Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: July 1, 2009

For More Information: Keith Gentry, (901) 333-4114


Two Southwest Softball Players Named Academic All-American

Southwest student-athletes Amber Hayes and Katy Ahrens have been named to the 2008-2009 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-American Team, becoming the sixth and seventh Lady Saluqi softball players to receive the honor. In addition, they were two of only ten student-athletes from colleges in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) named to this year's Academic All-American Team. NJCAA Academic All-Americans must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale for 45 semester hours.

Hayes, a graduate of Brighton High School, came to Southwest after attending the University of Tennessee at Martin her freshman year. She earned First Team All-TCCAA honors after batting .434 and setting Southwest single season records with 17 home runs, 6 triples, 65 runs batted in, 66 hits, 139 total bases, and a .914 slugging average. Hayes also pitched in 16 games, compiling a 9-5 record with a 3.23 earned run average and 56 strikeouts. In addition, she was named National Junior College Athletic Association Division 1 Player of the Week, a first for a Southwest softball player. Hayes will continue her education and softball career at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Ahrens, a graduate of Collierville High School, transferred to Southwest from Chattanooga State Technical and Community College. Ahrens' 3.70 grade point average was the highest of all Southwest student-athletes during the 2008-2009 academic year. As a freshman in 2009, she was one of the Lady Saluqis' top hitters with a .379 average, 10 doubles, five home runs, and 39 runs batted in.

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Photo caption: Amber Hayes

Photo caption: Katy Ahrens