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SOFTBALL: Sophomore second baseman Andi Barrett of Northwest Mississippi Community College has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20.
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No. 7 EMCC Lions Sweep At Rival Itawamba To Secure One-game Division Baseball Lead Heading Into Saturday’s Finale
Release Date:4/23/2014
East Mississippi Community College

FULTON – The seventh-ranked Lions of East Mississippi Community College completed their season sweep of rival Itawamba Community College while also maintaining their one-game lead atop the MACJC’s North Division baseball standings with 12-10 and 7-2 road victories over the Indians Wednesday evening at Roy Cresap Field.

Coupled with Northeast Mississippi’s home sweep over Coahoma on Wednesday, head coach Chris Rose’s EMCC Lions enter Saturday’s showdown against the NEMCC Tigers with a division-leading 17-5 mark. Northeast enters Saturday’s regular-season finale in Scooba sporting records of 24-16 overall and 16-6 in division play. First pitch Saturday is slated for 1 p.m. at EMCC’s Gerald Poole Field. The two teams split their initial season series in Booneville to open the month of April with EMCC taking the opener 7-5 and Northeast rebounding with an 8-1 victory in the nightcap.

Including the Lions’ previous sweep (8-6, 5-3) of Itawamba last month in Scooba, East Mississippi’s overall record of 30-10 marks the program’s first 30-win season since 1994. EMCC’s 17-5 division ledger is the team’s best since a 17-7 league mark in 1998 secured the Lions’ most recent MACJC North Division baseball title.

In their final regular-season road action, the Lions broke a 9-9 tie in the scheduled nine-inning opener at Itawamba with a three-run eighth inning off ICC reliever Ben Aldridge. After the Indians had knotted the score with four runs in the sixth inning, EMCC’s Chase Nyman blooped a double to get things going in the eighth for the visitors. Following Chase Reeves’ RBI single, Tyler Odom smacked his fourth home run of the year to extend the lead to 12-9.

In relief of EMCC starting pitcher Kyle Liberto and middle reliever Brock McKnight, freshman left-hander Tyler Young worked a perfect seventh inning for the Lions. However, the Presbyterian Christian School product ran into trouble when ICC’s Tanner Poole capped a 4-for-5 outing at the plate with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth. With sophomore right-hander Conner Burton now in relief of Young, the Indians proceeded to load the bases with no outs. After getting Luke Gibbs to pop out, Burton induced an inning-ending, double-play ball off the bat of Austin Welch to preserve the 12-10 victory. Young received credit for the win to improve to 2-0 on the season, while Burton, a product of East Webster High School, picked up his sixth save of the campaign.

Offensively in the opener for the Lions, Odom and Trent Waddell led the way with three hits apiece. Odom, from Oak Grove High School, drove home three runs in game one and he scored his second of three runs after his leadoff triple in the fifth was followed by Waddell’s sixth home run of the year. From Tuscaloosa’s Northridge High School, Waddell also had a two-run double in the third to knock in four total runs in the opening contest.

The visitors never trailed in the nightcap after the Lions staked starting pitcher Andrew Crane to a 4-0 lead with a four-run third inning. Following back-to-back singles from Brandon Acker and Kyle Liberto to get the rally started, EMCC received run-scoring singles from Dylan Vuncannon and LeDarious Clark along with RBI doubles by Nyman and Reeves.

Crane, a freshman right-hander from Pascagoula, was cruising along until the fourth when Ethan Gill’s two-run blast cut the deficit in half at 4-2. The Lions immediately responded by getting those two runs back plus adding another score with a three-run fifth inning. After Nyman led off the frame with his third home run of the season, and EMCC’s third round-tripper of the day, Colton Caver drilled a two-run double to account for the final margin.

In raising his pitching record to 5-1 on the season, Crane worked the first six innings before handing the ball to Waddell in the seventh for his first mound appearance of the year. The sophomore left-hander responded by closing out the 7-2 triumph and completing EMCC’s 10th doubleheader sweep of the campaign.

