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c spire Baseball News

Hellums To Lead Rebuilding Efforts At Union
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Farris Promoted To NEMCC's Assistant Athletic Director
Eighth Annual Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run/Walk Set For Sept. 6
MACJC Confirms Format Changes For 2015 Baseball Season
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Former ICC Baseball Player To Participate In MLB All-Star Weekend
Hinds CC Baseball’s Boggs Presented With Mayor’s Award
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ICC To Host July Baseball Camp
ICC First Baseman Signs With Memphis Tigers
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC Baseball Signs East Union Standout
Marlin Brings Sharp Defensive Skill Set To Tigers
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
Hellums To Lead Rebuilding Efforts At Union
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Standout pitcher Ben Hellums has made the choice to assist in the rebuilding process of a team that just successfully achieved a move into one of the premier leagues in the country.

Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Hellums signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the rising Union University baseball program.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for Ben,” said Tigers head coach Kent Farris. “He came in here and worked real hard as an incoming freshman and got his velocity up. If he continues to work then he’ll do big things. We’re real happy and proud for him.”

Union, which is located in Jackson, Tenn., recently completed its transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the Gulf South Conference (GSC). The Bulldogs, who are under the guidance of new headman Lee Driggers, are eligible for the playoffs at the NCAA Division II level for the initial time beginning with the upcoming 2015 campaign.

“That was a big part of my decision. I’m glad they can play in the postseason,” Hellums said. “I love it there. They’re in a really, really tough conference so I’ll get to play the best competition possible. I’ve got a lot to prove so I’m ready to get out there and stay hungry.”

Hellums basically became a second starter out of the Northeast bullpen and made 14 appearances with 23.2 innings pitched, which was more than any other Tiger reliever.

The Ripley High School product went 2-2 during his final year in a Northeast uniform with a total of just 12 earned runs allowed and an average of five strikeouts per game.

Hellums earned back-to-back victories in a span of two weekends during the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division slate this season. He struck out three batters to lead the Tigers to the first of four wins over rival Itawamba Community College and then gave up one earned run in three frames to down Holmes Community College.

The tall, lanky right-hander also poured in a 4-2 record during his debut campaign in Booneville with 49.2 innings on the hill, which was second-best on the squad behind only Arkansas State University signee Tanner Gaines, 28 punch outs and a solid earned run average (ERA) of 3.26.

Hellums tossed two frames against Mississippi Delta Community College in the final contest of the regular season to help the Tigers capture the 2013 MACJC North Division championship.

His teams played the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs in the City of Hospitality for two years straight with triumphs over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College. Northeast also garnered the right to bring the MACJC State Tournament to Harold T. White Field for the initial time in its current format during the 2014 campaign.

“It was really fun to come down and do things that haven’t been done in a while,” said Hellums. “Winning the division was awesome when we clinched it. That was one of my best memories and just getting to host the tournament this year was awesome as well.”

Hellums holds a career ERA of 3.69 in 26 outings as a Tiger. The 6-8, 174-pounder sat down a personal best five men by strikeout in a win versus East Mississippi Community College one season ago and also tallied eight scoreless appearances at Northeast.

“I could not have picked a better school to have come to out of high school,” Hellums said. “I think I learned so much here that you just can’t learn in high school. It prepared me to move on. We had a great group of guys both years I was here and I will be in contact with them as long as I’m around.”

Hellums gave credit to the Tigers’ instructors, including assistants Richy Harrelson and Jon Andy Scott, for the knowledge and wisdom that they passed to him throughout his pair of campaigns in the black-and-gold.

“I can’t say enough about the integrity of the coaches,” he said. “They taught me so much. Coach Harrelson comes in and gets me on a very solid weight program and coach Farris got me here and got me throwing. It wasn’t three weeks with them that I had velocity jumps. They’re so great at what they do.”

Hellums will receive the chance during the 2015 season to face former Northeast teammates Justin Neal of Christian Brothers University, Will Robertson of Delta State University and the University of North Alabama’s Kyle Stephenson.

c spire Men's Basketball News

Jackson, Seltzer Head West For Final Showcase
Edwards, Jackson Ready To Demonstrate Talents At Elite Showcase
Annual Tiger Pride Camp Draws Kids From Across Magnolia State
49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camps Coming To SMCC Campus
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Co-Lin Hires Former Player Jake Reed As Basketball Assistant
ICC Guard Signs With Harding University
ICC Athletes Lend Helping Hand With April’s Angels
ICC Basketball State Champ Earns MACJC Academic Honor
10 ICC Student-athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
SMCC Introduces New Head Coach, Thomas Gray
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Jackson, Seltzer Head West For Final Showcase
Release Date: 7/17/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Dallas - A pair of Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball standouts have one last opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of a national audience before the start of the regular season in four months.

