#NEMCC Theatre director Christopher Schager instructs his class in a “character study” from the second floor of the Haney Union in #NETigerNation. Schager uses the outside-the-classroom exercise to help students understand people, movements and the reasons behind certain body movements. By getting his students out of the classroom and helping his students to understand more about human movement, Schager and the Fine Arts division is helping to #GrowNortheast by producing quality actors and actresses.
Entitled “Probably Just Time,” Campus Country will present songs by former Campus Country members Josh and Jonathan Singleton and an original piece by one of its own for its February 16 Showtime.
Curtain rises at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free to any Northeast faculty, staff and student with current identification and is just $5 for the general public.
Only two days after Valentine’s Day, Northeast Campus Country will perform three songs from the hands of Josh and Jonathan Singleton. Both Singleton brothers were part of Campus Country and have had success in the songwriting industry with Jonathan Singleton hitting on a string of major country classics such as “Don’t” which became a mega-country hit for Billy Currington and “Watching Airplanes” by Gary Allen. Singleton was honored by the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors (ASCAP) in 2009 for Currington’s “Don’t” which became one of the most played songs for the entire 2009 year.
A few of Singleton’s most recent songwriting hits include “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” by Tyler Farr, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” by Josh Turner along with “Red Light” and “Let It Rain” by David Nail.
Country music mogul Tim McGraw also has belted out Singleton’s lyrics in one of his latest hits, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.”
During the February 16 Showtime, Adam Chabot of Waynesboro, Tennessee will put down his bass guitar and step to the microphone for his rendition of Joshua Singleton’s “Footprints on the Path” and Colby Crenshaw of Rienzi will perform “Light of Love,” another Joshua Singleton piece.
Booneville’s Emily Elliott gets the honor of the Jonathan Singleton piece as she belts out “Probably Just Time,” a single that Singleton and his band The Grove released in 2009 on the self-entitled album under the Toby Keith Show Dog-Universal Music label and serves as the title piece for the Showtime.
In addition to bringing in some former Campus Country performer songs, director Chris Dunn has allowed electric guitarist, Dillon Keith of Waynesboro, Tennessee a chance to write a song for the Showtime and Marietta’s Chance Stanley will perform Keith’s “Where Are You Going,” as part of the third Showtime of the year.
In keeping with the Valentine’s theme of the Showtime, love and emotional songs filter through the 23-song setlist for the Showtime with the ensemble playing hits from pop/rock, classic and 90s country and modern country.
Walnut’s Ashlyn Inman gets emotional with Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You” while Vanna Loveless of Tupelo will rock the walls of the Seth Pounds Auditorium with the Joan Jett anthem “I Love Rock n’ Roll.”
Iuka’s Mary Steadman continues the pop/rock genre with Us the Duo’s “No Matter Where You Are” and follows that up with the Kings of Leon’s “Coming Back Again.”
Saltillo’s Lane Boozer also has a pair of songs in the pop/rock genre part of the performance when she takes to Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” and then The Black Keys’ “Little Black Submarines.”
Crenshaw joins the foray in the pop/rock scene with James Bay’s “When We Were on Fire,” to keep the Valentine’s theme warm and close to the heart.
As the music scene shifts from pop/rock to the country genre, the song list picks up a love theme.
Stanley and Molly Thorn both have a pair of country classics in the Showtime as well.
Thorn has two Trisha Yearwood classics in “Walkaway Joe,” and the classic love ballet “She’s In Love with the Boy.”
Stanley will take on his second Robert Earl Keen songs in as many Showtimes when he performs Keen’s “The Road Goes on Forever.” Stanley performed “Merry Christmas from the Family,” at the holiday Showtime in December.
Stanley joins forces with Steadman for the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn couple’s duet, “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.”
In the genre of modern country, three duos will take to the stage of the Seth Pounds Auditorium.
Crenshaw and Loveless will tackle Lady Antebellum’s “Compass” while Boozer and Inman have Miranda Lambert’s “We Should Be Friends.” Elliott and Thorn will leave the room in shambles with The Wreckers’ “Leaves the Pieces.”
Elliott, Inman, Loveless and Steadman also have solo performances in the seven-song modern music genre.
Loveless will perform The Lone Bellow’s “Green Eyes and Heart of Gold,” while Steadman takes on Brandy Clark’s “Girl Next Door.”
