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Published January 7, 2013 8:15 am

Spring semester starts January 14!  Register now for spring 2013 classes.  To view, the entire schedule of classes visit the Class Schedule page.  If you are considering online classes, learn more at Distance Education.

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Published December 19, 2012 10:40 am

Means Rochelle ForWebCreston, IA—Rochelle Means, East Union High School senior, will be a member of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) volleyball team starting with the 2013-14 academic year.  

Means, a four-sport athlete at East Union, has been the starting setter for the Eagles since her freshman year.  She has helped lead her team to two state tournament appearances and multiple conference championships.  She was a 2011 Third Team All-State athlete and has been named to Pride of Iowa all conference teams numerous times.  Means was a unanimous first team choice in 2012 and has been an all-district selection. 

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Published December 19, 2012 9:44 am

December 18, 2012, CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced as of today, Steve Tussey of Orient will be the interim head coach for the Spartans’ women’s basketball team.  Tussey succeeds Brett Gilcrist, who has been head coach for the Spartans since 2010.  Earlier this week, Gilcrist cited personal reasons for leaving in his letter of resignation.  

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Published December 18, 2012 4:45 pm

In a final non-conference contest before break, Southwestern was not efficient enough with the ball to grind out a win against Southeast Nebraska, dropping a 62-58 contest.  Southwestern led most of the first half behind solid play in the middle of the press by Patrick Wright, but turnovers hurt the Spartans throughout the contest, leading to run-outs by the Storm, who trailed 31-29 at the half. 

The second half went back and forth, with Southwestern getting key contributions from Wright and Devin Kastrup.  Trailing 60-58 with under a minute, the Spartans tried a special against the Southeast zone, but a challenged lay-up did not fall, and Southwestern was forced to foul.  Southeast made both free throws to put the game out of reach. 

The Spartans return to action January 5 at Graceland.  Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.

Published December 18, 2012 9:05 am

CateyaPhipps StudentSenateFor the third year in a row, Southwestern Community College's Student Senate has adopted a family for the holidays through the Rural Iowa Crisis Center.  The group's donation of gifts and food were delivered to the Rural Iowa Crisis Center on Mon., December 17.  The donation for the group's adopted family was worth more than $200. 

The Rural Iowa Crisis Center provides safety and support services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Adams, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties in southwest Iowa.

Pictured at right is Student Senate member Cateya Phipps delivering the items.

Published December 14, 2012 8:22 am

Thursday night the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team played its final game of the first semester. Traveling to McPherson College in Kansas, the Spartans found themselves in another tight game but failed to get enough stops on their defensive end as they fell 58-51.

The game opened well for both teams offensively as hot outside shooting kept both teams even. Unfortunately, the fatigue from a long week for the Spartans reared itself early as low energy kept Southwestern from ever really affecting McPherson’s offensive rhythm. Early foul trouble also left SWCC without its starting center and left them exposed to easy post touches and offensive rebounds. Nonetheless, the Spartans were able to minimize the bleeding as they went into halftime down six.

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Published December 13, 2012 2:41 pm

UglySweaterWinners 2012

The 2012 SWCC Ugly Sweater Contest was held Thurs., December 13, at noon in the Student Center.  There was a three-way tie for first place.  Shown above are contest winners (L to R) Megan Doubleday, John Doyle, and Tracy Kelley.  For more photos from the Ugly Sweater Contest visit SWCC's Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

NOTE:  Do not take offense if the sweater you are wearing today resembles one of the Ugly Sweater Contest winners.  It's all in how you wear it!

Published December 13, 2012 10:27 am

A day after losing their conference opener by five points, the Southwestern women’s basketball team traveled to Wichita, KS, on December 12, 2012, to play Friends University. Unfortunately, another climactic ending went against the Spartans as they fell to Friends JV 64-55.

The game opened well for the Spartans before a five-minute lull early in the first half pushed them down by as many as 11 points. Behind steady ball-handling and decision-making, however, SWCC continued to find open shooters while their 2-3 zone forced Friends to take several contested outside shots. After going into the break tied 30-30, the Spartans came out on the offensive early in the second half. Led by energy plays by sophomore Kaley Folkerts, freshman Miranda Williams, and freshman Jaraylia Knight, Southwestern appeared to seize control of the game as they maintained an eight-point lead through the first 15 minutes of the second half. Like Tuesday night, sadly, the Spartans would not be able to execute down the stretch as they watched Friends JV fight back with hot three-point shooting, a relentless attack on the offensive glass, and consistently increasing ball pressure on defense. SWCC would struggle with turnovers yet again while also missing shots that had found nothing but net for most of the night.

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Published December 12, 2012 9:29 am

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Tuesday night, the Southwestern women’s basketball team played their first game of the conference season at home against Iowa Lakes Community College. After fighting for a majority of the game to get the win, the Spartans fell to the Lakers 60-55.

Southwestern and Iowa Lakes both opened the game with hot shooting and inconsistent defensive efforts. However, midway through the first half the Lakers went on a run, extending their lead to as many as 11 points. The Spartans fought hard to stay in the game, pulling as close as five before a halftime buzzer beater extended the Laker lead to eight. Coming out of the break, Southwestern relied strictly on man defense to get them back in the game. Finally, with just over three minutes to go in the game, the Spartans tied the game 51-51. Unfortunately, costly turnovers and missed free throws hurt SWCC’s chances of taking the lead. Credit Iowa Lakes for making clutch free throws themselves as they closed the game on a 9-4 run to seize control.

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Published December 12, 2012 9:03 am

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Southwestern will only play one conference game prior to the winter break—they are off to a good start, capturing an opening-round win against talented Iowa Lakes, 51-43. Southwestern attempted to control the tempo in the game, slowing down Iowa Lakes' transition attack. Key plays from Marquealis Edwards gave the Spartans a 23-16 half-time lead. The lead would deviate from as many as 13 down to two at one stage late in the second half, with Devin Kastrup hitting a big three-point shot midway through the second frame, and Marcus Littleton connecting on a crucial field goal with just under two minutes to play to give the Spartans a seven-point cushion. Down the stretch, free throws from Edwards, Patrick Wright, and Delby Halcomb sealed it for the Spartans.

Southwestern next plays Saturday at home against Southeast Nebraska. Tip-off is 3 p.m.