Dimario Jackson and Diamond Seltzer were selected to compete in the sixth annual Mullen’s Junior College Showcase on Saturday, July 19 at the McClure Athletic Complex.

“I’m excited first and foremost for these two student-athletes to be able to have this opportunity presented to them,” said Tigers head coach Cord Wright. “I’m thrilled for our basketball program as well. I wish these men the best of luck and I know that they will represent Northeast in the best possible manner.”

It is the second straight weekend inside a gymnasium for Jackson following the JucoReport Elite 150 in suburban Atlanta. The 5-10, 160-pound guard scored 40 points and recorded 10 assists during three games at that competition.

Jackson was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State team following a season in which he topped the Tigers with 15.2 points per outing. That number was fourth best among all athletes in the league and second highest in the MACJC North Division.

The Brusly, La., product also paced Northeast with 3.2 assists per game. Jackson shot an incredible 41.5 percent from the field in 20 games as a freshman with 17 starts and 30.6 minutes each contest.

He accounted for one of the most memorable plays of the 2013-14 campaign against conference rival Holmes Community College on February 17. Jackson connected on a desperation attempt from beyond half court as the halftime horn sounded to send the crowd inside Bonner Arnold Coliseum into a frenzy and propel the Tigers to a marquee victory.

Jackson notched career bests of 27 points in an overtime triumph over Mississippi Delta Community College and six assists during a close loss to Southern University (La.) at Shreveport one year ago.

“My confidence has been running high and I’m ready for the challenge that I will face against some of the top talent in the country,” Jackson said. “I’m looking at this weekend as another great opportunity to show other colleges what I am capable of.”

Seltzer is a transfer from Chipola (Fla.) College with deep roots in the sport of basketball. His father, Bennie Seltzer, is a longtime coach with stops at perennial powers including Indiana University, Marquette University, the University of Oklahoma and Samford University.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native starred at Decatur Central High School and was voted by area coaches to the All-Marion County team as a senior.

Seltzer led the Hawks to the sectional quarterfinals of the 2012 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Tournament. Decatur Central lost to Brownsburg High School in that round and finished the campaign with a 6-14 record.

The 6-1, 185-pound guard averaged 15 points, five assists and five steals during a successful final season at the prep level in 2013.

“I’m excited for this chance to be able to play against some elite athletes,” said Seltzer. “I hope that I’ll be able to show that all the work I’ve put in over the summer has paid off.”

The Mullen’s Junior College Showcase was founded in 2009 by former Cowley County (Kan.) Community College and Barton County (Kan.) Community College coach Jerry Mullen. It has since turned into one of the most anticipated hoops events in the country.

Officials expect over 200 coaches from NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs to attend the all-day affair. A series of scrimmage games are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and continue into the evening hours.

Jackson and Seltzer are two of only seven players that represent MACJC affiliated institutions to participate in the Mullen’s Junior College Showcase. Overall, 130 men from 31 states and six different nations are set for action in the heart of Texas.

c spire Women's Basketball News

49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camps Coming To SMCC Campus
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
Jones Upholds Longtime Belmont Connection To Lady Tigers
ECCC Girls’ Basketball Camp Participants
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC All-State, All-Star Guard Signs With West Alabama
ICC Basketball State Champ Earns MACJC Academic Honor
10 ICC Student-athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
Northwest Announces 2014-15 Women’s Basketball Signing Class
Northwest Announces 2014-15 Women’s Basketball Signing Class
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camps Coming To SMCC Campus
Release Date: 7/10/2014
Southwest Mississippi Community College

The 49th Annual Dixie Basketball Camp tips off Sunday on the Southwest campus. It will be the 41st year for the camp to be held at Southwest after moving here from Baton Rouge in 1974.

