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c spire Baseball News

Ostrander To Speak At ECCC Baseball’s Annual First Pitch Dinner Feb. 4
Tickets Still Available For Inky Johnson Appearance
Northeast Pieces Together Another Rugged Baseball Schedule
PRCC Baseball To Host Inky Johnson Appearance
Jack Edmonson Joins Co-Lin Baseball As Assistant Coach
ICC Baseball Adds Doubleheader To 2017 Schedule
ICC Announces Plans For 2017 Leadoff Banquet
Baseball Bobcats Ranked No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll
ICC Announces 2017 Baseball Schedule
Baseball Bobcats Receive National Championship Rings
JCJC Baseball Holds Hitting Camp
Wildcat Baseball Making Plans For Busy Preseason
2017 Southwest Bears Catching Camp
3rd Annual Jackson Baseball And Softball Holiday Camp
More Eagles Leave The Nest
Mississippi Delta Baseball To Host Spring Showcase
Eleven Prep Stars Sign With National Champion Baseball Bobcats
ICC Baseball Welcomes Eight Class Of 2017-18 Signees
Seven Baseball Bobcats Sign With Division I Schools
ECCC Warrior Baseball Players Sign To Play At Four-Year Colleges
Ostrander To Speak At ECCC Baseball’s Annual First Pitch Dinner Feb. 4
Release Date: 1/20/2017
East Central Community College

Christian Ostrander, associate head baseball coach at Louisiana Tech University, will be the featured speaker at the annual East Central Community College Baseball First Pitch Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will be held in the Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus.

The public is invited to the event which annually kicks off the ECCC baseball season. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children age 12 and under.

In addition to dinner and Ostrander’s address, ECCC Head Baseball Coach Neal Holliman will introduce his 2017 team and the 2017 Diamond Darlings, along with other special presentations and recognition.

The Diamond Warriors, the defending Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Champions, will kick off their season on Saturday, Feb. 11, when they host Jackson State Community College of Jackson, Tenn., in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Ostrander served as pitching coach for Louisiana Tech during the 2016 season, helping to spark a magical run that saw the Bulldogs receive their first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in school history.

Ostrander’s pitching staff shattered the record books leading the Bulldogs to 42 wins on the season, the most for any Louisiana Tech team since 1988.

Under the guidance of Ostrander, three Bulldog pitchers were all selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.

In 2016, Louisiana Tech’s pitching staff recorded a school-record 496 strikeouts, obliterating the previous school-record of 452 which was set in 2002 and duplicated in 2007.

Of the 42 wins, which ranked first in Conference USA, 10 wins were over top-25 schools and 11 wins were over top-50 RPI schools.

Ostrander joined the Louisiana Tech staff in November 2015, under then-head coach Greg Goff, having spent the previous seven years as the head coach at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. In addition to his head coaching duties at Jones County, Ostrander oversaw the pitching staff in his time with the Bobcats.

A native of Monroe, La., Ostrander led the Bobcats to two MACJC state championships, in 2011 and 2014, and helped guide Jones County to four division titles in seven years. He also led JCJC to two 40-win seasons and set the school record for wins in a season on four different occasions. In seven seasons at Jones County, Ostrander compiled a 255-109 overall record with the Bobcats, good for a .701 winning percentage, seven straight state playoff appearances, and a second place finish in the NJCAA Division II World Series and JCJC’s first-ever Region 23 title, both in 2011.

Prior to his stint at Jones County, Ostrander served as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Arkansas State from 2002-06 and also led Gulfport High School to the Class 5A playoffs in two seasons as the head coach for the Admirals. He also served the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator at Delta State University from 1999-2002.

He earned a bachelor's degree in education from Delta State in 1996 and his master’s of education in administration from DSU in 1998.

