#NEMCC honored nine of the #NETigerNation who chose to retire during the 2016-17 academic year. Combined, the nine individuals have over 157 years of service to Northeast. Seven of the nine retirees were in attendance at a reception in their honor in the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union on Wednesday, April 19. Christy Putt finished with 33.5 years, Tammie Hardin had 27 years, Lynn Roberts clocked 17 years, Angie Langley had 16.5 years, Bettye Johnson served 15.5 years, Jack Rolison and Susan Graham both had 14 years of service and Kathy Anderson dedicated 9 years to the institution. #GrowNortheast (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
#NEMCC’s Gregory Phillips of Baldwyn, was honored with the 2017 NEMCC Top Coder Award as #NETigerNation computer science instructor Dr. Tom Hill presents him with the award. Phillips placed first among Northeast students competing in an international programming competition conducted by CodeChef.com. Phillips, a sophomore from Baldwyn, plans to major in computer science. #GrowNortheast (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
#NETigerNation, #NEMCC’s @NEStudents is hosting an “Intensity” Game Show in the Claude Wright Room of the Union at 7 pm. Stop by for a chance at some great prizes. (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
One of the brightest stars on Northeast Mississippi Community College’s championship teams over the past two seasons can now officially place himself among the best athletes in program history.
Leroy Buchanan was honored with All-American recognition from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) following his phenomenal final season with the Tigers.
“This is a great accomplishment and major award,” said Northeast head coach Cord Wright. “I am so proud of him as a player for all his hard work and dedication to his game. Shaq will always be remembered as one of the great players at Northeast. This is a great day for us all.”
Buchanan was the focal point of one of the most successful two-year periods ever for the Tigers, who claimed a region and division championship during his tenure in the City of Hospitality.
He led Northeast in most every major statistical category during his sophomore campaign. Buchanan was the only player to earn the starting nod from Wright in all 29 contests this season.
The Madison Central High School graduate topped the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division champions with 18.4 points per game on 6.1 made field goals. He also averaged team-highs of seven rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.5 blocks and 32.1 minutes.
Buchanan compiled a solid 45.8 field goal percentage with a 31.5 percent ledger from beyond the arc. His 72 percent mark at the charity stripe and 3.3 assists were both the third highest on the squad as well.
He reached the double figure plateau in all but one outing this year. Buchanan saved his best performance for last in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 title game with a career-best 34 points on 11-of-17 shooting.
Buchanan surpassed 30 points in a single matchup four times total, including a 31-point showing in a win over Bethel (Tenn.) University’s junior varsity unit and a 32-point effort during a victory versus Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College in November.
He exceeded 20 points in a game 11 times during his final hoorah on the Booneville campus and on 17 separate occasions overall. Buchanan added six double-doubles, including two this season in contests at Northwest Mississippi Community College and Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College.
Buchanan tied a season-high with six assists on three different instances. He also had a career-best five blocks during the Tallahassee Democrat Holiday Classic against host Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College.
The 6-3, 185-pound guard was a three-time MACJC Player of the Week winner throughout the 2016-17 campaign. His last such distinction came after the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament where he averaged 22.3 points over the span of three matchups.
Buchanan surpassed the illustrious 500-point plateau for his career barely one month into the season during Northeast’s triumph over West Kentucky Community and Technical College.
He eventually tallied 534 points as a sophomore alone to become the first 500-point scorer in a single year for the Tigers since Travis Lee posted 585 nearly a decade ago during the 2007-08 campaign.
Buchanan was the second Northeast standout in as many seasons to register over 200 rebounds. The 202 boards that he grabbed were tied for the most by any Tiger in over a decade.
He tallied sensational career numbers while donning a black-and-gold uniform, including 927 points, 361 rebounds, 315 made baskets, 238 true free throws, 169 assists, 104 steals and 58 blocks.
“I give all the glory to the Man upstairs for giving me the talent and ability to play the sport I love,” Buchanan said. “I also give all the thanks to my teammates for pushing me plus coaches Wright and (Kyle) Morris for staying on me. I can say I gave Northeast my all.”
Buchanan was a MACJC All-State selection as a freshman. He averaged 14 points and 5.7 boards to help the Tigers capture the NJCAA Region 23 title and a trip to Hutchinson, Kan., for the national tournament.
The Madison native recorded a double-double inside the historic Sports Arena with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a heartbreaking loss to eventual national champion Salt Lake (Utah) Community College.
Buchanan is the seventeenth Northeast men’s basketball student-athlete to collect All-American accolades from the NJCAA, which is the most of any program in the Magnolia State.
He follows in the footsteps of Dimario Jackson, who was the last Tiger to receive All-American honors in 2015 and recently wrapped up a successful stint at the University of North Alabama.
The list of All-Americans at Northeast also includes 1966 NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP), Olympic gold medalist, NCAA champion and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Adrian Smith plus Gene Garrett, who was named the MVP of the 1950 NJCAA National Tournament.
Buchanan signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with mid-major power Murray State (Ky.) University, which was a semifinalist in the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Tournament, prior to the start of his sophomore year.
