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c spire Baseball News

Top-rated Bobcats Split At Northwest
Holmes' Bulldogs Fall To 2-2 In MACJC After Losses To Itawamba
Wildcats Up Winning Streak To 8 With Doubleheader Sweep
Holmes Baseball
Holmes Baseball
Wildcats Use Big Rallies To Sweep Pair From Baton Rouge
No. 1 Baseball Bobcats Sweep Hinds
JCJC’s Franklin, Robbins Named NJCAA Players Of The Week
Wolves Split With Mississippi Gulf Coast
EMCC Drops Home Baseball Doubleheader To Northwest; Lions To Host Co-Lin Sunday
MGCCC Baseball Games Moved To Sunday
ICC Baseball Doubleheader Moved To Sunday
No. 20 MGCCC Splits At Co-Lin
Bears Drop Home Doubleheader To 7th-ranked East Central
Baseball Bulldogs Ranked 20th
MGCCC Cuts Ribbon On New Baseball Stadium Wednesday
JCJC’s Franklin, Robbins Take MACJC Honors
Tiger Catcher Trent Johns Signs With Williams Baptist
MACJC Baseball Players Of The Week - Week Seven
CCC Baseball Pushes #8 East Central In Hard-Fought Weekend Doubleheader
Top-rated Bobcats Split At Northwest
Release Date: 3/25/2017
Jones County Junior College

SENATOBIA – Top-ranked Jones County Junior College split a doubleheader here Friday afternoon at Jim Miles Field.

Northwest Mississippi handed JCJC its first loss of the season with an 11-1, seven-inning decision in game one. The Bobcats bounced back in strong fashion in game two with a 14-2 victory.

JCJC is now 23-1 overall and 5-1 in the MACJC. The Bobcats travel to East Central for a 3 p.m. Tuesday doubleheader.

Northwest, 15-9 and 3-3 in the league, hosts Holmes on Tuesday. Rangers 11, Bobcats 1

(7 innings) JCJC scored a run in the top of the first inning, but it was all Rangers after that.

Fred Franklin (West Lauderdale) led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on a passed ball.

Northwest answered with four runs in the second, three in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh. Franklin, Shelton Wallace (Northwest Rankin), Erick Hoard (Brandon) and Hudson Harris (West Jones) singled for JCJC. Mason Strickland (South Jones) was the starter and loser, falling to 6-1. He pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowed seven runs, seven hits, walked three and struck out three. Kyle Shepherd (Christian Collegiate) pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed three runs (two earned), four hits, walked two and struck out three. Bryce Fagan (Petal) pitched an inning, giving up one run, three hits and recording a strikeout.

Jarod Wright went the distance for the Rangers and got the win. He pitched seven innings, gave up one earned run, four hits, walked two and struck out 10, as he improved to 4-1.

Northwest leadoff batter David Herrington homered, doubled, singled and drove in five runs. Aaron Campbell, Bailey Nix and Dakota Dailey each doubled and singled, while Justin Milam singled twice. Will Brooks had a double with Garrett McMinn and Brooks Boolos adding singles.

Bobcats 14, Rangers 2

Wallace hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs as the Bobcats rolled in game two. JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Luther Woullard’s (D’Iberville) sacrifice fly scored Tanner Huddleston (George County). The Bobcats exploded for seven runs in the third.

Franklin hit a two-run home run to score Caleb Ledet (Houma, Louisiana) and Huddleston hit a two-run home run to score Hoard. Woullard’s two-run single scored Jacob Hiatt (Petal) and Jacob Vick (East Central) and Franklin’s single scored Woullard.

The Bobcats took a 10-0 lead in the fifth when Wallace hit a two-run home run to left-center.

The Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth when Campbell got a two-run double.

In the top of the seventh, Wallace hit a grand slam to left to score Franklin, Ledet and Grayson Livingston (Wayne Academy). Logan Robbins (George County) got the win to improve to 6-0. He went five innings, allowed two runs and three hits. He walked four and struck out seven. Tristan Labove (Petal) pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs and struck out five.

