EMCC sets school academic all-state recognition record

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT
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SCOOBA, Miss. - A school-record 75 student-athletes from East Mississippi Community College plus all five of EMCC’s conference-affiliated sports teams have earned recognition by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) for their academic excellence during the 2019-20 school year. The conference’s individual and team academic award recipients were announced Tuesday by the MACJC office headquartered in Jackson.

Along with surpassing the previous school standard of 51 individual all-academic recipients set a year ago, EMCC featured a school-record 22 student-athletes who collected Distinguished Academic All-State honors for having grade point averages of 3.80 or higher during the 2019-20 academic year. Included within that group were a school-record dozen 4.00-grade point averages posted for the second straight year. An additional 53 EMCC student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-State honorees for having GPAs between 3.25 and 3.79.

EMCC’s softball team, under the guidance of head coach Austin McNair, once again claimed top honors among the school’s five conference-affiliated sports teams with a 3.64 composite grade point average. With 19 of the team’s 22 players having collected all-academic recognition this past school year, 11 EMCC softball players earned Distinguished Academic All-State honors, including seven individuals posting 4.00 GPAs. The Lady Lions softball program has now put together eight consecutive years with a team GPA of 3.43 or higher.

A year removed from capturing EMCC’s first state championship in men’s basketball since the 1930s, head coach Billy Begley’s Lions compiled a program-best 3.36 team grade point average this past academic year. As MACJC North Division runners-up and with a second straight NJCAA Region 23 Tournament appearance, the 2019-20 EMCC Lions had 11 of the team’s 15 players garner all-academic honors.

Coach Brett Kimbrel’s EMCC baseball team continued to excel in the classroom by recording a 3.27 collective grade point average during the 2019-20 academic year. With 19 baseball players on the team’s 30-man roster achieving all-academic status this past year, the Lions have now posted a team GPA of 3.25 or higher during each of the past three years.

Also registering a program-best team grade point average during the 2019-20 academic year, Coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC football squad bettered the program’s previous mark of 3.01 set two years ago when the Lions doubled as national champions on the gridiron as well as earning NJCAA Football Academic Team of the Year honors in the classroom. In addition to this year’s 3.07 team GPA, a program-record 26 EMCC football players garnered MACJC Academic All-State recognition to more than double last year’s previous program mark of a dozen recipients.

Along with claiming the school’s first state championship in women’s basketball since the 1983-84 campaign with a 24-3 overall record and 12-0 MACJC North Division mark this past season, Coach Sharon Thompson’s 2019-20 EMCC Lady Lions recorded a team GPA of 3.00 or better for the sixth straight year with a 3.03 collective grade point average.

Though not affiliated with the MACJC or NJCAA, head coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC rodeo team put together a 3.15 composite grade point average this past year while competing in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

A team GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to earn academic team honors within the MACJC.

Individually for the second straight year, East Mississippi Community College touted a dozen student-athletes with perfect 4.00-grade point averages in 2019-20, including repeat 4.00 scholars Lilly Burton (softball) and Frederic Reynolds (baseball). Headed by Burton, EMCC’s softball team featured six other players with 4.00 GPAs this past year (Carrie Grace Baty, Tommesha Brown, Jenna Coker, Kelli Hollingsworth, Alexus Lathem, and Lily Ramsey).

EMCC’s other student-athletes posting 4.00 GPAs during the 2019-20 school year were Pervis Frazier (football), Fred Hervey (football), Ian Richard (baseball), and Josh Smith (football/baseball).

The remaining 10 EMCC student-athletes who garnered Distinguished Academic All-State recognition were Kamryn Moore (3.90), Rylee Bourland (3.86), Allison Brown (3.82) and Mackenzie Dolan (3.81) from softball, baseball’s Trey Trosclair (3.91), Will Long (3.90) and Zane Berry (3.87), along with Cameron Brown (3.91), Yaphet Hearn (3.88) and Tredarius Carr (3.87) from football.

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