Sports News From Mississippi Junior Colleges

Are you wondering what's going on around the state of Mississippi as far as junior colleges sports are concerned? We'll keep you updated throughout all the sports seasons with reports from the sports media departments at the junior and community colleges....

DANNY ROBERTSON NAMED HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT HOLMES CC

Due to a change of heart regarding family considerations, Pete Hurt has decided not to take the head coaching position at Holmes Community College.

Current Bulldog offensive coordinator and long-time Durant High School head coach Danny Robertson has been named head coach effective April 1 pending board of trustee approval.

Robertson, 46, who has been offensive coordinator for past two two seasons, is well known around the Holmes Community College district after serving as assistant coach and then head coach at Durant High School for some 14 years.

During Robertson's time at Durant, the Tigers claimed the North State title in 2000 and 2001, two region championships in 2000 and 2001 and division championships in 1996 and 1997. His team's made six semi-final appearances and eight playoff appearances. He also was head coach of the All-Star team once and an assistant coach twice.

Robertson served as a graduate assistant from Ole Miss during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. He then coached at Louisiana Tech in 1987 and 1988.

Prior to taking over as offensive coordinator at Holmes, Robertson served as volunteer football coach along with his duties as assistant coach for both the men's and women's basketball programs as well as vocational counselor on the Goodman Campus.

Athletic director and retired head coach Hugh Shurden said he has known Robertson for a long time.

"Ours goes way back when Danny was in high school," Shurden said. "I knew him, his Dad and his brother. There's no question in my mind that he can handle the job. The learning curve is still there. There will be things learned every day."

Shurden said his connection throughout the district will be an added plus. "He's spent 17 years in Holmes County, and he's well thought of throughout the area," he said.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity given to me," Robertson said. "I am grateful to Coach Shurden and Dr. (Glenn) Boyce for putting their trust and faith in me. Holmes County is home and is where I want to be. I plan to be here until I retire."

Robertson said some good things are happening at Holmes, and he's glad to be a part of it.

"It's a very exciting time right now," Robertson said. "There are plans to upgrade our facilities. Our district is a very talented district. When you put it altogether, we should have a winning program here."

Shurden said already having Robertson on staff should make the transition a lot easier. "The transition is going to be smooth," Shurden said. "He works together well with our coaches. He's pretty much been in command of that group since January and has done a great job. When we get the staff completed, it will be an added plus."

"I have the utmost confidence in the staff here," Robertson said. "I firmly believe we can get the job done."

Robertson received both a bachelor's and master's degree at Ole Miss in health, physical education and recreation and a master's degree in secondary school counseling at Louisiana Tech. While at Ole Miss, he played linebacker from '78-'82.

Robertson and his wife, Bronwyn, who also works for Holmes, and their sons, Tanner, 7, and Brister, 2, live on the Goodman Campus.

MISSISSIPPI'S COMMUNITY AND JUNIOR COLLEGES CREATE FIRST SPORTS HALL OF FAME

A new organization that will recognize outstanding athletes and coaches who have participated in intercollegiate sports at one of the fifteen community and junior colleges in the state has recently been formed. The Mississippi Community/Junior College Sports Hall of Fame (SHF) was confirmed and approved by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) during its annual athletic meeting held recently. The organization is the first of its kind for the state.

Dr. Howell Garner, president of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, vice-chair of the MACJC, and coordinator of the SHF, expressed the importance of establishing the organization. "The Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame was conceived in the interest of recognizing coaches and athletes who have coached and/or played in one or more of Mississippi's public community colleges," says Dr. Garner. "Acknowledging the fact that there have been many outstanding athletes who have contributed greatly to the successful sports programs throughout the two-year college system, the MACJC wishes to begin a program of recognition whereby individuals may be recognized and honored for their contributions to the tremendous success of community college sports in Mississippi."

The SHF selection committee will consist of seven (7) members. After the first two classes of inductees, the selection committee will be responsible for the selection of new inductees on an annual basis. Membership of the selection committee will be rotated among the participating colleges, and each member of the selection committee will serve a one-year term.

Eligibility will be based on the following criteria: (1) In order to be inducted into the organization, an athlete must have played two seasons in one or more sports, and must have been selected as a member of that institution's Sports Hall of Fame prior to nomination to be inducted into the SHF. (2) For a coach to be inducted, he or she has to have coached one or more sports at one or more of the community/junior colleges for a minimum of ten years in Mississippi, and must have been selected as a member of the Sports Hall of Fame at a Mississippi community/junior college prior to nomination to be inducted into the SHF.

For more information on the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame, contact Dr. Howell Garner, President, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 601-643-8300.

JUCO BASKETBALL TALENT TO BE SHOWCASED APRIL 13

Community and junior college basketball players from throughout the state of Mississippi will have an opportunity to showcase their talents when the MACJC All-Star Basketball Games are held Friday, April 13, 2007.

Choctaw Central High School is again serving as host site for the annual event, which is sponsored by the Pearl River Resort, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pepsi, Mississippi Sports Medicine and East Central Community College in Decatur.

