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3 Former Bulldogs Playing In 2 World Series
Release Date:5/26/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Three former Mississippi Gulf Coast baseball players are heading to play for national championships starting this weekend, and that means a lot to Bulldogs coach Rodney Batts.

Former NJCAA All-American first baseman James Land has led William Carey to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Delta State is headed to the NCAA Division II World Series in Grand Prairie, Texas, with shortstop Justin Nussbaum and NJCAA All-American catcher/designated hitter Brian Lane starting for the Statesmen.

“That’s a special thing knowing this late in the season very few teams are playing and we’ve got three guys who are in two different World Series,” Batts said. “For those three guys to be vying for a national championship and all three of ‘em have a great shot at winning a world series, that’s special for us and our program.”

Land earned All-American honors at Perk as a freshman when he hit .422 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI. That big bat has translated to the next level in Hattiesburg.

“James has some things that other people don’t,” Batts said. “It’s his power. He’s got it in his blood. He’s a legitimate power hitter, but not only can he pull the ball for great power, his greatest attribute is hitting the ball with power to back side of the field, the other way.”

Land has led the Crusaders to a 42-18 record by lead the team with a .391 average, 19 home runs and 17 doubles. He twice had three-home run, seven-RBI games this year.

That production earned him Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors

“That’s a tribute to him and the way he’s worked up there,” Batts said. “He’s really worked at hitting and bought into their philosophy. He’s hit 19 home runs in a really big ballpark at William Carey. That says a lot about him and the power he has.”

Carey plays Hope International on Friday.

Lane has stepped into the starting lineup at Delta State and earned First-Team All-Gulf South Conference and NCBWA Division II All-South Region Second Team honors. He leads the team with 15 doubles and his .349 batting average is second-best on the squad. He’s got three home runs and 37 RBI.

He went 5-for-12 with a home run, a double and two RBI to earn a spot on the NCAA South Region All-Tournament Team.

Like Land, his best attribute has translated. Lane has more walks (15) than hits (12), ranking as the 17th toughest player in the country to strike out. In two years in Perkinston, he walked 22 times and struck out just 17.

“Brian is a hitter. His hand-eye coordination is tremendous,” Batts said. “He’s carried that over from here to Delta State. He’s a guy that doesn’t strike out a lot, he doesn’t swing at a lot of bad pitches, therefore he gets good pitches to hit.”

Nussbaum has started all but one game at shortstop for the Statesmen. He’s only batting .243, but he’s still gotten 30 RBI. That’s tied for fifth most on the team, and he’s been clutch. Nussbaum had a two-run single to open the scoring in the region title game.

He’s handling business with the glove, chalking up a .937 fielding percentage.

“Justin is just a gritty player,” Batts said. “He’s a contact-oriented guy. He may not have put up the numbers he wanted to this year, but he’s been a mainstay in their offense and a mainstay at short. That's the biggest thing, contributing on the defensive side.”

Delta State opens its World Series against Lindenwood on Saturday at 7 p.m.

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

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Tristan Moore Embracing Professional Basketball Opportunity In Mexico
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Northwest Mississippi Community College

CALERA, ZACATECAS, MEXICO – While Tristan Moore may be worlds away from the NBA, the former Northwest Mississippi Community College standout is still right at home on the hardwood.

Moore, a Senatobia native, is now making the most of the latest stop on his hoops journey in Mexico, suiting up for Zanahorias de Calera in the inaugural season of LEDT (Liga de Desarollo de Talentos), a basketball showcase league located in the province of Zacatecas.

"This is a great opportunity to start my professional career," Moore said. "I've spoken with older players and they have told me that I'm in a great situation. Some players have started their careers in bad situations, such as not having transportation, living in dangerous areas and not getting the full amount of money from their contracts, but I have received everything that I've been promised and so much more."

Moore played two seasons with the Rangers from 2012-14 and played in 48 career games, averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. His sophomore season is where he did most of his damage, however, finishing with 13.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, earning first team all-conference, NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-Star selections.

