College News

Published November 12, 2012 9:05 am

This weekend, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Kansas City to play two teams up for considered in the Preseason Top 20. On Friday night, the Spartans faced tournament host Kansas City Kansas Community College before matching up against #7 Johnson County for the second time in a week.

On Friday night, SWCC fell to KCK by a final score of 78-48. The final score, however, was not indicative of the type of game that was played. After a very sluggish start that saw the Spartans fall behind 11-0 three minutes into the game and by a deficit of 18 at the half, the Women actually played a very solid game after intermission. The Spartans shot 46 percent from the field in the second half and did a much better job of communicating in both their man and zone defenses. The issue, unfortunately, was that nothing Southwestern did could slow down the flaming hot shooting of KCK. The Blue Devils shot a blistering 43 percent from the field for the game, including 46 percent from the three-point line.

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Published November 12, 2012 8:45 am

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Southwestern used an efficient team defense to hinder Graceland in a non-conference win Saturday, 74-51.  Despite allowing an early 6-2 deficit, Southwestern began to lock down possessions on the defensive end, sparked by key defensive rebounds from Devin Kastrup and Patrick Wright.  The offense never really seemed to click into high gear, but was efficient enough to give the Spartans a 37-20 halftime advantage. Marquealis Edwards and Jack Harrison enjoyed efficient offensive performances for the Spartans, who had to solve different defenses from the Yellow Jackets to build on their halftime lead.

Southwestern will have another home contest tonight against Northwestern.  Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Published November 9, 2012 5:05 pm

Thanks to everyone for helping make SWCC Week a great one!  Be sure to go to SWCC's Facebook page to "Like" your favorite cookie (before 10 a.m. on Mon., November 12) from the SWCC Week Cookie Decorating Contest and be sure check out all the other photos from the week!

Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive - A SUCCESS!  Read on ...

Thanks to all the wonderful students, faculty and staff, the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive was very successful! Thirteen large boxes of food items were delivered to MATURA for use in the Creston area plus $18 donated by Student Activities from the Halloween Dance. Introduction to Sociology students, who were involved in a competition for total items donated, provided over 470 food items! Mr. Hughes’ two Western Civilization Ancient to Early Modern classes provided two large boxes of items!

Thank you for all your support!

Published November 8, 2012 10:31 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held electronically on Wed., November 7, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  

During the meeting, the board accepted an offer for the purchase of the college’s student-constructed home at 1305 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.  The home was constructed by SWCC’s carpentry and building trades program during the 2010-11 school year.  The bid of $200,000 was submitted by Gary and Sandra Krauth.

Published November 8, 2012 9:10 am

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Coming off a season-opening road win, Southwestern was hopeful of capturing their home opener.  Hot three-point shooting from North Central Missouri spoiled those hopes, 64-59. After falling behind 6-0 to start the game, the Spartans started putting some things together off steals by Marquealis Edwards and key rebounding from Patrick Wright and Devin Kastrup. Southwestern took a 28-26 advantage to the locker room at half. The Pirates came out of the gates fast in the second half, connecting on their first three possessions to move out to a 38-30 lead.  Southwestern was able to chip the lead and even regain a one-point advantage late in the game with field goals from Marcus Littleton and Edwards. In addition, Jack Harrison emerged as a significant post presence for the Spartans.  North Central Missouri regained the lead with two minutes to play, and a key Spartan turnover and conversion left Southwestern down three with just over a minute. In the next possession, a scramble for the ball left the Spartans with a lay-in opportunity, but the shot was altered and missed. Southwestern was forced to foul and the Pirates converted free throws for the final margin. 

Southwestern is 1-1 and next plays Graceland at home Saturday.  Tip-off is 3 p.m.

Published November 8, 2012 8:37 am

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On a night that saw their point guard record a triple-double and their freshman forward score 16 points, the Spartan Women’s Basketball Team was not able to record a win in their home opener (losing 59-57). Sophomore Jamee Miner (Elkhorn, NE) did her part scoring 14 points, dishing 11 assists, and snagging 10 steals while Freshman Darian Polson (Des Moines, IA) led the team with 16 points and tied for the team lead with 8 rebounds. The Spartans also received major contributions from Freshman Morgan Knorr (Savannah, MO) who scored 10 points, and Sophomore Brittany Clark (Omaha, NE) who grabbed 8 rebounds and consistently dominated on the defensive end.

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Published November 8, 2012 8:17 am

Don't wait to get involved. There are two more days to be a part of the SWCC Week fun and festivities. Check out what is scheduled for today, and plan to join in the fun!

