OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 7, 2014) — To help ensure a sufficient blood supply this winter season, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is hosting an American Red Cross We Challenge U Blood Drive on its Creston campus on Feb. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center. During this special blood drive, all presenting donors will receive a commemorative We Challenge U T-shirt, while supplies last.
“An hour of your time could help save up to three lives,” said Caitlyn Lesan, SWCC admissions coordinator. “I challenge students, staff, and supporters to roll up a sleeve and give blood at our upcoming drive. Donating blood is an easy way to volunteer, and it helps patients in need.”
To make an appointment to donate or for more information, call Deb Peterson at 641.782.1421 or visit redcrossblood.org.
With two players in the starting lineup for the first time and a seven-man rotation, Southwestern battled to the end with high-powered Ellsworth Saturday, dropping the contest 76-68. The Spartans clawed for a first-half deficit of one, 36-35, behind the leadership of Elliott Hamdeed and Jared Theis. Southwestern limited second-chance points from the Panthers and were able to find seams in the Ellsworth zone to stay tight in the contest. In the second half, Ellsworth used the three-point line to increase their lead to double digits, but inside play from Mataika Koyamainavure and Tanner Kellogg brought the Spartans to within striking distance, 70-66, with two minutes to play. Ellsworth made free throws down the stretch to secure the win, but the young Spartans took valuable experience away from the contest and hope to build upon it for upcoming conference games.
They next play on the road at Iowa Central Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Spartans hosted the Ellsworth Panthers on Saturday, January 11, in their first home game of 2014. This back-and-forth matchup was a closely contested game throughout with Ellsworth heading into the locker room at the half up by seven, 30-23.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We are still struggling to play a complete game for forty minutes. We played well in spurts but that is not good enough in this conference to get wins. There are signs of improvement but we need to continue to get better.”
The Spartans headed to Boone on Wednesday, January 8 to take on the DMACC Bears for a tough conference matchup. A strong half court press from DMACC forced early turnovers which lead to some easy transition points for the Bears.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, “We did our best to prepare for their pressure but trying to simulate what a team does best is difficult to practice and we struggled with it throughout the game.”
Despite playing better in the second half, the Bears lead was too much for the Spartans to overcome. Kristin Klocksiem led scoring for the Spartans with 10 points.
Nationally-ranked Des Moines Area jumped out to a 17-0 start against Southwestern Wednesday and then held the line on the way to a 70-54 win in Boone. After the nightmare beginning, the Spartans made an 18-10 run to get within 9 by halftime on plays by Elliott Hamdeed and Tanner Kellogg. Another slow beginning to a half in the second frame put Southwestern down 13 early on. The Spartans began to connect offensively, but post play by the Bears was too much for Southwestern’s size inside. DMACC pounded the glass for 13 offensive rebounds, and the Spartans were uncharacteristically shaky with the ball, turning it over 24 times.
The Spartans will play again Saturday at home against Ellsworth. Tip will follow the women’s game at approximately 3 p.m.
The Spartan women have continued their season progress by picking up their first conference win. This win on the road against Southeastern CC in Keokuk on Saturday, January 4 snapped a 22 game conference losing streak. A solid defensive effort and good shooting in the first half allowed the Spartans to control the game early on.
Head coach Addae Houston commented, “We moved the ball well in that half and did a good job of finding the gaps in their zone defense for some easy open looks. The lead at the end of the first half was 32-17 behind good shooting and solid defense.”
Southeastern rallied in the second half to keep the game close, led by Blackhawk Brittany Bryan with 13 points on the game. The nearly caught the Spartans with 15 second on the clock, 52-50. Southeastern would foul quickly after scoring and sent Jordan Williamson to the line. Williamson hit two critical free-throws to extend the Spartan lead to four. The Blackhawks attempted a quick three-pointer but missed and Peyton Russell grabbed the rebound to secure the win as time ran out.
The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Athletic Department is hosting a ceremony and reception to honor SWCC's volleyball team, 2013 regional champions and national championship participants, during the Sat., February 1, 2014, home basketball match-ups featuring the SWCC Spartans vs. Iowa Lakes.
The afternoon kicks off with the women's basketball game at 1 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium. The men's game follows at 3 p.m. The volleyball recognition ceremony will be held during half-time of the men's game at approximately 3:45 p.m. The reception will be held immediately following the men's game on the upper level of the SWCC Student Center.
Online classes begin on January 21. If you are interested in learning more about online classes, please visit the Distance Education/Online pages or contact Doug Greene, director of distance education.
The spring 2014 class schedule is available on the Class Schedules page on the Web site. Take a look at the class schedule prior to your appointment to get an idea of the classes you'd like to take.
Melisa Crook, SWCC head drill team coach, has announced Jennifer Brandt of Osceola will be joining the Dazzlers drill team in January with the start of the spring 2014 semester.
Brandt is a May 2013 Clarke High School graduate. She attended Des Moines Area Community College for the fall 2013 semester.
The Southwestern Community College Dazzlers drill team received a “I” rating, placing third in the state in the pom category, at the 2014 Iowa State Dance Championships, held December 5-6, at Wells Fargo arena in Des Moines.
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