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c spire Baseball News

ICC Baseball To Host September Showcase
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
JCJC Baseball Holds Fall League Camp
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Former Hinds CC Baseball Player Jordan Washam Named As Top SS In Alaska Baseball League
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
East Mississippi Baseball Alumnus LeDarious Clark Selected To Northwest League All-Star Team Roster
Hinds CC Softball To Receive New Facility
MGCCC Will Hold Baseball Showcase
Bulldogs Will Host Fall Instructional League
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Former ICC Pitcher Named GLSCL All-Star
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
Former Indian Named To SCBL All-Star Roster
Tickets On Sale For JCJC Sports Hall Of Fame Banquet
Former Collegiate Shortstop Graham Odom Named Assistant Baseball Coach For East Mississippi Lions
Murphree Twins To Remain Together On The Diamond At Northeast
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
ICC Baseball To Host September Showcase
Release Date: 9/2/2015
Itawamba Community College

FULTON – Itawamba Community College head baseball coach Rick Collier announced the program will host a showcase for upcoming junior and seniors on Saturday, September 26 with registration starting at 10:00 a.m. with the showcase starting at 11:00 a.m.

Players interested in participating in the showcase are encouraged to wear practice gear while providing their own cleats, bats, gloves and a valid physical.

Registration is $30.00. For more information contact Coach Collier at 662-862-8118.


c spire Men's Basketball News

Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Hinds CC Men’s Basketball To Host Tryout On Sept. 8
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Cornish Leaves PRCC For Delta State
LaJustin Anderson Joins DSU As Invited Walk-On
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Top Offensive Threats For Tigers Earn All-State Honors
Ripley Native Pete Story Hired To Complete Billy Begley’s EMCC Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Ceremony Honors Dixie Basketball Camp's 50th Anniversary
Dixie Basketball Camp Celebrates 50 Years
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
Campers And Coaches Head To SMCC Dixie Basketball Camp
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
Tiger Pride Camp Draws Both Boys And Girls To Booneville
PRCC Hancock County Students Receive Scholarships
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

c spire Women's Basketball News

Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Ivy Receives All-State Accolade For Second Straight Season
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Northwest's Bethany Lytle Signs With Union University
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Ceremony Honors Dixie Basketball Camp's 50th Anniversary
Dixie Basketball Camp Celebrates 50 Years
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
JCJC Names Pittman Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Northwest Named To WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll
Campers And Coaches Head To SMCC Dixie Basketball Camp
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
PRCC Hancock County Students Receive Scholarships
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Kids From Across Mississippi Flock To NEMCC For First Basketball Camp Of Summer
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

c spire Football News

GAME PREVIEW: NORTHEAST READY FOR FIRST MATCHUP IN RAYMOND IN SEVEN YEARS
GAME PREVIEW: No. 1 EMCC Travels To No. 4 Co-Lin In MACJC State Title Rematch; Lions Look To Tie NJCAA Consecutive Wins Mark
"Meet The Tigers" Event Deemed Huge Success
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
GAME PREVIEW: Wildcats Return To The Road To Battle Holmes In Non-division Play
GAME PREVIEW: Bobcats Try To Bounce Back At Itawamba
GAME PREVIEW: Hinds CC Football Hosts Northeast On Thursday
Dean Named MACJC Defensive Player Of The Week
GAME RECAP: ICC Outlasted By No. 7 Co-Lin In Season Opener
GAME RECAP: No. 16 Rangers Roll Past No. 19 Bobcats, 42-20
GAME RECAP: No. 7 Co-Lin Defeats Itawamba 26-14 In Season Opener
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
East Mississippi’s “Inside The PR1DE” Weekly Sports Show To Make Local TV Debut Sunday Evening
Wildcats Open Season With Convincing 32-6 Victory Over Coahoma
GAME RECAP: Doss Helps Tigers Hang Tough With Nationally Ranked Bulldogs
GAME RECAP: Top-ranked East Mississippi Uses Balanced Offense To Overpower Visiting Southwest, 69-20, In Season Opener
GAME PREVIEW: No. 19 Bobcats Open Season Vs. No. 16 Rangers
GAME RECAP: Hinds CC Football Opens 2015 With 32-28 Victory Over Holmes
GAME RECAP: No. 9 Gulf Coast Comes Back, Defeats Northeast 40-23
GAME RECAP: Holmes Falls To Hinds, 32-28
GAME PREVIEW: NORTHEAST READY FOR FIRST MATCHUP IN RAYMOND IN SEVEN YEARS
Release Date: 9/2/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Raymond, Miss. - The Northeast Mississippi Community College football team begins the road portion of its schedule at a facility that it has not visited in seven years.

