Northeast Mississippi Community College’s gridiron supporters recently spent an afternoon on the links with the goals of giving back to the program and enjoying a relaxing period in the sunshine.
The Tigers hosted their annual golf tournament on Friday, May 20 at Hillandale Country Club. It was sponsored by the Northeast Development Foundation as a fundraiser for the football department.
A four-person scramble format was used during the competition. Attendance at the event increased to 15 teams with a total of 60 golfers contending on the oldest course inside Northeast’s traditional five-county service area.
The quartet of Dennis Bumpus, David Curry, Larry Jobe and Chase Williams, who was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American for the Tigers in 2007 and currently plays professionally on the Emerald Coast Golf Tour, took home top honors with an 18-under-par 53.
NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year Cord Wright and his assistant Kyle Morris escaped legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum for the day and assembled the second place team. They joined Derek DeVaughn and Austin Lauderdale to post a final score of 57.
Two squads finished in a tie for third after posting identical marks of 13-under-par. Former Northeast student-athletes Brady Allen, Lew Johnson and Tanner Parker plus Kaleb Byrd birdied the final three holes of their round to record a 58 as their overall total.
The other group to equal a 58 was Mackey Bullard, Doug Jumper, Dan Trevathan and Sam Tull, who is the grandfather of 2015 NJCAA All-American and two-time Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State selection Alex Tull.
Bumpus also won the closest to the pin challenge. He placed a ball within two feet of the cup on No. 16, which features an island green and is considered one of the signature holes of the course.
Jay Barnett claimed the longest drive competition. His tee shot on the downhill par-four No. 4 landed just 90 yards short of the pin and in the middle of the fairway as well.
Hillandale offered a beautiful background for this yearly match. It was established in 1929 and encompasses 6,232 total yards from the longest tees with Bermuda grass for its greens.
For more information about Northeast football, contact head coach Greg Davis at 662-720-7580 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant coaches Kenny Jackson at 662-720-7575 or by email at email@example.com, Dustin Jones at 662-720-7351 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Kareem Moore at 662-720-7587 or by email at email@example.com and Ryan Trevathan at 662-720-7890 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Northeast Development Foundation, contact executive director Patrick Eaton at 662-720-7165 or by email at email@example.com.
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FB_2016Golf_Winners: The group representing SMC Recycling won the annual Northeast Mississippi Community College Football Golf Tournament on Friday, May 20 at Corinth’s Hillandale Country Club. Representing SMC were (from left) David Curry, Larry Jobe, Dennis Bumpus and Chase Williams.
FB_2016Golf_Pin: Dennis Bumpus (sitting) was the winner of the closest to the pin challenge at the Northeast Mississippi Community College Football Golf Tournament. He placed a ball within two feet of the cup on No. 16 at Hillandale Country Club. He is pictured with Northeast head coach Greg Davis.
FB_2016Golf_Drive: Jay Barnett (right) was the winner of the longest drive competition at the Northeast Mississippi Community College Football Golf Tournament. His tee shot landed just 90 yards short of the pin on No. 4 at Hillandale Country Club. He is pictured with Northeast head coach Greg Davis.
One of the most successful athletes in the history of the Northeast Mississippi Community College golf program has received another prestigious accolade as his outstanding career in Booneville comes to a close.
Alex Tull was selected to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State team for a second consecutive season with the Tigers.
“It takes a good person to do what Alex did and he’s a great young man,” said Northeast head coach Mark Hatfield. “You have to come in and be an impact fast and furious. He did an outstanding job. I couldn’t be more proud.
“The one thing Alex has that you can’t teach is distance. He can hit it 340-350 (yards) off the tee. The other thing he has is an incredible touch around the greens. He’s practiced long hours and he’s really seeing the fruits of that work.”
The Alcorn Central High School graduate proved to be very consistent while at Northeast. Tull placed among the top 20 in the overall standings during all but one of the 15 total matches that he participated in.
