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c spire Baseball News

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
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
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
NORTHEAST SCHEDULES ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE
Release Date: 8/15/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College’s baseball program is always on the watch for elite talent. An upcoming event will aid in that cause and give local prep athletes a chance to exhibit their abilities before the upcoming spring season begins.

The Tigers, who earned the right to host the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament, have scheduled a fall baseball showcase for Saturday, September 20 at Harold T. White Field.

The third annual event gets underway at noon and is open to any high school athlete in the ninth-through-twelfth grades (classes of 2015-2018).

Players are encouraged to demonstrate their skills in front of Northeast’s experienced coaching staff. The event starts with a pro workout that includes a period of evaluation in the categories of base running, defensive expertise and arm strength.

A full scrimmage is slated to follow the workout session. Each pitcher in attendance has the opportunity to throw to a maximum of four batters during the practice game.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, cleats, a glove, a bat and a helmet. Baseballs will be provided at the stadium.

Pre-registration is available through Tuesday, September 16 at a cost of $40. After that date, the cost to register increases to $60 and runs through the day of the showcase.

To register, go to www.nemccathletics.com and completely fill out the form that is available on the baseball page. Please make checks payable to Northeast Baseball and send by mail to Kent Farris, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.

Walk up registration is also possible at 11 a.m. on the morning of the meet for the price of $60.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Tiger Baseball Showcase, contact Farris at 662-720-7309 or by email at wkfarris@nemcc.edu, assistant coach Richy Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu or assistant coach Jon Andy Scott at 662-720-7223 or by email at jascott@nemcc.edu.


c spire Men's Basketball News

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
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
Skills Camp Concludes Successful Summer Break For Tigers
Release Date: 8/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program wrapped up another summer full of activities with its annual Skills Camp from July 21-24 inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

The four-day event was open to any boy in the fifth-through-twelfth grades. Several experienced area coaches aided Northeast head coach Cord Wright in providing instruction during the camp.

Multiple players from the 2013-14 Tiger hoops team as well as new members of the 2014-15 squad were also in attendance to help direct the different daily drills and tasks.

Athletes learned the fundamentals of basketball while establishing the mental aspect of the game through sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.

Boys also had the opportunity to work on ball handling, dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and other essential techniques while participating in a fun and relaxing environment.

Campers concluded each afternoon with a set of scrimmage games that put routines and capabilities that were refined during practice sessions to the test in a competitive manner.

Children from three separate southeastern states attended the Tigers' function that is dedicated to helping players further develop their abilities inside the gymnasium.

The following is the list by county of those who participated in the 2014 Northeast Skills Camp.

Alcorn: Kenner Mills of Kossuth, Hayden Barnett of Corinth, Eli Ferrell of Corinth, Tanner Childs of Kossuth, Blain Suitor of Kossuth and Tanner Garcia of Kossuth.

Hardin (Tenn.): Cameron Witt of Pickwick.

Itawamba: Gabriel Inghram of Mantachie and Bartlett Powell of Mantachie.

Lee: Caleb Agnew of Saltillo and Zach Turba of Saltillo.

Leon (Fla.): Bryton Smith of Tallahassee.

McNairy (Tenn.): Cade Harvell of Michie.

Oktibbeha: Brandon Lane of Starkville.

Prentiss: Walker Moreland of Marietta, Skyler Johnson of Jumpertown, Chandler Johnson of Booneville, Jalon Beene of Wheeler, Glenn Laird of Wheeler, Hayden Horton of Wheeler, Rob Richey of Baldwyn, Jordan White of Jumpertown, Dalton Hanna of Jumpertown, Landon Elliott of Jumpertown, Paden Brumley of Jumpertown, Dylan Herring of Wheeler, Justin Jackson of Wheeler and Tryston Pharr of Booneville.

Tippah: Riley Glissen of Falkner and Cole Rodgers of Ripley.

Tishomingo: Riley Floyd of Iuka, Bryson Cass of Paden, Harrison Fancher of Belmont and Brady Anglin of Tishomingo.

Union: Eli Reed of Ingomar and Aaron Pilcher of Enterprise.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Wright at 662-720-7241 or by email at cdwright@nemcc.edu.

c spire Women's Basketball News

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
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
All-Metro Selection Hughes Set To Make Impact With Northeast
Release Date: 8/15/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Alivia Hughes, who was one of the Magnolia State’s most highly decorated athletes on the court last season, is prepared to help the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team in any manner that she possibly can.

