Above are members of the 2012-13 East Central Community College Warrior Corps, a select group chosen to represent the College with recruiting endeavors and special events on the Decatur campus. Pictured are (first row, from left) Lajoya Griffin, Philadelphia; Ashlyn Pullin, Union; Tiffany Watkins, Conehatta; Leighanne Wright, Little Rock; Jon’Marie Baucum, Decatur; Teylor Martinez and Nan Hartness, both of Louisville; Mary Margaret Bailey, Philadelphia; Holli Nutt, Morton; Shelby Johnston, Lena; Tiana Grover, Decatur; Amanda Barnett, Union; Allison Perry, Philadelphia; Axie Jones, Decatur; Kennedy Castleberry, Meridian; and Alex Meador, Hickory; (second row, from left) Zack Killion, Crestwood, KY; Eliud Alvarez, Forest; Claire Griffin, Decatur; Sandy Alexander, Little Rock; Jayohnnie Slaughter and Madison Herrington, both of Union; Lindsey McCool, Louisville; Shelby Parkman, Raleigh; Hannah Farmer, Decatur; Hillary Williams, Philadelphia; Taylor Gressett, Chunky; Ally Loper and Jordan Clearman, both of Philadelphia; Andrea McSwain, Decatur; (third row, from left) Jeremy Carson, Decatur; Andrew Hanna, Union; Nathan Stone, Louisville; Emily Jacome-Cluff and Felicia Robinson, both of Hickory; Hayden Fryery, Louisville; Emily Marler, Morton; Meghan Johnson, Lena; Mikayla Carson, Newton; Emily Gully, Bay Springs; Abbie Smith, Louisville; Kendall Taylor, Macon; Alli Rawson, Union; and Greg Mitchell, Meridian; and (fourth row, from left) Matthew Evans, Forest; William Meruvia, Philadelphia; Zachary Yates, Paige Wall, Colton Ballard and Tyler Pigg, all of Decatur; Allie Killens, Saltillo; Brooke Wilson, Lena; Casey Cherry, Union; Elauran Vowell, Philadelphia; Joseph Aulds, Decatur; and Clint Walker, Newton. Warrior Corps members not pictured include Kelsey Bounds, Newton; Lucas Cavert, Jeffrey Hemphill and Johnny Kight, all of Louisville; Haley Chapman and Blake Cochran, both of Hickory; Denzel Clemons, Danielle Irons, Lashundra Rush and Chandler Smith, all of Philadelphia; Ian Cremeen, Enterprise; Tyler Gilmore, Union; Alexander Lee and Kelsey Tadlock, both of Decatur; Mary Anna Jefcoat, Brandon; and Nathan Powell and Breonka Simpson, both of Meridian. Student Services staff members Lanette Hanna and Romonica Evans serve as sponsors.
Fifty students were recently selected for membership in the East Central Community College Warrior Corps, a select group chosen to represent the College with recruiting endeavors and special events on the Decatur campus.
Joining the prestigious organization are Eliud Alvarez and Matthew Evans, both of Forest; Joseph Aulds, Colton Ballard, Jon’Marie Baucum, Hannah Farmer, Tiana Grover, Axie Jones, Tyler Pigg, Paige Wall and Zach Yates, all of Decatur; Mary Margaret Bailey, Denzel Clemons, Ally Loper, Lashundra Rush, Chandler Smith, Elauren Vowell and Hillary Williams, all of Philadelphia; Kelsey Bounds, Mikayla Carson and Clint Walker, all of Newton; Kennedy Castleberry, Greg Mitchell and Nathan Powell, all of Meridian; Haley Chapman, Emily Jacome-Cluff, Alex Meador and Felicia Robinson, all of Hickory; Casey Cherry, Madison Herrington, Ashlyn Pullin, Alli Rawson and Jayohnnie Slaughter, all of Union; Ian Cremeen, Enterprise;
Hayden Fryery, Nan Hartness, Johnny Kight, Teylor Martinez, Lindsey McCool and Abbie Smith, all of Louisville; Taylor Gressett, Chunky; Emily Gully, Bay Springs; Mary Anna Jefcoat, Brandon; Meghan Johnson, Shelby Johnston and Brooke Wilson, all of Lena; Allie Killens, Saltillo; Zack Killion, Crestwood, KY; Emily Marler, Morton; and Tiffany Watkins, Conehatta.
EC Student Services staff members Lanette Hanna and Romonica Evans serve as sponsors.
Seated are members of the East Central Community College baseball team who are shown signing national letters of intent to continue their careers on the university level. From left are outfielders Xzavier Franklin and Terrance Steele, who both signed with Mississippi Valley State University; and shortstop Tim Anderson who inked with the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Franklin posted a .292 batting average and collected 14 RBIs in 2012. He is a product of Newton County High School, where his coach was EC alumnus Wyatt Tullos. Steele pounded 19 singles and four doubles and was credited with 15 RBIs. He is also one of the team’s top base runners with 20 stolen bases. Steele is a product of Neshoba Central High School and played for EC alumnus Brian Jones. Anderson led the 2012 Diamond Warriors at the plate with a .362 batting average and 39 RBIs. He was also credited with four home runs, a triple and nine doubles and scored a team high 44 runs. Anderson is a product of Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa. His high school coach was Todd Agee. Standing from left are Diamond Warrior coaches Jack Edmonson, Neal Holliman (head) and Justin Brewer. “We are tremendously proud of all three young men,” said Holliman. “Their success is another attribute of our program and represents our growth.” Coach Holliman said several other sophomore players decided not to commit during the early signing period and will keep their options open until the spring.
