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Centennial High grad is national juco player of the week


Jadyn Duran, a 2022 graduate of Centennial High School (CHS), was named the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II national player of the week in September.

Duran attends Northwest Mississippi College (NMC) in Senatobia, Mississippi, on a full-tuition scholarship. The school recruited her to play on their soccer team, said Duran’s mother, Rose Ann Vasquez of Las Cruces.

The five-foot, five-inch Duran, who plays forward for the Rangers, was also named Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference Player of the Week.

In Northwest’s first four soccer games of the season, Duran is the team’s top scorer, and ranked in the top 10 nationally for junior colleges. 

Duran “has made quite the impact in her first few matches at Northwest,” according to www.macccathletics.com.  “The Las Cruces native leads the team in goals scored, earning five of those this week in victories against Southwest Tennessee, Dyersburg State and Mineral Area College. Duran scored two apiece in the wins against Dyersburg State and Mineral Area College, while also adding an assist against Southwest Tennessee. For the season, the Lady Rangers have outscored their opponents 33-1 in four matches.”

At Centennial High School, Duran “helped the Lady Hawks to a 17-4-1 record, an undefeated 3-5A championship and the second round of the NMAA 5A playoffs as a senior,” according to NMC’s website.

She “tallied 39 points (16 goals, seven assists) during her senior campaign, scored 92 total points during her varsity career, (was) named second team all-state and selected to play in the all-star game by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association after her senior season. (She) also (was) chosen (for the) all-district 3-5A first team after her junior and senior seasons (and was) part of a CHS squad that won four District 3-5A championships and made it to the Class 5A finals in 2019.”

“We are all so proud of Jadyn and her accomplishments,” Vasquez said of her daughter. “It has always been her dream to play soccer in college, and she’s worked hard to get here. Thanks to everyone who has supported Jadyn on this journey. I miss her so much, but I know that she’s doing what she loves. Let’s go J-dawg!”

Jadyn Duran