Northwest Tennis Nets ITA Academic Awards
July 16, 2015
SKILLMAN, N.J. – Northwest's women's and men's tennis teams, under the direction of Troy Howell, were both represented on the 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Academic Honor Roll announced Thursday.
The women earned ITA All-Academic Team recognition for a second consecutive season with a 3.51 grade-point average while the Ranger men are represented for a first time after posting a 3.32 GPA.
Six players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes for posting a 3.5 GPA or better, including freshmen Kendall McCoy,Kaylan Cooper and Noah Dunlap as well as sophomores Jon Morgan Bell, Joseph Shidler and Madison Jarrell.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All varsity letterwinners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letterwinner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters.
Northwest Named to WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll
July 14, 2015
ATLANTA – For the first time in program history, the Northwest women's basketball team has been recognized on the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll presented by AT&T* for the 2014-15 season, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined grade point average (GPA) inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2014-15 season is the 20th in which the WBCA has compiled the honor rolls.
With a 3.478 cumulative grade-point average, the Northwest women's basketball team tied for the third-highest total in the Junior/Community College Division and is the lone representative from the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC).
It's the third honor this offseason for the Lady Rangers, also being named the MACJC Women's Basketball Academic Team of the Year and an NJCAA All-Academic Team.
"The WBCA applauds these teams for their commitment to academic excellence during the 2014-15 school year," Danielle Donehew said. "The student-athlete experience is an exciting and challenging time period and we appreciate these programs for setting an academic standard that other teams can strive to achieve. We value the hard work and dedication the players and coaches have put forth to thrive in the classroom and on the basketball court."
Northwest to Host Women's Soccer ID Camp
June 24, 2015
SENATOBIA – Northwest Mississippi Community College will host a women's soccer ID Camp on Sunday evening, July 19 for any high school age females who are interested in playing soccer at the next level.
The camp will cost $25 and will be one session from 5-7:30 p.m. Check-in time is 4:30 p.m. at the Northwest soccer practice field, located in the southwest corner of the campus.
Campers should bring all necessary equipment, including cleats, shin guards and soccer ball. Also, please bring a copy of your physical (must be within the last six months).
The camp will include technical training and 11v11 games. The main goal of the camp is to prepare players for collegiate level soccer and to provide a great opportunity for aspiring student-athletes to display their talents and experience in a college training environment.
Any questions about the camp can be directed to Northwest head women's soccer coach Levi Nunnally. He can be reached by phone at (662) 560-5280 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hannah Matthews: Finding a Home Away from Home
May 28, 2015
SENATOBIA – It's no secret that Northwest Community College student-athletes consistently succeed both on the field and in the classroom. It's that proper balance that helps former Rangers also find success in their careers.
Former Ranger softball student-athlete Hannah Matthews is a prime example.
The Spanish Fort, Ala., native spent two seasons in a Ranger uniform, playing in a total of 50 games during the 2010-11 seasons. As a sophomore, she finished with a .318 batting average with a double, a home run, 12 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
"Softball taught me so many key things I use every day," Matthews said. "I learned very quickly how to juggle multiple responsibilities and how to manage my time between practices, classes, homework and social activities."
Those lessons helped Matthews when she transferred to Mississippi State University following her Ranger softball career.
As a junior, she took a student job as a recruiting assistant for the Bulldog football program and stayed in that role for two years.
"I took a lot of what I experienced at Northwest and applied it to my new recruiting position," Matthews said. "There are so many little things that come into play while working and juggling class work. (But) when you love what you're doing, it makes everything a lot easier."
Matthews graduated from MSU in the fall of 2013 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Today, Matthews is an admissions counselor at Mississippi State and helps transfer students who are interested in attending MSU after community college. She serves students in north Mississippi and also covers all transfer inquiries from Tennessee. As a former transfer student herself, it's a fitting role for Matthews, who uses her own experiences as both a transfer and as an out-of-state student in her work.
"Even though I was recruited as an out-of-state student, I lived in Mississippi for about six years when I was in elementary school," Matthews said. "I had visited all of the north Mississippi community colleges and I knew that Northwest was the perfect place for me. I loved the feeling of someone that wanted me to play for them."
"I bring a lot of that into recruiting students," Matthews continued. "When a student feels wanted and appreciated, it encourages them to want to become a part of our university family."
For transfer students that are unsure about their options after community college, Matthews offers this advice.
"I think one of the most important things when you are thinking about transferring to a major university is finding the place that meets your academics needs and feels like home," she said. "You don't want to just pick a university because your friends are going there or because your parents attended there. Visit all of your top schools and find someone like me to help guide you in your decision. Find your home away from home."
Connect with Hannah on Twitter @msstatehannah.
DeCoud, Crawford Named NJCAA All-Americans
December 17, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore cornerback Treston DeCoud and freshman running back Justin Crawford have been named 2014 NJCAA All-Americans, it was announced Tuesday by the national office.
DeCoud earned NJCAA First Team honors after tying for the MACJC lead with six interceptions (third in the nation) in addition to 38 total tackles, two blocked kicks and a forced fumble. His 13 passes defended ranked in the Top 15 in the NJCAA.
The Hammond, La., native also earned MACJC First Team All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 honors.
A three-star prospect according to 247sports, DeCoud is receiving interest from four-year programs including Baylor, Georgia, Fresno State, Utah State, East Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Jackson State, Grambling and Southeastern Louisiana. He'll sign a national letter of intent in February.
A former three-star prospect by 247sports and Rivals.com, Crawford earned NJCAA Second Team honors after leading the state with 1,551 yards rushing (fourth in the NJCAA) and 14 touchdowns. His 172.3 yards-per-game set a new single-season school record. Crawford added 12 receptions for 306 yards, accounting for 219 all-purpose yards-per-game.
The Columbus, Ga., native rushed for a school-record 338 yards and four touchdowns at Coahoma and also rushed for over 200 yards in three other games during the season.
Crawford was also named MACJC First Team All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23.
The duo give Northwest 103 all-americans in its rich football history and the Rangers have placed at least one player on the all-american team in 28 of the past 30 seasons.
To view the complete list of 2014 NJCAA All-Americans click [here].