from school reports
The Meridian Star
After earning NJCAA Academic Tennis Teams of the Year honors, the 2013 East Central Community College’s Lady Warrior and Warrior tennis squads are also recognized as the top MACJC All-State Academic Teams, according to Jim Southward, Director of Athletics for the Mississippi Community College Board.
Southward noted East Central captured the women’s division with a 3.77 team grade point average and the men’s division earned the prestigious honor with a 3.76 team GPA.
Numerous ECCC student-athletes also earned MACJC Academic All-State recognition for achieving at least a 3.25 GPA.
ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said the academic honors earned by the College’s student-athletes indicate the type program EC strives to produce each year.
“I want to congratulate and thank our coaches and our student-athletes for their efforts this year,” said Dr. Stewart. “They performed the EC Way – Excellence with Class, and I am so proud of each of them!”
Added Athletic Director Chris Harris: “Our student-athletes’ accomplishments in the academic area continue to be outstanding, both as individuals and as a team. Our coaches are to be commended for their work in this area as they stress academics when we recruit student-athletes to our institution. We would love to win every ball game in which we participate; however, we also want our student-athletes to be positioned when they leave us to be successful in life.”
Student-athletes named to the MACJC Academic All-State Team include Johnny Beamon (football), Columbus; Lucas Calvert (tennis), Louisville; Blake Cochran (tennis), Hickory; Blake Dubuisson (baseball), Long Beach; Reneisha Evans (basketball), Union; Fernando Gonzalez (baseball), Guaynabo, Puerto Rico; LaJoya Griffin (softball), Philadelphia; Andrew Hanna (tennis), Union; Kyle Henson (baseball), Weir; Zack Killion (soccer), Crestwood, Ky.; Zach McGarr (soccer), Louisville); Caleb McKee (baseball), Philadelphia; Kalik May (baseball), Northport, Ala.; Hunter Mayo (tennis), Carthage; Chris Mays (tennis), Louisville; Shelby Patterson (golf), Forest; Josh Peoples (tennis), Carthage; Taylor Potter (soccer), Bentonia; Mary Sanders (softball), Vidalia, La; Bryor Shorter (soccer), Florence; Ryan Shotts (baseball), Louisville; Severino Signa (baseball), Stoneville; Terrance Steele (baseball), Philadelphia; Kelsey Tadlock (soccer, tennis), Decatur; Erin Thornton (soccer), Walnut Grove; and DaKota Vowell (softball), Philadelphia.