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c spire Baseball News

ICC Announces Fall Baseball Schedule
NORTHEAST SCHEDULES ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SHOWCASE
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
ECCC Hosts MVP Baseball Showcase August 23
ECCC Names New Baseball Assistants
Luke Reynolds Of Hinds CC Baseball Signs With Mississippi State
Ken Jackson Announced As New Head Baseball Coach At Southwest MS CC
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
All-State Standout Stanley Seeks More Success At Delta State
Former South Ala. Hurler Anthony Izzio Added To Chris Rose’s EMCC Coaching Staff
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
ICC To Host July Baseball Showcase
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
ICC Announces Fall Baseball Schedule
Release Date: 9/1/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the Indians 2014 fall baseball schedule on Monday.

“I feel like we’ve got a good group of guys that want to get out there to compete and play hard every pitch,” said ICC baseball coach Rick Collier Hopefully these fall games will help some of these young guys will see what it takes to be successful on this level and that will carry over for all of us when the regular season gets here.

The Indians will open their fall schedule on Friday, September 5 with a doubleheader against Three Rivers Community College (MO) at the University of Memphis at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. before concluding the season at Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS against Southwest Tennessee Community College at 1:00 p.m. and Holmes Community College at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10.

“We’ve got some pretty tough fall games, but that’s what we want because it will be the same type of competition we’ll see week in and week out during the regular season,” Collier said.

ICC will also face Northeast Mississippi Community College and Dyersburg State (TN) on Friday, September 26 at Delta State University and will host Southwest Tennessee at historic Roy Cresap Field on Thursday, October 2.

The Indians will host their annual Red and Blue Series from Monday, September 15 through Sunday, September 21.

“The guys always get fired up for our Red and Blue Series,” commented Collier. “We hold a draft before we start the series and play a best-of-five type series where the winners eat steaks with the losers serving them.”

To see the complete schedule for the Indians fall ball schedule visit the baseball team page on LetsGoICC.com.

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


c spire Men's Basketball News

Skills Camp Concludes Successful Summer Break For Tigers
Hinds CC Men’s Basketball To Host Tryout
ECCC Basketball Players Assist Students During ‘Move-In Day’
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Shorty Signs With Bethel After Strong Finish As Tiger
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Former All-state Hoopsters Patterson And Ford Highlight EMCC’s Talent-laden Women’s Basketball In-state Signee Class
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Morris Excited To Join Old Friend On NEMCC Hoops Staff
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
Skills Camp Concludes Successful Summer Break For Tigers
Release Date: 8/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program wrapped up another summer full of activities with its annual Skills Camp from July 21-24 inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

The four-day event was open to any boy in the fifth-through-twelfth grades. Several experienced area coaches aided Northeast head coach Cord Wright in providing instruction during the camp.

Multiple players from the 2013-14 Tiger hoops team as well as new members of the 2014-15 squad were also in attendance to help direct the different daily drills and tasks.

Athletes learned the fundamentals of basketball while establishing the mental aspect of the game through sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.

Boys also had the opportunity to work on ball handling, dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and other essential techniques while participating in a fun and relaxing environment.

Campers concluded each afternoon with a set of scrimmage games that put routines and capabilities that were refined during practice sessions to the test in a competitive manner.

Children from three separate southeastern states attended the Tigers' function that is dedicated to helping players further develop their abilities inside the gymnasium.

The following is the list by county of those who participated in the 2014 Northeast Skills Camp.

Alcorn: Kenner Mills of Kossuth, Hayden Barnett of Corinth, Eli Ferrell of Corinth, Tanner Childs of Kossuth, Blain Suitor of Kossuth and Tanner Garcia of Kossuth.

Hardin (Tenn.): Cameron Witt of Pickwick.

Itawamba: Gabriel Inghram of Mantachie and Bartlett Powell of Mantachie.

Lee: Caleb Agnew of Saltillo and Zach Turba of Saltillo.

Leon (Fla.): Bryton Smith of Tallahassee.

McNairy (Tenn.): Cade Harvell of Michie.

Oktibbeha: Brandon Lane of Starkville.

