Meet the Rangers night set for Aug. 22

    Northwest Mississippi Community College will start its fall sports season off right with the annual "Meet the Rangers" night on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

    The football, men's and women's soccer teams, cheerleaders, Ranger Marching Band and Rangerettes will be on hand for the evening's festivities.

The event will take place at Bobby Franklin Field on the Senatobia campus. Admission is free.

    "We want to invite the entire community to come out and meet our coaches, players, cheerleaders, Rangerettes and band in a fun atmosphere," director of athletics Cameron Blount said. "We are looking forward to an exciting evening and hope that everyone will come out and show the Rangers their support."

    Brad LaPlante will usher in a new era of Northwest football and brings in with him five new assistant coaches in Ricky Coon, Marcus Windham, Mike Beagle, Wilfred Thomas and Tres Sullivan in addition to longtime receivers coach Scott Oakley.

    On the pitch, longtime soccer assistant coach Charlie Baldwin was promoted to head men's soccer coach in July and Levi Nunnally was recently hired to coach the women's program after the retirement of Peter Jarjoura.

    Liesl Davenport is the cheer coach and sponsor and is assisted by Trey Griffin.

The Ranger Marching Band is under the direction of John Ungurait, director of Bands, and Jeff Triplett and John Mixon, assistant directors. The Ranger Color Guard coach is Susan Van Velsor. Aimee Anderson sponsors the Rangerettes, while the coach is Joy Ross.

    Northwest will open the 2013 football season at home on Aug. 29 against Southwest Mississippi, while the soccer teams will open their season on Aug. 23 at Southwest.

    For more information, contact Cameron Blount at (662) 562-3354.

    For those who use Twitter regularly, we'll be using the hashtag #MTR2013 during the night and invite you to join the conversation.