Northwest grounds get a facelift

By Larry Mason

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Grounds crews work outside of Yalobusha Hall.  (Photos by Kreneice Reid)

Students and faculty can see that the Northwest Senatobia campus has received an upgrade. Numerous trees, shrubs, flowers and plants have been planted by the school’s grounds crew over the last few months.

From mulched flower beds and sod, to methodically placed trees and shrubs around campus, Northwest’s grounds keepers have been extremely busy landscaping the grounds for a better aesthetic view when walking around the campus.

According to Jerry Cathy, the assistant manager of the grounds crew, they have planted about 50 trees this semester, consisting of crepe myrtles, holly bushes, and dogwood trees. Colorful flowers and small shrubs were also planted.

“There are about 100 or more that are planned to be planted this semester. These will consist of mostly shrubs,” Cathy said.

According to Cathy, each member of the grounds crew has a piece of themselves in the work that has been done. They take a lot of pride in improving the overall look of the Northwest campus.

All students and faculty were urged to help the grounds crew out by picking up litter and putting it in the trash cans scattered around campus. With help, it will make it much easier to keep the campus beautiful.

Tennis teams gear up for the season

By Paige Grady


The Ranger tennis season is rapidly approaching, and the players are becoming pretty anxious.

A few of the players have noted specific goals that they want the team as a whole to meet along with some personal. Like in any sport, the Ranger tennis team’s biggest goal is to advance to Nationals, after competing throughout the season, and the four rounds in the State Tournament.

Making it to Nationals this season would be a dream come true for all the sophomores—Joseph Shidler, Madison Jarrell, Macey Magee, Anna Rosenbaum, Derravia Carpenter, Tyler Newman, Chip Malone, Jon Morgan Bell and Christian Scott.  All of these players are hoping to not only dominate on the court but also to be smart about plays, mature during all the matches and come together to work well. Madison Jarrell, women’s double, wants the team to obtain an all-around better record this year to gain respect that other Northwest sports have.

“Everyone on the team is definitely a key player, because everyone has so much potential to win in their spots.Anybody on our team can have a good day and help us get a win on both doubles and singles,” Jon Morgan Bell, a sophomore tennis player studying communications, said.

Even though every athlete taking part in this sport is a key player, Joseph Shidler, studying  general college, is one to look out for this season. Shidler made it all the way to state finals in 2014, and his fellow teammates can agree that he is smartest on the court; he knows what swings, foot placements and bodily maneuvers would work best at certain moments

“Shidler knows how to kick up the level in the clutch moments and mentors the other members of the team when he has the chance,” Thomas Hall, a freshman tennis player, said.

Chelsea Jarrell is also a player to watch out for in the coming season because of her positive leadership and her strengths in the game.

Troy Howell, women’s and men’s tennis coach, is said to take care of all of his players. He expects his athletes to perform excellent in the classroom and on the court.

Bell states that, ”He [Coach Howell] always has our best interest in mind and wants us to have fun.” His main goal for the season is to also make it to the State Tournament and hopefully to Nationals.

Lastly, a few of the players believe that Itawamba Community College will be their biggest competitor this season. They are known to be first in state in tennis, but Malone proclaims that on any given day, our guys can beat their guys.

The team’s first game is at home on March 16, at 1 p.m. against Northeast.