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Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 11:22 am

Williams Nationals IMG 0373With a stellar round of 80 on the final day of the National Junior College Tournament in Daytona, FL, Shelby Williams finished 42nd in the nation in a field of 96 golfers.  Williams shot an 89 on Day 1, then a 93 on the second day, before carding her 80. 

Host Daytona State College took home the team honors, as well as the individual medalist (Tiffany Chan: 68, 74, 74).  Of the 14 women golfers from Iowa, Williams was fourth best, finishing only behind Iowa Western players.

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 4:26 pm

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Creston, IA—Last week, Southwestern Community College Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff announced Brook Rychnovsky, recent Mount Ayr High School graduate, will be joining the Spartans softball program for the 2014-15 school year.

Rychnovsky comes in as a versatile player having been on the field at second base, shortstop, left field, and center field. During high school, Rychnovsky was a multi-sport athlete lettering in basketball, cross country, softball, track and volleyball. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Academic All-Conference, and second team all-conference in basketball. She has the eighth all-time best cross country time at Mt. Ayr High School. In addition, she was named the 2013-14 Mount Ayr High School homecoming queen.

She is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Rychnovsky of Diagonal.


Pictured: Sitting (L to R) – Mark, Brook, and Tammy Rychnovsky
Standing - Lindsay Stumpff, SWCC head softball coach, and Ranae Klinkefus, Mt. Ayr High School softball coach


Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 4:19 pm

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Creston, IA—Fort Madison basketball standout LaStella Slack, a 5’10” post player, has made the decision to head to Southwestern Community College (SWCC) and play for the Spartans’ second-year women’s basketball coach Addae Houston.

Slack, who is a May 2014 graduate of Fort Madison High School, was a second team Southeastern All-Conference selection, as well as a Southeastern Conference All-Star Team selection her senior year. She averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Slack excelled academically as well, being selected as a member of the National Honor Society and named to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic Team.

Houston is confident Slack’s athletic and academic abilities will make her a strong student-athlete at SWCC. “LaStella is an outstanding player—a strong rebounder, and an all-around athlete,” Houston explained. “She is going to add depth to the post position for us and that is an area where we lacked last season.”

Slack, the daughter of Danny and Brenda Slack of Fort Madison, said she is excited for the opportunity to play basketball at Southwestern.


Seated (L to R): Danny, LaStella, and Brenda Slack

Standing: Charles Knipe, Fort Madison High School head girls’ basketball coach, and Addae Houston, SWCC head women’s basketball coach


Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 3:19 pm

Nationals MensThis weekend, May 15-17, 2014, at the NJCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Mesa, AZ, Southwestern’ s men’s  and women’s track teams continued the success they had during the regular season by turning in record breaking times and distances at the national meet.

Read more: Track and Field Breaks School Records at National Championships

Published: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:46 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tues., May 13, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular monthly board meeting.

During the meeting, the board approved a resolution directing the sale and delivery of $5.34 million in Dormitory Revenue Bonds to D.A. Davidson & Co. in Des Moines.  Larry Burger, vice president of Speer Financial, Inc., spoke with the board, stating that following Speer Financial’s examination, it was their recommendation for approval of the bid.  It was noted that Moody’s Investors Service has assigned a rating of A3 to the bonds, which have a true interest rate of 3.8748 percent.

Read more: Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds May 2014 Meeting

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 9:38 am

After almost six years at the helm of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) baseball program, Brian “Bull” Smith has announced he is stepping down to pursue other interests.

Read more: Smith Stepping Down as SWCC Head Baseball Coach

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 5:09 pm

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish students Garrett Hogue of Lenox and Zach Mullen of New Market took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2014 competition in Ankeny on Fri., May 2, 2014.

Hogue was named gold medalist in collision repair technology and Mullen was named gold medalist in automotive refinishing technology.  They will now head to represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 23-27, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.  The two SWCC students were honored at the state contest for outstanding academic achievement as well, due to maintaining 3.5 or higher cumulative college grade point averages.

Read more: Auto Collision Repair Students Headed to National Contest

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:46 am

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T.J. Bower, the all-time leading scorer in Nodaway Valley history, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Southwestern.  Bower’s numbers are gaudy.  He ranks number one all-time with 1,463 points and 245 steals.  He is second on the all-time list with 627 career rebounds, and third in assists.  Bower averaged 20.4 points per game in his senior season, but scoring is not what Head Coach Mike Holmes feels is his greatest asset. 

Read more: Spartans Sign Local Standout

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:32 am

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds (shown in photo above) were at Southwest Valley High School in Corning for a town hall meeting to talk about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) on Tues., May 6, 2014.

The discussion was followed by STEM-related activities and demonstrations by students and their teachers.

For more information related to the Southwest Iowa STEM Region, please visit

Read more: Governor in Corning to Celebrate STEM

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:29 am

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Natali Donahue, Clarinda High School senior, has signed on for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) volleyball team starting with the 2014 season.

Donahue, a 5’ 1” Libero and defensive specialist, was named all-conference for the Hawkeye 10. She also received the Cardinal defense award for her team.

She is daughter of Wendy Donahue and Donni Donahue.