Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy was the featured speaker for an East Central Community College-sponsored event held Friday, March 28 at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia. Coach Dungy talked about the many influences in his life that helped guide him throughout his career. He mentioned his father who spent 30 years as a junior college teacher in Michigan. “I know the value of a junior college education,” said Coach Dungy, who came to the special event due to his relationship with ECCC head football coach Ken Karcher. The two longtime friends not only share football coaching but a strong Christian faith. “I believe in the mission here at ECCC….and wanted to do what I could to help Coach Karcher and East Central succeed.” Coach Dungy earlier that day spoke during Senior Day activities on the Decatur campus and later at a Press Conference in the Vincent Administration Building. His comments were mostly about mentoring youth, making sure they set and achieve goals and know how to bounce back from disappointments. Coach Dungy also talked about his Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Peyton Manning, who led the Denver Broncos to the 2014 championship game. Like everyone else, Dungy was astounded by Manning’s comeback from what many had feared was a career-ending neck injury. “That he was able to come back from that and have a record-breaking season is a credit not only to him but the way he was raised.” Dungy retired from coaching in 2008 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America. He is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life” and “Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles Together.” Coach Dungy’s appearance at the Neshoba County Coliseum served as a fundraising event for a new Football Operations Center at ECCC’s Bailey Stadium. The special program, “Laying the Foundation: An Evening with Coach Tony Dungy,” also included a silent auction featuring various sports memorabilia and other items.
East Central Community College’s baseball squad improved to 5-3 in the MACJC South Division following a doubleheader sweep of Southwest Mississippi Community College Sunday, March 30 at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex on the Decatur campus.
The Diamond Warriors held on for a 5-4 win in the opener and posted an 8-4 decision in the nightcap of the twin bill, originally scheduled for Saturday but moved to Sunday due to wet grounds.
Todd Hughes slapped a two-run single to lead EC’s offense in the first contest. Hughes is a product of Clarkdale High School.
Other hitters were Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School and Chance Whitten of South Panola, who had singles each.
Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School was credited with an RBI.
Ryan Ward was the winning pitcher. He tossed two-thirds of an inning of shutout ball. Ward is a product of Madison Ridgeland Academy.
In the second game, Caleb Woods led the offense with two singles and two RBIs. Woods is a product of Leake Central High School.
Bush contributed two singles and knocked in a run.
Other hitters were Little, RBI single; Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy, triple; Whitten, double; and Lane Fazende of Pearl River Central, single.
Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise was credited with two RBIs.
Runs were scored by McCullough (2), Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale, Zach May of Newton County, Bush, Whitten, Little and Ward.
Nick Wilson picked up the win. The southpaw went four innings and allowed no earned runs while giving up three hits. He fanned five batters and walked three. Wilson is a product of Terry High School.
EC battles Hinds Community College Tuesday, April 1. Doubleheader action begins at 3 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
The Diamond Warriors (13-15) are led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.
Ovid Vickers, local historian/author and retired East Central Community College faculty member, discusses Work in Literature and the Arts during a special presentation held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in the Molly McGee Gold Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus. Vickers spoke on the significance of work in a variety of art forms, from the poetry of Carl Sandburg to the public art projects of the WPA during the Great Depression. The presentation was held as part of The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibit was housed in the Gordon Room of Mabry Memorial Cafeteria from February 24 through March 28, 2014. The Way We Worked is part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.
East Central Community College softball slugger Ty Buckley continues to lead the NJCAA Division II in home runs, according to the most recent statistics. Buckley belted her 17th dinger – a three-run blast – Sunday, March 30 in helping lead the Lady Diamond Warriors to an 8-6 win over previously unbeaten and nationally ranked Jones County Junior College in the opener of a twin bill on the Ellisville campus. Buckley is also among the nation’s top run producers with 55 RBIs. She collected six RBIs in the double header split with Jones County. The sophomore first baseman is a product of Neshoba Central High School. EC’s record stands at 24-7 overall and 9-5 in league play under second-year head coach Kristin Chaney.
The East Central Community College Concert Choir and Ac’cents show choir will hold auditions at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the Vickers Fine Arts Center on the Decatur Campus, announced director Vicki Blaylock.