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MGCCC’S Bilbo, Woods Sign With Four-year Colleges
Release Date: 4/23/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Two key players from the 2013-14 MACJC South Division Co-Championship team are moving on to the next level. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College point guard Chris Bilbo has signed with Troy University while fellow Bulldog Roger Woods is head to The University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Bilbo and Woods, both sophmores from Jackson, helped Gulf Coast go 19-7 in 2013-14 and both made the 2013-14 All Region 23 squad and the 2013-14 All-MACJC First Team.

Bilbo averaged 13.6 points per game this season while Woods led Gulf Coast in scoring with 19.1 points per outing. Woods, a sophomore from Jackson, scored in double figures in every game he played this season and scored 20 or more points 11 times.

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Ball-Williamson To Be Inducted Into MACJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Muse Center at the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College.

Williamson, who is in her 21st year at ICC, has been Athletic Director since 2002 after coaching women’s basketball (1993-2006) and softball (1993-98). She served 10 years as the College’s Director of Student Activities and was the Assistant Director of the NJCAA Region XXIII for 15 years.

She earned the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Loyalty Award in 2011, was a member of the 2012 ICC Athletic Hall of Fame class and was named MACJC Coach of the Year while winning two North Division championships in basketball and led the Lady Indians to the three North Division titles and the 1994 MACJC Championship in softball.

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

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ECCC ‘Football 101 For Women’ Cancelled
Release Date: 4/21/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College’s “Football 101: Skills Clinic for Women” scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2014, on the Decatur campus has been cancelled. The clinic may possibly be held at a later date.

For more information or to express interest in attending the clinic, please contact camp director Charles Jones, ECCC assistant football coach, at 601-635-6371 or email cjones@eccc.edu.

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Chase Chitwood’s Runner-up Finish Paces EMCC Lions To Fourth-place Team Finish At MACJC State Golf Championship
Release Date: 4/23/2014
East Mississippi Community College

WIGGINS – Highlighted by Chase Chitwood’s tournament-best, 4-under-par 68 during Wednesday’s final round, the East Mississippi Community College men’s golf team finished fourth at this week’s MACJC State Golf Championship held at Pine Burr Country Club.

A freshman from Jessieville, Ark., Chitwood (79-68—147) made up 10 strokes on first-round leader Danny De Los Santos, of Mississippi Gulf Coast, by firing a 5-under-par 31 on the back nine during Wednesday’s final round, which included four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 17th hole. De Los Santos (69-78—147) birdied the first playoff hole against Chitwood to claim individual medalist honors on the 6,296-yard, par-72 layout. Both golfers were joined on the MACJC All-Tournament Team by Hayes Weathersby of MGCCC (74-74—148), Copiah-Lincoln’s Connor Barnes (75-74—149) and Riley Baggett from Northwest Mississippi (77-72—149).

Bettering their opening-round 316 by 21 shots with Wednesday’s 295, head coach Dale Peay’s EMCC Lions totaled 611 to finish just five strokes behind team champion Meridian Community College (315-291—606), who overcame a 10-stroke, first-round deficit to edge host Mississippi Gulf Coast (305-302—607) by a single shot. Reigning MACJC state champion Copiah-Lincoln (312-297—609) finished three strokes off the pace, while Northwest Mississippi (311-304—615) placed fifth to separate the top five teams by a total of just nine strokes. With their fourth-place team finish, the EMCC Lions earned their fifth regional appearance in six years when regional play takes place next week in Wesson. This year’s NJCAA Region 23 Golf Championship, hosted by Copiah-Lincoln, will be held May 3-4 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

Along with Chitwood’s runner-up finish, fellow EMCC freshmen Hunter Harmon (77-74—151) and Steven Eilders (78-74—152) completed the two-day event in eighth place and tied for ninth, respectively, to give the Lions three golfers among the top 11 individual finishers. Harmon, from Calhoun Academy, improved three strokes with his final-round 74, while Eilders, a Ridgeland product, also shot a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday to better his opening-day score by four strokes. Additionally, EMCC’s Harmon made the MACJC’s All-State Second Team based on cumulative stroke average for the entire season, including this week’s MACJC State Golf Championship.

Rounding out East Mississippi’s scorecard this week were Trent Humber (82-79—161) and John Pittman (88-87—175), who tied for 29th and 48th place, respectively.

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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

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Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).

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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).

