NEMBCA Hall of Fame inductees and All-Star Rosters

Friday, June 1, 2012

NEMBCA All-Star Games
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Davis Event Center
Itawamba Community College

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: Coach Jimmy Guy McDonald (Kossuth, Houlka), Coach Norris Ashley (Coahoma County, Ingomar), Ralph Bruce (Shannon).

Class 3A/4A/5A/6A Girls — 1:00 p.m.

West All-Stars

Asia Swift (Amory), Mykira Buford (Lafayette), Betsy Kingsley (Mooreville), Erika Sisk (Oxford), LeMeisha Gillom (Oxford), Anna Crestman (Pontotoc), Brittany Brown (Starkville), Janay Townsel (Starkville), Emillee Henderson (Tishomingo County), Coach Stacy Malone (Oxford), Lashun Adams (Lafayette).

East All-Stars

Katie Foster (Alcorn Central), Angelia Allen (Belmont), Kelsie Montgomery (Belmont), Leslie Robinson (Belmont), Janisha Adams (Itawamba AHS), Kristyn Nichols (Nettleton), Lavontra Hall (Nettleton), Shauntina Collier (Nettleton), Tiona Cannon (Nettleton), Coach Chris Higgingbottom (Belmont), Coach Charlotte Foster (Alcorn Central).

Class 3A/4A/5A/6A Boys — 2:30 p.m.
West All-Stars

Anthony Spratt (Amory), Lazerick Pulliam (Houston), Zach Sisk (Mooreville), Daniel Drummond (New Albany), Lawrence Brown (New Hope), Javon Green (Shannon), Steven Brand (Starkville), Tory Rice (Starkville), Coach Greg Carter (Starkville), Coach Tim Henderson (Shannon)

East All-Stars

Elliot Johnson (Aberdeen), Shederick Fair (Aberdeen), Jordan Wyke (Alcorn Central), Darius Leach (Booneville), Keldrick Lesley (Booneville), Deione Weeks (Corinth), Eric Richardson (Corinth), Coach Keith Greene (Corinth), Coach Scotty Shettles (Kossuth).

Class 1A/2A Girls — 4:00 p.m.

West All-Stars

Raquetta Allen (Ashland), Nekya Ward (Baldwyn), Dana Thompson (Biggersville), Lesley Wayne (Bruce), Miesha Armstrong (Calhoun City), Cara Sanders (Hamilton), Dominique Rubin (HW Byers), Morgan Pearson (New Site), Coach Byron Sparks (New Site), Coach Sue Verner (Hamilton).

East All-Stars

Anjelica Prather (Falkner), Asprinona Gilbert (Myrtle), Hallie Knowles (Myrtle), Hayden Lindley (Tremont), Pauline Conn (Tremont), Becky Robinson (Walnut), Presley Pulse (Walnut), Riley Quinn (Walnut), Taylor Doyle (Walnut), Wyneshia Adams (Walnut), Coach Larry Tribble (Walnut), Coach Jeremy White (Falkner)

Class 1A/2A Boys — 5:30 p.m.

West All-Stars

Darius Dukes (Ashland), Dexter Stafford (Biggersville), Michael Culver (Blue Mountain), Demetris Evans (Bruce), Jarvis Tillman (Bruce), Kyndrell Atkinson (Houlka), O’Neal Cummings (Thrasher), Ryan Woods (Wheeler) Coach Cliff Little (Biggersville), Coach David Mason (Blue Mountain).

East All-Stars

Dartavion Primer (Calhoun City), Kendrick Williams (Falkner), Zarrat Sims (Hamilton), Anthony Tucker (Hickory Flat), Steven Foster (Ingomar), Phillip Young (Myrtle), Andrew Hopper (Pine Grove), Austin Hopper (Pine Grove) Coach Devin Hill (Hamilton), Coach Jake Walker (Falkner).


State Champion ICC Lady Indians announce tryout dates

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FULTON, MS – The Itawamba Community College Lady Indians will hold basketball tryouts for the 2012-13 season on Thursday, March 29 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton Campus.

The tryout is open to unsigned high school seniors and students with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility. Anyone interested in participating in this year’s tryouts should bring her own practice gear.

The Lady Indians finished 26-3 on the season winning the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship and finished runner-up in the NJCAA Region 23 tournament in March.

For more information on tryouts contact Coach Nanci Gray at 662-862-8420 or Assistant Coach Robin Porter at 662-862-8184.

Lady Indians advance to Region 23 semifinals

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jameika Hoskins had a game-high 15 point as four other players scored in double figures as the Lady Indians defeated Coahoma 77-48 to advance to Friday’s semifinals of the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament.

The Lady Indians (25-2) raced out to a 20-2 lead in the opening moments of the first half before cruising to a 45-18 lead at the break.

Coahoma (13-12) battled back in the second half, but couldn’t cut into the 20-plus point deficit as the Lady Indians held on for the 77-48 victory.

LaPrecious Naylon had 14 points and Jasmine Hampton added 11 to go along with 10 points each from Shay Bonner and Ty-Nita Baker.

ICC will take on the winner between Holmes and Pearl River in the semifinal round at 3:00 p.m. on Friday at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.