Prentiss: Walker Moreland of Marietta, Skyler Johnson of Jumpertown, Chandler Johnson of Booneville, Jalon Beene of Wheeler, Glenn Laird of Wheeler, Hayden Horton of Wheeler, Rob Richey of Baldwyn, Jordan White of Jumpertown, Dalton Hanna of Jumpertown, Landon Elliott of Jumpertown, Paden Brumley of Jumpertown, Dylan Herring of Wheeler, Justin Jackson of Wheeler and Tryston Pharr of Booneville.

Tippah: Riley Glissen of Falkner and Cole Rodgers of Ripley.

Tishomingo: Riley Floyd of Iuka, Bryson Cass of Paden, Harrison Fancher of Belmont and Brady Anglin of Tishomingo.

Union: Eli Reed of Ingomar and Aaron Pilcher of Enterprise.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Wright at 662-720-7241 or by email at cdwright@nemcc.edu.

c spire Women's Basketball News

All-Metro Selection Hughes Set To Make Impact With Northeast
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Webb Comes To NEMCC Ready To Grasp Role As Student-Athlete
Former All-state Hoopsters Patterson And Ford Highlight EMCC’s Talent-laden Women’s Basketball In-state Signee Class
Lady Tigers Close Productive Summer With Annual Hoops Camp
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Patterson Fulfills Lifelong Dream By Signing With NEMCC
LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP PACKED WITH ELITE TALENT
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
All-Metro Selection Hughes Set To Make Impact With Northeast
Release Date: 8/15/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Alivia Hughes, who was one of the Magnolia State’s most highly decorated athletes on the court last season, is prepared to help the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team in any manner that she possibly can.

Hughes became the newest member of the Lady Tigers 2014-15 signing class after she inked her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the ten-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship program.

“From a talent perspective, she’s one of the top guards in the state,” said Northeast headman Brian Alexander. “She’s extremely quick with great ball skills. She is just a tremendous mentally tough individual and we’re happy she’s here with us.

“The character of this specific kid is tremendous. She’s going to be really good here and is very committed to hanging another championship banner in Bonner Arnold Coliseum.”

Hughes recorded a solid senior season at Clinton High School while under the tutelage of head coach Felicia Burton and assistant Kunshinge Sorrell Howard, who led the Lady Tigers to the 1986 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title game and was a 2011 inductee into the MACJC Hall of Fame.

“It feels amazing because I’m about to play with a great team,” Hughes said. “Coach Alexander is a great coach so I know he’s going to amazing things with us. I want to win a championship this year and help my teammates out every game.”

The 5-6 guard was named as one of 40 seniors to watch in the state during the 2013-14 campaign by The Clarion-Ledger. She lived up to the hype by guiding the Lady Arrows to an incredible 24-4 record in her final season at the prep level.

Hughes and fellow Northeast signee Harper Newell both averaged three steals per game to direct a stingy Clinton defense that held its initial eight opponents to only 43 points each contest.

The Lady Arrows outscored their Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 4, Class 6A rivals by an average of 65-43 to claim the regular season and tournament region crowns.

Hughes had a phenomenal performance during Clinton’s MHSAA Class 6A postseason opener against Starkville High School. She scored a game-high 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting with five steals and four rebounds in a 76-52 victory by the Lady Arrows.

She appeared in each of Clinton’s 28 games as a senior and finished tied Newell with a team-best 12.6 points per game. Hughes also had 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds each outing.

For her leadership and hard work throughout the 2014 campaign with the Lady Arrows, Hughes was named to The Clarion-Ledger’s prestigious All-Metro team.

Hughes was a part of the varsity squad at Clinton for four seasons. During her outstanding career, she averaged 13.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per contest.

Her teams qualified for the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs three times and won division titles twice. The Lady Arrows held a solid 8-4 mark in postseason matchups with Hughes on their roster.

Hughes scored a personal best 30 points as a sophomore in a loss to North Pontotoc High School and tallied the only double-double of her career one year later with 18 points and 10 boards in a victory versus Terry High School.

