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Jones County Junior College
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Ellisville MS 39437

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Top-ranked Bobcats improve to 33-5 with sweep of East Central
April 15, 2014

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – It was more of the same for the top-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats.

The Bobcats swept the East Central Community College Warriors 6-3 and 8-1 here Saturday afternoon at Community Bank Park.

The victories improve to JCJC to 33-5 overall and 13-3 in the MACJC South Division. The Bobcats have won four in a row and eight of their last nine games.

The Warriors fall to 15-19 overall and 7-9 in division play.

The Bobcats travel to Southwest for a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday. East Central hosts Pearl River on Tuesday.

Bobcats 6, Warriors 3

Chase Hensley went the distance in the nine-inning game and upped his record to 5-0. He scattered seven hits, gave up three earned runs (all in the sixth inning), walked one and struck out four.

Offensively, Jordan Stark had three hits and drove in three runs for JCJC.

The Bobcats broke out on top with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Trent Giambrone was hit by a pitch with one out, stole second and scored on a single by Tyler Graves. After Josh Pankratz walked, Hensley reached on a fielder’s choice.

After a walk to Shermer, Stark came through with a two-run single.

The Bobcats made it 5-0 in the third.

Hensley reached on an error and was replaced by courtesy runner J.G. Miley. With two outs, Stark doubled inside the third base bag to drive in Miley. Carter Polles then singled to score Stark.

JCJC took a 6-0 lead in the fifth when Hensley helped his cause again with a triple to right-center. Shermer then drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Warriors cut the lead in half in the sixth.

Cojuante McMillian led off the inning with a bunt single and Hunter Thrower drew a walk. Maxwell Harmon sacrificed the runners and Jake Bush then cleared the bases with a triple. Cody Daigle’s sacrifice fly to right scored Bush.

East Central brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh and ninth innings, but Hensley was able to escape both times.

Stark doubled and singled twice, while Chris Morgan and Polles each singled twice. Hensley had a triple and Giambrone and Graves had singles.

Kyle McCullouch had two singles for ECCC, while Bush tripled. Harmon, Dylan Little, Todd Hughes and McMillian added singles.

Mason Woodrow started, went 2 2/3 innings and took the loss. He allowed five runs (three earned), six hits, walked two and struck out one. Cory Kitchens tossed the final 5 1/3 innings, gave up one earned run, four hits, walked one and struck out three.

Bobcats 8, Warriors 1

Lane Ratliff improved to 6-1 as he went the first five innings.

He gave up one run, three hits, walked three, hit three and struck out five. Will Simon pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs, one hit, walked three, hit one and struck out four.

Hensley was the designated hitter in game two and had three hits and three RBIs.

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the first when Giambrone and Graves had one-out singles and Hensley came through with a two-out single to score Giambrone.

The Warriors tied it in the second when Daigle and Chance Whitten led off with singles. The runners were sacrificed by Little and John Morgan Berry’s sacrifice fly to right scored Daigle.

The Bobcats took control with a four-run third inning.

Graves walked and Pankratz sacrificed. Hensley singled to put runners at first and third with one out. Shermer and Stark then followed with run-scoring singles. Polles and Stiglets then reached on consecutive errors, with runs scoring on each play.

JCJC closed the scoring with a three-run sixth.

Morgan singled and Giambrone reached on a bunt single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and with one out, Pankratz drew a walk to load the bases.

Hensley then came through with a two-run double and Pankratz scored when Shermer’s fly ball to right was dropped.

Hensley had a double and two singles, while Stark doubled and singled. Morgan, Giambrone and Shermer had two singles each, while Graves had a single.

Daigle, Whitten, Little and Lane Fazende each singled for ECCC.

Nick Wilson started and took the loss. He went 2 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (three earned), five hits and walked three. Connor West pitched 3 1/3 innings, gave up four runs (two earned), six hits, walked one and struck out three. Will Myers pitched the final 1/3 for ECCC.

Photo/Donna Black, Special to JCJC

Garrett, Hughes participate in MACJC All-Star games
April 15, 2014

DECATUR – The South men and North women captured the annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College (MACJC) All-Star Basketball contests held Friday at East Central Community College’s Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building.

Twymond Howard of Southwest and Chris Bilbro of Mississippi Gulf Coast tallied 20 points each in leading the South team to a 121-117 victory. Howard was named Most Valuable Player.

Jones County Junior College’s Leo Garrett had 10 points for the South team.

The South led 59-56 at the break.

In the women’s matchup, Ashanti Spencer of Mississippi Delta poured in 13 points to lead the North to an 81-69 victory. She was named Most Valuable Player.