“We will check the vocal range and music reading ability of those trying out for both groups. In addition, students auditioning for Ac’cents will need to have a prepared solo and will be taught a dance when they arrive.”
Members of the Concert Choir receive half tuition scholarships and those selected for Ac’cents receive a full tuition scholarship.
For more information contact Blaylock at 601-635-6225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ty Buckley’s three-run homer and Hayley Stephen’s solo blast helped lead East Central Community College’s fast-pitch softball squad to an 8-6 victory over nationally ranked and previously unbeaten Jones County Junior College in the opener of a twin bill played Sunday, March 30 on the Ellisville campus.
The Lady Bobcats responded with a 9-5 decision in the second contest to earn a split of the MACJC South Division matchup, which was originally set for Saturday but was rescheduled due to wet grounds.
East Central’s record now stands at 24-7 overall and 9-5 in league play, while No. 2 Jones County sports a 27-1 overall mark and continues to lead the division at 13-1.
Buckley now has 17 homers and continues to lead NJCAA Division II. She also has 55 RBIs and is ranked among the top run producers. She had 49 RBIs prior to the Jones County double header and was ranked fifth in the nation.
In addition to her three-run blast, Buckley was credited with another RBI in the opener. She is a product of Neshoba Central High School.
Stephens also contributed a double and single and finished with two RBIs. She is a product of Union High School.
Also having productive outings at the plate were Morgan Porter of Enterprise, two doubles; Lindsey Beard of Clarkdale, double, single and RBI; and Anna-Katherine Nowell of Leake Academy, Mallory Turner of West Lauderdale, and Karoline Holsonback of South Lamar (Ala.) High School, two singles each.
Nowell and Turner also scored two runs each. Nikki Triplett of Forest and Christen Benson of Brookhaven scored a run a piece.
Kendra Wilson went the distance to record the victory. She allowed six earned runs on 10 hits in the seven-inning battle. She also fanned three batters and walked five.
The Lady Diamond Warriors out-hit home standing Jones County by an 11-10 margin in the second game but were unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
Buckley again was the top run producer, as she slapped two singles and knocked in two runs. She also scored a run.
Turner led in hits with three singles and scored twice.
Other sluggers were Stephens, two singles and RBI; Beard and Porter, RBI singles each; and Nowell and Kaylin Hopkins of Louisville, singles each. Nowell also scored twice.
Makayla Kelly took the loss. She went six innings and allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. She also fanned three batters and walked three. Kelly is a product of Nederland (Texas) High School.
EC battles Meridian Community College Wednesday, April 2. The twin bill starts at 3 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Diamond Warriors are led by head coach Kristin Chaney, assistant Courtney Nunn and volunteer assistant Kasie Buckley.
East Central Community College in cooperation with the Mississippi Humanities Council, is proud to announce that the college has been selected to host The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition utilizing photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration. The exhibition explores how work has become a central element in American culture over the past 150 years through documenting the lives of ordinary American workers. The Way We Worked is a part of the “Museum on Main Street” project, a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six Mississippi communities from October 2013 through July of 2014 and we are excited that ECCC has been selected as one of the host sites.
This free exhibition will be open to the public and on display from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each weekday from February 24 – March 28, 2014, in the Gordon Room of the Mabry Cafeteria located on the Decatur Campus of ECCC. Please note that the exhibition will be closed from March 8 – 16 due to Spring Break at the college, but will reopen to the public on Monday, March 17.
You and members of the communities we serve are cordially invited to attend a Grand Opening celebration of the exhibition on Monday, February 24 at 2:00 p.m. You will have an opportunity to be among the first visitors to view the exhibition on that date. We also invite you to attend any of the numerous other presentations and events that are listed on the schedule of events. If a church or civic group would like to hear more about this traveling exhibition, please contact Dr. Teresa Houston at (601) 635-6202, email@example.com; or Mr. Chris Brady at (601) 635-6229, firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask that any groups please RSVP so we can adequately accommodate your needs.
