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Casey, Dulin Named Top 200 JUCO Prospects By Perfect Game
Release Date:1/29/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Freshman outfielder Clay Casey and sophomore infielder Dalton Dulin of Northwest Community College are ranked the 41st and 97th best prospects on Perfect Game's Top 200 JUCO prospects list released Wednesday afternoon.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound product of DeSoto Central, Casey helped lead the Jaguars to the Class 6A state championship series for the first time in school history and the Region 1-6A title last season. He hit .464 with eight doubles, three triples, a state-best 14 home runs, 47 RBIs and 43 runs scored.

Casey was a 2014 Perfect Game Second Team All-American and named a Louisville Slugger preseason All-American. He also earned Perfect Game All-Southeast Region First Team and All-USA team honors in addition to being named a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist.

Casey originally signed with Ole Miss, but decided to come to Northwest and play for one season to improve his draft stock after being selected in the 33rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Dulin (5-10/175) saw action in 38 games at second base last season at Ole Miss, helping the Rebels claim the SEC West championship, Oxford Regional championship and advance to the College World Series for the first time since 1972. He hit .264 with seven RBIs, six runs scored, six stolen bases and fielded .978 in 45 chances.

Dulin lettered five years at Memphis University School under head coach Johnny Beard and was named an UnderArmour and Louisville Slugger All-American. He hit .370 with 12 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 26 RBIs and 38 runs scored as a senior and was named a 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year finalist for Tennessee.

Like Casey, Dulin has also been drafted previously, selected in the 36th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Northwest has had 16 players drafted in its history, including 10 since 2006. The Rangers had a school-record four players drafted in 2013, including the 46th overall pick in All-American Cody Reed (Horn Lake HS).

Northwest will throw out the first pitch of the 2015 season on Monday, Feb. 9 at Southwest Tennessee.

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Tigers Rally, Can’t Hold On Against ICC
Release Date: 1/30/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE— The Tigers took an early 2nd half lead Thursday vs. Itawamba, but were ultimately unable to hold on to the edge, falling to Itawamba by a final of 82-70.

Cameron Monix led the way for the Tigers, going 5-8 from the field and 6-9 from the line on his way to a team-high 16 points. Monix, a sophomore graduate of Lee Academy, added 7 assists. It was the 9th time that the Tiger point guard has had 7 or more dimes in a game this season.

CCC shot just 36% from the field in the first half, but hung tough and trailed by just 3 heading into the break. A field goal in the paint by LaTerrence Henderson 1:17 into the 2nd period gave the home squad their first lead of the contest.

The teams exchanged salvos in the ensuing minutes, trading the lead until the 13:10 mark, when Tyrone Wooten, an ICC guard who did not play in the first half, took over the contest. Wooten scored 8 consecutive points to give ICC an advantage they would not relinquish. Wooten finished with 17 points in just 12 minutes of action.

Michael West III and Tevin Jones each finished with 12 points for the Tigers, and Wille Bronson added 10 of his own, but the Tigers could not avoid their 16th loss of the year. The loss was their 11th in MACJC play.

CCC travels to Goodman Monday, February 2nd to take on Holmes CC, whom they fell to 84-68 in early December. Tipoff in the contest is slated for 8 pm.

A live stream will be available on coahomasports.com.

For photos from the game vs. Itawamba CC, please click HERE.


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Lady Indians Best Lady Tigers
Release Date: 1/30/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE—The Lady Tigers fell to the Itawamba Lady Indians Thursday evening by a final of 82-57. Amber Sisk played all 40 minutes for CCC and poured in 15 points, but ICC forced 28 Lady Tiger turnovers to earn their 16th win of the year and stay undefeated in MACJC North play.

The Lady Tigers hung tough with the Lady Indians for most of the first half. Sisk's 3-pointer with 3:27 to go cut the Lady Indian lead to just 29-23. However, ICC reel off a 16-2 run to end the period and head to the locker rooms up a more comfortable 40-25.

ICC used a balanced attack and more pesky defense in the 2nd half to open up an even more sizeable advantage. The Lady Indians featured 6 players who scored at least 8 points. They were led by Kaelin Kneeland, who finished with 14. ICC racked up 33 points off Lady Tiger turnovers. It was the 5th time this year that CCC has turned the ball over at least 28 times in a contest.

Sisk, Erica Collins, and Josta Totten all finished in double digits for CCC. For Sisk, it was the 3rd time this year that she has scored 15 or more and the 12th time this year that she has played all 40 minutes in a game. Collins went 6 of 13 from the field and added 7 rebounds to go along with her 12 points. Totten followed up her 18-point, 10-assist explosion vs. MS Delta CC by pouring in 11 and dishing 9 dimes vs. the Lady Indians.

With the loss, the Lady Tigers now stand at 2-15. They return to action Monday, February 2nd at Holmes. Tipoff in Goodman is scheduled for 6 pm.

A live stream will be available on coahomasports.com.


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AD Freeman Horton To Be Inducted Into Scott County Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 1/30/2015
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE—CCC Athletic Director Freeman Horton will be inducted into the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame on April 25th. Horton, who coached football at CCC from 2001 to 2013 and starred as a player at Lake High School and Southern Miss, will be one of twenty-five inductees in the inaugural Hall of Fame class.

"It's one of the most— if not the most— exciting things that have probably happened to me," Horton said. "It came out of nowhere. I wasn't expecting it."

While it may have come as a surprise to the man himself, the induction probably does not come as a surprise to those who have tracked his impressive career. Horton first gained notoriety as a linebacker at Lake High School, where he was part of the undefeated 1974 state championship team that outscored opponents 321-0 for the entire season. He then enjoyed a standout 4-year career as a linebacker at Southern Miss.

As a coach, Horton spent time at East Central CC before returning to USM as a scout team coach, a tight ends coach, and ultimately the linebackers coach. From there, he joined the staff at Ole Miss, where he coached his fellow Scott County Hall of Fame inductee Andre Hollis, a star wide receiver for the Rebels from 1992 to 1996.

Horton took over as CCC football coach in 2001 and led the Tigers to 6-3 season and a MACJC playoff berth in 2009. As a coach and now as the AD, he has overseen the expansion of the school's athletic programs and facilities.

"I have been very fortunate, I must say, to work here at Coahoma Community College," Horton said. "It's tremendous. Couldn't ask for anything better."

And for the longtime Tiger, the best may be yet to come. Horton is "looking for Coahoma to do great things" in the near future.

"I have seen it come from so far. Where we're headed right now is truly amazing, and I'm just glad I'm still part of it," he explained.

Other inductees in the inaugural Hall of Fame class include former Saints running back Deuce McCallister and former Carolina Panthers cornerback Rashard Anderson. According to Selection Committee president Frank Edmondson, selections were based on "athletic accomplishments and exemplary standing within the sports community."

The induction ceremony will take place at the Livingston Performing Arts Center at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. Event coordinators will be offering tickets to the event— those interested in attending should look for them to go on sale within the next month.


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JCJC To Hold 16th Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
Release Date: 1/26/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The 16th annual Jones County Junior College Alumni Association Golf Tournament will be held March 27 at Laurel Country Club.

The tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry fee is $100 per player. Deadline for entry is March 20. Tournament sponsorships are available for $250 (social sponsor) and $500 (corporate sponsor).

The proceeds from the tournament are used to sponsor scholarships at JCJC. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on the day of the tournament. A pancake breakfast will be served for participants. Ribeye sandwiches, shrimp on a stick, sausage dogs, along with other food and beverages will be available on the course. On-course, flight prizes and door prizes will be awarded.

Cart assignment and instructions from the club pro will be at 8:15 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at 8:45 a.m.

For more information, contact JCJC Alumni Coordinator JoAnna Newcomb at 601-477-4049 or by email at Joanna.newcomb@jcjc.edu. Golfers can also go to the JCJC Foundation website at www.jcjc.edu/foundation click on “Support Jones” and click on “2015 Alumni Golf Tournament” and sign up for the event.


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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming


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Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Release Date: 1/8/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College athletics department recently received a major facility upgrade with the addition of a new weight room that is usable for all sports teams on the Raymond Campus.

The new 90x50 weight room, located in the Mayo Field House gymnasium, is highlighted by 18 combination racks that can be the base for a number of different types of Olympic lifts, as well as bench press.

The workout facility also features the following items:

• Six sets of dumbbells ranging from 5-100 lbs.

• Four sets of kettle bells

• Four sets of medicine balls

• Two independent leg press machines

• Two row machines

• Two lat pulldown machines

• Two adjustable columns

• Two leg curl/extension machines

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


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MGCCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 1/28/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Tryouts for both men’s and women’s Bulldog soccer will be held on Saturday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the soccer field on Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus. All high school seniors, current MGCCC students and Mississippi community college soccer players interested in becoming a member of the Gulf Coast Bulldog soccer team are invited to attend.

WHAT: MGCCC Soccer Tryouts

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015, Women's @ 1:00 and Men's @ 3:00

WHERE: Soccer Field, Perkinston Campus

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING: Cleats, shorts, sweats (dependent on the weather)


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MGCCC To Hold Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 1/28/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Tryouts for both men’s and women’s Bulldog soccer will be held on Saturday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the soccer field on Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus. All high school seniors, current MGCCC students and Mississippi community college soccer players interested in becoming a member of the Gulf Coast Bulldog soccer team are invited to attend.

