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Published December 17, 2014 2:15 pm

Jaylon Smith
The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) has named Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Jaylon Smith, sophomore, the DII Player of the Week for December 7-14, 2014. The left hander from Memphis, TN, averaged 22 points, three rebounds, four assists, and 2.5 steals for the week.  On the season, he is averaging 16.7 points, 4.25 rebounds, 2.75 assists, and 1.58 steals.  

Smith has helped lead the way to a 12-2 start for the ninth ranked SWCC Spartans.

ICCAC Athlete of the Week

Published December 17, 2014 8:39 am

Southwestern came in at #11 in the latest NJCAA Division II rankings released on December 16.  They dropped two spots after a tough road loss at NJCAA Division I Marshalltown, who is 15-3 on the season, and a home win over Southeast (NE) Community College. 

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Published December 16, 2014 8:37 am

The Wartburg College JV gave the ninth ranked Spartans a scare on the road Monday, December 15 with a final score of 73-70.  Jaylon Smith carried the load offensively with 28 points while Simon Joseph added 10 points.  Wartburg used eight first half three pointers to keep it close at 41-32 heading into the break.  They hit five more in the second half and got the rim much more than in the first half.  “They (Wartburg) played very well and did a lot of things to bother us on both ends.  We need to continue to improve and I think tonight opened everyone’s eyes to that,” commented Coach Todd Lorensen.

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Published December 15, 2014 9:38 am

The Spartans concluded their non-conference schedule with a loss at home to the visiting Storm of Southeast Community College 73-48. “ I thought we started to the game ok defensively but one thing we have to improve on is learning how to play tough defense when shots are not going in. When that happens we stop playing on the one end of the floor that can keep us in the game.”

The Spartans open conference play against Southeastern Community College on Saturday January 10.  “ Hopefully the break will help us to come back reenergized and focus for the conference season.”

Published December 15, 2014 9:05 am

Southwestern jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead against Southeast (NE) Community College behind a pair of three’s by TJ Bower and a jumper by Jaylon Smith.  The Spartans continued to control the half taking a 47-31 lead into the break on their way to a 93-75 win.  “Coming off a  tough loss at Marshalltown, it was great to see our guys get back to the basics of guarding and making simple plays.  I felt we did a solid job of taking care of the basketball and cleaning up the defensive glass,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.

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Published December 15, 2014 8:58 am

Welding Art--Reindeer and Sleigh

Students in the Southwestern Community College welding program faced off in a little friendly competition last week as they created projects that were judged in a holiday art contest.  The projects were on display in the Technical Center Friday. Here is a sampling of their work.

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Published December 12, 2014 4:47 pm

2014 Chamber Choir
The Southwestern Community College School for Music Vocations’ Chamber Singers will present Holiday Carols in Concert on Sun., December 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the SWCC Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature favorite carols and masterworks by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Brahms, Christiansen, Mattson, and Burt.  The concert will be directed by Tommy Boynton.

Admission for this event is $10 per person.  Students and seniors are $5 per person.

Published December 12, 2014 3:29 pm

Students taking campus tour
Approximately 15 high school students visited campus today for Start Here, Succeed Everywhere, an event planned by the college's admissions department.  The day focused on all of the opportunities offered to students who start at SWCC and then transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Students learned how SWCC college credits transfer and what they need to be thinking about when selecting their college classes. 

The day featured two student panels--the first being a panel of current SWCC students and the second featuring a panel of SWCC graduates who are now at four-year colleges and universities.  The day wrapped up with lunch at the Spartan Cafe and a scholarship drawing.  Scholarship winners were Angelica Claytor from Creston and Carolina Ibarra from Creston (pictured below from left to right).

This is the second annual Start Here, Succeed Everywhere event.

SHSE ScholarshipWinners

Published December 12, 2014 9:45 am

The Spartans fell on the road to the Tigers of Marshalltown Community College 69-47 after a hot start and a solid first half. “Our defense was great to start the game and we were able to hit some shots from the outside that put us ahead early.”  

Marshalltown was able to put a run together themselves in the closing minutes of the first half to regain the lead 31-21 at the break. That run continued in the second half for Tigers and the Spartans could not gain any momentum to keep the game close. Freshman post Olivia Reifert and LaStella Slack ended the game with identical stats to lead the Spartans with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Sabrina Fountain added 10 points in the loss on Wednesday night at Marshalltown. The Spartans return to Creston this Saturday December 13, for their final non-conference home game against Southeast Community College.    

Published December 12, 2014 8:29 am

In game that saw 20 ties and 19 lead changes, the Spartans came up short in the end losing 95-85 at NJCAA D1 opponent Marshalltown Community College Wednesday night.  Southwestern battled foul trouble throughout the night as post players Simon Joseph and Mataika Koyamainavure both sat long stretches due to fouls.  Despite both post players sitting the majority of the first half, the Spartans battled to a 37-37 tie at intermission.  Josh Kirk provided a huge spark off the bench with 28 points to help fill the void.  “We did some really good things tonight against a very good basketball team.  This game was a great way to get us prepared for the conference season,” said Coach Todd Lorensen.

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