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 email@example.com.
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].
Defying the Odds: Jeremy Massie
June 24, 2014
The ultimate storybook ending for Sardis native Jeremy Massie culminated in Omaha, Neb., on June 21 on college baseball's biggest stage.
Massie ended his Ole Miss career with one shutout inning in a postponed game against No. 3 Virginia, who came back a day later to end a magical season for the Rebels after tying a school record with 48 wins.
Although the team flight from Oxford to Omaha and back was a smooth 2-hour ride, the road from Senatobia was a longer journey with several bumps, breaks, strains and scars in the road.
Massie lettered four years at Magnolia Heights School under head coach Chris McMinn from 2007-10, helping lead the Chiefs to a 2009 state championship as a junior. As a senior, he was 6-4 on the mound with a 2.63 ERA in 10 appearances and also played left field. He was showered with awards as a senior, being named an MPSA All-Conference selection, an MAIS All-Star and Magnolia Heights School Ace Pitcher.
Everything was cruising along just as Massie had planned until April 26, 2010.
Just one week before the state playoffs in the season-ending series with Washington Academy, Massie was told to play outfield in a makeup game against Pillow Academy because coach McMinn was unsure who they'd throw in the Washington series. He wanted to keep Massie's arm fresh on the mound for the playoffs.
Towards the end of the game against Pillow, however, the plan backfired. Massie and Nathan Smith, a former Ranger soccer player, collided in left-center going for a ball and snapped both bones in his right leg below the knee. To make matters worse, It took almost an hour for the ambulance to get there.
Massie was out for the rest of the playoffs his senior year and was also unable to play summer ball like he planned. By this time he had already signed to play for head coach Mark Carson at Northwest Mississippi CC, but entered his freshman season not completely healed.
His surgery went well and he was on his way back to a full recovery months later before another unexpected thing happened. He had a skin infection show up in several places which required another surgery in January 2011 to remove the metal rod in his right leg.
He missed the entire fall of his freshman year with the Rangers and nearly nine months had passed until he was able to face live batters in spring scrimmages.
Massie took the mound for Northwest for the very first time on March 3, 2011 at Arkansas Baptist, almost 10 months after his injury, and allowed one hit in one shutout inning.
"I was really, really nervous," Massie said. "If I remember correctly, there was a ball hit back at me and it hit my hand and I think that may be why I came out. It was a scary situation. But not facing a live batter for almost a year, I was nervous but ready to get back out there."
Massie finished his freshman year 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA and a save in 13 appearances.
The following season another injury hampered him and he missed the first three weeks of his sophomore season due to an oblique strain suffered during a spring intrasquad game.
After rehabbing at Cornerstone, he made his season debut at Southwest Tennessee on March 6, 2012.
Massie went on to appear in nine games, seven starts, and was 4-2 with three complete games and a 3.57 ERA. In 47 innings pitched, he struck out 46 against 13 walks. For his efforts on the field, he earned MACJC All-State honors, and for his academics off the field, he was named a Capital One Academic All-District selection and Who's Who in addition to making the Dean's List.
Recruited by Arkansas State, Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Mississippi College and Belhaven University, Massie wasn't ready to sign with any of those schools to continue his career and came very close to going to Mississippi State for school and giving up baseball.
"To be honest, I wanted to go to MSU because most of my family went there," Massie said. "They talked to me a little bit about walking-on early in my sophomore year and I told them I didn't know if that was a good idea. I didn't want to take that chance too early in the year in case some other offers came in."
Still unsure in late May 2012 of what his next move was, Massie finally caught a break.
"Coach Carson and coach (Bill) Selby came up to me and said coach (Carl) Lafferty needed some left-handed pitching and asked me if I would be interested in going to Ole Miss," Massie said. "I told them, definitely."
A day later, coach Lafferty came and watched Massie throw a bullpen in Senatobia and offered him a chance to walk-on. He would be promised the whole fall and then final cuts would be made in December.
Massie made the 35-man roster and 27-man travel team both seasons in Oxford and did it without a baseball scholarship, like nearly 2/3 of Division I players do each year. His grades and Phi Theta Kappa scholarship helped pay some of his tuition and the rest was out of pocket.
