April 20-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....


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Craig Lauderdale coached the Northeast Mississippi Community College golf team to the 2007 MACJC State/Region XXIII Division III championship, and for his efforts has been tabbed Region XXIII Coach of The Year.

Lauderdale coached the 2007 Tigers to an undefeated season in Division III competition. The Jumpertown native says this season has been one of the most rewarding during his four years as head coach at NEMCC, and gives all the credit to his players.

"This season has been a lot of fun," Lauderdale said. "We have a great group of guys. I get along with all of them and that carries over onto the course. The Coach of the Year award is great, but I've got to focus on the national tournament. That's part of being a coach: letting the kids enjoy their state championship but getting them back down to earth before June, and getting them focused on going after a national title."

Lauderdale attended NEMCC in 1989 and 1990, where he was named an NJCAA All-American golfer following his sophomore season. He also played at the University of Mississippi, and the University of North Alabama before earning a bachelor's degree from Blue Mountain College.

Prior to his stint at Northeast, Lauderdale spent six years as coach at his alma mater Jumpertown High School where he led three Cardinal golf teams to the State Tournament.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College's golf team will host a 4-person scramble tournament at Hillandale Country Club in Corinth, Miss., on Thursday, April 26. All the proceeds from the tournament will go to support the Northeast Tigers' trip to the NJCAA National Tournament in Chautaugua, N.Y. in June.

"We decided the best way to get folks to support a bunch of golfers," explained NEMCC golf coach Craig Lauderdale, "was to have a golf tournament for them to come play in. Our kids have worked really hard this season and have accomplished some great things as a team, and we're really looking forward to the trip to the national tournament. Every bit of the money raised from this scramble will help get us there and get us back home. Hopefully it will help us win a national championship."

Each four-person team will begin play with a shotgun start at 12 noon on April 26. A long drive competition will take place on the fourth hole at Hillandale. Closest to the pin prizes will be given to the competitor with the best tee shot on the par-three second hole, as well as the par-three sixteenth. Door prized and auction items will be available.

The cost to participate is $200 per team, or $50 per person. Teams can pre-register by contacting NEMCC golf coach Craig Lauderdale at 662-416-0856, or by downloading/mailing a tournament brochure at www.nemcc.edu.


Luling, LA native and Meridian Community College standout Dustin Petit, who gave a verbal commitment to University of Louisiana-Lafayette head golf coach Bob Bass last semester, will officially sign with the school on Friday, April 20 at 2:30 pm. Petit is the second MCC golfer this season to commit to a four year university. Justin Eaves signed with Troy University in December. Sixteen former Eagle golfers have now gone on to play colligate golf at the next level since the mid-1990's.

In high school, Petit helped lead Hahnville (LA) High to the Class 5A state title at Beaver Creek in the spring of 2005 with a 73-73-146 score. But his bigger honors came in his first junior college season at Meridian, where he led his team to the 2006 MACJC state/Region XXIII title and an eight-under par team score.

Petit was the 2006 medalist in Region XXIII and the state tournament (66-69-135) and was named the Mississippi junior college Player of the Year. He followed that by leading Meridian to a third-place finish in the NJCAA national championship and was named to the national All-Tournament team. Last summer Petit made the cut at the prestigious Future Masters in Dothan, Ala. by firing rounds of 72-73.

Under new MCC head golf coach Sean Covich, Petit has continued to flourish, posting four rounds of even-par or better this season. During the 2006-07 season, he carried the teams second lowest tournament scoring average, was named to five All Tournament teams, was medalist-runner up three times, was a member of the MCC Golf All Academic team, and was named First Team All State and All Region. Petit's MCC team recently captured the school's third consecutive MACJC State/NJCAA Region XXIII Championship. Petit was the low MCC golfer at that event shooting 69-76 (145).


East Central Community College's golf team wrapped up 2007 competition by placing sixth in the MACJC State/Region 23 Tournament held April 16-17 on the Wolf Hollow course at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson.