CUTLINES (PHOTOS: Michael H. Miller/Northeast Public Information)
Northeast Mississippi Community College guard Leroy Buchanan shoots over an Itawamba Community College defender during a February matchup between the two rivals. Buchanan, who is a native of Madison, was selected as an All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Head shot of Leroy Buchanan, who is the 17th National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American in program history and the second in the last three seasons.
Scheduled for Thursday, April 13, Campus Country’s final concert of the year will give fans an extra 30 minutes of music than a typical Showtime.
Entitled “Nothin’ Better to Do,” Northeast’s Campus Country will kick off the Thursday, April 13 Showtime with an acoustic pre-show at 6:15 p.m.
“A former vocalist had the idea a few years ago to do an acoustic ‘pre-show’ before the final Showtime to give departing members one last chance to showcase their talents for their fans, friends, and family,” said Northeast Campus Country director Chris Dunn. “The songs they pick to perform are of their own choosing and are rehearsed on their own time. It’s been a really fun tradition for the past few years.”
Curtain rises on the final Showtime performance of the year at 7 p.m. with doors opening early at 6 p.m. for the acoustic pre-show at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free to Northeast faculty, staff and student with a current college identification card and is only $5 for the public.
While the April 13 Showtime might be the final performance of the 2016-17 performance season, Campus Country does not want fans to leave thinking there is nothing better to do and offers a 23-song setlist for the Showtime in addition to the 30-minute acoustic pre-show.
“We always like to throw in some surprises on our setlist,” said Dunn.
One of the surprises to the setlist is to open with a song by Star, Mississippi native Faith Hill as Booneville’s Emily Elliott gets the honor of performing Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” to get the Showtime rolling.
Another surprise to the Showtime roster will be Shirley Taylor, the original director of Campus Country, making her first appearance on the Seth Pounds stage since the mid-90s, who will join the group for the final two songs of the Showtime performance.
After a Mississippi welcome to the final Showtime of the year, Campus Country will stay with the country theme as Iuka’s Mary Steadman performs Terri Clark’s “Girls Lie Too.”
Belmont’s Molly Thorn keeps the tempo upbeat with Colbie Caillat’s “Bubbly” while Tupelo’s Vanna Loveless leaves the country genre for the classic Kenny Loggins’ hit “Footloose,” just four songs into the Showtime.
Following a four female vocalists opening, Marietta’s Chance Stanley gets his chance on the microphone for Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road,” and Rienzi’s Colby Crenshaw continues with the Chris Stapleton hit, “Fire Away.”
Stapleton has become a fixture on Campus Country Showtime setlists and has appeared on four of the last six setlists and counting his wife Morgan’s appearance on the first Showtime of the 2016-17 academic year, Stapleton has been on five of six Showtimes since he reached country music stardom with a sweep of the Country Music Awards in 2015.
Campus Country will stay in the country music genre before Saltillo’s Lane Boozer leads the group through the other musical genres with James Bay’s “Collide.”
Before leaving the country music genre, Steadman returns to the stage for Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” while Walnut’s Ashlyn Inman takes on Miranda Lambert’s “Tin Man.”
Following Boozer’s performance of “Collide,” Loveless leads listeners into the Showtime’s title piece LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ Better to Do,” halfway through the 23-song setlist.
Campus Country shows off its talents by switching back and forth between genres with Thorn tackling Keith Urban’s hit, “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” while Boozer and Inman tag team The Civil Wars’ “Barton Hollow.”
Inman stays on stage for a second song as she swaps from the country genre into the rock genre as Campus Country shows off its range with Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog,” to mark the true midway through the final Showtime of the year.
Working back and forth between genres and ranges, Steadman will slow the tempo down from “Black Dog,” with Kari Jobe’s “I Am Not Alone,” while Loveless reaches in the Christian music genre with Shane & Shane’s “Though You Slay Me.”
Campus Country makes sure the audience cannot leave their seats during the final eight songs of the academic year as Boozer, Crenshaw, and Elliott take to The Eagles’ “Hotel California.”
After taking to the “Hotel California,” rock anthem, Loveless and Crenshaw tackle Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” while Stanley drifts back in time to the mid-1990s with Chris Knight’s “Framed.”
In a harmonic trio, Elliott, Steadman, and Thorn perform Runaway June’s debut single “Lipstick,” before handing the microphone over to electric guitarist Dillion Keith of Waynesboro, Tennessee for Edwin McCain’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” from McCain’s Honor Among Thieves album.
Campus Country will shift through three different genres in the final trio of songs of the Showtime as Crenshaw performs John Mayer’s “Gravity,” and Elliott takes on the Patty Griffin ballad “Up on the Mountain,” which Griffin wrote to honor slain Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Northeast will end its 2016-17 performance season with Adele’s “One and Only,” as Boozer gets the honor of ending the final Showtime of the year.
Campus Country will be joined on stage by Kristin White of Saltillo (trumpet) and Trevor Shoup of Ripley (trombone) for the final 4 songs of the Showtime.
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.
For Campus Country news and event updates, “like” the NEMCC Campus Country page on Facebook (http://bit.ly/NEMCCCampusCountry).
