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c spire Baseball News

Hughes Back At Pearl River As Baseball Assistant Coach
Former Ole Miss Signee, Prep All-American Wilcher Inks With Northeast
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
All-MACJC Pitcher J.R. Miller Inks With Union University
Rives Joins MDCC As New Head Baseball Coach
Coney Signs With Faulkner University, 2016 NAIA World Series Runners-Up
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
Aldridge, Buchanan Sign To Play At Louisiana College
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
Bears’ Dylan Spiers Signs With William Carey University
Former PRCC Shortstop Clark Signs With Brewers
JCJC Adds Thigpen, Rhodes To Baseball Coaching Staff
ICC Baseball To Host July Showcase
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
Former Hinds CC LHP Alex Gunn Signs With Arizona Diamondbacks
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
ECCC Student-athletes Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
PRCC Baseball Players Sign With Four-year College Programs
Hughes Back At Pearl River As Baseball Assistant Coach
Release Date: 7/25/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Rhyne Hughes said he had two goals when he was a baseball standout at Pearl River Community College in the mid-2000s.

One was to make it to the major leagues and the other was to come back to PRCC as a coach.

Hughes achieved the first goal in 2010, when he was called up for a brief stint with the Baltimore Orioles; now he has reached the other goal. Hughes was recently hired onto the Wildcats staff by new head coach Michael Avalon.

“It’s great to be back,” said Hughes. “This place is very special to me. I got goose bumps just driving back on campus the other day. It’s a really good feeling to come back.”

Hughes, 32, was a standout first baseman at Picayune High School before his stellar career at PRCC in 2003 and 2004, earning NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore.

He signed a scholarship offer with Ole Miss, but never played for the Rebels after the Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the eighth round of the MLB Amateur Draft.

“I signed late that year,” Hughes said. “So I didn’t get to go off to play rooking ball that year, so 2005 was my first year in the pros.”

Hughes spent five seasons in the Rays organization before being traded to the Orioles in August, 2009.

That was the year his career took a big step, as he spent much of that season in Class AAA, with Durham and Norfolk in the International League. He batted a combined .279 with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs.

The Orioles liked what they saw enough that they promoted him to the majors on April 24, 2010, where he debuted against the Boston Red Sox.

“It was everything I had dreamed it would be,” Hughes said. “It was the only thing I ever wanted to do from the time I was 6-years-old. My first game was at Fenway Park, with 40,000 screaming Red Sox fans.”

Hughes appeared in 14 games for the Orioles, making 51 plate appearances and batting .213 before being sent back to Triple-A, where he spent the remainder of the 2010 season.

He spent three more seasons in pro baseball, finishing his career with Binghamton in the New York Mets organization. Altogether, in nine minor-league seasons, Hughes batted .272 with 107 homers and 451 RBIs.

“It got to a point where I had to look at a lot of things,” Hughes said. “As hard as it was to get (to the major leagues), what were the odds of getting back there. If the odds were even slimmer, then I felt like it was time to look ahead and do something else.”

Hughes still needed two more years of college to obtain his bachelor’s degree, so after retiring from pro baseball, he enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana, graduating this past spring.

While at SLU, he spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as a student assistant under longtime friend Matt Riser, with whom he played both at Picayune and PRCC, as well as former Wildcat coach Jay Artigues, now the athletic director at SLU.

“Hammond (La.) was a place where I’d spent a lot of time in the offseason working out,” said Hughes. “It worked out really well where I could go to school and also cross over into coaching.”

When Avalon took over the PRCC position in June, Hughes was one of the first people he called about joining his staff, and Hughes didn’t hesitate to say yes. Avalon has also added Anthony Izzio from East Mississippi CC and retained Kyle Dolan from the previous regime.

“We feel very blessed to have the coaching staff that we have,” Avalon said.

“Coach Izzio has a lot of experience in this league. Of course, Coach Hughes, with his experience from playing here and being a local product, along with his experience from playing in the big leagues is very helpful to us. Coach Dolan brings a lot to the table having played here and coached here the past two years. He’s a big asset for us.”

