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3rd Annual Jackson Baseball And Softball Holiday Camp
Release Date:12/5/2016
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The 3rd Annual Jackson Baseball and Softball Holiday Camp, for 1st-7th grades, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. December 27-28 on the campus of Southwest Mississippi Community College.

The camp is operated by Southwest head baseball coach Ken Jackson and former Southwest and Delta State University softball standout, and current Southwest assistant softball coach, Maggie Jackson Slaton. The cost of the camp, which is $75 per person, will cover instruction, insurance, a t-shirt and snack.

To register for the camp, contact Ken Jackson at (601) 341-0283 or or Maggie Jackson Slaton at (601) 551-1441 or

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Northwest Drops Division-Opener At EMCC, 88-80
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Northwest carried a 36-33 lead into the half at EMCC Tuesday night before the Lions caught fire and shot 69 percent in the second half to pull away for an 88-80 win in the north division opener for both teams.

EMCC improved to 5-3 overall, 1-0 in the division, while Northwest fell to 7-2 and 0-1 in the north.

The Lions led by a small margin for the game's opening nine minutes before Northwest took control of the first half.

Northwest forced four consecutive turnovers and turned that into points on the other end, with Jaylan Shelton, Brandon Cranford and Dakota Dailey all contributing baskets as the Rangers took a 15-12 lead.

Northwest's lead was as many as six, 25-19, with 5:44 left in the half and the Rangers were able to hold a slim 36-33 lead at intermission.

EMCC's hot shooting second half started from its opening possession, with Keith Harris draining a jumper and Josh Skinner following with a 3-pointer to put the Lions back on top, 38-36.

Tied at 46-46 with 13:53 to play, five quick points from EMCC forced Northwest to call a timeout.

The Lions' lead quickly grew to 58-48 with back-to-back threes and Northwest was unable to find an answer offensively.

Northwest mounted one last rally down by 16 with 1:54 left, using five quick points from Dante Sterling, four from Dailey and a basket from Shelby McEwen to get within 85-80 with 13 seconds left.

But EMCC was able to salt it away at the free throw line for the 88-80 win.

Five Lions finished in double figures, led by 23 from David McFarland. Keelin Jackson had 19 for Northwest, followed by 16 from Dailey and 13 from Sterling in 12 minutes.

EMCC finished at a 53 percent clip against 41 percent for Northwest.

Northwest will return to action at Arkansas Baptist on January 10 after the Christmas break.

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EMCC Races Past Northwest 72-53 In Division-Opener
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – In the north division opener for both teams Tuesday night, the homestanding EMCC Lady Lions led for all but 3:40, building a nine-point halftime lead and holding Northwest to nine points in the fourth quarter in a 72-53 victory.

EMCC improved to 5-3 overall, 1-0 in the MACJC, while Northwest dropped its first game of the season to fall to 5-1 and 0-1.

Northwest scored the game's first five points but went cold from the floor the ensuing five minutes as the Lady Lions clawed back with a 12-1 run and eventually led 20-17 after one quarter.

EMCC quickly built its lead to 11 points in the second quarter and led 36-27 at intermission.

Northwest rallied to pull within 38-37 with 5:31 left in the third quarter, stringing together a 10-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Shernique Adams on the wing.

That's as close as the Lady Rangers would get the rest of the night, with EMCC responding with a 15-4 run to end the quarter. The Lady Lions outscored Northwest 19-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 19-point win.

EMCC finished with four scorers in double figures, led by Tyeisha Juhan's 17 points and double-doubles from La'Quesha Clemons and Quantesha Patterson.

Janesha Johnson scored a team-leading 19 for Northwest, followed by 12 from Averyale Joy and nine points and 11 rebounds from Destiny Gardner.

Northwest was held to 35 percent shooting on the night and the Lady Rangers were just 6-of-30 from beyond the arc.

The Lady Rangers will enjoy a three week break before returning to the hardwood on Dec. 28-29 in Park Hills, Mo., for a tournament at Mineral Area College.

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Northwest Ranked Sixth In Final NJCAA Football Poll
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Following last weekend's appearance in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl, Northwest finished the 2016 football season at No. 6 in the NJCAA's final rankings released Monday.

