Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date June 19, 2008

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


Fourteen Southwest student-athletes have been honored by the Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association for their outstanding work in the classroom. Receiving the TJCCAA’s Academic Achievement Award for 2007-2008 were sophomore softball player Staci Craig, sophomore baseball players David Clayton, Chad Free, Brandon Goodman, Dale Hampton, Tim Harmon, Devin Hicks, Daniel Hill, Billy Ray Todd, Jordan Wakefield, and Mitch Warren, and freshmen baseball players Matt Dangar, Mike Fortenberry, Bryan Joyner, and Nick Purcell.

Craig, a native of Burlison, Tennessee who graduated from Brighton High School, had an overall grade point average of 3.87, the highest of any Southwest student-athlete. In her two-year career at Southwest, Craig set Lady Saluqis' pitching records with 25 wins, 304 strikeouts, and a 2.38 earned run average. As a sophomore, she set single season records with 15 wins, 185 strikeouts, and a 1.98 earned run average. Craig, a two-time recipient of the TJCCAA’s Academic Achievement Award, has been accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's Dental Hygiene Program.

Hill, a graduate of Houston High School in Germantown, is also a two-time TJCCAA Academic Achievement Award honoree. Hill earned a 3.56 overall grade point average and had the highest GPA of any Southwest male student-athlete in both his freshman and sophomore years. On the field, Hill batted .275 in his two-year career with 17 doubles, 13 home runs, and 60 runs batted in. He will continue his academic and baseball career at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

To be considered for the award, sophomores must have earned an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above, with at least 48 hours credit of college-level work. Freshmen must have earned an overall GPA of 3.2 or above, with at least 24 hours credit of college-level work.