Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region in Bull Riding
April 14, 2014
SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.
The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.
"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."
A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).
"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."
The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.
Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.
Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.
To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at email@example.com or by phone at (662) 562-3430.
Mike Rowan Picks up 300th Career Victory at Northwest
April 6, 2014
SENATOBIA – Northwest head softball coach Mike Rowan hit a coaching milestone in a doubleheader sweep over Coahoma on a rainy Sunday afternoon, picking up his 300th career victory in a 12-0 Game 1 win. The Rangers finished off the sweep with an 11-1 Game 2 win.
The doubleheader was moved from Clarksdale to Senatobia and played as a home game for Coahoma.
Northwest improved to 21-12 overall and 12-6 in the north, good enough for sole possession of second place in the division standings with six games remaining.
Behind a 5-for-7 afternoon from Alex Barrett, who's riding an 11-game hitting streak, the Rangers out-hit the Lady Tigers 22-3 with eight doubles, three triples and a solo home run by Lindsey Shaw. Ten different Rangers had at least one hit in the doubleheader.
Northwest scored four runs off five hits in the top of the first, with Alex Barrett hitting an RBI-triple, followed by an RBI-double from Micalah Beall, RBI-single from Kendall Alford and RBI-groundout by Naomi Newcom.
The Rangers added three more in the third and fourth and two in the fifth for the run-rule win in five innings.
Kiley Dunagan, Jessica Holliday and Shaw combined for a one-hit shutout with six strikeouts.
Drennan Nemnich, Haley Vance, Andi Barrett and Alex Barrett led a 10-hit attack in the finale with two hits each, as Shaw hit her first collegiate home run and An. Barrett had a team-best four RBIs.
Despite a slow start with just one run in the first, the Rangers plated four in the second and five in the third to earn an 11-1 run-rule win in five that finished just minutes before the hard rain hit.
The Rangers return to action on Wed., April 9 at Southwest Tennessee. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. in Bartlett, Tenn.
Rowan's career record in 11 seasons now stands at 301-143-1.
NWCC's Josh Rea Earns Admittance Into West Point
March 23, 2014
SENATOBIA – Freshman offensive lineman Josh Rea of Northwest has been accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point Prep School, a huge accomplishment for the 18-year-old from Olive Branch.
Rea played and started in all nine games last season for the Rangers at center after joining the team from Lewisburg High School where he was a two-time all-district lineman and also a two-time preseason all-state selection. Rea helped the Patriots to an 8-4 record and their first-ever playoff appearance in his senior season.
Rea learned about West Point at a very young age and was also recruited by them to play football in addition to Memphis, Samford and Southern Illinois among others. He will go to the preparatory school for one year before going straight to the Academy and hopes to play for the Black Knights in 2015.
"I've always, in the back of my mind, thought that West Point would be a cool place to go," Rea said. "When I took my first visit in high school, that dream at a young age turned into an ambition."
The hardest commissioning program to qualify for is the United States Military Academy at West Point. Each year, the Academy admits 1,150 to 1,200 young men and women. A West Point cadetship includes a fully funded four-year college education. Tuition, room, board, medical and dental care are provided by the U.S. Army.
Rea wasn't accepted into the Academy out of high school but turned that disappointment into redemption.
"Coming so close right before high school graduation was devastating," Rea said. "It was like a dream that came so close and fell through my hands. But I decided to accept my football scholarship to Northwest and re-apply thanks to several people. I've grown so much and matured having one year of junior college under my belt and looking back, this was perfect timing."
Candidates must meet certain requirements specified by public law in order to be considered for admission to West Point. You're evaluated in three areas: academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential and physical aptitude. The transition from civilian life to a military environment is challenging.
"The teacher evaluations are where Northwest really came in," Rea said. "I had some awesome teachers help me out when I submitted my application this fall...my chemistry teacher Kayce Rourke, Susan Leake my math teacher and Dr. Sandra Banham my English teacher."
Rea will report to USMAPS in late July 2014 in West Point, N.Y.
