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c spire Baseball News

Hinds CC Baseball/softball To Host Monster Mash At Moss On Thursday
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
Northwest Baseball To Host Prospect Camp For 2015-16 Graduates
Former SMCC Bear Dyson To Play In World Series
Hinds CC Wins Halbrook Award For 14th Time
Thompson To Be Inducted To ICC Athletic Hall Of Fame
Hinds CC 2014 Sports Hall Of Fame Class Announced
Zanaboni Named As CCC’s New Sports Information Director
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
Hinds CC Baseball/softball To Host Monster Mash At Moss On Thursday
Release Date: 10/29/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College baseball and softball teams will participate in a co-ed softball game on Thursday night at 6 p.m. as a fundraiser to benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson.

The third annual Monster Mash at Moss will take place at the Joe G. Moss baseball field on the Raymond Campus of Hinds. The baseball and softball teams will compete in the game wearing Halloween costumes of their choice.

Fans of all ages are highly encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to this event.

Player introductions, along with a trunk-or-treat set up outside the playing field for children in costumes, will begin at 6 p.m.

The first pitch will be thrown at approximately 6:30 p.m. and the two teams will play a seven-inning contest.

Admission is $2 with a Hinds ID and regular admission is $5. Kids 12 and under may enter for free. Concessions will be available as well.

All gate proceeds will go to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, and donations are accepted.

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

• As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2013. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.


c spire Men's Basketball News

Bears Men's Preview
ICC To Host High School Basketball Jamboree On Saturday
ECCC Hosts High School Basketball Jamboree
Wolves Working Towards Nov. 3 Tipoff
Pearl River’s New $8.9 Million Marvin R. White Coliseum Tip Off For Hoops Next Week
ICC Announces 2014-15 Basketball Schedule
ICC Men Look To Build On Championship Year
EMCC To Preview New-look Basketball Teams With Monday’s “Meet The Lions” Preseason Event On Scooba Campus
ICC Announces 2014-15 Basketball Schedule
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
ICC’s Wooten Commits To Louisiana-Lafayette
JCJC Basketball Teams To Hold “Meet The Bobcats”
ICC Men Look To Build On Championship Year
ECCC Hosts JUCO Basketball Jamboree
ECCC ‘Haunted House Of Hoops’ Scheduled Oct. 29
LIL’ DRIBBLERS INVADE BONNER ARNOLD COLISEUM FOR SECOND YEAR
Hinds CC Wins Halbrook Award For 14th Time
NORTHEAST HOOPS TO HOST MOST HOME GAMES IN THIRTEEN YEARS
Zanaboni Named As CCC’s New Sports Information Director
SMCC Men's Basketball Homecoming Golf Tournament
Bears Men's Preview
Release Date: 10/30/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Fans of the Southwest Bears basketball team will see a familiar face in a new place on the bench this season. After spending three years as an assistant to Casey Carter, Thomas Gray has moved up a seat as the head coach for the Bears. But, fans should not expect many new things on the court, according to Gray. “They can expect a lot of the same things that they saw and that I pray will carry over from Casey Carter’s time here, a lot of things that he taught me and instilled in the players,” he said.

Gray said fans can expect “a lot of the same brand of basketball in terms of up-tempo, very energetic guys playing really hard. I think a lot of that will be seen in the team here because I really believed in his (Carter’s) philosophy and my philosophy is very similar.”

Last year’s edition of the Bears struggled to a 12-13 overall record, but still managed to qualify for the MACJC and Region 23 tournaments. However, five players from that team have since departed to four-year schools, leaving Gray with some big shoes to fill. Among those no longer with the Bears is leading scorer and 2nd Team All-American Twymond Howard (now at UT-Martin), who averaged 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

How will Gray deal with those losses? “It’s going to be tough,” he said. “But, it’s a situation where we’re fortunate to get some good freshmen in here and have a couple of guys who played a lot of minutes last year for us.”

Gray said he also had “a couple of guys who were around the program, that maybe didn’t play too much, but guys who have experience and know what to expect and know what’s expected of them. So, hopefully we’ll rely on those few sophomores and hopefully the freshmen can pick up any extra slack that we have and play really well.”