For more information on the First Pitch Dinner or to purchase tickets, contact Coach Neal Holliman at 601-635-6374 or call toll free at 877-462-3222, ext. 374. His e-mail address is nholliman@eccc.edu.

c spire Men's Basketball News

East Central Men’s Basketball Takes Home Division Win Over Co-Lin
Bulldogs Extend Win Streak To 10 Games
Wolves Lose On The Road To East Central
Behind Sikes’ 38 Points, Bears Upset 9th Ranked Jones County In Ellisville
Wildcats Use Big Second-half Surge To Get Past Hinds
EMCC Claims School-best, Fourth-place Finish At UCA College Cheerleading National Championship In Orlando
Rangers Survive Road Test At Mississippi Delta, 74-72
No. 25 Lady Bobcats Cruise; Bears Upset No. 9 JCJC
EMCC Lions Register Key Road Division Sweep With 68-55 Women’s Win And 77-70 Men’s Victory At Northeast
Wildcats Falter In Cat Fight Loss To Undefeated Jones
Brisco’s Layup Wins It For Bulldogs
Wolves Earn First MACJC South Division Win
ECCC Basketball Split At Gulf Coast
Basketball Bobcats Move Up To No. 9 In Latest Poll
Holmes Wins Conference Road Game At Northwest
Bobcats Notch Two Victories At Pearl River
Bears Get 84-74 Home Win Over Meridian
Halums Named MACJC Player Of The Week
East Central Men’s Basketball Takes Home Division Win Over Co-Lin
Release Date: 1/20/2017
East Central Community College

A career-high 20 points from sophomore Tonzell Handy helped push the East Central Community College men’s basketball team to an 88-75 MACJC South Division win over Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Thursday night, Jan. 19, at Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium in Decatur.

Handy, a product of Lanier High School in Jackson, also pulled down 12 rebounds, including 11 on the defensive end of the court.

The Warriors improved to 2-2 in South Division play and 7-6 overall, while Co-Lin dropped to 7-6 on the season and 1-3 in division play.

ECCC lead 35-34 at the half before pulling away from the Wolves in the second half.

Three other Warriors scored in double figures, including freshman Antonio Clark of Leake Central High School with 19 points, sophomore Jaylon Bardley of New Hope High School with 15 points, and freshman Cayman Ruffin of Neshoba Central High School with 11. Freshman Alvin McFarland out of West Point High School dished out a dozen assists for East Central.

The Warrior defense held Col-Lin to 35 percent shooting on the night and produced 13 steals and four blocked shots.

The Warriors will be on the road against Pearl River Community College Monday, Jan. 23, in Poplarville, before returning home for to host No. 9 nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Thursday, Jan. 26, in Brackeen-Wood Gym. Tipoff for both matchups is set for 7:30 p.m.

c spire Women's Basketball News

Co-Lin Snaps Lady Warriors’ Three-Game Winning Streak
Wilbanks Secures Third Weekly Conference Honor Of Phenomenal Career
Lady Wolves Defeat East Central On The Road
Lady Bears Fall Hard At Jones County
Lady Wildcats Drop Second Straight In Loss At Hinds
EMCC Claims School-best, Fourth-place Finish At UCA College Cheerleading National Championship In Orlando
Balanced Attack Leads To Rout Of MDCC, 89-67
No. 25 Lady Bobcats Cruise; Bears Upset No. 9 JCJC
Williams Leads Bulldogs With 15 At Meridian
EMCC Lions Register Key Road Division Sweep With 68-55 Women’s Win And 77-70 Men’s Victory At Northeast
Tough Second Half Dooms Lady Wildcats In Loss To Jones
Sims Gets Double-double In MGCCC Loss
Lady Wolves Win Seventh Straight
Lady Bobcats Debut In National Rankings At No. 25
ECCC Basketball Split At Gulf Coast
Lady Bulldogs Fall At Northwest
Bobcats Notch Two Victories At Pearl River
Lady Bears Hold Off Visiting Meridian, 79-70
Coahoma to Honor and Celebrate the Life of Dana Brown
Co-Lin Snaps Lady Warriors’ Three-Game Winning Streak
Release Date: 1/20/2017
East Central Community College

The MACJC South Division leading Copiah-Lincoln Community College Lady Wolves stopped East Central Community College’s three-game winning streak with an 81-64 win in basketball action Thursday, Jan. 19, in Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium in Decatur.