Hughes became the newest member of the Lady Tigers 2014-15 signing class after she inked her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the ten-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship program.

“From a talent perspective, she’s one of the top guards in the state,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “She’s extremely quick with great ball skills. She is just a tremendous mentally tough individual and we’re happy she’s here with us.

“The character of this specific kid is tremendous. She’s going to be really good here and is very committed to hanging another championship banner in Bonner Arnold Coliseum.”

Hughes recorded a solid senior season at Clinton High School while under the tutelage of head coach Felicia Burton and assistant Kunshinge Sorrell Howard, who led the Lady Tigers to the 1986 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title game and was a 2011 inductee into the MACJC Hall of Fame.

“It feels amazing because I’m about to play with a great team,” Hughes said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach so I know he’s going to amazing things with us. I want to win a championship this year and help my teammates out every game.”

The 5-6 guard was named as one of 40 seniors to watch in the state during the 2013-14 campaign by The Clarion-Ledger. She lived up to the hype by guiding the Lady Arrows to an incredible 24-4 record in her final season at the prep level.

Hughes and fellow Northeast signee Harper Newell both averaged three steals per game to direct a stingy Clinton defense that held its initial eight opponents to only 43 points each contest.

The Lady Arrows outscored their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 4, Class 6A rivals by an average of 65-43 to claim the regular season and tournament region crowns.

Hughes had a phenomenal performance during Clinton’s MHSAA Class 6A postseason opener against Starkville High School. She scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with five steals and four rebounds in a 76-52 victory by the Lady Arrows.

She appeared in each of Clinton’s 28 games as a senior and finished tied Newell with a team-best 12.6 points per game. Hughes also had 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds each outing.

For her leadership and hard work throughout the 2014 campaign with the Lady Arrows, Hughes was named to The Clarion-Ledger’s prestigious All-Metro team.

Hughes was a part of the varsity squad at Clinton for four seasons. During her outstanding career, she averaged 13.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per contest.

Her teams qualified for the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs three times and won division titles twice. The Lady Arrows held a solid 8-4 mark in postseason matchups with Hughes on their roster.

Hughes scored a personal best 30 points as a sophomore in a loss to North Pontotoc High School and tallied the only double-double of her career one year later with 18 points and 10 boards in a victory versus Terry High School.

She shot 33 percent from the floor and 27 percent from three-point range at Clinton with a total of 1,187 points.

c spire Football News

“David Thornton Era” Begins At Jones County Junior College
GAME PREVIEW: Southwest Bear Football Game Day
Top-ranked, Reigning National Champ EMCC Lions To Kick Off Football Season Thurs. At Southwest
GAME PREVIEW: Hinds CC Football Opens On Thursday In Goodman
GAME PREVIEW: NEMCC Opens Versus Ranked Opponent For Third Straight Year
No. 10 Bobcats Open Season Thursday At Northwest
GAME PREVIEW: River Hosts Coahoma In Football Opener
Tigers Make Goals Crystal Clear At Annual Media Day
No. 10 Bobcats Feature Only One Returning Wide Receiver
ECCC Holds Ribbon-Cutting For New Turf Field
ECCC Warrior Football ‘Voices’
BLEACHER KREATCHERS TO INVADE TIGER STADIUM FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
ECCC Football Coaches
GAME PREVIEW: No. 19 ICC Faces Tough Road Test At No. 3 Co-Lin
No. 10 Bobcats Feel Confident With Quarterback Situation
Secondary Must Be Versatile For No. 10 Bobcats
Five Former Football Players To Be Inducted In JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Bad Weather Doesn't Dampen MGCCC Meet The Teams Night
No. 10 Bobcats Expect To Field Solid Offensive Line
Special Teams Hope To Boost No. 10 Bobcats
“David Thornton Era” Begins At Jones County Junior College
Release Date: 8/27/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The “David Thornton Era” will begin officially on Thursday.

After serving the previous two seasons as Jones County Junior College’s offensive coordinator, Thornton will be the head coach when the 10th-ranked Bobcats battle the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers at 6:30 p.m. at Bobby Franklin Field.

Thornton, who will continue to serve as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, is excited to see what the season will bring.

“We are looking forward to it,” he said. “The guys have responded well, have learned what we taught them and I think they are ready to play.”

The Bobcats were 9-2 in 2013, won the MACJC South Division championship and finished ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA poll.

