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Seward County Community College womenís basketball head coach Toby Wynn has announced the signing of two additional student-athletes for the 2007-08 school year. After announcing a signing class of six incoming players during the early signing period in April, Wynn has added a pair of post players with Haley Rogers (Eugene, Ore.) and Katarzyna Gawor (Krakow, Poland) signing official NJCAA letters of intent to play for the Lady Saints basketball program next season. The Lady Saints roster for 2007-08 currently has seven in-state and five out-of-state student-athletes.

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Seward County Community College freshman second baseman Jena Rue has been named a Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Team All-American. Rue, who has already been named a Third Team NJCAA All-American, was one of 15 players in the country who were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American First Team. Rue receives her second All-American honor this week, which also marks the two All-American selections in the nine year history of Seward County softball. Rue was the lone Kansas representative on the first team along with players from colleges in Texas, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma and Alabama.

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Seward County Community College sophomores Erik Hegstad and Tanner Rindels have been named Division I National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball All-Americans. The NJCAA announced their All-American teams on Wednesday with six players from the Region 6 receiving prestigious recognition. Hegstad was named a Second Team outfielder and Rindels was named an Honorable Mention infielder. A total of 36 players earned First, Second and Third team recognition and 18 players were named Honorable Mention. There are currently 189 NJCAA Division I baseball teams in the nation.

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Seward County Community College freshman softball player Jena Rue has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association Third Team All-American infielder. Rue becomes the first player in the nine year history of the Seward County softball program to be named an All-American. Rue, the Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year, broke SCCC records for base hits (86) and doubles (24) in a single-season while also leading the team in batting average (.430) and extra-base hits (35). Rue was one of three Region VI players who earned All-American honors as Becky Diehl (outfield, Garden City) was a second team selection and Sadie Ball (catcher/outfield, Butler) was named to the third team.

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The Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced the 2007 All-Region Softball teams and Seward County Community College had three representatives on the All-West Region selections. Lady Saint freshman second baseman Jena Rue was named First Team All-West Region at second base and sophomore Meisha Patterson (shortstop) and freshman Jennifer Collins (first base) were named Second Team All-West Region. The Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Region teams were voted on by junior college head coaches within their respective regions. Seward County (Kansas) is in the west region along with softball programs from Texas, Arizona, Idaho and Colorado. There were also All-Region selections designated in the South and Midwest. The west region had 16 players selected first team and 15 players that received second team honors.

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Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference officials have announced the 2007 NJCAA Region VI Baseball Gold Glove Awards for the top defensive players. Seward County Community College freshman Christian Kowalchuk (pitcher) and sophomores Tanner Rindels (first base) and Toby Davis (third base) were named the top defensive players at their respective positions. The Gold Glove awards were voted on by KJCCC head coaches with one player at all nine positions earning the honor. Seward County dominated the defensive awards with no other college in the Region having more than one player named to the Gold Glove list.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Tanner Rindels has signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech University, to continue his academics and collegiate baseball career for the 2007-08 school year. Rindels, a First Team All-Region VI selection and unanimous First Team Jayhawk West All-Conference pick, had a standout sophomore season for the Saints leading the team in nine offensive statistical categories. Rindels will join the Texas Tech program that went 28-27 overall and finished 8-18 (10th place) in the Big 12 Conference. Rindels is the fifth Saints player to sign with a NCAA Division I program this year.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team had three players selected to the 2007 NJCAA All-Region VI team. Sophomores Erik Hegstad (outfield), Tanner Rindels (first base) and Toby Davis (third base) were named to the list of the top 12 players in the Region VI, which includes 19 community colleges. Seward County had the most players selected All-Region and it was the first time since 2003 that SCCC had three players named to the All-Region team. Hegstad, Rindels and Davis accounted for 37 percent of the teamís base hits (197), 47 percent of their RBI (168), 51 percent of their extra-base hits (90) and 67 percent of the teamís home runs (38).