According to camp director Joe Dean, Jr., approximately 500 boys in grades 5-12 will attend one of the camp’s two one-week sessions. The campers, as well as the coaches, come primarily from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.


c spire Football News

Webster To Work San Diego Chargers’ Training Camp
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
Eighth Annual Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run/Walk Set For Sept. 6
Tiger Stadium Used For Country Music Video Shoot
Spencer Named To JCGridiron.com Preseason WR Watch List
New Synthetic Turf Soon A Reality At ECCC
ICC Releases 2014 Football Schedule
Reigning NJCAA National Champion East Mississippi Lions Announce 2014 Football Schedule
ECCC Football Camp
Tigers Football Program Conditioning During Summer Drills
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Reserved Football Tickets, All-sports Pass On Sale At PRCC
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
EMCC Lions Tabbed Nation’s No. 1 Junior College Football Team In JCGridiron.com Preseason Dirty 30 Rankings
Bobcats Ranked No. 26 In “Dirty 30” Preseason Poll
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Pair Of ICC Defensive Ends Named To Rivals Top 100
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ECCC Releases Football & Soccer Schedules
ICC Athletes Lend Helping Hand With April’s Angels
Webster To Work San Diego Chargers’ Training Camp
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SAN DIEGO – Northwest Community College defensive backs coach Jonathan Webster is receiving the opportunity of a lifetime.

The first-year assistant coach will work San Diego Chargers training camp, which begins Wednesday at Chargers Park in San Diego, as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Internship. Webster will work with the Chargers from July 22 to Aug. 8 and will be with the team for their first preseason game against Dallas on Aug. 7.

Webster's duties in San Diego will revolve around special teams and he will prominently be involved in cut-ups and film breakdowns off the field and will work with the punt teams, punt returners and corners on the field. He will be working alongside Chargers' assistant secondary coach Greg Williams, who also coached Webster during his collegiate career at Arkansas Tech.

"It's going to be 24/7 football," Webster said. "They're all going to be getting ready for the season and the things that I will be doing is not only preparing during training camp, but also to get them ready for the first few games of the season. I'll have a couple evenings where nothing is scheduled, so what little time that I do get off, I hope to enjoy and take in San Diego. This internship is going to be a great opportunity for me."

While he is looking forward to the experience, Webster has no intentions of leaving Northwest in the near future.

c spire Golf News

ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Winners
Win ECCC Golf Classic Course Prizes
ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Nets $10,000 In Student
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ICC Golfers Earn MACJC Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
Hernandez Inks ECCC Golf Scholarship
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
All-Nicklaus Honorees Announced
Positive Pest Control Captures 21th Annual Wesson Golf Classic
ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Winners
Release Date: 7/14/2014
East Central Community College

These golfers representing SouthGroup Cox of Carthage claimed top honors in the 13th annual Warrior Golf Classic, sponsored by the East Central Community College Alumni Association. The talented linksters posted an 18-under par 54 on the Oaks Course at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located on the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. The four-person team includes (from left) Jimmie Bell and Jimmy Brown, both of Carthage; Pat Hardage (fourth from left) of Carthage and Bob Jordan (far right) of Kosciusko, who received the championship award from ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. This year’s four-person scramble netted $9,850 for student scholarships, according to event coordinator Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations. (EC Photo)

c spire Rodeo News

ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Team Roping Tandem Of Colt Fisher And Justin Pruitt To Represent EMCC Rodeo At CNFR In Wyoming
Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
East Mississippi Captures Third Men’s Team Rodeo Title In Four Years By Earning Top Honors At Northwest Mississippi Event
Results Of The MACJC Holmes CC Crappie Rodeo Tournament On Grenada Lake
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Places Third In EMCC-hosted Event Held At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
East Mississippi CC Set To Host Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Women Match Season-best Finish With Second-place Team Showing At Southern Arkansas University Rodeo
EMCC Men Place Third And EMCC Women Finish Fifth During Arkansas-Monticello Rodeo
East Mississippi Opens Spring Rodeo Campaign With Second-place Men’s Team Finish In Arkansas
Holmes Community College NCAA, NAIA, NJCAA, MACJC Fishing Rodeo On Grenada Lake
ICC Athletics Earns Prestigious Award For Academic Success
EMCC’s Six MACJC-affiliated Athletic Teams Earn Academic All-State Team Honors For Third Straight Year; 17 EMCC Student-athletes Earn Individual Recognition
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Release Date: 7/9/2014
East Central Community College

DECATUR – Seven East Central Community College athletic teams were recognized for academic excellence in 2013-14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors reflect the type of athletic program the College strives to achieve each year.

