College News

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.  

Published January 30, 2015 8:56 am

In back to back games, the Spartans hosted a nationally ranked team with #8 North Iowa Area Community College visiting Creston. The first half was a strong defensive game from both teams but North Iowa held a ten point lead 27-17.

“We shot the ball well and played great defense that half but having 10 turnovers in the half help them get the lead away from us.” A 40 point second half was not enough for the Spartans to take back the lead and North Iowa pulled away to get the win 79-57. Sophomore Jill Vanderhoof led the Spartans with 13 points and four rebounds.

Published January 29, 2015 11:25 am

Representative Joel Fry with SWCC students and employees

Three SWCC Student Senate members attended the 27th Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Seminar in Des Moines on Wed., January 28, 2015.

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Published January 28, 2015 2:21 pm

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) indoor track & field teams are now being ranked by the same algorithm used for NCAA and NAIA teams. In the first ranking with this new system, released on Wednesday by U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the Spartan men's track and field team broke into the top 25 in the nation.

View the full poll results here.

Published January 26, 2015 5:01 pm

Brooke Decker signs with the Spartans

Brooke Decker, a senior at Muscatine High School, has signed to play volleyball and golf at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) starting with the fall 2015 semester.

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Published January 26, 2015 9:58 am

John Rivan

The Spartan men and women were back in action on the track Saturday at the 2015 Cornell Invitational in Mt. Vernon. Both teams picked up from where they left off last weekend posting some of their best results of the young season.

The men started the day and set the tone by winning the first race of the Cornell Invite. The 4x200-meter team of Justin Martin, Jaiden Brown, John Rivan and Michel Flakes cruised to a 1:32.86 almost four seconds in front of their nearest competitor to win. Next up in the 5000-meter Aaron Ward contributed to the point total when he finished fourth (17:41).

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Published January 26, 2015 9:15 am

For the sixth consecutive week the Southwestern Spartans have appeared in the NJCAA DII Rankings released on Wednesday, January 21.  After reaching their highest ranking at ninth, for the second time, a week earlier the Spartans fell to #14 after a loss on the road to # 4 DMACC (they are now #3). 

Southwestern is 15-5 overall and 1-2 in ICCAC play.  The Spartans hope to maintain their perfect 11-0 record at home this season as they host Kirkwood Community College on Saturday, January 24 and North Iowa Area Community College on Wednesday, January 28.

Published January 26, 2015 8:10 am

On Saturday, January 24 the Spartans hosted the fourth ranked Eagles of Kirkwood Community College. Head Coach Addae Houston summarized, “We did not shoot the ball well but I thought we played tough defense against a very talented team for forty minutes.”

The Eagles held only a nine point led at the half 38-29 over the Spartans. The defense for both teams continued in the second half but the Eagles were able to pull away late securing the win 66-46. Sophomore Jordan Williamson finished the game with 12 points and a career high 8 steals.