JCJC’s Kaylan Hughes had nine points for the South.

The North held a 43-29 advantage at halftime.

The Pearl River Resort, JUCO Weekly, Judge Little and East Central Community College serve as sponsors of the 2014 MACJC All-Star Basketball Games.

Leo Garrett scored 10 points in the South's 121-117 victory over the North in the MACJC All-Star Game on April 11 at East Central.

Photo/Teresa McCreery, JCJC Public Relations

No. 4 Lady Bobcats clinch South Division with sweep of Pearl River
April 15, 2014

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The 4th-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats have captured the MACJC South Division regular season crown.

JCJC swept Pearl River 6-5 and 9-1 in five innings here Friday afternoon before a large crowd at Community Bank Park.

The Lady Bobcats are now 36-2 overall and 22-2 in division play. Pearl River is 22-14 overall and is in second place in the division at 16-8. Only four division games remain.

JCJC is scheduled to play at Meridian Community College in a 2 p.m. doubleheader on Monday. The games could be up to Sunday to avoid rain.

Pearl River travels to Co-Lin on Monday.

Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Wildcats 5

JCJC trailed 5-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning when they put together the game-winning rally.

Savannah Lyon led off the inning with an infield single and was sacrificed to second by CC Lawn. Kimberly Nilsson’s popup on the infield was then dropped to put runners on at first and second. PRCC then intentionally walked Tori Dew to load the bases.

Lauren Holifield then came through with a single to score Lyon and tie the game at 5-5 and Brittany Seale followed with another single to score Dew and give JCJC the lead.

Samantha Buller then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh – thanks to a couple of terrific plays in centerfield by Lawn – to secure the win.

JCJC took a 1-0 in the first when Lawn was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Dew’s single.

PRCC came back and went up 3-1 in the second. Kaci Lantrip singled and then scored when Rachel Hickman reached on a three-base error. Courtney Warr then followed with an RBI and Hannah Holloway singled. Megan Scronce’s infield single scored Warr.

The Lady Bobcats tied the game in the third when Nilsson reached on an error and Dew singled. Holifield followed with an RBI single and Seale’s double drove in another run.

The Lady Wildcats then took a 5-3 lead in the fourth when Warr reached on an error and Holloway reached on a bunt single. Allie Flynt sacrificed the runners and Heather Boutwell delivered a two-run single.

JCJC trimmed the lead to 5-4 when Nilsson hit a sole home run in the bottom of the fourth.

Buller, 19-1, got the win. She went the distance, allowed five runs (one earned), eight hits, walked none and struck out three.

Nilsson homered, while Seale had a double and a single. Dew and Holifield had two singles each, while Bailey Stokes and Lyon added singles.

Kelsea Lewis, Lantrip and Holloway had two singles each for PRCC. Scronce, Boutwell and Warr added singles.

Rachel Hickman went the distance and took the loss. She allowed six runs (three earned), nine hits, walked three and struck out one.

Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Wildcats 1

(5 innings)

JCJC scored four runs in the first inning.

Lawn reached on an infield single and Dew also singled. Holifield was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Seale drew a walk to force home a run and Makenzie Hawkins followed with an RBI single. Stokes then walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and Reagan Gavin’s single plated another.

The Lady Bobcats took a 5-0 lead in the second when Lawn singled and later scored on Holifield’s single.

JCJC made it 8-0 in the third.

Hawkins led off with a single and Gavin doubled her home. Lyon was hit by a pitch and Lawn reached on a fielder’s choice. Nilsson then walked to load the bases and Dew and Holifield each walked to force in runs.

The Lady Wildcats got their run in the fourth when Boutwell doubled, Jackson walked and Lewis reached on an error to load the bases. Lantrip then walked to force home a run.

JCJC got a run in the fourth when Gavin singled and Lyon singled. A single by Lawn drove home Gavin.

Holifield, 14-1, got the win. She pitched five innings, allowed one run, four hits, walked three and struck out one.

Gavin doubled and singled twice, while Lawn had three singles for JCJC. Hawkins had two singles, while Dew, Holifield and Lyon added singles.

Boutwell doubled for PRCC, while Lewis, Perry and Ashley Hawkins had singles.

Perry started, went 2 1/3 innings, allowed eight runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out two. Warr pitched 1/3 of an inning and walked three.  Hawkins pitched 1 1/3 an inning, allowed one run and three hits.

Lady Bobcat Bailey Stokes fouls a pitch off during a game vs. Pearl River on Friday.

Photo/Savannah Jordan, JCJC Student Publications

Bobcat tennis teams whip Holmes
April 15, 2014

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College tennis teams notched a pair of impressive victories here Thursday afternoon at the Howard Sports Complex Tennis Courts.