The new staff has been hard at work getting ready for signing day, which will be Nov. 1 for the Class of 2017. In addition, the Wildcats have added five players for next spring’s PRCC roster, including a pair of former Columbia High standouts, Bryson Medious and Donte Peters.

Peters is a second baseman/outfielder who played for Hinds this past season, while Medious, an outfielder, signed with Jones County out of high school, but missed the season with a knee injury and will be a redshirt freshmen next spring.

Also joining the Wildcats are a pair of tall right-handed pitchers, Dylan Usry from Lake, who goes 6-foot-5, and 6-6 Corbin Thurmon, from Collierville, Tenn. PRCC will also have first baseman Bray Miles, a former East Central High School product, who will be a redshirt sophomore after transferring from Danville (Va.) CC.

“It’s been non-stop since we got here,” said Avalon. “We’ve got several commitments for the 2017 class and we’ve had probably 15 to 20 recruits in this month.”

c spire Men's Basketball News

MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Tigers Draw Kids From As Far As Gulf Coast For First Hoops Camp
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
MGCCC’s Gonzalez Signs With North Carolina A&T
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
TRIO OF TIGERS TO COMPETE ACROSS SOUTHEAST DURING BUSY FINAL MONTH OF SUMMER
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP FEATURES TOP PREP SQUADS IN NORTH MISSISSIPPI
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
ICC Leads Nation With 60 NJCAA Academic Awards
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
ICC's Tori Lee (Columbia) Inks With Louisiana College
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
Five ICC Athletic Programs Earn MACJC Academic Team Of The Year
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s women’s and men’s tennis teams earned 2016 All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with eight individuals being named Scholar Athletes.

Teams must have grade-point averages of 3.2 or better, and student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 3.33 GPA, with the Bulldogs having a 3.20 GPA. Only 13 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams in the country were received the award.

Paulina Estrada, Katie Robinson, Abigail Smith and Karah Younger were named Scholar Athletes on the women’s team.

On the men’s team, Bryan Allen, Chris Diep, Caleb Flurry and Brennan O’Keefe earned the honor.


c spire Women's Basketball News

MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Tigers Draw Kids From As Far As Gulf Coast For First Hoops Camp
JCJC’s Lofton To Play In NJCAA All-Star Weekend In Florida
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP FEATURES TOP PREP SQUADS IN NORTH MISSISSIPPI
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Toney Signs With Glenville State College
Northeast Girls Basketball Team Camp Schedule
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
ICC Leads Nation With 60 NJCAA Academic Awards
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Evans Signs With Arkansas Monticello
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
JCJC Honors Student-athletes With Spring Banquets
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s women’s and men’s tennis teams earned 2016 All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with eight individuals being named Scholar Athletes.

Teams must have grade-point averages of 3.2 or better, and student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 3.33 GPA, with the Bulldogs having a 3.20 GPA. Only 13 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams in the country were received the award.

Paulina Estrada, Katie Robinson, Abigail Smith and Karah Younger were named Scholar Athletes on the women’s team.

On the men’s team, Bryan Allen, Chris Diep, Caleb Flurry and Brennan O’Keefe earned the honor.


c spire Football News

East Mississippi Community College To Be Featured In Upcoming Netflix Documentary Series
Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K/10K Run Set For August 27
Byrd, Gates Move On To The Next Level In August
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Former Washington State QB Transfers To ICC
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
2016 MGCCC Football Season Tickets On Sale
New-look Wildcats Expect To Be Much Improved In 2016
SMCC Sets Open Football Tryout Date
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
EMCC Lions Tabbed Preseason No. 1 In JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 Football Rankings
Northeast Seven-on-Seven, Big Man Camps Packed With Elite Gridiron Talent
NORTHEAST SEVEN-ON-SEVEN, BIG MAN CAMPS PACKED WITH ELITE GRIDIRON TALENT
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
School-most 26 EMCC Student-athletes Recognized By NJCAA For Academic Achievement
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
East Mississippi Community College To Be Featured In Upcoming Netflix Documentary Series
Release Date: 7/25/2016
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Three-time NJCAA national champion East Mississippi Community College will be featured in an upcoming Netflix documentary series reviewing the Lions’ 2015 football season. The six-part series entitled “Last Chance U” will premiere this Friday (July 29) on the world’s leading internet television network.

