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Published March 7, 2012 8:38 am

Tuesday night, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Keokuk to face off against second-place Southeastern Community College. The Blackhawks, having defeated Southwestern just a week earlier, took control of the game early once again and never looked back.

After opening the game on a 10-0 run over the first four minutes of action, the Spartans of Southwestern did their best to keep the game in manageable distance. As both teams struggled to find offensive rhythm (Southwestern shot 26 percent from the floor in the first half), the Blackhawks used stymie defense to get their offense going. SCC forced Southwestern into 13 first half turnovers, seven of which they translated into 14 points. Clinging to a 22-15 halftime advantage, the focus for the Spartans was understandably on ball security at intermission.

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Published March 7, 2012 8:29 am

Littleton Marcus IMG 4004To upset Ellsworth, ranked number two in the region, AT Iowa Falls, the Spartan youngsters knew they would have to rebound and be good with possession of the ball—they did both on their way to a 62-61 upset victory over the Panthers on Tuesday night. Ellsworth came out of the gate strong, jumping to a 10-4 advantage on the strength of two three-point goals early. Southwestern stayed methodical, keeping the pace slow, and got key baskets from Delby Halcomb and  Devin Kastrup to stay within striking distance at the half, trailing 36-28. When the Spartans found  Marquealis Edwards cutting to the basket for a lay-up in the first possession of the second half, Southwestern seemed to be in the game for the long haul.

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Published March 6, 2012 2:54 pm

Creston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) recently announced the addition of men’s and women’s track and field starting with the 2012-13 school year.

According to Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, the decision to add an intercollegiate sport was made after a lot of thought and consideration by the college’s administration.  SWCC has had men’s and women’s cross country programs in place since 2006.  The Spartans’ cross country teams, under the direction of Head Coach Bill Huntington and Assistant Coach Cari Stalker, have been national contenders throughout the years.  During the 2011 season, the women’s team was ranked in the top 20 nationally.

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Published March 6, 2012 2:50 pm

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College’s adult and continuing education department is offering coaching authorization in a fast track format from March 26-April 7, 2012, at Murray Community School.  The course will meet Monday through Friday evenings from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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Published March 5, 2012 4:04 pm

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CRESTON, IA, March 5, 2012—Five Southwestern Community College students placed at the Spring Business Professionals of America (BPA) Leadership Conference in Des Moines, February 26-27, qualifying them for BPA national competition, to be held during the 2012 National Leadership Conference, April 25-29, in Chicago, IL.

SWCC students qualifying for nationals included Nora Andrews, sophomore, office systems specialist major, from Benton; Jacqueline Castillo, sophomore, medical transcription major, from Lenox; Amber Graciano, sophomore, liberal arts major, from Lenox; Melissa Villarreal, sophomore, medical transcription major, from Lenox; and Carla Willis, sophomore, business administration major, from Creston.

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Published March 1, 2012 4:20 pm

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Wednesday night, Coach Gilcrist and the Spartan Women’s Basketball team had the honor of recognizing their three sophomores while also raising money and awareness for breast cancer research. The event, sponsored by Wal-Mart, Curves, Greater Regional Medical Center, Iowa State Savings Bank, First National Bank, Great Western Bank, and State Savings Bank (as well as having a raffle item donated by Kelly’s Flowers), was held to raise money for the Cancer Center at Greater Regional Medical Center. With t-shirt sales, raffle items, and smoothies for sale throughout the night, the Lady Spartans donned pink uniforms. Before the game, the team honored its three sophomores and their families by presenting the girls with flowers and other gifts. At halftime, Jenny Thompson spoke on behalf of the Cancer Center of Greater Regional Medical Center about important cancer statistics in our area!

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Published March 1, 2012 4:12 pm

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In an intense battle in which the Spartans did not let the fourth-ranked team nationally out of their sights, Kirkwood eventually prevailed, 60-54. Southwestern used long offensive possessions, multiple screens, and key rebounds from Trevor Kayser to get a late first-half push, going into intermission trailing 31-28.  In the second half, the Eagles pushed the lead to 9 with just more than 10 minutes to play when a Southwestern turnover led to a run-out opportunity for Kirkwood.  Marquealis Edwards then followed a three-point goal with a dribble attack and feed to Kayser to trim the lead back down.

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Published February 27, 2012 1:21 pm

Be sure to check out the Art Quilt Display by the local Arts and Fibers Club in the Southwestern Community College LRC (library) in the Instructional Center on the SWCC Creston campus.  More than 30 quilt and craft items are on display throughout the library.  The items will be available for viewing at SWCC until Wednesday, February 29.  To view photos of all items in the show, please visit the "SWCC Library" page on Facebook.

Published February 27, 2012 8:46 am

The Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Estherville, IA Saturday Feb. 25 in attempt to sweep the season series with the Iowa Lakes Community College Lakers. After scoring the opening basket of the game, however, it looked as if the Spartans might be in trouble. Both teams sat scoreless until the Lakers basket with 16:28 to go in the first half. From there, Iowa Lakes controlled much of the first half. With their largest lead sitting at 9-3 Iowa Lakes at the 13 minute mark, the two teams traded leads for the rest of the first half but the Spartans never possessed the momentum. The Lakers answered every Spartan stop with a stop of their own or answered every Spartan make with one of their own. The Spartans entered the break leading 24-23.

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Published February 27, 2012 8:26 am

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The lead changed hands several times, but in the end Southwestern seemed to run out of gas late in the second half on the road at Iowa Lakes, dropping the contest 77-65.  Southwestern led 27-26 at half, and the game stayed close for the first ten minutes of the second half.  Marquealis Edwards (pictured) paced the Spartans throughout the game on his way to a game-high 28 points, but offensive rebounding by the Lakers again spelled the demise for the Spartans, as Iowa Lakes was able to grad 13 misses, often leading to put-back scores. 

Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "Offensively, we did the things necessary to win.  Our turnovers were low, we were great at the free throw line, and 65 points should be enough for us to win at the pace in which we play.  We just went through a four-minute stretch of defensive mental mistakes, which kill you in this league." 

Southwestern hosts conference-leader Kirkwood at home Wednesday, Feb. 29.  Tip-off is 7:30 p.m.