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FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.
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Hellums To Lead Rebuilding Efforts At Union
Release Date:7/23/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Standout pitcher Ben Hellums has made the choice to assist in the rebuilding process of a team that just successfully achieved a move into one of the premier leagues in the country.

Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Hellums signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to join the rising Union University baseball program.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for Ben,” said Tigers head coach Kent Farris. “He came in here and worked real hard as an incoming freshman and got his velocity up. If he continues to work then he’ll do big things. We’re real happy and proud for him.”

Union, which is located in Jackson, Tenn., recently completed its transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to the Gulf South Conference (GSC). The Bulldogs, who are under the guidance of new headman Lee Driggers, are eligible for the playoffs at the NCAA Division II level for the initial time beginning with the upcoming 2015 campaign.

“That was a big part of my decision. I’m glad they can play in the postseason,” Hellums said. “I love it there. They’re in a really, really tough conference so I’ll get to play the best competition possible. I’ve got a lot to prove so I’m ready to get out there and stay hungry.”

Hellums basically became a second starter out of the Northeast bullpen and made 14 appearances with 23.2 innings pitched, which was more than any other Tiger reliever.

The Ripley High School product went 2-2 during his final year in a Northeast uniform with a total of just 12 earned runs allowed and an average of five strikeouts per game.

Hellums earned back-to-back victories in a span of two weekends during the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division slate this season. He struck out three batters to lead the Tigers to the first of four wins over rival Itawamba Community College and then gave up one earned run in three frames to down Holmes Community College.

The tall, lanky right-hander also poured in a 4-2 record during his debut campaign in Booneville with 49.2 innings on the hill, which was second-best on the squad behind only Arkansas State University signee Tanner Gaines, 28 punch outs and a solid earned run average (ERA) of 3.26.

Hellums tossed two frames against Mississippi Delta Community College in the final contest of the regular season to help the Tigers capture the 2013 MACJC North Division championship.

His teams played the first round of the MACJC State Playoffs in the City of Hospitality for two years straight with triumphs over Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Pearl River Community College. Northeast also garnered the right to bring the MACJC State Tournament to Harold T. White Field for the initial time in its current format during the 2014 campaign.

“It was really fun to come down and do things that haven’t been done in a while,” said Hellums. “Winning the division was awesome when we clinched it. That was one of my best memories and just getting to host the tournament this year was awesome as well.”

Hellums holds a career ERA of 3.69 in 26 outings as a Tiger. The 6-8, 174-pounder sat down a personal best five men by strikeout in a win versus East Mississippi Community College one season ago and also tallied eight scoreless appearances at Northeast.

“I could not have picked a better school to have come to out of high school,” Hellums said. “I think I learned so much here that you just can’t learn in high school. It prepared me to move on. We had a great group of guys both years I was here and I will be in contact with them as long as I’m around.”

Hellums gave credit to the Tigers’ instructors, including assistants Richy Harrelson and Jon Andy Scott, for the knowledge and wisdom that they passed to him throughout his pair of campaigns in the black-and-gold.

“I can’t say enough about the integrity of the coaches,” he said. “They taught me so much. Coach Harrelson comes in and gets me on a very solid weight program and coach Farris got me here and got me throwing. It wasn’t three weeks with them that I had velocity jumps. They’re so great at what they do.”

Hellums will receive the chance during the 2015 season to face former Northeast teammates Justin Neal of Christian Brothers University, Will Robertson of Delta State University and the University of North Alabama’s Kyle Stephenson.

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Morris Excited To Join Old Friend On NEMCC Hoops Staff
Release Date: 7/24/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Kyle Morris is enthusiastic about reunifying with a longtime companion and joining one of the most tradition-rich men’s basketball programs in the Magnolia State.

Morris, who brings an intense and dynamic attitude to the court, has been selected as the new assistant coach for Northeast Mississippi Community College beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

“It’s a big hire in a lot of different areas,” said Tigers headman Cord Wright. “First and foremost from the recruiting side of it, he’s really good. He’s active, stays on it and that’s one of the biggest things in recruiting is just being consistent and working at it. That’s one area that he’s going to bring a lot of help to with the state being opened up.

“Secondly, he does a really good job with individual workouts and making the players better. Recruiting them is huge, but making them better while they’re here is the next step. I’m very excited and I think that within a year or so once we get this thing rocking and rolling that everybody will see the excitement that I feel now.”

Morris enters his eighth season in the coaching profession at Northeast following successful stops at his collegiate alma mater, the University of Pikeville (Ky.), and the University of North Alabama.