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Seward County Community College sophomore womenís basketball player, Alyson Snell, has signed a national letter of intent with Pittsburg State University for 2007-08. Snell, a 5-foot-4-inch guard from Goddard, Kan., signs with NCAA Division II Pittsburg State, which is located in Pittsburg, Kan., and competes in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Snell was a two-year player for the Seward County Lady Saints basketball program and although she missed the final 18 games of the season, she was fifth on the team with 25 three-point field goals.

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The Seward County Community College menís tennis finished in ninth-place at the NJCAA National Tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano, Texas. Freshman Luis Cabizuca won the No. 4 singles consolation bracket championship and sophomore Rogerio Yamamoto was narrowly defeated in the No. 5 singles consolation championship match. The Saints finished with 22.5 points, just 1.5 points behind Cowley College and Vincennes University for seventh-place. Laredo Junior College won the National Championship with 44 points, after dominating second-place Tyler Junior College in the final day of competition in singles and doubles play.

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The Seward County Community College menís tennis team scored 2.5 points on Wednesday at the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas, at Collin County Community College. Seward County had three singles players and two doubles teams eliminated from the championship bracket, but freshmen Rogerio Yamamoto and Luis Cabizuca each won two matches to qualify for the consolation bracket championships in their respective singles brackets. Seward County is now in ninth-place overall at the National Tournament with 22 team points. The Top 10 teams in the tournament currently includes Tyler J.C. (35), Laredo C.C. (32), Scottsdale C.C. (30), Johnson County C.C. (29), Abraham Baldwin (27.5), Collin County C.C. (24.5), Cowley College (23), Vincennes (22.5), Seward County (22) and University of Arkansas Fort Smith (18).

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The Seward County Community College menís tennis team continues to play well at the NJCAA National Tournament in Plano, Texas, at Collin County Community College. The Saints won a total of six matches on Tuesday with three singles players and two doubles pairs advancing to the Round of 8 in their respective championship brackets, and one singles player tallying a victory in the consolation bracket. After play completed on Tuesday, the Saints are currently in seventh-place in the national tournament team standings with a total of 19.5 points. For the second straight season, Seward County has assured themselves of a Top 10 finish at the national tournament and have already equaled last yearís total of 19.5 points. Last year, the Saints played in their first-ever national tournament and finished in ninth-place.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Meisha Patterson has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Texas A&M-Kingsville, to continue her academics and collegiate softball career in the 2007-08 school year. Patterson, the 2007 Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player, broke five all-time records in her career at Seward County and was a two-time All-Conference and All-Region VI selection. Patterson will join the Texas A&M-Kingsville program that went 34-20 overall this season and finished in second-place in the Lone Star South Conference. TAKU is located in Kingsville, Texas, and is a NCAA Division II program.

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The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team finished in a three-way tie for 14th place, with 13 total team points at the NJCAA Womenís Tennis National Tournament at the Randolph Tennis Center, in Tucson, Ariz. The NJCAA Division I Tournament finished with Lee (TX) College winning the national championship with 45 points, and was followed by Hillsborough C.C. (40), Tyler C.C. (39), Cowley College (38), North Central Texas (28) and Collin County C.C. (28). Seward County finished the tournament strong with both doubles teams winning the consolation finals and sophomores Amina Abdullah and Hanna Hepp each playing in consolation bracket finals in singles competition.

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Seward County Community College head coach Galen McSpadden has been named an assistant coach for the NJCAA Freshman Baseball All-Star series this summer at USA Baseball stadium in Millington, Tenn., from June 13-17. McSpadden will be the pitching coach for the West team and will work with New Mexico Junior College head coach Ray Birmingham, who is the head coach for the West Team. The Freshman All-Star series will provide exposure to players who have just completed their freshman year at NJCAA junior colleges to four-year schools and professional scouts.

