North Central Missouri College basketball program presented at Trenton Rotary

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North Central Missouri College basketball was the focus of a recent program presented to members of the Trenton Rotary Club during their meeting on Thursday, April 25, at the BTC Bank community room. Jackie Soptic presided over the business meeting, Joe McDonald served as the sergeant at arms, and Dan Wilford led the prayer.

Program chairman Doug Tye introduced Jenni Croy, the women’s coach, and Jeremy Esry, the men’s coach, who shared insights into their basketball programs. Coach Croy celebrated her 300th win and concluded her 17th year at NCMC this season. The women’s team finished with a 25-8 record, including victories over two Top 10 teams, and qualified for the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the third consecutive year, where they posted a 1-2 record. Four sophomores, including Nateonia Russell who participated in a 3-on-3 tournament in Nashville as part of the College Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, are graduating. Jessica Reeter and Mary Copeland were named to the All-Region 16 basketball team. Coach Croy announced the return of seven players and the addition of four new players, with ongoing recruitment for more, including a post player.

Coach Esry completed his 11th year at NCMC, his eighth as head coach, and previously played for the college. The men’s team tied the school record with a 27-8 season and reached the Elite 8 in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Freshman Tyler King and sophomore Isaiah Reames were recognized as All-Americans, with Reames committing to Truman State University. The team will see six players graduate and six return. Coach Esry has signed two new players and is awaiting decisions from other potential recruits.

Both coaches highlighted the community’s strong support for their teams, with Coach Esry mentioning how past players cherish these community connections. A Booster Club has been formed to support all athletic teams at NCMC, which has been actively supported throughout the year. It was also noted that players volunteer in the community as a way to give back for the support they receive.

During the business segment, Mrs. Soptic discussed Rotary District 6040’s top-ranked contributions to Rotary International’s Polio Plus program. The Trenton Club is part of Rotary District 6040.

The program for the May 2 meeting of the Trenton Rotary Club will be presented by the Trenton High School spring sports coaches, with Daniel Gott serving as the program chairman.

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