Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:53 pm
After a lot of sweat and heartache, the Spartans Women's Basketball Team found out that they would be losing one of their players for the upcoming season. Kylee Loftus, a freshman from Logan-Magnolia, informed the coaches Tuesday night that she would no longer be with the team. Coach Gilcrist commented, "We are sad that Kylee has decided to leave the program but we understand her decision. Kylee is very close with her family in Logan and that separation has been difficult for her. Also, she has very significant academic aspirations and she felt like the schedule required of a college student-athlete was not in her best interests in the classroom. We will support Kylee throughout her stay here at SWCC and help her continue to provide the best future for herself possible." Kylee's departure leaves the Spartans with nine players for the upcoming season. Asked if he would look to make any additions, Coach Gilcrist added, "Coach Dahlseng and I recognize that we will be short-handed and under-sized at times this season, but we could not be happier with the developing team chemistry of this group. We are excited about the commitment the current roster has shown to us and to Southwestern and we want to give them that support right back."
Created: Thursday, October 20, 2011 1:39 pm
Coach Gilcrist announced the addition of his team manager Tuesday night during the season's opening press day. Ryan Harmsen, a sophomore from Osceola, will join Gilcrist and Dahlseng on the bench throughout this season. Harmsen will not only be responsible for video-taping and stat-keeping, but he will also be asked to assist with practice organization and other administrative duties necessary for the program to succeed. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about the addition, "Ryan is one of the most genuine people I know at SWCC. Having coached him last year in baseball, I know the enthusiasm and energy Ryan exhibits every single day. He will work hard for us no matter what is asked of him, and he will set that example for our girls while still having fun." Harmsen began his duties with the team a few weeks ago and will continue with the program throughout the season.
Created: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 10:57 am
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Spartans first exhibition game originally scheduled for this Friday (Oct. 14) has been moved. The Women's Basketball Program will now open up play on October 19 at the Midland University Jamboree. The game versus Doane College has been moved from this Friday to Friday, October 21. The game will be played at 5 p.m. on Doane's campus. Coach Gilcrist added, "Although this change means our girls will play many games in very few days, we are excited for the opportunity to have an overnight trip so early in the season. Team chemistry is very important to any team, but we feel it is especially important for us given the strength of our schedule and the grind this season will have on us. We need to be connected as a family and this trip will help us progress towards that state."
Created: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:00 am
Coaches Gilcrist and Dahlseng are eagerly awaiting the start of this year's basketball season. In the meantime, however, they are finding themselves busy with practices and conditioning. Any downtime the two receive, they have managed to occupy by hitting the recruiting trails as much as possible. Over the last week, Gilcrist and Dahlseng visited with seven recruits at six different high schools. The pair visited Bellevue West (NE), Omaha North (NE), Bedford (IA), Martensdale-St. Mary's (IA), Southeast Polk (IA), and Ottumwa (IA). The seven recruits are individuals Coach Gilcrist believes will continue to build upon the foundation of his first recruiting class. He said, "I cannot thank the team I have enough for all of their hard work. They have bought into what Coach Dahlseng and I have preached all season and it has given us confidence that this program is headed in the right direction. In order to be successful in recruiting, you have to have a team that you can sell. I know that anyone who watches this team work will see how much progress we are making every day. The future of the Spartan Women's Basketball Program is very bright and hopefully we can build on this year by bringing in another great class next year." Signing day for this year's senior class is April 8, 2012.