Herrington and Campbell doubled for Northwest and Nix singled. Ian Hawkins was the starter and loser. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowed five runs, three hits and one walk. Nathan Harrison, Drew Hurst, Trey Morrison and Cody McGarrity also pitched for Northwest.

c spire Men's Basketball News

ICC Men’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
Cole-Johnson, Parker Make All-Region 23 Team
Bobcats Fall To Northwest Florida In NJCAA DI Tournament
Rangers Land Prolific Scorer Jitaurious Gordon From Horn Lake
ICC’s Halums Named To NJCAA All-Region 23 Team
Bobcats Open NJCAA Tournament With Impressive Victory
ICC Men’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
Bobcats Hope To Repeat Success Of 2014 Championship Run
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Eighteen
Bobcat Basketball Teams Receive Official National Tourney Bids
ICC Men’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
JCJC Basketball Teams Headed To National Tournaments!
Bobcat Basketball Teams To Play For Region 23 Titles
Gulf Coast Falls In Region Semis
Bears Escape First Round Of Region Tourney With OT Win Over Baton Rouge
Lady Warrior Basketball Falls To Jones In The Region 23 Tourney
No. 8 Bobcats Advance To Region 23 Semifinals
Holmes CC Falls In Region XXIII To JCJC
Gulf Coast Downs Shreveport In Regional Opener
ICC Men’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
ICC Men’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
Release Date: 3/26/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head men’s basketball coach, Grant Pate, has announced tryouts for the 2017-18 season will be held on Monday, March 27 starting at 3:00 p.m. at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus.

Participants are responsible for bringing proper practice gear and an up-to-date physical.

Tryouts are open to all unsigned athletes that meet National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) eligibility standards.

For more information on ICC basketball, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC).

c spire Women's Basketball News

Lady Bobcats Fall To Salt Lake In Quarterfinals
No. 13 Lady Bobcats Rally To Surprise No. 4 Hutchinson (Kansas)
Lady Bobcats Down Western Nebraska In NJCAA Tournament
ICC Women’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
Lady Bobcats Excited About First-ever National Tourney Appearance
East Mississippi Community College To Hold Women’s Basketball Tryouts Wednesday, March 29, On Scooba Campus
JCJC’s Tolefree Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Week Eighteen
Bobcat Basketball Teams Receive Official National Tourney Bids
ICC Women’s Basketball Announces Tryout Date
ICC Falls To No. 14 Jones County In Region Semifinals
JCJC Basketball Teams Headed To National Tournaments!
Hinds Will Compete For Regional Championship
Bobcat Basketball Teams To Play For Region 23 Titles
Lady Indians Fall To No. 14 Jones County, 70-65
Lady Tigers Capture First Region Tournament Victory In Eleven Years
ICC Women Advance To Regional Semifinals With Win Over Co-Lin
The Magical Season Continues
Lady Wolves’ 2017 Season Ends After Loss To Itawamba
Second Half Surge Ignites No. 14 Lady Bobcats Past East Central
Lady Bobcats Fall To Salt Lake In Quarterfinals
Release Date: 3/23/2017
Jones County Junior College

LUBBOCK, Texas – Salt Lake Community College (Utah) was knocked out of the national tournament in the quarterfinals last year, and was staring the same fate in the face for most of its game Thursday against Jones County Junior College

That’s when Tia Hay took over. The freshman from Australia had been held to just four points through the first 32 minutes of the contest, well below here 18-points-per-game average. But her two 3-pointers in the final 2:31 of the game and the 23-point effort from Annie Brady helped push the Bruins ahead for good, and Salt Lake held off 13th-seed Jones County, 81-75, in the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship at the Rip Griffin Center.

“I can finally take a deep breath,” a relieved Salt Lake head coach Betsy Specketer said. “Needless to say I’m really, really proud that we got punched hard in the first quarter and could have hung them up right there and we didn’t. We kept it close, kept chipping away. I felt the momentum starting to turn there at the end of the third quarter and in the fourth quarter we made some really big plays on both sides of the ball. There were plays we had to make and made some big foul shots down the stretch just to win it.”

The win puts the Bruins (30-4) into the final four where they will face No. 1-seed Gulf Coast State at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Alexis Tolefree (Conway, Arkansas) led all scorers with 27 points for Jones County (30-2), and her third 3-pointer of the game pulled the Bobcats to within 76-75 with 1:01 to play. But it would be as close as Jones County would get as a Hay 3-pointer with 35 seconds left and two free throws from Karina Brandon, who had 12 points and eight rebounds, with 14.8 seconds left iced the game for the Bruins.

Jones County had a difficult time containing Brady inside. She hit 10 of 17 from the floor and pulled down 10 rebounds.