Elliott’s rendition of Patty Griffin’s “Let Him Fly” will leave the audience wanting more while Inman will answer the call with Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”
Members of 2016-17 NEMCC Campus Country include Lane Boozer of Saltillo (vocals), Adam Chabot of Waynesboro, Tenn. (bass), Colby Crenshaw of Rienzi (vocals/keys), Emily Elliott of Booneville (vocals), Drew Henry of Belmont (electric guitar), Ashlyn Inman of Walnut (vocals), Andrew Hill of Saltillo (electric guitar/sax), Dillon Keith of Waynesboro, Tenn. (electric guitar/vocals), Vanna Loveless of Tupelo (vocals), Ethan Mayo of Pinson, Tenn., (drums), T.K. McKinney of Amory (sound), Chance Stanley of Marietta (vocals), Mary Steadman of Iuka (vocals), Billy Stone of Booneville (acoustic guitar) and Molly Thorn of Belmont (vocals).
Northeast Campus Country is under the direction of Chris Dunn of Booneville.
In addition to its third Showtime of the year, Northeast’s Campus Country will wrap up its 2016-17 Showtime schedule on Thursday, April 13 with its final Showtime of the year.
Auditions for membership in 2017-18 NEMCC Campus Country are set for Saturday, April 8, at 9 a.m. in Seth Pounds Auditorium. Anyone interested in auditioning for the group or with questions about the audition process are encouraged to contact Dunn at email@example.com.
For Campus Country news and event updates, “like” the NEMCC Campus Country page on Facebook (http://bit.ly/NEMCCCampusCountry).
Opening day for the Northeast Mississippi Community College softball team turned out to be a historic afternoon as well.
The Tigers won their inaugural game of the 2017 campaign by a 13-5 margin at Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on Friday, February 10 and in the process Jody Long became the winningest coach in the annals of this storied program.
It was the 257th victory of Long’s tenure as headman, which started in 2006. He passed his mentor, friend and predecessor David Carnell, who amassed 256 triumphs between slow-pitch and fast-pitch competition during his Hall of Fame career at Northeast.
“God’s blessed me with the opportunity to live out my dream,” said Long. “I’ve coached a lot of great young ladies with some awesome families. It’s truly been my life, but it’s not about me. I’m just blessed.”
The Tigers left no doubt that Long would capture this noteworthy accomplishment by scoring in each of the initial four innings on the way to a run-rule victory in the season-opener for both squads.
Hannah Cox had the first hit of the year for Northeast with a double that one-hopped the left field wall. She scored with two outs on Molly Walden’s bloop single that fell into center field.
The Tigers expanded their advantage to 3-0 by the end of their first turn at bat when Jessica Boyd’s fly ball was lost in the sun and dropped for a two-RBI single that brought home both Madison Davis and Walden.
The Eagles cut their deficit to 3-2 on a home run by Chay Poyner in the bottom half. But Northeast responded in the second with a sacrifice fly from Davis that allowed Jamia Kirk to touch home plate standing.
A six-run third gave the Tigers some breathing room. Lexi Brazeal had a run-scoring single while Tianna Castillo connected on a deep sacrifice fly for the first collegiate RBIs of their respective careers.
Tia Davis had the big hit of the frame for Northeast. She crushed a grand slam over the center field wall that helped the Tigers take a 10-2 lead into the bottom of the third inning.
It was the first long ball of Davis’ stellar tenure at Northeast. She concluded her evening with six RBIs after connecting on a single in the fourth that plated both Brazeal and Kirk.
“It felt really good and it helped us get the win,” Davis said. “I was looking for my pitch. Something that could get the momentum going to help the team out with runners on base.”
Boyd retired eight of the final 10 batters that she faced to secure the win in the circle. She scattered six hits and four walks plus struck out three in the complete game performance.
Dyersburg State (1-1) took the nightcap from the Tigers by a 9-0 score to split the series. Rebekah Morris took the pitching decision for Northeast with 10 hits in 3.1 innings of action.
Madison Davis, Tia Davis, Brazeal, Cox and Walden all had two hits on the afternoon to pace the Tigers offensively. Northeast (1-1) was also perfect in three stolen base attempts in the twinbill.
The Tigers played two flawless defensive contests. Brazeal led the way with zero errors at first base in 10 total chances while Anna Kayte Webb recorded three putouts and four assists from third base as well.
