April 18-Mississippi Juco Sports News

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


WESSON, Miss. - The Meridian Community College golf team continued their record setting season by capturing the 8th and 9th victories of the 2006-07 season at the this years MACJC State & NJCAA Region XXIII golf championships. The two-round event, which crowns both the state and region champion, was completed at the par-72, 6,745-yard Wolf Hollow Golf Course on Tuesday.

MCC shot a two day total of 593 (292-301) to claim the school's third straight MACJC State/NJCAA Region XXIII championship. Hinds CC claimed team runner up honors with a two day total of 603 (300-303). First round leader Mississippi Gulf Coast CC finished third with a two day total of 612 (293-319). With the win, MCC will advance to the NJCAA Div. II men's golf championship on May 22-25 in Scottsboro, AL.

"This has been our goal all season long, I'm just so proud of this team because they have represented MCC with class everywhere that they went," said MCC head golf coach Sean Covich, who was named the 2007 NJCAA Region XXIII Golf Coach of the Year.

"It was also special to have Coach Lou Hart watching, she has done so much for the program and we wouldn't be here without the hard work and love that she has put into this program."

On the final day, MCC was led by sophomore Justin Eaves, who was given the MACJC 'Hubert Tucker' Player of the Year award after the round. The Louisville, Miss., native cared a 1-under par 71 in the final round. The 2006 NJCAA All-American has carded a team best 10 rounds of even-par or better this season. After his 146 (75-71) two day total, Eaves was also named to his second career All Region XXIII Team.

Sophomore Dustin Petit, who was the defending 2006 MACJC Player of the Year, fired an opening round of 3-under par 69 to take the first round individual lead. He then cared a 4-over par 76 on day two to finish with a 1-over par two day total of 145. Petit was runner up to medalist Sonny Williams of Hinds who shot a 141 (70-71). With the finish, Petit was named the MACJC Runner-Up medalist, First Team All State and to the All Region XXIII Team.

Freshman Jarrod Lemaster followed up his opening round or 2-under par 70 with a 5-over par 77 claimed a top-five finish in fourth. Lemaster was named Second Team All State and to the All Region XXIII Team.

Bryant Self continued his steady play with a two day total of 156 (78-78), while freshman Joshua Ivy also shot 156 (79-77).

Considered one of the more successful sophomore classes in MCC golf history, the 2005-2007 players have combined for 15 tournament victories in their time. The sophomore class has also captured two MACJC State & NJCAA Region XXIII championships, had two separate players named MACJC Player of the Year, and all five starters from last seasons NJCAA national championship 3rd place team signed with four-year universities.

"It certainly has been a successful season, I couldn't have asked more out of these players on or off the golf course," added Covich.

"I am proud to have them represent MCC at the national championship."


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College's softball team will face Mississippi Delta Community College in a MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) North Division double header at Booneville City Park at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 16.

The games were originally scheduled for Saturday, April 14, but were postponed due to rain.

Northeast (16-23, 6-2) is coming off two losses to Northwest Community College, which dropped coach Jody Long's Tigers to 6-2 in division play.

Mississippi Delta comes to Booneville on the heels of a double header sweep of Coahoma Community College that improved the Lady Trojans' division record to 4-4.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris will hold open tryouts for any unprotected and unsigned players who wish to earn a spot on the 2008 Northeast Tigers baseball team.

The first tryout date is set for Friday, April 20, with another scheduled a week later on Friday, April 27. The third and final open Northeast baseball tryout will be held on Tuesday, May 1.

"As a coach, I want to see as many players as possible," said Kent Farris, "and its one thing to talk to a kid, but it's another to get a chance to see them on the field, on the mound, or at the plate. We've got some spots to fill and hopefully this tryout will help us do that."

Each tryout session will begin at 1 p.m. at Harold T. White field in Booneville. Participants need to bring cleats and gloves only. All other equipment will be provided.

For more information, contact NEMCC head baseball coach Kent Farris at 662-720-7309.


Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College tennis coach Gary Bourgeois always tries to gets his teams to peak at or near state tournament time. In 2007, that philosophy seems to be falling into place.

"Both the men and women are playing well right now," Bourgeois said.

Other than losses to Itawamba and Meridian, the Bulldogs haven't lost this season against state foes. The MACJC women's state tournament runs April 19-21 at Tupelo, while the men's state tournament is set for April 26-28 at Meridian.

Despite having only three players back from last year's squad, Bourgeois said they've meshed well with his six freshmen. Sophomore Brett Little has already secured a No. 2 seed in the men's draw.

"Depending on how the men's bracket plays out, we've got a shot at winning," Bourgeois said. "Brett Little in singles, and Little and Brent Fitzgerald in doubles are the team's best possibilities to go to nationals. The women have a nice chance of a top three finish at state, so we're very excited about both events."