She shot 33 percent from the floor and 27 percent from three-point range at Clinton with a total of 1,187 points.

c spire Football News

GAME PREVIEW: Golden Anniv. Battle Set In PRCC-Holmes Rivalry
JCJC DL Coach Anthony Maddox Serves Internship With Falcons
GAME RECAP: Sluggish Start Dooms No. 19 ICC In Loss To No. 3 Co-Lin
GAME RECAP: WHITE’S EFFORT NOT ENOUGH FOR TIGERS IN OPENING LOSS ON COAST
GAME RECAP: #10 Jones County Holds Off Northwest, 28-20
GAME RECAP: River Rolls Over Coahoma 36-6 In Season Opener
GAME RECAP: Top-ranked EMCC Lions Roar To 52-14 Season-opening Road Victory Over Southwest Mississippi
GAME RECAP: ECCC Warriors Fall 21-12 To Delta In Season Opener
GAME RECAP: No. 3 Co-Lin Races Past No. 19 Itawamba
GAME RECAP: #9 MGCCC Shuts Down Northeast 41-8
GAME RECAP: Holmes Defeats Hinds, 28-21
No. 19 ICC Drop Season Opener To No. 3 Co-Lin
GAME RECAP: MDCC Trojans Win Season Opener
GAME RECAP: Hinds CC Football Drops Season Opener To Holmes, 28-21
GAME RECAP: No. 10 Bobcats Use Big First Half To Beat Rangers, 28-20
PRCC Fall Enrollment Remains Strong In Fall Semester
“David Thornton Era” Begins At Jones County Junior College
GAME PREVIEW: Southwest Bear Football Game Day
Top-ranked, Reigning National Champ EMCC Lions To Kick Off Football Season Thurs. At Southwest
GAME PREVIEW: Hinds CC Football Opens On Thursday In Goodman
GAME PREVIEW: Golden Anniv. Battle Set In PRCC-Holmes Rivalry
Release Date: 9/1/2014
Pearl River Community College

Wildcats face Bulldogs for 50th time this Thursday

POPLARVILLE —
The Pearl River-Holmes community college football rivalry celebrates its golden anniversary here Thursday as the Wildcats host the Bulldogs in an MACJC non-division battle in Dobie Holden Stadium.

Both teams enter their historical 50th meeting off season-opening wins a week ago, as PRCC dominated Coahoma 36-6 in Poplarville and HCC shocked Hinds 28-21 in Goodman.

The Bulldogs’ victory could be tagged the upset of the week in week one around the league, as the losing Eagles entered the season just shy of making the NJCAA preseason top 20 poll after receiving votes in the balloting.

The Wildcats, on the other hand, struggled early against Coahoma before rallying in the second half with 23 unanswered points to take the 30-point win.

“We didn’t play well in the first half against Coahoma, but you expect things like that in your opener,” said second-year PRCC head coach William Jones. “But I was pleased with the way we rebounded in the second half on both sides of the ball and played up to our capabilities.

“They (Coahoma) are a much-improved team compared to 2013 and I expect them to win some games this year,” he continued.

The Wildcats blistered the Tigers for 526 yards of total offense (206 rush, 320 pass) with Independence CC (Kan.) transfer quarterback Kaylon Cooper shining in his River debut. The sophomore out of North Little Rock High (Ark.) completed 85.7 percent (12 of 14) of his passes for 270 yards, while rushing for 73 yards on 11 attempts to account for 343 yards of individual total offense and a touchdown.

PRCC’s leading rusher a year ago, Darrell Robinson of Noxubee County High, finished the opener with 81 yards on 21 carries and a TD, while freshman back up Jerome Keys of Bassfield High had 52 on 15. Austin Watts of Sumrall High led all receivers in the game with four catches for 105 yards and a score.

Against Hinds, the Bulldogs generated 421 total yards via fourth-year head coach Jeff Koonz’s option-oriented offense, including a 130-yard, two-touchdown effort from leading rusher Mitchell Cunningham.

“This option thing is something you don’t see a lot of anymore, but apparently Holmes has adopted it and is utilizing it well,” Jones said. “It’ll be a challenge for our coaches and defensive guys to stop them.”

The PRCC-Holmes Rivalry

Pearl River leads the rivalry with 35 wins and 12 losses, while two of the Wildcat-Bulldog battles ended in deadlocks, including the two school’s first-ever meeting in 1938 when the game ended tied at 6-6. In 1984, things ended at 14-14, but PRCC ripped off seven straight victories before Holmes took a 26-14 win in Goodman in 2000, marking the first meeting between the two schools since 1995.

The biggest Holmes victory was a 45-7 decision in the 1942 season, which was shortened due to World War II. That ranks as the four-worst loss by points in Wildcat history.

