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c spire Baseball News

Top-ranked Bobcats Take Two From Mineral Area
Wildcats Drop Two To Iowa Squad In Season Openers
Bulldogs’ Baseball Doubleheader Rained Out
Southwest To Host Father-Son Camp
Gulf Coast Wins Fourth, Fifth Straight
Bulldogs Head To MGM Park With Win Streak
Avalon Confident About 2017 Wildcats
Baron Davies Named MACJC Baseball Player Of The Week
Eagles Ready For 2017 Campaign
EMCC Lions Improve To 5-1 With Baseball Doubleheader Sweep At Bishop State
Co-Lin Splits With Mineral Area To Open The 2017 Season
No. 1 Bobcats Open Season With Sweep
CCC Baseball Enjoys Historic Open To 2017 Season
JCJC’s Robbins Named MACJC Pitcher Of The Week
MACJC Baseball Players Of The Week - Week Two
ECCC Baseball Opens 2017 Season With Sweep Of Jackson State CC
MGCCC Doubleheader Moved To D’Iberville
Taylor’s Big Stick Helps Fuel Big MGCCC Comeback
Bears Completed A Sweep Of The Visiting Mineral Area College Cardinals
Batts Looking For Improvement In 2nd Outing
Top-ranked Bobcats Take Two From Mineral Area
Release Date: 2/19/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Top-ranked Jones County Junior College improved to 6-0 with a sweep of Mineral Area College (Missouri) here on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

JCJC scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of game one to rally for a 6-4 victory. In game two, Bobcat pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts as JCJC posted a 10-3 decision.

The Bobcats will face Baton Rouge Community College in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday. Both games will air on www.jcjc.tv.

Mineral Area, 3-6, will play Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette in Pensacola, Florida, on Feb. 25.

Bobcats 6, Cardinals 4

Mineral Area jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the first inning.

The Cardinals’ first three batters – Trever Lewis, Devon Wilson and Chase Urhahn – each singled to load the bases. Tanner Wetrich then drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

After a walk to Kenton Crawford, Conner Forsythe drove in two more runs with a double to give MAC a 3-0 lead.

JCJC got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third.

Hudson Harris (West Jones) led off with a single to right and Fred Franklin (West Lauderdale) reached on a fielder’s choice. Franklin was balked to second.

After Shelton Wallace (Northwest Rankin) singled, Tanner Huddleston’s (George County) groundout drove in Franklin.

The Cardinals added a run in the fourth when Andrew Hayden led off with a single, Lewis was hit by a pitch and Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice. Urhahn’s groundout scored courtesy runner Trent Popst.

Tristan Labove (Petal) closed the gap to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run over the leftfield wall.

JCJC would send nine batters to the plate in the decisive sixth inning.

Grant Schulz (Mereaux, Louisiana) reached on an infield single and Luther Woullard (D’Iberville) drew a one-out walk. After a fly out for the second out, Harris delivered an RBI single to right. Franklin’s infield single scored Woullard to tie the game at 4-4.

Wallace then drilled a double to left to score courtesy runner Jacob Vick (East Central) and Franklin.

Mason Strickland (South Jones) went the first six innings and got the win to improve to 2-0. Strickland allowed four runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out nine. Reed Michel (Northwestern State) pitched the seventh inning, allowed no runs, one hit and struck out one as he recorded his first save of the season.

Wallace doubled and singled, while Harris and Schulz had two singles each. Labove homered with Franklin and Hiatt adding singles.

Logan Winder started for MAC. He went 3 1/3 innings, allowed one run, four hits, walked two and struck out one. He had to leave the game after being injured in a collision with the base umpire during a play in the bottom of the fourth.

Jeremy Rivera pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed a run. Kollin Stone pitched the sixth inning and was charged with the loss. He gave up four runs, four hits and walked two.

Wilson singled twice for the Cards, while Forsythe doubled. Lewis, Uhrahn, Kenton Crawford, Cullen Stockley and Hayden added singles.

Bobcats 10, Cardinals 3

Starting pitcher Logan Robbins (George County) had eight strikeouts through five innings and reliever Kyle Shepherd (Collegiate Christian Academy) recorded four more in the final two innings for the Bobcats.

