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Published December 9, 2010 1:48 pm


Faced with the challenge of stopping a red-hot center as the focal point of the Quakerdale Academy offense, Southwestern used a packed and active defense to gain a home victory Tuesday night in Creston, 64-57. Southwestern jumped out early on key baskets by Luke Sealer, but the margin went back and forth throughout the first half until the Spartans extended it with a nice series, including a three-point goal from David Goddard and another from Sealer. Dominique Outley, who had 7 defensive rebounds on the night from the point guard position, led key transitions which led to scores. Leading at half, 35-26, Southwestern extended its lead when Jordan Hopkins found center De’Everett Williams for two easy baskets. Quakerdale tried pressure at the end of the game to attempt to close a 14-point deficit, and got the game back to the margin of the 64-57 final. Southwestern’s streak moves to five games on the young season, and they will next face another hot team, Southeast Nebraska, on Saturday in Creston.

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Published December 9, 2010 1:45 pm

11.jpgSouthwestern had to extend their defense farther than normal to defeat Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Creston, 79-64. The Red Raiders set the tone early, making 7 of their first 9 shots to grab an early 11-6 advantage. Going out of character, the Spartans put pressure on ball handlers and began forcing passing mistakes. In all, Northwestern committed 30 turnovers. Some of the turnovers led to transition baskets for Southwestern and gave the Spartans a 44-35 halftime advantage. In the second half, Northwestern cut the lead to 6, but could not get closer as the Spartans continued to run their spread and cut game. Balanced scoring was the key for Southwestern, who put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Jordan Hopkins, Luke Sealer, and Tyler Smith). Sealer (photo at right) also chipped in 5 assists in the game. Southwestern also survived a scare when starting center Collin Artinger left the game with a shoulder injury. Artinger will be assessed Monday to determine his status for a Tuesday home game against Quakerdale Academy.

Published December 9, 2010 1:35 pm


Southwestern used a methodical zone attack to fight off a scrappy William Penn squad Tuesday night, 73-55. The Statesmen, who switched up zones to attempt to keep the Spartans off balance, hit key free throws in the first half to stay within striking distance, 42-31. In the second half, more aggressive middle attack of the zone got Jordan Hopkins and Collin Artinger key looks to extend the Southwestern lead to 60-40 with eight minutes to play. From there, the Spartans got some key bench minutes from Dominique Outley and Keenan Joiner to keep their margin. The win moves Southwestern to 3-0. They next play Northwestern Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.

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Published December 8, 2010 8:54 am

Southwestern knew it was in for a challenge on the road against Division I Iowa Western Tuesday, and they ran against a brick wall in a 70-50 loss. It was the first loss for Southwestern on the year, and Head Coach Mike Holmes attributes a large share to his team’s reaction to the athleticism and environment. “We looked a little wide-eyed,” Holmes said. “When you are up against that type of athleticism, you need to be more crisp and urgent than you typically are, or the defense is going to get on their toes and start to smell blood. We were just too passive.” Iowa Western forced 19 turnovers from the Spartans, well above their season average. Southwestern also was out-rebounded on the evening, 37-21. The loss moves the Spartans to 9-1. They next play Grand View at home Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Published November 9, 2010 5:55 am

Chili Cookoff WinnersOsceola—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) high school carpentry class hosted a chili cook-off and baked goods auction on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  Individuals attending had opportunities to sample from the 15 pots of competing chili, vote for their favorite recipe, and then eat the remaining chili.  All of the chili was made by the SWCC carpentry students.  The baked goods auction followed the cook-off.

Published November 8, 2010 4:00 am


Southwestern extended their record to 2-0 on the young season with a tough win at North Central Missouri Saturday. The Spartans came firing out of the gates, jumping to a 19-6 lead, but then foul trouble put North Central Missouri at the line 17 times in the first half compared to 6 for the Spartans. By half, the Pirates had cut into the lead and trailed 39-33 at half. The beginning of the second half was see-saw at first, and North Central tied the contest at 45-45 with 14 minutes to play. From there, the Spartans took command with several back-door cuts and solid defense on the basket attack efforts by the Pirates. Southwestern came away with a 71-57 win. “To beat a quality team on the road,” said Head Coach Mike Holmes, “is a huge step for our program in the early going.” Though the Spartans put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Tyler Smith, Jordan Hopkins, and Keenan Joiner), Holmes was most pleased with the execution details with the ball. Southwestern made only 9 ball mistakes despite heavy pressure from North Central, and Hall had 7 assists in an offense in which precision timing is paramount. Southwestern opens at home Tuesday against William Penn.

Published November 5, 2010 4:24 am

Southwestern opens on road with win


The Southwestern men’s basketball team traveled to Lamoni Thursday for their 2010-11 opener and came away with a 73-54 win. The Spartans sputtered early offensively, turning the ball over more than they characteristically do, but showed good energy on the defensive end to maintain a half-time advantage, 28-20. Southwestern built its lead to double digits after a three-point goal by David Farmer (So., Independence, MO). Graceland stayed within shouting distance, answering several Spartan baskets to keep the advantage at around 10. In the last five minutes of the game, Southwestern went into its spread game and hit Jordan Hopkins (Fr., Raytown, MO) on two different back-cuts to put the game out of reach for Graceland. Hopkins led scorers with 24. Farmer and Collin Artinger (So., Lee’s Summit, MO) controlled the inside with 12 rebounds each. Southwestern begins the season 1-0 and next travels to Trenton, Missouri, Saturday to face North Central Missouri.

Published November 4, 2010 5:58 am


Career Services on FacebookCareer Services is now on Facebook!!!!  All employment opportunities from the Career Services office will be available on this Facebook page.  Head to Facebook and search for “Southwestern Career Services” and you will find job information and other related topics from our area. 


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Published November 2, 2010 4:00 am

SWCC vs. Crown Scrimmage

It was the final tune up for the Spartans before their season opener against Graceland Thursday, November 5.

The first half was closely-fought. Crown used perimeter shooting to keep the Spartans off balance, and Southwestern countered with good attacks into the gaps of the Storm defense.

In the second half, Southwestern began to pull out a margin due in part to better shot challenges and defensive rebounding, which led to some transition baskets.

NCAA rules do not allow a host school of a scrimmage to post the score, but Head Coach Mike Holmes felt good about his team’s ability to control the second half.

“We were much more active defensively,” Holmes said, “which allows us to get into a better flow on both ends of the floor.”

Holmes credited Jordan Hopkins (FR., Raytown, MO) and Austin Emerson (SO., Adel, IA) with defensive energy that turned the tide into the favor of the Spartans.  


Published November 1, 2010 4:22 am


Congratulations to the Spartan Cross Country team members who were named to the all-region team. (From left to right) Walter Bolingo was named 2nd Team All-Region, Chelsi Palmer, Sam McKinney Kaylee Tucker, and Clayton Fritz were all named to All-Region Honorable Mention.