WHAT: MGCCC Soccer Tryouts

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2015, Women's @ 1:00 and Men's @ 3:00

WHERE: Soccer Field, Perkinston Campus

WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING: Cleats, shorts, sweats (dependent on the weather)


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Lady Bobcats Excited About Preseason No. 1 Ranking
Release Date: 1/30/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College softball team made history on Thursday.

The NJCAA released its Division II preseason poll and for the first time in school history, the Lady Bobcats are ranked No. 1 in the nation.

“It’s the result of a lot of hard work on and off the field by the players and the coaches,” said JCJC head coach Chris Robinson. “We are awfully proud of this recognition to be bestowed upon us.

“Just six short years ago, this program won 10 games. We are so excited for our current players and our former players who laid the foundation for us to be where we are today.”

The rise to the top has been exceptional for the JCJC women’s softball program.

In 2009, the Lady Bobcats were 10-26. Robinson, who was an assistant coach on that team, became head coach the following year. The Lady Bobcats were 16-33 in his first year, but he said that group set the foundation for the program.

“Last night after everybody had left after practice, (associate head) Coach (Bob) Herrington and I were sitting around and reminiscing about how far the program had come,” he said. “We had four girls – Kayla McDaniel, Shannon Mosley, Heidi Garcich and Mallory Cowart – who hung around after that first year. They could have bolted, like some of them did, but they stayed and the next year, we went 35-15 and made postseason play for the first time ever.”

The record of success under Robinson’s leadership has been remarkable.

They were 44-11 in 2012, 44-10 in 2013 and went 52-6 and finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. They have won three consecutive MACJC championships and made three straight appearances in the national tournament.

Robinson has compiled a 191-73 record as head coach.

“It’s basically become a year-round sport where you have to work the spring, summer and fall trying to sell 17 and 18-year-old kids on the belief that they will have success here,” Robinson said. “It’s a credit to our players and coaches for us to be where we are today.”

Robinson added that the Lady Bobcats took the news in stride on Thursday.

“They had just finished running after lifting weights when they heard about it,” he said. “They were excited about it, but they were humbled, too. We all appreciate the recognition, but we are ready to go back to work and see if we can live up to these expectations.”

The Lady Bobcats are followed in the poll by defending national champion LSU-Eunice, Illinois Central, Phoenix College (Arizona) and Lincoln Land College (Illinois). Mississippi Gulf Coast is rated No. 19 and Itawamba is listed in the “Other Schools Receiving Votes” category. To view the complete poll, go to www.njcaa.org.

The Lady Bobcats open the season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday at NCAA Division I member Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Their home opener at Community Bank Park will be a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Feb. 9 against Marion Military Institute (Alabama).

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Hinds CC Women’s Tennis Ranked No. 18 In Preseason Poll
Release Date: 1/20/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women’s tennis program recently received a slew of preseason accolades, both team and individually, before the 2015 season gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The Lady Eagles are ranked No. 18 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll.

Hinds is also ranked fourth in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) preseason rankings.

The early rankings also feature three individual players, who earned high marks in both singles and doubles play.

Rachel Rhett (Vicksburg) is ranked No. 10 in the Region XXIII singles ranking and is followed in the No. 11 slot by teammate Brittany DeCamp (Flowood).

Kelly Carlson (Destrehan, La.) earned a No. 24 ranking in the Region XXIII singles list as well.

DeCamp and Rhett also earned a No. 7 mark in the Region XXIII doubles ranking.

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


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Hinds CC Women’s Track Competes In UAB Blazer Invitational
Release Date: 1/26/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College women's track and field program opened the 2015 season on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Blazer Invitational and had two student-athletes qualify for the upcoming National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Nationals in Albuquerque, N.M.

Desire McHenry (Bastrop, La.) and Pamala Byrd (Jackson) each qualified for nationals after finishing in the top five in their respective events.

McHenry notched a third place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.47 seconds, while Byrd came in fourth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.78 seconds.

Byrd also came in seventh place in the 200-meter dash with a finish of 25.97 seconds.

Elizabeth Lee (Utica) was a second place finisher in the triple jump event with a leap of 32’ 10 1/2.”

The 4x400 meter relay quartet of McHenry, Byrd, E’Keisha Hollins (Mendenhall) and Jamira Boykins (Mobile, Ala.) finished in sixth place overall with a time of 4:15.37.

The Lady Eagles will return to the indoor track on Valentine’s Day, heading to the Louisiana State University (LSU) High Performance Indoor meet in Baton Rouge, La.

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



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