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c spire Baseball News

PRCC Baseball Scores 30 Runs In Doubleheader Sweep Of Mineral Area
MGCCC Rallies Late, Loses In Extra Innings
REVISION: ECCC Baseball Looks To Maximize Potential As 2016 Season Opens Feb. 9
PRCC Baseball Opens Season With Doubleheader Split Against Mineral Area
ECCC Baseball Looks To Maximize Potential As 2016 Season Opens Feb. 9
MGCCC Rallies To Beat Chattanooga State
Gulf Coast Wins Opener At MGM Park
Gulf Coast Ready To Launch Season At MGM Park
EMCC Lions Set To Open Baseball Season This Weekend At Tourney Hosted By Top-ranked Northwest Florida State
Ranger Baseball Inks Eight To NLIs For 2017
Baseball Bobcats Receive Votes In NJCAA Division II Preseason Poll
Hinds CC Baseball Ranked No. 9 In NJCAA Poll
Bulldogs Bring Improved Team To The Diamond
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Early Experience Key For ICC Baseball In 2016
Holmes CC Baseball And Softball Report
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
MGCCC Announces 10 Baseball Signees
PRCC Baseball Adds Nine Players On Signing Day
Robichaux To Headline ECCC First Pitch Dinner
PRCC Baseball Scores 30 Runs In Doubleheader Sweep Of Mineral Area
Release Date: 2/7/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River scored in every inning of both games, and completed its four-game season-opening weekend Saturday with at least one run in 16 straight innings in a doubleheader sweep of Mineral Area (Mo.).

The Wildcats won the opener 14-7 and took the nightcap 16-8.

In Saturday’s opener, Zacahry Clark drove in three runs with a double and two singles, Jonathan Turner had three RBIs on three singles and Austin Moffett also drive in three runs with a pair of singles. The Wildcats led 9-1 after four innings.

Peyton Lee and Carter Hankins each had two singles, Tyler Reid had a triple and Chandler Ray had a double. Parker Dungan pitched six innings for the win and Hayden Freeman finished up on the mound.

Gage Teer powered the Wildcats in the final game of the weekend, driving in three runs on a double and four singles. Hankins also had three RBIs with a pair of singles.

Drake Nightengale earned the victory, pitching five innings, allowing six hits and four earned runs. He struck out seven and walked two.

PRCC BASEBALL LINESCORES

Pearl River 14, Mineral Area (Mo.) 7

Mineral Area 100-030-3 – 7-10-1

Pearl River 134-141-x – 14-15-2

MINERAL AREA (1-2): Chase Urhahn 1B; Ryan Bouse 2 1B; Conner Forsyth 3 1B; Ben Teter 1B; Grant Dix 1B; Logan Bax 1B; Alex Roy 2B. LP – Logan Winder (0-1). Also pitching – Jacob Trammel; Tanner Murphy. PEARL RIVER (2-1): Zachary Clark 2B, 2 1B (3 RBIs); Austin Moffett 2 1B (3 RBIs); Chandler Ray 2B; Jonathan Turner 3 1B (3 RBIs); Peyton Lee 2 1B; Tyler Reid 3B; Graham Hackbarth 1B; Carter Hankins 2 1B. WP – Parker Dungan (1-0). Also pitching – Hayden Freeman.

Pearl River 16, Mineral Area (Mo.) 8

Mineral Area 013-013-0 – 8-10-4

Pearl River 321-316-x – 16-13-0

MINERAL AREA (1-3): Chase Urhahn 1B; Ryan Bouse 1B; Josh Haggarty 2 1B; Conner Forsyth 2 2B (4 RBIs); Ben Teter HR, 1B; Grant Dix 1B; Hunter Draffen 1B; Alex Roy 1B. LP – Chase Feucht (0-1). Also pitching – Cody Wills, Alex Hanft, Trever Lewis, Lane Spencer.