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The Seward County Community College softball teamís record setting season came to an end in the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament championship game on Wednesday afternoon, at Two Rivers Complex in Wichita. Seward County advanced to the title game for the third straight season defeating Garden City Community College 3-2 in the loser bracket final on Wednesday afternoon. The Lady Saints were then defeated 7-3 against Butler Community College in the championship game, for Butlerís first-ever Region VI Tournament championship, advancing the Lady Grizzlies to the NJCAA D-I National Tournament in Plant City, Fla. Seward County finishes their season with a 49-13 overall record.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Region VI All-Region softball team has been announced by KJCCC officials, and the Seward County Community College Lady Saints had nine players who were named First or Second Team. Seward County dominated the first team selections with six players being named, including Jena Rue (Infield), Meisha Patterson (Infield), Jennifer Collins (Infield), Lili Franco (Outfield), Dana McLaren (Pitcher) and Stephanie McCarthy (Pitcher). The Lady Saints also had three second team picks including Haley Martin (Outfield), Melissa St. Clair (Catcher) and Sarah Venegas (Utility). Seward County softball has now had 43 players named All-Region VI in the nine year history of the program.

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The Seward County Community College softball team will resume play at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Softball Tournament on Wednesday, May 9 against Garden City Community College at 1 p.m. at East Park in El Dorado, Kan. The Lady Saints (48-12) and Lady Broncbusters (30-18) were originally scheduled to play last Sunday, but with rain accumulation and inclement field conditions the loser bracket game has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. The winner of Seward County/Garden City game will advance to the championship at 3 p.m. against Butler Community College, the tournaments only unbeaten team. The ďif neededĒ game will be played immediately following the first championship game if the Seward County/Garden City winner defeats Butler in the first championship game.
The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team fell to 21st place at the 2007 NJCAA Womenís Tennis National Championship Tournament after dropping three singles matches and two doubles matches on Monday. Entering Monday, Seward County was in a four-way tie for 8th place, but didnít gain ground on their opponents and still have six points overall in tournament standings. The Lady Saints will now concentrate on two singles players who will play in the consolation bracket and both doubles pairs who will also finish competition in the consolation bracket.

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The Seward County Community College womenís tennis team began the NJCAA National Tennis Tournament on Sunday with three singles victories in the opening round of competition. SCCC sophomore Uthala Abdullah and freshmen Erica Herrera and Senela Dejanovic each won their first singles match and sophomores Amina Abdullah and Hanna Hepp were both defeated in their first round matches. The No. 13 nationally-ranked Lady Saints are currently in a four-way tie for 8th place in the team championship standings, with six overall points. The Lady Saints have the highest current ranking in the national tournament standings among NJCAA Region VI colleges (Cowley 20th, Johnson County 13th).

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The Seward County Community College softball team had their losersí bracket game against Garden City Community College scheduled for Sunday, postponed due to inclement weather in El Dorado. The No. 2 seeded Lady Saints (48-12) will play No. 3 seeded Garden City (30-18), with the winner advancing to the Division I Region VI Tournament championship game against No. 1 seed Butler Community College (45-11), who remains the only unbeaten team in tournament competition. There has not yet been an official date or time set for Seward County and Garden City to play their tournament game with unplayable field conditions in El Dorado.
The Seward County Community College softball team will have to take the long road to win their third consecutive NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament this weekend in Wichita. The Lady Saints dropped their opening tournament game 11-2 against Garden City Community College, before eliminating Colby Community College, 4-1, in the losersí bracket on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Saints were led by the batting of Rachel Adaza and Jena Rue, along with the pitching of Dana McLaren in game-two, while advancing to championship Sunday for the third consecutive season. Seward County is now 48-12 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team was eliminated from the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament on Saturday afternoon with two losses to Independence Community College, 12-7 and 20-14. The No. 2 seeded Saints suffered their first doubleheader sweep of the season while ending their season short of the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita for the first time since the tournament changed to its current format in 2004. The No. 7 seeded Pirates pulled off the biggest upset in the Region VI Tournament since 2004, when No. 2 Neosho County was upset at home against No. 7 Colby, 6-1 and 11-9. Seward County ends their season with a 36-22 overall record, and for the first time since 1991, failed to advance to the Region VI Tournament Final Four.

