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c spire Baseball News

Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Quade Smith Of Hinds CC Baseball Wins Iron Eagle Challenge Again
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
SMCC To Hold Baseball And Softball Camp For Youngsters
Keller Bradford & Tyler Cox Of Hinds CC Baseball Ink With ULM
2015 PRCC Baseball Team Features Lot Of Experience
PRCC Mourns Death Of Earlora Holden
Nine Hinds CC Baseball Players Headed To D1 Level
River Baseball Standouts Sign With Senior Colleges
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Hinds CC Baseball Releases 2015 Slate
Hinds CC Monster Mash At Moss Has Another Great Turnout
Hinds CC Baseball/softball To Host Monster Mash At Moss On Thursday
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
Northwest Baseball To Host Prospect Camp For 2015-16 Graduates
Former SMCC Bear Dyson To Play In World Series
Hinds CC Wins Halbrook Award For 14th Time
Thompson To Be Inducted To ICC Athletic Hall Of Fame
Hinds CC 2014 Sports Hall Of Fame Class Announced
Zanaboni Named As CCC’s New Sports Information Director
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Release Date: 12/14/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four years ago, nine youngsters were helped at the inaugural Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas Party.

On the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, 71 children were the recipients of love, kindness and gifts during the 4th annual event, which was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves was ecstatic after the conclusion of this year’s party.

“Without a doubt, this was the biggest ever,” he said. “We were able to adopt 71 kids this year and 64 of them were able to come to our party. We will deliver gifts privately to those not able to be here.

“From nine to over 70 children – it’s just wild. There is no way we could have done this without the community and without our Jones County FCA Leadership Board. Our coaches stepped up tremendously and our athletes just owned it. We had more involvement this year in the community, even from non-athletic groups. Some of them got to adopt kids. It was just a huge team effort.”

Graves said counselors at local elementary schools gave the FCA a list of disadvantaged children who could use some help during this time of the year. Jones County FCA Leadership Board member Priscilla Herrington coordinated the effort from there.

“We have to give thanks to our counselors at our elementary schools,” Graves said. “They are amazing. They handpicked these children who just need a little extra help for Christmas. Priscilla Herrington collected all of the information from all of the counselors and I believe every counselor was here to support their kids.

“The counselors are just huge, they know the kids way better than we do and they know who needs help.”

Student-athletes from Laurel, Northeast Jones, South Jones, West Jones, Laurel Christian School and JCJC, along with students, coaches and private individuals, collected the money to help the children.

“The kids get together as a team and raise the money themselves,” Graves said. “Depending on the size of the team, they will collect $10 or $20 apiece or whatever. Then they will all go shopping together, whether it’s in Laurel or Hattiesburg or Ellisville. That’s the fun part.

“It’s interesting to me that some teams will adopt two kids and they will raise the money for one and then their coach will match that for the other kid. That’s happened a lot this year and that’s very special.”

Graves said to see the FCA members purchase the gifts, present them to the children and then see their reaction – both the FCA members and the children – brings it all together for him.

“From where I sit with FCA, this is a great way to show our athletes how they can impact their community in a very tangible way,” he said. “This is a way they can practically live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better way than finding somebody in need and meeting that need in the name of Jesus. They get to experience that firsthand.”

The event began in two venues.

The FCA members, coaches and others gathered in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

JCJC baseball player Perry Turner and Bobcat cheerleader Joanna Word led the crowd in Christmas carols.

Northeast Jones Principal Cooper Pope delivered the Christmas message from Luke, Chapter 2, and Pine Belt Area FCA Director Mitchell Williams followed with a message and an invitation to those in attendance to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

At the same time, more student-athletes and individuals were on hand in classrooms in the Thoms P.E. Building, along with the children, to listen to Christmas songs, the Christmas story and testimonies.

After about one hour, those in the Howard Gym walked over to the P.E. Building where the presents had been placed. The children were then led out of the classrooms into the gym of the building where they went to each team or private group and received their gifts.

An estimated crowd of over 500 people was in the P.E. Building at the time of the gift presentations.

Graves said the late Bill Buckner, who led the Mississippi FCA for 27 years before his death in May of this year, said the FCA Christmas Party was special.

“Mr. Buckner said it was one of the most significant things our FCA gets to do,” he said. “He said it brings four things together: Jesus, giving, coaches and athletes. That sums it up perfectly.”