“We just have really good coaching and in the timeouts the coaches just reinforced using your moves,” Brady said. “It was just a big team effort. We had some good communication on the help-side (defense) and good effort.”

The loss came after Jones County got out to a huge lead and held the advantage until an Annie Brady layup gave Salt Lake its first lead of the game at 69-68 with 3:42 to play. Jones County would regain the lead and tie it up at 72 on a Kira Bonner (Quitman) layup, but four straight points by Sica Cuzic, who finished with 16 points, would give the Bruins the lead for good.

“You’ve got to go give credit to Salt Lake, they made some really big shots down the stretch and shot the ball well,” Jones County head coach Missy Bilderback said. “They played with a lot of poise. We haven’t been in a lot of close games. I think we’ve had three that came down to the final minutes all year, and I think a little bit of panic set in late and they made shots.”

Tatyana Lofton (Madison-Ridgeland Acadmey) added 19 points in the loss for Jones County, which was making the first national tournament appearance in school history. Nique Cherry (Heidelberg) added 14 points.

Hay and Brandon finished with 12 each for the Bruins.

The Bobcats picked up Thursday right where they left off from their first two victories. Tolefree completed a four-point play as part of a game-opening 12-2 run, and an 8-2 outburst staked the Bobcats to a 20-9 lead late in the first period.

Her second 3-pointer of the half put Jones County up 27-15 early in the second period, and the Bobcats maintained that advantage for most of the rest of the half.

A 3-pointer by Rian Rawlings with 1:32 to play cut the Jones County lead to seven at 36-29, but Lofton answered with five straight points to put the lead back to double digits, ending up a 41-31 at the intermission.

Jones County finished the first half shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, including 50 percent (4 of 8) from the 3-point arc. Salt Lake had three 3-pointers of its own, but those came on 14 shots as the Bruins hit 38.2 percent overall from the floor.

Jones County’s athleticism was difficult for the Bruins to handle, as 10 of the Bobcats’ 41 points came on the break. Jones County also outrebounded the Bruins 20-17.

Lofton led the Bobcats in the first half with 14 points and Tolefree added 11.

Brady led the Bruins with eight first-half points and Brandon chipped in six.

c spire Football News

ICC Football Tryout Scheduled For March 22
SMCC Golf Classic Date Announced
ICC Football Tryout Scheduled For March 22
ICC Football Tryout Scheduled For March 22
Football Tryout Rescheuled For March 22
CCC Football To Host 2nd Spring Tryout March 24th
ICC Football Cancels March 1 Tryout
David Boykin Joins Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Football Coaching Staff As Offensive Coordinator
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
ICC Football Tryout Scheduled For March 22
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head football coach, Sean Cannon, announced the Indians have rescheduled their tryout for Wednesday March 22 at Eaton Field on the Fulton Campus that was rained out earlier this month.

The tryouts will begin with registration at 12:30 p.m. at the Football Fieldhouse, and participants will engage in non-contact combine drills. Cost of tryouts is $20 (cash or check) and is open to any high school seniors or college student with remaining eligibility.

Participants are responsible for bringing an updated copy of their sports physical, cleats and workout clothes to participate in the tryout.

For more tryout information, contact Coach Cannon at jscannon@iccms.edu.

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

Snell Named Instructor Of The Year
Troxler Wins Carey Classic
Troxler Leads Field At Carey Classic
Golfers Ranked Fourth In Latest National Poll
East Central Golfer Threlkeld Earns All-Tournament At MACJC Event In Meridian
No. 2 MGCCC Finishes 2nd At Meridian
EMCC Lions Finish Fourth In MACJC Spring Golf Opener At Meridian’s Northwood Country Club
No. 2 MGCCC Readies For Meridian Tourney
JCJC Sets 18th Annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament
Dendy Receives Arnold Palmer Cup Nomination
EMCC Lions Begin Spring Golf Slate With Ninth-place Team Finish At Faulkner State Invitational
Cudd Picks Up Only Point For MGCCC Men
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
Snell Named Instructor Of The Year
Release Date: 3/22/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College golf coach Tommy Snell has been named one of the school’s Instructors of the Year.

Snell, who won the award for the Perkinston Campus, has taught English and coached the MGCCC golf team since 2000. He had previously taught English and coached golf at St. John High School in Gulfport. During his teaching career, he has been named HEADWAE Instructor of the Year (2007) and Humanities Instructor of the Year (2014).

