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Casey Echols And Matt Jones Of Hinds CC Baseball Advance To Miss. College & Tennessee Tech
Release Date:7/7/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College baseball team had 13 team members previously commit to Division I schools in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 signing periods, and the Eagles can now add one more teammate to the list, along with adding an additional teammate to the Division II ranks.

Casey Echols (Braxton) will head to nearby Mississippi College in Clinton to continue his academic and athletic career, while Matt Jones (Madison) recently signed with Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn., to give the Eagles 14 former stars off the 2015 team headed to the Division I level.

Echols, a redshirt sophomore outfielder and Brandon High School graduate, had two solid seasons in Raymond, providing Hinds with clutch hitting and stellar outfield play throughout his career.

He hit .296 with nine doubles, four home runs, two triples and 32 RBI as a sophomore and helped lead Hinds to a 43-7 record and an eighth Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship and appearance in the Region XXIII finals.

As a freshman in 2014, he finished with a .292 average and had eight doubles, two home runs, one triple and 23 RBI and played a prominent role in getting the Eagles to the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national title game in Enid, Okla.

Jones, a sophomore second baseman and Madison Central High School graduate, was named to the MACJC All-State second team in 2015 after leading the Eagles in runs scored (49) and on-base percentage (.453), while tying for the team lead in batting average (.369). He also finished second on the team in hits (65), doubles (14), walks (25) and stolen bases (10), as well as hitting two home runs and finishing with 32 RBI.

He was named to the All-State first team in 2014 after tying for the team lead in both home runs (10) and RBI (48), and leading the Eagles in at-bats (220), as well as ending the season with a .323 batting average, 47 runs scored, 71 hits, 11 doubles, two triples, 116 total bases and was 5-7 in stolen bases.

Jones now joins the 13 Eagles who previously inked with D1 schools in fall 2014 and spring 2015:

Graham Ahlrich (Madison), Louisiana Tech University, RHP
Randy Bell (Woodville), University of South Alabama, RHP
Marshall Boggs (Cleveland), Louisiana Tech University, INF
Keller Bradford (Raymond), University of Louisiana-Monroe, RHP
Houston Case (Brookhaven), University of Southern Mississippi, RHP
Tyler Cox (Brandon), University of Louisiana-Monroe, OF/INF
Chase Lunceford (Clinton), Louisiana Tech University, INF
Derek Martin (Flora), University of Louisiana-Monroe, RHP
Austin Sanders (Madison), University of Mississippi, RHP
Quade Smith (Brandon), Nicholls State University, OF
Casey Sutton (Monroe, La.), Louisiana Tech University, RHP
Jonathan Washam (Sterlington, La.), Louisiana Tech University, C
Jordan Washam (Sterlington, La.), Louisiana Tech University, INF

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

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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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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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Release Date: 7/7/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College athletics enjoyed a solid year on the field of play in 2014-15.

Eight Bobcat teams qualified for postseason play with the men and women’s tennis teams advancing to their respective national tournaments.

The Lady Bobcat tennis team tied Itawamba in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and was declared region co-champions.

Overall, JCJC was 160-49-1 for a winning percentage of .765.

The official year in athletics was from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s Lady Bobcats went 13-0 during the regular season. They tied Itawamba in the state/region tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, in May where they finished 16th. They also finished 16th in the final ITA poll.

Shelby Gilliland won the MACJC/Region 23 title in No. 2 singles and Krissy Stutts claimed the state/region title in No. 4 singles. Gilliland and Jenna Hegwood won the No. 1 doubles MACJC/Region 23 championship. Gilliland, Stutts and Hegwood are all from Petal.

Stutts and Laurel’s Tymeka Hunter won the national title in the No. 3 doubles consolation round.

Easley was named the MACJC Coach of the Year, Region 23 Coach of the Year, MAC Coach of the Year and the Wilson/ITA Coach of the Year for Women’s ITA Region III.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Lady Bobcats had a remarkable year, cruising to the MACJC South Division title.

They ended the year with a 16-0-1 record, but Pearl River edged them on penalty kicks in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

JCJC posted 13 shutouts during the season and outscored their opponents, 93-3. They were rated as high as No. 7 in the nation during the regular season and finished at No. 19 in the final poll.

Gilliland was named an NJCAA Division I second-team All-American.

Being named All-Region 23 were Gilliland, Gautier sophomore goalkeeper Briahna Dickerson, South Jones freshman midfielder Dallas McKinnon and Presbyterian Christian School freshman forward Kelsey Hannaford.

Being named All-MACJC were George County sophomore defender Macy Rogers, West Jones sophomore defender Somer Anderson, Sacred Heart freshman defender Blythe Griffin and Florence freshman defender Abby Taylor.