From Northwest, Moore signed with Mississippi College and averaged 12.5 points per game in two seasons with the Choctaws. He was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association All-Mideast Region Team his junior season.

Moore graduated from MC in 2016 with a degree in kinesiology and had plans to apply for graduate school in the College of Business at Ole Miss, with the hopes of someday becoming an athletic director.

However, the sport of basketball wasn't quite finished with Moore.

"I got a call from an agent about my highlight film," Moore recalled. "He told me about a potential opportunity with a semi-pro team in Jackson. I got the opportunity to train in Vicksburg with (former D-League player) Michael Ammons and (Harlem Globetrotter) Chris Hype. I spent two months training and traveling back and forth between Vicksburg and Senatobia."

Moore earned a spot with the American Basketball Association's Jackson Showboats before the start of the season in October and played in roughly 15-16 games, typically playing two per weekend. When the ABA season ended in February, another opportunity came knocking.

"Another agent (Nathan Broussard) saw me training and told me that I was better than the ABA level," Moore said. "He made a few calls about playing in Mexico in a new startup league."

It would be a quick turnaround for Moore, who left for Mexico on March 16, less than two weeks after receiving his passport. He was then drafted by Zanahorias de Calera (translated in English to 'Calera Carrots') in one of the two allotted roster spots for international players.

So far, Moore has played in every contest for Calera and scored his season-high of 42 points in a win against Mineros de Zacatecas. Calera is also 11-3 on the season and currently sits atop the league standings, slightly under the halfway mark of the league's 30-game regular season schedule.

Being in another country isn't the only difference Moore has experienced. In his words, the game is more physical in his league with things such as "a little tap on the wrist" not being regarded as fouls.

In addition to the added physicality, the overall strategy of the game differs from its American counterpart.

"Here they rely more on passing," Moore said. "They move without the ball as opposed to isolation basketball in America. Part of that could be that the ball handlers here aren't as prolific as in the U.S."

While he's currently enjoying his experience in Mexico, Moore is constantly looking ahead to his future and still has hopes of following through with his plans to attend graduate school.

For now, though, even more opportunities are opening for him in the sport he loves.

"My agent is working on a deal in Finland or in Austria," Moore said. "As it stands right now, those are my options, but when I find the time while pursuing my basketball career, I still want to follow through with my academic goal."

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Cartee Signs With Lady Bears
Release Date: 5/23/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Fans of Parklane Academy basketball standout Tootie Carter will not have to travel far to see her continue her playing career as the 6’ forward has signed a scholarship to play for the Lady Bears next season.

As a senior, Carter averaged a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds per contest, helping Coach Drew Smith’s Lady Pioneers compile a 21-7 regular-season record and a fourth-place finish in MAIS AAA Division 1. The team advanced to the MAIS Overall Tournament, for only the second time in 20 years, and ended with an overall mark of 27-9. Carter was selected the District 2 4A Most Valuable Player and also named an MAIS All-Star.

Smith said Carter is “a very versatile player. We (Parklane) used her predominantly as a post player and that is what she played most of her career. However, as we progressed later into the (2016-17) season, we had to get more creative to get her open shots. We then moved her away from the basket more often where she could create off-the-dribble and shoot from the outside.”

“Tootie is very capable of scoring in the post, scoring off the dribble and shooting the three-point shot,” Smith continued. “She is a tough matchup for most players because of that versatility. She is also a great rebounder. (Her) presence on the floor was invaluable to our team. Regardless if she was scoring, she demanded a lot of attention from our opponents. This, in turn, opened up other scoring opportunities for her teammates. She is very strong-willed and determined. We will certainly miss her on and off the floor next season.”

