Cody Reed Has Jersey Retired at Horn Lake
November 22, 2013
HORN LAKE – Former Northwest All-American left-hander Cody Reed had his No. 24 jersey retired at Horn Lake High School Thursday night at halftime of the women's basketball game.
Reed played for head coach Brad Meadows at Horn Lake and was a two-time all-conference nod and three-time selection as the team's Best Pitcher. He went 5-3 with a save and 2.72 ERA in 10 appearances as a senior.
Reed's jersey will be displayed prominently on the same wall as former Eagle/Ranger and current assistant baseball coach, Bill Selby, who enjoyed a 14-year career in professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox organizations.
Reed played the 2012-13 seasons at Northwest and was a two-time First Team All-MACJC selection, 2013 NJCAA All-Region 23 choice and NJCAA Third Team All-American. Reed ended his career as the school's all-time leader in strikeouts (161), wins (16), innings pitched (137.2), batters faced (601), starts (23) and shutouts (five) and was second in complete games (10) and third in opponent batting average (.219).
The 46th overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals, Reed is the highest draft choice in Northwest baseball history and the 10th-highest in MACJC history. He was one of four Rangers drafted in 2013 along with Jordan Barnes, Tanner Cable and Charley Sullivan.
Reed spent the short season in Class A Idaho Falls and helped the Chukars to their first-ever Pioneer League Championship as an affiliate of the Royals. Reed appeared in 15 games (six starts) and went 0-1 with a 6.07 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 29.2 innings of work.
Brad LaPlante Out as Head Football Coach at Northwest
October 29, 2013
SENATOBIA – Brad LaPlante has been relieved of his duties as head football coach, college officials announced Tuesday.
LaPlante and his staff were informed this morning by athletic director Cameron Blount that they would not be retained for next season.
"Everyone who's been around Northwest football knows that we have a rich tradition of winning and this season did not live up to our standards," president Dr. Gary Lee Spears said.
Northwest went 1-8 this season and finished tied for last in the north division, with its lone win coming over Coahoma, 38-23.
A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.
Baker Hits Milestone in Season-Ending Loss at #4 Jones
October 27, 2013
ELLISVILLE – Sophomore running back Damian Baker, on the final play from scrimmage, rushed for nine yards to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in his career and provided the lone bright spot in a 52-3 loss at 4th-ranked Jones County on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 21-0 lead with 6:15 left in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way in piling up 422 yards of offense to earn a lopsided Homecoming victory.
Trailing 35-0 midway through the third quarter, Northwest got on the scoreboard thanks to a 20-yard field goal by Matt Bratton, the first of his Ranger career.
Entering the second half, Baker needed 74 yards to become just the fifth Ranger in school history to hit the 2,000-yard milestone and it surely didn't come without some last-minute help.
With just over 2 minutes left in the game and JCJC keeping the ball on the ground to run out the clock, Northwest called consecutive timeouts in the final minute to get the ball back. Baker and the Rangers took over with 36 seconds left and his first carry went for nine yards around the right side which pushed him over the mark.
Baker finished the day with 24 carries for 124 yards (ninth career 100-yard game) and ends his Northwest career third all-time in rushing yards/game (105.4) and rush attempts (355), fifth in yards (2,002) and sixth in rushing TDs (15).
Karsten Miller finished 6-of-17 for 59 yards, an interception and four sacks before being sidelined in the second half with an injury. Kyle Morgan closed the game 5-of-9 for 35 yards with two interceptions.
Defensively, Terrell White had his third consecutive double digit tackle outing, leading the Rangers with 10 stops to give him a team-best 76 on the season. Brandon Mack had two interceptions to go along with his four tackles.
Jones County finished the regular season 8-1 and will host Itawamba Nov. 2 as the South's No. 1 seed in the MACJC Tournament, while Northwest's season came to a close at 1-8.
Morgan Wilson Earns Third MACJC Weekly Honor
October 22, 2013
GOODMAN – For a third time this season, Morgan Wilson of Northwest has been selected the MACJC/JUCO Weekly Goalkeeper of the Week for games played Monday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Wilson, a freshman from Southaven (DeSoto Central), went 0-0-2 between the posts in a pair of double overtime draws against Hinds (0-0) and Itawamba (1-1). In 220 minutes, she had a .966 saves percentage and tallied 28 combined saves in the two ties, including a career-high 18 saves and her first shutout of the year against Hinds.
Wilson improved to 5-2-2 on the season with 80 saves, a 1.76 GAA and .816 saves percentage. She started the year as a defender but had to replace injured goalkeeper Ashlee Rogers just three games into the season.
Northwest travels to East Central for its regular season finale on Tuesday. A win, coupled with a Hinds win over Holmes, would mean the Lady Rangers would host the first round of the MACJC State Tournament.
Former Ranger Myles White Promoted to Packers' 53-Man Roster
October 16, 2013
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – Former Northwest Mississippi Community College and Louisiana Tech standout wide receiver Myles White has been promoted from the practice squad to the Green Bay Packers' official 53-man roster.
The transaction was announced Tuesday by executive vice president, general manager and director of football operations Ted Thompson.
The Livonia, Mich., product transferred to Northwest in 2010 after one season at Michigan State and was an MACJC First Team All-State and NJCAA All-Region 23 selection in his only season in Senatobia.
White led the Rangers' receiving corps with 53 catches (6th nationally) for 712 yards and six touchdowns, going over 100 yards in four games.
He then signed with Louisiana Tech on Dec. 15, 2010, and continued his productivity in Ruston his final two seasons for the Bulldogs.
White caught 30 passes for 414 yards and three touchdowns in his junior season and followed that up 56 catches for 718 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in which he gained Second Team All-WAC honors.
White is one of two former Rangers currently in the NFL (Daniel Thomas, Miami Dolphins). He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Packers back in April.