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Published October 31, 2012 8:28 am

Just days before, the Spartans lost to Ellsworth CC as part of the ICCAC Volleyball Showcase completing their conference play requirements for the season. On Tuesday, October 30, the Spartans again faces the Panthers for round one of the Region XI Volleyball Tournament. Unfortunately for the Spartans, the results were not much different from their previous match, losing to the Panthers in three, 23-24, 19-25, and 18-25. This loss ends the Spartans season at 23-17 overall. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington commented, "This is a disappointing end to a great season. We are really going to miss the play and our sophomores Kruse, Fowler, and Coyle. Our girls accomplished a lot and I am nothing but proud of this group."

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Published October 29, 2012 2:24 pm

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The Spartan men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Marshalltown on Friday, October 26, for the Region XI Championships. The men’s team finished third, led by sophomore Dave Prchal, who finished 24th overall with a time of 28:36 for the 8k race and was named to the Honorable Mention All-Region team. Prchal was followed by freshman teammates Auston Carter (27th) and Gage Beers (28th).

The Spartan women were led by sophomore Kalli McCann who came in 10th place with a time of 20:00 for the 5k women’s distance. For her top 10 finish, McCann was named to the Region XI Second Team. Fellow sophomores Delaney Turner (22nd) and Regina Hafner (24th) were named to the Honorable Mention All-Region team.

Congratulations to the Spartans on another great cross country season.

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Published October 29, 2012 10:42 am

This past weekend, Friday, October 26, and Saturday October 27, the Spartan volleyball team traveled to Marshalltown to compete in the ICCAC Showcase. Their performance and record would determine their final standing in the Region XI Conference and ceding for the upcoming regional tournament. the Spartans were able to split the weekend going 2-2 putting them in a conference tie for fourth with Ellsworth CC.

The first match, Southwestern defeated Clinton CC 25-18, 25-15, and 25-7. Next, they were defeated by Kirkwood CC who is nationally ranked seventh, 15-25, 15-25, and 18-25. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a good start for us in tournament play. We took care of business against Clinton who had yet to win a conference match. We knew Kirkwood was a good team and it would take a great team effort to beat them. We did come up short but did a lot of good things in this match. Ashley Strong played some great defense and also served well for us."

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Published October 26, 2012 11:28 am

SWCCweek_logoThe college’s second annual SWCC Week will be held November 5-9, 2012!  Fun events are being planned for SWCC students throughout that week.  Some of the events will include a dodge ball tournament, Creston-wide scavenger hunt, and turkey bowling.  See the complete agenda below to plan your week of fun!

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Published October 26, 2012 11:24 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held Fri., October 26, 2012, at 8 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase one of the Instructional Center improvement construction project.

The board of trustees reviewed bids from three contractors.  Ken Rech, SWCC board of trustees president from Red Oak, called for any oral or written objections or petitions.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.  The board approved the bid of $388,300 from Proctor Mechanical Corporation of West Des Moines.

Phase one of the Instructional Center project includes installation of a new boiler and sprinkler system.  Work on the project will begin this fall.


Published October 25, 2012 12:34 pm

With a huge crowd on-hand for Parent’s Night, the volley court naming ceremony, and the final home match for the season, the Spartans beat Grand View College JV in five games; 25-12, 17-25, 22-25, 25-18, and 15-12.

Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a great match for us. It started out with the Ceremony for Rita Schroeder.  The stands were packed and it was a very emotional time for not only her but our team. That is why we started out with the 25-12 victory.  Grand View did play some great defense tonight and came back on in the second and third game. Our girls probably did the best job all year responding to adversity in this match by coming back and winning the fourth and fifth games. We were down early in the fifth but I knew that the girls wanted the win."

The Spartans will play in the Region XI Conference Tournament on Friday, October 26.

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Published October 24, 2012 11:45 am

HolidayOpenHouse Bookstore2012 ForWebThe SWCC Bookstore has announced their Holiday Open House will be Tues., November 6, from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping in.  There will be plenty of gift ideas and holiday decor.  Be sure to sign up for the door prizes while you're there. 

Get started on your holiday shopping early with a trip to the SWCC Bookstore!

Published October 22, 2012 10:11 am

The Spartans hosted Highland Community College on Friday, October 19. The Spartans struggled to get things rolling, losing the match in four, 16-25, 18-25, 25-21, and 13-25. Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a rough game for us tonight. Highland is a very fast offense and we didn’t start off playing the defense that we normally do. Our girls did step it up in the 3rd game and did get the win and that was because of the increase in our passing accuracy. It is good for us to play Highland because it will be another team that helps gets us ready to play in the ICCAC Showcase next weekend."

The next match for the Spartans will be on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. This will be their final home match for the season as well as parent’s night. Also, there will be a ceremony before the start of the match to name the volleyball court after long-time coach Rita Schroeder.

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Published October 18, 2012 7:56 am

Last night, October 17, the Spartans traveled to Mason City to play NIACC and defeated the Trojans on their home court in four, 25-16, 25-13, 22-25, and 25-12. This win pushes the Spartans to 3-2 in their conference in a tie for fourth with Marshalltown. Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington said, "We came to the match ready to play. Molly Schimp and Jenna Casey are from very near NIACC and they both played great tonight. Our defense was also very sound and that made our set distribution very easy."

The Spartans will play again on Friday, October 19, when they will host Highland Community College starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Published October 17, 2012 2:46 pm

CRESTON, IA—Beth Kulow, area regional manager for the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative has announced more than 170 teachers and community leaders will be participating in Scale-Up programs for the STEM initiative. Statewide, more than 800 schools and community organizations will have the opportunity to experience STEM programming and activities.

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