The respect that the Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program earned during the previous campaign is carrying over to the approaching new season.
The Tigers appear at No. 25 in both the Sporting News and Athlon Sports preseason rankings for two-year colleges in their respective annual college basketball preview magazines.
Northeast is also receiving votes in the preseason National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I rankings. The Tigers are the only Magnolia State institution to be mentioned in any of the three major polls.
“It’s an exciting time again,” said Northeast head coach Cord Wright. “It’s just another sign of what we’ve accomplished and another positive step forward for our basketball team.
“I think that Northeast has got a national brand that has been out there for years. People notice that we’ve been there before and so it’s easy for them to grasp and I’m glad that they’ve chosen us again this year.”
The Tigers are garnering this abundance of recognition from across the country after capturing the sixth NJCAA Region 23 Tournament championship in program history last winter.
Northeast won three games in as many days at A.E. Wood Coliseum on the campus of Mississippi College and gained the title with a thrilling last-second 74-73 decision against East Mississippi Community College.
The region crown helped the Tigers secure the No. 20 seed at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. Northeast was matched with eventual champion Salt Lake (Utah) Community College on the opening afternoon of the competition.
It was Northeast’s eighth all-time appearance at The Tournament. The Tigers have captured 17 victories in Hutchinson, Kan., which is the most by any institution in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC).
Northeast brings back three starters from its championship squad of last year. Leroy Buchanan headlines that group after collecting MACJC All-State honors during his freshman campaign.
Buchanan was the only Tiger to obtain the starting nod from Wright during all 28 contests one season ago. He finished second on the team with 14 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing.
Kendarius Smith returns after recording a team-high 3.3 assists each matchup. Kendall Stafford became the top three-point shooter for Northeast with a 38.6 percent success rate.
Another key reason for the hype surrounding the Tigers is an influx of talent in this signing class. Among the newcomers for Northeast is Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection Shunn Buchanan plus Kentucky Mr. Basketball finalist and All-State athlete Darius Williams.
“We go and get players from winning programs,” Wright said. “They expect this type of stuff. For them to be able to handle it and know what comes along with it is just a good example of where we’re headed.”
The Tigers begin the promising 2016-17 campaign on Monday, November 7 by welcoming Fort Benning Military Base. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
CUTLINE – Members of the Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program pose for a team photo during media day on Monday, October 17. The Tigers begin the 2016-17 season with a No. 25 national ranking by both Sporting News and Athlon Sports. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Two of the most tradition-rich basketball programs in the Magnolia State are presenting local children with a chance to learn basic skills at a young age with some of the finest instruction available anywhere.
Northeast Mississippi Community College is set to host its fourth annual Lil’ Dribblers camp inside historic Bonner Arnold Coliseum during the inaugural month of hoops season.
It is open to both boys and girls that are currently enrolled in kindergarten through the sixth grade. The emphasis of the weekly event is to build upon the fundamentals of the sport in a fun and competitive environment.
Members of both the men’s and women’s team will help the youngsters improve their ball handling, defense, shooting mechanics, passing and rebounding through a variety of techniques.
Practices are scheduled to begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and last approximately one-and-a-half hours during the first three Saturday mornings of November on the Booneville campus.
The 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 and District 15 Coach of the Year Cord Wright will direct each of the three separate sessions.
The cost for players to attend is $40. The price includes a Lil’ Dribblers t-shirt and complimentary admission to all home contests for the Lady Tigers and Tigers during the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
To register, visit www.nemccathletics.com and completely fill out the form that is available to print. Please make checks payable to the Northeast Development Foundation and send them plus the completed brochure to Northeast Basketball, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.
Each child that participates will showcase what they were taught between games during Northeast’s home doubleheader against Arkansas Baptist College on Tuesday, November 29.
These kids will also receive the opportunity to perform during halftime of the 6 p.m. contest between Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) Christian Academy and Prolific Prep North of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, November 25 at the Lighthouse Thanksgiving Classic in Corinth.
Children have the chance to gain knowledge from the defending NJCAA Region 23 champion Tigers and the Lady Tigers, who have captured a national title and 10 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) crowns in their illustrious history.
For more information about the Lil’ Dribblers camp, contact Wright at 662-720-7241 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUTLINE – Participants wait in line to shoot the basketball during a Northeast Mississippi Community College sponsored camp this past summer. The Lady Tigers and Tigers host the Lil’ Dribblers camp during the first three Saturday’s of November. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Less than a week after the top two Presidential candidates have their say in the third Presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle, Northeast Mississippi Community College will host its own Presidential debate on Tuesday, October 25.