“At East Mississippi Community College, the desire to improve the quality of life for those who walk through our doors is part of our mission and serves as a tangible and daily reminder of the fundamental importance of our work,” said EMCC President Dr. Thomas M. Huebner Jr. “One cannot watch this documentary without having a strong sense that EMCC is a place where we expect much from those who entrust their futures to us.”

Under head coach Buddy Stephens, the Lions have claimed three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships, four Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championships and seven MACJC North Division titles since 2008 - Stephens’ first year at the helm of the program.

The docuseries gives the viewer an all-access look into the lives of the EMCC players and coaches as they balance academics, football and life.

“While the film is about football, the same commitment and passion we have for our athletics program is also evident in our commitment to everything we do,” added Huebner. “It does an outstanding job capturing the raw complexity of the people and the processes associated with performing at a high level of excellence.” “Last Chance U” is directed by Greg Whiteley (Mitt, New York Doll, Resolved) and is produced by One Potato Productions, Conde’ Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment. Whiteley is also the executive producer. The series was inspired by the magazine article entitled “Last Chance U” written by Drew Jubera, which appeared in the October 2014 edition of GQ.

“Considering the school’s recent success, and after meeting some of the people from Scooba, we felt chances were high that we would be filming one of those special seasons,” said Whiteley. “What we ended up capturing was something none of us could’ve ever predicted.”

The EMCC Lions are 76-11 under Stephens, including a 45-3 mark in division play. Stephens tops all active NJCAA head football coaches nationally in career winning percentage with an 87.4-percent success rate with the Lions.

All six episodes of the docuseries will be released simultaneously at 12:01 a.m. this Thursday night/Friday morning for members of the Netflix subscription service. To become a member of Netflix, visit www.Netflix.com or call 1-866-579-7172 for more information.

Some dialogue may not be appropriate for younger viewers and parents are encouraged to keep that in mind when watching with their children.

c spire Golf News

MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
MGCCC Golf Will Hold Fundraising Tournament
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
6 MGCCC Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
Local Golfers Compete In Annual Tournament That Benefits Tigers
Tull Earns All-State Honors For Second Consecutive Season
Co-Lin Golf Earns Academic All-State Team
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
Bank Of Franklin Wins 23rd Annual Wesson Foundation Golf Classic
Five ICC Athletic Programs Earn MACJC Academic Team Of The Year
Foundation Golf Tournament Hole In One
9th Annual Sim Cooley Memorial Golf Tourney Set For June 4
Gulf Coast Finishes Fourth At National Championship
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s women’s and men’s tennis teams earned 2016 All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with eight individuals being named Scholar Athletes.

Teams must have grade-point averages of 3.2 or better, and student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 3.33 GPA, with the Bulldogs having a 3.20 GPA. Only 13 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams in the country were received the award.

Paulina Estrada, Katie Robinson, Abigail Smith and Karah Younger were named Scholar Athletes on the women’s team.

On the men’s team, Bryan Allen, Chris Diep, Caleb Flurry and Brennan O’Keefe earned the honor.