The Tigers are set to tangle with their second consecutive nationally ranked opponent in Hinds Community College on Thursday, September 3. Kickoff is slated for 6:30 p.m. at Joe Renfroe Stadium.

Those that cannot attend the matchup can watch it live on NEMCCTV, which is the broadcast home of all nine Northeast intercollegiate athletic programs. Join Jeremy Kennedy and Bryan Fenley at 6 p.m. for the pregame show by visiting www.nemcctv.com on any computer, smartphone or tablet.

Fans can also keep up with all the action using live in-game updates on Twitter by searching and following @NEMCCTigers. Interact during the contest by using the hashtag #TigerPower.

The Tigers clashed with ninth-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in what turned into a highly contested battle to open their campaign and now meet the Eagles, who appear at No. 20 in the first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll of the regular season.

Northeast’s Greg Davis was thrilled by the effort of his team against the Bulldogs. The first-year head coach of the Tigers is seeking the same this week versus another foe from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) South Division.

“They played extremely hard and gave it everything they had,” he said. “I was really pleased with the attitude of the kids. We preach daily that it’s an up-and-down roller coaster out there. You’ve got to be ready for the next play and that’s what they did.”

Kendrick Doss was impressive during his inaugural appearance behind center for Northeast. The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) transfer completed 55-percent of his passing attempts for 262 yards with three total touchdowns, including two through the air.

Joe Horn, Jr., picked up where he left off as a freshman during the Tigers’ tilt with Mississippi Gulf Coast. The preseason NJCAA All-Region 23 selection by Mississippi Gridiron magazine and reigning MACJC All-State performer leads the entire country with 39.7 yards per reception.

Donta Armstrong reintroduced himself to the competition and is tied Jaylon Fair for a team-high five catches. The Bruce native was the top returning receiver in the conference this year with 538 yards as a freshman in 2014.

Tiberias Lampkin was not bad at all during his debut for Northeast at tailback. The West Oktibbeha High School product setup multiple scoring opportunities with game-highs of 17 rushes and 74 yards versus Mississippi Gulf Coast. Several newcomers guided the Tigers on the defensive side of the pigskin. Tupelo’s Demarcus Rogers paced the unit from the linebacker position with a team-best 10 tackles.

Freshmen Nicky Martin and Anthony Rush contributed five stops apiece as well. Woodrow Prince of West Point had the most takedowns of any sophomore at six, including five solos.

Northeast (0-1) recorded an outstanding 10 tackles for loss in its lid lifter. Linemen Colton Meadows and Justin Williams accounted for 1.5 stops in the backfield to head that endeavor.

Jacob Meeks exhibited his powerful leg for the Tigers against the Bulldogs. The Kossuth High School alumnus is first among all athletes in the NJCAA with an average of 47 yards each punt.

Hinds used a two-quarterback system in its win over Holmes Community College. TR Page and Jaquez Parks combined for over 225 yards and four touchdowns between passing and running and are both considered dual threat players.

Tyus Raine excelled at running back for the Eagles by toting the ball 12 times for 69 yards against the Bulldogs. Fellow sophomore Javon Wims reached the end zone twice at wideout and had six total grabs for 107 yards.

Jemarcus James managed the Hinds (1-0) defense with a game-best nine tackles. The Eagles forced three turnovers in their initial matchup of the campaign, including two fumble recoveries by Marcus Loud and Baron Poole.

“We know that they’re going to have a lot of talent out there on the field,” said Davis. “But we’re up for the challenge. We’re excited to go down there and see what happens.”

