rachel Davidson, Madison Jackson and McKenzie Mitchell.

Hamilton (Ala.): Meredith Knight, Bailey Davis, Lorra Carter, Sarah Paxton Miller, Natalie Bleazard, Corinne Cobb, Haley King and Emma Chandler.

Huntsville Lee (Ala.): Jordan Watkins, Neola Garner, Tamia Wright, Samiayah Pullen, TeMia Pride, Shantel Horton, Ashe’Lee Ford, Kenysha Coulson, Oliyana Tyner, Maya Langham and Laseana Ogunnaike.

Independence: Erika Faulkner, Darquazha McClatchey, Shenile Norwood, Nakia Walker, Brandy Howard, Denisha Cole, Breanna Armstrong, Taneria Bradley, Khiara Lee, Krishele Greer, Deuna Wilbourn, Deavion Watt, Khadedra Malone, Chamiya Edwards, Tanetrian Shorty and Tekeria Newson.

Lewisburg: Janice Farris, Jordyn Lentz, Ariel Tunstall, Kelsey Glasper, Claire Fleming, Lauren Brady, Destiny Gardner, Brianna Walker and Victoria Greer.

Prattville (Ala.): Lyric Blake, Samantha Austin, Nyia Mays, Tamara McClain, Chappell Studdard, Tynesha Adams, Claudia Harris and Carson Haynes.

Tupelo: Asia Partlow, Diamond Gates, Kaliyah Dandridge, Dnesha Starks, Aysia Walker, Marqueesha Hoskins, Sara Friloux, Ja’lancia Kohlheim, Randasia Crayton, Reagan Cook, Jaleigha Polk, Shuricka Trice, Olivia Lipsey, Alayjah Sherer, Braxton Thomas and Briana Mcmillian.

Vardaman: Alaysia Madkins, Chasady Holmes, Tamela Armstrong, Alexis Yates, Monica Wright, Diamond Vance, Anastasia Madkins, Tiara Jones, Courtney Brown, Ashelin Waius and C.J. Weddle.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Lady Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Alexander at 662-720-7887 or by email at bcalexander@nemcc.edu.

For full details about Northeast’s nine intercollegiate athletic programs, please visit www.nemccathletics.com and follow the Tigers on Twitter (@NEMCCTigers).


c spire Football News

Five Former Co-Lin Wolves In The NFL
“Meet The Bobcats” Set For August 21
Webster To Work San Diego Chargers’ Training Camp
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
Eighth Annual Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run/Walk Set For Sept. 6
Tiger Stadium Used For Country Music Video Shoot
Spencer Named To JCGridiron.com Preseason WR Watch List
New Synthetic Turf Soon A Reality At ECCC
ICC Releases 2014 Football Schedule
Reigning NJCAA National Champion East Mississippi Lions Announce 2014 Football Schedule
ECCC Football Camp
Tigers Football Program Conditioning During Summer Drills
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Reserved Football Tickets, All-sports Pass On Sale At PRCC
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
EMCC Lions Tabbed Nation’s No. 1 Junior College Football Team In JCGridiron.com Preseason Dirty 30 Rankings
Bobcats Ranked No. 26 In “Dirty 30” Preseason Poll
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Pair Of ICC Defensive Ends Named To Rivals Top 100
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Five Former Co-Lin Wolves In The NFL
Release Date: 7/27/2014
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON, MS – The end of July ushers in the beginning of NFL training camps all around the nation. Look closely and you’ll find a number of former Copiah-Lincoln Community College football players on rosters throughout the league.

Former Co-Lin defensive lineman Nick Fairley is beginning his fourth season as a member of the Detroit Lions. The Lions are led by first year head coach Jim Caldwell. Fairley, the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, is entering the final year of his contract. The Mobile, Alabama native has reportedly lost 30 pounds in the offseason in preparation for training camp, which begins on Monday, July 28 in Allen Park, Michigan. Fairley suited up at Co-Lin in 2008 before going on to Auburn where he won the 2010 Lombardi Award and recorded five tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble in Auburn’s 2011 BCS National Championship win.

Former Co-Lin linebacker Tim Dobbins is the gray beard of the Wolfpack alums in the NFL. Dobbins begins his ninth season in the league with a new team this year, the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons begin training camp on July 25 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. The popular behinds the scenes television show that looks at training camp, HBO’s “Hard Knocks”, will film at Falcon’s camp this season. Dobbins is the only Co-Lin alum in the NFL who wasn’t recruited to play in Wesson by current Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis. Dobbins played at Co-Lin in 2002 and 2003 for former head coach David Poinsett. After graduation, Dobbins signed with Iowa State and was an All-Big 12 selection his senior season. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. The Nashville, Tennessee native spent four seasons with the Chargers, one season with the Miami Dolphins, and three seasons with the Houston Texans.

