Above are cast members for the East Central Community College Players’ spring musical presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat scheduled April 10-13, 2013, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur campus. A matinee performance begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 10 and evening presentations will be held at 7 p.m. April 11-13 (Thursday-Saturday). Cast members and their respective hometowns are (first row, from left) Lizabeth Benton, Preston; Holli Nutt, Morton; Clint Walker (narrator), Newton; Sam Lovorn and Chandler Smith, both of Philadelphia; Ian Lanthrip, Sebastopol; and Charles Taylor, Philadelphia; (second row, from left) Matt Graham, Meridian; Delaney Kilgore, Hickory; Chelsey Smith, Brandon; Savannah Stuart-Dahl, Philadelphia; Claire Griffin (narrator), Decatur; Sharley Hardin, Forest; and Sara LaBue (narrator), Conehatta; (third row, from left) Danielle Shelley, Sebastopol; Drew Thames and Will Stokes, both of Philadelphia; Tadarian “Bo” Foster, Hickory; Aaliyah Cook, Carthage; Andrea McSwain, Decatur; and Bristol Buffington, El Paso, Texas; and (fourth row, from left) Colton Hurst, Hickory; Tara Gibson, and Georgia Doner, both of Bailey; Rob Parker and Hunter Brooks, both of Puckett; and Conor Bell, Carthage. Tickets are $5 for the matinee and $10 for the evening performances. To reserve tickets, please call the College Switchboard, 601-635-6215 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 215.
East Central Community College’s golf team finished seventh in MACJC Event #4 held March 25-26, 2013, at Wedgewood Golfers Club in Olive Branch and North Creek Golf Club in Southaven.
Tournament host Northwest Mississippi Community College and Copiah-Lincoln Community College shared top honors in the 36-hole competition by carding a 627 total.
Northwest posted rounds of 319 and 308, and Co-Lin carded scores of 309 and 318.
Mississippi Gulf Coast shot 640 (331-309), followed by Jones County, 647 (334-313), East MS, 649 (336-313); Hinds, 679 (346-333); ECCC, 684 (352-332); Itawamba, 698 (356-342); and Northeast MS, 712 (363-349).
Newton County High School product Lee McDill led EC with rounds of 84 and 77 for a 161 total.
Other team members and their respective scores include Sawyer Williams, a product of Porters Chapel HS in Eldorado, Ark., 173 (89-84); Shelby Patterson of Forest, 175 (91-84); Evan Dowell of Carthage, 180 (88-92); and Aaron Tucker of Leake Central, 183 (96-87).
Chris Clark serves as Warrior golf coach.
East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad dropped a twin bill to Jones County Junior College Tuesday, March 26 on the Ellisville campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors fell 7-4 in the opener and were blanked 8-0 in the nightcap of the key MACJC South Division matchup.
Following the setbacks, EC dropped to 20-8 overall and 4-4 in league play under first-year head coach Kristin Chaney and assistant Courtney Nunn.
Amber McBroom belted a two-run homer and Hayley Stephens contributed a two-run double to lead EC’s offense in the opener.
McBroom is a graduate of Brandon High School and Stephens is a product of Union High School.
Other hitters were A.J. Peeler of Neshoba Central and Morgan Porter of Enterprise, singles each.
McBroom and Peeler each scored two runs.
Starter Tenna Patterson went three innings and allowed six earned runs on eight hits. Patterson is a product of Lexington (Ala.) High School.
Mary Sanders of Vidalia, La., hurled three innings in relief and allowed one earned run on four hits. Sanders is a product of Adams County Christian School in Natchez.
In the second contest, EC managed just one hit – a double by Porter.
Starter Patterson went five innings and allowed two earned runs on eight hits. She fanned a batter and walked two.
Sanders went 2/3 inning and allowed two hits.
The Lady Diamond Warriors battle division foe Southwest Mississippi Community College Thursday, March 28. The twin bill gets under way at 1 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
EC hosts division opponent Pearl River Community College Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 3 p.m.
Tim Anderson and Chase Domino combined for seven hits and five RBIs in leading East Central Community College to a 15-0 blowout of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in the first of two wins over the home standing Wolves Tuesday, March 26 on the Wesson campus.
