College News

Published May 27, 2014 10:08 am

Larry ShimonoSouthwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Larry Shimono of Creston as the head coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams. He will begin recruiting for the golf program immediately. Shimono replaces Mike Holmes who made the decision to step down from coaching golf, but will remain at SWCC as head men’s basketball coach and physical education instructor.

Shimono comes to Southwestern with years of golf and golf coaching experience. He was the owner and manager of The Valley Golf Club in Mondovi, WI, for seven years. Prior to this, he was an assistant golf professional at the club for more than three years. Shimono also worked at Nevada Bob’s Golf Store and coached high school golfers for many years.

Shimono said he has a passion for golf and loves to share his passion with others who have the desire to play and enjoy the game. His goal for the student-athletes he recruits to SWCC will be “to provide a quality golfing program, as well as a great education to assist them in meeting their future goals.”

Published May 21, 2014 5:05 pm


Theo PiniauSouthwestern Community College Track and Field athlete Theo Piniau has been selected to represent Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the World Relays, March 24-25, as a member of his nation's 4x200 m relay team.   IAAF World Relays is the biggest sporting event to be held in The Bahamas and is under the aegis of the International Association of Athletics Federation.  The 2014 IAAF World Relays will serve as a qualifying competition for the 2015 IAAF World Championships and will bring together 700 athletes and 300 team officials from 40 countries.

Published May 21, 2014 4:04 pm

Cameron Thompson

Cameron Thompson, of Lewis, signed with the Spartans on Friday, becoming the latest sports shooter to commit to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2014-15 season.

Thompson participated in multiple sports during high school—wrestling, three years; track, three years; football, two years; and golf, one year. He plans to earn his associate of applied science degree in carpentry and building trades while a student at SWCC.

Thompson is a 2014 Griswold High School graduate. His parents are Molly and Justin Thompson of Lewis.

Published May 20, 2014 3:35 pm

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Creston, IA—Colfax-Mingo infielder Sydnie Fahrney made it official last week, she will be joining Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff and the Southwestern Community College Spartans for the 2014-15 softball season.  

Fahrney received a wealth of athletic honors during high school.  She was named first team all-conference softball her junior and senior years and was named second team all-conference her sophomore year.  She was a five-year varsity letter winner in softball.  In basketball, she was named honorable mention all-conference her senior year and was a varsity letter winner all four years.  In volleyball, she was named honorable mention all-conference her junior and senior years.  In track, she was a two-year varsity letter winner.  Fahrney received the outstanding female athlete award for four years and was the recipient of the Kathy Baerenwald Berg Memorial Award for Outstanding Female Athlete.

“I chose Southwestern because I was really interested in playing softball and I liked the small campus,” Fahrney stated.  “It’s more cost effective than a university, so I will finish my two years and then transfer.  I have also known other people who attended SWCC and liked it a lot.”

Fahrney is the daughter of Dannette and Eric Fahrney of Colfax.


Pictured (L to R):
Sitting – Sydnie Fahrney and Dannette Fahrney
Standing – Eric Fahrney and Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach


Published May 20, 2014 3:06 pm

Brusha Cobbs, Tabitha Karkosky, Bailey Preston, and Taylor Wisecup

Southwestern Community College’s new volleyball coach, Ting Liu, is quickly building her roster for the 2014 volleyball season.  During the last week alone, Liu has added four athletes to her roster:  Brusha Cobbs of Omaha, Tabitha Karkosky of Bellevue, NE, Bailey Preston of Omaha, NE, and Taylor Wisecup of Des Moines.

Cobbs, a 5’7” outside hitter and defensive specialist, graduated from Omaha North High School in May 2014.  She received all-conference honorable mention her sophomore through senior years in high school.  She is the daughter of Bruce and Tomeki Cobbs of Omaha, NE.

Karkosky, a 5’8” middle hitter and right side, graduated from Bellevue West High School in May 2014.  She played for the Nebraska Impact Volleyball Club.  She is the daughter of Steve and Kelly Karkosky of Bellevue, NE.

