Numerous East Central Community College students, administrators, faculty and staff members show their support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing “pink” for “Think Pink Day” Thursday, October 16. Pictured are (first row, from left) instructor Christy Ferguson, Alisha Dunn of Philadelphia, Tiffany Watkins of Lawrence, Victoria Burt of Louisville, Leah Ferguson of Philadelphia, Angela Anderson of Decatur, Toretha Norman of Newton and staff members Shelia Stamper and Laura Thorne; and (second row, from left) staff members Sherrell Brown and Gina Mowdy, Roshumbria Nash of Carthage, Chireatha Drummond and Kimberly Watkins, both of Philadelphia; staff member Gennie Taylor, Tarra Hudson of Philadelphia, Kirstin Eversoll of Union and Layne Lepard of Philadelphia; and (back row, from left) instructors Christy Wilson, Marcia Russell and Valerie Nicholson, Kenshelsa Boyd of Carthage, Shanetria Ickom of Lake, Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, administrator Bubby Johnston, Virginia Easley of Philadelphia, Tracy Gray of Lake and CrisAnn Bryan of Philadelphia. “Think Pink Day” was sponsored by the College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter.
East Central Community College wide receiver Kabion Ento (7) hauls in a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trey Willis during the Warriors’ MACJC South Division battle at Southwest Mississippi Community College Saturday, October 18 on the Summit campus. EC led 14-10 at halftime but the Bears rallied for a 38-14 homecoming victory. Ento is a product of Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, AR, and Willis hails from Forest Hill High School. Both are freshmen.
East Central Community College freshman punter Chandler Powell (15) is shown during his 49-yard run on a fake punt that gave the Warriors possession on the Southwest Mississippi Community College nine-yard line late in first-half action on the Summit campus. EC scored on the next play and held a 14-10 advantage at halftime of the MACJC South Division matchup. However, the Bears rallied for a 38-14 homecoming victory. Powell is a product of Forest High School.
Three late scores in the game’s final six minutes broke open a close contest and provided Southwest Mississippi Community College with a 38-14 homecoming victory over East Central Community College Saturday, October 18 at John I. Hurst Stadium.The Warriors were hoping to even their overall record 4-4 and have an opportunity for a winning campaign in the season finale this week, but the host Bears had other ideas and rallied for the MACJC South Division victory.
East Central, which fell to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in league play, had taken a 14-10 lead into the dressing room at halftime.
After the Bears jumped out to 7-0 first quarter lead on Tylertown product Chris Jones’ five-yard scamper to pay dirt followed by Reed James’ PAT, the Warriors responded with quarterback Trey Willis completing a 34-yard TD strike to wide receiver Kabion Ento early in second-quarter action, capping a six-play, 83-yard drive. Brennan O’Keefe added the PAT.
Willis finished the night by completing 16 of 28 passes for 145 yards and the one TD pass. He is a product of Forest Hill High School. Ento led EC receivers with four grabs for 73 yards and the one score. He hails from Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, AR. O’Keefe is a former standout at St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs. All three are freshmen.
Southwest regained the lead at 10-7 on James’ 40-yard field goal with 9:11 left before halftime. James is a product of Germantown High School.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors took over on their own 19 and quickly marched up field following Willis’ 17-yard pass to tight end Devaughn Brown to the EC 36. Brown is a product of a Thibodaux (LA) High School.
However, the drive stalled on the EC 42 and the Warriors faced a four and four situation. Freshman Chandler Powell was set to punt, but instead the Forest High School product raced down the sideline on a 49-yard scamper to the Southwest nine yard line, successfully executing a fake punt as called by head coach Ken Karcher. Chandler had nine punts for a 36.7-yard average.
EC scored on the next play, as sophomore running back Lamarcus Franks tallied on a nine-yard run with just over six minutes left before halftime. O’Keefe added the PAT.
Franks once again led Warrior rushers, as the 5-7, 142-pound speedster from Greene County High School finished with 169 yards on 36 carries, a 4.7-yard per carry average.
Southwest took the lead for good at 17-14 late in the third stanza on Ballard’s 43-yard TD strike to Ladarius Slocum of Tylertown. James added the PAT.
The Warriors had a chance to tie the contest early in the final stanza but O’Keefe’s 42-yard field goal attempt missed by inches.
Southwest (3-4, 2-3) put the game away in the game’s final minutes, beginning with Ballard’s 73-yard scamper to pay dirt with 6:12 left, followed by Ballard’s 36-yard TD toss to wide receiver Kameron Williams of Bassfield with 3:07 left, and later defensive lineman Josh Samander’s 39-yard fumble return with 2:48 remaining. Samander is from Jackson Prep.
The Warrior defense was led by defensive backs Austin Balthazor (Seminary) and Raphael McClain (Starkville), who each had seven tackles and two assists. Other top defenders were defensive back Jaylon Lofton (Forest), seven tackles and a quarterback sack; linebacker Aubrey Bourn (Hattiesburg), six solo stops and one assist; and defensive back JaDerrick Farrow (Bleckley County, GA), two tackles and one assist.
East Central completes 2014 competition by hosting Pearl River Community College Thursday, Oct. 23. Kickoff for the MACJC matchup is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium. Warrior sophomores will be recognized during a pre-game ceremony.
PRC is 4-4 overall following their 45-28 win over Northwest Mississippi Community College last week. The Wildcats are 1-4 in the MACJC South Division.