Northeast and the Eagles have faced each other in Raymond just twice since the turn of the century. Hinds claimed both contests on the field by tight scores of 14-10 in 2006 and 23-12 two years later, but the Tigers officially won the latter of the two games after the hosts forfeited for using an ineligible player.

The Eagles are ahead in the all-time series 26-7-1. They ruined Northeast’s home opener last September by capturing a 31-12 decision inside Tiger Stadium.


c spire Golf News

Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Bulldogs Golf Finished Second In First Tournament
MGCCC Golf Finishes Second; Hickam Named All-Tournament
NORTHEAST SEEKS FRESH TALENT WITH OPEN GOLF TRYOUT
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Bulldogs Golf Team Ranked Third In Poll
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Tull Accumulates Fourth Lowest Scoring Average To Earn All-State Honors
Hinds CC Announces 2015-2016 Golf Schedule
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Bulldogs Golf Team Wins Academic Honor
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Bulldogs Duo Places Seventh At Magnolia Amateur
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
Hinds CC Golf To Host Tryout On July 24
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Co-Lin Student-athletes Pile Up MACJC Academic Honors
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

c spire Rodeo News

Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
Bull Rider Winston Cheek Paces East Mississippi To 25th-place Team Finish At College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
East Mississippi Trio Set For Participation In College National Finals Rodeo In Casper, Wyo.
Northeast Mourns The Loss Of Pearl River's Mitch Deaver
Weather Prompts Postponement Of Pearl River Summer Showcase
PRCC Summer Registration On-going
Will Tindall Signs Rodeo Scholarship With Northwest
EMCC Rodeo Teams Place Second In Women’s And Third In Men’s At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
EMCC Set To Host NIRA Ozark Region Collegiate Rodeo Beginning Thursday At West Point’s Eagle Ranch
Kelsey Kennemer Leads EMCC Women To Team Rodeo Title At UA Cossatot-hosted Event In Arkansas
Hinds CC Receives New Athletic Weight Room
Hinds CC Student-athletes Named To Who’s Who
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth In Both Men’s And Women’s Competition At Murray State-hosted Event
East Mississippi Rodeo Teams Place Fourth And Seventh At Three Rivers College Event
EMCC Women’s Rodeo Team Makes School History With First-place Finish In Fall Opener At Missouri Valley College
ECCC Athletic Teams Recognized For Academic Excellence
ECCC Leads Nation In Student-Athlete Honors
Thirty Northwest Student-Athletes Named MACJC Academic All-State
EMCC’s Fisher-Pruitt Team Roping Tandem Finishes 10th To Secure School-best, 28th-place Team Rodeo Finish At 2014 CNFR
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Release Date: 6/24/2015
Holmes Community College

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA national office announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards Wednesday. This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports. A record 3.31 percent of individuals competing in the association qualified for an academic award which is only available to student-athletes that have accumulated at least 45 semester credit hours or 60 quarter credit hours with a minimum of a 3.60 grade-point average.

Below is a listing of the three NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor:Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence: 4.00 GPA; Superior Academic Achievement Award: 3.80-3.99 GPA; and Exemplary Academic Achievement Award: 3.60-3.79 GPA.

Holmes Community College had 16 athletes receive honors from the NJCAA. Included in the list were: women's tennis, Laurie Alvis, Superior Academic Achievement; Jennifer Rule, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; Anna Shores, Superior Academic Achievement; and Katie Wood, Superior Academic Achievement; women's soccer, Mara Baker, Superior Academic Achievement; Aija Baker, Exemplary Academic Achievement; Courtney Vosika, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Emma Warren, Exemplary Academic Achievement; baseball, Tyler Hines, Exemplary Academic Achievement; and Cody Shaw, Exemplary Academic Achievement; men's tennis, Justin Sawyer, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; softball, Brett Whitlock, Superior Academic Achievement; Lindsey Robbins, Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence; and Kelsey Kelly, Exemplary Academic Achievement; football, Tevin Roberts, Superior Academic Achievement; and men's soccer, Brad Simpson, Exemplary Academic Achievement.

The Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence was presented to a record 185 student-athletes that earned a 4.0 grade-point average. There were 741 qualifiers for the Superior Academic Achievement Award, while 1,110 individuals claimed the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.


c spire Men's Soccer News

East Central Men’s, Women’s Soccer Teams Split Matches At Gulf Coast
Lee’s Hat Trick Powers Lady Wildcats; Wildcats Blank Hinds 3-0
Bulldogs Storm Back To Defeat East Central
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Yelverton Named MACJC Goalkeeper Of The Week
Week 2 MACJC Soccer Players Of The Week Announced
ICC Opens Soccer Season With Road Split
Bulldogs Want To Keep Momentum After Big Win
Bobcats Fall To Northwest In Men’s Soccer
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Wildcats Open Season With 4-0 Win Over Holmes
ECCC Men’s And Women’s Soccer Teams Post Wins Over Southwest
Bulldogs Down Hinds In Double Overtime
East Central Warrior Soccer Tops Co-Lin In Double Overtime For First Win
PRCC Set To Open 2015 Season At Holmes
Holmes CC Soccer Versus Southwest MS CC
Wanner Paiz Of Hinds CC Named MACJC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player Of The Week
MGCCC Men Open MACJC Play At Hinds
Bobcat Soccer Team Falls To Hinds
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
East Central Men’s, Women’s Soccer Teams Split Matches At Gulf Coast
Release Date: 9/2/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College women’s soccer team remained undefeated on the 2015 season with a tough 2-1 win against Gulf Coast Community College in a match played Tuesday, Sept.1, in Perkinston. The East Central men’s team took a 3-2 lead to the locker room at the half against the home Bulldogs, but came up on the short end of the final 5-3 score.

The Lady Warriors improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Warriors fell to 2-3 on the season.

Sophomore forward Tamia Cavett of Murrah High School scored twice in the span of one minute in the first half to give East Central a 2-0 lead at intermission. Freshman forward Presley McLemore of Brandon High School and sophomore midfielder Megan Yarbrough of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch assisted on the goals. Cavett now has three goals on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs scored with 14:38 to play in the match to bring the final score to 2-1.

In the men’s match, the Warriors got goals from freshman midfielder Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc High School on a penalty kick at the 20th minute, from sophomore midfielder Connor Brennan of Pearl High School off a cross from sophomore midfielder Abi Rivera, a product of Oxford High School, at the 40th minute, and from sophomore forward Jacob Johnson of Destrehan High School (La.) at the 42nd minute to build a 3-2 halftime lead.

East Central was not able to score in the second half, and the Bulldogs tied the contest at the 65th minute and then added two last-minute goals for the 5-3 win.

Johnson now has three goals on the season for the Warriors, and Gutierrez and Brennan have two each.

The East Central men’s and women’s soccer squads travel to Raymond Friday, Sept. 4, to square off against Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division opponent Hinds. Women’s action is at 5 p.m. and men’s action is at 7 p.m.


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East Central Men’s, Women’s Soccer Teams Split Matches At Gulf Coast
Lee’s Hat Trick Powers Lady Wildcats; Wildcats Blank Hinds 3-0
Late MGCCC Rally Falls Short In Women's Action
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Lee’s Hat Trick Powers Lady Wildcats To 7-0 Victory Over Hinds
JCJC’s Stubbington, Pike Receive MACJC Honors
Week 2 MACJC Soccer Players Of The Week Announced
ICC Opens Soccer Season With Road Split
Lady Bulldogs Looking For First Win
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
Lady Wildcats Cruise Past Holmes 6-0 In Soccer Season Opener
Lady Bobcats Blitz Hinds, 11-0
Lady Bobcats Aim To ‘finish The Job’ In 2015
ECCC Men’s And Women’s Soccer Teams Post Wins Over Southwest
Lady Bulldogs Drop MACJC Opener At Hinds
PRCC Set To Open 2015 Season At Holmes
Holmes CC Soccer Versus Southwest MS CC
ECCC Freshman Is Named MACJC Women’s Goalkeeper Of The Week
Abigail Morales Named MACJC Player Of The Week
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
East Central Men’s, Women’s Soccer Teams Split Matches At Gulf Coast
Release Date: 9/2/2015
East Central Community College

The East Central Community College women’s soccer team remained undefeated on the 2015 season with a tough 2-1 win against Gulf Coast Community College in a match played Tuesday, Sept.1, in Perkinston. The East Central men’s team took a 3-2 lead to the locker room at the half against the home Bulldogs, but came up on the short end of the final 5-3 score.

