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Published: Monday, January 17, 2011 10:01 am


Having won two conference games on the road so far, Southwestern got a much-needed home conference win against Clinton Saturday, 65-59. The win pushes the Spartans to 3-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play, with key battles against Kirkwood and North Iowa Area remaining. Southwestern ran its unique style well, freeing up shooters who were able to convert (Tyler Smith (pictured) 4-5 from behind the arc; Austin Emerson for 16 total points).

Read more: Spartans hang tough in conference with home win

Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 9:19 am


Pumped up and ready for the game against the No. 2 Bears, the Spartans came out of the gate with great intensity and defense. However, they found themselves unable to keep up with the scoring pace of the Bears team letting them slowly slip away. Read more about the game in "No. 2-rated Bears pull away, 61-41" on the Creston News Advertiser Web site or in the Jan. 13 edtion of the CNA.

The Spartan's next game will be at home Sat., Jan. 15 against Clinton CC. Game time is 3 pm.

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 11:59 am

 Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to donate and work during Phi Theta Kappa's (PTK) Open Table meal!  As of January 17, the group has enough volunteers, but is still in need of more bars/cookies.

Please drop donated items off at Jody Nedley-Newcomb's office, room 815 in the instructional center, as soon as possible. 

The group will be serving at the Open Table downtown at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), at 501 W. Montgomery Street, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at 5 pm. 


Read more: PTK Looking for Volunteers for Open Table

Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 9:22 am

Southwestern bounced back from a conference earlier in the week by winning a wire-burner against Ellsworth in Iowa Falls, 72-70.  The two teams struggled for control for the entire game.  Ellsworth took a 33-31 lead into halftime, but the Spartans were able to keep in the game with key defensvie play from Austin Emerson and Tyler Smith, and a balanced scoring attack.  The second half was a see-saw, but Southwestern made two key plays to set up the exciting finish.  Down 58-54, Collin Artinger was fouled on a three-point attempt that went in. 

Read more: Spartans down reigning conference champs

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011 8:52 am


Having both won their conference openers, Southwestern and Iowa Central were each looking to take the early front-runner's position in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. The Tritons were the team that walked away with the advantage after a 70-36 win over Southwestern Wednesday night. Southwestern's precision offense showed the rust that can be created during a holdiay break, as Spartan shooters struggled to find the target all evening. Southwestern went 10-51 from the floor, which contributed to a 32-19 halftime deficit. In addition, the center postition was a point of challenge for the Spartans on the evening. Starting center Collin Artinger was in foul trouble early, and eventully fouled out of the game. De'Everett Williams had missed some practice over the break to attend his mother's wedding, which put him down in the Spartan rotation. David Farmer did not play due to an ankle injury, which left Keenan Joiner, typically a forward, attempting to fill in at the spot. Southwestern's small lineup was overmatched on the boards, giving up a 50 to 16 rebounding advantage to Iowa Central. Southwestern moves to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. They next play Ellsworth on the road Saturday.

Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:44 pm

Auto Skills StudentsCRESTON —Four teams of students from Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program received honors during the Iowa high school Auto Skills Contest held December 17, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny. 

East Union’s team, made up of SWCC students Levi Stonehocker, a senior from Lorimor, and Lewis Ripperger, a junior from Afton, placed second overall in the statewide competition.  Creston’s team, which consisted of Zach Wignall, a senior from Creston, and Cody Bristow, a junior from Creston, competed and earned fifth place honors. 

Corning’s team of Micheal Avila, a senior from Corning, and Dalton Cormeny, a senior from Corning, placed seventh; and Mt. Ayr’s team of Trevor Richie, a senior from Benton, and Andy Freihage, a senior from Mt. Ayr, placed eighth.


Read more: SWCC Automotive Students Place in Statewide Contest

Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:32 pm

From the Stars of Christmas program to coat donations to a stuffed animal drive, it has been the season of giving at Southwestern!

Student Support Services once again organized the Stars of Christmas program this year.  Almost 80 children received gifts from volunteer Secret Santas the the Stars of Christmas program.

The Southwestern Community College Student Senate adopted a family for the holidays.  The Christmas family was selected by the Rural Iowa Crisis Center in Creston.  Gifts were delivered to the family in mid-December.

Below:  SWCC student senate member Amber Thomas on her way to deliver the adopted family Christmas basket.

Student Senate member with gift basket


Read more: Season of Giving at SWCC

Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 8:53 am

10Southwestern erased the memory of a challenging week with a conference road victory, 75-59, at Iowa Lakes Saturday. The Spartans, with smothering defense which included four charges taken, built a 40-26 halftime lead behind a spark from David Farmer, who drilled two big three-point goals. Iowa Lakes was far from out of it, however, as they stormed back at the beginning of the second half with aggressive offensive rebounding and frigid shooting from Southwestern.

Read more: Spartans capture league opener on the road

Published: Friday, December 17, 2010 8:26 am

Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:08 pm

gradsurveyThe Career Services department recently asked for the assistance of recent SWCC graduates.  There were 77 out of 305 graduates who completed the college's graduate placement survey online, showing 25 percent participation.  The survey was open from November 22 through December 15.  The opportunity was given to all graduates from December 2009, May 2010, and June 2010, with the incentive of winning one of three gift certificates.  In the drawing held today, December 15, the first place prize, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart, went to Tammy Herndon from Chariton; the second prize, a $25 gift card from Maurices, went to Kelly Stull from Claremore, OK; and the third prize, a $25 gift card from Casa De Oro, went to Wesley Rozenboom from Pella.

The remaining graduates (who have not yet completed the online survey) will be receiving surveys to be mailed next week in an effort to obtain the necessary information. These former students will have the option of completing the survey online or mailing the survey to the Career Services office.