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Sophomore Nick Burns scored a season-high 22 points and led Seward County Community College to a 75-66 victory over Highland Community College on Friday morning at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan., in Nellis Hall. Seward County overcame an eight point deficit early in the first half to win their 10th non-conference game of the season. Burns scored 11 points in each half and collected six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while tallying his second 20 plus scoring game of the season. The Saints won their sixth straight game and improved to 10-1 overall this season. The Highland Scotties drop to 3-7 overall this season.

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Following a weekend with back-to-back victories over two top 10 nationally ranked opponents, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team is back in the NJCAA Top 25 poll. The Lady Saints (6-2) have been tabbed No. 12 in the latest NJCAA poll, after last week falling out of the poll for the first time during the regular season since Jan. 25, 2006. Last weekend at the Garden City C.C. Classic, Seward County knocked off previous-No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. (63-55) and defeated then-No. 6 Midland College (73-65). Seward County is now 2-2 against top 25 opponents this season and will continue playing against nationally-ranked opponents this weekend with a match-up against No. 3 (NJCAA D-II) Johnson County Community College on Friday at 9 p.m. in Coffeyville, for the Jayhawk Shootout.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Tegan Cunningham has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week. Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard led the No. 12 Lady Saints in two victories last week over No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. (63-55) and No. 6 Midland College (73-65), while earning her third career NJCAA Player of the Week award. The Oklahoma State University signee averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game, and shot 8-for-12 from the free throw line. Cunningham shared the honor with Danielle Adams, of Jefferson College, who averaged 25.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in three contests last week.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that Seward County Community College freshman volleyball player Dan Yang has been named a Second Team NJCAA All-American. Yang, a 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter from Beijing, China, is the first Lady Saint to be named an All-American since Luana Cavalcanti was awarded First Team honors in 2004. A total of 12 first team, 12 second team and six honorable mention selections were announced today by the NJCAA. Yang becomes the 10th Seward County player, and 11th NJCAA All-American selection in the SCCC program since 1996. Other Region VI selections to the NJCAA All-America team include, Ludmila Amaral (Hutchinson C.C.) and Alik Cardosa de Sa (Barton County C.C.) who earned First Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.

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The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team is preparing for the Jayhawk Shootout this weekend in Coffeyville, Kan. The No. 12 Lady Saints (6-2) will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. against No. 3 (D-II) Johnson County Community College (5-1) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. against Independence Community College (6-4). SCCC is coming off back-to-back victories over two top 10 nationally-ranked opponents, defeating previous No. 9 Northeastern Colorado (63-55) and previous No. 6 Midland College (73-65) last weekend at the Garden City Classic.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team will compete this weekend at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan. The Saints will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. against Highland Community College (3-6) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Kansas City Kansas Community College (7-1) at 11 a.m. The Saints (9-1) are coming off three wins last week against Friends University J.V. (64-50), Neosho County Community College (83-64) and North Lake College (58-56). Seward is among five teams in the Region VI that have only one loss this season.

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With eight seconds on the clock and the score tied 56-56, Seward County Community College freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain drove the length of the floor and made a hanging jump shot in the lane as time expired to give the Saints their fifth win in seven days. Seward County knocked off North Lake College, 58-56, on Saturday afternoon in dramatic fashion when Chamberlain hit the game winner in SCCC’s final game at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic at the Beaver Dome in Pratt. It has been a busy slate for the Saints who last weekend posted two victories at the Pizza Hut Classic in Liberal, before traveling to Wichita on Tuesday to collect a non-conference win over Friends University J.V. (64-50), and then earned two victories against Neosho County (83-64) and North Lake at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic. Seward County improves to 9-1 overall this season and North Lake falls to 3-5 overall.

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For the second consecutive day, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated a top 10 NJCAA nationally-ranked opponent by knocking off No. 6 Midland College, 73-65, on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Garden City Community College Classic at the Perryman Center. On Friday afternoon, the Lady Saints defeated No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. 63-55. SCCC sophomore Tegan Cunningham scored 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field, and 6-of-8 at the free throw line and led all players with 12 rebounds to lead Seward County in the victory. The Lady Saints improve to 6-2 overall this season and the Midland Lady Chaps fall to 9-2 overall this season.

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KSCB will be broadcasting Saturday’s (Nov. 24) Seward County Community College women’s basketball game against No. 3 Midland College, with pre-game starting at 1:45 p.m.

