Northeast Mississippi Community College freshman MaLeah Dalrymple of Tuscumbia, Alabama was crowned the college’s Most Beautiful at the school’s annual Parade of Beauties held inside the Seth Pounds Auditorium on Tuesday, November 8.
Dalrymple bested 51 other contestants in claiming the crown to the annual pageant and the title of 2016-17 Most Beautiful.
With Dalrymple’s selection as Most Beautiful, the event marked the fourth straight year a freshman has won the pageant. Booneville’s Carly Chittom took home the crown in 2015-16; Tishomingo’s Hannah Day claimed the top honor in 2014-15 while Booneville’s Lara Lynn Waddell was named the college’s Most Beautiful as a freshman in the 2013-14 pageant.
Booneville’s Krystal Jackson was the last sophomore to capture top honors when the New Site High School graduate bested a 35-contestant field in 2012-13.
Dalrymple was crowned by reigning 2015-16 Most Beautiful Carly Chittom of Booneville and was awarded flowers by Northeast president Ricky Ford.
Contestants in the annual Parade of Beauties are judged on poise, elegance and beauty.
As part of their on-stage presentation, contestants in the pageant had to tell about their hobbies and answer a question before the pageant, with the answers being read by the emcee as the contestant presented poise, elegance and beauty on stage.
This year’s question was, “If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would ask for and why?”
Dalrymple answered, “If I had a choice to have a magic wand I wouldn’t want one because it would be such a huge responsibility to have that kind of power, and only God has the wisdom and judgment to be in control of everything on the Earth. However, all the power that humans need to change the world lies within us. We have the ability to control our own thoughts, actions, and words. We can do this by making sure everything we say or do, follows the T.H.I.N.K. Rule: Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Important? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind? This is why I wouldn’t ask for one thing with a magic wand even if I could.”
Dalrymple listed her hobbies as cheering for the Northeast cheer squad, running and spending time with her friends and family.
Before Dalrymple was crowned the 2016-17 Most Beautiful, the 52-contestand field was narrowed to a Top 21, a Top 10 before the four ‘beauties’ took the stage for the announcement of Most Beautiful.
Included in the Top 21 were freshman Anna Leigh Witt of Belmont, sophomore Madison Parks of Corinth, freshman Bailey Miller of Lamar, freshman Kylie Glass of Oxford, sophomore Kaylee Sims of Booneville, sophomore Savannah Dixon of Corinth, sophomore Addison Carter of Ingomar, sophomore Ashley Flowers of Iuka, freshman Taylor Dodd of Corinth, sophomore Alissa Ann Williams of Corinth, freshman Kaylee Davis of Iuka, freshman MaLeah Dalrymple of Tuscumbia, Ala., freshman Kasey McKee of Kossuth, sophomore Erin Wall of Ingomar, sophomore Khyla Shumpert of Booneville, freshman Kaitlyn Pounders of Belmont, sophomore Madison Switcher of Corinth, sophomore Monica Warren of Corinth, sophomore Savanna Pulliam of Walnut, freshman Angel Garner of Hickory Flat and sophomore Madison Martindale of Walnut.
Advancing from the Top 21 of the 2016-17 Most Beautiful pageant into the Top 10 were Sims, Dixon, Williams, Davis, Dalrymple, McKee, Wall, Shumpert, Warren and Martindale.
Dalrymple, Dixon, McKee, Wall and Warren all advanced to the Top 5 of the competition with Dixon, McKee, Wall and Warren all being named ‘beauties’ while Dalrymple picked up the overall crown.
Other winners for the night included awards for scholastic and photogenic categories.
Two contestants received the scholastic award for the 2016-17 pageant. Corinth’s Claire Cornelius and Ripley’s Sydney Chapman, both sophomores were awarded the scholastic prize at the end of the pageant. Criteria for the Scholastic Award include a contestant having a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale with at least 28 hours or the next highest grade point average.
In addition to the Scholastic Award, Booneville’s Shelby Palmer, a freshman, was picked as the Most Photogenic Award, an award that contestants submit a photo of their choosing beforehand and the judges select the most photogenic from the submitted photo.
Northeast assistant director of bands Jason Beghtol of Tupelo served as emcee for the night.
