ECC alum Rodriguez racks up impressive stats at Jackson State
April 24, 2015
Ellsworth Community College baseball alumni Melvin Rodriguez (2012) has achieved amazing success with Jackson State University, where he continues his baseball career. His impressive DI stats: currently ranked 1st in batting average (.446); 5th in hits (66); 8th in runs batted in (47); tied for 1st in sacrifice flies (8); 7th in toughest to strike out (1 strike out every 21.1 at bats); and 9th in runs batted in per game.
Along with Rodriguez’s DI rankings he has received SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) Co-Player of the Week in 2015, First Team All-SWAC in 2014, and 2015 Pre-Season Second Team All-Conference.
This season Jackson State went 4-1 with Rodriguez hitting .667 (12 hits in 18 at bats) with 2 home runs, 6 runs, 7 RBIs, and 0 strike-outs.
The team overcame a horrific accident during the 2014 season when its bus was destroyed in a fire on the way to a game. After the fire, the team bounced back to win the 2014 SWAC Tournament and qualify for a Regional Tournament just weeks later.
While he played with the ECC Panthers, Rodriguez was named ICCAC 2nd Team All-Region infielder in 2012. He is originally from Manati, Puerto Rico.
Strong hitting Beasley is three-time Player of the Week
April 23, 2015
Ellsworth Community College baseball player Tarran Beasley has been named Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. He received DII Batter of the Week honors for his performance.
Beasley had three more home runs and drove in 10 more runs as he connected on nine hits for this past week. He scored four runs and the Panthers won three games. Beasley is 3rd in the NJCAA with 15 home runs and 4th in RBIs with 53 this season, just six behind the leader.
Beasley is a sophomore from Mesa, AZ.
Panther wrestling qualifies 10 for National Tournament
February 17, 2015
This past weekend the Ellsworth wrestling team competed in Worthington, MN, at the NJCAA North Central Regional competition. The Panthers were able to place all 10 wrestlers in the top four spots of their respective weight classes. Leading the way was sophomore Matt Hurford with his second North Central Regional title in two years. Two other Panther wrestlers also made the championship round in their weight classes: Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland and Sadarriss Patterson.
The 10 ECC wrestlers finished at the following spots for the tournament: DeShun Brown (125) 3rd; Jacob Igartua (133) 3rd; Said Kakhramanov (141) 4th; Kevin Cooper (149) 3rd; Leivon Lewis (157) 3rd; Matthew Rodriguez-Kirkland (165) 2nd; Sadarriss Patterson (174) 2nd; Matt Hurford (184) 1st; Sharod Wilson (197) 3rd and Dalonte Holland (285) 3rd.
The Panthers will next be on the mat at the National Tournament in Des Moines, IA, on February 27 & 28.
ECC women's basketball wins at home
February 16, 2015
The Ellsworth Community College women’s basketball team pulled off an exciting win when it hosted Southeastern Community College on Saturday, Feb. 14. The two teams fought back and forth the entire game, but the final score was 61-57 in favor of the Panthers.
The entire first half was close, with both teams going back and forth until Ellsworth was able to maintain a steady yet close lead for most of it. ECC ended the first half with a 31-28 lead.
The second half was no different, with both teams exchanging baskets and lead changes in the very beginning. The Panthers were able to once again maintain a lead, although it always stayed in single digits. With less than 5 minutes to go, both teams continued to go basket for basket including multiple three pointers, but Southeastern was never able to close the gap. Ellsworth maintained its 4-point lead through the final few minutes of the game.
The Panthers were led by Keziah Lewis with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Molly Greenfield had 12 points on 4 three-pointers, and Jordyn Lehman added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Chantelle Rumph and Ashley Gates also added 9 points each. SECC was held to just 34% shooting from the field overall.
ECC will be on the road for its next game against Kirkwood on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 pm. The Panthers return home on Saturday, Feb. 21, to play NIACC with a 1 tip-off time.
Panther women win big at home
February 5, 2015
The Ellsworth Community College Panthers hosted William Penn University JV on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and earned a decisive 85-52 victory.
Starting the game out aggressively, the Panthers built an early lead and never looked back. Going into the halftime break ECC was ahead 44-24, lead by Keziah Lewis with 19 points in the first half. The second half was no different as the Panthers continued to pull away.
ECC saw scoring from all nine players who suited for the game. Lewis led with 19 points, followed by Ashley Gates who added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four other players each added 9 points: Chantelle Rumph, Anna Smith, Jordyn Lehman and April Jones. Molly Greenfield added 8 points; Justice Thigpen had an all-around game with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists; and Tijuana Weatherspoon finished with 5 points. ECC had just 9 turnovers in the game and recorded 16 steals, led by Rumph and Lehman with 4 steals each.
The Panthers will be on the road for their next game on Saturday, Feb. 7, when they travel to Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge for a 1 pm tip-off.