Pearl River defeated Holmes by back-to-back 20-14 scores in the 1960 and 1961. The Wildcats won the state championship both of those years, including their only national title in 1961. PRCC has some very decisive victories over the Bulldogs, including 1969's 54-0 blowout which ranks tied for sixth in biggest victories by points.

The Wildcats have won an unprecedented 19 state championships, while Holmes won titles in 1945 (co-champs with Hinds), 1950, 1981, and 2002.

In 2001, PRCC rolled up 551 yards of total offense en route to a 42-10 victory over the Bulldogs in Dobie Holden Stadium. The Wildcats proved to be dominators in that battle, blowing the game open with 24 points in the first quarter alone. Quarterback Charlie Reeve of Frisco, Tex., who went on to earn All-American honors, put on a record-setting passing performance, completing 25 of 44 passes — both all-time Wildcat marks — for 262 yards and three touchdowns. Add another 119 yards by Forrest, Reeve’s back up who connected on five of six passes and two TDs late in the game and the Wildcats finish with 381 passing yards — the third-highest total in PRCC history.

In early November 2002, the Bulldogs handed the Wildcats a heartbreaking 3-0 loss in Dobie Holden Stadium in the first round of the MACJC football playoffs, casting a dark shadow on Pearl River’s first trip to the playoffs in a decade. Holmes went on to win all the marbles that year and they have yet to make it into the post season since.

Jones, PRCC’s defensive coordinator for that playoff game, remembers it well.

“What can you say? You hold them to three points and lose?,” he said. “It happened. Take my word for it…I was there. That was one crazy Saturday afternoon.”

On the other hand, PRCC took the shutout in stride and rebounded the following fall by kicking off a string of four straight MACJC championships, including an NJCAA national title in 2004. The Wildcats played for the 2006 national championship in 2006 in the Pilgrim’s Pride Bowl in Mt. Pleasant, Tex., but were defeated by Blinn (Tex.) 19-6.

All told Pearl River has won an unprecedented 19 state championships, while Holmes has won four, including championships in 1950, 1981, 2002, and a shared title with Hinds in 1945.

Elsewhere Around The MACJC

In other season-opening action around the MACJC, reigning NJCAA national champ and top-ranked East Mississippi bombarded Southwest Mississippi 52-14 in Summit, ninth-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast demolished Northeast Mississippi 41-8 in Perkinston, 10th-ranked Jones County dropped Northwest Mississippi 28-20 in Senatobia, third-ranked Copiah-Lincoln squashed 19th-ranked Itawamba 37-13 in Wesson, Holmes trimmed Hinds 28-21 in Goodman, and Mississippi Delta defeated East Central 21-12 in Moorhead. All were MACJC non-division games.

This Week In The MACJC

Other Thursday contests in the MACJC this week include East Central (0-1) at Coahoma (0-1) in Clarksdale, Copiah-Lincoln (1-0) at East Mississippi (1-0) in Scooba, Hinds (0-1) at Northeast Mississippi (0-1) in Booneville, Holmes (1-0) at Pearl River (1-0) in Poplarville, Mississippi Delta (1-0) at Southwest Mississippi (0-1) in Summit, Northwest Mississippi (0-1) at Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston, while Itawamba (0-1) is at Jones County (1-0) in Ellisville on Saturday.

Wildcats Over The Airwaves

All PRCC games are broadcast live on WFMM-FM (97.3) in Hattiesburg, WFFF-FM (96.7) in Columbia, and WRJW-AM (1320) in Picayune. Play-by-play announcer Jason Baker, amidst his 15th season with the Wildcats, 12-year color commentator Clay Sweet, and sideline reporter Jeff Lossett will handle the broadcast. Airtime for Thursday’s broadcast is 6:30 p.m. You may also watch (via live stream) and listen to the Wildcats over the internet by logging on to www.prcc.edu. Click on the icon at the bottom left of the screen, and follow the instructions.

c spire Golf News

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
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
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

For more information on ICC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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