Northeast Mississippi Community College held its annual Parade of Beauties pageant on Tuesday, November 8 in the Seth Pounds Auditorium on the Booneville campus. Freshman MaLeah Darlymple of Tuscumbia, Alabama (center) bested a field of 52 contestants to take the crown for the 2016-17 academic year. Joining Darlymple in the Top 5 of the pageant included (from left) sophomore Erin Wall of Ingomar, freshman Kasey McKee of Kossuth, Darlymple, sophomore Monica Warren of Corinth and sophomore Savannah Dixon of Corinth. Other winners on the night included sophomores Claire Cornelius of Corinth and Sydney Chapman of Ripley as the Scholastic Award winners, which is given to the contestant/contestants that have a 4.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale with at least 28 hours or the next highest grade point average, and pageant judges selected freshman Shelby Palmer of Booneville for the Most Photogenic Award.
The Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball program has become accustomed to consistently playing against the best competition in the entire country.
Things will be no different for the Tigers as they compete against five teams that finished inside the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll last season, including three top 10 squads, as part of their upcoming 2017 slate.
“We try to put a pretty tough schedule together,” said Northeast head coach Richy Harrelson. “Junior college baseball has come a long way in the last 10 years and there’s a lot of good competition out there. You don’t get a day off.”
The Tigers open the campaign at the friendly confines of Harold T. White Field for the second consecutive year when Calhoun (Ala.) Community College comes to town on Saturday, February 4.
Northeast alternates home and away dates during the first full month of the season. Among the opponents journeying to the City of Hospitality in that stretch are defending state champion East Central Community College and Southwest Tennessee Community College.
March begins for the Tigers on the fourth with a pair of matchups in Millington, Tenn., at the Babe Howard JUCO Classic. Northeast plays Parkland (Ill.) College inside historic USA Stadium and then completes tournament play versus Lake Land (Ill.) College.
The Tigers wrap up non-conference action with a home-and-home series with Blue Mountain College’s junior varsity squad. It will be the first-ever games on the diamond between the two local institutions.
The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) portion of Northeast’s agenda starts on Saturday, March 18 with a road trip to Hinds Community College.
Mississippi Delta Community College serves as the Tigers’ initial league doubleheader in Booneville on Wednesday, March 22. Northeast then christens a season-long eight-game home stand six days later by welcoming Coahoma Community College.
Reigning national champion Jones County Junior College visits the Tigers during that span on Saturday, April 1. Northeast hosts Itawamba Community College on Wednesday, April 5 in the only meeting this campaign between the two archrivals.
The Tigers will celebrate and honor their stellar sophomore class on Saturday, May 6 in the final home twinbill of the campaign versus Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
“We’re going to have a good spring this year,” Harrelson said. “I really like this team. I’ve enjoyed being around the guys this fall just watching them grow as men. People need to come out and watch us play. They’re going to enjoy it.”
Northeast must prepare for an altered playoff format for the second time in three years. The MACJC State Tournament has been eliminated and the team that finishes in first place during the regular season will be crowned as the state champion.
The top nine squads advance to the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. The teams seeded two-through-nine will compete in a first round best two-out-of-three series at four different on-campus sites from May 11-13 while the MACJC titleholder receives a bye.
The four opening round victors, the state champion and Louisiana State University at Eunice will then come together for a six-team double elimination regional competition between May 18-21 with the winner advancing to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
CUTLINE – Harold T. White Field will host 24 games as part of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s 2017 schedule, which was announced on Monday, January 9. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Shelby Wilbanks continued her memorable sophomore campaign for the Northeast Mississippi Community College women’s basketball team during its trip to the Florida panhandle.
Wilbanks recorded two double-doubles to lead the Lady Tigers during their pair of games in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
She accumulated game-highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds in Northeast’s tournament opener against Northwest Florida State College. Wilbanks then tallied 10 points plus 12 boards versus Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College one night later.
Wilbanks, who surpassed the illustrious 500-point plateau in the Lady Tigers’ victory over defending state champion East Central Community College earlier in December, has now posted 15 double-doubles during her phenomenal tenure at Northeast.
“It makes me feel really good because I’ve been working during the break,” said Wilbanks. “I just went back to the basics. To come back and have two good games really helps me out.”
Northeast had strong second quarters and was within striking distance at halftime in each game. However, both of the Lady Tigers’ opponents pulled away after the break in a 70-41 decision by the Lady Raiders and a 109-69 setback to the host squad.
Northwest Florida State, which appears at No. 14 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I poll, jump ahead by a 28-9 margin early in the opening game of the competition.
But Northeast scored 13 of the last 17 points in the second to cut its deficit to 32-22 at the intermission. Five different players contributed during that stretch, including Aundrea Adams and Tyra Tucker with four points apiece.
