ECCC honors Fall Sports Athletes

Numerous awards and honors were presented to East Central Community College football and soccer players and cheerleaders at the annual Fall Sports Awards Banquet held Dec. 4, 2013 in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart recognized academic award winners in each sport and provided comments. Additional awards were presented by coaches of the respective sports. Athletic Director Chris Harris served as master of ceremonies.

In football, award winners and their respective high schools include running back Lamarcus Franks, a product of Greene County High School, most valuable player and offensive captain award; running back Martin Johnson of Nanih Waiya, academic award; defensive lineman Daryl Rogers of Laurel, most improved defensive player; defensive back JaDerrick Farrow, a product of Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga., defensive captain award; and wide receiver Jimmy Cockrell of Columbus, most improved offensive player.

Head coach Ken Karcher and assistants Cody Wilson, Todd Bates, Charles Jones and Eric Gray presented awards. Sophomore players were recognized by assistant coaches Mickey Mays and Scott Brock.

Receiving honors in women’s soccer were Miranda Clark of Neshoba Central, hustle award; Paige Gower of Clarkdale, team captain, defense award and MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; Kenney Castleberry, also of Clarkdale, academic award, Warrior Award, MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; Florence High School product Alana Turner of Mendenhall, academic award, most valuable player, MACJC All-Star Game MVP, honorable mention MACJC All-State and recipient of the Halbrook Award, presented to the outstanding female and male student-athlete in the MACJC; and Ashlan Culberson of Brandon, honorable mention MACJC All-State and Golden Boot Award, presented to the team’s top scorer. Culberson scored six goals and had one assist for a total 13 points.

Head coach Gray Massey presented awards and recognized sophomore team members.

Awards in men’s soccer went to Jesse Vaughn, a product of Newton County High School, defensive player award, MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; Taylor Potter of Bentonia and a product of the MS School for Math and Science, team captain award, Warrior Award and honorable mention MACJC All-State; Kennon Craft of Clinton, hustle award; Zack Killion, a product of South Oldham High School in Crestwood, Ky., honorable mention MACJC All-State; Clint McGraw of Tupelo Christian Prep., honorable mention MACJC All-State; Matt Taylor of Clarkdale, honorable mention MACJC All-State; Jordan Walker of Newton County, academic award, defensive award and MACJC All-State; Russ Thompson of Newton County, most valuable player, MACJC All-Star and honorable mention MACJC All-State; and Will Thompson of Newton County, All-Region 23, MACJC All-State, MACJC All-Star and Golden Boot Award, presented to the team’s top scorer. Thompson scored six goals and had two assists for a total 14 points. He was the fourth leading scorer in the MACJC North Division and finished 16th overall. He also qualified as an NJCAA All-American nominee.

Head coach Kenneth Thompson presented awards and recognized sophomore players.

Presented awards in cheerleading were Laken Fulcher of Nanih Waiya, Academic Award; Hannah Kemp of Leake Academy, Captain Award; Darrin Hillman of Sebastopol, Warrior Award; Payton Smith of Scott Central, Coach’s Award; and Maxie Parker of Noxapater, Warrior Award.

Cheer coach Pam McKnight presented awards and recognized sophomore cheerleaders.

For more information on ECCC Athletics, contact Athletic Director Chris Harris, 601-635-6401 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 401. The email address is charris@eccc.edu.