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Published February 17, 2012 3:01 pm

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CRESTON, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) women’s basketball team is joining in the fight against breast cancer on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium.  The Spartans will host Southeastern Community College in a 2012 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Pink Zone® event.  The team will be raising funds for the Greater Regional Cancer Center, in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, through the 2012 Pink Zone® initiative.

Sponsors for the SWCC Pink Zone® event include Curves, First National Bank, Great Western Bank, Greater Regional Cancer Center in partnership with Mercy Medical Center, Iowa State Savings Bank, State Savings Bank, and Wal-Mart.  Three’s Company of Creston will be donating pink headbands for the event.

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Published February 16, 2012 9:09 am

Feb15 SWCCweeklyRead this week's SWCC Weekly online student newsletter!  Articles include Pink Zone Event information, transfer day prize winners, softball raffle wrap-up, auto club apparel on sale, National TRIO Day, and transfer opportunities to the University of Iowa.

Published February 16, 2012 8:06 am

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In a rematch between the two teams, the Southwestern Spartans women’s basketball team faced the Iowa Central Tritons last night, Feb. 15, 2012, on their home floor. Although they were able to cut the margin of victory down by 15 points, the Spartans still fell to the Tritons by a final score of 82-40. The Spartans were able to score the ball more efficiently in this second matchup, but still only made 27 percent of their attempted shots. Combine that poor shooting with the 27 turnovers the Tritons forced and it is difficult to see how the Spartans managed to stay as close as they did. The recipe for success was the same for Iowa Central in game two as it was earlier this year; the Tritons two post players (Rodewald and Nagel) combined to score 44 points while also getting a double-digit effort from their shooting guard (Rolling).

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Published February 15, 2012 2:55 pm

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Southwestern women's basketball player Jamie Miner was named athlete of the week, for the week of February 13, 2012, by the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC). Miner averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals per game. Her statistics are particularly impressive since two out of the week's three games were played against the fourth and ninth rated DII NJCAA teams in the country, Kirkwood CC and DMACC, respectively.

Head Women's Basketball Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, "Last week was a great week for SWCC basketball. Jamie receiving this award is further proof of our growth as a team and as a program."

Read the announcement on the ICCAC Web site.

Published February 14, 2012 2:10 pm

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Creston, IOWA—Two great artists, The Four Freshmen, the legendary vocal jazz/instrumental ensemble, and Nancy King, a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 15th annual vocal jazz festival, now titled Fox Fest. Both artists will perform in concert on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.  

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Published February 13, 2012 11:41 am

AutomotiveShirts 2012The Automotive Club is selling hats, hoodies, stocking caps, and T-shirts with the SWCC automotive logo (see photos at right).  Costs follow: beanie (black), $14; hat (black with flame), $15; hoodie (black), $30; T-shirt (black, orange, pink, or purple), $16; stocking cap (orange), $14. Pink T-shirts will include the breast cancer symbol (ribbon) and for each T-shirt purchased, $2 will be donated to the breast cancer fund.

To order, please contact Sue Claiser, automotive parts clerk, at 641.782.1306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orders are due by February 29, 2012.

Published February 13, 2012 10:09 am

CRESTON—Are you a high school senior looking for help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for college this fall?  If so, plan to attend the TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s ninth annual Dinner & a FAFSA Night.  

ETS student participants and their parents may set individual appointments at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  Appointments will be scheduled between 4 and 7 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.  Students are not required to attend SWCC to register for the event.

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Published February 13, 2012 9:17 am

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After falling to DMACC by 21 points a month ago, the Southwestern women’s basketball team traveled to Boone to see if they could keep the game closer in round two. Unfortunately, early turnovers proved costly as the Spartans fell down by 19 in the first half before ultimately losing by that margin, with a final score of 68-49. Southwestern was forced into 15 first half turnovers, in large part because of their inability to pass out of traps. DMACC pressed the Spartans much of the first 20 minutes, trapping the Spartans anytime the ball fell against the sideline or baseline. Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, “I told the team at halftime that although we were down almost 20, we actually played well in the first half. When we got the ball into the half-court, we did a good job of running our offense. Our goal coming out of halftime was to cut into the lead by taking better care of the ball and handling their pressure.”

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Published February 13, 2012 8:51 am

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Playing their most consistent basketball of the season, Southwestern hoped to go on the road Saturday and upset nationally-ranked DMACC.  For 36 minutes of game action, it looked possible.  With just less than four minutes to play, the score was tied 51-51.  The Bears took advantage of a foul on the next possession to go up 53-51.  The Spartans tried to answer, but a 15-footer by Delby Halcomb fell off the iron, and DMACC was able to convert again.  Forced into faster tempo, Southwestern could not bridge the gap and was forced to foul.  The Bears converted on their way to a 64-54 win. 

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Published February 9, 2012 2:17 pm


Southwestern Community College Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington was on the road again last week recruiting for the Spartans 2012 volleyball roster.

Morgan Roecker, a senior at AR-WE-VA High School in Westside, signed with the Spartans. Blessington is excited about the athleticism Roecker will bring to the team. “Morgan has great court awareness and knows how to terminate the ball,” Blessington stated.  “She will be a great offensive weapon for us because she can hit out of the middle and also out of the outside.” 

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