A new American Flag is now on display in the Bradford J. Tucker Applied Technology Center at East Central Community College in Decatur, thanks to Norman Robinson, Jr. (left), managing partner of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial in Quitman. Robinson is shown presenting the flag to Wayne Eason, ECCC Director of Workforce Education. Robinson said Modern Woodmen provides American Flags at no charge as a community service
The Wall O’ Sound Marching Band at East Central Community College in Decatur boasts 160 members for the 2013 College term and will feature a “Blues Brothers” theme sure to get the fans involved and excited!
Second year director Hunter Corhern said, “Mr. (Ed) Girling (assistant band director) and I sat down following last marching season and brainstormed on what would be a fun, exciting marching band show,” Corhern said. “We were about 50 percent committed to an idea, which we won't share in case we use it next year, when the Blues Brothers just popped into our heads. After a few minutes of discussion, we knew that was the direction we wanted to go for this year's band!
“This year, we made a point to feature both our Centralettes dance team and our ECCC Color Guard, as well as the largest percussion section in EC's history. Our drill will help the band sound larger, and they'll even get a chance to dance for the audience!”
Corhern said most of the songs for this year's show are from the original movie including "I Can't Turn You Loose," the unofficial “Blues Brothers” theme seen during the mall chase scene; "Soul Man," from the original “Saturday Night Live” sketch of the “Blues Brothers,” featuring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi; and "Shake a Tail Feather," as presented by Ray Charles in the movie.
He added, “For our drum feature, we used "Funky Nassau" from the sequel "Blues Brothers 2000," which includes solos from Chandler Smith of Philadelphia on keyboard and vocals by Claire Griffin of Decatur and Kara Miller of Hickory.
The show’s closing number is "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," from the ending of the original movie.
Colton Hurst of Hickory will serve as the "Blues Brothers" announcer and will be “singing, dancing, and leading us through the show,” Corhern said.
In addition to Corhern and Girling, members of the band’s instructional staff include Tina Sanders, Centralette Coordinator/Choreographer and Kelsey Sykes, Color Guard Coordinator. Members of the Wall O’ Sound and their respective hometowns include: Georgia Doner, Bailey; Danette Harris, Brandon; Jonathan Brown, Canton; Conor Bell, Kenshelsa Boyd, Mariah Boyd, Mattie Brooks, Emily Cook, Aaliyah Cook, Emily Crane, Dillon Evans, Samantha Farley, Blake Faulkner, Tiffany Flowers, Anna Girling, Stafford Griffin, James Hanna, MaChasity Leflore, Kasia McQueen, Cody Smith,Mildred Salvador, Jessica Moore and Kendall Wilcher, all of Carthage; Kristen Felton, Taylor Gressett, Brandon Davis and Houston Martin, all of Chunky; David Wilson, Collinsville; Katie Bradley, Joshua Finley, Sarah LaBue, Tabby LaBue, DeeJay Rolison and Adrian Tucker, all of Conehatta; Nicole Cater, Jaron Croft, Katy Ezelle, Sarah Freeman, Claire Griffin, Kara Miller, Ryan Packer, Adam Porter, Katie Sanford, Caitlyn Sant, Chandler Smith, Benji Walton, Chelsea Pilgrim, Tina Windham and O'Neal Wilson, all of Decatur; Jeremy Collins, Bri Cooks, Emilee Cox, Kelsey Cox, Symone Ickom, Ian Lanthrip, Ryan McClendon, Samson Pace, Sara Pell, Davita Ragsdale, Thomas Robertson, Thomoz Smith, Kierra Stewart and Katlin Patrick all of Forest; Acea Ange, Aaren Avera, Ben Avera, Jeremy Dade, Patrick Embrey, Shelby Horn, Colton Hurst, Emily Jacome-Cluff and Katherine Jacome-Cluff, all of Hickory; Boris Bradford, Hillsboro; Jacob Emmons, Faith Emmons, Dustin Fisher, Jonathon Hodge, Dakota Hollingsworth, Kasey Logan, Brianna