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Thursday, March 22, 2018

No. 13 ECCC Picks Up MACJC Baseball Sweep Over Southwest

Two East Central Community College pitchers combined for a shutout in the nightcap and Wyatt Ball hit for the cycle over two games as the No. 13 ranked Warriors picked up an MACJC doubleheader sweep over the visiting Southwest Mississippi Community College Bears Wednesday, March 21, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

Ball, a sophomore from Nanih Waiya, had a single, double, and triple in the opening game 15-7 win, and pitchers Brooks Warren and Woody Vowell combined for a four-hit shutout in a 10-0 game two win. Ball had a solo homer in game two.

With the wins, the Warriors improved to 15-5 on the season and 4-0 in MACJC play. The visitors from Summit are now 5-10 overall and 2-2 in the league.

East Central scored multiple runs in five innings in game one, shortened to eight innings by run-rule. Ball singled, doubled, and tripled in the game, driving in three runs. Freshmen Ken Scott of Clarkdale, Anderson Shelley of Greenville, and Will Ross of Hernando and sophomore Jacob Edwards of Newton County all had two-hit games. Scott, Edwards, and freshman Alex Hay of Lewisburg each had two RBI.

Sophomore right-hander and University of North Alabama signee Kolby Crowley out of East Webster picked up his second win of the season on the mound in the opener.

In the game two win, Warren, a sophomore left-hander from French Camp Academy, shut down the Bears. The University of Southern Mississippi signee gave up just four hits and struck out eight batters in five innings of work. Vowell, a freshman from Choctaw County, pitched a hitless sixth inning.

The Warriors scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning thanks to an RBI single from sophomore Davis Lott of Lewisburg High School, a two-run double off the bat of freshman Deon Leflore of Leake Central, and a passed ball. East Central added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, including two on a double by Ball. After adding a single run in the fifth, Ball’s third home run of the year ended the game by run-rule in the bottom of the sixth.

For the day, Ball was five for nine with six RBI and three runs scored. Ross, Lott and Edwards, who will play for USM next year, all had three hits in the two games. Leflore had four RBI, and Scott hit a two-run home run in the first inning of game one, his third of the season.

The Warriors will host MACJC foe Holmes Community College Saturday, March 24, for games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

East Central will travel to No. 3 ranked Jones County Junior College on Tuesday, March 27. The games in Ellisville are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Warriors stay on the road Friday, March 30, at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead. Game times are 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

Winston Sheriff Seeks Public's Assistance in ATV Theft

The Winston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance concerning the theft of
a four-wheeler taken sometime between Saturday and Tuesday, March 20. The Department received a report of a 2012 Yamaha Raptor 125 taken from a shed behind a residence located on the 13000 block of Hwy 14 West. A photo of the actual four-wheeler is provided here.

If you have any information on this crime or the location of this stolen ATV, please contact the Winston County Sheriff's Office at 662-773-5881 or Winston County CrimeStoppers at 662-773-9999. A reward of up to $500 is offered through CrimeStoppers.

ECCC Softball Gets Road Sweep in Battle of Top 10 Teams

In a battle of NJCAA Top 10 softball teams, the No. 9 ranked East
Central Community College Lady Warriors came up with a big road sweep of No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Wednesday, March 21, in Biloxi.

East Central scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 7-5 win in game one. The Lady Warriors took game two 8-0 in five innings behind timely hitting and the pitching of Mackenzie Rousseau. The games were played at Biloxi High School.

The Lady Warriors improved to 18-6 overall with the MACJC sweep and now sport a 7-5 league record. The Gulf Coast Lady Bulldogs fell to 10-8 on the season and 5-5 in the conference.

East Central overcame an early 1-0 deficit in game one with a pair
of runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomores Mackenzie Johnson of Nanih Waiya and Eva Scott of Centennial High School (Burleson, Texas) each had RBI singles. The Lady Warriors extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning with an RBI single off the bat of freshman Macy Brabham of Brookhaven.

After Gulf Coast took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the frame, the Lady Warriors plated four runs in the top of the sixth to put the game away for good. Sophomore Cassie Obman of Caledonia drove in the tying run with a double, and three batters later Brabham singled in two more runs. Another run came across the plate on a Gulf Coast error.

The Lady Bulldogs got their first two batters on base in the bottom of the seventh, before sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Oswalt shut the door with two fly outs and a ground out to end the game.

Oswalt, who prepped at Heritage Academy in Columbus, picked up her ninth win of the season scattering 10 hits over seven innings with three strikeouts.

Game two was all East Central behind the strong effort in the circle by Rousseau, who prepped at Vanderbilt Catholic in Houma, La. The sophomore gave up four hits and struck out two batters in five innings in getting the shutout win.

East Central scored three runs in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third to take command in the run-rule win.

Sophomores Shelby Walters of Northwest Rankin and Madalyn McMahon of Neshoba Central opened the game with back-to-back singles. Sophomore Kayla Beckham out of Neshoba Central then stepped to the plate and doubled both runners in and the Lady Warriors led 2-0 after three batters. Johnson singled in Beckham later in the inning.

East Central extended its lead to 7-0 in the top of the third. Brabham singled in a run and sophomore Tagen Remmel of Clinton doubled in two more. Sophomore Kenyatta Moore of Philadelphia later hit into a fielder’s choice to score the fourth run of the inning. Moore brought in the eighth and final run of the game in the fifth inning on another fielder’s choice. McMahon, Johnson, and Remmel each had two hits in the game.

