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. Continue reading

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