From school reports

In conjunction with East Mississippi Community College’s Homecoming festivities this coming weekend on the Scooba campus, six new members will be formally inducted into the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame.

EMCC’s 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be honored with a Friday night reception and banquet to be held at the F.R. Young Student Union.  The six-member class is also scheduled to be recognized Saturday afternoon at EMCC’s Sullivan-Windham Field during halftime activities of the nationally ranked Lions’ 2 p.m. Homecoming football contest against the Coahoma Tigers.

The 2017 induction class of the EMCC Sports Hall of Fame consists of Jose Casanova, Ravon Cumberland, Ruth Johnson Ethridge, Randall Mackey, Jay Miller and Marcus Wood.

JOSE CASANOVA – Currently enjoying a highly successful career in commercial real estate in the Birmingham area following a nationally recognized venture in commercial equipment sales, Jose Casanova was twice named the most valuable defensive lineman in the Mississippi junior college ranks at East Mississippi Junior College.  The 1982 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American then became a two-year starter for coaching great Frank Beamer at Murray State University in Kentucky.  


RAVON CUMBERLAND – Reared in the Coy community of Preston, Ravon Cumberland excelled in both academics and athletics at Prince Chapel School and Lynville High School before playing point guard on Coach Keyes T. Currie’s basketball team at East Mississippi Junior College.  With a lifelong interest in business and a math education degree from Mississippi State, he became the owner of Cumberland General Stores in both the Lynville and Preston communities.

RUTH JOHNSON ETHRIDGE – Born in Lauderdale County and currently residing in Collinsville, Ruth Johnson Ethridge spent 36 years making a difference in the lives of thousands of students as an influential English teacher in Louisiana as well as in the Magnolia State.  Following her graduation from Center Hill High School in 1949, she attended East Mississippi Junior College on a basketball scholarship, where she played two seasons in addition to working in the school cafeteria, serving as editor of the school’s student newspaper and being an active member of the BSU among other activities.  Having earned her bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in English from Southern Miss, Ethridge followed 15 years teaching in Mississippi with a 20-year stint as an English instructor at East Jefferson High School in Metairie, La., before retiring in 1989.

RANDALL MACKEY – Recruited to EMCC out of Bastrop, La., after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Randall Mackey helped lead Coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC Lions to a 19-3 composite record as a two-time NJCAA All-America quarterback.    He currently coaches quarterbacks at his high school alma mater.    

JAY MILLER – Noxubee County native Jay Miller played and coached football at EMCC before moving on to make his mark among the coaching ranks of the MACJC.  A graduate of Mississippi State, Miller began his 26-year coaching career within Mississippi’s community college system with a two-year stint as EMCC’s defensive coordinator.  

MARCUS WOOD – Former EMCC standout player and assistant coach Marcus Wood has made the successful transition from the football sidelines to the administrative ranks at East Mississippi Community College.