n Itawamba Community College’s softball program competed in the Region 23 tournament last week, but before they left for Clinton, head coach Chad Case signed a future Lady Indian, Lakin Wigginton of Smithville High School.
Wigginton and her teammates played in the Class 1A state championship last weekend. The outfielder is one of the reasons. Smithville’s leadoff hitter entered the championship seres with a .473 batting average, an on-base percentage of .486 and a perfect fielding percentage.
Hall Of Fame
n Former Itawamba Community College tennis and softball coach Linda Partlow of Mobile, Ala., was inducted into the 2009 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Sports Hall of Fame.
Partlow was ICC’s inductee in the Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding athletes and coaches who have participated in intercollegiate sports or coached for at least five years at one of the 15 community/junior colleges in Mississippi.
Partlow was inducted into ICC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 after serving for 22 years as women’s tennis coach. She led ICC’s Lady Indians to 10 NJCAA national tennis tournaments, with the highest finish being eighth. Her teams won nine state championships, five regional championships and five runner-up titles.
Partlow was chosen coach of the year four times by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and was elected to the NJCAA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001.
When she started teaching mathematics at ICC in 1980, Partlow was offered the women’s tennis coaching job. She coached softball for eight years along with tennis and in addition to teaching 15 hours of mathematics every semester.
A native of Plantersville, Partlow was a standout tennis player at Tupelo High School and Mississippi University for Women.
n Itawamba Community College’s Nick Luttrell has become the third member of this past season’s Indian basketball team to sign an NCAA Division I scholarship.
The 6-foot-8, 225 post player, who signed with Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne (Summit League) out of Independence High School in Spring Hill, Tenn., will join one of his ICC teammates, Jason Marks, on next year’s Southeastern Louisiana squad.
Last November, Theron Jenkins signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech.