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c spire Baseball News

Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Mark Carson Inducted Into Independence Athletic Hall Of Fame
PRCC Baseball Hosts Meet-and-greet For Players, Parents
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
NEMCC YEAR IN REVIEW: TRIP TO “THE TOURNAMENT” HIGHLIGHTS 2015-16 ATHLETIC SEASON
Former EMCC And MSU Standout Trent Waddell Returns To Scooba As Assistant Baseball Coach
Cody Cooper To Continue Baseball Career At Western Kentucky
PRCC Baseball To Host Developmental Leagues In Fall
Ryan Skalnik Signs To Play Baseball At Missouri State
MGCCC Baseball Plans Alumni Weekend
Coaching Veteran Brett Kimbrel Named Assistant Baseball Coach At East Mississippi Community College
PRCC Baseball To Host Junior High Developmental League In Fall
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
PRCC To Host Baseball Showcase For High School Players
Austin Towles Gives Pledge To Delta State
Hughes Back At Pearl River As Baseball Assistant Coach
Former Ole Miss Signee, Prep All-American Wilcher Inks With Northeast
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
All-MACJC Pitcher J.R. Miller Inks With Union University
Rives Joins MDCC As New Head Baseball Coach
Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.



JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

c spire Men's Basketball News

Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
NEMCC YEAR IN REVIEW: TRIP TO “THE TOURNAMENT” HIGHLIGHTS 2015-16 ATHLETIC SEASON
PRCC Adds New Men's Basketball Assistants
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Tigers Draw Kids From As Far As Gulf Coast For First Hoops Camp
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
MGCCC’s Gonzalez Signs With North Carolina A&T
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
TRIO OF TIGERS TO COMPETE ACROSS SOUTHEAST DURING BUSY FINAL MONTH OF SUMMER
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP FEATURES TOP PREP SQUADS IN NORTH MISSISSIPPI
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

c spire Women's Basketball News

Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
NEMCC YEAR IN REVIEW: TRIP TO “THE TOURNAMENT” HIGHLIGHTS 2015-16 ATHLETIC SEASON
Ruleville Native Marcus Ingram Joins EMCC Athletic Family As Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Additional Duties For Stephens, Hay Continue Positive Trend For Southwest Athletics
MGCCC Releases 2016-17 Women's Hoops Schedule
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Tigers Draw Kids From As Far As Gulf Coast For First Hoops Camp
JCJC’s Lofton To Play In NJCAA All-Star Weekend In Florida
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP FEATURES TOP PREP SQUADS IN NORTH MISSISSIPPI
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Toney Signs With Glenville State College
Lady Wildcat Basketball Players Help Students Move Into Dorms
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – When a horde of young women surrounded Jasmine McGill’s family outside Holden Hall Sunday, the family didn’t quite know what to think.

They quickly found out – the Pearl River Community College Lady Wildcat basketball team was going to move the freshman from Heidelberg into her room.

“We want them to feel at home,” said Lady Wildcat freshman Tariah Mouton of Meridian. “We’re here, we’re friendly, getting to know each other.”

As cars and pick-up trucks pulled up, the players started carrying belongings to rooms.

“We love them,” said Michelle McGill, Jasmine’s mother. “That was awesome. It made the move so much easier.”

The gesture is an easy way to build school spirit, said head coach Scotty Fletcher.

“I think it’s a prime example of trying to establish the Wildcat Way from the athletic standpoint,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher referred to the four points of the PRCC Wildcat Way: Pride, Respect, Class and Character.

The project gave the team a chance to help others, Rehema Franklin of New Orleans said.

