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Former Tiger Peterson Completes Baseball Journey At Division II World Series
Release Date:6/24/2017
Northeast Mississippi Community College

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - A former Northeast Mississippi Community College standout wrapped up his career on the diamond with an appearance on the grandest stage of collegiate baseball.

Former Tiger infielder Josh Peterson concluded his senior campaign at the University of North Georgia by capturing a berth to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” said Peterson. “After our first meeting last August, coach (Tom Cantrell) said this is a good team and a championship level team. It was one of the greatest feelings to realize that after all the hard work, practices, blood, sweat and tears that we finally achieved our goal.

“This team was a special group of guys and I love them all. We had a lot of very talented ball players. It boiled down to how close we were and how much we trusted each other. To go out to Texas with them was just amazing.”

Peterson and the Nighthawks had a special year overall that included a Peach Belt Conference (PBC) regular season championship and the inaugural No. 1 national ranking in program history.

North Georgia reached the semifinal round of the PBC Tournament before receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional hosted by Mount Olive (N.C.) University.

Peterson’s Nighthawks went undefeated through the regional competition and defeated Catawba (N.C.) College by a 5-4 margin in the title matchup to advance to their first-ever NCAA Division II championship round.

North Georgia completed its historic campaign with setbacks to West Chester (Pa.) University and Delta State University at the NCAA Division II College World Series, which was held at AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Peterson compiled a .333 batting average during his final season at the Dahlonega, Ga., based school. He added four doubles, one triple, one home run and nine RBIs for the Nighthawks.

The 6-4, 220-pound left-hander served primarily as a designated hitter for North Georgia. Peterson also saw action at first base on occasion, especially during his junior year.

He was a career .261 hitter for the Nighthawks with a .393 on-base percentage as well. Peterson earned several honors at North Georgia, including the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement Award and recognition as a PBC Presidential Scholar.

“I enjoyed it and soaked it all in,” Peterson said. “I felt like a big leaguer. That’s the way they treated you out there. These are the times that I’ll look back on when I’m older. This was an amazing experience and I was truly blessed to be a part of it.”

The trip to the Lone Star State with the Nighthawks was the culmination of a fantastic adventure around the country for Peterson that centered around the sport of baseball.

Peterson was an exceptional athlete at Ralston Valley (Colo.) High School and earned second-team all-conference accolades from the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSSA).

Northeast headman Richy Harrelson, who was then an assistant coach under current athletic director Kent Farris, saw Peterson compete at the Keith Hagan Memorial All-American Classic in Memphis, Tenn., and recruited him to Booneville.

“He’s just a great all-around kid,” said Harrelson. “He worked hard at practice and extremely hard in the weight room. He’s going to be extremely successful in whatever he wants to do because of the way he handles his business.”

Peterson compiled a .234 batting average over two years with the Tigers. He also tallied eight doubles, two home runs, 24 RBIs and 21 runs scored during his tenure in the City of Hospitality.

The Arvada, Colo., native garnered the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement after his sophomore season at Northeast for accumulating a 3.68 grade point average (GPA).

Peterson was also a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Academic All-State selection. He helped the Tigers reach the playoffs and host the MACJC State Tournament as a freshman.

“I’m very blessed to have had the journey that I had,” Peterson said. “The opportunity that Northeast gave me to come and play was awesome. I’m definitely indebted to them and I love that program.

“Coming out to Georgia really rounded everything off. I’ve met a lot of great people and made a lot of great friends that I’m going to be close with hopefully for a long time to come. It’s just been a dream come true.”

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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Abby Jenkins Hired As Athletic Academic Advisor At East Mississippi Community College
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Abby Jenkins has been hired as athletic academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, as announced recently by EMCC Director of Athletics Dr. Randall Bradberry.

In her role, Jenkins is responsible for monitoring the academic well-being of EMCC’s student-athletes. In acting as a liaison between the EMCC faculty, student-athletes and coaches, she assists in course selection and also monitors the daily academic progress of all student-athletes on the Scooba campus.

“I am so excited about the new opportunity in front of me,” Jenkins said. “I can’t wait to take the experience and knowledge I have gained through the years to help the students here at EMCC.”

Jenkins enters the collegiate working ranks after having served as a guidance counselor for the Philadelphia Public Schools since 2009. Following her three-year stint working at the elementary school level, she was elevated to the high school/middle school counseling ranks prior to the 2012-13 academic year. Jenkins’ primary responsibilities as guidance counselor included advising students on class scheduling and career pathways while also assisting them during the college application process.