Tip-off times are 6 p.m. for the women's contest followed by men's action at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Each squad includes 12 All-Stars selected by their respective coaches.

Members of the South women's team include Nicki Williams and Erica Trahan, both of Co-Lin; Valerie Harris and Andrea Dubose, both of East Central; Sandy Thompson, Gulf Coast; Tiffany Hill, Hinds; Kelsey Hopkins and Rosemary Green, both of Jones; Holly Dial, Meridian; Zena Husband, Pearl River; and Carmiel Gamble and Coneita Cutrer, both of Southwest. Serving as head coach is Ed Walley of Pearl River.

The North women's team includes Omeshia Forst, Coahoma; Sade' Coats and Denyelle Baldwin, both of East Mississippi; Myeshia Johnson and Shae White, both of Holmes; Shamekia Boyce and Cara Harris, both of Itawamba; Lashundreya Townsend and Tawanna Marshall, both of Mississippi Delta; Krystal Robinson and Whitney Mayes, both of Northeast; and LaMaesha McAdory, Northwest. Serving as head coach is Ricky Ford of Northeast.

Members of the South men's squad are Zach Thomas and Christian Marshall, both of Co-Lin' Earnesto Green, East Central; Carlos Wright, Henry Salter and Ronald Douglas, all of Gulf Coast; Flawaan Flags and James Burkes, both of Hinds; James Bender, Jones; Dexter Leflore, Meridian; Wesley Jones, Pearl River; and Bobby Steptoe, Southwest. Richard Mathis of Pearl River serves as head coach.

The North men's team includes Lenzell Cole, Coahoma; Cornelius Miles, East Mississippi; Jeremy Cable, Richard Worthy and Dean Hadley, all of Holmes; Tim Green, Larricus Brown and Dell Coleman, all of Itawamba; Dexter Williams, Mississippi Delta; and Jeremy Anderson, Northeast; and Justin Nabors and Antonio Logwood, all of Northwest. David Robbins of Northeast serves as head coach.

For more information contact ECCC basketball coaches Billy Smith (ext. 243) or Maurice Bowie (ext. 372), Phone 601-635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222. The email addresses are bsmith@eccc.edu and mbowie@eccc.edu.

NEMCC BASEBALL SET TO FACE COAHOMA

BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College's baseball team will try and bounce back from losses to Northwest Community College, and Itawamba Community College, when it travels to face the Coahoma Tigers in a MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) North Division double-header scheduled for 12 noon on Tuesday, April 3, in Clarksdale, Miss.

Northeast is 9-17 overall, and 1-5 in division play after losing consecutive double headers at home.

"Confidence is the key for us right now," said Northeast head coach Kent Farris. "If we could come back from Clarksdale with a win or two, it would certainly help our confidence, but I can promise you we're not overlooking Coahoma. They are improved, and it's a tough place to play. Plus, they'll be division games and those wins are tough to come by for a young program like ours. So I think our kids will be very focused going over there."

Northeast will return home for a non-division double header versus Jones County Junior College at Harold T. White field in Booneville on Thursday, April 5, at 1 p.m.

NEMCC GOLFERS THIRD AFTER ROUND ONE OF NORTHWEST INVITATIONAL

SARDIS, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore golfer Chase Williams (Alcorn Central) shot a 1-under, 71, during the first round of the Northwest Invitational MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) golf tournament at Mallard Pointe Golf Course in Sardis, Miss., and led the Tigers into third place overall heading into tomorrow's round two. The Tigers trail Northwest Community College in second place by just one stroke (303). Meridian Community College holds the lead with a team score of 296 after round one.

Northeast's team score of 304 was the best for Coach Craig Lauderdale's team this season. Combined with Williams' round of 71, the Tigers had four of its six golfers shoot rounds in the 70's. Curt Butler (Corinth) shot 76, Jared Hight (Alcorn Central) shot 78, and Jared Harding (Cordova, Tenn.) shot 79. Also for Northeast, Hunter Shipman (Kossuth) shot 80 in round one, followed by Derek Devaughn (Booneville) with a round of 81.

"This is the toughest course we'll play on this season, in my opinion," said Northeast head golf coach Craig Lauderdale. "So, I'm extremely happy with the way the guys played. The course carries a 73.5 rating from the tips, and a hilly, tight course. Chase putted really well today. All our guys did, and if we putt that way tomorrow we'll have a chance at finishing in the top two."

Williams used three birdies and an eagle to get to his score of 1-under.

Second round play at the Northwest Invitational at Mallard Pointe is set to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, April 3.

EAST CENTRAL SWEEPS EAST MISSISSIPPI

East Central Community College's fast-pitch softball team improved to 4-0 in MACJC Central Division competition by sweeping East Mississippi Community College in doubleheader action Saturday on the Decatur campus.

The Lady Diamond Warriors posted an 8-0 shutout in the first contest and claimed a 5-1 decision to complete the sweep.

