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CCC Athletics Scheduling Updates
Release Date:3/4/2015
Coahoma Community College

Inclement weather has forced a number of reschedulings/cancellations for CCC Athletics. Here are some of our events that have been affected.

• Today's baseball games at Rhodes College have been cancelled. • Today's softball games at Holmes CC have once again been rescheduled.

They will now be played March 23rd at 2/4 pm.

• The open football tryout for high school seniors will now be held on March 17th at 3 pm on the campus of CCC. All interested should bring workout clothes, cleats, and an up-to-date physical.

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Holmes CC Advances With 78-68 Victory Over NEMCC
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Holmes Community College

CLINTON --- The Holmes Community College Bulldogs jumped out to as much as a 17-point lead in the second half and hung on for a 78-68 here Wednesday in the first round of the Region XXIII Tournament at Mississippi College in Clinton. The Bulldogs, now 21-6, will play the East Central Warriors at noon on Friday. The Warriors defeated the Jones County Junior College Bobcats, 67-64, in the first round game Wednesday in Clinton. Holmes defeated East Central, 62-59, in overtime in the MACJC State Tournament’s first round game last week in Wesson. The Northeast Tigers ended their season at 17-9 overall. The game can be watched live at www.holmesccmedia.com or listened to live at 101.1 FM, breezynews.com or by adding the Breezy app to your smartphone.

In the first half, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after Torlorf Thomas hit two three-pointers in the first two minutes of the game, and Holmes held a 6-3 lead with 18:13 left in the first half. The Bulldogs increased the lead to 12-3 after Cedric Harper added two field goals, and Marcus Washington added another field goal with 16:58 left in the first half.

Holmes increased the lead to 13 points with 13:15 left in the first when Harper made another field goal for the Bulldogs. A Dimario Jackson free throw with 11:25 left in the first half cut the lead to eight, and a Dexter Stafford free throw cut the lead to four at 29-25 with 4:11 to play in the half. Holmes then went on a 10-0 run to close out the first half as Daryl Macon hit two field goals, D’Angelo Richardson had a three-pointer and Dietrich Taylor hit a field goal and a free throw in the last four minutes of the half.

With 16:39 to play, the Bulldogs increased the lead to 17 points as Macon hit a field goal for the Bulldogs. The Tigers got the score to within five points at 56-51 with 9:19, which is as close as they could get in the second half. Harper finished the game with 19 points while Macon had 13, Richardson 12 and Taylor had 11. Washington finished with eight rebounds while Jarvis Williams and Harper each had five rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the floor (24-of-48), 33.3 percent from three-point land (5-of-15) and 78.1 from the free throw line (25-of-32). Holmes outrebounded the Tigers, 40-33.

Raheem Sorrell had 18 points for the Tigers while Jackson had 17 and Chase Carroll had 15. Desmin Harris and Jackson each had five rebounds. The Tigers shot 32.3 percent from the floor, 28 percent from the free throw line and 65.5 percent from the free throw line.

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Allen Named MACJC Player Of The Week
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln freshman forward Kelley Allen has been named Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week. Allen averaged 17.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals, and 2.0 blocks per game in a 3-0 week for the Lady Wolves. She scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 71-48 win over East Mississippi in the MACJC Quarterfinals. Allen tied a season high with 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds (eight offensive) in a 76-68 win over Jones County in the MACJC Semifinals. She scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds, and blocked three shots in a 78-60 win over Meridian in the MACJC Finals for the 26-0 Lady Wolves. Allen is the second consecutive Lady Wolf to be named player of the week following freshman guard Alexis Collins who garnered the award last week. Allen will now be nominated for the national player of the week that is awarded on Thursday. No. 16 Co-Lin will take on Holmes at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 at Mississippi College in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. An audio broadcast of the game can be heard at www.colinathletics.com or on WMJU 104.3 FM.

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NJCAA Football Champion EMCC Lions Honored At Capitol By Mississippi House Of Representatives Wednesday
Release Date: 3/4/2015
East Mississippi Community College

JACKSON, Miss.— Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives recognized the East Mississippi Community College football team with House Concurrent Resolution 69 at the Capitol. The football players and head coach Buddy Stephens were recognized for their outstanding 2014 season and winning the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship.

East Mississippi Community College’s 2014 NJCAA National Championship football team was recognized Wednesday morning (March 4, 2015) at the Capitol by the Mississippi House of Representatives in Jackson with the presentation of House Concurrent Resolution 69.

Guided by head football coach Buddy Stephens, the 2014 EMCC Lions captured their third NJCAA National Championship in four seasons by claiming a 34-17 victory over Iowa Western Community College last December at the Mississippi Bowl played in Biloxi. The 2014 Lions also won their fourth MACJC State/NJCAA Region 23 football championship in six years as well as earning their sixth MACJC North Division regular-season title in seven seasons under Stephens’ guidance.