Looking at this season’s squad, Gray said, “I think it all starts off with our point guard position. I think (it) will be in good hands with Jaylen Moore (6’ 1 ½”, 220-Gulfport H. S.), Lafayette Rutledge (5’ 11”, 175-Gautier H. S.) and Lederrius Simmons (5’ 8”, 160-McComb H. S.).”

Gray said he feels that Moore is one of the “best combo guards in this league and probably one of the better players in the league. He’ll play some point and also play two guard. He’s going to kind of the lead dog and get these guys going in the direction that we need them to go.”

With Moore, Rutledge and Simmons, Gray expects the point guard spot to be in good hands because they “have played on successful teams and have a lot of talent. Simmons won a state championship last season as the starting point guard with McComb and (I think) Lafayette was one of the best point guards in the state last year. So, a lot is expected from those freshmen backing up Jaylen when he slides over to the shooting guard position.”

Gray said he has several players who can take over the shooting guard spot when Moore is not there. Among them is Trent Jeffries (6’ 4”, 200-Gulfport-Harrison Central H. S.), a transfer from Arkansas-Pine Bluff. “He is going to be a guy who we expect a lot out of,” said Gray, “and we have some good freshmen coming in who I think are going to play a lot of minutes and they’re going to need to.” Discussing the power forward and center positions, Gray said “We don’t really have any true centers. We have a lot of guys who are going to be power forward/center-type guys and probably that group is topped off by sophomore Xavion Dillon (6’ 7 ½”, 220-Tylertown H. S.) who played a lot of minutes for us last year. He going to be a guy who we’re going to rely on and is going to be very important to our success, a guy who I think is going to have a break-out year this year and really catch a lot of people’s attention. He’s going to slide back and forth between the four and five spots.”

Gray also said he has two newcomers to the team in sophomore C. J. Polite (6’ 7”, 205-Charlotte, NC), a sophomore transfer from Lewis & Clark Community College in Missouri, and freshman David Burrell (6’ 6”, 190-Milwaukee, WI) who will provide a lot of help. “We’re expecting big things from Burrell as a freshman,” Gray said. “(He) plays with a lot of energy and has a high motor and he’s someone whom we’re looking to make a big impact.”

Back from last year and looking to have a big impact on the team is Justin McCray (6’ 6”, 220-Ridgeland H. S.). “I think he’s a guy who’s come around,” Gray said, “and is going to be a guy who we’re going to rely on to help us both in the main lineup, and maybe off the bench, in a couple of different capacities, whether it’s playing the four or the three.”

Overall, Gray feels good about each of the positions, but he said a lack of depth “is probably one thing that is hurting us because we’ve had a couple of injuries and incidents. So (depth) is something that we’re probably wanting to have a little more of in the future.”

Gray said he felt the MACJC’s South Division would be tough this year and would “probably be led by Pearl River. They had a really good recruiting class and one that is probably one of their better ones, if not the best, that I’ve seen anybody put together in the (time) I’ve been in this league. I think they’re going to be as talented as anybody has been.”

Gray looks for Jones County to be a team “that everybody is going to be looking out for” due to a lot of returners from last year’s national championship run. He says “Gulf Coast is a team you’ve always got to look out for. They’ve had a lot of talent on that roster (and) a lot of guys returning from last year’s team that finished second in our division.”

Gray said that Co-Lin, with some of the players from last year’s team back, and paired with some “really good freshmen (that they’re) going to be really good.” He feels that East Central “is going to catch a lot of people by surprise” and that Meridian and Hinds, “two teams that beat us last year” have improved. So, he said, “it’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.”

After taking over the reins of the program, Gray brought in Andy Farrell as his top assistant and later added Michal DuBose as a volunteer assistant. Gray said “they will be the most important aspect of this program. A lot of people say a coach is only as good as his players, but I’ll go further than that and say a coach is only as good as his assistant coaches.”