To find out more about local FCA events, go to Facebook and “Like” the JCJC Fellowship of Christian Athletes page, or to www.pinebeltfca.org or to www.mississippifca.org.

c spire Men's Basketball News

Unbeaten Wildcats Move Up To No. 23 In Latest Hoops Poll
Basketball Bobcats Ranked No. 24 In Latest NJCAA Poll
MACJC Players Of The Week Announced
EMCC Freshman Forward Jahyde Gardiner Tabbed MACJC Men’s Basketball Player Of The Week
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
ICC End First Half Of Season With Sweep Of Lawson State
Tigers Downed By Arkansas Baptist In Little Rock
ICC Splits At Meridian CC
JACKSON GUIDES TIGERS COMEBACK WITH CAREER PERFORMANCE
Major Second Half Run Leads To Comeback Win Vs Itawamba
EMCC Lions Close Out Pre-Christmas Hoops Slate With 77-66 Home Triumph Over William Carey JV Squad
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
Holmes Basketball
Unbeaten Wildcats Cop Spot In Latest NJCAA Hoops Poll
Unbeaten Wildcats Cop Spot In Latest
Da’Quan Forrest Named MACJC Men’s Player Of The Week
Basketball Tigers Can’t Handle Holmes At Home
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week
ECCC Squads Fall To Jones County
EMCC’s Antonio Finley Hits Buzzer-beating 3-pointer To Complete Basketball Road Sweep Of Delgado CC
Unbeaten Wildcats Move Up To No. 23 In Latest Hoops Poll
Release Date: 12/17/2014
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE --- Pearl River Community College’s undefeated men’s basketball team moved up to the No. 23 in the latest NJCAA’s Division I basketball poll released Tuesday.

The Wildcat squad was ranked No. 25 in Dec. 9’s balloting, marking the first time The River men appeared in the national poll since 2013’s MACJC state championship season. In 2013, the team was ranked as high as No. 12 in that year’s Feb. 12 balloting and wrapped its season at the No. 20 spot.

The River, under the leadership of head coach Richard Mathis who is amidst his 23rd season at the Wildcat helm, is 9-0 overall and 2-0 in MACJC South Division play after Monday’s 66-50 victory over rival Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson following Dec. 4’s 81-69 win over Southwest Mississippi in Poplarville.

Mathis is no stranger to championship hoops, as he boasts a total of eight MACJC titles --- including six at Pearl River in 1995, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2010, and 2013. He previously won a men’s championship at Northeast Mississippi in Booneville and a women’s title at his alma mater East Mississippi in Scooba. Mathis’ Lady Lions squad at EMCC finished its season at 31-1 and a No. 2 finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. East Miss’ only loss of the season was to Panola (Tex.) in the national title bout.

Assistant coaches are Chris Oney (fourth season) and Shane Maynard (second season).

Currently on the Christmas holiday break, PRCC’s women’s and men’s squad returns to action Monday, Jan. 4, against Delgado (La.) in New Orleans.


c spire Women's Basketball News

Ivy Earns Third Weekly League Honor Of Distinguished Career
MACJC Players Of The Week Announced
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
ICC End First Half Of Season With Sweep Of Lawson State
Lady Buffs Best Lady Tigers In Rematch
ICC Splits At Meridian CC
JACKSON GUIDES TIGERS COMEBACK WITH CAREER PERFORMANCE
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
Gilbert Named MACJC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week
Holmes Basketball
Lady Tigers Fall To Holmes CC Lady Bulldogs
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week
ECCC Squads Fall To Jones County
EMCC’s Antonio Finley Hits Buzzer-beating 3-pointer To Complete Basketball Road Sweep Of Delgado CC
Bobcat Teams Rally For Road Victories At East Central
River Heads Into Holiday Break After Split At Copiah-Lincoln
ICC Splits With Northwest
Top Teams ECCC, Jones County Battle Tonight
NORTHEAST CLOSES FALL SEMESTER DIVISION, HOME SCHEDULES
Lady Tigers Struggle Against Itawamba
Ivy Earns Third Weekly League Honor Of Distinguished Career
Release Date: 12/17/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball standout Aushiana Ivy broke free of a recent slump on the court to collect her second conference accolade of the season.

Ivy was selected as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for games contested December 8-14.

