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Published May 22, 2012 8:25 am

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Hunter Brown of Mt. Ayr and Cody Bristow of Creston placed seventh overall in the 2012 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

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Published May 21, 2012 4:31 pm

Harrison Jack
“Multi-skilled post player” has always been a sought-after commodity in the Southwestern basketball program, and the recent signee for the Spartans personifies that description.  Jack Harrison, a 6’7 forward from Prior Lake High School in Minnesota, does about everything well on a basketball floor.  He has a soft touch, can finish inside, score from the perimeter, dribble, and pass.  He will be a huge addition to the nine returning sophomores already familiar with the Southwestern system.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, “Jack is a major signee for us.  He is a complete team-oriented player, and has tremendous ability.  He represents a major upgrade to our rotation.”

Pictured above (L to R):  Sitting - Kirsten Harrison, Jack Harrison, and Mark Harrison.  Standing - Southwestern Head Basketball Coach Mike Holmes

Published May 17, 2012 8:17 am

Brittain Schwartz
Brittain Swartz has been golfing for longer than he can remember, and now he will be able to continue playing competitively for Southwestern.  Having qualified for State in 2011, Swartz brings a smooth swing and consistency off the tee to the Spartans for the 2012-13 season.  He cites the proximity to home as one of the main selling points for choosing Southwestern, and plans to earn his associate of arts degree as he begins his pursuit of a bachelor’s in physical education.

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Seated- Larry Swartz, Brittain Swartz, and Sheri Swartz
Standing- SWCC Coach Mike Holmes and Corning Head Golf Coach Kent Bass

Published May 16, 2012 10:56 am

Kipfer Leah ForWebCRESTON, IA—The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference announced All-Region softball honors last week and the Southwestern Community College Spartans had seven players who made the list—an all-time record for the Spartans!  Two players, Leah Kipfer of Albia (pictured at right) and Ashley Brandt of Haverhill (pictured below at left), were selected first team all-region.

Kipfer, a May 2011 graduate of Albia High School, is the daughter of Tim and Teresa Kipfer.  Brandt, a May 2011 graduate of West Marshall High School in State Center, is the daughter of Jacque Goodman and Randall Brandt.

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Published May 15, 2012 7:00 pm

I’d be lying if I said I don’t think about that last game daily and how close we were to moving on, but it does make it a little easier knowing we return everyone but one starter from this year’s team. I couldn’t be more pleased with the effort that all 15 of my kids have given all year long. Our season is one of the longest seasons in college sports and to have their full attention and commitment since September is what has made this year so special.  As a coach, your sport is very important to you, and to know and see in your kids that it is just as important to them, makes it that much more gratifying.   We talk about the importance of family and we are a family, and I wouldn’t trade one member of this family for anyone.

We have an outstanding group of athletes in our program, but with this team it was so much more than just athleticism. Just like in a dictionary- attitude, desire, effort, and heart always comes before success, and those ingredients got us to where we are. I have never been more proud of any group than I am of this one. This has been a strange year to say the least. Many obstacles have been thrown their direction and each one of them has accepted a challenge in one way or another without hesitation or complaint.

This year we were fortunate enough to have seven athletes selected to an All-Region Team.

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Published May 15, 2012 8:53 am

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Despite only playing golf since her freshman year in high school, Logan Kinyon has made an impact on the golfing scene.  Medaling in two tournaments this year, as well as receiving runners-up positions twice, Kinyon brings a competitive game to college with room to grow.  Kinyon notes driving and her short game as her strengths, and chose to sign a Letter of Intent with Southwestern due to its proximity to home as well as the reputation of the school.  Kinyon plans to work toward her associate of arts degree while preparing to eventually major in elementary education.

Photo (L to R):  Lenox Head Coach Liz Brown, Jamie Kinyon, Logan Kinyon, Lori Kinyon, and SWCC Coach Mike Holmes

Published May 10, 2012 2:38 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
During the meeting, the board approved a bid of $215,000 from Bill Messerole and Devon Leith for the sale of the student-constructed carpentry house at 1301 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.

Uncollectible account write-offs were approved as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  Krejci said the accounts presented to the board, most of them from fiscal year 2009-10, had been at collections with little or no activity for 18 months or more.  Krejci explained although the account balances are written-off, students’ transcripts are held and students cannot register for additional classes until the balance is paid.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, spoke to the board concerning negotiations underway with the Union County Development Association (UCDA) for construction of a home by the 2012-13 college carpentry program.  Taylor explained the property, which will be located in Creston, would be owned by UCDA.  Taylor said within 60 days of completion, the home would be purchased by UCDA if it was not already sold.  Taylor reminded the board that the college has three remaining lots in the College Park Subdivision as well.  Following Taylor’s summary, the board authorized the SWCC administration to enter into a Building Partnership Contract with UCDA for the construction of the home.

