East Central Community College Soccer Warrior McGee Ledbetter (5) of Columbus collides with a Pearl River Community College player as both attempt to gain possession during a match held Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Decatur campus. Ledbetter, a sophomore forward/midfielder, scored EC’s lone goal in the 3-1 decision. Ledbetter is a product of Heritage Academy.
East Central Community College’s soccer squads fell to Pearl River Community College in matches held Saturday, Aug. 25 on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Soccer Warriors were blanked 8-0 in their season opener and the Warriors were edged 3-1 to remain winless after two contests.
Sophomore forward/midfielder McGee Ledbetter of Columbus provided EC with its lone goal.
Matches scheduled with Jones County Junior College on August 28 and with Southwest MS Community College on August 31 have been postponed due to inclement weather and field conditions as a result of Hurricane Isaac.
EC squads return to action Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Game times are 5 and 7 p.m. on the Perkinston campus.
The Lady Warriors and Warriors host Meridian Community College Friday, Sept. 7 in matches set for 3 and 5 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
A 5K Run/Walk will once again begin East Central Community College’s Homecoming celebration, which is scheduled Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, on the Decatur campus.
The annual competition starts at 7:30 a.m. on the College’s North Campus, between the Clark/Gay Baseball Complex and Lady Warrior softball field.
Entry fee is $20 per person. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and medallion.
Registration forms are available on the ECCC Web site, www.eccc.edu.
For more information, contact ECCC faculty member Dr. Phillip Crenshaw, race chairman, 601-635-6281 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 281. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight’s football game between East Central Community College’s Warriors and the Itawamba Community College Indians has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. I. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
Bridgett Hines Hitt of Little Rock was recently named administrative assistant in the financial aid department at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Hitt was employed since July 2006 at The Citizens Bank in Union, where she served in various positions, including loan secretary, new accounts customer service representative and teller. In all, she has approximately 14 years of experience in banking.
Hitt is a 1998 honor graduate of Newton County High School, where she was salutatorian and received numerous subject awards and scholarships.
She received an associate’s degree in liberal arts/business administration from ECCC in May 2011.
While a student at ECCC, Hitt was a dean’s list scholar and member of Theta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and Phi Beta Lambda, an organization for business students.
She is married to Matthew Hitt, who serves as Youth Minister at Duffee Baptist Church, where she also serves as Youth Sunday School teacher and co-Youth Leader with her husband. She is also active in the Newton County Youth Organization for baseball and softball.
They have two sons, Jacob, 11; and Logan, six.
Editors of the 72nd edition of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook of East Central Community College in Decatur were recently announced by Publications Coordinator Gennie Phillips. The co-editors are Jessica Barnett of Forest and Erin Wooten of Carthage.
“Erin and I are really excited about this school year and what it has in store for all of us here at ECCC,” Barnett said. “We are revamping the look of the book and hope the students, administration, faculty and staff will really like the end product.”
The co-editors have already begun the planning process for the upcoming yearbook and have been meeting with staff members to prepare for the publication.
“We have been working hard to get preliminary plans made for the yearbook,” Wooten said. “We are looking forward to meeting other incoming freshmen and students who are interested in being a part of the yearbook staff and capturing memories here with us.”
Phillips, who serves as adviser for yearbook and newspaper staffs, said there will be a panel of assistant editors who will be helping Barnett and Wooten with editorial duties.
Assistant editors include freshmen Payton Smith of Forest, Connor Bell of Carthage, Madison Herrington of Union, Kayla Jenkins of Louisville, Hannah Jones of Philadelphia and Candice Stewart of Morton; and sophomore Claire Griffin of Decatur.
“We have a great year ahead and look forward to having the staff come together to best capture the 2012-13 school year,” Phillips said.
Editors of the 72nd edition of the Wo-He-Lo yearbook of East Central Community College in Decatur were recently announced. Pictured are, front row from left, assistant editors Kayla Jenkins of Louisville, Madison Herrington of Union, Payton Smith of Forest, Hannah Jones of Philadelphia; and back row from left, co-editors Jessica Barnett of Forest and Erin Wooten of Carthage; and assistant editors Conor Bell of Carthage, Claire Griffin of Decatur, and Candice Stewart of Morton.
