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Published June 11, 2012 8:06 am

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Larry Mason is how Head Coach Mike Holmes defines a point guard.  Competitive, unselfish, and cautious with the basketball are all traits in the ideal Spartan point guard.  Mason demonstrated these traits as he helped guide his Des Moines Roosevelt team to the Sub-state Final before bowing out to #1 ranked Ankeny.  Mason managed a rare feat for point guards as he enjoyed a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio in his senior season—a benchmark to which all point guards aspire.  Holmes said, “What I liked most when I watched Larry was that he was always mentally in the game, whether the score was close or there was a double-digit difference.  I love his competitive drive.”  Mason completes a small incoming class of three for Southwestern, and will join nine returners for the 2012-13 campaign.

Published June 8, 2012 8:29 am

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Southwestern Community College has gained two more athletes for its 2012-13 Spartan volleyball roster.  Serena Yong (shown above signing with the Spartans) is SWCC's newest volleyball signee. 

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Published June 8, 2012 7:55 am

During the past few weeks, Southwestern Community College has added a number of athletes to the 2012-13 track and field program.  Kasi Simpson (shown above at left) and Molly Schimp (shown above at right) from Hampton-Dumont are two of the recent recruits. 

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Published June 7, 2012 7:59 am


Konnor Griffith, a smooth-swinging lefty from Cedar Rapids, will be joining the women's golf team at Southwestern for next season.  Griffith is a graduate of Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and brings some success on her golf resume.  Griffith was a honorable mention all-Metro performer as well as honorable mention in the Mississippi Valley conference.  Griffith continues to see huge improvements in her game, and was named her team's most improved golfer.  Southwestern was able to pluck Griffith from Kirkwood Eagles' territory because Griffith loved the Southwestern campus and wanted to continue her golf career as a Spartan.  She plans to pursue her Associate of Arts degree at Southwestern, and is undecided what she will pursue as a career.  Griffith will bring solid skill off the tee, as well as a soft touch on the greens to the golf team in 2012-13. 

Published June 5, 2012 8:36 am

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Brei Theisen, a 2012 graduate of Alton High School in Alton, IL, will be joining Southwestern Community College's new track and field program for the 2012-13 school year.  Theisen specializes in sprints and hurdles.  One of Theisen's fondest high school track memories was making it to Nationals for AAU her junior year.  Theisen (at right) is pictured above with SWCC coach Melissa Blessington.

Published June 5, 2012 8:28 am

TrackRecruits 2012

Welcome to SWCC!  Here are some of the college's latest track and field recruits.  We can't wait to have you on campus.

Front row (L to R) - Kristin Klocksiem, Tereny Thonson, Nicolas Bacus, and Rayvonne Brown.  Back Row - Peggy Klocksiem, Kristin's mom; Cathy Titus, Tereny's mom; and Crystal Brown, Nicolas' mom

For more information on SWCC's new track and field program, which is starting this fall, visit

Published May 29, 2012 2:39 pm

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Following the Spartan’s record-breaking softball season, head softball coach Lindsay Stumpff (pictured at right), and assistant coach Jamie Dardis were named the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the Midwest. Stumpff and Dardis led the Spartans to the NJCAA Region XI tournament, winning their first three games to advance to the championship game. There, the Spartans ended their season 43-21. Stumpff and Dardis are now eligible for the National Coaching Staff of the Year, which will be announced in June.

Read the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announcement.

Published May 25, 2012 1:32 pm


Mark your calendars! SWCC Nights at two area speedways will be held during the month of June.  Clarke County Speedway Night will be held on Sat., June 16, 2012, and the Adams County Speedway Night will be held on Sat., June 23, 2012. 

The Clarke County Speedway is located at 2495 Highway 34 (on the north side of Highway 34) just east of Osceola.   Pits open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., and racing begins at 7 p.m.

The Adams County Speedway is located at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Corning.  The fairgrounds are located one mile north of Highway 34 on Highway 148, then east on 12th Street.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and the races begin at 7 p.m.  The Adams County Speedway's 2012 schedule kicked off on April 21 and continues each Saturday night through September 22.

Published May 24, 2012 9:45 am

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Reggie Perrin of Corning has seen some success as a high school golfer.  Perrin qualified for state with his Corning teammates last season as a junior, then missed the individual state cut by only one stroke this year.  Perrin will now bring his skills to Southwestern’s golf program. 

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Published May 23, 2012 9:21 am

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Dr. Jane Bradley, Southwestern Community College’s associate vice president of instruction, poses with Governor Terry Branstad at the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Co-Chairs Reception on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. The reception was a prelude to the Iowa Statewide STEM Summit that took place on Tues., May 15. Southwestern was recently selected as one of six regional network hubs to promote STEM education and economic development across Iowa. The college is actively seeking a dynamic person to fill the position of STEM hub manager. This person will serve as an advocate for public schools, colleges, universities, business and industry to facilitate the STEM efforts in southwest Iowa. STEM areas include science, technology, engineering and math.