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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Lady Pioneers host Northeast Mississippi for first home game

Lady Pioneers coaches overseeing practice.

Lady Pioneers coaches overseeing practice.

By: Nick Kieser

On Nov. 12 the Volunteer State Community College Lady Pioneers basketball team hosts Northeast Mississippi Community College for the first home game of the season.

“We haven’t really talked about that game because we are trying to emphasize one game at a time. After the game on Monday, we will look back at we can take away from that game,” said guard Hope Hinson last Friday.

Two games into the 2018-19 season the Pioneers have an even record 1-1. This time last year the record was a five-game losing streak. Continue reading

Mens basketball gets first win at home this season

By: Jim Hayes 

The Volunteer State Community College men’s basketball team scored a 98-95 win over the Bethel University Wildcat junior varsity team Nov. 5, before losing to the Vincennes University Trailblazers, 98-38 the next night.

The Trailblazers held the Pioneer guard George Stanberry to 20 points one night after he dropped 38 on Bethel.  No other Vol State player had more than four points against Vincennes.

“We got beat by a top-five team in the country,” said head coach Rusty Melvin.  “They’re stronger, faster, they are well coached, and last year were 33-2 and finished third in the national tournament.” Continue reading

Baseball team puts on treat to watch

By: Nick Kieser

Volunteer State Community College’s baseball program held its second annual Halloween game under head coach Ryan Hunt Oct. 30.

The tradition began last year as a fun exhibition game that the players had a chance to participate in.

“It was great to be Stone Cold Steve Austin for a day. We had some shaky spots this fall, but we got that cleared up towards the end and we’re ready to go. The first couple of games are in Florida and we’ll face some top JUCO teams. It’ll be a good test for us early to open up,” said pitcher Dalton Heath.

With the Halloween game the last game of the fall, the team will not play an exhibition game until spring season starts.

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Vol State’s baseball players in costume for the game. (Nick Kieser / Athletic Department)

“It was awesome. All of the guys coming in here at the end of fall and kind of having a good time before we get some workouts in. We open up in Pensacola, Florida and there’s going to be some great competition and it’s going to be a great season,” said catcher Zeke Lecomte.

All of the participating players had on costumes, including a green army soldier to a ghost that was head coach Ryan Hunt who donned the white sheet with two holes to oversee the game.

“Just keep competing. It’s a long season and I think we have the team this year to do it. I want them to stay up and just keep competing all year long and I want to end up on top,” said Lecomte.

As of now the first scheduled game for the team is at 1 p.m. March 22 at Walters State Community College.

The last outing against Walters was a 2-0 loss in the postseason tournament the team was May 9.

“I am looking forward to just the guys getting better. Just wanting to come some get extra reps. Next week we start group work, and I am eager to see guys take the next step as far as getting ready for the season,” said Scott.