PEARL RIVER (3-1): Zachary Clark 1B; Gage Teer2B, 4 1B (3 RBIs); Graham Hackbarth 2B; Peyton Lee 2B, 1B; Carter Hankins 2 1B (3 RBIs); Jonathan Turner 2B; Chandler Ray 1B. WP – Drake Nightengale (1-0). Also pitching – Billy Cox; Peyton Lee.


c spire Men's Basketball News

ICC Bass Fishing Team Sends Two To National Championship
Rangers Maul Tigers, Force Three-Way Tie In North Division
Gulf Coast Finishes Sweep Of East Central
EMCC Sweeps Mississippi Delta In Scooba With 70-34 Women’s Win And 84-70 Men’s Victory
Wildcats Cruise Past Hinds To Stay Tied For Second Place In South Division
Holmes CC Falls To Itawamba CC
Bears Sweep Meridian
ICC Upsets Division Leading Holmes, 75-70
Wildcats Claim Big Victory In South Division
Hammond, Jenkins, Fowler Star But CCC Swept By Holmes
PRCC’s Willis Named MACJC Player Of The Week
SMCC Athletic News And Notes
MDCC Men Lose To Northeast
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Announced
Indians Stumble After Hot Start In Senatobia
Hinds CC Men’s Basketball Wins Second Straight At SWCC On Monday
Rangers Sweep Season Series Over Itawamba
Turnovers Hurt Wolves In Match Up With Pearl River
Bobcats Take Sole Possession Of First Place With Win Over East Central
Bears Split With Hinds CC
ICC Bass Fishing Team Sends Two To National Championship
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Itawamba Community College

ALEXANDER CITY, AL - In their first year of competition the Itawamba Community College Bass Fishing Team will have two members compete in the Bassmaster College National Championship Saturday.

Russ Johnson (Amory) and Hunter Schrock(Hatley) finished 16th today in the Bassmaster College Southern Regionals, qualifying them for tomorrow’s national championship.

Over the two day regionals, the duo reeled in 10 fish for a combined weight of 21-1 at Lake Martin.

The duo will blast off at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and weigh ins are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. The weigh ins will be online at bassmasters.com

For more information on ICC Bass Fishing visit www.facebook.com/iccbassfishing

c spire Women's Basketball News

Lady Rangers Notch 83-81 OT Win Over Northeast
EMCC Sweeps Mississippi Delta In Scooba With 70-34 Women’s Win And 84-70 Men’s Victory
Lady Bulldogs Fall To South-leading East Central
Explosive Fourth Quarter Lifts Lady Wolves Over Jones County
Holmes CC Falls To Itawamba CC
ECCC Lady Warriors Run Winning Streak To 12 With Road Win Over Gulf Coast
Bears Sweep Meridian
Fourth-quarter Surge Lifts Lady Wolves Past JCJC
ICC Holds On To Defeat Holmes
Wildcats Claim Big Victory In South Division
Hammond, Jenkins, Fowler Star But CCC Swept By Holmes
East Mississippi Frosh Quantesha Patterson Earns League-high Third MACJC Player Of The Week Hoops Honor
ECCC Lady Warriors Take Over First Place In South With Win Over Jones County
SMCC Athletic News And Notes
Lady Trojans Fall To Northeast
MACJC Basketball Players Of The Week - Announced
Lady Rangers Sprint Past Itawamba, 68-60
Lady Wolves Get Key Win Against Pearl River
Lady Warriors Defeat JCJC, 69-57
Bears Split With Hinds CC
Lady Rangers Notch 83-81 OT Win Over Northeast
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – A perfectly drawn up out of bounds play with 0.9 seconds left in regulation allowed Northwest to force overtime, where they were able to edge Northeast 83-81 on Thursday night to sweep the season series.

With the win, Northwest improved to 13-4 overall (3-0 in OT games) and 6-3 in the MACJC North Division and swept the season series with both games going to overtime. Northeast fell to 10-10 and 4-5 in division play.

Northwest never led in regulation and trailed by as many as 14 with just over six minutes remaining in the third period. From there, the Lady Rangers were able to hang around and slowly chip away at the deficit in the fourth quarter of play.

Trailing by two points with 0.9 remaining, freshman Janesha Johnson found sophomore Sara Lytle under the rim for a reverse layup at the buzzer, sending the Lady Rangers and Lady Tigers to overtime tied at 76-76.

Lytle, who finished with her seventh double-double of the season (27 points, 10 rebounds), gave the Lady Rangers their first lead of the game, 78-76, with a pair of free throws at the 4:04-mark of the overtime period.

Northeast continued to hang around and retained possession with 14 seconds left, trailing by two. Dashiyah Agnew, however, missed the would be game-tying layup with four seconds left, allowing Averyale Joy to collect the rebound and seal the win for Northwest.

The Lady Rangers outscored Northeast 31-14 in bench points, with 21 of those points coming from Brianna Williams, who also added eight rebounds and two steals. Johnson reached double figures as well for Northwest, scoring 11 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds.

