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Published September 24, 2012 8:47 am

The Southwestern Spartan cross country runners continued to show the signs of teams on the rise after their performances at the Les Duke Invitational at Grinnell College. After coming off of two very strong performances at the Waubonsee Invitational the Spartan Men and Women took the huge jump in competition in stride and ran some fantastic times at the "Duke."

Leading the way for the Spartan men was Dave Prchal (Omaha, NE) as he paced the team to a top 13 finish. Out front for the 24th ranked Spartan Women, was Kalli McCann (Osceola, IA) finishing 39th in a time of 25:02 over the tough 6K course. Coach Huntington was very excited with the results on Saturday. "We came into this meet a little sore and tired after a week of strong training after the incredible finishes at Waubonsee. We knew we had to bring our game to Les Duke given all of the great teams that were going to be there and we ran very well. Dave and Kalli ran especially well leading our squads."

For complete results follow the links on the Spartan cross country schedule page.




Published September 24, 2012 8:35 am

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Coming off of a six match winning streak, the Spartans headed to Indianola on Saturday, September 22, and won the Simpson College Invitational Tournament going 3-1. The winning streak came to an end with their first match, vs Coe College JV, but the Spartans’ three wins were enough to earn them the tournament title.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “Our team was very excited to win this tournament. Even though the tournament was set up so that we faced the same two teams it was still three good wins for us. I was proud our team was able to come back and get the win over Coe after dropping the first match against them. We saw Simpson earlier in the week as well and it is really hard to beat a team twice let alone three times. We had good production out of our bench. Serena Yong came in after Ashley Strong was hurt diving for a ball and did a great job for us in the back row. Morgan Roecker played the front row for Strong and did a great job at the net for us.”

The Spartans are now 13-6 overall. The team will travel to Des Moines tonight, Monday, September 24, to play Grand View University JV at 7 p.m.

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Published September 21, 2012 10:06 am

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Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds was on campus Wed., September 19, 2012, for a STEM Conversations meeting in the Instructional Center at 1:30 p.m. Reynolds was accompanied by Ben Allen, president of the University of Northern Iowa. The two have been traveling the state educating the general public and answering questions about STEM.

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Published September 20, 2012 8:40 am

The Spartan volleyball team took to the road, Wednesday, September 19, with a winning streak of five matches. The Spartans made the four-hour trip to Estherville well worth their time, as they defeated the Iowa Lakes Lakers in five games, 25-13, 25-22, 17-25, 21-25, and 15-10. Alex Duffy and Mel Mangrum led the team in kills with 13 and 12, respectively. Jenna Casey and Lily Lower both led with six blocks each and Mangrum had five. Molly Schimp led with 36 assists. In digs Jacelle Neill had 34, Ashley Strong had 16, Schimp had 10, and Mariah Kruse had eight.  Katelyn Coyle was 15-16 on serving with three aces.

Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "It was another great win for our team. Our girls are understanding that they can't let down because the competition in our conference is always tough. We are still learning a lot and I know we are going to continue to keep getting better."

This win moves the Spartans to 2-0 in conference play, and 10-5 overall. The team will head to Simpson College on Saturday, September 22, for a weekend tournament. Go Spartans!

Published September 19, 2012 8:26 am

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Southwestern Community College extended their winning streak to five beating Simpson JV with scores of 25-16, 25-21, and 25-20 at home on Tuesday night.

Leading in kills for the Spartans was freshman Alex Duffy, who also led in aces with two. Freshmen Mel Mangrum and Ashley Strong (pictured) both had eight kills for the night. Leading in blocks was freshman Lily Lower with five, followed by freshman Jenna Casey three.  Lower was 11-11 with one ace for the night.  Leading in digs was libero Jacelle Neill with 22 and Mariah Kruse with seven. Molly Schimp led in assists with 32.

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Published September 13, 2012 1:25 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president for economic development, spoke to the board regarding the college’s five-year facilities plan, a requirement put in place two years ago by the Department of Education. Lesan explained the five-year facilities plan as an ever-changing document. He noted, for example, the plan includes upgrades to the classrooms in the Instructional Center spread over several years. According to Lesan, an estimate has been sought for a project that would consolidate several of these upgrades into one initiative at a cost of approximately $1.5 million. Work could begin as early as Spring Break 2013.