The Diamond Warriors held on for a 5-2 decision in the nightcap to improve to 14-3 overall and more importantly 6-2 in the MACJC South Division.
Anderson, a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., belted a triple, double and two singles to complete a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate. He was also credited with two RBIs and scored three runs.
Domino had two doubles and a single and knocked in three runs. He also scored twice. Domino is a product of Fairhope (Ala.) High School.
Other hitters were Dominican Republic native Rubert Alcantara, double, single and two RBIs; and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, single and three RBIs; Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central, single and RBI each; and Xavier Franklin of Newton County, single.
Also scoring runs were Shotts (2), Alcantara (2), Zach May (2) of Newton County, Franklin, Steele, Deion Ulmer of Laurel and Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School.
Right-hander Severino Signa of Stoneville went the distance in the five-inning contest to record the victory. Signa allowed four hits, fanned four batters and walked two. Signa is a product of Deer Creek High School.
In the second contest, Domino tripled and singled and knocked in a run to lead the offense.
Also with multiple hits were Alcantara, Franklin, Ulmer and John Morgan Berry of Madison Central, two singles each. Anderson and Harmon contributed a single each.
Alcantara, Berry, Ulmer and Shotts were credited with an RBI each.
Runs were scored by Anderson, Alcantara, Franklin, Berry and Steele.
Southpaw Caleb McKee went the distance in the seven-inning battle to earn the win. McKee allowed two earned runs on four hits. The Neshoba Central product fanned five batters and walked two.
The Diamond Warriors host division foe Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Friday, March 29. The twin bill begins at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
EC travels to Hinds Community College Wednesday, April 3 in another key division matchup. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. on the Raymond campus.
The Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
East Central Community College’s Theta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda received top honors during the annual state conference held recently in Natchez. Theta Chi was recognized as the third largest chapter in attendance, and was named one of only two Gold Seal chapters in the state. Individual honors were presented to (front row, left to right) Timmie Wiggins of Little Rock, first place in small business management plan, third place in financial analysis and decision making and selected for Who’s Who in PBL; Jessie Boatner of Philadelphia, first place in free enterprise project; Chelsea Gilmer of Philadelphia, first place in free enterprise project, third place in business presentation and selected for Who’s Who in PBL; Yashica Ickmon of Lake, third place in business presentation and selected Mississippi’s PBL vice president; Latoya Steele of Louisville, second place in sales presentation and fourth place in accounting analysis and decision making; and Cindy Burnside of Decatur, first place in local chapter annual business report and third place in business presentation; and (back row, left to right) Tanner Fortenberry of Union, first place in small business management plan and selected for Who’s Who in PBL; Haleigh Graham of Sebastopol, first place in integrated marketing campaign and second place in accounting principles; Denzel Clemons of Philadelphia, first place in small business management plan and third place in statistical analysis; Ashleigh Savage of Union, first place in free enterprise project and first place in integrated marketing campaign; Krissy Winstead of Union, first place in impromptu speaking and third place in marketing analysis and decision making; and Josh Bradley of Union, third place in networking concepts and fourth place in networking design. Not pictured are Tori McInnis of Union, second place in management analysis and decision making, third place in economic analysis and decision making and selected for Who’s Who in PBL; and Gerren Issac of Philadelphia, fourth place in networking concepts and fourth place in networking design. First and second place winners advance to national competition scheduled in June in Anaheim, Calif.
East Central Community College’s baseball team split decisions with Itawamba Community College in a non-division doubleheader played Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
The Diamond Warriors held on for an 8-7 victory in the opener and fell 11-6 in the nightcap.
Ryan Shotts of Louisville and Newton County High School product Xavier Franklin led EC’s offense in the opener. Shotts belted a triple and collected two RBIs. Franklin contributed a double and also knocked in two runs.
Other hitters were Terrance Steele of Neshoba Central, double; and Kalik May of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.), Tim Anderson of Hillcrest (Ala.), Chase Domino of Fairhope (Ala.), Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise and John Morgan Berry of Madison Central, singles each. May was also credited with an RBI.
Runs were scored by Shotts (2), Zach May of Newton County (2), Anderson, Rubert Alcantara, Saint George HS (Dominican Republic), Harmon and Steele.