After attrition, injuries and other factors, the Bobcats finalized their 55-man roster on Wednesday. JCJC will have eight returning starters from last year, with 20 sophomores and 35 freshmen comprising the roster.

The Bobcats are in excellent shape at quarterback with the return of last year’s duo of Kenny Coleman (6-1, 164) of Hazlehurst and Steven Swindle (6-1, 195) of Oak Grove. Coleman is listed as the starter, but Swindle will certainly see action.

Thornton knows what he is getting with those two players.

“We’ve got both guys back who led us to the state championship game last year,” he said. “Kenny and Steven are dynamic guys and provide good leadership for us. We are expecting a lot out of them.”

Another quarterback in the mix is Kemper County freshman Kelvin Bourrage (6-2, 185).

The Bobcats averaged 40.6 points and 463.0 yards per game last year.

In the backfield, the Bobcats will utilize the talents of three freshmen – D’Alex Rockingham (5-9, 206) of Hazlehurst, Tevin Moore (5-11, 195) of Stringer and James Milledge (6-0, 215) of Petal. Rockingham is listed as the starting running back and Moore is the starting H-Back.

“We feel good about our running backs,” Thornton said. “Tevin has done a great job and D’Alex has done an outstanding job. We’re excited about them and the ability they bring to that position.”

Along the offensive line, the Bobcats have experience at left tackle with Raleigh sophomore Jraven Tribble (6-5, 295), at right tackle with Gautier sophomore Tyrone Patterson (6-3, 310) and at center with Bay sophomore Travis Brogle (6-2, 280). However, Brogle has a tweaked hamstring and North Forrest freshman John Brown (6-1, 300) is expected to draw the start vs. the Rangers.

Taylorsville freshman Doug Lofton (6-2, 325), a transfer from Louisiana-Monroe, is the leader at left guard and Hancock sophomore Devin Smith (6-2, 295) draws the start at right guard. Smith moves over to the offensive line this year after playing defensive tackle last year.

“Jraven is one of those anchoring the front,” Thornton said. “We’ve moved Devin over from defense to offense and he’s playing guard. Travis has been a solid player at center since last year. Tyrone got some playing time as a freshman and has done well. Doug came to us from Louisiana-Monroe and has done a great job. Potentially, we’re excited about what they can do.”

Others who will contribute along the offensive line are freshmen Khadedryck Todd (6-5, 275) of Hattiesburg, Torian Samuels (6-2, 310) of Hazlehurst and Jayla Holloway (6-3, 250) of Morton.

“I think we are deeper there than we were last year and probably bigger in some places,” Thornton said of the offensive line. “Those guys have had a good offseason. They have gotten bigger, faster and stronger.”

JCJC only has one experienced wide receiver in Taylorsville sophomore Rodregus Ducksworth (6-1, 175). He is expected to start, along with North Forrest freshman Denver Magee (6-2, 205) and Bessemer, Alabama, freshman Jervohnte Riles (6-5, 230).

A whole host of freshmen make up the remainder of the receivers, including Joe Pack (6-0, 180) of Slidell, Louisiana, Shaka Brown (5-8, 160) of Ocean Springs, DeMarcus Bingham (6-3, 225) of Foley, Alabama, Logan Scott (6-3, 210) of Oak Grove, Trivillian Williams (6-1, 185) of McComb, Raymond Crumpton (6-0, 205) of Greene County, Justin Smith (5-8, 190) of Stone, Devin Elliott (6-1, 190) of Okolona and Terrance Woods (6-2, 175) of Greene County.

The Bobcats received a blow when Ra’Quazious Boyd, a sophomore receiver who has committed to Alabama-Birmingham, was injured and will receive a redshirt this year. He is from Lafayette, Alabama.

“The receiving corps is a lot different than it was last year,” Thornton said. “We are probably not as deep as we were, but we’ve got some guys with some great size and athletic ability and we’re excited about what they can do. They can make us more multiple offensively.”

On defense, the Bobcats return five players with starting experience from 2013 – two linebackers and three defensive linemen.

At linebacker, Jamal Lucas (6-1, 230) of Hoover, Alabama, and Kendall Island (6-0, 230) of Bay provide great stability for Jones.

Lucas, a second- team All-MACJC player as a freshman, had 108 tackles last year. Island had 40 tackles in 3 ½ games before being sidelined by injury.