c spire Rodeo News

EMCC’s Marcus Theriot Claims All-Around And Tie-down Roping National Titles; Lions Place Fifth Nationally As A Team
PRCC Set To Field Rodeo Team This Fall
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In Week-long College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
49 Student-athletes Inducted Into ICC PTK In 2015-16
EMCC To Be Represented For Sixth Consecutive Year At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Finishes Fourth In Men’s Team Rodeo Competition At Northwest Mississippi
Marcus Theriot’s Fourth All-around Regional Title Leads EMCC To Third-place Team Finish At UT Martin
Katelyn Nicholson Leads East Mississippi Women To Rodeo Team Title At Arkansas-Monticello
East Mississippi Men Finish Third While Hosting NIRA Ozark Region Rodeo In West Point
East Mississippi To Host Collegiate Rodeo This Week At The Ranch In West Point
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot Leads EMCC To Runner-up Finish At West Alabama Rodeo Showdown
East Mississippi Enjoys Team And Individual Rodeo Success During Season-opening Event In Missouri
FIVE STANDOUTS COMPRISE EIGHTH NORTHEAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS
ICC Announces 2015 Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
Bull Rider Winston Cheek Paces East Mississippi To 25th-place Team Finish At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
Northeast Mourns The Loss Of Pearl River's Mitch Deaver
EMCC’s Marcus Theriot Claims All-Around And Tie-down Roping National Titles; Lions Place Fifth Nationally As A Team
Release Date: 6/20/2016
East Mississippi Community College

CASPER, Wyo. – Freshman cowboy Marcus Theriot added to his already impressive list of rodeo accomplishments by claiming the All-Around national championship and tie-down roping title in leading the East Mississippi Community College men’s team to a school-best, fifth-place national finish at the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo. The week-long collegiate rodeo competition concluded Saturday night at the Casper Events Center in Wyoming.

Having previously earned the 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo All-Around Cowboy title, Theriot, of Poplarville, totaled 510 points while competing in three different events at this year’s CNFR to finish 120 points ahead of reserve champion Clayton Biglow of men’s team champion Feather River College. Along with collecting 260 points in winning the tie-down roping title, Theriot earned 170 points by advancing to Saturday’s championship round of the team roping competition with Lane Mitchell of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Theriot also added 80 points in the steer wrestling event by winning the second-go round with a time of 3.9 seconds.

“Marcus is a true champion and an outstanding rodeo athlete,” EMCC head rodeo coach Morgan Goodrich said. “His work ethic, team leadership and family values all continue to contribute to his great success in and out of the rodeo arena.”

Theriot, the son of 1994 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) tie-down roping world champion Herbert Theriot, captured the CNFR’s tie-down roping title with a composite time of 38.1 seconds during the week, including respective 8.0 and 8.2-second efforts during the second and third short-go rounds of preliminary competition heading into Saturday’s short-go round. Following his 9.8-second showing during the finals, Theriot needed some additional help as several of his top competitors in the event struggled during their final runs on Saturday.

The team roping competition helped solidify Theriot’s first collegiate All-Around championship. The 2015 Mississippi High School Rodeo Association Boys’ All-Around champion partnered with Mitchell of UT Martin to turn in a 5.7-second run for third-place honors during the third short-go round. That effort qualified the tandem for Saturday’s finals, where they clocked in at 9.1 seconds to place fifth with an average score of 32.4 composite seconds during the week.

In women’s competition for EMCC, sophomore Katelyn Nicholson posted consistent times of 14.29, 14.28 and 14.21 seconds during the three preliminary rounds of barrel racing to qualify for Saturday’s short go. The Lawrence native struggled somewhat with a 19.88-second performance in the finals to place 12th overall in the event. While also competing in goat tying this past week in Wyoming, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2015-16 Ozark Region All-Around women’s champion picked up 60 points at the CNFR to give head coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC women’s team a tie for 27th place in this year’s season-ending national rankings.

Though not scoring at this year’s College National Finals Rodeo, Kossuth’s Kody Rinehart competed in the saddle bronc riding event for EMCC to give the Lions three CNFR competitors for the second straight year.

“It was a great privilege to have been a part of the amazing experience that makes up the College National Finals Rodeo,” Goodrich continued. “We’re extremely proud to be bringing home two national championship titles and a No. 5 national team finish.”

Sandwiched between Feather River College’s first-place men’s team total of 1,000 points and EMCC’s 510 points for fifth-place team honors this past week in Casper were Northwestern Oklahoma State University (800 points), Panhandle State University (787.5) and Weatherford College (525).

Blue Mountain Community College captured women’s team honors with 595 points, followed by Missouri Valley College (420), Black Hills State University (362), Chadron State College (315), Gillette College (295) and Southwestern Oklahoma State University (295).