For more information on ICC basketball and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at

ICC set to host MACJC State Basketball Tournament

Friday, February 24, 2012

FULTON, MS – The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) office announced its 2012 Basketball Championship Tournament brackets on Friday, February 24, with the Itawamba Community College Lady Indians and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs topping the brackets with the No. 1 seeds.

The tournament runs Monday, February 27 through Thursday, March 1 at the Davis Event Center on the Fulton campus of Itawamba Community College.

The Lady Indians completed its 2011-12 regular season schedule Thursday night with a 82-53 win over the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldogs to finish 21-2 and 12-0 in division play to earn the MACJC North title. ICC will open postseason play Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. against South’s No. 4 East Central Community College. The winner will take on the winner between South’s No. 2 Pearl River Community College and North’s No. 3 Coahoma Community College.

The Lady Bulldogs of Holmes earned to the No. 2 seed out of the North and will take on the South’s No. 3 Jones County Junior College Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. while South’s No. 1 Copiah-Lincoln Community College will take the floor at 1:00 p.m. against Northeast Mississippi Community College, who earned the No. 4 seed in the North.

The men will open the tournament on Monday with North’s No. 1 East Mississippi Community College taking on South’s No. 4 Jones County Junior College at 1:00 p.m. and will be followed by South’s No. 2 Pearl River Community College as they take on North’s No. 3 Northwest Mississippi Community College at 3:00 p.m. to close the afternoon session.

North’s No. 4 ICC will open the night session against South’s No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at 6:00 p.m. with North’s No. 2 Holmes Community College and South’s No. 3 Hinds Community College following at 8:00 p.m.

The semifinals will be Wednesday with a pair of afternoon and night sessions. The championship games are scheduled for Thursday with the women starting at 6:00 p.m. and the men to follow at 8:00 p.m.

For more information on ICC basketball and the MACJC State Tournament visit the college website at

ICC’s Butler named Junior Player of the Year

Monday, February 13, 2012

Justin Sutton/Special to ICC Athletics

FLOWOOD, MS —Itawamba Community College freshman Lewis Butler received the Mississippi Tennis Association’s 2011 Dorthy Vest Junior Player of the Year Award at the association’s annual awards luncheon.

The award, given to both a male and female player, recognizes outstanding junior players in the 18’s Division for their excellence in state, sectional, and national play.

Butler, who finished 2011 ranked No. 2 in the 18s Division in Mississippi, won the Mississippi Open Junior North State Championship and the Mississippi Junior Closed Claycourt Championship, and he reached the final of two other tournaments.

Butler is a two-time winner of the award, also receiving it in 2010.

For more information on ICC tennis and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at

ICC baseball moves Saturday’s doubleheader to Tuesday

Friday, February 10, 2012

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the Saturday’s doubleheader against John C Calhoun Community College has been postponed to Tuesday due to weather concerns.

“With it being this early in the season, there is really no reason to take the chance of getting any of the players sick or hurt for either team with the weather conditions as harsh as they are suppose to be,” said Collier.

Opening pitch for Game 1 is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the newly renamed Cresap Field in Fulton.

For more information on ICC baseball and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at

Cooper to step down as ICC basketball coach at the end of the season

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Coach Marty Cooper announced his intentions to step down as ICC Indians head basketball at the end of the season. (Lee Adams/ICC Public Relations)

FULTON, MS — Itawamba Community College Athletics Director Carrie Ball-Williamson announced that college basketball’s only husband-wife coaching tandem, Marty and Jennifer Cooper, will be stepping down at the end of the season.

“This is something we’ve been thinking about for a couple of years and more seriously before the season,” said Coach Marty Cooper. “Family time with our daughter McKenzie (11) is very important for both Jen and I and that’s something we as a family are really looking forward to being a bigger part of our lives.”

Marty will be assuming responsibilities in the college’s graduation initative while Jennifer will remain an instructor in the Natural Science Division at ICC.

During his 14 years at ICC, Cooper has won four MACJC North Division titles (2002, 07, 08), one MACJC championship (08), three NJCAA Region 23 champions (02, 07, 08) and three NJCAA tournament appearances (02, 07, 08). He has a career record of 250-134 while at ICC and coming into this season his program had won the most Region 23 games (110), the best Region 23 winning percentage of .728 (110-41) and has the most wins in the North Division (45) in the past five seasons.

“After being a head coach for the past 21 years, I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m ready for a new challenge and hopefully with my new position I’ll have a larger impact on our students than just the basketball team,” Cooper said.

After six seasons as a collegiate assitant coach, the Jackson, Ohio native earned his first collegiate head coaching job at East Central Community College, where he led the Warriors to two South DIvision championships, two South State championships and three-straight MACJC championship games, winning the 1993 title. He left Decatur for Fulton with an overall record 116-81.

“I am extremely thankful for all the players that have come through our program, Carrie Ball-Williamson, Mike Eaton and of course, Dr. David Cole,” said Cooper. “I also want to say a couple of special thanks to the guy who hired me here at ICC, Roy Cresap, and for all of the help I received over the years from the legendary coach Buster Davis.”

Ball-Williamson says the search for the next men’s basketball coach will start immediately.

“Coach Cooper had a great run during his 14 years as our basketball coach,” said Ball-Williamson. “Although he will be serving the college in a different capacity, he will certainly be missed on the court.”

For more informtion on ICC basketball and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs visit the college website at