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Wallace State Community College-Hanceville
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PO Box 2000
801 Main Street NW
Hanceville AL 35077-2000

PH: 256-352-8121
FX: 256-352-8048
www.wallacestate.edu
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President
Dr. Vicki Karolewics

Athletic Director
Paul Bailey

General email
deborah.spann@wallacestate.edu

Region
22

FTE Enrollment
3501








College News
Wallace State men's basketball wins NJCAA tournament opener with thrilling double OT victory over Westchester (N.Y.) Monday, Mar 17th,
March 18, 2014

HUTCHINSON, KANSAS – Jestin Lewis didn’t want his final memory in a Wallace State uniform to be a missed free throw in the closing seconds of double overtime Monday night at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

With an assist and keen awareness from teammate Lee Moore, Lewis made sure he didn’t have to worry about that. Lewis extended the Lions’ season with one of the biggest layups in the program’s history by scoring the winning bucket with 0.8 seconds left to secure a thrilling and draining 101-99 double overtime victory over Westchester (N.Y) Community College at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

As it did at the end of regulation and the first overtime, Westchester had a chance to win the game on its final possession in double overtime. Wallace State, which overcame a 17-point deficit in the second half, had other plans. Westchester’s Giovanni McLean lost the ball in traffic, Moore corralled the loose ball for the Lions, threw it over his head and Lewis scooped it up on the other end and converted the layup, sending the 15th-seeded Lions to a second-round game against No. 2 Vincennes (Ind.) on Wednesday at noon.

“If we had lost that game after I missed those free throws, I would have been heartbroken. It would have taken me a long time to get over,” Lewis said. “We stuck together and made another play when we had too. We had to stick together the entire game and fight through some tough moments.”

Lewis and Moore each finished with 28 points for the Lions, both nailing four 3-pointers apiece.

Lewis flirted with a triple-double, also finishing with eight rebounds and seven assists. Meanwhile, Moore, who played only five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, poured in 26 of his 28 points after intermission.

“Jestin Lewis made some ridiculous shots for us. I don’t know how he makes some of them. And, for us to be down only one point at halftime with Lee Moore in foul trouble was remarkable. It was impressive to see Lee play as well as he did down the stretch, considering the rough first half he had,” said Wallace State coach John Meeks, who has his Lions in the national tournament for the second time in three seasons. “Westchester had us on our heels a little bit in the second half. We didn’t come out with the punch or energy we needed, but I’ve never seen a group like ours who refuses to lose. We had to get stop after stop after stop in order to win, and we had so many different guys step up and make a play. It’s not fair to single anyone out.”

Wallace State survived and advanced with one of its more impressive wins of the season. The teams traded leads eight times in the first half before Westchester (28-5) maintained a slim 34-33 lead at the half. The Vikings used a 22-9 surge early in the second half to open their cushion to 56-42 with 13:31 remaining. Westchester later grabbed its biggest lead, at 63-46, with 10:26 left.

Wallace State then put on the rally caps. Moore and X-keem Jones combined to score the next 12 points for the Lions, trimming their deficit to 66-61 with 5:42 remaining in regulation. Jones helped the Lions notch things at 66-66 by hitting a pair of free throws at the 4:01 mark. The teams traded leads six times during the rest of regulation.

Westchester’s McLean gave the Vikings a 75-74 advantage with 21 seconds remaining, but Moore forced overtime for Wallace State by hitting one free throw with six seconds left. The Lions’ defense kept Westchester from scoring on its final possession at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime, Wallace State built as much as a 3-point lead with 2:49 remaining after Marcus Johnson nailed his lone field goal of the game, a 3-pointer from the right corner. Westchester quickly tied it back up and regained control and an 88-84 lead with 1:12 left after Keon Erving hit a 3-pointer for the Vikings.

With 27.6 seconds remaining, Westchester’s Joel Angus Jr. hit a pair of free throws for a 90-87 advantage.

Lewis and the Lions had a resounding answer. Lewis swished an off-balance 3 in the face of a Westchester defender, tying it at 90-90 with 22.2 seconds remaining in the first OT.

Once again, Wallace State made another strong defensive stop to force five extra minutes.

Cody Farley scored three straight points for Wallace State in the second overtime, and the Lions later maintained a 95-92 lead with 2:59 remaining. Westchester regained the lead, at 96-95, on a McLean jumper with 1:50 left. The Vikings added to their advantage over the next minute with McLean making it 99-96 with 30.8 seconds remaining. Lewis was fouled on a 3-point attempt on Wallace State’s ensuing possession, but he missed his first free throw, missing out on a chance to tie the game again.

Wallace State’s defense buckled down significantly over the final 19.5 seconds, forcing two crucial Westchester turnovers. Lewis recovered the first turnover and was sent to the free-throw line again, where he made one of two to tie it at 99-99. Westchester’s final turnover resulted in the Lions putting the finishing touches on the victory.

“That had to be one of the more exciting games played here in Hutch in a long time. I looked around at one point and saw all sorts of people standing up and yelling for us like it was already the national championship game. They seemed to be enjoying cheering for Wallace State,” said Meeks, whose team drained 12 3-pointers. “Once we made the comeback, we were the aggressor and made Westchester stop us.”

Monday’s opening-round game featured 19 lead changes and nine ties.