Jenkins’ college education career began at the junior college level during a year at East Central Community College in Decatur. After earning her undergraduate degree in secondary education with a minor in social studies from Mississippi College in 2004, she taught world geography for a year at Lamar School in Meridian before beginning her counseling career at her high school alma mater, Leake Academy in Madden.

During her four-year working stint at Leake Academy, where she also taught psychology and Mississippi history, Jenkins continued her higher education by obtaining her master’s degree in school counseling from the University of West Alabama in 2007. In addition to being a member of the Mississippi Counseling Association, she has completed the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership Program and has been specially trained through the National Institute for School Leadership for dropout prevention.

“Helping students is my passion,” Jenkins continued. “Our children are our future, and educators have a great responsibility to get them all to the next level. To me, the next level is ensuring they are productive citizens in whatever pathway they choose.”

The former Abby Loper and her husband, Ryan, are both natives of Neshoba County. They are the parents of two boys, Hayden, 10, and Henley, 8.

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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EMCC Posts Second Straight Top 10 Team Finish At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
Release Date: 6/21/2017
East Mississippi Community College

CASPER, Wyoming - The East Mississippi Community College men's rodeo team earned a second straight Top 10 national finish by placing seventh this past week at the season-ending College National Finals Rodeo. The week-long event concluded Saturday night at the Casper Events Center.

With five competitors making up EMCC's first-ever CNFR appearance as a team, Coach Morgan Goodrich's Lions recorded 425 points to finish seventh overall nationally and first among the 11 teams affiliated with the Ozark Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Individually for East Mississippi, sophomore Marcus Theriot was bidding to repeat as the CNFR's All-around cowboy champion after single-handedly amassing 510 points to lead the Lions to last year's fifth-place national finish among the team standings. However, this year's national title escaped the Poplarville native during Saturday night's short go in the tie down roping event. As Theriot was preparing to defend his national championship in his specialty event, his calf was released out of the chute as he and his horse were turning in the box. The judges reportedly ruled that Theriot had nodded to signal he was ready, so he did not receive a score for the run.

Entering Saturday night's short go leading the All-around men's standings with 165 total points, Theriot had to settle for a third-place showing in his repeat title quest after finishing behind McNeese State's Cole Frey (243.3 points) and Bubba Boots of Northwest College (190.8). Theriot did earn 90 points in the tie down roping event with an aggregate score of 29.2 seconds (8.8/10.0/10.4) accrued through the first three rounds leading up to Saturday's finals. He also recorded 75 points when he paired with UT Martin's Douglas Rich to win the second round of team roping with a 5.4-second effort.

The highlight of Saturday's finals for EMCC was heeler Ethan Wheeler pairing with UT Martin's Ross Mitchell to claim short-go honors in the team roping competition with a winning run of 5.5 seconds. The tandem's composite score of 28.1 seconds (6.6/8.2/7.8/5.5) during the week collected 180 points for each roper and garnered a second-place overall finish.

The Lions' team scoring at the CNFR was rounded out with Tristan Martin's 80 points earned during the week's steer wrestling competition. The former McNeese State University transfer placed third with a 4.5-second run during the second round followed by a 4.8 effort to tie for sixth place a round later.

Also competing for EMCC during the week in Casper was North Pontotoc High School product Cooper Christensen in the steer wrestling event along with Jace Harris team roping with Cooper Lee from Southern Arkansas University. Panhandle State University, out of Oklahoma, claimed the men's team championship with 827.5 total points followed by San Houston State University (715 pts) and Tarleton State University (690). While also featuring the women's All-around champion Loni Lester (245 pts), Sam Houston State (485 pts) won the women's team title over the University of Wyoming (355) and Eastern New Mexico University (345).

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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School-record 46 EMCC Student-athletes Collect MACJC Academic All-State Honors
Release Date: 6/24/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA - A school-record 46 East Mississippi Community College student-athletes have earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for their classroom efforts during the 2016-17 school year. In addition, the EMCC softball and women's basketball programs posted state-best team grade point averages for their respective sports.

Included among EMCC's academic recipients were 28 freshmen and 18 sophomores representing all six of the school's MACJC-affiliated sports programs. Coach Kyndall White's softball Lions again headlined this past academic year by having 17 of their 19 rostered players maintain grade point averages of 3.25 or higher, including eight Distinguished Academic All-State honorees (3.8 GPA or higher) and four players (Mallory Vance, Ciara Steward, Sydney Olander and Carly Thompson) with perfect 4.00 GPAs.