The East Central Lady Warriors had not lost a game in January, including two big road victories over East Mississippi and Mississippi Gulf Coast.

With the loss to Co-Lin, the Lady Warriors fell to 8-5 on the season and 2-2 in South Division play. Co-Lin improved to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the division.

Led by four players in double figures, the Lady Wolves stayed in control most of the first half and took a 40-36 lead into the locker room at intermission. Co-Lin then outscored the Lady Warriors by 13 in the final two periods for the win.

Co-Lin held a substantial advantage on the boards for the game, pulling down 54 rebounds to the Lady Warriors’ 24 rebounds. East Central shot just 39 percent from the floor for the game, and just 21 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

East Central was led sophomore Laneisha Jeans with 25 points, a career high for the product from Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Fla. Freshman Curtisha Coleman out of Wayne County High School added 15 points and nine rebounds, while freshman Autumn Taylor from Newton High School also scored 15.

The Lady Warriors return to action Monday, Jan. 23, when they travel to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville for a 5:30 p.m. game, before returning home for to host No. 25 nationally ranked Jones County Junior College Thursday, Jan. 26, in Brackeen-Wood Gym at 5:30 p.m.

c spire Football News

ICC Football Sets Tryout Dates
Tiger Football Continues Rise With 3 More Mid-Year Signings
ICC Football Breaks 20-year-old NJCAA Passing Record
ICC’s Williams Nominated For IWGA Athlete Of The Year
ECCC Fall Sports Banquet
Holmes OC Stowers Chosen To Speak At National AFCA Coaches Convention
CCC Football Signs East Carolina Transfer Javontay Smith
Nine SMCC Bears Take Advantage Of The Early Signing Period
Southwest’s Ravian Pierce, NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention
Former MGCCC OL Vaughn Sidelined From National Title Game
Dean, Rowland Named NJCAA All-Americans
EMCC Quarterback De’Andre Johnson Tabbed NJCAA All-America Second Team
Antonio Nelson Named 1st Team NJCAA All-American
JCJC’s Kinlaw, Phillips Receive All-American Honors
ICC's Williams Named NJCAA All-American
Former Bulldog Miller Plays For National Title
Wolves Sign 15 To Four Year Programs
Williams Affirms Ole Miss Commitment At HSFN Signing Day Special
Northeast MS Mid-Year Signees
ICC Football Sets Tryout Dates
Release Date: 1/17/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head football coach Sean Cannon announced Monday that his program will hold tryouts Wednesday February 15 and March 1 on the Fulton Campus.

The tryouts will begin with registration at 1:30 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

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
MGCCC Remains Third In National Poll
No. 3 Gulf Coast Sets Sights On 3rd Straight Win
Northwest Men's Golf Team Finishes 6th At Home Event
Troxler Represents MGCCC At Patriot All-America
Release Date: 12/29/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast golfer Colin Troxler will tee off in the prestigious 2016 Patriot All-American Invitational on Friday in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Troxler (6-2, 137, so., Hahnville/Luling, La.) will join fellow Bulldog teammate Phillip Hickam in the event, which runs through Saturday at The Wigwam Resort’s Gold Course.

The field consists of 84 PING All-American golfers from across the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. The winner of the 54-hole event gets a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s 2017 Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas.

Each golfer represents a fallen American service member. They play carrying a golf bag that has the name and branch of service of a fallen American. The bags are later auctioned off from the players’ schools, with proceeds going to the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while in active service.

Troxler will be playing for Michael J. Bordelon, a native of St. Mary’s Parish, La., who was injured when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device near Mosul, Iraq, in 2005.