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EMCC Places Sixth At MACJC’s Second Spring Golf Tournament Held Jointly At Eagle Ridge And Wolf Hollow
Release Date: 3/3/2015
East Mississippi Community College

WESSON – The East Mississippi Community College men’s golf team finished sixth this past weekend at the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges’ second event of the spring season. The two-day MACJC tournament concluded Sunday at Wolf Hollow.

Coach Benji Williams’ EMCC Lions stood in fifth place following Saturday’s 316 team score at Eagle Ridge. They dropped a notch Sunday within the 10-team field after carding a collective 318 at Wolf Hollow.

For the second straight tournament to begin the spring, Mississippi Gulf Coast bested runner-up Copiah-Lincoln and third-place Meridian to claim the team title. The Bulldogs carded a two-day total of 595 (299-296) to finish eight strokes ahead of Co-Lin (309-294—603).

Meridian came in at 619 (306-313), followed by East Central (314-309—623) and Northwest Mississippi (329-304—633) in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Individually, Gulf Coast’s Grant Motter (72-71—143) claimed individual medalist honors for the second straight MACJC event by earning a 3-stroke victory over Jacob Ross (76-70—146) of Co-Lin. East Central’s Andrew Joiner (73-75—148) and Jordan Cole of Hinds (75-73—148) tied for third-place honors.

For East Mississippi, sophomore Hunter Harmon, from Vardaman, fired identical rounds of 76 to finish in a four-way tie for seventh place to pace the Lions. A year ago, the Calhoun Academy product represented EMCC at the 2014 NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championship.

Ridgeland’s Steven Eilders shaved three strokes off Saturday’s round with a 75 Sunday to tie three others at 153 for the weekend. Fellow EMCC sophomore Trent Humber, of Caledonia, also improved his score from Saturday’s 81 to 79 Sunday to complete the two-day tournament in a 27th-place tie.

Rounding out East Mississippi’s scorecard in the MACJC’s second golf event of the spring, sophomore Chase Chitwood (84-88—172) and freshman Daniel Schroder (81-93—174) struggled to finish the tournament in 52nd and 53rd place, respectively.

The EMCC men’s golf team is scheduled to next compete at the Ron Marshall Spring Fling Tournament, March 12-14, in an NJCAA preview event to be held at Goose Pond Colony in Scottsboro, Ala.

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Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
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EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
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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

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Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Release Date: 3/2/2015
East Mississippi Community College

TEXARKANA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College women’s rodeo team claimed its second title of the season by earning top team honors at this past weekend’s UA Cossatot 5th Annual College Rodeo. Hosted by Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, the three-day event concluded Saturday evening at the Four States Fairgrounds.

Having previously opened the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region fall slate last September by winning the women’s title at the Missouri Valley College-hosted event, the Lady Lions’ team victory this past weekend marked EMCC’s fifth overall team title under fifth-year head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich. Prior to this season, the East Mississippi men’s rodeo squad had won three previous team crowns since the program’s inception in 2010.

With sophomore Kelsey Kennemer earning women’s all-around individual honors by accounting for 240 of EMCC’s 385 total team points, the Lady Lions were followed closely in the team standings by West Alabama and Southern Arkansas with 265 and 260 points, respectively.

The East Mississippi men’s team placed fifth with 175 points this past weekend to open spring rodeo competition. Reigning national champion Tennessee-Martin easily out-distanced the men’s field by totaling 995 team points. Missouri Valley and West Alabama followed with 585 and 320 points, respectively.

Along with claiming 150 points by winning the barrel racing competition with nearly identical clockings of 15.89 and 15.88, Kennemer also earned 70 points pairing with former EMCC cowboy and current Arkansas-Monticello performer Martin Walker in the team roping event. Having previously collected women’s all-around honors last October at the Murray State University-hosted rodeo, Kennemer also secured 20 additional points in goat tying this past weekend. Sophomore Shay Atkins, from West Point’s Oak Hill Academy, secured 100 points for her third-place finish and 32.32 combined time in barrel racing, while Poplarville’s Destyn Ladner contributed 45 points in breakaway roping. EMCC sophomore Hayley Joh Knox also placed in the breakaway roping event.

For the EMCC men, freshman bull rider Blake Bell, of Kosciusko High School, earned 120 points in his specialty event. Poplarville’s Weston Pender tallied 45 points in the calf roping competition, while sophomore Justin Reeves, from Newton Academy, partnered with Arkansas-Monticello’s Dustin Jacobson in team roping to secure the Lions’ other 10 points.

East Mississippi will return to rodeo action, March 26-28, as the school host of the spring’s second NIRA Ozark Region event to be held at West Point’s Eagle Ranch.

