Three Athletes Honored for Academic Achievement

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has released their annual list of ‘Athletes of Distinction’, a list of student athletes that have performed at a high level academically over their careers. Academic awards are divided into three categories based on GPA. Pinnacle Award for Excellence is for those achieving a GPA of 4.0. The Award for Superior Academic Achievement is given to those who attain a GPA of 3.80 3.99 and the Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement is given to those who have a GPA of 3.60 3.79. In order for a student to be awarded they must achieve the minimum GPA and have completed 60 credit hours of college work.

Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce three honorees; Taylor Douglas, a Camden native and graduate of Camden Central high, has received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for Academic Excellence. The award is only given to those that achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA. Douglas played outfield and pitched for the Generals.

Toni (Michaela) Thompson, a Scotts Hill graduate, has received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. This award is given to those that achieve a minimum GPA of 3.80. Thompson played basketball for the Lady Generals.

Jesse Messick, a graduate of Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, TN has been awarded the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Service. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.60 to receive this honor. Messick was a catcher for the JSCC Generals the past 2 seasons.

Each honoree is listed in the official release which can be found on the NJCAA website.

JSCC to Host TCCAA Basketball Tournament March 6-10

Jackson State Community College will host the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association’s (TCCAA) Region VII Basketball Tournament in conjunction with National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) March 6-10, 2012.

Mens and women teams representing 10 community colleges throughout Tennessee including: Chattanooga State, Cleveland State, Columbia State, Dyersburg State, Jackson State, Motlow State, Roane State, Southwest State, Volunteer State and Walters State will travel to Jackson to battle it out in hopes of becoming the 2012 tournament champs.

This gives Jackson State an opportunity to provide a great experience for the student/athletes in the league and I think its great for the community. Additionally, it allows us to showcase the College and welcome our peers from across the state. Probably the most exciting thing for me is the renovations that are taking place in the gym and how it will benefit our programs, said Jackson States Athletic Director, Steve Cornelison.

Jackson State s current season record for men is 13-4 (9-4 TCCAA) and for women is 6-12 (3-10 TCCAA).

When asked about the level of play that the tournament will bring Cornelison said, We have a very athletic league; the level of play is high. There are a lot of players in our conference that move on to the next level.

On Tuesday, March 6, mens games will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with women’s games following at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Wednesday, March 7, mens games will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Thursday, March 8, women’s games will be held at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Friday, March 9, mens games will be held at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. with women’s games to follow at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. On Saturday, March 10, the championship final mens game will be held at 2 p.m. with the women’s game to follow at 4 p.m. The bracket and specific game schedules will become available as the season end nears.

General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5 per game. All games are being held in Jackson States gymnasium. For more information, contact Lisa Kincaid at (731) 425-2649.

JSCC Athletes earn Academic All Conference Honors

Sixteen JSCC Student/athletes earned TCCAA Academic honors. Josh Tutwiler, a graduating baseball player, earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors in addition to his conference award.

Listed below is each student/athlete honored:

  • Joe Burns – Baseball
  • Brent Goode – Baseball
  • Josh Hattaway – Baseball
  • Josh Tutwiler – Baseball
  • Craig Lowrance – Baseball
  • Ryan Williams – Baseball
  • Brian Ferrell – Baseball
  • John Wills – Baseball
  • Jessica Bumpus – Softball
  • Cassi Yates – Softball
  • Shelby Peel – Softball
  • MaKenzie Hammons – Softball
  • Samuel Dobbs – Men’s Basketball
  • Davell Lloyd – Men’s Basketball
  • Breona Houston – Women’s Basketball
  • Molly Carroll – Women’s Basketball

Jackson State Announces Winders as Basketball/Softball Coach

Jackson, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce that Michael Winders, has been hired full time to coach the Lady Generals softball and basketball teams. Winders served as interim coach in the softball program last year.

‘We are pleased to have Michael at Jackson State again. He had success with the softball program last year as interim head coach and I know he will bring the same success to women’s basketball,’ said Steve Cornelison, JSCC’s athletic director and head baseball coach.

Under the coaching of Winders last season, the softball team placed one player on the All-TJCCAA conference third team and five players on the academic all conference team. The team improved their winning percentage over 150 points.

Winders began his playing career at JSCC under Cornelison where he was named to the All-West TJCCAA team and the All-State TJCCAA team as a freshman. He finished his playing career at Lambuth University contributing to the Eagles’ 2003 Mid-South Conference Championship win and appearance in two Region XI tournaments.

Winders received his bachelor of science degree from Lambuth in 2005 and is currently working on a master’s degree through the University of Memphis. He is married to the former Jennifer Todd of Jackson and they have one son, Carter.

The Lady Generals basketball team opens their season on the road on Nov. 3 and at home on Nov. 14. The Lady Generals softball team plays its first regular season game on the road in Gallatin on March 12 and at home on March 14. For more information on Jackson State sports, please visit