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SOFTBALL: Sophomore second baseman Andi Barrett of Northwest Mississippi Community College has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20.
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SOFTBALL:  Sophomore second baseman Andi Barrett of Northwest Mississippi Community College has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20.
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NEMCC BASEBALL SETS FIRST OPEN TRYOUT FOR 2015 SEASON
Release Date:4/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - With the close of the high school baseball season rapidly approaching, local prep athletes have an upcoming chance to present their talents to the Northeast Mississippi Community College coaching staff.

The Tigers will hold their initial open tryout for the 2015 season on Monday, April 28 with a scheduled start time of 1 p.m. at Harold T. White Field.

Registration begins at noon and athletes must bring an up-to-date physical in order to partake in the session.

Northeast’s first tryout is for any 2014 high school senior who has not signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with an institution of higher learning and whose season is completed.

A date for those seniors that are still participating in the state playoffs that wish to audition for the Tigers will be announced at a later date.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, baseball pants, cleats, a glove and a helmet. Baseballs and DeMarini BBCOR bats will be provided at the stadium.

Players should expect a professional tryout format. Those in attendance have the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and show off their skills at a variety of positions around the diamond.

Outfielders get the chance to exhibit their arm strength by throwing to the different bases from right field while infielders take multiple ground balls from shortstop.

Catchers will have their pop times measured from behind the plate to second base. Pitchers are slated to demonstrate their mechanics and form from the bullpen.

All athletes will run a 60-yard dash to have their speed measured. In addition, participants also get to take a round of batting practice live on the field to advertise their offensive prowess.

For more information about Northeast’s initial open baseball tryouts, contact head coach Kent Farris at 662-720-7309 or by email at wkfarris@nemcc.edu, assistant coach Richy Harrelson at 662-720-7344 or by email at rwharrelson@nemcc.edu or pitching coach Jon Andy Scott at 662-720-7223 or by email at jascott@nemcc.edu.


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Ball-Williamson To Be Inducted Into MACJC Sports Hall Of Fame
Release Date: 4/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Athletic Director Carrie Ball-Williamson will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame in a special ceremony held on Tuesday, April 29 at the Muse Center at the Rankin County Campus of Hinds Community College.

Williamson, who is in her 21st year at ICC, has been Athletic Director since 2002 after coaching women’s basketball (1993-2006) and softball (1993-98). She served 10 years as the College’s Director of Student Activities and was the Assistant Director of the NJCAA Region XXIII for 15 years.

She earned the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Loyalty Award in 2011, was a member of the 2012 ICC Athletic Hall of Fame class and was named MACJC Coach of the Year while winning two North Division championships in basketball and led the Lady Indians to the three North Division titles and the 1994 MACJC Championship in softball.

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

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ECCC ‘Football 101 For Women’ Cancelled
Release Date: 4/21/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College’s “Football 101: Skills Clinic for Women” scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2014, on the Decatur campus has been cancelled. The clinic may possibly be held at a later date.

For more information or to express interest in attending the clinic, please contact camp director Charles Jones, ECCC assistant football coach, at 601-635-6371 or email cjones@eccc.edu.


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FARRIS SEEKS ATONEMENT AT STATE TOURNAMENT
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Wiggins, Miss. - Blake Farris hopes to claim a bit redemption this week as postseason competition opens for the Northeast Mississippi Community College golf team.

Farris and the Tigers are set to participate in the 2014 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament at Pine Burr Country Club beginning this morning.

The sophomore concluded the second round of competition during last year’s conference championship in a deadlock for the final individual spot in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament.

Farris unfortunately lost a one-hole playoff to fall just short of qualifying for the regional event. But the memory of being so close to advancing has turned into motivation for the Corinth native.

“I just want to put myself in position to have a chance and hopefully learn from that experience,” Farris said. “The experience of nearly making it last year will hopefully push me forward this year.”

Farris is one of three sophomores who look to extend their campaigns with a pair of solid rounds at the annual meet of the Magnolia State’s top linksters.

Lew Johnson has proven himself to be the most consistent golfer for the Tigers this season. A graduate of Corinth High School, Johnson tops Northeast with an average round of 80 in four league events.

Farris and Johnson have recorded the lowest rounds of any Tiger with a 75. Both men tallied that score during the Lou Hart Invitational in March at Meridian Community College.

