Men’s basketball against Roane State Community College

By Jim Hayes

Tim Goodrich scored 37 points to lead the Volunteer State Community College Volunteers to a 91-86 win over the Roane State Community College Rebels Jan. 12, at Pickel Fieldhouse.

Goodrich’s heroics offset the loss of four Volunteer players, including the nation’s leading junior college scorer, George Stanberry, who were unable to play because they were academically ineligible.

“George was a big factor to our team,” said Goodrich.  “I was only trying to do what he would have wanted us to do and help the team.”

Roane State Head Coach Randy Nesbit credited Goodrich’s fall-away jumper from the right corner with 3:29 left in the game with sealing the win for the Pioneers.  “That step-away jumper with about three minutes left killed us,” he said. “We were tired from our game last night and just didn’t have enough left at the end.”

The win left the Pioneers with a 4-10 overall record and a 2-5 conference mark heading into a two-game road trip.  They played at Southwest Tennessee Community College last Friday night and at Dyersburg State last Saturday.

VCC will host Motlow State College at 4 p.m., Saturday in Pickel Fieldhouse.

In addition to his 37 points, Goodrich was 15 of 21 from the field, making four of his five 3-point attempts and three of his four free throws, the freshman guard had seven assists, three steals and one rebound.

“I’m just totally ecstatic with this victory,” said VCC head coach Rusty Melvin.  “Timmy, my point guard just took the game over, he said. Tonight, we came out, played hard and played as a team.  They are seven people playing out there as a team.”

In addition to Goodrich, two other Volunteers scored in double figures.  Freshman Guard Jonathan Howard came off of the bench to score 13 points. He shot five for seven from the field, including making one of his two three-point attempts, and both of his free throws.  Howard’s 11 rebounds led VCC in that category.

Sophomore center Jabori Murphy scored 10 points making four of his nine field goal attempts and both of his free throws.  He also pulled down eight rebounds.

Jordan Buchanan chipped in with nine points off of the bench.  The sophomore guard also had two rebounds and one blocked shot.  Justin Goodson and Chase Hawkins scored six points each with Goodson adding seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot.  

Hawkins pulled down four rebounds, had two steals and a blocked shot.  Jaden Chumley and George Roberson tallied 4 points each and Heston King scored 2 points.

“We’re the best we’ve been in the conference in a long time right now,” said Melvin.  “It was a great win for our team.”

Ladies basketball against Roane State Community College

By Jim Hayes

The Volunteer State Community College Lady Volunteers rode sophomore Aliyah Miller’s triple-double to a 61-51 win over the Roane State Community College Lady Raiders Jan. 12, at Pickel Field House.

Miller led all scorers with 20 points.  She made eight of her 12 field goal attempts and all four of her free throws.   Miller also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the afternoon.

After losing three players to academic ineligibility, Erica Mason, LaMonica Mintlow and Titania Lavender, the Pioneers needed every point they could get.  The bench contribution just 7 points and 6 rebounds for the entire game.

The Pioneers had built a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter only to give back all but 5 points of that by half time when the score was 32-27.  The third quarter ended with the score 51-36 but Roane State outscored the Pioneers 15-10 in the final quarter leaving VSCC with its final 10-point margin of victory.

“We have got to learn to finish,” said Volunteer head coach Otis Key.  “We have to do a much better job of putting teams away. We gave them a fighting chance in the fourth and they closed it to 9.”

In addition to Miller’s triple double, Key singled out the play of freshman Xavia Williams who contributed 15 points (five of nine from the field, including two of two 3-point shots, three of four from the free throw line and nine rebounds).

Additionally, Shalaya Armstead hit four of nine field goal attempts and two of three free throws to finish the game with 10 points.  She also pulled down nine rebounds.

McKenzie Wallace added nine points making three of her five shots from the field and her only free throw attempt.  Off of the bench, Amanda Bennett scored five points, and TaViaya Hamilton added two more.

The win left the Pioneers with a 6-7 record overall (2-4 in conference play) headed into a two-week road trip that saw them play last Friday night at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Saturday at Dyersburg State Community College.  

VSCC’s next home game will be played Saturday when they host Motlow State Community College at 2 p.m., in Pickel Fieldhouse.


International Film Series Stairway to Heaven

By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College will host the International Film Series, “Stairway to Heaven,” Jan. 24, at 5:30 pm in Caudill Hall.

This film is a romance, fantasy, drama, comedy, and war genre movie about a British wartime aviator who cheats death and must argue for his life before a celestial court, according to IMDb.

“This movie really tells two interwoven stories,” Vol State’s English instructor Sarah Crotzer, said. “One on earth as Peter the fighter pilot fights what appeared to be some sort of seizure that comes over him and seeks help from a local doctor, and in heaven the angel is working to claim his soul. He ultimately has to go up in front of a celestial court to argue that he should stay alive in the arms of the woman he loves.”

The International Film Series just begun its four movie film series, with the first one this month.

“Together, my friend Professor Kevin Yeargin and I have been looking for new opportunities to bring sort of an expanded movie culture here to Vol State because we believe it is a way students can experience cultures and ideas they wouldn’t normally get to see here in Tennessee,” Crotzer said.

“Professor Yeargin and I will be co-teaching an honors section in Introduction to Film and we gave our Honor Intro to Film a theme of world cinema looking at both American movies and movies from around the world and how they respond to each other throughout the 20th century to the present day,” explained Crotzer. “We thought that this was a unique opportunity to bring different kinds of movies to our students in class and we thought, ‘How could we do that for the campus at large?’”

