College News

Published January 16, 2015 8:12 am

SWCC vs Ellsworth

The Spartans capture their first conference win at home 62-49 over the Panthers of Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday, January 14. “It was by far one of our best defensive games of the year,” commented coach Houston.

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Published January 14, 2015 4:36 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 13, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center. 

The board voted to extend the college’s early retirement policy for employees through June 30, 2015.  Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, stated there are 26 staff members eligible for early retirement.  The college’s early retirement policy has an April 1, 2015, application deadline.

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Published January 14, 2015 3:06 pm

Men's Basketball Team

After returning from a long break with two blow out wins the Spartans Men’s Basketball team moved from #10 to ninth in the latest polls released by the NJCAA.  Southwestern is 14-3 on the season and 10-0 at home as they enter league play Wednesday night against Ellsworth who won their conference opener vs. Iowa Central by a score of 77-67.

NJCAA DII Men's Basketball Poll

Published January 14, 2015 11:05 am

The Spotlight School of Dance will be performing during tonight’s home basketball match-ups vs. Ellsworth Community College.  The women’s game will begin in the Student Center gymnasium at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m.  The dancers will be performing during half-times of both games.

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Published January 13, 2015 4:58 pm

The Spartans were on the road again to take on Buena Vista JV and came up short losing 84-66. The Spartans struggled to score through the first half going into the locker room trailing 40-25. The Spartans were able to score more effectively with 41 second half points but the defensive struggles continued as they were not able to halt the hot shooing of Buena Vista.

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Published January 12, 2015 4:54 pm

The Spartans lost their conference opener on the road to Southeastern Community College 67-45.  The Spartans got down early and never recovered. The Spartans went into the half down 40-21.

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Published January 12, 2015 10:41 am

Southwestern used a 23-6 run late in the first half to take a 50-38 lead into the break against Wentworth Military Academy on Saturday, January 10 in Creston.  Another big run to start the second half allowed the Spartans to get heavy minutes for everyone in uniform as they coasted to a 103-89 victory.  “When we really committed to defending that was the difference in the game.  As we head into league play the margin of error is too small for us to have lapses like we did today,” Said Coach Todd Lorensen.

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Published January 9, 2015 10:14 am

Southwestern men’s basketball team opened up 2015 in style Wednesday afternoon with “Happy Hour” contest with Pure Prep Academy out of Des Moines, Iowa with a 99-61 win.  It didn’t take long to put the game out of reach as the Spartan’s jumped to a 31-7 lead and took a 48-24 lead into the locker room.  “It started out a little sloppy, but we settled in and did some good things.  The first game back after a long break can always be shaky so I am glad to have it behind us,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.

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Published January 7, 2015 3:35 pm

2014-15 Men's Basketball Team

The latest rankings have been released by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Spartan men's basketball team moved up one spot to #10 in Division II.  It is the fourth consecutive week this season the Spartans have been ranked.  They entered the polls at #11 after starting the season 8-0 and have been ranked as high as ninth while never dropping below #11.

See upcoming games on the Men's Basketball Schedule Page.  For the full rankings visit NJCAA Web Site.

Published January 5, 2015 1:46 pm

Clairissa Thompson and family

Creston, IA—Clairissa Thompson, a 5’9” left-handed setter from Guthrie Center High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans.

Thompson, who will graduate from Guthrie Center High School in May 2015, has been an all-conference selection for the past three years—second team, 2012 and 2014; first team, 2013.  She was named all-district as setter in 2013 and 2014 and was honorable mention all-state in 2013 and 2014.  In addition to volleyball, Thompson plays high school softball, being named second team all-conference as a pitcher in 2014.  

Academically, Thompson is a member of the National Honor Society, has been named to the honor roll, and received the West Central Activities Conference Academic Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

She is the daughter of Gary Thompson and Jill Thompson and will begin her college studies at SWCC as an arts and sciences college transfer student in the fall of 2015.

PICTURED ABOVE (L to R):  Gary Thompson, Katelyn Thompson, Clairissa Thompson, and SWCC Head Volleyball Coach Ting Liu.