East Central Community College was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant to provide workforce training opportunities in Winston County, one of the College’s five support counties.ECCC is among 270 community colleges nationwide and the first announced Mississippi community college to receive the grant, which is provided by the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) competitive grant program and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement was made Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, by Vice President Joe Biden.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the College applied for the $2,499.950 grant in response to the unemployment rate and the number of dislocated workers in Winston County.
“Funds will also be used to assist with the training needs of Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) eligible workers in the county as well as qualified individuals who were affected by the tornado damage in the county in late April of 2014,” said Dr. Stewart. “We look forward to partnering with the Montgomery Institute in providing this much-needed training and service to the people of Winston County and the surrounding area.”
The grant will specifically be used to provide training in information technology, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing at the Louisville Career Advancement Center.
Dr. Stewart said several college staff members participated in the grant application process, including Dr. Teresa Houston, Vice President for Instruction; Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, Executive Director for Foundation and Alumni Affairs; David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Derek Pace, Dean of Information Technology; Lucretia Williams, Director of Workforce Development; and Wayne Eason, Director of Workforce Education.
East Central Community College serves Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties.
A full day of men’s basketball competition is scheduled Saturday, October 25, 2014, when East Central Community College hosts a men’s basketball jamboree in the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education on the Decatur campus.
The pre-season contests get under way at 9 a.m. with East Central and Marion Military battling on the hardwood. Holmes Community College and Jones County Junior College meet at 11 a.m., followed by the Jones County and Marion Military matchup at 1 p.m. East Central and Holmes are featured at 3 p.m., and the Warriors take on Tougaloo College at 5 p.m. to conclude competition.
Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students.
For more information, contact Robert Thompson, Warrior head basketball coach, at 601-635-6243 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 243. His email address is email@example.com.
ECCC basketball squads begin the 2014-15 campaign by traveling to Coahoma Community College Monday, November 3. Game times are 6 and 8 p.m. on the Clarksdale campus.
The home opener is set for Thursday, November 6, with Delgado Community College. Women’s action begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m., in the Brackeen-Wood gym.
Winning ways continue for the East Central Community College women’s soccer team following a 3-0 victory over Northwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, October 15 at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Soccer Warriors improved to 12-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the MACJC North Division under second-year head coach Gray Massey.
Tamia Cavett gave EC a 1-0 lead with her goal in the 44th minute. Cavett is a freshman forward and product of Murrah High School. Katelyn Denton was credited with a scoring assist. Denton is freshman midfielder from Lewisburg.
Carrissa Stevenson scored in the 84th minute and received a scoring assist from Kayla Anderson. Stevenson is a freshman forward from Harrison Central. Anderson is a freshman midfielder from Florence.
Anderson completed the scoring with her goal in the 86th minute. Gabby Stapp, a freshman midfielder from West Harrison, was credited with a scoring assist.
EC’s defense kept the Lady Rangers from attempting a shot during the entire division matchup.
The Lady Soccer Warriors defeated Itawamba 2-1 Monday, October 13 on the Fulton campus. The division battle was scheduled for October 10 but was postponed due to inclement weather.
Cavett put EC on the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. Stevenson and Allie Turner were credited with scoring assists. Turner is a freshman midfielder from Horn Lake.
Rebekah Miller of ICC tied the game at 1-1 with her goal in the 69th minute.
Ashlan Culberson gave EC the lead for good with her goal in the 85th minute. Culberson is a sophomore forward from Brandon.
In men’s action, EC was shut out 3-0 to the visiting Rangers and fell to 5-6-2 overall and 1-4 in league play. Kenneth Thompson serves as head coach.
Armando Barron scored twice for the Northwest, which improved to 7-7-0 and 3-4-0. Thomas King also scored for the Rangers. Karim Mueller and Mamadou Mbaye were credited with scoring assists.
The matchup between the Soccer Warriors and Itawamba has been rescheduled for noon Sunday, October 19 in Fulton.
EC soccer squads host Hinds Community College Friday, October 17. Game times for the division battles are set for 2 and 4 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
The Bon Appetit - Culinary Arts Club took top honors and the $125 cash prize during East Central Community College’s annual homecoming sign competition with the above entry. Other award winners included Phi Beta Lambda, second, $100; Sigma Sigma Mu Tau, third, $75; and Warrior Corps, fourth, $50. Winners are scored on overall appearance, creativity, originality and school spirit.
Members of the 2014 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College in Decatur included (front row, from left) sophomore maids Cara Beth Jackson of Nanih Waiya, Anna Katherine Nowell of Philadelphia and Mallory Turner of Collinsville; maid of honor MaChasity Leflore of Carthage; queen Nikki Triplett of Forest; and freshman maids Skylar Davidson of Morton, Courtney Hamilton of Philadelphia, Kaley Bufkin of Decatur and Sydney Keith of Philadelphia; and (back row, from left) escorts Clay Jackson of Nanih Waiya, Zach Butler of Philadelphia, Reagan Warren of Decatur, Javon Yarbrough of Louisville, Bryce Power of Forest, Miles Johnson of Louisville, Caleb Brown of Philadelphia, Peyton Cain of Decatur and Wes Brown of Carthage. The queen and her court were presented Saturday, October 11, during halftime of the ECCC vs. Jones County Junior College football game.
Receiving special recognition during East Central Community College’s 2014 Homecoming celebration held Saturday, October 11, were (from left) Dr. Michael Waldrop (Class of 1965) of Clinton, Alumnus of the Year, Cheryl Comans (Class of 1981) of Cleveland, Alumna of the Year, and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Troy Henderson (Class of 1954) of Raymond and Richard Fulmer (Class of 1959) of Deatsville, Ala. Award presentations were made during the annual Alumni Luncheon held in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.