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The NJCAA Division I Region VI Baseball Tournament begins this weekend with eight first round best two-of-three playoff seriesí being hosted throughout the state by the top four seeds in each the Jayhawk East and West Divisions. The Seward County Community College baseball team finished the regular season with a 36-20 overall record, and with a share of the Jayhawk West Conference title. The Saints ended up with the No. 2 seed in the Jayhawk West after four games against Barton County Community College did not count towards Region VI seeding (Barton County on KJCCC/NJCAA probation). The Saints host Independence Community College (29-25), who were in second place in the Jayhawk East Conference, before dropping five of their last seven conference games.

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The Seward County Community College softball team enters this weekends NJCAA Division I Region VI Softball Tournament as the two-time defending tournament champions. The past two seasons Seward County has hosted the tournament in Liberal, and also played on the road. This year the tournament will be held in El Dorado, Kan., on the home field of No. 1 tournament seed Butler Community College (43-11). The No. 2 seeded Lady Saints (47-11) open tournament competition on Saturday, May 5 against No. 3 seed Garden City Community College (29-17) at 1 p.m., and will play the winner/loser of Butler verses No. 4 seed Colby Community College (21-29). The winner of the two-day, double-elimination Region VI Tournament will advance to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament, May 17-19 in Plant City, Fla.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Seward County Community College softball players, Rachel Balencia and Dana McLaren, the Division I Softball Player & Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for the week ending April 29. Seward County was led by the hitting of Balencia and the pitching of McLaren during their 2-2 week with doubleheader splits against Garden City Community College and No. 18 Butler Community College. The Seward County softball program has now had nine players selected as the National Player or Pitcher of the Week.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Seward County Community College sophomore, Toby Davis, as the NJCAA Division I Baseball Player of the Week, for the week ending April 29. Davis led the Saints in their final week of competition before they claimed a share of the Jayhawk West Conference championship. Last week the Saints won three games including a doubleheader sweep over Cloud County Community College and a split against Dodge City Community College. Davis is the fourth place from Seward County this season that has been named National Player or Pitcher of the Week, and is the eighth player in the history of the SCCC baseball program.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Commissioner has released the 2007 Jayhawk All-Conference teams. Seward County Community College sophomore Erik Hegstad was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player, and Saints freshman left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk, was named Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year. Seward County, who finished the season as Co-Conference Champions, dominated the First Team All-Jayhawk West ballot with first baseman Tanner Rindels being a unanimous selection, Hegstad (outfield), Kowalchuk (pitcher) and Toby Davis (third base) all receiving First Team recognition. Davis was the only player on the first team who was a repeat selection from 2006. The Saints also had two Second Team All-Conference selections, with sophomore outfielders Kai Kirby and Stu Schlemeyer being tabbed all-league. Butlerís Steve Johnson was named Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Commissioners office has released the 2007 Softball Jayhawk West All-Conference awards and Seward County Community College was well represented with a school record 10 players being named All-Conference. In addition, the Lady Saints had sophomore, Meisha Patterson and freshman, Jena Rue, who were named Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively. Seward County led the way receiving 10 All-Conference selections and also led all Western Division teams with five First Team picks. The Jayhawk West All-Conference team was voted on by conference head coaches, with no coaches allowed to vote for their own players. Butlerís Doug Chance was named Conference Coach of the Year.

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For the sixth time in the last seven years, the Seward County Community College baseball team has won the Jayhawk West Conference Championship. This season, the Saints (36-20, 23-9) tied with Butler Community College (35-13, 23-9) at the top of the league, and in head-to-head meetings the Saints and Grizzlies split four-games. Head Coach Galen McSpadden, now coaching in his 26th year at SCCC, has led the Saints to 11 Jayhawk West Conference titles, including nine over the last 13 years. Seward County has been conference champions in 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

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