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The Seward County Community College menís tennis team completed the 2006 NJCAA National Tennis Championship last week in Plano, Texas, with an overall finish of ninth place among 25 national tournament teams. Laredo (TX.) Community College won the national championship with 48 overall points with Tyler (TX.) Junior College finishing as runner-up (46), and Collin County (TX.) Community College finishing third (35). The Saints received 18.5 points finishing two points behind seventh-place Barton County Community College (20.5), and 1.5 points behind Johnson County Community College (20).

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Seward County Community College womenís basketball Head Coach, Toby Wynn, has announced the programs 2006-2007 freshman recruiting class. Coach Wynn and Assistant Coach, Kim Ortega, signed seven incoming freshman student-athletes with four players coming within the state of Kansas and three out-of-state players. The Lady Saints finished the 2005-2006 season 25-7 overall and 10-6 in the competitive Jayhawk West Conference. Seward County will return five sophomores from last seasonís team.

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Seward County Community College menís basketball Head Coach, Dave Brown, has announced that five players from the Saints 2005-2006 team have made commitments for the upcoming year. This yearís sophomore signing class will be advancing to four NCAA Division I programs and one NAIA institution. Sophomores, Adam Tanner (Denver University), Jerrell Green (Morgan State University), Keith Spencer (University of Texas-San Antonio), Brandon Cornwell (University of Kansas Wesleyan) and red-shirt freshman, Mark Hall (University of California-Riverside) have all made commitments for next year.

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Former Seward County Community College baseball player, Alan Orgain, is headed to the NJCAA JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado. Orgain, a 2000 graduate of SCCC is an assistant baseball coach at San Jacinto North College in Houston, Texas, and last night the Gators won the Region XIV Baseball Tournament in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. San Jacinto won the tournament with wins over Texarkana College, Navarro College, and two victories over Alvin Community College, including a 9-6 victory over Alvin in last nightís championship game.

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KIRKWOOD, OWENS & SULLIVAN SIGN FOR 2006-2007

The Seward County Community College volleyball program has announced that three sophomores, Kelli Kirkwood, Alison Owens, and Megan Sullivan have announced where they will play volleyball at in 2006. Kirkwood has signed a national letter of intent to Winthrop University (NCAA D-I), Owens will play at Lubbock Christian University (NAIA), and Sullivan has chosen Oklahoma City University (NAIA) for next season. All three sophomores played at Seward County from 2004-2005, helping the Lady Saints to an overall record of 51-28, and back-to-back Region VI Tournament Final Four appearances.

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Seward County Community College is offering free tuition this summer to Seward County residents who apply early.

A limited number of tuition grants are available to Seward County residents beginning with the first summer session that begins May 30. Course fees still apply. Call the admissions office at 620-629-2710 to sign up today.
The Seward County Community College Business & Industry Office and Business Division is sponsoring some noncredit short courses on basic word processing applications.

Word I that will be offered from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, June 3, in room AA101, will introduce users to the basic functions of Word, including formatting, toolbars, printing and office tools.

Word II that will be offered form 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, June 10, in room AA101, will help users become more comfortable using word by teaching tabs, margins, headers/footers, inserting and page numbering.

Cost is $25 per three-hour class. To guarantee a spot in the class, call 620-629-2653 or email rjackson@sccc.edu
The two-time defending Region VI Softball Tournament Champion, Seward County Community College, once again proved they have some of the elite softball players in the NJCAA Division I Region VI this year. From the five-teams in the D-I Region VI (Seward County, Colby, Barton County, Cloud County & Garden City) the Lady Saints placed ten players on the 2006 NJCAA D-I All-Region VI team. Seward County First Team players were Allison Bellar (first base), Meisha Patterson (shortstop), Kati Jo Gabaldon (outfield) and Sarah Venegas (utility). Second Team performers were Kelsey Trout (catcher), Becky Holland (pitcher), Sarah Wittwer (pitcher), Stephanie Jaime (second base), Haley Martin (outfield) and Amanda McCue (outfield).

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In the first day of competition at the National Tournament the Seward County Community College menís tennis team is currently 3-0, winning three singles matches.

Singles:
No. 2 Alejandro Martinez defeated Fort Smith Arkansas, 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Rogerio Yamamota defeated Sinclair Community College, 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Bruno Falcao defeated Meridian Community College, 6-1, 6-1
*** Three Saints singles players received a First Round bye and have advanced to the second round.

Doubles:
Thiago Lins/Rogerio Yamamota play a doubles match later today
*** Saints No. 1 and No. 3 Doubles pairs have received a First Round bye and will advance to the Second round.
The Tournament will continue through Friday, May 19th.
The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team ended their remarkable season in 10th place at the NJCAA Womenís Tennis National Championship Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, last week. The Lady Saints finished with 17 teams points which placed them two points behind ninth place, Scottsdale Community College. Broward Community College (49 points) won the National Championship with Hillsborough College (38 points) finishing runner-up and Lee College (37 points) finishing in third place. Seward County finished the six day tournament (May 7-12) with a combined team record of 11-11 overall (match play) and had several players finish in the Top 16 in each classification.

