Sports notebook

Ole Miss rewards
Kennedy with
new contract
OXFORD — On the heels of an NCAA Tournament appearance and SEC
Tournament Championship, Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy
Kennedy’s contract has been extended to run through 2017, Athletics
Director Ross Bjork announced Friday.

Kennedy’s four-year deal is the longest allowed by the state of
Mississippi and includes a base salary of $1.8 million, which ranks
seventh among SEC head coaches. It also includes incentives for SEC
regular season and NCAA postseason success and a 40 percent increase
in the investment of assistant coach and basketball support staff

The all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history, Kennedy guided the
Rebels to the SEC Tournament Championship and the school’s first NCAA
Tournament appearance since 2002 this season. Ole Miss tied the
school record with 27 wins and led the SEC in scoring for the first
time in school history as Kennedy earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.

Kennedy has led the Rebels to a 152-87 record in his seven seasons as
head coach and is the only coach in Ole Miss history to post six 20-
plus win seasons and lead his squad to six postseason berths. Kennedy
is also just the fifth coach in SEC history with 20-plus wins in six
of his first seven seasons in the conference at one school.
— School reports

Holmes sixth
in North Division
baseball standings
The Bulldogs of Holmes Community College began the week in fifth
place in the MACJC North Division baseball standings.

HCC was 6-8 in league play and 16-18 overall going into Wednesday’s
road doubleheader at East Mississippi Community College. The Bulldogs
then host Northwest Mississippi in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Northeast is on top of the North Division standings with a 13-5
league mark, while Mississippi Delta is 1-5 and Northwest 11-7.
Itawamba is fourth at 8-8, followed by Holmes in fifth. EMCC is 7-11
and Coahoma 2-14.
The Bulldogs lost a doubleheader to Mississippi Delta 4-2 and 11-1
last Tuesday.
— Austin Bishop

Local leagues
asked to send
in schedules
All local youth and adult sports leagues are asked to send their
current and upcoming season schedules in to the Webster Progress-Times.

Youth baseball and softball leagues, as well as local golf courses,
tennis associations, soccer leagues, etc. can e-mail their schedules
to The Journal would like to include those
schedules in its weekly local sports schedules.

Also, all schools are encouraged to go ahead and send in any
schedules they already have finalized — even if they are for next fall.

For more information you may call 601-938-2471.
— Austin Bishop

East Central
one game out
of first place
The Warriors of East Central Community College split their four
division games last week and find themselves one game out of first
place with a 12-6 MACJC South Division record.

Pearl River and Jones are tied for first at 13-5 each, while Gulf
Coast is a distant fourth at 7-9. All four of those teams have
already won 20 games overall this season, with ECCC at 20-17 going
into the week.

The next division games for East Central will come on Saturday when
they play host to Copiah-Lincoln Community College in a 2 p.m twin
bill. The following week ECCC is at Gulf Coast on April 23 and plays
host to Hinds on April 27. Those last three division foes are a
combined 17-33 in South Division play at this point.

Last week the Warriors spilt a pair of games with Jones on Wednesday,
winning the first game 6-2, before dropping the second one 20-3. On
Saturday the Warriors lost the first game to Southwest Mississippi
Community College 3-2, before bouncing back to beat the Bears 14-2.

The Warriors do play on Wednesday, traveling to Fulton to take on
Itawamba Community College in a non-division doubleheader at 3 p.m.
— Austin Bishop

MSU softball
sweeps Ole Miss
behind no-hitter
Senior left-hander Stephanie Becker tossed her second career no-
hitter as the Mississippi State softball team (27-14, 6-9 SEC) routed
arch-rival Ole Miss (21-26, 2-16 SEC), 8-0, in six innings Sunday
afternoon at the MSU Softball Stadium. The 15th no-hitter in school
history (second in conference play) gave MSU its second-straight
sweep against the Rebels and improved the Bulldogs’ winning streak in
the series to eight games.

“Stephanie was as sharp as a tack today and barely missed anything we
called,” said Head Coach Vann Stuedeman, who upped her record to a
flawless 12-0 against in-state opponents. “She is a gutsy player and
was on point today.”

Becker threw 77 unhittable pitches in her domination of the Rebels,
becoming the fourth pitcher in school history to record multiple no-
hitters. The southpaw struck out four and allowed only one baserunner
(third-inning walk) in her second complete-game of the season.
Becker’s no-no also marked the 26th career no-hitter coached by
Stuedeman, as well as the 235th career shutout for the dugout general.
— school reports