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Northeast presents 10th Sports Hall Of Fame Class
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BOONEVILLE — The Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame has selected another outstanding group of dignitaries for its 10-year anniversary program.

Emma Braddock, Dontae’ Jones, Jim Lamb and Josie Lindgrin are set for enshrinement during a ceremony in the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Event tickets are $15 and include a meal. For more information, contact athletic director Kent Farris at 662-720-7309 or by email at

Emma Braddock

Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach,

1980-1986; 1988-89

Emma Braddock was hired by then-Northeast Missisippi Junior College in 1965 to serve alongside legendary coach Bonner Arnold as one of three physical education instructors for the institution.

She went on to serve Northeast for more than 25 years. Braddock saw the athletic department evolve from only men’s basketball and cheerleading to seven sports strong when she retired following the 1989-90 academic year.

Braddock’s women’s teams from 1984-85 may have been the two best squads of her entire tenure. They both travelled to the Sunshine State for the NJCAA National Tournament and won multiple championships along the way.

Braddock was an avid athlete herself. She has competed in multiple major golf tournaments and won the third flight at the Women’s Southern Golf Association championship at Southern Pines, North Carolina, in 1980.

Dontae’ Jones

Men’s Basketball,

1993-94; 1994-95

Jones is often hailed as one of the best players to ever put on a black-and-gold uniform for the tradition-rich Northeast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball program.

Jones led the Tigers to 51 wins against just 14 losses during his tenure in the City of Hospitality from 1993-95. He also helped Northeast capture four major championships in his two seasons.

The Nashville, Tennessee, native was part of perhaps the highest scoring team in school history during his inaugural campaign. The Tigers scored over 100 points in 18 separate games that season on the way to an outstanding 26-5 record.

The 6’7 guard increased his productivity as a sophomore. He became the 11th player in program history to earn distinction as a NJCAA All-American after posting 28.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Jones cemented his legacy at Northeast with a sensational showing in Hutchinson, Kansas. He recorded three double-doubles, including 24 points and 21 rebounds in the Tigers’ consolation bracket semifinal contest against Vincennes (Ind.) University, to earn a spot on the All-Tournament team.

Jones amassed whopping totals of 1,648 points, 751 rebounds and 111 assists with the Tigers. He made 643 field goals for a 50-percent shooting percentage and was a 62.6 percent free throw shooter.

Jones extended his collegiate career by signing with Mississippi State University following his tenure on the Booneville campus. He was a catalyst for what was perhaps the best season in school history in 1995-96.

Jim Lamb

Head Women’s Basketball Coach, 1976-79;

Sports Supporter

Only a select few individuals can claim they have witnessed as many Northeast Mississippi Community College athletic events since the beginning of the institution in 1948 as Lamb.

The Winona native was originally hired by fellow Northeast Sports Hall of Famer and former college president Harold T. White as a natural sciences instructor in 1966.

He stepped onto the Bonner Arnold Coliseum court as a coach to lead the women’s basketball team for three seasons from 1976-79. Lamb was the Lady Tigers’ second headman since the program was resurrected in 1973 following a nearly two-decade long hiatus.

Lamb and his wife, Donna, who was also employed by Northeast in the campus bookstore, have been residents of Booneville for over 50 years since moving from Akin, South Carolina, where he worked for the state government with the soil conservation service.

Josie Lindgrin

Softball, 2003; 2004

Lindgrin secured her place as one of the most dominant pitchers in the tradition-rich history of the Northeast Mississippi Community College softball program with two outstanding seasons.

Lindgrin still holds a pair of school records that might never be broken. She compiled a sensational 0.92 earned run average (ERA) with 198 strikeouts during her phenomenal 2004 campaign.

She became the only Tiger ever to earn National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Player of the Year honors that season with 21 wins and 197.1 innings pitched, which are both second best for a single campaign in program history, to accompany her strikeout total and extremely low ERA.

Lindgrin was a consensus All-American following her record-setting sophomore year. She remains one of only seven Northeast players to receive All-American distinction from both the NJCAA and the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in the same season.

Lindgrin played a big role in clinching that title. She threw a one-hit shutout over Itawamba Community College in an elimination contest before forcing the if-necessary championship game with a 4-2 triumph versus Hinds Community College.

Lindgrin completed her time at Northeast with a 36-14 individual pitching record and a sparkling 1.08 ERA. She notched 355 strikeouts and only 59 walks over 314 total innings for the Tigers. Northeast racked up 70 wins with Lindgrin on its roster.

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