The Lady Warriors improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Warriors fell to 2-3 on the season.

Sophomore forward Tamia Cavett of Murrah High School scored twice in the span of one minute in the first half to give East Central a 2-0 lead at intermission. Freshman forward Presley McLemore of Brandon High School and sophomore midfielder Megan Yarbrough of Center Hill High School in Olive Branch assisted on the goals. Cavett now has three goals on the season.

The Lady Bulldogs scored with 14:38 to play in the match to bring the final score to 2-1.

In the men’s match, the Warriors got goals from freshman midfielder Fredy Gutierrez of Pontotoc High School on a penalty kick at the 20th minute, from sophomore midfielder Connor Brennan of Pearl High School off a cross from sophomore midfielder Abi Rivera, a product of Oxford High School, at the 40th minute, and from sophomore forward Jacob Johnson of Destrehan High School (La.) at the 42nd minute to build a 3-2 halftime lead.

East Central was not able to score in the second half, and the Bulldogs tied the contest at the 65th minute and then added two last-minute goals for the 5-3 win.

Johnson now has three goals on the season for the Warriors, and Gutierrez and Brennan have two each.

The East Central men’s and women’s soccer squads travel to Raymond Friday, Sept. 4, to square off against Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division opponent Hinds. Women’s action is at 5 p.m. and men’s action is at 7 p.m.


c spire Softball News

Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
Hinds CC Softball Has Four Former Players Moving On
ECCC To Offer Fall Softball Skills And Pitching Camps On Decatur Campus
Former MSU Softball Pitcher And Current Pro Player Alison Owen Joins East Mississippi Softball Coaching Staff
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
TEN TIGERS RECEIVE NORTH DIVISION ACCOLADES
JCJC Holds Annual Fall League Softball Camp
Kirk Joins Immediate Family In Starting Collegiate Career At NEMCC
Walden Brings Infectious Positive Personality To Northeast
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
Offensive Specialist Rawson Finds Perfect Fit At Northeast
Causey Named To Lead PRCC In Forrest County
Southwest MS CC Announces Hiring Of Two New Softball Coaches
JCJC’s Dew Named To Canadian Open All-Tournament Team
Team Puerto Rico Edges NJCAA All-Stars, 7-6
Dominican Republic Rallies Past NJCAA, 11-6
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

c spire Tennis News

Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Mendoza, Gray Claim Bobcat Hall Of Fame 5K Run Titles
JCJC Adds Five To Sports Hall Of Fame
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
MGCCC Selected As 2015 Great College To Work For
NEMCC STUDENT-ATHLETES COLLECT MOST NJCAA ACADEMIC AWARDS IN PAST DECADE
Northwest Men's Tennis Welcomes Six Newcomers
Northwest Women's Tennis Welcomes Three Newcomers
JCJC Enjoys Solid Sports Year
ECCC Student-athletes, Teams Receive State, National Recognition For Academic Performance
MGCCC Student-athletes Earn Awards For Academic Achievement
Co-Lin Student-athletes Pile Up MACJC Academic Honors
Co-Lin Women’s Tennis Boasts Highest GPA In State
Nineteen Co-Lin Student-athletes Receive NJCAA Recognition
Co-Lin Men’s Tennis Repeats As Top Academic Team
ICC Student-athletes Continue Record Breaker Season In The Classroom
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Twenty-Seven Rangers Named MACJC Academic All-State
Record Number Of ICC Student-athletes Earn MACJC Academic Honors
Mississippi Community College System Ranks Best In Nation; NEMCC Places In Top 12 Percent Nationally
Release Date: 9/1/2015
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Mississippians have long believed that their community college system was one of the best in the nation.

Now, a study by the financial website, WalletHub, has proven the citizens of the Magnolia State correct.

