Sports news from Northeast Mississippi Community College …
NORTHEAST’S ANGELIA ALLEN SELECTED TO MACJC FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE AND ALL-REGION XXIII TOURNAMENT TEAM
BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Head women’s basketball coach Brian Alexander enjoyed success this season thanks in part to his freshman guard Angelia Allen who was recently selected for post-season honors for her efforts during the 2012-13 season.
Allen, a native of Belmont, was selected to the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) First Team All-State Team and to the All-Region XXIII Tournament team.
“I’m excited for Angelia,” Alexander said. She is a tireless worker and is a fine example of a team player.”
Allen helped lead the way for the Lady Tigers who finished the season as the 2013 State Runner-Up — after failing to Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Co-lin) in the MACJC’s State Title game – with a season average of 14 points per game to go along with five rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Allen scored 26 points twice this past season, once against Holmes Community College on January 24 in the 69-59 victory, and again verses Mississippi Delta on February 21 in the 67-64 loss.
However . . . perhaps Allen’s best performance of the year came against Jones County Junior College in the second round of the state tournament where Allen dropped 25 points on the Lady Bobcats to help lead the Lady Tigers to the state title game with Co-lin.
“I’m so blessed to receive these awards,” said Allen. “All the glory goes to God . . . it would not have been possible without him or without this great group of teammates and coaches.”
NORTHEAST’S ACIE VANCE SELECTED TO MACJC SECOND TEAM ALL-STATE
BOONEVILLE, Miss. –.Sophomore guard Acie Vance from Ripley was selected to the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior College’s (MACJC) 2013 All-State Second Team after his performance during the 2012-13 season.
Under the direction of former Tigers head coach David Robbins, Vance led the Northeast basketball team in scoring per game with an average of 16 points per game, to go along with four rebounds per game and two assists. Vance shot over 50-percent from the floor on the year and shot 49-percent from behind the arc for the Tigers.
“Acie has been a vital part of our program the past two years,” Robbins said. “Having watch him grow and mature as a player I know he is going to be a great addition for another program.”
Vance scored in double digits in 14 of the Tigers’ 24 games played during the course of the year and started the season off with a team-high 21 point effort to help Northeast knock off East Central on November 5, 88-83 in the opener for the Tigers at Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
Vance scored 21 points, or more, in five appearances for Northeast with a season-high coming against Holmes Community College on January 24 where he scored 29 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and hit 10-for-13 from the foul line.
TIGER GOLF RALLIES DURING SECOND ROUND AT WOLF HOLLOW
BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s golf team rallied during the second round of the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) third tour stop at Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Wesson.
Northeast improved its position by 13 strokes from the first round to the second round as the Tigers surged for their best finish during the 2013 season.
Northeast’s 13-stroke improvement helped the Tigers bounce by Jones County Junior College and finish seventh in the third tour stop of the year.
Leading the way for the Tigers was Corinth’s Blake Farris who shaved eight strokes off his first to second round scores for a two-round 156 (82-74).
Farris finished the first round in a tie for thirty-seventh (37) but concluded the tournament in twentieth (20) place overall with his eight-stroke improvement.
Booneville’s Jay Swinney followed Farris’ lead and shaved five strokes from his first round 83 to finish with a two-round 161 while New Albany’s Peyton Dunlap finished in a tie for thirty-third (33) and just one stroke behind Swinney with a 162 (78-84).
Former Baldwyn Bearcats Jordan Wilson and Ty Lindsey helped the Tigers rally by the Bobcats with an eight-stroke improvement combined.
Wilson fired an 80 during the second round at Wolf Hollow and finished with a two-round 166 while Lindsey was two strokes behind Wilson with a 168.
After finishing eighth in its first two events of the year and a seventh place finish at Wolf Hollow, the Tigers will play an 18-hole affair at the North Creek Golf Club on March 25 before heading over to Wedgewood Golf Course in Olive Branch on March 26 to wrap up the next MACJC tour stop of the year.
Northeast’s fifth MACJC tour stop of the year will see the Tigers stay above the Interstate 20 corridor as head coach Nick Coln and company head to East Mississippi for two days on the Mississippi State University Golf Course in Starkville April 7-8.
Following its tour stop on April 7-8, the Tigers will have a week to prepare for the MACJC State Tournament hosted by Jones County Junior College.
This year’s state tournament is slated for April 14-15 at Dixie Golf Course in Laurel with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII Tournament following the next week on the Azaleas Golf Course at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Philadelphia.
MACJC NAMES NORTHEAST’S CUTTS SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College outfielder Andrea Cutts of Ackerman may have a blackened eye but the Lady Tiger sophomore did not let the injury slow her down.
After bunting a ball off her eye against Calhoun (Ala.) Community College on March 14, Cutts came back just two days later with a swollen left eye and led the Lady Tigers to a sweep of Mississippi Delta Community College.
For her effort during the week of March 11-15, Cutts was honored as the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) Softball Player of the Week.
“Andrea is a competitor,” said Lady Tiger head coach Jody Long. “Even though she had an injury, she had the mentality on Saturday of ‘I’m not sick,’ and went out and played.”
In the sweep of the Mississippi Delta, Cutts was 4-for-7 against the Lady Trojans with a home run, two runs batted in and scored four runs herself all while wearing a protective cage on her helmet.
Cutts was also a threat on the bases against the Lady Trojans with a stolen base.
Cutts’ solo home run in the first game against Mississippi Delta was the Ackerman native’s first home run of the season after leading the Lady Tigers in 2012 with six home runs during their MACJC state runner-up season.
While Cutts was 4-for-7 against the Lady Trojans, it was the Northeast sophomore’s yeoman’s effort during a six-game stretch from March 13-16 that earned her Northeast’s second MACJC Player of the Week award for the young season.
“She is an outstanding leader on our team and leads by example with her work ethic and commitment,” Long said. “I could not be prouder. I cannot think of someone that is more deserving of this award than Andrea Cutts.”
In six games spanning March 11-17, Cutts led the Lady Tigers to a 3-3 mark overall but more importantly a 3-1 record in the North Division and in all six games, the Ackerman native recorded a hit.
Cutts went 4-for-7 with three runs scored as the Lady Tigers split with the Lady Bulldogs from Holmes Community College on March 13.
After going 1-for-3 in the opening game against Calhoun Community College on March 14, Cutts was limited to just one at bat in the nightcap after fouling a bunt attempt off her left cheek in the third inning against the Lady Warhawks however, Cutts made her first at bat count with a single to right field.
Cutts becomes the second Lady Tiger to win the MACJC Player of the Week award during the 2013 season.
Sophomore pitcher Erin Dixson earned the award the first week it was given for her work during the week of February 18-24.