Schaefer Named MACJC And NJCAA Keeper Of The Week
ICC Men Soccer Team Improves To 3-0 With Pair Of Wins
ECCC Soccer Squads Remain Undefeated
Schaefer Named NJCAA Keeper Of The Week
Howard Leads ICC To 2-1 Win Over Jones County
ICC’s Schaefer Earns MACJC Keeper Of The Week Honors
Bobcat Men’s Soccer Team Eyes Outstanding Season
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season 2-0
Bobcat Soccer Teams Tie Senior College Foes
ICC Opens Season With Pair Of Shutout Victories Over Gulf Coast
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Concludes “Meet The Bobcats”
Hinds CC Men’s Soccer Begins 2014 Season On Saturday
ECCC Soccer Alumni Return To Campus
Come “Meet The Rangers” Thurs., Aug. 21 At Bobby Franklin Field
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season August 22 At Southwest
ECCC Soccer Warriors Prepare For Season
MGCCC Soccer Teams Prepare For 2014 Season
ICC Soccer To Open Season At Home On Thursday
Wildcats Open 2014 Soccer Season Tuesday
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Names Colvin As Assistant Coach
Schaefer Named MACJC And NJCAA Keeper Of The Week
Release Date: 9/1/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Sophomore Ben Schaefer has big week for the Itawamba Community College men’s soccer team earning Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Keeper of the Week honors when the leagues announced their honors last week.

"We're excited for Ben," said Coach Mike Sullivan. "Hopefully he's going to get a whole bunch more and get a few more shutouts because we've got a whole lot more games to go this season. He did a great job in the goal and the defense was great in front of him to help him earn this award."

Schaefer (Tupelo) had three saves in the Indians’ 1-0 win over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to notch his first-ever collegiate shutout in ICC’s season opener in Fulton.

"We had a tough game against Gulf Coast, but our defense showed up and played great to help me be able to have a great game," said Schaefer. "This is more of a team honor than it is an honor for myself and hopefully we can look forward to many more."

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

No. 19 Lady Bobcats Crush Hinds; Eagles Edge Bobcats, 2-1
EC’s Walker Receives MACJC Honor
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Reveals New 2014 Uniforms
ECCC Soccer Squads Remain Undefeated
Howard Leads ICC To 2-1 Win Over Jones County
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Blank Itawamba, 5-0
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Blank Itawamba, 5-0
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer Gets 2014 Season Underway On Friday
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season 2-0
Second Half Effort Leads No. 19 Lady Bobcats Past Broward College
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Seek State Title Repeat
Bobcat Soccer Teams Tie Senior College Foes
ICC Opens Season With Pair Of Shutout Victories Over Gulf Coast
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Concludes “Meet The Bobcats”
Former ECCC Women’s Soccer Players Reunite
Hinds CC Women’s Basketball To Host Tryout
Come “Meet The Rangers” Thurs., Aug. 21 At Bobby Franklin Field
ECCC Soccer Teams Begin Season August 22 At Southwest
Pre-Season Workouts Continue For ECCC Lady Soccer Warriors
MGCCC Soccer Teams Prepare For 2014 Season
No. 19 Lady Bobcats Crush Hinds; Eagles Edge Bobcats, 2-1
Release Date: 8/30/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Not even a torrential downpour can slow down the 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats.

JCJC scored three goals in the first four minutes of play in very heavy rain and went on to crush the Hinds Community College Lady Eagles 10-1 here Friday evening at Bobcat Soccer Field.

In the men’s game, the Eagles overcome a 1-0 deficit and beat the Bobcats, 2-1.

JCJC hosts East Central at 5/7 p.m. on Wednesday, while Hinds entertains Meridian on Wednesday.

Lady Bobcats 10, Lady Eagles 1

South Jones freshmen Dallas McKinnon scored two goals in the first two minutes and Presbyterian Christian school freshman Kelsey Hannaford followed with another in the fourth minute to begin the onslaught, as most fans watched from their vehicles because of the rain.

Northeast Jones sophomore Katie Johnson scored in the 10th minute, followed by goals by George County freshman Lara Gunter in the 15th and 20th minutes as the Lady Bobcats took a 6-0 lead at intermission.

Hannaford had a goal in the 50th minute. Petal sophomore Shelby Gilliland put the ball in the net in the 59th minute and Hannaford scored her third goal in the 61st minute to make it 9-0. East Central freshman Carissa Lancaster scored JCJC’s last goal in the 76th minute.

Hinds averted a shutout in the 78th minute when JCJC scored an own goal.

Hannaford finished with three goals and one assist, while McKinnon had two goals and two assists. Gunter had two goals, while Johnson, Gilliland and Lancaster had goals. Gilliland had three assists, while Florence freshman Ali Sullivan had two.