Robbins, 2-0, gave up three runs, six hits and walked none. Shepherd gave up no runs, one hit and walked one.

The Bobcats took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

Schulz led off with a single and scored on a double by Hiatt. Woullard reached on a fielder’s choice and Labove drilled another RBI double. Tate Pepper’s (Ocean Springs) groundout would score Labove.

The Cardinals tied it in the fourth when Urhahn doubled and Forsythe drilled a two-run home run to left. Trynt Tompkins doubled and scored on Rivera’s single.

The Bobcats then sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the fifth inning.

Wallace led off with a walk, Huddleston was hit by a pitch and Jonathan Parker (New Orleans, Louisiana) followed with a sacrifice. Caleb Ledet (Houma, Louisiana) then doubled to left score both runners and make it 5-3.

After a strikeout, Woullard had an RBI single. Labove drew a walk and Pepper drilled a two-run double to right-center. Franklin reached on an infield single. The ball was thrown away on the play and Vick – the courtesy runner – scored.

Huddleston punctuated the contest with a long solo home run to left in the sixth inning.

Franklin singled twice for Jones, while Huddleston homered. Labove, Hiatt, Pepper and Ledet had doubles with Schulz and Woullard getting singles.

Tompkins doubled and singled and Lewis singled twice for MAC. Forsythe homered, Urhahn doubled and Rivera singled.

Jacob Clark started, went two innings, allowed three runs, four hits and struck out one. Crawford pitched 2 2/3 innings and took the loss. He gave up three runs, one hit, walked two and struck out three. Jose Peguero pitched to three batters and did not record an out. He allowed three runs, two hits and a walk.

Stephen Carter pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowed one run, two hits and walked one. Andrew Anderson pitched the 2/3 of an inning and recorded a strikeout.

c spire Men's Basketball News

Basketball Tigers Prep For Final Contests Vs. Holmes, Delta
ECCC Men’s Basketball Clinches Playoff Spot With Win
Wolves Lose To Southwest In Summit
Wildcats Eliminated From Postseason With Loss At East Central
EMCC Women Breeze To 61-37 Road Win Over Delta; Lions Fall To Trojans 78-72 In Men’s Nightcap
No. 9 Bobcats Rally To Stun Mississippi Gulf Coast
Gulf Coast Loses In Last Minute To No. 9 JCJC
Bears Clinch Playoff Spot With Win At Co-lin
NEMCC V ICC Quickcap
Bulldogs Ready For Showdown With No. 9 JCJC
Malik Bailey Racks Up 19 Points In Efficient Night At ICC
Bobcat Basketball Teams Move Up One Notch
Former Dandy Dozen Recipient Buchanan Receives First Collegiate Award
MGCCC Men Beat Faulkner 8-1
Wolves Second Half Rally Falls Short
Wildcats Use Big First Half To Roll Past Hinds
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Fourteen
ECCC Basketball Splits At Co-Lin
Basketball Bobcats Record Two Big Wins Over Southwest
Bulldogs Fall Twice To Northeast
Basketball Tigers Prep For Final Contests Vs. Holmes, Delta
Release Date: 2/19/2017
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE — The CCC Basketball Tigers could not hold on to a halftime lead, falling to Northwest Thursday in The Pinnacle 72-63. Malik Bailey scored 16 points in the loss.

CCC got off to a great start, building a 32-25 lead at half behind strong offensive play from Cortavious Miller, who would finish the game with 13 points. NWCC launched a 2nd half comeback though that helped them improve to 14-7 overall and 7-4 in divisional play. The Rangers outscored the Tigers 47-31 in the game's 2nd 20 minutes.

Northwest was led by Clarksdale native Keelin Jackson, who scored 14 points. For Malik Bailey, the game was the 4th in the last 5 in which he has scored at least 16 points. Tarquise Harris added 13 for the Tigers.

CCC (3-19, 1-9 MACJC North) returns to action Monday at Holmes and concludes the season with Sophomore Night on February 23rd at home vs. Mississippi Delta. Monday's start time in Goodman is slated for 6 pm. The game will be a rematch of the teams' January 26th contest, which Holmes won 88-76.

