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Published January 26, 2012 3:21 pm


Last night, the Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball Team won its first conference game of the season, defeating Iowa Lakes Community College 43-35. In relative control of the game throughout the night, the Spartans put forth their best defensive effort of the season.

Coach Gilcrist commented, “The most crucial point in the game, in my opinion, actually took place during the first seven minutes of action when we missed a countless number of open opportunities but maintained our composure. We have struggled to shoot at times throughout this season, but I cannot express how proud I am of our girls for never loosing focus on the defensive end and remaining confident offensively. I’m sure it was an ugly game for some to watch, but seeing how well we defended their athletes made me very proud!”

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Published January 23, 2012 8:56 am

Saturday night, the Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball Team travelled to Marshalltown CC to face the Tigers. In somewhat of an awkward situation for the Spartans, the team entered the game knowing the contest would affect their overall record but not their conference record. Marshalltown, having committed some NJCAA violations, has been forced to vacate their conference schedule while still competing for the remainder of the season. Coming off a tough loss against Ellsworth earlier in the week, the Spartans looked to continue their good play while fighting to put together a more complete 40 minutes of basketball.

The first half featured another solid defensive effort by the Spartans as they entered the break down 29-23. Southwestern shot more than 50 percent from the floor in the opening half, but their inability to rebound and protect the basketball led to a multitude of transition points for the MCC Tigers. After the break, the Tigers amped up their pressure by switching to a 1-3-1 zone where they looked to trap early and often. Southwestern committed early turnovers as they failed to pass well against pressure and made some mental mistakes off dribble. After switching to a high-low offensive set, the Spartans looked to gain momentum back in the game. The Spartans continued their hot shooting, but once again gave up too many second-chance point opportunities.

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Published January 23, 2012 8:45 am

England_Brett_IMG_4003With nine players available, Southwestern knew they would have to control tempo to knock off talented Southeast Nebraska on the road Saturday.  Unfortunately, a chance for a key road win went through their fingertips in a 56-55 loss to the Storm.

Southwestern was sluggish early, getting off to a 14-2 deficit before a big spark from bench players Brett England (pictured), Andrew Pool, Kyle Graves, and Patrick Negri cut the lead to 14-10.  Turnovers continued to hound the Spartans in the first half, and they found themselves at a 31-21 half-time disadvantage.

In the second half, the margin stayed where it was, as Keenan Joiner and Marquealis Edwards kept Southwestern in striking distance.  After a bad exchange with seven minutes to play in which the Spartans failed on a free-throw block out attempt, Southeast stretched the lead to 13 points at 46-33.  From that point, Southwestern began a furious comeback effort highlighted by three-point goals from Edwards and Marcus Littleton.  Down 54-53 with 17 seconds, Southwestern secured a defensive rebound and had a chance for a go-ahead basket, but Devin Kastrup committed a turnover in the post and the Spartans were forced to foul.  Delquari Thomas made both free throws, and with seven seconds on the clock, Southwestern tried to set up a three-point goal, but Littleton’s attempt was wide.  A tip-in at the buzzer by Trevor Kayser made the final 56-55. 

Southwestern next hosts Iowa Lakes Wednesday night at 7:30.

Published January 19, 2012 10:42 am

AutoContestWinnersSouthwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Open House event, visitors will be able to tour the automotive shops, meet program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at the car show, and meet with tool vendors.  A light lunch will be served.

Potential students may visit at any time during the Open House hours, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s technical center.  Pictured at right are last year's contest winners.

Published January 19, 2012 9:35 am

The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation scholarship application for 2012-13 is now available on the SWCC Web site. All new and returning students for fall 2012 semester are encouraged to apply! Applications are due to the SWCC Education Foundation office on or before March 15, 2012, at 5 p.m. CDT.

Scholarships awarded are to be used at Southwestern Community College during the 2012-13 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on many criteria. Last year, approximately 100 scholarships were given to students. It is the goal of the Education Foundation to grow this number each year.

For further information, please contact Jana Scott, student services specialist, at 641.782.1455.

Published January 19, 2012 8:23 am

Wednesday night, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball team traveled to Iowa Falls to face Ellsworth Community College. The Panthers from ECC came into the game receiving votes in the Top 25 and a 13-5 record. Nonetheless, the first half saw the Spartans from Southwestern playing with tons of confidence and energy on both ends of the floor. While they struggled to shoot the ball from the floor at times, Southwestern maintained a lead for most of the half by crashing the boards and working the ball into the paint. Sophomore Amber Thomas (Council Bluffs, IA) played a huge first half, collecting 6 points on three out of four shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds. Up 21-20 at the halftime buzzer, the Spartans seemed in control if only they could continue to hold Ellsworth below their season totals and keep pounding the paint. Unfortunately, the second half did not go Southwestern’s way. Although they were within single digits for much of the final 20 minutes, Ellsworth pulled away at the end to win 64-43.

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Published January 16, 2012 12:02 pm

Saturday afternoon, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Fort Dodge, IA to face the nationally-ranked (#2) Iowa Central Tritons. Coach Gilcrist commented, “Before the game, we said the keys to our performance were: (1) Get back in transition on defense; (2) Rebound the basketball, especially on the defensive end; (3) Communicate on defense, especially cutters and screens; and last, but not least, (4) MAKE SHOTS!”

Unfortunately, those keys proved to doom the Spartans as they fell to Iowa Central by a final score of 82-25. The Tritons opened the game on a 31-0 run through the first 15 minutes of action. While Southwestern did a decent job of forcing Iowa Central to work in the half-court, the Triton tandem of Rodewald and Nagel proved too dominate on the inside of the paint early.

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Published January 16, 2012 8:11 am

CupcakeThere will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bake Sale today (January 16) starting at 8:30 a.m. in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  All monies raised will go to the Great American Bake Sale ( to help end childhood hunger.  Enjoy some yummy items to start your semester off doing something good for other people!

This event is being sponsored by the Beta Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Published January 12, 2012 9:28 am


Facing a team receiving votes in the Top 25, the Southwestern Spartans failed to keep the game within reach Wednesday night against the DMACC Bears. For the second straight game, the Spartans opened the game with a lead through the first five minutes. Unlike their previous contest, this game proved to be a back-and-forth battle for much of the first half. With their best defensive effort of the year, both from a man-to-man and zone perspective, the Spartans forced the Bears to settle for contested jump shots and single-chance possessions. Unfortunately, the winds came out of the Spartan sails late in the half as three straight turnovers turned into six easy points for the DMACC. The teams entered the break with DMACC leading 29-19.

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Published January 10, 2012 4:24 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.  The meeting was held electronically due to a brief agenda.

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