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Published October 15, 2012 8:52 am

Southwestern played two matches Friday, October 12, versus North Dakota School of Science and Colby Community College as part of the DMACC tournament in Boone. The Spartans lost both matches in four games each. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington said, "We had good fight in the North Dakota match after starting out slow. Serena Yong came in on the back row and did a great job. Lily Lower and Alex Duffy had a great match hitting. Mel Mangrum was great at the net blocking and Neill and Strong played great defense along with Molly Schimp. Schimp also did a great job delivering the ball to our hitters tonight. This tournament was a great place for our team to grow because every team we faced is very tough."

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Published October 12, 2012 8:41 am

Bouncing back from their previous night’s loss, the Spartans defeated the visiting Wentworth Red Dragons in three games, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-16. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington commented, "This match was a good one for us to come back from our loss last night against DMACC.  Wentworth is a very athletic team and we had to be ready for them to keep bringing the ball back.  We tried to concentrate tonight on minimizing our errors and focusing on every point.  We have a big weekend ahead of us and face some pretty hard competition.  So hopefully we are able to carry this win on through the weekend.  We will be facing the fourth and 11th ranked teams in the country.  If we pass the way we did tonight then we are going to do very well."

The Spartans will be traveling to Boone today to play in the DMACC Tournament where they will finish off one of their busiest weeks on their schedule playing four matches in the next two days.

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Published October 11, 2012 4:36 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 10, 2012, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

During the meeting, Ken Rech of Red Oak was re-elected as president of the college’s board. Dennis Davis of Greenfield was re-elected as the board’s vice president. SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was re-appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Teresa Krejci was re-appointed as board treasurer.

The board re-appointed members to the Education Foundation board for the 2012-13 year. Education Foundation board members re-appointed include Patti Bricker of Greenfield, Randy Huewe of Creston, Karl Knock of Creston, Rick Oshel of Osceola, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jerry Smith of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, Larry Giles of Mt. Ayr, Amy Hook of Creston, Connie Purdum of Creston, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

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Published October 11, 2012 3:07 pm

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Last night, October 10, the Spartans hosted the DMACC Bears and lost the match in three games, 15-25, 19-25, and 18-25. The Bears, ranked 12th, are one of three teams in Southwestern’s conference ranked nationally. Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "DMACC is a great team.  We struggled tonight on serve receive but did have some bright points with our hitting.  Hopefully we are going to bounce back because we have a tough weekend ahead of us."

Tonight, the Spartans will host Wentworth Community College at 6:30 p.m. They will then head to Boone tomorrow, October 12, to play four games in weekend tournament hosted by DMACC.

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Published October 10, 2012 5:42 pm

The SWCC Education Foundation hosted a breakfast for SWCC retirees on Wed., October 10, 2012, in the Student Center. Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and administrative cabinet members talked to the retirees about current happenings at the college, as well as offered them a summary of tornado recovery.  They dined on breakfast from the Spartan Cafe.

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Published October 10, 2012 4:48 pm

schroeder rita ForWeb 0478The Southwestern Community College athletics department has announced the college's volleyball court will be named "Rita Schroeder Volleyball Court," in honor of the Spartans' long-time SWCC volleyball coach. The court insignia will be unveiled in a ceremony prior to the Spartans' Wed., October 24, 6:30 p.m. volleyball match against Grand View JV.  The game, which is the last home game of the season, is also Parents’ Night for the team.

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Published October 10, 2012 2:13 pm

schroeder rita ForWeb 0478OCTOBER 10, 2012—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) athletics department has announced the college’s volleyball court will be named “Rita Schroeder Volleyball Court,” in honor of the Spartans’ long-time SWCC volleyball coach.  The court insignia will be unveiled in a ceremony prior to the Spartans’ Wed., October 24, 6:30 p.m. volleyball match against Grand View JV.  The game, which is the last home game of the season, is also Parents’ Night for the team.

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Published October 9, 2012 9:22 am

SpartanHeadThe SWCC women's basketball team is holding a fundraiser for the 2012-13 season. In addition to selling athletic apparel, the team has started a booster club. Please look at the booster club information and consider supporting this year's Spartans. We have recruited seven freshman, in addition to the return of three high-quality sophomores, and look forward to continuing to build a program of excellence in the classroom, in the community, and on the court!

With regards to the athletic apparel we are selling, please understand that the SWCC logo (or "S" with Spartan helmet) will be used on all apparel rather than the Spartan head you will see on the attached document.

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Published October 8, 2012 10:52 am

To help kick off the on-campus weekend activities for the Spartan athletic alumni, the Spartan volleyball team hosted Graceland JV on Friday, October 5. The Spartans won the match in three games, 25-9, 25-15, 29-27.

Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a good match for us tonight.  We started out strong the first two games.  We were able to bring a lot of players in tonight to play in the 3rd game and for me it is always fun to see those girls compete at a high level.  This win was a total team effort."

The Spartans will play again on Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30 p.m. when they will host the DMACC Bears.

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Published October 8, 2012 10:12 am

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Cedar Rapids-  The Spartan harriers were on top of their game at the Lamb KoHawk Invitational in Cedar Rapids this past weekend.  On a cool, crisp, and windy morning, 12 Spartan runners set all time personal records in the 8K for men and the 6k for women.  Spartan Assistant Cross Country Coach Cari Stalker said, "This was a great day for our runners.  The weather was windy and cold, yet we ran some incredible times on a challenging course." 

Leading the way for the men were Gage Beers, freshman from Osceola, and Auston Carter, freshman from Coon Rapids.  Stalker said it was a battle to the end with Carter edging Beers to finish 20th. Four Spartan men ran the 8k in less than 29 minutes to finish fifth overall.

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