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Published May 29, 2012 2:39 pm

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Following the Spartan’s record-breaking softball season, head softball coach Lindsay Stumpff (pictured at right), and assistant coach Jamie Dardis were named the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Regional Coaching Staff of the Year for the Midwest. Stumpff and Dardis led the Spartans to the NJCAA Region XI tournament, winning their first three games to advance to the championship game. There, the Spartans ended their season 43-21. Stumpff and Dardis are now eligible for the National Coaching Staff of the Year, which will be announced in June.

Read the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announcement.

Published May 25, 2012 1:32 pm


Mark your calendars! SWCC Nights at two area speedways will be held during the month of June.  Clarke County Speedway Night will be held on Sat., June 16, 2012, and the Adams County Speedway Night will be held on Sat., June 23, 2012. 

The Clarke County Speedway is located at 2495 Highway 34 (on the north side of Highway 34) just east of Osceola.   Pits open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m., and racing begins at 7 p.m.

The Adams County Speedway is located at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Corning.  The fairgrounds are located one mile north of Highway 34 on Highway 148, then east on 12th Street.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and the races begin at 7 p.m.  The Adams County Speedway's 2012 schedule kicked off on April 21 and continues each Saturday night through September 22.

Published May 24, 2012 9:45 am

Perrin Golf
Reggie Perrin of Corning has seen some success as a high school golfer.  Perrin qualified for state with his Corning teammates last season as a junior, then missed the individual state cut by only one stroke this year.  Perrin will now bring his skills to Southwestern’s golf program. 

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Published May 23, 2012 9:21 am

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Dr. Jane Bradley, Southwestern Community College’s associate vice president of instruction, poses with Governor Terry Branstad at the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Co-Chairs Reception on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Terrace Hill in Des Moines. The reception was a prelude to the Iowa Statewide STEM Summit that took place on Tues., May 15. Southwestern was recently selected as one of six regional network hubs to promote STEM education and economic development across Iowa. The college is actively seeking a dynamic person to fill the position of STEM hub manager. This person will serve as an advocate for public schools, colleges, universities, business and industry to facilitate the STEM efforts in southwest Iowa. STEM areas include science, technology, engineering and math.

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