“She’s the heart and soul of our team and a great pleasure to be around,” said Lady Tigers head coach Brian Alexander. “Anytime you have those type of characteristics from a player, it’s always fun to see them get acknowledged for their work.”

Ivy suffered through a four-game drought following the Northeast Tipoff Classic in which she did not reach the double-digit plateau in scoring. But the sophomore found her touch once again and guided the Lady Tigers to a pair of victories in their final full week of competition during the 2014 calendar year.

The Shannon High School graduate scored Northeast’s initial five points on the road at Mississippi Delta Community College to give her team a lead that it would not relinquish throughout the duration of the crucial MACJC North Division tilt.

She scored the majority of her points after the break and helped the Lady Tigers pull away with an old-fashioned three-point play midway through the second. She sank two attempts at the charity stripe moments later to give Northeast a comfortable 73-54 advantage over the Lady Trojans.

Ivy recorded her eighth career double-double with 22 points and a season-best 12 rebounds inside Mississippi Delta’s J.T. Hall Coliseum. She shot 50 percent from the floor overall and added two assists, one steal and one block.

The 5-10 forward returned to legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum four days later and tallied 32 points, which was one away from tying her personal top mark, and made a career-high 11 field goals in a triumph against Snead State (Ala.) Community College.

The Lady Tigers never trailed the Lady Parsons following an 8-0 run to start the contest that included a basket by Ivy. She then accounted for eight points in a span of three minutes to put Northeast ahead 57-38 at halftime.

Ivy totaled 57 minutes of action last week and averaged 28 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, two steals and 0.5 blocks per matchup. She registered a combined field goal percentage of 54.1 and was 14 of 25 at the free throw line.

“It’s a blessing that I can’t even describe,” Ivy said. “I had to come in and practice hard each day just to keep it up. Coach (Alexander) gives us the plays and it’s up to us to dominate those. I think that’s what I did.”

Ivy is currently among the top 10 student-athletes in the Magnolia State in the categories of points and rebounds each outing. She sits at fourth with 15.8 points and ninth at 7.4 boards.

The Tupelo native had a stellar opening campaign in the City of Hospitality as well. She was named to the MACJC All-State team and notched 13.9 points and 8.6 rebounds in 23 starts for the Lady Tigers.

This is the third time that Ivy has earned the MACJC’s weekly prize during her phenomenal career. She most recently received this distinction after leading Northeast to wins versus reigning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament participants Southwest Mississippi Community College and Baton Rouge (La.) Community College in early November.

Ivy is now eligible for laurels from the NJCAA, which announces its countrywide accolades on Wednesday.

c spire Golf News

Hinds CC Golf Releases 2015 Schedule
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
MGCCC Golf Team, Player Both Ranked 3rd In Nation
JCJC Holds Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament On Oct. 17
Northeast Tabs Hatfield As Seventh Head Golf Coach
Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament Scheduled For Oct. 4
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
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
Hinds CC Golf Releases 2015 Schedule
Release Date: 11/20/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College head golf coach Ernie Rogers recently announced his 2015 tournament event schedule.

The Eagles will play five regular season events starting on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson.

Hinds will then host day one of the next event on February 28 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond before heading to Wesson for the second day of the team’s second tournament event on March 1.

Rogers' crew will head into postseason play after the five statewide events, heading to Lion Hills Golf Course in Columbus for the annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state tournament on April 18-19.

Seeding in the state tournament will determine regional and national tournament standings.

The Region XXIII tournament will be played on April 26-27 at the Laurel Country Club in Laurel, while the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament will be played at the Goose Pond Colony Resort in Scottsboro, Ala., on May 17-22.

For more on Hinds golf and to view the complete 2015 schedule go to www.hindsccsports.com.


c spire Rodeo News

Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
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
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Release Date: 11/12/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – A number of Hinds Community College student-athletes were recently named to Who's Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges.

The sophomore students were named to this program due to their achievements in academics and leadership qualities shown throughout their two years in community college.

Each Hinds recipient was recently honored at the annual Who’s Who ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7 in Cain Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

A complete list of Hinds athletes named to Who's Who include:

Baseball

Graham Ahlrich (Madison)Randy Bell (Woodville)Keller Bradford (Raymond)Houston Case (Brookhaven)Andrew Culver (Brookhaven)Matt Jones (Madison)Chase Lunceford (Clinton)Derek Martin (Flora)Roger Murphy (Brandon)Gage Posey (Brookhaven)Austin Sanders (Madison)Casey Sutton (Monroe, La.)Jonathan Washam (Sterlington, La.)

