Remembering their friends
From Staff Reports
Jan. 15, 2002
The women's basketball team at East Central Community College wears a black patch with the No. 22 for LaShonda Ford of Forest, who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after the 2000-01 school year ended. She would have been a sophomore this year.
The East Mississippi Community College men's team wears a black patch in honor of former Lions coach Steve Hull, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Oct. 15 while playing golf at Dancing Rabbit Golf Course. Hull was in his seventh year at EMCC.
Out for the year
East Mississippi Community College freshman guard Allison Power of New Hope High School is out for the remainder of the season with a broken right wrist. The injury occurred during the Lady Lions' Nov. 27 contest with Jones Junior College.
Preliminary x-rays suggested that the 5-foot-6 Power had sprained the wrist. However, a second x-ray showed that it was broken. Power was the second leading scorer on the 1-9 Lady Lions' team.
Southwest Tennessee teams slumping
Both the men's and women's basketball teams at Southwest Tennessee Community College at Memphis, Tenn., advanced to the national tournament level last year. This year is another story.
The Lady Saluquis were 4-9 heading into a Jan. 9 contest with Hiwassee College.
The Southwest women won two of three games in the Illinois Central Tournament, Dec. 27-29.
The Southwest men were 6-7 after coming off a 94-91 win over Kennedy-King College.
The Saluquis are led by Cortez Stigger, who averages 25.3 points per game.
Southwest's current four-game road trip includes a date with the Meridian Community College teams Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m.
How Scottsdale got its name
The Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College teams are known as the Artichokes, an unusual moniker to say the least.
Back in the Viet Nam War Era, the Scottsdale football team was called out to break up a student protest at the school's library.
In retaliation, the student body voted to change the school's mascot to the Artichokes.
The students weren't finished as they also voted to change the school colors to pink and purple.
Pirates had a hot night
The Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College Pirates set a school record by scoring 140 points against Delgado Community College of New Orleans, La., on Dec. 8, 1990.
The Pirates racked up 87 points in just one half of the offensive showcase.
The Pirates' school record for fewest points is 24 against Marion (Ala.) Institute on Jan. 12, 1957.
Pensacola's largest margin of victory is 57 points which was set against Mary Holmes College of West Point on Nov. 23, 1992.
The Pensacola men's program began in 1949.
Florida Gulf women off to hot start
Gulf Coast Community College located in Panama City, Fla., and not to be confused with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College located in Perkinston, has had a great start in women's basketball this year.
The Lady Commodores are 14-0. They won Panhandle Conference championships in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001 and were Florida state champions in 1998, 1999, and 2000.
NEO women clocking with regularity
The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College women are having no problem running up the score this season. In eight of their first 12 games, the NEO women had scored at least 108 points with a high mark of 129.
In one of the four games they didn't reach the century mark, the NEO women hammered 2001 national tournament fourth-place finisher Eastern Oklahoma State College 85-46.
Tallahassee's Wilson out for year
Sophomore guard Tai Wilson of Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College suffered a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 20.
Wilson was averaging 10.2 points per game prior to tearing her anterior cruciate ligament.
She was the 2001 Florida state tournament MVP as Tallahassee finished third in the NJCAA Women's National Basketball Championship, losing 105-96 to eventual champion Cloud County (Kan.) in the semifinals. Wilson scored 26 points against Cloud and was selected to the all-tournament team at the nationals.
She is being recruited by the University of California and Penn State.
– Marty Stamper