Last semester, Crotzer said she and Yeargin worked with the Office of Student Engagement and Support to have a brief Halloween film, and it went so well that the Office of Student Engagement and Support sponsored a four-movie International Film Series this semester.

The International Film Series, “Stairway to Heaven,” is free to the public.

Basketball players are rendered academically ineligible

By Jim Hayes

Seven Volunteer State Community College basketball players, four from the men’s team and three from the ladies’, were ruled academically ineligible over the winter break.

Included in that group is the nation’s leading junior college men’s scorer, George Stanberry.  None of the men, Stanberry, Devon Chapman, Daverix Cleves, and Jordan Lockridge will be eligible to return this year.  

On the ladies side, Erica Mason, is lost for the year while LaMonica Mintlow and Titania Lavender were eligible to return last Wednesday.

“It was a challenge,” said ladies’ Coach Otis Key.  “They made mistakes and we will make adjustments and move on.”

“They just couldn’t get the work done,” said men’s Coach Rusty Melvin of his four players.  “That will happen to freshmen, and three of them were freshmen. The other player was a sophomore who just didn’t get a class done.  But it has been a struggle for years for him.”

Chapman, Cleves and Lockridge will be eligible to return to play next year, provided their academic standing improves.

MLK commemoration

By Jim Hayes

The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the lives of those killed in mass shootings over the past several years will be commemorated at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, in Caudill Auditorium.

The ceremony will begin with an address by Volunteer State Community College President, Dr. Jerry Faulkner followed by a video in remembrance of those who have died in mass shootings.  A candlelight vigil and moment of silence will take place before a showing of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

“I strongly encourage everyone who can attend to be a part of this important commemoration of the life of a man who changed the course of world history,” said Faulkner in an email sent to Volunteer State students and faculty.

“Since we are closed on that day, I wanted to do something to commemorate not just Dr. King, but also to remember the folks who have lost loved ones in these mass shootings,” said Jeff King, manager of Diversity and Inclusion, “and with Dr. King being a non-violent leader and a man of peace, it seemed appropriate.”

Students who have completed the postcard from Student Engagement can pick up a free hoodie in the Office of Student Services commemorating Wednesday’s event.


When in doubt, ask your resources

By Abbigail Phelps

College and university students have been sent questionable emails from supposed honor societies.  

Some of these questionable emails can look very pleasing, giving students the promise of scholarships and much, much more. All that is asked of them is to pay a fee that can be as high as $150.

If things look suspicious, the best course of action to take is to go to the Office of Student Engagement and Support. The employees of this office help when it comes to any question.

“There are legitimate offers and questionable ones. If the student has any inquires call, email, or stop by,” said Administrative Assistant Angel Dunning.

These emails are rare. Do not get nervous. Always ask if you are unsure so you can get the correct help you need.

“Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) will send out email invites then a certificate in the mail,” Instructor of Sociology, Social Science, and Education Division Jamie Fuston explained.

Mailed invitations can also be a form of letting you know you have qualified with societies.

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) can be one of the mailed invites, which is a legitimate organization.  

All the societies available at Volunteer State Community College have benefits that can really help a student.

There are many activities to help students participate in the VSCC communities.

“Taking a leadership role in launching is a chance to build concrete experience, grow your network, and leave your footprint on your campus,” according to

Some programs are inactive now, but if any student is interested in an activity and wants to reactivate one, then come to the Office of Student Engagement and Support and they will help.

All that is needed of the student is to find a full-time faculty member to be the club advisor and recruit at least 10 other currently enrolled students to get the organization started, given a few more steps needed.

After the completion of the required tasks, the club will then go through the approval process.


Upcoming 2019 baseball and softball seasons

By Erin Holloway

The Volunteer State Community College baseball and softball 2019 season is approaching. After their 2017-18 campaigns ended, the teams began preparing for another run.

The softball team finished third in the conference last season, finishing with a record of 33-13, and with most of last year’s players returning except for two.

Head Coach Johnny Lynn said that he believes this team “has the skills to go far,” also noting that “as a team, our speed can do some damage,” with returning All-American Ma’Liya Stone, big hitters Hannah Marlar and Ciera Purvis, and the acquisition of freshman Emilee Hanlon.

His expectations are high for this team because he said they have the talent and potential, “We do everything good, but if we come together as a unit, as a family, and play together, we’ll be fine.”

With those four leading the charge, the rest of the team can simply just need to do their respective jobs.

“If we have consistent play from everyone outside of those players, our team will be complete,” Lynn said.

The season starts Feb. 17, at noon against Sinclair Community College at Vol State’s main campus in Gallatin.

The baseball team, also finished third in the conference, posting a 30-18 record, and lost a number of players with only few returning.

“We mostly lost pitching and infield defense,” said Pioneers Head Coach Ryan Hunt.

The team needs more depth at certain positions, but Hunt said that he feels that with this group he has so far, the talent is there, and they have a lot of motivation.

The return of  Bill Hamilton and Lofton Cotton, the 2019 Pioneers are ready to hit the diamond after falling short two runs of the championship game, falling 8-7, to Dyersburg State Community College in the TCCAA semifinals last season.

The season starts Feb. 8, at 5 p.m., against Coastal Alabama East in Pensacola, Florida, where the Pioneers baseball team will have a four-game weekend ending Sunday with the final game against Chattahoocee Valley at 11 a.m.