Men’s Basketball

LaDarrius Drain (Yazoo City)Clayton Tate (Terry)Kaleb Williams (Edwards)

Football

Peter Bailey (Kissimmee, Fla.)Joshua Everett (Lauderdale)Jeramey Hill (Vicksburg)Joseph Houston (Pelahatchie)Sky Logan (Natchez)

Golf

Brandon Bain (Raymond)

Men's Soccer

Cody Dwyer (Terry)Andrew Pace (Terry)Borden Wilkins (Byram)

Women's SoccerDarien Ellison (Ocean Springs)Sarah Paullus (Southaven)Softball

Molli Douglass (Clinton)Courtenay Holt (Brandon)Allison Hux (Magee)Bailey Ladner (Gulfport)Alexis Patterson (Vicksburg)

Men’s Tennis

Peter Bethea (Edwards)

Men’s Track and Field

Kyndarious Bates (Tylertown)

Women’s Track and Field

Bre’Ana Ratliff (Leland)

For more on Hinds athletics go to www.hindsccsports.com.


c spire Men's Soccer News

Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
ICC Men's Soccer Awards
ECCC Men’s Soccer Award Recipients
Large Crowd Attends ECCC Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ICC’s Fernandez Named NJCAA All-American
Itawamba CC Soccer Signings For This Week
Armando Barron Named To MACJC All-State Soccer Team
PRCC Mourns Death Of Earlora Holden
REVISED: ECCC Soccer Players Score Goals In MACJC All-Star Games
ECCC Soccer Players Score Goals In MACJC All-Star Games
2014 Soccer All Star Games
MACJC Soccer Allstar Game Recap
ICC’s Howard Earns MACJC All-Star MVP Honors
Five MGCCC Soccer Players Named To MACJC All-Star Team
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Stars Earn Postseason Honors
ECCC Soccer Standouts Named To MACJC All-Star Squads
Six ICC Soccer Players Earn Postseason Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Four Wolves Selected For MACJC Soccer All-Star Game
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Release Date: 12/14/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four years ago, nine youngsters were helped at the inaugural Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas Party.

On the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, 71 children were the recipients of love, kindness and gifts during the 4th annual event, which was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves was ecstatic after the conclusion of this year’s party.

“Without a doubt, this was the biggest ever,” he said. “We were able to adopt 71 kids this year and 64 of them were able to come to our party. We will deliver gifts privately to those not able to be here.

“From nine to over 70 children – it’s just wild. There is no way we could have done this without the community and without our Jones County FCA Leadership Board. Our coaches stepped up tremendously and our athletes just owned it. We had more involvement this year in the community, even from non-athletic groups. Some of them got to adopt kids. It was just a huge team effort.”

Graves said counselors at local elementary schools gave the FCA a list of disadvantaged children who could use some help during this time of the year. Jones County FCA Leadership Board member Priscilla Herrington coordinated the effort from there.

“We have to give thanks to our counselors at our elementary schools,” Graves said. “They are amazing. They handpicked these children who just need a little extra help for Christmas. Priscilla Herrington collected all of the information from all of the counselors and I believe every counselor was here to support their kids.

“The counselors are just huge, they know the kids way better than we do and they know who needs help.”

Student-athletes from Laurel, Northeast Jones, South Jones, West Jones, Laurel Christian School and JCJC, along with students, coaches and private individuals, collected the money to help the children.

“The kids get together as a team and raise the money themselves,” Graves said. “Depending on the size of the team, they will collect $10 or $20 apiece or whatever. Then they will all go shopping together, whether it’s in Laurel or Hattiesburg or Ellisville. That’s the fun part.

“It’s interesting to me that some teams will adopt two kids and they will raise the money for one and then their coach will match that for the other kid. That’s happened a lot this year and that’s very special.”

Graves said to see the FCA members purchase the gifts, present them to the children and then see their reaction – both the FCA members and the children – brings it all together for him.

“From where I sit with FCA, this is a great way to show our athletes how they can impact their community in a very tangible way,” he said. “This is a way they can practically live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better way than finding somebody in need and meeting that need in the name of Jesus. They get to experience that firsthand.”

The event began in two venues.