It marks the fourth top 10 finish in the last seven seasons for the Rangers, who ended the season at 9-3 overall. All three season losses came against teams ranked in the NJCAA top five.

Northwest opened the year ranked 10th coming off an 11-1 record and 2015 National Championship.

Overall, the Rangers went 4-3 against ranked opponents during the year, which included two wins against top 10 teams. Northwest is 10-4 its last 14 games against ranked opponents.

Northwest was one of five teams from the MACJC in the final poll along with No. 2 East Mississippi (11-1), No. 7 Holmes (7-3), No. 10 Northeast (6-3) and No. 19 Itawamba (5-4).

Garden City (Kan.) defeated Arizona Western 25-22 in the El Toro Bowl to claim the 2016 national title.

To learn more about Ranger football visit the athletics website at

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Men's Golf Ranked 11th In Latest Division II Poll
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Northwest men's golf team is ranked 11th in the latest Division II rankings released this week, up three spots from last month.

Northwest finished the fall with a 307.5 scoring average in four tournaments, led by sophomore William Mason with a 77.0 average.

Northwest had two Top 5 team finishes, placing fourth in the season-opening Copiah-Lincoln Invitational Sept. 17-18 in Wesson and fifth at the Hinds Invitational Oct. 1-2 in Raymond.

Copiah-Lincoln (3rd), Gulf Coast (4th), Meridian (5th), Northeast (19th), East Mississippi (21st) and Itawamba (24th) rounded out seven MACJC teams ranked in the top 25.

Northwest will return to action next semester, opening up the spring with the Meridian Invitational March 6-7.

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EMCC Lions Earn Hoops Split At Rival East Central With 76-62 Men’s Win And Narrow 66-65 Women’s Setback
Release Date: 11/11/2016
East Mississippi Community College

DECATUR – The visiting East Mississippi Community College basketball teams split with rival East Central Community College Thursday night in MACJC inter-divisional play at Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium. The EMCC women couldn’t quite overcome a 20-point, second-half deficit in falling by a single point, 66-65, while the Lions used a 13-0 spurt early in the second half to pull away with a 76-62 road victory in the nightcap.

To begin the night, the home-standing Lady Warriors scored the game’s first seven points on the way to holding a 20-10 lead after the first quarter. The margin grew to 21 points (33-12) midway through the second quarter before EMCC cut the deficit to 15 points (38-23) by scoring the last five points of the half.

Following a breakeven (17-17) third quarter, the visitors opened the final period on a game-changing 14-2 run that was ignited by the 1-2 punch of sophomore forward Quantesha Patterson and freshman guard Tyeisha Juhan. Between them, they scored all 25 of the Lions’ fourth-quarter points to make it a nail-biter down the stretch.

After East Central went back up by eight points (64-56) with less than two minutes left to seemingly take back control, EMCC scored the next six points to make it a two-point contest. The two teams then traded turnovers before the Lady Warriors maintained ball possession on a critical tie-up. ECCC’s Shadejha Brown was fouled in the backcourt and hit both free throws to extend it to a two-possession contest with just five seconds remaining. Two ticks later, Patterson took an inbounds pass from Kaisah Lucky and converted a three-point play to give the Lions one final glimmer of hope. But, Brown was again fouled in the backcourt and her two misses at the charity stripe with less than a second left in the game essentially ran out the clock and ended EMCC’s valiant comeback attempt.

Patterson, an All-America candidate after earning All-Region 23 honors as a freshman, registered her 16th career double-double and third of the year by finishing with season-high totals of 27 points (17 in the second half) and 14 rebounds to go along with four blocks and three steals on the defensive end. Juhan, the current NJCAA Division I and MACJC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals for EMCC. Improving to 2-1 on the year, the Lady Warriors were led by Autumn Taylor’s 18 points, while LaNeisha Jeans and Curtisha Coleman followed with 11 points apiece.

The men’s nightcap stayed competitive throughout the first half with the home team owning six-point leads on a couple of occasions. EMCC freshman point guard Job Vernor’s 3-pointer late in the half cut the deficit to a single point (33-32) heading into intermission.