Farley added 12 points and four rebounds for the Lions, while Marcus Burwell contributed eight points.

McLean led Westchester in the loss with a game-high 34 points. Luis Montero finished with 19 points for the Vikings, Keith Thomas had 11 and Angus Jr. added 10.

All tournament games are streamed live on Njcaa.org through NJCAA TV.

For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.



Freshman Aksel Olsen becomes first Wallace State golfer to earn low-medalist honors at NJCAA Men's Golf Championship
February 13, 2014

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State freshman golfer Aksel Olsen accomplished a feat last week never achieved before in coach Dan York’s 26 years with the program. Olsen became the first Wallace State golfer to earn low medalist at the NJCAA Men’s Golf Championship. Olsen finished with a four-day total of 281 at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, Texas, earning him the Arnold Palmer Award as the low medalist along with recognition as an NJCAA All-American. “I’m very proud of Aksel and what he accomplished out there. He was in a slump throughout parts of the spring, but he stepped it up during the most important tournament of the year. That will open the door for him to hook on with some major universities once he leaves here, but we’re excited about him coming back next year. We have four of our five top guys returning, so I hope all the experience we gained in Texas will pay dividends next year,” said York, who has coached the likes of Fredrick Jacobsen and Brett Wetterich at Wallace State among other eventual professionals. Wallace State finished seventh nationally out of 24 teams. The Lions maintained a five-stroke lead halfway through their day three round before Central Alabama and Odessa College (Texas) pulled away from the field. Olsen, a Norwegian, put together an impressive surge on the final day of the tournament. He started out tied for ninth after three rounds (2-under-par 213), but shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final round. Olsen was forced into a playoff against Meridian Community College’s (Miss.) T.J. Morgan on the 18th and claimed the individual title by making par, while Morgan bogeyed the final hole. Olsen becomes the 14th NJCAA All-American to play for York. “The thing that separates Aksel from most freshmen and sophomores is he is advanced mentally as far as accepting bad shots. He doesn’t let them linger,” said York, who made his 18th national tournament appearance. “He’s also conservative, but aggressive. He’s conservative because he doesn’t take unnecessary chances on the course, but he’s aggressive when he swings the club.” Wallace State’s seventh-place finish was a stark improvement from ending last year’s tournament in 18th. Wallace State’s Jake Miller was two shots shy of making the All-American team, finishing with a total of 291. Michael Zierdt (297), Chris Atchley (299) and Patrick Twesme (305) rounded out the field for the Lions. Zierdt was the only Wallace State sophomore competing at nationals. Atchley, a first-team All-Region member, was Wallace State’s low medalist during the ACCC state tournament in Decatur earlier this month. For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit wallacestate.edu.

NJCAA DI Softball Champs 2013
February 10, 2014

Behind the leadership of head coach Jayne Clem, the Wallace State fast pitch softball program is a national champion on the field and in the classroom. Wallace State softball won its second National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championship during the 2013 season, adding to the first crown the program won in 2008. The Lady Lions were also national runner-up on two other occasions (2009 and 2010) and third in 2012.

Wallace State put together a dominant postseason in 2013, breezing through the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC)/Region 22 state tournament undefeated before advancing to the NJCAA national tournament in St. George, Utah. The Lady Lions, an No. 8 seed, won five of six games at the national tourney and defeated Salt Lake City (Utah) CC by a 7-3 score in the championship game. Wallace State, which knocked off the No. 1, 2 and 5 seeds en route to the title, clubbed eight homers in the tournament and scored 33 runs in six games. Sophomore pitcher Lindsey DeFee was named the tournament's MVP and Most Outstanding Pitcher after earning three tournament wins, including a victory in the championship game. Freshman Kori Benson was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, while Katie Gentle, Brittany Gillison and Madeline Lee were named to the All-Tournament team. Coach Clem was named the Karen L. Sykes Outstanding Coach of the tournament for the second time. 

Wallace State, which finished the season 55-12, advanced to the national tournament after going a perfect 4-0 at the ACCC/Region 22 state tournament in Alabaster. The Lady Lions defeated Shelton State in the championship game. Benson was named tournament MVP and Gentle, DeFee, BreeAnna Blevins, Paige Rowland and Libby Olinger were All-Tournament team selections. The state title marked the Lady Lions second in a row, sixth in seven seasons and eighth overall.

Wallace State's Gentle and Blevins each earned NJCAA First-Team All-American recognition in 2013. Gentle set a single-season school record with 74 RBIs. She also hit .456 with 16 homers, 25 doubles and a team-high 27 stolen bases. Gentle, a Hartselle native, was named the NJCAA Player of the Week in consecutive weeks in March, becoming the first Lady Lion to accomplish the feat in back-to-back weeks. Meanwhile, Blevins was one of Wallace State's co-aces on the mound. She finished the season with a 26-6 record and 1.56 ERA. She pitched 27 complete games and recorded 240 strikeouts in 188 2/3 innings.



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Women's Basketball I - Stats Archive
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Women's Volleyball I - Stats Archive


Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 7

Men's Championships: 3
Women's Championships: 4

Breakdown by Sport:

  • Men's Division II Tennis: 1995, 1996
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field: 1997
  • Women's Division II Tennis: 1995, 1999
  • Women's Division I Softball: 2008, 2013






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