Three sophomores from both the men’s and women’s programs at Northeast were selected to compete in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Star Games on Friday, April 14 at East Central Community College.
LaKeiya Lane successfully returned from an injury that caused her to miss the entire 2015-16 campaign and was a key reason why the Lady Tigers snapped their three-year postseason drought.
Lane finished second for Northeast with an average of 16.2 points per game. She was one of only two players on the team to earn the starting nod in all 26 contests this year.
The Southaven High School graduate surpassed the prestigious 500-point plateau during the Lady Tigers’ thrilling 65-62 victory at reigning region champion Itawamba Community College. She totaled 691 points over a span of two seasons.
She posted a career-high 31 points early during the campaign at Volunteer State (Tenn.) Community College. Lane also topped Northeast in assists and steals with stellar averages of 4.9 and 2.1, respectively.
Timaya Stewart was one of four Lady Tigers to place in double figures with 13.3 points. She had the second highest three-point percentage on the squad all while handling point guard duties for Northeast.
The Baldwyn native was an underrated rebounder as well with 6.4 per outing. She had three double-doubles at Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College and East Central plus in a home win over Holmes Community College.
Stewart made one of the most memorable plays of the campaign when she scored the tying basket at the horn to send the Lady Tigers’ eventual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament quarterfinal victory over Southwest Mississippi Community College to overtime.
She eclipsed the 500-point mark as well and finished with 628 points. Stewart reached that accomplishment during a late January win over Mississippi Delta Community College.
Shelby Wilbanks was once again the offensive catalyst for Northeast after leading her squad in points per game for a second consecutive season with 16.4 on the strength of a 47.2 field goal percentage.
She also guided the Lady Tigers in the post with a team-high 8.7 rebounds. Wilbanks scored in double-digits during all but two contests during her exceptional tenure in the City of Hospitality.
The Walnut product was a MACJC All-State selection as a freshman with averages of 17.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. Wilbanks compiled a phenomenal 20 double-doubles while wearing a Northeast uniform.
Wilbanks started in 49 straight contests for the Lady Tigers and compiled exceptional figures including 832 points and 449 rebounds all while playing over 33 minutes each matchup.
“These players worked hard to turn our season around and were strong components in helping us make it to the playoffs,” said Lady Tigers head coach Brenda Mayes. “They represented themselves, their families and Northeast with pride.”
Zach Hudson transferred to Northeast during the offseason and provided much needed depth in the post as well as several rim-rattling dunks that pleased the fans inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Hudson’s role with the Tigers increased midway through the campaign when he moved into the starting lineup on a permanent basis for the final 14 games beginning on January 23 at Itawamba.
The Wingfield High School alumnus accumulated a career-high 17 points in a pivotal road triumph for the eventual MACJC North Division champions at East Mississippi Community College.
He averaged 5.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, including a season-best 11 boards versus Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, during the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament at Mississippi College’s A.E. Wood Coliseum.
Kendarius Smith might have been the smallest athlete on Northeast’s roster by height, but his leadership from the point guard position was monumental over a two-year stint on the Booneville campus.
The Velma Jackson High School graduate became one of four double figure scorers for the Tigers this season with 10.3 points. He also played the second most minutes among Northeast’s talented corps with 27.5.
Smith accounted for his 500th career point in the Tigers’ win versus Southwest in the MACJC State Tournament semifinal round. He tallied 560 points and 198 assists overall while at Northeast.
He notched a career-high 28 points as a freshman to lift Northeast past Holmes in the 2016 NJCAA Region 23 Tournament. Smith later scored 11 points in the national tournament at Hutchinson, Kan., against Salt Lake (Utah) Community College.
Kendall Stafford wielded one of the most accurate shots from beyond the arc for the Tigers. He had a 34.8 three-point percentage, which helped him rack up 10.7 points per outing.
Stafford pieced together perhaps his most memorable game versus Southwest in the MACJC State Tournament. He amassed a career-best 27 points and sealed the victory with a thunderous one-hand slam-dunk with 13 seconds to go.
The Corinth native achieved double figures 21 times while at Northeast with 15 of those coming during his final campaign. Stafford also had big performances in wins over Arkansas Baptist College with 25 points and Arkansas State University Mid-South at 19 points.
He placed second on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.4. Stafford had his lone double-double of the year in a home triumph over Mississippi Delta with 12 points and 11 boards.
“I’m proud of these guys,” Tigers head coach Cord Wright said. “It’s well deserved. I’m excited to see them compete one more time before they move on to four-year schools.”
The annual meeting of the best basketball student-athletes in the Magnolia State gets underway at 5 p.m. with women’s action first. The men’s competition immediately follows the opener at approximately 7 p.m. inside the Brackeen-Wood Physical Education Building in Decatur.
#NETigerNation’s Shirley Taylor, the original director of #NEMCC Campus Country, joins the 2016-17 Campus Country for its final two songs of the performance season. #grownortheast (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)
#NEMCC Campus Country is rocking out the #NETigerNation Seth Pounds Auditorium in their final Showtime of the 2016-17 academic year. #grownortheast (at Northeast Mississippi Community College)