During its analysis of data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors, the financial report ranked Mississippi's community college system as the top in the nation.

"We have (15) fifteen outstanding community colleges in the state of Mississippi. This is a joint effort from all community colleges in the state of Mississippi to provide a quality education to academic and career technical students," said Northeast president Ricky Ford. "We also provide a great deal of assistance to our communities with economic development through our workforce. This is just a team effort among all the community college presidents to enhance and to improve the quality of life in our great state."

Mississippi distanced itself from Midwestern states such as North Dakota and Wyoming, which came in second and third, respectively.

"I'm extremely proud that our community college system is being recognized for the great work we have done and will continue to do on very limited funds," Ford said. "Just think what we could do if we were provided with more resources."

While Mississippi was at the top of the list, other traditionally Southern states were scattered throughout the list. Florida and Arkansas took the fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Georgia held down the sixteenth spot while Tennessee was twenty-third in the rankings and Alabama and Louisiana found themselves on the lower part of the rankings. Alabama finished at the thirty-second spot on the list while Louisiana was forty-fourth.

In order to come up with its state-by-state ranking, WalletHub looked at 670 community colleges in the United States and took into account states that had two or more community colleges for comparability of results.

By comparing the Cost & Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes on its 2015 Best & Worst Community Colleges, the financial report was able to deduce the best state for students to attend community college.

Mississippi took top honors in the state category when the Magnolia State had seven schools place in the top 250 including five educational institutions in the top 100 of the ranking.

Northeast Mississippi Community College, East Central Community College, Itawamba Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College all placed in the top 100 of the rankings.

Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed.

"In order for our system to be one of the best in the country we must have a great faculty and staff," Ford said. "They are the ones that deserve the credit more than anyone, because they take the time to get to know our students and try to meet all their needs."

None of Northeast's scores were outside the Top 38 percent of the group that was sampled. Two of the college's scores placed in the Top 18 percent of the community colleges included in the study.

Northeast was awarded for its Cost & Financing ranking and its Education Outcomes. The college ranked 123 out of 670 for its Education Outcomes and was consistent in its finish as the college picked up 124 out of 670 in Cost & Financing.

"To be named as the outstanding community college system in the country is like winning a national championship," Ford said. "All of our faculty and staff deserve a big applause for their untiring efforts to serve our students."

While examining the four key categories, WalletHub also took into account 17 key metrics that allowed the site to do a detailed analysis on not just the Magnolia State but also each community college in the state.

In Cost & Financing, the site looked at the cost of in-state tuition and fees at each of the 670 community colleges, the total amount of state and local aid divided by the amount of federal aid, the cost per student, the school's spending efficiency and the faculty/staff salary as adjusted for cost of living.

In exploring the Classroom Experience, the site took into account such things as active and collaborative learning environments, student efforts in the classroom, how challenging the school is academically, student-faculty interaction and the support system in place for learners.

In not judging a school by its current class, the site also took into account the Education Outcomes of its students such as first-year retention rates, graduation rate, transfer-out rate, and credentials earned that are awarded to full-time equivalent students.

In keeping with making sure the educational process is beneficial to not only the school but to the student, Career Outcomes were also included in the survey and those included a return on educational investment as it compared the starting salary of graduates to the cost of an education and the student-loan default rate at the school.

Data for the survey was collected from the annual Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) that is conducted by the University of Texas at Austin campus. Results were combined from the three most recent years -- 2013, 2014 and 2015 -- for a composite score for each college that administers the CCSSE annually and for those schools that chose not to administer the CCSSE on an annual basis, the most recent results were used.