Set for the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union, “No Mudslinging Here: A Civil Debate on 2016 Election Issues,” is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. between Democrat James Hull of Tupelo and Republican Ed Holliday, also of Tupelo.
Northeast’s Presidential debate is free, open to the public and set exactly two weeks from the election on Tuesday, November 8.
“This is the first time for many Northeast students to vote in a presidential election. Considering the contentious nature of this campaign, we feel it is important to model that controversial issues can be discussed in a civil manner using factual information,” explained Northeast Division Head of Social, Behavioral & Applied Sciences Carla Falkner. “Since Dr. Holliday and Mr. Hull have debated at Northeast before, we felt confident that we could trust them to honor the spirit of this debate. “
Sponsored in part by the college’s Division of Social, Behavioral and Applied Sciences and the college’s Cultural Arts Committee, Northeast’s Presidential debate is a straight-forward look at the issues concerning the 2016 election without the negativity that is seen on the national level.
“We invite not only all Northeast faculty, staff and students out to the debate but the public as well to hear each side of the issues for the campaigns,” said Northeast co-chair of the Cultural Arts Committee Michael H. Miller. “Many times in national politics, it is hard to tell where a party stands on an issue; we have asked the debaters to abide by simple conditions so that the voters can focus on the issues and not the negativity that we see so much in national politics.”
As part of the debate, both Hull and Holliday have agreed to two conditions for the debate. First, the debate must be modeled on what it means to discuss issues that affect the country in a civil manner without personal attacks. Secondly, debaters shall discuss the issues without character attacks, if a character question is asked, then the debater shall answer only why his candidate has the character and/or experience to be president of the United States of America without attacking the other candidate’s character.
A debate commission has been set up to decide the issues for the debate using questions submitted by both faculty and students.
“The Debate Commission was tasked with presenting questions to Mr. Hull and Mr. Holliday that matter to our student body,” said Morgan Ricks, the co-chair of the college’s Cultural Arts Committee and a member of Northeast’s Division of Social, Behavioral and Applied Sciences. “Ultimately, we wanted the questions we chose to illuminate each candidate’s position on issues that students, their parents, instructors, and others care about, such as student loan debt. We felt that it was important to choose questions that would lead to serious discussions of policy.”
Hull and Holliday, who consider themselves friends and participate in community events in Tupelo together, and face off on the issues in monthly columns published in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Hull is the president of J.L. Hull Consulting Multi-Media in Tupelo and serves as a political consultant. Hull most recently qualified for the run-off election against Travis Beard during the Ward 3 election for the City of Tupelo in 2014. Hull, a former graduate, and undergraduate of the University of Mississippi, has over 35 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, winning awards for excellence in not only news writing but journalism, as well.
Hull has been honored to receive the Mississippi Broadcasters Association Award for both videography and documentary reporting during his over 35-year career. Hull has also been the Director of Public Affairs for the Mississippi Office of Governor and a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Army. He has also served as president of the Mississippi Trailblazers, an organization devoted to recognizing and celebrating diversity, and the executive director of Move Mississippi Forward, an organization that supports positive economic development across the entire state in all industry types.
Holliday is a native of Ripley and a graduate of Northeast, the University of Mississippi and its School of Dentistry. Holliday, who currently practices dentistry in Tupelo, has served as the volunteer dental director for the Good Samaritan Free Clinic and as the co-chairman of Mission Mississippi’s Tupelo-Lee County chapter, a statewide Christian organization that actively works to bring denominational and racial unity among Mississippians by providing opportunities to build relationships. Holliday received his foray into the political spectrum at a young age where he was one of just two students selected from Mississippi as part of the William Randolph Hearst U.S. Senate Youth Program in 1979.
Holliday also hosts “Doc Holliday’s Rock Splitting Politics,” an Internet Radio Show and has authored three books and had his essays published in various other publications across the United States. His fourth book Bedrock Truths has just been released. Holliday’s Internet Radio show can be heard on http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/rock-splitting-politics/ and he also hosts http://www.docholliday.org where his books are available. Holliday also was a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2015 and a delegate to the Republican National Convention this past summer.
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Republican Ed Holliday and Democrat James Hull, both of Tupelo, will return to Northeast Mississippi Community College for a civil Presidential debate on the issues of the 2016 election cycle on Tuesday, October 25. The debate is set for the college’s Claude Wright Room in the Haney Union at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
A Northeast student has his sights set on the stars.
Or at least a planet.
Northeast sophomore Sturgis Baxter of Corinth has been selected for a unique experience with NASA through their National Aerospace Community College Scholars Program.
