ECCC presents Spring Sports Awards

Numerous student-athletes received honors at the 2012 Spring Sports Awards Banquet held May 1 on the Decatur campus. Awards were presented by ECCC President Dr. Phil A. Sutphin and head coaches Neal Holliman (baseball), Maurice Bowie (men’s basketball), Bill Smith (women’s basketball), Chris Clark (golf), Scott Hill (softball), Dianne O’Neill (men’s and women’s tennis) and Huellen Watson (cheerleading). Award-winners and their respective sports included the following: Baseball – Evan Humphries of Louisville, Scholar Athlete; Warrior Basketball – Bobby Wrench of Columbus, Most Improved; Keivondre Watford of Tuscaloosa (Ala) Central, Most Valuable Defensive Player; Hakeem Wesley of Newton County, Most Valuable Offensive Player; LaVadius Lyles of Forest, Scholar Athlete; T.J. Leatherwood of Northridge High School, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Hustle Award; and Jimmie Broomfield of Scott Central, Warrior Award; Lady Warrior Basketball – Kelcia Bufkin of Scott Central, Hustle Award; Jakela Jones of West Jones, Most Improved; Inessa Adams of Horn Lake, Scholar Athlete; Alli Kirby of Edinburg, Warrior Award; Ja’Monica Horton of Walter E. Stebbins High School in Dayton, Ohio, Most Valuable Offensive Player and two-time recipient of All-Region 23 and first team MACJC All-State honors; and Xzandra Dowd of Neville High School in Monroe, La., Most Valuable Defensive Player; Fast-Pitch Softball – Kelsi Watson of Smithville, Most Valuable Defensive Player and Scholar Athlete; Haelie Allen of Leake Academy, Lady Warrior Award; Lajoya Griffin of Philadelphia, Base Runner Award; A.J. Peeler of Neshoba Central, Most Valuable Offensive Player; Mary Sanders of Adams Christian Academy in Natchez, Most Improved; Tenna Patterson of Lexington (Ala.) High School, Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher; Brittany Pounders of Southeast Lauderdale, Top Slugger; and Haylee Roberts of Enterprise, Team Captain Award; Lady Warrior Tennis – Lauren Lurk, Co-Captain Award and Most Improved Player, Kelsey Tadlock, Warrior Award and Cassie Munn, Most Valuable Player, Co-Captain and Scholar Athlete awards, all of Newton County High School; Warrior Tennis – Andrew Hanna of Newton County Academy, Warrior Award; Chris Mays of Louisville, Most Improved Player; Levi French of Union, Most Valuable Player; Blake Cochran of Newton County, Captain Award; and Hunter Stovall of Philadelphia, Academic Award; and Cheerleading – Ashli Bell of Scott Central, Warrior Award; Madison Nowell of Winston Academy, Academic Award; Hailey Dunavant of Newton County, Captain Award; Lane Evans of Nanih Waiya, Mascot Award; Whitney Stokes of Neshoba Central, Coach’s Award; and Jacob Johnson of Nanih Waiya, Captain Award.