The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team took top honors earning High Overall Team at the Iowa Collegiate Invitational on Sat., April 26, and Sun., April 27, at the Izaak Walton League in Ames and Nevada. College teams participating in the shoot included Iowa State University, North Iowa Area Community College, Simpson College, and Southwestern Community College.
Ethan Jolliff (left), SWCC freshman from Indianola, won High Overall Individual for the tournament. In singles trap, Jolliff took first hitting 48 of 50 targets. He won skeet as well hitting 43 of 50. Trenton Cheers (right), SWCC freshman from Indianola, won sporting clays with 72 of 100.
After Day One at the Region XI Men’s Golf Tournament, Jake Speer (pictured) was four strokes back of a qualifying bid for the National Tournament, but fell short in Round Two when he was unable to gain any ground on the field. Southwestern finished seventh as a team, playing short-handed with four players instead of five. The other golfers representing the Spartans were Chasen Selsor, Jared Theis, and Angga Edwards. The men increased their position in the regional tournament by one place from a year ago, and hope to keep the progress moving forward for 2015. Iowa Central was crowned the champion of Region XI. The tournament was held at Lake Panorama Golf Course in Panora.
Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston headed to Wilton to find his latest recruit, Olivia Reifert.
Houston is anxious to get Reifert on the court for the Spartans to help with a key game changer--rebounding. Reifert averaged 13.2 rebounds per game during her senior season in high school.
Reifert, who will graduate from Wilton High School later this month, was named 2013 Cedar Valley Conference honorable mention and 2014 River Valley Conference second team. She was selected to play in the 2014 River Valley Conference senior all-star game. Academically, Reifert was named 2014 Academic All-State, received the Governor’s Scholar Award, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been on the honor roll throughout high school and will be valedictorian of her graduating class. In addition, she served on the National Council on Youth Leadership.
Attention students! Textbook buyback is coming. The SWCC Bookstore will be buying back used textbooks during finals week, May 5-9, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Bring your used textbooks, student ID, and original bookstore receipt to get money for your used books.
Creston, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of trustees met electronically in special session on Mon., April 28, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the board room of the college’s Administration Center to approve the Preliminary Official Statement of the 2014 revenue bonds and to call the 2006 revenue bonds, as well as the 2006 and 2010 loans from the Southern Iowa Council of Governments.
Two Mt. Pleasant High School seniors—Cody Bruggemeyer and Justin Woods—made it official last week, they are headed to Southwestern Community College in Creston this fall where they will participate in sports shooting.
Bruggemeyer, the son of Chris and Rob Bruggemeyer of Mt. Pleasant, plans to enroll in the college’s welding program. During high school, he was a member of the Clay Commanders shooting club. The Clay Commanders were the 2013 district champions and Southeast Iowa Zone Team. Bruggemeyer was the 2012 Iowa Junior Grand Champion and the 2013 Southeast Iowa Zone Champion. In addition, he was selected to represent the state of Iowa at the Grand American National Shooting Competition on Team IOWA.
Woods is a member of the Clay Commanders shooting club. He was a 2013 district champion. He plans to enroll in the welding program at SWCC. During high school, Woods has been active in Boy Scouts and he is a high school honor student.
Wayne High School pitcher Breanna Fortune made it official last week, she will soon be a Spartan at Southwestern Community College. Fortune signed a letter of intent to play softball at SWCC starting with the fall 2014 semester.
Fortune, a four-sport athlete in high school, has received a number of awards and honors for athletics, as well as academics. She was a member of the 18U USSSA National Softball Championship team, three-year unanimous first team Pride of Iowa All-Conference pitcher, four-year all-district team in softball, first and second team all-state pitcher, two-year member of the Wayne High School state qualifying softball team, Pride of Iowa second team volleyball setter, two-year second team Pride of Iowa All-Conference basketball, Pride of Iowa conference champion in track, two-year state qualifier in track, and a four-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. In addition, Fortune was named to the Pride of Iowa All-Academic Team in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball every year she has been eligible.
Brendan Rockwell (pictured in center), a senior at Millard South High School in suburban Omaha, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Southwestern men's basketball. Rockwell, a 6'7" post, will bring additional rebounding and post presence to the Spartan's interior game next season. Head Coach Mike Holmes indicated that Rockwell really sold himself during his visit to campus. "I expected an adequate post player after seeing Brendan on film," Holmes said, "but when I met him and saw him play live, I concluded that he was twice the player I thought he was."
Rockwell brings a soft touch around the rim to the systems, as well as strength underneath. Holmes feels the team has now addressed major rebounding concerns heading into the 2014-15 campaign with the additions of Rockwell and 6'6" power man Kris Goettert. They will join Mataika Koyamainavure and Nikola Drobnjak in the post rotations next season.
Freshman Shelby Williams (pictured) shot an impressive 84 on day one of the Region XI Women's Tournament at Otter Creek in Ankeny on Friday, April 25, 2014, which was good enough to pace her to a 10th place overall finish and a trip to the National Tournament, May 12-15, in Daytona, FL.
Williams battled the strong wind with the rest of the field on day two, but her 99 did not put her anywhere near the danger zone of not making the cut. Fifteen women in the region qualify for Nationals. The women's team finished fourth overall, as the Spartans competed at a high level for both of the days.
Konnor Griffith, Caitlin Giles, Courtney Hackett, and Logan Kinyon all made strong plays, but could not find the consistency to crack the top 15. The previous national qualifier for Southwestern was Molly Budach in 2012.
This weekend, the Spartan sports shooting team will be heading to their final competition of the year. The Iowa Collegiate Invitational, on April 26-27, will be held at the Ames Izaak Walton League. The Spartan squads will have 100 clay targets each day with skeet and trap held on Saturday and sporting clays on Sunday. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. each morning.
Good luck to the Sports Shooting team and congratulations on an outstanding first season. Go Spartans!
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