Smith said Southwest fans should expect to see Carter “score in multiple ways. They should also expect to see a very physical and tough player who doesn’t mind contact in the post or anywhere on the court. Fans who get to know her will admire her fun-loving personality. She is a comedian by nature and I believe everyone will love her sense of humor. Our loss is certainly Southwest’s gain.”

Southwest head coach Brent Harris said Carter stood out to him and assistant Britta Stephens because of her ability to play more than one position. “She can play inside (and) she can play on the perimeter,” Harris said, “and I don’t think that’s going to be very difficult for her (at Southwest).”

“We think she can shoot the ball from the perimeter,” Harris went on, “and I think we can give her that opportunity a little more here at Southwest. I think that’s something she’s going to bring to the table.”

As did Smith, Harris said Carter has “a great personality.” Concluding his comments, Harris said, “She’s obviously a local product and we like that. I think she’s got a chance to really do some big things here.”

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Registration Is Open For The ICC Football Golf Tournament
Release Date: 5/15/2017
Itawamba Community College

The Itawamba Community College football program will hold its annual Golf Tournament May 19, 2017 at Big Oaks Golf Course.

The Tournament will be a four person scramble and registration is $300 per team. Entry deadline is May 18th and the field is limited to 20 teams. Registration forms are available on the LetsGoICC.com home page.

Included with registration, participants will get 18 holes of golf, range balls prior to tournament, complimentary dinner, one mulligan and gift for each golfer. Other prizes and extras are also avaialble.

The Tournament will begin with registraion at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:35 p.m.

For more information, contact Coach Sean Cannon at 662-862-8117 or jscannon@iccms.edu.


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Troxler Wins National Title For 2nd-place MGCCC
Release Date: 5/27/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast’s Colin Troxler won the individual national championship Friday, and the Bulldogs fell just short in their efforts to sweep the hardware in Mesa, Ariz.

Troxler was the only golfer in the 137-player field to finish under par, shooting 2-under over four days at Longbow Golf Club. Gulf Coast was five shots off host Mesa’s 19-over to claim runner-up, the top finish in school history.

“It stings for the team. We really wanted to do this today,” Troxler said. “I’m happy for myself, but I really wanted to win this for the team. Team means more than individual.”

It’s the fourth straight season the Bulldogs have finished in the top four at the national tournament. Gulf Coast came into the tournament ranked sixth and led after the first three rounds.

“It definitely stings,” Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. “When you get close, the old cliché is you don’t get many chances to win a national championship. I really thought after the first day when we put five scores together, I really thought it was our tournament. We needed one more good solid round.”

Troxler, a University of Louisiana signee, had his first round over par, but built enough cushion after three rounds under par. He beat Southeast’s Noah Hofman by four shots.

Jackson Wedgeworth (Fr., West Jones/Soso) will join Troxler on the NJCAA Division II All-American First Team after finishing third at 2-over after a 76. Wedgeworth had the lowest round of the tournament Tuesday when he fired a 66.

Logan Leary (Fr., Gonzales/Dutchtown, La.) eagled 18 to finish 2-over, his best round of the week. Jonathon Newman (So., North Pike/Summit) matched him with a 73, getting there by making birdie on the last hole.

“Logan eagled 18, which really gave us hope. He hit it to 3 feet for eagle,” Snell said. “At that point, we thought we were pretty far down. Johnny made a great up-and-down on 18. A great up-and-down.”

Newman finished tied for 24th, Wyatt Adkison (So., East Central/Hurley) tied for 32nd and Leary tied for 34th. Newman earned NJCAA All-American honorable mention honors.

Snell and Troxler both pointed to a three-hole stretch on the back nine as the turning point Friday.

“We got beat on holes 15 through 17. That’s where we lost it. Those are some hard holes, and we just didn’t play them well.”

The Bulldogs played those three holes 7-over, while Mesa, playing on its home course, was five shots better.

Two other MACJC participated in the tournament. Meridian (+60) finished sixth, and Co-Lin (+84) was 11th. Gulf Coast’s finish ahead of Tyler, Murray State and South Mountain, the top three teams in the latest Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division II Coaches Poll, should prove inspirational.