You can listen to the game locally by tuning into 1270 AM. Or you can listen to the game live on the internet by going to www.kscb.net and clicking on KSCB LIVE.

Brock Kappelmann will be providing the play-by-play action.
For the fourth straight weekend, the No. 1 ranked Seward County Community College women’s basketball team will be taking on top notch competition with games against undefeated Northeastern Colorado Junior College (8-0) and No. 3 nationally-ranked Midland College (8-1) at the Garden City Classic, Nov. 23-24, at the Perryman Center in Garden City. Seward County (4-2) is coming off a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College last Saturday at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. In both games last weekend, SCCC continued their rebounding dominance over their opponents with a 95-74 advantage. The Lady Saints have out-rebounded their opponents every game this season, and are averaging 47 rebounds per game.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team has started the season 6-1 overall and begins a three-game week today traveling to play Friends University J.V. at 7 p.m. in Wichita. The Saints will also compete this weekend in the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic against non-conference opponents Neosho County Community College (3-2) and North Lake College (3-3) at the Beaver Dome in Pratt, Kan. Last weekend the Saints dominated in two non-conference victories at the Green House against Trinidad State J.C. (84-34) and Clarendon College (101-85). Seward County is outscoring their opponents by an average of 28.4 points per game and has posted an 89.3 scoring average this season.

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Three Seward County Community College men’s basketball players are among the reasons why the Saints are now 6-1 overall this season, as all three players had career-nights on Saturday evening in SCCC’s victory over Clarendon College at the Wendy’s Classic. Sophomore post Darko Cohadarevic grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain scored a career-best 25 points, and freshman Bruno Mendes scored a career-high 24 points in the Saints 101-85 victory against Clarendon at the Green House in Liberal. Seward County also shot a season-high 85 percent (39-for-46) from the charity stripe in their fifth straight home victory this season. The Saints handed Clarendon its first loss this season, as the Bulldogs are now 6-1 overall on the season.

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The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team jumped back into the win column on Saturday night with a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College, at the Green House in Liberal. In the final night of the Wendy’s Classic, Seward County held Clarendon to 25 percent shooting, while SCCC was led by four players who all scored in double-figures. The Lady Saints, who were defeated Friday night against No. 23 South Plains, never trailed in the contest and posted their largest lead, 64-36, midway through the second half. No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County improves to 4-2 overall and Clarendon falls to 4-3 this season.

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Seward County Community College men’s basketball head coach Bryan Zollinger is making a clear statement so far in his first year- the Saints are going to play pressure defense. Zollinger and the Saints cruised to an 84-34 victory on Friday night over Trinidad State Junior College on the opening night of the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. In the season opener, the Saints held Sterling College J.V. to 28 points, marking the lowest total ever for a Saints opponent. Tonight, Zollinger once again led the Saints while holding Trinidad State to the second lowest point total ever in the 39 year history of the SCCC men’s basketball program. Seward County improves to 5-1 overall this season and Trinidad State falls to 4-3 overall.

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In a match-up against two consistent junior college women’s basketball heavy weights, the No. 23 South Plains College Lady Texans knocked off No. 1 Seward County Community College, 69-54, Friday evening at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. South Plains also became the first non-conference opponent to defeat the Lady Saints in the Green House since 1991. SCCC sophomore Tegan Cunningham, and freshmen Kasia Gawor and Stephani Rhoten combined to score 47 of the Lady Saints’ 54 total points as the Lady Texans held Seward County to just 36 percent shooting (20-for-56) from the floor. Seward County falls to 3-2 overall this season and South Plains improves their season record to 4-2 overall.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team will welcome Trinidad State College and Clarendon College to the Green House for competition this weekend at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. The Saints will play host to Trinidad State on Friday night and Clarendon College on Saturday, with both games starting at 8 p.m. Seward is coming off a 1-1 performance last weekend at the Hutchinson Classic, where they picked up a win against Northern Oklahoma College- Enid (77-71) and were defeated by Seminole State College (60-70) in their only loss this season. SCCC first year head coach Bryan Zollinger’s squad is out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 10 boards per game, and the Saints are averaging just 14.8 turnovers per contest, compared to their opponents 24 turnovers per game.

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Seward County Community College sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham signed an official National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) letter of intent on Wednesday with Oklahoma State University for the 2008-2009 year. Cunningham held a press conference in the All-American room on the campus of SCCC to announce her official decision where she would continue her academic and basketball career. Cunningham signs with the Cowgirls who are located in Stillwater, Okla., and competes in the Big 12 Conference.

