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Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:10 am

The 2014 Spartan track team competed in their first meet of the season on Saturday, January 18 at Dordt College in Sioux City. Two Spartan runners qualified for nationals on the day. Sophomore Rayvonne Brown finished eighth in the 600m with a time of 1:24.65 giving him a chance to run again at nationals in March. Freshman John Rivan will be joining him at as he posted a fourth place finish in the 55m dash in a time of 0:06.52.

According to Head Coach Bill Huntington, there were other Spartans close to qualifying for nationals as well. Mel Mangrum in the women’s shot put was one of them. Mangrum’s distance of 39’ 5.75” earned her a seventh place finish, but according to Coach Huntington, fell short of the qualifying distance by a mere inches.

Read more: Spartans Qualify Two for Nationals at Season Opener

Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 10:10 am

The 2014 Spartan track team competed in their first meet of the season on Saturday, January 18, at Dordt College in Sioux City. Two Spartan runners qualified for nationals on the day. Sophomore Rayvonne Brown finished eighth in the 600m with a time of 1:24.65 giving him a chance to run again at nationals in March. Freshman John Rivan will be joining him at as he posted a fourth place finish in the 55m dash in a time of 0:06.52.

According to Head Coach Bill Huntington, there were other Spartans close to qualifying for nationals as well. Mel Mangrum in the women’s shot put was one of them. Mangrum’s distance of 39’ 5.75” earned her a seventh place finish, but according to Coach Huntington, fell short of the qualifying distance by a mere inches.

Read more: Spartans Qualify Two for Nationals at Season Opener

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:43 am

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Cami Feehan of Melrose is the newest member of Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) first-year sports shooting program. Feehan enrolled at SWCC for the spring 2014 semester that started on Monday.

Feehan is a January 2014 Albia High School graduate. During high school, she was a member of the Albia trap shooting team, placing fifth in trap for females at the Iowa High School State Championships. She competed at the High School Nationals in trap shooting as well. She was involved in FFA and 4-H.

Read more: Melrose Athlete Heads to SWCC at Semester for Sports Shooting

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:24 am

We’re happy to see students returning to classes as this will undoubtedly be a busy semester!  Tutoring will begin Mon., January 20.  Copies of the tutoring schedule are available in our office and will be updated on the Web site soon.  We have contacted our SSS members to let them know that sophomores may apply for extra grant aid funds that were not used with our First Year Experience program.  Applications are due Mon., January 20.  Keith Olsen, program/transfer specialist, will be having a Transfer Tips & Scholarships workshop on January 29 and 30 from noon-1 p.m. both days.  There is also a transfer trip scheduled to Graceland University on Fri., January 31.  Students interested in these events can sign up in the TRiO--Student Support Services office.

Read more: TRiO-Student Support Services Update

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:58 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., January 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

The board tentatively approved the proposed plans, specifications, form of contract and estimate of total cost for paving, walks, and site amenities; landscaping; slabs and stair pan fill; gypcrete; masonry; finish carpentry; insulation; EIFS; siding, soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts; roofing; aluminum entrances and storefront; gypsum board; acoustical ceilings; flooring; painting; fire sprinkler; mechanical; and electrical for the dormitory project subject to final approval following public hearings which were set for February 11, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the board room at Southwestern Community College.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds January 2014 Meeting

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:27 am

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.

Read more: American Red Cross We Challenge U Blood Drive at SWCC on February 5

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 4:34 pm

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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.

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 8:53 am

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.”

Read more: Spartans Fall Short Against Panthers

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 1:42 pm

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.

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:21 pm

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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.