Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

October 22, 2007

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901) 619-1899


The Southwest men’s and women’s basketball teams will open the 2007-2008 season with an exhibition game against the Saluqi and Lady Saluqi alumni on Thursday, October 25 at the Verties Sails Gymnasium on the Union Avenue Campus. The women’s game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 8 p.m. The games will feature this year’s squads against teams composed of former Southwest players. Tickets are $5 for adults (including students) and $2 for children age 12 and under.

“This will probably be the toughest game we play all year,” said Southwest Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Verties Sails Jr. “We’ll be competing against some of the greatest players to ever play here at Southwest.”

The men’s team, coached by Verties Sails, Jr., is ranked nationally in two pre-season polls – 10th by The Sporting News and 13th by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The Saluqis return three part-time starters from last year’s 28-7 team that won the TJCCAA and Region VII championships and finished 8th in the NJCAA national tournament. Players returning from last year are 5’11” point guard Emmanuel Cheers, 6’0” shooting guard Antonio Young, and 6’5” forward A.J. Nance, a second team pre-season All-American selection by the NJCAA.

The Lady Saluqis, coached by Andrea Martre, return six players off last season’s 26-2 team that won the TJCCAA Western Division title and was ranked 13th in the final NJCAA poll. Returning off the 2006-07 squad are 6’1” forward Keona Brooks, 5’9” guard Daumonique Lenhardt, 6’0” center Starkitsha Luellen, 6’0” forward Jessica Parks, 5’5” guard Tiffany Simpson, and 5’7” guard Ashley Williams.