FULTON, Miss. (WTVA/ICC Athletics) – Itawamba Community College head soccer coach Mike Sullivan announced five members of the men’s and women’s soccer programs earned postseason awards on Tuesday.
Sophomore forward Haley Walker (Tupelo), sophomore midfielder/defender Lauren Swee (Chelsea, AL) and sophomore keeper Shaina Cruse (Caledonia) earned Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State honors for their performances during the 2012 soccer season.
“We didn’t have any All-Region players selected [from the women's team] even though we felt like we should have at least had one, but we are proud that we got three players on the All-State team,” said Sullivan. “We are very happy to get the recognition around the state that we had three of the better players. Sadly, they all three are sophomores, but hopefully we have signed some good ones that will get some spots on those teams next year.”
On the men’s side, sophomore Estevan Garcia midfielder (Corinth) was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 23 team and was nominated for NJCAA All-American status while freshman keeper Cullen Grantham (Corinth) earned MACJC All-State honors.
“Those two guys fought and worked really hard all season long,” Sullivan commented. “They were a big part of the successes that we had this season and hopefully Estevan will get the opportunities to continue that success on the next level and then Cullen can have another strong season to follow in his foot steps.”