Sports briefs


Four-Ball tournament to be held July 8-9

The 26th annual Four-Ball tournament will be held at  Newton Country Club on July 8 and 9.

Tee times will be at 8:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Early paid entries have the choice of tee times on Saturday.

Entry fee is $60 per player and includes dinner Saturday night. Participants must be at least 16 years old to play.

For this tournament, players ages 16 to 59 will use the regular tees. Ages 60 to 74 will use the senior tees, and ages 75 and above will use the super senior tees.

To enter or for more information, contact Joel Nelson at 601-635-5878, 601-683-3101 or 601-527-8794.

ECCC women’s soccer program hosting summer camps

The East Central Community College women’s soccer program is offering three summer camps at the Soccer Complex on the campus in Decatur.

The Junior Warrior Day Camp is Monday-Thursday, July 17-20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily. The camp is for ages 6-14 and the cost is $75 per player for the four days.

The EC ID Camp will be Saturday, July 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per player.

The EC Goalkeeper Camp is Saturday, July 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per player.

To register for a camp, visit For additional details, contact ECCC women’s soccer coach Gray Massey at

ECCC student-athletes  receive recognition for academics

Several East Central Community College student-athletes received state and national recognition for academic performance during the 2016-17 academic year on the Decatur campus.

In all, 50 ECCC student-athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Association, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, or both organizations.

The NJCAA presents awards in three categories: NJCAA All-Academic First Team (for those achieving a perfect 4.0 grade-point average); NJCAA All-Academic Second Team (3.80 to 3.99 GPA); and NJCAA All-Academic Third Team (3.60 to 3.79 GPA).

Receiving the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence and their respective high schools were Maggie Luke (women’s soccer) of Newton County, Kaylin McCree (women’s basketball) of Newton County, Chaney Mills (women’s tennis) of Newton County, Samm Thompson (men’s soccer) of Newton County and Abby Winstead (softball) of Sebastopol.

Receiving the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement included Cain Cleveland (baseball) of Newton County.

The academic honors presented to student-athletes on the state level include MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State (those earning a 3.8 to 4.0 GPA) and MACJC Academic All-State (3.25 to 3.79 GPA).

ECCC student-athletes receiving MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State were Maggie Luke, Kaylin McCree, Chaney Mills, Samm Thompson and Abby Winstead.

Those receiving MACJC Academic All-State were Cain Cleveland, Tanner Elders (baseball) of Newton County, Graham Murphree (men’s tennis) of Newton County, Jacob Edwards (baseball) of Newton County and Brandon Harrison (football) of Newton County Academy.

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