Northeast was paced by double-double efforts from Shelby Wilbanks (21 points, 15 rebounds) and Bridgejae Patterson (10 points, 11 rebounds).

Northwest will travel to Mississippi Delta on Monday for a 6 p.m. tipoff. Live video/stats will be available.

c spire Football News

Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
CCC Footbal To Hold Open Tryout Feb. 12
14 ECCC Football Players Sign With 4-Year Colleges And Universities
ECCC Football Welcomes 17 Players During National Signing Day
Co-Lin To Hold Football Tryouts
Holmes Signees
13 SMCC Bears Have Signed To Continue Their Collegiate Playing Careers
JCJC’s Moore Signs With North Alabama
Northwest MS CC Signees
Southwest MS CC 2016 Football Signees
2016 ICC Football Signing Class List
Northeast Adds 29 On National Signing Day
Buckley Excited About First Recruiting Class At JCJC
Hinds CC Football Welcomes 30 Newcomers To Class Of 2016
PRCC Signs 31 Players On National Signing Day
ICC Inks 31 On National Signing Day
CCC Football Inks 33 On Signing Day
Three-time NJCAA National Champion East Mississippi Lions Welcome 32 Players During National Signing Day
Several Former East Mississippi Lions Sign With Four-year Schools To Continue Their Football Careers
Hinds CC Football Stars Extend Careers On National Signing Day
Northwest Routs Rochester 66-13 In National Title Game
Release Date: 12/8/2015
Northwest Mississippi Community College

BILOXI – Winning the NJCAA Football Championship Game in dominant fashion, No. 1 Northwest Mississippi defeated No. 2 Rochester (Minn.) 66-13 in Sunday's Mississippi Bowl VIII.

Completing 23 of 30 passes on the day, freshman quarterback Gardner Minshew led the Northwest Mississippi offensive onslaught. The Brandon, Mississippi, product threw for 421 yards and five touchdowns in the victory, compiling 302 yards and three scores in the first half alone. Minshew's performance was recognized with the Mississippi Bowl Player of the Year award, an honor that current Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly earned last year while playing at East Mississippi.

Complimenting Minshew's aerial assault was Rangers sophomore running back Justin Crawford who enjoyed a prolific day on the ground. Scoring a 58-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, Crawford led all ball carriers with 144 yards rushing on 15 carries – averaging 9.6 yards per attempt. The Columbus, Georgia, native scored two rushing touchdowns and added two receptions for 46 yards in the victory.

Northwest Mississippi's receiving corps was led by sophomore Jacob McCrary who hauled in seven catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Rangers freshman wide receiver Alex Norwood caught two touchdown passes as well, totaling three receptions for 49 yards. Norwood's fellow freshman wideouts KyKy Austin and Titus Ivory each added a touchdown reception to the performance.

The Rangers accumulated 680 yards offensively – 486 passing and 194 rushing – and were forced into just one punt in the game. Their offensive efficiency was on display all afternoon as they racked up 27 first downs.

Defensively, Northwest Mississippi was led by a game-high seven tackles from sophomore linebacker Malik Hawkins. Freshman defensive lineman Quondarius Qualls tallied two tackles-for-loss, while freshman defensive back Wesley Bush forced Rochester's lone turnover with an interception in the fourth quarter.

As a team, Northwest Mississippi conceded just 250 yards to the Yellowjackets – 100 of which came in the fourth quarter. The Rangers pass rush was in constant pursuit of Rochester sophomore quarterback Nick Rooney who was sacked four times and hit an additional six.

Despite the punishment, Rooney went 26 for 48 passing for 223 yards and added two touchdown passes to his NJCAA single-season record performance in 2015. The Minnetonka, Minnesota, native finished the year with 57 touchdowns through the air, shattering the previous record of 53 thrown by former Ole Miss and East Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace in 2011.

On the receiving end of both of Rooney's touchdown passes was Jalen Esters who finished with a game-high eight catches for 90 yards. Fellow sophomore wide receiver London Covington added six receptions for 39 yards for the Yellowjackets in the loss.

Following Crawford's opening touchdown, Northwest Mississippi pushed its lead to 14-0 in the first quarter on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Minshew to McCrary. Crawford scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on the opening play of the second quarter, carrying multiple Rochester defenders into the end zone on a 10-yard rush. Minshew would connect with Norwood from 39 yards out and Austin from 18 to push the Rangers' lead to 35-0 heading into the half.