“We went to church this morning, ate, met up and helped the community,” she said.

c spire Football News

Crain Upbeat About Bobcat Special Teams
Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Former Tiger Stevenson Ready For Third ArenaBowl Appearance
ICC Looks To Continue To Build On Success In 2016
Voices Of The East Central Football Warriors
Meet The Bears Set For Thursday
East Mississippi Community College To Host “Meet The Lions” Event Wednesday Evening In Scooba
ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Follow East Central Warrior Football On Radio, Live Stream
Hinds CC Gridiron Eagles Look To Build Off Late Season Momentum
Wildcat Defense Shows Big Gains In Second Scrimmage
PRCC To Host Meet The Wildcats Night On Thursday
Northeast Linemen Rush, Savage Selected As Top Prospects
Northeast To Unofficially Kickoff New Gridiron Season With "Meet The Tigers"
Meet The Team Night Schedule For Aug. 25
EMCC Lions Claim NJCAA Preseason No. 1 Football Ranking For The Fourth Time In The Last Five Years
Wolves Earn No. 7 Preseason Ranking
Northwest Ranked 10th In NJCAA Football Preseason Poll
Gulf Coast Comes In At No. 4 In Preseason Poll
Netfilx Announces "Last Chance U" Renewed For Second Season
Crain Upbeat About Bobcat Special Teams
Release Date: 8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jake Crain has been helping with game plans for Division I football at the University of South Alabama for the past four seasons.

Now, he begins his first year as special teams coordinator for head coach Steve Buckley’s Jones County Junior College Bobcats.

“I volunteered my first year at South Alabama working with special teams and running backs,” said Crain, who played baseball for the Jaguars. “I kept getting a little more responsibility each year and the past two years it was me and the head coach (Joey Jones) coming up with everything with special teams.

“So, we’re playing Navy and Nebraska and South Carolina and Tennessee and it really prepares you to handle that full load. I’m really excited about being in charge of all of the special teams. To be able to have my hands around it and see what I can mold here at Jones is great.”

The Bobcats will be relying on true freshmen when it comes to specialists this season.

Brady Farlow (5-10, 177) of Purvis and Taylor Wallace (6-1, 211) of Jackson Prep will be the placekicker and punter, respectively. Farlow has already committed to Louisiana Tech and will leave JCJC after the fall semester.

“Brady has a lot of talent,” Crain said. “He is still not there yet, but he has been working hard and has very high expectations for himself. As a coach, that’s what you like. He is harder on himself that I am on him, which will take him a long way.

“Taylor has been a pleasant surprise. He has a lot of leg talent, is a really good kid and is a hard worker. He wants to do well and does well under pressure. I’ve been very happy with his development so far.”

Even though Farlow and Wallace have never kicked in the MACJC, Crain believes they will be up to the challenge.

“I have all the confidence in the world in my guys,” he said. “Age is just a number. Ability is pretty high with those two guys. I don’t think the moment is going to be too big for them. It’s my job, as a coach, to put them in situations where it’s easy in the game. If you make practice more important than the game, then the game is easy. Mentally, they have been in situations where we have put a lot of pressure on them in practice and that’s the best way I know on how to prepare for a game.

“They take a lot of pride in being able to come through when we need it the most and that’s something we are going to do here. When our number is called, we are going to do what we are supposed to do and do what we can to put the team in a position to win.”



The Bobcats will also have a new long snapper this season after having Drew Edgar handle the duties for the past two years. He is now at Louisiana Tech.

His younger brother, linebacker Cameron Edgar (5-11, 217) of Madison Central, along with tight end Logan Scott (6-5, 228) of Oak Grove and Kody Hodge (6-1, 235) of Heidelberg Academy are all battling for the starting role.

“It’s been a revolving door there,” Crain said. “All three of them are out there every day and are getting a little better every day. It’s a part of the game a lot of people don’t think about. We did not sign a true long snapper in this last class, so we’ve kind of had to work from the ground up. That’s good for them because they have not developed any bad habits.

“We will get there by Sept. 1, but it’s one of those things where we just have to get a little better every day at some thing.”

Crain added that being special teams coach is a position he takes seriously.

“Coach Buckley lets you coach. He has given me full reign over it and to the best of my ability, I’ve tried to make it as easy as I can while also being schematically better than the teams we are going to play,” he said. “We are going to take a lot of pride in special teams and we think that is something that can elevate us quickly.

“That’s one thing about Coach Buckley – we are not worried about winning tomorrow, we want to win today. That’s something he has said from the start and it’s fun to work for a guy like that.”

Crain is also excited about coaching at JCJC.