Thursday, November 8

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Veteran’s Day Lunch, Spartan Café, Student Center

Student veterans, as well as faculty and staff who have served in the military, are invited to attend a Veteran’s Day lunch sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.  Veterans should check in at the east side of the Student Center in the reserved seating area.  Please RSVP to Matt Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  RSVPs are not required. 

6 p.m., Out on the Farm/Ag Olympics, Ag Site

Out on the Farm will be full of fun and crazy activities at SWCC’s ag site.  Come by yourself or come with a group, but be ready for a good time.  Contests will include a hay bale toss, greased pumpkin contest, tug of war, pennies in the straw, and calf bottle chugging.

Following the games, Cookout, Ag Site

Stick around after the games and contest for a good ‘ole fashioned cookout!

Entire SWCC Week Schedule

Published November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

SWCC Week Day 3 includes a Scavenger Hunt, men's and women's home basketball games, the debut of the 2012-13 Spartan Drill Team (during half-time of the women's and men's basketball games), and don't forget to donate to the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive.  And remember to head to the Creston Pizza Ranch for dinner, because the SWCC Art Club will be hosting a Pizza Ranch Tip Night.

Wednesday, November 7

Noon, Creston-Wide Scavenger Hunt, Student Center

Teams of three to five students will participate in a Scavenger Hunt across the city of Creston.  Meet at the Student Center at 11:45 a.m. for sign-in, rules, and instructions. Teams must complete the hunt and be back to the Student Center in a designated amount of time.  Student Ambassadors are the sponsors for this event. Details for this event will be available online during the next week. Sign up your team online today. Pizza will be available upon return to all participants while team scores are tabulated. Door prizes will be given away in addition to prizes for the winning team!

5:30 p.m., Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Student Center Gymnasium

Sparty wears blue, why don't YOU?  Dress in blue and paint your face for tonight's games.  Get in free with a donation of canned good items.  Canned goods and gate admissions from the game will be donated to a local food pantry.  Spartan Drill Team performs at half-times of women's and men's games.

Entire SWCC Week Schedule

Published November 6, 2012 1:03 pm

Marquealis Edwards

Opening on the road for the first time in several years, the Southwestern men’s basketball team looked like a team who was able to get over first-game jitters in a hurry. Racing to an early 7-0 advantage, the Spartans used the defensive plays and conversions by sophomore Marquealis Edwards to build its advantage to 19-7 midway through the first half. Key assists to the post from Marcus Littleton and strong defensive rebounding keyed by Delby Halcomb helped Southwestern build a 39-17 lead by halftime. William Penn was able to bang home some three-point shots in the second half to maintain the margin, but Southwestern was too efficient in the offensive sets, turning the ball over only 11 times on the game and converting 25 of 52 field goal attempts inside the arc. Southwestern was also 10-12 from the free-throw line and 4 of 15 from behind the arc. In the end, the Spartans enjoyed a 73-53 season opening win. Edwards was a remarkable 12-14 from inside the arc, and finished with 10 rebounds as well.

Southwestern will play their home opener Wednesday against North Central Missouri. Tip off follows the women’s game at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Published November 5, 2012 8:47 am

Get involved!  SWCC Week starts today.  Reminder, please sign your team up by noon if you are participating in the dodge ball tourney tonight.  To register for dodge ball, contact Tracey Evans.  There's still time to register for Tuesday night's SWCC's Got Talent as well.  To register for SWCC's Got Talent, please contact Lisa Carstens.  Keep in mind the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive takes place all week!  If you haven't already donated, you may bring your donation to Wednesday night's basketball games.

Monday activities include:

8:15-8:40 a.m., SWCC Greet

Get your agenda for SWCC Week.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., President’s Chili Cook-off, LRC, Instructional Center

Faculty and staff volunteers will test their chili-making skills by competing in a chili cook-off with a panel of judges.  Plan to come help eat their creations.

7 p.m., Dodge Ball, SWCC Gym

Co-ed teams of up to 10 individuals (must have at least three females and only six on court at one time) will compete in a dodge ball tournament.  Top three teams will receive awards and bragging rights for the rest of the year.  Register with student activities (Tracey Evan’s office in Student Center) or in the Spartan Suites office.  Please have teams there by 6:30 p.m. to go over rules.  Dodge ball rules!

8:30 p.m., Call of Duty Game Night, Student Center, upstairs

Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC Students.  The SWCC Student Ambassadors are the sponsor for this event. Sign up with Admissions in the Administration Center.

Complete SWCC Week Schedule