“I’m very honored and humbled,” Morris said. “I’ve known coach Wright for the past six years. He helped me get in the business and kind of jump-start my career. I wanted to come over here, accept the challenge and I’m looking forward to getting going.

“My main duties are just making the players that we have here better by making sure they stay in the classroom and making sure they graduate. Also, recruiting is going to be huge, especially the next two years, and making sure we sign the right student-athletes.”

Morris landed his first position as an assistant coach at Pikeville during the 2007-08 season. He guided the Bears to a solid 22-9 record and fourth-place finish in the Mid-South Conference.

Pikeville compiled an impressive 14-game winning streak that spanned three months. The Bears defeated their opponents in that stretch by an average score of 77-53.

Under the tutelage of Morris, Jeff Ferguson was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Honorable Mention All-American while William Harris, Justin Hicks and Morris each earned all-conference honors.

After an outstanding campaign at Pikeville, Morris travelled further south and accepted a post at North Alabama. He served as an assistant coach for the next six years and aided in the Lions’ return to countrywide prominence.

Morris and Wright worked together in Florence, Ala., from 2008-10. The duo pushed the Lions to a pair of Gulf South Conference (GSC) Tournament appearances at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven and also instructed Kenny Johnson, who is one of only four men’s basketball players in North Alabama history to receive All-American status.

The 2010-11 edition of the Lions tallied a 13-16 mark, but still had two athletes in Ricky Davison and Marcus Landry tabbed to the All-Gulf South Team with Wes Long obtaining GSC East Division Freshman of the Year recognition.

North Alabama improved to 15-12 one season later with sweeps of league rivals Delta State University, Valdosta State (Ga.) University and the University of West Georgia. Beaumont Beasley and Theron Jenkins, which both averaged 16 points per outing, grabbed All-Gulf South Team prestige for their actions during that campaign.

Morris, whose hometown is Dayton, Ohio, left his imprint on North Alabama’s history books by guiding the Lions to back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Tournaments in his final two years on the sidelines inside Flowers Hall.

Following an eight-game winning streak to open the season, North Alabama drew an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament with a 19-9 record and 12-6 mark versus conference foes. The Lions were eliminated in the opening round by NCAA South Regional host Florida Southern College.

North Alabama eclipsed the 20-win plateau during the 2013-14 campaign with victories in nine of their final 10 league contests. The Lions used that momentum near the end of the year to capture the sixth Gulf South Tournament championship in program history.

Rashaun Claiborne nearly notched a double-double with 28 points and eight rebounds in North Alabama’s title matchup against Christian Brothers (Tenn.) University. Claiborne was designated as the Most Valuable Player of the event while teammate Bruce Adams garnered Gulf South All-Tournament Team accolades.

The Lions, with Morris on the bench, entered the NCAA South Regional in Lakeland, Fla., as the No. 4 seed. North Alabama outscored the University of Tampa (Fla.) 47-37 in the second half to claim a close triumph and advance past the first round for the initial time since 2008.

Former Northeast guard Tyler Pritchard started and Adams dropped in a team-high 21 points, but the Lions could not overcome Tuskegee (Ala.) University in their second round game and were eliminated from the tournament.

After the conclusion of the season, Claiborne was chosen to participate in the 2014 Reese’s NCAA Division II All-Star Game in Evansville, Ind. at the Ford Center. He is one of only four players ever from North Alabama to compete in this event.

Overall, North Alabama amassed a record of 101-70, or a winning percentage of 69 percent, during Morris’ tenure at that institution. His primary responsibilities with the Lions included developing exercise routines, individual skill development, recruiting and to monitor the academic progress of their student-athletes.

Morris lettered at Pikeville for three years and was named an Academic All-Mid-South Conference selection. Before his collegiate career began, he won three Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Ohio state championships for Dayton Salvation Army.

In his spare time, Morris works a variety of basketball camps across the nation, including at the University of Dayton (Ohio), the University of Tennessee, Wright State (Ohio) University and Capital (Ohio) University.

Morris’ background in community service is extensive. He organized a Red Cross blood drive while at North Alabama, volunteered at both the Salvation Army and the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and spoken to junior high school students during Red Ribbon Week about the dangers involved with drugs and alcohol.

A graduate of Springboro (Ohio) High School, Morris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Pikeville and a Master’s degree from North Alabama.

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LADY TIGER TEAM CAMP PACKED WITH ELITE TALENT
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - Twelve squads representing nine high schools from across the Southeast descended upon the Northeast Mississippi Community College campus from June 23-24 to participate in the first ever Lady Tiger Team Camp.

Two of the three regulation sized courts inside historic Bonner Arnold Coliseum were in action throughout the duration of the two-day event.