“Jones is a great place,” he said. “Everyone has been good to me and I’m starting to figure out where everything is. But football is football. Whether it’s the NFL, high school, Division I or junior college – it is alignment, assignment and effort.

Crain is confident the Bobcat special teams will be up to the task when JCJC hosts top-ranked East Mississippi at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

“As a coach, you never think you are there yet,” he said. “But we’ve been ahead of schedule as far as installing things. Player-wise, they have really bought in to what we want to do. They know in this league special teams can win us a lot of ballgames.

“We have really good kids and they care about it. We do have talent, but everybody’s got talent in this league. We feel like what we do schematically can help us and win that phase of the game because it is a three-phase game.”

The JCJC vs. East Mississippi game will air on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Chris Robinson on the call.

c spire Golf News

ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Northeast To Host Golf Tryout Tournament At Shiloh Ridge
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
MGCCC Golf Will Hold Fundraising Tournament
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
6 MGCCC Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
Local Golfers Compete In Annual Tournament That Benefits Tigers
Tull Earns All-State Honors For Second Consecutive Season
Co-Lin Golf Earns Academic All-State Team
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
Bank Of Franklin Wins 23rd Annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic
ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Release Date: 8/22/2016
East Central Community College

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and student-athlete introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin their fall action at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the ECCC campus.

The 2016 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 17-18 at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Event No. 1 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


c spire Rodeo News

MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
PRCC Rodeo Team Getting Organized For Inaugural Season
EMCC’s Marcus Theriot Claims All-Around And Tie-down Roping National Titles; Lions Place Fifth Nationally As A Team
PRCC Set To Field Rodeo Team This Fall
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In Week-long College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
49 Student-athletes Inducted Into ICC PTK In 2015-16
EMCC To Be Represented For Sixth Consecutive Year At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Finishes Fourth In Men’s Team Rodeo Competition At Northwest Mississippi
Marcus Theriot’s Fourth All-around Regional Title Leads EMCC To Third-place Team Finish At UT Martin
Katelyn Nicholson Leads East Mississippi Women To Rodeo Team Title At Arkansas-Monticello
East Mississippi Men Finish Third While Hosting NIRA Ozark Region Rodeo In West Point
East Mississippi To Host Collegiate Rodeo This Week At The Ranch In West Point
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
East Mississippi Enjoys Team And Individual Rodeo Success During Season-opening Event In Missouri
FIVE STANDOUTS COMPRISE EIGHTH NORTHEAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS
ICC Announces 2015 Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
Release Date: 8/16/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Former Mississippi Gulf Coast star Brittney Reese wasted no time Tuesday night in the women’s long jump qualifying at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

She was the first jumper to automatically qualify with a jump of 6.78 meters, or 22 feet, 3 inches. Competitors needed to leap 6.75 meters or better to advance.

Reese, who was inducted into the MGCCC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011, will try to defend her gold medal Wednesday. The finals are scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. CT.

The event can be watched live online at http://stream.nbcolympics.com/track-and-field-women-long-jump-final

Reese played basketball at Gulf Coast, graduating in 2006. She went on to be an NCAA champion at Ole Miss and has won six world championships. A win in Rio would make her the first woman to ever repeat in the event and only second to win two gold medals in a career.

She was one of only three competitors to jump the qualifying distance Tuesday. She had the third-longest jump behind Serbia’s Ivan Španovic (6.87 meters) and Germany’s Malaika Mihambo (6.82 meters).

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


c spire Men's Soccer News

Pearl River Men Could Face Rebuilding Season In Soccer
ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Southwest Soccer To Hold Youth Day On August 27
SCHEDULE CHANGE: ICC Soccer To Host Delta State On Saturday
Mills ‘excited And Eager’ To Get Bears Soccer Underway
Men’s Soccer Preview: Experience To Play Key Role In Indians’ Success In 2016
PRCC Soccer Teams Split With Holmes In Preseason Exhibition
JCJC Soccer Teams Release 2016 Schedule
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
“Meet The Bobcats” Set For August 29
MGCCC Will Cut Ribbon On New Soccer Complex At Meet The Team Night
SMCC Soccer Clinic
Former Bear Irving Aitken Signs With Brewton-Parker College
PRCC Football, Soccer Set For Preseason Camp
ICC Soccer Announces Date For Meet The Indians
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
ICC Announces 2016 Soccer Schedules
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Pearl River Men Could Face Rebuilding Season In Soccer
Release Date: 8/24/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – After an unprecedented period of dominance, the Pearl River Community College men’s soccer team may finally be facing a rebuilding program under a new coach.