Tull opened his sophomore campaign by shooting a two-under-par 142 at Hinds Community College to finish just one shot shy of a three-way stalemate at the peak of the leaderboard. It was the third top five showing of his tenure at Northeast.
He was solid during two separate events in his own backyard at the Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club. Tull tied for ninth at even-par 144 during the second MACJC regular season tour stop in September.
Tull and the Tigers returned to Corinth to welcome teams from across the league for the MACJC State Tournament from April 16-17. He once again landed near the pinnacle of the individual scoring list by tying for seventh place.
His last outing for Northeast was at the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament. Tull recorded his seventh top 10 finish with a two-day score of 153 at Back Acres Country Club.
Tull completed his final campaign in the City of Hospitality with the eighth best scoring average in the Magnolia State. He averaged 74.5 strokes per round during conference play for the Tigers.
“A lot of good has come to me the last two years,” Tull said. “It just went by really fast. I played good and that was really my expectation coming in. I had a great time and enjoyed it.”
Tull cemented his legacy at Northeast with a phenomenal freshman season. He was tabbed as a NJCAA All-American and a PING All-Central Region selection to go with his MACJC All-State laurels.
He qualified for the 2015 NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Scottsboro, Ala., at the pristine Goose Pond Colony Resort. Tull concluded the four-day event in a stalemate for 13th place following a 68-73-71-73—285 to garner All-Tournament recognition.
Tull became the first Tiger to claim medalist honors in five years when he drained a six-foot putt on the 475-yard No. 18 at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club to defeat Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Grant Motter by one shot in March 2015.
He extended his sensational play into the next tournament during his inaugural campaign at Northeast. Tull tied for the number one position with Jacob Ross of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in an event hosted by Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Tull will represent the Tigers and showcase his skills at the professional level by ending his amateur status and enrolling in the Emerald Coast Golf Tour, which features stops in the states of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi on an annual basis from March through September.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and I’m blessed to be able to continue my dream,” said Tull. “I’ve got people that support my decisions and I’m glad I have that. Not everybody has that luxury. I’m not going to take it for granted.”
Tull becomes the second former Northeast standout to currently play on the Emerald Coast Golf Tour. He joins Chase Williams, who was a NJCAA All-American for the Tigers in 2007.
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Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore golfer Alex Tull taps in a putt during the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament on April 16 at Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club. Tull earned MACJC All-State honors for the second consecutive season.
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Northeast Mississippi Community College has enjoyed a banner year when it comes to being recognized on a national stage.
Northeast was recently named a Top 50 Best Value Community College of 2016 by Value Colleges and added the ranking to its awards for the 2015-16 academic year.
“We are pleased that Northeast has been recognized on a national level,” said Northeast president Ricky Ford. “We have known for a long time that the value of the quality of education and life experiences one attained from Northeast Mississippi Community College was the best of any available. We are honored to be valued at the top especially by our peers and also the general population.”
By using data from College Measures, analysis from Value Colleges first looked at a list of over 1,700 community colleges throughout the United States that offered two-year associate degree and from that initial list, organizers culled it down to 614 community colleges that met their strict criteria for the Top 50 Best Value Community College of 2016.
“This places Northeast Mississippi Community College at the very pinnacle of successful schools of higher education,” Ford stated. “Being in a class all by one’s self only challenges the faculty, staff, and administration to do even better in the future.
“We are proud of the value of what we have to offer and invite anyone to find a college better than Northeast Miss. Community College.”
Northeast was one of only three community colleges in the Magnolia State to make the list that met the criteria of 1) average to high graduation rates (a graduation rate of 45-percent or more), 2) low-to-average cost (under $10,000 a year), 3) have over 1,000 students enrolled at full-time status and 4) a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. All schools in the survey also had to be public and have open admission.
Organizers cited Northeast on a variety of achievements by the college in naming it one of the Top 50 Best Value Community College of 2016.