Parkman, Brittney Taylor, Iris Gray and Brittney Wilkerson, all of Lake; Glenn Bender, Lawrence; William Milner and Lorrie Moore, both of Lena; Livi Harrison and Hunter Vance, both of Little Rock; Emily Gully, Louin; Kayla Covington, Quintin Darden, Joni Hickman, Clay Holdiness, Cara Jackson, Jordan Lovorn, Jessica Moffett, Torie Quinn, Johnny Kight, Brianna Davis and Tammie Triplett, all of Louisville; Holly Logan, Madison; Matt Graham, Jonathon Lee and Hannah Mitchell, all of Meridian; Kristy Athey, Taylor Cornelison, Brittany Foster, Chauncy Griffin, Grayson Harrell, Kara Beth Johnson, Gloriana Latham, Daniela Vargas, Jade Castillo and Kara Yates, all of Morton; Kelli Boulton, Michael Buntyn, Jeremiah Chapman, Julian Fuentes, Mackenzie Gannon, Nisa Jones, Chris Kelley, Austin Mize, Jamey Tune and Danielle Shelley all of Newton; Colton Horne and Sara Thorne, both of Noxapater; Malcolm McBride, Phenix City, AL; Heather Bradley, Corey Burton, Joshua Chesnut, Denzel Clemons, Ashley Cumberland, Tyieasha Evans, John Ford, Sarah Hall, Aaron Hancock, Cody Harrison, D'Andre Henton, Damien Lewis, Sam Lovorn, Elora Nicholas, Zach Peden, Jermaine Russell, Damian Savage, Austin Savell, Brittany Sharp, Cady Smith, Brittnae Smith, Shardae Spears, Dalton Sellers, Jessie Hennington, Shea Tate, Brianna Moody, Chris Lyons, Hillary Williams and Leslie Young, all of Philadelphia; Charles Taylor, Preston; Ashley Bozeman, Emma Burton, Chireatha Drummond, Rachael Justice, Tori Malone, Matthew Mason, Meghan McPherson, Beth Price, Shauncey Rich, Jayohnnie Slaughter, Haley Taylor, Taylor Townsend, Brandon Warrick, Mallory Wilkerson,Ashley Swearingen and Nathan Williams, all of Union; and Mark Beasley and Shannon McNeill, both of Walnut Grove.
East Central Community College’s young and injury-plagued football squad was simply no match for nationally ranked East Mississippi Community College which scored early and often in posting an easy 59-0 victory over the Warriors Thursday, Sept. 5 at Sullivan-Windham Field on the Scooba campus.
The No. 4 Lions (2-0) scored on their first play from scrimmage on quarterback Dontreal Pruitt’s 30-yard TD strike to Kameron Myers, and extended their first-quarter lead to 21-0 following Lakendric Thomas’ one-yard run and an 18-yard return of a Warrior fumble by Lion linebacker Christian Russell.
Thomas tallied on another one-yard plunge early in the second period, which also featured Pruitt’s 19-yard TD toss to Kameron Myers and a 36-yard field goal by Drew White as time expired for halftime. White also connected on all seven PATs.
The Lions wasted little time in padding their 38-0 halftime advantage as Thomas scored his third TD on a two-yard run with 11:09 left in the third stanza.
East Mississippi tallied twice in the fourth quarter – first on Preston Baker’s four-yard scamper early in the period followed by Thomas’s fourth TD, a one-yard run with 9:40 remaining. Thomas finished with 96 yards.
The Warriors, who fell to 0-2 under first-year head coach Ken Karcher, were led by sophomore running back Martin Johnson who had 55 yards on 19 carries. Johnson is a product of Nanih Waiya High School.
Freshman quarterback Jacori Taylor completed three of seven passes for 39 yards. Taylor is a product of Early County High School in Blakely, Ga.
Freshman tight end Brandon Davis of Newton County High School had one grab for 20 yards and sophomore wide receiver James Clark of Laurel caught two passes for eight yards.
Freshman Donnie Farmer of Harrison Central also saw action at quarterback. He attempted four passes and had one interception.
The Warriors host Copiah-Lincoln Community College Thursday, Sept. 12, in the MACJC South Division opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus.
The defending MACJC State Champion Wolves are 2-0 following victories over Northeast (29-20) and Northwest (48-24).
