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The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced their 2006-2007 Spring Academic Teams of the Year and individual Academic All-Americans. Seward County Community College was well represented with eight student-athletes receiving Academic All-American honors and with the women’s basketball and women’s tennis programs each being named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year, in their respective sports. The Lady Saints basketball program registered a 3.75 team grade point average and the Lady Saints tennis team posted a 3.73 GPA. Other spring SCCC athletic teams that ranked nationally were baseball (8th, 3.23 GPA) and softball (36th, 3.15 GPA). The Lady Saints basketball program has now won five NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards (1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007). The Lady Saints tennis program picks up their second academic team of the year award, after winning their first award in 2001-2002.



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Seward County Community College athletic director Galen McSpadden has announced that a dance program will begin at the college in 2007-08. The “Saintsations” will be under the guidance of current cheerleading head coach, Scarlette Frydendall, who will be assisted by volunteer coach Nikki Frydendall. The dance team will be comprised of 10 female student-athletes that will audition for a selected panel prior to the fall 2007 semester. Scholarships will be available for dance team members. The Saintsations will perform at numerous Saints basketball halftimes and also at area schools events.

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Seward County Community College was well represented in the first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association Freshman Baseball All-Star Series this past week at USA Baseball Stadium in Millington, Tenn. SCCC freshman left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk and Seward County head coach Galen McSpadden, were both part of the West Team’s two victories and one tie in the three game series last Friday and Saturday. Kowalchuk pitched three innings in the West Team’s 19-8 game-two victory, while McSpadden served as the West pitching coach for the All-Star series. The West Team defeated the East squad 17-12 in the opener, 19-8 in game-two and the two teams tied 3-3 in game-three, after seven complete innings of play.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Tanner Rindels was selected on day two of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Amateur Draft by the Detroit Tigers in the 36th Round (1,104 overall pick). The defending American League champions selected Rindels as a center fielder. Rindels was the seventh outfielder taken by Detroit in the draft. Rindels has also signed a NCAA letter of intent at Texas Tech University for the 2007-08 year. The Seward County baseball program has now had 75 players who have signed professional contracts or who have been drafted in the MLB First-Year Players Draft.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the rosters for the first-ever NJCAA Baseball Freshman All-Star Series that will be held June 14-17 at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. Seward County Community College left-handed pitcher Christian Kowalchuk has been named to the West Roster as a left handed pitcher. Kowalchuk, who finished his freshman season at SCCC this past season was named the Jayhawk West Conference Freshman of the Year, while recording an 8-2 record with a 4.41 earned run average. Kowalchuk is one of nine pitchers on the West roster and will be coached by his head coach during the school year, Galen McSpadden, who will be an assistant coach for the West team.

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Seward County Community College women’s basketball head coach Toby Wynn has been named the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association JUCO Women’s Coach of the Year. In 2006-07, Wynn led the Lady Saints to a 36-2 overall record and to the NJCAA National Tournament where they finished in third-place, posting the second best season ever in Seward County women’s basketball history. Wynn will receive the KBCA Coach of the Year award as part of the KBCA All-Star Game Festivities in Topeka, Kan., at Washburn University.

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Seward County Community College Athletic Director Galen McSpadden has announced the Honor Roll for the Spring 2007 academic semester. A total of 105 student-athletes, cheerleaders and athletic trainers averaged 16.37 hours passed with an average grade point average of 3.30 for the semester. A total of 65 student-athletes made the honor roll with 12 receiving a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester.

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