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Members of the 2007 Copiah-Lincoln Community College men’s tennis team are standing from left, Cody Cunningham, Giles Langston, Jon Goldman, Josh Peckham, Joey Ratcliff, Phillip Hammond, Reese Daniels, Brett Hart, and Coach Mike McIntyre.

Co-Lin men’s tennis team Academic Team of the Year

WESSON – The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced that Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s men’s tennis team is the No. 1 Academic Team of the Year. The men’s team has finished No. 1 in 2002 and 2005, No. 2 in 2004 and 2006, and No. 3 in 2003.

“We are very proud of these student-athletes and their accomplishments,” said Co-Lin President Dr. Howell Garner. “We take tremendous pride in our student’s academic and athletic success,” he added.

The Co-Lin men’s tennis team, coached by Mike McIntyre, recorded a 3.61 grade point average. Members of the team are Cody Cunningham, Phillip Hammond, and Brett Hart, all of Brookhaven; Giles Langston, Jon Goldman, and Joey Ratcliff, all of Wesson; Reese Daniels of Monticello, and Josh Peckham of Magee.

Five other Co-Lin athletic teams, women’s soccer, baseball, women’s tennis, golf, and softball also received Academic Team of the Year honors in their respective sports.

The Lady Wolves, coached by Frank Smith, is ranked the No. 8 Academic Team of the Year in women’s soccer. Members of the team include Stephanie Presley, Laquanta Buck, Shanitra Christmas, and Charcinda Glasper, all of Crystal Springs; Christina Morgan of Mendenhall; Amber Bowman, Kayla Whatley and Ashley Bankston, all of Wesson; Amanda Hardwick of Clinton; Allyson Wallace, Darla Hare, Taylor Crane, and Laura Waldrop, all of Brookhaven; Lindsay Jones, Andrea Arnold, and Kristen Wilson, all of Franklin County; Casey Dickerson of Summit, and Amanda Lunsford of Florence.

The Co-Lin baseball team is ranked the No. 9 Academic Team of the Year in baseball with a 3.2 grade point average. The Wolves, coached by Keith Case, have placed in the Top 10 the last seven out of nine years. Members of the 2007 team are Joseph Langham of Wesson, Cole Hodges, Paul Davis, and Brandt Hinton, all of Brookhaven; Montez Chatman of Magee; David Alton New, Timmy Foster, and Jamie Morris, all of Natchez; Dane Orders and Jordan Toney, both of Mendenhall; Brett Hartfield of Purvis, Ryan Hoben and Avery Mathes, both of Vicksburg; Brandon Chretian of Lafayette, La.; Steven Gauthe’ of Belle Rose, La.; James Antoon of Kentwood, La.; Justin Champagne of Houma, La.; Marty Ballard and TaeByus Smith, both of Monticello; Patrick Shumaker of Ludlow, Russ Carter of Richland; Edward Joe, III of Ridgeland; and Kyle Fairley of Yazoo City.

The Co-Lin women’s tennis team earned Academic Team of the Year honors ranking No. 11 in the nation among women’s tennis teams with a 3.33 grade point average. The Lady Wolves, coached by Holli Adams Pepper, has ranked in the top 12 teams the past nine years, ranking No. 1 in 1999, 2003 and 2004. Members of the team are Caroline Blevins of Jackson, Jenna Dickerson of Summit, Lauren Mitchell, Mindy Morse and Julie Meacham, all of Brookhaven, Whitney Kyzar of Bogue Chitto, and Mare Sims of Wesson.

The Wolfpack golf team is ranked the No. 18 Academic Team of the Year among golf teams with a 3.01 grade point average. Members of the Wolfpack, coached by Ronny Ross and Craig Hennington, are Bo Sandifer of Florence, Grant McDonnieal and Sam Hall, both of Brookhaven; and Matt Williamson of Mendenhall.

            The Lady Wolves softball team is ranked the No. 30 Academic Team of the Year among softball teams with a 3.10 grade point average. Members of the Lady Wolves, coached by Allen Kent, are Lauren Smith, Candice Braxton, and Meleah Brown, all of Bogue Chitto; Allyson Wallace, Caroline Burkes, Britnee Smith, and Ashley Sykes, all of Brookhaven; Kaylin Burke of Ruth, Erin Douglass of Katy, Texas; Kady King of Brandon, Annie Selman of Crystal Springs, Emily Langley of Wesson, Brooke Caston of Liberty, and Kayla Crochet of Baton Rouge, La.