Tornado, high winds delay MACJC State Tennis Tournament

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-04-15 16:09:45

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

CLINTON – A tornado and high winds here on Friday have caused the MACJC State Tennis Tournament to be postponed for a day.

The Jones County Junior College tennis teams are staying in the Holiday Inn Express on Springridge Road just off of interstate 20. That is where an 18-wheeler was blown over on its side, causing both lanes of I-20-westbound, and the Springridge Road exit, to be closed for hours.

Bobcat tennis coach Mark Easley reported that the tornado passed about 100 yards away from where the team is staying. He said the hotel received minor damage, but all of the Bobcat tennis players are safe.

Easley texted that he and the players were downstairs and heard and saw the tornado go through right next door to where they are staying. Power was still out in the area as of late Friday afternoon.

Several injuries were reported in the Jackson metro area, along with damage to numerous business and homes.

On the tennis courts, all of the play has been moved back a day.

The top three teams in the tournament advance to the Region 23 Tournament Tuesday-Wednesday in Meridian.


All of the women’s singles’ semifinals will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday with the finals set for 2:30 p.m.

JCJC’s Rachel Jefcoat will play Ruta Grinvalde of Gulf Coast in the No. 1 singles’ semifinals. Arlette Cochran plays Gulf Coast’s Arielle Fisher in the No. 2 singles’ semifinals. Brandy Freeman plays Jennifer Hill of Hinds in the No. 3 singles’ semifinals. Alison Rudolph faces Sommer Burnett of Itawamba in the No. 4 singles’ semifinals. Lauren Carpenter faces Mandy Collins in the No. 5 singles’ semifinals.

In No. 2 doubles, Cochran and Freeman meet Macie Case and Ashley Schimmel of Co-Lin in the finals at noon.

Currently, JCJC is tied with Itawamba and Mississippi Gulf Coast for first place with nine points. Hinds is fourth with seven points.

The Lady Bobcats are battling for their third straight state title.


All of the men’s singles’ semifinals will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the finals set for 4 p.m.

JCJC’s Sam Thorold plays Mikhail Pecherkin of Hinds in the No. 1 singles’ semifinals, while Nick Williams meets Nikita Lisov of Hinds in the No. 2 singles’ semifinals. Cade Sherman plays Donnell Myles of Hinds in the No. 3 singles’ semifinals and Armand Deniakos meets Gulf Coast’s Matt Cannaday in the No. 4 singles’ semifinals. Casper Wansley faces Gulf Coast’s Nathan Storm in the No. 6 singles’ semifinals.

Williams and Deniakos will play Morgan Brashier and Myles at noon in the No. 2 doubles’ finals.

Itawamba leads the men’s standings with 11 points, followed by JCJC and Hinds’ with eight points each. Gulf Coast is in fourth place with six points.


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