The FCA members, coaches and others gathered in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

JCJC baseball player Perry Turner and Bobcat cheerleader Joanna Word led the crowd in Christmas carols.

Northeast Jones Principal Cooper Pope delivered the Christmas message from Luke, Chapter 2, and Pine Belt Area FCA Director Mitchell Williams followed with a message and an invitation to those in attendance to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

At the same time, more student-athletes and individuals were on hand in classrooms in the Thoms P.E. Building, along with the children, to listen to Christmas songs, the Christmas story and testimonies.

After about one hour, those in the Howard Gym walked over to the P.E. Building where the presents had been placed. The children were then led out of the classrooms into the gym of the building where they went to each team or private group and received their gifts.

An estimated crowd of over 500 people was in the P.E. Building at the time of the gift presentations.

Graves said the late Bill Buckner, who led the Mississippi FCA for 27 years before his death in May of this year, said the FCA Christmas Party was special.

“Mr. Buckner said it was one of the most significant things our FCA gets to do,” he said. “He said it brings four things together: Jesus, giving, coaches and athletes. That sums it up perfectly.”

To find out more about local FCA events, go to Facebook and “Like” the JCJC Fellowship of Christian Athletes page, or to www.pinebeltfca.org or to www.mississippifca.org.

c spire Women's Soccer News

Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Lady Bobcat Soccer Inks 11 To Scholarships
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
ICC Women's Soccer Awards
ECCC Women’s Soccer Award Winners
JCJC’s Gilliland Named NJCAA All-American
Itawamba CC Soccer Signings For This Week
Four Lady Rangers Earn Soccer Postseason Accolades
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Standouts Earn Postseason Honors
Reigning MACJC-Region 23 Soccer Champ Lady Wildcats Sign Southern Miss Transfer
PRCC Mourns Death Of Earlora Holden
ECCC Women’s Soccer Players Named MACJC All-State
REVISED: ECCC Soccer Players Score Goals In MACJC All-Star Games
ECCC Soccer Players Score Goals In MACJC All-Star Games
2014 Soccer All Star Games
MACJC Soccer Allstar Game Recap
Five MGCCC Soccer Players Named To MACJC All-Star Team
ECCC Soccer Standouts Named To MACJC All-Star Squads
Six ICC Soccer Players Earn Postseason Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Release Date: 12/14/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four years ago, nine youngsters were helped at the inaugural Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas Party.

On the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, 71 children were the recipients of love, kindness and gifts during the 4th annual event, which was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves was ecstatic after the conclusion of this year’s party.

“Without a doubt, this was the biggest ever,” he said. “We were able to adopt 71 kids this year and 64 of them were able to come to our party. We will deliver gifts privately to those not able to be here.

“From nine to over 70 children – it’s just wild. There is no way we could have done this without the community and without our Jones County FCA Leadership Board. Our coaches stepped up tremendously and our athletes just owned it. We had more involvement this year in the community, even from non-athletic groups. Some of them got to adopt kids. It was just a huge team effort.”

Graves said counselors at local elementary schools gave the FCA a list of disadvantaged children who could use some help during this time of the year. Jones County FCA Leadership Board member Priscilla Herrington coordinated the effort from there.

“We have to give thanks to our counselors at our elementary schools,” Graves said. “They are amazing. They handpicked these children who just need a little extra help for Christmas. Priscilla Herrington collected all of the information from all of the counselors and I believe every counselor was here to support their kids.

“The counselors are just huge, they know the kids way better than we do and they know who needs help.”

Student-athletes from Laurel, Northeast Jones, South Jones, West Jones, Laurel Christian School and JCJC, along with students, coaches and private individuals, collected the money to help the children.

“The kids get together as a team and raise the money themselves,” Graves said. “Depending on the size of the team, they will collect $10 or $20 apiece or whatever. Then they will all go shopping together, whether it’s in Laurel or Hattiesburg or Ellisville. That’s the fun part.

“It’s interesting to me that some teams will adopt two kids and they will raise the money for one and then their coach will match that for the other kid. That’s happened a lot this year and that’s very special.”

Graves said to see the FCA members purchase the gifts, present them to the children and then see their reaction – both the FCA members and the children – brings it all together for him.

“From where I sit with FCA, this is a great way to show our athletes how they can impact their community in a very tangible way,” he said. “This is a way they can practically live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better way than finding somebody in need and meeting that need in the name of Jesus. They get to experience that firsthand.”

