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Baseball Tigers Earn 4th MACJC Win
Release Date:4/20/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE—The Baseball Tigers notched another MACJC win Sunday, defeating the Southwest MS CC Bears 6-5 Sunday afternoon in Clarksdale. The victory was the 4th in conference play for the Tigers in 2015.

Garrett Short earned his 2nd win of the season by once again pitching into the 7th inning, a feat he has now accomplished 4 times this season. The Southaven righthander scattered 5 runs over those 7 innings, fanning 5 and causing the Bears to strand 6 men on the basepaths during his 6.2 innings.

Adam McPhail notched his first save of the season by escaping a 2-on, 2-out jam after entering the game in place of Short in the 7th. He would surrender 2 hits and 0 runs over the final 2 frames to close out the contest.

Adam Cook was a star offensively for the Tigers. The freshman DH knocked in 3 runs, including 2 in the 5th to give the Tigers a lead that they would not relinquish. Hudson Ross notched 2 hits, including a double, and scored twice. Zach Morris also enjoyed a multi-hit game for CCC.

Dustin Allen got the ball for the Tigers in Game 2. He lasted into the 5th inning, surrendering 4 runs, but did not get the same support from his offense that Short enjoyed. The Tigers managed 7 hits, but stranded 7 as well vs. 3 SMCC hurlers in a 4-1 loss.

Braxton Wall drove in the only CCC run of the game, singling to left to bring in TJ Knowles in the 4th. It was Wall's 9th RBI and Knowles' team-leading 18th run scored this season.

The Tigers now stand at 5-31 on the year and 4-18 in conference play. Their next MACJC opponent is Meridian CC, who is set to come to Clarksdale for a doubleheader on April 22nd. First pitch in the twinbill will be thrown at 12 pm.

A live stream of the game will be available at http://coahomasports.com/watch/ and/or mixlr.com/jzanaboni.

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Austin Timms Signs With UNA
Release Date: 4/17/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba community college sophomore guard Austin Timms signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at the University of North Alabama on Wednesday.

“It feels great,” said Timms. “It’s an honor to continue playing basketball, something I love. I’m blessed to be able to keep playing.”

Timms was named to the MACJC All-Star squad and earned second team MACJC All-State honors after he averaged 10.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game and started all 23 games in his final season with Coach Grant Pate and Coach Adam Kirk.

“It’s been a blessing to play under them,” said Timms, who shot 52-percent from the floor and was a 71.4-percent free throw shooter. “They have really taught me a lot and I really enjoyed playing here (ICC). It’s been a great two years.”

The Mooreville native helped lead the Indians to a MACJC Championship and to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in his freshman campaign.

“He has been a tremendous asset to our program,” said Pate. “As a student-athlete, he’s been great in the classroom, keeping a high grade point average, and he’s been a leader on and off the court. We are excited about him moving on the North Alabama and we look forward to following his career there.”

Timms is the second Indians to continue his career joining Tyrone Wooten (Memphis) who signed with Louisiana-Lafayette during the season.

For more information on ICC men’s basketball or the other nine intercollegiate sports, visit LetsGoICC.com or follow the ICC Athletics on Twitter


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East Central Basketball Players Compete In All-Star Contests
Release Date: 4/13/2015
East Central Community College

Representing East Central Community College in the annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star Basketball Games April 10 were (second from left) Kristian Clark, a 6-5 guard from St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs; Ramone Tate, a 5-10 guard from St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis; Tynika Bender, a 5-4 point guard from Newton High School in Newton; Tashi-ana Thompson, a 5-8 guard from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga.; and Jaleshia Jones, a 5-8 guard/forward from Wayne County High School in Waynesboro. Clark and Tate both scored six points in helping the South men to a 123-117 win over the North. Thompson scored seven points, Jones six and Bender three to lead the South women to an 85-69 victory over the North squad. Shown with the East Central players are Robert Thompson (far left), ECCC head men’s basketball coach, and Crandal Porter (far right), head women’s basketball coach.

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JCJC’s Higginbotham To Be Inducted Into State Juco Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/20/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – One of the most beloved Jones County Junior College coaches will be inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

Elmer Higginbotham will be enshrined into the state Hall of Fame on April 28. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Muse Center in Pearl on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College.

Higginbotham coached at JCJC from 1971-92.

He was an assistant football coach from 1971-1987 and head football coach from 1988-91. He was also head baseball coach from 1971-88.

While serving as an assistant coach to Sim Cooley, the Bobcats won three state football championships and participated in the playoffs 12 times. He also helped the Bobcats go to the Junior Rose Bowl in 1977.

Higginbotham, who passed away in 2011, coached in numerous postseason bowl games and coached several All-Star teams in football and baseball. The Macon native was a three-sport letterman in high school, participating in football, baseball and basketball.

He earned a football scholarship to East Mississippi Junior College where he became an All-State player. He received his BS degree at Livingston University in Alabama and his ME at the University of Southern Mississippi.

