Wayne High School pitcher Breanna Fortune made it official last week, she will soon be a Spartan at Southwestern Community College. Fortune signed a letter of intent to play softball at SWCC starting with the fall 2014 semester.
Fortune, a four-sport athlete in high school, has received a number of awards and honors for athletics, as well as academics. She was a member of the 18U USSSA National Softball Championship team, three-year unanimous first team Pride of Iowa All-Conference pitcher, four-year all-district team in softball, first and second team all-state pitcher, two-year member of the Wayne High School state qualifying softball team, Pride of Iowa second team volleyball setter, two-year second team Pride of Iowa All-Conference basketball, Pride of Iowa conference champion in track, two-year state qualifier in track, and a four-year varsity letter winner in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball. In addition, Fortune was named to the Pride of Iowa All-Academic Team in volleyball, basketball, track, and softball every year she has been eligible.
Brendan Rockwell (pictured in center), a senior at Millard South High School in suburban Omaha, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Southwestern men's basketball. Rockwell, a 6'7" post, will bring additional rebounding and post presence to the Spartan's interior game next season. Head Coach Mike Holmes indicated that Rockwell really sold himself during his visit to campus. "I expected an adequate post player after seeing Brendan on film," Holmes said, "but when I met him and saw him play live, I concluded that he was twice the player I thought he was."
Rockwell brings a soft touch around the rim to the systems, as well as strength underneath. Holmes feels the team has now addressed major rebounding concerns heading into the 2014-15 campaign with the additions of Rockwell and 6'6" power man Kris Goettert. They will join Mataika Koyamainavure and Nikola Drobnjak in the post rotations next season.
Freshman Shelby Williams (pictured) shot an impressive 84 on day one of the Region XI Women's Tournament at Otter Creek in Ankeny on Friday, April 25, 2014, which was good enough to pace her to a 10th place overall finish and a trip to the National Tournament, May 12-15, in Daytona, FL.
Williams battled the strong wind with the rest of the field on day two, but her 99 did not put her anywhere near the danger zone of not making the cut. Fifteen women in the region qualify for Nationals. The women's team finished fourth overall, as the Spartans competed at a high level for both of the days.
Konnor Griffith, Caitlin Giles, Courtney Hackett, and Logan Kinyon all made strong plays, but could not find the consistency to crack the top 15. The previous national qualifier for Southwestern was Molly Budach in 2012.
This weekend, the Spartan sports shooting team will be heading to their final competition of the year. The Iowa Collegiate Invitational, on April 26-27, will be held at the Ames Izaak Walton League. The Spartan squads will have 100 clay targets each day with skeet and trap held on Saturday and sporting clays on Sunday. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. each morning.
Good luck to the Sports Shooting team and congratulations on an outstanding first season. Go Spartans!
Shelby Woods, an accomplished sports shooter from Madison, MO, has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2014-15 academic year.
During high school, Woods was a member of the Madison FFA Trapshooting Team. She has received a number of FFA shooting honors including the 2010 Top Marksman Award for her shooting team; 2010 high overall score for the Area IV FFA Trapshooting Tournament; 2010-2014 high female in the FFA Trapshooting Tournament in Paris, MO; 2011 FFA Tournament, second place, lady’s high individual; 2011 FFA Tournament in Elsberry MO, first place, individual; 2012 FFA Tournament in Silex, MO, second place, lady individual; 2013 Tournament in Silex, MO, first place lady and first place high overall individual; and 2013 Tournament in Elsberry, MO, first place lady.
Morgan Knorr, a Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sophomore from Savannah, MO, recently received word she will be awarded an athletic scholarship to play basketball at the University of Illinois at Springfield, under the direction of second-year Head Coach Chad Oletzke, starting with the fall 2014 semester.
Knorr, a May 2012 graduate of Savannah High School, came to SWCC in the fall of 2012. This past season, Knorr led the SWCC team in scoring with 12 points per game. She averaged 3.8 rebounds and three assists per game. In addition to playing basketball for the SWCC Spartans, Knorr was a member of the college’s first-year sports shooting team during the 2013-14 academic year.
Two big Pay it Forward (PIF) Week activities took place in the last two days. Both ended up extremely successful.
On Tues., April 22, the SWCC Student Senate hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive. The goal of the Blood Drive was to raise at least 43 units of blood. By the end of the day, the Red Cross went home with 55 units of blood; therefore, the Student Senate finished 12 units above goal for the day!! Thanks to all the donors and volunteers who made this day a success!
Jared Theis (pictured) carded an 83 to pace the men’s golf team to a third-place finish at Brooks Golf Club in Okoboji Monday. Chasen Selsor, Jake Speer, and Angga Edwards were the other participants for the men. The women finished fourth, helped by a personal season best from Logan Kinyon. The women will play in Regional competition this Friday and Saturday at Otter Creek in Ankeny.
Late last week, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Head Women’s Basketball Coach Addae Houston announced the latest recruit—Cambry Schluter of Hopkins, MO—for his 2014-15 Spartans basketball team.
Schluter, who will be a May 2014 graduate of North Nodaway High School, was an all-conference selection and a District 16 All-District Team selection her junior and senior years. She scored more than 1,000 career points for North Nodaway High School. In addition, Schluter is a member of the National Honor Society and made the Principal’s Honor Roll all four years of high school.
Southwestern Community College Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff announced recently Brennan Banks of Wayne will be joining the Spartans softball program for the 2014-15 school year.
Banks, who will be a May 2014 graduate of Wayne Community High School, plays catcher and third base. During high school, she received all-conference outfield, all conference infield, all-district softball, all-state infield, and has been a four-year varsity letter winner. She has also excelled academically being named to the A Honor Roll, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society, the Wayne Athletic Leadership Council, and the Student Council.
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