College News

Published May 12, 2015 10:32 am

Omar Frias home run vs NIACC

During the first year with Coach Pedro Hernandez at the reigns, the Spartan baseball team had a brief brush with making school history. The Spartans traveled to Waterloo over the weekend to compete in the 2015 NJCAA Region XI DII Baseball Tournament. The sixth-seeded Spartans defeated the third seed Southeastern CC 9-8, second seed NIACC 8-4, and first seed Iowa Central CC 6-2, taking them to the top of the double-elimination tournament bracket. The Spartans, undefeated in the tournament up to that point, would have to face the NIACC Trojans again with two chances to defeat them for Southwestern’s first regional championship ever in baseball.

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Published May 12, 2015 10:26 am

Daniel Leonard

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) came home with two gold medal finishes following the Iowa SkillsUSA 2015 competition in Ankeny on April 30-May 1, 2015.  Daniel Leonard of Clearfield, a first year electrical technology student at SWCC, finished first in the electrical construction wiring division of competition.  Asa Denton of Creston, a first year carpentry and building trades student at SWCC, finished first in the carpentry division of the contest.

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Published May 11, 2015 3:54 pm

Elijah Starzl

Following a one-year hiatus, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) bowling program will return to competition with a new head coach—Elijah Starzl of Morris, MN—at the helm.

Starzl is wrapping up a seven-year stint as head tennis coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota Morris. Starzl holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s degree in education and sports leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, where he was a student-athlete while earning his undergraduate degree.

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Published May 11, 2015 8:15 am

Chelsi Sams signs with SWCC women's basketball

Southwestern Community College’s women’s basketball program is adding a Missouri all-stater to the roster for fall.   Addae Houston, the Spartans head women’s basketball coach announced Chelsi Sams of Dearborn, MO, will be joining the Spartans basketball program this fall.

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Published May 8, 2015 4:24 pm

Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients

Creston, IA--The Creston Kiwanis Club honored four Creston High School students who have been selected to receive the club's 2015-16 scholarships at their regular meeting on Tues., May 5, 2015, at The Windrow restaurant in Creston. 

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Published May 8, 2015 3:40 pm

Kayla Long signs with Spartan Drill Team

Kayla Long, a senior at Clarinda High School, has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dazzlers drill team program.

Long, who will graduate from Clarinda this month, has been active in high school competing in golf and cheerleading, as well as being named to the honor roll all four years of high school. In addition, Long competes with the Footworks Dance Competition Team.

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Published May 7, 2015 11:51 am

Loren Gillette sign with Spartan Drill Team

Kaeleigh Ballentine, Southwestern Community College’s recently named drill team coach, has another addition to her 2015-16 recruiting class with the commitment of Loren Gillette of Osceola.

Gillette, a senior at Clarke Community School, joins Creston dancers Brenna Baker, Marie Hood, Maddie Skarda, and Raegen Smith, as well as Clarinda’s Kayla Long as new recruits on the Dazzlers team. The Dazzlers will have one returning dancer, Bailey Mellencamp of Clarinda.

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Published May 6, 2015 2:53 pm

Nick Ekel

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) athletics department has announced Nick Ekel of Oshkosh, WI, as the new head coach for the track and field and cross country programs. Ekel will replace Bill Huntington, who had coached cross country for the Spartans since inception of the program in 2006 and track and field since it was added in 2012. Huntington announced in February he is leaving the college in May to become high school principal at Sidney.

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Published May 6, 2015 9:22 am

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The Southwestern Community College athletics department is hosting a variety of summer camps for youth of all ages.  Currently scheduled are boys basketball camps and girls volleyball camps.  Watch for information coming related to girls basketball camps (June 15-17).

2015 Boys Basketball Camps

  • Individual Skills Camp (Grades K-2), June 8-11, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Individual Skills Camp (Grades 3-8), June 8-11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Elite Camp (Grades 9-12), July 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • High School Team Camp, June 6-7
  • Satellite Camps
  • Small Group Workouts
  • High School Summer League

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Published May 5, 2015 3:58 pm

Tevor Elwood signs with Spartan sports shooting

Griswold High School senior Trevor Elwood will be joining the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team during the 2015-16 season. Elwood, pictured with his father, Dan (center), and Charlie Mundy (at right), SWCC sports shooting coach, will major in electrical technology at SWCC this fall.

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