College News

Published November 16, 2011 3:21 pm

CRESTON —The fall 2011 semester brought additional course options for Southwestern Community College students who are interested in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, security, private investigation, etc.  The college now has an associate of arts transfer plan for criminal justice majors.

With this criminal justice degree plan in place, SWCC is offering the following new courses:  introduction to criminal justice, criminal law, criminology, constitutional law, introduction to computer forensics, and juvenile delinquency.  In addition, the college has sociology and psychology courses in place that will complement the student’s academic plan.  The criminal justice courses will be offered on the Creston campus, as well as the Osceola Center.

Published November 15, 2011 11:50 am

Southwestern Community College battled with William Penn JV on the road last night in Oskaloosa. In a game that featured poor shooting and offensive execution in the first half, neither team failed to provide drama and excitement in the second half. After falling behind 21-17 in the first half, Southwestern stormed back to score 40 points in the second half on 15 of 26 shooting (58 percent) to put the Spartans on top at the final buzzer, 57-56. While fighting a deficit that reached as high as 11 points, the Spartan backcourt of Freshman Jamee Miner and Sophomore Kristine Smith brought the team back. The duo combined for 49 of the team’s points, led by Smith’s 25 points on 10 of 17 (59 percent) from the field. The real momentum, however, began to sway when the Spartans switched to a box-and-one zone defense that neutralized the hot shooter from William Penn and allowed Southwestern to attack the glass. Southwestern was led in rebounding by Freshman Brittany Clark who had 13 and Sophomore Amber Thomas who collected 12. The Spartans set a season-low with 11 turnovers, while setting season-highs in rebounding (42), assists (eight), and blocks (six).

Published November 15, 2011 11:41 am


After driving four hours on a Monday road trip, Southwestern came out of the blocks sluggish against Northwestern Monday night in Orange City.  The Spartans trailed 10-0 out of the gate, but went on an 11-0 run of their own to balance the ledger in the early going of the first half.  Behind a balanced attack led by Marcus Littleton (pictured) and Delby Halcomb, the Spartans were able to take a 43-39 advantage into the locker room at half.  The second half saw Southwestern keep a bulge on the Raiders, but it was never comfortable.  A big basket by Devin Kastrup as the shot clock expired late in the second half gave the Spartans a sound eight-point lead with 3 minutes to play.  Northwestern kept fighting, and got the margin to six, but Patrick Wright chipped in 5 free throws down the stretch to ice the game for the Spartans, 77-72. 

Southwestern moves to 3-1 on the year and next host Clinton in a conference battle Saturday at 2 p.m. in Creston.

Published November 14, 2011 9:06 am

Edwards_Marquealis_IMG_4002The Southwestern men seemed to be on their way to a third consecutive win, riding an active press-break attack en route to a 43-29 halftime lead on the road at North Central Missouri.  The Pirates, however, came storming back out of the locker room, converting some Spartan turnovers and big three-point goals to trim the gap in a matter of minutes.

Southwestern eventually stemmed the tide to force a 58-58 tie just over halfway through the second half. North Central Missouri continued to be the aggressor down the stretch and took advantage of Southwestern defensive mistakes to pull out the 78-69 win.  Coach Mike Holmes said, "It was simple for us--we made too many mental mistakes defensively to win.  Physically we were trying, but our communication was not good and we went to sleep in far too many possessions to win.  Concentration on our defensive rules will be our primary focus in the upcoming week."

Southwestern plays Monday night at Northwestern College in Orange City at 7 p.m.

Pictured: Freshman Marquealis Edwards led Southwestern last Friday in points, assists, and rebounds at North Central Missouri.


Published November 14, 2011 8:44 am

On Friday night, the Lady Spartans traveled down to North Central Missouri College to face the Pirates. The game was ultimately defined by the first five minutes of play wherein Southwestern was held scoreless as North Central opened up a double-digit advantage. Coach Gilcrist commented, “Coming into the game, we knew they liked to feed the ball inside and really let their post players work. Unfortunately, it took us too long to recognize the urgency with which we needed to start closing out their shooters.”

Published November 14, 2011 8:18 am


Saturday afternoon the Southwestern Women’s Basketball team faced its toughest test of this young season. They played preseason #4 (fifth place tournament finisher from a year ago) Johnson County Community College. Knowing the quality of depth and athleticism they would have, Coach Gilcrist said, “We knew for us to be competitive, we had to force them to take outside shots and we had to rebound. We also understood the importance of taking care of the ball.”

Published November 11, 2011 9:00 pm


The Spartans of Southwestern Community College (SWCC) have signed their first recruit for the 2012 volleyball campaign.  SWCC Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington headed to Williamsburg, in eastern Iowa, to find Lilia Lower, a 6’2” middle hitter, who will head to SWCC in fall 2012.

Lower has been a middle hitter for the Iowa Rockets Club team in Iowa City.  Blessington is excited about what she will bring to SWCC’s volleyball program.  “Lily is going to be a huge asset for us at Southwestern, because she's a great blocker,” Blessington explained.  “She's very enthusiastic about volleyball and we are thrilled she will be a Spartan next year.”

Published November 11, 2011 8:21 am


Wednesday evening, the Spartan men took on the William Penn Statesmen at home. The Spartans started off strong with a combination of a few quick steals and fast break points. They continued to extend their lead throughout the first half with patient ball handling, looking for good high percentage shots, as well holding William Penn at bay on their end of the court. The Spartans had an 11 point lead going into halftime, giving them a comfortable margin to start the second half. Marquealis Edwards stole the show in the second half, ending the night with 26 points. At the end of the game, the final score was 66-58.

Published November 10, 2011 8:23 pm


On Wednesday evening the Spartan women took the court against William Penn University JV. After taking an early lead, the Spartans fought through the first half to hold that lead and went into the break up by three (30-27). The start of the second half, the Spartans found themselves battling a much more aggressive William Penn team. The Statesmen, who relied heavily on the three-point shot early, started to create mismatch problems for the Spartans by moving the ball in and out the rest of the game. Early foul trouble by the Southwestern point guard, Jamee Miner, forced the Spartans to play much of the game with several players out of position and in unfamiliar roles. The Spartans soon found themselves struggling to hold onto the lead and having little luck in regaining any momentum. Final score for the game was 60-65 in favor of the Statesmen.

Published November 9, 2011 5:24 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 8, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for renewal of a tower land lease with Electronic Engineering. The tower is located on SWCC’s Creston campus. The current land lease expired spring 2011. No written or oral objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board voted to approve the new lease as presented. The land lease will run June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, and is for $500 per month.