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UPDATED: Coast baseball, softball programs busy on JUCO signing day

Tristian Hopgood signed a scholarship with Pearl River Community College. Seated in front from left: Colleen Hopgood, mother, Tristian Hopgood father Back row from left, Kevin Burdine Head coach, Amy Coyne, principal, Evan Hopgood, brother, June Curtin, grandmother, Will Seymour athletic director.
Tristian Hopgood signed a scholarship with Pearl River Community College. Seated in front from left: Colleen Hopgood, mother, Tristian Hopgood father Back row from left, Kevin Burdine Head coach, Amy Coyne, principal, Evan Hopgood, brother, June Curtin, grandmother, Will Seymour athletic director.

Many of South Mississippi's brightest standouts on the diamond signed NJCAA scholarships on Friday.

In total, 31 baseball and softball players will sign with their respective junior college programs over the coming weeks.

West Harrison's softball team has the most signees with five. The school record for the Lady 'Canes is a sign of how far the program has come under coach Brittany Rogers, the reigning Sun Herald Softball Coach of the Year.

"I'm super proud of this group of girls," Rogers said. "This is the most in school history, which shows you how much this group of girls have worked and the heart they have."

Biloxi and Gulfport's baseball programs also had strong showings with three players from each team signing scholarship papers.

Of note: While 30 Coastians have signed with junior colleges, they remain eligible to sign with an NCAA program as well, should the opportunity present itself.

All-South Mississippi

From last year's senior-heavy All-South Mississippi baseball team, Biloxi's Chase Lott is the lone representative to sign with a junior college Friday. Lott, who signed with Gulf Coast, was an honorable mention as a junior.

Last year's All-South Mississippi softball team is a little better represented. St. Martin's Rebecca Anderson, East Central's Illysa Easton, Long Beach's Krystal Goodman and West Harrison's Stephanie Necaise all signed. Biloxi's Olivia Holley, Harrison Central's Simone McKinney, West Harrison's Ashley Sexton and East Central's Ramee Taylor were honorable mentions who inked junior college scholarships.

Interestingly enough, three of South Mississippi's finest will venture outside of the Magnolia State. West Harrison's Stephanie Necaise and Kristen Sexton have signed with former Biloxi High coach Eric Neel, now at Baton Rouge (La.) Community College. Long Beach flame thrower Krystal Goodman has signed with defending NJCAA national champion Chipola (Fla.) College.

Rundown

Below is a complete list of South Mississippi standouts who either signed with their respective junior colleges on Friday, or plan to in the upcoming week.

Bay High: Tristan Hopgood (Pearl River).

Biloxi: Olivia Holley (Pearl River), Chase Lott (Gulf Coast), Dylan Menhennet (Gulf Coast), Elijah Nelson (Hinds) and Carlie Vice (Delta State).

D'Iberville: Andrew Bird (Gulf Coast), Magnolia Keller (East Mississippi) and Luther Woullard (Jones).

East Central: Lanae Davis (Gulf Coast), Sarah Depperschmidt (Pearl River), Illyssa Easton (Pearl River), Ramee Taylor (Pearl River) and Logan Walters (Pearl River).

George County: Bryson Solomon (East Mississippi).

Gulfport: Kevin Carter (Pearl River), Gage Clark (Pearl River) and Travis McNett (Pearl River).

Harrison Central: Simone McKinney (Jones).

Long Beach: Krystal Goodman (Chipola, Fla.)

Moss Point: Elexis Brice (Meridian), Jayla Poindexter (Meridian), Reagan Autmon (Gulf Coast)

Poplarville: Courtney Strain (Pearl River).

Ocean Springs: Tate Pepper (Jones) and Madison York (East Central Mississippi).

St. Martin: Rebecca Anderson (Jones).

St. Patrick: Beau Bratton (Gulf Coast) and Blaise Butirich (Gulf Coast).

West Harrison: Lauren Jackson (Pearl River), Shelbi Ladner (East Mississippi), Stephanie Necaise (Baton Rouge, La.), Kristen Sexton (Baton Rouge, La.) and Bailey Street (Pearl River).

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