Troxler, who as signed with Louisiana-Lafayette, was named to the PING All-Freshman team last year and earned second-team NJCAA All-American honors. He also earned All-Region 23 and All-MACJC awards.

Hickam, who is a junior at Chattanooga, will be playing for James W. Ponder III. Ponder was an Army pilot who was killed in the Afghanistan helicopter crash that was part of the movie “Lone Survivor.”

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

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
Bulldogs Lose Close Contest To Nation’s Top Team
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
Bulldogs Trek To Texas For District Playoff Game
ICC’s Hunt Earns Back-to-back All-State Honors
Release Date: 1/11/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College sophomore defender Bryce Hunt was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State team for the second-straight season.

“It’s a blessing,” said Hunt. “Without my teammates, coach, God and family I wouldn’t have been able to receive this award. It’s truly an honor to receive it for my school and represent them.

“I’m really excited for him to get back-to-back All-State honors,” said Coach Mike Sullivan. “He missed a few games early in the year due to injury, but came back strong and was a great leader for us.”

The Tupelo native was a staple on the Indians’ backline during his entire career at ICC and anchored the defense this season as a captain. He helped the ICC defense five shutouts over two seasons along with a 1.39 goals-against-average (GAA) during his freshman season and a 2.17 GAA in his final season.

“He definitely deserves this award,” said Sullivan. “He’s been a great guy to have around and we’re going to miss him a lot next season.”

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

c spire Women's Soccer News

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
3 MGCCC Players Contribute To South Shutout
Southwest’s Taylor Laurent Named To The All-State Squad
Five PRCC Soccer Players To Compete In MACJC All-Star Game
Six Bobcats Chosen For MACJC Soccer All-Star Games
No. 8 Bobcats Fall To No. 6 Titans In NJCAA Playoff Game
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
Shepherd, LaFontaine Named To All-Region Team
Walters, Sanders, Giese Will Play In MACJC All-Star Game
JCJC’s Smith Signs Soccer Scholarship With Ole Miss
Release Date: 1/18/2017
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE ¬– Mary Kate Smith is excited to officially be an Ole Miss Rebel.

“It’s awesome,” the Jones County Junior College soccer standout said after signing a scholarship with the Rebels Tuesday before family members, teammates and coaches in the McClellan Hall Media Room. “I have kind of always dreamed of this since I was a little girl, going to play at Ole Miss.

“It’s been a great recruitment experience and a great experience here at Jones.”

Smith said it was an easy decision to sign with Ole Miss after visiting the campus and meeting the players and coaches.

“Family and teamwork are very important to me, along with how the team works together and chemistry,” she said. “When I got up there, I immediately felt that chemistry with the coaches and the staff. I loved the campus and I felt very at home at Ole Miss.”

Her father, JCJC President Dr. Jesse Smith, is an Ole Miss graduate. Mary Kate, along with her father and mother, Jennifer, have been longtime Rebel supporters.

“My dad graduated from Ole Miss, so we have always been big Rebel fans,” she said. “It’s an SEC school, a big school, and to make that (dream) finally come true is great.”

Smith had an outstanding high school career at South Jones where she gained fame as a placekicker on the Braves’ football team.

She played her freshman season at Southern Miss in 2015 before transferring to JCJC.

Smith was named an NJCAA Division I Honorable Mention All-American and an All-Region 23 performer after her sophomore season with the Lady Bobcats.

Smith had 21 goals, 18 assists and 60 points, which was second in the MACJC and Region 23 and ranked 15th nationally.

Smith helped the No. 11 Lady Bobcats to a 15-2 record, the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament championship and an appearance in the NJCAA District H playoffs at No. 6 Eastern Florida.

She also scored two goals and was named the South team’s Most Valuable Player in the MACJC All-Star Game in November, leading the South to a 5-0 win over the North.