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Post-Season Bound Lady Diamond Warriors Drop Season Finale
Release Date: 4/23/2014
East Central Community College

The post-season bound East Central Community College fast-pitch softball team dropped its regular season finale to Pearl River Community College in a MACJC South Division doubleheader held Tuesday, April 22 on the Poplarville campus. The Lady Diamond Warriors fell 4-3 in the opener and were outscored 7-3 in the nightcap.

EC fell to 32-14 overall and 17-11 in league play following the twin bill. The Lady Diamond Warriors begin post-season play as the No. 4 seed in the South and will battle North # 1 seed Itawamba Community College in a best-of-three series scheduled Friday-Saturday, April 25-26, on the Fulton campus. The No.17-ranked Lady Indians completed regular season action with 33-10 overall mark and 21-3 record in North Division competition.

The playoff series will be broadcast on the Itawamba Web site:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/letsgoicc, and on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu. The series winner earns a berth in the MACJC State Tournament set May 2-4. In the first game with Pearl River, EC rallied to tie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the seventh and send the game into extra innings. The Lady Wildcats scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth off an RBI single by Allie Flint.

Ty Buckley led the Lady Warrior offense with a double and two singles. She also knocked in a run. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School. Other hitters were Morgan Porter of Enterprise, two singles and RBI; Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, double and single; Hayley Stephens of Union, two singles; and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale and Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, singles each.

Runs were scored by Hopkins, Nowell and Christen Benson of Brookhaven. Kendra Wilson went the distance in recording the loss. She allowed two earned runs on 10 hits and walked three batters. Wilson is a product South Lamar (Ala.) High School.

In the second contest, Buckley belted her 20th home run and is currently tied for most homers in NJCAA Division II competition. She was also credited with two singles and collected three RBIs.

Other hitters were Turner, three singles; Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, RBI single; and Nowell, Stephens, Porter, Hopkins and Amber McBroom of Brandon, singles each.

Runs were scored by Turner (2), Nowell and Buckley.

Makayla Kelly took the loss. She hurled 5 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits. Kelly is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School. Wilson pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed one earned run on two hits. Pearl River enters post-season play as the No. 3 team in the South. The Wildcats, who finished the regular season 24-16 overall and 18-10 in the division, travel to No. 2 Northwest Mississippi for a best-of-three series also scheduled April 25-26 in Senatobia.

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MGCCC Tennis Ready To Host MACJC Tournament
Release Date: 4/23/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON - The MGCCC tennis team went 2-1 down the stretch to end the regular season and now turns its attention to hosting this weekend's MACJC Tournament.

The Gulf Coast women (12-3) took down East Central 9-0 by sweeping all three doubles matches and cruising to six wins in singles play. The men (8-7) also won 7-2 with a sweep in doubles and four singles victories.

The following day both teams fell to Jones, with the men falling 5-4 and the women dropping a 6-3 decision.

Gulf Coast finished the regular season Apr. 21 with a sweep of Hinds. The men lost in number one and number two doubles but came back to win five singles courts. Travous Wilson took out Julian Johnson 6-3, 6-1 at number two singles while D’angelo Vaxter, Bobby Vo, Tyler Youngblood and Josh Johnson also racked up wins in their matches. Youngblood/Vo earned the doubles win for Gulf Coast.

The women’s team swept all three doubles courts and rolled to a 7-2 victory over Hinds. Christa Owen downed Ruby Drake 6-1, 6-2 while Kit Chowdhary came back after being down 2-9 in the 10 point tiebreaker to outlast Brittney DeCamp 1-6, 6-4, 11-9. Brittney Buker and Aliesha Barlow also chalked up wins in singles for Gulf Coast. In doubles Owen/Chowdhary, Tori Rose/Buker, Annissia Johnson/Barlow were all victorious.

"I am really proud of the leadership our sophomores have displayed during the season," said Gulf Coast head coach Gary Bourgeois. "Both teams will rely heavily on their demonstrated focus and leadership this weekend in the State Tournament."

The centerpiece of the three day event Apr. 24-26 is the college’s brand new Tennis Complex located across the street from Ken “Curly” Farris Field. The new lighted facility has eight tennis courts, offices and restroom facilities, and several viewing areas. Early round matches at this year’s event will be played at the new complex and at the Wynn Tennis Center in Wiggins.

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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.