Squads were split into two separate brackets following the opening afternoon of competition on Monday. Tupelo High School claimed the bracket one championship on Tuesday evening while Lewisburg High School captured the bracket two crown.

Overall, the tournament provided athletes with an opportunity to contend against some of the top clubs and talent during their crucial summer schedule. Six of the participating programs clinched postseason berths last year while three won regular season division titles.

“The whole purpose of this camp was to provide another opportunity for these high school coaches to bring their kids in and get better,” said Northeast head coach Brian Alexander. “We feel like we’ve done that and we’ve got a lot of local teams here that had a good time this week.”

The following is the list by institution of those who participated in the 2014 Lady Tiger Team Camp.

Alcorn Central: Madison Burnett, Haley Walker, Lexi Harrison, Jordan Whitten, Danielle Leatherwood, Brooke McCoy, Briley Talley, Olivia Wilson, Callie Buntin, Brianna Barnes, Lauren McCreless, Katelyn McKinney, Olivia Smith and Phoenix Clark.

Deshler (Ala.): Abbi Holley, Alexis Strickland, Brooke Patterson, Kelsey Clark, Kandice Ricks, December Owens, Annie Sparks, Brooke Harris, Nicole Shirley, Aliyah Peters, Layken Coman, Lauren Cantrell, Alex Terrell, Erica Hill, Karleigh Sledge, Baileigh Terry, Rachel Davidson, Madison Jackson and McKenzie Mitchell.

Hamilton (Ala.): Meredith Knight, Bailey Davis, Lorra Carter, Sarah Paxton Miller, Natalie Bleazard, Corinne Cobb, Haley King and Emma Chandler.

Huntsville Lee (Ala.): Jordan Watkins, Neola Garner, Tamia Wright, Samiayah Pullen, TeMia Pride, Shantel Horton, Ashe’Lee Ford, Kenysha Coulson, Oliyana Tyner, Maya Langham and Laseana Ogunnaike.

Independence: Erika Faulkner, Darquazha McClatchey, Shenile Norwood, Nakia Walker, Brandy Howard, Denisha Cole, Breanna Armstrong, Taneria Bradley, Khiara Lee, Krishele Greer, Deuna Wilbourn, Deavion Watt, Khadedra Malone, Chamiya Edwards, Tanetrian Shorty and Tekeria Newson.

Lewisburg: Janice Farris, Jordyn Lentz, Ariel Tunstall, Kelsey Glasper, Claire Fleming, Lauren Brady, Destiny Gardner, Brianna Walker and Victoria Greer.

Prattville (Ala.): Lyric Blake, Samantha Austin, Nyia Mays, Tamara McClain, Chappell Studdard, Tynesha Adams, Claudia Harris and Carson Haynes.

Tupelo: Asia Partlow, Diamond Gates, Kaliyah Dandridge, Dnesha Starks, Aysia Walker, Marqueesha Hoskins, Sara Friloux, Ja’lancia Kohlheim, Randasia Crayton, Reagan Cook, Jaleigha Polk, Shuricka Trice, Olivia Lipsey, Alayjah Sherer, Braxton Thomas and Briana Mcmillian.

Vardaman: Alaysia Madkins, Chasady Holmes, Tamela Armstrong, Alexis Yates, Monica Wright, Diamond Vance, Anastasia Madkins, Tiara Jones, Courtney Brown, Ashelin Waius and C.J. Weddle.

For more information about the 2014 Northeast Lady Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Alexander at 662-720-7887 or by email at bcalexander@nemcc.edu.

For full details about Northeast’s nine intercollegiate athletic programs, please visit www.nemccathletics.com and follow the Tigers on Twitter (@NEMCCTigers).


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“Meet The Bobcats” Set For August 21
Release Date: 7/25/2014
Jones County Junior College

ELLISVILLE – Jones County Junior College will hold its annual “Meet the Bobcats” event at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 in downtown Ellisville next to Community Bank. The Maroon Typhoon will open the evening with the fight song and Community Bank President Charlie Garretson will then welcome the crowd.

The Bobcat cheerleaders, men and women’s soccer teams, football team and men and women’s basketball teams will be introduced during the evening. First-year JCJC head football coach David Thornton will make remarks to the crowd. JCJC Athletic Director Katie Herrington will address the fans and invite them to all of the Bobcat athletic events this season.

The JCJC women’s soccer team hosts Delta State at 7 p.m. on Aug. 22, while the men’s team travels to Mississippi College for a 4 p.m. match on that day. The Bobcat men will have a scrimmage at 4 p.m. on Aug. 16 at William Carey University. The Bobcat football team opens the season at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 28 at Northwest Mississippi. JCJC hosts Itawamba at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6 in the annual “Hall of Fame” game.