“That does a lot for our conference,” Snell said. “We led the national championship for three rounds. We were almost the wire-to-wire winners. That’s’ pretty impressive.”

Snell said all year he thought this team was his best from No. 1 through 5 in his time at Gulf Coast. The Bulldogs won the first two MACJC tournaments of the season, but then didn’t win another. Their streak of two straight state championships and nine straight region/district titles ended.

But this week in Mesa, Gulf Coast proved they were as good as Snell thought.

“We were right there in the hunt the whole time,” Snell said. “The kids were playing solid. There wasn’t any timidness on their part. Just nothing fell for us. It just wasn’t in the cards.”

NJCAA Division II Golf Tournament
Longbow Golf Course
Mesa, Ariz.
7,050 yards, Par 71
Final round, Friday
Team top 10
Team Score
1. Mesa 287-292-287-289—1155 (+19)
2. Gulf Coast 277-293-294-296—1160 (+24)
3. Murray State 287-291-293-296—1164 (+19)
4. Tyler 285-301-292-306—1184 (+48)
5. South Mountain 293-394-309-293—1189 (+53)
6. Meridian 297-303-301-295—1196 (+60)
7. Illinois Central 296-299-297-313—1205 (+69)
T8. Kirkwood 300-301-303-303—1207 (+71)
T8. Southeast 313-289-298-307—1207 (+71)
10. Parkland 300-305-305-309—1219 (+83)

MGCCC results
Player Score
1. Colin Troxler 70-69-69-74—282 (-2)
3. Jackson Wedgeworth 66-74-71-76—287 (+3)
T24. Jonathon Newman 72-76-78-73—298 (+14)
T32. Wyatt Adkison 70-74-80-76—300 (+16)
T34. Logan Leary 76-76-76-73—301 (+17)


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

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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Qualifies For College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
Release Date: 5/2/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team has qualified for next month’s College National Finals Rodeo for the first time in program history after finishing the regular season as reserve champions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. The 2017 CNFR will take place June 11-17 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC Lions qualified for their first-ever CNFR team appearance by finishing as runners-up of the NIRA’s Ozark Region with 4,710 cumulative team points earned during 10 regional events split between the fall and spring campaigns. Sitting behind only Missouri Valley College (7,200 points) within the regional men’s standings, EMCC’s second-place team effort during this past weekend’s season-ending, UA Cossatot-hosted Colts College Rodeo held in Texarkana, Arkansas lifted the Lions past Southern Arkansas University (4,505 points) for the second and final CNFR men’s team spot from the Ozark Region.

While preparing for the school’s first-ever team appearance at college rodeo’s national championship, East Mississippi Community College was previously represented by individual qualifiers at the College National Finals Rodeo during each of the past six years since the program’s inception in 2010. A year ago in Wyoming while boasting the CNFR’s all-around champion cowboy and tie-down roping national champion Marcus Theriot, the Lions claimed a school-best, fifth-place national finish by collecting 510 team points.

Theriot will again look to headline EMCC’s rodeo squad at nationals by having repeated as the Ozark Region’s all-around men’s champion with 2,200 total points earned during the 2016-17 rodeo season. Along with edging out Missouri Valley’s Dalton Kingery by 45 points for the region’s all-around title, the Poplarville native also claimed the Ozark Region’s tie-down roping (730 points) and team roping header (815) championships for the second straight year. Theriot also repeated as the region’s reserve champion in steer wrestling (655 points).

Also rated among the Ozark Region’s top 10 all-around cowboys this year, EMCC’s Tristan Martin ranks eighth regionally with 730 total points. The McNeese State University transfer from Sulphur, Louisiana most recently won the steer wrestling event this past weekend at UA Cossatot and currently stands sixth in the event within the region. Martin also ranks fifth regionally in tie-down roping.