A live stream will be available at coahmomasports.com/watch.

c spire Women's Basketball News

Lady Tiger Basketball Earns First Divisional Win Vs. Northwest
East Central Women’s Basketball Beats Pearl River 78-69
Lady Wolves Defeat Southwest In Defensive Matchup
Lady Wildcats Falter In Second Quarter In Loss To East Central
EMCC Women Breeze To 61-37 Road Win Over Delta; Lions Fall To Trojans 78-72 In Men’s Nightcap
Tobias Scores 17 In MGCCC Loss
Lady Bears Fall To Co-lin
NEMCC V ICC Quickcap
Lady Bulldogs Entertain No. 16 JCJC
Rogers Scores 19, Grabs 7 Rebounds At Itawamba
Bobcat Basketball Teams Move Up One Notch
EMCC’s Quantesha Patterson Earns Fourth Career MACJC Player Of The Week Hoops Honor
Lady Wolves Roll Past East Central With Strong Second Half
Lady Wildcats Suffer Home Loss To Hinds
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Fourteen
ECCC Basketball Splits At Co-Lin
Basketball Bobcats Record Two Big Wins Over Southwest
Bulldogs Fall Twice To Northeast
Lady Bears Suffer First Home Loss Of The Season
Williams, Sims Lead MGCCC Women In Loss
Lady Tiger Basketball Earns First Divisional Win Vs. Northwest
Release Date: 2/19/2017
Coahoma Community College

CLARKSDALE — The CCC Lady Tigers earned their first MACJC North win with an 87-76 victory over the Lady Rangers of Northwest Thursday. Tomaja Shaw and Kayla Rogers combined for 39 points in the victory. The team closes out its season this upcoming week at Holmes on Monday and at home Thursday vs. Mississippi Delta.

The Lady Tigers led nearly the entire game vs. the Lady Rangers, turning in a dominant performance that saw the lead swell as large as 25. Shaw scored 18 of her 20 in the first half and finished the contest 8 of 14 from the field. Rogers finished 8 of 16, scoring 19 and pulling down 8 rebounds in 35 minutes.

Tranika Echols narrowly missed a triple-double in arguably her best all-around game of the season, scoring 11, notching 10 rebounds and dishing out 8 dimes. Carnita Hammond scored 15 points and addded 8 boards and 3 blocks. Diamond Love scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

The Lady Tigers shot 49% (32-66) from the field while holding Northwest to just 32% (28-88). Northwest had 3 players finish in double figures. The team was led by Janesha Johnson, who scored 18. The loss dropped Northwest to 11-9 and 5-6 in divisional play.

The Lady Tigers (2-18, 1-9 MACJC North) return to action Monday night at Holmes. Start time vs. the Lady Bulldogs is slated for 6 pm. The game will be a rematch of the teams' January 26th contest in The Pinnacle, which Holmes won 74-66.

A live stream will be available at coahmomasports.com/watch.

c spire Football News

ICC's Shelton Signs With Livingstone College
ICC Football To Host Tryouts
East Mississippi Community College To Conduct Feb. 24 Football Tryouts On Scooba Campus
ICC Football To Host Tryouts
MGCCC Will Hold Football Tryouts
Bobcats Answer Needs With 2017 Football Recruiting Class
Former EMCC All-American LeGarrette Blount Bids For Second Super Bowl Ring With Patriots
Southwest Football 2017 Signing Day List
Northeast Football 2017 Signing Day List
Wolves Ink 29 On National Signing Day
2017 ICC Football Signing Class
Holmes Community College 2017 Football Signees
State Champion East Mississippi Lions Send 25 Football Players To The Next Level
12 ECCC Football Players Sign With 4-Year Colleges And Universities
Hinds CC Signee 2017 List
ICC Football Signs 23 On National Signing Day
ECCC Football Welcomes 17 Players During National Signing Day
MCC Lions Ink 31 Football Standouts During National Signing Day
Tiger Football Adds 20 On National Signing Day
Bobcats Ink 26 Football Players To National Letters Of Intent
ICC's Shelton Signs With Livingstone College
Release Date: 2/14/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College’s Cody Shelton has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his education and football career at Livingstone College.