“(Northeast)’s comprehensive college transfer and career training programs include dozens of degrees in business, engineering, health sciences, and other areas,” Value Colleges editor Carrie Sealey-Morris stated. “Unlike most community colleges, NEMCC is also a residential college, with dormitories available for students providing an experience more like a traditional college for those who are interested. NEMCC’s tuition, less than $100 per credit, marks it as a Best Value.”
While being marked as a best value in the nation, Northeast also scored high marks in data that Value Colleges used for the ranking such as graduation/transfer rates from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) database, the mid-level salary for graduates – information gathered from payscale.com and from the college’s actual tuition from the IPEDS database.
Value Colleges’ mission for the Top 50 Best Value Community College of 2016 ranking was simple.
“Our mission is to run the numbers and find the institutions that will provide the best return on your educational investment – not the ones that spend the most on marketing, but the ones that combine affordability and quality so that graduates can be assured that their hard work and hard-earned money aren’t wasted,” Sealey-Morris said as the main reason for the ranking.
Other national awards for the Booneville-based community college has received for the 2015-16 year are:
Early into the 2015-16 academic year, the financial website, WalletHub, ranked Mississippi’s community college system as the top in the nation according to an 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.
Northeast placed in the Top 12 percent of all schools surveyed for the analysis and was one of five Magnolia State community colleges to be part of the Top 100 schools in the nation.
“A large number of awards and recognitions have come to Northeast and we are humbled by the recognition. We are blessed to have the very best students anywhere,” Ford said. “Our student body and faculty, staff, and administration are very much engaged not only in their individual educational pursuits but are searching through projects and research how to make the entire college successful.”
Later in the academic year, the 2015 United States Department of Education’s College Scorecard proved that Northeast was the top community/junior college in the state for Salary after Attending.
Under the College Scorecard system, Northeast bested the other fifteen community/junior colleges in the Magnolia State – and some four-year institutions – in Salary after Attending with former students who received some type of federal financial aid earning a median salary of $29,300 in the 10 years after first attending Northeast.
Northeast was the only community college in the state to show its former students earning a median salary of over $29,000.
“As stated earlier this recognition not only makes us search harder to find ways to enhance the educational atmosphere but also the life of our students,” Ford said. “Northeast Mississippi Community College has been involved with a new journey and new direction for the past year and we are certainly an institution of higher education that is on the move.”
Logo for the Top 50 Best Value Community College of 2016 by Value Colleges
The Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball program is increasing its slate of activities this summer in an effort to teach youngsters the basics of the sport.
The Lady Tigers are scheduled to host two camps for individuals that are seeking to improve their skills on the hardwood plus a team camp for local high schools as well.
Northeast’s first event is open to any girl in the fifth-through-eighth grades from June 22-24 for $115. The Lady Tigers are also hosting an instruction period for ninth-through-twelfth graders over a three-day period beginning July 10 with a price of $125.
Individuals can stay at the Mississippi Hall living quarters during both of those sessions for an additional $30. Overnight campers should report between noon and 2 p.m. on the opening afternoon of camp and be picked up at 5 p.m. on the final day of action.
The tuition covers a camp t-shirt, awards, accident insurance and select meals inside the Haney Union for those staying in the City of Hospitality. All campers are subject to constant supervision by campus security.
Several experienced area coaches will aid Northeast’s Brenda Mayes, who serves as camp director, in providing guidance and instruction. Several members of the Lady Tigers’ most recent squad are slated to be in attendance as well to help direct the different drills and tasks.
Athletes that are present will learn the fundamentals of the sport while attempting to establish the mental aspect of the game through the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and citizenship.
Girls will also have time to work on ball handling, dribbling, shooting, passing, defense and other essential techniques on the court while participating in a fun and relaxing environment.
Each participant is expected to bring their own gear, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel, tennis shoes and t-shirts. Basketballs sanctioned by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) will be provided at the gymnasium.
Overnight campers should pack extra amenities such as one set of single sheets, a pillow, pillowcase, laundry bag, toiletries and swimwear for time at the Gaye Roden Carr Aquatic Center.
