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Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:19 am

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The Spartan narrowly let their lead from the majority of the game slip away in the final minutes of their contest with the visiting North Central Missouri College Pirates on Wednesday, November 20. A combination of missed free-throws, a series of missed last-minute shots, and the Pirates raining in seven three pointers in the second half, left the Spartans on the losing end of a 55-53 final score.

Head Coach Addae Houston commented, "Once again the first half of the game was good for us. We played solid defense and stuck to the game plan; limit their three-point shooting and contain the post play inside. We led at the half 27-18 without giving up a single three pointer."

"We have to break the streak of not being a second-half team and learn to play for forty minutes mainly on the defensive end. Unfortunately it is the one area that our team has been consistent at, and we will not be able to be the team that I know we are capable of being until we learn how to put teams away when we are ahead."

Read more: One Slips Away Late for Spartans

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:31 am

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Students from the Osceola High School and Creston college carpentry and building trades classes braved the wind, cold, and rain yesterday, November 20, to help neighbors in Osceola with a ramp project on their house. 

Read more: Carpentry Students Help Neighbor

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 8:43 am

BreedersClassic2The SWCC agricultural department held the 2013 Breeder’s Classic Sale on Sun., November 10, 2013.  There were almost 200 people in attendance selling 26 head with an average of $1,646.  Bred females averaged $2,340.  There were more than 20 local consignors represented with over 50 area businesses and individuals sponsoring the event.

Read more: Ag Department Hosts Breeder's Classic Sale

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:08 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 19, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

Public hearings were held for earthwork and major utilities, footings and foundations, and the sale and issuance of dormitory revenue bonds for the new dormitory construction project.  No oral or written objections were heard or submitted.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds November 2013 Meeting

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:42 pm

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After their last game against nationally ranked Highland CC, the Spartans little time to ready themselves to host Graceland JV on Monday, November 18. The Spartans, growing as a team, jumped out early and held on for the win, 74-63.

Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We came out at the start of the game executing our offense really well and getting the shots we wanted. That allowed us to take big lead earlier on.”

The Spartans took their strong first half into the locker room with a 32-17 lead. After the break the Spartan’s shooting remained strong. Their defense, however, started to struggle as the Yellow Jacket offence scored an impressive 46 second-half points.

Houston commented, “We have to continue to get better at finishing when we have leads late in the game and I think that will come with more experience.”

Sophomores Morgan Knorr and Darian Polson showed their experience on the floor. Knorr had a season high with 23 points along with five rebounds, and three assist. Polson recorded a double-double with 14 points and ten rebounds.

Houston continued, “Polson and Knorr have continued to play well and lead our team this year. I can’t say enough about the job they have done. Even though it’s early in the season and we still have a long way to go they have been great leaders on and off the court.”

Read more: Spartan Women Hang on for Second Win

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 2:43 pm

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The 12th seed Spartan volleyball team will face off against the fifth seed Illinois Central College in the first round for the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship on Thursday, November 21, at 2 p.m. CST. In the spirit of SWCC Week and cheering on the Spartans from afar, the online stream will be broadcast in the Student Center.

Watch the round 1 match online

Watch the Round 2 match online

Watch the Round 3 match online

Watch the 5th place match online - Sat., Nov. 23 @ 1:30 CST

The tournament is being held at Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH. A complete listing of all of the matches online can be seen on the NJCAA TV site. Brackets, seeding, and other tournament information may be found on the NJCAA National Championships page.

 Go Spartans!

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:27 am

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Southwestern battled through rebounding difficulties to capture its third straight victory, 74-67, over visiting Graceland Monday night. The Spartans got off to a slow start, trailing early 7-2. They began closing the gap off post feeds to Mataika Koyamainavure and from basket attacks by Elliott Hamdeed. By half, the Spartans held a slim 34-32 lead.

Southwestern tried a pull-away early in the second half, leading 41-32 early, but the Yellow Jackets clawed right back into the contest, cutting the margin to 45-41 with 13 minutes to play. Both teams then went on matching offensive runs, the Spartans being sparked by several offensive rebounds and put-backs from Tanner Kellogg. Holding a slim four-point advantage, Southwestern got key free throws down the stretch from Koyamainavure, Matt Orchard, and Jared Theis to put the game away.

Read more: Spartans Grab Third Straight

Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 10:55 am

Nick LenhardIn a game of spurts, Southwestern grabbed its second straight victory on the road in Orange City, 69-63. After jumping to a 9-0 lead with a Larry Mason three-point goal, Southwestern watched Northwestern get back into the game quickly on two of their seven three pointers they would hit on the game. The Raiders took an 18-14 lead, but the Spartans steadied things on two back-cuts by Elliott Hamdeed and assists from Jared Theis.

By half, Northwestern held a 28-27 lead. Southwestern got control early in the second half on inside play from Mataika Koyamainavure and Tanner Kellogg. Leading by 12 with 11 minutes to play, the Spartans again had to endure a Raider spurt that concluded with another one-point lead for the hosts, 49-48, with five minutes to play. Nick Lenhard (pictured) then made two passing-lane interceptions which both led to Spartan scores and a two-possession lead with just over three minutes.  Down the stretch, key free throws from Matt Orchard helped to secure the win for the Spartans on the road. 

Southwestern next plays Monday, November 18, against Graceland as part of a double header with the women's basketball teams.  Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 10:34 am

The Spartan women’s basketball team knew they would have a tough time hosting the eighth ranked Highland CC. The Spartans struggled with keeping possession of the ball against the strong defensive pressure of the Scotties and lost the game 42-93.

Head coach Addae Houston said, "Highland was a very tough match-up for us. They are a very fast and athletic and Coach Smith does a great job of getting his team to pressure the ball and force turnovers. We did not handle their press well for the majority of the game and they forced us to turn the ball over way too much which lead to easy baskets for them. Despite the score we never quit and kept fighting for the entire game. I was really proud of the way Rhecie Lee has continued to play well for us off the bench because she brings a ton of energy into the game and is really active on the defensive end. Lee finished the game with eight points, four steals, and three rebounds. Sometimes a loss like this against such a good opponent can be good for your team because it gives you an idea of how your players and team need to improve."

The Spartans will play next Monday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m., when they will host Graceeland JV.

Read more: Spartans Defeated by #8 Highland CC

Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:12 pm

The Spartan women’s basketball team overcame a huge hurdle at Grand View on Tursday, November 14. Their 59-55 victory brought the program’s 34 game losing streak to an end.

The start of the game was slow for both teams as both sides struggled to shoot the ball early on. Grand View’s full-court press made the difference in the first half. The Vikings forced the Spartans to give up 13 turnovers and had an eight point lead 30-22 going into the locker room.

Head coach Addae Houston commented, “We did not play very well in the first half and the turnovers were a big factor, but our lack of rebounding gave them too many second chance opportunities that they were able to convert. I was very disappointed with our effort going into the after the first half but the team responded with great effort and intensity in the second half rebounding the basketball and playing solid defense. I am so proud of the way the team continued to fight for 40 minutes.”

The Spartans were able to overcome a 10 point deficit and take the lead with less than three minutes to go in the game. They maintained that lead with solid shooting from the free-throw line late in the game.

Houston continued, “Jill Vanderhoof hit two big free-throws with around five seconds to go that gave us a four point lead to help us win the game. Although so many players played well in the game tonight, Sophomores Morgan Knorr and Darian Polson help carry our team to a great win. Both players nearly had a double-double in the game.”

Read more: Losing Skid Comes to End