Sports News: Mississippi Junior Colleges

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


BOONEVILLE, Miss. - Shanika Randle (Houston, Miss.) went 5-for-7 with two homeruns, two doubles, and 7 RBI to lead Northeast Mississippi Community College's fast-pitch softball team to a sweep of a double-header over Itawamba Community College, 6-4 in game one and 12-6 in game two, on Wednesday, April 4.

Freshman Callie Weaver, also a Houston, Miss. native, joined Randle with a big day of her own. The Tigers' shortstop was 4-for-6 against the Lady Indians, including a solo homerun, a double, and 4 RBI.

"I was pleased with the way our kids battled," said NEMCC head coach Jody Long. "We overcame a scrappy ICC bunch. When you put these two schools together, whether its softball or chess, each team really wants to win, so we just feel fortunate to come out on top."

The first game of the double-header saw Northeast take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning thanks to solo homeruns first by Callie Weaver, and later Shanika Randle. "Those two kids, both from Houston, played together in high school, and today really set the tone with those homeruns early," a proud Jody Long said.

ICC answered in the top of the fourth, taking the lead with back-to-back RBI from Anjerlina Dancy and Cassie Tipton, as well as two Northeast errors.

The Lady Indian's lead only lasted one inning, as in the bottom of the fifth, Northeast cut the lead to 4-3 with an RBI single from Shana Andres (Floyd's Knob, IN). Two batters later, Randle delivered the final blow with her second homerun of the day, a three-run shot that put the Tigers ahead 6-4.

Northeast starting pitcher Lisa Jansen (Frankfurt, Germany) pitched a complete game giving up seven hits, two earned runs, and stiking out 13 Itawamba batters. Lane Maxey took the loss for ICC in game one.

Sierra Coltharp (New Albany) got the win for Northeast in game two. Randle and Weaver each had two RBI's for the Tigers. Northeast was led in game two by Fallon Thompson (Corinth) who was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a homerun.

With the two wins, Northeast (15-20, 6-0) remains unbeaten in division play after the first half of MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) North Division competition this season. Itawamba's Lady Indians fell to 4-20, 1-5.


SARDIS, Miss. - The Meridian Community College golf team tied a school record by winning their sixth tournament of the 2006-07 season with a victory at the Northwest/Itawamba Invitational on Tuesday with a final round score of even-par, 288. The score posted by the squad is a spring-season best. MCC fired a 296 on day one for a 584 two day total and a 19 stroke victory on the 7,001 yard, par 72, Mallard Pointe Golf Course. Host-Northwest Miss. CC claimed second with a score 603 (303-300).

Sophomore Justin Eaves led MCC on the final day with a 3-under par 69. The Troy University signee shot 75 on day one for an even-par two day score of 144. Eaves has now carded eight rounds of even-par or better this season. The 2006 NJCAA All-American finished runner-up medalist and was named to his ninth career All Tournament team.

Freshman Bryant Self also cared his third sub-par round of the season with a 1-under, 71. Self shot 74 on day one and finished with a 145, 1-over par 36-hole total. Self was named to the All Tournament team, his fifth of the season.

Sophomore Dustin Petit posted an even-par 72 to go along with an opening 74 to shot 146. Petit, a future UL-Lafayette golfer, was also named to the All Tournament team, his 13th career ATT honor.

Freshmen Joshua Ivy and Jarrod Lemaster continued their steady play. Ivy closed out the event with a 151 (73-78) while Lemaster shot 152 (76-76). Michael Burton, a freshman, played as an individual for MCC and shot 82-82.

"I couldn't ask more out of those two sophomores (Dustin & Justin)," said MCC golf coach Sean Covich. "They really showed a lot of desire and competitiveness out there, and the freshmen have added some consistency and depth to this squad."

Hinds' Sonny Williams took home medalist honors, winning with a score of 2-under par142 (69-73).

The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday, April 10, taking part in the Jones Co. Jr. College Invitational held in Hattiesburg before concluding the regular season with the MACJC State/NJCAA Region XXIII Championship on April 16-17.


Two tryout dates have been set for baseball team hopefuls at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced head coach Neal Holliman.

The first session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, and a second opportunity to make the team will be offered on Sunday, May 6. Activities for both tryouts get underway at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.

Participants should furnish their own practice attire.

For more information contact Coach Holliman, Phone 601-635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222, ext. 274, or Coach Michael Avalon, ext. 226. The email addresses are and


Holmes Community College is having open tryouts for any players not protected. The dates for tryouts are Friday, April 13, April 20 and April 27 at noon at Charlie Donald Field on the Holmes Community College in Goodman.

For more information contact Coach Dupont at 662-472-9124 or Coach Hoffpauir at 662-472-0013.


BOONEVILLE, Miss. -- Northeast Mississippi Community College head fast-pitch softball coach Jody Long will hold an open tryout for any unsigned, or unprotected student athletes on Wednesday, April 11, at 2:30 p.m. at Booneville City Park.

"We expect to have a large group of players from Mississippi come to the tryout," said NEMCC coach Jody Long, "but every year we have kids from Tennessee, Alabama, and Arkansas who come also. It gives those players a chance to show us what they can do, and really helps us find players that might have been overlooked so far."

Coach Long's Northeast softball teams have won six-straight MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) North Division titles, and have played in the MACJC State Championship game four-straight years.

For more information on the open tryout, potential participants should contact Jody Long by April 10 at, or call (662) 720-7305.

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