“We’ve got to get back to work,” said Long. “I really think if this team competes inning in and inning out that they’re going to have the opportunity to make some noise.”
Northeast returns to the diamond on Wednesday, February 15 with another trip into the Volunteer State to face Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College. A 1 p.m. first pitch is slated for game one.
CUTLINE –Jody Long became the winning coach in the history of the softball program at Northeast Mississippi Community College following the Tigers’ 13-5 run-rule victory over Dyersburg State (Tenn.) Community College on Friday, February 10. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
A former student-athlete on one of the most successful tennis teams ever at Northeast Mississippi Community College is set to take over the reins at his alma mater.
Stewart Moore, who holds a wealth of knowledge in the sport after years of experience, has been selected as the new head coach for both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Northeast.
Moore replaces Ben Shappley, who served four years as headman of the Lady Tigers and Tigers. He remains with the institution as the new director of Northeast’s Corinth campus.
“When coach Shappley accepted his new position, we did not have to go far to find his replacement,” said Northeast athletic director Kent Farris. “Stewart was a natural choice and we are confident that he will continue building our tennis programs.”
Moore opened his career on the courts as a member of the varsity squad at Booneville High School as just a seventh grader. His stellar performance over six seasons with the Blue Devils spotted the eye of legendary Northeast coach Millard Lothenore.
Lothenore signed Moore to a scholarship and saw immediate improvements as a result. The Tigers won three of their final five matches during his freshman campaign in 1994.
Northeast started its nice stretch with Moore on its roster with a 7-1 triumph over Garland County (Ark.) Community College, which is now known as National Park College. The Tigers went on to pick up victories against Holmes Community College and Meridian Community College as well.
Moore led Northeast to a sensational season as a sophomore in 1995 that featured nine wins compared to only four losses. The Tigers again completed that year on a hot streak with six victories in their last seven contests.
Among the highlights of that campaign for Moore was a sweep of the annual two-match series with rivals Itawamba Community College and Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Moore and the Tigers also collected decisive triumphs that year over Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Southwest Mississippi Community College, Holmes and Meridian.
He wrapped up his playing career by appearing in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament. Moore and two other teammates advanced all the way to the semifinal round before being eliminated.
“I’m pretty excited about this,” Moore said. “I’ve played tennis all my life. This is a good opportunity for myself to give back. We’re going to go hard at it in practice and be ready to go on game day.”
Moore noted that he plans to take some of the characteristics and tendencies that Lothenore utilized and use them himself throughout his tenure as the director of the Lady Tigers and Tigers.
“There are several things that coach Lothenore taught us,” he said. “You probably can’t pick just one. He was just a professional in the way he conducted himself and hopefully I can exude that to my players as well.”
Northeast’s netters have captured multiple awards over the last several seasons. Both squads have achieved All-Academic Team status from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for three consecutive years.
The Lady Tigers and Tigers have also received 19 individual accolades in that same span from either the ITA, MACJC or NJCAA for the scholastic endeavors of their student-athletes.
Moore, who is also a civil engineering technology instructor at Northeast, gained his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. He and his wife Jennifer have two children, Cooper and Hudson.
CUTLINE – Head shot of Stewart Moore, who has been named Northeast Mississippi Community College’s men’s and women’s tennis coach beginning with the 2017 campaign. (PHOTO: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Northeast Mississippi Community College baseball standout Bailey Walker has picked up where he left off after his freshman season and in the process collected an early conference accolade.
Walker was honored as the first Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week of the 2017 season, which includes games played between January 30 and February 5.
“He’s a good player in this league,” said Tigers head coach Richy Harrelson. “It doesn’t surprise me. He works extremely hard and he just continues to shine. We’re expecting big things from him this year and we need him to lead this team.”
Walker made the most of his eight plate appearances on opening day for the Tigers in their split with reigning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 22 runner-up Calhoun (Ala.) Community College.
The Lake Cormorant High School graduate recorded the inaugural multiple hit performance of his sophomore campaign in the season-opener with two base knocks in three official at bats.
Walker got the year started on the right note with a sharply hit double down the left field line in the bottom of the first inning. He came around to score moments later on a RBI single from Tucker Childers.
He recorded his second consecutive hit to begin the campaign one frame later. His chopper up the middle was stopped by a diving second baseman, but the infield single brought in Eli Murphree for Walker’s initial RBI of the season.
