Southwest Tennessee Athletics Press Releases
Two Saluqi Basketball Players Selected First Team All-TCCAA
Sophomores Perrin Buford and DeVante Jones were selected first team All-Tennessee Community College Athletic Association in a vote by the conference’s coaches. In addition, Sophomore Andre Brown and freshman Rasheed Brooks were named to the second team. For the Southwest women, sophomore forward Tatiana Allen was voted second team All-TCCAA.
• Buford, a 6’7” guard from Decatur, Alabama, averaged 14.0 points per game and led the Saluqis with 3.6 assists per game. He scored in double figures in 22 of the 26 games he played and had high games of 26 points against Roane State in the Region VII Tournament and 15 rebounds against Roane State during the regular season.
• Jones, a 5’8” guard from Chicago, Illinois, also averaged 14.0 points per game and led the team with a 78.9 free throw percentage. He scored in double-figures 17 times this season including a high game of 35 points against Cleveland State.
• Brown, a 6’6” forward from Clarksville, Tennessee, averaged 7.6 points and led the Saluqis with a 6.9 rebound average. He had high games of 19 points against Motlow State and 17 rebounds against Roane State.
• Brooks, a 6’5” guard from Mansfield, Ohio averaged 12.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists and led the team with 1.9 steals per game. He scored in double figures 19 times and had high games of 23 points against Walters State and seven assists against Victory JV. They led the Saluqis to an outstanding 23-4 record this season and a number 13 ranking in the final NJCAA regular season poll.
• Allen, a 5’10” forward from Germantown, Tennessee, led the Lady Saluqis with 14.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. She recorded six double-doubles (points/rebounds) during the season and had season-highs of 29 points and 15 rebounds against Wallace State.
Southwest Baseball Team Wins One of Three Against Dyersburg State
The Southwest baseball team one of three games over the weekend against Dyersburg State in a conference series in Dyersburg, Tennessee. After winning the first game of a doubleheader on March 21 by a score of 7-3, the Saluqis lost game two 10-5 before losing 9-5 in the series finale on March 22. Sophomore centerfielder Anthony Stricklin had an outstanding series, leading the team with a .625 batting average in the three games. Stricklin also scored four runs, had two doubles, drove in four runs and had a .750 on-base percentage. Other top hitters were freshman catcher Josh Cedeno (.600 average), freshman designated hitter Vince Hoyt (.500 average) and freshman second baseman Dimitri Villanueva (.417 average.)
The Southwest baseball team will host Cleveland State this weekend in a three-game conference series at USA Stadium. The Saluqis and Cougars will play a single game at 1 p.m. on March 28 followed by a noon doubleheader on March 29. In addition, a ten year reunion of the 2004 Southwest baseball team that won the Region VII championship take place on March 29. The festivities (all at USA Stadium) will include a social gathering at 10 a.m. and introduction/recognition of the team between games of the doubleheader. All former Saluqi baseball players and their families are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact USA Stadium’s Director of Operations Johnny Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fielding Problems Continue as Southwest Softball Team Swept by Motlow
The Southwest softball team was defeated in all four games of a conference series by Motlow State over the weekend at Buckhead Creek Recreation Complex. Once again, fielding was the team’s downfall as the Lady Saluqis committed a total of 22 errors in games lost by scores of 10-7 and 10-2 on March 21 and 11-3 and 10-7 on March 22. On the offensive side, several players did have a solid series including freshman centerfielder Alex Turner, the conference’s top hitter according to last week’s TCCAA softball report. Turner had five hits (including a triple and three home runs), scored six runs and drove in four runs. Freshman outfielder Marissa Davis and freshman first baseman Dallas Chipman also had five hits in the four games.