The Wildcats have won four consecutive MACJC/Region 23 Tournament state championships, but if Pearl River is to make it five straight, a young team is going to gel quickly.

“We have a lot of new players, and not many returning players,” said Drew Gallant, who was hired as the Wildcats new head coach in December after five seasons at Southwest. “So there is a lot of training and education involved for the new guys.”

In fact, PRCC returns just three players from the 2015 squad that finished 15-3.

Sophomore Tyler Polderman of PIcayune, who scored six goals last season while playing in multiple positions, is expected to assume a bigger role in the offense this season as the leading striker.

“He’s a very versatile and athletic player for us,” said Gallant.

The Wildcats also return forward Kyle Estess, a West Jones product who had four goals last season, along with midfielder Anthony Hertzke of George County.

With so many new players, along with a new coach, team chemistry was an issue in the preseason, but Gallant hopes things will start coming together soon.

“Hopefully, by the season opener, and if not, then definitely by the following Friday, when we open South Division play against Gulf Coast,” said Gallant.

“The returning players we have bring some athleticism and goal-scoring ability, and as a whole, there’s a lot of camaraderie. They all seem to fit in well together.”

Among the newcomers, PRCC will look for a big contribution on the front line from freshman West Zimmerman, who scored nine goals last season for two-time Class 4A state champions St. Stanislaus.

The Wildcats are also expecting big things in the midfield out of freshman Mark Johnson, of Bay High, and sophomore newcomer Spencer Martin, who comes to PRCC from Spring, Texas.

There are a number of candidates for playing time in the backfield, with freshman Jackson Turner of Greene County and redshirt freshman Brian Wright of Pascagoula expected to lead the way. Freshman Travis Harper of Ocean Springs looks to be set in goal.

With such a legacy of success, Pearl River knows it’s going to have a bull’s eye on its back, but Gallant, who was an NJCAA All-America at PRCC in 2003, thinks his team will rise to the occasion.

“I think once we get everything sorted out, we’ll be OK,” said Gallant. “We’ve got some talented players on this team, it’s just matter of finding the right formation.”

Both Wildcat soccer teams will open the regular season at home next Saturday against Itawamba. Kickoff for the women’s game will be at 11 a.m., with the men’s game scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. Both games will be webstreamed on prccmedia.com.

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Release Date: 8/24/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Despite losing practically all of its scoring from last season, the Pearl River Community College women expect to challenge for another MACJC state soccer championship in 2016.

The Lady Wildcats won their second straight state title last fall, and their third in the past four seasons, and veteran head coach Jack Byrd thinks he’s reloaded for another championship run.

“Last year was a sophomore-heavy team,” Byrd said. “We had six freshman. This year, we are definitely a freshman-heavy team.”

PRCC will definitely miss the scoring duo of Lyndsey Lee and Sarah Fortenberry, who combined for 30 goals and 22 assists last season, along with other two-year standouts such as Hailey Furlan and Delaney Gustafson.

Lee was the third player in the history of the Pearl River program to earn national honors, as a she was named to the NJCAA All-America third team.

The Lady Wildcats return just five sophomores from last season’s 15-2 squad, led by a stout back line of Alycia Schwartz, Kelsey Taylor and Lauren Craig that surrendered just 13 goals in 2015.

Nevertheless, Byrd is expecting big things from a talented group of incoming freshman.

“Most of these girls have played together, either on their high school or club teams, so they’ve pulled together and developed some cohesion fairly quickly,” Byrd said. “Our midfield is six-deep, so I have the great problem of not knowing who my starting 11 are going to be.”