He served as an assistant coach at East Mississippi and was the head coach at Leakesville High School, posting a 13-7 record in 1969-70. He then became offensive line coach at JCJC in 1971. He served in that position until becoming head coach in 1988. He was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

He was an active member and deacon at Ellisville’s First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Ellisville Lions Club and was named Lion of the Year. He was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Club International. He was a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge #161 and was an active member of the Gideons.

His wife, Sandra, was an instructor at JCJC for 22 years and retired in 1995. She passed away earlier this month.

Both of their daughters, Michele Whittle and Mary Boleware, are JCJC graduates. Michele Whittle is married to Dr. Tim Whittle of West Point and Mary Boleware is married to Garland Boleware and they reside in Hattiesburg. Higginbotham was a proud grandfather of three grandchildren – Brock Walley, Tanner Boleware and Hunter Boleware.

Higginbotham becomes the 12th member from JCJC to join the state Hall of Fame.

Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
Jones County Junior College members

Class of 2007
Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008
Randall Boone, John Perkins

Class of 2009
Gene Tullos

Class of 2010
Gwen Magee

Class of 2011
L.D. Ready

Class of 2012
Parker Dykes

Class of 2013
Mike McClellan

Class of 2014
Jackie Parker

Class of 2015
Elmer Higginbotham

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Wolfpack Finish Fourth In State Tournament
Release Date: 4/20/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

COLUMBUS – The Copiah-Lincoln Wolfpack finished fourth in the MACJC State Tournament hosted by East Mississippi Community Collage at Lion Hills Country Club in Columbus. They qualify for the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament that will be held on April 26-27 hosted by Jones County Junior College at Laurel Country Club in Laurel. The winner of the Region 23 Tournament will qualify for the NJCAA National Tournament to be held May 19-22 at Goose Pond Colony Country Club in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Mississippi Gulf Coast won the state title firing a two-day total of 570 (281 – 289) followed by host East Mississippi at 580 (287-293) and Meridian at 591 (298-293). The Wolfpack finished one-shot back at 592 (295-297) to finish fourth. Rounding out the team scoring were East Central at 595 (293-302), Hinds 598 (304-294), Northwest Mississippi 604 (310-294), Itawamba 613 (298-315) and Northeast Mississippi (613 (310-303), and Jones County 667 (343-324).

Individually, Jacob Ross of Brookhaven led the way for the Wolfpack tied for fifth at 144 (71-73). Gregory Causey of Petal finished tied for 14th at 148 (75-78), followed by Taylor Jelks of Centreville at 149 (74-75), Will Lee of Brookhaven 151 (77-74) and Ryan Desormeaux of Broussard, Louisiana at 1565(75-80).

Co-Lin’s Ross was named MACJC First Team All-State and sophomore Desormeaux was named MACJC Second Team.

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EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Release Date: 3/30/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WEST POINT – East Mississippi Community College’s rodeo team claimed runner-up honors on the women’s side and placed a season-best third in men’s competition this past weekend in NIRA Ozark Region action. The three-day, EMCC-hosted rodeo concluded Saturday night at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.

The EMCC women’s squad tallied 245 total points to finish behind top-ranked region foe and nationally 15th-ranked Missouri Valley College, which totaled 405 points. Arkansas-Monticello placed third on the women’s side with 230 points followed by Southern Arkansas (190) and Tennessee-Martin (180) at fourth and fifth, respectively.

In men’s competition, East Mississippi scored 255 total points en route to finishing behind a pair of teams currently ranked among the Top 10 within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association standings. Defending national champion and current eighth-ranked Tennessee-Martin claimed the men’s team title with 975 points ahead of top-ranked region foe and nationally fourth-ranked Missouri Valley College (705). Arkansas-Monticello (210 points) and Cossatot Community College (180) followed in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually for EMCC’s cowgirls, sophomore transfer Kelsey Kennemer was responsible for all of the team’s 245 points with second-place finishes in the breakaway roping and team roping events to claim her third women’s all-around individual title of the current campaign. The Troy University transfer partnered with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello participant Martin Walker to collect 150 points apiece with a runner-up showing in team roping. While having also earned EMCC’s other 95 points on the women’s side with her second-place finish in breakaway roping this past weekend, Kennemer presently leads the NIRA Ozark Region women’s all-around individual standings with 830 total points for the season.

For the men individually in West Point, local product Palmer White, an Oak Hill Academy product, won the steer wrestling competition to earn 120 points. The Lions’ other 135 points came in the bull riding event where Newton Academy product Justin Reeves finished fourth in collecting 115 points and former Winston Academy standout Dale Chancellor added 20 points.

Competing individually for EMCC this past weekend, Kosciusko’s Winston Cheek captured the bull riding title, while Katelyn Nicholson placed in the goat tying event.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo squad will next compete at the University of Tennessee at Martin event, April 9-11, in Martin, Tenn.

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Hinds CC Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule
Release Date: 4/14/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women’s and men’s soccer programs have released their 2015 playing schedules. The women’s program is headed up by Marcille McLendon, while Doug Williams is in charge of the men’s team.

Hinds will open play together on Friday, Aug. 21, hosting Lewis and Clark (Ill.) Community College at 5 and 7 p.m. at Tom Shepherd Field in Raymond.