“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way - Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”

The Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team achieved a 3.54 grade point average and finished second in the nation.

Kristin Chaney serves as head coach.

The Lady Warrior soccer team had a 3.51 GPA and finished second nationally.Gray Massey serves as head coach.

The Warrior soccer team achieved a 3.16 GPA and was ranked fourth nationally.Kenneth Thompson is head coach.

The Lady Warrior tennis team earned a 3.58 grade point average and finished fourth in the nation.

The Warrior tennis squad posted a 3.25 GPA and was ranked 14th nationally.Both programs are led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.

The Warrior baseball team finished 13th nationally with a 3.23 GPA.Neal Holliman serves as head coach.

EC’s golfers posted a 3.14 GPA and placed 17th nationally.

Chris Clark is head coach.

For more information on ECCC’s athletic programs, contact Chris Harris, Dean of Personnel Services and Athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


c spire Men's Soccer News

ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
ICC Men’s Soccer Announces 2014 Signing Class And Schedule
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
JCJC Holds Boys Team Soccer Camp
ICC Keeper Signs With Southwestern College In Kansas
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ECCC Releases Football & Soccer Schedules
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
ICC Soccer Teams Named NJCAA Academic Team Of The Year
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
NWCC Sports Info Department Garners National Publication Awards
JCJC Releases 2014 Soccer Schedule
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

The defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before concluding the day with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

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

ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
MGCCC'S Craft Ready For Canadian Softball Excursion
ICC Women’s Soccer Releases 2014 Signees And Schedule
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
ECCC Releases Football & Soccer Schedules
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
ICC Soccer Teams Named NJCAA Academic Team Of The Year
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
MGCCC Teams, Players Earn All-NJCAA Academic Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
EMCC Touts MACJC Academic All-State Teams For All Sports; School-record 31 EMCC Student-athletes Also Honored
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
NWCC Sports Info Department Garners National Publication Awards
JCJC Releases 2014 Soccer Schedule
ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

The defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before concluding the day with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

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 Softball News

ICC Hires Former Ole Miss Rebel As New Assistant Softball Coach
Nunn Named Full-time Assistant Softball Coach
Susan Harmon Hired As NWCC Assistant Sports Information Director
Northwest Inks Lafayette Standout Avery McCullough
All-State Softball Selection Gates Inks With Northeast
Nine ICC Softball Players Earn NFCA All-Academic Honors Adam
Booth Begins 'Potential' Promising Career With Tigers
Rangers Add Former LCHS Speedster Carla Avant
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
Eleven Rangers Named NFCA All-America Scholar Athletes
Attend ECCC Softball Camp
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Campers Enjoy Sun, Rain At Annual NEMCC Softball Camp
Schedule For The ICC Softball High School Summer League Tournament
ICC Softball Earns Postseason Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
ICC Hires Former Ole Miss Rebel As New Assistant Softball Coach
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College along with softball coach Andy Kirk announced the hiring of former Ole Miss Rebel first baseman Londen Ladner as the Lady Indians’ new assistant coach on Wednesday.

“We’re very excited about Londen coming on and joining our program,” said Kirk. “She’s had a stellar career through high school and four excellent years at Ole Miss. She’s going to be a great asset for us on the offensive side, the recruiting side, but she also has a great background with strength and conditioning. So we are excited about her being able to take over and get us to the next level.”

While at Ole Miss, the Brandon native was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in the Fall of and the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2011. She earned a spot on the 2012 SEC Honor Roll while being named SEC Player of the Week for her performance against No. 10 Stanford. She led the Rebels in home runs as a sophomore, junior, and senior season.

“Her senior year [Ole Miss] beat Alabama and Florida so she’s been on the highest stage there is as far as collegiately and I believe the experiences she’s had will be something she can relate to our players with,” said Kirk.

Ladner’s name is peppered throughout the history of the Ole Mississippi softball program ranking amongst the all-time career leaders at No. 8 in batting average (.294), No. 7 in hits (161), No. 5 in doubles (33), No. 3 in home runs (25), No. 3 in RBI (121), No. 4 in walks (95), No. 4 in total bases (269), No. 5 in slugging percentage (.491), No. 4 in on-base percentage (.417), No. 3 in intentional walks (6), No. 3 in hit by pitch (24), No. 9 in fielding percentage (.979), and No. 4 in putouts (880).

