Monday, February 17, 2020

ECCC Softball Remains Undefeated With Two Wins In Northeast TigerFest

A day after sweeping its season-opening doubleheader against Coastal Alabama-North, the No. 15 East Central Community College softball team traveled north Sunday, Feb. 16, to compete in a couple of games in the Northeast Mississippi Community College TigerFest held in Booneville.

The Lady Warriors moved to a perfect 4-0 on the young season with a five-inning 13-3 run-rule win over East Central College (Mo.) in the opener. East Central then defeated Southwest Tennessee 5-0 in the second game shortened to four innings due to time limits on tournament games.

East Central scored in every inning in the opener while collecting 12 hits. Sophomore designated hitter Annabell Watkins (Leake Academy) knocked in four runs with a double and a three-run homer. Freshman second baseman Landree Amis (Newton County) continued her hot start to the season with a single, double, and triple and three RBI. Freshman third baseman Zharia Richardson (Harrison Central) had two hits and two RBI.

Sophomore Braelyn Boykin (Mize) moved to 2-0 in the circle. She pitched the first three innings, giving up no runs on just two hits and three strikeouts.

Game two was scoreless heading to the bottom of the third when sophomore left fielder Olivia Houston (Northwest Rankin) and sophomore catcher Anna McNeer (Canton Academy) opened the inning with singles. After a walk to Richardson, Watkins brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Freshman right fielder Sidney Rone (Ethel) then made the score 3-0 with a two-run double. The fourth run of the inning came in on a fielder’s choice.

East Central added a final run in the bottom of the fourth on a Houston single followed by a Richardson double.

Sophomore Brooklyn King (George County) picked up the win giving up just three hits in the shutout.

East Central will next play five games over two days in the Rush Invitational in Meridian Feb. 21-22. The Lady Warriors will face No. 13 Trinity Valley (Texas) at 9 a.m. and San Jacinto College-South (Texas) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, and then Parkland College (Ill.) at 9 a.m., No. 2 LSU-Eunice (La.) at 11 a.m., and Bishop State (Ala.) at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

The next home action is not until March 6 when Coahoma visits for an MACJC conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at the Softball Park on campus.

Most all home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

Friday, February 14, 2020

ECCC Basketball Teams Sweep Visiting Meridian

The East Central Community College basketball teams got back in the win column with a sweep of the teams from Meridian Community College Thursday, Feb. 13, in Brackeen-Wood Gym on the campus in Decatur.

The East Central Lady Warriors opened the evening with a come-from-behind 62-55 win. The Warriors followed with an 85-82 win over the Meridian Eagles.

The sweep avenged a pair of losses when Meridian hosted East Central back on Jan. 21.

The ECCC Lady Warriors outscored the Lady Eagles 35-27 in the second half after trailing at the intermission. Sophomore guard Jariyah Covington (Starkville) led a balanced scoring attack for East Central with 15 points.

The Lady Warriors improve to 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the South Division. The Meridian Lady Eagles are now 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the division.

In the men’s action, East Central nearly let a 13-point halftime lead slip away against the Eagles. The Warriors led the entire game until Meridian tied the score at 80-80 with under a minute to play. But a big three-pointer from the corner by freshman guard Brandon Tilley (Hattiesburg, Oak Grove) with 20 seconds to play and two free throws from sophomore forward JaQuarius Smith (Noxubee County) helped seal the Warrior win.

Meridian hit 30 of 34 free throws in the game, including 11 in a row late in the game. East Central was 14 of 18 from the free throw line.

Freshman guard JaMichael Wilson (Rayville, La.) led East Central with 24 points. Smith added 20, freshman guard Lee Cotton (Cleveland Central) scored 14, and freshman guard Kareem Thompson (Florence, Ala.) had 12.

With the win, East Central is now 9-12 overall and 4-8 in the MACJC South Division. Meridian is 8-13 overall and 3-9 in the division.