In team roping, East Mississippi’s Jace Harris, of Vilonia, Arkansas, is the region’s top heeler with 680 points after partnering with Southern Arkansas’ Cooper Lee to win the UA Cossatot title. Fellow EMCC team roping heeler Ethan Wheeler (Pisgah, AL) follows close behind in third place regionally with 480 points.

Also representing EMCC during this year’s CNFR will be North Pontotoc High School product Cooper Christensen, who will compete in steer wrestling along with teammates Theriot and Martin.

Last season marked the second straight year that East Mississippi had three competitors participate in the College National Finals Rodeo. A year ago en route to the Lions’ No. 5 national men’s finish, Theriot was joined by saddle bronc rider Kody Rinehart. EMCC was also represented by 2015-16 Ozark Region all-around women’s champion Katelyn Nicholson.

Annually showcasing more than 400 collegiate cowboys and cowgirls from four-year universities and two-year junior colleges located throughout the country, the College National Finals Rodeo is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) annually crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. The top three student-athletes in each event and the top two men’s and women’s teams from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions annually qualify for the CNFR.

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ICC’s Blake Signs With Belhaven
Release Date: 5/4/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Men’s Soccer standout Thomas Blake has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career at Belhaven University.

“I’m excited to play at Belhaven,” said Blake. “They have a solid team and I’m excited to play two more years of soccer.”

The Fulton native began his soccer career later than most as his high school didn’t add soccer until 2012. However, Blake worked hard at his position and earned a scholarship from ICC Head Coach Mike Sullivan.

“I’m thankful for my high school coaches and Coach Sullivan for giving me the opportunity to play at ICC,” said Blake. “I had a great time here (ICC), and made a lot of friends that I’m going to miss.”

Blake played in nine game as a freshmen at ICC and earned two starts, but his hard work during the offseason earned the starting keeper job for his sophomore season where he started 13 of 14 games.

Last season, Blake made 57 saves and helped the Indians earn a big shutout victory over Jones County Junior College.

“He’s been a great keeper for us for two years,” said Sullivan. “He’s fearless in the goal and anybody who’s competing with him for the position at Belhaven is going to have their hands full.”

Blake is the eighth Indians to sign with Belhaven since 2015 and will join former teammate Sabi Malli in Jackson next season.

“I’m really excited for Thomas,” said Sullivan. “Belhaven’s a great school that we’ve had several guys go to and have success and I’m excited that Thomas gets to continue his career there because he’s a tireless worker that’s going to fit that team really well.”

Blake finished his career at ICC with 81 total saves over 23 games.

For more information on ICC men’s soccer and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter(@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com


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SMCC's Kennedy Mount Signs To Collegiate Continue Career With Belhaven
Release Date: 5/19/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Kennedy Mount, a midfielder for the Southwest Lady Bears soccer team, has signed a scholarship to continue her collegiate career with Coach Josue Sabillon and the Belhaven University Lady Blazers.

A graduate of D’ Iberville High School, Mount was a two-year starter for the Lady Bears. She said she chose to go with the Lady Blazers because she “loved the atmosphere of the school as a whole. Belhaven gave me the option to delve deeper into my exercise science degree, to keep playing the game I love and to study around a Christ-centered view.”

While at Southwest, Mount said she “learned a lot and grew as a person. My professors and coaches prepared me for a university and I made a lot of great memories on and off the field.”

Lady Bears head coach Bee Casey said Mount’s “passion for soccer and hard work helped Southwest tremendously. During her time at Southwest she filled her teammates and campus with pride and continuous leadership. I am proud of Kennedy’s work ethic and look forward to her success at Belhaven.”

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Thirteen Lady Bobcats Receive Postseason Honors
Release Date: 5/26/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Thirteen Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats have been named All-MACJC or All-Region 23.