The Ripley native finished his career for the No. 19 Indians with 33 tackles and one sack in 14 games.

Shelton, recorded eight tackles in the Indians hard fought game East Mississippi during his sophomore campaign.

The a 6’2, 245 pound linebacker will join the Blue Bear squad who is just two years removed for the best season in the school’s history. The Blue Bears defense finished the 2016 season second in total defense and rush defense in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Shelton is the thirteenth Indian to sign to continue his career next season and is the third from Ripley as Dorian Gaston and Isaiah Howard signed with Lamar Univeristy earlier this month.

Livingstone College is a NCAA Division II school located in Salisbury, NC.

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

c spire Golf News

No. 2 Gulf Coast Finishes Sixth
MGCCC Opens Spring Golf Schedule At Fairhope
Adkison Signs With Huntingdon College
Troxler Represents MGCCC At Patriot All-America
Men's Golf Ranked 11th In Latest Golfstat.com Division II Poll
ICC's McDonald Signs With Blue Mountain
MGCCC Moves To No. 2 In National Golf Poll
Troxler Signs With Louisiana
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
EMCC Golfers Conclude Fall Slate With Second-place Team Finish At Pinnacle Trust Invitational
PRCC To Induct 6 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
EMCC Golfers Finish Seventh Among MACJC Teams In Mississippi Gulf Coast Invitational
Blake Finishes Fourth At MGCCC Fall Invitational
Leary’s 70 Puts Him In Second At Grand Bear
MGCCC Will Try To Defend Title At Grand Bear
No. 7 Wolfpack Golfers Win At Eagle Ridge, Scoville Earns Medalist Honors
East Central Golfers Post Best Finish Of Fall At Hinds Invitational
No. 3 MGCCC Comes In Second In Raymond
EMCC Golf Team Earns Second Straight Fourth-place Tournament Finish
No. 3 MGCCC Six Shots Off Lead At MACJC Tourney
No. 2 Gulf Coast Finishes Sixth
Release Date: 2/19/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — No. 2 Mississippi Gulf Coast moved up two spots Sunday at the Elizabeth Kling Invitational, but still finished a disappointing sixth place.

The Bulldogs shot 308, one shot worse than Saturday, to finish at 615. Eastern Florida won the tournament with a 574.

“We just never could get untracked,” Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. “Jackson (Wedgeworth) played really well today, but even his 72 could have been so much better.”

Wedgeworth (6-2, fr., West Jones/Soso) finished the front nine double bogey-bogey-double bogey and still managed to shoot par. He was tied with Wyatt Adkison, who led after the first round and shot 79 Sunday. They were nine back of the medalist.

Colin Troxler (6-2, 137, so., Hahnville/Luling, La.) had a 77, which included a 10 on No. 10.

Three other MACJC schools competed. Copiah-Lincoln finished third at 599, and Meridian was four shots back in fourth. East Mississippi’s 626 was good for ninth.

“Every tournament is a lesson. It just depends on if they’re going to heed the lesson or not,” Snell said. “Every round is really a lesson. You have to learn from your mistakes. It doesn’t mean you’re never going to make mistakes again, but you shouldn’t make the same ones.”

Gulf Coast returns to action

Team scores
1. Eastern Florida 296-278—574
2. Spring Hill (A) 302-296—598
3. Copiah-Lincoln 301-298—599
4. Meridian 302-301—603
5. Central Alabama 302-301—603
6. MGCCC 307-308—615
7. Spring Hill (B) 302-319—621
8. Wallace State 304-318—622
9. East Mississippi 319-307—626
10. Calhoun 321-313—634
11. Jefferson State 328-309—637
12. Coastal Alabama 324-323—647
13. Snead State 331-327—658
MGCCC scores
Jackson Wedgeworth 77-72—150
Wyatt Adkison 71-79—150
Colin Troxler 79-77—156
Jonathon Newman 80-80—160
Colby Blake 80-89—169