Sonya Myers Boswell (left) of Newton, a 42-year-old English education major, is the recipient of a Nontraditional Student Tuition Scholarship at East Central Community College in Decatur. Shown making the presentation is Dr. Randall E. Lee, Vice President for Student Services. This scholarship is available to any qualified Mississippi resident 23 years of age or older, at the time of initial enrollment, who enrolls full-time at East Central. It is available for three consecutive semesters following the first 12 semester hours earned as either a part-time or full-time student at the College. For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 601-635-6205 or email email@example.com.
Practical Nursing students at East Central Community College in Decatur recently completed their first community service project of the college term, which included collecting school supplies for area elementary students. Class members are shown with the donations, which have been delivered to Newton County Elementary and Newton Elementary schools. The group’s efforts were lead by nursing instructors Theresa Cole, Violet Lambert and Christy Wilson.
Austin Franklin (24) launched several long punts during East Central Community College’s season-opener at Itawamba Community College Thursday, Aug. 29 on the Fulton campus. The sophomore from Petal High School connected on a 62-yarder and finished the night with a 37.27- yard average on 11 punts. EC fell 40-7 to the home standing Indians in the non-division matchup.
East Central Community College sophomore midfielder Morgan Luke (15) applies pressure to Meridian Community College’s Ashlyn Pope (22) during the Lady Soccer Warriors’ home opener Friday, Aug. 30. Both squads were 2-0 prior to the non-division matchup but the visiting Lady Eagles held on for a 3-0 decision. Luke is a product of Newton County High School. Pope is also a sophomore midfielder who previously played at West Lauderdale High School.
Taylor Potter (5) missed on this scoring attempt but the sophomore forward from Bentonia gave East Central Community College a 1-0 lead on his goal in the 27th minute and helped lead the Warriors to a 2-0 shutout over Meridian Community College Friday, Aug. 30 in Decatur. Potter is a product of the Mississippi School for Math and Science. The Soccer Warriors improved to 2-1 following the home opener while MCC dropped to 0-3.
East Central Community College’s Soccer Warriors posted a 2-0 victory over Meridian Community College Friday, Aug. 30 on the Decatur campus.
Taylor Potter of Bentonia and Joe Gaskin of Greenville scored for EC, which improved to 2-1 under 15th-year head coach Kenneth Thompson. MCC remained winless at 0-3.
Potter’s goal came on a penalty kick in the 27th minute. The sophomore forward is a product of the Mississippi School for Science and Math.
Gaskin’s “insurance goal” came in the 46th minute. Russ Thompson was credited with a scoring assist. Gaskin is freshman forward and product of Maranatha Christian. Thompson is a sophomore midfielder/forward and product of Newton County High School.
The Lady Warriors sustained their first season loss in a 3-0 setback to the Lady Eagles. EC is now 2-1 under first-year head coach Gray Massey.
Meme Huff scored all three goals for MCC, which improved to 3-0. Merrick Watkins and Taylor Hanes were credited with scoring assists on the first and last goals, which came in the second and 68th minutes, respectively. Her second goal came on a penalty kick on the 48th minute.
EC soccer squads return to action Wednesday, Sept. 4 in a non-division battle with Jones County Junior College. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m. on the Decatur campus.
The Lady Soccer Warriors travel to Mississippi College Friday, Sept. 6 for a match with the Lady Choctaw’s junior varsity squad. Game time is 3 p.m. on the Clinton campus.
East Central Community College cheerleaders for 2013-14 include (first row, from left) Heather Johnson and Jordan Landry, both products of Newton County High School; Kaitlyn Patrick, Forest; Laken Fulcher, Nanih Waiya; and Mary Margaret Bailey, Philadelphia; (second row, from left) Madison Stringer and Haleigh West, both of Newton County; Lauren Coward, Neshoba Central; Kamaran Malone, Leake Academy; Laura Williamson, Scott Central; and Mackenzie Rowzee, Newton County; and (back row, from left) Maxey Parker, Noxapater; Lauren Peterson, Forest; Hanna Kemp, Leake Academy; Payton Smith, Scott Central; David Williams, Newton County; Madison Herrington, Union; Karleigh Moss, Neshoba Central; Alana Krohn, Newton County; Hannah Smith, Leake Academy; and Darin Hillman, Sebastopol. Not pictured is Lindsey McCool of Winston Academy. Pam McKnight of Forest serves as cheer coach.