What he does know, however, is freshman Karsen Gildea will man the goal for the Lady Wildcats. Gildea was the two-time Sun-Herald Player of the Year for Ocean Springs, and she brings a physical presence in goal that was lacking last season.

“It’s tough for goalkeepers to get that kind of recognition,” Byrd said. “Just her vocal presence back there, and her physical ability put her right at the top of any goalkeeper I’ve ever had.”

The Lady Wildcats do have some scoring punch returning in the person of sophomore Kira Morrell, who came on late last season to score four goals, including the winning goal against Jones County in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament championship game.

PRCC also hopes to welcome back sophomore midfielder Jordan Ahlgren, who had a goal and seven assists last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury midway through the season. She could return to action in mid-September.

Pearl River will also get a boost from the addition of redshirt-sophomore Nadia Nelson, who sat out last season after transferring from Faulkner University.

Byrd is entering his eighth season at the Lady Wildcats’ helm, and his teams have averaged more than 16 wins a season and won four state titles in his seven previous seasons as head coach.

“I think every year, we should set the bar a bit higher,” Byrd said. “Yes, I’d love a South State championship, another state championship.

“But I felt like we were able to stand on an equal footing with the No. 1 team in the country (Eastern Florida State) in the district championship, and I think we can be at that level again this year.”

Both Wildcat soccer teams will open the regular season at home next Saturday against Itawamba. Kickoff for the women’s game will be at 11 a.m., with the men’s game scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. Both games will be webstreamed on prccmedia.com.

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Release Date: 8/15/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will open its new Athletic/Education Complex on Aug. 17.

The ribbon cutting, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Perkinston Campus, will unveil the state-of-the-art facility. It’s the largest renovation of A.L. May Memorial Stadium since it was built in 1948.

“Our athletic department produces the finest student-athletes, and we think this will bring greater success in the classroom and on the field,” MGCCC President Dr. Mary S. Graham. “The college’s football program has a great history of success which we think will continue to new heights.”

Gulf Coast produced 35 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners last year, and 42 members of the Academic All-MACJC team. No other school in the state has as many honorees by the MACJC.

In the last 10 years, 169 football players have gone on to play at four-year schools. There are seven former Bulldogs who are on NFL rosters right now.

The three-story building includes classrooms, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, and team and position-group meeting rooms, plus a press box and suites. A new concession stand, bookstore outlet and fan restrooms have already opened. There were 60 new chairback seats added where the old press box was.

The stadium, which has a capacity of 5,000, was last renovated in 2000.

The program will include remarks by Perkinston Campus Vice President Dr. Ladd Taylor, MGCCC Board of Trustees Chairperson Jimmy Estes, Dr. Graham, and football coach Chad Huff. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.

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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Release Date: 8/22/2016
East Central Community College

The public is invited to “Meet the Warriors” when East Central Community College hosts the annual pep rally and student-athlete introductions event scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29, at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart will welcome the anticipated large crowd for the event and provide comments about the upcoming athletics seasons.

Performing groups include the Wall O’ Sound Marching Band, Centralettes and the Warrior cheerleading squad.

Members of ECCC’s men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, and football teams will be introduced by their coaches.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams begin their fall action at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Aug. 25, hosting Copiah-Lincoln Community College on the ECCC campus.

The 2016 edition of the Warrior football team begins its fall season on the synthetic turf of Bailey Stadium on the ECCC campus at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, against Holmes Community College. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $7.

The men’s golf team begins play Sept. 17-18 at Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Event No. 1 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Following the Pep Rally, the student-athletes will autograph posters for their fans.

For more information about “Meet the Warriors,” contact Chris Harris, dean of personnel services and athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


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Release Date: 8/24/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four people will be enshrined into the Jones County Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 1.

Former football and baseball player David Hopper, former football player and track participant Ray Ishee, historian Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan and the school’s first Sports Information Director, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick, comprise the Class of 2016.

There will be a banquet at the Ronald E. Whitehead Advanced Technology Center at 5 p.m. prior to the Sept. 1 home football game vs. East Mississippi in honor of the inductees and they will all be recognized during halftime of the game. Kickoff for the game will be at 7 p.m.