The Lady Tigers further slashed into the Lady Raiders’ advantage in the initial two minutes of the third. Timaya Stewart drained a trey while LaKeiya Lane made the front end of a two shot violation to bring Northeast within two possessions at 32-26.
Jade Lewis quelled the Lady Tigers’ hot streak with back-to-back three-pointers that increased Northwest Florida State’s lead back to double-digits. Northeast could never recover from that instance.
The Lady Raiders (12-2) used a 10-2 run to advance their advantage to 52-32 by the conclusion of the third stanza. A separate spurt of eight unanswered points by to begin the fourth gave Northwest Florida State its largest lead of the afternoon.
Wilbanks was the lone double-figure scorer for the Lady Tigers against the Lady Raiders, but Tucker had a solid outing as well with eight points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Northeast went toe-to-toe with the 11th-ranked Lady Eagles during its final outing in the Sunshine State. There were three ties and three additional lead changes in the first 15 minutes of the contest.
The Lady Tigers (5-5) took their inaugural lead over Tallahassee at 6-4 following two straight buckets by Tucker and Wilbanks with 5:37 remaining in the opening period.
The Lady Eagles went on to take a 17-14 advantage into the second. Tallahassee expanded that lead to 27-20 when Lawriell Wilson made consecutive layups less than three minutes into the quarter.
But Northeast pieced together a 7-0 run of its own to bring the matchup into a stalemate. Joy Johnson had two clutch free throws right before Lane connected from long distance to even the score at 27-27.
Lane extended what turned into an impressive performance moments later. Her basket that was assisted by Stewart pushed the Lady Tigers ahead once again at 29-28 with 5:35 showing on the clock prior to halftime.
The Lady Eagles (15-1) were able to enter the locker room with a 51-41 edge over Northeast despite some solid play from Adams, Stewart and Tucker, who each had four points down the stretch.
A torrid pace after the recess favored Tallahassee, which shot 40 percent from the field and was 15 of 20 from the charity stripe in the second half alone. That allowed the Lady Eagles to register 58 points combined in the third and fourth quarters.
Lane was outstanding in the final two periods for the Lady Tigers. She notched 13 of her team-high 20 points in that span to finish her third 20-plus point performance of the campaign.
“I felt like after the first shot went in and as long as I held my follow through then I could knock any shot down,” Lane said. “It was tough because they were good. We’ve got to take these games, push on and use this as motivation.”
Stewart accounted for the second double-double of her sophomore year as well with 14 points and a season-best 11 rebounds. Adams went 7-of-11 from the floor and totaled 15 points.
“To be able to compete with them is a good thing,” said Northeast head coach Brenda Mayes. “I don’t think we’ve seen the pressure that we faced down here both days all year long and that’s going to help us in the long run once we resume conference play.”
The Lady Tigers finally return home after a season-long six-game road swing on Tuesday, January 10 against Arkansas State University Mid-South. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. with the men to follow inside Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
CUTLINE – Northeast Mississippi Community College forward Shelby Wilbanks prepares to shoot during a game earlier this season against Shelton State (Ala.) Community College. Wilbanks recorded a pair of double-doubles for the Lady Tigers in their games at the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic from December 29-30. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Leroy Buchanan has once again been awarded with a prestigious prize following a stellar visit to the Sunshine State.
Buchanan was recognized as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for all games contested between December 19 and January 1.
“I’m extremely excited for Shaq,” said Tigers head coach Cord Wright. “He had two great individual performances. He is an explosive scorer and he showed that over the weekend.”
Buchanan led Northeast’s offensive effort during its pair of matchups in the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic from December 29-30 inside the Bill Hebrock Eagledome.
He opened the tournament with a game-high 28 points against Pensacola State (Fla.) College. Buchanan made nine field goals and also added seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Buchanan pieced together one of the most impressive stretches in recent memory for the Tigers by accumulating 11 points in barely over two minutes to begin the second half.
He started his incredible solo run by stealing the inbounds play at midcourt and then throwing down a thunderous one-hand slam that put Northeast ahead at that time by a 34-33 margin.
Buchanan continued his fiery tear with a three-pointer and several short jumpers from around the charity stripe. A free throw with 17:40 remaining in the game signaled the end of his outstanding span.
The Murray State (Ky.) University signee was true in his final five free throw attempts. He also kept the Tigers within one possession of the Pirates in the waning moments by making the last two baskets of the contest.
Buchanan once again paced Northeast versus one day later host Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College with a team-best 16 points, which included a stellar eight-of-nine clip from the charity line, and a career-high five blocks.