Pitcher Karli Perque (Westwego, Louisiana), third baseman Kelly Byrd (Copiah Academy), catcher/designated player Autumn Frost (East Webster), first baseman Brittany Baty (Northeast Lauderdale), shortstop Cori McCrary (Carroll Academy), centerfielder Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) and outfielder Taylor Murray (Parklane Academy) were named All-Region 23.

Second baseman Emily Robinson (Lafayette) and pitchers Haylee Morse (Madison Central), Madison Burge (Harrison Central) and Amanda Holliday (Watson, Louisiana) were named All-MACJC. Catcher Natalie Hogue (Harrison Central) and infielder Callie Venable (Clinton, Louisiana) were named All-MACJC Honorable Mention.

Perque was selected as the MACJC Pitcher of the Year.

These players helped the Lady Bobcats to a 55-4 mark, which is a school record for wins, its fifth MACJC championship in six years, a runnerup finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and a No. 1 ranking in the final regular season poll.

Perque posted a 23-0 record, which led the MACJC and ranked fifth nationally, with a 1.34 earned average and six shutouts. In 125 2/3 innings, she allowed 78 hits, walked 29 and struck out 128. She was third in the state in strikeouts. She was named to the national All-Tournament Team. The freshman has signed with Southeastern Louisiana University.

Byrd, a sophomore, hit .494 with 18 home runs and 88 RBIs. She had 18 doubles, a .920 slugging percentage, 160 total bases, scored 83 runs and had 86 hits. She was second in the MACJC in batting average, tied for second in the state and sixth nationally in home runs and tied for first in the state and third nationally in RBIs. She was tied for sixth in the nation in slugging percentage. She led the state and was sixth in the nation in runs scored and was second in the state in hits. She was named to the national All-Tournament Team. Byrd has signed with Delta State University.

Frost, a sophomore, hit .406 with 22 home runs and 88 RBIs. She led the state and was second nationally in home runs and was tied for third in RBIs. She was named to the national All-Tournament Team.

Baty, a sophomore, hit .481 with 21 home runs and 74 RBIs. She was second in the state and third nationally in home runs and was third in the state and 10th nationally in RBIs. She was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the national tournament.

McCrary, a sophomore, batted leadoff for Jones. She played in the outfield for most of the regular season, but was used mostly at shortstop during the postseason. She .391 with 35 stolen bases, 79 base hits, 76 runs scored, two home runs and 21 RBIs. She led the MACJC and was 11th nationally in stolen bases. McCrary has signed with William Carey University.

Loftin, a freshman, batted .515 with eight home runs, 47 RBIs, 11 doubles, 19 steals, 85 hits and 83 runs scored. She led the state and was 13th in the nation in batting average. She was third in the state in hits and, along with Byrd, led the state and was sixth nationally in runs scored. She was named to the national All-Tournament Team.

Murray, a freshman, hit .361 with seven home runs and 42 RBIs.

Robinson, a freshman, hit .355 with three home runs and 27 RBIs.

Morse, a sophomore, was 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA. In 60 innings, she allowed 37 hits, walked eight and struck out 61. She led the state and was sixth in the nation in ERA.

Burge, a freshman, was 11-1 with a 2.32 ERA. In 72 1/3 innings, she allowed 55 hits, walked 13 and struck out 70.

Holliday, a sophomore, was 11-2 with a 1.46 ERA. In 91 1/3 innings, she allowed 66 hits, walked 18 and struck out 57. Holliday has signed with Nicholls State University.

Hogue, a sophomore, hit .313 with two home runs and 25 RBIs. She was named to the national All-Tournament Team.

Venable hit .343 with one home run and 23 RBIs. She had several clutch pinch-hits in postseason play.

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Former MGCCC Tennis Player Skyler Flowers Dies In Wreck
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Former Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College men’s tennis player Skyler Flowers was killed Saturday in a car accident in Holmes County, Miss.

