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Published October 26, 2011 8:10 am

Southwestern Community College women's volleyball team was on the road Tuesday against Ellsworth Community College. The Spartans lost the match in three sets with scores of 16-25, 23-25, and 21-25. Leaders in categories were Megan Simms and Blake Sullivan with seven kills, followed by Josey Ellis and Samantha Weed each with six. Mariah Kruse led in digs with 27 followed by Ellis with 15. Katelyn Coyle led in assists with 28 and also had two aces for the team.

The Spartans last match will be at home on Thursday, October 27 against Grand View JV.

Published October 25, 2011 8:16 am

Saturday morning, the Spartans suffered a loss they weren’t prepared to deal with. Freshman Hannah Sneed, from Council Bluffs St. Albert, intercepted a pass against College of Saint Mary only to feel her foot “pop” while attempting to turn up-court. After seeing the doctor yesterday, it was discovered that Sneed had broken her foot. The doctors have set a six-week recovery period before she can return to action. Coach Gilcrist commented, “Hannah is one of the most intense competitors we have on this team. We will miss her skill level certainly, but her on-court communication may be even more important to our team. These next six weeks will challenge our depth, but it will also provide opportunities for other players to step into new roles. Furthermore, when Hannah does come back it will just before our conference season begins so it will be a nice mid-season addition. We will support Hannah through this difficult recovery and look forward to having her join the team again as soon as possible.”

Published October 24, 2011 5:15 pm

Southwestern Community College is hosting the Region XI Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 28, 2011, on the college’s Creston campus.  Starting time is 10 a.m. with the women running first.  The men will follow 15 minutes after the end of the women’s event.  Eight Iowa community college teams will be participating, including DMACC, Indian Hills, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Iowa Western, Marshalltown, NIACC, and SWCC.

There will be a dinner and awards ceremony for the athletes and their coaches in room 180 of the Instructional Center approximately one hour following the men’s race.

Published October 24, 2011 1:44 pm

After opening up the exhibition season with two games Wednesday night, the long jaunt continued for the Spartans Women's Basketball Program this weekend. Three games in two days (in three different cities) tested the determination and courage of all the players. The ladies opened up play Friday night at Doane College in Crete, NE. Facing a senior-laden lineup, the Spartans struggled to maintain their composure against the stifling press Doane played most of the game. Missed layups and free throws kept Southwestern from staying in the game as well. Offensively, however, Coaches Brett Gilcrist and Amanda Dahlseng were encouraged by the number of open shot opportunities the ladies created for themselves. Defensively, the Spartans were forced to play a 2-3 zone much of the game due to mismatch problems inside; the coaches were excited about how well the girls played considering how little the team has practiced the zone. The game was defined by the following box score: the Spartans turned the ball over 28 times and only managed to collect 16 rebounds. The Spartans were balanced offensively, led by sophomore Kristine Smith (transfer from Ellsworth CC) who scored 12 points, followed by freshman Alyssa Lockhart with 10 points and sophomore Heylee Horn with nine points. Smith and freshman Brittany Clark led the Spartans with four rebounds apiece, while freshman Jamee Miner collected nine steals on the night.

Published October 24, 2011 10:30 am

Southwestern went 1-3 this weekend at the Cross Conference Volleyball Tournament. On Friday, the Spartans went 1-1. NIACC was the first opponent for the Spartans and they lost the match in four sets. The scores of the games were 26-24, 12-25, 18-25, and 23-25.Category leaders were Megan Simms with 10 kills, followed by Blake Sullivan with eight. Amber Thomas had three blocks in the match. Katelyn Coyle led the team in assists with 29 and also had two ace serves. In digs, Mariah Kruse led with 17, followed by Kaley Folkerts with 15 and Josey Ellis with 14.

Published October 24, 2011 9:37 am

The Spartan women’s basketball program is pleased to announce the following schedule change: Tuesday’s final exhibition game against Graceland University has been moved to the Creston campus. The game will be played at 6 p.m.