Walker was hit by a pitch in the fourth and later completed game one with a sacrifice fly to deep left that allowed Colt Chrestman to easily touch home plate for Northeast’s eighth run of the matchup.
The 6-2, 205-pounder had only one hit in the nightcap, but it was a thunderous two-run homer that landed well beyond the scoreboard at Harold T. White Field. It was the fourth long ball of Walker’s stellar career with the Tigers.
Walker added another sacrifice fly in Northeast’s 9-1 victory over the visiting Warhawks to finish the day with five RBIs. He also had a perfect day in the outfield with four putouts and zero errors.
His batting average after the first doubleheader of the year stands at a solid .600 with a .500 on-base percentage. His slugging percentage of 1.400 is currently the best in the entire country as is his sacrifice fly total of two.
“This feels great. It’s a great award,” Walker said. “I consider myself a dirtbag. I contribute everything that I can. When they threw that first pitch, I knew I was in the zone for the rest of the day.”
Walker was a MACJC All-State selection following a freshman campaign in which he led the Tigers in batting average at .375, RBIs with 31, extra base hits with 18 and stolen bases at 11.
He now has 16 multiple hit showings to his credit at Northeast. Walker and teammate Garrison Howell became the first Tigers to accumulate over 50 hits in one season since current University of Memphis (Tenn.) star Trent Turner and Heath Wood both did so in 2014.
This is Walker’s second MACJC Player of the Week accolade. He previously captured this distinction after going 10-for-16 in series against Mississippi Delta Community College and Southwest Mississippi Community College one year ago.
Walker was also a member of the nationally ranked football program at Northeast for two seasons where he saw action both offensively as a quarterback and on special teams as the punter.
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Bailey Walker rounds the bases after crushing the first home run of his freshman season in Northeast Mississippi Community College’s 9-1 victory over Calhoun (Ala.) Community College on Saturday, February 4 at Harold T. White Field. Walker won the first Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week award this season.
Head shot of Bailey Walker, who is the MACJC Player of the Week after a stellar weekend performance against Calhoun (Ala.) Community College.
Two more incredible showings has helped Northeast Mississippi Community College’s Shelby Wilbanks capture the Magnolia State’s weekly prize once again.
Wilbanks was recognized as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for all games contested between January 23-29.
“Like I’ve said several times before, she’s one of those players that puts in the extra time in the gym to receive an honor like this,” said Lady Tigers head coach Brenda Mayes. “She takes one game at a time. It’s a credit to her performance.”
It is the fourth time in Wilbanks’ storied career for her to win this prestigious accolade. She is now tied with Aushiana Ivy for the most MACJC Player of the Week laurels by any athlete in program history.
“I’ve been working hard and I’m just appreciative to have a team that helps me to do the best I can,” Wilbanks said. “I have good coaches that know what we need to do and how to capitalize on our momentum. It all plays together.”
Wilbanks was crucial for Northeast as it broke a lengthy losing streak to archrival Itawamba Community College and won inside Fulton’s Davis Event Center for the first time ever.
The Walnut native tallied a game-high 22 points against the defending National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 champions. She went 10-of-21 from the field and added six rebounds as well.
Wilbanks scored just two points in the opening quarter, but it gave the Lady Tigers a lead of 9-8 at that time. She picked up the pace in the second with eight points, including a basket at the 1:22 mark that lifted Northeast ahead 24-22 at halftime.
She accounted for six consecutive points for the Lady Tigers in the middle of the third as they expanded their advantage to double-digits at 41-30. Wilbanks also added a big block later that period.
Wilbanks completed her sensational outing with four points early in the final stanza. She played in all but one minute for Northeast in its road victory and posted two steals as well.
The 5-11 forward notched 20 points three nights later during the Lady Tigers’ home triumph over Mississippi Delta Community College to complete the first rotation in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division schedule.
She shot 58.8-percent overall versus the Lady Trojans. Wilbanks also finished in a tie with LaKeiya Lane and Timaya Stewart for the most rebounds in the contest for either squad at eight.
Wilbanks was pivotal in the decisive first period for the Lady Tigers in which they outscored Mississippi Delta by a 29-6 clip. She had 10 points, including an offensive rebound and put back as the horn sounded to conclude the quarter.