The best action from the 2016 College National Finals Rodeo will be featured on ESPNU during two televised hours of recap coverage beginning at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 18. Additional airings of the pair of one-hour recap shows are also slated to be shown on ESPNU throughout the remainder of August.

c spire Men's Soccer News

MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
ICC Announces 2016 Soccer Schedules
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Over 100 Attend JCJC Boys Soccer Camp
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
ICC Leads Nation With 60 NJCAA Academic Awards
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
JCJC Honors Student-athletes With Spring Banquets
Five ICC Athletic Programs Earn MACJC Academic Team Of The Year
PRCC Names Jeff Long As New Athletic Director
49 Student-athletes Inducted Into ICC PTK In 2015-16
JCJC Offers Several Summer Sports Camps
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Releases 2016 Slate
MGCCC Has 5 Soccer Players Sign With 4-year Schools
JCJC Hosts Boys Team Soccer Camp
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s women’s and men’s tennis teams earned 2016 All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with eight individuals being named Scholar Athletes.

Teams must have grade-point averages of 3.2 or better, and student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 3.33 GPA, with the Bulldogs having a 3.20 GPA. Only 13 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams in the country were received the award.

Paulina Estrada, Katie Robinson, Abigail Smith and Karah Younger were named Scholar Athletes on the women’s team.

On the men’s team, Bryan Allen, Chris Diep, Caleb Flurry and Brennan O’Keefe earned the honor.


c spire Women's Soccer News

Bobcat Soccer Academy Hosts 60 Campers
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
ICC Announces 2016 Soccer Schedules
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
CC Women's Soccer Named NJCAA Women's Soccer Academic Team Of The Year
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Announces 2016 Schedule
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
ICC Leads Nation With 60 NJCAA Academic Awards
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
JCJC Honors Student-athletes With Spring Banquets
Five ICC Athletic Programs Earn MACJC Academic Team Of The Year
PRCC Names Jeff Long As New Athletic Director
49 Student-athletes Inducted Into ICC PTK In 2015-16
JCJC Offers Several Summer Sports Camps
ICC’s Stukenborg Continues Career At Belhaven
Bobcat Soccer Academy Hosts 60 Campers
Release Date: 7/26/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Some 60 youngsters attended the Bobcat Soccer Academy, which was held July 5-8 on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

The camp featured 30 overnight campers and 30 day campers.

Youngsters were taught the fundamentals of the game, went through drills and played games during the four days of camp. There were campers ages 5-14 involved with the Academy.

Bobcat coaches Dolores Deasley and Brendan Connolly directed the camp, while William Carey University women’s assistant coach Ryan Weir, Southern Miss graduate assistant Tori Brook, Louisiana Fire staff coach Lynn Bradley and several Bobcat players helped with the camp.

c spire Softball News

MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Brown, Hollenhead Commit To National Champion UNA Program
ICC Names Thompson As New Assistant Softball Coach
Northeast Selects Recipients Of Prestigious Tiger Awards
SCHOOL-RECORD TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN PRESTIGIOUS NJCAA SCHOLASTIC AWARDS
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic Distinction
East Central Sports Teams Receive NJCAA Team Academic Honors
JCJC Student-athletes Receive State, National Academic Recognition
6 MGCCC Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Northeast Mississippi Summer Softball Championship Schedule
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
ICC Leads Nation With 60 NJCAA Academic Awards
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
JCJC Honors Student-athletes With Spring Banquets
MGCCC Men’s, Women’s Teams Earn Academic Honors
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s women’s and men’s tennis teams earned 2016 All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, with eight individuals being named Scholar Athletes.

Teams must have grade-point averages of 3.2 or better, and student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year with a 3.33 GPA, with the Bulldogs having a 3.20 GPA. Only 13 women’s teams and 13 men’s teams in the country were received the award.

Paulina Estrada, Katie Robinson, Abigail Smith and Karah Younger were named Scholar Athletes on the women’s team.

