CRESTON — High school students interested in agricultural careers have invaluable opportunities to explore the ag field thanks to a new program implemented at Southwestern Community College this fall. The Agricultural Careers Reach and Educate Students (ACRES) program was established to strengthen relationships between secondary agriculture programs and SWCC, as well as develop relationships with the regional ag business community.
Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president, is excited about where the initiative is headed. “ACRES was the brain child of Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC’s coordinator of secondary programs,” Taylor explained. “Initial response from students has been extremely positive and already the program is benefitting area high school students.”
Although the program is in its infancy, area students have already had opportunities to see the ag field first-hand. In early November, approximately 40 juniors and seniors from southwest and south central Iowa boarded charter buses and toured John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny and ChannelBio, a Monsanto seed subsidiary, near Huxley.
Phi Theta Kappa is wrapping up their coat drive on Monday, December 13, 2010. Please check your closet for gently used children's and adult's coats (please wash before donating).
Donations may be dropped off in the donation boxes located in the LRC (library), at Sociology Instructor Jody Nedley-Newcomb's office (#815), or at the Osceola or Red Oak Centers.
Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Education Foundation hosted its fourth annual Donor Scholar Reception on November 16, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., in room 180 of the college’s instructional center.
This event allows scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to meet and hear from others who are involved with the foundation. Following hors d’oeuvres and introductions, a brief program was led by Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students and executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation.
Looking to end a seven-game home stand on a positive note, Southwestern downed Graceland University Friday night, 76-59, to move to 9-0 on the season. Graceland came out of the gates firing, taking an early 6-3 lead; however, the multiple bodies of the Spartans kept pounding away and eventually built a 41-26 halftime lead behind four three-point goal by David Farmer, crisp passing from point guard Dominique Outley, and the defensive presence of Austin Emerson. In the second half, the Spartans maintained their advantage with some key second-chance putbacks from Collin Artinger, who grabbed ten rebounds on the night. The win not only sets up the Spartans with a start that is raising eyebrows around the conference, but sets up an opportunity to knock off Division I opponent Iowa Western, where the Spartans travel Tuesday. The last time Southwestern upset a DI opponent was in the 2008-09 season, when they edged State Fair (Missouri), 70-69.
In their second meeting of the season, Southwestern overcame a four-point first-half deficit to pull away from North Central (Missouri) Tuesday night in Creston, 67-44. Trailing 17-13, Southwestern rallied with key free throws from David Farmer (photo) and two steals from Tyler Smith. With a 29-21 lead at half, Southwestern hit two three-point shots by Luke Sealer and Collin Artinger to increase the margin to 14, and never looked back. Alec Hall led Southwestern with 6 assists, and Farmer collected 6 defensive rebounds, as the Spartans again rode their defense to a win. The victory moves Southwestern to 8-0. They next play Graceland at home Friday night.
The Spartans Men’s Basketball team used a balance of their protection-based defense and spread offense to earn a key non-conference victory against Southeast (Nebraska) Saturday. Southwestern built a 42-20 halftime lead behind the point guard play of both Alec Hall and Dominique Outley. Hall had five assists in the game, and Outley had a stellar night from the field, including 2-2 from behind the arc and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Southeast kept fighting after the half, switching to a half-court trapping zone. They were able to cut the lead to 17 before a key pass from Jordan Hopkins to Sam Duggins got the Spartans a much-needed basket. In all, Southwestern connected on 10 of 20 from the three-point line on their way to the 77-47 win. The Spartans are now 6-0 on the season and will play talented Central (Nebraska) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Creston.
In what promised to be one of the most significant defensive challenges for the Spartans this year, the men’s basketball team got passing marks against Central Community College (Nebraska) at home Tuesday night, winning 94-70. The Spartans used another stellar first half, holding the high-powered Raiders to 20 points in the frame, taking a 50-20 lead to intermission. Luke Sealer (in photo) pounded the boards for Southwestern, collecting 11 rebounds in all on the night. Tyler Smith and David Goddard shared the challenging defensive assignment of stopping Ray McGaugh, Central’s offensive weapon. Both got passing marks from Head Coach Mike Holmes. “When you have one day to put in a funky defensive rule, you always are concerned how the players will execute. I thought all of our players did what they have done all year, which is to execute effectively in all things asked of them.” Central kept battling in the second half as both teams reached early foul trouble. Southwestern was effective enough against the press to maintain a comfortable margin. The Spartans move to 7-0, and next play North Central (Missouri) at home Tuesday, November 30.
Faced with the challenge of stopping a red-hot center as the focal point of the Quakerdale Academy offense, Southwestern used a packed and active defense to gain a home victory Tuesday night in Creston, 64-57. Southwestern jumped out early on key baskets by Luke Sealer, but the margin went back and forth throughout the first half until the Spartans extended it with a nice series, including a three-point goal from David Goddard and another from Sealer. Dominique Outley, who had 7 defensive rebounds on the night from the point guard position, led key transitions which led to scores. Leading at half, 35-26, Southwestern extended its lead when Jordan Hopkins found center De’Everett Williams for two easy baskets. Quakerdale tried pressure at the end of the game to attempt to close a 14-point deficit, and got the game back to the margin of the 64-57 final. Southwestern’s streak moves to five games on the young season, and they will next face another hot team, Southeast Nebraska, on Saturday in Creston.
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Southwestern had to extend their defense farther than normal to defeat Northwestern Saturday afternoon in Creston, 79-64. The Red Raiders set the tone early, making 7 of their first 9 shots to grab an early 11-6 advantage. Going out of character, the Spartans put pressure on ball handlers and began forcing passing mistakes. In all, Northwestern committed 30 turnovers. Some of the turnovers led to transition baskets for Southwestern and gave the Spartans a 44-35 halftime advantage. In the second half, Northwestern cut the lead to 6, but could not get closer as the Spartans continued to run their spread and cut game. Balanced scoring was the key for Southwestern, who put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Jordan Hopkins, Luke Sealer, and Tyler Smith). Sealer (photo at right) also chipped in 5 assists in the game. Southwestern also survived a scare when starting center Collin Artinger left the game with a shoulder injury. Artinger will be assessed Monday to determine his status for a Tuesday home game against Quakerdale Academy.
Southwestern used a methodical zone attack to fight off a scrappy William Penn squad Tuesday night, 73-55. The Statesmen, who switched up zones to attempt to keep the Spartans off balance, hit key free throws in the first half to stay within striking distance, 42-31. In the second half, more aggressive middle attack of the zone got Jordan Hopkins and Collin Artinger key looks to extend the Southwestern lead to 60-40 with eight minutes to play. From there, the Spartans got some key bench minutes from Dominique Outley and Keenan Joiner to keep their margin. The win moves Southwestern to 3-0. They next play Northwestern Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.
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