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Seward County Community College women’s basketball players Tegan Cunningham and Kasia Gawor are expected to sign National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in the SCCC All-American Room. Cunningham is expected to sign with NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University and Gawor is expected to sign with NCAA D-I University of Texas El-Paso. Wednesday is the first official day that NCAA four-year programs can have potential student-athletes sign a letter of intent. The SCCC women’s basketball program will hold a press conference for all media, SCCC fans and Boosters to attend.
Seward County Community College head baseball coach Galen McSpadden has announced the Saints’ 2008 spring baseball schedule. Seward County’s schedule is highlighted by 15 home dates, which includes 30 games that will be played at Brent Gould Field on the campus of SCCC. The Saints will open their season on Friday, Feb. 15 at home against Western Nebraska Community College for a doubleheader. SCCC will continue the opening weekend home-stand with a four-game series against Northeastern Colorado Junior College on Feb. 16-17. McSpadden, the 27th year head coach of the Saints, led Seward County to their 11th Jayhawk West Conference title under his direction last season with a 23-9 conference mark and 36-22 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team lost its first game of the 2007-2008 regular season on Saturday with a 70-60 loss against Seminole State College, who last season finished fifth at the NJCAA Tournament, on the final day at the Grand Prairie Classic in Hutchinson, Kan. The Saints never led during the game and allowed the Trojans to shoot 48 percent (26-for-54) from the field. Seminole (3-1 overall), picked up its first victory of the weekend after falling 81-59 against host school Hutchinson Community College on Friday night. Seward County drops to 4-1 overall, despite out-rebounding Seminole State 40-33.

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A day after the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team had their 45 game non-conference winning streak snapped, the Lady Saints picked up a 59-56 victory over Eastern Oklahoma State College in the final day at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. Seward County was given a scare after trailing by eight points (32-40) with 11:35 left to play. The game was tied (53-53) at the 1:26 mark when freshman Bailey Crandall hit a 3-point basket, the final field goal for Seward County, to put the Lady Saints ahead for good. The victory improves No. 1 Seward County to 3-1 overall and Eastern Oklahoma falls to 2-3 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team defeated Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, 77-71, on Friday afternoon on the first day at the Grand Prairie Classic in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. Seward County trailed the opening 29 minutes of the game, and started the contest down 0-9, before outscoring Northern Oklahoma-Enid 43-33 in the second-half. It was the first time this season that Seward County had trailed into the second period, and were down by as many as 10 points on two occasions. The Saints’ comeback on Friday improves their overall record to a perfect 4-0 this season. Northern Oklahoma-Enid, who defeated Dodge City C.C. last weekend, is now 3-1 overall this season.

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The No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College women’s basketball team was defeated 71-68 by No. 22 Coffeyville Community College on Friday afternoon at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. It was a rematch of the Region VI Tournament championship game a year ago, but this time it was the Lady Red Ravens who claimed the victory. The loss snaps Seward County’s 45 game non-conference winning streak. The last non-conference loss for the Lady Saints’ program came against College of Eastern Utah, 79-71, on December 29, 2003 in Las Vegas. Seward County falls to 2-1 overall this season and Coffeyville improves to 2-1 overall.

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For the eighth consecutive year, the Seward County Community College women’s tennis team has received a Top 20 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) pre-season ranking. The Lady Saints have been picked No. 17 by the ITA in the pre-season poll, following a 14th place finish at the 2007 NJCAA National Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Seward County also had a doubles pair ranked in the Top 65 as sophomore Erica Herrera and Sanela Dejanovic were tabbed No. 43 in the nation. Lady Saints head coach Darin Workman has guided Seward County to back-to-back appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

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After placing 10th at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tennis Tournament last spring, the Saints men’s tennis team has once again been ranked among the best junior college tennis programs in the nation. The Saints are ranked No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association pre-season poll that was released last week. In 2007, the Saints made their second ever appearance at the national tournament with all six players returning to the program for the 2007-2008 season. The pre-season poll also ranked four Saints’ singles players in the Top 75 players in the nation.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and NJCAA officials have announced the Division I All-Region VI volleyball team. Seward County Community College was represented with three players being named to the All-Region VI first and second team. Freshmen outside hitters Dan Yang and Jelena Simic were both named First Team All-Region VI and sophomore setter Alex Droogsma is a two-time selection on the Second Team. Seward County, Hutchinson C.C. and Barton County C.C. dominated the All-Region VI selections with 12 of the 14 selections coming from within their programs. The Lady Saints’ program has now had 33 All-Region VI selections since 1987, including 19 First Team picks.