Samantha Buckley of Lake was recently named eLearning Coordinator at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Buckley previously served as administrative assistant to the Dean of eLearning, a position she held since 2007.
Prior to her employment at ECCC, Buckley was employed with Trustmark National Bank and earlier served as a customer service representative with Tower Loan of Mississippi.
Buckley received an associate’s degree from ECCC in 2002 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University in 2004.
Unless Hurricane Isaac has other ideas, East Central Community College’s football squad will launch the 2012 campaign Thursday by hosting Itawamba Community College in a non-division battle set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
According to head coach Brian Anderson, the Warriors are ready for action, “whenever the game is played.”
“This team has the makings of the best team since I have been here,” said Anderson, who enters his third season as head mentor after serving the first year on an interim basis. “It’s the most experienced team we’ve had…with the best kicker…. a quality quarterback….a seasoned secondary… and defensive front that should provide an effective pass rush. Our offensive line will also be much improved. We feel very confident about this year’s team!”
Leading the Warrior offense will be freshman quarterback Colton Kane, a 6-4, 215-pound product of Navarre (Fla.) High School and a transfer from Florida Atlantic University.
“Colton is a big guy with a big arm who also has mobility,” said Anderson. “He is also a good decision maker and I feel confident that he has what it takes to successfully lead this football team.”
Anderson also praised freshman punter/kicker Austin Franklin, a 6’ 180-pound product of Petal High School.
“We are very pleased with Austin and consider him the best kicker since I’ve been here,” Anderson stated. “How he handles pressure in a game situation remains to be seen, but we are excited about him and what he brings to the position.”Colton Kane
Anderson said the success of this year’s team will also be determined by the leadership provided by the sophomore players.
His top offensive returnees include linemen Bart Whigham (6-4, 315) of Northview High School in Dothan, Ala., and Dustin Tubby (6-3, 315) of Neshoba Central; and wide receivers Keivondre Watford (6-4, 220) of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central and Brock Hall (6-3, 200) of Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa.
Returning defensive standouts include lineman Bradley Dorsey (6-6, 380) of Morton, end Lakenneth Weidman (6-5, 235) of South Leake; and safety Steffon Fuller (6-4, 175) of Kemper County.
In all, the Warriors have seven returnees on offense and five returning players on defense.
East Central will be looking for a second straight victory over Itawamba, as the Warriors rallied for a 24-17 victory in 2011. The Indians went 4-5 overall and finished fourth in MACJC North Division with a 4-2 mark under head coach Jon Williams, a former ECCC assistant.
The Warriors were 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the MACJC South Division in 2011.
Members of Coach Anderson’s staff and their respective areas of responsibility include Blake Frazier, defensive coordinator/linebackers; Kyle Watson, offensive line; Derek Pouncey, defensive line; Webb Hamilton, defensive backs; Donovan Tate, wide receivers; and Jarvis Cole, running backs. Anderson also serves as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The ECCC/Itawamba matchup can be heard on The Groove (98.3 FM) in Carthage, featuring veteran broadcasters Melvin Wooten and Gilbert Barham.
Receiving special recognition for their years of service as members of the East Central Community Board of Trustees were Rebecca Farris (second from left) of Morton and David Byars (third from left) of Philadelphia who were presented plaques of appreciation at the 2012 MACJC Trustees Conference held in July. Farris has served 25 years and Byars has accumulated 10 years of service. The longtime trustees were also honored at the ECCC Trustees’ August meeting on the Decatur campus and are shown with Board Chairman Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth (left) of Lake and ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart.
Devarus “Scooter” Walker, a former East Central Community College basketball standout, has returned to his alma mater as an assistant to his former coach, Maurice Bowie.
Walker was a member of the 2007-08 and 2008-09 Warrior squads. He was also a two-year member of the tennis team.
He is a 2007 graduate of Newton County High School, where he was a member of state championship teams in tennis and was also a standout in basketball. He received honors in both sports.
Walker earned an associate’s degree at ECCC in 2009 and received a bachelor’s degree in physical education at William Carey University in Hattiesburg in 2012, where he also played basketball and tennis.
His coaching experience includes serving as an intern at the YMCA in Hattiesburg, were he operated summer sports camps for children age five to 13. He was also responsible for planning and organizing sports-related activities.