c spire Track News

MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Former NEMCC Athletic Director Don Blanchard Passes Away
JCJC’s Herrington Receives State FCA’s Ferriss Award
Former Hinds CC Track Star Jeff Henderson Wins Gold Medal At Pan Am Games
Holmes Has 16 Players Receive NJCAA Academic Awards
Hinds CC Men’s And Women’s Track Signing Class Announced
Northeast Mourns The Loss Of Pearl River's Mitch Deaver
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Finishes 16th In The Nation At Outdoor Nationals
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Ends 2015 Campaign In 22nd Place At Outdoor Nationals
Weather Prompts Postponement Of Pearl River Summer Showcase
PRCC Summer Registration On-going
CCC Athletics Program Wraps Up 2014-15 With Banquet And Awards Ceremony
CCC Track Concludes 2015 Season At Jace LaCoste Invitational
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Competes At Jace LaCoste Invitational
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Wins 4x100 Relay At Jace LaCoste Invitational
CCC Track Runs In Jonesboro, Preps For Year-End Meet At Mississippi State
Inds CC Men’s T&F Wins Three Events At MCC Relay Invitationals
Hinds CC Men’s T&F Finishes Eighth At MC Twilight Invitational
Hinds CC Women’s T&F Finishes In Sixth Place At MC Twilight Invitational
CCC Track Continues Success At Rhodes College
MGCCC Great Brittney Reese Prepares For World Championships
Release Date: 8/20/2015
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Brittney Reese was 22 the last time she was in Beijing. It was 2008, and she was there for her first Olympics. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College alum will be competing there again later this month. The stage is almost as big, the World Championships, and she remembers that last time. “I’ve got to come out here and redeem myself,” she said from Tokyo on Wednesday. “I didn’t have a poor showing, but I was just too young. I wasn’t really ready to win a medal. “Now that I know what it takes to win a medal, I feel like I’m ready to go back and redeem myself for what I did in 2008.” Reese finished fifth in those Olympics and has done a ton of redeeming since then. She won the gold in the 2012 Games in London, not to mention being the three-time defending champion at the World Championships. The only other women’s jumper to have repeated is the legendary Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Reese was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 2009 through 2013. That streak was broken last year when she tore the labrum in her hip on her jump leg. Surgery has set her back, and while she was able to resume training in two months, it usually takes 2 or 2-1/2 years to recover fully. “It’s not going like I expected,” she said. “There have been some bumps on the way. I’m just trying to get back to where I’ve been. It’s been a slow process.” As defending champ, she was an automatic qualifier for the worlds, but went to the USA Track and Field Championships in June and finished second by less than 6 inches. Reese said she was just a little off, missing on some big jumps by little margins on the takeoff board. She still managed the fifth best in the world this year. “It gave me the opportunity to see where I’m at,” she said. “If I could just get these jumps legal, I easily could have won that competition. Just to say I came in second coming off the surgery, coming off everything, I couldn’t complain.” Reese was getting ready to spend a day off from training in Tokyo by going to Disneyland. She’s gotten to see a lot of the world when she’s not working in and around the long-jump pit. Heck, she’s seen great sites while she’s been competing. Reese said her favorite place has been Berlin, where she’s gone the past few years to take part in a long-jump event staged on the street by the famed Brandenburg Gate. The crowd got closer to the action, and she got to hang out with them. “I love going,” she said. “The weather’s great, the food is good. It’s real calm. I love to be there and hang out with the locals.” Reese lives and trains in San Diego now. She says it reminds her of her hometown, Gulfport. She doesn’t live on the beach, but has access to one. The traffic isn’t as bad as Los Angeles, which means she doesn’t spend as much time in a car getting to the track and gym to work out.

It’s still a long way from home, where she played basketball and ran track at Gulfport High. She came to Perkinston and played basketball, since Gulf Coast didn’t have track. She thought she might see the world, but not this way.

“I thought I was going to be going to the WNBA or making it that way,” Reese said. “To see how my life did a 360 going back to track, being able to see the world and put Gulfport and Mississippi on the map, letting people know we have great athletes coming out of Mississippi, it’s a true blessing for me. I get to be able to do the things I do and share that with my family and people around me.”

Reese’s return to Beijing centers around the long jump qualifying round on Aug. 27. (In Perkinston, that’ll be about 9:20 p.m. on Aug. 26.) The finals are the next day, about 7 a.m. our time.

For so many years, she’s been the hunted, wearing a big target on her back. Reese said she enjoys that role, trying to top those who aim to take the champion down.

This time will be different.

“Right now, I’m not projected to win anything,” she said. “So it would be interesting to go out there and put on a show and show the crowd I’m still here. We’ll do it.”