His first bucket against the Eagles came at the 9:57 mark of the first period. Buchanan went on to account for 10 of his points following the halftime intermission.
He averaged 22 points, 5.5 rebounds and four assists per matchup for the Tigers in their journey to Florida. Buchanan added three assists and a steal to his resume during Northeast’s longest road trip of the regular season.
“I’m blessed to win this award again,” Buchanan said. “I know I say it over and over, but I give all the praise to my teammates for staying on me in practice and pushing me to be great.”
The Madison Central High School graduate is one of four Tigers to average double-figures entering the New Year. Buchanan tallies 19.8 points, which tops Northeast and is fifth in the Magnolia State.
Buchanan also leads the Tigers with 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 blocks. He is also on the floor for 31.7 minutes each game, which is 15th most in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
This is the second weekly conference honor for Buchan during his sophomore campaign. He previously was MACJC Player of the Week after twice setting career-highs in points in wins over Bethel (Tenn.) University’s junior varsity squad and Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College.
CUTLINE – Northeast Mississippi Community College guard Leroy Buchanan dribbles the ball during a December game against Arkansas Baptist College. Buchanan was named the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for all games played between December 19 and January 1. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
#NEMCC president Ricky Ford welcomes a packed Claude Wright Room of #NETigerNation faculty and staff for the college’s January In-Service. President Ford is also officially launching the college’s #GrowNortheast marketing campaign today. Administrative offices will open at 10 am today and will be open until 4 pm on Friday, January 6 for those wishing to pay fees or register for the 2017 Spring semester. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
Thank you #NETigerNation for a great 2016 and we look forward to an even better 2017. From our #NEMCC #Instagram posts, we can tell what you really #like. From #BreastCancerAwareness to the #fountain in the quad area around the Ramsey Student Services Building, Union, McCoy and Seth Pounds to #academics to #fitness, 2016 has been a great year for #NEMCC and we look forward to helping #GrowNortheast in 2017 and many years to come. #ThankYou #topnine2016 #topnine
One of the most prized prospects on the Northeast Mississippi Community College football team announced his future home at a brand new statewide extravaganza.
Brenden Williams affirmed his commitment to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) during the High School Football Network’s (HSFN) National Signing Day Event on Wednesday, December 14 at the C Spire corporate headquarters building.
“It’s finally set in that I’m a Rebel,” said Williams. “I’m soaking in the moment and just living in it. Overall this is an enormous blessing. It just shows what hard work can do.
“I’m excited and humbled. I’m very hungry about the opportunity and just ready to get there. (Northeast) greatly equipped me with the linebacking techniques inside of me and trusted me at that position.”
Williams inked his National Letter of Intent (NLI) after recently receiving an offer from Ole Miss headman Hugh Freeze. He was tabbed as one of the top 50 recruits in the entire country and awarded three stars by Scout.
He burst onto the scene as a freshman and paced the Tigers with a team-high 89 tackles. That was the fourth most stops in the state and tied for 34th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The Birmingham, Ala., native averaged 9.9 takedowns per game, which led the MACJC and was 17th nationally. Williams compiled five double-digit tackling performances, including three straight to conclude the year.
Williams opened his lone season at Northeast with 14 tackles in a win over Pearl River Community College. He quickly became known for covering sideline to sideline and being involved in almost every play.
The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker blocked an extra point and had 13 takedowns at Southwest Mississippi Community College. He later set a career-high with 15 stops, including three tackles for loss, in a road victory against Mississippi Delta Community College.
He accumulated 36 tackles over the last three weeks of the campaign. Williams also forced a fumble versus Holmes Community College and recovered one in a triumph over Coahoma Community College.
Williams arrived in the City of Hospitality as a two-star prospect from Restoration (Ala.) Academy. He also carried offers from Bowling Green State (Ky.) University and Troy (Ala.) University.
“Brenden has a unique ability to find the football and loves to hit,” Northeast head coach Greg Davis said. “That’s a great combination. He has shown each and every day perseverance and grit. He’s what I call a competitor.”
The HSFN focuses on two-year college and prep football in the state of Mississippi. They broadcast signing day programming each December and February plus air select games throughout the fall.
Between ten-to-fifteen additional Northeast student-athletes will join Williams by signing with four-year institutions during the NCAA’s midyear transfer signing period.
CUTLINE – Brenden Williams (sitting) is joined by his parents as he confirmed his commitment to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) at the High School Football Network (HSFN) Signing Day Event on Wednesday, December 14 at the C Spire corporate headquarters in Ridgeland. (PHOTO: Chris Todd/The Clarion-Ledger)