Carrie Ball breaks ground at Itawamba
From staff reports
May 22, 2002
Carrie Ball recently became the first African-American female athletic director in Mississippi junior college history when she was promoted at Itawamba Community College.
Ball has coached the women's basketball team at ICC for nine years. She also coached the Lady Indians softball team for five years, leading the 1994 team to the MACJC state championship.
Ball will continue her basketball coaching duties.
Cumberland to MC
East Central Community College basketball player Lori Cumberland will continue her career for the Mississippi College Lady Choctaws where she will reunite with former Leake Academy teammate Amanda Gulley. The two were vital cogs in Leake's 46-0 season their junior year.
Cumberland averaged nine points and four rebounds for ECCC this past year and was selected to the MACJC All-Star Game.
Grand Junction bound
The 10-team field for this year's NJCAA Division I Baseball National Championship at Grand Junction, Col., has been set with play to begin on Saturday.
Mississippi Delta, winner of the Region 23 Tournament, did not advance to the national tournament, losing its best-of-three series to Wallace State-Hanceville last weekend at Moorhead.
Wallace-Hanceville, 39-10, will play 51-9 San Jacinto-North of Houston, Texas, in first-round action.
Other first-round pairings have Louisburg (N.C.) College, 49-9, taking on Jefferson (Mo.) College, 42-15; Middle Georgia College, 49-16, facing Central Arizona College, 45-17; Cowley County (Kan.), 43-14, meeting John A. Logan (Ill.), 37-19; and Manatee (Fla.) Community College, 38-18, squaring off with Lamar (Col.) Community College, 57-3.
Jefferson College slugged Seminole State (Okla.) College 18-2 in inter-regional play to advance to the nationals. Lamar spanked El Paso 14-6; John A. Logan whipped Indian Hills (Iowa) 13-6; Louisburg nipped Potomac (W. Va.) State College 11-10; Cowley County routed Seward County (Kan.) 13-6; and Central Arizona knocked off Salt Lake City (Utah) Community College 9-4.
Finals of the double-elimination tournament are set for June 1.
Cats to Millington
The Pearl River Wildcats won their playoff tournament with St. Catherine (Kent.) College and St. Louis-Forest Park to advance to the NJCAA Division II Baseball National Championship at Millington, Tenn. Pearl River beat St. Louis-Forest Park 2-1 in the finals. Play in the eight-team double-elimination tournament begins Saturday. The 41-11 Wildcats meet Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, 40-21, in their opening contest.
Other first-round pairings have Frederick (Md.) Community College, 33-7, playing 36-22 Jefferson State Community College of Birmingham, Ala.; Iowa Central, 42-15, taking on 29-18 Kellogg Community College of Battle Creek, Mich.; and Parkland (Ill.) College, 50-8, taking on Brookdale (N.J.) Community College, 35-13.
Brookdale advanced with a 5-1 victory over Community College of Rhode Island; Northern Oklahoma-Enid blasted Hesston (Kan.) College 12-1; Parkland College blanked Illinois Valley 4-0; and Iowa Central spanked Bethany Lutheran College of Mankato, Minn., 8-1.
Finals in the tournament are slated for March 31.