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A’Darius Steele Chosen For Select Health Care Program
Release Date: 2/24/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

A’Darius Steele, a freshman pre-pharmacy major from Gulfport, has been selected to participate in the Health, Equity and Leadership Initiative Program (HELI) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Steele, a forward on the Bulldogs soccer team at the Perkinston Campus, was chosen for the program, which accepted just two applicants this year. The selection was based on his grade-point average, letters of recommendation and an interview.

As a participant, he is travelling to UMMC once a month to participate in various leadership development programs. He’ll complete required assignments and projects and will be mentored by medical professionals.

Steele has also been invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

HELI selects minority male students from Mississippi’s community colleges for the program. Research shows men of color are significantly underrepresented in most health care professional programs. It is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and was created to reinforce the institution’s commitment to improving health equity in the state of Mississippi. HELI is a five-month program, but the goal is to continue to follow the students and to give them insight into the steps they will need to take to enter a professional medical program after they complete undergraduate studies.

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ICC Announces Strother As New Women’s Soccer Coach
Release Date: 2/6/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson introduced David Strother as the new head coach of the Lady Indians’ soccer program at a press conference held at the David C. Cole Student Services Building on Friday.

“There is good soccer in the state and I look forward to working with Itawamba and the surrounding communities to help build that even more,” said Strother. “It’s been a month and a half since the semester started and the girls just want to train… and get it moving to see where we are with our returning class and getting the evaluation for our incoming class.”

Strother comes to ICC after spending the past three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

Prior to his time at Co-Lin, he served as men’s head coach at NAIA powerhouse Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at ITT, Strother coached 12 All-Conference players, six All-Academic Team members, two NAIA All-Americans, and two National Team members.

Strother started his collegiate coaching career as the men’s head coach at Southwest Mississippi Community College (2006-10), where he built the program from ground up and eventually produced eight MACJC All-State players, two All-Region 23 award winners, three NJCAA Academic All-Americans, and one NJCAA Distinguished Academic All-American while being nominated for MACJC Coach of the Year three times.

In his final season at Southwest, the Bears earned the prestigious Halbrook Award for most improvement in GPAs for NJCAA student-athletes.

“My purpose as a coach is to help players win, help players succeed, and help players grow in everything they do,” said Strother.

He is the third coach in the history of the women’s program and replaces former head coach Mike Sullivan, who will focus solely on the men’s program.

“It’s nice for [Coach Sullivan and myself] to be able to focus one team each to be able to put the time and the energy into what it takes to build the relationships with the student-athletes,” said Strother.

The Lady Indians have made five playoff appearances in the past eight seasons under the direction of Sullivan.

“History and tradition is what we want to build off of,” said Strother. “It’s not that we want to live off that by any way, shape or form, but it’s pride about being where you are and taking pride in what you do.”

Strother received a BS degree in sports administration and marketing, with a minor in business, in 2004 from Belhaven University. He was also a member of the Blazers’ soccer team where he earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 2003.

He is married to the former Nina Fischer, and they are the parents of Sindey McCall and Liam Winfield.

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

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No. 1 JCJC, Miss. Gulf Coast Postponed Again
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader between No. 1 Jones County Junior College and Mississippi Gulf Coast has been postponed because of wet grounds at Ross-Smith Field on the MGCCC campus.

The games will be rescheduled at a later date.

JCJC is still scheduled to play at Co-Lin at 2/4 p.m. on Friday and host Hinds at 1/3 p.m. on Monday.

The Lady Bobcats are currently 12-0 overall, 2-0 in the MACJC South Division.

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New Flagpole Flies Old Glory Over Tennis Complex
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON – A ceremony Tuesday at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis complex unveiled a new flagpole, donated by Woodmen of the World Insurance Society.

The group, founded in 1890, donates flags as part of its community outreach, said Chapter 1446 Vice President Johnny Hoggatt.

“We’re proud to provide flags to this and other worthy nonprofit organizations,” he said. “In fact, our organization has become one of the largest presenters of U.S. flags in the nation.”

The ceremony, which featured the MGCCC Pep Band playing the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance led by Gulf Coast tennis coach Gary Bourgeois, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. It took place before the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs swept East Central in MACJC competition.

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Top Louisiana Hurdler Signs With Hinds CC Men’s Track & Field
Release Date: 3/4/2015
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Christian Boyd, a standout hurdler from North DeSoto High School in Stonewall, La., recently signed a National Letter of Intent with the Hinds Community College men’s track and field program.

Boyd is considered one of the top hurdlers in the Southeast region after winning three state championships (110-meter hurdles twice and 300-meter hurdles once) up to this point in his high school career.

He currently holds the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic record in the 300-meter hurdles with a blazing time of 38.02 seconds.

Boyd has claimed three district and regional championships in numerous hurdle events and was named as the District 1-4A MVP as a junior in 2014.

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

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