Vance, an all-state outfielder, highlighted East Mississippi's contingent of individual recipients with her perfect cumulative 4.00 GPA achieved during her two years on the Scooba campus. The West Lauderdale High School product was EMCC's 2016-17 student recipient of the HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence) award and has been accepted into the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Occupational Therapy Program. On the field as a two-year starter for the Lions, Vance batted .388 for her collegiate career with 109 total hits, 71 runs scored and 30 stolen bases.

Also helping to contribute to the softball program's state-high 3.64 team GPA were four other Distinguished Academic All-State recipients (Jordan Self-3.90, Rebekah Williams-3.90, Ashley Vickers-3.82 & Danielle Darmohray-3.81) and an additional nine Academic All-State selections with GPAs between 3.25-3.79 (AG Stewart-3.71, Layton Sills-3.70, Jourdan Jones-3.67, Madison Jacques-3.63, Kiera Phillips-3.59, Rachel Rooney-3.57, Treasure Lynch-3.44, Kendall Wilkinson-3.34 & Kaitlyn Brannon-3.31).

Coach Chris Rose's EMCC baseball Lions featured a dozen academic honorees that contributed to the team's 3.05 composite GPA for the 2016-17 school year. Headlining baseball's list were Distinguished Academic All-State recipients Corley Reynolds (3.88) and Lane Colson (3.80) followed by Garrett Ainsworth (3.78), Wesley Leamon (3.75) and Mike Farnell (3.61). Also recognized from the diamond were Walker Kelly (3.58), Austin Lowther (3.53), Cole Whitman (3.51), Alex Knight (3.45), Wesley Grantham (3.41), Luke Templeton (3.38) and Tucker Calhoun (3.25).

EMCC women's basketball, under the guidance of veteran head coach Sharon Thompson, also led the MACJC with a state-best 3.19 team grade point average during this past school year. With Kimmie Jackson (3.90 GPA) leading the way as a Distinguished Academic All-State honoree, the EMCC women's hoops quintet was also represented by Academic All-State selections Adriane Peters (3.52), Kaisah Lucky (3.50), Robrieka Finn (3.31) and Anissia May (3.25).

Coach Buddy Stephens' reigning MACJC state championship football team was also well represented academically with Distinguished Academic All-State pick Raleigh Wood IV (3.86) pacing seven gridiron team members who helped the Lions to a 2.88 team GPA. Also honored were Taury Dixon (3.44), Walter Barnes (3.40), Tyrell Price (3.38), Denzel Bonner (3.29), Ty Williams (3.29) and Taylor Crabtree (3.28).

Mississippi State men's basketball walk-on transfer Mitch Storm (3.91) garnered Distinguished Academic All-State laurels by leading a trio from Coach Billy Begley's Lions squad that also recorded a 2.88 composite GPA this past season. Keith Harris and Jordon Lee followed with matching 3.33 GPAs for the 2016-17 academic year.

Rounding out EMCC's successful school year in the classroom were MACJC Academic All-State recipients Eli Hemphill (3.78) and Kent Vaughn (3.50) from Coach Benji Williams' golf team that posted a collective 2.84 GPA in 2016-17.

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Co-Lin Lands 49 Academic All-State Selections
Release Date: 6/7/2017
Copiah-Lincoln Community College

WESSON – Copiah-Lincoln Community College athletes continued a tradition of excellence in the classroom in 2017 as 49 student-athletes across all 10 sports earned Academic All-State or Distinguished Academic All-State recognition. “We are very excited to have such a large number of student-athletes getting recognized,” said Copiah-Lincoln President Ronnie Nettles. “Accolades such as this are an example of how we excel in both athletics and academics…I am very proud of both our players and our coaches.”

Students with overall GPA’s of 3.8 or higher received Distinguished Academic All-State honors. These include Kelsi Barron, a freshman soccer player from Magnolia, Miss., Cayman Blount, a freshman soccer player from Independence, Miss., Joseph Dendy, a sophomore golfer from Brandon, Miss., Cole Arseneault, a sophomore golfer from Baton Rouge, La., Darrian Wilson, a freshman basketball player from Brookhaven, Miss., Zach James, a freshman baseball player from Madison, Miss., Madison Franklin a freshman tennis player from Brookhaven, Miss., Julie Kramer, a sophomore tennis player from Brookhaven, Miss., Hayes Thompson, a sophomore tennis player from Summit, Miss., Juan Pablo Pinilla, a freshman tennis player from Bogota, Colombia, Tripp Case, a freshman tennis player from Madison, Miss., Graham Eklund, a football player from Jackson, Miss., and Griffin Sublett a football player from Pascagoula, Miss.

