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Creston, IA—Nine Southwestern Community College (SWCC) softball players were recently named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) academic teams.
The first team consisted of student-athletes earning a 3.5 or above grade point average. SWCC athletes making first team included Carla Smith (pictured above left) of Greenfield, a 2011 Creston High School graduate, and Erin Budach (pictured above right) of Mt. Ayr, a 2010 Mt. Ayr High School graduate.
For second team honors, the students must have earned a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.4. Second team honors went to the SWCC Spartans’ Danyielle Barger of Centerville, Ashley Brandt of Haverhill, Haley Hammer of Lone Tree, Leah Kipfer of Albia, Devan Kline of Brooklyn, Sarah Meinecke of Jamaica, and Kelsey Moore of Centerville.
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.
CRESTON, 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.
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.