In the third quarter, Rangers sophomore kicker Jim Speights made a 23-yard field goal to improve the advantage to 38-0. Minshew connected with McCrary for another touchdown before the end of the period as the 36-yard touchdown pass extended Northwest Mississippi's lead to 45-0.

Minshew notched his fifth touchdown pass in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to put the Rangers up 52-0. Following a fumbled punt return by Northwest Mississippi, the Yellowjackets finally got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rooney to Esters with 12:42 remaining – cutting the deficit to 52-7.

After putting in the second string offense, Northwest Mississippi responded with a 5-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Max Joseph. With 1:30 to go, Rangers freshman quarterback Shea Chism found Norwood in the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown pass and a 66-7. On the final play from scrimmage, Rooney threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Esters for the final score of 66-13.

Finishing the year with an 11-1 record, the Rangers claimed their program's third NJCAA championship and first since 1992. Northwest Mississippi is now 5-4-1 in NJCAA bowl games.

Rochester finished its season at 11-1 as well, having suffered its first defeat of 2015. The Yellowjackets' postseason struggles continued as their record in NJCAA bowl games dropped to 5-19.

c spire Golf News

Spring Sports Teams Set To Begin Action At Northeast Over Next Two Weeks
JCJC Alumni Association Golf Tournament Set For April 1
Gulf Coast Looking To Finish Atop NJCAA
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
MGCCC Hands Out Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
MGCCC's Hickam Will Play In Patriot All-American
MGCCC Retains No. 2 Ranking In Golf Poll
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
MGCCC's Hickam Signs With UTC
East Central Golfers Finish Fifth In Final MACJC Event Of The Fall
Bulldogs Wins MGCCC Fall Invitational
East Mississippi Concludes Fall Golf Season Sixth Among Participating MACJC Teams At Grand Bear
East Central Golfers Ranked No. 5 In Latest NJCAA Division II Poll
Gulf Coast Finishes Second At The Buccaneer
Spring Sports Teams Set To Begin Action At Northeast Over Next Two Weeks
Release Date: 2/5/2016
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Northeast Mississippi Community College’s five spring sports are nearing the start of their respective 2016 schedules.

The tennis programs get the slate kicked off on Friday, February 5 when they entertain Holmes Community College. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at the Northeast Tennis Courts.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers last opened a new year at home on February 17, 2011 against Hinds Community College. It is also the earliest that Northeast has started a campaign while under the direction of head coach Ben Shappley.

“I’m excited about starting a bit early,” said Shappley. “It kind of spreads the season out a bit. It gives us a little more time to recuperate in between matches and hold some extra practices.”

Both squads conclude the initial month of the campaign with three straight road contests before returning to the Booneville campus on Friday, March 4 to welcome nationally ranked Meridian Community College.

Richy Harrelson gets a nice test during his inaugural games as headman of the baseball team. The Tigers welcome Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College, which is receiving votes in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 6 at noon.

“We’re ready to get out there and play a little catch and hit a little bit,” Harrelson said. “Our guys have worked very, very hard for us over the last semester. They’re just a great group so we’re looking forward to it.”

Northeast, which features a predominantly young squad with only 10 sophomores, also battles Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College, Calhoun (Ala.) Community College and Lake Land (Ill.) College at beautiful Harold T. White Field this month.

Veteran coach Jody Long takes his softball players on road trips to Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on Saturday, February 13 and Calhoun three days later to begin their year.

The TigerFest Tournament serves as the first games in the City of Hospitality for the Tigers. The annual event that runs from February 19-20 features clubs from as far north as Illinois and Missouri with 28 total contests.

“Our tournament field is probably one of the best we’ve had in the past 14 or 15 years,” said Long. “We’ve got some really talented teams and we’ve got some good matchups put together.”

The Northeast golf program carries a national ranking into its competitions this spring. The Tigers, who are under the watch of coach Mark Hatfield, appear at No. 27 in the latest NJCAA poll.

Alex Tull, who was recognized as a NJCAA All-American and PING All-Region selection as a freshman, also holds the No. 8 individual ranking in the country. He averaged 73.3 strokes per round during Northeast’s fall tour stops.

“This has given him all kinds of confidence,” Hatfield said. “He’s been a huge influence on the other guys. The maturity of his game is huge. You’ve got to tip your hat to him.”