He said that when looking for assistant he “had in mind to find guys who mirrored and reflected the things that I held as important and the values that I held as important to this basketball team and how I wanted to carry out a program and (its) daily functions.”

“I’m a man of very strong faith,” Gray continued, “and I rely on living a life that Christ would have me live and that’s exactly what I wanted to find in guys as assistant coaches and I think I found that in Andy and Mike. They’ve very talented from a coaching standpoint, guys who command respect and they are very knowledgeable in terms of the way they handle the X’s and O’s.”

The Bears open the season in Booneville, on November 3-4, by participating in the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tournament. They then travel to Moorhead to face Mississippi Delta before opening the home portion of their season on November 17-18 with the annual Coca-Cola Classic (facing Northwest and Southern-Shreveport).

The full schedule can be found on the men’s basketball page at southwestbearathletics.com.


c spire Women's Basketball News

SMCC Lady Bears Preview
ICC To Host High School Basketball Jamboree On Saturday
ECCC Hosts High School Basketball Jamboree
Lady Wolves Return Plenty Of Experience
Pearl River’s New $8.9 Million Marvin R. White Coliseum Tip Off For Hoops Next Week
ICC Announces 2014-15 Basketball Schedule
ICC Women Look To Build On Returning Experience
JCJC Holds “Lady Bobcat Basketball Media Day”
EMCC To Preview New-look Basketball Teams With Monday’s “Meet The Lions” Preseason Event On Scooba Campus
ICC Announces 2014-15 Basketball Schedule
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
JCJC Basketball Teams To Hold “Meet The Bobcats”
ICC Women Look To Build On Returning Experience
ECCC Hosts JUCO Basketball Jamboree
ECCC ‘Haunted House Of Hoops’ Scheduled Oct. 29
LIL’ DRIBBLERS INVADE BONNER ARNOLD COLISEUM FOR SECOND YEAR
Hinds CC Wins Halbrook Award For 14th Time
ICC To Add Armstrong To Athletic Hall Of Fame
NORTHEAST HOOPS TO HOST MOST HOME GAMES IN THIRTEEN YEARS
Zanaboni Named As CCC’s New Sports Information Director
SMCC Lady Bears Preview
Release Date: 10/30/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The Southwest Lady Bears basketball turned in arguably one of the best seasons in school history in 2013-14. Ending the year 21-9 overall, the team finished as runners-up in the MACJC state tournament and NJCAA Region 23 tournament. They also made an appearance in the NCJAA National Championship Tournament. Due to that success, third-year head coach Brent Harris agrees that this year’s squad could have a target on its back. “I guess one could look at it that way,” Harris said. “Some (teams) may use that as motivation against us, but I think that’s a good thing.”

After the accomplishments of last year, what can the new edition of the Lady Bears do for an encore? “We want to be in (both the State and Regional tournaments),” Harris said, “whatever way we can do that. This year, the winner of the women’s South Division hosts the state tournament. That would be a really nice accomplishment for us and the school (to be able to host).”

“We’re going to talk early on about just playing our best every night,” Harris continued “and getting better toward the end of the season like we did last year and hopefully during tournament play we’re playing at our top level.” Harris and his second-year year assistant, Britta Stephens, lost six players vital to last year’s success, including their top two scorers. Katrina Littlepage (16.2 points per game) signed with the University of West Georgia and April Levy (12.1 points per game) signed with Lamar University. How will Harris and Stephens deal with those losses?

“We want to honor the past (and we) want to build off tradition,” Harris said, “and those six were very important to us, but we have to move on. I do like our guard play so far, in pre-season. I think we’ve brought in some nice freshmen who can help recover some of those points we lost. But, we might be different (this year). We might be a little more post-oriented, I don’t know.”

“We have some young ladies who are very skilled, offensively, at the four and five for us,” Harris went on. “We might have to change who does the bulk of the scoring. It’s going to be a challenge, but I do think we have a little more talent there.”

Offensively, Harris thinks the Lady Bears may be slightly better than last season, but he thinks it will take some time to gel defensively. “I think we’ve got some skill and some fire power (on offense),” he said. But, “defensively, we’re going to have to learn. We’re a little young in that area (in terms of experience). So, I think we’ll play very similar (to last year) as far as style of play, but we are going to have to grow defensively and fight to rebound because we are going to be a little undersized every night.”