His golf teams have been NJCAA Region XXIII champions nine straight years, and he has coached 12 individual national qualifiers and three MACJC Hubert Tucker Award winners. He was named MACJC Coach of the Year seven times and NJCAA Region XXIII Coach of the Year nine times.

At St. John, he coached teams to an unprecedented five straight high school state championship and was named Coach of the Year five times by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

MGCCC will celebrate the 2017 Instructors of the Year at the annual Spring Reception held Thursday at the Hospitality and Resort Management Center in Biloxi.

The other winners are Tommie Broome from the Jackson County Campus and Andrea Clark from the Jefferson Davis Campus. Each of them received a $1,000 stipend from the MGCCC Foundation for use in teaching and classroom expenses.

MGCCC has honored outstanding instructors with the prestigious Instructor of the Year Award since 1971. The winners are selected based on their academic excellence, dedication and professionalism both inside and outside the classroom.

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

Runner-up Men’s Team Finish Highlights EMCC-hosted Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
EMCC Set To Host Intercollegiate Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
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
Runner-up Men’s Team Finish Highlights EMCC-hosted Rodeo At Lauderdale County Agri-Center
Release Date: 2/27/2017
East Mississippi Community College

MERIDIAN – The nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team collected runner-up honors this past weekend as hosts of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region spring season opener. The three-day college rodeo concluded Saturday night at the Lauderdale County Agri-Center.

Coming off consecutive men’s team titles to close out regional competition last fall, the Lions collected 655 team points in their spring opener to finish behind only nationally top-ranked Missouri Valley College (1,105 points). The Southern Arkansas University men placed third with 615 points ahead of fourth-place Pearl River Community College (430).

MVC also claimed the women’s team title with 335 points over Tennessee-Martin (280). The EMCC women finished fifth with 35 points.

Reigning All-around collegiate national champion Marcus Theriot totaled 435 points for EMCC to claim the men’s All-around title in the Ozark Region spring opener.

He won the tie down roping title and finished as runner-up in both the steer wrestling and team roping events. The Poplarville native earned 175 points with winning times of 8.3 and 8.1 seconds in tie down roping along with adding 130 points apiece during his second-place finishes in steer wrestling and team roping with respective scores of 9.6 and 13.4 seconds.

EMCC’s Tristan Martin garnered 80 points for his fourth-place, tie down roping effort and fellow Lion sophomore Cooper Christensen added 30 points in steer wrestling. In team roping, Christensen and teammate Brandon Callen earned 40 points, while EMCC’s Jace Harris partnered with SAU’s Cooper Lee to garner 70 points.

For the EMCC women, Carli Hodges claimed the team’s 35 points in the barrel racing competition.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s East Mississippi rodeo teams will be back in action, March 30-April 1, at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

c spire Men's Soccer News

Leon Powell Chosen To Rekindle East Mississippi Community College’s Women’s Soccer Program
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
Leon Powell Chosen To Rekindle East Mississippi Community College’s Women’s Soccer Program
Release Date: 3/10/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Leon Powell has been hired to rekindle the women’s soccer program at East Mississippi Community College. The announcement was made Friday by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.

Charged with reviving an EMCC soccer program that was suspended following the 2009 season, Powell comes to EMCC on the heels of a successful two-year stint as both the boys and girls head soccer coach at Lamar School in Meridian.

“I have believed a women’s soccer program would be a boost to our Golden Triangle campus,” EMCC President Thomas M. Huebner Jr., said. “A soccer program has the potential for a very positive enrollment yield and I have no doubt it will help contribute to our sense of community.”

Hired at Lamar School prior to the 2015-16 academic year, Powell most recently guided the Lady Raiders to back-to-back Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class AAAA Division 2 state championships. He also directed the Raiders to consecutive boys state runner-up finishes the past two years. For his teams’ accomplishments, Powell was named the 2016 MAIS Division 2 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year and served as the head coach for the MAIS All-Star Game.

“We are very excited about competing within the MACJC once again in women’s soccer,” Bradberry added. “Soccer on our Golden Triangle campus has been a vision of Dr. Huebner’s since he arrived at EMCC. Now with the hiring of Coach Leon Powell, we believe we have put our best foot forward in laying the groundwork for a successful program.”