JCJC also has outstanding reserve linebackers, including Brookhaven freshman Ty Hill (6-1, 210), McComb freshman Jahmaad Harrell (6-2, 215), Prentiss sophomore Richard Scott (6-1, 218) and North Forrest sophomore Lelland Ducksworth (6-1, 220).

“Linebacker is really a strong point for us defensively,” Thornton said. “We’ve got both guys back who started for us. Jamal led us in tackles and was one of the tops in the league. Kendall started the first four games last year and was leading us in tackles until he tore his ACL. Having that leadership is going to be important for us defensively.

“We’ve got some guys behind them who are very capable. Ty has had a great camp. He is a physical guy who will come up and hit you. Jahmaad, Richard and Lelland have done well. We feel like we’re pretty good there.”

In the defensive line, JCJC is solid at end with returnees Jamal Young (6-4, 230) and Justice Coleman (6-2, 240). Young is a sophomore from McComb and Justice Coleman is a sophomore from Gautier.

Courtney Gaines (6-4, 320), a sophomore from Hillcrest High School in Memphis, Tennessee, returns at a tackle slot, while Hazlehurst freshman Johnkil Skipper (6-0, 290) will also start at tackle.

“We think we’ve got good depth along the defensive line,” Thornton said. “We have four guys back who played for us last year and we’ve added some quality freshmen. Jamal had a great offseason and has had a great camp. Justice and Courtney give us experience and Johnkil has been a pleasant surprise.”

Reserve defensive linemen are Hazlehurst freshman Javarious Tanner (6-0, 240), Bassfield sophomore Antonio Ducksworth (6-0, 300), Quitman freshman Reginal Hamilton (6-2, 275) and Millbrook, Alabama, freshman Arie Anderson (6-1, 300).

The Bobcats will have a completely new secondary.

At the cornerback slots will be Purvis sophomore Thamaz Taylor (5-9, 175) and Marice Fluellen (6-0, 171), a freshman from Northview High School in Dothan, Alabama. Taylor played running back last year.

Opelika, Alabama, freshman Al’Dreecous Wilson (5-11, 175) starts at Bobcat safety. Picayune freshman Daveon Greene (5-10, 208) is strong safety and Hazlehurst freshman Dedric Reese (5-11, 175) is at free safety.

Reserves include Oak Grove sophomore Kelvin Winston (6-3, 215), Bay sophomore Coty Mitchell (6-1, 194), Jackson Murrah sophomore Scott Martin (5-11, 180), Seminary freshman Raco Magee (5-10, 195), Laurel freshman Stephen Ulmer (6-0, 186), and Mize freshman Jamal Blackwell (5-10, 180).

“We’ve got a lot of new faces in the secondary, but they are very good,” Thornton said. “Al’Dreecous is very talented and is a really good football player. Marice is another newcomer and we’re expecting big things out of those guys. We’ve moved Thamaz to cornerback and he’s been a bright spot. He’s just a football player and we need him out there. He can play on either side and is a good leader for us. “Dedric has emerged for us back there, along with Daveon. Then you’ve got experience behind them with Kelvin and Coty returning, so we feel good about them.”

The Bobcats are fine shape in the kicking game.

Northeast Jones sophomore Cole Byrd (6-0, 205) is back and is expected to handle placekicking duties, while Bay freshman Patrick Ponder (6-1, 180) is the leader at punter. Madison Central freshman Drew Edgar (5-10, 230) is the long snapper and Swindle is the holder.

“The specialists might be some of the best ones we’ve had,” Thornton said. “Cole spearheads it. He’s a sophomore and has had a great camp. He is kicking the ball well and put one through the back of the end zone in practice this morning. His leg strength is better and he’s been consistent with field goals.

“Drew may be the best one I’ve ever seen. He can really zip the ball. He has a skill set that is really, really good. Patrick is our punter and has done a great job. Hopefully, we don’t have to use him much.”

The Bobcat coaching staff consists of Thornton (head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks), Steve Boyd (defensive coordinator/cornerbacks), Chip Bilderback (safeties/recruiting coordinator), Anthony Maddox (defensive line), Chuck Robertson (offensive line), Brad Reynolds (running backs/special teams), Melvin Tart (wide receivers) and graduate assistants Darius Buck, Lane Brady and Darin Farris. Joel Cain and Gary Stroud are team athletic trainers and Nolan Darby is the strength and conditioning coach.

Thursday’s game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Ed Smith on the call. Airtime is 6:15 p.m.

