Northeast Lady Tiger outfielder saluted for off-the-field dedication

By NEMCC Media Relations

BOONEVILLE – Former Northeast Mississippi Community College outfielder Robin Franks of Hernando knew the meaning of student-athlete while starring in the outfield for the Lady Tiger softball team.

Franks was rewarded for her attention in the classroom when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) handed out its academic excellence awards on Wednesday, June 29.

“Robin was an exceptional athlete and her academic success was very important to her,” said Northeast head softball coach Jody Long. “She was very conscious of her studies. There wasn’t a single trip for two years that she wasn’t studying or reading something. She did whatever it took and her education is very important to her.”

Franks was honored for her work in the classroom with a Superior Academic Achievement award by the NJCAA for having a 3.84 grade point average (GPA) during her time at Northeast.

“Our main focus from day one is the players have to understand that they are here to get an education first,” said Long. “We spend a lot of time making sure they are going to class and doing what they are supposed to do but our job is made easy by the type of athlete that we recruit.”

On the field, Franks appeared in 23 games for the Lady Tigers and pieced together a .286 batting average her sophomore season while pounding out a pair of doubles and six runs batted in (RBI).

Franks finished the season with a .343 slugging percentage and helped the Lady Tigers return to the 2010-11 Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament in Perkinston and gave host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College a run in the first round of the tournament before seeing their season come to an end.

Northeast finished a 25-23 record on the softball diamond and the program sits just one win shy of the 300-win plateau since switching over to fast-pitch competition in 2001.

With its 25 wins during the 2010-11 season, Northeast recorded its most wins since the 2008 Lady Tiger softball team pieced together a 34-20 mark en route to a North Division championship.

To be nominated for an academic achievement award, a player must complete three full-time semesters at the nominating college and must have completed at least one season at the varsity level of competition of the nominating sport.

To be honored with the NJCAA’s Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence, a player must have a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in at least 45 semester hours. For an NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement, a player must maintain a 3.80-3.99 GPA on a 4.0 scale in at least 45 hours and for an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement, a player must have a 3.6-3.79 GPA on a 4.0 scale.