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ICC Baseball To Host September Showcase
Release Date:9/2/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the program will host a showcase for upcoming junior and seniors on Saturday, September 26 with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. with the showcase starting at 11:00 a.m.

Players interested in participating in the showcase are encouraged to wear practice gear while providing their own cleats, bats, gloves and a valid physical.

Registration is $30.00. For more information contact Coach Collier at 662-862-8118.


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Hinds CC Basketball Announces 2015-2016 Slate
Release Date: 9/3/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men's and women’s basketball programs recently released the 2015-2016 schedule for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs will open the season on the road at Moorhead against Mississippi Delta Community College on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will immediately follow the Lady Bulldogs at 8 p.m.

All contests will start with the women’s game first and the men’s game to follow. Hinds will play at home for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 5, hosting Coahoma Community College at J.D. Boyd Gym in Utica for a 5:30 p.m. women’s start.

South division play opens on Thursday, Dec. 3, when the Bulldogs travel to Wesson to face Copiah-Lincoln Community College in a 6 p.m. tipoff.

All home games will be played at J.D. Boyd Gym on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

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


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Hinds CC Basketball Announces 2015-2016 Slate
Release Date: 9/3/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men's and women’s basketball programs recently released the 2015-2016 schedule for the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs will open the season on the road at Moorhead against Mississippi Delta Community College on Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will immediately follow the Lady Bulldogs at 8 p.m.

All contests will start with the women’s game first and the men’s game to follow.Hinds will play at home for the first time on Thursday, Nov. 5, hosting Coahoma Community College at J.D. Boyd Gym in Utica for a 5:30 p.m. women’s start.

South division play opens on Thursday, Dec. 3, when the Bulldogs travel to Wesson to face Copiah-Lincoln Community College in a 6 p.m. tipoff.

All home games will be played at J.D. Boyd Gym on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.

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


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Northwest Rolls To Second Top 20 Win In Six Days
Release Date: 9/4/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Northwest's swarming defense held visiting Gulf Coast to 22 yards in the second half and the Rangers outscored the Bulldogs 23-3 down the stretch to pull off its second NJCAA Top 20 win in six days with a 26-10 victory Thursday night.

Northwest improved to 2-0 with its first win over MGCCC since 2009. The Bulldogs fell to 1-1.

After spotting the Bulldogs a touchdown in the first quarter after a botched punt attempt, it was all Northwest as the Rangers gained 405 yards of total offense while holding MGCCC to only 150 yards.

Jim Speights put Northwest on the board with 6:43 to play in the second quarter, connecting on a 27-yard field goal. Northwest then took the lead, 10-7, on its ensuing possession, driving 55 yards on nine plays, capped by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to tight end Romeel Cochran.

Joshua Rowland's 36-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the quarter made it a 10-10 game at the half.

Northwest's second and fourth drives of the second half both resulted in touchdowns with Minshew hitting Marquisian Chapman in stride for 45 and 47-yard touchdown strikes, making it 23-10 Rangers.

The Ranger defense dominated the second half with sack after sack and did not allow Gulf Coast to cross the 50-yard line. Northwest finished with 15 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks, with Jalen Harvey recording 3.5 sacks, Chris Williams adding three and Quondarius Qualls adding 1.5.

Speights' career-long 39-yard field goal with 5:42 to play made the final 26-10 Rangers.

Minshew finished 14-for-31 for 242 yards with three touchdown passes, connecting with seven different receivers. Chapman had 130 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. Justin Crawford quietly had 131 yards on the ground and two grabs for 15 yards.

Devante Davis, Malik Hawkins and Alfred Dickens each had six tackles apiece to lead all Rangers.

Northwest will host Northeast next Thursday night, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

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Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

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Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


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Bobcat Men’s Soccer Teams Blanks ICC, 2-0
Release Date: 9/2/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College men’s soccer team got into the win column Wednesday.

The Bobcats posted a solid, 2-0 victory over Itawamba here at Bobcat Soccer Field.

The game was scoreless at intermission.

JCJC broke through at 62:50 when Mobile, Alabama, freshman Moses Muhubao fed the ball towards Starkville freshman Michael Godley. Gulfport sophomore Jared Brister got a piece of the ball and Godley then put it away for the goal.

The Bobcats scored again moments later when Brister controlled the ball and put it in the back of the net at 66:55 to make it 2-0.

Northeast Jones freshman Braxton Taylor was in goal for the entire game for the Bobcats.

JCJC, 1-2, will host Meridian at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Itawamba, 1-1, hosts Hinds at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

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PRCC Soccer Opens Home Schedule Friday Against Gulf Coast
Release Date: 9/3/2015
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – After opening the 2015 season with a double dose of victory in two road games, Pearl River makes its home soccer debut Friday with a pair of games against Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Kickoff at the PRCC Athletic Complex for the women’s game is set for 5 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled for approximately 7 p.m.

“It will be nice to finally play at home,” said Lady Wildcats coach Jack Byrd.PRCC opens defense of its twin MACJC state championships with its South Division opener against Gulf Coast. And in the case of the men’s game, it is a rematch of last season’s state tournament championship game, won by the Wildcats in an overtime shootout.

The Wildcats have opened the season with victories of 4-0 over Holmes and 3-0 over Hinds. On Tuesday against the Eagles, sophomore Chance Bourdene had a goal and an assist, and sophomore goalkeeper Grant Adam had six saves behind a solid defensive effort led by sophomore defender Trevor Krol, who earned Man of the Match honors.

“The strength of this team is the quality of our depth,” said PRCC men’s coach Paul Martin. “We talk a lot about impact players off the bench, and we got that against Hinds. We got a great effort from guys like Parker Rose, who had a critical assist off the bench.”

Gulf Coast is 2-1 after a wild 5-3 victory over East Central on Tuesday.

For the Lady Wildcats, offense has been the hallmark. PRCC has scored 13 goals so far this season in victories over Holmes (6-0) and Hinds (7-0).Sophomore Lyndsey Lee had three goals for Pearl River, and sophomore Delaney Gustafson had a goal and an assist against the Lady Eagles. In all, seven players have scored for the Lady Wildcats.

“Lyndsey is a natural goal-scorer,” said Byrd. “She’s going to put the ball on the net. And our midfield and back really did a great job. They have made sure we spread the (scoring) wealth.”

The Lady Bulldogs are 0-3 and have been outscored 12-0 in their three losses.“No matter what, Gulf Coast is a rivalry,” Byrd said. “We’re going to get their best.”

The Lady Wildcats will return to action at 2 p.m. Sunday as they travel to play the Mississippi College junior varsity. PRCC is back at home on Tuesday, facing Meridian in a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m.


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Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

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Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

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MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Release Date: 8/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”



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MGCCC Will Hold Cheerleading Camp
Release Date: 8/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – Kids attending the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Cheerleading Clinic will learn routines and get to perform at the first Bulldogs home football game.

The clinic at MGCCC’s Weathers-Wentzell Center is for children in kindergarten through fifth grad. It will be held Aug. 29, with registration at 8:30 a.m. and instruction beginning at 9. The $30 fee includes a picture with Mac the Mascot, a T-shirt and pizza for lunch.

Parents will attend a 1 p.m. performance. The participants will be admitted free to perform the cheer, chant and dance they’ve learned at the Sept. 10 game at A.L. May Memorial Stadium when Gulf Coast entertains East Central at 7 p.m.

For more information, download the clinic brochure at mgcccbulldogs.com/cheer-camp or contact MGCCC Cheerleader Sponsor Christy Bowman at 601-928-6319.


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