The three-point shot continued to fall for the Lions following the break, giving them momentum early in the second half. Two more Vernor treys and another by Melvin Brooks III keyed a 13-0 run that gave the visitors a nine-point lead (47-38) by the 15:27 mark.

After the Warriors answered with a 9-3 spurt to pull to within three points (50-47), the Lions countered with a 12-4 run to put them on top by double figures (62-51) with seven minutes left in the contest. The margin stayed at twin digits for the remainder of the contest en route to the 14-point triumph, marking EMCC’s fourth straight win over East Central and 17th victory in the last 18 series meetings with the Warriors dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. Fresh off his 30-point, 10-rebound performance earlier in the week against Wallace-Selma, EMCC sophomore David McFarland, out of Raymond High School, paced the Lions with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-5 accuracy from behind the arc, along with eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.

Vernor, a Center Hill High School product, finished with a season-high 21 points, including 14 in the second half, aided by 5-of-8 three-point shooting. As a team, the 3-1 Lions were 13-of-24 (54%) from three-point range on the night. Sophomore Anterio McKines, of Quitman, followed with 13 points. Falling to 1-2 on the young season, the East Central men were led by Dalton Hanna’s double-double effort of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Cayman Ruffin and Jaquan Dotson followed with 10 points apiece.

Coach Sharon Thompson’s EMCC women return to action Monday with a 5:30 p.m. home contest against Pearl River Community College. They will then join head coach Billy Begley’s Lions for a Thursday doubleheader rematch on the road against Wallace Community College Selma.

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Delor Named NJCAA 3rd Team All-American
Release Date: 12/2/2016
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Southwest soccer freshman forward Jaime Delor led the NJCAA, and set Southwest single-season and career records, with 31 goals and 69 points scored as the Bears experienced their best season ever in 2016.

The Bears won a program-record 13 games and made their first-ever appearance in the MACJC playoffs.

As a result of his, and the team’s efforts, Delor set another program first by being named 3rd Team All-American. He is the first Southwest player ever to be so honored and one of only two Mississippi players to receive All-American status this season.

Delor said the award meant a lot to him and that “it’s amazing because I didn’t expect it. In Argentina (Delor is from Buenos Aires) I didn’t pay full attention to soccer; I played other sports more.”

He said receiving the award was “huge for me (because) when I first got here I wasn’t doing well. But, Coach (Zach Mills) put a lot of trust in me and this is like giving thanks to him.”

Delor said becoming the first Southwest soccer player to receive All-American recognition is “amazing. But, I don’t take it like an individual award. It’s not fair to say that I’m the first one because I couldn’t have done it without the (rest of) the team. I want to put the team before me.”

In addition to the records previously mentioned, Delor set or tied four other individual program records. He was also named All-Region and was a one-time NJCAA Offensive Player of the Week and a two-time MACJC Offensive Player of the Week.

Despite all the accolades that came his way, Delor said he hopes that “next year I can train hard and be better and help my team go further (in the playoffs).”

Mills, in his first season at the helm of the Bears, said that “even after breaking all those records and doing so well, he (Delor) is (still) so level-headed and he’s so thankful to his teammates and the program and all the work we’ve done together as a unit just to get him the opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net.”

“Leading the nation is absolutely incredible at any level, whatever you’re doing,” Mills continued, “and the fact that we’ve never had a winning season and never gone to the playoffs until this year says a lot about what we’ve accomplished and says a lot about what he’s accomplished.”

Mills also said he is “thrilled that (Delor) is coming back for another year and wants to break those records he’s set.” Mills said he felt that will be possible “because the guys we’re bringing in (next season) and the guys who are coming back make up an incredible group. I can’t wait to see what their hard work will turn into.”

Concluding his remarks, Mills said “one of my favorite things about this (All-American) award going to Jaime is the fact that he takes it, like he said, not as an individual award, but as a team award. And, he’s right. We do everything together-we win as a team and we lose as a team and we achieve greatness together.”

Women's Soccer Headlines
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Harlie Ray Tabbed All-MACJC
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

JACKSON – Northwest freshman Harlie Ray has been recognized for her outstanding play during the 2016 soccer season, as the Olive Branch native was named All-MACJC on Thursday.