During the president’s report, Charlie Mundy, SWCC Osceola high school carpentry instructor, presented to the board concerning the many service projects his students have completed.  The group has traveled to locations affected by disaster to assist with rebuilding efforts.  Trips have included locations such as Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, and Joplin, MO.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented to the board regarding the recovery effort that has been underway on the Creston campus following the April 14 tornado.  Crittenden showed the board a presentation outlining the damage on campus and Lesan updated the board about progress-to-date, as well as upcoming reconstruction that will take place.  According to Lesan, reconstruction quotes are due from contractors by Friday and reconstruction could start as early as next week.

Crittenden reminded the board about Spring 2012 Commencement, which will take place Fri., May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, will be the guest speaker.

Other upcoming events Crittenden mentioned included Summer 2012 Commencement, which is scheduled for Fri., June 29, at 7:30 p.m. and the 13th Annual Athletic Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sat., May 19, at Crestmoor Golf Club in Creston.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member and Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported the annual IACCT Retreat will be held at Okoboji from July 25-27.

Published May 10, 2012 2:04 pm

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Southwestern hopes to field full, competitive golf teams for the upcoming school year.  They took a big step toward that goal with the signing of two area golfers yesterday.  David Thompson (shown in photo above), Creston High School, and Joey Taylor (photo shown following article), Mt. Ayr High School) both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Spartans next season. 

Thompson has played six years, has a tremendous short game, and was a member of the 2011 State Tournament Team Qualifier at Creston High School.  Thompson liked the proximity to home—his family resides in Shannon City—and all of the facilities at Southwestern.  He has not decided upon a course of study at this time.  Taylor has medaled in several events in high school, attributes his driving ability to much of his success, and has good days ahead as he continues to hone his game.  Taylor has played only four years competitively, and feels his is consistently improving.  He chose Southwestern because he felt it was a great place to start his program toward being an educator. 

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Published May 7, 2012 10:26 am


UPDATE--Congratulations to Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff and the SWCC Spartans on an outstanding season of softball!  The Spartans ended their season today vs. DMACC.  The final score was 5-1.


The SWCC Spartans softball team continues to battle in the Region XI Softball Championship at Fort Dodge. The double elimination tournament started on Thursday, May 3, 2012, and wraps up today.

On Saturday, the Spartans played DMACC and won 2-1 on last minute heroics by Londen Miller in the bottom of the seventh inning. The DMACC Bears then played Iowa Central on Sunday morning. DMACC advanced from that game.

That led to a re-match between the Spartans and the Bears on Sunday at 5 p.m. The final score was 3-1 with the Bears earning the victory.

So today, the DMACC Bears and the Spartans will play for the third time. The Region XI Championship game is at 1 p.m. At this point, DMACC and SWCC both have a loss, so the winner of today’s game will be the Region XI Champion and advance to District play.

Good luck Spartans! We are proud of you!

Published May 3, 2012 1:37 pm

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UPDATED 5/5/12 - Congratulations to the SWCC softball team for their victory vs DMACC today!!! The Spartans play tomorrow (Sunday) in the Regional Championship at 3 p.m. at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. GO SPARTANS!!!!

With only two returning sophomores, the 2011-12 Spartan softball team made some waves. The team hit a number of milestones including setting a new school record for number of wins in a season, at 40. Also, three players bested the school’s previous single season hit record. Freshman Leah Kipfer crushed the old record of 60 hits, with 85 hits this season. Out of those hits, Kipfer had 10 home runs and 18 doubles.  Sophomore Londen Miller and freshman Danyielle Barger edged out the previous record as well, with 62 hits each.

The Spartans finished their regular season 40-19 overall and 16-12 in the conference. Some of the highlights on the season included starting their spring break trip to Florida with a record of 7-4. Their last two games in Florida started their longest winning streak of eight games. The Spartans traveled to a tournament in Columbus, NE, where they swept their competition six games to none. Four of those tournament games were against three Division I NJCAA teams. More recently, the Spartans beat the #9 nationally ranked Kirkwood Eagles at home, putting a strong exclamation point on the end of an already stellar season.

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