Spartan Head Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, “I cannot begin to explain how excited I am for the opportunity to host an exhibition game on our own campus! Although our girls have played five games now, playing at home is something they have not experienced. Our first home game is November 1. This schedule change affords us the opportunity to prepare for that event in a way we otherwise could not have prepped. That being said, we need fans! Our girls need to see what it is like to play in front of a home crowd before November begins. Please come support your Spartan women’s basketball team!”

Published October 20, 2011 2:00 pm


The Spartans took on Southeast Community College from Nebraska in a exciting five game match on Wed., October 19. While it didn’t go the way the Spartans wanted it to, they put up quite a fight with the first game ending 21-25. After that, the momentum fluctuated between the teams, with scores of 25-22, 25-15, 13-25, and 12-15.

Katelyn Coyle was the leader in assists ending the night with 34. With aces, Amber Thomas finished the night with three. Josey Ellis was the go-to-girl for kills ending with 12, while Samantha Weed and Blake Sullivan both finished with eight. Libero, Mariah Kruse wrapped up the night with 20, while Ellis was close behind with 15.

The Spartans next game will be Tues., October 25, at Iowa Falls against Ellsworth.

Published October 20, 2011 1:55 pm

The Southwestern Women's Basketball Team opened its exhibition season last night with two games at Midland University. After making the two-hour drive to Fremont, NE, the Spartans first faced the Storm from Southeast Community College in Nebraska. The game featured two guard-heavy lineups where transition offense was a constant threat. Although shooting was poor for both teams, dribble penetration allowed both sides to get good looks at the rim throughout the game. Undersized and undermanned (Southeast had two post players standing 6'0" or taller and rotated ten girls in the lineup), the ultimate detriment to the Southwestern attack was their inability to win rebounding battles and handle defensive pressure. Down four at halftime (14-18), the Spartans looked to be right in the game. Unfortunately, Southeast opened the second half on a 6-0 run and never looked back (Final score: SWCC 23, SECC 38). The Spartans were led offensively by Jamee Miner, a freshman from Omaha, NE, who scored 11 points (to go along with a team-leading three steals). Brittany Clark, also a freshman from Omaha, did her part by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with her five points.

Published October 20, 2011 1:53 pm

After a lot of sweat and heartache, the Spartans Women's Basketball Team found out that they would be losing one of their players for the upcoming season. Kylee Loftus, a freshman from Logan-Magnolia, informed the coaches Tuesday night that she would no longer be with the team. Coach Gilcrist commented, "We are sad that Kylee has decided to leave the program but we understand her decision. Kylee is very close with her family in Logan and that separation has been difficult for her. Also, she has very significant academic aspirations and she felt like the schedule required of a college student-athlete was not in her best interests in the classroom. We will support Kylee throughout her stay here at SWCC and help her continue to provide the best future for herself possible." Kylee's departure leaves the Spartans with nine players for the upcoming season. Asked if he would look to make any additions, Coach Gilcrist added, "Coach Dahlseng and I recognize that we will be short-handed and under-sized at times this season, but we could not be happier with the developing team chemistry of this group. We are excited about the commitment the current roster has shown to us and to Southwestern and we want to give them that support right back."

Published October 20, 2011 1:39 pm

harmsen_ryan_IMG_4089Coach Gilcrist announced the addition of his team manager Tuesday night during the season's opening press day. Ryan Harmsen, a sophomore from Osceola, will join Gilcrist and Dahlseng on the bench throughout this season. Harmsen will not only be responsible for video-taping and stat-keeping, but he will also be asked to assist with practice organization and other administrative duties necessary for the program to succeed. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about the addition, "Ryan is one of the most genuine people I know at SWCC. Having coached him last year in baseball, I know the enthusiasm and energy Ryan exhibits every single day. He will work hard for us no matter what is asked of him, and he will set that example for our girls while still having fun." Harmsen began his duties with the team a few weeks ago and will continue with the program throughout the season.