She earned all-state honors all four years of high school, was named Gatorade Player of the Year and The Clarion Ledger Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and helped lead Northwest Rankin to the 2009 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state championship before graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

She is the daughter of former Southern Miss football player Stewart Ladner and Renee Jones.

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

c spire Tennis News

NORTHEAST TENNIS ATHLETES, TEAMS RECEIVE ITA ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
2013-14 YEAR IN REVIEW: NORTHEAST ATHLETICS CONTINUE TO REWRITE HISTORY BOOKS
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
10 ICC Student-athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
26 ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
SEVENTEEN NEMCC ATHLETES GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE AWARDS
NEMCC ATHLETES, TEAMS DECORATED WITH NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
JCJC Student-athletes, Teams Receive Academic Recognition
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Holmes CC Student Athletes Recognized Academically
MGCCC Athletes Earn All-MACJC Academic Honors
MGCCC Tennis Camp Fun For All Ages
Kaylan Cooper Signs With Lady Ranger Tennis Program
MGCCC Tennis Holds Awards Ceremony
ICC Tennis Earns Top 15 Finish In NJCAA National Tournament
Presented ECCC Women’s Tennis Awards
NORTHEAST TENNIS ATHLETES, TEAMS RECEIVE ITA ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
Release Date: 7/18/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Skillman, N.J. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s tennis programs placed themselves among highly elite company with their latest national recognition.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers were named 2014 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for sustaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, seven individual Northeast netters that possessed GPAs higher than 3.5 garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

“I am just as proud of their accomplishments and successes in the classroom as I am for every win on the court,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “I’m extremely impressed with their work ethic. They’ve earned these honors.”

The Lady Tigers were one of just six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members to qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award with a sensational 3.59 GPA. That number was second best in the Magnolia State behind only Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The Booneville duo of Allie Downs and Erica Whitten led the effort by compiling flawless 4.0 GPAs. Downs was one of only five women’s tennis players in the country to claim the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

Belmont’s Allison Wiltshire, who concluded the campaign at the No. 1 singles and doubles position for Northeast, flirted with perfection and accumulated a GPA of 3.96.

Whitten’s partner at No. 2 doubles in Haley Brown also clinched her spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list with a 3.54 GPA. The Iuka product held a three-match winning streak for the Lady Tigers against opponents from East Central Community College and Holmes Community College in March.

Northeast and Meridian Community College were the lone men’s representatives from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) to secure ITA All-Academic Team distinction. The Tigers placed half their squad on the ITA Scholar-Athlete lineup and carried an outstanding composite GPA of 3.22.

Booneville natives Wesley Tye and Noah Wright paced Northeast in its studies and accumulated GPAs of 3.89 and 3.52, respectively, during their freshmen years.

Tye and Wright excelled in match play as well and registered a regular season record of 6-6 at No. 3 doubles for the Tigers. The combo also accounted for 11 victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Micah Page collected a number of marquee wins during his final campaign in a Northeast uniform, including decisions over nationally ranked players Juan Miranda of East Central and Graham Lightsey of Jones County Junior College.

Tishomingo’s Page devoted proper time to his scholastic endeavors as well and tallied a 3.59 GPA to gain ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA is comprised of nearly 1,700 coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions. It has a comprehensive awards program to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance.

The ITA annually decorates approximately 3,000 student-athletes from 500 different varsity programs across the country.

PLEASE NOTE – Headshots and action photos of all seven Northeast Mississippi Community College athletes that were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association are available upon request. Contact sports information director Blake Long at bdlong@nemcc.edu.


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Release Date: 7/10/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Willie Calvin, a former men’s track and field star at Hinds Community College, has returned to Raymond and will now serve as an assistant coach for the nationally renowned Eagles program.

Calvin, a Greenville native, recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C. He won the Mississippi Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award as a senior at Greenville Weston High School after winning state championships in both the high jump and long jump in 2009.

Calvin, a Hinds student-athlete from 2009-2011, was a two-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American after posting two eighth place finishes in the high jump with a leap of six feet, eight inches at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor and Outdoor Nationals as both a freshman and sophomore.

He then moved on to NCCU, where he was a two-time 2x Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) high jump champion.

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