Taranveer Gill (pictured in red), a 6'3" perimeter player from Toronto, Canada, has made a verbal commitment to be a part of the Southwestern Men’s Basketball program for 2014-15. Gill will bring a wealth of experience to the Spartans from his basketball exploits north of the border. Last fall, Gill competed in the Up to the Time Basketball League, netting Rookie of the Year honors as well as being named a second-team all star. He also received an invitation to compete in a junior national tournament held in Michigan. Gill choose Southwestern because of its feel. He said, “I feel like this is a great community that embraces and welcomes everybody in.”
Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “To get back to where we were a year ago, we need some impact guys who will bring some energy to the floor and have some skills not only to learn our system, but to be able to make plays out of it. I think Taranveer will be very well suited to what we do.”
Gill plans to study in the college transfer program and earn his Associate of Arts degree.
The Southwestern Community College board of trustees held its regular March 2014 meeting on Tues., March 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the college’s Administration Center.
Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, presented to the board regarding the fiscal year 2015 budget. Krejci said the estimated taxation rate per $1,000 of taxable valuation will be slightly less than last year, at $0.79617 per $1,000 for fiscal year 2015, as opposed to $0.79675 per $1,000 for fiscal year 2014. According to Krejci, the college’s total property tax asking will continue to represent 2.5 percent or less of a property owner’s total property tax. The board approved the college’s fiscal year 2015 budget as presented by Krejci.
Jack Jones and Eric Freed, both seniors at Mt Ayr Community High School, have signed letters of intent to run cross country and track and field at Southwestern Community College starting with the fall 2014 semester.
Head Coach Bill Huntington has nothing but praise for these two athletes. "We see a lot of potential in these young men, who are both successful multi-sport athletes," Huntington explained. "Eric was a state place winner in wrestling and Jack was an outstanding basketball player. Their times in cross country and track lead us to believe that they will be very successful for us." Huntington said Jones and Freed, who are coming from a very good track and field program led by Coach Brad Elliott, understand the commitment that it takes to be at the top.
Travis Goodrich, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Millard North High School in Omaha, NE, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Spartan baseball team in the fall of 2014.
The Southwestern Community College board of trustees held a special meeting on February 27, 2014, to discuss and approve plans related to Spartan Court, the residence hall being constructed on campus.
Public hearings were held for the fire sprinkler and electrical bid packages. No oral or written objections were heard or submitted for either project.
Southwestern, a team that attempts to control the tempo, went into ultra tempo control Tuesday night at Iowa Lakes, attempting to knock off the 17th-ranked team in the nation on their home floor. The execution gave Southwestern their chance, but the Lakers were able to make plays in the second half to extend their two-point halftime lead en route to a 52-36 win. For Southwestern, Jared Theis (pictured), Elliott Hamdeed, and Dustin Lyden all played their final games as Spartans. Coach Mike Holmes said, “Our sophomores exhibited a good deal of resiliency this year. We were young to begin with and then our rotation whittled way down, making our circumstances very challenging. Those guys stayed the course and gave very good mental and physical effort throughout the season.”
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Ting Liu of Hutchinson, KS, will be the next head volleyball coach for the SWCC Spartans volleyball program. Liu replaces Melissa Blessington, who recently resigned her position at SWCC to become head volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.
Southwestern will attempt to pull off the same magic act it performed two years ago by upsetting a number-two seed in regional play. Tuesday, March 4, Southwestern will travel to Iowa Lakes for the first round of the tournament. The Spartans dropped a contest Saturday in the same locale, 64-41. Coach Mike Holmes is hoping history does some repeating. “Two years ago,” Holmes said, “we had a similar circumstance to this year’s group. We were young, we were slowly getting better, and we had to play the two seed on their home floor. We walked away with a huge win and some great confidence. I would love to see these guys achieve the same thing.”
Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be webcast at the Iowa Lakes Community College Web site.
Jackson, MS – Fifty-one community college students from the United States, Canada, and American Samoa have been named 2014 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. Megan Doubleday, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sophomore from Mt. Ayr, is among the nationwide honorees. The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Doubleday, who will graduate from SWCC with her associate of arts degree in May 2014, plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall. She will major in elementary education with an endorsement in math. While a student at SWCC, she has been active in Student Senate (president), Dazzlers dance team (co-captain), student ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa (vice president of fellowship), work-study, and tutoring. Doubleday is a May 2012 Mt. Ayr High School graduate.
Phi Theta Kappa members--The Beta Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be having general meetings next week. All members are requested to attend one of the following meetings:
- Monday, March 3, 2014, 12 p.m., Instructional Center, room 135
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8 a.m., Instructional Center, room 120
- SWCC Scholarship Deadline is March 17
- Transfer Day Brings Transfer Representatives to Campus
- Disc Golf Club Hosting Indoor Tournament
- Southwestern Baseball Adds Two More For Fall 2014
- Spartans Finish on Top at Home Sports Shooting Event
- Top Ranked NIACC Take Spartans
- Spartan Stuggle Against Balanced Attack
- First Half Deficit Dooms Spartans
- Spartans Out-Rebounded by Panthers
- DMACC Downs Spartans