College News

Published July 18, 2011 8:41 am


Player Name:Shannon Smith
High School: East Union High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: I am very excited to have Shannon coming into this program next year. As quiet as she is, I was amazed at the compliments she received from area coaches. She has a knack for finding the ball off the glass and it's difficult to coach her length on the inside. Shannon has the potential to accomplish anything she wants in life and in the game of basketball; I am blessed with the opportunity to help her along the way.

Published July 18, 2011 8:32 am


Player Name: Heylee Horn
High School: Winterset High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Heylee is the other returner from last year’s squad. A regular starter, Heylee has shown the ability to play a very nice offensive game. After battling injuries last year, I am dedicated to helping Heylee improve her confidence and tenacity so that she can move on to play at the four-year level. One of the nicest persons you will ever meet, Heylee is a competitive bulldog who wants to win. I am hopeful her hard work and dedication will rub off on her teammates and she can help lead us this year.

Published July 18, 2011 8:23 am

Player Name: Kristine Smith
High School: Webster City High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Kristine comes to us from Ellsworth Community College. After a stellar high school career at Webster City, things did not work out for Kristine at Ellsworth. I am hopeful that SWCC and the tight-knit family of the basketball program will help make this year an experience she will always remember. With the ability to play anywhere on the floor, Kristine has the potential to really blossom in our up-tempo style of play. She can shoot, ball-handle, and guard…what more could I have asked for? Even though it will be her first year at Southwestern, pressure will be on Kristine to take on a leadership role right away.

Published July 18, 2011 8:16 am


Player Name: Jamee Miner
High School: Elkhorn (NE) High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Jamee may be short in stature, but even in film you can see her tenacious style of play and fearless competitive attitude. Jamee came highly recommended by her high school coach and other coaches in the Omaha area. She played in a winning program at Elkhorn, and Coach Wragge is well known for producing college-ready basketball players every year! At the point guard position, we will look for Jamee to not only get us into our offense and guard the other team’s best players, but we will look for her to bring a winning tradition to SWCC.

Published July 18, 2011 8:01 am


Player Name: Hannah Sneed
High School: Council Bluffs St. Albert High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Hannah is an athlete in the purest form of the word. She was one of the leaders at her high school on the basketball, soccer, and softball fields. While she excelled in all three and received recruiting interest in each of them, the Spartan athletic department is proud to say that she will be playing both basketball and softball at SWCC the next two years. On the hardwood, Hannah can play any of the three guard positions and has proven she can either score or distribute, depending on the need of the team.

Published July 18, 2011 7:59 am


When Head Coach Mike Holmes spent time the previous summer coaching college graduates in a European exposure league, he never bargained he would get an assistant coach out of the deal.  Holmes coached Andy Peterson, a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, in the league and quickly formed a bond with him.

Holmes said, "Andy is the type of guy you take to right away.  I was impressed with his tactical knowledge and work ethic, but mostly I could just tell he would relate to players in a substantial way, so I started the recruiting process to get him on staff."

Peterson joined the Spartan family last season, and brought a great deal to the table with his understanding of the style of play and teaching points in the program.  After a successful season helping to guide Southwestern to 14 wins, Peterson accepted an offer to join the staff at Northwest Missouri State.

"A few things played out in the decision," said Holmes.  "Andy got engaged over the year and he can now be closer to his fiancee, but also the fact that he can return to his alma mater makes it a great move for him.  We will miss him a great deal, but I am happy for him."

Peterson said, "I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my coaching career. Coach Holmes with basketball and Coach Krejci as an A.D. were tremendous in letting me grow and mature as a professional and as a coach. Holmes has a different philosophy than I have ever been around, so I was constantly learning new ideas and ways to get things done...and that's priceless for me as a coach. Everyone at Southwestern was just a treat to work with and I honestly don't have one negative thing to say about my year with the Spartans."

Published July 18, 2011 7:50 am


Player Name: Brittany Clark
High School: Omaha South High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist:  Brittany is the younger sister of SWCC alum Cara Clark. Brittany exhibits all of the qualities we were looking for in this year’s recruiting class; she is a respectful young woman with a competitive drive to succeed in all that she does. Brittany will bolster the paint for us, but also provides a 15-18 foot game that should allow her to be very successful. She comes from an athletic family as her father was a Division I football player, so the sky may definitely be the limit.

Published July 15, 2011 11:07 am


Player Name:  Alyssa Lockhart
High School: Omaha Roncalli High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist:  Alyssa was the first girl to commit to the Spartans Women’s Basketball Program this spring. I cannot put into words the enthusiasm she showed throughout the recruiting process and since her LOI signing. She is planning to study Pre-Med during her time at SWCC, and I look forward to the challenge of helping her prepare for that next phase of her life. Academically, athletically, and in service, I am happy to have Alyssa represent this program and myself. An ambidextrous shooter, we will look for Alyssa to shoot the three and control the ball.

Published July 6, 2011 8:49 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. for their regular board meeting.

The board approved a proposal by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, to raise in-state tuition for the 2011-12 school year by $7 per credit hour, approximately a 5 percent increase.  This increase raises tuition from the current $122 per credit hour to $129 per credit hour.  Krejci told the board state aid figures for fiscal year 2012 for community colleges are still unknown at this time, but proposals being considered at the state level could result in $125,600 less in state general aid than the college received during fiscal year 2011.  “At that level, our state general aid for fiscal year 2012 would be less than the amount received in fiscal year 2001 … 11 years ago,” Krejci stated.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, spoke with the board concerning the college’s 20 ¼ Facilities Levy.  The levy is on the ballot every 10 years in the college’s merged area.  The current Facilities Levy will expire in 2014.  According to Crittenden the levy would be on the ballot in 2012; however, due to changes in school board elections, the levy will not be on the ballot until the next school board election in 2013. 

Published July 6, 2011 8:45 am

CRESTON, IA—SWCC Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff has received word four of her players—Maegan Ellis, Amber Brown, Laura Ramsey, and Ashley West—have been selected by the Region VI Conference coaches to receive all-region honors.

•    Sophomore Maegan Ellis of Carlisle was selected as First Team All-Region.  Ellis was the starting outfielder for the Spartans and led the team with 60 hits, for a .438 batting average, and 16 RBIs (runs batted in).

•    Sophomore Amber Brown of Carlisle was selected Honorable Mention All-Region.  Brown started in all but six games in her two years at SWCC.  She was the Spartan third baseman her freshman year and was the starting catcher her sophomore year.  Amber was third on the Spartan team in hits with 49, for a .360 batting average and 24 RBIs.

•    Sophomore Laura Ramsey of Des Moines was selected Honorable Mention All-Region by the coaches in the conference.  Offensively, Ramsey was second on the team in hits with 51, for a .342 batting average and led the team in RBIs with 39.  Defensively, Ramsey was third in the nation in innings pitched with 207.2.

•    Freshman Ashley West of Prescott was selected Honorable Mention All-Region by the coaches in the Region VI Conference.  West began the season at first base, but due to injuries was moved to second base half way through the year.  She started in all but one game in her rookie season and was fourth on the Spartan squad in hits with 47, for a .309 batting average, and second on the team in RBIs with 27.