Ten East Central Community College Associate Degree Nursing students were the first inductees into the college’s newly established Gamma Tau Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society of Nursing at a ceremony held on the Decatur campus in April. The inductees were (front row, from left) Erin Thornton of Sebastopol, Shelby McKelvaine of Meridian, vice president; Kelsey Porter of Morton, Tanesha Barham of Philadelphia, and Jamie Mathis of Meridian; and (back row, from left) Kristen Chipley Dowell of Carthage, Madie Pigg of Carthage, president; Peggy Sims of Forest, Christina Lewis of Philadelphia, and Colby Amis of Decatur. (EC Photo)
The East Central Community College Concert Choir and Voce vocal ensemble will present their annual spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Vickers Fine Arts Auditorium on the Decatur campus. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend.
The program will be lead by Vicki Blaylock, ECCC fine arts division chair and choral director.
Choir selections will include “Majesty and Glory of Your Name,” “Red, Red Rose” and “Wayfaring Stranger.”
Voce will perform several selections including “I Wish” by Stevie Wonder, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.
East Central Community College head men’s basketball coach Robert Thompson announced the addition of eight new members to the Warrior basketball team for next season.
“We really picked guys with great character and that understand the concept of team work,” Thompson said. “This should be an exceptional group and I can’t wait to get started for next year.”
The 2016 signing class includes 5-10 point guard Jaylon Chiles of Biloxi High School, who averaged eight points, seven assists, three steals and was an All District South MS All-Star selection; 6-7 guard Thurston McCarty of Quitman High School, who averaged 16.5 points, 12 rebounds and 5.5 blocks; 6-6 forward Joshua Beard also of Quitman High School, who averaged 12 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists and two blocks; 6-3 guard Cayman “CJ” Ruffin of Neshoba Central High School, who averaged 13 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals; 6-4 guard Jaquan Dotson also of Neshoba Central High School, who averaged 14 points, four assists, nine rebounds and two steals; 6-4 forward Antonio Clark of Leake Central High School, who averaged 12 points, 7.7 rebounds, one block and 1.5 assists; 6-3 guard Jerome Adkin of Clarkdale High School, who averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and had a 49 percent field goal percentage; and 6-8 center Marshun Gladney of Northwest Rankin High School, who averaged 9.4 points and seven rebounds.
The Warriors ended the 2015-2016 season 13-10 overall and 8-6 in the South Division.
A seven-inning no-hitter by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College freshman pitcher Dylan Mills-Derouen helped the home-standing Bulldogs sweep a baseball doubleheader from East Central Community College Tuesday, April 19, in games played at D’Iberville High School.
The losses dropped East Central from second place to fifth place in Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges league play. The top eight teams make postseason play.
The Warriors are now 27-15 overall on the season and 15-9 in league play.
In the game two no-hitter, Mills-Derouen walked five East Central batters, but struck out eight in a 3-0 Gulf Coast win.
In the 3-2 game one loss, the Warriors took a 1-0 lead on a single by freshman Cole Prestegard out of Huntsville (Ala.) in the top of the fourth. Gulf Coast scored single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 2-1 lead.
East Central tied the game in the top of the sixth on a solo home run by freshman Brandon Clark out of Neshoba Central, before Gulf Coast answered in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 lead that would hold up the rest of the way.
East Central has two regular season series remaining. The Warriors travel to Fulton on April 23 to face Itawamba. Doubleheader action begins at 2 p.m. East Central will celebrate Sophomore Day in Decatur on Wednesday, April 27, against Southwest Mississippi in games that begin at 3 p.m.
The first round of the MACJC playoffs will be played May 6-7.
Behind the home run power of Mahalia Gibson, the No. 5 East Central Community College Lady Diamond Warriors swept a road doubleheader from Southwest Mississippi Community College Tuesday, April 19, in Summit.
The wins ensured that East Central will host a first round Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges playoff series Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, at the Softball Park in Decatur.
