East Central Community College golfer Shelby Patterson (left) of Forest received All-Region 23 honors and qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championship following competition in the NJCAA Region 23, Division II Tournament held April 22-23 on the Azaleas course at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw. Patterson recorded rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total and finished tied for fourth in the individual competition. The Warrior golf team placed third with a 634 (312-322) total in the 36-hole contest, won by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s 615 (311-304). At right is Chris Clark, golf coach at East Central, which served as tournament host. The national tournament is scheduled May 21-24 at the Goose Pond Colony Golf Club in Scottsboro, Ala.
Sophomore Shelby Patterson of Forest posted rounds of 74 and 78 for a 152 total and led East Central Community College to a third-place finish in the NJCAA Region 23, Division II Championship held April 22-23 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw.
Patterson was among five golfers who received All-Region 23 honors and qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championship scheduled May 21-24 at the Goose Pond Colony Golf Club in Scottsboro, Ala.
The Warrior golf team carded a 634 (312-322) in the 36-hole competition, won by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s 615 (311-304) total. Copiah-Lincoln finished second at 631 (324-307); Northwest was fourth at 637 (329-308); and East Mississippi placed fifth at 639 (323-316).
Corbin May of Copiah-Lincoln Community College won medalist honors with a four-under par 140 (73-67) and joins Branning Dykes (149) of Jones County, Jake Pritchard (151) of Gulf Coast; Miles Respess (152) of East Mississippi and Patterson on the All-Region 23 Team and a berth in the national competition.
In addition to Patterson, other EC golfers and their respective scores include Newton County High School product Lee McDill, 155 (74-81); Sawyer Williams of Parkers Chapel in Eldorado, Ark., 165 (83-82); Taylor York of Choctaw Central, 166 (85-81); and Aaron Tucker of Leake Central, 167 (81-86).
Chris Clark serves as Warrior golf coach.
These licensed practical nursing students at East Central Community College in Decatur attended the Mississippi LPN Association’s Annual Convention and Educational Conference held April 10-12, 2013, in Biloxi. Kneeling from left are Betty Tucker, Morton; Kimberly Kendrick, Carthage; Brianna Spears and Lacey Johnson, both of Philadelphia; and Jackie Hogue, Walnut Grove; (second row, from left) Paula Bounds, Rose Hill; Sharonnie Barney, Bailey; Brittany Pinter, Forest; Allyson Nichols, Morton; Summer Fortenberry, Philadelphia; Latoria Boler, Carthage; and Shandreka Hunt, Preston; and (third row, from left) Amber Rhodes, Carthage; Susan Jackson, Union; Callie Craig, Carthage; Conashay Headd, Louisville; Michele Parker, Lake; and Kenisha Carter, Louisville. Not pictured is Brooklyn Boyette of Noxapater. (Submitted Photo)
The playoff-bound East Central Community College fast-pitch softball squad dropped its home finale with Jones County Junior College Tuesday, April 23.
EC fell 6-0 in the opener and 10-1 in the second contest.
Sophomores Mary Sanders of Adams County Christian, LaJoya Griffin of Philadelphia, Dakota Vowell, Marlee Massey and AJ Peeler, all of Neshoba Central, and Tenna Patterson of Lexington (Ala.) High School were honored during pre-game activities.
The Lady Diamond Warriors will take a 29-13 overall record and 13-9 mark in league play into the regular season finale with Pearl River Community College Saturday, April 27. Doubleheader action begins at noon on the Poplarville campus.
East Central earlier clinched a spot in the MACJC State Softball Tournament scheduled May 2-4 and hosted by South Division winner Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. The tournament bracket will be announced Monday, April 29.
In the first contest with Jones County, EC managed just one hit – a double by Griffin in the first inning.
Patterson took the loss on the mound, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits in the seven-inning battle. She also walked five batters.
In the second battle, Ty Buckley slapped two singles Griffin tripled and Kristen Chipley belted an RBI double to lead the EC offense. Buckley is a product of Neshoba Central High School and Chipley hails from Leake Academy.
Other hitters were Haley Stephens of Union and Vowell, singles each.
Morgan Porter of Enterprise scored EC’s lone run,
Sanders took the loss on the mound, allowing nine earned runs on 13 hits through the five-inning matchup. She also walked three batters.
The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Kristin Chaney and assistant Courtney Nunn.
