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SOFTBALL:  MACJC STATE TOURNAMENT GAME ONE FINAL SCORES. JCJC 10 SMCC 2 (5 INN), EAST CENTRAL 13 NORTHWEST 5 (5 INN), ITAWAMBA 9 EAST MS 6, MS GULF COAST 3 NORTHEAST MS 1...
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MGCCC Faces Playoff Rival Saturday
Release Date:4/28/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast coach Rodney Batts has been serious about not looking at the standings. His first glance at the tight MACJC race came Friday when somebody jammed a piece of paper in his hand.

He sees his Bulldogs team tied for sixth with three other teams, one of which visits Ken “Curly” Farris Field on Saturday at 2 p.m. East Mississippi (22-14, 12-10 MACJC) comes to play Gulf Coast (23-15, 12-10) on Sophomore Day.

“You shouldn’t have to motivate right now knowing you’re down to six games,” Batts said. “This game being our last home game of the regular season, we need to play well to send our sophomores off this field on a good note.”

Those four teams tied for sixth are only three games behind second-place Hinds, which means there’s opportunity to get on a hot streak and improve seeding.

Gulf Coast has won three straight, but faces a slightly tougher final three opponents than the others sixth-place teams. East Mississippi is the first of those.

The Lions have some players with speed in the lineup, and the Bulldogs pitching staff will concentrate on keeping them off the bases and slowing them down if they do reach.

“They’re going to be solid all the way around,” Batts said. “They’re gonna have good arms. Their starters are good, and they’ll have some quality arms coming out of the bullpen. That will be challenging.”

The regular season concludes a week from Saturday. The top nine teams earn postseason berths.

Jones County, the nation’s top-ranked team, needs one more win to clinch the state championship and an automatic berth in the Region 23 Tournament. That event will be hosted by the MACJC champ.

The second- through ninth-place teams will then match up 2 vs. 9, 3 vs. 8, etc., in a best-of-three regional qualifier to fill out the six-team field. LSU-Eunice fills in the field as only Louisiana school in the region.

“They know what they’re playing for, what’s at stake,” Batts said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody else does. If we go out, play well and take care of business, we’ll play beyond next week.”

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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JCJC’s Walley Signs With Arkansas State
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Perhaps the best athlete on the Jones County Junior College campus will be playing basketball on the Division I level.

Tristin Walley (Hattiesburg) recently signed a scholarship with Arkansas State University of the Sun Belt Conference.

“I visited the (Jonesboro, Arkansas) campus last week and they put a vision in my head of how I would be playing and how they could better me (to prepare for) the next level,” he said at a signing ceremony Thursday at McClellan Hall. “Whether it’s the NBA or overseas – as long I’m making money playing basketball, which is something I love to do, I will be happy.”

Walley, a 6-foot-7 forward/guard, averaged 10.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game this past season as he helped the Bobcats to the MACJC and Region 23 Tournament titles and only the school’s second-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. He was named All-MACJC second-team this season as Jones went 29-2, which is a school-record for wins.

Walley was thrilled to be a part of JCJC’s success this year and have the opportunity to play close to his hometown of Hattiesburg.

“It was a lifechanger,” he said. “Just being on this team and winning a state championship – I’ve never won a championship on any level. Winning it at Jones means a lot with me being from right down the street in Hattiesburg.

“Just having my family here to support me, as well as everybody here at Jones, means a lot. It’s nice to have a lot of familiar faces around here.”

As a freshman, Walley averaged 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He helped the Bobcats to a 46-10 record during his two years at Jones.

Now, he is part of the first signing class for new Arkansas State head coach Mike Balado. Balado was previously an assistant coach at the University of Louisville.

“I definitely can bring toughness and leadership and a lot of different things that can contribute to winning,” Walley said of his future with the Red Wolves.

But JCJC is a place Walley will never forget.

“It’s been amazing here,” he said. “I love Jones and the people around Jones have all been like a family to me.”

