College News

Published February 6, 2015 9:15 am

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First National Bank in Creston is planning a lot of fun events for the women’s and men’s basketball games on Sat., February 14, at 1 and 3 p.m. respectively. The Spartans will be facing DMACC.

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Published February 5, 2015 1:38 pm

Jeremy Fox

Jeremy Fox, SWCC professional music graduate (’96) and former professional music instructor (2002-2010), has been nominated for a Grammy in the “Best arrangement, instruments and vocals” category.  The nomination is for his arrangement of “All My Tomorrows,” featuring vocalist Kate McGarry and flugelhorn player Jared Hall.  The arrangement is from his “With Love” album, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.

According to Fox’s Web site, “The track features more than 40 orchestral players, piano (Daniel Strange), guitar (Rene Toledo), bass (Geoff Saunders), and drums (Michael Piolet).”

The 57th Grammy Awards are being held this weekend in Los Angeles, CA.  The live awards show will be broadcast on CBS starting at 7 p.m. Sunday night.  

To listen to “All My Tomorrows,” please visit

Published February 3, 2015 1:22 pm

Anthony Simmons

Storm Lake, IA--The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans continued breaking records with a strong showing at the Buena Vista Invitational on Sat., January 31, 2015. John Rivan set his third track record, in as many tries, this season in the 60-meter dash, running a 6.92 in the Spartan-filled finals and nudging teammates Jaiden Brown, Justin Martin, and Bobby Neal who finished third, fourth and seventh in the field.

The Spartans kept their scoring ways putting up 20 points when Rivan, Theo Piniau, Brown, and Michael Flakes finished second, third, fourth and eighth in the 200-meter dash. Rivan’s time set a new school record. Piniau rounded out the sprint portion of the meet posting his fastest time of the year in the 400-meter dash, with a third place time of 50.70.

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Published February 3, 2015 1:04 pm

Haylee LeMasters Abby Davis Kassie Craig Jordan Major

Lindsay Stumpff, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) head softball coach, signed four Iowa student-athletes to play for the Spartans beginning fall 2015. Haylee LaMasters is a pitcher from Creston with several academic and athletic honors. Abby Davis is a utility player from Carlisle, who has qualified with her team to go to state all four years of her high school career. Kassie Craig from Harlan will bring the Spartans a lot of versatility having played at third base, shortstop, outfield, and pitcher. Jordan Major will join the Spartans as a pitcher/outfielder from Shenandoah with various conference recognitions and awards.

Welcome and congratulations to all four ladies on becoming the newest Spartans to join the SWCC softball team.

Published February 3, 2015 12:00 pm

Free Help Available for College Financial Aid

Iowa students and their families can get free assistance with forms required to file federal financial aid during an Iowa College Goal Sunday event, at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wed., February 25, from 3-7 p.m. in room 119 of the Technical Center.  Students planning to attend any college are welcome to participate in this event.  

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Published February 3, 2015 10:24 am

Haylee LeMasters signs with SWCC

Lindsay Stumpff, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) head softball coach, said Creston pitcher Haylee LaMasters has been on the SWCC coaching staff’s radar since she was in seventh grade. On Saturday, LaMasters made it official, signing a National Letter of Intent to become a Spartan as of fall 2015.

LaMasters, who will graduate from Creston High School in May 2015, has received academic and athletic accolades throughout her high school career including being named second team all-state, third team all-state, first team all-western Iowa, all district, first team Hawkeye Ten Conference, all-academic, team MVP, and junior player of the year.

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Published February 3, 2015 10:19 am

Abby Davis signs with SWCC

Creston, IA—During a signing ceremony Saturday at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), Carlisle utility player Abby Davis signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at the collegiate level with the SWCC Spartans beginning fall 2015.

During her high school career, Davis’ team has been a four-time state qualifier. Last season, Davis was selected as honorable mention all-state.

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Published February 3, 2015 10:15 am

Kassie Craig signs with SWCC

Creston, IA—On Saturday, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff announced Kassie Craig, a senior at Harlan Community School, has committed to joining the Spartan line-up next year.

Craig comes to the Spartans as a versatile softball player having been on the field for the Cyclones at third base, shortstop, outfield, and pitcher. She is a two-year letter winner and was named second team all-conference. She tied at first in the conference for home runs in a season at six. In addition, in track she has qualified for state and the Drake Relays.

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Published February 3, 2015 10:05 am

Jordan Major Signs with SWCC

Creston, IA—Shenandoah pitcher/outfielder Jordan Major made it official last Saturday, she will be joining Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff and the Southwestern Community College Spartans for the 2015-16 softball season.

In high school, Major received 2014 Hawkeye Ten Conference honorable mention, 2014 most outstanding defensive player for her team, 2013 Hawkeye Ten second team all-conference, and 2013 team most valuable player and most outstanding defensive player.

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Published February 3, 2015 9:01 am

The Spartans went on the road to face Iowa Lakes Community College but fell short of a victory 66-56 to the Lakers. It was a close contest throughout and the Lakers held a narrow lead 25-24 over the Spartans. “We are still struggling to understand playing defense consistently for the entire game and we gave up 41 second half points.”

For the third straight game Sophomore Jill Vanderhoof led the team in scoring with 15 points. Freshman Olivia Reifert added eight points and 13 rebounds in the loss. The Spartans will host Marshalltown Community College next this Wednesday February 4 at 5:30pm.