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Published May 4, 2011 8:42 am


Patrick Wright, a 5'11" guard from Davenport West High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Southwestern Spartans next season.  Wright, who helped lead West to 18 regular season wins, is a lightning quick perimeter player who will give Southwestern a legitimate dribble attack player, as well as a defender who can guard penetration players.

"Patrick's high-school coach (Mark Bigler) is an old friend of mine who really knows what we are trying to do here," Southwestern Head Coach Mike Holmes said.  "Coach Bigler had high praise for Patrick and what he could do for us."

After seeing Wright play, Holmes agreed.  "I realized Patrick could bring an element to our program that we really needed to compliment this recruiting class," Holmes explained.

Published May 2, 2011 9:04 am

Marie MapelhorstVolleyball standout Marie Wapelhorst of Scribner, NE, was selected as SWCC’s Female Athlete/Scholar of the Year. Wapelhorst was selected as NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First Team for the 2010 season.  She will graduate with her associate of arts degree in May 2011.

Read more in SWCC Names Athletes of the Year.

Published May 2, 2011 8:58 am

Amber Brown

Amber Brown of Carlisle and Sam McKinney of St. Charles were respectively named as Southwestern Community College’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year during the 2011 Spring Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in the Instructional Center on SWCC’s Creston campus.

Brown, who plays softball for SWCC Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff, graduated in May 2009 from Carlisle High School.  She came to SWCC from high school as a catcher, but due to her athletic abilities was moved to third base.

Read more in SWCC Names Athletes of the Year.

Published May 2, 2011 8:36 am

mckinney_IMG_2565Two of SWCC's men's cross country runners earned top honors at the 2011 awards ceremony. Sam McKinney (at right, pictured with Coach Huntington) was named as the SWCC Male Athlete of the Year. McKinney ran for Coach Bill Huntington’s cross country team and plays baseball for SWCC’s Brian “Bull” Smith. McKinney is transferring to Chicago State University where he will run cross country and participate in their track and field program.  He graduated in May 2009 from Interstate 35 High School and is the son of Mark and Laurie McKinney.

Matt CarrMatt Carr (at left) was also honored, being named SWCC’s Male Athlete/Scholar of the Year. Carr was selected as an NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First Team and was an Academic All-American First Team Selection during the 2009-10 school year. He will receive his associate of arts degree with a major in criminal justice and will be pursuing a career in law enforcement.

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Published April 27, 2011 2:49 pm


The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the R & S Booth Family Endowment.  The endowment was established by Russ and Sharon Booth of Creston.

Beginning fall 2012, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year SWCC student from Union County.  The Booths are excited about what these scholarships will mean to SWCC students.

“Russ and I feel it is important to provide this scholarship as an effort to enable more students to receive their education and contribute to our community,” Sharon commented.  “We are supporters of Southwestern and know this scholarship will help many students in the future.”

PHOTO (L to R):  Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of SWCC Education Foundation; Sharon Booth; Russ Booth; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of SWCC

Published April 26, 2011 11:47 am


PHOTO (L to R):  Ron “Fox” Clinton, former longtime SWCC basketball and softball coach; Amber Brown, SWCC Female Athlete of the Year; Sam McKinney, SWCC Male Athlete of the Year; and Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director and longtime baseball coach.

CRESTON, Iowa—Amber Brown of Carlisle and Sam McKinney of St. Charles were respectively named as Southwestern Community College’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year during the 2011 Spring Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in the Instructional Center on SWCC’s Creston campus.

Published April 25, 2011 1:33 pm


Michael Kaufman, a senior guard at Orient-Macksburg High School, won't have to travel far to move into his dorm room next year.  Orient-Macksburg High School is only ten miles north of Creston, so local basketball fans will be familiar with his exploits in high school.  Kaufman, a 6'0" guard, led the Bulldogs deep into the 1A district tournament this year before bowing out to Guthrie Center.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "I was really impressed with how Michael sees the floor, can pass off the urgent dribble, and can score in the lane while off balance.  I think his set of skills is a good match for the stuff we are running."  Assistant Coach Thad Tussey has ties to Orient-Macksburg, as his father, Steve, is the head coach for the Bulldogs.

Published April 22, 2011 10:34 am


New and returning student registration for fall 2011 semester is underway!  Returning students, if you are registered full-time for the fall semester by April 26, your name will be entered into a drawing for 4-$250 Early Bird Scholarships (2010 recipient shown in photo above).  These Early Bird Scholarships will be drawn for at the campus-wide picnic on Wed., April 27, at approximately 12 p.m.

Registration is also underway for summer 2011 fast track classes (May 16-27 or August 1-12) and regular summer session classes.

Remember, finals week is May 2-5.  Be sure to view the 2011 Spring Final Exam Schedule on the Web to determine when your exams take place.

Published April 20, 2011 11:26 am


It took a few years for Southwestern Head Coach Mike Holmes’ southeast Iowa connections to pay off, but the Spartans cashed in for the 2011-12 recruiting cycle by signing two prominent players from the region—Trevor Kayser of Cardinal and Kyle Graves of Davis County.  Holmes, who spent six seasons at Ottumwa High School, was familiar with both programs and was no stranger to basketball at either school.  Kayser, a 6-foot-6-inch smooth-shooting post player, who can play outside and inside, will be an effective tool in the Spartan’s high-post oriented attack.  The 6-foot-2-inch Graves, who as a younger player attended Holmes’ summer camps, is extremely familiar with the systems at Southwestern, and will bring an intelligence and understanding for the schemes that few incoming freshmen have.

“Trevor and Kyle represent the solid work ethic and selflessness indicative in that part of the state,” Holmes said.  “They will be excellent teammates for us next year, and will be able to make contributions within their roles.  I am really excited about their addition to our program.”

Published April 19, 2011 6:27 pm