East Central Community College’s basketball squads continue to struggle in early season action as both registered setbacks to Northeast Mississippi Community College Thursday night in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Warriors were outscored by a 79-66 margin and the Warriors fell 94-69 in the non-division battles.
Sophomores Xzandra Dowd and Jaianah Matthew each tallied 11 points to lead the EC women, who dropped to 1-6 overall under first-year head coach Crandal Porter.
Dowd is a 5-8 guard from Neville (La.) High School. Matthew is also a 5-8 guard and hails from Arkansas High School in Texarkana, Ark.
Other scorers were Jakela Johnson of West Jones, 10; Niya Hughes of Forest and Reneisa Evans of Newton County, eight each; Tyneeisa Mickens of Noxubee County, seven; Chelsea Campbell of Forest, five; Nakia Miller of Louisville, four; and Tyler Hearn of West Jones, two.
Angelia Allan poured in 21 points to lead the Lady Tigers, who evened their record at 2-2.
EC trailed 36-25 at the break.
Sophomore Hakeem Wesley pumped in 22 points to lead the Warriors who remain winless in seven starts under seventh-year head coach Maurice Bowie.
Wesley is a 6’ guard and product of Newton County High School.
Other point makers were Tejiminon Leatherwood of Northridge (Ala.) High School, 11; Aquill Baynard of Elsik (Texas) High School, 10; Brock Hall of Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa, eight; Keivondre Watford of Tuscaloosa Central, five; Chris Rhoney of West Lauderdale, four; Demarcus Clayton of Bay Springs, three; Akeem Toppin of Columbus and Walter Evans of Hattiesburg, two each; and Jamere Eichelberger of Louisville and Tyler Anderson of Carver Military Academy in Chicago, one each.
Acie Vance tallied 21 points to lead the Tigers who evened their record at 2-2.
EC trailed 47-37 at the break.
The Lady Warriors and Warriors host Itawamba Community College Saturday, Nov. 17. Game times are 1 and 3 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.
Both squads return to action following the Thanksgiving holidays by hosting Pearl River Community College Monday, Dec. 3 in the MACJC South Division opener. Games times are 6 and 8 p.m. in Brackeen-Wood.
East Central Community College will play host to some of the area’s top high school basketball teams when the annual ECCC Classic tips off Monday, Nov. 26 on the Decatur campus.
Participating in the double-elimination event are squads from Louisville, Newton, Forest, Morton, Scott Central, Southeast Lauderdale, Lake, Choctaw Central, Newton County, West Lauderdale and Northeast Lauderdale.
Competition during the week will be held in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building and South Campus gym.
Girls’ and boys’ champions will be crowned Saturday, Dec. 1 following finals at 7 and 8:30 p.m., respectively, in the Brackeen-Wood gym.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children six and under are admitted at no charge.
For more information, contact Maurice Bowie, Warrior head basketball coach, 601-635-6372 or e-mail email@example.com.
The success of East Central Community College students is evident in recent reports from Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), which revealed that transfer students from the Decatur college achieved the highest cumulative grade point average of all community college transfers in the state with a 3.18 average at the state's eight public, four-year institutions.
The average for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.08 GPA, which again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart was elated at the news that East Central students were the top performers in the state!
"This data, compiled and reported by IHL, confirms that faculty and staff at East Central Community College are committed to student success and to preparing transfer students well for the academic challenges of a university. Based on the performance of our students, no one does that better than the faculty and staff at East Central Community College,” Dr. Stewart said.
East Central Community College offers the first two years of a four-year degree for more than 201 areas of concentration in academic studies. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer thanks to an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the State’s public colleges and universities.
The College also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career and technical fields of study.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 601-635-6205 or e-mail Dr. Randall E. Lee, Vice President for Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The East Central Community College Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, in the sanctuary of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Selections include “And the Glory of the Lord” and “The Hallelujah Chorus,” both from Handel’s Messiah; “Gloria Fanfare” by Ames, “Dormi Jesu” by Sirett, “Jesus, What a Wonderful Child,” a spiritual by Larson; and “A Christmas Medley” written by Len Bobo. For more information contact director Vicki Blaylock at 601-635-6225. The e-mail address is email@example.com.
East Central Community College’s Gospel Choir will hold its annual fall concert Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, on the Decatur campus.
The special program begins at 7 p.m. in the Vickers Fine Arts Center auditorium.
Brenda K. Johnson of Lawrence serves as sponsor.
For more information, contact Kathy Sanders at ECCC, 601-635-6215 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 215. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Central Community College’s Aquill Baynard (23) hauls in a rebound during the Warriors’ home opener with Holmes Community College Monday, Nov. 12 in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building. Baynard, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Houston, Texas, scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the non-division battle won 72-58 by the visiting Bulldogs. Also pictured is Holmes defender Patrick Banks (10).