Co-Lin, ICC tops in Region 23

By Staff
From staff reports
March 13, 2002
The Copiah-Lincoln women and Itawamba men won Region 23 basketball championships at Mississippi College in Clinton Thursday night.
The 26-2 Lady Wolves of Co-Lin advance to the 28th-annual NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship in Salina, Kan., March 19-23.
The 21-5 Indians of Itawamba earned a berth in the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Hutchinson, Kan., March 19-23.
Itawamba is led by former East Central men's coach Marty Cooper.
Marty Stamper
Southern Union rules Bama
The Southern Union Community College men won the Region 22 championship with a 73-65 victory over Faulkner State Saturday night at Tuscaloosa.
With the win, Southern Union, 30-3, advances to the NJCAA Division I Tournament at Hutchinson, Kan.
The Bison beat host Lawson State 88-68 and Shelton State 80-62 in the first two rounds.
Marion Military Institute's Robby Robertson was named Coach of the Year after leading MMI to an 18-11 record in just its second season of competition.
The 22-9 Southern Union women also won the Region 22 Division I championship by beating Wallace State-Hanceville 67-48 in the finals.
Marty Stamper
Bound for Salina
Through Monday, 14 teams had secured berths in the 16-team field in the 28th-annual NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Salina, Kan., and this year's field promises to be one of the best ever.
In addition to 26-2 Copiah-Lincoln from Mississippi and 22-9 Southern Union from Alabama, others headed to the midwest are 30-1 Arizona Western, an 80-68 winner over Central Arizona; 32-0 and top-ranked Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a 77-55 victor over Carl Albert State College; 27-4 Weatherford (Texas), a 78-73 winner over South Plains (Texas); 27-3 Chattanooga (Tenn.) State, a 71-47 winner over Walters State; 32-0 and second-ranked Gulf Coast (Fla.), a 65-52 victor over Okaloosa-Walton; 28-6 Northeastern (Col.), a 65-61 winner over Casper (Wyo.); 29-3 Louisburg (N.C.), a 95-69 victor over Abraham Baldwin (Ga.); 27-4 Iowa Western, an 81-66 winner over Lake Region (N.D.) State College; 29-2 Trinity Valley (Texas), an 86-77 winner over Tyler (Texas); 21-11 Moberly Area (Mo.) College, a 64-60 winner over Jefferson (Mo.) College; 27-4 Ricks (Idaho) College, an 83-64 victor over Dixie State (Utah); and 24-4 Wabash Valley (Ill.) College, a 73-65 winner over John A. Logan (Ill.). Only Louisburg and Iowa Western are returnees from the 2001 tournament. Ricks, meanwhile, is in its final year as a junior college as it will become a four-year school known as BYU-Idaho this fall.
Black Hawk (Ill.) College, 23-10, played at Vincennes (Ind.) for the District J championship Tuesday night. The Region 6 Tournament, which is being played at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, has its finals set for tonight.
In the Region 6 Tournament, defending national champion Cloud County (Kan.) beat Coffeyville 79-50 in Monday's quarterfinal behind Mik Tennal's 36 points. Cloud County, 26-6, faced Butler County in one of Tuesday's semifinals.
Butler County, 27-5, knocked off top-seeded Cowley County 58-55 in another quarterfinal. Ashley Roberts, a freshman from Hernando, Miss., led the Grizzlies with 21 points. Fort Scott, 24-8, also advanced to the semifinal round with a 57-46 win over Hutchinson. The Blue Dragons finished 27-5. The 16 teams will be seeded by way of a conference call to be held Thursday.
Marty Stamper
NJCAA hoops on the web
You can listen to all 26 games of the 2002 NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Salina, Kan., via the web.
KSAL radio will provide a live play-by-play broadcast of all of the tournament. Go to the KSAL web site located at www.EBCLink.com. From there, click on "Audio Channels." Coverage begins March 19 at 10 a.m.
Marty Stamper
Shelton women tops in D-II
The Shelton State Lady Buccaneers won their second Alabama Junior and Community College Conference championship in four years with a 79-58 trouncing of Bevill State last week in the Region 22 Division II finals. Shelton's LaTiffany Burton was chosen the tournament MVP after scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the championship contest. Shelton will take a 26-6 record to the NJCAA Division II national tournament at Hagerstown, Md.
Shelton split a pair of games with Meridian Community College during the regular season, handing the Lady Eagles one of their three losses. The Lady Bucs advanced to the region finals with an 80-44 rout of Snead State.
Marty Stamper
Division I baseball polls
Meridian began the 2002 baseball season ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA Division I poll. However, the Eagles are off to a slow 6-12 start under first-year head coach Michael Federico.
The defending Region 23 Division I baseball champion Mississippi Gulf Coast Bulldogs were in the Other Schools Receiving Votes category.
The Bulldogs got off to a sluggish 4-16 start in 2001 before eventually winning the Region 23 Tournament, beating Bossier Parish in the finals. Gulf Coast then lost the best-of-three district series at Central Alabama. North Central Texas was No. 1, followed by Dixie State (Utah), Middle Georgia, and Walters State (Tenn.).
Marty Stamper
MCC No. 19 in fast-pitch
The Meridian Community College Lady Eagles were ranked No. 19 in the NJCAA Division I fast-pitch preseason poll.
Lake City (Fla.) was No. 1 followed by Central Arizona, St. Louis-Meramec, and Midland (Texas).
Bossier Parish, the only other Division I program in Region 23, was listed in the Other School Receiving Votes category.
– Marty Stamper
Hinds ranked in D-II softball
The Hinds Community College Lady Eagles were ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division II fast-pitch preseason poll.
East Central swept Hinds 3-2, 3-2 in a pair of South Division games at Decatur last week.
Kankakee (Ill.) was ranked No. 1, followed by Phoenix (Ariz.), Lansing (Mich.), and Kirkwood (Iowa). The Division II national tournament will be played at Phoenix.
– Marty Stamper
Wolves rated high in D-II
The Copiah-Lincoln Wolves were ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA Division II preseason baseball poll.
Jeff Davis of Brewton, Ala., was No. 1, followed by Illinois Valley and Phoenix (Ariz.) College.
Itawamba was No. 18, while Northwest Mississippi and Shelton State of Tuscaloosa, Ala., were in the Other Schools Receiving Votes category.
– Marty Stamper
Quite a career
Northwest Mississippi's Jason Rogan finished a stellar career for the Rangers that included a trip to the NJCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship a year ago. Rogan is third on Northwest's career-scoring list with 1,156 points. He is the first player in school history with 1,000 points, 300 rebounds, and 200 assists.
– Marty Stamper
Northwest picks Anthony
Charles Anthony has been named defensive coordinator at Northwest Mississippi for the 2002 football season. He becomes the Rangers' third defensive coordinator in five years.
Anthony goes to the Senatobia school from Southwest Mississippi where he coached for three years. The Bears led the MACJC in total defense the last two seasons and finished second in 1999.
– Marty Stamper

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