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Published February 14, 2012 2:10 pm

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Creston, IOWA—Two great artists, The Four Freshmen, the legendary vocal jazz/instrumental ensemble, and Nancy King, a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 15th annual vocal jazz festival, now titled Fox Fest. Both artists will perform in concert on Friday, February 24, and Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.  

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Published February 13, 2012 11:41 am

AutomotiveShirts 2012The Automotive Club is selling hats, hoodies, stocking caps, and T-shirts with the SWCC automotive logo (see photos at right).  Costs follow: beanie (black), $14; hat (black with flame), $15; hoodie (black), $30; T-shirt (black, orange, pink, or purple), $16; stocking cap (orange), $14. Pink T-shirts will include the breast cancer symbol (ribbon) and for each T-shirt purchased, $2 will be donated to the breast cancer fund.

To order, please contact Sue Claiser, automotive parts clerk, at 641.782.1306 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orders are due by February 29, 2012.

Published February 13, 2012 10:09 am

CRESTON—Are you a high school senior looking for help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for college this fall?  If so, plan to attend the TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s ninth annual Dinner & a FAFSA Night.  

ETS student participants and their parents may set individual appointments at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) in Creston on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.  Appointments will be scheduled between 4 and 7 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.  Students are not required to attend SWCC to register for the event.

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Published February 13, 2012 9:17 am

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After falling to DMACC by 21 points a month ago, the Southwestern women’s basketball team traveled to Boone to see if they could keep the game closer in round two. Unfortunately, early turnovers proved costly as the Spartans fell down by 19 in the first half before ultimately losing by that margin, with a final score of 68-49. Southwestern was forced into 15 first half turnovers, in large part because of their inability to pass out of traps. DMACC pressed the Spartans much of the first 20 minutes, trapping the Spartans anytime the ball fell against the sideline or baseline. Coach Brett Gilcrist commented, “I told the team at halftime that although we were down almost 20, we actually played well in the first half. When we got the ball into the half-court, we did a good job of running our offense. Our goal coming out of halftime was to cut into the lead by taking better care of the ball and handling their pressure.”

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Published February 13, 2012 8:51 am

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Playing their most consistent basketball of the season, Southwestern hoped to go on the road Saturday and upset nationally-ranked DMACC.  For 36 minutes of game action, it looked possible.  With just less than four minutes to play, the score was tied 51-51.  The Bears took advantage of a foul on the next possession to go up 53-51.  The Spartans tried to answer, but a 15-footer by Delby Halcomb fell off the iron, and DMACC was able to convert again.  Forced into faster tempo, Southwestern could not bridge the gap and was forced to foul.  The Bears converted on their way to a 64-54 win. 

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Published February 9, 2012 2:17 pm


Southwestern Community College Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington was on the road again last week recruiting for the Spartans 2012 volleyball roster.

Morgan Roecker, a senior at AR-WE-VA High School in Westside, signed with the Spartans. Blessington is excited about the athleticism Roecker will bring to the team. “Morgan has great court awareness and knows how to terminate the ball,” Blessington stated.  “She will be a great offensive weapon for us because she can hit out of the middle and also out of the outside.” 

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Published February 9, 2012 1:29 pm

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Last night, the SWCC Spartans faced North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in a home court match-up.  The Spartans started off the game with a quick and steady lead. Midway through the first half, keeping the game fast paced and up tempo, they extended their lead to 14-4. The Spartans finished the first half with a solid 18-point lead, 48-30.

Only five minutes into the second half, NIACC had made a strong and fast comeback, out-scoring the Spartans 15 to 8. NIACC continued to work their way back slowly, but the Spartans regained their momentum and managed to keep a 10 point lead throughout the remainder of the second half. NIACC continued to keep the tempo up in an effort to make their comeback stick. Their numerous fouls, however, helped the Spartans keep their lead out of reach. The Spartans won with a final score of 90-77.

The Spartans next game will be this Saturday, February 11, against DMACC in Boone at 3 p.m. 

Published February 9, 2012 1:15 pm

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During last night's game vs. North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), the Spartans started off the game with a back and forth battle.  The girls went into halftime with a score of 24-29, NIACC. The second half looked much like the first, with both teams keeping it close. With five minutes left on the clock, the Spartan women were up by six, 54-49. The Spartans managed to keep a strong five point buffer between them and NIACC for the rest of the game. The final score was 67-57, Spartans win.

Assistant Coach Amanda Dahlseng said, "The girls were pumped up all day and ready for tonight's game. The last game didn’t go the way the girls wanted it, and they were ready for a win tonight. Even though at the start we were down 9-2, we didn’t give up and we just pushed forward. This was a win that every person on the team helped contribute to."

The Spartans next game will be this Saturday, February 11, against DMACC in Boone at 1 pm. 

Published February 7, 2012 9:01 am

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In a place that has been a house of horrors for Spartan men’s basketball in the past, the 2011-12 version battled all the way to the end with the fourth ranked team in the nation, eventually dropping a 76-65 decision. Southwestern attempted to control the pace early, and at the mid-way mark of the first half a Spartan back-cut to Marquealis Edwards brought Southwestern to within 2 at 16-14. Kirkwood asserted control by the end of the half, however, and got perimeter shooters open in transition to jump to a 36-19 halftime advantage. Southwestern was not down and out, however, and rallied in the second half, battling to claw closer behind some timely three-point shots from Marcus Littleton and Devin Kastrup (pictured).

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Published February 7, 2012 7:56 am

After the two teams met to open the conference, Southwestern Community College traveled to Cedar Rapids last night in attempt to pay the Eagles back for huge loss on their home floor. Unfortunately, the Spartans failed in their efforts, falling 102-39 to the nationally-ranked Kirkwood Eagles. The Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead and never looked back from there! With sharp shooting from outside and a bevy of post players, Kirkwood left the Southwestern women scrambling all over the floor. To make matters worse, KCC dominated the glass in holding the Spartans to a season-low 13 rebounds while forcing 23 turnovers.

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