We hope to see you on campus at the exhibition.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
East Central Community College in Decatur is again serving as host site for the annual MACJC (Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges) All-Star Basketball Games.
This year’s event is set for Friday, April 11. The women’s contest begins at 5 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s matchup at the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.
Members of the South Division women’s squad are Samara Dingiswayo, MS Gulf Coast; Rajee McDonald, Hinds; Ashley Minor, Copiah-Lincoln; Tannijha Hughes, East Central; Katrina Littlepage and April Levy, both of Southwest; Kristin Sampson and Miaya Crowder, both of Meridian; Kaylan Hughes and Latisha McCullum, both of Jones County; and Shanta’ Echols and Kalisha Washington, both of Pearl River.
Alternates are Deantra Darjean of Pearl River, Hellanisa Young of MS Gulf Coast and Jessica Wilson of Copiah-Lincoln.
Brent Harris of Southwest will serve as head coach.
South Division men’s team includes Michael Vardaman, Copiah-Lincoln; Terrance Mujahid and Jacques Johnson, both of East Central; Dela Mayers, Hinds; Leo Garrett, Jones County; Twymond Howard and Deione Weeks, both of Southwest; Corey Brister, Meridian; and Roger Woods, Chris Bilbo and Rashad Perkins, all of MS Gulf Coast.
Alternates are Devontai Foye of Pearl River, and Darris McClendon, of Jones County.
Casey Carter of Southwest will serve as head coach.
Members of the North Division women’s team are Ashanti Spencer and Krystal Nailer, both of MS Delta; Carshava Sutton and Halle Knowles, both of Northwest; Lytia Coleman and Latoya Collins, both of Itawamba; Krystal Pearson, Coahoma; Antionette Riddle, Northeast; and Takera Mitchell, Kyra Gulledge, Wilma Davis and Charmane Tims, all of East MS.
Don Edwards of Northwest will serve as head coach.
North Division men’s squad includes Xavier Graves, Coahoma; Tamarico Wilson, Holmes; Tristan Moore, Northwest; Alex Anderson, Jonthan McGee and Tory Rice, all of Itawamba; Johnny Rucker and Marquarius Boddie, both of MS Delta; Cameron Shorty, Northeast; and Davon “Chuck” Ester, Nick Giles and Justin Kinsey, all of East MS.
Alternates are Rashon Coleman of Northwest and Billy Jackson of Coahoma.
Bubba Skelton of Northwest will serve as head coach.
The MACJC All-Star Basketball Games will be streamed at holmesathletics.ihigh.com. Access is also available on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu.
For more information, contact ECCC head basketball coaches Crandal Porter (601-635-6372, email@example.com) or Robert Thompson (601-635-6370, firstname.lastname@example.org).
East Central Community College right-hander Kyle Fultz hurled a shut-out in the first game and three pitchers combined talents for a no-hitter in the nightcap in leading the Diamond Warriors to a doubleheader sweep of Baton Rouge Community College Wednesday, March 26 on the Baton Rouge campus.
East Central won the opener 3-0 and cruised 6-1 in the second contest to improve to 11-15 overall.
Fultz, a transfer from Southwest (Tenn.) Community College, went the distance in the nine-inning battle. He fanned eight batters and allowed five hits. Fultz is a product of Covington (Tenn.) High School.
Cody Daigle and Dylan Little lead the EC offense, as each slapped a run-scoring single. Daigle is a product of Parkview Baptist (La.) High School and Little hails from Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School.
Other hitters were Todd Hughes of Clarkdale, double and single; and Chance Whitten of South Panola, single.
In the second game, right-handers Ty Hendrix and Conner West, and southpaw Zach Mowdy were superb on the mound in shutting down the Baton Rouge offense.
Hendrix went six innings and allowed the one run. He fanned six batters and walked two. Hendrix is a product of East Webster High School.
West hurled 2/3 inning. The Taylorsville High School product fanned two batters and walked one.
Mowdy went 1/3 inning. He is a product of Union High School
Kyle McCullough homered and Caleb Woods belted a two-run single to lead the EC offense. McCullough is a product of Madison Ridgeland Academy and Woods hails from Leake Central High School.