Walley joins Bruce Stevens (Bay Springs), Maurice Dunlap (Amanda Elzy) and Rickey Holden (Laurel), who have signed off of this year’s Bobcat team. Stevens is headed to Ole Miss, Dunlap is going to Jacksonville State and Holden signed with Cal State-Bakersfield.

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Ratcliffe Signs With MC; Tate Heads To Belhaven
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College women’s basketball coach Missy Bilderback believes Zan Ratcliffe (West Jones) will be a perfect fit at Mississippi College.

“Mississippi College is getting a steal,” she said of the former West Jones standout who signed a scholarship with the Choctaws Thursday in the McClellan Hall Media Room. “She will go up there and be a great player for them. I see her going right in and being able to make an immediate impact. She will defend, she runs the show and controls the tempo well. She will step in and be great at MC.”

Ratcliffe signed with MC, while Patrice Tate (Velma Jackson) inked a letter of intent to play at Belhaven College.

Ratcliffe is excited about joining the MC program.

“I like the environment and how the people treated me when I went there on a visit,” she said. “I just think it is a good place for me to be. I think I can bring them leadership on the court and experience. They need a point guard, so I figured that would be a good spot for me.”

Ratcliffe averaged 4.9 points, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a sophomore as she helped the Lady Bobcats to a 30-2 record, MACJC and Region 23 Tournament titles and the school’s first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. She averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game as a freshman.

“I enjoyed it at Jones,” Ratcliffe said. “It was a good experience for me being close to home and having a lot of fans in the stands. It was good to meet new people, win a state championship, a regional championship and go to the national tournament.”

Bilderback said Ratcliffe’s tenacity would be a major plus at MC.

“Zan has been great for us,” she said. “She is an amazing kid and a tough competitor. She has been our starting point guard and has led us to a 49-4 record over the past two seasons. She is a winner.”

Tate, a 5-foot-10 forward, appeared in 19 games as a freshman and 17 games as a sophomore for the Lady Bobcats.

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MGCCC Wraps Up Spring Practices
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast wrapped up its spring football drills Thursday with about a 60-play scrimmage at historic A.L. May Memorial Stadium.

“Today was a clean scrimmage,” Bulldogs coach Chad Huff said. “Defensively, we created some turnovers. Offensively, we had some explosives in the pass game as well as the run game. There are mistakes that we’ve got to clean up if we were going to be playing a football game today.”

Surrounded by four crews of officials getting some of their spring work in, Huff and his staff evaluate the smaller roster typical of this time of year, working on cleaning up fundamentals while pushing the squad to develop leadership heading into their sophomore seasons.

He said they saw improvement on both sides of the ball beginning with the first day in the weight room all the way through the end.

“I’m real pleased where we’re at right now this time of year,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting our freshmen in here this summer. I’m pleased with the overall team’s spirit and effort.”

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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Co-Lin Wins NJCAA District D Championship
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

BILOXI – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolves shot lights earlier this week to claim the NJCAA District D title at Grand Bear Golf Course in Biloxi, Miss. The Wolves led by 13 strokes after the first day of play, and won the tournament by 12 strokes. The stellar play qualifies the Wolves for the NJCAA DII Men’s Golf Championship at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz. May 23-26.

The Wolves were the only team to shoot under 300 on day one as Co-Lin carded a 299, and backed it up with a 289 on day two for a 588 two-day total. Mississippi Gulf Coast finished in second place with a 600 two-day total (317, 283) and Meridian finished in third with a 604 (312, 292).

Brandon Blakney and Zachary Smith earned All-Tournament honors as both players carded 145 two-day totals, second best in the tournament. Blakney opened with a 75 in the first round and a 70 in the second. Smith shot a 74 on the first day and backed it with a 71 in the second round. Cole Areseneault posted a 151 for the Wolves (73, 78). Joseph Dendy and Matthew Scoville both finished with a 152. Dendy posted a 77 and 75, while Scoville shot a 79, 73.