The event began in two venues.

The FCA members, coaches and others gathered in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

JCJC baseball player Perry Turner and Bobcat cheerleader Joanna Word led the crowd in Christmas carols.

Northeast Jones Principal Cooper Pope delivered the Christmas message from Luke, Chapter 2, and Pine Belt Area FCA Director Mitchell Williams followed with a message and an invitation to those in attendance to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

At the same time, more student-athletes and individuals were on hand in classrooms in the Thoms P.E. Building, along with the children, to listen to Christmas songs, the Christmas story and testimonies.

After about one hour, those in the Howard Gym walked over to the P.E. Building where the presents had been placed. The children were then led out of the classrooms into the gym of the building where they went to each team or private group and received their gifts.

An estimated crowd of over 500 people was in the P.E. Building at the time of the gift presentations.

Graves said the late Bill Buckner, who led the Mississippi FCA for 27 years before his death in May of this year, said the FCA Christmas Party was special.

“Mr. Buckner said it was one of the most significant things our FCA gets to do,” he said. “He said it brings four things together: Jesus, giving, coaches and athletes. That sums it up perfectly.”

To find out more about local FCA events, go to Facebook and “Like” the JCJC Fellowship of Christian Athletes page, or to www.pinebeltfca.org or to www.mississippifca.org.

c spire Softball News

Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
JCJC Holds Softball Winter Hitting Camp
JCJC Holds Softball Prospect Camp
JCJC Honors Student-athletes At Fall Athletic Banquet
SMCC To Hold Baseball And Softball Camp For Youngsters
CCC Softball Team Surprises Local Middle Schooler With Holiday Gifts
ECCC Intramural Softball Runners-Up
East Mississippi Community College To Conduct Two-day Fall Softball Camp, Dec. 13-14, On Scooba Campus
PRCC Softball Coach White Pleased With Workouts
Co-Lin Softball Hosting Hitting Challenge
CCC Softball Teaches Skills And Drills At Clarksdale High
PRCC Mourns Death Of Earlora Holden
JCJC’s National Player Of The Year Tori Dew Inks With Southern Miss
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
Hinds CC Monster Mash At Moss Has Another Great Turnout
Hinds CC Softball Releases 2015 Schedule
ICC Softball Coaches Reflect On Former Lady Indian Cyndal Cleveland
THIRD ANNUAL NEMCC PREP SOFTBALL SHOWCASE SET FOR NOVEMBER
PRCC Roundup Up For Education
Limited Spots Remain For The ICC Fall Softball Clinic
Jones County FCA Christmas Party Boosts Spirits Of Local Youngsters
Release Date: 12/14/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Four years ago, nine youngsters were helped at the inaugural Jones County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas Party.

On the evening of Dec. 10, 2014, 71 children were the recipients of love, kindness and gifts during the 4th annual event, which was held on the campus of Jones County Junior College.

Jones County FCA Director Justin Graves was ecstatic after the conclusion of this year’s party.

“Without a doubt, this was the biggest ever,” he said. “We were able to adopt 71 kids this year and 64 of them were able to come to our party. We will deliver gifts privately to those not able to be here.

“From nine to over 70 children – it’s just wild. There is no way we could have done this without the community and without our Jones County FCA Leadership Board. Our coaches stepped up tremendously and our athletes just owned it. We had more involvement this year in the community, even from non-athletic groups. Some of them got to adopt kids. It was just a huge team effort.”

Graves said counselors at local elementary schools gave the FCA a list of disadvantaged children who could use some help during this time of the year. Jones County FCA Leadership Board member Priscilla Herrington coordinated the effort from there.

“We have to give thanks to our counselors at our elementary schools,” Graves said. “They are amazing. They handpicked these children who just need a little extra help for Christmas. Priscilla Herrington collected all of the information from all of the counselors and I believe every counselor was here to support their kids.

“The counselors are just huge, they know the kids way better than we do and they know who needs help.”

Student-athletes from Laurel, Northeast Jones, South Jones, West Jones, Laurel Christian School and JCJC, along with students, coaches and private individuals, collected the money to help the children.

“The kids get together as a team and raise the money themselves,” Graves said. “Depending on the size of the team, they will collect $10 or $20 apiece or whatever. Then they will all go shopping together, whether it’s in Laurel or Hattiesburg or Ellisville. That’s the fun part.