Having been eliminated from postseason play, the East Central teams will close out their seasons next week. The Warriors and Lady Warriors will face Hinds in Utica at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, before closing out the season with Sophomore Night and a  “White Out” game against Southwest on Thursday, Feb 20, in Brackeen-Wood Gym. Those games also tip off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

All home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

LeAnn Sanders Shelton Book Event

The Winston County Library recently hosted Pickens County, AL author LeAnn Sanders Shelton for an event featuring her book “Red Stitches”. The book talks about losing her arm as a child in a lawn mower accident and going on to overcome so many obstacles in order to achive her passion – playing competitive softball. “LeAnn is a true inspiration,” said librarian Beth Edwards. “She played pitcher, batter and outfielder and was inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame.” She calls her book “Red Stitches” because it was the red stitches on a softball that held her life together after the accident.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rev. Sylvester Miller honored at Black History Exhibit Reception

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Rev. Sylvester Miller, III at Lee’s Restaurant
The Friends of Dean Park, Inc. is sponsoring a Black History Exhibit at the Winston County Library throughout the month starting February 5th. Rev. Sylvester Miller, owner of Lee’s Restaurant, will be honored. The Reception will be Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon. Rosa Sanders will be there signing her newly published book.

Rev. Miller of Louisville, Mississippi was chosen to be honored because he has a rich history in civil rights, especially regarding voters’ rights. He is a businessman who has returned to Louisville after migrating to Flint, Michigan for years. He returned to Louisville in 2018 with his wife Mary Lee Anderson Miller who passed shortly after they moved. He is the owner of Lee’s Restaurant which is named after his deceased wife.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

ECCC Baseball Opens 2020 Season With Sweep of Mississippi Delta

East Central outfielder Jesse Boydstun 
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The East Central Community College Warriors scored a pair of 10-2 wins to open the 2020 baseball season with a sweep over the Mississippi Delta Trojans Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex on the campus in Decatur.

ECCC scored in every inning on its way to a 10-2 run-rule win in the opener that was called after seven innings. The Warriors used an eight run bottom of the fifth inning in the seven-inning game two to take another 10-2 win.

Four ECCC pitchers combined to hold Mississippi Delta to two runs on just five hits in the opener. Sophomore right-hander Tanner Knight (Eupora) got the win. The Louisiana Tech signee pitched the first three innings and gave up no runs on two hits with five strikeouts.

East Central collected 10 hits in game one, with sophomore second baseman Roper Ball (Nanih Wayia), freshman right fielder Jesse Boydstun (Winston Academy), and freshman first baseman Stephen Wolf (Madison, St. Joseph Catholic) each with two hits. Boydstun knocked in two runs.

The Warriors stole eight bases in the win, with Ball, Wolf, and sophomore left fielder Dakota Kennedy (Choctaw) with two each.

Kennedy got East Central on the scoreboard first in game two with a full count leadoff homer to left field in the bottom of the first. The Warriors led 2-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth when eight runs crossed the plate. Boydstun had a two-run single, Kennedy a two-run double, and freshman shortstop Amani Larry (Bossier, La., Parkway) an RBI single in the frame. Ball stole two more bases in game two.

Sophomore right-hander Walker Johnson (East Webster) had a good outing on the mound to open the season, throwing the first four innings. He gave up one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

ECCC opens the season 2-0, while the Mississippi Delta Trojans are 0-2.

East Central will next host Shelton State (Ala.) in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.
The Warriors then travel to the state of Florida to take on Pensacola State on Tuesday, Feb. 18. First pitch of the doubleheader is 2 p.m.

All home games can be heard on WKOZ “Cruisin” 98.3 or watched via live stream video at

ECCC to Officially Open New Football Operations Center with Ribbon Cutting

East Central Community College will officially open its new Warrior Hall football operations center with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, on the campus in Decatur.

The 12,300-square-foot facility is located just outside the north end zone of Warrior Field at Bailey Stadium.

The ceremony will include remarks by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, Board Chair Dr. Jimmy Hollingsworth, Head Football Coach Ken Karcher, and Director of Athletics Paul Nixon in the Thomas E. Hannah and Ray E. Hannah Team Meeting Room, followed by the ribbon cutting and self-guided tours.

Warrior Hall contains locker rooms for players and for coaches, a team meeting room, position conference rooms, coaches’ offices, an equipment room, a players’ lounge, and a laundry room. It will also house a state-of-the-art training room with hydrotherapy pool to be used by student-athletes in all nine varsity sports at the college.

The architect for Warrior Hall was Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi. The contractor was J&J Contractors Inc. of Collinsville.