The Lady Diamond Warriors finished tied for third place in the MACJC standings with Itawamba Community College, both with 22-6 records. East Central will host Copiah-Lincoln in a best-of-three series beginning Friday, April 22.
East Central completed regular season play with a 40-7 record. The Lady Diamond Warriors carry an eight-game winning streak into the postseason.
Gibson, a sophomore from Oak Grove High School, continued her hot hitting with a home run in game one against Southwest and two in the nightcap. She has now hit 17 home runs on the season and six in the last six games.
East Central won the opener 5-2. Gibson hit a two-run round-tripper in the top of the third to break a scoreless tie. Caitlyn Aldous out of Petal High School had a two-run single in the fifth for the Lady Diamond Warriors.
Lacey Hill, a product of Kilbourne (La.) High School, got the win in the circle giving up two runs on only three hits over seven innings while striking out 13 batters.
In game two, won by East Central 11-8, Gibson again got the Lady Diamond Warriors on the board first with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. Southwest would tie the game in the bottom of the inning and take a 3-2 lead in the second inning.
The Southwest lead would stand until the top of the fourth when a two-out double by Aldous would plate three runs and give East Central a 5-3 lead. East Central would also pick up a run on a Summer Lavender single in the fifth.
Southwest would close the gap to 6-5, until Gibson hit a three-run shot in the top of the sixth to push the East Central lead to 9-5. The Lady Diamond Warriors added two more runs in that sixth to lead 11-5.
The home team would make a game of it with three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but East Central held on for the 11-8 win.
Leake Academy product Chloe Thaggard picked up the win for East Central in game two, while Hill came on to record the final out of the game with two runners on base.
The East Central Community College softball team was finally able to face Meridian Community College after several game changes due to inclement weather, and the Lady Diamond Warriors swept the doubleheader from MCC played Sunday, April 17, in Meridian.
East Central won game one 10-0 behind Kilbourne (La.) High School product Lacey Hill’s second straight shutout ballgame. ECCC won game two 9-4 to improve its overall record to 38-7 and 20-6 in MACJC play.
Hill got it done in the circle in game one, only allowing two hits and striking out eight batters in five innings.
Head Coach Kristin Chaney’s Lady Diamond Warriors scored six runs in the second inning on a grand slam home run by Mahalia Gibson of Oak Grove High School, an RBI single by Elizabeth Frey of Purvis High School, and a sacrifice fly by Andi Hannaford of Magnolia Heights High School.
It was the third straight game in which Gibson had homered, giving her 14 on the season. She racked up five RBI on three hits in game one.
Sophomore Summer Lavender of Canton Academy also blasted a two-run home run in the top of the fourth to add two more to ECCC’s lead.
In East Central’s game two win, Hill also picked up the win in the circle after three two-third innings of work, allowing three hits and striking out four.
Sophomores Maegen Ellis of Oak Hill Academy and Katlyn Duke of Neshoba Central High School each picked up two RBI in the second game on two hits each.
ECCC jumped out to an early lead scoring four runs in two innings then adding four more in the sixth inning.
East Central travels to Southwest Mississippi Community College April 19 for the final regular season games of the year. The doubleheader is set for 1 and 3 p.m. in Summit.
The East Central Community College golf team took fourth place in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges State Championship held April 16-17 at the Shiloh Ridge Gold Club in Corinth.
As a team, the Warriors shot a 38-over par 614 and advanced to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 Golf Tournament to be played April 25-26 at Back Acres Country Club in Senatobia.
Sophomore Zack Hammons of Raleigh High School tied for 10th in the MACJC State Championship after shooting a five-over par 149 over the 36-hole tournament.
Hammons also was selected MACJC First Team All-State for a season scoring average of 72.86.