Blake Dubuisson picked up the win in relief. The right-hander allowed one earned run on four hits through 2 2/3 innings. He also walked a batter.
In the second contest, Anderson led the offense with a double and single.
Other hitters were Domino and Kyle Henson of Starkville Academy, doubles each; and Franklin, Harmon and Jordan Mixon of East Webster, singles each.
Runs were scored by Anderson (2), Franklin (2), Harmon and Steele.
Starter Mitchell Wooten took the loss, allowing eight earned runs on six hits through 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander also fanned two batters and walked four.
The Diamond Warriors, now 12-13 overall, travel to division foe Copiah-Lincoln Community College Tuesday, March 26. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. on the Wesson campus.
EC hosts MS Gulf Coast Community College Friday, March 29. The twin bill gets under way at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
East Central Community College’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Justin Brewer and Jack Edmonson.
East Central Community College’s tennis squads dropped decisions to Hinds Community College in matches held Thursday, March 21 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Warriors were clipped 6-4 and the Warriors fell by a 5-4 margin.
Results from women’s competition are as follows:
Doubles – EC’s Kelsey Tadlock and Haley Chapman, both products of Newton County High School, fell to Maria Castril and Laytoya Whitley (8-3), and EC’s Alana Turner of Florence and Amber Pierce of Leake Academy fell to Annissa Johnson and Octavia Pendleton (8-4). EC’s Nan Hartness and Hayden Fryery, both of Winston Academy, won their match by default.
Singles – Turner defeated Johnson (6-4); Fryery beat Nowell (6-3, 6-0) and Hartness won her match by default. Tadlock fell to Castrill (6-4, 6-2), Chapman fell to Whitley (6-4, 6-3) and Pierce fell to Pendelton (4-6, 6-1, 10-1).
Results from men’s competition are as follows:
Doubles – EC was defeated in all three matches, as Blake Cochran of Newton County and Chris Mays of Louisville fell to Yevheniy Horbik and Max Gunbin (8-0), Andrew Hanna of Newton County Academy and Hunter Mayo of Leake Academy fell to Devonte Thomas and Esmond Fountain (8-6), and Brandon St. Clair of Newton County and Josh Peoples of Leake Academy fell to Stuart English and Gary Blissard (8-4).
Singles – St. Clair defeated Thomas (2-6, 6-1, 10-3), Mays defeated Fountain, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2), Mayo defeated Chris Harper 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; Cochran fell to Gunbin 6-0, 6-3; Hanna fell to Horbik, 6-3, 7-6 (11-9); and Peoples fell to English 6-7 (7-1), 6-1.
Dianne O’Neill serves as ECCC tennis coach.
Rubert Alcantara (25) slaps a single during the first of two East Central Community College victories with visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, March 20 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur. Alcantara also collected two RBIs in the 7-2 win. He belted two doubles, knocked in a run and scored twice in the Diamond Warriors’ 9-2 decision in the nightcap. A sophomore infielder, Alcantara is a native of the Dominican Republic. With the doubleheader sweep, the Diamond Warriors improved to 4-2 in the MACJC South Division. EC is 11-12 overall under seventh-year head coach Neal Holliman.
Mary Sanders (2) picked up the win in the second game of East Central Community College’s doubleheader sweep of Meridian Community College Wednesday, March 20, 2013, on the Decatur campus. Sanders, a sophomore from Vidalia, La., allowed five earned runs on six hits in the 13-5 victory. The Adams County Christian Academy product also fanned three batters and walked two. EC cruised 11-2 in the opener. The Lady Diamond Warriors are now 20-6 overall under first-year head coach Kristin Chaney.
Daniel Casaca (seated center) of Forest is shown signing a national letter of intent to continue his soccer career in 2013-14 at East Central Community College in Decatur. Casaca, a 6-1 midfielder/forward, is a 2010 graduate of Forest High School and member of the first Bearcat soccer squad. He is a freshman at ECCC and participates in intramural soccer. Shown with the new Soccer Warrior are (seated from left) his parents, Yolanda Urrutia and Daniel Casaca, and (standing) Kenneth Thompson, ECCC men’s soccer coach. The signing ceremony was held in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.