Gautier freshman Briahna Dickerson was in goal until early in the second half and South Jones freshman Savannah Bynum finished up as keeper.

The Lady Bobcats are now 3-0, while Hinds is 0-1.

Eagles 2, Bobcats 1

For the second straight game, the Bobcats could not hang on to a 1-0 lead and ended up losing a heartbreaker. Itawamba downed JCJC 2-1 on Tuesday.

JCJC scored in the third minute of the game when Baker, Louisiana, freshman Souleymane Diakite scored on an assist by West Jones freshman Evan Buckley.

It stayed that way until Ryan Thomas scored for the Eagles in the 40th minute.

The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Hinds took the lead in the 75th minute when Thomas assisted Kevin Armstrong for the goal.

JCJC had several chances in the game’s final 15 minutes, but could not convert. The Bobcats had two point-blank opportunities in the final 50 seconds, but still came up short.

Lewisburg sophomore Gabe Brown was in goal for JCJC.

The Bobcats are 0-2, while Hinds is now 1-1.

c spire Softball News

Northeast Softball Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
JCJC Holds Annual Fall League Softball Camp
MDCC Athletes Rack Up State And National Academic Awards
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Utility Athlete Szekely Overjoyed To Join Tigers
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
Northeast Softball Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Release Date: 8/20/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s softball program took part in a popular sensation that is sweeping its way across the nation to help bring more attention to a dreadful illness.

The Tigers completed the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit research for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Monday afternoon at David Carnell Memorial Field.

The rules of the competition are simple. Each person must have a cooler filled with ice water poured over their heads within 24 hours of obtaining the challenge or make a financial donation to the ALS Association.

Nine players, two coaches and one manager received a frozen bath in the outfield of Northeast’s home stadium. The remainder of the team held the containers and doused those who participated in this worthy cause.

Performing the Ice Bucket Challenge was a sentimental moment for one member of the Tigers’ staff. Northeast assistant coach Jaisa Emerson’s mother, Liza Fox, passed away nearly five years ago following a lengthy battle with ALS.

“I’m kind of emotional,” said Emerson. “It meant a lot to me and I really appreciate it. Raising money and awareness for ALS is all I’m really wanting to do.”

Emerson was grateful that each representative of the Tigers’ ball club embraced the event and willingly performed a role to make it a success.

“It’s just exciting that these girls care this much about me as a coach,” Emerson said. “It shows me how much they actually care about not only softball, but about life in general and supporting others when they’re going through such a hard time.”

Sophomore Haley Christian noted that endeavors like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge help unite the squad as preparations for the 2015 season get underway in the City of Hospitality.

“It’s really good because we’re focusing on coming together as a team and sticking together,” Christian said. “With us doing these activities early on, it’ll make us closer.”

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. It’s mission includes providing services to assist those with ALS and eventually finding a cure for the ailment.

The institution has accepted over $31 million in contributions this year thanks partially to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

c spire Tennis News

Hard Work Helps Frazier Earn Spot On NEMCC Tennis Team
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Inconceivable Dream For Tennis Star Pearce Comes To Fruition At NEMCC
Long Hired As Northwest’s Athletic Academic Coordinator
Doubles Standout Rencher Inks With Lady Tigers
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
Hard Work Helps Frazier Earn Spot On NEMCC Tennis Team
Release Date: 8/14/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Beth Ann Frazier has earned a chance to further her playing career at Northeast Mississippi Community College following multiple years of toil and dedication on the tennis court.

Frazier became the newest Lady Tiger after signing her National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the Northeast women’s tennis team.

“We’re happy to have Beth Ann with us next season,” Northeast head coach Ben Shappley said. “We have high expectations for her both in the classroom as well as on the courts.”

Frazier helped Kossuth High School begin their tennis program during her sophomore campaign in 2012. She started each season for coach Ginger Mattox since then.

“I feel like I worked all three years of high school for an opportunity like this,” said Frazier. “I’m really excited to see what it has in store.”

Frazier obtained female Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors for the Aggies after leading her squad to the 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A championship.

She also acquired the MHSAA Division 1-3A girls singles crown after defeating rival Abbey Hollowell of Alcorn Central High School 6-2, 6-3. Frazier proceeded to the title match by besting Booneville High School’s Adrianna Jackson 6-3, 6-3.