Taking a look at his team, Harris said he has sophomore Talisha Sherman (5’ 9”-Richland H. S.) returning at the point guard position. He also said that freshmen Teshia Jones (5’ 5”-Stringer H. S.) and Tatyana Turner (5’ 5”-North Pike H. S.) “are going to earn some time there. (They) have been very coachable at that position. They’ll play the one and the two.”

“Sliding over to strictly the two,” Harris went on, “Eyonna Wolfe (5’ 4”-Provine H. S.) will be a sophomore returning there. (She) has shot the ball very well during the pre-season.”

At the three guard, Harris expects to see Southeastern Louisiana University transfer Courtney Epting (5’ 9”-Lanier H. S.). Harris said Epting “is a really good defender (and) we’re probably going to need her to score a little more for us this year. (Freshman) Gabriella Cortez (5’ 11”-Natchitoches, LA, Central H. S.) is going to play some three, maybe some four. She’s very skilled, offensively, from a good program and is going to do a lot for us this year.” Harris looks to have sophomore Madison Mault (6’-Lamar Christian H. S.) and freshman Lillie Snowden (5’ 10”-Zachary, LA, H. S.) “at the four, or the power forward, position. Madison is very skilled inside and has a very high basketball IQ (and) has a great work ethic. Lillie’s very skilled at that position, as well. A lot of teams play zone defense so we went out and tried to find some players who could play against the zone. Lillie’s one of those. She’s (also) very skilled, offensively.”

“At the five position,” Harris said, “(Freshman) Erica Newsome’s the biggest player on our roster (6’ 1”). She’s a very skilled post player from Gulfport (H. S.). She finishes with either hand around the basket very well. Aaliyah Williams (5’ 9”-Bassfield H. S.-Sophomore) is somebody who’s going to play some minutes in the post. She can stretch the defense out to the three-point line.” Overall, Harris said he “likes our balance. We’re not just all freshmen; we have sophomores at each spot. I think that’ll help us early on in the season. I think, offensively, we’ve got some skill. We’re just going to have to rebound and defend.”

When asked how he sees the South Division shaping up this year, Harris responded, “Good question.” He said Co-Lin and East Central both had good recruiting classes and that (defending state champion) Jones County and Pearl River both return a lot of talent and that Meridian “returns probably the best post player in either the South or North Divisions.”

“Hopefully we’re in that mix,” he said. “So, I really don’t know (how the South will shape up). It’s going to be very, very tough to get in that top four, I know that (the top four teams from each division advance to the state tournament). Even though we had a lot of success last year, that won’t get us anything this year. So, it’s going to be very competitive.”

The Lady Bears open the season in Booneville, on November 3-4, by participating in the Northeast Mississippi Community College Tournament. They then travel to Moorhead to face Mississippi Delta before opening the home portion of their season on November 13 against LSU-Eunice. On November 17-18, along with the Bears, they will host the annual Coca-Cola Classic (facing Baton Rouge Community College and Southern-Shreveport).

The full schedule can be found on the women’s basketball page at southwestbearathletics.com.


c spire Football News

Crawford Named MACJC, NJCAA Offensive Player Of The Week
Smith Concludes Freshman Year With League Accolade
MACJC Players Of The Week - Week Nine
GAME RECAP: ICC Ends Season With Loss To Gulf Coast
GAME RECAP: CCC Drops Final Football Game Of 2014

