April 14-Mississippi Juco Sports News

Are you wondering what's going on around the state of Mississippi as far as junior/community college sports are concerned? We'll keep you updated throughout the year with reports from the sports media relations departments at the junior and community colleges....


MERIDIAN , Miss. - Meridian Community College tennis head coach Wanda McPhail has announced the signing of Katy Shoptaugh to the MCC Lady Eagles tennis program.

"We are really excited to have Katy join us this upcoming season," said McPhail. "She comes in with plenty of experience and comes from a great tennis family."

Shoptaugh comes to MCC by way of Baton Rouge, La., set to graduate this May from Redemptorist High School. While a member of the tennis squad in high school, she also ran on the RHS cross country team.

Shoptaugh had an outstanding junior season in high school in which she was named All Metro for the Baton Rouge area in girl's singles and was named the MVP of her high school tennis team. In 2006 she was Regional Runner-up at the 3-A Regional Tournament in girl's singles and was a State Quarterfinalist in the 3-A State Tournament in girl's singles.

In 2005 she was a State Qualifier and was named Most Improved for her cross country team.

Shoptaugh has attended the LSU Tiger Tennis Camp, Steve Carter Lion Tennis Camp and the YMCA Total Tennis Camps for the past five seasons. She comes from a tradition-rich tennis family. Her uncle was an All American for LSU while currently her cousin is a standout on the tennis team for Centenary College.

She is the daughter of David and Beth Shoptaugh. She plans to pursue a degree in dental hygiene.


WESSON, Miss. - The Meridian Community College golf team will close out its regular season slate this week by competing in the 2007 MACJC State/NJCAA Region XXIII golf championships. The two-round event, which crowns both the state and region champion, will be held at the par-72, 6,745-yard Wolf Hollow Golf Course in Wesson, Miss., on Monday-Tuesday, April 16-17.

MCC will compete this week with the same lineup as the past three tournaments. Leading the charge is sophomore Justin Eaves, who is coming off career best consecutive rounds of 70-70-75-69-72. The Louisville, Miss., native currently leads the MACJC Player of the Year race with a 73 stroke average in eight conference rounds this year. The 2006 NJCAA All-American has carded a team best 9 rounds of even-par or better this season and is heading to Troy University in the fall to play golf.

Sophomore Dustin Petit will also be playing NCAA Div. I golf next season, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Petit, who is the defending MACJC Player of the Year, is currently second in the points standings behind Eaves with a 74.2 stroke average.

Freshman Bryant Self, who is currently tied for a team high five All Tournament team honors, has cared three rounds of even-par or better in his first season. Rounding out the lineup for MCC will be freshmen Joshua Ivy and Jarrod Lemaster. Both Ivy and Lemaster have claimed overall medalist titles at two events this season.

The MCC golf team set a school record for most wins in a season this year under the direction of rookie head coach Sean Covich. The Eagles notched victory number seven last week at the JCJC Invitational. The Eagles look to add to that total as they defend their back-to-back MACJC/Region XXIII titles.

"This is our final event of the regular season with a chance to go to the national championship," said Covich. "It's what you play for all year long. We've had a great season thus far, but this one means a lot. Coach Lou Hart had a knack for winning this thing and we hope to carry on that tradition for her."

Last season, the Eagles, led by hall of fame coach Lou Hart, shot a state record 560 (276-284) en route to their fifth NJCAA Region XXIII title in six seasons. Petit was medalist with rounds of 66-69 and was named the 2006 Player of the Year. The Eagles went on the claim third in the 2006 NJCAA national championship.

Winner of this year's NJCAA Region XXIII Championship will advance to play May 22-25 in the 2007 NJCAA Div II men's golf championship at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala.


BOONEVILLE, Miss. -- Due to threat of rain, a softball double-header between Northeast Mississippi Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College originally scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday April 14, has been rescheduled for Monday, April 16. Game one will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday at Booneville City Park.


BOONEVILLE, Miss.-- Northeast Mississippi Community College head men's basketball coach David Robbins added another sharp shooter to his 2007 signing class when Shelby Broad Street High School senior Rictavian Knight inked with the Tigers on Friday, April 13.

Knight is a 6'3", 175 lb guard who led his team to a 32-6 record, and the Division 3-2A title during the 2006-07 season.

"Rictavian is a scorer," David Robbins said. "He can shoot the three really well. He basically doesn't miss from the free throw line and with his height that's a big plus because he can take the ball inside and draw fouls. Every coach wants a 6'3" guard who is a natural shooter, and that's what we're getting in Rictavian."

As a senior, Knight led the Jaguars averaging 15.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, while making 87% of his free throw attempts and shooting 43% from three-point range. Northeast's newest signee scored a season high 30 points twice this season: once against Coldwater, and again versus Coahoma County who was led by Mississippi State University signee Ravern Johnson.

With the addition of Knight, David Robbins has now signed seven players as part of his 2007 Northeast signing class.

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