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Academic Teams of the Year Named

WESSON – Three Copiah-Lincoln Community College athletic teamshave received Academic Team of the Year honors by the NationalJunior College Athletic Association. All three teams ranked in thetop four in the nation in the respective sports.

“We are very proud of these student-athletes and theiraccomplishments,” said Co-Lin Athletic Director Gwyn Young. “Wetake tremendous pride in our student’s academic and athleticsuccess,” he added.

The Co-Lin women’s tennis team earned second place in the nationas Academic Team of the Year with a 3.53 grade point average. Theteam compiled an 18-0 dual match record this season and capturedsecond place in the state. The Lady Wolves advanced to Nationals inTucson, Ariz., where they finished the season ranked 16th in thenation. This is the second straight year the Lady Wolves tennisteam has placed in the top two in the nation.

Members of the Co-Lin Lady Wolves tennis team are JenniferBearry and Sara Joy, both of Natchez; Megan Rogillio and AmandaTurner of Monticello and Courtney Shivers of Tylertown. The LadyWolves are coached by Brenda Smith.

The Co-Lin baseball team earned Academic Team of the Year honorsranking fourth in the nation among baseball teams with a 3.18 gradepoint average. This is the second straight year the team has beenrecognized in the top six.

Members of the team were Edison Lee, Christopher Dunn, DanielMouton, Breck Honea, Josh McNulty, Jay Foster, Britt Hederman andLarkin Honea, all of Magee; Adam Different of Braxton; Lee Townsendof Grayson, La.; Scott Poole, Chris Kennedy, Chuckie Stracener andLance Newman, all of Brookhaven; Jessie Fuller of New Hebron; NookLogan, Hunter Ogden, Brandon Atkins and Doug Atkins, all ofNatchez; Ryan Neeley, Jacob Blakeney and David Booth of Mendenhall;Nick Smith and Ricky Caraway of Wesson; Alex Shoemake of Monticelloand Josh Garrett of Silver Creek. The Wolves are coached by KeithCase and assisted by Pete Young.

The Wolfpack made their first-ever trip to the NJCAA Division IIWorld Series, finishing fourth in the nation with a 47-17record.

The Lady Wolves softball team earned Academic Team of the Yearhonors ranking fourth in the nation among softball teams with a3.06 grade point average.

Members of the Lady Wolves include Melanie Ainsworth and SarahReynolds of Florence; Crystal Allen of Hazlehurst; Amanda Bass ofSontag; Kit Braisher of Natchez; Stephanie Brown of Magee; TammyCase, Jennifer Delaughter and Jamie Errington, all of Brookhaven;Bethany Dunaway, Melanie Fairchild, Angela Howard, TanikiaRatcliff, Rusti Smith and Christi Wallace, all of Bogue Chitto;Bobbi Henry of Vidalia, La.; Rebecca Moulder of Yazoo City; andTamara West of Monticello. The Lady Wolves are coached by DavidSmith and assisted by Johnny Williams.

The Lady Wolves finished second in the NJCAA National Slow-PitchSoftball Tournament with a record of 32-16.