The Warrior linksters carded a two-day total of 635 (319-316) in the annual event, won by Meridian Community College's score of 593 (292-301). Also participating were Hinds, 603 (300-303); Gulf Coast, 610 (291-319); Northeast, 633 (317-316); Itawamba, 634 (315-319); Pearl River, 645 (323-322); Holmes, 653 (335-318); Co-Lin, 654 (318-336); East Mississippi, 654 (330-324); Northwest, 658 (329-329); and Jones County, 692 (357-335).

ECCC team members and their respective scores include Paul McMillin of Louisville, 158 (86-72); Alex Deason of Philadelphia, 158 (78-80); Jess Dilley of Forest, 161 (79-82); Colby Amis of Decatur, 165 (83-82); and Tommy Harthcock of Newton, 167 (79-88).

James Moore, golf professional at Forest Country Club, serves as ECCC golf coach.


The Lady Lions split with Hinds Community College today. Starkville Academy right hander Jorga Edmonds took the 8-0 loss for EMCC in first game of a double header in Raymond MS. The Lady Lions bounced back to split with the Eagles when Sophomore outfielder Amechia Hickman hit a triple and Freshman standout Tiara Jethrow from Columbus high hit a solo home run. Nicole Lanthier got the 6-5 win. Lanthier, Cristy Owens, Ashley Helms, and Daniel Gore had multiple hits for the Lions.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College softball coach Jody Long will hold an open tryout for any unprotected, or unsigned softball players on Wednesday, May 2, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Booneville City Park.

The tryout will include throwing, hitting, bunting, fielding, base running, and pitching/catching if applicable.

"We had scheduled the tryout earlier," Jody Long said, "but weather forced us to push it back to May 2. This helps us see some players that might have been overlooked to this point, and gives us a chance to get to know them one-on-one and see what they can do or what potential they have."

For more information visit www.nemcc.edu, or contact Jody Long at 662-720-7305, or email to jwlong@nemcc.edu.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College head baseball coach Kent Farris has announced that NEMCC will be hosting District 1 baseball tryouts for the 2008 State Games of Mississippi, on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at Harold T. White field in Booneville beginning.

The tryouts will begin at 4 p.m. and will be available to any high school players who are currently juniors, or sophomores, from any school in District 1 of the MHSAA (Mississippi High School Athletic Association). Players chosen will compete at the State Games in the summer of 2008.

"It's an honor for us to be able to host these tryouts," NEMCC's Kent Farris said. "We are extremely proud of our facility, and our location makes it a little easier for kids from every corner of District 1 to be able to travel here, as opposed to other places. So, I think this is a win-win for everyone."

For more information on the State Games of Mississippi, or to fill out an official waiver form, potential tryout participants should visit www.nemcc.edu.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College released its 2007 football schedule on Friday, April 20.

The '07 Northeast Tigers will open the season on the road on Thursday, August 30, at Jones County Junior College, before returning home to Keenum Stadium for back-to-back home contests against MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges) south division foes Gulf Coast Community College on Thursday, September 6, and against Hinds Community College on Thursday, September 13. All Northeast Home games will be played at Keenum Stadium and will kick off at 7 p.m.

Northeast will open North Division play during week four of the season, when they will travel to Northwest Community College for a 6 p.m. kickoff on Thursday, September 20. The Tigers' 2007 schedule only sports one Saturday game: a 2 p.m. kickoff against Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss. on October 20.

In all, NEMCC will play five home games, and four away. In addition to home games against Gulf Coast, and Hinds, the Tigers will also host Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, and Holmes Community College in North Division play. Along with their division opener against Northwest, the Tigers also travel to face division foes East Mississippi Community College, and Coahoma Community College.

Northeast has designated its home contest with Miss. Delta on Thursday, October 11, as its homecoming game.


East Central Community College's softball doubleheader scheduled with Northwest Mississippi Community on Monday, April 23 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. The games were to be played at the Ole Miss softball facility.

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