On the men’s team, Bryan Allen, Chris Diep, Caleb Flurry and Brennan O’Keefe earned the honor.


c spire Tennis News

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
6 MGCCC Teams Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Gulf Coast Leads State With 42 Academic All-MACJC Winners
35 MGCCC Student-athletes Get NJCAA Academic Awards
Baseball National Championship Tops JCJC Sports Year
OVER TWENTY NEMCC ATHLETES EARN MACJC ACADEMIC HONORS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
Collins Native Buffington Named JCJC Tennis Coach
42 Gulf Coast Student-athletes Make Academic All-MACJC
Thirteen Athletes Earn NJCAA Academic Honors
Easley Retires As JCJC Tennis Coach
ICC To Host Final Day Of Summer League Play
JCJC Honors Student-athletes With Spring Banquets
ICC’s Women Tennis Team Earns Top MACJC Academic Honor
Five ICC Athletic Programs Earn MACJC Academic Team Of The Year
ICC’s Barnes Signs With Blue Mountain College
Co-Lin Tennis Schedules Summer Camp
NEMCC Tennis Programs Gain ITA Academic Accolades For Third Straight Year
Release Date: 7/22/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s tennis squads continue to place themselves amongst elite company with their latest national commendation.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers were tabbed as All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Seven individual Northeast netters that compiled GPAs that exceeded 3.5 for the 2015-16 school year received the renowned distinction of ITA Scholar-Athlete as well.

“I’m very proud of the efforts of both our programs,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “It’s a very prestigious honor and these recipients have worked hard to earn this recognition.”

The Lady Tigers were one of just 13 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members and 14 two-year institutions overall to qualify for ITA All-Academic Team laurels with a stellar 3.55 GPA.

The Saltillo duo of Katey Gardner and Kerston Jumper plus Nettleton’s Calin Holley led the effort by compiling flawless 4.0 GPAs. They were also three of only nine players in the Magnolia State to claim the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

Kossuth’s Brittney Rencher, who ended her sophomore campaign as Holley’s partner at No. 3 doubles, completes the list of honorees for Northeast’s ladies with a solid 3.65 GPA.

The Tigers likewise found themselves as one of 12 NJCAA affiliates and 13 total colleges countrywide to secure ITA All-Academic Team accolades. Northeast captured its place on the listing with a GPA of 3.28.

Cade Scroggins from Booneville topped the Tigers with an unblemished 4.0 GPA. He participated at No. 5 singles and No. 3 doubles during his inaugural season at Northeast.

Payton Pearce reached the quarterfinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament during each of his campaigns with the Tigers. The Saltillo product also obtained a spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete lineup with a 3.69 GPA.

Belmont’s Nathan Cleveland posted a GPA of 3.51 to garner this prize as well. He was paired with Scroggins for a majority of the season at No. 3 doubles and also held the sixth slot in the singles rotation.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA is comprised of nearly 1,700 coaches from over 1,200 varsity programs across the nation. The ITA annually decorates over 4,000 student-athletes that excel in scholastic and athletic performance.

It is the third consecutive year in which Northeast’s men and women were named ITA All-Academic Teams. Both units also acquired that same acknowledgement from the NJCAA.


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Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K/10K Run Set For August 27
Release Date: 7/25/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – The 10th annual Jones County Junior College Bobcat Hall of Fame 5K/10K Run will be held at 8 a.m. on August 27.

The race will begin and end at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

For the 5K Run, pre-registration fee is $20 and $15 for students and Pine Belt Pacers members. Day of the race fee is $25 for all runners. For the 10K Run, pre-registration fee is $25 and $20 for students and Pine Belt Pacers members. Day of the race fee is $30 for all runners.

Packet pick-up will be from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 26 in the Bobcat Fitness Center.

To register, go to www.jcjcathletics.com and click on “For Fans” and then click on “2016 Hall of Fame 5K/10K”. Fill out the form, enclose check and mail to Jones County FCA, 15 Jacob’s Cove, Ellisville, MS 39437.

For more information, call Justin Graves at 601-433-1312. All proceeds from the run go to the Jones County chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.