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Published September 13, 2012 8:56 am

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With the momentum of winning their last three matches, the Spartans hosted the Southeast Community College Blackhawks last night, September 12. The Spartans didn’t spend much time getting things done, as they downed the Blackhawks in three games, 25-20, 25-14, and 25-14. Ashley Strong led the team in kills with 12, followed by Mel Mangrum with nine. Jacelle Neill had a leading 20 digs and Molly Schimp led in assists with 30.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a great win for us tonight. It put us 1-0 in conference play.  We are currently on a four-game winning streak and hopefully the girls can continue to play as well as they have been.  We were able to get contributions from a lot of players tonight and everyone stepped up big."

The Spartans will play the Simpson JV team at home on Tuesday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Published September 12, 2012 3:47 pm

The Spartans hosted Ellsworth on Tuesday, September 11. After a back-and-forth five-game match, the Spartans won, 24-26, 25-8, 25-22, 18-25, and 15-9. Leading in kills was Alex Duffy with 16, followed by Mel Mangrum with 14. Mangrum also led in blocks with 10 followed by Molly Schimp with four and Lily Lower with three. Schimp also led in assists with 51. In digs Jacelle Neill led with 30 followed by Ashley Strong with 21 and Katelyn Coyle with 14.

Coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a great match for our girls, we really played very steady the whole match even when we were down we were still making great plays. I am very excited about our play the past three matches and pleased with how the team is developing."

The Spartans will play Southeastern CC tonight, September 12, at 6:30.

Published September 10, 2012 8:24 am

Southwestern went 2-2 this past weekend at the Highland Community College Tournament in Highland, KS. 

On Friday, the Spartans faced Highland CC and lost to them with scores of 18-25, 20-25, and 21-25.  Alex Duffy led in kills with eight, followed by Lily Lower with seven, Ashley Strong with six, and Mel Mangrum with five.  Leading in assists was Molly Schimp with 21.  In digs, Jacelle Neill led with 16, followed by Ashley Strong with 13, and Mariah Kruse with eight.
The second match of the day was against Kansas City Kansas CC, currently ranked in the top 20 in the country.  The scores of that match were 18-25, 16-25, and 10-25.  Schimp had 18 assists in the match, and Morgan Roecker had two solo blocks.  Duffy and Lower led in kills with six, followed by Strong with five.  Neill had eight digs and both Schimp and Strong had five.
After the games, SWCC Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "Both of these teams we faced today were very strong teams.  Highland had great ball control and set a very fast tempo offense.  KCKCC on the other hand had a lot of height in their front row and did a great job blocking.  It was good for our team to face opponents this good because it prepares us for our regional matches." 
On Saturday, the Spartans came up with two wins, beating Allen Community College with scores of 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 20-25, and 16-14.  Schimp led in assists with 54.  Lower served very well coming up with six aces.  Neill and Duffy had two aces each.  Neill led in digs with 40, Katelyn Colye had 14, and Strong had 16.  Mangrum had four blocks and led in kills with 19.  Duffy finished with 16 kills, Lower with 12, and Strong with 11.
The last match of the day was against Rend Lake College.  Southwestern won in three with scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-23.  Leading in kills was Duffy with 15, followed by Mangrum with 10, and Lower and Strong with six each.  Schimp had 32 assists.  Lower had four blocks and four aces.  Neill led in digs with 15, followed by Coyle with 12, and Strong with 10.
"We finished this tournament really well," Blessington stated.  "It was good to see our kids had the fight to come back the second day and really play two solid matches.  Allen County was a good test for us because we lost the first game and it was good to see the team respond and come out in five games with a win." 

Blessington said this was the first match where the Spartans were able to really get the middle hitters going, which in turn opened things up for the team's outside hitters. 

Published September 7, 2012 1:34 pm

ArtDepartmentLogo ForWebThe SWCC Art Club will be holding its first meeting of the year on Wed., September 12, 2012, at 2 p.m., in the art room (room 511 of the Instructional Center).  Everyone who is interested in art is invited to attend.  You DON'T have to be an art major.  If you are interested in becoming involved but can't make it to the meeting, please contact Linda Dainty, SWCC art instructor.