Preston, a 5’7” setter, graduated with honors from Roncalli Catholic High School in May 2014.  She received all-conference honorable mention for volleyball her sophomore, junior, and senior years.  She was named all-area honorable mention and all-state honorable mention for volleyball her senior year.  Preston received the Distinguished Athlete Award from the United States Marine Corps and the Mater of Sports Award from Roncalli Catholic for earning three varsity letters while participating in volleyball, basketball, and soccer.  She also received the AAA (Academics, Activities, and Athletics) award at her high school.  She is the daughter of Greg Preston of Omaha, NE.

Wisecup, a 5’7” setter, graduated from North High School in May 2014.  She received all-conference honorable mention all four years of high school.  Wisecup was on the honor roll all four years of high school.  She is the daughter of Janea Wisecup of Des Moines.

Pictured above (L to R):  Brusha Cobbs, Tabitha Karkosky, Bailey Preston, Taylor Wisecup

Published May 20, 2014 11:22 am

Williams Nationals IMG 0373With a stellar round of 80 on the final day of the National Junior College Tournament in Daytona, FL, Shelby Williams finished 42nd in the nation in a field of 96 golfers.  Williams shot an 89 on Day 1, then a 93 on the second day, before carding her 80. 

Host Daytona State College took home the team honors, as well as the individual medalist (Tiffany Chan: 68, 74, 74).  Of the 14 women golfers from Iowa, Williams was fourth best, finishing only behind Iowa Western players.

Published May 19, 2014 4:26 pm

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Creston, IA—Last week, Southwestern Community College Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff announced Brook Rychnovsky, recent Mount Ayr High School graduate, will be joining the Spartans softball program for the 2014-15 school year.

Rychnovsky comes in as a versatile player having been on the field at second base, shortstop, left field, and center field. During high school, Rychnovsky was a multi-sport athlete lettering in basketball, cross country, softball, track and volleyball. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Academic All-Conference, and second team all-conference in basketball. She has the eighth all-time best cross country time at Mt. Ayr High School. In addition, she was named the 2013-14 Mount Ayr High School homecoming queen.

She is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Rychnovsky of Diagonal.


Pictured: Sitting (L to R) – Mark, Brook, and Tammy Rychnovsky
Standing - Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach, and Ranae Klinkefus, Mt. Ayr High School softball coach


Published May 19, 2014 4:19 pm

Slack LaStella ForWeb

Creston, IA—Fort Madison basketball standout LaStella Slack, a 5’10” post player, has made the decision to head to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and play for the Spartans’ second-year women’s basketball coach Addae Houston.

Slack, who is a May 2014 graduate of Fort Madison High School, was a second team Southeastern All-Conference selection, as well as a Southeastern Conference All-Star Team selection her senior year. She averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Slack excelled academically as well, being selected as a member of the National Honor Society and named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Team.

Houston is confident Slack’s athletic and academic abilities will make her a strong student-athlete at SWCC. “LaStella is an outstanding player—a strong rebounder, and an all-around athlete,” Houston explained. “She is going to add depth to the post position for us and that is an area where we lacked last season.”

Slack, the daughter of Danny and Brenda Slack of Fort Madison, said she is excited for the opportunity to play basketball at Southwestern.


Seated (L to R): Danny, LaStella, and Brenda Slack

Standing: Charles Knipe, Fort Madison High School head girls’ basketball coach, and Addae Houston, SWCC head women’s basketball coach


Published May 19, 2014 3:19 pm

Nationals MensThis weekend, May 15-17, 2014, at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Mesa, AZ, Southwestern’ s men’s  and women’s track teams continued the success they had during the regular season by turning in record breaking times and distances at the national meet.

Published May 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved a resolution directing the sale and delivery of $5.34 million in Dormitory Revenue Bonds to D.A. Davidson & Co. in Des Moines.  Larry Burger, vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., spoke with the board, stating that following Speer Financial’s examination, it was their recommendation for approval of the bid.  It was noted that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a rating of A3 to the bonds, which have a true interest rate of 3.8748 percent.