A familiar face around the Meridian community, Powell was an NJCAA All-American at Meridian Community College before completing his collegiate career at the University of Cincinnati. Upon his return to the Magnolia State in 2013, Powell helped coach the Meridian-based Alliance Futbol Club within the competitive ranks of the Meridian Youth Soccer Organization.

“I am very happy to be a part of the EMCC family and I look forward to helping rebuild a soccer program that will bring success and pride to the community,” Powell said. “We’re also extremely excited about being able to offer quality collegiate soccer for the fans around the Golden Triangle region.”

Having twice earned All-Region 23 soccer honors while ranking among the NJCAA Division I Top 20 scoring leaders both years at Meridian Community College, Powell netted 39 career goals and assisted on 11 other scores for 89 total points. As a freshman forward in 2009, he ranked 10th nationally with 20 goals to garner Honorable Mention All-America laurels. Powell added 19 goals and eight assists during his sophomore year with the Eagles.

Powell took his soccer talents to Cincinnati in 2011 and earned two letters with the Bearcats. After playing in 17 matches his junior year as a top reserve forward, Powell totaled six points, 33 shots and 14 shots on goal to earn UC’s Offensive MVP postseason award following an injury-shortened senior season. Off the playing field, Powell earned his bachelor’s degree in sports management.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Powell served as team captain for Excelsior High School’s 2008 Walker Cup championship team. He also was a member of Jamaica’s U17-U20 All-Star team that played against the United States. In addition to having competed for the Columbus, Ohio-based Santos Futbol Club, Powell also played semi-pro soccer with the Cincinnati Kings of the USL Premier Development League.

Powell is married to the former LaEbony Sutton, of Tallahassee, Florida, who played volleyball at Alcorn State University and Gulf Coast State College. They welcomed the arrival of their first child - daughter Ava Noel - earlier this week.

c spire Women's Soccer News

Byrd, Laurent Sign To Continue Collegiate Soccer Careers
East Mississippi Community College To Hold Three Women’s Soccer Tryouts During The Coming Week
East Mississippi Community College To Hold Women’s Soccer Tryouts March 21, 23 And 27
Leon Powell Chosen To Rekindle East Mississippi Community College’s Women’s Soccer Program
Lady Eagles Set To Host Tryouts
MGCCC Schedules Soccer Tryouts
Northwest Women's Soccer ID Camp Announced
ICC Announces Soccer Tryouts For February
JCJC’s Smith Signs Soccer Scholarship With Ole Miss
5 MGCCC Soccer Players Receive NSCAA Awards
ECCC Fall Sports Banquet
ICC's Scott, Dennis Earn MACJC All-State Honors
JCJC’s Rodrigue Signs With Louisiana-Lafayette
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
Harlie Ray Tabbed All-MACJC
Two ECCC Women’s Soccer Players Sign With Mississippi College
JCJC’s Stubbington, Smith Receive NJCAA DI Soccer All-American Honors
South Division Takes Saturday's MACJC All-Star Game, 5-0
North/South End MACJC All-Star Game Tied At Two
JCJC’s Smith Named South MVP Of MACJC All-Star Game
Byrd, Laurent Sign To Continue Collegiate Soccer Careers
Release Date: 3/24/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

After two years with the Lady Bears soccer team, Lydia Byrd and Taylor Laurent have signed scholarships to continue their collegiate careers-Byrd at the University of Northwestern Ohio and Laurent at William Carey University.

Byrd, a graduate of East Central High School (Hurley, MS) said she chose to go with the Lady Racers because “It’s a different location than most schools and the team is very diverse (and) has players from all over the world, which gives me the opportunity to meet new people. Also, the team has been very successful in the past so I feel I can learn a lot.”

Byrd said that the skills and techniques she learned with the Lady Bears, as well as the mentality she has developed with the help of her coaches will enable her to be successful at the next level.

For her part, Laurent (Hahnville, LA, High School) said she made her decision to play for the Lady Crusaders because “They were the first school to show an interest in me. When I went to tour the campus and practice with the team it just felt welcoming and the girls were very friendly and I didn’t feel like an outcast the one day I trained with them. It just felt like a place I definitely wanted to be at and play.”

Laurent said she knows she is not guaranteed a starting spot on her new team and that means she will have to work hard “just like I did here (at Southwest) to get to a starting position and fight for what I want.”

First-year Lady Bears head coach Bee Casey said that she is “very proud of Lydia and Taylor in choosing to play at the four-year level. Both are exceptional leaders in the classroom and on the field.”