The Lady Bobcats only lost one game in beating Holmes Community College, 9-0. The JCJC men’s team downed the Bulldogs, 8-1. The JCJC women’s team is now 10-1, while the men are 8-3.

The Bobcats will play their final home regular season match at 2 p.m. on Tuesday vs. Itawamba. Holmes hosts Faulkner State on Friday.

Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Bulldogs 0

In No. 1 doubles, Anna Ready and Jenna Hegwood beat Johnna White and Laurie Alvis, 8-0. In No. 2 doubles, Brenda Hegwood and Brooke Martin defeated Jennifer Rule and Katherine Wood, 8-0. Krissy Stutts and Elizabeth Wright blanked Lori Nesbitt and Anna Claire Shores in No. 3 doubles, 8-0.

In No. 1 singles, Ready whipped White, 6-0, 6-0, while Jenna Hegwood beat Alvis in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1. Brenda Hegwood defeated Rule in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while Stutts downed Wood in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Wright beat Nesbitt in No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Martin downed Sara Walden in No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Bobcats 8, Bulldogs 1

The Bobcats won all of the doubles’ points.

Graham Lightsey and Harrison Thomas beat Dylan Throgmorton and Conner Wilson in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. Eric Swisher and Ryan Young beat Will Godfrey and Rami Jamileh in No. 2 doubles, 8-4. Josiah Lim and Robert Kiewit defeated John Crews and Justin Sawyer in No. 3 doubles, 8-1.

Lightsey downed Sawyer in No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Swisher whipped Throgmorton in No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Lim beat Jamileh in No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-2. Kiewit won No. 5 singles by default and Caleb Byrd won No. 6 singles over Crews, 6-1, 6-0.

Holmes’ Godfrey beat Young in No. 4 singles, 7-5, 6-4.

Harrison Thomas returns a backhand for the Bobcats Thursday vs. Holmes.

Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information

JCJC Alumni Association Golf Tournament raises money for scholarships
April 15, 2014

By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

LAUREL – Despite being postponed for almost two weeks, the 15th annual Jones County Junior College Alumni Association Golf Tournament was a success.

Thirty-six teams competed in the tournament, which was held Wednesday at Dixie Golf Club. The tournament was originally scheduled for March 28, but was postponed because of rain.

It was wet on Wednesday, but sunny skies made for a pleasant day on the course.

The Educational Furniture and Equipment team consisting of Joey Landrum, J.T. Jernigan and Ben Webb won the championship flight with an 18-under par 54. The Impact/Buckley Newspaper, Inc., team of Zach Buckley, Shane Cook and Scott Davis finished second with a 57. The Citizens National Bank of Meridian team of J.J. Thoms, Chris Nichols and Jason McMurry finished third with a 58.

Winning the first flight was the Foil Wyatt Architects team of Bob Pressly, Buddy Kimble and Ricky Carter with a 70. The 1961 JCJC Football Team of Jimmy Thomas, Dwight Smith and Larry Bean was second with a 71, edging the BancorpSouth team of Jonathan Stricker, Rocky Purvis and Rocky Purvis, Jr., on a scorecard playoffs.

Cook won closest to the pin on No. 4 and Dale Bowen won longest drive on No. 17.

At the conclusion of the tournament, a name was drawn at random for a chance to win a $1 million annuity, courtesy of Magnolia Real Estate of Ellisville, by making a shot from 165 yards away on No. 18.

Former Bobcat baseball player Ryan Caldwell’s name was drawn. Caldwell hit the shot, it went over the pin, landed on the green and then bounced off the back of the green.

Proceeds from the tournament go to fund scholarships in the eight-county JCJC district.

This was the third straight year for Dixie Golf Club to host the event.

School officials praised the work of Dixie Golf club professional Rich Fulkerson and his staff, along with JCJC Special Projects and Golf Tournament Coordinator Petey Barnett and JCJC Alumni Coordinator JoAnna Newcomb for their efforts in making the tournament a success.

The event began with a pancake breakfast for the participants. Ribeye steak sandwiches, shrimp on a stick, fajitas, crawfish pies, eggrolls, jalapeno cheese poppers and sausage dogs and beverages were served throughout the day all over the course.

Numerous door prizes were also awarded after play.

Door Prize Contributors

Bank of Jones County, BancorpSouth, Bosun Joe’s, C&C Drugs, Community Bank, Dixie Golf Club, EDA of Jones County, George’s Sporting Goods, JCJC Alumni Association, JCJC Athletics, JCJC Bookstore, JCJC Marketing, JCJC Student Affairs, Lilly B’s, Magnolia State Bank, McDonald’s, Mississippi Power Company, Mississippi Prison Industries, Needlework’s, Inc., Sawmill Square Mall, Sweet Pepper’s, Ward’s Pharmacy, Western Auto.