To register, please visit www.nemccathletics.com and completely fill out the brochure that is available to print. Please make checks payable to Northeast Mississippi Community College and send by mail to Brenda Mayes, Women’s Basketball, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, Miss., 38829.
The team camp lasts from June 27-28 with all teams guaranteed a minimum of three games each day. The costs are $200 for varsity squads and $150 for units at the junior varsity level.
For more information about the 2016 Northeast Lady Tiger Basketball Camps, contact Mayes at 662-720-7887 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant coach Kunshinge Sorrell-Howard at 662-720-7159 or by email at email@example.com.
CUTLINE – Students from Deshler (Ala.) High School and Lewisburg High School compete during the 2014 Northeast Mississippi Community College girls basketball team camp. The Lady Tigers have three camps this summer for children of all ages plus high school teams. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Prep softball standouts from across two different states will come to Northeast Mississippi Community College this summer with the goal of gaining experience during the long offseason.
The Tigers are once again slated to serve as the host of the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Summer Softball League (NEMSCSSBL) throughout the month of June.
Four of the eight institutions that are scheduled to visit the City of Hospitality qualified for either the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) or Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) playoffs during their respective regular seasons.
Belmont High School is one of three teams that are returning for a second straight summer. The Lady Cardinals have produced a winning record in three of their last five campaigns.
Booneville High School qualified for the postseason as the third seed from MHSAA Division 1, Class 3A. The Lady Devils are instructed by Jessica Taylor, who was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American at Northeast in 2002.
Corinth High School was perfect against MHSAA Division 1, Class 4A competition to claim its second consecutive league crown. The Lady Warriors are coached by Maggi Vondenstein, who was a standout with the Tigers from 2007-08.
Hickory Flat High School collected its most wins in over five seasons this spring. The Lady Rebels had three consecutive run-rule performances during early March in contests against Houlka High School, Jumpertown High School and Thrasher High School.
New Site High School is one year removed from reaching the second round of the state playoffs. The Lady Royals missed the postseason by two games during their inaugural campaign in MHSAA Class 3A.
Red Bay (Ala.) High School reached the AHSAA Class 2A North Regional Tournament at the Huntsville Sportsplex after finishing as the runner-up in Area 16 to Mars Hill (Ala.) Bible School.
Ripley High School finished in a tie for third place during the annual Tippah County Tournament this year. The Lady Tigers also defeated perennial MHSAA Class 1A contender Pine Grove High School twice.
Saltillo High School captured the MHSAA Division 2, Class 5A championship after sweeping through its conference schedule. The Lady Tigers’ 16 triumphs were their most in the last four seasons.
Teams are scheduled to play approximately 10 games overall. There are four contests on all eight playing dates with a 5 p.m. start time each night and a time limit of one hour.
The league concludes with a single elimination tournament on Monday, June 27 with the title matchup tentatively set for 8:45 p.m. that evening. All games will be held at Wayne Michael Memorial Field within the Booneville City Park complex.
For more information about the 2016 Northeast Mississippi Coaches Summer Softball League, contact Northeast head coach Jody Long at 662-720-7305 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or assistant coach Jaisa Emerson at 662-720-7218 or by email at email@example.com.
CUTLINE – Helmets worn by the Northeast Mississippi Community College softball team during the 2016 season. The Tigers host the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Summer Softball League (NEMSCSSBL) throughout the month of June. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Northeast Mississippi Community College recently selected 39 students to serve as orientation counselors for the 2016 summer orientation sessions on June 21 and 22. Orientation is a program designed to assist new students in making a smooth transition to college. Northeast’s orientation sessions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about college life and campus, meet current and other new students, meet with college advisors to discuss majors and learn the technologies, and make fall class schedules with priority registration. Orientation counselors from Union County include (left-right) Lenzi Sanderson of New Albany, Bethany Teague of New Albany, James Rhea of New Albany, Emily Gafford of New Albany and Maranda Cheatwood of New Albany. Not pictured is Allie Owen of New Albany.