As a junior, Massie made 19 relief appearances for the Rebels and posted an 0-1 record with a 2.92 ERA and a save in 24.2 innings of work. Of his 19 appearances, he turned in 12 scoreless outings on the season, including two against William & Mary in the NCAA Tournament.
Massie's first-ever appearance at Oxford-University Stadium at Swayze Field came against TCU on Feb. 17 and he remembers it very well, smiling brightly when I asked the question.
"I warmed up for 4-5 innings on Friday and again on Saturday and finally got to go in on Sunday," Massie said. "I was nervous but prepared to pitch. I can remember the feeling like it was yesterday."
Heading into his senior year, Massie knew he would be a bigger contributor.
"My goal was obviously just to pitch more," Massie said. "I wanted to be out there as much as I could. I love to pitch. One thing we talked about was I needed to cut down on my walks and I feel like I controlled that better. Basically, anything I could do to help the team win more games."
Rebel fans will tell you there was something distinct about this year's team and Massie agreed it was a special group of guys. Not only did Ole Miss tie a school record with 48 wins, but they ended a 42-year drought in Omaha and were one of the last four teams standing.
"Going all the way back to the fall, we talked about being tough every day," Massie said. "We went through a lot with our new strength coach Ben Fleming and during practices. The bond was very strong. We knew we'd have a good team this spring, but how good was up to us."
After getting swept at Alabama to fall to 4-5 in the SEC in late March, the Rebels won 15 of their final 21 conference games to win the West, qualify for the SEC Tournament and host an NCAA Regional.
Ole Miss advanced to the Super Regionals after winning the Oxford Regional and lined up with No. 1 Lafayette, one of the craziest atmospheres to play college baseball.
"It was a pretty wild and hectic environment," Massie said. "They love their team and that stadium can get pretty loud. I can't repeat what some of their fans said, but they were leaning all on the fence by the bullpen when I was warming up and just talking trash and yelling at me the whole time."
Ole Miss dropped the first game 9-5 but came back to win the best-of-3 series with 5-2 and 10-4 victories to advance to the CWS.
The Rebels finished 2-2 in Omaha and Massie saw action in both games against Virginia on June 15 and 21. He threw a shutout inning in their 2-1 loss and a shutout inning in a 4-1 loss that ended his career.
He's just the second former Ranger behind Taylor Walker (USM, 2009) and second former MHS Chief behind Russ Sneed (MSU, 2007) to make it to the CWS.
Massie tossed 63.2 innings this season, fourth-most on the team, and ended the year with a 4-3 record, a save and a 2.69 ERA. He appeared in 21 games, starting in nine, and struck out 46 against 17 walks.
From nearly giving up baseball to making it to Omaha, Massie's Cinderella story was four wins and a glass slipper shy of the ultimate prize of a national championship.
He ends his four-year college baseball career a part of a combined 142 wins at Northwest and Ole Miss, a pretty impressive feat in itself.
What's next for Jeremy Massie? He'll be coaching CageRat Baseball in Indiana this summer.
Massie leaves bright and early Thursday morning for Cincinnati, Ohio, to meet his team for a tournament. That will be his first experience as a coach, his desired profession.
He'll return to Oxford this fall to be a grad manager for the Rebels while working on his master's in integrated marketing communications. He hopes to become a college coach when he's done there.
Good Turnout for First Two Summer Football Camps
June 23, 2014
SENATOBIA – Almost 50 high school student-athletes grades 8-12 showed up for Northwest's Offensive/Defensive Lineman and QB Academy/Offensive Skills Camp sponsored by Sycamore Bank June 6-7 under first-year head coach Jack Wright.
"We had a good turnout and every county in our district was represented," Wright said. "It was a great opportunity for us to get these kids on campus and take a look at them. We got to do a lot of different drills and were able to look at each position from a lot of different aspects."
Each day started off with testing and agility drills. Campers were tested in a variety of areas such as the 40-yard dash, shuttle, broad jump and L-cone drill to name a few. Each practice was split into two segments that fell into two different categories, basic fundamentals and reaction.
"Overall it was a great two days and a great turnout and we hope to see it expand in the future."
Northwest will also host a Senior Showcase on Thursday, July 10 from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and the cost is just $5. For more information please click here for the flyer.