Head coach Ronny Ross also earned accolades as he was named the NJCAA District D Coach of the Year.

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PRCC’s Burks Closing In On Spot In National Finals Rodeo
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College freshman Andrew Burks is in good position to qualify for a spot in the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.

With one event remaining in the Wildcats’ inaugural season in rodeo, Burks, a Hancock High graduate, is in second place in the tie-down roping event in the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

Burks was the tops in total points in calf roping at the Northwest Mississippi event held April 20-22 at Senatobia. Burks finished with 155 points after a second-place finish in the championship round of the event.

Burks was tied for first after his first run in the finals, with a score of 9.6, good for 55 points, and was second in his final run with a score of 10.8 and a total 20.4, each good for 50 points.

Through the first nine events of the 2016-17 season, Burks has accumulated 530 points, trailing the top rider in the tie-down competition by 65 points. He leads the third-place rider by 105 points.

The top two teams, plus the top three individuals in each event from each region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo, scheduled for June 9-17 at Casper, Wyo.

In team roping at the NWCC event, freshmen Nick Gonzales and Kelton Carr finished fourth, each totaling 75 points.

Their first run in the championship round produced a sixth-place standing after a score of 7.7, but they finished their second run with a score of 6.9, for a total of 14.6.

Pearl River will conclude its first season of rodeo this weekend at Texarkana, Ark., hosted by Arkansas-Cossatot Community College.

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.


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Lady Bobcat Soccer Players Sign With Senior Colleges
Release Date: 4/28/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Two Jones County Junior College women’s soccer players have signed with senior colleges.

Forward Kelly Stubbington (London, England) is headed to William Carey University and defender Ashleigh Lewis (London, England) signed with the University of Indianapolis on Thursday in the McClellan Hall Media Room.

Stubbington looks forward to continuing her career with the Lady Crusaders.

“Ever since I’ve been out here, my coach has always kind of drummed into my head, ‘William Carey, William Carey,” she said. “She kind of knew it was the place for me and I’m excited to actually do that now.

“There are a few girls there now I already know and I’ve spoken to them and they helped me make my decision. I’m excited to be back with them.”

Stubbington enjoyed two excellent seasons at Jones, helping the Lady Bobcats to a 28-6 record during that time.

This past season, she was named an NJCAA second-team All-American. She had 24 goals, 17 assists and 65 points, which led the MACJC and Region 23 and ranked 11th in the nation. Stubbington was named a third-team All-American in 2015 and was one of seven players to be named two-time All-Americans.

She helped JCJC to a 15-2 record in 2016, the MACJC/Region 23 title and a berth in the NJCAA playoffs.

“It was probably the greatest achievement I’ve had being here and playing soccer in general,” she said of winning the state and region championships. “I’m proud of all of the girls and I’m glad we were able to get that.”

Lewis scored 22 goals, had three assists and accounted for 47 points in 2016. She was named All-Region 23.

She is excited about going to Indianapolis.

“I’ve always wanted to be in a place that’s more of a city and it has similar weather to England,” she said. “I’ve talked with the coach and she seems like a great person.”

Both Stubbington and Lewis had to make the adjustment moving from England to south Mississippi.

They said have enjoyed their time at JCJC.

“It’s different,” Stubbington said. “Ellisville is not London, I can tell you that. To be honest, I think I prefer it. I like the area and I love being over here. I don’t really see myself going back.”

“Jones has been amazing,” Lewis added. “This is the true, American soccer experience. It’s been really good.”

Lady Bobcat head Dolores Deasley expects both players to excel at their respective senior colleges.

“Both girls have been brilliant for us,” Deasley said. “They have both come across the sea from England and played well. Ashleigh was a transfer from Southern Miss and had a stellar year for us. We probably would have struggled without her, to be honest with you. She stepped up in the big games when we needed somebody to put the ball in the back of the net. She has speed, strength and athleticism and there is nobody beating that in our league. She has been outstanding.