Jay Swinney is also playing his best game of the year entering the MACJC State Tournament. The Booneville product poured in his strongest individual result in the last regular season tilt at Northwest Mississippi Community College earlier this month with an 85-79-164.

Two freshmen in Zach Potts and Chase Little round out the five-man squad that is set to compete in the title clash, which is hosted by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Corinth’s Little holds the next best scoring average behind Johnson during this campaign for Northeast with an 82. Potts, who hails from Hohenwald, Tenn., thrives on long distance holes and cards a norm of 83.

Overall, Nick Coln is optimistic and excited about the squad entering his second MACJC State Tournament as head coach of the Tigers.

“All in all, I expect us to have our best match of the year,” he said. “This is the one that counts. For us to have a chance, all five guys are going to have to shoot sub-80.”

Golfers are scheduled to complete 36 holes over a two-day span at Pine Burr starting at approximately 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The top four teams and a handful of select individuals will receive bids to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament, which is slated for May 4-5 at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.


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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


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Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Milestone Day For ICC Softball With Sweep Of Jackson State
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Itawamba Community College

The Itawamba Community College softball had a milestone day in Jackson, TN in their regular-season ending sweep of Jackson State Community College on Tuesday.

The No. 17 Lady Indians (35-10, 21-3 MACJC North) set a new a record for most wins in a season after notching their 35th win of the season and helped Coach Andy Kirk earn his 100th win in his third season with a 10-1 Game 2 five-inning victory over the Generals.

“These records are a reflection of all the hard work the girls put into the season,” said Kirk. “I’m proud to be a small part of their success because without all the dedication of the girls this season and the players that came before them none of this would be possible.”

Kirk is currently second in career wins behind former head coach Chad Case (2008-2011), who amassed a record of 103 wins and 47 losses while leading the program to its first-ever North Division title in 2010.

“Coach Case is the guy that helped established the winning ways of the program,” said Kirk. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of girls that have taken pride in being a Lady Indian and keeping those winning ways going over the past three seasons.”

In Game 1, the Lady Indians won 14-6 in five innings.

ICC will host East Central Community College (32-14, 17-11 MACJC South) in a best-of-three series in the opening round of the MACJC Softball Tournament with Game 1 scheduled for Friday night and Game 2 and Game 3, if needed, slated for Saturday afternoon in Fulton.

Times for the series will be determined and announced on Wednesday.

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


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ECCC Tennis Teams Defeat Holmes
Release Date: 4/21/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College’s tennis teams recorded victories over Holmes Community College in matches held Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Goodman. The Lady Warriors cruised 8-1 and the Warriors posted a 7-2 victory.

In women’s singles, Hannah Peoples of Winston Academy defeated Johanna White, 6-1, 6-0; Alana Turner of Florence beat Laurie Alvis, 6-2, 6-2; Amber Pierce of Leake Academy defeated Jennifer Rule, 6-2, 6-4; Nan Hartness of Winston Academy beat Katherine Woods, 6-1, 6-0; Hannah Smith of Leake Academy beat Lori Nesbitt, 6-1, 6-2; and Katlyn Patrick of Forest defeated Anna Claire Shores, 7-5, 6-1. EC winners in women’s doubles were Turner and Pierce, who defeated Alvis/White, 8-4; and Peoples and Hartness, an 8-0 winner over Rule/Woods. Kristine Jenkins and Lauren Peterson, both of Forest, were clipped 8-6 by Shores and Elizabeth Petro.

In men’s singles, Juan Miranda of Morton beat Devin Langham, 6-2, 6-2; Daniel Giles of Union defeated Dylan Throgmorton, 6-1, 6-2; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville beat Rami Jamileh, 6-2, 6-1; Brandon St. Clair of Newton County High School defeated Will Godfrey, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2: Robert Strong of Forest beat Justin Sawyer, 6-2, 6-0; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy beat John Crews, 1-6, 6-2, (10-6).

Miranda and Giles won their doubles match by an 8-1 decision over Throgmorton/Sawyer.

Yarbrough and Moore fell 8-6 to Godfrey/Jamileh, and St. Clair and Rigdon were clipped 8-4 by Langham/Crews

. EC’s tennis program is led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.


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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.