Goody Bag Contributors

Aflac, Ainsworth Impressions, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Ellis and Walters Dental Care, Family Dental Care, Herrington Services, LLC, McDonald’s, North Jones Animal Hospital, Sawmill Square Mall, Southern Beverage Company.

JCJC Alumni Association Golf Tournament scores

Here are the scores from the 15th annual Jones County Junior College Alumni Association Golf Tournament, which was played Wednesday at Laurel’s Dixie Golf Club. The top three places in each flight received prizes. *-Denotes won by scorecard playoff. Individual team sponsors listed in parentheses.

Championship flight

Ben Webb/Joey Landrum/J.T. Jernigan (Educational Furniture) – 54

Zach Buckley/Shane Cooke/Scott Davis (Impact/Buckley Newspaper, Inc.) – 57

J.J. Thoms/Chris Nichols/Jason McMurry (Citizens National Bank of Meridian) – 58

David McLaurin/Chad McLaurin/TK Dunn (McLaurin Carpets) –62

Byron Jordan/Darrell Williams/Tony Bowen (First State Bank) – 63

Ken Wilkerson/Bobby Hill/Thomas Shows (Sanderson Farms) – 64

Mark Boykin/Jeff Davis/Greg Parrish (Coca-Cola Bottling) – 64

Herschel Bragg, Jr./Luther Willis/Mike Morgan (McLaurin Carpets) – 64

Paul Moss/John Lewis/Justin Fulmer (Chas N. Clark Associates) – 64

Tony Johnson/David Hagan, Sr./David Hagan, Jr. (Individual team) – 65

Paul Culliver/Mark Roberts/Nick Hillman (The Culliver Group) – 66

Larry Ishee/Ken Boone/Wayne Lowery (Jones County Board of Supervisors) – 66

Dan Ready/Dale Bowen/Ronnie Freeman (individual team) – 67

Les Robinson/Randy Smith/Ralph Howard (Ellisville Auto) – 68

Mark Ishee/Busky Goodwin/Ryan Caldwell (individual team) – 69

Robert Mason/Phillip Moore/Mike Thomas (Thyssenkrupp Elevator Company) – 69

First flight

Bob Pressly/Buddy Kimble/Ricky Carter (Foil Wyatt Architects) – 70

Jimmy Thomas/Dwight Smith/Larry Bean (1961 Football Team) – 71*

Jonathan Stricker/Rocky Purvis/Rocky Purvis, Jr. (BancorpSouth) – 71

Katie Herrington/B.A. Riser/David Thornton (individual team) – 72

Daniel Woolwine/Jay Tynes/Clarke Joiner (Woolwine Ford) – 72

Kary Dauro/Bobby Fontaneau/Mike Wolfe (Centerpoint Entergy) – 73

Pat Ray/Ken Gentry/Terry Beckham (Sodexo) – 73

Rex Gilbert/Jamie King/Benny Prestridge (Mississippi Power Company Team 1) – 74

Sandy Holifield/Lewis Holifield/Lee Boyette (EDA of Jones County) – 75

Jeff Barrett/Richard Buckhaults/Craig Sumrall (Chancellor Supply) – 75

Paul Johnson/Randy Swan/Casey Mercier (President’s Team) – 76

Gary Gray/Jeff Beaty/Sam Lee (Mississippi Power Company Team 2) – 77

Wayne Buffington/Martin Shoemake/Mike McNeil (Bay Springs Telephone Company) – 81

David Kitchens/Douglas Castro/Tim Weyenberg (Southern Beverage Company) – 82

Chris Ishee (Community Bank) – 89

Terrence Sargent/Aaron Heidelberg/Elgi Barnett (City of Ellisville) – NC

Mike McClellan/Kris Mangum/Ben Ford (Magnolia State Bank) – NC

Rick Crory/Sam Broom/Tyler Kee (Dunn Roadbuilders) – NC

Kip Simpson/Matt Arrender/Russ Burnett (individual team) – NC

Dan Dearman/Ladd Hatten/Kirk Landrum (South Central Regional Medical Center) – NC

Closest to Pin, No. 4 – Shane Cook

Longest Drive, No. 17 – Dale Bowen

Paul Johnson reads a putt on No. 7 at Dixie Golf Club as teammates Randy Swan (left) and Casey Mercier watch during Wednesday’s JCJC Alumni Association Golf Tournament.

Photo/Shawn Wansley, JCJC Sports Information

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