With the victories, the East Central women moved above the .500 mark and are now 16-14 under fourth-year head coach Scott Hill. The Lady Diamond Warriors are the two-time defending MACJC Central Division champions.

In the first contest, Shenique Brass of Philadelphia and Lindsey Stevens of Newton County each homered to lead EC's 11-hit attack. Brass also singled and Whitnee White of Neshoba Central contributed a double and single in the easy victory.

Other sluggers were Loren Kennedy of Union, Sondreia Hillie and Laura Smith, both of Neshoba Central; Candace Griffin of Philadelphia, Tiffany Thomas of Union and Jessica Shannon of Carthage, singles each.

Brass and Shannon collected two RBIs a piece, and Griffin, Thomas and Stevens each had an RBI.

Runs were scored by White (2), Kennedy, Hillie, Brass, Smith, Griffin and Stevens.

EC scored one run in the first inning, five in the third, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Kady Chandler of Neshoba Central was the winning pitcher, allowing just one hit through five innings of work. She fanned seven batters and walked one. Kimbo Seale of Clarkdale pitched one inning in relief and allowed one hit.

In the second contest, the EC offense posted 10 hits with Stevens and Kayla Mullinax of Stringer leading the offense with three hits each. Stevens doubled and had two singles and Mullinax recorded three singles. Other sluggers were Hillie, Brass and Smith, doubles each; and White, single.

Kennedy, Hillie, Brass and Smith recorded an RBI each.

Runs were scored by Mullinax (2), Kennedy, Hillie and Brass.

EC scored two runs in the first inning, one in the third and two in the fourth. East Mississippi scored its lone run in the seventh.

Chandler was again the winning pitcher, allowing one run on just two hits though seven innings. She fanned eight batters.

ECCC TRAVELS TO MCC, HINDS

East Central's doubleheader scheduled Monday, April 2 was cancelled due to wet grounds. The Lady Diamond Warriors travel to Meridian Community College on Wednesday, April 4 for a 3 p.m. doubleheader, and head to Hinds Community College on Tuesday, April 10 in doubleheader action getting underway at 2 p.m. in Raymond.

TRYOUTS FOR ECCC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM SET FOR APRIL 10

Tryouts for the 2007-08 women's basketball team at East Central Community College will be held Tuesday, April 10 on the Decatur campus.

Activities begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

For more information contact Coach Billy Smith at ECCC, Phone 601-635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222, ext. 243. The email address is bsmith@eccc.edu.

THREE MDCC BASKETBALL PLAYERS HEADED TO ALL STAR GAME

Three Mississippi Delta Community College basketball players will join their peers from across the state to showcase their talents when the MACJC All-Star Basketball Games are held Friday, April 13, 2007.

Lady Trojans Lashundreya Townsend (5'5" guard) of Cleveland and Tawanna Marshall (5'8" forward) of Pace along with 6'4" forward Dexter Williams of Indianola will be playing for their respective North Teams in the All-Star Game which will be held at Choctaw Central High School in Philadelphia. Tip-off times are 6 p.m. for the women's contest followed by men's action at 8 p.m. Admission is $6 per person.

Townsend led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 359 points averaging 14.3 points per game and hitting an amazing 111 free throws for a 69.8 percent average. Marshall was the team¹s second leading scorer with 336 points averaging 13.4 points per game.She also led the team in three point shooting with 71 averaging 38.3 percent.

Dexter Williams scored 282 points during the season averaging 12.3 points per game. He was also the offensive rebound leader with 48.

MGCCC LADY BULLDOGS SIZZLE THROUGH SPRING

Before the 2007 season began, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College softball coach Kenneth Long thought his Lady Bulldogs would be pretty good.

But halfway through the season with a 22-1 overall record and 4-0 in division play, the Lady Bulldogs are better than good: They're downright dominating.

"This team is coachable, and it's got character," Long said. "It's a fun group. The girls play with lots of enthusiasm."

Since a March 5 loss to East Central, Gulf Coast has won 17 in a row. On March 27, the Lady Bulldogs went on the road and swept Jones in a grueling double-header. The Lady Bulldogs took the first game 1-0 as Danielle Ryan recorded a shutout. In game two, Gulf Coast and Jones were tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh until Alicia York's two-run homer broke the tie and proved to be the winning margin. That followed an impressive weekend at the Northeast Mississippi tournament, where Gulf Coast went 5-0, won the title, and outscored its opponents 52-8.

That includes pitching, as Ryan, York and Amy Husley continue to overwhelm opposing batters. Ryan, a freshman from Madison, has been nearly un-hittable in 2007, with an almost lights-out 0.29 ERA.

At the plate, Gulf Coast has been scoring runs in bunches. After a somewhat slow start, freshman Natalie Travosos has warmed up with a .388 batting average. Travasos is one of 16 freshmen on the 2007 squad.

Gulf Coast has two more tough road trips, March 31 at Southwest, and April 2 at LSU-Eunice before coming back home for a doubleheader against Co-Lin April 10.


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