Indians End Season With Loss To Gulf Coast
GAME RECAP: No. 12 Co-Lin Captures Division Title With 40-28 Win Over Jones
GAME RECAP: CCC Drops Final Football Game Of 2014
GAME RECAP: No. 1 EMCC Lions Claim School-record 21st Straight Win With 65-0 Blanking Of MS Delta To Cap Perfect Regular Season
GAME RECAP: ECCC Warriors Stumble In Season Finale
GAME RECAP: Rangers Edge Tigers To Punch Playoff Ticket
GAME RECAP: River Posts First Winning Season Since 2010 With 10-2 Victory At East Central
GAME RECAP: Bobcats Fall To No. 12 Co-Lin In Regular Season Finale
GAME RECAP: Hinds CC Football Wins Thriller, 31-30, In 2014 Season Finale
NORTHEAST WELCOMES BULLDOGS FOR FOOTBALL SEASON FINALE
Davis Named NJCAA POW
SMCC's Josh Samander Does It Again
GAME PREVIEW: No. 12 Co-Lin Hosting Jones In Huge Matchup
Ray Guy Visits Ellisville Lions Club
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
Crawford Named MACJC, NJCAA Offensive Player Of The Week
Release Date: 10/29/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After rushing for a school record 338 yards and four touchdowns on 35 carries in a playoff-clinching win at Coahoma, freshman running back Justin Crawford of Northwest Community College has been named the Offensive Player of the Week by both the MACJC and NJCAA.

Crawford has been named the conference's offensive player of the week three times, but the national honor surprisingly marks his first this season.

The freshman from Columbus, Ga., (Hardaway HS) has rushed for 1,375 yards (3rd in NJCAA) and 13 touchdowns in eight games, an average of 171.9 yards-per-game and an impressive 7.0 yards-per-carry. He's added 12 receptions for 306 yards.

Crawford has four, 200-yard games this season, rushing for 240 against Itawamba, 257 vs Mississippi Delta, 259 at Holmes and 338 at Coahoma.

Northwest travels to 11th-ranked Co-Lin on Saturday, Nov. 1 for the MACJC Playoffs. Kickoff is 3 p.m.

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

East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming
Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
East Mississippi Captures Third Men’s Team Rodeo Title In Four Years By Earning Top Honors At Northwest Mississippi Event
Results Of The MACJC Holmes CC Crappie Rodeo Tournament On Grenada Lake
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Places Third In EMCC-hosted Event Held At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
East Mississippi CC Set To Host Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Women Match Season-best Finish With Second-place Team Showing At Southern Arkansas University Rodeo
EMCC Men Place Third And EMCC Women Finish Fifth During Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo
East Mississippi Opens Spring Rodeo Campaign With Second-place Men’s Team Finish In Arkansas
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
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
Release Date: 10/27/2014
East Mississippi Community College

MURRAY, Ky. – Highlighted by sophomore Kelsey Kennemer earning All-Around women’s honors, the East Mississippi Community College rodeo teams placed fourth in both men’s and women’s competition this past weekend at the 39th Annual Murray State University Racer Roundup College Rodeo. The three-day event concluded Saturday night at the William “Bill” Cherry Agricultural Exposition Center.

In their third rodeo event of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region schedule, the EMCC men scored a fall-best team showing by placing fourth at Murray State. The EMCC women posted a second straight fourth-place finish after opening the fall slate by claiming a program-first women’s team title at the Missouri Valley College event.

The University of Tennessee at Martin swept the Murray State team titles, totaling 610 points in men’s competition to beat Missouri Valley along with earning 340 points on the women’s side to edge runner-up Arkansas-Monticello. For the EMCC women, Kennemer tallied all 200 of the team’s points to garner All-Around women’s accolades. The Troy University transfer by way of Anderson, Ala., placed second in the barrel racing event with a composite time of 31.03 seconds in addition to finishing fifth in the goat tying competition with a combined clocking of 18.0 seconds.

In men’s competition for the Lions, sophomore Palmer White, of West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, collected 90 points for a third-place tie (12.9 seconds) in steer wrestling. Freshman Cooper Christensen, from North Pontotoc High School, also earned 90 points for his fourth-place effort (20.1 seconds) in the calf roping event. Fellow freshman cowboy Dustin Egusquiza also scored for the Lions in calf roping as well as in team roping with partner Ivan Holliday to round out the team’s 205-point performance.

In addition, the EMCC men also featured excellent showings from two other team roping tandems during the Murray State-hosted rodeo. Dale Chancellor (Winston Academy) and Tyler Spears (Neshoba Central HS) teamed to finish second in the event, followed close behind in third place by teammates Ty Holder (Bayou Academy) and Weston Pender (Poplarville HS).