As part of the program, Baxter will attend a four-day workshop at Stennis Space Center near Hancock County where he will be working closely with NASA employees and other community college majors from various states on several team projects.
“I imagine that this experience can only serve to inspire me, motivate me to study harder, and become a part of the solution for tomorrow’s problems,” Baxter said.
For acceptance into the program, Baxter first had to submit an application along with a short essay of why he desired to enter the program, provide confirmation of academic and professional references, and complete an online course after his acceptance into the program.
In a 300-word essay required on the application, Baxter wrote about his desire to use what he’s learned at Northeast and plans to later learn at a four-year university to develop, explore, and develop new venues of computing technology and how it relates to NASA’s mission of reaching Mars by 2033.
During the summer, Baxter had to submit a six-to-seven page research paper answering three-of-five questions for a final project due at the end of an online course portion required by the NCAS program.
“On that essay, I wrote about the following topics: anti-matter propulsion systems for future spacecraft, how I would personally conduct a long-term mission to Mars,” Baxter said, “and ways that antimatter could be produced on a larger scale in space using conceptualized ideas I personally developed while writing the research paper.”
Baxter initially discovered the program from Northeast division head of math and sciences Michelle Baragona who gave him the information he needed to apply to the program and from mathematics instructor Melanie Walker, who encouraged him to apply for inclusion in the program.
Baxter found out that he had been hand selected for an additional on-site experience at Stennis Space Center this past June while working at a summer camp in Connecticut teaching robotics and basic programming.
“I hope to learn a lot more about prospective engine designs for future spacecraft, what new technologies astronauts are using in space, and how scientists and researchers at NASA plan to develop systems for innovative propulsion resources like antimatter, hydrogen, or Solar Electric,” Baxter said.
Baxter is already looking forward to his four-day workshop in south Mississippi and being able to attend such a prestigious program in his home state.
“I’m so excited to be a Mississippi resident and have the opportunity to work together with other STEM majors throughout the United States while still being so close to home,” Baxter said. “Hopefully this will allow for me to have a bigger opportunity to come back and share what I’ve learned while I was there with kids in the local community and other students at Northeast.”
Baxter also sees a connection between his educational career at Northeast and what he will be learning during his four days at Stennis.
“The relationships I’ve developed at Northeast with both faculty and other students have impacted my life the most,” Baxter said. “At Northeast, instructors care about you and are filled with a passion for seeing students succeed. Also, Northeast’s incorporation of technology in the classroom has propelled me forward in my ability to learn, study, and has provided a sound foundation for me to continue my education at university level.”
However, being a sophomore, Baxter knows that his time at Northeast is drawing near but he has a plan for that as well.
“I have plans to attend either Mississippi State University or the University of Alabama to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science,” Baxter said. “After that, it is my hope that I can gain acceptance to the University of Stanford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Rice University to continue my exploration of the sciences and complete my graduate studies with a Masters of Computer Science coupled with an MBA. A Ph.D. is on Baxter’s bucket list as well, but he said, “We will see how things move along.”
Baxter’s exploration of the world around him began at an early age by him asking questions about everyday things.
“I’ve always been the person who enjoyed asking questions and understanding how things worked,” said Baxter. “My mom will tell you that I was always that kid who enjoyed pushing buttons and testing boundaries to their breaking point. I’m sure she tired of me continually asking her, ‘Why?’”
However, Baxter says that this inquisitive nature is not a bad one to have.
“As long as it’s directed toward something productive,” Baxter pointed out. “I plan to use that trait to break the boundaries of today’s limitations and, alongside numerous colleagues and other students, create a way for people to live in a reality where going to Mars will be like catching a plane from the United States to China. There’s a whole universe out there to explore and I’m determined to find what’s out there.”
Northeast sophomore Sturgis Baxter of Corinth has been selected for a unique experience with NASA through their National Aerospace Community College Scholars Program.
The Tigers welcome Holmes Community College for their annual sophomore night on Thursday, October 20. A 6:30 p.m. kickoff is scheduled for the last home game of the regular season.
Northeast’s upperclassmen will be recognized on the field before the matchup gets underway. Fans are encouraged to wear black items of apparel as well to support the Tigers.
“They are really irreplaceable and that’s the honest truth,” said Tigers head coach Greg Davis. “When I tell you that we have a football team that is a family and really works for each other, they truly are. What they’ve done is just unbelievable.”
Those that cannot attend the contest can watch it live and in high definition on NEMCCTV. Tune in starting at 6 p.m. for the pregame show by visiting www.nemcctv.com on any computer, tablet or smartphone.
