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Published January 5, 2015 1:46 pm

Clairissa Thompson and family

Creston, IA—Clairissa Thompson, a 5’9” left-handed setter from Guthrie Center High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Spartans.

Thompson, who will graduate from Guthrie Center High School in May 2015, has been an all-conference selection for the past three years—second team, 2012 and 2014; first team, 2013.  She was named all-district as setter in 2013 and 2014 and was honorable mention all-state in 2013 and 2014.  In addition to volleyball, Thompson plays high school softball, being named second team all-conference as a pitcher in 2014.  

Academically, Thompson is a member of the National Honor Society, has been named to the honor roll, and received the West Central Activities Conference Academic Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

She is the daughter of Gary Thompson and Jill Thompson and will begin her college studies at SWCC as an arts and sciences college transfer student in the fall of 2015.

PICTURED ABOVE (L to R):  Gary Thompson, Katelyn Thompson, Clairissa Thompson, and SWCC Head Volleyball Coach Ting Liu.

Published January 5, 2015 9:59 am

It's time for basketball!  Spend your "Happy Hour" watching men's basketball at the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Student Center gymnasium after work or school this Wed., January 7, 2015, with $1 admission.  The Spartans men's basketball team will face Pure Prep Academy with a 5 p.m. tip-off (this game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m.).  Continuing with the Happy Hour theme, concession items will be $1 per item. 

Published December 22, 2014 9:56 am

Creston, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) agricultural department is hosting the Iowa State University Extension’s Three-State Beef Conference on Tues., January 13, 2015, from 5:30-8:45 p.m., at the SWCC ag site, north of the college’s Creston campus.

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Published December 22, 2014 9:23 am

Bill Krejci

An endowment is being established with the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation in Bill Krejci’s name.  Funds from the Bill Krejci Endowment will benefit the SWCC baseball program.  Krejci, who recently became a member of the SWCC Athletic Hall of Fame, was a long-time instructor, athletic director, and athletic fundraiser for the college.

If you are interested in donating to the Bill Krejci Endowment, please contact Beth Kulow, with the SWCC Education Foundation, or click on the image below to fill out a pledge card. 

PledgeCard BillKrejciEndowment


Published December 18, 2014 2:06 pm

HS Automotive Winners

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Fulton Abraham and Ty Marker of Osceola placed fifth and  Dillon Bailey and Kyle Wynn of Creston placed eighth in the hands-on portion of the 2014 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

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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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