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The No. 3 seeded Seward County Community College volleyball team finished their season on Monday with a four game match loss to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 30-27, 18-30, 17-30, 17-30 in the losers brackets final at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. The Lady Saints started the match winning the first game, but were dominated in the following three games in their fourth loss to the Lady Blue Dragons this season. Hutchinson (26-15), the defending three-time Region VI champion, advanced to the Region VI Championship match and lost to No. 1 seed Barton County C.C. on Monday evening. Barton County will represent the Region VI at the NJCAA National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Lady Saints finish their season with a 30-15 overall record. Seward County’s 30 victories rank 10th all-time in Seward County history for most wins in a single-season.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team went 1-1 on Sunday and advanced to the final day of competition at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The No. 3 tournament seeded Lady Saints fell in their first match to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 23-30, 28-30, 28-30, before fighting off elimination against No. 4 seed Garden City, with a come-from-behind victory 30-19, 28-30, 19-30, 30-25, 15-6. The Lady Saints (30-14) will again take on Hutchinson (25-16), who later lost to Barton County, on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., with the winner facing No. 1 seed Barton County (36-7) in the Region VI Tournament championship match at 5 p.m. If the loser’s bracket winner (Hutchinson/Seward County) defeats Barton County in the first championship match, an “if needed” match will immediately follow.

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In only her second game played at the junior college level, Seward County Community College freshman Stephani Rhoten put her name amongst some of the best players to ever play women’s basketball at Seward County. Rhoten led the Lady Saints with 38 points in an 89-68 victory over Carl Albert State College on Saturday night, during Seward County’s final game at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. Rhoten’s 38 points rank her second all-time in Lady Saints’ history for most points scored in a single-game, and she also tied the all-time Seward County record for most 3-pointers in a game with eight. The No. 1 NJCAA nationally-ranked Lady Saints improve to 2-0 this overall this season, and the win gives the Seward County program its 45 consecutive non-conference victory.

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The match-up had many thinking it was the middle of the Jayhawk West regular season, but the calendar reminded us it was just the first weekend of the basketball season. The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team knocked off Garden City Community College 77-63, in a non-conference match-up at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. Seward County led the Broncbusters for the final 33 minutes of the game and were ahead by as many as 21 points in the second-half (64-43). The Saints earned their third straight victory to open the season under first year head coach Bryan Zollinger, while Garden City drops to 2-1 with the non-conference loss at the Green House.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 overall this season with a 111-75 victory over Carl Albert State College on Friday night at the Green House, in non-conference Pepsi Classic competition. Last night, it was the Saints’ defense that made headlines holding Sterling College J.V. to a SCCC all-time opponents scoring low of 28 total points. Tonight, it was the Saints’ offense that couldn’t be contained as they shot 56 percent from the field (41-for-73), 43 percent from 3-point range (12-for-28) and 74 percent from the free throw line (17-for-23). Seward County has now scored over 110 points in both games this season and has forced a total of 66 turnovers.

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As soon as the Seward County Community College women’s basketball 2007-2008 schedule was announced, one specific date stood out more than any other- November 2 vs. Odessa College. It was the date the Lady Saints opened their season and it was against the team that Seward County faced in the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals last season. This time around it was the No. 1 nationally-ranked Lady Saints who came out on top with a convincing 76-64 victory over the defending national champion Odessa Lady Wranglers (0-1). Seward County (1-0) opened its season playing in front of a packed Green House during the Friday edition of the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. The victory also improves Seward County’s non-conference winning streak to 44 games, dating back to 2003.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team played its 1,126th game in its 39th season on Thursday night. And what a night it was as Bryan Zollinger coached his first game as head coach for the Saints defeating Sterling College J.V. 115-28 at the Green House, breaking the all-time Seward County record for lowest point total for an opposing team in single-game history. The Saints opened their season breaking a record that was previously set when Seward County opened the 1997-1998 season with a 123-35 victory over Wayland Baptist J.V. in Liberal. Tonight’s contest ranks second all-time in SCCC history, just behind the win over Wayland Baptist, for the largest margin of victory with the 87 point differential.

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