June 12, 2003

Contact: Keith Gentry, (901) 333-4114, or Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023

EIGHT SIGN WITH SOUTHWEST LADY SALUQIS SOFTBALL TEAM

The Southwest Tennessee Community College softball team has announced the signing of eight recruits for the 2003-2004 season. Chrissy Odom of Craigmont High School, Tiffany Bright and Megan Young of Bartlett High School, Katie Cerrito and Ginny Galloway of Houston High School, Ginny Glenn of Southern Baptist Educational Center, Codi Shook of White Station High School, and Tiffany Pleasants of Overton High School have all signed letters of intent to play softball for the Lady Saluqis.

Odom played catcher for Craigmont and was named to The Commercial Appeal’s ‘Best of the Preps’ team all four years she played. She batted .586 her senior season with four home runs, leading the Lady Chiefs to a 15-6 record.

Bright played catcher and third base for Bartlett, was a member of The Commercial Appeal’s ‘Best of the Preps’ team this spring. She batted .354 and led the Lady Panthers with a .642 on-base average and a 1.000 fielding average.

Young was injured with a broken arm for most of her senior season, batting .227 with a .423 on-base average in five games. As a junior, Young started in right field for Bartlett’s state tournament team.

Cerrito, a left-handed pitcher and a two-time member of The Commercial Appeal’s ‘Best of the Preps’ team, compiled a 15-11 record this spring for the Lady Mustangs.

Galloway, a former teammate of Cerrito at Houston High, will play both second base and outfield for the Lady Saluqis.

Glenn posted an 11-9 record for SBEC and was named to the Division 2 Small Schools All-Conference Team.

Shook is a utility player, capable of playing several positions. A two-time ‘Best of the

Preps’ honoree, she was White Station’s leadoff hitter and batted .600 her senior year.

”We are extremely pleased with this year’s signing class,” said interim softball coach Keith Gentry. “All of these student athletes will contribute to our team immediately. They have the opportunity to build a winning tradition here at Southwest.”
Southwest, Tennessee’s largest two-year college, serves more than 12,000 students in Memphis, Shelby and Fayette counties, and the Tri-State area.

Southwest offers 39 programs for career studies and transfer degrees, 37 two-year programs leading to immediate career entry through the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, and over 40 areas of interest in traditional university transfer programs through the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.

In addition, Southwest offers Academic Certificate and Technical Certificate Programs in 28 areas, usually completed in no more than one year, that prepare students for immediate entry positions in high-demand, specialized fields.

Southwest, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.