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The Seward County Community College softball team entered the District C Playoff Series winning 11 straight games including their second Region VI Tournament Championship in two years. That streak was snapped and the Lady Saints season has ended with a pair of losses to No. 10 Otero Junior College, who defeated Seward County, 5-4 and 6-1 at Lady Saints Softball Field on Thursday afternoon. Oteroís two wins over Seward County earned them a berth in the 16 team NJCAA Division I Fast Pitch Softball National Championship Tournament that is scheduled May 18-20, in Plant City, Florida. It is the second straight season that Otero has defeated Seward County to advance to the National Tournament.

Seward County finishes the season 37-22, with back-to-back seasons of winning the NJCAA Region VI Tournament and finishing as runner up in the District C Playoff.
The Seward County Community College baseball team finished their season on Tuesday night at the Region VI Baseball Tournament in Wichita at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. The Saints exited the tournament in fourth place with a 9-7 loss to Neosho County Community College. Seward County ended their season with a 2-2 record at the eight-team Region VI with wins over Hutchinson (7-6, 14 innings) and Coffeyville (9-6) and losses against Butler (10-2) and Neosho County. Seward County finishes the season 33-27, marking the 14th season in a row the Saints baseball program has won at least 33 games, and the third straight season the Saints have finished in the top four in the Region VI Baseball Tournament.

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For the second consecutive season, the Seward County Community College softball team has won the NJCAA Division I Region VI Softball Tournament. The Lady Saints won their back-to-back Region VI Championship this year in Colby, and became tournament champions by defeating Colby, the regular season District champion, twice in the two day tournament. Seward County swept their Region VI Tournament competition by defeating Barton County Community College 2-1 in nine innings in their opening game, defeating Colby 4-3 (eight innings) in the winners bracket final and then won the tournament by defeating Colby again, 2-0, in the championship game.

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The NJCAA Region VI Baseball Tournament begins Saturday morning and the Seward County Community College (31-25) baseball team is marking their third straight trip to the final eight team bracket that determines who will make it to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo. The two teams in this yearís bracket who are recently the most familiar with the World Series are the Saints who went in 2004 and their first opponent this weekend, the defending Region VI champion, Hutchinson Blue Dragons (43-11). Seward will face Hutchinson on Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in the double-elimination tournament in Wichita.

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The NJCAA Region VI Division I Softball Tournament is about to begin in Colby this weekend and the Seward County Community College softball team enters the tournament as the defending champion. The Region VI Tournament is a double-elimination tourney that will be played May 5-6 at Colby Community College, who is the host team due to winning the regular season District title. The No. 2 seeded Seward County Lady Saints (34-20) begin tournament play on Friday, May 5 at 12:00 p.m. against No. 3 seed Barton County Community College (11-34).

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The 2006 Jayhawk West softball All-Conference teams were announced on Monday by Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) officials. The Seward County Community College softball team had seven players earn Jayhawk West All-Conference honors including sophomores, Kati Jo Gabaldon (outfielder) and Becky Holland (pitcher) who received Second Team All-Conference accolades.

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JEFF BREWER & TOBY DAVIS NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) officials have announced the 2006 baseball Jayhawk West All-Conference selections. The Seward County Community College baseball team had seven players earn Jayhawk West All-Conference recognition with sophomore shortstop, Jeff Brewer and freshman third baseman, Toby Davis, each being named to the All-Conference First Team.

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On Sunday, ten Seward County Community College sophomore softball players played their final doubleheader on their home field at Lady Saints Softball Field in Liberal. The Lady Saints sent their sophomores out in fashion with two eight-run rule victories over Cloud County Community College, 11-0 and 12-4. Seward County finishes their regular season in third place in the Jayhawk West Conference (12-4) and in second place in the Region VI District standings (11-5). The Lady Saints are heading into the post season hotter than any other team in the Region VI, winning their last eight games and 11 of their last 12 match-ups.

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The rain went away for at least a couple of hours so the Seward County Community College and Fort Scott Community College baseball teams could begin their First Round Region VI best-of-three playoff series in Fort Scott, Kan. on Sunday. The one day layover was worth the wait as both games were thrillers that went down to the last out as the Saints were defeated 5-4 in game-one and then bounced back with a 6-4 victory in the nightcap to send the series to the ďif necessaryĒ game on Monday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Lions Field.

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The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees are part of a busy week beginning with a dinner with SCCC students, followed by their monthly board meeting Monday and ending with graduation ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

Following the bi-annual board/student dinner, Dr. Randy Smith, dean of student services, told the board he would address one of the issues immediately that came before the board. The students are requesting that the administration take a new look at opening the study lounges and computer labs in the Student Living Center, which are generally closed after curfew. Since next week is finals, Smith told the board he would look at adjusting the hours, at least temporarily.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team has advanced to the eight-team NJCAA Region VI Tournament in Wichita, after defeating Fort Scott Community College 11-7, in the third and final game of the best-of-three series in Fort Scott on Monday. The Saints and Greyhounds split the first two games on Sunday and then the Saints capitalized on three multi-run innings scoring five runs in the third, four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to win the First Round Playoff series, advancing them to Wichita for the third consecutive season. The Saints improve to 31-25 overall and Fort Scott finishes their 2006 season with a 34-23 overall record.

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