The Bobcats will play their home opener at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 when they entertain No. 19 Itawamba Community College in the annual Hall of Fame game.

Super Bowl XXXIX MVP Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey and Larry Suchy will be inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame on that day.

c spire Golf News

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
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
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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

Schaefer Named NJCAA Keeper Of The Week
Howard Leads ICC To 2-1 Win Over Jones County
ICC’s Schaefer Earns MACJC Keeper Of The Week Honors
Bobcat Men’s Soccer Team Eyes Outstanding Season
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season 2-0
Bobcat Soccer Teams Tie Senior College Foes
ICC Opens Season With Pair Of Shutout Victories Over Gulf Coast
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Concludes “Meet The Bobcats”
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Begins 2014 Season On Saturday
ECCC Soccer Alumni Return To Campus
Come “Meet The Rangers” Thurs., Aug. 21 At Bobby Franklin Field
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season August 22 At Southwest
ECCC Soccer Warriors Prepare For Season
MGCCC Soccer Teams Prepare For 2014 Season
ICC Soccer To Open Season At Home On Thursday
Wildcats Open 2014 Soccer Season Tuesday
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Names Colvin As Assistant Coach
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Bobcat Football, Soccer Teams Begin Practice
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Schaefer Named NJCAA Keeper Of The Week
Release Date: 8/27/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – A day after earning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Keeper of the Week honor, sophomore Ben Schaefer has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Keeper of the Week when the league announced their honors on Wednesday.

“We are excited for Ben,” said Coach Mike Sullivan. “He had a lot of pressure on him coming into the season and he worked extremely hard to meet the expectations and it shows with him earning this honor.”

Schaefer (Tupelo) made three saves in the Indians’ (2-0, 0-0 MACJC North) 1-0 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to notch his first-ever collegiate shutout in ICC’s season opener last Friday.

“It’s an amazing honor,” said Schaefer. “I’m honored to be chosen for this award, but it’s more of a team award than just an award for me. The defense showed up and showed out to help make things a lot easier on me and that’s big when you talk about being successful as a keeper.

The Indians will travel to Meridian Community College in a match that was rescheduled to 2:00 p.m. and will return to Fulton when they host Southwest Mississippi Community College on Tuesday before opening North Division play against Northwest Mississippi Community College on Friday.

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

Howard Leads ICC To 2-1 Win Over Jones County
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Blank Itawamba, 5-0
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Blank Itawamba, 5-0
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Gets 2014 Season Underway On Friday
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season 2-0
Second Half Effort Leads No. 19 Lady Bobcats Past Broward College
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Seek State Title Repeat
Bobcat Soccer Teams Tie Senior College Foes
ICC Opens Season With Pair Of Shutout Victories Over Gulf Coast
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Concludes “Meet The Bobcats”
Former ECCC Women’s Soccer Players Reunite
Hinds CC Women’s Basketball To Host Tryout
Come “Meet The Rangers” Thurs., Aug. 21 At Bobby Franklin Field
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season August 22 At Southwest
Pre-Season Workouts Continue For ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors
MGCCC Soccer Teams Prepare For 2014 Season
ICC Soccer To Open Season At Home On Thursday
Wildcats Open 2014 Soccer Season Tuesday
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Names Colvin As Assistant Coach
Lady Bobcats Ranked No. 19 In NJCAA Division I Soccer Poll
Howard Leads ICC To 2-1 Win Over Jones County
Release Date: 8/26/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Sophomore Dylan Howard score a pair of second-half goals to help the Indians remain unbeaten on the season with a 2-1 victory over Jones County Junior College on Tuesday.

"I was proud of the fight the guys played with in the second half," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "We were agressive early, but the Jones' keeper did a great job to keep us from being able to take advantage of some good scoring opportunities."

Trailing 1-0, Howard (Starkville) found the equalizer on an indirect set piece after the Jones keeper picked up a back pass before scoring the go-ahead goal inside the 84-minute mark after weaving his way through a pair of Bobcat defenders.

Lady Indians fall 5-0 to No. 19 Jones County

The Lady Indians (1-1, 0-0) dropped their first match of the season, 5-0, to the No. 19 Lady Bobcats.

"Jones County is as good as advertised," said Coach Cody Carson. "I thought we played well, but their depth made a big difference in the second half."

JCJC took a 2-0 lead into the break before pulling away for the victory.

ICC will travel to Meridian Community College on Friday before returning home for a pair of home matches next week against Southwest Mississippi Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College.