The North All-Stars dominated this year's MACJC Basketball Games, as the men cruised to a 139-110 victory and the women held on for an 86-82 decision in the annual match-ups held Friday night at Choctaw Central High School near Philadelphia.

Derrick Huffman of Holmes was the leading scorer for the North men with 19 points. Also scoring were Dexter Williams of Mississippi Delta, 18; Jeremy Cable of Holmes, 15; Justin Nabors of Northwest and Dell Coleman of Itawamba, 13 each; Dean Hadley of Holmes, 11; Lenzell Cole of Coahoma and Cornelius Miles of East Mississippi, 10 each; Antonio Logwood of Northwest, nine; Jeremy Anderson of Northeast, eight; Mike Penson of Itawamba, seven; and Tim Green of Itawamba, six. Nabors was named most valuable player.

David Robbins and Maurice Stafford of Northeast served as coaches.

Flawaan Flags of Hinds pumped in 23 points to lead the South men. Also scoring were James Burkes of Hinds, 14; Wesley Jones of Pearl River, 13; Dexter LeFlore of Meridian, 11; Carlos Wright of Gulf Coast and Ernesto Green of East Central, 10 each; Brian Phelps of Southwest, nine; Brandon Payne of Pearl River, eight; and Zach Thomas of Copiah-Lincoln and Ronald Douglas of Gulf Coast, six each. Richard Mathis, Jason Williams and Jason Francis served as coaches.

The North led 63-51 at halftime.

In the women's contest, Shae White led the North with 17 points and was chosen most valuable player. Other scorers were Tiawana Marshall of Mississippi Delta, 13; Krystal Robinson of Northeast, 12; Omeshia Frost of Coahoma, nine; LaShundrya Townsend of Mississippi Delta, eight; Sade' Coates of East Mississippi and LaMaesha McAdory of Northwest, seven each; Tacarra Harris of Itawamba, five; Danielle Baldwin of East Mississippi, four; and Myeshia Johnson of Holmes and Shamekia Boyce of Itawamba, two each.

Ricky Ford and Maurice Stafford of Northeast served as coaches.

South women point makers were Kelsey Hopkins of Jones, 18; Nikki Williams of Copiah-Lincoln, 11; Valerie Harris of East Central and Rosemary Green of Jones, 10 each; Conceita Cutrer of Southwest, eight; Holly Dial of Meridian, seven; Andrea Dubose of East Central, six; Carmiel Gamble of Southwest and Erica Trahan of Copiah-Lincoln, five each; and Sandy Thompson of Gulf Coast, three.

Ed Walley and Bradley Walley of Pearl River served as coaches.

The North held a 48-37 advantage at the break.

The MACJC All-Star Basketball Games are sponsored by the Pearl River Resort, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pepsi, Mississippi Sports Medicine and East Central Community College in Decatur.


East Central Community College's baseball team recorded its ninth consecutive victory Sunday afternoon by trouncing Jones County Junior College 20-6 Sunday afternoon in Ellisville.

With the victory, the Diamond Warriors improved to 22-18 under first-year head coach Neal Holliman.

East Central began weekend action by sweeping East Mississippi Community (7-6, 9-2) in a key MACJC Central Division match-up Friday in Scooba. The Diamond Warriors are 6-4 in league play and remain in contention for a spot in the state playoffs, which get underway May 3.

ECCC takes on division leader Meridian Community College at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus. EC also hosts division foe Hinds in a 3 p.m. doubleheader this Saturday.

In the win over Jones, EC pounded 18 hits and erupted for 13 runs in the final two innings in posting the easy victory.

Jacob Casey of Union led the EC offense with two doubles and two singles. He also collected two RBIs and scored two runs. Chad Gosselin of Brandon and Adam Griffin of Neshoba Central also had a productive day, as each homered and singled. Gosselin was credited with three RBIs and scored two runs, and Griffin knocked in two runs and scored once.

Other hitters were Warren Bowling of Florence and Josh Lafferty of Union, who both registered a double and two singles; Jacob Thames of Magee, two singles; and Terrell Hendrix of Starkville and Colby Hawthorne of McNeil, singles each.

Bowling also had three RBIs and scored three runs; Lafferty, five RBIs and two runs; Thames, two RBIs and two runs; Hendrix, one RBI and three runs; and Hawthorne, one RBI and one run.

Brian Jones of Adolphus, Ky., also scored a run.

EC scored three runs in the first inning, one in the third, three in the fifth, eight in the eighth and five in the ninth.

Jones tallied one run in the fourth inning, two in the seventh and three in the eighth.

Right-hander Daniel Carela of New York, New York got the win for EC, allowing one run on four hits through five innings of work. He fanned three batters and walked one. Also appearing on the mound were Josh Denson of Carthage, Josh Sheehan of Newton County, George Washington of Demopolis and Jones, who each hurled one inning.