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 Rodeo News

PRCC Rodeo Hosts Fundraiser
EMCC Lions Earn Hoops Split At Rival East Central With 76-62 Men’s Win And Narrow 66-65 Women’s Setback
EMCC Men’s Rodeo Team Wins Second Straight Regional Event To Climb To Second In NIRA Ozark Region Standings
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
PRCC To Induct 6 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
PRCC Rodeo Team Has Successful Weekend At Murray State
EMCC Men’s Rodeo Team Collects First-place Honors At Murray State-hosted Ozark Region Event
EMCC Men Finish Fifth At University Of West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
PRCC Rodeo Team Earns Another Top 5 Finish At Alabama Event
PRCC Rodeo Team Enjoys Successful Debut At Missouri Event
PRCC Rodeo Team Makes Historic Debut At Missouri Event
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
PRCC Rodeo Hosts Fundraiser
Release Date: 1/13/2017
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – The Pearl River Community College rodeo team is hosting a barrel racing derby Saturday to help raise funds for their fledgling program.

The event will be held at the Hancock County Arena in Kiln, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the exhibition riding. Open competition begins at 1 p.m. The fee for entries to Open riding is $40. There will also be jackpot pole-bending with a $20 entry fee.

The Wildcats are in their first season of competition and completed the fall season in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, with the spring season upcoming.

PRCC is competing in the Ozark Region of the NIRA, and finds itself standing sixth in the women’s region standings, while the Wildcat men are eighth after five events in the fall season. The Wildcat women have a total of 510 points, with the men holding 420 points thus far.

Individually, freshman Raegan Lee of Picayune is 10th in barrel racing with 130 points, and freshman Lacy Lee of Long Beach is 14th in the same event with 60 points.

Freshman Chelsey Johnson of Poplarville is ranked 12th in breakaway roping with 100 points and 12th in goat tying with 100 points.

For the men, freshman Andrew Burks of Kiln is seventh in tie-down roping with 155 points and freshman Ryder Ladner of Kiln is 14th in steer wrestling with 85 points.

In team roping, the team of freshman Nicholas Gonzales III of Carriere and sophomore Kelton Tynes of Poplarville is 10th with 240 total points.

Other team members are Selena Broom of Purvis, Colleen Brown of Biloxi, Bryant Channell of Seminary, Charles Hopkins of Carreire, Tyler Ladner of Poplarville, Alex Nobles of Bogalusa, La., MiKata Jo Reid of Poplarville, Rebekah Rigby of Brooklyn and Michaela Riley of Poplarville.

Pearl River’s debut season resumes Feb. 23, with the three-day East Mississippi Rodeo at Meridian, hosted by East Mississippi Community College.

Other spring rodeos are March 30-April 1, hosted by Arkansas-Monticello; April 6-8 at Tennessee-Martin; April 20-22 at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia and April 27-29 at Texarkana, Ark., hosted by Arkansas-Cossatot Community College.

c spire Men's Soccer News

MGCCC Schedules Soccer Tryouts
Northwest Women's Soccer ID Camp Announced
ICC Announces Soccer Tryouts For February
ICC’s Hunt Earns Back-to-back All-State Honors
5 MGCCC Soccer Players Receive NSCAA Awards
JCJC Holds Men’s Soccer Tryouts On Feb. 18
ECCC Fall Sports Banquet
ICC's Scott, Dennis Earn MACJC All-State Honors
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
Delor Named NJCAA 3rd Team All-American
Jordan Hall Named NJCAA All-American
ICC Men’s Soccer Welcomes Nine Class Of 2017 Signees Adam Gore/LetsGoICC.com
Postseason Awards Pile Up For Eagles
North/South End MACJC All-Star Game Tied At Two
Two Bobcats Participate In MACJC Men’s All-Star Soccer Game
4 Bulldogs Represent MGCCC At All-Star Game
Hall, Beattie Named To All-Region 23 Team
Yelverton, Bates, Story And Beattie Will Play In All-Star Game
Five PRCC Soccer Players To Compete In MACJC All-Star Game
Aitken, Mallet Named All-State
MGCCC Schedules Soccer Tryouts
Release Date: 2/12/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will hold soccer tryouts on Feb. 18.

The women’s tryout will begin at 2 p.m., with the women’s tryout beginning at 4 p.m. Both will take place at the MGCCC Soccer Complex.

