No. 3 Lady Bobcats prepare for playoffs with 9-0 win over Baton Rouge
April 24, 2014
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The 3rd-ranked Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats are all set for postseason play.
The Lady Bobcats whipped the Baton Rouge Community College (La.) Lady Bears 9-0 in six innings here Monday afternoon at Community Bank Park in the regular season finale.
JCJC, 41-2 and winners of 11 straight, will now host Northeast Mississippi in the opening round best-of-three playoff series this weekend.
The Lady Bobcats, the MACJC South Division No. 1 team, will entertain Northeast, the No. 4 team from the North, in Game 1 at 6 p.m. on Friday. Game 2 will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday with game 3, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes after Game 2.
Monday was also “Sophomore Day” as JCJC recognized the four sophomores on the team. CC Lawn from West Lauderdale, Makenzie Hawkins of Nettleton, Reagan Gavin of South Jones and Samantha Buller of Iowa, La., were all honored for their achievements with the Lady Bobcats.
Baton Rouge, 9-22-1, travels to Meridian Community College on Wednesday.
Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Bears 0
Lauren Holifield had a big day at the plate for the Lady Bobcats.
She had a two-run single in the first inning and ended the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
JCJC took a 3-0 lead in the first when Lawn led off with a single and Kimberly Nilsson walked. Tori Dew’s groundout advanced the runners and Holifield brought them home with a single.
After Brittany Seale walked, Hawkins reached on an error, which allowed Holifield to score.
The Lady Bobcats added a run in the second when Lawn walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Dew’s single.
JCJC made it 5-0 in the third when Seale and Hawkins singled and Bailey Stokes singled to score Seale.
The Lady Bobcats took a 7-0 lead in the fourth when Nilsson singled and Dew was hit by a pitch. Holifield reached on a fielder’s choice and Seale drew a walk. Hawkins doubled to left, scoring Nilsson and Holifield.
JCJC ended the game quickly in the sixth when Dew singled and Holifield followed with her 13th home run of year.
Buller, 22-1, went 4 1/3 innings and posted the win. She allowed no runs, three hits, walked none and struck out four. Teri Richey pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowed one hit and struck out one.
Holifield homered, singled and drove in four runs for JCJC. Hawkins doubled and singled and drove in two runs, while Dew singled twice and had an RBI. Lawn, Nilsson, Seale and Stokes added singles.
Brooke Delaune singled twice for BRCC, while Sydney McCullough and Allison Crum had singles.
Ashley Bolin went the distance and took loss. She gave up nine runs (five earned), 10 hits, walked five, hit one and struck out one.
Best-of-Three Opening Round Series
At Community Bank Park
Game 1, Northeast Mississippi, North No. 4, at Jones County, South No. 1, 6 p.m.
Game 2, Northeast Mississippi at Jones County, 1 p.m.
Game 3, Northeast Mississippi at Jones County, if necessary, 30 minutes after Game 2
Winner of series goes to MACJC State Tournament May 2-4 at site of highest remaining North seed
Bobcat netters end regular season with wins over Co-Lin
April 24, 2014
WESSON – The Jones County Junior College Bobcat tennis teams ended the regular season in fine fashion her Monday afternoon.
The Lady Bobcats concluded the year at 13-1 with a 9-0 decision over Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
The JCJC men defeated the Wolves, 7-2, to end its season at 10-4.
Both teams will now prepare for the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament, which takes place Thursday through Saturday at the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Tennis Complex on the Perkinston campus.
The top three teams in the tournament qualify for nationals.
The women’s NJCAA Division I National Tournament will be May 3-9 at the Murphy Tennis Center on the campus of Tyler Junior College in Texas. The men’s NJCAA Division I National Tournament will be May 12-16 and will be hosted by Collin County College in Plano, Texas.
Lady Bobcats 9, Lady Wolves 0
JCJC did not lose a set in beating Co-Lin.
Anna Ready whipped Melody Smith in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Jenna Hegwood beat Courtney Watts in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-4. Brenda Hegwood blanked Savannah Brister in No. 3 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Krissy Stutts beat Allie Dear in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Elizabeth Wright shut out Erica Dear in No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Brooke Martin downed Caroleah Brister in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-1.
Ready and Jenna Hegwood beat Smith and Watts in No. 1 doubles, 8-3. Brenda Hegwood and Martin defeated Savannah Brister and Allie Dear in No. 2 doubles, 8-5. Stutts and Wright blanked Erica Dear and Caroleah Brister in No. 3 doubles, 8-0.
The Lady Wolves are 4-8.
Bobcats 7, Wolves 2
JCJC took all of the doubles’ points.