EC broke a 5-5 tie by scoring two runs in the seventh and holding on for the one-run victory.

Jones led the Warrior offense with two singles and three RBIs. He also scored a run. Other hitters were Thames, double; and Washington, Griffin, Gosselin and Chris Parkman of Pulaski, singles each. Parkman was also credited with two RBIs and Griffin also knocked in a run.

Runs were scored by Griffin (3), Washington, Jones, Thames and Hawthorne.

EC scored one run in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fourth and fifth innings, and two in the seventh.

East Mississippi tallied one run in the first, two in fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Right-hander Jesus Aleman of Belle Glade, Fla., got the win for EC. He allowed three runs on four hits and fanned three batters. Jones was credited with the save. He pitched one inning, allowing one run on no hits. He fanned one batter and walked one. Joe Patterson of Morton was the starter for EC, allowing three runs on four hits through five innings. He fanned three batters and walked two. Denson pitched one-third of an inning for EC, allowing two runs on two hits.

In the second contest, Washington led the offense with three singles and one RBI. He also scored two runs.

Other hitters were Bowling and Jones, double and single each; and Hendrix, Griffin and Lafferty, singles each.

Bowling also had three RBIs and scored two runs and Jones scored three runs. Griffin had an RBI and scored a run, and Gosselin and Lafferty had an RBI each.

EC scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second, one in the fourth and two in the seventh.

East Mississippi tallied its runs in the first and second innings.

Lefty Gregory Stovall of Neshoba Central was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs on three hits through four innings. He fanned one batter and walked three. Aleman pitched two-and two-thirds of an inning, fanning five batters and walking two. Jones came in to get the final out.


A sweep of Jefferson Davis Community College on Wednesday, April 11 pushed East Central Community College's baseball squad past the .500 mark for the first time this season.

The Diamond Warriors, whose record improved to 19-18, held on for a 13-11 decision in the opener and escaped with a 7-5 victory in the nightcap.

In the first contest, EC exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning to take a 13-6 lead, but the visitors from Brewton, Ala., made a close contest of the non-division match-up by scoring five runs in the seventh.

EC hitters were Washington, double and two singles; Casey, Lafferty and Bowling, two singles each; Gosselin, double; and Hawthorne and Griffin, singles each.

Hawthorne and Bowling were also credited with three RBIs each, and Casey, Washington, Griffin, Gosselin, Lafferty and Jones knocked in a run a piece.

Casey, Hawthorne, Washington, Gosselin and Lafferty scored two runs each, and Griffin, Bowling and Chris Parkman of Pulaski scored one run each.

Hendrix was the winning pitcher for EC, allowing three earned runs on nine hits. He fanned two batters. Denson got the final two outs and was credited with the save.

EC jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second game, with the big inning coming in the fifth when four Warriors reached home plate. The Warhawks scored two runs in the sixth inning and two in the seventh but their rally fell short and EC held on to complete the sweep.

Hendrix and Jones had two singles each to lead the Diamond Warrior offense. Griffin had a double, and Casey, Washington, Bowling and Thames recorded singles each.

Griffin was also credited with two RBIs, and Washington, Bowling, Thames, Gosselin and Jones knocked in a run apiece.

Scoring runs were Casey (2), Griffin (2), Hendrix, Washington and Bowling.

Patterson picked up the win for EC on the mound. He allowed just one hit through three innings of work.


WESSON, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College's golf team secured the 2007 MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) Division III State/Region XXIII championship by posting a team score of 316 on day two of the State/Region tournament at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson, Miss. today. Its the first team golf championship for NEMCC.

Coach Craig Lauderdale's Tigers will advance to the NJCAA Division III National Tournament in Chautaugua, N.Y. on June 4-8, 2007.

"I'm just really proud of the kids," Lauderdale said. "They got better and better throughout the year. They were consistent at each event regardless of tough weather at times. I can't describe how much it means for us to be state champs, and get the opportunity to take the entire team to the national tournament. It's the opportunity of a lifetime for all of us."

Northeast's day-two score was one shot better than their day-one total of 317, which gave the Tigers a combined score of 633 for the tournament. Jones County Junior College finished second in Division III competition with a team score of 692.

Chase Williams (Alcorn Central) led the way for the Tigers, shooting scores of 78 and 74, which earned the sophomore Medalist honors. Williams was voted a MACJC 2nd Team All-State selection among players in all divisions.

Joining Williams at the State/Region Tournament were Northeast golfers Curt Butler (76, 82), Jared Harding (81, 81), Jared Hight (82, 79), and Derek Devaughn (86, 82).

In the overall competition NEMCC finished fourth behind Meridian Community College (593), Hinds Community College (603), and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (610).

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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