Players should bring cleats and shin guards. They also should wear white shirts.

For more information, contact women’s coach Jackie Rhodes at jacqueline.rhodes@mgccc.edu or men’s coach Chris Handy at chris.handy@mgccc.edu.

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 Softball News

Nine-day Softball Home Stand Continues For Win-hungry EMCC Lions
ECCC Softball Sweeps Shelton In Battle Of Nationally Ranked Teams
No. 3 Lady Bobcats Conclude 5-0 Weekend In Gulf Shores
Wildcat Split First Two Games At Gulf Shores Tournament
No. 3 Lady Bobcats Claim Three Friday Wins In Sun Chief Classic
Lady Bears Report
No. 3 Lady Bobcats Face Tough Schedule In 2017
East Central Softball Sweeps EMCC On The Road
PRCC’s Easton Named NJCAA Player Of The Week
Lady Bulldogs Sweep JDCC
Holmes Softball
PRCC’s Easton Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MACJC Softball Players Of The Week - Week Two
ECCC Softball Continues Winning Ways With Sweep Of Marion Military
Long Becomes NEMCC's All-Time Winningest Softball Coach With Opening Day Victory
Triplett, Evans Named MGCCC Student-Athletes Of The Week
EMCC Lions To Begin Nine-day Softball Home Stand By Taking On East Central And Shelton State This Week
PRCC Rallies To Win Wildcat Invitational Finale
PRCC Takes Two Wins In Wildcat Invitational
PRCC Drops Tough 13-11 Loss To LSU-Eunice In Opener
Nine-day Softball Home Stand Continues For Win-hungry EMCC Lions
Release Date: 2/19/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Looking to get into the win column, East Mississippi Community College continues its softball home stand this week on the Scooba campus. The Lions will welcome Marion Military Institute and Wallace State Community College-Hanceville for respective Tuesday and Thursday doubleheaders. Both twin bills are set for 2 p.m. starts at the EMCC Softball Field.

EMCC continued its challenging, season-opening softball slate last week by playing host to a pair of preseason nationally ranked opponents. This past Friday against preseason 10th-ranked NJCAA Division I foe Shelton State, the Lions battled back from an early 6-3 deficit to tie the score at 6-6 before falling, 9-7, on a three-run homer by Madison Chambers in the seventh inning. Offensively in the opening contest against Shelton State, sophomores Danielle Darmohray, Kendall Wilkinson and Sydney Olander all collected two hits apiece for EMCC. Darmohray, from Biloxi, belted her first home run of the season and third of her career to lead off the bottom of the seventh in the Lions’ comeback attempt.

Despite a three-run third inning by EMCC in the Shelton State nightcap, including a two-run single by Corinth’s Rebekah Williams, the Lions dropped a 12-4, run-rule decision to the visiting Bucs from Tuscaloosa.

East Mississippi opened its current nine-day home stand by welcoming preseason 12th-ranked NJCAA Division II rival East Central to campus for a Wednesday doubleheader. In the first game, EMCC’s five-run seventh inning, which included back-to-back, run-scoring triples by Olander and Averi Pender, wasn’t enough in a 14-8 setback to the Warriors. Pender, a Union High School product, was 4-for-4 at the plate with four runs batted in, including her first homer of the season and fifth of her career in the opening frame.

In the nightcap against East Central, the Lions were limited to five hits in a 10-2, run-rule loss. EMCC freshman Magnolia Keller, out of D’Iberville, smacked her team-leading second homer of the year with a solo shot in the fourth inning. In the circle for the Lions, sophomore right-hander Jordan Self, from Lanett, Alabama, held the Warrior batters in check by allowing just one hit in three innings of relief work.