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo teams resume action this week in nearby Livingston, Ala., by competing in the UWA Rodeo Showdown. The three-day event, hosted by the University of West Alabama, is set to begin Thursday night and run through Saturday evening at the Don C. Hines Rodeo Complex on the UWA campus.


c spire Men's Soccer News

JCJC Hosts MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament Nov. 1-2
Hinds CC Soccer Starts MACJC State Tournament On Saturday
Holmes CC Men Soccer Team Closes Out Season
ICC Drops Heartbreak To Jones, 3-2 In Double Overtime
ICC’s Schaefer Named MACJC Keeper Of The Week
MACJC Soccer Players Of The Week Announced
ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors Advance To Post-Season
ICC To Host Jones In First Round Of Playoffs
Bobcats Visit Itawamba Tuesday In Tourney Play-in Game
Holmes Soccer Headed To Post Season
ICC Earns No. 2 Playoff Spot With 4-0 Win Over Hinds
Holmes Men's Soccer Report
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
No. 14 Lady Bobcats Conclude Perfect Regular Season!
Armando Barron Named MACJC Offensive Player Of The Week
EC Soccer Teams Fall In Recent Matchups
EC Soccer Teams Fall In Recent Matchups
ICC Tops East Central, Secures Playoff Spot
Hinds CC Wins Halbrook Award For 14th Time
No. 13 Lady Bobcats Cruise; JCJC Men Tie With Co-Lin
JCJC Hosts MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament Nov. 1-2
Release Date: 10/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will serve as the host site for the 2014 MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament this weekend.

There will be four games on Saturday at Bobcat Soccer Field, followed by the two championship games on Sunday afternoon.

The tournament host site this year is the MACJC South Division women’s champion – the JCJC Lady Bobcats.

Head coach Dolores Deasley’s 12th-ranked Lady Bobcats open the tournament with a 10 a.m. Saturday game vs. Pearl River, the South’s No. 3 team. PRCC defeated East Central 4-0 Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup.

Hinds, the North No. 1 team, will face Northwest Mississippi, the North No. 3 team, at 12:30 p.m. in the other women’s semifinal. Northwest beat Meridian 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.

On the men’s side, the Bobcats, the No. 3 team from the South, will battle South No. 1 Pearl River at 5:30 p.m. JCJC outlasted Itawamba 3-2 in double overtime in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

In the other men’s semifinal match, North No. 1 Hinds meets Mississippi Gulf Coast, the South’s No. 2 team, at 3 p.m. MGCCC blanked Holmes 2-0 in a quarterfinal match.

WOMEN

The Lady Bobcats are 16-0-0 overall, while Pearl River is 10-4-1. The Lady Bobcats defeated Pearl River 2-0 and 4-0 during the regular season.

JCJC has posted 13 shutouts on the season and has outscored their opponents, 93-3.

The Lady Bobcats are led by several standouts on offense, including Shelby Gilliland (42 points – 15 goals, 12 assists), Lara Gunter (36 points – 15 goals, 6 assists), Kelsey Hannaford (35 points – 11 goals, 13 assists), Dallas McKinnon (32 points – 9 goals, 14 assists), Katie Johnson (32 points – 15 goals, 2 assists) and Ali Sullivan (24 points – 8 goals, 8 assists).

Abby Taylor, Ashtyn Rowell, Blythe Griffin, Macy Rogers, Traci Monroe, Regan Nicholson, Somer Anderson, Carolina Berryhill, Anna Mills, Carissa Lancaster, Logan Simpson and Savannah Raines have all been standouts for the Lady Bobcats this season.

Briahna Dickerson has been in goal for most of the games for the Lady Bobcats. Paine Williams and Savannah Bynum have served as backup keepers.

Northwest is 10-4-4 on the year, while Hinds is 10-3-2.