There are now 41 members in the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame.

Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick

Patrick began her employment at JCJC in 1983 as school president Dr. Terrell Tisdale’s secretary.

Patrick became the school’s first SID at JCJC in 1984. She held that position for two years until those responsibilities merged with those of the Public Relations Director, a position she held from 1987-97.

She established media guides for football, basketball and baseball and Media Days for the same sports. Four of those football guides were named No. 1 in the nation by the NJCAA, as well as two of the basketball press guides.

Patrick compiled records for the Bobcat football teams from 1927-97 and sent statistical information and game stories to all NJCAA voting members on a weekly basis.

Patrick, who came to JCJC from R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel, also served as the basketball scorekeeper for 10 years, the baseball scorekeeper for six years and kept football statistics from 1984-94.

In 1995, Patrick coordinated publicity and many activities for the 40th reunion of the 1955 Junior Rose Bowl team that gained national attention because African-American members of the Compton College (California) team JCJC played in the game were invited by a person outside the college to attend the reunion.

The 1955 JCJC team broke the racial barriers of the time by becoming the first Mississippi athletic team to play an integrated team.

Patrick attended JCJC from 1976-78 and worked with all of the sports teams as their statistician. She served as Sports Editor and Executive Editor of the school’s student newspaper, The Radionian.

She covered the 1977 Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the 1978 Region 7 Men’s Basketball Tournament in Tennessee, which was the first time a JCJC basketball team participated in a region tournament.

She was a member of the Maroon Typhoon Marching Band, marching at halftime and keeping statistics during the game.

After JCJC, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she was Sports Editor of the USM Student Printz newspaper during her first semester and was hired during her second semester by the Hattiesburg American to write sports. She was one of only two female sportswriters at a major daily newspaper in Mississippi at the time.

Patrick was the announcer/scorekeeper/scoreboard operator for Laurel-Jones County Dixie Majors baseball from 1977-83 and served as secretary/treasurer for Ellisville Dizzy Dean Baseball for three years.

She is a lifetime member of the JCJC Alumni Association and, along with he brothers Wilroy and Bruce, has endowed a scholarship at Jones in honor of her parents.

She is married to Howard Patrick and they have a son, Rease, and a daughter-in-law, Danyelle.

Ray Ishee

Ishee, a Taylorsville native, played football and ran track at JCJC in 1966-67.

He was named All-State in 1966 and was Honorable Mention All-American in 1967. He also played in the state All-Star Game after his sophomore season.

After leaving JCJC, Ishee went to Delta State University where he was team co-captain, won the Best Defense Award, was named Honorable Mention All-American and was selected by the Jackson Touchdown Club as Best Senior Athlete in 1969.

He coached at Cleveland High School from 1971-75, Greenwood High School from 1975-78 and was defensive line coach at Delta State in 1978-79.

Ishee went to Copiah-Lincoln as defensive coordinator in 1979 and was named head football coach and athletic director in 1985.

In five seasons as head coach of the Wolfpack, Ishee led the team to a 37-17-1 record. Co-Lin made the playoffs four times in five years under Ishee’s leadership, winning South Division titles in 1986 and 1989 and both the MACJC championship and East Bowl in 1985.

He also served as track coach and led Co-Lin to the state and NJCAA Region 23 title in 1987.

Ishee retired as head football coach and became Dean of Students at Co-Lin in 1990, a position he held until 2001.

He became principal and head football coach at Brookhaven Academy in 2001 and served as head coach at BA until 2006.

He now works for the Gatlin Corporation in Brookhaven.

Ishee was named to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 1995, the Co-Lin Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Delta State Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is a member of Wesson Baptist Church and is a member of the Copiah County Economic Development Authority.

He is married to the former Rhonda Wilson of Brookhaven. They have two children, Brad Ishee and wife, Linda, of Madison and Marci Kristen Ishee of Knoxville, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Braden and Bryce Ishee of Madison.

David Hopper

Hopper attended JCJC from 1982-84 and was a standout football and baseball player.

