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Published January 23, 2013 8:23 am

In a rare game where Southwestern enjoyed greater size than its opponent, the Spartans took advantage of the interior to defeat a game William Penn team, 84-66. The Statesmen set an early tone in the game, racing to a 20-11 advantage on several three-point goals.  Southwestern used a time out to adjust, and some key defensive plays by Marquealis Edwards and Delby Halcomb sparked an energetic run for Southwestern, who took a 47-31 lead into the half.  In the second half, interior feeds to Jack Harrison and Devin Kastrup kept the offensive output moving forward, and the Spartans were able to slow down the Statesmen sharp-shooters for the eventual final margin.

Southwestern next plays at home Saturday against Kirkwood. The teams are tied for third currently in the ICCAC. Tip-off follows the women’s game at approximately 3 p.m.

Published January 22, 2013 5:08 pm

The men and women on the track and field teams made history on Saturday by being the first Spartans to ever run in a track and field meet representing Southwestern as a varsity sport.

Coach Bill Huntington said, "This is something that we have talked to the athletes about since we first started practice. This season is the cornerstone on which this program will be built. In 30 or 40 years they can look back on this day and say, I was a part of starting something very special."

The Spartan ladies got the inaugural meet off to a great start when Kalli McCann and Regina Hafner finished sixth and 19th in the 3000 meter run.

The women continued their success through the day as Mariah Kruse won her heat in the 400 and posted a solid time in the 60 meter dash.

The Spartan men did not let this day go by without making an impact as well.  Rayvonne Brown and Joe Bierl turned in two outstanding times (1:16.40 and 1:19) in the 600y run with Brown just missing the qualifying time for the indoor national championships by 17 hundredths of a second.  Dave Prchal led the Spartan distance runners posting a 10:13 in the 3000.

Men's Results Women's Results

Published January 21, 2013 10:41 am

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In a contrast of styles, Southwestern and its ball possession offense traveled to high-scoring North Iowa Area Saturday in an ICCAC battle.  In a grind-it-out style of game, the Spartans came away with a hard-fought 59-56 win.  Southwestern was able to gain control late in the first half, sparked by key defensive plays from Patrick Wright and Marquealis Edwards.  The Spartans led 28-23 going into the locker room at half.  The Trojans slowly trimmed away the lead, tying the game at 37-37 with 11 minutes to play.  The game went back and forth at that point until the three minute mark when Edwards made a key lay-up to put the Spartans up 53-50.  NIACC answered by making a field goal in their next possession, then, after turning it over, the Spartans made a defensive stop and Jack Harrison was fouled.  Harrison made both free throws to go up 55-52, but the Trojans connected on a basket to trim the lead to one.  Southwestern could not run out the clock at that point, and Devin Kastrup (pictured) connected on a three-point goal from the corner with 17 seconds to play to give the Spartans a 58-54 advantage.  Again, NIACC scored near the end of regulation and fouled Edwards with two seconds remaining.  Edwards made one for the final margin of 59-56. 

Southwestern next plays at home tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 22, against William Penn.  Tip-off is 7 p.m.


Published January 21, 2013 10:30 am

The Spartans traveled to Mason City and lost to NIACC 36-63. Tough full-court pressure and a trapping 2-3 zone by the Panthers kept the tempo at a fast pace. The Spartans broke the pressure early for some easy baskets but the constant pressure took its toll as the game went on.  Kourtni Stumpf was high scorer with 11 points and also added six rebounds.  Jamee Miner chipped in nine points.  Brittany Clark led the rebounding with 10 and Morgan Knorr was next with seven. 

The Spartans play next on Wednesday, January 23, when they travel to Marshalltown.

Published January 21, 2013 8:10 am

MLKdayToday, January 21, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., come to room 220 of the Instructional Center to view videos documenting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his service and dedication to equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all. He taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be and with his leadership our nation made great strides toward increased civil rights.

King believed we should all serve each other, not making this holiday a “day off, but as a day on” of serving others.

Volunteer to go with a group of SWCC students from 1-3 p.m. Monday to Crest Haven nursing home to visit with the residents, maybe read to them, paint their nails, or just give them someone to talk with. Transportation will be provided to nursing home.

Questions may be directed to Tracey Evans, student activities coordinator.

Published January 18, 2013 10:41 am

Cancer-Awareness-shirtWomen’s Basketball Game vs. DMACC
Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
(Men’s game follows at 7:30 p.m.)
Southwestern Community College
Student Center Gymnasium

The Spartans’ women’s basketball team is hosting Greater Regional Cancer Awareness Night on Wed., February 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center gymnasium.  During the event, the Spartans will face the DMACC Bears. 

Purchase your event T-shirt NOW!

In conjunction with the event, the team will be selling cancer awareness T-shirts (see photo at right) and tickets for raffle baskets.  To order T-shirts online, complete this order form. (Online Registration Closed)

Published January 17, 2013 3:52 pm

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Ron “Fox” Clinton will be inducted into the Southwestern Community College Athletic Hall of Fame on Sat., March 2, 2013, during the SWCC vs. Iowa Central Community College basketball games. Clinton will be the first-ever inductee into the Southwestern Athletic Hall of Fame. The women’s game tips off at 1 p.m. and the men’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Hall of Fame presentation will take place just prior to the men’s 3 p.m. tip-off. Clinton was a long-time coach and athletic director for the Spartans.

Published January 17, 2013 2:19 pm

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The Southwestern women’s golf program announced today it had signed Shelby Williams, a standout golfer from Adair-Casey High School, to play for the team in the 2013-14 season.  Williams is an active athlete in her senior season, playing golf and basketball.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and FFA.  Williams chose Southwestern because of the small campus, the academic programs, and the golf program.  She considers her ball striking to be the strength of her game, and wants to continue to work on her short game this year and throughout the summer.

Published January 17, 2013 1:29 pm

auto raffle IMG 1274The Automotive Club raised a total of $1,456 for the automotive club through their raffle drawings held at the end of fall 2012 semester. The club will use this money for a scholarship, a field trip to the Kansas City Harley Davidson factory and Topeka Drag Races, and the Skills USA competition, as well as a donation to a needy cause undetermined at this time.

There were 37 students selling tickets and 10 students each sold more than 50 tickets. The top salesman was Colton Nelson, who sold 341 tickets and received a donation from Charlie Brown Auto Salvage for $100. Nelson is a second year automotive student from Osceola.

Congratulations to the automotive club raffle winners:
1st place - Justin Brown
2nd place - Denny Loudon
3rd place - Karl Olson
4th place - Gary Davis
5th place - Salvador Aguilera
6th place - Mary Adams

Published January 17, 2013 9:44 am

(CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Jan. 17, 2013) The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is looking for excellent STEM programs to be offered to Iowa’s PreK-12 students by announcing the launch of the 2013-14 STEM Scale-Up Program Request for Proposal (RFP). The purpose of the application is to identify high-quality projects that have demonstrated success in increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and can be implemented in any size community across the state during the 2013-14 school year.

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