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Second straight state softball title for Lady Bobcats highlights 2012-13 JCJC sports year

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ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College softball team continued to make history in 2013.

The Lady Bobcats won their second straight MACJC state championship this year by stunning homestanding Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 9-6 in Perkinston on May 6.

That achievement highlighted the 2012-13 year in athletics for JCJC.

Other notable accomplishments included a second straight appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament by the Lady Bobcat tennis team, a state runnerup finish by the Lady Bobcat soccer team, a tie for the MACJC South Division title by the JCJC football team, a fifth straight state tournament appearance by the Bobcat baseball team, MACJC and Region 23 Tournament appearances for both the men and women's basketball teams and a berth in the state playoffs by the men's soccer team.

In addition, Sandra Sumrall retired after 14 years as head women's basketball coach and was replaced by men's associate head coach Kelton Thompson.

SOFTBALL

Head coach Chris Robinson's team put together another outstanding season.

JCJC finished the year with a 44-10 record, giving them a remarkable 88-21 record over the past two years.

The Lady Bobcats upset top-ranked LSU-Eunice 5-4 in the Region 23 Tournament semifinals at Clinton's Traceway Park. They ended up second in the regionals and qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the second straight season.

In the nationals, JCJC beat Lincoln Land Community College (Ill.) 11-1 in five innings and Cowley County Community College (Kan.), 3-2, in their first two games before falling to LSU-Eunice 8-2 and Illinois Central College, 1-0.

The Lady Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 3 in the NJCAA poll and finished in the top six of the national tournament.

Freshman pitcher Samantha Buller was named a third-team NJCAA Division II All-American. Buller, third baseman Bethany Volking, first baseman Karley Crosby, second baseman Makenzie Hawkins and catcher Brooke David were named All-Region 23. Centerfielder Relanda McFarland and shortstop Kalyn McNabb were named All-MACJC.

Robinson was named MAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

The Lady Bobcats were 12-2 during the regular season, finished second in the state tournament in Tupelo and finished second in the Region 23 Tournament in Meridian. They tied for 19th in the nationals in Tucson, Ariz.

Stephanie Smith won the MACJC No. 2 singles title for the second straight year, while Brooke Martin won the No. 6 singles title at the state tourney. Smith and Martin also won their respective singles titles in the regionals, while Elizabeth Wright claimed the No. 5 singles crown in Region 23.

Head coach Mark Easley's Lady Bobcats were ranked No. 21 in the ITA final poll.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Head coach Dolores Deasley's Lady Bobcats enjoyed an outstanding year.

The Lady Bobcats captured their second MACJC South Division championship and finished second in the state with a 13-1-1 record. They were ranked as high as No. 13 in the NJCAA poll.

Being named to the All-Region 23 team were sophomore Kimberly Murray and freshman Kelsey Cochran, who was the leading scorer in the state. All-MACJC performers were sophomore Temple Hughs, freshman Alexis Thornton, sophomore Aundrea Borchardt and freshman Laurel Riebock.

FOOTBALL

The Bobcats went 6-3 during Ray Perkins' first year as head coach. JCJC finished with a 5-1 record in the MACJC South Division, which was good enough for a three-way tie with Co-Lin and Mississippi Gulf Coast. However, the Bobcats missed out on the playoffs because of the tiebreaker.

Sophomore offensive tackle Frederick Moore was named first-team NJCAA All-American, All-Region 23 and the MACJC South Division's Most Valuable Offensive Lineman. Freshman return specialist Jarret Smith was named second-team NJCAA All-American and All-Region 23. Sophomore linebacker Damien Wilson was named honorable mention NJCAA All-American, the Most Valuable Defensive Player for Region 23 and the Most Valuable Defensive Back in the MACJC. Sophomore running back Rueben Ducksworth of Mt. Olive was named honorable mention NJCAA All-American and the MACJC South Division's Most Valuable Back.

Being named first-team All-MACJC South Division on offense were Ducksworth, Moore, Smith and freshman wide receiver Dylan Bossier. Making the first-team All-MACJC South Division on defense were Wilson, sophomore linebacker Marion Chapman and sophomore end Chavez Sims.

Being named to the second-team All-MACJC South Division offense was freshman tackle Jalen Beavers. Making the second-team All-MACJC South Division on defense was sophomore defensive back Devontay Barnett.

Seven Bobcats participated in the MACJC All-Star Game, including Barnett, Chapman, Sims, wide receiver Stephanio McNair, defensive end Felton Collins, defensive tackle Cameron McLeod and defensive back Corey Trim.

BASEBALL

Head coach Christian Ostrander's Bobcats qualified for the MACJC postseason for the fifth straight season – each season Ostrander has been head coach.

JCJC finished with a 28-18 record after falling to Northwest Mississippi in the opening round of the playoffs. The Bobcats were third in the MACJC South Division.

Sophomore shortstop Benji Sullivan was named first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23. Freshman catcher Tyler Graves and freshman pitcher Westin Stringer were named second-team All-MACJC.

Former Bobcat pitcher Andrew Pierce was an eighth-round selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in the June Major League Baseball draft.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Head coach Jay Ladner guided JCJC to a 17-8 record and a second-place finish in the MACJC South Division in his first year as head coach. The Bobcats also advanced to the MACJC State Tournament at Pearl River and Region 23 Tournament in Clinton.

Sophomore J.J. Bolton was named to the All-Region 23 team and first-team All-MACJC South Division. Sophomore Donta Pittman was named second-team All-MACJC South Division.

Bolton and sophomore Detrick Davis participated in the MACJC All-Star Game. Davis led the South team in scoring with 16 points, while Bolton scored four.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Sumrall announced her retirement in April.

She posted a 211-128 record as head coach, including state championships in 2000-01, 2008-09 and 2009-10.

This past season, JCJC went 12-11 and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament at Pearl River. They also competed in the Region 23 Tournament in Clinton.

Freshman Kaylan Hughes was chosen first-team All-MACJC South Division and made the Region 23 All-Tournament team. Freshman LaTisha McCullum was named second-team All-MACJC South Division.

MEN'S SOCCER

Head coach Oleg Baleyev's men's soccer team had a four-game winning streak late in the season, which earned them second place in the MACJC South Division and a spot in the state semifinals. They ended the year with a 5-8-1 record.

Freshman Kevin Ndongo was named All-Region 23 and All-MACJC. Ndongo, sophomore Tanner Morris and freshman JaMarcus Ducksworth were named All-MACJC.

MEN'S TENNIS

The men's team finished with a 7-7 record, finished fourth in the state and missed out on qualifying for the regionals by just two points.

GOLF

JCJC hosted the MACJC Tournament at Laurel's Dixie Golf Club in April and finished seventh in the state.

Sophomore Branning Dykes was 14th in the state tourney, second in the Region 23 Tournament at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia and competed in the NJCAA Division II nationals in Scottsboro, Ala., in May.

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