East Central Community College welcomed new members of its men's and women's basketball teams during scholarship signing ceremonies held Wednesday night in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.
Joining Billy Smith's Lady Warrior squad are Allison Phillips of Leake Academy, Sha Coleman of Newton County High School and Alisha McAfee of Northwest Rankin High School.
Phillips, a 5-9 forward, scored 1701 points during her high school career and helped lead Leake Academy to back-to-back State AA Championships and a 158-11 record. She was named to the All-State, All-North State and All-District teams for four years, and was selected to the Overall All-State and All-MPSA teams for two seasons. She is also a two-time recipient of the All-District most valuable player award.
Coleman, a 5-6 guard, was a three-year starter and All-Division selection for two seasons. She averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 5.3 steals. She made 77 percent of her free throw attempts.
McAfee, a 5-6 guard from Brandon, was an All-Division performer who averaged 11.5 points, five rebounds, three steals and four assists. She made 82 percent of her free throws. She was also named to Rankin County All-Tournament Team and received most valuable player honors in the Northwest Classic.
New members of Warrior head coach Maurice Bowie's first recruiting class include Walter McDonald of Newton High School, Davarus 'Scooter' Walker of Newton County High School and Dre Dickinson of Meridian High School.
McDonald, a 5-10 point guard, averaged 15 points and five assists in helping lead Newton to the 7-2A championship and the South State 2A runner-up title. He was named first team All-District and was selected to the All-State Tournament Team. In addition, he was selected the Tigers' most valuable player.
Walker, a 5-9 shooting guard/point guard, averaged 17 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists. He was a first-team All-District selection and received team most valuable player and best offensive player awards.
Dickinson, a 5-10 point guard/shooting guard, averaged 11 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. He was selected first team All-Division and received his team's best defensive player award.
EAST MISSISSIPPI SPORTS AT A GLANCE:
Tuesday April 10th Northeast came out banging three hits to take the lead 2-0 in the top of the first of a non-divisional double header. EMCC scored two on a single by freshman Brett Mosley from Collinsville MS scoring A. J. Freeman and Ben Fleming to tie in the bottom of the first. Ben Fleming knocked a one run homer over the right field fence to ignite the team in the second inning. Mosley, Walt Love, Josh Rone, Billy Beard and Fleming all had two hits each for the Lions with Cameron Jaurdan, A. J. Freeman adding one each. The EMCC Lions defeated Northeast Community College 10-7 in the first game of a double header at Scooba.Right hander Joshua Dunn got the start for the Lions with left handers Kevin Lienard and Tyler Maness in relief. In game two for the Lions freshman right hander Cam Bain from Northeast MS started with left hander Adam Lollar and KevinVan Veen in relief. Northeast compiled 9 hits and 6 runs to defeat the Lions 9-4 in game two. Lion hitters A. J. Freeman and Ben Fleming had multiple hits for EMCC. Walt Love added one single to give East MS 5 hits in the second game.
The Lions continue their home stand taking on division rival East Central Friday, April 13th.
Wednesday April 18th at 1:00 pm the Lions take on rival Holmes Community College in Goodman. Saturday, April 21st the Lions host non-divisional opponent Gulf Coast at 2:00 pm at Gerald Poole Field.
Tuesday April 10th the Lady Lions sweep rival ICC Indians under threatening skies but the Lady Lions did not let that damper their winning ways as sophomore right hander Nichole Lanthier got the start in game one for the Lions. Freshmen Kristie Owens, Ashlyn Grossie, and Lauren Pinnix scored the first three runs early for the Lady Lions as EMCC hosted the ICC Indians in a ground soaked double header. Lanthier gave up a 3 run home run with two outs in the second inning tying the score 3-3. East MS came roaring back to take the lead when Kristin Owens from Byhalia MS hit a hard hit ground ball up the middle to score Ashley Helms and Daniel Bore adding two runs to take the lead for the Lions in the bottom of the fourth. Ashlyn Grossie popped a one run homer in a 10-5 winning effort for the Lady Lions in the first game of a double header. Freshman Jorga Edmonds started game two for the Lions and went four innings before Lanthier relieved her at the end of the fourth. The Lady Lions finished victorious 10-7 to sweep the ICC Indians. Ashley Clark led the Lions in hits for the day.
The Lady Lions travel to Memphis Monday April 16th to take on Southwest Junior College. On Wednesday April 18th they travel to Raymond to play rival Hinds Community College at 2:00 pm in a double header. Saturday April 21st the ladies are back at home to play conference foe East Central in a double header at 11:00 am.
The Lion golf team travels to Wesson MS. to practice for the MACJC State and Regional Tournament at Wolf Hollow Golf Club. The Tournament runs Monday through Tuesday April 16th - April 17th.
The football team will continue its fourth week of spring drills Monday April16th . Open practice will run Monday through Thursday weather permitting.
MCC-EMCC SOFTBALL GAMES RESCHEDULED:
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagle softball team had a showdown scheduled with rival-East Mississippi CC for Saturday. That game has now been rescheduled due to predicted heavy rains on Saturday. Both schools have agreed to move the game up one day. The doubleheader will take place Friday, April 13. Game one slated to start at 3:00 pm and game two at 5:00 pm. The games will be played in Meridian at Tommy McDonald Field.
MCC swept EMCC back on March 20 in Scooba. The Lady Eagles won game one 5-4 over homestanding EMCC then rolled to a 14-1 win in the second game.
The Lady Eagles are coming off a victory against Holmes CC on Tuesday, with the win MCC is now 16-16 overall and 5-2 in division play.
THREE PROVINE H.S. STARS SIGN WITH NORTHEAST
JACKSON, Miss.-- On Thursday morning, April 12, Provine High School basketball stars Demorris Summers and Andre Pitchford signed official letters of intent to play basketball for Coach David Robbins at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. beginning in the fall of 2007. About four hours later, Provine senior Tensley Cowan signed with the Tigers as well.
Summers and Pitchford helped lead the Provine Rams to the 2007, 5-A State Championship.
"We couldn't be more excited than we are right now," NEMCC head men's basketball coach David Robbins said. "These two kids can do it all. They have the kind of speed, quickness, and shooting ability to be effective in our league, and they've learned how to win under Luther (Riley) here at Provine."
As a senior shooting guard, Summers averaged 17 points, six rebounds, and four steals per game. From the point guard position, Pitchford averaged 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds on the '07 State Title team.
Later Thursday afternoon, Provine high school senior Tensley Cowan, a 6'5" forward signed on the dotted line, joining his high school classmates as part of Northeast's 2007 signing class. Cowen averaged 10 points, and 9 rebounds for Coach Luther Riley's 2005-06 Rams team.
"Tensley is a big, strong kid," Robbins said, "who can really rebound. Luther (Riley) said that he is one of the best rebounders he's ever been around, and one look at film convinced me of the same."
Signatures from these three Provine High School players brings David Robbins' Northeast signing class total to five.
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