Northeast participates in three more regular season events before hosting the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament from April 16-17 at the pristine Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club in Corinth.

c spire Rodeo News

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
Weather Prompts Postponement Of Pearl River Summer Showcase
PRCC Summer Registration On-going
Will Tindall Signs Rodeo Scholarship With Northwest
EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Set To Host NIRA Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Stands 18th Nationally After First-place Finish At Southern Arkansas Event
Release Date: 11/10/2015
East Mississippi Community College

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team closed out the fall portion of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region schedule in winning fashion by collecting first-place team honors this past weekend at Southern Arkansas University. The three-day rodeo event concluded Saturday night at Story Arena on the SAU campus.

Now ranked 18th nationally with 1,850 total team points, head coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC men’s squad edged out host Southern Arkansas by 10 points, 435-425, in the fall finale, while also out-distancing Top 10 nationally ranked foes Tennessee-Martin (370 points) and Missouri Valley College (275).

The victory marked East Mississippi’s sixth overall team win since the program’s inception in 2010. The EMCC men previously claimed first-place team honors in the 2014 Northwest Mississippi Community College event as well as in 2012 at Troy University and in 2010 at the University of West Alabama. The EMCC women captured a pair of team titles during last year’s rodeo campaign at Missouri Valley College and Cossatot Community College.

At Southern Arkansas this past week, East Mississippi benefitted from a 1-2 finish in the tie down roping competition as 2014 National High School Finals Rodeo All-Around Cowboy Marcus Theriot and Cooper Christensen, from North Pontotoc High School, each earned 130 points in the event. The reigning Mississippi High School Rodeo Association Boys All-Around Champion, Theriot also collected 135 points for his second-place finish in the steer wrestling event at SAU. While winning his second men’s all-around individual title of the fall season, the Poplarville native also advanced to Saturday’s team roping finals with partner Lane Mitchell from UT Martin.

Former Kossuth High School product Kody Rinehart also contributed to EMCC’s winning team effort by securing 40 points in the saddle bronc riding competition.

Midway through the 2015-16 rodeo season, the East Mississippi men’s team stands 18th among the NIRA’s national standings and third in the Ozark Region behind second-ranked Tennessee-Martin and No. 5 Missouri Valley College. On the women’s side, EMCC ranks sixth as a team within the Ozark Region with 620 total points. Just 45 points behind fifth-place Three Rivers College in the region, the EMCC women did not score this past week at Southern Arkansas.

Individually for EMCC, Theriot ranks second nationally in the men’s all-around competition with 985 total points. Along with rating as the NIRA’s No. 7 team roping header, Theriot stands eighth nationally in steer wrestling and 14th in tie down roping.

For the East Mississippi women, Katelyn Nicholson, from Lawrence, leads the Ozark Region standings in barrel racing at the midyear mark with 500 points to rank eighth nationally.


c spire Men's Soccer News

ECCC Men’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ECCC Men’s Soccer Team To Hold Open Tryouts
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Co-Lin Set To Host Soccer Tryouts
MGCCC Will Hold Men's Soccer Tryout
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
SMCC Sets Soccer Tryout Date
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
JCJC Holds Men’s Soccer Tryouts On Feb. 20
Zach Mills Introduced As Head Coach For The SMCC Soccer Programs
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
SMCC's Bill Ashleyannounces Hiring Of Zach Mills As Head Coach For The Men’s/women's Soccer Program
Gallant Approved As PRCC Men’s Soccer Coach
SMCC Soccer: Gallant Leaves SMCC For PRCC
ECCC Men’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
Release Date: 2/3/2016
East Central Community College

The sophomore members of the East Central Community College men’s soccer team received special recognition at the college’s Fall Sports Awards Banquet held recently on the Decatur campus. Sophomores who finished their ECCC careers after the fall 2015 season include (first row, from left) defender Jamar Simms of Pascagoula High School, defender Kellen Clark of Newton County High School in Decatur, midfielder Abi Rivera of Oxford High School, midfielder Omar Gutierrez of Mooreville High School, and forward Jacob Johnson of Destrehan High School (La.); (back row, from left) midfielder Lazaro Hernandez of Forest High School, midfielder Connor Brennan of Pearl High School, defender Carlos Gutierrez of Mooreville High School, and defender Durham Norman of Florence High School. (EC Photo)