Coach Kyndall White’s 0-8 EMCC Lions previously opened the 2017 softball campaign by dropping four decisions at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Pearl River Community College, Feb. 10-11, in Poplarville.

c spire Tennis News

Lady Wolves Open The 2017 Season With A Win Over ECCC
No. 17 Wolves Fall To No. 22 East Central
JCJC Reschedules Tennis Matches
ECCC Men’s Tennis Team Knocks Off No. 17 Co-Lin In Wesson
ECCC Cuts Ribbon To Open New Tennis Complex
Buffington Excited About 2017 JCJC Tennis Season
Former State Semifinalist Takes Over Tennis Programs At Alma Mater
ECCC Tennis Teams Sweep Nationally Ranked Hinds Teams In Road Matches
Bobcat Tennis Teams Fall To MGCCC
MGCCC Beats JCJC 7-2 In Men’s Tennis
Lady Bulldogs Beat JCJC 6-3 In MACJC Opener
Bulldogs See State Title As Their Goal
Deep Women’s Tennis Squad Gears Up For 2017
Harbin, Young Ink With Blue Mountain Tennis
ECCC Tennis Falls To Nationally Ranked Meridian Community College
ECCC Men’s Tennis Upsets No. 15 Marion Military Institute
East Central Community College To Dedicate New Tennis Complex Feb. 14
Bell Picks Up Win At Loyola University
Buie Nets Two Wins At Loyola University
ECCC Tennis Teams Set To Open New Season, New Facilities
Lady Wolves Open The 2017 Season With A Win Over ECCC
Release Date: 2/17/2017
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – The Lady Wolves had a strong showing Wednesday as Co-Lin rallied to a 7-2 victory over the East Central Community College Lady Warriors. The Lady Wolves wrapped up doubles play leading 2-1 and then took five of six singles courts to secure the victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the women today,” said head coach Blake Smith. “ECCC was coming off a big win against Hinds who beat us in the fall.”

Co-Lin’s Ximena Daza and Laura Vargas paired up at No. 1 doubles and defeated Julia Johnston and Tatiana Quinonez 8-1. Bayli Battle and Julie Kramer suffered a loss at No. 2 doubles to Chaney Mills and Andi McCrimmon of ECCC, 8-0. The Lady Wolves took the No. 3 doubles court after an exciting match. Maddi Ogden and Chantel Quarles, former high school double parterns, paired up and outlasted Samantha McCrimmon and Hannah Payne 9-8 (8-6).

“We set the tone in doubles with wins at No. 1 and No. 3,” said Smith. “Chantel and Maddie played a strong match and pulled out a thriller.”

In singles action, Daza defeated Quinonez soundly 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 while Vargas routed Mills 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 2 slot. Quarles went on to win her singles match at No. 3. She defeated Johnston 6-4, 6-2. Susanna Ratcliff lost at No. 4 singles to East Central’s Andi McCrimmon 6-1, 6-1. Battle, Co-Lin’s No. 5 player, bounced back after losing 6-0 in the opening set and defeated An Duong 0-6, 6-2 (11-9). Ogden rounded out singles play with a victory of the Lady Wolves at No. 6. Ogden defeated Emily Dykeman 6-3, 3-6, (10-4).

“I was most impressed with the bottom of our singles,” said Smith. “Bayli [Battle] can adjust to difficult situations, after the first set she started mixing up her shots and turned the match around…Maddie [Ogden] played a strong tie breaker after taking an early lead and never letting up.”

c spire Track News

Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
PRCC To Induct 6 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
Mendoza, Lewis Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Four Added To JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame
MGCCC’s Reese Quickly Makes Olympic Finals
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Former Hinds CC Standout Henderson To Compete In Rio Olympics
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K/10K Run Set For August 27
E'Keisha Hollins Of Hinds CC Track And Field Inks With Wayland Baptist
Former Hinds CC Men’s Track And Field Star Jeff Henderson Qualifies For Rio
MGCCC Alum Brittney Reese Qualifies For 3rd Olympics
MGCCC's Brittney Reese Qualifies For Olympic Trials Finals
Hinds CC Men’s Track And Field Well Represented At Olympic Trials
Lane Ross Of Hinds CC Track And Field Signs With Alcorn State
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
Matthew Gibson Of Hinds CC Track And Field Signs With Mississippi College
49 Student-athletes Inducted Into ICC PTK In 2015-16
Willie Calvin Of Hinds CC Track Named National Assistant Coach Of The Year
Ja'Darrius Perryman Of Hinds CC Track And Field Inks With Jackson State
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
Release Date: 11/3/2016
Pearl River Community College

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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