Lady Bobcat head coach Dolores Deasley said Smith would have a good chance to be successful at Ole Miss and would be hard to replace.

“We are delighted for Mary Kate to have this opportunity,” said Deasley, who has coached Smith since she was in youth soccer. “I can’t think of anyone more deserving. She is every coach’s dream and always has been since I’ve known her.

“She is not only talented, but works hard, is committed, dedicated to the sport and above all, she is a team player and always manages to put the team first. She will be missed around here, that’s for sure.”

Mary Kate Smith will have orientation this week and begin spring semester classes at Ole Miss. She will begin training with the Rebels next week.

She is looking forward to being at Ole Miss, but she will never forget her experience at JCJC this past season.

“This is one of the best years I’ve had,” she said. “I am so glad I came back to Jones and came home. I got to play for a great team and a great coach and I’m so glad about that. I will never regret that. I am very excited that I came here and I had a great time, a great experience and made a lot of great memories.”

More Lady Bobcat soccer players are expected to sign with senior colleges in the spring.

c spire Softball News

NEMCC's 2017 Softball Schedule Features Altered Non-Conference Format
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic In January
ICC Announces 2017 Softball Schedule
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic In January
Enthusiastic Connell Joins NEMCC Softball Program As Assistant Coach
JCJC Hosts Softball Winter Hitting Camp, Prospect Camp
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic In January
ICC To Host Winter Softball Hitting Clinic In January
MGCCC’s Lexie Mathis Signs With Mobile
Sixth Annual Jones County FCA Christmas Party Helps 107 Children
3rd Annual Jackson Baseball And Softball Holiday Camp
ICC Softball Welcomes Seven Class Of 2017-18 Signees
JCJC’s Holliday Signs With Nicholls State
JCJC’s Perque Inks With Southeastern Louisiana
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
PRCC To Induct 6 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
5th Annual Monster Mash
NEMCC's 2017 Softball Schedule Features Altered Non-Conference Format
Release Date: 1/18/2017
Northeast Mississippi Community College

BOONEVILLE, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College softball program is altering its schedule compared to years past in order to help prepare for league competition.

The Tigers will complete all their non-conference contests prior to the start of Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) play for the first time in program history as part of their 48-game 2017 slate.

Northeast revamped its calendar in order to get its players more experience on the field early in the initial month of the regular season. The Tigers have lost several dates due to bad weather in February over the last several campaigns.

The Tigers have not competed in more than 11 matchups before their first MACJC doubleheader in the previous four seasons. Northeast is tentatively set to take the field 20 times before it moves solely into action inside the Magnolia State.

“I want to try to get as many looks at our players as possible to try and figure out where our best nine are from an offensive and defensive standpoint,” said Northeast head coach Jody Long. “Hopefully our kids can see a little more pitching and those type things.”

The Tigers get things underway on Tuesday, February 7 by hosting Blue Mountain College’s junior varsity squad. It will be the inaugural meeting on the diamond between these two local institutions.

Area softball fanatics are in for a treat just over one week later from February 17-18 as the annual TigerFest Tournament returns to all three fields inside the Booneville City Park complex.

Northeast entertains clubs from six different states, including as far north as Illinois and Missouri, for what is widely considered as one of the top events in the entire country.

The Tigers also enlisted in the Rush Invitational, which is hosted by Meridian Community College, for the first time since 2012. Northeast will battle Baton Rouge (La.) Community College, Heartland (Ill.) Community College and Spoon River (Ill.) College on Friday, February 24.

Northeast begins the month of March by welcoming Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on the first and then traveling to Calhoun (Ala.) Community College two days later.

The MACJC portion of the schedule gets underway on Tuesday, March 7 at Coahoma Community College. The Tigers’ first home conference twinbill is later that week against Hinds Community College.

Northeast and archrival Itawamba Community College tangle just once for the second consecutive campaign. The two adversaries square off on Tuesday, March 14 in Fulton.