"Harlie did a fantastic job for us this season," Nunnally said. "She was brought in to be an outside midfielder, and due to injuries, we had to move her to the back. She had a great attitude about it and was willing to do anything to get the job done. As a result, she wound up really stepping up, playing her heart out and being a huge part of our defense."

Ray started in all 12 games for Northwest this season and took five shots-on-goal, with her lone goal coming in a 2-1 loss at Southwest Mississippi early in the season.

Prior to Northwest, Ray scored 56 goals in four years at Lewisburg High School, helping lead the Lady Patriots to a 15-4 record as a senior and the 2014-15 district championship.

Softball Headlines
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ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic In January
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College will host its annual Winter Hitting Clinic on Saturday, January 21 inside the ICC Softball Indoor Facility.

The first session of the clinic will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with the second session starting at 1:00 p.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. Each session will cost $30.00.

For more information or to register for this year’s hitting clinic email Coach Lindsey Thompson at or call 662-862-8170.

For the latest news and updates on all things ICC softball, visit, follow the Indians @ICCSoftball and @LetsGoICC on Twitter and at, and like the team at and

Tennis Headlines
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MGCCC’s Allen, Younger Win Halbrook Certificates
Release Date: 12/7/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Two tennis players from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College have been honored with David M. Halbrook Certificates for Athletic Achievement Among Athletes for the 2015-16 school year.

Bryan Allen and Karah Younger won the awards, which are given out based on service, leadership, academic and athletic achievement. Allen and Younger earned NJCAA Superior Athletic Achievement Awards for finishing with grade-point averages between 3.80-3.99. They both also won Distinguished Academic All-MACJC honors.

Gulf Coast won its fourth David M. Halbrook Award since 2009-10 by graduating 98 percent of its student-athletes.

Administered cooperatively by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, the Mississippi Community College Board, and the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the purpose of the Halbrook Awards program is to recognize colleges and universities that maintain and achieve high academic standards for student athletes, thus encouraging high graduation rates. While serving in the Mississippi Legislature, Representative David M. Halbrook Sr., along with his brothers, John Halbrook, James Halbrook, and J. A. Halbrook, endowed the Halbrook Awards.

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

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Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
Release Date: 11/3/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – A total of 115 Pearl River Community College students from throughout Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association’s 12-county service area are receiving scholarships of $935 to attend PRCC this year, thanks to the generous spirit and support of the Association’s member-consumers.

More than 200 students from throughout PRVEPA’s service area are receiving these scholarships to attend state community colleges.

This is the fourth year for the Round Up for Education scholar’s program, which is funded by members who round their bills up to the nearest dollar each month. Scholarships are available to members who do the round up, as well as for their spouses or dependent children who are enrolled as freshmen this fall.

“The efforts of the Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association to assist students from their service area in achieving a higher education is certainly paying great dividends for members of the Association,” said PRCC President William Lewis.

“Pearl River Community College has greatly benefited from the Association’s Round-Up Program with some 115 students attending the college this fall with scholarships made possible through this program. This effort is affording many students with opportunities that only a higher education can make possible. In turn, a more educated citizenry will enhance the economic and social well-being of our state. The positive benefits for the citizens of our region of Mississippi from this special program offered by Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association are immeasurable.”

PRVEPA serves more than 48,000 meters. Since the Round Up program began in November 2012, more than $840,000 has been collected and deposited in an account overseen by the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.

“Throughout our history, Pearl River Valley Electric has not only been providing electric service to rural areas, but working to improve the quality of life of our members and the communities where they live,” said General Manager Randy Wallace. “We believe that education is vital to improving the future for all of us in south Mississippi, and the Round Up program was designed to encourage more young people to further their education.

“Members working together to achieve a common goal is a unique hallmark of cooperative organizations, and I am proud of the positive response we’ve received on this effort. More than 90 percent of our members continue to round up their bills and we’re very thankful for their support.”

At least ten percent of each year’s funds are set aside in an endowed fund for future use. The remaining money is divided equally between the number of eligible applicants, resulting this year in 217 scholarships worth $935 per student (the maximum award per the program’s guidelines is $1000).

