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Published September 21, 2011 4:16 pm

With the Spartan Women's basketball preseason less than a month away, coaches and players are getting anxious for action. This week, the team roster saw a different type of action, losing a key inside player, as well as gaining a familiar face to possibly fill that spot.

Shannon Smith, a freshman from East Union High School in Afton, was notified last week that doctors are asking her to sit out the upcoming basketball season due to complications from off-season surgery. Shannon was expected to provide an inside threat and rebounding presence for the Spartan Women this season and will be sorely missed by her coaches. Coach Gilcrist said, "I know Shannon is really hurting right now. This was not an easy decision for her to make but ultimately, she has to focus on her health. Shannon will always be welcome in this program and I look forward to the day when she is once again healthy! I still want to see her wearing a Spartan uniform and representing the local area in one of the best conferences in the nation." It is unclear when Shannon will be cleared to return but she will continue studying at SWCC until further notice.

When Blake Sullivan first mentioned playing basketball last spring, Coach Gilcrist knew he may be adding a very tenacious inside threat to his team. Blake knows how to use her size and strength in the paint, but more importantly, she just refuses to give up the ball to her opponent. First noticed during last year's intramural basketball, Coach Gilcrist had this to say about Blake, "She is going to really improve our depth (especially after the absence of Shannon Smith) and her athleticism will allow Coach Dahlseng and I to really have 10 girls on this team that can run the floor non-stop!" Like her volleyball teammates (Amber Thomas and Kaley Folkerts), Blake will not join the team until volleyball season is over but she is expected to make contributions as soon as she is able to focus on her game again.

Published September 20, 2011 8:56 am


The Spartans started off the week with a tough game against Simpson College. While the score bounced back and forth multiple times, it slipped a little further out of the Spartans reach each time. After a tough first game that ended 18-25, the next two followed 17-25 and 16-25.

Published September 19, 2011 2:57 pm

CRESTON—Southwestern Community College will sponsor the 2011 SWCC SmartStart Kickoff for high school students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2011.

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, including an iPod Shuffle!  The college will be awarding two $250 SWCC scholarships for senior attendees.

Published September 19, 2011 11:08 am

The Spartan Women's Basketball Program will undoubtedly find out where it stands before it ever plays its first official game on Tuesday, November 1 against Kansas City Kansas Community College. Completed late last week, the schedule is finally complete with the addition of an abundance of exhibition games. The Spartans have added seven exhibition games to their schedule to be played on four different dates. The exhibition season will open with a game against Doane College in Omaha. Marketed by both schools as a recruiting tool, Coach Gilcrist sees it as an opportunity to put the program in the minds of prospective recruits in the Omaha area. It will also give family members of current players an opportunity to watch the Spartans a little closer to home. The Spartans will then return to Omaha twice in the week to follow to play in the Midland University Jamboree and to face College of Saint Mary in a single game. The exhibition season will round out with contests against AIB in Des Moines and Graceland in Lamoni. Seven games spread over eleven days will test the conditioning of the Spartans, but it will also help them prepare for the November 1 start-date when they begin one of the toughest schedules in the ICCAC.

Published September 18, 2011 9:19 am

Southwestern volleyball traveled to Marshalltown on Friday and Saturday where they went 0-4 in match play. The Spartans faced Labetter Community College out of Kansas first and lost in four games. The scores of the games were 25-22W, 21-25L, 24-26L, 20-25L. Leaders were sophomore Blake Sullivan with 10 kills and freshman Samantha Weed with eight kills. Freshman Katelyn Coyle led the team in assists with 24. Coyle also led the team in ace serves with four. Sophomore Josey Ellis led the team in digs with 21 followed by Kruse with 15.

Published September 15, 2011 2:43 pm


The Southwestern Spartan women took on the Clinton Cougars in four tough games. The Spartans took the first game 25-20. After a switch of momentum though, the Cougars came back in the next three games winning 23-25, 15-25, and 21-25. Sophomore Amber Thomas had this to say about the night, "It was pretty much a swing of momentum.  When we had it we did really well, and when we didn’t, it showed. We did a lot of really good things tonight and have some things to work on."

Published September 14, 2011 4:56 pm

The Spartan Coffee Stoppe will be open for business starting Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  Hours of operation will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30-10 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-9:30 a.m.  The Coffee Stoppe will be serve coffee, cappuccino, apple cider, hot tea, and snack items.

The Spartan Coffee Stoppe is a student-run business, operated by the SWCC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and Business Professionals of America (BPA) organizations.

Published September 14, 2011 4:53 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that preliminary fall enrollment is at 1,761 students. This is up slightly from the college’s fall 2010 enrollment of 1,753 students. Thompson will give the final enrollment report at the October board of trustees meeting.

Published September 12, 2011 8:34 am

Six teams faced-off on Saturday in a volleyball tournament hosted by Simpson College JV in Indianola. Splitting their first two matches with a loss vs. Grand View in three games and a win vs. Simpson JV in two games the Spartans finished pool play in first place. In the afternoon tournament, the Simpson JV enacted revenge on the Spartans beating them in three games. In their final match of day, the Spartans defeated Graceland in three games giving them a third place finish for the tournament.

Published September 12, 2011 8:17 am

Kalli McCann and Dave Prchal led their respective teams at the prestigious Les Duke Invitational hosted by Grinnell College over the weekend. Coach Huntington felt it was an incredible showing for Southwestern overall, as each runner set a personal record at the 6K and 8K distances.