The Tigers visit reigning region and state champion Jones County Junior College on Saturday, March 25. Another marquee date is Tuesday, April 11 when longtime foe Northwest Mississippi Community College comes to the City of Hospitality.

Northeast will celebrate and honor its sophomore class on Friday, April 21 during its final regular season games versus Southwest Mississippi Community College at David Carnell Memorial Field.

“Somebody from the MACJC is going to be contending for a national championship,” Long said. “We’ll tell our kids from day one that we don’t want to lose the last game on our schedule. Day in and day out when we step onto the field we’re going to bring our A-game.”

A best-of-three elimination round kicks off the postseason over a two-day span from April 28-29. The MACJC State Tournament will take place the following week at the lowest remaining seeded team.

The top three squads from the state playoffs plus Louisiana State University at Eunice then clash in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament. The winner advances to the NJCAA Division II championship in Clinton.

c spire Tennis News

ICC Tennis Announces 2017 Schedule And Rosters
MGCCC’s Allen, Younger Win Halbrook Certificates
Bulldogs Ranked 18th In National Tennis Poll
Lady Bulldogs Make 20th In ITA Rankings
Total Of 115 PRCC Students Receive 2016 PRVEPA Round Up For Education Scholarships
PRCC To Induct 6 Into Sports Hall Of Fame
Estrada, Burrall Finish 8th In National Event
Estrada, Burrall Head To ITA Oracle Cup
MGCCC Plays Well At ITA Regionals
MGCCC Heads To Meridian For ITA Regionals
ECCC’s Annual Meet The Warriors Is Aug. 29
Former Ranger Jon Morgan Bell Interning At 2016 Rio Olympics
MGCCC Will Open New Athletic/Education Complex
Bellipanni Retires After 30 Years Of Service
ECCC Tennis Teams, Players Receive ITA Academic Recognition
NEMCC Tennis Programs Gain ITA Academic Accolades For Third Straight Year
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
ICC Tennis Announces 2017 Schedule And Rosters
Release Date: 12/19/2016
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College tennis teams released its 2017 schedule, as announced by first-year head coach Michael Metz. The 15-match schedule includes eight matches at the Johnson-Partlow Tennis Courts.

ICC will open the 2017 season with four-straight home matches. The season opener will be on February 24 against East Central Community College. Other home matches include: Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Meridian Community College, Holmes Community College, Hinds Community College, Wallace State (AL) Community College-Hanceville, Jones County Junior College, and Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Indians earn No. 25 ITA preseason ranking

The ICC men’s tennis is one of seven teams in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) to earn preseason nods from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

The Indians will face six ranked opponents in 2017, including their opening match of the season against No. 22 East Central. Other ranked opponents include: No. 11 Meridian, No. 17 Copiah-Lincoln, No. 18 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, No. 19 Jones County, and No. 24 Hinds.

ICC’s roster will be made up of seven freshmen. They include: Ezra Blissard (Houston), Edsan Marchant (Haleyville, AL), Russell Applewhite (Amory), Michael Crotts (New Albany), Roberto Valadez (New Albany), Chris Shands (New Albany), and Brendan Jobe (Corinth).

New look Lady Indians look to gain experience

Jordan Roberts (Shannon) is the lone Lady Indian returning from last season’s squad. The sophomore advanced to the quarterfinals of the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles brackets in last year’s state and region tournament.

The Lady Indians will face four teams from the ITA Preseason Top 25: No. 18 Meridian, No. 20 Mississippi Gulf Coast, No. 21 Hinds, and No. 25 Jones County.

ICC’s roster includes five freshmen and sophomore, Emily Buster (Prattville, AL), who was a member of the women’s soccer team. The freshmen include: Bailey Gillentine (Mooreville), Karlin Garrett (Tupelo Christian), Georgia Claire Campbell (Pontotoc), Lizbeth Jiminez (Pontotoc), and Charity Tedford (Pontotoc).

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

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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.