“This is a historic moment for Southwest,” Casey continued. “This is the beginning of many Lady Bears who will continue their journey to play at a four-year college.”

c spire Softball News

No. 1 Lady Bobcats Sweep No. 17 Northeast
Nora Keehn Throws No-hitter, Wins Twice
Wildcats Come Back To Earn Split Against No. 12 Itawamba
No. 1 Jones County Sweeps Lady Wolves
No. 1 Lady Bobcats Sweep Copiah-Lincoln
EMCC Lions Improve To 9-1 In MACJC Softball Play With Wednesday’s Sweep At Coahoma
ECCC Softball Picks Up Two Wins Against Hinds In MACJC Play
Strong Arms Leading No. 5 MGCCC
ICC Softball Doubleheader Moved To Friday
Wildcats Split Doubleheader With Southwest At Home
Lady Bears Split Conference Twinbill At Pearl River
Wildcats Split Doubleheader With Southwest At Home
Holmes Softball Sweeps Delta
ICC Softball Games At Northwest Postponed Due To Rain
Lady Bulldogs Jump To No. 5
Northeast Softball Appears In Consecutive National Polls For First Time Ever
EMCC Freshman Carly Thompson Tabbed MACJC Softball Pitcher Of The Week
ICC's Hollenhead Named MACJC Player Of The Week
MACJC Softball Players Of The Week - Week Seven
Softball Games Moved To Friday At D’Iberville
No. 1 Lady Bobcats Sweep No. 17 Northeast
Release Date: 3/25/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Top-ranked Jones County Junior College took a pair of games from No. 17 Northeast Mississippi here Friday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

Autumn Frost (East Webster) hit a pair of home runs to spark JCJC to a 9-1, five-inning decision in game one. The Lady Bobcats scored 10 runs in the third inning in game two and rolled to an 11-1, five-inning victory.

JCJC is now 28-0 overall and 12-0 in the MACJC. The Lady Bobcats will face Mississippi Gulf Coast at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at West Harrison High School.

Northeast, 19-12 and 7-7, hosts Holmes on Tuesday.

Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Tigers 1

(5 innings)

Northeast took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Jamia Kirk, Hannah Cox and Madison Davis singled.

The Lady Bobcats came back in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead.

Brittany Hagwood (Enterprise) slapped a single to left and Cori McCrary (Carroll Academy) reached on an error. After a Kelsha Loftin (Mendenhall) sacrifice, Kelly Byrd (Copiah Academy) hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Hagwood. Frost then hit her first home run of the game, a drive over the centerfield fence.

Jones then put the game away with a six-run, fourth inning.

Emily Robinson (Lafayette) and Natalie Hogue (Harrison Central) both singled and Robinson would score on the front end of a double steal. Courtesy runner Jessie Bumpous (Southaven) advanced to third on an error and scored on an infield hit by Hagwood. McCrary’s single scored Hagwood and she would later score on a single by Byrd.

Frost then homered over the leftfield fence.

Karli Perque (Westwego, Louisiana) posted the victory to up her record to 9-0. She pitched five innings, allowed one run, four hits, one walk and struck out eight.

Frost homered twice and drove in four runs, while Byrd and Hagwood each had two singles. McCrary, Robinson and Hogue added singles.

Jessica Boyd went 3 2/3 innings and took the loss. She allowed nine runs (three earned), nine hits, walked none and struck out none. Kris Devers pitched 1/3 of an inning.

Tia Davis doubled for the Tigers with Kirk, Cox and Madison Davis added singles.

Lady Bobcats 11, Lady Tigers 1

(5 innings)

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when the Lady Bobcats broke out the bats.

Loftin led off with a bunt single, Byrd singled to left and Frost drew a walk to load the bases. Brittany Baty (Northeast Lauderdale) then ripped a two-single to left. After a sacrifice by Robinson, Hogue doubled in two runs to make it 4-0. Taylor Murray (Parklane Academy) followed with a single. Sarah Brock (North Pike), pinchrunning for Hogue, then scored on a double steal. Hagwood reached on a bunt single and Murray scored when the ball was thrown away on the same play.

McCrary drew a walk and Loftin’s infield single scored Hagwood. Byrd’s sacrifice fly to right drove in McCrary to make it 8-0. Frost’s single scored Loftin and Baty followed with another single. Robinson’s single scored Bumpous, who was a courtesy runner for Frost.

