Monday, December 8, 2014

ECCC Football, Soccer Players Honored at Fall Sports Awards Banquet

DECATUR – Football and soccer players received special
recognition at the annual Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Dec. 2, 2014, in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria.

Chris Harris, director of personnel services and athletics, served as master of ceremonies.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart provided comments and expressed appreciation to coaches and players for their hard work and efforts during the 2014 season. Dr. Stewart also presented awards to the top academic students in each sport.


Football players who received awards include defensive back JaDerrick Farrow of Bleckley County High School in Cochran, GA, defensive captain and MACJC All-Star; running back Lamarcus Franks of Greene County, most valuable player, offensive captain, MACJC All-Star and second team MACJC All-State; defensive lineman Tyler Pace of Newton, most improved defensive player and second team MACJC All-State; offensive lineman Marcus Johnson of New Hope, most improved offensive player and MACJC All-Star; defensive back Austin Balthazor of Seminary, MACJC All-Star; second team MACJC All-State; and long snapper Trent Haden of Sumrall, academic award.

Head football coach Ken Karcher and assistants Mickey Mays, Scott Brock, Dennis Alexander, Charles Jones, Ben Cooper and Tylan Martin presented awards along with Dr. Stewart.

The Warriors finished 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the MACJC South
Division.

In women’s soccer, award winners and their respective high schools include forward Ashlan Culberson of Brandon, academic and team captain awards, MACJC All-State and MACJC All-Star; midfielder Allie Turner of Horn Lake, Golden Boot Award, team most valuable player and MACJC All-State; defender Pashien Kelley-Johnson of West Harrison, defense award; goalkeeper Alana Walker of Pascagoula, MACJC All-State; midfielder Megan Yarbrough of Center Hill, hustle award; defender Mikayla May of Newton County, Warrior Award; and defender Tesia Keith of Corinth, MACJC All-Star.

Women’s soccer head coach Gray Massey presented awards along with Dr. Stewart.

The Lady Soccer Warriors finished 12-4-2 overall and qualified for post-season season play for the first time since the program’s inception in 2005.

Award winners in men’s soccer and their respective high schools include defender Dalton Smith of Florence, academic and team captain awards, and MACJC All-Star; midfielder Eliud Alvarez of Forest, Golden Boot and team captain awards, and MACJC All-Star; defender Tyler Cook of Daphne (Ala.), defense award, team most valuable player, MACJC All-State and MACJC All-Star; midfielder Jackson Oliver of Clinton, hustle award; forward/keeper Jacob Johnson of Destrehan (LA), honorable mention MACJC All-State; keeper Matt Sykes of Heritage Academy, MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; defender Kellen Clark of Newton County, honorable mention MACJC All-State; and midfielder Jordan Alonso of Newton County, Warrior Award.

Men’s soccer head coach Kenneth Thompson presented awards along with Dr. Stewart.

The Warrior soccer team finished 5-10-2.

For more information on ECCC athletics, contact Chris Harris, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.