Other East Central golfers in the state championship included sophomore Tristan Hernandez of Leake Academy, who finished with an eight-over par 152 and tied for 15th; Nathan Nance out of Newton County High School, who finished tied for 25th with a score of 156; Kade Mathner of Enterprise High School (Ala.), who tied at 27th with a score of 157; and Graham Winstead out of Neshoba Central High School, who finished 40th with a score of 170.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College won the championship with a team score of even-par 576.
The No. 20 nationally ranked East Central Community College baseball team moved up to No. 2 in the MACJC conference standings with its sweep over Northeast Mississippi Community College Saturday, April 16, in Booneville.
East Central won game one 2-1 and game two 4-2 against the Tigers, improving its overall record to 27-13 and 15-7 in the conference. Northeast dropped to 10-10 in the MACJC and 19-19 overall.
A solo-home run off the bat of Will Kennedy of Union High School began the scoring for the Diamond Warriors allowing ECCC to take the early lead in game one.
An RBI triple in the fourth inning by Billy Cameron of Mendenhall High School put up the other run for East Central.
Northeast attempted a comeback by scoring one run in the eighth on an RBI double by Hunter Bronson, before relief right-handed pitcher Channing Wall of Louisville High School ended the threat.
Wall struck out the final three batters in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Freshman right-hander Brock Morris of West Jones High School picked up the win for East Central. He pitched one-hit ball over four innings while striking out three batters.
In the ECCC errorless nightcap victory, Northeast took the early lead scoring once in the first inning, but could not hold on.
The Diamond Warriors responded to the 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third on singles by Nathan Roseberry of Purvis High School and Dylan Snypes of Wayne County High School and a two-run error.
East Central added two more runs in the fifth on a single by Snypes, a double by Kennedy and a sacrifice fly. Snypes went 3-4 at the plate and scored two of the Diamond Warriors’ four runs in game two.
Newton County High School’s Peyton Cain got the win in the nightcap allowing one earned run, four hits and striking out three batters over his six one-third innings.
East Central travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Tuesday, April 19, for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. Those games will be played at D’Iberville High School.
The sophomore members of the ECCC softball team were honored April 16 after the final home games of the season against Baton Rouge. Shown (from left to right) are Head Coach Kristin Chaney, Maegen Ellis, Cayla Myers, Katlyn Duke, Chloe Thaggard, Lacey Hill, Summer Lavender, Caitlyn Aldous, Mahalia Gibson, Andi Hannaford, and Assistant Coach Courtney Nunn.
Powered by the bat of Mahalia Gibson, the No. 5 nationally ranked East Central Community College softball team swept Baton Rouge Community College in its final regular season home games for the 2016 season Saturday, April 16, on the Decatur campus.
A product of Oak Grove High School, Gibson racked up five RBI combined in both games on three hits, including a two-run homerun in game one and a three-run homer in game two.
East Central’s Lady Diamond Warriors improved its overall record to 36-7 overall and 18-6 in MACJC action.
In the 4-0 game one victory, ECCC scored two runs in the first inning on Gibson’s home run. The Lady Diamond Warriors then extended its lead adding one run in the second and sixth.
Sophomore pitcher Lacey Hill of Kilbourne (La.) High School got in done in the circle pitching a shutout ballgame. She allowed six hits and struck out eight batters over seven innings of work.
An errorless game two featured ECCC putting up seven runs in the first inning en route to a 10-2 five-inning win.
East Central’s Lady Diamond Warriors scored in the first on a three-run home run by Gibson, an RBI triple by Katlyn Duke of Neshoba Central High School, an RBI double by Summer Lavender of Canton Academy, an RBI single by Latesia Davis of Newton County High School, and an error.
Duke was perfect at the plate in game two going 3-3.
ECCC extended its seven-run lead with one run each in the second, third and fifth innings.
Leake Academy’s Chloe Thaggard picked up the game two win allowing three hits and striking out one.
The East Central softball sophomores were honored following the conclusion of game two.
ECCC will play its final regular season doubleheader Tuesday, April 19, at Southwest Mississippi Community College at 1 and 3 p.m. in Summit.