“He was a standup guy,” Gulf Coast coach Gary Bourgeois said. “He played his sophomore year with a torn rotator cuff. He would not let that injury stand in the way of him playing and competing. He loved his team and his teammates. He was the consummate team player. Even though he was going to have surgery, he went to nationals to support them.”

Flowers was killed driving back to Starkville from teaching at a tennis center in New Albany. Bourgeois said he’d made a full recovery from his surgery and was playing his best tennis, and he was planning to play at Belhaven next year.

Flowers, who went to Ocean Springs High School, played No. 1 singles and doubles at Perkinston during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, helping the Bulldogs to a 26-2 MACJC record. The 2014-15 team went undefeated in the conference during the regular season.

He was named Academic All-MACJC as a sophomore, an award for students with a GPA between 3.25-379.

At Ocean Springs, he won three straight Class 6A boys singles titles, and helped the Greyhounds win their fourth consecutive team title as a senior.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. They are being handled by Oliver Funeral Home in Winona.

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Eagle Track Teams Perform Well At Outdoor Nationals
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The NJCAA Outdoor Nationals were held in Hutchinson, Kansas this past weekend. The weather conditions were not very friendly as the competitors experienced strong winds with a tornado. The temperature also was in the low 40s, which is very cold for this time of year.

The women's event featured 48 teams from across the country. Hinds finished in 18th place in the event.

The women's 4x100 meter relay team came in third place. The team was made up of: Jade Hayes, A'Dreama Johnson, Gatashyka Lyons and Dayjah Jackson.

Lakeia Hill finished in second place in the 400 meter hurdles. Jamira Patterson finished in sixth place in the 400 meter hurdles.

A'Dreama Johnson came in ninth place in the 200 meter dash.

Six women were named NJCAA All-Americans.

The men's event featured 52 teams from across the country. Hinds finished in 4th place in the event.

Christian Boyd finished in ninth place in the 110 meter hurdles.

Eric Richards finished in second place in the high jump.

Tyler Terry won first place in the 400 meter dash. Kaderius Rogers came in fifth place in the 400 meter dash.

Keitavious Walter won first place in the 200 meter dash. Gerald McGee finished sixth and Correion Mosby finished eighth in the 200 meter dash.

The 4x400 meter relay team won the national title with a time of 3:06.69. The relay team was made up of: Kaderius Rogers, Tyler Terry, Keshun Reed and Correion Mosby.

The 4x100 meter relay team won the national title with a time of 39.02. The time of 39.02 was a stadium record. The relay team was made up of: Keitavious Walter, Gerald McGee, Correion Mosby and Tyler Terry.

Fourteen men were named NJCAA All-Americans.

"This has definitely been a fun group to coach and they should be proud of the way they competed all year. We definitely have a great thing going with our track program and the future truly looks bright."-Head Coach Reginald Dillon.


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2017-18 Northwest Cheer Squad Announced
Release Date: 5/2/2017
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Twenty students at Northwest Mississippi Community College have been selected as Ranger cheerleaders for the 2017-18 season, according to cheer coach and sponsor Liesl Mote.

Tryouts were held at the McLendon Center on the Senatobia campus April 28-29.

Students selected for this year's squad are: Callaghan Basil, Zabian Blanchard, Satsha Burden, Caitlyn Dora, Lindsey Douglas, Sarah Ewing, Olivia Fields, Julian Gray, Landyn Hoover, Erin James, Tori Beth Jenkins, Morgan Jones, Lauren Marshall, Kentareus McNeal, Betsy Merrell, Tyler Randle, McKenzie Richardson, Alexis Redd and Kelsey Taylor.

This year's mascot is Tillman McMahon and team captains are Kelsey Taylor and Sarah Ewing.

The Ranger cheerleaders are a non-competitive squad that cheers at all football games and all home basketball games. They travel with sporting teams to regular season games, playoff games and tournaments. Scholarships are available for those participating in cheerleading.

For more information, contact Mote at (662) 562-3899 or email lmote@northwestms.edu.



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