National tournament appearances highlight JCJC sports years

Written By: Shawn Wansley
Email Address: shawn.wansley@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-07-02 11:11:04

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The 2010-11 Jones County Junior College year in athletics was one of the most exceptional in school history.

The Bobcat baseball team made its first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II World Series, the women’s soccer team advanced to NJCAA district play for the first time in school history and the men’s tennis team headed to the national tournament for the first time in four years.

“It was a banner year for JCJC athletics,” said athletic director Katie Herrington. “Our teams performed at a high level, we won several championships and our student-athletes represented our school in a wonderful manner.”

The baseball team and women’s soccer team captured MACJC and Region 23 titles, while the softball team also had a record-setting season.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander’s baseball team did just about everything they could do on the playing field.

The Bobcats ended the season with a 46-17 record and finished second in the World Series, which was played May 25-June 4 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in Enid, Okla. It was the third straight year for the team to set a school record for victories.

JCJC entered the event ranked No. 6 in the nation and proceeded to defeat fourth-ranked Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa), 9-1; top-ranked Heartland Community College (Ill.), 10-5; No. 14 Kellogg Community College (Mich.), 10-7 in 10 innings; and No. 7-rated Madison Area Technical College (Wisc.), 11-4.

But the Bobcats fell twice to fifth-ranked Western Oklahoma State College, 11-5, and 11-1 to finish second in the tournament.

Prior to the World Series, JCJC had stunned defending national champion LSU-Eunice 6-5 and 8-7 on May 19 to claim the Region 23 Tournament title in Goodman. The Bobcats had dropped the region opener to host Holmes Community College, but bounced back to beat Northwest and Holmes to set the stage for the final day. Ladd Rhodes hit a walkoff, two-run home run to propel JCJC to victory in the opener vs. LSU-Eunice and the Bobcats scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to secure the nightcap.

JCJC won its second straight MACJC South Division crown, which enabled them to host East Mississippi Community College in the opening round of the state playoffs on May 4-5. The Bobcats beat the Lions, two games to one, and that earned them the right to host the MACJC State Tournament on May 12-15 in their brand new Community Bank Park.

Large crowds were on hand to watch JCJC sweep Northwest, 7-0; Holmes, 6-1; and Northwest, 11-6, to claim the school’s fourth state championship and first since 2002.

Pitcher Andrew Pierce was named first-team All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and first-team, NJCAA Division II All-American, while pitcher/designated hitter Vito Perna was named first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23.

Pitcher Logan Riddell was a first-team All-MACJC selection, while centerfielder Rhodes and catcher Ryan Roberts were second-team All-MACJC choices.

Rhodes and first baseman Nick Ray were named to the All-Tournament team for the World Series.

Ostrander was named Coach of the Year by the MACJC, Region 23 and MAC.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Dolores Deasley’s Lady Bobcats enjoyed tremendous success, posting a 15-3-1 record, which is a school-record for victories.

The Lady Bobcats won their first-ever MACJC and Region 23 tourney crowns. They won the MACJC South Division, which enabled them to host the state tournament at the Bobcat Soccer Field on Oct. 23-24.

They defeated Itawamba 1-0 and Hinds 1-0 in overtime to claim the state title and then knocked off Meridian Community College 1-0 at Hinds on Oct. 29 to take the regional title. The Lady Bobcats then traveled to Tyler, Texas, to face then top-ranked Tyler Junior College in the District E Tournament, where they dropped a 4-1 decision on Nov. 6.

Bridget Dennis was named honorable mention All-American and All-Region 23, while Mallory Cowart, Audrey Borchardt and Danica Roberts were named All-Region 23. Aubrey Weems, Macey Endris, Trahrissa Monroe and Michelle Brumfield were named All-MACJC.

Deasley was named Coach of the Year by the MACJC, Region 23 and MAC.

MEN’S TENNIS

Head coach Mark Easley’s team earned a trip to the NJCAA Tournament in Plano, Texas, for the first time in four years. JCJC posted its best finish in years, finishing No. 16 in the nation. In fact, they were second in points after the opening day of the tournament.

