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Published January 11, 2011 9:22 am

Southwestern bounced back from a conference earlier in the week by winning a wire-burner against Ellsworth in Iowa Falls, 72-70.  The two teams struggled for control for the entire game.  Ellsworth took a 33-31 lead into halftime, but the Spartans were able to keep in the game with key defensvie play from Austin Emerson and Tyler Smith, and a balanced scoring attack.  The second half was a see-saw, but Southwestern made two key plays to set up the exciting finish.  Down 58-54, Collin Artinger was fouled on a three-point attempt that went in. 

Published January 6, 2011 8:52 am


Having both won their conference openers, Southwestern and Iowa Central were each looking to take the early front-runner's position in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. The Tritons were the team that walked away with the advantage after a 70-36 win over Southwestern Wednesday night. Southwestern's precision offense showed the rust that can be created during a holdiay break, as Spartan shooters struggled to find the target all evening. Southwestern went 10-51 from the floor, which contributed to a 32-19 halftime deficit. In addition, the center postition was a point of challenge for the Spartans on the evening. Starting center Collin Artinger was in foul trouble early, and eventully fouled out of the game. De'Everett Williams had missed some practice over the break to attend his mother's wedding, which put him down in the Spartan rotation. David Farmer did not play due to an ankle injury, which left Keenan Joiner, typically a forward, attempting to fill in at the spot. Southwestern's small lineup was overmatched on the boards, giving up a 50 to 16 rebounding advantage to Iowa Central. Southwestern moves to 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference. They next play Ellsworth on the road Saturday.

Published December 23, 2010 3:44 pm

Auto Skills StudentsCRESTON —Four teams of students from Southwestern Community College's (SWCC) Tech Prep/Career Academy automotive program received honors during the Iowa high school Auto Skills Contest held December 17, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) in Ankeny. 

East Union’s team, made up of SWCC students Levi Stonehocker, a senior from Lorimor, and Lewis Ripperger, a junior from Afton, placed second overall in the statewide competition.  Creston’s team, which consisted of Zach Wignall, a senior from Creston, and Cody Bristow, a junior from Creston, competed and earned fifth place honors. 

Corning’s team of Micheal Avila, a senior from Corning, and Dalton Cormeny, a senior from Corning, placed seventh; and Mt. Ayr’s team of Trevor Richie, a senior from Benton, and Andy Freihage, a senior from Mt. Ayr, placed eighth.


Published December 23, 2010 3:32 pm

From the Stars of Christmas program to coat donations to a stuffed animal drive, it has been the season of giving at Southwestern!

Student Support Services once again organized the Stars of Christmas program this year.  Almost 80 children received gifts from volunteer Secret Santas the the Stars of Christmas program.

The Southwestern Community College Student Senate adopted a family for the holidays.  The Christmas family was selected by the Rural Iowa Crisis Center in Creston.  Gifts were delivered to the family in mid-December.

Below:  SWCC student senate member Amber Thomas on her way to deliver the adopted family Christmas basket.

Student Senate member with gift basket


Published December 20, 2010 8:53 am

10Southwestern erased the memory of a challenging week with a conference road victory, 75-59, at Iowa Lakes Saturday. The Spartans, with smothering defense which included four charges taken, built a 40-26 halftime lead behind a spark from David Farmer, who drilled two big three-point goals. Iowa Lakes was far from out of it, however, as they stormed back at the beginning of the second half with aggressive offensive rebounding and frigid shooting from Southwestern.

Published December 17, 2010 8:26 am

Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.

Published December 15, 2010 4:08 pm

gradsurveyThe Career Services department recently asked for the assistance of recent SWCC graduates.  There were 77 out of 305 graduates who completed the college's graduate placement survey online, showing 25 percent participation.  The survey was open from November 22 through December 15.  The opportunity was given to all graduates from December 2009, May 2010, and June 2010, with the incentive of winning one of three gift certificates.  In the drawing held today, December 15, the first place prize, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart, went to Tammy Herndon from Chariton; the second prize, a $25 gift card from Maurices, went to Kelly Stull from Claremore, OK; and the third prize, a $25 gift card from Casa De Oro, went to Wesley Rozenboom from Pella.

The remaining graduates (who have not yet completed the online survey) will be receiving surveys to be mailed next week in an effort to obtain the necessary information. These former students will have the option of completing the survey online or mailing the survey to the Career Services office.

Published December 15, 2010 11:06 am

Food LineSWCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter needs your help!  PTK is hosting the Open Table meal on Monday January 17, 2011, at 5 pm.  Items needed to provide the meal are listed below. Please contact Brittany Bakos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for information or to donate a specific item.  PLEASE put your name on all items donated (for record keeping purposes).

Canned donations may be dropped off at the LRC (library) or Rm 815 (Jody Nedley-Newcomb’s office) in the Instructional Center.

Hamburger needs to be cooked and put into plastic freezer bags. Please contact Nedley-Newcomb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to make arrangements to drop off the hamburger. Please mark your bag with how many pounds it contains.

Cash donations are accepted; please deliver to Jody Nedley-Newcomb.

Items still needed as of 1/17/11 include (we're updating this list as items come in):

  • Hamburger, cooked, 15 lbs still needed
  • Cookies/bars, 7 pans still needed

Published December 14, 2010 2:32 pm

AAA Auto Skills Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Johnny Mordock of Creston and Logan Jenkins of Prescott placed second overall in the 2010 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.  This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.

The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered a couple of months ago.  Mordock and Jenkins placed first in the written portion of the competition.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.


Published December 13, 2010 10:48 am

Southwestern fought two opponents Saturday: Southeast (Nebraska) and the weather. With the snow and wind moving through Iowa, Southeast and the Spartans battled to a 60-60 tie at the end of regulation. Southwestern had the ball and a chance to win at the end of the 2nd half, but Jordan Hopkins' shot was off the mark. In overtime, the lead changed several times, but again Southwestern had the last shot—this time down two with 0.9 seconds to play. Again the ball went into Hopkins, but his quick release went long, handing the Spartans the 66-64 loss. As a team, Southwestern was 2-13 behind the arc, which was the second straight game featuring cold shooting. After the contest, the Spartans faced the challenge of getting home. With slow going, the team stopped in Bedford to let visibility clear. After four hours in the shelter of Bedford High School, the bus was finally able to proceed—the team arrived home at 3 a.m. The Spartans next hit the road to Nebraska again Wednesday to face Central (Nebraska). The Spartans are 9-3 on the season.