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Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:19 pm

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Due to Clinton High School being closed today and board policy prohibiting evening events after closure, the men’s basketball game scheduled for tonight at Clinton will be moved to Thursday, February 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Published: Monday, February 17, 2014 11:16 am

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In a game Head Coach Mike Holmes called, “One of our more technically sound performances,” Des Moines Area used blistering outside shooting to keep a gap on Southwestern Wednesday, taking the contest 83-65.  Despite its own solid offensive performances, including eight of nine from the floor from Elliott Hamdeed and three three-point goals from Jared Theis, Southwestern could not cash in on its plan to force outside looks from the Bears.

Des Moines Area was 20-26 from the floor and 10 of 21 from behind the arc.  Five rebounds from Mataika Koyamainavure paced the Spartans. Southwestern next plays Saturday at Ellsworth.  Tip is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Published: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:41 am


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Creston, IOWA—Two great artists, Phil Mattson and Michele Weir, will, as a duo, headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 17th annual vocal jazz festival, now titled Fox Fest. Both artists will perform in concert on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.  

Read more: Phil Mattson and Michele Weir to Headline SWCC Vocal Jazz Festival

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:27 pm

CRESTON, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Relay for Life team is hosting a Pink Out on Wed., February 19, 2014, during the women's and men's basketball games vs. Iowa Central in the SWCC Student Center.  The women's game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game follows at 7:30 p.m.

Activities and games are planned throughout the evening.  Representatives from Greater Regional Medical Center will be on-hand with cancer-related information and materials.  Pink smoothies will be on sale at the event.

All proceeds from the SWCC Pink Out will go toward SWCC's Relay for Life effort.  Funds raised during Relay for Life go to the American Cancer Society.  According to the Relay for Life Web site, "Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement."


Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:46 am

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Creston, IA—Three teams of students from Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) agricultural department represented the college at statewide competitions, during the Post-Secondary Ag Student Organization (PAS) Spring Conference, held February 6-7, 2014, at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls.  

Read more: SWCC Ag Students Place at Statewide Contest

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:12 pm

The Spartans indoor track and field teams traveled to Grinnell on Saturday, February 8 and the women turned in some of their best performances of the season at the Grinnell Invitational finishing 8th in a field of twelve teams. The Spartans were on top of their games with multiple placings during the day. Mel Mangrum finished second in the shot put and made the finals for the weight throw. Rhecie Lee kept her incredible season going with high finishes in the high jump (5th) and 4th in the long jump. Genesis Johnson ran her best time of the season and finished 5th in the 200m.

Read more: Spartan Women Compete in Grinnell

Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 2:11 pm

The Spartans indoor track and field teams traveled to Grinnell on Saturday, February 8 and the women turned in some of their best performances of the season at the Grinnell Invitational finishing 8th in a field of twelve teams. The men got the day going with a strong finish in the 4x200 as Bobby Neal, Marquis Flowers, Theo Piniau, and Justin Martin finished third with a 1:32.79.

The Spartans had a strong day in the field events as Torian Parks finished tied for second in the triple jump 12.76m (school record). Parrish McGhee jumped to a 3rd place finish in the long jump as he reset his school record with a 6.24 meter jump. Parks and Martin led the way in the 60m when both qualified for the finals and finished third and sixth. Jackson Shantz ran a 8.92 to end up fifth in 60m hurdles. Ian Morrison and Joe Bierl went third and fifth in the 600m (1:26.18 and 1:26.51). Piniau ran a 51.05 to win the 400m. Rayvonne Brown finished third in the 800 and Aaron Ward earned a fifth place finish in a strong field. The distance medley relay Of Gage Beers, Tailor GreerNathan Carr and Ben Friederichs came from behind to finish second.

Read more: Spartan Men Third in Grinnell

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 10:23 am

The Osceola high school carpentry program is hosting a Chili Cook-Off tonight at the Osceola Center starting at 5:30 p.m. 

The program is hosting the event to raise funds for their Spring Break rebuild trip to north eastern Kentucky. They will be framing houses for individuals who lost their homes during the 2012 tornadoes that went through that area of the country and destroyed more than 200 homes.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, please contact Charlie Mundy, high school carpentry instructor.

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 9:10 am

The SWCC Drama Club would like to invite SWCC students to audition for Rumors, a hilarious play by Neil Simon. The play will be performed on April 11, and will be a hilarious and fun adventure!

If you would like to be a part of the play (and you do not have to be a member of the Drama Club), please come to auditions!

Where: Room 145, Instructional Center
When: Friday 3-6 p.m. & Saturday 12-3 p.m.

Parts will be posted outside Kelly Franklin’s office on Monday morning (2/10/14).

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 8:58 am


Seth Starks of Springfield, NE has signed a national letter of intent to run track and field at Southwestern Community College. Seth is multi-sport athlete at Platteview High School in Springfield, Nebraska. He is a starter on their football and basketball teams as well as being a stellar track and field athlete.

Read more: Springfield Runner Signs with Spartans