Hopper was a quarterback and punter for the Bobcats in 1982 and 1983.

He led the team to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in 1982. In 1983, he guided the team to the MACJC championship, an East Bowl victory and an 11-2 record and a No.4 national ranking. He was All-MACJC, the Most Valuable Back in the South Division, was named to the All-Star team and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He was also elected a permanent captain of the 1983 team.

Hopper was involved in one of the most famous plays in JCJC history.

The Bobcats were playing East Central in 1983 in the ninth game of the season at Bush-Young Stadium. The winner would advance to the playoffs.

East Central led 20-19 with 30 seconds left and JCJC had the ball at its own 20-yard line. With one second left, the Bobcats had the ball at their own 48-yard line.

On the game’s final play, Hopper dropped back to pass, could not find an open receiver and began to run. He made it all the way to the end zone for a touchdown and JCJC won the game, 25-20.

He also played centerfield for the baseball team at Jones and was named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and played in the All-Star Game.

Hopper went to Mississippi College after leaving JCJC and played football and baseball. He was the quarterback and punter and helped the Choctaws to a 13-4-2 record. He was a leftfielder for the MC baseball team.

Hopper later received his master’s degree in administration from William Carey University.

He has been a teacher and coach for the past 30 years in the area. He was the 1992 WDAM Coach of the Year at Perry Central. He was the Laurel Leader-Call 2004 District 4-4A Coach of the Year at South Jones.

He also coached at West Jones and Petal. Over the years, he has served as a head coach in football, track, golf and soccer. From 2002-11, he was a volunteer Dixie Youth Baseball coach.

Hopper is a member of the JCJC Alumni Association.

He and his wife, Sonja, have two children: daughter, Nichole Bell and husband, Preston; and son, Samuel.

Cecil R. “Boots” Jordan

Jordan was a longtime supporter of JCJC.

He, along with former head coach and Hall of Famer Parker Dykes, wrote four books on JCJC football, including A History of Bobcat Football at Jones County Junior College, A Supplement to the History of Bobcat Football at JCJC, The Final Chapter and Twentieth Century Football at JCJC.

Jordan also published other sports history books about Jones, including Twentieth Century Lady Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College, Twentieth Century Bobcat Basketball at Jones County Junior College and The History of Jones County Junior College Baseball.

In addition to the books on athletics, Jordan also wrote a family history book and a book entitled “Ellisville in the Roaring ‘20s and the Terrible ‘30s.”

Jordan served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His outfit was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” and he received the Battle Star.

After the war, Jordan returned home and received his associates degree from JCJC and a bachelors degree from Southern Miss.

He began his teaching career at Kosciusko High School. He became principal at Long Beach High School and then went to Rolling Fork High School where he was a teacher and coached baseball and track and was an assistant football coach.

Jordan earned his masters degree during this time and eventually returned to Ellisville High School where he taught Science, was head track coach and assistant football coach. In 1963, Jordan became head football coach and continued as track coach.

In 1965, schools were consolidated in Jones County and Jordan was assigned to South Jones High School as a science teacher, assistant football coach and track coach.

In 1968, he became principal at South Jones and remained there until his retirement in 1981.

Jordan was a faithful member of Ellisville United Methodist Church. He was also an ardent Southern Miss fan.

Jordan died Oct. 26, 2005, at the age of 87.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jordan.



JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008

Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009

Gwen Magee, L. D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010

Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson

Class of 2011

Dale Crowder, Wilmer Dennis, Parker Dykes, Elmer Higginbotham, Ken Schulte

Class of 2012

Dr. Sam Bounds, Hill Denson, Wendy Hogue, Dr. Amy Parker, Hannon Strickland

Class of 2013

Chauncey Davis, George Harrison, Jackie Parker

Class of 2014

Deion Branch, Billy King, James Logan, Robert Sorey, Larry Suchy

Class of 2015

Linda Darty, Kevin Jackson, Tommy Parker, Don Pennington, Mike “Skeeter” Robertson

Class of 2016

David Hopper, Ray Ishee, Cecil “Boots” Jordan, Rebecca Ratcliff Patrick