She currently leads Northeast with team-best averages of 15.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Wilbanks wields the second highest field goal percentage on the squad at 45.2 and is second in blocks with 14 total.
Wilbanks has six double-doubles so far this season and 17 overall during her tenure with the Lady Tigers. She has also accumulated four 20-plus point efforts during her final campaign in the City of Hospitality.
She garnered this same recognition earlier this month after averaging a double-double in wins over Arkansas State University Mid-South and Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Wilbanks also claimed this award twice as a freshman, including after setting career-highs with 33 points and 18 boards in a double overtime victory at Arkansas State Mid-South.
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Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore Shelby Wilbanks eyes the basket during the Lady Tigers’ 88-50 victory over Mississippi Delta Community College one week ago. Wilbanks was selected as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Player of the Week for games played between January 23-29.
Head shot of Shelby Wilbanks, who was voted as the MACJC Player of the Week for the fourth time in her outstanding career at Northeast.
One of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s most reliable arms from a year ago will continue his career in one of the most competitive leagues in the entire country.
Ryan Wesson, who is currently preparing for his sophomore season with the Tigers, has signed his National Letter of Intent (NLI) to become the newest addition to the baseball program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“We’re very, very excited for him and this opportunity,” said Northeast headman Richy Harrelson. “It’s his work ethic and desire that sets him apart. He has the ability to throw four pitches for a strike and has confidence.
“He’s going to step up and do what he’s always done. He’s just a super competitor and we expect great things out of him. All around he’s a good player. He’s going to do great things down there.”
The Blazers have reached the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament twice in the last five years and are under the direction of Brian Shoop, who is one of the top 20 winningest active head coaches in college baseball.
“It’s huge for me, especially to go play at the D-I level,” Wesson said. “The campus is phenomenal. I bought into what the coaches were saying as soon as I met them. I think that they can help me grow a lot.”
Wesson was dominant throughout his freshman campaign in the City of Hospitality. He began the year in a relief role, but soon found a place as one of the primary pieces in the starting rotation.
The Baldwyn High School graduate made his debut for the Tigers on opening day against Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College. He tossed 1.1 innings with two strikeouts in a small demonstration of what was to come later in the season.
Wesson earned his first victory less than one week later during Northeast’s return trip to Columbia State. He allowed only one hit and struck out four in 3.2 innings of relief work against the Chargers.
He made his inaugural start for the Tigers during a 5-2 win over Jackson State (Tenn.) Community College in mid-February. Wesson lasted four frames and mixed seven hits with seven punch-outs.
Wesson threw a pair of complete games last season in a home triumph over Meridian Community College and a heartbreaking one-run loss to Northwest Mississippi Community College.
The 6-1, 170-pounder also helped the Tigers capture a road sweep of rival Itawamba Community College by winning the nightcap. He gave up just one run and three hits to the Indians over 6.2 innings of stellar work.
Perhaps his best performance of the campaign was at East Mississippi Community College. He set a career-high with 10 strikeouts compared to only two walks in a thrilling 3-2 decision over the Lions.
“The main key is just getting on the mound and staying relaxed,” said Wesson. “You can’t get up tight out there. You have to trust yourself and throw the ball. Just let the pitching mentality take over. I have faith in my fielders behind me.”
Wesson compiled a team-low 2.21 earned run average. His ERA was the third smallest in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and tied for 17th nationally.
He also led Northeast in wins with six and strikeouts at 61. Wesson had the second-most innings pitched on the squad with 61 and his 17 walks were the second fewest among the Tigers’ regular starters as well.
Thirteen of the 15 games in which Wesson appeared during the previous campaign were decided by two runs or less. He surrendered only 1.5 runs per outing in his first year on the Booneville campus.
He is the eleventh Northeast standout over the last four seasons to ink with a four-year institution. The Tigers have had at least one NCAA Division I signee in each of the last three years.
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Northeast Mississippi Community College sophomore pitcher Ryan Wesson has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play at the University of Alabama at Birmingham beginning with the 2018 season. Joining Wesson (sitting, center) at a signing ceremony on the Booneville campus are (standing) Northeast head coach Richy Harrelson, (sitting, left) mother Katrina Wesson and (sitting, right) father Lance Wesson.
Head shot of Ryan Wesson, who will play NCAA Division I baseball starting in 2018 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.