“Meet the Bobcats” is open to the public.


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ECCC Warrior Golf Classic Winners
Release Date: 7/14/2014
East Central Community College

These golfers representing SouthGroup Cox of Carthage claimed top honors in the 13th annual Warrior Golf Classic, sponsored by the East Central Community College Alumni Association. The talented linksters posted an 18-under par 54 on the Oaks Course at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club, located on the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw. The four-person team includes (from left) Jimmie Bell and Jimmy Brown, both of Carthage; Pat Hardage (fourth from left) of Carthage and Bob Jordan (far right) of Kosciusko, who received the championship award from ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. This year’s four-person scramble netted $9,850 for student scholarships, according to event coordinator Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations. (EC Photo)

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ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
Release Date: 7/9/2014
East Central Community College

DECATUR – Seven East Central Community College athletic teams were recognized for academic excellence in 2013-14 by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors reflect the type of athletic program the College strives to achieve each year.

“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts in the classroom this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way - Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”

The Lady Warrior fast-pitch softball team achieved a 3.54 grade point average and finished second in the nation.

Kristin Chaney serves as head coach.

The Lady Warrior soccer team had a 3.51 GPA and finished second nationally.Gray Massey serves as head coach.

The Warrior soccer team achieved a 3.16 GPA and was ranked fourth nationally.Kenneth Thompson is head coach.

The Lady Warrior tennis team earned a 3.58 grade point average and finished fourth in the nation.

The Warrior tennis squad posted a 3.25 GPA and was ranked 14th nationally.Both programs are led by head coach Robert Thompson and adjunct coach Dianne O’Neill.

The Warrior baseball team finished 13th nationally with a 3.23 GPA.Neal Holliman serves as head coach.

EC’s golfers posted a 3.14 GPA and placed 17th nationally.

Chris Clark is head coach.

For more information on ECCC’s athletic programs, contact Chris Harris, Dean of Personnel Services and Athletics, at 601-635-6401 or email charris@eccc.edu.


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ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

The defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before concluding the day with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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ICC Soccer Announces Schedule For Meet The Indians
Release Date: 7/21/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan recently announced the schedule for the programs’ Meet the Indians to be held on Saturday, August 16th at the ICC Soccer Complex on the Fulton Campus.

“This is always a great way to get the season started for both our teams,” said Sullivan. “This event always has a buzz about it that really seems to rub off on the players and helps them get motivated for the season and it also helps the freshmen know what it feels like to play in a collegiate atmosphere.”

The event will start with the introduction of the members of the 2014 Lady Indians and Indians soccer teams at 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by the Lady Indians’ Alumni game schedule to run from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

“These alumni games get a lot more competitive than people might think,” Sullivan said with a laugh. “Once some of these former players get back on the field it’s like they never left and sometimes that competitive spirit comes back out in a hurry.”

The defending MACJC North Division Champion Indians will host an intrasquad scrimmage to showcase the members of this year’s team before concluding the day with the Indians’ Alumni vs Alumni game.

“We had tons of guys show up for this last season and already have a lot more planning to come back for this year’s event,” said Sullivan. “Even if you don’t want to play we would love to have as many former players and family members come back to be a part of the event to help make it extra special for everyone to enjoy.”

Coach Sullivan and assistant coach Cody Carson are currently working on additional plans for the event.

If you are an alumnus and will be attending or want to participate in this year’s event contact Coach Sullivan at mjsullivan@iccms.edu or Coach Carson at cpcarson@iccms.edu.

For more information on ICC soccer and the eight other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.


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ICC Hires Former Ole Miss Rebel As New Assistant Softball Coach
Release Date: 7/23/2014
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College along with softball coach Andy Kirk announced the hiring of former Ole Miss Rebel first baseman Londen Ladner as the Lady Indians’ new assistant coach on Wednesday.

“We’re very excited about Londen coming on and joining our program,” said Kirk. “She’s had a stellar career through high school and four excellent years at Ole Miss. She’s going to be a great asset for us on the offensive side, the recruiting side, but she also has a great background with strength and conditioning. So we are excited about her being able to take over and get us to the next level.”

While at Ole Miss, the Brandon native was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll in the Fall of and the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2011. She earned a spot on the 2012 SEC Honor Roll while being named SEC Player of the Week for her performance against No. 10 Stanford. She led the Rebels in home runs as a sophomore, junior, and senior season.