The Lady Eagles and Eagles will begin North division play on Friday, Sept. 4, welcoming East Central Community College to Raymond for a 5 p.m. matchup. Both teams will wrap up the regular season at Northwest Community College on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) play-in round and state tournament will follow regular season play.

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

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Co-Lin Holding Women’s Soccer Tryout
Release Date: 4/18/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College will hold a tryout for the women’s soccer team on Tuesday, April 21. The tryout begins at 6 p.m. at the soccer field on the Wesson campus. Participants should bring cleats, shin guards, workout attire, and a copy of their latest physical. For more information contact Coach Junior Noel at 601-938-8181.

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Breal Gets Two More Wins Against Southwest
Release Date: 4/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Paige Breal picked up two more wins for Mississippi Gulf Coast on Monday at Southwest, with the Lady Bulldogs getting a sweep in their next-to-last series of the regular season.

Gulf Coast (34-10, 19-7 MACJC South) needed 10 innings to win 4-2 in Game 1, and eked out a 2-1 victory in the second.

The Lady Bulldogs are in third in the South Division, a game behind East Central. Gulf Coast closes out play Tuesday against Meridian, while the Lady Warriors play Pearl River. The second-place team hosts a best-of-three state playoff series that starts Friday.

Building on a performance that earned her NJCAA Pitcher of the Week before last week’s washed-out scheduled, Breal came in with the opener with the game tied at 2 in the sixth inning. Sarah Roberts had knotted it up with a leadoff home run off starter Deborah Elmore.

Breal mowed down the Lady Bears over the next five innings, striking out 11 and allowing just one hit.

The Lady Bulldogs finally got her two runs in the 10th inning after Kamryn Theriot was placed on second to start the inning. Elmore walked, and Britney Butler hit an RBI single to break the deadlock.

After Alyssa Hardy was hit by a pitch, Catelyn Williams singled in an insurance run.

Breal took care of the rest, with two strikeouts and alineout to end the game.

Tabitha Johnson and Emmalee Roberts had fifth-inning RBIs for Gulf Coast. Theriot, Butler and Williams had two hits for the Lady Bulldogs.

Breal (13-4) struck out four in her Game 2 five-hitter, allowing an unearned run. She did not walk a batter in 12 innings Monday.

Gulf Coast scored a run in the first inning on Butler’s single, then took a 2-0 lead on Roberts’ fourth-inning RBI single.

Southwest got its run in the fourth on an RBI double by Leyton Terrell, but Breal struck out the next two batters to prevent more damage.

The Lady Bears fall to 14-27, 4-23 MACJC.

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ICC Men Sweep Tennis Titles In Tupelo
Release Date: 4/20/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College men’s tennis team entered this week with a new-found focus and a chip on their shoulder after a bold prediction of a rival program’s “clean sweep” to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championships.

The Indians left little doubt in earning this year’s MACJC and NJCAA Region 23 championships.

In singles action, the Indians had five player in a possible six championship matches on Saturday with No. 4 David McElwain (West Point), No. 5 Mark Robbins (New Albany), and No. 6 Joseph Summers (Amory) each earning individual titles.

In doubles play, ICC again nearly took up the entire marquee with two of the potential three title matches with the No. 2 tandem of McElwain and Austin McElwain (Corinth) and the No. 3 duo of Robbins and Summers bringing home individual championships.

For the Indians, the MACJC title was the program’s sixth in the past seven season and 11th overall state championship while the region title was the second-straight championship and the seventh overall.

ICC will participate in the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament from May 9 to May 15 at the Collin County Tennis Facilities in Plano, Texas.

For more information on ICC tennis and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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Inds CC Men’s T&F Wins Three Events At MCC Relay Invitationals
Release Date: 4/13/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College men’s track and field program competed in the Meridian Community College Relay Invitational in Meridian on Saturday, and the Eagles of Hinds came away with first place finishes in three separate events.

Hinds won the 200-meter dash, 4x400 meter relay and the high jump event. Adrian Kimmons (Coldwater) ran the 200-meter dash in 22 seconds flat, while the 4x400 relay team of Jordan Burks (Athens, Ala.), John Hightower (Landover, Md.), Ja’Darrius Perryman (Fayette) and Matthew Gibson (Clinton) won top honors in their respective event with a time of 3:13.96.

Jerin Allen (Gulfport) won the high jump event with a leap of six feet, eight inches.

The Eagles also had second place finishes in a number of different events, including the 400-meter dash, 800-meter run, 400-meter hurdles and 4x100 meter relay.

Perryman was the runner-up in the 400-meter dash with his time of 48.78 seconds, while Kyler Perrault (Carencro, La.) was the second place finisher in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:58.98.

Lane Ross (Woodville) ran the 400-meter hurdles in 57.68 seconds to come in the second place slot and the 4x100 relay team of Dontarian Evans (Gainesville, Fla.), Deante’ Early (Baton Rouge, La.), Matthew Gibson and Ray Gibson (Hollandale) came in the runner-up spot with their time of 41.13 seconds.

For more on Hinds men’s track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com.

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