In the program’s four years, more than 780 students have now received scholarships.
“The PineBelt Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs,” said Theresa Erickson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “The Round Up for Education Scholarship program is the largest scholarship program we manage. We often see how small contributions from large numbers of people can grow into significant amounts that benefit many individuals, and when people continue their education it not only benefits the individual, but it also benefits their family and ultimately their community.”

Round Up for Education funds collected after Aug. 1 go toward next year’s scholarships. Applications for 2017 scholarships will be available beginning this month.

Students getting these scholarships
Columbia Academy – Alexis Adams, Abbey English, John Holman, Lauren E. Lee, Alandra Patterson.
Columbia High School – Ben Baughman, James Brandon Belk, William John Boudreaux, Joseph Blake Broom, Katelynn Franklin, Jonathan Ryan Gibson, Joy Raquel Gibson, Cody B. King, Caleigh Lambert, Isaiah Rodriguez, Kaisha Yates.
East Marion High School – Devonta Alford, Mytchel Levi Bass, Brian Broom, Jermaine Lamont Burkett, Patience Diggs, D’Mia Graves, Asia L. Harvey, Kaitlin Patton, Ashlyn Pittman, Matthew K. Thigpen, Larry Watts.
Forrest County AHS – Juliann Aultman, Tyler Wayne Beall, Thomas Beasley, Langston Bunch, Alyssa Renee Calhoun, Bradley Cole Cameron, William T. Dubose, Robert Gmerek, Kaylin Hickman, Raegan Nicole Kearley, Brandon M. Kistler, Dusty Lane Lawler, Dustin Lofton, Katie Sellers.
Home School – Dallis Scruggs, Tyler Steven Taylor.
Lamar Christian – Madison Breanne Williford.
Lumberton – Austin Wade Coker.
Mandeville, La. – Nicole Creel.
Oak Grove High School – Noah Albert, Courtney E. Alford, Frandrika Shavon Amos, Alysha Arrington, Tyler Fiveash, Dylan Forbes, Katie Ford, Shelby Herndon, Claire Jennings, Ivory Lowe, Parker Mathis, Taylor McCarter, Justin Devon Richards, Danielle Smith, Vera E. Thacker, Kaila L. Williams.
Pearl River, La. – Shelby Hanna.
Petal – Skyler S. Quick.
Purvis High School – Kamry Bond, Selena Broom, Clifton Blake Brown, Jacob Burkhalter, Shaina Kamri Burroughs, Naomi Burroughs, Riley Davis, Taylor M. Friend, Sydney Hester, Ethan P. Jackson, Cameron Johnson, Breanna Johnson, Bryce Kelley, Logan Lovdahl, Stacy Lucas, Patrick Mills, Richard “Dale” Moore, Lacy “Savannah” Moree, Amanda Rich, Wesley E. Seay, Matthew Ryan Singletary, Wyatt Jakob Smith, Jessie Marie Whiteman.
Stone High School – Ashlyn Johnson, Carlie Smith.
St. Patrick – Ethan Tyler Parsons.
Sumrall High School – Hunter Thomas Askew, Garrett R. Aultman, Hailee Berry, Amanda “Jade” Breeland, Timothy Hicks, Zachary P. Hicks, Samuel Evan Hudson, Hanna Presley Lofton, Cammie Moree, Kopen Nightengale, Nathan Forrest Young.
West Marion High School – Caleb Batie, Dakota Behsman, Zachary Clark, Cole Cox, Alex Little, Kendall Mullins, Jerald D. Peak, Marquia Pigott, Kailey Alexis Pittman, Adrianna Seymour, Abby Sumrall, Caitlyn A. Thornhill, Treves Trahan, Colby White.

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ICC Cheer Reduces Price For Fall Prep Cheer Clinic
Release Date: 11/7/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Cheerleaders will hold a cheer clinic for 10th – 12th graders on November 12 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the ICC Fitness Center Gym.

Cost of the camp has been reduced to $20.00. Campers must sign a release form to participate. Anyone under the age of 18 must have the release form signed by a parent of legal guardian. A printable format of the release form is available on the Cheer page on

For more information, contact Emily Lamb at or 662-862-8173.

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

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 887-249

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

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

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

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