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

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
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
Northeast Softball Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Release Date: 8/20/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s softball program took part in a popular sensation that is sweeping its way across the nation to help bring more attention to a dreadful illness.

The Tigers completed the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Monday afternoon at David Carnell Memorial Field.

The rules of the competition are simple. Each person must have a cooler filled with ice water poured over their heads within 24 hours of obtaining the challenge or make a financial donation to the ALS Association.

Nine players, two coaches and one manager received a frozen bath in the outfield of Northeast’s home stadium. The remainder of the team held the containers and doused those who participated in this worthy cause.

Performing the Ice Bucket Challenge was a sentimental moment for one member of the Tigers’ staff. Northeast assistant coach Jaisa Emerson’s mother, Liza Fox, passed away nearly five years ago following a lengthy battle with ALS.

“I’m kind of emotional,” said Emerson. “It meant a lot to me and I really appreciate it. Raising money and awareness for ALS is all I’m really wanting to do.”

Emerson was grateful that each representative of the Tigers’ ball club embraced the event and willingly performed a role to make it a success.

“It’s just exciting that these girls care this much about me as a coach,” Emerson said. “It shows me how much they actually care about not only softball, but about life in general and supporting others when they’re going through such a hard time.”

Sophomore Haley Christian noted that endeavors like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge help unite the squad as preparations for the 2015 season get underway in the City of Hospitality.

“It’s really good because we’re focusing on coming together as a team and sticking together,” Christian said. “With us doing these activities early on, it’ll make us closer.”

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. It’s mission includes providing services to assist those with ALS and eventually finding a cure for the ailment.

The institution has accepted over $31 million in contributions this year thanks partially to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

c spire Tennis News

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
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
Hard Work Helps Frazier Earn Spot On NEMCC Tennis Team
Release Date: 8/14/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Beth Ann Frazier has earned a chance to further her playing career at Northeast Mississippi Community College following multiple years of toil and dedication on the tennis court.

Frazier became the newest Lady Tiger after signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the Northeast women’s tennis team.

“We’re happy to have Beth Ann with us next season,” Northeast head coach Ben Shappley said. “We have high expectations for her both in the classroom as well as on the courts.”

Frazier helped Kossuth High School begin their tennis program during her sophomore campaign in 2012. She started each season for coach Ginger Mattox since then.

“I feel like I worked all three years of high school for an opportunity like this,” said Frazier. “I’m really excited to see what it has in store.”

Frazier obtained female Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors for the Aggies after leading her squad to the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A championship.

She also acquired the MHSAA Division 1-3A girls singles crown after defeating rival Abbey Hollowell of Alcorn Central High School 6-2, 6-3. Frazier proceeded to the title match by besting Booneville High School’s Adrianna Jackson 6-3, 6-3.

Kossuth opened the MHSAA Class 3A postseason with a 5-2 victory over North Pontotoc High School to advance to the quarterfinal round versus Cleveland East Side High School at Corinth’s Crossroads Regional Park.

Frazier had no issues against the Trojans and lost only two games to her opponent Keisha Jackson. She claimed a straight sets decision over Jackson to guide the Aggies to the state semifinals with a 5-2 win.

She extended her success with a 6-1, 6-3 sweep of Hannah Garrison in the MHSAA Class 3A North Half championship contest at South Pontotoc High School. However, Kossuth was not as fortunate and lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cougars.

Frazier qualified for the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament as an individual and was ranked as the No. 6 overall seed. She met North Pontotoc’s Katelyn Gordon to begin the event at the Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1.

She also held an 11-1 record during the 2014 regular season that included a hard fought 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Belmont High School’s Alma Manzano and a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Tishomingo County High School’s Emily Long.

“I feel like I have a lot to bring,” Frazier said. “I have a very good forehand, both flat and low, and I usually have a lot of aces with my serve. I’m just really excited.”

Frazier takes the court in the summer months as well. She and her partner Taylor Heavener recently won the 35th annual Candy Classic Memorial Tournament 18-under girls double event with an 8-0 decision against Brooke McCoy and Meredith Murphy.

She fits perfectly into Northeast’s scholastic squad, which was named a 2014 All-Academic Team by both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Frazier was a member of Kossuth’s honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade and received a state scholarship from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Frazier also collected Kossuth’s English Award as a junior and was a member of the National Honor Society.

c spire Track News

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
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Gets High Marks At LSU Twilight
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.