After holding on for a 5-2 decision in the opener, the playoff-bound East Central Community College baseball team was unable to complete a doubleheader sweep of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and fell 1-0 in the nightcap of a key MACJC matchup held Tuesday, April 23 on the Perkinston campus.
The Diamond Warriors, 24-19 overall and 15-7 in league play, remain in second place in the South Division while Gulf Coast is fourth at 10-12 and 23-19 overall. Pearl River leads the division at 17-5 (34-10 overall) and Jones County is third at 15-9 (27-15) overall. The top four teams in the MACJC South and North divisions qualify for post-season play.
In the first contest with Gulf Coast, Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin led EC’s offense with a three-run homer in the third inning. Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School doubled and singled and knocked in a run, and Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara contributed an RBI single. Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.) High School and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County had singles each.
Runs were scored by Kalik May, Anderson, Alcantara, Franklin and Zach May of Newton County.
Starter Caleb McKee picked up the win. The southpaw from Neshoba Central allowed two earned runs on five hits through 5 2/3 innings. He also fanned four batters and walked three. Right-hander Jordan Mixon was credited with the save. He hurled a scoreless inning and struck out one batter. Mixon is a product of East Webster High School.
In the nightcap, right-hander Severino Signa of Stoneville was superb on the mound but the EC offense was unable to produce runs in the 1-0 shutout.
Signa fanned four batters and allowed six hits in the six-inning battle. He is a product of Deer Creek High School.
Hitters for EC were Anderson, double and single; and Kalik May, Caleb Woods of Leake Central and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, singles each.
Gulf Coast’s lone run came on a third-inning home run by Kyle Clement.
The Diamond Warriors conclude regular season action by hosting Hinds Community College (18-23, 8-14) Saturday, April 27. The twin bill gets under way at 2 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Sophomores will be honored during pre-game activities.
East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
Clinton High School tennis standout Hunter Tharp (seated center) is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career in 2013-14 at East Central Community College in Decatur. The new Warrior is shown with (seated from left) his parents, Stephanie and Mike Jierski, and (standing from left) Clinton tennis coach David Duke and ECCC tennis coach Dianne O’Neill. (Photo courtesy The Clinton Courier)
Several East Central Community College tennis players participated in the MACJC State Tennis Tournament held April 18-20, 2013, at Rob Leake City Park in Tupelo and hosted by Itawamba Community College in Fulton.
In first-round women’s singles, Alana Turner of Florence blanked Haley Harrison of Holmes, 6-0, 6-0; and Nan Hartness of Winston Academy defeated Hanna Waldrip of Northwest, 6-2, 6-0. Kelsey Tadlock of Newton County High School fell to Brittany Buker of MS Gulf Coast (6-3, 7-5), Haley Chapman of Newton County High School fell to Kit Chowdhary of MS Gulf Coast (6-4, 6-4), Amber Pierce of Leake Academy fell to Aja White of Jones County (6-0, 6-3) and Hannah Smith of Leake Academy fell to Aliesla Barlow of MS Gulf Coast (6-1, 6-1).
In first-round women’s doubles, Turner and Pierce defeated Elizabeth Mitchell and Allison Wiltsher of Northeast (6-2, 6-1), and Hartness and Smith clipped Haleigh Ash and Kasey Pulliam of Northwest (6-4, 6-0). Tadlock and Chapman fell to Buker and Chowdhary of Gulf Coast (5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4).
Turner and Hartness advanced to the singles semi-finals held Friday, April 19. Turner fell to Anna-Blair Hunt of Itawamba (6-0, 6-0), and Hartness was defeated by Elizabeth Wright of Jones County (6-0, 6-1).
In the women’s doubles semi-finals, Turner and Pierce fell to Brenda Hegwood/Elizabeth Wright of Jones County (7-5, 6-5), and Hartness and Smith were defeated by Courtney Watts and Meredith Allen of Co-Lin (6-0, 6-0).
Host Itawamba won the championship with 33 points, followed by Jones County (26), Copiah-Lincoln (22), Gulf Coast (11), East Central (9), Hinds (2), Northwest (0) and Northeast (0).
In first-round men’s singles action on April 18, Brandon St. Clair of Newton County defeated Wesley Brandon of Northeast, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3) for the Warriors’ lone victory.