“It’s interesting to me that some teams will adopt two kids and they will raise the money for one and then their coach will match that for the other kid. That’s happened a lot this year and that’s very special.”

Graves said to see the FCA members purchase the gifts, present them to the children and then see their reaction – both the FCA members and the children – brings it all together for him.

“From where I sit with FCA, this is a great way to show our athletes how they can impact their community in a very tangible way,” he said. “This is a way they can practically live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no better way than finding somebody in need and meeting that need in the name of Jesus. They get to experience that firsthand.”

The event began in two venues.

The FCA members, coaches and others gathered in the A.B. Howard Gymnasium.

JCJC baseball player Perry Turner and Bobcat cheerleader Joanna Word led the crowd in Christmas carols.

Northeast Jones Principal Cooper Pope delivered the Christmas message from Luke, Chapter 2, and Pine Belt Area FCA Director Mitchell Williams followed with a message and an invitation to those in attendance to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

At the same time, more student-athletes and individuals were on hand in classrooms in the Thoms P.E. Building, along with the children, to listen to Christmas songs, the Christmas story and testimonies.

After about one hour, those in the Howard Gym walked over to the P.E. Building where the presents had been placed. The children were then led out of the classrooms into the gym of the building where they went to each team or private group and received their gifts.

An estimated crowd of over 500 people was in the P.E. Building at the time of the gift presentations.

Graves said the late Bill Buckner, who led the Mississippi FCA for 27 years before his death in May of this year, said the FCA Christmas Party was special.

“Mr. Buckner said it was one of the most significant things our FCA gets to do,” he said. “He said it brings four things together: Jesus, giving, coaches and athletes. That sums it up perfectly.”

To find out more about local FCA events, go to Facebook and “Like” the JCJC Fellowship of Christian Athletes page, or to www.pinebeltfca.org or to www.mississippifca.org.

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Release Date: 11/12/2014
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RAYMOND – A number of Hinds Community College student-athletes were recently named to Who's Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges.

The sophomore students were named to this program due to their achievements in academics and leadership qualities shown throughout their two years in community college.

Each Hinds recipient was recently honored at the annual Who’s Who ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7 in Cain Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

A complete list of Hinds athletes named to Who's Who include:

Baseball

Graham Ahlrich (Madison)Randy Bell (Woodville)Keller Bradford (Raymond)Houston Case (Brookhaven)Andrew Culver (Brookhaven)Matt Jones (Madison)Chase Lunceford (Clinton)Derek Martin (Flora)Roger Murphy (Brandon)Gage Posey (Brookhaven)Austin Sanders (Madison)Casey Sutton (Monroe, La.)Jonathan Washam (Sterlington, La.)

Men’s Basketball

LaDarrius Drain (Yazoo City)Clayton Tate (Terry)Kaleb Williams (Edwards)

Football

Peter Bailey (Kissimmee, Fla.)Joshua Everett (Lauderdale)Jeramey Hill (Vicksburg)Joseph Houston (Pelahatchie)Sky Logan (Natchez)

Golf

Brandon Bain (Raymond)

Men's Soccer

Cody Dwyer (Terry)Andrew Pace (Terry)Borden Wilkins (Byram)

Women's SoccerDarien Ellison (Ocean Springs)Sarah Paullus (Southaven)Softball

Molli Douglass (Clinton)Courtenay Holt (Brandon)Allison Hux (Magee)Bailey Ladner (Gulfport)Alexis Patterson (Vicksburg)

Men’s Tennis

Peter Bethea (Edwards)

Men’s Track and Field

Kyndarious Bates (Tylertown)

Women’s Track and Field

Bre’Ana Ratliff (Leland)

For more on Hinds athletics go to www.hindsccsports.com.


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RAYMOND – Bill Ferguson, head women’s track and field coach at Hinds Community College, has released his 2015 schedule.

The Lady Eagles open the 2015 slate by traveling to Birmingham, Ala., for the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Blazer Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The indoor season wraps up on March 5-7 in Albuquerque, N.M., at the yearly National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) indoor national tournament.

Hinds will begin the outdoor season on Friday, Apr. 3 at the Mississippi College Twilight Invitational in Clinton.

The 2015 outdoor season will conclude on May 14-16 in Hutchinson, Kan., at the annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) outdoor national tournament.

To view the complete schedule go to www.hindsccsports.com.