Graham Lightsey and Harrison Thomas beat Dwain Perkins and Graham Watson in No. 1 doubles, 8-4. Ryan Young and Caleb Byrd defeated Brock Smith and Josh Smith in No. 2 doubles, 8-2. Josiah Lim and Robert Kiewit downed Brandon Nettles and Coleman Carraway in No. 3 doubles, 8-2.
Lim whipped Watson in No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-0. Young beat Nettles in No. 4 singles, 6-4, 6-2. Kiewit defeated Carraway in No. 5 singles, 6-0, 7-6 (2). Byrd rallied past Josh Smith in No. 6 singles, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-5.
Co-Lin’s Perkins edged Lightsey in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 10-4. Brock Smith beat Thomas in No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-1.
The Co-Lin men are 5-7.
Ten-running keys No. 1 Bobcats past Hinds
April 24, 2014
RAYMOND – A 10-run second inning keyed the top-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats to a 13-2, seven-inning victory over Hinds Community College in game one here Friday afternoon.
The Eagles bounced back to win game two, 4-2, at Joe G. Moss Field.
The Bobcats are now 36-6 overall and remain in first place in the MACJC South Division with a 16-4 record. Hinds is 25-14 and stays in second place at 15-5.
JCJC will hold “Sophomore Day” when it hosts Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday at Community Bank Park. The games will air on www.jcjc.tv. The Bobcats will end the regular season with a 2 p.m. twinbill at Copiah-Lincoln on April 26.
Hinds visits Pearl River on Wednesday.
Bobcats 13, Eagles 2
JCJC led 2-0 going into the second inning.
That’s when they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs. Carter Polles capped the outburst with a three-run home run.
Jordan Stark doubled, singled twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Bobcats, while Chris Morgan also doubled and singled twice. Tyler Graves doubled, singled and drove in three runs, while Alex Shermer singled twice and drove in two runs. Trent Giambrone and Stephen Stiglets each singled and Chase Hensley had two RBIs.
Hensley, 5-0, went the distance and got the win. He allowed two earned runs, six hits, walked two and struck out one.
Luke Reynolds singled twice for the Eagles, while Matt Jones, Toler Robinson, Marshall Boogs and Casey Echols added singles.
Randy Bell pitched 1 1/3 innings for Hinds, allowed seven earned runs and seven hits. Daniel Briner pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowed five earned runs, three hits and walked one. Tyler Cox pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out one. Wesley Wilkinson tossed 4 2/3 innings, allowed an unearned run, three hits, walked two and struck out five.
Eagles 4, Bobcats 2
The game was tied 2-2 after three innings, but the Eagles scored twice in the fourth and made it stand up.
Shermer, Stiglets, Giambrone, Graves, Polles and Hensley each singled for the Bobcats.
Lane Ratliff, 5-2, went the first four innings and took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned), six hits, walked none and struck out five. Will Simon pitched the final two innings, allowed no runs and one hit.
Robinson homered for the Eagles, while Echols doubled and singled. Brian Mills, Boogs, Caleb Upton and Jonathon Washam each singled.
Casey Sutton posted the victory. He went six innings, allowed two earned runs, six hits, walked one and struck out four. Austin Sanders pitched the final inning and got the save. He allowed no hits and struck out one.
JCJC’s Carter Polles (5) celebrates with teammates Alex Shermer (27) and Jordan Stark (12) after blasting a three-run home run Friday vs. Hinds.
Photo/Donna Black, Special to JCJC
Jackie Parker to be inducted into Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
April 24, 2014
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – A Jones County Junior College athletics’ legend will be honored again soon.
Jackie Parker, who starred for the Bobcats from 1950-52, will be inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at the Muse Center on the Rankin County campus of Hinds Community College in Pearl.
Parker and his wife, Peggy Jo, came to JCJC from Knoxville, Tenn., where they were recruited to school by JCJC head coach Paul Davis, who was also from Knoxville. Parker played at Young City High School in Knoxville, where he was an All-City tailback.
At JCJC, the Parkers lived in the barracks and ate in the cafeteria. Jackie Parker played football, basketball and baseball, while Peggy Jo played basketball and tennis.
Parker played on the 1950-51 football teams, helping the Bobcats to a 9-0-1 record and the state title in 1951. Parker was also a standout on the baseball team, helping JCJC to a South Division title and state runnerup finish in 1951 and a state championship in 1952.
Parker then went to Mississippi State University where he achieved even more acclaim.
After playing mostly running back at JCJC, he was moved to quarterback in the Split-T formation at Mississippi State under head coach Murray Warmath and assistant coach Darrell Royal.