Blake Cochran of Newton County fell to Lucas Souza of Itawamba, 6-1, 6-1; Andrew Hanna of Newton County Academy was edged by Tanner Chamblee of Jones County, 6-3, 6-4; Chris Mays of Louisville fell to Matt Peugh of Itawamba, 6-0, 6-1; Hunter Mayo of Leake Academy fell to Mitchell Parkman of Holmes, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4; and Josh Peoples lost to Jordan Trice of Itawamba, 6-0, 6-1.
In first-round men’s doubles competition, Cochran and Mays fell to Max Gunbin and Yevheniey Horbik of Hinds (6-1, 6-0); Hanna and Mayo fell to James Jackson and Ambrose Wilson of Itawamba (6-3, 6-1); and St. Clair and Peoples fell to Caleb Ballard and Jamison Allred of Itawamba (6-0, 6-0).
St. Clair fell 6-3, 6-1 to Ambrose Wilson of Itawamba in the semi-finals held April 19.
Gulf Coast won the men’s title with 32 points, followed by Itawamba (25), Hinds (14), Holmes (12), Jones (12), Co-Lin (9), East Central (2), Northeast (2) and Northwest (0).
Dianne O’Neill serves as EC tennis coach.
East Central Community College’s baseball squad posted a pair of victories over Copiah-Lincoln Community College in a key MACJC South Division matchup held Saturday, April 20 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
The Diamond Warriors won the opener by a 6-1 margin and cruised 12-2 in the nightcap to improve to 23-18 overall and 14-6 in league play.
EC is second in league play behind Pearl River whose division mark stands at 15-5. The Wildcats are 32-10 overall. Jones County is third (15-7) followed by Gulf Coast (9-11), Hinds (6-14) and Co-Lin (5-17). The top four teams qualify for post-season competition, which gets under way May 3-4.
In the Diamond Warriors’ first win over Co-Lin, Tim Anderson belted a solo home run, John Morgan Berry and Ryan Shotts slapped RBI doubles each, and Terrance Steele doubled to lead the offense.
Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa. Berry, who hails from Madison Central High School, also contributed a single. Shotts and Steele are products of Louisville and Neshoba Central high schools, respectively.
Also producing runs were Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara, Caleb Woods of Leake Central and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County, each with an RBI single. Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin also singled.
Runs were scored by Berry (2), Shotts, Kalik May, Anderson, Steele, Zach May and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy.
Starter Fernando Gonzalez picked up the win. The right-hander from Puerto Rico allowed one earned run on four hits through 5 1/3 innings. He also fanned five batters and walked three. Right-hander Deion Ulmer was credited with the save. He hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings and fanned a batter. Ulmer is a product of Laurel High School.
In the five-inning second contest, Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.) High School was the top run producer with his three-run blast.
Several players recorded multiple hits, including Anderson, triple and single; and Kalik May and Shotts, two singles each. All three also knocked in a run each.
Other hitters were Alcantara, RBI double; and Franklin, Berry and Caleb McKee of Neshoba Central, singles each.
Runs were scored by Shotts (2), Kalik May (2), Anderson (2), Domino, Alcantara, Steele, Franklin, Ulmer and Zach May.
Starter Blake Dubuisson got the win, as the right-hander from Long Beach allowed two earned runs on three hits through four innings. He fanned a batter and walked two. Right-hander Ty Hendrix hurled the final inning in relief. He fanned a batter and walked one. Hendrix is a product of East Webster High School.
EC travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Tuesday, April 23. The twin bill gets under way at 3 p.m. on the Perkinston campus.
The Diamond Warriors complete regular season action by hosting division foe Hinds Community College beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex. Sophomore players will be honored prior to the twin bill.
East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
Recently named East Central Community College head football coach Ken Karcher recently announced signees for the 2013 campaign.
Warrior team members and their respective high schools include the following:
The Warriors begin the 2013 campaign by traveling to Itawamba Community College Thursday, August 29. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on the Fulton campus.
Heritage Academy soccer standout Matt Sykes (seated center) is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his career in 2013-14 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Pictured with the new Warrior are (seated from left) his parents, Greg Sykes and Pam Sykes, and (standing from left) Heritage Academy soccer coach Joe Asadi, ECCC men’s soccer coach Kenneth Thompson, and the signee’s brother, Hunter Sykes, and sister, Sarah Katherine Sykes. Heritage Academy is located in Columbus. (Submitted Photo)