For the day, the Lady Warriors collected 19 hits, including four from Johnson and three each from Brabham and Scott. Brabham knocked in four runs.

Baton Rouge Community College will come to Decatur on Friday, March 23, to make up games that were rained out March 16. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. East Central will also be at home Monday, March 26, to host Southwest Mississippi Community College at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Most home softball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Local Author Tanya Jordan Holds Book Event

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Author of Silent Tears - Tanya Jordan
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Author Tanya Jordan sitting with her children standing L to R: Chiquita Jordan, Raheem Hathorn,
LaShonda Hathorn, Takesha Jordan and Jarius Hathorn (not pictured).

On Saturday, March 17, 2018, author Tanya Jordan signed many copies of her debut novel, “Silent Tears” at the Winston County Library. She was supported by her family and friends who prepared refreshments. Visitors were inquisitive as to whether she has a second book on the way. She informed them that she was thinking of it but had not started writing yet. She stated to this writer that it did not take her very long to write her novel. She said it is her life, her story. It is an easy to read interesting memoir of her life growing up in Noxapater with ten siblings. The novel is dedicated to her father, the late Howard Lee Jordan who passed in 2015. If you missed, the book signing event and would like a copy of her book, you may reach her at 662.736-0888 or poeticlove64@gmail.com.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson

Locals Win Taekwondo Medals

L to R: Master Instructor Willie
 Matthews and Charisma Edwards
Again, Charisma Edwards and her Taekwondo master instructor came home as winners from the Master Brewer’s Battle Under The Bridge, West Memphis, AR on March 10, 2018. Charisma won a Gold medal - 1st Place in fighting and a Bronze - 2nd Place for form. Instructor Matthews won Silver Medal - 3rd Place for fighting. Both of them are Louisville, MS natives.
Charisma, 25 years old, is the daughter of retired Attorney Johnny B. Edward and the late Jolene McQueen. She is a 2011 graduate of Louisville High School for which she played football for two years. Charisma stated that she “liked fighting as a sport, since she was very young.” She is very excited that the President and Founder of the American Marital Arts (AMA), Sr. Master Dennis Brewer, 7th degree Black Belt, has invited her to the ‘try outs’ for the American team that will attend the tournament in Italy November 2019. The ‘try outs’ will be April 2019. Matthews stated that Dennis Brewer said from the moment he saw her fight, he knew that she (Charisma) was going to be a monster.

Instructor Matthews, a 4th Degree Black Belt, was the oldest competitor at 63 Years of age at the event. Amazingly, Matthews retired in 1990 and came out of retirement in 2018. His school, Panthers Taekwondo is becoming a member of the American Marital Arts to represent Mississippi. When asked how he keeps fit, he stated, “All one does is maintain the body and the skills are in the head.” He practices yoga to maintain the body. The next event will be May 2018 in Atlanta, GA. He plans to be there with his student Charisma.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson


No. 5 ECCC Baseball Opens MACJC Action With Sweep of Coahoma

Sophomore Dylan Marsh threw a complete game, one-hit shutout in the nightcap as the East Central Community College Warriors opened the 2018 MACJC Conference baseball season with a doubleheader sweep of the Coahoma Community College Tigers Saturday, March 17, at the Clark-Gay Baseball Complex in Decatur.

East Central won the opener 8-5 and the second game 7-0 behind the pitching gem of the right-hander from Lake Cormorant.

The Warriors improved to 13-5 on the season and 2-0 in MACJC play. The visitors from Clarksdale are now 12-8 and 0-2 in the league.

Marsh had a strong week on the mound. Against Coahoma, he held the Tigers to just one hit over seven innings while striking out nine batters and giving up no walks. Earlier in the week in a loss to NJCAA Division I Panola College, Marsh struck out six batters and gave up no earned runs in four innings of work.

East Central put game two against Coahoma away early with four runs in the bottom of the first thanks to three Tiger errors and RBI singles from freshman George Farid (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) and sophomore Wyatt Ball from Nanih Waiya. Sophomore Jacob Edwards of Newton County made the score 5-0 after two innings with a long home run over the scoreboard in left center. The Warriors added two more runs in bottom of the fifth on a double by Will Ross of Hernando that plated two runs.

Coahoma scored first in game one with an unearned run in the first inning. The Warriors tied the game 1-1 in the third on another RBI single from Farid. East Central took the lead for good in the fourth when Edwards singled in two runs for the 3-1 lead. A Ross single drove in a run in the fifth, and two East Central runs came across the plate in the sixth on sacrifice flies. The Warrior’s final runs came on a Ross homer in the seventh and a Coahoma error in the eighth.

East Central took an 8-1 lead to the top of the ninth and had to hold on as Coahoma took advantage of a couple of walks, an error, and three straight singles to close the gap to the final score of 8-5.

The Warriors will host two MACJC doubleheaders next week. Southwest Mississippi Community College visits Wednesday, March 21, for games at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Holmes Community College is in town Saturday, March 24, for games at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Most home baseball games can be heard on WKOZ Cruisin 98.3 or via audio stream and live stream video at www.eccc.edu/eccc-media.

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East Central freshman first baseman Will Ross of Hernando stretches to get the out in game one against Coahoma. Ross had a big day at the plate with three hits and four RBI in the doubleheader.