Northeast Mississippi Community College’s athletic department continues to set higher standards in the scholastic realm after breaking a school record for the second consecutive year.
Forty student-athletes representing seven of Northeast’s sports programs were honored with Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Academic All-State distinction.
It is the most MACJC Academic All-State selections in school history. Northeast set another record one year ago with 20 total players securing National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Awards.
“I personally would like to congratulate this group of young men and women,” said Northeast athletic director Kent Farris. “We are very excited about the outstanding number of student-athletes that received recognition. It is a reflection of the hard work that they put forth in the classroom.”
The MACJC annually acknowledges individuals from each of its 15 member institutions. It is the third straight year in which Northeast had over 20 athletes tabbed as Academic All-State.
Freshmen and sophomores are eligible for scholastic accolades from the MACJC by taking a minimum of 24 cumulative hours. Student-athletes with a grade point average (GPA) between 3.25 and 3.79 earn Academic All-State status while those with a 3.8 GPA or higher garner Distinguished Academic All-State laurels.
The most individual honorees came from the baseball team for a second consecutive year. Fourteen different Tigers captured these prizes while four accumulated perfect 4.0 GPAs.
The softball squad, which has been named an All-Academic Team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for three straight seasons, had the second most players decorated with nine.
Over 50 percent of the softball roster was commended for their intellectual prowess. Baseball and women’s basketball also came within five percentage points of reaching the 50 percent mark as well.
The following is the list in alphabetical order with sport, GPA and high school of the Northeast student-athletes that were recognized as MACJC Distinguished Academic All-State.
— Hannah Cox, Softball, 3.89, South Lamar (Ala.)
— Madison Davis, Softball, 3.9, Booneville
— Alex Floyd, Golf, 3.8, Booneville
— Caleb Griffin, Baseball, 4.0, Starkville Academy
— Ryan Holland, Baseball, 4.0, Lafayette County
— Eli Murphree, Baseball, 4.0, Lafayette County
— Isaac Sparks, Baseball, 3.8, Belmont
— Josh Stillman, Baseball, 4.0, New Hope
— Tyra Tucker, Women’s Basketball, 3.83, Calhoun City
— Molly Walden, Softball, 4.0, New Site
The following is the list in alphabetical order with sport, GPA and high school of the Northeast student-athletes that were recognized as MACJC Academic All-State.
— Darrion Abston, Football, 3.58, Olive Branch
— Lexi Brazeal, Softball, 3.55, Saltillo
— Bo Canton, Football, 3.75, Hernando
— Tucker Childers, Baseball, 3.73, Ripley
— Colt Chrestman, Baseball, 3.57, Starkville Academy
— Keawvis Cummings, Football, 3.39, Shannon
— Kris Devers, Softball, 3.33, Kossuth
— Parker Haberstroh, Baseball, 3.5, Center Hill
— Abby Hollowell, Women’s Tennis, 3.41, Alcorn Central
— Alivia Hughes, Women’s Basketball, 3.26, Clinton
— Joy Johnson, Women’s Basketball, 3.52, Muscle Shoals (Ala.)
— Victoria Jones, Softball, 3.43, Hernando
— Kylee Jordan, Softball, 3.4, Hernando
— Kris Kent, Football, 3.39, Eupora
— Kendrick Lofton, Football, 3.44, Forest
— Marley Long, Women’s Basketball, 3.32, West Union
— Max Ludka, Baseball, 3.62, Traverse City West (Mich.)
— Janay Maxwell, Softball, 3.78, North Pike
— John Murphree, Baseball, 3.61, Lafayette County
— Jon David Poss, Baseball, 3.35, Amory
— Jacob Price, Men’s Tennis, 3.4, Alcorn Central
— Denver Russell, Golf, 3.55, Pontotoc
— Hunter Swindle, Baseball, 3.53, Kossuth
— Sara Talley, Women’s Tennis, 3.71, Kossuth
— Caleb Todd, Baseball, 3.75, North Pontotoc
— Jada Tubbs, Women’s Basketball, 3.27, Biggersville
— Ken Waddell, Golf, 3.72, Belmont
— Ryan Watts, Baseball, 3.56, Pontotoc
— Brenden Williams, Football, 3.32, Restoration Academy (Ala.)
— Shaquera Wilson, Softball, 3.58, Columbus
NOTES – Head shots are available for all student-athletes selected as MACJC Academic All-State while action photos are available for select student-athletes as well. To run these in your publication, please contact sports information director Blake Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.