He was an All-SEC performer for two years and All-American at Mississippi State. He was the Nashville Banner’s SEC Player of the Year for two years. He led the Bulldogs in rushing, scoring and passing and he also punted, kicked extra points and field goals and was a top defensive player.
Parker set the SEC record for points in a season and led the nation in scoring in 1952 with 120. It was a record that stood until 1981 when Georgia’s Herschel Walker tied it. Georgia’s Garrison Hearst broke the record in 1992 when he scored 126 points.
In a 49-34 victory at Auburn in 1952, Parker had a hand in 42 points. He scored on runs of six, 11 and 34 yards, threw touchdown passes of 11, nine and 27 yards and kicked six extra points.
The Detroit Lions drafted Parker, but Royal was named head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos in1954 and Parker followed him to the Canadian Football League.
Parker guided the Eskimos to the Grey Cup title in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He was an outstanding running back, quarterback and defensive back. He was a Western Conference All-Star as a running back in 1954, 1957 and 1959 and as a quarterback in 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960 and 1961.
He won six consecutive Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophies as the West’s most outstanding player from 1956-61 and seven overall. He was awarded the Schenley Award as Canadian football’s most outstanding player in 1957, 1958 and 1960.
After the 1962 season, Parker was traded to the Toronto Argonauts where he played from 1963-65. He finished his playing career with the British Columbia Lions in 1968. He was an assistant coach with the team, but came out of retirement to play quarterback one more time when injuries hampered the team.
By the time he retired, Parker had scored a then CFL record 750 points.
After his playing days, Parker coached in the CFL. He coached the Lions for part of the 1969 season and all of 1970. He served as the Lions general manager until 1975.
He coached the Eskimos from 1983 until two games into the 1987 season when he resigned for health reasons two games into the season.
Parker’s No. 91 jersey is in the Wall of Honour at the Eskimos’ Commonwealth Stadium. “Jackie Parker Park” in Edmonton was named in his honor.
He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1972, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1987 and was part of the inaugural class of the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame in 1995. He was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Parker died on Nov. 7, 2006, of throat cancer.
Peggy Jo Parker still resides in Edmonton.
Jones County Junior College Inductees
Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame
Class of 2007
Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard
Class of 2008
Randall Boone, John Perkins
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
JCJC football legend Jackie Parker will be inducted into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame on April 29.
Photo/JCJC Public Relations
Bobcat netters defeat Mississippi Gulf Coast
April 24, 2014
PERKINSTON – The Jones County Junior College tennis won a pair of close matches here Thursday afternoon vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
The Lady Bobcats improved to 12-1 with a 6-3 win, while the JCJC men’s team is now 9-4 after edging the Bulldogs, 5-4.
JCJC concludes regular season play with a 2 p.m. match Monday at Copiah-Lincoln. The MACJC/Region 23 Tournament will be April 24-26 at MGCCC.
Mississippi Gulf Coast hosts Hinds on Monday. The MGCCC women are now 11-3, while the men are 7-7.
Lady Bobcats 6, Lady Bulldogs 3
JCJC took four of the six singles’ points.
Jenna Hegwood beat Kit Chowdhary in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Brenda Hegwood rallied past Torri Rose in No. 3 singles, 4-6, 6-0, 10-7. Elizabeth Wright edged Annishia Johnson in No. 5 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 10-5. Brooke Martin whipped Aliesha Barlow in No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2.
MGCCC’s Christa Owen defeated Anna Ready in No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3. Brittney Buker downed Krissy Stutts in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3.
Brenda Hegwood and Martin downed Rose and Buker in No. 2 doubles, 8-2. Stutts and Wright defeated Johnson and Barlow in No. 3 doubles, 8-5. MGCCC’s Owen and Chowdhary beat Ready and Jenna Hegwood in No. 1 doubles, 8-4.
Bobcats 5, Bulldogs 4
JCJC won two of the three doubles’ points and split the six singles’ points.
JCJC’s Graham Lightsey and Harrison Thomas beat Travous Wilson and Josh Johnson in No. 1 doubles, 8-5. Josiah Lim and Robert Kiewit defeated Tyler Youngblood and Bobby Vo in No. 3 doubles, 8-2. MGCCC’s Matt Barlow and D’Angelo Vaxter edged Caleb Byrd and Ryan Young in No. 2 doubles, 8-6.
Lightsey whipped Barlow in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Lim downed Vaxter in No. 3 singles, 6-2, 7-6 (3) and Kiewit beat Youngblood in No. 5 singles, 6-4, 6-2.
Wilson defeated Thomas in No. 2 singles, 6-4, 7-5. Vo edged Young in No. 4 singles, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Johnson downed Byrd in No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-0.
May 3, 2014
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