“Kelly has been the top goal scorer in the league for the last two years. That speaks for itself. She’s been All-American two years running. We are delighted for both of them to go on and play at the next level. Kelly will do well at William Carey and Ashleigh will do well at the

University of Indianapolis, which is an up and coming DII school.”

William Carey assistant coach Ryan Weir expects Stubbington to contribute quickly to the Lady Crusader program.

“We always have good success with Jones’ players,” he said. “We know what kind of players Coach Dolores produces – hard-working and disciplined. You look at Kelly’s stats and what she has done here at Jones, goal scoring-wise, and it speaks for itself. We are lucky and excited to have her join us and, hopefully, she can bring some success to William Carey.”

This past season, former Lady Bobcats Abby Taylor, Shelby Gilliland and Macy Rogers were on the WCU roster.

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Top-ranked Jones County Defeats Lady Bears To Open MACJC Playoffs
Release Date: 4/29/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The MACJC playoffs started on a sour note Friday evening for the Lady Bears as they dropped game one 10-2 to the top-ranked Jones County Lady Bobcats in Ellisville. The game was ended in the fifth inning.

The Lady Bobcats (43-2) used a single and home run to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. They added six more runs in the third to extend their advantage to 8-0.

The bats came alive for the Lady Bears in their half of the fourth. Miranda Magee and Jenna Duff led off with back-to-back singles. With one out, Kelcey Bremenkamp’s base hit scored Magee and Duff crossed the plate after a Jordan Fitzgerald base knock to make the score 8-2.

The hosts added the final two runs in the bottom of the fourth and retired the Lady Bears in order in the top of the fifth to seal the win. Kassie Shipley took the loss in the circle for the Lady Bears, giving up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and a walk in three innings of work. The teams will play game two of the best of three series Saturday at 1:00, also in Ellisville. Game three, if necessary, is scheduled for a 3:00 start.


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MGCCC’s Tippen, Burrall Sign With West Alabama
Release Date: 4/27/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Two Mississippi Gulf Coast tennis players signed scholarships Thursday to continue their playing careers at NCAA Division II University of West Alabama.

Noah Tippen (So, Trussville, Ala./Hewitt-Trussville) and Katie Burrall (So, Hernando/Hernando) each won state and region championships during their time at Gulf Coast.

Tippen won the No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles titles last year and has helped lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in each MACJC/Region 23 Tournament. Gulf Coast heads to the national tournament for the second straight season next month.

“We’ve learned a lot of strategy,” he said. “The stuff that Coach Bourgeois teaches us, we’re able to implement that in matches. It’s helped to improve my game.”

Tippen went 8-8 in singles and 14-5 in doubles and this spring. He chose West Alabama, which is located in Livingston, because of familiarity.

“It’s close to home. It’s a two-hour drive instead of a four-and-a-half hour drive,” he said. “I know some of the people in the program, so it’s a good opportunity to get back home.”

Burrall won No. 3 singles and No. 2 double championships in her only season at Perkinston. She went 18-3 in singles and 17-4 in doubles this fall while helping Gulf Coast win its first women’s team state championship since 1987.

“Mentally I learned a lot,” she said. “I got more practice, so my strokes started coming together.”

She’s headed to Livingston to play, in part thanks to Tippen.

“I heard the coach was good and the program was good,” she said. “Noah had the coach come and he watched me. That sealed the deal.”

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at www.eccc.edu); ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at shollings@eccc.edu or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or rlee@eccc.edu.



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Mountain Dew Tournament To Benefit ICC Bass Club
Release Date: 4/10/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Mountain Dew is sponsoring a bass tournament benefiting the ICC Bass Club.

The tournament will be held Saturday, April 15 at Beaver Lake (Lock D) on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Entry fee is $100 per boat and includes big fish with an 80% pay back to the anglers.

Blastoff will be at daylight with weigh in starting at 3:00 p.m.

Please contact Jason Campbell at 662-862-8357 or jwcampbell@iccms.edu for more information




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All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 907-254

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 172-76-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
Northwest
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5