Former Co-Lin defensive back DeQuan Menzie will also be trying to catch on with a new team in the NFC South as he begins training camp with the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers begin camp on July 26 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Menzie signed with the Panthers on Jan. 3, 2014. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Menzie has also spent time as a member of the Detroit Lions. Menzie, who prepped in Columbus, Georgia, was a member of the 2012 BCS National Championship team at the University of Alabama. He was named an AFCA First Team All-American in 2011.

Menzie won’t have to look hard to find a friend on the Panthers as he is joined by his former Co-Lin teammate, Oscar Johnson. Johnson, an offensive lineman, is in his first year as a member of the Panthers after signing on Jan. 3, 2014. Johnson spent time in 2013 on the practice squad of the Tennessee Titans. The Crystal Springs, Mississippi native signed with Tennessee as an undrafted free agent after playing at Louisiana Tech. Johnson, competing for a position at tackle, is listed on the Panthers roster at 6-foot-6 and 345 pounds.

The final former member of the Wolfpack in the league is defensive lineman Kendrick Adams. Adams is in his first season with the New York Giants. The Giants began training camp on July 22 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Adams signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 after playing at LSU. He has also spent time on the rosters of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, and most recently, the Cleveland Browns. Adams came to Co-Lin as an Auburn signee out of Enterprise, Alabama. After not seeing much action as a freshman at tight end, Adams was moved to defensive end and saw his recruitment blossom. He started at defensive end in the 2012 BCS National Championship for the LSU Tigers.

c spire Golf News

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
Hernandez Inks ECCC Golf Scholarship
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
All-Nicklaus Honorees Announced
Positive Pest Control Captures 21th Annual Wesson Golf Classic
ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Winners
Release Date: 7/14/2014
East Central Community College

These golfers representing SouthGroup Cox of Carthage claimed top honors in the 13th annual Warrior Golf Classic, sponsored by the East Central Community College Alumni Association. The talented linksters posted an 18-under par 54 on the Oaks Course at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located on the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. The four-person team includes (from left) Jimmie Bell and Jimmy Brown, both of Carthage; Pat Hardage (fourth from left) of Carthage and Bob Jordan (far right) of Kosciusko, who received the championship award from ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. This year’s four-person scramble netted $9,850 for student scholarships, according to event coordinator Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations. (EC Photo)

c spire Rodeo News

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
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Release Date: 7/9/2014
East Central Community College

DECATUR – Seven East Central Community College athletic teams were recognized for academic excellence in 2013-14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors reflect the type of athletic program the College strives to achieve each year.

“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way - Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”

The Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team achieved a 3.54 grade point average and finished second in the nation.

Kristin Chaney serves as head coach.

The Lady Warrior soccer team had a 3.51 GPA and finished second nationally.Gray Massey serves as head coach.

The Warrior soccer team achieved a 3.16 GPA and was ranked fourth nationally.Kenneth Thompson is head coach.

The Lady Warrior tennis team earned a 3.58 grade point average and finished fourth in the nation.

The Warrior tennis squad posted a 3.25 GPA and was ranked 14th nationally.Both programs are led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.

The Warrior baseball team finished 13th nationally with a 3.23 GPA.Neal Holliman serves as head coach.

EC’s golfers posted a 3.14 GPA and placed 17th nationally.

Chris Clark is head coach.

For more information on ECCC’s athletic programs, contact Chris Harris, Dean of Personnel Services and Athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


c spire Men's Soccer News

ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
ICC Men’s Soccer Announces 2014 Signing Class And Schedule
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
JCJC Holds Boys Team Soccer Camp
ICC Keeper Signs With Southwestern College In Kansas
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ECCC Releases Football & Soccer Schedules
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
ICC Soccer Teams Named NJCAA Academic Team Of The Year
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
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
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
NWCC Sports Info Department Garners National Publication Awards
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/28/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

After the women’s match, the defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before closing out the day at 3:30 with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

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

ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
MGCCC'S Craft Ready For Canadian Softball Excursion
ICC Women’s Soccer Releases 2014 Signees And Schedule
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
ECCC Releases Football & Soccer Schedules
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
ICC Soccer Teams Named NJCAA Academic Team Of The Year
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
MGCCC Teams, Players Earn All-NJCAA Academic Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
NWCC Sports Info Department Garners National Publication Awards
JCJC Releases 2014 Soccer Schedule
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

The defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before concluding the day with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

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

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
Booth Begins 'Potential' Promising Career With Tigers
Rangers Add Former LCHS Speedster Carla Avant
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
Eleven Rangers Named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Attend ECCC Softball Camp
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Campers Enjoy Sun, Rain At Annual NEMCC Softball Camp
Schedule For The ICC Softball High School Summer League Tournament
ICC Softball Earns Postseason Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
ICC Hires Former Ole Miss Rebel As New Assistant Softball Coach
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College along with softball coach Andy Kirk announced the hiring of former Ole Miss Rebel first baseman Londen Ladner as the Lady Indians’ new assistant coach on Wednesday.

