NORTHEAST TENNIS STAYS WITH CARDINAL THEME, INKS FOUR MORE FROM BELMONT

BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College head tennis coach Lynn Smither has announced four more signees to her 2012-13 Tiger and Lady Tiger recruiting class.

Smither stayed with a Cardinal theme after signing Belmont's Micah Page and inked Belmont Lady Cardinals Valerie Mitchell, twins Allison and Emily Wiltshire on Wednesday, April 25.

Smither also signed Page's Cardinal teammate Wesley Brandon on Thursday, April 26.

Brandon helped to turn in one of the most successful three-year reigns at Belmont. Since his sophomore season, Brandon is 33-5 while playing men's doubles for the Cardinals and helped lead Belmont to the Division 1-3A Championship in both2011 and 2012.

In addition to his prowess on the tennis courts, Brandon was also a threat for the Belmont basketball team.

During the 2011-12 season, Brandon helped lead Belmont to a 10-17 overall mark while averaging 11.6 points a game and 5.8 rebounds an outing.

Brandon scored 314 points for the Cardinals during his final season with the Cardinals and averaged 1.1 assists per game and 1.6 steals per night.

Mitchell and the Wiltshire twins are not only active on the tennis courts but in clubs and organizations for Belmont.

Mitchell posted a 10-2 mark during the 2012 regular season and through the Division 1-3A tournament carried a 12-2 record into state competition.

When not busy on the tennis courts, Mitchell is active in the Belmont marching band and was selected to be a member of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) honor band.

Mitchell, an honor student, is also a member of the Beta Club at Belmont, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Spanish Club, Skills-VICA USA and is the president of the Key Club at Belmont.

Emily Wiltshire teamed with Mitchell during the 2012 season as Belmont's women's doubles team and turned in a 10-2 mark during the 2012 regular season and moved the record to 12-2 at the conclusion of the Division 1-3A tournament before state competition.

E. Wiltshire was a member of the Belmont marching band where she served as drum major and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Club and Key Club.

E. Wiltshire was also elected as most dependable by the Belmont faculty and was selected to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) honor band.

When not busy with tennis or other extracurricular activities, E. Wiltshire was a member of the Belmont Lady Cardinal softball team.

A. Wiltshire served as Belmont's women's singles player for the 2012 season and turned in a division runner-up finish for the Lady Cardinals.

Like her twin sister, A. Wiltshire was also a member of the Lady Cardinal softball team.

In addition to her time on the softball diamond and tennis courts, A. Wiltshire found an opportunity to serve as senior class reporter, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chaplain, Spanish Club secretary, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) secretary, and was also a member of the Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America.

In 2011, A. Wiltshire was elected as the Most Outstanding High School Band Member and was a community columnist for the local newspaper authoring the "Cardinal Chatter."

With the four signings, Smither has now inked five member of the Belmont High Schooltennis team.