Kossuth opened the MHSAA Class 3A postseason with a 5-2 victory over North Pontotoc High School to advance to the quarterfinal round versus Cleveland East Side High School at Corinth’s Crossroads Regional Park.

Frazier had no issues against the Trojans and lost only two games to her opponent Keisha Jackson. She claimed a straight sets decision over Jackson to guide the Aggies to the state semifinals with a 5-2 win.

She extended her success with a 6-1, 6-3 sweep of Hannah Garrison in the MHSAA Class 3A North Half championship contest at South Pontotoc High School. However, Kossuth was not as fortunate and lost in heartbreaking fashion to the Cougars.

Frazier qualified for the MHSAA Class 3A State Tournament as an individual and was ranked as the No. 6 overall seed. She met North Pontotoc’s Katelyn Gordon to begin the event at the Ridgeland Tennis Center on May 1.

She also held an 11-1 record during the 2014 regular season that included a hard fought 6-3, 7-6 triumph over Belmont High School’s Alma Manzano and a 6-0, 6-1 win versus Tishomingo County High School’s Emily Long.

“I feel like I have a lot to bring,” Frazier said. “I have a very good forehand, both flat and low, and I usually have a lot of aces with my serve. I’m just really excited.”

Frazier takes the court in the summer months as well. She and her partner Taylor Heavener recently won the 35th annual Candy Classic Memorial Tournament 18-under girls double event with an 8-0 decision against Brooke McCoy and Meredith Murphy.

She fits perfectly into Northeast’s scholastic squad, which was named a 2014 All-Academic Team by both the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Frazier was a member of Kossuth’s honor roll from kindergarten through 12th grade and received a state scholarship from the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Frazier also collected Kossuth’s English Award as a junior and was a member of the National Honor Society.

c spire Track News

Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Track Champion Newell Eager For "New Chapter" At NEMCC
Hinds CC Hires Willie Calvin As Assistant Men’s T&F Coach
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
JCJC Enjoys Banner 2013-14 Year In Athletics
Sixteen Pearl River Athletes Nab All-Academic Honors
Hinds CC Student-athletes Earn Academic All-State Honors
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Program Announces Signing Class
Coahoma Re-instates Track Program, Hires New Coach
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Finishes 15th In The Nation At Outdoor Nationals
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Ends 2014 Season In 23rd Place
Kimari Martin Of Hinds CC T&F Inks With Mississippi State University
Hinds CC T&F Has Seven Top Finishes At Black & Gold Invite
Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Has Impressive Showing In Oxford
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Competes At Ole Miss Open
Hinds CC Men's 4x400 Relay Wins National Championship
Former Hinds CC Track And Field Stars Make The World Team
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Gets High Marks At LSU Twilight
Gore Named ICC’s Sports Information Director
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - Pittsboro native Adam Gore, who is beginning his fifth year at Itawamba Community College, has been named director of Sports Information.

Gore succeeds Will Kollmeyer, who will join the SEC Network as a broadcaster for Ole Miss Athletics, later this month.

“To say that Will’s leaving big shoes to fill is an understatement, but I’m excited about this new opportunity and the direction that the College is taking,” Gore said. “I really appreciate President (Mike) Eaton, members of the Board of Trustees, Dr. (Jan) Bunch (executive director of Community Relations) and the College for having faith in me to be able to step into this role."

Prior to his joining the ICC staff, Gore had 15 years’ experience in television, eight as sports director of W07BN, as well as 15 plus years at numerous newspapers throughout Northeast Mississippi and six years with Mississippi Radio Broadcast Group. In addition, he operated goresports.net for 10 years. “That’s what catapulted me into this (profession),” Gore said of the website, which was one of the top in the southeastern United States dedicated to high school, junior college and collegiate coverage. He has served in a free-lance capacity with Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Southwest, CSS, ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS Sports. He has won more than 100 awards during his career.

Gore has degrees from both Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and business.

In his previous role as assistant director of Sports Information, Gore was responsible for news releases; maintaining ICC’s athletic website, LetsGoICC.com; video; operations and play-by-play. He said that he will continue to fill these duties in an expanded capacity.

“If you’re kind and work hard, good things will happen,” Gore said. “The Lord has truly blessed me with this opportunity.”

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