The women’s winner of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament will travel to face the Region 8 champion – 4th-ranked Eastern Florida State College – in the NJCAA District H playoff game next week. That game will take place at a time and date to be determined on the EFSC campus in Melbourne, Florida, which is also the host site of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be Nov. 17-22.

MEN

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats advanced to the semifinals with a dramatic win at Itawamba on Tuesday.

Jones took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Evan Buckley.

ICC rallied to take a 2-1 lead and appeared on their way to victory, until Buckley scored with just 9.8 seconds left on a free kick to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime session, the game went into a second overtime. The game was headed for a shootout until Jacob Billingsley scored from almost 40 yards out with just 23 seconds left to win the game for the Bobcats.

JCJC, 7-7-1, has been led by Buckley (31 points – 13 goals, 5 assists), Souleymane Diakite (29 points – 12 goals, 5 assists) and Michael Stringer (11 points – 4 goals, 3 assists).

Other key players have been Billingsley, Daylin Britt, Paul Johnson, Kolby Krohn, Nick Canner, Colby Krost, Jared Brister, Tylar Jackson, Cole Smith, Luke Sims, Pierce Weatherly, Reese Sloan, Blaine Gunther, Dung Vu, Nathan Farrell, Austin Herrington and Jake Holland.

Gabe Brown has been the goalkeeper with Cody Anderson serving as the backup.

Pearl River enters the game with a 9-4-1 record. The Wildcats swept the Bobcats in two close matches this season, 2-1 in overtime at Poplarville and 1-0 at home in the final regular season game of the year.

Mississippi Gulf Coast owns a 13-4-1 record, while Hinds is 9-5.

The top two teams from the men’s MACJC/Region 23 Tournament advance to the NJCAA South District Tournament vs. the top two teams from Region 14 in Texas. The winner of that district tournament – which will be played in Texas – advances to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be hosted by Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, on Nov. 18-23.

Tournament Notes

- Admission is $5 for everyone age 13 and older. Presidents, athletic directors and coaches will use MACJC passes to enter. MHSAA coach’s passes will be honored.

- There will be limited parking available behind the bleachers on the West side of Bobcat Soccer Field. Additional parking will be available at Jones Hall and in the men’s dormitory parking lot, near the field.

- Programs and t-shirts will be sold at the concession stand.

c spire Women's Soccer News

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Release Date: 10/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will serve as the host site for the 2014 MACJC/Region 23 Soccer Tournament this weekend.

There will be four games on Saturday at Bobcat Soccer Field, followed by the two championship games on Sunday afternoon.

The tournament host site this year is the MACJC South Division women’s champion – the JCJC Lady Bobcats.

Head coach Dolores Deasley’s 12th-ranked Lady Bobcats open the tournament with a 10 a.m. Saturday game vs. Pearl River, the South’s No. 3 team. PRCC defeated East Central 4-0 Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup.

Hinds, the North No. 1 team, will face Northwest Mississippi, the North No. 3 team, at 12:30 p.m. in the other women’s semifinal. Northwest beat Meridian 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday.

On the men’s side, the Bobcats, the No. 3 team from the South, will battle South No. 1 Pearl River at 5:30 p.m. JCJC outlasted Itawamba 3-2 in double overtime in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday.

In the other men’s semifinal match, North No. 1 Hinds meets Mississippi Gulf Coast, the South’s No. 2 team, at 3 p.m. MGCCC blanked Holmes 2-0 in a quarterfinal match.

WOMEN

The Lady Bobcats are 16-0-0 overall, while Pearl River is 10-4-1. The Lady Bobcats defeated Pearl River 2-0 and 4-0 during the regular season.

JCJC has posted 13 shutouts on the season and has outscored their opponents, 93-3.

The Lady Bobcats are led by several standouts on offense, including Shelby Gilliland (42 points – 15 goals, 12 assists), Lara Gunter (36 points – 15 goals, 6 assists), Kelsey Hannaford (35 points – 11 goals, 13 assists), Dallas McKinnon (32 points – 9 goals, 14 assists), Katie Johnson (32 points – 15 goals, 2 assists) and Ali Sullivan (24 points – 8 goals, 8 assists).