Northeast scored in the top of the fourth when Madison Davis walked, Molly Walden singled and Kristen Cartwright followed with an RBI single.

Murray ended the scoring when she led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to left.

Madison Burge (Harrison Central) started and got the win, improving to 6-0. She pitched four innings, allowed one run, two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Haylee Morse (Madison Central) pitched the fifth inning and gave up one hit.

Murray homered and singled twice for Jones with Loftin, Baty and Hagwood getting two singles each. Hogue doubled, while Byrd, Frost and Robinson added singles.

Rebekah Morris started and took the loss. She gave up seven runs, seven hits, walked four and struck out two. Devers pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up three runs and four hits. Boyd pitched the final inning, allowing one run, two hits one walk and one strikeout.

Tia Davis, Walden and Cartwright singled for the Tigers.

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East Central Tennis Teams Rebound From Losses To Sweep Holmes
Release Date: 3/25/2017
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College men’s and women’s tennis teams rebounded from losses to nationally ranked Meridian teams earlier in the week to sweep Holmes Community College by identical 9-0 scores in matches played Friday, March 24, at the new Tennis Complex in Decatur.

The No. 17 ranked Warriors improved their record to 7-4 on the season, while the Lady Warriors improved to 5-6.

“These were good bounce-back victories,” said ECCC coach Jay Pacelli. “We got off to a good start and never looked back. We are looking to get a winning streak going and this was a great start.”

Pacelli added that it was good to get No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles player Julia Johnston back in the lineup after an injury sidelined her for several matches.

In men’s doubles action against Holmes, the EC team of Tom Langelaar from Veldhoven, Netherlands, and Joseph Jabour of Warren Central High School defeated Matthew Philly/Matthew Dubourg, 8-1; EC’s John Jimenez of Oruro, Bolivia, and Will Stewart of Newton County High School defeated Eric Menefee/Merritt Blackwell, 8-1; and EC’s Brandon Rogers of Winston Academy and Willie Wooten out of Warren Central High School beat Chris Stuckey/Emanuel Brooks, 8-0.

In singles play, EC’s Langelaar defeated Philly, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Jimenez defeated Menefee, 6-0, 6-1; EC’s Jabour defeated Blackwell, 6-3, 6-2; EC’s Stewart defeated Dubourg, 6-1, 6-3; EC’s Rogers defeated Hayden Switzer, 6-1, 6-2; and EC’s Graham Murphree out of Newton County High School beat Rylee Artman, 6-1, 6-1.

In the women’s doubles matches, EC’s Tatiana Quinonez of Bogota, Columbia, and Julia Johnston of Florence High School defeated Ashleigh Pope/Savanna Bell, 8-0; EC’s Chaney Mills of Newton County High School and Andi McCrimon of Winston Academy won by forfeit; and EC’s Samantha McCrimon of Winston Academy and Hannah Payne from Union High School beat Lucy Oakes/Jessica May, 8-1.

In women’s singles play, EC’s Quinonez won by forfeit; EC’s Mills beat Pope, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s Johnston won by forfeit; EC’s Andi McCrimon defeated Oakes, 6-0, 6-0; EC’s An Duong from Richland High School beat May, 6-0, 6-0; and EC’s Emily Dykeman of Forest High School defeated Bell, 6-0 7-6 (7-3).

The East Central teams return to action at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, against Hinds Community College at the Tennis Complex in Decatur.

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Release Date: 3/20/2017
Coahoma Community College

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — CCC Track four athletes to Memphis Monday to represent the team at the Rhodes Invitational. Jauan Addison, Ian Thomas, Romario Marshall and Akeem Marshall all competed for the Tigers.

The foursome combined to take 2nd place in the 4x100 relay with a time of 42.13, just 0.21 seconds off of a national qualifying time. Addison would set his personal best time in the individual 100m dash with a time of 10.67, finishing 2nd in his heat behind Kentucky Wesleyan's James Glenn and 6th overall. The 10.67 was just 0.03 off a national qualifying time.

Both Marshalls competed in the 400m for Coahoma, with Akeem earning a 6th place overall finish with a time of 50.23. Romario Marshall came in at 11th overall with a time of 50.91.

CCC Track will next compete at the dual Hinds-Coahoma Outdoor Meet March 24th in Raymond. Full schedule for the team is available HERE.