c spire Women's Soccer News

ECCC Women’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
ECCC Men’s Soccer Team To Hold Open Tryouts
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts
Co-Lin Set To Host Soccer Tryouts
Hinds CC Women’s Soccer To Host Tryout On February 18
New Bling: Rangers Unveil National Championship Rings
Calvert Named Co-Lin’s Sports Information Coordinator
ICC To Host Soccer Tryouts In February
Emily Homan Named New Head Coach Of Hinds CC Women’s Soccer
Zach Mills Introduced As Head Coach For The SMCC Soccer Programs
Former EMCC Quarterback/head Football Coach Randall Bradberry Hired As School’s Director Of Athletics
ICC's Williams Dominates IPF World Championships... Again
Jackie Rhodes Named Head Women’s Soccer Coach
MGCCC Names Robin Jeffries New Athletic Director
ICC's Hester Named To All-Mississippi Academic Team
Hinds CC Baseball Participates In Project Angel Tree
JCJC Holds Annual Fall Athletic Banquet
JCJC’s Stubbington Named NJCAA Third-team All-American
Pearl River’s Lee Named Third-team NJCAA All-America
Buckley, Kirtland, Connolly Named As New Head Coaches Named At JCJC
ECCC Women’s Sophomore Soccer Players Honored At Fall Sports Awards Banquet
Release Date: 2/3/2016
East Central Community College

The sophomore members of the East Central Community College women’s soccer team received special recognition at the college’s Fall Sports Awards Banquet held recently on the Decatur campus. Sophomores who finished their ECCC careers during the fall 2015 season include (first row, from left) midfielder Gabby Stapp of West Harrison High School in Gulfport, defender Pashien Kelley-Johnson of West Harrison High School, forward Tamia Cavett of Murrah High School in Jackson, midfielder Megan Yarbrough of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, and forward Lacey Field of Lewisburg High School in Olive Branch; (back row, from left) midfielder Kayla Anderson of Florence High School, midfielder Megan Parrish of Pascagoula High School, forward Carrissa Stevenson of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, defender Brittany Rasco of Pascagoula High School, midfielder Allie Turner of Horn Lake High School, defender Erin Golden of Petal High School, and manager Katherine Moran of Pascagoula High School. (EC Photo)

c spire Softball News

PRCC Softball Drops 8-5 Loss To East Mississippi At Wildcat Invitational
Gulf Coast Wins Two More At Tournament
Lady Bears Win A Pair To Open Season
ICC Takes #10 LSU-Eunice To The Limits, Falls 6-5
ICC Rallies To Beat Calhoun In Season Opener, 5-4
PRCC Softball Splits Two Games At Wildcat Invitational
MGCCC Opens Softball Season With A Win
Holmes CC Drops Season Opener
No. 2 ECCC Softball Sweeps Alabama Southern In Season Openers
JCJC’s Hayes Signs With The University Of St. Francis (Illinois)
Hinds CC Softball Opener Moved, Lady Eagles Prep For 2016 Season
East Mississippi Set To Begin 2016 Softball Slate This Weekend At Pearl River-hosted Tournament
Lady Bulldogs Try To Get Season Going Again
PRCC Softball Opens 2016 Season With Sweep At Alabama Southern
Lady Wolves Sweep Southwest In Season Opener
Expectations High As ECCC Softball Opens Season February 4
Lady Bobcats Ranked No. 7 In Preseason Softball Poll
Lady Wildcats Hope Experience Pays Off In Successful Season
PRCC Softball Team Excels In Classroom In Fall Semester
No. 6 Lady Bulldogs Ready To Defend Titles
PRCC Softball Drops 8-5 Loss To East Mississippi At Wildcat Invitational
Release Date: 2/7/2016
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College couldn’t climb out of an early hole Saturday afternoon and lost its first game of the day at the Wildcat Invitational, 8-5 to East Mississippi.

PRCC was to play Baton Rouge (La.) in the late game of the tournament.

The Lady Lions (3-1) jumped on PRCC starter Madison Scoggin (1-1) for three runs in the top of the first inning, all three coming in on a home run by Averi Pender. EMCC added a run in the second, then built a 7-0 lead off reliever Amanda Ingram with three runs in the third.

The Lady Wildcats (3-2) rallied in the bottom of the third with four runs, highlighted by a two-run double by Brook Barnes. Rachel Brockhaus got a run home by drawing a bases-loaded walk and Alyssa Croncich drove in another run with a single.

Pear River added another run in the fourth, and had a big opportunity to score more runs in the fifth. Croncich narrowly missed a three-run homer with a fly ball to deep left-centerfield, and the Lady Wildcats subsequently loaded the bases, but failed to score.

East Mississippi added an insurance run in the sixth on a Lady Wildcat error. Jordan Self pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory.