Academic All-State was awarded to students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.79. Eight softball players earned recognition including Alex Anthony, a freshman from Kokomo, Miss., Kayla Britt, a sophomore from Wesson, Miss., Logan Deroche, a freshman from Houma, La., Dianna Hobgood, a sophomore from Columbia, Miss., Alison Livingston, a freshman from Brookhaven, Miss., Jamie Martin, a sophomore from Silver Creek, Miss., Alexsundria Thomas, a freshman from Byram, Miss., and Kamryn Vanlandingham, a sophomore from Hazlehurst, Miss.

Co-Lin’s women’s soccer program landed nine on the list including Ray Ann Montano, a freshman from Fazabad, Trinidad and Tobago, McKenzie Turpin, a freshman from Slidell, La., Tristan Smith, a sophomore from Meadville, Miss., Taylor Pierce, a freshman from Richland, Miss., Konika Page, a freshman from Laurel, Miss., Raven London, a sophomore from Vicksburg, Miss., Raven Jones, a sophomore from Laurel, Miss., Camaryn Ellis, a freshman from Ellisville, Miss., and Laura Blailock, from Summit, Miss. Dalton Holliday, a sophomore soccer player from Pascagoula, Miss. and Samual Harvey, a freshman soccer player from Ocean Springs, Miss. also made the list.

Three members of the Co-Lin golf team received honors including Matthew Scoville, a freshman from Madison, Miss., Jason Byrd, a sophomore from Wesson, Miss., and Brandon Blakney, a sophomore from Flowood, Miss.

Kody Smith, a sophomore from Monticello, Miss., Ryan Cullop, a sophomore from Hattiesburg, Miss., Hayden White, a freshman from Madison, Miss., Tyler Vroman, a freshman from Vicksburg, Miss., Gabe Smith, a freshman from Natchez, Miss., and Blake Estabrook, a freshman from Terry, Miss. rounded out Co-Lin’s baseball recipients.

Lady Wolf basketball recipients include Alexus Holt, a freshman from Epps, La. and Karry Callahan, a freshman from Vicksburg, Miss.

Co-Lin’s tennis program had six players earn recognition including Maddie Ogden, a sophomore from Brookhaven, Miss., Logan Prather, a freshman from Magee, Miss., Laura Vargas, Ximena Daza, and Sebastian Osorio, all freshmen from Bogota, Colombia, and Sebastian Harrell, a freshman from Meadville, Miss.


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Reese Finishes Second At Nationals
Release Date: 6/24/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Mississippi Gulf Coast Athletics Hall of Famer Brittney Reese fell just short of her attempt to win an 11th national championship Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. Reese leaped 22 feet, 10.75 inches, with Tianna Bartoletta edging her by three inches.

Reese has won seven outdoor and three indoor national championships, and she’ll head to London for this summer’s World Championships looking for her fourth title there. She also has three world indoor championships.

Bartoletta jumped 23 feet on her first attempt, and Reese went 21-1.75. She kept cutting in that deficit by going 22-3.75 in the third round before her best jump of the day in the fifth. Bartoletta tacked on 5 centimeters with her final leap.

Reese, who has Olympic gold and silver medals on her resume, leads the world this year with a jump of 23-4.75. The world championships take place Aug. 4-13. The long jump preliminaries take place Aug. 9, with the finals two days later.

She was elected into the MGCCC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. She was an NJCAA All-American in basketball at Gulf Coast.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to mgcccbulldogs.com.


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EMCC Looks To Fill Cheerleading Roster Spots With Friday, June 16 Tryouts On Scooba Campus
Release Date: 6/13/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Looking to put the finishing touches on the team’s cheerleading roster for the upcoming academic year, East Mississippi Community College will hold cheer tryouts on Friday, June 16, on the Scooba campus.

With roster spots still available, EMCC’s cheerleading tryouts are set to begin at 3 p.m. following a 2:30 p.m. registration at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. Interested participants are asked to bring a completed EMCC cheerleading tryout application form that can be downloaded online at www.EMCCAthletics.com. Along with making a current physical available, there will be a $35 tryout fee.

For additional information on East Mississippi Community College’s June 16 cheerleading tryouts on the Scooba campus, please contact EMCC cheer coach Hanna Burnette via email at hannaburnette13@gmail.com.




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All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 907-254

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 172-76-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
Northwest
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5

Doug Williams
Hinds CC
Soccer Head Coach
8th Winningest Active Men’s Coach
Record: 222-80-19