Other hitter were Daigle, two singles and RBI; Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale, RBI single; and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise, Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, John Morgan Berry of Madison Central and Ben Cooley of South Jones, singles each.
The Diamond Warriors return to MACJC South Division action by hosting Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, March 29. The twin bill starts at 2 p.m. at the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex.
EC is 3-5 in league play and the Bears are 5-5. Southwest has an 11-13 overall mark.
East Central’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.
East Central Community College’s tennis squads dropped decisions to Meridian and Itawamba teams in recent competition.
The Lady Warriors and Warriors were each blanked 9-0 by visiting MCC Tuesday, March 25. EC’s women were clipped 6-3 by Itawamba’s Lady Indians and the Warriors were blanked 9-0 by ICC’s men in matches played Wednesday, March 26 at Gaddis Park in Forest.
Regarding competition with MCC, results were as follows: women’s singles – Hannah Peoples of Leake Academy lost to Mallory Davis, 6-1, 6-1; Alana Turner of Florence lost to Jennifer Smith, 6-3, 6-4; Amber Pierce lost to Madison Gillette, 6-4, 6-3; Nan Hartness of Winston Academy lost to Caroline Terry, 6-3,6-0; Hannah Smith of Leake Academy lost to Molly Davis, 6-1, 7-5; and Kristine Jenkins of Forest lost to Taylor White, 6-2, 6-0; women’s doubles – Turner and Pierce lost to Mallory Davis/Smith, 8-4; Peoples and Hartness lost to Molly Davis/Gillette, 8-5; and Katlyn Patrick/Jenkins lost to White/Terry, 8-1; men’s singles – Juan Miranda of Morton lost to Kevin Millet, 6-2, 6-4; Daniel Giles of Union lost to Will Rogers, 6-2, 6-2; Javon Yarbrough of Louisville lost to Chris Mallet, 6-4, 6-4; Brandon St. Clair of Newton County lost to TJ Carter, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; Ethan Rigdon of Union lost to Reed Wade, 6-2, 6-2; and Tanner Moore of Winston Academy lost to Christian Jackson, 6-1. 6-1; and men’s doubles – Miranda and Giles lost to Miller/Mallet, 8-2; Yarbrough and Moore lost to Wade/Cody Gollenbeck, 8-0; and Rigdon and St. Clair lost to Carter/Wade, 8-4.
In women’s competition with Itawamba, Pierce won her singles match by defeating Amber Federick, 5-2. In other results, Peoples lost to Kristen Eley, 6-1, 6-0; Turner lost to Taylor Patterson, 6-4, 6-4; Hartness lost to Anna Clair Griffin, 6-2, 4-6, 12-10; Smith lost to Aleshia Hudson, 6-2, 6-2; and Patrick lost to Angela Hudson, 6-2, 6-1. The Lady Warriors won two of three matches in doubles, as Peoples and Hartness beat Aleisha Hudson/Griffin, 9-8 (7-0); and Jenkins and Lauren Peterson of Forest beat Frederick/Angela Hudson, 8-6. Turner and Pierce fell 8-2 in their doubles match with Eley/Patterson.
Results from men’s competition with Itawamba are as follows: singles – Miranda fell to Nathan Pinkey, 6-1, 6-4; Giles fell to Austin McElwain, 6-0, 6-0; Yarbrough fell to David McElwain, 6-1, 6-2; St. Clair fell to Cody Coins, 6-1, 6-3; Rigdon fell to Joseph Summers, 6-0, 6-3; and Moore fell to Jordan Trice, 6-0, 6-0; and doubles – Miranda and Giles fell to Pinkey/McElwain, 8-3; Yarbrough and Moore fell to McElwain/Coins, 9-7; and Rigdon and St. Clair fell to Drew and Caleb Ballard, 8-1.
EC tennis squads travel to Meridian Community College Friday, March 28 for competition beginning at 1 p.m. on the MCC campus. The Lady Warriors and Warriors will be guests of Itawamba Community College Monday, March 31. Competition begins at 2 p.m. on the Fulton campus.
East Central’s tennis program is led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.