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Published December 7, 2016 12:07 pm

CRESTON — The TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is hosting an ACT Boot Camp on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in the college’s Instructional Center, room 220, to assist high school students in preparation for the ACT Test.

Read more: ACT Boot Camp to be held at SWCC

Published December 7, 2016 9:17 am

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Pre-season rankings can be fool’s gold, but the Southwestern men’s basketball team has proved they deserved their #11 ranking in NJCAA DII to start the season.  The Spartans, coming off a 25-6 season in 2015-16, returned three all-conference guards.  Combining those returners and infusing new talent, Southwestern has started this season 10-0, including four wins over NJCAA DI opponents, all of which were on the road or at neutral sites. 

"We have had a good start, but in the grand scheme of things we have a ton of things to get better at," said Spartan Coach Todd Lorensen.  "The conference season starts in January and we need to keep preparing to play our best basketball in the spring semester."

Southwestern is back in action on Wednesday, Dec., 7, to take on Marshalltown Community College, an NJCAA D1 program with a 9-2 start this season.

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Published December 6, 2016 11:11 am

This past weekend the Spartans women's basketball team competed in back-to-back contests in unconventional fashion by playing Friday, Dec. 2, against Grand View JV at home, but then took to the road on Saturday, Dec. 3, to Lexington, MO, to take on Wentworth Military Academy.  In both cases, the team picked up the win to extended their winning streak to four in a row.

Read more: Spartans Extend Streak to Four

Published December 6, 2016 11:06 am

The Southwestern men’s basketball team picked up a pair of victories over NJCAA Division I programs over the weekend at the Hy-Vee Classic hosted by Indian Hills Community College.  On Friday, the Spartans held off a late rally to defeat Richard Daley College 85-81 and on Saturday defeated Kankakee CC 108-56.

Read more: Spartans move to 10-0

Published December 5, 2016 4:07 pm

People food tasting at Food Around the World

Southwestern Community College's Multicultural Club hosted "Food Around the World," an international food fair, in the library on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.  They had approximately 60 people in attendance. 

Read more: Multicultural Club Hosts International Food Fair

Published December 1, 2016 9:40 am

Head Spartan Baseball Coach Pedro Hernandez has released the schedule for the upcoming 2017 spring baseball season.  The first portion of the season will consist of non-conference play through February and March. During this time, the Spartans will have three weekends on the road, playing games in Oklahoma and Kansas. Their first home game is scheduled for March 12 at 1 p.m. against Southeastern Community College. 

For the upcoming season, the Spartans will be competing as a National Junior College Athletic Association Division I team.  Their first conference game is set for April 1 at 2 p.m. at home against Marshalltown Community College.

"This year's schedule is filled with a lot of talented  opponents and will be a great test for our team," commented Hernandez. "With us moving to Division I, our schedule will have a different look and I think our guys are up for the task. I can't wait for this upcoming season. We have a very talented group and I am excited to see how they are going to contribute this spring."

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Published November 30, 2016 3:55 pm

Jordan Johnson

Sophomore guard Jordan Johnson earned his second Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) Player of the Week honor as the Spartans went 2-0 at the Rock Valley College Classic.  For the week, Johnson averaged 12.5 PPG while shooting 50 percent from the field, 57 percent from the arc, and 100 percent from the free throw line. 

Read more: Johnson Earns Second Player of the Week Honor

Published November 30, 2016 8:53 am

Spring play auditions are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3-6 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center theater.  All SWCC students are invited to try out!

 The spring play will be God’s Favorite by Neil Simon.  Eight roles will be cast for the play.  Rehearsals will begin when classes resume in January.  The play will be performed March 30-31 and April 1.

In God’s Favorite, successful businessman Joe Benjamin has admittedly had a wonderful life. He has a successful business selling boxes while living with his family in their beautiful Long Island mansion. Joe, being a devout religious man, attributes all of his success and happiness to the big “G” himself: God. But when an eccentric messenger from God visits, Joe's life is turned upside down! Joe, God’s favorite servant, is being put to the test; he must either renounce his faith in God or suffer severe consequences. The jokes and tests of faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.

 Questions may be directed to Kelly Franklin, Drama Club sponsor and play director.  Students do not have to be Drama Club members to perform in the spring play.

Published November 28, 2016 11:57 am

After three consecutive losses, the Spartans women's basketball team has now won two in a row after defeating Graceland JV on Wednesday, Nov. 23,  in a home game that they dominated from start to finish over the Yellowjackets with a 76-37 final to secure the team’s first home win of the season.

The Spartans were clicking on all cylinders offensively and defensively to start the game connecting on several three-pointers and picking up steals that led to easy transition points. At the end of the first quarter, the Spartans were on top 24-4 and had only allowed one field goal to the Yellowjackets.

Read more: Spartans Dominate in First Home Victory of Season

Published November 28, 2016 11:50 am

Brodric Thomas played a key part in three Southwestern wins over North Central Missouri College, Southeast CC (NE), and Central CC (NE) and his efforts earned him ICCAC Player of the Week accolades.  Over the three games, Thomas averaged 15.3 points and had his best game with 19 points and eight rebounds against Central (NE).

“Brodric had a great week," said Spartan Head Coach Todd Lorensen.  "He struggled with foul trouble a lot early in the season so it was nice to see him get more minutes and perform well.”

Read more: Thomas POW, Spartans Unofficial Champions