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Created: Tuesday, 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.

Created: Wednesday, 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.

Read more: Seven Spartan Players Named to All-Region for Softball

Created: Tuesday, 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.

Read more: 2012 Coach's Wrap-Up

Created: Monday, May 7, 2012 10:26 am


UPDATE--Congratulations to Head Coach Lindsay Stumpff and the SWCC Spartans on an outstanding season of softball!  The Spartans ended their season today vs. DMACC.  The final score was 5-1.


The SWCC Spartans softball team continues to battle in the Region XI Softball Championship at Fort Dodge. The double elimination tournament started on Thursday, May 3, 2012, and wraps up today.

On Saturday, the Spartans played DMACC and won 2-1 on last minute heroics by Londen Miller in the bottom of the seventh inning. The DMACC Bears then played Iowa Central on Sunday morning. DMACC advanced from that game.

That led to a re-match between the Spartans and the Bears on Sunday at 5 p.m. The final score was 3-1 with the Bears earning the victory.

So today, the DMACC Bears and the Spartans will play for the third time. The Region XI Championship game is at 1 p.m. At this point, DMACC and SWCC both have a loss, so the winner of today’s game will be the Region XI Champion and advance to District play.

Good luck Spartans! We are proud of you!