Abby Taylor, Ashtyn Rowell, Blythe Griffin, Macy Rogers, Traci Monroe, Regan Nicholson, Somer Anderson, Carolina Berryhill, Anna Mills, Carissa Lancaster, Logan Simpson and Savannah Raines have all been standouts for the Lady Bobcats this season.

Briahna Dickerson has been in goal for most of the games for the Lady Bobcats. Paine Williams and Savannah Bynum have served as backup keepers.

Northwest is 10-4-4 on the year, while Hinds is 10-3-2.

The women’s winner of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament will travel to face the Region 8 champion – 4th-ranked Eastern Florida State College – in the NJCAA District H playoff game next week. That game will take place at a time and date to be determined on the EFSC campus in Melbourne, Florida, which is also the host site of the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be Nov. 17-22.

MEN

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats advanced to the semifinals with a dramatic win at Itawamba on Tuesday.

Jones took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Evan Buckley.

ICC rallied to take a 2-1 lead and appeared on their way to victory, until Buckley scored with just 9.8 seconds left on a free kick to tie the game at 2-2 and force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime session, the game went into a second overtime. The game was headed for a shootout until Jacob Billingsley scored from almost 40 yards out with just 23 seconds left to win the game for the Bobcats.

JCJC, 7-7-1, has been led by Buckley (31 points – 13 goals, 5 assists), Souleymane Diakite (29 points – 12 goals, 5 assists) and Michael Stringer (11 points – 4 goals, 3 assists).

Other key players have been Billingsley, Daylin Britt, Paul Johnson, Kolby Krohn, Nick Canner, Colby Krost, Jared Brister, Tylar Jackson, Cole Smith, Luke Sims, Pierce Weatherly, Reese Sloan, Blaine Gunther, Dung Vu, Nathan Farrell, Austin Herrington and Jake Holland.

Gabe Brown has been the goalkeeper with Cody Anderson serving as the backup.

Pearl River enters the game with a 9-4-1 record. The Wildcats swept the Bobcats in two close matches this season, 2-1 in overtime at Poplarville and 1-0 at home in the final regular season game of the year.

Mississippi Gulf Coast owns a 13-4-1 record, while Hinds is 9-5.

The top two teams from the men’s MACJC/Region 23 Tournament advance to the NJCAA South District Tournament vs. the top two teams from Region 14 in Texas. The winner of that district tournament – which will be played in Texas – advances to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, which will be hosted by Yavapai Community College in Prescott, Arizona, on Nov. 18-23.

Tournament Notes

- Admission is $5 for everyone age 13 and older. Presidents, athletic directors and coaches will use MACJC passes to enter. MHSAA coach’s passes will be honored.

- There will be limited parking available behind the bleachers on the West side of Bobcat Soccer Field. Additional parking will be available at Jones Hall and in the men’s dormitory parking lot, near the field.

- Programs and t-shirts will be sold at the concession stand.

c spire Softball News

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Zanaboni Named As CCC’s New Sports Information Director
ICC Softball Earns NFCA All-Academic Team Honors
JCJC Names Herrington Softball Associate Head Coach
SOFTBALL ALUMNI GAME TO CONCLUDE BUSY HOMECOMING WEEKEND
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JCJC Baseball, Softball Release Fall Schedules
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Hinds CC Softball Releases 2015 Schedule
Release Date: 10/28/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The 2015 Hinds Community College softball schedule was released on Tuesday by head softball coach Mike Grzanich.

The Lady Eagles will open the 2015 season on Monday, Feb. 9, hosting Itawamba Community College in a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Rene Warren Field on the Raymond Campus.

Hinds will have 10 consecutive games at home before hitting the road to take on Holmes Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College in Goodman on Saturday, Feb. 21.

The Lady Eagles will wrap up the regular season on Friday, April 17 when Hinds travels to Copiah-Lin Community College in Wesson for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

The 46-game schedule (all doubleheaders) includes 12 home dates and 11 dates away from Raymond.

To view the complete schedule go to www.hindsccsports.com.


c spire Tennis News

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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

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ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
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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.