The Bobcats posted a 10-3 record, finished second in the MACJC Tournament and third in the Region 23 Tournament. Nick Williams won the state’s No. 2 singles title, while Cade Sherman won the No. 3 singles crown. Williams teamed with Armand Deniakos to claim the state’s No. 2 doubles title. The men were 23-6 during the previous two years of play.

Sherman was named the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership and Sportsmanship Award at the national tournament.

Easley was named the MAC Coach of the Year.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The Lady Bobcats only had one returning player coming into the spring, but came very close to winning its third straight state championship.

JCJC went 9-5 on the season and finished tied for third in the state tournament – just one point out of first place. They were 26-6 over two years of play.

Brandy Freeman won the MACJC’s No. 3 singles title and she teamed with Arlette Cochran to win the No. 2 doubles crown.

SOFTBALL

Head coach Chris Robinson’s Lady Bobcats put together their own historical season.

Playing in Community Bank Park for the first year, JCJC posted a 35-15 record, a school-record for fastpitch wins.

JCJC qualified for the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments for the first time ever and they were rated No. 17 in the nation at one point.

Pitcher Ginger Lonergan was named a third-team NJCAA All-American and All-Region 23. Outfielder Mallory Cowart was named All-Region 23, while infielder Shannon Mosley and outfielder Lauren Candies were named All-MACJC.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Sandra Sumrall’s Lady Bobcats came close to winning their third straight state title.

They reached the finals of the MACJC Tournament at Co-Lin, but fell to the host Lady Wolves, 85-77, on Feb. 24, despite a 40-point effort by Tanecka Carey.

JCJC advanced to the Region 23 Tournament the following week and lost to East Mississippi, 67-66, when the Lady Lions made a free throw with .1 second remaining.

JCJC ended the year with a 19-8 record.

Carey was named an NJCAA first-team All-American and also set a school record for points in a game when she scored 53 in a 90-80 victory over Co-Lin on Feb. 17 in A.B. Howard Gymnasium. She was also named All-MACJC, All-Region 23 and All-Region 23 Tournament.

Kiana Harris participated in the MACJC All-Star game.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Don Skelton’s team posted a 15-10 record and advanced to the MACJC and Region 23 Tournaments.

Brandon Givens was named All-Region 23, first-team All-MACJC South Division and the Most Valuable Player of the MACJC All-Star game after scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the South’s 98-89 win over the North.

Derrious Gilmore was named second-team All-MACJC South Division and participated in the All-Star game. Andrew Marshall was named to the All-Region 23 Tournament team.

MEN’S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev’s Bobcats posted an 8-7 record.

Jake Benton and Giuliano Mancini were named All-MACJC.

GOLF

The Bobcats competed in Division II for the first time and finished fifth in the state.

Mitchell Smith was named All-MACJC second-team, while Braxton Spiers finished eighth in the state tournament. Smith and Spiers both competed in the Region 23 Tournament.

FOOTBALL

Head coach Eddie Pierce’s Bobcats had a tough season, posting a 2-7 record. The Bobcats lost six of those games by a combined total of 23 points.

Defensive end Ryan Robinson was named All-Region 23, All-MACJC South Division first team and Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the division. Offensive lineman Jeremy Pierce was named All-Region 23.

Wide receiver Deuce Coon, offensive lineman Brandon Bender and defensive backs Cory Cooley and Antonio Parker were named second-team All-MACJC.

Pierce and his coaching staff led the South team in the MACJC All-Star Football Classic. Bobcat quarterback Tromarcus Toney was selected as the South’s Most Valuable Offensive Player and the winner of the Keith Daniels Memorial Trophy.

Cooley, Roderick McCullum, Kylan Pollard, Rashad Wynes, Mario Owens, Joshua Herring, Santonio Jones and Eric Thurman were also selected to participate in the game.

 

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