PRCC SOFTBALL LINESCORES

Wildcat Invitational at Poplarville Friday’s Scores

LSU-Eunice 12, East Mississippi 1

East Mississippi 8, Baton Rouge (La.) 3

LSU-Eunice 9, Pearl River 0

Calhoun (Ala.) 4, Baton Rouge (La.) 0

Pearl River 7, Calhun (Ala.) 5

Saturday’s Scores

Itawamba 5, Calhoun (Ala.) 4

East Mississippi 11, Calhoun (Ala.) 1 LSU-Eunice 6, Itawamba 5 East Mississippi 8, Pearl River 5

LSU-Eunice vs. Baton Rouge (La.), late

Pearl River vs. Baton Rouge (La.), late

PRCC Linescores

LSU-Eunice 9, Pearl River 0 LSU-Eunice 251-10 – 9-13-0

Pearl River 000-00 – 0-4-3

LSU-EUNICE (6-1): Madison Edmondston 3B, 2 1B; Jeannemarie Angelle 2B; Darby Bishop HR (2-run), 1B; Rebecca Skains 2B, 2 1B; Hope Vizinat 2B, 1B; Jaci Lavigne 2 1B. WP – Abigail Leonards. Also pitching – Jordan Dougherty. PEARL RIVER (2-1): Branda Northrop 2 1B; Briana Leonard 1B; Alyssa Croncich 1B. LP – Amanda Ingram (1-1). Also pitching – Madison Scoggin.

Pearl River 7, Calhoun (Ala.) 5

Calhoun 001-001-3 – 5-9-2

Pearl River 302-020-x – 7-8-2

CALHOUN (1-1): Sydnie Brown 1B; Morgan Bailey 2 1B; Shelby Miller 2 1B; Haley Willis 1B; Madison Hastings 1B; Savannah Hamilton 1B; Haley Tolbert 1B; Hannah Jenkins 1B. LP – Megan Davidson. PEARL RIVER (3-1): Branda Northrop 1B; Brook Barnes 1B; Amanda Ingram 1B; Briana Leonard 2B, 1B; Rachel Brockhaus 1B; Mary Grace Key 1B; Kristen Martin 2B. WP – Skylar Cook (1-0). Save – Amanda Ingram.

East Mississippi 8, Pearl River 5

E. Miss. 313-001-0 – 8-9-0

Pearl River 004-100-0 – 5-6-2

EAST MISSISSIPPI (3-1): Mallory Vance 1B; Heather Abney 1B; Emily Patrick 1B; Averi Pender HR (3-run), 1B; Marissa Landrum 2 1B; Danille Darmohray 1B; Blake Rigdon 1B. WP – Jordan Self. Also pitching – Ciara Steward (starter); Madison Jacques.

PEARL RIVER (3-2): Branda Northrop 1B; Keela Creel 2B; Brook Barnes 2B; Shea Rosser 2B; Alyssa Crocich 1B; Toree Clifton 1B. LP – Madison Scoggin. Also pitching – Amanda Ingram.


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Release Date: 2/5/2016
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Mark Easley likes the squad he has assembled to comprise his 23rd-ranked 2016 Jones County Junior College men’s tennis team.

“It’s a good group of guys we have,” said Easley, who is in his 16th season as head coach. “They all get along well together, they work hard and they are a pleasure to coach. Not only do we try to recruit good tennis players, but good kids, too. They like to be around one another and it’s just one big family.

“They can practice together, go out and eat together and hang out in the dorm together. Team camaraderie plays a big part in the success of a team.”

The Bobcats return only two sophomores from a squad that finished third in the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament and No. 20 in the final ITA rankings last year.

JCJC finished No. 22 in the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Plano, Texas. It was the fourth appearance in seven years in the national tournament for the Bobcats.

Back from last year are Josh Hester from Florence and Taylor Tamberg from South Jones.

Hester and Tamberg teamed to win a match in No. 3 doubles at nationals.

“Last year, they were our No. 6 and No. 7 players, but they have really improved a lot,” Easley said. “Taylor and Josh have been through a season, so there is a world of difference in those guys from last year to this year.”

Tamberg has show tremendous improvement since his freshman year.

“Taylor has really come on and picked up his game a lot,” he said. “He’s played a lot of tennis since last year and has gotten a lot better. He will be in the lineup and do well for us.

“It’s a difference between night and day in the way Taylor is hitting the ball between last year and this year. He is a lot more confident and that comes from just being here for a year.”

Hester was 11-2 in regular season singles play last season.