The Northeast Broadcasting Network also includes Booneville based radio station WBIP. An audio simulcast featuring Jody Presley and Carter Smith, the Voices of the Tigers, can be heard on 99.7 FM and AM 1400 on your digital dial.
Search and follow @NEMCCTigers on Twitter for live in-game updates and interact during the matchup by using the hashtag #TigerPower across all social media platforms.
The Tigers enter the contest at No. 7 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll while the Bulldogs are receiving votes after being ranked No. 15 just one week ago.
Two teams with separate offensive identities will go head-to-head. Northeast features somewhat of a balanced attack with averages of 226.4 passing and 163 rushing yards per game.
Mason Cunningham of Shelbyville, Tenn., directs the Tigers from behind center. He is eighth countrywide in completions with 136 and has 10 touchdowns through the air and an additional six on the ground.
Water Valley’s L.J. Hawkins has become the top wide receiver in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) with 51 receptions and 671 yards plus two scores.
Shannon High School graduate Cameron Montgomery is a dual-threat option for Northeast (6-1, 3-1). He has five touchdowns between receiving and rushing with 381 all-purpose yards.
Dorian Banks from Sevierville, Tenn., is the leading rusher for the Tigers with 344 yards on 84 carries while Oxford’s Kenzie Phillips follows slightly behind with 320 yards and three scores.
Holmes (4-3, 2-2) is the only squad in the Magnolia State that utilizes the triple option. Fourteen different Bulldogs have garnered at least one carry while seven have at least 100 rushing yards.
“That’s an offense that you don’t see all the time so you don’t prepare for it on a daily basis,” Davis said. “You’ve got to play disciplined, tackle, run, hit and you’ve gotta have great eyes to read the keys.”
Dejerric Bryant manages the system at quarterback. He has a team-high six running touchdowns, but is just as solid at throwing the pigskin with 1,127 yards on just 51 completions and 10 scores.
Matt Fuller takes charge of the running backs with team-bests of 70 carries and 530 yards. Treviante McDaniel, Antavius Moody and Fuller each have five touchdowns for Holmes.
The Bulldogs post 34.1 points per game while Northeast concedes just 21 points each outing. Brenden Williams of Birmingham, Ala., looks to head the defensive effort for the Tigers with 68 tackles, which is the second most in the MACJC.
Tupelo’s Demarcus Rogers trails closely with 61 stops while DeSoto Central High School alumnus Peyton McMahon has 30 takedowns to round out a starting trio of linebackers that each place in the top five for Northeast in tackles.
Blake McClain from Jacksonville, Fla., guides the Tigers with eight tackles for loss and four sacks while Shannon’s Keawvis Cummings has successfully defended eight passes, including one interception.
Jamar Smith has a team-best 64 stops for Holmes while Vada King has 11 tackles for loss and four sacks. The Bulldogs have forced nine turnovers compared to 18 for Northeast.
Holmes is ahead in the all-time series by a 29-21-1 margin. The Bulldogs have captured two straight victories against the Tigers, but the two programs have split their last 10 meetings.
CUTLINE – Northeast Mississippi Community College prepares for a goal line play during its win over Itawamba Community College on Thursday, October 6. The Tigers play their final home game of the season this Thursday, October 20 against Holmes Community College. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
#NEMCC theatre director Christopher Schager of Oxford give students from Booneville High School a tour of the Northeast theatre in #NETigerNation following the matinee performance of the one-act plays on Wednesday, October 19. Schager and the #NEMCC theatre department is helping to #GrowNortheast by sharing their love of the performing arts. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
We always say that #NEMCC is a magical place and Mother Nature agrees as our Chief of Police Randy Baxter sent in the rainbow encapsulating #NETigerNation. Come be part of the magic and help to #GrowNortheast. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
#NEMCC’s Campus Country is rocking out the Seth Pounds Auditorium tonight with its first Showtime of the year. Other Showtime dates in #NETigerNation include December 1; February 16, 2017 and April 13, 2017. Come join us for a Showtime and help to #GrowNortheast. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
Christopher Pennington, FNP-C explains the world of being a family nurse practitioner and especially a travel nurse to #NEMCC’s Vickie Hopkins’ Medical Assisting Technology class. Pennington is explaining about starting out with an associates degree and then moving up through the educational process. Pennington has a wide variety of experience throughout the United States from California to New York. Pennington started his career in the NICU in California and transitioned through the medical industry up to being a travel nurse including aiding Native Americans in the American West. If you can’t tell, he IS related to @nemccfitness. He’s helping #GrowNortheast by passing along his experience and knowledge. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)