The JCJC Cecil Cooley Memorial Baseball Scholarship awarded to Mason Strickland

Written By: Teresa McCreery
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Date Submitted: 2015-09-30 19:55:26

ELLISVILLE-Ellisville’s Mason Strickland was recently awarded the newly endowed, Cecil Cooley Memorial Baseball Scholarship at Jones County Junior College. The JCJC freshman business administration major played baseball at South Jones and is currently playing infield and pitcher at Jones.  JCJC Head Baseball Coach, Christian Ostrander said Strickland was a perfect candidate to receive the scholarship by being a full-time student and maintaining a 2.5 GPA. Ostrander also knew Cooley had a special relationship with Mason.  
“This is a great honor to be the first recipient of this scholarship.  I know Mr. Cooley loved baseball because he was at every game,” said Strickland.  

Strickland is the middle son of Mike and Angela Strickland who said they were glad Mason was able to receive this baseball scholarship at Jones. 

“It's Cecil's way of saying, ‘I'm still here!’” said Mike Strickland.  “Cecil recognized Mason’s baseball talents early on and looked forward to watching him play at JCJC.”

Coach Ostrander said Cooley could be found in many baseball parks in the Pine Belt. He said Cooley knew the players and supported all of them. Eloise Cooley shared her husband loved baseball and Jones. 
“He passed in March and the family thought a scholarship in Cecil’s honor would mean the world to him.  Mason was so special to Cecil.  He’s smiling today seeing Mason receive the scholarship in his memory.” 

The Cooley’s were married 51-years and have two sons, Steve, who coaches baseball for Sumrall High School and Jason, is a business instructor for Co-Lin Community College.  The 78-year old, Cecil Cooley succumbed to pancreatic cancer in March 2015.


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