“Josh played No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles last year,” Easley said. “He had success last year and is just so steady. He is a 4.0 student in engineering. He has to balance a busy schedule with his studies and practice, but he is able to do that. He is a top-notch guy and you know what you are getting with him.

“He is a great leader and he pushes the guys when it comes to conditioning.”

International players are allowed again this season in the MACJC/Region 23 and the Bobcats will have two foreign students.

Taquel Lewis is from St. Lucia and Diego Leal arrived from Colombia during the Christmas holiday break.

Easley expects both of those players to do well.

“Taqel and Diego are very competitive players,” he said. “They are very good players and will help us. They will be the No. 1 doubles team and will be the top two players in the singles lineup, depending on how they do head to head. They are really pushing each other and we are very fortunate to have those guys here.”

Three players from the Jackson metro area will boost the Bobcats.

Chase Pennington is from Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Luke Armstrong is from Hartfield Academy in Flowood and Blake Taylor is from Northwest Rankin.

“Chase has a great mind for the game,” Easley said. “His father is a tennis coach and he’s been playing a lot of sports growing up. But now he’s devoting all of his time to tennis and he knows what he wants to do on the court. He is a quality student and person.

“Luke was mainly a doubles player in high school and knows the doubles game well. As of now, he and Chase seem to be pairing together well in doubles. Luke works hard and makes adjustments during the match. He finds a way to give himself a chance to win.

“Blake has great strokes. The biggest thing he needs to overcome is the confidence factor in not getting down when he makes mistakes. He is a lefthander and strokes the ball well.”

Three local players round out the roster.

John Leggett is from Laurel Christian School, Peyton Ramsey is from Northeast Jones and Brandon McCary is from Wayne County.

Easley is pleased with what that trio brings to the court.

“We knew John was a good player and he has gotten better in the semester that he has been here,” he said. “Brandon and Peyton have really come a long way in the fall. Hitting every day against competitive players has really raised their game.

“John is a good singles players and has good strokes. Again, he has to stay positive throughout a match. He just has to learn to move on from point to point. But he is going to get there and he is a real solid player for us.”

The Bobcats have 10 players on the roster battling for playing spots in singles and doubles.

Easley said practice and early season matches would determine the lineup heading into MACJC/Region 23 play.

“All of the players are fighting for positions,” he said. “It’s very competitive and that’s good. We are using drills, practices and head to head matches to see how where we stand.”

JCJC opens the season with a 2:30 p.m. match on Feb. 6 in Meridian vs. Oxford University of Emory (Georgia) – the defending NJCAA Division III national champion.

Easley said that match would tell a great deal about the Bobcats.

“We know they will be good,” he said. “They will have some really some smart guys – doctors, engineers – and some really good tennis players, too. They will be competing for another championship this year. They have several of those guys back from last year.

“It’s a challenge for us, but this match will expose strengths and weaknesses for us. We will know how we shape up after this match. It will be a great test for us.”

In MACJC/Region 23 play, Easley believes it will be another competitive season.

“Meridian has a singles guy from New Zealand who, from all reports, is out of this world,” he said. “Gulf Coast will be strong. We played them in the fall and they are very solid. They have their No.’s 1 and 3 players returning. Itawamba is always good, Co-Lin has a number of players back and Hinds is better.

“It’s a well-balanced league. It should be an interesting year and a great tournament at the end of the season.”

Mississippi Gulf Coast will host the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament April 20-23. The top three teams from there will advance to the NCJAA Division I National Tournament May 16-20 in Plano, Texas.

JCJC’s first home match will be at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 vs. Hinds.

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Release Date: 2/5/2016
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Reginald Dillon, head coach of the Hinds Community College men's and women's track and field programs, announced his early signing classes for the 2017 season on Friday.

Both program will welcome four new signees each to Raymond in August and will continue to add signees to the list throughout the 2016 spring semester.

The initial list includes the following student-athletes:

WOMEN’S SIGNEES

Zenovia Harris - McComb High School
100 & 200-meter dashes
TyMesha Nabors - Vicksburg High School
400-meter hurdles
Jamira Patterson - Killeen (Texas) High School
400-meter dash
Shan Thames - Louisville High School
100 & 200-meter dashes

MEN’S SIGNEES

DeMicheal Harris - St. Aloysius High School
100, 200 & 400-meter dashes (dual signee with the Hinds football program)
Cruz Magee - McComb High School
400-meter dash
Leon Miles III - Vicksburg High School
400-meter hurdles
Eric Richards - Raymond High School
High jump
For more on Hinds track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com