Good news keeps rolling in for the 2013 Spartan volleyball team. After their fifth place finish at the national tournament this past November, one of their members entered into an elite class of players. Cassidy Yong, the 5'5" freshman setter from Bellevue, NE, was named to the 2013 NJCAA Division II Volleyball All-Americans Second Team.
Yong’s solid ball placement from the middle and quick tips at the net contributed to the Spartans making their first trip back to the national tournament in 13 years. She is the first Spartan volleyball player to reach the All-American teams since 2007. Congratulations to Yong for this honor and the whole team on a memorable season.
The Spartans had their first taste of conference play in Estherville on Wednesday, December 11 against the Iowa Lakes CC Lakers. The Spartans struggled to keep up with the Laker offense mainly due to poor rebounding and dropped the road contest 50-76. The Lakers out-rebounded the SPartans 48-22, with 19 of the Laker rebounds coming from their offense.
Head coach Addae Houston said, "The biggest difference in this game was offensive rebounding. We gave up too many second chance opportunities and they were able to convert."
Despite the loss, the team had consistent double figure scoring from Morgan Knorr, Darian Polson, and Jill Vanderhoof. Knorr led all scorers with 13 points along with four steals, Polson added 10 points with two blocks, and Vanderhoof finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Southwestern was able to get off on the right foot in conference play with a 56-40 victory over visiting Clinton Saturday, December 14. The Spartans grabbed an early advantage on several slick assists from Larry Mason, and were able to control the defensive end of the floor, forcing the Cougars into difficult shots. Key baskets from Elliott Hamdeed took the Spartans to half leading 26-16.
Clinton proved game in the second half, once cutting the Spartan lead to 7, but bench play proved the difference. Tanner Kellogg led Southwestern rebounders with six, and Dylan Tucker chipped in a perfect four-for-four from the floor to keep the margin comfortable.
Approximately 15 high school students and their instructors were on campus Wed., December 11, 2013, for the first-ever Advanced Technical and Industrial Exploration Day, hosted by Bill Huntington, career and technical education recruiter.
Students who attended were nominated by their high school instructors. There was a limit of two students per high school.
The Southwestern Community College Chamber Singers will be presenting Holiday Carols in Concert on Sun., December 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the SWCC Performing Arts Center theater.
The concert will feature favorite carols and masterworks by Poulenc, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Durufle, Shaw, and Mattson. Ryan Howe, SWCC professional music instructor, will be the conductor for the event.
In a rare back-to-back challenge, the Southwestern men’s basketball team was equal to the task with weekend wins, 74-66 over William Penn, and 68-62 over Wartburg in Oskaloosa and Waverly respectively.
The Spartans began the weekend right by taking a halftime lead of 44-28 to the locker room against William Penn thanks to defensive energy and timely scoring from Elliott Hamdeed (pictured). In the second half, the Statesmen tried to make a late run, but big free throws from Nick Lenhard and defensive rebounds from Jared Theis helped to seal away the win.
Things seemed to be well in hand for Southwestern on the road Wednesday before a 17-0 run doomed the Spartans, who saw a shot at the buzzer go in for a 62-59 win for host Grand View. The Spartans worked for a five-point halftime advantage behind timely basket attacks from Larry Mason and key shots from Jared Theis. Things continued to go well for the visitors as they moved their lead to double digits with nine minutes to go, 53-40.
Then the proverbial wheels came off as the Spartans allowed some easy penetration baskets as well as three point goals and trailed 57-53 before an Elliott Hamdeed score finally stopped the run. Southwestern managed to tie the game at 59-59 with 18 seconds on a basket by Mataika Koyamainavure; however, the Spartans were not up to the task of defending the final Viking possession, which proved to be the game winner.
Southwestern next plays back to back on the weekend, traveling to William Penn Saturday and Wartburg Sunday. Tips are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively.
CRESTON — The TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test prep courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Sat., January 11, 2014.
Two options are available for students who choose to attend:
Option 1 – 8 a.m. to noon. Students who choose Option 1 will be participating in a mock exam consisting of the same conditions as the official ACT exam.
Option 2 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students who choose Option 2 will attend three break-out sessions (math, English/reading, and science).
Special meetings of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees were held on November 26, 2013, and December 3, 2013, to discuss and approve plans related to the construction of a new residence hall on campus. Due to time constraints of board members, the meetings were held electronically.
The first item on the agenda at the November 26 meeting was consideration of earthwork and major utilities for the residence hall construction project. Two bids were received. Following discussion, the board approved the lowest bid of $721,680 from Seamus Excavating.
Next on the agenda was consideration of footings and foundations for the residence hall project. The board approved the lowest bid of $143,400 from Jensen Builders.
At the December 3 board meeting, the board held public hearings for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows, as well as for the elevator project, for the new residence hall construction project. No oral or written objections were heard or submitted for either project.
Following the public hearings, the board approved the lowest bid of $587,000, from Lansink Construction, for the construction for topping slabs, precast hollow core plank, masonry, miscellaneous metals, wood framing, joists, trusses, sheathing, building wrap, and windows.
O’Keefe Elevator was approved for the elevator project. O’Keefe had the lowest bid, at $69,500, of two submitted bids.
The Spartans struggled in the first half with turnovers and poor shooting in the first half against the visiting Simpson JV. They headed into the locker room at the half trailing the Storm by three, 27-24. The Spartans continued to struggle in the second half and eventually the game slipped away, 76-62.
Head Coach Addae Houston said, “We shot the ball well to begin the second half and were able to get a few defensive stops early on that allowed us to take the lead at one point in the game. Unfortunately, our defensive effort got worse as the game went on and we were unable to get enough stops to overcome Simpson and win the game.”
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