"It's an honor and I'm extremely proud to be accepted into the Academy, to represent the state of Mississippi and Northwest Community College. I'll always be a Ranger at heart and I won't waste this opportunity."
Will Hall to be Inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
March 13, 2014
SENATOBIA – Amory native Will Hall, who broke multiple school records as a Ranger quarterback during the 1999-2000 seasons, will be one of 15 athletic standouts inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 29.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Muse Center on the Hinds-Rankin campus in Pearl, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. to begin the seventh annual program.
Hall helped quarterback Northwest Mississippi Community College to a combined 21-1 record in his two seasons, winning a state championship as a freshman and setting the NJCAA record for total points in a season (559) his sophomore year during a perfect 10-0 campaign. He was inducted into the Northwest Hall of Fame in 2012.
His single-game records include first, second and third in passing yards during the 2000 season with 602 against East Mississippi, 514 against Holmes and 434 against Gulf Coast. He's also first in a single-game in passing touchdowns with nine against East Mississippi, also an NJCAA record at that time. Hall had 46 pass attempts against East Mississippi and 45 against Hinds, which rank him sixth and seventh, respectively.
Hall's 2000 single-season records include first in passing yards (3,982), pass completions (248), attempts (366), passing touchdowns (48), total offense (4,075 yards) and a 67.8 percent completion rate. His Northwest career records include first all-time in touchdown passes (57) and completion percentage (64.7), second in passing yards (5,045) and attempts (481), fourth in pass completions (311) and fifth in pass attempts (481).
He played two seasons at The University of North Alabama (UNA) following his career at Northwest, winning the Division II Harlon Hill Player of the Year Award and being named an All-American after leading the Lions to a 13-1 record in 2003. He set 16 UNA records and continues to hold the record for completion percentage (68 percent) in a career and a season (71.8 percent), and his string of 168 pass attempts without an interception remains at UNA.
Hall played the 2004 season for the Tupelo FireAnts of the National Indoor Football League, passing for 2,046 yards and 44 touchdowns and also rushing for 422 yards and 13 TDs. He played under his father, Bobby Hall.
Hall started his coaching career as the quarterbacks coach at Presbyterian College in 2004 and went on to coach single seasons at Henderson State, Southwest Baptist and Arkansas-Monticello. He was the offensive coordinator for the 2008-10 seasons at West Alabama and was later promoted to head coach for the 2011-13 seasons, posting a 25-11 record and leading the Tigers to back-to-back Gulf South Conference Championships and a pair of Division II playoff appearances.
On Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, Hall was named the head coach at the University of West Georgia where he'll enter his first season with the Wolves in 2014.
Lady Ranger Trio Earns MACJC All-State Honors
March 9, 2014
JACKSON – For the first time since the 2009-10 season, three Northwest Lady Rangers are represented on this year's 2014 MACJC All-State Teams released Saturday evening by the league office.
Carshava Sutton was named to the first team, Kristina Mays was named to the second team and Halle Knowles earned honorable mention recognition.
Sutton had a breakout sophomore campaign in averaging 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game with 10 double-doubles in 16 starts. She scored in double figures in 18 of 21 games, including a pair of 30 point games, and shot 54 percent from the floor and 70 percent from the charity stripe.
Sutton ends her Lady Ranger career third in school history with a .530 field goal percentage and fifth all-time in free throw percentage at .672 percent.
The Charleston native was also Northwest's lone selection on the NJCAA All-Region 23 Team, finishing second in the state in votes, and is now eligible for All-American honors.
Mays, a freshman from Independence, was second on the team in scoring at 13 points per game and also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.2 steals a contest. In 19 starts, Mays scored in double figures 14 times, including four 20 point games, while shooting 37 percent from the floor.
Northwest's floor general, Knowles, finished the year with a team-best 128 assists and was one of the tops in the country with 6.1 assists per game. She also averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a game in 21 starts and added a team-high 61 steals.
Knowles ends her Lady Ranger career sixth all-time in assists (218) and assists/game (4.8), ninth in steals/game (2.8) and 14th in total steals (131).
May 3, 2014
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