“Her senior year [Ole Miss] beat Alabama and Florida so she’s been on the highest stage there is as far as collegiately and I believe the experiences she’s had will be something she can relate to our players with,” said Kirk.

Ladner’s name is peppered throughout the history of the Ole Mississippi softball program ranking amongst the all-time career leaders at No. 8 in batting average (.294), No. 7 in hits (161), No. 5 in doubles (33), No. 3 in home runs (25), No. 3 in RBI (121), No. 4 in walks (95), No. 4 in total bases (269), No. 5 in slugging percentage (.491), No. 4 in on-base percentage (.417), No. 3 in intentional walks (6), No. 3 in hit by pitch (24), No. 9 in fielding percentage (.979), and No. 4 in putouts (880).

She earned all-state honors all four years of high school, was named Gatorade Player of the Year and The Clarion Ledger Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and helped lead Northwest Rankin to the 2009 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state championship before graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

She is the daughter of former Southern Miss football player Stewart Ladner and Renee Jones.

For more information on ICC softball and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter (@LetsGoICC) and visit LetsGoICC.com.

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NORTHEAST TENNIS ATHLETES, TEAMS RECEIVE ITA ACADEMIC ACCOLADES
Release Date: 7/18/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Skillman, N.J. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s and women’s tennis programs placed themselves among highly elite company with their latest national recognition.

The Lady Tigers and Tigers were named 2014 All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) for sustaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or above on a 4.0 scale.

In addition, seven individual Northeast netters that possessed GPAs higher than 3.5 garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete status.

“I am just as proud of their accomplishments and successes in the classroom as I am for every win on the court,” said Northeast head coach Ben Shappley. “I’m extremely impressed with their work ethic. They’ve earned these honors.”

The Lady Tigers were one of just six National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) members to qualify for the ITA All-Academic Team award with a sensational 3.59 GPA. That number was second best in the Magnolia State behind only Copiah-Lincoln Community College.

The Booneville duo of Allie Downs and Erica Whitten led the effort by compiling flawless 4.0 GPAs. Downs was one of only five women’s tennis players in the country to claim the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence.

Belmont’s Allison Wiltshire, who concluded the campaign at the No. 1 singles and doubles position for Northeast, flirted with perfection and accumulated a GPA of 3.96.

Whitten’s partner at No. 2 doubles in Haley Brown also clinched her spot on the ITA Scholar-Athlete list with a 3.54 GPA. The Iuka product held a three-match winning streak for the Lady Tigers against opponents from East Central Community College and Holmes Community College in March.

Northeast and Meridian Community College were the lone men’s representatives from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) to secure ITA All-Academic Team distinction. The Tigers placed half their squad on the ITA Scholar-Athlete lineup and carried an outstanding composite GPA of 3.22.

Booneville natives Wesley Tye and Noah Wright paced Northeast in its studies and accumulated GPAs of 3.89 and 3.52, respectively, during their freshmen years.

Tye and Wright excelled in match play as well and registered a regular season record of 6-6 at No. 3 doubles for the Tigers. The combo also accounted for 11 victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Micah Page collected a number of marquee wins during his final campaign in a Northeast uniform, including decisions over nationally ranked players Juan Miranda of East Central and Graham Lightsey of Jones County Junior College.

Tishomingo’s Page devoted proper time to his scholastic endeavors as well and tallied a 3.59 GPA to gain ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

As the governing body of collegiate tennis, the ITA is comprised of nearly 1,700 coaches and 20,000 student-athletes from over 1,200 institutions. It has a comprehensive awards program to honor excellence in academics, leadership, sportsmanship and athletic performance.

The ITA annually decorates approximately 3,000 student-athletes from 500 different varsity programs across the country.

PLEASE NOTE – Headshots and action photos of all seven Northeast Mississippi Community College athletes that were honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association are available upon request. Contact sports information director Blake Long at bdlong@nemcc.edu.


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Hinds CC Hires Willie Calvin As Assistant Men’s T&F Coach
Release Date: 7/10/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – Willie Calvin, a former men’s track and field star at Hinds Community College, has returned to Raymond and will now serve as an assistant coach for the nationally renowned Eagles program.

Calvin, a Greenville native, recently earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, N.C. He won the Mississippi Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award as a senior at Greenville Weston High School after winning state championships in both the high jump and long jump in 2009.

Calvin, a Hinds student-athlete from 2009-2011, was a two-time United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American after posting two eighth place finishes in the high jump with a leap of six feet, eight inches at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor and Outdoor Nationals as both a freshman and sophomore.

He then moved on to NCCU, where he was a two-time 2x Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) high jump champion.

For more on Hinds track and field go to www.hindsccsports.com.



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