East Central CC lineman named league's best
MCC women still No. 6 until 2002
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles improved to 13-0 with a pair of wins in the Delgado Classic in New Orleans last weekend, but will remain No. 6 in the NJCAA Division I poll at least until Jan. 8 when the next poll is released.
Also in the poll from Region 23 are the unbeaten Lady Wolves of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. The Lady Wolves check in at No. 15.
The top women's team is Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
On the men's side, the No. 1 team as of the Dec. 4 poll is San Jacinto College-Central of Pasadena, Texas.
No Region 23 teams are ranked, although the defending region champion Rangers of Northwest Mississippi received votes.
Southern Union, the defending Region 22 champion and a two-time winner over Meridian this season, is No. 9 with a 10-0 mark.
ECCC announces winter camp
East Central Community College announces its first annual winter Pitching
and Catching Camp for ages 12 to high school juniors will be held Dec. 27-28, at Chris Gay IV Memorial Field on the Decatur campus.
Instruction will be provided from 8 a. m. to noon each day. Participants will be divided into groups according to age and ability.
Cost is $40 per camper, which includes insurance and a camp T-shirt.
Registration will be held on the first day of camp or can be completed in advance by contacting Diamond Warrior assistant coach Patrick Robey, P. O.
Box, 129, Decatur, Miss. 39327, Phone 635-2111 or call toll free, 1-877-462-3222, ext. 226. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Military finishes No. 1
Thanks to a 31-19 win over Butler County (Kan.) in the Sea Island Company Golden Isles Bowl at Brunswick, Ga., on Dec. 1, Georgia Military College was voted the No. 1 junior college football team in the nation for 2001. The win capped a perfect 11-0 season for GMC, while Butler finished 10-2 to place eighth in the final NJCAA poll.
Second place went to 12-0 Kilgore (Texas), a 14-7 winner over No. 14 Tyler (Texas) in the Red River Bowl at Bedford, Texas. Tyler finished 8-4.
Third place was claimed by 11-1 Dixie (Utah) after a 40-14 rout of No. 12 Rochester (Minn.) in the Dixie Rotary Bowl at St. George, Utah. Rochester finished 10-2.
Fourth place belonged to Joliet (Ill.) after a 14-7 win over No. 10 North Iowa Area in one half of the Pepsi Cola/Sigler Printing Bowl at Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joliet wound up 10-1, while North Iowa Area closed at 9-2.
In the other half of that bowl, unranked Ellsworth (Iowa) rolled past unranked Fergus Falls (Minn.) 43-14. A 49-21 drubbing of No. 9 Lackawanna (Pa.) in the Real Dairy Bowl at Pocatello, Idaho, earned 10-1 Ricks College the No. 5 spot. Jones finished No. 6, but did not receive a bowl bid despite a 10-1 record. Neither did No. 13 Mississippi Delta. East Central, 6-4, was among three schools receiving votes in the final poll.
In other NJCAA-sanctioned bowls, No. 7 Garden City (Kan.), 9-2, got by Scottsdale (Ariz.) 39-31 in the Valley of the Sun Bowl at Scottsdale, Ariz.; No. 11 Nassau (N.Y.), 8-3, eased by William Rainey Harper (Ill.) 16-13 in the Cannon Empire State Bowl at Garden City, N.Y.; and No. 15 Coffeyville (Kan.), 7-4, crushed Navarro (Texas) 49-14 in the Heart of Texas Bowl at Copperas Cove, Texas.
Wood scores 33 against EMCC
Northeast Mississippi Community College's 6-foot-9 freshman Qyntel Woods scored 33 points against East Mississippi in a 75-57 Tiger win at Booneville on Dec. 3. Amazingly, Woods made only six field goals, but was 20-of-27 at the free-throw line.
Making that Final Four run
Current MCC Men's Basketball coach George Brooks served as a student coach under Richard Williams at MSU during the school's famed NCAA Final Four appearance in 1996. Brooks played power forward for the Bulldogs from 1992-1994, before playing his senior season at the University of West Georgia.