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Published September 6, 2012 8:20 am

Southwestern lost to DMACC Wed., September 5, with scores of 16-25, 18-25, and 19-25.  Alex Duffy led in kills for the night with 12.  Ashley Strong  had five.  Strong led in aces with two.  In digs, Jacelle Neill led with 12, followed by Strong with 11, and Mariah Kruse with seven.  Molly Schimp led in assists with 26.

According to SWCC Head Coach Melissa Blessington, DMACC was a good team with a lot of sophomore leadership.  "Our girls did some great things tonight and played them very close," Blessington said after the game.  "We continue to get better every match and that will help us as the season progresses."

The Spartans will travel to Highland Community College this weekend where they will face Highland Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Rend Lake, and Allen County Community College.

Published September 5, 2012 4:24 pm

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CRESTON—Southwestern Community College will sponsor the 2012 SWCC SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2012.

The SmartStart Kickoff—an open house for students—will be a great chance for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to check out SWCC and its campus!  Students will be able to sit in on college classes, visit program areas, talk with instructors and students, and tour the residence halls.  High school students in attendance will receive lunch, a SWCC T-shirt, and the opportunity to win door prizes!  The college will be awarding two $250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

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Published September 4, 2012 5:21 pm

DrillTeamInfoMeeting ForWebThere will be a Drill Team Information Table set up on Tues., September 11, 2012, 10-11 a.m., in the Instructional Center main hallway and again on Wed., September 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. outside the Student Center in conjunction with the SWCC Club Fair.  Stop by and learn more about the 2012-13 Spartan Drill Team and meet the new coach, Melisa Crook. 

Bring your calendar with you because we will be talking about dates for tryouts.

Published September 4, 2012 11:50 am

WaubonseeMeet Sept2012 ForWebSugar Grove, IL-- The Southwestern Spartans used their first road trip of the season to run some outstanding times at the Waubonsee Chiefs Cross Country Meet in Sugar Grove, IL.  The Spartan women got a muggy Saturday morning started off by finishing third overall in the team race while placing three runners in the top 18.  Leading the way for the Spartans was Kalli McCann who finished third overall in the 5K with a time of 19:03.  She was closely followed by Regina Hafner who finished 12th in the race with a time of 21:00. 

Coach Huntington was very impressed with the times posted by the Southwestern women.  “The improvement from last week to this week was incredible," Huntington explained.  "Courtney, Kristin, and Brei on average took off minutes from last week’s race.  That has nothing to do with training that is just a mental commitment to excellence.  They were awesome.” 

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Published September 4, 2012 9:08 am

The SWCC Spartans finished 3-1 on Saturday, September 1, at the Graceland Tourney. 

First up, the Spartans faced Baker University from Kansas.  The Spartans won in two with scores of 25-11 and 25-16.  The team had a very balanced hitting attack with freshmen Molly Schimp, Ashley Strong, Mel Mangrum, Lily Lower, and Alex Duffy all having five kills.  Freshman Jacelle Neil led in digs with six while Strong had five and sophomore Mariah Kruse had four.  Schimp led in assists with 15.  Strong led the team in aces with three and sophomore Katelyn Coyle was right behind Strong with two.

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Published August 31, 2012 4:04 pm

MobileSite IconYou can now check out Southwestern Community College on your cell phone or mobile device. The SWCC mobile site, located at, is up and running!

The SWCC mobile site features the latest SWCC news, upcoming events, the daily menu for the Spartan Cafe, and much, much more.

Published August 30, 2012 2:06 pm

Crook ForWebMelisa Crook of Creston has been named as SWCC's drill team coach. She will soon be announcing dates for a drill team informational meeting and tryouts.

Crook has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Simpson College in Indianola. She is currently enrolled in the master of arts in teaching program at Simpson.

She is a nationally certified C.L.O.G. instructor. She was employed as a dance instructor at Leslie’s Dance Emporium in Creston for the past 10 years. She was also employed by Creston Community Schools as a mentoring coordinator/at risk counselor for four years.

Watch for additional drill team information as it becomes available.

Published August 30, 2012 10:22 am

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Two-year starter Trent Fisher has returned to familiar ground as he has been named as the assistant for the men’s basketball program.  Fisher was Head Coach Mike Holmes’ first signee when he took the position in 2008.  Fisher distinguished himself in the conference as one of the premier centers, using his ability to score off the dribble with his trademark baby hook shots.  Fisher was part of teams that won 17 and 15 games in his two seasons, and in his freshman season the Spartans received national rankings as high as 14th.  Fisher will also serve as the housing director of Wilson Hall on campus.  He completed his playing career at Buena Vista University.

Published August 30, 2012 8:41 am

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After a strong start, Southwestern lost in four games tonight Marshalltown Community College.

Leading in kills tonight was Ashley Strong with 13 followed by Alex Duffy with nine. Both Mel Mangrum and Lily Lower had eight kills.  Lower led in blocks with three. Jacelle Neill led in digs with 13. Lower led the team in aces with three. Molly Schimp who was hurt in the match led in assists with 28.

Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "The match started off well because the girls came out with a lot of fire. With a young team oftentimes it is hard to keep the intensity. We were playing well in the fourth game but with an injury to Schimp we had to do some adjustment that threw our team off kilter a little bit. The girls should bounce back. It is early and we know with a lot of freshmen that we will have our ups and downs."

The Spartans will head to Lamoni on Saturday, September 1, to play in the Graceland Tournament.

View more photos on SWCC's page on Facebook.

Published August 28, 2012 8:47 am

CRESTON—The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College will begin recruiting sixth grade students for their pre-college program beginning in September.  Parents should watch for sign-up packets coming home with their sixth grade children, review and complete the application forms, and return the applications to the ETS office at Southwestern Community College.

ETS is a federally funded grant program designed to help students go to college.  ETS outreach advisors work in the schools helping sixth-12th grade students prepare for college.  

If parents are interested in enrolling their children for ETS, but do not receive a packet, they should call their school guidance counselor or contact the ETS office at 800.247.4023, ext. 392, or locally at 641.782.1392.

Middle schools and high schools in Area 14 participating in the ETS program include Bedford, Clarke, Corning, Creston, East Union, Lenox, Murray, Orient-Macksburg, and Villisca.  

TRiO Educational Talent Search is 100 percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  More than 800 students are served by Area 14’s ETS program.  The office is located on SWCC’s Creston campus.