“We’re very excited about Londen coming on and joining our program,” said Kirk. “She’s had a stellar career through high school and four excellent years at Ole Miss. She’s going to be a great asset for us on the offensive side, the recruiting side, but she also has a great background with strength and conditioning. So we are excited about her being able to take over and get us to the next level.”

While at Ole Miss, the Brandon native was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in the Fall of and the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2011. She earned a spot on the 2012 SEC Honor Roll while being named SEC Player of the Week for her performance against No. 10 Stanford. She led the Rebels in home runs as a sophomore, junior, and senior season.

“Her senior year [Ole Miss] beat Alabama and Florida so she’s been on the highest stage there is as far as collegiately and I believe the experiences she’s had will be something she can relate to our players with,” said Kirk.

Ladner’s name is peppered throughout the history of the Ole Mississippi softball program ranking amongst the all-time career leaders at No. 8 in batting average (.294), No. 7 in hits (161), No. 5 in doubles (33), No. 3 in home runs (25), No. 3 in RBI (121), No. 4 in walks (95), No. 4 in total bases (269), No. 5 in slugging percentage (.491), No. 4 in on-base percentage (.417), No. 3 in intentional walks (6), No. 3 in hit by pitch (24), No. 9 in fielding percentage (.979), and No. 4 in putouts (880).

She earned all-state honors all four years of high school, was named Gatorade Player of the Year and The Clarion Ledger Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and helped lead Northwest Rankin to the 2009 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state championship before graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

She is the daughter of former Southern Miss football player Stewart Ladner and Renee Jones.

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

c spire Tennis News

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
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
MGCCC Tennis Camp Fun For All Ages
Kaylan Cooper Signs With Lady Ranger Tennis Program
MGCCC Tennis Holds Awards Ceremony
ICC Tennis Earns Top 15 Finish In NJCAA National Tournament
Presented ECCC Women’s Tennis Awards
NORTHEAST TENNIS ATHLETES, TEAMS RECEIVE ITA ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
Release Date: 7/18/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Skillman, N.J. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s tennis programs placed themselves among highly elite company with their latest national recognition.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers were named 2014 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for sustaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, seven individual Northeast netters that possessed GPAs higher than 3.5 garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

“I am just as proud of their accomplishments and successes in the classroom as I am for every win on the court,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “I’m extremely impressed with their work ethic. They’ve earned these honors.”

The Lady Tigers were one of just six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members to qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award with a sensational 3.59 GPA. That number was second best in the Magnolia State behind only Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The Booneville duo of Allie Downs and Erica Whitten led the effort by compiling flawless 4.0 GPAs. Downs was one of only five women’s tennis players in the country to claim the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

Belmont’s Allison Wiltshire, who concluded the campaign at the No. 1 singles and doubles position for Northeast, flirted with perfection and accumulated a GPA of 3.96.

Whitten’s partner at No. 2 doubles in Haley Brown also clinched her spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list with a 3.54 GPA. The Iuka product held a three-match winning streak for the Lady Tigers against opponents from East Central Community College and Holmes Community College in March.

Northeast and Meridian Community College were the lone men’s representatives from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) to secure ITA All-Academic Team distinction. The Tigers placed half their squad on the ITA Scholar-Athlete lineup and carried an outstanding composite GPA of 3.22.

Booneville natives Wesley Tye and Noah Wright paced Northeast in its studies and accumulated GPAs of 3.89 and 3.52, respectively, during their freshmen years.

Tye and Wright excelled in match play as well and registered a regular season record of 6-6 at No. 3 doubles for the Tigers. The combo also accounted for 11 victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Micah Page collected a number of marquee wins during his final campaign in a Northeast uniform, including decisions over nationally ranked players Juan Miranda of East Central and Graham Lightsey of Jones County Junior College.

Tishomingo’s Page devoted proper time to his scholastic endeavors as well and tallied a 3.59 GPA to gain ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA is comprised of nearly 1,700 coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions. It has a comprehensive awards program to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance.

The ITA annually decorates approximately 3,000 student-athletes from 500 different varsity programs across the country.

PLEASE NOTE – Headshots and action photos of all seven Northeast Mississippi Community College athletes that were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association are available upon request. Contact sports information director Blake Long at bdlong@nemcc.edu.


c spire Track News

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
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Gets High Marks At LSU Twilight
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Has Successful Showing At LSU Twilight
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
Hinds CC Hires Willie Calvin As Assistant Men’s T&F Coach
Release Date: 7/10/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Willie Calvin, a former men’s track and field star at Hinds Community College, has returned to Raymond and will now serve as an assistant coach for the nationally renowned Eagles program.

Calvin, a Greenville native, recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C. He won the Mississippi Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award as a senior at Greenville Weston High School after winning state championships in both the high jump and long jump in 2009.

Calvin, a Hinds student-athlete from 2009-2011, was a two-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American after posting two eighth place finishes in the high jump with a leap of six feet, eight inches at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor and Outdoor Nationals as both a freshman and sophomore.

He then moved on to NCCU, where he was a two-time 2x Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) high jump champion.

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