Northeast Jones sophomore forward Katie Johnson, Gilliland, Rogers and Dickerson participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Women’s All-Star Soccer Game.

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bobcats had a fantastic season, but came up short in the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments at the end of the season.

Head coach Chris Robinson’s team had a 41-6 record, including a 39-2 regular season mark. JCJC was the preseason No. 1 team in the NJCAA Division II poll, was No. 2 in the final regular season poll and was never ranked below No. 3 all season. They captured the MACJC South Division crown.

Shortstop Lauren Holifield of New Hope was named the NJCAA Division Player of the Year, marking the second straight year for a JCJC player to receive that honor. Tori Dew of Quitman was named Player of the Year in 2014.

Holifield and Dew received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards. Holifield was named an NJCAA Division I first-team All-American, while Dew and catcher Brittany Seale of North Pontotoc were named second-team All-Americans.

Dew, Holifield, Seale and Oak Grove centerfielder Kalyn Watts were named All-Region 23, while pitchers Teri Richey of Mooreville and Rachel Hayes of Ocean Springs, along with second baseman Rebecca Monceaux of Lake Charles, Louisiana, were named All-MACJC.

Dew and Holifield were also selected to represent the NJCAA in the 21st annual Canadian Open Fastpitch International Competition July 3-13 in British Columbia. Robinson will serve as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Bobcats advanced to the finals of the Region 23 Tournament and the semifinals of the MACJC Tournament.

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats ended the year at 19-8.

Forward Taylor Baudoin of New Hope was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division. Forward Starla Daggans of Bassfield was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division, while Kadie Parker of Northeast Jones was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and guard Alyson Johnson of Terry was named Honorable Mention All-MACJC South Division.

Daggans, Parker and Johnson participated in the MACJC All-Star Game.

Sumrall retired at the end of the season after 17 years as head coach. She led JCJC to a 239-144 record and four of the school’s five state championships in women’s basketball.

Missy Bilderback, who had served as head coach at Presbyterian Christian School for 16 years, was named the new head coach in April.

MEN’S TENNIS

The Bobcats ended the regular season at 11-2 and finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

They qualified for nationals in Plano, Texas, in May and finished 22nd. They were No. 20 in the final ITA poll.

Austin Baskin of Louisville advanced to the finals of the No. 4 singles consolation round.

Josiah Lim of Shreveport, Louisiana, was named the ITA Region III Most Improved Player.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s Bobcats finished with a 30-16 record and qualified for postseason play for the seventh straight season.

The Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 8 during the regular season.

Freshman catcher Mason Irby of Southeast Lauderdale was named a second-team NJCAA Division II All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC.

Pitcher/infielder Daniel Goff of George County and Pitcher/outfielder Carter Polles of South Jones were named All-MACJC first-team. Pitcher Will Hazen of St. Stanislaus and centerfielder Chris Morgan of Madison Central were named All-MACJC second-team.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Rahim Lockhart’s Bobcats went 18-5 during the year. They opened the season by winning their first 14 games and were ranked as high as No. 8 in the NJCAA Division I poll.

Guard Bryce Jones of Brooklyn, New York, was named an NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. He was also named the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star Game.

Christopher White of Harrison Central, Otis Harvey of Gulfport and Rodrigus Palmer of Madison Central were all selected to the MACJC All-Star Game, along with Jones.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 5-4 during David Thornton’s first year as head coach and were rated as high as No. 6 in the nation at one point.

Taylorsville sophomore wide receiver Rodregus Ducksworth and Hoover, Alabama, sophomore linebacker Jamal Lucas were recognized for being named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC South Division first-team. Gautier sophomore offensive tackle Tyrone Patterson was named All-MACJC South Division second-team. Hazlehurst sophomore quarterback Kenny Coleman and Northeast Jones sophomore punter/kicker Cole Byrd were honorable mention All-MACJC.

Kenny Coleman, Patterson and Prentiss sophomore linebacker Richard Scott played in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats finished third in the MACJC South Division, defeated Itawamba in double overtime in the first round of the playoffs and advanced to the state semifinals. They were 7-8-1 on the season

Evan Buckley, a midfielder from West Jones, and Baker, Louisiana, sophomore midfielder Souleymane Diakite were named All-Region 23.

Lewisburg sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Brown, Bay freshman forward Michael Stringer and Sacred Heart sophomore midfielder Jacob Billingsley were named All-MACJC.

Buckley and Diakite participated in the 2nd annual MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game.

GOLF

The Bobcats hosted the Region 23 Tournament at Laurel Country Club and finished fourth.

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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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