College News

Published May 15, 2015 8:38 am

With the conclusion of the 2015 NJCAA Region XI Division II baseball season completed, the ICCAC has announced its All-Region teams. After a close division title run, five Spartans were given this post-season honor. Named to the Second Team All-Region were sophomores Ethan Westphal, as starting pitcher, and Jason Roberts in outfield. Join them were three teammates named to Honorable Mention All-Region, sophomore pitcher Angelo Rivera, freshman infielder Samuel Vega, and freshman outfielder Erich Gonzalez.

Published May 15, 2015 8:36 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 12, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase three of the Instructional Center Renovation Project, which will include renovation of the classrooms in the 200-bay hallway.  Three bids were received for the project.  According to Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, architects estimated the project cost at $1.375 million.  Following review of the bids, the board approved the lowest bid of $841,365 from Camblin Mechanical of Atlantic.  Lesan told the board a completion date of September 14, 2015, or sooner is projected.

Published May 13, 2015 2:54 pm

BPA Award Winners

CRESTON, IA— Five Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students placed at the Business Professionals of America (BPA)--Iowa Association, Spring Leadership Conference, February 22-24, 2015, in Des Moines.  These students earned the right to compete at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, from May 6-10, 2015. 

Published May 12, 2015 10:32 am

Omar Frias home run vs NIACC

During the first year with Coach Pedro Hernandez at the reigns, the Spartan baseball team had a brief brush with making school history. The Spartans traveled to Waterloo over the weekend to compete in the 2015 NJCAA Region XI DII Baseball Tournament. The sixth-seeded Spartans defeated the third seed Southeastern CC 9-8, second seed NIACC 8-4, and first seed Iowa Central CC 6-2, taking them to the top of the double-elimination tournament bracket. The Spartans, undefeated in the tournament up to that point, would have to face the NIACC Trojans again with two chances to defeat them for Southwestern’s first regional championship ever in baseball.

Published May 12, 2015 10:26 am

Daniel Leonard

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) came home with two gold medal finishes following the Iowa SkillsUSA 2015 competition in Ankeny on April 30-May 1, 2015.  Daniel Leonard of Clearfield, a first year electrical technology student at SWCC, finished first in the electrical construction wiring division of competition.  Asa Denton of Creston, a first year carpentry and building trades student at SWCC, finished first in the carpentry division of the contest.

Published May 11, 2015 3:54 pm

Elijah Starzl

Following a one-year hiatus, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) bowling program will return to competition with a new head coach—Elijah Starzl of Morris, MN—at the helm.

Starzl is wrapping up a seven-year stint as head tennis coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Morris. Starzl holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in education and sports leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, where he was a student-athlete while earning his undergraduate degree.

Published May 11, 2015 8:15 am

Chelsi Sams signs with SWCC women's basketball

Southwestern Community College’s women’s basketball program is adding a Missouri all-stater to the roster for fall.   Addae Houston, the Spartans head women’s basketball coach announced Chelsi Sams of Dearborn, MO, will be joining the Spartans basketball program this fall.

Published May 8, 2015 4:24 pm

Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

Creston, IA--The Creston Kiwanis Club honored four Creston High School students who have been selected to receive the club's 2015-16 scholarships at their regular meeting on Tues., May 5, 2015, at The Windrow restaurant in Creston. 

Published May 8, 2015 3:40 pm

Kayla Long signs with Spartan Drill Team

Kayla Long, a senior at Clarinda High School, has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dazzlers drill team program.

Long, who will graduate from Clarinda this month, has been active in high school competing in golf and cheerleading, as well as being named to the honor roll all four years of high school. In addition, Long competes with the Footworks Dance Competition Team.

Published May 7, 2015 11:51 am

Loren Gillette sign with Spartan Drill Team

Kaeleigh Ballentine, Southwestern Community College’s recently named drill team coach, has another addition to her 2015-16 recruiting class with the commitment of Loren Gillette of Osceola.

Gillette, a senior at Clarke Community School, joins Creston dancers Brenna Baker, Marie Hood, Maddie Skarda, and Raegen Smith, as well as Clarinda’s Kayla Long as new recruits on the Dazzlers team. The Dazzlers will have one returning dancer, Bailey Mellencamp of Clarinda.